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Tony Palkovic

Born With A Desire - 2024 Reissue

    A trailblazing amalgam of elevator-friendly R&B and synth-forward smooth jazz, Tony Palkovic’s 1986 debut goes down easy as a huff of dentist-issued nitrous. Born With A Desire’s silky grooves and bursts of drum machine 1.0 endure as an ’80s vision of future earth where 8-bit graphics and pastel palettes swath a synthesizer Shangri La.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    Born With A Desire
    True To Yourself
    Breath Of Sound

    SIDE B
    Better Than Before
    Day To Day
    Electric Heart
    Hoping For A Better World

    Ex Easter Island Head

    Norther Band

      In meteorology, the word Norther refers to a cold wind that blows down from the north. For Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head, it’s also an apt title for the strange and multi-faceted sound of their new album that now descends upon the world at large: ever shifting, a multiplicity of sounds both acoustic and manipulated, and yet one that still moves as part of a single mighty breeze. At times it might recall the experiments of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, the widescreen beauty of The Necks, the relentless experimentation of Arnold Dreyblatt or the boundary-pushing roster of Kompakt Records, yet ultimately this is music that has no direct compare.

      Each of its six pieces demonstrates a different creative process. On blossoming opener ‘Weather’, whirring motors dance fairy-like atop strings and drums; on the dizzying ‘Magnetic Language’ voices are played back through phones and amplified through pickups made of magnets wrapped in copper wire; the title of ‘Golden Bridges’ refers to the brass rods the band shift beneath the strings of their guitar. All, however, tap to one degree or another into that abiding theme of the weather. Norther is Ex-Easter Island Head’s first studio album since 2016, a time spent on collaborations and one-off performances with everyone from classical musicians and fellow experimentalists to schoolchildren.

      “All of the projects we were involved in between 2016 and 2024 have expanded the boundaries of what we do by exposing us to a huge variety of instruments, personalities and ways of working. It's really allowed us to see the purity of making music with a four-piece group,” says the band’s Benjamin D. Duvall.That status as a quartet is a new one, with the addition of longstanding friend and collaborator Andrew PM Hunt. Having a member of the band handling recording and mixing helped them push further and further into sonic territory that until Norther remained entirely unexplored – not just by Ex-Easter Island Head, but by any other band on earth. 

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Weather
      2. Norther
      3. Easter
      4. Magnetic Language
      5. Golden Bridges
      6. Lodestone

      Various Artists

      Someone Like Me

        Efficient Space continue with their very highly regarded compilations. And this looks like another classic..

        A humanity-reminding suite of miracle moments, Someone Like Me unites a geographically unbound cast of real people in pursuit of a meaningful connection. Taping their lived experience in economic studios in quiet English counties, Pacific Northwest woodland retreats and the big city bustle of Sydney and Los Angeles, these kindred spirits rendered sheer beauty in the process. Custom pressed folk songs of love, loss and the lord saviour.

        Illuminating minor works from seasoned players such as former Syndicate Of Sound chart-topper Sharkey and late-era Canned Heat lynchpin James Thornbury, the collection simultaneously honours the fleeting amateurism of hobby musicians. With their one shot at tangible vinyl, freshman Lynne Ann Kingan realised her loose bubblegum rocker on campus time, while U.S. Navy recruit Fred Potts cut his unconditionally serene ballad remotely stationed on a Spanish naval base. Spartan production continues to reign with Jon Betmead’s hair-raising gospel, howling into infinite space, and Goldrust’s stripped back garden hymn.

        Throughout the hour-long reflection, faith has an intermittent yet revelatory presence, most overtly with the divine choral soul of Seventh-day Adventist quartet Remnant. More subtly, Gary Ramey and Jim Kennedy both turned to song in their spiritual quests, offering their all to a universal power. An irrefutable compilation cornerstone, the National Office For Black Catholics showcased Charles Murphy’s lionhearted account of the Black experience at a 1971 concert. Five years earlier, high school seniors The Superwomen would use their hauntingly angelic harmonies to address racial inequity with a breathless take on ‘Lowlands’.

        Reaching the furthest corners, Someone Like Me secures the inaugural licence of three homespun masterpieces. Discovered by fluke in the digital haystacks of Youtube and Soundcloud, Jim Huxley’s bedroom pop earworm melds peacefully into Charlie Webster’s synthesized reverie. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s John Agostino introduces us to the bizarre world of tax scam records, with the artist only now learning that his tender psych-folk demos were leaked via a 1977 bootleg.

        Compiled and lovingly restored by armchair digger Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring/The Green Child), Someone Like Me pays due service to seventeen rarefied journals of truth and devotion. Adorned with visual artist Chris Fallon’s figure and flora dream extractions, the uniting songbook is further detailed by expansive track-by-track liner notes and a forward from San Franciscan poet Rod Roland.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Sharkey - Someone Like Me
        2. Lynne Ann Kingan - If You Love Me - Hate Me
        3. James Thornbury - So Tan
        4. Jim Huxley - Only A Song
        5. Charlie Webster - Snodland
        6. The Bob Hughes Band - You Broke My Heart
        7. Goldrust - Going Yesterday
        8. Jim Kennedy - You Are The Reason
        9. Jon Betmead - Marie Elene
        10. Charles Murphy - The Foot That's Holding Me Down
        11. Remnant - I Will Set You Free
        12. Fred Potts - Following Rainbows
        13. The Superwomen - Lowlands
        14. Robison Kaplan Ltd. - Don't Say Goodbye
        15. Gary Ramey - You Are His
        16. John Agostino - Loss Of Love
        17. Ritchie Tierney - Please Stop Breaking Me Down

        Cedar Walton

        Mobius - 2024 Reissue

          Don't judge a book by its cover. Judge a record by its cover.

          And, perhaps, its title.

          Cedar Walton's Mobius is as outrageously, disorientatingly brilliant as the stunning jacket design, featuring the legendary jazz pianist morphing into a mobius strip, set against a beautiful sky filled with cumulus clouds. A proper jazz-funk fusion slapfest, Mobius is a stellar electric set from - essentially - one *hell* of a SUPERBAND.

          Yes, in addition to Walton's Fender Rhodes wizardry, Mobius is elevated by Ryo Kawasaki's stinging electric guitar, pristinely clear vocals by Adrienne Albert and Lani Groves, rootsy percussion by Ray Mantilla and Omar Clay, alto and baritone from Charles Davis, trumpet from Roy Burrowes, Gordon Edwards on bass and Frank Foster's tenor sax. Oh and did we mention STEVE GADD ON DRUMS?!?!

          Gem after gem of looping, bliss-inducing gold, it's an incredibly revelatory album. It presents a thrilling synthesis of R&B, funk, blues and hard bop (with a hint of rock), all driven by an idiosyncratic electronic keyboard. Walton, a giant in the jazz world, got quite the workout every time he played, from piano to arp synthesizer to clarinet to electric piano to mini-moog and back again.

          Mobius was Cedar Walton's debut for RCA in 1975. The versatile artist confirmed his abilities as a player, composer, interpreter and arranger with this stunning record, and his own bright compositions offered a springboard for the improvisations of the different soloists. Coltrane's "Blue Trane" is the first classic to be given the funkafied Mobius treatment, Ryo Kawasaki let loose all over neck-snapping Gadd-drum gold before the horns take a fiery turn and subsequently give way to Cedar's virtuosity. A sparkling b-boy break version of Thelonious Monk's "Off Minor" (featuring an absolutely *fire* solo from Walton) really sets proceedings alight. Of the three original pieces, the shuffling, percussive power of "Soho" is just absolutely mind bending Latin-influenced jazzy soul whilst the mellow vibes of "The Maestro" bring elegant, sumptuous soul. And then there's the effortlessly funky "Road Island Red". Just too, too good.

          Cedar Walton was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 17, 1934 and began his professional career in 1959 when he began touring for several years with the J.J. Johnson Quintet. He later joined the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet and then Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Pretty solid credentials, right? While based in New York City, Cedar played with such luminaries as Donald Byrd, Eddie Harris, Blue Mitchell, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath and Milt Jackson. Without question, he was one of the most complete and gifted musicians of his time and Mobius provides proof of that. The fresh, danceable tracks, all firmly rooted in the living tradition of blues and gospel, are skilfully presented by a master who enjoyed keeping abreast of contemporary tastes and was always keen to renew his language.

          As the album notes state: “Mobius, which is the theoretical shape of the infinite universe, makes use of the most modern recording techniques and synthesizers. We mastered and mixed so that it’s hotter than the competition, which should help radio play and in-store demonstration.” Indeed. Mobius is really gorgeous mid-70s fusion, ranging from the funky to the ecstatic. It's an absolute MONSTER that will completely blow you away; and, yes, it's as wild and hypnotic as the cover. The audio for Mobius has been carefully remastered by Be With regular Simon Francis, ensuring it sounds better than ever. Cicely Balston's expert skills have made sure nothing is lost in the cut whilst the records have been pressed to the highest possible standard at Record Industry in Holland.

          The original, iconic sleeve has been restored here at Be With HQ as the finishing touch to this long overdue re-issue.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Blue Trane
          A2 Soho
          B1 Off Minor
          B2 The Maestro
          B3 Road Island Red

          Dent May

          What’s For Breakfast?

            New album from Dent May with plenty of that LA sunshine to cling on to for warmth. He's been pretty busy since his last album (2020's Late Checkout) including co-writing the huge hit 'Something About You' with Eyedress. He's called on a few pals to lend a hand on this one with guest features from Jordana, Pearl & The Oysters and Jimmy Whispers.

            Every morning when Dent May wakes up, the first thing he says is, “What’s for breakfast?” For the Los Angeles-based songwriter and pop auteur, this question is part inside joke with his girlfriend, part sitcom-style catchphrase, and part mantra about getting up every day and persevering in the face of good or bad is happening around you in your life. It’s also the title of his sixth album, which is out on March 29, 2024 via Carpark Records. What’s For Breakfast? is May’s most immediate, nostalgic, and rollicking LP yet, one that’s concerned with breaking daily routines and rediscovering the joys of songwriting.

            Over the past 17 years, May has been a consistently adventurous and prolific bedroom pop pioneer and connoisseur of impeccably crafted melodies. Though his songs are always well-written and comfortable, with What’s For Breakfast?, May has freed himself up to more playfully experiment with new and vintage musical inspirations. “I’ve occupied a lot of different lanes over the years,” says May. “I’ve always been drawn to making kaleidoscopic pop inspired by old soul, disco, country, whatever. This time around, I was tapping into music from my childhood, like The Strokes, Weezer and Elephant 6 Collective bands.” By revisiting the music of his youth—energetic and infectious guitar rock—he found a vibrant palate to explore for this new LP.

            Lead single “One Call, That’s All” kickstarts with frenetic guitar-driven intensity. While the track slyly takes its name from the slogan of an ambulance-chasing Mississippi lawyer, May sings of unrequited love and phone-based ennui. “It’s a fast tempo pop-rock song that isn’t like anything I’ve done before,” says May. Elsewhere, opener “You Already Know” showcases May’s goofball lyrical charm with lines about playing chess online and looking like a Dawson’s Creek character. Beyond the jokes in the song, there is a bittersweet recognition of time passing and a call to action when May sings, “Now you already know what time it is / It’s time to live your life / Cuz it’s flying by / No matter the day, week, month or year / It’s time to do a lot / Ready or not.”

            What’s For Breakfast? marks another first for Dent in being his most collaborative LP yet. Alongside guest appearances from Jimmy Whispers and co-writes with Paul Cherry, are two standout singles with Jordana and Pearl & The Oysters respectively. Jordana assists on the wistful “Coasting on Fumes,” which captures the feeling of being stuck in a rut while the yearning “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” guests Pearl and the Oysters. “My first album came out almost 15 years ago, so bringing in others to help out is crucial to keep things interesting,” says May. “I’m constantly falling back in love with music through the eyes of others. This album is about remembering why I like music.”


            TRACK LISTING

            Side A
            1. You Already Know
            2. Keep My In Mind
            3. One Call, That's All
            4. The Simple Life
            5. Coasting On Fumes (feat. Jordana)
            6. Kiss Me In The Rain
            Side B
            7. Heaven On Wheels
            8. Time Flies When You're Having Fun (feat. Pearl & The Oysters)
            9. Cactus Flower
            10. Don't Stop What You're Doing
            11. Singing For My Supper
            12. Let's Take It From The Top (feat. Jimmy Whispers)

            Jurassic 5

            Quality Control - 2024 Reissue

              In June 2000, after nearly seven years since their inception, esteemed underground rap collective Jurassic 5 finally released their debut full-length album.

              Despite high anticipation, ‘Quality Control’ delivered on par with Jurassic 5’s outstanding EP from three years prior.

              The album clocks in at almost an hour, featuring DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist’s skilful turntablism alongside the group’s signature harmonies and individual solos.

              Tracks like ‘Lausd’ pay homage to hip-hop classics while exploring themes of media and adulthood responsibility.

              Jurassic 5’s lyrical prowess shines on messagedriven tracks like ‘W.O.E Is Me (World Of Entertainment)’ and ‘Contribution’, showcasing a level of eloquence and compassion previously unseen in rap.

              TRACK LISTING

              How We Get Along (Intro)
              The Influence
              Great Expectations
              Quality Control (Intro)
              Quality Control
              Contact
              Lausd
              W.O.E Is Me (World Of Entertainment)
              Monkey Bars
              Jurass Finish First
              Contribution
              Twelve
              The Game
              Improvise
              Swing Set

              Horsebeach

              Things To Keep Alive

                Following on from 2019's 'The Unforgiving Current', Horsebeach's Ryan Kennedy returns with his fifth record 'Things To Keep Alive'. With 'The Unforgiving Current' exploring the themes of isolation whilst living in Tokyo, Kennedy has since returned to the perpetual grey of Mancunia. But rather than viewing his return to Manchester as a step back, Kennedy has used Horsebeach as a catalyst to explore and make positive strides within his mental health.

                From Beatles-esque balladry, fuzzed out shoegaze and a lavish cover of a 00s pop classic, 'Things To Keep Alive' still importantly retains the Horsebeach DNA and even has moments that will take fans all the way back to Kennedy's C86 inspired debut LP. In turn, this results in Horsebeach's most varied and rewarding album to date. A record that inspires and shows growth; a record that makes you appreciate the things you help to keep alive.

                Here’s what Ryan (Horsebeach) had to say about the album."I always treat each album as a snapshot of a certain period of my life and Things To Keep Alive is no different. However, it's less of a measure of time and more a snapshot of the mental space I've come to occupy over the past few years.

                Fundamentally, this album is about my own struggle with one particular side effect of my mental health. Especially my propensity to long for the sweet release of death. I've come to learn how to deal with these things over time and I have always cared for my many cats, plants and important people close to me. These things bring me great joy and through the fog of my depressed haze I have finally learned to water, feed and care for myself as well. These are the things I keep alive. Musically I've decided to revisit themes from my earlier work but allow myself to open up to sounds I might have restricted from the Horsebeach palette in the past. It's quite a simple album thematically but perhaps the one I'm most proud of to date. I've given myself much longer to write this album and I hope the extra time I’ve spent nurturing each song comes through in the end."

                Ryan

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: After an unbearable wait, Horsebeach finally return, and guess what, it's their best album so far! Fabulously varied and with tunes to die for, this record will jangle and sigh its way straight into your hearts.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. A Friend By The Lake
                2. In The Shadown Of Her
                3. A Fault In All Of Us
                4. Things To Keep Alive
                5. Let Me Stay In Tonight
                6. Until You
                7. Cinnamon Challenge
                8. Pure Shores
                9. Colourless
                10. Tradition 

                The Rolling Stones

                Their Satanic Majesties Request - 2024 Reissue

                  The Stones' 1967 concession to psychedelia. Mick, Keith, Brian et all wander into the unknown and come back with insane arrangements, unsettling dark patches and classic tracks in the likes of 'She's a Rainbow' and '2000 Light Years from Home'.

                  The Rolling Stones

                  Out Of Our Heads (UK Version) - 2024 Reissue

                    The Stones 1965 classic. A mixture of r'n'b classics and Jagger / Richards originals including the great 'I'm Free'. Iconic Gered Mankowitz sleeve and a great taster for the world changing records to come.

                    The Rolling Stones

                    Out Of Our Heads (American Version) - 2024 Reissue

                      The American version of "Out Of Our Heads" features an alternative sleeve design and amended track-listing, to feature two of the great Stones’ singles – The Last Time (and its menacing, folky B-side Play With Fire) as well as the classic, riff-driven Satisfaction – one of the defining moments in rock and pop history!

