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Theo Parrish

Lovely Edits Vol.1

Two of Theo's Ugly Edits officially licensed by Mother Tongue and Sound Signature
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Following Chicago’s tradition in special edits and dj personal reworks to extend crucial parts and surprise the dancers, Theo Parrish has always sparkled his legendary sets with his own versions of classic and obscure disco, funk and soul cuts to maximum effect! Some of those were available to fans in mid 2000s via the Ugly Edits series, now it’s finally time for the LOVELY EDITS.

Officially licensed and using the original parts from the master tapes, here we have Theo’s takes on two absolute staples: BT EXPRESS ‘Peace Pipe’ and GEORGE DUKE ‘I Want You For Myself’.

TRACK LISTING

A. B.T. Express - Peace Pipe (Theo Parrish Edit)
B. George Duke - I Want You For Myself (Theo Parrish Edit)

Secrets Of Sound sold out their first release in quick fashion and now they return with a second instalment in the Exotic Origins series, designed to take you a million light years away from your current reality and deep into the far depths of space with eight superbly cosmic explorations of ambient and downtempo magic. Italians Do It Better man Johnny Jewel kicks off with some sultry sax-laced sounds, David Lynch's musical partner Dean Hurley crushes on shimmering pads and Pye Corner Audio bring a little intergalactic tension. Elsewhere there are sugary synths from Legowelt, suspensory pads from TM Solver and plenty more to help you escape to another dimension. Add to that the fact it arrives on a random variety of different vinyl colours and comes with a download code, and you've got rather a nice package.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: Secrets Of Sound follow up 'The Last Resort: Balearic At The End Of Time' with another compilation showcasing a variety of new electronic sounds. SOS 001 didn't hang around long so don't snooze on this one!

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Johnny Jewel - Many Moons
2. Dean Hurley - Outlands
3. Pye Corner Audio - Jupiter Orbit 707
4. RAMZi - Existenz

Side 2
1. Legowelt - Nebia Vera Pelliccia
2. TM Solver - Serious Ambient (SOS Edit)
3. State Azure - Azimuth
4. Lord Of The Isles - Meet Me At The Portal

BadBadNotGood

IV - 2024 Repress

    BadBadNotGood is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, 'III', a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, krautrock and futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world and collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe.

    The boys are back with the new album 'IV', their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell and MF DOOM.

    With tracks like "Time Moves Slow" featuring haunting vocals from Sam Herring of Future Islands, the syncopated groove of "Lavender," a collaboration with Montreal based producer Kaytranada, the rumbling fusion build of "Confessions Pt. II" featuring Colin Stetson on the bass sax, "Love" which is highlighted with smokey left field raps from Mick Jenkins and the epic chords of "Speaking Gently", 'IV' is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.

    TRACK LISTING

    1: And That, Too
    2: Speaking Gently
    3: Time Moves Slow Feat. Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands)
    4: Confessions Pt Ii Feat. Colin Stetson
    5: Lavender Feat. Kaytranada
    6: Chompy's Paradise
    7: Iv
    8: Hyssop Of Love Feat. Mick Jenkins
    9: Structure No. 3
    10: In Your Eyes Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
    11: Cashmere

    The Decemberists

    As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again

      For over 20 years, The Decemberists have been one of the most original, daring, and thrilling American rock bands. Their distinctive brand of hyperliterate folk-rock set them apart from the start, releasing nine full-length albums that are unbound by genre and highly ambitious. Now the beloved indie band is back with their first new album in six years, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again - not only the longest Decemberists album to date (and their first intentional, proper double-LP) but also their most empathetic and accessible, its 13 songs like semaphores of mutual recognition for our fraught times and faint hope. The first dozen songs are punchy, pithy gems all, reflections on mortality and loneliness, longing and cynicism, expectation and unease. The band animates them brilliantly, pushing out and pulling in at the perfect moments. John Moen practically dances beneath the jangle of opener “Burial Ground,” breathing the life into this song about spiraling toward the end.

      From the irrepressible “Oh No!" and guileless tenderness and absolute surrender of “All I Want Is You,” to the romantic ghost story that shimmers behind pedal steel in spite of the specter in "Long White Veil," these 12 songs alone would constitute a dazzling Decemberists album, rich with woe and love, anxiety and honesty. But a keening little choir and arid electric guitar invoke “Joan in the Garden,” the band’s first full-on prog escapade since The Crane Wife. Though rooted in doubt, much like the album it ends, “Joan in the Garden” ultimately lands as a celebration of music’s ability to convey valence and ambiguity, to frame an endlessly complicated story in instantly compelling terms. This, songwriter Colin Meloy will tell you proudly, is the best Decemberists albums and perhaps the ultimate realization of 22 years of work. In many ways, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again feels like an aptly titled renewal for The Decemberists. The first full-length release on YABB Records, the band’s own label, after a run of nearly two decades with Capitol. As they were once, here are the Decemberists again, now an independent band empowered by singing stories that sound instantly familiar and convey some bit of hard-won wisdom.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Burial Ground
      2. Oh No!
      3. The Reapers
      4. Long White Veil
      5. William Fitzwilliam
      6. Don't Go To The Woods
      7. The Black Maria
      8. All I Want Is You
      9. Born To The Morning
      10. America Made Me
      11. Tell Me What's On Your Mind
      12. Never Satisfied
      13. Joan In The Garden

      Coyote & Quinn Lamont Luke

      Think About It - Incl. Project Sandro Remix

      Coyote team up with Quinn Luke Lamont for a one off collaboration. Quinns vocals add a distinctly yachty feel to Coyote's chuggy early evening acid groove. Project Sandro tighten up the percussion and strip the vocals back and create a dreamy more contemplative warm weather shuffler.

      TRACK LISTING

      Think About It
      Think About It (Project Sandro Remix)

      Cakes Da Killa

      Svengali

        New Jersey hip-hop / house innovator Cakes Da Killa has announced his long-awaited second album Svengali via the TOKiMONSTA owned label Young Art Records. With it Cakes adds another landmark to his catalog and brings the long-running relationship between hip-hop and house music into a new chapter. Today you can watch a video for the new and seductive title track “Svengali”, in which Cakes presses pause on the real-time rundown of a decadent night out to whisper a question to the object of his interest: “I know you’re touching me / but are you feeling me?” The single follows “Drugs Du Jour” and “Sip Of My Sip” both of which are included on the album.

        Svengali is a cinematic experience, charting a love affair from hookup to breakup, with all of the highs and lows of romance and attraction in between. Always a brutally (and hilariously) unfiltered voice, the album sees Cakes bringing a new layer of vulnerability and depth to his writing, charting the vicissitudes of love in and out of the club. Coming on the heels of the high-energy cult-favorite Muvaland Vol. 1 & 2 mixtapes (but recorded before either of them), Svengali dials back the manic, rave-till-dawn energy in favor of beats by producer Sam Katz that offer more subtle moods, as well as a jazz influence that connects Cakes to the early days of queer culture that bubbled up out of New York jazz clubs and the sonically ambitious jazz lovers who pioneered house music.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Overture
        2. W4TN
        3. Rabbit Hole
        4. Svengali
        5. Luv Me Nots
        6. La Cocaina
        7. Mirror Mirror
        8. Drugs Du Jour
        9. Gratitude
        10. Ball And Chain
        11. Sip Of My Sip Ft. Sevendeep
        12. Luv Me Nots [Reprise]
        13. Sub Song
        14. Think Harder
        15. Climax

        Actress

        Statik

          “Listening closely, influential visions of aquatic realms, such as the mythic Atlantis, and evocations of flying birds (and, perhaps, humans) may reveal themselves. No matter if Statik inspires you to soar above or below the horizon, Actress and Smalltown Supersound promise you a safe and transcendent journey.”

          TRACK LISTING

          SIDE A:
          A1. Hell
          A2. Static
          A3. My Ways
          A4. Rainlines
          A5. Ray
          A6. Six

          Side B:
          B1. Café Del Mars
          B2. Dolphin Spray
          B3. System Verse
          B4. Doves Over Atlantis
          B5. Mellow Checx 

          Lono Ritmo Feat. Leo Power & Pablo Dominguez

          Luz De Luna - Incl. DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Remix

          Lono Ritmo arrive at IIB HQ from some distant mysterious exotic land bringing a deeply authentic gypsy flamenco rhythm with them. Luz de Luna has a Spine tingling vocals and emotive guitar transporting you to a Spanish mountain side camp under the setting sun. Pablo's Groove highlights the percussion tracks. Ibiza legends DJ Pippi and Willie Graf turn the OG into a trademark deep dance floor groove that would sound right at home in their Ibiza DJ sets. The Dubstrumental drops the vox and the hypnotic dance is on. Already roadtested on the white Isle last summer, Authentico!

          TRACK LISTING

          Side 1
          1. "Luz De Luna"
          2. "Pablo’s Groove"

          Side 2
          1. "Luz De Luna" (DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Remix)
          2. "Luz De Luna" (DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Dubstrumental)

          Zy The Way hail from Taiwan and are a jazz ensemble that interlaces their dynamic sounds with ancient Chinese poetry compiled by Confucius. They also bring in more contemporary compositions which results in an utterly original sound and great gateway to some of the world's oldest literary works. They recently finished a debut full-length album and now the single 'Blue Collar' from it comes on limited edition vinyl. The track tells the ancient tale of young scholars in love with a powerful narrative and moving melodies. The one and only DJ Spinna steps up on the flip to offer his own classy deep-house remix.

          TRACK LISTING

          Side 1
          Blue Collar

          Side 2
          Blue Collar (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix)

          Mr. Thelonious

          Soul City / Pinball 6

          Galaxy Sound Co is back with some subtle but sublime new edits, and this time Mr Thelonious turns his hand to 'Soul Town' by The Motherhood from their psychedelic 1969 album I Feel So Free. If you can find this one on 45rpm anywhere it will likely have a high three-figure price tag and this edit is a great alternative with big horn energy and rousing soul-funk grooves. On the flip is 'Pinball 6' which was originally by The Pointer Sisters and made famous for its appearance on Sesame Street in the 1970s when it was used as backing music to the famous segment that taught children how to count. It's an electric bit of jazz-funk that still sounds most excellent.

          TRACK LISTING

          Soul City
          Pinball 6

          Iggy Pop

          Pop Music - 2024 Reissue

            Pop Music by Iggy Pop is the 1996 compilation featuring the 20 best tracks released through BMG between 1979 and 1981, including “Bang Bang”, “I Need More”, “I’m Bored”, “New Values” and “Five Foot One”. Iggy Pop was associated with Virgin Records for much of his post-Stooges solo career, but for a brief spell during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s he called Arista Records (BMG) his home. This era saw punk’s godfather stray away from the primal style he is known for, as he experimented largely with new wave sounds.

            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. Loco Mosquito
            2. Bang Bang
            3. Tell Me A Story
            4. Pumpin' For Jill
            5. Take Care Of Me

            Side B
            1. I Need More
            2. I'm Bored
            3. Knocking 'Em Down (In The City)
            4. I Snub You
            5. Sea Of Love

            Side C
            1. Play It Safe
            2. Dog Food
            3. Happy Man
            4. Time Won't Let Me
            5. Five Foot One

            Side D
            1. Angel
            2. Girls
            3. New Values
            4. Pleasure
            5. Houston Is Hot Tonight

            Sufjan Stevens

            Seven Swans - 20th Anniversary Edition

              The follow-up to 2003’s ‘Michigan’, Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Seven Swans’ was released originally in 2004. The Guardian dubbed it “a record of remarkable delicacy,” and Billboard called it a “consistently moving, subtly beautiful experience.”

              The folk songs of Sufjan’s ‘Seven Swans’ occupy a singular space in his catalogue. The quiet, psalm-like music arrived less than a year after his 2003 breakthrough album, ‘Michigan’ and his much-publicized announcement to write an album for each of the 50 states. Just as wider audiences were becoming acquainted with the ever-evolving artist—who had, by this point, released a lo-fi folk-pop collage (2000’s ‘A Sun Came’), a Zodiac-inspired electronic suite (2001’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’), and a grand, orchestral epic to kickstart his exploration of the country (‘Michigan’)—he re-introduced himself in hushed tones.

              Despite cultivating a vast influence that spans genres, ‘Seven Swans’ is defined by its sense of intimacy. Think of it as Stevens’ self-penned book of prayer, a talisman that’s never been far from reach. This was a time in his career when his songwriting dealt explicitly with themes of Christianity, and his stark performances helped bring the celestial down to earth. Staples of his songbook like “The Dress Looks Nice on You” and “To Be Alone With You” are disarming in their gentleness, and for every gesture toward a divine presence, Stevens knew how to balance it with a vulnerable expression of humanity, using the language of love songs to outline the shadow of uncertainty in devoting ourselves to something bigger. Listening to ‘Seven Swans’ leaves us with enough hope, mystery, and wisdom to make it feel alive and exalting whenever we return.

              To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this now-beloved piece of Sufjan’s catalogue, AKR is releasing a Dinked Edition exclusive. Pressed on cream-in-black corona vinyl and housed in a matte jacket with embossing and a spot gloss finish, the LP package will include a flexi disc featuring two bonus tracks, “I Went Dancing With My Sister” and “Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have.” The Dinked edition also comes with seven sheets of origami paper, in order to craft seven origami swans.


              TRACK LISTING

              Side A
              All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands
              The Dress Looks Nice On You
              In The Devil’s Territory
              To Be Alone With You
              Abraham
              Sister

              Side B
              1. Size Too Small
              2. We Won’t Need Legs To Stand
              3. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
              4. He Woke Me Up Again
              5. Seven Swans
              6. The Transfiguration

              Flexi Disc
              I Went Dancing With My Sister
              Waste Of What Your Kids Won’t Have

              Benedikt Frey

              She's Lost Control

                Emotional Response's 10th-anniversary celebration are brought to a superb close with Benedikt Frey. He serves up a magnificently dubbed out and psychedelic cover version of Joy Division's 'She's Lost Control across four different versions. The vocal version might be the best - it retinas that compelling dark drum funk you expect from the band with eerie synth additions and hefty bass. The instrumental is more slow and dubbed out in a traditional sense with the Lucas Croon dub doused in endless reverb. Last of all is a dub by Frey himself that is full of open space and bass bin distorting headiness.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Beautiful cover of the Joy Division classic which keeps all the darkness and feel of the original (and some!) whilst smartly re-interpreting it enough to stand on its own two feet. The dub version on the flip is kinda creeping and doomy; a really powerful cut. Recommended!

                TRACK LISTING

                She's Lost Control (Vocal Version)
                She's Lost Control (Instrumental Version)
                She's Lost Control (Lucas Croon Dub)
                She's Lost Control (Dub)

                Richard Hawley

                In This City They Call You Love

                  The new album by Richard Hawley, 'In This City They Call You Love' sees Richard ditch the distortion pedals and go back into making voice most prominent.

                  Following the universal acclaim for 'Standing At The Sky's Edge', the award-winning musical based on his songs, in May Richard Hawley returns with 'In This City They Call You Love', his ninth studio album and his first since 2019's 'Further'.

                  'In This City They Call You Love' features 12 outstanding songs, many of which can be described as 'vintage Hawley' and are amongst some of the finest ballads he's ever written. Gorgeous melodies and arrangements are accompanied by his emotive and sonorous voice, which sounds better than ever, and will make this a crowning moment in a hugely successful recording career of almost 25 years.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Two For His Heels
                  2. Have Love
                  3. Prism In Jeans
                  4. Heavy Rain
                  5. People
                  6. Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow
                  7. Deep Space
                  8. Deep Waters
                  9. I’ll Never Get Over You
                  10. Do I Really Need To Know?
                  11. When The Lights Go Out
                  12. ‘Tis Night

                  Honeyglaze

                  Real Deal

                    Honeyglaze’s second album, 'Real Deal', and first for Fat Possum, feels like their coming of age moment. The band have taken the foundations laid on their critically acclaimed debut (via Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground) and focused it into a mammoth record. Produced by by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Interpol, Sorry), 'Real Deal' is an album about being plunged back into normal life, acceptance, self assurance, searching for connection and finding comfort in chaos.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Hide
                    2. Cold Caller
                    3. Pretty Girls
                    4. Safety Pins
                    5. Don’t
                    6. TMJ
                    7. I Feel It All
                    8. Ghost
                    9. TV
                    10. Real Deal
                    11. Movies

                    Ginger Root

                    SHINBANGUMI

                      Step inside the world of Ginger Root. Cameron Lew makes it easy to do so; every considered detail is his own manifestation, written, designed, and executed as an all-encompassing diorama of sound and sight. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and visual artist from Southern California, Lew has crafted his project steadily since 2017, inviting a fervent and growing legion of fans into storylines drawn across mediums: captivating albums with accompanying films and globe-spanning tours. The Ginger Root sound — handmade yet immaculately polished synth-pop, alt-disco, boogie, and soul — takes shape through Lew's lens as an Asian-American growing up enamored by 1970s and '80s music, specifically the creative and cultural dialogue between Japanese City Pop and its Western counterparts from French Pop to Philly Soul to Ram-era McCartney. He spins his retro-minded influences and proliferates savvily in the present, synthesizing a songwriter's wit, an editor's eye, and a producer’s resource into something singular and modern.

                      'SHINBANGUMI', his long-awaited third LP, translates roughly to a new season of a show. It finds Lew more poised, idiosyncratic, and intentional than ever in a new chapter of life, unlocking "exactly what Ginger Root should sound and feel like," he says. "In terms of instrumentation and musicality, it's the first time that I felt very confident and comfortable with what everything should be comprised of. On the more personal side, I'm coming out of the last four years of writing, touring, and living as a different person; 'SHINBANGUMI' is a platform to showcase my new self."

                      In parallel with the songs and his real-life artist story, unfolding across the sequential music video series, Lew resumes the conceptual narrative from his 2022 EP Nisemono, which follows Ginger Root as a newly-fired music supervisor in 1987 starting his own media conglomerate, Ginger Root Productions. "If you watch music videos one through eight, you'll be presented with a story that’s comparable to a traditional movie; something I've always wanted to do.” Splitting sessions between locations in Japan and back in Orange County, Lew paid extra attention to SHINBANGUMI’s track arrangement, tapping his close circle for input, including members of his live band and his longtime video collaborator, David Gutel. He sees the album’s arc in multiple acts, mapping the chronological listen with "just the right amount of like front-end punch and then letting you breathe, then sending you even faster in the middle section, and so on...I wanted to grab you by the collar in a good way and then not let you go until the last song."


