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Transformers The Movie OST - 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition

    Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Transformers The Movie comes this collector's edition, double vinyl package including two etched, coloured vinyl LPs in a Transforming gatefold sleeve. LP1 is pressed on red vinyl and etched with the Autobot logo, while LP2 is pressed on purple vinyl and etched with the Decepticon logo. The gatefold sleeve completely "transforms" all four sides from an Autobot themed jacket to a Decepticon themed jacket. This original 1986 cult classic, remastered and re-imagined, has never sounded or looked better! Transformers, There's More Than Meets The Eye!

    Various Artists

    Sharon Signs To Cherry Red

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      ONE OFF RSD 2017 PRESSING OF 700 COPIES / BLACK VINYL
      School Daze and RPM proudly present a compendium of the demo cassette generation from the early 1980’s, filtered through (principally British) independent women of the post-punk era.

      ‘Sharon Signs To Cherry Red’ began life as the archetypal independent single released on the obscure Lowther International label by archetypal independent act, The Kamikaze Pilots, the review of whom by Danny Kelly in the NME gives us the starting point: “Disturbingly, also from Norwich…comes this plaintive tribute to/assassination of all the earnest misery gobs ever signed to Cherry Red’s roster, with particular reference to the Tracey Thorn pantheon”. What was a gentle mocking of The Marine Girls et al is now the starting point for this meander through the 80s’ underground, a period which enabled more involvement from women in independent music, a slight, if not complete, freeing up of the male-dominated hegemony that had existed before punk. Many of these artists were night-time John Peel session regulars, fighting for daytime coverage in the press, walking the fine line of questioning from the NME (hip young gunslingers asking sexual politics) and Smash Hits (Milton Keynes readers asking which hairspray they used).

      ‘Sharon…’ is but an overview of a fertile time, when the democratization of music through punk had resulted in new viewpoints, talents and perspectives finding their voice. The breadth here is a joy: from the sugary Dorothy (originally on Throbbing Gristle’s Industrial Records) to ex-Dolly Mixture Debsey Wykes’s Coming Up Roses, from the punked scrawl of The Petticoats to the avant funk of Bristol’s Scream & Dance, the one thread all these groups have in common is their fierce independence. That and their XX chromosomes. Some of these recordings are surfacing for the first time on “Sharon Signs To Cherry Red,” while others are from rare 7”s and compilation releases.

      School Daze is a new imprint from the Glasgow-based Night School, focusing on discovering and sharing the past.

      Various Artists

      Soul Jazz Records Presents: Nigeria Soul Power 70

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day exclusive 7” box set comprising five heavyweight 70s Afro- Funk, Afro-Disco and Afro-Rock 7” singles with unique bespoke label artwork and all digitally remastered.

        Seriously rare, killer and classic Nigerian 70s Afro- Funk, Afro-Disco and Afro-Rock tunes bought together here in this unique one off Record Store Day box set edition.

        Various Artists

        Soul Jazz Records Presents: Soul 70

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          Soul Jazz Records’ Record Store Day exclusive 7” box set comprising five fantastic 70s soul 7” singles reproduced here in exact replica bespoke label artwork and all digitally re-mastered.

          Seriously rare, killer and classic soul tunes brought together here in this unique one off Record Store Day box set edition.

          Various Artists

          Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Hi-Fi Special

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            Unique Soul Jazz Records Record Store Day 7” collector’s box set comprising five separate singles featuring ten killer rare tracks from Studio One Records, featuring ska, roots, rocksteady, dub and more from the greatest reggae label of all time.

            Seminal, rare and classic tunes collected together here for the first time ever.

            In 1963, visionary producer Phil Spector, then at the peak of his creativity and cultural influence, created one of the first-and still one of the greatest-rock 'n' roll Christmas albums. Using the artist roster of his Philles label - the Ronettes, the Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans - and the legendary studio musicians of the Wrecking Crew, Spector applied his fabled Wall of Sound to a set of Christmas pop standards and holiday-themed originals. The resulting album brilliantly merges the holiday spirit with the singular sonic uplift of the Spector sound. Highlights include the Ronettes' bubbly reworkings of "Sleigh Ride", "Frosty the Snowman" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", the Crystals' upbeat renditions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and Darlene Love's soulful readings of "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas" and the Ellie Greenwich / Jeff Barry / Phil Spector composition "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". "A Christmas Gift For You" originally had the misfortune of being released on November 22, 1963, the same day as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and was not a major commercial success. In the years since, however, it has been embraced as a beloved pop-culture touchstone, with many of its tracks becoming holiday airplay favourites.



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            C86: RSD Double LP Edition

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              • Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier.

              • Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. A few hadn’t even issued a record!

              • C86 slowly but surely became the NME’s best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being reissued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. C86 prompted a week of shows at the ICA and would come to embody a whole musical style and era.

              • C86 is now reissued on vinyl as a deluxe, gatefold sleeved double-LP edition. The music has been re-mastered, with better sound quality due to not being ‘groove crammed’, with picture inner sleeves depicting original artwork and photos and detailed sleeve-notes by C86 compiler Neil Taylor.

              • This long-overdue reissue follows the spectacular acclaim which followed Cherry Red’s 3-CD expanded edition of C86 in 2014.

              • C86 is now widely regarded as catching the birth of a certain type of Indie music…

              UK QUANTITY: 1000

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              Classic 45s - 70s Rock

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Record Store Day 2017 exclusive release. The ten specially selected double AA side 7" singles in this box pull together twenty of the biggest and most icon tracks of the golden era of ROCK.

                Forty years later it is inevitably impossible to find mint copies of these great songs on vinyl. Includes Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Heart, Cheap Track and Lou Reed. Housed in hard slipcase, the ten 7" singles are 'dinked' as juke-box singles and the box includes a 'spider' centre for play.

                Various Artists

                Classic 45s - Classic Country

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                  It's decades since these tracks appeared as singles on vinyl so mint copies are rare. Housed in hard slipcase, the ten 7" singles are 'dinked' as juke-box singles and the box includes a 'spider' centre for play.

                  Superstar artists don't get much bigger than this, and these in particular are quite rightly commonly referred to as 'legends'. The ten specially selected 7" singles in this box - all double AA sides - present some of the best known classic hits by these artists.

                  Various Artists

                  Classic 45s - Peace And Love

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                    Record Store Day 2017 exclusive release. The ten specially selected double AA side 7" singles in this box pull together twenty of the most iconic tracks of the Peace & Love generation.

                    Fifty years later it is inevitably impossible to find mint copies of these great songs on vinyl. Includes The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac, Procol Harum and The Move. Housed in hard slipcase, the ten 7" singles are 'dinked' as juke-box singles and the box includes a 'spider' centre for play.

                    Various Artists

                    Creation Artifact 45

                      The First 10 Creation Records singles: 10 x 7” Boxset

                      • NEWLY REMASTERED
                      • FEATURING FACSIMILIES OF THE FIRST TEN CREATION RECORDS SINGLES, AS RELEASED BETWEEN 1983 AND 1984.
                      • PRESENTED IN A DELUXE LIFT OFF LID BOX AND REPLICA SLEEVES WITH BOOKLET CONTAINING REMINISCENCES FROM THE ARTISTS.
                      • PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ARTISTS AND WITH THE APPROVAL OF ALAN MCGEE.

                      In the summer of 1983, Creation Records released its first seven inch single, and one of the most influential labels in the history of British pop music was born.

                      The label blazed a trail of critically acclaimed ‘Single Of The Week’ releases in the UK music press and gained a reputation for collectability and quality. These releases still hold a legendary position in the canon of British independent music and many of these artists are still performing and recording today.

                      Newly remastered especially for this package and sounding remarkable! This set of recordings encapsulate that time and place like no other.

                      Several artists have contributed thoughts and sleevenotes to this wonderful set.


                      Various Artists

                      The Muppet Movie

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



                        Various Artists

                        Punk Classic 45s

                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                          The ten specially selected double AA side 7" singles in this box present twenty of the most varied and exciting tracks spanning those crucial few years. It's nearly forty years since many of these tracks appeared on vinyl so it is inevitably very difficult to find mint copies.

                          From the initial burst of energy of the Damned, X-Ray Spex, and The Lurkers, the hardcore spirit of likes of The Exploited, to the punk poetry of Patrik Fitzgerald and John Cooper Clarke. Housed in a hard slipcase, the ten 7" singles are 'dinked' as juke-box singles and the box includes a 'spider' centre for play.

                          Various Artists

                          Rock & Roll Is A Beautiful Thing (Alive 20th Anniversary)

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

                            The Alive Naturalsound 20th Anniversary album is a double LP of rare & unreleased material with exclusive art by William Stout. Gatefold Double-LP limited-edition Record Store Day exclusive of 900 copies on colored vinyl. As part of Record Store Day, Alive Naturalsound is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a label with an exclusive vinyl-only double album entitled ROCK & ROLL IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. But instead of being just another label compilation of previously released material slapped together, we’re bringing you newly recorded tracks, unreleased studio outtakes, spirited cover songs, and tracks available on vinyl for the first time, all carefully mastered, and complete with a cover by illustrator William Stout.

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            Features four brand new tracks, all of which are appearing on vinyl for the first time!

                            Alice Russell hooks up with USA soul legend Darondo for 'Breakdown', a track recently featured on Steven Soderburgh’s Magic Mike.

                            Natural Self produces a sublime cover of Electrelane’s 'The Valleys'.

                            The Hot 8 Brass Band continue their rich vein of tributes with their version of the Stevie Wonder classic 'All I Do'.

                            Plus previously unreleased and completely exclusive 'Enough Now' from 23 year old soul singer and new signing to Tru Thoughts Harleighblu (that’s her real name!)

                            LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOR THE UK

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                            Gross Magic / History Of Apple Pie / Echo Lake / Novella

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              A four-way split featuring the cream of London's vibrant indie scene. The 12" EP, limited to 1000 pressings, includes the acid-fried rock of Gross Magic, the scuzzed-up pop of The History Of Apple Pie, an ethereal, ambient take from Echo Lake and a grunge pop anthem from Novella. This 12" is a repressing of the original sold-out 2011 release.

                              LIMITED TO 500 COPIES IN THE UK

                              Various Artists

                              DJ Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist USA - 7" Box Set

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

                                DJ Andy Smith is a well-known British DJ who spent many years DJing alongside Keb Darge at Madame JoJo's and also sourced samples for Portishead and the Prodigy. Deano Sounds is the head honcho of Cultures of Soul Records as well as a DJ and lover of rare soul and R&B. Together here they have selected classic and exclusive tracks from their collections including the rare Northern soul track 'Ever Again" by Gene Woodbury, classic Rockabilly from Eddie Cash and Sonny West, a handful rare of R&B tracks - some of which were reissued here for the first time including Ernie Washington and Willie Jones, and many other great tracks. The 45 box set version comes in a heavy collectible case with 7 x 45s, an official Jam Up Twist club night poster, and a booklet on printed thick paper. On this deluxe 7 x 7” box set, Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith team up for a great compilation of 50s and 60s sounds including R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Sleazy Shakers, much like you would find at Andy's Jam Up Twist club night in the UK.

                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                7" Box Set Info: 7x7" box set bundled with a full colour 21” x 7” Jam Up Twist flyer & an 8-page glossy book!

