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Back To Mine: Groove Armada - 2022 Reissue

    Groove Armada’s iconic Back To Mine compilation from the Millennium gets a long-awaited re-issue 22 years after its original release. As Groove Armada celebrate 25 years of touring with their final ever world live tour, which includes nine huge dates across the UK, it’s a chance to relive Groove Armada’s eclectic and expert curation.

    The album, which was one of the biggest ever selling editions of the Back To Mine Series, will be available on double heavyweight vinyl for the first timers well as a limited collectors edition in Pumpkin orange. This release marks the first of many reissues of iconic Back To Mine titles.

    The Groove Armada special edition package features 12 tracks featured on the seminal album in one of the best loved compilation series’. Despite the length in time since its original release, the album remains timeless with an inspired selection ranging from A Tribe Called Quest, Barry White, Tears For Fears to the compilers themselves.

    For nearly two decades, Groove Armada have been established as one of the planet's best loved and biggest selling dance acts. As comfortable on the big stages as they are in sweat soaked basements, the boys cross genres and styles with ease. This translates perfectly into their addition of Back To Mine which boldly, yet effortlessly traverses a multitude of sounds that you wouldn’t imagine could be the perfect match. Collectively, the album is colorfully funky, soulful, and incredibly smooth. 


    TRACK LISTING

    A1. A Tribe Called Quest - Description Of A Fool (Groove Armada's Acoustic Mix)
    A2. Barry White - Playing Your Game, Baby
    A3. Tony D - Piano Grand
    B1. Sidewinder - Stanway's Revenge
    B2. BBG - Snappiness (Sweet Instrumental)
    B3. Ray Mang - Number One
    C1. Dayton - The Sound Of Music
    C2. Groove Armada - Your Song (Tim 'Love' Lee Mix)
    C3. Mica Paris - I Should’ve Known Better
    D1. Schmoov! - Destination
    D2. Chaser - Tall Stories (Pooley’s Lars From Mars Mix)
    D3. Tears For Fears - Pharaohs

    Various Artists

    Back To Mine: Tycho

      As well as being renowned for his photographic and design work under the name ‘ISO50’, Tycho’s music is a blend of various stylistic components, namely in the indie/electronica world blending downtempo guitar, analogue synths and ambient elements such as breathing sounds and excerpts from weather broadcasts and dialogue.

      For the majority of Back To Mine artists, music was always their first love. For Scott Hansen however it was all about graphic design, drawing and photography until a friend at college gave him some damaged audio equipment. “I had just ventured into electronic music via early drum & bass and suddenly my mind started to wonder how music was made and about the whole creative process.” It was this passion for LTJ Bukem and Roni Size that set the base for the career of the San Francisco-based producer, composer, musician and creative force behind his twice Grammy nominated Tycho project. Intertwining carefully crafted visuals with a pulsating combination of ambience, samples, guitars and synthesizers, the Tycho story is now six albums old since the arrival of ‘Past Is Prologue’ in 2006.

      “I have been making music for over 25 years, but I feel like I am just beginning,” he laughs from his west-coast studio. “For my Back To Mine album I wanted to take things one step further than one of my club or Burning Man sets as I knew this was an opportunity to enter that whole headphone, other worldly, cinematic, soundscape space. I wanted the album to be almost like a dream sequence for the listener.”

      Another highlight in the series for Back To Mine, who have already delivered recent stand out editions from the likes of Jungle, Fatboy Slim and Nightmares On Wax. This edition from Tycho is another timeless collection in the long standing and sought-after collectable series.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Tycho - Spectre (Bibio Remix)
      A2. Casino Versus Japan - It's Very Sunny
      A3. Lancaster - Last Sunset
      A4. Nate Mercereau - Of Course That's Happening
      A5. Craft Spells - Our Park By Night
      B1. Panama - Destroyer
      B2. Muddy Monk - Divine
      B3. Schneider TM - Frogtoise
      B4. Luke Abbott - Modern Driveway
      C1. Little Dragon - Little Man (Tycho Remix)
      C2. Weval - You Made It (Part II)
      C3. Tourist - Elixir
      C4. Octo Octa - Beam Me Up (Please Take Me Away Mix)
      D1. Tycho - Local
      D2. Ulrich Schnauss - In All The Wrong Places
      D3. Tycho - PBS - Live Edit
      D4. Slowdive - Sugar For The Pill (Radio Edit)

      Various Artists

      Bad Education - Vol.1 Soul Hits Of Timmion Records

        For the better part of 15 years Helsinki's own Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love, Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) - 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer.

        Side 1 one gets cracking with "This is What Love Looks Like", a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC's own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with "Tell Me That You Love Me" - a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with "Lost, Lost, Lost". Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it's time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie "Scorpio Man' Hawks. The Scorpio Walk's deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie.

        Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches, starting with the unreleased track "Until You’re Mine" by Wanda Felicia. Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the track evokes the ver y best of Fame-era Candi Staton. Next up, we have Bobby Oroza whose featured track "This Love" took the Soul scene by storm upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let's the sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom paint jobs. "Bad Education" the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fier y indictment of the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the militar y industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! From top to bottom Bad Education, Vol. I is a feast for discerning funk & soul freaks alike!


        TRACK LISTING

        This Is What Love Looks Like!
        Tell Me That You Love Me
        Lost Lost Lost
        Paint Me In A Corner
        Scorpio Walk
        Until You're Mine
        This Love
        Bad Education
        Don't Believe You Like That
        I'm Still A Man

        Various Artists

        Bambara Mystic Soul - The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974 - 1979

          Post-independent Burkino Fasso saw an urban middle class willing to invest in the Burkinabe arts. A cadre of singers, bands, orchestras and, most importantly, competitive record labels arose who all played their part in ushering in a golden age of music in their landlocked nation during the 1970's - a decade marred by political instability in the country and an era of artistic enlightenment empowering the whole of Africa.

          In search of better gigs, well-to-do producers and sufficient recording equipment, Burkinabe musicians ventured across the surrounding region, returning home with a wealth of knowledge of their neighbors' distinctive styles. The raw sound of Burkina Faso combined Afro-Funk, traditional Islamic rhythms and subtle Afro-Latin sounds brought over by visiting Cuban ensembles. Mandingue melodies and guitar techniques from Mali and Guinea, however, were by far the most defining traits of a potent African mix that distinguished the Voltaic style between 1974 and 1979.

          Record labels across Burkina Faso sprung up to capture the newly born mystic and soulful sound taking over the country. Volta Discobel and Club Voltaique du Disque (CVD) emerged in 1974 and competed for the modern music of their people. Despite its humble beginnings as a record shop, CVD came to dominate the industry. Both labels worked with the heavyweights of the time, such as the majestic Amadou Ballaké, a national icon who is featured extensively on this compilation.

          2020 features music from some of our favourite artists and closest friends on the new Manchester scene. The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a colossal strain on the music industry. 2020 has been created with a vision of providing financial support for Manchester artists and Band on the Wall, with all proceeds split 50/50.

          Featuring hand-picked tracks, contributed by artists whose music spans neo soul, jazz, afro-electronic and more, 2020 is an eclectic discovery of inspired and curated sounds; a shining light on the emerging talent of Manchester’s live music scene.

          "Band on the Wall is more than just a building, it is an idea and a passion for great music that is born from the diverse communities of Manchester and beyond; and an organisation designed to celebrate those who make music for the sake of making music rather than money or celebrity. In the first half of 2020 we, and many of the creators we work with, had to stop what we were doing and while activity initially stalled, it was clear that it would be impossible for the artists to stop creating and for us to stop celebrating their music. Therefore, the idea was born to help support our local creative partners and ourselves by producing this ‘memento’ of this incredibly strange year.

          Encapsulating this music on this disk reminiscent of this time, produced this year by young people who couldn’t stop making music if they tried, and despite not being allowed to perform in public, is our way of still saying thank you to them, and that we are all still here. Thanks for supporting." Gavin Sharp, CEO, Band on the Wall




          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: A gorgeous collection of tracks compiled from emerging Manchester artists, featuring some of my personal favourites Katbrownsugar and Porij. 2020 has hit the music industry hard and this charity release helps artists and venues during this difficult time.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Honeyfeet X Werkha - You Go To My Head (rewerked)
          2. Mali Hayes - Oceans Ft Layfullstop
          3. Secret Night Gang - Don't Mess With My Heart
          4. Agbeko - There Is A Jungle (Live)
          5. Porij - Closer
          6. Lovescene - To The Side
          7. Skeltr - Lojong
          8. Contours - Northbound
          9. Cervo - Reaching
          10. Katbrownsugar & Al Turnbull - Jungle
          11.Yemi Bolatiwa - Troubled Living
          12. Shunya - The Clay & The Sculpture
          13. Lieko Quintet - Black Lake
          14. MSC Big Band - Grown Ups (Live) 

          This release features a selection of some of our favourite songs, from some of the most memorable shows, to have been recorded as part of the Band on the Wall archive.

          These tracks represent our commitment to celebrating the diversity and excellence of music created by remarkable people from across the world. All tracks were performed at Band on the Wall and very kindly contributed by the artists for release on this CD, which has been produced to support the venue and our ongoing mission to promote and celebrate the great music of many cultures, during this challenging year.

          As 2020 has become a defining year for all of us who work to bring people together to celebrate live music, for us this represents not only the journey we have been on over the last ten years, but also helps to define our future commitment to this amazing music.

          A special thanks to the artists, labels and management that have helped assemble this wonderful collection of tracks, recorded live inside Band on the Wall between 2009 – 2014. All sales proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artists and Band on the Wall.

          Live from Band on the Wall is the second release on Band on the Wall’s new in-house imprint, Band on the Wall Recordings and follows the release of last month’s 2020 – a fundraiser compilation to support emerging Manchester artists.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Missing live music? Band on the Wall Manchester's iconic institution has released live tracks will take you right back to the atmosphere of being at a gig. We will be there again! Support venues and live music with this fundraising release.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Gregory Porter - On My Way To Harlem
          2. Jazzanova - Boom Clicky Boom Klack
          3. Dele Sosimi - Lady
          4. Charles Bradley - I Believe In Your Love
          5. Kirsty Almeida - Cool Down Rewind
          6. Azymuth - Club Morocco
          7. Snarky Puppy - Strawman
          8. Yellowjackets - Why Is It
          9. Hafdis Huld - Oldest Friend
          10. Bugge Wesseltoft - Singing 

          Various Artists

          Bangs & Works Vol. 2 (The Best Of Chicago Footwork)

          In 2010 Planet Mu released "Bangs & Works Vol. 1". The carefully curated compilation showcased Chicago footwork, one of the most forward-looking, innovative new styles of electronic music on the planet. Since its release, interest in the scene has grown with the sound beginning to spread outside of Chicago, influencing productions by not only Planet Mu artists such as Machinedrum and Kuedo, but many others as well. "Bangs & Works Vol. 2" brings the focus back onto Chicago’s own producers, showing where the real innovation still lies.

          While its predecessor sticks mainly to the more hallucinatory and left-field elements, this one has a wider remit, ranging from mad techno-style tracks such as DJ Metro’s “Tekno Bangz” or DJ T-Why’s immense “Juice” and ‘Finished” to those that sound like musique concrete gone footwork, like Young Smoke’s “Space Muzik Part 3.” Others like Traxman’s “Funky Block” and DJ Clent’s “DJ Clent #1” display the obvious influence of flipping samples, hip hop style to the rhythms of footwork, while DJ Rashad & Gant-Man’s amazing “Heaven Sent” shows the influence of P-Funk and Detroit’s hi-tech soul. On the whole, footwork’s synapse-snapping intensity is ever present, but this selection shows an even wider diversity to the genre’s independent and unique production focus.


          TRACK LISTING

          01. RP Boo - Heavy Heat
          02. Jlin - Erotic Heat
          03. DJ Earl - Hit Da Bootz
          04. DJ Rashad & Gant-Man - Heaven Sent
          05. DJ Metro - Burn Dat Boi
          06. DJ Clent - Ball'Em Up
          07. DJ MC - Y Fall
          08. DJ Spinn - Crazy 'N' Deranged
          09. Traxman - Funky Block
          10. DJ Rome - Showtime
          11. DJ T-Why - Finished
          12. Tha Pope - When You
          13. Boylan - Bullet Proof Soul
          14. Jlin - Asylum
          15. DJ T-Why - Orbits
          16. DJ Roc - Get Buck Juice
          17. Traxman - Brainwash
          18. DJ Clent - DJ Clent #1
          19. DJ Metro - Smak My Bitch Up
          20. Young Smoke - Space Muzik Pt.3
          21. DJ T-Why - Juice
          22. DJ Solo - What Have You Done
          23. Young Smoke - Psycho War
          24. Young Smoke - Wouldn't Get Far
          25. DJ Metro - Tekno Bangz
          26. RP Boo - Off Da Hook

          Various Artists

          Barbie The Album

            Introducing the star-studded musical extravaganza, "BARBIE THE ALBUM," the official soundtrack for the highly anticipated worldwide film "Barbie," featuring the dynamic duo of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken. The soundtrack's launch is ignited with an electrifying single by the three-time Grammy winner, Dua Lipa, who also graces the film with her presence.

            "BARBIE THE ALBUM" is a music lover's dream, filled with brand new tracks from a constellation of global mega-stars, including KAROL G, Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice, Lizzo, Charli XCX, PinkPantheress, Ava Max, Dominic Fike, The Kid LAROI, and more. Ryan Gosling, the leading man of the film, contributes to the soundtrack with an original song performed by his character, Ken.

            Behind the magical music lies a stellar production team. World-renowned DJ, Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning artist and producer, Mark Ronson, along with "Barbie" writer, director, executive producer, and three-time Oscar nominee, Greta Gerwig, have joined forces to create an unforgettable sonic journey.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Lizzo – Pink
            2. Dua Lipa – Dance The Night
            3. Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – Barbie World (with Aqua)
            4. Charli XCX – Speed Drive
            5. KAROL G – WATATI (feat. Aldo Ranks)
            6. TBA
            7. Tame Impala – Journey To The Real World
            8. Ryan Gosling – I’m Just Ken
            9. Dominic Fike – Hey Blondie
            10. HAIM – Home
            11. TBA
            12. The Kid LAROI – Forever & Again
            13. Khalid – Silver Platter
            14. PinkPantheress – Angel
            15. GAYLE – Butterflies
            16. Ava Max – Choose Your Fighter

            Various Artists

            BBC Radiophonic Music

              The reissue of the 1968 BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s hugely influential 10th anniversary album, featuring remastered early electronic works of John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire.

              Widely regarded as a major influence on the development of electronic music worldwide, BBC Radiophonic Music is a compilation of short works, often composed as intros to various radio or television programs. Conceived in a time when analogue sampling meant hours of slicing tape with razor blades, BBC Radiophonic Music is brimming with zippy themes, unsettling atmospherics, riffs, loops, clicks and beeps. Insanely catchy yet deeply sinister, this is ‘collage music’, produced, according to Desmond Briscoe of BBC Radiophonic Workshop, “with the intention of entertaining rather than informing”.

              This is an essential album for analogue and TV theme obsessives, and anyone with an interest in contemporary electronica; mysterious, eccentric and celestial, it is a celebration of one of the UK's most treasured and unique institutions.

              Various Artists

              BC35: The 35 Year Anniversary Of BC Studio

                With members of Sonic Youth, Swans, White Hills, JG Thirlwell, Cop Shoot Cop, Live Skull reunion, Pop 1280, The Dresden Dolls, Alice Donut, Lubricated Goat, Sxip Shirley, Parlor Walls and many more!

                BC35 refers to the weekend of performances and resulting album marking the 35 year anniversary of BC Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Musicians were invited to participate by Martin Bisi, and were assembled by Genevieve Fernworthy into improv ensembles. There were also some long-awaited reunions. Recorded with a live audience comprised of sound pioneers, social deviants, and studio fans, these tracks were mixed and edited with care over several months by Martin Bisi and by veterans of the studio throughout the decades.

                Various Artists

                Beard, Bread & Bear's Prayer

                  Another Arthur mag release, on their Bastet label; this time there's thirteen gnarly tunes gathered from high and low curated by Ethan Miller of Comets On Fire. For lovers of bloody nose street folk, dangerous shit rock, drunken cosmic slop and those wandering down the outer and under paths alone. Limited edition second pressing of 500. We havent got many! Features Comets On Fire, Monoshock, Six Organs Of Admittance, Albert Ayler, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Shit Spangled Banner (pre Sunburned Hand Of The Man), Ghost, Colossal Yes and more.

                  Various Artists

                  Beautiful Freaks - Waving Our Flag High, Wave On, Wave On: Music From The Original Counter Culture

                    From the team that put together the acclaimed Running The Voodoo Down sets comes a carefully assembled celebration of the counter culture - from ALLEN GINSBERG and THE GRATEFUL DEAD to BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GONG and WITTHÜSTER & WESTRUPP.

                    A compilation for the heads, not a playlist.

                    “This is a journey … into Sound” ….

                    ..…a different maverick sound one million light years from either the classic rock of the late 60s West Coast, the psychedelic pop of the UK, the primal shriek of the Vietnam soundtrack, or the wah wah powered protest of Blaxploitation. This is a journey into a new scene “THE ALTERNATIVE OF THE ALTERNATIVE”. This music is too abstract for the soldiers, and too square for the Panthers. This is a journey into the sound of the Freak Left and into an early DIY, powered by acid and humour, that is in many ways a true precursor of punk rock. It’s a journey into a cosmic mash up of folk, country, busking, comedy, music hall, raga percussion, chanting and the occasional spiked acid guitar solo. Music created communally and without commercial expectation over bottle after bottle of LSD laced soft drinks and free trips! But as much as it’s a journey into an alternative sound, it’s a journey into a different world .. the world of the Heads, the Freaks and Humbeads’ Map, a map created in a Berkeley coffee house and reworking the world to connect up the “Turned On” universe – a 5 boroughs type world dominated by a huge San Francisco & Berkeley and embracing New York, Cambridge, and LA and by implicit extension “hip” outposts in London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Sao Paulo.

                    Ten years after it had started the counterculture seemed almost done – washed away in a tide of punk rock nihilism, and economic hardship.

                    These artists represent something else, and something else important. Ideas of self made, of freedom and of protest through provocation live across these grooves. It’s time to give them a place in the pantheon and respect what they tried to achieve, because they did achieve change. The world we live in today is different and the Rainbow coalition is a valid and vibrant political force – it is the wave that gave us Obama and hope. And maybe the one that will bring further change in the future. “Sticking it to the man” was a state of mind and an ideal. Maybe we can give it a small voice again.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Darryl says: Curated by the team that brought us 2018’s ‘Running The Voodoo Down’, this compilation charts the original counter-culture. A journey through the acid laced and cosmically mashed-up world of the Heads and the Freaks, from Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg to Hawkwind, Grateful Dead and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Footnote To Howl - Allen Ginsberg
                    A2. That’s It For The Other One (Pts. I-IV) - The Grateful Dead
                    A3. Fly - The Fool
                    A4. Music For The Head Ballet - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
                    B1. Earth - Third Ear Band
                    B2. Le Goudron - Brigitte Fontaine
                    B3. Way Back In The 1960s - The Incredible String Band
                    B4. Nimm Einen Joint Mein Freund - Witthüster & Westrupp
                    C1. Fohat Digs Holes In Space - Gong
                    C2. A Mind Blown Is A Mind Shown - Hapshash & The Coloured Coat
                    C3. Be Yourself - Hawkwind
                    C4. Why -Yoko Ono
                    D1. Up Against The Wall - David Peel And The Lower East Side
                    D2. The STP Song - The Holy Modal Rounders
                    D3. The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish
                    D4. That Cat Is High - Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
                    D5. Part II: One Final Word - Timothy Leary
                    D6. Exorcising The Evil Spirits From The Pentagon October 21, 1967 - The Fugs

                    Various Artists

                    Beautiful Young Generation

                      Based on original 1967 BYG sampler. 

                      BYG were a pioneering independant record company, one of the first labels to actively promote diversity and support black African-American musicians and multi-cultural artists worldwide during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Beginning in March 2022, BYG will reissue their now rare and collectable original albums. Newly remastered from the original BYG tapes, each album will be released on LP facsimile-edition & CD with exclusive sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre and John Masouri, in high-definition digital audio, downloads and streaming formats. “BYG were passionate in supporting diversity, against prejudice and narrow-mindedness so I am proud we fought for all our artists and their music, no matter what they were, who they were or where they were from [...] This sampler is a testament to their creativity...” Jean-Luc Young, 2021.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      SIDE 1
                      1. Alice - Le Nouveau Monde
                      2. Areski & Brigitte Fontaine - Ragilia
                      3. Gong - Change The World
                      4. Aynsley Dunbar - Willing To Fight
                      5. Coeur Magique - Le Cocotier (Part 2)
                      6. Daevid Allen - Time Of Your Life
                      SIDE 2
                      1. Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra - Ancient Ethiopia
                      2. Aart Ensmble Of Chicago - Dexterity
                      3. Don Cherry - Terrestrial Beings
                      4. Archie Shepp - Blasé

                      Various Artists

                      Beehive Breaks

                        A crate staple for any lover of feminine funk, Beehive Breaks gathers 15 sultry singles from across the Numero-verse. From Sandy Gaye’s Cruella-synched “Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone” to James Brown ’s soul sister #1 Marva Whitney, teenage girl gangs The Trinikas and Promise, Miami’s queen of soul Betty Wright, plus a previously unissued belter from Chicago’s Sonics Band, Beehive Breaks picks up where sister funk left off.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        SIDE A
                        Sandy Gaye - Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone
                        Betty Wright - Mr. Lucky
                        Marva Whitney - Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear
                        The Trinikas - Remember Me
                        Betty & Angel - Honey Coated Loving
                        Arelean Brown - I’m A Streaker Baby
                        The 20th Century - Hot Pants (Part I)

                        SIDE B
                        Promise - I’m Not Ready For Love
                        Pearl Dowdell - Good Things
                        Fay Cooper - Closer Together
                        Lolla Collins - Save The Children (If There Is To Be A Tomorrow)
                        Soul Revival - Do What You Gotta Do
                        Mae Young - You Got Me Under Your Spell
                        The Ba-Roz - Come Back Boy
                        Sonics Band - Second Avenue

                        Various Artists

                        Belgica: Original Soundtrack By Soulwax

                          ‘Belgica’ is the new film by Oscar nominated director, Felix Van Groeningen. Its original soundtrack has been composed, recorded and produced by Soulwax.

                          The film sees Soulwax’s influence throughout from composing, arranging and recording the original score to creating each and every one of the fictional musical artists featured. A diverse collection of songs, performed by a similarly varied set of artists, has seen Soulwax create what is a unique soundtrack that continues to see them evolve as musical progressionists.

                          Recorded and mixed at Soulwax’s new Deewee studio in Ghent, the entire project has been over twelve months in the making.

                          As the group says: “We recorded the original music being played in the club, wrote the music, rehearsed and recorded live on set the tracks played by the bands - ranging from a live kraut techno band, White Virgins, bequiffed psychobilly trio They Live through to hardcore outfit Burning Phlegm (featuring Sepultura’s Igor Cavalera) whilst chanteuse Charlotte represents the other end of the spectrum with her neo soul pop.”

                          Berghain's Marcel Fengler presents the fifth installment in the club's expanding mix series. A central resident at the club since its early days, Fengler continually and consistently fires up the Berghain floor with his vast and exemplary collection of techno, house and electronica.

                          Fengler's colourful mix includes new exclusives from Peter Van Hoesen, Reagenz & Vril, and also gathers together a wealth of producers both new and old, from Claude Young, Luke Slater, Ben Sims and Regis, to Skudge, Gerd, Seiji and Convextion, a lot of them providing previously unreleased material. Opening with the eerie echoes of Emika's "Count Backwards", the mix moves into Peter Van Hoesen's incredible "Axis Mundi", which sets the tone from here on in: full, lively and not short on drama. Pushing into darker zones, Regis' typically haunting mix of Tommy Four Seven's "G", or Luke Slater's LB Dub Corp mix of Fengler's own "Thwack" segue with more classic cuts from Secret Cinema's "Timeless Altitude (Minneapolis Mix)" and Ratio's "Doublefeature".

                          Fengler keeps the surprise element alive while maintaining tension and pressure throughout. Gerd's tripping "Time and Space" mixes with Seiji's "More of You" in a glorious mid point throw-down. The mighty Claude Young teams up with production partner Takasi Nakajima on "Think Twice", which then swells to pick up the tension in a beautiful piano-led hypnotising movement. With the focus on more current developments in more edgy techno and house, combined with a hearty nod to the past, the mix continues with newcomers like Puresque showing promise, alongside a weighty new Ben Sims track, and the pounding filtered glory of Vril's "UV" - another exclusive for the mix. Marcel includes a new track that heads straight for the floor with "Sphinx", while men of the moment Skudge put forward "Man On Wire". The slow burning house of Reagenz' "The Labyrinth“ leads us into a psychedelic game of funk, dub and abstraction as the mix winds down. Before drawing to a close with Convextion aka ERP's stunning "Vapor Pressure", we're treated to a UK house classic by 20:20 Vision's "Future Remembrance (Livestyle Mix)", in all its analog glory. With Berghain 05, Marcel Fengler has proved filling floors doesn't have to be about ticking boxes.

                          This mix is a perfect example of the type of dexterity, sensitivity and scope he possesses as a DJ.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          01. Emika - Count Backwards (Marcel Dettmann Vocal Edit)
                          02. Peter Van Hoesen - Axis Mundi
                          03. Terrence Dixon - Tranquility (Octagen Remix)
                          04. Byetone - Plastic Star (Dr. Walker Remix)
                          05. Tommy Four Seven - G (Regis Remix)
                          06. Marcel Fengler - Thwack (L.B. Dub Corp Remix)
                          07. Secret Cinema - Timeless Altitude (Minneapolis Mix)
                          08. Ratio - Double Feature
                          09. Gerd - Time And Space (Duplex Southside Mix)
                          10. Seiji - More Of You
                          11. Claude Young & Takasi Nakajima - Think Twice
                          12. Puresque - 001A
                          13. Ben Sims - Slow Motion
                          14. Vril - UV
                          15. Marcel Fengler - Sphinx
                          16. Skudge - Man On Wire
                          17. Reagenz - The Labyrinth
                          18. 20:20 Vision - Future Remembrance (20:20 Livestyle Mix)
                          19. Convextion AKA ERP - Vapor Pressure

                          Various Artists

                          Best Of 2023

                            Full steam ahead! Put on your dancing shoes and jump aboard The Disco Express as the much-loved London label unveils its hugely anticipated ‘Best of 2023’ compilation. Featuring seven original dance floor weapons, this electrifying compilation encapsulates the most unforgettable tracks from the label this year.

                            Pressed on limited edition gold vinyl, Best of 2023 seamlessly blends classic funk and soul elements with cutting-edge production. A brilliant fusion of established and emerging artists, the compilation boasts a truly stacked line up of talent; celebrating the vibrant spirit of The Disco Express whilst perfectly infusing modern twists, optimised for contemporary dance floors.

                            Whether its Dave Lee ZR's epic disco edit of 'Give Me Your Love', Michael Gray's dubbed out remix of 'Be Yourself' or the Art of Tones remix of 'Giving Nothing', Best of 2023 is a pulsating ride of 'Original Disco Music for 21st Century Dance Floors'.

                            Flipping to the B-side you'll find rising star Magnolia and his buoyant soul bouncer 'Believe In L' featuring stunning vocals by Mani Hoffman (Starlight) and Million Miles. Generoco's 'Disco Jazzin' oozes in top quality, improvised jazz funk and Alastair Lane takes the tempo up a notch with his compelling and mysterious synth-tinged, disco house odyssey 'Disco Maléfico'. Elegantly ending the Best of 2023 vinyl is Parisian and AOC Records affiliate Georges with his truly sublime string laden disco groover 'Love's Away'.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Luke Delite & Michelle Weeks - Give Me Your Love (Dave Lee Edit)
                            A2. Sam Karlson & Barbara Tucker - Be Yourself (Michael Gray Dub Mix)
                            A3. Sparkling Attitude Feat. Dyanna Fearon - Giving Nothing (Art Of Tones Remix)
                            B1. Magnolia - Believe In L (Ft. Mani Hoffman & Million Miles)
                            B2. Generoco - Disco Jazzin'
                            B3. Alastair Lane - Disco Malefico
                            B4. Georges - Love's Away

                            Various Artists

                            Big Crown Records Presents Crown Jewels Vol. 3

                              Big Crown is proud to present Crown Jewels Vol. 3. As we are approaching seven years as a label these compilations have given us an opportunity to put the different artists on the label together on the same release. These compilations are something of a calling card for the "Big Crown Sound" where we get to put the most well established next to the newest on the roster and through that paint a picture of the overall ethos of the label. It's been extremely satisfying for us when the fans of one Big Crown artist discover another one because they are label mates. We put out these Crown Jewels comps with the hope that it will continue that process. Even though not all BCR artists can be found in the same aisle of the record store, after listening to Crown Jewels Vol. 3, it should be clear how they all fit on the same record label. When we started Big Crown we wanted to have a label that's only boundaries were defined by our taste, not by genre. Seven years later, we can say we have been able to do that. There is a sound, but that sound stretches into a lot of different directions, but that sound is uniquely ours. Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far and please stay tuned as we continue pushing our sound and putting out tunes we believe in. 

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side A.
                              1. El Michels Affair & Black Thought – Grateful
                              2. Bobby Oroza - The Otherside
                              3. Surprise Chef – Velodrome
                              4. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - The Healer
                              5. Synthia Feat. Claire Cottrill - So Low
                              6. Lady Wray - Joy & Pain (Pete Rock Remix)
                              Side B.
                              7. Holy Hive - Ain’t That The Way
                              8. Les Imprimés - Love & Flowers
                              9. El Michels Affair - Things Done Changed
                              10. The Shacks - Trip To Japan
                              11. Thee Marloes - Beri Cinta Waktu
                              12. El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey - Awkward (Take 2)

                              Various Artists

                              Big Gold Dreams - A Story Of Scottish Independent Music 1977-1989

                                Big Gold Dreams documents the vibrant independent music scene to emerge in Scotland across the late 70s and 80s. Initially ignited by punk, labels sprang up in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere to give a voice to the explosion of new acts across the country. Named after Fire Engines’ memorable single and Grant McPhee’s recent TV and DVD documentary,

                                Big Gold Dreams includes many of the Scottish music scene’s most important names as well as countless obscurities. Includes landmark tracks by The Rezillos, Simple Minds, Altered Images, Skids, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Bluebells, The Waterboys, Cocteau Twins, Aztec Camera, The Soup Dragons, The Associates, Scars, Strawberry Switchblade, Josef K, BMX Bandits, Edwyn Collins, Del Amitri, The Vaselines, The Shamen, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie and many others.

                                Boasts lengthy essays and band histories by Grant McPhee, Neil Cooper and Tim Barr, within a lavishly illustrated 70-page booklet.