                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Welcome
                      2. No Problems
                      3. Better Than Monday
                      4. There Was A Time
                      5. All Night
                      6. CM
                      7. Only You
                      8. Kaze
                      9. Giddy Up
                      10. Think Cool
                      11. Show 10
                      12. Take Me Back (Owakare No Jikan)

                      DEVO

                      ART DEVO

                        Futurismo present a new version of DEVO’s highly celebrated and sold-out box set release - 'ART DEVO 1973-1977'. Now available as a 3xLP in a choice of limited colours. The release all hardcore Devo fans have been waiting for, 'ART DEVO' is a vital collection housing unheard and obscure mind blowers sourced directly from the vaults of The De-Evolution Band. This anthology takes you from the band’s initial conception in Akron, Ohio to the moment before the world woke up, in a collection of sonic and visual art that captures DEVO at the dawn of industrial death.

                        In honour of their 50th Anniversary, 'ART DEVO' showcases the mesmerizing evolution of a band on the brink of discovery, mining irony, wit and dark humour from the madness of a distorted modern world still coming to terms with aftermath of a collapsed economy and the Vietnam war. From 1973-1977 DEVO would transform from an art project, pop art in the literal sense, into the group David Bowie would declare “the band of the future”. Here you will find the audio mutations of a band at the edge of greatness, initial concepts that gave birth to a new aesthetic that continually challenged preconceptions about music, art, performance, culture, composition and consumption...it was also the birth of Booji Boy. While the songs here may not be fully grown, raw even, these are the seeds of subversion that kickstarted DEVO’s 50 year legacy.

                        Spanning 3xLP’s almost completely unheard and unreleased material, this collection draws purely from that integral early history, garnered from unearthed basement recordings, original demo tapes, unfinished montages and rare live audio, all taken from the bands personal archive. This collection showcases why DEVO was, and is still, one of the most important bands in American history. De-evolution is real. The art of DEVO is real. Here is the evidence.

                        This 3xLP version is housed in a gloss laminated wide spined sleeve, it has a tracklist that has been curated by the band and contains a fold-out poster containing rare imagery and liner notes by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V Casale. 


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Exhibit [A] 1973-1976:
                        Booji’s Industrial Death
                        Total Love
                        Auto Modown (Early Version)
                        Space Girl Blues (Early Version)
                        Live Forever
                        Androgyny (Live At Kent Kove 74)+
                        Fraulein (Kent Kove 1974)

                        Exhibit [B] 1973-1975:

                        Bicentennial Birthday
                        Man From The Past
                        Midget/My Lai Mama (Kent Kove 74)
                        Shimmy Shake
                        All Of Us
                        Hubert House
                        The Tinkle Tune

                        Exhibit [C] 1973-1975:

                        Private Secretary (Kent Kove 74)+
                        I Don’t Know Why
                        Dixie
                        Pigs Waddle (Kent Kove 74)+
                        Death Of Lt. Casanova (Kent Kove 74)

                        Exhibit [D] 1975-1977:

                        U Got Me Bugged (Instrumental Version)
                        I Don’t Know What I Do Do
                        Huboon Stomp
                        Can U Take It (Early Version)
                        Uncontrollable Urge (Early Version)
                        Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
                        Falling In Love Again

                        Exhibit [E] 1975-1977:

                        Devo Corporate Anthem (Early Version)
                        Shrivel Up (Early Version)
                        Smart Patrol (Early Version)
                        I’m Lost At Home
                        Untitled
                        Never Go Back
                        Secret Agent Man (Mark Vocal)

                        Exhibit [F] 1975-1977:

                        Social Fools (Early Version)
                        A Plan For U (Early Version)
                        Nutty Buddy (Live At JB’s 76)
                        Dogs Of Democracy
                        Race Of Doom (Early Version)
                        Space Junk (Early Version)
                        Primal Satisfaction*
                        End Message

                        Future Utopia

                        Django's High

                          Future Utopia is the brainchild of Grammy and Ivor Novello-Award winning artist, producer and songwriter, Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Dave, Stormzy).

                          ‘Django’s High’, Fraser’s second album as Future Utopia, follows the release of his ‘We Were We Still Are’ EP, featuring Biig Piig, Kae Tempest and TOMI, and ‘12 Questions’, his first album as Future Utopia, featuring the likes of Dave, Stormzy and Kano, to name but a few. Unlike these previous projects and collaborations, ‘Django’s High’ sees Fraser take to lead vocals - layered and distorted over 70s-style progressive synths - transporting the listener to a psychedelic Utopia.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Looking For A Way Out (Of Del Rio)
                          2. Django’s House
                          3. Exit Strategy
                          4. Intuition
                          5. Casino
                          6. Vegas Hiatus
                          7. Interplanetary Signs
                          8. Stars Align
                          9. Zodiac
                          10. Sennen With Emin

                          PAN

                          Pan The Pansexual

                            Though PAN is an entirely new artist - new outlook, new message, new material and name - you may have met the woman herself before. Back in the mid-‘10s, the Taipei-born rapper went by the moniker Aristophanes. After performing a career-changing feature on ‘SCREAM’, taken from Grimes’ celebrated NME Album of 2015 ‘Art Angels’, Aristophanes went on to build a cult fanbase, releasing her debut mixtape ‘Humans Become Machines’ two years later and then her distributor went bust during covid. Signed to Transgressive she re-released her mixtape followed by 'Reborn' and 'Ghosts' EPs earlier this year.

                            Across a constantly morphing sound palette that moves from metallic, apocalyptic beats to delicate nods to the traditional music of her Asian heritage, via heavy, industrial moments, spacious soundscapes and much more, the thread is Pan’s utterly mesmeric vocal. Performing in a mix of Mandarin and English, she explains that having the two languages to play with is “like featuring another artist who has a different way of describing things”.

                            Across the releases, confident sexual expression mixes with tenderness, empathy and a particularly feminine sort of strength to create a world that Pan hopes will transcend language and connect her audience via something more innate. “The music is a place to feel safe,” she says. “The message that I want to carry through these two EPs and the album is to demonstrate the strength of accepting your own situations. When you can’t make things right but you’ve done your best, sometimes it’s really hard to admit that to yourself. It takes strength to do that. I use lots of sexual metaphors, but I feel like it’s more about the female need to be seen and heard. I want to build something more delicate and layered and connected to our life experience - to the trauma and the pleasure and the growth.”

                            In the time since she last stepped into the spotlight, the musician has experienced her fair share of all these things. Now, it’s as an entirely evolved artist that she returns with a new collection of music that revels in it all: the trauma, the pleasure, the growth and the long-awaited rebirth of PAN.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Pansexual
                            2. FNGRMEHRDR
                            3. Imperfect Poetry
                            4. Look Into The Fire
                            5. Embers
                            6. Tearz
                            7. Reborn
                            8. Ghosts

                            LICE

                            Third Time At The Beach

                              Formed in Bristol, 4-piece LICE have become one of UK experimental rock’s most inventive and ambitious outliers. Their second album ‘Third Time At The Beach’ – a three-part epic exploring our struggle to better understand the world around us – arrives on the 20th September via AD 93. Darting between minimalism, rock, techno and more, it sends us hurtling us through time and space: featuring a cast of astronauts, cavemen and dinosaurs.

                              This follows LICE’s internationally acclaimed debut album ‘WASTELAND: What Ails Our People Is Clear’ (2021). Praised as “exciting, alive, packed with musical ideas” by Financial Times and “a welcome lease of life for British avant-rock that plays with expectation at every turn” by CRACK, it also gained radio support across BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 1 and KEXP. The album led LICE to perform at major festivals including Reading & Leeds, Green Man and End Of The Road, embark on an extensive EU tour supporting Sleaford Mods, and tour across the UK & EU.

                              ‘Third Time At The Beach’’s concept is expressed through three movements. The first (‘Unscrewed’, ‘White Tubes’, ‘Red Fibres’) presents the child being introduced to the world, hammered into shape through prevailing culture, and realising they have reached adulthood with a blinkered understanding of the world. The second (‘To The Basket’, ‘Wrapped In A Sheet’, ‘Scenes From The Desert’, ‘Mown In Circles’) is a disorientating, alien sequence: reevaluating fundamental concepts including money, time, nationhood and language. In the third (‘Fatigued, Confused’, ‘Third Time At The Beach’, ‘The Dance’), the individual embraces these new ideas – granting them a changed understanding of the world, and more agency in the path they take through it.

                              Everything is always changing in ‘Third Time At The Beach’. The album shifts from lush piano balladry to crushing industrial, and from swampy avant-garde compositions to triumphant rock freakouts. Employing vocal manipulation and field recordings, as well as cutting together studio recordings and home demos, the band produces a spatially elastic, collage-like effect. The album, like the ideas being reached within it, presents a work-in-progress. Lyrically, the record employs a scattershot style to present the experience of learning (or ‘unlearning’). The listener visits ancient civilisations, the Industrial Revolution, outer space and the land of the dinosaurs: encountering mediaeval farmers, silver miners, cavemen, Napoleon and Satan.

                              Speaking on the record, the band say: “This album’s about trying to understand the world and everything in it: history, science and the way we explain it all to each other. It’s a celebration of feeling confused or intimidated by the processes that shape our lives.”

                              Of the album’s muscular, agitated lead single ‘Red Fibres’, LICE explain: “This song is about realising you’ve reached adulthood with a blinkered understanding of the world, and feeling confused and frustrated. After visiting some key moments in the history of language, science and the human eye, we arrive at a campsite: where two shipwreck survivors are about to have a fight.”


                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side A:
                              A1. Unscrewed
                              A2. White Tubes
                              A3. Red Fibres
                              A4. To The Basket
                              A5. Wrapped In A Sheet

                              Side B:
                              B1. Scenes From The Desert
                              B2. Mown In Circles
                              B3. Fatigued, Confused
                              B4. Third Time At The Beach
                              B5. The Dance

                              Oasis

                              Definitely Maybe - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                Oasis’ debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ celebrates its 30th anniversary this August. The fastest-ever selling debut in the UK on release, this seminal album marked the point when Oasis became a cultural phenomenon. Including the classic singles ‘Supersonic’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol’, its songs sound as fresh and relevant as they did in 1994. Having sold over 6.9 million copies globally, it also sits as the 2nd most streamed album of the 90’s (following Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? at no.1).

                                New 30th anniversary formats released to celebrate this landmark date include a Limited Edition deluxe 4LP and 2CD featuring including the previously unreleased and discarded original recording session from Monnow Valley along with outtakes from Sawmills Studios plus a demo of Sad Song featuring Liam’s vocal - all recently mixed for this release by Noel Gallagher and Callum Marinho.

                                LP formats also include a retail exclusive coloured vinyl format – Digsy’s Dinner inspired “Strawberries and cream” pink and white marble 2LP. All versions feature brand new artwork by the original art designer Brian Cannon for Microdot and original sleeve photographer Michael Spencer Jones, plus new sleeve notes.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                2LP Tracklisting:
                                DISC 1
                                SIDE A
                                1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Remastered)
                                2. Shakermaker (Remastered)
                                3. Live Forever (Remastered)
                                SIDE B
                                1. Up In The Sky (Remastered)
                                2. Columbia (Remastered)
                                3. Sad Song (Remastered)

                                DISC 2
                                SIDE C
                                1. Supersonic (Remastered)
                                2. Bring It On Down (Remastered)
                                3. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered)
                                SIDE D
                                1. Digsy’s Dinner (Remastered)
                                2. Slide Away (Remastered)
                                3. Married With Children (Remastered

                                Deluxe 4LP Tracklisting:
                                DISC 1
                                SIDE A
                                1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Remastered)
                                2. Shakermaker (Remastered)
                                3. Live Forever (Remastered)
                                SIDE B
                                1. Up In The Sky (Remastered)
                                2. Columbia (Remastered)
                                3. Sad Song (Remastered)

                                DISC 2
                                SIDE C
                                1. Supersonic (Remastered)
                                2. Bring It On Down (Remastered)
                                3. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered)
                                SIDE D
                                1. Digsy’s Dinner (Remastered)
                                2. Slide Away (Remastered)
                                3. Married With Children (Remastered)

                                DISC 3
                                SIDE E
                                1. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Monnow Valley Version)
                                2. Shakermaker (Monnow Valley Version)
                                3. Live Forever (Monnow Valley Version)
                                4. Up In The Sky (Monnow Valley Version)
                                SIDE F
                                1. Columbia (Monnow Valley Version)
                                2. Bring It On Down (Monnow Valley Version)
                                3. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Monnow Valley Version)
                                4. Digsy's Dinner (Monnow Valley Version)

                                DISC 4
                                SIDE G
                                1. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Sawmills Outtake)
                                2. Up In The Sky (Sawmills Outtake)
                                3. Columbia (Sawmills Outtake)
                                4. Bring It On Down (Sawmills Outtake)
                                SIDE H
                                1. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Sawmills Outtake)
                                2. Digsy's Dinner (Sawmills Outtake)
                                3. Slide Away (Sawmills Outtake)
                                4. Sad Song (Mauldeth Road West Demo, Nov’ 92

                                CD Tracklisting:
                                DISC 1
                                1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Remastered)
                                2. Shakermaker (Remastered)
                                3. Live Forever (Remastered)
                                4. Up In The Sky (Remastered)
                                5. Columbia (Remastered)
                                6. Supersonic (Remastered)
                                7. Bring It On Down (Remastered)
                                8. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered)
                                9. Digsy’s Dinner (Remastered)
                                10. Slide Away (Remastered)
                                11. Married With Children (Remastered)

                                DISC 2
                                1. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Monnow Valley Version)
                                2. Shakermaker (Monnow Valley Version)
                                3. Live Forever (Monnow Valley Version)
                                4. Up In The Sky (Monnow Valley Version)
                                5. Columbia (Monnow Valley Version)
                                6. Bring It On Down (Monnow Valley Version)
                                7. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Monnow Valley Version)
                                8. Digsy's Dinner (Monnow Valley Version)
                                9. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Sawmills Outtake)
                                10. Up In The Sky (Sawmills Outtake)
                                11. Columbia (Sawmills Outtake)
                                12. Bring It On Down (Sawmills Outtake)
                                13. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Sawmills Outtake)
                                14. Digsy's Dinner (Sawmills Outtake)
                                15. Slide Away (Sawmills Outtake)
                                16. Sad Song (Mauldeth Road West Demo, Nov’ 92)

                                Nightshift

                                Homosapien

                                  It’s been three years since Glasgow musical collective NIGHTSHIFT’s last album (“Zöe”, 2021) & aside form an odds & sods tape compilation “Made Of The Earth”, the group has remained relatively quiet on the recorded front. Newly regrouped into a quartet, the band has readied their proper follow up to “Zöe” & their third album “Homosapien”, again for Chicago’s Trouble In Mind Records.

                                  Recorded & mixed in the band’s rehearsal space by members Chris White & Rob Alexander, “Homosapien” started to take shape in Summer 2023. Writing had begun prior, but due to a crucial lineup change, the band had to start again. Thankfully, once they regrouped, the assembly and recording of the new set of songs was fun and relatively quick. Notably, the band has lost some members, gained a new member & shuffled some roles; former drummer Chris White (Spinning Coin) is now on guitar. His distinctive playing delivers a

                                  countrified energy that is central to the album, leading the song structures into more succinct and colorful places, matching the upbeat and playful nature the band has always drawn strength from, only more so now under his stylish approach. Primary vocalist & keyboardist Eothen Stern (also of 2 Ply)’s lyrical gifts illuminate the group’s output with an optimistic urgency that is unmatched. On ‘Homosapien’ she wears her heart on her sleeve, but even in the song’s darkest moments, the words create a sense of hope and potential. She doesn’t shy away from politics or contemporary love languages and finds humor, earnestness, and critique at every turn. Andrew Robert Doig continues to play bass (Dancer/Robert Sotelo) and provides occasional lead vocals on tunes like “Together We Roll” & “Mellow Baby”.

                                  Newest member & drummer Rob Alexander (Tarantula/Radio Banter) allows for a second new development in the band dynamic. Replacing Chris (his longtime friend from childhood) is no mean feat. Thankfully his drumming is an avalanche of skillful technique with a glorious abandon that swerves it away from the academic and absolutely into a wild and tactile performance that lifts the sound of the album (he also plays accordion and tin whistle). Friend & colleague Ray Aggs (Shopping, RAGGS) also contributes fiddle to “Sure Look” & “Phone”.

                                  NIGHTSHIFT’s newest songs were born out of some genuinely existential times (birth, death and love all played a very real part in the gestation of the new record). Songs like first single “Crystal Ball”, “Cut” & “Side Effects” all touch upon struggle created by an ever encroaching fascist government (exacerbated by Brexit) & the effects austerity has upon their people. Other songs like “Sure Look”, “Phone” & “Crush” deal with matters of the heart while “Your Good Self” & “Together We Roll” take on self-preservation & community. It’s a great irony that the band are sculpting their most succinct and tuneful music yet from this potential chaos, but it’s this unexpected quality that drives them onwards into a dizzying universe. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Crystal Ball
                                  2. Sure Look
                                  3. Together We Roll
                                  4. S.U.V.
                                  5. Your Good Self
                                  6. Cut
                                  7. Side Effects
                                  8. Phone
                                  9. Y.T. Tutorial
                                  10. Mellow Baby
                                  11. Crush

                                  Luke Temple And The Cascading Moms

                                  Certain Limitations

                                    Ex-Here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple emerges with a new project, Luke Temple and The Cascading Moms. Debut album, Certain Limitations. Lauded for his contributions to Here We Go Magic and Art Feynman, Luke Temple brings his signature off-kilter grooves and melodies to his new project's debut album Certain Limitations. The trio's sound takes influence from the likes of Dire Straits and The Velvet Underground, weaving together intricate guitar work, and a propulsive rhythm section, with a touch of jazz sensibility that recalls the ECM catalog.

                                    A product of serendipity, The Cascading Moms were formed when in need of a band for an upcoming show, Temple brought together Kosta Galanopolous, a collaborator from his Art Feynman project, and Stuart, a musician he already knew in LA. When these three came together to rehearse, a spark ignited, revealing a creative connection that transcended that first show that brought them together.