                      The Rolling Stones

                      Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out - 2024 Reissue

                        One of the greatest live albums ever! Released in 1971 but recorded in 1969 this is a cool snapshot of the boys back in the day, Mick Taylor on extra guitar and storming versions of 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Love In Vain'.

                        Various Artists

                        The Northern Soul Scene

                          Today's club culture all started with Northern Soul and its roots in the Mod all-nighter scene of London clubs. All the ingredients were there: DJs privy to the latest imports and advance promos, dancers fuelled by illegal uppers, venues which had scarcely opened when the pubs were all but deserted. The records, drugs and clubs have all changed, true, but the lifestyle is identical. Featuring classics from the Northern Soul Scene including Tom Jones, Ronnie Jones, Brotherhood of Man, Sonny Childe, Billie Davis, Tony Newman, Bats and more. Presented for the first time on orange colour vinyl and CD, this is essential for any funk and soul lovers.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A:
                          1. Frankie & Johnny - I'll Hold You
                          2. David Essex - So-Called Loving
                          3. The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
                          4. Fearns Brass Foundry - Don't Change It
                          5. Clyde McPhatter - Baby You've Got It
                          6. Micky Moonshine - Name It You Got It
                          Side B:
                          1. Ronnie Jones - My Love
                          2. Fantastics - Ask The Lonely
                          3. Tom Jones - Stop Breaking My Heart
                          4. Billie Davis - Billy Sunshine
                          5. Amen Corner - Our Love (Is In The Pocket)
                          6. Danny Williams - Whose Little Girl Are You
                          Side C:
                          1. Eyes Of Blue - Heart Trouble
                          2. Bobby Hanna - Everybody Needs Love
                          3. Dave Berry - Picture Me Gone
                          4. John E. Paul - I Wanna Know
                          5. Elkie Brooks - The Way You Do The Things You Do
                          6. Jon Gunn - I Just Made Up My Mind
                          7. Adrienne Poster - Something Beautiful
                          Side D:
                          1. Brotherhood Of Man - Reach Out Your Hand
                          2. Sonny Childe - Giving Up On Love
                          3. Truly Smith - My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down)
                          4. Stevie Kimble - All The Time In The World
                          5. Tony Newman - Let The Good Times Roll
                          6. The Bats - Listen To My Heart

                          Skeewiff are masters of turning all-time classics into unique modern reworks. Having gained recognition for the quality and style of their work from fans aplenty worldwide, they celebrate 25 years in the game with a LP loaded with 12 joyful interpretations, featuring well know jazz melodies, intricate big band instrumentation, classic riffs and infectious grooves. This limited LP comes on transparent violet coloured vinyl. Irresistible!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Misirlou
                          2. Exclusive Blend
                          3. These Boots Are Made For Walking
                          4. Soul Bossanova
                          5. Spanish Flea
                          6. Mah Na Mah Na
                          7. Sway
                          8. Wack Wack
                          9. Amen Brother
                          10. The Cat
                          11. Coming Home Baby
                          12. Yakety Sax

                          Timothy J. Fairplay

                          I Lay Awake At Night Scheming

                            "Recorded mainly at Dungeon Module (1) - my last studio in London, except for ‘Castle Force’ recorded at current studio Dungeon Module 2. To some extent a lost album, the bulk of the album was made for a project which never came to fruition, and like ‘A Snowstorm In The Tropics’ there’s a few tracks which have been my live sets for a few years but have never had a proper release."

                            Raw emotional synth and rhythm tracks for late nights in the dungeon. Cassette and Digital. Cassette comes in cool 80s video game/90s rave tape pack style case!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. I Lay Awake At Night Scheming
                            2. Creeping Anxiety
                            3. The Next Day
                            4. Castle Force
                            5. When's The Call?
                            6. Hidden Entrance
                            7. There's No Use
                            8. Without Warning

                            Girl And Girl

                            Call A Doctor

                              In one sense, it’s easy for artists—songwriters, specifically—to express their feelings in their work. After all, that’s what the lyrics are for! But it’s much harder to convey emotional energy in how you play, slash at the guitar, and the structure of the music itself. That’s precisely why Girl and Girl’s Sub Pop debut, Call A Doctor, feels like such a vital, electrifying shock to the senses. Not since the early work of Car Seat Headrest or Conor Oberst’s widescreen emotional brutality as Bright Eyes has indie rock managed to come across as this intimate and grandiose, as the Australian quartet led by Kai James lay a lifetime’s worth of woes—mental health, the human race’s planned obsolescence if you’ve been living on this cursed rock you know what we’re getting at—across a canvas of indie rock that feels both timeless and in-the-moment.

                              An audacious and aggressively tuneful blast of a record, Call A Doctor is an unforgettable first bow from Girl and Girl, whose origins lie in James and guitarist Jayden Williams jamming in his mother’s garage in the afternoon after school. One afternoon, James’ Aunty Liss headed down to their practice space after walking her dog and asked if she could sit in on drums. “It sounded really great,” James recalls. “We begged her to stay, and she said, ‘I’ll stay until you find another drummer.’ We wore her down, and she eventually became a permanent member.”

                              After bassist Fraser Bell joined to round things out, Girl and Girl hit the road and began to make a name for themselves beyond the Australian bush, eventually signing to Sub Pop off the strength of word of mouth. Call A Doctor came together quickly soon after, largely recorded in marathon sessions in a two-story industrial complex over the course of two weeks. “That added to the intensity of the album,” James says about the frenzied creative process overseen by producer Burke Reid. “I can hear the stress in the record, which is good because that’s what it’s about—being tense, tied up, and in your own head.”

                              Call A Doctor’s eleven songs—spanning sweeping guitar epics and wry acoustic shuffles to spiky punk maneuvers and the type of raw, adoringly unvarnished indie-pop associated with legendary PacNW label K Records—are literally plucked from James’ personal history, as he reworked older recordings with newer lyrics reflecting his past struggles as well as new anxieties that emerged prior to the album’s recording. "I've struggled with mental health for a lot of my life," he explains, “and I went through a particularly difficult patch when we were making the album; the band had started to get some attention, and I felt an enormous amount of pressure to live up to it.”

                              “This record is about an individual who’s too far in their head, trying to get out,” James continues while discussing Call A Doctor’s overall outlook—specifically the snapshot it offers of its creator. But even though this record deals with uneasy topics we all know well from within ourselves, it’s important to emphasize how teeming with life Girl and Girl’s music is. There’s a brazen, bold sense of humor to this stuff, an undeniable brightness to the darkness that makes it impossible not to be drawn in as a listener. Feeling down never sounded so goddamn good.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Intro
                              Call A Doctor
                              Hello
                              Maple Jean And The Anthropocene
                              Oh Boy!
                              Suffocate
                              Mother
                              You’ll Be Alright
                              Comfortable Friends
                              Our Love (Ours Only)
                              Outro

                              The twelfth volume of Drumcode’s flagship A-Sides series featuring future-facing cuts spanning the breadth of the techno spectrum, The annual compilation serves to showcase some of Adam Beyer’s favourite demo’s throughout the year, as the label boss enjoys the opportunity to introduce new artists to the label, while showcasing cuts from Drumcode’s mainstays.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. HI-LO - SUBMARINE
                              A2. Alex Stein - Hydra
                              B1. Marie Vaunt – Dark Room
                              B2. Ignacio Arfeli - Singularity

                              The twelfth volume of Drumcode’s flagship A-Sides series featuring future-facing cuts spanning the breadth of the techno spectrum, The annual compilation serves to showcase some of Adam Beyer’s favourite demo’s throughout the year, as the label boss enjoys the opportunity to introduce new artists to the label, while showcasing cuts from Drumcode’s mainstays.
                              Kicking off Part 2 is none-other-than Carl Cox whio makes his Drumcode debut with his remix of Label Boss Beyer's massive Take Me There feat DJ Rush.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Adam Beyer Ft. DJ Rush – Take Me There (Carl Cox Remix)
                              A2. Matt Guy – Give Me What I Want
                              B1. A.D.H.S. – 2STEP
                              B2. Kaiserdisco – Get On The Dancefloor

                              Hell Yeah kicks off 2024 in fine style with a new album from Australian producer Dawn Again. Every Dog's Hotel is a dreamy and breaks-driven downtempo excursion the artist has dubbed "pubwave."

                              Melbourne-based Nick Verwey has been crafting solo and collaborative cuts for the best part of a decade on labels like Houseworx and Enjoyment Division. He operates in a world where danceable grooves are paired with laid-back moods. His lo-fi sound is both sunlit and sunset-ready and is for grown-up crowds who like to get down on rooftops, sandy enclaves, or laidback living rooms. This new album, however, he describes as "pubwave" and was conveyed during lockdown when Nick and his friends were missing their favourite communal drinking spots.

                              "My friends and I were missing the pub, missing dance floors, missing being able to hang out and have fun," he says before explaining that, at the time, he was listening to a lot of 90s and 00s downtempo chill out by the likes of Heights of Abraham, Pork Recordings, Baby Mammoth and Bullitnuts. He came up with the idea of creating something similar but in his own way, initially with spoken word poetry from his friend over the top, though when it came to recording that never quite worked so it was shelved until later when Nick?tried again without the vocals. "The whole project has been more than years in the making. I'm super proud of the end result. I think it still nails the dreamy, Balearic "pubwave" vibe and comes with a gorgeous cover painting by my mate Holly Hunt. It's an old English haunt called the Old Neptune, and what nails the brief more than a pub that is literally on the beach?"

                              The title track is a welcome opening with leggy breaks and soft shakers encouraging you to sway while gazing up at the melodic stars before 'Foam Party' gets more zoned out with its vaporous chords and gentle drum tumbles. 'Journey Through The Schoonerverse' is a suspensory trip to the clouds with effortlessly loose breaks and painterly synth smears, 'Wonky Friends' has a more weighty but still dubbed out and slow motion house kick and 'Kneverending Knockoffs' keeps the energy rising with raw percussion and acidic twitches that journey through a heat haze on a warm afternoon. Closer 'Backyard Paradiso' is the horizontal finish that washes over you like rays of sun and gently breaking waves to leave you relaxed from head to toe and digital bonus 'Hard Earned Thirst' is an extra chance to luxuriate in Dawn Again's richly layered synths and leisurely breaks.

                              The superbly welcoming Every Dog's Hotel is a place to pull up, sink a drink, and soak into some lavish and escapist downtempo sounds.?

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Every Dog’s Hotel
                              A2. Foam Party
                              A3. Journey Through The Schoonerverse
                              B1. Wonky Friendz
                              B2. Kneverending Knockoffs
                              B3. Backyard Paradiso

                              Grammy award-winning DJ and producer Purple Disco Machine has shared his latest single ‘Beat of Your Heart’ in collaboration with Icelandic artist ÁSDÍS.

                              Combining Purple Disco Machine’s trademark disco infused sound with ÁSDÍS’s magnetic vocals, the high-energy track is laden with danceable grooves, big synths and catchy melodies. The accompanying music video, directed by NDVD, brings all of the joy of the dancefloor to life intertwining love, freedom and fantasy.

                              Speaking about the track, Purple Disco Machine says: “I was sent the vocals by ÁSDÍS and I immediately fell in love with her voice. I wanted to release the track as a single and we later re-recorded it together in my studio in Dresden, which was really great.”

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Extended
                              A2. Instrumental
                              B1. Club Dub

                              Equasions

                              It's So Hard To Say "So Long" / World Of Loneliness

                              Introducing the anticipated 7" re-release of the Equasions single 'It's So Hard To Say "So Long"' & 'World Of Lonliness'. A timeless soul/funk single recorded in San Antonio in 1971, revered by sweet soul collectors internationally, has now become available for the first time in over 50 years through Symphonical Records, in partnership with band leader/songwriter, Robert Williams.

                              This limited repress is a testament to the sound of San Antonio. The Equasions were immersed in the city's defining impression, performing alongside other local acts Royal Jestors, Sunny & The Sunliners, The Primes, Joe Jama plus many more, all of whom worked to carve out the Alamo sound, one that resonates continues to inspire today.

                              The 5-piece vocal group, led by Robert Williams, consisted of Vernon Shannon, James Hartfield, Ricky Cotton, and Lamar Sumter. Brackenridge High School graduates, the group were formerly known as 'The Volumes', with their first single being released on Manny Guerra's imprint, 'Garu'. Two years later, the group switched members and formed their new name, recording their single at Joey Internationals studio.

                              Robert remarks that both songs were written as a universal message; for no one in particular but everyone can relate to. 'It's So Hard To Say "So Long"', is a poignant sentiment to lost love, yet hope created through beautiful harmonies, whereas 'World Of Lonliness' is a psychedelic reflection of society of the era, which Robert mentions remains true today.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. It's So Hard To Say "So Long"
                              2. World Of Loneliness

                              Joe Yellow is a studio project started in 1983 by Domenico Ricchini and the producers Miki Chieregato and Roberto Turatti.Their big hit Eurobeat / Hi NRG tune "U.S.A."('92) will be 7inch on first time, with Japanese imaginary jacket.The song became famous in Japan when dance-pop group Da pump covered it.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. U.S.A. (Extended Vocal Remix)
                              2. U.S.A. (Instrumental)

                              The French-Caribbean singer-producer (now based in Brooklyn) will announced her new 7" cut from album "Lotus Glow". "Adonis" feat KIRBY & "Get It Got It" have masterful production, soaring vocal chops and spectacular bass prowess.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Adonis
                              2. Get It Got It

                              The A Side of course is just one of the biggest tunes from the grunge era and is given a Jazzy Funky Groovy version by Blue Mode of Nirvana's Biggest Hit. It turns out that they were influenced by everything from the Gap Band to Louie Louie and a fair smattering of 80's indie and this production by Chip Wickham mixes together a Swinging '60's Blue Note Vibe with the Acid Jazz sound and brings it bang up to date with the Nu-Jazz Experience. First time on 45 and is already a DJ favourite after being included in the Paul Murphy set "Jazz Room" on BBE Records.

                              Side 2 is a Boogaloo Latin Jazz version (produced by Paul Murphy Live in the studio in Budapest when he was living there) of the Lonnie Smith track "Hola Muneca" beloved of the Acid Jazz era DJ's and previously released on a now impossible to find 7 inch single that goes for crazy prices.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
                              2. Hola Muneca

                              Mammoth Penguins

                              Here

                                Mammoth Penguins are a 3-piece indie powerhouse, showcasing the songwriting and vocal talents of Emma Kupa (Standard Fare) backed up by the noisiest rhythm section in indie pop.

                                May 2024 sees the release of their fourth album Here on Fika Recordings. After 2019’s big, bold and confident There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win, and the initial shock of the global pandemic cancelling a trip to SXSW in 2020, the band returned to the studio in the summer of 2021 to start recording.

                                The new record leans into a raw pop-punk power-trio sound more than ever, with a deep growl in layered guitars and bursts of percussion and harmony. The songs and artwork explore themes about finding a place for yourself and familiarity with people and places. Although it turns back towards a classic three-piece sound, the band weren’t restricted by that palette, adding finishing touches of percussion, extra guitars and backing vocals in short bursts in a garden shed, and also bringing in gorgeous strings to sweeten the title track.

                                The sound builds on the band’s first album, Hide and Seek, which was released with the much-loved and sorely missed Fortuna POP! in 2015. The follow-up LP John Doe in 2017 was an ambitious concept album, exploring the feelings of loss and anger at a man who fakes his own death only to return years later, expanding well beyond the 3-piece rock‘n’roll template, with washes of strings, synths and samples.

                                The ‘Penguins have been smashing it at some high-profile support slots in the lead up to this album release, including at Allo Darlin’s joyous reunion at Islington Assembly Hall (Oct 2023) and Muncie Girls last ever London show (Dec 2023). They play the Leicester Indiepop all-dayer and Wales Goes Pop in March, before heading out on tour in support of the new album in May.

                                Those big singalong choruses need your voice shouting back from the crowd with joy and defiance.

                                Mammoth Penguins are Emma Kupa (guitar, vocals), Mark Boxall (bass, vocals) and Tom Barden (drums, vocals). Reminiscent of the pop melodies of The Beths, the indie dissonance of Land of Talk, and the guitar forward slacker rock of Weezer, Mammoth Penguins marry heart-ache indiepop with spiky guitars and Emma’s frank confessional songwriting.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Species
                                A2. I Know The Signs
                                A3. Flyers
                                A4. Blue Plaque
                                A5. Everything That I Write
                                A6. Here
                                B1. Nothing And Everything
                                B2. Help Yourself
                                B3. Old Friends
                                B4. Lost Friends
                                B5. Success
                                B6. A Plea For Kindness

                                Adam Ross

                                Littoral Zone

                                  The second solo album by Adam Ross - a musician described by Folk Radio as "one of Scotland’s most talented singers and songwriters".

