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Situation - The Francois K Remixes

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

    Released on limited edition heavyweight 180 gm vinyl this 12" brings together four 'Situation' remixes from the legendary French / New York producer, François Kevorkian. Side A features the two classic U.S. mixes from 1982, while the flip side includes the 1990 'Deadline' mix and the unreleased 'More Dub' mix available on this 12" for the very first time. Written by Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet, 'Situation' was originally released as the b-side of Yazoo's debut single 'Only You' which went to Number 2 in the UK Charts.

    Yishak, composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey Minimal-Wave gems creates an ultra hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere, a sound that you have never experienced before. A genuine talent who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level...

    Best Italy hop across the Med to soak up the coastal cool of Cannes with a dope reissue of THE best cosmic boogie cut to be produced on French soil. Written in 1984 during the MIDEM conference in Cannes, "Ecoute Le Son Du Soleil" is a spacey and summery slice of Mediterranean boogie complete with well Balearic choral vocals and heavy use of the Publison DHM 89, an early harmonizer with a ton of weird energy. If you got down to Ahmed Fakroun's "Soleil Soleil", you'll be all over this similarly sunny groover. This limited edition reissue from Best Record Italy contains the vocal, instrumental plus the unreleased dub version and Yannick's radio jingles, a perfect tool for the playful jocks out there!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Brilliant Mediterranean boogie here from Best Italy, who head to Cannes with a reissue of Yannick Chevalier's red hot cosmic groover. Sunshine on a slab of wax...

    Even as we move from the heart of Autumn towards Winter, Smalltown Supersound keep the good stuff coming, this time via the debut album from Japanese producer Yoshinori Hayashi. Hayashi has studied under Japanese avant-classical composer Mica Nozawa. When not DJing, he works in a record store in Tokyo. If you've caught anything this cat's put out on Gravity Grafitti, Disco Halal or Going Good, you should know what you're getting yourself into; if not, hold onto your hats and prepare for some A-grade weirdshit. Sharing thematic and sonic predilictions with fellow countrymen Keita Sano and Ground (check the "Sunizm" LP on ESP), Hayashi takes a combination of knackered jazz LPs, studio gear, live instrumentation and library leanings, then twists them into an entirely unpredictable web of fx addled madness which constantly veers in and out of focus.  Hayashi presents his self-described “collage expression” throughout Ambivalence, which he produced and played in its entirety. Album opener, “Overflow,” is a club-not-club track inspired by Cecil Taylor. Its freeform nature sets the tone for the album’s cosmic, hypnotic, and almost ritualistic approach. Elsewhere "Palanquin Bearing Monkey" fuses Romare's sample jazz bounce with Vakula-meets-Reich weirdness, G-Funk synths and absolutely blitzed pianos - I feel like I've taken everything in Barry's "medicine cabinet" all at once. "Bit Of Garden" brings golden bursts of epiphany out of the dislocated darkness, "Double" fires the auditory hallucinations through an echo chamber for a man-meets-monkey drum slo-mo cut while "Geckos" goes into dreamier territories for the eso-Balearic crowd. On the C-side, "0208" swells from cinematic and skewed neo-classical to dream house to neo tribalism to peak time punch and bass bin wobble, each introduced via a new and freaky breakdown. Slow dancers, out of work MCs and xanax poppers should fine a new groove in the shakuhachi vs bell break madness of "Flexible Mono", "Spasm" takes a while to get there but finally reaches Pepe Bradock bass-house insanity territories, while "Geckos" closes the set with a wonderfully warped bit of library exotica for the downbeat dreamers.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Not only is this the maddest record I've heard this week, it's probably the most insane album I've ever heard. Twisted sound design, discord, unpredictable arrangements and a totally unique style result in a masterpiece of club-not-club weirdshit from Japan's Yoshinori Hayashi. I love this.

    The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a selftaught, UKtipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s longrunning to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the basssaturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

    Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazzfunk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

    “It's all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that's where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a oneoff live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the
    stage.

    Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It's not so much about complete arrangement, it's more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I'll fill in the groove and we'll just leave the arrangement naturally.” Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmicallyinclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synthdraped house 12"s for muchfêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.

    Moving in the same circles but never playing together previously, rhythm underpins an innate musical understanding. As Williams explains, “The way we approach it is all about the energy and the feeling. We just get in there and we feel it out.” Drawing influence from all corners of London’s shapeshifting musical makeup, the sound of Black Focus is distilled – or focused – down to the core interlock between drums and keys.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    David says: The purists might argue that this isn't strictly jazz, I'm happy to argue back. It might use elements of broken beat and house on its journey but jazz is the final destination.

    Yazmin Lacey emerged onto the new jazz scene with her beautiful sound, her new release When the Sun Dips 90 Degrees is on First Word Records.The EP follows on from her two recent singles, '90 Degrees' and 'Something My Heart Trusts', both of which are included here, along with three previously unreleased tracks, 'Heaven', 'Body Needs Healing' and 'Burn & Rise'. This set illustrates again Yazmin's candid songwriting delivered in her uniquely laidback soulful style, whilst a glorious fusion of neo-soul and jazz performed by Pete Beardsworth and her trusty band rides throughout. Initially a Brownswood 'Future Bubbler' graduate, Yazmin self-released her debut EP, 'Black Moon', last year. This lead to a Maida Vale session late 2017 with Jordan Rakei, Moses Boyd, Oscar Jerome and now label-mates, Children of Zeus. She kicked off the year with a performance at the Worldwide Awards with Skinny Pelembe, and has recently done shows with artists such as Ezra Collective, Tall Black Guy and Fatima. Yazmin has a UK tour scheduled for later in the year, as well as several festival appearances across Europe locked in. There's a lot more to come from this Notts-based Londoner yet. In Yazmin's words: "'90 Degrees' is about that time of the day / night when there's a shift in pace and energy. When you decide to lock off from the 'outside' world and create your own atmosphere, take some time to give thanks for what's breathing love into your life and smoke off the fuckeries. Everyone needs a little routine for self preservation."


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Beautifully warm vocals layered on top of relaxed neo-soul vibes and jazz elements has created this perfect sound that I’ve fallen in love with.

    1970's experimental & electronic music recorded in soviet Russia by Yuri Morozov. Banned by the KGB for its esoteric content and references to forbidden spiritual texts, Yuri recorded over 46 albums between the 1970s until his death in 2006. Only available on cassettes passed around in secret within the Russian music underground until now.

    “Goblin-esque prog / Sun Ra’s Nubian psychedelia / Alain Goraguer’s heavy soundtracks / industrial folk / stoner metal / primitive cyber glam - the most mind-blowing, engaging album you’ve never heard by a legend from the other side of the world” The Big Takeover

    "wonderful psych, prog, electronic & library funk madness - going to be a big hit in our shop" Pete Reilly, Soul Jazz / Sounds Of The Universe

    "like an off-kilter Soviet Radiophonic Workshop. Wonderful stuff!”
    Dan Beck, Melbourne



    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: It's not often that something comes along that is diverse enough to really confound us as to what section to put it in, this is one of those. Brilliantly psychedelic, blipping electronics, soft folk and haywire noise. It's baffling and thoroughly brilliant.

    Yoko Ono

    Approximately Infinite Universe

      There’s a fury at the core of Yoko Ono’s 1973 rock opus ‘Approximately Infinite Universe’ that was not apparent on previously recorded efforts. Ono has always been a master of turning pain and sadness into art but here there’s a clenched-fist intensity that sets it apart in her deep, unparalleled catalogue.

      Ono is angry. She proved that one can carry a boundless love for humanity and still be furious - furious at male/female relationships, at war, at your partner. Meanwhile, on a sonic level, Ono ups the ante on the more centred rock & roll sounds she approached with 1971’s ‘Fly’.

      The album is one of the most traditional-sounding rock chapters in Ono’s sprawling catalogue. There are moments here that absolutely rival Jersey legends the E Street Band, though of course Ono’s vision leads her band down darker, more mystical paths than the E Street Band ever dared tread.

      ‘Approximately Infinite Universe’ is an essential and progressive piece of Ono’s output, both in the advancements she made as a songwriter/conceptualist and as a solidified statement of her staunch feminist role within the very male-dominated mainstream rock ghetto of the mid-1970s.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: Taking a detour from the experimental preoccupations of her earlier avant garde work, Yoko utilised a more mainstream rock sound to express anger and frustration at the state of the world and the place of a woman within it.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xColoured LP Info: Limited white vinyl includes a digital download card featuring bonus material.

      This long-overdue vinyl reissue of Yoko Ono’s seminal but massively under-appreciated ‘Plastic Ono Band’ has all the makings of a classic rock nostalgia trip: Ono, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and free-jazz legend Ornette Coleman. All the pieces are here to stir up a dangerous amount of nostalgia but once the needle drops the record achieves something exactly perpendicular to nostalgia.

      Released in 1971, the album not only influenced the approach of other musicians for decades, it also sounds absolutely modern 44 years out, eternally fresh despite the forward march of time.

      ‘Plastic Ono Band’ not only predicted the intersection of the avant-garde and rock that would take place in the second half of that decade, the album would sound right at home at where that intersection is happening today.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Exclusive white vinyl edition available to independent retailers. Vinyl format includes a digital download card featuring the full album plus bonus tracks.

      Yoko Ono

      Warzone

        Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono's Warzone is strikingly different from any record she has made previously, but it is also strikingly different from any album that anyone is making...

        Yoko revisits and reimagines 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages still pertinent—perhaps even more pertinent—in 2018. "The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It's a warzone that we are living in..." says Ono. "I like to create things in a new way. Every day things change."

        The recordings and arrangements on Warzone are very stripped down, with a particular emphasis on Yoko's voice and lyrics. Here in this minimalist landscape the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered; sometimes somber warnings, sometimes uplifting encouragement, but her wisdom and fortitude are unflinchingly strong, her power having intensified with time and life experience. She ends the ominous questions of "Now Or Never" (1971) with one of her most famous and inspiring lines: "[a] Dream you dream alone is only a dream, but dream we dream together is reality."

        Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. At 85 years young, Ono is already plotting her next album... It is not too late to change the world. We need Yoko now more than ever.

        Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon

        Early In The Morning

          An extraordinarily powerful recording from a very special trio. Beautifully pressed on one-sided 10" vinyl with a Yoko etching on the flip side, packaged in a clear plastic sleeve. Limited edition of 1000. Proceeds to benefit ASHINAGA Tokyo Rainbow House for orphans of the Japanese tsunami. 1 song / length 14:36

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 10" Info: ONE COPY ONLY LEFT!

          MANIMAL GROUP is excited to announce the sequel to YOKO ONO’S critically acclaimed 2007 collaboration record Yes, I’m A Witch (Astralwerks).

          'Yes, I’m A Witch Too' features new collaborations and remixes pairing ONO with Death Cab For Cutie, Peter, Bjorn and John, Sparks, tUnE-yArDs, MiikeSnow, Cibo Matto, Portugal The Man and more. 


          Palto Flats are back in the land of the rising sun for their seventh LP release, delivering a beautiful reissue of "Kakashi", the 1982 album from visionary saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, the man behind Mariah's "Utakata Ho Hibi". Through its 8 suite-like tracks, "Kakashi" transports the listener into Yasuaki's colourful sound-world, a fusion of outre jazz, new wave, ambient, and dub practices, often all at the same time. Opener "Suiren" grooves through new wave rhythms and wonky funk, the skronking sax and avant groove calling to mind an Arthur Russell outing or Love of Life Orchestra jam, while the naive chorus could have come from an early Talking Heads LP. Without pausing for breath, the track segues smoothly into the title track "Kakashi", a dreamy fourth world dubspace born of swelling brass, rippling mallets and a rolling bassline. The A-side comes to a close via the three movements of "Kono To Ni Yomeri", which offer serialist brass abstractions, warm woodland ambience and a reedy nocturne respectively. Over onto the B-side and the weird electronics, fractal brass and steady groove of "Yune Dewa" see Shimizu shimmy into Laswell territories, expanding our consciousness nicely before the stunning "Umi No Ue Kara" sprawls across most of the B-side. Boasting a languid groove, restrained bass and the ever present trickle of mallets, the track flows gracefully from start to finish taking in subtle guitar chords, gorgeous sax and heart swelling chord progressions. Last but not least, the mournful "Utsukushiki Tennen" tugs at the heartstrings with snaking Latin jazz sax, dubby bass and chanted vocals. 
          "Kakashi" is another high water mark in the 80s Japanese underground which has gathered cult status in recent years, and considered to be a highlight of Yasuaki's solo career. We're lucky to have this one back.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: All the heads have been hankering after this reissue ever since Palto Flats gave us their wonderful treatment of Mariah. I'm glad to say that the pressing is just as good as ever and the music within in nothing short of magical. Ambient, avant jazz swirling around dub rhythms and new wave touches - superb.

          Yma Sumac

          Mambo

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

            RSD 2014 exclusive - RED vinyl pressing limited to 500 copies only

            Mambo was the must-have Yma Sumac record...the one that led to her rediscovery by ad agencies and movie music supervisors.

            Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano.

            Eusa, the brand new album from Yann Tiersen comprises 10 new solo piano pieces, each relating to a specific location on the island of Ushant off the coast of Brittany (‘Eusa’ in Breton), where Tiersen lives.

            The album, recorded in Studio 1 at Abbey Road features Yann on piano accompanied by field recordings from the exact spot referred to in the piece of music. Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled ‘Hent’. Hent translates from Breton to English as Path – Tiersen is leading the listener across the landscape to the new location.

            Eusa is the album fans have been waiting for and sees Yann return to the piano and the music the world fell in love with on the soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunot’s 2001 movie Amélie.

            "I'm Gonna Live" is the second single taken from the album Skyline and is presented in limited edition 7" format. Inspired by the title of the Alan Lomax's Southern Journey 1959 album "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die" the title track focuses on the tiny pleasures of life as Yann sings about the tiny moments that make him feel alive.

            The single is backed with an instrumental version of "Vanishing Point" in which Yann uses samples of instruments and noises from all the other tracks on his own album 'Skyline', compiling them together to form this haunting final track.

            Yann Tiersen

            All

              ALLis the first album to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal, built in an abandoned discotheque on the island of Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall, Tiersen’s home for the past 10 years. The album, mixed and co-produced by Gareth Jones, continues the themes of environment and a connection to nature first explored on EUSA, incorporating recordings from outside of Brittany, such as the redwood forests of California as well as field recordings from Tempelhof airport in Berlin (on ‘Tempelhof’), plus guest vocalists.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              2xLP Info: Heavyweight vinyl, Side D etched.

              2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

              Yann Tiersen has sold hundreds of thousands of records worlds wide and even more soundtracks. Since 2009 he has been focused on playing live, with 270 shows spread over three world tours, which touched every continent. This Autumn Tiersen returns home and is releasing four beautifully re-mastered editions of his first four albums; La Valse Des Monstres (1995), Rue Des Cascades (1996), Le Phare (1998) et (Tout Est Calme 1999).

              With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. Tiersen became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amélie, but this was no over night successes. He had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim.

              Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style, and which also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. If Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue Des Cascades, were intial slow burners Tiersen’s third album, 1998's La Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France. As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more the rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. His Amelie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music. 

              Yann Tiersen

              Hent

                YANN TIERSENwill release Hent on 12 October 2018. Hent, a 45-minute composition, is the final release related to EUSA, his ninth studio album and first piano album, which came out on Mute in 2016. The album is available as a limited edition vinyl release, part of the Mute 4.0 anti-versary releases, and digitally.

                EUSA was originally conceived as a book of sheet music before a phenomenal reaction to the publication encouraged him to record the piano pieces atAbbey Road. Each track relates to a specific place on the island of Eusa (or Ushant in English), a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.

                The tracks were each conceived in and named after a location on the island, with five extracts fromHent (meaning “path” in Breton) linking them together. The new release sees the full composition available for the first time.

                The field recordings used for EUSA were released on limited edition vinyl in 2016, and an EP The Lost Notebook - EUSA came in the summer. The Lost Notebook - EUSAcontinues the journey through Eusa, and features two new tracks, originally intended for the album,but not recorded at that time, because they were thought to belost and were only recently rediscovered.



                Yann Tiersen has sold hundreds of thousands of records worlds wide and even more soundtracks. Since 2009 he has been focused on playing live, with 270 shows spread over three world tours, which touched every continent. This Autumn Tiersen returns home and is releasing four beautifully re-mastered editions of his first four albums; La Valse Des Monstres (1995), Rue Des Cascades (1996), Le Phare (1998) et (Tout Est Calme 1999).

                With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. Tiersen became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amélie, but this was no over night successes. He had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim.

                Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style, and which also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. If Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue Des Cascades, were intial slow burners Tiersen’s third album, 1998's La Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France. As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more the rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. His Amelie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music. 

                Yan Tregger remains one of the more cultish names to emerge from the experimental French disco scene of the 1970s. But to a growing number of obsessive crate diggers, the two LPs recorded for the Musical Touch Sound label in 1978/9: "Catchy" and "Ducks & Drakes" have become like the holy grail of rare disco. Those diggers include Mark Grusane of the late Mr Peabody record store in Chicago. One of the deepest collectors of rare soul, disco and boogie, he included an edit of the sleazy disco bomb "Riff On" from "Catchy" on "The Real Sound of Mark Grusane", his recent collection of hen’s teeth rarities for BBE. Now, thanks to the careful curation of UK music hero Frankie Valentine, BBE is delighted to dig deeper into the Yan Tregger archives and reissue these two indemand LPs. First up is the 1978 LP "Catchy", a heady collection of cosmic disco that should see Tregger’s name ranked alongside those of Arpadys, Cerrone and Space as one of the pioneers of French dance music. Characterised by its energetic rhythm sections, space-age synths and funky guitar riffs, "Catchy" couldn’t be a more perfect title for this classic collection of late 70’s grooves.

                Originally released on library music label Musical Touch Sound back in 1979, "Ducks & Drakes" is an instrumental disco LP by pioneering French electronic musician Yan Tregger. Reissued this year by BBE alongside his 1978 album "Catchy", "Ducks & Drakes" has achieved cult status among crate diggers and DJs, thanks to its ebullient charm and rock-solid leftfield grooves. Virtually impossible to find on vinyl for many years now, "Ducks & Drakes" found wider allure in 2008 when Alexis Le-Tan selected album track "Girls Will Be Girls" for experimental disco compilation "Space Oddities". UK music hero Frankie Valentine brought these two magical albums to BBE’s attention and curated the project alongside the team.

                Amazingly (especially given the era in which it was recorded) the album was almost entirely performed, produced and composed by Tregger himself. Presented with its beautiful original artwork and previously unavailable to all but a lucky few record collectors, don't sleep on this nugget of disco gold.


                Following on from 2016's superb 'Serpent Music' on label extraordinaire, PAN, Yves Tumor follows up by moving to Warp for the brilliant new LP, 'Safe In The Hands Of Love'. 

                From the throbbing sidechained electronics and fragmented vocal accentuations of 'Economy Of Freedom' it becomes clear that we're in for something pretty special. Equally obtuse and euphoric, fragments of sound are smeared liberally across a detritus-riddled backdrop of throbbing bass and static crackling before lurching into a beautiful and eerie redux. 

                This sort of dystopian noise is riddled throughout, but liberally freckled with moments of cohesive and frankly mindlblowing songwriting. 'Noid' for example, is based upon a clattering percussive loop and driving bass (Mr. Tumor really loves that bass synth), but encompasses aspects of hip-hop and soul to boot, vocals rhythmically bobbing in and out of the stereo field, lending a momentous urgency to proceedings before the swooning yang to the former's yin, employing similar vocal phrasing but swapping about the clattering instrumental maelstrom for a sleazy, warped lounge turn. 

                There are moments of divine clarity scattered throughout the whole LP, balancing the sometimes overwhelming cascade of noise and malaise, but it's these moments that make the comparitive unease so satisying, lending moments of calm to an otherwise claustrophobic affair. Perfeclty balanced spine-tingling melodies are teased out of the decay, fittingly warped and then put to work alongside the dystopian foreground. As ever, a stunningly written and perfectly balanced juxtaposition of chaos and peace. 


