ALL GENRES

WEEK STARTING 2 Dec

Frank Black & The Catholics

One More Road For The Hit (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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    Between 1998 and 2003, Frank Black and co released six albums under the 'Frank Black And The Catholics' moniker. All recorded live and direct to two track tape, the ensuing music is some of the most energised, raw, andessential of Frank Black's career.'One More Road For The Hit' is a compilation of B sides and non album tracks from across the band's career and acts as an essential companion piece to Demon Records' 'The Complete Studio Albums' boxset released in summer2022.

    Previously only available as a digital download, the complete collection is now available on vinyl for the first time and features brand new artwork with photography by renowned photographer Steve Gullick.Newly remastered from the original tapes by Phil Kinrade at AIR Mastering and pressed on 140g clear vinyl, housed in an outer sleeve with spot UV detailing and a printed inner sleeve.

    TRACK LISTING

    Show Me Your Tears
    Humboldt County Massacre
    Don’t Clip Your Wings
    Preacher’s Daughter
    Pan American Highway
    Constant Sorrow Man
    Pray For The Girls
    Valley Of Our Hope
    A Dab’ll Do Ya
    Ludwigshafen
    Living On Soul
    Angst
    Le Cigare Volant

    David Bowie

    The Next Day EP (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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      Contains album outtakes and remixes from David Bowie’s The Next Day album. In the summer of 2013, unreleased songs – “Atomica,” “The Informer,” “Like A Rocket Man,” and “Born In A UFO” – were finally completed after remaining unfinished during the main album sessions. Two remixes, “Love Is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA), a ten-minute opus by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and the Venetian Mix of “I’d Rather Be High” were added, plus the Japanese bonus track “The Informer.”

      Captain Beefheart

      Clear Spot (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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        50th anniversary deluxe edition of the classic 1972 album from Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band. This limited edition 2LP crystal clear vinyl set features the original album recut from the original master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering plus an additional LP of rare studio outtakes, alternate versions and previously unreleased instrumental rough mixes from the Clear Spot sessions. Featuring “Big Eyed Beans from Venus”, “Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles”, “My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains” and more.

        The Cribs

        Live At The Cavern (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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          'The Cribs - Live At The Cavern' is a special live recording of the band's one-off show at the legendary Liverpool venue 'The Cavern Club'. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the band played a special live-streamed show with no fans in attendance, with the show instead being broadcast to fans around the world. Now a recording of this unique concert experience, which features all the band's hits, from 'Men's Needs' to 'Come On, Be A No-One', is being released for the first time on vinyl exclusively for RSD Black Friday. It'll be the only way for fans to hear this unique performance as the recordings will not be released on DSPs before the event. The record itself is a double black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

          The Cure

          Wish - 30th Anniversary Edition (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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            TRACK LISTING

            Open
            High
            Apart
            From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea
            Wendy Time
            Doing The Unstuck
            Friday I’m In Love
            Trust
            A Letter To Elise
            Cut
            To Wish Impossible Things
            End

            Dream Widow

            Dream Widow (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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              Dave Grohl/Foo Fighters fictional thrash metal band. X8 trk EP. 

              The Farm

              All Together Now (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                Popularised as a football anthem and the biggest single from Liverpool’s The Farm, ‘All Together Now’ 12” remix reissue is being released for the first time on transparent Curacao vinyl to coincide with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which takes place in November.

                TRACK LISTING

                All Together Now
                All Together Now Ft. The S.f.x. Boys’ Choir, Liverpool (the Choral Mx)
                All Together Now (farley And Heller Remix)
                All Together Now (rocky And Diesel Mix)

                Jimi Hendrix

                Burning Desire (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                  Part of Dagger Records’ authorized Jimi Hendrix “bootleg” releases. Mixed by Eddie Kramer, compelling examples of Jimi’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970. In the shadow of Electric Ladyland, the original Jimi Hendrix Experience struggled to remain a cohesive unit, and Jimi’s ceaseless creative pursuit would lead to experimental sessions with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles and ambitious attempts to integrate fresh musical elements. On these studio recordings, Jimi can be heard developing exciting new material such as “Ezy Ryder,” “Cherokee Mist,” “Villanova Junction Blues,” “Izabella,” and “Burning Desire.” Burning Desire was originally released on CD via mail order only, seeing its only LP release on black vinyl as part of a previous Black Friday celebration. The double LP will now be available for the first time since, pressed on translucent orange and red vinyl by QRP as part of the new RSD Encores series revisiting popular releases from the indie retail event’s history.

                  Jefferson Airplane

                  Jefferson Airplane Live At The Monterey International Pop Festival (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                    Jefferson Airplane Live at The Monterey International Pop Festival! Their performance took place on Saturday night June 17, 1967. The Ode Sounds / Monterey Pop team: The package design will be the same layout and specs with color vinyl as the previously released "Live at Monterey Pop" titles (Otis Redding, The Who, Big Brother and The Holding Company). This will be the first time this set has ever been released on vinyl LP!

                    The Jesus Lizard

                    Shot (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                      After Austin-based Scratch Acid disbanded, caterwauling vocalist David Yow and bassist David Wm Sims moved to Chicago, where they formed The Jesus Lizard and proceed to make a glorious racket throughout the '90s and beyond. Shot was their first major label release (for Capitol in 1996) and their first one without famed underground producer Steve Albini; but GGGarth (Melvins, L7) ably filled Albini's large shoes behind the board, cleaning up the sound a bit while losing none of The Jesus Lizard's grungy, menacing mania (check out "Thumbscrews" and "Skull of a German").

                      For its first time on vinyl, we're releasing Shot with a printed inner sleeve featuring lyrics and a fire orange with black streaks pressing limited to 2500 units!!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Thumper
                      Blue Shot
                      Thumbscrews
                      Good Riddance
                      Mailman
                      Skull Of A German
                      Trephination
                      More Beautiful Than Barbie
                      Too Bad About The Fire
                      Churl
                      Now Then
                      Inamorata
                      Pervertedly Slow

                      Jungle

                      Good Times / Problemz (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                        Jungle’s 2014 self-titled debut album was a Mercury Prize nominee and is now Gold-certified, while their 2018 follow-up, For Ever, reached #10 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2021 the duo released Loving In Stereo—their highest-charting record to date—to widespread praise. Their three albums have amassed over 750,000 equivalent album sales and over a billion streams worldwide.

                        Jungle recently released the double A-side single “GOOD TIMES / PROBLEMZ” digitally to support their robust 2022 touring schedule, which includes stops with Billie Eilish in Europe, global festival appearances, as well as multiple arena shows with Gorillaz. “GOOD TIMES / PROBLEMS” will see an exclusive Record Store Day Black Friday release on classic black vinyl."

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Good Times
                        2. Problemz

                        The Specials

                        Work In Progress Versions (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                          Continuing the rarities/unreleased of The Specials and Jerry Dammers on 10" singles for Record Store Day.

                          This new release contains two previously unreleased Work In Progress Versions of two tracks from 1980/81. The first being a rehearsal version of 'Friday Night, Saturday Morning' and on the flip side an early version of 'I Can't Stand It' recorded by Jerry Dammers at the Home Organ, with Horace Panter on bass.

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                          TRACK LISTING

                          Friday Night, Saturday Morning (Instrumental Rehearsal)
                          I Can't Stand It (Instrumental)

                          Joe Strummer

                          Live At Music Millennium (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                            Receiving its first ever official release, Joe Strummer's intimate solo set at iconic Portland indie store Music Millennium in Novembrer 1999. The set was captured via a soundboard recording and has previously only circulated thorugh bootlegs. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Junco Partner
                            X-ray Style
                            Island Hopping
                            The Road To Rock ‘n’ Roll
                            Trash City

                            The Undertones

                            The Love Parade (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                              New 140g, green vinyl 12" single, using original cover art, with printed metallic text. 40th anniversary of The Undertones 1982 release, taken from their 'Sin Of Pride' album. Features original B-side Like That along with the rare Love Parade and Soul Seven demos, previously unreleased on vinyl.

                              Townes Van Zandt

                              At My Window (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                                35th anniversary edition of Townes Van Zandt’s first album on Sugar Hill Records. Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on sky blue vinyl.

                                Yard Act

                                The Overload - Picture Disc (Black Friday 22 Edition)

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                                  Limited Edition Picture Disc of #2 Album 'The Overload' never been pressing on a Picture Disc before. 

                                  2manydjs

                                  As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 - 2022 Reissue

                                    In the first two decades of the 21st century, few have controlled the cultural weather quite like Stephen and David Dewaele. The Dewaeles are familiar to millions as 2manydjs, a project which undoubtedly moved the needle for modern DJing. In 2002, after a string of creative broadcasts on radio while still known primarily as a rock band, they released As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2.

                                    This was a mix so giddy, creative, genre-blurring and downright fun that it could only be considered equal to a full-length album – which is exactly what happened, tallying Album of the Year and Album of the Decade accolades from the likes of The New York Times, Spin, The Face, Pitchfork and more, and shifting over half a million copies globally.

                                    As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is now reissued featuring Richard Young’s iconic original photography. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, 2manydjs will perform at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday December 17th alongside Miss Kittin, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul and other 2002-specific special guests to be announced.

                                    The Belgian brothers-in-arms are also known to many as electronic/indie rock band Soulwax, the adored group whose combination of rock, rave and gleaming white suits has proved irresistible to record buyers and festival-goers from the 1990s to the present day.

                                    Through their Ghent-based studio and record label Deewee, the Dewaeles continue to push cutting-edge electronic music, including Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul’s infectious Topical Dancer, one of 2022’s most celebrated electronic pop albums. They have also kept up a hot streak as remixers, applying their signature jagged-yet-refined electro touch to the likes of Róisín Murphy, Peggy Gou, Robyn, Sylvester, Fontaines D.C., Wet Leg and Marie Davidson. Despacio, the roving audiophile soundsystem which the Dewaeles undertake alongside LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, completes the picture.

                                    Alongside like-minded allies such as Erol Alkan, Tiga and Jacques lu Cont, 2manydjs swept dancefloors into delirium, gifting a rock ‘n’ roll attitude to club culture. With As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 as their genre-blurring calling card, the Dewaeles’ unique style managed to be deeply credible and hugely scalable, propelling the brothers to dance music’s summit, a vantage point from which they never came back down.


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Matt says: I’m not joking. In 2002 (the year this was released), this was THE mixtape to be seen with. Period. Infact, your very success with the opposite / same sex depended largely on whether you had this (at the time) bootleg CD-R in your collection. It got hammered so much we all knew the tracklist and running order off by heart. It introduced us then-teenagers to the joys of the mash-up, and propelled a then-burgeoning David and Stephen Dewaele into the ears of the youth, the dancefloors of the (young) adults, and the columns of the hottest music press at the time. It was and still is quite a phenomenal landmark in music culture. Referenced a million times over and played even more so.

                                    I’ve never seen it on vinyl. Ever. Whether that’s my own ignorance, turning my back on my teenage dreams as I matured into adulthood or, as it happens, it’s actually quite rare! (it’s the latter – I just checked at the 2012 press goes for about £200!).

                                    It’s still the ultimate soundtrack to get ready for your Saturday night. Capturing that youthful energy and hitting us with hit after hit presented in the most unusual and infectious ways. Unfortunately it’s unlikely to piss yer parents off as much as it did in 2002 cos they probably already know it!

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax
                                    Elektronic Remix) * CD Only
                                    Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Peter Gunn (Live)
                                    Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Head-A-Pella)
                                    Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
                                    The Velvet Underground – I’m Waiting For The Man
                                    Polyester – J’aime Regarder Les Mecs
                                    Sly And The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
                                    Ready For The World – Oh Sheila (A Capella)
                                    Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
                                    Ural 13 Diktators – Disko Kings
                                    Bobby Orlando – The “O” Medley
                                    Felix Da Housecat – Silverscreen-Shower Scene
                                    The Stooges – No Fun
                                    Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
                                    Hanayo With Jürgen Paape – Joe Le Taxi
                                    The Jets – Crush On You (A Capella)
                                    Funkacise Gang – Funkacise
                                    Soul Grabber – Motocross Madness
                                    Lil Louis And The World – French Kiss
                                    Zongamin – Serious Trouble
                                    Garbage – Androgyny ‘Thee Glitz Mix’ By Felix Da Housecat
                                    Frank Delour – Disc Jockey’s Delight Vol. 2
                                    The Residents – Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
                                    Carlos Morgan – Shake Your Body
                                    Alphawezen – Into The Stars (Firebirds Remix)
                                    Interstellar – Concepts
                                    Nena – 99 Luftballons
                                    Destiny’s Child – Independent Women Part 1 (A Capella)
                                    10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
                                    Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
                                    Royksopp – Eple
                                    Arbeid Adelt – Death Disco
                                    Jeans Team – Keine Melodien Feat. Mj Lan
                                    Skee.Lo – I Wish (A Capella)
                                    Maurice Fulton Presents Stress – My Gigolo
                                    The Breeders – Cannonball
                                    The Cramps – Human Fly
                                    The Wildbunch – Danger! High Voltage
                                    Op:l Bastards – Don’t Bring Me Down
                                    Adult – Hand To Phone
                                    Vitalic – La Rock 01
                                    Queen Of Japan – I Was Made For Loving You
                                    New Order – The Beach
                                    Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (A Capella)
                                    Lords Of Acid – I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
                                    Streamer Feat. Private Thoughts In Public Places – Start Button

                                    Idris Ackamoor / The Collective

                                    Idrissa's Dream

                                      Strut continue their work from the archives of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids with a first ever vinyl release of Ackamoor's debut avant-garde / Afro-jazz recordings from 1971 with The Collective, based out of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

                                      The group was formed after Ackamoor had returned to Antioch from a spell in L.A. under the wing of influential saxophonist Charles Tyler. Pianist Lester Knibbs had been appointed to the Antioch college music department as an assistant professor and had followed a similar path to avant-garde pioneer, Cecil Taylor. "They both came from the classical tradition," explains Ackamoor, "but also understood jazz and avant-garde improvisation." Ackamoor and Knibbs started as a duet before Ackamoor met three musicians from Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton. Ackamoor continues, "They would come to Yellow Springs because they could find marijuana there. They were called 'the three Steves': Steve Maniscoso, an Italian, Steve Rumboat, a white American and Oakland Steve, a black musician playing flute. Oakland Steve left the air force and then Margaux Simmons arrived - that is the quintet featured on these recordings. You also hear a vocalist called Peggy Pettitt, another Antioch student who became quite famous in movies; she starred in the film Black Girl soon afterwards in 1972.

                                      This concert is the only professional recording of The Collective from a performance at Kelly Hall in August 1971. "After this, I think the Steves went back to Wright-Patterson," continues Ackamoor, "and The Collective just naturally evolved and transitioned into the Pyramids. I felt like The Collective was my birth as a composer; we created such a tapestry of sound because Lester had the talent to play enormous arpeggios and colours on the piano, both classically and as improvisation. Our music was just a natural expression, coming from our souls, our hearts and our minds. A channel from above... But it was not pre-designed in any way.

                                      `Idrissa's Dream' is fully remastered from the original tapes by The Carvery and the package features an interview with Idris Ackamoor alongside previously unseen photos.


                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1 The Shepherd's Tune
                                      A2 Idrissa's Dream Part I
                                      B1 Idrissa's Dream Part II
                                      B2 Black Queen
                                      C1 Beginning Roots Part I
                                      D1 Beginning Roots Part II
                                      D2 Veil Of Solitude

                                      Barry Adamson

                                      I Will Set You Free - 2022 Reissue

                                        Initially released in 2012, I Will Set You Free amalgamated elements of Barry’s previous work, resulting in an album that is unmistakably Barry Adamson. Like many of Adamson’s records, the album is a genre odyssey that jumps from garage rock rock, to blues, to new-wave pop, with the adventurous brass section injecting an acid jazz touch. His overwhelming desire to examine cultural shifts and embrace them within the quest to improve oneself that often centres in Adamson’s art is clearly present in I Will Set You Free. This subsequently makes it a quintessential Barry Adamson record that fits right in with the back catalogue. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1 Get Your Mind Right
                                        A2 Black Holes In My Brain
                                        A3 Turnaround
                                        A4 The Power Of Suggestion
                                        A5 Destination
                                        B1 The Trigger City Blues
                                        B2 Looking To Love Somebody
                                        B3 The Sun And The Sea
                                        B4 If You Love Her
                                        B5 Stand In

                                        Barry Adamson

                                        Know Where To Run - 2022 Reissue

                                          Barry’s 2016 album, Know Where To Run, was produced by Barry himself and recorded in Brighton with Paul Pascoe, whilst WTNSS mixed and provided additional production at the legendary Dean Street Studios. The concept behind the album emerged when Barry started taking photos during a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds North American tour, playing with the idea of traversing different states of the human condition and different states across America. The result was an audio/visual project inspired by these pictures, with the record being presented alongside a curated photobook. 

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1 In Other Worlds
                                          A2 Cine City
                                          A3 Come Away
                                          A4 Death Takes A Holiday
                                          A5 Claw And Wing
                                          B1 Texas Crash
                                          B2 Mr Greed
                                          B3 Up In The Air
                                          B4 Evil Kind

                                          Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds

                                          It's Coming Home For Christmas

                                            Festive re-working of this classic football anthem, in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which features England & Wales amongst others. 

                                            Syd Barrett

                                            An Introduction To Syd Barrett - 2022 Reissue

                                              An Introduction To Syd Barrett, is a reissue of the 2010 collection that brought together for the first time the tracks of Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett on one compilation.

                                              David Gilmour, who originally worked on Syd Barrett's two solo albums, as co-producer of The Madcap Laughs and as producer of Barrett, was the executive producer for the album. Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson at Astoria Studios remixed five tracks including ‘Octopus’, ‘She Took A Long Cool Look’, ‘Dominoes’ and ‘Here I Go’, with David Gilmour adding bass guitar to the last track. Pink Floyd's ‘Matilda Mother’ also received a fresh 2010 Mix.

                                              The album features the original 24-page booklet and graphics plus all lyrics, and was designed including the cover art by long time Pink Floyd associate the late Storm Thorgerson and his estimable studio.

                                              An Introduction To Syd Barrett provides a handy overview of this visionary talent, this madcap genius whose star shone brightly yet burnt out all too quickly.


                                              BATTS

                                              The Nightline

                                                BATTS is the project of Melbourne based singer-songwriter and producer, Tanya Batt. After collaborating with NASA on her debut record ‘The Grand Tour’, Batt turned her sights back to Earth collaborating on this record with American artists - Sharon Van Etten & Deep Sea Diver. It was made in the Australian bush with her band members and honounary sixth member Alex O'Gorman engineering, surrounded by horses and lorikeets often joining the band for lunch.

