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Graham Collier

Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days '69

    Since its release in 1969 on Fontana, 'Down Another Road' has become a cornerstone of British jazz, with the LP now a much sought-after rarity that regularly exchanges hands for over £200. It's considered the revered composer Collier's greatest album by many of its fans, thanks to its highly melodic, almost pop-like themes and irresistible '60s groove, spurred on by the on-point drumming of Soft Machine/Nucleus drummer John Marshall.

    To make 'Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days '69' even more special, the abstract track "Danish Blue" has been replaced by the similarly epic free jazz composition "Burblings for Bob", which is released here for the first time. All the other tracks that everyone loves are present and correct - "Lullaby for a Lonely Child", "Aberdeen Angus", "Molewrench" etc. but with a rawer live feel to them, longer arrangements and more soloing - with the band in scintillating form.

    Remastered from the original tapes by Caspar Sutton-Jones @ Gearbox Records.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Burblings For Bob
    2. Molewrench - Intro
    3. Molewrench
    4. Lullaby For A Lonely Child - Intro
    5. Lullaby For A Lonely Child
    6. Down Another Road - Intro
    7. Down Another Road
    8. The Barley Mow - Intro
    9. The Barley Mow
    10. Aberdeen Angus - Intro
    11. Aberdeen Angus

    Bosq & Kaleta unite again for Afro Disco dance floor fire. With their massive 'Wake Up' continuing to make waves the duo refuses to rest on their laurels and keeps pushing. 'Ipade' is the first single off their upcoming joint album, and draws slightly more on Kaleta’s history playing with King Sunny Ade and some of the pioneering work of the time fusing traditional African music with electronic sounds.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Ipade
    A2. Ipade (Instrumental)
    B1. Ariya Tide
    B2. Ariya Tide (Instrumental)

    “People often ask why we started Soul Clap Records and I usually answer: “because we were receiving tons of unique demos by creative artists that we had to start a label.” 11 years later and that flowing faucet of incoming music is still the driving force behind the label. Sure, there is the Funk, House, Disco, and multi-cultural influences in all of the music that we release, but it’s always the artists themselves who guide us.” – Eli Goldstein (Soul Clap)

    Having nurtured a community, built many a life-long relationship and brought together an extensive musical family over the past 11 years, Soul Clap showcase these deep bonds with their 11th Anniversary Remix Compilation across two 12 inch records in a beautifully designed sleeve. A real smorgasbord of flavours and feelings, from beaming boogie and dizzying disco to blissful broken beat, house and downtempo nuggets coming courtesy of a plethora of the finest artists on the planet right now including the likes of Zopelar, XL Middleton, Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, FSQ and many more, alongside the mighty Soul Clap themselves. There’s no denying that this compilation is one with community at it’s core.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Funkadelic & Soul Clap Ft. Sly Stone - In Da Kar (XL Middleton Remix)]
    A2. Underground System - Nmani (Zeynep Erbay Remix)
    A3. Nona Hendryx - Keep Funkin For The World (FSQ Remix)
    B1. FSQ Ft. Fonda Rae & Chas Bronz - 11 Am (Cosmodelica Remix)
    B2. Lonely C Ft. Kendra Foster - I Ain't Worried (Zopelar Remix)
    C1. Life On Planets - Brotha (Dazzle Drums Stomp Mix)C2Nona Hendryx - Scream (Michael The Lion Remix)
    C3. Ancient Deep - Hard To Fall (Liam Mockridge Remix)
    D1. The Fitness & Pony - Sex I''m An Addict (Afriqua's 2 Live New Mix)
    D2. John Camp Ft Greg - Mistral (Charlie Soul Clap Remix)

    Various Artists

    DFA Compilation #2

      First time available on final! New York's ultra-cool and totally brilliant DFA (Death From Above) label bring us a second round up of all their twelves following on from "Compilation #1". Included are two discs of awesome punk-funk bombs from JOY, The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem and a first ever DFA-Liquid Liquid collaboration "Bellhead" (soooo good!), or more electronic and electro-punk outings from The Juan Maclean, Pixeltan, Delia Gonzalez, Black Leotard Front and Black Dice. The third disc features a DJ-mixed selection by Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy. You need this!!

      “What could have been a mere anthology of the label's uniformly excellent 2004 output is, additionally, a meticulously assembled personal narrative. This is a label that balances its musical and commercial aspirations with an earthy, no-bullshit disposition and - let's say it - the world's best fucking handclaps.” - Nick Sylvester, Pitchfork, in the heady days of 2004.

      Behold, "Compilation #2". A compendium what are arguably the best prime-era DFA cuts, mostly all recorded and/or remixed at the old DFA Studios on W. 13th Street (with some notable exceptions), released as 12-inches at the time, and then compiled onto a 3xCD set for convenience because, at the time, people actually bought CDs more than vinyl.

      Now, in the spirit of time not really being much of a linear thing anymore, and for our own selfish desire to have this version of Liquid Liquid’s “Bellhead,” produced by the DFA, finally committed to wax, we have reverse engineered this thing back onto vinyl and presented it as a four-record boxed set.

      We went back and found the master tapes or files for each song - a not insignificant effort given our habit of disorganization. We then rather painstakingly resequenced and remastered it with the guy we trust with such things: Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The lacquers Bob cut were plated and pressed at what we believe to be one of the best pressing plants in the country: QRP in Salina, Kansas.

      We tell you all of this to say: we took this shit pretty seriously. Because we felt like it was important and because we felt like some folks would really appreciate it. It sounds remarkable. It looks great. (Rob Carmichael re-did the original packaging, adding a new photo from DFA OG Tim Saccenti from one of the original parties at W. 13th St.) Of course, we somehow can’t stop ourselves from making labeling errors - Pixeltan’s “That’s the Way I Like It” somehow escaped the center labels on the fourth record. It’s kind of the DFA curse. Has to be!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Black Leotard Front - Casual Friday
      B1. J.O.Y. - Sunplus (DFA Remix)
      B2. The Juan MacLean - I Robot
      B3. The Juan MacLean - Dance Hall Modulator Dub
      C1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Rise (DFA Remix)
      C2. Black Dice - Wasteder
      C3. J.O.Y. - Sunplus
      D1. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Pretentious Version)
      D2. The Rapture - Sister Saviour (DFA Dub)
      E1. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
      E2. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version)
      F1. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - El Monte
      F2. The Rapture - Alabama Sunshine
      G1. Pixeltan - Get Up : Say What (DFA Remix)
      G2. LCD Soundsystem - Beat Connection (Extended Disco Dub)
      H1. Pixeltan - That’s The Way I Like It
      H2. Black Dice - Endless Happiness (EYE Remix)
      H3. The Juan MacLean - Less Than Human

      Dur Dur Band Int

      The Berlin Session

        In the last decade many early recordings of Somalia's Funk, Soul and Disco scene have been reissued, finding their way into the vinyl collections of music fans outside the Somali community, as well as radio and streaming playlists. But this record is different. 'The Berlin Session' by Dur-Dur Band Int. is not a reissue; it is the first new studio recording by a full group from Somalia since the country's golden era of music ended three decades ago. 'The Berlin Session' captures a historic reunion which took place in Germany's capital in 2019: Dur-Dur Band Int. together with legendary singers Xabiib Sharaabi (who lives in exile in Sweden), Cabdinuur Alaale (from Djibouti) and London-based Fadumina Hilowle. Previously heard on reissues such as the Grammy-nominated compilation 'Sweet As Broken Dates', these are living representatives of a distinct era. There may be over three decades between the original and new recordings but 'The Berlin Session' is proof that Somali music is hot, funky and alive - again.

        TRACK LISTING

        Wanka Helaa
        Riyo
        Hasha Geel
        Heeyaa
        Duurka
        Love My Love
        Sallal
        Jija Love

        Captain Planet has teamed up with 2 long-time collaborators (Zuzuka Poderosa & Raphael Futura) for a new Brazilian disco funk song, "Moqueca." The song harkens back to Brazil's legendary funk parties in the 70's and early 80's - where soundsystems bumped legends like Tim Maia, Sandra Da Sa & Gilberto Gil - while infusing some fresh contemporary energy and extra thump for today's dancefloors. Zuzuka's bright vocals bounce over a bubbly bassline, syncopated percussion and wormy vintage synthesizers, while an additional punch is brought in the form of horn arrangements by the prolific maestro Todd Simon, another frequent Captain Planet collaborator.

        "Moqueca" takes inspiration from the Brazilian dish of the same name, a nationally famous fish stew that varies across the regions of Brazil. In her lyrics, Zuzuka talks about the origins and variations of Moqueca, starting with the style from Espirito Santo, her home state, and continuing to Moqueca Baiana, from Bahia, which incorporates African influences and ingredients. The result is a song that is as much an homage to Brazilian music as it is its food, culture and people.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Moqueca (feat. Zuzuka Poderosa & Raphael Futura)
        2. Moqueca (Instrumental) [feat. Zuzuka Poderosa & Raphael Futura]

        Islandman Ft Okay Temiz And Muhlis Berberoğlu

        Direct-to-Disc Sessions

          Balearic folktronica meets percussion genius on a unique one-take recording that finds Turkish downtempo specialist Islandman in triple conference with legendary percussion innovator Okay Temiz, and contemporary saz virtuoso Muhlis Berberoğlu.

          Recorded in Amsterdam for Night Dreamer’s ground-breaking Direct-To-Disc series, the session captures the innovative brilliance of the great Okay Temiz in full flow over Islandman’s trademark balearic-tinged production, alongside the modern Anadolu folk sound of Berberoğlu’s saz.

          Freewheeling dance project Islandman moves in a bold new direction with this essential Direct-To-Disc session featuring storied Turkish percussionist Okay Temiz and contemporary saz player Muhlis Berberoğlu. Expanding beyond their electro-acoustic DJ formula into a wider sound world of experimental instruments, neo-traditional rhythms and folk improvisation, Islandman’s vision on this Night Dreamer disc seeks to reconnect cerebral downtempo beat- making with the folkloric and ritual bedrock that their music has always rested on.

          Bandleader Tolga Boyuk’s vision has always been expansive, and the link-up with Night Dreamer was a chance to try out a more spontaneous style of playing and recording. ‘When Night Dreamer told me about their label, for which they only record Direct-to-Disc, I wanted to go there with a special project,’ he says. ‘I thought it would be a nice opportunity to make a more organic, more live and more improvised album. So I came up with the idea to make it with Okay Temiz.’

          Known for his inventive genius on percussion instruments ranging from the berimbau to the bricklayer’s trowel, Turkish percussionist and drummer Okay Temiz is one of the world’s foremost improvising musicians. In the course of a career stretching back to the mid-1960s, he has collaborated with jazz greats including Don Cherry and Johnny Dyani, led his own Oriental Wind unit, and played with countless musicians across dozens of genres. His 1975 single ‘Denizaltı Rüzgarları’ is a revered break-beat classic among crate-diggers worldwide, and it gets a refixed outing on this disc. ‘Okay Temiz is a real legend for us,’ reflects Boyuk. ‘He's very special to the Turkish music scene. He is one of a kind, and his music has always been so free. He's always been very special. And we always wanted to do something with him.’

          Approached for the project by Islandman’s drummer Eralp Güven, the always open and experimental Temiz was enthusiastic to participate. To complete the unit, Boyuk turned to Muhlis Berberoğlu: ‘He's a very young but amazing virtuoso saz player. He represents the young generation of Anatolian music – very open-minded and very open to working together. So I wanted to invite him too, and I wanted to create an album of folk songs with Okay Temiz’s crazy instruments and Muhlis’s virtuoso saz playing.’

          The session unfolded with controlled unpredictability. Boyuk arrived at the studio with simply produced tracks, and from there the ensemble let improvisation and organic synergy take control. The brilliant wildcard was the effervescent imagination of Temiz, who came equipped with an eclectic mix of homemade instruments including an electrified flute made of industrial bathroom piping, and a shaker with a contact mic wired to a wah-wah pedal: ‘Okay put all these instruments on a table, and he put a stereo microphone left and right. And then he grabs one of his instruments, and he’s moving around the mics to create a live ambisonic sound – a very open space. We were amazed at how brave he is. He's not afraid of the physics of sound, or the technology of sound recording – he always wants to be very edgy.’

          Combined with Islandman’s subtle and responsive beat-science and Berberoğlu’s scintillating agility on the saz, Temiz’s visionary rhythm force leads the session into unknown territories of improvised future-folklore, strictly for the heads. ‘All the tracks here have folk song melodies in them’, explains Boyuk, in conclusion. ‘And all of them are from different regions of Turkey. They have different senses of rhythm, specific to the regions. I wanted it to be a picture from different places in Turkey.’ 

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Aşik Atişmasi
          A2. Şeker Oğlan
          B1. Deni̇z Alti Rüzgarlari
          B2. Fi̇dayda
          C1. Kaleni̇n Bedenleri̇
          D1. Yayla Yollari 

          Yazmin Lacey

          Voice Notes

            Born and raised in Manor Park, East London, she relocated to Nottingham whilst working for a children's charity and initially only considered making music as a way of having fun with friends. However, a chance encounter lead to her earning a place on Future Bubblers - Gilles Peterson's development programme devoted to discovering and nurturing fresh UK talent - and enthused by the experience, Lacey recorded some songs in her living room, then in 2017 self-released her debut EP, 'Black Moon'. The more polished 'When The Sun Dips 90 Degrees' EP followed in 2018, and then 'Morning Matters' EP in 2020 – the EP's title track has clocked up over 14 million plays on Spotify and also saw Yazmin make her COLORS debut performing 'On Your Own'.

            TRACK LISTING

            Flylo Tweet
            Bad Company
            Late Night People
            Fools Gold
            Where Did You Go?
            Sign & Signal
            From A Lover
            Eye To Eye
            Pieces
            Pass It Back
            Tomorrows Child
            Match In My Pocket
            Legacy
            Sea Glass

            Fake Names

            Expendables

              Composed of Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, INVSN, The International Noise Conspiracy), Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) and the newest member Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring), the band is a veritable posthardcore dream team. However instead of rehashing the past, Expendables is a reinvention that sees the band dialing back the distortion and leaning into the melodies. The result pairs their unparalleled pedigree with a pop sensibility that's slightly unexpected and wholly satisfying. "For our last record [2019's FAKE NAMES]the general influences were 70's U.K. punk and power-pop; but it wound up with a little classic rock vibe as well, like the Vibrators meets Aerosmith. We never saw that coming!" , Baker explains. For Expendables the band enlisted producer Adam "Atom" Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Baker explains, "The pop influences are a little more out front on this one and the production really helps it shine. It sounds more direct, more urgent." Expendables is the latest exchange in a musical conversation that spans four decades. Baker aptly refers to the lineup of FAKE NAMES as a "mutual admiration society" and says that once the five members got in the same room together, it felt as if they had already been in the band together for years.

              TRACK LISTING

              Targets
              Expendables
              Delete Myself
              Go
              Dont Blame Yourself
              Cant Take It
              Damage Done
              Madtown
              Caught In Between
              Too Little Too Late

              Lalo Schifrin

              Man On A Swing

                Wewantsounds is delighted to release Lalo Schifrin's soundtrack for 'Man On A Swing' featuring Schifrin's superb mix of jazz, bossa, groove and atmospheric soundscape. The soundtrack, recorded in LA with the Wrecking Crew's Emil Richards, Bud Shank and Howard Roberts among others, finds the composer at his most inspired. The score plays like a long suite alternating Bossa Nova ("Juke Box Source"), Lounge Jazz ("Trip to LA") and groove ("FM Groove") with superb "suspense" soundscapes like "Rosehaven Hotel". Delving in the Paramount tapes, the label has re- sequenced the soundtrack from scratch and found several unissued queues as bonus tracks.

                Among which the mindblowing rhythm track for the title 'Radio Source', featuring a super funk breakbeat. The soundtrack has been remastered for vinyl by Colorsound studio and features liner notes by Jeremy Allen with artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. 'Man on a Swing' is pure undiluted Schifrin from the early 70s.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Maggie's Theme 1
                2. Juke Box Source
                3. Evelyn Story
                4. Beetle Search
                5. Rosehaven Motel
                6. Trip To LA
                7. Maggie's Theme 2
                8. Stressed Out/Choked Up
                9. Janet's Mazurka
                10. Maggie Retraced
                11. Factory Vibe
                12. A Wet Nothing
                13. Suspense/Wills' Trance Pt. 1
                14. Bell Signals
                15. Taken Away
                16. Radio Source
                17. FM Groove
                18. Forest Finale
                19. Penultima Trance
                20. Parking Lot Shuffle
                21. Dialatone
                22. Wills' Trance Pt. 2/Wills' Trance Pt. 3
                23. Wills' Trance Pt. 4
                24. Gratitude
                25. Empty Torch/Mailman/Phone Voice
                26. On The Move
                27. Wills' Last Trance
                28. End Credits
                29. Radio Source Rhythm (Alt. Take)
                30. Juke Box Source (Alt. Take)

                Jungle Brothers

                I Got U

                  First time on vinyl for this slept-on 2006 LP from legendary NY hip hop group the Jungle Brothers, 'I Got U' is reissued as a coloured audiophile grade double LP (Opaque Baby Blue & Opaque Brown) remastered and rereleased with additional tracks

                  The Jungle Bros make an eclectic stylistic voyage stopping off at house music, via Afrocentric philosophies, James Brown, as well as the use of jazz samples, on 'I Got U'.

                  Jungle Brothers comprised of Michael Small (Mike Gee), Nathaniel Hall (Afrika Baby Bam), and Sammy Burwell (DJ Sammy B), are known as the pioneers of the fusion of jazz, hip- hop, and house music. they were the first hip- hop group to collaborate with a house-music producer.

                  The trio released their debut album, Straight Out The Jungle in July 1988. Their hip- house club hit single, "I'll House You" was added to the album in late-1988 reissues. Fostered by Kool DJ Red Alert, the Jungle Brothers influential work paved the way for acts such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and eventually the Native Tongues collective that they founded.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Back On The Road
                  Beats On A String
                  Come Down
                  My Streets On Fire
                  Ital Stew (Skeewif Mix)
                  I Got You
                  Sunshine
                  Take It Back
                  We Love You JB's
                  Ital Stew (Original Mix)
                  Ancestors
                  Call Me
                  I Got U (Original Mix)
                  New Day Comin'
                  Sunshine
                  The Brothers

                  Oddisee

                  The Beauty In All

                    Oddisee's finest instrumental album to date. A hip hop, electro-soul classic.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    After Thoughts
                    In My Day
                    Fashionably Late
                    Fievre
                    The Gospel
                    Lonely Planet
                    Patience In Play
                    Caprice Down
                    No Rules For Kings
                    One Thing Right
                    Social Insecurity
                    Fork In The Road

                    Esben And The Witch

                    Hold Sacred

                      Esben and the Witch — comprising Rachel Davies, Thomas Fisher and Daniel Copeman — began in Brighton in 2008, later decamped to Berlin, and is now split three ways across the UK, Germany and the US. Their winding geographical journey feels representative of their path as a whole. The band have snaked through various scenes and sonic worlds across their 14 years together, while always squirming away from an easy genre classification. Their first two albums, 2011’s Violet Cries and 2013’s Wash the Sins Not Only The Face — both released on Matador Records — offered gothic, electronic-tinged dream pop and post-rock. Beginning with the Steve Albini-produced A New Nature (2014, self-released on their own Nostromo Records), they came to explore heavier post-punk and metal textures, which they intensified through 2016’s Older Terrors and 2018’s Nowhere (both via Marseille-based metal label Season of Mist).