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Yves Tumor smashes it out of the park once again for this shuddering, post-apocalyptic suite of scattered melodies, broken rhythms and oppressive atmospheres, punctuated with moments of deserved beauty and blessed resolution. Killer.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLP Info: 2LP in paper inners, in gatefold sleeve with 12”
                insert and digital download code.

                This CD is the first-ever release of an extraordinary 1987 New York City performance. Recorded at the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, this majestic recording captures the 60-minute opening performance of Yoshi Wada's interactive sound installation "The Appointed Cloud", which consisted of a self-made 80-piece pipe organ, a pipe gong, sirens and a massive suspended metal sheet, all triggered by a computer program designed by David Rayna, who assisted La Monte Young in his electronic work and performances in 1980s. The CD also features Wada, Bob Drombowski and Wayne Hankin on bagpipes, plus Michael Pugliese, who ever worked with David Tudor for Merce Cunningham's dance company, on percussion. Dramatically structured, shifting and intense, "The Appointed Cloud" features massive low frequencies and regal percussion vying with the ululations of bagpipes, all resounding in the huge reverberant space of the Great Hall with its 24-meter ceiling.

                Y Assassin

                Vitamin Y

                  After soaring with Social Politics and Pretty Face, the five piece all girl band Yassassin (featuring ex members of The History Of Apple Pie, Lust, Bonfire Nights, and Loaded) release their debut EP Vitamin Y via Babelogue. Produced by Dave Allen (The Cure, Neneh Cherry) and mixed by Mike Moore (Liam Gallagher), Vitamin Y is released on a limited edition transparent blue 12" vinyl. Lead track Cherry Pie is dark, sleazy and psychy which hints of The Big Moon, Veruca Salt, Dream Wife and the Breeders.

                  Yabby You

                  Dread Prophecy: The Strange And Wonderful Story Of Yabby You

                    As a singer, writer and producer, Yabby You created some of the greatest roots classic in the history of reggae. A must-have for roots reggae fans and all those interested in classic reggae!

                    Vivian "Yabby You" Jackson was, along with Lee "Scratch" Perry, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Burning Spear and Culture, one of the key creators of the roots reggae style and dub revolution which swept the world in the 1970s.

                    'Dread Prophecy: The Strange And Wonderful Story Of Yabby You' is a stunning collection of Yabby You's classic recordings of himself and other artists he produced as well as sought-after rarities presented in a "long" DVD-style package including 3 audio CDs with 56 tracks - over 3 hours of music with 10 previously unreleased tracks and 30 tracks never previously on CD. It includes a 28-page booklet with many extensive personal essays from people who knew him: David Katz , Alex Peacemaker and Randall Grass.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    CD Box Set Info: Comes in DVD size box.

                    "It Rains Here" is the debut album from Manchester's Yadava - the So Flute co-founder and darling of the local scene. Anyone that's been to the esteemed clubnight, or caught this cat in action behind the 1s-n-2s should be more than satisfied with the smorgasbord of sounds and influences contained with.

                    A melting pot of global styles, the self-confessed Mr. Scruff obsessee has taken the baton of eclecticism and held onto it tightly, as he expresses his own personality over Latin, Tropicalia, house, downbeat and lounge blueprints. Live percussion features heavily throughout the course of the LP, a facet that can also be applied to his outlandish, meandering DJ sets.

                    There is however, a natural warmth, rich musicality and organic glow that holds the album together in cohesive form; a natural reaction to growing up in the industrialized, often grey, rainy city and our unrelenting pursuit of colour and hedonism through music. It's a languid and laid back affair, but one that should soak the listener in a balmy, sedative patina; perfect for late afternoon beach sessions, back garden BBQ-raves and early evening meadow parties. 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: So Flute's most attractive member (sorry Dan!) and general all star human being Yad finally drops a full artist statement. Released on taste making label Church, it's been a long time coming, but hammers home the gifted DJ / producer's message of warmth, soul and unity - through house music, broken beat and updates to the funk and soul blueprint. Full marks dude.

                    Yak presents his first solo EP on Martyn's 3024 imprint. Three, intricate, dazzling excursions into half-time, d'n'b and garage all presented with a hi-gloss finish and resplendent in colour, texture and style.

                    "Rhodes Island" is the vibey d'n'b number that sneaks in under a cloak of mystery perc hits and glowing pads, and its only when the pitched up breaks drop you realize you're actually about to explode into a 160bpm roller! Inventive edits and beat trickery reminding us of the legacies of Nucleus and Paradox while still sounding extremely 2018. "Don Greno" is a tight, taut, skeletal take on UKF / UKG with Yak's tropical percussion hits a fixture throughout the EP. This one's been killing it on dublate for Rinse FM through it's impressive sound design and awe-inspiring arrangement - 100% fire! "Ocean Floor" is a more freeform, dubbed out drum groove perfect for those late night / early morning vibrations and will work excellently as a percussive DJ tool to get wild with in-tha-mix. Massive vibes on this one players! 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Multi-flavoured new school vibes here. From the explosive roller of "Rhodes Island" to the neo-tropical UKF of "Don Greno" and finishing with digi-dub hybrid "Ocean Floor". Amazing!

                    Yak

                    BBS012EP

                      For this newest outing on Black Beacon's run of killer 7's, young whippersnapper and all-round musical mastermind Yak smashes out a couple of fractured but rolling bassy electronica numbers. 

                      First up, we get the skittering percussion and ambient scratches of 'Viggy', rhythmically leading the way into a throbbing deep dubby techno breakdown, replete with jagged glassine truncated drum samples and throbbing TM-404-style acidic throbs. Ambient enough to sneak away into the background, but pull your attention back when that euphoric build-up starts to form. The rapid change from avant ambience into a body-rolling 4am groover is a rapid, but perfectly calculated beast. 

                      Next up, and 'Marieta' keeps things low-key in the first instance, once again trading in bit-crushed percussive stabs before relaxing into a steady militant groove. Slowly segueing from syncopated percussion into a full-strength technoid workout, adding elements and abstracting others until the morph is complete. 

                      Cleverly sequenced, brilliantly written, and perfectly produced. Another winner for BBS. 

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Brilliant release this, deep rolling bass, pulsing synths and clicking syncopated percussion. Imbued with influences from all over the electronic spectrum, and put together with panache and style. And to think when I was his age, I couldn't even find my hoodie.

                      Susumu Yokota returns with one of his most engaging albums to date, with every track a gently glowing gem. The set features the vocal talents of Casper Clausen (Efterklang), Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden), Claire Hope (The Chap), Panos Ghikas (The Chap), Nancy Elizabeth, Caroline Ross and Kaori. Yokota creates an album full of great songs within a mesmerising web of sound made of subtle rhythms and deep tones. From the almost soft bossa vibes of "Love Tendrilises" to the fractured folk of "A Flower White", the electronic jazz of "A Ray Of Light" and the Twin Peaks beauty of "Meltwater", this as an album that repays deep and repeated listening.

                      Tracklisting
                      1. Love Tendrilises - vocals by Casper Clausen (Efterklang) & Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden)
                      2. Breeze - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                      3. A Ray Of Light - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                      4. A Flower White - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                      5. The Natural Process - vocals by Caroline Ross
                      6. Reflect Mind - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth and Kaori
                      7. Inside Foresighted - vocals by Kaori
                      8. Meltwater - vocals by Caroline Ross and Kaori
                      9. Tree Surgeon - vocals by Kaori, ClaireHope (The Chap) & Panos Ghikas (The Chap)
                      10. Suture - vocals by Casper Clausen (Efterklang) & Anna Bronsted (Our Broken Garden)
                      11. Bonda - vocals by Kaori
                      12. 12 Days 12 Nights - vocals by Nancy Elizabeth
                      13. Warmth

                      Yakuza

                      Way Of The Dead

                      Chicago's Yakuza kick off this aural assualt with a Tibetan monk drone, that's just before some humungously large riffs drop into your lap and twist your goolies into a contorted knot. They're not averse to a bit of subtelty and invention either, in fact this is an indescribable mix of avant metal, jazzcore and post-apocalyptic psychedelia. The album ends with "01100011101", a cerebral forty-three minute instrumental that has large dollops of post hardcore about it as well as superb guitar and bass riffing. Terrorizer magazine observes 'When Yakuza hit their mark they come off as a jazz-inflected mixture of early 90s experimental thrash (Bastro seems to be a major influence) and post Helmet groove metal'.

                      Fatima Yamaha

                      What's A Girl To Do

                        Surprise re-issue of this near mythical 12"! It seems nearly everybody missed it the first time round... Dekmantel & Magnetron do the right thing and polish up the old girl to 2015 standards. Expect to hear this absolutely everywhere this summer.

                        Geinoh Yamashirogumi

                        Akira: Symphonic Suite

                        The symphonic music to "Akira" was composed by Dr. Shoji Yamashiro, head of the beloved Japanese musical collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi, and performed by the group. Remastered using the most advanced audio techniques available, this release of the unforgettable score of "Akira" is peerless in quality and audio fidelity. The vinyl release features audio so pristine that it invokes the 'hypersonic effect', a physiological change in the brain that occurs when listening to sounds above the audible human range (40kHz+). The result is a comfortable, relaxed feeling induced by the hi-frequency audio.

                        In addition to the CD release, the vinyl version is a double black vinyl 180g gatefold LP. The discs are packaged in high quality printed sleeves displaying artwork from the film. A download card includes a lengthy commentary by composer Dr. Yamashiro on topics ranging from "Akira" to Geinoh Yamashirogumi to his work in advanced brain studies is also included.


                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Deluxe LP Info: 180g Vinyl Double LP + download card.

                        Nilüfer Yanya

                        Do You Like Pain?

                          “Though her instrumentation is sparse - usually just guitar, saxophone, and drums - and her voice is mellow, Yanya’s hooks are always rife with dizzying romantic insight […] NilüferYanya cements her status as one of the most promising new artists of the year.” - Pitchfork

                          “Boldness is warranted when you’ve got a hook as devastating as the one that singer Nilüfer Yanya repeats with mounting intensity on her post-punktinged single.” - The New York Times

                          “Nobody does steely, wounded restraint right now quite like this south-London guitarist” - The Guardian

                          The Yardbirds

                          Little Games

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

                            Splatter coloured vinyl, limited to 400 copies.