                                Created by the same Cherry Red team behind such previous box sets as Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Action Time Vision, To The Outside Of Everything, Manchester North Of England, Revolutionary Spirit, etc. Big Gold Dreams also includes recordings from key labels such as Zoom, Postcard, 53rd & 3rd, Rational, Fast Product/Pop:Aural, Supreme International Editions, Creation, Egg, Sarah, etc. Pre-fame 45s by Johnny & The Self Abusers (later Simple Minds), Another Pretty Face (pre-The Waterboys), Fun 4 (pre-Orange Juice), as well as P.V.C.2 (post-Slik, featuring Midge Ure). Numerous tracks debut on CD, alongside a string of impressive debut 45s (e.g. Fini Tribe, Momus, The Wake, Win), plus classic indie tracks from The Pastels, Shop Assistants, The Vaselines and The Fizzbombs and many others.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Disc One:
                                1. I Can’t Stand My Baby (Sensible Version) – The Rezillos
                                2. Hooked On You – The Exile
                                3. Jerkin’ – The Drive
                                4. Robot Love – The Valves
                                5. Put You In The Picture – P.V.C. 2
                                6. Dead Vandals – Johnny & The Self Abusers
                                7. You Gotta Know Girl – Bee Bee Cee
                                8. Gimme Your Heart – Subs
                                9. Reasons – Skids
                                10. Dancing With Myself – Fingerprintz
                                11. Take Me Down – The Zips
                                12. All The Boys Love Carrie – Another Pretty Face
                                13. Electric Heat – Visitors
                                14. See Saw – The Jolt
                                15. Chelsea Girl – Simple Minds
                                16. Culture Shock – Shake
                                17. The Shape Of Things To Come – The Headboys
                                18. Time Wall – Fire Exit
                                19. Paranoia – The Freeze
                                20. Sylvia Clarke – The Fakes
                                21. She’s Too Clever For Me – Tpi
                                22. Singing In The Showers – Fun 4
                                23. Confessions – Flowers
                                24. Playing With Fire – Tv21
                                25. Stay With Me Tonight – Alex Fergusson

                                Disc Two:
                                1. Dead Pop Stars – Altered Images
                                2. Die Todten Reyten Schnell – The Prats
                                3. Tous Les Soirs – Delmontes
                                4. Walk On Water – The Cuban Heels
                                5. More Than This – 35mm Dreams
                                6. Out In The Open – The President’s Men
                                7. All About You – Scars
                                8. Tell Me Easters On Friday – The Associates
                                9. Sorry For Laughing – Josef K
                                10. Event To Come – Article 58
                                11. Love To Meet You – Restricted Code
                                12. Don’t – Thomas Leer
                                13. Big Gold Dream – Fire Engines
                                14. On Our Honeymoon – The Wake
                                15. Ooh Bop Sh’bam – Boots For Dancing
                                16. Puritans – The Happy Family
                                17. Tightrope – Everest The Hard Way
                                18. Palace Filled With Love – Apb
                                19. Running Away – Paul Haig
                                20. Pick Up The Rhythm – French Impressionists
                                21. Eat Your Heart Out – Hey! Elastica
                                22. Participate! – The Laughing Apple

                                Disc Three:
                                1. Feathers Oar-Blades – Cocteau Twins
                                2. Out Of Nowhere – The Twinsets
                                3. Cath – The Bluebells
                                4. A Girl Called Johnny – The Waterboys
                                5. Lucky Star (Moonboot Version) – Friends Again
                                6. Trees And Flowers (92 Happy Customers Version) – Strawberry Switchblade
                                7. Sixteen Reasons – Jazzateers
                                8. Stop The Rain – The Suede Crocodiles
                                9. Flowers In The Sky – The Revolving Paint Dream
                                10. Think! – Jasmine Minks
                                11. There Must Be A Better Life – Biff Bang Pow!
                                12. All I Need Is Everything – Aztec Camera
                                13. Over Your Shoulder – Pop Wallpaper
                                14. Dreaming – The Wee Cherubs
                                15. Cathedral – Fini Tribe
                                16. Upside Down – The Jesus And Mary Chain
                                17. Baby Honey – The Pastels
                                18. You Supply The Roses – Memphis
                                19. Ain’t That Always The Way – Paul Quinn
                                20. Unamerican Broadcasting – Win
                                21. Swallow – Blood Uncles

                                Disc Four:
                                1. All Fall Down – Primal Scream
                                2. Don’t Slip Up – Meat Whiplash
                                3. Hammering Heart (Single Version) – Del Amitri
                                4. Some Indulgence – The High Bees
                                5. Big Blue Ocean – Jih
                                6. Hotel Marquis De Sade – Momus
                                7. Living In Hell – The Primevals
                                8. Baby’s Got A Brand New Brain – The Styng Rites
                                9. Bully Beef – The Botany 500
                                10. Whole Wide World – The Soup Dragons
                                11. Strawberry Sunday – Bmx Bandits
                                12. Firestation Towers – Close Lobsters
                                13. Face In A Crowd – The Green Telescope
                                14. The Rattler (Original 12” Version) – Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
                                15. Penniless – The Wild Indians
                                16. Somewhere In China (Lp Version) – Shop Assistants
                                17. Hollow Gut – Lowlife
                                18. Slow Time And Temptation – Kevin Mcdermott
                                19. Where Do I Stand? – The Incredible Blondes
                                20. Sign On The Line… – The Fizzbombs
                                21. Killer Bee Honey – The Beat Poets
                                22. Don’t Shilly Shally – Edwyn Collins
                                23. I’m Not An American – The Dragsters
                                24. Room At The Top – The Motorcycle Boy
                                25. Hey Girl (Look What You’ve Done) – The Thanes

                                Disc Five:
                                1. Happy Days – The Shamen
                                2. Mealy Mouths – Mackenzies
                                3. She Said To The Driver – The Mccluskey Brothers
                                4. Jiffy Neckwear Creation – Baby Lemonade
                                5. Girl Of Your Dreams – The Bachelor Pad
                                6. Jenny Nowhere – The Clouds
                                7. Marathon Man – Rote Kapelle
                                8. The Adam Faith Experience – Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes
                                9. Teenage Superstars – The Vaselines
                                10. Tiny Words – The Orchids
                                11. A Place Is So Hard To Find – The Groovy Little Numbers
                                12. Good Thing – The Vultures
                                13. The Great Divide – This Poison!
                                14. Head Start – The Prayers
                                15. Take Me Away – The Submarines
                                16. Think Like A Girl – The Church Grims
                                17. If You Love Him, Let Him Go – Wilderness Children
                                18. Traffic Drone – The Cateran
                                19. Hills O’ New Galloway – Nyah Fearties
                                20. Miss O’grady – Dog Faced Hermans
                                21. Groin Death – Stretchheads
                                22. The Beginning Of Wisdom – Cindytalk

                                "The Sour Grapes Compilation" is a collection of 12 songs by bands that have performed at one of the deranged Squeeze nights at Big Hands Bar. One side is a heavy dose of quick paced punk and blues where the other is a slow slope into psychedelia and local garage rock. Compiled over the UK lockdown months, this long awaited record is a tribute to the European toilet circuit, with a % of all sales going to help out Big Hands' recovery. 

                                If you want a taste of Manchester's beer stained, dirty denimed underbelly, here's twelve (count 'em!) bands that you might not necessarily know yet but are busy making a mad racket week in week out across our rainy city. 

                                Pressed on red vinyl and seriously limited in number. A brilliant snapshot of the live scene at one of Manchester's most infamous music spots. Who remembers The Libertine's afterparty there?!  

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Thee MVPS - A Song For Coumcillor
                                2. The Cosmics - Cundy Get Down
                                3. Teeff - Captain Vere
                                4. Shredd - In My Head
                                5. Bones Shake - Unwell
                                6. Gardenback - Word Of Mouth

                                7. Slift - Altitude Lake
                                8. Farfisa - Seven Suns
                                9. Sioux Poppy Seeds
                                10. The Big Peach - Rock N Roll
                                11. Freez - Waiting For 
                                12. The Slaughter House Band - I Hate TV But...

                                Various Artists

                                Bill Brewster: Late Night Tales Presents After Dark Vespertine

                                  Esteemed scribe, proper DJ, and discreetly deft twiddler Bill Brewster, drops the latest instalment in his ‘After Dark’ series, for Late Night Tales.

                                  A throbbing, louche and leisurely affair, groove is very much at the heart of this freestyle selection, a vibe which Bill de- scribes as “a basement, a red light and a sound system. Or, as the Beastie’s once rapped, slow and low, that is the tempo”.

                                  There’s Hawaiian drum machine bossa balearica from Island Band, percussive afro post punk from Czech jazz singer Jana Koubkova, and breathy-bubbling-dubwise-slap-bass-soul from Debbe & The Code.

                                  There’s also sultry deep house mood music from Lanowa, infectious bouncy jazz funk breaks from Canada High, and Nail’s life affirming re-edit of singer songwriter Gilbert O Sullivan’s electro pop gem ‘So What’.

                                  Bill’s own studio skills are present and correct too, featuring an undulating bassy version of country troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols, reworked along Alex Tepper under their Hotel Motel moniker, and a chugged-up squelchy disco take on Khruangbin, this time paired with Raj Gupta, as Mang Dynasty.

                                  Chock full of exclusives, tracks are either completely brand new, or available digitally for the first time, whilst others are wallet-rinsing rarities if purchased elsewhere. Whichever way you slice it though, every tune is a highlight, working equally well as standalone nuggets, or within Bill’s fluidly cohesive mix.

                                  Whether he’s taking the roof off a club with his unique selection of deep and tough house music, enchanting a backroom with a genre-bending set of disco, Balearic, rock and hip hop or playing chillout music in a bay in Croatia, Bill Brewster is the man for all occasions.

                                  In a former life, Bill was a punk rocker, a chef and also the co-editor of football magazine When Saturday Comes but has been a record nerd all of his life. He began DJing in the 1980s, but came into his own in the early 1990s, particularly during a two-year stint in New York running DMC’s office, where nights at the Sound Factory and hanging out with Danny Tenaglia gave him the musical grounding you can still hear in his music today.

                                  Bill was also one of the founding residents at Fabric in London, a position he held for five years. There are few still playing regularly today that have his dedication, eclecticism and encyclopedic knowledge of music.

                                  His parallel life is as a writer, and with his long-term part- ner-in-crime Frank Broughton, they have written four books together, including the acclaimed ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ (latest edition published last July), ‘How To DJ (Prop- erly)’ and ‘The Record Players’. The pair are also behind the legendary DJhistory.com and their party, Low Life, has been running for nearly 30 years.

                                  He has been working in the industry’s fringes for over 40 years including the running of various labels from Twisted UK and Forensic in the ’90s to Disco Sucks and Anorak in the noughties.

                                  He is one of NTS radio’s new residents for 2023 and his ‘Low Life Loves You’ show is available on the first Tuesday of every month.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: A smooth as silk collection of deep lounging groovers, airy disco numbers and thumping percussion, brought together with Bill Brewster's incomparable musical ear. A thoroughly rewarding collection.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  2LP
                                  A1 Island Band – Idle Hours 4:55
                                  A2 Chaz Jankel – Manon Manon 4.56
                                  A3 Gilbert O’Sullivan – So What (Nail Edit) 8.44*
                                  B1 Rheinzand – Kills And Kisses (Scorpio Twins Remix) 8.10*
                                  B2 Canada High – Le Chiffre 5.02*
                                  B3 Lanowa – Burning Up 6.38*
                                  C1 Khruangbin – So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Irreverent Dub) 7.16*
                                  C2 Fernando – 1998 7.00*
                                  C3 Debbe & The Code – Code Of Love 6.02
                                  D1 Jana Koubková - Nijána 6.15
                                  D2 IPG V Hot Toddy – Open Space 7.32*
                                  D3 Smashed Atoms & Backdoor Man – Hey Dreamer 6.50*
                                  *After Dark Vinyl Exclusive

                                  CD
                                  1.T.O.E – Infinite Consciousness*
                                  2.Island Band – Idle Hours
                                  3.Jana Koubková - Nijána
                                  4.Dan Wainwright – Come Home*
                                  5.Jeb Loy Nichols – Don’t Drop Me (Hotel Motel Remix)*
                                  6.Nick Munday – Drum Lock
                                  7.Khruangbin – So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Irreverent Dub)*
                                  8.Rhythm Plate – We Were Made To Be Artists*
                                  9.Debbe & The Code – Code Of Love*
                                  10.Lanowa – Burning Up*
                                  11.Gilbert O’Sullivan – So What (Nail Edit)*
                                  12.Canada High – Le Chiffre
                                  13.Smashed Atoms & Backdoor Man – Hey Dreamer*
                                  14.Gus Paterson – Arphicelago*
                                  15.Fernando - 1998*
                                  16.IPG V Hot Toddy – Open Space*
                                  17.Carl Finlow – Hyperkagome*
                                  18.Rheinzand – Kills And Kisses (Scorpio Twins Remix)*
                                  19.Chaz Jankel – Manon Manon
                                  * After Dark Exclusive

                                  Various Artists

                                  Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)

                                    In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues.

                                    The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.

                                    Bills & Aches & Blues will be released on double LP and double CD on 23rd July. The first 12 months’ profits from Bills & Aches & Blues will be donated to The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts or music.

                                    Bills & Aches & Blues’ 18 recordings contain fascinating connections between artist and track. The earliest song chosen (by U.S. Girls) is The Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’, from 1981; the most recent are the two Grimes covers (‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’, respectively by Spencer. and Dry Cleaning) from 2012. Suitably, for the one band that bridges 4AD past and present, The Breeders are all over Bills And Aches And Blues. They’re covered three times – ‘Cannonball’ by Tune-Yards, ‘Mountain Battles’ by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and ‘Off You’ by Big Thief, whilst The Breeders cover ‘The Dirt Eaters’ by their ‘90s contemporaries His Name Is Alive.

                                    Landmark songs such as ‘Cannonball’, ‘Song To The Siren’ and Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’, will feel comfortable to casual fans, however by contrast, much joy can be found in the album’s surprise choices, such as Air Miami’s ‘Seabird’ and the Lush B-side ‘Sunbathing’, covered respectively by new signings Maria Somerville and Jenny Hval.

                                    Bills & Aches & Blues is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics) after the opening line of Cocteau Twins ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’. Perhaps too unique and uncoverable in their own right, their legendary take on Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’, under the name This Mortal Coil (along with Buckley’s pre-Starsailor acoustic version) informs SOHN’s cover.

                                    Some tracks unearth hitherto hidden shared DNA, such as Future Islands’ and Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’; other tracks are more akin to reinvention. Aldous Harding distils the melodic essence of Deerhunter’s ‘Revival’ and recasts it in her own uncanny image. U.S. Girls’ future-disco ‘Junkyard’ and Bing & Ruth’s neo-classical instrumental ‘Gigantic’ are even more radical interpretations. Leading off the album, Tkay Maidza brings both her Art Rap and R&B game, but also an unexpected ‘80s synth pop template, to Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’, a perfect title for these chaotic times.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side 1:
                                    01 Tkay Maidza - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
                                    02 U.S. Girls - Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
                                    03 Aldous Harding - Revival (Deerhunter)
                                    04 The Breeders - Dirt Eaters (His Name Is Alive)
                                    05 Maria Somerville - Seabird (Air Miami)

                                    Side 2:
                                    06 Tune-Yards - Cannonball (The Breeders)
                                    07 Spencer - Genesis (Grimes)
                                    08 Helado Negro - Futurism (Deerhunter)
                                    09 Efterklang - Postal (Piano Magic)
                                    10 Bing And Ruth - Gigantic (Pixies)

                                    Side 3:
                                    11 Future Islands - The Moon Is Blue (Colourbox)
                                    12 Jenny Hval - Sunbathing (Lush)
                                    13 Dry Cleaning - Oblivion (Grimes)
                                    14 Bradford Cox - Mountain Battles (Breeders)

                                    Side 4:
                                    15 SOHN - Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley)
                                    16 Becky And The Birds - The Wolves Act I And II (Bon Iver)
                                    17 Ex:Re - Misery Is A Butterfly (Blonde Redhead)
                                    18 Big Thief - Off You (The Breeders)

                                    Various Artists

                                    Birth Of A Nation - Inevitable Records: An Independent Liverpool 1979-1986

                                      In the late 1970s and 1980s, Jeremy Lewis established and ran Liverpool’s Inevitable Records, and in doing so provided what he calls an “incubator” for an impressive selection of the talent emerging from the city at that time. From Pete Burns and Dead Or Alive to China Crisis, Wah! Heat and others, Inevitable provided the launchpad for many successful careers. Operating initially out of Lewis’ Amazon Studios, and mutating as the years passed from an outlet for the city’s spiky post-punk sounds to a synth-pop, commercially minded imprint with major label backing, Inevitable proved popular with John Peel and found admirers from across the ‘80s musical spectrum. Presented here for the first time is an overview of the label, including a disc of contemporary Peel Sessions from key artists and a 3,000 word account of its story by Jeremey Lewis himself. Of particular interest to many will be never-before-heard (or re-issued) work by a young Pete Burns – his first Nightmares In Wax sPeel sessions are included. A further look at the wonderful music explored in ‘Revolutionary Spirit’ this is an indepth look at the roots of several special careers, produced with input from Inevitable founder Jeremey Lewis.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Disc 1
                                      1. Better Scream - Wah! Heat
                                      2. Joe - Wah! Heat
                                      3. Black Leather – - Nightmares In Wax
                                      4. Shangri-La - Nightmares In Wax
                                      5. Girl Song - Nightmares In Wax
                                      6. Euthenics - Modern Eon
                                      7. Waiting For The Cavalry - Modern Eon
                                      8. Seven Minutes To Midnight… To Be Continued - Wah! Heat
                                      9. Don't Step On The Cracks - Wah! Heat
                                      10. I’m Falling - Dead Or Alive
                                      11. Flowers - Dead Or Alive
                                      12. Faction - Faction
                                      13. Wrong Again - Faction
                                      14. Number Eleven - Dead Or Alive
                                      15. Namegame (Live Version) - Dead Or Alive
                                      16. A Giant Raft - It's Immaterial
                                      17. No Place For A Prompter - It's Immaterial
                                      18. African And White - China Crisis
                                      19. Be Suspicious - China Crisis

                                      Disc 2
                                      1. Your Voice - Freeze Frame
                                      2. Conversation Piece - Freeze Frame
                                      3. I'm Thinking Of You Now - Box Of Toys
                                      4. Old Man Rome - Box Of Toys
                                      5. Foxhole - Freeze Frame
                                      6. Furnished Heart - Freeze Frame
                                      7. Precious Is The Pearl - Box Of Toys
                                      8. It Goes Without Saying - Box Of Toys
                                      9. Seeking Professional Advice - Freeze Frame
                                      10. My 10,000 Mile Home - Freeze Frame
                                      11. Touch - Freeze Frame
                                      12. Personal Touch - Freeze Frame
                                      13. Jimmy’s Grin - Margox
                                      14. Daytime Assassins - The Builders
                                      15. Burning Arrows - Venus Adore
                                      16. Contrasting Strangers - The Light
                                      17. Monument - The Light
                                      18. Today, Tomorrow - Freeze Frame
                                      19. Only A Boy - Freeze Frame
                                      20. Pride Of Winning - The Light
                                      21. Ten Million Years - The Light

                                      Disc 3
                                      1. Nowhere To Nowhere - Dead Or Alive
                                      2. Running Wild - Dead Or Alive
                                      3. Number Eleven - Dead Or Alive
                                      4. Flowers - Dead Or Alive
                                      5. A Gigantic Raft - It's Immaterial
                                      6. Imitate The Worm - It's Immaterial
                                      7. White Man's Hut - It's Immaterial
                                      8. Rake - It's Immaterial
                                      9. Number Twelve - Dead Or Alive
                                      10. Untitled - Dead Or Alive
                                      11. Misty Circles - Dead Or Alive
                                      12. Misty Circles Pt 2 - Dead Or Alive
                                      13. Fox Hole - Freeze Frame
                                      14. Personal Touch - Freeze Frame
                                      15. Your Voice - Freeze Frame
                                      16. Today Tomorrow - Freeze Frame
                                      17. Precious In The Pearl - Box Of Toys
                                      18. When Daylight Is Over (Sunset) - Box Of Toys
                                      19. Time Takes Me Back - Box Of Toys
                                      20. Thinking Of You Now - Box Of Toys

                                      Various Artists

                                      Blacklips Bar: Androgyns And Deviants - Industrial Romance For Bruised And Battered Angels, 1992–1995

                                        Blacklips Bar: Androgyns and Deviants — Industrial Romance for Bruised and Battered Angels, 1992–1995 is a compilation combining original recordings and select DJ tracks from the vaults of Blacklips Performance Cult, a collective of underground performers, artists and drag queens who took to NYC’s Pyramid Club stage every Monday night at 1 am to perform original plays. The broad spectrum of emotional expression, ferocity, humour and transgression evident in these collected recordings are a further indication of the group’s oeuvre.

                                        In 1992, ANOHNI founded Blacklips Performance Cult with collaborators Johanna Constantine and Psychotic Eve. Originally intended as a cabaret and DJ night, the constellation of people drawn to Blacklips soon melded into a late night ensemble in which members took turns writing scripts that were then performed by the group. Blacklips continued a tradition of urban queer subcultural resistance embodied within the writings of Jean Genet, John Rechy, and the post-punk feminist Terence Sellers. Inspired by Lotte Lenya, Candy Darling, and Leigh Bowery, Greta Garbo and Sister Dimension, performers took the stage primarily to entertain and address each other, while entertaining late-night thrill seekers.

                                        Staging collectively conceived plays set Blacklips apart from other expressions of creativity in nightlife of the era, aligning the group with predecessors such as The Cockettes, Angels of Light, Bloolips and Theater of the Ridiculous. Blacklips members built sets from garbage and industrial refuse that they found in the streets of the East Village, in homage to Jack Smith and the aesthetics of post apocalyptic punk. The group staged spectacles that were alternately surreal, slapstick, emotional and absurd. This weekly laboratory also served as the first showcase for ANOHNI’s music. Some plays included gory revisions of Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein. Offerings such as Clayworld functioned as intergalactic morality plays.

                                        Satirical appropriations of Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, Adrian Brook’s The Glass Arcade, and Boys in the Band, feasted on a century of queer culture. Plays such as Death! and The Funeral of Fiona Blue often ended with “a pile of dead bodies” on stage, reflecting the impact AIDS was having on the downtown scene.

                                        Androgyns and Deviants places you squarely within the shiny black brick walls of the main dance floor at the Pyramid, bathed in shards of light from the disco ball, waiting for the show to begin amongst a gaggle of stragglers, queens, and voyeurs. A montage of sound bites, original recordings, and Blacklips DJ favorites emanate a sense of Blacklips bar’s joie de vivre. Remastered original recordings by ANOHNI, including an unreleased version of “Rapture,” as well as the never before released composition “The Yellowing Angel” suggest the feeling of suspension that would sometimes interrupt the hysteria.

                                        Also included on the Androgyns and Deviants compilation are DJ tracks by artists including New York legend Joey Arias in his incarnation as BIllie Holiday, LA death rock founder Rozz WIlliams, avant-garde icon Diamanda Galás, UK punk pioneer Dave Vanian, underground actress Edith Massey, London surrealist Leigh Bowery and his band Minty, and the fictional characters Meng and Ecker, a pair of transsexual menaces who wrought nightmares across an anarchic landscape, the brainchild of Manchester publishing house, Savoy. Studio recordings by Blacklips stars add depth to the mix, including "Your Cigarette” by Blacklips duo coke, James F. Murphy’s hardcore camp bonanza “Satan’s ‘Lil’ Lamb”, Sissy Fitt’s “Sister Morphine” and Ebony Jet’s soulful rendition of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love”.

                                        Dialogue, sound effects and ambient textures counter the raging gender panic of Princess Tinymeat’s “Angels in Pain” and Divine’s defiant Hi-NRG anthem “You Think You’re A Man”. This cacophony of passion, stark violence, beauty, heartbreak and maniacal humour suggests a lost world in which you might once have wandered into a bar on Avenue A late at night and paid $5 to see The Revenge of Blacklips, The Ghosts of the Pyramid, The Shysters, Death, CHOP!, or What a Lovely Day to Control The World, catching a glimpse of one of the final expressions of queer subculture in NYC prior to the advent of the internet and social media. .

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        DISC 1
                                        SIDE A
                                        1. Shoot Yer Load - Meng & Ecker
                                        2. Good Morning Heartache - Joey Arias
                                        3. Punks, Get Off The Grass - Edith Massey
                                        4. Ladies And Gentlemen - ANOHNI (as Precious Liar)
                                        5. Satan's Lil' Lamb - James F. Murphy
                                        6. Janet Vampire - ANOHNI And Pearls
                                        7. Stairs - Uncertain Journey - Christian Death
                                        8. Disrupt Their Lives - Vito Russo (with Gary Reynolds)
                                        9. Rapture - ANOHNI (as Fiona Blue)
                                        SIDE B
                                        1. Double-Barrel Prayer - Diamanda Galás
                                        2. Sister Morphine - Sissy Fitt
                                        3. Natasha - Tammy Taste Test
                                        4. You Think You're A Man - Divine
                                        5. So Disgraceful - Marilyn And The Movie Stars

                                        DISC 2
                                        SIDE C
                                        1. Satellite Of Love - Ebony Jet
                                        2. Fuck You - Dean And The Weenies
                                        3. People Are Small - ANOHNI (as Justin Grey)
                                        4. Angels In Pain - Princess Tinymeat
                                        5. Your Cigarette - Coke
                                        6. Tenterhook - Dave Vanian
                                        7. Suspecting Mrs. Shyster - Sissy Fitt (as Carol TooGood)
                                        8. The Yellowing Angel - ANOHNI Featuring Johanna Constantine
                                        SIDE D
                                        1. 13 Ways To Die - Dr. Clark Render
                                        2. Useless Man - Minty
                                        3. My Final Moments - Kabuki Starshine
                                        4. Golden Showers - Meng & Ecker
                                        5. Love Letters - ANOHNI (as Fiona Blue)
                                        6. Blacklips - ANOHNI (as Precious Liar)

                                        Blind Jack's Journey continue their impeccable record to date with another various artists collection of superb dreaminess. Helvyn kicks us off with the playful and highly sensual melodies of "Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk". Luv*Jam's ear for quality and conciseness with this label is second-to-none. Introducing brand new acts alongside more established ones, the label's managed to cement this soft, synthetic, utterly beautiful sound with each and every release. "Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk" pretty much epitomizes this sound to me.... Luv*Jam nips the stems of said track for a deep, more galactically-orientated journey. Next up sees the return of Melba with a undulating wave of bliss, gently breezing in off coastal tides and bright orange sunrises, a moment of serene optimism that should heal all of life's wounds. Sentose keeps the mood intact, ushering the delicate and emotive melodies of "Requisition". Basically, this is Luv*Jam stating quite clearly that he and his esteemed crew need a fuckin residency at all the best Croatian festivals and to not have this sound drifting across the Adriatic this Summer would be nothing short of criminal! Most recommended.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: Luv*Jam's mountain dwelling nippers return for another journey into blissed-out abandon. Making the descent from the top and down to the beach. Bring your wet suit!

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Helvyn - Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk
                                        2. Helvyn & Luv Jam - Sparrowhawk Dream Nip
                                        3. Melba - Phantasea
                                        4. Sentosa - Requisition

                                        Various Artists

                                        Blood Sweat And Ten Years

                                          18 track bargain basement introduction to arguably the most consistently excellent hardcore label around - artists sampled include Most Precious Blood, Throwdown, Nora, the headspinning Hopesfall, Bleeding Through etc. Only the price of a couple of pints and not as fattening - so, do yourself a favour punk...

                                          Various Artists

                                          Bloodshot Records' 13 Days Of Xmas

                                            Bloodshot Record's 13 Days of Christmas is a-you guessed it-thirteen-song compilation of off-kilter original Christmas songs and unlikely covers by Bloodshot artists and friends like Murder By Death, Jon Langford Kelly Hogan Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, Ron Gallo, and Ha Ha Tonka. The collection runs the gamut of garage rock doo wop honky tonk surf and more. From the traditional to the subversive there's something for everyone's stocking. 

                                            Various Artists

                                            Blow My Mind!

                                              “Blow My Mind!” is the natural sequel to the recent, well-received collection “Lost Innocence” and is an essential purchase for the dedicated garage head. It collects together the best of the quirkier imprints from Hollywood’s heyday in the mid-1960s (the record labels Doré, Era and Mira) in a power-packed set comprising many outstanding garage and proto-psych 45s that today are sought-after collectors’ items.

                                              Compiled by genre expert Alec Palao and originally released by Big Beat/ACE on CD only a few years back, it is now available on vinyl for the first time.

                                              Three of the quirkier imprints from Hollywood’s heyday in the mid-1960s were the record labels Doré, Era and Mira. Like most seasoned indie producers in that epoch, their owners Lew Bedell, Herb Newman and Randy Wood struggled to get to grips with the onslaught of rock’n’roll activity that followed in the wake of the British Invasion. But amongst each company’s catalogue of R&B, pop schlock and novelty discs were a number of outstanding garage and proto-psych 45s that today are sought-after collectors’ items.

                                              “Blow My Mind!: The Doré-Era-Mira Punk & Psych Legacy” collects together the best of this venerated repertoire in a power-packed set that also constitutes the first official reissue for many oft-bootlegged titles. Cuts like ‘The Thief’, ‘Slander’ and ‘I’ll Blow My Mind’ would be expensive to acquire in their original, minutely-pressed incarnation. Here, with top-notch sound and extensive annotation, these totemic garage rock items shine brighter than ever. There is the expected quota of attitude-laden classics such as ‘My Baby’s Barefoot’, ‘Just Wanna Be Myself’ and the incredibly snotty ‘So What!!’, along with less heralded gems by bands such as South Hampton Story, the Puddin’ Heads, Yesterday’s Tomorrow and the Search. An unexpected bonus is a superb unreleased cut by ‘Hey Joe’ hitmakers the Leaves, along with off-beat garage- psych titles by Simon T Stokes, the Outlaw Blues and the Wrench.

                                              “Blow My Mind!” is the natural sequel to the recent, well-received collection “Lost Innocence” and is an essential purchase for the dedicated garage head. Compiled by genre expert Alec Palao and originally released by Big Beat/ACE on CD only a few years back, it is now available on vinyl for the first time.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side A
                                              1. My Babys Barefoot – The Syndicate
                                              2. Do Me A Favor – The Leaves
                                              3. Gotta Hold On – The No-Nâ-Mee’s
                                              4. The Thief – The Motion
                                              5. So What!! – The Lyrics
                                              6. Leave Me Behind – South Hampton Story
                                              Side B
                                              1. Big City Blues – Simon T Stokes
                                              2. The Other Half – Yesterday’s Tomorrow
                                              3. Worryin’ Kid – The Regents
                                              4. She Touched My Soul – John Winfield Jr.
                                              5. Slander – Ty Wagner
                                              6. Now You Say We’re Through – The Puddin’ Heads
                                              Side C
                                              1. They Can’t Hurt Me – The Lyrics
                                              2. I’ll Blow My Mind – Spencer’s Van Dykes
                                              3. I’m Gonna Dance – The Decades
                                              4. The Day Is Hard – The Wrench
                                              5. Climate – The Search
                                              6. Just Wanna Be Myself – The No-Nâ-Mee’s
                                              Side D
                                              1. Non-Stop Blues – The Outlaw Blues
                                              2. Shame – The Front Page & Her
                                              3. Forget Me Girl – The Bees
                                              4. She’s Gone – The Tormentors
                                              5. It’s No Use – Basil & The Baroques
                                              6. To Make A Lie – Unknown Artist

                                              Various Artists

                                              Blue Note Re:Imagined

                                                This autumn will see the release of Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features contributions from a rollcall of 16 revered UK acts including Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith. Blue Note, which celebrated its milestone 80th anniversary in 2019, boasts an illustrious catalogue that traces the entire history of jazz and the Re:imagined project features music originally created by some of its most legendary artists.

                                                Various Artists

                                                Blue Note Re:imagined II

                                                  Legendary labels Decca Records and Blue Note have joined forces for Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents.

                                                  Blue Note Re:imagined returns this year with a new 16-track compilation featuring fresh takes on music from the illustrious Blue Note vaults recorded by a heavyweight line-up of the UK jazz, soul and R&B scene’s most hotly-tipped rising stars. Arriving off the back of the widespread international success of the first volume, which topped jazz charts around the globe, Blue Note Re:imagined II once again infuses the spirit of the new UK jazz generation into the legendary label’s iconic catalogue, balancing the genre’s tradition with its future and reflecting the melting pot of talent and diversity within the current scene.

                                                  “For more than eight decades the artists of Blue Note Records have continually pushed the envelope of contemporary music, and Blue Note Re:imagined II once again honours that legacy by letting the UK’s most creative young artists reinvent the treasures of the Blue Note catalogue through their own lens.” – Blue Note President, Don Was.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Yazz Ahmed - It (Chick Correa)
                                                  2. Conor Albert - You Make Me Feel So Good (Bobbi Humphrey)
                                                  3. Parthenope - Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
                                                  4. Swindle - Miss Kane (Donald Byrd)
                                                  5. Nubiyan Twist - Through The Noise (Chant No.2) (Donald Byrd)
                                                  6. Ego Ella May - Morning Side Of Love (Chico Hamilton)
                                                  7. Oscar Jerome - Green With Envy (Grant Green)
                                                  8. Daniel Casimir Ft. Rita Moran - Lost (Wayne Shorter)
                                                  9. Theon Cross - Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk)
                                                  10. Maya Delilah - Harvest Moon (Cassandra Wilson)
                                                  11. Kay Young - Feel Like Making Love (Marlena Shaw)
                                                  12. Venna & Marco - Where Are We Going (Donald Byrd)
                                                  13. Reuben James - Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
                                                  14. Binker Golding - Fort Worth (Joe Lovano)
                                                  15. Cherise - Sunrise (Norah Jones)
                                                  16. Franc Moody - Cristo Redentor (Donald Byrd)

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Blues Legends



                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
                                                    A2. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
                                                    A3. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
                                                    A4. Lightnin' Hopkins - Mojo Hand
                                                    A5. Fats Domino - Blue Monday
                                                    A6. Elmore James - Dust My Broom
                                                    A7. Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
                                                    B1. Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
                                                    B2. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
                                                    B3. Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
                                                    B4. B.B. King - Bad Luck
                                                    B5. Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues
                                                    B6. Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago
                                                    B7. Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Blues With A Rhythm Vol. 4

                                                      Hey Hey Hey!!