                                  The album is produced by multiple Scottish Album Of The Year Award nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Wasylyk and released on London record label Fika Recordings. Arts bodies Creative Scotland and Help Musicians have supported and funded the album in recognition of what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting musical collaborations of 2024.

                                  The album is a heavily lyrical collection of warped 70s-esque indie-folk ballads inspired by Adam’s relocation to the coast. The title, Littoral Zone, is a term used to define where the sea meets the land but also a nod to a style of direct, literary observations about the people, landscapes and states of mind Adam has discovered since moving there. The lyrics cover themes of nature, politics, faith, love and death and are surrounded by Andrew’s deft production featuring luscious string ensembles and brass.

                                  The writing of the album saw Adam move away from guitar and onto piano, having bought a slightly battered upright piano from a local antiques warehouse as a first priority after moving house in 2021. Chords, melodies and musical ideas were recorded on Adam's phone before lyrics were slowly built up during his walks on the beach and clifftops around the village of St Cyrus where he now lives.

                                  Songs like Free Will and Union Gary chart and exaggerate the at-times ridiculous minutiae of day-to-day life, with the latter musing on British foreign policy via the prism of an unkempt garden. The Going and I Get It Wrong pay tribute to the natural beauty and mystery of coastal landscapes while Brambles falls into the musical tradition of the murder ballad, with a story loosely based on an amalgamation of true events. The album's darker edges can also be discovered in Shrinking and Ego which dwell on aging and self-doubt, however Apogee looks to counterbalance such themes with a pure outpouring of love.

                                  The album sees Adam at his most musically ambitious and precise. In contrast to his more lo-fi and DIY previous work, Littoral Zone is a painstakingly crafted record which celebrates collaboration. Andrew Wasylyk's production and multi-instrumentalist performances bring sonic sophistication which is further heightened by Pete Harvey's heart-stirring string arrangements. Gillian Fleetwood's yearning vocals are a constant highlight throughout the album, as is Rachel Simpson's exquisite brass playing. Ultimately, Littoral Zone is an album of stories and Adam's lyrical knack shines throughout.

                                  Adam Ross is a songwriter based in north-east Scotland. He has led the cult indie band Randolph's Leap for over a decade, releasing music with independent labels Fika Recordings, Olive Grove Records and King Creosote and Pictish Trail’s Fence Records and Lost Map Records. He released his debut solo album 'Staring At Mountains' in 2022. He is known for his intricate, storytelling lyrical style which often blends humour and poignancy.

                                  May 2024 will see the release of a brand-new solo album produced by multiple Scottish Album Of The Year Award nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Wasylyk and released on London label Fika Recordings. Arts bodies Creative Scotland and Help Musicians have supported and funded the album in recognition of what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting musical collaborations of 2024.

                                  Adam has a track record of playing at venues and festivals across the country such as Green Man, Celtic Connections, Belladrum and The Edinburgh Fringe. His reputation as an engaging, witty, storytelling performer was further cemented by his role in ‘The Isle of Love’, a country-wide touring theatre show inspired by his songs.

                                  His music has received regular airplay on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music including various singles and albums of the week. He has also received excellent press in newspapers such as The Herald and The Scotsman.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Free Will
                                  A2. Apogee
                                  A3. Shrinking
                                  A4. Caught The Sun
                                  A5. Ego
                                  B1. Union Gary
                                  B2. I Get It Wrong
                                  B3. Life Is Not A Competition
                                  B4. Brambles
                                  B5. The Going

                                  'Reet' is a lost treasure of late 1960s folk/psych-folk. The only album she ever put to tape, with clear pure voice and guitar. luckily recorded by Andres Raudsepp in 1969.

                                  Reet will be loved in the same breath as ;Sibylle Baier, Vashti Bunyan, Molly Drake, Bridget st John, Reet Hendrikson deserves wider listening and recognition.

                                  Reet Hendrikson was born in Estonia only months before the "great escape" into exile in 1944. Brought up and educated in Sweden, she went to study in the US in 1967 on a Fulbright scholarship, before she made her mark as an Estonian musician in Canada. While her arrangements of Estonian folksongs on the guitar reflected the styles of the sixties, her voice and choice of material sounded authentic and made a connection with ages past.

                                  When Hendrikson arrived in Canada in 1968 via the US, her Estonian was native-like because of the high quality of Estonian schools in Sweden. She was thus able to characterise the identity of young ex-patriate Estonians – especially those born in exile from Soviet occupation – in a new and meaningful way. A formal musical background allowed her to create the arrangements that accompanied her simple but pure singing voice. Having heard her under northern Muskoka pines at an Estonian summer seminar, it didn't takeAndres Raudsepp ( of raindeer records)long to bring her to a recording studio. "Reet – Estonian folksongs" appeared in 1969.

                                  Hendrikson soon found her way to the scholarly atmosphere of Boston where, as a multi-instrumentalist, she joined a group of musicians who favoured traditional folk music. Back in Sweden in the 1980ies, she was invited to join a scholarly society of Estonian young women, which she led during musical sessions. She visited Estonia as frequently as possible, trying in particular to be helpful to Estonian musicians by providing sheet music and much-needed repertoire from the Swedish National Radio Archives, where she worked for a while..

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Meil Aiaäärne Tänavas
                                  2. Kiigelaul
                                  3. Haanja Miis
                                  4. Oh Mina Väike Mehekene
                                  5. Jaan Lä'eb Jaanitulele
                                  6. Karjase Pühapäev - Kirbuga Kirikusse
                                  7. Lauliku Lapsepõli
                                  8. Iirekene
                                  9. Kui Mina Alles Noor Veel Olin
                                  10. Mardi Laul
                                  11. Vennakene, Hellakene
                                  12. Pill Oll' Helle

                                  Early Moods

                                  A Sinners Past

                                    Early Moods’ sophomore album A Sinner’s Past is the ultimate dosage of classic early 70s proto-metal, 90s grunge riffing and timeless songwriting delivered with an explosive youthful energy.

                                    The Los Angeles area quartet burst onto the scene fully formed with a sound that somehow simultaneously merged gritty underground Street Doom with slick “big box” Heavy Metal melodies on their self-titled RidingEasy debut album in 2022. And it’s the band’s highly skilled musicianship paired with exquisite aesthetic taste — in addition to their killer live show — that has made them an immediate popular favorite.

                                    A Sinner’s Past takes those elements several steps higher with a nod to Soundgarden’s huge sonic depth, the low-mid fuzz drenched tones of Sabotage and classic 70s melodies and structures of Ulli Roth-era Scorpions. The latter in particular inspiring the album’s intricate tonal shifts and shimmering twin leads.

                                    “I’m very proud of these songs,” says guitarist Eddie Andrade. “We did a lot of different things, took a lot of chances and show a lot of growth, and I think people will pick up on it. I was trying to use more open chords, not the typical styles. We came off touring with Candlemass and Pentagram, sharing those shows with our heroes really pumped us up. We went into the studio just hungry to record.”

                                    The album was recorded near the band’s home base in Pico Rivera, CA by Allen Falcon of Birdcage Studios, who also mixed their debut album. “He’s a good friend of the band and we wanted to be more comfortable, in a relaxed environment for this,” Andrade says. “He had a lot of input and his ideas made a lot of impact on this recording.” The band started recording in May 2023, then worked on the album on and off for 3 months between tours, which also lends to its very refined sound.

                                    Early Moods was founded in 2015 by Andrade and vocalist/keyboardist Alberto Alcaraz after a few years of playing in thrash and death metal projects before the two realized that the classic doom that they’d grown up with was what they really wanted to explore. Going through a few lineup changes while delving deeper into the diverging influences that were calling, Early Moods arrived at the sound and lineup that grew their fanbase locally. The band released their debut EP Spellbound in 2020 on German label Dying Victim Productions, followed by their self-titled debut full length on RidingEasy Records in 2023. Early Moods is Oscar Hernandez on lead guitar, Chris Flores on drums, Elix Felciano on bass, Alcaraz on vocals/synth and Andrade on guitar.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Last Hour
                                    2. Blood Offerings (CD Only Track)
                                    3. A Sinner’s Past
                                    4. Walperguise
                                    5. Unhinged Spirit
                                    6. The Apparition
                                    7. Hell’s Odyssey
                                    8. Soul Sorcery

                                    Dotan Bibi aka Dot carries the audience into a journey that straddles the lines between deep house and dubby techno. He is considered one of the best rising Israeli Producers & Dj's with a sound that's deeply rooted in the history of Detroit Techno and Chicago House music.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Drifting Away
                                    2. Inside Out
                                    3. Somewhere Else
                                    4. Stolen Moments

                                    Il Sogno Del Marinaio

                                    Terzo

                                      Terzo is the third album by Il Sogno Del Marinaio, the avant-rock trio formed by legendary bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges), cult Italian experimentalist Stefano Pilia (Massimo Volume, In Zaire, Afterhours, Rokia Traore) and drummer Paolo Mongardi (Zeus, Fuzz Orchestra, Fulkanelli). This new batch of recordings is an incredible document of a band that’s creating their own path, ascending to new heights while bending the traditional rock format. From sinewy grooves, to off-kilter jazz-skronk, post-punk freakouts, kosmische Hendrix stabs and furious angular funk, Il Sogno Del Marinaio’s new album literally breathes life, anchored by Watt’s low thud and spiel, Pilia’s fierce and celestial playing and Mongardi’s knack for unusual but steady rhythms.

                                      “Il Sogno Del Marinaio’s strength is in its effortless balance between Watt’s formidable past and his still potent future.” - Pitchfork

                                      Recorded at Casa Hanzo in San Pedro (US) and completed at Blindsun in Bologna (IT) the album features collaborations with Ramon Moro on trumpet and Petra Haden on vocals. Mixed beautifully by thighpaulsandra (Coil, UUUU, Spiritualized) and mastered by Giovanni Versari with artwork by Michelangelo Setola.

                                      Terzo is the sound of a band that’s completely confident in their chops, their past suggesting that new possibilities have now been found and that the only territory that needs exploring is free-spirited, magical, restless and uncompromising.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Song For Anima Mundi
                                      2. Max Roach 8 Ball
                                      3. Purple, Orange, Green + Yellow
                                      4. 21st Marinaio Dream
                                      5. Grabbing Me By My Own Air
                                      6. Pedro Ten - Four
                                      7. The Fall
                                      8. None Dare Call It Conspiracy

                                      Bô'vel

                                      Changes

                                        Every now and again, a record carves itself an indelible place in the history of a place, a scene or a genre, all under its own steam – without a big budget, without a press campaign, without mainstream radio, just by hitting all the right notes at the right moment. Maybe you had to have been there to really feel it – locked into the pirate stations, a regular at the right clubs, or leaning on the counter in the right records shops on a Saturday afternoon – but if you were, there are some tunes that will always vibrate with the underground cultural energy of their time.

                                        Bô'vel's 1996 Manchester streetsoul anthem 'Check 4 U' is one of those tunes. The kind of song that makes the over-used phrase 'underground classic' mean something again, it effortlessly distills the sounds of its era into one of the most undeniable, genre-spanning cuts of the mid-1990s. The song resonates with the regional flavours of UK sound-system culture: the sweet club sound of Manchester's vibrant streetsoul scene, the dubwise hip-hop throb of the Bristol movement, and the bass-lore of the reggae sound systems whose wisdom stretched from Leeds to South London and beyond. Built around a humid kick drum and a bin-busting bass pulse arranged in head-nodding syncopation, the song is blessed with an instantly memorable harmonised hook, and perfectly set off by Bô'vel's crystalline vocals. Upful, stepping and tinged with melancholy, it remains one of the most well-loved and highly sought-after UK streetsoul sides.

                                        The three mixes of 'Check 4 U' appeared as the a-side of a blank-label five-track 12". It was Bô'vel's second release, after a soulful five-track EP issued in 1995 on her own Bô'vel Records had been a surprise success. Produced by Kev Waddington, that initial record had come about almost by accident after a chance encounter in Manchester's HQ Studios, as Bô'vel recalls today: 'We were making these five tracks because we were having bit of an argument with radio not being able to play what they wanted, really, only what the record labels wanted… they never had anybody coming through properly, because everything was pretty much underground. We were making records, like really pop stuff, to take the piss… So in the studio one day, this guy came in – all I know is that his was name was Nigel. And he came in and said, I want to put that five-track EP out with you. We just don't know who the hell he was to this day, really. And he said, you've got to do it 50/50, it's going to be £1000. So I said okay – I just trusted him. I gave him 500 quid. He gave me 1000 records. He just dropped them at the studio. I picked them up and then I went into Manchester city centre and gave it to a couple of DJs on underground radio.'

                                        Pirate radio loved it. With play on stalwart Manchester pirates like Buzz FM and Soul Nation, the EP immediately blew up. Bô'vel took the record into Fat City Records, Manchester's premier outlet and distributor for soul, hip-hop and dance, who took a batch, quickly sold out and took several hundred more copies; it eventually transpired that a large quantity were selling to Japan, where the combination of soul smarts and classy production had been caught by discerning ears. Elsewhere, friends distributed the record by hand in London and Birmingham, working them through UK's then burgeoning network of independent dance music shops.

                                        The warm reception the record received encouraged Bo'vel to return to the studio for sessions that would become 'Check 4 U'. The EP had been issued under a Bô'vel Records imprint, but she had sold it to Fat City without disclosing that she was the artist – 'I said, "There's this singer, she's great, she's done this cheesy stuff, try it, it's a bit Kylie Minogue". He said "oh, give us 300", and then he had some more.' For the next release, she decided to keep things completely minimal. 'The next one, I said, right, let's just put it out as a white label, and if people like it they like it, they don't have to see who we are or anything.'

                                        Though punitive legislation and overexposure had tamed rave culture, and the inflated status of superstar DJs had pushed once underground scenes fully into the mainstream, dance music culture in mid-1990s Britain still retained a certain feral energy. There was still a groundswell of vital local scenes and rapidly changing musical styles, and – combined with local record shops – clubs and pirate radio were still the chief arbiters of influence. 'In the 90s, pirate radio just played the best music. I mean, you couldn't really get music like that anywhere. The same as you couldn't get music like that [being played] in the Reno, which was very different,' remembers Bô'vel, referring to the legendary Moss Side soul club, an underground institution from 1962 until its closure in 1986. 'That's where music really started for me, going to clubs like the Reno at the age 15, 16, 17, and going to places like the Nile [upstairs from the Reno], which was all reggae, you know – that's really where the beats came for me.'

                                        The production on the new record would reflect these influences more than the EP had been able too. 'I liked a big bassline,' the singer reflects. 'There's a big bassline there on the five-track EP, 'I Can't Get By', which is a really, really good song, but they just could not get the bass – I was so gutted when that came back…if they'd have shown us the master we'd have said no.' These problems were to be avoided on 'Check 4 U' by the involvement of producer Uriah Gale. 'We already had the tune, and Uriah came on board, and I said, it's just not soulful enough. I was working with Kev Waddington, and he said "I just can't do it." So when Uriah came along, the bass was there, but he tidied it all up and made it really cool, and he was tremendous on the harmony,' she recalls. 'Out of all the mixes, his was the best. He was incredible to work with, and also incredibly talented.

                                        With alternate mixes of 'Life Changes You' from the 1995 EP as the b-side, 'Check 4 U' was issued with blank blue labels and sent out with a DJ one-sheet describing Bô'vel as 'Manchester's favourite soul Diva'. 2000 copies were pressed, and the record was distributed by Jetstar. It quickly became another pirate radio hit. 'Soul Nation and Buzz FM did support me from the very start [along with] every single DJ on Manchester radio,' she recalls, 'They're my biggest fans, the DJs here, I've got to big them up!' Manchester's support was mirrored by pirates around the UK. 'We had the support of radios across the country – I just could not believe it. So we went on a tour… We would go to the pirate stations, do an interview, then do a gig – that's how the gigging came about… gigging in Birmingham, Huddersfield, Liverpool, London – I've got so much respect for the pirate radios down there. They were brilliant… We used to take all my stuff straight to London,' she remembers. 'Each radio was doing pretty much the same thing, in their own style, with their own beats. Like, when I went down to Bristol, I showed them the EP and 'I Check 4 U' and they said, hey girl, you've got the Bristol beat!'

