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Witch Fever

Reincarnate EP - Signed Print Edition

    Concocting a potent sonic assault that recalls the foreboding darkness of Black Sabbath, Savages’ monochrome post-punk and the dirty breathlessness of Bleach-era Nirvana, the Manchester quartet create a confrontational racket that takes no prisoners. The band’s name is inspired by the hysteria which accompanied the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, and Europe, which the band have long considered were a means to belittle, suppress and diminish women.

    “There’s a big emphasis on female empowerment and female anger,” says bassist Alex of the message raging behind the band’s music. “It’s about celebrating yourself and self-expression. Not being stifled and held back.”

    Reincarnate, which was recorded at Orgone Studios in Woburn, with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, explores those incendiary topics. Lead single Reincarnate is an anthem of post-breakup independence, set to Sabbath-esque graveyard doom. In The Resurrect is a visceral squall about celebrating identity and being a “bad ass bitch”. Abject tackles sexism the band have encountered during live shows, while Bully Boy is a steel toe-capped boot to abuse of male power, which considers the concept of God within a patriarchal system.

    “Growing up I went to a church and it was orthodox, shitty and a bit of a weird place,” explains Amy. “When I was 16, I left and then my family left after me. Some of my lyrics are about that, it’s about coming away from a trauma and knowing that you’re powerful despite that.”

    “She takes biblical sayings and turns them on their heads,” says Alex of her bandmate’s lyrical approach.” It’s playing around with power constructs in society, religion and life and flipping it on its head.”

    TRACK LISTING

    Reincarnate
    In The Resurrect
    Abject
    In Birth
    Initiation
    Bully Boy

    Working Men's Club

    X - Remixes (Paranoid London And Minsky Rock)

      Following the recent release of 'X', the first new music from Working Men’s Club since their acclaimed self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2020, the band share remixes from Paranoid London and Minsky Rock.

      A side project of Syd from the band and producer Ross Orton, the Minsky Rock remix channels the energy of the primetime Detroit electro of Aux 88 or Cybertron while Paranoid London, the duo made up of Quinn Whalley and Gerardo Delgardo, turn in a bubbling 303 drenched acid workout.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. X Paranoid London Remix
      A2. X Minsky Rock Remix

      B1. X Paranoid London Remix (Instrumental)
      B2. X Minsky Rock Remix (Instrumental)

      No Art No Name deliver their second, anonymous, sophomore record; continuing their policy of letting the music speak for itself.

      An unknown producer serves up three skilfully edited disco-house numbers which should appeal to lovers of Lumberjacks In Hell, Shir Khan and Eros.

      Alexander Robotnik's "Problèmes D'Amour" gets a new blouse and a trim, represented as "Love Issues" here. "Burning Hot" unpacks some classic NYC business (title escaping me here sorry) but comin on strong thru swung, shoulder dropped beats and THOSE church organs.. Answers on a postcard before a tear my hair out please!

      Finally, "Patron" sees James Brown's "Bad Mother" sped up, and looped to oblivion in a way that'll send lovers of Theo Parrish circa Plastic People & Roadhouse era into a spiraling madness. Remember when he used to loop up JB for an eternity?! Those were indeed the days... Killer stuff here from NANN. Highly prized edits for the connoisseur! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: NANN001 now goes for over £150! Would you believe it?! Not sure if its the Derrick Carter influence (he's been caning it) but I'd say the quality is just as high on this outing from this already cult label. And it's just as limited too.... just saying! ;)

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 - Love Issues
      B1 - Burning Hot
      B2 - Patron

      Battlestar is the second single release from Bubaza; a collaboration between members of LA's Jungle Fire and San Diego's Sure Fire Soul Ensemble. It follows "Icebreaker", released on Colemine last year, and finds this new dub and funk outfit in fine form.

      "Battlestar" on the A-side, combines hi-life and Afrofunk into a smoldering pot of drums, guitar and horns. Supremely rhythmic elements and syncopation, locked right in the pocket, show off the skills of this emergent group wonderfully.

      On the flip, "Countdown (dub)" finds them rolling out exquisite dubwise pressure in the same vein as Sly & Robbie but with added new age / free party elements which should appeal to original JA rastas as much as it does the under 30s festival set.

      Really strong stuff from these guys - if you don't know, get to know! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Most people'll be feeling the A-side track, "Battlestar"; but its the free-party spiritual dub of the B-side that's been ruffling my tail feathers this week.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side 1
      1. Battlestar (3:44)
      Side 2
      1. Countdown (dub) (3:00)

      A much-needed reissue of the 1992 old school, breakbeat hardcore classic ‘Compnded’ b/w a killer 2015 Krafty Kuts remix. An undeniable rave anthem that’s blown the minds of many a dancefloor across the past 30 years. I guess we right in the throws of the hardcore breakbeat renaissance - and that's fine with me! Massive around these parts through parties at Bowlers, Helta Skelta and Dreamscape; anyone born between around '75-85 should be digging these feels. As for young'uns getting on board now - this'll put hairs on your instagram filter!

      Summat about these tunes brings back a nostalgic feeling of innocence; even though they were indeed turbulent timesd! A pre-internet time when music was absorbed in the present, experience was not accumulated and sincerity was omnipresent.  


      Massive support from day one from the likes of Carl Cox, Ray Keith, Grooverider, Slipmatt, Krafty Kuts

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: A justifiably large number from the halcyon days of breakbeat hardcore. The Krafty Kuts might be a bit easier to digest these days as we're all that bit older and slower on our feet! Mega to hear this back on rotation - feel the rush!

      TRACK LISTING

      Compnded - (Original Mix)
      Compnded - (Krafty Kuts Re-Kut)

      R.A.N.D. Muzik welcomes good friend Qnete to the label for his first full length EP. Hardcore Piccadilly heads will recognize this producer's unique and flavoursome stylings but don't worry if he's been under your radar till now - this is the perfect entry point!

      Possessing a high fidelity, weighty production that finds a natural home on the high powered sound systems of the Club; Qnete takes influence from prog, techno and bass music to create a hybridized sound that's completely his own. Machine rhythms snap and thud, synthlines crackle with electrostatic, 303s spit acid goodness and bass tones rumble from beneath; providing a deep aesthetic that'll appeal to all lovers of late night dance music.

      In our humble opinion Qnete is one of the best newcomers on the scene right now - check this out!!




      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Rock solid, futureproof dancefloor vibrations from this rising star. Hats doffed to RAND for signing him. Coming to a nightclub near you this Winter!

      TRACK LISTING

      Weightless (Remix)
      Hover
      Mind Warp
      Weightless

      Moonoton is one of those producer's whose tracks have circulated around his locale for some time, treasured secret weapons amongst a small, close-knit crew of DJs around Moscow. Now released to us meagre peasanty through the Low Budget Family label, there's also a bonus track featuring label head Lipelis.

      "Bye By Buy" is a perfect tune to get the floor's attention while you're starting the night with its super catchy vocal cuts, hi-gloss production and anthemic piano riff. "Someone Else" tempts you into a late 80's NYC vibe with a garage-like groove and a hint of classic house stabs.

      "Hard To Stop" deploys those in-trend, low slung breatbeats (it's a baggy thing!) whilst delivering a polished house hybrid with lashings of street soul. 

      Strong stuff from the Russian firm! 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Nice stuff here from our Russian comrades who charge through the warehouse with strong proto / acid house & breakbeat stylings all executed with an earnest authenticity. Check!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Bye By Buy
      A2. Someone Else
      B1. Yeah Yeah (Ft. Lipelis)
      B2. Hard To Stop

      Farren Laen's delicately DIY label reminds us here of what those early Firecracker releases were like - heartfelt, earnest excursions into dance music pressed in low quantity with tones of sentiment.

      Here he follows up last year's "Attention Renders Our Reality" with another clutch of dreaminess, hand stamped and numbered from his base in NYC.

      Sure to entice hardware house lovers and box jammers the world over. Laen's patches and presets exhibit a certain finesse which has me referencing more techno-orientated artists like John Shima, Octave One and Radioactive Man; whilst his deep house, eyes-down grooves have me thinking 'has Ron Trent heard of this guy yet?!'.

      While wrapped ina blurred and dreamy patina, these three tracks still snap and crackle with electricity and drift into hi-def focus through sheer mixing and instrument prowess. His signal processing is so clean and well balanced!

      Seriously house lovers, you need to get on this guy sharpish. And it looks like he's keeping true to his word and not repressing or letting anything loose digitally - so you truly have a magic gem of a record that not many souls are gonna possess - isn't that what REAL underground DJs want? :0)

      Recommended! 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Record one was a personal favourite and a widely missed hit that I secretly coveted. I'm letting you in on the action this time but blink and you'll miss heartfelt house missives straight outta NYC. Recorded with pure sentiment and feeling, yet totally in sympathy with the dancefloor. Really rate this guy me.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Reality
      B1. Leave Me Now
      B2. Wonder, Wander

      Form an orderly queue! Supreme edit overlord, Sound Stream returns with a brand new label - Disco To Go. Frank Timm has become a cult adored figure through his involvement with Hardwax, Panorama Bar and the various labels that he and his affiliates have been involved in - Soundhack, MMM, Smith & Hack etc. Basically, if you're new to this cat you've got some homework to do!

      Here, it seems, he's carrying on where the original Sound Stream label left off. Looping us big room, orchestral disco, beefing up the bottom end, adding some tasty cuts that'll keep the ADHD inflected youth on their toes and rolling it out with a club ready patina.

      First cut is dramatic and cinematic, an entrance them for the next DJ to take to the decks (that's you!). Certain to cause a stir of excitement with those already on the floor, and a call to arms for those still deciding on what drink they want at the bar!

      Second cut is deliciously languid and smooth flowing, enticing the wallflowers into the middle of the floor for the ensuing mayhem ahead. It's a simple (but unknown) hook that never gets tiring on the ears. Classy, stylish, nuanced and well rounded - it's the Sound Stream sound and it never gets old!

      Highly recommended - limited copies!



