MAGIC MIX

END OF YEAR REVIEW 2017

TOP 20 COMPILATIONS

Q&A with Moonboots who compiled of our Compilation of the Year - 'Moments In Time':
• Congratulations Richard! How does it feel to be number one?

Amazing… especially as I’m above Phil Mison, my Balearic nemesis.
• You’ve done your fair share of compiling over the past few years, most notably your excellent contribution to Claremont’s ‘Originals’ series. How does ‘Moments In Time’ differ from those comps?
I’d say it’s more reflective of me as a person. When I did Originals with (Balearic) Mike, we split the tracks 50/50, and on the Is It Balearic? and Javier Bergia compilations I could only pick tracks from the label or artist so there were a lot of constraints. I was allowed complete freedom for ‘Moments In Time’ and picked tracks which totally represent my taste.
• What approach did you take to selecting the songs?
Rather than pick fifteen of this year’s best Balearic tracks or a load of totally obscure records, I decided to start with things that had never been on vinyl before. Whether that be CD only tracks, unreleased songs or music from tapes. All things which should always have been on vinyl but weren’t.
• There’s a serenity to the tracks you’ve chosen, was that a conscious decision?
It’s music for ironing! I think if you’re going to put together a compilation there should be a flow to it, like a DJ mix. Though it sounds a bit cheesy, it should be a journey. I chose tracks at the start and at the end to bookend the selection and the songs in between undulate without ever getting too busy.
• The compilation features one of your many versions of ‘Love Song’, can you tell me a little about that particular obsession?
It started when I read Lesley Duncan’s obituary in the Guardian and it said that there were over 150 cover versions of ‘Love Song’. At that point I owned five or six versions and made it a mission to reach a hundred. I don’t believe there are 150, it’s been tough getting to 95. I know of another five versions but I’m struggling to find copies. I want to find them all. It will happen!
• What about this particular version?
I was DJing in Spiritland in London and played a Canadian version by a Christian band called Prophecy. Paul Noble, who owns the venue, came over and asked if it was ‘Love Song’, then said that his brother did the best version of it. He put me in touch with his brother and soon enough I had a private press CD and another track for the collection. It was the perfect choice for ‘Moments In Time’.
• How did you start collecting records?
I’d always bought indie bits like the Smiths and the Bunnymen, but when acid house happened in ’88 I caught that bug of trying to find things other people didn’t have, and that’s never gone away. For years I just bought records without being a collector, but gradually got specific regarding labels, artists or cover versions. When you step back, look at a room full of records and see a Minnie Driver album with a version of ‘Love Song’, you quickly realise you’ve got a problem.
• Is that your worst version of ‘Love Song’?
Sadly not. There’s a very rare Japanese album by Shun Sakai & HP Riot which Basso (Growing Bin) told me about. It has an amazing cover, looks like an amazing record, but is totally shit. I hate that Alan Lee version I bought from Piccadilly as well.
• What’s your favourite work of art?
Probably a Rothko, but I can never remember the names of any of them. There are three big purple-y red things in the Tate, the kind of things your mum would say were shit, but I can stare at them for hours. On a side note, my missus likes to touch famous works of art. Is there a name for that? By putting her hand where the artist has been it means she’s been there too and had a connection. She touched a Rothko in MoMA and we were trailed by gallery security for the next hour.
• Do you have any other compilations in the pipeline?
Hopefully another volume of this - ‘Another Moment In Time’ maybe.
• You’re our number one, but what was your favourite record this year?
Well, I went on record to say that the Nordsø & Theill was the best record I’ve heard in the last ten years, so that’s my number one. Aside from that I’m a big fan of the Penguin Café LP and the San Junipero soundtrack by Clint Mansell.
• As a Christmas treat, could you tell us three names from your infamous ‘list’?
No comment [smiles wryly]

Check out these links to see our other Best Of 2017 Charts:
Click HERE for the Piccadilly Top 100 Albums 2017
Click HERE for the Piccadilly Top 10 Reissues / Collections 2017
Click HERE for the Piccadilly Top 10 Box Sets 2017

