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Zaya

No Words

    Zaya is a nomadic traveler currently residing in the Arab Emirates. ‘No Words’ is a collection of ideas worked on over a three year period with the occasional swapping of ideas with his best friend in rainy Manchester. A sun-kissed collage of hazy bedroom guitar instrumentals and blissed-out passages of psychedelic? rock..

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: If only Whyte Horses, with their beautiful way with melody, were to ever release an instrumental LP......waiiiiit a minute!!!

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Lost Souvenir
    2. Triangular Dreams
    3. Interlude 01
    4. We Made It
    5. Interlude 02
    6. Long Way To Get There
    7. Tripoli
    SIDE B
    1. Lonely Jewel
    2. Interlude 03
    3. Taste Of Gold
    4. Interlude 04
    5. Thought I Told You
    6. Had To Go

    Za Talent (Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft)

    Za Talent

    Za Talent is a fresh alias from regular collaborators Jonny Nash and Suzanne Kraft. While their previous outings were unashamedly ambient and horizontal in nature, this 12" for Animals Dancing is deliciously dancefloor-focused - even if there trademark rich chords and glassy-eyed electronics do feature prominently. On the A you'll find "Telex", a quirky chunk of laidback electro smothered in fax machine electronics, bubbly melodies and punchy drum machine hits. Flip for "The Whale", where intergalactic police sirens weave in and out of spacey electro motifs, gently pulsing electronics and a rhythm track that can't decide whether it's broken, jazzy or just plain weird. It is, though, really rather good.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Telex
    B1. The Whale

    She may be making her first appearance on NuNorthern Soul, but Zeynep Erbay is no newcomer. A classically trained pianist who took a turn towards the dancefloor while at university, the Turkish DJ/producer earned her first release on Compost Records way back in 2007 after taking part in 2006’s Red Bull Music Academy programme. Since then, her career has been on an upwards trajectory, with releases on Fools Gold and Soul Clap Records confirming Erbay as a genuine rising star of underground electronic music.

    On the Healer EP, the Istanbul-based producer showcases the more atmospheric, sun-kissed end of her productions, taking a turn away from synth-powered, disco-leaning club tracks towards something more suitable for al-fresco events, sun-down sets, and sofa-bound listening sessions.

    Inspired by a poem inscribed on the back cover of the EP, Erbay’s two original instrumental tracks simply ooze with emotion. The poem tells the story of a whale searching for her family while helping others along the way, which acts as a metaphor for our wider search for belonging and acceptance.

    This aural narrative unfolds firstly across ‘Heart of a Healer’, a slowly unfurling stunner in which emotion-rich chords, gentle electronic melodies and Erbay’s poignant and picturesque piano motifs, gently rise above a chunky dub disco bassline and mid-tempo, triple-time drums.

    Delving further, the effortlessly emotional, life-affirming composition ‘Healer Whale’, where Erbay’s impeccable piano playing ushers in languid, jazz-flecked drums, dubby bass, sumptuous synth-strings and colourful, slow-moving chords.

    On remix dutires, NYC-based Italian Danilo Braca, who also mastered the release, provides a fine club-focused fix of ‘Heart of a Healer’, laced with crunchy machine drums and undulating TB-303 acid lines. NuNorthern Soul regular Marshall Watson handles ‘Healer Whale’, first delivering a fine ‘Remix’ version that effortlessly blurs the boundary between dub disco and Balearic nu-disco, before serving up a shorter, ambient ‘Reprise’ version.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: It might be pissing it down in the UK right now - but we're in peak season Balearic! Phil Coopers' NuNorthern Soul can always be relied upon for the paradisiacal vibrations and this new one by Zeynep Erbay is no exception. Hammocks at the ready!

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Heart Of A Healer [Original]
    A2. Heart Of A Healer [Danilo Braca Remix]
    B1. Whale Healer [Original]
    B2. Whale Healer [Marshall Watson Remix]
    B3. Whale Healer [Marshall Watson Reprise]

    Nika, the 25-year-old behind Zola Jesus’ creative incarnations, is a singer, sole songwriter and producer.

    Written on Vashon Island, WA and mixed in Los Angeles, CA by Dean Hurley, ‘Taiga’ follows the widely celebrated albums ‘Versions’ (2013) and ‘Conatus’ (2011). This is Nika’s fourth fulllength album release.

    In regards to the album title, Nika explains, “Taiga is the Russian name for the boreal forest. For me it feels very alive… very expansive. It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native.”

    Liberated in the present and connected to the past, this album is a transition for Zola Jesus. Masterful layers of composition are bathed in familiar atmospheric vocals but a new sensibility is deeply present.

    ‘Taiga’ is at once challenging and accessible and is undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition.” Such encompassing purpose, she explains, would be impossible without a newfound sense of artistic self. The album is a declaration of that purpose; one faced with jarring clarity in both its content and production. Nika summates, “For me, it feels like my true debut, because it is the first time I have felt so open and liberated.”

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Taiga
    2. Dangerous Days
    3. Dust
    4. Hunger
    5. Go (Blank Sea)
    6. Ego
    7. Lawless
    8. Nail
    9. Long Way Down
    10. Hollow
    11. It's Not Over

    Zola Jesus

    Arkhon

      There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that. When you hear it, it is like you are being summoned to a place that’s already wrapped inside you but obscured from conscious experience. This place has been buried because it tends to hold pain, but it’s also a gift, because once it’s opened, once you’re inside of it, it can show you the truth. Zola Jesus’s new album, Arkhon, finds new ways of loosing this submerged, stalled pain.

      On previous albums, Danilova had largely played the role of auteur, meticulously crafting every aspect of Zola Jesus’s sound and look. This time, she realized that her habitual need for control was sealing her out of her art. Arkhon sees Zola Jesus’s first collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Mandy soundtrack, Candyman soundtrack) and with drummer and percussionist Matt Chamberlain, whose prior work appears on albums by Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie. Arkhon runs the spectrum from songs whose weight lies in their bare simplicity, like “Desire,” an elegiac piano composition about the end of a relationship that was recorded acoustically in a single take, to towering, groove-oriented tracks like “The Fall” and the tight, interlocking percussion and samples of a Slovenian folk choir in “Lost,” which propel narratives of collective despair and mutual comfort in kind. Through these turns, Arkhon reveals itself as an album whose power derives from abandon. Both its turmoils and its pleasures take root in the body, letting individual consciousness dissolve into the thick of the beat.

      Despite the darkness curled inside reality, there is power, too, in surrendering to what can’t be pinned down, to the wild unfurling of the world in all its unforeseeable motion. That letting go is the crux of Arkhon, which marks a new way of moving and making for Zola Jesus.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Zola Jesus' music has always been uncompromising, and had a distinct identity all of it's own, but on 'Arkhon', Danilova mixes her distinctive compositional style with a number of collaborators, resulting in a fractured, visceral hybrid of modern industrial music and abstracted synth-pop.

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Lost
      2 The Fall
      3 Undertow
      4 Into The Wild
      5 Dead And Gone
      6 Sewn
      7 Desire
      8 Fault
      9 Efemra
      10 Do That Anymore 

      For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.

      Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe.

      With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.

      ARTIST STATEMENT:

      Last year, I moved back to the woods in Wisconsin where I was raised. I built a little house just steps away from where my dilapidated childhood tree fort is slowly recombining into earth. Okovi was fed by this return to roots and several very personal traumas.

      While writing Okovi, I endured people very close to me trying to die, and others trying desperately not to. Meanwhile, I was fighting through a haze so thick I wasn’t sure I’d find my way to the other side. Death, in all of its masks, has been encircling everyone I love, and with it the questions of legacy, worth, and will.

      Okovi is a Slavic word for shackles. We’re all shackled to something—to life, to death, to bodies, to minds, to illness, to people, to birthright, to duty. Each of us born with a unique debt, and we have until we die to pay it back. Without this cost, what gives us the right to live? And moreover, what gives us the right to die? Are we really even free to choose?

      This album is a deeply personal snapshot of loss, reconciliation, and a sympathy for the chains that keep us all grounded to the unforgiving laws of nature. To bring it to life, I decided to enlist the help of Alex DeGroot, who has been the only constant in my live band and helped mix the Stridulum EP back in 2010. It will be released on Sacred Bones, the closest group of people I’ll ever have to blood-bound family.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Doma
      2. Exhumed
      3. Soak
      4. Ash To Bone
      5. Witness
      6. Siphon
      7. Veka
      8. Wiseblood
      9. NMO
      10. Remains
      11. Half Life

      Zola Jesus

      Okovi (15 Year Anniversary Clear And Black Splatter)

        For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.

        Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe.

        With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album speaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Doma
        2. Exhumed
        3. Soak 
        4. Ash To Bone 
        5. Witness 
        6. Siphon 
        7. Veka 
        8. Wiseblood
        9. NMO
        10. Remains
        11. Half Life 

        Zola Jesus

        Stridulum - Reissue

        “Seven yers ago, it was winter break at university in Madison, Wisconsin. There was a snowstorm that covered the city with a still white haze. Not a single person in the streets. I was sitting on my bed with a cheap keyboard and a computer, screaming into the void. I barely remember writing the songs. It was a chaotic point in my life. I had no time to think about process or intent. It was a purge. I do remember taking a break from recording, bundling up, and walking through the barren streets while listening to the demos I’d made. The world, at once, felt clear. After writing and producing what would become the Stridulum EP, I contacted a new friend, Alex DeGroot, to come over and record my vocals. He was studying audio engineering and had more knowledge and gear than I could dream of. He helped mix Stridulum, too, because all I had was a pair of headphones. (Since then, Alex has stuck by me, as a live bandmate, technical director, co-producer, mixer, and engineer.) These songs were a huge leap of faith back then. It was my first time singing without layers of distortion, echo, and reverb. It was the first time I peeled back the layers to find out what was at the core. I’m still on that path today, seeing how far I can push myself into unknown places, whether through clarification or destruction. It’s like Stridulum’s still here with me, underneath it all. Still, it’s surreal to think that this record, made by a 19-year-old girl sitting on a bed in a freezing old house in Madison, would make its way into strangers’ ears seven years later.”

        -Nika Roza Danilova, June 2017

        Collects the early Zola Jesus EPs Stridulum and Valusia in a single volume for the first time.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Night (3:37)
        2. Trust Me (2:01)
        3. I Can’t Stand (4:10)
        4. Stridulum (4:22)
        5. Run Me Out (3:19)
        6. Manifest Destiny (3:16)
        7. Poor Animal (4:27)
        8. Tower (3:58)

        Zdeněk Liška

        Ikarie XB-1

          With this previously unreleased 1963 score for Jindlich Polák’s "Ikarie XB-1", Finders Keepers present their third dedicated soundtrack by Zdeněk Liška. Beautifully remastered from the original tapes with the full cooperation of the National Film Archive in the Czech Republic. In a climate where previously lesser-known off- kilter master composers such as Vannier, Kirchin and Axelrod have become widely revered, it is perhaps the perfect time for discerning listeners to advance above the feeding trough and seek out this truly pioneering and revolutionary Eastern European composer.

          TRACK LISTING

          Ikarie XB-1
          Surveillance On Standby/Alpha Centauri
          A Small Stone In Space
          Sunflower For A New Star
          The Backwoods Of The Universe
          Silver Ball (Věra In Cameo)
          E.V.A. Will Teach You
          The Tigers Breath
          The Dark Star
          Do Not Eat The Fruit
          The Awakening
          Voyage To The End (Of The Universe)
          The White Planet

          Zara McFarlane

          Sweet Whispers: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan

            ‘Sweet Whispers’ is more than a run-through of some of Vaughan’s most popular songs. It’s not hard to imagine the immense task in selecting those songs, after all, Vaughan’s recording career spanned 50 years notching up almost 60 albums (plus nearly 30 again in compilations and box sets). Through a thoughtfully chosen selection of songs, formed across months in collaboration with producer, and the album’s clarinettist and saxman, Giacomo Smith – Zara journeys through the musical life of Sarah Vaughan, from her first to last recording, bringing to life and breathing new life into some of her best and less familiar songs. But importantly, the songs that mean the most to Zara.

            Zara McFarlane said “It was when I started to listen to Sarah Vaughan that I really began to appreciate jazz vocals. She had such control across her range and a vocal command that was cheeky, playful and fun yet sophisticated and articulate. I really wanted to pay homage to her as I feel she has been somewhat overlooked amongst the jazz singers. Although I do love Ella and Billie, it's all about Sarah for me.”

            ‘Sweet Whispers – Celebrating Sarah Vaughan’ was recorded analogue at Durham Studios, London. Giacomo assembled a stellar cast of musicians - Joe Webb on piano, Ferg Ireland on double bass, Jas Kayser on drums, Marlon Hibbert on Steel Pan and Gabriella Swallow on cello – to record 11 tracks live to tape; with minimal overdubs, the recording has retained a live, vintage feel.

            A celebration of Sarah Vaughan could be in no better hands than that of Zara McFarlane, who makes an inspired homage to the ‘Divine One’. Beautifully performed in Zara’s own inimitable style, with her own playful swoops and slides, she has added her own touch to the music. With a silken voice and timbre that brings emotional depth, attitude and personality to this collection of Sarah Vaughan songs, this is a masterful celebration.


            TRACK LISTING

            1. Tenderly
            2. Mean To Me
            3. Inner City Blues
            4. September Song
            5. Great Day
            6. If You Could See Me Now
            7. Interlude
            8. Obsession
            9. The Mystery Of Man
            10. Stardust
            11. Sweet Whispers

            Ziad Rahbani

            Amrak Seedna & Abtal Wa Harameyah - 2024 Reissue

            Wewantsounds is delighted to announce the reissue of Ziad Rahbani's cult album "Amrak Seedna & Abtal Wa Harameyah," one of his praised albums from the 80s, released on the sought-after Lebanese label Relax-in in 1987. This release is an event as the album, recorded at Rahbani's By-Pass studio, was only released in Lebanon at the time. Mixing Arabic music with Funk and Fusion Jazz and hints of Boogie, it's a bonified Rahbani classic, sought after by Arabic groove DJs and collectors around the world. The reissue features audio remastered by Colorsound Studio in Paris and a 2 page insert with a new introduction by Mario Choueiry from Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (English/French).

