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WEEK STARTING 5 Aug

Akae Beka's inimitable style of rich, deep, multi-layered songwriting, uncompromising devotion to RasTafari and soulful healing melodies developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings. At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known.

The stellar production trinity that is Zion I Kings have been involved collectively and individually in creating some of the most highly regarded contributions to the vast Akae Beka catalogue. Ride Tru, originally released digitally and on CD in 2014, stood every chance disappearing into the all eclipsing shadow of the LP released by them earlier that year, Beauty for Ashes, which had been named by iTunes as the reggae album of the year. A monumental achievement for undiluted, uncompromising RasTafari roots reggae music this side of the millennium. So needless to say, the bar was high and Vaughn Benjamin and Zion I Kings must have known that, as they managed to raise it higher again.

Ride Tru continues in the same form, rootsy, soulful, refreshingly polished and authentically raw, the threads of anciency that any devout reggae lover will be looking for and the threads of modernity that keep it alive and appealing in the modern day. A uniquely regal tapestry that has become synonymous with music created from the unity of Zion I Kings and Vaughn Benjamin

Following 8 years of anxious anticipation, for the countless Akae Beka fans that are also vinyl connoisseurs, this LP is now being released on as a 12" vinyl LP courtesy of Before Zero Records. This offers the listener not only the chance to enjoy this LP in an analogue form, but also the chance to hold the artwork as a 12" square masterpiece, created by the hands of Ras Marcus, the artist who gave the powerful visual presence that became synonymous to much of the I Grade / Akae Beka works over the years.

TRACK LISTING

1. Calm The Day
2. To Them
3. To Ge Da
4. Credited
5. Conquering Lion
6. Voices Of The Remnancy
7. Arise Again
8. Worry Free
9. How I'll Carry On
10. Ride Tru

Belief (Stella Mozgawa & Boom Bip)

Belief

    With a back catalogue at Lex Records that spans half a dozen studio LPs as Boom Bip, plus another two as one half of electronic pop duo Neon Neon, Bryan Hollon has already made a name for himself as a Mercury prize-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist. Equally impressive are the credits to Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa’s name; she’s contributed percussion to albums by Kurt Vile, Cate le Bon, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, and Kim Gordon, among others. But as improvisational techno duo Belief, the pair make music that harkens back to ‘90s acts like LFO and 808 State – artists that indelibly, but near-anonymously, altered club and rave culture, mostly identifiable by clean, bold logos on 12” sleeves. “They didn’t have much of an image – you didn’t really know what the guys looked like, it didn’t matter at all,” says Hollon. “Their logos kind of define them.”

    Hollon met Mozgawa just after she joined Warpaint, when Boom Bip shared a rehearsal space in Echo Park with the band. The two quickly bonded over a love of early Warp Records, drum breaks, acid house, and Y2K-era rave flyers. They swapped playlists and ideas when Mozgawa played drums for Neon Neon’s 2013 West Coast tour, but due to busy schedules, it would be another three years before they packed every piece of gear they collectively owned into Eric Wareheim’s Absolutely Studios for an initial jam session. “The actual rat’s nest of midi cables was so overwhelming and intense. But for some reason when we just started jamming, it just felt like we intuitively knew how to make something sound the way that both of us wanted it to sound,” says Mozgawa. “We had a kind of mutual taste or something. It just came so easily once there was another mind there.”

    Instinctively playing to each other’s strengths and whims – and recording the session to build on later – allowed Mozgawa to explore a style of music she’d long considered a dark art, and pushed Hollon, known for his meticulous planning in previous work, to be more spontaneous. “There is a looseness and jam quality to it that my other music doesn’t have. We have hours of improvised sessions, which is something I always wanted to do but never took the time in my solo work nor have I ever trusted anyone as much as Stella in knowing exactly what to do and when to do it,” Hollon says. “We connect on another level that you can only tap into when improvising.” They found pockets of time to revisit the project over the next four years, even playing some early shows where they billed themselves as ‘Beef’ – a comedic wink to the project’s pulsating minimalism.

    While it was all in good fun, more reverent threads began to emerge as they began finalizing and recording headier, more enigmatic tracks. “As the music started developing, it was a bit more soulful and deep,” Hollon says. “There was always that little bit of a religious element in early rave culture… it gave us a bit of a box to work within.”

    When they’d hit on something during a performance, they’d make a note to record it; samples they’d used as placeholders were reworked with the duo’s personal touches; Mozgawa tapped bandmate Emily Kokal to record some vocal textures during Warpaint studio time; Hollon chopped, looped and arranged the jungle breaks Mozgawa had recorded from memory; and finally, the two returned to a mostly complete album during pandemic down time to flesh out and warm up some of the cooler machine-like tones, an invaluable final step.

    “The house-y acid-y stuff works really well in the live setting but when it came to recording the stuff, some of it just didn’t feel as warm or as whole as it should, to represent Stella and I,” says Hollon. “We were able to go back and inject a lot of personality into the music, so I’m really happy that we didn’t rush it and spent more time digging a little bit deeper into the songs.”
    “We were also very aware of not overcooking it,” adds Mozgawa. “It’s such a delicate balance.”

    Though governed by the central question – What Would Mark Bell Do? – Belief were careful not to create anything too derivative. “It’s something that really does come up a lot when we’re making decisions in the studio. We felt a kindred connection with one another over that music,” says Mozgawa. “It’s definitely a record that we made with our own influences and capabilities but there’s still this prevalent thread of wanting to add to that conversation in the musical universe, like making a contribution to that out of reverence to what came before.” Born out of an oddly divine foresight the duo share, Belief pays homage to the pioneers of techno, the synergy of two devout tastemakers building a shrine to inner peace and outward pleasure.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. I Want To Be
    2. Anx
    3. Bayo
    4. Luther
    5. Dreams
    Side B
    1. Nebo
    2. WOT
    3. Ulu
    4. Jung
    5. Art Of Love

    Benjamin Berton

    Dreamworld - The Fabulous Life Of Dan Treacy & His Band The Television Personalities

      Enriched with plenty of scene and period colour from British pop from the 1960s to the present, "Dreamworld" tells of all the ups and downs of a legend who once ironically (but quite rightly) described himself in an interview as the "Godfather of Indie Pop".

      Black Bones

      Nairobi Night Train / FAD

      Shamanically leaning late night tribalism here from Black Bones with a unique take on afro, techno and post punk which puts the production duo firmly in the covenstead of Hoga Nord. This is their first 7" on the label but with the diecast sonic voodoo they're demonstrating here, I doubt it'll be there last display!

      Black Bones use familiar components in surprising ways: electronics and loops swirl over sequenced pounding backbeats, but when the aggressive stereo bass kicks in on “Nairobi Night Train”, Kenya’s border stretches all the way up to the British Isles and a huge savannah opens its horizons just south of Belfast.

      This is an alluring mix of European and African music tradition - harness by electronic wizardy and wrapped in a magic that'll tempt everyone into the dance! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Höga Nord Rekords continue to provide the aural spells for the witch's coven. Broomsticking into datura realms of sound and space. Only for the spiritually strong!

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Nairobi Night Train
      B. F.A.D

      Long-established house talent Bontan makes a much-anticipated return to Hot Creations. Gifting us with the two-track "Gold Teeth", it showcases the UK-native at his best - tribal, big room house music with a forward focused sensibility.

      Shamanic-like drums create a hypnotic vibe right from the word go, as we’re graced with echoing chants and sharp vox on "Gold Teeth". There’s an air of tribalism throughout via shimmering maracas and rhythmic hi-hats, before "Heart Shaped Leaf" takes on a techy edge. Cow bell percussion undulates beneath a low-slung bassline whilst spacey lyrics repeat nearby, forming a peak-time, club-ready cut that's clean, infectious and mesmerizing.

      Quality double header from this rising talent. Recommended.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: First Hot Creations we've had for a while but I couldn't let the new tribal rampage of "Gold Teeth" go unexplored. The sound of late nights in Tisno; these are the joints that rock the beach stage at Love International till the early hours.

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Gold Teeth
      B. Heart Shaped Leaf

      David Bowie

      1. Outside (The Nathan Adler Diaries: A Hyper Cycle) - 2022 Reissue

        The twentieth album by David Bowie, originally released in 1995. The album saw Bowie hook up with producer Brian Eno once again, creating a diverse and experimental album incorporating art rock, jazz, ambient, industrial and electronica. Inspired by Twin Peaks as well as outsider art and artists, the album has a concept following detective Nathan Adler's murder investigation in world where art crimes and concept muggings happen.

        TRACK LISTING

        Leon Takes Us Outside
        Outside
        The Hearts Filthy Lesson
        A Small Plot Of Land
        Baby Grace (A Horrid Cassette)" (segue)
        Hallo Spaceboy
        The Motel
        I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
        No Control
        Algeria Touchshriek (segue)
        The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)
        Ramona A. Stone/I Am With Name (segue)
        Wishful Beginnings
        We Prick You
        Nathan Adler (segue)
        I'm Deranged
        Thru' These Architects Eyes
        Nathan Adler (segue)
        Strangers When We Meet

        David Bowie

        Black Tie White Noise - 2022 Reissue

          "Black Tie White Noise" can now be seen as the album that helped David Bowie rediscover the inspiration of his earlier career and redefine his future one. After the abortive mismatch that was the Tin Machine this 1993 album was a breath of sophisticated, white-soul funk. Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bowie's co conspirator /partner in crime Reeves Gabrels gave an urgency and focus to the recording sessions and Bowie rose to the occassion by producing some of his best music of the 90s.

          TRACK LISTING

          The Wedding
          You've Been Around
          I Feel Free
          Black Tie White Noise (featuring Al B. Sure!)
          Jump They Say
          Nite Flights
          Pallas Athena
          Miracle Goodnight
          Don't Let Me Down & Down
          Looking For Lester
          I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
          The Wedding Song

          David Bowie

          Earthling - 2022 Reissue

            'Earthling' was the 20th studio album by David Bowie, released in February 1997. The album showcases an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum & bass culture of the 1990s like Prodigy and Underworld. This was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974. Recorded in just two and a half weeks right after returning from the 'Outside'  tour, the album is a snapshot of what Bowie was going through musically at the time. Making extensive use of sampling their own material on high BPMs, the album was the first Bowie album to be recorded digitally.

            TRACK LISTING

            Little Wonder
            Looking For Satellites
            Battle For Britain (The Letter)
            Seven Years In Tibet
            Dead Man Walking
            Telling Lies
            The Last Thing You Should Do
            I'm Afraid Of Americans
            Law (Earthlings On Fire)

            David Bowie

            Hours… - 2022 Reissue

              ‘Hours...’ is the 21st studio album by David Bowie, released in 1999. It was the first complete album by a major artist available to download over the Internet, preceding the physical release by two weeks.

              A lot of the material that ended up on ‘Hours...’ was originally used, in alternate versions, for the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul, which also featured two characters based on Bowie, as well as one on his wife Iman, one on ‘Hours...’ collaborator Reeves Gabrels, and one on bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

              TRACK LISTING

              Thursday's Child
              Something In The Air
              Survive
              If I'm Dreaming My Life
              Seven
              What's Really Happening?
              The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell
              New Angels Of Promise
              Brilliant Adventure
              The Dreamers

              David Bowie

              The Buddha Of Suburbia - 2022 Reissue

                David Bowie's full-album soundtrack loosely related to a BBC TV serialisation of Hanif Kureishi's novel 'The Buddha of Suburbia' has always been one of the hidden gems of his vast and celebrated back catalogue. While only the title track actually made it into the series, the finished album was a smorgasbord of jazz, ambient and experimental influences incorporated into a wider pop and rock aesthetic.

                TRACK LISTING

                Buddha Of Suburbia
                Sex And The Church
                South Horizon
                The Mysteries
                Bleed Like A Craze, Dad
                Strangers When We Meet
                Dead Against It
                Untitled No. 1
                Ian Fish, U.K. Heir
                Buddha Of Suburbia (featuring Lenny Kravitz On Guitar)

                David Bowie

                Toy - 2022 Reissue

                  'Toy' is a posthumously released album from David Bowie. Recorded in mid-2000 in New York with members of his touring band, with a mixture of new and unreleased old material rehearsed quickly for the purposes of what would have been a surprise album, it was shelved by Virgin/EMI, an act leading to Bowie's departure from the label.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  I Dig Everything
                  You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
                  The London Boys
                  Karma Man
                  Conversation Piece
                  Shadow Man
                  Let Me Sleep Beside You
                  Hole In The Ground
                  Baby Loves That Way
                  Can't Help Thinking About Me
                  Silly Boy Blue
                  Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 

                  Breathless

                  See Those Colours Fly

                    The songs of See Those Colours Fly possess a hallucinogenic and dreamlike quality - coloured by ineffable magic but always guided by hooks. The album is firmly in the grand tradition of Breathless music - epic, ethereal, otherworldly - The result is perhaps the most perfectly distilled album of the group's career. Mixed by Kramer.

                    "When Dominic Appleton sang on 4AD's This Mortal Coil projects, his regal voice was arguably the most admired of that era..." UNCUT ****

                    Born in Arrow Rock, Missouri Van Buren started sharing his love of blues and jazz with the public in 1956. Originally a drummer, he spent many years on the road with such legends as T. Bone Walker and Lou Rawls. In the early 1980s Van Buren founded his own JVB record label on which he released a couple of records and later CDs.

                    These two tracks are definitely the most obscure of his discography. With its positive and uplifting vibes it will certainly put a smile on the face of all our listeners and Tramp fans too.

                    Side A contains the vocal version of "Bronco Queen" which has already been featured on the 3rd volume of our "Can You Feel It" compilation album. Side B contains the equally great Part 2 which justifies alone this re-release.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: Unmissable reissue of this painfully obscure, progressive jazz-funk-rock number from Van Buren. Just wait for that instrumental section on Pt.2 - mindblowing!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Bronco Queen, Pt.1
                    2. Bronco Queen, Pt.2

                    Chouk Bwa & The Angströmers

                    Ayiti Kongo Dub

                      Preceding the release of a new album next year, we’re pleased to announce two ‘Ayiti Kongo Dub’ EPs by Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers. Following on from 2020s acclaimed album Vodou Ale, Chouk Bwa turn up the heat for this exhilarating trip into their bush of ghosts by introducing a new stripped down line-up to fire up the dance floor, based exclusively on the drums and rhythms of the Haitian kongo rite and deep electronic dub expansions by their trusted Belgian counterparts The Ångströmers.

                      Compared to the Vodou Alé album, 'Ayiti Kongo Dub' marks a change of direction. By developing the dimension of trance rather than elaborate structures, the music now aims itself at the dance floor. The kongo style with its Mambo, Anmin and Kongo Payèt rhythms, played with two drums and based on a pulse that is not subject to a measure, lends itself very well to linear developments, with the

                      constant and heady cue of the fè (literally a piece of iron) hammered out by the solo singer. Developed on the basis of ceremonial pieces, not originally intended for any form of performance, the repertoire includes a significant amount of improvisation characteristic of Kongo drumming. In their production, The Ångströmers have taken to heart to respect this sense of freedom by performing a large part of their interventions in an improvised manner. The beat is almost subliminal at the beginning and gradually made more explicit by electronic intervention. Deep bass, reverbs and delays inspired by Dub: this is music for clubs and sound systems of endless nights.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Agwetaroyo
                      B1. Similòm
                      B2. Vini Wè M

                      John Coltrane

                      A Love Supreme - 2022 Reissue

                        Easily one of the most important records ever made, this was Coltrane's pinnacle studio outing that spoke of his search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through polyrhythms, modalities, and purely vertical forms. Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, it became an instant best-seller and received a Grammy nomination. It remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and in 2021 was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million albums in the U.S. The achievement garners Coltrane his first-ever platinum record and is the first jazz album of the 1960s to receive platinum status, underscoring its enduring legacy and importance.

                        John Coltrane

                        Ballads - 2022 Reissue

                          Ballads is a special Coltrane masterpiece and consistent best-seller, recorded in December 1961 with Coltrane’s classic quartet—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones—. When asked why such an undertaking, Coltrane replied, "variety." The recording captures the famed John Coltrane Quartet in a performance of timeless ballads. Coltrane was one of jazz's greatest ballad players, and his lyrical gifts are in sharp relief here.

                          John Coltrane

                          Coltrane - 2022 Reissue

                            Initially overlooked in the music press, on its original 1962 release largely due to uninformed musical criticism of Coltrane’s performances with fellow saxophonist Eric Dolphy at the Village Vanguard the previous year, Coltrane’s eponymous album has since come to be known as a piece of art as definitive as he ever produced. Personnel: John Coltrane, tenor sax; Elvin Jones, drums; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass.

                            Dälek

                            Precipice

                              Dälek, “the subversive indie hip-hop outfit” (Pitchfork),present their eighth album, ‘Precipice’, via Ipecac Recordings, now available to independent retailers on gold vinyl. Forged in the fires of the East Coast underground music scene of the late ‘90s, experimental hip-hop pioneers Dälek have spent the past two decades carving out a unique niche fusing hardcore hip-hop, noise and a radical approach to sound. Their brutal sonic temperament pushes rap music’s capacity for noise and protest to exhilarating conclusion.