                                                      Once again, following the first 3 volume in the "Blues With A Rhythm" serie, we are giving the incredible voices of Rhythm N'Blues, the ability to shout! these recordings are carefully compiled in their rare original 45 rpm glory mastered to LP format. Hey! Hey! The blues are Alright!

                                                      Feat – Lloyd Price, Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez, Ricky Allen, Billy Lamont and more..

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Blues With A Rhythm Vol. 5

                                                        Hoo Wee Sweet Daddy!

                                                        Once again, following the first 3 volume in the "Blues With A Rhythm" serie, we are giving the incredible voices of Rhythm N'Blues, the ability to shout! these recordings are carefully compiled in their rare original 45 rpm glory mastered to LP format. Hey! Hey! The blues are Alright!

                                                        Feat Roy Brown, Billy Lamont, Paul Gayten, Billy Bland and more..

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Blues With A Rhythm Vol. 6

                                                          Hey Miss Fancy!

                                                          Once again, following the first 3 volume in the "Blues With A Rhythm" serie, we are giving the incredible voices of Rhythm N'Blues, the ability to shout! these recordings are carefully compiled in their rare original 45 rpm glory mastered to LP format.
                                                          Hey! Hey! The blues are Alright!

                                                          Feat Roscoe Shelton, Harold Burrage, Johnny Jenkins & The Pinetoppers and more..

                                                          Jovonn's Body N'Deep label kickstarts the year with the next in the series (Vol 4) of the sought after BND Projects. This release brings standout tracks from the like's of Jovonn (edited by Ben Rebel), Marc Cotterell, Matty Gillespie and good friend Jermias Santiago.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          01 Marc Cotterell - Deepha (plastik Factory Vox Mix)
                                                          02 Matt Gillespie - Movin
                                                          03 Jovonn - Play 4 Today (ben Rebel Remix)
                                                          04 Jeremias Santiago - Soul Festival

                                                          Just 15 months after the launch of BNR’s BNR TRAX the label has grown up and become a highly respected platform for innovative experimental music and real techno rockets.

                                                          So far there have been 11 BNR TRAX releases, featuring Benny Rodrigues, Para One, Bobmo and Maelstrom plus completely unknown youngsters such as Audionite and BS1.

                                                          ‘BNR TRAX 01-10’ is a compilation of the best of the first 10 BNR TRAX releases, featuring Strip Steve & Das Glow, Djedjotronic, Shadow Dancer, Para One, Maxime Dangles and Benny Rodrigues, among others.



                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          CD Tracklisting:
                                                          1. Electric Rescue - 100 Steps
                                                          2. Maelstrom - Tanger (BNR Edit)
                                                          3. Benny Rodrigues - Rotterdam (Tribute)
                                                          4. Strip Steve & Das Glow - Calcium
                                                          5. Para One - Animal Style
                                                          6. Para One - Nevrosis
                                                          7. Djedjotronic - Bugle
                                                          8. Bobmo - Northside
                                                          9. Bobmo - Hardbells (Strip Steve & Das Glow Remix)
                                                          10. Maelstrom - La Sheitan
                                                          11. Audionite - Kling Klong
                                                          12. Maxime Dangles - Showit
                                                          13. Shadow Dancer - It's The Everything

                                                          LP Tracklisting:
                                                          Disc 1
                                                          1. 100 Steps - Electric Rescue
                                                          2. Tanger [BNR Edit] - Maelstrom
                                                          3. Rotterdam (Tribute) - Benny Rodrigues
                                                          4. Calcium - Strip Steve
                                                          5. Animal Style - Para One
                                                          Disc 2
                                                          1. Nevrosis - Para One
                                                          2. Bugle - Djedjotronic
                                                          3. Northside - Bobmo
                                                          4. Hardbells [Strip Steve & Das Glow Remix] - Bobmo
                                                          Disc 3
                                                          1. La Sheitan - Maelstrom
                                                          2. Kling Klong - Audionite
                                                          3. Showit - Maxime Dangles
                                                          4. It’s The Everything - Shadow Dancer
                                                          5. Calcium [TR 505 Version] - Strip Steve

                                                          Boysnoize Records are turning seven this year, which presents a perfect opportunity to sum up their long label history and to celebrate another year of labeldom with the second volume of the infamous ‘BNR’ compilation,
                                                          including well chosen tracks by label boss Boys Noize himself.

                                                          Since the launch of ‘BNR Vol 1’ back in 2008, the BNR family have continued to grow, both artistically and musically. ‘BNR Vol 2’ features Jan Driver, DIM, Spank Rock, Siriusmo, Erol Alkan & Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales, Shadow Dancer, Strip Steve, Djedjotronic, Housemeister, Handbraekes (Boys Noize & Mr. Oizeo) and many more. Plus remixes from Modeselekor, Brodinski, SebastiAn and Diplo, amongst others.

                                                          Available as a 3CD digipack with an eight page booklet, featuring a continuous DJ mix by Shadow Dancer.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          CD1
                                                          Jan Driver - Golden Super
                                                          Handbraekes - Callgurls
                                                          Strip Steve - Stomp
                                                          Djedjotronic Ft Spoek - Horror Klub
                                                          DIM - Kleine Träume
                                                          Boys Noize - Jeffer (Modeselektor Remix)
                                                          Spank Rock Feat Big Freedia - Nasty
                                                          Bart B More - Brap
                                                          Mixhell - Highly Explicit (Brodinski Remix)
                                                          SCNTST - Beachboy
                                                          Siriusmo - I Like My Voice
                                                          Housemeister - Music Is Awesome
                                                          Erol Alkan & Boys Noize - Waves
                                                          Spank Rock - DTF DADT (SebastiAn Remix)
                                                          Shadow Dancer - Parallax
                                                          The Faint - Battlehymn For Children (Tensnake Remix)
                                                          Gonzales - Knight Moves (DJ Koze Remix)

                                                          CD 2
                                                          Boys Noize - Yeah
                                                          Shadow Dancer - Soap
                                                          Strip Steve - Dancin’
                                                          Jan Driver - Gain Reaction
                                                          CLP - Ready Or Not (Diplo Vs. DJ Sega Remix)
                                                          Djedjotronic - Bit This Thin
                                                          Bart B More & Harvard Bass - Listen To This
                                                          Boys Noize - Transmission (Mr. Oizo Remix)
                                                          Spank Rock - Birfday
                                                          Housemeister - Who Is That Boys
                                                          Erol Alkan & Boys Noize - Death Suite
                                                          SCNTST - Cookin’ Dad (Live Mix)
                                                          Strip Steve - Breakin’ (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
                                                          Mixhell - Antigalactic (Mumbai Science Remix)
                                                          Lone - For Ed
                                                          Les Petits Pilous - Bielle
                                                          Erol Alkan & Boys Noize - Waves (Chilly Gonzales Piano Remake)

                                                          CD 3
                                                          Various Artists – BNR Vol. 2 In The Mix (Shadow Dancer DJ Mix)

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter Of Discontent

                                                            There was plenty of genuine discontent in Britain at the tail end of the 1970s, and it had little to do with bin strikes or dark rumours about overflowing morgues. In the world of popular music, the most liberating after-effect of the Sex Pistols was that anyone with something to say now felt they could make a 7” single. “Winter Of Discontent” is the sound of truly DIY music, made by people who maybe hadn’t written a song until a day or two before they went into the studio. It’s spontaneous and genuinely free in a way the British music scene has rarely been before or since.

                                                            “Winter of Discontent” has been compiled by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, the latest in their highly acclaimed series of albums that includes “The Daisy Age”, “Fell From The Sun” and “English Weather” ("really compelling and immersive: it’s a pleasure to lose yourself in it" - Alexis Petridis, the Guardian). The era's bigger DIY names (Scritti Politti, TV Personalities, the Fall) and the lesser-known (Exhibit A, Digital Dinosaurs, Frankie’s Crew) are side by side on “Winter Of Discontent”. Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue command – “Here’s one chord, here’s another, now start a band” – was amplified by the Mekons and the Raincoats, whose music shared a little of punk’s volume, speed and distortion, but all of its obliqueness and irreverence.

                                                            The discontent was with society as a whole. No subject matter was taboo: oppressive maleness (Scritti Politti); deluded Britishness (TV Personalities); gender stereotypes (Raincoats, Androids of Mu); nihilistic youth (Fatal Microbes); alcoholism (Thin Yoghurts); self-doubt and pacifism (Zounds). The band names (Thin Yoghurts!) and those of individual members (Andrew Lunchbox!) had enough daftness to avoid any accusations of solemnity.

                                                            “Winter Of Discontent” is the definitive compilation of the UK DIY scene, and a beacon in grim times. 


                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Darryl says: A soundtrack to a generation of discontent in the late 70s. DIY music that spontaneously smashed through the British music scene in the wake of the punk revolution.
                                                            Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue command, “Here’s one chord, here’s another, now start a band” was the fuse and these tracks are the light that shone through those dark days.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            SIDE ONE
                                                            1. WHERE WERE YOU? – The Mekons
                                                            2. VIOLENCE GROWS – Fatal Microbes
                                                            3. THE TERRAPLANE FIXATION – Animals & Men
                                                            4. WORK – Blue Orchids
                                                            5. SMALL HOURS – Karl’s Empty Body
                                                            6. SOMEBODY – Frankie’s Crew
                                                            SIDE TWO
                                                            1. CONFIDENCE – Scritti Politti
                                                            2. DRINK PROBLEM – Thin Yoghurts
                                                            3. LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT – Anne Bean & Paul Burwell
                                                            4. BROW BEATEN – Performing Ferret Band
                                                            5. NO FORGETTING – The Manchester Mekon
                                                            6. FAIRYTALE IN THE SUPERMARKET – The Raincoats
                                                            SIDE THREE
                                                            1. CAN’T CHEAT KARMA – Zounds
                                                            2. BORED HOUSEWIVES – Androids Of Mu
                                                            3. IN MY AREA (Take 2) – The Fall
                                                            4. THE SIDEWAYS MAN – The Digital Dinosaurs
                                                            5. ATTITUDES – The Good Missionaries
                                                            6. THE WINDOW’S BROKEN – Human Cabbages
                                                            SIDE FOUR
                                                            1. KING AND COUNTRY – Television Personalities
                                                            2. IN THE NIGHT – Exhibit ‘A’
                                                            3. NUDES - Performing Ferret Band
                                                            4. DIFFERENT STORY – Tarzan 5
                                                            5. THE RED PULLOVER – The Gynaecologists
                                                            6. PRODUCTION LINE – The Door And The Window

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present Incident At A Free Festival

                                                              “Incident At a Free Festival” is a tribute to the mid-afternoon slots at Deeply Vale, Bickershaw, Krumlin, Weeley, and Plumpton – early 70s festivals that don’t get the column inches afforded the Isle of Wight or Glastonbury Fayre, but which would have been rites of passage for thousands of kids. Bands lower down the bill would have been charged with waking up the gentle hippies and appealing to both the greasy bikers and the girls in knee-high boots who wanted to wiggle their hips. And the best way to do that was with volume, riffs and percussion.

                                                              Compiled by the venerated Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, this is the heavier side of the early 70s they summarised on the acclaimed “English Weather” collection. There’s an air of menace and illicit thrills among tracks by Andwella, Stack Waddy and Leaf Hound (whose “Growers of Mushroom” album is worth well over £1,000). Bigger names include the rabble-rousing Edgar Broughton Band and kings of the festival freakout, Hawkwind. They are represented by their rare version of ‘Ejection’

                                                              For every mystical Tyrannosaurus Rex performance there was something like Atomic Rooster’s Tomorrow Night or Curved Air’s Back Street Luv to capture the spirit of the day and stir the loins of festival goers; the tracks on “Incident At a Free Festival” were inspired by both Chicago’s percussive wig-outs and the Pink Fairies’ anarchic spirit. The sounds were heavy and frequently funky, with a definite scent of danger. Their message was clear and simple: clap your hands, stamp your feet, hold on to your mind. 


                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Chasing Shadows - Deep Purple
                                                              2. One Way Glass - Manfred Mann Chapter Three
                                                              3. Hold Onto Your Mind - Andwella
                                                              4. Hot Pants - Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
                                                              5. Do It - Pink Fairies
                                                              6. Tomorrow Night – Atomic Rooster
                                                              7. Taken All The Good Things - Stray
                                                              8. Out Demons Out - Edgar Broughton Band
                                                              9. For Mad Men Only - May Blitz
                                                              10. Back Street Luv - Curved Air
                                                              11. Ejection - Hawkwind
                                                              12. Meat Pies ’Ave Come But Band's Not ’Ere Yet - Stackwaddy
                                                              13. Lovely Lady Rock - James Hogg
                                                              14. Third World - Paladin
                                                              15. Taking Some Time On - Barclay James Harvest
                                                              16. Ricochet - Jonesy
                                                              17. Led Balloon - Steve Gray
                                                              18. Big Boobs Boogie - Slowload
                                                              19. Freelance Fiend - Leaf Hound
                                                              20. Confunktion - Dave Richmond 

                                                              “Paris In The Spring” is a collection of the new music, put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, that emerged from France between 1968 and the mid-70s, an extraordinary blend of several previously independent strains – French chanson and yé-yé, American jazz and funk, British chamber pop – shot through with the era’s underlying mixture of optimism, uncertainty and darkness. This is the first collection of its kind, released on the 50th anniversary of the Paris uprising.

                                                              Serge Gainsbourg – a jazz pianist with a chanson past and a pop present – was in a position to play a key role in soundtracking France in flux over the next five years. His “Histoire de Melody Nelson”, with its heavily atmospheric arrangements by Jean-Claude Vannier, was the acme of this new, unsettling French sound. “Paris In The Spring” includes other equally dazzling Vannier arrangements (for Léonie) and Gainsbourg compositions (for Jane Birkin and Mireille Darc).

                                                              Prior to 1968, 60s French pop had been dominated by yé-yé, the country’s unique brand of upbeat pop, a world of primary colours, minijupes and discothèques (a French invention, after all). Its stars either faded fast after May ’68 or adapted to the new era: Jacques Dutronc (‘Le Métaphore’) and France Gall (‘Chanson Pour Que Tu M’aimes un Peu’) discovered a moody side they had previously kept hidden, while Françoise Hardy released the Brazilian-influenced, after-hours classic “La Question”, from which we have picked ‘Viens’.

                                                              New bands like Triangle emerged, influenced by Soft Machine and Gong who became regulars on the Paris club scene. French library music from Janko Nilovic and film soundtracks (François De Roubaix, Karl-Heinz Schäfer) reflected the era’s edginess. All are represented on “Paris In The Spring”, making it a continental cousin to Stanley and Wiggs’s hugely popular 2017 Ace compilation “English Weather”

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. LA VICTIME - Karl Heinz Schäfer
                                                              2. HÉLICOPTÈRE - Mireille Darc
                                                              3. LES AVENTURES EXTRAORDINAIRES D'UN BILLET DE BANQUE - Bernard Lavilliers
                                                              4. ROSES AND REVOLVERS - Janko Nilovic
                                                              5. L'ELU - Ilous & Decuyper
                                                              6. LA METAPHORE - Jacques Dutronc
                                                              7. DOMMAGE QUE TU SOIS MORT - Brigitte Fontaine
                                                              8. LES GARDE VIOLENT AU SECOURS DU ROI - Jean-Claude Vannier
                                                              9. LOOKING FOR YOU - Nino Ferrer
                                                              10. CHANSON D'UN JOUR D'HIVER - Cortex
                                                              11. VIENS - Françoise Hardy
                                                              12. COULEURS - Léonie
                                                              13. LESLIE SIMONE - William Sheller
                                                              14. LITANIES - Triangle
                                                              15. BALEINES - François De Roubaix
                                                              16. ENCORE LUI - Jane Birkin
                                                              17. EVELYNE - Serge Gainsbourg
                                                              18. LE BAL DES LAZES - Michel Polnareff
                                                              19. LILETH - Léonie
                                                              20. YSTOR - Ys
                                                              21. CHANSON POUR QUE TU M'AIMES UN PEU - France Gall
                                                              22. LA VICTIME - Karl Heinz Schäfer
                                                              23. LA CHANSON D'HÉLÈNE - Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli

                                                              By mid-1968 there was a growing consensus that something had gone horribly wrong with the American dream. The nation’s youth had loudly made their feelings clear, but now the older, pre-Beatles generations began to look at the country – with urban riots, Vietnam, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy – and wonder what the hell was happening. This album includes rare classics (The Beach Boys’ ‘Fourth Of July’), lost masterpieces (Roy Orbison’s seven-minute ‘Southbound Jericho Parkway’), and forgotten gems by some of the biggest names in the business (Elvis Presley’s ‘Clean Up Your Own Back Yard’).

                                                              Reactions to America’s existential crisis ranged in subject matter from divorce (Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Train’) and the break-up of the nuclear family (The Four Seasons’ ‘Saturday’s Father’), to eulogies for fallen heroes (Dion’s ‘Abraham Martin and John’), sympathy for Vietnam vets (Johnny Tillotson’s ‘Welfare Hero’), the church’s institutional racism (Eartha Kitt’s intense ‘Paint Me Black Angels’), and even questioning the ethics of the space programme (Bing Crosby’s terrific ‘What Do We Do With The World’).

                                                              Compiled by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, State Of The Union follows on from their highly acclaimed English Weather and Paris In The Spring compilations. With clear parallels between today's fractured country and the USA fifty years ago, this is a fascinating condensation of what Americans were thinking when they turned on the TV, or the radio, or simply walked down Main Street in 1968.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACK YARD - Elvis Presley
                                                              2. BRAND NEW DAY - Della Reese
                                                              3. ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN - Dion
                                                              4. THE TRAIN - Frank Sinatra
                                                              5. SATURDAY'S FATHER - The 4 Seasons
                                                              6. 4TH OF JULY - The Beach Boys
                                                              7. WINE IN THE WIND - Anita Kerr & The Anita Kerr Singers
                                                              8. WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE WORLD? - Bing Crosby
                                                              9. LORD OF THE MANOR - The Everly Brothers
                                                              10. HITCHHIKER - The Four Preps
                                                              11. PAINT AMERICA LOVE - Lou Christie
                                                              12. MR BUSINESSMAN - Ray Stevens
                                                              13. PAINT ME BLACK ANGELS - Eartha Kitt
                                                              14. SOUTHBOUND JERICHO PARKWAY - Roy Orbison
                                                              15. QUESTIONS - Bobby Darin
                                                              16. THIS CRAZY WORLD - Paul Anka
                                                              17. TAKE A LETTER MARIA - Mel Torme
                                                              18. CHERRYSTONES - Eugene McDaniels
                                                              19. SOME PEOPLE SLEEP - The Tokens
                                                              20. CARDBOARD CALIFORNIA - Buddy Greco
                                                              21. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS TOWN - Dean Martin
                                                              22. WELFARE HERO - Johnny Tillotson
                                                              23. SAVE THE CHILDREN - Teresa Brewer
                                                              24. REVOLUTION - The Brothers Four

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Bob Stanley And Pete Wiggs Present Fell From The Sun

                                                                “Fell From The Sun” gathers the best of the 98bpm records that soundtracked the summer of 1990. It has been compiled by Bob Stanley, whose own group Saint Etienne makes an appearance alongside acknowledged classics (Primal Scream’s ‘Higher Than The Sun’) and forgotten beauties (Soul Family Sensation’s ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby’).

                                                                1989 had been a long hot summer, but 1990 felt longer and hotter. Since the house music explosion of 1987, Britain had had a whistle in its mouth, and it needed a lie down. February 1990 brought two records that were made to accompany the sunrise and would shape the immediate future: The KLF’s “Chill Out” was a continuous journey, a woozy, reverb-laden mix; and Andrew Weatherall’s drastic remix of a Primal Scream album track – ‘Loaded’ – slowed down the pace on the dancefloor itself, right down to 98 beats per minute.

                                                                Within weeks of ‘Loaded’ and “Chill Out” emerging, a whole wave of similarly chilled, floaty, mid-tempo records appeared. The charts were full of chugging Soul II Soul knock-offs, but further out were amazingly atmospheric records such as the Grid’s ‘Floatation’, which married the new-age relaxation method du jour with Jane Birkin-like breathy sighs; BBG’s ‘Snappiness’, which was all sad synth pads and Eric Satie piano; and the Aloof’s ‘Never Get Out Of The Boat’, which re-imagined Apocalypse Now as if it had been shot in Uxbridge.

                                                                “Fell From The Sun” gathers the best of the 98bpm records that soundtracked the summer of 1990. It has been compiled by Bob Stanley, whose own group Saint Etienne makes an appearance alongside acknowledged classics (Primal Scream’s ‘Higher Than The Sun’) and forgotten beauties (Soul Family Sensation’s ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby’).

                                                                This was a modernist sound, grabbing bits of the past, the feel of the immediate now, and creating something entirely new. There was a notable 90s-does-60s vibe, a neo-psychedelia that didn’t involve guitars. For a moment, or at least for a summer, it felt like the perfect future had already arrived. “Fell From The Sun” encapsulates that moment.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Mega comp of comedown downbeat, sunrise indie-dance and woozy morning moods; curated by our good friends and musical heroes Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley who really seem to know how to organize a collection with sincere and heartfelt sentiment. Unmissable!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. HIGHER THAN THE SUN (HIGHER THAN THE ORB)(Extended Mix) - Primal Scream
                                                                2. IT COULD NOT HAPPEN (Essential Trance Hall Mix) - Critical Rhythm Feat Jango Thriller & Vandal
                                                                3. CASCADES (Hypnotone Mix) - Sheer Taft
                                                                4. AFRIKA (Love And Laughter Remix) - History Feat Q-Tee
                                                                5. FLOATATION (Original Version) - The Grid
                                                                6. SPEEDWELL (Radio Edit) - Saint Etienne
                                                                7. FALLEN (Album Version) - One Dove
                                                                8. TEMPLE HEAD (Pacific Mix - Airwaves) – Transglobal Underground
                                                                9. JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE (Electro Instrumental Mix) - Massonix
                                                                10. U MAKE ME FEEL (Running Water Aka Workhouse Mix) - Elsi Curry
                                                                11. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU BABY (Marshall Jefferson Symphony Mix) – Soul Family Sensation
                                                                12. SNAPPINESS (7” Edit) - BBG
                                                                13. NEVER GET OUT THE BOAT (The Flying Mix) - The Aloof
                                                                14. SPIRITUAL HIGH (The Moodfood Megamix) – Moodswings

                                                                Britain wasn’t on its own in having a thoroughly miserable 1973: O Lucky Man! and Badlands both found a great year to premiere; Watergate brought America to a new low. But America didn’t still have back-to-backs and outside bogs. Tens of thousands of Britons were still housed in wartime pre-fabs. The bright new colours of the post-war Festival of Britain and Harold Wilson's talk in the 60s of the “white heat of technology” now seemed very distant as strikes, inflation, and food and oil shortages laid Britain low. What had gone wrong? And what did pop music have to say about it?

                                                                Many of the year’s biggest acts had set out on their particular journeys in the most idealistic years of the 60s (Yes, Genesis, the Moody Blues) and still held traces of that era’s promise. For acts such as Bowie and Roxy Music who had emerged in the new decade, one way out of the British malaise was to look into the future, embracing modernism and the space age beyond, a world of electric boots and mohair suits. Another was to draw heavily on the revered 50s, retreating to rock’s unsullied roots while remaining ostensibly current – Wizzard, Mott The Hoople and even the Rubettes managed to reshape the 50s to their own ends, much as Springsteen did in the States, although beyond them lay Showaddywaddy, Shakin’ Stevens, and a sickly nosedive into nostalgic yearning.

                                                                This left a small rump of acts diligently soundtracking Britain’s present, not with a wagging finger but a fuzzy guitar, a primitive synthesiser, and a pitch-black sense of humour. Quite often these records were cut in home studios – many featured the same basic synth (just the one) that Roxy’s Eno and Hawkwind’s DikMik used; the guitarists still played blues progressions picked up from the Stones; and they sometimes touched on glam – the era’s brightest, newest noise – found inspiration in its disposability and its energy, but didn’t have the luxury of a Chinn and Chapman or a Mickie Most to sprinkle fairy dust on their final mix. And outside the studio door were the strikes, the cuts, economic chaos, teenage wasteland – these musicians created music that, intentionally or not, echoed their surroundings. It wasn’t glam, but it emerged from what Robin Carmody has called “the glamour of defeat, the glory of obliteration”.

                                                                The songs on “Three Day Week” amplified the noise of a country still unable to forget the war, even as it watched the progressive post-war consensus disintegrating. We hear shrugs and cynicism, laughter through gritted teeth. Comparing it to the richness of records made just five or six years earlier, you might think musical instruments had been rationed, and that everyone has one eye on the clock, cutting corners to get the recording finished before the next power cut. You picture engineers in donkey jackets, with a brazier by the mixing desk. You hear odd electronic explosions, quacks and squiggles. The pub piano is predominant, with its brown ale, Blitz-spirit, grin-and-bear-it jollity. And under many of these tracks is a barely concealed frustration (sexualised on the Troggs’ ‘I’m On Fire’) and even anger (how else to read ‘Urban Guerrilla’, or the howling and the hand grenade at the end of Stud Leather’s ‘Cut Loose’?). Think of “Three Day Week” as an extended, musical Play For Today.

                                                                The Three Day Week itself – which only lasted eight weeks, but was the nadir of a four-year-long depression – had been a result of the Tory government’s limit on pay rises in October 1973 and the miners strike that followed. Back at the start of 1972 the miners had struck for higher pay and won, averting Prime Minister Edward Heath’s threat to introduce a three day week in manufacturing and industry to hold on to energy reserves. By late 1973, though, the miners had slipped from top of the industrial wages league to 18th. Amid strikes by civil servants, medical staff, railway and dock workers, the miners went on strike again. The Three Day Week proper lasted from New Year’s Day to 7 March 1974. TV shut down at 10:30. Power cuts and blackouts in homes across Britain meant the sales of candles and torches soared. Old soldiers tutted. The Army were on standby. And, nine months later, there was a spike in the birth rate.

                                                                For the younger generation, however, the Three Day Week is not remembered as a period of woe. Power cuts were fun! Who wouldn’t like the idea of a three day week? More time to play! It was also easy for kids to confuse pop culture and politics when the Prime Minister was Ted Heath and the leader of Britain’s biggest union, the TGWU, was Jack Jones. Even the TUC’s leader Vic Feather sounded like the bassist from a RAK act. There is also the folk memory of the period being a high-water mark for the power of trade unions, who seemingly always struck for higher pay and won, a dreamtime for many on the left. The second miners strike brought down the Tory government – what a time to be alive! Margaret Thatcher was only education secretary at this point, the hated “milk snatcher”, and no one had a crystal ball to see what the Tory reaction might be several years down the line.

                                                                The records on this collection were almost all released as 45s, sent to shops in cost-cutting plain white paper bags, and – thanks to the oil shortage caused by the Arab-Israeli conflict – pressed on thinner vinyl than you’d have had ten years earlier. On every level, they felt as if they were being recorded and released under wartime restrictions. Many of these tracks were B-sides, recorded in haste, with no commercial forethought or relevance to the A-side, because, as Peter Shelley recalls, “You’d made the wild assumption that no one would ever play it”.

                                                                Why did the music end up sounding this way? There had been a general sense of decline in Britain since the turn of the decade – not only in industry but in film, art, fashion, and in people’s expectations. You could trace its roots further back to 1968, when the collapse of the Ronan Point tower block in East London sounded a death knell for modernist dreams. Or to 1967, a year for which Swinging London has prevailed in popular memory over Cathy Come Home, but which should be remembered for the devaluation of the pound and the capital's nationalistic dock strikes as much as Alexandra Palace’s 14 Hour Technicolour Dream. By 1972, everything new – be it a brick wall or a terylene suit – was a shade of brown or orange, and the smell of sweat and odour-hugging man-made fabrics (not only clothes but carpets and curtains) was dominant. The worsted mills of Bradford and cotton mills of Manchester were fast disappearing, and the mix of wet wool, chimney smoke and boiled cabbage that Shena Mackay recalled being London’s olfactory default in the 60s had been replaced by weeks-old fag smoke, BO, and something plasticky you couldn’t put your finger on.

                                                                Few of the songs on “Three Day Week” are politically direct: the Edgar Broughton Band had been Ladbroke Grove rabble rousers at the tail end of the 60s, but their ambitions sound entirely blunted on the monochrome hopelessness of ‘Homes Fit For Heroes’; Phil Cordell’s ‘Londonderry’ is diffuse, but it was an odd place to single out for a song title in 1973; Pheon Bear appears to be losing the will to live even as he shouts himself hoarse on ‘War Against War’. The ambivalence of the Strawbs on ‘Part Of The Union’ – a #2 hit – is entirely in keeping with the pub humour and shrugging cynicism of the era. So there is a little agitation here, but there is plenty of gleeful irreverence. One more drink? What have we got to lose? The government’s on its knees and we might all be out of work tomorrow. Quick, somebody, get on the piano before the lights go out again.

                                                                BOB STANLEY.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade

                                                                  “76 In The Shade” follows in the footsteps of Bob Stanley’s hugely successful comps for Ace, including “English Weather” and “The Tears Of Technology”. It suggests bright yellow sunshine, hot plastic car seats, cats lolloping on the lawn. A few tracks (Smokey Robinson, Cliff Richard, David Ruffin, Carmen McRae) act as necessary splashes of cooling water; most of them sound like it’s just too hot to move. Luckily, you don’t need to.

                                                                  The months without rain and airless days and nights might not have been something out of the ordinary in the Algarve or the south of France, but it was without precedent in Britain. The Summer of 1976 has remained a benchmark for long, hot summers – there may have been scorchers since, but none have seemed quite as relentless or enervating. The country melted into a collective puddle. “76 In The Shade” probably wasn’t anyone’s real life soundtrack of the year – that could have included Bowie’s “Station To Station” and Abba’s “Greatest Hits”. Instead, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley has put a compilation together that sonically evokes the summer of 1976 itself, its sweet heat and almost narcotic lethargy.

                                                                  Getting out of the sun, you might have sat inside with the radio on, and heard the dreamy wooziness of Liverpool Express’s ‘You Are My Love’, 10cc’s ‘I’m Mandy Fly Me’, or the Emotions’ ‘Flowers’. Or maybe you flopped out in front of the telly, where you heard an alternative summer soundtrack – the music libraries that provided the bulk of the testcard’s music gave us Simon Park’s minimal ‘Stoned Out’ and John Cameron’s deeply immersive ‘Liquid Sunshine’; the Californian jazzer Spike Janson provided the wordless vocal harmonies of ‘Walking So Free’.

                                                                  “76 In The Shade” follows in the footsteps of Bob Stanley’s hugely successful comps for Ace, including “English Weather” and “The Tears Of Technology”. It suggests bright yellow sunshine, hot plastic car seats, cats lolloping on the lawn. A few tracks (Smokey Robinson, Cliff Richard, David Ruffin, Carmen McRae) act as necessary splashes of cooling water; most of them sound like it’s just too hot to move. Luckily, you don’t need to.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. WALKING SO FREE - Spike Janson
                                                                  2. SUGAR SHUFFLE - Lynsey De Paul
                                                                  3. MIRACLES (SINGLE VERSION) - Jefferson Starship
                                                                  4. GET OUT OF TOWN - Smokey Robinson
                                                                  5. I’M MANDY FLY ME (ALBUM VERSION) - 10CC
                                                                  6. STONED OUT - Simon Park
                                                                  7. NOTHING TO REMIND ME - Cliff Richard
                                                                  8. DISCOVER ME - David Ruffin
                                                                  9. YOU’RE THE SONG (THAT I CAN’T STOP SINGING) - Hollywood Freeway
                                                                  10. YOU ARE MY LOVE - Liverpool Express
                                                                  11. LIQUID SUNSHINE - John Cameron
                                                                  12. NOT ON THE OUTSIDE - Sylvia
                                                                  13. STAY WITH ME - Blue Mink
                                                                  14. WILD MOUNTAIN HONEY - Steve Miller Band
                                                                  15. FALLIN’ IN LOVE - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
                                                                  16. FLOWERS - The Emotions
                                                                  17. MONTREAL CITY - Azimuth
                                                                  18. ROCK’N’ROLL STAR - Barclay James Harvest
                                                                  19. MISS MY LOVE TODAY - Gilbert O’Sullivan
                                                                  20. MUSIC - Carmen McRae

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Bob Stanley Presents London A To Z 1962-1973

                                                                    If you threw a house party in London in the late twentieth century, before the smart phone rendered it redundant, you could guarantee that the following morning there would be a dog-eared copy of the A to Z behind the sofa, or under the coffee table, probably in a Tesco bag. Everybody had at least one. It was an essential aid in understanding London. It joined the dots and threw up obscure names printed over hitherto unexplored grids of streets: Alperton, Shooters Hill, Honor Oak, Tooting Graveney, Childs Hill, Ladywell. It invited you to create your own personal map of London, discover your own secret routes, your own special places.

