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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.

      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.



      Various Artists

      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

        Various Artists

        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

          The Muppet Movie

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



            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

            Various Artists

            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

              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)

                  Various Artists

                  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.

                      Various Artists

                      The New Testament

                        Sick of wimpy indie kids prodding limply at pedal boards? Into hard drugs and cannibalism? Wanna punch a cop? Well kids we’ve got the record for you! Dirty Water Records have corralled 6 of the most rabid and dangerous rock ’n’ roll bands currently stalking the planet onto one piece of bubbling wax and let em off the leash!! From the blistering opening riffs of Up All Night to the thunderous wah-wah burn out of Too High To Die, this mother pumps like a two dollar hooker in a KFC parking lot!! A 12 pack of extra crispy RnR tunes fills out this disk of delinquency, with each group frying up one unreleased track and one old favourite.

                        Thus these prophets of thee party provide both a banquet of new and strange delights and a guaranteed recipe for all night partying and vandalism!! Yes that’s right pilgrim! This is a doctrine for the new world order! And no matter where you dig that underground bunker there’s no escaping the new rock ’n’ roll gospel cause these zealots come from all over pal!! From fromage fried France: LES LULLIES!! From sangria-soaked Spain: NAVE NODRIZA!! From jungle jivin’ Japan: THE FADEAWAYS!! From prozac usin’ USA: BLACK MAMBAS!! From nuclear New Zealand via lugubrious London: THE CAVEMEN!! And from maniacal Mars: The SCANERS!! Yep! Like it or not this sonic pestilence has gone global so do yourself a favour: grab a six-pack, pick yourself up a copy and study it like the bible cause this is the NEW TESTAMENT baby and the end times are near!! 

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                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        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!

                        Various Artists - WAREHOUSE FIND!

                        Popcorn Lung: A Polytechnic Youth Collection

                          Barring any last minute curveballs like Christmas Day released lathe cut 45s, the last release for 2018 on Polytechnic Youth is an absolute beauty. The long planned “Popcorn Lung” compilation brings together a richly assembled cast of exclusives and a previously released lathe cut only, gem.

                          Rare are the free flowing, fluid compilations that flow effortlessly as opposed to some hastily cobbled together assorted odds n’ sods full length. This -much like it’s predecessor label collection “They Make No Say” that sold out 2 pressings in 2017- does exactly that. A heady mix of full on synth pop, darker more industrial electronic textures through kosmische / kraut grooves to whacked out electronic pop then back; ie styles may alter but it enhances the seamless feel, the free flowing vibe in no small part and quality remains incredibly high throughout.

                          Highlights include exclusives from Australian Testing Labs Inc who follow their ‘underground hit’ full length “Music for Air-Cooled Motoring” with their first new music in 2 years, (the majestic motorik of “Alpenstrasse”) to smash 6music ‘hit’ “Tisch Tennis” from Matt Hookworms’ side project Xam Duo (Gideon Coe’s single of 2017 no less, and a £70 discogs 7” A side made available again), East London’s mysterious Karen Novotny X with a previously unreleased gem straight outta’ Mute / Blackwing studios 1980 territory, teasers to future PY full lengths from Canada based Gabe Knox with ace LP opener “Look and Listen”, and Bernard Grancher, Stephen Buckley’s fab Polypores project, PY old hands Detox Twins with another Germanic nugget of minimal synth- alongside many more treasures culminating in the -wait for it, as you’d never guess- trombone freakout of closer by Kendo Nagasaki (all be it heavily treated, synth aficionados rest easy!)

                          A fabulous album, which on one hand acts as a perfect intro to the label for newcomers, it also more than pleases older hands in equal measure; and comes in a sleeve designed by label head Dom with tasty Nick Taylor designed insert. One time Pressing of 500 copies on vinyl only.


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                          Ltd LP Info: Only one copy unearthed! Awesome Comp from the venerable Polytechnic Youth. Long gone at source.

                          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!

                          Various Artists

                          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).

                              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

                              1977: The Year Punk Broke

                                '1977: The Year Punk Broke' kickstarts what we hope will be a new year-based series of compilations, celebrating the explosion of a new British phenomenon in 1977. This triple-CD box set follows the success of the 4-CD compilation Action Time Vision (2016), documenting Punk on indie labels, and 2017’s Power Pop/New Wave set Harmony In My Head. Punk’s Year Zero was 1976. But very few Punk records were actually released that year. The most significant musical developments happened in 1977, with a burgeoning, self-supporting network of clubs, performers, fanzines, indie labels and distributors creating an unstoppable groundswell that would revolutionise UK music and have an enduring impact on pop culture. '1977: The Year Punk Broke' reflects how a thrilling, controversial scene developed over those tumultuous twelve months. Joined by sympathetic but more experienced acts (Deaf School, Graham Parker, Motorhead, etc.), a welter of new, young bands created a sonic explosion, with sub-three minute adrenalin rushes of raw excitement.