                                        But her core audience was at home in Manchester. 'London did support me a lot, but not like my home town – they loved me as I love them… Manchester supported me through and through, to this very day,' she remembers. Performing in mid-1990s Manchester was not always straightforward, though: 'In Manchester, it was kind of hard to do gigs, because there was a bit of gang warfare. So, you know, that was a problem. You'd be doing a gig and they'd all be there in their [bulletproof] vests, you know, Cheetham Hill and Moss Side, and it was a bit of a nightmare. And because I was more Manchester side, even though I went to school in Cheetham Hill, I was with a guy from Moss Side. So it was pretty hard gigging in Manchester, I had a bit of a hard time.' Nevertheless, 'my gigs were packed to the rafters…I wasn't scared because I knew I had protection. The gigs were fantastic, here in Manchester and everywhere, and I'm glad and very grateful to be able to say that.'

                                        A further single followed – the garage-flavoured 'Earthling', made with producer Ben Stansfield – but this would be her final release. 'My life changed,' she remembers. 'I had a split… I was just bringing my daughter up. I used to live in the countryside, and I was having a bit of a different life… I just spent a lot of time writing when I split up – I couldn't sing, it was like my voice wouldn't work. I was just thinking all the time, and not speaking. So I was just speaking through my music… I just became a writer, and I was more looking for other people to sing the [songs], you know? Because there's a lot of talent here in Manchester.' However, she retained access to a studio, and over time she began to record again, working with various producers and amassing a large amount of material.

                                        It is this unreleased material that we collect on Life Changes – nine unheard Bô'vel songs from the period 1997-2008(dates?), selected from her own archive. Until now, none of this unreleased work has been heard. Not an artist to be constrained by genre, the music showcases Bô'vel's exploration of a wide range of styles, from the dubbed-out downtempo of 'My Man' or 'I Wanna Be Free' to the updated streetsoul of 'Let Down And Liar', via the breakbeat hype of 'Do It Your Way' and the straight-ahead reggae vibe of 'Daydreamer'. This unreleased music is presented alongside the unfadeable 'I Check 4 U' and two classic streetsoul cuts from her 1995 EP, 'Life Changes You' and 'Coming Back'. The common denominator across the album is of course Bô'vel herself: a singer of rare timbral clarity whose musical vision has determined the sound of every record she has made, a prolific and personal song-writer in the UK soul tradition, and the artist behind one of the most celebrated underground soul tunes of the pirate radio era. Still most definitely someone to check for.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Matt says: A true slice of Manchester sound system / underground / street soul culture given a well needed second outing. You'll surely have heard "Check 4 U" by now - it receiving a new lease of life across the younger generation of clubbers via the Metrodome remix and repress a few years ago. But the rest of this LP (technically a catch-all of tracks off EPs from her modest discography) is just as informed - a true product of this fine city and its storied musical legacy.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Check 4 U (Original)
                                        2. It's Not About Me
                                        3. Best Thing
                                        4. Knight In Shining Armour
                                        5. Daydreamer
                                        6. Coming Back
                                        7. Goodbye Farewell
                                        8. Life Changes You
                                        9. Let Down And Liar
                                        10. My Man

                                        Catfish & The Bottlemen

                                        Showtime

                                          The new single from Catfish And The Bottlemen, 'Showtime', pressed on limited edition white vinyl and produced by Grammy award winner, Dave Sardy (The Ride).



                                          Lip Critic

                                          Hex Dealer

                                            'Hex Dealer' is NY-based electronic punk band Lip Critic’s debut album. It was produced in collaboration by vocalist Bret Kaser and Connor Kleitz. Their eclectic sampling style is amplified by the infectious breakbeats and pingy snares crafted by drummers Danny Eberle and Ilan Natter. The singular mixture of classic punk/hardcore and electronic styles result in 12 frantic tracks of postmodern pop for the genreless future. Painted with a broad pallet of only the most extreme hues of emotion, each track is marked by a distinctive danceable mania.


                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1 It's The Magic
                                            A1 Love Will Redeem You
                                            A3 The Heart
                                            A4 Bork Pelly (feat. Ghösh, ID.Sus)
                                            A5 Spirit Bomber
                                            A6 Death Lurking (feat. Izzy Da Fonseca)
                                            B1 Milky Max
                                            B2 Sermon
                                            B3 I'm Alive
                                            B4 My Wife And The Goblin
                                            B5 In The Wawa (Convinced I Am God)
                                            B6 Toxin Dodger

                                            Swim Deep

                                            There's A Big Star Outside

                                              If one thing is clear from the offset of revelatory fourth album ‘There’s A Big Star Outside...’, it’s that Swim Deep is no longer the same band you’ve always known.

                                              In some ways, Swim Deep’s fourth album – full of acoustic guitars and floral notes courtesy of a Mellotron keyboard (one of the finest musical exports from their native Birmingham) – has no business being as luscious and evolved as it is. But ‘There’s A Big Star Outside...’ could only have surfaced as a result of such testing years. It takes the youthful dreaming of their debut, and the excitable experimentalism of its follow-ups, and leads it to a more assured space, aided hugely by the input of producer Bill Ryder-Jones, who became a mentor throughout the journey. “A lot of the album, Bill’s drawn out of me,” Ozzy nods. “That sense of boldness and not hiding behind the music that he’s instilled in me has really made the album flourish, and be what I want it to be. It’s a cliché to say, but I feel I’ve been writing towards this record my whole life.”

                                              It’s fitting that this is the message Swim Deep have arrived at, because ‘There’s A Big Star Outside...’ genuinely does feel like a golden moment for the band. Across more than a decade in the industry, they’ve revelled in the highs and weathered the lows – but their fourth feels like an album that exists outside of all that. It’s one that’s less about chasing the next rungs of success and more about really nailing their flag to the mast as artists, as adults, and as a group who were always in it for more than just fleeting scenes and early buzz.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. How Many Love Songs Have Died In Vegas?
                                              2. Very Heaven
                                              3. These Words
                                              4. Robin
                                              5. Don't Make Me A Stranger
                                              6. First Song
                                              7. Big Star
                                              8. It's Just Sun In Your Eyes
                                              9. So Long, So Far (Marble-Bellied Baby)
                                              10. Fire Surrounds

                                              Richard Hawley

                                              In This City They Call You Love

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

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

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


                                                TRACK LISTING

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

                                                Bored At My Grandmas House

                                                Show & Tell

                                                  ‘Show & Tell’ is the much anticipated debut album from Bored At My Grandmas House (AKA 22 year old songwriter Amber Strawbridge). With critical acclaim and deserved plaudits lavished on Amber following her debut EP ‘Sometimes I Forget You’re Human Too’, ‘Show & Tell carries on the emotive and philosophical themes of the EP, pinned around themes of connection; with yourself, with the world, with loved ones. There is soul-searching, introspection and a challenge to the ways of the world, all packed into 12 hook filled, shoegaze-fused-indie-pop slices.

                                                  Emerging from the hotbed of exceptional guitar music bubbling up out of Leeds in recent years, Amber has been supported by BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 1, DIY, and played Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and more.

                                                  Speaking about the album, Amber explains “I want to understand connections and process the emotions which surround them. The album covers topics of queer love, humanity and it’s ‘delusions of grandeur’, mental health, introspection and purpose. It’s one big project of of self introspection and a guidebook to understanding my brain’

                                                  ‘Show & Tell’ also marks a brand new release from the exciting new partnership between Clue Records and EMI North, the first physical major label office to open outside London.

                                                  If you have a thing for Soccer Mommy, Alvvays, Girl In Red and boygenius, this record is for you. 


                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Side A
                                                  Intro
                                                  Inhibitions
                                                  Show & Tell
                                                  Friendship Bracelets
                                                  How Do You See The World
                                                  Side B
                                                  I Like What You Bring Out In Me
                                                  Don’t Do Anything Stupid
                                                  Moving Slow
                                                  We See The World In The Same Way
                                                  Hide & Seek

                                                  Dinked 7” Tracklisting:
                                                  Side A
                                                  We See The World The Same Way - “4-Track” Version (exclusive For Dinked)
                                                  Side B
                                                  Show & Tell - “4-Track” Version (exclusive For Dinked)

                                                  Portishead

                                                  Roseland NYC Live - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                    25th Anniversary Edition of the pioneering Bristol trio’s album, Roseland NYC Live; recorded and filmed at New York’s Roseland Ballroom with a 28-piece orchestra in 1997, and released in 1998.

                                                    The live album and concert film combined have sold over 1 million copies to date, and features performances of the most acclaimed tracks, ‘Glory Box’, ‘Sour Times’, and ‘Roads’, from their debut and sophomore albums, Dummy and Portishead.

                                                    Newly remastered, the tracklist has been expanded to include ‘Undenied’ and ‘Numb’ from the concert film, as well as the full length performance of ‘Western Eyes’, which played in part over the credits of the film.

                                                    ‘Sour Times’ and ‘Roads’ are also now the original Roseland versions (previously substituted on the album release with recordings from other performances). All 5 of these tracks will be on CD and vinyl for the first time.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Vinyl Tracklisting:
                                                    Side A
                                                    Humming
                                                    Cowboys
                                                    All Mine
                                                    Side B
                                                    Mysterons
                                                    Only You
                                                    Half Day Closing
                                                    Over
                                                    Side C
                                                    Glory Box
                                                    Sour Times
                                                    Roads
                                                    Side D
                                                    Strangers
                                                    Undenied
                                                    Numb
                                                    Western Eyes

                                                    CD Tracklisting:
                                                    Humming
                                                    Cowboys
                                                    All Mine
                                                    Mysterons
                                                    Only You
                                                    Half Day Closing
                                                    Over
                                                    Glory Box
                                                    Sour Times
                                                    Roads
                                                    Strangers
                                                    Undenied
                                                    Numb
                                                    Western Eyes

                                                    Bochum Welt

                                                    Module 2 - 2024 Reissue

                                                      28 years after its initial limited pressing on Aphex Twin’s REPHLEX label, BMG are proud to re-issue this much loved and highly sought after record from electronic artist Bochum Welt. Here we present the glorious original Module 2 album with all eight tracks from the 1996 release and add to it five previously unreleased tracks including two live in London performances.

                                                      The packaging retains the wonderful and quirky original artwork inspired by the revolutionary Commodore Vic20 computer with a distinctive 8-bit graphics feel. Indeed the back panel of the sleeve features a list of type-in program commands that will run on the old Commodore machine and generate the tracklist on-screen.


                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A1: Mechanique
                                                      A2: Radiopropulsive
                                                      A3: Path
                                                      A4: Avtomaticesk
                                                      A5: Extra Life
                                                      A6: B2 (Live | London 96)*
                                                      B1: Asteroids Over Berlin
                                                      B2: Mechanique (Live At The Rocket - London)*
                                                      B3: Electro 1 (Knightsbridge Mix)
                                                      B4: Lunakhod
                                                      B5: Extra Life (Take 2)*
                                                      B6: That's Mutuality
                                                      B7: Over Time
                                                      (*previously Unreleased)

                                                      AC/DC

                                                      Who Made Who - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                        Who Made Who - AC/DC provided the songs for the soundtrack for Stephen King’s movie ‘Maximum Overdrive’, which included three brand new tracks including the hit title track.

                                                        To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                        AC/DC

                                                        Live - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                          1991’s double live album Live was recorded at Donnington Park and Birmingham in the UK, Edmonton in Canada and Moscow.

                                                          To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                          AC/DC

                                                          The Razors Edge - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                            The Razors Edge features the classic single ‘Thunderstruck’, the video for which has been viewed over a billion times on YouTube.

                                                            To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                            AC/DC

                                                            For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                              The iconic cover of For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) features a ‘Twelve-Pound Cannon’ from the 19th Century. The band still incorporate cannons into their live set to deafening effect.

                                                              To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                              AC/DC

                                                              Back In Black - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                Back In Black features ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Shoot To Thrill’ and the iconic title track. It is the ‘best-selling studio album of all time by a band’.

                                                                To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                                AC/DC

                                                                Highway To Hell - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                  Highway To Hell was originally released in 1980 and was AC/DC’s first hit album in the US.

                                                                  To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                                  AC/DC

                                                                  Powerage - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                    The classic 1976 album Powerage contains the single ‘Rock And Roll Damnation’, the band’s first European hit.

                                                                    To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                                    AC/DC

                                                                    Dirty Deeds Done Cheap - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                      Dirty Deeds Done Cheap was initially unavailable in the U.S. for five years, the album eventually rose to #3 on the Billboard chart, selling over 6,000,000 copies.

                                                                      To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                                      AC/DC

                                                                      High Voltage - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                        The band’s international debut album High Voltage included tracks from their first two Australian albums.

                                                                        To honour AC/DC’s 50-year reign as the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the band’s catalogue will be available as gold coloured vinyl LPs. Each of these limited edition LPs comes with an album-specific 12”x12” print featuring new AC/DC 50 artwork, suitable for framing. 


                                                                        Wye Oak

                                                                        Shriek + Variations - 2024 Reissue

                                                                          In 2014, Wye Oak released Shriek, their fourth album. It was a necessary departure for Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, who found themselves on uncertain ground after two years of constant touring for 2011’s Civilian, living on opposite ends of the country and trying to revitalize their creative partnership. Wasner set aside her guitar for a bass. Stack took on the band’s upper register, playing syncopated, meditative keyboard parts that interacted with Wasner’s voice, which was newly freed from its call-and-response relationship to the guitar what had been, until then, a signature of Wye Oak’s sound.

                                                                          “This idea and the ensuing creative reworking of our band did what it was meant to do,” Wasner writes in 2024. “It ended a long, painful period of creative stagnancy and reconnected me with the joy of making music.”

                                                                          During that period, Wasner and Stack were introduced to William Brittelle, the Brooklyn-based composer whose 2019 LP Spiritual America featured Wye Oak, the Metropolis Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. His orchestral reimaginings of five songs from Shriek (Shriek: Variations, if you will) are the centerpiece of this package, which serves not only to mark the tenth anniversary of a great album, but to demonstrate the richness of Wye Oak’s compositions. Stack says of Shriek: Variations: “It’s like looking at the songs in a funhouse mirror. The songs on Shriek can be stripped down or embellished this is maximal embellishment. William took the album and blew it to smithereens, looking at it in a weird, prismatic way.”

                                                                          Through Brittelle, Wasner and Stack found themselves at the intersection of classical, experimental, and pop music. Further collaborations, like the Brooklyn Youth Chorus featuring No Horizon and Paul and Michi Wiancko’s string arrangements on “My Signal” from The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, followed, as this connection fundamentally changed the way Wye Oak approached making records, incorporating an entirely new palette of sound into their work.

                                                                          That shift began here. Shriek: Variations may feel like a startling take on the material, something like light bursting into a room through drawn curtains, but Brittelle’s arrangements are largely original to his first collaborations with Wye Oak a decade ago, suggesting that his maximalist arrangements have lived comfortably within the framework of Shriek the whole time, waiting for the right moment to emerge. It’s a fitting reintroduction to the album, which upon its initial release was pigeonholed into the easy one-note talking point of being the “no-guitar” record. But even so, as that happened, Shriek quietly started to become a staple among Wye Oak’s core fans.

                                                                          Here, with help from Brittelle’s expansive compositions, the release draws attention back to the Songwriting how, regardless of the instrumentation, Wasner and Stack’s uncanny music writing partnership at the core is what makes both Shriek and Wye Oak excellent. Joined by the Metropolis Ensemble, Paul Wiancko, and Lizzie Burns, Wye Oak turn songs like “Logic of Color” inside out, reaching towards a kind of pastoral bombast, Brittelle’s aesthetic with Wasner and Stack as an anchor. In fact, “Logic of Color” in this iteration takes that “no-guitar” script and flips it, with Wasner playing the synthesizer ostinato on acoustic guitar at its center. If Shriek is a record that charts the depths of solemnity and inner space, its Variations, roiling in a sea of winds, brass, and strings, recolors that space and complicates it, a gorgeous, unexpected response to the original’s siren call.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          SIDE A.
                                                                          1. Before
                                                                          2. Shriek
                                                                          3. The Tower
                                                                          4. Glory
                                                                          5. Sick Talk
                                                                          SIDE B.
                                                                          6. Schools Of Eyes
                                                                          7. Despicable Animal
                                                                          8. Paradise
                                                                          9. I Know The Law
                                                                          10. Logic Of Color // Variations
                                                                          SIDE C.
                                                                          1. Before
                                                                          2. Shriek
                                                                          3. Sick Talk
                                                                          SIDE D
                                                                          4. The Tower
                                                                          5. Logic Of Color

                                                                          The Mysterines

                                                                          Afraid Of Tomorrows

                                                                            The Mysterines are a four piece alternative rock band from Liverpool, England.
                                                                            Formed in 2016, the angst-ridden, grunge-inspired indie quartet are fronted by vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter Lia Metcalfe.

