Back in stock Cover of Ooh Bass by Theo Parrish Feat. Marcellus Pittman.

Theo Parrish Feat. Marcellus Pittman

Ooh Bass

New Theo Parrish 12" and it's with long time collaborator and fellow Detroiter Marcellus Pittman - officially the nicest 3 Chair and a huge fan of our dear Manchester - big ups Marcellus if you're reading!

Anyway, as you'd expect from these upper ring dwellers of the dance music pyramid, "Ooh Bass" is an unmissable club jam. Woozy and rich; it utilizes spiritual organ chords and gospely vox, plus pressure cooked drums to create the kinda house-music-as-a-church jam synonymous with the Motor City. All with the pair's iconic MPC usage and masterful thud. It’s a doozy that’s for sure!


A. Ooh Bass
B. Ooh Bass

Fuck me! No sooner have I got myself recombobulated after Jamal's last clutch of head-splitting sherm edits, then the Chicago mystic is back with another set - only it's a double pack with eight of the little buggers for our PCP-fueled dancefloor enjoyment!

Newcomers - these are REAL DEAL old skool Chicago style edits a la Ron Hardy, Adonis etc. Only Hieroglyphic Being aka Jamal Moss aka The Sun God aka Members Only has taken the blueprint even further over the successive two decades to make this one of the most potent formulas of dancefloor edits you're ever gonna be subject to!

A seriously hot pack - there's Risque III in there, some brilliant euro-disco / Italo joint - THAT New Order track ("586", previously tweaked on Medusa 003) plus some other face melters I can't quite fathom right now. All given that mad tape manipulated Muzic Box vibe that few can replicate. Unfortunately our website only lets you pick four clips - I wanted you to hear them all! Unmissable!


A1. Searching 4 This Feeling Baby
A2. The Question Is
B1. In The Struggle
B2. Put Make Up On Ur Mind
C1. Dis-information Super Highway
C2. The Spirit Calling Inside
D1. Beat Off 2 Me
D2. Don't Scream This Out In A Safe Space

Warehouse music emporium Super Rhythm Trax welcomes back Glasgow’s Fear-E for his second full EP on the label. I couldn't think of a more fierce pairing of producer and label! - let's see what on offer...

"KRS" is a hard thumping cross between Scottish rave energy and Belgium techno aesthetics. Buzzing synths, sharp drums, cheeky vocal snatch and a kick drum that'll floor you.

"Not Getting In" utilizes a classic spoken word snip from yesteryear whilst deploying phazed pads and a thoroughly distorted bass & perx pattern. Grating and gnarly, it also veers into Belgium techno territory, hinting that Fear-E's been listening to those early Fuse mixtapes from the mid 90s...

"Colonet" has more Chicagoan engineering - laced with acid, utilizing a classic stuttered vox sample and playing around with vintage drum boxes. Think Trax, Posthuman and Lil Louis with a little bit of Paranoid London thrown in and you'll be right on track.

"Off The Bat" concludes and is a wonderfully syncopated box jam that stylishly skips between house and techno DJs record boxes. A grandiose structural arrangement that leaves you bewildered yet hooked; classic jacking floor toms and hats working up a frenzy whilst some wild sound design keep its holding court with upfront and confident dancefloors.

Exceptional stuff from this Glasgow wild card. Recommended. 


A2. Not Getting In
B1. Colonel
B2. Off The Bat

Glasgow’s Seated Records return with more archival Scottish new wave material; this time, in the form of Pop Wallpaper’s disco-not-disco interpretation of the Shuggie Otis classic, “Strawberry Letter 23”. And interpretation is the right word, guitarist Evan Henderson confesses that the lyrics sang by Audrey Redpath on the record were, 'err inaccurate due to pre-internet home recording translation'.

The Edinburgh band first released “Strawberry Letter 23” in 1986 as a double A side 12” alongside original song, “Nothing Can Call Me Back". The 1986 record’s sleeve states that the original - “Strawberry Letter 23" has been 're-modelled for special pleasures, namely on the dancefloor'. Here the re-model has been re-modelled once more. The track is recontextualised for 2022 playing on a four track 12” that includes an unreleased instrumental demo version of the track, as well as mixes from label founder Pigeon Steve and close friend of the label, Useful Tom.

Wallpaper’s first EP “Over Your Shoulder” was released in 1984. The release received a considerable amount of radio support, not least from Radio 1’s John Peel and Janice Long, which culminated with a live session for Long’s show at the BBC’s studios in London. Released a couple of years later, Strawberry Letter received similar levels of radio play. Despite (much to the band’s confusion) being tracked by Motown UK at one point, Pop Wallpaper did not go on to receive commercial success and eventually went their separate ways.

“Strawberry Letter 23” sits in the singular historical, cultural context of mid-80s Britain. Following the explosion of punk at the end of the 1970s, in the 1980s many British bands began experimenting with new styles and instruments - always keeping an eye firmly on their punk roots. The loose percussion and synthesiser melodies have an almost new-age, Balearic mood, while the falsetto vocals of singer Audrey Redpath are an unmistakable embodiment the post-punk style of the time. The prominent bassline suggests a reggae or disco inspiration, and bass player Myles Raymond admits that he obsessed over a Sly & Robbie Taxi records compilation around the time the band put the tune together.

This reissue includes an unreleased, unheard instrumental demo-version of the cover, “SL23”. The band recorded the demo during an nighter at Wilf’s Planet studios in Edinburgh, just after Wet Wet Wet had just finished up their own demo for “Wishing I Was Lucky” (Pop Wallpaper all insist they thought it would never be a hit). In this version, we hear the band messing around with drum machines and synths which, in a similar style to Kevin Low and Fiona Carlin on Seated 001, creates a stripped back dancefloor work-out that bares almost no resemblance to any version of “Strawberry Letter 23”. In an attempt to emulate the Trevor Horne production style of the time, the band’s drummer Les Cook recalls pushing for more and more reverb on the drums during the session to a reluctant producer Chic Medley, who 'eventually obliged, but needed a lot of persuading'. Much to Cook’s disappointment 'the reverb was toned down when we got to the final release'.

On the B side, label boss Pigeon Steve delivers a dubbed-out and acid drenched, cosmic rendition of the track with “SL24”, before Useful Tom (son of Pop Wallpaper bass player Myles Raymond) brings the EP to an end with spacey de-construction of fractured vocals and gliding synths on the B2 with “SL25”. 


A1. Strawberry Letter 23
A2. SL23 (Demo Version)
B1. SL24 (Pigeon Steve Mix)
B2. SL25 (Useful Tom Mix)

Back in stock Cover of Objekt #5 by Objekt.
Objekt #5 is the latest instalment in Objekt's eponymous white label series and his first release since his 2018 album Cocoon Crush. Tackling 'the slow banger' with a signature flair, he delivers two of his most raucous club tracks to date - all at an imposing, tense & taut, sub-110BPM tempo. Tectonic crawl filled with cranium busting sfx, atmospheres so thick you can taste fried circuits and burnt out tires. Monsters slowly emerging from the sewage as Objekt guides us deep into the underground drain networks of our urban sprawls.

If Drexciya explored the subaquatic layers, Objekt here scowers the various underground tunnels, sinkholes and drainage systems of our cities in search of the next rave mutants.

