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Back in stock Cover of Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World by Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt.

Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt

Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World

Growing Bin burst into 2018 with a bang, crash and symbol splash, uniting a premier pair of percussion obsessives for a supernatural mission into the heart of the rhythm.
Dressed in the pitch black of Dusseldorf stands Wolf Mueller, master of the tropical drums and seven time Salon Des Amateur breakdance champion. Repping Cologne and Berlin is Niklas Wandt, Germany’s funkiest drummer and a mixed musical artist as adept in experimental jazz as demented Eurodance. Standing toe to toe in a no holds barred, no drum unstruck groove contest, these two titans will make you swing your pants like a Crash Bandicoot victory dance... so stretch out and step into "Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World".
Taking to their task with the joyful abandon of two big kids getting creative with the Kindergarten music tray, Müller & Wandt marry dripping electronics, Froesean pads and rubber-limbed basslines with tribal polyrhythms, C2 claps and Indonesian shakers - and that‘s only on the A1. Comprising of three trance-inducing epics, a handful of medium-sized movers and a couple of freeform interludes, this dynamic double pack could almost pass as a lost Library masterpiece; but our mind guides go Furthur, fusing esoteric funk and free-jazz freak-out a truly transportive experience. Prepare to enter a world of techno totems and neon skulls, shades of Yello and excellent birds. Within these grooves lies a transdimensional pathway between the Temple of Doom, the Twilight Zone and De Palma‘s Paradise, brought to life in a shamanic rite.

Forget the healing frequencies of Growing Bin‘s ambient outings, this time we‘re dancing for mental health.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Growing Bin continue to smash it with this MASSIVE double LP from Dusseldorf disco king Wolf Muller and percussion freak Niklas Wandt. Packed with all manner of tropical drums, kosmische tones and infectious grooves, this is retro-futurist dancefloor exotica like you've never heard it before.

Notorische Reflexe was an experimental band, art form and a film performance group from West Berlin. Existing from 1982 to 1986, they were part of the early 80s Berlin art scene along with groups like P.D., Die Tödliche Doris, Einstürzende Neubauten or Malaria. Their only LP – originally released in 1985 – is an impressive outburst ranging from minimal electronics to more experimental takes with some jazzy/ethnic touches. Now reissued on LP featuring a bonus track, extended artwork and liner notes by Mark Reeder. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Total grail of the German underground this! Falling somewhere between NDW, tribal electronics and avant jazz, this killer LP balances ethno-industrial freakouts and noise experiments with absolute floor fillers for the weirdo dancefloor.

Gone Clear, is the quintessence of reggae and groove, as only Manu Dibango can conceive them. After a stay in Nigeria and a great tour with the Ivorian Radio-Television Orchestra, the Cameroonian saxophonist landed for the first time in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1976. Just a few steps away from Bob Marley's home (taking the time to greet him every day on his way to the studio to say “hello”!).

It was with the cream of the crop of musicians at that time (Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, Randy and Michael Brecker, Lou Marini...) and in the legendary Dynamic Sounds Studios that he shaped this 100% roots album. With a slightly relaxed and positive atmosphere, far from the usual militant style lyrics, Manu's reggae invites you to "chill out", and is supported by a highly effective backing choir. Like most of his albums, Manu's reggae is also very mixed, blending African, Jamaican and American inspiration with danceable funk on tracks such as Goro City and Happy Feeling. The cherry on the cake is his hit "Soul Makossa" - sampled without permission by Michael Jackson and Rihanna a few years later – and arranged in a Caribbean sauce in a slower version, renamed "Reggae Makossa."

If there's one thing we can truly salute here, it is that Manu Dibango can compose reggae with respect for tradition while adding his own personal touch. We can see this touch later in the album Cubafrica, where Manu was able to surround himself with the best Cuban musicians (the Quarteto Patria), to deliver a very high-quality Afro-Cuban album, adding a new gem to his fabulous discography.

Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle

    The third release from Jazz Is Dead records is features Marcos Valle, one of the greatest and most important composers, arrangers, writers and performers in Brazilian history. A jack of all trades, Valle has produced works in many musical styles, including bossa nova, samba, and fusions of rock, soul, jazz, and more. Composed and produced by Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad and recorded in the Linear Labs analog studio. 

    On the Corner goes beyond being a record label. It is a story of innovative artists from hotbeds of ancient-future* music across the globe. This ‘Door to the Cosmos’ compilation is the 10th full release (and an eclectic array of 20 EPs). OtCs rawkus sonic explorations are brought to the fore via 24 tracks making a heady blend of label mainstays and fresh family recruits. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis’ ‘call it what you want’ attitude, the afro centric futurism of Sun Ra and the evolving electronic frontier where black music kicks it to the dance floor.

