Mid Spiral

    At the start of 2024 BADBADNOTGOOD were brimming with new creative energy. Having just come off a run of one-off international tour dates and a series of sessions for projects with artists Daniel Cesar, Charlotte Day Wilson, reggie, Baby Rose, and Turnstile, the Canadian-trio of Al Sow, Chester Hansen and Leland Whitty were eager to get back into the studio to simply create. The trio called on some of their closest friends and collaborators, BADBADNOTGOOD touring member Felix Fox-Pappas (keys) and a few key-players in the Toronto jazz scene including Kaelin Murphy (trumpet), Juan Carlos Medrano (percussion) and LA musician Tyler Lott (guitar), for an intensive and productive one-week of recording at Valentine Studios in Los Angeles in February 2024. The result of those sessions is the Mid Spiral series, originally released as 3 parts – Chaos, Order and Growth – digitally earlier this year and now collected altogether on a double LP and CD.

    The 'Mid Spiral' suites see BADBADNOTGOOD return to their roots of instrumental jazz while once again pushing the boundaries of how they cross pollinate genres, incorporating their love of hip-hop, neo-soul, psychedelic, funk and more. For the sessions, the trio incorporated additional musicians to add more voices of instrumentation, resulting in a deeply collaborative and expansive new sound. As the trio sifted through the weeks’ worth of material, it was clear that three distinct moods emerged, a deeper reflection of where the musicians are within their own personal lives, along with the state of the wider world: Chaos, Order and Growth.


    1. Eyes On Me
    2. Take Me With You
    3. Weird & Wonderful
    4. Mid Spiral
    5. Last Laugh
    6. Your Soul & Mine
    7. Playgroup
    8. Juan's World
    9. Taco Taco
    10. Sétima Regra
    11. Sunday Afternoon's Dream
    12. Rewind Your Mind
    13. First Love
    14. Audacia
    15. Celestial Hands
    16. Ways Of Seeing
    17. White Light

    BadBadNotGood is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, 'III', a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, krautrock and futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world and collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe.

    The boys are back with the new album 'IV', their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell and MF DOOM.

    With tracks like "Time Moves Slow" featuring haunting vocals from Sam Herring of Future Islands, the syncopated groove of "Lavender," a collaboration with Montreal based producer Kaytranada, the rumbling fusion build of "Confessions Pt. II" featuring Colin Stetson on the bass sax, "Love" which is highlighted with smokey left field raps from Mick Jenkins and the epic chords of "Speaking Gently", 'IV' is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.


    Ryan says: These guys never cease to amaze me, whilst also making me wish I'd have stuck it out at music school and studied Jazz. I can't get enough of this one, the production is perfect and they couldn't have chosen better people to collaborate with.


    1: And That, Too
    2: Speaking Gently
    3: Time Moves Slow Feat. Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands)
    4: Confessions Pt Ii Feat. Colin Stetson
    5: Lavender Feat. Kaytranada
    6: Chompy's Paradise
    7: Iv
    8: Hyssop Of Love Feat. Mick Jenkins
    9: Structure No. 3
    10: In Your Eyes Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
    11: Cashmere


    IV - 2024 Repress

      BadBadNotGood is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, 'III', a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, krautrock and futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world and collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe.

      The boys are back with the new album 'IV', their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell and MF DOOM.

      With tracks like "Time Moves Slow" featuring haunting vocals from Sam Herring of Future Islands, the syncopated groove of "Lavender," a collaboration with Montreal based producer Kaytranada, the rumbling fusion build of "Confessions Pt. II" featuring Colin Stetson on the bass sax, "Love" which is highlighted with smokey left field raps from Mick Jenkins and the epic chords of "Speaking Gently", 'IV' is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.


      1: And That, Too
      2: Speaking Gently
      3: Time Moves Slow Feat. Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands)
      4: Confessions Pt Ii Feat. Colin Stetson
      5: Lavender Feat. Kaytranada
      6: Chompy's Paradise
      7: Iv
      8: Hyssop Of Love Feat. Mick Jenkins
      9: Structure No. 3
      10: In Your Eyes Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
      11: Cashmere


      Lavendar (Night Fall Remix) Feat. Kaytranada And Snoop Dogg

        In October 2016, Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to preview a new song that includes a sample of BADBADNOTGOOD's "Lavender" featuring their fellow Canadian beatsmith, Kaytranada. The internet pounced on the track that addresses the police killings of black men in the United States, with coverage from Fader and Fact Magazine to Complex, XXL Mag and Pitchfork and more. Now Snoop Dogg's long-awaited Nightfall Remix is being released on BADBADNOTGOOD's LA based label Innovative Leisure. The satirical video for the track drew the ire of US President Donald Trump, who complained on twitter about Snoop Dogg’s “failing career”, and threatened him with jail time.


        Millie says: Possibly the best combination of artists on this 12" release, Badbad, Snoopy and Kaytranada. The dream team. Lavender was one of my favourite songs off the IV album so this is a clear winner, that baseline I could listen to for days, politically charged and brilliant lyrically - this is a good un'!

        BADBADNOTGOOD return with their highly anticipated album, "Talk Memory", the sixth full length excursion from this Canadian trio if you count their collaboration with Ghostface Killah amongst their discography. Collaborators include legendary composer Arthur Verocai and contemporary icons such as Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins and Laraaji.

        It's high octane, ambitious and noisy, modern jazz set firmly in present times and holding no punches with its delivery. The boys can play, make no mistake, effortlessly drifting from languid passages to all-out throttle. Considering there's only three of them, it's a full and realized sound; slightly gritty but sophisticated in its execution; with each musician challenging the next to out-better themselves. As the songs swirl into a mighty cresendo you can almost picture them trying to compete with each for dexterity and flair... I'm sure they'd be an amazing prospect live.

        Favourite moment for me is the opener of disc two, "Love Proceeding", featuring Arthur Verocia, which glides in on optimistic and cinematic sax before erupting into an explosion of augmented 7s and frenzied drums; the ultimate example of jazz's fusion of tension and release; a formular that's executed with aplomb throughout the album.

        Advanced and highly accomplished, "Talk Memory" finds these bastions of modern jazz in exquisite form. Recommended. 


        Barry says: BadBadNotGood return for their first LP for XL Recordings, with their trademark enthusiastic jazz fusion sound in full force, bolstered with a number of huge music industry names. It's yet another groundbreaking juxtaposition of loungey downbeat jazz and rhythmic hip-hop, both innovative and warmingly familiar.


        1. Signal From The Noise
        2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) Featuring Laraajii
        3. City Of Mirrors Featuring Arthur Verocai
        4. Beside April Featuring Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai
        5. Love Proceeding Featuring Arthur Verocai
        6. Open Channels (physical Only)
        7. Timid, Intimidating
        8. Beside April (Reprise) Featuring Arthur Verocai
        9. Talk Meaning Featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin And Brandee Younger

        Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds

        It's Coming Home For Christmas

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

          Badly Drawn Boy

          Banana Skin Shoes

            Banana Skin Shoes is Damon Gough's ninth album and is comprised of 14 tracks including previously released track 'Is This A Dream?'.

            Always one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Gough's ninth album is a truly personal & heartfelt collection of songs, a huge statement of intent & the most glorious, colourful warming, honest pop record you'll hear this year.

            TRACK LISTING

            Banana Skin Shoes
            Is This A Dream?
            I Just Wanna Wish You Happiness
            I'm Not Sure What It Is
            Tony Wilson Said
            You And Me Against The World
            I Need Someone To Trust
            Note To Self
            Funny Time Of Year
            Fly On The Wall
            Never Change
            Appletree Boulevard
            I'll Do My Best

            Badly Drawn Boy

            One Plus One Is One

              Badly Drawn Boy along with sparring partner Andy Votel began work on "One Plus One Is One" in June 2003 at Stockport's Moulin Rouge Studio. A simpler and more spacious record than "Have You Fed The Fish". It was meant to be that way. Sure there are some sonic shenanigans and a playfulness that speaks of the relaxed atmosphere this record was created in, but it stands or falls on the quality of the songs. It stands. It is truly a return to the homegrown feel of "The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast" and it's probably Damon's most heartfelt record. Sound-wise, there's plenty of piano, and a lovely flute flutters around some of it, but Damon's finger-picking is his best-yet too. He doesn't seem to be goofing around as much, either; it's time to get real, with songs of love, family and friends. From the superb sleeve in this is a cosy, homely record and a big return to form.

              Badly Drawn Boy

              The Hour Of Bewilderbeast - 15th Anniversary Edition

                To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his seminal, magical, Mercury-prize winning debut, Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) releases a new deluxe version of the album, including bonus unheard tracks (on the double CD version) and new artwork.

                Released in May 2000 to widespread acclaim, ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’ beat other shortlisted nominees including Coldplay, Doves, Leftfield and Richard Ashcroft to that year’s Mercury Music Prize. Like all great debuts, it captured the zeitgeist of the moment, managing that rare feat of sounding both completely of its time, and utterly timeless. The album went platinum and Damon was then asked to write the soundtrack the film of Nick Hornby’s book ‘About A Boy’, which became a huge hit. He went on to release eight studio albums over 12 years, before taking a break over the last couple of years and now he’s back with a fresh focus.

                It’s an album that shouldn’t really work on paper, a bewildering assortment of leftfield folk ditties, poetic shanties, experimental passages and nocturnal piano ballads, some recorded in bedrooms, some in studios, with a myriad of different oddball production techniques, and numerous personnel playing most instruments known to man, and several not. However, underpinned by the genius songwriting of Damon Gough and his intuitive ear for melody, it worked beautifully, and charmed a generation of music critics and music lovers. Damon arrived fully formed yet badly drawn, an overnight success which had taken years, simultaneously a little shambolic and in possession of grand vision, somehow both cocksure and yet self-doubting, all of which only endured him to a public growing tired of the over-polished sheen of late 90s.

                Andy Votel has updated his classic artwork, loosely based on Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’, for the re-release. “I’m very fond of the cover,” says Damon. “It sums up the time as much as the music does. The gatefold vinyl will have the original artwork and when you open it up there’s a new version which reflects everything that’s happened in the last 15 years.”

                Analogue Attic presents “Bush Bash”, the second album from Carla Oliver's solo ambient project, Badskin.

                The album consists of 8 textural meditations, composed with layers of evolving pads and acoustic instrumentation.

                Analogue Attic fans will recognize Badskin from appearances on Albrecht La'Brooy and Alex Albrecht records, or from her masterful live performances at their events.

                We've been living with this LP for a while now & it's a completely beguiling journey from beginning to end. Highly recommended horizontal listening!

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Matt says: Fathoms deep, meditative moods with an uncanny ear for texture; Badskin is a new mover in the ambient scene but from this project she shows great promise. A big one for listeners of Late Junction.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Jourama
                A2. Swimmer's Body
                A3. Blackwater
                A4. I Brought It Close To Consider The State Of It
                B1. Critical Path
                B2. Supermauve
                B3. Satinash
                B4. Soft Ghost

                Erykah Badu

                Mama's Gun

                  'Mama's Gun' is the second studio album by neo soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates funk, soul and jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. 'Mama's Gun' features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

                  The album contains the single "Bag Lady" which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. "Bag Lady" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song "Didn't Cha Know?" was nominated for Best R&B Song.

                  Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking "chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime" and went on to say "she has taken her art to the next level." Entertainment Weekly called the album a "'70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record."

                  TRACK LISTING

                  SIDE A
                  1. Penitentiary Philosophy
                  2. Didn't Cha Know
                  3. My Life
                  4. ... & On

                  SIDE B
                  1. Cleva
                  2. Hey Sugah
                  3. Booty
                  4. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
                  5. A.D. 2000

                  SIDE C
                  1. Orange Moon
                  2. In Love With You
                  3. Bag Lady

                  SIDE D
                  1. Time's A Wastin
                  2. Green Eyes

                  Erykah Badu

                  Honey (GU Remix)

                  Super limited vinyl edition of Glenn Underground's remix of Erykah Badu's neo-soul smash "Honey". Tweaking it out into a jazzy, soulful-house cut resplendent in the producer’s luscious licks and adding the soul queen's infectious vocal on top. It's a no brainer really and sure to satisfy even the hardest to please Saturday night reveler.

                  Limited copies - move quick! 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I didn't really think I needed a house refix of Erykah Badu's "Solder", off 2008's "New Amerika Pt 1". But under Glenn Underground's persuasive potter's wheel the track is effortlessly moulded into the perfect deep house jam; with Badu's vocals flowing like liquid gold through the stems. Essential stuff!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. Honey (GU Remix)

                  Erykah Badu

                  New Amerykah Part One - 2023 Reissue

                    New Amerykah Part One is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. It was released on February 26, 2008, by Universal Motown. Here we have both formats pressed on coloured vinyl!

                    Erykah Badu

                    New Amerykah Part Two - 2023 Reissue

                      In contrast to "New Amerykah, Part I: 4th World War", which was digitally produced and political in tone, "New Amerykah Part II" features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships.

                      Erykah Badu

                      Worldwide Underground - 2022 Reissue

                        UMC are proud to present this 180gm deep purple coloured vinyl reissue of Erykah Badu's 'Worldwide Underground'. Worldwide Underground is the third studio album by American singer Erykah Badu, released September 16, 2003 by Motown Records and feautured the singles "Love of My Life", "Danger" and "Back In The Day"

                        Badwan / Coxon

                        Promise Land / Boiling Point

                          A collaboration between Faris Badwan (The Horrors / Cat’s Eyes) & renowned guitarist John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack / Spiritualized / Treader), it is the first release of an ongoing collaborative series between Faris and other artists, details of which will be subsequently announced. Badwan & Coxon met some years ago when Faris was looking for producers to work with on his solo material and their working relationship evolved beyond the existing songs into something more improvisational and instinctive.

                          As Faris explains: The new songs we ended up working on were largely spontaneous and cut together from early takes with minimal overdubbing. The lyrics were improvised and the focus was placed more on creating atmosphere and keeping things fairly raw and expressive. I guess I found it rewarding particularly with the guitar playing because it was so intuitive and completely free from any expectations of how a song should be constructed. There are hooks and repetitive sections but fewer traditional structures. We tried to avoid doing any planning beforehand and focussed more on responding to what was happening in the moment. I guess the sessions were kind of a constant dialogue where we would each respond to the other's improvisation.

                          With Promise Land I began by improvising lyrics over a drone track John and I created. Some time later I came across “To Our Land” by Mahmoud Darwish, a Palestinian poet, and was struck by the similarities - there are a few lines that match really closely. Despite being half-palestinian myself this was a total accident and I know for sure I hadn’t seen Darwish’s piece before. With Boiling Point the lyrics are almost the ghost of a narrative rather than an explicit story. I’m interested in the subconscious and how the hidden parts of your brain express themselves when given the opportunity. Looking back it was almost more about creating the right conditions for the subconscious to come out.

                          Carola Baer

                          The Story Of Valerie - 2021 Reissue

                            The discovery of a cassette of Carola Baer’s early ’90s private home recordings was like finding a needle in a haystack. Made as a one-off mixtape of newly-recorded songs, and given to a long-since forgotten recipient, this cassette was found in 2017 at a Goodwill “bins” location in Portland, Oregon.

                            These chaotic, by-the-pound thrift stores contain thousands of unsorted items in constant flux, which are only available for the public to buy for a limited time before they are discarded. The prospect that this obscure relic would be rescued from its untimely fate is nothing short of a miracle. As this tape was the only one in existence, with no back up versions of many of the songs, it’s more than likely that this music would have been lost forever.

                            The Story Of Valerie is made up of songs culled from that cassette, with a few additional tracks from the time, and is the first time Carola Baer’s solo material has been heard by the public. The intense emotion of the music is brought upon by the primary themes of the album: the cruelty of humanity, isolated life as a British immigrant in the US, and the pain of doomed relationships.

                            Despite being inspired by classic 4AD acts like Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins, Baer’s home recordings have a sound and style that is uniquely her own. Many of the tracks feel like musical exorcisms, with Baer’s spine tingling voice soaring above minimal arrangements for Yamaha DX-7 and Casio CZ-101 synthesizers. Like finding a stranger’s diary, the listener is granted access to music that is emotionally raw and deeply personal.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Maker Of Me
                            2. Golden Boy
                            3. Save Me
                            4. We Already Feel
                            5. Springtime
                            6. Doors Talk
                            7. Solemn Cattle
                            8. Nothing Left To Say
                            9. See The Lights Again
                            10. Dreams
                            11. On Top Of The Mountain

                            Kenneth Bager & Tolga Böyük

                            East Of North

                              Kenneth Bager was invited to the cinema by his dear friend, the movie enthusiast & director Peder Pedersen. They watched the classic ‘The Thief’ by Michael Mann starring James Caan in the lead role. The soundtrack was made by the legendary German electronica band Tangerine Dream. The music, a mix of Electronic Avant-Garde, floating, ambient prog-rock made an immense impression on Kenneth. A few days later Kenneth had a visitor, Tolga Böyük from the Turkish band islandman, who was over in Copenhagen from Istanbul. The pair of them watched William Friedkin’s film ‘Sorcerer’ once again Tangerine Dream scoring the soundtrack. After watching the movie, Kenneth and Tolga felt the inspiration to do a soundtrack for a non-existing movie.

