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Stupendously limited second release from the wonderfully named Hiroshima 45 Chernobyl 86 Windows 95. Another various artists collection kicking off with an asphalt licking throb from Violet Poison who takes Italo synth crunch and EBM's carnal thrust before adding his own fizzy distortion. Diana Berti keeps the 80s qualities in tact through "Spider Pit" which combines galloping arps with motorik drums for an exercise in overwhelming, cinematic electronic disco. Finally, coldwave brilliance from Opfer Der Hingabe who's icy tense thriller, "The Victim" lends itself to murder mysteries set in the dead of Winter and in rural isolation. Made in Italy and with a rather dashing vinyl press, these won't hang around long folks!

Mojo

September 2018

    COVER STORY: PAUL WELLER Celebrating King Mod at 60, unplugged but unbowed, with input from key allies. On the menu: class, culture, Val Doonican and more.

    COVERMOUNT CD: REGGAE NUGGETS 15 tracks celebrating 50 years of Trojan, the label that took reggae to the world. Features Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and more!

    PRINCE His crazy, creative zenith, 1982-1986, by his iconic band, The Revolution. Plus: behind the first full release from The Vault.

    JOHN McLAUGHLIN How he remade guitar playing with Miles Davis and Mahavisnhu, found inner peace, but kind of bungled that jam with Jimi.

    TROJAN RECORDS The label that first took Jamaican music to the world is 50. Lee “Scratch” Perry, Chris Blackwell and Don Letts kick off the party.

    THE WAR ON DRUGS Against the odds, Adam Granduciel’s heartland shoegaze rock can now pack out London’s O2 Arena. Can he please now stop worrying?

    BLAZE FOLEY With an Ethan Hawke biopic imminent, it’s time to discover Townes Van Zandt’s even more messed-up pal, his heartbreaking songs and story.

    NICO Thirty years since her untimely death, we revisit the ice maiden of art-pop’s bizarre last years, in a new look MOJO Eyewitness feature.

    REVIEWED The Cure and David Byrne live / White Denim / Teenage Fanclub / Interpol / Anna Calvi / Glenn Jones / Kelley Stoltz / Mitski / Oh Sees Idles / Neil & Liam Finn / The Wrecking Crew / Jim O’Rourke / The Animals

    PLUS Farewell, Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan / can Swamp Dogg redeem Autotune? / Snail Mail’s vague catharses / Seymour Stein’s showbiz secrets / Kinks reunion latest / How To Buy The Allman Brothers Band / the “Bad Woodstock” / Amy Winehouse on a horse

    Mojo

    August 2018

      COVER STORY: DAVID BOWIE The Dame’s rollercoaster ride to fame and riches, weirdness and regret, 35 years on. Let’s Dance and Serious Moonlight relived with Nile Rodgers, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and more.

      COVERMOUNT CD: DANCE THE BLUES 15 tracks mining the classic R&B that inspired David Bowie. Little Richard, Johnny Otis, James Brown, Earl Bostic, Albert King and more!

      WAYNE KRAMER The MC5 firebrand on crime, jail and redemption, and how, when you’re kicking drugs, touring with Johnny Thunders is a bad idea.

      ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN With a new album shining new light on their classic songs, can post-punk’s scouse romantics transcend their bad old ways? Well, kind of…

      YELLOW SUBMARINE As it turns 50 and returns to the big screen, Mat Snow weighs the impact, fallout and legacy of the Beatles’ most polarizing product.

      OH SEES John Dwyer’s epic psych odyssey achieves critical mass. Tell the Stones there’s a new Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band in town.

      MILLIE JACKSON The filth and the fury of southern soul’s plain-talking diva. Pig farming, sex politics, toilet humour, and more!

      REVIEWED Jim James / Gorillaz / Cowboy Junkies / Ray Davies / Florence & The Machine / Guns N’Roses / Dawes / The Beach Boys / Amyl & The Sniffers / Graham Nash / PiL / The Rolling Stones / The The / The Grateful Dead / and unheard John Coltrane!

      PLUS Some Byrds revisit Sweetheart Of The Rodeo / Neil Finn makes album with son, joins Fleetwood Mac / Gwenifer Raymond and Amen Dunes are Rising / Jeff Bridges reveals his inner Dude / How To Buy Steve Marriott and his groups / George Clinton’s blows his mind and yours / the rise and fall of Free / when Johnny Marr met David Crosby / a party round Steve Van Zandt’s / Joe Meek’s Blue Men unmasked!