                                Many of the year’s major breakthrough acts and cult favourites are included, including The Jam, The Damned, The Boomtown Rats, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Generation X, Sham 69, The Only Ones, The Rezillos, Ultravox!, 999, X-Ray Spex, ATV, The Boys and The Vibrators. The older guard – variously labelled Pub Rock, New Wave or Art Rock – are represented by Doctors Of Madness, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Deaf School, The Tyla Gang, Graham Parker & The Rumour, The Gorillas, The Count Bishops, Radio Stars, Spider and Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. Other key names include Motorhead (Lemmy’s new venture after splitting with Hawkwind, a metal band loved by punks) and The Heartbreakers, Johnny Thunders’ band who recorded in London. Also present are a host of obscure indie Punk 45s and other rarities. The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 15,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by compiler David Wells.

                                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.

                                    FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                                    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?

                                      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 Hard Row To Hoe Volume 1

                                        Popcorn is a style of music and dancing first established in Belgium in the 1970s and 1980s. The style includes a wide variety of mostly American and British recordings of R&B and pop music made between the late 1950s and mid 1960s, often relatively obscure, and characterised by a slow or medium, rather than fast, tempo. This record features 14 pure Popcorn groovers from the golden era. 

                                        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.


                                        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.

                                        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

                                          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 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!



                                          Strut continues its essential compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with ‘Alefa Madagascar’, the first compilation to document the unique culture of salegy, soukous and soul on the island during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

                                          Originating as far back as the 15th Century through folkloric ceremonial music and an a cappella chanting style called antsa, salegy emerged as a fast-tempoed local dance style based on 6/8 and 12/8 rhythms. By the ‘60s, radio was bringing in new sounds from the Congo, Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya and Jean Francois de Comarmond’s Discomad label championed a new generation of artists breaking the mould with their own new fusions of styles as electric instruments replaced the traditional. The strong call-and-response dialogues, rich vocal choruses and rolling triplet feel in the rhythm sections all boasted a unique Malagasy sensibility and singles started selling tens of thousands of copies, rivalling any foreign music at the time. Local pop was sometimes referred to as tapany maintso (half-green) a reference to the stickers on singles from the other key label in Madagascar, Kaïamba, many of them produced by Charles Maurin Poty whose work was crucial in shaping the emerging genre.

                                          ‘Alefa Madagascar’ showcases the rich variety of sounds during this heyday of Malagasy music: Roger Georges’ ‘Mama’ and Jean Kely et Basth’s ‘Andosy Mora’ bring the raw energy of salegy, influential band Los Matadores drop military drums and Hammond soul in the classic ‘Andeha Hanarato’; Mahaleo’s ‘Izahay Mpamita’ showcases the band’s powerful folk sound, a crucial voice emerging from the Rotaka farmer and student protests of 1972, while Terak’Anosy Group work around a stomping Congolese guitar groove. The era paved the way for many of the household names of Malagasy music today including Jaojoby, D’Gary and Lego. Mastered by The Carvery and featuring cover artwork by top illustrator Lewis Heriz, ‘Alefa Madagascar’ is released on 16th August 2019 and is compiled by Réunionese DJs La Basse Tropicale and Percy Yip Tong (Mauritius). Physical formats feature sleeve notes by influential producer Charles Maurin Poty and Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide.

                                          First ever compilation documenting the heyday of Malagasy music during the 1970s and 1980s. All tracks officially licensed in conjunction with the Discomad and Kaïamba labels. Includes sleeve notes by legendary producer Charles Maurin Poty and writer Banning Eyre. Latest instalment in Strut’s ongoing series documenting some of the best original music from the Indian Ocean region.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Sil says: Heart warming and with plenty of exotic soul and funk to fill your cold nights ahead. These are rarities for us westerners and sound as fresh as when they were created. Recommended to those who like 'world music' - like me!

                                          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.

                                          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

                                              Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969

                                                Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, is a 50th anniversary celebration collecting previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more. 

                                                The historic gathering was presented by a small group of blues-obsessed University of Michigan students determined to give their blues heroes a public spotlight where they might shine before it was too late. Among those enterprising student-promoters was John Fishel, whose teenage brother Jim Fishel, gathered some friends to help record the festival as a personal memento. Taking advantage of their all-access pass and juggling a small Norelco tape recorder from set to set, the friends let the 1⁄4” tape roll. Though field recordings in the literal sense of the term, they capture the brilliance of the musicians, the excitement of the crowd and the loose, convivial nature of the entire festival. Those tapes, long thought to be lost, have now been lovingly restored to capture the electric energy of the landmark concert. Both volumes include never-before-seen photographs, an exclusive reminiscence from Jim Fishel, and extensive liner notes by Parker Fishel, Sophie Abramowitz and David Beal.

