ALL GENRES

WEEK STARTING 17 Sep

A Place To Bury Strangers

Hologram

    Hologram is the follow up to their highly regarded fifth album, Pinned, and is a sonic return to A Place To Bury Strangers’ rawest, most unhinged sound. With songs addressing the decay of connections, friendships lost, and the trials and tribulations of these troubled times, Hologram serves as an abstract mirror to the moment we live in. Written and recorded during the on-going global pandemic and in the midst of the decline of civilization, Hologram is a sonic vaccine to the horrors of modern life.

    ACR

    ACR - EP:A/C/R - Signed Bundle

      ALL COPIES SIGNED BY THE BAND.

      EPA
      is dedicated to Denise Johnson and features the band’s final recordings with Denise, where they used up their final days recording time with a day jamming in the studio with no fixed agenda, the result is something very special.

      EPC is dedicated to Andrew Weatherall. All four tracks on ACR:EPC are collaborations. Emperor Machine is a collaboration with Andy Meecham, also known as Emperor Machine, YOYOGRIP is a collaboration with Maria Uzor from Sink Ya Teeth and Jacknife Lee and Music Control is a collaboration with Chris Massey who remixed Dirty Boy in 2019. The track Guv’nor is inspired by longtime ACR friend Andrew Weatherall and is a collaboration in spirit.

      EPR is the last of a trilogy. Recorded with the internal brief of anything goes, ACR complete their trilogy of Eps with these four tracks, the mesmerising $ouls In The City is made up of Part 2 and Part 1, in that order, followed by the insanely catchy Night People, Big Boy Pants which was named after Joe Biden when he won the US election as it was mixed on the same day and the final track Downtime Vibes, which is a hypnotic piece of repetitive rhythms built up around a set of chimes that Jez found in the back of his car.

      TRACK LISTING

      EPA
      Wonderland (Jam 6)
      Keep It Together (Jam 5)
      Down And Dirty (Jam 2)
      Feel No Fear (Jam 1)

      EPC
      Emperor Machine (ACR Vs The Emperor Machine)
      The Guv’nor
      YOYOGRIP (Long) Featuring Maria Uzor And Jacknife Lee
      Musik Kontrol (ACR Vs Massey)

      EPR

      $ouls In The City Part 2 & 1
      Night People
      Big Boy Pants
      Downtime Vibes

      AHRKH (GNOD)

      Bliss Waves (From The Heart Realm)

      AHRKH is the solo project of A P Macarte, multi-instrumentalist member of Salford's critically acclaimed noise experimentalists GNOD. Using Modular synthesiser, field recordings and voice, AHRKH explores the relationship between sound and consciousness and the ability to invoke altered states that touch the intangible, traverse the infinite expansive panorama within ourselves and discover ultra-dimensional transportation methods via sound. Recorded during the first UK lockdown in 2020, "Bliss Waves" brings us an hour of undulating, swirling, orgasmic, miasmic waves of sonic bliss. Close your eyes and you could be listening to Iasos, Laraaji or Ariel Kalma, open them and you're on K in Islington Mill. "Forget about the world, lie down, rest your mind and watch the neon tinged clouds of sunsetting on the world gently pass by, nothing matters and nothing exists outside of this moment, right here, right now."




      TRACK LISTING

      01 Bliss Waves (14:56)
      02 Haze Cascade (11:00)
      03 Oceanic Boundlessness (23:23)

      Amyl And The Sniffers

      Big Attraction & Giddy Up

        Amyl and the Sniffers are a punk band possessed by the spirit of seventies Australian rock. Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums), Dec Martens (guitar) are former housemates who formed the band, wrote a handful of tunes and released their debut EP, Giddy Up, all in a span of twelve hours. Completing their line up with Gus Romer on bass, the band take their cues from a diverse bunch of legends including AC/DC, Cosmic Psychos, Dolly Parton and Die Antwoord, setting out to have as much fun as possible.

        Their 2nd EP, Big Attraction, was released in February 2017, kicking off a stellar year for these young punks. Growing buzz around their blistering live show made the band a hot tip at Bigsound in Brisbane, while the band was added to festival lineups including Meredith and CherryRock17. The band and were invited to join the Cosmic Psychos on their forthcoming November/December tour and capped off the year with a sellout NYE show at the legendary Tote in their home town of Melbourne.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Amyl And The Sniffers have been a force to be reckoned with on the Australian punk scene (and indeed over here), and this early document of their first two EP's are an absolutely essential purchase. Every bit as incendiary and uncompromising as their LP's, an essential purchase.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 I'm Not A Loser
        2 Blowjobs
        3 Mole (Sniff Sniff)
        4 Balaclava Lover Boogie
        5 Westgate
        6 70's Street Munchies
        7 Pleasure Forever
        8 Caltex Cowgirl
        9 Mandalay
        10 Stole My Pushbike

        Aquarian Blood

        Bending The Golden Hour

          With Bending the Golden Hour, the third album from Memphis, Tennessee’s Aquarian Blood, husband and wife team J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and Laurel Horrell (formerly of the Nots) continue the gorgeously stripped-down and atmospheric direction set on their critically acclaimed previous effort A Love That Leads to War.

          While Aquarian Blood has roots as a chaotic punk rock six-piece, the band shifted gears after two raucous cassette-only releases on ZAP Cassettes, a pair of seven-inches, and 2017’s Last Nite in Paradise, released on Goner Records. After drummer Bill Curry broke his arm, the Horrells redefined

          Aquarian Blood, reemerging in early 2018 as the more intimate, mostly acoustic balladeers behind the staccato, fever dream sound of A Love That Leads to War. Like its immediate predecessor, Bending the Golden Hour was recorded at the Horrell's Midtown Memphis home. The band turned over 43 tracks to Goner co-owner Zac Ives, who handpicked 17 songs for the album.

          The final result is shimmering and hopeful; as beautiful and sparse as a Rockwell Kent snowscape. Bending the Golden Hour begins ominously with “Channeling,” which sounds like an outtake from Paul Giovanni’s soundtrack to 1973’s pagan nightmare The Wicker Man. Then the band upshifts for “Time in the Rain,” a sweet duet set to a rigid snare beat. From there, Aquarian Blood zigs to country and zags to psychedelic folk, brooding on one song and soothing listeners with the next. And while the music, feel, and experience is different, Aquarian Blood naturally brings to mind some legendary musical partnerships: Richard and Linda Thompson, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; not to mention similarly-bent-but-beautiful luminaries like Roy Harper, Pentangle circa 1967 -1973, and Jackson C. Frank.

          There’s a big middle ground, like folk-psych, or weirder country music,” he says, reeling off names like Skip Spence and Syd Barrett as stepping stones between the genres of punk and folk.

          Inspirations for Bending the Golden Hour come from myriad sources that document the milestones and minutiae in a family’s full life. Some lyrics name a time or a place; others reflect the fleeting moments that elapse unnoticed. “Come Home,” which is sung by J.B. and his daughter Ava, was written the day Ava got her driver’s license. “Ava took the car out by herself afterwards, and I wrote the song immediately—she sang her part when she got home that evening,” J.B. recalls. Whether or not the listener knows the backstory, the song rings sentimental, with subtle, supportive instrumentation that underscores guitar and vocals. The bewitching “Rope and Hair,” on the other hand, is less sketched out, with lyrics that are simply a recitation of the talismen found on a silver sabertooth charm that J.B. purchased for Laurel at a Latin strip mall in southeast Memphis. That’s all to be said. “Sometimes when you know too much about what the song is about, it takes away the magic,” says J.B. “Alabama Daughter,” says Laurel, is about a place where a childhood friend lived called Castleberry Holler. “It was really rural, just a lot of shacks without electricity—the kind of place you didn’t go to unless you were invited,” she says. “Probable Gods” is a hazy reflection on the struggle of such a strange year. “It’s been very cathartic to put all of this into words and not have it live in my head,” J.B. says.


          TRACK LISTING

          1. Channeling
          2. Time In The Rain
          3. Bolted And Embossed
          4. Waited
          5. Til It Wasn’t Anymore
          6. Spray Them All
          7. Rope And Hair
          8. Bending Time
          9. Come Home
          10. Covering The Past
          11. Hate To Wake You
          12. Alabama Daughter
          13. Night Train
          14. Count My Love
          15. On The Divide
          16. Probable Gods
          17. Boredom Hours

          Formed in 2012, Asa Moto purvey non-standard body music from their Ghent outpost, Studio Martino. Closely affiliated with famed Soulwax imprint, DEEWEE, the Belgian duo’s recorded offerings carefully juxtapose expert synth-work with aesthetic imperfection. Charming melodies and throbbing rhythms come courtesy of archaic tone generators and acoustic instrumentation alike, landing Asa Moto in a zone of confident sonic idiosyncrasy. Their studio prowess has hardly gone unnoticed and during their breakout year of 2018, Resident Advisor, Redbull and the BBC were quick to take note of the group’s steady ascent. Via their ever-changing live performances, Asa Moto have become regular fixtures on the European touring circuit, touching down for club nights and festival appearances across the continent. As astute selectors, they operate a bi-monthly radio show in Brussels, digging into their sprawling collection, ranging from obscure jazz records to contemporary electronic cuts. Asa Moto have re-adapted their unmistakable strain of body music into a live show, which premiered on the Mainstage of the Lokerse Feesten 2019 and at the 40th anniversary of Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. In 2020, they co-produced and mixed the Turkish band, Altin Gün album ‘Yol’ marking the first time that the band has collaborated with outsiders.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Connexion À Liège
          A2. Cacao
          B1. Missing Teeth
          B2. Veleda
          B3. In My Body

          Julien Baker

          Little Oblivions - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

            Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
            Limited to one per person.


            Beach Riot

            Sub Atomic Party Cool

              The debut Beach Riot album is finally here. It’s safe to say that ‘Subatomic Party Cool’ is well worth the wait - a record that’s jam packed with quality songwriting and enormous riffs, one after another, and hits a wide range of musical touchstones along the way. Black vinyl in slip sleeve.

              Full of an infectious energy with more horsepower than the South American farm that guitarist/vocalist Cami left aged just 18 to come to the UK to seek pop stardom (Argentinian horse farming’s loss is Alcopop!’s gain), Beach Riot are a slacker pop force to be reckoned with.

              Beach Riot cite their influences as ice-cream, weird guitars, PJ Harvey, Mudhoney, 4am mozzarella sticks, dark comedy, dungeons and dragons, and Brighton beach hangover fry-ups. We totally get that.

              “90s fuzz, big riffs and dreamy harmonies - what more could you want?” - LOUDER

              “Great dynamics, tension and killer choruses” - MOJO

              “Gritty indie-pop brilliance” -The iNewspaper

              TRACK LISTING

              B.A.D.
              Wrong Impression
              Good To Know (That I’m Still On Your Mind)
              Modern Dinosaur
              Wraith
              Unrequited Love
              Medicate For Success
              Faze
              Sofa Surfer
              She’s A Hurricane
              Blush
              Serial Scruff

              The Beths

              Auckland, New Zealand, 2020

                The anticipation is there in Elizabeth Stokes’ solo guitar riff under the opening lines of “I’m Not Getting Excited”: a frenetic, driving force daring a packed Auckland Town Hall to do exactly the opposite of what the track title suggests.

                As the opener of The Beths’ Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 expands to include the full band, the crowd screeches and bellows. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where live music is still possible.

                The album title, and film of the same name, deliberately include the date and location, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce says. “That’s the sensational part of what we actually did.” In a mid-pandemic world, playing to a heaving, enraptured home crowd feels miraculous.

                In March 2020, everything seemed on track for another huge year for The Beths. Home after an 18-month northern hemisphere tour, they had just finished recording sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers and were primed for more extensive touring. But within days, New Zealand’s lockdown split the band between three separate houses. All touring was cancelled.

                “It was existentially bad,” Stokes says. As well as worrying about economic survival, they lost something crucial to the band’s identity: live performance. “It's a huge part of how we see ourselves... What does it mean, if we can't play live?”

                The band found an outlet through live-streaming, returning to the do-it-yourself mentality of their early days to connect with a global audience. The album and film have their genesis in that urge to share the now-rare experience of a live show, as widely as possible.

                The fuzzy-round-the-edges live-streams pointed the way aesthetically. Native birds, wonkily crafted by the band from tissue paper and wire, festoon the venue’s cavernous ceiling while house plants soften and disguise the imposing pipes of an organ. The presence of the film crew isn’t disguised: much of the camerawork is handheld; full of fast zooms and pans.

                With much of the material still fresh, the band was less focused on re-invention than playing “a good, fast rock show”, Pearce says. The tempo is up on crowd favourites “Whatever” and “Future Me Hates Me” (released as a live single on its third anniversary) as both band and audience feed off the mutual energy in the room.

                Certain songs have taken on special resonance post-Covid. Pearce has found “Out Of Sight”, a tender rumination on long-distance relationships, hits particularly hard with live audiences.

                Album closer “River Run” visibly brings Stokes to tears as a mix of achievement and relief kicks in. “You can finally relax at that point … You play the last note, breathe out a sigh and look up - and you’re in a giant room full of people happy and smiling.”


                TRACK LISTING

                1. I'm Not Getting Excited - LIve
                2. Great No One - Live
                3. Whatever - Live
                4. Mars, The God Of War - Live
                5. Future Me Hates Me - Live
                6. Introduction
                7. Jump Rope Gazers - Live
                8. Uptown Girl - Live
                9. Bird Talk
                10. Happy Unhappy - Live
                11. Out Of Sight - Live
                12. Thank You
                13. Don't Go Away - Live
                14. Little Death - Live
                15. Dying To Believe - Live
                16. River Run - Live

                Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine

                No More Selfies

                  Two songs from punk icon’s recent Tea Party Revenge Porn album not included on the vinyl. At last, Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine have finally delivered the two songs missing from the Tea Party Revenge Porn LP version on vinyl, the instant classics, “No More Selfies” and “The Ghost of Vince Lombardi”! This is very strong stuff. Hear the inimitable Mr. B skewer the place the world’s put itself in, like no one else would or could as he and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine capture the fullpower of the live shows on disc as never before. Only so many artists have a track record of lyrics this good, and back it up with music as good or better. It’s usually one of the other, but rarely this fierce, thanks to the wall of sound production of the mysterious Marshall Lawless, with Kurt Schlegel at the board this time.

                  Co-conspirators now feature both string-titans of longtime AT mainstay Victims Family: guitarist Ralph Spight (also Freak Accident) and wonder bassist Larry Boothroyd (also Triclops,Brubaker); plus drummer / metal percussionist Jason Willer (UK Subs, Nik Turner, Charger, The Mob). Why on a 7” and not on the LP? The high speed “driving tests” Biafra always uses to find the best rockin’ song order for his albums (since the Dead Kennedydays of Fresh Fruit!) meant going “lean, mean (and louder!)” for the LP version, and two more songs in the middle for the CDs and download. These are not outtakes or “bonus tracks”. Theymake quite a strong 45 on their own. So play often! Play loud! And don’t let “Winning is the Only Thing” cloud your judgement! Like it still does a certain clown who used to be president. From Dead Kennedys to Lard to the now-classic albums with the Melvins, DOA, NoMeansNo, Mojo Nixon; and of course, The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, there is no better primal scream therapy than Jello Biafra song

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. No More Selfies
                  2. The Ghost Of Vince Lombardi

                  Repress of this Bicep killer from 2013. The London-based duo of Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar had a breakthrough year in 2012, four years after the pair's Feel My Bicep blog first began.2013 saw them play in more than a dozen countries, including major gigs across the US, China and, more recently, Australia, with particular highlights including a peak time set at Berlin’s haloed Panorama Bar and capacity crowds at both Sub Club and Trouw.

                  This EP showed a deeper and more focussed musical direction from the pair: abandoning their 90s house rivaval and adopting a more sophisticated and technology driven aesthetic. Highly electronic and with enough thrust for the big stages, it begam to form what would become the incredible Bicep live show - now famous across the world for its rich, highly kinetic feel and futuristic vibe. 



                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1: Stash
                  A2: Courtside Drama
                  B1: Rise
                  B2: The Game

                  The Blinders

                  The Lounge Lizard Sessions - Signed Edition

                    The Lounge Lizard Sessions is a collection of rearranged compositions more suited to socially distanced and intimate performances. The project evolved from a series of stripped-back shows, the band falling in love with their new-found approach and finding themselves wanting to dive into their music and explore its sonic depth via additional instrumentation and experimentation.

                    “When everything went to shit with the Covid pandemic, we realised that if we wanted to continue playing live shows we’d have to drastically change the sound and really roll down the amps,” lead singer Thomas Haywood explains.

                    “We played a few shows at a local hotspot for the modern beatniks of Manchester called the Rose & Monkey Hotel. Musically, it’s the most enjoyment I’ve ever gotten out of playing a collection of songs. The whole thing became a project of ours, and we gradually began increasing the depth of the pieces by bringing in keys and other various parts.

                    “These songs, these arrangements, became our way of getting back to our audience and once again revelling in the communion that we feel when we play on stage. This record was recorded in one take at Parr St. Studios in Liverpool, a place we’ve wanted to work out of for some time. Listening back, as far as keepsakes or souvenirs go… it feels pretty special.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1) I Want Gold
                    2) I Can't Breathe Blues
                    3) The Writer
                    4) From Nothing To Abundance
                    5) Black Glass
                    6) Something Wicked This Way Comes
                    7) Lunatic (With A Loaded Gun)
                    8) Where No Man Comes
                    9) Circle Song
                    10) Mule Track 

                    Andy Compton is undisputedly one of the hardest working producers in dance music. With over 40 albums and 150 EPs released either solo or as part of deep house legends The Rurals, the Bristol-based producer just can't stop creating profoundly funky and vibey music that works on loose-limbed dancefloors, beach bars and shag carpets alike.
                    He has appeared regularly on quality labels as diverse as Lumberjacks In Hell, Hed Kandi, LARGE and naturally, his own vital imprint Peng.

                    Andy's latest long player for Tangential Music is a collaboration with LA artists Irantzu Pujadas and Brad Kent under the name Blue Dream.
                    Aptly titled: 'A Trip To LA' the album is a deliciously louche and laidback twelve tracker of pure LA heat. The project began as many great ones do, without a plan. Visiting Brad's studio to check out his huge vintage analogue synth collection in search of new sounds for The Rurals, they got to thinking...and jamming. With Brad on the dusty old drum machines, Irantzu on the microphone and Andy in synthesiser heaven, Blue Dream was born.

                    Their first and equally good album 'California Dreaming' was released on Peng in early 2019 and now we are here with a second round of perfectly realised dream-like grooves. Think of the sun-facing vibes of Shuggie Otis, Eddie Chacon, Bobby Caldwell or Roy Ayers at his most relaxed and add a passionate knowledge and experienced grasp of electronic forms. They make this seem easy goddammit.

                    'I Wanted To See You' sounds like Khruangbin with a 303, 'You Want Me Back' with its mid-tempo shuffling groove, saucy squidge bass line and seductive soul house vocal is pure daytime at Houghton Festival happiness, like Crazy P in the hot tub.