                      Hold Sacred represents a reset in many ways. After Nowhere, Davies felt exhausted and disenfranchised with music, and for a while entertained the possibility that Esben and the Witch had come to an end. If they were to make a new album, they needed to take everything back to basics. They departed from their record label, returning to independence through Nostromo. They expanded operations, too, with the launch of Haus Nostromo, an online emporium and journal through which they branch away from purely music, selling “a curated collection of books, zines, art prints, clothing and more”. It’s aimed at building community, celebrating the act of collaboration, and offering an ethical, passion-driven and truly DIY platform for artists across various mediums. “Similar to the spirit of Esben, it’s always been essential for us to do everything on our own terms,” says Davies.

                      In the summer of 2019, the band retreated to a villa outside of Rome, with no expectations or pressures but simply the intention to enjoy each other’s company and see what musical inspiration may arise from that. This is where the rough sketches of the songs that would form Hold Sacred came to be. “It was a wonderful, restorative retreat,” Davies says. “It felt free again, and a reminder that perhaps there was still a spark left for us to unearth.”

                      The songs that were emerging were different than any previous. They’re brooding, gentle, almost ambient; there are no live drums, and the instrumentals comprise simple, sparse guitar and keys. “We wanted to create a softer, calmer record; a record we’d listen to when we need soothing, like the ambient records we find comforting and, dare I say, almost spiritual,” says Davies. The band used no outside producers or engineers, keeping the process limited to the three of them from start to finish — harkening back to the spirit of their earliest days when Copeman would record them in his bedroom and bathroom.


                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. The Well
                      2. In Ecstasy
                      3. Fear Not
                      4. Silence, 1801
                      5. True Mirror
                      6. A Kaleidoscope
                      7. Heathen
                      8. The Depths
                      9. Petals Of Ash 

                      Petite Noir

                      MotherFather

                        Petite Noir is the Congolese musician and artist Yannick Ilunga. Born in Belgium,raised in South Africa, and now based between London and Paris, Ilunga is the architect of Noirwave – a musical and cultural movement that draws creative energy from punk aesthetics and the fragmented identity of today’s African diaspora. MotherFather is his long-awaited second album, and it has a subtitle: ‘The darkness is comforting sometimes’. As Ilungna explains: “It’s about going through the darkness. But it’s also about rebirth. Because the dark times are needed for us to grow.” It features production by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, CID RIM, Moshik Kop, Tropics, and a guest feature from rising star Sampa The Great, and Grammy-nominated Florida jazz musician Theo Croker.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1 777
                        A2 Blurry (feat. Sampa The Great)
                        A3 Numbers
                        A4 Concrete Jungle
                        A5 Skit
                        A6 Finding Paradise
                        B1 Simple Things (feat. Theo Croker)
                        B2 Lili
                        B3 Best One
                        B4 Love Is War
                        B5 Play

                        In hindsight, the pairing of Chris Madak and Donato Dozzy was inevitable from the moment when the two connected on Mount Naeba, Japan at the storied party Labyrinth last fall. Both artists have worked to craft singular visions unlike anything else happening in electronic music today, yet despite each producer's unmistakable indivuality there is a deeper reservoir of shared sensibility between them which makes "Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask" feel like a logical and necessary event.

                        2012 saw the release of Madak's monumental "When We Were Eating Unripe Pears" album along with the astounding "Vaporware" 12" for Room 40, the title track of which opened Bee Mask's Labyrinth performance to memorable effect. Dozzy had an equally massive year thanks the release of the acclaimed "Voices From the Lake" album with Neel, which set the bar for intricate, subtle, and forward-thinking contemporary techno at a new high. Both artists have pushed the respective boundaries of their work to arrive at the point of this crucial and welcome overlap: a double album of material from the "Vaporware" sessions, re-imagined as only Dozzy could do it.
                        Initially commissioned for a single remix, Dozzy found so much possibility in the source material that he turned in over an hour of material, making a standalone release the only reasonable course of action. The results are absolutely divine, a suite of seven pieces of time-stopping bliss in which the structure and melodies of "Vaporware" glitter through the prism of Dozzy's singular production style. The meeting of these powerful minds provides evidence of an unparalleled organic chemistry. When listening to these works we hear the worlds of Bee Mask and Donato Dozzy bleed into one another, creating a new sonic entity with a life of its own — one which with any luck will not end at this release.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Vaporware 01
                        2. Vaporware 02
                        3. Vaporware 03
                        4. Vaporware 04
                        5. Vaporware 05
                        6. Vaporware 06
                        7. Vaporware 07

                        Jake Shears

                        Last Man Dancing

                          Jake Shears turns his lifelong love affair with club culture into his most ambitious pop music to date with his brand new album, Last Man Dancing. The new album sees the rollerblade his way unapologetically through pop culture. The album was brought to vivid life by Jake Shears and a close crew of collaborators, including head-turning features from Kylie Minogue, Jane Fonda, Amber Martin, and a pre-Renaissance turn from the iconic Big Freedia.

                          The album launches with the massive single ‘Too Much Music’, which – from its glam rock overture, dramatic strings and irresistible Nile Rodgers groove – announces itself immediately as a definitive Jake Shears anthem. Last Man Dancing is a life affirming record for anyone who has felt lost – out of love, on a night out, or in the modern world – but kept moving anyway.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1 Too Much Music
                          A2 Do The Television
                          A3 Voices (feat. Kylie Minogue)
                          A4 I Used To Be In Love
                          A5 Really Big Deal
                          A6 Last Man Dancing
                          B1 8 Ball (feat. Le Chev)
                          B2 Devil Came Down The Dance Floor (feat. Amber Martin)
                          B3 Mess Of Me
                          B4 Doses (feat. Big Freedia)
                          B5 Radio Eyes
                          B6 Diamonds Don’t Burn

                          John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer, Andres Renteria

                          Posh Swat

                            Posh Swat, an all percussion improvisation album with John Dwyer, Ryan Sawyer & Andres Renteria. Trap kit, Hand percussion, homemade percussion instruments and electronic percussion over flow here with extra weirdness. Sick pop rhythms grinding thru the wasteland. Sand in your hair and bugs in your teeth. Hand on your knife, knife in your sheath. Grimy bass burps thru a fried stack. And the crack of the snare is a mighty pink smack. Bells, whistles conga and vibes. This is a drug record. One thousand times.

                            For fans of Niagra, Black Pus, Container, Bruce Ditmas and all things beat driven and drum craven. 

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Intro
                            The Spent Sadist
                            Chit Chat
                            Scavenger
                            Red Clay Wall
                            Dungeon Crawler
                            Bug City
                            The Sythe Is Remorseless
                            Bricked Rune
                            Scatter
                            The Hostile Womb
                            More Will Be Revealed

                            Cello player and electronic artist Martina Bertoni returns with her 2nd album for Karl: Hypnagogia delivers six new, masterfully crafted tracks between experimental ambient, drone and modern composition.

                            Cellist and composer Martina Bertoni started playing the cello at a very young age. Classically trained, her career further developed around experimental and film music, for which her cello has been featured in numerous records, works and soundtracks for films and series. After two EPs and her debut full length All The Ghosts Are Gone (2020), Bertoni joined the Karl roster where she released Music For Empty Flats in January 2021 to critical acclaim (a.o. one of the Top Ten drone albums of 2021 / Acloserlisten.com).

                            On her new album Hypnagogia she continues to explore the sonic possibilities of her cello which she uses as primary source for composition and sound processing through reverbs, feedbacks and sub-bass frequencies, thus crafting sonic sculptures, rich of atmospheres and frictions, fed by ambient as much as drone and modern composition.

                            In the words of Martina Bertoni:
                            "The six tracks that constitute Hypnagogia have been written during 2021 and partially inspired by the reading of Stanislaw Lem's book Solaris. The title refers to a transitional state of consciousness from wakefulness to sleep, during which one might experience sensorial hallucinations and lucid dreaming, and can tap into the pristine structures of the subconscious. Hypnagogia portraits an imaginary cosmic journey of the Self that crash ends into a blinding sun."

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Inversion
                            2. Collided
                            3. From E To W
                            4. Orchid
                            5. Hemisphere
                            6. Your Sun

                            Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella

                            African Spirits / Tribes - Fred P. Interpretations

                            Fourth and final release in the series of 12" EPs featuring reinterpretations of tracks from the Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella's album "People Need People", an exceptional collaboration with New York-turned-Berlin resident Artist, DJ, Producer, Remixer and A/V Designer Fred P., a skilful blend where afro, jazz and house music create a cosmic spiritual journey at times nocturnal, suitable for the most sophisticated dance floors - in both cases with different rhythmic patterns, broken-afro for "African Spirits" and cosmic-house for "Tribes". A journey through sound and mind!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. African Spirits (Fred P. Interpretation)
                            2. Tribes (Fred P. Interpretation)

                            The Lottery Winners

                            Anxiety Replacement Therapy

                              Manchester band The Lottery Winners have announced their forthcoming new album ‘Anxiety Replacement Therapy’, which will feature collaborations with Boy George, Frank Turner, and Shaun Ryder.

                              A mammoth step forward, ‘Anxiety Replacement Therapy’ is on one level a set of 10 absolute anthems (and three interludes from a mystery narrator). These are mass singalongs in waiting from a band who’ve specialised in bringing people together over their previous two albums.

                              Scratch the surface, however, and there’s a world of empowerment and defiance, tackling subjects such as austerity, as well as of course, anxiety, mental health and its medications, and ADHD. It helps that these messages come wrapped with some of the best choruses you’re likely to hear all year.

                              “Each of the albums in my collection are a self-help tape for me,” explains singer Thom Rylance. “If I listen to Paul Simon’s Graceland, it’s because I know it’ll put me in a good mood. If I play The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, it’s because I want to embrace feeling sad. We wanted to present ‘Anxiety Replacement Therapy’ as a self-help tape for anyone playing it.”

                              The album features guest spots with their friend and previous collaborator Frank Turner on the moving and stirring ‘Letter To Myself’ , as well as Boy George who puts in a bravura performance on the summery ‘Let Me Down’ which recalls the emotional intensity of his work with Culture Club, and Shaun Ryder who brings his freewheeling brilliance on the already incisive austerity anthem ‘Money’, reprising his iconic “Call the cops!” refrain from Happy Mondays’ 1990 classic ‘Step On’.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. [PLAY]
                              2. Worry
                              3. Burning House
                              4. Money (ft Shaun Ryder)
                              5. Long Way Down
                              6. Sertaline
                              7. [PAUSE]
                              8. Letter To Myself (ft Frank Turner)
                              9. Jennie
                              10. Let Me Down (ft Boy George)
                              11. Not Alone
                              12. Anxiety Replacement Therapy
                              13. [STOP]

                              Various Artists

                              Cardiff Gets Splattered - Featuring Helen Love, The Mudd Club, Femmebug, Private Party

                                A limited 7" on splatter coloured vinyl, including download code, with exclusive new tracks from four female-fronted bands from South Wales.

                                Helen Love * The Mudd Club * Femmebug * Private Party.

                                Es

                                Fantasy

                                  If Es’ debut album for Upset the Rhythm explored the “tension between intent and interpretation”, the London group’s 2023 EP, ‘Fantasy’, constructs a coda for resistance against the distorted gaze. A four-track contact-high anxiety amid fact and facsimile, the new release attempts to define a sound that still resonates in an increasingly confused public theatre, where cerebral dreams manifest in corrupt fascination.

                                  Echoing the legendary Pylon or the later, disco-inspired releases from PIL, tracks like ‘Emergency’ and ‘Unreal’ blend the band’s established disjunctive style of gothic restlessness with brighter, poppy, and danceable tones. These stylistically unwind in transition with the increasingly claustrophobic pieces like ‘Too Late’ and ‘Swallowed Whole’, syncopating a parallel design of the frantic and the fashionable.

                                  Paired with a lyrical intricacy which emits a desire to break the fetish of false representation, ‘Fantasy’ reminds us that worthy punk records, like any manifesto of neurotic suspicion, balance testimonial, speculative-fiction, and social critique. Indebted to the past but pointed sharply to the future, Es deconstruct our modern wreckage of personhood and self-deceit, granting a sense of solidarity inside alienation. Inside ‘Fantasy’ we visualize our own estrangement, and it is only when this mirror fades that we find the tools to fight back.


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  SIDE A
                                  01. Emergency
                                  02. Too Late
                                  SIDE B
                                  03. Unreal
                                  04. Swallowed Whole

                                  Coastlines

                                  Coastlines 2

                                    Balearic believers rejoice! Japanese tropical-fusioneers Coastlines are back with the worldwide vinyl release of Coastlines 2. The follow-up to their classic debut, this is the sound of Coastlines's global influences. If the dedication to intricate sonic details is particularly Japanese, the overarching feel captures the sprawling grandeur of the international balearic community. As they put it, Coastlines 2 presents "a more precise and beautifully polished magic hour." If that isn't Balearic, we don't know what is.

                                    Takumi Kaneko and Masanori Ikeda don’t radically alter their sumptuous template with this second LP; and we wouldn't want them to. Yet with a more focused flow from first track to last, both Coastlines and Be With feel this is an even stronger album than their first. One thing that hasn't changed is the use of instrumentals instead of words to express their themes; namely, "the emotional expression of being soaked."

                                    Opener "Tenderly" is appropriately titled, a gentle Latin shuffle easing you back into the Coastlines sound. An organ-heavy synthy exotica that's in step with Lovelock's contemporaneous "Washington Park". Their über-horizontal take on Hawkshaw & Bennett's "Mile High Swinger" (from Synthesiser And Percussion, reissued by Be With!) evokes cocktails-by-the-pool as the sun slowly sets. The blunted deep jazz-funk swing of "Alicia" is a rearranged reimagining of the Gabor Szabo song from his classic Jazz Raga LP. This here sounds like an outtake from The Chronic.

                                    As the sun goes down, "Combustione Lenta" soundtracks the relaxing slow burn of an idyllic bonfire on an isolated beach. Displaying a beautiful new side of Coastlines, we're treated to Moments In Love vibes and melancholic guitar arcs. The piano-laden early morning wonder of "Night Cruise" started life as a completely different song, but the duo found a particularly good loop from the initial sketch and reconstructed it into this sophisticated 80s instrumental soul groove. "Waves And Rays" is all undulating acid waves and lighthouse light. A chopped and screwed steel drum G-Funk with soaring synths and nods toward the squelchy machine soul of Mtume and Jam & Lewis. Yes, *that* good.

                                    The bouncy futureboogie cosmic chug of "Sky Island" represents the beginning of the sunrise, casting images of 80s Japanese fusion and definitely one to play out early doors to get the crowd stepping. "Area Code 868" is the strutting staccato sound of Joe Sample waking up in the Caribbean to craft his piano funk drenched in sunshine. Accordingly, the tentative, naive melodies of "Sand Steps" represent that vivid feeling first thing in the morning, as you step on to the sandy beach in the sunshine and take a deep breath. The world is yours.

                                    The emotional, organ-piano-steel drum-driven "Song For My Mother" is a slo-mo show of sincere gratitude to all the great mothers. "Yasmin's Theme" is Coastlines's Brazilian homage, recalling for them that early summer feeling. It's propelled laconically by the carnival beat of batucada`s big bass surdo drum and complimented by sweeps of warm keys and radiant vocal harmonies. Blissful beatless closer "Asafuji" conjures a scene from a wonderful morning spent with the people of Shizuoka, the symbolic mountain of Japan, Mt Fuji and its inhabitants. It sounds like Dâm-FunK jamming with Sabres Of Paradise.

                                    Coastlines 2 was painstakingly crafted, across the pandemic, at Masanori's rented place in Tokyo and then brought back to his home studio and worked on slowly and repeatedly. With limited time to see each other, the duo became more united in their "consciousness with natural progress."

                                    Mastered by Simon Francis and cut by Cicely Balston at Air Studios, this magnificent double LP has been pressed by the good people at Record Industry.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1 Tenderly
                                    A2 Mile High Swinger
                                    A3 Alicia
                                    B1 Combustione Lenta
                                    B2 Night Cruise
                                    B3 Waves And Rays
                                    C1 Sky Island
                                    C2 Area Code 868
                                    C3 Sand Steps
                                    D1 Song For My Mother
                                    D2 Yasmin's Theme
                                    D3 Asafuji

                                    Letta Mbulu

                                    In The Music... The Village Never Ends - 2023 Repress

                                      Originally released in South Africa in 1983, 'In The Music... The Village Never Ends' is one of those holy grail African records that barely needs any introduction. Featuring the enormous 'Nomalizo', it's a record that aficionados around the world have been waiting many years to get hold of. Now, Be With Records proudly presents the hugely anticipated vinyl reissue of this bonafied classic.

                                      This release is officially licensed and has been lovingly mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis (Claremont 56 mastering engineer) It has been pressed on audiophile 180gram vinyl for the first time and features the original, rarely seen artwork.

                                      South African singer Letta Mbulu possesses one of the most beautiful voices the world has ever known. Her immaculate voice emits a sweetness that radiates from deep within, brimming with a joy of life and inspiring a spirit of hope and happiness. On this album, her voice soars over a strident musical force that veers between disco, soul and pop music of the most incredible kind. The gleaming guitars recall disco's finest hours while the thump of the beats anticipate 80s British soul.

                                      News of this limited reissue has already been causing a significant stir amongst those in the know so do not sleep on this - you have been warned!

                                      Toro Y Moi

                                      Anything In Return - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                        Since his first offerings began making the Internet rounds in 2009, Toro y Moi has proven himself to be not just a prolific musician, but a diverse one as well, letting each successive release broaden the scope of his oeuvre. Amassing nearly 150,000 copies sold, Toro y Moi’s third full-length album, Anything in Return, sees Chaz Bear blending funk, psych-pop and colorful, glitchy electronic sampling, locking in his unique sound that would push him to the forefront of alternative and chillwave music in the 2010s. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Anything in Return will be released for the first time on picture disc — hitting record stores and the Carpark Records shop on April 14th, 2023.

                                        But the product of a move he made almost a decade ago, from South Carolina to Berkeley, CA and the subsequent extended separation from loved ones, is what put Anything in Return right in the middle of the producer/songwriter dichotomy that his first two albums established. There’s a pervasive sense of peace with Bundick’s tendency to dabble in both sides of the modern music-making spectrum, and he sounds comfortable engaging in intuitive pop production and putting forth the impression of unmediated id. The producer’s hand is prominent — not least in the sampled “yeah”s and “uh”s that give the album a hip-hop-indebted confidence — and many of the songs feature the 4/4 beats and deftly employed effects usually associated with house music. Tracks like “High Living” and “Day One” show a considerably Californian influence, their languid funk redolent of a West Coast temperament, and elsewhere — not least on lead single, “So Many Details” — the record plays with darker atmospheres than we’re used to hearing from Toro y Moi. Sounding quite assured in what some may call this songwriter’s return to producerhood, Anything in Return is Bear uninhibited by issues of genre, an album that feels like the artist’s essence.

                                        Since his earlier releases, Toro y Moi has continued to make big waves across the music landscape — headlining international tours in the US, Europe, and Asia, producing tracks for major artists like SZA, performing on national television shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Show, joining festival lineups like Coachella and Fuji Rock, and much more.


                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Side A
                                        1. Harm In Change
                                        2. Say That
                                        3. So Many Details
                                        Side B
                                        4. Rose Quartz
                                        5. Touch
                                        6. Cola
                                        Side C
                                        7. Studies
                                        8. High Living
                                        9. Grown Up Calls
                                        Side D
                                        10. Cake
                                        11. Day One
                                        12. Never Matter
                                        13. How's It Wrong

                                        Urusei Yatsura

                                        We Are Urusei Yatsura - 2023 Reissue

                                          Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Glasgow “Geek Rock” band Urusei Yatsura – Double Clear-Vinyl Reissue of 1996 Album.