                                Various Artists

                                Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia

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

                                  Until now, for some unknown reason, the psychedelic rock movement in Singapore and Malaysia, aka Pop Yeh Yeh, has never been given the worldwide attention it deserves. This compilation -- Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia - 1964-1970: Vol. 1 -- is the first of its kind to focus solely on the Malay rock groups of this region. The Pop Yeh Yeh era, which took place roughly between the years of 1964 to 1970, coincided with the rapid modernization happening at the time in Singapore and Malaysia. Sublime Frequencies has already released many incredible compilations from neighboring Indonesia, so it's about time that the Malaysian groups got some attention! Pop Yeh Yeh artists instinctively cross-pollinated electric sounds of the West with Malay melodies, and added their own local poetic voice to the lyrics they wrote -- sung in Malay (and sometimes Bawean). The Pop Yeh Yeh musicians started out playing in styles inspired by Western groups like the Beatles and Cliff Richard, but they eventually succeeded in creating a sound all their own -- a sound that is not only accessible to the Western ear, but also retains an undeniable Malay personality. Nearly eight years in the making, this compilation was exhaustively researched and compiled by Carl Hamm and features 26 classic tracks of the very best bands and singers from Singapore and Malaysia's Pop Yeh Yeh era, including M. Osman, Orkes Nirwana, Adnan Othman, A. Halim, Roziah Latiff, and the Jayhawkers, J. Sham, Hasnah Haron, Zaleha Hamid, and many more. This 2LP deluxe edition comes in a gorgeous heavy-duty gatefold jacket with a full-size 12-page full-color booklet packed with insanely extensive liner-notes including band/artist bios, an overview of the era, translated lyrics, and plenty of rare photos taken from vintage magazines, album covers, and the artists' own personal collections.

                                  Various Artists

                                  South Side Story Vol. 23

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                                    For the lowriders, the souleros, or just anyone with a still-working CD player in their hooptie and a penchant for driving with even a slight gangster lean. Numero pays tribute to the aftermarket sounds of “sweet” soul music still emanating from the West coast, or East Side, depending on your perspective. Inspired by, and paying tribute to the countless cruising compilations, legitimate and (mostly) otherwise, that provide the soundtrack for lowrider and soulero culture, South Side Story is the latest in the Numbero line of takes its aesthetics from the timeless East Side Story series, and its music from Chicago soul groups (mostly, of course, from our mythic South Side). Included here are songs that are completely unreleased, others that are never before issued other than in minuscule pressings on 45, and a few chrome-coated classics, already seen on scads of flash-in-the-pan boots. The Numero Group’s crack team of researchers cut loose on the city of Chicago to assemble the perfect lowriding companion, and the results are unparalleled. From high school rivals The Si-Berians and The Intentions, who both feature their sole recordings here, to unheard material from the original Calvin Harris, to the elite Latino ensemble known as The Mystics, to the missing link in “sweet-as-sugar” Renaldo Domino’s lonely post-Twinight recording, this dazzling collection slices out a delectable cross-section of the city’s sweetest sounds. 13 perfect “souldies” as they are occasionally called, allowing you to throw away any of your many volumes of Gangster Soul Harmony, Lost Soul Oldies, East Side Story, Hood Dreams, Shady Side of Town (or any of the thousands of other similar iterations)

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                                    Sun Records - Flyin' Saucers Rock N Roll

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                                      Four of Sun Records' biggest names on one superb EP highlighting the label's finest Rockabilly cuts. Featuring Billy Riley's clarion call 'Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll' together with Carl Perkins' hipster anthem 'Put Your Cat Clothes On', the EP also features an alternate version of Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee' and Warren Smith's magnificent 'Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache'. All four tracks came to prominence during the mid-70s European Rock'n'Roll revival.

                                      Various Artists

                                      The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (Volume 1)

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

                                        This is a 180 gram limited edition LP and includes a FREE download card allowing you to download the full album with bonus tracks.

                                        The sublime Mandrill and Jeff Perry paired together to create this wonderful seven-inch soul single with real groove. Finally reissued, these classic songs have been waiting what seems like forever to get pressed on vinyl, rejoice the day has arrived. If this doesn’t make you dance, nothing will!

                                        JACK WHITE, JEFF TWEEDY, FUN., JARVIS COCKER, JACK BLACK, AND A HOST OF OTHERS JOIN BECK TO BRING ACCLAIMED SHEET MUSIC-ONLY ALBUM TO LIFE

                                        The now legendary Beck, Song Reader - twenty Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s - receives a long awaited traditional release when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the Beck Song Reader compilation album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. Warby Parker will commemorate the release of Song Reader by reissuing limited-edition Carmichael frames created in collaboration with Beck, this time in Black Cherry—as well as a new edition of the Song Reader book, featuring two new prints from artist Marcel Dzama.

                                        The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and several more including Beck himself.

                                        The Warby Parker release of Beck Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night… another big step in Beck's long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?" and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck Song Reader album.

                                        Various Artists / David Shrigley

                                        Worried Noodles

                                        'I didn't make a record. I couldn't be bothered to make a record. It would have been too difficult. It was easier not to make a record.' So says cult artist David Shrigley of the original "Worried Noodles", a lyric book from 2006. Formatted in glorious 12" format, the one missing element was music. Now, a selection of stellar musicians including David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Deerhoof, Liars, TV On The Radio and Final Fantasy have endeavoured to finish the job, turning Shrigley's lyrics into fully-fledged songs, exclusively available on this album. The result - titled "Worried Noodles" after the original songbook - is a unique and unprecedented marriage of art and music, and one of the year's finest compilations.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xCD Info: 2CD set containing 39 exclusive tracks including a 106-page hardback book of Shrigley's work!

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                                        1 - FXHE 10 Year Mix CD

                                          FXHE going for the professional look on this killer mix CD celebrating a decade of operations. Stone-cold classics like "Oasis#13" and the Omar S remix of Gunnar Wendal's "578" rub up against recent hits such as O.B Ignitt's "Oh Jabba", "SEX" and "Wayne County Hill Cops Pt.2". Vital!

                                          Various Artists

                                          10 Minutes To Ogikubo Station - A Gathering Of Independent Music Videos

                                            Classic videos from the Asian Man stable all gathered together on this one tape. Promo clips from the likes of MU330, Alkaline Trio, Blue Meanies, Korea Girl, Slow Gherkin, Lawrence Arms, Link 80, Honor System, Slapstick, The Chinkees and more. Also included is bonus live footage from Skankin Pickle, Alkaline Trio and Bruce Lee Band (featuring Mike Park and Less Than Jake).

                                            Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label toasts its 10 Year Anniversary with this excellent 2CD mix. 32 tracks of beautiful music, hand-selected, picked and packed, edited and mixed by Prins Thomas himself including 16 exclusive and previously unreleased tracks that where recorded especially for this project. This mix was recorded by Prins Thomas at home on a cloudy afternoon using vinyl only, 2 Technics 1210's, Rane MP2016 + XP2016 and Alpha Recording System 3 band isolator.

                                            Additional overdubs, fx and edits done @K16 Studios Oslo In addition to plenty of artists who have featured on Full Pupp down the years - Andre Bratten, Blackbelt Andersen and Oyvind Morken - Thomas's production sparing partner Lindstrom also appears. The label boss is on hand to chip in an original cut ("Alpha Tanga Lama"), an edit of Skatebard and a Diskomix of Mental Overdrive's "Spooks."

                                            It's the end of a busy and stressful year for Sheffield / Liverpool electronic pioneers, Black Beacon Sound. Having released a 7" every month for the whole of 2017 (or thereabouts), with each one being released digitally, with extra content (and each one featuring a remix by an undeniably talented producer), they have decided to make all of these superb remixes available on a drool-inducingly beautiful double 12" emblazoned with their eye-catching and iconic logo and sleeve design. 

                                            It's a beautiful package in itself, but focusing on that is obviously doing an injustice to the superb work put in by all the producers to create this mindblowing excercise in cohabitational production and community-minded collaboration. 

                                            We kick things off with the glitched hip-hop aestetics and stoner haze of the Mad Wash rework of Zen The Sharpshooters' 'Every Lil' Bit', bringing the hot-boxed haze and relaxing the muscles before The Fire Beneath The Sea's 'Error Correction' sees a pitch-bent funked-out remix, grounded with insistent shuffled hi-hats and wah'd out guitars, before the legendary Galactic Funk Milita's festival vibe is chopped into a syncopated latin stomp for a rubberlips rework. 

                                            On the flipside, David J Boswell's haunting electro-folk goes full dubstep in the more than capable hands of the forward-facing electronic euphorics of Liverpool electronic virtuoso, Afternaut before Denham Audio bring forth a clattering industrial fractalisation of Hang Syem's 'Frontier J'. 

                                            The following track is possibly my favourite on the compilation (but with enough material on here to keep even the most diverse of tastes more than happy, I expect yours will be different), and comes from Sheffield wunderkind, Yak. Snappy percussion and perfectly measured electronic stabs bring a disphoric syncopation to the already excellent 'Wicked Sound' by Grievous Angel. 

                                            Onto the final side now, (the last being blank for you to admire the gorgous sky-blue marbling) and R. Lyle takes Apta's 'Tides' and breaks it down into a simmering futuristic haze of reversed reverbs and hazy throbs, before the arshaw remix of my personal favourite release of the lot, in Bemp's 'Minotaur', culminating in a psychedelic propulsive stomper, courtesy of the aforementioned Yak and YAKONA. A match made in heaven. 


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: Black Beacon have culminated their journey in a fittingly epic and ridiculously efficacious summary of their dedication to the independent music industry with this stunning double LP. A journey in every sense of the word, and a superb flipside to their already mindblowing releases.

                                            Various Artists

                                            1991: The Year Punk Broke

                                              2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of '1991: The Year Punk Broke', a pivotal film centred around the lives and experiences of avant-garde music pioneers Sonic Youth during their 1991 European club and festival tour. The film documents their headline tour as they introduced a new breed of bands who were all on the verge of taking on the world and forever changing the course of music.

                                              Featuring Nirvana, The Ramones, Dinosaur Jr., Babes In Toyland and Gumball. It was filmed just prior to the release of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' in 1991 - includes the last footage of Nirvana before the band's meteoric success. Including them performing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit','Polly', 'Negative Creep' and a very rare and unseen performance of 'In Bloom'.

                                              Packed with 65 minutes of unseen bonus material.

                                              All footage has been fully restored with audio re-synced and re-mastered in uncompressed PCM stereo.

                                              Various Artists

                                              24 Hour Party People



                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xDVD Info: The double DVD is a tour de force mythology of some of Manchester's most important musical events during the last quarter of the 20th century. Focusing on Factory Records and the bands, faces and places associated with it, it's the history of the musical arc from punk to acid house, Joy Division to New Order, Russell Club to the Hacienda, Sean Ryder's drug consumption and all the anarchy in between. Steve Coogan IS Tony Wilson and there's considerable support from Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, John Simm, Peter Kay, Ralf Little and many more (including Lord of the Rings' Gollum as legendary producer Martin Hannett!). Includes eight hours of extras including many deleted scenes and the all important commentaries.