                    At no point are we required to sweat. Lie down if you must, stand up and sway if you're ready. This could be lovers music or just for you alone. Irantzu's vocals throughout are whispers and purrs, evocations of humid love drenched in reverb and easy living. Sunset music.

                    The singles 'I Wanna Go Home' and 'Sandwich Dub' don't deviate far from the endless feeling of hazy cinematic sunshine, one a sultry plea for intimacy, the other a heavily dubbed-out slice of musique française amour.
                    'Trip To LA' with a vocal more than suggestive of the Balearic classic 'Sueno Latino', spare guitar chords and a prodding repetitive bass line creates a feeling of slinky bliss.

                    Every track is full of sensual melodies and the space required to be truly funky. Press play and invite a bit of California magic in...

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Theme Song
                    2. I Wanna Go Home
                    3. The Kiss
                    4. You Want Me Back
                    5. Lonnie's Street
                    6. Sandwich Dub
                    7. Taking It To The Top
                    8. Blue Moon
                    9. Feel
                    10. I Wanted To See You
                    11. X Express
                    12. Trip To La

                    Peter Broderick

                    The Wind That Shakes The Bramble

                      Peter Broderick returns with new EP ‘The Wind That Shakes The Bramble’ on 10 September 2021.

                      It’s the mid 1800s in Ireland, and a local poet from Limerick by the name of Robert Dwyer Joyce has written a ballad called ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’:

                      A bullet pierced my true love’s side

                      In life’s young spring so early

                      And on my breast in blood she died

                      While soft winds shook the barley


                      The recurring imagery of the barley standing tall amidst the breeze was meant to symbolise the resilience of Irish people amidst oppressive British rule. In 2006, the song title and its theme served as the inspiration for a powerful and heartbreaking film starring Cillian Murphy. Now, in 2021, Peter Broderick pays homage once again, weaving this motif into his latest EP, The Wind That Shakes The Bramble.

                      Following on from his 2020 album, Blackberry, Broderick shares some additional work from the same sessions, as well as a beautiful two-part rework from Bing & Ruth (4AD) and the new 22-minute title track . . . an expansive and meditative ambient odyssey . . . a balm for the baffling chaos of the current era.

                      Broderick’s obsession with and devotion to the Blackberry plant go well beyond his music. Last year, along with the release of the new album, he shared an eight-part video series (Blackberry Diaries) in which he demonstrated all the different uses of this incredible, ubiquitous plant . . . everything from Blackberry jam to weaving baskets and hats with the Bramble vines . . . from making tea of out the young leaves to making artwork with late-season berries past their prime.

                      He draws attention to the fact that the Blackberry plant itself is an incredible symbol of resilience. It weaves itself all through our countrysides, playing an important role in holding the soil together, and also makes its way into our cities, proliferating even in such hyper urban environments as London. And while most modern people have lost the ability to identify the wild plants growing around us, the Blackberry remains a commonly foraged plant all around the globe. It’s as if the more domesticated we become and the more our technology separates us from the natural.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Some People Don’t Have Gonads
                      2. A Year Without Summer
                      3. What Happened To Your Heart (Bing & Ruth Rework - Part I)
                      4. What Happened To Your Heart (Bing & Ruth Rework - Part II)

                      Buena Vista Social Club

                      Buena Vista Social Club - 25th Anniversary Edition

                      ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ is both the name given to this extraordinary group of musicians and the album, recorded in just seven days in 1996 in Havana’s 1950s vintage EGREM studios. It was clear from the atmosphere of the recording sessions that something very special was taking place. However, no one could have predicted that Buena Vista Social Club would become a worldwide phenomenon – awarded a Grammy in 1997 and, at 8 million copies, outselling any other record in the same genre.

                      The acclaim of the original album has elevated the artists (including Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González & Omara Portuondo) to superstar status, inspired an award-winning film by Wim Wenders, and has contributed to popularising Cuba’s rich musical heritage. Produced by Ry Cooder for World Circuit, the timeless quality of the music and the sheer verve of the veteran performers have ensured that this will go down as one of the landmark recordings of the 20th century.


                      Tim Burgess

                      The Listening Party - Signed Edition

                        The Charlatans' Tim Burgess invites you to the greatest listening party of all time.

                        In 2020 when the world was forced to hit pause on live in-person gigs, Tim Burgess found an ingenious way to bring people together by inviting artists and bands, from Paul McCartney and New Order to Michael Kiwanuka and Kylie, to host real-time album playbacks via Twitter. Relive 100 of the most memorable listening parties here with stories from bands and fans, rarely seen backstage images, and unique insider info from those who created these iconic albums.

                        "Hey Twitter, let's all say a big thanks to Tim for these brilliant events this year! We really needed them. So much great music being talked about.'" - Sir Paul McCartney

                        "Twitter being used for something really positive." - Mary Beard

                        Cassia

                        Magnifier EP

                          Cassia make music to take control of their emotions. When the Macclesfield trio (Rob Ellis - lead vocals/guitar, Lou Cotterill - bass and Jake Leff - drums) first formed, they used song writing to embellish reality, covering up dull days with colourful tunes. Now they're crafting powerful, intentional songs that cut straight to the heart: drifting through their daydreams and daily anxieties as if in real time, giving space to doubts, fears and self-reflection. The result is empowering, for the band as much as the listener.

                          The last twelve months have been a time of deep introspection for the trio, who have been holed up together in Berlin, living, writing and recording in the same house. Stranded far from their loved ones, and with their joyful live shows on hold, they've playfully dubbed it 'Casa de Cassia'. The stillness and focus is worlds apart from their life as a band until now. In their airy top-floor studio, dislocated from all that's familiar, Cassia have found real fulfilment in writing about the every-day: no more covering up.

                          'Magnifier', and its sister record, February's 'Powerlines' EP, are the first releases that Cassia have made, start to finish, without anyone else in the room. "We've worked with amazing engineers and producers in the past," acknowledges Rob, "but this time it feels entirely ours. It sounds exactly how we want it to sound." Stay tuned for more new music and information on its release to follow.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          SIDE A
                          1. Slow
                          2. Right There

                          SIDE B
                          1. Vitamins
                          2. Gotta Get Through Til Monday

                          Jon Coley is something of an underground figure in Manchester's music scene. Combining soul and folk with intelligent original songwriting, and admired for his unique guitar playing (taking influence from performers such as Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and especially John Martyn) and for his passionate vocal performances, reminiscent of Van Morrison and Amos Lee.

                          "If All I Ever Wanted Was All I Ever Needed" is his strikingly pure, heart-wide-open debut album. Opening with the Tracey Chapman-esque, "Higher Ground" it's obvious from the start there's a warm and healing magic to Jon's voice; the mere sounding of the record certain to rekindle forgotten memories of happy times like flames around a campfire.

                          Jon's guitar and voice seem unseperable throughout; symbiotically elevating each other beyond their instrument's solo limitations. And his vocal range - wow! - I mean, Jon where were you hiding such an angelic falsetto?! Like golden honey flowing over polished leather, the slight gravly inflections like proplis in this sonic royal jelly.

                          Accompanying Jon, a beautifully intimate team of backing muscians and vocalists (all credited on the record's sleeve) which add finedrawn, unforced dynamics to this otherwise one-man operation which in parts drifts in to Mazzy Star-esque depths of emotion.

                          If you're looking for a charismatic and heart warming troubadour to keep you company over the coming Autumn months then look no further! Highly recommended by us all here at Piccadilly Records.

                          Jon has played alongside John Renbourn, Blind Boy Paxton, Michael Chapman, Ralph McTell, Jon Gomm, Wizz Jones, Dylan LeBlanc, Chance McCoy and shared a stage and billing with many more, including Foss Patterson and Danny Thompson of John Martyn's band at venues as varied as New York's Bitter End Club, and Liverpool's Echo Arena. 


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Whispering sweet nothings like warm treacle across a rich tapestry of English Americana; the only drinking partner you need this Autumn! Manchester's Jon Coley is an absolute joy on the ears. Debut album from this star destined for supernova status.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A
                          Higher Ground
                          Sympathy For Juda
                          Sweeter State Of Mind
                          Can't Blame A Boy For Trying
                          Last Words On A Caged Mocking-Bird
                          In The Night Time 

                          Side B
                          Beat Up Inside
                          Watch The World Burn
                          You Can't Make It Rain
                          The Easy Life
                          Only Call Me When You're Ready
                          Bigger Than Both Of Us
                          Blue Eyes, Whiskey And Wine

                          Quintin Copper & Nas Mellow

                          Paradise (Erobique Remix)

                            Back in spring, Quintin Copper & Nas Mellow dropped their debut album throught Sonar Kollektiv, winning plenty of fans amongst friends of soul, jazz and hip hop.

                            Now the sound from the university town of Tübingen can begin its triumphal procession around the entire globe. Therefore Sonar Kollektiv enlisted no other than the International Pony member and furious solo entertainer Erobique to contribute a remix of "Paradise".

                            As is his want, Erobique managed to turn the album track into a world-class banger. "Paradise" is now a summer hit, warm-up classic and radio ear-worm at the same time. He put so much soul into his version that some might think this version comes straight from a lost modern soul 45.

                            What more could you ask for?


                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Paradise (Erobique Remix)
                            B1. Paradise (Erobique Remix Instrumental)

                            Sarah Davachi

                            Antiphonals

                              It was once said that listening to Antiphonals was, “like listening to a progressive rock album except it’s just the keyboard parts.” As the second full-length LP on Late Music, Davachi offers here a slow and sedate solo affair composed with the various horns and woodwinds of the mellotron alongside organs, pianos, harpsichord, and more quiet delights. All tracks composed, performed, recorded, mixed, and produced by Sarah Davachi (SOCAN), February - December 2020 Mastered by Sean McCann

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Antiphonals is a wonderful juxtaposition of gothic gloom and slowly morphing drones, somewhere along the lines of a classical, short-form Sunn0))). It's beautifully dense and immediate, experimental but deeply listenable. Impeccable.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1 - Chorus Scene - 2:47
                              A2 - Magdalena - 10:19
                              A3 - First Cadence - 5:57
                              A4 - Gradual Of Image - 3:09

                              B1 - Border Of Mind - 5:53
                              B2 - Abeyant - 7:12
                              B3 - Rushes Recede - 6:35
                              B4 - Doubled Flutes - 2:19

                              Disco Bits emerge from lockdown with two fat slabs of Hip House featuring two of the finest MCs ever to grace the mic riding over brand new disque-o rhythms...
                              A sure fire party starter! BDK sets it off with killer rhymes over an up tempo prime time disco groove. DBS provides the perfect disco rhythm for an all time great to rock any disco tech.
                              On a slower tip in that 80's Afro Cosmic Italian vibe. RKM let's the rhythm hit 'em over a chugging beat.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A. Rok The Disco Tech
                              B. Ritmo Italo

                              In 1987 Tor Dietrichson released new age masterpiece Global Village. Carnival Rhumba, an uptempo latin jazz number featured on the b-side. With snapping congas, wild guitars, and an over all groovy melody, it stood out as the most dancy tune on the album. Here you get the song remastered, on a loudly pressed 12 inch. On the whole A-side Prins Thomas delivers an extended edit, with all it’s best parts spread out for an extraordinary dancefloor experience. On the b-side you get the original, and a dub-version of the long edit. Buckle up, you are in for a treat.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub)
                              B1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub Dub)
                              B2. Carnival Rhumba (original 1987 Version - Vinyl Remaster)

                              Dusted

                              III

                                Brian Borcherdt (aka Dusted) is the founding member of Holy Fuck as well as LIDS which includes members of Metz and Constantines, and has a single due out this year on Sub Pop.

                                The new album is the follow up to the acclaimed 2018 release BlackOut Summer and will provide a welcome musical shot in the arm for fans who have anxiously waited three years for new music from Dusted.
                                ‘The album's process began with Borcherdt finding a long forgotten favourite song, coming back to him in a dream. ‘’That same morning, I found a demo of it, along with countless others, on an old laptop,’’ said Borcherdt. ‘’It was a joyful moment, hearing long lost songs as if I was never part of them. I was a third-party listener thus allowing them to be innocent and unjudged. I added a handful of the favourites to a current set list, which became the inspiration to go into the studio, to lay everything down, live off the floor, simply to preserve them, to keep them from being forgotten again.'

                                Dusted’s 2012 album ‘’Total Dust’’ was selected for the Polaris Prize Long List in 2013. The support from filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee earned Dusted two songs in his most recent film Demolition and a cameo role in Wild. With Holy Fuck, Borcherdt has been making music for 15 years and has released 5 albums. Holy Fuck has seen their music played on major TV shows like Breaking Bad and Mr Robot as well as ranking over 200K monthly listeners on Spotify and accumulating over 5 million career streams to date. Borcherdt has been releasing solo music since 2002. Previously to Holy Fuck, he was part of By Divine Right whose past band members count Feist and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. 


                                TRACK LISTING

                                1) Not Offering
                                2) Baseball
                                3) Cedar Tree
                                4) The Don’t Know You
                                5) Little More Time
                                6) Mountain Top
                                7) Bide My Time
                                8) Wash My Hands Away
                                9) Erik
                                10) Recovery Cone
                                11) Clouds
                                12) Palmer

                                Bob Dylan

                                Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16

                                  The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan's albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. 

                                  On The Corner's 'Double Drop' series contniues, pairing together twp EP's from two different members of the OTC family. Citing environmental and production constraints as the main motive from moving away from 12"s and into full length albums or journeys as the label states, listeners are treated to a 40+ minutes musical landscape, cosmically alligned via the two artists involved. 

                                  On the A-Side, and hot on the heels of the "Dub Protection & The Sportswear Mystics" cassette, The Diabolical Liberties present their "Birds Of Paradise" EP. This EP all but sold-out and follows the dynamite success of the duo’s debut long player “High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics” and it’s follow-up hype cassette of dubbed out versions (as well as a series of self-released and long sold-out white labels that included collaborations with Nyasha (a moniker of Nubya Garcia) and a super limited On The Corner 10” dubplate.)

                                  On the flip, having debuted on last year’s sold out "Door To The Cosmos" LP, Edrix Puzzle are back with a stonking new EP "Rise To Eris". A modern spiritual jazz number with traditional set up, enhanced slightly with some up-to-date electronix, production and tinkering. There's nods to Adrian Sherwood's merger of reggae and industrial whilst remaining bouyant and light hearted enough for mainstream appeal. Exploring themes and energies in the territory of noir instrumental jazz the cinematic energy is unpinned with driving breaks and psyche fusion meanderings into the extra terrestrial landscapes akin to "Mwandishi" era Herbie Hancock.



                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. The Diabolical Liberties - Everything’S Possible Until It’S Not
                                  A2. The Diabolical Liberties - Birds Of Paradise
                                  A3. The Diabolical Liberties - Getting Off The World
                                  A4. The Diabolical Liberties - Mostly Indoors
                                  A5. The Diabolical Liberties - Herman Chugs On
                                  A6. The Diabolical Liberties - Pacify My Night Bus
                                  B1. Edrix Puzzle - Rise To Eris
                                  B2. Edrix Puzzle - Lapetus
                                  B3. Edrix Puzzle - Eris Fall

                                  Lawrence English

                                  Observation Of Breath

                                    Do you remember the last time you were breathing consciously? Either way, you are likely doing it now. On his new album Observation of Breath« for the Swiss-based Hallow Ground label, Lawrence English worked exclusively with an organ for four compositions that are exercises in »maximal minimalism,« as their creator himself notes in a nod to Charlemagne Palestine, who coined this term. While it seems somewhat fitting that those four pieces based on a steady flow of air were conceived and recorded in a situation of accelerated standstill caused by a respiratory disease, the Room40 founder is not so much concerned with capturing the zeitgeist than rather incorporating the spirit of time itself. »It is a record about presence and patience,« he explains.

                                    Exploring the unique sonic affordances of a singular instrument,
                                    »Observation of Breath« is not only devoted to the durability of sound but also to its density. That it marks his debut on Hallow Ground after having shaped its sound by mastering most of the label’s releases in recent years is just as fitting then as its release following albums by Kali Malone and FUJI|||||||||||TA, whose innovative work with organ instruments have facilitated a rediscovery of their possibilities.English’s compositions however are neither directly indebted nor responding to these musicians. His exploration of the organ’s many facets started a decade ago when the composer was given access to an instrument built in 1889 that is presently housed at The Old Museum in Brisbane.

                                    After it had already played a crucial role on his seminal albums »Wilderness Of Mirrors« and »Cruel Optimism,« last year’s self-released »Lassitude« was the first record that English entirely composed and recorded with that instrument. »During the soft lockdowns, I spent many days playing to an empty concert hall, recording the pieces that became ›Lassitude‹ and then, this album,« says English in regards to an unfortunate situation that fortunately provided him with time and space—two major themes but also key qualities of the four new compositions. In this sense, he goes on, »Observation of Breath« resolves a number of the questions originally raised by »Lassitude.« 


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1) A Torso (10:01)
                                    2) A Binding (06:05)
                                    3) And A Twist (02:42)
                                    4) Observation Of Breath (20:44) 

                                    Everything But The Girl

                                    Eden - Half Speed Remastered Edition

                                      Everything But The Girl's best-selling debut album, 'Eden' is the latest re-release from the duo to benefit from half-speed remastering at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell, and a fresh 180gm vinyl pressing.

                                      Originally released in May 1984, the album spent almost six months on the official UK album chart peaking at number 14 and spawned the UK Top 40 hit, Each and Every One. The label wanted further singles but the duo preferred the album to grow by word of mouth. 'Eden' achieved gold album status in the UK and has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies worldwide.

                                      Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn met at the University of Hull in 1981; they formed Everything But The Girl initially as a side-project, as both had already established themselves on the UK independent music scene as teenagers - Tracey with her lo-fi minimal girl group, Marine Girls (later name-checked as one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands); Ben as a young guitarist and singer-songwriter, collaborating with alt-folk icon Robert Wyatt on his debut EP.

                                      In the summer of 1983 the pair - having each gone on to to release debut solo albums - decided to pool their new songs for 'Eden'. It was recorded with producer Robin Millar (chosen for his work with Weekend and The Pale Fountains) at his Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North West London.

                                      "All the songs were written on guitar in Hull in early 1983. We were living in one room with a shared kitchen on Pearson Park," recalls Tracey. "Power Plant seemed very glamorous by comparison. Sade was recording downstairs. We were upstairs."

                                      The sessions featured a band handpicked by Ben and Tracey: Working Week's Simon Booth on second guitar, This Heat’s Charles Hayward on drums, and South American musicians Chucho Merchan (double bass) and Bosco D’Oliveira (percussion) plus a clutch of top horn players from the English jazz scene. The line-up was part friends from London, part musicians Ben admired from trips to the Bull's Head jazz room with his dad when growing up, in particular Peter King (alto sax).

                                      "We were intent on being non-rock," says Ben. "No clichés. No snare drums, no solid body electric guitars or electric bass. We wanted soft horns, Gretsch guitars, no fuss, a lightness of touch. We were into pop, latin, torch songs, sharp lyrics."