And don't forget our super deluxe perfect bound 60 page full colour End Of Year Review Booklet is available now too, beautifully designed yet again by Mark Brown Studio, you can pick up a physical copy here, or free instore.
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“Moments In Time” compiled by Moonboots is the second album in the new special collector series on Copenhagen’s music for dreams. The first album was “Tropical Drums Of Deutschland” by Jan Schulte. For the new compilation “Moments In Time”, Music For Dreams has asked long-time friend of the label Moonboots to pick out a selection of songs with the power to encapsulate moods of calm and moments of contemplation.
Moonboots has been a fixture of the Manchester scene since the Balearic boom in the late 80’s. He runs the prolific vinyl label Aficionado Recordings together with fellow DJ Jason Boardman, a project that started out as a Sunday evening club night. Since 2012, they’ve dished out more than a handful of 12” releases with an ever-surprising selection of underground acts at the fringes of what might be called Balearic. Some of these artists turn up here as well, with exclusive material culled from various demos and unfinished tracks. Swedish-based Farbror Resande Mac for instance, with the brooding, glacial and Carpenter-esque “Janne”, an old fave of Moonboots which featured on their (now defunct) website. “Names In The Sand” by Begin starts off as a similar story: a forgotten demo track Moonboots came upon a few years ago and has been spinning in digital form since. The version you will hear on the compilation is a tweaked and finished version. Another exclusive is the extended version of “Från Andra Hand Till Stränderna I Nice” by Gryningen, previously released in 2015 on Aficionado, now extended by Salta to six minutes instead of two.
Stepping aside from digging through the outputs of Aficionado affiliates, Moonboots also manages to stumble over a cover of Lesley Duncan’s eternal masterpiece “Love Song”. As Moon runs an Instagram account called onehundredlovesongs highlighting his collection of Lesley Duncan cover versions, this is clearly an obsession that bears fruit. “The Natureboy version came about in a weird way”, says Moon. “I was DJing at Spiritland (London) and playing this obscure Canadian xian version when the owner Paul came over to ask about it. He then told me his brother had recorded a version, put me in touch and next thing you know it’s on the comp.”
Much of the selection has aimed to include tracks which have previously never seen vinyl release, whether only issued on CD or digital. For instance, the track which gives the compilation its title is a crisp and loungy Paul Hardcastle production from 2005, only ever issued on CD. Other selections only out before on CD are the new age epic “Cello Blue” by David Darling from 2001 filled with field recordings of birds and water while Denmark’s own new age maestro Rishi contributes with the track “Simple Trust” from his 1993 album “Notes From The Inner Stream”. Another track seeing its first vinyl release is the contribution from world-jazz trio Bombay Hotel, featuring Kenneth Knudsen as well as Ole Thiel and Mikkel Nordsø who recently released new material for Music For Dreams - the Cafe Del Mar classic “Between Leaves”. Fact – label boss Kenneth Bager gave a copy of the original Bombay Hotel CD in 1993 to Phil Mison at Cafe Del Mar and told him about the “Between Leaves” track. Phil started to play it and the rest is history. The exception to the rule of vinyl premiers is the sample-heavy “Gissningsleken” by Ben Morris - previously released on a limited run 7” from 2012 - as well as dreamy July Skies track “The Softest Kisses” – the 7” version of which has never been issued elsewhere. New Moonboots faves German duo Blank and Jones are included with the summery “My Island” alongside new Danish artist “The Swan And The Lake“ with the exclusive mix of “Moments Of Lost Swans” (Remix) featuring Jonas Krag on pedal steel guitar. All in all, Moonboots has put together a dense collection of songs with a timeless feel. They will doubtless sound as good in the pub as they might at home on a Sunday or in a cabin in the woods. To top things off, the sleeve design comes from Aficionado’s graphic designer Topsy Van Salkeld.


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Over the years, Phil Mison has become the go-to selector for those looking for Ibiza-themed compilations. None of his previous collections, though, have been quite as personal as "Out Of The Blue", a compilation inspired by his first spell behind the decks at the Cafe Del Mar in 1993 - and the remarkable chain of events leading up to it.
Mison made his first trip to Ibiza in the summer of 1991 and quickly fell in love with the magical music being played by Cafe Del Mar resident DJ, Jose Padilla. On his return to the UK, Mison began to cultivate his own take on the laidback, open-minded style, recording mix-tapes of "Ibiza style chill out" tunes to give to friends. In November 1992, Mison was hanging out in Tag Records, Soho, when Padilla walked in. He plucked up the courage to speak to the Spaniard because earlier that summer Mison had given one of his friends some tapes to take out to Jose in Ibiza so he wanted to see if he had got them. During the conversation Mison invited him down to his next DJ set at Nicky Holloway's club, the Milk Bar and less than three months later, and clearly impressed by what he'd heard on the tapes, Padilla invited Mison to fill in for him at the Cafe Del Mar, beginning in April '93.
It's that first trip to DJ in Ibiza - a crazy six-weeks spent dividing his time between spinning records at Cafe Del Mar, hanging out in Jose Padilla's house in the hills, and meeting some particularly eccentric White Isle residents - that proved the inspiration for "Out Of The Blue". The compilation contains a mixture of records that Mison played in his earliest Ibiza sets, those that remind him of that period, and recent discoveries that boast a similarly warm, loved-up vibe. Mison is at pains to point out that it's not a track-for-track representation of his first sets, but rather a collection inspired by this most momentous of experiences. As you'd expect from a selector of Phil Mison's standing, "Out Of The Blue" is an outstanding collection. Some will no doubt hear the influence of his mentor - the man he credits with effectively turning his DJing career around - in the undulating rhythms and new age melodies of Kamasutra's "Sugar Step", the meandering synthesizer solos and Spanish language vocals of Congarilla's sublime "Sacred Tree", and the lilting flamenco guitars of "Gambarra", an unreleased mix from Mison's popular Cantoma project. Elsewhere, listeners can marvel at the starry ambient bliss of Belgian legend Frank De Wulf's "The End", recline to the saucer-eyed fusion jazz of the Christoph Spendel Group, shuffle along to tactile, hard-to-find period deep house from Language, Moodswings and Don Carlos, and marvel at The Cactus Rose Project's ridiculously rare "Jelly", a sparkling, disco-era jazz-rock outing partly inspired by the Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running".
"Out Of The Blue" may well be a very personal selection of tracks celebrating a moment in time, but it's happily one that we can all enjoy for many years to come.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Compilation of the year from Balearic maestro Phil Mison covering the rare gems which sparkled in his legendary Cafe Del Mar sets. Not only is this an all killer, no filler affair, but it's around £1798 cheaper than picking up the originals so there's plenty of bang for your Balearic buck...

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Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections. The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul.

This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Finally, there’s the no-small-matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BADBADNOTGOOD take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.