                              Following in the footsteps of Public Enemy while drawing influences from My Bloody Valentine and Faust, Dälek have succeeded in adding completely new textural and structural dimensions to rap music. Predominantly the work of Brooks and Manteca (aka Mike Mare), ‘Precipice’ was recorded and mixed by the two band members at their Dead verse Studios in Dälek’s hometown of Union City, N.J. Tool’s Adam Jones guests (guitar / synth) on ‘A Heretic’s Inheritance’. The band have supported Tool on tour previously.

                              The album’s cover was created by Paul Romano(Mastodon, Withered) with interior packaging featuring the art of Afrofuturist painter, Mikel Elam. The band have toured with and supported a wide range of acts in the hip-hop, rock, metal and experimental genres, including KRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, De La Soul, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon and Fantomas, among many others.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Lest We Forget
                              2. Boycott
                              3. Decimation (Dis Nation)
                              4. Good
                              5. Holistic
                              6. The Harbingers
                              7. Devotion (when I Cry The Wind Disappears)
                              8. A Heretic’s Inheritance
                              9. Precipice
                              10. Incite

                              Make A Dance change things up for their third release, ushing in rising Yorkshire post-punk outfit Deadletter to collaborate.

                              "Line The Cows" is a kinda wobbly, post-punk reggae-disco jam. Like Yard Act meets ESG and Jah Wobble with lyrical direction from John Cooper Clarke. A skeletal drum machine groove supporting winding bass and Zac's deadpan, well pronounced vox cutting through like a knife and providing some clever and insightful phrases. The second track is a recording of the band doing a full live take in London’s Pony Studios showcasing just how tight this 6 piece band are.

                              On the flip Make A Dance get to work with the remix package with broken beats and arpeggiated baselines, turning the track into a dark twisted monster fit for a 4am bass bin workout.


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Make A Dance present rising Yorkshire firm Deadletter. The OG should appeal to fans of Yard Act and ESG whilst MAD are on hand with two wobbly, electrified disco-not-disco jams. Killer!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Line The Cows
                              A2. Line The Cows (Live At Pony Studios)
                              B1: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Remix)
                              B2: Line The Cows (Make A Dance Dub)

                              C Duncan

                              Alluvium

                                ‘Alluvium’ is the fourth album from C Duncan, Glasgow’s classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, released through Bella Union. After the haunting raptures of Architect (2015), the Twilight Zone-inspired reveries of The Midnight Sun (2016) and the richly melodic Health (2019), Alluvium is a sublime palate-refresher for Duncan (C for Christopher), brimming with revitalised fluency: a warming dispatch from the daylight zone, if you like.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Air
                                Heaven
                                We Have A Lifetime
                                Bell Toll
                                Lullaby
                                Torso
                                Pretending
                                You Don’t Come Around
                                I Tried
                                Sad Dreams
                                Alluvium
                                Earth
                                The Wedding Song
                                Upon The Table

                                E. Live

                                Boogie For Life

                                  Star Creature Legend E. Live going hard with his first solo full length. The king of the futuristic modern boogie sound delivering 6 cuts that dive deep into a funky transgenre orbital amalgamation of space funk, boogie, jazz-funk, chill wave, deep house & Brazilian booty shakers... E. Live managed to fit it all cohesively into one highly anticipated EP featuring the classic E. Live tropical shimmer - perfect for cruisin' around L.A in a soft top at 4:20PM.

                                  Repressed for 2022 - highly recommended! 


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Boogie For Life
                                  A2. Sunny Side Up
                                  A3. Shimmering Waters
                                  B1. Rollin' Steady
                                  B2. Case Of The Shakes
                                  B3. Brazao

                                  Ensemble Intercontemporain

                                  Steve Reich: Reich/Richter

                                    Nonesuch Records releases the first recording of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter, performed by Ensemble intercontemporain and conducted by George Jackson. The composition was originally written to be performed with German visual artist Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz’s film Moving Picture (946-3).

                                    Reich describes Richter’s book Patterns, which served as source material for the film: “It starts with one of his abstract paintings from the ’90s. He scanned a photo of the painting into a computer and then cut the scan in half and took each half, cut that in half and two of the four quarters he reversed into mirror images. He then repeated this process of ‘divide, mirror, repeat’ from half to quarter, eighth, sixteenth, thirty-second, all the way up to 4096th. The net effect is to go from an abstract painting to a series of gradually smaller anthropomorphic ‘creatures’ (since the mirroring produces bilateral symmetry) to still smaller very fine stripes.

                                    “Belz described the film in terms of ‘pixels’. It begins with two-‘pixel’ stripes and the music begins with a two-sixteenth note oscillating pattern. When the film moves to four ‘pixels’, the music moves to a four-sixteenth note pattern, then to eight, and sixteen,” the composer continues. “After that, I began introducing longer note values – initially eighth notes, and later to quarter notes. By the middle of the film, when the images move from 512 to 1064 pixels, the music really slows to dotted half notes. Finally, as the ‘pixel’ count begins to diminish, the music moves back into more rapid eighths and then ending with the most intense rapid sixteenth movement.”

                                    After more than one hundred performances of Reich/Richter at The Shed in New York in 2019, it was performed in London at the Barbican by the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Colin Currie and then in Paris at the Philharmonie, where this recording was made. The Austrian ensemble Windkraft Tirol, led by Kasper de Roo, will perform Reich/Richter on September 8 at Szentrum, Silbersaal in Schwaz, and the LA Phil New Music Group, led by Brad Lubman, performs the piece, accompanied by Richter and Belz’s film, at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on April 1, 2023.

                                    Nonesuch has recorded every new piece of music by Steve Reich since 1985, beginning with The Desert Music and continuing through 2018’s Pulse/Quartet, resulting in twenty-two albums and the two box sets Phases in 2006 and Works: 1965-1995 in 1997. The label will put out a collection of his complete works in 2023.

                                    Reich released a book last month, Conversations, that includes dialogues with past collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists who have been influenced by his work, including: David Lang, Brian Eno, Richard Serra, Michael Gordon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Russell Hartenberger, Robert Hurwitz, Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, David Harrington, Elizabeth Lim-Dutton, David Robertson, Micaela Haslam, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Julia Wolfe, Nico Muhly, Beryl Korot, Colin Currie, and Brad Lubman. Booklist said in its review, ‘Iconoclastic American composer Steve Reich is singular in his own right, and when he is in conversation with other equally iconoclastic composers, conductors, sculptors, musicians, percussionists, and video artists, sparks not only fly, they sparkle. Reich and his colleagues conduct lovely give-and-takes during which they share stories, creative approaches, and viewpoints. Reich's Conversations is the best kind of eavesdropping.’

                                    Steve Reich has been called ‘America’s greatest living composer’ (Village Voice), ‘the most original musical thinker of our time’ (New Yorker), and ‘among the great composers of the century’ (New York Times). His music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. Music for 18 Musicians and Different Trains have earned him two Grammy Awards, and in 2009, his Double Sextet won the Pulitzer Prize. Reich’s documentary video opera works – The Cave and Three Tales, done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot – have been performed on four continents. His recent work Quartet, for percussionist Colin Currie, sold out two consecutive concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London shortly after tens of thousands at the Glastonbury Festival heard Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) perform Electric Counterpoint followed by the London Sinfonietta performing his Music for 18 Musicians.

                                    In 2012, Reich was awarded the Gold Medal in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has additionally received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, the BBVA Award in Madrid, and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. He has been named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Royal College of Music in London, The Juilliard School, and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, among others. ‘There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them’, states the Guardian.

                                    Pierre Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976 with the support of Michel Guy (who was France’s Minister of Culture at the time) and the collaboration of Nicholas Snowman. The Ensemble’s thirty-one soloists share a passion for twentieth and twenty-first century music. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher, the musicians work in close collaboration with composers, exploring instrumental techniques and developing projects that interweave music, dance, theater, film, video and visual arts. In collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), the Ensemble intercontemporain is also active in the field of synthetic sound generation. New pieces are commissioned and performed on a regular basis. Resident of the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, the Ensemble performs and records in France and abroad, taking part in major festivals worldwide.

                                    George Jackson, winner of the 2015 Aspen Conducting Prize, came to attention after stepping in at short notice with Orchestre de Paris, where he stepped in for Daniel Harding. Recent highlights include leading Ensemble intercontemporain at Festival Romaeuropa, the Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg, and Festival D’Automne in Paris, as well as conducting the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Opéra de Rouen and the world premiere of Tscho Theissing’s Genia with Theater an der Wien. His varied operatic experience includes performances at Opera North, Hamburg State Opera and Opera Holland Park, as well as conducting a new production of Hänsel und Gretel at Grange Park Opera.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Reich/Richter: Opening
                                    Reich/Richter: Patterns & Scales
                                    Reich/Richter: Cross Fades
                                    Reich/Richter: Ending

                                    Fast Eddie

                                    Shake A Tail Feather

                                      Collection of the lost recordings of Fast Eddie, one of the most exciting live bands of the early 1980s Rhythm ‘n’ Soul-fuelled Mod Revival.

                                      From Billericay, the band followed in the wake of Thames Delta Blues pioneers Dr. Feelgood, originally playing raw, authentic R&B before expanding their sound to incorporate club soul and a broader palette of influences and sounds.

                                      Originally produced and managed by legendary label man and broadcaster Eddie Piller, founder of Acid Jazz, who released their first single on his first own Well Suspect marque in 1982.

                                      An exciting collection of Mod-Revival-era tunes, and an important document of the wider Mod Revival and Acid Jazz Records story.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Shake A Tail Feather
                                      I Don’t Need No Doctor
                                      Sugar Coated Love
                                      Sweet Sensation
                                      Turn On Your Love Light
                                      Vicinity
                                      My Babe
                                      Ninety-Nine & A Half
                                      Out Of Sight
                                      Fever
                                      Keep Your Hands Off It
                                      Teenie Bit Of Your Love *
                                      Barefootin’
                                      Hit The Road Jack
                                      36-22-36
                                      Homework
                                      Treat Her Right *
                                      Land Of 1000 Dances *
                                      Little Suzy (Instrumental) *
                                      Help Me *
                                      * = CD Only Track

                                      Ferris & Sylvester

                                      Superhuman

                                        Ferris & Sylvester release their debut album ‘Superhuman’, a body of work highlighting the very best of the duo’s timeless songwriting. The twelve track album holds ten never before heard songs and takes the listener on a journey through the duo’s world where genres intertwine and emotions are stripped down to the core.

                                        The album was recorded at Bear Creek Studios, Seattle USA with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, The Strokes) and at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall UK with producer Michael Rendall (Pink Floyd, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Youth). Combining influences from Folk, Blues and Americana music from both sides of the Atlantic, the duo’s debut sits in a new and distinct territory.

                                        A note from the duo: ‘This record is a story that unravels all that we have come to know and understand about being human. The messy parts which we all share and experience, though often we keep them safe behind our armour. Heartache, rage, hunger, jealousy, disillusion, confusion, loneliness. Also, the wonderful parts, the things that shape us. Self-knowledge, friendship, love, understanding, sacrifice. These are what make us human and this is what has shaped our record. We kept these songs close to us in the hope that when we released our first album, we could share the experience with the people who have honoured and supported our music from the beginning. In the flesh. It is as much yours as it is ours. Our hope is this: you will feel connected, inspired maybe even empowered by our writing and will go forward with a new sense of courage and self-belief.’

                                        Since meeting as solo musicians a few years ago at the London Blues joint Spiritual Bar, F&S have released a collection of singles and EPs, a lot of which they recorded in their South London flat. Their raw and honest songwriting about their life together brought praise across BBC Radio 1, 2, 4 and 6, earned them a place in Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 10 Americana Acts You Need To Know’ and saw them climb to number 14 on Spotify’s UK Viral chart. Their EPs ‘Made In Streatham’ and ‘I Should Be On A Train’ have racked up over 10 million streams on Spotify and their singles have been synced across British TV, most notably for BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon.

                                        During their relatively short pre-Covid existence, their music took them around the world, playing over a hundred shows every year including Isle of Wight, Sziget, Americanafest and BST in Hyde Park. They have shared the stage with the likes of Robert Plant, George Ezra, Jade Bird and James Morrison, winning over audiences and building a loyal and mighty fanbase. The pair sold out two nights at London Omeara on their last tour and are in the middle of a run of UK dates ending at London’s Lafayette on 21st November, promoted by Live Nation and Kilimanjaro. They’ve been championed by BBC Introducing and have played their stage at SXSW, Wilderness and Glastonbury as well as their very own live session at Maida Vale Studios. Last year, they won the Emerging Artist Award at The UK Americana Awards, earned a spot on BBC Introducing’s ‘Best of 2020 list’ and signed their first publishing deal with Sentric Music.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Superhuman
                                        2. Golden
                                        3. Flying Visit
                                        4. Sickness
                                        5. Party’s Over
                                        6. This Is How My Voice Sounds
                                        7. Thunder Love
                                        8. Breadwinner
                                        9. Vices
                                        10. Demons
                                        11. Darkness I Feel
                                        12. Special

                                        Craig Finn

                                        A Legacy Of Rentals

                                          Best known as the singer of the Hold Steady, Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer, songwriter, and guitarist based out of New York City. Combining literary influences like Jack Kerouac and John Berryman with the musical influences of Bruce Springsteen and fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg, Finn's highly descriptive lyrical style has a strong focus on narrative, crafting whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within.

                                          'A Legacy of Rental's', the 6th solo record from Finn, was produced by Josh Kaufman and recorded by D. James Goodwin at The Clubhouse recording studio. Compared to past solo releases, this new collection was recorded with the help of a 14-piece string section including violins, violas and cellos, instead of the usually horn-heavy sounds that Craig and The Hold Steady are known for. The themes of the record explore memory -- how we remember our loved ones, the places in our lives that have changed, and recent events that are part of our pasts.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Messing With The Settings
                                          2. The Amarillo Kid
                                          3. Birthdays
                                          4. The Year We Fell Behind
                                          5. Due To Depart
                                          6. Curtis & Shepard
                                          7. Never Any Horses
                                          8. Jessamine
                                          9. A Break From The Barrage
                                          10. This Is What It Looks Like

                                          Charlie Gabriel

                                          '89

                                            “I’ve been playing since I was 11 years old,” says Charlie Gabriel, the most senior member of the legendary Preservation Hall Band, “I never did anything in my life but play music. I’ve been blessed with that gift that God gave me, and I’ve tried to nurse it the best way I knew how.” While he’s faced plenty of challenges nursing that gift for more than 78 years, none likely rank with last winter’s passing of his brother and last living sibling, Leonard, lost to COVID-19. For the first time ever, Gabriel put down his horn, filling his days and weeks instead with dark reflection, a stubborn despondency broken now and then by regular chess matches in the studio kitchen of Hall leader Ben Jaffe, working overtime to bring his friend some light. One such afternoon also included Joshua Starkman, sitting off in a corner playing his guitar and half-watching the chess from a distance. When Charlie returned the next day, he brought his saxophone. “I was just inspired to try it, to play again. It had been a long time, and a guitar makes me feel free. I do love the sound of a piano, but it takes up a lot of a space, keeps me kind of boxed in.”

                                            That day was to be the first session for 89, almost entirely the work of Gabriel, Jaffe and Starkman, recorded mostly right there, in the kitchen, by Matt Aguiluz. Charlie Gabriel’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band then included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader.

                                            Since 2006, Gabriel has been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, featuring prominently on That’s It, So It Is, and Tuba to Cuba. 89 was different, and not simply due to a smaller ensemble. “We had no particular plan, or any particular insight on what we were gonna do. But we were enjoying what we were doing, jamming, having a musical conversation,” Charlie says, further musing, “Musical conversations cancel out complications.” 89 includes six standards and three newer pieces on which Gabriel is a writer: “Yellow Moon,” “The Darker It Gets” and “I Get Jealous.” The record also marks Charlie’s return to his first instrument, clarinet, on many of the tracks. “The clarinet is the mother of the saxophone,” he says. “I started playing clarinet early in life, and this [taught me] the saxophone.”

                                            Finally, 89 includes three tracks of Charlie singing. “I always sung, but it wasn’t my forte to become a singer,” he says. “The truth is, people often develop a real relationship with a song once they hear the words. Sometimes I enjoy singing them.”

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Memories Of You
                                            Chelsea Bridge
                                            I'm Confessin'
                                            The Darker It Gets
                                            Stardust
                                            Three Little Words
                                            Yellow Moon
                                            I Get Jealous

                                            Marvin Gaye

                                            What's Going On - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                              This is the EU version and not the U.S Kevin Grey release…..although the source audio from the EU version is from Kevin Grey’s master, but cut on a different lacquer.