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: F**k me he's back! Rightly regarded royalty round these parts, Soundstream returns with a new alias but thankfully sticks to what we know and love - melon twistingly good disco-house refixes with plenty of heft!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Trick Or Track (excerpt 1)
      A2. Trick Or Track (excerpt 2)

      A new Canoe record and as usual the label don't fail to deliver the goods. Thick n chunky tech-edged house for strobe-lit mainrooms, starry skied terraces and red plasma rave dungeons. Four flavours moving through gliding late night hydrofoil, bouyant beach ball house and haptic fist pumpers. All with a very frenetic set of body mechanics.

      Each one has been winner, but this one might be our favourite one yet! Big T I P on this one folks...


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Gilded, retro-futurist visions from the ever-reliable Canoe. Hard to place to any particular time or era but 100% electronic goodness that any dancefloor should enjoy. There's a cinematic and expansive elegance which really appeals to the big rigs.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Minute On Mars
      A2. Lovers Parade
      B1. Private Parts
      B2. Quest

      The Bastards Of Soul return with 2 more killer modern funk / soul tracks recorded at Niles City Sound in Ft. Worth during lockdown. A feel good 70s styled summer scorcher on the A-Side b/w "Lizzy Louise" a tune about past loves. Whilst there's no let up on side B with the heartfelt soul burner, "While It's Hot". Both are recorded red hot with analogue, gritty production making it sound authentic to the genre and sure to whip Craig Charles into a salivating whirlwind of funk!   

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Modern soul with the same high calibre we're accustomed to from Dapton. I can't help throw a Charles Bradley reference in here too.. What's not to like? It ain't reinventing the wheel but the wheel is there for a reason!

      TRACK LISTING

      Side 1
      1. Lizzy Louise (3:43)
      Side 2
      1. While It's Hot (4:37)

      Trad Vibe Records proudly presents a first-time reissue of Caribou, a side-project of Cortex, originally released in 1977. A great and rare double-sider jazz-funk 7inch, now available as a reissue. Originals don't go for less than £50!!

      French avantgarde jazz-funk pioneers Cortex released three milestone albums during the seventies including the iconic "Troupeau Bleu". Their music has been sampled by hip-kop artists such as MF Doom, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross and as a consequence is still very much alive today.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Heavy sampled jazz funkers Caribou (not that one!) are oft-referenced but little known outside select circles. This particular 7" has been a rarity for some time. Do your ears a favour and give 'em this to listen to they'll thank you for it!

      TRACK LISTING

      Californie
      Stevie

      I Coccodrilli

      Sabato Italiano

        Big time Italian funk / disco 7" here that I have to admit, I thought was a reissue - so authentic is the sound! Humongous bassline, sumptuous strings, contagious chorus and galvanized Strat chops, don't forget the high and low Q's too!

        Seriously, this takes us right back to the Riviera, circa '84-'85, when those big boogie bombs crossed over the Atlantic and began merging with the Italo disco sound of the time. Except it's brand new - and it's the band's FIRST single!

        Apparently being born on a Saturday is a good omen in Italy, and the song's subject, from what I can garner, is such. It's got that feel good, charged and optimistic spirit which would certainly get you gee'd up and ready for action on a Saturday night...

        Stupendously good, limited copies, don't sleep! 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Big time Italian funk / disco 7" here that I have to admit, I thought was a reissue - so authentic is the sound!

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Sabato Italiano (4:37)
        Side 2
        1. Sabato Italiano (instrumental) (4:37)

        Freeez

        Stay / Hot Footing It

          Far Out Recordings presents a double bill of two monumental Brit funk classics. Keep In Touch and Stay were the first two 12” singles by the iconic Freeez, both self-funded passion projects of its founding member John Rocca, for his own Pink Rhythm imprint.

          It all started over the counter at Derek’s Records on Petticoat Lane, London in the mid-70s. Rocca - at the time a budding teenage percussionist - met the prolific guitarist, composer, producer and all round brit funk fixer Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick (also the father of Far Out producer Daniel Maunick). Best known as the founding member of Light of the World, Incognito, and more recently Str4ta, Bluey’s involvement in the origins of Freeez are lesser known, but no less crucial. Bluey invited Rocca to a weekly jam session in an East London basement, where they would develop their craft, form their first band Freeez and develop the idea for ‘Keep In Touch’: “Back in the basement there was this one particular track we were playing that I really loved. It had a groove that I thought I could sell” Rocca reminisces.

          Going against the advice of all the musicians involved, who thought he was mad and set to lose all his money, John decided to go full DIY, hire out a high end studio in the West End to record ‘Keep In Touch’ and release it as a private press, birthing his now famed Pink Rhythm label. Featuring Bluey on guitar, Peter Maas on bass, Paul Morgan on drums, Jason Wright on keyboards, and John Rocca on percussion, Keep In Touch was a surprise underground hit selling over 5000 copies and reaching #49 in the UK, leading Freeez into a record deal with Pye / Calibre.

          Still giddy from the experience of having produced and pressed his first record at the age of just 19, John set out to do it all again with ‘Stay’ and ‘Hot Footing It’, enlisting Bluey & co once again. This time Rocca attempted to take things to the next level by adding vocals into the mix. Though this new arrangement initially backfired and cost John the deal with Pye / Calibre who weren’t feeling the slight change of vibe, original copies of the Stay 12” have become one of the most in demand from the brit funk canon.

          These foundational DIY 12” singles paved the way for Freeez to become a household name in the history of British funk who went on to record hits like ‘Southern Freeze’ and ‘IOU’ as well as underground cult classics like ‘Melodies of Love’ and ‘India’ as Pink Rhythm, John Rocca’s later formation of Freeez named after his imprint.

          Far Out will be releasing a very limited run of the two 12”s (1000 copies of each), both redesigned in the style of the original private presses.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Another essential Brit-funk group headed by John Rocca. You probably know "Southern Freez" but I think "Stay", featured here, pips it to the post. Either way, these fresh reissues are a welcome addition to any boogie / funk / disco record collection.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Stay

          2. Hot Footing It

          The new era of Nu Groove continues to release exquisite house music with its latest package from Acid Jerks, maintaining the gold-standard level of production exhibited in its earliest releases. An anonymous project from two of Berlin’s hottest selectors, this four-track EP demonstrates a breadth and depth of house knowledge, as Acid Jerks take the listener on a cosmic trip. The deep grooves of ‘Chocolate Factory’ kick off the package, followed by the more melodic and emotive ‘Remote Area’ with lush strings and keys. ‘Square One’ has a raw, synth-heavy sound that verges on the ominous, before the tough low end and analogue muscle of ‘The Tribute’ gives added grit to the package.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Lovin' the Nu Groove comeback! All new material from this beacon of house goodness thru the ages. Much like Toko here in the UK, which has also released new stuff this year, Nu Groove has a near-impeccable discography and will hopefully continue to entertain our dancing feet many moons into the future.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Choclate Factory
          A2. Remote Area
          AA1. Square One
          AA2 . The Tribute

          LUZ1E & DJ Swagger Pres. DJ Doom

          Come Rain Or Shine / Mute!

          Phwooooarr! Bass in your face Manchester! Smashing 7" here from LUZ1E & DJ Swagger who tread on the urban / bass side of house and garage to bring you two club-ready tracks that hit hard.

          "Come Rain Or Shine" combines dreamy Rhodes, a skewed 4/4 and low subs to create a deep house / bassline hybrid that both Ron Trent and Jamie Duggan fans will dig.

          "Mute!" on the flip is even more agro. Like your little bro in a strop hammering out the hits to piss off the parents. Rawkus drum programming, squealing tones and DnB-inspired sfx make this a club tight body punch you'll be winding back time and time again. All housed in a lush sleeve by Atelier Superplus (what a name!). 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Matt says: Crazy good 7" that's come outta nowhere and shook us to the core. If ya dig that heavily swung, Anthony Naples / Delroy Edwards vibe then peep the A side. Big bolshy bass heads need to head directly to the flip, preferably with a hard hat...

          TRACK LISTING

          Side 1
          1. Come Rain Or Come Shine (4:53)
          Side 2
          1. Mute! (5:02)

          Conceived by producer/bassist Neil Innes and guitarist/singer Chris Dawkins, United Disco Organisation present two sprawling dancefloor fillers reminiscent of the early underground disco explorations of philly soul and Joe Bataans Salsoul label.

          A-side "Send The Rain" features the sinuous flute of label-mate Tony Burkill before Chris Dawkins vocals takes centre stage, while the instrumental features an extended flute solo from Tony.

          Dawkin's guitar drives B-Side "Funky Thing" with Vibraphone bringing to mind Roy Ayers ubiquity's mid to late 70s disco tracks on the instrumental.

          Scheduled to be played on 27th November by Craig Charles on his flagship BBC6 Music show, these 2 tracks have already garnered a great deal of interest including from DJ/Producer Smoove of Smoove & Turrell.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: So so groovy and funky it’s off the scale! Quality disco record here, not one to be missed it’s going to fly out of here!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Send The Rain (Vocal Mix)
          2. Send The Rain (Instrumental)
          3. Funky Thing (Vocal Mix)
          4. Funky Thing (Instrumental)

          Knxwledge

          So Nice - Shaped Picture Disc

            10” die-cut picture disc with printed card featuring NxWorries, a duo of two Grammy Award winners - cutout animations of Knxwledge on the A side and Anderson .Paak on the B side.

            Includes NxWorries collab ‘itkanbe[sonice]’ from Knxwledge’s latest album ‘1988’ and a new remix of the track.

            ‘1988’ was the highly anticipated follow-up to Knx’s hugely acclaimed 2015 album ‘Hud Dreems’.

            Knxwledge has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak (as NxWorries), Joey Bada$$, Earl Sweatshirt and more.

            For fans of Madlib, J Dilla, Mndsgn, Flying Lotus, Teebs.

            TRACK LISTING

            Itkanbe[sonice]
            Stillsonice

            The Boo Radleys

            A Full Syringe And Memories Of You - Black Friday Edition

              AVAILABLE ONLINE ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 8AM.

              LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              Critically-adored sonic explorers, The Boo Radleys return with their first new music in over two decades. Originally immersed in the category of cult band for those in the know thanks to their 1993 classic album Giant Steps, the last music fans heard from Merseyside-originated band was 1998’s Kingsize, their final album for Creation Records.

              Led by pure, creative restlessness The Boo Radley’s first new music in almost a quarter of a century stems from reconciliation, chance meetings and curiosity.