                                                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.”

                                                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).

                                                Joey Negro & Z Records unstoppable "Attack The Dancefloor" series powers it’s way to its 14th Volume of remixed disco gold and is still one of the most highly collected series on the market!

                                                First up Joey brings one of his signature reworks to Delia Renee’s - "You're Gonna Want Me Back", pure uplifting female energy with all the pizzazz of the ‘80s. Dr Packer then steps up to give a fiery re-shake of (funky house classic) Foreal People's "Shake".

                                                On the B side the UK Garage royalty Grant Nelson takes the classic Z Factor "Gotta Keep Pushin" to another dimension, turning it into a fist pumping disco-house hit that again, works the soundsystem in completely desirable ways.

                                                Joey Negro lights up the last slot with a trademark Redemption Mix of Four80East & CeCe Peniston's "Are You Ready", drenched in spiritual organs and CeCe’s untouchable vocal prowess.

                                                Another indispensable ATDF 12", destined to cause waves across dancefloors worldwide and ripples of investment across the discogs stock exchange. Get in there first to avoid tears later! 


                                                Joey Negro takes the helm for another XXL edition of "Attack The Dancefloor", this time inviting Opolopo for a remix guest spot. There’s already a big buzz on thebeefy, super classy disco house tune on the A1, featuring the wonderful voice of Angela Johnson. "Do You Love Me" is a radical rework of an old Rod Temperton song with a big chorus hook, newly written verses and other extra vocal parts. Add into the mix live strings, brass and the authentic disco sound you've come to expect from ZR releases. Next up, Hungarian remix whiz Opolopo takes the controls for Sylvester’s huge disco number ‘I Need You’ – relaying the keys with those trademark buzzing synths that have become a calling card for his killer reworks. An emphatic update to this classic with a heavy dose of Opolopo magic.
                                                Luca Morrone was raised in Naples on a mix of disco, soul music and R&B and later the sound of "Victor Simonelli" and "Masters At Work” which led him to become a resident dj at the club Metropolis in his native Italy. With his girlfriend Pia they established the "Neapolitan Soul" group, playing a mix of disco, funk soulful and afro house music.
                                                Los Angeles based Raquel Rodriguez fuses the subcultures of LA style in her music which she has been releasing on her own label over the last few years. Her recent ‘The 310, Part Two’ mini CD features the uptempo boogie style cut ‘We Go Together’ with live drums, bass, guitar and strings. The song caught the ears of JN who wanted to add his own take on the original and this is the result. 

                                                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!

                                                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 Fire - The Rhythm, The Blues, The Hot Guitar Part 2

                                                          The Mojo Man says: You’re holding a "fine frame, no parts lame" platter filled to the brim with boss gee-tar tunes from the golden age of music. It’s hard to stand still. All the cats conjugate to elucidate. Very different guitar styles from "slick" to "mean" and everything in between. This disc is loaded with hepcats from all fronts, mad aces in their places. 

                                                          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!

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Back To Mine - Jungle

                                                                The iconic album series Back to Mine returns once again in 2019 with the first DJ mix compilation from world dominating indie-dance band Jungle, showcasing their personal tastes for the after-hours. 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 an exclusive track from Jungle themselves and takes the listener on an eclectic musical journey. From 90s disco by Merle to more recent house tracks by Manuel Darquart and Drumtalk. Bristol DJ Admin provides the percussion heavy ‘Space Cadet’ and the irrepressible Mocky supplies good vibes on ‘How It Goes’. There’s sophisticated pop from The Marias and Sam Evian and there’s some spotlight for modern jazz with tracks by Kamaal Williams, Mansur Brown and BadBadNotGood featuring Kaytranada. There’s also room for some gospel influenced soul by The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY, lo-fi dream pop from Paul Cherry before ending with the always impressive HNNY.

                                                                “When asked what genre of music we like or create we always answer explaining that we try not to hear music in genre but more in sonic and emotion, and if it feels good then it is good. By that merit, we have conjured a list of far-reaching tracks and brought them together to sit harmoniously on this Back to Mine mix. Put together mostly in the confines of our London based garden studio, where many a late night gathering has taken place, the mix makes its was through psych, Afro-beat, house and soul with some of our favourite tracks of the moment, Have fun and enjoy.” - Jungle

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Millie says: Jungle’s compilation is a close replica of what I’d include on my own selection of favourite songs featuring BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada, Sly5thAve and Mansur Brown. A fantastic mixture of contemporary jazz while also reaching broad horizons from house, soul and Afro-beat, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to genre inclusivity. Featuring one of Jungles very own exclusive track ‘Come Back A Different Day’ which is drenched in electronic beats with their signature sleek vocals.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive clear vinyl. Limited edition heavyweight vinyl and extra thick cardboard sleeves with full coloured bespoke artwork, commissioned from illustrator Rich Fairhead, depicting the artist’s influences alongside personal sleeve notes from Jungle.

