MAGIC MIX

ALL GENRES

WEEK STARTING 7 Dec

Funk legends’ 7th Wonder and Blackbusters providing the grooves with these two singles. Daisy Lady is probably one of the slickest tracks ever, super funky drenched in synth. The flip side ‘Old Man’ is one of the catchiest songs ever, just let that bass flow over you!

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: If you were in need of some funk in your life then this is the one! Super charged grooves make this 7” a huge hit. It’s only had 300 copies made so won’t be hanging around.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe

Twenty four years into their existence, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. have circled the globe at least a few dozen times, released over 100 albums in their various guises and played thousands of shows.

In recent years, they’ve experienced seismic line up changes which has given them yet another new lease of life ... or a rebirth if you will. Original members Kawabata Makoto (guitar, speed guru) and Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer, noodle god) are now joined by Jyonson Tsu (vocal, midnight whistler), Satoshima Nani (drums, another dimension) and Wolf (bass, space & time) and as anyone that has seen the new line up live will testify, things have gone even more cosmic ...

‘Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe’ sees the band return to their old label Riot Season for the first time since 2012’s 'IAO Chant From The Melting Paraiso Underground Freak Out' (CD still available). Both label and band have gone on some wonderful journeys during that time apart but both felt the stars were finally correctly realigned to renew their partnership in all things weird.

Long time AMT fans will immediately recognise some of the song titles listed on the album sleeve here. But the songs themselves have been reworked and transformed far away from their original versions. New boy Jyonson Tsu's quiet, almost whispered vocals bring a whole new aura to proceedings, despite the familiar riffs hidden in the depths below them. It's so laid back in places it's practically horizontal, with only occasional trademark piercing guitar squeals threatening to destroy the peace and calm. The whole of side two is taken up with the twenty minute epic 'Black Summer Song' .. and if this is an indicator to where the AMT mothership is heading going forwards we're all in for another fucked up and magical ride.

If you stepped off the AMT ride over the years, possibly overwhelmed by the amount of releases they were once firing out ... it could be time to step back on it and check out where they're currently at. In a world that's more messed up than ever, we could all use a little break away from the norm, and nobody takes you as far away from the norm as possible as Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: I can feel the lysergamides oozing out of this one. Slow, hypnotic crescendos are broken by double time psychedelic freakouts before segueing into a simmering stoner dirge. A sprawling, transportative affair, and one to be taken in heroic abundance dried, and with the lights off. AMT do it once again.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: Limited edition mint green vinyl version.

Ltd LP Info: Limited edition 300 copies on black vinyl housed in a gloss finished 350gsm sleeve with download code.

CD Info: The CD version comes with a sixteen minute bonus song, a cover of Gong's 'Flying Teapot' which has never previously appeared on CD.

'Real' as opposed to 'unreal' raw house traxx for the clurbbbb with big catchy pianos, luscious synths, New York vibes & boomin' drumz.
The tempo is not that vigorous but it is not chuggy either! It is just the right tempo. Don't you like it when a fake sax as opposed to 'real' one suddenly appears on the middle of the track and effortless makes you start jumping and putting your hands in the air?

This is the potential you can achieve with these four killer tracks. There is an air of early house here but without being overwhelming. So you get the good bits without sounding old? Bring it on Afamoo, give us more of this very good thing. 



STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Well... if you want to have good time without being to cerebral about the genre, this is for you. Top draw house beats of the highest calibre. I mean it. I know I use that sentence too much but I really mean it. This is MY record of the week. Such feel good feeling does not come very often.

Hailing from Loomis, a small town outside of Sacramento, via Portland, Oregon – David worked as a sound engineer and session musician, featuring on multiple recordings by the likes of Birger Olsen, Brigid Mae Power, Brumes, The Beacon Sound Choir, Chantal Acda, Heather Woods Broderick, Jung Body, Masayoshi Fujita, and many more. He quickly found himself touring Europe with Peter, culminating in a Royal Festival Hall performance, and contributing the arresting voice and double bass piece Ahoy to the Erased Tapes 10th anniversary box set 1+1=X; only to return to where he started, Loomis, and finally write and record The Transition as his first full-length statement in just one month.

“At 26 years old, I found myself back in the town where I grew up, feeling a bit like a failure for not “making it” out there in the years I spent living and working on my own. I picked up a job working in a retirement home, surrounded by those who are at the very end of their lives, and they’ve kept saying the same thing: that they had no idea life would happen that fast. So I decided to make an album inspired by my recent experiences and stories I heard through working with them,” he explains.

With the release of The Transition, David Allred takes his place among the classic American songwriting tradition whilst revealing a peculiarity to his storytelling. Isolated and cut off from the outside world, David began unravelling his life and putting it on record. With a double bass in his bedroom and a piano in a church across the street, the stories started to unfold until a set of ten songs came to life. Vignettes and feelings from his own experiences, as well as characters he met along the way, inspired a rich tapestry of stories and melodies. Songs like the lead single The Garden show a maturity, depth and thoughtfulness beyond his years. Randy and Susan, a song about love, betrayal, greed and getting old, was made up from various stories David collected at his day job as a caretaker. It was written as a companion piece to Hey Stranger, “a poignant tale of a disappeared friend” (Mojo) from his collaborative release with Peter, and an attempt to make peace with this unresolved situation. 


Whether Radiance is a new scientific offshoot of Sacred Rhythm Music we're not sure, but we can confirm that it's produced by Joe Claussell under the name Alumina. "Simple" is quite simply a full-on spiritual house frenzy, with flute or another high pitched wind instrument going crazy over layered afro-Latin percussive house. The B-side version loses the flute and trimmings, with the 'Raw 93' regressing back to a straightforward Nu Groove edit.

Amor

Sinking Into A Miracle

    Sinking Into A Miracle is the debut album by Glasgow’s AMOR, a quartet of musical travellers exploring the sonic open-ended-ness of dance music. Following two critically acclaimed 12-inches, this is a fully developed treatise on ecstasy and transcendence. Here, Richard Youngs, Michael Francis Duch, Paul Thomson and Luke Fowler are more honed, razor sharp in focus and timing, testing their instrumental prowess on condensed song structures and new, enlightened feelings of expansive hope and bliss. From the outset, it’s an ambitious yet ultimately inclusive journey. Recorded to 24-track tape at Chem 19 and mixed by Paul Savage and Richard McMaster (Golden Teacher), this full length retains the elastic grooves of Paradise and Higher Moment, the group’s previous singles, but relinquishes the classic Philadelphia International-tinged sound in favor of looser rhythmic patterns. There are new depths to the compositions: a more free-flowing approach to percussion and deft experiments in hybridity make for a full and rounded, emotionally tinged record. Indeed, there are times when AMOR sound like the lost house band from David Mancuso’s Loft parties: Richard Youngs’ uplifting, gospel-tinged lyrics talk about moving beyond, universal truths, sailing through the horizon. It’s a wideeyed optimism Mancuso would perhaps have approved of and which is embroidered with spectral details that begs to be auditioned on large, tweaked out sound-systems.
    Fantastic cover art by Robert Beatty.

    More than just a detail, the “.” in Aftermath’s Anderson .Paak’s name is a shot fired, putting the world on notice of an artist unlike anything the twenty-first century has ever seen. With a soulful essence harkening back to the iconic voices of the seventies, yet embodying a raw uniqueness fully present in the now, the acclaimed singer/rapper/drummer/producer has successfully alchemized a cross-section of musical styles – R&B, hip-hop, and dance – into a solid, undeniable, irresistible “genre-less sound.” A rabid worldwide fan base, praise from critics at outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Times, and Pitchfork, and electrifying appearances on talk shows including Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at festivals around the globe have all cemented .Paak’s place as one of the most premier artists on the music scene today.
     
    Born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, his extraordinary talent was fully realized under the name Anderson .Paak with his debut Venice and a stellar six-song run on Dr. Dre’s certified Gold COMPTON album, culminating in the perfect storm of his sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu. A seamless tsunami of soul-stirring, body-shaking, infectious and deeply-personal songs with features by artists such as ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli and power producers including 9th Wonder, Robert Glasper, Kaytranada and more, Malibu was met with universal rave reviews, major nominations, including Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album Grammy nods, and a hail of award wins. In late 2016, .Paak and producer Knxwledge – as the duo NxWorries - released the album Yes Lawd!, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

    With impressive collaborations with acts such as Mac Miller (whose song Dang! featuring .Paak was certified Gold), a stream of requests to work with renowned artists, and instantly recognizable hits in national ad campaigns, popular television shows, and on the big screen, .Paak is now ready for his next major move with the release of his highly-anticipated first album on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label.

    The world can hardly wait...


    Arre! Arre!

    A.t.t.a.c.k.

      Punk Slime Recordings are proud to present the debut LP from Malmö quartet Arre! Arre!, for the first time available outside of Scandinavia. The album, titled A.T.T.A.C.K was released in 2015 on Rundgång Rekords, a surfy riot grrrl explosion that took Scandinavia by storm – it was nominated for the prestigious P3 Guld award for best rock album of 2015 and won the award for independent punk album of the year at the Manifest awards. After touring around Scandinavia the band took some time off to regroup, with vocalist/basist Katja Nielsen forming Von K (who released their debut album earlier this year on PNKSLM).

      Now signed to PNKSLM Recordings (ShitKid, Les Big Byrd, HOLY etc) Arre! Arre! are currently finishing up the long-awaited follow-up to A.T.T.A.C.K, which will arrive in the spring of 2019, and in the meantime we’re extremely proud to finally share one of the best Swedish rock records of the past decade with the world outside of Scandinavia – and offering up the last few copies of the original Rundgång Rekords pressing, limited to 500 copies.

      Bakground follows up his humungous release for E-Beamz and RSD with a back-to-the-raw jungle, DnB and bassline white label on Lobster.

      Having honed a early 90's breakbeat infused sound that gives a heavy nod to London and the Good Lookin' sound, this handstamped five-tracker explores his scintillating sound pallet, cycling through scuffed & muffled jungle, heavy-chopped drum 'n' bass and womping bassline-garage-house.

      Seriously sub-heavy club weapons incoming!



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Sil says: Straight to the jugular 90s jungle is the name of the game. No bull. Just that. Ravey and punchy with tons of adrenaline ready to invade the whole club. Total devastation without being nonsensical. Are you ready for this? Are you really? Then get a copy pronto!

      JJ Barnes

      Candy / For Your Precious Love

        Detroit legends come together for some previously unissued material. J J Barnes teamed up with ex Motown producers Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey during the late 1970's early 1980's and recorded one song penned by Mr Barnes called "Candy". A brilliant feel good modern soul disco tune where he lusts for the sultry "Candy" She certainly was a woman In demand with songs by Brothers of soul and later on the famous Cameo tune! Flip it over and we have a superb rendition of Jerry Butlers' "For Your Precious Love". 


        Myra Barnes / Barbara Gwen

        The Message From The Soul Sisters / Right On

        The Soopastole label have pulled out all the stops again by bringing us Myra Barnes and Barbara Gwen for this limited-run 7”. Soul sensation Myra’s ‘The Message From The Soul Sisters’ is an absolute classic to treasure from the golden era. Barbara Gwen also brings the best of the best with ‘Right On’. Only 300 copies made so be quick!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        7" Info: Limited to 300 copies.

        People Must Jam return to their Collector's Cuts series after a lengthy delay (two years since this one first hit the presales!), taking us on a trip to Hamburg to visit Growing Bin gentleman Basso. If you've paid any attention to our staff recommendations over the last few years you'll be well acquainted with Growing Bin Records, a home to the esoteric, ecstatic and frankly mind blowing. Whether he's ahead of the reissue pack, introducing us to German jazz-funk rarities, woodland kosmische and Iranian fusion, or bossing the end of year charts with Aussie ambient, French library sounds and textural house, Basso's constantly looking for something new, different and essential.

        This should come as no surprise, since the Hamburg native started Growing Bin as a blog and online shop dedicated to his first love - digging! As my personal first port of call for rare record information or wine recommendations, Basso is a generous man with a sophisticated palate - and an insane record collection. Here he dives deep into the bin to splice together four exquisite selections for late nights, early mornings or afternoons on the yacht. 