                                          In the days before “landfill” indie, and in rebellion against a developing Britpop orthodoxy, there were some weird but melodic bands coming of age outside London that drew inspiration from the US underground and the sparkly retro-futurism of Japan. Primitive guitar noise with art rock leanings, post punk DIY and fanzine culture. The best known of these bands was maybe Urusei Yatsura; “noisy stars”, named in honour of Rumiko Takahashi, legendary manga creator.

                                          Back in 1996, after several increasingly well-received 7’s, the band travelled to Leamington Spa to record their debut album with John Rivers, producer of Swell Maps and Glasgow scene godparents, The Pastels. The resulting album won the group legions of new fans and gained them their first Independent #1 chart placing, alongside peers Ash and Super Furry Animals.

                                          “These were fertile years in Glasgow, a scene with no name, no single sound, where the magic thread tying everyone together was words and works so personal, they couldn’t be mistaken for anyone else’s. ‘We Are Urusei Yatsura’ is a cascade of ‘why not?’ thinking. The way ‘Phasers on Stun’ spirals into ‘Sola Kola’; the sunburned 23-second improv at the end of ‘Pachinko’; the slack-echoing strings of the outro to ‘Road Song’ sprayed with the shrapnel of toy electronics. Pure pop magic, Ren & Stimpy on upstairs, ray-guns, Ian’s homemade walkie-talkie speaker, a beatbox, all sealed with a “Talking Tina” doll’s emphatic endorsement: “I love it”” – Nick Soulsby.

                                          The vinyl-only double LP set comprises the original 1996 album recorded by John Rivers, accompanied with an extra disk of unreleased demos, rare singles and B-sides which have not been available since the 90’s. It documents the time leading up to the release of the LP and the singles that came from it, capturing the development, lost pop moments and essential experiments from the eccentric and joyful Glasgow band. The cover has been completely remixed using archive photos and artwork from the time, with new interviews and extensive notes. The release marks 30 years since the official birthday of the band, 9/3/93.

                                          “When I drove the transit van that took them down to Leamington Spa to record their first proper LP, there was a sense of quiet, assured anticipation. I couldn’t wait to hear it and when I came back a couple of weeks later to pick them back up, I remember so clearly when they played it from the van’s tape deck. Fergus and Graham were hunched over, focusing intently on what they wanted to change about the mix. The reverb wasn’t right or something. Maybe they didn’t like how high the vocals were in the mix. I said to them, you’re listening to the details, but missing what is most important–this is a fantastic record! It was. It is. It is a fantastic record. They were a brilliant live band and I am so lucky to have been able to have been there to see their formation.” – Alex Kapranos.


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          SIDE 1:
                                          1. Siamese
                                          2. First Day On A New Planet
                                          3. Pow R Ball
                                          4. Kewpies Like Watermelon
                                          5. Phasers On Stun/ Sola Kola
                                          6. Black Hole Love
                                          SIDE 2:
                                          1. Velvy Blood
                                          2. Plastic Ashtray
                                          3. Death 2 Everyone
                                          4. Pachinko
                                          5. (-)
                                          6. Kernel
                                          7. Road Song
                                          SIDE 3:
                                          1. It Is
                                          2. On Yr Mind
                                          3. Teen Dream
                                          4. Majesty
                                          5. Burriko Girl
                                          6. Got The Sun
                                          SIDE 4:
                                          1. Silver Krest
                                          2. Sucker/ Kitty Litter
                                          3. Lo-Fi Scary Balloons
                                          4. The Power Of Negative Thinking/ The Love That Brings You Down

                                          Terry

                                          Call Me Terry

                                            Call me Terry! It’s been a hot minute since we last heard from Terry, what’s he been up to? Five years on from their last album, ‘I’m Terry’, the Australian post-punk quartet proudly present their new record, ‘Call Me Terry’, for release on April 14th 2023.

                                            Terry is made up of pairs Amy Hill & Al Montfort, and Xanthe Waite & Zephyr Pavey who started playing together for the fun of it in 2016. Seven years, four albums and three EP’s later, Terry is ready to pick up the phone again. Over the past few years Terry have kept themselves busy - but not only with Terry things. On top of numerous releases with alternating side projects (Constant Mongrel, The UV Race, Primo!, Sleeper & Snake, Chateau, Rocky, the list goes on… ) members of Terry have moved interstate, undertaken studies, had children and started new fields of work.

                                            Terry began sharing the demos for ‘Call Me Terry’ online with each other in 2020 - as we all did - before getting together in 2021 at their trusty rehearsal space to record the beds. Overdubs were completed at Terry’s homes over the following year. Lyrically, in true Terry fashion, the record wastes no time in scrutinising Australia’s corrupt, colonial history. They sing it loud and sprawl it across the jacket of this record, highlighting the greed, privilege and entitlement of white, wealthy “Australia” which they won’t stand a second for.
                                            Musically, ‘Call Me Terry’ still has the classic Terry sound; the four vocals singing as one gang, sharp guitars and quirky, burbling synths, the rolling bass and drums, all amidst their clever, dancey pop songs. Since day dot it’s been hard to reference a band that really sounds like Terry, which is always amazing. Truly a sound of their own!

                                            But the sugar on top here may just be some of their finest horn, string and piano performances to date - all of which never feel crowded, cluttered or over-involved. More just excellent, necessary melodies. Rest assured Al still gives his famed Fuzz Factory a workout - and throws his tremolo into the pedal chain. It goes off. Tremolo is the order of the day for Amy and Xanthe too who also embrace the wobble, whilst Zephyr keeps the pulse of their politico-pop anchored.

                                            Terry isn’t afraid to call the shots and Terry isn’t afraid to point the finger. Listen to what Terry has to say.


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            SIDE A
                                            01. Miracles
                                            02. Centuries
                                            03. Gold Duck
                                            04. Balconies
                                            05. Market
                                            SIDE B
                                            06. Golden Head
                                            07. Gronks
                                            08. Jane Roe
                                            09. Excuses
                                            10. Days

                                            Blank Gloss

                                            Cornered

                                              Sacramento, CA duo Blank Gloss’s third album, Cornered, is an exquisite statement of pop ambient starkness, an album that oscillates between lush beauty and spare melancholy. It follows from their 2021 debut for Kompakt, Melt, an album that saw Morgan Fox (piano, synths) and Patrick Hills (guitar) aligned, loosely, with the cosmic pastorale of the ‘ambient Americana’ movement. Cornered feels like a significant step forward, though – by peeling back the layers of their music, they’ve revealed both its restful core and its solemn gravitas. It is unendingly lovely, but with something disquieting at its centre.

                                              Cornered was recorded quickly, over two days in December 2020. There’s nothing rushed or haphazard about the album, though; everything has its place, with each sonic element contributing profoundly to these nine miniature dioramas. It signals change, quietly but perceptibly, through the way the duo sculpts their material, building out of loose improvisations that morphed into songs. While there was no plan in mind when Blank Gloss settled into the studio, Fox recalls that “right away we realised that things were sounding and feeling a bit different than any of the sessions we had previously.”

                                              That difference can be heard in the increased amount of space Blank Gloss gift to their sound sources. Some of the most moving moments on Cornered come when Fox and Hills strip everything back – see, for example, “Crossing”, which sets pensive piano across a shyly humming drone and quiet arcs of guitar, recalling the driftworks of Roger Eno. Curiously, the album’s distinctive shape and mood develops, at least in part, from a change in instrumentation, with Hills using a MIDI pick-up on his guitar. “This resulted in making things happen a lot quicker,” Fox says. “It also helped create what I think is a bit more sombre, dark feeling to some of the songs.”

                                              Elsewhere, on songs like “Salt”, the piano tussles with flecks of guitar, single tones sent out to mingle with the stars, like Morricone at 16 RPM, while Cornered’s centrepiece, the eleven-minute “No Appetite”, lets long arcs of electronic texture breathe and sigh, tangling together in a cat’s cradle of bliss. Throughout, it feels as though the music is blossoming as you hear it, like watching time-lapse footage of flora in bloom. But perhaps the most seductive thing about Cornered is the sense you get, listening, that the music was something unexpected, a visitation. “It almost felt like we weren’t dictating where the music went and how it sounded,” Fox agrees. “We were just there in a room together in December and these sounds were happening, and we were lucky enough to be recording the process.”


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Sender 00:03:44
                                              2. Dusted 00:03:40
                                              3. Get Well Soon 00:03:22
                                              4. No Appetite 00:10:42
                                              5. Soda Lake 00:04:59
                                              6. Crossing 00:02:48
                                              7. On The Ground 00:04:06
                                              8. Salt 00:06:07
                                              9. Dressed Alike 00:04:08

                                              Trevor Beales

                                              Fireside Stories (Hebden Bridge Circa 1971-1974)

                                                Anti-counter culture loner folk from a teenage attic in the heart of rural Northern hippiedom.

                                                Today the valley town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is world-renowned as something of a bohemian backwater. It wasn’t like this back in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, when a disparate selection of radicals, drop-outs, heads, musicians, artists and writers started to be attracted to the Calder Valley. Local lad and future poet laureate Ted Hughes called the area “the fouled nest of industrialisation”.

                                                Over time, those seeds of radicalism and collectivism ensured Hebden Bridge evolved into a place where people could be themselves and all shades of individual oddness not only tolerated but actively encouraged. But back at the turn of the dreary 1970s it remained a monochrome world defined by its unforgiving surrounding landscapes, where the old gritstone over-dwellings were stained with soot and rain lashed down for weeks.

                                                It was here that Trevor Beales, who was born in 1953, grew up, and from where he drew musical and lyrical inspiration.

                                                Perhaps it was this dual nationality heritage, unusual in the valley’s largely white working class population at the time, that gave the teenager Trevor Beale’s music an outsider’s perspective. The discovery of Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt, The Byrds and James Taylor at a young age, lead to him picking up a guitar at the age of ten, and he was soon writing his own originals and performing them at local (though often remote) folk clubs and pubs.

                                                Recorded in the attic of the family home at Ivy Bank in Charlestown on the verdant wooded slopes at the edge of Hebden Bridge between 1971 and 1974, these early recordings are collected here for the first time and mark Trevor Beales long-overdue solo debut.

                                                In these songs is a suffer-no-fools sense of realism that is defiantly Northern, yet also expresses a worldliness that belies Beales’ young years, whilst also showcasing an inherent storyteller’s ear for narrative. Here is a postcard from the past at that crucial musical period of transition, when the idealistic exponents of the 1960s emerged into an austere new decade that was to be shaped by strikes, rising unemployment and economic upheaval.

                                                Two aspects of this music make it remarkable: Beales’ natural ability showcases a sophisticated guitar-picking style that was leagues ahead of many of his (older, more recognised) contemporaries. This is music that can confidently hold its own with pioneers such as Davey Graham, Michael Chapman, Dave Evans, Bert Jansch and Jackson C Frank, as influenced by jazz, blues and steel guitar as any of the old songbook classics from ancient Albion.

                                                Secondly, his lyrics are a far cry from either the naïve bedroom scribblings of a teenager who has barely left his upland home, nor do they fall foul of the type of lazy cliches and sub-Tolkien imagery that was still in abundance in the early 1970s. Most remarkably the earliest songs here were laid down less than a year after he left school (an unearthed report written by his headteacher on July 3rd 1970 noted he had “a considerable ability and interest in music”, though his education ended abruptly when he simply walked out of a science lesson one sunny day while at sixth form, never to return).

                                                Trevor’s music is grounded in reality – his reality. ‘Then I’ll Take You Home’, for example, considers the Guru Marajai, who encouraged his acolytes to give over their worldly possessions, yet who drove a Rolls Royce and lived like a playboy. Unsurprisingly, this latest in a long line of spiritual charlatans found several followers in Hebden Bridge, and Beales casts a disdainful eye over the growing popularity for such false prophets.

                                                With its ancient narratives and propensity for myth-making, folk has certainly produced it’s fair share of cult figures who have enjoyed rediscovery or career resurgence and with this debut compilation of home recordings, rescued from cassette tapes, Trevor Beales might just be the latest addition. Certainly he was the real deal.

                                                Crucially, Beales' music is never jaded or cynical, but instead possesses a poet’s ear, a strong sense of self and some sound critical faculties. And much of it recorded at an age when he could neither vote nor order a pint of heavy.
                                                Trevor Beales died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 29th 1987, aged 33. He left behind Christine and their young child Lydia. 


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: Another wonderful collection of folk from the ever-brilliant Basin Rock here. One of my favourite LP's from earlier this year was the stunning Andrew Tuttle LP, and though this shares similar instrumental leanings, it's from significantly closer to home, focusing on the early 70's in the Calder Valley.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side A
                                                1. Marion Belle
                                                2. Tell Me Now
                                                3. Dance Of The Mermaids
                                                4. City Lights
                                                5. The Old Soldier
                                                6. Sunlight On The Table
                                                Side B
                                                7. Metropolis
                                                8. The Prisoner
                                                9. Braziliana
                                                10. Then I'll Take You Home
                                                11. Ocean Of Tears
                                                12. Fireside Story 

                                                Alan Braxe, Fred Falke & Friends

                                                The Upper Cuts - 2023 Edition

                                                  If you want to understand how French producer Alan Braxe ended up making some of the most important house music records of the late 1990s and early 2000s, you need to understand his modus operandi. Everything must be simple, and everything must be sincere. You hear this repeatedly in Braxe’s music, from the golden emotional minimalism of Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” to the perfectly uncluttered house music strut of “Intro.”

                                                  The Upper Cuts, originally released in 2005, rounds up several of Braxe’s greatest hits, including “Music Sounds Better With You,” his classic remix of “At Night” by Shakedown and - most prominently - his work with Fred Falke, a bass player Braxe met on military service. Braxe and Falke’s union created some of the best house music records of the 2000s, with Falke’s slinky, melodious and very funky bass lines fitting like a glove around Braxe’s production know-how and ear for a melody.

                                                  The revival of interest in the first wave of French Touch producers makes 2023 the perfect time to re-release The Upper Cuts, which has long been out of print. This newly reissued version adds seven bonus tracks. These include the classic Braxe / Falke production “Chrystal City,” which originally appeared on the “Rubicon” single; Braxe’s iconic remix of Britney Spears’ “Anticipating”; “You’ll Stay In My Heart,” a tear-jerking Braxe / Falke work that was never properly released; and two completely new tracks that show Braxe at his best.

                                                  The Upper Cuts is a classic work of house music history that can still light up a dance floor; a work of sadness and joy; darkness and light; profundity and release. If you want to know how Braxe helped to create a new template for the French house sound in the early 2000s, right when French house needed it most; or how Braxe’s gorgeously clean productions and evocative synth melody provided a bridge between the first wave of French house and the Ed Banger / Justice / Kitsuné axis that followed; then your answer starts here.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Most Wanted
                                                  2. The Paradise - In Love With You
                                                  3. Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
                                                  4 Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Intro
                                                  5. Shakedown - At Night (Alan Braxe Remix)
                                                  6. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Love Lost
                                                  7. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Palladium
                                                  8. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Arena
                                                  9. Alan Braxe- & Fred Falke - Rubicon
                                                  10. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Penthouse Serenade
                                                  11. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Chrystal City
                                                  12. Alan Braxe - Voices
                                                  13. Britney Spears - Anticipating
                                                  14. Alan Braxe - One More Chance (Feat. The Spimes) [Redux]
                                                  15. Alan Braxe - True Love
                                                  16. Alan Braxe - Never Coming Back (Feat. Annie) [12 “ Dub Version]
                                                  17. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - You'll Stay In My Heart (Instrumental)

                                                  Lael Neale

                                                  Star Eaters Delight

                                                    Lael Neale still has a flip phone and there were no screens involved in the creation of her new record Star Eaters Delight. The album is her second for Sub Pop and reveals an expansion of her sonic collaboration with producer and accompanist Guy Blakeslee. In April of 2020, in the wake of transformations both personal and global, Lael moved from Los Angeles back to her family’s farm in rural Virginia. Looking at the world from a distance and getting in tune with her own rhythms, she wrote and recorded steadily for two dreamlike years, driven by a need to make order out of chaos. Forged in isolation, Star Eaters Delight is a vehicle for returning, not just to civilization, but to celebration. She says, “Acquainted with Night (recorded in 2019, and released in 2021), was focused inward, amidst the loud and bright Los Angeles surrounding me. It was an attempt to create spaciousness and quiet reverie within. When I moved back to the farm, I found that the unbroken silences compelled me to break them with sound. This album is more external. It is me reaching back out to the world, wanting to feel connected, to wake up, to come together again.” Album opener and lead single “I Am The River” melts the ice with a dynamic explosion of minimalist transcendental pop clearly descended from the Velvet Underground’s branch of modern music’s family tree. Blakeslee’s spare yet cinematic arrangements create an ambient space in which Neale’s clear and unaffected voice can explore familiar themes in an unexpected way. Subtle but potent references to Shakespeare, Emerson and the Bible (which she hasn’t read) swirl together with deeply personal musings and touches of wry humor, always more optimistic than cynical. While this is a record about polarities- country vs. city, humanity vs. technology, solitude vs. relationship - the deeper intention is to heal; to come to terms with our differences and put the broken pieces back together again. Lael’s affinity with the Transcendentalists has to do with her quest to hold onto sovereignty over her own mind. In a time when our devices are constantly flooding us with information, opinions and propaganda, Lael is intentional about what she takes in - hence the flip phone and the cassette recorder. Neale identifies as a minimalist “not because I don’t like things, but because I value freedom more.”

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    I Am The River
                                                    If I Had No Wings
                                                    Faster Than The Medicine
                                                    In Verona
                                                    Must Be Tears
                                                    No Holds Barred
                                                    Return To Me Now
                                                    Lead Me Blind

                                                    Temps

                                                    Party Gator Purgatory

                                                      Temps is a 40-strong international music collective, consisting of artists across multiple genres, fronted by a cartoon alligator.

                                                      Featuring such geniuses as Quelle Chris, John Dieterich, Joana Gomila, Laia Vallès and Seb Rochford, Temps’ ten-track debut Party Gator Purgatory was produced, curated and devised by UK stand-up comedian James Acaster. Released via Bella Union, this mind-bending opus rose from the ashes of an aborted mockumentary made with Louis Theroux’s money.

                                                      Vast in scope and scale, and fizzing with an experimental energy, the trippy Party Gator Purgatory manages to blend a host of ideas, guests and moods into an album that draws you into its own unique world. “I became completely obsessed with this project,” states Acaster as he hand-draws the album’s artwork himself, using a trio of highlighter pens, “it was all I focussed on for two years and we ended up making my favourite thing ever. I hope people enjoy it.”