Limited copes - highly recommended. 


Matt says: If Drexciya explored the subaquatic layers, Objekt here scowers the various underground tunnels, sinkholes and drainage systems of our cities in search of the next rave mutants.


A1.Bad Apples

Back in stock Cover of Lemonade / Hard by Sophie.


Lemonade / Hard


    OK, here it is folks, the undeniably infectious saccharin-laced future-proof jam that is "Lemonade" by Sophie. Love it or hate it, I guarantee you won't be able to get these sickeningly sweet hooks outta your head after just one listen! "Lemonade" will surely be looked at in years to come as a sonic symbol of post-modern, digital culture as we search for that ADHD-proof 'hit' riddled with novelty and stimulation. I think Pitchfork put it best with '"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ At around four minutes long, this radio-friendly piece of crazed production is the crucial point in which bass music hit the masses, and watch it start a fire all over the internet and radio over the next month or so. On the flip "Hard" is even more frenzied, deploying rattling percussion, glistening motifs and machine-gun drum programming while a quick-fire female vocal talks about difficulties getting by for the modern club girl. With a massive future-rave breakdown towards the end, it’s another synthesized moment of legal-high goodness wrapped up in a succinct, concise, well executed package. Massive.

    60k+ and counting Soundcloud plays over the first 24 hours
    Currently charting #2 on Billboard’s ‘Emerging Artists’ chart
    'You'll not hear anything else like this today' Zane Lowe BBC R1 show premiere (covered by Huw Stephens) (@ 47m15s)
    ‘SOPHIE's Lemonade is the most bonkers track we've heard all year’ Guardian
    ‘song of the day’ Diplo on Twitter
    ‘one of the best things I’ve heard all year’ Stereogum
    ‘"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ Pitchfork
    ‘impossibly infectious’ Gorilla vs Bear


    Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first & second time!


    A. Lemonade
    B. Hard

    Back in stock Cover of MSMSMSM / Vyzee by Sophie.


    MSMSMSM / Vyzee


      Numbers hit us with a couple of new Sophie 12"s to get the dancefloor jumping. Samuel Long asks Carol for perhaps one consonant too many on 'MSMSMSM'. She's never going to make a decent word out of that, but she has made a EDM / trap / booty bass banger for the shape-throwing youth. Flipside cut 'Vyzee' is the tweenie child of 'Pump Up The Jam', an electro house jacker with cute / creepy girl rap.

      PC Music classics!


      Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first time!


      B. Vybzee

      Back in stock Cover of LOVE / Just Like We Never Said Goodbye by Sophie.


      LOVE / Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

        After 'Lemonade's' bouquet of ephemera concealing a secret firecracker within, the musical marmite of Sophie returns to our shop. It's hard to think of an artist that splits opinion so much, which is perhaps why I like her (- Matt). So far I've managed to convince about half our customers that this is 'the shit', but none of our staff. Anyway, I'll let you make up your own minds. Abstract, post-millennial electronics on the A-side, "LOVE" just buzzing and squealing through a cannon of VST-pluggins you probably can't even own yet while Sophie spits a plethora of one-letter snips onto this radioactive hue. One of those head-turning soundbeds to immediately change direction in a set, or even as the first tune to play when taking charge of the controls. As usual, we get one experimental piece and then, shall we say, one warped-chipmunk-in-wonderland take on pop music, set in the 23rd century. And that's what "Just Like We Never Said Goodbye Is". A post-break up tune for 15 year old aliens when we traverse to the next inhabitable galaxy. Honestly, this could reduce a cyborg to tears. Heartfelt, naive, childish lyrics about love, lust and yearning set to the most euphoric fidgety, futureproof and all encompassing of instrumentation - and there's not even any drums! So powerful, for me personally, it works; so, so very well. After playing this TWICE during a recent DJ set (I never play tunes twice) and multiple listens at home it still sends synthetic, MCAT-flavoured goosebumps down my arms and fires me with an intangible energy from deep inside the pit of my stomach. It's hard to place, but its there if you feel it, and who cares if the youth like it as much as you. There's not much else I can say about it - just have a listen and please do mail in your opinions (or don't - Ed).


        Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artifacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first time!


        A. L.O.V.E
        B. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye

        Back in stock Cover of Bipp (Autechre Mx) by Sophie.


        Bipp (Autechre Mx)

          Autechre remix SOPHIE'S "BIPP" !!!

          In 2015, when the idea of potential remixes of “Bipp” were first floated, the unequivocal response from Sophie was ‘No remixes unless it’s Autechre.’

          An Autechre live show recording from a Numbers show in 2005 had first inspired Sophie to source the equipment used to craft new music including “Bipp”, “Lemonade” & more. The “Bipp” Autechre mix a little over three minute burst of stripped back and loose, tribal-pop brilliance. Sounding like Autechre paying tribute to some serious late 80’s influences, the duo's interpretation channels an imagined transition point between industrial, electro and UK street soul, that pitched down vocal reconfigured into a wanna-be Latin Freestyle Natasha King, jiving over a deep slice of TR-606 funk technology that jars the jerks the body into some unusual and pleasant contortions. Erotic, anthemic and highly appealing across genre types, it’s got MASSIVE scrawled across its sleeve in imaginary type. Check! 


          Matt says: Rochdale's electronic mavericks grab the stems from Sophie's epochal "Bipp" track; transforming it into a loud n wobbly™ beast that'll swerve into many a DJs record boxes. Epic!


          1. Bipp (Autechre Remix)
          2. Unisil

          Back in stock Cover of Malebox by Patrick Cowley.
          "Malebox" brings us six previously unreleased funk-fueled jams from the archives of the cybernetic disco titan himself, Patrick Cowley. Best known for his chart-topping disco anthems, Cowley left us with an incredible body of work before his tragic death in 1982 due to AIDS-related illness. Since 2009, Dark Entries has been working with Cowley’s friends and family to uncover the singular artist’s lesser-known sides, including his soundtracks for gay pornographic films on compilation albums "School Daze", "Muscle Up", and "Afternooners".

          But "Malebox" gives us more of the Cowley we know and love: churning disco-funk and hi-NRG tracks that are spacey and sleazy, gritty and sublime. Recorded from 1979-1981, these six tracks illuminate what was one of Patrick’s most creatively exciting periods. “If You Feel It” and “Love Me Hot” were both early Paul Parker demos; the former is a peak hour hi-NRG bomb, while the latter dips into Cowley’s zoned-out space disco sound. Jeanie Tracy’s soulful vocals feature on the demo version of “Low Down Dirty Rhythm”, which was later re-recorded by Sarah Dash. The slower, less-varnished rendition here hits with a wild psychedelic edge. Meanwhile, Patrick’s gifts for careful orchestration and infectious melodies shine on “Floating” and “Love and Passion”, which were likely demo tracks for Loverde. The songs on Malebox display the vitality and inventiveness of a brilliant composer taken from us too soon.

          "Malebox" sleeve design was by Gwenaël Rattke, and features a hyper-color retro collage. Also included is an air mail envelope containing a letter from Patrick Cowley to French disco producer Pierre Jaubert as well as liner notes and hand-written lyrics. The release coincides with the 40th anniversary of Patrick’s passing.