        We're in tropical territories on the A1, enjoying a breakfast mimosa on the cape while the steel pans, lilting groove and toasty bass of "Bumba" roll on and on. As jazzy as my trademark shirts, smoother than Silvestre's latin charms and madder than Matt on the staff party, this dreamboat docks at headband bay for a glorious guitar solo before erupting into an echo-drenched climax of lunatic laughter. Before you ask, the "Ol Dirty Vinyl" style skip-out before the solo is supposed to be there, embrace the oddness and imagine Basso winking behind the decks. Onto the A2 and the floor-filling, club killing sound of "Jane's Addiction", a top notch Kwaito groover which demands shoulder rolling, side stepping and fist pumping from the off. Plastic synth sounds, bubbling bass, BIG vocals and a hot hook - need I say more?

        Bump to the B-side and take a deep breath for some BOOOOOGGGGGIIIIIEEEEE (Randy Brunson TM)! Slipping into some freshly pressed chinos and winding its body like a snake is "Novo Espectaculo", a Portugeuse / Brazillian heater for warm ups, rub downs and Balearic party sets. Blessed with the kind of tight, pocket dwelling groove you could loop giddily for at least four hours, this Portuguese tart takes us through melodic MPB vocals, fusion guitar licks and crazed drunk-at-the-carnival breakdowns before leaving our heart lighter and our limbs significantly looser. Last but not least, Basso treats us to an expert edit of a German synth funk rarity, appearing here as "Gioco Sporco In Palazzo". Now, the keen eared among you may have heard this new waver recut for Il Bosco and The Bat's Red Laser release, and our close friend Bosco actually bought a copy of this cut from the Growing Bin. Well, while this one languished in the pressing plant queue, Mancunia's finest editors beat old Basso to the punch, but now you have another ace option for B2B DJ extension, drag backs or other technical jocking. Emotive vocals, percolating sequences and ace FX make this a fitting end to a fine EP. Basso ftw!

        Mondo is proud to present Tyler Bates bombastic score to this summer's equally bombastic and hilarious film Deadpool 2. Coming off hot from his previous collaborations with director David Leitch, composer Tyler Bates (Atomic Blonde, John Wick) has joined forces with Leitch once more bring his impeccable skills to the enormous and meta world of the merc with a mouth. Epic in scope, but willing to be in on the joke, Bates' score practically interacts with the plot of the film - bouncing from fast paced action set pieces, choruses proclaiming "Holy Shit Balls," to tender, and sincere moments of clarity. Much like the filmmaking on display, it is harder than it sounds to perfect this balance of tone.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: If you've never seen Deadpool, it's a huge, bombastic journey filled with quick one-liners, ridiculous action and tense, atmospheric highs. Bates' score fits so perfectly into the films (having also produced the soundtracks to films like Guardians of the galaxy and Watchmen, he's no stranger to atmosphere), that it's almost inseparable from the on-screen action. It's surprising then that every inch of the emotional heft is felt sans-images. A beautiful journey all-round.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: 180g red and black vinyl.

        Bauhaus

        Burning From The Inside

          Late 2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus. To celebrate, Beggars Arkive is reissuing six records from the band’s catalogue on limited edition coloured vinyl.

          Formed in 1978, The legendary and hugely influential quartet hailed from Northampton, England and is comprised of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. The dark, dramatic music that they made, possessed far more force, variety and playfulness than the "founding fathers of goth" tag that is always attached to them.

          Bauhaus' landmark debut album, In the Flat Field, came out towards the end of 4AD's first eventful year. Following the plan at the time, the band then "moved upstairs" to Beggars Banquet, for whom they cut three further albums before dissolving in 1983. They charted with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”, they’ve been and namechecked by everyone from Nine Inch Nails, Sepultura, Janes Addiction, MGMT, Interpol, Bjork, Nirvana and more.

          Burning From The Inside was Bauhaus’ fourth album and was the last of their studio albums of this era, released just after the band’s breakup in 1983. This was mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: Blue vinyl LP.

          Bauhaus

          Crackle - Best Of

            Late 2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus. To celebrate, Beggars Arkive is reissuing six records from the band’s catalogue on limited edition coloured vinyl.

            Formed in 1978, The legendary and hugely influential quartet hailed from Northampton, England and is comprised of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. The dark, dramatic music that they made, possessed far more force, variety and playfulness than the "founding fathers of goth" tag that is always attached to them.

            Bauhaus' landmark debut album, In the Flat Field, came out towards the end of 4AD's first eventful year. Following the plan at the time, the band then "moved upstairs" to Beggars Banquet, for whom they cut three further albums before dissolving in 1983. They charted with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”, they’ve been and namechecked by everyone from Nine Inch Nails, Sepultura, Janes Addiction, MGMT, Interpol, Bjork, Nirvana and more.

            A “best-of” collection of songs. Contains the studio version of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. All Music described it as “an excellent single-disc overview of the group's brief career, containing all of their essential songs, from "In the Flat Field" and "Bela Lugosi's Dead" to "Ziggy Stardust" and "Burning from the Inside…it's nice that there's finally a thorough single-disc retrospective of the groundbreaking goth quartet” and Pitchfork said it is “a fine retrospective of the material that both Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson claim was a “major influence” of their music.”

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xColoured LP Info: Ruby coloured vinyl.

            The Bayara Citizens

            Mafungo

              Previously only available in Japan, the Bayara Citizens are Joe Claussell's new project on Spiritual Life sister-label Sacred Rhythm Music. Gathering a tight band, he embarks on some live spiritual house playing with layers of scope. Amongst the extra bits is a version of Mental Remedy's "Obatala" recorded live in Japan before an appreciative crowd. Long out of print, and available now in very limited quantities, this is your chance to own a true spiritual house classic.

              Greg Beato

              Cum In Peace

              Miami's Greg Beato rolling it out on his own Ni Un Pero label. 2 tough old box jams on this one. "Chingo" couples a heavily distorted electronic kick with saturated pads and the iconic Roland 'rim shot' for a head's-in-the-clouds, post-peak face melter. "Tricky LSD" imparts wild, flailing, resonating acid lines onto another flatlined, skeletal drum groove.

              Up there with the best of his LIES & Apron output and certainly club ready! Limited edition 12" - bag it while you can!


              Bentley Rhythm Ace formed in Birmingham in 1996 when ex Pop Will Eat Itself bassist Richard March and DJ Michael Stokes discovered a shared love of obscure, oddball and eccentric tunes. Utilising lo-fi cut and paste sampling techniques combined with analogue synths and some wild turntable action their debut EP was picked up by Fatboy Slim’s Brighton based Skint Records and released to widespread acclaim. The BRA live show added Fuzz Townshend on drums and James Atkin (ex EMF vocalist) on keyboards and the latter years of the 90s saw BRA firmly established as festival favourites with appearances at Glastonbury, Reading, V, T in the Park, Montreux Jazz and Fuji Rock amongst many others.

              Their irreverent approach mixed with big beats, thundering bass, wild synths and esoteric samples proved to be a hit with fans and critics alike. 1998 saw Bentley Rhythm Ace crowned 'Best Dance Act' in that year’s NME awards. Their eponymous debut album was given a worldwide release after the Bentleys signed to Parlophone records and the band toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia and USA. As well as releasing a highly regarded DJ mix album on Ministry of Sound, and releasing a second album for Parlophone (featuring vocals from Black Grape / Ruthless Rap Assassins frontman Kermit), BRA also produced well received remixes for the Beastie Boys and Supergrass as well as soundtracking several TV shows and adverts. This "21st Birthday - Bonus Tracks Edition" of the album has been compiled by Richard March of the band and includes the original 11 track album along with 2 bonus tracks remastered and repressed to vinyl for the first time in almost two decades! Presented in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, complete with original artwork and comprehensive sleeve notes for all thirteen tracks written for this release by Richard March. One of the nineties genuinely credible and highly UK centric acts, file next to: Freddie Fresh, The Chems, Leftfield and Propellerheads - a band to be celebrated!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Another classic from the golden years of breaks, TV advertising and high budget A&R. The landscape's changed somewhat since this came out in 1997 - but thankfully the content still rocks!

              The Bevis Frond

              We're Your Friends, Man

                A 90 minute blast of grown up angst that engages the best classic rock touchstones from Young and Stills guitar battles to Love’s tender melodies, Dinosaur Jr’s buzzsaw guitars and Hendrix at his most expressive. “Harking back to the liberating songcraft of The Beatles but with a jagged edge, intense swathes and swerving changes that give it a transatlantic propulsion, a kinship with the likes of Husker Du.” Record Collector. Featuring a selection of poignant pop songs impregnated with mature riffs and memorable one liners from the pen of the much covered (Lemonheads, Mary Lou Lord, Teenage Fanclub, Walkingseeds) Nick Saloman. Embracing Saloman’s tongue in cheek one liners and clever use of prose, ‘We’re Your Friends, Man’ bristles with incisive wit and poignant observations. Press Quotes : “Arguably Britrock’s most prolific one man cottage industry.” Uncut // “Saloman is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist influenced by a slew of guitar heroes.” Big Takeover // “For the past 30 years, one man has kept the psych freak flag flying.” 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                Bobby Bird / Lyn Collins

                Hot Pants - I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming / Mama Feelgood

                Funk never sounded so good! Bobby Bird and Lyn Collins are side by side on this upbeat 7” brought to us by Soopastole. ‘Hot Pants I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming’ which is quite the title, can make anyone get up and boogie. ‘Mama Feelgood’ is also just as soulful with powerful vocal game from Lyn!

                Composed and performed by The Blasting Company (Brandon Armstrong, Joshua Kaufman, Justin Rubenstein) Over The Garden Wall is a one of a kind experience. Created by Patrick McHale, it tells the story of two brothers named Wirt and Greggory (voiced by Elijah Wood & Collin Dean) on a mysterious Dante-esque journey home through a world known only as "The Unknown": a place filled with colorful characters and incredible musical interludes, all of which are captured on this comprehensive soundtrack release.

                Produced by the composers themselves, this album features 32 tracks, a mix of song and score from the mini-series. This release is essential for fans of the show... and that's a Rock Fact!


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: Haunting folk melodies, deep south Americana and wistful instrumental country make up the backbone of this evocative and beautiful collection, peppered with near-spoken word and plucked orchestral movements, this is a stunning soundtrack for appreciators of the series or otherwise. A worthy addition either way.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: 180g vinyl.

                Bolla

                Afrikan Basement Sangre

                Originally awarded as a gift for those who purchased "Afrikan Basement Vinyl 1" and "Afrikan Basement Vinyl 2", "Sangre" got a brief repress in 2017 and somehow copies have managed to find their way over the pond and into the shop once more (god knows how long they'll last... - ed).

                "Sangre" is uptempo afro-house goodness from the off. A incessant conga line trails through high life guitar licks and rooted b-line. More guitars eventually join the mix, panned wide in the stereo field as the rich majesty of Claussell's production slowly unravels before our ears. Absolutely genius!




                Two sides of impenetrable spiritual beats and effects ostensibly produced by Joe Claussell under the Bolla name. Part One consists of water noises, various hand drums and cowbells that build up layer upon layer before ebbing slowly away. Part Two is a fuller embodiment of the rhythm with vocal chanting, ethnic additions and - most importantly - a bassline.

                The second part of Joe Claussell's projected ten-part X.periments 7" series on Sacred Rhythm features an accapella ("Part Three") take on the previous release and a somewhat stripped back rendition with the emphasis on the keyboard solo ("Part Four").

                The Bronx

                New Joy

                  Fifteen years ago, The Bronx appeared in a storm of attack-mode guitars, apocalyptic rhythms, screaming aggression and sneering disdain for the status quo. In 2017, as The Bronx resurface with their fifth eponymous album (and first in four years), the Los Angeles-based quintet has lost none its pugnacity. “The Bronx V,” as it is destined to be known, is as hard-hitting, confrontational and relevant as ever. And while it may or may not sound more grown-up than their vein-bulging early releases, they will not apologize either way. “It has the angst and social commentary that has characterized us from the beginning,” guitarist Joby J. Ford says, “only now the angst is aimed at more than just superficial things and the social commentary is directed at more than just people who like different music than us.” Says singer Matt Caughthran: “We still have a lot to prove to ourselves.” Coming from a band that has persevered for a decade and a half, that sounds outlandish. Moreover, they've led dual lives for the past eight years, maintaining an alter ego as Mariachi El Bronx that as is as true to that form of music as their hardcore is to the punk ethos. Prove themselves? Yes, that’s the way the Los Angeles-based quintet thinks and works. 

                  Craig Brown Band

                  Big City Small Town

                    The Craig Brown Band is back with a dizzying new garage-country 7”, their first songs since the release of debut album The Lucky Ones Forget. Much has happened for the group since the album’s release, from touring with Dwight Yoakam (based solely on Dwight’s observance of the magnetism of their powerful live show) to opening for Jack White at the huge Little Caesars Arena concert in Detroit. And now, this new single will be accompanying Craig and the band on their first trip overseas to Europe, featuring new bassist and longtime Liquor Store co-conspirator Derek “Block” Warren.