                                              Motown’s “Prince Of Soul,” Marvin Gaye, was already a hit artist for nearly a decade when, in 1971, he reached new heights with his album What's Going On. An immediate landmark recording, it was the first of Gaye's albums to break the top ten of Billboard’s Top LPs, and quickly became Motown's best-selling record. To this day, What's Going On is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time, earning the number one spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.”

                                              In celebration of this groundbreaking album while also marking the 50th anniversary of the title song’s release as a single, UMe will be issuing collections that honor the depth of Gaye's album.

                                              First, Motown/UMe has consolidated several What’s Going On-related releases into one new digital collection, What’s Going On: Deluxe Edition/50th Anniversary This includes the original album, plus 12 bonus tracks featuring each of the LP’s original mono single versions and their B-sides, two of which are different takes – “God Is Love” and “Sad Tomorrows,” an earlier version of “Flying High (in the Friendly Sky)” – while the pre-album single version of “What’s Going On” has no “party” intro and a false fade. Also included is the title song’s earliest mix, initially made as a reference for Motown’s in-house quality control department before horns and strings were added; a dramatic instrumental mix; a “Coffeehouse Mix” by Grammy-winning engineer Russ Elevado that emphasizes the track’s previously buried acoustic guitar, originally available on a Record Store Day exclusive 10” EP for the album’s 45th anniversary in 2016. Also included from that same 2016 release is a “What’s Going On” duet with Motown artist B.J. the Chicago Kid. Other tracks are an early working version of “Symphony,” written by Marvin with Smokey Robinson, in which Marvin sings over and over, “what’s going on?” while the song of the same name sat unreleased; and the instrumental “I Love the Ground You Walk On,” recorded during the same waiting period.

                                              Fifty years later, the influence and meaning behind this legendary record continues to ring true. The single “What’s Going On” originated as a response to police brutality at a protest in Berkeley, CA and coincided with personal tragedy in Gaye's life as well as Gaye’s brother's time fighting in Vietnam. The compounding experiences sparked the poignant plea that became the full-length LP What's Going On. Calling out to a broken country, Gaye searched for reason and hope in a world that felt desperate and senseless; a sentiment that many share now more than ever.

                                              Marvin Gaye continues to hold his place as one of the greatest singers, composers and producers of all time, and in this half a century What's Going On has proven itself to be one of the world's most unforgettable records. 


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              LP 1:
                                              SIDE 1
                                              What’s Going On 3:53
                                              What’s Happening Brother 2:44
                                              Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3:50
                                              Save The Children 4:03
                                              God Is Love 1:42
                                              Mercy Mercy Me 3:13
                                              SIDE 2
                                              Right On 7:32
                                              Wholy Holy 3:08
                                              Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 5:27

                                              LP 2:
                                              SIDE 3
                                              What’s Going On Stripped Version * 3:57
                                              What’s Going On 3:54 Mix 1/no Strings Or Horns
                                              What’s Going On Rhythm & Strings Instrumental Mix 3:50
                                              Symphony Demo Version 2:49
                                              SIDE 4 – Original Mono Single Mixes
                                              What’s Going On 3:54
                                              God Is Love 2:51
                                              Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) 2:30
                                              Sad Tomorrows 2:22
                                              Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) 2:58
                                              Wholy Holy 3:09

                                              Bobbie Gentry

                                              The Girl From Chickasaw County - The Complete

                                                Bobbie is notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. During her five-year tenure at Capitol, she penned at least two songs that have become certified classics, ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ and ‘Fancy’, among dozens of original compositions.

                                                Bobbie released eight Capitol albums in total, heralded by the smash hit debut ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ (Which displaced Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band from the top of the charts in the US). Delta Sweete, her third, is another highlight. MOJO magazine listed it in their top 500 greatest albums of all time and memorably described her as the ‘JD Salinger of rock n roll.’

                                                Bobbie also teamed up with Glen Campbell later that year (1968) for album of duets that earned her another gold record and spawned three hit singles, including a cover of the Everly Brothers’ hit ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’, which rose to No. 3 on the U.K. and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The pair also toured briefly together and performed on a number of American and British television programs and specials.

                                                Bobbie enjoyed four UK hits, with ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ topping the charts in 1969. In the USA, she notched 11 hits and was nominated for a Grammy for album Fancy, which was largely produced by Rick Hall in Muscle Shoals

                                                Bobbie had her own BBC show for 3 seasons, hosting the programmes, performing her own material and introducing guests such as Elton John, James Taylor and, Donovan. She also headlined her nightclub in Vegas.

                                                She quit the scene over 40 years ago (1978), and unlike everyone who returns, she has stayed out of sight. She remains one of the few genuine mysteries of popular music. Because she was so popular (No.1 singles/Albums, BBC TV series, Vegas residency) her abilities as a writer, producer and arranger were too often overlooked, she paved the way for Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Bobbie’s songs continue to influence a new generation of artists like Cheryl Crow, Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash all of whom have cited her as an influence and covered her songs.

                                                In 2018 UMC released Capitol years boxset consisted of 8CDs, this is the first ever large-scale retrospective containing the first UK reissues of her albums in their entirety – supplemented by 76 previously unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate takes from all Bobbie’s Capitol albums. Included are beautiful acoustic demos of songs like Refractions, Courtyard and Seasons Come Seasons Go, alternate takes of Sunday Best, Sweet Peony and Benjamin, and previously unheard originals like Morning to Midnight, and Joanne. In addition, Bobbie recorded some great cover versions that never saw the light of day including Conspiracy of Homer Jones by Dallas Frazier, Spinning Wheel by Blood Sweat and Tears, Salome Smith and her amazing dancing bear by Randy Newman, and blues songs like Seventh Son by Willie Dixon. One of the selling points of the set is a previously unreleased album of jazz cover versions including intimate mostly acoustic interpretations of songs including Irving Berlin’s Suppertime, Billie Holidays God Bless the Child (play from start) and Since I Fell for You by Buddy Johnson. This change of direction was abandoned in favour of the blue-eyed soul of the Touch em With Love LP, making these recordings a unique document of Bobbie as we have never heard her before. Also included are selections from Bobbie’s three BBC tv series including live versions of her well-known tracks Ode to Billie Joe and Mississippi Delta as well as songs Bobbie never recorded in the studio like The Beatles’ Mother Nature’s Son and Harry Nilsson’ Open your Window. All the audio has been mastered from the original tapes. These to include many rare and never before seen images of Bobbie, images from photo shoots, out takes, performing and touring. These releases will feature an exclusive illustration provided by fashion illustrator David Downton.

                                                These new formats (2CD / 2LP) are cut down versions of the boxset and feature a selection of the unreleased bonus material from the 8CD package, including an alternate take of Sunday Best, demo of Hurry, Tuesday Child, Mississippi Delta alternate version and many more. The CD will have a 38 page book, the LP will have a 12”12” insert with a selection of images used in the boxset and sleeve notes.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                2CD
                                                CD 1
                                                Ode To Billie Joe
                                                I Saw An Angel Die
                                                Chickasaw County Child
                                                Sunday Best [alternate Take]
                                                Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
                                                Niki Hokey / Barefootin’ [Live On The BBC]
                                                Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
                                                The Seventh Son [Band Version]
                                                Okolona River Bottom Band
                                                Mornin' Glory
                                                Jessye' Lisabeth
                                                Refractions
                                                Courtyard
                                                Feelin’ Good [demo]
                                                Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
                                                Casket Vignette
                                                Recollection
                                                Eleanor Rigby
                                                Sittin’ Pretty
                                                Hushabye Mountain
                                                The Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
                                                Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
                                                Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
                                                CD 2
                                                Suppertime
                                                God Bless The Child
                                                This Girl’s In Love With You
                                                Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
                                                Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
                                                Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
                                                Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
                                                Fancy
                                                Find 'Em, Fool 'Em And Forget 'Em
                                                He Made A Woman Out Of Me
                                                Rainmaker
                                                Circle ‘Round The Sun
                                                Apartment 21 [Stereo 7” Version]
                                                Billy The Kid [Live On The BBC]
                                                Benjamin
                                                But I Can't Get Back
                                                Belinda [acoustic Version]
                                                Mean Stepmama Blues
                                                Lookin' In
                                                Smoke
                                                Joanne
                                                You And Me Together
                                                The Girl From Cincinnati

                                                2LP
                                                LP 1 - SIDE A
                                                Ode To Billie Joe
                                                Chickasaw County Child
                                                Hurry, Tuesday Child [demo]
                                                Sunday Best [alternate Take]
                                                Mississippi Delta [alternate Version]
                                                Okolona River Bottom Band
                                                Refractions
                                                Courtyard
                                                LP 1 - SIDE B
                                                Mornin' Glory
                                                Sweete Peony [alternate Version]
                                                Casket Vignette
                                                Recollection
                                                Sittin’ Pretty
                                                Hushabye Mountain
                                                Conspiracy Of Homer Jones
                                                Sunday Mornin' [alternate Version]
                                                Let It Be Me (duet With Glen Campbell) [without Strings]
                                                LP 2 - SIDE C
                                                God Bless The Child
                                                This Girl’s In Love With You
                                                Touch 'Em With Love [stereo Version]
                                                Seasons Come, Seasons Go [demo]
                                                Glory Hallelujah, How They'll Sing [alternate Take]
                                                Fancy
                                                He Made A Woman Out Of Me
                                                Rainmaker
                                                Circle ‘Round The Sun
                                                LP 2 - SIDE D
                                                Apartment 21 [Stereo Version]
                                                Benjamin
                                                But I Can't Get Back
                                                Lookin' In
                                                Smoke
                                                Joanne
                                                The Girl From Cincinnati

                                                Ghost

                                                Expansions / Everybody Loves The Sunshine

                                                Super limited, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Star Creature 7" from no other than David Zylberman - one of Egyptian Lovers' coveted synth men. He flips a pair of classic jazz-funk numbers, adding layers of syrupy synths to the Lonnie Smith's "Expansions" whilst adding some body-poppin', broken-beat flex to the Roy Ayers classic, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine".

                                                Caned by taste making DJs who received upfront copies last November, this has to be one of the most anticipated Star Creature 7"s we've had for a while. Don't sleep! 

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Probably the most sought after and highly anticipated Star Creature 7" of the year. Upfront copies sold out in seconds, prompting an online furore and, thankfully, more copies being pressed by the label. But you'll have to be quick!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side 1
                                                1. Expansions (4:33)
                                                Side 2
                                                1. Everybody Loves The Sunshine (4:30)

                                                Peggy Gou

                                                Moment EP

                                                International house sensation Peggy Gou launches her own Gudu Records with the "Moment" EP, a killer double header of dance floor majesty, informed by 30 years of club music and transformed into something all of her own.
                                                The A-side kicks off with "Starry Night" (surely the only Radio 1 daytime play in history with a Korean vocal?) a beautiful fusion of emotional SAE melodies and proto house elements. The pinging bassline and punchy piano could come straight from a Prelude classic, while the sweet synth strings are totally AZN, providing an infectious and energetic backdrop for Peggy's fierce vocal. Top. On the flip "Han Pan" hits us with glassy / metallic synth melodies, a stepping rhythm and hints of island life in the lead line, once again topped by a choice vocal from Peggy. Timeless, anthemic and totally irresistible, this is another essential release from the latest house superstar.



                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Patrick says: How does she do it? Peggy Gou distils Prelude boogie, proto house and bubblegum style groove into a glorious two track 12" on her new Gudu Records. Featuring her bilingual vocals once again, along with a perfect combination of bump and melody. A true summer anthem!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A. Starry Night
                                                B. Han Pan

                                                Grave Lines

                                                Communion

                                                  Two albums in and London’s Grave Lines, purveyors of ‘heavy gloom’ have already carved a unique niche in the myriad spheres of heavy music. Their first album ‘Welcome To Nothing’ set the tone for their distinct take on doom metal, which was broadened even further with album two ‘Fed Into The Nihilist Engine’. An epic feast of hard ‘n’ heavy riffs coupled with brooding sadness interspersed with thoughtful transcendent moments of introspection. Never a band to rely solely on trotting out those ‘doom metal’ tropes, the band began to weave in gothic and experimental elements into their music, to delve deeper into the dark shadows of the psyche.

                                                  Now with their third album ‘Communion’ Grave Lines continue their exploration into the ugliness of the human condition, at the same time becoming a band that truly defies any pigeonhole. Continuing to hone and evolve their collective vision and aided by the masterful production of Andy Hawkins at The Nave Studios, 'Communion' sees Grave Lines creep further into the various corners of their sound. In a nutshell ‘Communion’ is a violent descent of bile-soaked intensity spiralling between filth laden swagger, and fragile mournful lament. The album delves into the internal aloneness of existence and the failings of the human connection.

                                                  Owing as much to Bauhaus and Killing Joke as it does to Black Sabbath or Neurosis, there are moments of gut wrenching doomed up heaviness and bellowing noise rock, contrasting with ambient gothic passages and a thoughtful melancholy, to a create a powerful new chapter in their ceaseless journey through the gloom. The seven tracks act as distinctly separate representations of the album, each individually mirroring the remoteness of human consciousness. Opening track 'Gordian' doesn't waste any time, a burst of feedback kicks you straight into a filthy low slung punked up stomp before the band switch mood to drop off into a doom abyss, singer Jake raging at the void.

                                                  'Argyraphaga' continues the pummelling groove, gradually descending into nihilistic sludge. In direct contrast the sprawling atmosphere of 'Lyceanid' travels through the darkness. Jake’s vocals harnessing the spirits of Scott Walker and Mark Lanegan in equal measure. The rest of the band (on top form throughout) focus the dynamics over eleven enthralling minutes, as the song builds and builds to a towering crescendo before finishing with a plaintive acoustic coda. This is pure Grave Lines’. An immersive blend of darkness and light. 'Tachinid' is a violent palette cleanser, harsh industrial synths astride a hateful droning spoken word sermon. 'Carcini' is soaring melancholic doom, with the band at their most melodic whilst still able to crush the listener. Broodsac, with its circular riffs, is all gothic post punk noise rock meets fuzz fat riffs, and album closer ‘Sinensis’ offers a final delicate, melancholy moment of calm before launching into an industrial charged grind into oblivion.

                                                  Grave Lines’ fusion of elements makes them one of the most powerful and mesmerising bands inhabiting the heavy music world at the moment, and with ‘Communion’ they have crafted an album that encapsulates their distinctive dynamic perfectly. ‘COMMUNION’ will be released in deluxe black and white smoke effect vinyl, housed in a full colour single sleeve with download included, CD and all digital platforms. 

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side A

                                                  1. Gordian
                                                  2. Argyraphaga
                                                  3. Lycaenid.

                                                  Side B

                                                  1. Tachinid
                                                  2. Carcini
                                                  3. Broodsac
                                                  4. Sinensis

                                                  The Interrupters

                                                  In The Wild

                                                    After three studio albums and over a decade deep into the music game, The Interrupters deliver their new album, In The Wild.

                                                    This 14-track opus is the real deal; it's a story of survival, a story of resilience, by a band being bold and rejecting the easy impulses of simply repeating what's worked before. Together during lockdown, Aimee Interrupter, partner and guitarist Kevin Bivona, and his younger twin brothers, Jesse (drums) and Justin (bass), decided to put idle hands to work. After building a home studio in their garage together, Kevin stepped up and took charge of production duties to become "the accountable one" this time around. The record took shape in an unforced and organic fashion, and the recording process was evidently a fun one, which is refected in the sound of the album, gliding across a spectrum of breathless punk rock, doo-wop, gospel, dancehall, and the band's customary nods to the lineage of two-tone. It's further evidenced in the uplifting spirit and the glittering rollcall of guests (Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Hepcat, The Skints) involved too. Thanks to the cocoon of the intimate environment they'd built and relaxed working practices, the results made for the most personal Interrupters album to date, as well as being the one all four feel most connected to

                                                    Gregory Isaacs

                                                    One One Cocoa

                                                      Career peak cool ruler classic form '73 here twin-spinned with producer Glen Brown's vocal mover Another first time.

                                                      Pantomine coupling and limited one-time press

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      One One Cocoa
                                                      Take A Step

                                                      Island Of Love

                                                      Songs Of Love

                                                        Originally called 'Love Island' - until "Linus didn't make the audition process so we jumbled it around" (or, possibly, for legal reasons) - Third Man London's first signing settled instead on 'Island of Love'.

                                                        For the label, an island within the UK music scene is exactly what Karim, Linus, Daniel and Jimmy are: feedback-fuelled adolescents with a depth of songwriting unheard since Teenage Fanclub's formative 'Catholic Education', and late '80s Dinosaur Jr. So mind-bendingly good are the group that Third Man co-founder and owner Ben Swank presented an offer approximately thirty seconds after they played the opening weekend of Third Man's new Soho digs (...new to the extent that drummer Jimmy left the stage with paint up his back).

                                                        Bonded by playing in various punk, hardcore and metal bands in their hometown of London, Island of Love's now double frontmen, Linus and Karim, would write and share demos between their family homes. The lo-fi, fuzzy fruits of these sessions melded into 2020's seven song 'Promo Tape'.