                            The Yardbirds

                            Where The Action Is

                            Featuring Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, "...Where the Action Is!" has rare versions of hit singles, the most complete BBC archival recordings assembled, previously unavailable recordings and photographs, and was compiled with some of the old Yardbirds giving a hand.

                            Optimo Music treat all fans of indie miserablism, bedroom gloom and post punk groan to the new album from Jacob Yates (Uncle John and Whitelock). Not only is he one of the label's all-time favourite artists from Glasgow, but he is one of their favourite artists from anywhere. Criminally unknown except to a few who have been long transfixed by his recordings and performances, we hope this release will open a few more ears to his wondrous musical world.

                            “The Hare, The Moon, The Drone” is the gloom auteur's third LP. This recording finds the band exploring dark hawthorn hedged lanes, moors and suburban, new build estates. There's something more earthy about the songs but the menace and darkness remains. Musically there is a big shift on this album, a field recording of a folk band from a dark, pine filled glen. The opener, The Car sets the scene for the rural side of the album, dank and stone cold. The tracks then shift through the woods, people turn into animals, we pass a sunlit glade, do you hear a love song? Cassie Ezeji closes the side sweetly lamenting in Gaelic as the snow falls.

                            Side two is a more urban affair opening with despair in a bedroom in Belgium, we visit a faith healer and drop in on your lonely mother. Lovatt recounts the story of a karaoke addicted murderer before we finally go home to our new build just outside of town where the pylons tower over Michael and his sister Rachel. It's a journey you can go on, looking out of the window of the bus, glimpses of lives glide by, cards on seats promise to help you. Ding! It's time to get off.


                            Yazz Ahmed

                            La Saboteuse (Remixed)

                              We are witnessing a burgeoning jazz scene in London, a resurgence that looks set to give us a return of the jazz filled 20s once again. One of the driving forces at the heart of this tidal wave of compelling, new music, is British-Bahraini composer and trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, who has been cited as redefining what jazz means in the 21st century.

                              Ye Nuns

                              Nun More Black

                                On paper, Ye Nuns are a tribute band. An all-girl celebration of The Monks, proto-krautrock garage punkers formed by a gang of American GIs stationed in Germany who legendarily sported tonsures and nooses on stage. But Ye Nuns are more than a tribute band. Formed by seven London ladies in 2006, Ye Nuns send witchy, six-part harmonies crashing over scratchy guitars, layer on evil fuzz bass and add pounding drums. Lead vocals screech and soar. Electric banjo hacks relentlessly. Vintage keyboard sounds stab. Yet it’s still music that puts grins on faces and gets feet moving.

                                In an arena where youth is often prized above talent, a band of seven women north of 35 is virtually unprecedented. Their experience and assured poise shines through on stage. There’s no need for faux-sexy posing or cute apologetic stylings. Members’ other bands include Curve, Mambo Taxi, Thee Headcoatees, Gay Dad, The A-Lines, Echobelly, Joanne Joanne, The Werewandas and The Priscillas.

                                Debut album Nun More Black grinds, grooves and assaults. Recorded in two days flat on old-fashioned tape at Gizzard Studios, there are proper tunes, moments of astonishing avant-garde sonic assault and lashings of righteous ire which you can dance to. Again, Ye Nuns are more than a tribute band. “I love watching Ye Nuns! It was fun watching you guys do this! I love Ye Nuns!” Eddie Shaw (original member of The Monks)

                                “Conceptually, it’s perfect: an all-female tribute band who play the songs of The Monks while dressed as nuns.” Stool Pigeon

                                “The music has a simple, visceral effect delivered with such joy that the crowd in the packed tent are in motion from the first banjo twang to the last organ parp. The Monks’ warped genius has passed by musical osmosis to this unholy sisterhood.” SoundsXP

                                “Bad ass garage rock and roll, played with flair, experience and total confidence, and with unexpected psychedelic twists and turns.” TheGirlsAre.com

                                Ye Wiles

                                Smoothing Away The Horrors Of Indigestion

                                This South Coast outfit mix skacore, folk and good old fashioned punk rock and produced a violin led frenzy of sound. Laconic S'thern vocal delivery (the singer has a nice sneer in his voice) and bags of energy. New on Household Name.

                                Yeah Saint Paul

                                Women Are Stoned

                                  The album, a mellow journey which explores themes such as self-belief, change, sexuality and companionship has started to receive acclaim from certain quarters of the British music press, and is beginning to gain attention in other territories.

                                  Songwriter Angel Rivers' story encompasses years of work with a number of obscure London bands, having spent much of his time under the radar, honing his craft in the studio and on rare live appearances.

                                  The album was recorded on an old eight-track, at locations in London and East Sussex, where gruelling sessions would go until late night during summer, or early morning in winter; fire heaters ablaze, snow falling outside; wine and cigarettes to anaesthetize the routine. The result was the brilliant debut album "Women Are Stoned".

                                  Yeah Yeah Industrial

                                  Pseudoxia Epidemica

                                  Its a behemoth of a record...consisting of a 2 track 33prm 7" and a 74 minute one track CD (plus an extra 4 tracks on the download code clocking in at an extra 44 minutes of music)Think of this as a denser, cosmic companion to the Ambience series...a truly astral trip of cosmic proportions! YYI are a well renowned northern improv duo (who also perform with Hugs Bison & Some Some Unicorn) who make walls of sound using a myriad of sounds from found sources which are fed through FX units, twisted, cut up, stretched, reformed...you name it, it's done with effortless ease and craftmanship. The 3 pieces here were recorded in 1 take.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  Ltd 7" Info: 2 track 33prm 7" and a 74 minute one track CD (plus an extra 4 tracks on the download code clocking in at an extra 44 minutes of music)

                                  Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                  Fever To Tell

                                  Only three singles old and already hailed as 'the most exciting band on the planet' (thanks NME!) but there's definitely something happening here. Proper post-punky, arty, super-creative yet free and careless garage rock. There's weird sound and angular guitars a-plenty but it's the singer Karen O (a film studies graduate from New York Uni) and her effervescent sense of fun, that steals the show. Half Shirley Manson, half Siouxsie Sioux, she has a lyrical audacity and electrifying presence to rival even PJ Harvey at her very best. She's searching for love, with thrills, pills and alcohol thrown in for good measure. There's an exhilarating sense of abandon here; you can lose yourself in this joyous chaos!!!

                                  Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                  Fever To Tell - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                    Vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, Fever To Tell. The release will be the original album newly remastered by Stephen Marcussen on black 180g audiophile vinyl for the first time ever and five newspaper lyric posters with exclusive photos by Nick Zinner, Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Julian Gross, Patrick Daughters and Cintamani Calise.

                                    Very few things in life compare to the spine tingling, adrenalin rush that comes when you hear a great single for the first time, so I reckon the day the Yeah Yeah Yeahs walked into their record company, demanding that the opening track on “It's Blitz” should be “Zero” was, in general, a good day at the office for their A&R man. 'You want the best single of the year so far to be the first track on your album? Erm, yeah, I think we can probably live with that’. “It's Blitz” is no one hit wonder though. Awash with synths, it's an album of conflicts that finds Karen O at her most vulnerable while the band, with a sly wink to NYC disco, create what can only be described as an epic soundscape behind her. Yes, the guitars have (no doubt begrudgingly) conceded top billing to Nick Zinners vintage Arp but at its heart, “It’s Blitz” is still a great ROCK record.

                                    Yeah Yeah Yeahs release their fourth album, Mosquito on April 15th, 2013.

                                    “We would love for this music to make our fans feeeeel something, for it to stir some shit up inside of them, whatever that may be,” says singer Karen O. “SO much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off. I hope others can climb up it too; we’re excited to share the good vibes.”

                                    Mosquito is produced by Dave Sitek and Nick Launay (working separately), with one track produced by James Murphy. The bulk of it was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornilla, TX. Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith) appears on one track.

                                    “We took a more playful, LO-FI approach to songwriting,” says O. “Much of the music was demoed in our little basement studio in Manhattan with drum machines, a shitty sample keyboard and tons of delay - which we called the soup.
                                    “I think this record has more moodier and tripped-out songs than you've ever heard from us,” she continues. “You might catch some roots reggae and minimalist psychedelia influences in there.”

                                    The members, once lovingly labeled by Rolling Stone as “the goth, the nerd and the slut” have been busy in the past few years. Karen O co- created a psycho-opera (with KK Barrett) titled Stop The Virgens, which she described as an assault on the tragic joys of youth spun through a cycle of nine songs. O took Stop The Virgens from New York’s St. Ann’s all the way to the Sydney Opera House, bringing Chase along on drums in the production and Zinner as guitarist and musical director. Spin noted “Stop The Virgens is musical theater as catharsis, and it illustrates just how much Karen O has grown as an artist over her decade-long career.”

                                    O also collaborated with Trent Reznor for “Immigrant Song” on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, “Strange Love” on the Frankenweenie soundtrack, and sang on songs with Santigold, Swans and David Lynch. Nick Zinner curated, composed and led an orchestral work titled 41 Strings both in NYC and the Sydney Opera House. The performance involved over 45 musicians. Hear a performance of 41 Strings HERE. Zinner also contributed songwriting and production to Santigold’s album and had several shows of his acclaimed photography. Drummer Brian Chase will be releasing an album of his solo project, Drums & Drones, on the Pogus Label in 2013. The album features electro-acoustic soundscapes based on the sonic properties of drums and percussion. Notable album releases/appearances by Chase include the Chase/Misterka duo's The Shape of Sound, Karlie Bruce's Paperback Lover, Man Forever's Pansophical Cataract, and Jeremiah Cymerman's Fire Sign. Chase also writes about yoga, food and music on his own website chasebrian.com.
                                    The band has recorded three studio albums; All 3 albums were nominated for a GRAMMY award for Best Alternative Music Album. The first, Fever to Tell, was named as the best album of the year by The New York Times. The Patrick Daughters-directed video “Maps” was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. The certified-Gold album was named by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media, and NME as one of the best albums of the decade. The second, Show Your Bones, was named the second best album of the year by NME. Rolling Stone magazine named it the one of the best album of the year, while Spin Magazine ranked it in their 40 best albums of 2006. Their third studio album, It's Blitz!, was named the second best album of the year by NME magazine, It's Blitz! was named as the second best album of 2009 by Spin Magazine and third best of 2009 by NME along with the single "Zero" from the album listed as the best track of the year by both. All three are fired up for the newest: Mosquito.

