Various Artists

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

    Close To The Noise Floor


      Following last year’s brilliantly received 4CD set exploring the origins of electronica in the UK, we present this 2LP edition featuring key tracks specifically selected for their suitability to vinyl listening. Enthralled by the mysterious electronics of Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Gong and German Kosmische artists, and inspired by the DIY ethos of punk, a quiet revolution took place across the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The rise of the microchip and the advent of affordable synthesisers liberated countless artists for whom guitars, drums and bass had become old hat, and in grubby bedsits, unremarkable living rooms and art school halls across Britain, UK electronica was born. The underground, fuelled by cassette exchanges, co-operative vinyl compilations and a thriving mail order network, quickly began to stretch the boundaries of sonic experimentation. Close To The Noise Floor explores every corner of this fascinating and often overlooked chapter in UK musical history. Entirely free from safety pins and hair dye, but always experimental, explorative, unusual and thrilling, this is the story of a mild-mannered, post-punk revolution long under appreciated. And who better to tell this story than the artists themselves…Close To The Noise Floor features artist written sleevenotes, extracts from Dave Henderson’s legendary 1983 Wild Planet overview of the entire scene

      LIMITED EDITION GATEFOLD SLEEVE DOUBLE LP. 22 track history of the origins of electronica in the UK. Highlights of 2016’s critically acclaimed 4CD release. Original CD release voted #3 in Uncut’s ‘Reissues Of The Year 2016’, #2 in The Quietus’ ‘Compilations Of The Year 2016’ and included in Record Collector’s ‘Reissues Of The Year’. CD release received 4 and 5 star reviews across the international music press Gatefold sleeve with artist sleevenotes and original essay by Dave Henderson. 22 tracks of vinyl friendly early electro-pop, ambient and experimental and proto-techno. Part primitive rave, part synthesiser porn, part history lesson

      Various Artists

      Ethiopiques Box



        Box set of six original Ethiopian 7" singles. Reissued for the first time with beautiful artwork. The booklet includes photos, track selection and liners notes by Francis Falceto (Ethiopiques series founder and Ethiopian music specialist).

        Many of the tracks were later included on the iconic Ethiopiques series of albums and compilations, which brought the treasures of the Ethiopian music scene of the 60s and 70s to a wider audience.Includes tracks by Mulatu Astatke, Getatchew Mekurya, Mahmoud Ahmedm Girma Bèyènè and Alemayehu Eshete.

        The original 7"s are almost impossible to track down these days and sell individually for jaw-dropping amounts online, including one for over £600!


        7" Box Set Info: 1 copy only!

        Various Artists

        Psyché France Vol. 3


          Volume 3 in the series of Psyche 60/70s compilations from Warner France.

          Various Artists

          Rough Guide To Bollywood: The Psychedelic Years


            RSD release of classic tracks by Bollywood legends such as Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi and R.D. Burman. Includes a FREE download card allowing you to download the full album and includes extra psychedelic Bollywood tracks.

            Appealing to fans of 1960s rock and psychedelic music, Bollywood music influenced by the psychedelic sounds of the Beatles and The Velvet Underground etc.

            Influenced by the Western rock and the intertwined hippy movement, the Indian underground scene mushroomed: rock-zine the Junior Statesman was founded and Simla Cigarette Company held a 'Battle of the Bands' competition at Shanmukhananda Hall in Mumbai, offering a platform to newly formed garage rock bands. The first simmers of a psychedelic underground inspired composers like R.D. Burman to work far-out music into their blockbuster soundtracks. Evidently the Western psychedelic movement owed much to Indian inspiration and the relationship was mutual: the sounds and styles of the swinging sixties trickled back to Indian shores and went on to manifest themselves, first in the underground scene and then Bollywood.

            Various Artists

            Salsoul ReEdits Series One: Dimitri From Paris


              Part one of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four reworks from disco aficionado DimitrI From Paris. Available on vinyl for the very first time, Dimitri adds his deft remix touch to Salsoul favourites from Loleatta Holloway, Inner Life, Love Comitte and Skyy.

              Various Artists

              Salsoul ReEdits Series Two: Danny Krivit (Salsoul)


                Part two of a new Salsoul Re-edits series launches with four classic edits from seminal edit king Danny Krivit. With over 45 years behind the turntables, if anyone knows what little extra touch a record needs to work on the dancefloor…it’s Danny! Taking his editing skills to four classics from the Salsoul vaults, Danny delivers once again.

                Various Artists

                Sharon Signs To Cherry Red


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

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

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

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

                  Various Artists

                  Soul Jazz Records Presents: Nigeria Soul Power 70


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

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

                    Various Artists

                    Soul Jazz Records Presents: Soul 70


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

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

                      Various Artists

                      Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Hi-Fi Special


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

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

                        Various Artists

                        The Magic Cube


                          One of the earliest psychedelic compilations and probably the strangest is The Magic Cube, which appeared inexplicably in 1982 in hip record emporiums around the world. A limited edition 9” flexi disc housed in a card envelope. When it was opened it unleashed a pop up psychedelic cardboard cube emerged to mystify and confuse. Purportedly the product of the same deranged collector mind who gave the world the first Acid Dreams compilation, Magic Cube certainly contained some killer US 60s garage psych punk, not least the stupendously rare Children of the Mushroom’s You Can’t Erase a Mirror

                          Now reissued in the original but improved packaging and pressed on 10” soft lilac vinyl the Magic Cube awaits once again to pop up and plunge into your fragile eggshell mind. Taste the cube this coming record store day….