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1 Lookaliveandplaydead (feat. Quelle Chris, Mal Devisa, Denmark Vessey, Foonyap)
                                                      2 Kept (feat. NNAMDÏ, Gaston Bandimic, Xenia Rubinos, Satomi Matsuzaki, Law Holt, Quelle Chris)
                                                      3 PartygatorR.I.P. (feat. Xenia Rubinos, Denmark Vessey, Quelle Chris, Bb Tombo)
                                                      4 No,no (feat. Quelle Chris, Xenia Rubinos, NNAMDÏ, Shamir)
                                                      5 At(moves) (feat. Quelle Chris, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Mal Devisa)
                                                      6 Partygatorpurgatory (feat. Babar Luck, Law Holt, Gaston Bandimic, Bb Tombo)
                                                      7 Ificouldjust (feat. Yoni Wolf, Quelle Chris, Shamir, Montaigne, Ami Dang)
                                                      8 Bleedthemtoxins (feat. Joana Gomila, NNAMDÏ, Shamir, Quelle Chris)
                                                      9 Partygatorresurrection (feat. Open Mike Eagle, Me Oh Myriorama, Montaigne, Low Growl, Bb Tombo)
                                                      10 Slowreturn (feat. Yoni Wolf, Shamir)
                                                      11 Fitinthiscostume (feat. Ami Dang, Emma Daman, Blanck Mass, Me Oh Myriorama, Gaston Bandimic, Law Holt, Public Speaking, The Growth Eternal)
                                                      12 Firstbirthday (feat. NNAMDÏ, Public Speaking)
                                                      13 Partygatorpoltergeist (feat. Me Oh Myriorama, J Thoubbs, The Growth Eternal)
                                                      14 Lastbirthday (feat. Gaston Bandimic, Blanck Mass)
                                                      15 Belongbetween (feat. Quelle Chris, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Law Holt, Babar Luck, Mal Devisa, Public Speaking)

                                                      Bardo Pond

                                                      No Hashish, No Change Money, No Saki Saki

                                                        A quartet in those early days, they assembled a demo cassette to use for booking and merch purposes titled cryptically as "No Hashish, No Change Money, No Saki Saki". This release largely remained a Discogs curio in the intervening years, never seeing a wide formal release in any capacity. Now, thirty years later, "No Hashish..." makes its frst truly formal release in a mastered format and ready to daze their every hungry fans. Close to an hour of hazy, smoke- flled goodness spread over two LPs, this provides the proper soundtrack for a late night zone out accompanied by your chemicals of choice. Pressed on 2LP Transparent Green color vinyl.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Hummingbird Mountain
                                                        Earth And Sky
                                                        Sometimes Words
                                                        High Horse
                                                        I Forgot / Rupture
                                                        Candle
                                                        Light
                                                        Amen
                                                        Transistor
                                                        Round And Round
                                                        Lag

                                                        Lankum

                                                        False Lankum

                                                          False Lankum follows their 2019 breakthrough album The Livelong Day, which paved the way for critical and commercial success, earning them that year’s RTE Choice Music Prize (the Irish equivalent of the Album of the Year Grammy) and the #8 spot on NPR Music’s Best Albums of the Year list. Drawing on traditional folk songs, Lankum put their own dark, distinctive mark onto each, leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion that imparts new intensity and beauty into each track. This record sees the band cement their breakout from the folk genre, creating bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new, sitting comfortably alongside Rough Trade labelmates like black midi and Gilla Band. False Lankum also features two original tracks, ‘Netta Perseus’ and ‘The Turn’, both penned by the group’s Daragh Lynch.

                                                          ‘Go Dig My Grave’ was discovered by Lankum’s Radie Peat who learned the particular version on the album from the singing of Jean Ritchie, who recorded it in 1963 on the album Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City. It is a member of a family of songs which seem to be largely made up of what are known as ‘floating verses’, originally composed as stanzas of various different ballads, some of which date back as far as the 17th century.

                                                          “'Our interpretation of the traditional song Go Dig My Grave is one that centres around the emotion of grief – all-consuming, unbearable and absolute” explain Lankum, “A visceral physical reaction to something that the body and mind are almost incapable of processing. The second part of the song is inspired by the Irish tradition of keening (from the Irish caoineadh) – a traditional form of lament for the deceased. Regarded by some as opening up ‘perilous channels of communication with the dead’, the practice came under severe censure from the catholic church in Ireland from the 17th century on.”

                                                          From the start, Dublin’s Lankum planned for False Lankum, their fourth record and third for Rough Trade, to feel like a complete piece – a progression and a journey for the listener. “We wanted to create more contrast on the record so the light parts would be almost spiritual and the dark parts would be incredibly dark, even horror inducing,” they explain. The album’s 12 tracks, composed of 10 traditional songs and two originals, show the four-piece using a new palate to colour their sound in an increasingly experimental way, alongside longtime producer John ‘Spud’ Murphy.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Go Dig My Grave
                                                          2. Clear Away In The Morning
                                                          3. Fugue I
                                                          4. Master Crowley’s
                                                          5. Newcastle
                                                          6. Fugue II
                                                          7. Netta Perseus
                                                          8. The New York Trader
                                                          9. Lord Abore And Mary Flynn
                                                          10. Fugue III
                                                          11. On A Monday Morning
                                                          12. The Turn

                                                          Tim Hecker

                                                          No Highs

                                                            The latest by Canadian composer Tim Hecker serves as a beacon of unease against the deluge of false positive corporate ambient currently in vogue.

                                                            Whether taken as warning or promise, No Highs delivers – this is music of austerity and ambiguity, purgatorial and seasick. A jagged anti-relaxant for our medicated age, rough-hewn and undefined.

                                                            Morse code pulse programming flickers like distress signals while a gathering storm of strings, noise, and low-end looms in the distance. Processed electronics shiver and shudder against pitch-shifting assemblages of crackling voltage, mantric horns (including exquisite modal sax by Colin Stetson), and cathedral keys.

                                                            Throughout, the pieces both accrue and avoid drama, more attuned to undertow than crescendo. Hecker mentions “negation” as a muse of sorts – the sense of tumult without bombast, tethered ecstasies, an escape from escapism. His is an antagonism both brusque and beguiling, devoid of resolution, beckoning the listener ever deeper into its greyscale alchemies of magisterial disquiet.


                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Monotony
                                                            2. Glissalia
                                                            3. Total Garbage
                                                            4. Lotus Light
                                                            5. Winter Cop
                                                            6. In Your Mind
                                                            7. Monotony II
                                                            8. Pulse Depression
                                                            9. Anxiety
                                                            10. Sense Suppression
                                                            11. Living Spa Water

                                                            Tomahawk

                                                            Oddfellows - Reissue

                                                              The 2013 album from the rock supergroup featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantomas). The album has pretty much been out-of-print since it was released in 2013, and it's being brought back for it’s 10th Anniversary.

                                                              Tomahawk

                                                              Tomahawk - Reissue

                                                                The 2001 debut album from the rock supergroup featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard), John Stanier (Helmet, Battles) and Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins, Cows). The long out-of-print album has never been available individually, only as part of a 2012 limited Record Store Day box set featuring the band’s first three albums that goes for $200+ on Discogs.

                                                                Surgeon

                                                                Crash Recoil

                                                                  In March 2023, Tresor Records will release "Crash Recoil", a new album by Surgeon.

                                                                  It marks Anthony Child's first techno LP in five years, following a period in which he felt uncertainty in his role as a techno producer and found it tough to locate inspiration. This new album encounters him drawing on spontaneous techniques to arrive at unchartered topographies.

                                                                  "Crash Recoil" originates from Surgeon's recent live sets, where he experimented with constraints in performing and embracing the twists, turns and paradoxes that arrive from this. Each fresh iteration on consistent MIDI sequences and hardware reconfigured tracks into different constellations, creating an inspiring vortex of unpredicted events where ideas could flourish. This new approach allowed him to capture the spontaneous energy of his live shows in a way he had never done before. "This is not a live album, since it has not been recorded in one go during a live performance. In the same way that bands tour songs before going into the studio to record an album, I was able to explore these songs and hone their effectiveness during my live performances before creating a studio version."

                                                                  The result is eight tracks that emphasize a new techno sound for Surgeon, drawing in references from across the musical spectrum. "I can hear Coil, King Tubby, Detroit Techno and The Cure all wrapped up with 30 years of DJing," Surgeon says of the album. Melancholic hum-like ambiences smudge around unadorned, near-droning basslines, crunching rhythm and percolating arpeggiations. The tracks carry unique and potent locomotion, with a low-slung grind through toughened terrains, breathing with a free spirit, untethered by a studio-based perspective. We hear manifestations of the same raw material across the album, like a textural motif, carving new variants and creating a cohesive work full of recollection.


                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1/A1 Oak Bank 06:37
                                                                  2/A2 Second Magnitude Stars 06:41
                                                                  3/B1 Metal Pig 06:55
                                                                  4/B2 We Laugh And Clap At The Circus 05:41
                                                                  5/C1 Leadership Contes 06:34
                                                                  6/C2 Masks & Archetypes 06;17
                                                                  7/D1 Subcultures 05:59
                                                                  8/D2 Hope Not Hate 05:57

                                                                  David Cunningham

                                                                  Grey Scale - 2023 Reissue

                                                                    David Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1954. His work ranges from pop music to gallery installations including several collaborations with visual artists. His first significant commercial success came with The Flying Lizards' single "Money," an international hit in 1979.

                                                                    Originally released in 1976, Cunningham's first solo album Grey Scale has become a landmark statement of DIY minimalist composition – continuing in the vein of the wild explosion of arthouse experimentation from the early '70s. Cunningham, then a student at the Maidstone College of Art in Kent, drafted fellow student non-musicians and (using whatever instruments available) crafted an endlessly shifting sonic palette with an improvisor's keen sensitivity to space, texture and tone.

                                                                    As Cunningham states in the liner notes, his approach was to "pursue something (which may appear trivial or meaningless) so rigorously or relentlessly to the point that it reveals something new."

                                                                    Cunningham was influenced by live performances he was attending at the time by English composers Cornelius Cardew, Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman as well as free improvisors Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, David Toop and Paul Burwell.

                                                                    The inaugural release on Cunningham's own Piano label, Grey Scale was indeed "something new" in 1976. The artist quickly integrated his experimental sensibilities to produce art-rock pioneers This Heat, whose debut appeared on Piano in 1979. His popular success performing as The Flying Lizards (with two electro-punk albums on Virgin during the New Wave era) was presaged by this seminal work of fascinating sound collage and tonal freedom. First-time reissue.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. Error System (BAGFGAB)
                                                                    A2. Error System (C Pulse Solo Recording)
                                                                    A3. Error System (C Pulse Group Recording)
                                                                    A4. Error System (E Based Group Recording)
                                                                    A5. Error System (EFGA)
                                                                    B1. Ecuador
                                                                    B2. Water Systemised
                                                                    B3. Venezuela 1
                                                                    B4. Guitar Systemised
                                                                    B5. Venezuela 2
                                                                    B6. Bolivia

                                                                    The Church

                                                                    The Hypnogogue

                                                                      "Let it first be said that the title track of The Hypnogogue, the first new album from The Church in six years, is one of the most breath-taking singles they’ve released in years, a darkly psychedelic six minutes that slowly spirals into a menacing descent. That alone is reason to keep this one on your radar; the Australian neo-psych band have been going for over 40 years, with around a half dozen classic albums and zero bad ones, yet their ability to keep evolving and uncovering new aspects to their sound and approach only serves as a reminder of how vital they remain after four decades." After an epic return to homeland stages, Australian psych-rock legends The Church announce their forthcoming studio album The Hypnogogue. Following on from 2017’s widely acclaimed Man Woman Life Death Infinity, the Sydney band’s 27th album was recorded just before the world was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging from the darkness is the band’s first new studio album in six years and the first to feature the newest line-up led by founder, bassist and vocalist Steve Kilbey. “The Hypnogogue” is the most prog rock thing we have ever done, we’ve never created a concept album before,” says Kilbey. “It is the most teamwork record we have ever had. Everyone in the band is so justifiably proud of this record and everyone helped to make sure it was as good as it could be. Personally, I think it’s in our top three records.”

                                                                      Picking up substantial international airplay, raising anticipation for the album’s release, the digital singles ‘The Hypnogogue’ and ‘C’est La Vie’ set the stage for the album’s striking science fiction narrative. Kilbey unpacks the themes that tie the album together: “The Hypnogogue is set in 2054, a dystopian and broken-down future. Invented by Sun Kim Jong, a North Korean scientist and occult dabbler, it is a machine and a process that pulls music straight off dreams.” This new five-piece line-up is made up of Kilbey along with long-time collaborator, drummer and producer Tim Powles, who’s remained a staple across 17 albums since 1994. Joining them is guitarist Ian Haug, formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger, who has been with the band since 2013. Touring multi-instrumentalist talent Jeffrey Cain is now a full-time member since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. Completing the line-up, newcomer Ashley Naylor is one of Australia’s finest guitarists and a long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band.Formed in 1980, The Church found early chart success in their homeland, before establishing themselves as an international touring entity, earning a worldwide hit with the single ‘Under The Milky Way’ from their hit 1988 album Starfish, while their stellar live shows have been deemed ‘spectacular’ by MAGNET magazine and continue to win the hearts of industry and fans across the world.Often seen as the Godfathers of an Australian psych/prog scene generating such internationally successful names as Tame Impala and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, The Church have gone on to maintain a loyal and far-reaching following as their fanbase has expanded with their evolving sound. Entering their fourth decade as a band, The Church continue to remain a treasured creative force.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Side 1:
                                                                      1. Ascendence
                                                                      2. C ’Est La Vie
                                                                      3. I Think I Knew
                                                                      Side 2:
                                                                      1. Flickering Lights
                                                                      2. The Hypnogogue
                                                                      3. Albert Ross
                                                                      Side 3:
                                                                      1. Thorn
                                                                      2. Aerodrome
                                                                      3. These Coming Days
                                                                      4. No Other You
                                                                      Side 4:
                                                                      1. Succulent
                                                                      2. Antarctica
                                                                      3. Second Bridge 

                                                                      Faust

                                                                      Momentaufnahme II

                                                                        Originally part of 2021’s Faust Box Set release commemorating the bands 50th anniversary Momentaufnahme I and II are now set for their own stand alone release by popular demand. This is for all those that missed out on the limited edition box set release. They collect together music recorded at the band's studio - a converted schoolhouse in rural Wümme between 1971 and 1974 in a similar vein to the way in which 'The Faust Tapes’ (released in 1973) was assembled. These two albums range from minimal electronic pulses, ambient dreamscapes, vocal collages to heavy drone, ritualistic percussion and psychedelic grooves. Highlights include the hypnotic space jams of ‘Vorsatz’ and ‘Rückwärts Durch Die Drehtür’, the delicate acoustics of ‘I Am… An Artist' and the radiophonic workship-esq 'Weird Sounds Sound Bizarre‘.

                                                                        Let’s let founding member Jean-Hervé Peron explain more…. Faust were originally a group of musicians, each following our own inspirations, desires, illusions: many facets, many directions, different styles, different languages. We often had to struggle with the clash of our egos but there was also a natural tacit understanding of each other's role. We had the privilege to work with a great producer and an extraordinary recording engineer. From spring 1971 to spring 1974 we existed as a group. Then Faust became a Gestalt with various incarnations. Momentaufnahme? Don't panic here, it is only German for 'Snapshot’. Momentaufnahme I and II present a collection of unreleased snapshots which offer a wonderful insight into the world of Faust. Some tracks are extremely raw and experimental, others are fully rounded productions. So far we have MA I and MA II but we plan to do more of these when we come up with more material or new ideas.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        01. Danach
                                                                        02. Gegensprechanlage
                                                                        03. Lampe An, Tür Zu, Leute Rein!
                                                                        04. Purzelbaum Mit Anschubsen
                                                                        05. Tête-à-Tête Im Schredder
                                                                        06. Dampf
                                                                        07. Testbildhauer
                                                                        08. I Am... An Artist
                                                                        09. Wir Wollen Mehr Volumen Kriegen
                                                                        10. Arrampicarsi Sul Vesuvio
                                                                        11. …und Alles Durcheinander
                                                                        12. The Fear Of Missing Out
                                                                        13. Ma Trompette
                                                                        14. As-tu Vu Mon Ombre?

                                                                        Faust

                                                                        Momentaufnahme I

                                                                          Originally part of 2021’s Faust Box Set release commemorating the bands 50th anniversary Momentaufnahme I and II are now set for their own stand alone release by popular demand. This is for all those that missed out on the limited edition box set release. They collect together music recorded at the band's studio - a converted schoolhouse in rural Wümme between 1971 and 1974 in a similar vein to the way in which 'The Faust Tapes’ (released in 1973) was assembled. These two albums range from minimal electronic pulses, ambient dreamscapes, vocal collages to heavy drone, ritualistic percussion and psychedelic grooves. Highlights include the hypnotic space jams of ‘Vorsatz’ and ‘Rückwärts Durch Die Drehtür’, the delicate acoustics of ‘I Am… An Artist' and the radiophonic workship-esq 'Weird Sounds Sound Bizarre‘.

                                                                          Let’s let founding member Jean-Hervé Peron explain more…. Faust were originally a group of musicians, each following our own inspirations, desires, illusions: many facets, many directions, different styles, different languages. We often had to struggle with the clash of our egos but there was also a natural tacit understanding of each other's role. We had the privilege to work with a great producer and an extraordinary recording engineer. From spring 1971 to spring 1974 we existed as a group. Then Faust became a Gestalt with various incarnations. Momentaufnahme? Don't panic here, it is only German for 'Snapshot’. Momentaufnahme I and II present a collection of unreleased snapshots which offer a wonderful insight into the world of Faust. Some tracks are extremely raw and experimental, others are fully rounded productions. So far we have MA I and MA II but we plan to do more of these when we come up with more material or new ideas.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          01. Naja
                                                                          02. Flaflas
                                                                          03. Es Ist Wieder Da
                                                                          04. Mechanika
                                                                          05. Weird Sounds Sound Bizarre
                                                                          06. Karotten
                                                                          07. RéMaj7
                                                                          08. Fin De Face
                                                                          09. Vorsatz
                                                                          10. Acouphènes
                                                                          11. Interlude 18. Juni
                                                                          12. Dadalibal
                                                                          13. Bonne Soupe Au Fromage
                                                                          14. Rückwärts Durch Die Drehtür

                                                                          Jana Horn

                                                                          The Window Is The Dream

                                                                            A Rothko-esque color field set to music, The Window Is The Dream ventures even deeper into Horn’s inner space than her stark, acclaimed debut Optimism, which earned her an ‘artist to watch’ tag from The Guardian upon its release last year. For her second record, Horn travelled to upstate New York to record with a few musical touchstones in mind: the electro-primitivism of the Silver Apples, austere rhythm kings This Heat and The Raincoats’ time-bending Odyshape, however the resulting 10 songs are an entry into a world which is very much her own.

                                                                            “Her voice is just transfixing” - NPR Music

                                                                            “Horn’s debut album is a skeletal marvel that evokes Yo La Tengo and soft country shuffles” — The Guardian.

                                                                            "Deceptively gentle songs [...] they unfold like melodic dreams" — MOJO.

                                                                            "With the boiled-down quality of a good short story collection, [Optimism] is cryptic, bewildering and daringly simple" — Pitchfork.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Leaving Him
                                                                            After All This Time
                                                                            Days Go By
                                                                            The Dream
                                                                            Love In Return
                                                                            Old Friend
                                                                            Song For Eve
                                                                            In Between
                                                                            Energy Go
                                                                            The Way It Is

                                                                            Simply Saucer

                                                                            Saucerland

                                                                              Canadian proto-punk legends & underground darlings’ archival rarities! Alternative takes, live recordings, & demos from 1975 to 1978! A mix of frantic garage rock, free form cosmic Kraut, the loud ferocity & heavy riffing of the Stooges & MC5, the art rock and proto punk sound of the Velvet Underground & Modern Lovers, & the British psychedelia of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd & early Hawkwind!

                                                                              The perfect complement to their posthumously classic and critically acclaimed 1974 recorded LP “Cyborg Revisited”.

                                                                              New 2022 mastering by Jim Diamond.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              SIDE A
                                                                              A1. Rock And Roll The Brain Cells
                                                                              A2. I Take It
                                                                              A3. Baby Nova
                                                                              A4. Ring A Ling Oh My
                                                                              SIDE B
                                                                              B1. Nice Noise
                                                                              B2. Clearly Invisible
                                                                              SIDE C
                                                                              C1. Brainshock
                                                                              C2. I Don't Care
                                                                              C3. Takin' You Down
                                                                              C4. More Illegal Bodies
                                                                              SIDE D
                                                                              D1. Teenage Dream
                                                                              D2. Bulletproof Nothing
                                                                              D3. Almost Ready Betty
                                                                              D4. Live A Strange Life
                                                                              D5. Limitless Love
                                                                              D6. The Story Of Simply Saucer

                                                                              The Masonics

                                                                              Looking For...