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Al Muqademah 1 (Introduction 1)
            2. I'alan (Advertisement)
            3. Mashad Al Fahes (Examination)
            4. Tango
            5. Break
            6. Al Muqademah 2 (Introduction 2) - Inst.
            7. Al Muqademah (Introduction) - Inst.
            8. Tagheer Awal (First Change)
            9. Oghniyat El Shahadeen
            10. Tagheer Thani (Second Change)
            11. Al Piano
            12. Tagheer Thaleth (Third Change)
            13. Al Jeel (The Generation)
            14. Hake Ad Ma Baddak Fee
            15. Oghniyat El Gharam
            16. Mashhad Al Hob
            17. End Of Chapter 1
            18. Kabbaret Dancing
            19. Kbareah Wa Mhajjaren
            20. Slow
            21. Mashhad Al Serk
            22. Final - Al Adala

            Zabrinski

            Screen Memories

              Psychedelic tinged, electonica / pop from this hotly tipped young Welsh band. Hints of Gorkys, Spiritualized and Super Furry Animals in their mellower moments!

              Zaire Black & June 22

              Life, Work It Out

                Brighton's cool Puma Strut label brings us this mellow hip hop tune (vocal and instrumental mixes) from this Californian based crew. Fresh rhymes, fresh beats and cuts by Westafa.

                A vivid portrayal of Zaltsman’s direction, My Luv delivers 4 hard hitting club tracks, with rhythmic percussion and heavy basslines throughout. ‘The hook’ remaining a staple of this release, the tracks are all equally useful in peak time club scenarios as they are for after-hours listening.

                The stripped back, bouncy ‘Moving’ features the vocals of London based poet and musician, James Massiah. An eerie synth runs throughout, complimentary to the vocals and choppy drums. The lead track, 'My Luv', is an out and out club-weapon. Chopped up vocals and a deep dark sub bass. This has seen a Summer of being deployed by some of the best DJs in the scene, taking advantage of its ‘obnoxiously long’ breakdown, before descending into chaos.

                Complimenting these two tracks, 'Page 365' is a more sensitive body of music, engaging listeners with a strong bassline hook, before progressing into a more heavy hitting club track, with a large focus on groove, taking influence from the UK Funky scene. Finally, the most club-driven track from the record. 'Flatspot' is dominated by its forceful bassline and rolling percussion. This is out and out designed for peak-hour fun.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Moving
                A2. My Luv
                B1. Flatspot
                B2. Page 365

                Simona Zamboli's first album on Mille Plateaux "Ethernity" is a piece of haunting music - vibrating, pulsing and cutting through the concrete and the chaos at the same time. Hushed and intimate in places, whilst in others, ruthlessly destructive, the album is a journey through trans-reality, not only as a melancholic drama, but also as a travel to alien worlds, hence as a necessity of an electronic intervention. "Ethernithy" is radical fictioning in a non-expressive, non-melancholic and ultrablack sense. Profound music demands blackness, not silence. When we speak of communication or mediation, the reference is always that of the mystical tradition of the via negativa; mediation and communication always imply the dissolution of sender and receiver, leaving not only the message that is the gulf or abyss, but a perception out there, which senses should be able to recognize and even love.

                In this way the album conveys all these primal and ancient emotions in a cybernetically enhanced manner; smothered in a dissolute darkness that only the deepest recesses of space and reveal... 


                TRACK LISTING

                Side 1
                1. Bless (interlude) (2:14)
                2. Dream But Be Careful (5:50)
                3. Noise Hub (6:11)

                Side 2
                1. Take Me Somewhere (5:30)
                2. A Lightning Bolt Strikes The Mountaintop (3:40)

                Side 3
                1. Compossibility (7:04)
                2. Let It Drain From You All (3:46)

                Side 4
                1. Russian Galaxy (4:29)
                2. Trittico (feat Transgressorcorruptor) (4:22)
                3. Ethernity (3:47)

                Eric Zann

                Ouroborindra

                  We're absolutely delighted to announce the reissue of Ouroborindra on the Ghost Box Records label.

                  Ouroborindra was first released in 2005 on CD-R, and now re-issued on CD and, for the first time, on Vinyl. Eric Zann was an alias for the more experimental work of Jim Jupp, aka Belbury Poly and Ghost Box co-founder.

                  Inspired by early 20th century cosmic horror fiction, Ouroborindra sets out to conjure up it's own awe inspiring and chilling imagery. It's drone music with melodic elements, stitched together with synthesizers, samples, found sound and effects.

                  Another exceptional reissue from the consistently excellent Ghost Box.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. It Is Narrow Here
                  2. Threshold
                  3. Ouroborindra
                  4. Dols
                  5. The Obsidian Pyramid
                  6. Voolas
                  7. The Human Chord

                  Zanzibar Chanel

                  Big Bone Bitch - Inc. Bell Towers Remix

                  Zac and Louis are back as Zanzibar Chanel, inaugurating the slightly obscene Pig Sweat imprint with the fresh dancefloor pressure of "Killer", unreleased classic "Big Bone Bitch" and a whacked out edit offered by fellow ex-Melbournite Bell Towers. After a hallucinatory snatch of Peppa Pig, our hosts get down to business, working 8-bit sequences into a basement weapon par excellence. The funk of the 'jazz club' is all but forgotton as ZC pay homage to Prescription classics on a cheap and trashy studio set up. Drifting, swelling pads almost to lift us up to the heavens, but the scuzzy aethetic keeps things down low and dirty. Switching to the flip, ZC treat us to the first vinyl outing of their slamming, stomping, voguing classic "Big Bone Bitch". Giving NYC's Ballroom scene and Chi-Town's Dance Mania catalogue a fresh and modern twist, the crew top a squelching b-line and rattling drum groove with some life affirming, sleazy and totally ridiculous lyrics - it's one hell of a party. Bell Towers drops by on the B2 to treat us to his interpretation of their Gok Wan groover, laying down a Fingers Inc-inspired backing before sending those vocals through the chopper - did I mention it was party time?

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Killer
                  B1. Big Bone Bitch
                  B2. Big Bone Bitch (Bell Towers Edit)

                  Frank Zappa

                  Funky Nothingness

                    Funky Nothingness, the working title Frank Zappa used for this project, is comprised of studio cuts from 1970. This release is basically the follow up to The Hot Rats Sessions. Frank Zappa used a very stripped-down combo featuring Don “Surgarcane” Harris on violin and vocals. The music concentrates heavily on instrumental and blues-oriented material. This album consists of many unreleased tracks that Frank Zappa bypassed but kept his eye on during his career. He just never got around to releasing them. Some of the tracks were almost included on The Lost Episodes album. 90 minutes of music will be mixed for the first time. The remaining music was mixed and edited by Frank Zappa. The vinyl will only contain the tracks FZ edited and mixed.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    2LP
                    Side 1
                    Funky Nothingness
                    Tommy/Vincent Duo I
                    Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild
                    I'm A Rollin' Stone
                    Side 2
                    Chunga's Revenge (Basement Version)
                    Basement Jam
                    Side 3
                    Work With Me Annie / Annie Had A Baby
                    Tommy/Vincent Duo II
                    Sharleena (1970 Record Plant Mix)
                    Side 4
                    Khaki Sack
                    Twinkle Tits

                    3CD
                    CD 1: Funky Nothingness - The Album
                    Funky Nothingness
                    Tommy/Vincent Duo I
                    Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild
                    I'm A Rollin' Stone
                    Chunga's Revenge (Basement Version)
                    Basement Jam
                    Work With Me Annie / Annie Had A Baby
                    Tommy/Vincent Duo II
                    Sharleena (1970 Record Plant Mix)
                    Khaki Sack
                    Twinkle Tits
                    CD 2: Zappa/Hot Rats ’70 Session Masters And Bonus Nothingness
                    Chunga’s Revenge (Take 5)
                    Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild (Take 4)
                    Transylvania Boogie (Unedited Master)
                    Sharleena (Unedited Master)
                    Work With Me Annie/Annie Had A Baby (Alternate Edit)
                    Twinkle Tits (Take 1, False Start)
                    Twinkle Tits (Take 2)
                    CD 3: Zappa/Hot Rats ’70 Session Masters And Bonus Nothingness
                    The Clap (Unedited Master-Part I)
                    The Clap (Unedited Master-Part II)
                    Tommy/Vincent Duo (Unedited Master)
                    Chunga’s Revenge (Take 8)
                    Halos And Arrows
                    Moldred
                    Fast Funky Nothingness

                    Frank Zappa

                    Orchestral Favorites - 40th Anniversary

                      When Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites was eventually released in 1979 as part of fulfilling his contract with his contentious former label, the album was dumped into the world along with several other titles without the legendary musician’s permission or quality control. It did not include liner notes or credits and the artwork and audio wasn’t approved by Zappa who publicly criticized it as not being up to his standards. As a result of not receiving any promotion, it was quickly relegated to the bargain bin shortly after its release.

                      Four decades later, in celebration of the long-beleaguered album’s 40th anniversary, the Zappa Family Trust is righting this wrong and presenting Orchestral Favorites with the audiophile detail and respect it deserves to commemorate the historical event that took place at UCLA’s Royce Hall in September 1975 where the compositions were recorded. 





                      Frank Zappa

                      Weasels Ripped My Flesh

                        "A fascinating collection of mostly instrumental live and studio material recorded by the original Mothers of Invention, complete with horn section, from 1967-1969, Weasels Ripped My Flesh segues unpredictably between arty experimentation and traditional song structures. Highlights of the former category include the classical avant-garde elements of "Didja Get Any Onya," which blends odd rhythmic accents and time signatures with dissonance and wordless vocal noises; these pop up again in "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Sexually Aroused Gas Mask" and "Toads of the Short Forest." The latter and "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" also show Frank Zappa's willingness to embrace the avant-garde jazz of the period. Yet, interspersed are straightforward tunes like a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You," with great violin from Don "Sugarcane" Harris; the stinging Zappa-sung rocker "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama," and "Oh No," a familiar Broadway-esque Zappa melody (it turned up on Lumpy Gravy) fitted with lyrics and sung by Ray Collins. Thus, Weasels can make for difficult, incoherent listening, especially at first. But there is a certain logic behind the band's accomplished genre-bending and Zappa's gleefully abrupt veering between musical extremes; without pretension, Zappa blurs the normally sharp line between intellectual concept music and the visceral immediacy of rock and R&B. Zappa's anything-goes approach and the distance between his extremes are what make Weasels Ripped My Flesh ultimately invigorating; they also even make the closing title track -- a minute and a half of squalling feedback, followed by applause -- perfectly logical in the album's context." - All Music.

                        Frank Zappa

                        ZAPPA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                          With unfettered access to the Zappa Trust and all archival footage, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s (Bill & Ted’s movie franchises, The Lost Boys) assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others.

                          The soundtrack is a perfect complement to the film available as a limited edition 5-LP 180-gram vinyl set for the Zappa completist. Showcasing 69 total songs, there are 12 previously unreleased recordings from the Zappa archive along with his 1978 Saturday Night Live performance; 24 additional Zappa songs from his extensive catalog spanning four decades; songs from Zappa’s labels Straight / Bizarre Records like “No Longer Umpire” by Alice Cooper and “The Captain’s Fat Theresa Shoes” by The GTO’s; 2 classical compositions by Edgard Varese and Igor Stravinsky; and 26 Original Score cues newly composed by John Frizzell for the documentary – all of which give the universe a sonic exploration into the musical brilliance of Frank Zappa.

                          A 2LP edition on 180-gram clear vinyl will also be available, collecting together eight of the unreleased recordings from the Zappa archive, the SNL performance and 13 recordings from Zappa’s extensive recording career.

                          Msafiri Zawose

                          Uhamiaji

                            Rarely heard Tanzanian gogo music meets slick electronic production, for a borderless but powerful fusion sound. Tanzania’s Msafiri Zawose has been one of the biggest slept-on musical forces from the region, but all that is about to change with the imminent arrival of a new album that will redefine the boundaries of gogo music. The Wagogo people are Msafiri’s traditionally nomadic tribe from the center of the Tanzania, known for their musicality and made famous by Hukwe Zawose - Msafiri’s father, who toured the world as a part of Peter Gabriel’s Real World roster in the 80s and 90s. The album has been produced in collaboration with Sam Jones from Sound Thread, whose recent works with Orlando Julius and remixes for Mugwisa International and Sarabi have been rapturously received.
                            The tracks remain profoundly ‘gogo’ with traditional instruments and singing, but are infused with an organic electronic aesthetic. This is an afro-futurist journey that takes in dub, Balearic, ambient and electronic vibrations alongside Zawose’s hypnotic playing and emotive, plaintive vocals.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Patrick says: Hypnotic, percussive and trance inducing grooves from Msafiri Zawose here. Fusing traditional rhythms and melodies with buzzing synth bass, off kilter mallets and fx abuse, the Tanzanian musician has created a killer LP which should find favour with the more exotic fringes of the disco/Balearic communities.

                            Zdehvedo Gob is a collective of musicians who all hail from various cities around the world. It consists of Udacha label head Alexey Kalik as well as drummer Roman Shestaev and Gamayun associates Anton Dvoenko and Stas Mitrofanov and they all got together in the studio in summer 2023 and the results are now presented on this new album. It's a gorgeous mix of world, jazz, spiritual percussive, experimental music that rides on nice loose and vibrant rhythms with a great mix of synthetic and organic sounds all offering plenty for the mind as well as the body to get excited about.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Embodiment
                            Harp Phantasma
                            XB
                            Tidal Wave
                            Alliluya To Love
                            Volgo Rite
                            Saturday Daily
                            Law Inactivating Pholk

                            Ze Rodrix E A Agencia De Magicos

                            O Esquadrao Da Morte

                              This Brazilian library funk beauty is the soundtrack to Carlos Imperial's 1975 film of the same title. Echoing European soundtrack maestros such as Roy Budd and Ennio Morricone, but with a Brazilian swagger, Ze Rodrix's score is a sublime gem that needs rediscovery.