                          “By 1984, I was awash with these compilations and had racked up eightyfive of the suckers before I screamed ‘Enuff! ‘The weirdest was definitely the 10” flexi called THE MAGIC CUBE, whose free-standing 3D cardboard sugar cube I stupidly constructed one stoned afternoon in ’85.” Julian Cope

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          Coloured LP Info: 85g Soft Lilac Coloured 10 Inch, Hand Numbered with Pop Up Cube.

                          Various Artists

                          We're Gonna Have A Party! The Soul Of Wand Records


                            The stompin’ Soul Sound of New York’s famed Wand Records!

                            An entire LP of incredible dancefloor anthems--most of which command a king’s ransom as prized 45s!

                            New York’s Wand Records strutted proudly as one of the preeminent sources of sock-it soul singles, including popular, long-time favorites among dance floor crowds around the world, many of which are included on We’re Gonna Have A Party! The Soul of Wand Records. This LP features some of the rarest gems of the genre, perfectly mastered in pounding mono, just like the original 45s! Flagship Wand artists Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson are represented by a trio of tracks that are their most-desirable, danceable cuts, and sit alongside stompers like The Masqueraders' incredible "Do You Love Me Baby," a brilliant mix of soul styles propelled by a moving bass-line worthy of ANY of the vaulted classics from other locations around the country. And from there, you get more rare 'n' regal sounds including two platters alone that would command a king's ransom, "Love Keeps Me Crying" by Walter Wilson and "Please Stay" by The Ivories!

                            Treasured dance hits and overlooked soul-shout masterpieces! Proudly collected here on one hip-shakin’ LP, Sundazed presents We’re Gonna Have A Party! The Soul of Wand Records. Exquisitely pressed on soul-royalty gold vinyl!

                            Various Artists

                            Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series - Soundtrack)


                              Soundtrack - from the new series on picture disc. The four picture disc images feature iconic shots / stills from the TV series.


                              Disco plate 10” of sci-fi themed dubs from the On-U vaults.

                              Cut by CGM at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin for maximum bass pressure.

                              Full picture sleeve in the style of the original early 80s On- U Sound Disco Plate series.

                              Kicking off with a cover of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s theme to the long-running British programme ‘Doctor Who’; this 1984 Doctor Pablo version retains the eerie beauty of the original whilst anchoring the far-out FX to a more roots-oriented low end pulse.

                              Next a 1982 Dub Syndicate track (from their debut album ‘The Pounding System (Ambience In Dub)’) references the musical vogue at the time for incorporating sounds from the Space Invaders arcade machine into tracks – Scientist based a whole album around such a concept, and even The Clash got in on the act.

                              The Mothmen track is a real rarity, having not seen the light of day since On-U’s second ever album release in 1981 and never before reissued.

                              Meticulously transferred from the original tapes, this eviscerating blast of Manchester post-punk (featuring former members of The Durutti Column, and future members of Simply Red!) combines primitive rhythm, free jazz saxophone, liberal use of delay and wild guitar noise.

                              Finally, Creation Rebel weigh in with a track from their 1980 sci-fi-themed concept album ‘Starship Africa’; backwards tape effects and shimmering layers of percussion bringing proceedings to suitably spacey finale.

                              Limited to 500 copies.

                              Various Artists

                              Bob Dylan's Greenwich Village Vol. 1


                                • In early 1961, a 19 year old Bob Dylan, having dropped out of college at the end of his freshman year, travelled to New York City, ostensibly to visit his idol Woody Guthrie, hospitalised with Huntingdon’s Disease.
                                • He headed straight for Greenwich Village, by then the epicentre of the folk music revival that Dylan was hoping to become a part of.
                                • This is volume 1 of a 2 part vinyl set that represents the scene he discovered, the sounds he found ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and the artists who were already playing the clubs and bars of the Village upon his arrival.
                                • Featuring tracks by artists such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, John lee Hooker plus many more!
                                • FANTASTIC 140 GRAM VINYL
                                • 1000 ONLY LIMITED EDITION

                                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

                                  Primarily drawn from over 150 aging and often unmarked cassettes found at the Asian Branch of the Oakland Public Library in California during the late 1990s, Cambodian Cassette Archives showcases an unbelievable collection of dynamic music recorded between the 1960s and the 1990s, both in Cambodia and abroad. Male and female vocalists share the spotlight in a Khmer blend of folk and pop stylings, with cha-cha psychedelia, phase-shifting rock, sultry circle dance standards, pulsing new wave, haunted ballads, musical comedy sketches, easy-listening numbers, and raw instrumental grooves presented in an eclectic variety of production techniques.

                                  Heard throughout are legends of Cambodia's golden age during the 1960s-1970s, including Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Sereysothea, Pen Ran, and Chhoun Vanna, among others. With their fantastic ensembles, they helped rewrite Khmer musical history, often weaving traditional melodies into the various dance crazes and rock and roll sounds infiltrating Southeast Asia at the time. Then, between 1975-1979, the Khmer Rouge tragically seized and devastated the country, killing millions and nearly erasing the culture.

                                  This collection also focuses on what came next -- the lesser-heard music of the Cambodian diaspora, recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. Beginning inside Thai refugee camps, singers such as Kieng Yuthhan were among the first to record what can be called a post-war Khmer music. Songs ranged from renditions of revered Khmer songs from the golden era to original music that borrowed from both traditional and Western styles. Some flirted with contemporary disco or new wave influences, while others pursued more traditional ballads or more traditional romvong-style dance music. Groups were mainly composed of guitars, drums, keyboard, vocals, and occasionally fiddle or xylophone. Some enjoyed brief popularity on the local Cambodian music circuit at the time, while others remained regional obscurities.