                                                                    You could peruse the A to Z with the knowledge of who lived where – Sandy Denny in Wimbledon, before she moved to Muswell Hill which was already legendary as the home of the Kinks. Arterial roads as grisly as Archway Road (Rod Stewart) or Holloway Road (Joe Meek) or could be made magic through their pop connections.

                                                                    Put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley, this is the soundtrack of London’s centre (Bert Jansch and John Renbourn’s ‘Soho’, Nick Drake’s ‘Mayfair’) and its hinterlands (Al Stewart’s ‘Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres’, Humble Pie’s ‘Beckton Dumps’, Julie Driscoll’s ‘Vauxhall To Lambeth Bridge’) with a few transport links (Barbara Ruskin’s ‘Euston Station’, Norma Tanega’s ‘Clapham Junction’) thrown in to help you navigate your A to Z. This isn’t London swinging cinematically, but it has the exact feel of the city’s streets and suburbs in the late 60s and early 70s.

                                                                    What might be lurking in these locations, waiting to be uncovered on a cold winter Saturday? Corner caffs with Pepsi signs. Second-hand record shops and rickety street markets. Many are gone, but not all. This compilation is a musical travel guide – squint, and sometimes London can still seem magical. This is its soundtrack… 


                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Cutty Sark – John Barry
                                                                    2. Portobello Road - Cat Stevens
                                                                    3. Sunny Goodge Street - Marianne Faithfull
                                                                    4. Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square - Jethro Tull
                                                                    5. Marcel's – Herman’s Hermits
                                                                    6. Goodbye Post Office Tower - Cressida
                                                                    7. Primrose Hill - John & Beverley Martyn
                                                                    8. Mayfair - Nick Drake
                                                                    9. London Bridge - Cilla Black
                                                                    10. Hampstead Way - Linda Lewis
                                                                    11. Soho - Bert Jansch & John Renbourn
                                                                    12. Friday Hill - Bulldog Breed
                                                                    13. London Social Degree - Dana Gillespie
                                                                    14. Euston Station - Barbara Ruskin
                                                                    15. Kew Gardens - Ralph Mctell
                                                                    16. City Road - Dave Evans
                                                                    17. Parliament Hill - Magna Carta
                                                                    18. Edgware Station - Edward Bear
                                                                    19. Beckton Dumps - Humble Pie
                                                                    20. Notting Hill Gate - Quintessence
                                                                    21. Clapham Junction - Norma Tanega
                                                                    22. Swiss Cottage Manoeuvres - Al Stewart
                                                                    23. Richmond - Shelagh Mcdonald
                                                                    24. Vauxhall To Lambeth Bridge – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity 

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Bobby Gillespie Presents I Still Can't Believe You're Gone

                                                                      Following on from the Primal Scream frontman’s brilliantly-received previous release for Ace, ‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down’, Bobby Gillespie brings us another slice of the music that soundtracks his life. And in this case, it’s his touring life. Drawing on the experience of ‘the way that the noise and clamour of the road can tire you out, wear you down and frazzle your nerves to shattered fragments of jangled exhaustion’, these are the records Bobby turns to for solace, for comfort, for empathy and for resourcefulness.

                                                                      The compilation features an introduction from the man himself, talking us through his personal choices as though he’s sitting cross-legged on the carpet going through records with you in his lounge. Also long-time cohort of the band, Kris Needs has written extensive liner-notes, serving up an intensive track by track insight and analysis.

                                                                      Titled after and kicking off with the Willie Nelson track of the same name, ‘I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone’ leads us through a darker and deeper exploration than its predecessor, featuring Nick Cave’s funereal version of ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ and Ry Cooder’s sparse and beautiful reworking of ‘Dark End Of The Street’. And we get there via such greats as Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Donnie Fritts, Crazy Horse, Lee Hazlewood, Al Green, Thin Lizzy and so many more.

                                                                      In Bobby’s own words: ‘These songs are soul savers to soothe frayed and battered nerves and to ease and settle the heart. They work on me like medicine every time. I would like to share this wonderful music that has given me strength, joy and inspiration over the years with you the listener, so that you too might get the same feelings of protection and inspiration that I do whenever I listen to these songs. We're all travellers on some kind of road through this life, and we all need respite from time-to-time - the music on this compilation is soul food of the highest order - I hope you enjoy it.’. 


                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Andy says: Read any interview with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie over the years, and you can't fail to notice what a ridiculously knowledgeable fan of musical history he is. It's there in the multitude of styles his band have always explored, and it's there in his previous compilation for Ace, ‘Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down’. Guess what? This second outing is even better!

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Vinyl Tracklisting
                                                                      Side One
                                                                      1. I Still Can't Believe You're Gone – Willie Nelson
                                                                      2. Love Sick - Bob Dylan
                                                                      3. We Had It All - Donnie Fritts
                                                                      4. Magnolia - J.J. Cale
                                                                      5. In The Rain - The Dramatics *
                                                                      Side Two
                                                                      1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
                                                                      2. I Don't Want To Talk About It - Crazy Horse
                                                                      3. Dark End Of The Street - Ry Cooder
                                                                      4. Kind Woman - Percy Sledge
                                                                      5. Wait And See - Lee Hazlewood
                                                                      Side Three
                                                                      1. Strong As Death (Sweet As Love) - Al Green
                                                                      2. Shades Of A Blue Orphanage - Thin Lizzy
                                                                      3. Heart Like A Wheel - Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle
                                                                      4. When My Mind's Gone - Mott The Hoople
                                                                      Side Four
                                                                      1. I'll Be Long Gone - Boz Scaggs
                                                                      2. The Coldest Days Of My Life Pt 1 – The Chi-Lites
                                                                      3. Roll Um Easy - Little Feat
                                                                      4. Brokedown Palace - Grateful Dead
                                                                      5. I Feel Like Going Home - Charlie Rich

                                                                      * Exclusive Vinyl Track
                                                                       

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Bobby Gillespie Presents Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

                                                                      An exercise in mood and atmosphere compiled for us by the Primal Scream frontman. Available on CD and 180g clear vinyl 2LP gatefold set with bonus track.

                                                                      Known for having an impeccable knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for music, a collector and fan through and through, Bobby has compiled an album for Ace based on mood and atmosphere, building something both incredibly personal and totally universal. He finds the sadness in the sunshine pop of the Beach Boys and isn’t afraid to have three of their tracks in a row, to enjoy that melancholy. He finds the 1970s punk attitude in one-time cleancut doo wopper Dion, the politics in Link Wray and the sex in Kris Kristofferson. It’s as much a reappraisal of these artists as a love letter to them, putting them in a new context and holding a different mirror to their faces.

                                                                      His sleeve-notes take you on a mapped journey, from him as a young punk gig-goer in Glasgow, seeing Suicide supporting the Clash where they had an axe thrown at them, to meeting his heroes on an equal footing both on and off stage, through to gazing at the fragile people gone too soon. It’s a paean to loving music.

                                                                      With a cover portrait by legendary fashion photographer Corinne Day and sleeve designed by Matthew Cooper (Franz Ferdinand / Primal Scream) and Bobby, he has made you the most beautiful of mix tapes.

                                                                      "When David Holmes asked me if I wanted to compile an album of some of my favourite songs for Ace Records I jumped at the chance. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I had putting it together." - Bobby Gillespie

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Andy says: Superb compilation from Primal Scream's main man, who must have helped shape my record collection more than any other musician. The whole thing fits together perfectly and any record that has "Willin'" by Little Feat and "War In Peace" by Skip Spence on it, just has to be a thing to be reckoned with!

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      01. May The Circle Remain Unbroken - 13th Floor Elevators
                                                                      02. ‘Til I Die (Alternate Mix) - The Beach Boys
                                                                      03. Forever (A Cappella Mix) - The Beach Boys
                                                                      04. You’re Welcome - The Beach Boys
                                                                      05. Wild Mountain Thyme - The Byrds
                                                                      06. Born To Be With You - Dion
                                                                      07. American Dreamer - Gene Clark
                                                                      08. Midnight Cowboy - John Barry
                                                                      09. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down - Kris Kristofferson
                                                                      10. Ice People - Link Wray
                                                                      11. As We Go Along - The Monkees
                                                                      12. Love Hurts - Gram Parsons
                                                                      13. War In Peace - Alexander “Skip”‘ Spence
                                                                      14. Phantasmagoria In Two - Tim Buckley
                                                                      15. Any Way That You Want Me - Evie Sands
                                                                      16. Willin’ - Little Feat
                                                                      17. Breathe On Me - Ronnie Wood
                                                                      18. Darklands - Primal Scream
                                                                      19. Precious Memories - Willie Nelson
                                                                      20. Over The Rainbow - Jerry Lee Lewis

                                                                      Side 1

                                                                      01. May The Circle Remain Unbroken - 13th Floor Elevators
                                                                      02. 'Til I Die (Alternate Mix) - The Beach Boys
                                                                      03. Forever (A Cappella Mix) - The Beach Boys
                                                                      04. You're Welcome - The Beach Boys
                                                                      05. Wild Mountain Thyme - The Byrds
                                                                      06. Born To Be With You - Dion

                                                                      Side 2

                                                                      01. American Dreamer - Gene Clark
                                                                      02. Midnight Cowboy - John Barry
                                                                      03. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Kris Kristofferson
                                                                      04. Ice People - Link Wray
                                                                      05. As We Go Along - The Monkees
                                                                      06. Love Hurts - Gram Parsons

                                                                      Side 3

                                                                      01. War In Peace - Alexander "Skip"' Spence
                                                                      02. Cheree (Remix) - Suicide
                                                                      03. Phantasmagoria In Two - Tim Buckley
                                                                      04. Any Way That You Want Me - Evie Sands
                                                                      05. Willin' - Little Feat

                                                                      Side 4

                                                                      01. Breathe On Me - Ronnie Wood
                                                                      02. Darklands - Primal Scream
                                                                      03. Precious Memories - Willie Nelson
                                                                      04. Over The Rainbow - Jerry Lee Lewis

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque In Upper Volta

                                                                        Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta From his studio in central Bobo-Dioulasso, photographer Sory Sanlé documented a nation’s transformation from colonial foothold to cosmopolitan oasis. Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta provides an intimate look into the landlocked nation’s pop culture explosion of the 1970s. A melange of community elders and emboldened youth spill from the brightly lit confines of Sanlé’s Volta Photo into the dimly lit nightclubs of Upper Volta’s cultural capital. Accompanying this hardbound monograph are dozens of rare and evocative recordings spread over three discs by Bobo-Dioulasso’s musical titans: Volta Jazz, Dafra Star, Echo Del Africa, and Les Imbattables Léopards.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Volta Jazz - Air Volta
                                                                        2. Volta Jazz - Bi Kameleou
                                                                        3. Volta Jazz - Fitri Mawaly
                                                                        4. Volta Jazz - Djougou Toro
                                                                        5. Volta Jazz - BB Peyrissac
                                                                        6. Volta Jazz - Mama Soukous
                                                                        7. Volta Jazz – Fintalabo
                                                                        8. Volta Jazz - Wêrê Wêrê Magni
                                                                        9. Volta Jazz - Nâgô Fâla
                                                                        10. Volta Jazz - Mousso Koroba Tike
                                                                        11. Volta Jazz - Dounya Te Soyé *
                                                                        12. Volta Jazz - Beni Djarabi *
                                                                        13. Volta Jazz - Chérie Nawa *
                                                                        14. Volta Jazz - Ma Douce Ledy *
                                                                        15. Volta Jazz - Djougou Malola *
                                                                        16. Volta Jazz - Na Dalo *
                                                                        17. Dafra Star** - De Nwolo 
                                                                        18. Dafra Star - Sie Koumgolo19. Dafra Star – Dounian
                                                                        20. Dafra Star - Si Tu Maime 
                                                                        21. Dafra Star – Tjiranama
                                                                        22. Dafra Star – Yafamma
                                                                        23. Dafra Star – Foli
                                                                        24. Dafra Star - Ram Passomayé 
                                                                        25. Dafra Star - Bombossi *
                                                                        26. Dafra Star - Sondja Magni * 
                                                                        27. Dafra Star - Limaniya *
                                                                        28. Echo Del Africa – Gentlemen Doromina
                                                                        29. Les Imbattables Léopards - Bissongo Lebguinw 
                                                                        30. Les Imbattables Léopards - Dja Tigui Kie 
                                                                        31. Les Imbattables Léopards – Milaoba 
                                                                        32. Echo Del Africa - Yiri Wah 
                                                                        33. Les Imbattables Léopards - Néné 
                                                                        34. Ouedraogo Youssef - He Ya Wannan 
                                                                        35. Idy OIdrissa - Arindo 
                                                                        36. Les Imbattables Léopards – Ne Toumdé *
                                                                        37. Les Imbattables Léopards - Boudou Nyida *

                                                                        * Available On CD Only 

                                                                        ** Full Band Name Is Coulibaly Tidiani & Dafrastar

                                                                        Frits Wentink’s Bobby Donny is back with six cuts taken from the first nine releases of the Bobby Donny ACE offshoot label. These previously digital only releases from five unknown producers alongside the King of Swing himself, Frits Wentink showcasing the unique sound of Bobby Donny. Presented here for the first time on vinyl and strictly for the discerning house music lover.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Nanky Nimbo - Twilight
                                                                        A2. Boy Berger - Nexus Fusion
                                                                        A3. Frits Wentink - Smack Down
                                                                        B1. Prince Palmer - Pressure (Love & Dance Mix)
                                                                        B2. Striker Fox - Basecamp
                                                                        B3. Wim Waldo - Nightclub Fantasies

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Body Beat: Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

                                                                          17 obscure Soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks influenced by disco, boogie, house-music, soul and the more conscious lyrics of roots reggae. Owing as much to New York, Toronto and London as to the Caribbean cities of Port of Spain, Bridgetown and Kingstown this compilation traces the genre from its explosion in the late 1970s right up to the period just before contemporary soca became established around the end of the 1990s. Compiled by Soundway Records label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat, as with many compilations on the label, explores the fringes of this often maligned (by outsiders) genre. Boiled down to the bare bones of the matter though: soca is party music.

                                                                          Soca was originally a re-invention of Calypso music; a genre that in the 1970s was fast becoming usurped around the Caribbean by Jamaican reggae and American soul, funk and later disco. The originator of soca (or sokah as he called it), the calypsonian Lord Shorty, began experimenting and modernising on the formulation of calypso in the early 1970s. His first album featured a strong emphasis on East African rhythms and a punchier recording style that emphasised the beat, and introduced arrangements that often owed as much to American funk and soul as to calypso.

                                                                          Filled with up-tempo tracks from start to finish, the compilation’s lead single “I Want Your Love” by Peter Britto is a soca-house number which originally came out on NYC-based label Hometown Music in 1998. It features the recognisable soca synth beat, along with Caribbean steel drums and horns - but with the obvious influence of New York’s booming house scene, making it an ultimate crossover track for club dancefloors and carnivals alike.

                                                                          So here you go - seventeen slabs of soca crossover, rapso, electronic calypso, and Caribbean ‘soca-soul’ for your enjoyment - and bound to fit well into modern, open-minded DJ sets alongside the resurgence of burger-highlife, digi-reggae, soukous and zouk.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Cito Jarvis - Fighting Soldier
                                                                          Roger Bain - Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)
                                                                          *D* Ivan - Fire (Extended Dub Edit)
                                                                          Bill Campbell - Body Beat
                                                                          Brother Resistance - Move It (Version)
                                                                          Adonijah - It’s Alright
                                                                          Peter Britto - I
                                                                          Want Your Love
                                                                          Juno D - Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)
                                                                          Colin Jackman - D’Jab
                                                                          Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)
                                                                          Levi John - S-O-C-A
                                                                          Spiking - Liberation Train
                                                                          Mohjah - Zion Gates (Dub)
                                                                          Andre Tanker - Wild Indian Band
                                                                          Touch - Touch Music (Edit)
                                                                          D’ Rebel Band - Solid
                                                                          The Millers - Last Days
                                                                          Chocolate Affaire - Jump To Calypso

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Body Language Vol 8 - Modeselektor

                                                                          Somehow or other Modeselektor still find time to be among the best, most reliably party smashing DJs on the planet. Their contribution to Get Physical's "Body Language" mix series is a riotous, bass-heavy affair, one that takes in all kinds of interesting developments in cutting edge contemporary dance music. MDSLKTR draw a natural line from the fizzing aqua-crunk of Rustie's "Zig-Zag" to the R&B bump of Missy Elliott's Timbaland-produced "Lick Shots", from the skippy 90s techno of G-Man's "Quo Vadis" to the tough Berghain minimalism of Norman Nodge. Dubstep – a big influence on the Moderat project – plays a pivotal role in the mix: moody, synth-led masterpieces by Peverelist and Benga recall classic Detroit techno, while Untold's devastating "Anaconda" is sheer dancefloor energy. Scuba's "Klinik" isn't so much dubstep as broken, reductionist house music. The uncompromising, big-hearted "Body Language Vol.8" is one of the most refreshing and outrageously banging mixes you'll hear all year, a stellar addition to a series that has seen previous contributions from the likes of MANDY, DJ T, Matthew Dear and Junior Boys.

                                                                          Tracklisting
                                                                          CD
                                                                          1. Outro
                                                                          2. Rustie – Zig-Zag
                                                                          3. Missy Elliott – Lick Shots (Instrumental)
                                                                          4. Osborne – The Count
                                                                          5. Boy 8 Bit – The Cricket Scores
                                                                          6. Felix Da Housecat – Kickdrum
                                                                          7. Alex Cortex – Huyendo Part 2
                                                                          8. G-Man – Quo Vadis
                                                                          9. Norman Nodge – NN 8.0
                                                                          10. Benga - Emotions
                                                                          11. Peverelist – Clunk Click Every Trip
                                                                          12. Untold - Anaconda
                                                                          13. MOVES!!! – All Skate
                                                                          14. Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More (Amended Version)
                                                                          15. Joker & Rustie – Play Doe
                                                                          16. Mark Pritchard & Om'mas Keith – Wind It Up
                                                                          17. Djedjotronic – Dirty & Hard (Feat. Spoek) Vs. Dorian Concept – Trilingual Dance Sexperience
                                                                          18. Horsepower Productions – Let's Dance (Club Mix)
                                                                          19. Robert Hood - Unix
                                                                          20. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
                                                                          21. Boys Noize – Nerve
                                                                          22. Siriusmo – Nights Off
                                                                          23. Modeselektor – The Black Block (Marcel Dettman Redifinition)
                                                                          24. Scuba – Klinik
                                                                          25. Animal Collective – My Girly
                                                                          26. Modeselektor – Fill #1

                                                                          LP
                                                                          A1. Siriusmo – Nights Off
                                                                          A2. Animal Collective – My Girls
                                                                          B1. Missy Elliot – Lick Shots (Instrumental)
                                                                          B2. Mark Pritchard & Om'mas Keith – Wind It Up
                                                                          B3. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor Feat. VYBZ Kartel
                                                                          C1. Moderat – A New Error
                                                                          C2. Peverelist – Clunk Click Every Trip
                                                                          D1. Felix Da Housecat – Kickdrum
                                                                          D2. Modeselektor – The Black Block (Marcel Dettman Redifinition)

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Boombox 2 - Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-82

                                                                            Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Boombox 2’ is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979 - 83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more and so on.

                                                                            ‘Boombox 2’ tells the story of how hip hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to its second phase where veteran music producers - Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others - all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

                                                                            Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Patrick says: "Well I went to the hat store today and I bought myself a hat! Ha ha ha ha!" Soul Jazz take us to Harlem with a second survey of the nascent hip hop scene. It's lino time!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Harlem World Crew - Let’s Rock
                                                                            Lonnie Love - Young Ladies
                                                                            Kool DJ A.J. - Ah, That’s The Joint
                                                                            Terry Lewis & Wild Flower - The Peoples Message Take Two
                                                                            Rappers Rapp Group - Rappin’ Partee Groove (Club Version)
                                                                            Eddie Cheba - Lookin’ Good
                                                                            MC Rock Lovely - One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind
                                                                            Little Starsky - Dancin’ Party People
                                                                            Manujothi - Shake Your Body
                                                                            Busy Bee - School Days
                                                                            T.J. Swann, Pee Wee Mel & Swann Controllers - Maximus Party
                                                                            Margo’s Kool Out Crew - Death Rap
                                                                            Grand Master Chilly T & Stevie G - Rock The Message Rap
                                                                            Zoot II - Dr. Ice Rap

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Borga Revolution Vol. 2

                                                                              Kalita are proud to unveil the second volume in their ‘Borga Revolution!’ compilation series, focussing on the phenomenon of ‘Burger Highlife’, a crossover of West African melodies with synthesizers, disco and boogie that took over Ghanaian airwaves during the 1980’s and beyond. Featuring both highly sought-after recordings by artists including Atta Frimpong and D.J. Lawyer Okyere, as well as seminal performances by greats such as Pat Thomas, A.B. Crentsil and Alan Cosmos, Kalita once again come to the rescue of audiophiles, DJs and music-lovers alike with ‘Borga Revolution! – Volume 2’. Spread over a double-LP housed in a gatefold sleeve. Accompanied by a 12-page booklet featuring extensive interview-based liner notes on each artist and never-before-seen archival photos.

                                                                              The 1970s had witnessed an increased Western airtime and physical presence in Ghana introducing funk, soul and disco sounds to the region. By the turn of the decade the country was also enduring economic turmoil, with rising poverty, military dictatorships and long periods of enforced curfews (amongst other factors) making it impossible for artists to survive.

                                                                              As a result, many Ghanaian artists with a broader outlook began to pursue their careers in the West, moving to both Europe and America in search of stardom. It was here that Ghanaian musicians developed a digitised version of highlife music which fully embraced Western contemporary music styles and newly introduced technology such as the DX7 synthesizer and various drum machines.

                                                                              It is in this context in which the evolution of Ghanaian dance music and the emergence of ‘burger highlife’ was born. With the ‘Borga Revolution!’ series Kalita endeavour to tell this story, with prominent and lesser-known musicians’ accounts and documentary evidence providing a comprehensive understanding of this shift to the digital age.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Atta Frimpong - Bepo So Dua
                                                                              A2. Alan Cosmos And His Bam-Baara Soundz - Soca For Your Pleasure
                                                                              A3. A.B. Crentsil - Mama Dwen Meho
                                                                              B1. D.J. Lawyer Okyere - Ohia Kan Nye Ya (Medley)
                                                                              B2. Alan Cosmos And His Bam-Baara Soundz - Onua Gyae
                                                                              B3. Pope Flyne Ackah - I Think You Are Right (Jepense Que Tu A Raison)
                                                                              C1. Atta Frimpong - Yaako
                                                                              C2. Pat Thomas - Obae
                                                                              C3. Mawuli Decker - Mawu Nafako Nam
                                                                              D1. Nana Aboagye Da-Costa - Sikyi (Medley)
                                                                              D2. Alan Cosmos And His Bam-Baara Soundz - Yebi/Fontonfrom 

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Music In The Digital Age, 1983 - 1992 (Volume 1)

                                                                                Kalita are proud to unveil the first ever compilation focussing on the phenomenon of ‘Burger Highlife’, a crossover of West African melodies with synthesizers, disco and boogie that took over Ghanaian airwaves during the 1980’s and beyond. Highlighting key recordings from genre-defining artists including Thomas Frempong and George Darko, as well as more obscure sought-after tracks by elusive bands such as Aban and Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat, Kalita come to the rescue of audiophiles, DJs and music-lovers alike with ‘Borga Revolution!’ Spread over a double-LP housed in a gatefold sleeve. Accompanied by a 16-page booklet featuring extensive interview-based liner notes on each artist and never-before-seen archival photos.

                                                                                The 1970s had witnessed an increased Western airtime and physical presence in Ghana introducing funk, soul and disco sounds to the region. By the turn of the decade the country was also enduring economic turmoil, with rising poverty, military dictatorships and long periods of enforced curfews (amongst other factors) making it impossible for artists to survive.

                                                                                As a result, many Ghanaian musicians with a broader outlook began to pursue their careers in the West, moving to both Europe and America in search of stardom. It was here that Ghanaian musicians developed a digitised version of highlife music which fully embraced Western contemporary music styles and newly introduced technology such as the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and various drum machines.

                                                                                It is in this context in which the evolution of Ghanaian dance music and the emergence of ‘Burger Highlife’ was born. With ‘Borga Revolution!’ Kalita endeavour to tell this story, with prominent and lesser-known musicians’ accounts and documentary evidence providing a comprehensive understanding of this shift to the digital age.


                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat - Eshe Wo Kon Ho
                                                                                A2. Thomas Frempong - Mada Meho So
                                                                                A3. Native Spirit - Odo San Bra Fie
                                                                                B1. George Darko - Medo Menuanom (12” Version)
                                                                                B2. Wilson Boateng - Mabre Agu
                                                                                B3. Paa Jude - Odo Refre Wo
                                                                                C1. Aban - Efie Nnye
                                                                                C2. Wilson Boateng - Asew Watchman
                                                                                C3. Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat - Mr. D.J.
                                                                                D1. George Darko - Obi Abayewa
                                                                                D2. Dr. K. Gyasi’s Noble Kings - Damfo Agoo/David Akofo/Obegyaa Nowa/Okwantuni Moboro (Medley)

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Born To Hula

                                                                                  Stag-O-Lee is proud to continue the DJ-Set Series with this Born to Hula! compilation by Hamburg based DJ Crille. Since the early 1990's Crille is spinning records in various clubs on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg and many other cities. He was inspired by The Cool and Crazy Record Store and Crypt Records. After many years of record-hunting he is ready to bring you this compilation of some of his favourite tunes! They're all dancefloor-tested at the Komet Bar in Hamburg, where Crille finds his home. We hope you enjoy his journey to the land of cool and exotic dance tunes!



                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                  1. The Nortones – Boy 2:27
                                                                                  2. Maximillian – Gee Baby You're The Utmost 2:09
                                                                                  3. Boots Brown – El Brasero 1:54
                                                                                  4. Dennis The Rocket – Jungle Jive 2:39
                                                                                  5. The Pearls – Ugly Face 1:54
                                                                                  6. The Downbeats – Safari 2:16
                                                                                  7. Johnny Guitar Watson – The Bear 2:40
                                                                                  8. Owen Bradley And His Orchestra – Whirlwind 2:11
                                                                                  Total: 18:13

                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                  1. Igor And The Maniacs – Gung Ho 2:16
                                                                                  2. Al DeLory – Scrambles 2:95
                                                                                  3. The Creators – Booga Bear 2:19
                                                                                  4. Ray Stevens – School 2:19
                                                                                  5. Magnificent Monta-Gue – The Breather 1:59
                                                                                  6. Sammy Lowe & Orchestra – Rock Calypso-Mambo Cha 2:23
                                                                                  7. The Triplets – Bagdad Beat 1:56
                                                                                  8. Wilder Brothers – Tigertail 2:14
                                                                                  Total: 17:33 M

                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                  1. Charles Blackwell & Orchestra – Persian Twist 2:38
                                                                                  2. The Dynamics – Uncle Willy 2:31
                                                                                  3. Maximillian – The Breeze And I And Theme From Peter Gunn 2:01
                                                                                  4. Lee Denson – Twang 1:55
                                                                                  5. The Jet Streams – Who Me? 2:10
                                                                                  6. The Twisters – Run Little Sheba 2:37
                                                                                  7. Damal & Rasheed – Arriba 2:57
                                                                                  8. Googie Rene – Joy Ride 1:58
                                                                                  Total: 18:51 Min.

                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                  1. The Key Brothers – Sherry Ann 2:08
                                                                                  2. Froggy Landers & The Cough Drops – River Rock Part 1 2:08
                                                                                  3. King Tut – Twisting At Little Big Horn 2:13
                                                                                  4. The Rivingtons – Kickaboo Joy Juice 2:31
                                                                                  5. Sounds Inc. - Mogambo 2:14
                                                                                  6. George Barnes – Spooky 2:22
                                                                                  7. Zodiacs – T-Town 2:44
                                                                                  8. Stacy Bengal And His Six Outfielders – I Come To 2:08
                                                                                  Total: 18:31 Min

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Born To Hula - 2023 Repress

                                                                                    Originally released in 2020 and sold out since then, this is a limited repress of the album on coloured vinyl.

                                                                                    Stag-O-Lee is proud to continue the DJ-Set Series with this Born to Hula! compilation by Hamburg based DJ Crille. Since the early 1990's Crille is spinning records in various clubs on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg and many other cities. He was inspired by The Cool and Crazy Record Store and Crypt Records. After many years of record-hunting he is ready to bring you this compilation of some of his favourite tunes!

                                                                                    They're all dancefloor-tested at the Komet Bar in Hamburg, where Crille finds his home. We hope you enjoy his journey to the land of cool and exotic dance tunes!

                                                                                    The Stallions compilations have become a benchmark of Bosconi's position as one of the leading house and techno labels operating out of Italy. This third instalment marks a shift in sound which also comes full circle to the music that first inspired founder Fabio Della Torre as a DJ and producer around the turn of the millennium, when punchy electro production was driving European house and techno into new zones.

                                                                                    All the artists featured on Vol. III are Italian, holding true to Bosconi's commitment to supporting local talent from Florence and across the country. Amongst the familiar faces is Della Torre's own Minimono collaboration with Ennio Colaci, which indulges a proudly manic palette of tweaked bleeps and dirty low-end. Elsewhere, recent additions to the Bosconi fold include veritable legends Alexander Robotnick and Marco Passarani, who infuse their unpredictable approaches to electro-techno and Italo disco with ear-snagging synth-pop and driving analogue box jams respectively to create vibrant, impassioned dancefloor monsters.

                                                                                    The Mechanical Man is an alias from Nicola Altieri, who leans in on a classic Italo arpeggio to create a seductive club sound which builds on his recent "Bosconi EXV" EP, while Cixxx J switches from the mood of his own Bosconi appearance for a new alias Queen Of Coins and a pivot towards heads-down electro-techno-trance with a whiff of International Deejay Gigolos. Lapucci builds on the promise of his 2021 Bosconi 12" with a sentimental fusion track which lands somewhere between old school Italo house, the snappy pulse of EBM and crisp 00s-era electro house. Meanwhile modern day Italian techno legend Lucretio of The Analogue Cops makes his first appearance on Bosconi with the playful video game stylings of "Gradius".

                                                                                    A great deal of space on Vol. III is given over to emergent talent, ranging from Miguel Herr's twitchy Detroitian synth-pop braindance and Twovi's vocoder-charged electro funk to DJ Rou's jacking ghetto house flavour. Giammarco Orsini and Jacopo Latini appear as Data Memory Access and deliver an emotive, punchy strain of machine soul. Feel Fly rounds the compilation off in bombastic style with an epic, cinematic workout which draws on Moroder-inspired drama without losing the forthright peak-time focus which binds the whole collection together.