              A Full Syringe And Memories Of You is layered with instantly recognisable vocals, rich orchestration and the type of instant, alt-pop sensibility that found them swept into the mid-nineties mainstream. The single isn’t to be a one-off release from the band. Promising a full-blooded return, The Boo Radleys include A Full Syringe And Memories Of You on an upcoming, to-be-confirmed EP with album sessions and rehearsals for a tour later this year all in advanced stages.

              Singer-songwriter, Simon ‘Sice’ Rowbottom says of the new and unexpected release: “A Full Syringe And Memories Of You tackles the religious hypocrisy that privileges the longevity of life above all other measures of worth and seeks to redress the distorted view that life is always worth living whatever the cost.”

              Having originally formed in 1988, The Boo Radleys developed a reputation for adventurous genre-indistinct songwriting, starting with 1990s Ichabod and I, which emerged on Lancashire’s Action Records and gained such a response amongst discerning music fans that Creation put a deal on the table. Their rapid follow up, Everything's Alright Forever was released to positive reviews in 1992, but it was the following year’s Giant Steps, acclaimed by NME as the album of the year, that secured The Boo Radley’s status as unpredictable sonic explorers with few peers.

              The Boo Radleys were famously swept into the slipstream of the mid-nineties, British guitar pop revival, with 1995’s runaway hit, Wake Up Boo, lifted from their UK Album Chart Number One album, Wake Up! Their 1996 follow up, C’Mon Kids! took a thrilling, more caustic turn out of the retro, anthemic sound of the era, yet brought the band further success with three Top 40 singles, including What's In The Box? (See Whatcha Got). The four members, including influential guitarist and songwriter, Martin Carr, retreated from life as The Boo Radleys shortly after the release of sixth album, Kingsize.

              Having been largely out of contact since the end of the sessions for that final album, all members of The Boo Radleys have come together in recent years to discuss future plans. As a result, The Boo Radleys in 2021 are Tim Brown (bass/guitar/keyboards), Sice (guitar/vocals) and Rob Cieka (drums). Martin Carr does not appear in the current line-up. 

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. A Full Syringe And Memories Of You
              A2. Life Is Getting Better
              B1. See It Through
              B2. I'll Put The Bars Around My Heart 

              Geese

              Low Era / Smoke In Japan

                Geese are a band that begins and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between friends to build a home studio out of a basement.

                Their debut album, ‘Projector’ (from which this single is taken), is born from the same ambition: make music by any means necessary. The songs were recorded with sneakers as mic stands and blankets draped over the amps, all within the afternoon following a school day, up until they ran the risk of noise complaints. 

                TRACK LISTING

                A - Low Era
                B - Smoke In Japan

                Quantrells / Promise

                Can't Let You Break My Heart / I'm Not Ready For Love

                  Quantrells’ only single release from 1972 goes for two to three hundred pounds if you can find a copy on the Chicago-based Yambo label. A deep soul smoocher with a glorious vocal with enormous brass stabs, it’s like a roughed up version of The Jackson 5. Backed with Promise’s ‘I’m Not Ready For Love’; one of two singles from the mid ‘70s by this all-girl teenage four piece on the New Directions label. Built with a driving bass and the girls’ gorgeous vocals dropping into party mode over a funky guitar break midway through, it’s a classic ice breaker. Copies go for around £100.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Deptford Northern Soul Club continue to attack the market value of this elite scene by repressing some of the most memorable and must-have records at an everyman's price. I've always championed such behaviour and I'll be honest, it was one of the things that always left a sour taste in my mouth about the Northern scene. It's nice to hear these tracks on vinyl without having to worry about auctioning off your liver.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Quantrells - Can’t Let You Break My Heart
                  Promise - I’m Not Ready For Love

                  Cult Italian producer Jenny Rocco passed away in 2020, and in tribute to the work of this dearly departed artist, Best Record Italy reissue one of his most sought after productions - "Evita (Avoid)" by Coco Bill. Produced by Rocco in 1983, the track comes in two versions, with the vocal cut setting romantic disco rhythms over pounding bass percolations while pianos morph between soul chords and starscape leads. Sequential synths race through the air and a crooner pleads into the night - the voice at once innocently sweet and darkly sensual. While elsewhere, tribal drums lead manic grooves and marimbas and palm-muted guitars color the air in equatorial hues. As for the instrumental version, the disco drums hit with a heavier and futuristic sheen, while angular bass synths slam beneath rimshots and ricocheting claps. Dreamspace pianos and fantasy synths are woven together into mysterious tapestries of exotica, while cosmic arps and crystalline chord cascades soar through the heavens.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Il Bosco / Red Laser - endorsed high grade Italo here. Responsible for causing a poppers shortage in Stretford and Old Trafford circa 2011 (*True fact).

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Evita (Mix Version)
                  B1. Evita (Instrumental)

                  Second release on Kerrie’s Dark Machine Funk label. Nurtured right here in Manchester, with Kerrie’s sterling tenure at Eastern Bloc Records a notable influence; we hear the sounds of industry, Detroit, Berlin and the reckless, permo-up-for-it rainy city spirit harnessed into four fizzy and perky tracks for ur all nite technoid discotheque! Moving through circuit-bent clangers, phosphorus-ladled acid bangers, and dark-as-you-like electro gliders; all with that robust, galvanized patina which is has becoming her trademark. There’s nods to the sound design of mid 90s prog and techno but overall it’s a pretty forward focused outing which amply places her as one of the top noise makers on the scene right now! Hard to draw immediate comparisons but if you’re digging the new directions that Blawan and his Ternesc label are taking then this is also bound to give you a tickle in the trousers. Recommended!

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Mad good technoid stylings from Kerrie other th'road at E Bloc. She's harnessing some wild sounds and fizzy rhythms from those machines I can tell thee! Slamming stuff, keep it up mate!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. No Imitation
                  A2. Pavlovian Response
                  B1. Social Climber
                  B2. Inner Space

                  New record on Vive La Musique celebrating legendary French musician Jean-Luc Ponty and his influence on electronic dance music. A prolific composer with over thirty albums to his name which explore a wide spectrum of jazz fused with rock, electronic music and later in his career, West African sounds. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, famed for being one of the pioneers of the electric violin, Ponty also experimented with synthesis, composing a number of his albums with the Synclavier - one of the first synths to link up to a computer, offering the opportunity to create and combine multiple sounds.

                  Originally released in 1989 on the Storytelling album, "In the Fast Lane" is a rich and vibrant composition, with Ponty's rhythmical Synclavier keys and uplifting violin melodies dancing over a driving offbeat groove.

                  The track lit up dancefloors in the UK jazz-dance movement which started in the late 80's and is one of the all-time classic tunes from the Dingwalls sessions as well as being a firm favourite of an endless list of underground heavyweights including Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge and even The Electrifying Mojo! many others, it, was also championed by influential Detroit radio DJ the Electrifying Mojo - leading the track to be referenced by the first wave of Detroit techno producers. Remasterd by Atjazz and cut loud at 45, you're unlikely to have heard a fatter and fuller version of this track on vinyl!

                  The release also features a brilliant cover version from Opolopo. He faithfully recreates the original synth lines around a deep and jazzy house groove, producing a modern dancefloor masterpiece which impressed Ponty himself!

                  The 12" is presented with stunning artwork by Michal Rafaj and liner notes written by Ponty f, telling the story of how the track was composed and recorded as well as exclusive photographs that have never been published before. An absolute triumph and a must-have for jazz-dancers lovers!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Phwwwaaaooor those bubbly keyboards! Certain to give even the most wooden dancer a bit of wiggle in the hips, this bonafide jazz-dance classic is made available to all again, this time round with a mega cover version by no other than Opolopo.... form an orderly queue!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. Jean-Luc Ponty - In The Fast Lane
                  B. Opolopo - In The Fast Lane

                  A rightly hyped new EP from modern techno demigod Blawan, "Woke Up Right Handed" has been deservedly tipped as one of the best dance 12"s of 2021. Released via XL, who have clearly spotted the gigantic ascent of this rising superstar; it definitely ranks as one of Blawan's best set of productions to date.

                  Cloaked in a rugged metallic armor, Blawan's punishing modular set-up has always been known to exert aggression, but here we see that aggression carefully tamed into something more surgical, able to penetrate deep into our body and mind spaces without leaving so much as a scar.

                  The title track sees thunderstrikes of sound strike from a rattling percussion line as deep distorted tectonic rumbles signal an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. A killer, almost Green Velvet-on-PCP vocal line graces this chunnering mass of sound with a deadly intensity - this is gonna rip any pitch black nightclubs apart!

                  "Under Belly" steam trains on, barely keeping on the tracks as its heavy cargo spills from side to side: a sheer nightclub juggernaut that can carry any session forward.

                  "Close The Cycle" on side B recalls the glitchy-IDM side of Radioactive Man but with added spicy heartburn while "Gonk" unpacks one of those heavy clangers synonymous with this producer's library. "No Rabbit No Life", continues Blawan's tradition of silly track names; concluding this beast of a 12" with a modular expression of half-tempo DnB and sci-fi breaks. Effortless striding ahead of the pack and into the record boxes of the elite bass technicians.

                  Miss this one at your peril folks!


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Incredible, bone-splitting production on this new from Barnsley's modular techno maniac - Blawan. Ripping cyborgs a new one since 2011; the release marks a new, high watermark for this innovative and genre-pushing talent.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side 1
                  1. Blika (4:03)
                  2. Under Belly (3:56)
                  Side 2
                  1. Close The Cycle (4:08)
                  2. Gosk (3:18)
                  3. No Rabbit No Life (3:49)

                  Druggy AF DJ tools for your next cosmic / ALFOS / mollusc dance party! Seriously hot, if you thought percussive DJ tools were the sole privilidge of the house fraternity then Manuel Tur has leveled the scoresheets here, turning out a 8, yes EIGHT (!) thoroughly infectious, fizzy, squelchy, mid-tempo rhythm tracks that are gonna offer a 5th-dimension upgrade to your next cosmic-leaning DJ set.

                  I can express how well made these are - there's so much going on you'll probs find a fair few DJs just playing them out in their own right. They've taken that Chicago B-side template ('drum acapela' , 'DJ tool', 'drumstramental' etc) and superceded all expectation! 