                                    “This is a feel good, food for the soul, chicken soup for the ears Yeah Yeah Yeahs record - which doesn't mean easy listening - it means kind of raw, kind of chaotic, kind of dreamy,” says O. “ Very us.”

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Andy says: This band continue to surprise. After the synth-pop light of 'It's Blitz', which could have left you anticipating a push towards the mainstream, comes a swerve to the left and a dark, moody masterpiece that draws you in and under. Excellent.

                                    Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                    Show Your Bones

                                    As Kings of Leon proved in 2005, the best tactic after releasing a critically adored debut is to blow it clean out of the water with your follow-up. With this in mind, "Show Your Bones" will achieve classic album status. Taking the fractious blueprint set down on "Fever To Tell", Brooklyn's Yeah Yeah Yeahs have tempered their brittle art-punk metre with an (almost) funky swaggering funk (the LL Cool J borrowing "Phenomena"), grandiose soundscapes ("Gold Lion") and anthemic epics ("Turn Into You"). All this and there's still room for their trademark sound which got the hipsters so rapturous in the first place.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    CD Info: Includes a UK bonus track, "Deja Vu".

                                    Bernhard Fleischmann and four of his pals are The Year Of, providing Morr Music with another quality album. Somehow, out of a mis-matched collection of scattered beats, gentle indie rock, alt.country twangs, dusty laptop breaks and defiant post rock, they've conjure up a lovely album making them Austria's answer to Wilco!

                                    Second album from Joe Moore's project, The Yearning. Made and managed in his own studio, this is a personal universe that is exciting, independent, separate from any other kind of precepts in the music industry; his very own. The delicious arrangements, that romantic halo, and Maddie Dobie's fascinating voice are still heard on almost the entire album. But while the last album 'Dreamboats & Lemonade' looked to sixties pop from the most cheerful girl-group perspective, 'Evening Souvenirs' is a slow, deliberate, nocturnal album, with echoes of lounge music and "chanson", of bossa and chamber pop, with touches of Sarah and l Records melancholy, and Burt Bacharach soundtracks.

                                    Playing with a considerable number of instruments, and the participation of the Cotsworld Voices choir on many of the songs, we find ourselves with one of those albums that needs to be listened to in semi-darkness, where the notes are bursting to the surface, giving you goose bumps hair by hair.

                                    For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin. Vinyl is Limited edition of 500 copies on grey vinyl, with MP3 download.

                                    Compilation of The Yearning's first two sold-out mini-LPs, "Jukebox Romance" and "Still In Love", plus singles and three unreleased tracks: - "Dawn", "Love Is Like A Rollercoaster" and "Dusk".

                                    Taking their influences from late 50s/early 60s girl-groups and Phil Spector, Joe Moore's productions are becoming more and more well-known all over the world. Their signature effusive, romantic, and elegant sixties-style pop is already a trademark.

                                    For fans of Dionne Warwick, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Dusty Springfield, Francoise Hardy and Jane Birkin.

                                    The Yearning

                                    Take Me All Over The World

                                      The untiring Joe Moore in his endless search for beauty in music, is back with a new mini-album from THE YEARNING, and addressing his usual inclinations: the chanson, chamber pop, bossa, and above all, the perfect song. And once again, he is handling all the production work, the recording, and the songwriting, and is playing almost all the instruments.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      10" LP Info: 10" is numbered limited edition of 750 copies. Includes download.

                                      Yeasayer

                                      O.N.E.

                                        Comes with free colour print, Limited to 325

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Ltd 12" Info: ############## RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE! ############### ONE PER PERSON!

                                        'A cream-whipped dream of Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears and Thomas Mapfumo, all soaring, vocal harmonies, cascading synth parts and muffled tribal drums, with highlife guitars and a children's choir' - Time Out. Yeasayer's smashing debut album is a mesmerizing journey.

                                        Amen & Goodbye is the fourth studio album from Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer.

                                        Yeasayer offer a peek into the world of Amen & Goodbye with “I Am Chemistry,” the first track to be heard from their highly-anticipated forthcoming album. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary folk singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches, “I Am Chemistry” is a linear psychedelic journey proving Yeasayer still has the knack for writing very odd pop songs.

                                        Amen & Goodbye is the follow up to 2012’s work Fragrant World. Moving away from a digital - heavy approach, Yeasayer recorded Amen & Goodbye to tape at Outlier Inn Studio in upstate New York, then brought on board Joey Waronker (drummer - Atoms For Peace / Beck) to deconstruct everything to make the final document.

                                        Amen & Goodbye features Yeasayer’s trademark sound without sounding like anything the band has done before. They have created a collection of strange fables from the Bible from a universe that does not yet exist.

                                        Yeasayer

                                        Odd Blood

                                          "Odd Blood" is an album divided into two halves; the first being top heavy with pop songs, while the latter full of the playful and strange. After the introductory track the music leaps into Yeasayer’s version of the pop anthem with "Ambling Alp", "Madder Red", "I Remember" and "O.N.E". Side two is slightly more experimental in nature, yet never deprives the listener of hooks and ear candy.

                                          First brewed in the frosty hills of Woodstock, NY at the Marotta lair, then transferred to the steely sweeps of NYC, "Odd Blood" took many layers to finalise, but as with all things Yeasayer, the outcome is spectacular - filled with their interpretation of pop pleasures and experimentation, the band has once again carved its own path through that ice cold glacier that is modern pop/rock.

                                          Yeasayer are: Anand Wilder, Chris Keating & Ira Wolf Tuton

                                          Yellow Magic Orchestra

                                          BGM - Clear Vinyl Edition

                                          180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                          4-page insert
                                          PVC protective sleeve
                                          First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl

                                          On their fourth album 'BGM' (1981), YMO continued where they left off with 'X∞ Multiplies', by venturing further into synthesizers, drum computers and experimentation with rhythm, sequences and speeds.

                                          This album is more focused on atmosphere and mood, some even say this album is a turning point for YMO and the international pop music scene. They successfully merged lyrics, sound bites and their signature electriconically programmed music on 'BGM'.

                                          "1000 Knives" and "Cue" are the most famous; the hand clap on "1000 Knives" is probably one of the most used samples in the 80s, early 90s.

                                          Yellow Magic Orchestra

                                          Public Pressure - Clear Vinyl Edition

                                          • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                          • PVC protective sleeve
                                          • Insert
                                          • Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl

                                          This is YMO’s first live recorded album and their second number 1 album in Japan. Several concerts were recorded for 'Public Pressure', all in 1979 (at the Venue in London, Greek Theater in LA, Bottom Line in NYC, Sun Plaza in Nakano). The best of each of these live shows was collected together for this release.

                                          This album contains first class recordings, clear and sparkling; YMO is arguably at its best with an audience. Akiko Yano is a welcomed addition to YMO, as she completes the band with sublime vocals.

                                          This live album has a much more relaxed approach to the music, as it feels like they’re jamming on stage and clearly enjoying themselves!

                                          Yellow Magic Orchestra

                                          Service - Clear Vinyl Edition

                                            'Service' was the sixth and, at the time, final studio album by Yellow Magic Orchestra. The band dissolved the following year after a world tour, but would later reform in 1993 for a one-off reunion album, 'Technodon'. Each member would continue their already established solo careers, while Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi also formed the band Sketch Show (with Ryuichi Sakamoto assisting), which later turned into YMO.

                                            Like '×-Multiplies', it contains a mixture of YMO songs and comedy sketches performed by Super Eccentric Theater, or SET Service features “You’ve Got to Help Yourself”, which was previously featured in instrumental form on the previous album, 'Naughty Boys Instrumental'.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            LP Info: 180g clear audiophile vinyl edition. 1000 numbered copies only. Includes 4-Page Insert and PVC protective sleeve.

                                            Yellow Magic Orchestra

                                            Solid State Survivor

                                            • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
                                            • Insert
                                            • PVC protective sleeve

                                            'Solid State Survivor' was the second album by Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, released in 1979. Featuring Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards, vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards, vocals), the trio hit their stride with this second long player, a brisk and confident set of synth-disco pop tracks that continues along the line drawn five years before by Kraftwerk. Fun-loving and breezy where Kraftwerk had been ponderous and statuesque, the album sets out YMO's template for electronic pop with less minimalism and a more varying use of synthesizer lines. The English lyrics, written by Chris Mosdell but sung by YMO themselves, make for hilarious listening especially on a cover of the Beatles' "Day Tripper".

                                            Diesel has resurrected his Yellow Sox moniker for an outing on Freerange. "Zig Zag" is a big heavy side of house music, propelled on crisp, straight up beats, whopping synth lines and some monstrous sub bass. Over on side-B Roland Appel remixes "Zig Zag" into a slightly proggier affair, attaching a running bass-line under some sirens and effecting the synths to make them even bigger. Last up there's a nifty little edit of the OG.

                                            Yellow Stripe Nine

                                            One Look (It's Love)

                                            Influenced by Adam & The Ants, ABC and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, YSN are Stanley Kubrick's Droogs cast as a pop band of Edwardian dandies. This is their third single, and was produced by XTC and Clash producer Simon Humphrey.

                                            Yellow Stripe Nine

                                            Trouble With Girls

                                            Yellow Stripe Nine are an art-rock style pop band from Leeds, who've been compared to everyone from Roxy Music to Talking Heads and The Teardrop Explodes. This single was recorded with XTC and David Byrne producer Simon Humphrey.

                                            Yellow Sunshine

                                            Yellow Sunshine / Don't Tell Me Later Girl

                                            In case you didn't know, "Yellow Sunshine" by the band of the same name is an essential proto disco jam from back in 1973. A big one with the underground disco heads and B-boy DJs in the Bronx alike this record is a sure-shot winner! Often early Hip-hop DJ's would buy 2 copies of this 45 or the LP and cut it up long enough for the crowd to get loose and into the groove. Produced in Philadelphia, originally released on Kenny Gamble's 'Gamble' label and featuring some heavyweight players including Dexter Wansel, Roland chambers and more, "Yellow Sunshine" is the perfect blend of funk, rock & disco - old school style. Backed with 'Don't Tell Me later Girl' a la the original '73 Gamble Records promo this one's an essential for anyone who digs that Funk! There's always been poor imitations, but this 2017. Same as it ever was! Buy on sight!