                                                                                With Mickey Hampshire (The Milkshakes, Mickey And The Salty Seadogs, Mickey And Ludella), Bruce Brand (The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes, Auntie Vegetable, Thee Headcoats, The Kravin' "A"s, The Clique, Dutronc, The Voo-Dooms and more) and John Gibbs (The Wildebeests, The Kaisers), this Medway- based trio have got enough rhythm 'n' beat and rock 'n' roll in their blood streams to power the Starship Enterprise!

                                                                                Since 1991 The Masonics have been raising roofs all across the land, and disturbing audio grooves on at least ten studio albums and seven singles. There's no stopping them!

                                                                                Two 7 “EP’s released simultaneously, each with four songs that the band have carefully chosen to cover, all of which have featured in their live sets throughout the years.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Side A 1. Thirty Days 2. Leave My Kitten Alone
                                                                                Side B 1. Lookin' For My Baby 2. Stupidity

                                                                                The Masonics

                                                                                Talkin' About...

                                                                                  With Mickey Hampshire (The Milkshakes, Mickey And The Salty Seadogs, Mickey And Ludella), Bruce Brand (The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes, Auntie Vegetable, Thee Headcoats, The Kravin' "A"s, The Clique, Dutronc, The Voo-Dooms and more) and John Gibbs (The Wildebeests, The Kaisers), this Medway- based trio have got enough rhythm 'n' beat and rock 'n' roll in their blood streams to power the Starship Enterprise!

                                                                                  Since 1991 The Masonics have been raising roofs all across the land, and disturbing audio grooves on at least ten studio albums and seven singles. There's no stopping them!

                                                                                  Two 7 “EP’s released simultaneously, each with four songs that the band have carefully chosen to cover, all of which have featured in their live sets throughout the years.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Side A 1. I'm Talkin' About You 2. Clarabella
                                                                                  Side B 1. Ride Your Pony 2. The Girl Can't Dance

                                                                                  Al Cisneros Vs The Bug

                                                                                  Rosin

                                                                                    The friendship between Al Cisneros (Sleep/Om) and Kevin Martin (The Bug/King Midas Sound) begun when King Midas Sound supported OM at the Scala in London in 2012. Subsequently the duo quickly realised via passionately animated conversations, that they shared a serous addiction to reggae 7", and in particular, a mutually insatiable appetite for roots and the deepest dub versions being consistently transmitted from Jamaica...This resulted in Cisneros, then inviting Martin to specifically drop hardcore dub sessions as support to Sleep in Berlin, and on tour with OM. It was during the European Om tour in 2019, that Cisneros offered to record an ep for The Bug's fledgling PRESSURE label.

                                                                                    And now 'Rosin' is the fulfilment of that promise. Al's side of the single, showcases the low end specialist extending the bassbin pounding methodologies of those incredible b-line masters who first inspired him to relentlessly explore the infinitely resonant worlds of bass and space. So 'Rosin Immersion' and it's subsequent dub 'Dabby You', echo 'Flabba Holt's classic work with the Roots Radics or Robbie Shakespeare 's tremendous output for Channel One with The Revolutionaries...These devastating mixes extend the hallowed roots tradition that Cisneros worships, and gleefully opts for an even lower, slower, grind .... It's another fantastic example of Al's parallel dub world, that he has been tirelessly promoting with his incredible Sinai label releases for the past few years, as he simultaneously continues to reshape Metal with Sleep and zoned 'out' rock with Om too. On the flipside, Martin took up Al's invitation to remix his original song, but Kevin here opts for radical mutation instead of homage. What may have begun as a single remix, ends as two militantly distinct future dubs aimed straight at the body and dome...Echoing Kevin's recent collaborations with Will Bevan aka Burial, for their collaborative Flame series, as previously released on PRESSURE, this pair of thundering tracks reflect The Bug at his most immersive and psychedelic. 'Fathoms' and '50 hz' revel in their otherness, and the sonic sorcery of his Brussels based sound lab. The twin rhythms are undoubtedly inspired by the spirit of The Bug's production heroes Scientist, King Tubby or Adrian Sherwood, but are set adrift in a futuristic sci-fi format for ambient heads and sound system disciples alike to get fully lost in.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Al Cisneros – Rosin Immersion
                                                                                    A2. Al Cisneros - Dabby You
                                                                                    B1. The Bug – Fathoms
                                                                                    B2. The Bug - 50hz

                                                                                    Fatima Al Qadiri

                                                                                    Gumar EP

                                                                                      Building on the themes of her most recent album, ‘Medieval Femme’, Fatima Al Qadiri’s newest release sees her pairing up with fellow Kuwaiti vocalist Gumar. The EP - also titled ‘Gumar’, Arabic for "moon" - is an homage to a style of lamentation singing that both Fatima and Gumar grew up with and were heavily influenced by, and for which the latter received formal training as a teenager. On these four short songs, Fatima provides a minimal counterpoint to Gumar's elegant vocals, a coalescence that powerfully and sympathetically complements and extends with cosmic, almost elemental depth. Serious and mournful in tone, the record ruminates on the subject of unrequited love, arguably the most common theme in Arabic music past and present. The cover is an original artwork by Kuwaiti artist Khalid al Gharaballi, Fatima's bestie and long-time collaborator. 

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Gumar (moon)
                                                                                      Fidetik (i Lay Down My Life For You)
                                                                                      Mojik (your Waves)
                                                                                      Meriem

                                                                                      Smote

                                                                                      Genog

                                                                                        Transcendence through repetition beamed via an aesthetic vision steeped in mystery: welcome to the world of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Smote, an entity opening up uncanny new psychic pathways. ‘Genog’ - the outfit’s second release on Rocket Recordings following 2021’s eerie transmission ‘Drommon’ - shows that Smote’s elliptical casting of bleak magick is only growing more powerful as it gathers momentum. The brainchild of Daniel Foggin, Smote has evolved seemingly of its own volition. ”I had the idea for years” he relates, “I love Pärson Sound, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar, Traditional Irish Folk and all sorts of different Drone and Folk music. It was simply finding the opportunity to sit down and get recording. A very heavy influence that affects Smote is fantasy as a genre, and the atmosphere that can be created via story-telling. ”The musical approach of Smote may have started out as a resolutely DIY one, yet from the humble origins of bedroom and rehearsal room recordings, the band has now become a full-fledged and powerful live band, whose appearances at festivals like Roadburn, Le Guess Who and Brave Exhibitions have already caused a considerable stir. The five vivid extrapolations on Genog conjure differing spiritual realms, yet combine and coalesce to offer one unified vision, building furious momentum in a manner that unites the pastoral with the arcane and otherworldy. Earthy, ritualistic and richly cinematic in aspect, Genog is an avatar guiding the listener to dark and beguiling imaginary landscapes

                                                                                        Blancmange

                                                                                        Nil By Mouth IV & V

                                                                                          The fourth and fifth instalments in Blancmange’s continuing exploration of ambient music, experimental soundscapes and imaginary film soundtracks. The latest albums contain some of Neil Arthur’s most evocative and dreamlike melodies yet, along with textures that reveal a flair for atmosphere and the absurd. There’s also the 40 minute minimalist piece Vostok, which gentles pulses with slow, subtle, exquisite life.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          CD1: Nil By Mouth IV
                                                                                          1/ Living On
                                                                                          2/ Auto Incorrect
                                                                                          3/ General Concern
                                                                                          4/ Lull Before
                                                                                          5/ Design Fault
                                                                                          6/ Everything Must Go
                                                                                          7/ This Is The Moment I've Been Waiting For
                                                                                          8/ I Do Not Seem To Have A Mobile
                                                                                          9/ I Found Some Time
                                                                                          10/ Recycling
                                                                                          11/ Switching Off
                                                                                          CD2: Nil By Mouth V
                                                                                          1/ Artichoke On The Word Wheel
                                                                                          2/ Future Past
                                                                                          3/ Wake
                                                                                          4/ It Is Good To Talk
                                                                                          5/ The Results
                                                                                          6/ Idle
                                                                                          7/ Boy
                                                                                          8/ German
                                                                                          9/ Slow Flash Light
                                                                                          10/ Vostok

                                                                                          Death Pill

                                                                                          Death Pill

                                                                                            Death Pill, are an all-female hardcore punk power trio of considerable muscle, combining metalcore, punk rock and (like labelmates ‘Shooting Daggers’) oodles of ‘Riot Grrl’ vibe. It’s significant how many female punk bands are using the stance and attitude of the ‘Riot Grrl’ movement as a touchstone for what they are about, but it doesn’t end there. From the classic punk of Black Flag, The Distillers and Circle Jerks, to modern outfits like Axe Rash and the thrash metal of Nervosa and Exodus, there’s a nod to all of this in Death Pill’s visceral sound. Full on and fully formed on their self-titled debut album. That aside, what makes this release even more pertinent for us, and the fact that it is happening at all, is that Mariana, Anastasiya and Nataliya are from the Ukraine, who’s troubles are well known to all of course, but naturally enough have hit the band very hard. Singer/guitarist Mariana tells the story so far. Just imagine: You are a 20-year-old girl. Society constantly puts pressure on you: you should find a nice husband, have children and at the same time build a successful career. But no one asks what do you really want? What are exactly your interests and ambitions? Because maybe you want to be a punk rock star? Yes, I do and even against it all. I can create a female non-commercial band, play heavy high-quality music, and ignite the crowd. After all, rock is not only about brutal men with curly long hair, right? Nafa (Anastasiya), the drummer, also got sick of this idea. Together we created an all-female punk rock band Death Pill (2017), just like we wanted to! There is a strong and super friendly community of people in Ukraine. It's a big family of true music lovers, people who live by creating the Ukrainian underground scene. This is also how we met Nataliia our bass player. After our first practice with her, we realized that this is a real perfect match. In February fucking Russia started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It really changed our plans, dreams, and attitude. Some do it with weapons in their hands, some volunteer and help in any way they can to bring our victory closer. Hard times, but right now we have a real chance to change lives for the better. Victory will be ours; we are sure of it We couldn’t have put it any better. So there is hope for sure, and as this album amply demonstrates, plenty of fighting spirit. It’s a killer debut. However, producing a ‘killer record’ under such extraordinary circumstances was a challenge too. Tracking started during Covid and was completed in late 2021, only three tracks were mixed before the war hit. However the band and their production team were able to somehow continue and finished everything including the artwork in 5 months whilst the Russian invasion rolled on. A testament to their drive and single mindedness. The musicianship and commitment on display is undeniable, plus the tracks on the album have been totally remastered for this release, sounding as fat and full as a raging whirlwind. Although things are uncertain, the band are still strong and still together.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Side 1
                                                                                            1. Dirty Rotten Youth
                                                                                            2. Miss Revolt
                                                                                            3. Die For Vietnam
                                                                                            4. Друг
                                                                                            5. It's A Joke
                                                                                            Side 2
                                                                                            1. Go Your Way
                                                                                            2. Kill The Traitors
                                                                                            3. Расцарапаю Ебало
                                                                                            4. Would You Marry Me

                                                                                            Erik Hall

                                                                                            Canto Ostinato

                                                                                              In the fall of 2021, Simeon ten Holt's "Canto Ostinato" was reborn in a 'solo version for seven keyboards'. During the weeks leading up to the birth of his son Lark, Erik Hall moved methodically among the instruments in his recording studio, conducting a multi-track conversation with himself and the piece's score. Ten Holt composed "Canto Ostinato" between 1976 and 1979. The rhythmic motif (ostinato) repeated over its entire length has a limited number of printed notes. It is up to the performers how to play them, for how long, where to place accents, etc. In the score, the composer calls on musicians to interact and evaluate, to fuse sounds and colors into one cohesive musical universe. Then a cosmos is created. You can get lost in that. You want to get lost in that, like in the original live recording with four pianos. "That performance is deeply compelling, almost otherworldly," says Hall. He has always been drawn to music that is based on repetition, harmonically rich, and tonal. He previously added a groundbreaking dimension to Steve Reich's 1976 minimal masterpiece "Music for 18 Musicians", and– as again now with 'Canto'– his motivation is the love of the music itself. "When I first heard the piece, I was captivated." Then the plan emerged to undergo the same focused practice as before. He stacked seven total layers of his 1962 Hammond M-101 organ, a 1910 Steinway grand piano, and a 1978 Rhodes electric piano, each performance informed by those that preceded it. Erik Hall's "Canto Ostinato" lasts for one hour, and from the sheer joy of playing this wondrous composition emerges an elegantly meandering journey. In it, music rises above itself, higher and higher, like a lark jubilating freedom in the sky. 

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              01 Sections 1-16
                                                                                              02 Sections 17-30
                                                                                              03 Sections 31-40
                                                                                              04 Sections 41-55
                                                                                              05 Sections 56-73
                                                                                              06 Sections 74-87
                                                                                              07 Sections 88-90
                                                                                              08 Sections 91-94
                                                                                              09 Sections 95-106 

                                                                                              Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

                                                                                              Failure Not Success

                                                                                                New studio album by Billy and CTMF! Featuring Billy at his song writing best! Includes covers of Richard Hell and Jimi Hendrix songs, along with a newly recorded version of ‘Bob Dylan’s Got a Lot to Answer For’! We asked Billy a few questions about this mighty fine album… Great album title! It will seem counter-intuitive to some but why do you favour failure over success? If the Pop Rivets (the first group I was in in 1977) had been “successful” in the formal sense, then it would have been a disaster - no learning about sound, growth, and independence. Luckily, we considered ourselves successful from the outset by doing what we wanted the way we wanted. We believed the hype of punk rock – do-it-yourself and lived it, unlike the “successful” leaders of the movement. I’ve always wanted small gigs where your open and exposed. The same with recording - excitement, mistakes, humour, and hopefully joy. The reason to become “successful” is to cut yourself from your origin and roots. In short, we'll decide what success is, not a critic, the world, or public opinion.

                                                                                                The album opens with a cracking cover of Richard Hell’s ‘Love Comes in Spurts’. You’ve previously recorded this with Thee Headcoats on Brother Is Dead… But Fly Is Gone! from 1998. What made you want to revisit the song? Has Richard heard it? If so, what did he think? I forgot that we did it with Thee Headcoats. If I had that LP, I’d give it a listen. I do remember covering it live with The Pop Rivets in 1978. Richard said he liked it a lot and told his girlfriend he only wants my tunes at his funeral. I said, “not too soon I hope." He assured me he's well. We’re digging the instrumental track ‘Walk of the Sasquatch’. Is this track in honour of the North Kent Sasquatch Research Group? What do you know about that mysterious organization? The track is more about the pacific Northwest cousin of the English version (the Woodwose). The North Kent Sasquatch program has gone a little quite of late, but I believe they are still trying to get Cobham Woods - nearby across the river - to be designated as a reserve, though of course this poses some danger to the public during the spring breeding season. The album closes with a version of previous single ‘Bob Dylan’s Got a Lot to Answer For’. What would you say is the biggest thing Bob has to answer for? And what do you most admire him for? It’s a different take from than the 45 version. The single was recorded in full lockdown. What has Bob got to answer for? I guess a lot and nothing. It’s not his fault he is famous, it is the fans and enablers that should be strung up for turning poor little pop stars into demi-gods. He seems to be one of the few in the mainstream music industry, who has remained in charge of his own recordings, sounds, and writing. Besides writing a few very good songs, I also liked his pronouncement: “I made bad records on purpose.” Now that’s a great line - so maybe he deserves his Nobel prize after all. You have a couple of CTMF shows coming up at the Lexington in London in February. Given you have such a great hat collection, have you decided what stage gear you’ll be wearing yet? Billy’s “fashion box” will have to be investigated. I first got “into” fashion in thee Headcoats days. Thee Headcoatees started attracting members of the gay community to our gigs, that’s when I saw an opportunity to “go for the pink pound.” There was much excitement in the dressing room, pre-show, especially from Holly, to see “what fashion Billy might have in his bag this week.” Hats are of course top of all fashion requirements, and I’ll give my best thought and attention on the day.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Love Comes In Spurts
                                                                                                2. Failure Not Success
                                                                                                3. Beneath The Flowers Serpents
                                                                                                4. Walk Of The Sasquatch
                                                                                                5. Hanging By A Tenuous Thread
                                                                                                6. Fire
                                                                                                7. The Old Long Bar
                                                                                                8. Come Into My Life
                                                                                                9. Skinwalker
                                                                                                10. Becoming Unbecoming Me
                                                                                                11. Moon Of The Popping Trees
                                                                                                12. Bob Dylan’s Got A Lot To Answer For

                                                                                                Thee Headcoats / CTMF

                                                                                                Full Time Plagiarist

                                                                                                  Thee Headcoats and CTMF go head-to-head! Two Billy Childish bands battle it out with versions of the same song! Thee Headcoats version is taken from their forthcoming new studio album Irregularis: The Great Hiatus. The CTMF version is exclusive to this release. Two versions of the same song by different bands. Has each band heard the other version? If so, did they pass judgement? No, neither group heard the other version. I had forgotten how the CTMF version went - even though it was only a few weeks past. As with all the LPs there’s no rehearsal. I play the track - we do a run through and then press record. I don’t remember how either version goes now. There’s a famous saying – “Talent borrows; genius steals”. Are you a borrower? A stealer? Or something else entirely? As I’ve said before, I follow strict music industry guidelines and only plagiarise 50 percent of my material. Kurt Cobain put it better - he said people thought he was original because he didn’t let on what he was ripping off. Though we know he got the riff to his most famous song from The Daggermen, a local group Wolf (our drummer) played in. What was it like recording with Bruce and Johnny after such a long time? We met up in the studio in the morning, had a cuppa, a chat, plugged in and recorded the LP (in two days.) It was the first time we'd all been together in about 30 years, and it felt like yesterday - just laughing and joking about how rubbish we were and generally having fun. It was like no time had passed at all. Love the sleeve picture for this 7”! A lot of people miss the humour in your work, does that frustrate you? I’m not frustrated but surprised that the British seem to have lost their sense of humour somewhat - they’ve been pretty po-faced since 1978, I think. I was brought up on Pete and Dud when I was a kid. Interestingly a lot of comedians seem to like what we do. Stewart Lee has always been a fan and he said there are others of his ilk. If something can’t be mocked or laughed at, I’m not that interested in it

                                                                                                  Kode9

                                                                                                  Escapology

                                                                                                    ‘Escapology’ - Kode9's first album since 2015's ‘Nothing’ – is the first audio document of a wider project, Astro-Darien, ongoing since last year. His most ambitious work yet as a multi-disciplinary artist, ‘Escapology’ is the soundtrack album to the sonic fiction Astro-Darien, which will be released in October on Hyperdub sub-label Flatlines.The music reconfigures Astro-Darien's tense, off-world atmospheres into slices of high definition, asymmetric club rhythms, woven through thrilling sound design and vertiginous sonics.‘Escapology’ is just one entry point into of the Astro-Darien universe, which had begun to surface in 2021 as a two-week audiovisual installation on the main dance floor at club space Corsica Studios in South London, and as a multi-channel diffusion on the 50 speaker Acousmonium at the invitation of INA-GRM in Paris, the institution founded in 1951 by the musique concrète pioneer Pierre Schaeffer, composer Pierre Henry and the engineer Jacques Poullin. The artwork for both ‘Escapology’ and Astro-Darien was produced by Kode9’s long-time collaborators Lawrence Lek (digital world design), and Optigram (typography and gfx). 