                                                The Nightline’s open-book honesty traces the contours of grief, trauma and living with disabling chronic illness, following Batt’s diagnosis with Vestibular Migraine and PPPD. Her unflinching ability to deal with deeply emotive subject matter, and her ambitious vision as a producer. After the passing of her father-in-law in 2019, Batt focused on making an album he would have loved.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. The Nightline
                                                2. All That I Need
                                                3. Summer In London
                                                4. Blue Feat. Sharon Van Etten
                                                5. Call It What It Is
                                                6. Broken Toes
                                                7. Reassess The Marks
                                                8. Warm Wine
                                                9. Temporary Selfish Behaviour
                                                10. Free
                                                11. Linger Feat. Deep Sea Diver
                                                12. Keeping On

                                                The Beach Boys

                                                Sail On Sailor 1972

                                                  Building on the success of 2021’s Feel Flows and the Sounds Of Summer product suite, UMe will be releasing 4 new packages based on the 1972 recordings by The Beach Boys from the albums “Carl and The Passions” and “Holland” in November.

                                                  The project is expansive with 120 tracks, 80 of which are previously unreleased!

                                                  The band is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and through 2023 and a number of tentpole events will build consumer excitement through next year.

                                                  Trevor Beales

                                                  Fireside Stories (Hebden Bridge Circa 1971-1974)

                                                    Anti-counter culture loner folk from a teenage attic in the heart of rural Northern hippiedom.

                                                    Today the valley town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is world-renowned as something of a bohemian backwater. It wasn’t like this back in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, when a disparate selection of radicals, drop-outs, heads, musicians, artists and writers started to be attracted to the Calder Valley. Local lad and future poet laureate Ted Hughes called the area “the fouled nest of industrialisation”.

                                                    Over time, those seeds of radicalism and collectivism ensured Hebden Bridge evolved into a place where people could be themselves and all shades of individual oddness not only tolerated but actively encouraged. But back at the turn of the dreary 1970s it remained a monochrome world defined by its unforgiving surrounding landscapes, where the old gritstone over-dwellings were stained with soot and rain lashed down for weeks.

                                                    It was here that Trevor Beales, who was born in 1953, grew up, and from where he drew musical and lyrical inspiration.

                                                    Perhaps it was this dual nationality heritage, unusual in the valley’s largely white working class population at the time, that gave the teenager Trevor Beale’s music an outsider’s perspective. The discovery of Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt, The Byrds and James Taylor at a young age, lead to him picking up a guitar at the age of ten, and he was soon writing his own originals and performing them at local (though often remote) folk clubs and pubs.

                                                    Recorded in the attic of the family home at Ivy Bank in Charlestown on the verdant wooded slopes at the edge of Hebden Bridge between 1971 and 1974, these early recordings are collected here for the first time and mark Trevor Beales long-overdue solo debut.

                                                    In these songs is a suffer-no-fools sense of realism that is defiantly Northern, yet also expresses a worldliness that belies Beales’ young years, whilst also showcasing an inherent storyteller’s ear for narrative. Here is a postcard from the past at that crucial musical period of transition, when the idealistic exponents of the 1960s emerged into an austere new decade that was to be shaped by strikes, rising unemployment and economic upheaval.

                                                    Two aspects of this music make it remarkable: Beales’ natural ability showcases a sophisticated guitar-picking style that was leagues ahead of many of his (older, more recognised) contemporaries. This is music that can confidently hold its own with pioneers such as Davey Graham, Michael Chapman, Dave Evans, Bert Jansch and Jackson C Frank, as influenced by jazz, blues and steel guitar as any of the old songbook classics from ancient Albion.

                                                    Secondly, his lyrics are a far cry from either the naïve bedroom scribblings of a teenager who has barely left his upland home, nor do they fall foul of the type of lazy cliches and sub-Tolkien imagery that was still in abundance in the early 1970s. Most remarkably the earliest songs here were laid down less than a year after he left school (an unearthed report written by his headteacher on July 3rd 1970 noted he had “a considerable ability and interest in music”, though his education ended abruptly when he simply walked out of a science lesson one sunny day while at sixth form, never to return).

                                                    Trevor’s music is grounded in reality – his reality. ‘Then I’ll Take You Home’, for example, considers the Guru Marajai, who encouraged his acolytes to give over their worldly possessions, yet who drove a Rolls Royce and lived like a playboy. Unsurprisingly, this latest in a long line of spiritual charlatans found several followers in Hebden Bridge, and Beales casts a disdainful eye over the growing popularity for such false prophets.

                                                    With its ancient narratives and propensity for myth-making, folk has certainly produced it’s fair share of cult figures who have enjoyed rediscovery or career resurgence and with this debut compilation of home recordings, rescued from cassette tapes, Trevor Beales might just be the latest addition. Certainly he was the real deal.

                                                    Crucially, Beales' music is never jaded or cynical, but instead possesses a poet’s ear, a strong sense of self and some sound critical faculties. And much of it recorded at an age when he could neither vote nor order a pint of heavy.
                                                    Trevor Beales died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 29th 1987, aged 33. He left behind Christine and their young child Lydia. 


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: Another wonderful collection of folk from the ever-brilliant Basin Rock here. One of my favourite LP's from earlier this year was the stunning Andrew Tuttle LP, and though this shares similar instrumental leanings, it's from significantly closer to home, focusing on the early 70's in the Calder Valley.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1. Marion Belle
                                                    2. Tell Me Now
                                                    3. Dance Of The Mermaids
                                                    4. City Lights
                                                    5. The Old Soldier
                                                    6. Sunlight On The Table
                                                    Side B
                                                    7. Metropolis
                                                    8. The Prisoner
                                                    9. Braziliana
                                                    10. Then I'll Take You Home
                                                    11. Ocean Of Tears
                                                    12. Fireside Story 

                                                    Brendan Benson

                                                    Low Key

                                                      Not every two-year period measures out the same, noted Brendan Benson, the 51-year old Grammy- nominated singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Raconteurs. Benson had just finished his well- received seventh album, "Dear Life" in 2019 when his world came to a stop. "I was rehearsing for South-By-Southwest and gearing up for a tour and had a band ready and then, of course, the world shut down," he said in a recent interview. The lockdown then began to reroute lives, societies and ambitions worldwide. "Everything changed," Benson said. "I went to work on some songs so I'd have new material when things opened up." Over months with minimal interactions, those songs coal- esced and took on lives of their own, he said. Two years of semi-isolation, of fading relationships, of the natural inward turn that comes with less human contact unexpectedly pushed Benson's song- writing into new places.

                                                      Instead of being an afterthought, Benson's solitude evolved into, "Low Key" the eighth album by the idiosyncratic songwriter who has enjoyed both world-wide popularity with the Raconteurs and a devoted cult following for his numerous solo projects. Low Key, the Nashville-based artist said, was his chance to explore how lives and relationships changed during the lengthy isolation from the normal interactions of everyday life. Benson might not have written songs such as "People Grow Apart" and "Whole Lotta Nothing" prior to 2019, he said. "The lockdown afforded people the opportunity to cut ties - or maybe it caused people to do that," he said. "Whatever the case may be, a lot of people fell out. But then relationships ending is one of my favourite topics for song writing," he said with a laugh.

                                                      This isn't to say that the 8-track effort recorded in Benson's own Readymade Studio in Nashville is a grim look at the state of human condition. Just the opposite. The catchy, upbeat lead track "Ain't No Good," pokes fun at destructive self-absorption while the guitar-heavy "Whatever's On My Mind" skewers Benson's own hyperkinetic, stream-of-consciousness thinking. And then there's the most unlikely track of all: A cover of Gerry Rafferty's smooth 1978 hit, "Right Down the Line." The cover was suggested by a friend. "She's always been saying I should do that song. I don't normally pay attention when people say that stuff. But then I happened to hear it one day and I said, 'Dang. This is good.' "

                                                      Greg Calbi, the album's mastering engineer at Sterling Sound says: "Brendan combines the classic 80's style song-writing in the Squeeze, Crowded House vein with some incredible contemporary sonic magic, the kind of album which entices the listener to get tickets to a live show immediately."

                                                      The lockdown that left him mostly with himself, professionally speaking. Confined to his Nashville studio, Benson played every instrument on Low Key and handled all of the initial production. The end result was exactly what Benson had been searching for - even if he didn't know it at the time. Those years spent honing his craft as a songwriter, producer and touring musician, turned what could have been a liability of isolation into something far deeper, a body of work he described as the best of his career.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A:
                                                      Aint' No Good
                                                      I Missed The Plane
                                                      People Grow Apart
                                                      Right Down The Line
                                                      Side B:
                                                      Whole Lotta Nothin
                                                      Whatever's On My Mind
                                                      All In
                                                      Something A Little Like Home

                                                      Black Ox Orkestar

                                                      Everything Returns

                                                        Everything Returns reconvenes the original Black Ox Orkestar lineup after a 15-year hiatus. Arising from the fertile Montréal post-punk scene of the early 2000s, the band comprises Scott Gilmore, Jessica Moss and Thierry Amar of Thee Silver Mt. Zion (Amar also continues to compose and play bass for Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and Gabriel Levine of Sackville. Black Ox made two acclaimed albums of roiling acoustic avant-folk in the mid-2000s, exploring Eastern European and North African folkways through the lens of a gritty, resonant indie rock sensibility, juxtaposing interpretations of instrumentals from various Jewish, Romani and Arabic traditions with originals led by Gilmore’s politically-charged Yiddish vocals. These early albums have since become lodestars for many among a new generation of Yiddish, Klezmer and radical Jewish diasporic music practitioners and fans.

                                                        First revealing its resurrection in February 2022 with a surprise flexi 7” single issued by leftist magazine Jewish Currents as a gift to its thousands of subscribers, Black Ox has indeed fully and fruitfully reunited. Exquisitely recorded by Greg Norman (Jason Molina, Nina Nastasia, Electrical Audio), Everything Returns picks up right where the band left off: an incisively atmospheric, melancholic yet resolute album of uniquely modern Jewish folk music, with piano, violin, upright bass, clarinet and cymbalom making up the core instrumentation, and the vocal tunes sung primarily in Yiddish, alongside album centerpiece “Viderkol” and closer “Lamed-Vovnik” where English also features.

                                                        This is not fusion music, but diaspora music: a cross-cultural call and response of musical lexicons, emerging from the history of Jewish persecution and displacement, the musicology of 19th century repertoire from Jewish shtetls, the improvisational traditions of nusakh in Jewish music and taqsim in Arabic music, and a wider polyglot dialogue of Jewish, Slavic, Arabic, and Central Asian musical traditions. Lyrically and stylistically, Everything Returns connects key current issues—from refugees forced to leave their homes, to the return of fascism and exclusionary nationalism—with the legacy of modernist Yiddish poetry and song.

                                                        The new Black Ox Orkestar album is a sublime, poetic, politically-informed statement of re-energized diasporic musical intent, where Gilmore’s voice and the band’s simmering arrangements conjure an ardent, doleful balladry that echoes the sound and sensibility of artists like Tindersticks, The National, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Everything Returns is a haunting, richly textured, darkly sparkling song cycle at once from a vanished world and very much of our time and place.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: A hugely welcome return for one of the most affecting voices in CST history here, with Black Ox Orkestar bringing us the appropriately titled 'Everything Returns'. Swooning folksong and filmic whimsy come together with an unfalteringly well-written flair. There are many reasons that CST are probably my favourite label of all time, and Black Ox Orkestar are one of them. Beautiful.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Tish Nign
                                                        2. Perpetual Peace
                                                        3. Oysgeforn / Bessarabia Hora
                                                        4. Mizrakh Mi Ma’arav
                                                        5. Skotschne
                                                        6. Viderkol (Echo)
                                                        7. Epigenetik
                                                        8. Moldovan Zhok
                                                        9. Lamed-Vovnik

                                                        Marcel Bontempi

                                                        Crawfish, Troubles, Cats & Ghosts

                                                          The (second) single compilation 2015 – 2021. Here is the second compilation of the wizard of rhythm - full-packed with his 7" output (all limited and sold out by now) from 2015 until 2021 and some unreleased songs and muscial themes for theatreplays among others.

                                                          The vinyl comes in a gatefold cover with lots of infos and photos and with an extra bonus 7" of unreleased material inc a cover of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand.

                                                          Mansur Brown

                                                          NAQI Mixtape

                                                            Mansur Brown returns with ‘NAQI Mixtape’ - a vinyl release that combines both ‘NAQI’ EPs from earlier in the year.

                                                            Side A was made for the summer - hard hitting drums and low-end sub, whereas Side B is more for the winter - introspective songs that are cinematic and otherworldly in sound.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            No Way
                                                            My Luck
                                                            Fever
                                                            Rise
                                                            Me And You
                                                            Mission
                                                            Naqi
                                                            Path
                                                            Touch
                                                            Meikai

                                                            Incredibly vibrant set of remixes of the delectable Eden Burns, who's really won us over the last couple of years with his buoyant, feel good and energetic house energy.

                                                            DJ Boring keeps that flavour on his remix of "Invercargirl" - adding techy squeaks n squeals plus some nicely synthesized lead patches to create an incredibly scintillating piece of house music that's bound to uplift and invigorate.

                                                            Nice Girl matches if not supersedes energy levels with his fist-pumping power-boost of "Hands Off My Beat". Approaching those BPM levels the under-25s seem to going crazy for right now; it'll work alongside those Finn, Roza Terenzi and Telephones records that you've been wondering 'how will I find something equally as fast to mix into this?' - now you've got it!

                                                            Stalwarts of emotional techno, Red Axes get tricky with "Choir Song"; utilizing those manipulated choral sounds to great affect. Add a humming bass section and crisp drums and it's a great mid-session tool to get the crowd simmering white hot.

                                                            Finally, not wanting to be left in the shade, Eden himself steps up to remix his own "Big Bark" track. Adding those playful tribal elements we've come to love from the producer, echoed-out dub shards and quirky percussion elements all convene to make this joyous little number a real treat on the ears and feet. Hard not to shake a tail feather to this one I have to say! Fully endorsed by us here at Picc HQ. Don't sleep! 


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Matt says: Public Possession celebrate the mighty Eden Burns with a glorious EP featuring some right royal remixers.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            A1) Eden Burns - Invercargirl (DJ BORING Emotional Mix)
                                                            A2) Eden Burns - Hands Off My Beat (Nice Girl Remix)
                                                            B1) Eden Burns - Choir Song (Red Axes Remix)
                                                            B2) Eden Burns - Big Bark (EB Spezial Dub)

                                                            Johnny Cash

                                                            With His Hot And Blue Guitar - Sun Records 70th Anniversary Edition

                                                              All legends start somewhere, and With His Hot and Blue Guitar is where the legend of Johnny Cash began.

                                                              Newly remastered in honor of Sun Records’ 70th Anniversary, Cash’s debut album was also the first LP issued by Sam Phillips on the legendary label.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Rock Island Line
                                                              I Heard That Lonesome Whistle 
                                                              Country Boy
                                                              If The Good Lord's Willing
                                                              Cry, Cry, Cry
                                                              Remember Me
                                                              So Doggone Lonesome
                                                              I Was There When It Happened
                                                              I Walk The Line
                                                              The Wreck Of The Old '97
                                                              Folsom Prison Blues
                                                              Doin' My Time

                                                              Cyrus Posatron And Digby Yakiddin

                                                              Zodiac Bath Bomb

                                                              Who are those ridiculous names I hear you ask? A few clues in the label name and quick listen to the record and it can only be the eccentric crazed genius of Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell - aka The Idjut Boys - of course!!

                                                              After resurrecting their Droid imprint earlier in the year (to much acclaim), the north east boys are back with their infamous Noid label - the one dedicated to the art of the wigged-out n voodoo night club edit. Focusing largely on forgotten moments of sherm-disco, acid-rock and hallucinatory-boogie; the pair's unique label has become somewhat of a cult staple amongst old Electric Chair heads, readers of DJ History, members of World Of Echoes and yer standard dancefloor misfit that should know better.

                                                              Famed for spring-reverberated wobble, endless tape delays and seriously wonky source material, there really isn't any edits out there quite like the Noid edits. Eric Duncan's (highly coveted) COMBI are the closest things out there for comparison, but then that series didn't last anywhere near as long as this one! (Sorry Eric!).

                                                              Anyway, back on the 'floor and sounding more trippy than ever, "Zodiac Bath Bomb" finds our boys firing on all cylinders and losing none of their swagger as they mature into middle age (again, sorry lads!). Not only is their music great, inventive, playful and pretty much out there on its own - the lads are seriously two of the nicest and politest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting in the 'biz (FACTOID - I once had to seek emergency medical assistance for Conrad's partner who was having a serious allergic reaction / food poisoning episode in Croatia; possibly my most heroic moment of my life so far!). 


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Matt says: It's the return of Noid! - The Idjut Boys infamous edit series and responsible for more than its fair share of dancefloor wobbles. Much like Ron Hardy and Danny K, you instantly know when it's the Idjuts behind the dials on the re-edit tip. Five numbers here tackling varying degrees of inebriation, energy and fun.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1. Zodiac Bath Bomb
                                                              A2. Spark Life
                                                              B1. But Why Jeff?
                                                              B2. Landfill
                                                              B3. I Just Called To Say I Love You

                                                              The Damned

                                                              Machine Gun Etiquette

                                                                The Damned didn’t care about definitions, which is why their classic third album sounds as fresh now as it did in 1979.

                                                                Henry Rollins usually begins his regular Friday night listening session with “Machine Gun Etiquette”. He is, as he says, a “Bowie-fixated, Zeppelin-worshiping Stooges freak” but the Damned’s third album sets the bar for what follows, issuing a challenge to all his other favourites.

                                                                “Machine Gun Etiquette” was by a different Damned to that which made 1977’s “Damned Damned Damned” and “Music For Pleasure”. They split in early 1978 and guitarist/main songwriter Brian James set off to pastures new. On reforming, bassist Captain Sensible switched to guitar, his main instrument. Rat Scabies and Dave Vanian were back too. Bassist Algy Ward was new, had recently left the Saints and was from Croydon like Captain. The new Damned swiftly picked up momentum, first as Les Punks with stop-gap bassist Lemmy, then the Doomed and finally under their old name. Chiswick Records saw what a live draw they were and picked them up, initially with a one-off deal for the ‘Love Song’ single. It charted. The album followed. It charted too.

                                                                Issued in November 1979, “Machine Gun Etiquette” was more than a valediction. A thrilling, wild ride, it took in hyper-speed, guitar-driven pop, psychedelic pop and surreal pop songs drawing from the girl’s comic Bunty and Vanian’s fascination with Hollywood and horror. Pop, though, was what the album was about. Tunes. Whether with the hard-edged anthem ‘Noise, Noise, Noise’ (featuring members of the Clash on vocals; they were recording “London Calling” at the same studio booked by the Damned), the kinetic ‘Liar’ or the astonishing, atmospheric ‘Plan 9 Channel 7’, this new Damned prioritised melody.

                                                                It was also a Damned which – whatever the humour – was dead serious about setting its stall and making a mark. There was no filler: even the cover of the MC5’s ‘Looking At You’ slotted in without breaking the flow. “Machine Gun Etiquette” hit shops within weeks of “London Calling” and Public Image Limited’s “Metal Box”, both benchmark albums showing how far their creators had moved beyond what had been defined as punk. The same applied to the Damned, who likewise recognised no musical barriers and did what they wanted: the true defining characteristic of punk. They didn’t care about definitions anyway. Which is why this classic, essential album sounds as fresh now as it did in 1979.