                    “Big City Small Town” is a little country rock groover that depicts a very familiar scene for anyone who’s lived in a midsize city; word travels quickly, so own who you are and what you do 100%. “Tell Me” is a charmingly concise and heartfelt appeal for a little fulfillment, from answering life’s big questions to enjoying a good song with someone who cares.

                    David Byrne

                    True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack

                      In conjunction with The Criterion Collection’s special-edition DVD and Blu-ray release of David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, Nonesuch and Todomundo Records release a comprehensive soundtrack, collected for the first time in one package and in film sequence: True Stories, A Film by David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack. David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind. Byrne plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness. As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyper-realistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings.

                      In True Stories, Byrne uses his songs to stitch together pop iconography, voodoo rituals, and a singular variety show. Byrne calls the record “an immersive audio voyage into the little town of Virgil, Texas, in the mid-eighties.” He continues, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way. Me singing the song that was written for John Goodman’s character, Louis Fine, always felt weird to me. It was written for that character, not for me.”

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xLtd LP Info: Heavyweight 140 gram high-performance double vinyl.

                      Chris Carter

                      Miscellany

                        CHRIS CARTER, who recently released his first solo album release in 17 years, the acclaimed Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One, has announced details of Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 Coursework, a new EP featuring remixes from Daniel Avery, Chris Liebing, the Radiophonic Workshop as well as a rare track, ‘Bongo Glow’, previously only available on the Japanese edition of the album.

                        Radiophonic Workshop, an important influence to Carter on the recent album, have remixed very few artists but for this EP the recently reactivated pioneering electronic experimenters have reworked ‘Blissters’. Chris Liebing’s reworking of ‘Tones Map’ is the latest in his Burn Slow series (which includes remixes of Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and a brand new album release), ‘Bongo Glow’ was recorded after Chemistry Lessons Volume One was completed, and Daniel Avery’s remix of ‘Uysring’, the first track to be shared from the EP, can be heard here: http://smarturl.it/CC-COURSEWORK

                        In addition, Chris Carter has announced the first details of a new box set of his early work, collating remastered (and mastered for the first time) solo albums alongside a disc of unreleased archival recordings from 1973-1977.

                        Chris Carter’s Miscellany will be available as a limited - 1000 - 6-piece vinyl box set with 12-page 12” sized booklet featuring rare and unseen images, synthesiser schematics and ephemera from Chris Carter’s archive. Both Disobedient and Small Moon will be available here for the first time on vinyl. The CD box set will contain 4-CDs and a 24-page booklet.


                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        6xLP Box Set Info: 6 piece vinyl box set with 12 page 12" sized booklet
                        Contains the solo albums:
                        Mondo Beat (clear vinyl) - 1985.
                        Disobedient (double purple vinyl) - 1998 - includes new track 'Disobedient Redux'.
                        Small Moon (double white vinyl) - 1999 - includes new track 'Small Moon Redux'.
                        Archival Recordings 1973 to 1977 (blue vinyl) - album of unreleased recordings.

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                        4xCD Box Set Info: 4 CD box set with 24 page booklet
                        Contains the solo albums:
                        Mondo Beat - 1985.
                        Disobedient - 1998 - includes new track 'Disobedient Redux'.
                        Small Moon - 1999 - includes new track 'Small Moon Redux'.
                        Archival Recordings 1973 to 1977 - album of unreleased recordings.

                        Chaos In The CBD

                        Accidental Meetings EP

                          Chaos In The CBD's Ben & Louis Helliker-Hales team up with long-time friend and collaborator Jon Sable to present their new imprint In Dust We Trust. Opening the label is the impeckable (har har) duo, with four tracks effortlessly moving through delicate textures, organic percussion and late night atmosphere. It begins with the late night basement sounds of the title track, then sends you through the spacious and meditative "North Pole Cafe". The wild rhythms of "United Identities" are sure to hypnotize you, until you find yourself spat out by the energetic grooves of "Distorted Fields". Sounding as good in the club is it does hot boxing a Nisan Micra on ASDA car park late at night, it sees Chaos In The CBD really flourish, not just as producers but now as label heads in their own right - cementing their lively, percussion driven brand of house music as one of the leading lights in the UK underground. 2017's gonna be one hell of a year I can feel it.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Chaos In The CBD kick off their new label with four tracks in their patented, percussion-driven, deep house stylee.

                          Alec Cheer

                          Night Kaleidoscope – Original Soundtrack

                          An incredible 'modern electronic-based score to underground psychedelic detective vampire indie drama' composed by Alec Cheer.

                          There is little history here as this is a new release – but this is simply an amazing modern score to a film you may never have heard about (one directed by Grant McPhee). What sets this score apart is its clinical post-modern feel - with influences including Mica, John Carpenter, Brian Eno, Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, even with whispers of the 1980s, as well as a musical feel a little like the classic "Drive" soundtrack.

                          Yet with all these influences composer Alec Cheer somehow manages to create a new work that sounds unlike any other. It’s dark, bewitching, mesmerizing, ear-catching and even quite banging in parts. Look, it must be good, otherwise Jonny Trunk would not be pressing it. And with a spelling mistake too. 


                          Chi-Lites

                          Are You My Woman (Tell Me So) / Stoned Out Of My Mind

                          Serious ‘70s Chi-lites business, remastered officially from the Brunswick back catalogue. Infamously sampled for Beyonce mega-hit ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)’ is a huge slice of soulful, funk gold. Marrying Eugene Record’s falsetto alongside Creadel "Red" Jones' animated bass tones it screams flash, feel-good, funk - none more so than when the collective combine for those delectable vocal harmonies. Woven in behind - a heavy bassline, masterful drumming and that crazed horn section, creating a certified recipe for deep-seated desire.
                          The flip see’s the sumptuous ‘Stoned Out Of My Mind’ demonstrating, once again, Record’s magical falsetto, delivered in such a personal way you’ll leave thinking you’re the one who’s gone messed up his mind. Enhanced even further by the dazzling string and horn sections and those choice group harmonies, it’s got a psychedelic tinge to it that serves its namesake all too well.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Millie says: I’m still buzzing after hearing that Beyoncé sample when this record was put on in the shop yesterday, beautifully woven into one of the catchiest songs in a long time. So so good!

                          Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one in his repertoire of reworks sound effortless – no mean feat when the original tracks are by the some of disco’s greatest musicians. He has a long history of remixing classic records, starting in the late 80s and culminating in this achievement of a lifetime, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix.

                          This 10-track album features brand new remixes alongside all the much-loved essentials that have resonated with artists from Frankie Knuckles to Disclosure, Gilles Peterson to Mark Ronson. Alongside the reworks – three of which have never been released before – are instrumentals of each, most also previously unreleased, for the ultimate bumper pack. To create the project, Dimitri was entrusted to use the original studio masters from circa 1978 - 1980 that feature all of the individually recorded musical and vocal elements. The majority of these songs are for the first time given a respectful new mix and arrangement, unveiling never-before-heard performances, turning the spotlight on the beautiful orchestrations of one the most unique and highly-revered production duos of the Disco era and beyond; Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, along with their CHIC organization of musicians.

                          Kicking off with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can, the album delves next into ‘Lost In Music’ and a new mix of CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’. Norma Jean’s life-affirming ‘Saturday’, originally co-written by Nile Rodgers in 1978, is given a remix of cinematic proportions, no doubt set to become the climax of many Dimitri DJ sets to come. Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the Disco power group, is given the Dimitri treatment with an extended mix, drawing out the string motifs, showcasing unheard sections from the original master tapes, sounding better than ever. Further exclusives include ‘Forbidden Lover’ and another Sister Sledge masterpiece, ‘Got To Love Somebody’ with cowbell and horns resplendent. More highlights include new mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the final track, an underdog from French chanson singer turned one-time Disco act, Sheila & B Devotion ‘Your Love Is Good’, a euphoric high to close on and another using many elements from never-heard-before outtakes.

                          Through Disco grooves and meticulously reverent production, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix gets to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form. This album is a demonstration of how captivating the sound of a full orchestra of musicians can be, compared to today’s largely computer generated offerings – celebrating the eternally endearing qualities of some of Nile Rodger’s best-selling records, not to mention, for over 40 years, the unquestionable power of a great Disco record.


                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          5xLP Info: The Box is a numbered Limited Edition of 1000 units
                          5 x 180 gram vinyl
                          Printed parts finished with a soft touch matte lamination.
                          Box art uses a matte silver foil for the silver parts.
                          The box will come with packed with a ‘press photo’ insert of CHIC & Dimitri.

                          Chicago Gangsters

                          Gangster Boogie / Why Did You Do It

                          “Gangster Boogie” is a club classic in its own right as well as being one of the most famous Hip Hop samples from back in the days. It was the backing to the LL COOL J anthem “Mama said knock you out”. "Why Did You Do It" is a heavy downbeat funk track with great drum loops and a lot of groove. 

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Millie says: The funkiest track around has to be awarded to Chicago Dancers, slick guitar riffs and heavy saxophone. It's very very limited so don't hang about.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          7" Info: Original 45 cut, limited to 500 copies.

                          Originally released on White House Records & remastered from digital masters by Robert Macciochi, this EP should need no introduction to the old skool cru. Out in 1992 as free party fever gripped the UK, one discogs user states: 'First heard this tune at a Spiral Tribe rave on a hill near Stroud at about 8am. What a tune! It went on to become one of the massive rave anthems of a Summer rammed out with anthems. Some people may complain that it was overplayed but it deserved it.'

                          Although rearing its head on numerous CD comps plus a badly pressed various artists EP, neither "Baptised By Dub" and "Rebaptised By Dub" have been repressed from the original sources since their first inception - meaning this is probably the best quality version of these killer rave anthems you're ever likely to hear!

                          Characterized by a storming 'Apache' breakbeat, the odd 'go with the flo' & 'beat the system' rave vox and darn right humongous piano line this epitomizes the sound and energy of 1992 - for many the golden year of break hardcore. Now back with both mixes alongside "Flynns Theme" and "Headhunter 1" this is one record for the old and new camps alike!

                          All the massive!


                          Rachael Dadd

                          Spark Illuminate / The Holly And The Ivy

                            British folk singer Rachael Dadd takes the holly and ivy as the central theme of her Christmas single, released as part of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, and pressed on snow white vinyl. In pre-Christian times, the holly and the ivy were symbols of the male and female sex. When christianity arrived, the holly and ivy were given new meaning, the holly symbolizing Jesus and the ivy Mary. The holly and ivy, that keep their colours in the winter, became a Christmas decoration, and are the reason why green and red are seen as the colours of Christmas. Rachael covers the 19th Century English carol ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ on the B-side of her single and uses that carol as an inspiration for her original on the A-side, the poetic ‘Spark Illuminate’. With just her beautiful voice and a prepared piano (a piano that has its sounds altered by placing objects on or between the strings), Rachael creates an atmopshere of stillness and intimacy, to warm your heart during those cold days of Christmas.

                            Rachael Dadd is a contemporary folk singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol, England and on the Japanese island of Mukaishima. She is married to Japanese experimental musician ICHI, with whom she also regularly performs, live and on record. Rachael debuted in 2004 with the album ‘Summer/Autumn Recordings’. The album was followed by a string of releases on labels like Broken Sound, Talitres, and Japanese labels Angel’s Egg and Sweetdreams Press. Over the years, Rachael has played festivals like Glastonbury, End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness and No Direction Home and toured the UK, Europe and Japan several times, alone or with acts like This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Alessi’s Ark. Besides as a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Dadd, who is a graduate from art school, is also a practicing and exhibiting artist.