                                    The album's lead single, "I Can Dream," originally appeared on Art Feynman's Half Price At 3:30. However, after reworking it with the Cascading Moms, the song took on a new life. This reinvention exemplifies Certain Limitations' core concept: a collection of songs honed and reshaped through the improvisations and collaborative spirit of three musicians creating and exploring a new sonic world.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Certain Limitations
                                    Church Street
                                    I Can Dream
                                    I Will Not Kill
                                    It's All About Timing
                                    Sandy's Dead
                                    Second Half
                                    Softly

                                    Wishy

                                    Triple Seven

                                      You could call Wishy’s story a lucky one. After prior monikers and iterations, Wishy was born as a kaleidoscope of alternative music’s semi-recent history, with traces of shoegaze, grunge and power-pop swirling together. On Triple Seven, Indiana songwriters Kevin Krauter and Nina Pitchkites’ musical synergy proves itself to be a rare one–the kind that sounds like someone striking gold. Part sly wink and part warm gratitude, it’s only fitting their much anticipated full length debut is titled Triple Seven, where Wishy’s penchant for indelible hooks is couched equally in pillowy atmospherics and scathing distortion.

                                      By day Krauter works as a music teacher, giving drum and guitar lessons to students, while Pitchkites is a seamstress by trade and often makes embroidered merch for the band. Coming up in a scene defined by hardcore and emo, Krauter and Pitchkites instead found themselves writing melodies in their heads while driving to work, pulling music from the air and arriving at a blearier, more ethereal interpretation of Midwest expanse. Initially, their music oscillated between hazy dream-pop and heavier alt-rock.

                                      The subject of their songs create a loose web of vignettes and snapshots, capturing Krauter and Pitchkites in a whirlwind couple of years exiting the pandemic, embarking on an embry- onic project, making sense of their musical pasts while forging a musical future alongside one another, each of them on a journey of self-acceptance and self-understanding. Sometimes gorgeous, sometimes festering, and always cathartic, Triple Seven is a vibrant and exhilarating document of self-discovery with the scope and heft of the bygone big-budget rock albums that inspired it.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A Side
                                      Sick Sweet
                                      Triple Seven
                                      Persuasion
                                      Game
                                      Love On The Outside.

                                      B Side
                                      Little While
                                      Busted
                                      Just Like Sunday
                                      Honey
                                      Spit

                                      Lafayette Afro Rock Band

                                      Soul Makossa - 2024 Remastered Edition

                                        Strut proudly presents the first official remastered reissue of the funk/Afro classic, Lafayette Afro Rock Band's 'Soul Makossa' from 1973. In 1971, an undocumented seven-member Afro-American ensemble known as the Bobby Boyd Congress made a transformative journey from the United States to France. Bandleader Frank Abel recollects,"We sensed that the soul and funk market was saturated back home, and our original plan was a brief 6-month stint in Paris. Surprisingly, we ended up staying for a decade." Upon lead singer Bobby Boyd's return to the U.S., the group rebranded as Ice and crossed paths with independent producer Pierre Jaubert, a seasoned studio professional with credits on groundbreaking recordings alongside Charles Mingus, John Lee Hooker, and Archie Shepp, among others.

                                        Drawing inspiration from Motown's work ethic, Jaubert initiated regular rehearsals with Ice. He recalled, "I didn't want to mimic Berry, but with seven talented musicians collaborating daily, something unique emerged." The band, residing in Paris and immersed in the African-dominated Barbesse district, began infusing African elements into their music frequently performing with Paris-dwelling Camaroonian and legendary composer Manu Dibango.

                                        Rechristening themselves Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the group's musical direction shifted towards predominantly instrumental compositions, characterized by a weightier, more intricate Afro-funk sound. Their debut recording under this new moniker, 'Soul Makossa,' made a powerful impact with a dynamic rendition of Dibango's classic, coupled with the intense break of 'Hihache' and the contagious 'Nicky.' Initially released by Musidisc in France and later in the U.S. via Editions Makossa, the album omitted the title track due to publishing clearance issues.

                                        Despite modest sales upon its initial release, the album's enduring influence became evident as hip-hop culture surged in the '80s, establishing it as a primary source for samples and riffs. The iconic 'Hihache' break found fame in Biz Markie's 'Nobody Beats The Biz,' and tracks from the album were lifted by LL Cool J, The Beatnuts, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and numerous others.

                                        This remastered reissue, the first of its kind, meticulously crafted by The Carvery from the original tapes, showcases the album in its entirety and includes the full original artwork.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        A1. Soul Makossa
                                        A2. Azeta
                                        A3. Oglenon
                                        B1. Voodounon
                                        B2. Hihache
                                        B3. Nicky

                                        Lafayette Afro Rock Band

                                        Malik - 2024 Remastered Edition

                                          Strut proudly presents the first official remastered reissue of Lafayette Afro Rock Band's elusive funk/Afro original album, 'Malik,' originally released in 1974. In 1971, an undocumented seven-member Afro-American ensemble known as the Bobby Boyd Congress made a transformative journey from the United States to France. Bandleader Frank Abel recollects, "We sensed that the soul and funk market was saturated back home, and our original plan was a brief 6-month stint in Paris. Surprisingly, we ended up staying for a decade." Upon lead singer Bobby Boyd's return to the U.S., the group rebranded as Ice and crossed paths with independent producer Pierre Jaubert, a seasoned studio professional with credits on groundbreaking recordings alongside Charles Mingus, John Lee Hooker, and Archie Shepp, among others.

                                          Drawing inspiration from Motown's work ethic, Jaubert initiated regular rehearsals with Ice. He recalled, "I didn't want to mimic Berry, but with seven talented musicians collaborating daily, something unique emerged. " The band, residing in Paris and immersed in the African-dominated Barbesse district, began infusing African elements into their music frequently performing with Paris-dwelling Camaroonian and legendary composer Manu Dibango.

                                          Under the new moniker Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the group's music transitioned to predominantly instrumental compositions, featuring a denser Afro-funk sound. Their inaugural recording with the new name, 'Soul Makossa, ' included a compelling rendition of Dibango's classic and the impactful break in 'Hihache.' The subsequent release a year later, 'Malik,' refined their sound with the percussive Afro party jam 'Conga, ' the atmospheric vocoder and piano-led piece 'Djungi,' and the robust funk of 'Darkest Light.'

                                          Despite a limited impact upon its initial release, 'Malik' found appreciation as hip-hop culture flourished in the '80s, establishing itself as a rich source of samples and riffs. 'Conga' was featured in the 'Ultimate Breaks And Beats' series, while the opening horn line from 'Darkest Light' became a pivotal hip-hop motif, employed by Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Wreckx 'N' Effect, and many others.

                                          This remastered reissue, the first of its kind, meticulously crafted by The Carvery from the original tapes, showcases the album in its entirety and includes the full original artwork.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Djungi
                                          A2. Raff
                                          A3. Conga
                                          A4. Avi-vo
                                          B1. Malik
                                          B2. Darkest Light
                                          B3. Baba Hya

                                          Swell

                                          41 - 30 Anniversary Edition

                                            With the release of 41 in March 1994, Swell capped off a trilogy that began, somewhat unintentionally, with their self-titled debut Swell in 1990 and was followed by Well in 1992. All three albums share a birthplace in San Francisco, specifically at 41 Turk Street in the Tenderloin District - a neighborhood known more for its struggles with substance abuse and nightlife excesses than for any sort of tranquility.

                                            This album sees the band further refining a sound they've been crafting since their inception: vocals tinged with disillusionment, a mix of acoustic and electric guitar, a bass that feels both sparse and distant, and drums that serve as a relentless backbone. And then there's the homemade tinkering: microphones placed at a distance, analog multi-tracks.

                                            The band members themselves describe their music as being painted in shades of gray, blue, and brown, capturing an atmosphere that's at once dark, mysterious, and utterly captivating. There's a stark beauty and a sense of anticipation that permeates their work, like the calm before a storm. Listening to the album, you're treated to the intimate sounds of a creaking staircase, a ringing telephone in the distance, or the turn of a wheel. These auditory snapshots are meticulously preserved, bringing to life a recording process that not only captures the essence of the city but also taps into a deeper, often overlooked slice of American life.

                                            The music is both moody and exquisitely beautiful, with layered songwriting and vocals that are hauntingly persistent. Even three decades later, the album's allure hasn't faded in the slightest.

                                            David Freel (guitar, vocals), Monte Vallier (bass), Sean Kirkpatrick (drums).

                                            This reissue is dedicated to the memory of David Freel, who passed away prematurely on April 12, 2022.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. In The Door, Up The Stairs
                                            2. Is That Important?
                                            3. Song Seven
                                            4. Kinda Stoned
                                            5. Don't Give
                                            6. Smile My Friend
                                            7. Forget About Jesus
                                            8. Here It Is
                                            9. You're So Right
                                            10. Fine Day Coming
                                            11. (It's Time To) Move On
                                            12. Down The Stairs, Out The Door
                                            13. Lyrics

                                            Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan

                                            A Shared Sense Of Purpose (Inc. Vince Clarke Remix)

                                              The first track on the album, A Shared Sense Of Purpose, reflects this optimism, and is the lead single from the album. This will be released in 7” and 12” vinyl versions. Both versions will be accompanied by an exclusive remix from the Godfather of New Town Synthology, Vince Clarke. To say that we’re excited about this, would be an understatement!


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A Shared Sense Of Purpose
                                              A Shared Sense Of Purpose (Single Edit)
                                              A Shared Sense Of Purpose (Vince Clarke Remix)
                                              Oakwood
                                              A Shared Sense Of Purpose (1973 Version)

                                              New Regency Orchestra

                                              New Regency Orchestra

                                                Announcing the debut album from one of London's most electrifying acts

                                                An 18-piece Afro-Cuban big band, inspired by the musical melting pot of NYC in the 1950s, but with the punch and power of a whole host of London's best Latin and jazz musicians . Blowing new life into these compositions, the album is a reimagining of some of the finest music from that golden era. From early 1950s Rene Hernandez and Tito Puente, through to the 1970s salsa of Rafael Labasta and Orlando Marin, produced and performed with fresh fire.

                                                NRO is the brainchild of its artistic director, and the man behind Total Refreshment Centre and Church of Sound , Lex Blondin . Through a long- held passion for jazz, Lex discovered the explosive Afro-Cuban rhythms of mid-1940s NYC via the godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauza. A time when two musical worlds collided in a fusion of creativity and energy, jazz luminaries like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker joining forces with Cuban greats like Machito and Chano Pozo. This vibrant sound was music to dance to and found a home at The New York Palladium, a formative space of freedom and expression that was key to the scene's development.

                                                Although dance- focussed in their makeup, those early recordings are not often heard in modern club environments and Lex dreamt of retelling their story with a contemporary dynamism . A slice of serendipity followed, as a slot at a new festival opened up and Lex jumped at the chance to make this idea a reality, an 18-piece big band breathing new life into these beloved songs.

                                                Enlisting the expertise of some of the capital's finest talent, Lex and co-captain Andy Wood , of Como No fame, put together a world- class line- up of talent. Bringing in Eliane Correa as musical director and bandleader, a fluid and interchanging 18-piece band was formed.

                                                This pure collective joy, shared experience and music you can't help but move to.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Pregon
                                                Sambaroco
                                                Mambo Herd
                                                Fiesta Time
                                                Para Los Papines
                                                Sahib & Tito
                                                Scarlet Mambo Hour
                                                Papa Boco
                                                Labasta Llego
                                                Mambo Rama (Lex Blondin Rework)
                                                Mango Walk
                                                Harlem Jamboree

                                                Junior Parker

                                                Love Ain't Nothing But A Business Goin' On - 2024 Reissue

                                                  Next up in Mr Bongo's Groove Merchant Records reissue series, sees an outing for a much-loved and heavily sampled funk/soul/blues album by Junior Parker

                                                  Originally issued under the title The Outside Man on Capitol Records in 1970 with an alternative cover, this reissue replicates the Groove Merchant release titled Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On featuring the car cover released in 1971. The Mississippi- born, Memphis- based blues singer, harmonica player and songwriter Junior Parker (aka Little Junior Parker) had a stellar career in music. Since the early 1950s he released records on labels such as Duke, Mercury, United Artists Records and more. Sadly though, Parker died at the young age of 39 during surgery on November 18, 1971. Originally released under the alternate title a year before his untimely death, Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business Goin' On is drenched in Parker's trademark buttery vocals and soulful grooves, swaggering between smokey blues, raw funk outings and orchestrated soul ballads (with sublime arrangements by Horace Ott).

                                                  The album also features three Beatles cover versions in the form of 'Taxman', 'Lady Madonna' and 'Tomorrow Never Knows'. For 'Taxman', Parker completely reinterprets the song taking into a New Orleans funk realm, a sample of which was used as the main hook line on Cypress Hill's classic 'I Wanna Get High'. Elsewhere, 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is flipped into a tripped- out, psychedelic soul-swamp blues ballad, whilst 'Lady Madonna' is given a funky blues makeover.

                                                  As shown with Cypress Hill's use of 'Taxman', since the '70s Parker's legacy has been immortalised for future generations through the deep well of samples that his music has become a source of. Tracks from Love Ain't Nothin' But a Business Goin' On have been sampled by some of the biggest names out there, such as A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow and De La Soul.

                                                  A seriously smooth album oozing with soul and emotion from a Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Junior Parker's Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On is a superb example of the early '70s crossover funk/soul sound.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Love Ain't Nothing But A Business Goin' On
                                                  The Outside Man
                                                  Darling Depend On Me
                                                  Taxman
                                                  Rivers Invitation
                                                  I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
                                                  Just To Hold My Hand
                                                  You Know I Love You
                                                  Lady Madonna
                                                  Tomorrow Never Knows

                                                  Jazz N Palms

                                                  Soul 01

                                                  Straight Outta Soul N Palms, soulful re-edits for the more discerning ear.


                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. Between
                                                  B1. 4ever

                                                  Skinny Puppy

                                                  Too Dark Park - 2024 Reissue

                                                    Influential industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy welcomed audiences into the embrace of the seminal Too Dark Park in 1990

                                                    One of the band's most influential records, it includes "Tormentor," "Spasmolytic," and more. In addition to praise from Vice and many more, Metal Hammer fittingly named it one of the "10 Best Industrial Albums," and Spin summed it up best as a "return to the bloodbath." A menacing and massive pastiche of H.P. Lovecraftstyle cosmic horror, addiction, mental disarray, and the disintegration of nature, Too Dark Park remains a cataclysmic and chaotic classic through and through.

                                                    Now available on vinyl for the first time in 30 years to celebrate the 35th anniversary since release. Legends of electronic industrial music. Restored to original art on classic black vinyl. "10 best industrial albums - metal hammer"

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Convulsion
                                                    Tormentor
                                                    Spasmolytic
                                                    Rash Reflection
                                                    Nature's Revenge
                                                    Shore Lined Poison
                                                    Grave Wisdom
                                                    T.F.W.O.
                                                    Morpheus Laughing
                                                    Reclamation

                                                    Katy J Pearson

                                                    Someday, Now

                                                      Following 2020’s 'Return' and 2022’s 'Sound of the Morning', 'Someday, Now' sees Katy J Pearson’s signature acoustic-led, sweetly-voiced singer-songwriter fare transmuted through the desk of electronic producer Nathan Jenkins, aka Bullion. After a period of burnout, self-enforced exile from music-making, and solo travel, Pearson came back to her practice with clarity of mind and vision. “I knew exactly who I wanted to work with, I knew exactly who my session band were going to be, I knew where I wanted to record. It felt like I was finally calling the shots for myself, and that was so empowering”, she reflects.

                                                      Where previous Katy J Pearson records were made with a slower, more piecemeal approach, 'Someday, Now' was rigorously written and rehearsed ahead of time, and laid down efficiently over a couple of weeks at Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, with a band composed of Heavenly label-mates Huw Evans [H. Hawkline, Aldous Harding, Cate Le Bon, and Pearson’s Sound of the Morning and The Wicker Man EP] and Davey Newington [Boy Azooga], along with fellow Broadside Hacks collaborator Joel Burton. It was engineered by Joe Jones [Aldous Harding, Dry Cleaning, Jane Weaver].


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Those Goodbyes
                                                      2. Save Me
                                                      3. It's Mine Now
                                                      4. Maybe
                                                      5. Grand Final
                                                      6. Long Range Driver
                                                      7. Constant
                                                      8. Someday
                                                      9. Siren Song
                                                      10. Sky

                                                      Gossip

                                                      That's Not What I Heard - 2024 Reissue



                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Swing Low
                                                        Got All This Waitin
                                                        Bones
                                                        Sweet Baby
                                                        Tuff Love
                                                        Got Body If You Want It
                                                        Where The Girls Are
                                                        Bring It On
                                                        Heartbeats
                                                        Catfight
                                                        Jailbreak
                                                        Southern Comfort
                                                        And You Know
                                                        Hott Date

                                                        Gossip

                                                        Standing In The Way Of Control - 2024 Reissue

                                                          From it's original release:

                                                          The first thing that strikes you is the rhythm - The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted 5 years ago, long before dance punk existed - Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown in Brace's playing.

                                                          Now, with the addition of new drummer Hannah Blilie (Shoplifting, ex-Chromatics) they have a new thundering beat for the kids to dance to on the corners and in the clubs. The next thing that smacks you is Beth's voice, all the guttural blues of the South is in that inimitable instrument. It resonates with the confidence that is in her lyrics asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, re-assuring the youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise! "Standing in the Way of Control", their third album, was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) at Seattle's Bear Creek. From heartbreakers like "Coal to Diamonds" to the anthemic title track, released as a single with a Le Tigre remix, the band is unafraid to put it all out there and take their audience to new places. This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Fire With Fire
                                                          Standing In The Way Of Control
                                                          Jealous Girls
                                                          Coal To Diamonds
                                                          Eyes Open
                                                          Your Mangled Heart
                                                          Listen Up!
                                                          Holy Water
                                                          Keeping You Alive
                                                          Dark Lines

                                                          Alice Coltrane

                                                          A Monastic Trio (Verve By Request)

                                                            Recorded in 1968 and intended as a tribute to her late husband, Alice Coltrane is supported in her first solo outing by Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison and Rashied Ali — all members of John Coltrane’s last quintet. While initial reviews to the album were lukewarm upon release, looking at it in the context of her larger body of work, A Monastic Trio serves as a delightful foreshadowing of what was to come.