                                      The album was released on the newly-formed imprint Blanco Y Negro (co-run by Mike Alway and Rough Trade's Geoff Travis) through Warner, and signalled Everything But The Girl’s move from an independent - Cherry Red - to a major label.

                                      The artwork by Marine Girls band member Jane Fox was delivered as a three-dimensional collage of hand-drawn art and torn paper. Warner (who were marketing and distributing the record) didn’t really know what to do with it. The original version didn’t even have the name of the band on it. In the end it was photographed and printed on ‘reverse-board stock’ - unusual for a major release at the time.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Each And Every One
                                      Bittersweet
                                      Tender Blue
                                      Another Bridge
                                      The Spice Of Life
                                      The Dustbowl
                                      Crabwalk
                                      Even So
                                      Frost And Fire
                                      Fascination
                                      I Must Confess
                                      Soft Touch

                                      The Felice Brothers

                                      From Dreams To Dust

                                        From Dreams To Dust, the latest studio album by The Felice Brothers was recorded in the fall of 2020 in an old one room church in Harlemville, NY.

                                        Produced by The Felice Brothers and mixed by Mike Mogis. The record ranges over a variety of topics and themes, including isolation, the world of dreams and delusions, environmental collapse, and the inward and outward chaos of modern life.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Jazz On The Autobahn
                                        To-Do List
                                        All The Way Down
                                        Money Talks
                                        Be At Rest
                                        Valium
                                        Inferno
                                        Silverfish
                                        Celebrity X
                                        Land Of Yesterdays 
                                        Blow Him Apart
                                        We Shall Live Again

                                        Floodlights

                                        The More I Am / Overflowing

                                          After the release of their outstanding debut album ‘From A View’, Melbourne four-piece Floodlights deliver their new 7”, ‘The More I Am / Overflowing Cup’ on Tiny Town Records. Featuring two tracks, the release is a limited UK edition with a bonus ‘Floodlights Postcard’.

                                          Floodlights are Louis Parsons (vocals / guitar), Ashlee Kehoe (guitar / vocals / harmonica), Joe Draffen (bass) and Archie Shannon (drums). Floodlights make honest, catchy rock music that melds ‘80s alternative rock with ‘90s New Zealand jangle-pop.

                                          ‘The More I Am’ grasps the idea of continually greeting everyday happenings with cynicism and negativity, and how that can lead to a tinted view of life. It is an energetic beginning to the release, with the addition of baritone saxophone that creates a post-punk energy while still obtaining a warmly familiar Floodlights’ sound.

                                          'Overflowing Cup' is a narrative, exploring the way in which perspectives and opinions developed over a lifetime can impact your ability to see things from another point of view.

                                          The 7” follows the band's debut album ‘From a View’, which came out just shy of one year ago on Spunk Records and Woo Me!

                                          ĠENN

                                          Liminal EP

                                            The new EP from Brighton four-piece ĠENN .

                                            "Six tracks across a little over 20 minutes means ‘Liminal’ is a record that gallops rather than canters. Not so much bridging the gap between psych and post-punk, as occupying the murky waters beneath said bridge, each track on offer differs aesthetically somewhat from the next, something that maintains the record’s pace, even with some tracks getting caught in their own distinct hypnotic grooves." - Dave Beech, DIY

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Feel
                                            2. Mackerel's Funky Mission
                                            3. 23rd March
                                            4. Catalyst
                                            5. Just Another Sad Song
                                            6. Falling Out

                                            Visionary artist John Glacier combines punk and grime informed poetry with futuristic, glacial electronics and warped, poppy hooks. It's a singular and unique sound which although the sole owner of its author, would find company and sympathy with acts such as GFOTY, Hype Williams and AJ Cook as much as it could be found next to a Lil Simz, DISCHI or Tyler The Creator track on a mixtape. Her slack but inspired rhyming shuns old tradition, hanging loose with benzo-rap, Princess Nokia and Blackhaine like they're all just friends on the school bus.

                                            Produced with fellow London-born, LA-based producer Vegyn, it treads the radioactive, post-hip-hop badlands where genres, identity and culture blur and interact.

                                            John has confessed that the album's content is incredibly personal and poignant, opening up her heart and soul to the listener whilst keeping up a streetwise, asphalt-hardened front, the product of a world and society in which weaknesses can be exploited by the greedy and malevolent.

                                            It's striking, instantly arresting and rather quite special. An intimate and seductive journey that you'll want to play from start to finish every time. 


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. If Anything
                                            2. Icing
                                            3. Cryptomnesia
                                            4. Trelawny Waters
                                            5. Timing
                                            6. Senseless
                                            7. Boozy
                                            8. Platoon
                                            9. Green Elephants Freestyle
                                            10. Some Other Thing
                                            11. On Formulation
                                            12. No More Left Like It’s Death

                                            José González

                                            Local Valley

                                              Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide, quite as quietly as José González has. Local Valley, his long awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don’t have to be loud to be heard.

                                              Since his debut single ‘Crosses’ back in 2003, both he and his music have remained dependably quiet and unassuming. Local Valley calmly exhibits his singular ability to communicate with such modesty and power. Beginning with the sun-dappled ‘El Invento’, the first song he’s recorded in Spanish (the native tongue of his Argentinian heritage), and ending with the intimate yet rhapsodic ‘Honey Honey’. Along the way it engages in his signature melodic and metrical hypnotism, showcasing his remarkable fingerpicking skills, while there’s further evidence of his love for music from around the world (he references an inspiring jam session in Gothenburg with Niger artist Bombino) and for the first time, the introduction of a drum machine on a few songs, further widening José´s musical spectrum.

                                              The record, full of his trademark bittersweet pastoralism, includes what González considers “my most accomplished songs to date”. While continuing his tradition of reinterpreting songs by other artists, with ‘Line Of Fire' he picks one written for Junip, the band he formed with friends in 1998. That the original version has now been streamed some 60 million times suggest it, like other songs he’s covered, is now part of the songwriting canon.

                                              Local Valley, González cheerfully acknowledges, “is similar to my other solo albums in sound and spirit, a natural continuation of the styles I’ve been adding through the years both solo and with Junip. I set out to write songs in the same vein: short, melodic and rhythmical, a mixture of classic folk singer songwriting and songs with influences from Latin America and Africa. It’s more outward looking than my earlier works, but no less personal. On the contrary, I feel more comfortable than ever saying that this album reflects me and my thoughts right now.”

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. El Invento
                                              A2. Visions
                                              A3. The Void
                                              A4. Horizons
                                              A5. Head On
                                              A6. Valle Local
                                              B1. Lasso In
                                              B2. Lilla G
                                              B3. Swing
                                              B4. Tjomme
                                              B5. Line Of Fire
                                              B6. En Stund På Jorden
                                              B7. Honey Honey

                                              The Great Leap Forward

                                              Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty

                                                Former bIG*fLAME singer and bassist Alan Brown returns with his long term solo project The Great Leap Forward, releasing a powerful and trademark new album ‘Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty’.

                                                Vigorous, scintillating and life-affirming, this 13-song album sees Brown reach a milestone birthday, as explored in 'Can You Kanreki?’ - the Japanese concept of second childhood and re-birth. Then there are the trademark political and social vignettes, such as the title song of the album 'Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty' – railing against mass consumerism and media control; the wistful 'dEBRA 2021' (a re-working of the bIG*fLAME classic 'Debra'); and the ascerbic 'It's A Wonderful Lie' – a scathing attack on the lack of openness, honesty and humility of our political leaders.

                                                Brown featured on the legendary and influential C86 NME cassette as singer and bassist with Manchester agit-post-punk trio bIG*fLAME, and recorded nine John Peel sessions for BBC Radio One in the 1980’s with bIG*fLAME (4), The Great Leap Forward (2), A Witness (2) and Inca Babies (1).

                                                Formed by Brown following the disbandment of bIG*fLAME in 1986, The Great Leap Forward is essentially a solo project in which Brown writes all songs and lyrics, and plays / programs all instruments on recordings.

                                                The style and sound is more melodic and accessible than bIG*fLAME, but still with overtly political lyrics and a socialist / humanist ethos: incisive political and social commentary layered over sharp yet melodic guitar pop – and with a touch of electro and humour thrown in for good measure…
                                                Stuart Maconie, writing for NME, summed up the band's sound: "First there's the jagged guitar melodics, sweet but never tacky. Then there's the ferocious rhythmic drive. But best of all there's the stylish and witty use of found voices...snatches and snippets of speech and propaganda that are integral to the songs."

                                                Little wonder that as with McCarthy, The Great Leap Forward were loved by a young James Dean Bradfield.

                                                Brown writes- “This album is the culmination of four year's writing, and it has a much more varied approach than previous releases. Whereas previously I've concentrated on a political approach, this album takes a wider view of the world. Of course I still provide the trademark political and social vignettes - how could I not - such as the title song of the album 'Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty' – named after a collection of works by the English writer Jack Common in which I rail against mass consumerism and media control; the wistful 'dEBRA 2021' (a re-working of the bIG*fLAME classic 'Debra'); and the ascerbic 'It's A Wonderful Lie' – with what I think is a scathing attack on the lack of openness, honesty and humility of our political leaders.


                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1) Songs To Die For
                                                2) Things That Make Me Happy
                                                3) Revolt Against An Age Of Plenty
                                                4) Losing Faith In The Wall
                                                5) Giving Back Is Good For You
                                                6) DEBRA 2021
                                                7) Words On Fire
                                                8) Can You Kanreki?
                                                9) A Life More Ordinary
                                                10) It’s A Wonderful Life
                                                11) My World Is Not My Own Anymore
                                                12) When Our Kingdom Comes 1
                                                13) Songs To Die To Reprise

                                                Guided By Voices

                                                Isolation Drills - 2021 Reissue

                                                  Originally released in 2001, Isolation Drills is the twelfth album by Dayton, Ohio indie rock group Guided by Voices. It was their second and final LP released under TVT Records and their second to feature producer in Rob Schnapf. The album notably features instrumental contributions from Elliott Smith and David Sulzer. This special 20th Anniversary Edition has been remastered and it is included on double gatefold vinyl for the first time. The packaging mirrors the original foldout design from the limited cd digipak.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Disc: 1
                                                  1. Sister I Need Wine
                                                  2. Fair Touching
                                                  3. Want One?
                                                  4. Skills Like This
                                                  5. The Enemy
                                                  6. Chasing Heather Crazy
                                                  7. Unspirited
                                                  8. Frostman
                                                  9. Twilight Campfighter

                                                  Disc: 2
                                                  1. How's My Drinking?
                                                  2. Glad Girls
                                                  3. The Brides Have Hit Glass
                                                  4. Run Wild
                                                  5. Pivotal Film
                                                  6. Fine To See You
                                                  7. Privately

                                                  Peter Alexander Jobson

                                                  The Piano Tuner

                                                    Peter Alexander Jobson: Musician, Composer, Performer. Ex member of Mercury nominated I Am Kloot. On occasion guitar player for Guy Garvey. On occasion bass player for Nadine Shah.

                                                    Ahead of the release of his debut album in 2022, adopted Mancunian Peter Alexander Jobson brings us this rather wonderful four track EP.

                                                    "I have been writing and recording my debut album for 50 years. It is now complete."

                                                    “When men do great things everyone knows it takes them a very long time”.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Andy says: Imagine the plaintive beauty of Bill Fay, but with a wicked sense of humour. Or Richard Hawley's classicist vibes but topped with a barstool storyteller. Then you'll get some idea of the sound of PAJ. There's a real poise and deep sense of bruised beauty on display here. It's magnificent.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A
                                                    1. Holiday (Live)
                                                    2. Just ‘Cause I'm Dead
                                                    3. Please Please Please

                                                    Side B
                                                    1. Kesta

                                                    Reissue of Jr. Thomas & The Volcanoes debut LP, "Beward". Junior Thomas aka Thomas McDowall is a songwriter, musician, vocalist and producer born north of Minneapolis, MN. He developed a sincere devotion to classic Jamaican music at a young age, listening to such artists as Dave Barker, The Bleechers, The Wailers, Phyllis Dillon and Alton Ellis. After several conversations with reggae producer Brian Dixon,Thomas showed up to Dixon's Volcano Lounge studio in Los Angeles ready to record. With Thomas and Dixon as the brainchildren and nucleus of the project, they began assembling the musicians now known as The Volcanos. The Volcanos are a collective of Southern California's most dignified musicians, specializing in Jamaica's 'Golden Era' sound. Members of the Volcanos have worked with countless reggae legends, most notably Jimmy Cliff's 2012 Grammy award winning album "Rebirth". Other notable works include The Aggrolites debut "Dirty Reggae and The Aggrolites", Hepcat's "Push n' Shove" and Western Standard Time's debut "A Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites" plus Tim Armstrong's (Rancid) debut "A Poet Life".

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Get A Hold Of You
                                                    2. More Than Memories
                                                    3. Love Remedy
                                                    4. Stop
                                                    5. Beware
                                                    6. Breaking Up
                                                    7. Embraceable
                                                    8. Burning Fire
                                                    9. Terrorize It
                                                    10. Bumps In The Night
                                                    11. Shelter
                                                    12. Promises
                                                    13. Color Me Blue

                                                    Karate

                                                    In Place Of Real Insight

                                                      The Great Alternative Boom of the early ’90s had begun to wither on corporate FM barely halfway through the decade, but the ever-changing underground had almost entirely regenerated after two major-label thrifting trips. In the ever-in-flux city of Boston, Karate positioned themselves as a crucial tendril in a sprawling nationwide community. They did so largely by refusing to stick to any single formula from the myriad of styles at their root—slowcore, post-hardcore, and jazz. As if to make a point, Karate’s lineup went through its own shift too. In the lead up to 1997’s In Place of Real Insight, Eamonn Vitt took up the guitar, and Karate compatriot Jeff Goddard entered the fold to become the band’s bassist. Armed with two guitarists, the band got significantly louder, and they smeared punk fury all over their second LP.

                                                      At its most intense moments, In Place of Real Insight bestows the kind of rowdiness that elevated hardcore base buried deep within the unconscious of their music—it comes out most vividly when Geoff Farina and Vitt trade throat-searing shouts and bite-sized barks on “New Martini.” So many lesser bands with two guitarists and a copy of In on the Kill Taker at their disposal felt the need to try their hand at being Fugazi, Karate evaded such pratfalls, though Goddard’s compact, quicksilver basswork and Gavin McCarthy’s fractured drumming on the bridge for “New New” contain the same rhythmic electricity that the D.C. legends wielded so well. For the most part, Karate used their larger palette to intensify their already alluring musical sensibilities.

                                                      Farina and Vitt’s gentle guitars nearly mirror each other as they carry the drawn-out tension of “The New Hangout Condition” to its equanimous conclusion, though Karate wouldn’t hold that mood for long; they made quick work of disrupting such peacefulness with the needling disquiet that opens “On Cutting,” a rare track that cast a spotlight on Vitt’s understated vocals. Karate emboldened the quiet moments of In Place of Real Insight with the same forcefulness of its archly punk cuts, effectively allowing the tenderness that blankets “Today Or Tomorrow” to coexist alongside their rough-hewn material. Karate made sense of seemingly polarizing styles, and In Place of Real Insight is arguably their best album because they allowed such disparate parts to co-mingle. In a subversive music community oscillating between radical polemics and hair-splitting musical orthodoxy, Karate were a question mark—one that exhibited the scene’s best instincts, because they sounded like few others.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. This, Plus Slow Song
                                                      2. New Martini
                                                      3. Wake Up, Decide
                                                      4. It's 98 Stop
                                                      5. New New
                                                      6. The New Hangout Condition
                                                      7. On Cutting
                                                      8. Die Die
                                                      9. Today Or Tomorrow

                                                      Kon

                                                      Alright / Stars

                                                      Kon steps back up to the plate with a sumptuous 12" offering, digging into his stash of disco, funk and boogie to bring us more heat!
                                                      'Alright' kicks things off, a huge anthemic soulful piano led disco stomper that will undoubtedly be a real highlight in your DJ set. This is some peak time feel good music for the dancefloor, London even gets a shout-out! 'Stars' is our B-side, and it's beamed right in from the cosmos into our eardrums, it has it all from cosmic synth melodies to ultra heavy drums and beyond! Get lost in space to this one, you won't regret it.
                                                      Both cuts here definitely bring it, and as always - they sound amazing. File under 'must cop'.

                                                      In true Kon fashion, these tracks have been respectfully remixed by Kon from source, and they won't stick around for long. Don't sleep!

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Alright
                                                      B. Stars

                                                      First time vinyl edition of one of Laraaji’s best loved albums, originally released in 1992 as one of the first releases on the All Saints label.

                                                      ‘Flow Goes The Universe’ was recorded in Tokyo, Osaka, New York City and the English Lake District at various studio sessions and live concerts and subsequently compiled and augmented by ‘infinite guitarist’ Michael Brook, noted for his collaborations with Brian Eno, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Robert Fripp and David Sylvian.

                                                      A suite of luminous ambient pieces that stands amongst Laraaji’s very best work.

                                                      Cut as a double album by Stefan Betke (aka Pole) for maximum fidelity and housed in a gatefold sleeve re-designed by David Coppenhall from his original projection-based designs.

                                                      Liner note interview with Laraaji conducted by Andrew Parks.

                                                      Includes digital download card.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Being Here
                                                      Immersion
                                                      A Cave In England
                                                      Zither Dance
                                                      In Continuum
                                                      Deep Celestial
                                                      Space Choir
                                                      Mbira Dance

                                                      Brilliant soul from the Detroit underground of the late 60s - a full set of work by vocalist Little Ann, issued here for the first time ever! You might recognize Ann's name from her appearance on a few of the Ace / Kent Records tracks by Detroit producer Dave Hamilton over the years - and the work here all comes from those classic collaborations. Trapped on tape for many years, and always contemplated as a possible Little Ann album these tracks finally see the light of day issued by the funky folks at Timmion Records! The groove here is as off-beat as some of Dave's other great work - not nearly as tight, or uptight, as Motown music, instead done with a sly undercurrent of darkness on most numbers, even the mellower ones. It's almost like that mix of Detroit styles that you get on pre-fame singles from Westbound Records artists. Ann's vocals are nice and lean, and slide right into the mix with ease - heartfelt enough to grab us right away, yet without any obvious cliches as well.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Deep Shadows
                                                      2. Possession
                                                      3. Who Are You Trying To Fool
                                                      4. Sweep It Out In The Shed
                                                      5. What Should I Do
                                                      6. Lean Lanky Daddy
                                                      7. I Got To Have You
                                                      8. The Smile On Your Face
                                                      9. Who Are You Trying To Fool (Instrumental Version)

                                                      Lvcchesi stings hard with his second release of the year. Taking influence from that juke energy, swirling it up with ultra-psychedelic flurries and at times merging it with ambient textures and blurred moods on this 3 tracker full of club heat and reflective mirror soundscapes.

                                                      Standing proudly out on it's own, with a reckless production aesthetic full of time switches, miss/re-sampled vocal snips and meticulous, precision drum engineering. For a unique blast of technically engineered club-focussed brilliance which is loads of fun to boot, look no further! 