                              They started out by composing five tracks before nightfall. The next day, still excited about yesterday’s movie, the two came up with the album title ‘East of North’ (Tolga being from the east and Kenneth from the north). Together they kept going in the musical direction from the previous day, and managed to produce 10 tracks within 24 hours! They imagined a film through music which told a story about two people stuck on the arctic ice cap. One of them treasonously tries to fool the other. The album cover picture was captured during that session on a cold, windy day near the beach in Hellerup, Denmark. The music on 'East of North' is a tribute to some of history’s most significant electronic film composers: Vangelis, John Carpenter, and Tangerine Dream.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: The endlessly talented K-Bag teams up with Tolga Böyük of Islandman fame for an impeccably conceived and gorgeously minimalistic suite of arps and icy melodies. Reminiscent of classic soundtracks / Seven Waves-era Ciani and obviously Tangerine Dream. I'm more than sure that noisy synth sound is an Arp Odyssey / 2600 too and that's me sold straight away. Really beautiful stuff.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. The Meeting
                              A2. Blood Is Thicker Than Ice
                              A3. Betrayal (New)
                              A4. The Hunt Begins
                              A5. Wounds Of Sorrow
                              B1. Here To Eternity
                              B2. Re-arrange Your Face
                              B3. Love Of My Life
                              B4. Choices Of Consequences (New)
                              B5. The End 

                              Baggy Kidz

                              Straight Outta Gorton

                                New Struktur artists The Baggy Kidz deliver five tracks of meaty electronics. Also includes the "Fiesta Slagz" video.

                                Baggy Leggins / Duke Hobo

                                Keep Marching

                                Keep Marching is the opening number from Baggy Leggins and Duke Hobo, it is a captivating oddity that head nods out of winter to the very essence of spring, with a marching beat and the joy of breathy vocals intrinsically entwined with acoustic guitar and a splash of Rhodes.

                                The expansive universe of Shuffleupaguss is a progressive latin party fed through the clanger’s mystery of vibes machine, Bass carries the rhythm of housed pinata funk into A 1950'S rave held by Liberace and what not on the cuica.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Keep Marching
                                B1. Shuffleupagus

                                Sami Baha is a Turkish producer based in South East London. His music was introduced to the world via his 2016 EP 'Mavericks'. Sami got into producing through being a rapper himself, working with local rappers in Turkey and producing beats for them, before setting his sights outside the country. 'Free For All' features MCs from all corners of the globe: UK drill squad 67's Dimzy, Stockholm's Yung Lean and Chicago rapper and singer DJ Nate (aka Flexxbabii). The record also features Egyptian MCs Dawsha and Abanob. Sami's production is refined and elegant, familiar tropes are reassembled in original ways, the instrumentation reflecting his background and influences simultaneously. Everything Sami brings to the album sounds relaxed and minimal, but tough, built from thoughtful arrangements and instruments, shot through with emotion and a dreamy night-time feel. 

                                TRACK LISTING

                                LP A:

                                1/Cash Rain
                                2/Discreet (ft. Dimzy)
                                5/Thugs (ft. DJ Nate)
                                6/Free For All


                                1/When The Sun's Gone (ft. Yung Lean)
                                2/Path Riot
                                3/Glory (ft. Kufura)
                                4/Ahl El M8na (ft. Dawsha & Abanob)
                                6/Cold Pursuit


                                Kollage - 2024 Reissue

                                  Bahamadia’s 1996 debut album Kollage is rightly regarded as one of the greatest rap albums of the 1990s. For the first time ever, Be With present the definitive double LP version of this eternal hip-hop classic, including the legendary "Path To Rhythm" which never appeared on the original LP or on vinyl, anywhere.

                                  The entire Kollage project was recorded at D&D Studios and the ties to Gang Starr are keenly felt, with DJ Premier producing five tracks in addition to the killer songs Guru had already produced with her.

                                  An indelible VIBE from start-to-finish, Kollage presents Bahamadia's swirling rhymes delivered with an irresistibly butter flow and razor-sharp assuredness over a steady slew of smoothed-out, jazzed-up, blunted beats. Achingly cool and effortlessly funky throughout, it's an absolute must for true 90s hip-hop fanatics.

                                  Sadar Bahar & Marc Davis

                                  Disco Beat Down EP

                                  After previous releases with Chicago heavyweights like Rahaan and Darryn Jones, Dublin based disco messers Fatty Fatty return to Chi-Town once again.

                                  This time they have Sadar Bahar on board, who expertly applies the scalpel to two heavyweight tracks along with Marc Davis.

                                  The A-side is a thumping slice of mid 70's Philly gospel disco, with the famous Baker/Harris/Young rhythm section present and very correct. Splicing sections of the album cut and the 45 to create a driving extended mix for the floor, this is one for the peak-time dancers.

                                  On the flip is a wild barrio jam for the more adventurous DJ, hitting hard with Latino rhythms and a mesmeric piano line that builds and builds in the background before taking over completely towards the end and knocking you for six. It's been getting rapturous receptions from Sadar's dancers during his summertime festival sets, and no doubt it'll still be doing the do all the way through the 2023 season...

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Phwoooarr that "Disco" track's a bit tasty ain't it?! Rough, raw & riotous. Meanwhile on side B, the ultimate psilocybin-induced perc and piano swirl for the secret mushroom parties of the city's underground...

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A. Disco
                                  B. Beat Down 

                                  Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos

                                  Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos

                                    Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos was a band formed by prolific and multitalented Brazilian comedians Chico Anysio and Arnaud Rodrigues. Satirising Brazil’s Tropicalia movement in the 1970s, the duo took a friendly crack at the likes of Caetano Veloso and psychedelic rockers Novos Baianos, with their righteous tropicalista alter-egos ‘Baiano’ and ‘Paulinho Boca de Profeta’ poetically denouncing the dictatorship while simultaneously mocking those who took themselves too seriously.

                                    Jazz funk legends Azymuth play backing band with keyboard maestro Jose Roberto Bertrami also responsible for the arrangements on the album. Azymuth’s free and funky psych sounds combine with accordion, harmonica, brass and plenty of rural Brazilian rhythms, for a hugely varied album drawing on MPB, funk and soulful samba rock.

                                    The album also features Orlandivo who co-wrote many of the songs, and renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Durval Ferreira.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Vo Bate Pa Tu
                                    Cidadao Da Mata
                                    Urubu Ta Com Raiva Do Boi
                                    Folia De Rei
                                    Veio Zuza
                                    Selva De Feras
                                    Tributo Ao Regional


                                    Tired Hearts

                                      Think of Tired Hearts, the new album from rising, indie-pop trio BAILEN, as a highly charged electrical field. Opposite charges attract, similar charges repel, and the current is set in motion. On this, their second full-length album for Fantasy, the New York City based siblings, Daniel, David, and Julia Bailen heighten the musical tension, and deliver a dazzling set of songs that incisively navigates the space between the heart’s expectation and the head’s sober reality. A masterful follow-up to BAILEN’s accomplished debut, 2019’s Thrilled To Be Here, Tired Heartsbeats with empathy, vulnerability, and resolve.

                                      Produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Waxahatchee) and recorded at his home studio in Durham, North Carolina, Tired Hearts’ taut, synth-driven tracks are centered around BAILEN’s radiant harmonies and futuristic arrangements furthering the group’s exhilarating avant-pop evolution.

                                      By way of example, the dopamine saturated “Nothing Left To Give,” and the high-wattage New Wave dance track “Call It Like It Is,” seem destined for playlisting greatness. The evocative “These Bones,” a touching parable of reconciliation and the alluring “Love You Blind,” connect with assured simplicity. Meanwhile, the title track’s dramatic sonics skillfully underscore an aching portrait of betrayal, the dreamy folk-ballad “Relic” recalls the best of early-period Bee Gees, and the stunning “BRCA” gracefully unties a complex knot of familial anxiety, guilt, and acceptance.

                                      On Tired Hearts, their exquisite new album, BAILEN learns how to dream in the face of life’s uncertainty and in the process, moves forward aware, resilient, and hopeful.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      01. Tired Hearts
                                      02. Nothing Left To Give
                                      03. These Bones
                                      04. Leave Me Wanting More
                                      05. Here We Are Again
                                      06. Call It Like It Is
                                      07. Change Your Mind
                                      08. Love You Blind
                                      09. Relic
                                      10. BRCA (Nothing Takes Me Down)
                                      11. Shadows
                                      12. Hiding 

                                      Corinne Bailey Rae

                                      Black Rainbows

                                        Black Rainbows is a musical project inspired by the objects and artworks collected by Theaster Gates at the Stoney Island Arts Bank in Chicago. Situated at the Great Grand Crossing neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side, Stoney Island Arts Bank is a cathedral to Black Art, a curated collection of Black archives comprising books, sculpture, records, furniture and problematic objects from America's past. As well as being a site for archive, the Arts bank is also a place for convening. Bailey Rae attended The Black Artists Retreat there in 2017 and performed in the space.

                                        Wide ranging in it's themes, Black Rainbows' subjects are drawn from encounters with objects in the Arts Bank. Taking us from the rock hewn churces of Ethiopia, to the journeys of Black Pioneers Westward, from Miss New York Transit Queen 1957, to how the sunset appears from Harriet Jacobs' loophole.

                                        Black Rainbows explores Black femininity, Spell Work, Inner Space/Outer Space, time collapse and ancestors, the erasure Black childhood and music as a vessel for transcendence.

                                        The project will be released in various iterations - live performances, books, visuals, lectures, exhibitions, and more.

                                        Sonically, the album is a multi-genre mix of the progressive R&B, neo soul sound that will be familiar to fans but it also contains rock, jazz and electronic elements.

                                        The album was produced by S.J. Brown and Corinne Bailey Rae.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. A Spell, A Prayer
                                        2. Black Rainbows
                                        3. Erasure
                                        4. Earthlings
                                        5. Red Horse
                                        6. New York Transit Queen
                                        7. He Will Follow You With His Eyes
                                        8. Put It Down
                                        9. Peach Velvet Sky
                                        10. Before The Throne Of The Invisible God

                                        Big Crown Records present "Ekundayo", Liam Bailey’s debut record on the label. This album is a long time in the making, and after listening, clearly worth the wait. It didn’t take a long time to record, but it did take years for all the stars to line up. Bailey, born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and Jamaican father got his early influences from his mom’s record collection. Bob Marley and Dillinger, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix would eventually shape the singer/songwriter we know today. Fast-forward to 2005, Liam is in London and doing the whatever-gig-you-can-get musician hustle with hopes of landing a record deal. And it was through this time that Liam first teamed up with Leon Michels, musician / producer luminary, and the co-founder of Brooklyn's own Big Crown Records. Liam flew out to New York and those first sessions together produced the now classic tunes “When Will They Learn” and “I’m Gonna Miss You” which still get spins at reggae spots around the globe. That trip helped kick off what was to follow next for Liam: a slew of record releases, label deals, and working with some wildly-notable mainstream producers.

                                        Even a just-famous Amy Winehouse heard one of Liam's apartment-made, lo-fi recordings through a friend and liked what she heard. Regardless of the audio quality, Liam's particular sound shone through—all guitar, warm-rough and genuine soul. She signed him to her label shortly after. But, as the story can go with major labels, they already had an idea of the Liam they wanted to make, promote, and push. With the typical pay-day enticement, Liam did his best to fit into whatever shape they put him to. "'Maybe I can make it work,' that's what you're thinking," Liam remembers, "but, you quickly find out that you can't." While Liam’s career went through a bunch of record industry twists and turns he and Michels stayed in touch and would regularly connect and collaborate. Finally, in 2019, the time was right to do a full-length album together. And this time, it would be free of any restricting major label presumptions and opinions.

                                        "This is the record we always wanted to make," says Michels. Set to release in November 2020, the album is called Ekundayo. And the word's meaning may be all you need to know to get to the essence of this project. It means "sorrow becomes joy" in Yoruba, a language spoken mostly in Western Africa. On the surface, Ekundayo is a weighty Reggae record, full of new and old textured riddims. But listen more in-depth, and you'll find subject matter that's more recognizable from a modern-day R&B record. An example of the former is the first single off the album. Sung to the most beautiful woman at the nightspot, "Champion" is a joyous anthem powered by a silly-thick Juno-bass throb and 808-proof drums. In short, "Champion" is dancehall-ready. But then there's a song like "Don't Blame NY." Moody and sparse with a somber drive, you might have to resist the urge to compare it to a Frank Ocean-ish type vibe. Liam's voice is in a different but fitting element here, showing stripped-back emotion and soulful restraint. Anyone who has lived and tried to thrive in New York won't have a hard time relating to the lyrics but they may join the masses who blame the city, while Liam points the finger at himself and sings praises to The Big Apple.

                                        Credit to Leon's hand, elements of Jamaican production are everywhere, peppered throughout the record. Like the pitch-perfect organ stabs that push through the authentically positive "White Light," or the muted, percussive guitar strums that chug along in the back of "Fight." In the same vein of any fantastic singer/songwriter album, Ekundayo is a reflection of who Liam Bailey is, taking on topics and approaches he never would think of just a few years ago. Some evidence: "Ugly Truth" is about reconnecting with his biological father, a subject he once thought would be too personal to address. The journey from conforming to major labels to this latest record has been a long one for Liam, and a bit of a struggle. But struggle may be the only way we truly grow and evolve. With a new clarity of purpose, sound, and life, Liam has found joy out of those struggles. And it's called Ekundayo.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Ooof! What's this? A new, homegrown and highly inventive hybrid of JA & UK influences; celebrating the cross-pollination of music between the two countries whilst imparting the truly unique identity of the artist onto the listener. Pretty amazing this, no wonder Amy was into it...

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1. Awkward
                                        A2. Champion
                                        A3. White Light
                                        A4. Don’t Blame NY
                                        A5. Cold & Clear
                                        A6. Angel Dust
                                        B1. Fight
                                        B2. Vixit
                                        B3. Ugly Truth
                                        B4. Young In Love
                                        B5. She Hates This Life
                                        B6. Where Do I Start?
                                        B7. Paper Tiger

                                        Liam Bailey

                                        White Light / Cold & Clear

                                          "White Light," an instant-classic, dancefloor filler. The rough and tough drum break intro catches you from the first beat before the track gives way to an infectious and uplifting reggae-dis- co number. Liam's instantly recognizable voice showers his muse with praise over deep round bass lines and a four on the floor beat. The combination of Leon Michels' crushing production and Bailey's lyrics like "You love yourself, you're so exciting, like no one else"... is sure to make this a staple in dj sets around the globe. The B side "Cold & Clear" is a proper lighters in the air, slap the wall, top ranking tune. The track struts in the door with a natural and undeniable confidence. Liam weaves a heavy metacognitive story over the one drop drums, perfect basslines, and organ stabs that will have people stepping in rhythm. The lo-fi production weaves elements from the finest early rocksteady era with touches from the late 70s / early 80s digital era and takes the entire vibe into the present with unorthodox arrangements and vocal treatments. Bailey has a tune here that will hold up next to the classics in the dancehalls from the yards of Jamaica to the discotheques in his homeland of England. 

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A. White Light
                                          B. Cold & Clear

                                          Liam Bailey

                                          Zero Grace

                                            Big Crown Records is proud to present Zero Grace, Liam Bailey’s sophomore album on the label. Following the success of 2020’s Ekundayo album, the tried and true chemistry of Bailey and producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair) is on full display again as they take the sound they established and push it further. On Zero Grace they lean more into the bleeding heart singer-songwriter side of Liam. The result, much like Bailey himself, is impulsively honest without reserve.

                                            Born and raised in Nottingham, England, the son of an English mother and 2nd generation Jamaican English father, Liam will admit his early childhood was fairly chaotic and fi­lled with "all the cliche racism that happens when people started mixing up in the '80s in England." Liam got his early influences from his mom’s record collection. Bob Marley and Dillinger, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix would eventually shape the singer/songwriter we know today. Fast-forward to 2005, Liam is in London performing at every open mic and acoustic night he could, hustling with hopes of landing a record deal. It was through this time that Liam fi­rst teamed up with Michels, musician/producer luminary, and the co-founder of Brooklyn's own Big Crown Records.