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    01. Trancestar North
                                                                                                    02. The Break Up
                                                                                                    03. Toxic Foam
                                                                                                    04. Orbex
                                                                                                    05. Angle Of Re-Entry
                                                                                                    06. Freefall
                                                                                                    07. In The Shadow Of Ben Hope
                                                                                                    08. Sim-Darien
                                                                                                    09. Cross The Gap
                                                                                                    10. Uncoil
                                                                                                    11. Astro-Darien
                                                                                                    12. Lagrange Point
                                                                                                    13. Docking
                                                                                                    14. Torus
                                                                                                    15. T-Divine

                                                                                                    Rose City Band

                                                                                                    Garden Party

                                                                                                      On Garden Party, Rose City Band’s country psychedelic rock evokes the wide-open spaces of the American west and free spirits who call it home. Lead by acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Ripley Johnson, Rose City Band are some of the best players in contemporary rock: pedal steel guitarist Barry Walker, keyboardist Paul Hasenberg, bassist Dewey Mahood (aka Plankton Wat), drummer Dustin Dybvig, and features Sanae Yamada of Moon Duo on Synthesizer. At its inception Rose City Band focused on what songwriter Johnson calls “porch music”. Recorded largely at Center for Sound, Light, and Color Therapy in Portland and mixed by John McEntire, Garden Party features guest appearances by Moon Duo bandmates John Jeffrey on drums and Sanae Yamada on synths, as well as Rose City Band live performers Hasenberg on keyboards and Walker on pedal steel. With the musicians in his life in mind, Ripley’s porch has opened up for each player to step into. Despite being tracked primarily as a solo endeavor the recordings capture the twists and bends of a fully realized ensemble, and in a nod to bands such as the Grateful Dead it doesn’t stop there. “The songs won’t really be finished until we play them on the road,” says Johnson. Like all great music, Garden Party taps into the listener’s emotional center and takes them to their happy place – their sunny spot. The album is an invitation to recalibrate, a joyous ride where the band’s sounds surround and embrace you. Ripley says it best: “I always like when an album starts in one place, and ends in another” What a beautiful journey it is.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Chasing Rainbows
                                                                                                      2. Slow Burn
                                                                                                      3. Garden Song
                                                                                                      4. Porch Boogie
                                                                                                      5. Saturday’s Gone
                                                                                                      6. Mariposa
                                                                                                      7. Moonlight Highway
                                                                                                      8. El Rio

                                                                                                      HMLTD

                                                                                                      The Worm

                                                                                                        Ever since their emergence in early 2016 HMLTD, avid advocates of the Gesamtkunstwerk, have always striven to give audiences more. On their wildly ambitious second album, they are realising these aims on a truly epic scale.

                                                                                                        Created over the course of two years with a cast of 47 musicians – including a gospel choir and a 16-piece string orchestra – The Worm is less a concept album than a fully-fledged musical universe, transcending genre and medium. Set in a disorienting anachronistic version of Medieval England – as steeped in dystopian sci-fi fantasy as it is folklore and Old English mythology – it’s part political polemic, part deeply moving psychological journey.

                                                                                                        Though always admired for their defiantly genre-agnostic approach, The Worm sees HMLTD pushing sonic experimentation to a whole new level, from dissonant free jazz riffing to vintage soul and English folk fusions to rock opera. Major musical touchpoints included Stravinsky’s ‘Rite Of Spring’, Pink Floyd and Nina Simone’s rendition of ‘Sinnerman’ and references for the world of The Worm included 14th century texts The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron, Aleksey German’s 2013 sci-fi film Hard To Be A God, Bergman’s The Seventh Seal and Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev and the hopeful narrative arc of 90s mecha anime series ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’. 


                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Worm’s Dream
                                                                                                        2. Wyrmlands
                                                                                                        3. The End Is Now
                                                                                                        4. Days
                                                                                                        5. Saddest Worm Ever
                                                                                                        6. Liverpool Street
                                                                                                        7. The Worm
                                                                                                        8. Past Life (Sinnerman’s Song)
                                                                                                        9. Lay Me Down

                                                                                                        Alfa Mist

                                                                                                        Variables

                                                                                                          On Variables, his second release for ANTI-, Alfa achieves his most fully realised, expressive musical work to date, coupling his keen ear for looping, memorably emotive piano melodies with intuitive grooves and a free-flowing jazz improvisation. Since the release of his first full-length project Nocturne in 2015, Alfa has established himself as one of the UK’s most focused, in demand and distinct musical voices. He has worked with the likes of Jordan Rakei and Tom Misch. Artists look to him for his unique blend of intimate bedroom production and expansive jazz group orchestration, since Alfa is yet to be boxed into a specific genre. His music spans everything from hip-hop beat-making to producing for artists such as rapper Loyle Carner, composing neo-classical works for the London Contemporary Orchestra, and reworking tracks from composer Ólafur Arnald’s and pioneering jazz label Blue Note.

                                                                                                          The return to live shows has been a welcome one for Alfa and his fans, resulting in an extensive tour throughout UK and Europe. Including a sold-out headline show at the Barbican in London. Alfa Mist will be touring Europe, UK and North America in 2023 again. It is a balance between feeling and perfectionism that ultimately gives Alfa’s music its depth and capacity for repeated listening. It is also an ethos that has enabled his remarkable work-ethic to date. ‘I’ve never been a ‘one album every four years’ artist ‘ I want to put out new projects every year,’ he says. ‘Music is an extension of my life; it is the practice of creating.’

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Foreword
                                                                                                          2. Borderline
                                                                                                          3. Aged Eyes Feat. Kaya Thomas-Dyke
                                                                                                          4. Cycles
                                                                                                          5. The Gist
                                                                                                          6. Genda
                                                                                                          7. Apho Feat. Bongeziwe Mabandla
                                                                                                          8. Variables
                                                                                                          9. 4th Feb (Stay Awake)
                                                                                                          10. BC

                                                                                                          Yves Tumor

                                                                                                          Tumor, Yves

                                                                                                            Yves Tumor’s highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’.

                                                                                                            Upcoming global headline tour and festival dates, beginning with Coachella Festival.

                                                                                                            Produced by Noah Goldstein (Frank Ocean / Rosalía / FKA Twigs / Rihanna / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            01. God Is A Circle
                                                                                                            02. Lovely Sewer
                                                                                                            03. Meteora Blues
                                                                                                            04. Interlude
                                                                                                            05. Parody
                                                                                                            06. Heaven Surrounds Us Like A Hood
                                                                                                            07. Operator
                                                                                                            08. In Spite Of War
                                                                                                            09. Echolalia
                                                                                                            10. Fear Evil Like Fire
                                                                                                            11. Purified By The Fire
                                                                                                            12. Ebony Eye 

                                                                                                            Priestgate

                                                                                                            One Shade Darker

                                                                                                              Dubbed “The best new live band on the planet” by Dork, the ascendant East Yorkshire five-piece Priestgate are back with One Shade Darker, the highly anticipated follow-up to their enthralling debut EP Eyes Closed For The Winter.

                                                                                                              Featuring ‘Some Things Never Change’, named Tune Of The Week by Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1 (“outstanding, emotive, arena ready guitar music”) and the new single 'White Shirt', an anthemic homage to their small hometown of Driffield.

                                                                                                              Formed as a battle cry against the restlessness and mundanity of rural life, Priestgate began as a reaction to the sparse local music scene around them, which in turn has allowed them to craft and develop their own unique sound without the added pressure of conformity. Drawing comparisons to The Cure and The Maccabees, Priestgate have combined bright guitar-pop hooks with darker lyrical sensibilities, concocting their own angst-laden blend of the hypnotic and euphoric.


                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Some Things Never Change
                                                                                                              2. White Shirt
                                                                                                              3. Into The Blue
                                                                                                              4. Lucifer

                                                                                                              Nuha Ruby Ra

                                                                                                              Machine Like Me

                                                                                                                Nuha Ruby Ra presents new EP Machine Like Me, featuring the singles Self Portraiture and My Voice. 2021’s How To Move EP, released to critical acclaim cemented Nuha as one of the most exciting and provocative new acts in the country. Live shows across UK and Europe followed - both as headliner and supporting the likes of Yard Act, Warmduscher, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard and Viagra Boys - and in 2022 her debut at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She’s also booked prestigious slots on home turf at the likes of Glastonbury and Bluedot, as well as European showcases at Left Of The Dial, Reeperbahn, Grauzone and more.

                                                                                                                On this colossally ambitious new EP, Nuha’s drive is plain to hear. She played almost every instrument herself, holed up in a small Essex cabin, from the dirty bass drones of My Voice to Self-Portraiture’s squalling battles between synth and guitar, the lurching punk stomp of 6 In The Morning to the teeming electronics of Slicer, the manic industrial noise of Rise to You Never Know’s sudden strip back into moody ambience.

                                                                                                                “The most important thing to me is that I do exactly what I want,” says Nuha Ruby Ra. “Not in a stubborn way, but in the way I need as a person.”


                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. My Voice
                                                                                                                2. Self Portraiture
                                                                                                                3. 6 In The Morning
                                                                                                                4. Slicer
                                                                                                                5. Rise
                                                                                                                6. You Never Know 

                                                                                                                Uh

                                                                                                                Humanus

                                                                                                                  uh’s music represents a restless blurring of pastoral and urban. The brother-sister duo of Dominic and Fionnuala Kennedy’s debut album, ‘humanus’, is embedded in the London that they grew up in. It’s a record that hurtles into the expanse of its surroundings rather than carefully probing them.

                                                                                                                  ‘humanus’ is a record focused on the present. Amidst its raw acid synths, long form hardware workouts and soaring vocals is an album that’s ultimately about the pair’s own relationship both creative and personal.

                                                                                                                  Their sibling connection allowed uh to align with some self-made rules when it came to the creative process. Eventually recorded at PRAH Studios in Margate, many of the tracks that make up the album existed in various forms within their prepandemic live performances. The duo were keen to keep these moments as natural as possible when it came to committing them to record, minimising any editing and layering so as to avoid overworking the music. Although structures inevitably began to take shape through repeated play, they weren’t overthought or forced.

                                                                                                                  These tracks speak to the urbanity of London in their club-leaning BPM and more densely-layered walls of sound; however, the search for the pastoral and peace within ‘humanus’ remains.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Prelude
                                                                                                                  2. Attention
                                                                                                                  3. Humanus
                                                                                                                  4. Hit
                                                                                                                  5. Mama
                                                                                                                  6. Comfortable
                                                                                                                  7. Early Learning
                                                                                                                  8. Rocky
                                                                                                                  9. 500 Ascended
                                                                                                                  10. Sister

                                                                                                                  The Salem Travelers

                                                                                                                  Tell It Like It Is / Give Me Liberty Or Death

                                                                                                                    Two tracks from Chicago’s mighty SalemTravelers, from their brief time on the Chesssubsidiary Checker in 1968.

                                                                                                                    The A-side, ‘Tell It Like It Is’, goes for around £45on seven, its follow up, an previously unheraldedclassic from the same year. Both tracks are a unique funky take on gospel.

                                                                                                                    ‘Tell It Like It Is’ is filled with wah wah guitar chopsand some excellent lead breaks that spice up theconga-adorned upbeat; a heady song grasping forthe truth.

                                                                                                                    ‘Give Me Liberty Or Death’ is slightly slower, with aMotown-styled backbeat behind a fist pumpinganthem that reels in its churchy roots and somegreat vocal interplay, a message song filled withemotion.

                                                                                                                    Two fantastic tunes from a transient ever-changinggroup who, in the 1960s and 1970s, were knownfor soulful harmonies, glass-shattering leadsinging.

                                                                                                                    Typical of their repertoire of songs that providedsocial commentary on the troubles of the worldfrom the war in Vietnam, drugs, violence,prejudice, civil rights and child delinquency.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Tell It Like It Is
                                                                                                                    2. Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

                                                                                                                    Mark Jenkin

                                                                                                                    Enys Men (Original Score)

                                                                                                                      ‘Enys Men’ is the new folk horror film by BAFTA-Award winning director Mark Jenkin. Jenkin also composed the score for the film, now available on vinyl via Invada Records.

                                                                                                                      The film revolves around a wildlife volunteer whose daily observations of a strange flower on a lonely island take a dark turn.

                                                                                                                      Mark Jenkin won a BAFTA for his critically acclaimed film ‘BAIT’, the score for which was released on Invada Records. The score features entrancing lo-fi drones intertwined with dialogue from the film.

                                                                                                                      Producer Denzil Monk said: “To the best of our knowledge it is the first time a Cornish language poster has been used for a distributed feature film. It gives the sense that the language was the language of the island and it’s nice to highlight this aspect of the film. The Cornish language is also thriving, the number of people speaking it is growing all the time and it’s started to break into mainstream culture. To see it normalised in this way is really important for its future and makes it more visible. This is a Cornish production through and through and a celebration of Cornwall’s rich folklore, its tin and copper mining heritage, relationship with the sea and stunning natural beauty.”

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Enys Pt.1
                                                                                                                      2. Menhir Pt.1
                                                                                                                      3. Jynnji Pt.1
                                                                                                                      4. Goelann
                                                                                                                      5. Hunros Pt.1
                                                                                                                      6. Menhir Pt.2
                                                                                                                      7. Enys Pt.2
                                                                                                                      8. Menhir Pt.3
                                                                                                                      9. Jynnji Pt.2
                                                                                                                      10. Knoukya Knoukya
                                                                                                                      11. Hunros Pt.2
                                                                                                                      12. Bleujen
                                                                                                                      13. Enys Pt.3

                                                                                                                      LNZNDRF

                                                                                                                      II (Repress)

                                                                                                                        LNZNDRF’s‘II’ is a mass hypnotism, somehow boththunderous and trance-inducing. Recorded inextensive, shamanistic jam sessions at Austin’sPublic Hi-Fi in September 2019 and later editeddown to give it shape, these songs feel like RightNow, with some toes testing the waters of thefuture.

                                                                                                                        The brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf (TheNational), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut) andmulti-instrumentalist Aaron Arntz (Beirut, GrizzlyBear) are in headlamps and spelunking gear,descending into a somnambulant space.

                                                                                                                        Album deep cut ‘Ringwoodite’, with its skittering,lithe and precise drums, is a summer sparkler of asong, whizzing by at such a clip it leaves yougiddily following its traces. On its heels are thecomputer lover ‘Gaskiers’ and come-on-slowmotorik anthem ‘Stowaway’ that, while notconnected by sound, work in tandem to put LNZNDRF fully in the canon of strange andindelible krautrock.

                                                                                                                        Its incantations seem to beckon the dystopia ofpresent day as much as they beckon the BigMystery awaiting us when we finally bust throughits barrier. It won’t be a utopia but it will at least besomething different. As it goes on the lysergic postpunk standout ‘You Still Rip’: “We’ll live likefruitless trees towards endless breeze linked as weplease, the burning bridges smolder in our wake.”

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. The Xeric Steppe
                                                                                                                        2. Brace Yourself
                                                                                                                        3. You Still Rip
                                                                                                                        4. Cascade
                                                                                                                        5. Chicxulub
                                                                                                                        6. Ringwoodite
                                                                                                                        7. Gaskiers
                                                                                                                        8. Stowaway

                                                                                                                        John Bence

                                                                                                                        Archangels

                                                                                                                          Bristol, UK-based young composer John Bence is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire who has worked with Yves Tumor and Nicholas Jaar.

                                                                                                                          Bence’s composition combines classical techniques with samples and an electronic artist’s technology and mindset. Bence is an accomplished pianist and vocalist. He works with Qu Junktions booking and management alongside artists such as Ellen Arkbro, Claire Rousey, Mica Levi, The Bug, Xiu Xiu and more.


                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Psalm 34 4
                                                                                                                          2. Metatron Archangel Of Kether
                                                                                                                          3. Raziel Archangel Of Chokmah
                                                                                                                          4. Tzadkiel Archangel Of Chesed
                                                                                                                          5. Tzaphkiel Archangel Of Binah
                                                                                                                          6. Kamael Archangel Of Geburah
                                                                                                                          7. Gabriel Archangel Of Yesod
                                                                                                                          8. Michael Archangel Of Hod
                                                                                                                          9. Raphael Archangel Of Tiphareth
                                                                                                                          10. Haniel Archangel Of Netzach
                                                                                                                          11. The Sun
                                                                                                                          12. Sandalphon Archangel Of Malkuth
                                                                                                                          13. Anu/enlil/enki (The Way Of Anu) 

                                                                                                                          Horace Andy

                                                                                                                          Rockers & Scorchers

                                                                                                                            ‘Rockers & Scorchers’ is a 2CD deluxe double album compiling two critically acclaimed albums released by Horace Andy in 2022, as well as previously unreleased bonus tracks.

                                                                                                                            ‘Midnight Rocker’ has been approached in a similar fashion to the late-career quality that producer Adrian Sherwood coaxed out of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with the ‘Rainford’ and ‘Heavy Rain’ albums, assembling a crack team of players and spending many months perfecting performance, arrangements and mixing.

                                                                                                                            The result is a remarkable suite of tracks that sparkle with superb musicianship, carefully crafted production and Horace’s beautiful vocals. ‘Midnight Scorchers’ is Adrian Sherwood’s ‘sound system’ take on the original ‘Midnight Rocker’ sessions.

                                                                                                                            Featuring new tracks; radical dancehall re-works with MC interjections from Daddy Freddy and Lone Ranger; and stripped back instrumental version excursions in classic dub reggae style.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            CD1
                                                                                                                            1. This Must Be Hell
                                                                                                                            2. Easy Money
                                                                                                                            3. Safe From Harm
                                                                                                                            4. Watch Over Them
                                                                                                                            5. Materialist
                                                                                                                            6. Today Is Right Here
                                                                                                                            7. Try Love
                                                                                                                            8. Rock To Sleep
                                                                                                                            9. Careful
                                                                                                                            10. Mr Bassie
                                                                                                                            11. My Guiding Star (Bonus Track)

                                                                                                                            CD2
                                                                                                                            1. Come After Midnight
                                                                                                                            2. Midnight Scorcher
                                                                                                                            3. Away With The Gun And Knife
                                                                                                                            4. Dirty Money Business
                                                                                                                            5. Sleepy’s Night Cap
                                                                                                                            6. Feverish
                                                                                                                            7. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
                                                                                                                            8. Dub Guidance
                                                                                                                            9. More Bassy
                                                                                                                            10. Hell And Back
                                                                                                                            11. Careful (Instrumental) (Bonus
                                                                                                                            Track)

                                                                                                                            Gabriel Da Rosa

                                                                                                                            É O Que A Casa Oferece

                                                                                                                              Brazilian-born, LA-based Gabriel da Rosa is a bossa nova and samba artist who puts his own twist on traditional Brazilian music.

                                                                                                                              Gabriel currently DJs across a variety of venues in Los Angeles and is consistently introducing Brazilian music to wider audiences. ‘É o que a casa oferece’ was made in collaboration with producer Pedro Dom (Rodrigo Amarante, Seu Jorge) and mix engineer Mario C (best known for his work with Beastie Boys).

                                                                                                                              Gabriel travelled around the world before landing in LA where he met Peanut Butter Wolf. The two bonded over their shared love for Brazilian music, and this led Gabriel to start writing more songs inspired by his heritage.

                                                                                                                              ‘É o que a casa oferece’ is Gabriel’s debut album on Stones Throw. It pays homage to his Brazilian roots, but also brings a contemporary edge to the music Gabriel grew up listening to.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Bandida
                                                                                                                              2. Indiossincrasia
                                                                                                                              3. Jasmim Parte 1
                                                                                                                              4. Interlude (That’s A Shame)
                                                                                                                              5. Jasmim Parte 2
                                                                                                                              6. Batuque
                                                                                                                              7. So You Can See Me
                                                                                                                              8. Dona Chica
                                                                                                                              9. Cachaça

                                                                                                                              BIG BRAVE

                                                                                                                              Nature Morte

                                                                                                                                ‘nature morte’ is BIG BRAVE’s first Thrill Jockey release, following ‘Leaving None But Small Birds’, a collaboration with The Body. ‘nature morte’ was recorded by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets.

                                                                                                                                BIG BRAVE have a singular voice in heavy music, honed over five albums, four on Southern Lord. Their most recent, ‘VITAL’, was in April of 2021.