                                  The majority of this music was never reissued digitally, and therefore lived and died on cassette. Includes performances by Kieng Yuthhan, Darkie, Klan Han, Meas Samon, Sinn Sisamouth, Son Thoeung, Eueng Nary, Pen Ran, Wat Phnom Orchestra, Golden Dragon Band, Prum Manh, Ros Sereysothea, Dara Chomchan, and Chhoun Vanna, as well as several tracks by unknown performers.

                                  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

                                    Classic 45s - Classic Country

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

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

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

                                      Various Artists

                                      Classic 45s - Peace And Love

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

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

                                        Various Artists

                                        Continuum (Jamie XX / Four Tet / Koreless / John Talabot)

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

                                          Limited to 750 copies.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd 7" Info: 7" & DVD

                                          Various Artists

                                          Creation Artifact 45

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

                                            • NEWLY REMASTERED

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

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

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

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

                                            Various Artists

                                            Electroconvulsive Therapy Vol. 3

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                                              * 2015 Record Store Day Release
                                              • Pressed on high-quality 180gram blue and magenta “half and half” colored wax
                                              Medical Records continues it’s unearthing of extremely rare singles in it’s Electroconvulsive Therapy series.
                                              Once again, teaming up with Crispy Nuggets blog we have assembled yet another collection of long out of print and underground singles and rare tracks.
                                              This compilation includes 3 complete A + B sides from 7” singles + 4 other rare songs (2 from cassette, 1 A side of a 7”, and 1 track featured on a rare 80s compilation LP). All original tracks are impossible to find for less than a mint on the collector’s market.
                                              The first 2 tracks are by Belgium’s Tipical Me from the Claustrofobian b/w Pope No Hope 7”. These 2 tracks are perfect synth pop in every way. The second artist is UK’s Secession, and we have included their debut 7” released in 1983. Though known for their later more electronic based pop and dance tracks, these two tracks display their earlier dark beginnings with chilling guitars and a more early 4AD aesthetic. Both tracks from the 7” are included.
                                              The third artist is France’s Leidenschaft who released one lone 3-song cassette in 1986 with 2 of the tracks featured here. Leidenschaft could loosely be compared to early Clan of Xymox with French cold wave leanings. The 2 cuts are very atmospheric and lovely indeed.
                                              Back to the UK, we included the wonderfully minimal A + B sides of the rare 1984 7” by Black Fantasy. Original copies of this single have been selling for insanely high prices these days. 2 more tracks were also included on this compilation which complete the theme nicely.
                                              V.U.D. was an Italian outfit who recorded a track entitled “Look!” which was included on the “First Relation” v/a compilation LP released in 1983 on Mask Productions and curated by Lisfrank. Quirky and undeniably catchy, we absolutely adore this track as will everybody who hears it.
                                              The last track included on this LP is the A side of the rare 1984 7” by UK’s Almost Alone entitled “Blue City”. Dense and atmospheric synth pop with definite New Romantic tendencies, this track is a perfect closing track for this diverse collection. This collection will certainly appeal to fans of rare minimal synth, early synth pop, or EBM. This compilation allows anyone who has desired to have one or all of these quite expensive tracks on vinyl in the best sound quality possible. Additional mastering by Martin Bowes at the Cage, UK.

                                              Various Artists

                                              First Class Rock Steady - 7" Box Set

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                                                Exclusive for Record Store Day, VP celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Rocksteady with this limited edition 7" box set of Rocksteady gems. Includes first time re-presses of two super rare in-demand big money blanks from The Jupiters and Carlton Manning, unique musical couplings from the Melodians and Val Bennett / Derrick Morgan and double sided rocksetady gold from Hopeton Lewis, The Sensations and Errol Dunkley. Beautifully packaged with bag insert and 45's pressed on original Jamaican label designs this Is a must have selection for all reggae vinyl lovers. 

                                                Various Artists

                                                Hardcore Matinee

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                                                  Hardcore Matinee is an ode to the budget punk rock compilations that informed a young John Reis, Swami Records head honcho / overlord. While many of these LPs were disposable—they favored quantity over quality, cramming 40 or 50 unknown groups onto records that crackled and popped with tinny sound and infantile graphics—their cut-rate aesthetic has actually weathered the passage of time relatively well. Call it nostalgia or perhaps a testament to how truly ugly the world has become, but these records can now be enjoyed as curious oddities of a bygone era. It was with this inspiration that Hardcore Matinee was assembled. The compilation features 22 of San Diego’s most exciting groups and covers the wide range of current punk music. From well-established bands such as Hot Snakes (with their first new recording since 2004 and featuring both drummers on the same recording), Pinback (their final recording before disbanding and then reforming) and Gary Wilson (off his recent collaboration with The Roots) to up-and-coming bands Octagrape (ex-Truman’s Water), Death Eyes (hardcore supergroup with members of Rat’s Eyes and Death Crisis) and Schizophonics, this record’s varied styling is a jarring ride. The Swami Records harem is represented by the reformed Sultans (first recording since 2003), Beehive and The Barracudas (first new recordings since 2008), Mrs. Magician (an outtake from their soon-to-be-released second album Bermuda) and The Heartaches (first new recording since their Too Cool For School LP). Other artists include The Loons (featuring Mike Stax of Ugly Things), Rob Crow, Teenage Burritos (Burger Records), Plateaus (Art Fag Records), Creepy Creeps (Dionysus Records), The Widows (Route 44 Records), Ale Mania (Volar Records), Ghetto Blaster (ex-Fishwife and The Let Downs), WHA (ex-Tourettes Lautrec), The Shake Before Us, The Lumps (both on Tower Bar Records) and the debut of The Soaks. In order to stay true to the original compilations’ aesthetic, it was important to keep the music fresh and moving quickly. All of the bands recorded new and previously unreleased material and kept their contribution as brief as possible. Hardcore Matinee showcases a cross-section of some of Swami Records’ favorite, current San Diego noise and presents it in a blurred collection high on energy and momentum. The result is a whole record greater than the sum of its parts. Equally important was to keep the spirit of regional punk rock alive for future generations. As a result, proceeds from Hardcore Matinee will be donated to The Museum School in San Diego and be used exclusively for their music department. The Museum School is a tuition-free, public charter school that serves students from all over San Diego in Kindergarten through 8th grade.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Heartworn Highways - 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set