                              Rich in 70's soundtrack cool, the score is packed with orchestrated jazz, chase scene- funk, breaks, psychedelic freakouts and plenty of drama. The loose and quirky break- beat jazz- funk of 'Assalto' feels almost tailor- made for today's hiphop production aesthetic. The opening drum break of 'Esconderijo' is a sampler's dream and has already been reinterpreted by the Turkish Rapper Anil Piyanci, as well as Brazil's DJ Caique.

                              Carlos Imperial wrote liner notes and was an actor, filmmaker, television presenter, and media figure. His film 'O Esquadrao da Morte' is a violent heist movie starring Beto Bandeira, Claire Chevalier, and Baby Conceicao; in the vein of exploitation films and gritty, raw B- Movie cinema of the day. Both the film and album share striking, macabre artwork by artist Benicio. The instrumentalist, arranger, and singer- songwriter Ze Rodrix has worked with the cream of Brazilian music, having written songs covered by the greats, including Quarteto Em Cy, Ronald Mesquita, Elis Regina, Karma, and Celia, to name just a few. His written arrangements have graced the music of Luli Lucinha E O Bando and Helio Matheus. He was a member of the iconic group Som Imaginario and played piano and synthesizer on Secos & Molhado's classic 1973 album.

                              Mr. Bongo are super pleased to make this dusty treasure available again. It is a wonderful soundtrack score that more than holds its own with its European and American counterparts of the era.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Esquadrao Da Morte
                              2. Um Homem E Um Homem E Um Homem 
                              3. Chorinho Pro Tio
                              4. Tema De Amor
                              5. Bolero De Mangaratiba
                              6. Motoqueiros 
                              7. Mundo!
                              8. Assalto
                              9. Esconderijo
                              10. Rhumba

                              Tom Zé

                              Brazil Classics 4: The Best Of Tom Zé - Massive Hits (Repress)

                                Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé Massive Hits, comes in a limited Brazilian Blue gatefold edition.

                                Here’s what you have in store: Household appliances and tools in arrangements with horns, strings, “prepared” guitars (punctuated by grunts, screams and other wild percussion), all melded with eccentric metaphorical lyricism.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Mã
                                A2. O Riso E A Faca
                                A3. Toc
                                A4. Tô
                                A5. Um “oh!” E Um “ah!”
                                A6. Ui! (você Inventa)
                                A7. Cademar
                                A8. Só (solidão)
                                B1. Hein?
                                B2. Augusta, Angélica E Consolação
                                B3. Dói
                                B4. Complexo De Épico
                                B5. A Felicidade
                                B6. Vai (Menina, Amanhãde Manhã)
                                B7. Nave Maria

                                Tom Zé

                                Brazil Classics 5: The Hips Of Tradition - The Return Of Tom Zé (Repress)

                                  Brazil Classics 5: The Hips of Tradition, comes in a limited Amazon Green edition.

                                  Here’s what you have in store: Household appliances and tools in arrangements with horns, strings, “prepared” guitars (punctuated by grunts, screams and other wild percussion), all melded with eccentric metaphorical lyricism.

                                  Tom Ze

                                  Correio Da Estacao Do Bras - 2022 Reissue

                                    om Zé is considered the most "paulista" of all Tropicalistas. He came from Bahia, but his wry urban poetry, infused with the uncomfortable sounds of the largest metropolis of South America, is pure São Paulo.

                                    The variety of musical genres in the LP – samba, sertanejo, bolero, xote, repente and forro´ – reflects the cultural diversity of the Bra´s neighbourhood, a meeting point of Italians, nordestinos, Africans, and latinos.

                                    This reissue includes unseen photos, new testimonials from Tom Ze´ himself and a lengthy article signed by Bento Araujo, author of the book series Lindo Sonho Delirante.

                                    Away from radio, TV and with live performances increasingly scarce at the end of the seventies, Tom Ze´ was a risky investment for record labels, agents, and gig promoters. Always eager to please his sense for innovation and his creativity Tom Ze´ wanted to release an album again after the cult Estudando o Samba (1976). So came this, a record where the tension was at the script, in the distressing real life chronicles that the artist interpreted and reported also in an autobiographic manner. At Correio da Estac¸a~o do Bra´s (1978 – 2022) Tom Ze´ had done what seemed impossible: contemporary working-class music not for the elite but for the people itself.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    SIDE A
                                    A1. Menina Jesus
                                    A2. Morena
                                    A3. Correio Da Estac¸a~o Do Bra´s
                                    A4. Carta
                                    A5. Pecado Original
                                    SIDE B
                                    B1. Lavagem Da Igreja De Irara´
                                    B2. Pecado, Rifa E Revista
                                    B3. A Volta Da Xanduzinha (Maria Mario^)
                                    B4. Amor De Estrada
                                    B5. La´ Vem Cui´ca
                                    B6. Na Parada De Sucesso

                                    Tom Zé

                                    Estudando O Samba

                                      'Estudando O Samba' is an incredibly unique concept album from the one and only Tom Ze, originally released by Continental Brazil in 1976 - a tough one to find at a good price in its original form now. ‘Estudando do Samba’ (or ‘Studying The Samba’) is a post-Tropicalia studio experimentation laiden with layers of hypnotic percussion, effects & samples that deconstructs the ‘samba’ form. Recorded during what was arguably his most creative period. David Byrne found the record in Rio in the late 90’s and included several songs on his Tom Ze collection for Luaka Bop a few years later. At that time Tom was not recording or touring much; playing low-key shows in Sao Paulo and contemplating a move back to Irara to work at a service station owned by one of his cousins. Byrne’s project helped to reignite his career and he hasn’t looked back since.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Ma
                                      A Felicidade
                                      Toc
                                      To
                                      Vai (Menina Amenha De Manha)
                                      Ui!
                                      (Voce Inventa)
                                      Doi
                                      Mae (Mae Solteira)
                                      Hein?
                                      So (Solidao)
                                      Se
                                      Indice

                                      Tom Ze

                                      Todos Os Olhos - 2022 Reissue

                                        Reissued for the first time outside of Brazil, Todos Os Olhos is one of the most important Brazilian records of all time.

                                        Tom Zé is considered the most "paulista" of all Tropicalistas. He came from Bahia, but his wry urban poetry, infused with the uncomfortable sounds of the largest metropolis of South America, is pure São Paulo.

                                        Todos os Olhos is one of the most emblematic and essential records of the confrontational music of Brazil. By denouncing, criticizing, and mocking the trend of “heroes” who made “protest music” at the time, Tom Ze´ signed his eremitic letter of exclusion but not without “contest the contestation”. Excommunicated from the MPB and even from Tropica´lia, in Todos os Olhos Tom Ze´ presented, with a lot of courage, an unusual way of fight Brazil’s military dictatorship. All that would be later triggered in Tom Ze´’s career is here, always ready for a new rediscovery.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        SIDE A
                                        A1. Complexo De E´pico
                                        A2. A Noite Do Meu Bem
                                        A3. Cademar
                                        A4. Todos Os Olhos
                                        A5. Dodo´ E Zeze´
                                        A6. Quando Eu Era Sem Ningue´m
                                        SIDE B
                                        B1. Brigitte Bardot
                                        B2. Augusta, Ange´lica E Consolac¸a~o
                                        B3. Botaram Tanta Fumac¸a
                                        B4. O Riso E A Faca
                                        B5. Um “OH” E Um “AH”
                                        B6. Complexo De E´pico

                                        Tom Ze

                                        Todos Os Olhos - 2024 Reissue

                                          Special limited gatefold edition on 180g premium vinyl. Tom Ze is considered the most iconic voice of all Tropicalistas - Brazil's artistic movement that arose in the late 1960s. He came from Bahia, but his wry urban poetry, infused with the sounds of the largest metropolis of South America, is pure Sao Paulo.

                                          Five of the songs from this album were in included on Brazil Classics Vol.40 - The Best of Tom Ze, compiled by David Byrne and released on Luaka Bop in 1990. "This was the record that took me out of circulation, explained Tom Zé. "Until then I was played on the radio." However, he admitted that "This album is something so joyful that I've done, that I don't even know how to explain. It was the best thing I've accomplished after years of incomprehensible lack of motivation. I noticed that my heart could stand being unpopular, and this conviction spread comfortably inside me. This record had the faculty of bringing back my internal joy. It has brought back the joy of singing, of making music, of creating, of accomplishing."

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Complexo De Epico
                                          2. A Noite Do Meu Bem
                                          3. Cademar
                                          4. Todos Os Olhos 
                                          5. Dodo E Zeze
                                          6. Quando Eu Era Sem Ninguem
                                          7. Brigitte Bardot
                                          8. Augusta, Angelica E Consolacao
                                          9. Botaram Tanta Fumaca
                                          10. O Riso E A Faca
                                          11. Um "Oh" E Um "Ah"
                                          12. Omplexo De Epico

                                          Tom Ze

                                          Tom Ze - 2022 Reissue

                                            Reissued for the first time outside of Brazil, this is Tom Zé's first LP on Continental Label and the press release warned: “1972 marks the beginning of a new phase in Tom Zé’s career. He decided to move into simpler forms of writing and released an album that is a result of that”.

                                            Tom Zé is considered the most "paulista" of all Tropicalistas. He came from Bahia, but his wry urban poetry, infused with the uncomfortable sounds of the largest metropolis of South America, is pure São Paulo.

                                            This reissue includes unseen photos, new testimonials from Tom Ze´ himself and a lengthy article signed by Bento Araujo, author of the book series Lindo Sonho Delirante.

                                            After a few “strategic mistakes” in his career, Tom Zé found a new home at Continental label. It was there that he made four albums for the remaining 1970s, beginning with this one. When this LP was released, in 1972, Tom Zé had a relentless interest in the unexplored, in the experiments, and in the unusual. These songs revealed a more mature Tom Zé, addressing social issues, outdated concepts, false traditions, and the hypocrisy from Brazil’s military government.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            SIDE A
                                            A1. Happy End
                                            A2. Fre^vo (Pecadinho)
                                            A3. A Baba´
                                            A4. Menina, Amanha~ De Manha~ (O Sonho Voltou)
                                            A5. Dor E Dor
                                            A6. Senhor Cidada~o
                                            SIDE B
                                            B1. A Briga Do Edifi´cio Ita´lia Com O Hilton Hotel
                                            B2. O Anfitria~o
                                            B3. O Abacaxi De Irara´
                                            B4. O Sa^ndalo
                                            B5. Se O Caso E´ Chorar
                                            B6. Sonho Colorido De Um Pintor

                                            Zebrahead

                                            MFZB

                                              Inspiring and crisply produced pop punk blitzreig bop with a clean, punchy guitar sound, driving rhythm section and uplifting, clenched fist lyrics delivered through hip hop influenced vocal harmonies. The sound is a little harder than their previous two lps and probably benefits from that.

                                              Rachel Zeffira

                                              Break The Spell

                                                Rachel Zeffira’s new single ‘Break The Spell’ is set for release. Its B-side will be a remix of her previous single ‘Here On In’, a Tom Furse (The Horrors) Extrapolation.

                                                Both ‘Break The Spell’ and ‘Here On In’ are taken from Zeffira’s debut solo album ‘The Deserters’.

                                                Rachel Zeffira

                                                The Deserters

                                                  Rachel Zeffira's debut solo album 'The Deserters' is both beautiful and beguiling - a rapturous tour de force that recalls the baroque pop of John Cale and the hazy experimentation of My Bloody Valentine.

                                                  Fans of everyone from Bat For Lashes to The Horrors will find something to enjoy here.

                                                  The artwork features photos from celebrated fashion photographer Yuval Hen.

                                                  The album was written and produced entirely by Rachel and was recorded at Miloco’s The Pool and Abbey Road Studios alongside engineer Ben Thackeray.

                                                  Zefur Wolves

                                                  Truth Is In The Stars

                                                  After a break of two years, Zefur Wolves return with a brand new album, beating a path to the promised 2019 follow up to their acclaimed debut. The three-piece’s distinct brand of languid, emotive, alt-rock takes the commanding role with Truth is in the Stars, released on Strangetown Records.

                                                  The band have once again teamed up with M h of human consciousness and empathetic resistance to injustice. r. Kobo who hasn't disappointed with the beautiful and intricate sleeve artwork and lovingly presented by Mark James Works. For the audiophiles the gorgeous deep berry coloured vinyl will be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

                                                  Studio sessions helmed by producer and former live band member, Super Furry Animal’s Cian Ciarán, have driven the band to greater intricacy and an audible sense of playfulness, toying with compositional and recording technique. Having crafted their debut album in California, evocative of their cited inspirations including Spiritualized and Beach House, the upbeat trailblazing first single Flying High, recorded at Strangetown Studios in Caridff, suggests new and fertile creative ground has been found to ‘one up’ an already glinting reputation


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: For all of you that love the thrashing, but cohesive madness of the Lovely Eggs, the Zefur Wolves are here to brighten up your day. Throbbing guitars and snapping percussion are coated in an entirely non-eggy haze of shoegazing distortion and extended reverb. Thoroughly brilliant.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1) Truth Is In The Stars
                                                  2) Flying High
                                                  3) Letting Go
                                                  4) Contact High
                                                  5) Friend Of Mine
                                                  6) Under Waves
                                                  7) The Polygon
                                                  8) Revenir A Vous
                                                  9) Sunset In Mendocino
                                                  10) Strada Del Paradiso
                                                  11) Stars Of Omaha

                                                  Born and raised in New Jersey, Ardio Zemog delivers the goods for the next Obia Records release. Soulful harmonic percussion filled tracks with a whiff of Latin. Passed on from generation to generation people inherit their ancestral spirits and devotional practices to create vibrations that lift our souls. Ardio Zemog takes on the skin of Obiaman for a sonic trip through connected spirits both young and old. The main cut “Generations” takes the dancer and listener on a wholesome state of well-being. Soothing percussion rhythms with a solid signature bassline drives the listener into a never ending feeling of bliss, the youngest generation has spoken.