                                                            This Verve By Request title is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Third Man in Detroit.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Ohnedaruth
                                                            Gospel Trane
                                                            I Want To See You
                                                            Lovely Sky Boat
                                                            Oceanic Beloved
                                                            Atomic Peace

                                                            Chris Stein

                                                            Under A Rock

                                                              'Sometimes fate deals up a wild card. There's a lot to be said for one of these wild cards and from what I've learned over the fifty or so years of our friendship, Chris is a card from the unexpected deck' - from the foreword by Debbie HarryMusician, photographer, storyteller, and longtime partner to Debbie Harry, Chris Stein defined the sound of an era, catapulting the icon band Blondie to #1 and selling over 20 million copies of Parallel Lines. In this no-holds-barred autobiography, Stein reveals himself-this time not in songwriting or photography, which he's previously been known for, but in words.

                                                              From a Brooklyn boyhood, a move across the river to the gritty and fecund East Village in the late 1970s allowed Stein to tap the explosive creativity that defined the era in the city. It was a time when David Bowie and the Ramones were also making music, when Andy Warhol was still alive and promoting Jean-Michel Basquiat's work, when cool was defined not by where you came from but by what you could contribute to culture. UNDER A ROCK is a plunge into that vanished time period, and into the moments that turned the fresh sound and new look of punk and new wave into a giant artistic and commercial sensation.

                                                              Stein takes us there in this revelatory, propulsive, distinctive memoir.

                                                              Windy & Carl

                                                              Consciousness - 2024 Repress

                                                                For the first time in almost twenty years, Windy & Carl’s second album for kranky, Consciousness, will be available on the vinyl format once again. The fourth album from Michigan’s premier space duo, again delivers their shimmering trademark wall of sound, beautiful vocalization, and delicate songcraft. Six sweet and easy new tracks recorded in their home studio in Dearborn, that drift and dream with layered guitars, keyboards, bass and a love-arsenal of delicious effects and distortion.

                                                                Shin Joong Hyun

                                                                From Where To Where: 1970-79

                                                                  “...as important to Korean rock in 1970-75 as Phil Spector had been to America's pop scene a decade earlier, and every bit as busy.” – MOJO

                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions but also reverberating with echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. These career-spanning anthologies gather Shin’s work as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger of mind-altering experimental pop, acid-folk, and extended psych-funk jams. A musical trip existing somewhere between Motown, Hendrix, and the Velvet Underground.


                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Kim Chu Ja - What Am I Going To Do
                                                                  Park Kwang Soo - Grass
                                                                  Kim Jung Mi - From Where To Where
                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun - Beautiful Woman
                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains
                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun And Questions - Funky Broadway
                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun And Yupjuns - Expectation

                                                                  Shin Joong Hyun

                                                                  Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74 - 2024 Reissue

                                                                    First anthology of Shin Joong Hyun’s music outside of Korea

                                                                    Includes an in-depth interview and track-by-track notes by Mr. Shin plus comprehensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes

                                                                    Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions but also reverberating with echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. These career-spanning anthologies gather Shin’s work as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger of mind-altering experimental pop, acid-folk, and extended psych-funk jams. A musical trip existing somewhere between Motown, Hendrix, and the Velvet Underground.

                                                                    **** (4 Stars) “An incredible collection” - Record Collector

                                                                    **** (4 Stars) “...as important to Korean rock in 1970-75 as Phil Spector had been to America's pop scene a decade earlier, and every bit as busy.” – MOJO

                                                                    **** (4 Stars) ”The ten-plus-minute title track that closes the set is a labyrinthine folk-psych, acid-drenched masterpiece... It's an epic worthy of Morricone's spaghetti Western scores -- had Morricone been born a guitarist. An excellent introduction to his work.” – AllMusic



                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Moon Watching - Shin Joong Hyun
                                                                    Please Don't Bother Me Anymore - Golden Grapes
                                                                    The Man Who Must Leave - Kim Sun
                                                                    The Sun - Kim Jung Mi
                                                                    I Don't Like - Lee Jung Hwa
                                                                    Please Wait - Jang Hyun
                                                                    Spring Rain - Park In Soo
                                                                    Tomorrow - Lee Joong Hwa
                                                                    'J' Blues 72 - Shin Joong Hyun
                                                                    Pushing Through The Fog - Jang Hyun
                                                                    I've Got Nothing To Say - Shin Joong Hyun
                                                                    Why That Person? - Bunny Girls
                                                                    Sunset - Jang Hyun
                                                                    Beautiful River And Mountains - Shin Joong Hyun & The Men

                                                                    Huw Stephens

                                                                    Wales - 100 Records

                                                                      DJ Huw Stephens analyses the highlights of the careers of the most important recording artists that Wales has ever produced, singing in English or Welsh - favourites such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dafydd Iwan, Max Boyce, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Adwaith and Kelly Lee Owens. -- Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru

                                                                      Neneh Cherry

                                                                      A Thousand Threads

                                                                        A deeply personal and powerful memoir from beloved music icon Neneh Cherry. *A GUARDIAN MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024**A BBC CULTURE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024*Top of the Pops, December 1988. The world sat up as a young woman made her debut: gold bra, gold bomber jacket, and proudly, gloriously, seven months pregnant.

                                                                        This was no ordinary artist. This was Neneh Cherry. But navigating fame and family wasn't always simple.

                                                                        In this beautiful and deeply personal memoir, Cherry remembers the collaborations, the highs and lows, the friendships and loves, and the addictions and traumas that have shaped her as a woman and an artist. At the heart of it, always, is family: the extraordinary three generations of artists and musicians that are her inheritance and her legacy. Musician.

                                                                        S.H. Fernando

                                                                        Chronicles Of Doom, The : Unraveling Raps Masked Iconoclast

                                                                          On December 31st, 2020, the world was shocked to learn about the death of hip-hop legend MF DOOM. Born in London and raised in the suburban enclave of Long Beach, New York, Daniel Dumile Jr.'s love of cartoons and comic books would soon turn him into one of hip-hop's most enigmatic, prolific and influential figures. Sweeping and definitive, The Chronicles of Doom: Unraveling Rap’s Masked Iconoclast recounts the rise, fall, redemption and untimely demise of MF DOOM. Broken down into five sections: The Man, The Myth, The Mask, The Music and The Legend, journalist SH Fernando, or SKIZ, chronicles the life of Daniel Dumile Jr., beginning in the house he grew up in in Long Beach, into the hip-hop group KMD, onto the stage of his first masked show, through the countless collabs and across the many different cities Daniel called home.

                                                                          Centring the music, SKIZ deftly lays out the history of east-coast rap against DOOM's life story and dissects the personas, projects, tracks, and lyrics that led to his immortality. Including exclusive interviews with those who worked closely with DOOM and providing an unknown, intimate, behind the scenes look into DOOM’s life, The Chronicles of DOOM is the definitive biography of MF DOOM, a supervillain on stage and hero to those who paid attention.

                                                                          South London’s James Massiah returns to Jon Rust’s Levels imprint with the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2019 underground hit ‘Natural Born Killers’ EP.

                                                                          Gritty and shimmering in equal measure, this is essential for devotees of the Dean Blunt, Lord Tusk axis, or anyone switched on to the stream of rap bubbling up from the UK right now.

                                                                          The six-track EP ‘True Romance’ is the artist / poet / DJ / producer's richest work to date, autobiographically charting the peaks and troughs of 21st century love, life and relationships.

                                                                          Massiah’s rap leanings ride over his signature neon productions, taking in an arc of influences including dancehall, dub, acid house, grime and left field pop.

                                                                          Heavy rotations from Benji B, Jamz Supernova, Shy One & Scratcha DVA.

                                                                          Deluxe Vinyl package features printed inner with lyrics

                                                                          A vital release for 2024.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A1. Heartbreak Freestyle
                                                                          A2. Soon Touch
                                                                          A3. Charlie
                                                                          B1. Hot Forever
                                                                          B2. Wagwan
                                                                          B3. Last Kiss (End Scene)

                                                                          Dive into the spiritual depths of Carnatic Music (Southern Indian classical music) - an enchanting journey of devotion and transcendence pulsates with raw sincerity and profound spirituality, casting a spell that transcends boundaries of belief.

                                                                          Born into a musician family steeped in the south Indian tradition of vocal music, the Mumbai-raised singer took advantage of the city’s cosmopolitism to study northern Hindustani disciplines, one of the few vocalists to train in both. Now revered as one of the greatest living exponents of Carnatic music, she received an Oscar nomination for her work on Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.

                                                                          Within the first minute of opener Sada Bada (Slokam), Jayashri’s intensely spiritual vocals give a clear indication of why she has been increasingly embraced by a new generation of western listeners who’ve made the natural leap from ambient soundscapes to new age and devotional music. Accompanied on the following Bhajeham Bhajeham by a hypnotic rhythmic backing of mridangam drums, bells and the drone of a tambura, over its epic twenty-minute length she stretches her voice into a variety of spellbinding forms – her softly enunciated dedications to Shiva enveloping you with their immersive warmth and cosmic beauty. Keshvaya Namaha is an invocation to Lord Vishnu, the protector of creation and one of the other major deities of the Hindu tradition, while Raghavam recites the names and attributes of two of his most popular avatars: the heroic Rama and the playful, loving Krishna.

                                                                          One of the album’s new-found devotees is label boss Kay Suzuki: “every time I listen I’m amazed at how such a small ensemble can create such a deep musical landscape. The incredible production plays a big part. That intricate percussion sounds so clear and sits in all the right pockets rhythmically and sonically. Just by following this groove I’m put into a timeless zone, but when her voice hits on top of that gorgeous drone sound and I focus on the details of her small melodies within melodies, my heart centres and I find myself in a blissful place.”

                                                                          As professor of cultural and political theory in Universicty of East London, Jeremy Gilbert states in the album’s liner notes, the mesmerising sincerity and deep spirituality of these songs present an intense and spiritual charge that will appeal to an audience well beyond believers and devotees of Hinduism.

                                                                          Originally released on CD in 2000 from South Indian Carnatic music label and reissued on vinyl and digital first time in 2019 by Time Capsule. New 2024 repress vinyl has different tracks on the B side and it still remains as the reverse cut as the 2019 version.

                                                                          ⚠️Reverse Cut Vinyl ⚠️

                                                                          This record plays from the inner groove to the outer groove. You don’t need to change any settings on your turntable; Just place the needle where the record usually finishes and play normally.

                                                                          A long-playing record like this (over 20 minutes long) tends to have lesser dynamics and sound quality when it’s closer to the center of the record due to the progressive reduction of linear resolution as the record progresses to smaller diameters. Since this music starts quietly at the beginning and then has greater dynamics and volume towards the end, this way of cutting vinyl yields superior results.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Sada Bala (Slokam) 1:44
                                                                          2. Bhajeham Bhajeham 19:38
                                                                          3. Keshvaya Namaha 10:09
                                                                          4. Kalimaheshwari 20:58
                                                                          5. Raghavam

                                                                          The Bolshoi

                                                                          Friends - 2024 Reissue

                                                                            The Bolshoi were different. Their songs were dark and subversive, sufficient evidence for many critics to corral them under the ‘Gothic’ banner at the time of their debut album 'Friends' - but they really only “flirted” with Goth. They oozed dark, pensive lyrics supported with inventive pop-goth guitar making them nearly impossible to categorize. The suburban surrealism of the lyrics was rooted in the stories of characters on the fringes of society rather than brooding romantics, with an undercurrent of boredom, inadequacy, and violence. Not the usual themes for pop success! Based in London, the band consisted of Trevor Tanner (lead vocals, guitar), Nick Chown (bass), Jan Kalicki (drums), and Paul Clark (keyboards). With powerful live shows The Bolshoi built a substantial following before disbanding in 1988.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Away
                                                                            2. Modern Man
                                                                            3. Someone’s Daughter
                                                                            4. Sunday Morning
                                                                            5. Looking For A Life To Lose
                                                                            6. Romeo In Clover (Call Girls)
                                                                            7. Books On The Bonfire
                                                                            8. Pardon Me
                                                                            9. Fat And Jealous
                                                                            10. Waspy

                                                                            Riot Records offshoot Disco Juice kicks off with 4 massive disco house bangers featuring some big hitters in the scene. Soul Sonic Orchestra Ft the legendary Kathy Brown / Da Lukas & label boss Yam Who?

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Sonic Soul Orchestra Feat Kathy Brown - Good Inside
                                                                            A2. Da Lukas - Drop The Funk
                                                                            B1. Yam Who? & Rikky Disco - Set Me Free
                                                                            B2. Guy Preston Feat Adrian Crutchfield - Purple Heart

                                                                            After reigniting Fruit Merchant and firing out a string of club-ready releases, Hidden Spheres is back again. This time teaming up with Private Joy for new floor-filler ‘Hold on Me’.

                                                                            It's a track about being totally under someone's spell despite the relationship starting to turn and show its true colours.

                                                                            Yearning reflections and hard realisations all served over two different mixes. One blending refined deep house rhythms and textures. The other is fierce, acid laced and driving, aimed at those peak moments in the club.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Hidden Spheres X Private Joy - Club Mix
                                                                            A2. Hidden Spheres X Private Joy - Club Mix Instrumental
                                                                            B1. Hidden Spheres X Private Joy - Club Mix Instrumental - Deep Mix
                                                                            B2. Hidden Spheres X Private Joy - Deep Mix Instrumental

                                                                            'Moonbeams' is a wonderful and precious production from our friends George & Ken. The two click so well together and know how to create that magic moment soundtrack! Loving JEN’s sensitive vocals. This tune will be on our summer & sunset playlists for sure!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Media Luna
                                                                            A2. Moonbeams
                                                                            A3. Countermoon
                                                                            B1. Lunaticotina
                                                                            B2O Luar
                                                                            B3Moonbeams Reprise

                                                                            Bloc Party

                                                                            A Weekend In The City - 2024 Reissue

                                                                              Experience the raw emotion and dynamic energy of Bloc Party's second album, 'A Weekend In The City', with its 2024 reissue on green vinyl. Kele Okereke's unparalleled lyrical prowess shines as the album juxtaposes ordinary events with profound themes, creating a captivating narrative.

                                                                              Layered guitars and vocals add depth, capturing the album's raw emotion and vibrant soundscape. From introspective moments to explosive anthems, each track leaves a lasting impression. This reissue is a must-have for fans, offering a fresh perspective on Bloc Party's contemplative masterpiece.


                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
                                                                              A2. Hunting For Witches
                                                                              A3. Waiting For The 7.18
                                                                              A4. The Prayer
                                                                              A5. Uniform
                                                                              A6. On
                                                                              B1. Where Is Home?
                                                                              B2. Kreuzberg
                                                                              B3. I Still Remember
                                                                              B4. Flux
                                                                              B5. Sunday
                                                                              B6. Srxt

                                                                              Dispatches From Solitude is the latest album from Ortrotasce on the mighty Dark Entries. For over a decade, the man behind this project, Nic Hamersly, has been making brooding yet propulsive darkwave anthems that draw on the similarities and differences between industrial and synth-pop, all while connecting past and present sounds. He recorded this album during the Covid and post-Covid era and it captures some of the prevailing moods of those times across eight expertly crafted synth-pop tracks that delve into grief, romance, and the weird and wonderful nature of our modern world.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Side 1
                                                                              1. "Distant In Time"
                                                                              2. "No Mortal Harmony"
                                                                              3. "Failing Star"
                                                                              4. "Romance & War"

                                                                              Side 2
                                                                              1. "Dispatches From Solitude"
                                                                              2. "Part From Myself"
                                                                              3. "Systems Of Love"
                                                                              4. "Shorting Circuit"

                                                                              Lankum

                                                                              Live In Dublin

                                                                                Following the release of their universally acclaimed, Mercury and Ivor Novello Award Nominated fourth studio album ‘False Lankum’, which collected Album Of The Year honours from UNCUT magazine, The Guardian, Loud & Quiet, The Quietus, as well as very high rankings from MOJO, NPR, DIY, Crack, Songlines, Music OMH, The Line Of Best Fit, Louder Than War, The Skinny and numerous other media worldwide. Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the release of ‘Live in Dublin’ by Lankum. Recorded across three sold out nights at Dublin's Vicar Street, the album features Lankum performing songs from across their catalogue including ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’, which up until now has never been officially released.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. The Wild Rover
                                                                                2. The Rocky Road To Dublin
                                                                                3. The Pride Of Petravore
                                                                                4.Go Dig My Grave
                                                                                5. Fugue
                                                                                6. Bear Creek

                                                                                Bloc Party

                                                                                Intimacy - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                  Experience the nocturnal allure of Bloc Party's third studio album, 'Intimacy,' now reissued on pink vinyl. With tracks delving into personal relationships and hinting at Greek mythology, this album is a lyrical journey through intimacy.

                                                                                  Drawing inspiration from drum and bass and old-school hip-hop, Bloc Party ventures into explorative electronic territory, departing from traditional indie rock. 'Intimacy' is a thrilling blend of genres, perfect for the dance floor, offering a fun and experimental experience. Dive into the vibrant soundscape of 'Intimacy', where each track unfolds as a late-night adventure filled with intrigue and excitement.


                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Ares
                                                                                  A2. Mercury
                                                                                  A3. Halo
                                                                                  A4. Biko
                                                                                  A5. Trojan Horse
                                                                                  A6. Signs
                                                                                  B1. One Month Off
                                                                                  B2. Zephyrus
                                                                                  B3. Talons
                                                                                  B4. Better Than Heaven
                                                                                  B5. Ion Square 

                                                                                  Bloc Party

                                                                                  Four - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                    Embark on a sonic journey with Bloc Party's 'Four', recorded after the band's hiatus from 2008-2011, now reissued on 1LP yellow vinyl in 2024. This album pays homage to the classics that established Bloc Party as revolutionary indie rockers.

                                                                                    Lyrically, 'Four' explores vibrant themes ranging from the New York drug scene to reality television, echoing the band's trademark introspection and social commentary. Departing from electronic experimentation, Bloc Party returns to a guitar-driven sound, infusing 'Four' with confidence and energy. With its pulsating rhythms and infectious melodies, 'Four' is a testament to Bloc Party's evolution and enduring influence in the indie rock scene. 


                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. So He Begins
                                                                                    A2. 3 X 3
                                                                                    A3. Octopus
                                                                                    A4. Real Talk
                                                                                    A5. Kettling
                                                                                    A6. Day Four
                                                                                    B1. Coliseum
                                                                                    B2. V.A.L.I.S.
                                                                                    B3. Team A
                                                                                    B4. Truth
                                                                                    B5. The Healing
                                                                                    B6. We Are Not Good People 

                                                                                    Galliano

                                                                                    Halfway Somewhere

                                                                                      Almost three decades on from their last release, Acid Jazz forefathers Galliano are back with news of their new LP ‘Halfway Somewhere’ which is being released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings on 30 August.