                                                                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.

                                                                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!! ;)

                                                                For the better part of 15 years Helsinki's own Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love, Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) - 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer.

                                                                Side 1 one gets cracking with "This is What Love Looks Like", a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC's own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with "Tell Me That You Love Me" - a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with "Lost, Lost, Lost". Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it's time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie "Scorpio Man' Hawks. The Scorpio Walk's deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie.

                                                                Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches, starting with the unreleased track "Until You’re Mine" by Wanda Felicia. Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the track evokes the ver y best of Fame-era Candi Staton. Next up, we have Bobby Oroza whose featured track "This Love" took the Soul scene by storm upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let's the sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom paint jobs. "Bad Education" the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fier y indictment of the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the militar y industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! From top to bottom Bad Education, Vol. I is a feast for discerning funk & soul freaks alike!


                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                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

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

                                                                    Who do we become when we live our dreams? It’s all here—the high hairdos, the dreams and schemes, the tender camp, the wedding bell fantasias and chaste tragedies. Sister acts, studio receptionists, classmates, angelic voices of the 1960s; some legendary, many hidden in the basement of expired rainbows. Gathered on this deluxe double LP (or CD) are 28 (56 on the compact disc!) foiled escape attempts, now free to soar in girl group heaven.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    BBC Radiophonic Music

                                                                      The reissue of the 1968 BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s hugely influential 10th anniversary album, featuring remastered early electronic works of John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire.

                                                                      Widely regarded as a major influence on the development of electronic music worldwide, BBC Radiophonic Music is a compilation of short works, often composed as intros to various radio or television programs. Conceived in a time when analogue sampling meant hours of slicing tape with razor blades, BBC Radiophonic Music is brimming with zippy themes, unsettling atmospherics, riffs, loops, clicks and beeps. Insanely catchy yet deeply sinister, this is ‘collage music’, produced, according to Desmond Briscoe of BBC Radiophonic Workshop, “with the intention of entertaining rather than informing”.

                                                                      This is an essential album for analogue and TV theme obsessives, and anyone with an interest in contemporary electronica; mysterious, eccentric and celestial, it is a celebration of one of the UK's most treasured and unique institutions.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition Pink Vinyl

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      BC35: The 35 Year Anniversary Of BC Studio

                                                                        With members of Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, JG Thirlwell, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull reunion, Pop 1280, The Dresden Dolls, Alice Donut, Lubricated Goat, Sxip Shirley, Parlor Walls and many more!

                                                                        BC35 refers to the weekend of performances and resulting album marking the 35 year anniversary of BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Musicians were invited to participate by Martin Bisi, and were assembled by Genevieve Fernworthy into improv ensembles. There were also some long-awaited reunions. Recorded with a live audience comprised of sound pioneers, social deviants, and studio fans, these tracks were mixed and edited with care over several months by Martin Bisi and by veterans of the studio throughout the decades.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Deluxe LP Info: LP +7".

                                                                        Deluxe LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                        Another Arthur mag release, on their Bastet label; this time there's thirteen gnarly tunes gathered from high and low curated by Ethan Miller of Comets On Fire. For lovers of bloody nose street folk, dangerous shit rock, drunken cosmic slop and those wandering down the outer and under paths alone. Limited edition second pressing of 500. We havent got many! Features Comets On Fire, Monoshock, Six Organs Of Admittance, Albert Ayler, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Shit Spangled Banner (pre Sunburned Hand Of The Man), Ghost, Colossal Yes and more.

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Beat From Badsville Vol 4 - Even More Trash Classics From Lux & Ivy's Vinyl Mountain

                                                                        Brought up on the radio shows of the legendary rock 'n' roll DJs, the moondogging Alan Freed, Mad Daddy and, later, the ghostly Ghoulardi, it was hardly surprising that The Cramps' Lux Interior and Poison Ivy began trawling the thrift stores for juvenile delinquent tunes, lip curling bad boy rock 'n' roll, strange exotica, bizarre novelty 45s, dysfunctional doo wop, psychedelic weirdness and instrumentals made by madmen. In America in the 1950s and 1960s there seemed to be small town versions of such vinyl madness everywhere that, by the 1970s were remaindered and to the majority of people unwanted. To the fledgling Cramps this was nothing short of heaven. The duo filled their house with novelty memorabilia, schlock horror furniture and a record collection to die for. Lux eventually gravitated to his own Purple Knif Radio show and the Cramps delivered their versions of some of the stuff they'd found. The duo name-checked many a 45 along the way and seeking them out and sampling their eccentricities is nothing short of mind blowing. This 24-track collection positively effervesces with eccentricity. Again the vinyl-only double-10" is divided into 4 themes: "The Rock 'n' Rollers", "New Dance Trend", "Instrumentals" and "The Mad Daddies". Every track pirouettes dangerously and at times hap hazardly around the expected. These are songs for strange times by what can definitely be considered strange people. Gems and nuggets that sparkle even more bright in today's manufactured music maelstrom. 