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                                                    Celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of Americana's true masterpieces, we are proud to present the original documentary film with its stunning soundtrack in a long overdue definitive edition package.

                                                    * Limited to 1,500 copies worldwide
                                                    * 2xLP pressed on WHISKEY COLORED WAX
                                                    * Proudly Made in the USA
                                                    * Hand crafted custom wood box by Boles Studio, Bronx, NY
                                                    * LP-sized 80-page book with exhaustive 20,000 word essay by Sam
                                                    Sweet interviewing artists, documentary creators and crew, including over 100 unseen photos taken during the making of the film
                                                    * Cast of Characters by legendary Austin illustrator Kerry Awn
                                                    * Reproduction of original film poster (24”x36”)
                                                    * DVD of original 1976 film with restored image and sound plus 45 mins of bonus features, including performances by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and others
                                                    * Region Free DVD
                                                    * Double LP of soundtrack on “whiskey” colored wax housed in a Stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket
                                                    * Download card for full soundtrack

                                                    Sometimes, a documentary maker is present at precisely the right moment to capture lightning in a bottle. It happened with Dylan's Don't Look Back, it happened with The Decline of Western Civilization, and it happened with 1976's Heartworn Highways.

                                                    In the early '70s, as Willie Nelson let his hair grow long and brought together hippies and country music fans, a new country music world was developing. Helmed by filmmaker James Szalapski, Heartworn Highways is an iconic performance documentary that masterfully captures this magical slice of time through encounters with many of the true progenitors of the outlaw country scene. These radical country artists reclaimed the genre via an appreciation for its heritage in folk and bluegrass and a rejection of the mainstream Nashville machine. Some of country music's great songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, Larry Jon Wilson, and Steve Earle appear on both screen and soundtrack, where musical highlights include Clark's brilliant "Desperados Waiting For A Train," Young's stirring "Alabama Highways" and Van Zandt's emotional "Waiting ‘Round To Die."

                                                    The hard living – and hard partying – lifestyles of Heartworn's stars are played out on screen as we visit Van Zandt's Austin trailer, see Coe play in Tennessee State Prison, and witness a liquor-fuelled Christmas at Clark's house. No wonder the film's original tagline read: "The best music and the best whiskey come from the same part of the country."

                                                    Outside of a limited film festival circuit, the film remained largely unseen, yet Heartworn Highways remains a pinnacle document in country music history. Its weighty legacy still rings true through fans like Lucinda Williams, Radiohead, and

                                                    Father John Misty and through Hollywood's own interpretation with shows like Nashville and the Oscar-winning film, Crazy Heart. To document the new generation of country artists who carry on the film's tradition, a sequel–Heartworn Revisited– will be released in March 2016.

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Heavenly 25: Records Store Day 7x7" Boxset

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                                                      Now in its 25th year, Heavenly Recordings have announced a series of limited edition double A-sided split 7”s to mark this year’s Record Store Day.

                                                      The 7’s, which feature most of the labels current roster, include a number of exclusive cover-versions, remixes and hard-to-find tracks.

                                                      Available as standalone 7” single releases – limited to only 500 copies each – and also as a deluxe boxset, limited to 200.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      If Music Presents: You Need This: European Sounds (1970-1986)

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                                                        Compiled by If Music's figurehead Jean-Claude and Adrian Magrys for Record Store Day 2016, the six tracks span infectious Polish disco grooves (Wojciech Karolak and Andrzej Korzynski), bustling break-heavy jazz from the Polski Jazz Ensemble and the Russian born "Prince Igor" Yahilevich, heartwarming spiritual jazz stylings from Hungary's Binder Quintet featuring John Tchicai and Alojz Bouda's awesome oddball Slovakian synth banger 'Random' from 1980.

                                                        180g black 12" vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                                        Sleevenotes by Jean-Claude and Adrian Magrys.

                                                        Artwork by Guglielmo Willy Tavernaro (1909- 1989). Sleeve design by Ali Augur.

                                                        Recommended if you like: Numero Group, Jazzman Records, Soul Jazz Records.

                                                        Limited to 500 copies.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2

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                                                          In the spirit of AIP's dodgy regional garage rock series Highs In The Mid Sixties comes Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2. This set of roughhewn cobblestones was culled from the remnants of Cavern Sound - Independence, Missouri's subterranean studio of choice - and covers that thin swath of the late sixties when American teens were imitating the Beatles.

                                                          All of the artists here barely mustered a session of cover tunes, much less a single, taking this compilation beyond Nuggets; these songs are gold flecks in the rustiest of mining pans. All brought to you by team Numbero. Numbero: We dig deeper in graveyards so you don't have to.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          MOD Classic 45s

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                                                            The ten specially selected double AA side 7" singles in this box pull together twenty of the most diverse and exciting tracks of the golden era of Mod. Nearly fifty years later it is inevitably impossible to find mint copies of these great songs on vinyl. Includes The Small Faces, Yardbirds, the Spencer Davis Group, PP Arnold and the best of the era housed in a hard slipcase, the ten 7" singles are 'dinked' as juke-box singles and the box includes a 'spider' centre for play.