                                            Liam flew out to New York and those fi­rst sessions together produced the now classic tunes “When Will They Learn” and “I’m Gonna Miss You” which still gets spins at Reggae spots around the globe and were co-signed by heavy hitters like David Rodigan & Don Letts.That first trip to NYC brought a lot of industry attention to Liam, including being noticed by a just-famous Amy Winehouse who heard one of Liam's apartment-made, lo-­ recordings, and liked what she heard. Regardless of the audio quality, Liam's particular sound shone through—all guitar, warm-rough and genuine soul.

                                            Eventually Liam signed to Polydor and wound up bumping against the typical major label industry obstacles. They already had an idea of the Liam they wanted to make, promote, and push. With the typical large advance enticement, Liam did his best to trust that path. "Maybe I can make it work,' that's what you're thinking," Liam remembers, "but, you quickly fi­nd out that you can't."

                                            Zero Grace is full of freedom and love, in fact, working with Leon Michels and Big Crown Records has encouraged Liam to be himself. On album opener “Holding On '' Bailey speaks to his observations & fears when looking out at the world in front of him and also to the dedication it has taken to get on the other side of his personal trials & tribulations. “Dance With Me" is an instantly infectious two-stepper that nods to those incredible soul records that were coming out of Jamaica during the early Reggae days.

                                            Bailey steps into the dance with hopes of finding a new love and pulls us all out on the dance floor with him. “Disorder Starts At Home” is another close to the chest tune that addresses the dif­culties he struggles with from his early chaotic childhood and his progress in getting past them. "Mercy Tree" is a powerhouse of Reggae Rebel Music. Bailey addresses the racial tensions that plague humanity and encourages everyone to step up and do their part to help foster equality. What starts out as a declaration of injustice turns into a call for action and an inspiration for hope.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            SIDE A
                                            1 Holding On
                                            2 Dumb
                                            3 Sekkle Down
                                            4 Boy
                                            5 Dance With Me
                                            6 Disorder Starts At Home
                                            SIDE B
                                            7 Mercy Tree
                                            8 Sour Wine
                                            9 Canary In The Coal Mine
                                            10 Winter Is Within Thee
                                            11 I Got No Answers
                                            12 Light Up The Darkness

                                            Moriah Bailey

                                            I Tried Words

                                              I Tried Words began with words, mostly words. Moriah Bailey laid the lyrics out on several pages. The words were crafted over many months with feedback from Bailey’s sister and input from the growing melodies and body of music that began to take shape around those words. The contributing musicians, Sarah Reid (violin), Ryan Robinson (percussion), and Ricky Tutaan (guitar), recorded their own parts and sent them to Bailey. The result is lush, intricate arrangements that complement a solid base of harp and vocals.

                                              The album explores dualities: yes/no, future/past, darkness/light, giving/taking, masculinity/femininity, wants/needs. It is in part about Moriah Bailey’s struggle to learn healthy boundaries but also about the harmfulness, complexity, and entanglement of many social boundaries.

                                              With I Tried Words, Bailey relies less on experimental sounds, and instead, lyrically focuses on her struggles to understand and make sense of definitions and expectations of femininity. It explores these themes through an intimate narrative of losing oneself in a relationship and struggling to find a way out of the relationship.

                                              The album ends with a triumphant goodbye and joyous new beginning in “Not Staying”. She sings: “I contorted my body and stretched myself thin to form a bridge between now and when. So, as I'm gathering my strength to say goodbye, please quit saying I should've tried.”

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              SIDE A:
                                              1. Wishful Thoughts
                                              2. A Late Spring
                                              3. The Downpour
                                              4. So You Say…
                                              SIDE B:
                                              5. The Ocean LIfe
                                              6. My Father’s Words
                                              7. My Mother’s Words
                                              8. Not Staying

                                              Bailey's Nervous Kats

                                              The Nervous Kats - 2023 Reissue

                                                Isolated at the rural fringe of Northern California, Bailey’s Nervous Kats took Shasta County by storm in the early ’60s. Combining surf, rock n’ roll, exotica, and R&B, the Kats were a teenage dream draped in Magnatone amplifiers and crisp white polo tees. Their self-titled—and only—LP came at the dead end of the band’s run, issued on Orville Simmons’ one-shot Emma imprint in 1965. The mid-century modern LP of your dreams.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Surf Express
                                                2. Cobra
                                                3. First Love
                                                4. Five Fingers Of Scotch
                                                5. Chong
                                                6. Pandora
                                                7. Simba
                                                8. Traveling Sam
                                                9. I Don’t Know
                                                10. Prophecy Of Love
                                                11. Devil’s Run
                                                12. Northwind

                                                Jessica Bailiff

                                                Feels Like Home

                                                  "Feels Like Home" is Jessica's fourth full length album, and is the most refined example of her musical vision to date. Jessica combines folk acoustic guitar, droning guitar, gossamer vocals and piano filgrees to create a lush, mysterious world. Beautiful stuff!

                                                  Jessica Bailiff

                                                  At The Down-Turned Jagged Rim Of The Sky

                                                  Kranky was a bit surprised earlier this year when Jessica Bailiff contacted them and asked they wanted to preview her new album for possible release. They had no idea she had even been working on an album, let alone had completed one, and they were rewarded with a listen to her most compelling album to date.

                                                  After being in Europe for 5 weeks as a touring member of Boduf Songs, Jessica Bailiff spent much of 2011, writing and recording At the Down-Turned Jagged Rim of the Sky in her spartan home studio. Sequestering herself through the hot summer months until finished, she then passed the tracks on to her friend Odd Nosdam for final mixing.
                                                  *Down-tuned, distorted bass guitar adds a new color to her palette, but familiar ones also come into play: fuzzed and delayed electric guitar, organ, piano, cello, and drums. Noisy pop-tinged love songs nestle slyly in a bed of off-kilter lullabies and dark, metallic waltzes.

                                                  No need to recycle descriptives like “lo-fi” or “hushed vocals” - these are spurious words. This is another intimate collection of songs recorded entirely by Jessica at home, in a room next to where she sleeps. If you listen carefully, you might hear her dreaming.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  01 Your Ghost Is Not Enough 
                                                  02 Take Me To The Sun 
                                                  03 Sanguine 
                                                  04 If You Say It 
                                                  05 Violets & Roses 
                                                  06 This Is Real
                                                  07 Goodnight 
                                                  08 Slowly 
                                                  09 Firefly

                                                  Jessica Bailiff

                                                  Jessica Bailiff

                                                    After her first two highly acclaimed albums recorded with Low, Jessica Bailiff's third album is a massive leap forward. The album has a much more acoustic focus than her previous two, with beautiful ambient interludes, violin, piano, tin whistle, smeary guitars and even sitar.

                                                    Bailter Space


                                                      Bailter Space’s ‘Wammo’ is back in print for the first time since the album’s release 25 years ago.

                                                      Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, the band’s musical family tree touches on some of the nation’s most revered weirdo luminaries - including Flying Nun mainstays like The Skeptics, The Clean and The Gordons.

                                                      Bailter Space embraced chaos but celebrated precision, finding melody amid networks of brooding noise and feedback. After relocating to New York City, the band - who by then included Alister Parker, John Halvorsen and Brent McLachlan - arrived on Matador in in time for the US release of ‘Robot World’ (1993).

                                                      ‘Wammo’ was the trio’s third and final full-length with the label (their fifth album overall). At the time, music scribes were a bit puzzled by the record’s “accessibility.” In retrospect though we can recognize ‘Wammo’ for the perfectly melancholy and drone-laced brain-zap that it is.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      At Five We Drive
                                                      D Thing

                                                      "Laughing Boy", the second solo album from Matteah Baim, was recorded in Chicago, where it was produced, arranged, and mixed by Baim with engineer Jamie Carter. Expanding on the sounds hinted at with her previous band, Metallic Falcons, and her first solo record, "Death of The Sun", Baim has created her most lush and beautiful recordings yet with "Laughing Boy". Matteah Baim was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1996, at the age of 17, she moved to California to study painting and drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduating, Baim moved to New York where she met Sierra Casady. In 2005, the duo began to write music together and formed the 'soft metal' Metallic Falcons. Voodoo Eros released their first record, "Desert Doughnuts", in 2006, recorded in Brooklyn, New Mexico, and Chicago, with performances by Antony, Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter, and Greg Rogove. After the Metallic Falcons disbanded, Baim moved to Los Angeles and began writing and recording material (both at her Venice Beach home and at Chicago's CarterCo studio) for "Death Of The Sun". She spent the next two years touring and writing material for "Laughing Boy", working on music for several films, and exhibiting drawings.

                                                      All too often, rare records suck ass. Yeah they're rare, and only wotzizname from wherever the fuck has a copy, but they tend to be average variations of well known jams, with their scarcity merely a novelty.

                                                      But then there are records like this, popping up out of nowhere only to blow your musically obsessed mind! From a quick scan of the centre label, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is your standard Chicago acid track, desireable only for the posibility of a few motivational spoken word cuts. When you whack the platter on the player however, you experience something very different indeed. A spiritual journey through cosmic keys and subtle percussion, which vibrates at your very core, enriching your soul with every passing moment.

                                                      Frustrated at her students' lack of cultural awareness, Miami-Dade public school teacher Dr Mary Sullivan Bain recorded ‘Do You Know Black History’ in 1985, self releasing it as a single for educational purposes. Original copies didn't make it much much further than Florida’s public school libraries and the record has been shrouded in mystery up until now. Produced with no label constraints, this cross-genre grail sits comfortably in many boxes... 808’s, bass synths, deep chords, live percussion and effects dubbed into the mix. The production leans towards the electronic diy framework that informed the local sound on the Miami south side. The vocal side offers an inspirational account of Black history, full of passion and pain, while the instrumental side strolls through outer space and Ibizan sunset, sounding exactly like the kind of sublime ambient cut you'd find on a battered old Café del Mar. Reissued officially for the first time ever by Backatcha, this is a total one of a kind.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Do You Know Black History
                                                      B. Do You Know Black History (Instrumental)

                                                      Laura Baird

                                                      I Wish I Were A Sparrow

                                                        With a musical timeline dating back to her early childhood, Laura Baird is an exceptionally talented multiinstrumentalist and singer-songwriter, best known for her projects with her sister, Meg, as The Baird Sisters, and guitarist Glenn Jones. Baird’s own sound stems from the Appalachian folk tradition, and she connects to it via family lineage—her great-great uncle I.G. Greer’s folk recordings for the Library of Congress are a large influence. Also woven in are classical composers like Bach and Satie, and modern day musicians such as Opal and Yo La Tengo.

                                                        With this debut solo album, I Wish I Were A Sparrow, Baird plays odes to the traditions from which she learned, combining Appalachian balladry and the roughness of old field recordings, but there is also a dose of dreaminess and solitude that captures sleepy central New Jersey. This is where she departs from tradition, leaving the communal origins of folk music to capture the singular self. The lyrics also present an amalgam of old and new, with half of the songs, including “Dreadful Wind and Rain” and “Pretty Polly,” being passed down from the folk tradition, and the other half, including “Wind Wind “and “Love Song From The Earth To The Moon,” coming from Baird’s own hand. While the most salient part of her previous Baird Sisters project was the melding of familial voices and various instruments, Baird’s solo effort is centered around the combination of her virtuosic banjo playing and prominent but airy vocals. 

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: It seems now that winter is drawing in, the record labels think we all like to put a blanket on, have the fire blazing and listen to some lovely folk music. Now that I mention it, it sounds lovely, and even moreso if Laura Baird can be the music in question. Not too frantic, but driven and melodic plucking banjoes flicker over pulled strings and Baird's haunting vocals.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Wind, Wind
                                                        2. Dreadful Wind And Rain
                                                        3. Cuckoo
                                                        4. Love Song From The Earth To The Moon
                                                        5. Pretty Saro
                                                        6. Bats
                                                        7. Did You Come Here Alone?
                                                        8. Pretty Polly
                                                        9. Hay In The Wagon
                                                        10. Home Is Were You Are
                                                        11. Poor Orphan Child
                                                        12. Twin Sisters

                                                        Meg Baird


                                                          Meg Baird’s songs are rarely made up of tidy stories. In fact, for Meg, mystery itself is often the medium. With ‘Furling’, Meg’s fourth album under her own name, she explores the breadth of her musical fascinations and the environments around them - the edges of memory, daydreams spanning years, loose ends, loss, divergent paths, and secret conversations under stars. ‘Furling’ moves through these varied spaces with the slippery, misty cohesiveness of a dream - guided by an ageless, stirring voice that remains singular and unmistakable.

                                                          Since co-founding the beguiling and beautiful Espers in the mid-aughts amid Philadelphia’s fertile underground music community, Meg’s solo recordings have constituted just a fraction of her work.

                                                          Her first solo LP, the disarmingly out-of-time ‘Dear Companion’ (2007), saw her carve a quiet, sunlit space away from the flickering swirl of Espers. Since her last solo releases, ‘Seasons on Earth’ (2011) and ‘Don’t Weigh Down the Light’ (2015), Meg has lent thunderous drumming, lead vocal, and poetry to Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop) on an album that garnered praise from the New York Times and made Mojo’s Top Ten Albums Of 2016 list. She collaborated with harpist Mary Lattimore on the mesmerizingly hazy ‘Ghost Forests’ (2018). She’s played drums with Philadelphia scuzz-punks Watery Love (In The Red, Richie Records) and explored her deep familial folk roots in the Baird Sisters (Grapefruit Records). She also contributed her vocal arrangements to albums from Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham and Steve Gunn, and toured with Angel Olson, Dinosaur Jr., Bill Callahan, Thurston Moore and Bert Jansch, among others.

                                                          Yet ‘Furling’ is the album that most irreverently explores the span of her work and musical touchstones. It showcases her natural tether to 1960s English folk traditions. But it also reveals her deep love for soul balladry, the solitary musings of Flying Saucer Attack and Neil Young shackled to his piano deep in the foggy pre-dawn, dubby Bristol atmospherics, the melancholy memory collage of DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’, and the delicious, Saturday night promise of St. Etienne.

                                                          ‘Furling’ was primarily recorded at Louder Studios by Tim Green (Bikini Kill, Nation of Ulysses, Melvins, Wooden Shjips). Additional piano and vocal recording were captured at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA with Jason Quever (Papercuts). It was mastered in Brooklyn by Heba Kadry, who mixed Bjork’s ‘Utopia’ and mastered albums for Slowdive, Cass McCombs and Beach House.

                                                          For all its adornments, ‘Furling’ remains deeply intimate. The entire album was performed by Meg and her long-time collaborator, partner, and Heron Oblivion bandmate Charlie Saufley. While her prior solo work hinted at more expansive horizons, ‘Furling’ explores the idea of Meg Baird as a band much more freely. Venturing beyond the musical confines of fingerstyle guitar, she plays drums, mellotron, organs, synths, and vibraphone over her piano and guitar foundations. Her distinctive, simultaneously elegiac and uplifting vocals, meanwhile, connect surreal dream montages, graft sunshine sonics to swooning mediations on romantic solidarity in trying times, and weave odes to the simple gestures of friendship - and the loss of family and friends.

                                                          This rich sound world makes the songs a varied bunch: ‘Twelve Saints’ mates Pacific sunset ambience and Pink Floyd pastoral to a meditation on mortality and escape. The infectious and kinetic ‘Will You Follow Me Home’ contemplates hope and longing through the looking glass of a Jimmy Miller-era-Stones strut. And in the closing piece, ‘Wreathing Days’, language disintegrates over tone clusters that feel somewhere between falling and flying.

                                                          ‘Wreathing Days’ also reveals much about Meg’s mastery of contrast - situating the dear and delicate adjacent to chaos. And while it’s true that some songs on ‘Furling’ grapple with humanity’s existential unknowns in stark terms, they primarily revel in the mysteries that hide in nature and humanity at their most ordinary. ‘Furling’ lives in the notion that whole universes of experience, enlightenment, elation and ecstasy can bloom in these corners.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Ashes, Ashes
                                                          Star Hill Song
                                                          Ship Captains
                                                          Cross Bay
                                                          Twelve Saints
                                                          Unnamed Drives
                                                          The Saddest Verses
                                                          Will You Follow Me Home?
                                                          Wreathing Days

                                                          Chet Baker & Bill Evans

                                                          Alone Together

                                                            The most significant aspect of this album, which first appeared as 'Chet - The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker', is the interaction between Chet Baker and Bill Evans, two perennial jazz stars who only rarely recorded together. By the time this album was made, Chet was known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing. This LP, however, is entirely instrumental and consists of nine ballads performed in the styles of hard bop to cool jazz.