“We were really excited to have the chance to put together a Late Night Tales compilation, it’s a great organisation. We decided to use it as a vehicle to show everyone all the amazing music we have gotten to experience by touring and meeting new people. Every track on this comp was either shown to us by an incredible person or made by one of our friends. We also included a little cover of a song by one of our favourite current musicians, Andy Shauf.

These artists, as well as many, many others, have infuenced us to create and kept our deep love of music alive. This mix will keep you company on a quiet night by yourself or with friends. You can check it out on the plane, the bus, a long walk, or any situation where you want a soundtrack for reflection and meditation.” - BADBADNOTGOOD May 2017

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Given their ardent love of the hippidy hop, I was half expecting a baked set of golden age head nodders here, but instead the peerless modern jazz ensemble offer up a gorgeous stroll through cinematic soul, soft focus pop and gems mined from all over the globe on this excellent addition to the Late Night Tales catalogue. Watch out for the Steve Kuhn cut - that shizzle could bring a tear to a glass eye!

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Pressed on 180 gram vinyl - includes bonus download code to BADBADNOTGOOD's "LateNightTales" mix as well as unmixed track versions in FLAC, WAV & MP3 formats.
Plus high quality 30cm cover art print.

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4 - Various Artists

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs... Present English Weather

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The latest project from two-thirds of Saint Etienne is a compact disc and deluxe double LP of English music that represented the transition from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s. Most of it is not an easy listen, but it’s always interesting, melodic, melancholy, with jazz and folk touches.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: A hugely diverse and transformative collection of classic rock, unheard jazzy gems and pastoral folk-tinged rarities. Dreamy in places, somewhat meditative and gloomy in others, but thoroughly brilliant throughout. Superbly curated and a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Andy says: Beautifully evocative snapshot (both aural and visual: check the cover photo!) of a bygone era: British head-rock, late 60's/early 70's.There are some biggish names (Camel, Caravan, John Cale) but mostly this is under the radar stuff and all the better for it. Easy on the ear prog, folk and rock with a hint of jazzyness, you really are transported to another time and place.

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Last year saw La Torre launch the first edition of their compilation, which went on to be named one of Resident Advisor's top 5 mixes of 2016.

Compiled by Mark Barrott and Pete Gooding, both integral to La Torre's musical identity and the wider Balearic scene. Pete Gooding holds over three decades of experience as a DJ, including over twenty years soundtracking sunset at the notorious Cafe Mambo in Ibiza, while Mark Barrott has become the face of Balearic, featured in the Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR and The Fader for his sublime productions and forward thinking International Feel label.

The mix includes obscure and much coveted material from the likes of old veterans Vangelis and John Barry, through to a new generation of musical eccentrics such as Lord Of The Isles, Tornado Wallace and La Torre's own Mark Barrott with an exclusive track. It skirts the outer peripheries of oddities to reimagine what is considered du jour, resulting in a charmed and esteemed choice of music that reflects the audience of La Torre - a cosmopolitan, original and radical set from all walks of life.

"Our hope is that even if you haven't yet visited us at La Torre, this collection of music will help you on this journey and if you have shared the majesty of the sunset with us, we hope it will transport you back to that glorious moment when the stillness and feeling of connectedness is so joyous it's almost overwhelming."

Tucked away in a secluded spot on the west coast of the island, Hostel La Torre reinvents the Balearic spirit pioneered by Alfredo Fiorito at Amnesia and José Padilla at Café del Mar in the early 80s, carving the footprints of a new and inspiring avant-garde scene in Ibiza's next chapter. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Though the White Isle may be overrun by knuckle dragging morons in shutter shades and shit vests, Hostel La Torre continues to fly the flag for Alfredo’s Ibiza, keeping the Balearic spirit intact one soothing set at a time. From their secluded setting on the West Coast of the island, Pete Gooding and International Feel boss Mark Barrott couple old gold from Vangelis, John Barry and The Durutti Column with a healthy serving of this year’s Piccadilly records of the week. Eclectic, eccentric and easy going – now that’s what I call Balearic!

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6 - Various Artists

Behind The Counter: Max Richter

    As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

    This will be the first in Rough Trade Shops’ new Behind the Counter series, in which some of their favourite artists create mixes especially for them, using the records they sell on the shop floor.

    As big fans of Max, Rough Trade invited him to curate a mix that demonstrated his influences, knowing he’d dig up some unexpected gems. The result gives a fascinating and enriching guided tour through Richter’s musical cosmos, with insight into the sounds that help inspire his singular talent and vision.

    This 36-track compilation features music from Mogwai, Boards of Canada, Let's Eat Grandma, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Philip Glass, Aphex Twin and Low, plus classical works by Rachmaninoff and Bach.

    “This is a compilation of music I love. Some of my choices are things I’ve been listening to for decades, others are new discoveries, but feel like they belong here. I put a couple of things of mine in too - welcome to my world”, says Max.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: This is by all measures, an astonishing collection. not only does it have the seminal classical works that you'd expect from Richter, but includes a great number of those 'What CD is this on?!' counter moments that we enjoy so much. Classic post-rock staples, beautiful electronics, heartfelt full-band odes and an education in classical music. A masterclass in curation.

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    3LP Black vinyl (includes download code to 2 x continuous mixes)

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    CD is 2 x continuous mixes.

    As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

    18 years on from the release of the very first "Disco Spectrum" LP, Joey Negro and Sean P revisit the project, selecting the finest cuts from this much-loved album series. Three volumes of Disco Spectrum were released on BBE between 1999 and 2002, heralding a disco revival that, almost two decades later, just keeps gaining momentum.