                                                                                    Even the artwork on Vol. III serves as an opportunity to celebrate Italian creativity, as pioneering crypto artist Niro Perrone builds on his accomplished work in the field of NFTs and a background in music production to respond intuitively to the vibrant, synthetic sound of the compilation. For all the futurism in the music though, there remains a strong sense of human feeling which has marked Bosconi out since the beginning. The label remains as inspired and inspiring as ever, celebrating the fertile crossover when people manipulate technology to express themselves in an honest, playful way. Independent of wider trends or fashions, Bosconi remains true to its own idiosyncratic passions, and so "Bosconi Stallions Vol. III" stands proud as a compilation like no other.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. The Mechanical Man - The Magic Number 
                                                                                    A2. Minimono - Grit Wave 
                                                                                    A3. Lucretio - Gradius
                                                                                    B1. Queen Of Coins - Genesis 
                                                                                    B2. Miguel Herrnandez - Bad Renaissance
                                                                                    B3. Twovi - Galassia Cosmica 
                                                                                    C1. Data Memory Access - Controller 
                                                                                    C2. Passarani - Bungy Bungy Bungy 
                                                                                    C3. Dj Rou - Milky Way 
                                                                                    D1. Lapucci - One 1st 
                                                                                    D2. Alexander Robotnick - It's So Easy 
                                                                                    D3. Feel Fly - Peach 

                                                                                    I always wonder about music from across the Pennines. Given it's northern proximity and rugged Yorkshire spirit, murmurings from our Leeds-based cousins has been relatively quiet of late.

                                                                                    Cue, "Boundless" the latest in a series of compilations from the respected label. It follows last year’s "Come Stay With Me" compilation, a fundraiser for local artists, and "Side to Side" a callout to support women, marginalized genders and LGBTQ+ artists. The album features a collection of 10 new and eclectic tracks from an exceptionally talented group of artists including hypnotic Punjabi folk artist Satnam Galsian, DJ and sound artist Nik Nak, alt funk rock collective Blue Kubricks and poet-rapper Knomad Spock.

                                                                                    If you're stuck in the sometimes insular bubble of Manchester music, then it's refreshingly and inspiring to see a load of bands and artists also following their independent spirit an

                                                                                    Choice moments for me are the 'Lewis Capaldi on auto tune', intimate indie-pop epic, "Even When It Hurts" by Seth Oraeki. The psychedelic electro-folk of Dwellhead (recalling the embryonic Bibio...) and the rawkus tropical-rock-n-roll of KAIROS.

                                                                                    From tasteful, electronic-leaning indie, new soul and experimental pop to the more traditional band set ups, the compilation is a brilliantly curated snapshot of the Leeds music scene right now.



                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Seth Oraeki - Even When It Hurts 
                                                                                    2. Dwellhead - Butterfly Soup 
                                                                                    3. Denmarc Creary - Blame Game 
                                                                                    4. KAIROS - Cruel 
                                                                                    5. NikNak - Whispers 
                                                                                    6. Knomad Spock - Fate 
                                                                                    7. Satnam Galsian - Ride On/Take Me With You 
                                                                                    8. Cosy Room Music - Telemi 
                                                                                    9. Laeeqa - Blossom 
                                                                                    10. Blue Kubricks - 4 Seasons Of Elizabeth

                                                                                    Yowzers! Just in time for the Christmas hustle (yes I just mentioned the C-word!) we have this most perfect of festive present ideas. Kev Beard's iconic DIY label, Box Bedroom Rebels label bring a compilation of the best bits from the series in a beautifully presented pack. 33 tracks from the first 2 years of BBR, most of which are now impossible to get anywhere; this also includes a few previous 'download only' tracks. In the two years since its inception, BBR has become somewhat of a cult label amongst its fans, garnishing support across the world and media. They released one of the very first Horsebeach 7"s, have put out material from the farthest reaches of Scotland, to the darkest suburbs of Wigan and kept a ridiculously creative, inspiring aesthetic throughout. Punk rock through and through in mindset and execution, the styles and genres on show from the label range from morose shoegaze through melancholic, rain-soaked indie-fuzz through to glacial moments of icy shimmering electro-pop. There's always a hook or a melody, but you might have to fight through 6-inches of distortion, grit, blood and tears to get to it. A lesson for us all that 'doing it yourself' can be much more inspired than running the normal course of label / distribution / record deal; Kev's kept hold to every last drop of artistic credibility but still achieved widespread appeal and a die-hard fan base to boot. It'd be both shameful and against the punk spirit of this record to talk about how the OG 7"s sell for loads of discogs (but I just did). Just buy this record to feel it through your bones to the bottom of your feet and to the pit of your heart. And that's what matters. We heart Box Bedroom Rebels 4 ever!

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Side. 1
                                                                                    Water World - Dead
                                                                                    The Faded Tapes - I Will Race You
                                                                                    Temple Songs - Dragging You Down
                                                                                    Mini Dresses - River
                                                                                    Tape Waves - Somewhere
                                                                                    The Arctic Flow - Lost Wishes
                                                                                    Mini Dresses - Watching You
                                                                                    Temple Songs - ...
                                                                                    Yosoy - Mistakes

                                                                                    Side 2 -
                                                                                    Tape Waves - Drifting
                                                                                    Horsebeach - Even
                                                                                    The Arctic Flow - I Know A Place (fast Instrumental Pop Version)
                                                                                    Adult Books - Girl Space Friend
                                                                                    Sur - Southern Boy
                                                                                    The Scottish Enlightenment - Black Dog (Toad Session)
                                                                                    The Arctic Flow - Harbour Grey
                                                                                    The Faded Tapes - New Song

                                                                                    Side 3 -
                                                                                    The Watchmakers - Waves
                                                                                    Sur - Nay's Song
                                                                                    Temple Songs - Luxury Lice
                                                                                    Adult Books - Bedsit Infamies
                                                                                    Water World - Cream Soda
                                                                                    Lost Tapes - Cry & Lie
                                                                                    Horse Beach - Avoid The Light (Demo Version)
                                                                                    Unhappy Shoppers - Aisle6

                                                                                    Side 4 -
                                                                                    Lost Tapes - Lost In Youth
                                                                                    Unhappy Shoppers - Horsepower & The Modern Slog
                                                                                    Horse Beach - How Long Must I Wait
                                                                                    Yosoy - Running
                                                                                    The Watchmakers - Summer Of Love (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                    The Arctic Flow - Flightless Birds
                                                                                    Yosoy - Talk
                                                                                    The Scottish Enlightenment - The Strong Force

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    Brainfeeder X - 10th Anniversary Boxset

                                                                                      Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label is celebrating its tenth birthday with a new compilation.

                                                                                      Brainfeeder X looks to the label's past and future, with the first volume focusing on past highlights (including new remixes) and a second volume comprising all new tracks from Brainfeeder staples and newcomers. Artists who are contributing new tunes include Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Teebs, Ross From Friends, Dorian Concept, Lapalux, Iglooghost and Moiré.

                                                                                      The label says that Brainfeeder X comprises "extraterrestrial Afro-Futurist odysseys, distorted and muddied psychedelia and samba-infused hymns to the Boxer rebellion... fundamentally LA shit, carefully franchised worldwide to spiritually aligned kinsmen." 

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Vinyl:

                                                                                      A1. Teebs - Why Like This?
                                                                                      A2. Jeremiah Jae - $easons
                                                                                      A3. Lapalux - Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
                                                                                      A4. Iglooghost - Bug Thief
                                                                                      A5. TOKiMONSTA - Fallen Arches

                                                                                      B1. Miguel Baptista Benedict - Phemy
                                                                                      B2. Matthewdavid - Group Tea (feat. Flying Lotus)
                                                                                      B3. Martyn - Masks
                                                                                      B4. Mr. Oizo - Ham
                                                                                      B5. Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn

                                                                                      C1. Jameszoo - Flake
                                                                                      C2. Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart (feat. RYAT)
                                                                                      C3. MONO/POLY - Needs Deodorant
                                                                                      C4. Thundercat - Them Changes

                                                                                      D1. DJ Paypal - Slim Trak VIP
                                                                                      D2. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross From Friends Remix)
                                                                                      D3. Brandon Coleman - Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)

                                                                                      E1. Thundercat - King Of The Hill (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
                                                                                      E2. Lapalux - Opilio
                                                                                      E3. Ross From Friends - Squaz
                                                                                      E4. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Myrrh Song

                                                                                      F1. Dorian Concept - Eigendynamik
                                                                                      F2. Louis Cole - Thinking
                                                                                      F3. Iglooghost - Yellow Gum
                                                                                      F4. WOKE - The Lavishments Of Light Looking (feat. George Clinton)
                                                                                      F5. PBDY - Bring Me Down (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
                                                                                      F6. Jeremiah Jae - Black Salt

                                                                                      G1. Flying Lotus - Ain't No Coming Back (feat. BUSDRIVER)
                                                                                      G2. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Kazaru
                                                                                      G3. Taylor Graves - Goku
                                                                                      G4. Little Snake - Delusions

                                                                                      H1. Strangeloop - Beautiful Undertow
                                                                                      H2. MONO/POLY - Funkzilla (feat. Seven Davis Jr)
                                                                                      H3. Teebs - Birthday Beat
                                                                                      H4. Moiré - Lisbon
                                                                                      H5. Locust Toybox - Otravine

                                                                                      CD:

                                                                                      DISC 01
                                                                                      01. Teebs - Why Like This?
                                                                                      02. Jeremiah Jae - $easons
                                                                                      03. Lapalux - Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)
                                                                                      04. Iglooghost - Bug Thief
                                                                                      05. TOKiMONSTA - Fallen Arches
                                                                                      06. Miguel Baptista Benedict - Phemy
                                                                                      07. Matthewdavid - Group Tea (feat. Flying Lotus)
                                                                                      08. Martyn - Masks
                                                                                      09. Mr. Oizo - Ham
                                                                                      10. Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn
                                                                                      11. Jameszoo - Flake
                                                                                      12. Taylor McFerrin - Place In My Heart (feat. RYAT)
                                                                                      13. MONO/POLY - Needs Deodorant
                                                                                      14. Thundercat - Them Changes
                                                                                      15. DJ Paypal - Slim Trak VIP
                                                                                      16. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross From Friends Remix)
                                                                                      17. Brandon Coleman - Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)


                                                                                      DISC 02
                                                                                      01. Thundercat - King Of The Hill (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
                                                                                      02. Lapalux - Opilio
                                                                                      03. Ross From Friends - Squaz
                                                                                      04. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Myrrh Song
                                                                                      05. Dorian Concept - Eigendynamik
                                                                                      06. Louis Cole - Thinking
                                                                                      07. Iglooghost - Yellow Gum
                                                                                      08. WOKE - The Lavishments Of Light Looking (feat. George Clinton)
                                                                                      09. PBDY - Bring Me Down (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
                                                                                      10. Jeremiah Jae - Black Salt
                                                                                      11. Flying Lotus - Ain't No Coming Back (feat. BUSDRIVER)
                                                                                      12. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Kazaru
                                                                                      13. Taylor Graves - Goku
                                                                                      14. Little Snake - Delusions
                                                                                      15. Strangeloop - Beautiful Undertow
                                                                                      16. MONO/POLY - Funkzilla (feat. Seven Davis Jr)
                                                                                      17. Teebs - Birthday Beat
                                                                                      18. Moiré - Lisbon
                                                                                      19. Locust Toybox - Otravine

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      Brand New Wayo - Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983

                                                                                      Comb & Razor Sound launches its exploration of the colourful world of popular music from Nigeria, starting with the post-disco era of the late 1970s and early 80s.The years between 1979 and 1983 were Nigeria’s Second Republic, when democracy finally returned after 23 years of uninterrupted military dictatorship. They were also the crest of Nigeria’s oil boom, when surging crude prices made the country a land of plenty, prosperity and profligacy. The influx of petrodollars meant an expansion in industry, and the music industry in particular. Record companies upgraded their technology and cranked out a staggering level of output to an audience hungry for music to celebrate the country’s prospective rise as global power of the future. While it was a boom time for a wide variety of popular music styles, the predominant commercial sound was a post-afrobeat, slickly modern dance groove that retrofitted the relentless four-on-the-floor bass beat of disco to a more laidback, upbeat-and-downbeat soul shuffle, mixing in jazz-funk, synthesizer pop and afro feeling. At the time, it was still mostly locally referred to as 'disco', but has since been recognized as its own unique genre retrospectively dubbed 'Nigerian Boogie'. "Brand New Wayo" collects 15 pulsing Nigerian boogie tracks in a lovingly compiled package chronicling one of the most progressive and creative eras in the history of African popular music.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A:
                                                                                      1. Mixed Grill - A Brand New Wayo
                                                                                      2. Kris Okotie - Show Me Your Backside
                                                                                      3. Murphy Williams - Get On Up
                                                                                      4. Joe Moks - Boys And Girls

                                                                                      Side B:
                                                                                      1. Amas - Slow Down
                                                                                      2. Oby Onyioha - I Want To Feel Your Love
                                                                                      3. Dizzy K. Falola - Excuse Me Baby
                                                                                      4. Chris Mba - Funky Situation

                                                                                      Side C:
                                                                                      1. Bayo Damazio - Listen To The Music
                                                                                      2. Martha Ulaeto - Music Alone
                                                                                      3. Segun Robert - Big Race
                                                                                      4. Amel Addmore – Jane

                                                                                      Side D:
                                                                                      1. Honey Machine – Pleasure
                                                                                      2. The Stormmers - Love Or Money
                                                                                      3. Emma Baloka – Let’s Love Each Other

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical Compiled By David Byrne - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                        Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical was Luaka Bop’s first release, and in many ways it started the trend to compile music from other places. Here’s what the guy who put this retrospective together has to say about it: Wow when did this first come out? 1989? Over 30 years ago! I listened to some of the songs yesterday and, well, they hold up, they’re truly timeless songs. Beauty can be pointed. -David Byrne, March 2021

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        I. Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) - Jorge Ben
                                                                                        2. Sonho Meu - Maria Bethania E Gal Costa
                                                                                        3. Só Quero Um Xodó - Gilberto Gil
                                                                                        4. Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco Do Ilê (Ilê Ayê) - Caetano Veloso
                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        I. O Leãozinho - Caetano Veloso
                                                                                        2. Caçada - Chico Buarque
                                                                                        3. Cálice - Chico Buarque
                                                                                        4. Equatorial - Lô Borges
                                                                                        5. San Vicente - Milton Nascimento
                                                                                        Side C
                                                                                        I. Quilombo, O El Dorado Negro - Gilberto Gil
                                                                                        2. Caramba! ...galileu Da Galileia - Jorge Ben
                                                                                        3. Caixa De Sol - Nazaré Pereira
                                                                                        4. Maculelê - Nazaré Pereira
                                                                                        5. Queixa - Caetano Veloso
                                                                                        Side D
                                                                                        I. Andar Com Fé - Gilberto Gil
                                                                                        2. Fio Maravilha - Jorge Ben
                                                                                        3. Anima - Milton Nascimento

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Brazilian Beats Brooklyn - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                          Compiled by Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, 2 DJs well-known for their epic parties at Williamsburg’s legendary Black Betty club, that sadly closed in 2009.

                                                                                          The duo played a deep variety of strictly vintage samba, samba-rock, Tropicalia, and Brazilian funk under the banner of ‘Brazilian Beats Brooklyn’.Sean is known as half of Embassy Sound Productions. He took his team to Brazil to help resurrect Black Rio legends Uniao Black for a new release. Greg has DJ'd at some of the hottest Brazilian parties around the globe and presents a monthly radio show ‘Warm Wave’ on Soho Radio NYC.Featuring Noriel Vilela’s singular “16 Toneladas,” a sublime cover of the Tennessee Ernie Ford smash “16 Tons” with a spare samba groove and unbelievable baritone vocals and hot jams from Tim Maia, Erasmo Carlos, Joao Bosco, Toni Tornado.

                                                                                          Included in this compilation of original 60's and 70's Brazilian gems are some of Greg and Sean's favourite tracks that have been flling dancefoors for years.

                                                                                          Long-awaited repress of a classic Mr Bongo compilation.
                                                                                          A selection of the fnest Brazilian music (via Brooklyn).
                                                                                          Featuring Rita Lee, Erasmo Carlos, Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti, Toni Tornado and many more.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Martin says: Some of the hottest Brazilian jams here from Sean Marquand and Greg Caz, with both originals and recent productions featuring in the lineup. A veritable Smörgåsbord of hip-unlocking grooves.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Nonato Y Su Conjunto - Cafua
                                                                                          Os Novos Crioulos - Mar Afunda
                                                                                          Jose Roberto - Crioula Multicolorida
                                                                                          Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - Agora E Moda
                                                                                          Trio Esperanca - Nao Aguento Voce
                                                                                          Noriel Vilela - 16 Toneladas
                                                                                          Chocolate Da Bahia - Ele Guenta
                                                                                          Tim Maia - E Necessario
                                                                                          Joao Bosco - Cobra Criada
                                                                                          Som Tres - Tanga
                                                                                          Os Incriveis - Uma Rosa Pra Dita
                                                                                          Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti -aleluia
                                                                                          Erasmo Carlos - Jeep
                                                                                          Chalo Eduardo - Beija-flor Suite
                                                                                          Ely Camargo -taieiras
                                                                                          Silvio Cesar - A Festa
                                                                                          Edson Frederico - Tava Mas Nao Tava
                                                                                          Helio Matheus - Mais Kriola
                                                                                          Toni Tornado - O Jornaleiro
                                                                                          Miguel De Deus - Black Soul Brother
                                                                                          Ana Rosely - Skim Dum Dum Dum
                                                                                          Quarteto Uai - Marcas

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds: Extended 12 Inch Versions

                                                                                          More extended edits from the Brazilian disco archives as Nick The Record, Charles Maurice and Waxist all look to eke out even more joy from these jubilant branches of Brazilian dance music.

                                                                                          "Relax" is soft, grooving disco; delicate yet subtle driving and perfectly typifying that iconic 'Loft' sound (complete with uplifting key changes and perc sections). It's the very essence of disco executed with Brazilian flair.

                                                                                          Rabo De Saia's "Ripa Na Xulipa" is pure feel good boogie vibes. I just wish I knew what they were chirping on about! It sounds fun whatever it is and the language barrier certainly won't prevent you from shaking a tail feather or two to this one!

                                                                                          NTR tames Famks' "Labirinto" into a sultry Sunday session jam. Mid energy, heavily grooving and with that warmth and sentiment you need towards the end of the weekend.

                                                                                          Unmissable stuff here from Favourite and team - highly recommended. 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Paul says: This one went straight in my bag! I love Brazilian disco, but in the hands of these sterling remixers, it gets taken to even higher levels!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Side 1
                                                                                          1. Painel De Controle - Relax (extended Waxist Version) (5:54)
                                                                                          Side 2
                                                                                          1. Rabo De Saia - Ripa Na Xulipa (Charles Maurice Extended Version) (5:28)
                                                                                          2. Famks - Labirinto (Nick The Record Extended Version) (6:17)

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psych - Repress

                                                                                            Rare and previously unreleased tracks restored and remastered, many from the original master tapes Brasilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas should serve as a master class for those entranced by the funky, heavy psychedelic wonders of the Tropicalia movement and all that it spawned. But as compiler Joel Stones writes in his liner notes: “You won’t find Os Mutantes or their maestro Rogerio Duprat on this compilation. There is a reason that the records contained here have never been reissued. Even though you will recognize some of the labels contained here... believe me when I write this: some of the rarest, and best, examples of fuzzy, funky Brazilian psychedelia came out as promo-only 7” records on these labels.” Each song contained on this album has never been reissued, and has been restored from the best source possible and remastered for near-perfect sound quality.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Celio Balona - Tema De Batman
                                                                                            A2. Loyce E Os Gnomes - Era Uma Nota De
                                                                                            A3. The Youngsters - I Want To Be Your Man
                                                                                            A4. Serguei – Ourico

                                                                                            B1. Fabio - Lindo Sonho Delirante
                                                                                            B2. Tony E Som Colorido - O Carona
                                                                                            B3. 14 Bis - God Save The Queen
                                                                                            B4. Banda De 7 Legues - Dia De Chuva

                                                                                            C1. Ton E Sergio - Vou Sair De Cateveiro
                                                                                            C2. Ely - As Turbinas Estao Ligadas
                                                                                            C3. Com Os Falcoes Reais - Ele Seculo XX
                                                                                            C4. Marisa Rossi - Cinturao De Fogo

                                                                                            D1. The Pops - Som Imaginario De Jimmi Hendrix
                                                                                            D2. Loyce E Os Gnomes - Que E Isso?
                                                                                            D3. Piry - Heroi Moderno
                                                                                            D4. Mac Rybell - The Lantern

                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Brazilian Vibes

                                                                                              2LP vinyl featuring : Cibelle, Masters At Work, José Padilla, Tom & Joyce, Jazzanova, Quantic, Bebel Gilberto, Dj Gregory, Salomé De Bahia, Suba, The Boyz From Brazil, Negrocan, Mo’Horizons, Flavia Coelho...

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              DISC 1 – SIDE A
                                                                                              A1. DJ Gregory Feat. Salomé De Bahia - Tourment D'Amour
                                                                                              A2. Bebel Gilberto - August Day Song
                                                                                              A3. Jazzanova - Fedime'S Flight
                                                                                              A4. David K Feat. Rolando Faria - Mas Que Nada (David K Remix)

                                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                                              B1. Trüby Trio - A Go Go
                                                                                              B2. Beatfanatic - Jogando Capoiera
                                                                                              B3. Quantic - Mishaps Happening (Prins Tomas Edit)
                                                                                              B4. Minus 8 - White (New Vocal Version)

                                                                                              DISC 2 – SIDE C
                                                                                              C1. Salome De Bahia - Outro Lugar (Bob Sinclar Remix)
                                                                                              C2. Tom & Joyce - Para Bailar
                                                                                              C3. The Boyz From Brazil - Hi-Fi Trumpet (The Boyz From Brazil Remix)
                                                                                              C4. Kazam Feat. Flavia Cuelho - Misterio
                                                                                              C5. Suba Feat. Cibelle - Felicidade (Buscemi Remix)

                                                                                              SIDE D
                                                                                              D1. Masters At Work Feat. Lilliana Chachian - Brazilian Beat (Kenny Dope Mix)
                                                                                              D2. Mo' Horizons - Hit The Road Jack (Pé Na Estrada) (Radio Version)
                                                                                              D3. Negrocan - Cada Vez (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix Edit)
                                                                                              D4. José Padilla - Bossa Rosa
                                                                                              D5. Almeidinha Do El Gringo - Chorando Sim

                                                                                              Since 2014, Brighter Days has been a part of the rich tapestry of Amsterdam nightlife – a semi-regular party promoting positivity and inclusiveness run by resident DJs Kamma and Masalo. On the back of the platform provided by the party, the duo has notched up a string of memorable club and festival appearances, a regular Brighter Days show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, and a memorable Boiler Room set streamed live from Dekmantel Festival.

                                                                                              Now Kamma and Masalo have taken the next step and curated a Brighter Days compilation for Rush Hour, a collection that does a terrific job in offering up slept-on and unreleased gems – including a clutch of their own tried-and-tested re-edits – while also accurately representing the sound, style and ethos of the event that inspired it.

                                                                                              Like Kamma and Masalo’s event, which invariably takes place in intimate dancing spaces in Amsterdam, the Brighter Days compilation offers up an open-minded, club-friendly soundtrack that joins the dots between crate-digging obscurities from the recent and distant past, fresh cuts, ‘secret weapons’ and previously unreleased music from young, local producers who have become regular faces on Brighter Days dancefloors.

                                                                                              Across nine tracks, Kamma and Masalo deliver an enticing blend of tactile and colourful house, disco, basement-ready throb-jobs, inspired dancefloor dubs and righteous boogie jams, some of which are appearing on vinyl for the very first time (see Haroumi Hosono and Yasuhiko’s ‘Turquois’, an exceedingly rare, CD-only chunk of deep, throbbing tribal house intoxication).

                                                                                              There are highlights everywhere you look, from the piano-house rush of the ‘Subterranean Mix Edit’ of S’Xpress’s overlooked 1990 single ‘Nothing To Lose’ and the South African Kwaito-boogie brilliance of Cisco The Champ’s ‘Move On’, to the Italo-disco excellence of Hugh Bullen’s ‘Alisand’, and Mr Fingers’ jacking 1988 remix of ‘We’re Gonna Work It Out’ by fellow Chicagoan house producers North/Clybourn.

                                                                                              Kamma and Masalo’s remixing and re-editing skills are put in the spotlight, too. There’s the edit of Discotheque’s 1982 Dutch-Belgian disco classic ‘For Your Love’ and a previously unreleased ‘dub’ edit of French-Cameroonian artist Anyzette’s 1984 gem ‘Baladoun’, a low-slung slice of drum machine-rich body music that blurs the boundaries between Italo-disco, Afro-boogie and proto-techno.

                                                                                              Completing the package are two cuts that demonstrate the duo’s love of showcasing tracks by young and little-known Dutch producers. Peffa’s ‘Routine’, an immersive and emotive treat that blends elements of deep house and Detroit techno, is just one of numerous unreleased tracks by the producer that Kamma and Masalo has been showcasing in their sets in recent years, while Desmon – whose ‘Submerge’ is a woozy, off-beat deep house treat – has been a regular on Brighter Days dancefloors since the start. It’s a fitting nod to what makes Brighter days special: a close-knit community of dancers and inspired, lesser-known music old and new.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              S'Express ‎- Nothing To Lose (Subterranean Edit)
                                                                                              North / Clybourn - We're Gonna Work It Out (Mr. Fingers Mix)
                                                                                              Haruomi Hosono & Yasuhiko Terada - Turquois
                                                                                              Desmon - Submerge
                                                                                              Discothèque - For Your Love (Kamma & Masalo Extended Mix)
                                                                                              Anyzette - Baladoun (Kamma & Masalo Dub)
                                                                                              Hugh Bullen - Alisand (Dub Mix)
                                                                                              Peffa - Routine
                                                                                              Cisco The Champ - Move On

                                                                                              Volume five of the killer Britxotica! series, looking this time at 16 super rare and briliantly bonkers latin and percussive pop cues from the wild British Isles!

                                                                                              Britxotica! (pronounced “Britzotica”) neatly describes an odd and yet undocumented pre-Beatles British musical scene where famed UK composers as well as unknown singers and bandleaders threw convention on holiday and went wild wild wild! Put together by Jonny Trunk with DJ / tastemaker and Smashing nighclub legend Martin Green, these groundbreaking new compilations shine new light on lost and forgotten corners of British culture and sound.

                                                                                              For this, Part Five of our planned Britxotica! series we head to lively latin tinged dancefloors where Brits could cha cha cha to the KIrchin band, “Jump In The Line” with Frank Holder and Mambo with Ido or Don. This killer collection of British dance obscurities brings us lively sounds from the rarest UK record bins, including this time an amazing cover version of the legendary loungecore hit “House Of Bamboo” plus the stunning “Jonny One Note” by Ted Heath, the track that originally introduced John Craven’s Newsround. To sum up, this is another exciting, wild and occasionally bonkers compilation by Jonny Trunk and Martin Green, two of the UKs most wild record collectors. Also, there are men in underpants on the sleeve, What’s not to like?


                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              SIDE ONE
                                                                                              1 The High Life – Marion Ryan
                                                                                              2 Vamos – A – Baila - Chico Arnez
                                                                                              3 Jonny One Note – Ted Heath
                                                                                              4 Wimoweh – Eve Boswell
                                                                                              5 House Of Bamboo – Neville Taylor
                                                                                              6 Baia – Tony Scott
                                                                                              7 Jump In The Line – Frank Holder
                                                                                              8 Mambo For Latin Lovers – Ido Martin

                                                                                              SIDE TWO
                                                                                              9 Fanagalo – Frank Chacksfield Ft Frank Holder
                                                                                              10 Taboo – Charles Blackwell
                                                                                              11 Voom-va- Voom – Eve Boswell
                                                                                              12 Crazy Latin – Don Carlos
                                                                                              13 Vaba -Ba - Boom – Edmundo Ros
                                                                                              14 Boliviana – Victor Silvester
                                                                                              15 Don's Mambo – Don Carlos
                                                                                              16 The High Life – Basil And Ivor Kirchin Ft Toni Sharpe

                                                                                              All Cues Mastered And Sequenced By Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle

                                                                                              In the swirling flow of this 2023 annus mirabilis of Brescia-Bergamo, designated Capital of Culture in Italy, Rebirth has thought to blend together independent musical paths, which were valid but otherwise fragmented. into a collective and identity project called "Brixia Sonora", a tribute to the Brescian music scene in its many facets and declinations.

                                                                                              Exploring the musical landscapes of the protagonists: Giovanni Battagliola, Paolo Cattaneo, Chris Benoit, Eke, Luca Formentini, Kick, Alessandro Pedretti, Corrado Saija e Giorgio Presti, Maniscalco, Materie, Matteo Gamba, Mattia Fontana. Solo projects, bands, collectives, DJs, and producers - a crossroads of generations and multitudes within which everyone has carved out their own space.

                                                                                              A collection that is a babel of sounds and a short circuit of universes: minimalism, glitch music, house, jazz, electronica, downtempo, balearica and other experimentations.
                                                                                              In the name of art and beauty: hence the decision to use as the album cover Emilio Isgro's work, "L Incancellabile Vittoria", an installation located at the "Station FS" of the Brescia underground. This work represents the Vittoria Alata, one of the most iconic, evocative, and symbolic pieces of the city.

                                                                                              An image of a city and its atmosphere. A city that has made great strides in recent years, but which still has potential to grow and emerge. Freeing itself from isolation and centralizing itself to different geographies and dynamics, the bar of quality has been raised beyond the comfort zone of standardized and repetitive formulas to explore alternative models of research and synergistic expression. The opportunity for interaction, exchange of ideas and dialogue, predisposition to evolution and improvement.

                                                                                              To provide a more comprehensive overview of this project and close out 2023 in the best way, we have created, with the director Luca Broglia, Brixia Sonora Backstage, a mini-documentary video that features contributions from the artists involved, recorded in some of the city's most iconic locations.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. Chris Benoit – Brokenspiel (Fred P Remix)
                                                                                              A2. Kick - New Try (Pedro Ricardo Remix)
                                                                                              A3. Alessandro ‘Petrol’ Pedretti – Paline (K-Lone 4/4 Remix)
                                                                                              B1. Matteo Gamba - Scent Of An Old Life (Rahaan Re-Edit)
                                                                                              B2. Giovanni Battagliola – Askja (Bruise Remix)
                                                                                              B3. Luca Formentini – Fili (Map.Ache Remix)

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              Broken Lamps And Hardcore Memories Vol.2

                                                                                                Pastepunk delivers another diverse and well aimed broadside with the second in the "Broken Lamps And Hardcore Memories" series, taking in metal, hardcore and punk along the way. The 26 bands featured include Most Precious Blood, Atreyu, Nora, Staring Back, Blood Red, Break The Silence, Martyr A.D. and Curl Up And Die amongst others, and the whole thing comes in at just under a fiver. So what are you waiting for?

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                Brown Acid - The Seventh Trip

                                                                                                  Everybody’s favorite source for the hard stuff is back in business, with ten more lethal doses of rare hard rock, heavy psych and proto-metal! Hard to believe we’re eight Trips in and we haven’t lost any steam since the get-go. As usual, we’re laying the heaviness on you in the most legit way possible. These obscure tracks have all been licensed, the bands have been paid, and the sources are all analog. The quality of tracks seems increase along with the number of Trips and this cohesive collection comes outta the gate with both guns blazing!

                                                                                                  Pegasus recorded one single in Baltimore in 1972 and they made it count. “The Sorcerer” is a throbbing ripper that prior to this was basically unknown. However, it doesn’t seem too far fetched to speculate that Black Flag lifted the riff for “No Values” from this track eight years later. Unlikely, but possible, especially considering how big a Black Sabbath fan Greg Ginn is. Pegasus was lauded back in the day for “how much they delivered that Black Sabbath feel.”

                                                                                                  You may read the track title for the Nobody’s Children 45 and start thinking, OH NO, the guys behind Brown Acid have given up on bad trips. Fret not, “Good Times” was originally written as a joke, but when Ron Chapman of the Sump’N Else TV show heard it he passed it along to the folks behind GPC records and they quickly pressed 100 copies. Unfortunately, the evening it was slated to be played on the local Dallas radio station KLIF, Robert Kennedy was murdered and premier was pre-empted by a Classical music tribute to him. The song has since been bootlegged numerous times and even covered by the Butthole Surfers, but this is the first time it’s been fully licensed.

                                                                                                  Youngstown, Ohio is the most commonly referred to city of the entire Brown Acid series. This town of just under 150,000 people may’ve had the highest (literally and figuratively) per capita output of heavy 45s. Blue Amber recorded this in 1971 at Gary Rhamy’s analog Mecca, Peppermint Recording Studios. This two-riff boneheaded banger sounds like a caveman protest song with an extraordinary amount of delay on the vocals. No wonder this 45 fetches three-figures on the rare occasion it comes up for sale.