                                                                Kieron Tyler

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Side 1
                                                                01 Love Song
                                                                02 Machine Gun Etiquette
                                                                03 I Just Can't Be Happy Today
                                                                04 Melody Lee
                                                                05 Anti-Pope
                                                                06 These Hands

                                                                Side 2
                                                                01 Plan 9 Channel 7
                                                                02 Noise, Noise, Noise
                                                                03 Looking At You
                                                                04 Liar
                                                                05 Smash It Up (Part I)
                                                                06 Smash It Up (Part II)

                                                                Yore return with the second Glenn Davis” 12”, a year on from his last 12" “Soul On My Side”, Dublin-based DJ and producer Glenn Davis returns with its sequel, the as-stellar "Better Daze". The dynamic title cut locks in instantly with a pumping kick drum and builds layer by layer thereafter. Percussion, hi-hats, electric piano chords, and synthesizers add to the thrust of the production as it grows ever more urgent. As the track advances, Davis drapes a jazzy keyboard solo across the booming bass as the swing swells to a near-ecstatic level. “Your Time” rounds out the A-side with a cut that suggests pure energy at its outset before quickly morphing into a sleek house strut. With percussion included and late-night synth atmospherics folded in, the breezy tune starts to sound like something you'd hear banging out on the dancefloor.

                                                                On the flip, Davis brings the skipping house groove of "Inner Monologue” to a fever while moody chords, hand drums, and a snappy groove set the scene. It's the female vocalist's soulful delivery and vibes-like earworm that make the tune the standout it is. Think of a dark room and a red light bulb and… well you know the rest!


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: With both label and producer synonymous with authentic deep house, you kinda know what to expect. A highly musical offering which tips its hat at Ron Trent, Moods & Grooves and Kerri Chandler along the way. Mega house music.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Better Daze 07:42
                                                                2. Your Time 05:51
                                                                3. Dance 07:28
                                                                4. Inner Monologue 07:35

                                                                Those Too Slow To Disco cats are back at what they do best - super smooth edits on limited edition 10". Greek producer DJ "S" is a bit of a veteran of the edits scene and with his own downbeat sound he quickly became one of the big names in the European disco scene too. He perfected his craft as a multi-talented music producer, experimenting with vintage black sounds and reviving old-classics in the form of remixes which made a serious impact among the internet and on his YouTube Channel which counts thousands (over 260k) of faithful followers!

                                                                As usual they've got me scratching my head and Pasta Paul already feverishly ramming them in the front of his record bag ready for his next DJ set. Sub 110BPM throughout, with hefty lashings of beach-side soul - think big choruses, powerful vox, smatterings of horns and strings and of course, those ever important B-lines - rolling and warm like the best rare groove joints. 10 points for whoever emails in with a full house of track IDs! Highly recommended, limited copies! 


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: No one quite smooths out the edges like Too Slow To Disco. Theie limited edits series has uncovered 'nuff poolside cool and pure, timeless sun lounger classics time and time again for our discerning ears. DJ "S" keeps true to the remit and delivers four essential joints of slow swagger brilliance.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1 Dj "S" - Groovin'
                                                                A2 Dj "S" - Sweet Love

                                                                B1 Dj "S" - Back Again
                                                                B2 Dj "S" - U

                                                                Dezron Douglas

                                                                ATALAYA

                                                                  ATALAYA is new work by bassist Dezron Douglas, and it is alive. Alive in all the ways that jazz is at its best – as a pure and personal expression of Black Music filtered through time-honored traditions by a group of musicians who practice sonic coherence through musical unity. As Dezron puts it in the opening statement of his liner notes for the album: “Mysticism, Magic, Faith, Love, Power, Discernment! These are words that embody the creative process of Music.”

                                                                  Followers of contemporary jazz might recognize Dezron for his bass work behind Pharaoh Sanders, Louis Hayes, or Ravi Coltrane. Steady International Anthem listeners might remember him from the New York side of Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings. More recently we presented Force Majeure, his sublime duo record with harpist Brandee Younger which compiled the best of livestream performances from their Harlem apartment during the original covid lockdown. That album, which came out in December of 2020, reflected the speed and feeling of the moment while somehow simultaneously distracting from the harsh reality of it. It also captured a very vulnerable, intimate, and real impression of Dezron on double bass, sharing his power and truth without abandon.

                                                                  ATALAYA, similarly, wasn’t processed in the lab, but rather, captured in the room. The realness factor is once again forefront in the sound, but the difference is in the energy and ambitions of the music, which reaches for the stratosphere. Again, let’s defer to Dezron here: “Welcome to the Black Lion rocket ship.” With Emilio Modeste on saxes, George Burton on keys, and Joe Dyson Jr. on drums, Dezron’s crew summons the dynamism of Coltrane’s classic quartet, swinging virtuosically and firing on all 4 cylinders. But not remotely revisionist – there’s poetry, presence, artistic and emotional clarity in every note. Free and dissonant, sweet and consonant, sweeping and pure. This is the band you hope is playing every time you walk into a club.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Atalaya
                                                                  2. Rose
                                                                  3. Coyocan
                                                                  4. Luna Moth
                                                                  5. Wheeping Birch (feat. Melvis Santa)
                                                                  6. Jones Beach
                                                                  7. More Coffee Please
                                                                  8. J Bird
                                                                  9. Octopus
                                                                  10. Foligno

                                                                  Paul Elliott & Shawn Lee

                                                                  Bass Sick Bitch / Honey Roast Nuts

                                                                  Quirky as fuck! is the term to describe the latest killer 45 from Paul Elliott & Shawn Lee.

                                                                  Since they crossed paths over a decade ago, Paul (Eleven76/Hot Border Special/The Mighty Mocambos) & Shawn (Ping Pong Orchestra/Young Gun Silver Fox) have collaborated on many impressive projects including the critically acclaimed documentary The Library Music Film. The pair share a love of weird, exotic, otherworldly sounds that can usually only be found in classic library music. However, with their latest release on Farfalla Records, they take the listener on a deep dive into the strange, percussive and unusual world they inhabit!

                                                                  'Bass Sick Bitch' begins with a glitchy toy rhythm and leads into a voice memo of a wooden 'Jank tone' instrument that Shawn had played and recorded for Paul to hear. Paul's low slung drums and percussion take off and the pair exchange phrases on some of their unusual instruments. This one has a head nod groove and a breakbeat that poppers, lockers and bboys can get down to...

                                                                  'Honey Roast Nuts' is introduced with a rhythm Paul literally played on an old tin of Honey Roast Nuts, hence the name....Shawn creates the vibe with Polynesian Ukulele, guitar and retro futuristic synthesized sounds, all the while a 70s inspired bass guitar keeps the mood up. The middle of the tune is stopped in its tracks when a voicemail recording from Paul's phone pops up and Shawn's fried brain takes us out with a modulated guitar!

                                                                  Take a trip with Paul Elliott & Shawn Lee, It's all good in the motherfucking hood yo!

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Bass Sick Bitch
                                                                  Honey Roast Nuts

                                                                  Thee Escapees

                                                                  Breaking Out

                                                                    Thee Escapees are a trio of runaways, re-grouping to make and perform musical happenings, some of which are now laid into two continuous grooves. Inspired by the sounds of 1960's Garage-Beat -Trash, with a mixture of Rhythm & Blues, and a Rock n Roll beat, that's gonna knock your towelling socks off!! Based in London, England, they've played in some cracking bands over the years, Their influences are The Vibes, The Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero, The Milkshakes, The Sonics and Bo Diddley. Get the picture? Breaking Out is a thirteen-strong track album, which also includes Thee Escapees take on Del Shannon's 'Runaway'.

                                                                    Felix Laband's The Soft White Hand is the masterwork of an artist who expresses himself through musical and artistic collage acting together to reinterpret his sources and to express significant elements of his own personal story. Released by Munich-based Compost Records, the 14-track album is Laband's first full-length offering since the critically acclaimed Deaf Safari in 2015. It is heralded by the single "Derek and Me", and is being pressed on vinyl for distribution globally.

                                                                    In The Soft White Hand Laband works with source materials that will be familiar to those who know his previous four records – Thin Shoes in June (2001), 4/4 Down the Stairs (2002), Dark Days Exit (2005) and especially Deaf Safari which reached deep into the South Africa scene and its political culture to inspire its vocal and music sampling. However, the disengagement he felt from his homeland during his latest album's creation – an abiding sense of untethered-ness to place and space, exquisitely rendered in tracks like "Death of a Migrant" – is perceptible in Laband's desire to illuminate instead aspects of his own life.

                                                                    "For this album, my source material became almost autobiographical as opposed to African statements I've worked with previously," says the artist. "I have sampled a lot from documentaries from the 80s crack epidemic in impoverished African American communities and believe my work speaks unapologetically for the lost and marginalised, for those who are the forgotten casualties of the war on drugs. In the past, I have had my issues with substance abuse, and I know first-hand about the nightmares and fears, what it feels like to be isolated and abandoned."

                                                                    Few artists have managed to air these intimate aspects of their life so luminously as Laband does in tracks like "5 Seconds Ago", "They Call Me Shorty" and in the strange and meditative "Dreams of Loneliness". "I've been building this weird, autobiographical story using other people talking. It's kind of humorous but it is also sad and beautiful," says Laband.

                                                                    Yet, as in all of Laband's recorded output, the delineations between emotions are never starkly drawn and The Soft White Hand is also shot through with beauty. Nature appears in recordings made in his garden in the intimate early morning hours, whether as in the calls of the Hadada Ibis and other birdsong in "Prelude" or of the vertical-tail-cocking bird in "Derek and Me". The last is a wonderful track with Derek Gripper, the South African experimental classical guitarist of international renown, whose 2020 song "Fanta and Felix" imagines a meeting between Fanta Sacko and Laband.

                                                                    Laband's eloquence in reinterpreting classical composers such as Beethoven in "We Know Major Tom's a Junkie" is another thrilling aspect of the new record. "I've been properly exploring classical music on this album," explains Laband, "taking melodies from classical compositions and reinterpreting them". A fresh quality comes to his work through this sonic adventuring: the tender manipulation of the mundaneness of the computer's AI voice to reimagine and reinvent iconic lyrics and melodies in strange and unexpected configurations.

                                                                    The Soft White Hand is Laband's most cohesive body of work to date. Yet it remains, in its sheer artistic scope, impossible to describe fully. Darkness abuts the gossamer light. A song that summons the sunrise and all the hope of a new day could also be about the final dipping down of the sun that portends a troubled night ahead. Interludes are invitations to expand outwards or shift inwards. Mistakes and "weird fuckups" in the sound are cherished as convincing statements against what Laband calls the "grossness" of perfect sound in modern music.

                                                                    For this world-leading electronic artist, the boundaries are unfixed. He is inspired by the German Dada artist, Hannah Höch, who memorably declared: "I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve." His music consequently reflects a primal artistic impulse that is also visible in Laband's considerable visual art output as seen recently in several solo exhibitions such as that held in the No End Gallery in Johannesburg in 2019 and in the works he produced during his 2018 Nirox Foundation Artists Residency. "My music is always about collage, as is my art,'' he affirms. "Everything I do is collage. It is a medium I find very interesting because you are taking history and distorting it and changing its meaning and turning it upside down and back to front." In her book Recollections of My Non-Existence, Rebecca Solnit calls collage "literally a border art"; it is "an art of what happens when two things confront each other or spill onto each other".

                                                                    With The Soft White Hand, Laband is confirming his singular ability to achieve this in both art and music, melting the divisions between the two creative disciplines until they become one. He is also affirming his belief that an album of music should be more than a collection of unrelated tracks, but should unfold a fully integrated, cohesive story as in the song cycles of the great classical composers. In doing so, he claims his position as one of the most significant artists working today.

                                                                    Artist Statement – Felix Laband – August 2022

                                                                    When the Khmer Rouge took their captives for processing, they identified their class enemies by looking at their hands. If they were sunburned, rough and calloused, they were those of a peasant, a proletarian to be spared. But if they were soft and white, then they were those of a city-dweller, an intellectual or bourgeois, an adversary to be liquidated.

                                                                    In calling this album The Soft White Hand, I was reflecting on the Cambodian genocide and how it resonates in contemporary South Africa. The apartheid era is over, and gone with it is white political domination. Yet economic and social privilege is still held in soft white hands. But those who grasp it know just how tenuous is their hold, how it singles them out, and my music reflects their subconscious fears, the stress and guilt of clinging on to what others envy and desire.

                                                                    The soft white hand of the title suggests to me a further image, one that relates to all of postcolonial Africa. In my mind's eye, I see the soft, duplicitous handshake of the smooth representatives of the superpowers making deals and promising gifts that benefit only them, and not their African dupes.
                                                                    Yet, soaring above the wailing of sirens sampled from the first day of the invasion of Ukraine, my music is also about love gained and passion lost. It is about the tender caress of a soft white hand that conducts you into a place of dreams to be enfolded by nocturnal melodies.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Dreaming In Johannesburg
                                                                    2. Prelude
                                                                    3. Derek And Me
                                                                    4. We Know Major Tom's A Junkie
                                                                    5. They Call Me Shorty
                                                                    6. Go To Sleep Little Baby
                                                                    7. 5 Seconds Ago
                                                                    8. 7 Rise 7 House
                                                                    9. Borc Love
                                                                    10. Dreams Of Loneliness
                                                                    11. Requiem For The Lord
                                                                    12. Snug Retreat
                                                                    13. Death Of A Migrant

                                                                    Terence Fixmer

                                                                    Shifting Signals

                                                                      Although Terence’s beginnings were in the pre-techno EBM world, he became one of the innovators of techno with his very specific and unique style, and in the following decades his career has evolved to include collaborations with Nitzer Ebb’s Douglas McCarthy. Shifting Signals is Terence’s debut for Mute, and is an advanced experimental techno record with dark and hypnotic shadings.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      VINYL:
                                                                      A1 Reset
                                                                      A2 Corne De Brume
                                                                      A3 Automaton
                                                                      B1 Step To The Edge
                                                                      B2 Roar Machines
                                                                      B3 The Passage
                                                                      C1 No Latitude For Errors
                                                                      C2 The Way I See You
                                                                      C3 Matière Noire
                                                                      D1 Oracle
                                                                      D2 Synthetic Mind
                                                                      D3 Desertic

                                                                      CD:
                                                                      1 Matière Noire
                                                                      2 Synthetic Mind
                                                                      3 Corne De Brume
                                                                      4 No Latitude For Errors
                                                                      5 Automaton
                                                                      6 Reset
                                                                      7 Roar Machines
                                                                      8 Oracle
                                                                      9 The Passage
                                                                      10 The Way I See You
                                                                      11 Step To The Edge
                                                                      12 Desertic

                                                                      Front 242

                                                                      Headhunter - [PIAS] 40 Edition

                                                                        EBM is a real time bomb. A time bomb because this sound will continue to influence a lot of other groups in the years that follow. The precursors created a new genre which they themselves baptized Electronic Body Music: a set of sounds, collages and extracts gleaned here and there, dynamized by intense vocal parts. Front 242 creates its own path and then lays the foundation sof industrial electronic music. A development of rhythms which will be resampled in turn by a number of Eurobeat or technoid bands afterwards.

                                                                        For Einstürzende Neubauten, it was ‘Haus der Lüge’; for Depeche Mode, it was ‘Music For The Masses'; and for The Cure, it was ‘Head On The Door’ - the moment when an honest album reveals itself to a wider audience and yet another group with an already solid reputation.

                                                                        For Front 242, this passage is called ‘Front By Front’. Primarily, a hit called ‘Headhunter’, served by a magnificent video, signed off by the photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Boosted by the success of ‘Headhunter’, which remains their most famous title to this day, Front 242 finally emerged from the shadows.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Matt says: A truly iconic and influential track from Belgium proto-techno industrialists Front 242. It merged punks and general rock freaks with the emergent tribes of electronic music rebels and found loads of favour in clubs rife with BDSM gear and amyl nitrates. 34 years later it's lost none of its urgency and animalistic tendencies.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Headhunter (V1.0)
                                                                        Welcome To Paradise (V1.0)

                                                                        Fuzztones

                                                                        Preaching To The Perverted - 2022 Reissue

                                                                          BANG! Records present an expanded and remastered reissue of the Fuzztones' Preaching to the Perverted, originally released in 2011.

                                                                          Preaching to the Perverted was the seventh studio album by the legendary NYC garage rock band The Fuzztones. The album was produced by the leader and sole survivor of the original Fuzztones line-up Rudi Protrudi and Berlin keyboardist Lana Loveland.

                                                                          Includes 2 bonus tracks previously unreleased from the recording sessions.

                                                                          Ganser

                                                                          Nothing You Do Matters

                                                                            RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Bartees Strange,Liars, Shellac, Blonde Redhead, Protomartyr, Iceage, A Place To Bury Strangers, Throwing Muses, Omni, Shopping, Bikini Kill.

                                                                            In the era of Ganser’s Just Look At That Sky delightfully descended on the world in July of 2020, I do admit that I mostly did find myself looking skyward, though that looking was often colored by an ever-present anxiety. My city was coming apart and maybe your city was coming apart too. Maybe atop the buildings of your downtowns there were guns, and men in fatigues. Maybe in front of the libraries, there were tanks, maybe in front of the food banks, there were army patrols. And yet, maybe you found an album or some tunes that reflected the times, which means both everything and nothing at all now, as time fractures into small, elastic shapes, some jagged, some joyful. An album of a moment must require malleability – songs that hold several songs within them.

                                                                            Ganser is back with a couple of tunes that will anchor spring through fall, a project called Nothing You Do Matters (produced by Liars' Angus Andrew) and the songs are full, biting, sweet and relentlessly tongue-in-cheek. What propels Ganser as a band, for me, is what shines here: their performance of joyful apathy so often has many other moving parts underneath that suggest that they are a band of deep caring, simply unsatisfied

                                                                            with the hands they’ve been dealt by the world. The dark humor seeped into the apathy is the central and most visual part of the magic trick, but it isn’t the trick itself. It is the disappearing bird or rabbit, that which returns safely to the open palm in order to distract an audience from everything else unfolding during its

                                                                            disappearance. “People Watching” is almost a mini-suite of a jam, which first kicks in your door and then lulls you with what feels like comfort, before tearing your place apart on the way out. It’s a thrasher of a tune that is more deliberate than breathless, picking its spots to twist the lyrical knife of talk until the words lose meaning, which circle the drain of the song repeatedly, until it has evicted you, or you have evicted it.

                                                                            “What Me Worry?” fills the space of breathlessness, a sneering romp where each line of lyric feels engaged in a mighty tug-ofwar for what comes before and after, simmering with the kind of tension that Ganser has gotten great at – a tension that pushes a listener to the edge before dragging them back to firm ground.