                                                                            Their imposing frontwoman melds together more than her lifetime’s worth of experiences with the kind of deep, impassioned vocal you won’t forget in a hurry. In her songs and stagecraft you’ll see and hear everything from PJ Harvey’s raw and ragged stomp to the crazed carnival energy of Tom Waits and eviscerating poetics of Patti Smith.

                                                                            The first great British rock band of the post-pandemic era, The Mysterines let us in on Lia’s unfiltered look at life, the universe and everything, complete with serious riffs and an unflinching honesty. 


                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. The Last Dance
                                                                            2. Stray
                                                                            3. Another Another Another
                                                                            4. Tired Animal
                                                                            5. Jesse You're A Superstar
                                                                            6. Hawkmoon
                                                                            7. Sink Ya Teeth
                                                                            8. Junkyard Angel
                                                                            9. Goodbye Sunshine
                                                                            10. Inside A Matchbox
                                                                            11. So Long
                                                                            12. Afraid Of Tomorrows

                                                                            Nourished By Time

                                                                            Catching Chickens EP

                                                                              2023 was a transformative year for the Baltimore singer-songwriter and producer, Nourished By Time. His critically-acclaimed debut album, Erotic Probiotic 2 picked up Pitchfork’s 'Best New Music' and featured on ‘Best Of 2024’ lists on Gorilla vs Bear (#1), Pitchfork (#5), The Guardian, The Fader, Paste and more. He collaborated with Yaeji on “Happy” from her debut album With A Hammer and remixed Dry Cleaning’s “Gary Ashby”, who he also supported on tour. Meanwhile, he embarked across Europe for his debut headline tour before returning to the US to open for Vagabon.


                                                                              Signing to XL Recordings, Nourished By Time returns to announce his new EP Catching Chickens will be released on 22 March digitally and on 12” vinyl. Written between 2022 - 2023 in his home studio in Baltimore, Catching Chickens takes inspiration from the iconic scene in Rocky II where his trainer makes him chase and catch chickens as a test of agility. With tracks like “Hell of a Ride,” in which Nourished By Time contemplates the fall of the American empire and late-stage capitalism loneliness, and “Had Ya Called”, which deals with the frustrations of growing distance in friendships, Nourished By Time chronicles his own test of agility as he weaves through the motions of his newfound notability.


                                                                              To celebrate the EP news, Nourished By Time releases “Hand On Me” single and music video. Shot by Josh Renaut, “Hand on Me,” explores paranoia that corrodes love and trust in a traumatic relationship. As he puts it, “the video is about being reminded that you’re an angel by other angels, featuring a surrealist commentary on celebrity culture”

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Hell Of A Ride
                                                                              2. Hand On Me
                                                                              3. Poison-Soaked
                                                                              4. Had Ya Called
                                                                              5. Romance In Me

                                                                              Toshio Matsuura Group

                                                                              Loveplaydance - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                Toshio Matsuura’s 2017 cult classic Loveplaydance focuses on covers, presenting classics & influential tracks in a new context. This new edition includes a cover of the Rotary Connection’s classic "Black Gold of the Sun'' featuring Afro-Cuban singer Daymé Arocena and her prodigious Havana-based players, as well as the high energy re-lick of Byron Morris and Unity’s ‘Kitty Bey’, a classic from Gilles Peterson’s seminal afternoon session at Dingwalls in the 1990s; neither included on the original vinyl LP.

                                                                                On ‘Loveplaydance’, legendary Tokyo DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura charted a new direction by casting musical cornerstones in a fresh light. The Toshio Matsuura Group features Tom Skinner (drummer for Smile, Sons of Kemet, amongst others) as its musical director, as well as some of the UK’s most exciting jazz-influenced musicians. Drawing on years of surveying and curating different corners of music, Matsuura deftly combined this talented pool of players into one singular, wide-ranging album. A co-founder of Japan’s United Future Organisation (aka U.F.O.), this record sees Matsuura reconnect with longstanding friend and collaborator Gilles Peterson. Releasing the album via Brownswood Recordings in the UK, it’s a continuation of a relationship which started as a bridge between London’s then-blossoming jazz scene and Tokyo’s new musical vanguard of the early ‘90s. This album continues that two-way dialogue between Japan and the UK.

                                                                                The scope of the music reflects the breadth of Matsuura’s interests; It ranges from Bugges Wesseltoft’s Detroit-influenced, dancefloor-minded jazz, stretched out into a more meditative contemplation, to Flying Lotus’ LA-rooted, Brainfeeder beatmaking, translated from laptop-to-live, given a new, equally idiosyncratic lease of life. Elsewhere, Carl Craig’s iconic ‘At Les’ is taken in a looser direction, the overtones of euphoria cast in a different hue.

                                                                                They’re touchpoints which hint at interests in the different, diffuse corners of electronic music, and how they connect to jazz and improvisation. Featuring an all star line up of some of the best players London has to offer, line up includes Nubya Garcia, Yazz Ahmed, Yussef Dayes and more.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A.1 Change
                                                                                A.2 High Noon
                                                                                B.1 L.M. II
                                                                                B.2 I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
                                                                                C.1 Kitty Bey
                                                                                C.2 Brown Paper Bag
                                                                                D.1 Do The Astral Plane
                                                                                D.2 At Les 

                                                                                Clipping / Cooling Prongs

                                                                                Tipsy / Midnight

                                                                                  This new split single by Clipping and Cooling Prongs features Clipping’s noise-infused remake of J-Kwon’s 2004 hit “Tipsy” on the A side, and a harrowing ambient noise track by Cooling Prongs on the B side.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Clipping - Tipsy
                                                                                  2. Cooling Prongs - Midnight

                                                                                  Old 97’s

                                                                                  American Primitive

                                                                                    The 13th studio album from Old 97’s arose from what vocalist/guitarist Rhett Miller refers to as a “de-evolution.” “As much as I want us to calm down and grow up, the songs that felt right for this record were mostly big and loud and brutal and dirty.” Produced by Tucker Martine and featuring appearances from Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) — American Primitive is gloriously rowdy, revealing a band more attuned than ever to the raw, reckless energy of timeless rock-and-roll.


                                                                                    Glass Beams

                                                                                    Mahal

                                                                                      The genesis of Glass Beams, which formed around founding member Rajan Silva, stemmed from the rekindling of childhood memories related to his father, who emigrated to Melbourne from India in the late 1970s. Silva, in particular, was drawn to the fusion of Western musical styles and traditional Indian music showcased in his father's music collection. Iconic Bollywood vocalists such as Asha Bhosle coexisted with blues legends like Muddy Waters and DVDs like 'Concert for George'—a star-studded tribute to the late Beatles member George Harrison—were in heavy rotation growing up. This cross-pollination of East and West, of old and new, is a sentiment that the trio have sought to capture in their self-produced, serpentine, psychedelic-tinged music. Throughout their output, Glass Beams present a timeless fusion of cultures and sounds beamed through a prism of live instrumentation and DIY electronica, all wrapped up in a mesmerising visual world of their own creation.

                                                                                      Recommended if you like… Khruangbin, Tame Impala, Altın Gün, SAULT, Yussef Dayes, Surprise Chef, Ezra Collective.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      A1. Horizon
                                                                                      A2. Mahal
                                                                                      A3. Orb
                                                                                      B1. Snake Oil
                                                                                      B2. Black Sand

                                                                                      Betty Davis

                                                                                      Nasty Gal - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                        In the 1970s, Betty Davis defied genre and gender by pushing her voice to extremes and embracing the erotic. She articulated a kind of pre–punk, funk–blues fusion that had yet to be normalized in mainstream music — a style that few musicians have come close to replicating. As one of the first Black women to write, arrange, and produce her own albums, Betty was a visionary who disregarded industry boundaries and constraints. Raw, unapologetic, and in full control, Betty paved the way for generations of future artists who said ‘funk you’ to the music industry and social norms.

                                                                                        In 1975, Betty Davis’s star was on the rise. With the backing of Island Records and a new band, Funk House, Betty’s third album, Nasty Gal, leans into the hyper-sexualized persona with which her critics were so obsessed. She raps, purrs, shrieks, and moans on top of Funk House’s manic funk-rock and lays claim to the “bad girl” anthems that now saturate the music industry. Mastered from the original tapes, Nasty Gal showcases Betty’s groundbreaking work as a performer, writer, and producer.


                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Nasty Gal
                                                                                        Talkin Trash
                                                                                        Dedicated To The Press
                                                                                        You And I
                                                                                        Feelins
                                                                                        F.u.n.k.
                                                                                        Gettin Kicked Off, Havin Fun
                                                                                        Shut Off The Light
                                                                                        This Is It!
                                                                                        The Lone Ranger

                                                                                        Serge Gainsbourg

                                                                                        Histoire De Melody Nelson - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                          Often cited as the masterwork of French icon and national treasure Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire De Melody Nelson features actress, amour, and inspiration Jane Birkin, arranger/conductor and co-conspirator Jean-Claude Vannier (L’Enfant Assassins Des Mouches), and a tight,hand-picked crew of top shelf U.K. session musicians, including Big Jim Sullivan, Vic Flick, Brian Odgers, and Dougie Wright. Originally released in 1971, this is an essential album for the discerning music lover.

                                                                                          Our initial reissue marked the first time that Histoire De Melody Nelson was ever made available domestically in the U.S., now available in two brand new très chic color variants. Dispelling countless myths, hearsay, and rumors surrounding Nelson, New York-based writer Andy Beta contributes a stylish essay for your edification, while the maestro himself chimes in with a period Q&A interview from France’s Rock N Folk Magazine, originally published in June 1971.


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Melody
                                                                                          Ballade De Melody Nelson
                                                                                          Valse De Melody
                                                                                          Ah ! Melody
                                                                                          L'hôtel Particulier
                                                                                          En Melody
                                                                                          Cargo Culte

                                                                                          Kneecap

                                                                                          Fine Art

                                                                                            When Mo Chara, Moglaí Bap and DJ Provaí - aka Belfast’s finest Kneecap - entered the studio with producer Toddla T in the summer of 2023, they quickly decided to scrap everything they had already prepared for the album they were about to record. Instead, they decided to build a pub together.

                                                                                            Built on a West Belfast side street, The Rutz is a community boozer, in that the entire community uses it. All human life is inside, either thriving, striving or skiving. There’s people just trying to get served at the bar or up on the stage performing; others are slumped in darkened corners or emerging bleary eyed and coke smeared from the toilets. Religious affiliations are irrelevant and the chatter is a intoxicating blur of English and Irish.

                                                                                            Although the pub is currently just a figment of the band’s imagination, all of the action on Kneecap’s exhilarating first album - Fine Art - takes place in The Rutz. Like the band themselves, Fine Art is fiercely intelligent, consistently hilarious and genuinely thought provoking. It’s genius is to immerse you in a world thus far unrepresented in modern music.

                                                                                            Across the record’s twelve tracks and the interconnecting moments between them (recorded by the band and friends including DJ Annie Mac), the pub comes to life vividly, providing the perfect backdrop for the cast of characters that join the dots throughout the album. From the moment the idea was born back in Toddla T’s studio, it was the obvious location to base the world of Kneecap in.


                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. 3CAG Feat. Radie Peat
                                                                                            2. Fine Art
                                                                                            3. I BhFiacha Linne
                                                                                            4. I'm Flush
                                                                                            5. Better Way To Live Feat. Grian Chatten
                                                                                            6. Sick In The Head
                                                                                            7. Love Making
                                                                                            8. Drug Dealin Pagans
                                                                                            9. Harrow Road Feat. JELANI BLACKMAN
                                                                                            10. Parful
                                                                                            11. Rhino Ket
                                                                                            12. Way Too Much 

                                                                                            L'objectif

                                                                                            The Left Side

                                                                                              The Left Side is the latest body of work from the Iggy Pop-endorsed teens since the release of their acclaimed second EP We Aren’t Getting Out But Tonight We Might in summer 2022. With Saul at the creative helm, The Left Side is a mature and cerebral body of work with Saul once again writing and producing the entire EP (with co-production by Ali Chant (Yard Act, Katy J Pearson, Dry Cleaning) on ‘Conman’ and ‘ITSA’). Written in Saul’s bedroom, the EP is a retrospective insight into the young band’s journey so far as they tie up their teenage years.

                                                                                              A coming of age saga, the EP acts as a vehicle for Saul to dive into the psyche behind emotional evolution, and to unpack the complexities of maturity and the ability to say goodbye to the past. These themes present themselves not only in the songs, but right down to the title of the EP itself - which refers to the fact that the left side of the brain is responsible for comprehension.

                                                                                              Summarising the EP, Saul says: “It’s the closest we have been to knowing what picture we want to paint. It’s another window into the musical space we wish to explore, yet I think we’re closer to having our sound. I think the project signifies the end of a section in our lives, moving out from the haze of the moment and reflecting on our teenage years and all its chaos with more understanding.”

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Entitled
                                                                                              2. Conman
                                                                                              3. The Dance You Sell
                                                                                              4. Puppy
                                                                                              5. ITSA
                                                                                              6. What A Time To Be Alive
                                                                                              7. Lily Of The Valley

                                                                                              Following her contribution to this Spring’s Gudu & Friends Vol. 1 compilation, Lady Blacktronika steps out with a full EP for Peggy Gou’s Gudu label.

                                                                                              Whether operating as Lady Blacktronika or her Femanyst alias, Akua Grant has built a deserved reputation as one of house and techno’s most daring and unique artists - one that dates back 25 years now, when she first debuted as a vocalist.

                                                                                              “House and techno” can be a cliched catch-all term, but in Grant’s case, she really has explored the extremes of both sides. Her early Lady Blacktronika work, when she earned the nickname The First Lady of Beatdown, saw her produce and narrate a style of deep house that was both sensitive and transgressive, while as Femanyst, she explores some of techno’s darkest corners, all distorted kicks and serrated edges.

                                                                                              Her EP for Gudu kicks off with some serious intent: ‘Baby I Got It’ chops its vocals rough and raw, pairing them with marching drums and the sort of idiosyncratic synth-work that feels like a Blacktronika signature at this point. ‘Sing the Blues’ and ‘Hold My Hand’ take things smoother, but without ever deferring to type — as ever with Grant’s music, she works with such sleight of hand that it’s easy to skip back three minutes previous and wonder how the hell we got here. Her tracks are just that hypnotic and hallucinatory.

                                                                                              Closing the EP, Octo Octa provides a remix of ‘Hold My Hand’ that extends things to a full 12 minutes (note: slightly shorter on the vinyl due to time constraints), taking us out with crushed percs and held pads over some undeniable drum work.

                                                                                              This EP marks the final release of Gudu’s busiest year to date, with music on the label in 2023 coming from Special Request, Matisa, Mogwaa, Hiver, Matrefakt, DMX Krew, Dukwa, Brain de Palma, Lady Blacktronika, Salamanda and Closet Yi.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. Baby I Got It
                                                                                              A2. Hold My Hand (Octo Octa's Sapphic Trails In Bloom Mix)
                                                                                              B1. Sing The Blues
                                                                                              B2. Hold My Hand 

                                                                                              V.I.V.E.K returns to SYSTEM MUSIC with a 3 track EP exploring new grooves within the 140 scope. Following on from his SHAPES EP he continues to try something different within the boundaries of tempo.

                                                                                              U Dub harks back to old school jungle territory, ambient synths with heavy distorted 808 bassline.

                                                                                              Voices explores an Amapiano style at 140 with heavy log drum bass and whispering synths .

                                                                                              While 108 works to bashment style bounce but is heavy on the bass .

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. U Dub 
                                                                                              B1. Voices 
                                                                                              B2. 108 

                                                                                              Lone

                                                                                              Waterfall Reverse / Triton

                                                                                              Lone returns to Greco-Roman with a two track 12” of some of his finest work to date. A-side track "Waterfall Reverse" is an ecstatic hardcore song that ascends into a utopian dream. Resident Advisor declaring it 'A fresh reinterpretation of Lone's dayglo breakbeat hardcore.....one of Cutler’s best moments'

                                                                                              AA-side "Triton" serves as a companion piece and keeps things leaner and focused on a 4/4 club sound. Both tracks are peak Lone; mind bending and  breathtaking machine funk full of colour and vivacity. 

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A. Waterfall Reverse 
                                                                                              AA. Triton 

                                                                                              Heavy, speaker-busting remixes of Pete Cannon & Patrice's derrier themed club track - "Butterfly". Utilizing the catchy vocal chorus, four different producers take the track into jungle, garage and grime / bashment territories - keeping the cutting edge production and foundation shaking bass weight through four inspired remixes. 

                                                                                              Pete Cannon deploys an array of gatt gun amens and growling reeses. Patrice and Sumgii both add eski synths and a shoulder-dropped grime / garage hybrid beat while Traces plays with pitch and bit reduction on a twisted mutant dancehall tweak that sounds like a boiling hot pan about to spill over. 

