MAGIC MIX

funk . soul . jazz . free jazz . broken beat

WEEK STARTING 19 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Let Me Ride (KON Remix) by Mothership Konnection.
P-fun motor booty over here on this Kon feat. Reworked and crafted from the stems with George Clinton blessing. 
This is an unrushed edit, no house beat. Introducing all the parts in due course, patiently. Vocals, trumpets loop, keys, bassline. A slow chugger that has been composed with love and respect for the original. The chorus solo which is the climax of this track will cause more than one some goosebumps. 

There is a dub on the B Side, but for us is the vocals that bring this masterpiece to the forefront. This is a 1975 mega track given a refresh almost 45 years after.

This is how we like to see edits done. Kon needs no introduction and needless to say this one is essential. We are getting a few copies so do not sleep. 

Record of the week for me!

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: The question remains. Why to release this beauty on a 7" and not on a glorious 45rpm 12" for the delight of the fierce DJ? Format aside, this is a great edit worth all these years of patient waiting.

Lorna Bennett / The Revolutionaries

It's My House

Heavy reggae-disco-dub stylings here from Lorna Bennet & The Revolutionaries who, via Miss You's 2nd tasty reissue this week, provide a nothing short of eeessential 12" release for fans of that Jamaican groove.

Lorna Bennett (born 7 June 1952 in Newton, Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica) is a reggae singer who twice topped the Jamaican singles chart in the early 1970s, and who is best remembered for her reggae version of "Breakfast in Bed".

"It's My House" was originally released, with little fanfare, on High Note sometime in the mid 80s. Fetching pricely sums online and feverishly collected by those who know, the vocal version is a heavy roots cut - resplendent with horns and loud bass. Bennet's vocal sits beautifully atop of the groove; sugary but not too sweet, melancholic but not depressive. It's on the flip that the instrumental really comes to life, a ridiculously well produced cut which is so far going unaccredited! It's clear and focused, hinting at the more digital, 16-track studios that became popular in the mid 80s but I have to hold my hands up I don't know anything about this record. What I do know is that I'm nodding my head harder to this instrumental than some of Wackies best efforts.. and that's saying summat! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Another sterling dub to compliment the recent slew of Wackies / Scientist freak-outs. Unbeknownist to me until now, this is what you need for the warmer months ahead.

Tony Benton was the driving force behind the Seattle sound during the late 70s & 80s and formed his group Teleclere, who went on to release their first single in 1982, Fantasy Love / Ultra Groove. Through the success of their independant release, Teleclere followed up a year later with their Affection/Defection album. The group disbanded shortly after and now, 36 years later we have the pleasure to announce the Tony Benton & Teleclere - Fantasy Love EP.

The tracks have been sitting on DAT tapes until early 2018 and this release is the first step to reviving their iconic sound via an initial 5 track steppers EP. 4 tracks are previously unreleased and haven't been heard since they were recorded back in the early 80s.



STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: A casual glance at the sleeve should leave you in no doubt that Tony Benton is a GEE and the A-grade boogie which reveals itself once you slap the platter on the player only goes to confirm it. MEGA!

Akhenaten was the first album Nat Birchall released via the then brand-new Gondwana Records label in Manchester. Originally only released on CD in 2009 this is the first time this classic recording has been made available since.

The album on the whole features a quartet, and is expanded to a quintet on the title track where UK trumpet virtuoso Matthew Halsall joins in with a stunning solo. The album explores deep, hymn-like themes at length, finding much to say on the relatively simple melodies and arrangements.

Nat and his fellow band members play here with the selfless motivation and focus that's required to allow them to tap deep into the human psyche, producing music that is soulful and stately. Very different from most modern jazz styles played nowadays, the music has a timeless beauty that will stand the test of time.

The album was enthusiastically received by music fans and critics alike, being unanimously hailed as a modern classic.

This outstanding UK film score by Mr Roy Budd has been a treasure amongst music collectors for as long as I’ve known. Now, for the first time, Dynamite Cuts is making a 2x7” 45 collection of the musical gems form the “Get Carter” Film using the original first pressing sleeve which was Japan only mega rare. His masterful chords and textures are a joy to listen to alongside killer bass and drum grooves that make for a cinematic musical heaven. Amongst my personal favourite Roy Budd compositions, “Getting nowhere in a hurry,” is an easy listening gem with killer harpsichord lead lines and “Hallucinations” (I love the deep groove in this song!) features his trade mark lush vocal production. Both cuts are sure to become favourites of yours too!