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Beat From Badsville Volume 3

                                                                          Brought up on the radio shows of the legendary rock 'n' roll DJs, the moondogging Alan Freed, Mad Daddy and, later, the ghostly Ghoulardi, it was hardly surprising that The Cramps' Lux Interior and Poison Ivy began trawling the thrift stores for juvenile delinquent tunes, lip curling bad boy rock 'n' roll, strange exotica, bizarre novelty 45s, dysfunctional doo wop, psychedelic weirdness and instrumentals made by madmen. In America in the 1950s and 1960s there seemed to be small town versions of such vinyl madness everywhere that, by the 1970s were remaindered and to the majority of people unwanted. To the fledgling Cramps this was nothing short of heaven. The duo filled their house with novelty memorabilia, schlock horror furniture and a record collection to die for. Lux eventually gravitated to his own Purple Knif Radio show and the Cramps delivered their versions of some of the stuff they'd found. The duo name-checked many a 45 along the way and seeking them out and sampling their eccentricities is nothing short of mind blowing.

                                                                          This 24-track collection positively effervesces with eccentricity. Again the vinyl only double-10" is divided into 4 themes: 'Life’s A Scream', 'Crazy Guys, Food, Prison And A Guide To The Female Persuasion', 'Welcome To The Jungle' and 'Wild And Wilder Boppin’ Girls'. Every track pirouettes dangerously and at times hap hazardly around the expected. These are songs for strange times by what can definitely be considered strange people. Gems and nuggets that sparkle even more bright in today's manufactured music maelstrom. The population of Badsville welcomes you aboard.

                                                                          London-based Psychedelic soul evangelists Beauty & The Beat are back in the store with their third release, a heady collaborative 12" with the Beating Heart project, an initiative which saw a whole host of international talent sample and remix field recordings made by Hugh Tracey in 1950s South Africa with kind permission from the International Library of African Music.
                                                                          The keen eared selectors at Beauty & The Beat cherry picked the four finest cuts, had them remastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery then pressed them onto a crystal clear vinyl.
                                                                          North Eastern boy George Robertson opens proceedings under his Boys Ride Bikes alias, transforming a traditional South African chant into an emotional rich slice of synthetic house flavoured with 21st century pop tropes, autotune and ecstatic chord progressions. Shop favourite Nabihah Iqbal continues the journey into yearning, conjuring thrilling cinematic synths, drifting ambient guitar licks and a soft focus shimmer around folk whistles and clapping patterns for "Wonderful Sushi". Over on the B1 South African artist Thor Rixon cooks up the kind of slow, mournful and moving trip we've come to expect from a BATB release, gently shifting focus from spidery guitar to glassy key, soulful vocal or mind bending effect, while the stately rhythm and subtle bassline roll underfoot. Finally, The Happy Show rinse the filter and fire up the high hats, tripping a Gumboots original into a driving bit of Afro-centric psychedelia I can imagine mixing into that Noir Desire edit on Mindless Boogie. 
                                                                          Not only does this 12" give you four diverse and dope tracks, it features wicked artwork from Peter McDonald, a dope sleeve design from Gina, and a donation to charity! Proceeds support gender equality in South Africa through the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as helping to teach music production skills to kids at Grahamstown’s Access Music Project.


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Patrick says: Party with a purpose! Beauty & The Beat return with four heart melting tracks based around 50s field recordings from South Africa. If you want yearning synth pop, shimmering psychedelia and nuanced grooves then this is the platter for you!

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Beautiful Freaks - Waving Our Flag High, Wave On, Wave On: Music From The Original Counter Culture

                                                                            From the team that put together the acclaimed Running The Voodoo Down sets comes a carefully assembled celebration of the counter culture - from ALLEN GINSBERG and THE GRATEFUL DEAD to BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GONG and WITTHÜSTER & WESTRUPP.

                                                                            A compilation for the heads, not a playlist.

                                                                            “This is a journey … into Sound” ….

                                                                            ..…a different maverick sound one million light years from either the classic rock of the late 60s West Coast, the psychedelic pop of the UK, the primal shriek of the Vietnam soundtrack, or the wah wah powered protest of Blaxploitation. This is a journey into a new scene “THE ALTERNATIVE OF THE ALTERNATIVE”. This music is too abstract for the soldiers, and too square for the Panthers. This is a journey into the sound of the Freak Left and into an early DIY, powered by acid and humour, that is in many ways a true precursor of punk rock. It’s a journey into a cosmic mash up of folk, country, busking, comedy, music hall, raga percussion, chanting and the occasional spiked acid guitar solo. Music created communally and without commercial expectation over bottle after bottle of LSD laced soft drinks and free trips! But as much as it’s a journey into an alternative sound, it’s a journey into a different world .. the world of the Heads, the Freaks and Humbeads’ Map, a map created in a Berkeley coffee house and reworking the world to connect up the “Turned On” universe – a 5 boroughs type world dominated by a huge San Francisco & Berkeley and embracing New York, Cambridge, and LA and by implicit extension “hip” outposts in London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Sao Paulo.