          If You Feel It
          Love & Passion
          Low Down Dirty Rhythm Feat. Jeanie Tracy
          Love Me Hot
          A Wicked Tool

          Back in stock Cover of Home Listening Acid And House by Various Artists.
          Crazy good conceptual experiment from the excellent Chicago Bee. All the artists on this album were asked to imagine fusing acid and house with the “Virtualsex” LP which was released on Buzz in 1993. A 303 sound would be welcomed but not essential with an emphasis on soulful emotion and melody.

          I have to say everyone's done a sterling job, and it avoid the many pitfalls of modern acid by being rather quite musical and varied. There's slow numbers, serene pieces, star-gazing IDM and, of course, rawkus nagging acid! It's a real good snapshot of the 303 wielders of today working towards a common goal yet each imposing their own individuality onto the compilation. 


          A1. Postelektrik - SW1
          A2. Derek Carr - No Surrender
          B1. Type 303 - Stairway To Jupiter
          B2. Monofonix - Omega
          B3. Ivan Golac - Floated
          C1. Iron Blu - Valtra
          C2. Fear-E - Haven’t You Heard
          C3. Forgotten Corne, Maen Land
          D1. INFO - Dreams Of Andromeda
          D2. A-Eno-Acid - Greek Town Casino

          Surprise Chef

          Money Music / Suburban Breeze

            'Money Music' is taken from Surprise Chef's Education And Recreation album, released back in October 2022. Overdriven beats, palatable piano progressions and whirly wurlitzers are the band's bag, but there's a progression to each of their tunes that renders them a bit more advanced than that of your average instrumental hip-hop band. Now released on 7", the track (which blends all manner of basses, clicky sounds and vibraphone-like tones) is an ideal cop for turntablists, home-listeners and ambience DJs alike.

            Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

            Velvets In The Dark / Koala Bears - 2023 Repress

              Liverpool legend Michael Head (Shack, The Strands, Pale Fountains) returns with a stunningly beautiful double A-side single. "Velvets In The Dark" is a gorgeous conversational swooner in the style of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking", whilst the flip, "Koala Bears" has an almost jazzy flavour and slips into (Bacharach and David's) "Close To You" as made famous by The Carpenters! Strange, inspired magic from a bygone time, these two tracks perfectly complement one another: two evocative little stories done justice by the prettiest finger-picking, warmest horns and the classiest of arrangements. All in all, a little gem.

              Back in stock Cover of Abrabo by Alhaji K Frimpong.
              A classic and essential hi-life & afro funk album from one of the greatest Ghanaian singers and composers reissued for the first time!

              The legendary Alhaji Kwabena Frimpong's fantastic rare album was recorded in 1984 in Germany and originally produced and distributed from Hamburg. Frimpong was born on July 22nd 1939 at Ofoase in the Ashanti - Akim district, died Oct 18th 2005 in Kumasi (Ghana).

              He entered right into music after elementary school by joining Star de Republic and later Oko's band after which he left for K. Gyasy's band where he worked for more than 6 years. As a prolific songwriter and singer, here's the reissue of his amazing album, a modern fusion of hi-life and soul. The excellent background is given by the famous Cubanos Fiesta with members of Vis-A-Vis band such as the famous Sammy Cropper on guitar or Slim Manu on bass.

              Originally produced by Atakora Mensah in Hamburg, this four songs recording is a blend of danceable and spiritual soul and straight hi-life. A must-have vinyl of percussive afro-funk for all the music connoisseurs, “Abrabo” is a true masterpiece, so hard to find and reaching crazy prices in the second hand master.

              Remastered by Frank Merritt at The Carvery. Pressed on Replika format. Fully licensed by the Alhaji Kwame Frimpong Family.

              TRACK LISTING

              Susu Dwa W'Anum

              Star Creature's first official compilation featuring unreleased tracks and new mixes by label fav's E. Live, Giovanni Damico, Shiro Schwarz, Ourra, Saucy Lady, Proh Mic, Amalia and Kutcorners...

              Star Creature is the no. 1 international label for new boogie and modern funk. No other camp has represented the sound so strongly and authentically in present times. Finding a natural habitat across the digital airwaves of many a Manchester radio show, and soundtracking a fair share of its nightlife too (check the whole Wet Play / Full Beam / Red Laser Disco gamut for proof...), it continues the long standing tradition of US dance music going down a storm in the north west of England!

              Star Creature have lavishly dished out seven new tracks for our dancing feet, and at remarkably good value too. They could have just as easily reissued five of their now-sold-out 7" across one disc and charged us twenty quid for it. Instead we get a jam packed 12" with ALL NEW material and featuring a different artist on each track, and for less than the price of two cocktails in the Northern Quarter. Star Creature we love you! 

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Saucy Lady - A Shooting Star
              A2. Proh Mic - Tunnel Vision
              A3. Kutkorners - The Finest (feat Amalia - E Live Remix)
              A4. Ourra & The Gravity Drive - Instant Sunshine
              B1. Shiro Schwarz - Exoplanet Love
              B2. Giovanni Damico - Cassette Funk
              B3. E Live - Do Me Like That (feat Chesta Blake - Slight Extension Mix)

              Mystical, minimal house offering hailing from South Africa in the mid-2000s courtesy of Cape Town indie labels Sharp-Flat and Roastin' Records.

              RockArt was a hybrid-electro performance art project that emerged during a golden age for electronic music in the Cape, the post-Y2K scene spurred by the maverick African Dope record label that marked the rise of cult outsiders Felix Laband and Tudor Watkins Jones. Harnessing the combined powers of seasoned jazz musicians Hilton Schilder and Alex van Heerden, RockArt cooked up a signature futurist formula laced with musical bows and voice samples that was unmistakably indigenous. Intended as a companion to the group's "Future Cape" album of 2006, "House" was conceived as a long-form soundscape of tribal electronica that could stand alone on its own merits but also provide a backdrop for live instrumental improvisation. The project was shelved following the untimely death of Alex van Heerden in 2009 but emerges from Hilton Schilder's archive as a reminder of the duo's profound collaborative alchemy.

              Running at 28 minutes over two sides of 12-inch maxi cut at 45RPM, "House" is available as a boutique vinyl offering with a psychedelic art sleeve pressed in a first edition of 300 copies.

              TRACK LISTING

              House I
              House II

              Wipe The Needle Vs. Street Smartz / Big L

              Metal Things / Put It On - Wipe The Needle Remixes (Part 3)

              Part 3 of Wipe The Needle's GAMM reworkings take over. Up for a re-jig this time round is Street Smartz and Big L.

              Made up of DJ Buda, Kareem Denis (Big KO), Syx and Winston Morris, Street Smartz released "Metal Things" in 1996 on Tru Criminal. Here Wipe The Needle deploys a soulful and moody vibe with a sub woofer-teasing bump to compensate the fiery, conscious lyrical deluge delivered with vigor by the crew.

              Hip-hop grand royality Big L released "Put It On" in '95 - cementing his skills as one of the smoothest freestylers in the business and making the New Yorker one of the hottest in the business. Wipe The Needle's tweak pairs more of those deeeep subs with smooth synth play and lashings of future soul.