“Stone Killers” is Roy Budd’s holy grail soundtrack, only ever released on an Italian label, with it’s iconic Charles Bronson picture sleeve. Now, for the first time Dynamite Cuts is releasing a 2x7” 45 collection of some of the gems it holds, deep, slow and heavy grooves that make you tingle! In my opinion, this is the LP where Roy created his unique sound that just makes him so superb. “On The Trail” and “On The Move” especially, set the scene to the whole soundtrack, loaded with his exquisite beats and underpinned by the superb bass, strings and horns we’ve all come to love in Budd’s compositions.

As menacing and unhinged as ever, the pride of Staten Island is back with their fifth full-length offering, V. Raw and absent of modern technological trappings, the Budos pick up where they left off with 2014’s “Burnt Offering,” and finds the Budos expanding on the brooding, fuzz-fueled riffs, whilst harkening back to the Ethiopian inspired rhythms and percussive proclivity that put Budos Band on the map.

“Old Engine Oil,” a rocker at heart, kicks things into gear and delivers a high-octane burst of Budos mayhem. “The Enchanter” serves up a classic dose of upbeat afro-soul, drenched in a venomous assault of wall-melting proportions that leads you to the “Spider Web,” a rumbling ode to the Cowbell Colossus whose punctuated horn stabs take you on an untamed ride to the dark side of the spoon. The side closes with “Peak of Eternal Night,” whose odd time signature and haunting horns transport the listener to the peak of a menacing otherworldly landscape that’s further explored in the final track “Ghost Talk” – a guitar driven groover that gives way to an organ-washed space ritual beneath sun-summoning trumpet blasts.

Side Two opens with “Arcane Rambler,” an interstellar ramble across space and time that leaves the listener in cosmic purgatory. “Maelstrom,” released as a single shortly after the release of “Burnt Offering,” boasts waves of furious sonic power that batter the listener via a maw of snarling sea-foam bubbling with the power of the Budos. Soon darkness falls as “The Veil of Shadows” is draped across the land – in this realm of twilight one quickly loses their way, only to find themselves at a dusk-to-dawn pyre of budonian proportions. “Rumble from the Void” then pulls you into a percussive black hole of formless beat-worship. There are no horns to help you here, just the tentacles of rhythm that tirelessly pull you back into the void. “Valley of the Damned” closes the record, it’s twisting groove coupled with hypnotic drones of synth and horns transports you to a place of little hope and even less reason. You’ve been warned…


FORMAT INFORMATION

Coloured LP Info: Limited coloured vinyl edition.

The Comet Is Coming

Channel The Spirits


    “Great fire will fall from the sky, the cause will appear both stupefying and marvellous. Very soon after, the earth will tremble. ” The arrival of The Comet as prophesised by Nostradamus. And the earth did tremble.

    Our saviours Danalogue The Conqueror , Betamax Killer (both Soccer96 ) and King Shabaka (Sons Of Kemet, The Ancestors ) bestowed upon us their debut album Channel The Spirits on April 1st 2016 CE. From simpler times, this was a prophetic document. A celeb ration. The beginning of the end.

    For those recent converts, here is Channel The Spirits (Special Edition) . Here is the universe in a microcosm; the life-force distilled down to its raw essence : sex and dancing. Here is a package that includes the debut Prophecy EP from 2015CE. Here are three previously unheard tracks: the fabled Ancient Tapes.



    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Black vinyl repress.

    2xDeluxe CD Info: SPECIAL EDITION 2CD VERSION OF ACCLAIMED, MERCURY SHORTLISTED ALBUM.

    Dialect / Talkboy

    In My Zone / Wasting Time

      Leeds born Dialect is known across the country as a formidable MC with highly rated performances on Don’t Flop, Lord Of The Mic’s, SBTV, Radio 1 Xtra & an appearance on Tim Westwood TV. Staying true to his WY roots & name, Dialect delivers in his raw Leeds accent, staying real throughout. He’s not afraid of hard work, regularly taking to the streets of Leeds to busk, honing his flow. He has performed at King Of The Dot, Canada’s premier rap battle league & is a team captain regular in Red Bull’s Rap Battle League.