                                              Various Artists

                                              25 Compost Records

                                                25 years Compost Records. Wow! For many people, the record label is rated among the best German independent labels for club music, and it specifically belongs to the leading labels for house, future jazz and downbeat. This box-set serves as proof of that achievement: Dozens of producers, DJs, label owners and companions sent them their thoughts, dedications and quotes. In fact, Compost is known worldwide for being the pioneer of the future jazz genre. The very successful and highly acclaimed compilation-series like "Future Sounds Of Jazz", "Glücklich", "Elaste" or "Party Keller" are still timeless highlights.

                                                For the 20 years anniversary they published a book - five years later, they put the music into focus even more again: The idea was to ask esteemed artists to reinterpret their favorite Compost tunes. So they are excited about getting both talented young artists and many of their all-time favorite producers involved in this project. Alongside the remixes and sold out vinyl label-classics, there are a few exclusive tracks in this strongly limited, hand numbered 10x12'' box. In addition, you can explore the impressive label history and background stories in the liner notes written by Michael Reinboth himself. On top of this, the anniversary box includes some Compost-gimmicks, a download code (for all vinyl tracks and some bonus ones) and a mixtape by each Michael Reinboth and Thomas Herb.


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                12" Box Set Info: Strictly limited, hand-numbered 10 x 12” box set + 2 mix tapes + Compost logo metal pin + jute bag + sticker pack + liner notes.

                                                The second release on Passive Aggressive Tapes is a compilation of the year's hottest trance anth... Erm, I mean, the return of Transpire, Bliss (the one that remixed for Denkitribe), C.T.A.N, and a former member of The New Post Colonials. Transpire experiment with techno which descends into chaotic drones on "Conscious Headshot". The two Bliss tunes explore dark minimalism with tinges of hope for something brighter. Hyrax delivers a hard hitting chainsaw-to-the-soul piece of noise music. The soothing, reverb-coated vocals and guitar on "Standard Carousel" drive you into the abstract world of Circa Cologne. And last but not least, C.D.T.M blur the genre lines with a dark piece of experimental techno which evaporates into deep drones, sour synths and choppy breaks.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Excellent DIY tape comp of some hi-end audio abuse. Combined with ghosts of warehouse parties from the past, this is brilliant post-rave music, sitting beside labels like Death Of Rave and Blackest Ever Black. Great stuff.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Cassette Info: Limited cassette with full colour printed sleeve

                                                Various Artists

                                                3 X 4

                                                  3 x 4 is a celebration of L.A.’s Paisley Underground scene of the mid-80s featuring four of the scene’s most notorious bands each covering the songs of the others - four bands covering three songs each - “3 x 4” get it?

                                                  3AM Spares is a new collection of Australian Electronic Dance Music compiled Andras and Instant Peterson that encompasses the darker sounds and later nights of the 1990s and beyond. Following on from forerunner compilation Midnite Spares, this double LP draws from local 12″ releases, CDRs and the archives of community radio station 3RRR FM to make a diverse and pumping scene audible once more. No longer confined to beer barns and back rooms, this generation of producers, DJs, clubbers and ravers spilled out into pavilions, warehouses and paddocks, embracing a new culture of machine-metaphor and chemical love. 


                                                  Various Artists

                                                  4 Vini - Forever Young

                                                  This compilation has been put together by in memory of Botchit label boss Vini Medley, who died of a brain tumor in 2000. All the artists involved have given one exclusive track each. Includes Atomic Hooligan, Rennie Pigrem, Backdraft, Uncouth Youth etc.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  3xCD Info: Triple CD includes 50 exclusive tracks. One CD is breaks, one chill out and one drum 'n' bass.

                                                  More ace ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall from the vaults, brought to us by those people who know a thing about reggae dancefloor fillers, Soul Jazz. "400% Dynamite" originally hit the shelves in 2000, and includes must-have tracks by King Tubby, U-Roy, Paris Connection, Barrington Levy ("Under Me Sensi"), The Cimarons, Prince Buster, Tener Saw & Buju Banton ("Ring The Alarm Quick"), Toots & The Maytals ("54-46 Was My Number"), General Degree and many more (15 tracks in all), taking in reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub, roots and dancehall.

                                                  Tracklisting
                                                  1. Bongo Herman – Chairman Of The Board
                                                  2. Tenor Saw And Buju Banton – Ring The Alarm Quick
                                                  3. Prince Buster – Girl, Why Don't You Answer Me
                                                  4. Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi
                                                  5. Cimarons – We Are Not The Same
                                                  6. Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
                                                  7. King Tubby – King Tubby Dub
                                                  8. Honey Boy Martin – Dreader Than Dread
                                                  9. Dennis Alcapone – Cassius Clay
                                                  10. Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
                                                  11. General Degree – Pot Cover
                                                  12. Paris Connection – Who's That Lady
                                                  13. Granville Williams – Hi-Life
                                                  14. Lynn Taitt – Soul Food
                                                  15. U Roy – Stick Together

                                                  File Under: Annual label showcase featuring the latest 12” single highlights by Marcel Dettmann, Atoms For Peace, Cosmin TRG, Benjamin Damage, Phon.o, Bambounou and more, as well as 2 additional unreleased exclusive bonus tracks by Truncate and datei42.

                                                  The vinyl version features mostly out of print titles, plus 2 the unreleased exclusive bonus tracks by Truncate and datei42. 2012 was 50 Weapons most successful year so far. Voted as the number 1 label of the year by XLR8R (USA), number 2 label of the year by the readers of De:Bug (Germany) and ranked in the Top 10 of Top Labels 2012 by Resident Advisor (UK), amongst listenings in many other “Best Of The Year” categories in media around the world, never before has the label gained so much attention.

                                                  “50 Weapons of Choice # 30-39” aims to present some of the 12” single highlights of the past months in a cohesive manner. Label regulars Cosmin TRG, Phon.o, Anstam, Bambounou, Dark Sky, Addison Groove, Benjamin Damage, Marcel Dettmann are accompanied by A Made Up Sound and Thom Yorke-led group Atoms For Peace.

                                                  On the series' fourth installment of the series two new guests contribute exclusive bonus tracks: US techno veteran Truncate and mysterious Berlin based youngster duo datei42. Dive into the colourful worlds of 50 Weapons with this action packed adventure tale!


                                                  Long before Monkeytown Records Modeselektor started the 50 Weapons label back in 2006 as an anonymous white label series. No artist names, no release information, no cover art, just pure high class DJ music. Modeselektor, Siriusmo, Housemeister, Moderat, Headhunter, T++ and Shackleton, Bok Bok, Roska and many more appeared on the earliest white labels, later bundled as "50 Weapons of Choice # 02-09", a CD that was released as an ultra limited and numbered compilation, only available in indie stores."50 Weapons of Choice # 10-19" comes as the even stronger follow up, unmixed, with many new label signings, big names and hot newcomers all combined on an almost 1 hour long bass mission to defeat boredom.


                                                  The tracklist contains some of the world´s biggest producers of electronic music including Moderat, Shed, Marcel Dettmann, DJ Friction, Robert Hood, Chris Liebing, Legowelt, Miles, Truncate, Benjamin Damage, Lee Gamble, Anstam, Siriusmo, Tale Of Us, Modeselektor and many more. At 50 Weapons we are aiming to have a slightly different focus each year. We want to keep it fresh and exciting for us and our followers. In 2012 we had a strong focus on album releases. Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, Addison Groove, Phon.o, Shed, Anstam and our youngster Bambounou all released albums with us. On the downside, the label released less singles for Djs. This year, we still released 2 fantastic albums by Benjamin Damage and Cosmin TRG, but the main focus was on a strong series of DJ tailored singles. To spice it up a bit, we also did a series of remix singles. Something we normally wouldn’t do. Before we are shifting our focus back to artist albums again in 2014 (many strong ones are already lined up), we are releasing this very special compilation to close the first chapter on remix singles. 9 single releases plus 4 unreleased exclusives by Tale Of Us, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing and DJ Friction make for an impressive package with 2 hours of forward thinking club music.

                                                  From cool instrumentals and rockabilly weirdness through to the wild, the incensed and the insensitive. New trance crazes, devil worship, all the usual stuff with screams and hollering as needed. For the esoteric-minded and the exotica-consumed, with added jungle noises, death-defying car chases, teen torment and a host of dazed and confused lunatics in tow. Rampant with scuzzy garage riffs, overflowing with deranged plans for the betterment of the mundane. Spoken in post war parlez, punctuated with irate ideas and parent-bashing conceptualism. Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  8, 9,10 And 9,10,11 From Gung Ho 1, 2, 3D

                                                  Interesting compilation of percussion, bells, chimes and other assorted resonating mallet instruments featuring four star players of the current underground entheogenic scene. From Scratch is Don McGlashan and Philip Dadson, and their contributions, versions of Gung Ho's "8,9,10" and "9,10,11" are two, resonating, kettle drum-styled pieces that wouldn't sound out of place on Sued either. More ethereal and mood-enhancing than your tradition African percussion tracks, both of these glimmer and shimmer like crystallized moisture caught by the sun's rays as it shines through the rainforest. Swedish nu-psych-tribal warriors Goat offer up an alternative interpretation on the B-side. Switching the drums around for a more wooden aesthetic - sounding more like a burning hot peyote ritual than the more inter-dimensional, ayahuasca journey previous to it. Florian Meyer dons his Don't DJ alias as he also gets to grips with Gung Ho's two numbers - rolling out a very typical, but nonetheless arresting form of his percussive bubblers. Finally, Utena Kobayashi Group are new to me, and discogs too, it seems, and actually offer the most varied and different rendition on the comp. Slowing things down and introducing a slow, mournful violin line, percussion is reduced to a steady pace and sparse contents, relying on a synthesized conga pattern to bolster the warped and ethereal atmospheric backing. It's another heady, intoxicating piece, reminding me most of a Mexican mushroom ceremony, fluid, interconnected energy forms interacting as one. Totally out there and highly recommended!

                                                  Founded way back in 91, Z Records have since amassed a lauded and plentiful collection of singles, albums and compilations. Run by Dave Lee aka Joey Negro, the label has enjoyed success through his unique ability to foster the principles of underground dance music whilst also remaining mindful of commercial appeal.

                                                  Through various compilations, Mr Lee has consistently delved deep into the heart of a specific genre or era and selecting a lesser-known series of tracks that give a real insight into the spirit and energy that made that point in time special. Whether it's been gogo, Brit-funk, boogie, Italo house or straight up disco, he has mined deep into his extensive bank of influences and also enlisted the help of some of his most clued-up comrades in offering some unforgettable collections of classics. Next up - he pulls together a collection of his favourite moments across a definitive decade for house and garage: the 90’s. Inclusive of material from Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens and MAW as well as remixes from Mood II Swing and Ron Trent - the compilation is packed with sultry vocal lines and the sort of slick, irresistible grooves that defined the era. Sticking with the ethos of his series, Joey Negro has dug out an olio of music that may have until now ‘slipped under the garage doors’ meaning a lot of the material on this compilation is being digitised for the very first time. In searching deeper and wider than the average compilation, the package provides a thorough insight into why this was such a fertile period for production and gives a nod to the sort of drum patterns, sampling techniques and vocal lines that have inspired the likes of Bicep, Brawther and Huxley amongst many more.