              FACTOID!! * Interestingly, both tracks originally featured beats produced by Buckwild - founding member of New York's Diggin' In The Crates posse and celebrated veteran beatsmith. 

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Street Smartz - Metal Things (Wipe The Needle Remix)
              B. Big L - Put It On (Wipe The Needle Remix)

              Back in stock Cover of Tascam Space Season by Noda & Wolfers.
              Originally only available as a digital release on Nightwind Records, L.I.E.S. Records now provides the vinyl edition of what is sure to be a cult classic in the vast Legowelt catalog. Last December Danny Wolfers met up with Japanese digital dub legend Taka Noda aka Mystica Tribe to produce this Far East styled, weighty digi-dub album. Custom made, lo-fi oozing echo effects transform synthesizers and drum machines into a comforting mist of arcane sludge, laced with Taka Noda's enchanting melodica playing.

              Produced by Taka Noda & Danny Wolfers, Recorded in Tokyo Japan and The Hague Holland December 2021. Limited copies - highly recommended.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Rawkus and wild digi-dub flavours here from Legowelt and Mystica Tribe who fry circuits and bass bins with their idiosyncratic take on the mythical sub-genre.

              TRACK LISTING

              Supernatural Mixing Desk
              The Transient Purpose Of Echo
              In Opposite Reality
              Strange Autumn
              Radical Forms Of The Unknown
              Archetypes In Dub
              Broken Dream Tape Saturation

              Originally released in 2012, the second album by the São Paulo-born composer Rodrigo Campos marks a turning point in both lyrical and aesthetic inspiration. “Bahia Fantástica” is the result of the absorption of a then recent influence of soul music (especially Curtis Mayfield) and is in the middle of this path marked by an unlikely geography in the lyrical part (São Mateus, Bahia, Japan) and by an expansion of sound (from samba to the indefinable, with a passage through black American music).

              The album turns ten years old in 2022 and exudes vitality. The soul reference takes on a different aroma when it passes through the filter of the composer and his band – formed by Kiko Dinucci on guitar, Marcelo Cabral on bass, Maurício Fleury on keyboards, Maurício Takara on drums and Thiago França on sax: it has Brazilian sauce, hints of afrobeat and a very particular seasoning. The lyrics bear the artist's mark: they project scenes in the listener's imagination and design the characters and environments with their own style of subjective chronicle. Bahia is both imaginary and intimate in Rodrigo Campos’s music.

              TRACK LISTING

              Cinco Doces
              Princesa Do Mar
              Morte Na Bahia
              Sete Vela
              Jardim Japao
              General Geral
              Sou De Salvador

              2022 repress on colour LP (West Ham colours, half transparent violet & half turquoise)

              There's an ordeal that underpins Low Life's 'Dogging,' and looking back at it, perhaps this was inevitable given the album's exceptionally derogatory attitude to its own scattered sense of time and debris. It's an attitude that's been hosed down in bore water-stained stupor, with all the anguished but forgivable hope and charm of plain packaged cigarettes. 'Dogging' crawled into the world desperately and painfully. Originally slated for release on Brisbane's singular Negative Guest List Records in 2012, the label's owner sadly passed away before it got there. It eventually emerged two years later as a split between two labels from the band's home turf of Sydney, Disinfect Records and R.I.P. Society. It's fitting that the latter had reissued Venom P. Stinger's Dugald McKenzie-era material the year prior - arguably the only other Australian band that compares to the tough, shit-kicking intensity found on 'Dogging.' Comprised of Mitch Tolman, Cristian O'Sullivan, and Greg Alfaro at this point (the current 2017 line-up includes Dizzy from Oily Boys), the reckless ferocity and defeatist's humour is pointedly nihilistic. It's not kitsch nihilism either, it's the kind that enlivens. Indexing happiness, fear, lust, grief, and sorrow, the wry indulgences outlined in Tolman's coded and scheming lyrics amount to white-knuckle sincerity. It's disarming, but it's blunted by a weighty smirk. If all this weren't delivered through a sardonic curled lip, the violence at the edge of it all would perhaps come off a little less real.

              There's a bitterly angry confrontation with the contemporary Australian psyche once you enter Low Life's estate. Thugged out and at pace, there's a genuine rush to 'Dogging.' The mindless logic of 'harder and faster' could never get you to where they were at this point. Even at the marginally calmer moments the guitars glance you like a headache revealing just how bad it is. There's no respite, but on the the whole it's a very functional arrangement between the three of them. Each song is belted out with a short, sharp fit, with some synthesisers occasionally glistening out at the edges. The restraint is all the more fierce as it amplifies everything that's fucked about them. Low Life pull you through it all on all their terms, and that impact feels as untimely and excessive now as it did then.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Martin says: Total gobbing, dogging Punk Rock!

              TRACK LISTING

              Speed Ball
              Down At The Dogs
              Dream Machine


              Brasingles Vol. 2 - Inc. Wolf Muller Remix

              Barbatuques, a well-known Brazilian group of body percussionists, adapted "BaianaÌ" back in 2005 (first released on the "O Seguinte EÌ Esse" album) and since then it became a staple of their concerts.

              The original is a modern folk song from Bahia composed by Maria do Carmo Barbosa, but it was the mouth harp sound and the stomping beat on the Barbatuques' arrangement that imprinted its trademark sound. A couple of years ago, Jan Schulte, the german producer known for his taste for tropical drums (and also for using a few different aliases), heard the song and decided to add an extra punch to it for his DJ sets: more drums, taken from a library record of 'drumdrops' (hence the title).

              Now for the first time "BaianaÌ" is issued on vinyl. It marks the second volume of the "Brasingles" series, a new series on Selva Discos dedicated to releasing loud 12" singles with the original song on the A side and a rework on the B side, to please both the DJ, dancer and the home listener in equal measure! Limited copies - much needed HEAT for any dancefloor. TIP! 

              TRACK LISTING

              Baiana (Wolf Muller Drum Drop)

              South African production duo of Emil Zoghby and John Galanakis were responsible for a string of high-quality disco singles in the early 80s, typically cover versions of international hits - Klein & MBO’s ‘The Big Apple’, Sly & the Family Stone’s ‘Family Affair’ & David Joseph’s ‘You Can’t Hide (Your Love From Me)’ - backed with their own compositions. When Starlight hit the market with an album in 1983, it featured only one cover, the local hit ‘Picnic’, along with five of the duo’s original compositions, including their similarly styled response, ‘Picnicing’, which replaces the original’s sax with spaced-out synth stabs. Then there’s ‘Jah Jah Love’, an ecstatic disco sermon of dancefloor dynamite weighing in at over eight and a half minutes. Other tracks on this landmark album - ‘Let’s Go Dancing (Boogie Boogie)’, ‘Keep On Moving’ and an eponymous instrumental - offer a similar fusion of classic disco with newer Italo and proto-house influences: machine music with a human touch! Remastered from the original master tapes and reissued for the first time. Killer!

              TRACK LISTING

              Lets Go Dancing Boogie Boogie
              Jah Jah Love
              Keep On Moving

              Back in stock Cover of Mirror In Man EP by Movulango.
              One of Deewee’s newest family members, 25-year-old Belgian musician and producer, Mozes Mosuse aka Movulango drops his debut EP “Mirror In Man”.