                  One of the best rhythm tools my ears have digested in a GOOD while. For sheer sonic prowess and various intricacies contained within the 8 tracks ,they could be up there with some of the best ever made.

                  Creative DJs sleep at your peril! 100% necessary for any 3-deck cosmic wizards! 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Crazy good DJ tool for the ALFOS and drug chug massive. Usually the reserve of the elite house DJ; now you too can pepper your adventurous DJ set with some wacked-out rhythms designed to lock you to the groove. Strictly for the brave!!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  100.5 BPM (4:06)
                  100 BPM (4:07)
                  115 BPM (4:15)
                  121 BPM (4:04)
                  123 BPM (4:14)
                  125.5 BPM (4:24)
                  126 BPM (4:11)
                  150.62 BPM (4:11)

                  Tasty little 7" from Space Grapes and Jambonne here; the label's continuing desire to press new, exciting disco and boogie ina P&P, Mancusso-friendly style has been a winner with Piccadilly customers and the record buying public as a whole.

                  Here we get more bustlin' NY-flavoured disco with nice wooden drums, bright brass and a bass with its belt unbuckled. The big chorus line : 'if you wanna go...' is as anthemic as you like and'll sit alongside any high grade '78-'79 number with confidence.

                  "Touch Down" follows suit; that classic production style prominent as ever as catchy guitar chops and space-age Moog line cut through the groove. It's an instrumental number, but hard hitting as funky as you like; perfect for the post-peak moments when the crowd are fully lumbered up and loose as you like.

                  Unmissable for modern disco spinners, collectors of the genres or anyone who likes to have a dance around the dinner table on a Saturday night! Highly recommended. 


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: I miss these every time and end up kicking myself for weeks. Be more like Pasta Paul and bag yourself some authentic, traditional sounding NEW disco which kicks, bumps and grooves as good as any of the rest! Loft-ready and full of warmth; who said the old ones are the best?

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A. Carpet Ride
                  B. Touch Down

                  Black Girl / White Girl make their debut on Balkan with a set of four jackers. Ty & Karin know how to inject just the right amount of funk without losing any of the direct-to-dancefloor energy. This is warehouse dwelling gremlin music of the highest order folks! Recommended if you ever lost your shit at Sequence or Kindergarten here in Mancunia or currently frequent the growing number of barge parties down Hackney Wick canal. TIP!

                  As always, limited edition of 303 hand numbered copies.


                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: More acid fizzers from the nations favourite lysergic merchants. The label set up by Posthuman has vigorously flown the flag for warehouse music since 2010. Hardcore gremlin action on this one folks!

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Phaeses
                  A2. Flaming Dragon
                  B1. Freaqs In The Dark
                  B2. 777 Squadron

                  Cindy & The Playmates / Paul Kelly

                  Don't Stop This Train / The Upset

                  Cindy & The Playmates, led by Cindy Redd (later of The Voices) and backed by Wanda Cunningham and Manesbia Pierce, deliver an upbeat funky floor filler. Copies go for between £300-400 pounds for this storming and evocative fist-clenching gem which builds dramatically with strings and an emotive lead vocal. Cut with Paul Kelly’s ‘The Upset’, which was the B side of his second single for Lloyd Records, the vehicle for Willie Clark’s Florida-based productions. A monster sound with a grinding funky backdrop providing the perfect foil for Kelly’s aching vocal; the chorus break is a guaranteed spine-tingling moment. Copies currently go for around £250 if you can find one. 

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Matt says: Catchy and bright, funky floor fillers from yesterday, earnestly repressed by your good friends at Deptford Northern Soul Club who should be awarded a medal for their services to soul.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Cindy & The Playmates - Don't Stop This Train
                  Paul Kelly - The Upset

                  Cosmic Neighbourhood

                  Trees EP

                    Cosmic Neighbourhood is the brainchild of Adam Higton, an artist, illustrator and musician based in North Yorkshire. Through a combination of collage, drawing, textiles and music, the work he makes is an ongoing documentation of the daily goings on of the Cosmic Neighbourhood – a mythical and mystical suburb where trees talk and leaves dance. Adam recently created a set of stunning new visuals and branding for Caught by the River.

                    The Trees EP is a dizzy collection of monocultural melodies all captured in a place where old growth analogue drones burrow down into the earth and the wispy riffs from rock hewn synthesisers reach towards the sky. It is the sound of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop being plugged in after being left out in the elements for a season or two; an all-natural psychedelic voyage into the beating heart of the British countryside.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Dazzling, technicoloured new psychedelia here - authentic as you like! Driving by organ and fuelled by California Sunshine - take a trip on a magic carpet with Cosmic Neighbourhood, there ain't no going baaaackk maaaannnnn!!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Touch The Sky
                    Fir Hat
                    Swaying
                    Power To The Leaves

                    Chuck Carbo & The Soul Finders

                    Can I Be Your Squeeze

                    One of a series of three long out of print New Orleans funk 45's from Soul Jazz Records.

                    Chuck Carbo’s ‘Can I Be Your Squeeze’, backed with ‘Take Care Your Homework Friend’, are two of the most infectious break-heavy funk party tunes you will ever hear, written and produced by the legendary Eddie Bo and featuring the awesome syncopated drums of the phenomenal New Orleans drummer James Black.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Can I Be Your Squeeze
                    Take Care Your Homework Friend

                    A Mountain Of One

                    Dealer

                    A Mountain of One return with their second single from eagerly awaited forthcoming album "Stars Planets Dust Me".

                    "Dealer" sees them push further into the cosmos with a modern take on the electronic disco pulses of Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder mixed with organic sensibilities, electric sitar and reverse guitar akin to the heady moments of The Beatles track "Tomorrow Never Lnows". Criss crossing Balearic, psychedelia, disco and electronica, “Dealer” shows the band, made up of musical soulmates Mo Morris and Zeben Jameson, have lost nothing in the past decade. Recorded over Skype during the coronavirus pandemic, with Mo now in Bali and Zeben in west London, a shimmering, modern classic, experimental but accessible, melodic and adventurous. As ever, it is utterly unique, made in a musical universe all of their own.

                    When A Mountain Of One first started performing, they quickly became one of the most acclaimed bands out there, with the likes of i-D, Sunday Times Culture, Pitchfork, NME and more raving about them and their inspired and original approach.

                    Sold-out shows and awesome reviews followed with “Collected Works” and “Institute of Joy”, two phenomenal globally acclaimed albums that have stood the test of time.

                    This heady odyssey is mastered again by Global Electronic music icon Ricardo Villalobos. Their first single "Custards Last Stand" from the forthcoming album had radio support from NTS radio, Worldwide FM / BBC 6.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Big room Balearic that'll sound equally good soundtracking your after work pints on a rainy Thursday. Impressive stuff from the light side of the moon.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. Dealer
                    B. Dealer (Instrumental)

                    “Club Pez” is Anthony Naples' first club-focused EP since the release of “OTT/ZTL” in 2018.

                    Produced on the cusp of New York's summer reopening, these five tracks express a state of optimism and excitement for club and dance experiences equal parts real and imaginary. It’s uncompromisingly hedonistic whilst being Nice N Edge™ in Anthony’s typical style. “Bonk” and “Uni Vibes” alone make it worth the entrance fee: open Larry Heard / Ron Trent tributes that bite hard and spark some serious body kinetics! “Pez Anthem” is a tip to UK hardcore with its hard beats and hoover sounds whilst “Drops” sees the producer lay down an infectious and delectable percussive jam that’s so delicious it hurts! Great to see Naples on fire here – I can’t wait to play these out! Highly recommended.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Naples reveals his New Sound and as usual the native New Yorker has a firm grip on the now. Effortlessly updating his system with some fizzy and clunky presets and patches that'll have you yearning for more.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Bonk
                    A2. Drops
                    B1. Pez Anthem
                    B2. Uni Vibes
                    B3. Solero

                    Reissue of this amazing Ghanian boogie / highlife record from 1988. Cut loud on 12” and therefore optimized for dancefloor action. In addition we get two remixes from Amsterdam-based DJ Mendel.

                    Originally privately released in a small run by Wilson himself, ‘Asew Watchman’ and ‘Mabre Agu’ were both recorded in Brixton, London in 1988 after his relocation from Ghana to the UK in search of stardom, following the footsteps of burger highlife stars Pat Thomas, George Darko and Thomas Frempong.

                    Sadly, however, after pressing one thousand copies of the album, and although the music itself rivalled the very best burger highlife of the time, Wilson was beset by various obstacles both in London and back home. As such, the record was unable to make the headway that it deserved, and the music was soon lost into obscurity.

                    Nevertheless, with original copies now selling for triple figures on the second-hand market, and after a two-year search to track Wilson down, Kalita felt obliged to repress this lost classic.


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Afro-boogie that'll find favour with lovers of Don Laka and Oby Onyioha. I like the two OGs / two remix format very much. You'll get loads of legs outta this!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side 1
                    1. Asew Watchman (4:42)
                    2. Mabre Agu (3:39)
                    Side 2
                    1. Asew Watchman (Mendel Extended Mix) (6:35)
                    2. Mabre Agu (Mendel Midnight Mix) (5:15)

                    Si Brad Feat Azeem

                    Avenue 6 (Is This The Real Life ?) - Inc. Crooked Man Remix

                    The second selection from Toko's 2021 collection again sees label mainstay Si Brad man the controls on the sublime and soulful 'Avenue 6 (Is This Real Life?)'. Incorporating the crisp rhythms, heavyweight subs & swelling pads which are such a Toko trademark, Brad brings the bliss to this sensual house heater, enlisting Azeem's emotive vocal tones for an extra helping of soul.

                    The label enlist hometown hero Crooked Man for the B side business here, and the techno hero obliges with a pair of ferocious speaker tweaking reshapes.

                    Dark and cavernous, the 'Real Crooked' mix combines wall shaking bass, jacking drums and bloodless riffs into a smoke and strobe stomper, repurposing Azeem's vocal as a haunting refrain.
                    The dance floor paranoia continues on the 'Crooked Girl, Crooked Boy' mix, a sparse and dissociative take on the original equipped with demented dub FX and some serious bass weight.