                                                        Now, no longer a bedroom project, the four-piece's first collaboration with Third Man is the EP 'Songs of Love': twelve minutes of adrenaline, awashed with guitar distortion, Linus and Karim's dark harmonies and contemplative lyrics beyond their teenage years. Out March digitally and June on vinyl, this special release is sure to go down in both the TMR history books as well as mosh pits nationwide. 

                                                        Seven years since releasing two back to back dancefloor hits, Jack J returns to the airwaves with this amazing LP on Mood Hut Records. Laid back, sun drizzled house music was the previous inclination; and here Jack seems to continue to the mood, featuring his own vocals against a backdrop of vintage synth swells, organic 4/4 drums and sumptuous bass guitar licks. It's still wrapped in that 4:20 stoned glow as we get Balearic (read: Vancouver Riviera) flavours washing up against the Pacific coastline.

                                                        There's a playfulness, a sincerity, and yet a naivety which sees J's emotions painted firmly across the record. The interplay between Rhodes, vox and synthesized elements his unique calling card and one that's executed with such an effortless calm - you just can't help but be sucked in by this guy's music! Well worth the wait! 


                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: Seven years after those two, genre-defining 12"s, Vancouver Riviera OG Jack J returns with his debut LP. Already huge with Ryan Horsebeach and Pasta Paul we reckon this'll blow up big.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        A1. If You Don’t Know Why
                                                        A2. Opening The Door
                                                        A3. The Only Way
                                                        A4. Only You Know Why
                                                        B1. Clues (Part I)
                                                        B2. Clues (Part II)
                                                        B3. I Saw Fire
                                                        B4. Closing The Door

                                                        Josef K

                                                        The Only Fun In Town - 2022 Reissue

                                                          “Rarely has there been a better album opener than Fun n’ Frenzy, a shimmering yet abrasive mix of Subway Sect dustbin lid guitar, No Wave twitchiness, a hint of psychedelia and a crooning vocalist intoning poetic, abstract lyrics that conveyed existential menace. Continuing with Revelation, Crazy to Exist and single tracks like Sorry for Laughing, The Only Fun In Town was an extraordinary achievement – eclipsed by the group's split. It remains an early 80s high point. Those who haven’t heard it should; those who have might be tempted by this latest upgrade, which features remastered sound and different extras”. Josef K ‘The Only Fun In Town’ (Jon Savage – Mojo 2014)

                                                          Crepuscule presents a new limited 180GM black vinyl edition of The Only Fun In Town, the influential debut album by iconic Scottish guitar group Josef K, originally released on Postcard Records in July 1981.

                                                          Speedily recorded in a small studio in Brussels, The Only Fun In Town was a defiantly abrasive, serrated long-player in the mould of the second Velvets album, Josef K having already shelved a more conventional recording. Sharp-edged pop singles abound – It’s Kinda Funny, Sorry for Laughing, Revelation – along with rattling Haig/Ross twin guitar classics such as Fun ‘n’ Frenzy, Heart of Song, Forever Drone and The Angle.
                                                          The Only Fun In Town topped the independent charts on release and remains a canonical post-punk album. This remaster arrives housed in a handsome gatefold sleeve, and by way of bonus tracks also features several Postcard single A and B sides including Radio Drill Time and Chance Meeting. Side 4 features all four tracks from JoKay’s celebrated John Peel Session in June 1981, including Heaven Sent and The Missionary.


                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side 1:
                                                          1. Fun ‘n’ Frenzy
                                                          2. Revelation
                                                          3. Crazy To Exist
                                                          4. It’s Kinda Funny
                                                          5. The Angle
                                                          Side 2:
                                                          1. Forever Drone
                                                          2. Heart Of Song
                                                          3. 16 Years
                                                          4. Citizens
                                                          5. Sorry For Laughing
                                                          Side 3:
                                                          1. Radio Drill Time
                                                          2. Romance
                                                          3. Chance Meeting
                                                          4. Pictures
                                                          5. Final Request
                                                          Side 4:
                                                          1. The Missionary
                                                          2. Heaven Sent
                                                          3. Heart Of Song
                                                          4. Applebush

                                                          Ryo Kawasaki

                                                          Juice

                                                            Born in Japan in 1947, Ryo had a long and stellar career recording and releasing music up until his passing on 13 April 2020, in Tallinn, Estonia. Ryo is one of the pioneers of the jazz fusion genre, with the Japanese jazz fusion / funk sound becoming extremely influential within the 80s UK club scene and amongst its DJs. His track 'Trinkets & Things' became a bonafide underground classic. In the US he worked with some of the greats of jazz, such as Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton and Bobbi Humphrey, to name but a few. A forward-thinking and ever-evolving musician,

                                                            Ryo collaborated with the Roland Corporation and Korg on the 'guitar synthesizer' and later wrote music software for computers. Later in life he relocated to Estonia and worked there, as well as Finland, Sweden, and the Baltic states.

                                                            'Juice' has become a much-loved album for crate diggers and jazz-funk enthusiasts, with its tracks frequently being sampled and re-imagined in hip-hop. The smoky, beat- down, spiritual funk jam 'Bamboo Child' has been flipped by Diamond D, Puff Daddy, and Kool G Rap. The album was released in 1976 on RCA Records and features the musicians' drummer Jimmy Young, rhythm guitarist Hugh McCracken, and bassist Stu

                                                            Woods amongst other luminaries. A solid album throughout that incorporates a heavy dose of tripped-out synths alongside the emerging disco sound of the time. Tracks such as the opener 'Raisins', with its drum beat intro and bubbling bass-line, rivals The Headhunters at their finest. A superb album from an underground legend.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Raisins
                                                            2. Sometime
                                                            3. The Breeze And I
                                                            4. East Side Boogie
                                                            5. El Toro
                                                            6. Bamboo Child
                                                            7. Andes

                                                            John Carroll Kirby

                                                            Dance Ancestral

                                                              Dance Ancestral is the latest addition to the prolific artist John Carroll Kirby’s fast-growing and distinctive body of work. Kirby debuted on Stones Throw in 2020 with My Garden, an album influenced by jazz, New Age and early music which he synthesised into his unique and instantly recognisable sound signature. Since then, he’s released the instrumental piano album Conflict, the Cryptozoo original feature film soundtrack, and the jazz fusion suite Septet. For Dance Ancestral, Kirby invited Canadian producer Yu Su to join him on production duties for a record with a more electronic sound.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Dawn Of New Day (ft. Laraaji)
                                                              2. Pan’s Dance
                                                              3. Repettos For You My Lord
                                                              4. Pause On The Ancient Ballcourt
                                                              5. Frog Life
                                                              6. Ghost In A Mist
                                                              7. Messages In Water
                                                              8. Tiptoe To The Grave
                                                              9. Gabriel’s Gig

                                                              Kokoroko

                                                              Could We Be More

                                                                Following the huge success of 2018’s Kokoroko EP and the sensational Abusey Junction (100M streams and counting), Could We Be More is an expansive and ambitious debut album that speaks to the force of Kokoroko.

                                                                Each song possesses the power to evoke memories and harness the feeling of home through music: from the psychedelic, funk-laden previous single ‘Something’s Going On’ to the congregational energy of today’s track ‘We Give Thanks’, ‘Could We Be More’ fuses together the African- London synergy which so naturally underpins the heat of Kokoroko’s identity.

                                                                Winners of a slew of awards in the UK, Kokoroko specialise in soul shaking, horn fuelled sounds with West African roots and Inner London hues. Having played many EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, Elbjazz, & Jazz a la Villette, they are are looking forward to extending their reach further around the globe in 2022 and beyond. The band have performed on several BBC TV shows and their two Boiler Room sets have racked up almost half a million plays between them.

                                                                “Drawing influence from West African highlife and jazz, wellmarinated in enough polyrhythm seasoning to induce fires on the dance floors they play.” Okay Africa

                                                                “Afrobeat, jazz, soul and ’70s psych-leaning funk - luminescent” Cool Hunting

                                                                “This female-led, multicultural collective of under 30s is a vital example of not only jazz’s new form but the shape of things to come.” The Guardian

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. Tojo
                                                                A2. Blue Robe (pt.i)
                                                                A3. Ewà Inú
                                                                A4. Age Of Ascent
                                                                A5. Dide O
                                                                A6. Soul Searching
                                                                B1. We Give Thanks
                                                                B2. Those Good Times
                                                                B3. Reprise
                                                                B4. War Dance
                                                                B5. Interlude
                                                                B6. Home
                                                                B7. Something's Going On
                                                                B8. Outro
                                                                B9. Blue Robe (pt.ii)

                                                                Ladyhawke

                                                                Time Flies

                                                                  Time Flies, is an extraordinary collection that fuses intimate subject matter and upbeat guitar-led rock with irresistibly catchy electronic elements. In the half decade since her acclaimed 2016 album Wild Things, Pip has gone through a personal transformation.

                                                                  Pip has openly struggled with mental health, anxiety and depression for a long time and, after dealing with severe postnatal depression + a serious skin cancer condition which has thankfully seen a full recovery, was able to successfully procure the right balance of therapy & medication which is so individually specific. When she embarked on writing songs for this new record in 2019, there was a sense of freedom in the work. “I was feeling pretty grateful to be alive and making music, so I felt like I didn’t ‘care’ anymore - not in a bad way, I just stopped overthinking it.”

                                                                  Time Flies was produced with a host of incredible collaborators including, LA songwriter and producer Tommy English (K.Flay, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kacey Musgraves, Adam Lambert, Broods etc), Auckland based Josh Fountain (Leisure, Benee), Jeremy Toy (Leonard Charles, She’s So Rad) , Sydney's Chris Stracey (Bag Raiders, Paloma Faith, Diplo.) and Jono Sloan (Empire Of The Sun, PNAU).

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  SIDE A
                                                                  My Love
                                                                  Think About You
                                                                  Time Flies
                                                                  Mixed Emotions
                                                                  Guilty Love Ft. BROODS

                                                                  SIDE B
                                                                  Take It Easy Mama
                                                                  Loner
                                                                  Adam
                                                                  Reactor
                                                                  Walk Away
                                                                  Love Is Blind

                                                                  Barrington Levy

                                                                  Black Heart Man

                                                                    Top roots outing from the mellow canary on this dreadlocks man 1980 classic.

                                                                    Roots Radics in full effect on the big showdown Scientist dub. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, recorded at Channel One, mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Black Heart Man
                                                                    Round Eight

                                                                    The 4-track "Lex On The Beach" is a balearic funk-soul EP by the Estonian group. In favor of a fresh flavor, we see Lexsoul drop the Dancemachine for a moment. To come up with these soulful, jazzy and R&B jams, the 6-piece channeled yacht rock and silky Miami Vice scenery. Pirouetting away from making people dance, Lexsoul manifests visions of summer. As your close personal advisors, we suggest you use this music in your slow living, dog days' playlist.

                                                                    "Lex On The Beach" doesn't only treat the listener with the sweet and smooth aural experience produced by Solid Gold Sound. It also appeals to the visual senses courtesy of digital painter Estookin. We saw her aesthetics on the band's previous "Lexplosion II" LP. She returns with artworks that accompany the EP released digitally and on vinyl.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Matt says: Heavy hammock funk, tailor made to make your cocktail taste better and the sun to feel even nicer on your flesh. A truly Pikes-flavoured offering from this Balearic wonderkid.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Pigeon Pit
                                                                    2. Lazy Breeze
                                                                    3. Relax Your Mind (feat. Jim Hart)
                                                                    4. Sweet Life

                                                                    Lincoln

                                                                    Repair And Reward

                                                                      The complete recorded history of one of the more influential and revered post-hardcore bands of the early 1990s. Newly mixed in 2021 by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines). Lincoln was a Morgantown, WV band formed in 1992 by Jay Demko (vocals/guitar), John Herod (guitar), Justin Wierbonski (drums), and Johanna Claasen (bass). Dan Ball would later take over on bass. Though a band for only a brief time who left behind only a handful of recordings, they remain highly respected and are often regarded as one of the many foundational pieces of what would become known as “post-hardcore,” as well as the proto-emo scene that was birthed by bands like Rites of Spring and Moss Icon. Lincoln’s first 7” was originally released in 1992 by Watermark Records.

                                                                      The following year, their universally beloved split 7” with Washington, DC’s Hoover became the inaugural release on the Art Monk Construction label. A final Lincoln 7” was released posthumously in 1994. All of Lincoln’s releases have remained out-of-print and unavailable since the late 1990s. In 2021, Lincoln’s entire recorded history was recovered, and the original analog tapes were restored and transferred. J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) newly mixed every song. All eight songs – seven that originally spanned three 7” singles, plus a previously unreleased track are now finally available on CD, LP, and Digital formats. It all sounds and feels better than ever, and shows just how much a small band from a small town with a small discography can have such a large and lasting impact

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Benchwarmer (5:01)
                                                                      2. Sugarloaf (3:27)
                                                                      3. Waterboy (4:42)
                                                                      4. Repair And Reward (5:06)
                                                                      5. Union (2:39)
                                                                      6. Grade Curve (3:06)
                                                                      7. Stop Means Stop (2:12)
                                                                      8. Seed (3:40)

                                                                      Dave Maze

                                                                      Moog Groove

                                                                      Chicago native and deep house don Dave Maze drops a tasty two-track, one-sided doozy on D&E, straight outta his windy city.

                                                                      "Moog Groove" is the kinda luxurious, percussion driven, organ-fuelled deep house groove you'd usually expect from Moods And Grooves or Ron Trent's Electric Blue series.

                                                                      "Space Disco" is more, well, disco flavoured, with Dave utilizing a hooky clav and bass phrase, adding seared synth strings, female vox and what I think are flute stabs. It's still got that loopy, house sensibility but the instrumentation should guide it alongside more organic, disco-centric material.

                                                                      Top drawer stuff - limited copies - move quick! 


                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Understated and luxurious deep house and disco-house double header from the delectable John Maze. If you dig Ron Trent and Glenn Underground this one's for you.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Moog Groove (6:04)
                                                                      2. Space Disco (6:51)

                                                                      Jamal Moss keeps up the momentum on his resurrected Members Only series, bringing forth two more volumes this week. Volume 3 kicks us off with a frenzied percussive disco jam, "Sweet Back - those wild congas, cowbells and clavs combining into a frothing, dizzying mess that'll cause dancer's feet to spark ignition against the wooden dancefloor - forest fire alert!

                                                                      "Journey Into Ur Feelings" is equally rampant, pots and pans drums flailing out of control against female whoops and intermissive bass trills before Jamal lets all the tape heads loose against one of those gigantium Philly disco joints he keeps to himself that's like a pressure cooker about to pop! Dynamic disco explosion here folks - stand well back unless you want to be smothered in disco ball destruction!

                                                                      "Restart The Flame" takes a tempting disco drum loop that's just outta my current radar range and atomizes it against the chorus of Dan Hartman's "Relight My Fire" - resulting in a discombobulating push-push whirlpool that gathers a concentric building energy ready for skilled DJs to utilize like radioactive isotopes in the nightclub reactor.

                                                                      A truly combustible 12" from the master editor and Ron Hardy advocate - highly recommended! 


                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Two more from the hallowed Members Only vaults. Exclusive edits for the more risk-taking audio collagers that pursue that authentic Muzic Box flavour.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1. Sweet Back & Pound Cake
                                                                      A2. Journey Into Ur Feelings
                                                                      B1. Restart The Flame
                                                                      B2. Binary Disfunction

                                                                      Members Only

                                                                      The Worst Edits Vol 4

                                                                      Jamal Moss continues the much welcomed return to his Members Only series. After gifting us "The Worst Edits 1 & 2" a couple of weeks ago we get another pair this week, 3 & 4 (logically).

                                                                      As usually it's high grade, VHS frazzled, sherm-disco; taking source material from the vast annals of disco history and recklessly blending them with Ron Hardy-esque editing techniques, spoken word mash-ups and lysergic percussion workouts. This, volume 4 is a special one: A1's precursor escapes me, but the alchemical explosion of hi-nrg electro-disco thrust is a spectacular and quintessentially Members Only end product that'll heat up any dancefloor. A2 snips up some John Cooper Clark dialogue (Jamal LOVES Manchester by the way! - Ed) over an experimental industrial noise jam; drawing attention to 'housing prima-donnas found within us'. This'll twist melons deep into the late night sessions!

                                                                      Only side B and we get another strew out, highly narcotic blend of disco, tribal drums and Muzic Box energy; a totally indecipherable, FGTH-styled propulsion of almost orgasmic electricity; strap in tight! Finally, The Dell's "No Way Back", already the subject for both DJ Harvey and Theo Parrish edits, gets thoroughly PCP'd through Jamal's space-age hardware arrays, tearing it across dimensions and firing it down our ear's with maximum proton-thrust.

                                                                      For edits that are totally off-grid and spontaneously gratifying, the Members Only series is one of the best there is. Stunning stuff from the Chicago legend. 