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1. Esci
                                                      A2. Guanti Estivi
                                                      A3. Vetro 

                                                      Marlowe

                                                      Marlowe

                                                        L’Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe. “An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.” Over a half-century later, the axiom remains true for hyper-kinetic hip-hop innovators, North Carolina’s L’Orange and Solemn Brigham—the hard-boiled duo behind the fun house fever dream, Marlowe. Released on Mello Music Group, Marlowe is a triumph of ambition, a rap bricolage blending prohibition and civil rights-era samples with Asian psychedelic rock flourishes.

                                                        An old soul with original ideas, tapping into the eternal reservoir of Sam Cooke to Ice Cube, Otis Redding to Chuck D, Curtis Mayfield to KRS-One. Over the course of 17 tracks, Solemn hurls sharp darts at counterfeits trying to crack his religion, the onslaught of time, and prevaricating rappers—all while paying homage to those who paved the road for him. He bounces off the beats like a trampoline placed in a speakeasy, doubling up on the vocals, burrowing into dense cryptic tangles of slang and then stretching them out with melodic ease. With dazzling cinematic mise en scene, L’Orange crafts a world that sounds like an old-time medicine show dropped into 90s Brooklyn, with Solemn summoning the holy spirit of Big L. Cymbals crash, drums pound, fuzzy guitars ride out, a bronze rain of horns cascade.

                                                        This is gorgeous celestial dust, high-powered fuel with every syllable meticulously ordained. Marlowe cracked the case, but how they did it can only become clear under deeper investigation.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Medicated
                                                        2. Cold Open
                                                        3. Lost Arts
                                                        4. Eddy Appetite’s House Of Definitely Legal Oddities
                                                        5. Things We Summon
                                                        6. Honest Living
                                                        7. Tall Tales
                                                        8. Demonstration
                                                        9. Tales From The East
                                                        10. Fred Sanford
                                                        11. Not So Paranoid After All
                                                        12. Magnificent Slim’s Friendly Tip Off
                                                        13. The Basement
                                                        14. Mayday
                                                        15. Palm Readers
                                                        16. Gone Believer
                                                        17. Vagrant
                                                        18. The Places We Stay

                                                        MarthaGunn

                                                        Something Good Will Happen

                                                          ‘Something Good Will Happen’ marks another defiant chapter for MarthaGunn, who consistently prove they are worth their weight in gold through honest and conscientious song-writing, partnered with pristine pop melodies that have caught the attention of tastemakers CLASH, Independent, Dork, The Line of Best Fit, BBC Introducing Track of The Week and John Kennedy (Radio X). This is the sound of a band ever evolving their euphoric sound, where nuanced production and kaleidoscopic samples lift them into the stratosphere.

                                                          If there’s one goal MarthaGunn want to achieve with their music, it’s connection. Whether it’s Abi giving a voice to her contemporaries via her Songwriters Circle on Instagram live, where she invites her favourite songwriters for a Q&A about their process, guests including Another Sky, Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey, Flyte and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, or setting up a virtual tour in light of having shows cancelled and playing a special live set including a locally sourced cover - her and her band want to remind people that they’re not alone and that, at end of the day, we’re all human and we all have that in common.

                                                          “I want to connect with people. The beautiful thing about songs is that you don’t have to know someone, but you can connect with them through the same song without saying anything. I want this album to be able to help people in some way, and give people courage to leave a situation they know isn’t right for them, or for the other person. To go after the person they love and to know no matter how bad things may seem, it’s just a chapter. Things always get better.”


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side 1
                                                          1. Undone
                                                          2. Caught Up & Confused
                                                          3. Giving In
                                                          4. It’s Over
                                                          5. Raising Hell

                                                          Side 2
                                                          1. Lost In The Moment
                                                          2. Minute Of My Time
                                                          3. I Had To Let Go
                                                          4. Holding The Fire
                                                          5. See You Again
                                                          6. The Nights Are Long 

                                                          Mello Music Group

                                                          Persona

                                                            If the soul of hip-hop belongs to the culture, the skeleton belongs to the independent label. From Sugar Hill to Def Jam, Tommy Boy to Rawkus, Fondle Em to Def Jux, the genre’s best music has been birthed by imprints that brazenly defy the status quo, those who champion fearless artists and always prize quality over commerce. For the last eight years, Mello Music Group has lived by that ethos. If you’re reading these words, you’re inevitably well aware of its ascendance and growing legacy. But more importantly, you know the artists—those singular voices channelling the spirits of the past and spitting premonitions of the future. Boom-bap at its best: evolving and expanding the art form, capturing stories of the struggle, upholding the tradition, and keeping the crooked honest.

                                                            Persona unveils the murderer’s row that is the Mello roster of 2015. Oddisee, Apollo Brown, yU, L'Orange, Red Pill, Open Mike Eagle, Rapper Big Pooh, Quelle Chris. The stars of the present teamed with timeless innovators like Phonte (Little Brother), Blockhead, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Oh No, Masta Ace, and Bilal Salaam. The result is something that binds current greats with the pioneers who paved the asphalt. It’s both a historical moment and hard as hell. If most compilations are nothing more than a loosely thrown together collection of songs, Persona boasts meticulous focus. “Requiem” finds Phonte and Oddisee indicting American racism and Xenophobia with fury and precision. On “Homicide,” yU and Nottz leave blood dripping all over the canvas. There’s “Celebrity Reduction Prayer,” where Open Mike Eagle lampoons our Hollywood obsession, our overzealous idol worship over Oddisee’s warm Wonder keyboards.

                                                            But there’s ultimately no need to do the track-by-track breakdown. This is an anthology in the most traditional well-curated sense. Turn here if you want to find the best hip-hop artists of their generation in raw and unfiltered form. The bars are brimstone; the beats force your neck to swivel. Through all the discontent, rays of hope begin to emerge. If you remember the feeling you got when you first heard Soundbombing, stop searching. The slang has changed, the style remains indelible, the latest personas have emerged. The new sound is here.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Word To The Wise
                                                            2. Requiem
                                                            3. Homicide
                                                            4. Dark Comedy Late Show
                                                            5. PNT
                                                            6. Circles Around Circles
                                                            7. No Future
                                                            8. American Religion
                                                            9. You First
                                                            10. Hustle Off
                                                            11. Sometimes I Feel
                                                            12. Darlin'
                                                            13. Troubles
                                                            14. All I See Is You

                                                            Mild High Club

                                                            Going Going Gone

                                                              Mild High Club makes a long-awaited comeback with Going Going Gone, the band’s first solo album since 2016’s cult favourite Skiptracing.

                                                              An album that speaks directly to the times we live in, Going Going Gone sees Mild High Club blending the psychedelic pop of earlier albums Skiptracing and Timeline with influences from around the world, especially Brazilian avant-garde music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

                                                              Songs from Skiptracing and Timeline have hundreds of millions of streams. Mild High Club recently had viral success with single ‘Homage’ on TikTok, with over 50k videos posted and millions of likes. An active Reddit community dedicated to the band boasts thousands of members.

                                                              The band has played at such iconic festivals and venues as Coachella, Le Bataclan in Paris, and Brixton Academy in London. In 2017, they released an album with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sketches from Brunswick East. 


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: Mild High Club return for their newest outing, mixing the hazy indie guitars and swooning progressions of yesteryear but with a more crystalline, loungy production aesthetic. As wonderfully evocative as their previous outings, but even more beautifully varied.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side A

                                                              1. Kluges I
                                                              2. Dionysian State
                                                              3. Trash Heap
                                                              4. Taste Tomorrow
                                                              5. A New High (feat. Winter)
                                                              6. It's Over Again

                                                              Side B

                                                              1. Kluges II
                                                              2. I Don't Mind The Wait
                                                              3. Dawn Patrol
                                                              4. Waving
                                                              5. Me Myself And Dollar Hell
                                                              6. Holding On To Me

                                                              Moon Duo

                                                              Circles - 2021 Reissue

                                                                Circles is the product of a long winter’s isolation in the Rocky Mountains, though the road to its fruition stretched over six months and several locations. The groundwork for the album was laid at the band’s home in Blue River, Colorado in the early months of 2012, where all songs were written, and the preliminary tracks recorded. For two weeks in early April, Moon Duo moved into a small apartment above Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco for an additional recording session with engineer Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach). Like it’s predecessor, the album was mixed and tweaked at Kaiku Studios in Berlin.

                                                                Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of "the flying Perfect." From the opening lines: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end." And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Andy says: Do you like The Stooges and Suicide and driving, hypnotic grooves? Then you will love Moon Duo's beautiful third album proper. Now on glorious green vinyl.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Sleepwalker
                                                                A2. I Can See
                                                                A3. Circles
                                                                A4. I Been Gone
                                                                A5. Sparks
                                                                B1. Dance Pt. 3
                                                                B2. Free Action
                                                                B3. Trails
                                                                B4. Rolling Out

                                                                Moon Duo

                                                                Mazes - 2021 Reissue

                                                                  Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and his partner, Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. Now their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound.

                                                                  That’s most clear on the dreamy organ and skipping riff of the title track, which recalls the Velvet Underground, or the handclaps and swinging organ bloops over the potent shredding and guttural riff delivered by Johnson in When You Cut. Throughout, Mazes is the sound of Moon Duo carving out their own identity, looking to the horizon, and moving forward.

                                                                  Ripley says that, as a guitarist and songwriter, delineating between Moon Duo and Wooden Shijps “happens naturally. I focus on one project at a time, and the way the two bands operate is very different. And there are certain limitations that Moon Duo is forced to accept, not having a drummer for example, and I really like that. I like the creative challenge of working with limitations. Having done so much home recording cultivates that. Working with one other person is much different from working with four.”

                                                                  This meant a vastly different recording process to Moon Duo’s first two EPs, which were recorded fast and at home. Mazes was a more drawn-out process, involving proper recording studios for the first time including the trip to Berlin to mix and re-record certain parts and the track ‘Run Around’. “The working title was Die Blumen [the flowers], so going into the mix sessions we kind of felt like it was becoming our ‘Berlin record’, but in the end it retained the stamp of San Francisco and we liked Mazes title better anyway.” And ultimately, Mazes is a definably American record, recorded against the backdrop of the Johnson and Yamada’s move from the Californian coast to the heights of Colorado. “I think a lot of our music has something to do with the mythology of the road,” muses Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada. And if Mazes is a quest, a journey through American landscape and music, Johnson concludes that its key is “finding one's place in the world; moving forward, and the different paths one takes moving through life, trying to reach various goals, literally moving; love; pain; change. Or just getting by, and making sense of things”.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Andy says: Stripped to a two-piece and featuring keyboards and a drum machine, there's still plenty of roving Ripley guitar lines to keep the Shijps-heads happy on this, their second album.

                                                                  Marcus J Moore

                                                                  The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited The Soul Of Black America

                                                                    Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game. He has been described as the poet Laureate of hip-hop, perceptive, philosophical, unapologetic, fearless, and an innovative storyteller whose body of work has been compared to James Joyce and James Baldwin.

                                                                    He is a visionary who will go down as history as one of the most important artists of all time. But what's so striking about Kendrick Lamar, aside from his impressive accolades, is how he's effectively established himself as a formidable opponent of oppression, a force for change. Through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for many people in America.

                                                                    Written by veteran journalist and music critic Marcus J. Moore, this is the first biography of Kendrick Lamar. It's the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist, his resurrection of jazz, his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap.

                                                                    The book traces not only Lamar's powerful impact on music but also on our current society, especially under the weight of police brutality, divisive politics, and social injustice. With exclusive interviews with his family, friends, and record producers, this book is the must-read for any fan. The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling under the weight of systemic oppression, reminding everyone that through it all, "we gon' be alright".

                                                                    Morphine

                                                                    Cure For Pain - 2021 Repress

                                                                      Low-rock” and “Fuck-rock” are two descriptors enigmatic Morphine front man Mark Sandman used to describe his band’s beat-inspired blues-jazz-rock holy racket. Along with Sandman’s baritone vocal delivery and oddball two-string bass styling, co-founder Dana Colley played a saxophone as his lead instrument of choice instead of the expected guitar, creating a quirky and burning sensibility. Original drummer Jerome Deupree, who was replaced by percussionist Billy Conway during the recording of 1993’s Cure For Pain, flushed out the unorthodox trio. Hailed by the alternative college-rock community in the mid-1990s after motion picture soundtrack placements in Spanking The Monkey and the MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-head, such commercial endorsements did little to distract from Cure For Pain’s deep soul. Released on vinyl as the second title in Light In The Attic’s Modern Classics series (following a reissue of Mercury Rev’s seminal Deserter’s Songs) we’re happy to make this album accessible to music lovers the world over.

                                                                      Do you have a spare $225? Neither do we, but that seems to be the average out-of-reach price for an original vinyl copy of Cure For Pain these days. Oddly, the LP has only been available as a vintage limited run Brazilian pressing. Featuring the essential songs “Buena,” “Sheila,” “Candy,” and the moving title-track “Cure For Pain,” this is the album’s first-ever US vinyl issue. Modern Classics’ Cure For Pain features lovingly re-mastered audio, 180-gram wax, deluxe “tip-on” gatefold jacket with original album art, and liner notes insert containing interviews with surviving band members.

                                                                      Tragically, Morphine honcho Sandman passed away on-stage at an Italian gig with the group in 1999, leaving their devoted audience with five engaging albums and a lifetime of musical memories. Today, the group is hailed as one of the great band’s of the last 25 years and was recently profiled in the feature-length documentary Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2011). Light In The Attic are extremely proud to help spread Morphine’s Cure For Pain, a longtime personal favorite. We hope you enjoy the album’s dream-like state on black virgin vinyl. So turn the power on, set the mood, and get ready to feel alright. To quote Cure For Pain, “Let’s Take A Trip Together.”

                                                                      180-gram LP housed in expanded gatefold jacket with 4-pg insert featuring interviews with surviving band members.

                                                                      Mos Def Vs Marvin Gaye

                                                                      Yasiin Gaye - The Return: Side Two

                                                                        Amerigo Gazaway liberates the second installment in his highly praised Soul Mates blend project, bringing together Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye” for a second hip hop soul outing. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, the producer re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mash-up” album.

                                                                        'Yasiin Gaye. The Return: Side Two' gives us 18 new mash-ups of Mos Def and Marvin Gaye classics.

                                                                        Mountain Movers

                                                                        World What World

                                                                          New Haven quartet ’s eighth album (third for Trouble In Mind). Guitarist Kryssi Battalene also leads the band Headroom. Mountain Movers arguably are the perfect band for all the true “heads” out there. The New Haven quartet have been at it for 15 years, and the “newest” lineup (now at it for well over a decade; vocalist/guitarist Dan Greene, bassist Rick Omonte, guitarist Kryssi Battalene and drummer Ross Menze) have firmly grasped what it takes to fry brains; achingly beautiful melodies buoyed by a life raft of white-hot guitar scree and mind-melting feedback.

                                                                          “World What World” is the band’s eighth album and third for Trouble In Mind Records. “World What World” is the newest chapter of the group’s continued explorations and efforts to refine their sound. The lyrics of “World What World”s songs all imply a protagonist on a quest; the title itself is an implied query with no question mark; is it a question, or a statement?. The one-two punch of opener “I Wanna See The Sun” and “Final Sunset” lay out what’s in store; Crazy Horse-inspired sandpaper melodies sit comfortably next to improvised, PSF-influenced six-string ragers. The group performs together effortlessly and telepathically, subverting the loud/quiet/loud dynamic that has saturated independent music since the late-Eighties.

                                                                          The loud parts and quiet parts are like waves; indistinguishable from each other, creating a fluid dynamism and intensity that swallows the listener up in its current, sweeping it toward oblivion. Hyperbole, you say? Watch out for midway through “Then The Moon” when the tune’s lilting waltz pivots into a casually blistering solo by Battalene before fading into the melancholic “Haunted Eyes” - beckoning you with a mournful sidelong glance. Side Two opens with “Staggering With A Lantern”, an elegant, lumbering instrumental improvisation again showcasing the synergistic shredding of the group’s guitarists. The sticky lyrical hooks and sideways jangle of “Way Back To The World” and “The Last City”s midnight-hour, mellow singe come next, before concluding “World What World”s journey with “Flock of Swans”. The song is the perfect closer and culmination of the album’s mission statement. The subjects that populate Greene’s songs and visual imagery augment his elegiac lyrics, awash in magical realism and fantastic symbolism; knights, fighters, dragons, masks. Poetic missives are launched from the heart straight into the neural pathways, guided by the rhythm section’s otherworldly chemistry and Battalene’s masterful control over her instrument. Mountain Movers have been at it too long to care about acclaim. They do it because the music calls out to them, and they let it carry them away.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. I Wanna See The Sun
                                                                          2. Final Sunset
                                                                          3. Then The Moon
                                                                          4. Haunted Eyes
                                                                          5. Staggering With A Lantern
                                                                          6. Way Back To The World
                                                                          7. The Last City
                                                                          8. Flock Of Swans

                                                                          NAO

                                                                          And Then Life Was Beautiful

                                                                            While Nao's previous project propelled the singer-songwriter into a new stratosphere with its cosmic, coming-of-age themes, the songstress is now entering a brand new chapter with ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’ - where ‘Saturn’ untangled the knots of late twenties soul-searching, ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’ goes a step further by setting out a clarified sense of purpose. Now a mother of a young daughter, NAO is more confident in herself and her voice than ever. A pandemic album, written and recorded throughout never-ending lockdowns, the project celebrates life’s ups and downs, reaching out a hand to guide listeners through what hurdles may confront them next. It includes previously released tracks ‘Antidode’, featuring Nigerian superstar Adekunle Gold, ‘Woman’, featuring Lianne La Havas, which she recorded with her new-born daughter strapped lovingly to her chest, as well as ‘Messy Love’, a stunning offering loaded with strummed guitar grooves and drum rhythms rooted in 90s R&B.  

                                                                            Other notable stand-out tracks include ‘Wait’, a stripped-back track which takes an intimate look at how you make mistakes to develop a relationship, and ‘Postcards’, highlighting a gorgeous vocal interplay of NAO and serpentwithfeet, who features alongside her on the track. For ‘Good Luck’, R&B crooner Lucky Daye jumped on board.

                                                                            She says: “Life isn’t perfect; we still go through ups and downs, but it can be beautiful as a whole. I do think it’s a hopeful album, in an honest way – it’s not shiny or all ‘isn’t this great!’ and ‘party party party.’ But it’s hopeful in that through every rough patch, every dark patch or struggle we always come out again. That’s what life is. You keep going. But most of all you try and step into a place of gratitude so that you can see life in all of its beauty.”


                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: A silky smooth mix between soaring synth pop and grooving R&B, wonderfully bringing together Nao's gorgeous vocals and a distinctly modern mash-up of styles into a cohesive and jubilant whole.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. And Then Life Was Beautiful
                                                                            2. Messy Love
                                                                            3. Glad That You’re Gone
                                                                            4. Antidote (feat. Adekunle Gold)
                                                                            5. Burn Out
                                                                            6. Wait
                                                                            7. Good Luck (feat. Lucky Daye)
                                                                            8. Nothing’s For Sure
                                                                            9. Woman (feat. Lianne La Havas)
                                                                            10. Better Friend
                                                                            11. Postcards (feat. Serpentwithfeet)
                                                                            12. Little Giants
                                                                            13. Amazing Grace

                                                                            "No Sun" is the fifth studio album by singer, songwriter, producer and scholar Ramona Gonzalez PKA Nite Jewel.