                            "You Know What It’s Like" is an album for inbetween days, and occupies inbetween states: plain-speaking pop, disorientated by dub. Psychedelic folk delivered with (post-)punk economy. Drifting in space while still tethered to the ground. Astral tones blurred with earth sounds: wood, bone, breath, skin, dirt. Ending and beginning, dying and becoming. Longing for adventure and an unquiet life. Struggling to get out of bed. This is Carla dal Forno’s debut solo album, following time in cult Melbourne group Mole House and an earlier association with Blackest Ever Black as a member of F ingers and Tarcar. Her voice is an extraordinary instrument: both disarmingly conversational and glacially detached. It has something of the bedsit urbanity of Anna Domino, Marine Girls, Antena, or Helen Johnstone - stoned and deadpan - but it can also summon a gothic intensity that Nico or Kendra Smith would approve of. This voice is the perfect embodiment of dal Forno's emotionally ambiguous songs: their lyrics rooted in the everyday, observing and exposing a series of uncomfortable truths. This voice asks difficult questions of singer, subject, and sung-to. And of course there are no simple answers. Singles "Fast Moving Cars" and "What You Gonna Do Now?" weigh up claustrophobia against loneliness, inertia against acceleration, doubling down versus taking off; the title track acknowledges the provisional nature of love and 'real' intimacy, then decides to brave it anyway. By the time we arrive at the startlingly sparse "The Same Reply", the impermanence of all things is something that can no longer be tolerated, and the sense of dejection is absolute. The vocal-led pieces are interspersed with richly evocative instrumentals, like Eno’s "Another Green World" reimagined in shades of brown and blue. Smothered in tape-hiss and reverb, the seasick synthesizer miniatures "Italian Cinema" and "Dragon Breath" channel the twilit DIY whimsy of Flaming Tunes and Call Back The Giants. "DB Rip"'s drum machine and bassline are pure Chicago house, but then its dark choral drones nod to Dalis Car's dreams of blood-spattered Cornwall stone. "Dry The Rain" drinks from a stream of eldritch, home-brewed moon musick that runs through Coil, In Gowan Ring, Third Ear Band, even the Raincoats’ Odyshape, and into the woods.

                            Unknown Truths is the debut album from Tony Beardsley (aka Dark Strands). What can be said about this album…for one, it is a body of work that has been crafted as a labour of love with sources of inspiration taken from the late 80’s underground warehouse parties and clubs where no one speed or style of music was played…curve balls as they say, was a good thing. Ambitious maybe…but the only aim of the album was to actually not to have one. No one genre or concept can be applied, but this is not by design, purely accidental as the music weaves between various electronic strands and rhythm forms. It’s fair to say that his music has not been compromised to follow latest trends or fashion. It is for everyone, but no one. Its only true purpose is to liberate senses and provide a lasting sonic soundtrack to the modern age.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: A brilliantly evocative collision of VHS saturated retro-futurism, throbbing basement electronics and pulsing, cosmic scree. Hoga Nord have never been one to be scared of diversifying their sound (so much so i'd struggle to define their 'Sound' except that it's always good, and this is no exception. Completely brilliant and thoroughly essential.

                            Daytoner

                            Apache Street / Michael’s Incredible Twin

                              18 months after the digital release on Daytoner's 'Shedits 3' EP, 'Apache Steet' finally gets pressed to limited edition 7" wax by Dinked Records/Friday’s Funky 45. This mash of Lou Rawls' tales of tough times with Michael Viner's famous Apache break has proved popular with funk, soul and breaks DJs, holding it's own in Juno Download's Breakbeat Top 10 for a year leading to discerning DJs demanding a vinyl pressing. On the flip is another Apache fuelled monster, 'Michael's Incredible Twin', this time supplying the Skatalites to breaks DJs having featured on the digital 'Shedits 2' EP back in 2016.

                              Eumir Deodato / Os Catedraticos

                              Ataque

                              After moving from Rio de Janeiro to New York in the late 60’s, Deodato would work as a composer, arranger, producer and keyboardist on nearing 500 records, under his own name and with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Frank Sinatra, Kool & The Gang, George Benson, Tom Jobim and Bjork, to name a just a few.

                              But before that, a young Deodato had already cemented his status in Brazil as one of the country’s top musical minds. In the mid-sixties, when he wasn’t working with the likes of Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, and Marcos Valle, Deodato recorded a string of albums with his lesser known instrumental samba jazz and bossa nova ensemble Os Catedraticos.

                              A masterpiece of hip Brazilian swing, Ataque reflects the deeper, groovier side of that magical, hazy sound of sixties Rio, with monster samba grooves backing big brass arrangements and scorching organ solos. Amongst Deodato’s own tracks, there are compositions by Marcos & Paulo Sergio Valle, Baden Powell and Luiz Bonfa, arranged for a big horn section, which includes trombone player Edson Maciel, and given an extra dose of cool from the inimitable drums of Wilson Das Neves and Ruebens Bassini on percussion.

                              One of Brazil’s most prolific artists, Eumir Deodato has racked up 16 platinum albums, won a Grammy (and been nominated for two more), and sold over 250 million records in the USA alone.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              The boys from Hageby are back on RNT Reserve with an EP packed full of lush deepness and dancefloor magic. From the cheeky bounce of "Found Love", the slow burn of "Hageby In Your Eyes", and the boogie-inflected "Ain’t The Way", this record is right for just about any mood. And that’s saying nothing of the standout gem of the 12” - the official D2 remix of the Byron Stingily classic "Get Up (Everybody)", which juxtaposes the ubiquitous soaring vocal over a thunderous low end pulse, making for a monster latenite face-melter of a track!

                              Guy & Howard return, older & wiser this time round, exploring a depth of influences across these five special tracks which draw from their love of African rhythms, deep house, disco and vocal jazz.

                              'All of these tracks are sample based and we wanted to delve into genres that we hadn’t really experimented with in the past. What we ended up with worked so well together as a set - uplifting, upbeat and danceable, and it made sense to put them all out now in one go.' - Disclosure

                              The "Moonlight" LP consolidates all these releases and is available now! It finds the delectable darlings of UK dance music in creative and confident form and hints at what they've got contained 'in their locker' (to quote a ream of 90s football commentators). They've just gotten started on this whole music biz ting and have got plenty styles and flavour in store for their fans! 


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Brothers Lawrence continues to peacock their myriad styles - turning their hand to glitched up electro-boogie, electronic jazz akin to Floating Points, pumpin' disco-house and a truly unique moment of weirdo pop bliss - we heart this!

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              Sound the alarm! Ultra rare and super dope disco-boogie reissue alert!
                              That's right, Distinction's 1982 jammer 'That's The Way I Like It' is back! Freed from the wantlists and officially reissued for 2k18. For the newcomers, this DJ favourite is a masterclass in UK Boogie flavour brought to you by the production and writing prowess of Roy Carter who was a member of the UK's legendary Soul and Funk legends Heatwave and who worked extensively with Central Line, Junior Giscombe, Dee C. Lee and many many more throughout his long career. Pretty much all of Distinction's output is tough to find with the majority appearing on tiny labels, and second hand prices for these gems are always on the high side with this particular 12" being one of the most sought after. This is a proper and full reproduction of the original Hansa 12" from 1982 with the added bonus of the 7" mixes being included of both 'That's the way I like it' and b-side winner 'Looking for love'. This one has been booted before with severely lacking quality control, but this official version comes complete with a tasty remaster and nice heavy pressing for the gees. 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says: Red hot reissue of Distinction's "That's The Way I Like It", a top shelf UK boogie killer from the musical mind of Heatwave's Roy Carter. Class A turbo-boogie here - flash those lights.

                              Before heading out on tour together earlier in the year, Eris Drew and Octo Octa dreamt up the idea of a joint release. Happily, Naive was only too happy to oblige. Drew handles the A-side, serving up two versions of bustling, Clavinet-sporting, breakbeat-driven joy "Hold Me" (the effervescent "T4T Embrace Mix" and a jaunty DJ tool style "Synth-a-pella") and the organ-laced deep breakbeat shuffle of "Trans Love Vibration". Over on Side B, HNYTRX and 100% Silk alumnus Octo Octa takes over, joining the dots between rave-era UK house and saucer-eyed early '90s U.S garage dubs on "Beam Me Up (To The Goddess Mix)", before re-imagining the track as a twinkling fusion of dream house bliss and bustling breakbeats on the arguably superior "Please Take Me Away Mix". Two killer producers offering a slab each. Enjoy!

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Sil says: Eris Drew opts for a more controlled breakbeat affair on A side - so totally 90s! Whilst maestro Octo Octa decides to go a bit more euphoric and adds a bit of trancey stadia vibes to the repertoire. So clubby, makes me wanna dance like nobody's biz.

                              The Durutti Column

                              Sporadic Three

                              "Sporadic Three", is the third in a series of special collections some 16 years since the original "Sporadic Recordings". As highlighted over his long and illustrious career, Vini Reilly is a prolific songwriter. Ideas and tracks just fly from Vini, and he's currently in the form of his life. Unfortunately, most of these tracks, or initial versions of songs, never make it to final release. The basic idea then behind "The Sporadic Recordings" series is to release material that never makes it onto studio albums. This collection follows the same premise and contains new and exclusive tracks, outtakes, versions, and home demos. Reilly's off cuts contain more ideas than most of us have over the course of a lifetime. A key interest for Durutti Column fans lies around the listener being able to hear a re-work, adaptation or different instrumentation used by Reilly as he regularly re-visits music from the past.

                              The Durutti Column

                              Sunlight To Blue... Blue To Blackness

                              "Sunlight To Blue... Blue To Blackness": This was one of the more upbeat title suggestions for the very bare, back to basics, reflective new album from The Durutti Column. Vini Reilly has recorded under the name The Durutti Column since 1978 and has a rich portfolio of work, releasing over 15 albums in this time, but Reilly has been through some dark times the past year. In a conscious response to his last two polished and studio-based releases he has created some sparse, simply beautiful 'sketches' as he once called them, more reminiscent of his work from the early eighties. Many of the pieces are simply instrumentals played on his Juan Montero flamenco guitar, and he returns to "Without Mercy" for the last track "Grief" and reinvents "Never Known" from LC. This release also sees the debut of a talented young pianist and singer, Poppy Morgan, who co-wrote the melancholy "Ananda" as a duet with what Reilly dryly calls 'intrusive guitar'. For the uninitiated, Vini was the first artist signed to Manchester's influential Factory Records, co-wrote and played on Morrissey's first solo album "Viva Hate", and was heavily featured in the film about Manchester music culture, '24 Hour Party People'. Ever critical of Vini's voice, but ever a fierce champion of his talent, the late Tony Wilson would surely appreciate this return of The Durutti Column.

                              The Durutti Column

                              Tempus Fugit

                                Manchester legend Vini Reilly is fifty years young. "Tempus Fugit" is a regressive step for Vini and in many ways time flies backwards. Fewer cogs in the wheel now; away from labels, all the artwork, recording, ownership and music all under his control. Most of the music feels more personal. The arrangements are simpler, sparse but involving and unlike a lot of the recent work which tended to involve more sequenced keys, rhythms and beats all composed on a mac away from the instruments.

                                Eddie C

                                Horizons

                                  Canadian edit wizard, hog enthusiast and disco machine Eddie C has been off the radar a little of late, and just when I was beginning to pine for his jazzed up sampler skills, the great man returns with a brand new 12" for his regular haunt, Japan's revered Endless Flight. Eddie welcomes us like an old friend with the disco-tinged 4/4 and worldly guitars of A-side track "Horizons", leading us into familiar territories via a looped up jazz bass, insistent ride and glassy Rhodes riff. If you got your ass down to "La Palette" or "Be Aware" from 2013's "Country City Country", you'll be all over this, though it's worth noting that our Eddie keeps things fresh on this one with the addition of some sliced up breaks. Keeping the vibe clubby and the quality high, Eddie goes in on the B-side with some high-grade disco house bizznizz, slicing a sweet soul vocal over driving disco bass and a skippy garage house groove. Tasty tackle - and it comes in Dub form for those who like to keep it tracky.

                                  Delroy Edwards & Dean Blunt

                                  Desert Sessions

                                  L.A.'s Delroy Edwards meets London's Dean Blunt for a 19 track desert showdown. All instrumentals and I have to say - it seems Blunt has imparted more of his influence on Edwards than vice versa - with the track seemingly glowing with that radioactive, tape-fried aesthetic that's highlighted much of Hype Williams' and Dean's solo work.

                                  That isn't a bad thing though, and Delroy's ruff-n-ready hardware abuse still adds plenty of flavour to proceedings, as a selection of analogue and digital sound devices grunt, spit, gurgle and splutter over tense, warbled strings and suspended VHS-pads. The work 'hypnagogic' get's banded around a lot when dealing with Blunt's work, but there's definitely an element of exasperated, hazy abandon that should empathize with anyone in the midst of a benzodiazepine withdrawal. Super limited copies folks so move in quick to cop some.