                                                            The last track, 'I Could Have Danced All Night' (included as a bonus) is from Chet Baker's 'Best of Lerner & Loewe' album, which featured Bill Evans on four of its tracks. They were the recordings that Baker and Evens made together.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Alone Together
                                                            How High The Moon
                                                            It Never Entered My Mind
                                                            Tis Autumn
                                                            If You Could See Me Now
                                                            September Song
                                                            You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
                                                            Time On My Hands
                                                            You And The Night And The Music
                                                            I Could Have Danced All Night

                                                            Chet Baker & Bill Evans

                                                            Complete Recordings

                                                              Perennial jazz stars Chet Baker and Bill Evans rarely recorded together and this 2LP set, including a bonus track, represents all of their collaborative sessions.

                                                              By the time the music was taped, Chet was already known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing, but all of the performances here are entirely instrumental.

                                                              After cutting these sides Baker and Evans would go their separate ways and these recordings remain the only testimony of their subtle and elegant musical interactions.

                                                              Chet Baker trumpet, Bill Evans piano

                                                              Herbie Mann, flute
                                                              Pepper Adams, baritone sax
                                                              Kenny Burrell, guitar
                                                              Paul Chambers, bass
                                                              Connie Kay, drums
                                                              Philly Joe Jones, drums
                                                              Zoot Sims, alto sax.
                                                              Pepper Adams, baritone sax
                                                              Earl May, bass
                                                              Clifford Jarvis, drums

                                                              New York, 1958 & 1959

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Almost Like Being In Love
                                                              I Could Have Danced All Night
                                                              Thank Heaven For Little Girls
                                                              I Talk To The Trees
                                                              Show Me
                                                              Early Morning Mood
                                                              If You Could See Me Now
                                                              You And The Night And The Music
                                                              Time On My Hands
                                                              You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
                                                              September Song
                                                              'tis Autumn
                                                              It Never Entered My Mind
                                                              How High The Moon
                                                              Alone Together

                                                              Chet Baker

                                                              Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                Craft Recordings reissue not one but four classic, remastered titles from legendary jazz artist Chet Baker. The albums comprise Baker’s entire output as a leader for the renowned jazz label Riverside - all recorded and released between 1958 and 1959: (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen to You, Chet Baker in New York, Chet and Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe.

                                                                The recordings, which feature such icons as Bill Evans, Johnny Griffin and Kenny Burrell, have all been cut from their original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI.

                                                                Chet Baker

                                                                Chet Is Back - 2023 Reissue

                                                                  Recorded in Italy in 1962, 'Chet Is Back!' highlights the iconic trumpeter cutting loose on such bop-oriented workouts as "Pent-Up House" and "Well, You Needn't." Backed skilfully by a young cadre of up- and- coming European musicians, including the stellar saxophonist Bobby Jaspar and guitarist Rene Thomas, Baker sounds marvellous in both ballads and up-tempo tunes. It includes a stellar Baker version of the immortal "Over the Rainbow."

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Blues In The Closet
                                                                  Ballata In Forma Di Blues
                                                                  Pent- UP House
                                                                  Over The Rainbow
                                                                  Star Eyes
                                                                  These Foolish Things
                                                                  Well, You Needn't

                                                                  Chet Baker

                                                                  In New York - 2023 Reissue

                                                                    Chet Baker in New York has Chet Baker playing with great East Coast musicians: Philly Joe Jones on drums, Al Haig on piano, the great Paul Chambers on bass, and tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin added on three tracks.

                                                                    Recorded in December 1958, Baker didn't sing on any of the tracks on the LP. "Soft Winds" was recorded during the same session as the rest of the tracks, but it wasn't initially included on the Chet Baker in New York LP, as it was originally going to be issued on a compilation LP by various trumpet players titled New Blue Horns. It has been added here in order to complete the original session.

                                                                    The Complete Album + 1 Bonus Track.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Fair Weather 6:56
                                                                    2. Hotel 49 9:52
                                                                    3. Blue Thoughts 7:37
                                                                    4. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 7:57
                                                                    5. Solar 5:51
                                                                    6. When Lights Are Low 6:54
                                                                    7. Soft Winds 6:29
                                                                    8. The Heather On The Hill 5:05*
                                                                    9. I Ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face 4:14*
                                                                    10. On The Street Where You Live 8:37*

                                                                    Chet Baker

                                                                    It Could Happen To You

                                                                      Seminal jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet 'The Price' Baker had a typically turbulent legacy within the scene. Whilst inspiring pivotal developments in 'cool', and described by jazz historian Dave Kelly as 'James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one'; his career was potmarked with drug problems, causing him to leave music for a while after a failed drug deal ended with some of his teeth being knocked out. Regaining his embouchure for a second wind, the musician died attempting to cross balconies at his home in Amsterdam whilst under the effect of cocaine and heroin.

                                                                      "It Could Happen To You" is widely regarded as one of the artist's best albums. Released in 1958 it follows traditions set out on "Chet Baker Sings" (1954) and "Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings" in that it features Chet singing some typical jazz standards in his new, 'cool' style. Differing from the aforementioned LPs, it also features tracks with no trumpet at all, Chet opting to 'skat' in place of traditional instrument solos. This version contains new specially prepared liner notes by Penguin Guide To Jazz's writer Brian Morton and by Paris' prestigious Jazz Magazine.

                                                                      "Brilliant song selection. This is an essential title in Chet Baker's 30-plus year canon." - Lindsay Planer, AllMusic

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Do It The Hard Way
                                                                      I'm Old Fashioned
                                                                      You're Driving Me Crazy
                                                                      It Could Happen To You
                                                                      My Heart Stood Still
                                                                      The More I See You
                                                                      Everything Happens To Me
                                                                      Dancing On The Ceiling
                                                                      How Long Has This Been Going On?
                                                                      Old Devil Moon
                                                                      My Funny Valentine

                                                                      Chet Baker

                                                                      It Could Happen To You - 2024 Reissue

                                                                        It Could Happen to You follows a formula similar to two other Baker albums, "Chet Baker Sings" (1954) and "Chet Baker Sings and Plays with Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings" (recorded in 1955, released in 1964) in which he sings traditional pop standards in a jazzy fashion Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr., known for his lyrical and intimate style and for having been among the main exponents of genre known as cool jazz, confirmed in this recording as one of most important musician (and singer) of the jazz.

                                                                        This release is part of the New Ermitage collection available from January 2024: 18 jazz and soul titles reissued on yellow vinyl with new codes and renewed graphics.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Do It The Hard Way
                                                                        2. I'm Old Fashioned
                                                                        3. You're Driving Me Crazy
                                                                        4. It Could Happen To You
                                                                        5. My Heart Stood Still
                                                                        6. The More I See You
                                                                        7. Everything Happens To Me
                                                                        8. Dancing On The Ceiling
                                                                        9. How Long Has This Been Going On?
                                                                        10. Old Devil Moon

                                                                        Chet Baker

                                                                        My Funny Valentine - 2024 Reissue

                                                                          A collection of songs played and sung by Chet Baker between 1953 and 1956 starting from "My funny Valentine" written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Sweet and sensual music that continue on other tracks: this record it's the better collection to discover Chet Baker known for major innovations in cool jazz that led him to be nicknamed the "Prince of Cool".

                                                                          This release is part of the New Ermitage collection available from January 2024: 18 jazz and soul titles reissued on yellow vinyl with new codes and renewed graphics.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. My Funny Valentine
                                                                          2. Someone To Watch Over Me
                                                                          3. Moonlight Becomes You
                                                                          4. This Is Always
                                                                          5. I'm Glad There Is You
                                                                          6. Time After Time
                                                                          7. Sweet Lorraine
                                                                          8. It's Always You
                                                                          9. Let's Get Lost
                                                                          10. Moon Love
                                                                          11. Like Someone In Love
                                                                          12. I've Never Been In Love Before
                                                                          13. Isn't It Romantic?
                                                                          14. I Fall In Love Too Easily

                                                                          Chet Baker

                                                                          Sings - 2022 Repress

                                                                            The jazz world was amazed when trumpeter Chet baker presented this, his first vocal album, which showed that his immense talent as a singer matched his brilliance as an instrumentalist. This icon album includes such hits as "My Funny Valentine" and "I Fall In Love Too Easily"

                                                                            This album was initially issued in 1954 as a 10-inch containing eight songs. Its success soon led to it being reissued as a 12" LP, with the addition of material from later 1956 sessions. This edition presents all the songs from the 12" LP plus one bonus track from the same period.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. That Old Feeling 
                                                                            2. It’s Always You 
                                                                            3. Like Someone In Love 
                                                                            4. My Ideal
                                                                            5. I’ve Never Been In Love Before 
                                                                            6. My Buddy 
                                                                            7. Daybreak
                                                                            8. But Not For Me 
                                                                            9. Time After Time
                                                                            10. I Get Along Without You Very Well 
                                                                            11. My Funny Valentine 
                                                                            12. There Will Never Be Another You 
                                                                            13. The Thrill Is Gone 
                                                                            14. I Fall In Love Too Easily  
                                                                            15. Look For The Silver Lining

                                                                            Hak Baker

                                                                            Worlds End FM

                                                                              The debut album from London's finest, Hak Baker - 'Worlds End FM' represents the war in Hak's mind, the culture war on the streets of London and the individual battles of his community - from his mother to his brother to his best friends. In a year that will see Hak perform alongside Pete Doherty at The Royal Albert Hall, Jamie T at Finsbury Park & his own headline UK & Germany tours, the campaign has already garnered support from Rolling Stone, NME, Clara Amfo, Steve Lamacq, Jamz Supernova & partnerships with Dr Martens, Fred Perry, Fender, FIFA & Hugo Boss to name a few. Previous highlights include performing on Later with Jools, Glastonbury 2022 (Other Stage), the first artist ever to play at the BBC's new Eastbank site, selling out two Village Underground shows & been championed by the likes of Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders, Sian Eleri, Tom Ravenscroft, Jo Whiley, Huw Stephens & Charlie Sloth.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. World’s End FM
                                                                              2. DOOLALLY
                                                                              3. Windrush Baby
                                                                              4. Collateral Cause
                                                                              5. Bricks In The Wall
                                                                              6. Full On
                                                                              7. Babylon Must Fall (MC Grindah Skit)
                                                                              8. I Don't Know
                                                                              9. Run
                                                                              10. Telephones 4 Eyes
                                                                              11. Watford’s Burning (Connie Constance Skit)
                                                                              12. Brotherhood
                                                                              13. Luv U Bro (Big Zees Skit)
                                                                              14. Dying To Live
                                                                              15. Almost Lost London
                                                                              16. The End Of The World 

                                                                              Julien Baker

                                                                              Little Oblivions

                                                                                Little Oblivions is the third studio album by Julien Baker. Recorded in Memphis, TN, the record weaves together unflinching autobiography with assimilated experience and hard-won observations from the past few years, taking Baker’s capacity for storytelling to new heights. It also marks a sonic shift, with the songwriter’s intimate piano and guitar arrangements newly enriched by bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, and mandolin with nearly all of the instruments performed by Baker.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: Julien Baker returns for another beautifully rich set of crescentic rock, coloured with an unmistakeable country hue. It's a delicate balance and is accomplished here with a beautiful warmth and comforting melodicism. Another wonderful journey, full of emotional duality and songwriting genius from Baker.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Hardline
                                                                                2. Heatwave
                                                                                3. Faith Healer
                                                                                4. Relative Fiction
                                                                                5. Crying Wolf
                                                                                6. Bloodshot
                                                                                7. Ringside
                                                                                8. Favor
                                                                                9. Song In E
                                                                                10. Repeat
                                                                                11. Highlight Reel
                                                                                12. Ziptie

                                                                                Julien Baker

                                                                                Sprained Ankle

                                                                                  Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster. The 21-year-old’s devastating and vulnerable debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was originally released in 2015, is now being made available again. A 7” single by Julien Baker is also being released at the same time.

                                                                                  For years, Baker and a group of close friends performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers) but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life. Tales of her experiences are staggering and when set to her haunting guitar playing the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There’s something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.

                                                                                  “Richly poetic songs of trauma and redemption, moving from almost unbearable fragility to confessional strength.” - The New York Times

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Sprained Ankle
                                                                                  Brittle Boned
                                                                                  Everybody Does
                                                                                  Good News
                                                                                  Go Home

                                                                                  Julien Baker

                                                                                  Turn Out The Lights

                                                                                  Julien Baker releases her highly anticipated second album, ‘Turn Out The Lights’, via Matador Records.

                                                                                  ‘Turn Out The Lights’ arrives nearly two years to the day after Baker’s debut album, ‘Sprained Ankle’, which was widely acclaimed by outlets including The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Noisey, and MOJO, among others.

                                                                                  Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ expands upon the sound and vision of ‘Sprained Ankle’ while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, Baker reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the greys and complex truths of humanity and mental health.

                                                                                  ‘Turn Out The Lights’ was written and produced by Baker and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine).

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: 'Sprained Ankle' went down a storm in here (was it really that long ago?) and I have no doubt this will surpass that. More heartfelt lyrics, cleverly constructed melodies and introspective moments, all wrapped in that warm veneer of Baker's spellbinding voice.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Turn Out The Lights
                                                                                  Sour Breath
                                                                                  Everything That Helps
                                                                                  You Sleep
                                                                                  Happy To Be Here
                                                                                  Hurt Less
                                                                                  Claws In Your Back

                                                                                  Gacha Bakradze releases his third album on Lapsus entitled "Pancakes", and while the name may appear conventional at first glance, it actually contains esoteric philosophical concepts.

                                                                                  The Georgian producer perceives the making of pancakes - a transformative and healing parental activity that he loves to partake in with his son- as a metaphor for alteration, metamorphosis and change. A reflection that also accentuates the importance of balance during each process of preparing a simple recipe, which in turn highlights key human attributes such as patience, attention to detail and willingness to adapt to shifting circumstances.

                                                                                  On a sonic level, Gacha’s new album embodies precisely that: the contextual reworking of his music, while maintaining the essence of his previous work. "Pancakes" provides the typically melancholic yet vibrant genetics already recognisable in his music, but also embraces new genres, including his unique and personal take on hyper-pop and trance. It is an album of contrasting elements, where bucolic interludes make way for heavier tracks that are more suited to a club environment, an aural universe that hybridises IDM, electro, bass music and cutting edge techno, and once again demonstrates that trying to pigeonhole Gacha Bakradze's sound is a somewhat fruitless task.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Boredom
                                                                                  A2. Opi (album Version)
                                                                                  A3. Overtime
                                                                                  A4. Tainted
                                                                                  A5. Backup
                                                                                  A6. Attention
                                                                                  B1. Presence
                                                                                  B2. Morning Chatter
                                                                                  B3. Last Escape
                                                                                  B4. Ff31warning
                                                                                  B5. Terror
                                                                                  B6. Echoes Of Silence

                                                                                  Bala Desejo

                                                                                  Sim Sim Sim

                                                                                    A band who are at the forefront of Rio de Janeiro's artistic renaissance, they channel influences of Brazilian 60s Tropicália, 70s psychedelia and MPB to create a nostalgic, yet joyfully, avant-garde sound. The band is comprised of four distinct characters, each one an incredible talent in their own right and each with impressive credentials in the Brazilian Independent music scene. Central to the resurgent Rio de Janeiro musical community, the quartet of Dora Morelenbaum, Julia Mestre, Lucas Nunes and Zé Ibarra thrive in a group dynamic. They formed Bala Desejo to play collaboratively for a festival date in 2021, but when that show became a victim of pandemic shutdowns the idea for an album project materialised.

                                                                                    'Sim Sim Sim', which translates into English as 'Yes Yes Yes', weaves through a fusion of genres, taking twists and turns as it progresses. There is Tropicália, MPB, rock, samba-canção soul-funk and reggae in the mix. It possesses many of the qualities of a classic album from Brazilian music's golden era of the 60s and 70s, but also manages to sound very now, which is not an easy task to pull off. As solo musicians, they have worked and collaborated with Brazilian icons Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Milton Nascimento to name but a few. Bala Desejo feels like a natural extension of what came before, taking the baton from these luminaries, adding their unique spin and moving the sound forward. When we first heard Bala Desejo, we were blown away. Their epic theatrical live shows leave audiences stunned and they are the band we had always been hoping to find. A modern- day Novos Baianos or Mutantes, but definitely not an imitation. They celebrate their influences, but are an innovative group, and consequently, they have created one of the finest records to come out of Brazil in recent years. A truly sensational debut!