                                                  Followed by “Yeochu” a deeper more mature arrangement of drums characterizes the unseen spirit from the father figure. A message of analogue synth stabs and pads deliver a blessing followed by hypnotic piano riffs. Instructions and spiritual advice are given for those who are able to open up.

                                                  “Nights in Leblon” behold the oldest wisest spirit of them all. A breathtaking deep harmonic pad layered by countless drum percussion. The presence of ever evolving synth stabs and piano chords define the tracks rhythm and timbre.
                                                  To finish the EP Wendel Sield takes us on a completely different ancestral path. Flipping the script on “Nights in Leblon Acidic Rework” with a solid tb-303 acid line layered with tr-505 drums. The rework focuses on playful rhythm and minimal usage of elements. Surprisingly the record takes on a different harmony mid tune what makes the track ideal for DJs who like to switch it up during their sets.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Straight up tribal deep house business in a similar vein to Ron Trent or Joe Clausell. "Yeochu" sounds a lot of like Henrik Schwarz's remix of Code 718's "Equinox".

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Generations
                                                  Yeochu
                                                  Nights In Leblon
                                                  Nights In Leblon (Wendel Sields Acidic Rework)

                                                  Zen Baseball Bat

                                                  For Refund Insert Baby

                                                    Fronted by the talented and articulate "Gleavey Twins", this is motorized modern day ska with a distinctly northern flavour, drawing its influences from Two Tone, Jamaican ska, Motown and possibly even The Fall. Propelled by driving rhythms, a brilliant, exuberant brass section and a unique, ascerbic vocal style, this is a rare treat from a criminally overlooked outfit.

                                                    Wonky beats and woozy melodies, pitched vocal cuts and mournful strings. Rhythmic fragments of melody breathe in and out, punctuating the start-stop breaks. On the flipside, Malik Ameer features on a Thatmanmonkz remix, and turns the whole affair into a slamming rhythmic hip-hop stormer. Perfectly punctuated rhythms and rhymes float above the remixed original. Top stuff. 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Every Lil' Bit
                                                    2. Every Lil' Bit (Thatmanmonkz Remix Feat Malik Ameer)

                                                    The Zephyr Bones

                                                    Neon Body

                                                      The Zephyr Bones’ psychedelic rock expands in a precise and determined sophomore album. A warm and accessible record that speaks about love, self-affirmation, loss and hope.

                                                      RIYL: Tame Impala, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Spacemen 3, TOPS.

                                                      A quicksilver track that glides on a buoyant bassline and glistening melodic interplay, “No One” is the sound of joy. While it’s easy to pigeonhole it as a dreampop track, there’s undoubtedly hints of psych, funk and Kraut all nestled in there, The Zephyr Bones blurring the lines with ease in this intoxicating track that shows growth in their sonic heft without losing their feathery lightness.
                                                      Beats per Minute

                                                      "No One" opens up like a traditional indie dance track, with sparkling guitars and a vibrant synth lead reminiscent of a cut from The Strokes or Tame Impala. But it progresses in a fascinating way, bringing in a crunchy psychedelic guitar solo and a funky instrumental breakdown at the end. This track has a variety of sounds, but it's prog rock more than anything, as the dynamic instrumentation sticks out the most. Every layer here is not only an excellent piece to the larger puzzle while also being technically impressive on its own. Despite these nods to the more experienced rock nerd, what's the most fascinating is how accessible the tune really is. The wild drum beats, dense synth layers, and lightning-quick guitars demonstrate the true cerebral chemistry of the group. The sheer musical talent doesn't hurt either.
                                                      Earmilk

                                                      When The Zephyr Bones first burst into the scene they crushed everything that got in their way. Their music slapped us like a wave when it reaches shore. It took us by surprise and left us asking yearning for more. They coined their style “beach wave”. All this became a first album titled Secret Place, something like the sonic coordinates of a sunny place with a soundtrack of guitars with reverb and intoxicating melodies. You can’t tell whether you’ve been there or not, but you definitely want to go back.
                                                      In Neon Body they are the same people, but it hits differently. Their melodies and suggestive guitar riffs are on point. They are able to take you back to places. You will never finish these 10 tracks in the same place where you were when you first hit play. Speaking of The Zephyr Bones is speaking of pure freedom. And yet, in this second album we get to know them in a different way, more determined and with a renewed intensity. The landscape has also changed and now the tone reminds us of the twilight, and in some songs you can even feel the reflection of neon light on your skin.

                                                      But let’s not lose the point. What matters here are the songs, and in this album you can find pretty damn good ones. “No One”, the first single, is an excellent entry into the universe created in Neon Body. Addictive and irresistible, it will instantly get you dancing and singing along. “So High” is a dizzying and fast-paced first track. By the time “Verneda Lights” arrives, you have fully surrendered to Brian Silva (vocals, guitar and synthesizers), Jossip Tkalcic (guitar and vocals), Marc López (drums) and Carlos Ramos (bass). “Sparks” shines with its own light: it is a controlled fire until the final part of the song makes everything burn again. “Plastic Freedom” goes all-in with an infallible riff. “Velvet” is as elegant as its title suggests, and “Rocksteady” hits the bullseye again with a chorus that hits like a poisonous dart. “Neon Eyes’’ lifts you up with heavenly back up vocals and “Afterglow” keeps you with your feet on the ground – Why? Because begs you to dance. And then comes “Celeste V”, a song that speaks about loss that puts an end to the recording. 


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. So High
                                                      2. Verneda Lights
                                                      3. No One
                                                      4. Afterglow
                                                      5. Sparks
                                                      6. Neon Eyes
                                                      7. Plastic Freedom
                                                      8. Rocksteady
                                                      9. Velvet
                                                      10. Celeste V

                                                      The Zephyrs

                                                      Fool Of Regrets

                                                        The stunning fifth album by Edinburgh's psychedelic magicians, The Zephyrs, their first release for five years. Originally tipped by Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, The Zephyrs have recorded for Mogwai's Rock Action label, Spain's Acuarela label and Setanta, and now sign to Club AC30 for "Fool Of Regrets". Starting as a solo album for Stuart Nicol, the recordings soon embraced the other members of the band and "Fool Of Regrets" began to take shape at Diving Bell Lounge studio in Glasgow, produced by Michael Brennan and Marcus MacKay, with a set of friends and guest players - Mogwai's Barry Burns contributed Richard Manuel-esque piano, Lisa Jen Brown, in the middle of a Gruff Rhys tour added backing vocals and Gruff Rhys sang harmony; and Mary MacMaster (contributor to Sting's recent 'early music' project) played harp. The Zephyrs do a beautiful and seemingly impossible thing - they manage to combine the epic grandeur of Mogwai with the country-rock of Gram Parsons. The songs flow with a psychedelic, somnambulant ambience - country music in slow motion.
                                                        For fans of Low, Mojave 3, and Grandaddy.

                                                        Zero 7

                                                        Home (Alt Mix) / Somersault (Danger Mouse Rmx Ft. Mf Doom)

                                                          It has now been repressed for the 1st time, this 2023 pressing is limited to 500
                                                          copies on transparent 10" eco-vinyl with unique colour swirls. Zero 7's debut album 'Simple Things' sold over a million copies and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the band as Best Newcomer at the Brit Awards. The album featured singers Sia, Sophie Barker and Mozez. 'When It Falls' followed with the same guest vocalists along with Danish singer Tina Dico. Their third album 'The Garden' was nominated for a Grammy Award with singers Jose Gonzalez and Sia. Two further albums 'Yeah Ghost' and a best of 'Record' completed their time with Atlantic Records.


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Home (Alternative Mix)
                                                          2. Somersault (Danger Mouse Remix Ft. MF DOOM)

                                                          Zero 7 were formed in 1997 by producers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. In 2001 their debut album "Simple Things" was released selling over a million copies to date and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Zero 7 were also nominated as Best Newcomer at the Brit Awards 2001. "Simple Things" peaked at no.28 in the UK album chart and spent 89 weeks on the chart. Stateside, the album hit no.4 on the Billboard Dance / Electronic album chart and stayed on that chart for 52 weeks.

                                                          Singles taken from the original album included ‘I Have Seen’ featuring Mozez, ‘Destiny’ featuring Sia & Sophie Barker, "In the Waiting Line" featuring Sophie Barker and "Distractions" featuring Sia. The LP has been out of print for almost two decades and second-hand copies of the original pressing are changing hands on Ebay and Discogs for upwards of £100!

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Andy says: Beautiful, lushly produced downtempo grooves topped with sweet melodies, somewhat akin to French masters Air but with soul and jazz flavours, this is a timeless classic, and every home should have one!

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          LP:
                                                          I Have Seen
                                                          Polaris
                                                          Destiny
                                                          Give It Away
                                                          Simple Things
                                                          Red Dust
                                                          Distractions
                                                          In The Waiting Line
                                                          Out Of Town
                                                          This World
                                                          Likufanele

                                                          CD:

                                                          Disc 1:
                                                          I Have Seen
                                                          Polaris / Destiny
                                                          Give It Away
                                                          Simple Things
                                                          Red Dust
                                                          Distractions
                                                          In The Waiting Line
                                                          Out Of Town
                                                          This World
                                                          Likufanele
                                                          End Theme

                                                          Disc 2:
                                                          Simple Things (KFOG Session)
                                                          Destiny (KFOG Session)
                                                          In The Waiting Line (KFOG Session)
                                                          Monday Night
                                                          Spinning
                                                          Salt Water Sound
                                                          Distractions (Version Idjut)
                                                          In The Waiting Line (Dorfmeister Con Madrid De Los Austrias Dub)
                                                          End Theme (Herberts Chop Dub)
                                                          Distractions (Block 16 Mix)
                                                          Destiny (Photek Remix)

                                                          Zero 7

                                                          The Garden - Special Edition

                                                            The Garden is another timelessly classic album from a seminal electronic band and an essential soundtrack to any laidback listening.  Zero 7 were formed in 1997 by producers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. In 2001 their debut album Simple Things was released selling over a million copies to date and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. They released their third album The Garden in 2006 it also peak at no 4 UK album chart spending 7 weeks in total there. It has sold over 125k copies. In the USA, it entered the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart at #2 and stayed in the Top 20 of that chart for 5 weeks. Singles taken from the album include Futures featuring Jose Gonzalez, Throw It All Away and You’re My Flame both featuring Sia

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            CD1:
                                                            Futures
                                                            Throw It All Away
                                                            Seeing Things
                                                            The Pageant Of The Bizarre
                                                            You’re My Flame
                                                            Left Behind
                                                            Today
                                                            This Fine Social Scene
                                                            Your Place
                                                            If I Can’t Have You
                                                            Crosses
                                                            Waiting To Die

                                                            CD2:
                                                            Dreaming
                                                            Thistles
                                                            Carolina
                                                            Futures (Acoustic Version)
                                                            Seeing Things (Extended 12” Version)
                                                            Left Behind (Live Session)
                                                            Today (Live Session)
                                                            Dreaming (Live Session)
                                                            You’re My Flame (Live Session)
                                                            Crosses (Live Session)
                                                            The Pageant Of The Bizarre (Live Session)

                                                            LP1:
                                                            Futures
                                                            Throw It All Away
                                                            Seeing Things
                                                            The Pageant Of The Bizarre
                                                            You’re My Flame
                                                            Left Behind

                                                            LP2:
                                                            Today
                                                            This Fine Social Scene
                                                            Your Place
                                                            If I Can’t Have You
                                                            Crosses
                                                            Waiting
                                                            To Die

                                                            This vinyl only "When it Falls" re-issue will mirror the original release, cut over 4 sides and using the original artwork but now pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Cutting is by engineer Kevin Metcalfe using his original cutting notes. The vinyl LP has been discontinued and second-hand copies of the original pressing are changing hands on Ebay and Discogs for upwards of £100!

                                                            "When It Falls" was a Top 10 album, peaking at No. 4 in the UK album charts and spent 24 weeks in total in the charts. It has sold over a quarter of a million copies. Stateside the album entered the Billboard Dance / Electronic chart at #3 and stayed in the Top 20 of that chart for almost thirteen months.

                                                            Singles taken from the original album include “Home” with Tina Dico on vocal duties, “Warm Sounds” featuring Mozez. Sia and Sophie Barker also feature on the album, on tracks “Somersault”, “In Time” and “Speed Dial No. 2”.

                                                            "When It Falls" is a timelessly classic album from a seminal electronic band and the essential soundtrack to any laidback summer chilling.

                                                            This Special Edition release artwork will have a premium, luxury feel as it reworks the original artwork but this time using a metallic foil blocked finish. 


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: I'd just moved to Manchester when this came out and it soundtracked its fair share of bleary-eyed morning afters. Now back in all its former glory you too can re-live a slow Sunday morning with the curtains closed shut, safe in the bussom of this wonderful album.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Warm Sound 
                                                            Home
                                                            Somersault
                                                            Over Our Heads 
                                                            Passing By
                                                            When It Falls
                                                            The Space Between
                                                            Look Up
                                                            In Time 
                                                            Speed Dial No. 2
                                                            Morning Song

                                                            Zero 7

                                                            Yeah Ghost - 2022 Reissue

                                                              Zero 7’s 4th album Yeah Ghost from 2009, spans everything from dance pop to acoustic folk and everything in between it's an idea-splattered work of genius that even includes a quartet of instrumental tracks derived from their experimental side projects and sampled, overdubbed and rebuilt from scratch. From the evocative intro 'Count Me Out' to the album's shuffling, twitchy closer 'All Of Us' - via the haunting 'Solastalgia' and 'Ghost sYMbOL' avant-garde electronic and distorted vocals - it's Zero 7 as you've never heard them before. 'Destiny' this aint. One thing that remains consistent though is the roll call of up-and-coming talent on vocal duties, including singer ESKA Mtungwazi. The Londoner, whose collaboration credits include Matthew Herbert and Bugs In The Attic, appears on 'Mr McGee', 'Medicine Man', 'Sleeper' and 'The Road' & folk singer songwriter/ painter / filmmaker Martha Tilson for Pop Art Blue.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              LP Tracks:
                                                              Disc 1
                                                              1. Count Me Out
                                                              2. Mr McGee
                                                              3. Swing
                                                              1. Everything Up (Zizou)
                                                              2. Pop Art Blue
                                                              3. Medicine Man

                                                              Disc 2
                                                              1. Ghost SYMbOL
                                                              2. Sleeper
                                                              3. Solastalgia
                                                              1. The Road
                                                              2. All Of Us

                                                              CD Tracks:
                                                              1. Count Me Out
                                                              2. Mr McGee
                                                              3. Swing
                                                              4. Everything Up [Zizou]
                                                              5. Pop Art Blue
                                                              6. Medicine Man
                                                              7. Ghost SYMbOL
                                                              8. Sleeper
                                                              9. Solastalgia
                                                              10. The Road
                                                              11. All Of Us
                                                              12. E Sgwers (demo Version)
                                                              13. Methods
                                                              14. Ghost SYMbOL (Klang Version)

                                                              Zero Boys

                                                              History Of

                                                                From 79 through to 83 The Zero Boys ruled the Mid-West hardcore scene. "History Of" is the first release of their 'Lost' second album. Whilst contemporaries concentrated on aggression and turbo-charged ferocity, The Zero Boys pointed a way to a scene which could include melodicism, intelligence and rock 'n' roll suss. Craig Finn of The Hold Steady has written a feature about this band (as one of his primary influences) for The Guardian. Re-mastered from the original tapes, with liner notes by Jack Rabid.