                                                                            After the critical acclaim of Real High (2017), Gonzalez began her PhD in Musicology at UCLA in 2018. At the same time, her twelve year marriage and creative partnership with Grammy Award-winning producer Cole M.G.N. dissolved, leaving her homeless and adrift. Though in a state of grief, her studies renewed her focus.

                                                                            Working with only a Moog sequencer and keyboard, Gonzalez improvised along to rhythmic grooves while singing in hushed undertones, which she then meticulously produced into a collection of intimate off-pop masterpieces. "No Sun" manifests a future out of songs of sorrow, as a part of Gonzalez’s quest to reclaim her subjectivity.

                                                                            Occupying a liminal space between Arthur Russell’s whispered intimacies, Tirzah’s R&B poeticism, and Kraftwerk’s rigid electronics, "No Sun" traverses new soundscapes through the eyes of an uncompromising female auteur.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Anymore
                                                                            Before I Go
                                                                            Show Me What You’re Made Of
                                                                            To Feel It 
                                                                            #14
                                                                            No Escape
                                                                            This Time
                                                                            When There Is No Sun

                                                                            Deep experimental dubbed out electronics and electro from Notte Infinita -
                                                                            Tip!

                                                                            Like trudging through viscous air, "I Lost All My Data" is a blissed-out barrage of sub-bass that nods to a long-lasting passion for sound system culture.

                                                                            Uploading turbo-charged wubs with molten glass melodies, the debut EP of Giovanni Bonelli (aka Notte Infinita) is a welcomed update for UK style broken-techno conventions. Booting-up with its title track, the record quadrisects the fabric of digital music, each cut a sonic reprogramming of its predecessor. "Slippery Tuff" references off-kilter club, while on the flip, "Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)" climaxes in an ultra-sensory faux-organic whorl. Unplugging the whole thang, "Oxygen" manipulates post-dubstep textures, into a data-roused jungle tunnel.

                                                                            Deciphering glitched-out signal processing and harmonic warps, "I Lost All My Data" is the software upgrade that every system needs

                                                                            Support from Bambounou, Madam X, Special Guest DJ, Opium Hum/Michail Stangl (Boiler Room), Lurka, Bruce, orson (version)





                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. I Lost All My Data
                                                                            A2. Slippery Tuff
                                                                            B1. Ecstatic Dub (Roller Mix)
                                                                            B2. Oxygen

                                                                            Debut album from the hyped tae fook South Korean artist Park Hye Jin. Now located in LA, it seems 2021 is the explosive year for this in-demand act.

                                                                            Stiring up a storm through her "If U Want It" 12", plus some tasty collaborations with the likes of Clams Casino, Blood Orange, Galcher Lustwerk and Nosaj Thing, the Ninja Tune-signed genius lays out her sonic identity in an edgy, attitude-filled LP which is both hi-tek and emotion-filled.

                                                                            Stylistically, Jin seems to digest booty bass and ghetto house, combine it with some of the modern lo-fi house aesthetics and give it her own uniquely S. Korean sugary icing. Some of her drum patterns recall early DJ Rush or Green Velvet, while at other times lo-fi pioneers like Seinfeld and DJ Boring are clearly an influence. It's her deadpan, cool ass delivery that really seals the deal though. Taking influence from Chicago drill, post-punk and pop and somehow gelling it all together into something sincerely her own.

                                                                            It's a beautifully modern LP which looses none of its soul from being entirely electronic. A future star in the making. Recommended. 


                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: The wonderful 'Before I Die' sees Park Hye Jin renewing her take on oft-minimal footwork influenced house. It's a sleek and breezy affair, with the more propulsive moments being tempered with her heavily reverbed, hypnotic vocals forging a brilliant combination of drive and nuanced, lo-fi percussion.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side A
                                                                            Let’s Sing Let’s Dance
                                                                            I Need You
                                                                            Before I Die
                                                                            Good Morning Good Night
                                                                            Me Trust Me
                                                                            Where Did I Go
                                                                            Never Give Up

                                                                            Side B
                                                                            Can I Get Your Number
                                                                            Whatchu Doin Later
                                                                            Sex With ME (DEFG)
                                                                            Where Are You Think
                                                                            Never Die
                                                                            Hey, Hey, Hey
                                                                            Sunday ASAP
                                                                            I Jus Wanna Be Happy 

                                                                            Richie Phoe

                                                                            Bumpy's Lament

                                                                              Deep and rolling dubwise reinterpretation of the Isaac Hayes' classic B/W "Electric Boogie" a toe tappin' nod to 80's dancehall destined to brighten the smokiest of rooms. Originally released back in 2010 and unavailable since 2011. Funky reggae from Canada's Balanced records. Fresh repress! Headz dub

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Bumpy's Lament
                                                                              B1. Electric Boogie 

                                                                              Piccadilly Records

                                                                              Logo T-Shirt - Autumn 21: Spearmint / Guava

                                                                                This shirt features a guava pink print on a spearmint green Gildan Softstyle Rinspun t-shirt.

                                                                                Pie Eye Collective has been a part of the Albert’s Favourites family for a little while, working with Hector Plimmer and Scrimshire on studio and live performances, he has also played alongside Emma-Jean Thackray and And Is Phi.

                                                                                Pie Eye Collective is the solo project of sound scientist and explorer Matthew Gordon.

                                                                                While at its heart electronica, Gordon creates an organic collage of influences and evocative noises, even drawing from jazz and soul music. Time signatures and rhythms, sometimes hard to pin down, only lead to a more hypnotic sense of being afloat in a sea of harmonics and strangely familiar musical memories.

                                                                                It is music that wants you to completely free yourself and let it move through you.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Gratitude
                                                                                A2. Salvation
                                                                                A3. Assimilation
                                                                                A4. Flibbers Feat. Hector Plimmer
                                                                                A5. Djed
                                                                                B1. Beta
                                                                                B2. In Habit
                                                                                B3. Hymn Feat. Mettashiba
                                                                                B4. Saqqara
                                                                                B5. Yantra

                                                                                Primal Scream

                                                                                Screamadelica - 30th Anniversary Picture Disc Edition

                                                                                  Primal Scream had been fragile, 60s obsessed  dreamers, influenced by Love and (particularly) The Byrds (85-87) but in 1989 they were NY Dolls leather-clad rockers with the odd Big Star slowie or Stonesy ballad thrown in for good measure. Then BANG acid house and ecstasy hit  and in the spirit of the day, Andy Weatherall took one of those Stones style heartbreakers and made the hit single "Loaded" . Indie-Dance was born, anyone remember?!But this LP is much, much bigger than that. It goes up, it comes down, and covers all the magic in between. There's blues, soul, gospel, house, dub and yes a beautiful Stonesy ballad ("Damaged"). No songs are fillers, it's a perfectly realised musical statement. With the Orb, Andy Weatherall and even the Stones'Jimmy Miller to help them, they created one of the best albums of the 90s that still resonates today. Higher than the sun.

                                                                                  The ‘Screamadelica’ double-vinyl picture disc featuring the album’s iconic artwork pressed onto vinyl. This represents the first ever official ‘Screamadelica’ picture disc.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Andy says: Who doesn't love a picture disc? It helps, of course if the record in question is a bona fide classic and also features artwork which defined a whole era but twisted it into something deep and beautiful. Looks amazing, sounds even better.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  LP1
                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  Movin' On Up
                                                                                  Slip Inside This House
                                                                                  Don't Fight It, Feel It
                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  Higher Than The Sun
                                                                                  Inner Flight
                                                                                  Come Together

                                                                                  LP 2
                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  Loaded
                                                                                  Damaged
                                                                                  I'm Comin' Down
                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts)
                                                                                  Shine Like Stars

                                                                                  Mark Rae

                                                                                  The Caterpillar Club - Signed Edition

                                                                                    DJ Simon Radcliffe faces an identity crisis. Music is life, now his life itself is under threat.

                                                                                    The Caterpillar Club asks and answers a stunning array of existential questions: can we reinvent ourselves? Embrace forgiveness? Does the past want a piece of the future?

                                                                                    "The Caterpillar Club reads like a pulsing DJ set, dropping you into a psychedelic story of birth and death, family, sanity, and sampling. With twisted humour, Mark Rae captures a man propelled from crisis to crisis - existential and medical - in this wildly paced and beautifully observed story about a couple's quest to build a future while being followed by echoes of the past" - Caitlin Ferrara 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Patrick says: From the very first page, Rae's lyrical prose and eye for the more fascinating aspects of everyday life is a treat to read. HIGHLY recommended!

                                                                                    Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Jordan Rakei returns with his fourth studio album, "What We Call Life’". Diving even deeper into his sound world, merging electronic with acoustic, and rugged grooves with ambient atmospheres, to create something richer, more detailed, and more textural than before. Rakei, already a practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, was curious about the potential of using therapy for further self-discovery. During the process, he began to learn more about his behaviour patterns and anxieties, and addressed his long-standing irrational phobia of birds – a fear often associated with the unpredictable and the unknown, and something explored in the album’s creative direction and visuals.

                                                                                    ‘What We Call Life’ is Jordan Rakei’s most vulnerable and intimate album to date. Its lyrics concern the lessons that the New Zealand-born, Australia-raised, and London-based artist learned about himself during therapy, a journey that began two years ago when he started reading about the ‘positive psychology’ movement. These themes manifest on songs like lead single “Family”, which Rakei says is “the most personal” he’s ever been with his lyrics. “I wanted to hit my vulnerability barrier and be really honest. It’s about my parents’ divorce in my mid-teens but still having love for them no matter what,” he explains.

                                                                                    Artwork was created by Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist Justin Tyler Close (who has worked previously with the likes of Laura Marling), who resonated with the themes on Rakei’s album. The image was created in a remote photo shoot, with Rakei sending images over the internet that were projected onto a sheet and photographed by Close. The melancholic images reflect the title of the record, a question that Rakei would sometimes ask himself during a period of his childhood in which he suffered a great deal of anxiety: Is this what we call life? Rather than accepting defeat, the title is today a commentary on the more happy, confident, and assured person and artist that Jordan Rakei is today


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Millie says: Jordan Rakei fourth album is highly anticipated here at Piccadilly, the album explores themes worn close to Rakei’s sleeve. Personal and moving, the track ‘Family’ is so beautiful and soulful.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Family
                                                                                    A2. Send My Love
                                                                                    A3. Illusion
                                                                                    A4. Unguarded
                                                                                    A5. Clouds
                                                                                    B1. What We Call Life
                                                                                    B2. Runaway
                                                                                    B3. Wings
                                                                                    B4. Brace
                                                                                    B5. The Flood

                                                                                    "Lost Tapes" is a monthly release of rare B-sides, exclusives & even some previously unreleased tracks.

                                                                                    'Upon renovating our arctic chateau here in the desolate north, we came across an old sea chest containing an abundance of rare B-sides, exclusives & even some previously unreleased tracks.'

                                                                                    The first clutch of these tracks is available here on limited & number 2xLP and it's a rather spectacular affair. Drfiting dreamily from electronic textures into their driving, expansive, cinematic vision and occassionally drafting in some pop angel for a casual vocal utterance.

                                                                                    For long term fans, this is thorough excavation of this cult and iconic duo. Boosted with extra online content and with more volumes to comes, it's nice to relive the weightless bliss and electronic pop decadance this Finnish act injected into the world. 


                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Rising Urge
                                                                                    2. I Wanna Know
                                                                                    3. In The End
                                                                                    4. Church
                                                                                    5. Across The Graveyard
                                                                                    6. Rescue
                                                                                    7. I Just Don’t Understand You
                                                                                    8. Ice Machine
                                                                                    9. Shores Of Easy
                                                                                    10. Were You Ever Wanted?

                                                                                    Already causing a stir amongst music afficionados and the hypemosphere alike, the dream combo of Manchester's Ruf Dug and Lovescene grace Wolf Music with a top drawer single which has already garnered attention from Jus Ed & Virgil Abloh (that's Kanye West's creative director to you and me...)!

                                                                                    A love affair between Stretford street soul and Motor City beatdown, "Make This Right" combines seductive pads, a stepped, Detroitian b-line (reminscent of Recloose) and Poppy Lovescene's highly emotive vocal part given touches of flange and chorus in just the right places. It's an obviousl marrige of influences between industrial cities either side of the Atlantic that put music at the heart of everything.

                                                                                    In true, maxi-12" style we get a tasty dub on the flip - tuned woodblocks and fizzy hats driving this stripped back late nite jam that smoulders on in any low-ceiling basement. Finally, for the DJs, a nice beatapella to tease in elements of the OG or just to utilize in tha mix!

                                                                                    Heavy heat from these Manchester top cats. Miss at your peril! 


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: A match made in heaven as two upper ring Manchester stalwarts collaborate together on in a Detroitian-street-soul fashion. Already garnering bare hype on the airwave, don't miss yer chance to grab a vinyl copy of this future hit.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1 - Make This Right
                                                                                    B1 - Make This Right (Dub)
                                                                                    B2 - Make This Right (Beatapella)

                                                                                    Jana Rush

                                                                                    Painful Enlightenment

                                                                                      Chicago's Jana Rush returns with "Painful Enlightenment", an intense emotional rollercoaster of disfigured samples, quivering electronics and vagrant percussion. As implied by the title, the album is a document of her own personal growth through struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, a glimpse into a dark period of her life amid learning the art of letting go. Her debut for Planet Mu is the follow-up to her twisted "Pariah" LP on Objects Limited. It's euphonic and uplifting, even blissful, yet equally chilling, and at times a difficult listening experience. Jana says "This album is not a footwork album. It's more like dark experimental listening music, an opportunity to be myself without judgement!"

                                                                                      The album opens up with the pessimistic "Moanin’", its gorgeous, blazing sax solo pulled back and forth like it was being played through a possessed tape recorder. Baneful bass pulsates over dozens of maniacal vocal samples on "Suicidal Ideation", an absolutely mesmerizing collage of beauty and terror with a runtime of nine minutes. Moody guitar plucks cry over an intricate bed of micropercussion and erratic low-end blasts on the title track, one of the more sombre moments of the album. At the halfway mark, the record takes a dark, twisted turn, as "Disorientation" well, disorients, with its thick layers of untraceable alien sounds unfolding and contracting back into themselves. Thick layers of time-stretched textures and bewildering rhythms meet masterfully placed snares on "Intergalactic Battle", featuring Teklife’s DJ Paypal. On "Drivin’ Me Insane", Jana and collaborator Nancy Fortune stretch three words back and forth and inside-out over the course of three minutes, using every last gasp and sibilance possible. The album closes with Paypal making his second appearance. "Just a Taste" is an encore featuring many of the fundamental sonics that make up the LP, haunting horns and paranoid voices struggle to speak over fluctuating low-end harmonics.

                                                                                      An established veteran from the world of ghetto house and juke who cut her teeth on Dance Mania records in the late nineties, Jana has the stripes, so to call her an outsider would be fictitious, yet she is a true unicorn within the history of that realm and becomes more and more alienated from formulas and trends on each new record she creates. "Painful Enlightenment" is full of dense, intricate abstractions, paired with rapidly moving structures and is unlikely to sound the same twice, as every listen exposes new layers of its vibrant, transcendental details.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A
                                                                                      01/ Moanin'
                                                                                      02/ Suicidal Ideation

                                                                                      B
                                                                                      01/ Painful Enlightenment
                                                                                      02/ G-Spot
                                                                                      03/ Disturbed

                                                                                      C
                                                                                      01/ Disorientation
                                                                                      02/ Mynd Fuc
                                                                                      03/ Intergalactic Battle (ft. DJ Paypal)

                                                                                      D
                                                                                      01/ Drivin' Me Insane (ft. Nancy Fortune)
                                                                                      02/ 3
                                                                                      03/ Just A Taste (ft. DJ Paypal)

                                                                                      Saint Etienne

                                                                                      I've Been Trying To Tell You

                                                                                        Can it be that it was all so simple then? Or has time rewritten every line?
                                                                                        Marvin Hamlisch was not yet 30 when he wrote those words for the mouth of Barbra Streisand. Even then, Hamlisch was acutely aware that as a narrator of our own stories, the human memory is at best unreliable and at worst mendacious. That same awareness resonates through every bar, beat and breath of I've Been Trying To Tell You, the tenth studio album by Saint Etienne.

                                                                                        The album is made largely from samples and sounds drawn from the turn of the new century, a period that was topped and tailed by Labour's election victory and the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. “It's about memory,” Bob explains, “and how it can fog and play tricks on you. Specifically, it's about the late Nineties, and current nostalgia for the Nineties.”

                                                                                        Formed in Croydon in 1990 by music journalist Bob Stanley with childhood friend Pete Wiggs, and soon joined by singer Sarah Cracknell, Saint Etienne arose within the context of the indie- dance movement of that era but created a unique sound which – albeit accidentally – paved the way for what would later become known as Britpop.

                                                                                        Their earliest albums – 1991 debut Foxbase Alpha and its 1993 successor So Tough – tapped into the collective consciousness by using an accretion of disparate elements - Long Wave football commentary, a snatch of Four Tops vocals or a sample of Dusty Springfield strings, some dialogue from Billy Liar, a melody from a long-forgotten perfume ad – to create a richly evocative memory-world which was specifically British, even when the component parts themselves were not.

                                                                                        The resulting emotion, of course, is bittersweet. Saint Etienne's music has always captured the feeling that the Portuguese call saudade, the Welsh call hiraeth and the Germans call sehnsucht: a combination of homesickness and longing, a melancholy yearning for a time, a place, a person or a mood that can never be revisited.

                                                                                        It's what the Scottish comedian Brian Limond was driving at with the heartbreaking Limmy's Show sketch in which he visits a travel agent and shows them a blurred colour photograph of himself and his friends on a teenage holiday in the Ayrshire resort of Millport. “Can you tell me how I get there?”, Limmy asks the confused agent, who initially tries to sell him a ticket to Millport. “No, not the place,” Limmy replies. “The feeling.” Saint Etienne's 2002 single “Action” expresses a similar desire: “Cos I've been searching for all the people I used to turn to, and all the people who knew the answer... Let's get the feeling again...”

                                                                                        Another constant in Saint Etienne's music has been their understanding of the power of dreams. There's a strand of pop which stretches from The Beach Boys' SMiLE through Saint Etienne to The Avalanches' Since I Left You and beyond which defies the reductive term 'dreampop', and instead evokes the genuine sensation of dreaming: blissful, yes, but also unsettling and disorienting. Saint Etienne's early career masterpiece “Avenue” conjured that realm for seven minutes, and I've Been Trying To Tell You inhabits it entirely. The album ties together these two Saint Etienne threads – memory and dreams – and tells us directly something which has always been implicit in Bob, Pete and Sarah's work: that memory is a dream.