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Embala Pra Viagem
                                                                                    2. Baile De Mascaras (Recarnaval)
                                                                                    3. Lua Comanche
                                                                                    4. Clama Floresta
                                                                                    5. Dourado Dourado
                                                                                    6. Nana Del Caballo Grande
                                                                                    7. Nesse Sofa
                                                                                    8. Lambe Lambe
                                                                                    9. Passarinha
                                                                                    10. Sim Sim Sim
                                                                                    11. Muito So
                                                                                    12. Cronografia (O Peixe)

                                                                                    Germany's premier proponents of handsome soft pop Balcony DC make a long overdue appearance in the good ship Piccadilly with gorgeous sophomore LP "Puma Pride". Taking a playful approach to their art, Chistoph Mü and Denny Thiele practise a particularly post-modern version of pop music, equally indebted to the sensual funk of Prince, slacker antics of Mac Demarco, lo-fi soul of Blood Orange and arch-vaporwave of Macintosh Plus.

                                                                                    Sounding like a glimpse of a future I want to live in, the eight cuts slink and shimmy through futuristic pop with a charming surprise around every corner. Syrupy beats and erogenous bass keep their own jaunty time in the rhythm section, lo-fi guitar licks burst out from beneath the dry-ice mist of synthesis and those falsetto vocals coo right into your ear - pillow talk for the valium generation. Currently getting maximum approval ratings from Ryan Horsebeach, Mine, Millie and yours truly (Patch), this is deeply dope folks.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. How To Deal With Love
                                                                                    A2. Appetite
                                                                                    A3. Eglantine
                                                                                    A4. OK
                                                                                    B1. How Could I Not?
                                                                                    B2. Mirror
                                                                                    B3. Bonfire 2009
                                                                                    B4. Humming Bird

                                                                                    Matt Baldwin

                                                                                    Paths Of Ignition

                                                                                      One of the more unexpected - if worthwhile - by products of the 21st-century underground American folk revival is a renewed interest in solo acoustic guitar music. Spare, haunting, pastoral sounds have struck a new chord, and the names John Fahey and Takoma are hip again. Matt Baldwin, raised in California's rustic Pacific Grove, educated in the alternative mecca of Berkeley, sits in the center of this quiet, swirling scene. He is the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass. Unlike many of his peers, he looks beyond the traditions of Fahey (whom he calls 'a teacher', not a god), bringing portentous and progressive elements into his music, alongside a dreamy country lilt. He covers krautrock legends Neu! ("Weissensee") and metal Vikings Judas Priest ("Winter"), and culls inspiration from prog heroes yes on the closing epic "Rainbow". His music comes on like a creeping moss, verdant but threatening, comforting yet unsettling.

                                                                                      The Ballads

                                                                                      I Can't See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt. 1 / Pt. 2

                                                                                        A classic Vee-Jay side from 1965 that originally sneaked out on the Bay Area Wee label. The original goes for around £100, the second Wee press for £75, while the Vee-Jay version is 50 quid a throw. That said, copies are few and far between these days.

                                                                                        Featuring an upbeat, brass-powered Temptationslike harmony with a call and response, a deep sax wail and a piano motif pushing it forward towards a glorious middle eight that breaks into a Gospel roll out.

                                                                                        Powered by Ric-Tic-like drum rolls; a euphoric soulful classic split into two essential parts.

                                                                                        The Ballads were a four-piece from Oakland, across the bridge from San Francisco, featuring Freddie Hughes, who would later sign to Wand. The band themselves almost made it, charting in 1968 with the Willie Hutch-produced ‘God Bless Our Love’ but this earlier recording is the business.

                                                                                        Both sides remastered from the original sound source.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        I Can’t See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.1
                                                                                        I Can’t See Your Love (For The Tears In My Eyes) Pt.2

                                                                                        Marty Baller

                                                                                        Baller Nation

                                                                                          A$AB Mob affiliate Marty Baller, started his career out as A$AP Ferg’s hype man, before becoming a serious solo artistic his own right. The last year and a half has seen Baller steadily building up to the release of ‘Baller Nation’ with co signs from A$AP Mob and support tours with the likes of Future. ‘Baller Nation’ is Marty’s second mixtape, following 2016’s ‘Marty G Raw.’ The concise 10 track tape sees Marty upping the stakes, with confident lyrics, big trap beats and an all start features list including A$AP FERG, Rich The Kid, Rob $tone and Smooky Margeilaa. Omerta Inc will be bringing Marty Baller’s ‘Baller Nation’ to vinyl for the very first time, to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the albums original release. Limited to 150 copies pressed onto 180gm cocaine white vinyl. Each copy will be individually hand numbered in gold pen and come housed in a high quality matte finish sleeve with original artwork

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. First Quarter
                                                                                          2. Gladys Knight (ft 5Am & Reese LAFLARE)
                                                                                          3. Do My Thing (ft Madein-TYO)
                                                                                          4. I'm On The Moon
                                                                                          5. Slick Talk (ft Rob $tone)
                                                                                          6. Like Mike (ft A$AP Ferg, SMOOKY Margielaa & Aexyz)
                                                                                          7. Send Em My Way (ft A$AP Ferg)
                                                                                          8. Rambo (ft Rich The Kid)
                                                                                          9. Nothing Wasted
                                                                                          10. Throw The Money Away

                                                                                          Scott Ballew

                                                                                          Leisure Rodeo

                                                                                            Leisure Rodeo is the new album from Scott Ballew, following up 2021’s surprise debut Talking to Mountains. Born in Austin in the early 80’s Ballew eventually drifted out west to California, where he made a name for himself as a film director. At the age of 30 he ended up back in Austin, got sober, picked up the guitar and started writing songs. Most of those songs ended up on Ballew’s debut, but he kept writing and refining his craft, eventually ending up with ten tracks for a follow up album. Picking up where he left off, Leisure Rodeo features world-weary vignettes in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker set to rustic country-folk arrangements. Frequent collaborators Jesse Woods, Shane Renfro (RF Shannon), Jesse Siebenberg, and Todd Hannigan are back, joined by special guest appearances from Ryan Bingham on “Border Kid” and Erika Wennerstrom (The Heartless Bastards) on “Convenience Store World”. Highly anticipated new album from Scott Ballew, featuring contributions from Ryan Bingham, Erika Wennerstrom (The Heartless Bastards), Jesse Woods, and Shane Renfro (RF Shannon). 

                                                                                            The Ballistic Brothers Vs. The Eccentric Afros (Vol. 1)

                                                                                            The Ballistic Brothers Vs. The Eccentric Afros (Vol. 1)

                                                                                              At the start of 2024, Acid Jazz announced a long-term collaboration with cult club troupe The Ballistic Brothers.

                                                                                              After a sell-out 7” of the classic ‘Blacker’, and a series of digital releases, came the reissued ‘London Hooligan Soul’ in April.

                                                                                              Originally consisting of Ashley Beedle, Rocky and Diesel of X-Press 2, with contributions from keyboard player Uschi Classen - David Hill of Nuphonic would join for Volume 2 - each member has had storied roles in UK club music.

                                                                                              The Ballistic Brothers are a unique product of time and place. A place where a generation of clubbers sought the many routes and possibilities of the burgeoning London dance scene.

                                                                                              ’ The Ballistic Brothers vs. The Eccentric Afros (Vol. 1)’, originally released on the ‘On Delancy Street’ label in 1994 was a club smash. It sat somewhere between a mini album and a 12” EP. The reality is - a lot like 'London Hooligan Soul' - it was its own thing.

                                                                                              For the first time, it will be presented in a full-spine outer sleeve, with a beautiful recreation of the original graphics by The Unknown, and the music restored and remastered from the original master DATs.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Nyx 2
                                                                                              2. Gangstalene
                                                                                              3. Ushi’s Groove
                                                                                              4. And It Goes Like
                                                                                              5. MCF 2870
                                                                                              6. Blacker
                                                                                              7. Valley Of The Afro
                                                                                              8. Grover’s Return

                                                                                              The Ballistic Brothers

                                                                                              London Hooligan Soul - 2024 Repress

                                                                                                Comprising of Darren Rock, Darren House and Ashley Beadle (of XPress 2), alongside David Hill and Uschi Classen, they combined their talents on a series of mysterious vinyl releases in the heady days of the London club scene. If you were part of a clubbing tribe in the early/mid ‘90s - any clubbing tribe - you will have danced to the Ballistic Brothers.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Portobello Café
                                                                                                2. Come On
                                                                                                3. Soho Cab Ride
                                                                                                4. I’ll Fly Away
                                                                                                5. Jah Jah Call You
                                                                                                6. Mark’s Lude
                                                                                                7. I Don’t Know
                                                                                                8. Sister Song
                                                                                                9. A Beautiful Space
                                                                                                10. Steppin’ Into Eden
                                                                                                11. Peckings
                                                                                                12. Uschi’s Lament

                                                                                                Richard Balls

                                                                                                A Furious Devotion : The Life Of Shane Macgowan

                                                                                                  The definitive biography of Shane MacGowan, fully updated to include Shane's final months and the response to his passing. Punk protagonist, legendary drinker, Irish musical icon. The complete and extraordinary journey of the Pogues' notorious frontman from outcast to national treasure.

                                                                                                  A Furious Devotion vividly recounts the experiences that shaped the greatest songwriter of his generation, including the formative trips to his mother's homestead in Tipperary and the explosion of punk which changed his life. As well as exclusive interviews with Shane himself, author Richard Balls has secured contributions from his wife and family, and people who have never spoken publicly about Shane before: close associates, former girlfriends and the English teacher who first spotted his literary gift. Nick Cave, Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy, Christy Moore, Sinead O'Connor and Dermot O'Leary are on the rollcall of those paying tribute to the gifted songwriter and poet.

                                                                                                  This frank and extensive biography includes many previously unseen personal photographs.

                                                                                                  On Stranger Balmorhea continues the cosmic dialog they began with their eponymous debut in 2007. Though the spirit of Texas' early inhabitants and the weight of the night sky inspired previous albums All is Wild, All is Silent (2009) and Constellations (2010), Stranger shifts the focus from the celestial to the terrestrial, or more accurately, it begins to explore the celestial resonance in all things terrestrial. Balmorhea's music has always been guided by the experience of living in Texas, but with Stranger the band moves beyond contemplative reverence for the land and the history of their home state.

                                                                                                  The most forward-leaning of their catalog, Stranger presents worlds of tenderness, aggression, estrangement, and freedom using an expanded sonic palette including guitar loops, vibes, synthesizers, ukulele, and steel pan drums. In addition to these new sounds, electric guitars and percussion take the stage once occupied by piano and acoustic guitars. Opening with the electric guitar loops, synths, and steel drums of "Days", the band invites us to move forward with them as they explore without pretense or expectation. "Pilgrim" provides the perfect ending, blurring alpha and omega...a concluding gesture taking us back to our beginnings.


                                                                                                  137 Avenue Kaniama

                                                                                                    Bella Union warmly introduce us to their latest star signing, Belgian MC, producer and musician Baloji. His music stands at the crossroads of African music, traditional and afro-american music (soul, funk, jazz) discovered through the culture of sampling and electronic music (trance, deep house) which has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up. Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery”. By placing his resilience at the centre of his work, Baloji reconciles all these influences to enrich his projects. Baloji is a poet, composer-lyricist, scriptwriter, actor and performer, video artist and stylist, and '137 Avenue Kaniama' is his most complete release to date.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1 Glossine (Zombie)
                                                                                                    2 L'hiver Indien - Ghetto Mirador
                                                                                                    3 Bipolaire - Les Noir
                                                                                                    4 Ensemble (Wesh)
                                                                                                    5 Spotlight
                                                                                                    6 Soleil De Volt
                                                                                                    7 Ciel D'encre
                                                                                                    8 Peau De Chagrin - Bleu De Nuit
                                                                                                    9 L'art De La Fugue - Le Vide
                                                                                                    10 Passat & Bovary
                                                                                                    11 La Derrière Pluie - Inconnu à Cette Adresse
                                                                                                    12 Kongaulois
                                                                                                    13 Tropisme - Start-up
                                                                                                    14 Tanganyika



                                                                                                      Fourth album from the acclaimed Belgian quintet.

                                                                                                      ‘Fever’ follows the band’s self-imposed hiatus, a break that saw frontmen and writing partners Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere pursuing different individual interests from both a personal and creative perspective that has ultimately led the band to fashion their most cohesive album to date.

                                                                                                      On reconvening the band had no plans, just a simple desire to better their previous works and to further the band’s story. Both primary songwriters agreed on a less serious vision leaning towards a looser, refreshed sound - less melancholic but retaining their unerring ability to create a hookladen armoury.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Wrong Faces
                                                                                                      Whatchu Doin’
                                                                                                      Phone Number
                                                                                                      I’m Never Gonna Let You
                                                                                                      Down Again
                                                                                                      Wrong Vibration
                                                                                                      Roller Coaster
                                                                                                      You’re So Real

                                                                                                      Balthazar are the brainchild of songwriters Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez. Meeting as teenage buskers, the two embarked on a whirlwind writing partnership that led to the quick formation of the band and initial acclaim in mainland Europe. Resisting the temptation to cash in on that wave of interest, Balthazar took the best part of five years to record their debut album, experimenting with different genres and approaches until they were sure that they had the sound they were looking for.

                                                                                                      With ‘Rats’, that sound has been honed to a focus on melody and subtlety, avoiding the current fashion for bombast to create songs that burst forth in horns or sweep by on strings, underpinned with delicate rhythms that draw on both the pair’s love of the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Leonard Cohen and the hip hop production of the likes of Dangermouse.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Oldest Of Sisters
                                                                                                      Sinking Ship
                                                                                                      Joker's Son
                                                                                                      The Man Who Owns The
                                                                                                      Lion’s Mouth (Daniel)
                                                                                                      Do Not Claim Them
                                                                                                      Listen Up
                                                                                                      Any Suggestion



                                                                                                        Belgium’s sophisticated yet sometimes worldweary indie superstars return with their fifth album and follow up to 2019’s ‘Fever’.

                                                                                                        Further pushing on from ‘Fever’’s shift into more soulful waters, ‘Sand’ presents a more cohesive body of work that flirts with a soulful indie vibe and an at times almost slow disco undercurrent, the two singles ‘Losers’ and ‘On A Roll’ perfectly capturing the mood.

                                                                                                        Back when you could go to gigs the band were at the point where they were selling out the Scala in London and commanding decent size crowds regionally (especially Brighton, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow).

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        On A Roll
                                                                                                        I Want You
                                                                                                        You Won’t Come Around
                                                                                                        Linger On
                                                                                                        Passing Through
                                                                                                        Leaving Antwerp


                                                                                                        Sand Castle Tapes

                                                                                                          After spending a few nights in a beautiful old castle near Brussels at the start of 2021 (following lockdown), Belgian art-poppers Balthazar returned from their stay with Sand Castle Tapes, a documentary and live concert filmed by Heleen Declercq and co-produced with HolyShit sessions. They released Sand Castle Tapes as a digital EP on 24th September 2021, featuring 10 songs from the film; 8 songs reworked from the album and two jams. On 29th April 2022, Balthazar are releasing Sand Castle Tapes for the first time in physical format as a single LP.

                                                                                                          The band say of the stay: “You only get to fully understand an album when you start playing it together, the relaxed circumstances lead to a whole other way of interpreting the songs than we would have for a live show. It’s refreshing, it’s very human.” 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. On A Roll (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          2. Powerless (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          3. Jam 1 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          4. Moment (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          5. You Won’t Come Around (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          6. Linger On (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          7. Jam 2 (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          8. Losers (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          9. Halfway (Sand Castle Tapes Version)
                                                                                                          10. I Want You (Sand Castle Tapes Version)

                                                                                                          Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force

                                                                                                          Planet Rock - Glow In The Dark Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                            Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” 12-inch re-issue on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (Limited edition of 1982 copies) B-Boy anthem from 1982 lights up any dancefloor…literally! First time ever on glow-in-the-dark vinyl! Fresh off Bambaataa’s historic donation of his vinyl collection to the Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection and the Fall 2014 “Renegades of Rhythm” tour by DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist celebrating his unparalleled contribution to hip-hop, Get On Down celebrates the song for which the Godfather of Hip-Hop is best known: 1982’s “Planet Rock,” a Kraftwerk-meets-Bronx-B-Boy anthem. Renowned the world over as a never-fail floor-filler, this new 12-inch pressing of the single is pressed on glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the first time ever. Although Bambaataa may have gotten top-billing on the release, it was a team effort, with crucial contributions by a team including DJ Jazzy Jay, Afrika Islam, Arthur Baker, John Robie, a Roland TR-808 drum machine (aka Planet Patrol) and of course MCs Mr. Biggs, G.L.O.B.E. and Pow Wow. This edition is housed in a clear, custom-embossed Get On Down poly-bag to let the glow show through.