                                                                                              All excellent remixes that'll keep subwoofer-driven dancefloors trembling well into the night... 

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. Butterfly (Pete's Amiga Re-Work) 
                                                                                              A2. Butterfly (Patrice's VIP) 
                                                                                              AA1. Butterfly (Traces Remix) 
                                                                                              AA2. Butterfly (Sumgii's Gutter Flip) 

                                                                                              AZ

                                                                                              Night Dub / New York To Rio

                                                                                              AZ aka Lodger is back on Stamp with this great double-header of edits. It's a soul / funk classic on the A side with an excellent new interpretation of an early UK house hit on the flip.

                                                                                              VERY Limited copies.


                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A. Night Dub
                                                                                              B. New York To Rio 

                                                                                              Dälek

                                                                                              Negro Necro Nekros - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                Reissue of the album from 1998 that started it all for dälek, this time wth six bonus tracks. The physical includes a 12pg booklet with liner notes by John Morrison and new art from Mikel Elam & Paul Romano.

                                                                                                When Dälek’s debut, Negro Necro Nekros arrived in the Fall of 1998, hip-hop’s aesthetic and commercial conventions were in a state of upheaval. While mainstream rap had more or less completed the process of full integration into mainstream pop culture, underground hip-hop had mounted an aggressive opposition movement in response.

                                                                                                Forged in the fires of the East Coast underground music scene in the 90s, Experimental Hip Hop pioneers Dälek has spent decades carving out a unique niche fusing hardcore Hip Hop, noise and a radical approach to sound. From the very beginning, Dälek came out the gate, following in the footsteps of their predecessors Public Enemy while drawing from influences as varied as My Bloody Valentine and German experimentalists Faust, Dälek have succeeded in adding completely new textural and structural dimensions to rap music. Since 1998, they’ve released seven studio albums and countless EPs, singles and collaborations.


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Swollen Tongue Bums
                                                                                                2. Three Rocks Blessed
                                                                                                3. Images Of .44 Casings
                                                                                                4. The Untraveled Road
                                                                                                5. Praise Be The Man
                                                                                                6. And Hell Is Coming With Us
                                                                                                7. Pelt I’s To End (Demo Instrumental)
                                                                                                8. Gates Of Dawn (Instrumental)
                                                                                                9. Praise Be The Man (Remix)
                                                                                                10. Cement (Demo Instrumental)
                                                                                                11. Sweetwood Sound Session 404

                                                                                                Flowered Up

                                                                                                A Life With Brian - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                  Iconic UK indie band Flowered Up, seen as London’s answer to Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, reissue their debut album ‘A Life With Brian’ (from 1991) via London Records. The reissue follows a BFI documentary on the video of ‘Weekender’ and it’s legendary status in UK club culture of the time. The album remastering was overseen by Flowered Up keyboard player Tim Dorney.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  LP Tracklist:

                                                                                                  A1. Sunshine
                                                                                                  A2. Take It
                                                                                                  A3. Crackerjack
                                                                                                  A4. Mr Happy Reveller
                                                                                                  A5. Hysterically Blue
                                                                                                  B1. It's On
                                                                                                  B2. Silver Pan
                                                                                                  B3. Phobia
                                                                                                  B4. Egg Rush
                                                                                                  B5. Doris... Is A Little Bit Partial
                                                                                                  C1. Weekender
                                                                                                  D2. Weekender - Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit Partial Mix)

                                                                                                  CD Tracklist:

                                                                                                  CD1
                                                                                                  1. Sunshine
                                                                                                  2. Take It
                                                                                                  3. Crackerjack
                                                                                                  4. Mr Happy Reveller
                                                                                                  5. Hysterically Blue
                                                                                                  6. It’s On
                                                                                                  7. Silver Pan
                                                                                                  8. Phobia
                                                                                                  9. Egg Rush
                                                                                                  10. Doris…..Is A Little Bit Partial
                                                                                                  11. Weekender – Original Version
                                                                                                  12. Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit Partial Mix)

                                                                                                  CD2
                                                                                                  1. Weekender (BTWS Re-Animation)
                                                                                                  2. It’s On (Feel Pain Mix)
                                                                                                  3. Phobia (Paranoid Mix)
                                                                                                  4. I’ll Be Your Dog
                                                                                                  5. Take It (Pure Sexy Dub)
                                                                                                  6. Flapping
                                                                                                  7. Crackerjack – Clive Langer Version
                                                                                                  8. Don’t Talk Just Kiss
                                                                                                  9. Better Life
                                                                                                  10. Take It (Edge Of The Box Mix)
                                                                                                  11. Weatherall’s Weekender (Audrey Is A Little Bit More Partial Mix)
                                                                                                  12. Crackerjack – Everyone You Know Naughty Remix

                                                                                                  The Flaming Stars

                                                                                                  John Peel Session 19​.​02​.​02

                                                                                                    Hailing from the rather more literate side of Camden’s garage-punk scene in the mid-90s, The Flaming Stars were Peel favourites over the years, recording no fewer than EIGHT sessions for the legendary DJ.

                                                                                                    Six of them were collected on a Vinyl Japan CD at the turn of the century – but this fantastic final session is one of two never released before (the other one is PRE 042!). And what a session it is, featuring the brilliant ‘Cash 22’ (should’ve been a single!) and the noir vision of ‘Killer In The Rain’.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Cash 22
                                                                                                    Over And Done
                                                                                                    Action Crime & Vision
                                                                                                    Killer In The Rain

                                                                                                    The Flaming Stars

                                                                                                    John Peel Session 17​.​10​.​96

                                                                                                      A rarity among Peel sessions in the mid-1990s as this one went out entirely live when the legendary DJ was sitting in for Mark Radcliffe and invited garage-punk stalwarts The Flaming Stars in to do the honours.

                                                                                                      Never before released in any format, this outing at the BBC’s Oxford Road studios in Manchester finds the band in blistering form with a four-song blast featuring stunning versions of early singles ‘Ten Feet Tall’ and ‘Bury My Heart at Pier 13’.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Ten Feet Tall
                                                                                                      Spaghetti Junction
                                                                                                      Bury My Heart At Pier 13
                                                                                                      Down To You

                                                                                                      David Lee Jr

                                                                                                      Evolution - 2024 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                        Drummer and composer David Lee Jr.’s stunning and rare album, ‘Evolution’ (1974), blends the deep experimentalism of John Coltrane and Sun Ra with the pulsating second-line and parade rhythms of New Orleans to create a stunning sonic and rhythmical tour de force.

                                                                                                        In a lineage of incredible New Orleans drummers, that includes James Black, Idris Muhammed and Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters, and stretching back to Earl Palmer and Baby Dodds, David Lee Jr. stands out for his fire, experimentalism and an out-there-ness like no other.

                                                                                                        ‘Evolution’ is a super deep lost classic radical and groundbreaking deep spiritual jazz album. Originally released in New York in 1974 (400 copies only ever pressed!), the LP is an extraordinary one-off solo album, pressed on the artist’s own Supernal Records, a record company whose slogan, “Seeking creative progress,” and dedication “to peace and freedom” clearly displayed artistic intent over any commercial or marketled forces.

                                                                                                        David Lee Jr was born in New Orleans, and the deep experimental drum compositions featured on ‘Evolution’ are as rooted in this Southern city rhythmically as they are in the spiritual and metaphysical musical ideas of Afro-Futurist pioneers like Coltrane, Sun Ra and others.

                                                                                                        In the early 1970s, Lee Jr. headed off to New York, playing in Roy Ayers’ Ubiquity and later immersing himself in the thriving loft deep jazz scene, playing with Leon Thomas, Lonnie Liston Smith, Harold Alexander and Charles Rouse, and recording for a host of seminal deep jazz labels, including Strata-East, India Navigation and Flying Dutchman.

                                                                                                        Today, ‘Evolution’ remains one of the rarest and heaviest of all deep and spiritual jazz albums ever made.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Revelation
                                                                                                        Spirit Voice
                                                                                                        Cosmic Vision
                                                                                                        Wymbo-Ngoma
                                                                                                        Regeneration
                                                                                                        Freedom Bells
                                                                                                        Acknowledgement
                                                                                                        Love Parable
                                                                                                        Nova Reflex
                                                                                                        Evolution (Initiation, Development, Enlightenment Determination, Illumination, Inheritance, Destiny)
                                                                                                        Cosmopolitan
                                                                                                        Second Line March
                                                                                                        Constant Search
                                                                                                        I Want Our Love To Always Last
                                                                                                        Mystic Sound

                                                                                                        Marissa Nadler & Happy Rhodes

                                                                                                        Where Do I Go

                                                                                                          Ethereal dream gloom from a voice so unique they had to create an entirely new genre to contain all four octaves.

                                                                                                          Mixing classical music with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, Happy Rhodes’ ‘ecto pop’ never quite broke outside upstate New York, but that didn’t stop gothic Americana queen Marissa Nadler from reinterpreting ‘Where Do I Go’ in 2018.

                                                                                                          Both the original and cover have been paired here, housed in an elegant black and silver sleeve, with embossed braille lettering for the visually impaired.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Marissa Nadler ‘Where Do I Go’
                                                                                                          Happy Rhodes ‘Where Do I Go’

                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                          Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Down Beat Special: Expanded Edition

                                                                                                            Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Down Beat Special’ is a rollercoaster Greatest Hits ride through many of the alltime classic tunes hand-picked from across the mighty vaults of, without doubt, Jamaica’s finest ever record label and pioneering powerhouse of reggae music.

                                                                                                            Seminal tracks such as Michigan and Smiley’s ‘Nice Up The Dance’, Dawn Penn’s ‘No, No, No’, The Wailers’ ‘Simmer Down’, The Eternals’ ‘Queen of the Minstrels’… and on it goes. Non-stop big tunes - ‘Down Beat Special’ is an essential primer to Studio One Records.

                                                                                                            Originally released as a one-off pressing limited edition (long-since deleted) 7” box set, this new edition is fully remastered and expanded to a massive 18 rare and killer cuts from the Studio One empire.

                                                                                                            Featuring The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Lone Ranger and many more, the album features rare and classic tracks throughout.

                                                                                                            Newly commissioned sleevenotes by Noel Hawks (History of the Jamaican Recording Industry) featuring a track by track historical and musical analysis, label scans and more added to this fantastic collection.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            The Eternals - Queen Of The Minstrels
                                                                                                            Michigan And Smiley - Nice Up The Dance
                                                                                                            The Mad Lads - Ten To One
                                                                                                            Jackie Mittoo - Totally Together
                                                                                                            Horace Andy - Just Say Who
                                                                                                            The Skatalites - Addis Ababa
                                                                                                            Sugar Minott - Live Loving
                                                                                                            Lone Ranger - Can't Stand It
                                                                                                            Wailing Souls - I've Got A Burning Fire
                                                                                                            Bob Marley And The Wailers - Simmer Down
                                                                                                            Dub Specialist - Hooligan
                                                                                                            Alton Ellis - Your Heart Is Gonna Pay
                                                                                                            Roland Alphonso - Do It Good
                                                                                                            Wailing Souls - You Should Have Known
                                                                                                            Dawn Penn - No No No 
                                                                                                            Freddie McKay - You'll Be Sorry
                                                                                                            Alton Ellis - We Need Love
                                                                                                            Cornel Campbell - Best To Be Free

                                                                                                            FEET

                                                                                                            Make It Up

                                                                                                              ‘Make It Up’ is the long player follow up to FEET’s debut album ‘What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham’ which catapulted them into the indie-rock spotlight in 2019. Crowd pleasing thrillers such as ‘Petty Thieving’, ‘the anthemic ‘English Weather’ and more recent crowd favourite ‘Changing My Mind Again’ have solidified the band as one of the most exciting guitar acts on the scene.

                                                                                                              ‘Make It Up’ distils the FEET of old with a fine-tuned, cohesive, and compelling new output that builds on the sonic DNA of their debut, while effortlessly taking it to the next level.

                                                                                                              “There’s no throw away ideas on this album and everything has to have its place. It has to be ironed out and perfected,” explains frontman George Haverson. “I don’t like to say polished, but it is perfected to a point where everything can be done in its fullest form. I feel like we’ve got 12 complete songs on this album and not 12 ideas. We’ve made the FEET machine and now it’s a case of inserting the right idea and the output is a great song. Before, it felt a bit more like we were throwing shit at the wall. This time round, everything feels a bit more refined.”

                                                                                                              “Being in a band is a big chunk of time in your life, but this is a choice we all make, and we don’t ever have to even think about coming back to FEET. It’s like our child, really, and we’re all the surrogate fathers of this band! That keeps us together, this desire to create and make something that’s truly great.”

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Better Than Last
                                                                                                              2. The Real Thing
                                                                                                              3. I’m Wrong
                                                                                                              4. Greasy Boy
                                                                                                              5. Why Would I Lie
                                                                                                              6. Truly Awful
                                                                                                              7. Sit Down
                                                                                                              8. No Vision
                                                                                                              9. When You’re Feeling Strange
                                                                                                              10. Bullseye
                                                                                                              11. On The Wire
                                                                                                              12. Goodbye (So Long, Farewell)

                                                                                                              Running Back and Hivern Discs artist Katerina debuts on Rekids with a dreamy house EP titled ‘One’, which features a remix from Aleksi Perälä.

                                                                                                              The title track of Katerina’s ‘One’ EP on Rekids starts off with bodied bass drums, rich analogue synthlines and soothing vocal-laced melodies. The Finnish-Bulgarian artist appears on Rekids following her 2023 Panorama Bar debut for the label, now adding Radio Slave’s imprint to her extensive discography on labels like Running Back, Hivern Discs, and Rhythm Section.

                                                                                                              Fellow Finnish artist & international scene legend Aleksi Perälä then joins Katerina’s ‘One’ EP for the remix. Known for his imaginative sound design work on Clone, Trip, Rephlex and his own AP Musik label, Perälä turns ‘One’ into an equally whimsical, continually evolving dance trip. Dream-like keys trickle over rolling drums in his version before Katerina’s ‘Papu’ introduces the B-side, featuring a set of wonky chords played over an earworm bassline. ‘Look Into My Eyes’ is up last with gorgeous dubbed-out sonics, deep low-end and more after-hour melodies, closing out this irresistible addition to the Rekids family.

                                                                                                              This is another artfully crafted excursion through house and electronica from Katerina.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              A1. One 
                                                                                                              A2. One (Aleksi Perälä Remix) 
                                                                                                              B1. Papu 
                                                                                                              B2. Look Into My Eyes 

                                                                                                              The Future Sound Of London

                                                                                                              By Any Other Name

                                                                                                                A collection of unreleased tracks from the early 90's Jumpin' & Pumpin' era, when FSOL hid behind various guises

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                01. Sightings
                                                                                                                02. 1st Calling
                                                                                                                03. Across The Rivers
                                                                                                                04. Great Danger
                                                                                                                05. Corridor Lm3
                                                                                                                06. Shes So Automatic
                                                                                                                07. Keep Walking
                                                                                                                08. In A Cage
                                                                                                                09. Under The Rock
                                                                                                                10. Visual Attack
                                                                                                                11. You Might
                                                                                                                12. Garden Bridge
                                                                                                                13. We Bring It
                                                                                                                14. Kremlin Taped
                                                                                                                15 .travellers
                                                                                                                16 .just Look
                                                                                                                17. 831am

                                                                                                                Number 03 in the Dolly TS series is Italian techno wonderboy Rosati who delivers a delightful clutch of retrograde yet upfront techno. 'Bloody Cashn' is raw, energetic, techno funk with a Detroit (read: Millsian) flavor directly from the machines. "Inside" and "Midas Touch" both have an incessant vocal snip, reminescent of classic Oliver Ho or Marco Carola, while "First Impression" harks back to classic Detroit sounds a la Kevin Saunderson with its anthemic b-line, clattering 909s and futuristic pad presets. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable ride that techno heads mustn't do without! 