                    An anthem in its original form, and a main room monster on the remix tip. Toko are back.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Second Toko release of the year and I gotta say we're really enjoying the renaissance! With star signings Si Brad & Crooked Man we are in safe hands for anthemic, end-of-holiday bliss. Don't forget this was supposed to come out in summer when it would make a lot more sense! To any DJs playing the southern hemisphere at the moment - your time.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Avenue 6 (Is This The Real Life ?)
                    B1. Avenue 6 (Real Crooked Mix)
                    B2. Avenue 6 (Crooked Girl, Crooked Boy Mix)

                    French producer and remixer Nicolas Laugier aka The Reflex is a name synonymous with supreme remixes and reimaginings of disco, soul, funk and dance classics. This brand new and essential double-pack sees Laugier take on some of the immense Salsoul catalogue, lovingly reworking classics alongside deep digs from the seminal NYC disco labels vaults. There's something for every dancefloor occasion here with Inner Life, Metropolis, Leroy Burgess and Aurra all getting The Reflex touch. These new versions are more than just re-edits, these are proper remixes utilising master stems, session tapes and the original spirit of these incredible recordings. It's no wonder The Reflex's 'revisions' have found themselves in the hands of tastemakers, DJs and hardcore record fiends alike! You need these....

                    These brand new mixes have been mastered with love, care and respect for Salsoul / BMG. Artwork and design courtesy of Al Kent / Million Dollar Disco. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Modern re-edit extraordinaire gets busy with the Salsoul stems and a knife - performing some top drawer surgery on these dancefloor staples. Cut one track per side for zee deejays, this is a proper disco power pack!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Inner Life - I Like It Like That [The Reflex Revision]
                    B1. Metropolis - I Love New York [The Reflex Revision]
                    C1. Leroy Burgess - Heavenly [The Reflex Revision]
                    D1. Aurra - A Little Love [The Reflex Revision]

                    Danny Krivit's officially sanctioned re-edits of Earth Wind & Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme" and "Runnin" have been sought-after since they first appeared on a Japan-only 12" back in 2004. In fact, such is demand that even later bootleg pressings now go for silly money online. As this reissue proves, though, they're arguably amongst Krivit's strongest scalpel works. Certainly, his three-minute revision of the always too short "Brazilian Rhyme" teases it out to just the right length, in the process delivering a sweltering, sing-along summer anthem. The flipside revision of the equally as summery "Runnin" is every bit as good, with Krivit making merry with the original's life-affirming scat vocals and killer piano solos.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Martin says: Everyone knows the hook off "Brazilian Rhyme". But the original's short length always scuppered it on the dancefloor. Remix supremo Danny Krivit does what we all want and extended this slick summer groove out over 8+ mins for maximum dancefloor enjoyment.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side 1
                    1. Brazilian Rhyme (Danny Krivit Re-edit) (3:00)
                    Side 2
                    1. Runnin' (Danny Krivit Re-edit) (8:18)

                    Karl O'Connor (aka Regis) has remained a maverick and iconic figure on the global techno stage, ever since his 'Montreal' EP burned his name across the world's dancefloors some 25 years ago. His unconventional and single-minded label, Downwards, often shrouded by mythology, has also helped to launch fellow protagonist Surgeon as one of techno's most revered DJ/producers.

                    Never one to tread the easy path, O'Connor alongside known projects such as British Murder Boys (with Surgeon), O/V/R with James Ruskin and Sandwell District alongside Function and Silent Servant has more recently collaborated with artists such as Ann Margaret Hogan (piano) and Justin K. Broadrick on guitar (previously of Godflesh) for a one-off concert performed live in the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Argolis, Greece as well as releasing last year's stunning new album 'In This Is The Light That You Miss' on Downwards. In his continuous search to side-step convention, he remains one of the more highly regarded creative forces within the British techno/electronic scene.

                    The genesis of the tracks on 'Beyond the Reach of Time' go way back to 1999 and thanks to various internet leaks have, over the following years, added to the mystique that surrounds them and the artist. Recorded in a period when O'Connor was putting tracks together for both an album on Tresor and an anonymous shortly-lived house label called Housework, these tracks seemed to fit neither the hard-edged Regis sound of the time nor the Housework style and simply slipped through the cracks.

                    Now over 20 years after their creation we are proud to give these long-lost Regis tracks the official release they deserve. The EP opens with the thumping yet muted tribalism of 'No Love From Above' whereby O'Connor approaches the dancefloor with malevolent restraint before 'At the Side of Silence' fuses this approach with the chord motif that runs through the beating heart of this release.

                    Rolling in at just under 13 minutes the closing 'Beyond the Reach of Time Pt.2' is epic in both scale and sound, its synth drenched chords taking it closer to Motor City emotionalism than anything O'Connor has committed to wax. Its sister piece 'Beyond the Reach of Time Pt.1' can also be found on 'EPM20', the 21-track digital compilation marking EPM's 20th Year.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: UK techno stalwart Regis comes through on the cookin' EPM Music for three tracks of his blistering beats. Urgent and uncompromising, there's a primal energy coursing through the EP which locks you into its deep hypnotic throb. Mega.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. No Love From Above
                    A2. At The Side Of Silence
                    AA1. Beyond The Reach Of Time PT 2

                    Adelphi Music Factory

                    Under The Yellow Arch EP

                    New one from peak timers ADF who drop the second release on burgeoning label Beat Factory.

                    The trio keep up their patented twist of high energy French house on side A; "Street Swimming" and "Love 2 Be" reclaiming galvanized disco hooks before looping them to insanity and compressing them to within an inch of the ground. It's like Roule on steroids and certain to send under 25 year-olds flailing haplessly into the speaker stacks.

                    B side track, "Rise" unpacks sheer carnival energy through woodblocks and synth brass pumping away - umpah tackle of the highest order and sticking two fingers up at the Balkan brigade. Finally, "The Crucible" slows things down to a groovy 110BPM and deposits rich boogie leads and golden guitar chops; plus a heavily compressed slap bassline that all-in-all, would probably have Shir Khan and his Black Jukebox peering enviously from the other side of the dancefloor pretending not to take note. Rock solid stuff from start to finish from these poster boys of the new house scene. 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Stadium house with that French twist? It can only be Adelphi Music Factory!

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1 - Street Swimming
                    A2 - Love 2 Be
                    B1 – Rise
                    B2 - The Crucible

                    First Choice

                    First Choice Theme (Paul Simpson Remixes)

                    Brookside Records is at it again!

                    Following up on a number of successful releases in 2021, Brookside & Philly Groove team up with the Legendary Paul Simpson (The Paul Simpson Connection, Serious Intention, Simphouse Records) to breathe new life into a classic First Choice cut……

                    “The First Choice Theme”

                    Originally released in 1976 on Philly Groove, the track was picked up by Warner Bros in the U.S. and they quickly issued a now sought after promo 12” with “First Choice Theme”, “Ain’t He Bad” & “Let Us Entertain You”.

                    On this fresh, limited edition yellow vinyl 7” Simpson works the track with his talents using the skills he learned by working beside legends like Tom Moulton and Vince Montana to strip the track down and let the fabulous rhythm section shine through. Giving breaks where needed but keeping the track dancer friendly and only using the best parts for this 7” mix.

                    The B side Simpson works his magic again with a different but similar more instrumental version……

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Southport weekender tackle that should etch a smile across the Sunday session. Paul Simpson delivers a beaming take of this heady staple.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A. First Choice Theme (Paul Simpson Disco Mix)
                    B. First Choice Theme (Paul Simpson Radio Mix)

                    Fresh Afro-Soul Music - Ghana's Highlife going by the heartbeat of 70s Soul Music

                    Jembaa Groove is a multicultural band founded in late 2020 by bass player and composer Yannick Nolting, and singer-percussionist Eric Owusu. Speaking the same musical language, they quickly realized the fruitful outcome of their musical encounter and decided to spend a couple of months composing their original music. Digging deep into both their backgrounds and musical identities, they came up with an organic result both like to label as Afro-Soul. After seeking for the right companions for the upcoming journey and stumbling on a few of Berlin's finest musicians, they finally formed Jembaa Groove, a 7-piece band that combines fresh sounds from Berlin's underground music scene with traditional West-African sounds from Ghana and Mali, such as Highlife, Adowa and Wassoulou. Their aesthetic vision is inspired by soul music from the '60s and '70s and avoids overly-produced commercial arrangements while merging driving bass grooves and steady drum patterns with fresh horn lines and catchy melodies.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Bassa Bassa
                    2. Bassa Bassa (Instrumental)

                    Critically acclaimed Dutch act Weval (AKA Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers) arrive on Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint with their new EP, “Changed For The Better”. The duo hail from Amsterdam, where they have been cultivating a unique sound that balances club-ready electronic funk, emotive synth arrangements and distorted drums with bold, beautifully composed melodies and songwriting. The duo recently embarked on a mission to rediscover themselves and what truly drives them, in a process of liberation from selfimposed constraints. Their creative process was reinvigorated with an uninhibited approach and “Changed For The Better” represents Weval unfiltered, accepting themselves for who they truly are. It’s sincere and heartfelt and unashamedly positive. For fans of Bonobo, Four Tet, Floating Points, Caribou, Kelly Lee Owens, DJ Seinfeld, Jayda G, Peggy Gou.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Rock solid dance grooves with poppy flurries? Why not. Sure to appeal to fans of Caribou and Bonobo; some of the sound design is melon-twistingly good, whilst the hooks and melodies keep it light enough for most to digest. Big crossover potential on this one folks.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Changed For The Better
                    A2. Fire
                    B1. Should Be Fine
                    B2. Letter

                    Lovers of fabulously swung, nice ‘n chunky house music have a treat in store on Hudd Traxx 066 as Swiss producer Agnès makes a very welcome, vinyl only return to Hudd Traxx.

                    Much-loved for his stripped back and dubby style - with previous EP “Got That Music In My Mind” championed by Disclosure on their Mixmag mix - here we witness the Sthlmaudio Recordings founder loosening up with four shoulder-rolling rides of deep house greatness which commemorates his and Eddie Leader’s tour of South America in 2013/14.

                    It’s the first new material we’ve heard from the producer since his 2016 EP “Accent Grave” and the track “Embryonic Connections” off the15th year anniversary collection released early in the year.