                                  The Edwards Generation

                                  I Like Your Style / The Love I Found In You

                                  The Edwards Generation were a San Francisco family group that were lead by Chuck Edwards, who was the father of the group members. Chuck had been a recording artist since the 50s and had recorded for labels such as Duke, Kapp and Apollo before establishing the Edwards Generation as a force in Frisco during the 1970s. Their one and only album 'The Street Thang,' which was released in 1976, is a much revered and sought after album by serious soul collectors across the globe. Cordial Recordings will be releasing an album of unreleased songs in 2019, but in the meantime they have the groups first vinyl release since 1977 with the uptempo dancer 'I Like Your Style' on the A Side, This version will not feature on the album and is only available on this single release. Whilst on the flip we've got the only song from our album that features their father Chuck on lead vocals with the Motownesque 'The Love I Found In You.' The Edwards Generation were a talent that deserved a greater exposure and with this Cordial are happy to be partnering with them in releasing their unreleased gems. 

                                  Rave waves and good feelings all night long flowing through my brain cells right now. It is just an image I have. A spiritual lift that is taking up there where there is no dross to deal with. My soundtrack is this record. "Mojave Skyline" sets the mood easily taking you back to a better time; a less confusing time, where raves were easier to set up and you and your friends could all dance in the middle of nowhere to tunes like this one. ANF revises it giving it a solid bassline - not that the original needed more oomph but there you go, just another take.

                                  Flip this truly bad boy over and now that introductions are behind and everybody is starting to lift off and seeing little dots in a sea of darkness, this "Insect Reject", comes strong to start sailing the bumpy but safe waves of this anthemic tune. Pure rave shot here.

                                  All ups have their downs. It is more than proven. A fact of life. But when the down comes to get you, you will have your soundtrack ready. That is the last track for you. A slow down, chuggy beat heavy, dreamy, and soggy. Yet dreamy and cushioned.

                                  What a trip fellas. If you made it this far, just get this! For those who know!


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Sil says: Trippy and an emotional rollercoaster of an EP. Nostalgia attack for those of us that were there and did not buy the t-shirt. I was not there or bought anything but I can relate because this music will take you higher!

                                  Ahmed Fakroun

                                  Nisyan

                                  Although the catastrophic bootleg/not boogleg, nazi-not-nazi furore pretty much did for ole' PMG, the label did manage to offer up a pretty decent press of these two tracks on their "Ahmed Fakroun" compilation. Thing is though, I can't get enough of a replica 7" so I was in buzz-overload when this reissue landed in my lap. Showing off shades of the Bee Gees, Ned Doheny or Vangelis "Let It Happen", "Nisyan" sees Ahmed take us to Libyan Balearic heaven on a cushioned carpet of slinky grooves, shuffling percussion and spacey synths. The AOR disco genius doesn't stop there though, as the sweet and syncopated "La Ya-Hob" waits on the B-side to bring a smile to your face, a twinkle to your eye and a spring to your step. This is the first time this 7" has been available since 1977, and I suggest you buy now rather than wait another 40 years.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: Ahmed Fakroun's Libyan Balearic anthem gets a first ever official reissue thanks to Groovin - suns out, socks off, cocktails by the pool tackle!

                                  Four tracker here for you dancefloor fiends. Floritudes aside here is our breakdown.

                                  'Acid Rainbows' pedals along with its gentle acid flirtations filled with very warm and cushy atmospheres. Simple keys keep everything 'cute'. Drowning in good intentions, this is pallatable even for the least versed listener. There is nothing in here that will take you down from your fluffly cloud. A feat. 

                                  'Song at Night'. Gosh, what a change, my dear. Is that hidden filtered vocal down there NIna Kraviz? Gosh, oh gosh! Anyway, after I compose myself, let me tell you that this is a killer house track. And do not run away, but this one truly fits a tech-house set start. The beat is punchy as f++k and the keys are shouting 'bad boy' all over the place. Well done. 

                                  Baltra on the flipside, understands this tune from a different perspective. He takes you back to mid 90s, brave man! Breaks all over the place but without being too aggro. Soothing keys keep it nice and warm. Just a different take. 

                                  And we come back to the beginning. Hidden Spheres offers you his rendition by going playful and quirky on an already well rounded track. . 


                                  Fellas, this one should be in your bag now!



                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Sil says: Energetic and varied. A bit for everyone but solid all around. Not an easy feat! Enjoy and own it!

                                  Fitness Forever

                                  Personal Train

                                    Sometimes, looking back can bring us a tremendous surprise. Time passes and plays with our memory. If we think about the more recent releases from the Italian group FITNESS FOREVER – super danceable albums like “Cosmos” and “Tonight”, marvelous hits like “Canadian Ranger”, “Tonight” and “Lui” – and suddenly we start to sift through the memories, we are suddenly hit with the freshness and immediacy of that debut called “Personal Train” that won us over so completely back in 2009, with its fresh, sunny, Mediterranean airs, far from the nocturnal, urban spirit of some of their more recent songs.

                                    That’s why, among other reasons, we wanted to bring back such an incredible album as a part of our collection of reissues in honor of Elefant Records’ 25th anniversary. To be able to enjoy again the perfect pop bull’s eyes that “Probabilmente”, “Bacharach” and “L’anarchica Pugliese” are, because “Vacanze A Settembre” breathes Italy with a vitality that raises even the lowest spirits, because “Je Je Jeox” and “Quando Ho Tempo” make clear all the marvelous lounge music albums Carlos Valderrama’s crew could have made, because “Se Come Te” gave us a peak at what path the group was going to take (ah, how clearly we can see things with hindsight), and for a million reasons more, many of which are tied to scenes of your lives that these songs are part of the soundtrack of. We can think of so many.

                                    What’s more, this is the perfect opportunity to recover the two songs that were included in the now out of print “Mondo Fitness EP”. Both the title track and the “Diego Mon Amour” are further proof of the group’s nose for pop music, on the one hand, and, on the other, the melodic richness and elegance of the arrangements that FITNESS FOREVER are capable of laying out, which have undoubtedly been an important nuance in the concept of disco music that they developed on subsequent albums.

                                    So, we’ve got an album plus two extra tracks, released on a precious transparent red vinyl, in a 300-copy numbered, limited edition. What a delight.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: Numbered Limited Edition of 300 copies on clear red coloured vinyl.

                                    Through their reissues of Midori Takada, Mariah and Yasuaki Shimizu, or contemporary "club" cuts from Conga Square, Palto Flats have made a serious commitment to the unconventional. It's entirely (perhaps insanely) appropriate that Nagoya-based experimentalist Foodman should take the reins for their new release. A 5 track 12” focused on deep, tactile rhythmic and offbeat tracks, "Moriyama" tilts on some of the producer’s most dance-friendly work. Opener “Mizuboro” (meaning water bath) conjures visions of babbling springs, tropical lagoons and those Shishi-Odoshi water features (think the Kill Bill samurai showdown). Comprising of 8 bit bleeps, pygmy polyphony and woody percussion, this offbeat club cut flirts with minimal techno before swelling into a strange chimera of off-kilter new age house. Next up, "Kishimen" continues to wow us with the weird, serving up the kind of strange and shattered fx abuse Stimming made his own around a concentrated solution of Casiotone techno. Foodman drifts between the anaesthesia of deep house pads and free-jazz intensity of early noughties glitch for "Nanika" before experimenting with traditional instrumentation & vocal forms to create a special post-ambient/dance hybrid on "Soudesu". Finally, "Tokai Desu" brings us bleeps, Cornelius-style guitar and jazzy flute tones for an emotive downbeat closer. Named after the district he lives in, Moriyama represents some of Foodman’s most direct, accessible work - a full helping.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Patrick says: Palto Flats take a break from their radical reissue program to unleash the latest release from Japan's experimental auteur Foodman. His most club-centric release to date (which says little to be honest), "Moriyama" is a five track snapshot of post-glitch, new age house and demented downbeat positioned somewhere between Cornelius and Wolf Muller's Tropical Drums.

                                    Foxy

                                    Mademoiselle / Tena's Song

                                      "Mademoiselle" is a rare groove club classic and a favourite amongst DJs! With its grooving swing and snapping slapped bass taking the lead role behind the smoother than silk vox beneath. Flip over and we get "Tena's Song" providing the more upbeat counterpart to the slow, sashaying vibes of the first half, string stabs and flickering guitar working away beneath the three-part vocal harmonies and beautifully balanced piano. A Must have 45!

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      7" Info: Limited to 500 copies.

                                      It seems like Money $ex - Max Graef, Glenn Astro and Delfonic's unique label - has now ceased trading (for the time being) and steps aside for new project - Termina.

                                      This first offering by Gerry Franke sees two psyched out, slightly dub-wise riddims presented on a tasty 7". If you liked the Grrrr release on Tax Free, the recent "Sweet Echoes Vol. 1" (Otis) or stuff like Dub Surgeon, Sheriff Lindo or Andy Rantzen, then this my friend is definitely 4 U!

                                      Apparently there's 'nuff more bedroom rock, dub adventures and club experiments to follow - so watch this space weirdoes!


                                      Fugu

                                      Pardon My French (Singles 1996-1998)

                                        Elefant's 25th anniversary collection - # 18 of 25. 10" white vinyl, limited numbered edition of 300, plus download. One of the most sought-after singles from Elefant Records was one that Mehdi Zannad released in 1998. Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) named it Single of the Year. And, the Single has become a Mini-LP - with 12 songs including, in addition to the ones that were originally on the famous Single, those from the Split Single with Stereolab as well as the songs from the EP he released on Semantic in 1996. It's a delicious journey through sixties sounds, psychedelic folk, precious arrangements, celestial harmonies, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, the most elegant strings, Left Banke - it's an absolute .

                                        Nubya's 5ive is currently changing hands for exorbitant sums on Discogs. See why from the reviews below. She plays in a few collectives, but her solo work is already collectible (the first pressing of last year's Nubya's 5ive EP reportedly sold out on vinyl in one day). Note that 200 copies of the recent re-press were sold within one hour of becoming available. Her leader debut. Nubya's 5ive] is a winning excursion into groove-based modal jazz, alighting on similar territory to Kamasi Washington...Ideal summer listening, and an impressive calling card from the hugely talented Garcia. 5ive is remarkable, an intoxicating combination of vibrant soloing and stay-in-your-head hooks: At a recent set during New York's Winter Jazzfest, Garcia had a sold-out crowd whooping with recognition when she played first riff on the album's opener, "Lost Kingdoms." On her debut, Nubya's 5ive, she and her band strike an engrossing balance between long stretches of dreamy exploration and surges of vital virtuosic intensity.

                                        Martin Georgi

                                        9 To 5 Is Killing Me

                                        After his 12" on OYE Black Label, Martin Georgi is back on his own imprint Quiet Elegance. Two sample-based deep house tracks that demonstrate playful and inventive MPC usage plus a keen ear for a dusty hook! Subtle and sexy, it finds the producer adding to the strong legacy of MPC constructed house tracks and holds its own against luminaries such as Theo Parrish, Garth Be & FYI Chris. Top stuff. 

                                        Next to SUSPIRIA, PROFONDO ROSSO has to be the jewel in the Goblin crown. Recorded in 1975, the score finds the band at the height of their creativity and features the incredible lineup of Simonetti, Morante, Pignatelli & Martino. Bass & drums are so tight on this record and provide the foundations for the entire score. Jazz, Prog and Rock signatures all fight for centre stage yet always manage to be precise, clear and perfectly executed. Synths and organs tinkle, wail and moan and more than provide the requisite chills and atmospherics. In addition, the album's prog wig-outs are legendary. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this score, it really set the stage for prog-infused synth scores and has influenced a generation. We are super proud to not only be re-issuing the full original soundtrack as it originally appeared in 1975 (and pressed by the same original pressing plant!), but we also have an entire disc of alternate tracks and takes on vinyl for the first time ever, pulled from the Cinevox archives and compiled by Fabio Capuzzo! Once again the whole package is rounded out by absolutely jaw dropping artwork from Randy Ortiz.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: The OG masters of prog soundtrackery Goblin here in all their fiery glory. Huge psychedelic prog build-ups, organs all over the shop. It's a classic OST from the undisputed masters of the genre.

                                        Green Seagull

                                        First Snow Of Winter / God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman

                                          Green Seagull’s Christmas single feels like a journey – a journey back in time, to the late 1960s, and a journey to the inner depths of your mind, as it brings you in a dreamy state, where illusion and reality form a completely new experience. The single, that as all Snowflakes singles comes on snow white vinyl, is as much inspired by winter as by Christmas. Green Seagull's original, 'First Snow Of Winter' is a baroque pop song about that element of winter that directly brings a feeling of comfort and joy, a feeling of Christmas, in your heart: snow. The lyrics take you on another journey, a journey from the early beginnings of winter to the last snow, when spring is announcing itself and the first flowers start popping up. For the B-side, the band recorded a song that is already part of their live set for some time: an uptempo organ-drenched psychedelic version of the Christmas traditional 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'.