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Bloody Cash
                                                                                                                2. Inside
                                                                                                                3. Midas Touch
                                                                                                                4. First Impression

                                                                                                                Jovonn's Body N'Deep label kickstarts the year with the next in the series (Vol 4) of the sought after BND Projects. This release brings standout tracks from the like's of Jovonn (edited by Ben Rebel), Marc Cotterell, Matty Gillespie and good friend Jermias Santiago.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                01 Marc Cotterell - Deepha (plastik Factory Vox Mix)
                                                                                                                02 Matt Gillespie - Movin
                                                                                                                03 Jovonn - Play 4 Today (ben Rebel Remix)
                                                                                                                04 Jeremias Santiago - Soul Festival

                                                                                                                Brian Eno

                                                                                                                Eno (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                                                                                                                  For the past 50 years, Brian Eno has been at the forefront of musical creativity, technology, and artistic innovation. The hugely influential British musician, producer, activist, visual artist and self-described “sonic landscaper” began his career as an original member of the legendary Roxy Music in the early 1970s. He left the band to release a series of solo records and later pioneered the genre of ambient music with his 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. As a producer, Brian Eno has helped define and reinvent the sound of some of the most important artists in music, including David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay, and dozens of others. He also composed what may be the most heard piece of music in the world: the startup sound for Microsoft Windows. Undeniably, Eno has changed the way modern music is made.

                                                                                                                  Rich with access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage and unreleased music, Gary Hustwit’s forthcoming documentary Eno employs groundbreaking technology to accomplish something that’s never been done before: a feature film that’s never the same twice. Hustwit and creative technologist Brendan Dawes have developed bespoke generative software designed to sequence scenes and create transitions out of Hustwit’s original interviews with Eno, and Eno’s rich archive of hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage, and unreleased music. Each screening of Eno is unique, presenting different scenes, order, music, and meant to be experienced live. The generative and infinitely iterative quality of Eno poetically resonates with the artist's own creative practice, his methods of using technology to compose music, and his endless deep dive into the mercurial essence of creativity.

                                                                                                                  Hustwit’s collaboration with Eno first began in 2017, when Eno created an original score for Hustwit’s film Rams, about the German designer Dieter Rams. Says Hustwit, “Much of Brian’s career has been about enabling creativity in himself and others, through his role as a producer but also through his collaborations on projects like the Oblique Strategies cards or the music app Bloom. I think of Eno as an art film about creativity, with the output of Brian’s 50-year career as its raw material. What I’m trying to do is to create a cinematic experience that’s as innovative as Brian’s approach to music and art.”

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Brian Eno - All I Remember *Previously Unreleased*
                                                                                                                  2. Brian Eno With Daniel Lanois And Roger Eno - The Secret Place
                                                                                                                  3. Brian Eno & Fred Again - Cmon
                                                                                                                  4. Brian Eno & Cluster - Ho Renomo
                                                                                                                  5. Brian Eno - Sky Saw
                                                                                                                  6. Brian Eno & John Cale - Spinning Away
                                                                                                                  7. Brian Eno & Tom Rogerson - Motion In Field
                                                                                                                  8. Brian Eno - There Were Bells
                                                                                                                  9. Brian Eno - Third Uncle
                                                                                                                  10. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Everything That Happens
                                                                                                                  11. Brian Eno - Stiff
                                                                                                                  12. Brian Eno With Leo Abrahams And Jon Hopkins - Emerald & Lime
                                                                                                                  13. Brian Eno - Hardly Me
                                                                                                                  14. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Regiment
                                                                                                                  15. Brian Eno - Fractal Zoom
                                                                                                                  16. Brian Eno - Lighthouse #429 *Previously Unreleased*
                                                                                                                  17. Brian Eno & Roger Eno - By This River (Live At The Acropolis) *Previously Unreleased.

                                                                                                                  Free Throw

                                                                                                                  Those Days Are Gone - Reissue

                                                                                                                    After four albums and a decade of hard work, including countless performances worldwide, the members — Cory Castro, Lawrence Warner, Justin Castro, Jake Hughes, and Kevin Garcia — have a fresh perspective on life. The band is through obsessing over what comes next and romanticizing the moments that have already passed. Instead, Free Throw is making music about the present and how seeking balance in our lives is far more meaningful work than the endless pursuit of whatever you deem to be 'enough.'

                                                                                                                    Those Days Are Gone was the band’s debut, and still most popular, album. Out of press for years, the title is now back in steady rotation.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Such Luck
                                                                                                                    2. Two Beers In
                                                                                                                    3. Good Job, Champ
                                                                                                                    4. Tongue Tied
                                                                                                                    5. Pallet Town
                                                                                                                    6. An Hour Pissed
                                                                                                                    7. Kim Tastie
                                                                                                                    8. How I Got My Shrunken Head
                                                                                                                    9. Let’s Get Invisible
                                                                                                                    10. What Day Is It, October?
                                                                                                                    11. Hey Ken, Someone Methodically Mushed The Donuts

                                                                                                                    KOKOKO!

                                                                                                                    Butu

                                                                                                                      KOKOKO! The collective renowned for its daring sound, experimentations, rolling rhythms, stabbing melodies and powerful live shows comes back with a more electronic, upbeat sound, inspired by the nights of Kinshasa – DR Congo. BUTU means “the night” in Lingala. The album’s idea is a deep and intense dive into the night of Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo, a noisy 17 million strong, chaotic and amazing city.

                                                                                                                      All year long, the night comes really fast in Kinshasa because of its geographic location, the city being situated near the equator, in the heart of Africa. At 18h and in a short 15min burning red sunset, full darkness consumes the day out rapidly. The capital, with little electricity, melts instantly into the night, its habitants becoming multiple graphic silhouettes in the front light of the numerous vehicles stuck in traffic. There is density, the senses are exacerbated, this is the moment everything becomes louder! Street vendors having become invisible or distinctable now need to be heard with shouting and drumming, distorted megaphones loops triggered by SD memory cards, phone top ups adverts, car/trucks engines roaring close and far, moto taxi’s klaxons, power generators drone sounds, it is the prelude to the night’s show.

                                                                                                                      The sound system from the clubs will soundtrack the city for the next hours, sometimes clashing with the evangelical churches, there is competition. The air feels so hot on your skin, in your throat, the fumes are strong. The overwhelming environment goes up to your head and can become suffocating. Music is the escape, a portal to an alternative reality, where you can forget, lose yourself, dance, or be someone else like the performers from the boiling art scene, let go in one only way: loud loud loud.
                                                                                                                      Makara sings to help people forget about their problems, the country’s problems for a bit, expressing frustrations through music too: my country doesn't like me ‘elingi biso te”, my sweat hurts “motoki nanga pasi”, they are scared “Bazo Banga”, you will break your head “Kidoka” The world will shake “Mokili eko ningana” but still do it well “Salaka bien”.

                                                                                                                      Taking influences from the rich Congolese music, with a natural revolted tone, and with touches of Kuduro or Kwaito, in its own electronic post junk sound and sometimes distorted way, BUTU is made for letting go, for trance, for expressing frustration and anger sometimes, losing yourself. It is busy like the streets, it is the capital’s night soundtrack, loud, energetic, surprising, driving, eccentric, intense like Kinshasa.


                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Butu Ezo Ya
                                                                                                                      2. Bazo Banga
                                                                                                                      3. Donne Moi
                                                                                                                      4. Motema Mabe
                                                                                                                      5. Mokili
                                                                                                                      6. Mokolo Likambu
                                                                                                                      7. Kidoka
                                                                                                                      8. Motoki
                                                                                                                      9. Telema
                                                                                                                      10. Nasali Nini
                                                                                                                      11. Elingi Biso Te
                                                                                                                      12. Salaka Bien

                                                                                                                      Originally released on Firstcask Records 2006, played by Aphex Twin at Field Day 2023. Ceephax essential oils, reintroduced into the water table.

                                                                                                                      Braindance, fifth gear electro, Cornish acid and distorted box jams, all humming with high voltage electricity and tons of anarchistic spirit. Squarepusher's little brother certainly knew how to make a rachet! 

                                                                                                                      RIYL: RX-101, Roy Of The Ravers, Paranid London, AFX, Luke Vibert etc etc.




                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      01 Acid Highway
                                                                                                                      02 Red Dx Acid Extra Bd Shorter
                                                                                                                      03 Acid Whorl
                                                                                                                      04 Acid Causeway 1
                                                                                                                      05 Tough Grugoy Acid
                                                                                                                      06 Acid Surf Dream
                                                                                                                      07 Woodlice Acid

                                                                                                                      Ben Quad

                                                                                                                      I'm Scared That's All There Is

                                                                                                                        Ben Quad is a tightly-wound emo outfit with just the right balance of delicate vulnerability, careening guitar-driven energy, and melodic ingenuity. Despite tongue-in-cheek proclamations of being “emo butt-rock,” the Oklahoma City-based quartet take their songcraft seriously, and the result is a vibrant chemical blend of winning sensitivity, a charming dash of goofiness, and propulsively hooky, cleverly-written gems. With the release of their debut full length, I’m Scared That’s All There Is, the band established themselves as a band to watch. Brooklyn Vegan has raved “mix of sincerity, hooks, and adrenaline is always a winning formula when it’s done well, and Ben Quad do it very, very well.”

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Blood For The Blood God
                                                                                                                        2. We're Gonna Be Here For A While
                                                                                                                        3. Unclench Your Jaw
                                                                                                                        4. You Gotta Learn To Listen, Lou
                                                                                                                        5. It's A Kinkade!
                                                                                                                        6. When All Other Lights Go Out
                                                                                                                        7. Joan Of Hill 

                                                                                                                        Flux Of Pink Indians

                                                                                                                        Neu Smell - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                          Punk pioneers Crass continue their vinyl reissue series, re-pressing their limited releases by adjacent artists through Crass Records, in association with One Little Independent. The series, including over twenty bands and solo artists recorded at the legendary Southern Studios and produced by Penny Rimbaud, continues with two more historic pieces from the Crass Records catalogue; ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ by Annie Anxiety and ‘Neu Smell’ by Flux of Pink Indians.

                                                                                                                          “Flux of Pink Indian’s anti-capitalist, vegan, anarchist ideologies still resound today (possibly even more than they have in years)” The Quietus
                                                                                                                          Flux of Pink Indians were an iconic anarcho-punk band active from 1980-1986. In 1981 the band signed to Crass Records, releasing their debut EP ‘Neu Smell’ the same year, featuring indie hit ‘Tube Disaster’. Pulsating bass and grinding, distorted guitar chaos underpins a vicious takedown of media sensationalism and the reporting of everyday tragedies.

                                                                                                                          Penny continues; “Punk as it should be, but very often wasn’t, Flux assaulted the airwaves with an intelligent humour which, more often than not, was missing with other protagonists of the genre. Grim as it might have been, ‘Neu Smell’ must rate as one of the true gems of the time. Both drowning and waving, Flux’s irony could always put a smile on your face. If not the Ace, they were undoubtedly the Joker in the pack. Join the shuffle”.

                                                                                                                          Penny finally notes that “Our (Crass’) interest was never in personalities, profits or power, and neither did we have time for reformist liberals. Our position was solidly revolutionary; we took no prisoners. Talking the talk was never enough for us, no, we demanded that we also walk the walk. Ours wasn’t a show, it was a battle, not a living, but a lifestyle, a lifestyle with a difference – rather than looking only to ourselves, we sought to share our gains. I feel that this willingness added great strength to the form of anarchism that we practiced both on stage and out on the street.”

                                                                                                                          In giving a platform to an impressive array of other bands, Crass Records broadened the front of what popularly became known as anarcho-punk. Not, it must be said, a moniker that Crass themselves much favoured. In this respect, Crass’ classic line, “There is no authority but yourself”, makes its point. Crass sought to empower others, and the output of Crass Records does much to confirm this, while ‘2 By 2 And Back Again’ seems to nail it – “get out of your own way, we’re all in this together”. 


                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Neu Smell / Tube Disaster / Poem
                                                                                                                          2. Sick Butchers
                                                                                                                          3. Background Of Malfunction

                                                                                                                          The Last Dinner Party

                                                                                                                          Nothing Matters - Crystal Clear 7" Edition

                                                                                                                            The Last Dinner Party present a new 7” vinyl to celebrate their debut single release ‘Nothing Matters’. This limited-edition Crystal Clear transparent 7” release features the hauntingly beautiful 'Nothing Matters' on the A-side and a stunning stripped back acoustic version of 'Nothing Matters' on the B-side.

                                                                                                                            "Free, Dancing" is the first release by a new trio with percussionist and producer Carlos Niño, luminary multi-instrumentalist Idris Ackamoor (of The Pyramids), and wizard guitarist and producer Nate Mercereau. They have been playing concerts together in California since June 2022, sharing a unique vibrant sound, findings and energetics... Including download code for the full album.

                                                                                                                            Artwork by Nep Sidhu.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            We Love You So Much
                                                                                                                            Heaven Cruise Heaven Humming 2
                                                                                                                            Lightning Progression
                                                                                                                            Group Effervescence With Jesse Peterson
                                                                                                                            Wylde Life Thyme Decoration
                                                                                                                            Friends Now
                                                                                                                            Time On Earth

                                                                                                                            Annie Anxiety

                                                                                                                            Barbed Wire Halo - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                              Punk pioneers Crass continue their vinyl reissue series, re-pressing their limited releases by adjacent artists through Crass Records. The series, including over twenty bands and solo artists recorded at the legendary Southern Studios and produced by Penny Rimbaud, continues with two more historic pieces from the Crass Records catalogue; ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ by Annie Anxiety and ‘Neu Smell’ by Flux of Pink Indians.

                                                                                                                              “Trying to categorise Annie Anxiety is a futile task… [she] exudes a magnetic presence on anything she’s contributed to” The Vinyl Factory

                                                                                                                              New York City musical maverick and performance artist Annie Anxiety, aka Little Annie aka Annie Bandez, began her illustrious career (including work with Adrian Sherwood, Coil, Current 93, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry) with Crass. They released her first solo single, 1981’s ‘Barbed Wire Halo’ alongside ‘Cyanide Tears’, an extraordinarily prescient piece of jagged electronics, samples, and skeletal rhythms, led by Annie’s nightmarish vocals.

                                                                                                                              She tells us; “When creating this single with Penny I hadn’t heard the word ‘avant-guard’ nor could I spell it - I only got explained ‘concretism’ via an interview I did in Berlin regarding some of my work three years ago - My father was a printer so I grew up with sound of printing press and subway train beats and always heard melodies and cross rhythms within those beats - I was just making dance music / disco tunes to my mind and Pen heard those same tunes I was hearing - my first recording, in retrospect I guess, was pretty ‘out there’ at its release, but to us it was dance floor for a club yet to be invented- one day”.

                                                                                                                              Penny Rimbaud expands; “Annie Anxiety is a total enigma, a passionate voice in the wilderness of consensual reason. Dada in instinct, Monroe in affection, Rambo in inflection, Annie rams it home with divine thunder. An instigator and innovator, she’s the bonkers angel of Yonkers, NYC. With no time to spare, Annie takes to the road with complete conviction, overtaking Kerouac halfway down 5th Avenue. Catch her if you can”.


                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Hello Horror
                                                                                                                              2. Cyanide Tears

                                                                                                                              Chapterhouse

                                                                                                                              Whirlpool - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                Chapterhouse released two albums during their existence, Whirlpool (1991) and Blood Music (1993). Their debut album is a fantastic example of shoegaze at its best. The wall of sound approach is built around dance music structures and creates some heavy grooves.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                1. Breather
                                                                                                                                2. Pearl
                                                                                                                                3. Autosleeper
                                                                                                                                4. Treasure

                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                1. Falling Down
                                                                                                                                2. April
                                                                                                                                3. Guilt
                                                                                                                                4. If You Want Me
                                                                                                                                5. Something More

                                                                                                                                Cliff Solomon / The Jak & Lex Lathan / William Kincaid

                                                                                                                                Battle Cry / The Call (On The Edge) / Circuit Collapse

                                                                                                                                Another amazing Dirty Blends edition with three tracks of heavy jak beat and OG Chicago warehouse flavours.

                                                                                                                                The A side kicks off with Kincaid presenting a dark and menacing composition played and created with blood and sweat behind the vintage music boxes to come with this 12 minute cranium splitter - "Circuit Collapse".

                                                                                                                                Cliff Solomon honors the timeless work of originators Boyd Jarvis & Timmy Regisford with an '85 flavoured exercise of proto-house entitled "Battle Cry". With drum machines you'd associate more with the boogie genre, plus expert keyboard sections and sound effects, this retrograded house track will definintely devastate today's dancefloor leaving people scratching their heads as to its origin.

                                                                                                                                The Jak and Lex Lathan collaborate on "The Call (On The Edge)". recorded at Nation HQ and perhaps the most twisted and discordant offering out of the three. Warped vox, detuned synths and derranged licks smothering a staight up jak beat rhythm. Seriously wild stuff for the more adventerous DJ and dancer - TIP! 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. William Kincaid - Circuit Collapse
                                                                                                                                B1. Cliff Solomon- Battle Cry
                                                                                                                                B2. The Jak & Lex Lathan - The Call (On The Edge)

                                                                                                                                Grizzly Knuckles / The Jak

                                                                                                                                Caviar (Ensemble) / From Old Days Past

                                                                                                                                Dirty Blends hit us with their 10th release. I don't think a label has epitomized the OG spirit of Trax, the Muzic Box, and those early tape experiments by Adonis, Ron Hardy et al so well. Proper primitive, primordial warehouse tackle that gets right inside your body!