                                                                                        “I spent a lot of last year thinking about optimism for the future,” says Bob, “and the almost total lack of it at the moment. That got me thinking about the last time there was a general optimism in the country and I thought about May 1997, the window between then and September 2001, which it's easy to look back on as some kind of innocent golden age, even if it didn't feel like one at the time. In reality, of course, there was good and there was bad.... Primary schools and art galleries and hospitals were built versus we bombed Belgrade and introduced PFI!”

                                                                                        Reflecting upon that era, and upon the collective (mis)remembrance of it, led to this new Saint Etienne album. “We thought, if you used samples from the late Nineties - the supposedly promising bit between Labour winning the election and September 11th - what would the music be and what could you do with it? Modern nostalgia culture often draws on corporate American Nineties mall culture, but what about British BBC radio culture? Could those sources be used to actually sound like the era, but through the fog of memory?”

                                                                                        Two decades on, a combination of False Memory Syndrome and collective amnesia has grown up around those early New Labour years. The first Blair administration is nowadays viewed variously as a lost golden age, or a period of naïvete, delusion and folly, and a million different shades in between. “YouTube has so many nostalgic clips of slowed-down grainy footage of shopping malls,” says Bob, “often tagged 'liminal spaces' or something like that, post-Burial, post-Mark Fisher, with vaporwave-like music made by people younger than me who see the Eighties and Nineties as a simpler time. I find this fascinating. What you choose to remember or choose to forget... ASBOs and paediatricians getting death threats in Wales... those bits get forgotten.”

                                                                                        Even at the time, a complacent illusion about the Nineties had taken hold, filtered down from Francis Fukuyama's The End Of History, that benign liberal democracy had triumphed forever and there were no struggles left to be fought. And, even at the time, an equal and opposite sense of disillusion had taken hold of Bob Stanley. On the first anniversary of Blair's election victory, Bob went to the Granita restaurant in Islington, where Blair and Brown had famously struck their power-sharing deal, and felt a sense of emptiness which he later described in the first verse of “Heart Failed In The Back Of A Taxi”: “Took a trip down Granita way/Had to go on the 1st of May/Didn't have much to celebrate...”

                                                                                        Saint Etienne have always understood that pop music is the nearest thing we have to time travel, the closest we can get to breathing the air of a different time. On this album, they take that theory to its logical conclusion. I've Been Trying To Tell You uses sounds and samples from 1997 to 2001, evoking the folk memory of the period by using and twisting recordings from the time, re- working them into new songs. “They're all by people you'd have heard on daytime Radio 1 or 2 at the time,” Bob clarifies, “not Boards of Canada or anything.” Opening track “Music Again”, for example, begins with some gorgeously poignant electric harpsichord from a long-forgotten R&B hit.

                                                                                        For the first time, Saint Etienne didn't record together in a studio. The album was completed remotely, in Hove (Pete), Oxford (Sarah) and Bradford (Bob, in collaboration with film and TV composer Gus Bousfield, who contributes to a number of tracks). Communication was handled via Zoom meetings and emails. “We had the idea for the album before the pandemic, and it was surprisingly straightforward.” The results are exceptional. “I'm really excited about the way the album has turned out,” says Bob. “It feels like something brand new.”

                                                                                        I've Been Trying To Tell You has an internal unity, its heartbeat always at the low end of mid- tempo/high end of downtempo, landing at the approximate pace of Tricky's Pre-Millennium Tension (an album released on the very cusp of the era in question). This helps sustain the dream-state.

                                                                                        That hypnagogic sensation is enhanced here and there by the eerie sound of seagulls and garden birds. It's like falling asleep listening to Minnie Riperton's “Lovin' You” and coming a- dreamwake in Kew. This, it turns out, is another turn-of-the-millennium reference. “In the early series of Big Brother,” Bob explains, “when Channel 4 used to broadcast live from the house in the daytime, they'd dip out the sound whenever the housemates talked about real life people, or swore or whatever, and they'd replace the sound with quite avant-sounding field recordings of birdsong.”

                                                                                        The lyrics, too, obey the fractured logic of dreams. Sarah Cracknell sings in short phrases - “here it comes again”, “never had a way to go”, “ruby dust”, “a love like this again” - looped and repeated, rather than a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. “They are all snatched phrases that could have been used at the time,” Bob explains, “from news items, or songs, or magazines.” The album's centrepiece is arguably “Little K”, the fourth track of eight, a six-minute oneiric ocean which ends with the sound of lazily lapping waves. The words that filter through the haze are ones which define the album: “No reason to pretend. In my reverie, the mind will carry me...”

                                                                                        The reverie has interludes with no words at all, at least not sung. “Blue Kite”, made from backwards strings and synths and bassy beats from the room next door, is entirely instrumental, as is “I Remember It Well” apart from snatches of mysterious voices which evoke childhood holidays. Some tracks, like some dreams, are simply too strange for analysis: the inscrutably- titled “Penlop” (a Tibetan term which translates loosely as 'governor') has a refrain which appears to run “I don't really know you/But I'd like to show you/Chester town/We went all around...”

                                                                                        The accompanying film, which premieres at the NFT in the first week of September and will also be available as a DVD with the album, came about when Bob Stanley contacted Alasdair McLellan after the latter had used Saint Etienne's “Nothing Can Stop Us” in a Marc Jacobs commercial. They met a few times, pre-pandemic, in a cafe under Shipley clocktower. “Alasdair understood the album straight off,” says Bob. “We talked about youth, and the A1, and British identity, and memories of the recent past. He's really made a beautiful film, and it perfectly complements the album. Alasdair's film also taps in to the way we think of our youth, and sense of place, and where we come from.”

                                                                                        McLellan's film – a still from which adorns the album sleeve - is a slow-motion travelogue that takes in “a lifetime's worth” of locations, including Felixstowe, Blackpool, Portmeirion, Avebury, Southampton, Doncaster, Grangemouth, as well as London. It its vignettes, we see a couple breaking up on a Westminster bench, a man skimming stones across the water from an oil terminal, a ballet dancer rehearsing, a raver dancing in the headlights of a Ford Cortina, youths playing in a Yorkshire waterfall, teams meeting in caffs. The album dovetails immaculately with the visuals. When we do hear anyone speak, it's only to recite lyrics from classic Saint Etienne songs, all taken from the Nineties.

                                                                                        The dreamlike mood of the album, and the film, is a statement in itself: namely that memory is a largely fictionalised product of the human mind, rather than a reliable record. I've Been Trying To Tell You – the album, and the film – sifts through those Hamlischian misty watercolour memories of the way we were, and poses the question: was it all just a dream? Saint Etienne have always known the answer. They've been trying to tell you.

                                                                                        Simon Price, 2021

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: While Saint Etienne are well known for pulling together a host of influences into their own particular clever brand of indie, their latest outing is perhaps the most confidently nostalgic tribute yet, crafted from found sounds and snippets of samples from the early 00's, leading to an evocative and wonderfully realised triumph.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Music Again
                                                                                        2. Pond House
                                                                                        3. Fonteyn
                                                                                        4. Little K
                                                                                        5. Blue Kite
                                                                                        6. I Remember It Well
                                                                                        7. Penlop
                                                                                        8. Broad River

                                                                                        Shame

                                                                                        Songs Of Praise - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

                                                                                          Love Record Stores Edition available online from 9pm on Saturday September 4th.
                                                                                          Limited to one per person.


                                                                                          Nina Simone & Lauryn Hill

                                                                                          The Miseducation Of Eunice Waymon

                                                                                            With his latest Soul Mates Project, Amerigo Gazaway imagines a studio session between The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, and living legend, Lauryn Hill. Continuing the “collaborations that never were” theme of his previous releases, the producer seamlessly connects the dots between Hip-Hop and the genre’s predecessor, Soul. 

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Feeling Good
                                                                                            A2. Ready Or Not (feat The Fugees)
                                                                                            A3. Doo Wop (That Thing)
                                                                                            A4. To Zion (feat Carlos Santana)
                                                                                            B1. Fu-Gee-La (feat The Fugees) 
                                                                                            B2. The Sweetest Thing (feat John Forte)
                                                                                            B3. Take It Easy
                                                                                            B4. Peace Of Mind
                                                                                            C1. Lost Ones
                                                                                            C2. Killing Me Softly
                                                                                            C3. If I Ruled The World (feat Nas) 
                                                                                            C4. How Many Mics (feat The Fugees)
                                                                                            D1. So High (feat John Legend)
                                                                                            D2. Care For What
                                                                                            D3. Angel Of The Morning 
                                                                                            D4. The Miseducation Of Eunice Waymon
                                                                                            D5. Fu-Gee-La (Refugee Camp Remix - Bonus Track)

                                                                                            Nancy Sinatra

                                                                                            Boots - Reissue

                                                                                              “Dumb stuff, as Lee used to call it. Dumb doesn’t mean stupid. It means human and understandable. It was the sound of three guitars, drums, and bass. It was simple, very, very simple. I can still see the room, the studio. With Carol Kaye, Glen Campbell, Donnie Owens… I can still see them all sitting there and chunking away. I guess simple was the best way to explain it, uncomplicated.” – Nancy Sinatra.

                                                                                              Light in the Attic is proud to present the next installment of the Nancy Sinatra Archival Series with a deluxe reissue of Nancy’s first album, Boots.

                                                                                              The 1966 debut million-selling debut LP, introduced the sassy, blonde, go-go booted icon. Built around her Lee Hazlewood-penned hits, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and “So Long, Babe,” the folk-rock era milestone album features songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Hazlewood and more. The catchy and jangly pop hooks performed by the famed Los Angeles session musicians, The Wrecking Crew and Billy Strange’s innovative arrangements provided the perfect sound to help Nancy capture the attention of the world. The new reissue includes two bonus tracks recorded during the album sessions, the non-album b-side “The City Never Sleeps At Night” and the previously unreleased “For Some.”

                                                                                              Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the reissue is complemented by a new Q&A interview with Nancy and GRAMMY®-nominated reissue co-producer Hunter Lea.

                                                                                              The CD edition is housed in a digipak and features a 28-page booklet, while each vinyl set is presented in an expanded gatefold jacket (featuring a 20-page booklet)


                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              As Tears Go By
                                                                                              Day Tripper
                                                                                              I Move Around
                                                                                              It Ain't Me Babe
                                                                                              These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
                                                                                              In My Room
                                                                                              Lies
                                                                                              So Long
                                                                                              Babe
                                                                                              Flowers On The Wall
                                                                                              If He'd Love Me
                                                                                              Run For Your Life
                                                                                              The City Never Sleeps At Night (Bonus Track)
                                                                                              For Some (Bonus Track)

                                                                                              Skymark

                                                                                              Easy Saturday Night - Mike Huckaby Remix

                                                                                              After a parentship hiatus, Richard Zepezauer´s nsyde imprint is back to push new boundaries and save some souls. In loving memory of their dear friend who has died too early, nsyde drops a limited edition promo 12" of Mike Huckaby´s Remix of Skymark - Easy Saturday Night.

                                                                                              After Mike Huckaby´s tragic death nsyde had decided to postpone the release in humble respect of the mourning time for this outstanding musician, human and soul. To pay tribute to Mike Huckaby´s high sonic standards, his work its presented in the highest quality, full sided, 45rpm, 180 gram, clear Vinyl, in a limited quantity. This remix is amongst Mike Huckaby´s best productions.It touches the classic soulfulness of a Larry Heard piano and blissful vocals combined with clear hints of Basic Channel´s eternal electrifcationing waves of sound. This is a perfect testament to Mike Huckaby´s unparalleled knowledge and wide musical range, and not only those who knew him will feel his clear presence while listening to this beauty. House Nation under a Groove.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Matt says: The house music community was left mourning when Mike Huckaby died last year. Although no longer with us his spirit will continue to guide dancefloors and record boxes for some time to come. Here his remix of Skymark gets hi-fidelity, no-expense-spared treatment.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Easy Saturday Night (Mike Huckaby Remix)

                                                                                              Smoke Bellow

                                                                                              Open For Business

                                                                                                Transcontinental, experimental duo Smoke Bellow have been at it since 2012, relocating from Australia to Baltimore, MD & back again and then BACK AGAIN (now firmly settled in Baltimore). The duo released the "Blooming/Middling" LP in 2014, followed by "Isolation 3000" in 2018 (both on Baltimore label Ehse Records) After a line-up shuffle, they eventually recruited one of their favourite drummers and dear friend, Emmanuel Nicolaidis (Thank You, Oh Hang), which found the duo refining of their sound into a dizzyingly attractive mixture of kosmiche serenity, minimalist composition, test-card psychedelia, and highlife guitar. With "Open for Business" the three members set out to create a set of songs more immediate and bare than previous outings. The album title itself is a cheeky reference to Maryland governor Larry Hogan's less than inspired motto "we're open for business". Half of the songs were written in a room together and the second half via email (for obvious reasons).

                                                                                                At the time they were listening to a lot of post punk and were struck with the partnership of drums and bass as propulsive instruments. The trio started writing songs around that idea - with the rhythm as a brace to hang their decorations. Sonically, Smoke Bellow are inspired by disparate sources. The heyday of Compass Point studios' famed rhythm section of Sly and Robbie sustained them for months. Others included good old VU, ESG, guitar hero Zani Diabate, The Raincoats (especially their under-appreciated second album, Odyshape), the frenetic sound collisions of the Flying Lizards, the ever warm blanket of Yo La Tengo, the evolving repetition of Stereolab, the understated genius of Asa Osborne, as well as Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The David Byrne/ Robert Wilson "Knee plays" reminded them of the joy of the spoken word set to music. Lyrically, Best & McHugh drew from life in Baltimore, from isolation (again), memories of life in Melbourne, their friends and each other. "We wanted to talk about resilience and resistance." Says Best. Recording and mixing took place between a remote cabin in the Smoky Mountains and Tempo House in Baltimore with Jared Paolini. "Maybe Something" includes cello from Owen Gardner (Horse Lords). Words on "Night Light" by Daniel Stephensen.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Fee Fee
                                                                                                2. Hannan
                                                                                                3. Anniversary
                                                                                                4. Night Light
                                                                                                5. Furry Computer 2
                                                                                                6. Fuck On
                                                                                                7. Maybe Something
                                                                                                8. Wrong Size
                                                                                                9. Take The Line For A Walk

                                                                                                Sofa

                                                                                                Source Crossfire

                                                                                                  Source Crossfire is a searing, brooding collection that documents the recorded output of Sofa one of Montreal's most shadowy, notorious, captivating underground art-rock ensembles of the mid-90s, and the first band to be released on Constellation charting the quartet’s febrile evolution through sonic palettes of North American post-hardcore and slowcore admixed with early UK post-punk, goth and dark lounge. In the words of one music writer of the era: "Like Slint and Big Black meeting for a Joy Division reunion."

                                                                                                  Source Crossfire rounds up Sofa’s 1997 album Grey (the only full-length from Constellation’s early years yet to be given vinyl reissue treatment) along with selections from the band’s two prior self-released cassettes. What began as a straightforward Grey vinyl re-issue project soon evolved into an opportunity for something just a little more considered than “album plus-bonus-tracks”. Record #1 reimagines Grey with vinyl in mind, newly sequenced to create distinct loud/fast and soft/slow sides. Record #2 mirrors this, with four tracks of louder
                                                                                                  (and mostly faster) pitch-black material on Side One and three signature examples of the band's sombre early balladry on Side Two all culled from the Town Unsafe and Record cassette material from 1995.

                                                                                                  Anchored by the raw metronomics and pummelling syncopation of Keith Marchand (drums) and Scott Clarkson (bass), Sofa was one of the city's tightest and most kinetic bands, always seeking uncharted pathways in the cracks between established punk/rock sub-domains. The bi-amped SG Firebrand of guitarist Ian Ilavsky relied on 2 rudimentary pedals (distortion; overdrive), combining with the singspeak of vocalist/lyricist Brad Todd to paint a twitchy, frenetic sonic foreground of controlled chaos. The band was also known for its heterodox and unapologetic slow-tempo alter ego, with Marchand playing behind the beat in jazz tinged torchsong swingtime and Clarkson weaving deft melodious lead lines on bass, as Todd switched gears from rapid-fire glossolalia to gentle baritone croon.

                                                                                                  Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes, Breakglass Studios) and Harris Newman (Greymarket Mastering) teamed up with Constellation co-founder (and Sofa guitarist) Ian Ilavsky to give all these cuts some thorough remastering attention. Sofa recorded everything live off the floor, and in the case of the cassette material, an entirely live mix direct to two-track with rudimentary effects dialed into the signal path and zero post-production. Grey was similarly tracked in a weekend, with minimal overdubs and effects, and using only analog tape compression. The remastering treatments work solely from the original stereo mixes but nonetheless bring this largely unsung band’s music to renewed life.

                                                                                                  Source Crossfire aptly names the unique mix of genres and influences distilled in Sofa’s cauldron a special treat for fans from the era, for those who've discovered Sofa since, and for anyone interested in the fertile crosscurrents of UK + US post-punk, post-hardcore, slowcore, goth, indie and art rock that spawned such a diverse slate of unsung bands with distinct energies, personalities, and hybrid sonic identities across so many local scenes at the dawn of the 1990s.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Ch2Chi
                                                                                                  2. Stress
                                                                                                  3. Comma
                                                                                                  4. The Fence
                                                                                                  5. Monotone
                                                                                                  6. 80000
                                                                                                  7. Current
                                                                                                  8. Travel
                                                                                                  9. Medicine Hat
                                                                                                  10. Arclight
                                                                                                  11. City Of Laughter
                                                                                                  12. Just A Walk
                                                                                                  13. Regret
                                                                                                  14. Radio One
                                                                                                  15. So Around
                                                                                                  16. String Of Lights

                                                                                                  Sophie

                                                                                                  Lemonade / Hard

                                                                                                  *REPRESS*

                                                                                                  OK, here it is folks, the undeniably infectious saccharin-laced future-proof jam that is "Lemonade" by Sophie. Love it or hate it, I guarantee you won't be able to get these sickeningly sweet hooks outta your head after just one listen! "Lemonade" will surely be looked at in years to come as a sonic symbol of post-modern, digital culture as we search for that ADHD-proof 'hit' riddled with novelty and stimulation. I think Pitchfork put it best with '"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ At around four minutes long, this radio-friendly piece of crazed production is the crucial point in which bass music hit the masses, and watch it start a fire all over the internet and radio over the next month or so. On the flip "Hard" is even more frenzied, deploying rattling percussion, glistening motifs and machine-gun drum programming while a quick-fire female vocal talks about difficulties getting by for the modern club girl. With a massive future-rave breakdown towards the end, it’s another synthesized moment of legal-high goodness wrapped up in a succinct, concise, well executed package. Massive.

                                                                                                  60k+ and counting Soundcloud plays over the first 24 hours
                                                                                                  Currently charting #2 on Billboard’s ‘Emerging Artists’ chart
                                                                                                  'You'll not hear anything else like this today' Zane Lowe BBC R1 show premiere (covered by Huw Stephens) (@ 47m15s)
                                                                                                  ‘SOPHIE's Lemonade is the most bonkers track we've heard all year’ Guardian
                                                                                                  ‘song of the day’ Diplo on Twitter
                                                                                                  ‘one of the best things I’ve heard all year’ Stereogum
                                                                                                  ‘"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ Pitchfork
                                                                                                  ‘impossibly infectious’ Gorilla vs Bear


                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first & second time!