    ‘Door to the Cosmos’ expresses On the Corner’s adventure; future sounds referencing the source, be it Detroit, UK bass culture, New Orleans or the Niger delta. The title riffs off of the otherworldly, afro futurist jazzer Sun Ra’s infamous chant ‘dare to knock at the door to the cosmos’. Sun Ra’s sound and narrative bending inspires us to kick at the rules and push at the infinite, the ecstatic and the unknown through music by knock, knock, knocking at the door to the cosmos. The compilation is the first outing for a new raft of artists who are celebrated by the label and welcomed to a creative space brimming with the tales of unsung pioneers of the past and champion sonic explorers of the future.

    Various Artists

    How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin, 1933-1952

      How The River Ganges Flows is a transcendent collection of Carnatic violin performances captured on 78 rpm disc between 1933 and 1952. Most of these sublime recordings have not been heard since they were first etched in shellac decades ago. These melodies are ethereal and transporting: meditative. The rhythms undulate from despair to ecstasy, often within the same phrase. Remastered from the collection of Christopher King along with a set of deep notes, this music is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

      Back in stock Cover of Fela Kuti Vs De La Soul - Deluxe Edition by Fela Soul.

      Fela Soul

      Fela Kuti Vs De La Soul - Deluxe Edition

        Deluxe edition with bonus cut added, coloured vinyl and now a full colour picture sleeve!

        Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazway mixes tracks from Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti with acapellas from hip hop pioneers De La Soul to killer effect. A 33 minute long journey into the world of Afro-beat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Eight tracks in total, including mash-ups of "Stakes Is High", "Trouble In The Water", "Itsoweezee" and Gorillaz track "Feel Good Inc".

        Gazway says; 'I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a great mash-up title and good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afro-beat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.'



        Holy smokes! It's almost ten years since Zambon began to flip our lids with TVPC and what better way to celebrate than with a 7th instalment. Get ready for another quartet of forgotten Polish jams, polished up for the modern dancefloor. 
        Cast your ears within and you'll find freaky and frisky Moroder-esque acid via Dyyune's deep and cosmic edit of Izabela Trojnowska's 'Jestem Twoim Grzechem' ('I Am Your Sin'), the hip-hoppin Balearica of Dyyune and Bisti's take on 'W Moim Niebie Nie Ma Gwiazd' ('There Are No Stars In My Heaven') which was recorded by lesser known 80's Polish girl band Fiesta. If you try to imagine the Venn diagram overlap between a Red Motorbike and Eric Duncan's "Dolly Parton" edit, then you're bang on the money, honey. 
        Take a sidestep to the B1, neck a gary and  prepare to hold a toal stranger to your rushing bussom as FOPA & Tamten re-interpretate Polish pop classic 'Jezioro Szczescia' ('The Lake of Happiness'). Hefty breakbeats, sustained bass and nostalgic AF keys abound here, all leading to a chorus which hits the same melody as Rozalla's "Everybody's Free".  The whole package is rounded up by Stachy DJ (a Polish veteran who recorded with DJ Koze) who offers up the hypnotic stomp of 'Obiecany Raj' ('Promised Paradise') from one of the top Polish synth bands of all time. Reinforced percussion, neat loops and a consciousness shifting arrangement score 10/10 for this reviewer.
        As always all killers no fillers and a very limited pressing !!

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: TVPC are back (for at least the next 13 mins before this belter sells out)! This time round we get an acid infused Italo peach, a little Balearic beat down, pilled up pop euphoria and some slick synth pop - all on one unmissable disc.

        This iconic and much sought after self titled LP by Piry Reis now re-issued as a deluxe 180 grams edition containing an extra bonus track (a spaced out Jazz interpretation of "No Risco Do Relâmpago"). After playing for several years with Egberto Gismonti group and other prominent Brazilian acts, Piry decided to record this solo album which was originally released in 1980 featuring a special guest appearance by Egberto Gismonti. Softly psychedelic, beautifully textured and totally seductive Tropicalia.

        Producer and bassist Huw Marc Bennett presents ‘Tresilian Bay’, a new project that draws from artists such as Tim Maia, Augustus Pablo and Idris Muhammed as much as the jazz scene and community he has found in south-east London. The languid, sultry sound fuses both modern and vintage, travelling from South London electronica, to Brazillian groove, Nigerian Afrobeat and Ghanaian Highlife along with a streak of Welsh psychedelia.

        ‘Tresilian Bay’ is a nod to hedonistic summer nights, whether spent on the Glamorgan coast or the hot Lewisham streets. The album is titled in honour of the bay near where Huw grew up, an area steeped in stories of ancient Welsh royalty, smugglers and pirates.

        The album started out as a lost live session recorded at the Total Refreshment Centre studios, featuring Chelsea Carmichael (sax), Rosie Turton (trombone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar) and Jake Long (drums) with Huw at the helm on bass and compositions. With glorious vocal contributions from Miryam Solomon; Huw utilised his human style of production and multi instrumentality heard in his Susso project (Soundway Records, 2016) to mold these recordings into this mature and emotional debut.

        The album was mixed and mastered by Albert's Favourites co-founder Adam Scrimshire with artwork by Jonny Drop.


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