                                                                                      Born out of London’s underground clubs and warehouse parties of the mid to late eighties, with the debut single on the Acid Jazz label in 1988, Galliano came out of a culture that spanned music, dance, fashion, art, design, and the written word.

                                                                                      When they arrived as the first act on Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label in 1990 with ‘Welcome to the Story’ (produced by Chris Bangs who invented the term Acid Jazz) dressed in Gabicci sweaters, beads and skullcaps they captured a scene built on re-invention. “We were all playing around with what we could get our hands on whether that was a seventies book on Jamaican style or old Last Poets and Watts Prophets records,” says Gallagher. “We’d been recycling things for a few years but suddenly everything had coalesced and you’ve got an amalgam that seemed quite solid.”

                                                                                      For their first album since 1997, Rob Gallagher and his partner, vocalist Valerie Etienne, are joined by Galliano stalwarts Ernie McKone on bass, Crispin Taylor on drums, and Ski Oakenfull on keys (with guests including saxophonist Jason Yarde and percussionist Crispin ‘Spry’ Robinson).

                                                                                      Where the old Galliano recycled records they heard at clubs, today they are responding to the kaleidoscopic global jazz scene - from Total Refreshment Centre in London to International Anthem in Chicago. More than forty years since they came together, Galliano are still only ‘Halfway Somewhere’, but listening to the album they are obviously having fun getting there. “I think the stars have to be aligned when you redo things,” says Gallagher. “Coming at it from this door is very different to the door we came into back then. But once it's existing it is something. But I’m still not sure what that something is.”


                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Brownswood Rockers / Golden Shovel (Somebody Else’s Idea)
                                                                                      A2. Dancin' Your Own Time
                                                                                      A3. Limebike Getaway
                                                                                      A4. General Rubbish Vs The Sportswear Mystics
                                                                                      A5. Tottenham
                                                                                      B1. Crow Foot Hustling
                                                                                      B2. Numbers Click
                                                                                      B3. Circles Going Round The Sun
                                                                                      B4. Golden Shovel 2 (Somebody Else's Idea)
                                                                                      C1. Jazz
                                                                                      C2. Halfway Somewhere
                                                                                      C3. Of Peace
                                                                                      C4. Move As One...
                                                                                      C5. In The Brakes
                                                                                      D1. 57th Min / Power And Glory
                                                                                      D2. Kingsland Road
                                                                                      D3. Cabin Fever Dub
                                                                                      D4. Euston Warehouse
                                                                                      D5. Pleasure, Joy & Happiness

                                                                                      Nicola Conte

                                                                                      Umoja (Joaquin Joe Claussell Sacred Rhythm Music & Cosmic Arts Remixes)

                                                                                        Renowned New York City house music icon Joaquin Joe Claussell has embarked on an electrifying project of ecstatic, spiritual club music with his latest endeavour: a double album worth of reinterpretations of the music from Italian jazz master Nicola Conte's 2023 album 'Umoja'.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        LP Tracklist:
                                                                                        1. Life Forces (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Version)
                                                                                        2. Life Forces (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Dub)
                                                                                        3. Umoja (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Version)
                                                                                        4. Umoja (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Dub)
                                                                                        5. Soul Of The People (Joaquin's Sacred Dance Version)
                                                                                        6. Soul Of The People (Joaquin's Cosmic Arts Dub)
                                                                                        7. Into The Light Of Love (Joaquin's Spirit Of The Dance Version)
                                                                                        8. Into The Light Of Love (Joaquin's Spirit Of The Dance Instrumental Version)

                                                                                        CD Tracklist:
                                                                                        1. Umoja (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Version)
                                                                                        2. Life Forces (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Version)
                                                                                        3. Soul Of The People (Joaquin's Cosmic Arts Dub)
                                                                                        4. Into The Light Of Love (Joaquin's Spirit Of The Dance Instrumental Version)
                                                                                        5. Umoja (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Dub)
                                                                                        6. Life Forces (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Dub)
                                                                                        7. Soul Of The People (Joaquin's Sacred Dance Version)
                                                                                        8. Into The Light Of Love (Joaquin's Spirit Of The Dance Version)
                                                                                        9. Life Forces (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Instrumental)
                                                                                        10. Soul Of The People (Joaquin's Sacred Rhythm Instrumental)

                                                                                        Laraaji

                                                                                        Glimpses Of Infinity

                                                                                          An overview of Laraaji’s earliest works, 'Glimpses of Infinity' gathers selections from his 1978 debut 'Celestial Vibration' and six additional studio sessions from the era. Full of discovery and wonderment, 'Glimpses of Infinity' is a miraculous chronicle of new age’s most fabled artist.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Bethlehem (Glimpse)
                                                                                          2. All Pervading (Glimpse)
                                                                                          3. Segue To Infinity (Glimpse)
                                                                                          4. Kalimba 1 (Glimpse)
                                                                                          5. Koto (Glimpse)
                                                                                          6. Ocean (Glimpse)
                                                                                          7. Kalimba 2 (Glimpse)
                                                                                          8. Kalimba 4 (Glimpse)

                                                                                          Shed Seven

                                                                                          Liquid Gold

                                                                                            Introducing Shed Seven's latest offering for 2024: Liquid Gold. A loving tribute to their 30- year journey as recording artists. This special album revisits iconic tracks from their past, reimagined with the addition of an orchestra, promising a nostalgic yet fresh sonic experience. Liquid Gold is completed by a brand new song which was written specifically for this project in the shape of ‘All Roads Lead To You’, adding to the band’s storied discography.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. Getting Better (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            2. Speakeasy (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            3. Devil In Your Shoes (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            4. On Standby (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            5. Going For Gold (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            6. Waiting For The Catch (ft. Issy Ferris) (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            7. Better Days (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            8. Parallel Lines (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            9. Disco Down (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            10. Ocean Pie (Liquid Gold Version)
                                                                                            11. All Roads Lead To You
                                                                                            12. Chasing Rainbows (Liquid Gold Version)

                                                                                            Ain't

                                                                                            Oar / Teething - Piccadilly Exclusive Signed And Numbered Print Edition

                                                                                              London five-piece Ain’t announce their debut 7” ‘Oar / Teething’ - due 02 August 2024 on Fear of Missing Out Records. Bringing together the stranger side of ‘90s guitar, post-punk and shoegaze from both sides of the Atlantic, Ain’t expertly toe the line between nostalgia and ingenuity. Debut single “Oar” meditates on the swarming frustrations that stem from losing faith in those in charge. Hanna Darch’s vocals elastic-snap between a darkened, sardonic reverie and a spitting swell, capturing both the self-protection of apathy and an ever-bubbling, eruptive anger. The band’s line-up produces a sonic scowl, piecing together an incandescent hum that borders industrial noise and a lush, slow-pop dreamscape.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A. Oar
                                                                                              B. Teething

                                                                                              Ain't

                                                                                              Oar / Teething

                                                                                                Bringing together the stranger side of ‘90s guitar, post-punk and shoegaze from both sides of the Atlantic, Ain’t expertly toe the line between nostalgia and ingenuity. Debut single 'Oar' meditates on the swarming frustrations that stem from losing faith in those in charge. Hanna Darch’s vocals elastic-snap between a darkened, sardonic reverie and a spitting swell, capturing both the self-protection of apathy and an ever-bubbling, eruptive anger. The band’s line-up produces a sonic scowl, piecing together an incandescent hum that borders industrial noise and a lush, slow-pop dreamscape.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Oar
                                                                                                2. Teething

                                                                                                Arthur Russell

                                                                                                In The Light Of The Miracle - Remixes

                                                                                                  FINALLY! The very first commercial release of two legendary remixes of Arthur Russell's "In The Light Of The Miracle". Both are widely regarded as transcendent masterpieces and very much befitting of the title “holy grails”.

                                                                                                  These long-beloved mixes are the types you'd wish would last for eternity. With almost 30 minutes of music here, we very nearly get our desires granted. At last, these jaw-dropping mixes are widely available to every Arthur fan in the world. This is musical perfection.

                                                                                                  The deep Loft classic "In The Light Of The Miracle" remained unreleased during Arthur's lifetime, finally discovered when Phillip Glass included the original version on Another Thought on Point Music in 1993. As Steve Knutson told us, when Another Thought was being put together, the plan was to release a companion album of remixes that was overseen by Steve D'Aquisto but the project only got as far as these two remixes of "In The Light Of The Miracle".

                                                                                                  Some dodgy scans of some centre label designs suggest that Point Music might’ve been planning to release these on a 12" but it didn’t happen. The story goes that Gilles Peterson heard the remixes on a visit to the Point Music offices and wanted to release them on Talkin’ Loud. We’re not sure how many white label copies made it out into the wild, but again, these remixes didn’t make it to a proper release.

                                                                                                  These remixes both extend and undeniably enhance the original, elevating it to new heights. The 13 minute remix on the A-side is by Danny Krivit & Tony Smith with editing duties performed by Tony Morgan. As ever with Arthur, the music is almost impossible to describe: is it Disco? Garage House? Avant Garde? None of these tags do full justice to its sheer majesty. You best just listen. Stretching out the original with some unbelievably great percussive elements, until we're in a deeply spiritual, otherworldly realm, it's just too beautiful for words. As many have claimed, it's the prototype for EVERYTHING.

                                                                                                  The "Ponytail Club Mix (Part 1 & 2)", produced by Tony Morgan in the mid-90s, is in a more up-tempo style, with vocals higher in the mix, the BPM upped to 120 and the addition of a housey 4/4 kick drum. A 14 minute epic, you could say this is a more straight ahead "club-friendly" mix (but can things ever be that straightforward with Arthur?!) It also has some really interesting vocal parts not used in the other versions, including some vocals from guest poet Allen Ginsberg.

                                                                                                  These remixes are part of the same original project that also produced the Another Thought album so it seems only right that they have a sleeve that matches. Thanks again to Janette Beckman for letting us use another of her photos of Arthur and the rest of the design follows what Margery Greenspan, Tina Lauffer and Michael Klotz did for Another Thought back in 1994.

                                                                                                  Simon Francis remastered the original audio for both tracks and Cicely Balston's precise cut for Alchemy at AIR Studios ensures this 12" well and truly slaps. The immaculate Record Industry pressing will ensure this incredibly sought-after treasure finds a home in many more collections, this and every year.


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1 In The Light Of The Miracle (13:26 Min)
                                                                                                  B1 In The Light Of The Miracle - Ponytail Club Mix (Parts 1 & 2) (14:10 Min)

                                                                                                  Kevin Fowley

                                                                                                  À Feu Doux

                                                                                                    French lullabies and traditional folk songs dating as far back as the 14th century, adapted with contemporary arrangements and faint tape manipulations in Dublin, Ireland.

                                                                                                    Imagine Serge Gainsbourg, John Martyn and Gábor Szabó squeezed on a small stage in the early hours of a smokey backstreet Parisian jazz club, slowly hypnotising the audience into hypnagogic hallucinations.

                                                                                                    Growing up, Kevin Fowley split his time between living in France and Ireland. He listened to French lullabies sung by his mother in one room, while his father would be playing Donegal tunes on the fiddle in another. “I’m lucky to have been brought up bilingual and bicultural,” he says. “What I find interesting is that I usually think in English, but if I intentionally start thinking in French, a markedly different side of my personality comes through, encouraging different thought patterns.”

                                                                                                    And this is apparent on his beautiful record of French lullabies À Feu Doux, which encompasses musical elements from both worlds, as it seamlessly glides across folk, jazz, and a rich yet shimmering in between sound. Varnished and exposed is the feeling that floats through À Feu Doux like a gentle gust of wind creeping in through the open window at night. Real night time music. 


                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                    1.Ne Pleure Pas, Jeannette (6.50)
                                                                                                    2. Á La Claire Fontaine (9.53)

                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                    3. Le Coq Est Mort (2.42)
                                                                                                    4. Aux Marches Du Palais (5.20)

                                                                                                    English Teacher

                                                                                                    Polyawkward - Repress

                                                                                                      Leeds indie heavyweights English Teacher announce details of debut EP ‘Polyawkward’, via Nice Swan Records (Sports Team, Pip Blom, FUR).

                                                                                                      The follow-up to mammoth lead track ‘Good Grief’, ‘A55’ captures the group’s trademark enigmatic wordplay and vivid musicianship in full flow, adding further credence to their status as key players amongst the emerging indie elite, having already been spotlighted in the NME 100, DIY’s Class of 2022 and Dork’s 2022 Hype List.

                                                                                                      Detailing their second EP reveal, bandleader Lily Fontaine explained: “”Writing the lyrics for ‘A55’ was a cathartic exercise after waking up with ‘The Fear’ the morning after the night before – reflecting on the rise and fall of the ego as it became affected by what I put in my body, I hoped that putting it down in verse would make the embarrassment all worth it.”

                                                                                                      Personal Trainer

                                                                                                      Still Willing

                                                                                                        If you like pop music to keep you on your toes, Amsterdam’s Personal Trainer provide that service fulsomely on their second album. Essentially the project of Willem Smit (working with co-producer/collaborator Casper van der Lans) on record and a band live, Personal Trainer showed a facility for DIY indie-pop exuberance and experiment in sync with 2022’s debut, Big Love Blanket. Now signed to Bella Union, Willem returns re-energised with Still Willing, a multi-faceted album of shining contrasts and spry melodies, bursting arrangements and subliminal sounds, playful lyrics and self-reflection: in short, a pop album executed with dynamism, vim and charm.

                                                                                                        As Willem says, this is a record fuelled by its extremes: sometimes energetic and loud, sometimes quiet and thoughtful, always full of hidden pleasures. “When I listen to the records I make, the main thing I hope is that every time something happens on them, you’re like, ‘Wow.’ I like to be taken by surprise like that on a record, to kind of be thrown around.”

                                                                                                        Those surprises start at the beginning, where ‘Upper Ferntree Gully’ shows a dreamy side to Personal Trainer before choppy, chunky riffs and electronics take over. Meanwhile, Willem’s anchoring imprint is ever-present: he prefers not to dissect his lyrics, but the title nod to his mother’s birthplace in Australia and opening recording of her voice seed a spirit of warmth and intimacy in the record – the personal in Personal Trainer, perhaps.

                                                                                                        In a sharp left-turn, ‘I Can be Your Personal Trainer’ follows with a buoyant swing. The album proceeds with that duality in mind, always Smit’s work yet always fresh, always seeking. In Willem’s description, ‘Cyan’ is “a weird, happy pop track”, chivvied onwards by contributor Nick Bolland’s sax and leavened by vocal contributions from Dutch alt-pop singer Lena Hessels. “With most of this one I was trying to make myself laugh or at least smile,” says Willem. “And then I started to really like it. Somewhere along the process I found something like honesty or something beautiful in it.”

                                                                                                        Elsewhere, there’s strutting rock in ‘Round’ and vulnerability in ‘New Bad Feeling’. ‘Intangible’ issues another gearshift, erupting from a rising synth line into spry indie-funk pop, where Willem’s innate melodic instincts light the way into uncharted territory for Personal Trainer. As Willem explains, “I tried to make a song that is something I wouldn’t normally do and experiment with that. I like how it turned out because it’s also probably one of the first instances where I had the chorus first and the other parts later, which rarely happens.”

                                                                                                        The plangent sensitivity of ‘Testing the Alarm’ adds playful wordplay (“lallygag in shrubbery”) before live favourite ‘You Better Start Scrubbing’ arrives on album in a joyously abrasive blast of no-wave vigour, its glorious shout-along chorus aided by guest vocals from three members of Dutch alt-rock quintet The Klittens. Finally, ‘What Am I Supposed to Say about the People and their Ways’ signs the album off on a wryly humble note, Willem upholding an inquisitive mindset over the modern bleat of “bleeping know-it-alls”.

                                                                                                        Witty, welcoming and winningly melodic, Still Willing is the sound of an instinctive DIY-pop musician favouring think-on-your-feet exploration and intuition over know-it-all premeditation. Willem’s initial intent was to record the album as if live, but he realised that his chemistry with Casper would not be denied. “I felt that we had grown and built a language together. We don’t have to say a lot, but we understand each other well. There was a lot less like trying out stuff and taking stuff away compared to the last one, because it felt like we were on the same wavelength.”

                                                                                                        As for how they work together, says Willem, the songs and sounds are assembled in detailed increments. “I write the songs and record most of the stuff, like kind of the skeleton, and then we record drums together. That’s the first step, most of the time. From there, we build. I don’t know much about compressors or weird effects. But Casper knows a lot about that and is really enthusiastic. If I want some part to work better, he’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, I have an idea for that.’ And there were times when I would say, ‘Do you feel like playing this part?’ And he just plays it.”

                                                                                                        Recorded between home and – says Willem – “places that don’t cost much to record at”, the result is a DIY pop album brimming with ideas and colour. Whereas Big Love Blanket’s experimental sounds included a celery stick snapping, Still Willing features floorboards, doors closing and “no-input mixing”. Alongside Hessels and The Klittens, contributors include drummer Kick Kluiving and (for half of the songs) bassist Ruben van Weegberg, also Willem’s bandmate in the band Canshaker Pi, who numbered Stephen Malkmus among their producers. Most of the percussion comes from Kilian Kayser, and discreet sounds are served by Abel Tuinstra and Otto de Jong.

                                                                                                        Willem is the epicentre of the band, which originated from impromptu and exhilarating live shows featuring ever-shifting members of different local bands sharing a bustling stage. The live line-up has solidified somewhat but Willem still welcomes the contrast with his recorded work: “When I make the record, it’s me calling the shots. But I can’t tell everyone exactly what to do every second when we’re on stage. There’s, like, shakers flying around or instruments being thrown all over the place, so I don’t have the capacity to control that. And that’s really exciting to me.”

                                                                                                        Big Love Blanket harnessed that energy in 10 excitable pop songs, bright and bracing. Acclaim from Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley, Mojo, Clash, DIY Mag and others followed. Support slots with BC Camplight in 2023 were joyfully received, as was a tour for Independent Venues Week with The Klittens and Real Farmer. Personal Trainer have notched up many festival visits, too, including stop-offs at the End of the Road, Wilderness and The Great Escape. In December 2023, an EP featuring the tracks ‘The Feeling’ (all nine minutes of it) and ‘Babyolifantjes’ (translated: baby elephants) also emerged, recorded with a view to capturing the band’s live form. Soon, Smit and his bandmates will showcase that form with summer festivals including Green Man, Deershed, Truck Festival and Lowlands.