      FFO: Skepta, Wiley, Stormzy, Ghetts, Kano, JME, Novelist

      Talkboy are a group of six friends from Leeds who sing songs about each other, the people around them, and the lives they lead.

      Talkboy is Katie Heap (vocals), Calum Juniper (vocals), Tim Malkin (guitar), Charlotte Jones (keys), Tom Sargent (bass), Jake Greenway (drums).Talkboy is Katie Heap (vocals), Calum Juniper (vocals), Tim Malkin (guitar), Charlotte Jones (keys), Tom Sargent (bass), Jake Greenway (drums).



      Linda DiFranco

      TV Scene / My Boss

        Linda Di Franco only released an album in 1986, "Rise Of The Heart" and it is still considered a Balearic classic. The main tunes are "T.V. Scene" and "My Boss", of which extended versions are featured in this official repress remastered from the original tapes. Up till now there was just a dodgy bootleg from the Sunkissed guys ("The Balearic Sounds Of Linda De Franco") which, let's be honest, sounded pretty weak on wax. Groovin' have done an excellent job in the transfer here, making these two beach-warmers an essential grab for anyone making the annual pilgrimage to Croatia, Ibiza or indeed any tropical party island of your pleasing! Someone get the calamari in!

        Modern Times is the third album from the British creative spirit Elliot Galvin. If his previous trio album, The Influencing Machine was a more involved and produced album, then Modern Times completely redresses the balance. This is an album so immediate and instantaneous, it takes the same time to listen to as it did to make. Primarily produced for vinyl, each side was recorded in one complete sitting, with no break in between tracks, recorded direct to vinyl.

        As Elliot explains: ‘I had been making music with a lot of electronic instruments and becoming a bit disengaged with making acoustic music. Then I saw a solo piano concert by Jason Moran when I was in Montreux and I was so inspired. It reminded me why I loved making jazz and acoustic music. It was so immediate and human. I wanted to make a record like this. I remember a chat I had a while back with a friend of mine Jorg who mentioned he was putting together this studio where you could record direct to vinyl and it seemed like the perfect way to capture a totally acoustic record”.

        Modern Times is yet another confirmation of a musician who is able to play with real adventurousness and inventiveness. He has created a unique identity as one of the foremost European pianists and improvisors. He challenges himself, never allowing himself to sit on his laurels, inspires the musicians who play with him and pushes the boundaries of what we’ve come to know as contemporary Jazz. It’s unpredictable, inventive, but above all, it’s brilliant. Elliot Galvin is growing a formidable reputation: with Modern Times taking flight, a wave of international acclaim and plaudits for The Influencing Machine (including being named by Downbeat and Jazzwise as one of the best albums of 2018) and growing international audiences. He also has a solo piano album planned and recorded, Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton, due in early 2020. His output is prolific yet remains of the highest quality. There’s no stopping his endlessly creative spirit and his carving out of a career of deep foundation and longevity.

        Twenty years ago, Jan Jelinek's debut album "Personal Rock" was released by Source Records. Under the pseudonym Gramm, it brings together eight tracks that have not been available on vinyl since their original release. Faitiche is very glad to announce the re-release of the album: Personal Rock will appear as a double LP featuring the original cover artwork.

        'Situated somewhere between Jelinek's much loved Loop-Finding Jazz Records, Farben, Move D's Conjoint project and Atom Heart's most immersive work for Rather Interesting, it's a late night album full of subtle production tricks and melodic House structures that belong to the pre-millennial IDM heyday, but which transcend its overly-masculine templates.' (Boomkat) 

        Captured during two sunny afternoons in September 2017, The fourth LP by the much respected and collected duo, Hampshire and Foat, takes us to a new level of direct performance. Recorded live, with no overdubs, in two churches situated in Saint Lawrence on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, and mixed direct live onto a vintage stereo Nagra IV-S and AKG C24 Stereo microphone, every nuance of the performance is laid bare. Only the ambience of the room and the artists' skill make the recording what it is.