    Known by a plethora of aliases including Jakatta and Akabu as well as Joey Negro, Isle of White native Dave Lee has been at the epicenter of UK dance music since the late 1980s. One of the first British producers to incorporate disco samples into dance music, he took his favourite genre all the way to the top of the charts in the early 90s when he masterminded Take That’s cover version of ‘Relight My Fire’ by Dan Hartman. Never an artist to rest on his laurels, Dave has remained at the top of his game ever since; producing chart hits and underground club tracks alike, touring the world with live disco act The Sunburst Band and running his own label Z Records.

    The Best Of Disco Spectrum features a wide-ranging collection of floor-fillers including: Rare Pleasure – ‘Let Me Down Easy’ (infamously sampled by David Morales for 90s club smash ‘Needin U’), Ramona Brooks – ‘I Don’t Want You Back’ (revived by Patrick Forge and Sean P on pirate radio in the late 80s), Bunny Mack - 'Let Me Love You' (an early forerunner of today’s popular afro/house sound) and Syreeta - 'Can't Shake Your Love' (snappy, bass-led funk from the former Mrs Stevie Wonder, mixed by Larry Levan).

    “Who would have expected the disco revival to be even stronger now than it was then, though looking down the track-listings of the 3 instalments of Disco Spectrum, most of the songs included on those compilations have since been remixed, sampled, bootlegged, covered, reedited, re-compiled and re-issued - often on multiple occasions. Since disco supposedly “died”, dance music has taken many twists and turns through a myriad of styles, moods and tempos - but disco still remains the foundation and lynchpin.” – Dave Lee, 2017.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Legendary UK selectors Joey Negro and Sean P groove through two decades of ‘Disco Spectrum’ compilations, cherry picking their favourite moments to create the ultimate disco setlist. An all killer, no filler affair, this triple LP hosts classics from Rare Pleasure, Omni, Idris Muhammad and Chantal Curtis. See you on the dance floor...

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    As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

    Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams comes with yet another strong release - a double album of personal favourites compiled by Jan Schulte. According to all maps and witness accounts, Germany does not officially have any tropical forests. This is of no concern to Schulte however, who has unearthed many stunning examples of tropical drum music recorded there. Perhaps the number of botanical gardens and palm houses in Germany confused musicians into mistaking the climate, or maybe it was just a happy blend of escapism and multi-cultural integration within musical scenes that spawned such a curious output of undefinable tribal folk jazz. Most of the tracks picked by Schulte were released on small labels in the late 80's. The musicians involved were mainly traditionally schooled, born and raised in Germany. At that time to be interested in foreign folk music might have seemed a gimmick to some, what with the emerging "world music boom" already snowballing into the mainstream. But these songs, while they may be based on musical traditions from foreign lands, deal much more with introspection than exploitation. Schulte himself points to his "general fascination for music that describes places where the artists have never been. Songs about the jungle or the rainforest made by people that know the rainforest only from television and books. Somehow I think you can hear their mythical imagination and fantasy in those tracks," he explains. We certainly hear it in the extensive use of wildlife samples on both "Tagtraum Eines Elefanten" by Argile and on "Wuhan Wuchang" by Total Art Of Percussion. Or on the repetitive and trace-inducing drum circle re-enactments of Ralf Nowys "Akili Mali" and Bob Moses’ & Billy Martin’s "Boat Song Part II". And while Austrian band Sanza stands out with their interpretation of the traditional folk song "Sounouh", many of the inclusions take an avantgarde stance towards their visions of the tropics. The works of Om Buschmann and Trimopen seem to convey the stark and feverish nature of the jungle and its dangers, without relying on clichés. And while there is certainly a European approach in the production techniques on many of these recordings, the artists created something beyond all templates. In fusing folk music traditions from various corners of the world with avant-garde jazz improvisation and a distinctly European sound, they carved out a path of their own. Düsseldorf-based Jan Schulte has been following this path with his own productions in the past years. During the present resurgence of tribal influences in underground dance music, his recordings under the alias Wolf Müller and Bufiman have stood out as the most interesting, funky and mindblowing within this niche. With the compilation "Tropical Drums Of Deutschland" for Music For Dreams, Jan Schulte re-traces this path to its origins. With the inclusion of two exclusive edits he also engages and re-examines these tracks and incorporates his own musical expression into the mix.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Clad head to toe in safari attire, Jan takes us into the imaginary jungles of Europe's heartland with this collection of esoteric and exotic tribal jazz. Essential listening for fans of Jan, Marco and Basso.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

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    As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

    'Too Slow To Disco - Volume 3' - this is bottled sunshine! A bunch of beautiful songs that might have missed the charts, but can still break your heart.
    We present, "Too Slow to Disco -Volume 3". Another incredible collection of songs that gleam with the high definition gloss of big-studio, bigger-budget production. Volume 3‘s another excursion into those late 1970s West Coast delusions of grandeur, sure...but in the company of songs that are also brimming over with soul, wit and passion. Killer tunes, penned and played by virtuosic instrumentalists, backroom gals and guys who were often also Grammy-winners in their own right. All the elements that have made "Too Slow to Disco Volumes 1 and 2" (and “The Ladies” Edition) so beloved from New York to London to Barcelona to Bottrop, are back for another round of near-danceable lushness. This smooth wave continues to ripple round today’s music world too. You’ll have found us blinking with joy as we read that jazz bassist-to-the-stars Thundercat has recently released a new single with Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, and even dedicated his entire new album to “The West Coast”. And even The XX can’t seem to escape the lure of Hall & Oates on their new single “On Hold”. For their second single “Say Something Lovin’” they even chose to sample one of the tracks from TSTD Vol 1, the Alessi Brothers –Do You Feel It. As ever, DJ Supermarkt has somehow prised open another box of obscure gems keeping to his usual concept: all killer, no filler, selected and sequenced to bring out the mood of the era. Lyrically the focus remains on slightly difficult love affairs backed by grooves gentle enough to mix cocktails to. Slow dancing is encouraged, fast dancing...well you know our views on that.