                    Effortless in construction, with the genre’s classic tropes of poking organs, sub-tickling bass, rich atmospheres and cheeky, playful vocal samples littered throughout; the EP’s real beauty comes across in Agnès’ unfathomable grasp of swing and shuffle, instantly injecting listeners with a fidgety energy and need to dance. His percussion sounds fizz, pop and crack in a manner that’d make Kerri Chandler blush while neon-hued pads glue the whole thing together with a radioactive warmth. Chuck in an almost shamanic level of dancefloor understanding & connectivity and what you have here is a breakthrough dose of unrivalled hedonism.

                    There’s a sophisticated simplicity and sympathy at work here; with a reduced, hard-hitting and well thought out sound palette connecting the tracks together with the same impassioned spirit. That fiery flame of a basement and a red light, encapsulated perfectly and destined to rouse the spirits of house heads across world this Autumn…


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Huddersfield's longest running house label is up to its old tricks again! Certain to cause injury to elbows and forearms alike, these heavily swung house heaters should keep the mid-session grooving nicely.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A1. Poudre Aux Bleus
                    A2. Pas Une Cacahuète
                    B1. Reverse Shikata
                    B2. Common Dissectors

                    Band on the Wall's latest 7" release is from producer, musician & DJ Contours. Known for applying his own percussive dexterity, his sound is placed within the intersection of House, Jazz, Broken-Beat and percussive experimentation. Double A-side 'The Programme / Conga Quinto (Dub)' is the latest in an ongoing sonic evolution for Contours, having released music on labels including Rhythm Section, Tru-Thoughts, Anma Records, in turn receiving praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff, Alex Nut and Bradley Zero.

                    The Programme is a woozy mix of sunset synths, squelchy bass, crisp propulsive hi-hats and snare-led rhythms. The sound has a depth you can sink into, yet the skittering beats add levity and a club-leaning energy to the track. Conga Quinto (Dub) shares a similarly twilight plane. This time it draws on the Latin aspect of Contours' influences, with the titular congos offering a loose, earthy foundation into which Burford inserts the track's jutting melodies and sharp interjections of sound.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: Just what we needed in the shop, Contours hazy deep-house beats with jazz intertwined is refreshingly new. We are loving Band On the Walls releases from the series The Singles Club. Hot stuff.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. The Programme
                    2. Conga Quinto (Dub Version)

                    Various Artists

                    Dam Swindle X Salsoul Remixes Vol. 1

                      Dutch duo Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, better known as Dam Swindle, are the latest in a line of decorated contemporary producers taking on rework duties for legendary New York disco label, Salsoul Records. Comprised of four tracks split into two volumes, the pair provide fresh takes on a number of Salsoul hits, including the classic ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ by First Choice and Double Exposure’s ‘Everyman’. There’s some funky edits of tracks by Kebekelektrik and Kongas, wrapping up an essential Reworks package courtesy of one dance music’s premier acts.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Dam Swindle inject the stems of First Choice and Kebekelektrik with some high pass filter action, modern sfx and two very different arrangements. Can't have enough different versions of "Let No Man Put Asunder" can you?

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Dam Swindle Remix)
                      B Kebekelektrik - War Dance (Dam Swindle Edit)

                      Prodigal son of the ESP Institute, Juan Ramos, rises from the cesspool of a world gone mad with 'Agua Del Cenote', his fifth release with the label. Whilst many artists are following their inner light to bring us some much needed joy amidst these rotten times, Juan (being the little shit that he is) follows an inner demon and delivers listeners and dancers a demented clusterfuck of sadistic chaos. The title track opens with what sounds like a butane torch and we metaphorically freebase into oblivion. Our perception of reality unravels, writhing in abrasive textures smeared across a low-slung, mid-tempo erotic thump. Everything feels blurry and distant, as if we’re swimming through an underground aquatic tunnel, in a panic, searching for an invisible band of spirits whose tune summons us into certain annihilation. Following this is a remix from a decorated lord of 20th Century electronics, Harald Grosskopf AKA The Synthesist. Harald wipes away grit and lethargy to reveal elements hidden deep within the mix as well as softens Juan’s sense of terror by building up to an optimistic layer of added synth. We’d love to offer some relief with the balance of the EP, however, the remaining two tracks paint complimentary hues in the same cerebral palette. 'Let It Go (Freaks Only)' veers closely to House in terms of tempo and gestalt, utilizing a vocal sample from Third Generation (Kerri Chandler) and a healthy dose of sub bass, but Juan hardly apologizes for his masochistic tendencies and certainly never relents into an uplifting mood. Closing the EP, Juan serves an antidote of sorts with 'Cuko', as if suggesting a way out of the swamp, but leaves it up to the listener’s intuition to not only see the carrot, but actually follow it into the light, thus completing the quest.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Deep mushroom chug from Juan Ramos perfectly in sync with the bumper harvest we've been experiencing. Facing your inner demons in the 5th dimension - this will empower and untangle your chakras!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Agua Del Cenote
                      A2. Agua Del Cenote (Harald Grosskopf Synthesist Mix)
                      B1. Let It Loose (Freaks Only)
                      B2. Cuko

                      New York flavoured edits by Jacques Renault on Neighboursoul Rhythms. "Make Rhythm Machine" would've blown the sparkly tits off much of the Homo Bloc crowd last weekend here in Manchester. It's big room disco-house that immediately affiliates itself with the Horse Meat Disco & Glitterbox clientele.

                      "JFK Disco Dub" is more prime time, Theo Parrish than anything else. Like when he used to woo us with 10 minute long edits of James Brown at the Roadhouse and Plastic People; this killer weapon will drawn the floor into a funk frenzy while its sharp edits means ain't no one getting bored and heading to the bar!

                      Flip and "Real To Real" is a late night, glitterball-led roller skating anthem - no more explanation needed! Someone take me to the rink! Finally, "Gotta Serve Comebody" is a tuff n chunky disco-house fix that the heads are gonna dig. Looping guitars, hefty bass, weighty drums, this bad boy's got it all reminds me very much of Eric Duncan's COMBI edits... 'Nuff said!

                      If you need to spark a party, then this my friends is like pouring petrol on a bonfire. 


                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: High energy throughout, moving from nipple-tweaking disco to full thrust Theo funk and back again; Jacques Renault smashing it here on Neighboursoul Rhythms.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Magic Rhythm Machine
                      A2. JFK Disco Dub
                      B1. Real To Real
                      B2. Gotta Serve Somebody

                      Working Men's Club

                      X

                        X is the first new music from Working Men’s Club since their acclaimed self-titled debut was released in the autumn of 2020, the album was the band’s perfect statement of intent, X is the delivery, the message, the action.

                        X rides on a sustained attack and gives way to a glorious synth heavy release of a chorus that’s just biding its time for a summer of discontent and dancing. This is the sound of your new favourite band hitting their stride. Count the days ’til you can see them in a field or in a club again.

                        Self-produced by Syd Minsky and once again mixed by Ross Orton, Y? is a synth heavy assault which picks up where X left off before venturing off into deeper acid-laced territory.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A.X
                        B.Y

                        Manny's finest Anz lands at Ninja Tune with a magical EP of genre blending club culture. Intended as a soundtrack for 24 hours, ‘All Hours’ is a non-stop journey through the history of dance music and underground culture - from New Dance Show inspired electro through club-focused breakbeat, classic UK garage and jungle.

                        The EP opens with a dose of morning endorphins as dreamy keys and pristine bass tones decorate kickless opener "Decisions (AM Intro) before the same melodies are pitched up and punched into the melodic, high gloss electro of "You Could Be" feat George Riley. Accessible, laced with pop sensibilities and totally bubbling, this is the bomb. The melodic magic continues on "Real Enough To Feel Good" as twinkling Rhodes and girthy subs sit either end of the frequency range, the skipping rhythm and intricate drum programming adding a dash of UK G to the electro influences of the previous track. Over on the B1, "Inna Circle" takes us back to the days of the Soulsonic Force with a properly robotic b-boy breaker, before "Last Before Lights" womps through junglist Rip Groove bass, hoover sounds and hefty breaks. All that remains is for Anz to romance us with another HD rendered video game synthscape in "Quest Select (AM Outro)" and we're in the run out on the hottest dance single of the year.


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: The hype is real! Anz steps up to Ninja Tune and dishes out a MEGA EP packed with melodies, pop hooks and references to all manner of underground club styles. I heard a couple of these beauties on the White Hotel system a couple of weeks back and lost my shit.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Decisions (AM Intro)
                        You Could Be (ft. George Riley)
                        Real Enough To Feel Good
                        Inna Circle
                        Last Before Lights
                        Quest Select (AM Outro)

                        Hypno Disco is a new label which seems to be riding the rave rival, dishing out a first excursion by FunkWise who drops a 90s-centric set of mixes touching on B-boy breaks, proggy house and techno.

                        "Turn It Up" is given three outings - the Scratchstametal bringing that b-boy flavour through some rude breaks, subby bassline and stoner-friendly nod. HDC up the energy of said track which takes it outta the skateparks and into the fields and open air events with a big room proggy number before Sam Kin continues the vibe a rather frenetic techy number with a polished, galvanized patina.

                        On the flip, "Transfer Dub" is a tricky late night number that pulses off the record and grows in intensity throughout. Landing somewhere between early 90s freeparty electronica and the stuttered techno experiments of Regis and Surgeon etc.

                        Mega vibes on this one folks, Super limited hand-stamped 12". Only 100 copies pressed - you know what to do! 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Lookin' for summat to don your favourite pair of Eclipse jeans and hit the skate parks too? Look no further than the new B-boy anthen, "Turn It Up". With a duo of proggy & techno remixes plus some stoned bedsit electronica via the dreamy "Transfer Dub". Surely the zenith of the late 90s revival is now?!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Turn It Up (Original ScratchstraMental Mix)
                        A2. Turn It Up (HDC’s Natural Delection Mix)
                        B1. Turn It Up (Sam Kin's House Of Love Mix)
                        B2. Transfer Dub

                        The hottest cats in UK techno return with another super limited (150 copies only) acid spectacular executed in their already inimitable style! Stuffed to the brim with vicious, squelchy and trippy as fuck 303s, this shows the firm in total control of Roland's infamous box of tricks.

                        Scott Hallam is back for round two, joined this time by Dircsen who kicks things off with "Mono Operator" - a 303 guided, smoke cloud explorer destined to have people stumbling over in pitch black warehouses post 3AM.