                                                                            Survival is hard-won. For many folks, it has always been, for many more folks it feels especially hard-won now. Ganser has adjusted to the times. Yes, the lyrics are darker, seem more exhausted with the realities of having to make it to whatever is next. But there’s also real bursts of playfulness and gratitude wrestling underneath these songs. Gratitude for what winning another inch of survival, perhaps. I needed these songs, and you might, too. It’s good to feel, for a moment, that all is not lost. And even if it is, at least we can laugh our way to somemeaningless demise. - written by Hanif Abdurraqib

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            01. People Watching
                                                                            02. What Me Worry
                                                                            03. People Watching (Liars Remix)

                                                                            Guts

                                                                            Estrellas

                                                                              Under the leadership of acclaimed French beat digger and producer Guts, Dakar became the creative centre of an exceptional encounter between "All Stars" musicians from Cuba, Africa and France: the 'Estrellas' A tribute to Afro-Cuban culture, between new versions of fnely selected songs and original compositions.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1.  El Retorno 
                                                                              2.  Última Llamada Feat. Kumar Sublevao-Beat 
                                                                              3.  San Lázaro Feat. Akemis 
                                                                              4.  Yebo Edi Pachanga Feat. José Padilla 
                                                                              5.  Déjame En Paz Feat. Brenda Navarrete 
                                                                              6.  Oda Feat. Al Quetz 
                                                                              7.  Adduna Jarul Naawo Feat. Alpha Dieng & Assane Mboup 
                                                                              8.  Medewui Feat. Pat Kalla & Assane Mboup 
                                                                              9.  Dakar De Noche Feat. Iss 814, Samba Peuzzi, El Tipo Este & Kumar Sublevao-Beat 
                                                                              10.  Nunca Pierdo Feat. Assane Mboup, Alpha Dieng, Akemis, Pat Kalla & David Walters 
                                                                              11.  Nunca Pierdo Feat. Assane Mboup, Alpha Dieng, Akemis, Pat Kalla & David Walters 
                                                                              12.  Por Qué Ou Ka Fè Sa Feat. Brenda Navarrete & David Walters 
                                                                              13.  Sin Pantallas Feat. Cyril Atef & El Tipo Este 
                                                                              14.  Barrio Feat. Iss 814, Samba Peuzzi, El Tipo Este & Kumar Sublevao-Beat  15.  Dansons Cadencés Feat. Annas G, DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson 
                                                                              16.  Il N'est Jamais Trop Tard Feat. El Gato Negro 
                                                                              17.  Estrellas Feat. Florian Pellissier

                                                                              Matthew Halsall has already blessed us with one beautifully conceived EP this year, now with Changing Earth he has shared another perfectly crafted four track mini-album or EP. Where the music on The Temple Within came from the energy around the band's monthly sessions at Yes in Manchester, Changing Earth is a more meditative, spiritual offering:

                                                                              "I was thinking about climate change and the profound implication of the human race's relationship with nature and the changes we have wrought on our environment when I wrote the music for Changing Earth. Our world is changing around us, and it is a dark, unsettling period in our shared history, but I still believe that together we can change things for the better and find harmonious solutions together.

                                                                              The title track Changing Earth is a soulful, elevating groover featuring sublime work from the whole band but especially, Matt Cliffe on flute and Maddie Herbert on harp. Positive Activity is one of Halsall's most charming compositions, built round a hypnotic bassline from Gavin Barras it's melody is plaintive but also uplifting and hopeful and harpist Herbert again shines brightly here. Yogic Flying is another soulful, uplifting tune as Halsall and percussionist Jack McCarthy take us on a transcendental journey upwards. Finally our journey inwards and upwards takes us to Upper Space, a quintessentially Halsall tune built around glistening harp and a sublime, soulful sanctuary elevated through beautiful work from the whole band but especially saxophonist Matt Cliffe.

                                                                              Changing Earth features Matthew Halsall trumpet and electronics,Matt Cliffe flute & saxophone, Maddie Herbert harp, Liviu Gheorghe piano,Gavin Barras, bass, Alan Taylor drums and Jack McCarthypercussion. Changing Earth is produced by Matthew Halsall and Daniel Halsall, recorded by Matthew Halsall, mixed by Greg Freeman, mastered by Peter Beckmann of Technology Works and vinyl cut by Norman Nitzsche at Calyx. The distinctive artwork is by Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: I was lucky enough to witness some of this material played live at Matthew's final YES Pink Room residency. It's an astonishingly spiritual piece; bolstered indefinitely by Maddie's towering harp, and the interplay between the musicians is incredible - they're achieving that natural telepathy only the greatest jazz improvisers reach. Halsall is the embodiment of a master, and there's still years left ahead of him. A real treasure of our city and to the jazz world in general. I love it.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Positive Activity
                                                                              2. Changing Earth
                                                                              3. Yogic Flying
                                                                              4. Upper Space

                                                                              The Guy Hamper Trio Feat. James Taylor

                                                                              All The Poisons In The Mud

                                                                                For fans of - Booker T & The MGs, James Taylor Quartet, Georgie Fame, Big Boss Man.

                                                                                Groovy Hammond garage rock instrumentals from Billy Childish (Thee Headcoats/CTMF etc) and featuring James Taylor (Prisoners/JTQ) We’re loving this new album by The Guy Hamper Trio! Who’s in the band sunshine? Mainly myself on guitar, Julie on bass, Wolf on drums, and of course Jamie on Hammond. A great bonus is Thee Headcoats with Bruce and Tub guest as rhythm section on a track or two.

                                                                                You and James Taylor go back a long way. Do you remember how you first met? The Prisoners were a young group who played with us (the Milkshakes) in the early 1980s. One day they turned up with an organ player, Jamie. Jamie used to then borrow my Selmer guitar amp to play through. You’ve revisited a few old classics on this album, and given them a true makeover.

                                                                                How would you describe The Guy Hamper Trio’s sound? I guess there must be a derogatory term for it but I might need some help finding it. In the very early days of The James Taylor Quartet (Wolf was their drummer back then), I was in the Natural Born Lovers (A blues group with Big Russ and Sexton Ming). We used to be the support for them. I really liked their sound and I guess The Guy Hamper Trio is not a million miles from that blues-influenced, film soundtrack vibe, man. There you made me say “man”. Next thing you know I will be saying “cool!” Let’s just say it's a wizard sound, Jamie is such a great player.

                                                                                Prior to this album The Guy Hamper Trio’s sole release was the ‘Polygraph Test’ 7” from 2009. Why such a big gap? It takes time for all of us to get all our solders in line. “Get on with it mush! And trifle not, your time is but short!”

                                                                                What inspired the album’s title track All The Poisons In the Mud? It’s actually the title of a novel I’ve been writing, and rewriting, over the past 12 years, and is taken from a quote from I Claudius by Robert Graves - a formative influence on me as a 15 year old.

                                                                                The sleeve art is pretty different to your other recent records, could you tell us a about that? Who designed it? I nominally designed it but the truth is that it's essentially a rip off of a Saul Bass sleeve he did for Duke Ellington. We started mining that seam back in the Milkshakes when Bruce (Brand) did the sleeve for Thee Knights of Trashe.

                                                                                The album closes with a storming cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”. What do you think Jimi would make of your version? I've been a fan of Jimi since my elder brother brought his records home in the '60s. Jimi was well known to “dig” others work and interpretations and would no doubt smile, narrow his smoky eyes and say “cool man!” and I would no doubt reply "wizard Jimi!"

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                All The Poisons In The Mud
                                                                                Come Into My Life
                                                                                Moon Of The Popping Trees
                                                                                Girl From '62
                                                                                Full Eclipse Of The Sun
                                                                                Sally Sensation
                                                                                7% Solution
                                                                                Step Out
                                                                                Polygraph Test
                                                                                The Kids Are All Square
                                                                                Skinwalker
                                                                                Fire

                                                                                The Hated

                                                                                Best Piece Of Shit Vol. 4

                                                                                  Draped in a flag of patriotic shame, the Hated stormed onto the scene just as D.C.’s Revolution Summer was swerving out of control. Channeling Bad Brains’ Black thrash and Hüsker Dü’s zen approach to hardcore, Dan Littleton, Erik Fisher, Colin Meeder, and Mike Bonner synthesized their own version of what became emo in 1985. Remastered from the original analog tapes, Best Piece Of Shit Vol. 4 compiles their D.I.Y. debut cassette, the No More We Cry EP, and 14 period bonus tracks from the Hated vault, spread across two LPs and annotated by fellow Annapolis hooligan Andrew Gebhardt. Decorated with extensive photo documentation and cut’n’paste ephemera, this Hated-approved set captures a band, a scene, and a country on the verge of either exploding or imploding. Never said it’d be like this, right? 

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Hey Mister
                                                                                  A2. I Don’t Like You
                                                                                  A3. Somewhere
                                                                                  A4. Intro/Your Mind
                                                                                  A5. Words Come Back
                                                                                  A6. No Meaning
                                                                                  B1. Hate Me
                                                                                  B2. The Good Old Days
                                                                                  B3. Touch It
                                                                                  C1. Rubber Bullets
                                                                                  C2. Your Mind
                                                                                  C3. Crime - Fit Of Rage
                                                                                  C4. Defender
                                                                                  C5. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
                                                                                  C6. Everything Is Going Wrong (Electricity Is On The Run)
                                                                                  C7. Words Come Back (piano)
                                                                                  C8. We Ain’t Free
                                                                                  C9. Martyrs On The Reason
                                                                                  D1. Hated Project
                                                                                  D2. Waiting
                                                                                  D3. Theme From Lotus
                                                                                  D4. We Are The Cheese/FTW
                                                                                  D5. Got A Gun
                                                                                  D6. Hate Me (At Bonner’s House)
                                                                                  D7. Never Is Always Around

                                                                                  Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

                                                                                  Dear Scott - Piccadilly Exclusive Signed Bonus Disc Edition

                                                                                    THE PICCADILLY RECORDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2022.

                                                                                    PICCADILLY RECORDS EXCLUSIVE: 
                                                                                    For a limited period only, buy either the CD or vinyl you’ll get an exclusive 14 track CD bonus disc, 'Live At Strathaven'.

                                                                                    Finding that luck, love and letting things roll works out for him just fine, Michael Head leads his Red Elastic Band into a fresh chapter with optimism and some of the best music of his career, releases his, Bill Ryder-Jones-produced album, Dear Scott.  

                                                                                    Revered by heavyweight songwriting peers and discovered by new generations of discerning listeners, all enraptured by the fruits of Head’s winding, 40-year career, the Liverpool singer-songwriter enters a new age of creativity and collaboration with Dear Scott. Promising to be a shimmering jewel cast by the minds and hearts of Merseyside’s finest musicians, the 12-track album is dusted with both Ryder-Jones’ artistry and the heavyweight musicianship of The Red Elastic Band, which Head found had ‘stepped up’ following almost a year apart, forcing him to dig deeper himself.

                                                                                    Of slipping back into writing and recording in 2021, Head continues: “After being apart for a while, I went for a walk on the beach with the band and it was beautiful, literally and personally. Rehearsals followed and it clicked into place, with one thing leading to the next. It’s very much the ethos we’re working by, keeping things simple, but keeping the momentum. I’d met Bill a few times and he’s a lovely guy. Once we knew he was interested in producing the album we didn’t need to think about it again, it just progressed and became a completely natural thing.”

                                                                                    Dear Scott refers to novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose debt-ridden, down-and-out years captured the imagination of Head, specifically a postcard Fitzgerald addressed to himself upon checking in at Hollywood’s infamous Golden Age retreat, The Garden Of Allah Hotel. Head explains: “A decade after being the king of the jazz age, Fitzgerald arrived unfashionable and sober, ready to conquer Hollywood. His agent with a sense of humour booked him into The Garden Of Allah, where writers, movie stars and even Stravinsky sometimes lived. He famously picked up a postcard on checking in and addressed it to himself.”

                                                                                    The postcard read: Dear Scott, How are you? Have been meaning to come and see you. I have living at the Garden Of Allah. Yours Scott Fitzgerald

                                                                                    Head states that the formation of The Red Elastic Band in 2008 began with ‘whoever was available at the time’, primarily as a vehicle for live performance, producing one, previous album in 2017’s Adiós Señor Pussycat. The band has since developed into a cohesive, mutually-supportive and permanent line-up, with Phil Murphy on drums, Tom Powell on bass, Danny Murphy on guitars and Nathaniel Cummins on guitars and backing vocals being the musicians taking on the world in 2022 alongside Head. 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Andy says: Dear Scott is a masterpiece. Twelve perfect songs with melodies to die for and words that feel like scenes from a film condensed into poetry. Michael Head is the Liverpudlian genius renowned for his classic pop songs from “Thank You” and “Jean’s Not Happening” through to “Comedy” and “Meant To Be”. Forty years making music and he’s just made his joint best LP, one that if you’re into guitar based pop music you’d be daft to ignore.

                                                                                    It’s not always been like this. In a career buffeted by personal problems and dodgy deals it has taken the arrival of erstwhile Coral guitarist Bill Ryder Jones, a fellow Merseysider and huge fan, to draw the very best out of Mick. Bill has helped create what feels like a greatest hits LP but made up of brand new songs. There’s jangling indie pop, jazz, mystical folk, roving psych pop and even a splash of bossa, taking us right back to Mick's days as a teen star in the Pale Fountains! As I mentioned, each track is a short story or mini movie touching on the kindness of strangers, old Hollywood dreams, the futility of war, Liverpool trips, Love from afar and even a murder in gangland made wild and funky on album highlight “Gino And Rico”.

                                                                                    The tunes themselves are proper ear worms and the album is designed as an old fashioned two sided listen. Side 1 has six perfect pop songs, hit after hit, but flip it over and you’re whisked off into what almost feels like a song suite, interspersed as they are with towering strings, mad interludes (each track has contrasting parts that surprise and amaze) and psych rock guitar; it’s bewildering but oh so beautiful and it grows and grows with every listen. The record starts off neat but slowly expands into the stratosphere only to end on a heavenly lullaby, melancholic and magical.

                                                                                    Mick’s other great album, Waterpistol, was loved by all at Piccadilly nearly 30 years ago. That we’re here again all these years later is bizarre and brilliant.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1 Kismet
                                                                                    A2 Broken Beauty
                                                                                    A3 The Next Day
                                                                                    A4 Freedom
                                                                                    A5 American Kid
                                                                                    A6 Grace And Eddie
                                                                                    B7 Fluke
                                                                                    B8 Gino And Rico
                                                                                    B9 The Grass
                                                                                    B10 The Ten
                                                                                    B11 Pretty Child
                                                                                    B12 Shirls Ghost 

                                                                                    Micah P. Hinson

                                                                                    I Lie To You

                                                                                      Born into a strict fundamentalist Christian household in sinful Memphis and growing up in evangelist Abilene in Texas, Micah P Hinson has experimented with music and narcotics, suffered the seduction and the abandon of a femme fatale, served a brief stint in the local jail, known failure, bankruptcy, drug addiction and rehab - all before the age of 20

                                                                                      His debut was recorded in the winter of 2003 with assistance from Texas chamber pop collective The Earlies, followed by three albums of original material and one all-covers album. In 2011, a near-fatal car crash paralyzed his arms for months. He spent his recovery time listening to some demos he'd made before the crash. The material eventually culminated in the darkest and most intensely personal collection of songs from him thus far and garnered widespread critical acclaim. (Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing).

                                                                                      Since then, each record is a final confrontation with himself, each song shakes with danger. I Lie To You, the new Micah P. Hinson album, comes from five days and five nights of recording in Irpinia, South Italy, with production by Alessandro Asso Stefana (PJ Harvey, Mike Patton, Vinicio Capossela). Accompanying Micah and Asso are Raffaele Tiseo's celestial strings, Zeno De Rossi metaphysic drumming and the double bass gentleman Greg Cohen. On this new album he sings, with his weathered, husky, prophet-like voice, eleven tales of love, loss and regret, which once again reveal his heart as an artist laid bare.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Ignore The Days
                                                                                      Carelessly
                                                                                      People
                                                                                      Find Your Way Out
                                                                                      Please Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas
                                                                                      What Does It Matter Now ?
                                                                                      Walking On Eggshells
                                                                                      The Days Of My Youth
                                                                                      Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
                                                                                      500 Miles

                                                                                      Honey Dijon

                                                                                      Black Girl Magic

                                                                                        An artist in every sense of the word, across 15 tracks of attitude, energy, heart and community, Honey Dijon demonstrates a broad range of disciplines and influences, enlisting A-List collaborators such as Channel Tres, Eve, Pablo Vittar, Josh Caffe, Mike Dunn and more for an unmissable, boundary-pushing LP.

                                                                                        Redefining what it is to be a DJ in 2022, this year Honey’s production capabilities have been enlisted by the upper echelon of musicians. Producing two records for Beyonce’s chart-topping album Renaissance and remixing lead single ‘Break My Soul’, as well as working in the studio with Madonna on new material. Now unapologetically expressing her own sound on Black Girl Magic, she unveils the next chapter of her development as a producer and songwriter.

                                                                                        Since the first teaser of the album, the BBC Radio 1 playlisted collaboration with Atlanta singer-songwriter Hadiya George ‘Not About You’, to the most recent single ‘Show Me Some Love’ featuring Compton royalty Channel Tres, the Black Girl Magic project has consistently illustrated Honey’s dedication to profiling diverse vocal talent. Shining a spotlight on a new generation of queer people and people of colour, Honey’s intentions to “keep this culture in the conversation,” are demonstrated with the featured artists on the LP.

                                                                                        Behind the scenes Honey has worked closely with Classic Music Company founder and close friend Luke Solomon, as well as regular collaborator Chris Penny on the production of the album. Her most adventurous and explorative output yet with a diverse range of influences, Honey’s Chicago musical upbringing is a driving force behind the LP, with her sights set on demonstrating how she first experienced the music of her hometown felt deeply across the record.

                                                                                        Working with British sculptor Jam Sutton, an artist who explores the relationship between technology and antiquity, 3D sculptural digital renderings of Honey have formed the artwork for all preceding singles leading into Black Girl Magic. Exploring identity, form, technology and classical portraiture, the artwork for the album comes as the final piece in the series of bespoke displays of Honey.