                                                                                                        Meanwhile, Still Willing arrives as a fervid expression of Willem’s home-recording and studio methods, tethered to inviting pop instincts and rich with the fertile promise of more to come. Willem doesn’t want to tell you what or how to think about the album but, he says, “It would be awesome if people like it and buy the record, so that I can make another one.” On the strength of Still Willing, he’s fit for the long distance.


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A:
                                                                                                        1. Upper Ferntree Gully
                                                                                                        2. I Can Be Your Personal Trainer
                                                                                                        3. Cyan
                                                                                                        4. Round
                                                                                                        5. New Bad Feeling

                                                                                                        Side B:
                                                                                                        1. Intangible
                                                                                                        2. Testing The Alarm
                                                                                                        3. Still Willing
                                                                                                        4. You Better Start Scrubbing
                                                                                                        5. What Am I Supposed To Say And Their Ways

                                                                                                        Monsters Of Folk

                                                                                                        Monsters Of Folk (Deluxe)

                                                                                                          Monsters of Folk - comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M. Ward, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) - released their first collaborative album in 2009. The set was recorded in Malibu and Omaha with all four members playing every instrument. It marked their only recorded output as a band. This reissue features revised artwork, the original 15-song record plus 5 unreleased studio tracks from 2012, intended for a never-finished 2nd album, and featuring "5th Monster" Will Johnson.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Dear God
                                                                                                          2. Say Please
                                                                                                          3. Whole Lotta Losin'
                                                                                                          4. Temazcal
                                                                                                          5. The Right Place
                                                                                                          6. Baby Boomer
                                                                                                          7. Man Named Truth
                                                                                                          8. Goodway
                                                                                                          9. Ahead Of The Curve
                                                                                                          10. Slow Down
                                                                                                          11. Losin' Yo Head
                                                                                                          12. Magic Marker
                                                                                                          13. Map Of The World
                                                                                                          14. The Sandman
                                                                                                          15. His Master's Voice
                                                                                                          16. Dear To The Assassin
                                                                                                          17. Sweet Silence
                                                                                                          18. The Living Thing
                                                                                                          19. Museum Guard
                                                                                                          20. Disappeared

                                                                                                          Tristan Perich / Ensemble 0

                                                                                                          Open Symmetry

                                                                                                            'Open Symmetry' is New York-based composer Tristan Perich’s first release on Erased Tapes. The 50-minute work for 3 vibraphones and 20-channel 1-bit electronics is performed by the dynamic French group, ensemble 0, who return to Erased Tapes following their 2023 collaboration with Peter Broderick.

                                                                                                            Perich’s music spans the electronic/classical divide, with explorations that pair string instruments, piano, organ, and other acoustic instrumentation with custom-built 1-bit electronics, including his recent 'Drift Multiply', for 50 violins and 50 speakers. This newest release, 'Open Symmetry', pares the ensemble down to just 3 musicians playing the resonant metal bars of 3 vibraphones accompanied with a glistening ensemble of 20 speakers, each playing their own separate musical part of the composition.

                                                                                                            1-bit sound is Perich’s core musical language, creating an aural and conceptual consistency across his major works. His 2004 release, '1-Bit Music', was the first album released as a microchip, which plays its music through a headphone jack in the side of the CD case that houses an electronic circuit. With 1-bit sound, the audio waveform is built from 1s and 0s, the binary language of information, in contrast to the perpetual stride towards higher fidelity with 16- or 24-bit, and most recently 32-bit audio. When stripping away all those bits, the result is a primitive, square-shaped tone, which Perich either presents on its own (as in his circuit albums or solo shows), or blends it with classical instrumentation, each composition an experiment in sonic color, shape, and form.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Open Symmetry: Section 1
                                                                                                            2. Open Symmetry: Section 2
                                                                                                            3. Open Symmetry: Section 3
                                                                                                            4. Open Symmetry: Section 4
                                                                                                            5. Open Symmetry: Section 5
                                                                                                            6. Open Symmetry: Section 6
                                                                                                            7. Open Symmetry: Section 7

                                                                                                            Thee Heart Tones

                                                                                                            Forever & Ever

                                                                                                              Hailing from Hawthorne, California, Thee Heart Tones are both carrying on a tradition and pushing the boundaries with their music. Lead singer Jazmine Alvarado is just 19 years old and the oldest member of the group, Jorge Rodriguez is 21, but one listen to their record and it becomes blatantly apparent they are a talent well beyond their years.

                                                                                                              Thee Heart Tones are Jazmine on vocals, Ricky Cerezo on keys and organ, Jorge on drums, Jeffrey Romero on bass, Peter Chagolla on lead guitar, and Walter Morales on rhythm guitar. As the story goes, “one day I got a DM from Ricky Cerezo asking if I wanted to write a song for his new (then unnamed) band,” Jazmine says. “I knew his drummer and the other boys from middle school, so they were familiar faces. They sent me an mp3 of an instrumental they’d written and told me they wanted lyrics, so I wrote some and sent it to them.” That song ended up being “Don’t Take Me as a Fool,” a downbeat, minor key ballad on which Jazmine's sultry, pitch-perfect vocals soar, and which is now destined for their debut album. Ricky went home to play “Don’t Take Me As a Fool”, recorded as a voice note on his phone, to his dad. “I was hesitant. Dad knew this music better than anyone; he grew up with it. But he grabbed my phone and held it to his ear. His approval meant a lot to me. But he had the same reaction Jorge and I did when we fi­rst heard Jazmine sing. ‘This is going to be a hit,’ he told me. ‘You guys have something really special here’.”

                                                                                                              It was that same recording that caught the ears of Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown Records, who both heard the potential in the group immediately. After they signed to the label, Leon flew out to Los Angeles to record their debut album with Tommy Brenneck at Tommy’s Diamond West studio. They knocked out 14 songs in ­five days, capturing the charm of teenage soul and mixing it with their seasoned production prowess and the result is a modern classic Soul album.

                                                                                                              Album opener and title track 'Forever & Ever' is an infectious two-stepper that instantly lifts your mood while heavy duty B side ballads like 'Should I Call You Tonight', 'Cry My Tears Away', and 'It’s Time' hold court with the genre’s classics. They pick up the pace and ­fill the dancefloor with 'Need Something More' as Jazmine matter of factly sets the record straight on a Northern Soul styled track. They cover the Álvaro Carrillo penned classic 'Sabor A Mi' to great effect, doing it justice and putting their version right up there with the best of them. Another standout is their version of The Vanguards classic 'Somebody Please' which they change the tone of and take to a different level. The punching drums of 'No Longer Mine' juxtapose Jazmine’s honeyed vocals and wind up with the gritty energy of a mid 90s hip hop sample.

                                                                                                              'Forever & Ever' is both a testament to their unmistakable musical chemistry and talent. Their intentions as a band are testament to their collective character. Choosing to cover 'Sabor A Mi' “allows us to let our audience know we go back to our roots,” Jazmine says. “Growing up in LA, you get influenced by the city, the artwork, the music,” Ricky says. “Dad didn’t own a lowrider car, but other members of our family did. Impalas. El Caminos. We were influenced by the culture, particularly Chicano culture. And oldies and soul music played a big part.” The style. The culture. The nod to the past. “That’s what we’re going for. We want to connect young Chicanos with their heritage. And we want to unite people old and young.”

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Forever & Ever
                                                                                                              2. Don’t Take Me As A Fool
                                                                                                              3. Somebody Please
                                                                                                              4. No Longer Mine
                                                                                                              5. Sabor A Mi
                                                                                                              6. Should I Call You Tonight
                                                                                                              7. Cry My Tears Away
                                                                                                              8. Need Something More
                                                                                                              9. When I Met You
                                                                                                              10. Highway Of Love
                                                                                                              11. Holding On
                                                                                                              12. It’s Time

                                                                                                              The Aislers Set

                                                                                                              John Peel Session 10.04.01

                                                                                                                “Recording at Maida Vale for the Peel Session was literally the highlight of our career as a band.”

                                                                                                                So says Alicia from San Francisco indie legends The Aislers Set, and who are we to argue? Precious Recordings of London is excited to release this 2001 session for the one and only John Peel by the Slumberland dream-poppers, who recorded four songs for the BBC – among them a celebrated cover of Joy Division’s ‘Walked In Line’ and the band’s own classic ‘Mission Bells’.

                                                                                                                The latter was written specifically for the session by Linton, who also supplies a sleeve essay with memories of the day of recording – and then hunkering down in a Glasgow pub with members of Belle and Sebastian to listen to the first broadcast on a tinny transistor.

                                                                                                                10" vinyl limited edition of 500 copies featuring previously unseen photos on the inner plus download codes.


                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Mission Bells
                                                                                                                2. Walked In Line
                                                                                                                3. Long Division
                                                                                                                4. The Walk

                                                                                                                Blueboy

                                                                                                                One

                                                                                                                  Sarah Records legends Blueboy return as a four-piece with a blistering new single ‘One’ – their first new song for 25 years, featuring founder member Paul Stewart plus Gemma Townley, Mark Cousens and Martin Rose from the band’s halcyon days in the 1990s.

                                                                                                                  With Gemma taking over lead vocals from the much-missed Keith Girdler, who died in 2007, ‘One’ is a stunning slice of indie pop with echoes of Lush, Stereolab, Dinosaur Jr (and maybe even Kylie) to rank alongside anything they’ve done before.

                                                                                                                  Backed with a magical acoustic version of ‘Air France’ featuring Paul and Gemma, the single is released in May 2024 to coincide with a full-band show in London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic Blueboy album Unisex.

                                                                                                                  ‘One’ is being released on the Precious Recordings of London as the label’s first-ever non-BBC session release.

                                                                                                                  The Rolling Stones

                                                                                                                  Voodoo Lounge - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                    A new red & yellow coloured vinyl edition of Voodoo Lounge to celebrate 30 years since its original release. This album features the singles 'Love Is Strong', 'You Got Me Rocking', 'Out Of Tears' and 'I Go Wild.'

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Love Is Strong
                                                                                                                    You Got Me Rocking
                                                                                                                    Sparks Will Fly
                                                                                                                    The Worst
                                                                                                                    New Faces
                                                                                                                    Moon Is Up
                                                                                                                    Out Of Tears
                                                                                                                    I Go Wild
                                                                                                                    Brand New Car
                                                                                                                    Sweethearts Together
                                                                                                                    Suck On The Jugular
                                                                                                                    Blinded By Rainbows
                                                                                                                    Baby Break It Down
                                                                                                                    Thru And Thru
                                                                                                                    Mean Disposition

                                                                                                                    Trentemøller

                                                                                                                    Dreamweaver

                                                                                                                      Featuring 10 tracks that traverse Trentemøller’s many musical strengths, 'Dreamweaver' represents an obvious artistic leap, treading new ground while retaining the overall plot. Tracks featuring vocals come courtesy of of Iceland’s Disa, who has been in Trentemøller’s fold since the Memoria tour.
                                                                                                                      The nylon string-led opening track, 'A Different Light', contains many of Trentemøller’s trademarks: exploring dichotomies, musical shadowplay, Nordic frigidity, and warm waves. It opens the door for the steady, hypnotic 'Nightfall,' with its tetherless vocal, wistful guitars, and early morning desert chill. The third track in the opening trifecta, 'Dreamweavers' finds its footing with a percussive soft trot, which starts after what feels like a shortwave radio scan in search of the right chords, eventually dialing in a weightless voice. Ostensibly keeping a ruminative pace with the previous two tracks, the song and, by extension, album soon opens up as the rest of the elements drop into place with a grand, luxurious burst.

                                                                                                                      With the hatch blown off of the portal, the noisy 'I Give My Tears', driven by its glissed and fuzzy bass line, pours into the void. It’s followed by its sibling, the most chaotic track on 'Dreamweaver', 'Behind My Eyes'. Arriving as a piece of noise rock pandemonium, 'Behind My Eyes' can’t be contained in its plush vault. A whip-crack snare and convulsing guitars smash against each other in the song’s verse chamber. The tension builds, as the particles collide, pushing past the point of critical mass, kicking off the chain reaction which is the chorus. At times it harkens back to the proto-gaze tracks that gave birth to dream pop, at others it newly defines what that is. There’s no time to contemplate it, though, as the song disintegrates in a microphonic feedback instant.

                                                                                                                      A respite follows with the somnambulistic pair of 'Hollow' and 'Empty Beaches'. Then, a moment of intensity returns as the soaring textures and tribal drum bursts of 'In A Storm' take control, before being taken out with the ambient slo-core of 'Winter’s Ghost' and 'Closure'. This diptych wraps up an album which certainly feels on-script for Trentemøller, but is also much more psychedelic than previous offerings. 


                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. A Different Light
                                                                                                                      2. Nightfall
                                                                                                                      3. Dreamweavers
                                                                                                                      4. I Give My Tears
                                                                                                                      5. Hollow
                                                                                                                      6. Behind My Eyes
                                                                                                                      7. Empty Beaches
                                                                                                                      8. In A Storm
                                                                                                                      9. Winter’s Ghost
                                                                                                                      10. Closure

                                                                                                                      Jon Savage

                                                                                                                      The Secret Public - Signed Edition

                                                                                                                        A monumental history of the LGBTQ influence on popular culture, from the award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Jon Savage

                                                                                                                        An electrifying look at key moments in music and entertainment history
                                                                                                                        between 1955 and 1979. From the secret sexuality of stars such as Little Richard in the 1950s through to the ambiguity of David Bowie, glam rock and
                                                                                                                        Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. Jon Savage reflects on the
                                                                                                                        figures and events that helped move gay culture from the margins to the mainstream and changed the face of pop forever.

                                                                                                                        The Secret Public is a searching examination of the fortitude and resilience of
                                                                                                                        the gay community through the lens of popular music and culture; it reflects
                                                                                                                        on the freedom found in divergence from the norm and reminds us of the need to be vigilant against those seeking to roll back the rights of marginalised groups.

                                                                                                                        Kishi Bashi

                                                                                                                        Kantos

                                                                                                                          The latest full-length from Kishi Bashi, 'Kantos' is a work of exquisite duality: a party album about the possible end of humanity as we know it, at turns deeply unsettling and sublimely joyful. In a sonic departure from the symphonic folk of his critically lauded 2019 LP 'Omoiyari' a career-defining body of work born from his intensive meditation on the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II the Seattle-born singer/songwriter/producer’s fifth studio album encompasses everything from Brazilian jazz and ’70s funk to orchestral rock and city pop (a Japanese genre that peaked in the mid-’80s). Informed by an equally kaleidoscopic mix of inspirations the cult-classic sci-fi novel series Hyperion Cantos, the writings of 18th century enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant, a revelatory trip to ancient ruins on the island of Crete Kantos ultimately serves as an unbridled exaltation of the human spirit and all its wild complexities.

                                                                                                                          During the earliest stages of creating songs for the album, Ishibashi’s main intent was to return to his highly eclectic musical roots, in part by tapping into his jazz background and by delving into the dance-rock-leaning sensibilities he previously embraced as co-founder of Brooklyn-bred indie band Jupiter One. But not too long into the songwriting process, he stumbled upon an AI-equipped website capable of composing catchy song hooks based on a Prompt a turn of events that quickly catalyzed the existential inquiry at the heart of 'Kantos'.

                                                                                                                          Although his ruminations on AI, transhumanism, and humanity’s troubled fate indelibly guided the making of Kantos, Ishibashi nonetheless views the album as “less of a warning about this kind of hubris but more a celebration of the very characteristics that make us human: desire, passion, empathy, and love.” “If there’s anything I want people to come away with when they hear this record, it’s a feeling of excitement about the possibilities of human-created art,” he says. “Even as we’re learning more about all the amazing things AI can do, I think humans will always be one step ahead in terms of our creativity and innovation. There’s still no limit to what we have to offer.”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Violin Akai
                                                                                                                          2. Chiba Funk
                                                                                                                          3. Late Night Comic
                                                                                                                          4. Colorful State
                                                                                                                          5. Escape From Knossos
                                                                                                                          6. Icarus IV
                                                                                                                          7. Hollywood Intermission
                                                                                                                          8. Lilliputian Chop
                                                                                                                          9. Analógico Brasil
                                                                                                                          10. Make Believe
                                                                                                                          11. Call It Off
                                                                                                                          12. Tokyo Love Story (Love Story Wa Totsuzen Ni)

                                                                                                                          Danger Mouse & Jemini

                                                                                                                          Born Again

                                                                                                                            Remarkably This Soul And Funk Infused Hip-hop Tour De Force Arrives Two Decades After Its Creation And The Duo's Debut LP, 'Ghetto Pop Life' Which Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This Year.

                                                                                                                            Enthused By The Response To 'Ghetto Pop Life', Soon After Danger Mouse And Jemini Began To Tour And To Write And Record 'Born Again'. Finally, Having Been Recorded Two Decades Ago And Indefinitely Shelved Until Now, 'Born Again' Will Finally Be Released To Coincide With The Twentieth Anniversary Of 'Ghetto Pop Life'.

                                                                                                                            The Previously Unheard Record Retains Many Of The Elements Of Danger Mouse And Jemini's Debut; The Fun-loving, Shit-talking Innocence, But Also Adopts A Noticeably More Introspective And Confessional Tone. This Time, In Addition To Light-hearted Topics Such As Being An Incredible Artist ('Knuckle Sandwich II', 'Brooklyn Basquiat'), Living Large And Being A Magnet For Attention ('Me'), Jemini Also Delivers Highly personal And Occasionally Devastating Lyrics About Missed Opportunities And Redemption ('All I', 'Born Again'), His Time In Prison ('Locked Up') And Complicated Relationship With His Father ('Dear Poppa').

                                                                                                                            His Effortless Free Flowing Cadence And Indelible Sing-song Delivery Elevate Each Track With A Melodic Infectiousness Whilst Danger Mouse Exhibits An Affinity For Resonant Instrumentals Built From Sampled Organ, Vibraphone, Or Guitar Loops And Infused With His Trademark Minor Key Magic. The Result Is A Classic, Timeless Hip Hop Record.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: Modern musical polymath Danger Mouse revisits this lost project written and recorded some 20 years ago but never ever released! Isn't it both beguiling but frustrating when you hear of these artists that just have endless, top quality content just lying around waiting to be discovered. "Born Again" is a brilliantly soulful and funky hip-hop joint, retaining the producer's deliciously old school style and reminiscent in many ways of last year's "Cheat Codes" (with Black Thought").