        For a brace of sun soaked days, Warren and Greg were joined by their long time musical partners, Phil Achille and Eric Young, and a cadre of local musicians and friends, creating an album that truly captures the magical ambience of the churches and surrounding landscape - even the birds in the Church steeple can be heard at times. Tracks are named after local landmarks, secret beaches, and rural paths that Warren and Greg hold dear. The duo wanted to make something special and collectable for this unique ambient jazz folk gem, so the cover has been produced in a beautiful late '60s private press style and, limited to 500 copies on vinyl.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: Recorded live, Saint Lawrence captures the duo’s ambient core with this stunning fourth album, matched with beautiful faded artwork of the church. Peaceful and captivating this release is one to treasure.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: Limited to 500 copies on vinyl

        After the first wave of artists that have broken the ice with their way of combining contemporary symphonic music with electronica and jazz on the European side (Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter) – now there is a new generation of young musician breaking boundaries on a new level. Especially in Germany there is a new wave of artists that bring the thing on a whole new level. These 20 – 25 year old people don't just imitate what the bigger names in the scene (the fathers) have done but develop the style to a totally different level and add new ideas instead of just copying what the older guys did. This new wave of artists have a huge musical knowledge, have studied at the best music academies, learned to play „classical“ instruments and know how to improvise on a very high level. They have been raised in 2 different world: Studied the history of (contemporary) classical music and also been influenced by what's happening in Electronica evolution of the last 25 years.

        Ralph Heidel is one of these new kids in the German scene. Coming from Munich, the 25 year old extremely talented musician studied saxophone and composition at the Munich academy of music (known for being the best music school in Germany. Think Julliard or Berklee). He graduated in 2018. Leering everything about the music of 20th century composers (Charles Ives, Alfred Schnittke, Giöyrgi Ligeti etc). At the same time he grow up with the music of electronic producers like Alvo Noto, Boards of Canada, Jon Hopkins, Jan Jelinek, Four Tet since early days. And: he comes from a Jazz musicians family and has grown up by listening to the jazz collection of his father. Studied saxophone since age of 12 with a big passion for the more advanced Jazz.

        In his own music all this comes together.
        „Moments of Resonance“ are seven compositions full of brilliant little ideas, harmonic complexity, unheard music surprises, clever citations, dramatic evolutions, big explosive moments, meditative moments and euphoric high points. This album is an extremely emotional work of art for strings, saxophone, drums, bass and electronics.

        Ralph Heidel and his 7 piece ensemble Homo Ludens connect contemporary chamber music with Electronica, Ambient, Post rock and avant-garde Jazz. On a highest possible musical level – without getting too abstract and incomprehensible.

        Everything is composed and improvised. Nothing is sampled. You find wild Punk-Jazz parts that recall John Zorn or Mahavishnu Orchestra and romantic passages that make you think about European impressionistic composers like Ravel or Debussy. But nothing is imitated, everything gets broken up through an expressive new way of using harmonization and melodic composing. Sometimes the band flies through an ambient and drone universe but one moment later the music evolves into an explosive, impossible to describe musical moment. One of Heidel's biggest ability is to melt electronic and organic elements into a new unheard sound.


        Haroumi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya

        The Aegean Sea

        1979’s The Aegean Sea is somewhat of a companion piece to the previous year’s Pacific. A beautiful piece of Japanese smooth fusion-jazz with elements of traditional Greek music and Balearic grooves, it’s one of the cleanest and most focused works in the Hosono archive. Long sought after by collectors this record is nearly impossible to find in original pressings outside of Japan and this is a welcome reissue of one of the greatest titles in Hosono’s seemingly infinite catalog. Essential Japanese jazz fusion.

        Ultra-rare jazz-funk/fusion album by Japanese drummer, Akira Ishikawa, featuring percussion-heavy versions of ‘Let’s Start’, ‘Bongo Rock’ and ‘Pick Up The Pieces’. ‘Back To Rhythm’ was the final recording in Ishikawa’s Africaninfluenced period. He cut this record with his band ‘Count Buffalos’, featuring Kiyoshi Sugimoto, Takeru Muraoka, Larry Sunaga and arranger Hiromasa Suzuki. It includes excellent cover versions of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, BT Express, Stevie Wonder, Average White Band, Incredible Bongo Band and Fela Kuti. Originally released in Japan in 1975 by Columbia, this is now extremely difficult to find in its original format, and very pricey indeed!