    We’ve got an accidental pop hit crossover from none-more-fusion jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. A dab of Christian funk from Archie Cavanaugh and his troupe.You’ll even find a bizarrely funky and commercial sounding Grateful Dead laying down the chart-bothering beat of ‘Shakedown Street’ (we assume the A+R guy had a gun...true story: it took DJ Supermarkt about four years to get this nailed, the track was supposed to appear on Vol 1 already. We now have the official okay of the band!). Elsewhere Steely Dan’s go-to sax man, Cornelius Bumpus makes an appearance with some angular funk, while Larry Carlton (another associate of Don and Walter) turns up the guitar drenched white soulon ‘Where did you come from?’.

    And we’ve looked beyond L.A. this time, discovering a few exotic exponents of the West Coast sound from more distant shores. Our first non-English sung TSTD track comes in the shape of Dwight Druick, legendary Canadian songwriter, delivering a fine slice of Montreal disco-funk. Then there’s the groovesome Stars’n’Bars from Sweden (in its first ever official re-release),and even two acts from the UK with Vapour Trails and the amazing Billy Mernit, with a lush torch song we’ve been desperately chasing for years.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Too Slow To Disco - Volume 3 - this is bottled sunshine! A bunch of beautiful songs that might have missed the charts, but can still break your heart! Volume 3 features Balearic unclassic "Stars And Bars", Lee Ritenour's "Is It You" and Grateful Dead's frazzled disco winner "Shakedown Street".

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    10 - Various Artists

    Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

      As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

      As the hippie movement hurdled towards its emanate demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of dope fiends, pill poppers, and the baddest of trips.

      Deluxe 2LP comes housed in a blacklight poster-style jacket, replete with flocking and lysergic neon. 24 pages documenting the creeping existential dread of the hard rock underground are tucked into the gatefold pocket alongside two dead dinosaur-heavy LPs. Compact disc is packaged in standard Numero slipcase, with digipak and 40-page book, limited to 2000 copies. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: This fearsome Numero collection is made up of sonic remnants excavated following the collapse of Haight-Ashbury and the 'Summer Of Love'. Bathed in bad vibes, strong amphetamines and cheap LSD; "Acid Nightmares" chronicles the musical movements of biker bands, social drop-outs and narco-casualties struggling to make their voice heard against the backdrop of civil unrest and encroaching mortality.

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      Ltd CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

      In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis; Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song; one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public - the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.

      In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.

      Or so we thought...
      The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era's most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story's key figures.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: BBE answer the prayers of all us non-millionaire disco fans, taking us on a journey through the alternative 12" history via this exhaustive collection of acetates and DJ edits. Boasting unreleased versions of the likes of Double Exposure, The Salsoul Orchestra and Gladys Knight by DJ royalty Walter Gibbons, Tee Scott and François Kevorkian, this is pure mirror ball magic folks.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

      “Everything I do now started with record collecting. It’s the foundation of my career; from writing about music, DJing in clubs, putting compilations together or spending many late-night hours, glass of red wine in hand, bidding on stupid records on eBay.” – Bill Brewster
      Spanning 41 tracks, ‘Tribal Rites’ is a musical autobiography of sorts from one of dance music’s most dedicated historians, Bill Brewster. Released on 3 CDs and double vinyl via Belgium’s Eskimo Recordings, the compilation takes us on a personal journey through Bill’s 36 year long involvement in the music industry.
      Whether running DMC’s New York offices or labels including Twisted UK and Forensic, being one of Fabric’s original residents, writing (with Frank Broughton) probably the definitive overview of DJ culture, the seminal ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ and the equally essential ‘How To DJ (Properly)’, running the DJhistory website or promoting their much loved Low Life parties, Bill’s fingerprints can be found all over dance music’s past few decades.
      So whilst there are few people more qualified to compile such a thing, ‘Tribal Rites’ isn’t just a ‘House & Disco Greatest Hits’, instead we have the soundtrack to a life spent at the coalface of record collecting, of early mornings at car boot sales and late nights logged onto Discogs.
      Split into three sections, the compilation begins in the post-punk period, and through tracks such as explores the influence of dub on bands of the time such as Orang Utan, General Strike and The Raincoats. The second section takes us into that mish-mash of sounds and styles best described as ‘Balearic’ where the likes of Bobbie Gentry and Final Edition can happily co-exist and a country and western cover of Hall & Oates ‘I Can’t Go For That’ seems like the most obvious thing in the world.
      The final section then concentrates exclusively on house music, though again showcasing just what a broad church House is, able to accommodate both the spiritual yearnings of Mother Tongue’s ‘Message of Love’ and the precision tooled productions of Basic Channel’s Maurizio.
      At a moment in time when dance music is more prominent than ever and DJs are treated like pop stars, ‘Tribal Rites’ is a vital reminder that there’s a lot more to DJing than just downloading the latest Beatport chart and waving your hands in the air.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: DJ Historian, dance music encyclopaedia and all round legend, Bill Brewster takes the helm for Eskimo’s latest compilation, serving up the loosest of musical autobiographies for our listening pleasure. At a mammoth 41 tracks, and covering everything from post punk obscurities to tops off house, via the beardiest Balearic of course, this extensive collection is audio nirvana for all the trainspotters out there.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP 1 Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      2xLP 2 Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      3xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      13 - Various Artists