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A. Lemonade
                                                                                                  B. Hard

                                                                                                  Richard Spaven & Sandunes

                                                                                                  Spaven X Sandunes

                                                                                                  Spaven x Sandunes is a collaboration of musical worlds, where London meets Mumbai, the new project from Richard Spaven and Sanaya Ardeshir is a mix of forward-thinking drum language and intricate synthwork weaving together a moody electro acoustic tapestry which we go absolutely wild for here at Picc HQ!

                                                                                                  Suitably smokers-friendly for the iconic !K7 label, the album creeps through shadowy soundscapes punctuated by wild breakbeats and guided by some lost, shamanic instrumental language spoken through dazzling arrays of strings, raptous reeds, sparkly synth work and mountainous bass.

                                                                                                  Polyrhythmic throughout, with a keen grip of movement and repetition, it's at times Can-esque, at others reminescent of Floating Points' spiraling electro-jazz epics. Deployed with a focussed intensity, whilst still remaining unhurried and free-flowing, the tracks seek to elevate the listener into clouds of shimmering, electro-boosted, dreamy jazz - and it's absolutely wonderful! 


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1: In Readiness
                                                                                                  A2: Tree Of Life
                                                                                                  A3: Evelyn
                                                                                                  A4: Don't Ask Feat. MC Altaf
                                                                                                  B1: Can't Say That To You
                                                                                                  B2: Little Ships
                                                                                                  B3: Sustain
                                                                                                  B4: 1759 (Outro)

                                                                                                  Speiz Boiz

                                                                                                  Speizbanger / Breakbottle

                                                                                                  Speiz Bois is a trio of three seasoned Hungarian musicians active in countless other projects (think of the already cult Jazzbois outfit) playing a unique fusion of hip-hop, spaced out psychedelic grooves and melancholic 80's guitar sounds.

                                                                                                  'SpeizBanger' on side A is one of those timeless songs that are hard to be described, but we are pretty sure this is what an imaginary demo by random members of BadBadNotGood and Khruangbin, recorded in a smokey Budapest home studio would sound like.

                                                                                                  'BreakBottle' on the flip starts off as a more conventional live groove until the ethereal synths and guitar harmonies come in, from then it sounds like the fictional demo described above.

                                                                                                  The single is limited to 300 copies

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A. Speizbanger
                                                                                                  B. Breakbottle

                                                                                                  During the production of two singles (This being the first) unfortunately William Stuckey passed away, below are some words from my partner in the project Brian Sears regarding our work with him pm his LP.

                                                                                                  Brian Sears - I'm not one that likes to write but I wanted to say a few things about William Stuckey. William Stuckey passed away last in August 2021 at age 73, and is an artist that I've been working with since last summer. He was a key fixture in the Little Rock music scene and most notably was one of the driving forces behind the legendary True Soul label. Lee Anthony, the owner of True Soul Records, once told me that William Stuckey was the most talented musician he had ever worked with, and if you know anything about that label or Lee Anthony, that's quite a compliment.


                                                                                                  When I reached out to William last summer about re-releasing his material, he ignored my calls and messages. Fortunately, I was able to reach his son, Erreyon who was kind enough to listen to me. I've worked a lot of terrible sales gigs in my past and "getting to the point" is sometimes a hard thing to achieve, especially when you're trying to talk about the music business and music that's 50 years old. But the point was simple, his music matters and deserved to be preserved. This resonated with William and Erreyon and they gave Euan Fryer and myself a chance.There was a memorable handoff of the master tapes in a parking lot and from that point forward I knew William Stuckey trusted me. Trust is something he had to do a lot in his life due to the fact that he was visually impaired and I'm thankful he trusted us. As I wrote before, there was a long process of transferring the tapes, but it was successful, and the album has never sounded so good. William had incredible hearing and was able to pick out details most might not detect. He was gifted and that shined through his own playing and voice through copious recordings. Speaking with him after he finally heard the newly remastered album, the way he had intended for it to sound, is something I'll never forget. Moments like that are really the reason why I feel so compelled to work with older musicians that didn't get a fair shake the first time.

                                                                                                  Meeting William Stuckey face to face earlier this summer was one of the highlights of my year. We laughed and hung out at his place where he had lived for the past 50 years. I told him his music was internationally known and the re-release was well received. He was humble and felt like a long lost friend that I hadn't seen in a long time. I'll never forget that. I told him I wanted to take some photos, and I'm so glad I did.We had a good time and it was a beautiful summer night and as I left his place his neighbours noticed me walking to my car and wanted to chat, so we talked briefly and it ultimately lead to one of them getting into their car and cranking "The First Time" on the stereo system in their driveway. I wasn't sure if Stuckey could hear it from his house, but part of me knew he probably could and hearing his song echo in the background as I drove off and thinking about Stuckey and the time we shared and his music being appreciated by so many, even in that moment, is a wonderful memory. I'd like to think he was smiling.His music and legacy will live on forever.
                                                                                                  Rest in peace to a great one.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. The First Time
                                                                                                  2. The First Time (Instrumental)

                                                                                                  Recorded in New York in the Summer of 1978 for Philly Jazz (who attempted to form the Ra-legion Cosmo-Fan Club!), this legendary (and previously ultra-rare) LP is maybe the closest Sunny ever got to a crossover album! That's not to say that the out-of-this-world arrangements have been toned down (far from it!), but you can hear the influence of disco and fusion on tracks like "Where Pathways Meet" and "That's How I Feel". It's had a few re-issues over the years, including an amazing deluxe version, which was enough to get my pants moistened, but now it has been reissued on vinyl with all original artwork, and some amazing liner notes in which they interview Bob Blank (the engineer), Michael Ray, Danny Thompson (Arkestra musicians) and Tom Buchler (from Philly Jazz) - I have well and truly soaked my trolleys!! Definitely one of the top five all-time greatest Sun Ra albums - if you've never bought one before, I reckon that this is the perfect introduction to THE GENIUS OF SUN RA!!!

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1. Lanquidity
                                                                                                  A2. Where Pathways Meet
                                                                                                  A3. That’s How I Feel
                                                                                                  B1. Twin Stars Of Thence
                                                                                                  B2. There Are Other World (They Have Not Told You Of)

                                                                                                  Avey Tare

                                                                                                  Down There

                                                                                                    ‘Down There’ is the debut solo album from Animal Collective member Avey Tare.

                                                                                                    Recorded in 2010 at the Good House, an old church in upstate New York, with fellow Animal Collective band member Deakin.

                                                                                                    ‘Down There’ is a world of nine songs from Avey Tare. His first official solo full length carries you through a murky world of sound, an alien death world of soul grooves that is both honest and otherworldly.

                                                                                                    Take a ride on this haunted boat and let yourself be guided through deep sloshy rhythms, waterlogged bass and moonlit breaks in the canopy that reveal a crisp crystalline pop buzz.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Laughing Hieroglyphic
                                                                                                    3 Umbrellas
                                                                                                    Oliver Twist
                                                                                                    Glass Bottom Boat
                                                                                                    Ghost Of Books
                                                                                                    Cemeteries
                                                                                                    Heads Hammock
                                                                                                    Heather In The Hospital
                                                                                                    Lucky 1

                                                                                                    Unknown Mortal Orchestra

                                                                                                    II - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

                                                                                                      Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
                                                                                                      Limited to one per person.


                                                                                                      Unknown

                                                                                                      Hello You Yeah / Just Be Yourself

                                                                                                      There’s been a refurb at The Gallery, a fresh new look for the onlookers. This brand-new exhibition follows in the prestigious footsteps of its predecessors, two jaw-droppingly stunning works of art on display, re-touched, re-loved and ready to be snapped up by the highest bidder.

                                                                                                      One side sees the mysterious mastermind take on some tropical boogie heat via ‘Hello You Yeah’ with the flip a cosmic disco warper in the form of ‘Just Be Yourself’. The sunkissed lilt, trilling synths and 'Hallelujah' chorus of the A-side is a summery sing-a-long which should make a lot of sense next to Neil Diablo's "High Emotion" while the rocking guitar, campish vocals and precision sleaze of the flip (originally a Nightlife Unlimited cut fact fans) has DJ Harvey written all over it. Two irresistible cuts that will be whipping crowds into a frenzy the world over.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1 - Hello You Yeah
                                                                                                      B1 - Just Be Yourself

                                                                                                      Dutch icon Orlando Voorn, famed for his funky techno and tuff house productions unveils his new sound via Deeptrax Records sublabel Contrafact! Having started his career in the early 80s with major influences of Parliament, Kraftwerk, Motown and P funk, he is now widely recognized as an ingenious (Detroit) techno producer with former releases on Juan Atkins’ Metroplex records and Kevin Saunderson’s KMS. “The Master”sees his explore classic jazz-funk and soulfull mood, enhanced with his unmatched creative abiltiy around the studio.

                                                                                                      Reminscent of classic beatdown and Detroit house such as Amp Fiddlr, Recloose, Moodymann etc; but kicking that bit harder on the speakers due to Voorn's speaker-rattling techno background!

                                                                                                      There's per-LENTY to go at here folks. A double disc janut of electro-jazz-funk-deep-house fusion which is primed for play in both nightclubs, living rooms, souped up Seirra Cosworths and sun-blushed Tiki bars alike.

                                                                                                      This man is a musical genius! Up there with Carl Craig and Moritz Von Oswald with his sheer profeciency in both production and musicality. And he's relentless - this releases comes segued in between a flurry of techno releases, all of which are killer - as this 30 year+ musical veteren marches on with no intention of slowing down in later life!

                                                                                                      Absolutely killer album that's delightfully long, satisfying and made with love and passion. Like a 5-course meal at your favourite restaurant you'll want to devour it from start to finish. Highly recommended.


                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: A selection of deep, rich house classic from Voorn here, with the grooving basslines and vocals perfectly coalescing together into a wild and fiery soulful house treasure.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Orlando Voorn - I'm About To Whip Somebody's Ass (Revolution)
                                                                                                      A2. Orlando Voorn - Freak Of My Desire
                                                                                                      B1. Orlando Voorn - Gotta Get Up
                                                                                                      B2. B2 - Orlando Voorn Feat. E1 Ten & Mary Griffin - Oh Lord (Urban Coalition Mix)
                                                                                                      C1. Orlando Voorn - Leave Or Stay
                                                                                                      C2 . Orlando Voorn - The Love Sisters
                                                                                                      C3. Orlando Voorn - Un Common
                                                                                                      D1. Orlando Voorn - The Master
                                                                                                      D2. Orlando Voorn Feat Slikk Tim - The Funk Brothers
                                                                                                      D3 . Orlando Voorn Feat Belou Sunday - I Love You 

                                                                                                      Niklas Wandt

                                                                                                      Solar Musli

                                                                                                        The most massive of ups goes to Daniel and Gunther at Bureau B for some sterling A&R here, locking the world's daftest drum savant, Niklas Wandt into his first solo LP. This percussive polymath keeps his diary fairly full with production, radio shows, DJing and a shitload of collaborative pursuits, whether with Joshua Gottmanns in N-NDW funksters Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge, Dusseldorf gee Wolf Müller, Sascha Funke or ambient heart-throb Cass.

                                                                                                        For 'Solar Müsli' though, Niklas takes centre stage with a debut solo LP informed by kosmische, jazz, Afrobeat and ambient, but placed in a universe of its own. This is not formalism at work, but an exhilarating, freely flowing album which started out as an exercise in improvised percussion and developed into a multidimensional journey, at times both introverted and ebullient. Stitched through with snippets of spoken word by some of his nearest and dearest, this wildly psychedelic listen is a journey through the nebulous realm of electronic jazz, both emotive and escapist.


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Der Glaeserne Tag
                                                                                                        A2. Durch Den Spalt
                                                                                                        A3. Lo Spettro
                                                                                                        A4. Wo Es War
                                                                                                        B1. Kusnacht
                                                                                                        B2. Solar Musli
                                                                                                        B3. Am Rande

                                                                                                        Andrew Wasylyk

                                                                                                        Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia

                                                                                                          As the Spring of discontent took hold on 2020, composer Andrew Wasylyk sought shelter in the familiar. Low-light morning walks in Dundee’s 19th century Balgay Park acted as sanctuary and solace to events happening in the world outside. Opened in 1871 the park, with adjoining cemetery and sweeping panoramic views across the Firth Of Tay’s inner estuary, is known for its astronomical observatory which sits high on a wooded hill and is the only full-time public observatory in the UK.

                                                                                                          These walks, along with the comfort found in work and routine, helped alleviate the universal cloud of anxiety that swept the first part of the year, and soon Andrew found that his daybreak strolls were seeping into the music he was creating. Slowly, a collection of luminous, inventive and largely instrumental music was taking shape.

                                                                                                          The ten compositions that make up Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia present themselves as hymns to early morning light, the optimism at the start of the day, and the simple joy that can be found close to home exploring an inner-city park. As with last year's Fugitive Light And Themes Of Consolation and Scottish Album Of The Year Award shortlisted The Paralian (2019), trumpet and flugelhorn are handled by fellow Tayside musician Rachel Simpson, who's delivery blends muted swells and punctuated patterns.

                                                                                                          The hallmarks of Wasylyk’s multi-dimensional approach to composing, performing and producing glow soft throughout the arrangements. His timeless, yet entirely individual, melodies remain potent and apparent. A warped tape loop cycles over a Fender Rhodes motif - elegiac strings underlined by the thud of analogue drum machine. Textures shift and shade like dawn glimmering through the branches of a sycamore. Infused with field recordings made on his morning rambles; finches flutter in the high green canopy, a dog walker shuffles in fallen leaves, the faint hum of lawnmower and passing passenger-less bus. Elsewhere, a wood pigeon clatters through a blossom tree, migratory geese call above Mills Observatory and the heavy summer rain rattles down on empty streets.

                                                                                                          Balgay Hill: Morning In Magnolia is as much a daydream rubric through solitude as it is meditative map. An invite to untold stories and images that take flight in the listener’s mind. Here, Andrew Wasylyk offers another cohesive, unique, and transcendental journey through ambient, library and jazz.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Blossomlessness #2
                                                                                                          2. Through The Rose Window
                                                                                                          3. Magpie Spring
                                                                                                          4. Sun Caught Cloud Like The Belly Of A Cat
                                                                                                          5. Avril Hydrangeas
                                                                                                          6. Western Necropolis 
                                                                                                          7. The Ghost Who Never Arrived
                                                                                                          8. Observatory In Bloom
                                                                                                          9. Smiling School For Calvinists 
                                                                                                          10. The Morning Of Magnolia Light

                                                                                                          The Weather Station

                                                                                                          All Of It Was Mine - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                            The Weather Station's 2nd LP from 2011, now available from Fat Possum Records.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Everything I Saw
                                                                                                            2. Came So Easy
                                                                                                            3. Traveller
                                                                                                            4. Trying
                                                                                                            5. Chip On My Shoulder
                                                                                                            6. Know It To See It
                                                                                                            7. Yarrow And Mint
                                                                                                            8. Running Around Asking
                                                                                                            9. Nobody
                                                                                                            10. If I've Been Fooled

                                                                                                            Roger Webb

                                                                                                            Bartleby - Original Soundtrack Recording - Repress

                                                                                                            The unreleased soundtrack from the 1970 film. Black vinyl with a random sprinkling of “office door” clear ones ie randomly packed.

                                                                                                            OVERVIEW:
                                                                                                            Oh my God. This is mindblowing. Like Wow. Incredible. Amazing. Breathtaking. Super wow. And wow again. And another wow. Jesus Christ wow. Like bloody hell wow. I really cannot believe it wow. Fuck me wow. Wow wow wow.

                                                                                                            THE MUSIC:
                                                                                                            Unreleased until now and super duper wow. Like British pastoral jam with killer drums, bass and percussion. Just dying for some huge hip hop producer to come and piss all over it, in a good way. This record is the hidden monster, the one killer OST no one saw or heard.

                                                                                                            HISTORY
                                                                                                            Film is from 1970. Unreleased music is just fucking wow. 


                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side One:
                                                                                                            Bartleby 1
                                                                                                            Bartleby 2
                                                                                                            Bartleby 3
                                                                                                            Bartleby 4
                                                                                                            Bartleby 5
                                                                                                            Bartleby 6

                                                                                                            Side Two:
                                                                                                            Bartleby 7
                                                                                                            Bartleby 8
                                                                                                            Bartleby 9
                                                                                                            Bartleby 10
                                                                                                            Bartleby 11

                                                                                                            Will O' The Wisp Ft. Rick Astley

                                                                                                            Wisp000

                                                                                                            No, your eyes don't deceive you! Rick Astley, yes THE Rick Astley in a one-drop, limited run, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, BALEARIC DISCO romper!

                                                                                                            Three new tracks which are destined to become certified future wedding classics whilst perfectly capable of holding their own across the Adriatic festival network next Summer.

                                                                                                            Lines like 'I've killed the groove now there's blood on my tie' could only really be sung by someone as large as Rick Astley. But there's a contemporary feel to the tracks which isn't a million miles away from what Jungle are doing at the moment. Big, resplendent guitar lines; powerful falsetto vox and warm, electronic disco production give these three songs huge mainstream appeal.

                                                                                                            This is a bit of a coup we have to say. God knows if there's more material due from this pair - might just be a sneaky one-off project - whatever it is, we highly recommended bagging yourself a piece of this oddball slice of Balearic gold! 


                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Martin says: It's not "Never Gonna Give You Up", but this blink-and-you'll-miss it from the late 80s pop icon should keep Balearic aficionados nodding approvingly as they sip their pina coladas from the poolside.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. Burning
                                                                                                            A2. Blood On My Tie
                                                                                                            B1. The Waves

                                                                                                            Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators

                                                                                                            Paint Me In A Corner

                                                                                                            Now and then you might find yourself painted in a corner. It is usually the case that you can only blame yourself for ending up there. The painter of shapes and words, Nicole Willis has painted herself for the past ten years into the periphery of Helsinki, Finland, only to sing her soul out. Now she's back at grinding her vocal axe with The Soul Investigators.

                                                                                                            Approaching the release of their third joint album in late 2015, it's time to test the waters with Paint Me in a Corner b/w Where Are You Now. Neither of the tracks carries much of a humour element. The first one points its pounding existential finger towards us all, urging us to break the chains of normality, while the beautiful melancholia of the second track rocks the listener in a mid-tempo groove paradise.