                                          Green Seagull, part of London's burgeoning neo-psych scene, started in 2016, when Paul Nelson (New Electric Ride) and Paul Milne (Hidden Masters, Magnetic Mind), who both share a love for late-60s baroque psychedelia and 12-string jangling guitars, started to write songs together. Soon joined by Sarah Gonputh on keyboards and Elian Dalmasso on drums, the four started rehearsing, taking their name from a mis-heard Rolling Stones lyric. After recording a 4-track demo, the band signed a deal with Mega Dodo Records, and after two well-received singles for the label, Green Seagull released their debut album 'Scarlet Fever' in 2018.


                                          Guided By Voices

                                          100 Dougs

                                            After 2018’s critically acclaimed Space Gun LP and a string of jaw-dropping, sold-out shows, GUIDED BY VOICES has announced a sprawling double-album, Zeppelin Over China. to be released on February 1. But before this one has even made it to the warehouse, Robert Pollard has written and recorded another full-length in record-breaking time. It’s Warp and Woof (April 2019), exuberantly barreling through 24 songs in just 37 minutes with a brevity similar to mid-90s GBV albums Alien Lanes and Vampire On Titus. GBV kicked this one out in a flash, recorded in studios, club soundchecks, hotel rooms and even in the tour van. 

                                            And because you can never have too much GBV, the album is being teased on four vinyl-only (1000 copies) limited edition 7-inch EPs: Winecork Stonehenge and 100 Dougs will be released in November. Umlaut Over The Özone and 1901 Acid Rock in March.

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            7" includes MP3 Download Code.

                                            Guided By Voices

                                            Wincork Stonehenge

                                              After 2018’s critically acclaimed Space Gun LP and a string of jaw-dropping, sold-out shows, GUIDED BY VOICES has announced a sprawling double-album, Zeppelin Over China. to be released on February 1. But before this one has even made it to the warehouse, Robert Pollard has written and recorded another full-length in record-breaking time. It’s Warp and Woof (April 2019), exuberantly barreling through 24 songs in just 37 minutes with a brevity similar to mid-90s GBV albums Alien Lanes and Vampire On Titus. GBV kicked this one out in a flash, recorded in studios, club soundchecks, hotel rooms and even in the tour van.

                                              And because you can never have too much GBV, the album is being teased on four vinyl-only (1000 copies) limited edition 7-inch EPs: Winecork Stonehenge and 100 Dougs will be released in November. Umlaut Over The Özone and 1901 Acid Rock in March.

                                              GZA

                                              Liquid Swords (Marvel Hip-Hop Variant Cover)

                                                Universal Music and Marvel combine like Voltron to bring together the mighty, epic worlds of comics and hip-hop with an ongoing exclusive album series that will feature variant covers for select collector’s editions of some of the record label’s most legendary hip-hop releases. In this case, the killer collab sees Iron Man dueling Maestro, mirroring the cover of GZA's all time classic "Liquid Swords". That's right folks, you get one of the three finest rap albums ever, in a holgraphic Iron Man sleeve, with a comic book thrown in. Wu Tang is for the kids!


                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xLtd LP Info: Limited deluxe 2LP with comic book.

                                                Bryce Hackford

                                                YO4TH

                                                The Youth imprint's ascention (or should that be decension) to new crowned king of the underground seems a cert as the label drop a breathtaking EP from NYC's Bryce Hackford.

                                                Landing somewhere between Kassem Mosse, Levon Vincent and Chain Reaction, three highly textured tracks that spit, crackle and rumble off the wax beautifully. Simply titled, "2", the final track's epic chord progression, suspended pads and ghosted vox emit a spine-tingling gracefullness that should sugar coat any night of excessive revelry in a moment of unique bliss. Preceeding it, "Stays 3" and "HMU 2" are both impressive piece of sound design and dancefloor mechanics. Another steamer from Lister's crew. Recommended. 


                                                New lobster sublabel for dark, moody, nostalgic vibes and essential club material. Straight outta Manc in '91! Well known by now Hidden Spheres channeling that northern rave euphoria for the his most epic release yet. From heady early 90's Manchester rave to Dungeons & Dragons electro and deep percussion heavy twisters. Heavy productions & weighty goods as you are well accustomed from this man. 

                                                This is playful, melodic and full of intricate passages. Every release gets better and better proving that record label promiscuity and being prolific does not equate being medicocre! The hard to find spheres are proving the opposite. 

                                                Pantone printed centres in a discobag with hologram 'UNDR' sticker. Go grip! 


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Sil says: It is hard to get a four tracker in which all the cuts are acceptable, let alone good. Happy to say the hard to find Spheres have produced a well rounded ep in which ALL the cuts are shining and definitely shaking my old hips. A cut above the rest. Keep it coming, sir!

                                                High Voltage is one of the more familiar names in the P&P / Queen Constance galaxy. Led by Peter Brown and Patrick Adams right hand man and producer Michael Campbell who presided over some of the biggest and best sides the labels put out. This one is a must, essential, do not sleep business. 11.00 minutes of Disco fury! You're forgiven for thinking that this would've been huge had it have come out on one of the 'bigger' disco labels, but that hasn't stopped 'Rock, Spank, Freak' becoming a true blue club anthem. Appearing in the playlists of DJs and selectors as diverse as Larry Levan, Danny Krivit and Daniele Baldelli. Rough n'ready, unpolished but musically explosive the sounds contained on this here 12" are indeed High Voltage! As with a lot of these jams, this one's been badly bootlegged, so ignore those wack counterfeits that are out there and bag you a fully licensed reissue of this absolute bomb. Dope.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Patrick says: If you like your disco raw, funky AF and kind of twisted, you're gonna be all over this. Blessed with the kind of mantra-styled vocals you can still manage mid gurn, "Rock, Spank, Freak" has the raw power to tear a club apart, harnessing clavs, bass and percussion into a party pyrotechnic.

                                                Hira

                                                Red Light Drive

                                                For the uninitiated (which included me until about 7 minutes ago), Paul Institute is the boutique label, cultural hub and sonic exchange run by synth soul genius Jai Paul, who we all know from his mega smash "Jasmine". Intent on causing a counter frenzy, Jai (or Paul) has dropped not one...not two...not three, but FOUR new label release AT THE SAME MF TIME! The second release in the series comes from a new artist to the Paul Institute, Hira, who was first introduced to the world with his embryonic Eve EP. Red Light Drive is a cyberpunk symphony set in that night club in Strange Days. That bass sound is a copper/silver ’99 hayabusa ripping a tunnel and those harmonies are every colour in Cyber City Oedo 808. File next to: Prince, The Neptunes, Frank Ocean

                                                Bob Holroyd's spiritual house zenith, "African Drug" reworked by Joe Claussell and originally released in 1994 on Sacred Rhythm - back for a limited period only.

                                                The original, full of gamelans and ethnic perc is in itself quite ahead of its time, foreseeing the obsession with slow, tribal rhythms that the new EBM and Dusseldorf mob now seem to be reveling in. Amongst the backdrop of uptempo funky house, proggy techno and jungle, this slow, hypnotic number may have seemed somewhat out of place in the mid 90s! Joaquin's 'Hallucinatory' version is a drawn out druggy epic, full of rhythmic nuances, growling bass notes and tribal vocal chants that again, seems to have predicted its resurfacing now, in 2018, and sounding more relevant than ever. Anyone fetishizing over Tolouse Low Trax or the Sued crew (PG Sounds, SW, SVN) just needs to buy this and play it on -8%!! A voodoo masterpiece - don't miss out on your copy this time round!


                                                Dub Store go Mafia with this latest reggae reissue, dropping a heavy 7" platter for Keith Hudson's moody skanker "Darkest Night On A Wet Looking Road". As dread as it gets, the track opens with a killer groove, all tremulous bass, heavy guitar and punishing drums. Keith steps up to the mic like a preacher, laying us low with the minor key lament of the verses, before salvation arrives via the optimistic chorus. Flip it for the system splitting vibrations of the Dub version and you'll be a very happy head.


                                                HXXS

                                                MKDRONE

                                                  When recording their EP ‘MKDRONE,’ duo Jeannie Colleene and Gavin Neves – a/k/a HXXS – were cramped in a San Jose warehouse, sharing a wall with a porn studio. Despite their vocal takes periodically interrupted by even louder and harsher vocal takes echoing in the halls, MKDRONE came together. When prescription medication became the only reprieve for an inoperable tooth infection that had one member sliding between unbearable pain and prescription-induced euphoria, the first single “Seppuku,” the historical Japanese term for suicide by disembowelment, came to fruition. But similar to life with no health insurance and recording music wedged in the walls of a porn studio, HXXS live somewhere between the uncomfortable and the alluring.

                                                  Their live show, which consists of any hardware they can get their hands on – drum machines, synthesizers, samplers – is built on loops, making the songs feverish and at times deliberately frenzied to a point of anxiety. However the duo anesthetize this angst with more subdued nods to electronic and post-punk acts of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and Present. While their music is undeniably erotic – a tip of the hat to their vocal San Jose neighbours – the EP is what happens when your intrigue with pop culture media and conspiracy theories from the 60’s to present turns obsession. Contemplating the bombardment of modern media and those ill served by it. Women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of colour, victims of white supremacy and the patriarchy.


                                                  "John Yancey" is the second album Illa J will release on Jakarta Records, following the successful release of HOME last year. The project is the second collaboration with Los Angeles based producer Calvin Valentine, who once again contributed all of the production for the long player. While "Home" was largely inspired by Illa's native city of Detroit, "John Yancey" now focuses on his time in California. Illa J describes the album as ‘definitely more personal than all of my projects, nothing specific, but I basically talk about about the ups and downs of all my relationships over the past 10 years, still grieving about my bro, etc. This one is trippy because the first single comes out a day before my 32nd birthday and the original title was 32 because this is a special year to me because my brother died at that age so it had a lot of meaning. But it makes sense that it ended up being called John Yancey because for so long in my career I felt like I was tryna be me and my brother, and I'm finally at peace, like I'm not J Dilla's younger brother Illa J, I'm James younger brother John.’

                                                  While the story of the album might have changed, there are certain continuities as well, built around the strong foundation of the combination of Illa's voice and Calvin Valentine's soulful sample-based production. The previous album already saw Illa J incorporate more singing into his raps and he goes down this path even further: "I wanted to emphasize the singing but use more of my natural singing voice, as well as rap more than on HOME." In regards to the music, Calvin wanted to make the project sound "a bit more polished where HOME was purposely rough around the edges." Still, the production remains soulful and rich with layers to leave things interesting for the listener, the more spins you give the record.


                                                  Itibere Zwarg is an award-winning Brazilian bassist and the longest-serving member of Hermeto Pascoal’s ground-breaking ensemble ‘O Grupo’. Since their first meeting in 1977, the two have been closely collaborating to create a unique musical language: a genre-defying polyharmonic, polyrhythmic music, now widely studied by musicians and musicologists alike, known as ‘Universal Music’.

                                                  Back in 2001, Itibere led a workshop at Villa Lobos School of Music, with twenty-nine of Rio de Janeiro’s most exceptionally talented young musicians. The result was Pedra do Espia, an Amazonian orchestral masterpiece which is as difficult to categorise as it is fun to listen to. The record harnesses the pure creativity of youth and nature, creating a magical sense of innocence amongst the striking compositions and astonishing musicianship. Bringing the album to vinyl for the first time, alongside a full 16 track CD and digital release, Far Out Recordings are honoured to present this overlooked masterpiece from one of the greatest minds in Brazilian instrumental music. 

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Repress of this in-demand Javonntte EP from 2016. At the time much lauded for its fresh sound and inventive take on house, it's not lost none of that unique flair since its original release.

                                                  "Keep Bouncin'" sees a cheeky Chi-town vox ride playfully across a gritty and erotic groove. "Chakra's Revenge" sees more heavily swung and stuttered elements combine for some more house music voodoo. "My Life" opens up with lush strings gliding in on a plane of brightness and feel-good vibrations. "These Word" sees an emotive, vocal number beautifully executed with fluttery Rhodes licks and funky house beat. Mega stuff here, don't miss out a second time! 


