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Limited remastered reissue of "Paradise", the one and only release by Deep Invention Orchestra (Alex Neri, Marco Baroni) released on small Italian label Adriatric Club in 1992. A masterpiece from the dream house-era, "Paradise" takes us from seashore ambience to deep house heaven via six minutes of chiming melodies, rubbery bass and irresistible 4/4 beats. As well as the much loved vocal version, this new 12" includes the previously unreleased ""Original Paradise Mix". Meanwhile on the flip we find two deeper, more underground cuts, "Paradise Dub Mix" and "Deep Jungle Mix" that despite their titles are completely different from the original songs and add more value to this EP.

Please find enclosed one 'Deluxe' stereophonic gramophone record from Concept City, containing thirteen recordings of musics entirely produced upon 4-track portastudio for your pleasure and discourse - the sole work of Mr Robert Grant of this parish.
So states the photocopy insert from the 1985 November LP on Cordelia Records. Home to R. Stevie Moore, Rimarimba recently reissued by Freedom To Spend - and label owner Alan Jenkin's The Deep Freeze Mice, Cordelia was a sanctuary for a menagerie of sound collage plucked from the ether.
Included is the only vinyl release from Concept City, spreading across 13 instrumental tracks of samples and noise. The Welsh choir and robovox meets hypnotic bass of "Open The Network" glides to the acoustics of "Jayne Andrews" and "Filaments", before "Steam" amasses TV ad cassette archives. As "Etruria" and "Lapse Wine"'s Durutti meets reel-to-reel to the cold wave of "War, Children" and wasp synth of "Helsinki", Grant slowly unfolds a masterpiece.

Looped drum samples, multiple layered to tape, sped up and slowed down for phasing, the title track is a pinnacle of 80s DiY genius. 'Crossroads' multi-sampling "Meg" leads to the exotica 'muzak' closings of "Penetration" and "Friends". With just 5 albums over 40 years the music of Mr Concept can be a discovery and cherished.

Best Records re-ish four cuts from legendary space disco star and cosmic kingpin Harry Thumann, the former owner and main engineer of Country Lane Studios based in Munich, Germany: the home of the glorious Munich-sound during the disco era. This four track retrospective opens with the mystical, magical and mighty vibrations of "Sphinx", a soaring mid tempo builder with a Knight Rider bassline (I'm too lazy to fact-check, but my memory is saying that this predated the series), scratchy guitar licks and killer synth parts. Next up, we shimmey along to the robo-boogie of "Welcome Back, Jolette", a smooth sci-fi groove for warm up sets and Balearic setlists. Swerving onto the B1 and it's time for the ALL-TIME Space Disco anthem "Underwater" AKA the most maximal piece of disco ever created. Crazy synth parts, an unstoppable bassline, tons of orchestral energy and an endless string of solos eventually erupt into the wildest guitar solo to ever rip through a dance floor. It's a testament to the utter insanity of "Underwater" that the vocoded disco funk of "Chicago" sounds tame, but best believe this is total dynamite anytime it even sniffs a dancefloor. 

As the influence and cult of Baldelli's Cosmic sound spread out across Italy from the late 1970s, the music expanded, mixing new wave, African, funk, electro, space rock, Brazilian, jazz and dub, all delivered in a freestyle playing that became "Afro". Adding percussion, samples and effects, the music spread north to Austria and Southern Germany, where DJs, producers, labels and parties flourished. In 1994, DJ Otti and Jay Pee started Global Rhythm Records and with friends DJ Thilo and DJ Fred released 1O EPs and 1 LP over 4 years. Now Emotional Rescue shine a spotlight on the 90s incarnation of the "Afro-Cosmic" scene, in particular Munich's The New Morning project, whose finest moments are collected across 3 six track EPs.

The 3 EPs select the best of this output, including unreleased tracks, mixing a love of funk, disco, hip hop and house with syncopated analogue beats and live percussion. The 90-110 bpm sample heavy tracks, often running for only 3 to 4 minutes, showcase their eclectic sound collage. More than DJ tools, the EPs were warmly received by aficionados and clubbers alike, becoming mainstays at the afro-tribal gatherings taking place throughout the scene. Secret plays for taste-making DJs since, their scarcity and value have increased considerably, bringing a new appreciation of their "Afro-Funky" sound.