      Mojo

      October 2018

        CONTENTS:
        PAUL McCARTNEY A fascinating glimpse of the conflicted man behind the Thumbs-Up Macca mask. And yes, he really does have Beatles wallpaper…

        COVERMOUNT CD: MERSEY PARADISE 14 classics of Liverpudlian pop and rock, including tracks by Deaf School, The Coral, OMD, The La’s and The Liverpool Scene.

        NILE RODGERS The R&B magician behind Chic, Daft Punk, Let’s Dance and more on Roxy, Aretha, and cleaning Frank Sinatra’s plane!

        DAVID CROSBY How the angel voice of CSNY is on a roll. If he can just keep it zipped about his pals’ choice of girlfriends...

        FATOUMATA DIAWARRA On the run from an arranged marriage in her native Mali, Africa’s newest superstar shreds like Hendrix, blends trad with mod.

        MARIANNE FAITHFULL Love and loss are the big themes of the Diva of Dark’s 21st album. Kris Needs rides shotgun throughout its writing and recording.

        THE BAND Fifty years since Music From Big Pink broke out of Woodstock to change music, its surviving players relive its creation.

        PRIMAL SCREAM The indie-dance débauchés went to Memphis in 1993 on a soul pilgrimage. The LP they made emerges in its true colours at last.

        REVIEWED Cat Power / Tom Petty / Paul Weller / Prince / Led Zeppelin / Harmony Rockets / The House Of Love / Low / Christine And The Queens / Pearl Jam / Spiritualized / Alice Coltrane / Mudhoney / Candace Springs / Richard Thompson / The Beta Band / Swamp Dogg / Bobbie Gentry / Hawkwind / Suede / Pixies / Tony Joe White

        PLUS Secret Strummer! / Lonnie Holley saves the world / Aldous Harding swaps dog grooming for album making / Graham Parker sacks The Rumour / Ian Hunter rolls out the wisdom / remembering Richard Swift / How To Buy… Dinosaur Jr / The Goon Sax and Cedric Burnside are chips off the old block(s) / Billy Gibbons’ faucet bugbears / Chris Barber’s weird masterpiece / Hawkwind meet Mike Batt and… all back to Nana Mouskouri’s!

        Lumerians

        Call Of The Void

          CA outfit Lumerians are a prodigious force in the extra-terrestrial realms of modern psychedelia. Since forming in San Francisco back in 2006, Lumerians have traversed their way through multiple different genres - offering mind-bending adventures into everything from space rock, kraut and noise to zamrock, free jazz, drone and dub. Drawing from a range of influences, both familiar and esoteric, past and present, Lumerians conjure up sounds from far into the future. In their twelve years as a band they’ve toured with everyone from My Bloody Valentine to Killing Joke and Black Moth Super Rainbow, putting out a number of critically-acclaimed releases including two ‘official’ albums and two collections of improvised compositions called Transmission from Tellos III & IV.

          Call Of The Void is dedicated to the memory of Barrett Clark, Lumerians’ long-time friend, sound engineer and collaborator who passed away in the tragic Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland 2016. It may have taken the band four long years to put their latest album together but it was definitely worth the wait, their mystical exploratory soundscapes at their finest. Eclectic and vastly multifaceted, the album is further proof - if you needed it - that Lumerians are a singular force in contemporary psychedelia. Talking about Call of the Void, vocalist Jason Miller explains: “If ‘Transmalinnia’ represented the exploration of an alien world and ‘The High Frontier’ a voyage through space, ‘Call of the Void’ is a penetrative exploration of Earth through an alien gaze gone native - the weight of gravity, the build-up of pollution and sediment, experiences of ecstatic revelry and tragedy.” 

          Canoe is back. It has been almost a year since the last one. If you are not familiar with this imprint and their tackle, it is uptempo full-on dancefloor no frills affairs. Basically good house music that goes straight to the jugular. Even the buried and dead can easily be waken up to these beats.

          On this release, Nyra -label honcho- offers us two full on 45rpm killer tracks. On 'Trust You' it is all about buoyant and technicoloured sparkling house music. The typical track that deserves to be huge, with a powerful sample and a devishly great use of a simple loop.

          On the 'It's Your TIme' side, things do not get weaker. Actually the opposite is true. Nyra gets more playful and creative with the breaks offering you the same formula as above and keeping the feisty vibe well alive. It is on the fast lane of the house music highway and sits perfectly on a techno set when you need to shine a bit of light to your tunnel of darkness that you have buried your dancefloor with. Full of disco lick samples and mega punchy on the beats. This is the classic track that everyone in da club tries to shazam on their phones or is asked about continuously in forums on the worldwide web.