                                                                Zero Boys

                                                                History Of... - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                  When the Ramones lost it, the Zero Boys found it; Adding a slam brigade fist to the Blitzkrieg Beat. The Zero Boys managed to come with one of the best early 80’s punk records, or one of the best records ever, period.

                                                                  From 1979 to 1983, the Indianapolis-based Zero Boys were the finest hardcore blitz in the Midwest if not all the lower 48 states. Compiled and released as a post-mortem following the band’s breakup, History Of… is the proof, if more was needed, that their take of American hardcore wasn’t all white bread numbers. Yeah, they played shows with Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Subhumans, and others but in Terry “Hollywood” Howe’s guitar there was harmonious terror and unstoppable cadence. Terry’s licks and chops — a leap beyond two or three chord punk — offered a zone and measured count for drummer Mark Cutsinger and bassist David “Tufty” Clough, a rhythm unit in par with the Minutemen if not The Meters, to run lines like quicksilver. Meanwhile, frontman, Paul “Z” Mahern provides a constant wash from beginning to end. Originally released in 1984 with a limited-edition reissue in 2009, this 40th anniversary edition includes the original LP of ‘History Of…’ and a 7” featuring four live recordings never previously pressed to vinyl and recorded at iconic hardcore/punk venue Crazy Al’s in 1980: “Livin’ In The 80’s”, “Stick To Your Guns”, “Commies”, and “I’m Absent”.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  LP - Side A
                                                                  01 Drive In
                                                                  02 Black Network News
                                                                  03 Splish Splash
                                                                  04 Inergy
                                                                  05 Johnny Better Get
                                                                  06 Dingy Bars Suck
                                                                  07 Seen That Movie Before
                                                                  08 High Places
                                                                  09 Blood's Good

                                                                  LP - Side B
                                                                  10 Human Body
                                                                  11 Mom's Wallet
                                                                  12 Positive Change
                                                                  13 Amerika
                                                                  14 New Generation
                                                                  15 Livin' In The '80s
                                                                  16 Stoned To Death
                                                                  17 Stick To Your Guns
                                                                  18 I'm Bored
                                                                  19 Piece Of Me

                                                                  7” - Side A
                                                                  01 Livin’ In The 80s (Live At Crazy
                                                                  Al’s, September 6th, 1980)
                                                                  02 Stick To Your Guns (Live At
                                                                  Crazy Al’s, September 6th, 1980)
                                                                  7” - Side B
                                                                  03 Commies (Live At Crazy Al’s,
                                                                  September 6th, 1980)
                                                                  04 I’m Absent (Live At Crazy Al’s,
                                                                  September 6th, 1980)

                                                                  Zero Down

                                                                  With A Lifetime To Pay

                                                                    Zero Down are a three piece punk outfit hailing from LA and are the latest additions to the Fat Wreck roster. The members possess a sterling punk rock resume, having spent time in bands like Strung Out, Down By Law and Pulley. With some slower moody pieces and the usual high standard of Fat Wreck sound this is a brilliant debut.

                                                                    The Zest

                                                                    Shadowcasters

                                                                      Featuring South Lancashire's most adept Etheric Noblemen...
                                                                      All compositions have been radionically tapped in real-time from the infinite sonic wisdom of the cosmos and dimensions beyond. Magnetically captured by the divine technological wonders of VHS and its equally majestic audio equivalent - the C90 Cassette Tape.
                                                                      For the listeners' full enjoyment, safety and peace of mind - full assurance is given that during the process of duplication any physical tape material has been shielded from rogue malicious extra-dimensional entities, and from any real-time psionic black magick interference (or any variant or overlaid magnetised psi-programming)
                                                                      Recorded at Cerberus Development Laboratories 2014/15

                                                                      Vocal appearances by:  Elizabeth Six & Don Lovedog. 

                                                                      Compiled and edited by Ste Spandex. Additional Musings by Anturio.

                                                                      Includes unlimited streaming of Shadowcasters via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: The Cerberus space ship rockets onwards! This stupendously good star cruiser is like Manuel Gottsching or Ash Ra beamed deep, deep into a wormhole and coming out sometime close the very end of the known current universe. You know how the new Hubble is gonna show you light from the very beginning of time, well this is the sound vibrations transmitted at the very END of time and captured now, without any red shift. Get ya head 'round that pop pickers.

                                                                      First-ever official vinyl reissue of Ziad Rahbani's mythical Lebanese Disco 12" "Abu Ali" originally issued in Lebanon in 1978. An ultra-rare and highly collectible album praised by diggers and DJs all over the world (copies exchange hands for £600), it will get its first official reissue by Wewantsounds.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Abu Ali
                                                                      2. Prelude (Theme From Mais El Rim)

                                                                      Zig Zags

                                                                      Running Out Of Red

                                                                        Los Angeles-based bonehead savants Zig Zags are no-nonsense ’80s style thrash with a magpie eye for deepfried pop culture detritus. These guys give so few fucks while they are out ripping faces that it’s tough to say much about them that hasn’t been said before—they shred so that we may raise beers in non-ironic salute to their Voivod worship, to a world in which young heshers subscribe to New Wave of British Heavy Metal and practice early Slayer solos while watching daytime TV, to waking and baking as you watch the world burn. Running Out of Red is the soundtrack to getting high and driving around in your shitty car in your small town, occasionally getting laid…occasionally getting laid out at the local liquor store by an older dude. Gang vocals: check. 1-2 pit beat: on lock. Shredder solid state guitar heroics: ripping, and so should you, the bong is packed and I think there’s still pizza in the fridge. I can smell your pants from here, dude.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. They Came For Us
                                                                        2. No Brains No Balls
                                                                        3. The Sadist
                                                                        4. Total Recall
                                                                        5. Lizard
                                                                        6. Sin Eaters
                                                                        7. Giving Up The Ghost
                                                                        8. Can?t Afford The Basics
                                                                        9. My Lighter
                                                                        10. Meat Man
                                                                        11. Afraid Of The Dark
                                                                        12. Night Of The Knife

                                                                        Zig Zags

                                                                        Strange Masters

                                                                          Los Angeles April 18, 2024:
                                                                          The origin of this record is a weird one. In 2019, we had just returned from two long European tours when we decided to take a “little break” from the road. You all know what happened next. That “little break” turned into a couple of years and during that time Dane, our drummer, decided to quit the band and music in general (no hard feelings).. Sean and I had a discussion and thought about ending the band as a whole, but I knew I had to go out on my own terms. I had an ace in the hole, though. Jeff Murray, drummer from LA rippers The Shrine. I had been friends with Jeff and The Shrine’s founder, Josh Landau since our “Scavenger” 7” came out, around 2012. We had run into them in Berlin a few months back and I knew they weren't playing anymore. I called Josh first, ‘cause asking a dude if you can take his drummer, is like asking your girlfriend's Dad if you can marry her. And Josh said “go for it”. And Jeff was in.

                                                                          Honestly if he had said no, that would have been the end. I had written a ton of stuff since our last album but I had shelved most of it. I was trying too hard - basically. Eventually Sean, Jeff and I said, ‘Fuck it, let’s make a “Fake Live” record’ - like Kiss or Slayer did. John Dwyer from Osees was opening his new studio, Discount Mirrors and it seemed like the perfect place to record it. We settled on re-recording a bunch of old stuff while simultaneously demoing our new material, as the three of us were now starting to really get in the groove. The result is Strange Masters Vol. 1.

                                                                          These are not new songs. These are Zig Zags classics re-recorded with a ripping-ass band that’s old and angry and just wants to get on with it. We are already on to recording the next album of new songs. That one is coming soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this one…while you still can!-Jed Maheu-Guitars-Vocals-Zig Zags

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Scavenger
                                                                          2. Fallout
                                                                          3. Brainded Warrior
                                                                          4. Magic
                                                                          5. Voices Of The Paranoid
                                                                          6. Punk Fucking Metal
                                                                          7. My Lighter
                                                                          8. No Blade Of Grass
                                                                          9. They Came For Us
                                                                          10. Bloodstains

                                                                          Zig Zags

                                                                          They'll Never Take Us Alive

                                                                            AMAZING new album from LA’s Zig Zags..honing their skills to create a fierce brew of US hardcore skate punk and UK Nwobhm ..like the first wve of US thrash from 83.. get on it!! “Everyone puts photos of Sid Vicious up on Instagram. The other night I watched ‘D.O.A’, the documentary about The Sex Pistols, first and only U.S. tour. In it - Sid's a mess, he and his annoying girlfriend. And they're the only ones who get interviewed! Maybe John Lydon and Steve Jones (not to mention the drummer) didn't want to participate. Maybe Nancy made Sid do it. But it whatever the case, I didn't wanna watch it. The rest of the band is crushing! They sound just like the record! As a musician in a touring band, I can't stand Sid Vicious.

                                                                            He’s cartoon character with a Swastika shirt, nodding off while everyone else loads the gear. I don't care if it's punk - you still gotta be able to play.” - J. Maheu, lead vocals and guitar for Zig Zags 8 years, 7 singles, 3 albums, 3 bass players, 2 drummers and God knows how many shows later - Zig Zags has continually evolved, mutated, transitioned and transformed, rising again and again, like a phoenix emerging from the flame. The addition of the newest member of our triumvirate - multi-instrumentalist, designated bassist (and longtime Zig Zags sound engineer) Sean Hoffman - recalls those golden moments past, when destiny stepped in...like when Neil Peart joined Rush or Bob Rock teamed up with Metallica. In short - the circle is now complete, the cornerstone has been set and the winged serpent rises - once again. Some say it’s luck, but really, it’s about patience.

                                                                            A band is like a relationship. You have to know when to push, and when to hold back. You gotta listen and you gotta learn. We look to the masters. Like Henry and Glenn, we’ve gone from drinking hooch to pumpin’ iron. We quit smoking. Two of us are married, for chrissakes! After 2017’s brutal European tour, which left us coughing blood and taking names, we sought out Lemmy’s Doctor (Feel Good), who diagnosed us with,”Rock’n’roll Pneumonia”. Like Lemmy, we were pushing too hard. And if you push too hard you’ll end up in an apartment above The Rainbow Room, playing video poker on Christmas Eve (which is also your birthday)...but that’s another story.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            01. Punk Fucking Metal
                                                                            02. Killer Of Killers
                                                                            03. Fallout
                                                                            04. No Way Out
                                                                            05. Ms 45
                                                                            06. The Shout
                                                                            07. Why I Carry A Knife
                                                                            08. They'll Never Take Us Alive
                                                                            09. Nothing To Do
                                                                            10. God Sized

                                                                            Hans Zimmer And James Newton Howard

                                                                            Batman Begins OST - Orange Vinyl Edition

                                                                              A super limited coloured vinyl reissue of Batman Begins, the first film soundtrack in the batman trilogy. A first time ever coloured vinyl release for this much admired and innovative Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard score

                                                                              • A limited edition of just 500 copies WORLDWIDE
                                                                              • Gatefold sleeve double album
                                                                              • Orange Vinyl

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              SIDE 1
                                                                              1. Vespertilio
                                                                              2. Eptesicus
                                                                              3. Myotis
                                                                              4. Barbastella
                                                                              SIDE 2
                                                                              1. Artibeus
                                                                              2. Tadarida
                                                                              3. Macrotus
                                                                              SIDE 3
                                                                              1. Antrozous
                                                                              2. Nycteris
                                                                              3. Molossus
                                                                              SIDE 4
                                                                              1. Corynorhinus
                                                                              2. Lasiurus

                                                                              Zito Righi E Seu Conjunto

                                                                              Alucinolandia

                                                                                Some things take time to happen, some things perhaps take a bit longer than they should but, finally, we are delighted to present an issue of the iconic, and sought-after, Brazilian album 'Alucinolândia' by Zito Righi e Seu Conjunto from 1969.

                                                                                The trippy, surrealist 60s cover design with hands holding eyeballs is somewhat confusing. Rather than the stoner acid rock record that the art may suggest, 'Alucinolândia' is actually a quintessential 60s gem, mixing samba, MPB, bossa nova, quirky organ-led mod-jazz groovers and easy-listening crooners with a relaxed cool swagger.

                                                                                Zito Righi aka Isidoro Righi, the Brazilian saxophonist, instrumentalist, conductor and composer brought together an illustrious cast for this masterpiece, including the much-loved vocalist Sônia Santos. Sônia delivers a masterclass on the album's opener, and maybe its crown-jewel 'Poema Ritmico Do Malandro'. The song is fierce and driving with an enticing funk intro that bursts into a Samba / Batucada workout. A real monster that works magic on the dancefloor. Sônia would later re-visit this track in 1971 on a recording for Copacabana Records, which Mr Bongo released as part of the Brazil45 series. The Brazilian songwriter Roberval penned three tracks on the record, including another highlight and the far too short 'Birimbau'; a catchy Brazilian jazzy-samba dancer at its finest. Other musicians include the drummer Fernando who also recorded with the greats Dila & Guilherme Coutinho.