                                                                            Ten years after it had started the counterculture seemed almost done – washed away in a tide of punk rock nihilism, and economic hardship.

                                                                            These artists represent something else, and something else important. Ideas of self made, of freedom and of protest through provocation live across these grooves. It’s time to give them a place in the pantheon and respect what they tried to achieve, because they did achieve change. The world we live in today is different and the Rainbow coalition is a valid and vibrant political force – it is the wave that gave us Obama and hope. And maybe the one that will bring further change in the future. “Sticking it to the man” was a state of mind and an ideal. Maybe we can give it a small voice again.


                                                                            A beautiful swimmer is a small blue crab. The Beautiful Swimmers are Ari Goldman and Andrew Field-Pickering (AKA Max D). And you, my friend, are about to get high on the happy. They’re here to take you on a gleeful joyride around their collective musical imagination. The Swimmers are full-bore record enthusiasts you see, but whereas you might associate this with squirrelly, exclusive and crabby sorts, they are inclusive, human and warm. It’s a wide-eyed ebullient romp and the joy of discovery is one to share. And to see them DJ IS a joy - they’re having at least as much fun as anyone else in the room, locked together tight, riding the same wave.

                                                                            So even when shit gets somewhat darker, the tempos higher and sounds gnarlier ("Analogous Doom") the world is never grey. When we’re stone cold Balearic in the Adriatic ("Plunky") the vibe is up, young and fun. Banging them B’more house beats? Well, you’re probably going to be recognising a welcoming RnB sample (KW Griff). We’ve also been blessed with some Swimmer’s specials in the shape of "Blow Up Girl" and "Living in a Zone". Exclusive.

                                                                            Ari and Andrew have previously worked in dog and childcare respectively. If this compilation were a dog it’d be a 'rascal', if it were a kid it’d be 'spirited'. We can’t think of anyone better to be your guides, as they themselves might say, 'it’s a vibe'.


                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: First compilation from emergent festival / brand / record label Love International. It's a pretty cutting edge selection, highlighting the maverick and hedonistic spirit that epitomizes much of the brand's ethos.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Bedroom Club III

                                                                              The third volume of cult London label No Pain In Pop's ‘The Bedroom Club' vinyl compilation series, an off-kilter electronic exploration of debut production talent and NPIP label artists.

                                                                              Ahead of an exceptional debut LP due late 2015 through NPIP, Sim Hutchins (West Essex, UK) opens with a totemic statement of intent; a prismatic and chaotic piece of romantic handmade avant-techno, washed in reverb and built from dissonant harmonies…

                                                                              …Berlin’s Selector’s Roll debuts with the luscious, rolling shoegaze/ambience of ’Almost A Gaze’ and rising London producer and NTS radio DJ Throwing Shade - fresh from two acclaimed EPs through NPIP - provides a slice of seductive kosmiche soul…

                                                                              …More debuts! Introducing Liverpool producer Kepla with a frayed industrial soundscape beamed in from beyond the 21st century, and mysterious Londoner Carby’s raw & rolling piece of early Zomby style stripped down UK funky…

                                                                              …Closing up is South London producer/composer Jire, who released the acclaimed ‘Kiowa Polytope’ EP through NPIP in late 2014 at the tender age of 19. His first track since is a fluctuating sonic structure, deep with emotional resonance. A second NPIP EP due end 2015.

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Behind The Counter: Max Richter

                                                                                This will be the first in Rough Trade Shops’ new Behind the Counter series, in which some of their favourite artists create mixes especially for them, using the records they sell on the shop floor.

                                                                                As big fans of Max, Rough Trade invited him to curate a mix that demonstrated his influences, knowing he’d dig up some unexpected gems. The result gives a fascinating and enriching guided tour through Richter’s musical cosmos, with insight into the sounds that help inspire his singular talent and vision.

                                                                                This 36-track compilation features music from Mogwai, Boards of Canada, Let's Eat Grandma, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Philip Glass, Aphex Twin and Low, plus classical works by Rachmaninoff and Bach.

                                                                                “This is a compilation of music I love. Some of my choices are things I’ve been listening to for decades, others are new discoveries, but feel like they belong here. I put a couple of things of mine in too - welcome to my world”, says Max.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: This is by all measures, an astonishing collection. not only does it have the seminal classical works that you'd expect from Richter, but includes a great number of those 'What CD is this on?!' counter moments that we enjoy so much. Classic post-rock staples, beautiful electronics, heartfelt full-band odes and an education in classical music. A masterclass in curation.