        The original from 1982 is a modern soul anthem. When it was released on 7'' for the first time in 2016, Gregg and the label started dreaming of "One For The Road"'s next blessing. Their mutual love of Philly Soul meant there was only one man on the planet who could fulfil this dream; Nigel Lowis! Imagine the elation when Nigel conjured up not one, but two distinct and incredible versions. Ladies and gentlemen, here are The Nigel Lowis Uptown & Downton mixes of "One For The Road"!

        Harlem's legendary disco label P&P and its associated labels have long been cult favourites among fans of underground dance music for decades.

        One of many labels operating under the equally legendary P&P family of imprints, Sound Of New York, USA was operated by one Peter Brown, a truly colossal figure in NYC's music scene, it's catalogue still fascinates music lovers to this day. Covering a wide range of styles including gospel, early rap and disco the label's output continually finds its way into the playlists of respected DJ's and selectors across the globe. This super heavyweight double-header features two stone cold rarities from the labels vaults on one 12" slab of wax for 2019!

        Johnson Products kick off side-A with their killer, relentless groove "Johnson Jumpin" which originally came out in 1979 on the label. This was truly an underground hit at the time and in the years to follow with it appearing in the playlists of Frankie Knuckles and many other clued up DJ's of the era. It's a dope keys led dancer with some serious DIY analogue synth going down all over it and the band are literally killing it - the groove is so so tight! Essential stuff here. Flip this one over and you're in for another treat, Willie Wood & The Willie Wood Crew's version of the same cut, basically "Johnson Jumpin" with some old-school disco-rap leanings, Willie spitting bars of fire all over the same funked out backing track. Both of these records, if you caught them out in the wild, solo, would easily set you back a few nuggets. Fear not, you can grab this legit repress and dig on them both in the comfort of your own home!

        This is a 100% legit reissue, made in conjunction with Above Board distribution and the Demon Music group, lovingly remastered with love by Optimum Mastering, Bristol UK.


        Lady Wray

        Piece Of Me / Come On In

        Last year, a month before Nicole gave birth to her first child, she visited Leon Michels in upstate NY and cooked up two of the toughest and most moving songs we've heard from her to date. We've been patiently sitting on this release for a few months now, and it is an understatement to say Big Crown is proud to present the newest 45 from Lady Wray. Side A, Piece Of Me , sounds like a lost Dilla beat that sampled a lost David Porter song. Guaranteed to have heads nodding from the first snare crack, Nicole sings a tune about the difficulties of dealing with family and friends who need more than you can provide. The chorus says it all, I'll let you take a piece of me, I hope you get the piece you need and if that's not enough I'll let you go peacefully” - From the jump, Nicole's voice takes the listener into a world where you have no choice but to feel something in the pit of your stomach. Side B Come On In finds Lady Wray tapping into her early years singing in church. With only three instruments and Nicole's voice, Come On In is a masterclass in the craft of singing, the sound of soul, and the power of restraint. 

        Fresh from 1981, this Salsoul classic comes at you live and direct for 2015. Undoubtedly the grand boogie masterpiece from the legendary Leroy Burgess, this self titled LP is also one of the greatest albums of the post-disco era. From the bubbling bass and squelching synth of Larry Levan's superb remix of "I Know You Will" to the sharp woodblocks and Stevie Wonder melodies of "Something Else", the album is relentlessly on point, packing funk, soul, groove and attitude into one sassy package. Relentlessly danceable without ever missing a step, "Logg" is a true work of genius. All hail Leroy Burgess!

        The 9th Creation

        A Step Ahead


          In 1980, the 9th Creation began working on new music at a Modesto studio, South East of Stockton. The studio was suspiciously cheaper than all of its competitors. After recording weeks of material, the band discovered the reason. 'We didn’t know that the guys that were running the studio were drug dealers,' A.D. Burrise recalls. 'There was a big raid.' All the studio’s master tapes were confiscated by the DEA. J.D Burrise unsuccessfully sued the DEA to recover the tapes but to no avail. Luckily Mike Micenheimer saved cassette mix-downs of some of the group’s songs from those sessions. “A Step Ahead” is the the 9th Creation’s lost album. 8 unreleased songs of pure soul, funk, disco and boogie. (Because of the source of these recordings, please know that (sadly) some of the songs have drops in stereo and are not 100% audio quality.)