                                                  Jay Dee

                                                  Rico Suave Bossa Nova (Mr Thing Edit) / Come Get It

                                                  The first release on ALIM Music is presented by BBE insider Mr Thing and features an extended edit of the J Dillaclassic ‘Rico Suave Bossa Nova’, with ‘Come Get It’ on the flip side, both taken from Dilla’s stunning solo debut album ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Millie says: You can’t get much better than Dilla, both sides A & B are absolute classics! Nab up this limited one before it’s too late!

                                                  Johnny Mafia

                                                  Princes De L'Amour

                                                    JOHNNY MAFIA have long been high rollers in the burgeoning post-garage punk rackets gripping the country of France over the last few years. High-energy explosive acts like JM, The Scaners, Escobar, Les Grys Grys, Les Lullies and The Arrogants have been burning up stages across Europe and USA with a vengeance, adding their craft to the long list of fine French exports suited to the more cultivated of music connoisseur.

                                                    The group hail from Sens, Burgundy (which is known more for it’s wheat and cereal production than rock ‘n’ roll) and bring a young, snotty, explosive and ferociously fun energy that drives audiences into a near-frenzy. Inspired by classics like The Ramones, T-Rex, and The Clash, they also draw heavily on contemporary acts like Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, and the Wavves. With their signature reverb-soaked slap-backed fuzzed out sonic attack, Johnny Mafia embodies punk attitudes and spirit of past and present with a firm foothold into their bright future as a young band ready to conquer the wider world of rock ‘n’ roll. 

                                                    Jonny Rock

                                                    Ode To A Happening On Earth

                                                    Jonny Rock is somewhat of a sorcerer, an omnipresent eye that gathers secret ingredients from far and wide - old school House oddities, hypnotic melodies of the Orient, the furthest reaches of Disco, the easy pace of Turkish psychedelic funk - fusing it all into his own shrouded code, a string of immaterial messages, both subliminal and lucid, that highlight his eccentric sense of storytelling and nuance. He imbues a sense of familiarity in his music, implying history that might not be studied but still feels learned, a quality inherent to productions born from a vast catalog of influence (and the inseparable sample material). Jonny conjures euphoric acid flashbacks, herds of crowds through Istanbul alleys, the misty morning residue from raves of yore, orchestral winds blown across the Aegean riviera, and he manages to concentrate their essence into singular details such as a snare drum. Both sides of his eternally-awaited ESP debut lean toward his dark arts—'Tye Die Techno' drives a relentless hard-edged drum kit that could throw an otherwise self-respecting Goth into a heated breakdance battle, while the title track and theme, 'Ode To A Happening On Earth,' plays with the imagery of ritual, fantasy and role-playing—but throughout this malevolent stew, there is a sustained hint of the artist’s playful nature. No matter how murky the trip becomes, Jonny is always there, a light at the end of the tunnel, with a big hug to reassure that everyone will be OK. He is one clever bastard—if you know, you know.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: "Tye Die Techno" reminds me of summat you might hear Neil Diablo playing at El Diablos Social Club or perhaps blasting outta the Function 1's in Croatia circa the last few years. "Ode To A Happening.." creeps into the shadows with a slow EBM throb.

                                                    Barefoot Beats complete the year on an unfaltering high as Joutro Mundo and Jkriv supply a couple of joints for your festive shake downs.

                                                    Mundo's "Revele" pairs hooky guitar licks and a soulful Brazilian vocal to a steady disco beat with plenty of bottom weight to create one of those ultra fresh moments of tropical disco revelry that's hard not to have a wobble to. 'Honorary' Brazilian (via NYC) Jkriv opts for a more relaxed mood. Think sipping caipirinha's while Ruf Dug plays an extended daytime session on some luxury coastline and you'll be halfway to holiday heaven! If only it weren't so bloody cold outside...!


                                                    From the redwood forests of Big Sur and the industrial warehouses of downtown Los Angeles comes Pfeiffer, a label dedicated to quality and a diverse musical output. Pfeiffer has quickly built a name for itself by releasing a wide range of techno and house with a common thread of unique and unpredictable energy. Pfeiffer draws inspiration from the raw simplicity and effortless magnetism of its namesake location on the central coast of California.

                                                    Pfeiffer’s fourth release brings a prolific UK producer to the fold, Manchester’s own Jozef K. A-Side track “Devotion” is a straight up club killer - resplendent with 90’s house flair, you can definitely feel Mr. K’s early acid house connection with Manchester institution the Hacienda in this jam. Already racking up support from Kim Ann Foxman on Boiler Room, this cut is sure to continue setting dancefloors alight across the globe. On the flip, “Anti-Star System” (taken from Daft Punk’s mistaken translation for the word 'underground') is true to Jozef’s underground roots with jacking 909 drums and uplifting old school piano hits. 


                                                    Distant Hawaii continues to aurally thaw the oncoming Pacific cold front with a quartet of foot-toasting, skin toning summer house shufflers courtesy of Hardmatter label-head and London resident JVXTA.

                                                    Having honed his valve-warmed + dusty samplin' production chops with a self-released split on Hardmatter, a low-key cassette for Swamp Tapes and a more recent package of burners for the NYC-based imprint Homage. This time it's a step on Lobster sub Distant Hawaii with four soulful slices of summer house moods and grooves carefully crafted and chopped into a seasoned and well rounded whole.

                                                    "SS Anne" brings the crunchy house and edits-y vibes to the fore with an extended workout, interjecting with moments of vocal flourishes and a more up-beat almost disco vibe. On the same side is the title track stomper "Orange Islands", interspersed with showers of melodic richness, slowly pouring from a crack in the rocks upon high. A tender and slow stream of soulful synth-work and cascading dreams.

                                                    "Dive Theme" matches the mood from whence it's names. Pure Detroit chords and staggered, Chi-house-boogie drumwork puckering the textural framework. Trance-like ethereal patterns to envelope the mind and body.

                                                    Tidying things up with a ground-floor, deep-seated low-groover is "Angelo's Alley". A beach scene recording sits behind a lolloping, humped bass-kick program with touches of choral Juno embellishing throughout, and an honest and revealing spoken-word lull recalling the reflective power of Mylo's seminal Sunworshipper.



                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Sil says: This should be our record of the week on the house section. There is class and deepness all over the four tracks. Gorgeous samples too. Another Hawaii is possible! They are all mega. Dancefloor artillery on A side and a more relaxed perspective on electronica on B side. Outstanding track for me goes for 'Angelos Alley'. Brutally gorgeous and exquisitely sensuous.

                                                    Kanaan

                                                    Windborne

                                                      “Windborne” is the debut album from young Norwegian power-trio Kanaan. With components from jazz, fusion and post-rock they have created six extended pieces of blazing freeform psychedelia. While the band is rooted in the same spirit that gave birth to Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Eleventh House in the 1970s, there's a distinctive modern flavour to Kanaan's sonic endeavors. Their Scandinavian genealogy is apparent as well - their intricate song structures seems to be branching off the same stem as Motorpsycho, Papir and Jaga Jazzist. And no doubt the young band has the chops to carry on the pedigree! Opening track ”A. Hausenbecken” feels like a sudden blast of refreshing nordic air, with it's rolling guitar leads and growling Fender Rhodes.

                                                      But Kanaan aren't afraid to get deep and heavy – the B-side dives into straight-up Sabbath territory, with ”Act Upon The Mundane World” and ”The Groke”, before ending the album with the abstract, free-flowing title track ”Windborne”. From the first note to the last the band keeps high levels of energy and creativity, and although freeform, they never sacrifice focus or direction. 

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                      Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss

                                                      Old fat furry cat-puss

                                                      Wake up and look at this thing that I bring

                                                      Wake up, be bright

                                                      Be golden and light

                                                      Bagpuss, Oh hear what I sing

                                                      12th of February, 1974, and for an audience of small children at 1:45pm, a life irrevocably coloured by the wayward wonderings of one saggy cloth cat. Some 44 years later and Earth Recordings opens the door to Bagpuss & Co. once again, revealing for the first time the original music in all its newly-mastered splendour.

                                                      The 32 tracks that make up the main body of the compositions are – like all good folk music – a patchwork of traditional pieces, half-remembered tunes and pure improvisation. It's testament to Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner's musicianship that the recordings work so well, not only within the context of the television episodes, but as an album in its own right. Of the recording, Oliver Postgate (in his exquisite autobiography 'Seeing Things') says: "Between them Sandra and John could play every sort of instrument from a mountain dulcimer to an Irish fiddle. They knew and could sing every tune in the world and didn't bother with written music, except as a last resort. They were exactly suited to Gabriel the Toad and Madeleine the Rag Doll and in those roles were happy to play whatever music and sing whatever songs would be needed."

                                                      Those songs manifested themselves as reworkings of familiar tunes ('I Saw A Ship'; 'Row Your Boat'; 'Bucket's Burning'), takes on traditional ballads ('Brian O'Lynn'; 'The Frog Princess'; 'Weaving Song'; 'The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket') and delicious flights of fancy ('The Bony King of Nowhere'; 'Turtle Calypso'; 'Uncle Feedle'). The counterpart to Madeleine and Gabriel's more polished ditties are the interludes from the mice; a raggle-taggle chorus that accompanies the creatures' efforts of help (with the mice once famously going on strike when they were not permitted sang as they worked). Again, Postgate muses: "Once I had worked out a few episodes I would make a very rough list of the bits where I though music would be appropriate. I would send it to [Sandra and John] to think about. Then we would borrow a fairly silent room in a remote house and, taking the various articles that we intended to celebrate with us, would spend a happy day with a tape recorder, thinking up and recording whatever songs and tunes came to mind."

                                                      The outtakes provide an intimate – and often very humourous – insight into the trio's work ethic, if it can be called such a thing. (By all accounts they sound as though they're having a very jolly time indeed.) Highlights include alternative opening words and end music, as well as Postgate sound-checking in character as Bagpuss. This never-before heard audio provides a real treat for fans (and indeed those new to the Smallfilms stable) – affirmation again to the enduring quality of these special recordings, and the beloved programme that inspired them.

                                                      "An accidental classic of the folk-roots underground that we never dared hope we’d hear with such clarity." -Stewart Lee.

                                                      And so their work was done.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      Deluxe LP Info: LP, Die Cut w/ art cards. Reverse Board and DL card. Limited ‘Shop Window’ Edition LP with lithograph prints.

                                                      Deluxe CD Info: Book back CD edition with 24 page book.
                                                      Liner notes from Stewart Lee, Daniel Postgate, Frances Mckee (The Vaselines) Andy Votel and Sarah Martin (Belle & Sebastian)

                                                      After the release of the Keytronics Ensemble EP on Royal Oaks, Francesco Montefiori switches focus to his own labour of love, Kaleidofon. What strikes you immediately about "A New Season" is its undeniably strong character and authenticity - this is Proper House Music folks, written as the forefathers and the dedicated congregation of dancers intended - unfathomably deep and impossible to remain stationary to. It's held down by a bassline from heaven, and those keys should hit the erogenous zones head on. Killer.

                                                      "Steeping Groove" follows suit, and it becomes apparant that either Keytronics is privy to spme executive sound design - with a palette of sounds so tasty you might well try to bite the wax! Hard to identify specific instruments and / or plug-ins but the sounds contained within "Steeping Groove" are summat else. Bellissimo!

                                                      "Bip Bam & Bass" and "Old As New" leave us two more tracks to digest. The former's a nice house roller which pays tribute to disco through its live sounding drums, bass guided arrangement and sublime synth & keyboard interplay. The latter does away with any 70s or 80s references and instead concentrates on delivering a solid gold deep house gem: thick, chunky, soulful and sexy, prime fodder for late night dancefloors across the globe.

                                                      A masterful EP here from Montefiori that'll keep old school house heads more than happy whilst remaining deliciously relevant for the new crews. Big tip!



                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Matt says: Huuuuge record for fans of dat old skool houz sound! Think New Jersey, Nu Groove, Soul Capsule, Mood II Swing and Italian dream house.

                                                      King Creosote

                                                      Kenny And Beth's Musakal Boat Rides

                                                        Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote's debut album (if you don't include all his Fence Collective CDRs), which was originally release in 2003, finally gets a vinyl release.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        LP Info: LP on black heavyweight vinyl with digital download
                                                        card.