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. All I
                                                                                                                            2. Locked Up
                                                                                                                            3. Me
                                                                                                                            4. Knuckle Sandwich II
                                                                                                                            5. Born Again
                                                                                                                            6. Brooklyn Bazquiat
                                                                                                                            7. Walk The Walk
                                                                                                                            8. Where You From
                                                                                                                            9. Dear Poppa
                                                                                                                            10. World Music

                                                                                                                            Tenor Saw / Roots Radics

                                                                                                                            Highest Grade / Dub In Flames

                                                                                                                              Ring the Alarm! We dug deep from the vaults and pairing crucially with the simultaneously released Barrington / Ranking twinspin, this diamond dig unearths Tenor Saw's previously unreleased 'Highest Grade' a herbman choice - Ready rolled from Junjo's secret stash

                                                                                                                              Backed with a heavyweight dub on the flip capturing the mighty Roots Radics in full effect at Channel One and King Tubby's

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Tenor Saw - Highest Grade
                                                                                                                              Roots Radics - Dub In Flames

                                                                                                                              Barrington Levy / Ranking Joe

                                                                                                                              Crucifixion / River Jordan

                                                                                                                                Double headed twin spin revive produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes on the monumental Eventide Fire riddim - Barrington nailed 'Crucifixion' to the top of the UK reggae charts in 1980 delivering one of his most iconic vocal performances On the flip Ranking Joe also sits watertight on the rhythm to chat full flow on the mighty 'River Jordan'

                                                                                                                                Roots Radics captured in full effect at Channel One and King Tubby's.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Barrington Levy - Crucifixion
                                                                                                                                Ranking Joe - River Jordan

                                                                                                                                SML

                                                                                                                                Small Medium Large

                                                                                                                                  SML is bassist Anna Butterss (Jeff Parker, Daniel Villarreal, Makaya McCraven), synthesist Jeremiah Chiu (Ariel Kalma, Marta Sofia-Honer), saxophonist Josh Johnson (Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Nate Mercereau, Marquis Hill), percussionist Booker Stardrum (Amirtha Kidambi, Carl Stone, Lee Ranaldo, Patrick Shiroishi), and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann (Sam Wilkes, Meg Duffy, Perfume Genius). Their debut album 'Small Medium Large' began as a collection of long-form improvisations recorded during two separate two-night stands at beloved Highland Park venue ETA, a major development site for the burgeoning new LA jazz & improvised music sound, which unfortunately closed its doors permanently at the end of 2023.

                                                                                                                                  The venue, perhaps best known outside of LA for Jeff Parker’s 2022 album 'Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy,' was the perfect location for the start of SML, especially given that both bassist Anna Buterss and saxophonist Josh Johnson are in the quartet featured on that record. 'Small Medium Large' was engineered and recorded in stereo direct to Nagra by Bryce Gonzales and compiled, arranged, and edited with additional production, recording, and studio composition by SML.

                                                                                                                                  While editing, chopping, and rearranging stereo mixed improvisations is hardly a new concept (for a modern and relevant example we can look to Makaya McCraven’s output on IARC) these results are a stunning expansion of the Teo Macero / Miles Davis editing concept explored on classics like 'Bitches Brew', 'On The Corner', and 'Get Up With It'. Stylistically though, these recordings have more in common with the proto trance repetitions of Harmonia, and with Holgar Czukay’s re-assemblage technique used in his work with Can. Throw in a supremely intuitive utilization of Susumu Yokota’s floating patterns polyrhythm concept and we have a truly entrancing take on time-clocked electronic rhythms augmenting with live percussion, yet maintaining that elusive human sway.


                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Rubber Tree Dance
                                                                                                                                  2. Industry
                                                                                                                                  3. Herbie For Commercials
                                                                                                                                  4. Search Bar Hi Hat
                                                                                                                                  5. Window Sill Song
                                                                                                                                  6. Switchboard Operations
                                                                                                                                  7. Soft Sand
                                                                                                                                  8. Three Over Steel
                                                                                                                                  9. Chasing Brain
                                                                                                                                  10. History Of Communication
                                                                                                                                  11. Feed The Birds
                                                                                                                                  12. Greg's Melody
                                                                                                                                  13. Dolphin Language

                                                                                                                                  Kate Nash

                                                                                                                                  9 Sad Symphonies

                                                                                                                                    Kate Nash’s new album ‘9 Sad Symphonies’ is her first signed to the legendary Kill Rock Stars label. The album was produced and mixed by Grammy winning Danish producer Frederik Thaae (K Flay, Jada, Crown The Empire).

                                                                                                                                    Marking a new chapter in Kate’s illustrious career, the album’s lyrical scope is both deeply personal and achingly relatable, whilst its orchestral arrangements and melodies draw from Kate’s experience in the world of musical theatre.

                                                                                                                                    Kate Nash is a BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and actress known for her fearless approach to music and unapologetic storytelling. A platinum selling artist with a career spanning over a decade, she has garnered critical acclaim for her chart-topping hits and electrifying live performances. From her debut album ‘Made of Bricks’, to her latest releases, Kate’s artistry continues to resonate with audiences and has earned her a dedicated fanbase. She also captivated audiences as Rhonda in Netflix’s Emmy-nominated GLOW.


                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    Millions Of Heartbeats
                                                                                                                                    Misery
                                                                                                                                    Wasteman
                                                                                                                                    Abandoned
                                                                                                                                    Horsie

                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                    My Bile
                                                                                                                                    Those Feelings
                                                                                                                                    Space Odyssey 2001
                                                                                                                                    Ray
                                                                                                                                    Vampyre

                                                                                                                                    NTO & Sofiane Pamart

                                                                                                                                    Forever Friends

                                                                                                                                      "'Forever Friends' is much more than an album; it's a manifesto - Through the fusion of electronic music and piano art, we weave a sound creation that refects the complexity and beauty of human relationships"

                                                                                                                                      It's with these words that Sofiane Pamart and NTO describe their collaborative album, at the crossroads of their two worlds. The piano notes of Sofane Pamart, a regular on prestigious stages in France and abroad, mingle here with the melodic techno of producer NTO.


                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Loyalty
                                                                                                                                      2. Nevado Sorata
                                                                                                                                      3. Bagarre
                                                                                                                                      4. Homies By Night
                                                                                                                                      5. Explore Yourself
                                                                                                                                      6. Horizon Talk
                                                                                                                                      7. Hooligan's Heart
                                                                                                                                      8. Cigarette Sunsrise
                                                                                                                                      9. Dobermann
                                                                                                                                      10. Not Alone Anymore
                                                                                                                                      11. Manifesto

                                                                                                                                      Becker & Mukai

                                                                                                                                      Spirit Only

                                                                                                                                        The mighty Becker & Mukai return with a tidal wave of sonic highways with new album 'Spirit Only', this time travelling outside of their East London studio bunker to Japanese mountains, with pit stops in Mali and Trinidad & Tobago


                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Spirit Only
                                                                                                                                        2. Sunshine Demagogue (feat. Daniella Croston)
                                                                                                                                        3. Wild Away
                                                                                                                                        4. Kinoku No Kioku (feat. Yama Warashi & Fimber Bravo)
                                                                                                                                        5. Moon High
                                                                                                                                        6. Ni Vu Ni Connu
                                                                                                                                        7. Meditative Blip (feat. Alexis Taylor)
                                                                                                                                        8. Toumado (feat. Kadialy Kouyate)
                                                                                                                                        9. Azores Part 2
                                                                                                                                        10. Deja Vu (feat. Alexis Taylor)

                                                                                                                                        Age Of Love

                                                                                                                                        The Age Of Love - Charlotte De Witte / Jam & Spoon / Solomun Remixes

                                                                                                                                        Age Of Love wrote and released their most iconic track in 1990. It went on to become a stone-cold dance classic that inspired a whole trance movement that has endured throughout the years.

                                                                                                                                        Diki present the three most famous remixes on one record: the legendary 1992 Jam & Spoon 'Watch Out For Stella' Mix, Charlotte de Witte & Enrico Sangiuliano's 2021 remix & Solomun's 2017 remix.




                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        A.The Age Of Love (Charlotte De Witte & Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
                                                                                                                                        B1. The Age Of Love (Jam & Spoon Watch Out For Stella Mix - 2021 Remaster)
                                                                                                                                        B2. The Age Of Love (Solomun's Renaissance Remix)

                                                                                                                                        Sophia Jani & Teresa Allgaier

                                                                                                                                        Six Pieces For Solo Violin

                                                                                                                                        Sophia Jani is a composer of contemporary classical music. She is the current Composer in Residence of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. Here she's joined by violinist Teresa Allgaier  for the collaborative work "Six Pieces for Solo Violin". Characterized by its calmness and poise, each movement focuses on a particular technical aspect, bending the boundaries of the instrument while maintaining the illusion of simplicity.

                                                                                                                                        Sometimes the most complicated thing anyone can do is to try to create something that feels uncomplicated. Arvo Pärt, ballet, a delicious meal we didn’t cook ourselves, Ella Fitzgerald, a safe place to lay our heads at night, a quiet pine forest – […] In all these things, it takes a lot of effort to make us feel as if something is effortless.

                                                                                                                                        - David Lang (from the liner notes)

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        A1) Prelude 02:42 Min
                                                                                                                                        A2) I. Scordatura 05:57 Min
                                                                                                                                        A3) II. Arpeggio 08:05 Min
                                                                                                                                        A4) III. Triads 06:12 Min
                                                                                                                                        B1) IV. Capriccio 03:56 Min
                                                                                                                                        B2) V. Grandezza 06:33 Min
                                                                                                                                        B3) VI. Ricochet 07:52 Min

                                                                                                                                        Nada Surf

                                                                                                                                        Moon Mirror

                                                                                                                                          Bittersweet anthems that begin quiet but explode into soaring harmonies? Check. Songs that are play-on-repeat heart punches? Check. Songs that are poetic and thought-provoking while also being absolute belt-at-the-top-of- your- voice-withthe-windows-down masterpieces? Check. It's all here.

                                                                                                                                          For the past 30 years, Nada Surf has had the same core lineup: Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, and Ira Elliot. Moon Mirror, their frst for New West Records, was produced by the band and Ian Laughton at Rockfeld Studios in Wales. For the recording, Matthew, Daniel, and Ira were joined by their friend and longtime keyboard player Louie Lino.

                                                                                                                                          'Moon Mirror' is a thrilling and moving leap forward for Nada Surf. The songs on the album are true to the human experience--as meaningful and mysterious and sometimes absurd as it is. There's love, yes, but also grief, deep loneliness, doubt, wonder, and hope. These are not the songs of a band in their 20s. There is hardwon wisdom here, and hard-won belief in possibility - the kind that comes from falling down and getting back up.


                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1.Second Skin
                                                                                                                                          2. In Front Of Me Now
                                                                                                                                          3. Moon Mirror
                                                                                                                                          4. Losing
                                                                                                                                          5. Intel And Dreams
                                                                                                                                          6. The One You Want
                                                                                                                                          7. New Propeller /
                                                                                                                                          8. Open Seas
                                                                                                                                          9. X Is You
                                                                                                                                          10. Give Me The Sun
                                                                                                                                          11. Floater

                                                                                                                                          2CD Bonus Disc Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                          1. Second Skin (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          2. In Front Of Me Now (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          3. Moon Mirror (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          4. Losing (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          5. Intel And Dreams (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          6. The One You Want (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          7. New Propeller (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          8. Open Seas (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          9. Give Me The Sun (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          10. Floater (Demo)

                                                                                                                                          2LP Bonus LP Tracklist:
                                                                                                                                          1. Second Skin (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          2. In Front Of Me Now (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          3. Moon Mirror (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          4. Intel And Dreams (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          5. The One You Want (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          6. New Propeller (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          7. Open Seas (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          8. Give Me The Sun (Demo)
                                                                                                                                          9. Floater (Demo)

                                                                                                                                          System Olympia

                                                                                                                                          Sanctified EP

                                                                                                                                            A Tempest Of Intimacy. It's part of the nature of man to start with romance and build to a reality and this is what System Olympia has done with this new 4 track EP. Love, longing, and the restlessness of the heart and body are the foundation forces of this record.

                                                                                                                                            "Luce Rossa" presents itself as an emblem of a credo, an irreverent manifesto delivered via daring melodies and empowering vocals. System Olympia inhabits a world in which human senses are mightier than religion and "Sanctified" feat Working Men's Club is an ecstatic and highly articulated fusion of passion and redemption - a new truth about reality, whispered to your ear with infinite sweetness.

                                                                                                                                            Poetic desire as a force of beauty and vitality is all over Lenzuola Di Raso. Fantasising in between satin sheets on the hottest day of the year because art and imagination mean freedom from the solitude of the mind.
                                                                                                                                            Mi Dimentico makes beauty out of melancholy, and nostalgia out of the oscillation between resignation and demand. "Sanctified EP" is naked skin over a sunken heart, and a soaring mind.


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1 - Luce Rossa
                                                                                                                                            A2 - Sanctified Feat Working Men's Club
                                                                                                                                            B1 - Lenzuola Di Raso
                                                                                                                                            B2 - Mi Dimentico

                                                                                                                                            Maximum vocal power and prime time dramatics by Chrissy and Carrie Wilds. The San Francisco based DJ and producer shows his stylistic versatility and technical capability to work with vocals, melodies and sound sources. Like a facsimile of the late 1980s house/freestyle record that you never owned, "Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever" ticks all the right boxes. Heartfelt vocals (by the great Carrie Wilds): check! Timely social message: check! Melodic euphoria: check! Old school house and true school freestyle flavor: check! Comes in various mixes and with a freestyle bonus beat special.

                                                                                                                                            Additional airtime is given to the now classic Chrissy production "So I Go Dancing". Done in a traditional remix fashion by Gerd Janson it highlights all the features of the original and again Carrie‘s enchanting voice, extends the included hysteria and adds a few snare rolls. Let‘s go dancing to brighten the darkness. Dance music in its purest and maybe most US-American form.


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever (Main Mix)
                                                                                                                                            A2. Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                            A3. Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever (Freestyle Mix)
                                                                                                                                            B1. So I Go Dancing (Gerd Janson DJ Remix)
                                                                                                                                            B2. Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever (Freestyle Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                            B3. Things Can’t Go On Like This Forever (Freestyle Beats)

                                                                                                                                            Acud

                                                                                                                                            Supermarkt - Prins Thomas, Ost & Kjex, Ana Helder, Mijo Remixes

                                                                                                                                            The monstrous "Supermarkt" by Berlin producer Acud gets a vast and top tiered selection of remixes via the Keller label.

                                                                                                                                            Norwegian disco master Prins Thomas kicks off proceedings with a sumptuous and velvety nu disco remix, full of cosmic yearnings as that Human League-esque bassline marches onwards. Ost & Kjex take the track into soulful house territory, adding swung percussion and rising organ stabs.

                                                                                                                                            Argentinian Ana Helder really accentuates the electro-disco chug, turning out a remix that's somewhere between Lucia Ponti's "Dimi Bello" and New Order's "Blue Monday" - all with added cosmic electricity.

                                                                                                                                            Mexican producer Mijo adds a slow techno touch, with intricate mechanization, churning grooves and fizzy textures throughout. Meanwhile Dirty Acid do as their name suggests and pour a highly corrosive and phlegmy concoction of 303s over the stems.

                                                                                                                                            Amount takes us spiraling into the heavens via their remix - ascending arpeggios supplementing pulsating bass, echoed vox and simple drums for a deep late night hypnosis.

                                                                                                                                            Finally, we get the original version by Acud in what can only be described as a bumper and essential pack and one of the best 12"s we've had in this year. TIP! 


                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. Acud - Supermarkt (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
                                                                                                                                            A2. Acud - Supermarkt (Ost & Kjex Remix)
                                                                                                                                            A3. Acud - Supermarkt (Ana Helder Remix)
                                                                                                                                            A4. Acud - Supermarkt (Mijo Remix)
                                                                                                                                            B1. Acud - Supermarkt (Dirty Acid Mix)
                                                                                                                                            B2. Acud - Supermarkt (Amount Remix)
                                                                                                                                            B3. Acud - Supermarkt (Original Mix

                                                                                                                                            Energy 52

                                                                                                                                            Cafe Del Mar - Orbital & Michael Mayer Remixes

                                                                                                                                            Energy 52's "Café Del Mar" is one of the most iconic tracks in dance music. Over the years, "Café Del Mar" has achieved legendary status, regularly featuring in lists of the greatest dance tracks of all time; a cultural phenomenon, encapsulating the spirit of an era and influencing generations of artists and fans alike.

                                                                                                                                            Now this iconic track is being remixed by two of the most revered acts in electronic music, Orbital and Michael Mayer. Orbital, the pioneering British electronic dance duo consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, have continued to shape the electronic music scene since their emergence in 1989. Their remix is an ode to the golden age of rave, with clattering breakbeats and an ethereal synth line pulsing through its early stages before the iconic lead warps into view. A key figure in Cologne's electronic scene, Michael Mayer co-founded the influential Kompakt label, contributing significantly to its direction and success. For his interpretation, Mayer leans into head spinning, hypnotic rhythms, with tribal drums and the patiently evolving lead line building towards a climax that is more subtle but no less effective.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A. Café Del Mar (Orbital Remix)
                                                                                                                                            B. Café Del Mar (Michael Mayer Remix)

                                                                                                                                            File under house, breakbeat, techno and warehouse rave music. The Mental Groove Classic series returns with a treasure trove of rare and hard to find tracks plucked from the personal collection of label founder Olivier Ducret, a pivotal figure in Switzerland's acid house and rave-era party scene.

                                                                                                                                            On Volumes Two and Three of the series - the first installment hit stores in 2017 - the Mental Groove and Musique Pour La Danse label founder takes us back to the turn of the '90s, a time he spent promoting parties in fields, squats, forests, warehouses and former factories in and around Geneva and behind the counter of a record shop of the same name. While others in Switzerland's emerging dance music scene gravitated towards US house and garage, Olivier and his crew opted for a bass, breaks and techno-focused sound inspired by regular trips to clubs, raves and record shops in the UK.