                                                                                                              DREAMVIOLENCE is BAMBARA’s full-length follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP Dog Ear Days (2010). After playing countless deafening shows in their hometown of Athens, touring the US in sweaty house shows and sharing bills with Iceage, Grimes, Liturgy, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Parts and Labor, BAMBARA decided to leave their beloved Athens and move to a basement apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn for a change. Here they practiced, slept and recorded for the majority of 2012. Following the release of a Kate Bush cover and a 10 minute improv noise EP RINGS early in the year, BAMBARA began to work on DREAMVIOLENCE.

                                                                                                              With a minimal recording set-up and little sunlight, the band was able to completely capture the dark, grimy, noisy sound they are known for while maintaining the lush beauty that glues it all together. Reid’s voice croons and snarls the fragmented images of the city. Blaze and William’s driving rhythm section plows and swings through the dirge of vocal noise with furious power. BAMBARA doesn’t want you to get comfortable inDREAMVIOLENCE. They prefer to send you through vortexes of haunting noise before you reach the dreamy euphoria waiting in the wreckage.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. All The Same
                                                                                                              2. White Dresses
                                                                                                              3. Bird Calls
                                                                                                              4. Hawk Bones
                                                                                                              5. Young Mother
                                                                                                              6. Nail Polish
                                                                                                              7. Train Daze
                                                                                                              8. Bar
                                                                                                              9. Divine Teeth
                                                                                                              10. Z
                                                                                                              11. Breaker
                                                                                                              12. Blonde
                                                                                                              13. Disappear


                                                                                                              Love On My Mind

                                                                                                                With ‘Love on My Mind’ - the six-song mini-album, mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Tennis, Parquet Courts, Johnny Marr) - Bambara condense all the energy and darkness that have made them so compelling and rearrange it into something defiantly new.

                                                                                                                Opening track, ‘Slither in the Rain’, all hissing high-hat and spectral synthlines, is a true statement of intent. It’s minimal and atmospheric, foregrounding Bateh’s raw vocals as he introduces one of ‘Love on My Mind’s main characters years after the events of the album are over, a lonely man who throws bottles at airplanes and dances a two-step in the pattern of a figure-8. While Bateh has always been adept at character sketches, tracks like ‘Slither’ introduce a newfound vulnerability that runs true through the entire album and cause the songs to hit on a more human level.

                                                                                                                Similarly, ‘Point And Shoot’ - in which each stanza describes the louche, lawless scenes of “rooftop girls / standing shoulder-to-shoulder, naked figures with their hips / cocked,” busted up jaws, and couches full of burnholes captured by the snapshots of ‘Love on My Mind’s female lead - displays an autobiographical intimacy that is not as apparent in Bambara’s previous releases. This tenderness is echoed on ‘Birds’, a rare love song (from which the EP’s title is derived), and album closer ‘Little Wars’, a gripping finale of loneliness and isolation.

                                                                                                                But while these songs may display a softer side of Bambara, it’s important to note that they haven’t lost the thrill of what attracted so many people to them in the first place. ‘Mythic Love’ (featuring vocals from Bria Salmena), with its driving bassline and ricocheting guitar lines, brings to mind past rave-ups like ‘Serafina’ and ‘Sunbleached Skulls’ but obliterates them in the process, while ‘Feelin’ Like A Funeral’ - a dangerously oscillating tale of a city knifing - is probably the most thrillingly anthemic song the band have ever recorded.

                                                                                                                Taken together, ‘Love on My Mind’ amounts to another massive step forward for Bambara - the boldest thing they’ve ever done - and the sound of yet another breakthrough.

                                                                                                                “Engrossing, dark and irresistible… an adventurous group, who just keep getting better all the time.” - CLASH

                                                                                                                “Never anything less than captivating.” - Upset

                                                                                                                “What Athens, Georgia bunch Bambara do, they do very well… the trio’s commitment to the dark side is never in question.” - DIY

                                                                                                                “Bambara are ice cold and sharp as a knife’s edge.” - Loud & Quiet

                                                                                                                “Brooklyn based doom-mongers delight… the trio go further than most in their quest to rattle.” - Q (4/5)

                                                                                                                For fans of Daughters, Protomartyr, IDLES, King Krule, Ice Age.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Slither In The Rain
                                                                                                                Mythic Love
                                                                                                                Point And Shoot
                                                                                                                Feelin’ Like A Funeral
                                                                                                                Little Wars


                                                                                                                Shadow Of Everything

                                                                                                                  Released in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim, Bambara’s Shadow On Everything represented a decisive step forward for twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh – frontman and drummer, respectively – and their childhood friend, bassist William Brookshire. While prior to its release they had always been adept students of noise rock and post-punk, mining the work of bands like Swans and The Birthday Party to construct what NPR called “beautifully dynamic nightmares,” on Shadow they boldly redefined their sound to create an album that clearly transcended their early influences and dramatically quickened the pace of their ascent from the underground. Consistent with their frenetic live set, the musical center of Shadow On Everything is Bambara’s impossibly tight rhythm section, with Blaze’s manic drumming and William’s rock-steady basslines serving as the perfect canvas for Reid’s wild guitar squalls and howled vocals.

                                                                                                                  But the album’s recording marked the first time that Reid’s voice was pushed to the front of the mix, highlighting the damaged characters and seedy locales that interact and overlap throughout its 12 songs. A stridently experimental record, Shadow features everything from violin to saxophone arrangements, and is meticulously interspersed with outré ambient noise loops distilled down from hours of manipulated vocal collages. Just two years after its release Shadow On Everything may seem like it was the logical next step for a band with experimental and punk origins that would go on to construct the intricate compositions displayed by its follow up Stray. In fact, Shadow memorializes Bambara putting everything on the line because they knew they could be more than what anyone may have seen in them up to that point in time.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Dark Circles
                                                                                                                  2. Doe-Eyed Girl 
                                                                                                                  3. José Tries To Leave
                                                                                                                  4. Night’s Changing 
                                                                                                                  5. Monument 
                                                                                                                  6. The Door Between Her Teeth
                                                                                                                  7. Human Hair
                                                                                                                  8. Steel Dust Ocean
                                                                                                                  9. Sunbleached Skulls
                                                                                                                  10. Wild Fires
                                                                                                                  11. Backyard
                                                                                                                  12. Back Home



                                                                                                                    One thing you won’t be able to avoid on Bambara’s 'Stray' is death. It’s everywhere and inescapable, the key to the whole record. That though won’t be the first thing that strikes you about their fourth – and greatest – album to date. That will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times – on stand out tracks like “Sing Me To The Street” and “Serafina” – simply overwhelming. This NYC-via-Georgia trio (the Bateh brothers, Reid and Blaze, singer and drummer respectively, and bassist William Brookshire) have been evolving their midnight-black noise rock into something more subtle and expansive ever since the release of their 2013 debut 'Dreamviolence.' That process greatly accelerated on 2018’s 'Shadow On Everything,' their first on New York’s Wharf Cat label and a huge stride forward for the band both lyrically and sonically.

                                                                                                                    A rapturously-received concept album (NPR called it a “mesmerising…western, gothic opus”), it elevated the band’s status on both sides of the Atlantic (capturing the attention of, among other people, the UK band IDLES – who invited them to tour with them – and influential British 6Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who dubbed them the best band of 2019’s SXSW). The question was, though: how to follow it? The band knew that they wanted to push further: experiment with instrumentation and not limit their songwriting in terms of what they could or could not reproduce live. They also wanted to showcase a wider range of influences. Their Georgia upbringings means that Southern Gothic is in their DNA (the likes of Flannery O’Connor and Harry Crews) but there’s more to them than that and this time they wanted to show that, offering up touchstones as diverse as Laurie Anderson and Sade as well as classic French noirs like L’Ascenseur Pour L’Echafraud as key influencers on their thinking.

                                                                                                                    The record was written in an airless Brooklyn basement in the first half of 2019, the songs being continually reworked over many months. Once they felt cohesive, they travelled back to their hometown of Athens, GA to record the building blocks with their friend Drew Vandenberg. After that, a period of experimentation and enriching began: additional instrumentation was added, (violins courtesy of Adam Markiewicz, trumpets via Sean Smith), as well as a crucial and leavening layer of female vocals (thanks to Public Practice’s Drew Citron and Palberta’s Anina Ivry-Block). Finally, in a remote cabin in the woods in rural Georgia, Reid laid down his vocals.

                                                                                                                    Now, while the music itself is evocative and propulsive, a fever dream all of its own, the lyrical content pushes the record even further into its own darkly thrilling realm. If the songs on 'Shadow On Everything' were like chapters in a novel, then this time they’re short stories. Stories that are connected by death, both abstract and personified, and that deal with how that affects the characters in contact with it. “Death is what you make it” runs a lyric in “Sweat” and in a way that’s the key line on the whole record. It would be wrong to characterize 'Stray' as simply the sound of the graveyard though. Light frequently streams through and love and longing are present too (particularly on “Made For Me”). It’s a record that avoids simple characterization but one thing that is certain about it is that it represents another monumental leap forward for the band. Sometimes groups need time to grow. Here Bambara finally sound like they’ve locked into what they were always destined to achieve. It’s electrifying!

                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                    Barry says: Brooging, gothy rock a-la Nick Cave, meets the cavernous insistent guitars of mid-80's Manchester, and hazy surf percussion underpinning the whole adventure. Brilliantly diverse but cohesive collection from Bambara.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Heat Lightning
                                                                                                                    Sing Me To The Street
                                                                                                                    Death Croons
                                                                                                                    Stay Cruel
                                                                                                                    Ben & Lily
                                                                                                                    Made For Me


                                                                                                                    Swarm - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                      Upon ‘Swarm’’s 2016 release, Brooklyn-based Bambara had been honing their noise-rock brutalism since forming in Athens, Georgia in 2009. On ‘Swarm’, their second full-length, the band began to pull their approach into sharp focus, and the result was a foundational triumph.

                                                                                                                      After the pure noise experimentation of their 2013 debut, ‘Dreamviolence’, here the band began to develop many of their later trademarks. Marrying the maniacal ravings of The Birthday Party and the brutality of early Swans with the tangled roots-punk of The Gun Club, the spotlight started to fall on vocalist / guitarist Reid Bateh’s lyrics as well as the ‘Spaghetti western’ atmospherics that would come to the fore to such effect on later releases such as ‘Shadow On Everything’ and ‘Stray’.

                                                                                                                      For fans of Bambara’s visceral and pummelling performances, which led to extensive touring opportunities along rising star contemporaries such as Gilla Band, Algiers, and IDLES, before earning the band their own headlining slot on multiple international tours, ‘Swarm’ will serve as a sort of missing link. Now, for the first time ever, live-set favourites such as the brooding ‘An Ill Son’, the flawlessly dynamic ‘Black’, and the pop-snarled ‘All the Ugly Things’ can be listened to at a level of audio fidelity on par with the band’s later recordings.

                                                                                                                      Tiny Mix Tapes praised ‘Dreamviolence’, the band’s first LP, by saying that “complete, utter anguish has never sounded this good.” ‘Swarm’ made it sound even better. With these 12 songs, Bambara proved that sometimes the only way to confront a fucked-up world is to sink to its level. As Henry Rollins succinctly summed it up at the time, this is a “REALLY cool record.”

                                                                                                                      “‘Swarm’... is a beautifully dynamic nightmare.” – NPR

                                                                                                                      “Since 2008, Bambara have reined nigh-unintelligible noise into something more artfully restrained, but the wildness remains intact.” - Pitchfork

                                                                                                                      “Bambara hail from Athens, Georgia, famously home to REM and The B-52’s, but what they do is far noisier, angrier, scarier. They sound like a band always on the lookout for something bigger.” - The Quietus

                                                                                                                      “Bambara write chaotic songs held together with formless washes of noise and anxious vocal drones, crafting pallid but vibrant pieces that thrashed with... mutant energy.” - VICE

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Clearing Out The Weeds
                                                                                                                      Her Sister Touya
                                                                                                                      An Ill Son
                                                                                                                      Like Waves
                                                                                                                      I Don’t Mind
                                                                                                                      Filled Up With Night
                                                                                                                      It’s Nothing
                                                                                                                      All The Ugly Things
                                                                                                                      I Can’t Recall
                                                                                                                      In Bars
                                                                                                                      As Her


                                                                                                                      Daughters Of The Sky

                                                                                                                        BAMBOO (Nick Carlisle - keyboards, production, also of Peepholes / Katy & Nick) & Rachel Horwood (vocals, electric banjo, also of Trash Kit / Bas Jan) announce their third studio album "Daughters Of The Sky", on Upset The Rhythm.

                                                                                                                        The album was written and recorded over a two year period where ideas and arrangements were allowed to slow-cook and develop over time, in contrast with the last album "The Dragon Flies Away" which came together relatively quickly for the duo. The music comprises the usual (for Bamboo) mix of Horwood's flawlessly resonant folk cadence and Carlisle's pristine synth production, whilst TR808 drum machines and samples lock together with acoustic drums, themselves often given the "Tony Visconti" Eventide Harmoniser treatment of Berlin-era Bowie albums. Ancient ARP synthesisers and Mellotron flutes and horns sit next to contemporary digital sounds and samples in a hauntological tapestry over which Horwood can intone her sometimes mournful, often uplifting vocals.

                                                                                                                        The first single taken from the album, "Weeping Idols", reflects upon a recurring theme of religious dogma and spiritual entrapment, and is accompanied by a stunning video shot by Jack Barraclough around the North Coast of Northern Ireland, taking in the Giant's Causeway and the Kinbane Castle ruin. Carlisle's infectiously colourful synth riffs and pop production, featuring sun-burst harp playing from Brighton-based singer/multi-instrumentalist Emma Gatrill, contrasts sharply with the darker tone of Horwood's lyric, jarring in a way reminiscent of "You Have Placed A Chill On My Heart" by The Eurythmics.

                                                                                                                        Although "Daughters Of The Sky" breaks away from the storybook concept format of The Dragon Flies Away, in that sense being more similar to Bamboo's debut album "Prince Pansori Priestess" (2015, ★★★★★ - Record Collector Magazine), there are still recurrent themes that run through the album such as motherhood, the cyclical nature of life, emancipation and liberation. "Branches dancing, bud stems growing, fibres swaying, arms unfurling" Horwood sings in The Deku Tree, a song which roots motherhood in nature's eternal cycle of birth and death. In the title track we see two perspectives of women spanning time and geography, Horwood drawing inspiration from the personal and also political. In 1917 a Russian match stick worker looks out of her window dreaming for a better life; in 2019 a Filipino maid in Hong Kong yearns to return to the children she has left behind. Both share a revolutionary spirit, protesting and fighting for a new world.

                                                                                                                        What might be the centrepiece of the album, "East Of The Sun / West Of The Moon", an 11 minute epic, begins with a serene, desolate ambient intro which eventually transports us over the waves to some unknown land. Here we track the journey of a displaced people who are rejected from pillar to post, prevented from crossing over political lines, judged by fellow humans by their few differences over their myriad similarities. "And we all walk a different pace, though we end up in the same place" sings Horwood, as the song's new-found rhythm seems to break apart again and slowly splinter away in different directions, the fragments hanging in the air as a new section emerges featuring a rare lead vocal from Carlisle.

                                                                                                                        Bar the brief instrumental coda "Tenebrae", the album ends on an optimistic note with "A World Is Born", an upbeat song of renewal. Horwood sings of the creation of a new world for a new generation, out of the ashes of a society stagnating under the collapsing weight of late capitalism. Saxophones provided by Emma Gatrill (her second guest appearance on the album) answer each vocal line in call and response style over more harmonised drums reminiscent of Bowie's "Low". Carlisle originally wrote the music following the death of Bowie, and Horwood added some Prince-like backing vocals (Prince having been name-checked in the title of the first Bamboo album). Although her lyric makes no reference to the loss of these giants, their influence hang over the song in a way which can only add to the sense of hope and rebirth, a sense which is indeed felt throughout the album.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        01. Diamond Springs
                                                                                                                        02. Weeping Idols
                                                                                                                        03. Daughters Of The Sky
                                                                                                                        04. Memories All At Once
                                                                                                                        05. Off-World Colony
                                                                                                                        06. East Of The Sun / West Of The Moon
                                                                                                                        07. The Deku Tree
                                                                                                                        08. Under Larches
                                                                                                                        09. A World Is Born
                                                                                                                        10. Tenebrae

                                                                                                                        Banabila returns with a second LP release on Knekelhuis. The renowned Dutch producer is up there among the stars when it comes to ambient music and the so-called ‘fourth world’ legacy. On this eleven-track album, we witness soul-wrenching, kraut-tinted, and early-yet-modernist electronics.