                                                                                        From her stratospheric DJ career, to her fashion line with COMME des GARÇONS: Honey Fucking Dijon, to soundtracking some of the most iconic fashion shows of the 21st century, Honey’s influence is felt far and wide across the worlds of music, fashion and art, with Black Girl Magic a powerful physical statement of her interdisciplinary artistic impact. 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        A1. Love Is Ft. Kameelah Waheed
                                                                                        A2. Love Is A State Of Mind Ft. Ramona Renea
                                                                                        A3. It's Quiet Now Ft. Dope Earth Alien

                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        B1. Downtown Ft. Anette Bowen & Nikki-O
                                                                                        B2. Drama Ft. Rimarkable & Dope Earth Alien

                                                                                        Side C
                                                                                        C1. Stand Ft. Cor.Ece
                                                                                        C2. In The Club Ft. Eve

                                                                                        Side D
                                                                                        D1. Not About You Ft. Hadiya George
                                                                                        D2. Everybody Ft. Pablo Vittar & Urias

                                                                                        Side E
                                                                                        E1. Show Me Some Love Ft. Channel Tres
                                                                                        E2. Don't Be Afraid Ft. LATASHÁ
                                                                                        E3. Work Ft. Dave Giles II, Cor.Ece & Mike Dunn

                                                                                        Side F
                                                                                        F1. C's Up Ft. Mike Dunn
                                                                                        F2. La Femme Fantastique Ft. Josh Caffe
                                                                                        F3. Love Me Like You Care Ft. Hadiya George 

                                                                                        Hot Hot Heat

                                                                                        Make Up The Breakdown - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                          Hot Hot Heat’s classic debut album, filled with smart, energetic, dance-punk hits, returns to vinyl with this fully remastered LP edition. AllMusic called the album “an addictive, densely packed pop gem that ranks among 2002’s best albums,” and Pitchfork agreed, including it on their list of the best albums of 2002. Following closely on the heels of their critically-acclaimed Knock Knock Knock EP, Make Up the Breakdown is Hot Hot Heat's first full-length, recorded with Jack Endino at Vancouver, BC’s Mushroom Studios (with engineering help from Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie). SPIN Magazine had this to say about Knock Knock Knock: “Some retro new wavers hang themselves on their own skinny ties. While their peers lip-sych to Cure 45s, these Canucks take subtler cues from early-‘80s synth disco. It’s not new-wave worship, it’s the sound of punk teaching itself to dance.” Make Up the Breakdown delivered on the promise hinted at on the EP. Hot Hot Heat (along with peers like Radio 4 and The Rapture) blended angular post-punk twitch with danceable pop, effectively (and finally) persuading white dopes on punk to get on the good foot in the early 2000s.


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Naked In The City Again          
                                                                                          No, Not Now              
                                                                                          Get In Or Get Out         
                                                                                          Bandages     
                                                                                          Oh, Goddamnit              
                                                                                          Aveda (Remastered)                 
                                                                                          This Town (Remastered)                         
                                                                                          Talk To Me, Dance With Me                        
                                                                                          Save Us S.O.S.                
                                                                                          In Cairo            
                                                                                          Apt. 101            
                                                                                          Move On

                                                                                          "Many Worlds" Interpretation is a collection of cosmic Americana for electronics, guitar, and percussion culled from Jon Iverson’s extensive home-studio archive.

                                                                                          1984, Los Osos, California. In a small cinderblock cottage, hand-painted with bright psychedelic flora, Jon Iverson created vibrant new worlds. He spent long days and nights immersed in sound, perfecting home recording on his 8-track reel-to-reel, combining his love for kosmische and Berlin School electronics with an infatuation with ethnographic sounds and expansive guitar music. In a duo with fellow sonic traveler Thomas Walters, Iverson released missives from the studio on a self-titled LP released on country legend Guthrie Thomas’ Eagle Records. That release featured three electro-acoustic compositions (“Naningo”, “River Fen”, and “Fox Tales”) as well as a gathering of guitar duo tapestries. "Many Worlds Interpretation" re-imagines those interplanetary works alongside several unreleased compositions that also feature synthesizer, guitar, and percussion, creating a re-visioned album which leans into Iverson’s electronic studio wizardry.

                                                                                          All songs have been carefully transferred from analog tape to high resolution digital, retaining their vintage studio warmth, but mixed and mastered for modern ears and audio systems. The album is pressed at 45rpm, further enhancing the audiophile experience.

                                                                                          RIYL: Innovative Communication, Eblen Macari, Priscilla Ermel, Popol Vuh, Steve Tibbetts

                                                                                          ---

                                                                                          Artist Statement

                                                                                          I worked in a Harley Davidson parts warehouse in the summer of 1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal was to save enough money to buy transportation for college and a Teac 4 track 1/4" reel to reel tape machine. By September there was a rusting monkey-vomit green car in the driveway and shiny new Teac with a Sony condenser microphone in the bedroom. At this point I had been playing guitar for a dozen years and like most children of the sixties, dreamed of joining a band.

                                                                                          Went to college instead to study business.

                                                                                          But all was not lost. 1978-1979 was spent as Weird Al Yankovic's roommate and we recorded and created enough songs to play shows around San Luis Obispo, California, where we were attending college. Many of those recordings have yet to be heard by the public, including the first performances of My Bologna and many other parodies of pop songs of the day. We sent tapes to Dr. Demento, we auditioned for The Gong Show and were barred from playing at the local college after one memorable performance. Wild times.

                                                                                          I, however, was more intent on working on "serious" music, with albums from Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre providing inspiration. DJing at the local college radio station and then public radio outlet provided exposure to an endless stream of obscure albums (Sky Records from Germany was a particular favourite). Most of them would never make it to the air, but my buddies and I would pass them around like exotic treasure.

                                                                                          Fast forward a couple more years and I had picked up a Mini-Moog and eventually a Prophet V synthesizer as well as starting a collection of instruments from around the world. The Teac and synths formed the basis for a growing DIY studio that had taken over a modest-size garage (pictured on the cover) that had been converted into a two room cottage in Los Osos, California.

                                                                                          The Teac was eventually joined by a rented Otari 1/2" 8-track and then finally a vintage MCI JH-100 2" 16-track. The compositions on this album were recorded on these three machines between 1982 and 1989. At some point an Apple II computer with Alpha Syntauri sound card and keyboard were added and then later the first personal computer sampling hardware/software kit, the Decillionix DX-1. The DX-1 forms the rhythm track for “Fox Tales” and the Alpha Syntauri was programmed to create the pulsing synth for “Naningo”. “River Fen” was tracked with both the Alpha Syntauri and the Prophet V.

                                                                                          I knew this music wasn't commercial, but didn't care. It was inspiring working with the first computer-based synths and semi-pro gear. Home studios were still rare in the early 80s until the Tascam Portastudio blew the DIY door wide-open. But I was more interested in sound quality so stuck with reels of tape instead of lower fidelity cassettes.

                                                                                          During the time these songs were recorded, I was also collaborating with my good friend and mandolinist, Tom Walters. “River Fen”, “Naningo” and “Fox Tales”, were solo recordings that also ended up on the first Iverson & Walters album, First Collection. The other four pieces on this new LP were never fully finished or released until now.

                                                                                          — Jon Iverson, September 2022

                                                                                          Written, played, recorded and mixed by Jon Iverson.
                                                                                          Mastered by Brandon Hocura
                                                                                          Design by Alan Briand


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1.Danaus 03:08
                                                                                          2.Neo Gets Wise 02:10
                                                                                          3.Fox Tales 05:13
                                                                                          4.Sands Of Tycho 04:35
                                                                                          5.Naningo 05:47
                                                                                          6.Nyx And The Night Owl 03:53
                                                                                          7.River Fen 06:05

                                                                                          Jagged Baptist Club

                                                                                          Temptation Death House

                                                                                            Temptation Death House is the second LP from Jagged Baptist Club on 140g pink vinyl. JBC is a Los Angeles band driven by Josh's throbbing synth sound, egging on the guitar, bass and drums to a sleazy, hyperkinetic garage punk sound. They have been compared to Primal Scream and Savages, with influences including Blur, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Birthday Party and Division of Laura Lee.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side One.
                                                                                            1. Chop X8
                                                                                            2. Temptation Death House
                                                                                            3. Haunted By The Night
                                                                                            4. Drill Zone
                                                                                            5. Master Pyramid
                                                                                            Side Two.
                                                                                            1. Clerks, Bookkeepers And Accountants
                                                                                            2. Inside The Coffin
                                                                                            3. Bent By Satisfaction

                                                                                            Sophie Jamieson

                                                                                            Choosing

                                                                                              Released this summer via her new home at Bella Union, Sophie Jamieson’s ‘Choosing’ is a strikingly personal document of a journey from a painful rock bottom of self-destruction to a safer place imbued with the faint light of hope. Focusing on the bare bones of each song and taking inspiration from the direct and melodic work of songwriters such as Elena Tonra, Sharon Van Etten, and Scott Hutchison, it’s an album that sings openly of longing and searching, of trying, failing, and trying again – and always and throughout, the strength of love in so many varying forms.

                                                                                              Following on from the pair of EPs she released in 2020, Choosing finds its own shape by a subtle reforming of Jamieson’s sound. Where those EPs flirted with playful experimentation, here the overriding sound is both organic and simpler – live drums, bass, cello, and piano are used across the album – allowing space for Sophie’s mesmerising voice to take the spotlight, the songs delivered with the most direct and intimate impact.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1 Addition
                                                                                              2 Crystal
                                                                                              3 Downpour
                                                                                              4 Sink
                                                                                              5 Fill
                                                                                              6 Empties
                                                                                              7 Runner
                                                                                              8 Violence
                                                                                              9 Boundary
                                                                                              10 Who Will I Be
                                                                                              11 Long Play

                                                                                              Multi-dimensional future-jazz outfit JK GROUP release a new EP, Rising on La Sape Records. The brainchild of award-winning saxophonist, Joshua Kelly (30/70 collective, PBS Young Elder of Jazz 2019), the band returns to the label with a follow up EP to the mind-bending 2021 release, What's Real?

                                                                                              Where What's Real? served as a platform for wild experimentation, Rising returns to a more considered and familiar format for the band, offering up 4 cohesive tracks that are deep in conception and expression, at once original and fresh. Conceived after recording an as yet unreleased body of work written whilst undergoing chemotherapy, Rising celebrates bandleader Josh's survival and eventual recovery from the intense treatment he received for lymphoma in 2020.

                                                                                              The band stays true to their honed format of jazz traditions melding with influences from electronica and beyond. Like the first release, The Young Ones, Rising sits comfortably in the crossover of raw, live jazz and electronic dance music, whilst also throwing an unexpected curveball to the listener expanding the palate of the bands sound to a pigment never before heard in their music. The EP takes you on an emotional journey throughout the four tracks, best listened to start-to-finish.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Find Joy
                                                                                              2. Find Strength
                                                                                              3. Rising Part I
                                                                                              4. Rising Part II

                                                                                              Holly Johnson

                                                                                              Unleashed From The Pleasuredome

                                                                                                The classic concert at Koko in London, from October 2014, at which Holly performed new material, solo singles, all of the Frankie hits and more!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Atomic City
                                                                                                Warriors Of The Wasteland
                                                                                                Welcome To The Pleasuredome
                                                                                                Rage Hard
                                                                                                Love Train
                                                                                                Follow Your Heart
                                                                                                In And Out Of Love
                                                                                                Heaven's Here
                                                                                                Americanos
                                                                                                Lonesome Town
                                                                                                Europa
                                                                                                Disco Heaven
                                                                                                Dancing With No Fear
                                                                                                Penny Arcade
                                                                                                So Much It Hurts
                                                                                                Watching The Wildlife
                                                                                                Relax
                                                                                                Two Tribes
                                                                                                The Power Of Love 

                                                                                                Here comes a fat Toy Tonics remix package of THAT Kapote & Kosmo Klint tune we had in a few weeks ago. First up is COEO's house tweak which retains all that lush dreamy soulful vox delivered by Kosmo and adds swung house beats that give it a real old school US flavour. Almost complimenting the David Morales mix that was on the original 12". Their garage mix is a totally different affair, bringing things straight back to the UK with a sub-tickling b-line, elbows-out beats and glistening synth work giving it a real modern sheen.

                                                                                                Then its over to Detroit for Andres, who seems to be in quite the purple patch at present. Giving the groove that trademark MPC skip, and playing around with the arrangement to give it a totally different twist. So very Andres, so very good!

                                                                                                Finally, we get a handy instrumental version; which really lets the musicality of this modern house classic shine through. Silky smooth, with warming chords and spine-tingling strings; it's one of those mid-session burners that should unite everyone on the floor under wide-smiles and lashings of love. Another stonkingly good release from one of the label's of the year. Recommended! 


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Matt says: Just when you think I was out done, they pull me back in. It's been one hell of a year for Toytonics and just when I thought they were done for the year, they go and drop this absolute beast of a remix EP on us! One of the strongest imprints of 2022 folks - get to know!

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1 Strangers (Coeo House Mix)
                                                                                                A2 Strangers (Coeo Garage Mix)
                                                                                                B1 Misbehave (Andres Remix Extended)
                                                                                                B2 Strangers (Instrumental)

                                                                                                Këkht Aräkh

                                                                                                Night & Love - Reissue

                                                                                                  Këkht Aräkh is the Ukrainian project founded in 2018 by Dmitry Marchenko. The debut album Night & Love was initially released on the Finnish label Livor Mortis in 2019 and it’s now seeing a worldwide reissue via Brooklyn label Sacred Bones. Dmitry’s intent to experiment with standard black metal canons previously seen at play in Through the Branches to Eternity EP (2018) solidify further on Night & Love, he mentions “back then I had an idea of combining Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger type of black metal with early Internazionale or Croatian Amor vibe.”

                                                                                                  Described as ambient or atmospheric black metal, this debut presents Këkht Aräkh’s signature dichotomy of harsh traditional early Norwegian black metal and the more ethereal and delicate melodies. On the other hand the lyrics are romantic and melancholic, clearly influenced by a stark Gothic imagery, and serve as an extra layer of mystery to the already suggestive body of work. The album beings with a soft acoustic intro in “As the Night Falls…” before descending into the raw and raucous “Elegy for the Memory of Me” and “Den Venstre Hånd På Den Høyre”, both songs that are drenched in the more traditional black metal style of raspy, high-pitched vocals, dense, tremolo- picked riffs and fast paced drums. It is however songs like “Night” and “Love” that really set this album apart. “Night” is a softly spoken word ambient track that with a beautiful piano synth work that permeates throughout it aids in the romantic delivery and conjuring of imagery of the night. “Love” is a spellbinding and melancholic song, equal in its romanticism but one that displays a deeper sorrow and tenderness supported by calming field recordings of trickling water. The intertwining of black metal, dark folk and ambient repeats itself, culminating in a quietly hummed outro “...And Never Ends (Eternal Love)” that alludes to and completes the album’s first track.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. As The Night Falls...
                                                                                                  2. Elegy For The Memory Of Me
                                                                                                  3. Den Venstre Hånd På Den Høyre
                                                                                                  4. Night
                                                                                                  5. Her Body Strewn With Petals Black
                                                                                                  6. Primal Beauty Of Silence
                                                                                                  7. As The Wounds Gently Bleed
                                                                                                  8. Love
                                                                                                  9. Down To The Depths Of Inner Cold
                                                                                                  10. Mysteriet Med Svartfiolett
                                                                                                  11. Through Night Which Knows No Dawn
                                                                                                  12. Forever Night Castle Of Love
                                                                                                  13. ...And Never Ends (Eternal Love)

                                                                                                  Këkht Aräkh

                                                                                                  Pale Swordsman - Reissue

                                                                                                    Këkht Aräkh is the Ukrainian project founded in 2018 by Dmitry Marchenko. Originally released on the Finnish label Livor Mortis in 2021, Pale Swordsman goes to even greater extents in building a bold and atmospheric sonic palette, and it’s now seeing a worldwide reissue via Brooklyn label Sacred Bones.

                                                                                                    For the sound design of the album, Dmitry was inspired by The Stooges’ Raw Power to deliver a more soft sounding album, decisively less “metal”. Traditional black metal song structures still persist in songs like “Night Descends” and “In The Garden”. However, their rawness and fast tempos is quickly cut through by dark ambient passages in “Amor” and “Intro” and softly played desolate ballads like “Nocturne” and “Lily”.

                                                                                                    The crown jewel is the album closer “Swordsman”, a track that displays a superb gothic sensibility, a poem recited over a deeply melancholic piano melody. “The Christian concept of a person ridding themselves of evil to find inner peace or to be able to leave this world safely has become the core inspiration for the song.” Dmitry explains “However, this is not the only reading possible. I purposely avoid specifics in my lyrics so that the listener can always give the song their own meaning.”

                                                                                                    The inspiration for the concept of the album also came from David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. “I really enjoy it when an album tells a story about some character so I came up with one.” says Dmitry when explaining the origin of the Pale Swordsman. The character is portrayed on the striking album cover art - a figure sitting aloof with a sword and a rose in each hand – and clearly symbolises the romantic juxtaposition of belligerence and fragile beauty that permeates the album’s sound and atmosphere.

                                                                                                    Pale Swordsman delivers a foreboding yet bittersweet melancholy through poetic lyrics, soft interludes, raw and distorted guitars, eerie drums and harsh vocals - a fragile yet potent mix that successfully amplifies the ambience.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Intro
                                                                                                    2. Thorns
                                                                                                    3. Night Descends
                                                                                                    4. In The Garden
                                                                                                    5. Amor
                                                                                                    6. Nocturne
                                                                                                    7. Amid The Stars
                                                                                                    8. Lily
                                                                                                    9. Crystal
                                                                                                    10. Swordsman

                                                                                                    While trance might be a state of mind (according to DJ Dag), it’s also a tone theory with a very specific tool kit. Here you get the version that makes sense in the aural universe of a producer that got raised on a diet of hip hop, boogie and the foundation tunes in house music. Moderate in tempo, the result is still euphoric to say the least: melted brains, stimulated spinal cords and rave rampage included. “Essentia” balances the euphoric rush of its topical genre perfectly with the happy-sad moments after the rave. If that is not musical or emotional enough for your taste, you will find content in the “Sunrise” version. Excessive use of the well-beloved choir, breakbeats and breakdowns make it equally irresistible for sun-ups and love-ups.

                                                                                                    Flip the coin for “Winnies Karaoke”. Stemming from the same source and session as “Essentia”. Named after the interactive entertainment bar in Chinatown NYC and made sometime in the early morning hours, its the quintessential Krystal Klear. Sawtooth boogie, if you will. It’s counterpoint is the “Sundown” mix. Techno prog for the tilted generation.

                                                                                                    Sometimes, in the permanent search of happiness, the world of tomorrow needs the sound of yesterday made with the means and minds of today. Essential bliss.


                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: More big room bonanzas from yer man Dec Lennon. There's few that manage to nail that glowing sugar rush of euphoria, akin to old trance records, like Krystal Klear. The formula is in full effect on this one.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Essentia
                                                                                                    A2. Essentia - Sunrise Mix
                                                                                                    B1. Winnie’s Karaoke
                                                                                                    B2. Winnie’s Karaoke - Sundown Mix

                                                                                                    Fela Kuti

                                                                                                    Afrodisiac - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                      Fela Kuti (1938-1997) was a Nigerian musician, producer, arranger, political radical, outlaw and the originator of Afrobeat. A titanic musical and sociopolitical voice, Fela’s legacy spans decades and genres, touching on jazz, pop, funk, hip-hop, rock and beyond.