                                                            Mod youth culture - music and fashion - exploded in the UK in the early 1960s and spread through the decade to include the USA. The term 'Mod' came from the fashion side and the clothes worn by beatnik fans of modern jazz, but the music of the movement was rooted in soul and R'n'B, embracing ska and beat-pop.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Monster A Go-Go

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                                                              Under the influence of the Beatles, the Group Sounds movement swept Japan in the mid-1960s. This esteemed compilation – out of print for over two decades – gathers a dozen of the wildest tracks in the genre, spanning surf-rock, fuzzed-up R&B and even psychedelia. It’s sure to thrill fans of the further reaches of garage rock.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              The Muppet Movie

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                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Next Life - Silver Vinyl Edition

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                                                                  ‘Next Life' is a compilation of new material from Chicago's primary footwork crew, Teklife, carrying the torch for the late, great DJ Rashad, who passed away earlier in 2014. Packed to the limit with hyper-kinetic rhythms and manically chopped samples, there is nothing quite like this disc of pure energy currently in circulation. Not only does this album feature some of footwork's originators such as RP Boo, Traxman, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Manny and DJ Rashad himself, but it's also loaded with the elite of Teklife's second wave, DJ Earl, Taye, Boylan, Phil, Taso, Sirr Tmo, Tre and Heavee, plus extended members of the Teklife family from around the USA (Durban, Tripletrain, DJ Chap) and Europe (DJ Paypal, Jackie Dagger & Feloneezy), who were welcomed in by DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn while on their extensive travels spreading the footwork gospel.

                                                                  Frantic tracks such as Spinn & Taso's 'Burn That Kush', DJ Taye & DJ Manny’s dazzling 'The Matrixx', DJ Earl & DJ Taye's thumping 'Workin Da Bass' and 'Do this Again', DJ Phil's 'Godz House' and DJ Tre's 'DNB Spaceout' sit alongside warped hi-energy rave cuts such as DJ Paypal's 'FM Blast', Feloneezy, Jackie Dagger and Paypal's 'U Should No', DJ Chap's 'Glacier Bae', Tripletrain's 'Never Could Be 2' and Taso's 'Get Down Low' and more laid back, stoned affairs such as DJ Manny's 'Harvey Ratchet' and Durban's 'I'm So', moving into patches of melancholy introspection with Traxman's 'Sit Yourself Down' and Sirr Tmo's 'Live in Chicago Subways', or the hypnotic vocal science of RP Boo's 'That's It 4 Lil Ma', the chip-tunes footwork of Heavee's '8bit Shit' and DJ Rashad's totally wired 'OTS'. The CD bears out the full spectrum of moods at which DJ Rashad excelled. 'Next Life' is a fitting tribute from his musical family to a true hero of electronic music who will be sorely missed for years to come.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Pay No Attention

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                                                                    Celebrating their 100th release this March, the Too Pure Singles Club are marking the occasion this Record Store Day with the limited edition compilation, ‘Pay No Attention’.

                                                                    Born from the Too Pure label, notorious for releasing works from the likes of Electrelane, PJ Harvey, Laika, mclusky, Mouse On Mars, Scout Niblett, Seefeel, Stereolab, Th’ Faith Healers and more, the spirit lives on in the form of the Too Pure Singles Club.

                                                                    A monthly subscription, the Too Pure Singles Club release a brand new 7” every month, limiting them to just 500 copies and lovingly hand numbering each one. Furthermore, artists are given free reign to design their sleeve and the colour of 7” as they please, helping to make every month’s delivery to subscribers wildly different to the last.

                                                                    Dedicated to working with the best of the underground, among the Club’s first century were early releases from the likes of The Crookes, Dead Skeletons, DZ Deathrays, Esben & The Witch, Hookworms, Jeff The Brotherhood, LoneLady, Menace Beach, and Pulled Apart By Horses.

                                                                    Having now reached the 100th 7” mark, Too Pure have compiled ‘Pay No Attention’ to celebrate.

                                                                    Pressed on shocking pink vinyl and being released on Record Store Day 2016, the limited edition LP features 14 choice cuts culled from the labels first century - many of which are subscriber favourites.

                                                                    Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Punk Classic 45s

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

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

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      A Rekords Rekords Record (RSD 2011 Edition)

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                                                                        A storming selection of songs from the nascent Rekords Rekords record
                                                                        label, set up by Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age.

                                                                        · A showcase of the forthcoming releases on a super limited 10” picture disc.

                                                                        · Tracklist: AJ - Endless Eyes, From Desert Sessions 2& 8 0 Nenada, QOTSA -
                                                                        Regular John, MM - The Room Outside

                                                                        · Limited to 1000 for the UK and Eire.

                                                                        Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                          LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOR THE UK

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Cotillion Records Soul 45's 1968-1970

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                                                                            One of the most famous subsidiaries of Atlantic Records Cotillion spanned many genres with its catalogue in later years but is still chiefly remembered for the early Southern soul releases from the likes of Otis Clay Moses Smith & Darrell Banks. Cotillion Records: Soul 45s (1968-1970) is a collection of ten of these singles lovingly recreated from the original releases and presented in a clamshell box. Also included in the box is an 8 page booklet a selection of stickers featuring the famous Cotillion logo and a plastic vinyl spider. Remastered from the original vault tapes where possible many of these tracks have previously only been available on the original rare vinyl - fans of the genre will be delighted to get their hands on these mint re-issues at a fraction of the price as well as a high-quality digital copy of all tracks via the included code.