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: Featuring the immeasurable talents of Dexter Wansel and Roland Chambers, "Yellow Sunshine" grooves its way through disco, funk, jazz funk and rock to reveal its self as the kind of incendiary party starter you'd imagine Theo has a private 15 minute edit of!

                                            While retaining the melodic, enveloping guitar soundscapes of previous releases, "Melt Inside" is different in one key element. On this occasion, Jon's mesmerising, minimalist, guitar-based arrangements are enhanced by the divine vocals of Ally Todd. The album features nine tracks, composed and recorded between Lund, Sweden and Leicestershire, UK during 2004-5. But it is more than simply a collection of songs. These are vibrant, emotional stories of love and loathing, of mystery and intrigue, of despair and elation.

                                            Yellowcard

                                            The Underdog EP

                                            Now signed to Capitol Records, this EP is a taster of what's to come, after playing on the Vans Warped Tour Yellowcard are proving to be one of the most entertaining new emo-pop bands on the scene and this five track mini-album is just the ticket.

                                            Yellowman & Fathead

                                            Divorced (For Your Eyes Only)

                                            180 gram vinyl reissue of this classic1983 dancehall album recorded at Channel One Studios, Kingston, Jamaica. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Laws & mixed down at Joe Gibbs studio, the rhythms are laid down by High Times Band with the exception of lead track "Divorced!" which was done by Roots Radics Band. It was the second UK release from the duo and further cemented their original style coupled with strong sense of humour - making them a great 80s success story. 




                                            Mint Condition turn their attention to Detroit bred / LA based producer Kenny Larken for the 21st edition of their beautifully done reissue series.

                                            Larkin's music is always awash with human emotion, his machine tinged expressions hark back to the true sources of techno music where man always met machine and the soul was inherent. "Serena X" always sounded like it had been beamed back to us, even in 1992 when she first appeared, bolstered by a classic remix from fellow Detroit techno auteur Carl Craig that saw C2 firmly innerzoning and adding in some trademark stellar chopped-up breaks to the mix. Both of these now classic and monumental tracks are included here, on this reissue, backed by the towering melodic workout that is "Empirical Reality. These tracks all stand tall today, a testament to the forward thinking style of Mr. Larkin. Remastered from his own source materials and with his full involvement, Mint Condition are top dogs in this game and comes fully endorsed by us here at Picc HQ. 


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Matt says: 'Nuff stuff coming outta the Mint Condition stables to keep the vintage house & techno firms twitching of late. Kenny Larkin's Yennek alias doin' the do here.

                                            The follow up EP to Yes Blythe's Debut album "Keep The Faith" first saw the light of day as a short run cassette release on the Gnod tape imprint Tesla Tapes. "Initiate Screen Prevails" is finally being given a vinyl release on Sacred Tapes. Not only the first Vinyl release for the label, kicking off an offshoot SAC-R series, but also a first vinyl release for the artist.

                                            This 30 minute EP ranges from subtle layered field recordings to intense crushing noise created with depth and detail. The record comes packaged with printed fabric insert and risograph'd recycled card info sheet.


                                            When Rick Wakeman replaced Tony Kaye on keyboards in 1971 the last piece was finally in place and Yes were soon to be regarded as amongst the premier progressive rock acts around. Surrounded by banks of instruments, Wakeman played organ, synths, Mellotron, piano and electric harpsichord alongside Anderson, Squire, Bruford and Howe and the first recordings by (what many believe to be) the definitive Yes line-up resulted in "Fragile". Four group tracks and five featuring each individual band member produced classic tracks like "Roundabout", "Heart Of The Sunrise" and "Long Distance Runaround".

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            CD Info: Newly remastered with restored Roger Dean artwork, this edition features two bonus tracks.

                                            Yes

                                            Friends And Relatives Volume 2

                                            A second collection of tracks from the various side-projects from the members of Yes including Jon Anderson on "Magic Love" and Rick Wakeman on "Catherine Howard" plus rarities from Nikki Squire and Bill Bruford. New original artwork from Roger Dean in all twenty tracks of top stuff.

                                            After a few remixes of other artists Mark Rae (Grand Central head honcho and Rae & Christian duo half) and Rhys Adams deliver their first Yesking (Yes King?)release. "Champion Sound" is the kind of dancehall hip hop Rae excels in. Featuring vocals by Kenny Knotts, Baby Chann and Mystro, the track is a real dancefloor winner (the 12" also includes instrumental and acapella versions). On the flip The Nextmen drop the track into squelchy analogue keyboard heaven, toughening things up for peak time action. For something a bit different, try Monde Green's rework of "Style Come Different" (see; it IS different!), which mixes grinding, gurgling synths with Tippa Irie's JA patter and almost 4/4 beats (ragga-house-clash?).

                                            Yes

                                            Symphonic Live

                                              Recorded in 2001, a dramatic and exhilarating performance from prog giants Yes and a full symphony orchestra. A superb double DVD including much bonus material.

                                              Yesterday's Kids

                                              Everything Used To Be Better

                                              Effortlessly blending downer, emocore lyrics with poppy hardcore backings this new Lookout Records outfit has what it takes to make you happy as they get more depressed. Oh so young to be sooo cynical. Great stuff.

                                              One of the most successful of the 70s progressive rock groups, Yes began their career with this adventurous debut album. Influenced by the explosion of new pyschedelic prog rock bands like Pink Floyd, Cream and the Nice (who weren't afraid to mix rock idioms with classical music) "Yes" was issued in November 1969 it featured Jon Anderson's distinctive vocals, Chris Squire's huge bass sound, Peter Banks' angular guitar and Tony Kaye's keyboards which were underpinned by Bruford's remarkable drumming that managed to be both complex and effortless. It was their first step on the path to prog rock success.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              CD Info: This new edition has new notes and is remastered with six extra tracks.

                                              Limited edition bonus disc version also available - click here.

                                              The incredible second album from Parisian psych-pop duo Yeti Lane, the follow-up to 2010’s hugely acclaimed self-titled debut.

                                              Includes the track ‘Analog Wheel’, premiered on The Line Of Best Fit last December, and the single ‘Sparkling Sunbeam’, featuring guest vocals from Herman Dune.

                                              Co-produced and mixed by Antoine Gaillet (M83, Zombie Zombie, The Berg Sans Nipple).

                                              Artwork by Jean-Philippe Talaga, founder of the Gooom Disques label.

                                              For fans of Kraftwerk, My Bloody Valentine, Broadcast, Stereolab, Can, Pavement and LCD Soundsystem.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Andy says: Grandaddy gone Krautrock. Heavenly.

                                              Darryl says: Superb psyche-kosmische indie-pop mantras from this Parisian duo on the Sonic Cathedral label.

                                              Yeti Magazine

                                              Issue 13

                                                Long time coming, the latest issue of YETI 13, but its completely worth the wait: The new YETI is not only in the new format we introduced last issue, but all of it is in shiny, happy full color on glossy, heavy duty paper. The cover has giant flaps to cradle the record in the back, and keep your place in the book up front. This represents a complete rebirth of YETI! ON THE HARD VINYL 7" EP -- ALL TRACKS NEVER ON VINYL BEFORE! 

                                                INSIDE THE ALL COLOR ISSUE
                                                * Full color, super awesome “wraparound” cover by Geneviève Castrée. There’s a dead seal involved, but it’s really beautiful.
                                                * Groovy posters from Christchurch NZ in the 1980s – originally designed & printed by Stuart “Kawoski” Page of New Zealand’s AXEMEN
                                                * A very, very lengthy oral history of the rock band Codeine by Mike McGonigal * Recent paintings by David Moreno
                                                * Introduction to the great/ forgotten Surrealist writer Gisele Prassinos by Sarah Lippincott
                                                * Thirteen found photographs selected by Mark Sullo
                                                * “Seven Bedtimes for Seven Bonzos” by Ben Bush
                                                * Fursaxa interview and collages by Ilyas Ahmed
                                                *Mammoth, killer comic work – “ORM: Part One” by Josh Bayer
                                                * Images from the spontaneous Mike Kelley memorial that sprung up shortly after his death last year + MORE


                                                Girma Yifrashewa

                                                Love And Peace

                                                  New recordings of solo piano pieces by Ethiopian composer Girma Yifrashewa, the first release of Yifrashewa's music outside of Africa. Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa is a worthy new torchbearer of African pianism. His highly personalized approach to the piano likens him to Ethiopian composer Emahoy Tsege Mariam, while his use of Ethiopian pentatonic scale within the Western Art Music format places his compositions in conversation with more academically minded work. Traditionally Ethiopian in melody, cinematic in vision, and deep in beauty, his compositions occupy a lyrical middle ground between classical and jazz that is supremely listenable yet defies easy classification.

                                                  Beginning his musical life at a young age with the traditional krar (influenced by Ethiopian folk legends like Kassa Tessema) Girma did not discover the piano until he was sixteen years old. He enrolled quickly thereafter in the Yared Music School, eventually earning a scholarship to study at the Sofia Conservatory in Bulgaria. Despite a short period as a refugee in Italy following communism's demise in Bulgaria and the consequent loss of his scholarship, Girma completed his conservatory training in Bulgaria gathered through charitable organizations in direct recognition of his talents. Following the passing of Ethiopian composer Ashenafi Kebede in 1998, Girma moved beyond his conservatory repertoire and began his career as a composer, penning the composition "The Shepherd With The Flute" - an homage to Kebede's most famous work, "The Shepherd Flutist." Since then, Yifrashewa has established himself a pre-eminent composer of Ethiopia, touring Africa and Europe extensively on cultural commissions. The emotional directness and unique quality of his work make it destined for wider popularity, still.