                                                                                The fact the record was released in 1969 meant it was probably a bit out of step with its contemporaries in comparison to the works of artists such as Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil et al. The core of 'Alucinolândia' is that of a more optimistic early to mid-sixties party feelgood vibe rather than the angsty, psychedelia, and rebellion of the Tropicália movement. Over 50 years since its release, the work can finally be judged on its own merit; and what a beauty it is.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Poema Ritmico Do Malandro
                                                                                Somos Todos Irmãos
                                                                                Once In A While
                                                                                Birimbau
                                                                                Primeira Conjugacao
                                                                                Bye Bye
                                                                                Love Is Here To Stay
                                                                                Isnt' A Dream
                                                                                Sou Feliz Aqui
                                                                                Adeus Amor
                                                                                Alvorada
                                                                                Hert

                                                                                Dieter Zobel

                                                                                Mez 31’00

                                                                                  (Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1989) Bureau B presented a compilation of experimental, electronic music from the GDR's underground cassette scene in 2017 under the title "Magnetband" and now the Hamburg label is following up this thematic focus with the release of "MEZ 31,00" by Dieter Zobel aka Didier Leboz, recorded in 1988 and originally released on Thomasius' Kröten Kassetten label in 1989.

                                                                                  The Zodiac

                                                                                  Cosmic Sounds - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                    Cosmic Sounds is a collaborative concept album, based on the signs of the Zodiac and originally released in 1967 by Elektra Records. Mort Garson, who is known for his collaborations with Doris Day and Glen Campbell, was asked to compose the psychedelic rock music and record it together with producer and The Limeliters co-founder Alex Hassilev. Different session musicians were brought in to contribute to the recordings, including most notably Moog synth guru Paul Beaver and narrator Cyrus Faryar.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                    1. Aries - The Fire-Fighter
                                                                                    2. Taurus - The Voluptuary
                                                                                    3. Gemini - The Cool Eye
                                                                                    4. Cancer - The Moon Child
                                                                                    5. Leo - The Lord Of Lights
                                                                                    6. Virgo - The Perpetual Perfectionist

                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                    1. Libra - The Flower Child
                                                                                    2. Scorpio - The Passionate Hero
                                                                                    3. Sagittarius - The Versatile Daredevil
                                                                                    4. Capricorn - The Uncapricious Climber
                                                                                    5. Aquarius - The Lover Of Life
                                                                                    6. Pisces - The Peace Piper

                                                                                    Zodiac

                                                                                    Thanksgiven Beat / Itz In Ur Head

                                                                                    Ohh those Chicago cats do make me blush! Seemingly ignorant of the UK's fridget and conservative view on all things *ahem* sex related; our Chicago house brethen have always turned heads in the club with their many evolutions on ghetto house. From DJ Funk to Jackmaster Dick - English nightclubbers sometimes have nowhere to hide from these expilicit murmerings!

                                                                                    Demonstrated perfectly here by the ever-present and hot-to-trot Dirty Blends crew which on this latest mission enlist Zodiac for the downright filthy: "Thanksgvin Beat". Adult content aside, it's that chuggy, low-tom & woodblock combo that's won me over here - irrestible dancefloor hypnosis from a profecient technician. 

                                                                                    Label leader The Jak gets busy with Ron Hardy & Robert Owen's Jackmaster Hater track - "Your Mind" - accentuating the dark throb and ghostly drum patterns that populate this anthemic slice of Chi-town voodoo. 

                                                                                    One of the best from this champion label! Kipping unrecommended. 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Hard not to blush for the x-rated booty track "Thanksgvin Beat"; but I'm really here for the Ron Hardy sampling "Itz In Ur Head" which receives a tasty update in keeping with the TCP-soaked, Music Box aesthetic.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Zodiac - Thanksgvin Beat
                                                                                    The Jak- Itz In Ur Head

                                                                                    Zofff

                                                                                    FFF

                                                                                      The second of May’s pair of ace new Deep Distance LPs, sees a second studio full length from Brighton based kraut / kosmische juggernauts ZOFFF.

                                                                                      Described recently as "the finest purveyors of kosmische heaviness on the planet right now" by Shindig! Magazine, the band release their eagerly awaited follow up to the quickfire sell out of “ZOFFF I” in 2017 (separated by an equally hastily sold out live album on Drone Rock recs); “FFF” is released first week of May and again is expected to move out quick style.

                                                                                      Over to Ben Graham for a few words: “ZOFFF are all about light and shade, and the dynamic movement from the subtlest curlicues of gentle sound to the full raging storm of sonic attack, and back again. On their second studio album ‘FFF’, the south coast psychedelic five piece serve up six tracks of improvised instrumental experimentation that blend seamlessly into a consistent whole: a trip, if you will, from First Faltering Feelings to Final Full-blown Freak-out.

                                                                                      'Ye' assembles around a lonesome trumpet overture, before the drums and dirty fuzz guitar kick in and we're off, with no messing around and no ambient noodling: direct to the cranium and the groove with high-energy space rock reversing the polarity and shaking out the ghosts. 'Vav' takes it up another notch: tense and urgent, it climaxes in Coltrane-like sheets of sound over double-time drumming, before 'Har' arrives at a relatively gentle pace, dub-like sonic action swooping and fluttering over a rock-solid beat until the bass takes over and the direction becomes clear: FFForward!!!

                                                                                      Side two starts with the appropriately titled 'Dig'. All the elements are in balance and the band are firing at Full Force. 'Ca' kicks off with horn, static and splash, a classic slow burn taking us up to the final eleven-minute climax of 'Zeta'. This surprisingly exploratory piece doesn't just aim to go out with a bang but takes time to set up new possibilities and juxtapositions, opening new doors right to the end where other lesser bands would already be packing up the scenery.

                                                                                      Recent years have seen ZOFFF reaping acclaim and blown minds wherever they've appeared.

                                                                                      Their live album, (2017’s KOZFEST MMXVI baring striking testimony to this), with psychedelia an increasingly devalued term, ZOFFF remain the connoisseur's choice. That's ZOFFF with three Fs by the way. We wouldn't want you to forget now…”

                                                                                      The LP is released as a (clear) vinyl only pressing of 300 on Deep Distance, the go-to London label for kraut flavoured kosmische with a sold out back catalogue of 60/60 releases including Cavern of Anti-Matter, JD Emmanuel, Colin Potter and many others… 

                                                                                      Supernatural Cat is the label run by Malleus Rock Art Lab, artistic collective featuring two members of the psychedelic doom trio Ufomammut. After a busy 2012, the label seems to have been laying low. However, little did we know, behind the scenes they have been busy working on the vinyl release of ORO and preparing to unleash two new musical projects – the first of which we can proudly unleash today...

                                                                                      Enter Zolle, self-proclaimed rednecks, on the loose and ready to run amok with the release of their self-titled debut album, an ode to yokel ways of living.

                                                                                      They might not take themselves so seriously but don't be fooled, their music is no hayseed dixie, brace yourself for a ferocious, rampant record of thunderous riffs and robust drum blasts.

                                                                                      Zolle are - Marcello (Lan of Morkobot) playing meaty riffs and Stefano who beefs things up on drums and xylophone. The duo commenced work on their debut album throughout the summer of 2012, and in just two months they had the music ready to commit to tape.

                                                                                      Their self-titled album was recorded in September of the same year by Michelangelo Roberti at Mizkey Studio (MoRkObOt) and mastered by Giovanni Versari (zu, Morkobot, OvO, One Dimensional Man).

                                                                                      It was played almost live, with overdubs reduced to the bone. The drums are of considerable proportion and made of copper and the amplifier an old digital model of the '50s which makes for a mammoth sound. Urlo from Ufomammut and Roberto Rizzo of Quasiviri/Runi add a little synth seasoning to flesh out the album also.

                                                                                      The resulting album is mightily heavy, the short songs are direct and song titles are entrenched in references to redneck living. For example 'Mayale' is a play on the Italian word for pig [Maiale] but is written like 'Maya' to reflect the sacred image of the Mayan pig face adorning the album's cover. Similarly, 'Heavy Letam' is suggestive of 'Letame' which means manure in Italian – not to mention being an anagram of 'heavy metal'.

                                                                                      Zolle may be a no-frills band but there is much more to them than meets the eye. They are far from restrained and their debut album will definitely give you something to chew on.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      01 - Trakthor
                                                                                      02 - LeeQuame
                                                                                      03 - Forko
                                                                                      04 - Mayale
                                                                                      05 - Man Ja To Ya!
                                                                                      06 - Melicow
                                                                                      07 - Heavy Letam
                                                                                      08 - Weetellah
                                                                                      09 - Trynchatowak
                                                                                      10 - Moongitruce

                                                                                      Zombi

                                                                                      2020

                                                                                        Relapse Records proudly presents ZOMBI's new album, 2020. Their first new album in 5 years, 2020 showcases the songwriting prowess that has pushed the duo of Steve Moore (synthesizers, guitars, bass) and A.E. Paterra (drums) to evolve throughout their storied, 20 year career. ZOMBI has strived to build upon and expand their sound with every release. Now more than ever, the band stays true to their ethos. From the pulse-pounding, dramatic opener "Breakthrough & Conquer", to the melodic bass whirls found in "XYZT", 2020 proves to be ZOMBI's most riff-intensive album. At first a soundtrack of driving musical euphoria, 2020 takes a sharp turn into uncharted waters - "Earthscraper" is reminiscent of a space where sounds of sludge and doomlike-riff crushers dominate the soundscapes. Synthwave and neon crescendos are furloughed in favor of Blue Oyster Cult inspired progressive epics. A truly therapeutic loop of immersive instrumental rock, 2020 might just be ZOMBI's most ambitious album yet.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Breakthrough & Conquer
                                                                                        2. Earthscraper
                                                                                        3. No Damage
                                                                                        4. XYZT
                                                                                        5. Fifth Point Of The Pentangle
                                                                                        6. Family Man
                                                                                        7. Mountain Ranges
                                                                                        8. First Flower
                                                                                        9. Thoughtforms

                                                                                        Zombie Zombie

                                                                                        Vae Vobis

                                                                                          Fifteen years in and Zombie Zombie are going way back, the cinematic French synth trio's sixth studio album 'Vae Vobis' veers away from the science fiction overload of their 2017 opus 'Livity' to plunge their music deep into the Middle Ages. Joined by soprano singer Ange`le Chemin and Francois & The Atlas Mountains' Laura Etchegoyhen as part of the Doomed Angels choir on vocals, lyrics are sung in Latin, drawn from the proverbs of the Dutch humanist Erasmus.

                                                                                          "We wanted to remain mysterious, to send cryptic messages" the pair say, "to dive back into a language from another time, like the copyist monks of the Middle Ages".

                                                                                          Recorded with Laurent de Boisgisson at Studio One Two Pass It in Bagnolet, the result is something akin to a reverberating doom orgy. Previous work has always lent itself a cinematic edge - reaching its culmination in the form of two film soundtracks, for French films Irreprochable and L'Heure De La Sortie respectively - but here the sense of atmosphere and the scale of the sound has been blown up yet further. The choral arrangements hint at the work of David Axelrod or Ennio Morricone, with chanted syllables ominously arcing over the top of the likes of Lacrymosa bouncing analogue synth work and Consortium's portentous swirls of gothic sound.

                                                                                          There are bangers to be found within the caverns too. “Nusquam et Unique” admittedly isn't your average 122 BPM floor filler but moves forward with an ominous dubby propulsion while vocoder vocals cut menacingly through. Ring Modulus meanwhile veers between minimal and maximal as it shudders along its more subtle gridlines.

                                                                                          The ubiquitous vocoders are pushed to their limits on the album, while sax, trumpet and percussion come and add further colour.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Introitus
                                                                                          2. Vae Vobis
                                                                                          3. Nusquam Et Unique
                                                                                          4. Ring Modulus
                                                                                          5. Aurora
                                                                                          6. Lacrymosa
                                                                                          7. Dissolotum
                                                                                          8. War Is Coming
                                                                                          9. Lux In Tenebris
                                                                                          10. Modus Operandi
                                                                                          11. Erebus
                                                                                          12. Consortium

                                                                                          The Zombies

                                                                                          Odessey & Oracle (Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                            This great collection of beautifully crafted songs has long been hailed as one of the best albums to emerge from the Sixties. And yet "Odessey & Oracle" was overlooked by both the media and public when it was first released back in 1967. It may have been because The Zombies had passed their peak in terms of chart success and were being overshadowed by the Beach Boys and The Beatles. Nevertheless their album - with its swirly psychedelic cover and miss-spelt title (it should have been "Odyssey"!) - began to attract more attention. Eventually, one of its stand-out songs, the soulful and funky "Time Of The Season" got to Number 3 in the US Billboard singles chart. Yet that was in 1969, two years after the group had split up, frustrated at their lack of recognition. The strident piano playing of Rod Argent and of Colin Blunstone's richly melodic vocals imbue these confident lively pop songs with a special quality that makes this special 40th anniversary CD package all the more satisfying and attractive. The 2 CD set, which includes both Mono and Stereo versions of the classic album, plus 6 bonus tracks, includes a detailed booklet, which includes an interview with leader Rod Argent, and reminiscences of 'Swinging London' and the live music scene in the golden era of 60s psychedelia.

                                                                                            The Zombies

                                                                                            Odessey And Oracle - 180g Vinyl Edition

                                                                                              Recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in 1967 during the final months of the original group’s career, this British Psych-pop masterpiece yielded their last great hit ‘Time Of The Season’, but was destined for release after the Zombies had first broken up. It is the British pop group’s all-time classic ‘concept’ album.

                                                                                              To find an original mint Mono copy involves a long wait and a budget of around £1,000+ to land one. The Stereo version is not far behind either. But we have returned to Abbey Road for our re-issue versions, a more affordable option, now available again in either Stereo or Mono LPs.