                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Carvers, Farriers And Knaves
                                                                                                                                2. The One Who Bornes A Weary Load
                                                                                                                                3. My Hope Renders Me A Fool
                                                                                                                                4. The Fable Of Subjugation
                                                                                                                                5. A Parable Of The Trusting
                                                                                                                                6. The Ten Of Swords

                                                                                                                                Gulp, formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, Lindsey Leven and their long standing guitarist Gid Goundrey, release their new album 'All Good Wishes', via E.L.K Records. Gulp are on a journey, a state of perpetual transition. The band make mini Kraut-pop epics, informed equally by the sun flares of the Californian desert and the drizzle of pure, sweet Scottish rain and northern light. Debut album ‘Season Sun’ was a home-grown delight, a ramshackle, endlessly inventive selection of dreamy psychedelic nuggets to watch the world flash past.

                                                                                                                                New album ‘All Good Wishes’ half-inches its title from a vintage Scottish postcard, and it’s emblematic of the changes the pair have undergone. “I think all through making this record we were looking at relocating,” Guto explains. “Whereas the first record was more of a road trip this is possibly a bit more focussed on home, and focussed on where we’re from and where we’re looking to go to. It’s partly a farewell to Wales, and hello to Scotland.”
                                                                                                                                The record was largely built in South Wales, a three-year process that saw the band retreat to their basement for endless sonic incisions and revisions. A broader, wider, perhaps bolder experience than their debut, ‘All Good Wishes’ is rooted in fantastic pop songwriting, in creating three minute vignettes that express complex ideas in a simple, accessible, endlessly fascinating way. Endlessly restrained yet infinitely open, each Gulp track is like a world in miniature, ideas borrowed from Krautrock and electronic culture slimmed down into these infinitely enjoyable pop songs.

                                                                                                                                Minimalist Kraut-pop with a dreamy, Cocteau Twins esque vibe, recent single ‘Morning Velvet Sky’ was a potent introduction to the duo’s ever-shifting realm. Following on from introductory cut ‘Search For Your Love’ - released on Tim Burgess’ esteemed O Genesis label - ‘Morning Velvet Sky’ was mixed by Luke Abbott, and the producer cast his eye over the record as a whole during the final mixdown in his home studio in Norwich

                                                                                                                                From Cardiff to Norwich and onwards to the Scottish East Coast, Gulp are tracing sonic ley-lines, empowering themselves, plugging into often over-looked artistic communities to fuel their next move. “We spent a lot of time on road trips listening to music, experiencing and enjoying different landscapes” he explains. “It’s especially apt in these times to see the good side of human nature; despite what the media portrays, people are generally sound, and it’s great be reminded of that in day-to-day living.”


                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Andy says: Beautiful, dreamy, electro-psych-pop from the erstwhile Super Furries man and his partner. If you liked Gwenno and Jane Weaver then you'll love this. It's sublime.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. Search For Your Love
                                                                                                                                A2. Claudia
                                                                                                                                A3. Spend Time Right Here With You
                                                                                                                                A4. I Dream Of Your Song
                                                                                                                                A5. Beam
                                                                                                                                A6. All Good Wishes
                                                                                                                                B1. Morning Velvet Sky
                                                                                                                                B2. Following Rain
                                                                                                                                B3. Ride
                                                                                                                                B4. Watching Ships
                                                                                                                                B5. Silver Tides

                                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                                Adrian Sherwood Presents: Dub No Frontiers

                                                                                                                                  Dub No Frontiers is inspired by and features female vocalists that Adrian Sherwood and the On-U Sound label knew from the UK or had met while travelling around the world. Many of the singers said they felt the dub and reggae arena was a bit of a male preserve and a little intimidating even, so Sherwood decided to invite artistes to perform a song of their choice, all in non-English on his rhythm tracks. Vocalists include Likkle Mai (singing in Japanese), Rita Morar (Hindi), Kerieva (Romani), Neyssatou (Arabic) & Yehaiyahan (Chinese).

                                                                                                                                  The album is dedicated to the memory of both Ariane ‘Ari Up’ Forster and Lincoln Valentine ‘Style’ Scott with whom the project started.

                                                                                                                                  Peter Harris’s cover painting of Afeni Shakur Davis sets the visual tone of the record and both the LP and CD come with a 12-page booklet featuring more of his paintings of inspiring women from the world of literature, politics, law, civil rights and medicine, such as Claudia Jones, Flo Kennedy, Barbara Jordan, Claudette Colvin and Mary Seacole.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  1. Yehaiyahan — Love Hurts [3:11]
                                                                                                                                  2. Likkle Mai — Haste Makes Waste [4:12]
                                                                                                                                  3. Rita Morar — Meri Awaaz Suno (Hear My Voice) [3:15]
                                                                                                                                  4. In Temi Oyedele — I Dupe (Thanks Giving) [4:21]
                                                                                                                                  5. Neyssatou — War [4:15]
                                                                                                                                  6. Maria Wenda — Okama Werek Halok [3:42]
                                                                                                                                  7. Kerieva — Chavale [3:52]
                                                                                                                                  8. JaGodDa — Krysztalowy Aniol (Crystal Angel) [3:57]
                                                                                                                                  9. Saba Tewelde — Semarulay Daqey [2:36]
                                                                                                                                  10. Nadya Ostroff DR.NO — Little Cosmonaut [4:31]

                                                                                                                                  The Smile

                                                                                                                                  Europe Live Recordings 2022

                                                                                                                                    The Smile’s Europe 2022 Live Recordings. The release marks the triumvirate’s momentous debut European 30 + stop tour including illustrious venues such as London Roundhouse and Berlin’s Tempodrom and Primevera Sound, Barcelona.

                                                                                                                                    Performed by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Tom Skinner - The Smile.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    The Opposite
                                                                                                                                    Thin Thing
                                                                                                                                    FeelingPulledApartByHorses

                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                    The Same
                                                                                                                                    Waving A White Flag
                                                                                                                                    Free In The Knowledge

                                                                                                                                    Al Brown & Inner Force

                                                                                                                                    Dub Cuts - Mixed By Paolo ‘DubFiles’ Baldini

                                                                                                                                      This set of Al Brown dub mixes by Paolo ‘DubFiles’ Baldini was a project that Pressure Sounds had been itching to tackle for some time. They finally got around to starting on the mixes during the lockdown period, when everyone had a little more time and headspace - lucky for some. Al Brown is a fine Jamaican singer who came closest to troubling the UK charts with his Al Green cover version ‘Here I Am Baby.’ In the early 1980’s he recorded a beautiful album, backed by Inner Force, which was inexplicably never released, and thought to be lost forever. When Al Brown’s original multi-track tapes were miraculously discovered, he handed them over to Pressure Sounds, who had them restored and beautifully mixed by Paolo ‘DubFiles’ Baldini, with a sympathetic blend of overdubs on top of the original backing tracks.

                                                                                                                                      These dubbed-out mixes are firmly in the roots reggae tradition of classic Jamaican recordings from the 70s, blended with the tastefully restrained modern studio techniques of today. Tracks range from the heavy dubs of ‘Ghetto Situation’ and ‘Dub Me Again’, to the funkier ‘Liquid Dream’, featuring Toike Mitsuhiro from Japan on vibraphone. Working from his Alambic Conspiracy Studio, which is stuffed with an eye-watering selection of vintage and modern audio gear, Paulo ‘Dubfiles’ Baldini has used ancient lost tapes to create a beautifully crafted modern classic, including five extra tracks on the CD.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      LP:
                                                                                                                                      1 Dub Me Again
                                                                                                                                      2 Dub Of Books
                                                                                                                                      3 Ghetto Situation
                                                                                                                                      4 Liquid Dub Part 1
                                                                                                                                      5 Hungry Dub Part 1
                                                                                                                                      6 Poor And Simple Version
                                                                                                                                      7 Family Version
                                                                                                                                      8 Ghetto Love Part 1

                                                                                                                                      CD:
                                                                                                                                      1 Dub Me Again
                                                                                                                                      2 Dub Of Books
                                                                                                                                      3 Ghetto Situation
                                                                                                                                      4 Liquid Dub Part 1
                                                                                                                                      5 Hungry Dub Part 1
                                                                                                                                      6 Poor And Simple Version
                                                                                                                                      7 Family Version
                                                                                                                                      8 Ghetto Love Part 1
                                                                                                                                      9 Liquid Dream Featuring Tokie Mitsuhiro
                                                                                                                                      10 New Family
                                                                                                                                      11 Dub On The Land
                                                                                                                                      12 Tribulation Dub Part 1
                                                                                                                                      13 Dub Me Again Part 2

                                                                                                                                      Nick Walters

                                                                                                                                      Padmāsana Feat. Tenderlonious

                                                                                                                                      Trumpeter, composer, bandleader & producer, Nick Walters delivers his 2nd studio album within the last year for his D.O.T. Records imprint. Padmāsana is an exquisite mix of jazz fusion and traditional Indian sounds, inspired and constructed from experiences and samples he encountered whilst travelling around the Indian subcontinent. The album was pieced together at his studio in East London, featuring live contributions from Tenderlonious on flute, Kieran McLeod on trombone, Tim Carnegie on drums, and Walters himself on trumpet and synthesisers. Padmāsana was mixed by Sam Interface at More Time Studios.


                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      A1. Namas Karam
                                                                                                                                      A2. Nilgiri Hills
                                                                                                                                      A3. Goa
                                                                                                                                      A4. Blue City Busker
                                                                                                                                      B1. Road To Munnar
                                                                                                                                      B2. Udaipur
                                                                                                                                      B3. Prayer

                                                                                                                                      Sault

                                                                                                                                      Today & Tomorrow



                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. In The Beginning
                                                                                                                                        2. Run
                                                                                                                                        3. Heal The World
                                                                                                                                        4. Lion
                                                                                                                                        5. The Jungle
                                                                                                                                        6. The Plan
                                                                                                                                        7. Money
                                                                                                                                        8. The Return
                                                                                                                                        9. The Greatest Smile
                                                                                                                                        10. Above The Sky



                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Glory
                                                                                                                                        2. Fear No One
                                                                                                                                        3. Morning Sun
                                                                                                                                        4. Together
                                                                                                                                        5. Higher
                                                                                                                                        6. Jack’s Gift
                                                                                                                                        7. Fight For Love
                                                                                                                                        8. Envious
                                                                                                                                        9. River
                                                                                                                                        10. In The Air
                                                                                                                                        11. The Circle



                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Spirit Call
                                                                                                                                        2. The Lord’s With Me
                                                                                                                                        3. Valley Of The Ocean
                                                                                                                                        4. God Is In Control
                                                                                                                                        5. Power
                                                                                                                                        6. Stronger
                                                                                                                                        7. Fields
                                                                                                                                        8. Soul Inside My Beautiful Imagination
                                                                                                                                        9. Warrior 

                                                                                                                                        Sault

                                                                                                                                        UNTITLED (God)



                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. I Am Free
                                                                                                                                          2. God Is Love
                                                                                                                                          3. Love Will Free Your Mind
                                                                                                                                          4. Guide My Steps
                                                                                                                                          5. I Surrender
                                                                                                                                          6. Champions
                                                                                                                                          7. Rafael’s Prayer
                                                                                                                                          8. Spirit High
                                                                                                                                          9. Love Is All I Know
                                                                                                                                          10. Dear Lord
                                                                                                                                          11. Safe Within Your Hands
                                                                                                                                          12. Never Feel Fear
                                                                                                                                          13. We Are Gods
                                                                                                                                          14. Faith
                                                                                                                                          15. God Is On Your Side
                                                                                                                                          16. Luminous
                                                                                                                                          17. Free
                                                                                                                                          18. Colour Blind
                                                                                                                                          19. My Light
                                                                                                                                          20. God In Disguise
                                                                                                                                          21. Life We Rent But Love Is Rent Free



                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. 4am
                                                                                                                                          2. Hiding
                                                                                                                                          3. Still Waters
                                                                                                                                          4. God’s Will
                                                                                                                                          5. 5am

                                                                                                                                          Mark De Clive-lowe, Shigeto & Melanie Charles

                                                                                                                                          Hotel San Claudio

                                                                                                                                            Revered composer, pianist, DJ and acknowledged bridge between jazz, dance and hip-hop, Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL), links up with jazz vocalist/flautist Melanie Charles and Detroit drummer/producer & DJ, Shigeto on Hotel San Claudio, a collaborative LP of spiritual jazz and live deconstructed beats. Following Melanie Charles’ formidable Verve album Y’all Don’t (Really) Care About Black Women and MdCL's lauded 2022 Soul Bank album, Freedom – Celebrating the Music of Pharoah Sanders, the three forward-thinking musicians unite for a sonic exploration across jazz, hip-hop and soulful house.

                                                                                                                                            This project was seeded in Detroit, USA, in 2018 when MdCL (Nubya Garcia, Bugz In The Attic, Ge-Ology), was invited to perform alongside Detroit native Zach Saginaw aka Shigeto (Andrés, Dabrye, Shlohmo) at local spot, MotorCity Wine despite the two having never actually met. Months later, the Italian Fat Fat Fat Festival invited them to open their 2019 programme, yet the duo felt a piece of the puzzle was missing. Enter the “triple threat”, Melanie Charles. Having first connected post-show at a festival in Brooklyn in Oct 2018 MdCL knew Charles was the perfect fit.

                                                                                                                                            In light of Pharoah Sanders passing, there's reinterpre- tations of The Creator Has a Master Plan (Part's 1 & 2) and Love is Everywhere reimagining them for the here and now. Strings speaks to the group’s love of hip-hop, whilst Kanazawa references a love of soulful house, with Charles’ 70s disco/fusion flute solo, leading into a euphoric, climactic outro. Bushido leans even heavier on 70s jazz fusion, MFT showcases Charles’ sublime vocals, affording a vast, celestial quality that stands present throughout Hotel San Claudio. 

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            01/A1: The Creator Has A Master Plan (Part I)
                                                                                                                                            02/A2: Strings
                                                                                                                                            03/A3: MFT
                                                                                                                                            04/A4: Bushido
                                                                                                                                            05/A5: Interlude (Contorni)
                                                                                                                                            06/B1: Kanazawa
                                                                                                                                            07/B2: Love Is Everywhere
                                                                                                                                            08/B3: Interlude (Digestivo)
                                                                                                                                            09/B4: The Creator Has A Master Plan (Part II)

                                                                                                                                            Orlando Julius With The Heliocentrics

                                                                                                                                            Jaiyede Afro

                                                                                                                                              Strut present a limited transparent vinyl pressing of the seminal album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, the late, great Orlando Julius, in a mouth-watering collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics, originally released in 2014. Starting with his club residency in Ibadan in the mid 60s, Orlando Julius set the blueprint for a whole generation of Afrobeat and Afro funk stars, going on to play with Louis Armstrong, The Crusaders, Hugh Masekela and Lamont Dozier among others, famously co-composing the classic ‘Going Back To My Roots’ in 1979 whilst based in the USA.

                                                                                                                                              For ‘Jaiyede Afro’, Julius went back to his own roots, revisiting several compositions from his early years which had never previously been recorded.

                                                                                                                                              Recorded at the Heliocentrics’ fully analogue HQ in North London, the band take Orlando’s sound into new, progressive directions, retaining the raw grit of his early work and adding psychedelic touches and adventurous new arrangements. They also contribute live favourite, the James Brown cover ‘In The Middle’ and a series of memorable shorter interludes. 

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              A1. Buje Buje
                                                                                                                                              A2. Love Thy Neighbour
                                                                                                                                              B1. Aseni
                                                                                                                                              B2. Sangodele
                                                                                                                                              C1. Jaiyede Afro
                                                                                                                                              C2. Omo Oba Blues
                                                                                                                                              C3. In The Middle
                                                                                                                                              D1. Be Counted
                                                                                                                                              D2. Alafia 

                                                                                                                                              The Rills

                                                                                                                                              After Taste

                                                                                                                                                The raucous, fuzzy new cut “takes you on a journey through a hopeless chaos of love” explain the band. “It goes beyond a relationship’s horizon, the point of no return – where everyone involved is getting sucked in & spat out”. It’s the final taster from the band’s February EP, recorded with Dave McCracken (Sports Team, Pip Blom, The Snuts) and Caesar Edmund (St Vincent, Queens Of The Stone Age, Interpol) last year. Earlier singles such as ‘Spit Me Out’ and ‘Landslide’ solidified the trio as one of the UK’s most exciting new indie bands on the circuit.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Landslide 02:43
                                                                                                                                                2. Spit Me Out 02:46
                                                                                                                                                3. Falling Apart 02:56

                                                                                                                                                Cowboyy

                                                                                                                                                Epic The Movie

                                                                                                                                                  After making their introduction earlier this year with debut single ‘Gmaps’, art-pop four piece cowboyy have announced that their debut EP ‘Epic The Movie’ 

                                                                                                                                                  Sharing the video for ‘Gmaps’ alongside the news, the band’s Stanley Powell explains, “We wanted to create a D.I.Y. video that was inspired by early Beck videos, in particular ‘Loser’ - which is referenced in a shot from where I pull the blue square off my head. But overall we just wanted to hang out and have a great time creating it. We wanted to film in places that looked quite liminal and unidentifiable, but also linking into themes of moving around different places. As the lyrics were originally thought of whilst on public transport, we wanted to include that in somehow too.”

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1 Gmaps
                                                                                                                                                  2 Tennis
                                                                                                                                                  3 Plastic
                                                                                                                                                  4 Algorithmic
                                                                                                                                                  5 Nothing

                                                                                                                                                  Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

                                                                                                                                                  Nancy & Lee Again

                                                                                                                                                    Light in the Attic Records is proud to present the next installment of the Nancy Sinatra Archival Series with the first ever reissue of the classic 1972 album Nancy & Lee Again. Recorded during a 1972 reunion between Nancy and the enigmatic Hazlewood, the album contains some of the pair’s most enduring and ambitious duets including the epic ”Arkansas Coal (Suite),” the sensual “Paris Summer” and the incredibly powerful Dolly Parton-penned “Down From Dover.” Equal parts daring, psychedelic, cinematic, and sweet, Nancy & Lee Again reveals with each track a timeless, natural chemistry between two artists who would remain influential for generations to come.

                                                                                                                                                    The vinyl LP, pressed at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI), is presented in an expanded gatefold jacket and is accompanied by a 20-page booklet, featuring an array of photos from the legendary singer, actress, and activist’s personal collection, as well as in-depth Q&A with Nancy Sinatra, conducted by the reissue’s GRAMMY®-nominated co-producer, Hunter Lea (also available in the CD package). All formats have been beautifully designed by Darryl Norsen of D. Norsen Design, and include two bonus tracks, “Machine Gun Kelly” (first time on vinyl) and the previously unreleased “Think I’m Coming Down.” 