                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Two more from the hallowed Members Only vaults. Exclusive edits for the more risk-taking audio collagers that pursue that authentic Muzic Box flavour.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A1
                                                                      A2
                                                                      B1
                                                                      B2

                                                                      Sofia Mills

                                                                      Baby Magic

                                                                        The debut album from 19-year-old artist Sofia Mills, Baby Magic intimately details the most pivotal moments in her coming-of-age experience: breakups with toxic boyfriends, coming out as queer at age 16, a longtime struggle with mental illness.

                                                                        As shown on her breakthrough single "Coffee Breath" (a self-produced track that's amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify to date), the Massachusetts-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist imbues her storytelling with both startling clarity and profound sensitivity, an element echoed in her warmly textured brand of indie-pop.

                                                                        Written entirely by Mills and co-produced with John Mark Nelson (Taylor Swift, Allison Ponthier), Baby Magic arrives as a complex and captivating body of work, built on a potent tension between her dreamy romanticism and intense self-awareness.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. DREAMGIRL
                                                                        2. Won’t You
                                                                        3. Drunk / Tired
                                                                        4. Life Of The Party
                                                                        5. Baby Magic
                                                                        6. Wish I Would
                                                                        7. Bite
                                                                        8. Sleepover
                                                                        9. White Lilies

                                                                        Moonchild Sanelly

                                                                        Phases

                                                                          The trailblazing South African musician Moonchild Sanelly - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - signed to Transgressive Records in 2020, kicking off with diverse mini-LP Nüdes. Now, she returns to the international label with her genre-crossing second album Phases. Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, Phases 19-tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier amapiano space. Collaboration has always been core to Moonchild’s alternate world.

                                                                          Since her 2015-released award-winning first album Rabulpha! put her on the global map, she has collaborated with local favourites Maphorisa, Sho Madjozi and Thandiswa Mazwai. In the years that followed, she caught the attention of a host of international superstars, leading to high-profile collaborations with artists including Wizkid, Beyonce (featuring on “My Power”) and Gorillaz (on “With Love To An Ex”). Phases is a highly collaborative record, too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite (their track “Demon” is already a huge hit), Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, Holly and Aramboa.

                                                                          The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases - all the different sides of me.”

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Undumpable
                                                                          2. Demon (Moonchild Sanelly And Sad Night Dynamite)
                                                                          3. Cute (Ft. Trillary Banks)
                                                                          4. April Fool’s Day
                                                                          5. Strip Club (Ft. Ghetts)
                                                                          6. Let It Rip
                                                                          7. Over You
                                                                          8. Money Tree
                                                                          9. Favourite Regret
                                                                          10. Too Late
                                                                          11. ULi (Ft. Blxckie)
                                                                          12. Covivi
                                                                          13. Soyenza (Ft. Sir Trill)
                                                                          14. Yebo Teacher (Extended Version)
                                                                          15. Chicken
                                                                          16. Jiva Juluka
                                                                          17. Bad Bitch Budget
                                                                          18. Jump
                                                                          19. Bird So Bad

                                                                          Absolute cutting-edge banger here from New York's Anthony Naples who debuts on Running Back. "Swerve" gets us underway with hard house-indebted hoovers and iconic 'donk' b-line. His kicks slam hard too, and when that glacial gated vox pattern drifts in we're thrust into a deep nightclub hypnosis few can resist!

                                                                          "Here With You" is a hard edged stadium tickler, a delectable percussion array combining with expertly programmed sub bass and a niggling acid line for a techy n tough mid session burner that you can imagine is always doing the rounds at the more progressive global dances.

                                                                          "Right As The Sun Goes" is a fiercy forward focused sun set track. One of those that the right DJ knows just when to drop - after a long hard afternoon session just as those red warm rays start to dance off the mountain tops = maximum crowd exstaticness!

                                                                          Finally, "Be To" concludes proceedings with an ethereal, driving techno ride. Pluming bass, swelling pads, hypnotic perx; it's all there to suck you right into its acidic pumping wormhole, spitting you out into a it's jet streamed ascent.

                                                                          Incredible stuff from Anthony Naples here, I'd go as far as to say might be my favourite record here's done. Supremely advanced yet losing no dancefloor sensibilities, this is the kinda shit you go to nightclubs to hear! 100% recommended! 


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Martin says: Open-air slammers (with hoovers!) from NY's Anthony Naples who keeps the fires burning well after sundown on this four track EP that's allll hitter zero shitter.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Swerve
                                                                          A2. Here With You
                                                                          B1. Right As The Sun Goes
                                                                          B2. Be To

                                                                          Nas

                                                                          Magic

                                                                            Produced by Nas’ longtime collaborator Hit-Boy, Nas shares Magic, the transcendent 9 track album including “Wave Gods” ft. A$AP Rocky and DJ Premier. Magic follows the August 2021 release of Grammy nominated album, King’s Disease II.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. "Wu For The Children"
                                                                            2. "Speechless"
                                                                            3. "Wave Gods"
                                                                            4. "Meet Joe Black"
                                                                            5. "Ugly"
                                                                            6. "The Truth"
                                                                            7. "Dedicated"
                                                                            8. "40-16 Building"
                                                                            9. "Hollywood Gangsta"

                                                                            Johnny Osbourne

                                                                            Love Is Universal

                                                                              High ranking Johnny Osbourne anthem from 1982 with Roots Radics in full effect. Sampled countless times in drum and bass – first time legit seven inch pressing for this original ruling version. Backed by world cup winning Scientist dub. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, recorded at Channel One, mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Love Is Universal
                                                                              Dangerous Match One

                                                                              Piccadilly Records

                                                                              Black Heavyweight Fair Trade Cotton Tote - Orange & Grey Print

                                                                                Heavyweight fair-trade cotton canvas bag with 12cm (4 1/2") gusset so it's plenty big enough and strong enough to hold a fair chunk of records and also doubles as a rather nice groceries bag.

                                                                                Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

                                                                                Night Gnomes

                                                                                  Within 11 seconds of clicking “play” on “Lava Lamp Pisco” it’s instantly apparent why Night Gnomes, the latest album from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets might be their greatest offering yet. The track is a riffy monster that delivers a much-welcome Black Sabbath-style slap to the head. It’s big, shiny, sleek and irresistible. It’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets giving their best and Jack McEwan the band’s fearless leader has the battle scars from the four-second harmonica solo to prove it. “I hadn’t blown the harmonica in five years. It was just sitting on my desk,” he recalls. “The first thing I did was suck in all this dust, and I couldn’t talk for like a day. Afterwards, the rest of the band was like, ‘You have to scrap that. It’s so cheesy.’ Anyone under 30 hates it, but it has the dad-rock vibe, so I kept it in.”

                                                                                  That devil-may-care spirit is present on each and every song on Night Gnomes. With guitarist Luke Parish, drummer Danny Caddy, bassist Wayon Billondana and multi-instrumentalist Chris Young by his side, McEwan bunkered down in his home studio, creating a sonic pastiche that almost sounds like turning the dial on a temperamental old radio every few minutes. “A lot of these songs are structured from the beginning, but then we add another part towards the end to really keep it interesting, even if it’s just for ourselves,” he says of the project, which was recorded at McEwan’s home studio in and around Perth. “Like on Fleet Foxes’ “Helplessness Blues,” every song has an ending that is completely different than the first part. That was the idea here.” Hence, distorted synths giving way to and then enveloping the lighter-waving riffage on opener “Terminus, The Creator,” a magnificent string section suddenly appearing on the nostalgic acoustic folk ditty “Dread and Butter” and a dizzying array of sounds linking arms on the title track, which imagines the proverbial creatures frolicking around a campfire in some far-off, mystical forest. “It feels jolly, but it’s also kind of terrifying and disturbing. My girlfriend told me she couldn’t listen to that song,” McEwan says of “Night Gnomes,” adding, “I’ve always liked how some Beatles songs just come out of nowhere, like “Mean Mr. Mustard.” This is our own little jingle that doesn’t fit with anything else on the record.”

                                                                                  On “Bubblegum Infinity,” the Crumpets waded through nearly 50 different variations of the track before a Eureka moment during a rehearsal jam session revealed its final structure. The song itself wound up as a commentary on the often rudderless nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and “taking comfort in the fact that nobody had a clue what was going on,” according to McEwan. “The song used to open with a huge riff that was sidechained to the kick drum so it sounded like it was thumping, but then that's how every Crumpets song starts. I swapped the heavy guitars for acoustics, which made it feel way stronger, both dynamically and sonically. It felt like we'd uncovered the clutter which guides the song to build into that chorus and not give anything away beforehand.”

                                                                                  McEwan is particularly proud of the dreamy “Sherbert Straws,” which he says “actually has some dynamics in it rather than having nine elements in the same spectrum as my vocals that I’m trying to constantly mix in and out of the track.” The song descends from the proud lineage of Australasian rock acts such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra to whom McEwan professes devotion. “When we formed back in 2015, we marveled at how these awesome bands from around here could self-release music on vinyl and create their own stories. There wasn’t any waiting for labels to come knocking. It was all DIY and we loved that concept. We’re still holding right onto those coattails and we’re getting dragged as far as we can,” he jokes. For all of its varied vibes, the album never skimps on massive rockers sure to delight Psychedelic Porn Crumpets fans across the world in 2022. “Acid Dent” thrashes with abandon, but actually offers a slight concession to advancing age. “When we were younger, we were carefree and living tall, “McEwan says. “You get home with a handful of stuff in your pocket from whatever festival and just munch all of it, until you wake up in the morning so scattered. If we kept carrying on this way, we’d wind up in mental institutions by 35. So this is a nice little story about slowing down a bit.”

                                                                                  “Bob Holiday” pays homage to classic riffs McEwan remembers from his youth, like Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” “We’ve been trying to emulate that sound forever,” says McEwan, who also played in a Rage Against The Machine cover band when he was younger. “I also thought ‘Bob Holiday’ was a really strong name — like, if you were called that, you’d be able to do anything.”

                                                                                  The album comes full circle with the one-two closing punch of the instrumental “In Dreams, Out” and “Slinky/ Holy Water,” touching again on the thumping drums, acoustic guitar flourishes, washes of sound and strange noises introduced on the opening track. With the pandemic having provided McEwan the chance to “get my life together and get healthy,” not to mention move 200 meters from his favorite pub, he and his bandmates will soon be onto their next musical adventure. But exploring the undiscovered territory of Night Gnomes has already made a major impact on its creators.

                                                                                  “I have no idea what I’m doing half the time,” McEwan says. “It’s like, plug in, record. Why does this sound like shit but this other thing works? I needed five albums to get to this point of revealing some golden nuggets of information about dynamics, production and exploring new sounds. Everyone finds fault in their own work, but that’s probably what makes us want to keep creating.”

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Terminus, The Creator
                                                                                  2. Lava Lamp Pisco
                                                                                  3. Dread & Butter
                                                                                  4. Bubblegum Infinity
                                                                                  5. Sherbet Straws
                                                                                  6. Night Gnomes
                                                                                  7. Bob Holiday
                                                                                  8. Microwave Dave
                                                                                  9. Acid Dent
                                                                                  10. In Dream, Out
                                                                                  11. Slinky / Holy Water

                                                                                  The gift that keeps on giving, Purple Disco Machines' 'Exotica (Deluxe Album)' is being treated to some epic remixes of your favourite songs now available on vinyl.

                                                                                  Highlighted here, a remix of 'Dopamine' by current heavy hitter John Summit and a Club Dub mix of 'I Remember'.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Dopamine (Feat. Eyelar) - John Summit Remix
                                                                                  B1. I Remember - Club Dub Mix

                                                                                  Pyrolator

                                                                                  Niemandsland

                                                                                    The musician Kurt Dahlke is not only a member of the bands Der Plan and Fehlfarben, founding member of the group DAF and co-founder of the label Ata Tak, but also is Pyrolator.The sixth album in Pyrolator’s Land series has a formal language all of its own, meandering between the beauty of crystal clear melodies and restrained ambient moments on the one hand and rugged, dystopian brittleness on the other. A cycle revolving between the hope of a revolution for humanity and arrival in no man’s land.

                                                                                    The Queen's Head

                                                                                    Your God Owes You Money

                                                                                      Hot off the back of their self-titled debut single – the energetic five piece made up of Joel Douglas (vox/guitar), Tom Butler (vox/bass), Robbie Cottom (keys), Mike Hendry (guitar) + George Thompson (drum/percussion) follow it up with the provocatively titled ‘Your God Owes You Money.’

                                                                                      For those unacquainted with the band’s brand of esoteric eclectic pop - The Queen's Head are a five piece from South London making alternative music about modern anxieties. Blending elements of post-punk, noise-rock, disco and modern dance music, wrapped in a familiar verse-chorus pop structure, the resulting sound is simultaneously enchanting and terrifying.

                                                                                      Ordering this giddy chaos are the dual vocals of childhood friends Joel Douglas and Tom Butler. Together they combine cutting, spoken word narratives and growling melodies which take form as vigorous, traumatised calls to arms, scriptures not as much sung but bellowed and preached to the audience. It’s a sermon.

                                                                                      ‘It did feel like that’ recounts Speedy co-runner Pierre Hall who put them on at one of Speedy’s ‘Homecoming’ nights at The Social at the end of lockdown. ‘From the second they came on to the second they finished – everyone was completely entranced. You were sucked in. It was powerful. Scary, intense, confrontational. But powerful nonetheless. I was hooked.’

                                                                                      On the resulting track – a heady mix of post-punk influences crossed with everything from The Clash to The Specials via Daniel Avery and Charlie XCX, the band say: ’We are a band interested in world-building, with our process normally meticulous, pouring over tiny production and song-writing details. Taking 'Your God Owes You Money' into Dan Carey's space and method was a deliberate attempt to disrupt our complacencies. We played live, welcomed error and followed improvised ideas, under Dan's guiding hand. The version of this song we produced in just a day hopefully captures the rage and range of our live show - a direct glimpse into the band, what we believe and our frailties as self-confessed performers. An honour, a privilege and a wholly enjoyable day amidst Dan's Aladdin's cave.’ The genie is out of the lamp.

                                                                                      New RX-101 on Suction!!! Amazing Detroit inspired techno from this underrated producer.

                                                                                      When we first discovered RX-101’s output via Suction circa 2015, we knew we’d stumbled upon something very special. Five EPs and four albums later, and now a firmly established as a crucial artist in the Aphex/Rephlex/IDM cannon, Suction Records are still mining this elusive Dutch producer’s 1997-1999 archive of unreleased live-to-cassette recordings, and aren’t even close to scraping the bottom of the barrel.

                                                                                      As the title suggests, “New Discoveries” is not just more of the same - this is a new side of the RX-101 sound. Rather than taking inspiration from braindance heroes like Aphex Twin and Bochum Welt, “New Discoveries” is a reflection of Erik Jong (aka RX-101)’s love for classic Detroit techno - Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Carl Craig, et al. Like some of the UK producers who mined this sound for inspiration, from B12 to Kirk DiGiorgio, the influence of Detroit techno is crystal clear, even if the sound has a distinctly EU/UK flair.

                                                                                      Available digitally, on limited vinyl LP in a reverse-board jacket, or on CD. The CD comes in a reverse-board digipack, adding 2020’s 6-track “Hearts Utd.” EP (including a remix by Brainwalztera) as an exclusive CD bonus. All physical formats include a Bandcamp download card inside.


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Back To Zero
                                                                                      A2. Trip To The Unknown
                                                                                      A3. T.p.o.s.m.
                                                                                      A4. No Access
                                                                                      B1. Sys.rx.9.b013
                                                                                      B2. The Invention Of Ideas
                                                                                      B3. Voyage Of Discovery
                                                                                      B4. Star Tracker

                                                                                      Seaweed

                                                                                      Actions And Indications - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                        Seaweed formed out of the fertile northwest punk scene of the mid-to-late '80s in Tacoma and Olympia Washington. Singer Aaron Stauffer, fresh off a stint in the little-known Spook & the Zombies, founded the band with best friend Clint Werner, who assumed guitar duties. After the recruitment of guitarist Wade Neal, bassist John Atkins, and drummer Bob Bulgrien, Seaweed began playing clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. From 1989 to 1999, Seaweed recorded five punk-pop LPs and played over a thousand shows.

                                                                                        According to All Music Guide, "they played D.I.Y. with the Sub Pop label for their first three records, went ambitiously astray by signing with Hollywood Records, then did the cool right thing by returning to indie Merge." This August, Merge Records offers the vinyl reissue of 1999's Actions and Indications, remastered and pressed to high quality vinyl, with three unreleased bonus tracks (digital only) added. Originally recorded at Tacoma's Uptone Electric studio in the summer of 1998, Actions and Indications is a tour de force of power chord dynamism.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Antilyrical
                                                                                        2. Thru The Window
                                                                                        3. Hard Times
                                                                                        4. Steadfast Shrine
                                                                                        5. Red Tape Parade
                                                                                        6. What Are We Taking?
                                                                                        7. Warsaw
                                                                                        8. Against The Sky
                                                                                        9. In The Middle
                                                                                        10. Let Go
                                                                                        11. Stay Down
                                                                                        12. Everybody’s OK

                                                                                        BONUS (included On Download Coupon) Choices Lost, Ghosts.