                                                                                                  Batting clean-up, we have Negative Space, the only LP sourced track on this album. This crunchy jam comes off the band’s 1970 record entitled Hard, Heavy, Mean, & Evil. At over six and a half minutes, “The Calm After the Storm” is the longest track included on this volume, but it never gets dull. Fun fact: before changing the name to Negative Space, Rob Russen called his band Snow and released the “Sunflower” 45 in 1969 — you might recall that groover from the First Trip.

                                                                                                  We generally stick with American artists for this series, but every now and again something foreign grabs us and shakes us to the core. One example is this Swedish 45 by Zane. These crazy Swedes did one incredibly damaged (hence the title) record on the MM label in 1976. These proto-punkers relied heavily on synth for this tune and mixed the drums so obnoxiously loud, you might think the kit is in the room with you. This is a weird one that somehow sounds like Zolar X covering Wicked Lady. Brown Acid material all the way!

                                                                                                  B must be short for Bangers, ‘cuz this Side is full of ‘em! The flip of this Trip begins with a virtually unknown Oklahoma record from 1973. Blizzard was Rod McClure’s high school band, but you couldn’t possibly guess that teenagers recorded this heavy slab on the Token (should’ve been Toking) label. It’s one of the best we’ve comped and it sounds like a hypothetical MC5/Hendrix collaboration.The “Under the Ice” level drum fills will knock your socks off if the heavy shred doesn’t first.

                                                                                                  OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain and apparently where the fuzz goes seepin’ in your brain! Third World is the second Okie inclusion on this Trip and we couldn’t be more stOOOOOked to be sharing this very obscure single with y’all. If the heavily distorted two-note riff doesn’t grab ya, the apocalyptic Grand Funk vibes will. Once they get their mitts on ya, Third World will take you back to 1971 and leave ya there. Can we hitch a ride too?

                                                                                                  Ever heard of Virginia, Minnesota? We hadn't either until we got in touch with Calvin Haluptzok and got the back story on his band Sweet Wine. This bitchin' one-off 45 must've melted the snow off the roofs of the households brave enough to play it when it came out in 1970 and it's still red hot nearly 50 years later. This vino may be sugary, but it packs an incendiary punch! Sadly, Calvin passed before we could get his music re-released, but it was nice to have reached him before it was too late. The Sweet Wine legacy lives on thanks to the Brown Acid archivists.

                                                                                                  C.T. Pilferhogg wins the award for most puzzling band name in our series. What’s not puzzling is how righteous both sides of their self-released 1973 single are! Featured here is the A-side “You Haul” which is one of the best examples of a poor man’s Deep Heep (Deep Purple meets Uriah Heep) we’ve ever heard and the demonic Echoplex-laden laughs mixed into this track are out of control. The band was touted as “Southwest Virginia’s Finest Boogie Band”, but don’t let that fool ya. They could bang heads with the best of ‘em.

                                                                                                  The closer on the Seventh Trip is one we hold very near and dear. Not only is this record the one that’s taken us the longest to secure the rights to, it’s also one of the very best examples of heavy psych you’ll ever hear. The track rings your bell (literally) straight out of the gate and the dank psychedelic vibes kick in immediately. “The Darkness” was recorded in a basement studio in Kansas City in 1969 when the lead guitarist was only 16. The band was from a rural Missouri town, played only one impromptu gig in Clinton, and pressed only 125 copies of this, their only single. It should come as no surprise that it sells for hundreds of dollars when it’s offered. That’s a small price to pay for such greatness

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Pegasus - The Sorcerer
                                                                                                  Baltimore, Maryland
                                                                                                  Self-released
                                                                                                  1972

                                                                                                  2. Nobody's Children - Good Times
                                                                                                  Dallas, Texas
                                                                                                  GPC Records
                                                                                                  1967

                                                                                                  3. Blue Amber - We Got Love
                                                                                                  Flush Records
                                                                                                  Youngstown, Ohio
                                                                                                  1971

                                                                                                  4. Negative Space - The Calm After The Storm
                                                                                                  Castle Records
                                                                                                  Camden, New Jersey
                                                                                                  1970

                                                                                                  5. Zane - Damage
                                                                                                  MM Records
                                                                                                  Malm?, Sweden
                                                                                                  1976

                                                                                                  6. Blizzard - Peace Of Mind
                                                                                                  Token Music
                                                                                                  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
                                                                                                  1973

                                                                                                  7. Third World - End Of Time
                                                                                                  McAlester, Oklahoma
                                                                                                  Rocktron Records
                                                                                                  1971

                                                                                                  8. Sweet Wine - Things You Told Me
                                                                                                  Arcaide Records
                                                                                                  Virginia, Minnesota
                                                                                                  1970

                                                                                                  9. C.T. Pilferhogg - You Haul
                                                                                                  Norton, Virginia
                                                                                                  Self-released
                                                                                                  1973

                                                                                                  10. Summit - The Darkness
                                                                                                  Clinton, Missouri
                                                                                                  North Room Records
                                                                                                  1969

                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                  Brown Acid : The Fourth Trip

                                                                                                    If you thought we were getting close to the end of the Brown Acid series with our last Trip, you were dead wrong…we’re only just getting rolling. The well of privately released hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal 45s is deep and we are nowhere near tapped out. Most of these records were barely released and never properly distributed so they ain’t easy to find, but they’re out there if you’re willing to dig…and we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. Hard calluses have formed from handling the shovel and we’ve sifted through a lot of dirt, but we’ve dug up another ten tremendous records to share with all the heavy heads out there. This volume brings together eight insanely rare and skull-crushingly heavy 45s as well as two previously unreleased bangers. You may remember the Zekes’ jaw dropper “Box” from the First Trip. If you don’t, you better go back and refresh your memory, you stoner.

                                                                                                    That song rips! And so does this previously unheard recording we legally obtained from the Beverly Hills records vaults. “Comin Back” is the longest tune we’ve yet to include on this series and it’s a full-on rager! The only surviving copy of this recording came to us on the original 1/4” master tape from Hollywood’s long-defunct Demars & Duffy Music. We did our best to preserve the recording and we think you’ll appreciate the rawness. There have been numerous groups named Bad Axe over the years, but the one you hear here is the baddest.

                                                                                                    This five-piece fresh outta high school kicked out this jam (and a few others) in a Chicago studio in 1973 just for the hell of it. As a garage band, they were previously named The Burlington Express and they went on to be known as Bitch, but these dudes hit their stride as Bad Axe and “Coachman” is their crowning achievement. It went completely unreleased until 2014 when Permanent Records issued it and “Poor Man, Run” as a limited edition 45 with a killer picture sleeve. It’s long out-of-print and only obtainable now on Brown Acid. The rest of the records included on this volume vary in rarity, but at least two of them were virtually unknown until we discovered them. You’ll win the lottery before you find copies of all of the original 45s in even the best record stores. Many of the records included in this volume are owned only by the members of the bands and some of the band members don’t even have personal copies.

                                                                                                    That’s just how hard these guys hit it back in the day! We’re lucky some of these guys are still alive and well enough to give us permission to use their masters. And for that, we thank them. And you, for all your support. Brown Acid is here to stay…as long as you’ll have us. Plug in, turn up, and freak out…this is what RocknRoll is all about.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Kanaan 
                                                                                                    2. Leave It Stone Garden 
                                                                                                    3. Oceans Inside Me Headstones 
                                                                                                    4. Carry Me On Wrath 
                                                                                                    5. Rock N? Roll Fever Bungi 
                                                                                                    6. Numbers Erving Forbush 
                                                                                                    7. The Train Zekes 
                                                                                                    8. Comin Back (previously Unreleased)
                                                                                                    9. Bad Axe 
                                                                                                    10. Coachman Ash 
                                                                                                    11. Warrant Axas 
                                                                                                    12. Lucifer

                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                    Brown Acid : The Tenth Trip

                                                                                                      The tenth edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles. As the celebrated series reaches landmark double-digits, there are no indications it will slow down in the near future. The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records.

                                                                                                      Here is what they have to say about the record:

                                                                                                      "Here we are, arriving at the tenth edition of Brown Acid in just half as many years! As always, we packed in the highest highs of the dankest hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks previously lost to the sands of time. Like we've done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. It's hard to believe we're already up to 10 volumes of this lysergic Neanderthal wail, but the long-lost jams just keep-a-coming like Texas crude to fuel your rock 'n' roll engine and melt your metal mind.

                                                                                                      This Trip kicks off with the Hammer of the Gods howl of "Plastic Thunder" by Bitter Creek. The Atlanta, GA quintet's lone single from 1970 on Mark IV Records is rated #6 of the Top 50 Heaviest Songs Before Black Sabbath by GuitarWorld Magazine. You can hear why in the ominous riff and larynx-ravaging chorus that merges the deepest of Deep Purple sludge with The Who's rollicking psychedelia.

                                                                                                      Not much is known about The Brood's 1969 bluesy paean to dirtbag weed consumption "The Roach" on the It's A Lemon imprint, except that it's a big, growling rocker with a crazed in-the-round blowout of wailing guitar solos, screeching organ blasts, wildly overlapping vocals and drum rolls for days.

                                                                                                      Nova Scotia, Canada sextet Brothers and One's double-entendre laden single "Hard On Me" certainly pushes the boundaries of what would be acceptable at the time (especially amongst their ever-polite Canadian brethren.) Their lone full length was released in 1970 on short-lived Audat label, the group featuring two sets of brothers (hence the name) recorded the album while all members were between age 13-18-years-old. This glam-influenced single was privately released on the band's own label nearly 4 years later.

                                                                                                      Louisville, KY quartet Conception's excellent revision of Blue Cheer's "Babylon" (1969, Perfection Records) adds heavy phaser effect on the guitar and a more driving rhythm to make the song entirely their own. Lead guitar and high harmony vocals by Charlie Day (not to be confused with the Sunny Philadelphian actor) are assertive and commanding as he implores listeners onward to hallucinagenic nirvana.

                                                                                                      Not exactly a typically psychedelic band name for the era, but First State Bank's "Mr. Sun" (1970, Music Mill) pays hearty dividends of boogie bustle. The Central Texas band led by guitarist/vocalist Randy Nunnally released only 3 singles in its career from 1970-1976. For those keeping score at home, their song "Before You Leave" was featured on The Third Trip back in 2016. "Mr. Sun" is the heavy B-Side to "Coming Home To You."

                                                                                                      Clearly inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Tucson quartet Frozen Sun topped the local charts in 1969 with this barnstorming rocker "Electric Soul" (Capt. Zoomer Records.) The song is replete with guitarist/vocalist (with big Hendrix hair) Ron Ryan's spoken interlude, "Well have you been electrically stoned? You know, living in the danger zone?" We say yes.

                                                                                                      Ralph Williams and the Wright Brothers took flight with "Never Again" on Hour Glass Records in 1972, and apparently never landed after this 45 with "Dark Street" on the A-side. The serpentine riff and sexually-charged backing vocal grunts drive this archetypical tale of a young man's chemical odyssey... or, should we say, trip?

                                                                                                      Sounds Synonymous pretty much epitomized heavy fuzz from Michigan with their 1969 single "Tensions" on the Wall Productions label. The Hendrix "Fire" meets Arthur Brown's "Fire" track lunges and lurches with glee throughout its 3-minutes and change of unbridled crunch. Tabernash's "Head Collect" (1972) is the suburban Denver quartet's only release following the name change from The Contents Are and a move from Davenport, IA. This more stately psych-rock chune features Byrds-like harmonies, twangy reverse-looped guitar soloing and Keith Moon-esque drumming that should've made it a chart-topper, but we all know there's no justice in rock'n'roll.

                                                                                                      The Tenth Trip closes, appropriately, with the "War Pigs" reminiscent fuzz of New Orleans quartet The Rubber Memory's 1970 tune "All Together." The band self-released only 110 copies of their lone album, making it an incredibly sought-after rarity for decades. Alongside a limited edition reissue in 2000, the group reformed for a one-off show before quickly bouncing back into our collective cosmic consciousness."

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      01. Sounds Synonymous "Tensions"
                                                                                                      02. Ralph Williams And The Wright Brothers "Never Again"
                                                                                                      03. Conception "Babylon"
                                                                                                      04. Bitter Creek "Plastic Thunder"
                                                                                                      05. The Rubber Memory "All Together"
                                                                                                      06. First State Bank "Mr. Sun"
                                                                                                      07. Brothers And One "Hard On Me"
                                                                                                      08. Frozen Sun "Electric Soul"
                                                                                                      09. The Brood "The Roach"
                                                                                                      10. Tabernash "Head Collect"

                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                      Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip

                                                                                                        We’re now in the double digits of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s and clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new edition leads us to more exciting new discoveries. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                        1. Adam Wind - Something Else (1969)
                                                                                                        2. Grump - I'll Give... (1969)
                                                                                                        3. Bagshot Row - Turtle Wax Blues (1973)
                                                                                                        4. Larry Lynn - Diamond Lady (1970)
                                                                                                        5. Renaissance Fair - In Wyrd (1968)
                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                        1. Zendik - Mom's Apple Pie Boy (1970)
                                                                                                        2. Daybreak - Just Can't Stay (1977)
                                                                                                        3. West Minist'r - I Want You (1975)
                                                                                                        4. Debb Johnson - Dancing In The Ruin (1969)
                                                                                                        5. Crazy Jerry - Every Girl Gets One (1973)

                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                        Brown Acid: The Fifteenth Trip

                                                                                                          Lo and behold, the Fifteenth Trip is upon us, and it’s another mind-melting dose of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s. Our crate-digging mining expeditions, and growing network of the original artists keeps on giving with more and more incredible discoveries every time we go back for more. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid.

                                                                                                          Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll of yesteryear: As usual, this Trip opens strong, as “Take The Time” swaggers along with switchblade stabs of guitar twang and frantic drumming that sounds like Nick Cave’s 80s post-punk barbarians The Birthday Party on this 1969 single from the mysterious Boston area band The Looking Glass (not to be confused with the 70s soft-rock one-hit-wonders of “Brandy [You’re a Fine Girl]” fame.) But, as one might expect of a band this ahead of their time, the Looking Glass were soon to disappear down the rabbit hole. The Zoo’s “444” is a 1969 single out of Michigan that’s exactly the brand of rolling, grooving MC5/Stooges/Bob Seger System made famous in the Motor City. And this anthem slams as hard as the best of those well worn classics, which begs the question — whither The Zoo’s day in the limelight? We can only imagine that these animals were too wild to tame in the studio. Black Hawk was a trio out of Long Beach, CA who frequently played the SoCal club scene. Their lone 1971 single "Little Suzie Looker" features stomping pop hooks driven by some mean soundin’ Leslie West style guitar riffing. Originally named SMG for the members’ initials Sam/McCoy/Giles, the new name assigned by their management failed to take wing, and this Black Hawk was down permanently. Truth & Janey might be familiar to you from their 45-only “Midnight Horseman” single heard way back on the Sixth Trip, and/or their incredible 1976 LP No Rest For The Wicked. But their super-driven soul leaning cover of “Under My Thumb” gives the track more of a “lean in” to the descending riff than the original, which adds to its power. It’s almost like The Who had penned the track, with relentless drums, jackhammer rhythm guitar and near-falsetto vocals. Negative Space toil in the dark web of The Seeds, and dwell in the mystic haze of working class suburbs in Camden, NJ circa 1970. Their angry, nasty guitar sounds and frustration-bogged frontman Rob Russen ensure that the aggro fueled “Forbidden Fruit” — in which he confesses his love for his sister-in-law — will hit you right in the face. Russen self-financed and hand-stamped the otherwise plain white sleeves of their sole LP, proving that DIY aggression predates punk rock by several years. Scrapiron, out of Carteret, NJ provided history with only this 1971 lone single, “Roxanne” backed with “Poopsie.” The quartet’s over-the-top wailing vocals and warbling sounding guitars and organ give the sexually-charged paean a hint of (Crazy World of) Arthur Brown’s mania, mixed with early Deep Purple’s free-flowing style. White Lightning returns to the series here, last heard on The Twelfth Trip, and their blazing theatrical drumming, sizzling melodic riffs and Jim Dandy howls of “Under Screaming Double Eagle" perfectly sums up the raison d’être of this series. The Minneapolis band formed by guitarist Tom “Zippy” Caplan after he left garage psych heroes The Litter, later shortened its name to Lightning. The group only issued one proper album before disbanding in 1971. However, with the late 1990’s reissues and revival of The Litter, Lightning’s bevy of unreleased recordings also surfaced as a self-titled LP and Strikes Twice 1986-1969 CD compilation. Crazy Louie remains to this day a celebrated novelty rock act in their Rapid City, South Dakota home, reuniting from time to time to ensure that the insanity defense remains intact in the band’s psych ward files. "My Pants" is a chugging bit of tongue-in-cheek bravado that would do Bonn Scott proud. The release date of this B-side to “What The People Say” is unknown, but predates their Intro Into Craziness album from 1982. We’re not sure if they chose their name after the popular British cider or otherwise, but Strongbow’s "Change" is an ultra-slick and tight tune, anchored around a shimmering Hammond B-3 organ riff reminiscent of The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein” meets Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold.” The 1975 B-side to the single “If You’re Goin’ To The City” is a fun dose of throw-everything-at-the-wall prog rock outta Columbus, OH. Closing out this wild psych sesh is the hooky, heavy funk groove of Detroit’s Robert Stark. Fully credited to Robert Starks & The Geniuses this dose of lysergic Hendrix worship is summed up nicely by its title, “Space Traveling (Part 2).” The lo-fi recording adds to the haunted vibe of this deep Mississippi swamp blues jam, replete with Exuma-esque drum breakdowns. We recommend listening to “Space Traveling (Part 2)” not necessarily stoned, but… beautiful.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                          The Looking Glass "Take The Time"
                                                                                                          The Zoo "444"
                                                                                                          Black Hawk "Little Suzie Looker"
                                                                                                          Truth And Janey "Under My Thumb"
                                                                                                          Negative Space ?Forbidden Fruit?
                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                          Scrapiron "Roxanne"
                                                                                                          White Lightning "Under Screaming Double Eagle"
                                                                                                          Crazy Louie "What The People Say"
                                                                                                          Strongbow "Change"
                                                                                                          Robert Starks "Space Traveling (Part 2)

                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                          Brown Acid: The Fourteenth Trip

                                                                                                            The Legends’ “Fever Games” is a 1969 fever dream of heavy psych on par with Blue Cheer at their heaviest, featuring an incredible intro with whammy-bar gymnastics through an Echoplex. This Harrisburg, PA power trio, featuring Dan Hartman (Edgar Winter Group, et al) and his brother Dave, also name-checks Jimi Hendrix Experience in the midst of the song’s most blatant Hendrix rip. Perhaps that’s how Fever Games work? Whatever the case may be, this stunning rocker is the B-side to “High Towers,” the band’s second single out of four released over 5 years.

                                                                                                            Next up, another banging track driven by wild sound effects. In this case, Mijal & White serve up some Moog run rampant on their lone 45 from 1973, “I’ve Been You.” Runaway oscillators and modular synths spurt and sputter over some Tommy James & The Shondells bubblegum garage psych. The duo was a Detroit recording engineer (Mike Mijal) and a local musician (Mike White) tinkering with new technology with magical results. Could this heavy lysergic pop gem have inspired Meco’s “Star Wars Galactic Funk” just a handful of years later?

                                                                                                            Liquid Blue bring us back to the era’s strong meat ’n’ potatoes blues-rock with this 1969 Texas Rocker “Henry Can’t Drive.” Sure, Henry can’t, but this blazing track sure can drive. This 1969 single on the Texas Revolution label is the band’s only release, with this A-side being penned by brothers Hal and Ted Hawley, also of Lone Star State psychedelic rock unknowns Glory. The dueling guitar solos and the way the band erratically shifts gears makes this one as valuable as liquid gold.

                                                                                                            Hailing from Olivet, Michigan, the San Franciso Trolley Co.’s name may be misleading, but their ripping rager “Signs” has all the answers you seek. Their extremely rare 1970 A-side, backed with “Rainbow Heaven” is a blitzkrieg workout of frantic drums and a wailing guitar lead that spits fire and brimstone. Not exactly the Flower Power love-in one might expect given the name, but thankfully these youngsters sound like a hard rocking 13th Floor Elevators meets the MC5.

                                                                                                            Blue Creed was never a real band. That is, the West Virginia group never performed publicly. The band was the brainchild of coal miner & songwriter Bill Rexroad who paid all of the pickup musicians and financed all of the recordings himself. “Need a Friend” indeed. Rexroad sought an original sound by putting guitar speakers in oil drums (an illustration of which became the logo of his label Mo/Go records) and perhaps never having showed off that kind of showmanship on stage doomed Blue Creed to obscurity.
                                                                                                            Transfer’s velvet smooth groove has an almost proto-punk feel like a mashup of the Velvet Underground and The Flamin’ Groovies. But the lyrics referencing tokin’ reefer and the twanging surf lead situate them closer to their heavy rock brethren. This very rare 1974 self- released 45 is this lone archive of the band’s existence, who, we assume just kept right on playin’ it cool into oblivion.

                                                                                                            The cowbell lead-in announces that you’re in for a good time before Appletree’s “You’re Not The Only Girl (I’m Out To Get)” even begins. And when it all kicks in, this Grand Funk adjacent headbanger features silky guitar leads, sweet high vocal harmonies and stomping drums to drive the point home. Apppletree was led by songwriter Gary Apple, who also penned the single’s curiously titled A-side “The Ballad of Pencil.” The date of the band’s sole release is believed to be 1971, but where Appletree took root remains unknown.

                                                                                                            Cox’s Army deploy the grungy rocker “I’m Tired” which sounds like if Jimi Hendrix fronted Mudhoney. Yes, please! Though they hailed from Aurora, IL, it sounds like there’s definitely some Pacific Northwest in their blood. Particularly in the gritty production, which hints at The Sonics’ “bustin’ outta lo-fi” style, and the bluesy shuffle rhythm that’s thwacked out on what sounds like a cardboard box. “I’m Tired” b/ w “She’s a Fool” is their only known release.

                                                                                                            Not much is known about the enigmatic Columbus, OH musician known as Raven, whose “Back to Ohio Blues” closes this edition. Upon completing his damaged-biker Back to Ohio Blues 5-song album in 1975, he gave away most of the few hundred copies that were pressed and vanished from public eye. The mantra-like droning riff of this 8-minute jam is a “Black To Comm” style epic, driven by Raven’s hostile, no-bullshit diatribe until it all busts open for an insane 2-minute long drum solo soaked in odd effects that sounds like it was copped from a Melvins album. It ends with a droning acoustic guitar coda, in which Raven repeatedly wails, yells and yelps, “lets go make some more love.” It’s easy to understand why this album has been a cult bootleg favorite until its 2021 reissue on our own Permanent Records.

                                                                                                            About the Brown Acid series:
                                                                                                            Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid.

                                                                                                            Lance Barresi, owner of L.A.-based Permanent Records and Permanent Records Roadhouse has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

                                                                                                            "I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

                                                                                                            "There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us.” 

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            01. The Legends “Fever Games”
                                                                                                            02. Mijal & White “I’ve Been You”
                                                                                                            03. Liquid Blue “Henry Can’t Drive”
                                                                                                            04. San Francisco Trolley Co. “Signs”
                                                                                                            05. Blue Creed “Need A Friend”
                                                                                                            06. Transfer “Play It Cool”
                                                                                                            07. Appletree “You’re Not The Only Girl (I’m Out To Get)”
                                                                                                            08. Cox’s Army “I’m Tired”
                                                                                                            09. Raven “Raven Mad Jam”

                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                            Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip

                                                                                                              The ninth edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles. 

                                                                                                              Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on Brown Acid.

                                                                                                              Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

                                                                                                              "I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

                                                                                                              "There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              01. White Lightning "Prelude To Opus IV"
                                                                                                              02. Peacepipe "The Sun Won't Shine Forever"
                                                                                                              03. Magi "Win Or Lose"
                                                                                                              04. Fiberglass Vegetables "Pain"
                                                                                                              05. Erik "Rebel Woman"
                                                                                                              06. Stonewall "Outer Spaced"
                                                                                                              07. ICE "Running High"
                                                                                                              08. Space Rock "Going Down The Road"
                                                                                                              09. Buckshot "Barstar"
                                                                                                              10. 29.9 "Paradiddle Blues"

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              Brown Acid: The Seventeenth Trip

                                                                                                                Lucky number 17? You better believe it. We here at Brown Acid have been scouring the highways and byways of America for even more hidden stashes of psych/garage/proto-punk madness from the so-called Aquarian Age. There’s no flower power here, though—just acid casualties, rock stompers and major freakouts. As always, the songs have been officially licensed, and all the artists get paid.

                                                                                                                Kicking off this trip, Grapple’s “Ethereal Genesis” is a heavy psych gem from 1969 written by J. Bruce Svoboda, a.k.a. Jay Bruce, formerly of The Hangmen and The Five Canadians (who were actually the same San Antonio band). The latter’s 1966 garage favorite “Writing on the Wall” has been endlessly covered, but Grapple were never heard from again.

                                                                                                                With a guitar riff that blatantly rips off Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath,” Image’s mostly instrumental lysergic obscurity “Witchcraft ’71” (originally unveiled that very year) also boasts a horror-movie organ intro, a voodoo drum break and some championship chanting. Private press heads might recall late Image drummer John Beke from his ’80s reemergence with country rockers Crossfyre.

                                                                                                                Stone Hedge were a seven-piece rock band out of Michigan with a penchant for Creedence and anthropomorphism. “Smokey Bear” is their 1972 tribute to the official mascot of the U.S. Forest Services—not to mention the A side of their sole single—and it recalls the kind of organ-drenched swamp jam that soundtracked many a Burt Reynolds flick back in the day.

                                                                                                                If you think being a Southern rock band from Milwaukee doesn’t make much sense, that’s probably why Crossfire changed their sound along with their name—to Bad Boy—after signing with United Artists. Bad Boy’s severely underappreciated second album, Back To Back, is a 1978 hard rock jewel, but you can hear their boogie-woogie roots on this rare 1975 single.

                                                                                                                With a band name like Primevil and song title like “Too Dead To Live,” you probably expect some gnarly proto-metal riffage. Instead, you a get a harmonica-drenched, soul-infused rock rave-up from 1972. Primevil would release their sole LP two years later: Entitled Smokin’ Bats at Campton’s, it’s a reference to their trusty singer, harp player (and bat smoker?), Dave Campton.

                                                                                                                Brown Acid regulars already know Pegasus from their appearance with “The Sorcerer” on our Seventh Trip. “Ready to Rave” is the flipside to that 1972 single, in which they explain how they like their whiskey cold and their women hot. It’s another killer glimpse of what might have been if these one-and-done Baltimore hard rockers had been able to keep it together.

                                                                                                                One of two obscure singles released by Texas musician Bobby Mabe in 1969 (the other appears under the name The Outcasts), “I’m Lonely” delivers a heavy dose of vocal soul to the otherwise psych-garage presentation. Fans of fellow Houstonians the Moving Sidewalks—whom Bobby and his Outcasts may well have gigged with—will especially dig this one.

                                                                                                                Cedar Rapids, Iowa, may not be known as a cultural mecca, but they did give us Truth & Janey. This deadly hard rock trio delivered their holy grail full-length, No Rest for the Wicked, back in 1976. “Around and Around” is a Chuck Berry cover that originally appeared on a 1973 single the band released under the earlier name Truth.

                                                                                                                Originally released in 1973, “High School Letter” is the debut single from San Diego rock squad Glory. This infectious bonehead cruncher features future Beat Farmer Jerry Raney and the original rhythm section of Iron Butterfly in bassist Greg Willis and drummer Jack Pinney. Glory is what they got up to after their former bandmates left for L.A.’s garden of Eden.

                                                                                                                “Jack the Ripper” is a mercilessly bootlegged Cleveland classic from 1978 with a serrated punk edge and vocals that recall Mick Blood of Aussie savages the Lime Spiders. Or maybe it’s the other way around—the Lime Spiders formed the year after Strychnine carved off this lethal paean to the infamous Whitechapel slasher of olde.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                Grapple “Ethereal Genesis” - San Antonio, Texas 1969
                                                                                                                Image “Witchcraft 71” - Illinois 1971
                                                                                                                Stone Hedge “Smokey Bear” - Battle Creek, MI 1972
                                                                                                                Crossfire “I Gotta Move” - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1975
                                                                                                                Primevil “Too Dead To Live” - Hancock County, Indiana 1972

                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                Pegasus “Ready To Rave” - Baltimore, Maryland 1972
                                                                                                                Bob Mabe & The Outcast “I’m Lonely” - Galveston, Texas 1969
                                                                                                                Truth & Janey “Around And Around” - Ames, Iowa 1973
                                                                                                                Glory “High School Letter” - San Diego, California 1973
                                                                                                                Strychnine “Jack The Ripper” - Cleveland, Ohio 1978

                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                Brown Acid: The Sixteenth Trip

                                                                                                                  Sixteen trips might fry the fragile psyche of your average teenager, but us hoary old heads at Brown Acid boiled our brain pans long ago! As such, we’re bringing you EVEN MORE hard rock, heavy psych, and garage rock rarities from the North American wasteland of the 1970s. From L.A. to Youngstown, OH, from Toronto to Charlotte, The Sixteenth Trip has got you covered. As always, original copies of these 45s would cost you a pretty penny—if you could find ’em in the first place. And by now you know the drill: This ain’t no bootleg. All songs are officially licensed.

                                                                                                                  Our 16th installment kicks off with “Shuckin’ and Jiving,” a seven-minute power jam from L.A.’s kings of garage psych, the Seeds. The song appeared as a single in 1972 with “You Took Me By Surprise” on the flipside. It was the only release on Productions Unlimited, a label created by (or for) the Seeds at the tail end of their late ’60s/early ’70s run as Sky Saxon and the Seeds. Get shucked!

                                                                                                                  Very little is known about the band Nothing, beyond the fact that “Young Generation” is the flip of “Sittin’ On Top Of The World,” one of four singles released by the ASG label out of Cincinnati in the mid-70s. What we can tell you for sure is that “Young Generation” is a funk-injected hard rock banger of Buckeye State proportions, complete with what sounds like anonymous oral…

                                                                                                                  Macbeth released their one and only 45 in 1978, with the steamrolling “Freight Train” as the B-side to “Didn’t Mean (To Come This Far).” Boasting a thick-ass riff, a tasty stereo-panned guitar solo and at least one space laser sound effect, this one should satisfy fans of Blue Cheer and Grand Funk alike. Macbeth’s bassist, Ned Meloni, went on to play with UFO guitarist Paul Chapman, Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr and do a brief stint with doom legends Pentagram.

                                                                                                                  As it turns out, Saturday night ain’t just for fighting. One-and-done Canadian psych-rock warriors Sarawest will tell you it’s also for gettin’ “Hot & Heavy,” and they’re not wrong. This swirling 1974 freak rock fuzz-bomb will get the party started every time. And that porno guitar? Outta sight.

                                                                                                                  After releasing their full-length debut, Cuttin’ Loose, in 1976, North Carolina rockers Brotherhood Of Peace shortened their name to BOP and dropped this single two years later. “Feel The Heat (In The Driver’s Seat)” is freeway funk-rock in the classic Southern style.

                                                                                                                  Released in 1969 as the flip to “School Daze” (which opened The Eighth Trip in high style), Attack’s "Dream” was written by Thom Strasz. That’s the same St. Clair Shores, Michigan, resident who penned the highly sought-after garage-rock diamond “City Of People” under the name The Illusions in ’66. And this acid-drenched rocker rocks hard.

                                                                                                                  Brown Acid favorite Marty Soski rides again! After appearing on our third & eighth trips with his band Inside Experience and the fifth with Lance’s “Fireball,” the Ohio guitarist/vocalist graces our 16th with “Marilyn,” the 1976 A-side to “Fireball.” This time, our man unwinds a psychedelic threnody to the artist formerly known as Norma Jean Mortenson, perhaps inspired by Elton John’s then-recent “Candle In The Wind.”

                                                                                                                  Formed by three brothers—David, Bruce and Barry Flynn, all GM factory workers—along with organist Tom Applegate, The Headstones (also known as simply Headstone) lent their 1974 garage boogie “Carry Me On” to The Fourth Trip. This time, the Midwest psych rockers return with their killer 1975 instrumental “Snake Dance.” You can hear echoes of this particular guitar style in the recent work of Swedish adventure rock overlords Hällas.