                                                                                                      Afrodisiac is the fifth in the series of celebratory Fela 50th Anniversary reissues. Like its predecessors in the series, this double LP edition is on color vinyl; LP 1 is green marble and LP 2 is on red marble. The album will be wrapped in a gold foil OBI strip with a brief essay on the album and Fela's global impact on music. The songs on Afrodisiac were tracks that Fela and the Nigeria 70 (Later Africa 70) re-recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1972 after they had become hits in Nigeria. The best known song on the album, 'Jeun Ko Ku’, is listed by its Pidgin title ‘Chop and Quench’ on this album. It’s a satire about gluttony and Fela's first major hit across West Africa. ‘Chop and Quench’ means ""eat and die"" in Standard English.

                                                                                                      Afrodisiac was first reissued on vinyl in 2014 as part of the Fela Box Set #3 curated by Brian Eno. Eno played Afrodisiac for David Byrne and it was a huge influence on Talking Heads when they recorded Remain In Light - there is a bonus track called ‘Fela's Riff’ that nods heavily to the influence of hearing Afrodisiac and Fela's music for the first time.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      SIDE A:
                                                                                                      1. Alu Jon Jonki Jon
                                                                                                      SIDE B:
                                                                                                      1. Chop And Quench
                                                                                                      SIDE C:
                                                                                                      1. Eko Ile
                                                                                                      SIDE D:
                                                                                                      1. Je'nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me)

                                                                                                      Leftfield

                                                                                                      This Is What We Do

                                                                                                      The first album in 7 years from seminal electronic music pioneers and twice Mercury Prize nominated, Leftfield. Currently reaching a new audience through Idris Elba’s Gucci ad, this will be their 4th album in their 28 year history. The new single will be featured in the soon to launched eFootball by Konami (previously PES).

                                                                                                      Originally comprised of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, Leftfield have been at the cutting edge of dance music since the 1990s, releasing albums that have become some of the most influential electronic records of all time around the world with their debut LP 'Leftism' being widely regarded as one of the most boundary-pushing electronic LPs ever released.

                                                                                                      In 2010, Neil Barnes reignited the Leftfield name, and went on to release an acclaimed new album ('Alternative Light Source') touring the world with a full live band. Neil has also been cementing his reputation as a top-tier DJ and record collector unleashing modern dancefloor weapons, selling out venues, headlining festivals and creating some amazing nights with his sets.

                                                                                                      "This Is What We Do" is a quintessential Leftfield experience which finds Barnes executing his alchemy at an even purer distillation. Like previous outings, and mimicking what The Chemical Brothers also do really well; it features guest collaborations with acclaimed talents outside of the immediate club arena. Namely Fontaines DC lead man Grian Chatten on "Full Way Round", poet Lemn Sissay on "Making A Difference" and a return of old friend Earl Sixteen (from 'Leftism's' "Release The Pressure"!!!) on "Rapture 16". Confidently striding the very soundscapes Neil and Paul plotted throughout the 90s and 00s, it references nobody but themselves, an assured long player of vast proportions and a high watermark from this treasured UK act. Recommended!


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: Legendary electronic stalwart(s) Leftfield return, trimming down the full-time members to Neil Barnes only, but maximising the sound into a wonderfully widescreen distillation of everything that drew us to them in the first place. Grizzly percussion and soaring harmonic highs, shimmering synths and hypnotic grooves. Ace.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. This Is What We Do
                                                                                                      2. Full Way Round
                                                                                                      3. Making A Difference
                                                                                                      4. City Of Synths
                                                                                                      5. Pulse
                                                                                                      6. Machines Like Me
                                                                                                      7. Rapture 16
                                                                                                      8. Heart And Soul
                                                                                                      9. Accumulator
                                                                                                      10. Let’s Have It
                                                                                                      11. The Power Of Listening

                                                                                                      Lightning Bolt

                                                                                                      Earthly Delights - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                        Lightning Bolt’s ‘Earthly Delights’ receives a much desired reissue and is now available for the first time since 2009 as a double LP.

                                                                                                        Packaged in a full colour gatefold-style jacket, ‘Earthly Delights’ features vibrant artwork and custom etching on Side D, designed by Brian Chippendale. Includes a digital download card.

                                                                                                        Available to independent retailers on Sea Glass coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                        ‘Earthly Delights’ is the metal album to Lightning Bolt’s genrestraddling discography, using the signature speed and volume reminiscent of past releases while centring around growling chords and monolithic rhythms commonly found in the foundations of metal.

                                                                                                        Throughout their career, Lightning Bolt have toured the world, performing at numerous festivals, including Coachella, ATP, Pitchfork Music Festival, Austin Psych Fest and FYF Fest, to name a few.

                                                                                                        Brian Chippendale has collaborated with artists including Björk, Boredoms, Andrew W.K. and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

                                                                                                        In 2017, Brian Gibson developed the video game, ‘Thumper’, with his own company, Drool, which would go on to be awarded Apple’s Design Award in 2019, and be included in IDN’s Best of 2016.

                                                                                                        “... beneath all the noise and fury, there are bona fide songs here, driven by giddy singalong melodies that settle into maddeningly tight runs and rhythmic loops then spin off into chasms of freeform noise...everything is focused on the extraordinary physicality of their sound: spasmodic, psychedelic, heavy, loud and lifeaffirming.” - The Guardian

                                                                                                        “The whole point of their music is hypnotic repetition, magical moments sprouting from endless reiterations. They could stretch out further, but they’d likely lose access to those mini-epiphanies... Lightning Bolt are happy to grind out an eternal present, and few can dig deep into a moment quite like them.” - Pitchfork

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Sound Guardians
                                                                                                        Nation Of Boar
                                                                                                        Colossus
                                                                                                        The Sublime Freak
                                                                                                        Flooded Chamber
                                                                                                        Funny Farm
                                                                                                        Rain On Lake I’m Swimming In
                                                                                                        S.O.S.
                                                                                                        Transmissionary

                                                                                                        Lightships

                                                                                                        Electric Cables - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                          Electric Cables is the debut album by Lightships, a recording project of Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels). It is an album of tender, observational songs, played with an invigorating and easy sense of purpose.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Two Lines
                                                                                                          2. Muddy Rivers
                                                                                                          3. Sweetness In Her Spark
                                                                                                          4. Every Blossom
                                                                                                          5. Silver And Gold
                                                                                                          6. The Warmth Of The Sun
                                                                                                          7. Girasol
                                                                                                          8. Stretching Out
                                                                                                          9. Photosynthesis
                                                                                                          10. Sunlight To The Dawn

                                                                                                          Linkwood returns to AOTN in 2022 with Stereo, the follow up and part two, to his killer and hyper focused LP Mono, which turned heads in 2021. All recorded live at the AOTN studio, he's kept the essence of the first LP which worked so well, but moved it on in a much deeper direction. Fusing many of his influences, Boogie, Detroit and early 80's synth joints to name a few, stereo has its own identity and showcases Linkwoods ability to write and produce on the fly but maintain that warm, fuzzy and intricate sound we all love him for.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: It's ALWAYS a good thing to get more Linkwood, and this latest for Athens Of The North is a perfect example of why. Beautifully produced without being overly fussy, there are grooves that are both machinated and unyielding (RunStop) but with swing and syncopation elsewhere, and more airy Balearic atmospheres and pads, it never feels any less than perfectly curated.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. I'm Ready
                                                                                                          2. RunStop
                                                                                                          3. Joystick
                                                                                                          4. Love
                                                                                                          5. S-Mode
                                                                                                          6. DipDab
                                                                                                          7. Clusters
                                                                                                          8. Ping
                                                                                                          9. Flightpath
                                                                                                          10. Glow
                                                                                                          11. Lookup

                                                                                                          One of the hottest and most hyped bands in contemporary disco history, the 2nd release by Mad Honey, "Setback" b/w "Time Is On Our Side"; performed and recorded live to tape. Much like the previous three before it - two cuts of deep disco soul music featuring a bustling and vibrant ensemble of instruments - from niggly organs, galvanized Strats, in the pocket drum and bass interchange, uplifting chorus parts - these babies got it all! Mad Honey are that good you'll easily convince those old school rare groove heads you've stumbled upon a lost classic; knowing full well these are brand new cuts from one of the slickest bands on the scene at the moment!

                                                                                                          Aside from being a studio project for some time, they have just started touring locally and are currently working on their first album for the label.

                                                                                                          Space Grapes is an independent and artist-run label by Bobby van Putten and Danilo Plessow (MCDE), focusing on the best in contemporary live music.


                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Matt says: Buy-on-sight stuff from this MCDE-affiliated new disco supergroup. Their forth joint to date and still as essential as oxygen!

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A. Setback
                                                                                                          B. Time Is On Our Side

                                                                                                          Maher Shalal Hash Baz

                                                                                                          Blues Du Jour - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                            Astonishing 41 track pièce de résistance from Tori Kudo and his brilliant ensemble. A modest masterpiece.

                                                                                                            After a welcome tip off from David Keenan at The Wire, Japanese improvisation ensemble group Maher Shalal Hash Baz, led by Tori Kudo, became one of the first signings to Geographic. It was exactly the kind of music we wanted to release. It was kind of wild but totally melodic too – a mixture of original brass, outsider pop oddness and Tori Kudo’s brilliant Syd Barrett-influenced cutting guitar.

                                                                                                            Blues du Jour, Maher Shalal Hash Baz’s second album released on Geographic in 2003, was recorded in East Kilbride by David Scott and was the ensemble’s final record with their legendary euphonium player, Hiroo Nakazaki. A 41-track journey into their strange and wonderful world, it features some of their best known songs including Open Field later covered by Silver Jews.

                                                                                                            Being able to help make and then release a record like this is one of the many reasons that Katrina and I are so proud of Geographic.

                                                                                                            SP / Geographic

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Sunrise
                                                                                                            Open Field
                                                                                                            The King Of The North
                                                                                                            His Banner Over Me Was Love
                                                                                                            Pelican Of Wilderness
                                                                                                            White Dream (To K. Miwa In Hagi)
                                                                                                            Post Office
                                                                                                            You Keep Saying In Your Heart
                                                                                                            Remember My Labour Of Love
                                                                                                            Good Morning
                                                                                                            Blues Du Jour Bb 7/8 22.4.02
                                                                                                            Tokyo Okinawa Scotland
                                                                                                            What's Your Business Here Elijah
                                                                                                            Soldier Of Lead
                                                                                                            From A Summer To Another Summer
                                                                                                            Futility
                                                                                                            31st December
                                                                                                            Peter Says
                                                                                                            Interview
                                                                                                            Golden Gulf
                                                                                                            For A Recorder And A Euphonium
                                                                                                            Firing Results
                                                                                                            Molecular Structure Of Clay
                                                                                                            Fern On The Slope
                                                                                                            Muddy Water
                                                                                                            Hang Around In The Mall
                                                                                                            Highway
                                                                                                            Cockerel
                                                                                                            No Sheep
                                                                                                            Apple Glazed Vase
                                                                                                            Iyomanzai
                                                                                                            Psalm 136
                                                                                                            Blow A Horn
                                                                                                            Apple Glazed Vase II
                                                                                                            Coregians
                                                                                                            Blues Du Jour Am 8.6.01
                                                                                                            Blues Du Jour Cm 5:02
                                                                                                            Yagi Otalaryngologist
                                                                                                            I Have Run The Course To The Finish
                                                                                                            Bus
                                                                                                            Cheap Clothes

                                                                                                            Planet Trip continue their flawless run of form with this absolutely blazing cosmic boogie bomb from Manuel Darquart who are actually a duo comprised of Louis Anderson-Rich and Sean Whittaker.

                                                                                                            The A side welcomes three smoothed out, windows down slappers, set steady for a long drive along the coastline or primed for play on Full Beam FM! (NTS' hottest boogie show if you didn't already know!). On the flip they dial up the tempo and whip out the 707 cowbell in the heaving title track “In The Post.” Euphoric vocal and swelling synth send your mind into the ether. The closer; “Full Pints, Full Hearts” comes as close to capturing the essence of 90’s dream-house without getting in a time machine. Piano stabs from heaven and a chant calling us to enjoy the good times. Tip!


                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: Phwooaar! Dream boogie lushness and cushiony proto-house meanderings from a duo fully in line with the sound and revelling in luxury. This is my jam this week!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Shoreline
                                                                                                            Late Drivers 
                                                                                                            Prono Balearica 
                                                                                                            In The Post 
                                                                                                            Full Pints, Full Hearts

                                                                                                            Mauskovic Dance Band

                                                                                                            Bukaroo Bank

                                                                                                              Amsterdam based Mausovic Dance Band make madcap music intent on expanding musical universes. Powered by elastic rhythms and some potent dub wizardry, the five-piece are synonymous with flipping global music traditions and creating new, sound-system stylised, synth powered, dance-floor experiments.

                                                                                                              Whilst their 2019 debut album on Soundway Records offered a frenetic mix, imbued by the Colombian champeta, Ghanaian highlife and spaced out disco, their new forthcoming album Buckaroo Bank, set for release on Swiss label Bongo Joe Records, feeds off the industrial sounds of New York City, post punk and early electronic explorers. At the very centre of the project is the dub, the Mauskovic echo chamber, guided by their universal hero Lee Scratch Perry and made possible by their studio friend Kasper Frenkel who provided the tools this new Mauscovic riddim philosophy.

                                                                                                              A proper family band (4 of them are related), and fronted by Nico Mauscovic who is also part of Zamrock touring band W.I.T.C.H., the group have released various singles since their debut album including on Berlin label Dekmantel and most recently, on experimental Swiss label Bongo Joe, their perfect home for brand new album Buckaroo Bank.


                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Buckaroo Bank
                                                                                                              2. Face
                                                                                                              3. Wie Niet Weg Is Is Gezien
                                                                                                              4. Parata Est
                                                                                                              5. Zwaar
                                                                                                              6. Bebi
                                                                                                              7. People In The Hall
                                                                                                              8. Dr Rhythm Space
                                                                                                              9. Telefoon Dub
                                                                                                              10. Samen
                                                                                                              11. Buckaroo Bank - Slow Version
                                                                                                              12. Slow Crack

                                                                                                              True concept albums are actually few and far between. While it can be said that The Who’s “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia”, or Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” were designed from the ground up, that’s not necessarily the case for equally mythical, yet composite albums such as Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust”, or Lou Reed’s “Berlin”. In France, the genre established its pedigree in the 1970s with Serge Gainsbourg, then in the early 1980s with Léo Ferré. “Cri d'amour” by Mélanie Chédeville adds to this list of albums that tell a story through characters.

                                                                                                              “Cri d'amour” was produced in a seaside setting, which may explain its flowing, organic character. It is all by herself that the violinist-by-training composed, wrote and arranged this collection of string-drenched songs that recall Jean-Claude Vannier’s work for Serge Gainsbourg. The latter would undoubtedly have been impressed by Mélanie’s fine-cut lyrics and melodies that are as raw as they are sophisticated, vocalized in a sprechgesang recalling his own. The deliberately retro palette, up to the bass sound so typical of 1960s English rock, betrays an artist indebted to the creator of Bonnie & Clyde and Initials B.B. through a sensual, clear tonality. Yet, polyrhythms borrowed from the late Afro-beat legend Tony Allen, and the touches of guitar, piano, percussion and synthesizers distilled here and there by Éric and Mélanie, end up giving the whole affair a resolutely atemporal color.

                                                                                                              Mélanie was sixteen with a head full of Beethoven and Brahms when she succumbed to an unexpected fascination for the world of Éric, a pianist, composer and sound engineer, who regularly delivered scores for Marc Dorcel’s X-rated films. She evokes him in “L'Alpha-bêta” and “Le Pornographe”, through whispered choruses that would suit the late Julee Cruise or Vanessa Daou to a tee, and explicit allusions to a ‘sword of Damocles’ of ‘XXL’ dimensions.

                                                                                                              These are not the only texts on this album that remind us of the Franco-American author Anaïn Nin’s erotic poems, a model that Mélanie willingly takes on, adding to the list of her literary influences alongside Apollinaire and his Debauched Hospodar:

                                                                                                              Some may find this album old-fashioned, which, far from being a flaw, is a credit to the fine musician that Mélanie is. Others will call it a charming album, which is not a bad way to describe it, provided that it is a powerfully relentless charm.


                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1 - Mélanie
                                                                                                              A2 - L’Alpha Beta
                                                                                                              A3 - It’s Not Too Late
                                                                                                              A4 - Paris
                                                                                                              A5 - La Folia
                                                                                                              A6 - Le Pornographe
                                                                                                              A7 - La Belle Histoire
                                                                                                              B1 - Nausica
                                                                                                              B2 - Le Soleil
                                                                                                              B3 - Cri D'amour
                                                                                                              B4 - C’est Dans L’Air
                                                                                                              B5 - Folk Silencio
                                                                                                              B6 - Les Croisés

                                                                                                              Moar

                                                                                                              Rock VS Rap

                                                                                                              We know by know that when an idea enters the mind of French producer Moar and he sets off on a mission to the studio that we're in for a real treat. His 45 Loves series has been a staple of DJs who have the knack of turning the night around when the preceding track clears the floor. The DJ's secret weapon arsenal should include a DJ Loves bazooka like 'Rock vs Rap' trust us. Just imagine if Larry Mullen, The Edge and Adam Clayton ditched their mullet wearing frontman and headed across the pond to seek the services of the Def Jam crew to add some quick snap raps to the mix. With Moar behind the boards we have a great example of what that might sound like had that scenario played out. This one hits the spot! On the flip, the Young brothers instant classic riff meets Missy's brassy raps and it's the perfect blend of some hardcore rock with that Missy flow that you simply don't want to miss out on.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Matt says: It's officially Christmas party season. And what better way to satiate the office party peasants than a tasteful mashup of Missy Elliot vs. AC/DC & The Beasty Boys vs. U2.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              K
                                                                                                              KK 

                                                                                                              Modulo 1000

                                                                                                              Nao Fale Com Paredes - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                Modulo 1000 were not messing around when they made 'Nao Fale Com Paredes'

                                                                                                                It holds its own, not just as a raw, heavy, experimental Brazilian psychedelic rock album, but as a raw, heavy, experimental psychedelic rock album, full- stop! Formed in Rio de Janeiro in 1969, Modulo 1000 honed their craft as the house band in clubs and resorts in Sao Paulo where they predominantly covered American artists such as Jimmy Hendrix as well as British giants, Led Zeppelin. After acquiring a taste for fame following the performance of one of their tracks at the Rio International Song Festival, the band focussed their attention on composing original material. Their manager, Marinaldo Guimares, encouraged the band to explore their experimental and creative sides. This, in parallel with the explosion of experimental music in Brazil, resulted in the band performing alongside heavyweights such as O Terco; there was a happening in the air.