              'We’ve always called him the psychedelic romantic of the studio' say David & Stephen Dewaele, founders of Deewee / Soulwax.

              “Mirror In Man” is proof that you shouldn’t put a time limit on creativity. An utterly forward-thinking five-track musical adventure taking in psychedelic folk jams, woozy electronica and looped-up beats, it is the culmination of a five-year process for Movulango. A journey that has seen Mozes transform from dancefloor-slaying producer (his previous credits include being one-half of Ego Troopers and Future Sound of Antwerp) to a kind of West Coast pop art Balearic troubadour.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Modern synth-punk waver and Deewee's secret weapon young gun; Movulango delivers an unstoppable EP that lands somewhere betwen Hot Chip, Basement Jaxx, Panda Bear and Peter Bjorn and John. Yes - it's mega!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. The Peak
              A2. Too Absurd
              A3 Through The Motions
              B1. Other Way
              B2. Dozed Off

              Weirdo acid tracks and spaced out braindance by RTR. Probably the most energetic & up there tracks RTR has done so far. Putting those 10 tracks together makes us go through an immersive musical journey that goes from stuttering, rapid breakbeats all the way through the record to complex melodies, needling acid basslines, mind-melting electronic workout that'll leave you on your knees. One for the Aphex Twin and Rephlex fans (and isn't everyone a Aphex Twin fan?). Limited edition of 300 copies!

              TRACK LISTING

              01 Xxxx
              02 A Lenticularis
              03 43uo
              04 Nimitz
              05 Tt
              06 T1
              07 Xor
              08 Lights Over Phoenix
              09 Estazin
              10 6equj5

              Back in stock Cover of Just EP by Bicep.
              Holy schmokes! If you thought the Bicep ascent had reached its peak and couldn't get any higher you were wrong! Aptly timed for the forthcoming 'festival season', when rolling around in fields of mud whilst on various illegal narcotics is considered de rigueur, this little beauty should have you removing clothes and inhibitions quicker than you can pour that MDMA-laced vodka-Redbull down your thirsty neck. The title track kicks things off and suffuses a broken kick and snare combo with a poignant sequence and heart-rending synth strings. A vocal refrain (Bagarre?) drops in and out throughout a lucent breakdown before Bicep lay a soft, filtered croon over a swelling piano motif. Tension is astutely balanced, never quite boiling over and keeping the listener pinned before the duo drive a tough, gravelly kick under gentle flecks of acid and rich sweeping pads. "Celeste" leads with intricate conga patterns before an overwhelmingly emotional series of melodies and chords converge on the track. A heavily reverberated, ghostly female vox drifts elegantly in the background while the track's delicate beauty marches on, ascending into a spine-tingling section of crescendo of epic piano stabs and infectious congas. Massive! Finally, "Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)" touches on the 'rolling around a field on drugs' vibe I mentioned in the first paragraph. Mixing influences from 90s trance and progressive house, the pair have crafted a mighty, hypnotic beast of a tune which should be at the front of any big name DJ frequenting the festival circuit this Summer. Essential tackle. Move quick!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1 Just
              B1 Celeste
              B2 Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)

              Back in stock Cover of Mellotronique by J-Walk.
              J-Walk's (Martin Brew) superb Mellotronique gets a much needed vinyl pressing from the fledgling imprint headed by Jason Boardman of Aficionado records fame. 

              If you know Brew's work from the highly lauded 'Limelight Nights' or 'Mediterranean Winds', then you'll know that his sound is a synth-heavy distillation of topical Balearic grooves and snappy disco percussion. This latest outing sees the musical polymath shift his focus slightly more into the almost-tailored-exactly-for-me saturated 8-bit grooves of 90's videogame soundtrackery. 

              Kicking things off, 'City Slicker' matches a swung percussive groove against phased chord stabs and rolling synthetic bass, providing a perfect starting point for the wonderfully vivid landscape that is to come. 'Hypercruiser' brings in the most understated saw-wave bass (with *just* enough short reverb on to come popping out of the mix) before launching into a soaring, euphoric lift into one of my favourite pices on the whole collection, the wonderfully evocative portamentoed swing of 'Underwater Galaxy'. 

              Both 'A World Someplace' and 'Winter Moon Rendezvous' hold their place perfectly, tactfully seguing between slowly pulled synth chords and twinkling dreamlike bliss. The former swims with a machine-funk groove, reminiscent of an 8-bit cityscape while the latter takes this established groove and slows it down, reducing to a few perfectly pitched elements.  It's this restraint that really sets J-Walk apart from the rest, with his keen production ear coming across perfectly in the finished product. 

              Laters, both 'Chill Bien' and 'Equinox Desire' usher in hints of tropical groove, with the syncopated stabs of bass fading into a sea of reverb and bit-crushed guitars before pulling all the elements seamlessly into a perfect culmination of melodic drive and lysergic relaxation. 

              We finish with the massive duo of 'Fait Accompli' and 'The Night Machine', the former bringing the latent Italo elements into the mix before the latter slams them home with an uncompromisingly crunchy, filter-manipulated freak-out. 

              It's a stunning collection of tracks, and further evidence that J-Walk is indeed here to stay, thank f*ck. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: The second release on Jason Boardman's (Aficionado) new labour of love and it's no other than Martin Brew dropping electro-funk-balearo-science! Electrified throughout, it exists as a concise and really quite singular piece conceived by an artist in full creative control. We've waited all year for these BiD records but it's been worth the wait. Buy on sight! Who knows if there'll be a second press...

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. City Slicker
              A2. Hypercruiser
              A3. Underwater Galaxy
              A4. A World Someplace
              A5. Winter Moon Rendezvous
              B1. Hologram Jam
              B2. Chill Bien
              B3. Equinox Desire
              B4. Fait Accompli
              B5. The Night Machine

              Back in stock Cover of The Anthropomorphic Fantasy EP by Byamm.
              SUPER limited private press release!!
              80's infused synth soul, song based project by artist, BYAMM: The "Anthropomorphic Fantasy EP"

              The project includes some really fresh creative UK soul talent inc singers Ade Omotayo (Gorrilaz / Amy Winehouse), Kevin Mark Trail (The Streets / Mike Skinner), Derek Green (Robbie Williams), Sharlene Hector (Basement Jaxx), Emily Holligan (Michael Kiwanuka), bass player Dale Davis (Amy Winehouse's Music Director), guitarist Tony Reme (Incognito/OMAR), guitarist Rob Harris (Jamiroquai) & Barima Yaw Asante (songwriter / keys / producer ) & Matt Myatt (beats / co-production)...aka the initials BYAMM...we hope you dig it!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Proper authentic, fresh new street soul from a selection of royal pedigree talent. Been hyped by Jason Boardman and already flying out fast... Essential if you're into the Full Beam stuff...

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Anthropomorphic Fantasy
              A. I Won't Tell
              B. Lhbmrgf
              B. Shine

              Back in stock Cover of Breathe - Inc. Kessler & Peach Remixes by Swoose.
              The impact Belfast born duo Bicep have had on Irish music is unmeasurable, capturing the hearts and minds of the next-gen with their future-facing sonics. The pairing started their FMB label in 2012, going on to support a plethora of Irish artists in the process, from Cromby and Hammer to Brassica and Brame & Hamo.