                                                                                                            These two tracks might be just the thing to kick you in the chest with enough soul in order to get out of the house. Maybe even dance by yourself in a desolate corner of the bar.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Paint Me In A Corner
                                                                                                            2. Where Are You Now

                                                                                                            Your Old Droog X Tha God Fahim

                                                                                                            Tha YOD Fahim

                                                                                                              Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim’s second joint release, Tha YOD Fahim, is a celebration of the immense talents of its creators. They have an undeniable chemistry that started as guest appearances and has now blossomed into something greater. And while the world got an amazing appetizer in the form of ‘Tha Wolf On Wall St’ in January, the two like-minded artists are back just weeks later with this full-length release. The connection of YOD and Fahim is a pairing that simply works. Both have their roots in raw, unpretentious hip-hop that also pushes the music to its boundaries, and you can hear those qualities running throughout all 14 tracks. As unadulterated as the music is, the album represents something even greater from both Droog and Fahim. It’s a testament to their creative synergy and their gifts as artists who never compromise or hold back.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Icee Shop / Entrées
                                                                                                              2. Stretch
                                                                                                              3. Charles Barkley
                                                                                                              4. Mailman
                                                                                                              5. Slam Dunk Contest (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
                                                                                                              6. Brrt Simpson (feat. Left Lane Didon)
                                                                                                              7. Reign Man
                                                                                                              8. WNBA
                                                                                                              9. The Dunking Dutchman
                                                                                                              10. Long Time Coming
                                                                                                              11. Disney World
                                                                                                              12. Lost Smile
                                                                                                              13. Questions
                                                                                                              14. 90 From The Line Remix (Šarūnas Marčiulionis)

                                                                                                              YVETTE

                                                                                                              How The Garden Grows

                                                                                                                YVETTE conjures atmospheres that are both disturbing and familiar at once, pushing synthesizers, effects pedals, vocal processors, acoustic-electric drums, and midi guitar controllers to their extremes. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Noah Kardos-Fein and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Dale Eisinger think of their music not so much in terms of sound as in terms of feeling. The New York duo uses music both as therapy and a weapon, as an outlet for the stress of the daily grind and a release of the pent up tension that metastasizes only after living in a busy, unrelenting metropolis. How The Garden Grows, the sophomore record from YVETTE, reconfigures the anxiety of the moment into deeply spiritual, wildly aggressive, and frequently beautiful noise music, in the tradition of early post-punk and industrial artists like Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and This Heat.

                                                                                                                The album was written and recorded over three years, as Kardos-Fein and Eisinger watched developers raze many of their favourite NYC venues. Rather than disappearing into the rubble of the city they love, How The Garden Grows grew out of that chaos. “It’s nearly impossible to compare them to any other band,” wrote Meredith Graves for the Village Voice in 2016. Having gained lasting acclaim for their debut LP Process, the follow-up EP Time Management (both released on GODMODE), and their bewildering, inspirational live show, YVETTE’s near-decade as a band coalesces with this LP. They’ve performed alongside The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Lydia Lunch, Liars, HEALTH, Liturgy, Factory Floor, Xiu Xiu, A Place To Bury Strangers, Oneida, Metz, DIIV, The Soft Moon, Priests, Dan Deacon, Pissed Jeans, and Thurston Moore. This is YVETTE’s sophomore full-length. Their debut album Process (released on Godmode/Tough Love in 2013) received an 8.1 on Pitchfork, in addition to plenty of other strong coverage. Photographer Tim Saccenti (Lana Del Rey, Run the Jewels, Eminem, Flying Lotus) took some amazing press photos of Noah. Noah co-wrote some songs with Moses Sumney for his 2020 album græ. Press Quotes - "...Yvette managed to recast a music rooted in nihilism and agitation into something approachable and transfixing." Pitchfork // “Yvette channel all the moody intensity and musical discipline of Wire and This Heat, which pushes all the right buttons” Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records for NME // "a noise band with a bit of pop sensibility" Shamir // "Yvette are a noise-rock duo from Brooklyn who manage to turn drilling sounds and drones, the hum and clatter of machinery, into riveting entertainment." The Guardian

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                01 B61 5:19
                                                                                                                02 Contact High 2:07
                                                                                                                03 Warm UP 2:44
                                                                                                                04 Besides 2:53
                                                                                                                05 For A Moment 2:56
                                                                                                                06 Close Quarters 6:14
                                                                                                                07 Smoke In Your Eyes 2:31
                                                                                                                08 Best Intentions 3:20
                                                                                                                09 Translucent 2:24
                                                                                                                10 Intermission 7:40 

                                                                                                                Budabeats Records' contribution to the long-awaited re-opening of the dancefloors is this EP including four sparkling tunes by four remarkable Hungarian producers.

                                                                                                                Although musically completely different, they have one thing in common: they provide the perfect vibes for any late summer party from sunset till sunrise.
                                                                                                                After starting off with up-and-coming producer, WaTa's timeless house burner, things get a bit more laid back with 'Historico' an honest and entertaining tribute to the early days of Italo disco, delivered by producer duo Pleasure Voyage.

                                                                                                                Budabeats staple M.W.D. continues with a mid-tempo deep groover that builds elegantly and does not let go; the title says it all: 'Jazz808'.
                                                                                                                Oneeyedman is another exciting and versatile figure of today's Budapest scene, his closing track is a satisfying slice of deep house with acidic bass, spaced out synths and just the right portion of cowbells.

                                                                                                                Limited to 300 copies worldwide.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                A1. WaTa - Feel Ya
                                                                                                                A2. Pleasure Voyage - Historico (Italo Disco)
                                                                                                                B1. W.M.D - Jazz808
                                                                                                                B2. Oneeyedman - Windblind

                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection From The Arab World (Part 2)

                                                                                                                  This compilation of songs is not meant as a historic reflection of popular music of the "Arab world." It is a very personal selection of songs we grew to like at Habibi Funk. It is music that historically never existed as a unified musical genre. We think it's important to make this distinction and to have the listener understand that the majority of the music on this compilation does not come from the highly famous names of the musical spectrum of North Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the final body compiled for this record consists of some – at least for us – nichey pearls and often overlooked artists; resulting in a diverse range of styles from Egyptian organ funk, disco sounds from Morocco, an example of the lively reggae scene of Libya, political songs from Lebanon, soundtrack music from Alge- ria, a musical union between Kenya and Oman, and much more.
                                                                                                                  The photo we chose for this cover somehow could be seen as an allegory of the sounds we feature on the label. It depicts Algerian composer Ahmed Malek at an ice cream bar during his stay in Japan for the World Expo in Osaka, 1970. He later said that his visit to Japan and especially the manga culture left a distinctive mark on the way he created his own compositions. With this in mind, it feels as a suiting visual representation for the music on this compilation.
                                                                                                                  Accordingly, the compilation you are holding in your hands offers a much wider range of music than just funk influenced sounds. Sure, it brings back Fadoul, who we have already dedicated a full length album to. He was the mystical Moroccan singer who - influenced by the sounds of James Brown- created his own musical vision full of energy but also still very intimate. Another artist we have featured before is Ahmed Malek, the grand Algerian soundtrack composer, whose music is largely connected by a distinct feeling of melancholic beauty or Hamid Al Shaeri, the Egyptian hit producer whose track "Ayonha" was probably the most widely appre-ciated track off our first compilation. But we have also learned that this format of a compilation can serve as a medium to introduce artists to our audience, who we are planning to dedicate full length releases to in the near future, such as Ibrahim Hesnawi. Hesnawi is the father of reggae music in Libya - a genre still widely popular in Libya - and whose presence in the country is commonly connected to the rhyth- mic similarities of reggae with some form of Libyan folkloric music. Nahib Alhoush is another Libyan artist, whose musical output we will spotlight in the near future. In the 1970s, he was the co-founder of Free Music, one of the first Libyan bands introducing western influences into their music. After the band stopped performing together he started an at least equally successful solo career under his own name. When I got into Arabic music around five or six years ago, I knew pretty much nothing about it. Realistically, I still know very, very little about it and I'm by no means an expert. I just had the opportunity to visit the region frequently, trying to learn about music I might like. Most of the bands, I happen to enjoy, were fairly obscure and therefore a lot of the music on this compilation seems to be largely forgotten. After sharing many of the old records and tapes online through mixes, I have realized that there is a huge disparity between the interest in the music on the one hand and its availability on the other.
                                                                                                                  All tracks on this compilation are fully licensed, most directly from the artist or in the case of artists, who are deceased licensed from the artist's family. There are two exceptions: Hamid Al Shaeri's track was licensed from SLAM! as the label is still active under the name Sonar. Zohra's "Badala Zamana" from the great Belgian label MTMU, who has reissued this track under license from the producer on 7" format before. As a European label dealing with non-western artists we try to be aware of the responsibilities that derive within the making, regarded from a post-colonial point of view by demanding on ourselves not to reproduce exploitative economic patterns. We split all of the profits from our releases equally with the artists without deducting any costs that are not directly related to the release (e.g. we pay for our research to find an artist as well as all travel costs from our share of the profit). Our agreements are licensed deals with limited terms after which the rights fall back to the artist or the artist's family. The master rights stay with the artists, we just license them. We do not include publishing rights in our deals. We think it is important in today's reissue market, where too many shady business transactions happen, to be transparent about our licensing policies. We are always available for any questions, requests as well as more detailed information.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Douaa - Haditouni
                                                                                                                  2. Magdy El Hussainy - Music De Carneva
                                                                                                                  3. Fadoul - Ahl Jedba
                                                                                                                  4. Sal Davis - Sultan Qaboos Song
                                                                                                                  5. Munir Khauli - Heik Ha Nishtghil
                                                                                                                  6. Ouiness - Zina
                                                                                                                  7. Najib Al Housh - Ya Aen Daly
                                                                                                                  8. Zohra - Badala Zamana
                                                                                                                  9. Ahmed Malek - Casbah
                                                                                                                  10. Aït Meslayene - El Fen
                                                                                                                  11. Hamid El Shaeri - Reet
                                                                                                                  12. Hamid El Shaeri - Tendme
                                                                                                                  13. Tony Benn Feghaly - Free Blow

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  Sounds Of Pamoja

                                                                                                                    Sounds of Pamoja is Nyege Nyege Tapes' latest foray into the world of Tanzania Singeli, the breakneck dance strain that's quickly moved from Dar es Salaam throughout the world. Following "Sounds of Sisso", a compilation that focused mostly on the Tanzanian capital's Sisso Studios, this set highlights recordings from Duke's Pamoja Records. And while its predecessor brought attention to the producers, "Sounds of Pamoja" showcases the wide variety of MC talent under the Pamoja Records umbrella, with production mostly handled by Duke. Tanzania is a country of young people almost half of its population is under 15 years old and singeli is a young genre.

                                                                                                                    Duke started making music when he was 13 years old, and by the time he was 18 he had opened the Pamoja Records studio. He's joined on the compilation by a talented cast of young local talent: 20 year old Pirato MC, 19 year old Dogo Kibo, 20 year old MC Kuke, Dogo Lizzy, MC Dinho, MC Kidene and MCZO, the versatile rapper who accompanied Duke on a selection of global tour dates. The music is fresh and unpredictable, switching beats every few bars and rattling through hyper-local dance styles with jagged, joyful ease. But it's the MCs that push "Sounds of Pamoja '' to the next level, capitalizing on the vitality of Dar es Salaam's musical landscape as they trade bars, switch flows and somehow keep up with Duke's lightning-fast productions. It's breathtakingly unique dance music that recalls the youthful spirit of Detroit techno or footwork, with rapid body movement, social combustion and tongue twisting lyrical one upmanship guiding the rudder.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1 Pigo La Moyo - Dogo Kibo
                                                                                                                    2 Nakupenda - Dogo Lizzy
                                                                                                                    3 Angekuwepo - Dogo Lizzy
                                                                                                                    4 Kamatia Chini - MC Dinho
                                                                                                                    5 Il Jini Song Wapi - MC Kono
                                                                                                                    6 Kwa Ajiri Yao - MC Kuke
                                                                                                                    7 Sherehe - MC Kuke
                                                                                                                    8 Ganja - MC Pilato Ft Mczo
                                                                                                                    9 Mama Ashura - MC Pilato
                                                                                                                    10 Wamenichoma - MC Pilato
                                                                                                                    11 Ushauri Wa Bure - Mczo

                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                    Surf Music Vol. 1

                                                                                                                      Part one of a great series of surf music comps. 

                                                                                                                      Kicking off with Miserlou by the legendary Dick Dale And His Del Tones. Of course you know this one from Pulp Fiction. Put there are other gems here including Peter Gunn by Duane Eddy and tracks by Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Tornadoes and The Frantics.

                                                                                                                      So what are you waiting for? Grab your board and head for the coast!

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Dick Dale And His Del Tones - Miserlou
                                                                                                                      A2. The Chantays - Pipeline
                                                                                                                      A3. Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
                                                                                                                      A4. The Mar-Kets - Surfin'
                                                                                                                      A5. The Scarlets - Stampede
                                                                                                                      A6. Don And The Galaxies - Avalanche
                                                                                                                      A7. The Frantics - The Whip
                                                                                                                      A8. The Frogmen - Underwater
                                                                                                                      A9. The Packabeats - Gypsy Beat
                                                                                                                      B1. The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards
                                                                                                                      B2. The Sentinals - Latin'la
                                                                                                                      B3. The Bel-Airs - Volcanic Action
                                                                                                                      B4. Johnny & The Hurricanes - Sandstorm
                                                                                                                      B5. The Gamblers - Moon Dawg!
                                                                                                                      B6. The Fabulous Playboys - Cheater Stomp
                                                                                                                      B7. The Rhythm Rockers - Get It On
                                                                                                                      B8. Kenny & The Ho-Daddies - Surf Dance
                                                                                                                      B9. The Hunters - Teen Scene 

                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                      Surf Music Vol. 2

                                                                                                                        Volume 2 in this series dives straight in (see what I did there) with the absolute kings surf, The Beach Boys.

                                                                                                                        Also includes (Ghost) Riders In The Sky by Ramrods,, Tomahawk by The Cheyennes and Guitar Boogie Shuffle by the legendary Bert Weedon.

                                                                                                                        Grab your wetsuit (this is England - the sea is freezing!) and head for the breakers!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A1. The Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari
                                                                                                                        A2. The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run
                                                                                                                        A3. The Revels Feat. Barbara Adkins - Church Key
                                                                                                                        A4. The Pharaohs - Dennis The Menace
                                                                                                                        A5. Ramrods - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
                                                                                                                        A6. The Jesters - The Jester Jump
                                                                                                                        A7. The Astronauts - Come Along Baby
                                                                                                                        A8. Bert Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle
                                                                                                                        A9. Santo & Johnny - Sleep Walk
                                                                                                                        B1. The Champs - Lowdown
                                                                                                                        B2. The Fireballs - Vaquero
                                                                                                                        B3. The Cheyennes - Tomahawk
                                                                                                                        B4. Brian Bentley & The Bachelors - Caramba
                                                                                                                        B5. Ray Ethier - President's Walk
                                                                                                                        B6. The Vampires - Clap Trap
                                                                                                                        B7. The Rockets Band - Countdown
                                                                                                                        B8. The Rockin' Rebels - Wild Weekend
                                                                                                                        B9. The Feenades - Theme From Leningrad 

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        Surf Music Vol. 3

                                                                                                                          Rounding of this great series of surf music compilations, (and including the best album cover of the series) Volume 3 includes more gems from LInk Wray & The Wraymen, The Challengers and The Jetstreams to name but a few.

                                                                                                                          Hang five dudes!

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1. The Challengers - Bulldog
                                                                                                                          A2. The Lively Ones - Guitarget
                                                                                                                          A3. Billy Vaughn - Wheels
                                                                                                                          A4. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
                                                                                                                          A5. The Piltdown Men - The Great Imposter
                                                                                                                          A6. Keith Zeller And The Starliners - Yellow Bird
                                                                                                                          A7. The Twisters - Count Down 1-2-3
                                                                                                                          A8. The Atmospheres - The Fickle Chicken
                                                                                                                          A9. Rhet Stoller - Chariot
                                                                                                                          B1. Link Wray & The Wraymen - Rumble
                                                                                                                          B2. Bruce Johnston - Do The Surfer Stomp Pt. 2
                                                                                                                          B3. The Jetstreams - Bongo Rock
                                                                                                                          B4. Nero & The Gladiators - Entry Of The Gladiators
                                                                                                                          B5. The Surfmen - El Toro
                                                                                                                          B6. Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
                                                                                                                          B7. The Rockin' R's - Nameless
                                                                                                                          B8. Jan Davis - Sabre Dance
                                                                                                                          B9. The Wailers – Shanghaied 

                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                          Under The Influence Vol. 9 Compiled By Alena Arpels

                                                                                                                          Z Under The Influence series continues. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P, Faze Action, Winston and Woody Bianchi (all of which are highly collectable), it’s now the turn of one of the scene’s most impressive collectors; the London-based DJ and dancer: Alena Arpels.

                                                                                                                          Originally pressed on vinyl in very small quantities, these 19 records were issued between 1970 - 1983. Many of the tracks included in this compilation were never commercially released but given away by the artists to family and friends instead. There are no genre boundaries so expect to hear funk, soul, disco, boogie and jazz funk. What is common, however, is talent, groove, drive and passion.

                                                                                                                          Collecting rare records and DJing for over 15 years, she’s also been a regular DJ and dancer at soul, boogie, house and UK jazz dance parties. Alena is a frequent guest at European soul weekenders. She was lucky to grow up listening to her parents’ ever-expanding record collection (lots of classical music, 70s prog rock, and jazz). King Crimson, Genesis, Black Sabbath, Chic, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, George Gershwin, as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff, all had strong influences on her.

                                                                                                                          As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.


                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                          Matt says: An imperative series for collectors of rare groove, boogie and disco music, volume 9 adds a nice twist from Alena Arpels who may we have contributed the rarest tracks yet to the series.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                                                          1. Spellboun' - Dance Your Blues (part II)
                                                                                                                          2. EKG - Give Me Love
                                                                                                                          3. Eugene Blacknell - Holding On
                                                                                                                          4. MVP Cloudburst - Specialty Item
                                                                                                                          5. Pleze - Disco 2000
                                                                                                                          6. Jeff Burns - Flashback
                                                                                                                          7. La Voyage - All Nite Affair
                                                                                                                          8. Executive Jam - I'm Into Your Love
                                                                                                                          9. Fire Water - Twilight
                                                                                                                          10. Frederick - Move On
                                                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                                                          1. McNasty - Say, Raise Your Hand & Say McNasty
                                                                                                                          2. Basic Sounds Of Pittsburgh - Down Beat (Gimme Some Chitt'lins)
                                                                                                                          3. Chash Money - Seeking
                                                                                                                          4. Body Heat - Forget Yourself
                                                                                                                          5. Horizon - Give It Up
                                                                                                                          6. Rideout - Spend Some Time With Me
                                                                                                                          7. Jackson-Lee - Space Ghost (part I & II)
                                                                                                                          8. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
                                                                                                                          9. Reflections - Reflex

                                                                                                                          Compiled by Norm Talley and featuring some Detroit and Chicago heavyweights

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1. Jon Dixon - Riverside
                                                                                                                          A2. Darrin Abrams - Detroit Ur My Star
                                                                                                                          B1. Rick Wade - Terrific D
                                                                                                                          B2. Mike Clark - In My Arms
                                                                                                                          C1. Kai Alce - Morning
                                                                                                                          C2. Kyle Hall - Pico
                                                                                                                          D1. Eddie Fowlkes - Hold Me Down
                                                                                                                          D2. Santonio - Echols Visionary 


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