          This, my friends, is the type of record that surfaces about once a month (if) and leaves the whole dance section of this shop bouncing to the beat and wishing the track did not finish. It shows you that among all the dross, there is always hope!

          Absolute stomper! Sleep at your own peril. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Ooof! Nyra fires up the studio for another batch of Canoe killers, this time applying the high octane disco house treatment to Mary Wilson's "Red Hot" and Oby Onyioha's "Enjoy Your Life". Peaktime crunch!

          Danny Krivit & Tony Smith

          Miracle Remix

          Limited 1-sided, hand stamped white label featuring a super hard to find remix of "...MIRACLE" remixed by NYC's DANNY KRIVIT and TONY SMITH. A great sounding track with an abstract jazz vibe. Won't be around long so snatch these up quickly.

          Hotter than a midsummer Piccadilly, Disco Hamam deliver their 4th serving of Turkish & oriental killer disco edits, featuring the deep digging expertise of Tokyo Matt and Afacan Soundsystem. Showing up any obvious editors out there, Tokyo Matt kicks off the A-side with the majestic "A Fistful Of Dollars", a sample heavy splice of one propulsive synth disco smash, and a delicate Turkish acoustic number. Perfectly balanced, the track rages into the sunset, blazing guitar licks and overdriven vocals leaving trails across the sky. On the A2, "Tales Of The Orientale" is big winner for the Balearic dance floor, giving us coastal groove and psychedelic attitude as Matt works his magic on a Turkish-tinged slice of Italian pop. Flip the pancake to feel the force of the Afacan Soundsystem, who knock us dead with two totally different takes on the Anatolian sound. Awash with organic instrumentation and tumbling percussion, the cinematic "Ya Sabir Disco" is your more traditional Anatolian edit, nicely spiced with those mystical tonalities. "Biz Salkimiz" on the other hand is a cosmic boogie killer of the highest order, bouncing through slick bass work, wah guitar and funked up clav until those deeply dramatic vocals drops. Chuck in some Spaghetti Western whistling and you'll be wondering why this wasn't called "A Fistful Of Dollars". Before we hit the run out there's just enough time to luxuriate in the symphonic sweetness of Afacan Soundsystem's Turkish AOR bonus "Az Disco", a fitting end to a fine record.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: The Disco Hamam copysheet remains unblemished here as Tokyo Matt and Afacan Soundsystem bring the goods all over again. Eastern spiced goodness from start to finish here, but I'm gonna pick out "A Fistful Of Dollars" and "Biz Salkimiz" as the ones to watch/hear...

          Mistafide

          Equidity Funk

          Red hot re-ish tackle here as one the finest cuts from P&P offshoot Land Of Hits returns to the shelves. Mistafide's colossal old-school rap behemoth 'Equidity Funk' has been in the wantlists for years, so this 12" repress is totally too legit to quit.
          Not much is known about the crew behind 'Mistafide', their government names are listed online but this is the only record they put out using this name. Suffice to say, this has no impact on the fury and style with which the MC's deliver their raps, backed with the studio nous of impresario Peter Brown. Across 12 minutes 'Equdity Funk' is a slamming Disco-rap monster, interpolating elements of the evergreen B-boy jam 'Theme From SWAT' it sounds like everyone just got into the studio and went for it. In the style of the times this is the real hip-hop flavour, a live band, some MC's and some death defying bars being dropped, proper old school. A truly rare recording, 'Equidity Funk' has been one of those records fans of the Disco-rap era have been fiending for for decades - often commanding prices over the $1000 mark you can now grab this slice of essential NYC street Funk.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Heavy hitting disco rap classic here from the mysterious Mistafide crew, who represent NYC in classic block party fashion. Disco-not-disco grooves, loose funk attitude and fly flows perfect for the Bboys out there.

          After a liittle hiatus of 2 years the label which was formed back in 2013 by the founder of the ground breaking hedonistic undergound parties Bohemian Grove of the industrial city of Manchester is back. The label will be bringing all kinds of electronic sounds mainly from the reaches of the cities industrial smog but some reaching further around the cosmos. This time we have debuting artist DANE WEAVER with his first release on the label.

          'Everybody on the West Coast knew Bubbles Bubblesynski. We were going to make a record with him before he was murdered. We made it anyway with audio from his Facebook posts and we’ll be donating all profits to LGBTQ friendly organisations in San Francisco.' 