                                                                                                                        Coming from his heart, these imaginative recordings center around otherworldly voices – fictional characters chanting in a made-up language, imbued with a captivating spirit, transcending linguistic barriers. Through remarkable complexity and technique, 'Unspeakable Visions' is full of sonic textures, together evoking a layered, emotional arc.

                                                                                                                        While the track 'Rattles' still references the artist's first album on Knekelhuis, 'Echo Transformations', the style of most other tracks departs towards an intriguing new mix of both pop-infused songs and gloomy abstraction, balancing between a sense of anticipation and desolation.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Matt says: Real trippy weirdness with moments of cerebrum-popping brilliance. Granular sound design, fractal glitches, manipulated organica... A truly immersive long player for your next mushroom ritual.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Viva Voce
                                                                                                                        Vowels Of Love
                                                                                                                        Darker And Darker
                                                                                                                        Hometapers Tricky Universe
                                                                                                                        So Far Yet So Near
                                                                                                                        Your Words Against Mine
                                                                                                                        Little Star
                                                                                                                        AI Brainfire
                                                                                                                        Sounds From An Unforgettable Place 1 (Uv Remix)
                                                                                                                        Unspeakable Visions

                                                                                                                        Michel Banabila

                                                                                                                        Wah-Wah Whispers

                                                                                                                          Ever since he released his music in the early '80s Michel Banabila has been hard to pinpoint to a specific genre or style. His musical output includes jazz, experimental cut-up electronics, world music (especially influenced by the Fourth World music as developed by Jon Hassell), New Age, eclectic pop tunes, music for dance or other stage projects, and soundtracks for TV. Some listeners may have found it difficult throughout the years to find their way in this versatile output.

                                                                                                                          For this particular release, Bureau B chose a different approach. Instead of archiving early works from the 1980s, Wah-Wah Whispers focuses on Banabila's more recent output. It is a collection of works showcasing many facets of his music: a journey visiting the minimal and cinematic sample scape, contemplative ambient / fourth world scenes and more. The album ends with a kaleidoscope of atmospheres gradually building up to a noise climax.


                                                                                                                          Do Yeah

                                                                                                                            There are some records that you come across that sound like you’ve discovered an unearthed gem from a previous decade; a lost moment in musical history that has cruelly been sat gathering dust in a record shop for years. From the opening seconds of Bananagun’s “Do Yeah” - which stirs to life in an intoxicating blend of 1970s afrobeat, fuzzed out psychedelia and immersive pop - this very much feels like the case of discovering something special. However, rather than being a decades old find, this track comes from a brand new Melbourne band. With the aim of merging the proto-garage rhythmic fury of The Monks with the tropicália grooves of Os Mutantes, the band soon forged a sound that was as loose and unravelling as it was focused and taut, with an aim of creating a real sense of place and environment.

                                                                                                                            “We didn't want to do what everyone else was doing,” the band say. “We wanted it to be vibrant, colourful and have depth like the jungle. Like an ode to nature.” There’s a deeply percussive element to the band’s psychedelic ode to mother nature, touching upon Fela Kuti-esque repetitions, exotica, jazz and 1960s pop-rock. Much like a lot of the influences it filters into its own unique spin on it all, it’s intended as “music for the people” - a unifying groove that spans genres. Even the seemingly innocuous band name has an underlying message of connectivity that matches the universality of the music. “It’s like non-violent combat! Or the guy who does a stick up but it’s just a banana, not a gun, and he tells the authorities not to take themselves too seriously.” This extends to the underlying message of their debut single too: “try to love and not hate because you’re the one who has to carry it around.” Do Yeah 7”

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Do Yeah
                                                                                                                            2. Top Cat
                                                                                                                            3. Crane In The Tiger's Mouth


                                                                                                                            Glorious - The Ultimate Collection

                                                                                                                              Bananarama celebrate over 40 years at the top with the release of ‘Glorious - The Ultimate Collection’. With 40 tracks selected by Sara and Keren themselves, the album revisits every decade of the band’s career, with hits including ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘Venus’, ‘Love in the First Degree’, ‘Only Your Love’, ‘Preacher Man’, ‘Move in My Direction’ and more, along with two new singles, ‘Feel The Love’ and ‘Supernova’.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              LP (Transparent Red)
                                                                                                                              Cruel Summer (3am Mix)
                                                                                                                              Robert De Niro’s Waiting
                                                                                                                              Venus (Boys Noize Rework Edit)
                                                                                                                              Love In The First Degree
                                                                                                                              Preacher Man
                                                                                                                              Movin’ On (Disco Chic)
                                                                                                                              Move In My Direction
                                                                                                                              Look On The Floor
                                                                                                                              Love Don’t Live Here
                                                                                                                              Stuff Like That
                                                                                                                              Looking For Someone
                                                                                                                              Forever Young
                                                                                                                              Feel The Love

                                                                                                                              2CD / 3LP (Transparent Gold)

                                                                                                                              Really Saying Something
                                                                                                                              Cruel Summer
                                                                                                                              Robert De Niro's Waiting
                                                                                                                              More Than Physical
                                                                                                                              A Trick Of The Night
                                                                                                                              I Heard A Rumour
                                                                                                                              Love In The First Degree
                                                                                                                              Only Your Love
                                                                                                                              Preacher Man
                                                                                                                              I Could Be Persuaded
                                                                                                                              Movin' On [Disco Chic]
                                                                                                                              Last Thing On My Mind [Electrified]
                                                                                                                              Every Shade Of Blue
                                                                                                                              Take Me To Your Heart
                                                                                                                              Prove Your Love
                                                                                                                              Move In My Direction
                                                                                                                              Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)
                                                                                                                              Feel For You
                                                                                                                              Love Comes
                                                                                                                              Love Don't Live Here
                                                                                                                              Baby It's Christmas
                                                                                                                              Now Or Never
                                                                                                                              La La Love
                                                                                                                              Stuff Like That
                                                                                                                              Looking For Someone
                                                                                                                              I'm On Fire
                                                                                                                              It's Gonna Be Alright
                                                                                                                              Forever Young
                                                                                                                              Running With The Night
                                                                                                                              Cruel Summer (3am Mix)
                                                                                                                              Feel The Love

                                                                                                                              Band Of Holy Joy

                                                                                                                              Dreams Take Flight

                                                                                                                                The apotheosis of Band Of Holy Joy's bile toward today's pathetic state of affairs will be released shortly – a blistering remix of "The Devil Has A Hold On The Land" from their last album, Neon Primitives. Remixed by Youth (Killing Joke bassist, Paul McCartney collaborator, producer of Melanie C and U2!), who was so taken by the song as to remix it gratis, the remix will be part of a series of 23 discrete 7" 45s by Jon Langford of The Mekons and an assortment fellow travellers from around the globe. Dreams Take Flight transitions from political discourse into a post-virus rebirth of human relationship and the inevitable fumblings of the society's psychological reconstruction over the forthcoming year. Have you ever wondered what purpose your joy or my pain? All those moments shared together to be washed away by the rain . . . Have you ever doubted our super hipster being love-in at all? Just a pair of urbane fools passing through waiting for our call . . . Take a leap into the great unknown. Almost perversely heart-on-sleeve, Johny Brown and compatriots have never fitted well within a particular scene - nor have they ever seem to try.

                                                                                                                                Although recorded under the existence of quarantine and a healthy amount of paranoia, in search of the joy of greatly hindered collaboration, the band has opted to turn over each song to a different visionary video artist for an exhibition which will take place for a week at London's Gallery 46 beginning at the end of February and open to the public. The video exhibition will subsequently be available online, before the album's release. While still featuring some of the band's strongest songs, Dreams Take Flight has a strange film-like ambience in parts, almost as if planned as a soundtrack, a thought mirrored in Inga Tillere's sublime, dream-like sleeve, best seen in real life. "A Leap Into The Great Unknown" and "Notes From A Gallery" will likely be heard as too disarmingly direct for radio, and the videos will likely never see the entry door to MTV, but Dreams Take Flight will ultimately be considered a masterwork of clarity in a confused, contentious time.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. This Is The Festival Scene 
                                                                                                                                2. A Leap Into The Great Unknown 
                                                                                                                                3. That Magic Thing 
                                                                                                                                4. When Love Is Not Enough 
                                                                                                                                5. On Set Romance 
                                                                                                                                6. Notes From A Gallery 
                                                                                                                                7. The Rhythm Of Life 
                                                                                                                                8. A New Clear Vision 

                                                                                                                                Band Of Holy Joy

                                                                                                                                Fated Beautiful Mistakes

                                                                                                                                  Early Band Of Holy Joy existed somewhere on the cut-up side of proto-industrial music, resting between Marc Stewart & Maffia, Sonic Youth, and Current 93, and proponents of a more romantic musical language - Virginia Astley, Dead Can Dance and Cocteau Twins among them - all artists whose work BPHJ's music sat comfortably alongside across on a stream of low-budget vinyl and cassette compilations after the start of the eighties. A great leap in polish led to a deal with Rough Trade and several early '90s albums which flirted with the mainstream, with BOHJ almost an odder, less obvious cousin to Dexys Midnight Runners. When these releases failed to take off as hoped, lost years followed on smaller labels and self-released projects, until the renewed urgency of the 2016 Brutalism Begins At Home EP and increasingly majestic albums on which saw leader Johny Brown's lyricism enter a new phase. The common thread through BOHJ's four decades of recordings is the foundational warmth and humanity of Brown's words. The band's earliest recordings seemed garnered from street-level observations of neighbourhood people and sights. By the time of near-hit "Tactless", their songs - whatever the underlying impulses may have been - had become immediate enough to overcome the mystery of a line like "Do you remember the swan that was shot in the park?"

                                                                                                                                  Over each of their last three albums - Funambulist We Love You, Neon Primitives and Dreams Take Flight - BOHJ has bettered itself, and may now have reached their apex, Fated Beautiful Mistakes. We live in a time of generally justifiable gloom and awkward uncertainty. So it may appear cavalier to claim this album sounds revelatory in that context, but Band Of Holy Joy's strengths rest largely in Johny Brown and the band's ability to capture a wider societal feeling. One listen to the escapist fantasy of "Our Flighty Season Under The Flighty Sun" and its slightly-haunted ending speaks volumes beyond most of what passes for music in 2023, and it's just one of many perfect moments on this album.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Lighthouse Keeper
                                                                                                                                  New York Romantic
                                                                                                                                  A Citadel Of Crooked Soul
                                                                                                                                  Mersey Ferry On The River Thames
                                                                                                                                  Our Flighty Season Inn The Dirty Sun
                                                                                                                                  Circus Folk
                                                                                                                                  City People
                                                                                                                                  Instagram Moon
                                                                                                                                  The Curve Of The Bay
                                                                                                                                  The Full Bloom Of Roses
                                                                                                                                  Babylon Farewell

                                                                                                                                  Band Of Nowhere is a new constellation project by Juanjo Sánchez, together with other collaborators with whom he had previously worked. It is worth mentioning Bob Drake on drums, former member of the legendary formation Thinking Plague (also on Hail, 5UU's, The Science Group) who has also mastered the project from their studio in the Midi-Pyrénées and also to mention the guitarist Jordi Cabayol (Camino al Desván) both Juanjo and Jordi began their career in a significant band of Barcelona of the early eighties, such as Entr'acte.

                                                                                                                                  The becoming of Juanjo Sánchez would take him to other latitudes as a member of Alondra Satori and without losing the lighthouse of his city, he would collaborate with other outstanding musicians such as Quicu Samsó (Koniec, Macromassa).

                                                                                                                                  The fluidity and chromaticism of his previous album Gonza Magilla is still perceived in here, but in a much more electrified way with guitars that are sometimes expansive, other times exuberant wrapped up with contagious synthesizer modulations and very marked rhythms. The production and especially the arrangements are fantastic with those special presences of synthesizers that are not common around here.

                                                                                                                                  Its original improvisation and experimentation is skilfully adjusted by Juanjo Sánchez, giving a much more playful result with unexpected combinations, very much in continuity with a certain European Art Rock such as Aksak Maboul, Etron Fou, Zamla,The Work or the mischievous resonances of The League of Gentlemen; all this mapping the sound transit, to an unpredictable and vibrant non-place.

                                                                                                                                  Housed in it's original hand made artwork with the little upgrade twist of silk-screen printing textured grey cardboard and including a insert colour with photos and text provided by Juanjo Sánchez.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  SIDE A
                                                                                                                                  Calling All Beginners
                                                                                                                                  Fleeing To The Poles
                                                                                                                                  Rouler Ma Bosse
                                                                                                                                  Sunday Machinery

                                                                                                                                  SIDE B
                                                                                                                                  Lucid Dreams
                                                                                                                                  Twisted Maze
                                                                                                                                  Rolla Bolla
                                                                                                                                  Chinese Forecast

                                                                                                                                  Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith) and recorded in Rockfield Studios, By Default is the sound of a group on the sharpest form of their career, more engaged and focused than they’ve ever been. The follow up to 2014’s Himalayan, from the English trio - made up of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums) – the new record came about via a conscious decision from the band to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule (having never spent more than a month off the road in the last 2 years) to decamp to and write songs in a Southampton Baptist Church-cum-makeshift HQ. 

                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                  Barry says: From funky staccato guitar to four-to-the-floor drums, three-part harmonies and rhythmically delivered vocals to National-esque introspection and distorted churning bass. 'By Default' is a swooning and morphing beast, no sooner do rousing crescendos appear than they melt into a cauldron of bubbling morosity and jagged tension, with relief never being too far behind. Measured and impeccable, apopleptic and serene. A whole of many halves, and every one of them brilliantly conceived. Highly recommended.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Black Magic
                                                                                                                                  2. Back Of Beyond
                                                                                                                                  3. Killer
                                                                                                                                  4. Bodies
                                                                                                                                  5. Tropical Disease
                                                                                                                                  6. So Good
                                                                                                                                  7. This Is My Fix
                                                                                                                                  8. Little Momma
                                                                                                                                  9. Embers
                                                                                                                                  10. In Love By Default
                                                                                                                                  11. Singing
                                                                                                                                  12. Something 

                                                                                                                                  Band Of Skulls


                                                                                                                                    With seminal producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) at the helm, Band Of Skulls deliver an album which will cement their rock credentials, combining trademark raucous blues riffs, masterful musicianship and faultless vocal harmonies in an album full of raw power and beautiful melodies.

                                                                                                                                    After the success of 2011’s ‘Sweet Sour’, which hit the UK album chart at No14, the band have toured worldwide, with full throttle live shows earning them a reputation as one of the most accomplished, exciting live bands around. In the last year they have shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse.

                                                                                                                                    Band Of Skulls are performing at the top of their game; 2014 looks set to catapult the band to the forefront of the British music scene. ‘Himalayan’ is one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

                                                                                                                                    Band Of Skulls

                                                                                                                                    Love Is All You Love

                                                                                                                                      ‘Love Is All You Love’ was recorded in London’s Miloco Studios, The Smoakstack studio in Nashville, and in the Southampton studio of Band Of Skulls founder members’ Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals). Following the amicable departure of drummer Matt Hayward, Russell and Emma started the writing process for the record in 2017 and quickly accumulated a host of new songs. It was a free and experimental process mixing electronic and live instruments, working quickly, getting ideas down, then moving on.

                                                                                                                                      Work then switched to The Toyshop studio at Miloco to collaborate with Richard X, known for his innovative production with artists from Pet Shop Boys to Goldfrapp to Sugababes, whose ‘Freak Like Me’ was one of the standout singles of the 2000s. Richard X encouraged Band Of Skulls new spirit of experimentation, pushing the combination of live and electronic as mixing the two was creating interesting dynamics. Once the writing was complete the band decamped to Nashville to record the live element of the record with Eagles Of Death Metal’s Julian Dorio on drums.

                                                                                                                                      All these elements added a heavy punch and power to ‘Love Is All You Love’, especially on the unrelenting ‘Carnivorous’ and short sharp shock of ‘That’s My Trouble’. ‘Cool Your Battles is more widescreen, while ‘We’re Alive’ has a heavy dance pulse with a touch of melancholy. The song ‘Love Is All You Love’ focuses on the groove and keeps the feel of when they tracked it live in Nashville. This song in particular seems to encapsulate the sentiment of the whole record.