          Purple Disco Machine

          Glitterbox – Discotheque

            Glitterbox is proud to present Purple Disco Machine’s debut mixed compilation, ‘Glitterbox - Discotheque’. A leading light of contemporary disco and a key resident for the nightlife phenomenon’s internationally renowned parties, Tino Piontek, aka Purple Disco Machine, has distilled his acclaimed headline DJ sets into two mixes; ‘Purple Disco Day’ and ‘Purple Disco Night’. Featuring over 30 tracks of fine soulful, funk-laden beats, Purple Disco Machine showcases an impressive decade-spanning repertoire of gems, from underappreciated golden-era disco to newly-released vocal house, plus two exclusive edits from the artist himself, all mixed beautifully in Purple Disco Machine’s unmistakeable, acutely modern style.

            ‘Purple Disco Day’ builds just as a Purple Disco Machine afternoon festival set would, the deep tones of Paul Alexander’s voice and deconstructed funk of Forrrce ‘Keep On Dubbin’ (With No Commercial Interruptions) making way for the sunshine sounds of Yuksek & Bertrand Burgalat’s ‘Icare’ from 2018. A trio of classics brings up the tempo, followed by more newness from Horse Meat Disco direct from the Glitterbox stable, Dele Sosimi ‘You No Fit Touch Am’ (Medlar Remix) and the first brand new edit from the man himself, Ilija Rudman featuring Andre Espeut ‘In Her Eyes (Purple Disco Machine Edit)’. The edit, which has taken pride of place in his sets for a while now, is Purple Disco Machine at his deepest, leading seamlessly into a covetable Kenny Dope mix of the Boris Dlugosch collaboration ‘Love For Days’ featuring Karen Harding. ‘Purple Disco Day’ demonstrates the sophisticated restraint of a DJ who truly knows how to apply pressure and when to hold it back, producing a mix that works on a home stereo as much as it does on the dancefloor.

            On the flip, ‘Purple Disco Night’ starts strong with two huge remixes from Purple Disco Machine himself, Shakedown’s ‘At Night’ and Weiss ‘Feel My Needs’, undeniably two of the most-played reworks of the last six months. The heavy hitters keep coming; Mighty Mouse’s ‘The Spirit’ providing the energy and Moloko’s ‘Sing It Back (Mousse T.’s Feel Love Mix)’ providing a euphoric singalong moment. Purple Disco Machine’s second exclusive edit is of Julien Jabre ‘Swimming Places’, a timeless Defected classic from 2005 with so much emotion, brought tactfully into 2019 with a fleshed-out bassline. Documenting the full might of Purple Disco Machine’s production credibility, no mix would be complete without his irresistible remix of the seminal ‘Praise You’ by Fatboy Slim and of course the crossover hit ‘Dished (Male Stripper)’, once again proving he can’t go wrong using his remarkably unique disco sound with a modern twist.


            South keep the classics coming with these three incredible reimaginations of Nina Simone classics from Francois K, Tony Humphries and Coldcut each with their own unique touch and trademark style weaved within.
            Francois K kicks off with a sublime deep house rework of "Here Comes The Sun". Reminiscent of Larry Heard’s more emotional output, Francois nods to Mr Fingers with a bassline that harks back to those early Chicago classics, coupled with deft mbira touches that create an other-worldy feel to the remix. Celestial waves and singing rides mix with a buzzing top line melody that lay the foundations for Simone’s spiritual voice to hang in the air with a perpetual elegance and grace. A timeless slice of house music that earned Francois’ version a spot on one of Innervisions acclaimed ‘Secret Weapons’ compilations.
            Next up, Zanzibar royalty Tony Humphries lays out a bumping remix of ‘Turn Me On’ turning the bluesy soul leanings of the original on their head and flipping it into an uplifting summertime groover. Simone’s words take on a different tone with this revitalising rework backed by staccato guitars and chopped up vocal melodies that give a playful yet soulful character to this slab of sunshine.
            Rounding off the EP in classic Coldcut style, the duo meld ‘Save Me’ into a chopped, screwed and crunched remix. Lo-fi percussive elements and distorted textures blend with glitching samples and stuttering sequences that turn Simone into a tripped-out goddess. An atmospheric piece of electronica but with a harden edge purpose made for the dancefloor.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Reworks of uber classic 'Here Comes The Sun' with Francois Kevorkian delivering yet another masterclass in remixing with another suave, chilled house number. Humphries goes more full on and Coldcut go a bit more breakbeat. Great package!