                                                  Various Artists

                                                  A Love That Never Dies

                                                  A little mystery goes a long way, but it's fair to say the appetite for unearthing those secret tunes and lost classics has rarely been stronger. "A Love That Never Dies" give us a peek inside their formidable archive with three wonderful pieces of coveted music, in very short supply in their original form. Faint memories of proto-techno collide with Zanzibar / Cosmic friendly afro-funky and a solid dose of sherm-fuelled, rambunctious disko. No f***in about on this one - straight into the deep end and dazzling.


                                                  One super limited, clear vinyl pressing.


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Three styles and flavours to cater for the different moods and feels of a good weekend on the rocks.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) - The Wizards Of Oz - Compiled & Mixed By The Amorphous Androgynous

                                                  35 track 2 hour mix psychedelicized by the Amorphous Androgynous - including tracks Russell Morris, Tame Impala, The Missing Links, Cybotron, Doug Jerebine, Sunset Strip, Leong Lau, Melissa, Ash Grunwald, Rob Thomsett, Kongress, Sons Of The Vegetal Mother, Pond, Krozier & The Generator, SJC Powell, Rob Thomsett, Air, Flake, Rainbow Generator, Doug Jerebine, Iain McIntyre's A Warning, Doug Ashdown, Rob Thomsett, Pip Proud, Hiroshi and Claudia, Tyrnaround, Steve Maxwell Von Braund, Madder Lake, Railroad Gin, Mandu and Kanguru.

                                                  ‘The Wizards Of Oz’ is devoted exclusively to the rich heritage of cosmic space music of our Antipodean brothers and sisters and in common with previous volumes traces the lineage from the sixties to the present day with sonic delights from every decade in between.

                                                  Once again the Amorphous Androgynous show themselves dab hands at unearthing the absurd, the obscure and the downright wonder filled from over four decades. The tracks are expertly woven and mashed together to form a trip as enjoyable as it is both enlightening and educational. As has always been their want they reappraise what the 'psychedelic' might mean in the present day adopting the role of the DJ in the process rather than as band or producers / remixers as has been known, showing that a new 'psychedelia' exists as much in the surprising juxtaposition of style and variety of song as it does in the individual songs themselves.

                                                  Unlike previous volumes 'The Wizards Of Oz' majorly features music and bands that the Amorphous Androgynous had never previously heard (though some like Tame Impala rose meteorically within the album's two year inception) and as the collection evolved the question that arose with increasing regularity was 'How and why have we not heard this before?!" and then 'if this band had been from the UK or the USA would they have been unheard and unknown?" The answer to this was a resounding no so an almost political fervor was born to bring the treasure of ‘The Wizards Of Oz' forth so that ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble’ could continue its ongoing legacy to reinvigorate the psychedelic potential of both now and future generations by bringing and tracing the timeless psychedelic music through the years together in order to activate future revolutions of cosmic space music.


                                                  Bon Appetit Records' first record, "A Slice Of The Pie" features four producers working on the peripheries of the modern house scene. Cassettes For Kids hail from the fruitful Melbourne scene, "Oh Girl" tipping its hat to the ultra compressed, pumpin' side chains of the lo-fi house genre. Sped up r'nb vox meets a hefty house pump as hi-hats are shuffled to within an inch of their life. Freudenthaler drops his first ever track - "Can't Hide" - deploying dusted drums to soulful samples: vocals, sax and Rhodes, all present as an almost Sound Signature-esque beat creeps along. Roneus' "What Is Fear What Is Love" ticks all the deep house boxes as it unfurls a sublime soundbed of scintillating textures before dropping a spoken word ident typical of the genre. Soso Tharpa keeps up the fun till the end, a bouncy, shoulder-dropped Chi-town-esque number that for me, recalls the small Greensleaves label with its properly shuffled hats and snares, guided by an enchanted sax line. Ace stuff here from Bon Appetit, enlisting four fresh AF new producers into their roster and not relying on any hype name to sell the record. TIP!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  A Valentine Records Sampler

                                                  After releasing a handful of singles / EPs, Manchester label Valentine Records celebrates its first birthday with the release of their first full length album. The album includes some of the highlights of the label's releases so far, along with five previously unreleased tracks. Includes tracks from Palo Alto, Ladyboy, Bynatone, Les Flames and more.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  A-F Records Sampler

                                                  Since releasing Anti-Flag's newest full length, A-F Records has become the newest 'buzz' label to come out of the underground since Fat Wreck Chords exploded onto the scene in the early 90s. Here's their bands on a cheap, cheap compilation.

                                                  I love me some weird shit, and by the sounds of this killer label compendium, Dublin's Wah Wah Wino are leading the way leftfield right now! The mutual brainchild of Omid Geadizadeh, OD & Morgan Buckley (who you might remember from that unstoppable and uncatorizable OD/MB 12" a couple of years ago) Wah Wah Wino have three highly limited white label 12"s to their name so far, each offering its own totally off the wall take on good old dancing music. Well, sticking to that highly lysergic ethos, the label offer their first "Various Artists" compilation, air quotes because I suspect the label bosses contribute every track here. A-grade weirdshit - best enjoyed snorted through rolled up blotter paper...

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Patrick says: Described by our own Silvestre as a 'difficult vinyl', this dope double pack is the most experimental thing you're ever gonna enjoy dancing to. It may be madder than a wet hen, but it will make you move!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Ace Records 40

                                                    A celebration of our 40years in business: 1975-2015 represented by seven vinyl singles in a luxury box/book.

                                                    40 years on and, as the song says, we got to get right back where we started from. That was and still is the 7-inch vinyl 45rpm single. This traditional “album” contains seven 45s that could never fully represent the Ace story so far, but they touch on numerous aspects of what we have been doing all this time. There are unissued versions, highlights from our career, lost gems and an error corrected, but all truly terrific music. A small jukebox worth of recordings spanning the 20 years from which the bulk of Ace releases have been drawn. It is hard to believe only 20 years separate Etta James’ release for Modern from Joe Strummer’s first recording made for our Chiswick label, which in turn is now nearly 40 years old.

                                                    After our dalliance with pop and rock, which lasted until the early 80s and wasn’t without its highpoints, we shifted our attention to recording London’s garage and psychobilly bands in the wake of licensing the Cramps’ catalogue. But the blues, its more active little brother rhythm & blues, even more active grandchild soul and wayward second cousin who got the funk have always been a major strand in what we do. We heard some of that rock’n’roll music, liked it and put a lot of it out, alongside its sweeter pop counterpart and teenage rebel nephew 60s psych and garage that contributed to the backbone of the past 40 years of releases.

                                                    During that time, we have danced to many different tunes in many different styles. We jived, we twisted, then we shimmied (and shaked), glided elegantly across the northern soul dancefloor, pogoed and all the time shook a tail feather. These days it is more likely to be a soft shoe shuffle but the enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed. The dedicated team of Ace staff, engineers and consultants are still turning out a regular flow of great-sounding, handsomely packaged, articulately annotated CDs, with the odd LP and 45 thrown in for good measure. You can even download a lot of it, but unfortunately without the pretty pictures and sweet words as yet.

                                                    They say the future is online and they may be right, but nothing can match that warm fuzzy feeling the whiff of wax brings.

                                                    Asthmatic Kitty Records presents "Achoo!" their second sampler of music released on the label – 27 tracks for the price of a CD single! Featuring songs from every artist on the label and spanning the entire breadth of the catalogue, this gives a concise and exciting introduction to one of the most interesting independent labels in operation today.

                                                    Green Water - The Curtains
                                                    Henney Buggy Band - Sufjan Stevens
                                                    High Life - Shapes And Sizes
                                                    Adventurers - Rafter
                                                    Eyes Peeled - Half-Handed Cloud
                                                    We Were Sparkling - My Brightest Diamond
                                                    Sold To The Nice Rich Man - Welcome Wagon
                                                    So Gentle Your Arms - Shannon Stephens
                                                    Poison & Snakes - Liz Janes
                                                    Strong Animal - Castanets
                                                    Twilight And Ghost Stories (excerpt) - Chris Schlarb
                                                    Year Of The Boar - Osso
                                                    Encouragement - Rafter
                                                    Say You Will - Cryptacize
                                                    Future Past Perfect - Future Rapper
                                                    Sampler Song - Rafter
                                                    Sailing The Veil-Boat - Half-Handed Cloud
                                                    Climbing Texas - Belltower
                                                    Christmas In July - Sufjan Stevens
                                                    Dancing With Someone (Privilege Of Everything) - Castanets
                                                    A Feast - Royal City
                                                    Goldenhead - Shapes And Sizes
                                                    Yes/No - Bunky
                                                    Quail - Half-Handed Cloud
                                                    Careless Love - Liz Janes & Create
                                                    Golden Star (Alias Remix) - My Brightest Diamond
                                                    As You Do - Castanets

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Acid Thunder: More Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985 - 1991

                                                      Following the colossal success of the Terry Farley compiled “Acid Rain”, Harmless are proud to announce the incredible follow-up and worthy companion, “Acid Thunder”. Once again compiled by House expert Terry Farley, “Acid Thunder” continues the journey of its predecessor with another collection of 59 incredibly influential House Music releases from the Vintage era of the sound, namely, 1985-1991. In addition, we are delighted to have finally managed to unearth 25 key tracks from one of House Music’s most influential labels, D.J. International. As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better. This collection also contains numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release. Sleeve-notes this time are courtesy of Jacob Arnold, founder and curator of the hugely influential House Music website, Gridface. Once again, we have included a 32 page booklet containing all scans plus photos, flyers and other memorabilia from the archives of Terry Farley and Jacob Arnold. All 5 CDs and the booklet are within a hard-wearing clamshell box which will sit perfectly with “Acid Rain” for the collectors out there. As usual Harmless will be co-ordinating a huge Press and Radio campaign and we’ll be rolling the PR throughout the summer and into autumn 2014. This is must-buy purchase for all serious House Music aficionados.


                                                      Soul Jazz Records re-release "Acid: Can You Jack?", a double CD and two DJ-friendly super loud vinyl double packs presenting the definitive guide to the evolution of house and acid in Chicago. The album traces how the sound developed as clubs like Ron Hardy's legendary Music Box and Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse, along with radio mixes by the Hot Mix Five, put Chicago on the map. The album features all-time classic tracks such as Phuture's epic 12 minute "Acid Trax" and Sleezy D's "I've Lost Control" alongside many rare and experimental tracks such as Lil Louis's "Video Clash" and Marshall Jefferson's "Go Wild Rhythm Tracks". With sleevenotes by Tim Lawrence (who wrote "Love Saves The Day"), exclusive photos and interviews with Marshall Jefferson, Adonis, Tyree and more, the album shows how Chicago's unique culture and artists led to some of the most important music ever made.

                                                      "Ada - Mixtape #1 - Adaptions" brings together a collection of new and unreleased music, Ada's remixes, renditions of her tracks touched by friends, plus even a lost, alternative take of her most loved song "Blindhouse". Lovingly blended together but not to be confused with a DJ mix, the songs here have a degree of separation between each other (I think we might call them 'gaps'). Diving in, Tracey Thorn's vocals brood over Ada's delicate beats, propelling us into what promises to be a world of modern Booka Shade remix, to the house-drenched cycle of "Forty Winks" to her musical duet with Raz Ohara of Apparat fame,Adaptions" showcases a speculative depth rarely heard in Ada's music and provokes a more matured aspect to her own production. Bringing a slight twist to the typical remix collection, Ada invites some of her favorite remixes onboard for the ride. Studio-mate Dee Pulse hits back with his unreleased remix of "Fizzman" and Tobias Thomas and Michael Mayer team up to tackle the unforgettable Yeah Yeah Yeah's cover of Maps that originally appeared on Ada's debut album "Blondie". It's safe to say that ADA has brilliantly succeeded in creating her own, personal mixtape that is well deserving of being shared with everyone.