                        Hallam is back with a grinding selection of audio cogs working at a rather danceable 110BPM and dripping with 303 sequences. Big gated drums giving it that tasty warehouse flavour

                        Dircsen steps into a moderate canter on side B with "Slow Float". Again, the gentle propulsion of a well programmed 303 line carries this across the aquaplane.

                        Finally Scott Harlem delves deep into late nite squelch, his concentric acid lines flailing like scorched cicadas over a pounding kick & hi-hat combo.

                        These guys are the absolute dogs bollox of the current scene. Miss at your peril!!!


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: The first Reflections Of Yesterday 12" is one of my favourite records of the year and here the firm are delivering another unmissable sonic missiv. An ode to acid, four tracks that vary in speed and intensity but all put the adoration of the 303 at the alter. Get yourself a coupla Hoffman's and watch your face melt into the walls!

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Dircsen - Mono Operator
                        A2. Scott Hallam - Saturday Night Drop
                        B1. Dircsen - Slow Float
                        B2. Scott Hallam - Distorted Reality

                        Right here we get a brand new 3-track limited edition 12" EP, featuring ‘Yuletide Throwdown’, the track co-written and performed with Fab 5 Freddy, recorded around the time of "Rapture", and using the same samples.

                        The ultra-rare 1981 holiday flexi-disc is now reissued for the first time on 180g vinyl, following the discovery of the tapes in the Blondie archive. Originally given away as a coloured flexi-disc with Flexipop magazine this is now at last available commercially. The audio is fully remastered from the analog tapes, and there's an exclusive remix by Cut Chemist. Packaged in die-cut bespoke ‘disco-bag’ style sleeve with exclusive artwork by New York graffiti artist ‘Hugogyrl’.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Yuletide Throwdown (Cut Chemist Remix)
                        B1. Yuletide Throwdown (Cut Chemist Radio Edit)
                        B2. Yuletide Throwdown (1981 Original Recording)

                        Opus Kink

                        Wild Bill / This Train

                          With another week comes another gem to be let loose into the world via Nice Swan. This time it’s the turn of Brighton set Opus Kink, releasing their second offering of the year in ‘Wild Bill’ / ‘This Train’.

                          Having been recorded at the seminal Rockfield Studios in Wales and produced by Tim Burgess, it’s every bit as zealous and free as we’d expect and in discussing the release, the group revealed: “‘This Train’ is a hell-forleather ride through humanity’s self-destructive tendencies and futile battle against nature, flipping on its head the old adage that ‘this train is bound for glory’.”

                          A spooky intro converts to a fast-paced and frenetic sound as trumpets and sax blare with feral delight. The single comes to a screeching crescendo and we’re sonically transported to what could easily be a pub parlour, perched on the crimson material of a baby bar stool as beautifully bedraggled chants echo out. They can’t remember how they got there but are united in their message: “Don’t lose yourself to everyone else; Don’t lose yourself to this train.”

                          So far, Opus Kink have succeeded in turning listeners on their head, leaving a simultaneous excitement and perplexity as the struggle to brandish them with a ‘wemust- define-you’ handle ensues. With an underlying tone likened to that of a Dickensian tale, they possess the edge of a brooding petty criminal, the charm of a street urchin and the philanthropic spirit of any good protagonist.

                          The band have a flurry of nationwide gigs scheduled over the coming months, including two Nice Swan showcases alongside labelmates Malady, Mandrake Handshake and Hallan. Taking the studio energy and general raucousness into consideration, catching them live will be well worth a look-in.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Wild Bill
                          This Train

                          Hornsby Hardcore kick off their tenure with 3 tracks of explosive hardcore, ruff and rugged just like back in 1992 plus 6 tools for the edgy DJs. Should be massive with anyone with penchant for the new rave revival; think DJ Absolutely Shit, Tone Dropout, Super Rhythm Trax and the newly minted Hypno Disco Records etc.

                          Hyped up breakz, hoover subs, big squelches and noisy sirens decorate all three of the OGs whilst in the 'tools' section creative DJs will find all manner of fx, acapelas and ravey one shots to mix, on-the-fly, whilst propping up their local free party sounds.

                          Authentically done, and cut LOUD AF, gotta don yer best Eclipse jeans and Acupuncture trainee's for this one massive! Whistle cruuuuuu!


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Revisit that OG hardcore flava with three tracks and six tools of pirate radio pressure that'll give DJ Absolutely Shit nightmares. Hyped up and ready for action this'll blow the roof off the fairground!

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. The Hornsey Jib
                          A2. DJ Tools/Bits N Bobs/Locked Grooves
                          B1. David
                          B2. Live & Unlicensed

                          Hiatus Kaiyote follow up their huge LP, "Mood Valiant" with a Halloween inspired single, "Canopic Jar". Expanding on the band's already maverick ethos, "Journey To The Crystal Tomb" and "Canopic Jar" both take huge risks with arrangement, dynamics and timbre. Constructing a wild palette of instrumentation on which to inflict their hard funk slog, both tracks bang hard and twist melons with inventive, out-there sonics.

                          The 12" comes with instrumental and acapella versions which should keep their ever-growing army of hip-hop leaning fans happy. A band with maximum crossover appeal, their extensive touring alone has also earned them a die-hard, cult following and numerous VIP collaborations.

                          The band is comprised of Naomi 'Nai Palm' Saalfield (guitar, vocals), Paul Bender (bass), Simon Mavin (keys), and Perrin Moss (drums).


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Modern and experimental funk-soul troupe that's rightfully garnering adoration across the LA beat scene. Their hefty beats and nonconformist hooks instantly turn heads while their fuzz heavy, raw production bites at even the most ardent of funk fans.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Side A
                          1. Journey To The Crystal Tomb
                          2. Canopic Jar

                          Side B
                          1. Canopic Jar (Instrumental)
                          2. Canopic Jar (Acapella)

                          English Teacher

                          R&B / Wallace

                            With the release of their new single ‘R&B’, the ever-exciting English Teacher prove they could be your new favourite band.

                            As far as Northern cities go, Leeds probably isn’t the first place you’d think of as a burgeoning hotbed of fiercely independent and DIY bands. Often overshadowed by its neighbours further along the M62, it’s precisely because of this that Leeds’ music scene is as vehemently independent and self-sufficient as it is.

                            The latest band to emerge from the city are four-piece English Teacher. Keeping Leeds’ longstanding tradition of uncompromising post-punk alive, the quartet’s latest single ‘R&B’ is three minutes of clattering bass and crisp percussion, sporadic guitar occasionally punctuating the tension as frontwoman Lily Fontaine explores ideas of imposter syndrome and lethargy throughout the creative process.

                            Lethargic is one thing ‘R&B’ isn’t, however. Fraught and frantic perhaps. Imbued with a dry wit and self-awareness certainly, but no one’s about to level any accusations of indifference at English Teacher. The band explain, “[the song] is about the cyclical, productivity-diminishing paradox of low self-esteem and imposter syndrome-induced writer’s block that then fuels low self-esteem and imposter syndrome. It’s also about racial identity and putting the love that you have to offer a potential romantic partner back into yourself.”

                            Harbouring a cloying sense of paranoia that only increases as the track progresses, there are elements of bands such as Slint and Sonic Youth at play. Rather than feel like a ‘90s throwback, however, ‘R&B’ succeeds feeling not just contemporary but vital. Providing both a short, sharp gut punch and insight into Leeds’ ever-growing indie scene.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            R&B
                            Wallace

                            Barry Gray Orchestra

                            Captain Scarlet

                            Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons followed the hugely successful Thunderbirds series and the popular theme tune generated a 7" single release on the Pye label in 1967. This new 7" single improves dramatically on the original artwork and sound.

                            The two tracks originally released were "Captain Scarlet" and "The Mysterons Theme", both in mono. Mastered from Barry Gray's original tapes, "The Mysterons Theme" features a new stereo mix from the 4-track tape.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Matt says: They're BACK! If you know you know!! Highly, HIGHLY collectable Thunderbird soundtrack 7"s on Silva Screen. Obsessive cult following. Buy now or cry later - you have been warned!

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Captain Scarlet (3:45)
                            The Mysterons Theme (2:20

                            Pictish Trail

                            Natural Successor - Inc Django Django Mix

                              A purgative surrender to nature’s whim driven by a clattering machine drumbeat and rolled in a puddle of filthy dirty fuzz, ‘Natural Successor’ is the riotous new single from isle of Eigg based Scottish psychedelic electronic-pop ogre Johnny Lynch AKA Pictish Trail.

                              Set for release on limited-edition 12” vinyl by Fire Records, with support from Johnny’s own label Lost Map Records, it’s the first taste of a set of brand-new Pictish recordings produced by longterm collaborater Rob Jones (The Voluntary Butler Scheme, The Gene Dudley Group).

                              The 12” single features exclusive remixes by Django Django and Makeness

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Always nice to hear from the driving force that is Johnny Lynch. "Natural Successor" is soaring psychedlic rock with stadium potential. Django Django jump on board with a baggy, ALFOS-friendly tweak too. Then Makeness twist things up with a frenzied jungle refix.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Natural Successor
                              A2. Natural Successor (Instrumental)
                              B1. Natural Successor (Django Django’s Fazed And Confused Mix)
                              B2. Natural Successor (Makeness Remix)

                              Rhythm Section proudly announce a new compilation, "Shouts 2021", revealing the new sounds and direction taken by this fiercely independent and innovative UK label. Split across two volumes, volume 2 focuses on squarely on the dancefloor, informed by the unique sounds and flavours heard at their highly regarded London-based clubnight.

                              Another six artists grace the 12", revealing a list of rising talent you're unlikely to know much about right now. Big props to Bradley's adventurous and risk taking A&R as plenty of labels would have settled for some average offerings off some big names to sell their compilation but here we get some hot shit off of some relatively unknown artists which is what it's all about really isn’t it?

                              Anyway, Soso Tharpa drops a feisty, elbows-out UKF mutation, buoyant and spacious with brilliantly programmed perx. Tom Esselle updates broken beat with a gliding garage-informed movement on "Lou's Groove" that'll have pale faced students and old school garage heads nodding in equal appreciation with it's perfectly formed, nicely swung antics. Pookie hits half-tempo precision and closes off side A via "Beast Mode", decorated in a streetwise rap and distorted soundsystem ruffage.