      Volume 1: The Sound Of Mercury Rising. Compiled With Love By DJ Harvey

      As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

      Ten years ago, when Harvey was in the midst of his self-imposed American exile, a online community of musical obsessives clogged up the bandwidth and hammered the message boards, all hoping for a report from Harvey's semi-regular Sarcastic Disco all-nighters. Manning the decks in a home away from home, Harvey took the wide-eyed crowd through the full spectrum of his extensive record collection, leaving all genre confines behind in search of audial epiphany. Taking the controls from 11-7 Harvey dropped disco, house, techno, electro, soft rock, holiday pop, hip hop, prog, kosmische and jazz, peppering every set with life changing moments. His recent return to the global tour circuit has seen the great man ride the Red Bull party train through all the major clubbing destinations, bringing a bag of peak time tonkers with him wherever he goes. It's all good and there's nothing but love, but these big room bangers will only do so much for the musically mad - we're left longing for a taste of those anything goes LA paries we wish we'd spent the airfare on.
      Thankfully in 2015 Harv found his way to the White Isle, shacking up at the legendary Pikes hotel for a summerlong residency. Inspired by the beauty of the real Ibiza as well as the true Balearic spirit, Harvey takes the controls all night long, offering a European anologue to those legendary LA nights. Now appointed ‘Cultural Attaché’ for Pikes, the DJ's DJ is on a mission to bring his musical vision to the globe with a string of compilations, mix tapes, live recordings and original productions beginning with "The Sound Of Mercury Rising".

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: For those of us too skint/scared to make the pilgrimage to the White Isle, DJ Harvey brings the Pikes experience to the stereo, selecting a cracking tracklist of Balearic pop, gypsy disco, Mediterranean grooves and chugging house. Pairing a few long lost classics with the recent and decent, Harvey leaves his chin unstroked and puts the emphasis on enjoyment. Party on!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

      14 - Various Artists

      Erased Tapes Collection VIII

        As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

        On February 5th 2017 Erased Tapes opened the doors to their new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing their fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery. The label will be celebrating with many festival showcases including End Of The Road and Sea Change Festival in the UK, Germany’s Haldern Pop, as well as curating 10th anniversary takeovers of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Colston Hall in Bristol, plus more to be announced.

        Commencing these celebrations with a new compilation entitled Erased Tapes Collection VIII, they also welcome the iconic Penguin Cafe to the roster amongst tracks from new signing Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) and Peter Broderick’s duo project Allred & Broderick. It also includes recent compositions by Rival Consoles, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Ben Lukas Boysen, Douglas Dare and Immix Ensemble & Vessel, as well as a previously unreleased Ryan Davis remix of Erased Tapes stalwarts Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm which was recently favoured by Aphex Twin and an exclusive edit of Woodkid & Nils Frahm’s score for JR’s Ellis, with spoken words by Robert De Niro. “I simply want to tell a story, whether that’s by compiling this annual collection of songs that connects the dots between all these works of music we had the honour of releasing over the years, or curating a label in general. It helps me reminisce and revisit the moments that brought us all closer together, that make us human.

        With each year the picture becomes clearer and the message less reliant on words. I hope that this music helps the listener as much as it helps me to keep imagining, keep focusing, keep awake in a time when silence and peace is so hard to come by. May our new space provide a haven, reflecting these values we share and allowing people to find a moment to slow down in this fast-paced world we live in.” – Robert Raths As the first of many label-curated 10th anniversary celebrations, September sees a weekend takeover of Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall by artists including Kiasmos, Penguin Cafe, Lubomyr Melnyk, Dawn of Midi, Rival Consoles, Peter Broderick & friends. Raths continues, “I can’t think of a better place to stage our 10th anniversary celebrations than Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It has unique acoustics and architecture and is one of London’s most prestigious live venues.

        We’re extremely excited that for the very first time we’re able to bring together almost every artist on the label to share this special experience with the people that have been a part of this 10-year journey.” Initially founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, the London-based label has grown and extended across the world with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Berlin. Spanning over ten years, Erased Tapes has nurtured avant-garde artists from all around the world whilst remaining genre-defying and truly independent.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Erased tapes have had a great year. Constantly pushing the boundaries of 'Modern Classical' or 'Ambient' music. What we have here is a wide-ranging and immersive look into their varied and fascinating output. Mounrful modern-classical, skittering electronica, jangly neo-folk, spoken word. A fascinating and varied overview of one of the greatest labels around today.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.
        Ltd. Edition on Clear Double Vinyl.