                                                      Tracklisting
                                                      1. Tracey Thorn's Grand Canyon (Ada remix)
                                                      2. Ada - Fizzmann (Dee Pulse Remix)
                                                      3. Booka Shade Vertigo vs. Cha (Ada Remix)
                                                      4. Brant Feat. Mr. Roper - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (Ada Remix)
                                                      5. Ada - Maps (Thomas / Mayer Remix)
                                                      6. Alex Smoke - Never Want To See You Again (Ada Remix)
                                                      7. Ada - Eve (DJ Koze Mix)
                                                      8. Ada Feat. Raz Ohara - Lovestoned
                                                      9. Andi Teichmann - Tape (Ada Remix)
                                                      10. Ada - Living It Up
                                                      11. Ada - Forty Winks
                                                      12. Ada Feat. Cosmic DJ - Our Blindhouse

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European And American Electronica 1978-1984

                                                      Following the success of the 4CD compilations looking at early electronica in the UK (“Close To The Noise Floor”), Europe (“Noise Reduction System”) and North America (“Third Noise Principle”) 4AD present a 3LP compendium of hand-picked highlights. Including legendary names such as Conny Plank and Holger Czukay (Les Vampyrettes), D.A.F., Bourbonese Qualk, The Legendary Pink Dots, Front 242, Carlos Peron, The Residents, Rhythm And Noise, Richard Bone and Tuxedomoon alongside cult favourites and previously overlooked nuggets, “Additive Noise Function” takes in dancefloor fillers, inner space explorations and everything in between as it journeys over five thousand miles in search of the perfect drum pattern. Previous CD editions have been critically praised around the world, and acclaimed for their historical significance as well as the diverse, futuristic and ground-breaking music contained within. Demand for a vinyl overview has been continuous, and we proudly present thirty-two must-hear, must-have tunes showcasing the other side of the post-punk revolution. For fans of house and techno, breaks, future funk, ambient soundscapes, IDM and concrète collages.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Africa Airways Five (Brace Brace Boogie 1976 - 1982)


                                                      It's that time again. The skies are calling and its time to board our trusty jet for the 5th outing of Africa Seven's premiere class compilation Africa Airways. For volume 5 its time to brace yourselves for 10 slices of Afro boogie goodness.

                                                      We up the boogie time groove with The Black Bells Group (the first band of lead singer Sidney 'Patrick Duteil' who went on to become the godfather of French hip-hop and a well know TV presenter. Here the groove is swinging... the perfect opener. Next up is German-based Cameroonian musician and cousin of Manu Dibango, Charly Kingson with this bass-synth boogie stomper. Big brass and jazzy trumpets add layers of sparkle too.

                                                      Next its time for some highlife inspired boogie from Ghanian Gyedu Blay Amboley. Highlife fused with reggae, disco, boogie and jazz just as the lyrics say.

                                                      Next we pair up with Africa Seven friend Eko once more under his Dikalo guise. The Cameroonian master musician is on fine form with his heavy brass and deep percussion with a driving afro boogie groove. To round off Side A its off to Cameroon again to groove with Jean 'Mekongo President'. Think Bernard 'Chic' Edwards on the bass with some African style and you can see it's the bottom end groove and afrobeat drums that power this gem along.

                                                      We open the second side slowly and purposefully with the highly sought after 'French Girl' from Fotso. Drippy bass synth grooves and a wondrous percussion and drum shuffle pair with piano riffs to make this a unique sounding track. Our friend Tala AM is next with the foot-stomping 'Sugar Lump'. JK Mandengue is next with most definitely the catchiest chorus you will hear today. Nigerian Jide Obe gets synth and clavinet rich with his doe to sensible dating advice 'Too Young'. We close off the album with a track from label good friend Jo Bisso under his Mulamba guise. Sounding like a long lost TV theme from a late night TV show circa 1977. Let's get down and boogie with the brand new dance in town folks... the Dashiki.

                                                      Until Volume Six takes flight it is time to unbuckle those seat belts folks.

                                                      It's just over 3 years since the launch of the Africa Seven label in Paris and London. Their first release (Airways One, obviously) is in its fourth pressing such is its popularity with discerning Afro heads. Forty or so releases later it's time to take to the clouds again. Being the unimaginative bunch they are, the fourth installment of their African sky filled, musical cornucopia is called, wait for it... 'African Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)'. This time round, the flavour is disticntly disco.
                                                      Your flight opens with a punchy disco funk assault from Paris based Cameroonian Tala AM with his 1981 stomper "Get Up Tchmassi". Next up and staying with the Cameroonian connection is Eko with "Bowaa Mba Ngebe". Uta Bella began singing in the 60's and by the time disco hit in the 70's she was already established a singer in her native Cameroon, here the locked on groove of "Nassa Nassa" is a perfect snapshot of the Afro disco vibe we've all grown to love.
                                                      Charly Kingson (cousin of Manu Dibango) is next up with his "Nimele Bolo". Recorded in Germany with the cream of Munich's session musicians the bass synth is out in force on this one. Keeping it in the family, cousin Manu is next up with his 1978 Disco, jazz funk masterpiece "Sun Explosion".
                                                      Side two opens with a blast of Elvis Kemayo and his piano and guitar funk bomb "Biram". Next Momo Joseph gives us "Africain". Best known in France as an actor, this disco funk groover was released on his self pressed LP "War For Ground" in 1983. A true gem indeed. Nigerian, ex Funkees member Jake Sollo is next with "Tinni Yanana". Recorded in the UK in 83 it's slick and smooth with a hint of "at the car wash" groove. Pierre Didy Tchakounte follows on with his soul funk 'golden years' style groover "Soul Magabe". Produced by  Slim Pezin. We close off the journey with the tribal chant disco-funk special from the Monstars "Funny Saga". As always, completely unmissable stuff.





                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Africa Airways One & Two (Funk Connection 1973-1980, Funk Departures 1973-1982)

                                                      First released in 2015 as two separate vinyl compilations, “Africa Airways” is a deep exploration into the furthest parts of 1970’s and early 1980’s. 

                                                      The last decade has seen the un-tapping of an apparent endless well of music from the mother continent and this compilation (in our not so biased opinion) uncovers some of the cream of the crop and stands as one of the finest exponents of the African take on the music that it directly influenced, that being the funk and disco from the USA.

                                                      Featuring music from Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and the international African diaspora with artists including Manu Dibango, Jo Tongo and Jake Sollo this a truly pan-African affair, full of analogue synths, polyrhythms, rich vocals, jangling guitars and production slicker than oil. For lovers of music to get down to, this will make your rubber soled shoes burn.

                                                      The original pressing of the vinyl compilations sold out so quickly that another two represses had to be made to keep up with demand. For those not to latch on to the vinyl resurgence and prefer the old school CD format, this compilation is the one for you!!!


                                                      A great compilation can open the gate to another world. Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first ‘African Scream Contest’ in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear; gut-busting yelps, lethally well-drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness as any favourite blues or soul or funk or punk sampler you might care to mention.

                                                      Ten years on, intrepid crate-digger and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure-trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness, featuring 14 tracks from 1963 - 1980. Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics’ pile-driving opener, the previously unreleased “A Min We Vo Nou We”, it’s clear that ‘African Scream Contest 2’ is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor.

                                                      Where some purveyors of vintage African sounds seem to be strip-mining the continent’s musical heritage with no less rapacious intent than the mining companies and colonial authorities who previously extracted its mineral wealth, Samy Ben Redjeb’s determination to track this amazing music to its human sources pays huge karmic dividends. Like every other Analog Africa release, ‘African Scream Contest 2’ is illuminated by meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography supplied by the artists themselves.

                                                      The scene documented here couldn’t have been born anywhere else but in the Benin Republic, and the prime reason for that is Vodoun. It’s one of the world’s most complex religions, involving the worship of some 250 divinities, where each divinity has its own specific set of rhythms, and the bands introduced on the ‘African Scream Contest’ series and other compilations from that country were no less diverse than that army of different Gods. At once restless pioneers and masters of the art of modernising their own folklore, the mystic sound of Vodoun was their prime source of inspiration.


                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      LP Info: 2xLP set with a 24-page booklet + download code.

                                                      CD Info: CD with 44-page booklet.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      After Hours

                                                      This is a brilliant collection of Northern soul stompers dug up from the Warners, Atlantic, Atco and Reprise vaults. All the tracks are picked by Northern authority Richard Searling, who also provides extensive sleeve notes. All that and a great photo of (presumably) Wigan Casino from the on the front cover!!

                                                      School is back in session! A decade removed from their acclaimed Homeschooled compilation comes a new class of talent show titans. With enterprising parents, neighbors and teachers turning play dates into recording dates, groups like Magical Connection, Little Man and the Inquires, and Five Ounces of Soul emulated the Jacksons, who'd made grade-school stardom appear easy as ABC. "Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul" contains 19 tiny tunes ranging from bilingual D.A.R.E. anthem, to James Brown bio, to young love and life beyond the playground. 

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Patrick says: Numero have done it again! Risking respiratory disease and a bad case of diggers knee (you know what I'm talking about) the reissue masters teach us a lesson with their second excursion into the strange and beautiful world of grade school funk.

                                                      New Glasgow electro and techno label Tremors presents its first vinyl release - "Aftershocks Volume 1".

                                                      Electro legend Dexter kicks off proceedings, remixing the sci-fi electro of Old Boy's "Tracer". With unique, modular perc swirls and a fluttery, space station aesthetic this kicks off the EP and label with a finesse and style that instantly elevate it above the current electro renaissance also-rans.

                                                      Next up is James Shinra taking turns on Actor's emotive techno monolith "Memory Gene". A slow, tectonic piece capable of shifting moods and breaking down personal barrier with its overwhelmingly harmonic vibrations.

                                                      Patrick Walker revisits vintage late 90s acid techno as he morphs Actor's "Selfish Lover" into a concentric tribal techno slammer somewhere between James Rushkin, Oliver Ho and Ben Sims - wheeeee!

                                                      Finally, rising Hungarian producer David Harleydson injects "The Gulf" (also by Actor) with some face paced electro funk vibes. Making his intent known on the scene, this relatively under-the-radar producer is defo one 2 watch.

                                                      Recommended!



                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Ahbe Casabe : Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 2

                                                        Subtitled “Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers” this is the reissue of the second release in the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Released ages ago in an edition of 500 copies it sold out in next to no time and is a sought after collector’s item by now. We now reissue this title as a limited editon of 700 copies - all on CLEAR vinyl. Guaranteed to go fast!

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        10" LP Info: 10” (Clear Vinyl).