                                                                            Strictly limited this is sure to be an instant collector’s item.

                                                                            Limited in the UK to 500 copies only.

                                                                            Various Artists

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

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

                                                                              LIMITED TO 500 COPIES IN THE UK

                                                                              Various Artists

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

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

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia

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                                                                                  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

                                                                                      Taang! Records : The First 10 Singles

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                                                                                        Hand-picked and lovingly curated and annotated by label founder Curtis Casella, Taang! Records: The First 10 Singles consists of ten 7-inch records; a 24-song CD; and a 24-page liner notes book, all housed in a deluxe outer case. It tells the stories of the artists who built one of the most impressive music catalogs in all of American punk and hardcore. Each 7-inch is housed in a full recreation of its original sleeve, and all musical selections are also found on a CD included in the set. From snot-nosed Gang Green anthems like “Alcohol” and “Terrorize” to the Lemonheads’ melodic, proto-alternative “Glad I Don’t Know” and Slapshot’s instant moshpit creator “Same Mistake,” these 10 groundbreaking singles are what made Taang! an undeniable force to be reckoned with. Taang! Records [an acronym standing for “Teen Agers Are No Good!”] was formed in 1984, as an outgrowth of and support system for the explosive Boston punk and hardcore scene that produced SS Decontrol [SSD], DYS, Jerry’s Kids, the F.U.s and so many more. Like its counterpart in Los Angeles, SST Records, each new Taang! platter unleashed a sonic fury and inventiveness that made the ‘80s one of the most unique musical decades of the 20th Century. As Casella says in the set’s liner notes: “There was no real record label [for punk music] in Boston at the time. At least none that I felt were representing Boston properly. That’s where I stepped in.” “Teen Agers Are No Good – That is what my teacher from high school labeled us as....I guess we were a little intimidating in our Clockwork Orange attire...” - Curtis/Taang! “My initial goal was to be a singles only label and put out ten 7 inches that were from Boston....I never knew it would erupt into what it is now.” - Curtis/Taang! “Waking up & doing something you love to do everyday is a privilege in life. The bands, the records, stores, turntables, the punk 8 tracks, the shows, the correspondence, the kinship, the connectivity (pre-social media). I’ve acquired lifelong unconditional friendships. I feel I’ve worked with some of the best bands on the planet.” Curtis / Taang!

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (Volume 1)

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                                                                                          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 Space Project - RSD Box Set Edition

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                                                                                            LEFSE records commissions artists to create songs from space recordings made by VOYAGER probes.

                                                                                            ‘The Space Project’ features Youth Lagoon, Spiritualized, Beach House, The Antlers, Mutual Benefit, Blues Control and others.

                                                                                            Last Thanksgiving, Matt Halverson, who runs the Portland-based label Lefse Records, was talking with his brother in law, Exogenesis President and Chief Scientist Sean Anklam, who described a trove of recordings the NASA-launched Voyager space probes had made in the outer solar system. Halverson was overtaken by an idea to commission imaginative artists to create songs and soundscapes out of the Voyager recordings. The interest among musicians was overwhelming.

                                                                                            ‘The Space Project’ album consists of 14 tracks, seven pairs of songs, each based on a distinct celestial body: the planets Jupiter (Porcelain Raft, The Antlers), Neptune (Spiritualized “Mississippi Space Program”, The Holydrug Couple), Uranus (Youth Lagoon, Blues Control), Saturn (Beach House, Zomes) and Earth (Absolutely Free, Jesu), and the moons Miranda (Mutual Benefit, Anna Meredith) and Io (Benoit & Sergio, Larry Gus).

                                                                                            It will be available as a deluxe 7” box set.

                                                                                            Limited to 300 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Sensible Record Labels

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                                                                                              11 track compilation of rare and exclusive tracks from the cream of the UK indie labels, curated by Alcopop! – complete with 100s of extra tracks, videos and extras on the 1.5GB download card.

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              Soul Jazz Records Presents: Down Beat Special - Limited Edition Studio One 7" Box Set

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                                                                                                Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles.

                                                                                                These are some of the heaviest, most in-demand legendary tunes ever to be recorded from the likes of Willie Williams, The Skatalites, Dawn Penn, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers and more, all fully remastered and presented here in this deluxe package.

                                                                                                A very special Record Store Day release, one format only, a box set of 5x 7" vinyl - no digital or CD release.

                                                                                                Limited to only 500 copies for the UK / Eire.

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                Soul Jazz Records Presents New Orleans Fun - New Orleans: The Original Sound Of Funk

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                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                  Sun Records Curated By Record Store Day Volume 2

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                                                                                                    This compilation LP was curated from the classic Sun Record Company catalog by participating Record Store Day stores. It features songs from artists like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Howlin Wolf, along with deep cuts from lesser-known Sun Records artists. This Record Store Day 2015 exclusive release is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.

                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                    Sunday Nights: The Songs Of Junior Kimbrough

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                                                                                                      Artists of note cover songs from legendary Fat Possum artist Junior Kimbrough – includes contributions from The Black Keys, The Stooges, Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan, Jim White and many more.

                                                                                                      “Though the world doesn’t need another tribute record, it does need to know about Junior Kimbrough and this is an excellent start. If you would like to hear the original compositions from the man himself, pick up ‘You better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough’ on Fat Possum” – Matthew Johnson.

                                                                                                      Clear 180g double LP with download card.