          That is a sad story for an intro but it is the raw truth and it is exactly what it says on the press release. The music reflects such rawness with its hypnotic, repetitive, pounding and industrial acid house on the face attitude. Unapologetically contagious, this is in line with other Paranoid London productions. They do what they do best and in my opinion this monster sits between the legendary 'Transmission 5' and the unforgiving and relentless acid attack on 'Machines Are Coming' - they are not coming, they are here already in case you have not noticed. 

          As said folks, another release by Paranoid London in similar vein as their other productions. Perhaps not as groundbreaking as 'Paris Dub' but its soul is definetely there and yes, it is essential. Will not disappoint the fans. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Sil says: I miss my weekly dose of techno and house. But helpful Patrick came to the rescue pointing out at this Paranoid London vinyl that just came in. Monster pounding unforgiving acid house as good as anything. Their trademark production is all here for you to play with. Your audience will love this and so we do at the dance section of this shop. Get it pronto!

          Harold McKinney

          Voices & Rhythms Of The Creative Profile

            One of the most righteous albums ever issued by the always-righteous Tribe Records label of Detroit – a really collective effort, one that features ensemble vocals and spiritual jazz – all pulled together by pianist Harold McKinney! The album showcases a group named Voices Of The Creative Profile – formed by McKinney to accompany his Creative Profile instrumental group – and the overall style is a great blend of spiritual soul jazz that gives equal time to the voices and instruments in the set. Gwen McKinney heads up the vocal ensemble, and other players on the set include Wendell Harrison on flute, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Billy Turner on percussion, and Ed Pickins on bass. Also features some cool moog from Darryl Dybka (Dusty Groove, Inc.)

            Harold McKinney was one of Detroit's jazz legends as both an artist and as a cultural figure. His Voices and Rhythms of the Creative Profile was issued on the city's cooperative independent Tribe label -- which also boasted outings from Marcus Belgrave, Doug Hammond, Mixed Bag, Wendell Harrison, and Phil Ranelin -- in 1974. McKinney's approach to jazz in the 1970s may have been funky and electric, but it was also idiosyncratic and vocal. Harold and Gwen McKinney handle the lead vocals, while a backing chorus of seven helps out on other pieces. This is an adventurous set, and along with his deep, funky electric piano grooves is a killer alternately swinging and soulful horn section fueled by Harrison and Belgrave, drummer Ron Jackson, percussionists Charles Miles and Billy Turner, as well as bassist Ed Pickins and Daryl Dybka on Moog! The highlights of the set are the stunning "Out of These Blues" with McKinney's Rhodes underscoring beautiful head and solo work by the horns, the stomping bop meets science fiction of "Corner Stone," and fine covers of Eddie Harris' "Freedom Jazz Dance" and Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" (with a set of lyrics by McKinney). Voices and Rhythms of the Creative Profile walks many tightropes: between hard bop and soul-jazz, between vanguard jazz and fusion, and between swinging blues and raw adventure. It's true that the vocals can be a bit excessive at times, especially on the opener, "Ode to Africa," but they are more than compensated for by the phenomenal playing of the ensemble. Ultimately, this is a solid recording that embodies the entire spirit of the Detroit jazz scene at the time. Thom Jurek/AMG.

            Manford Best

            I've Been Loving You

              “I’ve Been Loving You” sees Manford Best finally laying the ghosts of The Wings to rest and emerge as a serious player in the glittering new world of Afro boogie. Recorded in London, with Nigerian super producer, Jake Sollo, at the desk, it is a highly polished collection of disco classics, guaranteed to fill any dance floor in the world. The title track gets the party started with an irresistible bass line and chirpy horn section. Written by Best while he was still in The Wings, the song is unrecognisable from the one that topped the Nigerian charts in 1973. ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ has a groove that suggests Manford has the dance floor on his mind, not the bedroom. ‘I Feel Like Dancing’, written by Jake Sollo and featuring the vocals of Nigerian diva, Pat Henry, is sophisticated and sexy and a stone cold classic of the era. “I’ve Been Loving You” is an extraordinary metamorphosis. Manford Best, the rough and ready guitarist from the back blocks of eastern Nigeria, emerges as a glittering ‘disco’ butterfly, ready to strut the dance floors of London – and the world. 