              The label's latest record comes from yet another Irish artist. Swoose, a name that should be familiar to any Irish electronic lover, began his career handing out flyers for legendary club Stiff Kitten. From here Swoose went on to become a resident of Shine and AVA Festival, and has released a string of killer records on Shall Not Fade and Lost Palms. Now residing in London, his record on FMB brings the OG Belfast dance music community back together for a fittingly euphoric release.

              Title track ‘Breathe’ produces poignant undertones and contemplative thought, meditative breaks channeling the producer's fascination with wild flora and fauna. The track's interior begins to distort our sense of time and self, liquid textures forming over celestial harmonies like psilocybin. ‘Hyphae’ takes a 4/4 approach, while keeping the EP’s emotional personality present. Its pulsating bassline is balanced by far-reaching syths and dancing hi-hats, resting in a unified space of motion and colour.

              Rotterdam via Belfast based artist Kessler has been on the tip of everyone's tongue since the return of clubbing. He has released music on Sherelle’s BEAUTIFUL black and LGBTQ+ label and his debut Shall Not Fade release was one of the most celebrated EPs of 2021. Kesslers knackt to create beautiful, other-wordly soundscapes that are both functional and edge on the side of melancholy are unmatched. His flip of title track ‘Breathe’ swaps gentler tones for his signature UK-sound inspired drums and crowd-evaporating atmospherics. The arrangements gentle ebb and flow, maintaining that signature blend of pace and etherealness.

              Toronto’s Peach is on hand for the second remix – ‘Hyphae – a stripped-back early-morning groover that mixes psychedelia with flexible percussion. The track gives off a subtly uplifting vibe that blends heads-down club with minimal, punchy aesthetic. Just when you thought it was time to go home too...

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Plasma pools, hydroplaning water vehicles, deep ripples; it's a highly textures electronic soundscape provided by FMB newcomers Swoose - get involved!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Breathe
              A2. Hyphae
              B1. Breathe (Kessler Remix)
              B2. Hyphae (Peach Remix)

              The first to release on the relaunched Nu Groove in 2021, NYC pioneer Jovonn is an artist whose musical philosophies align intrinsically with the beloved label. Now he returns to the imprint with a four track EP that continues to demonstrate his innate musicality and deep seeded roots in club culture. From the deep, minimalistic grooves of opening track ‘RAISE UP (Raise Up High)’ and driving melodies of ‘Sunday Ride’, to the chunkier ‘WHAT’ and the big room bass and plunging sub of closing cut ‘Let The World Dance’, this is another unmissable package from the rebirthed Nu Groove, from a true house master.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Raise Up (Raise Up High)
              A2. Sunday Ride
              AA1. What
              AA2. Let The World Dance

              Felipe Gordon Feat. Paul Shapiro

              Elisa / Resonant Memories

              One of the keys to Nervous’ longevity has been their willingness to take chances on new producers and new sounds. As long as a track contains the essence of house, they encourage producers to experiment with combining it with other musical genres. And if the results are creative and fruitful enough they are always ready, willing and able to create a new sub label and logo to go along with a fresh sound.

              In the 90’s they felt out a movement toward house being juiced with jazz elements and created the Nervous Chill sub-label. Now all these years later we are once again seeing a new appreciation for the sounds, flow and energy of jazz on the part of some of the world’s premier house music producers, and so they are embarking on a re-launch of the Nervous Chill imprint.

              Onboard for the re-launch is the very talented and dynamic producer Felipe Gordon with the two tracks “Elisa” and “Resonant.” Both songs feature the legendary musician Paul Shapiro, who has played a key musical role in many of house music’s most celebrated tunes including “The Whistle Song” for which he supplied the eponymous whistle! “Elisa” features an uplifting and bouncy rhythmic vibe that’s topped and energized with Paul’s jazzy flute, while “Resonant” has a deeper and slightly more aggressive tone that’s propelled with Paul hypnotic and free wheeling sax instrumentation. Recommended!

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Elisa Ft. Paul Shapiro
              B. Resonant Memories Ft. Paul Shapiro

              The art and soul of Network is well and truly captured on this beautiful collection. Fittingly for a remix selection, Network’s iconic artwork is reconstructed by Trevor Jackson, the designer of those original graphics. He has lovingly reworked the maverick indie house label’s distinctive branding for this 2 x 12 double album selection which rewinds to some of Network’s finest moments.
              Network was based in Birmingham but as this release demonstrates had an international outlook and an alchemist touch for joining together disparate talents which lent itself well to the world of remixology.

              Dave Lee’s remix, when he was working under his Joey Negro pseudonym, of The Reese Project’s awesome "Direct Me" is arguably his finest ever work. The original track fused Detroit electronica with the Motor City’s ever present soul music stirrings. Dave simply made the superlative perfect . The result was not only an iconic Network release but one of house music’s greatest recordings.

              There was possibly no better example of Network’s deft touch when it came to selecting unlikely combinations of people to work together than "Day By Day". Andrew Pearce, a raw but incredibly gifted 18 years gospel singer, was plucked of the streets of Wolverhampton and promptly despatched to Detroit where producer Kevin Saunderson and songwriter Ann Saunderson gave him the complete Reese Project template on the mesmerising "Day By Day". Then Chez Damier & Ron Trent were drafted in to create their Urban Sound Gallery masterpiece of a remix. It truly is a gem.

              Ann Saunderson is also central to Surreal’s hypnotic "Happiness", not only as songwriter but as the vocalist too. Network then did their 'let’s try this' thing by letting loose Italian house godfathers The Fathers Of Sound on the track parts. They threw down and created a progressive (but dreamy) house anthem that is to this day massively in demand.

              Slo Moshun’s game changer (house slows down into hip-hop then ramps up back into house) "Bells Of New York" was produced by Mark Archer & Danny Taurus. It became huge literally overnight. Various attempts to remix it were tried but in the end it was back to Mark who demonstrated that sometimes the original creator of a track is best able to re-imagine it by coming up with his much loved 'Beefy Bells' remix.

              Inner City’s stark and brutal "Ahnonghay" saw Kevin Saunderson going back to his Detroit techno roots. Fittingly it was one of the UK’s disciples of that innovative Belleville Three era,Dave Clarke, who supplied the awesome remix contained here. Rhythmatic’s Mark Gamble created a British bleep house anthem with the sledgehammer "Demonz". The original won the support of John Peel with repeated BBC Radio plays underlining incessant club plays. Again it’s the original artist who does that remix thing best with Mark’s Sequel mix managing to improve his classic original.

              Neal Howard’s "Indulge" was the debut Network release. His music sounded like it was from another planet and he was hailed as Chicago’s answer to Detroit genius Derrick May. Here we present Derrick’s Mayday remix of "To Be Or Not To Be" which was the flip to "Indulge". This was Network’s debut release, and it is hard to imagine a label having a more euphoric greeting card.

              The album concludes with a remix of a track recorded at a live concert in 1989.. To be clear THE TRACK that defined that year’s acid house cultural revolution. Derrick May brought along Carl Craig to perform with him as Rhythm Is Rhythm when invited to support Inner City at London’s Town And Country Club . Luckily Kool Kat - the predecessor to Network - recorded for posterity an historic rendition of "Strings Of Life". Roll on a few years and Network went into the vaults and asked Ashley Beedle to work on the tape. He completely remoulded it and conjured up a new incarnation of "Strings Of Life" that's like a long lost folk tale of the dancefloor. 