        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

        Running Back's Mastermix series is a timely reminder of what has made Running Back endure and remain at the top of many house music fans' favourite label lists for over a decade. Gerd Janson's widely adored imprint has invited one of house music's original & greatest proponents of the Mastermix, NYC's Tony Humphries, to curate and mix the CD edition of the compilation, accompanied by an unmixed double-LP which features a handful of the compilations rare & exclusive cuts. Beginning with Todd Terje's blockbuster "Ragysh" and traversing tracks from across the label's history, it includes contributions from long time label regulars alongside more recent additions and reminders of some of RB's best reissues. Label mainstays Tiger & Woods, Matthew Styles, Redshape and Leon Vynehall all appear, alongside Mr G, Paul Woolford and recent breakthrough artists Shan, Jex and Roy Camanchero. Tiger & Woods's "Don't Hesitate" appears on vinyl for the first time, while the Dixon edit of Precious System's anthem "The Voice From Planet Love" will be available on wax again after only appearing on a super limited 12" run the first time around. The choice of Tony Humphries to mix the compilation is a significant one. Having received his break in the early 80s as an understudy for the legendary Shep Pettibone's Kiss FM show, Humphries went on to become one of the defining DJs of house music's formative years with his residency at New Jersey's Club Zanzibar and London's Ministry of Sound. His previous mixes illustrate his continuing ability to bridge dance music's past & present, with prior contributions to Resident Advisor and Fabric's respective series in addition to label compilations for King Street Sounds and West End Records.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: New Jersey don, Zanzibar luminary and Kiss FM's most celebrated dance jock, Tony Humphries takes time to explore the vast Running Back catalogue and delivers a highly enjoyable master-mix that perfectly encapsulates both the impressive depth of the label alongside Tony's unique and coveted DJ style.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.
        2LP With Poster & Download.

        CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

        16 - Various Artists

        Brownswood Bubblers Twelve Pt 1 & 2

          As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

          Following overwhelming demand, Brownswood Bubblers Twelve parts 1 and 2 are being combined for a deluxe double CD edition.

          Compiled by DJ, record collector and label boss Gilles Peterson, Brownswood Bubblers Twelve is here. Combining the two parts released across two vinyl editions, the idea remains the same – shining a light on new and under-the-radar talent.

          The roll-call of artists who’ve appeared on the Brownswood Bubblers series is impressive. Boasting alumni like Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk and Floating Points, the compilations have long championed the rising stars of underground music. The first edition since 2014, Brownswood Bubblers Twelve picks up where the last one left off – by looking to the acts set to make waves in 2017 and beyond.

          With a whole three years having passed since the last Bubblers was released, too much exciting music has amassed to fit onto one release. For that reason, it was split into two parts – making room for the whole, expansive spectrum of new sounds, they were divided across two vinyl releases. Now, they’ve been brought together on a bumper CD edition. The new compilation arrives as Peterson’s independent label Brownswood Recordings (from which the series takes its name) tails off celebrations for its 10th birthday. Plus, they draw draws on two talents, in Broadstrokes and Skinny Pelembe, who’ve been nurtured through Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme – an Arts Council-funded scheme, it’s about helping new artists into the industry.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Gilles Peterson has gone and made the most perfect dreamiest compilation that I could ever have wished for. Brownswood Bubblers Twelve is host to a huge wave of talented artists on this comp, a right mixture of music from jazzy notes, smooth R'n'B and world beats. I’ve found new artists I wouldn’t have reached otherwise, so thanks Gilles; this is ace.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

          “Who invented the Typical Girl?” The Slits gleefully proclaimed as they attacked sexual stereotypes way back in 1979. There are no typical girls. Just remarkable women making remarkable music, as this compilation highlights. Following on from last year’s Typical Girls (Volume One) – Emotional Response are proud to announce a brilliant additional installment. 16 more of the greatest current female fronted independent punk and pop bands, from around the world, celebrated on a limited LP and compact disc. 

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: As with the last groundbreaking outing from Emotional Response, Typical Girls : Volume 2 is stunning. Punky snarlers, thumping rock and/or roll and jangly lo-fi tackle. A brilliantly curated, fantastically varied outing, with a twist around every corner. Essential.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

          The Numero Group’s dive into the deep end of America’s private press continues. Having battled the witches and wizards of Darkscorch, the outlaws of Cosmic Americana, and traveled alongside Ladies From the Canyon and their Lonesome Heroes, it’s time to take it easy.

          With pop music’s volume knob adjusted for deflation in the early ‘70s, softness begat smoothness. Crewmen arrived from the worlds of jazz, folk, rock, and soul, all peddling a product that was sincere, leisurely, and lofty. A sound that was buoyant, crisp, defined. Sometimes classified as West Coast- and, later, Yacht Rock - the compass points of our Private Yacht expedition are the blue-eyed harmonies of Hall and Oates, the cocaine-dusted Fender Rhodes of Michael McDonald, and the combover strums of James Taylor. Here, at the glassy apex of rock’s softer side, 20 strong swimmers are gathered together. An album for both relaxation and reflection, where listeners can enjoy the present, a cool breeze, and a taste of the good life.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Those exceptional diggers and audio archivists at Numero do it yet again, raiding the pound bins, warehouses and thrift markets to turn up a twenty track selection of smooth 70s grooves. Pour yourself a glass of red, push aside that beaded curtain and watch the world go by...

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

          EVEN ETERNITY HAS TO BE MEASURED AND THAT'S WHY IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF PERMANENT VACATION WITH A BIG FAT ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION.

          But let's look back for a minute, because a lot has happened since Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich dusted off the mirror balls in Munich. Since the 1970s the city always had a reputation for being one of the world's disco capitals and Permanent Vacation took good care of this precious heritage being partly responsible for the new found love of Disco music and its variations such as BALEARIC, COSMIC, KRAUTROCK or PROTOHOUSE.

          Back then Tom, who for several years had been working in the music business, was a regular at Play Records that was run by Benjamin, who had also been busy as a DJ and party promoter. Soon they became friends and discovered their astoundingly similar taste in music. The label name PERMANENT VACATION also reflects the way the label came into existence, since the its main concept was developed during pingpong matches rather than at a conference table.