                                                                                                                Modulo 1000 recorded just one album. Released on Top Tape records in 1972, it featured Eduardo Leal on bass, Candido Faria on drums, Daniel Cardone on guitar, violin and vocals, and Luiz Paulo Simas on organ, piano, and vocals. 'Nao Fale Com Paredes' was produced by the popular DJ, Ademir Lemos, and came housed in a fold- out cover featuring tripped- out artwork and design by Wander Borges. However, due the uncompromising nature of its wild, heavy psychedelic rock sound, the album was destined not to be played on the radio in Brazil. Rumours suggest that the label didn't understand the album, and as a result, it wasn't promoted or marketed. Thus, like many other underground cult classics, it was lost in the ether, only later to be rediscovered by a new audience at a different time. One thing is certain, you definitely know when you've heard Modulo 1000. The sound is raw, heavy and at points quite aggressive, more Black Sabbath than Os Mutantes. It floats between psychedelic rock, prog rock, early metal, and dare we say, displays elements of proto-math-rock.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                LP Tracks
                                                                                                                Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput
                                                                                                                Nao Fale Com Paredes
                                                                                                                Espelho
                                                                                                                Lem - Ed - Ecalg
                                                                                                                Olho Por Olho, Dente Por Dente
                                                                                                                Metro Mental
                                                                                                                Teclados
                                                                                                                Salve-Se Quem Puder
                                                                                                                Animalia

                                                                                                                CD Tracks
                                                                                                                Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput
                                                                                                                Nao Fale Com Paredes
                                                                                                                Espelho
                                                                                                                Lem - Ed - Ecalg
                                                                                                                Olho Por Olho, Dente Por Dente
                                                                                                                Metro Mental
                                                                                                                Teclados
                                                                                                                Salve-Se Quem Puder
                                                                                                                Animalia
                                                                                                                Ferrugem E Fuligem
                                                                                                                Curtissima
                                                                                                                The Cancer Stick
                                                                                                                Waiting For Tomorrow
                                                                                                                Big Mama
                                                                                                                Isto Nao Quer Dizer Nada
                                                                                                                Gloriosa
                                                                                                                Cafusa

                                                                                                                For its fourth release, Zen 2000 scales up from the 45 format and releases its first 12-inch, which, coming in at seven tracks (eight with the digital-only bonus) is either a double-wide EP or an LP in everything but name.

                                                                                                                The artist behind it is Mogwaa, a South Korean producer who's built a reputation on meticulous and clean-lined melodies and sharp, glistening drums. Sometimes we find him in the club, slinking through dubby bass wobbles, flittering across breaks, and sometimes we find him in a grassy park, sprawled atop a soft ambient bed. No matter where he is, the trademark voicing is always present.

                                                                                                                Here, on A Garden Within, we get equal helpings of both: the A-side is the chill-out room, spacey drifters that pulse through the cosmos and wiggle through underwater currents.

                                                                                                                The flip is clubbier fare, with “Rejas” being a nod to electro sounds and “Tranquilizer” being a trippy bit of trance. Bookending the journey is “Melting,” an iceberg slowly cracking and falling into the ocean. “Con Fe” is an encore of sorts; it feels like a reconstituting of “Melting,” the reforming of that track's languid dissolution.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Matt says: Undeniably strong EP taking on downbeat, techno and breaks with a modernist approach. The South Korean producer showing us there's more in his locker than rampant bass and jungle hybrids.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1. Step Under The Bridge
                                                                                                                A2. Zone Out
                                                                                                                A3. Pavilion
                                                                                                                A4. Musing
                                                                                                                B1. Rejas
                                                                                                                B2. Tranquilizer
                                                                                                                B3. Melting

                                                                                                                Nation Of Language

                                                                                                                Introduction, Presence - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                  The highly lauded 2020 debut album from Nation of Language is finally seeing a vinyl release via [PIAS], with stock being available to record stores for the first time.

                                                                                                                  Chosen as one of the best albums of the year by NME, Stereogum, Paste and countless others.

                                                                                                                  The band will be on tour throughout Europe and North America in the coming year.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Tournament
                                                                                                                  Rush And Fever
                                                                                                                  September Again
                                                                                                                  On Division St
                                                                                                                  Indignities
                                                                                                                  Automobile
                                                                                                                  Friend Machine
                                                                                                                  Sacred Tongue
                                                                                                                  The Motorist
                                                                                                                  The Wall And I

                                                                                                                  Originally only available as a digital release on Nightwind Records, L.I.E.S. Records now provides the vinyl edition of what is sure to be a cult classic in the vast Legowelt catalog. Last December Danny Wolfers met up with Japanese digital dub legend Taka Noda aka Mystica Tribe to produce this Far East styled, weighty digi-dub album. Custom made, lo-fi oozing echo effects transform synthesizers and drum machines into a comforting mist of arcane sludge, laced with Taka Noda's enchanting melodica playing.

                                                                                                                  Produced by Taka Noda & Danny Wolfers, Recorded in Tokyo Japan and The Hague Holland December 2021. Limited copies - highly recommended.


                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Matt says: Rawkus and wild digi-dub flavours here from Legowelt and Mystica Tribe who fry circuits and bass bins with their idiosyncratic take on the mythical sub-genre.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Supernatural Mixing Desk
                                                                                                                  The Transient Purpose Of Echo
                                                                                                                  In Opposite Reality
                                                                                                                  Strange Autumn
                                                                                                                  Radical Forms Of The Unknown
                                                                                                                  Archetypes In Dub
                                                                                                                  Broken Dream Tape Saturation

                                                                                                                  NOFX

                                                                                                                  So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                    A nice place to record a punk record. The title is not referring to Airwalk or Vans, it is from a Douglas Adams book called, “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish.” We tend to get hit with a lot of shoes when we play so we thought it was a good title. It’s not our last album. Nate from the Bosstones came by and played guitar on a couple songs. That was pretty cool. We kinda went for more of an old school sound on this record. More hardcore than the previous one. I like it. Favorite song- Desperation’s Gone. Too bad about ska getting mainstream, I don’t think I wanna play it anymore. - NOFX

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    It's My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
                                                                                                                    Kids Of The K-Hole
                                                                                                                    Murder The Government
                                                                                                                    Monosyllabic Girl
                                                                                                                    180 Degrees
                                                                                                                    All His Suits Are Torn
                                                                                                                    All Outta Angst
                                                                                                                    I'm Telling Tim
                                                                                                                    Champs Elysees
                                                                                                                    Dad's Bad News
                                                                                                                    Kill Rock Stars
                                                                                                                    Eat The Meek
                                                                                                                    The Desperation's Gone
                                                                                                                    Flossing A Dead Horse
                                                                                                                    Quart In Session
                                                                                                                    Falling In Love

                                                                                                                    Nyx Nott

                                                                                                                    Themes From…

                                                                                                                      “A rather gorgeous and engrossing collection, that borrows stealthily from a rich history of sound effect and soundtrack to build a tender poem to the night time.” - CLASH.

                                                                                                                      “The plan was to make twenty 90-second tracks designed as TV themes,” says Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat, of the initial thought behind his new instrumental album as Nyx Nótt “But it wasn't a satisfying listen, it was too gimmicky and silly.”

                                                                                                                      So instead, Moffat decided to stretch the idea out, plunge deeper, and expand the music into full tracks, “making some of them quite long and dramatic, with the odd swift turn here and there.” In fleshing these tracks out into more fully realised songs he began sourcing samples from professional TV and film music libraries. “The focus then turned to making a proper album out of these modern library sounds,” he says. “I decided to stick with the Themes From title and named the tracks after the sorts of shows they made me think of when I listened back.”

                                                                                                                      The result is a record that explores genre themes such as: ‘Thriller, ‘Porno’, ‘Caper’ and Swashbuckler’, and acts as an audio equivalent of channel hopping through a unique TV station programmed by Moffat. “I still wasn't sure about all this until I did the album cover, which brought it all together,” he says, of the artwork that places an old smashed TV unit front and centre with a woman perched on top. “It has echoes of old TV compilations but is pretty cheeky and slightly sexy in that old 70s compilation style. I wanted this one to look a bit more fun than the last one, as well as hopefully sound a bit more fun too.”

                                                                                                                      Aside from being a fun experience, it is also a stirring and immersive listen, one that allows the listener to imagine their own accompanying visual scenarios to each musical theme. The opening ‘Docudrama’ marries a gently creeping beat with strings that glide from tense to sweeping, while ‘Porno’ is all seedy smoky jazz that feels plucked right out of Travis Bickle’s late night trips to porn cinemas in Taxi Driver.

                                                                                                                      Touches of jazz pop up in other places too, on ‘Hardboiled’ this merges with subtle pulses and gargles of electronics that build to a rousing crescendo of horns and bleeps, and on ‘Caper’ there’s a vivacious full jazz band skip to the lively swinging rhythms. “There's a few more jazzy elements here,” Moffat says. “Although I'm not quite sure where that came from. Although, like everyone else, I've had plenty of time to be introspective recently, so I decided the next Nyx Nótt album should be more upbeat and encourage some occasional foot-tapping.”

                                                                                                                      However, what becomes apparent, the longer you spend in the world of Themes From, is how singular and unique the tone of each composition is. “Each track has its own individual feel,” says Moffat. “The idea was to sound like a different composer and band throughout.” It’s a stylistic leap that continues Nyx Nótt’s trajectory as one that shares no direct link to Moffat’s other projects. “I approach them in completely different ways and with a different purpose in mind,” says Moffat. “I don't think Nyx has ever heard of Arab Strap, and certainly doesn't own any of their albums.” It’s also a notable shift from the debut album under this moniker, and suitably given the theme, Moffat has created a visual comparison between these two sonic worlds. “If the first Nyx Nótt album was like looking out on dark prairies before dawn, this is more like a walk through a neon Soho after a few cocktails.”


                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Docudrama
                                                                                                                      2. Porno
                                                                                                                      3. Thriller
                                                                                                                      4. Caper
                                                                                                                      5. Swashbuckler
                                                                                                                      6. Hardboiled
                                                                                                                      7. Tearjerker
                                                                                                                      8. Actioner

                                                                                                                      Beth Orton

                                                                                                                      Central Reservation - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                        Central Reservation also makes a welcome return to vinyl having not been available outside the US since its release in 1999. This is the album which saw Beth win a BRIT Award and a Mercury Prize nomination and is home to some of her most popular tracks including Stolen Car, Pass In Time (featuring Terry Callier) and the title track, Central Reservation. 

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        SIDE ONE
                                                                                                                        01 Stolen Car
                                                                                                                        02 Sweetest Decline
                                                                                                                        03 Couldn’t Cause Me Harm
                                                                                                                        SIDE TWO
                                                                                                                        01 So Much More
                                                                                                                        02 Pass In Time
                                                                                                                        03 Central Reservation (Original Version)
                                                                                                                        SIDE THREE
                                                                                                                        01 Stars All Seem To Weep
                                                                                                                        02 Love Like Laughter
                                                                                                                        03 Blood Red River
                                                                                                                        SIDE FOUR
                                                                                                                        01 Devil Song
                                                                                                                        02 Feel To Believe
                                                                                                                        03 Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)

                                                                                                                        Beth Orton

                                                                                                                        Trailer Park - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                          Brit Award nominated Trailer Park makes a welcome return to vinyl with a 2LP pressing to ensure a superior audio quality and with the track Whenever re-instated, having been left off the original 1LP release. This sits alongside classics such as Someone’s Daughter, She Cries Your Name and the epic Galaxy Of Emptiness (produced by Andrew Weatherall).

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Side One
                                                                                                                          01 She Cries Your Name
                                                                                                                          02 Tangent
                                                                                                                          03 Don’t Need A Reason
                                                                                                                          Side Two
                                                                                                                          01 Live As You Dream
                                                                                                                          02 Sugar Boy
                                                                                                                          03 Touch Me With Your Love
                                                                                                                          Side Three
                                                                                                                          01 Whenever
                                                                                                                          02 How Far
                                                                                                                          03 Someone’s Daughter
                                                                                                                          04 I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
                                                                                                                          Side Four
                                                                                                                          01 Galaxy Of Emptiness

                                                                                                                          The Pastels

                                                                                                                          The Last Great Wilderness - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                            The Last Great Wilderness is the soundtrack to the debut movie by David Mackenzie. It was produced with John McEntire and features a guest appearance from Jarvis Cocker.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                                                            1. Wilderness Theme
                                                                                                                            2. Winter Driving
                                                                                                                            3. Vincente's Theme
                                                                                                                            4. Flora's Theme
                                                                                                                            5. Charlie's Theme

                                                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                                                            1. Everybody Is A Star
                                                                                                                            2. Flora Again
                                                                                                                            3. Dark Vincente
                                                                                                                            4. Wilderness End Theme
                                                                                                                            5. I Picked A Flower

                                                                                                                            Piccadilly Records

                                                                                                                            2022 Mug

                                                                                                                              The Piccadilly Records mugs are back for 2022  and I'm sure we probably say this every year, but these are the best ones yet! Perfect for sipping a brew while listening to your favourite records.

                                                                                                                              As always these are limited, and once they're gone, they're gone!

                                                                                                                              Piccadilly Records

                                                                                                                              End Of Year 2022 Sampler

                                                                                                                                This is a CD sampler which you get FREE when you buy any LP or CD from our Top 100 AlbumsTop 20 Compilations or Top 20 Reissues/Collections charts. 

                                                                                                                                Featuring tracks from albums in our Top 100, Compilations, and Reissues/Collections charts this was compiled by ourselves and Mark McQuillan and produced in conjunction with the lovely folks at ROM distribution. 

                                                                                                                                Piccadilly Records

                                                                                                                                End Of Year Review 2022

                                                                                                                                  Back in the day (the late 90s!), confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead. 

                                                                                                                                  Now, well over two decades on, the Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now comes packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, Genre charts, book chart, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush perfect bound artwork by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown (www.markbrownstudio.co.uk). 
                                                                                                                                  The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.


                                                                                                                                  Portico Quartet Ensemble

                                                                                                                                  Terrain (Extended) - Live In Studio One: An Abbey Road 90th Session

                                                                                                                                    Gondwana Records and Portico Quartet announce a strictly limited edition collectors-item. Featuring an expanded version of their long-form composition Terrain and re-arranged for the Portico Quartet Ensemble and recorded live in Studio One.

                                                                                                                                    Terrain (Extended) features an expanded version of the composition re-arranged for the Portico Quartet Ensemble – a subtle re-configuration of the band that features a string quartet - and which allowed for the composition's deeper textures and resonances to be fully explored, along the way expanding the dialogue between tranquillity and a subtly unsettling melancholy, that makes Terrain such a beautiful, powerful piece.

                                                                                                                                    9th November 2021 was a very special session. The band (who had first recorded at Abbey Road for their second album Isla back in 2009), brought long-term collaborator, recording and mix engineer, Greg Freeman over from Berlin to work with Abbey Road's Chris Bolster and the resulting concert film Terrain (Extended) - Live in Studio One An Abbey Road 90th Session received it's world premiere broadcast on the Gondwana Youtube channel on Thursday 20th October. Now Gondwana Records is super proud to announce the ultimate collector's edition of this special recording. Limited to just 1500 individually numbered and stamped LPs and 1000 CDs.

                                                                                                                                    Recorded live at Abbey Road Studio One. Mixed in Berlin by the band's longterm collaborator Greg Freeman. Audio mastered by John Davis at Metropolis Studios. Vinyl cut by John Davis at Metropolis Studios

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Barry says: Portico Quartet perfectly accentuate their exploration into American minimalism from last year, with the tasteful addition of a string quartet. Through the addition of strings, it's helped Terrain move more toward the buoyant levity of their earlier work while retaining the arrhythmic drift of the original release. A wonderful reworking and a lovely looking release too.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Terrain I (Extended) - Live In Studio One: An Abbey Road 90th Session [Live]
                                                                                                                                    2. Terrain II (Extended) - Live In Studio One: An Abbey Road 90th Session [Live]
                                                                                                                                    3 .Terrain III (Extended) - Live In Studio One: An Abbey Road 90th Session [Live]

                                                                                                                                    The Proclaimers

                                                                                                                                    Dentures Out

                                                                                                                                      Thirty-five years since the release of their landmark debut album This Is The Story, and 34 since the release of Sunshine On Leith, the second album that made them international stars, The Proclaimers are back with their 12th studio album. And, at the ripe young age of 60, the fire and ire of Craig and Charlie Reid remain righteously undimmed. Dentures Out is a record of the times, for the times, the twins at their political, observational, satirical and fist-punchingly tuneful best. Dentures Out is 13 songs clocking in at a lean, tight, focused 34 minutes. Only one number, the closing What The Audience Knew, busts the 180-second mark. The rest are sub-three-minute miniatures of polemical pop perfection, recorded at Rockfield in Wales in three quick weeks in spring 2022, lent six-string wings by guest guitarist James Dean Bradfield and produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers), his third consecutive album with the Scotsmen.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Dentures Out
                                                                                                                                      2. The World That Was
                                                                                                                                      3. Feast Your Eyes
                                                                                                                                      4. Praise
                                                                                                                                      5. News To Nietzsche
                                                                                                                                      6. Things As They Are
                                                                                                                                      7. Signs Of Love
                                                                                                                                      8. Drop Dead Destiny
                                                                                                                                      9. The Recent Past
                                                                                                                                      10. Sundays By John Calvin
                                                                                                                                      11. Draw Another Line
                                                                                                                                      12. Play The Man
                                                                                                                                      13. What The Audience Knew

                                                                                                                                      Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

                                                                                                                                      Levitation Sessions

                                                                                                                                        The Perth-based psychedelic rock n roll machine rip through a full platter of their high-speed tunes, shot in two locations and heralding their new LP, Night Gnomes. Crunchy riffage, addictive melodies and no-holds barred psychedelia is on tap.

                                                                                                                                        "Thank you Levitation for getting us out the house! Absolute pleasure to be asked to collaborate on something together. There’s a brilliant story involving an angry local and a bulldozer if you’re won-dering why the location changes, but for the minutes we were filming it was magical. Gnomes till we die! Thanks to Jelly, Tay, Jared, Dima, & the McEwan crew for helping us put this together, love you all." – PPC

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Keen For Kick Ons
                                                                                                                                        2. Hymn For A Droid
                                                                                                                                        3. Lava Lamp Pisco
                                                                                                                                        4. Bill's Mandolin
                                                                                                                                        5. Tally Ho
                                                                                                                                        6. Gurzle
                                                                                                                                        7. Mundungus
                                                                                                                                        8. Cubensis Lenses
                                                                                                                                        9. Found God In A Tomato
                                                                                                                                        10. Cornflake
                                                                                                                                        11. Mr. Prism

                                                                                                                                        The Pyramids

                                                                                                                                        Birth / Speed / Merging

                                                                                                                                          Strut present 3 separate reissues of the 1970s album trilogy from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As students at Antioch ollege, Ohio, alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, flautist Margaux Simmons and bass player Kimathi Asante created three lasting monuments in sound — Lalibela, King of Kings, and Birth / Speed / Merging, a trio of albums produced without any label backing or distribution between 1972 and 1976. Their music is unique among the varied canon of avant-garde and experimental music of 1970s America: high intensity African-styled percussion topped with songs, chants, and horns, laced with African instruments and arranged into long, flowing suites that surge and roll.

                                                                                                                                          Birth/Speed/Merging was recorded in 1976 after the band's move to San Francisco. The album closes the Pyramids' 70s trilogy and makes more use of studio technology: adding overdubs and other effects, a marked departure from the previous two releases, though at no cost to the urgent message and energy of their earlier works.