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. The Reese Project - Direct Me (Joey Negro Remix)
              A2. Andrew Pearce - Day By Day (Urban Sound Gallery Mix)
              B1. Surreal - Happiness (Fathers Of Sound Renaissance Mix)
              B2. Slo Moshun - Bells Of N.Y. (Xen Mantra Beefy Bells Mix)
              C1. Inner City - Ahnonghay (Dave Clarke Remix)
              C2. Rhythmatic - Demons (Sequel Mix)
              D1. Neal Howard - To Be Or Not To Be (Mayday Mix)
              D2. The 10th Planet - Strings Of Life (Ashley Beedle Remix)

              Following the success of the Emotive Response trilogy, 9300 Records brings another Belgian retro trance infused 4-tracker by new signing After Club. Raw analog pounding tracks that bring back the melodies and sounds that defined a generation of party goers in Belgium's 90's club scene. Sizzling hot and ready for the toughest clubs around, this tackle isn't for the faint hearted! Go hard or go home.

              TRACK LISTING

              Affligem 1997
              Hoovering In Space (live @ Carat)
              Moments In Ecstacy
              Mind Expansion Tool

              K Lost Acid Dub


              The KLAD series returns with the third output. More reinterpretations / remixes of inspiring tracks from the past. This record challenges the trainspotters for a game of sample hunting. Of course, like the earlier ones, there is loads of acid! Side A is a gnarly, hefty, 4/4 affair with thick percussion and biting acid. Side B is a hardcore indebted piano breaks track with seriously positive vibrations! Dope stuff from this Italian label. Buy on sight!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1 Untitled 
              B1 Untitled 

              DMX Krew is back on Furthur Electronix! Here with a fine, versatile EP, ranging in style from tripped-out downbeat to bleepy Sheffield style bass, techno and acidic breakbeats. All in all another top drawer release from one of our greatest UK underground electronic legends. TIP!

              TRACK LISTING

              Ambient Frog
              Bell Break
              Blue Blob
              Clean The Stylus (ashley Break)

              Back in stock Cover of Aqua Team - 2023 Reissue by DJ Stingray 313.
              DJ Stingray 313's Aqua Team series returns to Micron Audio. Originally released as a two-part series on the ever-innovative WeMe, the records quickly became collector's items. 15 years later, “Aqua Team” is now back in full force, reimagined as a triple vinyl album of underwater sonic explorations, fully remastered to meet modern cyborg standards. "Serotonin" starts the series off in true DJ Stingray style - pounding drums and 808 bass kicks, airy yet striking arpeggios and haunting vocal loops throughout. "Straight Up Cyborg" is a dystopian journey through cybernetic blips, bleeps and static and progressive build that truly bring the track to life. An aquatic alien bassline, sonar-like leads and hovering snare move swiftly in "Star Chart"; "Silicon Romance" and "Counter Surveillance" are modish tracks instantly recognizable as DJ Stingray 313's unique Detroit sound. ‘You have a destiny, and now is your time to fulfill it’ says the mantra-like sample in "Potential", an entrancing synth loop sure to send listeners and dancefloors deep diving into euphoria. Pounding drums, floor-shaking low-end, running percussion and atonal, ominous samples theme the nefarious tracks "Binary Coven", "NWO", "LR001" and "Mindless", footnoting much darker undertakings in DJ Stingray 313's “Aqua Team” excursion. Closing out the “Aqua Team” saga is the strongly-titled "It's All Connected". Thick drums, glistening arpeggios and ethereal strings shine brightly across a wide stereo plane, creating a thundering wall of sound. “Aqua Team” truly showcases the diverse facets of DJ Stingray 313's signature production, as vast and evolving as the seafloor itself. - Jay Remy

              TRACK LISTING

              • 01 Serotonin
              • 02 Straight Up Cyborg
              • 03 Star Chart
              • 04 Silicon Romance
              • 05 Potential
              • 06 Wire Act
              • 07 Binarycoven
              • 08 Nwo
              • 09 Mindless
              • 10 Counter Surveillance
              • 11 Lr001
              • 12 It's All Connected

              Deep fried to perfection, Manuel Sahagun is next up to the plate for your favourite potato-based label Pomme Frite. A five-track disco house menu, served extra crispy with all the sauce you could ever need. Comfort cuts with summer firmly in mind.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: 'Pigeon tackle' as my friends and co-workers often remind me - repetitive concentric club shit that has you spinning around in circles with your eyes wide shut. As good an example as you'll ever find! Love the centre label too. 10 / 10

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Get Closer
              A2. Boogie Sister
              B1. 1,2...
              B2. Shit And Run
              B3. Spoon

              Gil Scott-Heron

              Small Talk At 125th And Lenox - 2023 Reissue

                Gil Scott-Heron was twenty-one years old when he was signed to Flying Dutchman by Bob Thiele to make an album of his poetry. The resultant “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” was recorded before a small live audience and, released in 1970, sat perfectly in a world where the Last Poets had just tasted Top 10 success with their debut LP. “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” opened with a spoken word version of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and also featured poems and musical pieces like ‘Omen’, ‘Brother’, ‘Plastic Pattern People’, ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘Everyday’ that reflected on the black community and its condition within America at this time.

                The starkest of these sharp observational pieces from Scott-Heron was ‘Whitey On The Moon’, which recounts the US Government spending billions on landing a rocket on the moon at a time when, “a rat done bit my sister, Nell”.

                Like its follow-up – “Pieces Of A Man” – “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” is a classic album and we are delighted to serve it up again on vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with the original liner notes.

                With current “Big Talk” of going back to the moon, whilst injustice still prevails for many black people in America, “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” still conveys a message that resonates today.

                TRACK LISTING

                Side One
                1. Introduction / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
                2. Omen
                3. Brother
                4. Comment # 1
                5. Small Talk At 125th & Lenox
                6. The Subject Was Faggots
                7. Evolution (and Flashback)
                Side Two
                1. Plastic Pattern People
                2. Whitey On The Moon
                3. The Vulture
                4. Enough
                5. Paint It Black
                6. Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul?
                7. Everyday

                Various Artists

                Guerrilla Girls! She-Punks & Beyond 1975-2016

                  “Guerrilla Girls!”, Ace Records’ much-anticipated first release of 2023, takes us on a thrilling ride from punk’s mid-70s origins, via the left-field post-punk groups, jangly female combos, grunge bands and vigilante Riot Grrrls of the 80s and 90s, to the she-punk bands of recent years – a five-decade alternative to the macho hegemony of rock.

                  The collection highlights songs that emerged out of a dynamic underculture of female creative expression. What unites the featured artists is a healthy disregard for the way the music industry ties up its female performers into pretty, neo-liberal packages. From Patti Smith, universal mother of the punk movement, to the Bags, Bikini Kill and Skinny Girl Diet, this music is anti-A&R. Including lesser-known names such as San Francisco street punk Mary Monday and London-based experimentalists pragVec, it shows that, rather than being a few novelty bands existing on the margins, these performers represent a stronger, more three-dimensional version of the female experience.