                                                        'LillyGood Party!' is the brand new BBE compilation from highly respected Swiss DJ Alex Attias. Taking its name from a party he runs in his native Lausanne, LillyGood has gradually evolved into a radio show and even a label, now on its 4th release. Refecting the music he plays at the clubnight, ‘LillyGood Party!’ is packed with funk, disco, deep house and boogie bullets from across the globe. “The idea is to present not only rare or difcult tracks to fnd, simply good grooves for people to play out, or listen to at home.” From rare Japanese disco gems, through spiritual jazz, to genre defying sounds from broken-beat cohorts Kaidi Tatham and Dego, LillyGood Party! takes a unique trip inside the musical mind of one of dance music’s true nonconformists.

                                                        Alex Attias got his start in back in ’88 playing funk, house, jazz, and disco, as well as producing under various monikers such as Mustang, Freedom Soundz or Beatless. Moving to London in ’97 he started his ‘Visions’ label and found himself at the epicentre of the emerging West London ‘Broken Beat’ scene which grew around his studio at Goya. Releases on People, Planet E, Ubiquity, Neroli, Archive and Compost followed, as well as remixes for Incognito, 4Hero, Ennio Morricone, Sun RA, Art Blakey, Roni Size and Laurent Garnier among others.

                                                        Anticon bring us a hand-picked collection of Alias' greatest work as a remixer. All the tracks are super-rare, out of print or previously unreleased, including reworks of Lucky Pierre, Lali Puna, John Vanderslice, Sixtoo, Christ and more. The tracks play like an artist album, each song the proud new owner of the Alias trademark: Alternately searing and frostbitten production, reverberating and crunchy, built on considered keystrokes, finely cut click'n'pop, guitar pickings and drum machine ballistics.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xLP Info: Limited edition red vinyl pressing. 1000 copies only.

                                                        London’s Release / Sustain imprint returns with a four-track package featuring material from Eduardo De La Calle, XDB, Joey Anderson & Moody Waters feat. Carolina Damas.

                                                        The Release / Sustain imprint has gone from strength to strength over the years, welcoming the likes of Alton Miller, DJ Aakmael, Benjamin Brunn, Losoul, Norm Talley and many more respected names in underground house and techno over its past twenty nine releases.

                                                        Cult Spanish maestro, Eduardo De La Calle kicks us off with concentric technoid tension of "The Protosoul"; helicopter synth shards spiraling again a taut, discordant pattern that's very much in line with what Surgeon or Jeff Mills might twat out mid-session (albeit possibly at +8%!!).

                                                        XDB then offers up heady, subtly blooming leads, pulsing subs and shuffled drums with "Another Night" next. Certain to set forward-learning floors alight with its unrivaled sound design and mind-expanding palette. Proper techno this.

                                                        Opening the flip is New York’s Joey Anderson with "Drum Play" which as the name suggest sees the percussive aspects dynamically evolve throughout amongst choppy bass hits, stuttered arpeggio blips and warm string melodies. Moody Waters then teams up with Carolina Damas, vocalist on anthemic house cut "Sueno Latino" (!!!) for "Acid Lovin", edging into deeper territory with ethereal pads, crunchy drums and squelching 303 licks while Damas’ soft, spoken-word Latin vocals wander within. Essential? Youbetcha.


                                                        Various Artists

                                                        All Tomorrow's Parties 1.0

                                                        Compilation to coincide with the second All Tomorrows Parties weekender. Rare / previously unreleased tracks or versions of tracks, from The Sea And Cake, Broadcast, Calexico, Tortoise, Boards of Canada, Autechre amongst others.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        CD Info: The CD includes an exclusive track from Yo La Tengo.

                                                        Platform 23 launches with the reissue of the seminal Alternative Funk compilation series, presenting a selection of music across 2 volumes.

                                                        Known for the highly heralded "Folie Distinguee" album in 1985, what is often over looked is the fact there accompanied 2 further 'Alternative Funk' cassette compilations that same year. Coming within the Audiologie series on Vox Man Records, these V/A selections were indicative of labels that sprung up in the early 80s around the DIY post-punk scene.

                                                        As founders of Vox Populi!, Axel Kyrou and Francis Man, working with close associate Pierre Jolivet's (aka Pacific 231) VP 231 label, released a number of cassettes, 7" and LPs between 1982 and 1988, as much to self-release their own music as to push new or contemporary artists.

                                                        Here then is a snapshot of the Alt Funk albums, selecting songs that avoid recent or upcoming reissues, to dive deep in the series from industrial to cold wave, proto-dub percussion to avant spoken word pieces. Featuring the likes of Son Of Sam, Philippe Laurent, Fist Of Facts - with a long lost first ever recording - and Human Backs, stepping out from semi-cult name dropping to sit alongside unknowns and never heard from again in Scoop!, Kosa, Zoohtee and the wonderful Randall Kennedy.

                                                        What is apparent is an idiosyncratic nature to the selections. In the same way many independent labels of the time - such as Auxilio De Cientos' Terra Incognita volumes or Final Image's Nightlands - created a label snapshot by pulling together far and wide contributions but retaining an overall 'sound'.

                                                        The Volume 1 and 2 reissue achieve that, mixing experimental with electro, post punk with noise, to offer more than the sum of their parts - an Alternative Funk.


                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Ambience: 63 Nuggets From The Cramps' Record Vault

                                                          A double CD exhumed from Lux And Ivy’s record collection. Featuring 63 tunes that scared the neighbours. Including wild doo-wop, insane instrumentals, novelty laughter, loungecore weirdness, jiggling fools, wolf men, Tarzan, accordions and enough raucous rockabilly to scare a horse. No hit wonders that fetch maximum dollars in their original vinyl incarnation gathered in one place where the house party never stopped and Elvis never died. Selected from The Cramps’ gargantuan record collection, radio shows and interviews over the years, it’s a hi-octane romp through the best in obscure and “magnificent” wax from the greatest period of American music. From a time when vinyl was gold! Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine’s Dave Henderson.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          American Noise Vol. 2

                                                            American Noise Vol. 2 is the anticipated second limited edition vinyl release soundtrack companion to The Smart Studios Story , a groundbreaking documentary about the history of Madison, Wisconsin’s Smart Studios and its role in recording and supporting DIY / independent music in the Midwest. The critically acclaimed film chronicles thirty years of Midwest rock history and links early indie bands to the larger story of American rock history.

                                                            While American Noise: Vol 1 shared the earliest Butch Vig recordings of local, unsigned bands, Vol 2 includes artists who traveled from other scenes in the US to record at the fledgling studio between 1987 and 1993.This era coincides with the growing reputation of producers Butch Vig and Steve Marker—two self-taught, DIY studio owners whose skills took the raw sound of local bands and created polished, powerful analog recordings.

                                                            Through touring bands, college radio, and The Sub Pop Singles Club, their early work, most notably with Killdozer and Die Kreuzen, caught the attention of credible indie labels like Sub Pop, Touch And Go, and Alternative Tentacles.Following the release of Nirvana’s pivotal Nevermind, both Vig and the studio received an explosion of attention.

                                                            More and more artists sought to record with him and many of them wanted to do it in the crumbling, two-story red brick building on East Washington Avenue. All of the tracks on American Noise Vol. 2 come out of this period. Sonically, it spans the broad spectrum of Smart’s clientele at the time. Pop, acoustic, beat and the heaviest of heavy, chuck full of dirt, growl and thump the way Smart was always able to deliver.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            AMP Hardcore

                                                            Another week, another bargain hardcore compilation to tempt you to part with your pennies. This time AMP (American Music Press) magazine has cobbled together a collection of America's finest hardcore outfits - Atreyu, Most Precious Blood, Throwdown, Madball being amongst the artists which will very likely be pissing your neighbours off in the not too distant future...

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Another Late Night - Zero 7

                                                            My fave downbeat duo pick out some gems for late night (or perhaps Sunday afternoon) listening. There's soul (Stylistics, Leroy Hutson, Sylvia Striplin, Don Blackman) hip hop (Quasimoto, Souls Of Mischief, Slum Village and the rare 7" dub mix of Roots Manuva's "Witness") nu Latin (Da Lata and Beedle's mix of Shawn Lee) and even indie (Jim O'Rourke). Brilliant.

                                                            For musicians inhabiting the Antipodean countries of Australia and New Zealand during the 70’s and 80’s, it was a geographically and culturally isolating environment. Boutique shops, community radio and mail order exchanges championed independent and contemporary music from across the globe. It was, however, this isolation that caused a number of small community-focused scenes to evolve, creating their own unique interpretation and reappropriation of outside influences. Through both these scenes and government initiatives, a vast amount of music emerged on self-released and independent labels.

                                                            Yet, even among small scenes that were creating unique sounds, a number of artists seemed to be making music that was neither here nor there, often meshing together numerous genres and influences to create anomalous sounds. Artists like Olev Muska along with Ingrid Slamer meshed traditional folk songs of their Estonian heritage with cutting edge computer technology. Ngahiwi Apanui used his native language of Te Reo and a “cheap drum machine” to create a pulsating tale that highlights the creation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand); while the Free Radicals would sing through PVC pipes to construct their vision of post-apocalyptic tribal music. Sydney’s Nic Lyon used his classical training to craft a distinctive gem which matched eastern and African influenced instruments with synchopated drum machines, while artists like Delaney Venn and Toy Division managed to challenge their post-punk sensibilities by blending both dub and atmospheric sounds respectively.


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Patrick says: Much like the frankly absurd menagerie which makes up Australia and New Zealand's wildlife, the Antipodean music scene evolved in isolation from the rest of the world, brilliantly throwing up the odd dub meets white funk funk diy madness captured on this Left Ear comp. Audio platypodes the lot of them!

                                                            A compilation of classic AOR ('adult orientated rock', although we detect more of a starboard lean towards yacht rock) tracks that have been sampled by some of hip hop’s finest, such as Biz Markie, 2Pac, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy…This is a compilation of those original AOR tracks, and features major artists including Steve Miller Band, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Toto, Kenny Loggins, ELO and more.

                                                            “What possible appeal could AOR have for the street wise hip-hop producer? Well for a start these records were very common. Many sold in their millions, and even those that didn’t, at a time when the record industry was in very rude health were pressed in great numbers. If you were an impoverished would be hip hop producer they would be available for cents in thrift stores and other repositories of vinyl ephemera. Once they had bought the record they were in for a surprise. These records could contain a hell of a lot of soul.”

                                                            Favorite Recordings and Charles Maurice deliver the 4th edition of the "AOR Global Sounds" compilations series: 14 rare and hidden tracks, produced between 1977 and 1986 in various parts of the world. Started in 2015, the AOR Global Sounds series was born from the will of Charles Maurice (aka Pascal Rioux) to share his longtime love for the AOR and West Coast movement and highlight its influence for many artists in the late 70s and early 80s. In this 4th volume, he selected again highly forgotten productions, deeply infused with Disco and Soul flavors.
                                                            Half of the compilation’s tracklist is naturally coming from the US, homeland of this music style, but the other half is made of productions from all over the globe, from France, Belgium, Italy, to Mexico. And for most of these beautiful songs, it came from artists and bands rather unknown and often released as private press.
                                                            As an example, “Come Back” is the result of a music talent competition won by a student band named Parenthèse, gaining a full recording session in a professional studio and the production of a limited promotional 7inch vinyl, which still completely obscure til now. “Mellow Out” comes from the only album by Pacific Dreams, which was fully self-produced and released by its leader Tommy Sweet. Fernando Toussaint, however having quite a solid career and discography as a drummer and with his brother forming the Mexican Jazz-Funk band Sacbé, had solely one solo album released in very limited quantities on Discos Alebrije, a label directed by Alain Derbez. As for “Never Was Love” by Russ Long, despite becoming quite famous when recorded and sang by Judy Roberts, it’s still surprisingly undiscovered in its original version, taken from Russ’ beautiful album from 1982, Long On Jazz In Kansas City.
                                                            And we could detail stories like this for each of the titles included in AOR Global Sounds Vol.4, but our guessing is the best way to learn more about all these gems is to listen to it, fully remastered from originals, and whether your preference is for vinyl or CD formats.