                                                                                                      First time on vinyl

                                                                                                      Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                                                      Vostok 5 is an exhibition/recording project based on the subject of animals and people in space. The CD comes in a beautiful hand screen printed fold out poster and is numbered and limited to 500.

                                                                                                      The nine track album features two songs by Darren Hayman, two from Rotifer (recent signings to Edwyn Collin's new label), two from Tigercats, two from Paul Rains/Hexicon from Allo Darlin and one from Fever Dream.

                                                                                                      Various - Erased Tapes Artists

                                                                                                      Erased Tapes Collection V - 5x7" Box Set

                                                                                                        Erased Tapes Collection V is a collection of five seven-inch records carrying ten exclusive songs recorded by the Erased Tapes artists in celebration of the label's fifth anniversary. Housed in a rigid box, manually produced and hand-assembled, it comes in a strictly limited edition of five hundred vinyl sets designed by Torsten Posselt at FELD Berlin.

                                                                                                        Emblazoned with a detailed debossing of the mountain-shaped logo, the black box opens at an angle and reveals five screen-printed inner sleeves carrying five dinged 7" records, plus a hand-numbered sixth inner. The additional sleeve contains a mountain-shaped record centrepiece, an anti-static cleaning cloth and has a unique code imprinted on the back. The code enables its rightful owner to download a digital edition of this release from the 24th of December 2013. Until then this exclusive collection shall be enjoyed on vinyl only.

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        7" Box Set Info: JUST FOUND TWO OF THESE RATHER LOVELY ERASED TAPES BOX SETS, FEAT. NILS fRAHM, OLAFUR ARNALDS, A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN ETC. fIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

                                                                                                        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!

                                                                                                        The followup to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here....

                                                                                                        Three years in the making, The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys...

                                                                                                        Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music.

                                                                                                        Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosm demonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Patrick says: Chakras fully aligned after their expansive introduction to America's new age movement, 'I Am The Center', Light In The Attic hop across the pond to explore the cosmic vibrations and healing frequencies of Europe's spirit guides. Floating through German kosmische, Italian ambient and prog Français, '(The Microcosm)' resonates deep within your soul, courses through your body and opens your mind wider than an orgonite overdose.

                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        3xLP Box Set Info: 3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase.

                                                                                                        The 04AM A-side contains two South-African 80’s Bubblegum tracks, revamped by young dj and producer Perdu. He provided the tracks with delicate intros and rearranged them with new percussion, synths and deeper basslines. On the flip Afrobot delivers two kind of New Beat cuts, making the originals more abstract by some heavy chopping, reducing the amount of samples used, and adding disco breaks to the track Jungle. Handstamped with another drawing by Frank Koedood.

                                                                                                        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).

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

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

                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                            100 Hits - The Best Northern Soul Album

                                                                                                              Featuring classic Northern soul tunes over a total of 5 CD's, including such revered and respected artists as :  Al Wilson, Shirley Ellis, Chairmen of the Board, The M.V.P’s, Robert Knight, Just Brothers, Freda Payne, Ike & Tina Turner, Little Richard, Al Green and many more..

                                                                                                              A perfect introductory collection, or for those collectors who want all of the classics in one place 

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica (Remastered Edition)

                                                                                                              This is the new digitally remastered 2015 expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling release, ‘100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica’.

                                                                                                              Since the album’s original release nearly 20 years ago, ‘100% Dynamite’ has become a cornerstone of reggae: 18 killer tracks that show the influence that American jazz, funk and soul music had on Jamaican reggae.

                                                                                                              The proximity of the West Indies to the USA meant that many Jamaican musicians were influenced by American styles of music whilst at the same time defining new styles of their own such as ska, rocksteady and dub.

                                                                                                              ‘100% Dynamite’ features some serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight reggae versions to soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

                                                                                                              ‘100% Dynamite’ also features revolutionary tunes such as Johnny Osbourne’s ‘We Need Love’, Sound Dimension’s ‘Drum Song’ and Lloyd Robinson’s ‘Cuss Cuss’, songs that helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the 60s and 70s.

                                                                                                              These influences went both ways - check Brentford All Stars’ massive ‘Greedy G’, the basis for Boogie Down Productions’ ‘Jack of Spades’, or Willie Williams’ ‘Armageddon Time’, later covered by The Clash.

                                                                                                              This new expanded edition features seminal tracks from the greatest Jamaican producers - Clement Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley (Techniques) and many more.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Philippa says: From vibrant ska and funky breakers to slower rocksteady and soulful roots reggae, this Soul Jazz collection is just jam(aica)-packed with Caribbean goodness!

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              1991: The Year Punk Broke

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

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

                                                                                                                Packed with 65 minutes of unseen bonus material.

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

                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                20 Years Of Dischord

                                                                                                                  Superb box set from Dischord Records, originally due for release to mark their 20th anniversary in 2000, it ended up taking a little while longer to get together! CDs one and two feature 50 tracks, one from each band on the label. The third CD contains 21 unreleased tracks from the likes of Minor Threat, Fugazi, Teen Idles, Scream, Govt. Issue. Also includes an interview from 1981 with various DC band members and an enhanced section with live footage of The Teen Idles, Untouchables, SOA, Faith, Void and Deadline. There's also a great 134-page booklet, with an overview of the label written by Henry Rollins and loads of rare band pics. An absolutely superb, must-have box set from this legendary and massively influential label.

                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                  Box set Info: Now available with extra download voucher for 14 extra tracks.