                                                  Hooray for Beck-influenced home recording nutjobs! Jason Temple and Brian Esser are a pair of Floridans who gathered a bunch of electronic analog boxes and set them and turned them loose on each other, like a music geek's version of playing toy soldiers. There's a little bit of Sukia electro-soundscape artiness, some Black Dice beat processing, some sci-fi robotics, and finally a dollop of Suicide damaged keyboard music. This music is what they will be playing on commercial transports to Mars in about 50 years. All these songs have a homemade feel, but also an art loft appeal. Songs are not based on chord progressions but nearly sound effects stitched together over rhythm loops. Favourites are "Big Bass With Platinum Limbs" which has a few lyrics and glitchy beats before being tossed into a salad shooter (or something). And of course "High Heel To Mammal" which struts a weird, funky robotic catwalk beat over bubbling synthesizers. This is what robots will do stripteases too.

                                                  Yo La Tengo

                                                  And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-out

                                                    While their colossal sonic achievements are well-documented, Yo La Tengo's ninth album is more "In A Silent Way" than "Interstellar Space": a quietly intense melange of pulsing beats, acoustic guitar strum, ringing vibraphone and organ washes. Add electric guitar buzzing underneath dreamy, nearly whispered vocals, and "ATNTIIO" is more mood swing than song cycle. Yo La Tengo have stripped away layers of electric guitar chaos from their sound. Is it so we can hear their voices? So they can hear each other? Whatever the reason, Georgia and Ira's most audible and distinctive vocal performances to date are genuinely intimate and affecting. The quieter settings allow other subtle details to emerge: guest Susie Ibarra's percussion on the first single, "Saturday," high close harmonies swelling in from nowhere, Hubley's delicate brushwork, the gorgeous shimmer of vibes and mellotron. Such are the gifts of Yo La Tengo. They are a pop band, but don't just write pop songs; they write what can only be described as Yo La Tengo songs. By not rocking out, Ira, Georgia and James have made a record which shows how tight-knit a musical unit the trio have become. They are like a three-cornered atom harnessing its energy to the point where blinding explosions are no longer necessary to emanate power.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Darryl says: Their ninth album released back in 2000 saw Yo La Tengo peaking with gorgeous melancholy. An introspective, delicate and dreamy sound that shimmers along with shivery pulses and hushed vocals. Perfect for a moody winter night.

                                                    Yo La Tengo

                                                    I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

                                                    Once again moving the bar for 'what can be done in just one record', no two songs sound the same. There's everything from epic soundscapes to jaunty popsongs, to gorgeous love songs with a few rock'n'roll numbers thrown in. All delivered with humour, a smattering of falsetto and a huge dose of that unique Yo La Tengo charm.

                                                    Yo La Tengo

                                                    I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

                                                      Sixty five plus minutes of breath-taking material recorded under smooth circumstances in lovely Nashville, TN. This one will without a doubt appeal to long time Yo La Tengo fans, considering the fact that this is their very best one yet. The really good thing, though, is that a lot of people who will buy this record will do so without knowing that it probably is the only TRULY GREAT record they will buy in their lives. Until the next one comes out, of course!!

                                                      Yo La Tengo

                                                      OHM

                                                        3 12″ singles with a printed flat in a 4-box poly shower curtain display case. There’s metal grommets in the curtain if you’d prefer to display it on your wall (or, if you’re especially nuts, in your shower).

                                                        All versions are unreleased except the original version. Each 12″ pack comes with a download coupon with all the tracks plus the radio edit of “Ohm”.

                                                        There are only 20 copies of this for the UK so don't snooze if you want one!

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        3xLtd 12" Info: This sold out as soon as we got it in, but someone who ordered it didn't collect it, so if you want this last copy, get your skates on!!

                                                        Yo La Tengo

                                                        Painful




                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP Info: One of a series of vinyl represses from the Beggars Banquet stable.

                                                          Fresh from celebrating their 30th anniversary as one of the most beloved and adventurous bands in rock history, Yo La Tengo announce the release of ‘Stuff Like That There’ via Matador Records as well as a world tour. They will head to Europe, starting in Spain at Tibidao Live Festival before playing in the UK.

                                                          The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved ‘Fakebook’ (a mix of cover songs, ‘covers’ of Yo La Tengo songs and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary.

                                                          This unprecedented live set-up - Ira on acoustic guitar, Georgia up-front on a small kit and James on upright bass - marks the first occasion of this particular Yo La Tengo incarnation touring together (and since it took them 31 years to get around to doing so, could very well also be the last).

                                                          “‘Stuff Like That There’ may well be a 25th anniversary sequel to the idea of ‘Fakebook’ but to my ears it makes a case for simply returning to what moved Yo La Tengo to make things in the first place: embracing the people who they still hold close and making a spirited noise about it.” - Kurt Wagner (Lambchop)

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Indies Exclusive LP Info: This limited edition version comes with a full-print Yo La Tengo tote bag containing an exclusive cassingle with two unreleased new songs.

                                                          There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact with the ground, flying through endless banks of storm clouds day after day. Confusion and anxiety intrude into daily life and cause you to lose your compass. There are times that call for anthems, something to lift you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And then there are times when what is indicated is a balm, a sound that will wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.

                                                          While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles and washes and flows and billows. If records were dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a flash of backward masking, ghostly flamingos calling "shoo-bop shoo-bop." You are there. And even if your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above the sound and above the Sound.

                                                          For Yo La Tengo this is a slow-motion action painting, and Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan, and James McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio, with no outside engineer (John McEntire later did the mix). They did not rehearse or jam together beforehand; they turned on the recorder and let things coalesce. Songs came together over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going by between parts. You'd never guess this, since the layers are finessed with such a liquid brush. You'd imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole, since they will enter your head that way. Within two listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night. While there's a riot going on you will feel capable of bobbing through like a cork.

                                                          In 1971, when the nation appeared to be on the brink of violently coming apart, Sly and the Family Stone released There's a Riot Goin’ On, an album of dark, brooding energy. Now, under similar circumstances, Yo La Tengo have issued a record with the same name but with a different force, an album that proposes an alternative to anger and despair. Their first proper full-length since 2013’s Fade, There's a Riot Goin’ On is an expression of freedom and sanity and emotional expansion, a declaration of common humanity as liberating as it is soft-spoken. 

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Darryl says: As far as dreamy post-shoegaze indie goes, it doesn't get any better than Yo La Tengo's own brand of whimsical haze and soaring atmospherics. Drowning under a delightful wave of swirling percussion and psychedelic guitar scree, Kaplan's voice is beguiling as ever, anchoring the whole affair from floating away on a blissful cloud.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Independent stores only orange vinyl.

                                                          Not content with having just the Count And Sinden and Bonde Do Role as their 'street' offerings, Domino now sign up Forida-based Yo! Majesty (MCs Shunda K and Jwl. B) and bring us this wicked EP ahead of the duo's debut album "Futuristically Speaking, Never Be Afraid" (due Autumn 2008). The "Kryptonite Pussy" EP drops five cuts of Yo! Majesty's brilliant lesbo-crunk-hop, which sees the pair rhyming over some stripped-down booty-bass. Production credits are spread around, with the EP opening with "Break Bread" featuring Sunship's Ceri Evans, while HardFeelingsUK and Mercedes Benz mop up the other cuts. Highlights also include the title track (Salt'n'Pepa "Push It" for the 00s?) and "Hit It And Quit It" which borrows from Laidback's "White Horse".

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          12" Info: Limited US import copies.

                                                          Favorite Recordings proudly presents this new official album reissue of 'Dreamer Of Life' by Greg Yoder: A killer AOR private press LP infused with folk, jazz and soul notes and maybe one of the best albums from the Hawaiian Scene in this style.

                                                          Originally from San Francisco, Greg Yoder moved to Hawai'i in the early seventies and after achieving some local fame in the Waikiki area, recorded this one-off LP in 1976 at Audissey Sound studios, in Honolulu. The music is smooth and soothing, mixing xylophones, percussions, sweet guitars and brilliant orchestrations. In short, 'Dreamer Of Life' is full of hidden hits and faultless from the first note to the last.

                                                          Following his various projects at Favorite Recordings, DJ and producer Charles Maurice recently unveiled this masterpiece by selecting the song “Things Were So Easy” on the 'AOR Global Sounds Vol.2' compilation. And after the label contacted Greg Yoder about it, the idea of reissuing this amazing album quickly became obvious.

                                                          After its various compilations reissues over the past two years, Favorite Recordings is more than ever keen to enlighten rare-groove forgotten music and will quickly follow-up with great new full albums and compilations reissue projects in 2016.

                                                          Fully restored and remastered with great attention to sound quality, 'Dreamer Of Life' by Greg Yoder is presented in a deluxe vinyl version, housed in a tip-on jacket.

                                                          Understand this: Yoga dispenses a sinister frailty of howling swells in hissing static that combusts into crawling shock heaps, to the effect of Mayhem performing Twin Peaks incidentals in a prairie recorded by The KLF. A brief description casts them as black metal's answer to Throbbing Gristle. The texture-based rendering of their compositions sails them on a strange sea between song and sound effect as it bobs along the waves like a dead man's bottled message. Aspects of Goblin rehearsals in dead hills is interrupted as Monster Zero carves mountain sides with lightning breath. Oscillating leads pummel into churning riffs as if "Caledonia" was performed in an echo chamber near Lodi, New Jersey.

                                                          Aside from being the phonetic pronunciation of her given name, Yohuna ("yo-HUN-ah") is the solo project of Johanne Swanson, an unsettled native of Eau Claire, WI, whose hazily brilliant music evokes the purest states of mind. With a Casio keyboard, layered vocal arrangements and vehement, minimal beats, she writes sedated, downbeat anthems. Sounds and lyrics drip with moody reference to past love, loss, reflection and rejection while maintaining a hopeful, airy quality eagerly anticipating an uncertain future. Over the course of a year in New Mexico, with her head and heart in other, faraway places, Swanson transformed her emotions into four enigmatic, intimate, leisurely structured pop gems and a collaborative drone.

                                                          Recorded December of 2010 with the help of friend Andrew Todryk (Vacation Dad) in a basement during a bitter Wisconsin winter, her debut EP Revery remains relatively unearthed— still frozen in that season waiting to be thawed. Only 50 hand-dubbed cassettes were made, now long soldout rarities. Coupled with a considerate amount of blog coverage, however, Revery left an undeniable impression as a meaningful piece of music in early 2011- an essential listen for anyone interested in home recording. Art Fag Recordings, a California-based label home to a small but potent roster of up-and-coming artists, dug it up a year later, and the label is proud to present a remastered Revery on 7-inch and cassette, incontrovertibly giving this hidden treasure the proper release it deserves. Four sedated, intimate, downbeat pop gems.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Cassette Info: Cassette version includes a bonus track.