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                3xLtd LP Info: 3LP Black vinyl (includes download code to 2 x continuous mixes)

                                                                                2xCD Info: CD is 2 x continuous mixes.

                                                                                Berghain's Marcel Fengler presents the fifth installment in the club's expanding mix series. A central resident at the club since its early days, Fengler continually and consistently fires up the Berghain floor with his vast and exemplary collection of techno, house and electronica.

                                                                                Fengler's colourful mix includes new exclusives from Peter Van Hoesen, Reagenz & Vril, and also gathers together a wealth of producers both new and old, from Claude Young, Luke Slater, Ben Sims and Regis, to Skudge, Gerd, Seiji and Convextion, a lot of them providing previously unreleased material. Opening with the eerie echoes of Emika's "Count Backwards", the mix moves into Peter Van Hoesen's incredible "Axis Mundi", which sets the tone from here on in: full, lively and not short on drama. Pushing into darker zones, Regis' typically haunting mix of Tommy Four Seven's "G", or Luke Slater's LB Dub Corp mix of Fengler's own "Thwack" segue with more classic cuts from Secret Cinema's "Timeless Altitude (Minneapolis Mix)" and Ratio's "Doublefeature".

                                                                                Fengler keeps the surprise element alive while maintaining tension and pressure throughout. Gerd's tripping "Time and Space" mixes with Seiji's "More of You" in a glorious mid point throw-down. The mighty Claude Young teams up with production partner Takasi Nakajima on "Think Twice", which then swells to pick up the tension in a beautiful piano-led hypnotising movement. With the focus on more current developments in more edgy techno and house, combined with a hearty nod to the past, the mix continues with newcomers like Puresque showing promise, alongside a weighty new Ben Sims track, and the pounding filtered glory of Vril's "UV" - another exclusive for the mix. Marcel includes a new track that heads straight for the floor with "Sphinx", while men of the moment Skudge put forward "Man On Wire". The slow burning house of Reagenz' "The Labyrinth“ leads us into a psychedelic game of funk, dub and abstraction as the mix winds down. Before drawing to a close with Convextion aka ERP's stunning "Vapor Pressure", we're treated to a UK house classic by 20:20 Vision's "Future Remembrance (Livestyle Mix)", in all its analog glory. With Berghain 05, Marcel Fengler has proved filling floors doesn't have to be about ticking boxes.

                                                                                This mix is a perfect example of the type of dexterity, sensitivity and scope he possesses as a DJ.

                                                                                Berlin Atonal is proud to pick up on a tradition begun in 1984 with the publication of two volumes of live recordings from the 1983 edition of the festival. Those records bore witness to the most inventive, adventurous sounds of the festival, and therefore of their time, containing live bits from Psychic TV, La Loora and Z’EV.

                                                                                Vol. 3 carries this custom forward three decades with selections from four of the standout performances at Berlin Atonal 2014. Of course Cabaret Voltaire’s lauded and historical first show in over 20 years is featured ('Microscopic Flesh Fragment ' and 'Universal Energy (Live Version) '), Richard H Kirk’s no-nostalgia and machinery driven set firmly putting the Cabaret Voltaire project in a future-facing direction. Demdike Stare member Miles Whittaker’s surprising and muscular live performance also contributes a cut ('Vagabond Nº7 '), as does festival favourite Fis with his characteristically lumpy, textural soundscapes ('Dist CL (Atonal Version) '). Finally, two selections from Abdulla Rashim’s memorable session point toward a possible future for synthesised music. 

                                                                                'Berlin Atonal Vol.3' is housed in a special cardboard sleeve and limited at 700 units.

                                                                                NYC’s Tompkins Square label present Beyond Berkeley Guitar, a collection of some of Northern California’s finest acoustic guitarists. "Beyond Berkeley Guitar" is the follow-up to 2006’s "Berkeley Guitar", which through the efforts of three young guitarists, exemplified a strong current of American Primitive guitar playing in Berkeley still thriving since the 1960’s when Takoma Records was founded there by John Fahey. That album included liner notes by Takoma’s Ed Denson, and the stunning CD and gatefold LP were designed by acclaimed painter and Baroness singer/guitarist John Baizley.

                                                                                "Beyond Berkeley Guitar" was curated and produced by Sean Smith, who also produced "Berkeley Guitar". As the title suggests, "Beyond Berkeley Guitar" expands the boundaries, stylistically and regionally, to display the prowess of seven Bay Area guitarists, all of whom use solo guitar composition as a means of profound personal expression. This collection spans generations of players, from Aaron Sheppard, a twenty year old virtuoso fingerpicker, to Richard Osborn, a free-raga style player who studied with Robbie Basho in the 1960’s. The album also offers the rare treat of hearing a woman represented within a genre dominated almost entirely by men; Ava Mendoza, whose wiley and highly technical playing closes the album. Included as well are two gentle players, Trevor Healy and Chuck Johnson, who both come from avant rock pasts; Lucas Boilon, who largely keeps his extreme talent to himself; and Sean Smith, who continues to stretch the boundaries of American Primitive through genre and influence re-appropriation.