                                                                                                                                      “This record is tough and tender with a rebellious spirit,” say Emma and Russell. “It is a positive record. It looks to what is possible and how a little love and human kindness can help bring about positive change. We drew on personal experiences, changes in our situation, and couldn’t help but be affected by what has been going on in the world politically, culturally and environmentally. Attempting to overcome that sometimes powerless feeling by creating and connecting with people and making something new.” 

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Carnivorous
                                                                                                                                      2. That’s My Trouble
                                                                                                                                      3. Love Is All You Love
                                                                                                                                      4. Not The Kind Of Nothing
                                                                                                                                      5. Cool Your Battles
                                                                                                                                      6. Sound Of You
                                                                                                                                      7. Thanks A Lot
                                                                                                                                      8. We’re Alive
                                                                                                                                      9. Speed Of Light
                                                                                                                                      10. Gold

                                                                                                                                      Deluxe CD Bonus Tracks:
                                                                                                                                      1. In Colours
                                                                                                                                      2. Heavenly Creatures
                                                                                                                                      3. Dying Day 

                                                                                                                                      Band Of Skulls

                                                                                                                                      The Devil Takes Care Of His Own

                                                                                                                                        ‘The Devil Takes Care Of His Own’ is a prime example of the band’s swaggering, blues-rock sound, tipping its hat to Led Zep, whilst the Unkle remix of ‘Sweet Sour’ is the product of a recent Hong Kong art exhibit collaboration between the two groups.

                                                                                                                                        Originally available as a limited edition, one sided 7", this new version  features an Unkle remix of the title track of the band’s second album, ‘Sweet Sour’.

                                                                                                                                        Banda Black Rio

                                                                                                                                        Maria Fumaca

                                                                                                                                          Banda Black Rio's 'Maria Fumaca' is one of the strongest Brazilian samba-disco-funk-soul-fusion albums of all time. It was voted No. 38 in the Top 100 Brazilian Albums Ever in Rolling Stone Magazine, Brazil. This official Mr Bongo re-issue comes complete with replica original artwork.

                                                                                                                                          Banda Black Rio were formed in 1976 by the late Oberdan Magalhães in Rio de Janeiro. They revolutionised black instrumental music at the time with their Brazilian re-interpretation of soul, jazz, funk and disco grooves, inspired by the likes of Tim Maia and reminiscent of Kool & The Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire during their most on-point period of the 1970's. 'Maria Fumaca' is the groups first album, originally released by Atlantic in 1977 and a record that bought the group worldwide fame.

                                                                                                                                          The title track is a real stand-out for us and a long term firm favourite. 'Miss Cheryll', more of a disco / AOR jam, was released by RCA UK in 1980 as the track become popular within several London scenes.

                                                                                                                                          Bandante feature George Vjestica of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, and triumphs in it's direct no-nonsense approach, be that with the heavy rocking vibes of the A side or the anthemic acoustic balladry of the flip. 'Bang Bang' shoots off the starting line with classic single-note riffage and pummeling drum kit, backed with heavy AF distorted guitar chords and gruffly shouted vocal refrains. 'My Friend' is a much more pensive number, with acoustic guitar jangling behind booming bass, and Vjestica's vocals. A wistful ode to companionship, and a suitably beautiful tribute. 

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Barry says: A brilliantly classic 7 of two sides this one. The heavier rock and roll clatter of the A-Side versus the wistful acoustic number on the flipside. Both are beautiful but in completely different ways, and really display the songmanship of such a talented bunch. Brilliant.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          A. Bang Bang

                                                                                                                                          B. My Friend

                                                                                                                                          Bandjo is Jacob Haage and Fredrik Johansson from Stockholm, responsible for more of that shimmering psychedlic / Balearic sound the Swedes seem to do oh-so well. What’s unique about Bandjo though is that while their songs are full of sand and seagulls (and seagulls full of sand), there is a strong sense of the foreboding also at play. “You & The Sun” is a late afternoon at the shore turning to storms. The sky has gone ominous as the wind whips your hair and the waves crash fiercely, echoing the lightning in the distance. The calmness of the lazy afternoon is a distant memory as nature moves around you at double speed. Quick, hammer in that windbreak!

                                                                                                                                          These two tracks from Mike Bandoni and Chip Wickham have been a long time coming. These two stable mates from the 'Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band' have been discussing a collaboration for years and now; it's finally in the bag!

                                                                                                                                          Mike brings his trademark killer funky Drums (Recorded by the legendary Malcolm Catto), Percussion, Rhodes, Bass and vintage Guitar vibes to the party whilst Chip delivers some sublime and highly complimentary work on sax and flute.

                                                                                                                                          Infinity Pool sounds like a long lost Bobbi Humphrey meets Bob James composition with the flute taking centre stage underpinned by what can only be described as mammoth funk grooves on every other instrument. A true modern Jazz Funk classic with just a fraction more Funk than Jazz!

                                                                                                                                          Get It! is a cool number with a phenomenally infectious groove and a hook that stays in the brain for days! Think early Kool & The Gang. You'll be humming these hooks day and night! Chip again raises the bar further with some sublime flute and sax work and is ably joined by Eoin Grace on trumpet to deliver that full fat section accompaniment that so completes this composition.

                                                                                                                                          Both tracks are equally at home listened to through headphones or pumping loudly through a sound system in a club at your best Funk and Soul events.

                                                                                                                                          Both tracks are getting plenty of radio play so it's likely to shift quickly! One for the collection and a must have. Limited to 500 copies.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Get It (feat. Chip Wickham)
                                                                                                                                          2. Infinity Pool (feat. Chip Wickham)

                                                                                                                                          The Band

                                                                                                                                          Cahoots (50th Anniversary)

                                                                                                                                            2021 marks the 50th anniversary of The Band’s fourth studio album, ‘Cahoots’. On December 3, Capitol/UMe will release the newly remixed and remastered album in variety of formats to celebrate this iconic and influential album.

                                                                                                                                            ‘Cahoots’ was the fourth studio album, and last album of original material for four years.

                                                                                                                                            The front cover painted by New York artist/illustrator Gilbert Stone Back cover features a photograph portrait of the group by Richard Avedon.
                                                                                                                                            Features guest vocals from Van Morrison (on “4% Pantomime”)

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Life Is A Carnival
                                                                                                                                            When I Paint My Masterpiece
                                                                                                                                            Last Of The Blacksmiths
                                                                                                                                            Where Do We Go From Here?
                                                                                                                                            4% Pantomime
                                                                                                                                            Shoot Out In Chinatown
                                                                                                                                            The Moon Struck One
                                                                                                                                            Thinkin’ Out Loud
                                                                                                                                            Smoke Signal
                                                                                                                                            The River Hymn

                                                                                                                                            The Band

                                                                                                                                            Stage Fright (50th Anniversary)

                                                                                                                                              Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian American group the Band, released on August 17, 1970. Engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, it features two of the group’s best-known songs, “The Shape I’m In” and “Stage Fright”, both of which showcased inspired lead vocal performances (by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, respectively) and became staples in the group’s live shows.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
                                                                                                                                              2. The Shape I’m In
                                                                                                                                              3. Daniel And The Sacred Harp
                                                                                                                                              4. Stage Fright
                                                                                                                                              5. The Rumor
                                                                                                                                              6. Time To Kill
                                                                                                                                              7. Just Another Whistle Stop
                                                                                                                                              8. All La Glory
                                                                                                                                              9. Strawberry Wine
                                                                                                                                              10. Sleeping

                                                                                                                                              The Band

                                                                                                                                              The Band

                                                                                                                                                "The Band's first album, Music from Big Pink, seemed to come out of nowhere, with its ramshackle musical blend and songs of rural tragedy. The Band, the group's second album, was a more deliberate and even more accomplished effort, partially because the players had become a more cohesive unit, and partially because guitarist Robbie Robertson had taken over the songwriting, writing or co-writing all 12 songs. Though a Canadian, Robertson focused on a series of American archetypes from the union worker in "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" and the retired sailor in "Rockin' Chair" to, most famously, the Confederate Civil War observer Virgil Cane in "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." The album effectively mixed the kind of mournful songs that had dominated Music from Big Pink, here including "Whispering Pines" and "When You Awake" (both co-written by Richard Manuel), with rollicking uptempo numbers like "Rag Mama Rag" and "Up on Cripple Creek" (both sung by Levon Helm and released as singles, with "Up on Cripple Creek" making the Top 40). As had been true of the first album, it was The Band's sound that stood out the most, from Helm's (and occasionally Manuel's) propulsive drumming to Robertson's distinctive guitar fills and the endlessly inventive keyboard textures of Garth Hudson, all topped by the rough, expressive singing of Manuel, Helm, and Rick Danko that mixed leads with harmonies. The arrangements were simultaneously loose and assured, giving the songs a timeless appeal, while the lyrics continued to paint portraits of 19th century rural life (especially Southern life, as references to Tennessee and Virginia made clear), its sometimes less savory aspects treated with warmth and humor." - All Music.

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                Andy says: Just as good as the first, maybe without the same impact. Includes the world-classic "The Night They Drove Old Whiskey Down".

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Across The Great Divide
                                                                                                                                                2. Rag Mama Rag
                                                                                                                                                3. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
                                                                                                                                                4. When You Awake
                                                                                                                                                5. Up On Cripple Creek
                                                                                                                                                6. Whispering Pines
                                                                                                                                                7. Jemima Surrender
                                                                                                                                                8. Rockin' Chair
                                                                                                                                                9. Look Out Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                10. Jawbone
                                                                                                                                                11. The Unfaithful Servant
                                                                                                                                                12. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)

                                                                                                                                                The Band

                                                                                                                                                The Band (50th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                  Released on the 22nd September, 1969, the eponymous second studio effort by The Band is a concept album, with the songs focusing on people, places and traditions associated with an older version of Americana. It was recorded in the pool house of a home rented by the group in the Hollywood Hills which was once owned by Judy Garland, Wally Cox and, at the time the group worked there, Sammy Davis, Jr. According to Robbie Robertson, the location was chosen to give the songs a Basement Tapes–like feel in what was termed “a clubhouse concept.”

                                                                                                                                                  The album includes many of The Band’s best-known and critically acclaimed songs, including “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” which Rolling Stone named the 249th greatest song of all time. The magazine also ranked the album number 45 in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Time magazine included it in their unranked 2006 list of the 100 greatest albums.

                                                                                                                                                  Robert Christgau, who spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, declared it better than Abbey Road, which had been released four days following, writing that The Band’s LP is an “A-plus record if I’ve ever rated one.”

                                                                                                                                                  The album is preserved in the National Recording Registry and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1 Across The Great Divide
                                                                                                                                                  2 Rag Mama Rag
                                                                                                                                                  3 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
                                                                                                                                                  4 When You Awake
                                                                                                                                                  5 Up On Cripple Creek
                                                                                                                                                  6 Whispering Pines
                                                                                                                                                  7 Jemima Surrender
                                                                                                                                                  8 Rockin’ Chair
                                                                                                                                                  9 Look Out Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                  10 Jawbone
                                                                                                                                                  11 The Unfaithful Servant
                                                                                                                                                  12 King Harvest (Has Surely Come)


                                                                                                                                                  Give Blood

                                                                                                                                                    During the five years since the release of their first EP, Bane have grown into the leaders of the new hardcore movement. "Give Blood" is undoubtedly Bane's most commanding and highly anticipated release to date. The album was produced and engineered by Brian McTernan (Cave In, Hot Water Music, Snapcase) and this really is a truly intense experience for the listener.

                                                                                                                                                    EP compilation of essential UK house cuts recorded between 1987 - 1990. TIP!

                                                                                                                                                    Before British house and techno found its’ distinctive groove at the turn of the 1990s, one act led the way: Bang The Party, a trio who emerged from London’s vibrant underground party scene in the mid 1980s and proved, beyond any doubt, that UK producers could make music every bit as magical as the pioneering productions put forward by their counterparts in Chicago, Detroit and New York.

                                                                                                                                                    By the time long-running DJs and party promoters Kid Batchelor and Leslie Lawrence joined forces with trained engineer Keith Franklin at legendary North-West London reggae studio Addis Ababa in 1987, they’d spent years as DIY dance music activists in Britain’s capital city. They channelled these experiences and their love of imported house and techno sounds into a new project, Bang The Party, in the process becoming the first British act to appear on Transmat, a reflection of the quality and authenticity of their music.

                                                                                                                                                    The latest Rush Hour Reissue Series release offers a snapshot of some of the numerous gems nestled in the Bang The Party catalogue, delivering a much-deserved celebration of one of Britain’s most significant early acid house collectives. It features four fully remastered cuts recorded and released between 1987 and 1990 – on-point and far-sighted club workouts that sound as fresh and timeless now as they did when Britain was sweltering under its infamous ‘second summer of love’.

                                                                                                                                                    Fittingly, the EP begins with ‘I Feel Good All Over’, the group’s ground-breaking debut single. Dedicated to their home city and one of the earliest UK interpretations of house music, the track exists in the grey area between Chicago house and New York ‘garage house’ – all jaunty organ stabs, jacking Windy City beats, restless bass and soulful vocalizations. ‘Jacques Theme’, which follows, originally nestled on the B-side of that single release. An early, acid-flecked expression of hip-house with a British twist, breakdance-friendly bongo patterns and a dose of Larry Heard-inspired deep house dreaminess, the track remains an under-appreciated classic whose rap verses reflect the popularity of hip-hop in London at the time.

                                                                                                                                                    1988’s ‘Release Your Body’, Bang The Party’s most celebrated early release, was reissued in the United States by Transmat, reflecting the strong working relationship between Derrick May and Kool Kat Records’ Neil Rushton. A hypnotising affair propelled forwards by sweat-soaked drum machine beats, jacking fills and an addictive bassline, the track offers another near perfect distillation of the band’s Black American musical influences while delivering something genuinely new and fresh.

                                                                                                                                                    Rounding off the EP is a choice cut from Bang The Party’s sought after 1990 album Back To Prison. Doused in the star-lit synth sounds of the Motor City with jaunty organ stabs inspired by the kind of New Jersey jams championed at East Orange institution Club Zanzibar, ‘Let It Rip’ is a superb slice of deep house soul featuring a lead vocal every bit as emotive as anything laid down by Robert Owens. Like the rest of Bang The Party’s output, it has stood the time better than anything laid down by their London contemporaries.

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Matt says: Real nice vintage house music from London during that embryonic period. Still cutting the mustard today, this one's remained quite scarce and under appreciated until now.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    I Feel Good All Over
                                                                                                                                                    Jacques Theme
                                                                                                                                                    Release Your Body
                                                                                                                                                    Let It Rip

                                                                                                                                                    Thomas Bangalter


                                                                                                                                                      “Chiroptera” is the soundtrack of « Acte 2 : Retour à la Caverne », a creation by JR with Thomas Bangalter and choregraph Damien Jalet , performed in Paris in front of the Opéra de Paris (Opéra Garnier) on November 12th, 2023 by more than 150 dancers. 

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Face A :
                                                                                                                                                      1 - CHIROPTERA
                                                                                                                                                      Face B :
                                                                                                                                                      1 - CHIROPTERA (Solo Intro)


                                                                                                                                                      The Weight Of Knowledge

                                                                                                                                                        Bangkok formed in late 2004 and with a set of songs echoing a diverse range of influences, Bangkok have created a sound that acknowledges their northern heritage while retaining the band's unique style and beliefs. Imagine a hybrid of the Doves and Embrace, with Axl Rose on vocals.

                                                                                                                                                        Bangs & Talbot

                                                                                                                                                        Back To Business

                                                                                                                                                          Acid Jazz present a new collaboration between Chris Bangs and Mick Talbot, ‘Back To Business’, celebrating the mod club jazz sounds that are at the backbone of their DNA.

                                                                                                                                                          DJ and Producer Chris Bangs first coined the term ‘acid jazz’, and has produced records for Galliano and Paul Weller, alongside his own project, Quiet Boys.

                                                                                                                                                          Mick Talbot was a founding member and keyboardist of The Style Council with Paul Weller. He has since played with Galliano, Dexys Midnight Runners and Candy Staton.

                                                                                                                                                          Having previously recorded together in Yada Yada and Soundscape, ‘Back To Business’ marks the first Bangs & Talbot collaboration for years. Vital for mod collectors and beyond.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          Sumthin’ Else
                                                                                                                                                          How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
                                                                                                                                                          Stingray (Live At PJ’s)
                                                                                                                                                          Kookie T
                                                                                                                                                          It’s Alright (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                                          Leela’s Dance
                                                                                                                                                          Blue Jeans
                                                                                                                                                          Goody Goody
                                                                                                                                                          Jerk Chicken
                                                                                                                                                          Blues Walk

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