                                                                                        Bienvenue Recordings presents the first recordings of Secret Witness. Created in winter 2020, the band brings together producers Gabriel Rei and Gene Tellem, singer/songwriter Laroie and drummer Pascal Deaudelin. ‘Volume I’ is presented as the fruit of this reunion, an ideal pairing for seekers of dancefloor influenced reflection. Night tunes to best capture the driving and soulful essence of deep house, with lyrical play to help you imagine. Recorded between Saint-Sauveur and Montreal, this six track mini-album reaches for sophistication, playfulness and romance... we can all agree that it is a useful triptych to base a theme...



                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: High fidelity, DSP production, sun blushed aesthetic, deep soulful vocals and a house music mindset make this the surprise late summer winner. RIYL: Andras Fox, Lou Hayter, Ruf Dug, Ron Trent & Larry Heard.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Endless Nights
                                                                                        A2. Secret Witness
                                                                                        A3. Refuge
                                                                                        B1. Influence
                                                                                        B2. My Love Is Dark (Everlasting Fight)
                                                                                        B3. More For Us

                                                                                        Léa Sen

                                                                                        You Of Now Pt. 1

                                                                                          Open-eared and open-hearted: these are the watchwords of Léa Sen’s music. At just 22 years old, the London-based singer, songwriter and producer has established herself as one of the capital’s most in-demand talents, meandering between gossamer vocal features for Joy Orbison to solowork that references everything from Bon Iver’s electronic timbre and folk guitars to Sampha’s impressionistic lyricism.

                                                                                          Now Sen arrives with her most comprehensive statementto date - her debut EP, ‘You Of Now’. The five-track collection presents the self-assured maturity of an artist twice her age, with all tracks written, produced and mixed by Sen - still a rarity in a male dominated industry.

                                                                                          “People assume that if you're a woman, you’re just a singer, whereas I do so much more,” she says. “I’m not going to make myself feel insecure though - I’m going to be comfortable expressing myself however I want.”

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Much To Lose
                                                                                          2. I Like Dis
                                                                                          3. With Or Without
                                                                                          4. Hyasynth
                                                                                          5. I Feel Like I'm Blue

                                                                                          "The Pearl" is a collaboration between Planteaterz and the mercurial NYC rap-mystic, Sensational. The EP features four songs recorded in the winter of 2021 with Sensational on the mic and eaterz on production, and is accompanied by instrumentals and killer remixes by Maara, J. Albert, and Lowjack.

                                                                                          "The Pearl" is a sound, a world, and definitely a vibe. It's got that truly underground, leftfield hip-hop vibe naied to a T; sounding decidedly fresh and futuristic - gloopy, sci-fi leaning soundscapes with unique, gritty, asphalt-huffing vocal deliveries. If you liked the Boldy James / Sterling Toles colab "Manger On McNichols", or the darker side of Earl Sweatshirt, or even stuff by The Bug - you're sure to find plenty of action here. 




                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: The story of Sensational is an interesting one (check out the youtube link below). A Jekyll and Hyde creative who's had spells of homelessness & addiction. This LP with the ingenious Planteaterz is pretty special if you're into the wonky and darkside of leftfield hip-hop.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Fancy Shit
                                                                                          A2. Freak Like This (Vocal)
                                                                                          A3. You Don’t Know Me Like That
                                                                                          A4. The Flame
                                                                                          A5. Untitled
                                                                                          B1. The Flame (Low Jack Remix)
                                                                                          B2. You Don’t Know Me Like That (J. Albert Remix)
                                                                                          B3. You Don’t Know Me Like That (Maara Remix)
                                                                                          B4. Freak Like This (Instrumental)

                                                                                          Sheer

                                                                                          And Then There Were Four

                                                                                            Featuring Andre Innes, Martin Duffy & Darren Mooney of Primal Scream. “In 2018 after a particularly messy session involving Pacharan, a Spanish version of Pernod, the name and then there were four was bandied around as my fellow travellers fell by the wayside, sounded like a Spaghetti western…and the idea was hatched. We began recording in Artesonao studios in Malaga, myself and Ed Chapman, a renowned English artist, we were ably assisted by Rachel Hewitt on violin we recorded a dozen or so tunes in a week.

                                                                                            We recruited the services of Darrin Mooney and Martin Duffy of Primal Scream on drums and keys, Andrew Innes of Primal Scream assisted on additional guitars, celeste and bells…lots of bells. Robert McGovern came out to Malaga to play on a few tracks also. We had the voice of Justine Petty – Burrows a Canadian chanteuse to be a foil to my less than acrobatic voice. The record was a return to my favourite music of my youth, soaking up Dylan, Scott Walker, Tim Buckley, Tim Rose, Tim Hardin and the soundtracks of Morricone, like an old compilation tape from 1986” – Sheer Taft 2022

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side One
                                                                                            1. And Then There Were Four
                                                                                            2. Everybody's Been Somebody's Fool
                                                                                            3. Gypsy River
                                                                                            4. After Midnight
                                                                                            5. The Sun Is Ours
                                                                                            6. Mezcal Dream
                                                                                            7. Four Ride Out
                                                                                            Side Two
                                                                                            1. Enemigo De Todos
                                                                                            2. Alegria
                                                                                            3. Chasing Down A Dream
                                                                                            4. The Ghost
                                                                                            5. Time
                                                                                            6.Requiem For Pablo
                                                                                            7.(There Goes) A Friend Of Mine

                                                                                            Sophie

                                                                                            LOVE / Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

                                                                                              After 'Lemonade's' bouquet of ephemera concealing a secret firecracker within, the musical marmite of Sophie returns to our shop. It's hard to think of an artist that splits opinion so much, which is perhaps why I like her (- Matt). So far I've managed to convince about half our customers that this is 'the shit', but none of our staff. Anyway, I'll let you make up your own minds. Abstract, post-millennial electronics on the A-side, "LOVE" just buzzing and squealing through a cannon of VST-pluggins you probably can't even own yet while Sophie spits a plethora of one-letter snips onto this radioactive hue. One of those head-turning soundbeds to immediately change direction in a set, or even as the first tune to play when taking charge of the controls. As usual, we get one experimental piece and then, shall we say, one warped-chipmunk-in-wonderland take on pop music, set in the 23rd century. And that's what "Just Like We Never Said Goodbye Is". A post-break up tune for 15 year old aliens when we traverse to the next inhabitable galaxy. Honestly, this could reduce a cyborg to tears. Heartfelt, naive, childish lyrics about love, lust and yearning set to the most euphoric fidgety, futureproof and all encompassing of instrumentation - and there's not even any drums! So powerful, for me personally, it works; so, so very well. After playing this TWICE during a recent DJ set (I never play tunes twice) and multiple listens at home it still sends synthetic, MCAT-flavoured goosebumps down my arms and fires me with an intangible energy from deep inside the pit of my stomach. It's hard to place, but its there if you feel it, and who cares if the youth like it as much as you. There's not much else I can say about it - just have a listen and please do mail in your opinions (or don't - Ed).

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A. L.O.V.E
                                                                                              B. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

                                                                                              Sorry

                                                                                              There's So Many People That Want To Be Loved

                                                                                                A brand-new 7” from Sorry, featuring new single “There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved” backed by b-side “15’4”.

                                                                                                The Sound Of Science

                                                                                                The Sound Of Science

                                                                                                  Dean Honer and Kevin Pearce present a beautifully designed original soundtrack of songs taken from a science show for children and adults alike.

                                                                                                  Dean Honer is a Sheffield based musician, producer and founding member of many iconic electronic music bands including The All Seeing I, I Monster, The Moonlandingz and The Eccentronic Research Council. He has worked as a producer for bands such as The Human League, Add N to X and Roisin Murphy.

                                                                                                  Kevin Pearce is a songwriter from Essex. He has received plaudits for his work from The Independent, The Guardian and Mojo magazine. His music has been used on HBO programmes in the USA as well as BBC TV shows in the UK.

                                                                                                  Castles in Space is proud to present The Sound of Science. Dean explains the background and inspiration for the album:

                                                                                                  “The idea for The Sound of Science had been in my head for a number of years.

                                                                                                  “Being a parent of young kids I endured a lot of very cliched and awful children's songs that were attempting to combine education and entertainment. These quickly became a form of torture to me, something that the CIA might use in covert operations to flush out a drug cartel from their hideout. It became apparent that there was a desperate need for informative songs and music that were appealing and bearable for both children and their parents.

                                                                                                  “I recruited my friend Kevin Pearce, (who I have produced and collaborated with on various projects over the years), to bounce ideas off and who could put together a nice series of chords and could sing! Which helps when writing songs. Kevin is from an acoustic folk background and I'm more of a one finger synth player in the Human League tradition. I thought it would be interesting to mix the folk and electronic element together for children’s songs. Something that harks back to both the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the 60's and 70's and also the folk songs of TV programmes like Play Away, public information films and music from various weird and oddball kids TV from that era.

                                                                                                  “We then recruited various artists to sing on the tracks including PsychFolk singer Sharron Kraus, performance artist Heidi Kilpaleinen (HK119), synth goddess Tara Busch, artist and ex Add N to X man Steven Claydon and vocalists Liza Violet and Tom O'Hara.

                                                                                                  “Kevin and I are both interested in science and astronomy so that was the obvious direction for the album. Writing songs about various scientific subjects was interesting and a challenge. Aiming them at children meant that we didn't need a PHD for the lyrics. It became more about conveying a sense of wonder and presenting some amazing facts to audience.

                                                                                                  “In 2018 we were asked by Sheffield University to work on a live version of the album and to collaborate with some of their senior scientists on the project. This turned The Sound of Science into a live performance spectacular involving scientific experiments on stage, a live band performing the songs, plus 3D visuals created by Human in Sheffield. We performed 3 shows over two days and the reaction from kids and their parents was amazing. More festival shows due in 2020 were curtailed because of the pandemic, but we hope to get the show back on the road in 2022.”

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Barry says: An absolutely stunning package here, once again for the ever-brilliant CiS, and a landmark release for their 100th cat no. too! Beautiful kosmische synths, robot vocals and airy arps, bringing to mind Kosmischer Laufer or Panabrite, but imbued with a percussive drive and Hohner-exclusive humour. Really beautiful stuff in sight and sound.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Photosynthesis (Love The Green Machines)
                                                                                                  2. What Makes Sound
                                                                                                  3. Everything’s Made Of Atoms
                                                                                                  4. These Are The Elements
                                                                                                  5. Global Warming
                                                                                                  6. The Water Cycle
                                                                                                  7. The Speed Of Light
                                                                                                  8. Gravity
                                                                                                  9. Nebulae
                                                                                                  10. The Planets And Moons Of The Solar System
                                                                                                  11. Black Hole (Sagittarius A Star)
                                                                                                  12. A Total Solar Eclipse

                                                                                                  Roman Stewart

                                                                                                  Never Too Young To Learn

                                                                                                    Highly regarded deep roots nugget from ’73 now twin-spinned with the famed Big Youth microphone attack.

                                                                                                    A first time Glen Brown rhythm coupling and a limited one-time press.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Never Too Young To Learn
                                                                                                    Opportunity Rock

                                                                                                    This is Kaidi's 4th solo album under his own name, following on from 'An Insight To All Minds' (2021), 'It's A World Before You' (2018), and 'In Search Of Hope' (re-pressed in 2020), all released on First Word, along with several EPs from 2017 onwards.

                                                                                                    To bring you up to speed, Kaidi Tatham is a legendary multi-instrumentalist born in the Midlands and based in Belfast. Once dubbed "the UK's Herbie Hancock" by Benji B, he's a virtuoso on the keys and a true innovator in sound production as one of the original creators of the Broken Beat sound. Over the years his musical prowess has blessed numerous projects, recently with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Andrew Ashong and with longtime accomplice, Dego. This in addition to session and remix work for artists such as Mulatu Astatke, Slum Village, Marcos Valle, Amy Winehouse, Soul II Soul, Nubya Garcia, Rosie Frater-Taylor and Leroy Burgess, along with First Word label mates Eric Lau, Children of Zeus, Allysha Joy and Darkhouse Family. Kaidi is also a revered DJ known for rocking parties globally, whilst his solo catalogue spans tons of EPs and releases for labels such as Dego's 2000 Black, Alex Nut's Eglo Records and Theo Parrish's Sound Signature.

                                                                                                    This new album 'Don't Rush The Process' opens with an intro of sweet strings on 'Mystery Solved', ahead of lead title track, which is on a mid-tempo boom bap vibe, before switching to a more uptempo boogie vein, with the assistance of The Easy Access Orchestra, who also appear on 'We Chillin' Out', which is on a similar boogie tip. 'All I Need' is some gospel flavoured hip hop, whilst 'Knocknee Donkey' steps things up in a jazz-funk fashion. The second half of the album takes on a very Brazilian flavoured stance, with a set of delicious latin flavoured grooves on 'Any Flavour', 'Runnin' Tru', 'What A Dream' and 'Sooretama', the latter featuring the additional prowess of pianist Robert Mitchell. There's a touch more of the hip hop beats thrown in via 'Funky Fool' and the album closes out in inimitable Kaidi style with a short message: 'Mind Yourself'.

                                                                                                    A hugely prolific artist, here he adds to an already impressive catalogue, a body of work that falls within the cracks of jazz and dance music, exemplifying modern British black brilliance; uncompromising, innovative, groundbreaking, intricately sophisticated and deeply funky. His fanbase expands on every release and it's no surprise that that fanbase includes a diverse set of peers such as Madlib ("ahead of his time"), Gilles Peterson ("a key part of an entire movement"), K15 ("a limitless source of inspiration") and Kyle Hall.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Millie says: The musician's musician and broken beat pioneer Kaidi Tatham graces us with a lavish selection of boom-bap, semi-instrumental hip-hop and pure broken beat funk. It's an amazing collection from this much-lauded innovator.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Mystery Solved
                                                                                                    2. Don't Rush The Process (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
                                                                                                    3. Just Not Right Rudi
                                                                                                    4. All I Need
                                                                                                    5. We Chillin' Out (feat. The Easy Access Orchestra)
                                                                                                    6. Knocknee Donkey
                                                                                                    7. Any Flavour
                                                                                                    8. Funky Fool
                                                                                                    9. Sooretama (feat. Robert Mitchell)
                                                                                                    10. Runnin' Tru
                                                                                                    11. What A Dream
                                                                                                    12. Mind Yourself

                                                                                                    James Taylor Quartet

                                                                                                    Man In The Hot Seat

                                                                                                      A bona fide legend of the acid jazz / jazz funk scene, James Taylor returns with a stunning new James Taylor Quartet orchestral record 'Man In The Hot Seat'. A sonic collossus of a record, particularly when listening on vinyl, it ties together the effortless melodic funk of the quartet, the fullness of sound that only an orchestra can bring, with James’ love of classic film soundtracks. Created and recorded with the musicianship and production mastery we have come to expect from JTQ this is undoubtedly one of the best sounding records you’ll hear in 2022.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Man In The Hot Seat
                                                                                                      A2. The Danzig Connection
                                                                                                      A3. The New Money Spyder
                                                                                                      A4. Don’t Mess With The Champ
                                                                                                      A5. Cold War Etiquette

                                                                                                      B1. Murder On The Vaporetto
                                                                                                      B2. Diametric Opposition
                                                                                                      B3. The Gravedigger
                                                                                                      B4. Time For Revenge
                                                                                                      B5. Night Garden 

                                                                                                      Josephine Taylor / Krystal Generation

                                                                                                      Is It Worth A Chance / Satisfied

                                                                                                        Two tracks from the short-lived Twinight label from Chicago that peaked in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, their biggest star being the super soulful Syl Johnson.

                                                                                                        Featuring ‘Is It Worth A Chance’, the flipside of Josephine Taylor’s 1969 single ‘I’ve Made Up My Mind’, original copies of which go for anything between £30 and £100 these days.

                                                                                                        A brass peppered funker with a driving bassline behind Josephine’s strutting vocal, it was the climax of her short career that started with three 45s for the Mar-V-Lus label.

                                                                                                        Cut with Krystal Generation’s 1970 side ‘Satisfied’, the B-side of their ‘Is It Meant To Be’ that goes for around £75 if you can find a copy.

                                                                                                        A female four-piece from Chicago featuring Darlene Arnold, who recorded several sides in her own right as well as half a dozen with Krystal Generation, who also released a couple of singles on Gene Chandler’s Mister Chand label.

                                                                                                        ‘Satisfied’ revolves around Darlene’s lead vocal, some glorious harmonies and some sassy Staxlike horns.