What do we have here then? Well, it's just a reassuringly expensive Japanese reissue of the insanely rare, high demand AOR soul sensation "Positive Force", originally released by the group and Denise Vallin on a small private press label. Original copies, when they do turn up, change hands for over $500 / ¥55000, so despite the price tag, rest assured you're getting a bargain. Digging into this tasty dish we get the West Coast roll of "You Told Me You Loved Me", a fine female yachter, the smooth yet strutting "Everything You Do", low slung "You Gotta Know" and jazz funk jams "Too Much Love" and "Put It In The Groove". All aboard the HMS Postive Force.


For the third time, Ludwig is guiding you further into his mysterious Exo universe. This slice of wax includes everything from subtle dream bangers to broken rhythm explorations nestled around fragile melodies. Carefully crafted, this record awaits, fulfilling its purpose to make you dream and warm your heart, whether it be on the dancefloor or at home.

Ludwig AF's proving to be one hell of producer to keep your ear on. With each release thus far possessing a unique and charismatic flair. Seemingly able to access liminal, cross-genre states; perfectly polished off to bump and buzz in all the necessary placed - you can't fault this rising star of the dance music stratosphere. Highly recommended!


Music beamed through inter-dimensional waves by Abstract Thought. 3 unnamed tracks taken from the original project tapes from 2003, recorded around the same time as the well known full length album release.

"01" crackles through broken analogue circuitry, juddering into focus across crumbling AC adapters and buzzing jack leads.

"02" pays an essential trip to the Drexciyan sub-lairs; an imperative stop-off for anyone cruising the aquatic electro submarine routes.

"03" creeps out of the machines with malice and intent. Inhumane electronic chatter and red shifted frequencies indicating a Martian presence as this one steadies the moon buggy for exploration.

Expert stuff here RIYL: Dopplereffekt, Drexciya, Aux88 etc etc.



Unlimited Love

Unlimited Love #24

The Unlimited Love edits mob continue to chop up the finest smatterings of disco, boogie and soul for their infamous series.

Number 24 and it's four more nicely excavated cuts that evade the ears of our intrepid IDers and deliver nothing but positive energy for the floor. From the driving, slick, late 70s disco; to horn-guided funk-disco and back through gospel-calipsp-disco-boogie (!!) and finally, a scuzzy, punky, barrell roller of disco-funk.

Top drawer throughout!   

Arkajo bringing the fire to Aniara again here, exploring soundscapes and percussion in his very own style. Opener "Zenit" slips a stuttering, syncopated (do not call it broken) beat under a delicate mallet melody then wigs out with all manner of celestial pads and squirming sine waves, sending us astral in the breakdown before the beefy rhythm and sub-tickling bass returns in earnest. Next up, "Nadir" twists hand drums and crunchy toms through a sizzling electro beat while big rig bass tones and cavernous reverb roll along underfoot and overhead. Onto the final track and I can feel Matt Ward's vigourous pogo from here! Junglist breaks, womping bass AND a fairground vocal! It's like being a kid again, but with extra psychedelia - Buzzing!

Following on from his beautiful release on Claremont 56 in 2018, Alter Leo aka Denis Leonovich, takes a different approach for this new EP on the Kinfolk imprint and produces a storming world infused 4-tracker.

"Cabriodelic" is a mid-tempo march that utilises sublime keys, sci-fi ethics and military style drums to incredible effect. "On The Way" keeps the drums heavy but ventures into a deeper sub tropical technoid-esque landscape.

"Tour De L'Afrique" is exactly that, a jaunty vibe that buzzes and rolls through an unknown afro-centric land. "In Sands" finishes off the package nicely with an acidic heavy Moroccan spiced percussive roller.

Essential music for the truly tropical dancefloors of the world.


This powerful platter is a muscular tribute to the analogue innovation and body music of the 1980s. Incorporating myriad hints of new wave, soft industrial and proto-acid, Luca Duran once again demonstrates his ability to take the sounds that have influenced his work and spin their heritage into a sincere, playful and most importantly, fresh release. A worthy follow up on his recent Clone Royal Oak release on his own Akoya Circles imprint! The record opens with the punchy 'Body Mechanics', a purely physical jam loaded with vampish synths and pounding drums, offset with a loved-up vocal sample. 'Romancia Negativa' was recorded while in Bogota in late 2018, and is informed by the experimentation and abandon of DIY songwriting and band culture, while maintaining it's foot on the dancefloor. Luca Duran's razor-sharp nous for a groove is immediately reestablished on the flip with the patient, acidic 'Life Wires', a deceptively complex analogue jam that bubbles with analogue energy and left field details. The EP concludes with 'Circunavalar', an ethereal blend of Luca Duran's sublime oscillations that leads listeners and dancers gently to a conclusion to a spacious heaven of meditative bass weight.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Luca Duran kicks off his own Akoya Circles imprint with four tracks of cybernetic breakbeat, fizzing EBM, gliding acid and occasional Italo. As the human world becomes entirely unpalatable this is primo assimilation tackle.