              Benis Cletin

              Alpha & Omega

                In the mid eighties FM radio stations took over the airwaves in Nigeria. They wanted fresh new styles to play andin creasingly radio personalities like Bisi Olatilo, Ruime Effetie and Shea Martins were turning to reggae. Nigeria’s Freak Father Number One, Benis Cletin, saw the writing on the wall and created his deeply philosophical roots reggae opus, ‘Alpha & Omega’. Benis delivered a set of songs that tapped unashamedly into reggae’s message of peace and love. The title track is a philosophical opus on the state of the world and how to live in it. ‘Unqualified’ warns against letting others tell you how to live. ‘Guns for Freedom’ is more militant call to arms, undercut by a lilting flute line from the legendary Eji Oyewole. Benis didn’t completely abandon his freaky, funky roots. ‘Soul Fever’ is a slab of synth-driven boogie and ‘Get Up And Dance’ is pure funk with that typical Benis freak edge. But overall, ‘Alhpa and Omega’ is designed to soothe the minds of the oppressed in this unjust world - an African roots reggae classic that sounded great on FM radio.

                Theadora Ifudu

                First Time Out

                  First Time Out is a cosmic soul transmission from Nigeria’s own Diana Ross, Theadora Ifudu. The arty co-host of hit TV program, ‘The Bar Beach Show’ hooked up with the guys from Monomono to created an album that is sultry, sexy and effortlessly cool. It’s a smoky, New York Soul Club on wax. A graduate of the New York film school, Ifudu considered herself an artiste, and the opening track, ‘Hello There!’ Is arresting in its cinematic scope and intriguing strangeness. After briefly channelling Miriam Makes in ‘Gbata Ngwa’, she moves into full diva mode. ‘(When Will It Be) Right Time’ features vocal runs that Mariah Carey would be proud of and ‘That Man’ has a smoky, jazz club vibe. It’s easy to imagine Theadora, under a single spotlight, dazzling in a sparkling figure-hugging crowd, holding a hard-to-please New York audience in her thrall. At times funky, laidback and smooth, the greatest compliment that can be paid to First Time Out is that it sounds international. The musicianship is first class, the vocals faultless and the mood super smooth. Theadora Ifudu, the self-proclaimed ‘moon watcher, ragdoll and artiste’, created an Afro soul masterpiece for the ages. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com

                  Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans

                  Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans

                    Davey Woodward has been a prolific songwriter with his bands The Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band. An indie pop legend to some, obscure outsider to most. He approaches his fourth decade making alternative music with the same enthusiasm and single mindedness as he did in the first. Julian (guitar) had not been in a studio for over a decade. Steve (drums) was playing in a million other bands but found time. Steve knew Mark who was a guitarist. Davey said well he can play bass and piano then! Davey played them the songs. The band said they liked the songs. They told Davey the songs sounded very personal, were they? They said it reminded them of English Folk, Courtney Barnett, The Velvets, The Band and Johnny Cash. 

                    Section 25

                    Elektra

                      Brand new album by the legendary Section 25.

                      The band formed in Blackpool in November 1977. Initially they were a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy and Vincent Cassidy). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar. Their debut 7", "Girls Don't Count", was released in July 1980 on Factory Records, produced by Ian Curtis and Rob Gretton of Joy Division. Joined by percussionist Lee Shallcross, Section 25 gradually evolved with a more electronic-dance direction from 1983 onwards, a process which culminated in the album From the Hip and remix single "Looking From A Hilltop", both released in 1984 and produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order. This second iteration of the band also featured the Cassidy brothers' sister Angela Flowers and Larry Cassidy's wife Jenny Ross. In 1986 Section 25 fell silent for more than a decade, and re-emerged with the album Part Primitiv in 2006. On 27 February 2010, it was announced that founding member, singer, and bass player for the group, Larry Cassidy, had died at the age of 56. Today, Section 25 consist of Vin Cassidy, Bethany Cassidy (Larry's daughter), Jo Cassidy, Michael Cassidy and long-time collaborator Steven Stringer. This line-up recorded "Elektra" in 2018 with guest guitar by the band's original guitarist Paul Wiggin. It is pure SXXV, without any outside influences.

                      The Necks

                      Body

                        Australia’s greatest cult band, The Necks, has a new piece to offer the world this summer, entitled Body. Different again to all previous Necks albums (20 in total), the band has chosen 10 words and phrases that summarize the four richly contrasting episodes of this hour-long, mesmerizing groove. They are as follows: Episodic, Driving, Dynamic, Layered, Celebratory, Soaring, Rocking out, Buoyant, Sustained, Perfectly paced. 


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