                                                                                                                                The A-side comes from new label member Grizzly Knuckles with "Caviar" - an edit of Jackmaster Dick's Revenge's (real alias) 1986 release, "Sensuous Woman Goes Disco" - but utilizing a much less x-rated vocal snippet, revolving around food rather than explicit sexual material. 

                                                                                                                                The B-side comes from label head The Jak who recreats the drum rhythms of Jesse Saunders with his KPR, taking us back to the mosh pits of The Reactor or Medusa with another stripped back exercise in jak beat. 

                                                                                                                                Dirty Blends - strictly for the most outrageous nightclub weirdos! Recommended. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A1. Grizzly Knuckles - Caviar Ensemble
                                                                                                                                B1. The Jak - From Old Days Past

                                                                                                                                Jolly Kunjappu / L En B Band

                                                                                                                                Sock It (Telephones Edit) / Without Love (Mario Marini Edit)

                                                                                                                                The second release on the club night cum record label, Nijmegen Blauwdruk is here, enlisting the help of Telephones and Mario Marini to edit two 80s boogie cuts from the European mainland.

                                                                                                                                On the A-side, the Norwegian Berliner Telephones delivers an epic rework of the 1983 tune 'Sock It' by Indian-Finnish artist Jolly Kunjappu. Sax solos, extended breakdowns and synth hooks that will stick like glue; it's all there.
                                                                                                                                On the B-side, Nijmegen's Mario Marini delivers the midas touch to the lost Dutch boogie tune 'Without Love' by L & B Band. You'll instantly recognize the original this version was based on, but the synth solo and drum break give the tune a whole new life.

                                                                                                                                Pressed LOUD at Mother Tongue, Verona. Remastered and cut by Helmut Erler.
                                                                                                                                Officially licensed from the original artists. 

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                Jolly Kunjappu - Sock It (Telephones Edit)
                                                                                                                                L En B Band - Without Love (Mario Marini Edit)

                                                                                                                                Garden Gate

                                                                                                                                Magic Lantern

                                                                                                                                  After her time with Brown Recluse, a bittersweet psych-pop sextet, and White Candles, a Radiophonic Workshop-inspired electronic duo, Meskers merged the qualities of both groups into a new project and the first Garden Gate single, Houses, appeared in 2016 on Good Behavior Records. Following this, came a clutch of acclaimed releases on labels such as Sunstone and Library of the Occult, notably The Dark Harvest LP (which received a 5-star review in Shindig) and the sought-after 2021 LP, Blood Mansion, an original score for a conceptual horror film.

                                                                                                                                  Magic Lantern is a collection of melancholy yet hopeful neoclassical library pieces with analogue electronic elements that originally soundtracked Audible Originals’ Strange Company audiobook.

                                                                                                                                  Here, Timmi explains how the project came about:

                                                                                                                                  “The first glimmer of Magic Lantern flickered over the kitchen sink, if memory serves. I was cleaning up with a dear friend, author Roan Parrish, and we were discussing how we could collaborate creatively. Our first idea was that she would share prose to inspire my themes, and inversely, I would share a few original themes to inspire her writing. Before we knew it, what started as a handful of stories and songs, damp with soap suds, ended up becoming a fully scored audiobook anthology for Audible Originals called Strange Company.

                                                                                                                                  As a long-time fan of soundtracks and library music, I was thrilled by the opportunity to see just how much emotion I could compress into the brief connecting links that would augment a furtive kiss, a painful psychic vision, or a breeze across the bones of a scorched landscape.

                                                                                                                                  Midway through the recording process, my long-term relationship broke down, and Roan let me set up a field studio in her home. I found myself grasping at any beauty I could find in the hope that it would spill into the music. Several themes from an unrealised Garden Gate album about the life of Dion Fortune also found their way in (notably, the title track), and the score became a bit more personal than initially charted. In the doomed outsiders of Roan’s gorgeously creeping prose, it was hard not to see aspects of my own life, and I found catharsis and healing in the creation of the music that soundtracked her characters' lives.”

                                                                                                                                  Abba

                                                                                                                                  Waterloo / Watch Out

                                                                                                                                    Waterloo 7″ picture disc incorporates classic band imagery from the original era and features a b-side companion track.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                    Waterloo
                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                    Watch Out

                                                                                                                                    Abba

                                                                                                                                    Waterloo (Swedish) / Honey Honey (Swedish)

                                                                                                                                      Waterloo (Swedish) 7″ picture disc incorporates classic band imagery from the original era and features a b-side companion track.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                                                                      Waterloo - Swedish Version
                                                                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                                                                      Honey, Honey - Swedish Version

                                                                                                                                      Abba

                                                                                                                                      Honey Honey (English) / King Kong Song

                                                                                                                                        Honey Honey (English) 7″ picture disc incorporates classic band imagery from the original era and features a b-side companion track.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                                                        Honey, Honey
                                                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                                                        King Kong Song

                                                                                                                                        Abba

                                                                                                                                        Waterloo - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                          The 50th anniversary of the band’s 2nd studio album.

                                                                                                                                          The album features the single ‘Waterloo’, the song which brought the band International fame and won the 1974 Eurovision Song Content in Brighton (UK).

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          Disc 1 - Side A
                                                                                                                                          Waterloo - Swedish Version
                                                                                                                                          Sitting In The Palmtree
                                                                                                                                          King Kong Song
                                                                                                                                          Disc 1 - Side B
                                                                                                                                          Hasta Manana
                                                                                                                                          My Mama Said
                                                                                                                                          Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)
                                                                                                                                          Disc 2 - Side A
                                                                                                                                          Honey, Honey
                                                                                                                                          Watch Out
                                                                                                                                          What About Livingstone
                                                                                                                                          Disc 2 - Side B
                                                                                                                                          Gonna Sing You My Love Song
                                                                                                                                          Suzy-Hang-Around
                                                                                                                                          Waterloo

                                                                                                                                          The Threshold Houseboys Choir

                                                                                                                                          Amulet - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                            Presented as a 3LP in a triple heavy Gatefold sleeve and a 2CD Digipak, both including a poster of Peter Christopherson in his infamous Cruella Deville coat has been respectfully and expertly remastered by grammy-nominated Jessica Thompson. Artwork by Oleg Galay overseen and with additional guidance from Peter Jenx.

                                                                                                                                            The music released as Amulet (or The Amulet Edition) is Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson’s semi-secret testament. Originally available in exceedingly limited quantities at live shows and via direct mail-order in 2008 as a hand-assembled 4 miniCDR set housed in a circular Thai Amulet case and never properly distributed, the material finally receives the wider re-release on vinyl and CD it so richly deserves.

                                                                                                                                            Only the second and sadly already the final release in his post-Coil solo guise as The Threshold Houseboys Choir “Amulet” sees Christopherson in a more playful mood than ever, don’t be fooled by reviews calling this suite of songs “incomplete” or “working stage”, these are rough little diamonds, often imbued with a bittersweet melancholy joy, unsurprisingly reminiscent of some of the final Coil offerings, but additionally steeped in exotica, inspired by his new East Asian home and the ghostly voices of his digitally generated choir (“a vocalist that wouldn’t crash”, as he would say). At times these tracks sound like a warmer, less analytically complex counterpart to the work he created simultaneously with CoH’s Ivan Pavlov in the celebrated Soisong project.

                                                                                                                                            Bonus tracks feature rare earlier THBC compilation tracks and a few previously unreleased exclusive sketches. Let’s be perfectly clear though, “Amulet” is not some half-finished cutting-room floor left-overs, it’s a genuine but very little heard fully fledged album released by Christopherson with some of the tracks performed live on his last ever tour, the unforgettable intimate Evenings with Uncle Sleaz.

                                                                                                                                            Mohama Saz

                                                                                                                                            Maquina De Guerra

                                                                                                                                              The fifth album put out by Mohama Saz is a balance of primitive sound both organic and tribal with a flare of timeless psychedelic vanguard. Dystopian synths, chorus, percussion sustained by strong rhythms surround the sound of the electric Baglama Saz melodies.

                                                                                                                                              “Máquina De Guerra” is an instruction manual to escape the innocuous and the complacent and to keep fighting against the establishment. The record is oriented towards the south of Spain, as well as Eastern Europe, Anatolia, kaleidoscopic Kraut, Flamenco as well as music from the Andes and from North Africa.

                                                                                                                                              Crushed

                                                                                                                                              Extra Life

                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles duo crushed announce their signing to Ghostly International and the first vinyl pressing of their 2023 debut EP, extra life. A love letter to ‘90s radio, the first collaboration from musicians Bre Morell and Shaun Durkan finds them tuning a shared taste for maximalist dream pop. Open-hearted hooks and melodic riffs move through a haze of breakbeats, spliced sound design, and distortion. Faithful yet fluid in its channeling of golden age alt-rock, Britpop, trip-hop, and electronica, there’s a refreshing freedom to the sound, which quickly resonated with fans and critics upon initial release. Pitchfork called it “effortless, widescreen dream pop that’s serene without being sentimental,” and NPR cited its “deep sense of place and time.” The music also struck Ghostly, and the first measure for crushed and their new label home is to give extra life a wider physical release paired with remix- es from band favorites Real Lies and DJ Python.

                                                                                                                                                The story of crushed is written across midnight transmissions. In the early 2010s, Morell, who fronts the band Temple of Angels (Run For Cover Records), hosted a graveyard shift college radio show and used to play music from Durkan’s former band Weekend (Slumberland Records). In 2020, Durkan, having focused on pro- duction work (Tamaryn, Young Prisms) following Weekend’s run as a formidable shoegaze act, hosted a late-night program on a community radio station in San Francisco. Driving one day, he heard Temple of Angels by chance and was imme- diately drawn to Morell’s voice. He added a song that night to his on-air tracklist. Morell saw it and reached out to thank him and point to that connection made a decade earlier.

                                                                                                                                                The exchange sparked a long-distance project. First, they filled an audible moodboard with ‘90s classics from the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Sneaker Pimps, and The Sundays. Songs that transported them back to places of comfort and discovery; Morell’s memories of a metallic, lavender boombox that dispatched past sounds from a world beyond her Houston suburbia, and Durkan, in his mom’s car on the way to band practice. These touchpoints provided a palette for crushed to experiment without expectations, purely for the fun of it.

                                                                                                                                                A creative intimacy emerged; stepping outside the reverb walls of her full band, Morell embraced more clarity and a range of emotions in her vocals, while Durkan looked inward as a producer, collaging fragments from their everyday lives: voice memos, piano recordings, even the panting of Morell’s late dog on “milksugar.” The wistful ballad embodies extra life’s feeling as a whole. “I am home again,” sings Morell; her refrain cycles above a drum machine beat as Durkan colorstheir universe with star-lit strums, synth swells, and the crackle of fireworks in the distance. Elsewhere, the duo’s uptempo mode is equally effective, like the su- per-charged duet “coil” or the propulsive opener “waterlily,” which sets a cinematic tone for the set.

                                                                                                                                                Bold, bright, and replayable, extra life presents crushed as a project of immense promise, two artists unlocking something special within themselves, a space to hold both melancholy and bliss. Durkan adds, “To me, [extra life] is true and pure - in a way I haven’t felt about music in a really really long time.”

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Waterlily
                                                                                                                                                2. Coil
                                                                                                                                                3. Milksugar
                                                                                                                                                4. Bedside
                                                                                                                                                5. Respawn
                                                                                                                                                6. Lorica

                                                                                                                                                DIIV

                                                                                                                                                Frog In Boiling Water

                                                                                                                                                  Produced by Chris Coady and written by DIIV (pronounced Dive), Frog in Boiling Water, the band’s fourth full-length LP is a collection of snapshots that explores the brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance. Across 10 dark and dazzling tracks, DIIV documents the collapse from various angles with unusual sensitivity and depth of purpose while expanding their grand, hypnotic shoegaze, to create a transportive, sensual work of hope, beauty and renewal.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. In Amber
                                                                                                                                                  2. Brown Paper Bag
                                                                                                                                                  3. Raining On Your Pillow
                                                                                                                                                  4. Frog In Boiling Water
                                                                                                                                                  5. Everyone Out
                                                                                                                                                  6. Reflected
                                                                                                                                                  7. Somber The Drums
                                                                                                                                                  8. Little Birds
                                                                                                                                                  9. Soul-net
                                                                                                                                                  10. Fender On The Freeway

                                                                                                                                                  Ganavya

                                                                                                                                                  Like The Sky I've Been Too Quiet

                                                                                                                                                    Internationally acclaimed vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer
                                                                                                                                                    releases her new studio album featuring Floating Points, Kofi Flexxx & Carlos Niño among others, and produced by Shabaka Hutchings on Hutchings’ Native Rebel Recordings

                                                                                                                                                    South-Asian vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer ganavya announces today her upcoming studio album “like the sky I've been too quiet” on Shabaka Hutchings’ Native Rebel Recordings. The album features contributions from artists including Kofi Flexxx, Floating Points, Carlos Niño, Leafcutter John and Mercury-nominated bassist Tom Herbert.

                                                                                                                                                    Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, UCLA and Harvard, ganavya has quickly become a much-in-demand artist on the US scene who consistently confounds expectations. Hailed as “among modern music's most compelling vocalists” (Wall Street Journal), “most enchanting” (NPR) and "extraordinary" (DownBeat), ganavya has worked with an array of luminaries including the likes of Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding and on new album like the sky, I've been too quiet she presents thirteen compelling tracks which showcase her ethereal voice and numinous energy. 


                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                                                    Not In An Anthropological Mood
                                                                                                                                                    First Notebook Of Songs
                                                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                                                    Forgive Me My
                                                                                                                                                    Seal
                                                                                                                                                    El Kebda, Let It Go
                                                                                                                                                    We Made It To The Underpass
                                                                                                                                                    Side C
                                                                                                                                                    Our Mother Is Our Daughter Is Our Mother
                                                                                                                                                    (sister Said) Home Is A Direction
                                                                                                                                                    We're Still At The Underpass
                                                                                                                                                    Side D
                                                                                                                                                    Call It Luck If You Want To
                                                                                                                                                    Call Her By Her Name, Enheduanna
                                                                                                                                                    Growing Sense Of Wonder
                                                                                                                                                    I Walk Again, Eyes Towards The Sky

                                                                                                                                                    Kasabian

                                                                                                                                                    Happenings



                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      A Happening
                                                                                                                                                      Darkest Lullaby
                                                                                                                                                      Call
                                                                                                                                                      How Far Will You Go
                                                                                                                                                      Coming Back To Me Good
                                                                                                                                                      G.O.A.T.
                                                                                                                                                      Passengers
                                                                                                                                                      The Hell Of It
                                                                                                                                                      Italian Horror
                                                                                                                                                      Bird In A Cage
                                                                                                                                                      Algorithms

                                                                                                                                                      Two revered dance music institutions come together here as Pye Corner Audio steps up to Emotional Response with his debut EP for the label. What's more, it is a two-parter with the first half also available now. This one from Martin Jenkins finds him making an homage to the acid house he has always loved with opener 'Stegan Acid' starting with slow grocers and foggy moods run through with subtle 303 modulations. 'Magnetic Acid Three' is another deep and stripped-back sound with rumbling drums and bass coloured with soft acid contours and 'Thermionic Acid' gurgles a little more as the icy hi-hats cut through a mutant deep techno swamp. 'Magnetic Acid One' is one final meditation on acidic house depths.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Stegan Acid
                                                                                                                                                      Magnetic Acid Three
                                                                                                                                                      Thermionic Acid
                                                                                                                                                      Magnetic Acid One

                                                                                                                                                      Pye Corner Audio shows off his love of acid on the first of two EPs for Emotional Response that drop simultaneously. This first one is his debut on the label and comes with a gorgeous cover that perfectly encapsulates the sounds within. 'Dust Acid' is a sparse cut with dusty drums and meandering basslines that slowly sink you in, then 'Magnetic Acid Two,' which like all of these was recorded live, is another expertly reduced brew of murkiness with plenty of frayed edges and vintage analog sounds. 'Wanna Show U Acid' is a late-night acid dream and 'Magnetic Acid Four' shuts down slightly more bite. Four timeless backroom cuts, make no mistake.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Dust Acid
                                                                                                                                                      Magnetic Acid Two
                                                                                                                                                      Wanna Show U Acid
                                                                                                                                                      Magnetic Acid Four


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