                                                            This release is individually 200 hand-numbered limited edition CASSETTE (100 PINK and 100 SMOKE TRANSPARENT) with a sort of 'greatest hits' of (almost) all Archeo releases (AR001-AR011) + an unreleased bonus track from Roberto Aglieri (Ticino parte 4 - Il merlo), celebrating 3 years of the label, from 2014 to 2017 - selected with love by Manu•Archeo (AR001C).

                                                            Archeo Recordings is a reissue record label that regenerates old, lost, obscure and forgotten rare gems of predominantly Italian music but also all over the world of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
                                                            All outputs are licensed by the artists and the vintage labels; audio tracks are remastered in their original form; the sleeves and center labels are graphically recreated for today but all based on the original images.
                                                            Archeo would like to make the music available to a wider audience of collectors, DJs, music lovers of a forgotten time.
                                                            All releases are hand-numbered limited edition vinyl. The first copies of each release are pressed in coloured vinyls.

                                                            Nylon Trax the Brooklyn born Seattle-based label, lead by New Yorker Jaymz Nylon has returned to its vinyl roots with the release of a four track EP. "Archv 1" features interstellar tunes from the catacombs of Nylon Trax extensive catalogue

                                                            Featured talents on this EP are the vocalist Darrius Willrich, Leandro P. Feat. Anthony Poteat, DJ Qu, DJ Jus-Ed, Zulus At Work, M. Carporale and Nylon himself.

                                                            Traversing between all corners of the Nylon Trax diaspora, the club-ready "Archv 1"leaves no rock unturned. Proving the perfect introduction to those unfamiliar with the labels hyper-global sound, Nylon Trax return to vinyl is nothing short of timely.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Asian Man Records Presents - Mailorder For The Masses

                                                            29 great songs for £4.99! COME ON! Here's the latest Asian Man Records sampler, tracks from Link 80, Alkaline Trio, MU330, Colossal, The Lawrence Arms, The Chinkees and all the usual Asian Man suspects.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Athlete - The Best / Worst Of Dual Plover

                                                            One of the best VVM CDs for some time, a fine collection of releases from cult Australian label Dual Plover. 73 minutes of music ranging from the hilarious synth pop bullying anthem from New Waver "We're Gonna Get You After School" to the telephone death threats of Damien Gooley and the more well known artists like Deerhoof, Curse Ov Dialects and Sailor Songs (aka Gina VD from Cobra Killer).

                                                            Strong names, essential tracks, masterful edits. Yes, ladies and gents, this is instalment number 11. How did they make it this far, you might ask? Applying heavy doses of craftmanship and selecting only the best disco tunes. 

                                                            What do they do different? Mostly they concentrate on the dancefloor effect. You will not find hard to find rarities in this series, but you will find bombs that once drop, you will get everyone moving. That is what this four killer tracker is about. Disco, irreverent house beats and a dancer focused attitude. If you dig the Dimitri from Paris or Danny Krivit approach to editing, you need this. My personal winner is Joey Negro edit of Harvey Mason's 'Groovin' You' is of anthemic proportion (and so is the original!). 

                                                            There is a reason why they carry attacking the dancefloor and hitting volume 11. Seriously folks, this is dynamite and you should dig the other 10 volumes if this is your thing. They are all as good as each other. Essential addition to any discerning disco collection. 


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Sil says: The titles of the series implies serious business. The content is par with it. The formula? Gigantic heavyweights of disco treated by another gigant in the biz, Joey Negro, who applies gentle and smart touches to make dancefloor tunes into disco edit anthems. Effective and full of happiness and positive vibes. Dig Dimitri, dig Mr Krivit et al? This is for you!

                                                            Alexis Le-Tan of Permanent Vacation, Les Edits Du Golem and "Space Oddities" fame delivers this rather special mix CD. The set is a collaboration between Le-Tan and the design collective Ill-Studio: a spaced-out musical ceremony in which sounds from the past meet ideas from the future. This mixtape from another dimension blends electro, new beat, space disco, minimal-synth, afro, rock and new-wave grooves into a concoction which after one listen, is bound to give you sonic hallucinations. Just in case that wasn't enough, they came up with an otherworldly packaging with fold-out poster to seal the deal!

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Ltd CD Info: Strictly limited CD comes in silver bubble wrap sleeve with poster insert. 500 copies only, all individually numbered. LAST FEW COPIES - SELLING FOR £20+ ON DISCOGS!

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Augustus Pablo - Presents Rockers International

                                                            Originally issued as two separate album releases this 2CD remastered edition collects up 28 Augustus Pablo produced classics from the golden age of the Rockers imprint. Melodica masterpieces, deep dubs and classic vocal sides from the likes of Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado, Earl Sixteen etc. all built on Augustus Pablo signature rock solid drum and bass foundations.

                                                            Will Saul’s Aus Music label is now into its tenth year, and with that, fittingly enough, comes its landmark 100th release. For this special occasion, the ever evolving label has put together a comprehensive 24 track quadruple vinyl and triple CD compilation. 'Aus 100' will feature new and exclusive tracks from the boss as well as key family members Bicep, Midland, Huxley, Deetron, Nick Hoppner, Pearson Sound, Youandewan, Marquis Hawkes, Gerd, Sei A, Bwana, Fold, Shenoda and Appleblim & Komon. 90% of the label artists who have ever released on Aus will contribute, and design comes from the man behind the label’s original identity, Michael Place. Not a bad achievement, then, for what actually started as a sub label of Simple, with the short term aim of putting out music from two of Saul’s friends, Fink and Lee Jones.

                                                            Over the last decade Aus Music has never really had a certain sound, but has always operated on the more underground, bass driven end of the house spectrum. It has worked with big names and has excelled at peak time tracks, but has also helped break upcoming artists from Joy Orbison to Dusky via Midland and George Fitzgerald. As a result, it has become one of the most prominent and on point labels of the day, and is now supported by infrastructure from !K7 such is the volume of its output. 


                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Auteur Jams

                                                              Every year/year and a half, Smalltown Supersound founder Joakim Haugland puts together a label compilation to see where the labels at and where it`s heading. To see it from the outside sort of. To find the flow, and the red thread. This year's compilation became a 2016 Best Of Compilation, with tracks from all of the albums and EPs released in 2016. 9 tracks from Biosphere, Prins Thomas, Dungen, Supersilent, Kelly Lee Owens, Lindstrøm, Mr Tophat & Robyn, Mungolian Jetset and Dan Lissvik.

                                                              We hope you like these auteur jams!


                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Avocet Revisited

                                                                'Avocet Revisited' is a four track EP, commissioned by Earth recordings as a companion piece to Bert Jansch’s 1979 avian-themed masterstroke ‘Avocet’. Again drawing inspiration from the resplendence of birds native to British waters (Bert himself was a keen ornithologist), Earth invited this quartet of artists to each choose a species that particularly speaks to them, and base a track around it. The results have been universally graceful, evocative, and majestic - much like the creatures themselves. Fulmar - Drifting low and gliding high, the flight patterns of this gull-like creature are echoed in Edwyn Collins and Carwyn Ellis’s paean to the bird that spends most of its life airborne. Part waltz, part lullaby, ‘Fulmar’ is exquisite in its simplicity, with Carwyn’s elegant arrangements providing the perfect foil for Edwyn’s unmistakeable intonation. 

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                B9: Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983

                                                                  Limited repress, double vinyl gatefold edition (500 copies only) of B9, the definitive collection of cold wave and minimal electronica from Belgium, recorded between 1979 and 1983.

                                                                  Originally released on Sandwich Records in May 1981, B9 featured 10 exclusive tracks by luminaries such as Digital Dance, Polyphonic Size, Kid Montana, Pseudo Code and Prothese, the latter the first recording project by Daniel Bressanutti of Front 242. Now digitally remastered, with 10 additional tracks on the second disc, this new deluxe vinyl edition also features Front 242, The Names, Marine, Siglo XX, The Neon Judgement, Berntholer, Allez Allez, Isolation Ward and more.

                                                                  Cover op-art by Victor Vasarely. Design by Benoît Hennebert, based on a poster for The First Belgian Rhythm Box Contest (1981). Liner notes by James Nice.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Baby Driver - Music From The Motion Picture

                                                                    Danger Mouse, releases the soundtrack for Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated film, Baby Driver, on his Columbia Records imprint 30th Century Records.

                                                                    Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver tells the story of Baby, a talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

                                                                    With dubstep’s big push into the mainstream stirring up all manner of hybrids, variants and mutations, it’s worth remembering that some have been creating fresh twists on the current generation of global bass music from its very inception. Paul Rose, aka Scuba, and his Hotflush label have, since 2003, had experimentation and genre-collision etched into the very structures of everything they do. Putting out key tunes by the core pioneers of dubstep, but also by true outliers like Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Sepalcure, Hotflush has created a sense of absolute consistence in diversity: multiple sounds united by true craftsmanship and high-tech expression of complex emotion. Joining the UK underground to the deep-rooted techno culture of Berlin, where Rose is now resident, the label is a vital nexus in the flow of musical information that is fuelling the current innovative climate. So next time you hear someone talking about 'post'-this or 'future'-that (me, perhaps!), consider that maybe the times are just catching up with Hotflush. The "Back And 4th" compilation features 10 brand new tracks from bass music’s most innovative producers.


                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xCD Info: Double CD includes 10 exclsuives as well as a collection of essentials from Hotflush's recent catalogue.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Back From The Grave Volume 1

                                                                      The first of the eight vinyl sets, essential, primal pounders, artwork recently appropriated by Jon Spencer for his recent Singles comp on In The Red. That pretty much sums up the longevity and appeal of these albums!

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Back From The Grave Volume 9

                                                                        18 years after Grave 8, and at last it is here! MONSTROUS, GATEFOLDED, THICK COLOR INNER JACKET - all crammed with liner notes, band photos, label scans. The ULTIMATE in 60s punk INSANITY!!!! Balls-out, cruder-than-hell, RARER than hens teeth rawness - 7 of which are the ONLY copy in existence, 3 of which there are only 2 copies in existence!
                                                                        15 cuts from: WARLOCKS, RAEVINS, EMERALDS, WHY-NOTS, TURNCOATS, SHAKLES, KNOLL ALLEN & THE NOBLE SAVAGES, ETC!

                                                                        The iconic compilation series "Back to Mine" returns in 2019, to mark its 20th anniversary, with the indomitable Nightmares on Wax, to share his personal collection of music for after hours grooving. The series was renowned for its eclectic selection and selectors which includes some of the biggest names in electronic and pop music, from the likes of Faithless to Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada to New Order.