            The godfather of the LA sound, and possibly the World’s greatest living Jazz Vocalist, returns with his masterpiece. Timeless, yet made for our times - this is a double album of spiritual jazz, soul, gospel, and psychedelic rock. Recorded at LA’s Sunset Sound, and backed by a band of legendary musicians (including Kamasi Washington), this is a work of true beauty. A tour de force that reveals Dwight’s kinship with Spiritualism

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition cosmic vinyl.

            Various Artists

            Keb Darge & Sounds That Swing Presents The Rockabilly Crown Jewels

              Here we have the very first, 100% rockabilly compilation to be minted by the Juke Box Music Factory. And what a compilation! Crafted by a true 45-tour aficionado, a lover of rhythm, of authentic sounds, and – most importantly – of quality music. None other than His Highness, Keb Darge!

              After seducing us in the mid ‘90s with his trailblazing “Legendary Deep Funk” and “Funk Spectrum”, followed by his 2010 curveball “Legendary Rockin R’n’B”, the ever impeccably coiffed DJ delved body and soul into the origins of rockabilly. The revelation occurred in Japan (where else!), where following his little lady into a club, Darge was knocked over (albeit belatedly) by the “Rockabilly Boogie” of Johnny Burnette. Sayonara Northern Soul, so long rare funk. Keb duly rolled up his sleeves and made up for lost time, churning out 5 furious volumes for his “Legendary Wild Rockers” series.

              A stampeding collection corralled in collaboration with Little Edith (the little lady in question). Today, Keb Darge forsakes his traditional partner, BBE, to offer our friend El Vidocq the perfect rockabilly selection. This time produced with his old bud Neil Scott (first-rate collector of Rockabilly, met at a Camden market and owner of the record shop “Rock That Swing”), “The Rockabilly Crown Jewels” is every bit as juicy as Keb’s previous salvos. Indeed, this compilation comprises only the choicest morsels. Thanks, Keb!

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

              Akuphone resumes its reissue operations with its latest compilation, "Malam Minggu: A Saturday Night in Sunda". This release brings us once again to Southeast Asia, with a stopover in the Indonesian archipelago – to the region of Sunda in western Java. As its name suggests, this collection immerses us in the vibes of Sundanese nights at the turn of the 1980s.

              During the post-independence climate of the 1960s, Presidents Sukarno and Suharto encouraged artists to renew and innovate traditional Indonesian art forms in an attempt to limit and control the spread of Western music - which was banned from broadcasting in 1961. This policy saw a revival of traditional musical styles like gamelan degung, and the emergence of Indonesian singing genres: jaipong and pop sunda.Recorded between 1978 and 1985, this unique and surprising selection presents some of the most popular artists of the time, such as Nano S. and Tati Saleh. It is richly documented by Southeast Asian music specialist Édouard Degay Delpeuch.Lyrics and their translations are included

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              This first edition of ‘Shades of Soul’ is presented on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl in single sleeve packaging complete with liner notes and Club Soul insert.
              ‘Shades of Soul’ explores the sophisticated side of Northern Soul with a smooth collection of soulful recordings that have, over time, become known as “Crossover”. Here we have perennial dancefloor favourites from Gene Townsel, Johnny Adams, Eddie Billups and Jackey Beavers plus more recent reactivations such as “I’ve Just Got To Tell Somebody” by Gloria Lynne thanks to DJ Richard Searling. We also feature the rarest of the rare courtesy of Point Of View, The Harmonics and Gerald Taylor. Sixteen mid and up-tempo grooves that showcase the crossover from Northern to Modern Soul.


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