                                                          Susumu Yokota

                                                          Zero

                                                          No sooner does he bring out one house based LP, then here's another one! After the delicate ambience of last year's "Grinning Cat", it must be a relief for him to put out a couple of ass-movers! Uplifting, funky house / garage sounds that'll have you dancing round the living room (or club presumably).

                                                          Family Affair Records inaugural release steps out of the shadows bearing a quadruplet of vibrant, imaginative and totally curveball edits by the faceless Yondo. Re-imaginings of 80’s club staples by Mary Jane Girls & Evelyn Champagne King and 90s R&B-sides by SWV & Lucy Pearl breathe new life into some familiar jams while keeping their essence - all updated and re-birthed for 2018. Stylistically it lands somewhere between Bullion, Theo early doors at Plastic People, Dilla and Two Inch Punch - all with some well known source material thrown in for good measure!

                                                          Hand screen-printed and hand-stamped with vibrant fluoro solvent ink. Get it while you can cuz it ain’t ever coming back.

                                                          Family Affair Records is a record label started by Raj Chaudhuri (Livin’ Proof / NTS / Boiler Room). Artwork by Mason London. 


                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Matt says: Mad as a box of frogs but oh so delicious! Headturning glitch-hop re-rubs here from some new talent. Check!

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd 12" Info: 12" + screen printed sleeve

                                                          Yong Yong

                                                          Love

                                                            Yong Yong are a duo from Lisbon, Portugal comprising Rodolfo Brito & Francisco Silva. Originally released on cassette, 'Love' is their debut release and is now available in an altered, re-worked version for the LP release. A warped excursion into outsider electronics, 'Love' drifts in and out of inner ear consciousness using a multi-technique language which Yong Yong can definitively say is their own. Beginning their recorded career with abstract drone music, Yong Yong have since widened their scope; communicating a slanted perspective of a whole slew of contemporary musics. Samples and degraded electronics, the aesthetics of crumbling form, and pop music turned in on itself are mixed into a vortex which still manages to be underpinned by a melancholic sense of melody. Both experimental and populist, 'Love' is the result of high and low culture smelted down into a miasmic, evocative mercury. A fluid experience where nothing is at seems and that's how it should be.

                                                            Michael Yonkers

                                                            Michael Lee Yonkers

                                                              By now, the legend of Michael Yonkers has ascended to estimable levels, at last. It should have happened long ago - after all, it was over ten years back that the word got out, when his previously-unreleased 1968 Sire album ‘Microminiature Love’ was issued by Destjil and then Sub Pop. A thousand noise-rock ears pricked up, in the same fashion as in 1967, when folks heard The Velvet Underground and Nico, when those lucky enough to stumble across said sounds formed their own bands immediately. Yes, it turns out the reclusive Minneapolis dancer had just as seminally prefigured proto-punk / metal / noise though his own brand of amped-up garage rock, but no one knew. In this blog-happy latter decade, Michael has picked up where he left off, exploring blown-out frequencies with collaborators around the globe, and his work has claimed a seat next to underground legends like The Fugs, VU, Sonic Youth and even ol’ Jimi.

                                                              What a lot of folks still don’t know is that Michael put aside his hand-built fuzz boxes and bellowing vocal style in the 70s to record and self-release some truly lilting homespun folk albums, where he explored the sound of acoustic guitars, layered, madrigal-like vocals, and only the most subtle applications of electricity, all in service of some truly somber and mesmerizing songs. Of these albums, only ‘Goodbye Sunball’ and ‘Grimwood’ have been reissued, as well as Drag City / Galactic Zoo Disk’s now sold-out ‘Lovely Gold’ (recorded in 1977, but unreleased until 2010).

                                                              There’s yet another musical colour revealed on the uber-rare private press, ‘Michael Lee Yonkers’, which was home-recorded in 1971-72, while Michael was working in an unheated, hundred year-old warehouse. He ran the forklift and drove the truck for the company, hauling extremely heavy loads of industrial surplus and scrap metal. His co-workers almost exclusively listened to country & western music, which inspired him to create and perform an oddly countrified set on weekends, when he would play in coffeehouses and at house parties. Yonkers would do an acoustic set of original “country” and “rock” music for the first part, then he would get out an “electronic music machine” that he had built himself and play “electronic music”, according to Michael himself.

                                                              ‘Michael Lee Yonkers’ is a recording of some of the ‘country’ songs he was doing at the time, as well as a few songs he wrote for the children at the house parties (like ‘Mrs. Jennings Fruit Fly Farm’, recorded live, where you can hear the kids going nuts). The tracks were recorded on a variety of tube-type, reel-to-reel tape machines, which give them a unique analogue sound that begs comparisons to outsider hillbillies like Peter Grudzien, Holy Modal Rounders and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, as well as beloved longhair outlaws like Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson (ok, even one St. Johnny Cash too).

                                                              The original art and labels have been faithfully reproduced and, with a discreet remastering touch, the tracks sound better than ever. Originals go for over $60, so get these before they fly out the door and sell for almost $60, ala ‘Lovely Gold’.

                                                              Michael Yonkers Band

                                                              Microminiature Love

                                                                Originally recorded in 1968 and slated for release on Sire Records, "Microminiature Love" languished unreleased, until a limited edition vinyl pressing last year. It's creator, Michael Yonkers, is a legendary figure of Minneapolis music-lore who modified his own guitars and effects. The songs defy immediate categorization, but in them you'll hear shades of Pere Ubu, the howl of Iggy, the blunt primitivism of the Godz and the seeds of countless other underground heroes. The original seven-song album is accompanied on this CD edition by six bonus tracks circa 1968.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                LP Info: This LP includes the original seven song album
                                                                plus a download coupon for the entire LP plus six
                                                                bonus tracks circa 1968 (‘The Clock Is Running’,
                                                                ‘My House’, ‘Hush Hush’, ‘Sold America’, ‘The
                                                                Thunder Speaks’, ‘Scat Jam’).

                                                                Nothing like some otherworldy lysergic electronseica to see your through these grey and uninspiring winter months. Crossing borders of different genres & cultural spheres, Yor Kultura deliver a superb EP on The Magic Movement. Comprised of three Rotterdam based producers and DJs - Danny, Raymon and Kris - together they their very own cozmik blend of tribal music, with Invisible Inc. the only obvious point of reference out of the new school. On the "Lotus" EP, Yor Kultura reveals a more melodic side of their musical realm. Gritty synth lines, strong percussion work and rolling basses invoke the spirits of places not yet discovered as we take a sonic route similar to that of the McKenna brothers' famous Amazonian expedition. While the three original tracks wallow in the paradisiacal exotica of their native terrain, Mehmet Aslan takes "Willow" out of the rainforest and onto the rolling plains, on horseback, for a galloping cosmic disco finale to ride off into the sunset. Imaginative and evocative music here from all involved.

                                                                Thom Yorke

                                                                Suspiria (Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film)

                                                                Suspiria consists of 25 original compositions written by Thom specifically for Luca Guadagnino reimagining of the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic. The album is a mix of instrumental score work, interstitial pieces and interludes, and more traditional song structures featuring Thom’s vocals such as “Unmade”, “Has Ended” and “Suspirium,” the album's first single featuring the melodic theme that recurs throughout the film and its score.

                                                                As scoring a horror film presented Thom with altogether new challenges and opportunities, Suspiria stands apart from any of his other work. Piano/vocal ballads, Krautrock-esque modular synth work inspired by the film’s Berlin 1977 setting, multilayered vocals, and melodies that convey terror, longing and melancholy combine to create a chaotic yet cohesive musical spell.

                                                                Suspiria was written and arranged by Thom Yorke, recorded and produced by Thom and Sam Petts-Davies. The album also features the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir, Noah Yorke on drums on “Has Ended” and “Volk,” and Pasha Mansurov on solo flute on “Suspirium.”

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Barry says: Having been no stranger to a brooding chorus or an emotive wall of ambience, Thom Yorke was always going to be a great choice for a soundtracker, and Suspiria proves this without missing a step. Brittle piano led melodies, gritty phased percussion and shimmering synth progressions pull together into a cohesive and absorbing maelstrom. Brilliant.

                                                                Thom Yorke

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                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Coloured LP Info: Printed with a metallic silver laminate and multi-tone black, the album is pressed onto heavyweight 180g white vinyl completed with undersize 75mm centre labels, housed within heavy white board inner and outer sleeves (Side B contains a locked groove).

                                                                CD Info: The CD is a ‘mini gatefold’ with an 8 page artwork booklet.

                                                                James Yorkston And The Athletes

                                                                St. Patrick

                                                                A gorgeous lilting, gentle track off one of 2002's Albums of the Year. It's so good, sounds so real, true and timeless, you think it's got to be a cover version. So, what are you waiting for?!

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                CDS Info: The CD single includes the "St. Patrick - Vitus Mix", and two brand new songs "Catching Eyes" and "Blue Madonnas".

                                                                James Yorkston

                                                                Demonstration Of The Craws

                                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                  ‘The Demonstration Of The Craws’ collects the demos that went to make ‘The Cellardyke Recording & Wassaling Society’ album release in 2014.

                                                                  RSD exclusive and limited to only 500 copies.

                                                                  His first album since 2008’s ‘When The Haar Rolls In’, ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’ finds James Yorkston playing with a new band comprised of members of Lamb and The Cinematic Orchestra, alongside old friends.

                                                                  The album was produced by James Yorkston and Dave Wrench and mostly recorded live during five wintery days in Bryn Derwen Studios, North Wales.

                                                                  It’s an album full of energy and great musicianship, and contains James’ strongest and most bewildering set of songs yet.

                                                                  Since the release of ‘When The Haar Rolls In’, James has published a book (‘It’s Lovely To Be Here’), collaborated with The Big Eyes Family Players on Folk Songs, and seen the ten year anniversary release of ‘Moving Up Country’, his landmark debut album.


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