                                                                                                                  The band Clinton might’ve been from Pennsylvania, but that didn’t stop them from writing about New York City. “Midnight In New York” is the flipside to their sole single, 1976’s “Falling Behind.” Stylistically and thematically, it’s not unlike something famous New Yawker Ace Frehley would’ve written for KISS around the same time.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Seeds - “Shuckin’ And Jivin'”
                                                                                                                  2. Nothing - “Young Generation”
                                                                                                                  3. Macbeth - “Freight Train”
                                                                                                                  4. Sarawest - “Saturday (Hot & Heavy)”
                                                                                                                  5. Brotherhood Of Peace - “Feel The Heat (In The Driver’s Seat)”
                                                                                                                  6. Attack - “Dreams”
                                                                                                                  7. Lance - “Marilyn”
                                                                                                                  8. Headstones - “Snake Dance”
                                                                                                                  9. Clinton - “Midnight In New York”

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip

                                                                                                                    The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles. The series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. If you’d told us when we started this epic journey that we’d have six volumes worth of licensed tracks released in just three years, we would’ve laughed in your face! Doing the Dark Lord’s work isn’t an easy job, but somebody’s gotta do it, so here we are with six Trips under our belt and more lined up. You heads just can’t get enough obscure hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal from the late-60s & 70s! And for that, we’re grateful for the opportunity to keep laying these slabs in your lap.

                                                                                                                    This isn’t just a random mixtape we threw together off the Internet. We find the records, track the bands and transfer the tapes, so you don’t have to. The bands did their job back in the day by writing, recording and releasing this material, most times against all odds, and you’ve squandered your hard earned scratch on this record, so I guess the least we can do is continue to compile quality Rock’n’Roll cuts from the golden age of heaviness. This time around we have 10 deep cuts from across the continental US of A and one from our neighbors up North. This Trip kicks off with an outrageous number from Gold out of San Francisco circa 1970. The band used to open their sets with this over-the-top frantic jammer which is absolutely mind-blowing and also leads one to believe that the only band that could’ve held a candle to Gold back in the day would’ve been the mighty Blue Cheer. As we delve deeper into the depths, Canadians continue to prove that they could bang heads with the best of ‘em! Heat Exchange from Toronto released the rollicking ripper “Inferno” on the Yorkville label way back in 1968 and it’s still thumping almost 50 years later! Missouri isn’t a state that brought us a lot of heavy 45s, but there are a handful of outstanding tracks from the Show Me State, one of which is the funk-laced anthem “Give Me Time” by Backwood Memory from Kansas City. Speaking of Show Me, many thanks to our KC pal Jeffrey Harvey for turning us on to this one and helping put us in touch with the band.

                                                                                                                    The longer we do this, the more we begin to believe that Youngstown, Ohio was the Hard Rock Mecca back in the day. Travis is yet another Youngstown group that aimed to get asses out of seats and out in the streets. “Lovin’ You” is a groovy banger with a sultry riff originally released on the prolific Starshine Productions imprint. Six years prior to his Arcadian synth-funk novelty hit “Space Invaders” from 1980, Victor “Uncle Vic” Blecman took Flight into the studio with a list of relationship requirements. Amongst which are his need for “Luvin’, Huggin’, & More”, with emphasis on the “More” part if we’re to believe the urgency with which he delivers this fist-pumper. If you don’t immediately recognize the Truth & Janey moniker, you need to get with it and familiarize yourself with their incredible 1976 LP “No Rest For The Wicked”. It’s a protometal masterpiece that’s been reissued on Rockadrome. Released four years earlier than their debut LP, “Midnight Horseman” is a 45-only track backed with a cover of “Under My Thumb”. Dennis Bergeron from Rockadrome was crucial in helping us obtain the rights to this Iowa burner.

                                                                                                                    Another Iowan group, West Minist’r, self-released three 45s between 1969 and 1975. They’re all great in their own way, but “My Life” hit the crunchy sweet spot in ’71 with vocals sounding like a fresh from primal scream therapy John Lennon over a zonked-out Hendrix groove. You can count on hearing more from West Minist’r on future Trips. It’s nearly impossible that Dayton, Ohio’s Purgatory didn’t seize the “Strange Days” and join “The Soft Parade” while “Waiting for the Sun”. And although “Polar Expedition” wears its influences on its sleeve, 1969 would have been at least a little worse off if the band hadn’t self released this single.

                                                                                                                    Johnny Barnes was definitely “smokin’ that reefer” and “drinkin’ that wine” when he released “Steel Rail Blues” in 1976. The label states that you could order a copy of this 45 for by sending $1 to a PO Box in Boston and it’s the only record on the Brown Acid series that seems to be obtainable currently for about the same amount it was sold for over three decades ago. That said, it’s doubtful that it will remain so cheap for much longer. With a track as heavy as “Is There No Peace” it’s easy to let the name of the label on this 45 slide. In Chicago in 1970 PSLHRTZ seemed like as good a label name as any for the guys in Zendik to release this insane recording on. Halfway through the track you might be wondering to yourself, “How was this not a hit?”, and then you hear the lyrics to the last bit of the song and understand. Thank Christ for Zendik, even if he is dead. Well, there ya have it. Months worth of record digging and detective work for about 40 minutes worth of music. Some people might think this is a waste of time, but we don’t and we hope you don’t either. This is the stuff that makes life worth living, at least until the next Trip…

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Gold - No Parking
                                                                                                                    2. Heat Exchange - Inferno
                                                                                                                    3. Travis - Lovin You
                                                                                                                    4. Enoch Smoky - It's Cruel
                                                                                                                    5. Backwood Memory - Give Me Time
                                                                                                                    6. Flight - Luvin, Huggin & More
                                                                                                                    7. Truth & Janey - Midnight Horsemen
                                                                                                                    8. West Minst'r -My Life
                                                                                                                    9. Purgatory Polar Expedition
                                                                                                                    10. Johnny Barnes - Steele Rail Blues
                                                                                                                    11. Zendik - Is There No Peace 

                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                    Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip

                                                                                                                      The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Thirteenth Trip will be available on Halloween 2021. Check out the first single "Run Run", released in 1970 by Montreal hard rockers Max is available to hear & share via Metal Injection HERE. (And, direct YouTube and Bandcamp)

                                                                                                                      The Brown Acid series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. 

                                                                                                                      About The Thirteenth Trip:
                                                                                                                      Max, from Montreal, QC — originally known as Dawn, before Tony Orlando & Dawn forced a name change — kick things off with “Run Run” from their lone 1970 single. It’s a hard-hitting rocker with scale climbing crunching guitars and powerful Bonham-esque drumming. Sadly, the band didn’t last long due to poor management and various other factors, so this is the only surviving document according to guitarist Gerry Markman. And what a document it is, paired with the A-side “The Flying Dutchman.”

                                                                                                                      You might remember Ralph Williams and the Wright Brothers from their track “Never Again” on Brown Acid: The Tenth Trip. Here they make their return to the series with the A-side of their 1972 Hour Glass Records 45, which sounds like Blue Cheer mangling Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” (that’s right, several years before Van Halen actually did so.) Alas, Ralph and these Wright Brothers soon disappeared from terrestrial airspace.

                                                                                                                      “Feelin’ Dead” is extremely heavy blues from this also extremely rare 1974 single by Detroit, MI’s Master Danse, which was only released as a promo 45. Think Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and you’re on the right track. A little dose of Hendrix acid blues and a heartfelt groove, and you’ll wonder why this single never even made it to official release. The unavoidable tell in the lyric, “help me get this damn thing out of my arm” hints at the post-Vietnam heroin epidemic as a potential clue why we never heard more from Master Danse.

                                                                                                                      Folks, Gary Del Vecchio is “Buzzin’” hard on this one, and from what sounds like an in-studio party of yelps and chatter at the start of the song, it seems that the whole band was in on the festivities. The funky blues riff, reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” and rollicking rhythmic changes certainly keep the buzz a rollin’.The recording is technically credited as Gary Del Vecchio with Max, though not the same band as the one that kicks off this Trip.

                                                                                                                      John Kitko’s 1973 heavy psychedelic rager “Indecision” is the only recording known to exist by the mysterious artist. The Twin Record Productions release features a different artist, Tom Poff on the B-side, which is truly a shame, considering the smoldering ashes Kitko leaves of the turntable by song’s end. It starts out more like a late 60s Acid Rock jam before leaping into a blazing double-time gallop, whipped into a frenzy by wailing, neck-pickup guitar squeals and Kitko’s barely audible howls.

                                                                                                                      Tampa, FL’s Bacchus made their Brown Acid debut way back on the very first Trip with “Carry My Load.” This 1972 B-side, “Hope” is a huge sounding swinging rocker replete with roadhouse piano bolstering the chunky riffs and confident vocals. After relocating to Southern California a few years later, the band morphed into Fortress, an 80s melodic metal act whose Hands In The Till album of Pomp Rock on Atlantic Records still draws chatter today.

                                                                                                                      Orchid’s “Go Big Red” is perhaps the most garage-y sounding offering here, with loose rhythms and straightforward stop-and-start riffing. Nonetheless, the stomping energy and fried-amp guitar tone make this one a charming skull thwack. The band’s 1973 single on American records, backed with a cover of Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison’s “Act Naturally” (popularized by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos) is their only release, so the world never did see this Orchid fully blossom.

                                                                                                                      By the title alone of Dry Ice’s “Don’t Munkey with the Funky Skunky” you know you’re in for a good time. The 1974 barnstormer seems aimed to the novelty tunes crowd, with its kooky lyrics and silly-voiced spoken catchphrase break, “peeyew, you’ll be sorry if you do.” But, the Ohio band’s maniacal drumming, crunching guitars and, of course, drug euphemistic lyrics make it a shoo-in for the Brown Acid series of erudite rock’n’roll.

                                                                                                                      Good Humore’s swaggering 1976 rocker “Detroit” is a slick and smooth paen to the Motor City. It most likely doesn’t predate “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss, also released in 1976, and it has more rock’n’roll swing, but it could fit comfortably alongside the era’s arena anthems. Not much else is known about the one-off release on P.V. Records, but songwriter Mike Moats is noted to also have been a recording engineer in later years and this well produced track sounds like a labor of love. 

                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                      Brown Acid: The Twelfth Trip

                                                                                                                        That’s right, we’ve reached a toker’s dozen editions of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s. Clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new installment leads us to more exciting new discoveries. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll.

                                                                                                                        The Waters start this Trip off right with swampy fuzz- and phaser-soaked dueling guitars oozing from the grooves of their 1969 single “Mother Samwell.” The Louisville, KY trio somehow failed to make much of a splash however, only issuing two 45s, one in ’68 and this rocker the following year, before eventually evaporating in ’72. The bassist went on to play in Hank Williams Jr.’s band for a couple of decades, so the band’s fortunes weren’t entirely sunken.

                                                                                                                        Hamilton, Ontario launched the Village S.T.O.P.’s freak-out heavy psych marauding, but it was after frequent trips to NYC that the Canadian band really learned to let their freak flag fly. Sometimes the band played with their faces painted black & white, other times draped in fluorescent ink & blacklight, with strobe lights and the whole nine yards of theatrics… occasionally even adding a few extra inches of male nudity. Musically, their 1969 track “Vibration” is a bopping number nodding to Frank Zappa, Hendrix and some really brown acid doses.



                                                                                                                        White Lightning’s blazing double-kick drum, sizzling melodic riffs and Jim Dandy howls on “1930” is a power metal rocker from 1969 that perfectly epitomizes the raison d’être of this series. The Minneapolis, MN band formed by guitarist Tom “Zippy” Caplan after he left garage psych heroes The Litter, later shortened its name to Lightning. The group only issued one proper album before disbanding in 1971. However, with the late 1990’s reissues and revival of The Litter, Lightning’s bevy of unreleased recordings also surfaced as a self-titled LP and Strikes Twice 1986-1969 CD compilation.



                                                                                                                        The blues runs deep in the veins of “Woman (Don’t You Go)” by Bay Area rockers Shane. The biracial group may have borrowed its heavy syncopated groove and lead singer/organist aesthetic from locals Sly & The Family Stone, but their troglodyte fuzz riffs and beastly drums owe just as much to blazing proto-metal hellfire. Sadly, they only released this 1968 single before these men decided to go.

                                                                                                                        Ace Song Service probably thought they were pretty clever with their risqué acronym name, but it’s their B-side “Persuasion” that really kicks A.S.S. Rollicking, relentless drums, walking bass, staggering guitars and shimmering Hammond organ shake the foundations while crooning blue-eyed soul vocals remind you that this is still the late-60s. The Dallas, TX band only issued this lone (star) 2-song single before crawling back up from whence they came.

                                                                                                                        Opus Est’s strange 1974 headbanger “Bed” has a bit of “Hocus Pocus” by Focus style mania — and we mean that in the best lunacy inducing way. However, it’s the Belgian trio’s heavy panting and squealing vocals in the amorous breakdown that nods to a particular whole lotta nub that gives this song its, um, thrust. After just two singles, Opus Est came and went.

                                                                                                                        The Mopptops’ heavy riff of “Our Lives” starts of sounding like Greg Ginn’s frantic guitar work on Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown, before wah-wah and high harmony vocals turn it into more of a Blues Magoos-meets-Iron Butterfly tune. This Hawaiian Islands based quartet took its inspiration more from the British Invasion than local traditions and were quite popular for their gritty long-hair R&B but remained isolated from the world at large. They did however release a handful of 45s between 1965 and the early 70s. This 1968 banger on Fantastic Records is, well, fantastic.



                                                                                                                        Youngstown, OH artists Artist weren’t too creative with their band name, instead saving that energy to create meaty midwestern rock’n’roll like “Every Lady Does It.” Harmonized guitar leads and driving cowbell power their hook-filled lone 1977 single. Not much is known about the obscure band, other than singer/guitarist Al Tkach later fronted something he called Reality Rock.

                                                                                                                        Rural hard rock bar band Stagefright hailed from Carthage, MO and their 1980 album D-Day is a highly collectible selection of landlocked rippers. Album opener “Comin’ Home” is a barnstorming romp led by vocalist/drummer Jim Mills who somehow smoothly sings while simultaneously playing wild Keith Moon style drum rolls.

                                                                                                                        Dickens “Sho’ Need Love” / “Don’t Talk About My Music” 45 is one of those record collector’s Holy Grail type of releases. The 1971 single only exists as a demo, printed as a white label promo pressing for Scepter Records. Dickens were, essentially, a mockery of the era’s hard rock shenanigans, comprised of NRBQ’s road crew and some band members all playing instruments they didn’t know how to play. This recording happened essentially by accident when studio time became available after Gomer Pyle actor and balladeer Jim Nabors cancelled a session. The group quickly cut a few songs, which an enthusiastic A&R man had pressed up, before the label president nixed it and fired the VP for allowing such nonsense. It’s believed that only about 50 copies survived. It’s a shame, since this Flipper-before-Flipper dirge-metal freakout was way ahead of its time.

                                                                                                                        That’s that for this edition of Brown Acid, but the hits keep on a-bubblin’ up from the primordial rock’n’roll sludge. So, stay tuned for more as we continue to find wilder and weirder treasures from the underground comedown. 

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        Buttermilk Skies - The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook

                                                                                                                          Compiled by Bob Stanley, and making sense of the great American songwriters of the pre-rock era, this is the first in Croydon Municipal’s Songbook series.

                                                                                                                          It throws the spotlight on one of New York’s finest, the laid back Hoagy Carmichael. This is a hugely satisfying parade of hits and bona fide pop standards, from the 1930s to the ’60s, classics that still feature regularly on set lists, on the radio, and in adverts as well as lesser known gems.

                                                                                                                          Beautifully presented and annotated, the in-depth and heartfelt sleeve-notes tell the story behind Hoagy, the writer of 'Heart & Soul', 'Stardust' and 'Georgia On My Mind'. Perfect springtime listening…


                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                          Buttons: Starter Kit

                                                                                                                            This entry level compilation features 20 songs from our original 004 cd, plus two bonus cuts, new liners, tons of sleeve scans, photos, and ephemera, all housed in a spot varnished, brick-thick gatefold sleeve. Artists include New Jersey's Toms, Kennet, MO's Trend, NYC's Colors, Treble Boys, and Sponsors, Hollywood's Randy Winburn and Tommy Rock, Des Moines, IA's Luxury, San Antonio's Kids, Connecticut's Bats (featuring a young Jon Brion), and Boston's Tweeds. Attention: In celebration of our Buttons series, you can buy both NUM004 and NUM044 together with our limited edition Power Pop Buttons Pack. This pack includes 32 high quality buttons of varying sizes that feature artists from both Buttons compilations. Act fast because this set is limited to 100 and will never be made again.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Green Hearts - Luxury
                                                                                                                            2. I Need That Record - Tweeds
                                                                                                                            3. All I Want - Colors
                                                                                                                            4. You Need Pop - Speedies
                                                                                                                            5. Like I Told You - Shoes
                                                                                                                            6. In And Out Of Love - Sponsors
                                                                                                                            7. Not My Girl Anymore - Bats
                                                                                                                            8. She's The Girl (Who Said No) - Tweeds
                                                                                                                            9. Somebody Else's Girl - Randy Winburn
                                                                                                                            10. One In A Million - Luxury
                                                                                                                            11. Sun - Toms
                                                                                                                            12. Countdown - Luxury
                                                                                                                            13. Rave It Up - Colors
                                                                                                                            14. 1-2-3 - Speedies
                                                                                                                            15. Hey Little Girl - Kids
                                                                                                                            16. Mr. Peculiar - Bats
                                                                                                                            17. (I Wanna Be A) Teen Again - Toms
                                                                                                                            18. Not Easy For Me - Bats
                                                                                                                            19. Julie-Anne - Treble Boys
                                                                                                                            20. Dream Rocker - Tommy Rock
                                                                                                                            21. Love I Can't Wait - Sponsors
                                                                                                                            22. Growing Up American - Colors
                                                                                                                            23. Hello Mr. Jenkins - Finns
                                                                                                                            24. Things I Am - Tactics
                                                                                                                            25. One Kiss - Treble Boys
                                                                                                                            26. She's Hi-Fi - Trend
                                                                                                                            27. Forever Through The Sun - LMNOP
                                                                                                                            28. Good Time Music - Jack Stack A Track
                                                                                                                            29. Sunshine U.S.A. - Randy Winburn
                                                                                                                            30. House Of Horrors - Toms
                                                                                                                            31. Long Time Away - Brat
                                                                                                                            32. There Goes My Heart Again - Kids
                                                                                                                            33. (I Feel Like A) Dictionary - Trend

                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                            Buzzsaw Joint Cut 3 - Pavinyl

                                                                                                                              Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol’ trashy rock’n’roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the highoctane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee. Get your ears around the wild’n’weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Cut number three comes from Pavinyl, a gent whose ride is a decked-out disco-hearse that, in his words, “puts the fun back into funerals”. Vowing to ‘Keep Music Evil’, his club night, Mockers, has had the British market town of Stroud dancing for a decade. Mockers initially played on the musical blur between Mod and Rock’n’Roll culture, but now ventures further afield. As does the DJ himself - his records have hyped hep clubs from Barcelona to New York. On this Cut, Pavinyl shares 18 exotic pearls. From the jungle to the orient, ancient Egypt to Native America - hold on tight, it’s quite a trip!

                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                              Buzzsaw Joint Cut 4 - Juke Joint

                                                                                                                                Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol’ trashy rock n roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the highoctane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee. The fourth Buzzsaw Cut has been compiled by the Juke Joint Crew, an international trio of music fanatics. These guys spend all their time (and money!) seeking out rare, weird and wonderful original vinyl 45s. They don’t mind getting dusty fingers digging up obscure sounds for their pleasure and yours. 

                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                Buzzsaw Joint Cut 5 - Sophisticated Savage

                                                                                                                                  Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol trashy rock n roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee Records. Get your ears around the wild n weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Bill Springer, The Demons, Jimmy Uke & His Islanders, Herb Zane and lots more. 

                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                  Buzzsaw Joint Cut 6 - Dusty Stylus

                                                                                                                                    Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol’ trashy rock’n’roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee. Get your ears around the wild’n’weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Dusty Stylus is a music junkie who lives in the country, a hundred kilometers north of Melbourne, Australia. He spent the late 80s drumming in 60s garage bands and now mainly gets his buzz from collecting post war blues, R B, and good old Aussie garage rock. He hosts a couple of nights, including the ever greasy Bacon Fat, and is often on the DJ bill at the phenomenal Slow Grind Fever. For the sixth Buzzsaw Joint cut, Dustys dusted off a purely top shelf selection of his rare 45 and 78 rpm records. Take the edge off with a hit of this gear here.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    1. Elmore James - I Was A Fool 2:50
                                                                                                                                    2. Two Crows The Diggers Poison Ivy 2:09
                                                                                                                                    3. Dennis Roberts Come On 2:17
                                                                                                                                    4. Jolly Jax Further Up The Road 2:15
                                                                                                                                    5. Tommy Williams & The Fingerpoppers The Feeling Is Real 2:28
                                                                                                                                    6. Ted Taylor - I Do
                                                                                                                                    7. Margo Everyday 2:00
                                                                                                                                    8. Pearl Woods Don't Tell It All 2:26

                                                                                                                                    Side B.
                                                                                                                                    1. Grade Wicker Lulu Brown 2:50
                                                                                                                                    2. Piney Brown I'm Traveling 1:53
                                                                                                                                    3. Tabby Thomas My Baby's Got It 2:32
                                                                                                                                    4. Billy Ray Playboy 2:23
                                                                                                                                    5. Otis Blackwell On That Power Line 2:16
                                                                                                                                    6. Leo Baxter Please Pretty Please 2:10
                                                                                                                                    7. Big Jack Reynolds Made It Up In Your Mind 2:23
                                                                                                                                    8. Moose John Talkin' About Me 2:30

                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                    Buzzsaw Joint Cut 8

                                                                                                                                      Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol' trashy rock'n'roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Cut 8 introduces Johnny Alpha and Carl Combover, purveyors of all things sleazy, greasy and raw. When deliquent-at-large Carl isn't pounding drums, he's running the Go-Go Cage, Liverpool's most raucous 60s night. Johnny's Killer Diller radio show, broadcast from a bunker in Wigan, unearthed so many exclusive 45s, it defined a genre. For years this pair have slung records at Europe's coolest clubs and fuzziest festivals. Now they've stewed up a heady mix with pungent notes of tonic wine and spiced rum. Slurp! Feat Tarheel Slim, Richard Anthony, The Champs, Swan Silvertones and a whole heap more.

                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                      Buzzsaw Joint Cut 9

                                                                                                                                        Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of deliciously trashy rock’n’roll in all its perverse forms. Cut number nine reveals Double Agent 7’s top-secret tactics. Music festival stage regulars, the London-based DJ duo have a long-running monthly residency at one of the capital’s hippest bars where they make it their Mission45 to spin 50s/60s R&B floorfillers all night long. Bravo team, mission complete.

                                                                                                                                        Back in May/June 1986, the New Musical Express released one of their regular mail-order cassettes. Reflecting the latest trends in Indie music, C86 was a 22-track cassette which was inspired by the NME’s C81 tape from half a decade earlier. Aside from a few name bands (The Pastels, Primal Scream, the Wedding Present, the Mighty Lemon Drops), most acts were relatively unknown beyond the back pages and gig listings of the weekly music press. A few hadn’t even issued a record!

                                                                                                                                        C86 slowly but surely became the NME’s best-selling ever compilation, selling an estimated 40,000 copies and eventually being reissued on LP and cassette by Rough Trade the following year. C86 prompted a week of shows at the ICA and would come to embody a whole musical style and era.

                                                                                                                                        This deluxe expanded edition of the original C86 cassette adds some 50 bonus tracks. The box set is curated by original compiler Neil Taylor and has the endorsement of the NME. Neil has chosen tracks which could conceivably have been on the original C86 package: all the recordings were made between mid-1985 and mid-1986. Neil wrote about many of the bands at the time.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Disc: 1
                                                                                                                                        1. Primal Scream - Velocity Girl
                                                                                                                                        2. The Mighty Lemon Drops - Happy Head
                                                                                                                                        3. The Soup Dragons - Pleasantly Surprised
                                                                                                                                        4. The Wolfhounds - Feeling So Strange Again
                                                                                                                                        5. The Bodines - Therese
                                                                                                                                        6. Mighty Mighty - Law
                                                                                                                                        7. Stump - Buffalo
                                                                                                                                        8. Bogshed - Run To The Temple
                                                                                                                                        9. A Witness - Sharpened Sticks
                                                                                                                                        10. The Pastels - Breaking Lines
                                                                                                                                        11. Age Of Chance - From Now On,This Will Be Your God
                                                                                                                                        12. Shop Assistants - It's Up To You
                                                                                                                                        13. Close Lobsters - Firestation Towers
                                                                                                                                        14. Miaow - Sport Most Royal
                                                                                                                                        15. Half Man Half Biscuit - I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)
                                                                                                                                        16. The Servants - Transparent
                                                                                                                                        17. Mackenzies - Big Jim (There's No Pubs In Heaven)
                                                                                                                                        18. Big Flame - New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)
                                                                                                                                        19. We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It - Console Me
                                                                                                                                        20. Mccarthy - Celestial City
                                                                                                                                        21. The Shrubs - Bullfighters Bones
                                                                                                                                        22. The Wedding Present - This Boy Can Wait(A Bit Longer)

                                                                                                                                        Disc: 2
                                                                                                                                        1. The June Brides - Just The Same
                                                                                                                                        2. Yeah Yeah Noh - Another Side To Mrs Quill
                                                                                                                                        3. The Primitives - Lazy
                                                                                                                                        4. Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes - Splashing Along
                                                                                                                                        5. The Band Of Holy Joy - Rosemary Smith
                                                                                                                                        6. The Mctells - Virginia M.C.
                                                                                                                                        7. B.M.X. Bandits - E102
                                                                                                                                        8. One Thousand Violins - Like One Thousand Violins
                                                                                                                                        9. The Dentists - Peppermint Dreams
                                                                                                                                        10. The Membranes - Everything's Brilliant
                                                                                                                                        11. The Weather Prophets - Worm In My Brain
                                                                                                                                        12. The Brilliant Corners - Meet Me On Tuesdays
                                                                                                                                        13. Talulah Gosh - I Told You So
                                                                                                                                        14. Pigbros - Hedonist Hat
                                                                                                                                        15. 14 Iced Bars - Inside
                                                                                                                                        16. St. Christopher - Go Ahead, Cry
                                                                                                                                        17. The Groove Farm - Captain Fantastic (Demo)
                                                                                                                                        18. Kilgore Trout - The Peacock Nose
                                                                                                                                        19. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Inside Me
                                                                                                                                        20. The Hit Parade - You Didn't Love Me Then
                                                                                                                                        21. That Petrol Emotion - Mine
                                                                                                                                        22. The Turncoats - One Breath
                                                                                                                                        23. A Riot Of Colour - Skink (Flexi Version)
                                                                                                                                        24. Paul Groovy & The Pop Art Experience - Tune In. Turn On, Trip Out
                                                                                                                                        25. The Railway Children - Darkness And Colour

                                                                                                                                        Disc: 3
                                                                                                                                        1. The Chesterfields - Sweet Revenge
                                                                                                                                        2. The Jasmine Minks - World's No Place
                                                                                                                                        3. Stitched - Why
                                                                                                                                        4. Razorcuts - Sad Kaleidoscope
                                                                                                                                        5. Treebound Story - I Remember
                                                                                                                                        6. The Nightingales - Part Time Moral England
                                                                                                                                        7. Episode Four - Strike Up Matches
                                                                                                                                        8. The Avons - Everything's Going Right
                                                                                                                                        9. Meat Whiplash - Here It Comes
                                                                                                                                        10. King Of The Slums - Spider Psychiatry
                                                                                                                                        11. Happy Mondays - Freaky Dancin'
                                                                                                                                        12. Biff Bang Pow - Love's Going Out Of Fashion
                                                                                                                                        13. Blue Areoplanes - Outback Jazz
                                                                                                                                        14. Lawrence & The Comfortable Society - Heartache
                                                                                                                                        15. Laugh - Take Your Time, Yeah (Flexi Version)
                                                                                                                                        16. North Of Cornwallis - Billy Liar
                                                                                                                                        17. Pop Will Eat Itself - Mesmerized
                                                                                                                                        18. Benny Profane - Hang Fire
                                                                                                                                        19. Go! Service - Real Life
                                                                                                                                        20. Janitors - Good To Be King
                                                                                                                                        21. The Claim - Gullible's Travels
                                                                                                                                        22. The Auctioneers - Scoop
                                                                                                                                        23. On - Perfect Cockney Hard
                                                                                                                                        24. The Love Act - Hep Clothes
                                                                                                                                        25. The Enormous Room - I Don't Need You 

                                                                                                                                        To celebrate the 30th anniversary of C86, Cherry Red release a sequel, in the shape of C87! Imagine if the NME had reconvened a year on from their original compilation? Well, that’s the inspiration for another 70+ tracks, ranging from well-known indie names to obscurities.None of the selections on C87 have been available on any of Cherry Red’s recent compilations. All tracks were recorded and/or released in the year or so following C86 (i.e. summer 1986 to the end of 1987).

                                                                                                                                        Disc 1 boasts bands whose first recordings were made in 86/87. Some of them – The House Of Love, The Shamen, The Darling Buds, The Inspiral Carpets, Cud, etc. – later enjoyed chart success. Others have since enjoyed cult status, including Kitchens Of Distinction, whose debut B-side ‘Escape!’ appears here for the first time; The Boy Hairdressers, who would soon evolve into Teenage Fanclub; The Vaselines, who were covered by Nirvana; and The Sea Urchins, who christened Sarah Records with the classic ‘Pristine Christine’. Discs 2 and 3 revisit many of the bands who graced the original C86 cassette, checking in on later recordings by the likes of The Bodines, The Wedding Present, Miaow, The Servants, The Wolfhounds, Mighty Mighty and McCarthy.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        DISC: 1
                                                                                                                                        1: Pristine Christine - THE SEA URCHINS
                                                                                                                                        2: Real Animal - THE HOUSE OF LOVE
                                                                                                                                        3: Poised Over The Pause Button - THIS POISON
                                                                                                                                        4: Son Of A Gun - THE VASELINES
                                                                                                                                        5: It's Not True - THE WONDER STUFF
                                                                                                                                        6: I, The Jury - THE HEART THROBS
                                                                                                                                        7: Get Out Of My Dream - THE CLOUDS
                                                                                                                                        8: Mind The Gap (Demo)* - CUD
                                                                                                                                        9: Young Till Yesterday - THE SHAMEN
                                                                                                                                        10: Spin (Flexidisc Version) - THE DARLING BUDS
                                                                                                                                        11: Escape - KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION
                                                                                                                                        12: Golden Shower - THE BOY HAIRDRESSERS
                                                                                                                                        13: My Grandfather's Cluck - THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD
                                                                                                                                        14: Now You're Gone (Demo) - THE INSPIRAL CARPETS
                                                                                                                                        15: Albert Hofmann - THE BACHELOR PAD
                                                                                                                                        16: Room Without A View - THE NIVENS
                                                                                                                                        17: I Could Be In Heaven - THE FLATMATES
                                                                                                                                        18: Good For Me - BLOW-UP
                                                                                                                                        19: Big Rock Candy Mountain - THE MOTORCYCLE BOY
                                                                                                                                        20: Old Joe - THE RAW HERBS
                                                                                                                                        21: These Animals Are Dangeroos - ROTE KAPELLE
                                                                                                                                        22: What A Performance - BOB
                                                                                                                                        23: Grey Skies Blue - THE SUBMARINES
                                                                                                                                        24: Don't Ask My Name - HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER
                                                                                                                                        25: Downhill - THE WALTONES
                                                                                                                                        26: My Bay's Got Jet Lag - I, LUDICROUS

                                                                                                                                        DISC: 2
                                                                                                                                        1: Please Don't Sandblast My House - ONE THOUSAND VIOLINS
                                                                                                                                        2: My Favourite Dress - THE WEDDING PRESNT
                                                                                                                                        3: Paul Mc Cartney - LAUGH
                                                                                                                                        4: Hang Ten - THE SOUP DRAGONS
                                                                                                                                        5: We Found A Way To The Sun - THE PRIMITIVES
                                                                                                                                        6: The Anti Midas Touch - THE WOLFHOUNDS
                                                                                                                                        7: In A Mourning Town - BIFF BANG POW!
                                                                                                                                        8: Clear - THE BODINES
                                                                                                                                        9: Talulah Gosh - TALULAH GOSH
                                                                                                                                        10: Built Like A Car - MIGHTY MIGHTY
                                                                                                                                        11: Sweet Sweet Pie - POP WILL EAT ITSELF
                                                                                                                                        12: Frans Hals - McCARTHY
                                                                                                                                        13: Ask Johnny Dee - THE CHESTERFIELDS
                                                                                                                                        14: When It All Comes Down - MIAOW
                                                                                                                                        15: I Heard You The First Time - RAZORCUTS
                                                                                                                                        16: David Westlake - THE WORD AROUND TOWN
                                                                                                                                        17: Saint Lucy - GOL GAPPAS
                                                                                                                                        18: Brighter - THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
                                                                                                                                        19: The Day Before Tomorrow - BMX BANDITS
                                                                                                                                        20: Kick Me Again Jesus - A HOUSE
                                                                                                                                        21: Couldn't Get To Sleep - THE GROOVE FARM
                                                                                                                                        22: Please Please Please - BRILLIANT CORNERS
                                                                                                                                        23: Secret Goldfish - BABY LEMONADE
                                                                                                                                        24: Forever Steven - THE CORN DOLLIES
                                                                                                                                        25: Southern Fields - ROSEMARY'S CHILDREN

                                                                                                                                        DISC: 3
                                                                                                                                        1: Catbrain Walk - DOG FACED HERMANS
                                                                                                                                        2: Tupperware Stripper - STUMP
                                                                                                                                        3: Everything's Groovy - GAYE BYKERS ON ACID
                                                                                                                                        4: Tried And Tested Public Speaker - BOG-SHED
                                                                                                                                        5: Red Snake - A WITNESS
                                                                                                                                        6: New Breed - MACKENZIES
                                                                                                                                        7: Edith - THE SHRUBS
                                                                                                                                        8: Tears In The Gutter - STITCHED-BACK FOOT AIRMAN
                                                                                                                                        9: Like A Dolphin - 14 ICED BEARS
                                                                                                                                        10: I'm Up Here - JESSE GARON & THE DESPERADOES
                                                                                                                                        11: Love Scattered Lives - THE DESERT WOLVES
                                                                                                                                        12: What Went Wrong This Time - THE SIDDELEYS
                                                                                                                                        13: In My Room - THE WEATHER PROPHETS
                                                                                                                                        14: Beat Girl - THE WISHING STONES
                                                                                                                                        15: Man Overboard (Demo) - THE CARETAKER RACE
                                                                                                                                        16: Just Like Oliver Reed - THE DENTISTS
                                                                                                                                        17: We Three Kings Of Orient Aren't - JAMIE WEDNESDAY
                                                                                                                                        18: 10 Miles - PHIL WILSON
                                                                                                                                        19: Her Father's Son - EAST VILLAGE
                                                                                                                                        20: Sharon - YEAH JAZZ
                                                                                                                                        21: So Naive - THE ROSHIPS
                                                                                                                                        22: Made Up - THE HEPBURNS
                                                                                                                                        23: The Old Stone Bridge - EMILY

                                                                                                                                        C88 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure. This 3-CD box set follows previous best-selling collections C86 (2014) and C87 (2016). C86 expanded the NME’s genre-defining compilation (initially a cassette, later a vinyl LP on Rough Trade) with 50 extra tracks from the period. C87 was an imaginary sequel, picking up the story a year later.