                                                                        The collection includes three exclusive tracks, one new track from Nightmares on Wax, along with a remix from the man himself of seminal band Fat Freddy’s Drop and brand new project Creative Principle. The album is impeccably mixed and blended, as you’d expect from a DJ and collector of George’s pedigree. His selection includes a strong representation from his roots in Northern England. Opening with respected Manchester soul duo Children of Zeus, Hull’s Steve Cobby provides his own "Lefthanded Books" featuring Crazy P’s Danielle Moore and also introduces his chuggy-disco project Chieftain. There’s also room for the recent Nightmares on Wax recent single "Look Up". Moving internationally; there’s Greek producer Dim Zach who doffs a cap to Imagination on the synth-heavy "Innocence", US-born / Colombian based Afro / Latin / disco / funk producer Bosq, Italy’s Massimo Vanoni with the slo-mo funk "Exciting Groove", the deep and jazzy "Gotta Have It" by Berlin’s SoulPhiction side project SBM and two tracks by New Zealander Ladi6.

                                                                        This first re-installment of "Back to Mine" is a triumphant return for the iconic and music loved series. Nightmares on Wax delivers an incredible selection of tracks that gives the listener a real insight into the artists personal and extensive taste. 'I always hoped that when the time was right I would be asked to do a Back To Mine release and so when the call came there was absolutely no hesitation'. - Nightmares on Wax.


                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                        2xCD Info: CD1 mixed, CD2 un-mixed.

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.1 Compiled By Joey Negro - Reissue

                                                                          Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.1 is being reissued for the first time since it’s original release in 2010 plus this will be the first ever release on vinyl for this highly regarded collection of rare and very sought-after underground British disco, funk and soul tracks avoiding the obvious hits that have been on a million CDs already. Many of these tracks never went beyond a very small local release but have since become very collectable - buying this lot would set you back somewhere in the four figures.

                                                                          Both Vol.1 (2010) and Vol.2 (2018) of the Brit Funk albums tell the story of the underground scene from the late 70’s through to the mid-80’s in the UK when punk and disco were giving way to a new blend of jazz, soul and funk, heavily influenced by the American big hitters of the day but re-worked by the UK pioneers for the British dance floors.

                                                                          Both volumes contain a unique selection of high quality music, which will have a shelf life lasting well beyond the currents trends and fads. All tracks have been Cedared and re-mastered to a very high standard and now sound better than ever before.  Joey Negro re-edited some of the tracks for the original album, updating them with a fresh new approach.


                                                                          Follow up to the amazing "Backstreet Brit Funk". Volume 2 has been eight years in the making and continues to showcase the best of the genre from the late 70s to early 80s, compiled once again by Joey Negro. Perhaps one of the UK’s most under-appreciated genres and emerging in the late 70’s; it takes influences from jazz, funk, reggae and pop and by the early 80s it had spread all over the UK. Chart-topping mainstream bands like Wham!, Spandau Ballet and Haircut 100 tapped into the style and sound to help launch their careers, whilst Linx, Level 42, Light of The World, The Cool Notes and Hi Tension were all Brit Funk acts who troubled the UK top 40 with their own singles.

                                                                          Brit Funk was essentially the UK’s answer to underground disco & boogie , with musicians at first imitating and eventually developing the sounds they heard on the US imports that made it across the pond. And like disco, the Brit Funk scene was significant in reducing racial boundaries in the clubs and raising the profile of black and white musicians who worked together. Back in 2010 Joey Negro complied the first volume of Back Street Brit Funk: a collection of obscure and forgotten gems of the scene that found favour across the board. The fact that it’s taken eight years for Volume 2 to see the light of day is a testament to the both the obscurity of the records included, and the logistical challenges involved in digitizing what started life as vinyl-only releases, with only a handful of 12”s remaining in some cases.
                                                                          'I hadn’t planned a Volume 2 of BSBF when putting together the first, but after a while, I started to wonder if there was potential for a follow-up. Over the past 8 years I’ve kept my ears peeled for interesting UK productions that for some reason hadn’t come to my attention before.' Joey Negro.


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: We've had 'nuff resurgences in disco, Italo and boogie thus far, but no-one's really popped the lid off the whole Brit Funk cannon. Save for that wonderful "In The Red" comp on Chuwanaga (and Volume 1 of this series of course) the scene has gone relatively 'Un-comp'ed'... until now! Maestro Joey Negro can always be relied upon to present to us the first sift off the crop. Here showing us the dizzying delights of this very British operation... High energy, high musicianship - high vibe! I used to roller-skate to this shit!! ;)

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Bad Hangover - Drinking Songs Straight From The Jukejoint - Part 2

                                                                            Limited edition of 500.

                                                                            Drinking songs straight from the jukejoint - Part 2 - songs about booze, being drunk and bad hangovers. 14 classic songs that make you move your hips.

                                                                            Hep cats and kool kittens dig this mighty fine mess of stone cold classic rhythm and blues tunes. We're riding the caboose to Boozeville. Have no fear, drink some beer, drink some wine, it ain't no crime, drink some gin, it ain't no sin. All "great shakes-no fakes" here, guaranteed to knock your socks off! 

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Balearic 3

                                                                              Here's a glorious selection of 12 bright and sun-drenched moments destined to be heard daily at the world's coolest beach clubs this summer and inevitably soundtracking a million gorgeous sunsets in Ibiza.

                                                                              This edition features exclusives aplenty. There are two album-only tracks; Tommy Awards gets an Ambient remix from Balearic's Jim Breese. Then The Madrigal blasts off with 'Ride To The Moon,' a completely unique track that's refreshing to hear.

                                                                              Three tracks were previously unavailable digitally, including the debut from Nancy Noise, Olefonken's spacey remix of Hubbabubbaklubb, and Steve Cobby's tropical-jazz remix of Penelope Antena's Tradewinds.

                                                                              Other highlights include Cantoma's 'Abando,' plus an incredible, modern interpretation of the 80's classic Southern Freeez from Paul Murphy.

                                                                              BALEARIC 3 captures the ineffable spirit of Ibiza - perfectly accompanying that unique moment when the golden sun meets the gleaming sea. It's destined to be a classic, go-to album you'll reach for again and again

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                                                                              Summer Mode On. "Balearic 4", compiled by Breese, is the soundtrack for summer, brim-full of beach-ready tunes that truly reflect Ibiza’s chilled musical spirit. Featuring two album exclusives: On-U Sound’s cosmic flamenco dub of Los Twangueros and a Breese remix of Robot 84 that brings Spanish guitars firmly to the fore. Digital exclusives too; Quinn Luke’s ‘Different Aspirations’ offers ‘I-know-this’ familiarity, Emerson Kitamura covers 70s classic ‘Rock Your Baby’ in lullaby style, while Max Manetti's ‘Changuinola’ winks back towards the Happy Mondays circa 1989. Other highlights include Gallo’s ‘Faron’ - currently proving the sunset bomb with Ibiza DJs; J-Walk’s modern remake of Maze’s ‘Twilight’; Fuga Ronto’s Rework of Kay Zee’s ‘Barny’ as a modern-day down-tempo beauty, plus Joe Morris’ ‘Skies Reprise’, which carries the mood dreamily off into the night. A dozen true pearlers, each one confident and ready to take their place amongst any quality collection.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: Another summer stormer from the Breese camp, this time featuring Manchester's J-Walk with a propulsive cocktail-supping anthem, Max Essa for the later nocturnal relaxation, and a dubbed out upbeat beach number on Fuga Ronto's Kay Zee rework. Add this to the other, equally excellent 9 tracks and you have a comp worthy of the Balearic name. Stunning stuff.

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Balearic Blah Blah 17

                                                                                After a 2 year hiatus marooned on a desert island surrounded by singing frogs and dancing jellyfish, the incognito re-edit label Balearic Blah Blah is back once again with a fresh batch of DJ delights from the motley crew of editors.

                                                                                Master Editor KB leads the charge kicking things off with an off kilter track (Pheew Position) from the Parade Album which has been maximized for longer dancefloor steel drum-funk, reminiscent of his eighties DJ sets where he used 2 copies of the original 2 min track.

                                                                                Hamburg‘s frequency without control gives us a sleazy, soulful, boogie, German Balearic gem.

                                                                                Found by KB in a dusty & dirty basement in Aarus, Denmark on his global travels, a finger plucking flamingo fiesta of a track!

                                                                                On the flip comes New Yorks finest Balearic Bastardo, with a monster disco-edit which was hammered by DJ Harvey at his Mercury Rising residency at Pikes, Ibiza.

                                                                                KB slows things down for the final cut, another find on his travels, this time in Amsterdam where it was lurking behind a Red Lighted radiator in a notorious coffee shop. Maximized editing for your aural pleasure.

                                                                                That’ll do!

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Bangs & Works Vol. 2 (The Best Of Chicago Footwork)

                                                                                In 2010 Planet Mu released "Bangs & Works Vol. 1". The carefully curated compilation showcased Chicago footwork, one of the most forward-looking, innovative new styles of electronic music on the planet. Since its release, interest in the scene has grown with the sound beginning to spread outside of Chicago, influencing productions by not only Planet Mu artists such as Machinedrum and Kuedo, but many others as well. "Bangs & Works Vol. 2" brings the focus back onto Chicago’s own producers, showing where the real innovation still lies.

                                                                                While its predecessor sticks mainly to the more hallucinatory and left-field elements, this one has a wider remit, ranging from mad techno-style tracks such as DJ Metro’s “Tekno Bangz” or DJ T-Why’s immense “Juice” and ‘Finished” to those that sound like musique concrete gone footwork, like Young Smoke’s “Space Muzik Part 3.” Others like Traxman’s “Funky Block” and DJ Clent’s “DJ Clent #1” display the obvious influence of flipping samples, hip hop style to the rhythms of footwork, while DJ Rashad & Gant-Man’s amazing “Heaven Sent” shows the influence of P-Funk and Detroit’s hi-tech soul. On the whole, footwork’s synapse-snapping intensity is ever present, but this selection shows an even wider diversity to the genre’s independent and unique production focus.


                                                                                Black Label no. 3 from established Bristol firm Banoffee Pies who have cut out a truly unique and sincere pattern from the house, disco and downbeat clothes of today.

                                                                                New signing Monotronique delivers a 118bpm, sample heavy bopper in the form of "Baggage With A Secret". Peppered with loose breaks and reverb-heavy brass, it possesses a dark, cinematic mood whilst ensuring enough dancefloor focus through its sub-heavy kicks and sharp snare hits.

                                                                                Freerotation resident Tom Ellis contributes a sublime almost-micro-house offering. Utilizing those Akufen-esque vocal chops, a skitty, swung house beat and warm Rhodes it recalls the golden years of glitch whilst keeping up to date with the current players. Mega!

                                                                                Filip Szostak drops a beautifully eyes-down dnb flavoured roller with subtle touches of footwork and electrofunk thrown in for good measure.

                                                                                Finally the firm invite Lyssna Records own Flord King with another micro-inspired gem for the head bopping late nights on “Shanti”; which should tickle the fancy of fans of Jan Jelinek and vintage Matthew Herbert. Another sterling set of sizzlers from Banoffee Pies!


                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: It's almost getting tiresome how frequenty these cats are appearing in our ROTW lists. But you can't ignore good talent; and these four producers offer exactly that.


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