                                                                                              All serious record collectors will savour a work that has been the subject of a huge revival of interest. Listen and you will know why American songwriter, producer and musician Al Kooper insisted that Columbia put out the album in the USA, when it was in danger of being overlooked.

                                                                                              This Repertoire reissue is mastered at Half Speed at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, then pressed onto 180g vinyl, offering the listener the best ever sounding version of the album.

                                                                                              The recordings are remastered by Jon Astley (The Who, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison etc).

                                                                                              The sleeves are printed from superior quality scans with detailed reproduction artwork.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Andy says: This record is often name-checked by Paul Weller as one of the best psych-pop albums ever. He was right. It's glorious!

                                                                                              Zombi

                                                                                              ZOMBI & Friends, Volume 1

                                                                                                The ever-prolific ZOMBI return once again with a brand new classic rock covers album! ZOMBI & Friends, Vol. 1 sees the band faithfully covering tracks ranging from The Doobie Brothers, to The Alan Parsons Project, Dionne Warwick, and Neil Diamond! ZOMBI & Friends, Vol. 1 features guest appearances from members of The Sword, Trans Am, Pinkish Black, Zao and more!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Guilty
                                                                                                2. Suspicions
                                                                                                3. I Can't Tell You Why
                                                                                                4. Sirius-Eye In The Sky
                                                                                                5. Take You Back (Street Corner Song From Rocky)
                                                                                                6. Takin It To The Streets
                                                                                                7. The Captain Of Her Heart
                                                                                                8. Deja Vu
                                                                                                9. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
                                                                                                10. America

                                                                                                Zomby

                                                                                                Dedication

                                                                                                  Among discerning listeners, anticipation for new Zomby material is now high but outside of him teasing fans with a few out-takes via the internet, there hasn't been much to go by in recent times. That was until the end of last year when hauntingly beautiful new track 'Natalia's Song' appeared unannounced in a Burial and Kode9 mix for Radio 1. Catching people off-guard, it served to pour fuel on the fire and leave all anticipating what was to follow. Having signed a worldwide deal with 4AD, that wait is over. ‘Natalia’s Song’ has being afforded a proper release as a single and is also included on this, his second album, 'Dedication'. A wholly different record to its predecessor, Zomby returns from his hiatus with typical style. It is both a dark and absorbing listen that engulfs the listener, running between sparse electronics, techno hooks and minimal piano riffs. Making up for lost time, 'Dedication' continues to put Zomby at a distance from his peers. By the time they’ve caught up, he’ll no doubt be somewhere else entirely.

                                                                                                  ZOMBY, one of the UK’s most enigmatic electronic producers, underscores his already illustrious succession of releases with his latest EP “GASP!" ZOMBY’s ability to effortlessly shift aesthetics across his career has firmly stationed him as a producer that can’t be boxed, and “GASP!" sees him altering his often jungle-driven sound yet again, furthering him as a sonic chameleon among an ever-increasing landscape of musical similitude.  In his signature spirit of cryptic variety, “GASP!" explores another tectonic revision in ZOMBY’s style. A shift forward indeed, the compact, 3-track EP is a relentless, hardware-driven behemoth of beats and breaks that fit somewhere between a chugging steel factory and a darkened dancefloor.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. GASP!
                                                                                                  A2. ZKITTLEZ
                                                                                                  B1. ZPRITE

                                                                                                  Zomby

                                                                                                  Mercury's Rainbow

                                                                                                    Zomby's enjoyed an illustrious career thus far. His "Where Were U In '92" immediately saw the producer rocket into our stratosphere while collaborations with Burial have ensured his credentials and desirability throughout the underground. Last year's "Ultra" album saw him exploring new territory - stark, barren lands of low-life microcosms, radiation scorched landscapes and varying levels of gravity and pressure - making for a completely alien and otherworldly listen. Plummeting even further into said environment is "Mercury's Rainbow", an album totally befitting for interplantary exploration. Apparently created between 2008-2009, it was actually conceived more as an Eski-concept album, paying tribute to one of girme's most iconic artists and sounds. Innovating the structure with a bewildering, modal style, shimmering is a 3-dimensional world, it recalls fellow space explores Seekers International; whilst shunning said act's pursuit of interstellar dub and reggae in search of something altogether more supernova in its creation.

                                                                                                    'While it’s difficult to say with certainty, if Mercury’s Rainbow was issued at the same time it was created, it may have arguably altered the course of UK grime instrumentals in much the same way Wiley’s original template coined a whole new genre, essentially making it the last word in grime futurism, proper.' (Boomkat).


                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: Stark hi-octane arpeggios and bit-crushed chugs meet street-level kick-slinging, crackling videogame refrains and icy, progressive utopian futures. Fearless, and fantastic.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Mercury's Rainbow 02:05
                                                                                                    2. Choke 02:05
                                                                                                    3. Poison 01:51
                                                                                                    4. Static 01:40
                                                                                                    5. Delvaux 03:28
                                                                                                    6. Silver Ocean 02:19
                                                                                                    7. Immersion 01:52
                                                                                                    8. Waterfall Of Ice 03:01
                                                                                                    9. Rigamortis 02:06
                                                                                                    10. Whirlpool 02:14
                                                                                                    11. Tet5uo 02:48
                                                                                                    12. Solar Ashes 03:44
                                                                                                    13. Horizon 03:02
                                                                                                    14. Patina 01:31
                                                                                                    15. X Ray 03:06
                                                                                                    16. Atoms

                                                                                                    Zomby

                                                                                                    With Love

                                                                                                      Since issuing a clutch of 12”s in the late-noughties and the 2008 release of his debut album 'Where Were U In 92?' - a rave-homage made using equipment from the period - Zomby has consistently proven himself to be a unique presence in an increasingly cluttered field. A purist and afficiando in the truest sense, he’s spurned every chance to board the EDM bandwagon to make a quick buck, instead preferring to stay faithful to the ideals of the music he grew up with.

                                                                                                      Following the success of his debut, it took him three long, thoughtful years to next break cover, this time with an altogether different record. 'Dedication' (2011) was an after-hours meditation on mortality, weighed down with an audible sadness, and it was abundantly clear why he had taken time out. Not only did it deliver an unexpected twist, its surprisingly human qualities also offered a rare, candid glimpse of an artist who prefers anonymity and little fanfare. The response was unanimous - he had written a modern masterpiece. An accompanying seven-track EP (Nothing) followed six months later, acting both as an encore bow and cue to retreat back to the shadows.

                                                                                                      'With Love' is Zomby's third album. An astonishing 33 tracks that collectively trace an arc through dance music’s history, revealing an artist in his most creative phase yet. Touching upon rave, jungle, house, techno, and grime, Zomby once again marks himself as a genre savant free of the cosy nostalgia that weighs down many of his peers. Across two volumes that move invariably between a dancefloor focus and darkened emotional introspection, Zomby points to a different future.

                                                                                                      A sonic palimpsest written of true experience, 'With Love' is the work of a producer who has absorbed the shifting textures and plains of electronic music first hand, and reconfigured them into a definitive, sprawling love letter to the soulful dance music of his past.


                                                                                                      An uplifting, feel-good record that's deep, techy and insatiably groovy - exactly what we mean when we say GOOD TECH HOUSE! Zone+ is a DJ and producer from Bahrain who's released on Anjunadeep and All Day I Dream. This is a vinyl only release for WTR and demonstrates his rich, beautifully layered musical style perfectly. Whether its the rolling congas, deep bass plumes, hypnotic melodies or kinetic rhythms - its a sound that'll please the terraces and the basement clubs in equal measure. RIYL the Botanical Mind's label and Ted Amber's recent excursions; there's a certain Ibiza-centric engineering going on which we're well on board with. Don't sleep!  




                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Matt says: Liquid flowing, deep tech house business here. The kind of shit that Craig Richards and Jane Fitz used to hammer out. Love it.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. A Star
                                                                                                      A2. Forever
                                                                                                      B1. Petra 

                                                                                                      "Zorch demonstrate how good 'weird' can be." SPIN.

                                                                                                      The debut full length by Austin duo Zorch is the end result of nearly 5-years worth of material similarly collected, then shredded, condensed and completely remolded into a solid whole. It sounds like two hyperactively creative minds finding ways to cleverly merge together effervescent synth blips, blue-eyed soul vocals, gang-chant backups, blurting EDM bass lines, frenetic drums, hazy psych-drone and even the proverbial kitchen sink taking leads here and there. Each song sounds like it could've been crafted out of samples from several different decades of pop culture history, though it's entirely the work of two exceptional musicians.

                                                                                                      If Zzoorrcchh sounds like a photomosaic looks, it's because there is similarly a meticulously organized logic to it all. When Zac Traeger (keyboards, omnichord, vocals) and Shmu (drums, omnichord, vocals) first started playing together in 2008 while studying music in college in Boston, the pair would improvise and record many hours worth of ideas. Some of these songs are direct descendants of those jams; the duo picking out pieces of those recordings, re-organizing and reworking them multiple times and in various studio settings while also adding on and creating new ideas. Demo versions of some of the songs on this album were previously released, only to again be redone a couple of times over for the album. And, Zorch even previously offered up all of the basic audio tracks from early EPs for fans to remix their own versions.

                                                                                                      The band are just as intensive about its live shows, often playing upwards of 20 shows during the 4 days of SXSW. Zzoorrcchh kicks off fittingly by easing listeners into their world with a slow fade-in to whirling synths, a stately piano loop and countless layers of sounds comprising "My Joy is Explosion." The minute-long tune immediately segues into the blissfully hyper celebration of life, "We All Die Young." Here, Shmu's rollicking drum pattern that might make Neil Peart's head spin drives Zac's frantic synth arpeggios while several layers of voices sing, "what a day, let's celebrate it/ I want to feel elated." Elsewhere, on "This Is The Way It Goes" neo-rave staccato chords sounding like computer error tones, marimbas and pounding toms meet cheerful vocals singing the song title's seeming lament. "Inopportune Sailing" starts off like a repetitive, perky chiptune from an imaginary 80s video game that morphs into a full-fledged living pop-soul jam. It sounds like Zorch actually beat Daft Punk to the punch at making their own organic recordings sound like vintage song samples. "Zut Alors", a longtime fan live favorite lyrically pokes fun at conspiracy theories of reptilian overlords with the refrain, "giant surprise/ We are lizards disguised/ And we're controlling your lives/ With trilateral spies."

                                                                                                      The album is a wild auditory amusement park that gets more and more exciting with each visit. Early support/features confirmed with Pitchfork, Spin, Magnet, Alarm, Consequence of Sound, MSN and much more.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. My Joy Is Explosion
                                                                                                      2. We All Die Young
                                                                                                      3. Its Kind Of A Deal Where…
                                                                                                      4. This Is The Way It Goes
                                                                                                      5. Mutwa
                                                                                                      6. Zut Alors
                                                                                                      7. Inopportune Sailing
                                                                                                      8. Cosmic Gloss
                                                                                                      9. Oceans Dawn

                                                                                                      John Zorn

                                                                                                      The Hermetic Organ:Philharmonie De Paris

                                                                                                        John Zorn. Rituel * Une Crise de Nerfs * Prière Empoisonné * L’heure des Sorcières John Zorn returns to his original instrument with a new volume of organ improvisations recorded at his infamous Weekend in Paris in April 2017. The organ at the Grand Salle Pierre Boulez is one of the most powerful and versatile in France, and Zorn approaches it with great sensitivity and wild abandon. Includes both the full 40 minute concert recording, and over 30 additional minutes of Zorn alone at the manuals in rehearsal the same day.

                                                                                                        Zorn’s compositions for a cappella voice are some of his most sensual and sublime creations. This CD presents his two books of Madrigals scored for six female voices. Beautifully performed by his long time ensemble the “Sapphites” the music is even more varied and challenging than his previous masterpieces The Holy Visions and Shir Hashirim, touching upon minimalism, tonal and atonal counterpoint, textural experiments and more. Inspired by the visionary poetry of 19th century British Romantic Percy Blysse Shelley, a charming lyricism and subtle spirituality rides through the music from first note to last. 

                                                                                                        John Zorn

                                                                                                        Sacred Visions

                                                                                                        Sacred Visions presents two Zorn masterpieces touching upon the mediaeval world. The Holy Visions is a Mystery Play in eleven strophes concerning the life, work and philosophy of 12th century composer, healer and visionary mystic Hildegard von Bingen, and is one of Zorn’s most beloved and acclaimed works for voice. Here is it coupled with Zorn’s latest string quartet The Remedy of Fortune, six tableaux depicting the changing fortunes of romantic love, which was inspired by the work of 12th century troubadour Guillaume de Machaut and receives a precise and passionate reading by the brilliant JACK quartet. Two brilliant modern compositions drawing on mediaeval spirituality, both sacred and secular! 


                                                                                                        John Zorn

                                                                                                        The Alchemist

                                                                                                        Zorn’s string quartets are some of the most important modern contributions to the canon and a new Zorn quartet is truly a cause for celebration. His sixth quartet is inspired by the hermetic Angelic actions of John Dee and his mystical medium Edward Kelley and contains some of the most intense contrapuntal writing he has yet achieved. Replete with the procedures of distillation, calcination, crystallization, sublimation, purification, rotation as well numerology, prayers, canons, contrapuntal complexity and the ghost of a familiar fugue, this music is part séance, part science, and all Zorn—in short, a trip through an alchemist’s laboratory! Performed here by Zorn’s own Quartet, this is the definitive recording of this important and powerful string quartet, already considered a modern classic. Also included is Zorn’s mystical response to the ancient Newgrange sacred site in Ireland, a beautiful and evocative setting of Amergin, one of the oldest Celtic sacred texts, written for three female voices.


                                                                                                        John Zorn

                                                                                                        The Hermetic Organ Vol. 2 - St. Paul's Chapel, NYC

                                                                                                          Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ligeti, Bach, Tournemire,Ives, Korla Pandit and The Phantom of the Opera, Zorn’s organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination. Performed at St. Paul’s Chapel at a time when the organ was undergoing extensive reconstruction, the limited number of stops available to him focused his imagination to new heights, resulting in Zorn’s most revelatory recital to date. The second volume documenting these legendary organ recitals is a transcendent experience filled with moments of passion, tenderness,
                                                                                                          fragility and extraordinary power.