                                                                                                                                        Disc 1 is devoted to artists who haven’t previously graced this series, who – for the most part – first made an impact in 1988. The Stone Roses, Carter USM, Pale Saints and The Mock Turtles would all enjoy mainstream success. Others like The Pooh Sticks, The Man From Delmonte, Bridewell Taxis were cult indie favourites. Sarah Records – which came to epitomise a certain type of Indie Pop – are represented by The Orchids, Another Sunny Day, The Sea Urchins and The Poppyheads (whose ‘Cremation Town’ debuts on CD here). Other key indie labels also figure, such as Creation (Apple Boutique, Pacific, The House Of Love, Emily), 53rd & 3rd (The Groovy Little Numbers, The Vaselines) and The Subway Organization (The Clouds, Rodney Allen, The Flatmates, Bubblegum Splash, etc.).

                                                                                                                                        The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with an 9,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by C86 co-compiler Neil Taylor.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Disc One:
                                                                                                                                        1. On Tape – The Pooh Sticks
                                                                                                                                        2. Elephant Stone (7” Version) – The Stone Roses
                                                                                                                                        3. Where Do You Go (Flexi Version) – The Popguns
                                                                                                                                        4. (Will Nobody Save) Louise – The Man From Delmonte
                                                                                                                                        5. Are You Happy Now? (Molesworth Version) - The Charlottes
                                                                                                                                        6. The Things You Want – The Snapdragons
                                                                                                                                        7. One Summer – Moss Poles
                                                                                                                                        8. Lies – Bridewell Taxis
                                                                                                                                        9. Defy The Law – The Orchids
                                                                                                                                        10. Happy Like Yesterday – The Groovy Little Numbers
                                                                                                                                        11. Julie Christie – The Driscolls
                                                                                                                                        12. High – Choo Choo Train
                                                                                                                                        13. Cremation Town – The Poppyheads
                                                                                                                                        14. Tattered, Tangled And Torn - Bradford
                                                                                                                                        15. So Happy To Be Alive – Thrilled Skinny
                                                                                                                                        16. Sister Goodbye – The Prayers
                                                                                                                                        17. Anorak City – Another Sunny Day
                                                                                                                                        18. She’s Gone – The Train Set
                                                                                                                                        19. Barnoon Hill – Pacific
                                                                                                                                        20. Forever Holiday (Ediesta Version) – Blow-Up
                                                                                                                                        21. Mary’s Garden – The Mock Turtles
                                                                                                                                        22. The Pennine Spitter – King Of The Slums
                                                                                                                                        23. Colours And Shapes (Demo) – Pale Saints
                                                                                                                                        24. The Ballad Of Jet Harris – Apple Boutique

                                                                                                                                        Disc Two:
                                                                                                                                        1. The Hill – The House Of Love
                                                                                                                                        2. Dying For It – The Vaselines
                                                                                                                                        3. Kirsty – Bob
                                                                                                                                        4. Slack Time – Cud
                                                                                                                                        5. Please Rain Fall – The Sea Urchins
                                                                                                                                        6. Shame On You – The Darling Buds
                                                                                                                                        7. Prize – Kitchens Of Distinction
                                                                                                                                        8. Too Many Shadows– The Heart Throbs
                                                                                                                                        9. Do It For Fun – The Bachelor Pad
                                                                                                                                        10. They Fell For Words Like Love – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters
                                                                                                                                        11. Giving Way To Trains – Murrumbidgee Whalers
                                                                                                                                        12. What’s Going Down – The Shamen
                                                                                                                                        13. Heaven Knows – The Flatmates
                                                                                                                                        14. Spell It Out – The Waltones
                                                                                                                                        15. Mrs Susan Spence – The Wilderness Children
                                                                                                                                        16. Yesterday – The Nivens
                                                                                                                                        17. Real World – Baby Lemonade
                                                                                                                                        18. Village Green – The Clouds
                                                                                                                                        19. Fire Escape – Rote Kapelle
                                                                                                                                        20. Mad Dogs – Emily
                                                                                                                                        21. The 18:10 To Yeovil Junction – Bubblegum Splash
                                                                                                                                        22. Michael Furey – Metro Trinity
                                                                                                                                        23. Theme From Cow – Inspiral Carpets Disc

                                                                                                                                        Three:
                                                                                                                                        1. Sun, Sea, Sand – The Revolving Paint Dream
                                                                                                                                        2. Surfaround – The Fizzbombs
                                                                                                                                        3. Plaster Saint – The Church Grims
                                                                                                                                        4. Crush The Flowers (Demo) – The Wake
                                                                                                                                        5. Sunshine Thuggery – The Siddeleys
                                                                                                                                        6. Clear - Whirl
                                                                                                                                        7. A Million Zillion Miles - Annie & The Aeroplanes
                                                                                                                                        8. You Opened Up My Eyes - Fat Tulips
                                                                                                                                        9. Cincinnati – Holidaymakers
                                                                                                                                        10. The Camera Loves Me – Would-Be-Goods
                                                                                                                                        11. Anywhere But Home – The Caretaker Race
                                                                                                                                        12. Who Works The Weather – The Great Leap Forward
                                                                                                                                        13. Cubans In The Bluefields – East Village
                                                                                                                                        14. Bythesea Road – The Haywains
                                                                                                                                        15. The Old Road Out Of Town (12” Mix) – The Wishing Stones
                                                                                                                                        16. Shake – The Corn Dollies
                                                                                                                                        17. Land Of Gold – Bluetrain
                                                                                                                                        18. The Sun Slid Down Behind The Tower – Reserve
                                                                                                                                        19. Apple Of My Eye - Remember Fun
                                                                                                                                        20. Morning O’grady - Yeah Jazz
                                                                                                                                        21. Don't Bury Me Yet – The Raw Herbs
                                                                                                                                        22. Curry Crazy - Bad Dream Fancy Dress
                                                                                                                                        23. On My Way – The Claim
                                                                                                                                        24. Glastonbury - Rodney Allen

                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                        C89 3CD Box Set

                                                                                                                                          C89 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure. This 3-CD box set follows previous best-selling collections C86 (2014), C87 (2016) and C88 (2017). C86 expanded the NME’s genre-defining compilation with 50 extra tracks from the period. C87 and C88 were the imaginary sequels, picking up the story as the 1980s unfolded.

                                                                                                                                          Disc 1 is devoted to artists who haven’t previously graced this series, who first made an impact in 1988/1989. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, The La’s, Milltown Brothers, The Family Cat and The Telescopes were among the indie scene’s biggest names that year. Disc 2 revisits many of the bands who appeared on C88, with later singles or B-sides by The Stone Roses, Mock Turtles, Pooh Sticks, The Man From Delmonte, Bridewell Taxis, Popguns, etc. Sarah Records – which came to epitomise a certain type of Indie Pop – are represented by Brighter, The Orchids, Another Sunny Day and Christine’s Cat. Other key indie labels also figure, such as Creation (The Revolving Paint Dream), Bristol’s The Subway Organization (Korova Milk Bar, Choo Choo Train), Manchester’s Playtime (The Rainkings, New Fast Automatic Daffodils), Sheffield’s Native (Treebound Story, featuring Richard Hawley, and The Snapdragons), Brighton’s La-Di-Da (Daisycutters, Bobby Scarlet, How Many Beans Make Five, Said Liquidator) and Liverpool’s Pink Moon (Barbel, The DaVincis, Jactars).

                                                                                                                                          C89 also includes two previously unissued tracks. New names to the series include The Bardots, The Seers, Po!, The Ammonites, The Ogdens, Kit, The Candy Darlings, Jane Pow, Rorschach, etc. Several names feature personnel from notable bands, such as post-Razorcuts act Red Chair Fadeaway, post-Chameleons quartet The Sun And The Moon and post-La’s combo The Onset. Numerous tracks have never been on CD before. The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with an 8,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by C86 co-compiler Neil Taylor.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Disc 1:
                                                                                                                                          1. COME IN COME OUT – The La’s
                                                                                                                                          2. TOM VERLAINE – The Family Cat
                                                                                                                                          3. WHICH WAY SHOULD I JUMP - Milltown Brothers
                                                                                                                                          4. NOTHING - The Telescopes
                                                                                                                                          5. INSIDE OUT - Brighter
                                                                                                                                          6. LIONS – New Fast Automatic Daffodils
                                                                                                                                          7. LET IT HAPPEN – Red Chair Fadeaway
                                                                                                                                          8. DO IT AGAIN – Korova Milk Bar
                                                                                                                                          9. ADAM’S SONG – The Sun And The Moon
                                                                                                                                          10. WHITE PEARL - Bobby Scarlet
                                                                                                                                          11. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY – The Ogdens
                                                                                                                                          12. FREEDOM TRIP - The Seers
                                                                                                                                          13. THAT’S WHERE CAROLINE LIVES - The Candy Darlings
                                                                                                                                          14. BREAK THE STRAIN – The Rainkings
                                                                                                                                          15. CONFIDENCE - Po!
                                                                                                                                          16. SAD ANNE - The Bardots
                                                                                                                                          17. SUN AND MOON - The Onset
                                                                                                                                          18. DAYS IN THE SUN – The Ammonites
                                                                                                                                          19. CAPTAIN ELASTIC - Rorschach
                                                                                                                                          20. ANOTHER FRIENDLY FACE – How Many Beans Make Five
                                                                                                                                          21. COMMONPLACE - Hey Paulette
                                                                                                                                          22. THAT’S MY GIRL - Jane Pow
                                                                                                                                          23. CHEATIN' MY HEART - Kit
                                                                                                                                          24. SHERIFF FATMAN - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

                                                                                                                                          Disc 2:
                                                                                                                                          1. GOING DOWN – The Stone Roses
                                                                                                                                          2. WAITING FOR THE WINTER – The Popguns
                                                                                                                                          3. WICKER MAN – The Mock Turtles
                                                                                                                                          4. WHAT WILL WE DO NEXT? - The Orchids
                                                                                                                                          5. MY LOVE IS LIKE A GIFT YOU CAN'T RETURN – The Man From Delmonte
                                                                                                                                          6. GREEN SEA BLUE – The Revolving Paint Dream
                                                                                                                                          7. I KNOW SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ALAN McGEE QUITE WELL - The Pooh Sticks
                                                                                                                                          8. JUST GOOD FRIENDS – Bridewell Taxis
                                                                                                                                          9. YOU SHOULD ALL BE MURDERED – Another Sunny Day
                                                                                                                                          10. DOCTOR GOOD AND HIS INCREDIBLE LIFE SAVING SOAP - The Driscolls
                                                                                                                                          11. HOW CAN YOU SAY YOU REALLY FEEL?- The Charlottes
                                                                                                                                          12. SWIMMING IN THE HEART OF JANE - Treebound Story
                                                                                                                                          13. FINGERDIPS - The Prayers
                                                                                                                                          14. DOLE BOYS ON FUTONS – The Snapdragons
                                                                                                                                          15. ONE THING - Barbel
                                                                                                                                          16. BRIAR ROSE - Choo Choo Train
                                                                                                                                          17. SKYRIDER - Holidaymakers
                                                                                                                                          18. IT’S UP TO YOU - Fallover 24 (previously Unissued)
                                                                                                                                          19. BISCUITS IN A TIN - Thrilled Skinny
                                                                                                                                          20. A MILLION MILES - Brian
                                                                                                                                          21. PLASTIC BAG FROM TESCOS – The Wilderness Children
                                                                                                                                          22. 10,000 MILES - The Moss Poles (previously Unissued)
                                                                                                                                          23. FISHERMAN’S FRIEND – The Haywains
                                                                                                                                          24. BOMBS AWAY ON HARPURHEY – King Of The Slums

                                                                                                                                          Disc 3:
                                                                                                                                          1. PICKING UP THE BITTER
                                                                                                                                          LITTLE PIECES - The Claim
                                                                                                                                          2. SWALLOW - A Riot Of Colour
                                                                                                                                          3. FRIENDS - Daisycutters
                                                                                                                                          4. TONY HADLEY – Peruvian Hipsters
                                                                                                                                          5. THIS BIG LOVE – The Cherry Orchard
                                                                                                                                          6. WELCOME – Ambitious Beggars
                                                                                                                                          7. THOMAS WOLFE – The DaVincis
                                                                                                                                          8. BIG CAR - Avo-8
                                                                                                                                          9. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN TOWN - The Becketts
                                                                                                                                          10. BUBBLE BUS - Sunflowers
                                                                                                                                          11. PASSION – The Magnificent Lkage
                                                                                                                                          12. TELL ME NOW – Strawberry Story
                                                                                                                                          13. WHEREVER I GO (DEMO) – Newsflash
                                                                                                                                          14. ALL YOU EVER SAY – The Mayfields
                                                                                                                                          15. BURN YOUR BOOKS & JOIN MY LIFE – The Ruth Ellis Swing Band
                                                                                                                                          16. YOUR LOVE IS… - Christine’s Cat
                                                                                                                                          17. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL – Said Liquidator
                                                                                                                                          18. ANNABEL LEE – Jane From Occupied Europe
                                                                                                                                          19. SUN STILL SHINES – Big Red Bus
                                                                                                                                          20. THE COLDEST WATER – Men Of Westenesse
                                                                                                                                          21. MR. WATT SAID – The Church Grims
                                                                                                                                          22. PULL THE PLUG - Jactars
                                                                                                                                          23. SURFING DAYS – Me And Dean Martin
                                                                                                                                          24. SEVEN RED APPLES – The Rain

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          C90

                                                                                                                                            THE LATEST IN THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL ‘C’ SERIES, RIFFING ON THE ORIGINAL C86 CASSETTE.

                                                                                                                                            FOLLOWS PREVIOUS BEST-SELLING COLLECTIONS C86 (2014), C87 (2016), C88 (2017) AND C89 (2018)

                                                                                                                                            SIXTY-THREE TRACKS CHARTING THE RISE TO DOMINANCE OF THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC SCENE, AS ONCE SHOESTRING ARTISTS AND LABELS BEGAN TO FIND AN AUDIENCE BORDERING ON THE MAINSTREAM.

                                                                                                                                            INCLUDES MORE HOUSEHOLD NAMES THAN EVER – THE CHARLATANS, THE LA’S, OCEAN COLOUR SCENE, BOO RADLEYS, SPIRITUALIZED ETC – ALONGSIDE SCENE FRONTRUNNERS LIKE PARIS ANGELS, WORLD OF TWIST, NORTHSIDE, THE SUNDAYS, FLOWERED UP, NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN AND THE SARAH RECORDS ROSTER.

                                                                                                                                            ALSO DIGS DEEP INTO THE LESSER-KNOWN 1990 UNDERGROUND, REVEALING COUNTLESS HIDDEN GEMS AND EXCITING REDISCOVERIES.

                                                                                                                                            PRODUCED BY THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU ‘SCARED TO GET HAPPY’, ‘STILL IN A DREAM’, ‘ANOTHER SPLASH OF COLOUR’, ‘LOSING TOUCH WITH MY MIND’, ‘ELECTRICAL LANGUAGE’ AND COUNTLESS OTHER HIT COMPILATIONS AND BOX SETS.

                                                                                                                                            Over a decade now since punk rocked the British musical scene to its foundations and caused an eruption of independently produced records, the scene and a new generation of figurehead artists began to let ambition in and head overground, playing to increasingly large crowds, working with bigger budgets and selling more copies, finding a footing in the UK’s Top Forty, venturing into the USA and, ultimately, creating a mainstream audience now primed for credible, guitar-tinged pop. Meanwhile, an underground revolution in clubland began to push towards the commercial same space, resulting in an inevitable fusion of songcraft and dancefloor aesthetics.

                                                                                                                                            “C90” captures perfectly the moment these tribes began to coalesce. From the opening, club-friendly rendition of The Charlatans’ ‘Polar Bear’ to The La’s knowingly backward looking ‘Timeless Melody’ and all in-between, this is the sound of a scene dropping the raincoats, dropping acid and aiming for domination. 1990 was the start of a new decade when the Indie scene was dominated by Madchester and the arrival of Shoegaze and with nods towards grunge and what would become known as Britpop, plus hints of a proto-laddism peering out from between the cracks in a post-Smiths aesthetic, the sound of 1990, it could be argued, set the tone for the remainder of the decade.

                                                                                                                                            “C90” is a snapshot of a unique moment in time. A piece of history. The sound of a country putting the hard-biting 1980s behind it, embracing the Daisy Age and looking to move forwards.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            DISC ONE
                                                                                                                                            1. POLAR BEAR - The Charlatans
                                                                                                                                            2. SWAY - Ocean Colour Scene
                                                                                                                                            3. PERFUME - Paris Angels
                                                                                                                                            4. THE STORM - World Of Twist
                                                                                                                                            5. ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART - Saint Etienne
                                                                                                                                            6. IT’S ON - Flowered Up
                                                                                                                                            7. GET HIGHER - Moonflowers
                                                                                                                                            8. MY RISING STAR - Northside
                                                                                                                                            9. WONDERMENT – Thousand Yard Stare
                                                                                                                                            10. THOUGHTFORMS - Lush
                                                                                                                                            11. ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME - Spiritualized
                                                                                                                                            12. SWANSONG - Boo Radleys
                                                                                                                                            13. JUGGERNAUT RIDES – Swervedriver
                                                                                                                                            14. AVALYN I - Slowdive
                                                                                                                                            15. HALF-LIFE, REMEMBERED – Pale Saints
                                                                                                                                            16. SOMETHING MORE (AMBIENT VERSION) - Chapterhouse
                                                                                                                                            17. CAN’T BE SURE – The Sundays
                                                                                                                                            18. SHE SINGS ALONE – See See Rider
                                                                                                                                            19. PLEASE LET ME GO – The Popinjays

                                                                                                                                            DISC TWO
                                                                                                                                            1. NEW ART RIOT - Manic Street Preachers
                                                                                                                                            2. AIM - Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
                                                                                                                                            3. POP SONG - Th’ Faith Healers
                                                                                                                                            4. BEAM ME UP – New Fast Automatic Daffodils
                                                                                                                                            5. TO KILL A SLOW GIRL WALKING – The Telescopes
                                                                                                                                            6. WELCOME TO DEAD TOWN – The Seers
                                                                                                                                            7. LISTEN - Honey Smugglers
                                                                                                                                            8. SEEMS TO ME - Milltown Brothers
                                                                                                                                            9. BIG CITY (WAVES OF JOY) (DEMO) – Spacemen 3
                                                                                                                                            10. I FELL IN LOVE LAST NIGHT – Heavenly
                                                                                                                                            11. SEAN CONNERY – James Dean Driving Experience
                                                                                                                                            12. TAKE - Raintree County
                                                                                                                                            13. NOAH’S ARK – Brighter
                                                                                                                                            14. AMNESIA – Something Pretty Beautiful
                                                                                                                                            15. EARTHWHEEL - Sandkings
                                                                                                                                            16. IF I COULD SHINE - The Sweetest Ache
                                                                                                                                            17. MAD AS LOVE - Greenhouse
                                                                                                                                            18. CRAZY MIXED UP KID - Mousefolk
                                                                                                                                            19. THESE THINGS HAPPEN – Action Painting!
                                                                                                                                            20. STRANGE - All Over The Place
                                                                                                                                            21. I KNOW - Bark Psychosis

                                                                                                                                            DISC THREE
                                                                                                                                            1. TIMELESS MELODY – The La’s
                                                                                                                                            2. HIGHRISE LOVE – The Darkside
                                                                                                                                            3. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU – My Jealous God
                                                                                                                                            4. SLEEP - Eternal
                                                                                                                                            5. POTBOILER - Penelope’s Web
                                                                                                                                            6. DEAD LIKE YOU – The Steamkings
                                                                                                                                            7. TWENTY-FIFTEEN – The Sunflowers
                                                                                                                                            8. BESIDE THE SEA – The Kennedy Pill
                                                                                                                                            9. LITTLE VALLEY TOWN - Jane From Occupied Europe
                                                                                                                                            10. SUNDAY NEVER COMES AROUND – Po!
                                                                                                                                            11. GOOD MORNING – Jane Pow
                                                                                                                                            12. LEARNING TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT - How Many Beans Make Five
                                                                                                                                            13. LOVESVILLE USA - Montgomery Clifts
                                                                                                                                            14. SHE MADE EVERYTHING GROOVY – The Ogdens
                                                                                                                                            15. OUT OF MY MIND – Avo-8
                                                                                                                                            16. DARKEST BLUE – Gentle Despite
                                                                                                                                            17. MY HEART IS WHERE MY HOME IS - The Chrysalids
                                                                                                                                            18. WHEN I FIND YOU – Little Red Schoolhouse
                                                                                                                                            19. NOTHING IN YOUR HEART – Life With Patrick
                                                                                                                                            20. WHAT IS MORE THAN LIFE – Horse Latitudes
                                                                                                                                            21. I REALLY DO LOVE YOU PENELOPE – Hey Paulette
                                                                                                                                            22. MISSING YOU – The Ammonites
                                                                                                                                            23. CHEAT ON ME – The Emotionals

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            Call Me By Your Name - OST - Reissue

                                                                                                                                              Call Me By Your Name, the film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.

                                                                                                                                              Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.

                                                                                                                                              The film received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for Chalamet, Hammer and Stuhlbarg's performances, Guadagnino's direction, and the screenplay. Call Me By Your Name won a variety of awards, including an Academy Award, BAFTA, GLAAD and the 23rd Critics' Choice Award amongst others. Sufjan Stevens' song "Mystery of Love" was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

                                                                                                                                              Luca Guadagnino wanted the film's music to be connected to Elio, a young pianist who likes to transcribe and adapt pieces to get close to Oliver. The music is used to reflect the time, the characters' family, level of education and "the kind of canon they would be a part of."

                                                                                                                                              Guadagnino found himself resonating with Sufjan Stevens' lyricism through his work and initially asked Stevens to record an original song. Eventually, Stevens contributed three songs to the soundtrack: "Visions of Gideon", which was used at the end of the film, "Mystery of Love," which was featured in the film's first trailer, and a new rendition of "Futile Devices" with piano. Stevens penned the songs by using the script, the book, and the conversations with the director about the characters. It marks Sufjan Stevens' first soundtrack for a feature film.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                                              1. Hallelujah Junction - 1st Movement - John Adams
                                                                                                                                              2. M.A.Y. In The Backyard - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                                                                                                                                              3. J'adore Venise - Loredana Bertè
                                                                                                                                              4. Paris Latino - Bandolero

                                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                                              1. Sonatine Bureaucratique - Frank Glazer
                                                                                                                                              2. "Zion Hört Die Wächter Singen" - Alessio Bax
                                                                                                                                              3. Lady Lady Lady - Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito

                                                                                                                                              Side C
                                                                                                                                              1. Une Barque Sur L'océan - André Laplante
                                                                                                                                              2. Futile Devices (Doveman Remix) - Sufjan Stevens
                                                                                                                                              3. Germination - Ryuichi Sakamoto
                                                                                                                                              4. Words - F.R. David
                                                                                                                                              5. È La Vita - Marco Armani

                                                                                                                                              Side D
                                                                                                                                              1. Mystery Of Love - Sufjan Stevens
                                                                                                                                              2. Radio Varsavia - Franco Battiato
                                                                                                                                              3. Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
                                                                                                                                              4. Le Jardin Féerique - Valéria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
                                                                                                                                              5. Visions Of Gideon - Sufjan Stevens

                                                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                                                              Cambodian Nuggets - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and a myriad of western genres (from French and latin music, to rock-and-roll , rhythm-and-blues, surf, psychedelia, soul and many more) the few pre 75 Cambodian recordings that survived -most of them were destroyed- are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years.

                                                                                                                                                Gathered in this amazing album are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made.

                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                Cameroon Garage Funk

                                                                                                                                                  Yaoundé, in the 1970´s, was a buzzing place with every neighbourhood of Cameroon´s capital, no matter how dodgy, filled with music spots but surprisingly there were no infrastructure to immortalise those musical riches. The country suffered from a serious lack of proper recording facilities, and the process of committing your song to tape could become a whole adventure unto itself. Of course, you could always book the national broadcasting company together with a sound engineer, but this was hardly an option for underground artists with no cash. But luckily an alternative option emerged in form of an Adventist church with some good recording equipment and many of the artists on this compilation recorded their first few songs, secretly, in these premises thanks to Monsieur Awono, the church engineer. He knew the schedule of the priests and, in exchange for some cash, he would arrange recording sessions. The artists still had to bring their own equipment, and since there was only one microphone, the amps and instruments had to be positioned perfectly. It was a risky business for everyone involved but since they knew they were making history, it was all worth it.

                                                                                                                                                  At the end of the recording, the master reel would be handed to whoever had paid for the session, usually the artist himself. And what happened next? With no distribution nor recording companies around this was a legitimate question. More often than not it was the French label Sonafric that would offer their manufacturing and distribution structure and many Cameroonian artist used that platform to kick-start their career. What is particularly surprising in the case of Sonafric was their willingness to take chances and judge music solely on their merit rather than their commercial viability.

                                                                                                                                                  The sheer amount of seriously crazy music released also spoke volumes about the openness of the people behind the label. But who exactly are these artists that recorded one or two songs before disappearing, never to be heard from again? Some of the names were so obscure that even the most seasoned veterans of the Cameroonian music scene had never heard of them. A few trips to the land of Makossa and many more hours of interviews were necessary to get enough insight to assemble the puzzle-pieces of Yaoundé's buzzing 1970s music scene. We learned that despite the myriad difficulties involved in the simple process of making and releasing a record, the musicians of Yaoundé's underground music scene left behind an extraordinary legacy of raw grooves and magnificent tunes. The songs may have been recorded in a church, with a single microphone in the span of only an hour or two, but the fact that we still pay attention to these great creations some 50 years later, only illustrates the timelessness of their music.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Africa Iyo - Jean-Pierre Djeukam
                                                                                                                                                  2. Sie Tcheu - Joseph Kamga
                                                                                                                                                  3. Ma Wde Wa - Los Camaroes
                                                                                                                                                  4. Esele Mulema Moam - Los Camaroes
                                                                                                                                                  5. Yondja - Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds
                                                                                                                                                  6. Odylife - Damas Swing Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                  7. Quiero Wapatcha - Charles Lembe Et Son Orchestra
                                                                                                                                                  8. Song Of Love - Louis Wasson Et L´Orchestre Kandem Irenée
                                                                                                                                                  9. Monde Moderne - Pierre Didy Tchakounte Et Les Tulipes Noires
                                                                                                                                                  10. Les Souffrances - Tsanga Dieudonne
                                                                                                                                                  11. Moni Ngan - Willie Songue Et Les Showmen
                                                                                                                                                  12. Mayi Bo Ya? - Johnny Black Et Les Jokers
                                                                                                                                                  13. Ma Fou Fou - Pierre Didy Tchakounte
                                                                                                                                                  14. Woman Be Fire - Lucas Tala
                                                                                                                                                  15. Ngamba - Ndenga Andre Destin Et Les Golden Sounds
                                                                                                                                                  16. Mezik Me Mema - Mballa Bony

                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                  Camping 2 - A BPitch Control Compilation

                                                                                                                                                    A 17 track compilation from Ellen Alien's BPitch Control imprint featuring brand new tracks and classics like Tiga's mix of Tomas Andersson's "Washing Up". Includes tracks by The MFA, Sascha Funke, Smash TV, Paul Kalkbrenner, Feadz, Sylvie Marks & Hal 9000, Modeselektor, Mochipet and more, with remixes coming from Tiga, Kiki, Miss Kittin and Dexter.

                                                                                                                                                    After almost two years of extensive research "Can You Feel It?" compilation series is here. The majority of the artists originate from the United States, however Tramp records are extremely proud to present a couple of German bands too. The one quality these tunes all share is that they, once again, will make you get up, get down, and get ready for some more highly underrated Modern Soul, Disco and Boogie that you can feel!

                                                                                                                                                    Obscure but brilliant Modern Soul, Disco and Boogie grooves of which all songs have not been compiled anywhere else. Enjoy your guided tour back into the late 1970s and 80s Disco era.


                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Matter Of Taste - Step By Step
                                                                                                                                                    2. Vantage Point - All Night
                                                                                                                                                    3. Kim McCrae - I'm Feeling It Too
                                                                                                                                                    4. Frankie Staton - Bi-Centennial - 1976 (feat. Speckled Rainbow)
                                                                                                                                                    5. Kathy Lowery - Super Dude
                                                                                                                                                    6. Royal Touch - What Am I Gonna Do Baby
                                                                                                                                                    7. Synod - You Shake Them Things
                                                                                                                                                    8. Pat Carpenter - Love You Use To Be So Easy
                                                                                                                                                    9. Swankk - If It Takes All Night
                                                                                                                                                    10. Ocean Orchestra - Skinflint
                                                                                                                                                    11. Street Life 80 - Steps On A Cloud
                                                                                                                                                    12. Jackie Berns - I Still Love You
                                                                                                                                                    13. Tory Wynter - Real True Voices
                                                                                                                                                    14. Chatham - I'll Be Good To You
                                                                                                                                                    15. Sool - Stepping Out Of Line
                                                                                                                                                    16. Dalton Reed - Giving On Into Love
                                                                                                                                                    17. Panama Gold - Gettin' Lucky
                                                                                                                                                    18. Ditto Memo - Upside Down
                                                                                                                                                    19. Ditto Memo - Feel The Heat


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