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Big Gold Dreams - A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

                                                                                  Big Gold Dreams documents the vibrant independent music scene to emerge in Scotland across the late 70s and 80s. Initially ignited by punk, labels sprang up in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere to give a voice to the explosion of new acts across the country. Named after Fire Engines’ memorable single and Grant McPhee’s recent TV and DVD documentary,

                                                                                  Big Gold Dreams includes many of the Scottish music scene’s most important names as well as countless obscurities. Includes landmark tracks by The Rezillos, Simple Minds, Altered Images, Skids, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Bluebells, The Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, The Soup Dragons, The Associates, Scars, Strawberry Switchblade, Josef K, BMX Bandits, Edwyn Collins, Del Amitri, The Vaselines, The Shamen, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and many others.

                                                                                  Boasts lengthy essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr, within a lavishly illustrated 70-page booklet.

                                                                                  Created by the same Cherry Red team behind such previous box sets as Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Action Time Vision, To The Outside Of Everything, Manchester North Of England, Revolutionary Spirit, etc. Big Gold Dreams also includes recordings from key labels such as Zoom, Postcard, 53rd & 3rd, Rational, Fast Product/Pop:Aural, Supreme International Editions, Creation, Egg, Sarah, etc. Pre-fame 45s by Johnny & The Self Abusers (later Simple Minds), Another Pretty Face (pre-The Waterboys), Fun 4 (pre-Orange Juice), as well as P.V.C.2 (post-Slik, featuring Midge Ure). Numerous tracks debut on CD, alongside a string of impressive debut 45s (e.g. Fini Tribe, Momus, The Wake, Win), plus classic indie tracks from The Pastels, Shop Assistants, The Vaselines and The Fizzbombs and many others.

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Birth Of A Nation - Inevitable Records: An Independent Liverpool 1979-1986

                                                                                    In the late 1970s and 1980s, Jeremy Lewis established and ran Liverpool’s Inevitable Records, and in doing so provided what he calls an “incubator” for an impressive selection of the talent emerging from the city at that time. From Pete Burns and Dead Or Alive to China Crisis, Wah! Heat and others, Inevitable provided the launchpad for many successful careers. Operating initially out of Lewis’ Amazon Studios, and mutating as the years passed from an outlet for the city’s spiky post-punk sounds to a synth-pop, commercially minded imprint with major label backing, Inevitable proved popular with John Peel and found admirers from across the ‘80s musical spectrum. Presented here for the first time is an overview of the label, including a disc of contemporary Peel Sessions from key artists and a 3,000 word account of its story by Jeremey Lewis himself. Of particular interest to many will be never-before-heard (or re-issued) work by a young Pete Burns – his first Nightmares In Wax sPeel sessions are included. A further look at the wonderful music explored in ‘Revolutionary Spirit’ this is an indepth look at the roots of several special careers, produced with input from Inevitable founder Jeremey Lewis.

                                                                                    Blind Jack's Journey continue their impeccable record to date with another various artists collection of superb dreaminess. Helvyn kicks us off with the playful and highly sensual melodies of "Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk". Luv*Jam's ear for quality and conciseness with this label is second-to-none. Introducing brand new acts alongside more established ones, the label's managed to cement this soft, synthetic, utterly beautiful sound with each and every release. "Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk" pretty much epitomizes this sound to me.... Luv*Jam nips the stems of said track for a deep, more galactically-orientated journey. Next up sees the return of Melba with a undulating wave of bliss, gently breezing in off coastal tides and bright orange sunrises, a moment of serene optimism that should heal all of life's wounds. Sentose keeps the mood intact, ushering the delicate and emotive melodies of "Requisition". Basically, this is Luv*Jam stating quite clearly that he and his esteemed crew need a fuckin residency at all the best Croatian festivals and to not have this sound drifting across the Adriatic this Summer would be nothing short of criminal! Most recommended.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Luv*Jam's mountain dwelling nippers return for another journey into blissed-out abandon. Making the descent from the top and down to the beach. Bring your wet suit!

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Ltd 10" Info: Transparent gold vinyl!

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    Blood Sweat And Ten Years

                                                                                    18 track bargain basement introduction to arguably the most consistently excellent hardcore label around - artists sampled include Most Precious Blood, Throwdown, Nora, the headspinning Hopesfall, Bleeding Through etc. Only the price of a couple of pints and not as fattening - so, do yourself a favour punk...


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