                                                                                                          Zu

                                                                                                          Cortar Todo

                                                                                                            Zu are an Italian instrumental / experimental music band from Rome.

                                                                                                            Zu release their brand new full length via Ipecac Recordings, entitled ‘Cortar Todo’, recorded in the countryside near Bologna, Italy, in the summer of 2014.

                                                                                                            The album features some very special guests including keyboard player Joey Karam (The Locust), Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia (who plays regularly with the likes of Mike Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore) and, perhaps most unexpectedly, a field recording of an indigenous Shipibo medicine man recorded by Zu bass player Massimo during his travels around the Amazon.

                                                                                                            The band have previously toured with Mike Patton as Zu / Patton Quartet.

                                                                                                            For Fans of John Zorn, Mike Patton, Noise.

                                                                                                            “... combining the abstractions of Sonic Youth with the out-there explorations of the best free jazz” - The Times

                                                                                                            Tappa Zukie

                                                                                                            Dub Em Zukie - Rare Dubs 1976 - 1979

                                                                                                              Whilst Tappa is best known these days for his productions with the likes of Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond (Putting Up Resistance), Yami Bolo and others, in the mid-to-late seventies he was a dee-jay force to be reckoned with, scoring many big hits for Bunny Lee, Yabby U, Clem Bushay and his own Stars label, on which he also released sides by Junior Ross & The Spear, Prince Allah and even Horace Andy.

                                                                                                              This collection brings together Tappa's tracks recorded with Bunnny Lee. Lee let Tappa loose on some of his riddim tracks to deejay over, which Tappa then re-dubbed, creating the backbone for his classic 'MPLA' LP. 'Dub Em Zukie' features the re-dubbed cuts, some previously unreleased. The set includes re-dubs of 'Man Next Door' ('Dub Next Door'), 'Invasion' ('Bagga Wire Dub') and 'Ballistic Affair' ('Ballistic Dub').

                                                                                                              Musicians playing on the tracks include Sly & Robbie from their Revolutionaries' days, alongside Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Bobby Ellis, Winston Wright, Tommy McCook, Lennox Brown and Bernard 'Touter' Harvey; all luminaries of the era.

                                                                                                              Tapper Zukie

                                                                                                              Escape From Hell

                                                                                                                One of Jamaica's most talented artists, Tappa Zukie has had an equal impact on both sides of the recording deck, as both a hitmaking toaster and as a producer who has worked with the cream of Jamaica's vocalists. In addition, his early ties to the punk community in both London and New York was instrumental in the crossover of roots reggae into the mainstream. The album 'Escape From Hell' saw its initial release in 1977 as a ten track album. It has been somewhat overlooked due to the small numbers of its original pressings. Tappa was at the height of his peak period as a roots producer with Sly & Robbie and the Revolutionaries house band and then up-and-coming engineer Prince Jammy, who would replace Philip Smart as right hand man at King Tubby's legendary Waterhouse facility. The opening cut, Sidewalk Dub, sets the tone as a totally dubwise reading of Tappa's devotional 'My God Is Real', followed by the instantly recognizable "Massacra Dub", an enthralling cut of Prince Allah's wonderful anthem, 'Burial'. Population Dub takes the 'Take Five' riddim, itself being an adaption of Dave Brubeck's jazz favourite. Then there is Weather Umbrella a well known riddim originally made popular by Ray-I as 'Weatherman Skank', who used the Treasure Isle classic 'It's Raining'. Next up comes King Alpha In School, a spirited re-cut of the Ebony Sisters' 'Let Me Tell You Boy' that Tappa used earlier for Horace Andy's 'Stop Your Brutality', followed by the outstanding Experience Dub, a subtle counterpart to Horace's 'Natty Dread Weh She Want' (which borrowed lyrics and structure from an earlier Soul Syndicate hit whilst also making use of the melody of Alton Ellis' Studio One classic, 'Hurting Me'). 

                                                                                                                Peter Zummo

                                                                                                                Dress Code - Don't Look At My Car

                                                                                                                  Peter Zummo (born 1948) is an American composer and musician. He plays the trombone, valve trombone, euphonium, synthesizer, other electronic instruments, and also sings. He is associated with the postminimalist and Downtown aesthetics, and he describes his music as "minimalism plus a whole lot more." He’s well-known for his work with Arthur Russell.

                                                                                                                  “In this project for Optimo, the listener can hear that my musical food pyramid has musicians at top, or maybe they are at the bottom. In any case, they are important. That is why, from track to track, I selected segments in which one player or another is featured in the take. Some may think that we musicians do multiple takes to get the perfect performance, but I like to find the special interactions lurking in each excursion. Different players came forward in each of the takes, which were recorded in the studios Seaside Lounge and Headroom, in Brooklyn, and live in performances at Cube Cinema, in Bristol, U.K., as well as in Long Island City and on Staten Island, New York.

                                                                                                                  In order to escape the tyranny of the lyric, I am exploring in this release the possibilities of nonsensical and non-emotional lyrics. These kinds of lyrics bring the singing voices into the mix without an overweening message. The tracks include open-form compositions in which the duration was not specified.”


                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Patrick says: Downtown legend and Arthur Russell collaborator Peter Zummo lands on Optimo Music with a sublime set of spiritual frequencies in strung out sleeping bag style. Indian percussion, loose bass and echo drenched trombone float freely on an LP perfect for horizontal journeys and sofa-based space excursions. Jazzy, Balearic and a little bit silly, this should please anyone looking to bathe in the light of the miracle...

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. The Tape Is Chill
                                                                                                                  2. How Does It Feel?
                                                                                                                  3. Well Let Me Say Something
                                                                                                                  4. Do You Know What To Wear Do You Know?
                                                                                                                  5. What Do You Want To Do?
                                                                                                                  6. Life Is Real
                                                                                                                  7. Break Up The Pill
                                                                                                                  8. Well Let Me Tell You Something

                                                                                                                  The Zutons

                                                                                                                  Creeping On The Dancefloor

                                                                                                                    Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring 9 UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’ and the all- conquering ‘Valerie’, the latter a triple-platinum hit for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Today they return to share the fruits of their extended time away. The Big Decider comes into view as an album of stark significance to the band, completed by Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals). Written against the backdrop of a decade and a half’s worth of lived experience, it is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down. Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, The Big Decider became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Creeping On The Dancefloor (Nile Rodgers)
                                                                                                                    2. Creeping On The Dancefloor (Ian Broudie)

                                                                                                                    Zutons

                                                                                                                    The Big Decider

                                                                                                                      Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, alongside the band's original producer Ian Broudie. The multi-platinum selling band released three studio albums between 2004 and 2008, scoring 9 UK Top 40 singles including two Top 10s with ‘Why Won’t You Give Me Your Love?’ and the all- conquering ‘Valerie’, the latter a triple-platinum hit for Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Today they return to share the fruits of their extended time away. The Big Decider comes into view as an album of stark significance to the band, completed by Dave McCabe (guitar, lead vocals), Abi Harding (saxophone, vocals) and Sean Payne (drums, vocals). Written against the backdrop of a decade and a half’s worth of lived experience, it is born under the weight of family tragedies, lives lost and created, reality checks, and home truths faced up to and stared down. Wrestled into shape under the kind of steam that only decades-long friendships - with all their messy fall-outs, make-ups, breakdowns and ultimately love - can muster, The Big Decider became the sound of water passing under the bridge, and love for music, love for each other, and love for creating together becoming the most important thing of all.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Creeping On The Dancefloor
                                                                                                                      2. Pauline
                                                                                                                      3. Water
                                                                                                                      4. In Your Arms
                                                                                                                      5. Disappear
                                                                                                                      6. Company
                                                                                                                      7. The Big Decider
                                                                                                                      8. Rise
                                                                                                                      9. Best Of Me

                                                                                                                      Ellen Zweig

                                                                                                                      Fiction Of The Physical

                                                                                                                        US poet Ellen Zweig combines experimental spoken word with ambient, fourth world minimalism for the first ever release of key 70s and 80s works Fiction of the Physical.

                                                                                                                        In the 1970s, Ellen Zweig was a young poet experimenting with poetry as performance. Her presence in New York’s Downtown scene, even during a period of such creative and artistic fertility, represented an astute and profoundly expressive voice. By 1980, and her two pieces “Network of Letters” and “Sensitive Bones” (both collected here on Fiction of the Physical), Zweig had introduced and perfected a technique she named the “human loop”, directing multiple performers to repeat a single poetic phrase over and over as they recorded to tape. Inevitably, the loops phase in and out of synchronisation over time, creating a sonic collage of drifting, rippling syllabic waves that rise and fall with natural tides. The text becomes performance, and in turn it becomes dreamily and hypnotically abstracted from the written word.

                                                                                                                        An astonishingly singular collection, created from a unique creative vision, Fiction of the Physical offers few reference points. Zweig intentionally disrupts of fourth wall convention and applies of spoken word as a musical device, a pioneering early female voice in underground avant garde scenes. Even her veil of “ambient music” is made porous enough to allow challenging and atonal sonics into the tapestry.


                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Sensitive Bones
                                                                                                                        2. Act Of Watching
                                                                                                                        3. Network Of Letters
                                                                                                                        4. If Archimedes 

                                                                                                                        "My name is Stephen Evans and I am the bass player from the band Twisted Wheel. I have played in many bands before joining Twisted Wheel, most of which you will have probably never heard of.

                                                                                                                        I've always loved the process of writing and recording music, and during the last few years I have compiled quite a large collection of songs. The idea of ZX+ was to write and record songs under rules and guide lines, whether it be time restraints, conceptual ideas, or any other unusual restrictions that do not accompany the freedom involved with writing. I especially liked the songs which resulted from the idea of time restraints, with their unusual structures, and production techniques that were used to disguise mistakes and rushed recordings. The combination of these factors made for a very interesting sound, one entirely different to the songs I would usually write. After the idea of writing songs with rules got a bit boring, I decided to try and write some songs that had similar structures and production techniques to those written under time constraints, without the idea of time constraints preventing me from improving them. I recorded about 30 songs with this idea in mind, and picked the best ones for this album.

                                                                                                                        I love vinyl, and I still consider it the best way to listen to music. Holding the sleeve of the record, marvelling at it's artwork, reading the notes, watching the record spin - these are all physical aspects of listening to music that are being lost through the way in which digital has taken over the listening experience. This album is only available on vinyl, I hope you enjoy it."

                                                                                                                        Zy The Way hail from Taiwan and are a jazz ensemble that interlaces their dynamic sounds with ancient Chinese poetry compiled by Confucius. They also bring in more contemporary compositions which results in an utterly original sound and great gateway to some of the world's oldest literary works. They recently finished a debut full-length album and now the single 'Blue Collar' from it comes on limited edition vinyl. The track tells the ancient tale of young scholars in love with a powerful narrative and moving melodies. The one and only DJ Spinna steps up on the flip to offer his own classy deep-house remix.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Side 1
                                                                                                                        Blue Collar

                                                                                                                        Side 2
                                                                                                                        Blue Collar (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix)

                                                                                                                        Zy The Way / Mark De Clive Lowe

                                                                                                                        Ten Acres

                                                                                                                        Zy The Way hails from Taiwan and are a jazz ensemble that interlaces their dynamic sounds with ancient Chinese poetry compiled by Confucius. They also bring in more contemporary compositions which results in an utterly original sound and great gateway to some of the world's oldest literary works. They recently finished a debut full-length album and now the single 'Blue Collar' from it comes on limited edition vinyl. The track tells the ancient tale of young scholars in love with a powerful narrative and moving melodies. The one and only DJ Spinna steps up on the flip to offer his own classy deep-house remix.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Side 1
                                                                                                                        Ten Acres

                                                                                                                        Side 2
                                                                                                                        Ten Acres (MdCL Remix)

                                                                                                                        David Zylberman

                                                                                                                        New Perspective

                                                                                                                        LA via Paris classically trained keyboard wizard David Zylberman AKA Ghost from Egyptian Lover's spaced out synthfunk backing band follows up his sold out Star Creature debut with another set of contemporary electronic jazz-funk primed for peak hour dancefloor action. After flipping bananas covers of Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers, he drops an original production that gives that same synth driven, rhythm forward dance vibe. The B Side takes us straight to deep space with an uptempo cracker of a remix of Brian Bennett's "Solstice" done in a zero-gravity flavor previously considered impossible. The promo copies have already seen major support from Chicago and NYC heavyweights and we here at Picc HQ reckon this is gonna blow up much like his "Expansions / "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" 7" from 2022.   

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: A real special release from Star Creature which sees Zylberman follow up on what many regard as the label's hottest release to date - Ghost's "Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine". Taking on a Brian Bennett masterpiece and also dropping a self-penned original, that highly mellifluous, heavy grooving blend of disco and jazz-funk is apparent once again. Sending us spiralling into the speaker stacks in a gleeful abandon. Do not sleep!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A) New Perspective
                                                                                                                        B) Solstice

                                                                                                                        ZZ Top

                                                                                                                        Eliminator - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                          40th Anniversary of the groundbreaking and chart topping album. Includes "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man."

                                                                                                                          ZZ Top

                                                                                                                          The Best Of ZZ Top - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                            The Best of ZZ Top (10 Legendary Texas Tales) is a greatest hits album by American rock band ZZ Top, released November 26, 1977.[4] Spanning the years from 1971 to 1975, this compilation album does not contain any songs from Tejas, which was released the year before. The first ZZ Top Compilation with hits from their first six albums, including La Grange, Tush and Just Got Paid. This was released in the US last year and will now be available everywhere

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Tush
                                                                                                                            Waitin' For The Bus
                                                                                                                            Jesus Just Left Chicago
                                                                                                                            Francine
                                                                                                                            Just Got Paid
                                                                                                                            La Grange
                                                                                                                            Blue Jean Blues
                                                                                                                            Backdoor Love Affair
                                                                                                                            Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers
                                                                                                                            Heard It On The X


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