          Already their first release, a compilation of the same name—“PERMANENT VACATION”—, was celebrated as “razor-sharp, pulsating, pornographic, all fuses opening crazy pop” by one of Germany’s leading daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

          Taking off from here Permanent Vacation managed to become one of the flagships of the new movement and had several genre-defining hits with the reissue of Antena’s classic "Camino del Sol" album (even the Pet Shop Boys claimed it as an influence) and the accompanying remixes.

          Next up was the album "Miss Diamond to you" by singer Kathy Diamond, produced by the wild boogie wizard Maurice Fulton. This album was followed by multiple releases worth mentioning, many of which can be called modern day disco classics by now: Tensnake’s “Coma Cat”, which entered the UK top 40, Azari & III “Reckless with your love”, albums by Swedish Italo princess Sally Shapiro and by Vienna heartthrob Wolfram, Jacques Renault’s remix of Midnight Magic’s “Beam Me Up”, 40 Thieves “Don't turn it off”, Todd Terje's “Remaster of the Universe remix collection” as well as regular output by Woolfy vs. Projections, who belong to a loosely associated group of musicians, who moved from Great Britain to California trooping up with the legendary and myth-enshrouded disco guru DJ Harvey.

          But to reduce Permanent Vacation to Disco and Balearic wouldn’t do justice to the label’s ever-growing catalog. Bioly and Fröhlich deem Disco a form of mentality anyway, defying all too fixed and earnest paradigms of dance music. This is why the catalog also comprises library music compilations, Krautrock from the GDR, soundtracks of horror flicks, electro from Dmx Krew, vocoder poetry by New Jackson, cheerful party anthems by Lauer, oddball house by Bostro Pesopeo as well as Pional, an ode to the sun by Red Axes, music from Pollyester that subvert any categorization, blissful pop by Róisín Murphy, folky house by The Drifter, electronica from Lake People, cinematic soundscapes by Lord Of The Isles and the music by John Talabot, who celebrated his first release ever on Permanent Vacation in 2009.

          Talabot’s album "Fin" became a massive success in the dance scene as well as in the indie world. He can be considered somewhat of a game changer as he is one of the biggest stars, who emerged out of the electronic dance music in recent years. The other big homemade success story was told through Irishman Mano Le Tough, who landed on planet Permanent Vacation with two widely popular albums, which can loosely be described as tender house. Already the first album boosted Mano into the universe of the world’s leading House DJs and producers. Finally, there is the latest Permanent Vacation adventure – the debut album by German production duo Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson, who were able to transform their previously more remix-based work into a fun and skilled ride through different electronic music styles without loosing consistence.

          And this brings us back to the present and the year 2017, where Permanent Vacation remains a solid constant in the obscure jungle of modern dance music, testament to which is the compilation you are holding in your hands.

          Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly were able to gather all the regular vacationers (including themselves) and some special guests such as Joakim or Daniel Bortz, all of whom contributed celebratory exclusives. The result features 16 tracks that are going from loud to quite, from fast to slow, from jungle to desert and thus capture the whole Permanent Vacation sound spectrum. Here we go and cin cin to the coming 100 years.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich's iconic German record label Permanent Vacation celebrates 10 years at the top. A decade that's seen John Talabot become a household name, Kathy Diamond a soul staple and Tensnake's "Coma Cat" achieve 'classic' status (!!!). Trend-setting and innovative in equal measure, PermVac show no signs of slowing down.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          4xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          4xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          2xCD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          20 - Various Artists

          Beach Diggin' Volume 5 - Hand Picked By Guts & Mambo

          As featured in the Piccadilly Records End Of Year Review 2017 Top 20 Compilations. Comes with an EXCLUSIVE End Of Year CD sampler. Click HERE for more info.

          Last volume of this killer compilation series and again a great one. Containing lots of amazing tunes from across the globe that you may or may not have been looking for! Over the last five years and as many volumes of their "Beach Diggin’" compilations, Guts and Mambo have explored the reefs of five continents, dredged the sea beds of countless seas and oceans, examined every single seashell with the aim of making sure that no vinyl pearl should escape their notice. Tunisian reggae, Japanese disco, West Indian jazz-funk, the duo’s aesthetic dribbling skills would stop the savviest Brazilian football player dead in his tracks, and it was with this in mind that they proceeded to select their discoveries. With a marked preference for meditative free-diving rather than tour package scuba diving, and isolated spots rather than massively overdeveloped beachfronts. For this latest instalment of their adventures, Guts and Mambo have organised another expedition around the world, to salute the spots where for the last five years they have uncovered rare specimens, saving some of them from total extinction, while shining a light on others that amply deserved it.

          Though each "Beach Diggin’" compilation can be listened to independently of the others, the five together now form a kind of navigational chart signalling with its green flags the places where, in Africa, Europe, Asia, America, and the South Pacific, they gambolled on sandy beaches, avoiding the well-trodden path, becoming more and more demanding with each passing year.
          Beach diggin’ is a state of mind...


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Guts & Mambo dodge the novelty beer coolers and errant Frisbees to deliver a fifth volume of the globe-trotting groove fest, ‘Beach Diggin'. Amongst other summery gems, we're treated to Japanese jazz-funk, a Caribbean Sade cover and an African street soul flip on a Bob Marley love song. Fine by me!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.

          CD Info: Includes a free EOY 2017 CD sampler.


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