                                                                                                        Slightly slower paced than Josephine Taylor’s cut - more soulful but just as funky.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Josephine Taylor ‘Is It Worth A Chance’
                                                                                                        Krystal Generation ‘Satisfied’

                                                                                                        Third Man Books Present

                                                                                                        Maggot Brain (Issue #9)

                                                                                                          WE HAVE COLUMNS FOR YOU, by Lucy Sante (their first autobiographical writing for us, touching and brilliant); we have a tear-jerker of an advice column by Mimi Lipson; the tapes column is more succinct this time; the forgotten hip-hop column is on the enigmatic Son of Bazerk!; we revisit the roadside America column with a dinosaur theme because why not; we take a look at forgotten early Hawaiian music in the reissue column; we go into detail about why the mysterious Seymour Glass from Bananfish matters so much; and there’s a terrific first-person account of growing up in DC right when Fugazi hit and why that band was such a crucial signpost for misfits of all stripes at the time. Our columns alone are worth the price of admission, hah.

                                                                                                          FEATURES

                                                                                                          Raymond Pettibon: In a wide-ranging and sweet interview by Adam Woodhead Pettibon walks us through his entire career, and even makes economics sound interesting.

                                                                                                          John Waters: We have a beautiful discussion on the merits of transgression in today’s climate by Feral House publisher and old friend Christina Ward.

                                                                                                          Cheri Knight: The great Seattle-based scribe Dave Segal goes deep on this neglected experimental pop musician from Olympia in the '80s.

                                                                                                          David Nance: Editor Mike McGonigal is fascinated by the way Nance manages to mix up tributes to other artists, and collaborations, with such deeply strong solo material.

                                                                                                          Amy Ruhl:The cinematic visual artist is explored in depth by Chelsea Wolfe.

                                                                                                          John Brannon: Check it out: we have the most epic and excellent career spanning photo packed feature by Brannon’s longtime photographer Doug Coombe.

                                                                                                          Melvins photo tour diary: Entirely by Buzz Osbourne, photos and words -- this is like a dozen pages and so and taken just months ago. It’s really rad, all shot on their first tour in forever!

                                                                                                          Lidia Yuknavitch: Alex Behr turned in a brilliant interview with the cult writer.

                                                                                                          Kan Mikami: The Japanese outsider blues-folk musician and actor is interviewed by the LA-based saxophone player and composer Patrick Shiroishi

                                                                                                          The Willies: And here we have thanks to Tyler Wilcox the most Maggot Brain type article, a big in-depth, lyrical feature on the Feelies ambient offshoot who have never been written on in-depth. The band’s connection to Downtown minimalism has never been written on this way, and basically you will for the first time understand how the band morphed from the first record into the second, and at least part of why there was so much time in between. We’re not worthy!

                                                                                                          Sarah Elizabeth Schantz: We have some brilliant and timely fiction that deals with gun violence by this great writer.

                                                                                                          Doorman Memories: Tim Abbondelo delivers a poignant set of memories (in the style of Joe Brainard’s celebrated long poem I Remember) on his days as the doorman to a midsize indie venue.

                                                                                                          Ural Thomas & The Pain

                                                                                                          Dancing Dimensions

                                                                                                            Though Ural Thomas is universally recognized as one of the most exciting singers remaining from the original soul era, and an active musical institution for over sixty years, his band, all decades younger, are treated as equals. The Pain are no backing band - but rather a well-oiled tightly knit musical aggregation that have spent the last eight years with Thomas developing a unique sound of their own. 

                                                                                                            The relationship extends beyond the stage and the studio and the practice room. On a given night you may witness the octogenarian soul journeyman turning up at the club with a crew one-third his age at midnight. If you don't recognize him, he's the sharp-dressed man with the charismatic grin out on the floor cutting a rug long after the young folks went home. This love of life and crossgenerational relationship is the essence of Ural Thomas & The Pain. 

                                                                                                            Despite the usual COVID-19 obstacles, Ural Thomas and The Pain finally completed their much-anticipated third album, ‘Dancing Dimensions’. While exploring everything from sweet Chicago soul to airy West Coast psychedelia to Sly funk, their latest collection retains the distinctive sound the band organically developed over years of relentless work.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Dancing Dimensions
                                                                                                            2. Heaven
                                                                                                            3. Do You Remember The
                                                                                                            4. Times We Had?
                                                                                                            5. First Dimension
                                                                                                            6. Apple Pie (Oh Me Oh My)
                                                                                                            7. Ol Safiya
                                                                                                            8. El Eey Em Eh
                                                                                                            9. Gimme Some Ice Cream
                                                                                                            10. Second Dimension
                                                                                                            11. My Favourite Song
                                                                                                            12. Third Dimension
                                                                                                            13. Hung Up On My Dream
                                                                                                            14. Promises
                                                                                                            15. If It Wasn't For Love

                                                                                                            British soul royalty John Turrell's classic debut solo album 'The Kingmaker' is given a much-deserved release on a limited edition yellow vinyl LP. Delivering eleven stunning raw vocal performances on emotionally searing tracks, Turrell manages to span upbeat northern soul jaunts, downtempo bluesy groovers and emotive ballads in a cohesive collection that never ceases to treat the listener.

                                                                                                            Created with writing partner and producer Nick Faber as a reflection and meditation on the ebb and flow of a normal man's life, authenticity and relatability are two key characteristics of the writing style on this record. While it is an album that references a diverse set of influences there is an unmistakable soul and blues sensibility that courses throughout the tracks. There are the same recognisable soaring vocals and heartfelt lyricism from the 'Smoove & Turrell' frontman that long term fans are used to (Smoove even lent a helping hand with engineering duties on the record) however this is undoubtedly a case of John running his own show.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. To The City
                                                                                                            2. The Temper
                                                                                                            3. Wrong Time
                                                                                                            4. Low
                                                                                                            5. The Kingmaker
                                                                                                            6. These Things
                                                                                                            7. Eating Stones
                                                                                                            8. Chasing Shadows
                                                                                                            9. Stella Maris
                                                                                                            10. Won't Get Fooled Again
                                                                                                            11. Home

                                                                                                            Since the early days of electronic music, white label records have been inextricably linked to DJ culture and the ways in which underground music has been disseminated. unknown - untitled draws on the white label concept withholding details about the producers behind the tracks and leaving listeners to draw their own conclusions about what they’re hearing.

                                                                                                            The concept label focuses primarily on vinyl releases, with previews of the tracks available online, but information about the artists only to be found within the record sleeve itself. The roster ranges from new and emerging producers to more established artists looking to explore new sounds.

                                                                                                            Picking up where they left off, the fourth release on the label is a powerhouse of mind melting, UK-flavoured, twisted techno-not-techno and breaks. Intricate rhythms, chest rumbling sub bass and deft samples destined for a heavyweight club system. With online personas often eclipsing the focus on music itself, here lies a return to form. 

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: Really diggin' this series so far - not least due to it's 'no presumptions' ethos. It's delivering some seriously underground sounds whilst avoiding falling victim to its own hype. Constantly keeping us on our toes and having it right off in the club. Recommended!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            A1. A1
                                                                                                            A2. A2
                                                                                                            B1. B1
                                                                                                            B2. B2

                                                                                                            Limited edition reissue of the rare and sought after Boo Williams' classic "Fruits Of The Spirit", originally released in '99.

                                                                                                            The perfect example of the Chi-town house god’s deft grip on swing and shuffle, four tracks that epitomize that wiggly worm feeling of feeling good in the session! All the idents and tropes that’d iconize this producer can be heard and discovered within these four tracks. From the suspended pads and angelic pads to the swirling fx and shoulder-rolling canter. It’s a quintessential BOO WILLIAMS trip for all to enjoy! One of his best in my opinion! Repressed for all – move quick! 


                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Matt says: Tasty repress of one of Boo's best. Aquaplaning on his celestial yet driving formula of deep house greatness. Been a tough one to acquire so this is a much welcome reish from the Chi-town demigod.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Side 1
                                                                                                            1. Fruits Of The Spirit
                                                                                                            2. Hiding Secrets
                                                                                                            Side 2
                                                                                                            1. Crying Black Man
                                                                                                            2. Changes

                                                                                                            Windhand

                                                                                                            Levitation Sessions

                                                                                                              The live album from Windhand's show on Levitation Sessions. The Richmond, VA based quartet has quickly risen to the top of the heavy rock music scene, with their genre-defying take on doom and psychedelia. Perhaps the perfect soundtrack to these dystopian times.

                                                                                                              “It was great to get together with the band after so many months apart, to plug in all the gear and let the demons loose once again. For a moment there it almost felt like being back on the road. We got to work with our old friends like Jonathan Kassalow (lighting and organ), and frequent music video collaborator Jordan Vance. They pulled it all together and made the show a heavy visual experience to pair with the audio which was recorded and mixed by our live sound engineer, Chris Moore. We look forward to seeing you on the road sometime soon at a real show, but this is as close as we'll get for now. Hope y'all enjoy.” - Dorthia, Garrett, Parker, and Ryan

                                                                                                              Windhand is one of the key artists in the resurgence of heavy music, and in a scene teeming with great bands inspired by Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Sleep and Electric Wizard, Windhand stands apart due to their mastery of the craft and the stunning vocals of singer Dorthia Cottrell.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              DISC 1
                                                                                                              SIDE A

                                                                                                              1. Old Evil
                                                                                                              2. Diablerie
                                                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                                                              1. First To Die
                                                                                                              2. Forest Clouds

                                                                                                              DISC 2
                                                                                                              SIDE C

                                                                                                              1. Three Sisters
                                                                                                              2. Grey Garden
                                                                                                              SIDE D
                                                                                                              1. Orchard
                                                                                                              2. Cassock

                                                                                                              Wolfhounds

                                                                                                              Bright And Guilty - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                In 1989, while the musical world was fêting serial-killer worshipping noise bands, white boys with dreadlocks and the first glimmers of techno, one band – The Wolfhounds – was describing the times and the country exactly as they were. Or at least as they saw it.

                                                                                                                Well, not exactly. The privations of finding enough money to live on, a semi-permanent roof over your head and perhaps the hope of real change were all there in the lyrics along with the multitudinous shards of ideas in the music, both raging and reflective – but there was also a sense of magical realism and authentic personal circumstance imbued in it all.

                                                                                                                Formed as a frantic noisy fusion of sixties garage and independent post-punk in Romford in 1984, by 1986 it was the band’s misfortunate to be corralled with the jangly and quirky bands of the era-defining C86 tape, given away free with the NME that year. The frustration of being lumped with the lumpen was already spilling over into a heightened creativity that would see the band release three LPs in 18 months, the first and perhaps most fully realised of which was Bright & Guilty.
                                                                                                                The band’s sense of melody saw three singles taken off it, and all received plentiful radio play that resulted in enthusiastic audience responses when the band toured with My Bloody Valentine and the House of Love shortly after the LP came out. This renewed attention also saw them being threatened with legal action by the food company satirically targeted by one of the singles – Happy Shopper.

                                                                                                                The band’s magpie listening habits also saw the first glimmers of an interest in sampling with the track Cottonmouth, hip hop in the drum rhythms of Invisible People and Son of Nothing, discordant post- hardcore in Non-specific Song and even percussive hints of Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs in Charterhouse.
                                                                                                                The album’s lyrical themes have sustained the relevance of these 30-something year-old songs. The dictatorship of the class system over the economy is touched on in Charterhouse, the unfairness of housing policy in Rent Act and Red Tape Red Light, the desperation of not having enough money to even seek employment in Useless Second Cousin. But there is contemplation and mystery, too: Rope Swing’s nostalgia for pre-teen childhood, Invisible People’s detailing of intangible weaknesses.

                                                                                                                Of all their peers, The Wolfhounds post-C86 output stands up straight and proud, and you’ll find echoes of their sound in Fontaines DC, Idles and many others – but not performed with the brashness, vigour and uniqueness of the originals.


                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Non- Specific Song
                                                                                                                Charterhouse
                                                                                                                Happy Shopper
                                                                                                                Useless Second Cousin
                                                                                                                Ex- Cable Street Tomorrow Attacking
                                                                                                                Son Of Nothing
                                                                                                                Ropeswing
                                                                                                                Rent Act
                                                                                                                Invisible Peopl
                                                                                                                A Mess Of Paradise
                                                                                                                No Soap In A Dirty War
                                                                                                                Red Tape Red Light
                                                                                                                Natural Disasters
                                                                                                                Cottonmouth
                                                                                                                Torture
                                                                                                                Died The Small Death
                                                                                                                A Mess Of Paradise (scarf Demo)
                                                                                                                I’m Not Like Everybody Else
                                                                                                                Set Me Free
                                                                                                                Second Son
                                                                                                                Everybody
                                                                                                                Recycle

                                                                                                                Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

                                                                                                                Noise & Flowers

                                                                                                                  ‘Noise & Flowers’ documents a 9-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at the age of 76. Performing alongside a photograph of Roberts taped to his road case, Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honour his late friend. It’s a trek the legendary singer/songwriter describes as “wondrous.”

                                                                                                                  In the album’s liner notes, Young says, “Playing in his memory [made it] one of the most special tours ever. We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend, Elliot.”

                                                                                                                  In paying tribute to the manager who guided Young’s career for over a half-century, ‘Noise & Flowers’ explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems (‘Mr. Soul’, ‘Helpless’, ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’) with rarely aired ‘70s deep cuts (‘Field of Opportunity’, ‘On the Beach’) and ’90s gems (‘From Hank to Hendrix’, ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’). His frequent backing band since 2015, Promise of the Real effectively bridges the extremes in Young’s sound, infusing his raging rockers and country serenades with their casual brilliance and telepathic intuition.

                                                                                                                  The companion film (directed by Bernard Shakey and dhlovelife) emphasizes both the intimacy and ecstasy of these performances.

                                                                                                                  ‘Noise & Flowers’ is entry No. PS 21 in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series of live releases – a special addition to a robust, and still-growing catalogue.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                  01 Mr. Soul
                                                                                                                  02 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
                                                                                                                  03 Helpless
                                                                                                                  04 Field Of Opportunity
                                                                                                                  05 Alabama
                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                  01 Throw Your Hatred Down
                                                                                                                  02 Rockin’ In The Free World
                                                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                                                  01 Comes A Time
                                                                                                                  02 From Hank To Hendrix
                                                                                                                  03 On The Beach
                                                                                                                  04 Are You Ready For The Country
                                                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                                                  01 I’ve Been Waiting For You
                                                                                                                  02 Winterlong
                                                                                                                  03 Fuckin’ Up

                                                                                                                  Debut release from Austudy: "Burning It Up: Australian Reggae (1979-1986)". A
                                                                                                                  compilation surveying the influence of reggae on Australia’s preoccupation with rock, pop, post-punk and new wave between the years of 1979-1986. Much like the cross fertilization that occurred here in the UK. This selection of 8 obscure tracks originally issued on 7” records represent some of the earliest examples of reggae sounds in Australian recorded music. Comes with beautifully illustrated lithograph printed booklet. Highly recommended!


                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Nights In Shining - Surfin’ Reggae
                                                                                                                  2. Wide Boy Youth - Busy Bleeding
                                                                                                                  3. Delaney Venn - Prisoner (LP Version)
                                                                                                                  4. Time Lords Inc. - Don’t  5. Lifesavers - Burning It Up
                                                                                                                  6. Janie Conway - Temptation 
                                                                                                                  7. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons - Shape I’m In (Dub Version)
                                                                                                                  8. The Agents - Night People 

                                                                                                                  Incredible new release from Star Creature who continue their to-die-for "Chicago Boogie" series. This one features some of the most sought after, rarest and frankly, most expensive gems from the late 70s and early 80s period and should have boogie aficionados salivating with anticipation...

                                                                                                                  Beginning with Conway Brothers' "Set It Out", a beefy and manly number from 1982 featuring tough synth bass, parping horns and masculine vocal part. Star Creature deploy the highly coveted 7" version here which many agree is much stronger than the LP version and often fetches over £400 second hand.

                                                                                                                  Nimbiss' "Paradise" is painfully obscure record released on Shy-Backe; one of only two 12"s from this illusive group. With a gorgeous b-line, orchestral arrangement and positive vibe it's got a strong Loft flavour. It's another highly collected 12" - going for up to £500 -which Star Creature have gifted to us at a fraction of the price!

                                                                                                                  General Lee's "Pleasure" is another highly coveted number; with Sadar Bahar famously playing two copies B2B, extending out that infectious intro. Released on Lost Weekend in 1979 it shows the Indiana-based Robert Lee in devastating futuristic effect - a metallic and space-age soul record that'll survive nuclear fallout it's that good. Originals often go for near to £1k!

                                                                                                                  Finally the criminally hard-to-acquire "Chi-C-A-G-O" by Light Touch Band. Such an inferno party track; it's geocentric lyrics make this preciously collected by Chicagoans and therefore not many outside the locale have experienced its pure and infectious spirit. Absolutely massive tune that, one again, you'd be looking at the best part of five ton to purchase an original copy!

                                                                                                                  A truly staggering compilation from Star Creature which boogie and disco aficionados can't afford to be without! Buy on sight!
                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Matt says: It's another highly valued treasure trunk of rare-ass boogie here from the Star Creature mob. About two grands worth I make it. And pressed to perfection. Don't leave it for the discogs sharks!