                                                        King Creosote

                                                        Rocket DIY

                                                          ‘Rocket D.I.Y.’ is the home-recorded follow up to 2003’s ‘Kenny and Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides’. Instead of a collection of songs spanning several years, ‘Rocket D.I.Y.’ contains 12 songs, all written and recorded over a period of weeks. Acoustic guitar and piano based songs have been embellished with accordion, banjo, electronics and a smattering of samples. Collective drummers OnTheFly and Captain Geeko deliver an altogether new punch, with Pip Dylan’s pedal steel adding that final twang. ‘Rocket D.I.Y.’ can best be described as a recollection of a hectic year. From the cosmic highs to the lunar lows come world weary themes of age consciousness and humdrum household chores sitting alongside wideeyed travel adventures and far-fetched yarns. With its scratchy sentiments, anthemic yearnings and downright nonsense, ‘Rocket D.I.Y.’, like ‘Kenny and Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides’ before it, takes you on a Neukian journey possibly not as far as the stars but one you’ll want to take again.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP Info: LP on black heavyweight vinyl with digital download
                                                          card.

                                                          Konami Kukeiha Club

                                                          Castlevania - Symphony Of The Night

                                                          Mondo, in partnership with Konami, is proud to present the soundtrack to one of the most iconic and important video games of all time Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night. It features 7 Bonus tracks from the Sega Saturn version of the game. and original artwork by Jasmin Darnell. 


                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: There isn't really much point in what i'm going to write, if you know about games you know about Castlevania, and if you know about Castlevania, you know what it sounds like. What I can tell you is that as far as game soundtracks are concerned, Konami Kukeiha club are possibly the most influential, and as far as their work goes, this is (in my opinion) one of their best. Totally essential.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xLP Info: 180g black vinyl.

                                                          Kool & The Gang / Aretha Franklin

                                                          Give It Up / Rock Steady (DJ Soopasoul Edits)

                                                          DJ Soopasoul has handpicked two of the finest funk/jazz songs from far and wide to edit them with a twist. Kool & The Gang and Aretha Franklin never sounded so funky. There are only 250 copies ever made so it’s very limited and will with no doubt fly off the shelves.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          Ltd 7" Info: Red vinyl, limited to 250 copies.

                                                          Labi Siffre / Banbarra

                                                          I Got The / Shack Up

                                                          If you needed some funky disco tunes if your life then look no further, Labi Siffre and Banbarra have got your back. ‘I Got Your Back’ has that irresistible catchiness that has turned it into a pure classic. Flash forward to the B-Side, ‘Shack Up’ is just an essential funk track, instantly recognisable and an absolute banger!


                                                          Lake People hail from Leipzig, Germany and have been crafting a very special kind of house music since about 2011. A varied but high caliber of labels have previously displayed their sonic wares, with Mule Musiq and Permanent Vacation giving the group the most exposure and releasing 2017's "Phase Transition" and 2015's "Purposely Uncertain Field" respectively.

                                                          Back on Japan's Mule and with their only new record of the year, "Vivacity" cruises in on smooth gliding synth drones with the 808's conga, woodblock and handclaps working frenetically. The kind of track you might catch Fort Romeo or Daniel Avery utilizing to deadly effect. "You Make It Look Easy" follows suit with a typical Juno bass, celestial keys twinkling overhead while super emosh strings paint a rich and redolent tapestry; nodding to Mr. Fingers and Chi-town in general without being too pastiche.

                                                          Side B sees triplet acid patterns ride a stuttered drum beat, sounding something like a C2 remix of Henrik Schwarz! The perfect soundtrack to a Salford sunrise over the White Hotel.... Finally, "It's World Is One We Seldom Visit" tunes into more intergalactic frequencies, Martian melodies colliding with Red Shift strings and a thoroughly space-age lead synth as we ascend into our nearest star cluster. 


                                                          Third album by Frankfurt's Phillip Lauer - one half of Tuff City Kids (with Gerd) and one of Germany's prime exports regarding all things melodic and dance related. "Power" is a topical take on classic dance and 80ies pop figures, disco music in a closet (Lauer is still in denial), singing arpeggios, android choirs, beautiful bass lines and sometimes the apparitional architecture of house music.

                                                          Neatly placed on one piece of vinyl, “Power” collects nine songs that follow these roads. Expertly produced, recorded on high-end tape and complemented with intricate songwriting, many are regarding this as Lauer's magnum opus.

                                                          “Power” is vintage Lauer. Like his attic - Pyramide Studio 2 for those who know - where a vast synthesizer collection from the days of yore and tomorrow meets other digital dinosaurs and analog axes, it showcases a sanguine, punky and vivid DIY-aesthetic that isn't too far from a garage band turned into a one-man-orchestra. Glazed with two songs featuring the vocal talents of Jasnau ("Mirrors" and the eponymous "Power"), that sentiment is consolidated through a complete and dizzying LP which takes the listener over rainbow roads and electronic super highways. 


                                                          One of Lobster hot fave new artists steps up with a whopping 6-track breakbeat, jungle and rave 12" for the ever-90's leaning Lobster White Label series.

                                                          An onslaught of sampled breaks, heavy chops and production roughness incoming! From the time-stretched drums and gloomy bass of Untitled 1 to eagle-soaring euphoria of Untitled 3 and the crunchin' crescendo of Untitled 6. A sonic spectrum of throwback heat. Absolute nutty, absolutely you!



                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Sil says: Somebody told Marco to do whatever he wanted in the studio, and he did! Six mind-blowing tracks heavily influenced by 90s nostalgia that leave no stone unturned. Just like you like it!

                                                          LCD Soundsystem

                                                          I Used To (Dixon Retouch) / Pulse (v.1)

                                                          Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. First up, Innervisions head and Berlin house legend Dixon takes on the broody, pensive and propulsive "I Used To" and opens it out into a clinical club cut. Reshaping the track into a spacious mix down, Dixon allows maximum room for the icy synth tones to stand out, while the clipped rhythm section is perfectly suited to a Funktion One. Stealing the show though is that most wonderful of things, a non album LCD track. Like "Starry Eyes / Freak Out" and "Hippie Priest Bum-Out" before it (amongst many others), "Pulse (V.1)" sees the NYC ensemble wave goodbye to pop songform and say hello to freeform jamming, this time on a punk funk meets minimal techno trip out. The track builds from the icy arps of a techy synth line, through loose live drums and Blank Tapes organs into a bleeping, squelcho bassline breakdown right out of the Maurice Fulton playbook. After five body moving minutes, the track suddenly veers off into new realms, repurposing those elements first as a tense and claustrophobic snapshot of ambient techno, then as an ecstatic and spiritual experience. Edge intact, LCD are back.

                                                          LCD Soundsystem

                                                          Oh Baby (Lovefingers Remix) / Oh Baby (Lovefingers Dub)

                                                          Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. This second serving sees ESP Institute founder Lovefingers putting his own psychedelic touch on sincere synth serenade "Oh Baby". The New York producer and label head adds a rolling house piano and tripped out textures, reworking the original percussion elements and acid tinged fx into a hypnotic shuffler perfect for extended warm ups and post peak euphoria. In time honoured ESP fashion the off-kilter congas come to party while the arpeggios and sequences of the LCD original take on a "Big City" grandeur. Lovefingers drops the vocal just on time, lending the medicated music a mantra for the ages, then twists us out with pitch bent synth riffs and a nagging bassline. I'd go as far as to say this is my favourite Lovefingers production, and the dub version on the flip is the icing on the cake, doing away with 95% of the vocal, and rinsing the rest through the space echo for added cosmic impact. Straight in the bag I should think!

                                                          Andrew Liles

                                                          Other Worlds Other Monsters

                                                            The National Association of Satanic Advancement and Blackest Rainbow proudly present the new L.P. from Andrew Liles - OTHER WORLDS OTHER MONSTERS.

                                                            An oscillating disc of polyvinyl chloride rammed with space age messages and toe tapping tunes for all intergalactic warriors, time travellers, damaged droogs and rusty replicants.

                                                            A further instalment in Liles' massive MONSTER series with themes, incidental music, bridging songs, interludes, zaps, zings, shooting stars and fizzing rockets created as imaginary soundtracks for imaginary Sci-Fi films. Musical interpretations on a ‘intergalactic’ theme influenced by a vast array of space-age TV shows and movies from yesteryear, aliens, androids, interplanetary travel and universes yet to be discovered. The tracks cover a vast amount of ground including austere orchestral pieces, vocoders, cheesy 80’s soundtracks, 70’s synths, bleeps and bloops and much, much more.

                                                            Narration comes from Alex Jako and Melon Liles.

                                                            The amazing front cover comes from Graham Humphreys (the revered British designer and illustrator responsible for some of the best film posters of the 1980’s including Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and album covers for The Cramps and The Lords of the New Church).

                                                            *REISSUE*
                                                            A beautifully mesmerising contemporary classical / ambient album here from Loscil. Melody, texture and rhythm are all at work to create a truly deep oceanic listening experience that you can get properly lost in.

                                                            Much of the LP is created from long, suspended drones, semi-biotic in nature and submerged under a vast and heavy reverb. Oblique in some ways but heart wrenchingly direct in others it's both at home gently & subtly adding to your surroundings through background play, or completely overwhelming your senses through more focused listening. Meditative and powerful in equal measure.

                                                            Impressive stuff as always from long standing Canadian composer. Recommended! 


                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Ltd LP Info: Available on vinyl for the first time!

                                                            Lunch Money

                                                            Living 3000 - Inc. Equiknoxx Remix

                                                            Blink-and-you'll-miss-it, super illicit bass-bin-buggin' technoid pressure here from a fresh London firm. Lunch Money bring a Sunklow, vacuum packed skipper with lead track, "Living 3000" which lands slap bang in the crushed detritus of Joy O & Boddika's last outing. Tuned perc, balanced bass rumbles, a return of the AH! snare shot, plus loads of head-mangling, warbled lead lines all combine to create a heady and submerged hit of nocturnal tension.

                                                            Swing Ting collaborators and future-dancehall originators Equiknoxx are on remix duties, lending a whiff of cult desirability to the release. The JA stalwarts come correct with big dark synth-brass stabs, honking in over their typical canvass of ethnic perc, mangled samples and celestial synth flourishes - all arranged in a rough, cut-n-paste stylee. Yes aye! 

                                                            Don't delay we only got a few copies...


                                                            After Vox Populi!'s "Half Dead Ganja Music" and Frank Dommert's "Kiefermusik", we have a hand picked compilation by the Hamburg artist Maat. Maat is a solo project by Dorte Marth, who created two secretly powerful and underappreciated records in 1993. They were released on two labels (Dragnet, Dom Elchklang) run by Achim P. Li Khan, the co-founder of the Greatest Band On Eearth, H.N.A.S. Maat's musical pallette is at once, strikingly, a more dark and brooding occult version of Anima and Limpe Fuchs. One can hear classical music references much like Coil's Unnatural History, but played further, blurring the shadowy lines between sampling and virtuoso playing.

                                                            Maat's dark and glisteningly illustrated use of electronic drums, Pan-Asian arrangements, and classical styles, invent a private world where she uncovers and projects forth, a new and ancient female energy. Its almost as if she is orchestrating her pallette and shooting it through star-clusters beneath the world. Probably Typhonian Highlife's and 4th World Magazines greatest influence. 

                                                            Magic Drum Orchestra

                                                            Original Nuttah Feat. Bunty (7" 01D Edit) / Dread Nourishment

                                                            Magic Drum Orchestra’s limited edition double A-side 7” of "Original Nuttah" feat. Bunty / Dread Nourishment features a captivating rework of the ragga-jungle classic "Original Nuttah" 'longside the dub-infused rhythms of "Dread Nourishment" and presents a glimpse into the genre-spanning array of influences on offer in this thrilling new project.

                                                            Built around the rule that every note had to come from a percussion instrument, Glyn explores the core instrumental components of the Magic Drum Orchestra in a studio setting. The result is an instinctive, beat-laden album inspired by hip hop, grime, GQOM and R&B production and traditional samba rhythms and styles. Glyn finds innovative ways to give new life to Shy FX & UK Apachi’s ragga jungle classic; the high pitched drone of the original is re-created on a singing bowl; the iconic bass-line is transferred to Brazilian bass-drums called 'surdos' and the jungle breaks are reproduced on live drums. Bunty’s playful vocals lighten and feminise the rude boy anthem, injecting what Glyn calls: 'new life and vibes into a classic of the genre'.

                                                            Glyn’s back catalogue includes the notable house, dub and trip-hop band Rockers Hi-Fi who released albums on Island and Warner and gained a substantial following. More recently, following Rockers Hi-Fi’s success, Glyn began concentrating on his own productions, remixing tracks for the likes of Swayzak, Mark Rae, Fat Freddy’s DJ Fitchie; collaborating with Fela Kuti’s drummer, the great Tony Allen to create the 2008 album "13 Faces of Lightning Head".

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            7" Info: Limited to 500 copies.


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