                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Aomawa
                                                                                                                                          2. Birth / Speed / Merging - Part 1
                                                                                                                                          3. Birth / Speed / Merging - Part 2
                                                                                                                                          4. Birth / Speed / Merging - Part 3
                                                                                                                                          5. Birth / Speed / Merging - Part 4
                                                                                                                                          6. Reaffirmation - Part 1
                                                                                                                                          7. Reaffirmation - Part 2
                                                                                                                                          8. Reaffirmation - Part 3
                                                                                                                                          9. Reaffirmation - Part 4
                                                                                                                                          10. Jamaican Carnival - Part 1
                                                                                                                                          11. Jamaican Carnival — Part 2
                                                                                                                                          12. Black Man And Woman Of The Nile

                                                                                                                                          The Pyramids

                                                                                                                                          King Of Kings

                                                                                                                                            Strut present 3 separate reissues of the 1970s album trilogy from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As students at Antioch ollege, Ohio, alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, flautist Margaux Simmons and bass player Kimathi Asante created three lasting monuments in sound — Lalibela, King of Kings, and Birth / Speed / Merging, a trio of albums produced without any label backing or distribution between 1972 and 1976. Their music is unique among the varied canon of avant-garde and experimental music of 1970s America: high intensity African-styled percussion topped with songs, chants, and horns, laced with African instruments and arranged into long, flowing suites that surge and roll.

                                                                                                                                            King Of Kings was recorded in 1974 and features a wider array of instruments including Ugandan Harp and Balafon. Perhaps best known for the expansive "Nsorama (The Stars)" a seminal work of Spiritual Jazz.


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. Mogho Naba (King Of Kings)
                                                                                                                                            2. Queen Of The Spirits Pad 1
                                                                                                                                            3. Queen Of The Spirits Pad 2
                                                                                                                                            4. Queen Of The Spirits Part 3
                                                                                                                                            5. Nsorama (The Stars)
                                                                                                                                            6. My Africa

                                                                                                                                            The Pyramids

                                                                                                                                            Lalibela

                                                                                                                                              Strut present 3 separate reissues of the 1970s album trilogy from Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids. As students at Antioch college, Ohio, alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor, flautist Margaux Simmons and bass player Kimathi Asante created three lasting monuments in sound — Lalibela, King of Kings, and Birth / Speed / Merging, a trio of albums produced without any label backing or distribution between 1972 and 1976. Their music is unique among the varied canon of avant-garde and experimental music of 1970s America: high intensity African-styled percussion topped with songs, chants, and horns, laced with African instruments and arranged into long, flowing suites that surge and roll.

                                                                                                                                              The debut album by the Pyramids was inspired by the group's visit to the Lalibela monastery in Egypt, and was recorded in Yellow Springs Ohio in early 1973. Drawing on the teachings of Cecil Taylor and the influence of John Coltrane, combined with a barrage of intense percussion, the album evolves over several long-form pieces, Initially only 500 copies were pressed and sold to friends and followers in the local area.


                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Lalibela
                                                                                                                                              2. Sheba's Dance
                                                                                                                                              3. High Priestess
                                                                                                                                              4. Rock Churches
                                                                                                                                              5. Dialogue Of The Spirits
                                                                                                                                              6. Mesenko Nights
                                                                                                                                              7. Indigo
                                                                                                                                              8.yaayaayaayaa
                                                                                                                                              9. Sunset At Giza

                                                                                                                                              Queen Of Jeans

                                                                                                                                              Hiding In Place

                                                                                                                                                Hiding in Place, the new EP from Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans, opens with the springy pluck of a single note on electric guitar, like a ping from a satellite waiting for a response in a long, quiet expanse. Then, Miri Devora’s voice atop guitar and drums: “Hiding in place, conjure your face/Don’t wanna lose my mind.”

                                                                                                                                                This is the title track’s invitation to a four-song study of loneliness, alienation, and the unraveling that comes with those states, but it’s also bookended with moments of levity: joy and romance burst through on second track “Why Hide,” a response of sorts to the title track’s cloistered anxiety. Devora wrote the songs at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 when she had just been laid off from her job of almost 10 years. Her partner, guitarist Mattie Glass, worked 11 hour shifts at a grocery store, so Devora was alone in their apartment for months on end. When they were written, these weren’t intended to be pandemic-specific.

                                                                                                                                                “While these aren’t ‘pandemic songs,’ they carry that weight,” says Devora. “There’s that sense of loneliness and even longing that I think for many have gone hand-in-hand with the pandemic. Hiding in Place is like hiding within these walls that we were confined to, but it’s also about hiding within yourself and not being able to necessarily express any kind of fears or desires you have.”

                                                                                                                                                This is part of what makes Hiding in Place such an apt collection for this moment: with this EP, which follows the band’s 2019 LP If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, hiding can be a safe release or a painful suppression, depending on the context. That duality—and the complicated nuance of lived experience that it suggests—defines our lives now.

                                                                                                                                                This 12” EP features Hiding in Place in Full as well as the entirety of Queen of Jeans’ 2021 Covers EP, including a bombastic cover of Wheatus’ now viral “Teenage Dirtbag.”

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                                1. Hiding In Place
                                                                                                                                                2. Why Hide
                                                                                                                                                3. Was I Ever
                                                                                                                                                4. The Wait Is Over
                                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                                1. Teenage Dirtbag
                                                                                                                                                2. I’m The Only One
                                                                                                                                                3. Actor Out Of Work

                                                                                                                                                Martin Rev

                                                                                                                                                Les Nymphes - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                  Hazy dream chronicles.

                                                                                                                                                  A Martin Rev album is always liable to spring a surprise. Think of the rough guitars which unexpectedly appeared on his 2003 release "To Live" instead of synthesizers.

                                                                                                                                                  "Les Nymphes", which followed in 2008, saw Rev return to dream-laden melodic miniatures, but came from a resolutely more radical place than its predecessors. Once again, this work demonstrates the rigour of Martin Rev's approach, his willingness to embrace risk and his uncompromising rejection of a single aesthetic framework. "Les Nymphes" is, without question, the work of an artist who is constantly in search mode.

                                                                                                                                                  Martin Rev

                                                                                                                                                  To Live - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                    American indie label File 13 Records released what was already Martin Rev's sixth solo album in the autumn of 2003. The previous year, Rev and his musical partner Alan Vega had struck out in a new direction on their "American Supreme" album and Rev's solo works continued in a similar vein. If "Strangeworld" from the year 2000 actually felt more like a timeless abstract of Martin Rev's entire spectrum of musical influences,

                                                                                                                                                    "To Live", three years later, introduces more contemporary elements, including guitar samples for the first time. "To Live" is not easy to digest, a work of contradictions which marks a transition in Martin Rev's overall output as a child of its time, worthy of special attention in his legacy.

                                                                                                                                                    Lester Robertson

                                                                                                                                                    Akirfa / Untitled Ballad

                                                                                                                                                      On this 7" Mr Bongo presents two lost jazz tracks by the trombonist and Horace Tapscott-collaborator, Lester Robertson

                                                                                                                                                      Lester has worked with some of the greats of jazz including Gerald Wilson, Anita O'Day, Lionel Hampton and Roy Porter Sound Machine on the classic 'Jessica' album. Lester was a member of Horace Tapscott's The Pan- Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and features on the iconic underground jazz albums 'The Call' and 'Live At I.U.C.C.'. The Arkestra was set up in 1961 in Los Angeles and over the years has included wonderful, inspirational musicians such as Adele Sebastian, Kamasi Washington, Dwight Trible, Phil Ranelin, Arthur Blythe, Jesse Sharps and Nate Morgan.

                                                                                                                                                      These two recordings have recently been discovered on an archived master tape that little information on it other than Lester's name and the track titles. Sadly, the other players on the tracks aren't credited on the tape, so a line-up can't be 100% confirmed. Still, the magic of what they laid down in the session pays testament to their artistry. First up is the lively popping track 'Akirfa' in which Lester gets space to let rip and exercise his talents. On the flip is the euphonious 'Untitled Ballad', a mellifluent lullaby for an end-of-the-day wind-down.

                                                                                                                                                      Lost for a while, but thankfully not forgotten, these beautiful recordings finally get their chance to shine.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Akirfa
                                                                                                                                                      Untitled Ballad

                                                                                                                                                      Saigon Soul Revival

                                                                                                                                                      Hoa Am Xura

                                                                                                                                                      Saigon Soul Revival has been on a quest to reawaken the raw, enchanting sounds of 1960s and 70s Vietnam; a time when passionate music resonated in Saigon's streets and clubs with messages of love, heartache, hope and freedom. Amongst the turmoil of war, there was a rich cultural climate that fused popular genres of the day like rock, soul and bolero with Vietnamese music and lyrics. This fusion of sounds that bridged east and west became forbidden after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and almost vanished. Four decades later Saigon Soul Revival was born with the initial purpose of bringing these dormant sounds back to the stage. After numerous live performances over the last 3 years, the band has developed their own sound and now, with the release of their debut album “Họa Âm Xưa”, they are ready to share it with the rest of the world. The 11 track LP, including original compositions and nostalgic reinterpretations, blends traditional Vietnamese elements with modern concepts, featuring pre ‘75 and current artists, all while remaining firmly rooted in the “nhạc vàng” (golden music) of the time. Meaning “Old Harmonies”, Saigon Soul Revival is proud to present “Họa Âm Xưa” as a tribute to the artists and composers of the time that inspired them to create this marriage between past and present.

                                                                                                                                                      All members of the band are of Vietnamese background or have a strong connection to its culture and heritage through loved ones and their time spent in the country. Their music focuses on compositions that fuse Vietnamese lyrics and sounds with influences of western rock, soul, bolero, tango and other popular genres of this time period, most of which was banned after the war. This project strives to revive this beautiful musical heritage of Vietnam which represents an important cultural bridge between east and west.


                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      Matt says: It's a Saigon explosion this week with two compilations highlighting the golden period of music from (what would become) Ho Chi Minh. Saigon Soul Revival however, are brand new - and pay tribute to this magical time with original compositions and vibrant material. It's a sincere and well executed concept which keeps the legacy of Saigon music alive and progressive in 2022.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      A1. Ði Xa Ð.i Nhau
                                                                                                                                                      A2. Hào Hoa Feat. Blacka
                                                                                                                                                      A3. Nhân Gian T.nh
                                                                                                                                                      A4. V. M.ng ân T.nh Nguy.n Feat. Th. H.i Phý.ng
                                                                                                                                                      A5. T.nh Nh.c S.
                                                                                                                                                      A6. S.u Ðông
                                                                                                                                                      B1. Giây Phút Cu.i Tu.n Feat. Mai L. Huy.n
                                                                                                                                                      B2. Nào Ta Cùng Hát
                                                                                                                                                      B3. Bài Ca Ngông
                                                                                                                                                      B4. Chu.n Chu.n Xanh (H.a T.u) Feat. Nguy.n Th. H.i Phý.ng
                                                                                                                                                      B5. Ch.n T.nh Xýa

                                                                                                                                                      Self Esteem

                                                                                                                                                      Prima Facie - Original Theatre Soundtrack By Rebecca Lucy Taylor

                                                                                                                                                        Ahead of the one person play's West End closing night this weekend, Taylor has shared her 14-track soundtrack for the acclaimed theatre production, which is written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin, and sees Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) play criminal defence barrister Tessa Ensler. Prima Facie will come to a close on Saturday (18 June) at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, before heading to Broadway in spring 2023. The soundtrack follows her 2021 Self Esteem album Prioritise Pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: The wonderful Rebecca Lucy Taylor presents a rich, moving soundtrack to Jodie Comer's stage show of the same name. 'Prima Facie' is RLT at peak emotional intensity, presenting saturated piano and shadowy reverbs beneath her deeply affecting vocal melodies. A wonderful standalone listen, and i'm sure perfect as a soundtrack too. Legends, both.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        1. The Winner 03:26
                                                                                                                                                        2. To See From Here 03:41
                                                                                                                                                        3. Chambers 03:42
                                                                                                                                                        4. Chambers Continued (How Cliché) 01:35
                                                                                                                                                        5. The Process 03:17
                                                                                                                                                        6. Perfect 2 Me 03:05
                                                                                                                                                        7. Perfect 2 Me (Reprise) 02:14
                                                                                                                                                        8. To See From Here (Reprise) 02:38
                                                                                                                                                        9. Second Place (Cab Rank Rule) 04:16
                                                                                                                                                        10. Lean Back And Think Of Justice 03:50
                                                                                                                                                        11. Cross Examination 01:48
                                                                                                                                                        12. I Have No Power Here 03:52
                                                                                                                                                        13. How Dare You 01:48
                                                                                                                                                        14. 1 In 3 (I'm Fine) 04:02

                                                                                                                                                        Japanese electronic music legend Takayuki Shiraishi´s first electronica / techno LP finally released on vinyl. A fascinating Japanese ambient techno excursion fathoms deep and oozing enchantment.

                                                                                                                                                        Takayuki Shiraishi is no stranger to Camisole Records. With projects like BGM, MLD (CAM022) or Tristan Disco (CAM023) he is considered as one of the most prominent figures of underground Japanese music.

                                                                                                                                                        Following those 80's industrial projects he continued his path and recorded numerous electronic tracks without forgetting his experimental roots. After an EP on the highly revered label Apollo with his alias Planetoid, he released a very limited run of his first album "Photon" on CD in 1997.

                                                                                                                                                        Mixing techno and ambient, those works were recorded between 1987 and 1996 to create a trancey ride of dreamy tunes which floated between the pastoral brilliance of UK pioneers Boards Of Canada and the more serene electronica emanating from Japan at the time.

                                                                                                                                                        A journey through spectral dances and afterglows, dreamy incantations and solar rituals devoted to liminal euphoria and hypnagogic pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                        Remastered by Krikor Kouchian.


                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        A1 - Graviton
                                                                                                                                                        A2 - Clear
                                                                                                                                                        B1- Figure 8
                                                                                                                                                        B2 - Fluorite
                                                                                                                                                        B3 - Photon
                                                                                                                                                        C1 - Clear Away
                                                                                                                                                        C2 - The Vanishing Point
                                                                                                                                                        C3 - Afterglow
                                                                                                                                                        D1 - Wavy Flame
                                                                                                                                                        D2- Blue Devided By Blue

                                                                                                                                                        SoiSong

                                                                                                                                                        QXn948s

                                                                                                                                                          SoiSong is the stunning but short-lived partnership of Coil co-founder Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and veteran Russian electronic experimentalist Ivan Pavlov. Though friends since 1997, the project birthed roughly a decade later in Bangkok, where Christopherson relocated following the death of his Coil collaborator John Balance in 2004. Named after the Thai word for ‘two’ along with a notorious red-light district street nearby, the duo dialed into a cryptic language of lurching synthetics, Eastern minimalism, and interdimensional glitch, oscillating between elegance and mayhem. qXn948s collects some of their earliest recordings, and remains as transgressive and transcendent a listen now as it was upon its release a decade and a half ago.

                                                                                                                                                          Pavlov characterizes SoiSong as less a musical group than a “utopian, semi-alien platform for collaboration, devoid of pronounced personality or centralized authority... more like a message from elsewhere that anyone is welcome to participate in and spread.” Every facet of the project was disruptive and oblique: self-released CDs packaged in elaborate origami that had to be destroyed to be accessed; a website with password protected sections, where different passwords were provided for different events, objects or releases; performance merchandise of headphones and a Walkman melted shut so the music can only be heard as long as the set of batteries last. Theirs was a muse as unprecedented as it was uncompromising, equal parts pranks and profundity.

                                                                                                                                                          qXn948s began with samples and software composed intuitively in tandem before a large monitor, then progressively processed and scrambled into bewildering arrangements of digital frequencies, alternately spartan and claustrophobic, uneasy and uncanny. Vignettes of small melody emerge and are obliterated; gamelan-esque tones spiral above cybernetic pulse programming and funereal didgeridoo; skeletal piano meanders in the distance while flickering circuitry pummels patterns of white noise. Pavlov describes his and Christopherson’s chemistry as “unspoken and sincere, and very efficient.” That music this aggressively disorienting and complex congealed in a smoothly organic fashion is testament to the rare vision of its creators.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Side A:
                                                                                                                                                          Kabuki-Chop
                                                                                                                                                          Soijin No Hi

                                                                                                                                                          Side B:
                                                                                                                                                          Koi Ru
                                                                                                                                                          Jam Talay Sai

                                                                                                                                                          Sufjan Stevens

                                                                                                                                                          Fourth Of July

                                                                                                                                                            On July 1, his birthday, Sufjan Stevens is releasing two alternate versions of his song, “Fourth of July.” Both versions were recorded around 2014: “Fourth of July (April Base Version)” was recorded in Eau Claire, WI at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio, and “Fourth of July (DUMBO Version)” was recorded in Sufjan’s old studio in Brooklyn, NY.

                                                                                                                                                            The original version of “Fourth of July” appeared on Sufjan’s 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell. As is (and was) his custom, Sufjan would often rework different versions of his songs while recording an album, and “Fourth of July” was no exception. (Other versions & remixes of the song were released on “The Greatest Gift” mixtape and on the “Exploding Whale” 7” single.)

                                                                                                                                                            These two latest versions were recently found on old harddrives. The refrain of the song, “We’re all gonna die,” invokes a meditation on human mortality and fragility, even as it acts as an anchor of stoic hope. Its solemnity invites listeners to feel comfort, connection — even joy — wrought from great pain and loss.

                                                                                                                                                            The song has recently had a resurgence with listeners — which may speak to a deep national grief and sense of loss.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                            Fourth Of July (April Base Version)

                                                                                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                            Fourth Of July (DUMBO Version)

                                                                                                                                                            Sun Ra Arkestra

                                                                                                                                                            Living Sky

                                                                                                                                                              For more than two decades alto saxophonist Marshall Allen has carried on the legacy and sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra - He turned 98 in 2022 and as evidenced by Living Sky, his influence and leadership remain undiminished

                                                                                                                                                              On the group's first recording since the pandemic and their Grammy nomination, bandleader Marshall Allen and company give us something we can hold onto, an instrumental album rich in spirituality to guide us through the unknown yet again. The album includes the first studio recording of Sun Ra's elaboration of Frederic Chopin's "Prelude in A Major", first instrumental recording of Ra's "Somebody Else's Idea". Features Allen's "Day of the Living Sky", a meditative work that is a belated response to Sun Ra's composition "Night of the Living Sky" which is also featured in the album.

                                                                                                                                                              Cover art by Damon Locks.

                                                                                                                                                              Mixed & mastered by two time Grammy winner Dave Darlington.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              Chopin (Frédéric Chopin)
                                                                                                                                                              Somebody Else’s Idea (Sun Ra)
                                                                                                                                                              Day Of the Living Sky (Marshall Allen)
                                                                                                                                                              Marshall's Groove (Marshall Allen)
                                                                                                                                                              Night Of The Living Sky (Sun Ra)
                                                                                                                                                              Firefly (Marshall Allen)
                                                                                                                                                              Wish Upon A Star (Leigh Harline)


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