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1. Conway Brothers - Set It Out (The Version From The 7", This Mix Is Not Available On Any Of The LPs)
                                                                                                                  A2. Nimbiss - Paradise
                                                                                                                  B1. Generel Lee - Pleasure (Extended Mix)
                                                                                                                  B2. Light Touch Band - Chi - C - A - G - O

                                                                                                                  It's been almost 3 years since the first volume of Dancefloor Detonators enhanced our nocturnal revelries, so it's a welcome treat to see a second volume has now made an appearance.

                                                                                                                  As with the first release, Volume 2 follows a similar principle, namely to put on vinyl some of the most popular tracks from the label's digital catalogue alongside some exclusive new cuts, appearing here for the first time to keep things 100% fresh. The resultant 5-tracker is nothing short of sublime.

                                                                                                                  Label regulars Secret Circuit, Sordid Sound System and Bal5000 appear alongside Optimo Music regular Feon and newcomer Wanda Krak.

                                                                                                                  Molusc-dance, drug-chug, shamanic house tribalism, whatever you wanna call it - Invisible Inc. provide the freaky shit for ur dance! 

                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Matt says: Molusc dance originators Invisible, Inc. return with some new signings for a incapsulating lesson in drug-chug. With mushroom season just round the corner it's good to stock up on some psilocybin friendly sonics...

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  A1. Secret Circuit - Orchid Chips
                                                                                                                  A2. Bal5000 - Neutra
                                                                                                                  A3. Wanda Krak - Spectral Beasts
                                                                                                                  AA1. Feon - Round Earther
                                                                                                                  AA2. Sordid Sound System - Vuelta 

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  Give Me The Funk - Tribute Session

                                                                                                                    Funk, The Tribute Session : a killer selection of pop hits revisited in a groovy and funky way ! With Marcus Miller - Clarence Reid - Spanky Wilson - Incredible Bongo Band - Redd Holt Unlimited - Dennis Coffey - The Mighty Mocambos - Electro Deluxe

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    A1. Clarence Reid - Get Back
                                                                                                                    A2. Spanky Wilson - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                                                                                                    A3. Incredible Bongo Band - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
                                                                                                                    A4. Pretty Purdie & The Playboys Feat. Norman Matlock - Funky Mozart
                                                                                                                    A5. Redd Holt Unlimited - I Shot The Sheriff
                                                                                                                    A6. Dennis Coffey - Never Can Say Goodbye
                                                                                                                    B1. The Mighty Mocambos - The Next Message
                                                                                                                    B2. Electro Deluxe - Staying Alive
                                                                                                                    B3. Marcus Miller - Girls & Boys
                                                                                                                    B4. Lenny White Feat. Donald Blackman & Foley - Kashmir

                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                    Indian Vibes - The Finest Selection Of Electronic Music With Indian Flavor

                                                                                                                      Double LP of electronic cuts with a nod to the Indian subcontinent.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Fakear - Darjeeling
                                                                                                                      A2. Panjabi MC - Mundian To Bach Ke
                                                                                                                      A3. Télépopmusik - An Ordinary Life
                                                                                                                      A4. Better Daze - Stay Right Here
                                                                                                                      A5. Nitin Sawhney - Bengali Song
                                                                                                                      B1. Asian Dub Foundation - Rivers Of Dub
                                                                                                                      B2. Skeewiff - The Bone (Part One)
                                                                                                                      B3. T.J. Rehmi - Dil Mai Durad
                                                                                                                      B4. Joi - E.SY (Spring Heel Jack Mix)
                                                                                                                      C1. Kid Loco - She'S My Lover (A Song For R.)
                                                                                                                      C2. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Bollywood
                                                                                                                      C3. Fanfara Electronica - Funky Indian
                                                                                                                      C4. World Service - Skanking For Jullandar
                                                                                                                      C5. Tulika Feat. Nicolas Dri - Love Is Back
                                                                                                                      D1. Badmarsh - Easin' In
                                                                                                                      D2. The Karminsky Experience Inc. - Exploration
                                                                                                                      D3. Up, Bustle & Out - Silks, Perfumes And Gold
                                                                                                                      D4. Bonobo - Terrapin

                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                      Pay It All Back Volume 8

                                                                                                                        On-U Sound is proud to present the latest volume in the much-loved and collectable series of On-U Sound label samplers, packed with exclusives, alternate mixes and previews of upcoming releases. Includes unreleased tracks from Lee “Scratch” Perry, Tackhead, African Head Charge, Mark Stewart, Creation Rebel, Andy Fairley and more.

                                                                                                                        The release of the new compilation also coincides with a very special concert taking place at the Forum in London, originally scheduled for 2020 but delayed because of the pandemic. Celebrating 40 years of the On-U Sound label, it brings together musicians and artists from at least four different continents for a unique evening with Horace Andy, Tackhead, African Head Charge, Creation Rebel and most of the other musicians featured on the album.

                                                                                                                        Label boss Adrian Sherwood comments: “As usual with the Pay It All Back series, the intention is to promote our upcoming releases and productions. Also on offer are previously unreleased gems, versions of tracks exclusive to this release and more from artists that we’re keen to promote. Sadly in the last year we have lost so many music giants from amongst us, including Lee “Scratch” Perry, George Oban and John Sharpe. Lee Perry laughed at death. It was to him just a part of life and another beginning...I trust Lee. I’m very proud of this album, it goes out to all On-U Crew, our missing and irreplaceable friends.”

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: One of the longest serving UK dubwise labels and one of its most visionary and creative. Adrian Sherwood's maverick imprint return for volume 8 of its sporadic, long running, highly collectable compilation series. Crucial!

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        LP Tracklisting
                                                                                                                        A1. MAD 45 You’ll Own Nothing
                                                                                                                        A2. Lee “Scratch” Perry Ft. LSK Many Names Of God
                                                                                                                        A3. Tackhead Ft. LSK Rulers And Foolers
                                                                                                                        A4. Rita Morar Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice)
                                                                                                                        A5. African Head Charge Asalatua
                                                                                                                        A6. Horace Andy Watch Over Them
                                                                                                                        B1. Mark Stewart Storm Crow
                                                                                                                        B2. Creation Rebel Stonebridge Warrior
                                                                                                                        B3. Jeb Loy Nichols What Does A Man Do All Day?
                                                                                                                        B4. Denise Sherwood This Road
                                                                                                                        B5. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. Daddy Freddy, Ghetto Priest And Jen Jen We No Normal (Anger Management)
                                                                                                                        B6. Andy Fairley Your Best Tune

                                                                                                                        Bonus Tracks Accessible Via DL Card:

                                                                                                                        Tackhead Ft. MAD 45 - I Don’t Wanna Work A Fake Job
                                                                                                                        Sherwood & Pinch - Excessive Drinking
                                                                                                                        Ital Horns - Metropolis
                                                                                                                        LSK - Money Masters
                                                                                                                        Andy Fairley - Deranged Man

                                                                                                                        Please Note That The Rita Morar And Mark Stewart Tracks Are Vinyl Only, Are Not Currently Available Digitally, And Therefore Are Not Accessible Via The Download Card. 

                                                                                                                        CD Tracklisting
                                                                                                                        01. MAD 45 - You’ll Own Nothing
                                                                                                                        02. Lee “Scratch” Perry Ft. LSK - Many Names Of God
                                                                                                                        03. Tackhead Ft. LSK - Rulers & Foolers
                                                                                                                        04. Rita Morar - Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice)
                                                                                                                        05. African Head Charge - Asalatua
                                                                                                                        06. Horace Andy - Watch Over Them
                                                                                                                        07. Mark Stewart - Storm Crow
                                                                                                                        08. Creation Rebel - Stonebridge Warrior
                                                                                                                        09. Jeb Loy Nichols - What Does A Man Do All Day?
                                                                                                                        10. Denise Sherwood - This Road
                                                                                                                        11. Sherwood & Pinch Ft. Daddy Freddy, Ghetto Priest And Jen Jen - We No Normal (Anger Management)
                                                                                                                        12. Andy Fairley - Your Best Tune
                                                                                                                        13. Lesson 7 & Scott Crow Ft. Doug Wimbish - Andthe (Arise) Adrian Sherwood Remix
                                                                                                                        14. Hebden’s HiFi - Segue 8
                                                                                                                        15. Tackhead Ft. MAD 45 - I Don’t Wanna Work A Fake Job
                                                                                                                        16. Sherwood & Pinch - Excessive Drinking
                                                                                                                        17. Ital Horns - Metropolis
                                                                                                                        18. LSK - Money Masters
                                                                                                                        19. Andy Fairley - Deranged Man

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Music Lab

                                                                                                                          This new Studio collection on Soul Jazz Records delves deep into a melting pot world of reggae and funk and dub created at the music laboratory of 13 Brentford Road, Kingston in the 1970s - an intense collaboration of crack musicians, singers, DJs and engineers under the guidance of producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd.

                                                                                                                          Here you will find some of the deepest and rawest cuts to emanate out the Studio One factory - truly hypnotic rhythms, powerful funk guitar and bass, soaring horns and more interspersed with occasional vocals and toasting as musicians reach for the highest heights and deepest roots of reggae music.

                                                                                                                          Some of these tunes here are rare and classic versions to seminal Studio One vocal cuts from the likes of Horace Andy and Hortense Ellis. There is also a wealth of cuts from simply the greatest musicians ever to come out of Jamaica (let alone Studio One). These include Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso, Cedric Brooks, Ernest Ranglin and the Brentford All-Stars. You’ll find straight up funk bombs such as Lennie Hibbert’s mindblowing ‘Go For Yourself’ (sounding like The Meters meets James Brown), the Brentford All-Stars covering War’s classic ‘The World is a Ghetto’, and Jackie Mittoo showing how to make Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ into a reggae funk bomb.

                                                                                                                          All of these sit beside super-deep roots and dub cuts that exemplify together how Studio One was unique in Clement Dodd’s pioneering vision of reggae, the music created functioning with a continuous level of experimentation that blurred the lines between genres and pushed the outer limits of reggae music at all times. This album is deep.

                                                                                                                          The album comes with extensive sleeve notes by Steve Barker

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Hortense And The Sound Dimension -
                                                                                                                          People Make The World Go Round Version
                                                                                                                          Leroy Wallace And The New Establishment -
                                                                                                                          Far Beyond Version
                                                                                                                          Sound Dimension - Face Man Version
                                                                                                                          Fabian & The Vibes - Mother And Child (Part
                                                                                                                          2)
                                                                                                                          Lennie Hibbert - Go For Yourself
                                                                                                                          Dub Specialist - Chainey Roots
                                                                                                                          Brentford All Stars - The World Is A Ghetto
                                                                                                                          The Jay Tees And Brentford Rockers -
                                                                                                                          Forward To Jah (Part 2)
                                                                                                                          Roy Richards - Summertime
                                                                                                                          Lennie Hibbert - Snow Bird
                                                                                                                          Pablov Black - Dread Head
                                                                                                                          Cedric Im Brooks - Glory To Sound
                                                                                                                          Jackie Mittoo - Lazy Bones
                                                                                                                          Dub Specialist - Message From Dub
                                                                                                                          Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                                                                                                          Roland Alphonso - Tenor Man Trip
                                                                                                                          Ernest And The Sound Dimension - Surfin’

                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                          Surf Music - The Finest Selection Of 60s Surf Rock Music

                                                                                                                            Compilation of 60s surf tracks from California including tracks by The Beach Boys, Duane Eddy, The Fireballs, The Bel Airs, The Chantays, Santo & Johnny, and many others.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. The Beach Boys - 409
                                                                                                                            A2. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin'
                                                                                                                            A3. The Bel Airs - Mr. Moto
                                                                                                                            A4. The Ventures - Perfidia
                                                                                                                            A5. The Chantays - Move It
                                                                                                                            A6. The Frogmen - Beware Below
                                                                                                                            A7. The Gamblers - LSD-25
                                                                                                                            A8. Link Wray & The Wraymen - Slinky
                                                                                                                            A9. The Mar-Kets - Surfer's Stomp
                                                                                                                            B1. Duane Eddy - Moovin' And Groovin'
                                                                                                                            B2. The Lively Ones - Crying Guitar
                                                                                                                            B3. The Surfmen - The Ghost Hop
                                                                                                                            B4. Sandy Nelson - Junior Jive
                                                                                                                            B5. The Fireballs - Bulldog
                                                                                                                            B6. The Tornadoes - Moon Dawg
                                                                                                                            B7. Santo & Johnny - Pineapple Princess
                                                                                                                            B8. The Frantics - Werewolf
                                                                                                                            B9. The Revels - Intoxica

                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                            Trip Hop Vibes Vol. 1

                                                                                                                              You name it, they are on this superb compilation of trip hop vibes featuring Boards of Canada, Portishead, Morcheeba, Björk, Coldcut, DJ Shadow, Moloko, Bonobo, Mr Scruff, Quantic, Tricky, Thievery Corporation, Cinematic Orchestra etc. the sound of the 90s with 23 tracks on double vinyl.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              A1. Moby - Natural Blues
                                                                                                                              A2. Deluxe - Pony
                                                                                                                              A3. Kazam - Swag On
                                                                                                                              A4. Smith & Mighty Feat. Tammy Payne - Same
                                                                                                                              A5. Alex Gopher - The Child (Radio Edit)
                                                                                                                              A6. Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
                                                                                                                              B1. Mr. Scruff - Get A Move On
                                                                                                                              B2. Dday One - Cielo Azul
                                                                                                                              B3. Dj Cam - Birds Also Sing For Anamaria
                                                                                                                              B4. Bonobo - Terrapin
                                                                                                                              B5. Simon Says - Late At Night
                                                                                                                              C1. Fakear - Morning In Japan
                                                                                                                              C2. Kid Loco - A Grand Love Theme
                                                                                                                              C3. Guts - What Is Love ?
                                                                                                                              C4. Moloko - Fun For Me
                                                                                                                              C5. Waldeck - Memories Feat. Patrizia Ferrara
                                                                                                                              C6. Ancient Astronauts - I Came Running
                                                                                                                              D1. Gotan Project Feat. Cristina Vilallonga - Epoca
                                                                                                                              D2. Chinese Man - I'Ve Got That Tune
                                                                                                                              D3. The Mighty Bop - Feeling Good
                                                                                                                              D4. Thievery Corporation - It Takes A Thief
                                                                                                                              D5. Quantic - Time Is The Enemy

                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                              Tsfjazz.Com Rare Groove Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                A fine selection of rare jazz tracks with a funky flavor - curated by Parisian radio station TSF Jazz.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. Manu Dibango - Groovy Flute
                                                                                                                                A2. Tenório Jr. - Nebulosa
                                                                                                                                A3. Mark Murphy - Why Don't You Do Right
                                                                                                                                A4. Illinois Jacquet - Mambocito Mio
                                                                                                                                A5. Frank Minion - Bongo Blues
                                                                                                                                A6. Blue Mitchell - Mi Hermano
                                                                                                                                B1. Lorez Alexandria - I'm Whishin'
                                                                                                                                B2. Marian McPartland - Coming Home Baby
                                                                                                                                B3. Oliver Nelson - 125th Street & 7th Avenue
                                                                                                                                B4. Ella Fitzgerald, Ernie Heckscher Big Band & Tommy Flanagan - Sunshine Of Your Love
                                                                                                                                B5. Orchester Roland Kovac - Milky Way
                                                                                                                                C1. Gene Ammons - Pagan Love Song
                                                                                                                                C2. The Monty Alexander Trio - Monticello
                                                                                                                                C3. Mel Tormé - Right Now!
                                                                                                                                C4. Richard "Groove" Holmes - Six Million Dollar Man Theme
                                                                                                                                C5. Dizzy Gillespie - For The Gypsies
                                                                                                                                D1. Michel Sardaby - Welcome New Warmth
                                                                                                                                D2. Art Farmer Septet - Mau Mau
                                                                                                                                D3. Frank Minion - Watermelon
                                                                                                                                D4. The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet - Before The Rain And After
                                                                                                                                D5. Gabor Szabo - Galatea's Guitar

                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                Vintage Zouk

                                                                                                                                  This new volume of the Vintage Collection is dedicated to Zouk, the music originating from the French West Indies. Let the sun shine in your stereo!

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  A1. Kassav' - Zouk-La Sé Sel Medikaman Nou Ni
                                                                                                                                  A2. Jocelyne Béroard - Kolé Séré
                                                                                                                                  A3. Édith Lefel - Somnifère
                                                                                                                                  A4. Jocelyne Labylle & Cheela Feat. Passi & Jacob Desvarieux - Laisse Parler Les Gens
                                                                                                                                  A5. Lynnsha - Ne M'en Veux Pas
                                                                                                                                  A6. Medhy Custos - Elles Demandent
                                                                                                                                  B1. Fanny J - Ancrée À Ton Port
                                                                                                                                  B2. Jane Fostin Feat. Medhy Custos - Pas De Glace
                                                                                                                                  B3. Thierry Cham - Océan
                                                                                                                                  B4. Warren Feat. Fanny J - J'ai Trouvé L'erreur
                                                                                                                                  B5. Kim & Marvin - Ne T'en Vas Pas
                                                                                                                                  B6. Princess' Lover - Mon Soleil


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