Method Man X Street Life

Squad Up B/w Instrumental (Red Vinyl)

    Limited to 1000 copies on red vinyl “Squad Up” is from Street Life and Method Man's forthcoming album. Street Life and Method Man's relationship spans back to their childhood days in Staten Island, and while the two have collaborated on music for decades, this is their long rumored first official full-length album together. “Squad Up” claws with a menacing beat and Method Man, Street and Havoc each pay homage to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on their verses. The history between Mobb Deep and Method Man goes back to 1995 and includes Meth’s appearance on “Exortion” from Mobb Deep’s ‘Hell On Earth.’ Mobb Deep also appeared on Meth’s ‘Tical 2000’ (“Play 4 Keeps” – which also features Street Life). Street Life played an instrumental role in writing the hook to Method Man’s 1996 "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By", featuring Mary J. Blige which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. He has been featured on all of Method Man’s albums, and all of Wu Tang Clan’s albums (except for ‘Enter The 36 Chambers’). Street Life and Method Man’s long list of collaborations together includes “Mr. Sandman,” “Run For Cover,” “Dangerous Grounds,” “Thing,” “Built for This” and “Straight Gutter.” Method Man Presents: Street Life “Street Education” (2005) is Street Life’s first and only official full-length release until now as well. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    7" Info: Limited red vinyl.

    Graeme Miller & Steve Shill

    The Moomins: Woodland Band (Parade)

      Consisting of homemade electronic and mechanical music heard exclusively via British TV speakers as an eerie backdrop for the Polish made stop- motion adaptation of the Finnish comic strip classic The Moomins. Custom-composed for radically reedited daily five-minute episodes (alongside reconstituted storylines and the narrations/impersonations of comedy actor Richard Murdoch), the short cues written and played by two Leeds based post punk avant-theatre composers helped exacerbate the programme’s bizarre spectral storylines and characters earning a firm fixture of fear, intrigue and infatuation in the hearts and memories of a slightly confused electro fed generation.

      Ticking all the boxes that attract freak folk enthusiasts and synthusiasts alike, the combined efforts of Steve Shill and Graeme Miller deployed thumb pianos, backwards tape effects, wooden pipes and a Wasp synthesiser (the almost affordable post punk synth of choice) to replace the original 70s German jazz soundtrack, thus dramatically mutating the tonality of the one- hundred-episode-long saga. Miller and Shill’s unique DIY approach follows characters like Moomintroll, Sniff, Snuffkin and the Snork Maiden as they encounter hobgoblins, sand lions and the mysterious Groke complete with their individual detuned electronic voices and thereminesque whimpers.

      Based on the original sprites invented by Tove Jansson, the modified fuzzy felt figurines were designed by animator Lucjan Debinski at the legendary Se Ma For studios in Poland for German syndication resulting in what many regard as the definitive and most enigmatic version of the story succeeding further animated adaptations from Japan and Russia. Sharing the same nostalgia and oblique exoticism as The Singing Ringing Tree, The Little Mole, The Magic Roundabout and other reconstituted imports seen on programmes like Granada TV’s Picturebox, The Moomins and its synonymous theme tune and sound effects render this limited 7” vinyl release an essential addition to the record shelves of soundtrack collectors, domestic electronic fans and absent bygone tele-addicts as well as animation and design enthusiasts on account of its unique imagery and packaging. The single comprises an extended take of ‘Woodland Band’ and a never before heard cue from the forthcoming ‘Lost Tapes’ album.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 7" Info: Housed in a custom-made felt backed sleeve.

      Better Oblivion Community Center

      Little Trouble

        Back in January, Better Oblivion Community Center, surprise-released their self-titled debut album. The record is available digitally and physically via Dead Oceans. Today, the new band from Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst follow the release with two new songs, as well as a live set for NPR's Tiny Desk featuring stripped-down performances of "My City," "Exception to the Rule," and the album's lead single "Dylan Thomas."

        We've only got a handful of these so get in there quick!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd 7" Info: Clear with orange splatter vinyl!


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