                                                                                                                                            Drawing directly from his own record box and a memory bank full of snapshots of euphoric dancefloor moments, Mental Groove Classics volumes Two and Three sees Olivier reaching for cuts of near-mythical rarity, genuinely overlooked gems, and undeniably brilliant tracks that have left a long-lasting impression on the local raving landscape. It's an autobiographical audio document, historical archive and personal musical statement all rolled into one, inspired by a moment in time where musical boundaries were being redrawn in a wave of carefree optimism and freedom inspired new rave scenes across Europe and far beyond.



                                                                                                                                            Matt Anniss

                                                                                                                                            Original artwork by Soho's Brain Club co-owner and artist of early British club culture Mark Wigan.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            A1. Ben J'ammin M - Evolvic
                                                                                                                                            A2. Uncle 22 - Pain
                                                                                                                                            B1. Point Zero - Coastal
                                                                                                                                            B2. Escape - Escape (The Optical Mix)
                                                                                                                                            C1. Ike - Euphoria
                                                                                                                                            C2. Minimal Man - Outside The Window (Track 1232)
                                                                                                                                            D1. Mad Musician - Jazz Out
                                                                                                                                            D2. Sävel - Sunflower

                                                                                                                                            Paul Cox

                                                                                                                                            The Cure: Stills

                                                                                                                                              The Cure "Stills" follows the changing faces of one of the leading British rock bands during the post-punk and new-wave movements of the late '70s and '80s. As the band has continued over a period of nearly 50 years, front man and only constant member Robert Smith has maintained the band's popularity throughout the changing musical eras, while staying true to their individualistic style and quirkiness. Instrumental in the creation of the varying incarnations of The Cure is photographer Paul Cox, who first encountered the group on Top of the Pops in 1980.

                                                                                                                                              Having established a creative, productive and trusting relationship with the band, Cox's resulting work is The Cure in all their glory. Including over 200 colour and 75 black-and-white images, with accompanying captions selected and written by Cox and Smith, this book is a celebration of a seminal band through the lens of a skilled photographer. 

                                                                                                                                              File under house, breakbeat, techno and warehouse rave music. The Mental Groove Classic series returns with a treasure trove of rare and hard to find tracks plucked from the personal collection of label founder Olivier Ducret, a pivotal figure in Switzerland's acid house and rave-era party scene.

                                                                                                                                              On Volumes Two and Three of the series - the first installment hit stores in 2017 - the Mental Groove and Musique Pour La Danse label founder takes us back to the turn of the '90s, a time he spent promoting parties in fields, squats, forests, warehouses and former factories in and around Geneva and behind the counter of a record shopof the same name. While others in Switzerland's emerging dance music scene gravitated towards US house and garage, Olivier and his crew opted for a bass, breaks and techno-focused sound inspired by regular trips to clubs, raves and record shops in the UK.

                                                                                                                                              Drawing directly from his own record box and a memory bank full of snapshots of euphoric dancefloor moments, Mental Groove Classics volumes Two and Three sees Olivier reaching for cuts of near-mythical rarity, genuinely overlooked gems, and undeniably brilliant tracks that have left a long-lasting impression on the local raving landscape. It's an autobiographical audio document, historical archive and personal musical statement all rolled into one, inspired by a moment in time where musical boundaries were being redrawn in a wave of carefree optimism and freedom inspired new rave scenes across Europe and far beyond.

                                                                                                                                              Original artwork by Soho's Brain Club co-owner and artist of early British club culture Mark Wigan.




                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              A1. 100hZ - Catching Spyders (In This Place)
                                                                                                                                              A2. Airtight - Housewerk FXTC
                                                                                                                                              B1. Detroit Diesel - Dreams For Santiago
                                                                                                                                              B2. Techno Grooves - Hiawa
                                                                                                                                              C1. The Moody Boys - Jammin' (Ital Mix)
                                                                                                                                              C2. Shaka - Pussyfooter
                                                                                                                                              D1. Fortune & Fame - Is This Your Life
                                                                                                                                              D2. Nagai Eri - Delta

                                                                                                                                              Roll out the handkerchiefs: box jam maverick Legowelt unveils "The Sad Life Of An Instagram DJ" EP on Barcelona imprint Selvamancer. This 5-track release offers a captivating glimpse into how Legowelt's ideal rave would sound, blending techno, acid and electro elements into an immersive and fun sound journey full of trippy bangers. Each track on the EP is meticulously crafted to evoke euphoria, showcasing Legowelt's unparalleled creativity. Like a tear rolling down a cheek in a moment of nostalgic introspection, only to spiral towards the dancefloor. The moment the tear hits the floor, together with the heavy kicks and smooth synth action, it launches your mind back into the ongoing rave. 

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              1. Alpha Juno Storm Watch
                                                                                                                                              2. Soundblaster Pro Tripper
                                                                                                                                              3. Kawai K4 Acid Spring
                                                                                                                                              4. The Sad Life Of An Instragram Dj
                                                                                                                                              5. No One Wants To Buy My Nft

                                                                                                                                              Ishmael Ensemble

                                                                                                                                              The Rituals

                                                                                                                                                September 2024 sees the release of Ishmael Ensemble’s third longplayer ‘Rituals’, which marks a significant leap for the Bristolian musicians. With their live-instrumentation-meets-electronic merging of styles, the group were always broader than the ‘new UK jazz’ tag which they were often given, but here their scope and boundary-pushing ambition is more evident than ever before.

                                                                                                                                                Still maintaining a blend of spiritual jazz, dub, experimental and electronic soundscapes, here those elements are vigorously whipped-up into huge cyclones of sound, more song-based and accessible than before, but also almost psychedelic in its euphonic blend of colours, textures, facets and moods. 

                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. C'mon
                                                                                                                                                2. Blinded
                                                                                                                                                3. Dust
                                                                                                                                                4. Cold Light
                                                                                                                                                5. Ezekiel
                                                                                                                                                6. Fever Dream
                                                                                                                                                7. Grounded
                                                                                                                                                8. Madrid
                                                                                                                                                9. Leviathan
                                                                                                                                                10. The Rush / Let Go
                                                                                                                                                11. Butterflies
                                                                                                                                                12. In Time 

                                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                Late Night Tales: Nightmares On Wax - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                  This ain't no normal nightmare, kid. This is Nightmares On Wax, aka DJ EASE, aka George Evelyn. Born under a bad sign, with lino in hand, Mr. Evelyn went forth into the world and breakdanced (brokedance?). It's what you did in the 80s when you were young, loved hip hop and couldn't rap for toffee. When house arrived they turned their clever hands to it. Bleeps and beats is what it was.

                                                                                                                                                  That's what everyone said. But there was always a bit more than a bunch of bleeps to what Nightmares On Wax did. The north never really took the name very seriously (Sweet Exorcist even named their album Clonk as a pisstake). Then George flipped the script and went and did Smokers Delight, the beats not so much seminal as semolina: gloopy and slow and sweet and lovely.

                                                                                                                                                  And now we have this: a 2024 reissue of his seminal Late Night Tales compilation. Tom Scott's 'Sneakin' In The Back' — one of the most sampled beats in hip hop — makes an appearance in its full glory, while Quincy Jones, the inspiration for NOW's 'Nights Interlude', backs up the classics with ‘Listen (What It Is)’.

                                                                                                                                                  Evelyn's hip hop sensibility is to the fore throughout and nowhere is this more evident than on ‘Intergalactic Throwdown' by former Freestylers' DJ, Mad Doctor X. And can we forget the sublime version of the Classic IV's 'Spooky' by darling Dusty? No, we can't. Finally — oh, finally! — there is the now-traditional cover version, with George serving up a soupy version of 'Brothers On The Slide' that gives a nod of respect to the orig- inal British funk soul brothers, Cymande. This ain't no nightmare at all: it's Nightmares On Wax.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                  A1 Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie - Midnight Marauders 7:21
                                                                                                                                                  A2 Ian Brown - The Gravy Train (N.O.W. Mix) 5:01
                                                                                                                                                  A3 Tony Allen Ft Damon Albarn - Every Season 4:07
                                                                                                                                                  A4 The Rootsman - Show Some Love 5:39

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                  B1 King Kooba - California Suite (Vagabond Mix) 6:03
                                                                                                                                                  B2 Quincy Jones - Listen (What It Is) 4:14
                                                                                                                                                  B3 Cortex - La Rue 4:27
                                                                                                                                                  B4 Tom Scott And The L.A. Express - Sneakin’ In The Back 4:34

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE C
                                                                                                                                                  C1 Search - Action Tape 1 (Madscope Mix) 5:29
                                                                                                                                                  C2 Large Professor - 'Bout That Time 4:03
                                                                                                                                                  C3 Tranquility Bass - Cantamilla 4:31
                                                                                                                                                  C4 Mad Doctor X - Intergalactic Throwdown 6:04

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE D
                                                                                                                                                  D1 Dusty Springfield - Spooky 2:44
                                                                                                                                                  D2 Focus - Having Your Fun 3:43
                                                                                                                                                  D3 Nightmares On Wax - Brothers On The Slide Dub (Exclu- Sive Cover Version) 4:23
                                                                                                                                                  D4 Brian Blessed - The White City Part 1 (Exclusive Spoken Word) 10:18

                                                                                                                                                  Master Wilburn Burchette

                                                                                                                                                  Transcendental Music For Meditation

                                                                                                                                                    Self-examination via the synthesizer from California’s mysterious mail order mystic.

                                                                                                                                                    1976’s ‘Transcendental Music for Meditation’ is Burchette’s deepest exploration with the karmic keyboard.

                                                                                                                                                    As Burchette warned: Please do not listen to this album until you have prepared yourself!

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                                                                                                                                                    Part One
                                                                                                                                                    Part Two

                                                                                                                                                    Master Wilburn Burchette

                                                                                                                                                    Opens The Seven Gates Of Transcendental Consciousness

                                                                                                                                                      California mail order mystic Master Wilburn Burchette was first known from his ads, hidden in the back pages of Fate Magazine, Beyond Reality and Gnostica News.

                                                                                                                                                      On his 1972 sophomore album, Burchette channels dreamy early music, druid folk, electric fingerstyle, psychedelic balladry and new age ontology, to create a visionary guitar technique all his own.

                                                                                                                                                      This faithful reproduction includes the original 12- page full colour instruction book for the secret method of piercing the psychic heart.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Dawn Of Awakening
                                                                                                                                                      Regeneration
                                                                                                                                                      Transformation
                                                                                                                                                      Piercing The Psychic Heart
                                                                                                                                                      Invoke The Name Of God
                                                                                                                                                      Introversion
                                                                                                                                                      Realization

                                                                                                                                                      Master Wilburn Burchette

                                                                                                                                                      Music Of The Godhead

                                                                                                                                                        Supernatural meditation, with a drum machine, from California’s mysterious mail order mystic.

                                                                                                                                                        1975’s ‘Music of the Godhead’ is the ambient alchemy that established Master Wilburn Burchette as the white wizard of tremolo theurgy.

                                                                                                                                                        Warning: Inner peace likely.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Godhead
                                                                                                                                                        Resurrection
                                                                                                                                                        Eternal Light
                                                                                                                                                        Psychic Fire
                                                                                                                                                        Godward
                                                                                                                                                        Divine Revelation
                                                                                                                                                        Contemplation
                                                                                                                                                        Cosmic Celebration

                                                                                                                                                        Master Wilburn Burchette

                                                                                                                                                        Mind Storm

                                                                                                                                                          On 1977’s ‘Mind Storm’, the final album made prior to his emphatic retirement, Master Wilburn Burchette employed ‘pink sound’, a phenomenon known in acoustical science to open the mind to thrilling psychic revelations, setting down two sidelong pieces forming a reflecting crystal ball for squalls of deep br ain imagery.

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                                                                                                                                                          Deep Dimensions
                                                                                                                                                          Ceremony Within

                                                                                                                                                          Master Wilburn Burchette

                                                                                                                                                          Guitar Grimoire

                                                                                                                                                            Seven fretboard fantasias from California’s mysterious mail order mystic.

                                                                                                                                                            1973’s ‘Guitar Grimoire’ is a collection of reverberant and original charms establishing Burchette as the white wizard of tremolo theurgy.

                                                                                                                                                            Warning: Psychic energy shift probable.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            Birth Of A Witch
                                                                                                                                                            Raising The Pyramid Of Power
                                                                                                                                                            Love Call
                                                                                                                                                            Invocation To The Horned One
                                                                                                                                                            Fire Spell
                                                                                                                                                            Building The Circle
                                                                                                                                                            Witch’s Will

                                                                                                                                                            Kessoncoda

                                                                                                                                                            Outerstate

                                                                                                                                                              Gondwana’s newest stars are West London’s Kessoncoda, aka drummer Tom Sunney and keyboardist Fil Sowa. Standing firm between acoustic tradition and electronica, they are founded on a unique blend of melodic ostinato-laced piano and unwavering drums. Drawing on their array of musical interests, Fil and Tom take influence from rock, electronica, ambient, breakbeat and soundtracks for film and artists such as Squarepusher, Radiohead and Clark all hot-housed in their unique studio set-up, a shed at the bottom of Tom’s garden.

                                                                                                                                                              Like former and present Gondwana Records label mates such as GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet there’s something strongly cinematic about Kessoncoda’s music, like a narrative arc which unfolds through different themes and moods, with an ebb-and-flow of intensity, as breath-taking swells of melody burst into being, eventually to resolve in a wondrous climax.

                                                                                                                                                              There’s also a deliberate undercurrent of post Covid unease which is encapsulated in the title Outerstate. “this feeling of being within a group of friends, and you're chatting, and you’re physically there but mentally you're not at all – you're somewhere else, a really weird state of being.” The murmured lyrics on Talk To Me I’m Sleeping are Tom’s poem about this dislocation, and it’s voiced by their friend/photographer Siân O’Connor. Elsewhere, there’s a fabulous moment on Dreambend, when further collaborators pop up – Gondwana label-mate saxophonist Jasmine Myra, violinist Krystyna Pęzínska and on cello Fil’s music teacher from school, Andreas Manoras. Outerstate is also subtly textured with synths and tech-noize, reflecting their interest in electronica (think Warp Records, Erased Tapes) – “the warm, warbly side of synths right through to the really shrill Squarepusher sound.”

                                                                                                                                                              It’s the perfect union of complementary personalities that gives Kessoncoda their unique drive, of headlong sticksman Tom with his extraordinary offbeat pummel, together with thoughtful keysman Fil, with his ostinato melodiousness. The title Outerstate also reflects their location on the metropolitan outskirts of West London, and equally their existence at a distinct remove from any scene, as they dreamt up their soundworld in hermetic isolation. Now, though, they’re ready to go public and something tells us that Outerstate is just the beginning of something. From Tom’s shed to the world, Kessoncoda are ready to go global! 

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1. The Sum Of All The Parts
                                                                                                                                                              A2. Greyscale
                                                                                                                                                              A3. KTO
                                                                                                                                                              A4. Hammers
                                                                                                                                                              A5. Talk To Me I'm Sleeping
                                                                                                                                                              B1. Spaceliminal
                                                                                                                                                              B2. Dreambend
                                                                                                                                                              B3. X Is Closer To A
                                                                                                                                                              B4. Reverie
                                                                                                                                                              B5. Amaya 

                                                                                                                                                              Jools

                                                                                                                                                              97% / FKA

                                                                                                                                                                Leicester punk sextet Jools have today released their new single ‘97%’, a provocative track spotlighting the ubiquity of sexual harassment in the lives of women. This comes alongside the band’s announcement of signing to UK indie label Hassle Records (Brutus, The Used, Casey), and the release of an upcoming double A-side 7” single in June.

                                                                                                                                                                ‘97%’ draws on vocalist Kate Price’s own personal experiences and those of the women in her life. “The point of the song, however, is not to explore my experience as an isolated incident, but instead to force people to confront such commonplace experiences in a manner in which they can’t look away,” Price says. “Everybody knows a woman that has been harassed or assaulted, but nobody seems to know an abuser. That simply doesn’t add up. I want that song to feel uncomfortable because I want everyone who hears it to realise that just because they are not an abuser, that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for changing the culture and experiences of every woman. It’s a cry for justice in the world.”

                                                                                                                                                                To experience Jools in their most chaotic and unpredictable full flight is, the band were once told, to not know whether you are about to be kicked in the face or kissed on the cheek. Even that, however, feels like an understatement.

                                                                                                                                                                At any moment the Jools experience, on stage and on record, can turn on a sixpence from that of unbridled rage at the world to a celebration of the beauty that can still be found hidden in its murky corners. The punk rock of Jools is at once visceral and violent, cathartic and confrontational, and at the next exultant and exhilarating. Jools is duality by design, where contradiction is empowerment harnessed as a force for progress, sonically and societally.

                                                                                                                                                                A collective of musicians – Mitch Gordon and Kate Price on vocals, Chris Johnston and Callum Connachie on guitar, Joe Dodd on bass, and Chelsea Wrones on drums – spread between London and Leicester, Jools found each other as much by accident as design in the

                                                                                                                                                                earliest days of 2023. Together, they serve as a creative confluence for inspirations that move from the punk and post-punk of The Smiths, Fontaines DC, Iggy Pop, Amyl & The Sniffers and PJ Harvey, through the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, and into territories marked metal, rap and pop.

                                                                                                                                                                “There’s an unconventional nature to our music that builds an intensity and a tension and an atmosphere that is uniquely Jools,” Gordon says of the band’s layered cacophony, from which his and Price’s mostly spoken word vocals explode. “Combining all of these sounds is in some ways deliberately counterintuitive, so that Jools does not conform and cannot be placed inside conventional genre boxes. I’m proud when people tell me that they find it hard to categorize our band. We’re simply Jools.”

                                                                                                                                                                Such an ethos is carried throughout every facet of the band. If their music is often confrontational, sometimes fun, and always loud, the fashion of Jools is its equal, too, an embodiment of its spirit and message. “The freedom with which the band dresses is for us about reinforcing the ideal that people should be able to live their lives carefree and without judgment,” Price begins. “Rock’n’roll and fashion have always gone hand in hand, and we are greatly inspired by the giants and the pioneers who have come before us and the theatrics of the shows they delivered. Fashion gives us a freedom to reinvent ourselves any which way we choose, and to constantly challenge preconceptions of who and what Jools is.”

                                                                                                                                                                The world of Jools is a space in which such progress and evolution can thrive. It’s there on stage, and it’s there in your headphones. Jools is a freedom of sound and freedom of self, an unfiltered expression of and search for truth, expressed with inextinguishable indignation. Be it a punch in the face or a kiss on the cheek, Jools is nothing if not a band to believe in.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                A1. 97%
                                                                                                                                                                B1. FKA


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