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  24 Hour Party People

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                                                                                                                  CD Info: Great soundtrack to this film about Factory Records and The Hacienda. Tracks from Happy Mondays, The Buzzcocks, New Order, 808 State, A Guy Called Gerald. Also includes a new New Order single and the Jon Carter remix of "24 Hour Party People".

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  3024 is back with a quintessentially unique and current take on the hardcore continuum with a brand new various artists EP featuring music by label head Martyn, advanced percussive science by Yak, midsummer melancholy by Baltra and avant-techno by the Manchester / Berlin duo Juniper.

                                                                                                                  Vacuum packed beats, piston drums, intricate micro samples and unfathomably sumptuous textures - this EPs got it all...As futureproof and as cutting edge as a Victorinox Swiss army knife! Check!

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

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  4 Vini - Forever Young

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

                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                  4xLP Info: Quadruple vinyl includes eight exclusive tracks, all on a breaks tip.

                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                  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 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 Quiet Riot

                                                                                                                  Great double CD compilation of laid back guitar stuff. 34 tracks from the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Low, Lambchop, Beta Band, Turin Brakes, Simian and Kings Of Convenience along with some great tracks from less established artists, The Bees, The Zephyrs, Baxter Dury....

                                                                                                                  A Ruff Guide To ARIWA' highlights the many types of Reggae Music released on the label from its start back in 1979. Artists featured include U Roy, Lee Perry, Max Romeo, General Levy and The Mad Professor exploring the sounds of Roots Reggae, D.J., Dub and Lovers Rock.

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

                                                                                                                  Somewhere between electro soul and melodramatic pop, this is music focused towards the youth and set in some strange dream.  
                                                                                                                  Aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. A project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
                                                                                                                  The compilation takes songs from three released projects of Aset, and one semi-unreleased single. Latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. The poster child of Aset. Treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. Whax, the high school boys who were a bit stranger; the silly side of Aset. All backed by The Aset Players. Release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, Mba Mbulu.

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Patrick says: Last time out Smiling C were introducing us to the Arabic rap of Shams Dinn, and the imprint continue to expand our musical horizons on their second release, a retrospective of D.C. community initiative Aset. Youthful electro, jazz-funk and street soul with a hint of freestyle thrown in for good measure. It's a killer curio that'll make you move.

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                    Terry Farley delivers a a special treat for the true acid connoisseurs in the form of this carefully selected 12" vinyl sampler from his definitive 5 CD "Acid Thunder" compilation. Rather than opting for a handful of tried, tested and frequently reissued acid classics, Terry has instead delved deep into his selection to hit us with a trio of underground and under rated floor fillers. On the A-side, DJ Rush provides a little dancefloor ECT with the screeching, squeeling and jacking action of "Lookin' For Excitement", a no holds barred assault of raw vinyl aggression. The flip gets its groove on with the solid sounds of Terrance McDonald's "Mind Over Matter", a deep, rolling electronic workout with building, epic synth lines and a jagged bassline that just won't quit. Steve Poindexter and Kareem Smith ropund the EP out in emotional fashion with the tribal rattle and sensuous pads of "To The Motherland" from way back in '88. Three tracks perfect for the DJs and vinyl lovers who slept first time around or to the new fans who have just discovered the windy city's own unique brand of machine funk and want to dig deeper!

                                                                                                                    Various Artists

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

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

                                                                                                                      Aciiiiiid (part 2)! This seminal Chicago acid house compilation first came out in 1988 as a single LP. What with Trax penchant for using the cheapest, most recycled, cruddy vinyl, and cramming all six tracks onto two sides of wax, the sound quality on the original release wasn't the most DJ-friendly to say the least. Now 'Acid Trax Volume 2' arrives fully remastered and spread over two pieces of vinyl for the first time. Reissued in conjunction with Trax 2015. DJ Pierre... Maurice Joshua... Lidell Townsell... Jack Frost... Mr. Lee... It's classics all the way!

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                                                                      Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                                                                                                      CD Info: CD with 44-page booklet.

                                                                                                                      Six years ago Mike Simonetti launched Italians Do It Better with the faultless "After Dark" compilation. It was one of those rare occasions when a label nails its sound and vision, wonderfully evocative of late night New York diners and subway cars decorated with graffiti, soundtracked by the blurred lines between disco, italo, new wave, post punk and 80s cinema. From that moment onwards the label has gone from strength to strength, its roster touring the world and creeping into the mainstream consciousness, especially after featuring in Bronson and Drive. "After Dark II" is a snapshot of where the label stands in the present day, collecting some of the best tracks from recent 12" singles as well as a number of brand new tracks exclusive to this release. Glass Candy kick things off with the heartfelt "Warm In The Winter", which could be the greatest 80s film soundtrack to never have been, and roll the credits with the brooding "Redheads Feel More Pain", a carpenter-esque track with Jewel's synths at their most intense and Ida No's vocals other worldly and Lynchian. Amongst the 13 tracks in between we hear ballads of love and longing from Chromatics ("Cherry" and "Camera"), Desire ("Tears From Heaven") and Mirage ("Let's Kiss"), cinematic synthwave from Mike Simonetti's Symmetry guise and analogue grooves from Glass Candy ("Beautiful Object" and "The Possessed"). But this compilation isn't just about the big names, the piano house inspired "Half Lives" by Twisted Wires is perfectly formed and Farah's "Into Eternity" is an utterlessly remorseless horror theme. New signings Appaloosa also turn in two stadium sized pop songs to whet your appetite for their forthcoming debut LP for the label. From the first note to the last, After Dark II is a flawless showcase of the sound the label created six years ago but shows that the artists involved have come on leaps and bounds in terms of songwriting.

                                                                                                                      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!!

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