                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Arkansas Coal (Suite),
                                                                                                                                                    Big Red Balloon,
                                                                                                                                                    Friendship Train,
                                                                                                                                                    Paris Summer,
                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations,
                                                                                                                                                    Down From Dover, Did You Ever?,
                                                                                                                                                    Tippy Toes,
                                                                                                                                                    Back On The Road,
                                                                                                                                                    Got It Together,
                                                                                                                                                    Machine Gun Kelly (bonus Track, First Time On Vinyl),
                                                                                                                                                    Think I'm Coming Down (bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)

                                                                                                                                                    Deerhoof

                                                                                                                                                    Miracle-Level

                                                                                                                                                      Did you know that miracles happen every day? We don’t always see it that way. We look at the state of the world and think, “It’ll be a miracle if we make it out alive.” But miracles are what humans do. We’re Earth’s most inventive and unpredictable species, when we’re allowed to be. Also the most destructive. Miracle-Level is Deerhoof’s mystical manifesto on creativity and trust. It celebrates the infinite small wonders of existence that spontaneously present themselves, when not obstructed by our death-driven masters. Musically, Miracle-Level is vulnerable, brave, and brimming with spicy surprises. Deerhoof’s 19th album is also their their first to be recorded and mixed in a recording studio. Production was entrusted to Mike Bridavsky, at No Fun Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is also their first album written entirely in Satomi’s native language. Deerhoof once again speak in a secret code that only their fans understand, in which hooks abound, and genre is nonexistent.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      1. Sit Down, Let Me Tell You A Story.
                                                                                                                                                      2. My Lovely Cat!
                                                                                                                                                      3. The Poignant Melody
                                                                                                                                                      4. Everybody, Marvel
                                                                                                                                                      5. Jet-Black Double-Shield
                                                                                                                                                      6. Miracle-Level
                                                                                                                                                      7. And The Moon Laughs
                                                                                                                                                      8. The Little Maker
                                                                                                                                                      9. Phase-Out All Remaining
                                                                                                                                                      10. Non-Miracles By 2028
                                                                                                                                                      11. Momentary Art Of Soul!
                                                                                                                                                      12. Wedding, March, Flower

                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                      Scrap Metal Vol. 2

                                                                                                                                                        If you were smart enough to get your grubby paws on the first Scrap Metal compilation, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you’re in for with our second installment. Featuring long-lost gems from ultra-rare 45s and private press singles—plus one previously unreleased banger—Scrap Metal 2 maintains a steady NWOBHM course. Packed with infectious outliers and supremely talented one-and-done metal warriors from the crucial British movement of the late ’70s and early ’80s (and some killer American obscurities inspired by them), this collection delivers all the fist-pumping, riff-mongering and flashy solos of heavy metal’s golden age. As always, every track has been officially licensed and every artist gets paid.

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        01. JJ’s Powerhouse – Running For The Line
                                                                                                                                                        02. Storm Queen – Raising The Roof
                                                                                                                                                        03. Jameson Raid – It’s A Crime
                                                                                                                                                        04. A.R.C. – Homemade Wine
                                                                                                                                                        05. Metropolis – The Raven
                                                                                                                                                        06. Prowler – Temporary Insanity
                                                                                                                                                        07. Christian Steel – Need Your Love
                                                                                                                                                        08. Black Rose – Sidewinder
                                                                                                                                                        09. Dark Age – Star Trippin’
                                                                                                                                                        10. Sorcery - Whales

                                                                                                                                                        Laurel Canyon

                                                                                                                                                        Laurel Canyon

                                                                                                                                                          Strap yourself in people, we have here the debut full length from Philly’s Laurel Canyon; after some online EP releases, and a (now) sold out 7” with Savage Pencil, Agitated Records is excited to announce the release of their s/t album! Guitars are drenched in an Asheton worshipping haze and pummel, melded alongside a Velvets chug and mid-to-late 80s Pacific Northwest guttural / primal howl... this is American primitive music at its most powerful.

                                                                                                                                                          Pigeonholers beware, this album takes its cues from all the most potent places… Funhouse, Loaded, Green River, early Sub Pop, all providing valid reference points. In amongst this over-amped harmonious murk are 10 visceral and catchy pop songs practically screaming for attention, the core members of Serg, Nick, and Dylan have created a beast of a record. Some tracks were recorded with Steve Albini, some with Bryce Goggin and all were mastered by Howie Weinberg.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          01. Drop Out
                                                                                                                                                          02. A Man About Town
                                                                                                                                                          03. Madame Hit The Wire
                                                                                                                                                          04. Eczema
                                                                                                                                                          05. Victim
                                                                                                                                                          06. Daddy's Honey
                                                                                                                                                          07. Tangiers
                                                                                                                                                          08. Shove
                                                                                                                                                          09. Take Your Cut
                                                                                                                                                          10. Sade

                                                                                                                                                          The Strokes

                                                                                                                                                          First Impressions Of Earth - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                            Sony Music is proud to re-issue The Strokes’ critically acclaimed, Gold-certified album ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ on vinyl. The album, originally released in 2005, debuted at number 1 on the UK Official Albums Chart and spawned the hit singles ‘Juicebox,’ ‘Heart in a Cage’ and ‘You Only Live Once.’

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            Side A

                                                                                                                                                            1. You Only Live Once
                                                                                                                                                            2. Juicebox
                                                                                                                                                            3. Heart In A Cage
                                                                                                                                                            4. Razorblade
                                                                                                                                                            5. On The Other Side
                                                                                                                                                            6. Vision Of Division
                                                                                                                                                            7. Ask Me Anything

                                                                                                                                                            Side B


                                                                                                                                                            1. Electricityscape
                                                                                                                                                            2. Killing Lies
                                                                                                                                                            3. Fear Of Sleep
                                                                                                                                                            4. 15 Minutes
                                                                                                                                                            5. Ize Of The World
                                                                                                                                                            6. Evening Sun
                                                                                                                                                            7. Red Light

                                                                                                                                                            Freddie Gibbs

                                                                                                                                                            $oul $old $eparately

                                                                                                                                                              $oul $old $eparately marks Freddie’s first major label album debut. Gibbs joined Warner Records shortly after releasing his collaborative album with Alchemist titled Alfredo.

                                                                                                                                                              ‘Too Much (feat Moneybagg Yo)’ is the first track to be released from the upcoming album and the next track to follow will be ‘Dark Hearted’ which was written in collaboration with British Singer/Songwriter James Blake.

                                                                                                                                                              There is a whole thematic world around this album which features Freddie as the head of the $$$ Hotel and Casino which is heard on the album via interludes.

                                                                                                                                                              Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                                                                                                                                                              Blonde (Soundtrack From The Netflix Film)

                                                                                                                                                                Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood's most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves. The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.

                                                                                                                                                                Cave and Ellis reflect on the making of the score: “Working with Andrew Dominik is always a challenging, but ultimately mind-blowing experience. Creating the score for this terrifying and complex reimagining of the Marilyn Monroe story was no different and, as always, it was a complete privilege to work with him. The darkest of films with a gorgeous spiritual score.”


                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                Shard
                                                                                                                                                                Gemini
                                                                                                                                                                Abortion
                                                                                                                                                                Glass Sliver
                                                                                                                                                                Gemini Acoustic
                                                                                                                                                                Goddess Of Love On A Subway Grating
                                                                                                                                                                Strawberry
                                                                                                                                                                Bright Horses (Instrumental)
                                                                                                                                                                Peroxide
                                                                                                                                                                I Love Love Love You All
                                                                                                                                                                Wig
                                                                                                                                                                Nembutal
                                                                                                                                                                Pearly

                                                                                                                                                                The Orb

                                                                                                                                                                Prism

                                                                                                                                                                  The Orb’s pulsating discography grows ever more huge, with their 18th album, and 3rd helmed by core duo Alex Paterson and Michael Rendall. Despite the connotations of its title, here they continue to rollick freely without inhibition across ambient, house and dub, but also tangent into poetry, pop, full-blown drum ‘n’ bass and actual reggae. To celebrate the official album announcement, The Orb are pleased to share the video for their killer new single ‘Living In Recycled Times’, released 25th January, – a blistering, ten minutes plus, drum & bass floorfiller.

                                                                                                                                                                  The LP features electronic musicians David Harrow (whose CV includes Anne Clarke, Psychic TV, Razormaid, Adrian Sherwood and Andy Weatherall) and Gaudi (whose credits include Max Romeo, Capleton, Johnny Clarke and Desmond Dekker). Other guests include Orb regular Youth, violinist Violeta Vicci, Kompakt records alumnus Leonardo Fresco, Metamono man Jono Podmore, Guitarist and Alex’s old schoolchum David Lofts, plus vocalists Eric Von Skywalker, Andy Cain and Rachel D’arcy. ‘Prism’ begins with the epic winding journey of ‘H.O.M.E’, which features a poem by Paterson, and traverses through dark ambient into star-surfing Fingers-style house, before ‘Why Can You Be In Two Places At Once…’ kicks into a funked-up, afrobeaty chug.

                                                                                                                                                                  With Paterson’s decades-long love for Jamaican music and output oft drenched in the dubwise, it should come as little surprise that The Orb have now gone full reggae, on the ebullient nostalgia tale of Von Skywalker’s youthful romance, ‘A Ghetto Love Story’. The album then disappears down a wormhole of rubadub head-music called ‘Picking Tea & Chasing Butterfiles’, which sounds like Colourbox meets Popul Vuh in Shanghai, and also echoes back to Weatherall’s Ultrabass II remix of ‘Perpetual Dawn’.

                                                                                                                                                                  Flipping the script entirely, by sprinkling a large bag of disco dust, is the slinky boogie wonderland of ‘Tiger’ (the name and nickname of Paterson’s son and late brother respectively), which juxtaposes but somehow coheres with the melodica-tinged thunderous bass music of ‘Dragon Of Oceans’ and it’s Sirius B gazing wordplay. The expertly-executed, floaty 90s trance dance of ‘The Beginning Of The End’ works very nicely within its own familiar parameters; which contrasts sharply with ‘Living In Recycled Times’, which ignites over ten plus minutes into fully-fledged, rave-ready D&B fire, which although out of their comfort zone still sounds very Orb.

                                                                                                                                                                  Music for the ‘Prism’ of your mind, the album ends with its title track – a big ambient epic in done in fine style – as awe inspiring as the cold, infinite expanse from whence it came.

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  1. ‘H.O.M.E’
                                                                                                                                                                  2. ‘Why Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All’
                                                                                                                                                                  3. ‘A Ghetto Love Story’
                                                                                                                                                                  4. ‘Picking Tea Leaves & Chasing Butterflies’
                                                                                                                                                                  5. ‘Tiger’
                                                                                                                                                                  6. ‘Dragon Of The Oceans’
                                                                                                                                                                  7. ‘The Beginning Of The End’
                                                                                                                                                                  8. ‘Living In Recycled Times’
                                                                                                                                                                  9. ‘Prism’

                                                                                                                                                                  Public Image Ltd

                                                                                                                                                                  First Issue - 2023 Edition

                                                                                                                                                                    In 1976 Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols set the agenda for punk’s year zero with ‘Anarchy In The UK’, a song that summed up the spirit, sound and attitude of the band in one shocking package. Two years later, the Sex Pistols were in tatters, but Rotten was as unsentimental as you’d hope. He reverted to his real name – John Lydon – and set about forming a band whose very identity kicked against press and media manipulation. Featuring bassist Jah Wobble, drummer Jim Walker and guitarist Keith Levene, his new group was Public Image Limited. The public image would be limited.

                                                                                                                                                                    PiL were a very distinct prospect from the Pistols, founded with a greater thought for rhythm, and with a sound that turned the page from snarling punk to a more experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub. But that’s not to say Lydon’s new outfit lacked vitriol. ‘Public Image’ hits out against the notorious British tabloid press, who never gave Lydon an easy ride, and against his own Sex Pistols public image – “You only saw me for the clothes I wore”.

                                                                                                                                                                    The debut single (and the album that followed) operated as a theme song and a manifesto: “…my entrance/My own creation/My grand finale/My goodbye,” as the lyrics had it. It is, essentially, the sound of four people letting loose in a studio – and not caring what anyone else thought.
                                                                                                                                                                    The album was never officially released in the USA back in the day, its sound considered too un-commercial by major labels for an American release.

                                                                                                                                                                    First Issue has been lovingly reproduced from the original UK 1978 release and this special reissue also comes with a clutch of post-punk era treasures. The 2023 LP edition includes an expanded gatefold jacket, an archive replica fold-out poster, a PiL sticker, insert, and Download Card for the album, the archival BBC interview, and “The Cowboy Song.” All of which were approved and coordinated with John Lydon and his personal management.


                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    Theme
                                                                                                                                                                    Religion I
                                                                                                                                                                    Religion II
                                                                                                                                                                    Annalisa
                                                                                                                                                                    Public Image
                                                                                                                                                                    Low Life
                                                                                                                                                                    Attack
                                                                                                                                                                    Fodderstompf
                                                                                                                                                                    The Cowboy Song (LP Download Card)
                                                                                                                                                                    Interview W/ John Lydon, 1978 (LP Download Card)

                                                                                                                                                                    Josephine Foster

                                                                                                                                                                    Domestic Sphere

                                                                                                                                                                      For her austere new solo album, Domestic Sphere, Josephine Foster performs solely with her electric guitar and then subverts the usual range of her voice to embody other frequencies and sounds beyond the surface layer of the songs. She communes so completely with every sound on the record, with the past and the future, animals and insects and birds, those so tenderly dead, and those of us who are alive. Listening to the record is a transcendent experience. It's an exorcism, one that exorcises you.

                                                                                                                                                                      Domestic Sphere, produced by Foster and collaborator Daniel Blumberg, is an altar cloth of songs stitched together as liturgical music for a restless homestead, whose values insist simply that everything is music and that our daily life is a sacred, innately creative practice. In such a world creaking door reveal natural orchestras with wailing cats in service of melodic collaborations with Tennessee songbirds, Foster's world is an extra-sensory radio play in two acts, where songs overlay structures like creeping vines.

                                                                                                                                                                      A seance by song, Josephine channels sounds from her interior and exterior landscapes, whether integrating field recordings reflecting daily life in a Spanish village and other moments in her life as a nomadic musician, or, as in one tender cameo, the voice of her great-grandmother comes from the other side. These songs are vigils, melodies sung intently, to be set aflame and sung off with the wind.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      A1 Entrance
                                                                                                                                                                      A2 Pendulum
                                                                                                                                                                      A3 Dawn Of Time
                                                                                                                                                                      A4 Burnt Offering
                                                                                                                                                                      A5 Entr'acte
                                                                                                                                                                      B1 Gentlemen & Ladies
                                                                                                                                                                      B2 Shrine Excerpt
                                                                                                                                                                      B3 Birthday Song For The Dead
                                                                                                                                                                      B4 Reminiscence
                                                                                                                                                                      B5 Haunted House
                                                                                                                                                                      B6 Sanctuary

                                                                                                                                                                      Autechre

                                                                                                                                                                      Confield - Reissue



                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        A1 VI Scose Poise
                                                                                                                                                                        A2 Cfern
                                                                                                                                                                        B1 Pen Expers
                                                                                                                                                                        B2 Sim Gishel
                                                                                                                                                                        C1 Parhelic Triangle
                                                                                                                                                                        C2 Bine
                                                                                                                                                                        C3 Eidetic Casein
                                                                                                                                                                        D1 Uviol
                                                                                                                                                                        D2 Lentic Catachresis

                                                                                                                                                                        Autechre

                                                                                                                                                                        Draft 7.30 - Reissue



                                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                          A1 Xylin Room
                                                                                                                                                                          A2 IV VV IV VV VIII
                                                                                                                                                                          A3 6IE.CR
                                                                                                                                                                          B1 TAPR
                                                                                                                                                                          B2 SURRIPERE
                                                                                                                                                                          C1 Theme Of Sudden Roundabout
                                                                                                                                                                          C2 VL AL 5
                                                                                                                                                                          C3 P.:NTIL
                                                                                                                                                                          D1 V-PROC
                                                                                                                                                                          D2 Reniform Puls

                                                                                                                                                                          Idris Muhammad

                                                                                                                                                                          House Of The Rising Sun

                                                                                                                                                                            Idris Muhammad is a American jazz drummer and bandleader and is one of contemporary music's most sampled drummers. His resume includes nearly 500 recording credits that range across the genre spectrum and 12 studio albums as a bandleader, including the 1976 House Of The Rising Sun. The album is arranged by David Matthews, also known as leader of the Dave Matthews Band (DMB), and produced by Creed Taylor, founder of CTI Records. The track "Sudan" is arranged by jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell. The album features several guest performances by New York studio aces, including Joe Beck, Don Grolnick, David Sanborn, Fred Wesley and Michael Brecker amongst others.

                                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                            SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                                            1. House Of The Rising Sun
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Baia (Boogie Bump)
                                                                                                                                                                            3. Hard To Face The Music
                                                                                                                                                                            4. Theme For New York City

                                                                                                                                                                            SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sudan
                                                                                                                                                                            2. Hey Pocky A-Way 

                                                                                                                                                                            Chris & Cosey

                                                                                                                                                                            Elemental Seven - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                              Chris & Cosey’s Elemental 7 – available here for the first time in 40 years - is the soundtrack to the film of the same name (on Cabaret Voltaire’s Doublevision video imprint) that saw the duo working once more with John Lacey – Lacey had previously worked with Cosey in COUM Transmissions and introduced Chris Carter to the collective. The album’s highlight and one of their best loved songs, ‘Dancing Ghosts’, sounds as fresh and relevant today as it must have on its original release.

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              Side One:
                                                                                                                                                                              1/ Dancing Ghosts
                                                                                                                                                                              2/ Temple Bar (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                              3/ Meeting Mr. Evans

                                                                                                                                                                              Side Two:
                                                                                                                                                                              1/ The Final Calling
                                                                                                                                                                              2/ Sidereal
                                                                                                                                                                              3/ Invisible Spectrum (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                              4/ Well Spring Of Life

                                                                                                                                                                              Chris & Cosey

                                                                                                                                                                              Muzik Fantastique! - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                1993’s Muzik Fantastique! is receiving its first ever vinyl issue. The album finds Chris & Cosey in one of their most dynamic and melodic periods with an album that slides towards subtler grooves and textures.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                Side One:
                                                                                                                                                                                1/ Fantastique (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                2/ Sound Of Sound (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                3/ Masqued (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                4/ Apocalypso (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                5/ Frakira

                                                                                                                                                                                Side Two:
                                                                                                                                                                                1/ Hidden Man
                                                                                                                                                                                2/ Visions Love (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                3/ Loves Lost Immortal (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                4/ Eternal (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                5/ Neverneverland
                                                                                                                                                                                6/ Melancholia

                                                                                                                                                                                Chris & Cosey

                                                                                                                                                                                Feral Vapours Of The Silver Ether - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                  2007’s Feral Vapours of the Silver Ether will be available here for the first time on vinyl, and was the second release under the Carter Tutti name. On it, the electronic and the acoustic are merged in a seamless, crafted album that is awash with echoes of the sea, the moon, the open road, and flatlands.

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  Side One:
                                                                                                                                                                                  1/So Slow The Knife (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                  2/Lowlands (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                  3/Torn Window (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                  4/Woven Clouds (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                  5/It Was

                                                                                                                                                                                  Side Two:
                                                                                                                                                                                  1/Breathless Endings
                                                                                                                                                                                  2/Forest Floor
                                                                                                                                                                                  3/Acid Tongue (Edit)
                                                                                                                                                                                  4/The Sun Shone That Day
                                                                                                                                                                                  5/Feral Vapours (Edit)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Holiday Ghosts

                                                                                                                                                                                  Absolute Reality

                                                                                                                                                                                    Arriving hot on the heels of acclaimed 2022 EP ‘Credit Note’, ‘Absolute Reality’ tackles different themes of social commentary, with fiery lyrics and hard picked guitars, holding both honest confessions and tall tales, lived stories and movie-like landscapes. Showcasing the noise and texture that Holiday Ghosts love from the New York punk scene and New Wave era, ‘Vulture’ cements their flourishing status within the alt-rock scene and lays down a real marker ahead of their spring LP release.

                                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                    01 Rocket
                                                                                                                                                                                    02 Lunch
                                                                                                                                                                                    03 Again And Again
                                                                                                                                                                                    04 Limbo
                                                                                                                                                                                    05 Vulture
                                                                                                                                                                                    06 Lose The Game
                                                                                                                                                                                    07 Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                    08 Fight Or Flight
                                                                                                                                                                                    09 Absolute Reality
                                                                                                                                                                                    10 B Truck
                                                                                                                                                                                    11 Big Cold River


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