                  Glorious resistance was on display in the first wave of UK female-fronted punk bands. Poly Styrene’s charged vocals on X-Ray Spex’s ‘Iama Poseur’, for instance, were a deliberate refusal to be a pretty punkette. With 15 year-old Lora Logic on saxophone, X-Ray Spex epitomised a fearless, self-defined agency that was at odds with the pastel shades and flowery, submissive Laura Ashley version of 1970s girlhood. By the early 80s, there was a hugely vibrant scene propelled by the diverse rhythms and voices of post-punk feminism. Lora Logic had left X-Ray Spex to form the interweaving textures of Essential Logic, the Mo-dettes mangled ska and off-kilter pop, and Birmingham band Au Pairs sliced political rigour into their lyrics and funky guitar work.

                  Some female artists took that elemental energy into pop, creating pop-punk with a twist. We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!! made a statement on music technology and female power with a cheeky play on words. Their song ‘Rules And Regulations’ shows that what Guerrilla Girls do well is debunking – taking genres of popular song and turning them inside out – like the way the Pandoras and the Pussywillows would amp up the driving beat and high vocals of the 60s girl group style, and subvert it with a DIY garage element.

                  In its fanzine culture, use of montage and DIY music, 90s Riot Grrrl bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile drew direct inspiration from 70s punk, articulated through the prism of Third Wave feminism. Too often, Riot Grrrl gigs were invaded by men intent on heckling “the enemy”. Liz Naylor, manager of British Riot Grrrl band Huggy Bear, says that their concerts became war zones. From the US grunge and Riot Grrrl scenes emerged more female instrumentalists, with bands such as L7 and Babes In Toyland proving that it was possible to recruit cutting-edge drummers, bass players and guitarists. Lori Barbero, whose relentless power drumming is a major element of Babes In Toyland, took the one instrument that has been a staple of male rock’n’roll and made it her muse.

                  In the 2000s a new generation of girl-punk bands drew on the Riot Grrrl underculture to form their own sound. London trio the Tuts refashioned C86, Riot Grrrl and lush dream pop on songs like the ironically titled ‘Let Go Of The Past’, while the Regrettes injected shots of ska and doo wop into their explosive West Coast pop-punk. What began with Patti Smith and 70s punk has grown into a vast, spikey infrastructure of girl music. Many take inspiration from their foremothers, like Skinny Girl Diet whose vigilante feminism and punk distortion has been championed in return by Viv Albertine of the Slits. As long as these female artists stay aware of their musical vision and what they are trying to express – in a sense, A&R themselves – the underculture will continue to grow and flower. And this “Guerrilla Girls!” compilation is a celebration of that power.

                  The back sleeve of the release features a scene-setting introductory essay by Lucy O’Brien (author of She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music). Each of the two discs come in a swanky inner bag containing a track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick (Ace Records’ long-serving champion of female artists of all persuasions) and exclusive interviews with many of the featured artists by Vim Renault and Lene Cortina (founders of the Punk Girl Diaries webzine).

                  TRACK LISTING

                  SIDE ONE
                  1. GLORIA: In Excelsis Deo / Gloria (Version) - Patti Smith
                  2. SURVIVE - The Bags
                  3. IAMA POSEUR - X-Ray Spex
                  4. I GAVE MY PUNK JACKET TO RICKIE - Mary Monday & The Bitches
                  5. I DIDN’T HAVE THE NERVE TO SAY NO - Blondie
                  6. YOU’RE A MILLION - The Raincoats
                  SIDE TWO
                  1. POPCORN BOY (WADDLE YA DO?) - Essential Logic
                  2. EXPERT - PragVEC
                  3. MY CHERRY IS IN SHERRY - Ludus
                  4. KRAY TWINS - Mo-Dettes
                  5. EARTHBEAT - The Slits
                  6. DAS AH RIOT - Bush Tetras
                  SIDE THREE
                  1. BITCHEN SUMMER (SPEEDWAY) - Bangles
                  2. SHAKEDOWN - Au Pairs
                  3. IT’S ABOUT TIME - The Pandoras
                  4. COME ON NOW - The Pussywillows
                  5. RULES AND REGULATIONS - We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!
                  6. HER JAZZ - Huggy Bear
                  7. BRUISE VIOLET - Babes In Toyland
                  SIDE FOUR
                  1. REBEL GIRL - Bikini Kill
                  2. PRETEND WE’RE DEAD - L7
                  3. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU - Bratmobile
                  4. LET GO OF THE PAST - The Tuts
                  5. HOT - The Regrettes
                  6. SILVER SPOONS – Skinny Girl Diet

                  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. 

                    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

                    Greg Wilson’s Discotheque Archives

                    Extended Hardback Version (2023)

                      In January 2023, Discotheque Archives will be made available as an extended hardback. It includes 20 extra sections, with additional DJs, records, venues and labels, which fill in some of the gaps from the original series, and comes complete with a number of new Pete Fowler DJ illustrations, plus a comprehensive index that lists around 750 records referenced in the book’s pages.

                      Having originally unfurled as a monthly series for DJ Magazine, Discotheque Archives was first issued in book form two years ago, during lockdown, as a limited run paperback. The hope was that it would sell 250 copies, with a best-case scenario target of 500, but the response exceeded all expectations and the final amount swelled to 1600 in a matter of weeks. Putting a cap on things at this point, the intention has since been to extend the book for future publication.

                      Highlighting the pre-rave era, taking in the DJs, clubs and music that laid the groundwork on which a now global dance culture was built, Discotheque Archives can be purchased via the sales link at the foot of the page.

                      GILLES PETERSON

                      What a brilliant collection of stories from @dj_greg_wilson… Focus on key clubs and DJ’s that created the foundation for clubbing today… I can’t recommend it enough. Great work made with love and passion.

                      RICHARD SEARLING

                      Wow! What a brilliant new book from legendary club DJ @djgregwilson. From the Casino to the Haçienda and beyond. It’s a must-have for all lovers of the dance underground scene.

                      COLLEEN ‘COSMO’ MURPHY

                      I thought this would be a ‘bathroom book’ but I ended up reading it cover to cover in one sitting! Greg’s knowledge of this scene and his journalistic skills are brought together in a series of must-read snapshots about the people, places and songs integral to the development of dance music.

                      JOHN MORALES

                      A great freakin’ book.

                      LES SPAINE

                      Whether you’re just starting out as a DJ or a have been doing it since God was a boy, Discotheque Archives by Greg Wilson is a must have addition to your reading collection.

                      IRVINE WELSH

                      Given this beautiful book by @dj_greg_wilson which is utterly amazing. A treasure chest of the very best of dance music culture.

                      PAUL MURPHY

                      Memories of the way we were and all that. Great idea the cartoon covers. Forever young so to speak.

                      TERRY FARLEY

                      Really enjoyable and informative

                      DANNY RAMPLING

                      A few bits of history on the UK side I was unaware of, great book thanks, wish you success.

                      MIKE PICKERING

                      Love the book, congratulations

                      LUKE UNA

                      Your book is 100/100. So good Greg.


                      A lovely little thing that book is!

                      NORMAN JAY MBE

                      A must read from the David Attenborough of Disco.

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