                              Side B sees tricksy late nite voodoo executed with a day-glo 90s aesthetic on "Hella Mega Drive" by Hassan Abou Alam before Adam Pits his the 4x4 thruster and powers through with the bassline-indebted "Cluster Funk". Finally, Kareem Ali sees optimistic light beams and a hands-aloft mood sweep over the driving, end-of-night anthem, "Black Futures". Incredible stuff here from a true shining light of British dance culture. Rhythm Section we salute you!


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Second part unveiling new artists to the Rhythm Section roster. A dancefloor-centric 12" which continues to push the envelope as the label have done from the beginning.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Soso Tharpa - Milo Is Back
                              A2. Tom Esselle - Lou's Groove
                              A3. Pookie - Beast Mode
                              B1. Hassan Abou Alam - Hella Mega Drive
                              B2. Adam Pits - Cluster Funk
                              B3. Kareem Ali - Black Futures

                              Portico Quartet & Hania Rani

                              Portico Quartet & Hania Rani

                              Portico Quartet / Hania Rani brings the singular Polish pianist and composer, Hania Rani, and East-London based widescreen minimalists, Portico Quartet, together for a unique collaboration.

                              Label mates, they met when Hania Rani performed at the Gondwana 10 event at the Roundhouse in October 2018, an event that Portico Quartet headlined and which marked Rani's UK debut ahead of the release of her breakthrough album, Esja.

                              The idea was simple, each artist would select and then rework one of each other's tunes. The result is a beautiful collaborative work that feel less like a pair of straight forward remixes and more like a new recording that brings the two acts distinctive sound worlds to a new place.

                              The first track is Hania Rani - Nest (Portico Quartet remix), which finds Portico Quartet reworking a track from Rani's most recent album Home. Portico Quartet saxophonist and keyboardist Jack Wyllie says:

                              'We've been fans of Hania since her first album album Esja, so it was a pleasure to get to work with her. Our remix took fragments of her voice and piano, and from that we extrapolated and composed an almost entirely new piece of music. The result was (hopefully) that her sound world became another instrument in the band…'

                              On the flip is Portico Quartet – With, Besides, Against (Hania Rani remix), which Rani recrafts with the addition of piano and her own unique vocals.

                              "Imagine being asked to make a remix for one of your favourite bands? I felt excitement and… mild panic. The idea for this one little rework took me a couple of months! I chose the track With, Beside, Against, which is a beautiful peaceful and broad piece of music with an energetic movement in the middle part. I tried to add a vocal line to it, reminding me of one of Portico's tracks called "Steepless" from their album released back in 2011. The result turned out to be satisfying. I felt it worked really nicely, matching the music in a natural way"

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: A superb collaboration between two of the hottest names in ambient, jazz-adjacent practices. Soaring, hypnotic percussive grooves from Hani's 'Nest' remix and her vocals added to the skittering remix of PC's 'With Beside Against' is absolutely worth the entry price alone. Great work all round.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Nest (Portico Quartet Remix)
                              2. With, Beside, Against (Hania Rani Remix)

                              Roza Terenzi's Step Ball Chain drop record number three and it’s another chest-beating, club-swingin' dancefloor wrecker with more attitude than your average NOS-quaffing yoot.

                              Tel-Avivian producer & DJ MYKI steps up with three OGs plus a remix from Roza, who's fast becoming one of my favourite exponents of party-focused house music (be sure to check out her Plush Managements project too!), MYKI is part of the Tofistock label family and member of Shen band.

                              "Vertigo" opens with tribal drums a proggy, driving hats; that perfect balance of late 90s, sprawling dreaminess which you instantly associate with good ecstasy and that arresting, no-nonsense aesthetic which doesn't fuck about with un-needed breakdowns, intros or whathaveyou - just straight up, speaker growling fire. Equally, "Puma Snap" contains kick drums designed to knock the wind outta your stomach, whilst the higher BPM count should keep keep people's feet from the touching the floors as the amphetamine-rushing b-lines and gated synths converge in a very squat party manner. This one reminds me of the free parties up Hedben Bridge in 2001! "Bleeding Tooth" dunt let up on energy, as it skillfully blends a tasty woodblock rhythm with rising pads and explosive FX. Just enough for Terenzi to get on board, remixing "Vertigo" into a more bouncy, squelchy number that grins cheekily from the terrace as it coyly drops another half...

                              Mega stuff, like I said, anything with Roza's stamp on it at the moment, gets my approval. Recommended!



                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Anyone who knows me knows I'm completely smitten with anything Roza Terenzi related. Here the bush-doof pioneer cracks with her new label Step Ball Chain with four tracks of upfront party electrix from MYKI.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Vertigo
                              A2. Vertigo (Roza Terenzi Remix)
                              B1. Puma Snap
                              B2. Bleeding Tooth

                              Golden Bug

                              Tokoyo No Kuni - Inc. Nicola Cruz / Wolf Muller / Michael Mayer Remixes

                              Born from my meeting with japanese artist Vega Voga, ‘Toyoko No Kuni’ builds a bridge between our two cultures by creating a musical epic sounding like an imaginary, acid-drenched Toshiya Fujita movie. By homaging the 70’s Avant-garde scene and by channelling Akiko Yano and Midori Takada’s music, Tokoyo No Kuni combines a western approach to japanese traditional instruments in which lyrical vocal samples, synth lines, supersonic percussions and razor-sharp guitars drench the country of Chrysanthemums in an unsolved mystery. Remixed by Nicola Cruz, Michael Mayer and Wolf Müller, ‘Tokoyo No Kuni’ acts as the opening act of my new album Piscolabis - Golden Bug

                              So says the Bug, Piccadilly's Misery Mix (Patrick & Mine) say slanky and psychedelic cosmic funk for your next mushroom party. Remix-wise folkloric front-runner Nicola Cruz translates the cut into a splintered future dub freakout, Wolf Muller makes with the breaks for seismic slab of tribal pressure before Michael Mayer straightens it out into a psychedelic trance-dancer for new disco fans. 

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Mine says: Slanky and psychedelic cosmic funk for your next mushroom party!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1. Tokoyo No Kuni
                              A2. Tokoyo No Kuni (Nicola Cruz Remix)
                              B1. Tokoyo No Kuni (Wolf Muller Remix)
                              B2. Tokoyo No Kuni (Michael Mayer Remix)

                              Bob & Fred / The Volumes

                              I’ll Be On My Way / I’ve Never Been So In Love

                              Deptford Northern Soul Club continue their retrograde mission with two colossal floorfillers from the late 1960s Northern scene.

                              ‘I’ll Be On My Way’ is not only a staggeringly beautiful song, it’s also a super rare side filled with those strings that recall the echoey ceiling of Wigan Casino. A supremely soulful cut with a sturdy beat from 1966, with a classic vocal to fall in love with. Originally on Big Mack and going for over two grand, even the re-issue on Goldmine fetches 75 quid, it’s such an invigorating vocal and storming instrumental.

                              On side B, The Volumes’ funky floor surfer ‘I’ve Never Been So In Love’. Filled with horn slurps over a crazed organ anchor, it chugs into a singalong chorus that’s impossible to forget. From 1969 and originally on the obscure Garu label, it goes for between £40 and £140 pounds if you're lucky enough to find a copy.

                              Nicely pressed in sturdy 7" disco bag. Northern never sounded so crisp and fresh! 


                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Shark-slaying re-issues to keep Kevin Lewandowski crying into his dipping stock value. If you're a fan of Northern on a budget (and sounded nice n crisp to boot!) you need these floor-fillers!

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Bob & Fred - I’ll Be On My Way
                              The Volumes - I’ve Never Been So In Love

                              Darrow Fletcher

                              What Good Am I Without You / That Certain Little Something

                              Two classic sides from the Michigan soul singer with a stash of soul goodies in his repertoire. The original pressing of ‘What Good Am I Without You’ from 1967 on Jacklyn Records goes for just over £200 and one listen explains why.

                              Featuring an emotional, heart-wrenching vocal soaked with flying strings over an impulsive rhythm, it’s a lovelorn anthem; an emotional rollercoaster.

                              Backed with ‘That Certain Little Something’ from the Groovy label 12 months earlier. A funky guitar-led scorcher with a bluesy brass break and a spin and drop chorus aided by a rampaging drummer.

                              Two must-have sides from Fletcher, a child prodigy, who found success in Chicago in the mid- 1960s which led to shows with Stevie Wonder and BB King, among others.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Matt says: Another double-header of Motor City via Windy City soul which'll make the discogs sharks wince. Officially licensed by Deptford Northern Soul Club who are really doing the business with these much-needed reissues.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Darrow Fletcher - What Good Am I Without You
                              Darrow Fletcher - That Certain Little Something

                              A.A. Williams

                              Arco EP

                                Making her stage debut in April 2019 and selling out her first headline show at London’s prestigious Southbank Centre less than a year later, A.A. Williams hit the ground running. Similarly, the acclaim for her performances and her music has been unanimous from the start. After one self-titled EP and a collaboration with Japanese post-rockers MONO, the London-based singer-songwriter signed to Bella Union and released her stunning debut album, Forever Blue, in July 2020. That Southbank show would prove to be the last time she would take to the stage for a long while as the world struggled to cope with unforeseen and extreme challenges. Never a musician to sit still, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist focused her creativity on arranging - firstly, by stripping back to the most delicate bones on her Songs from Isolation covers record, and now with a complete reimagining of her own material as the four songs from her debut EP become Arco.

                                Not many musicians have the ability - or indeed bravery - to rework a collection of their own full band 'rock' songs into a string-and-voice arrangement. A.A. Williams, however, is not like many musicians and the minimalism of Arvo Pärt and Gorecki has long since sat beside Vaughan Williams' folk-inspired classical work as important influences on her music. Indeed, the intention with the EP was for Williams to challenge herself by not retaining guitars and drums, meaning arco had to be truly reimagined with a full string ensemble. As Williams describes it: "The main focus of the arrangements is trying to maintain the authenticity of the original songs that, whilst embodying some of the more familiar elements of the full-band settings, draws focus on the voice." Conducting the ensemble of string musicians in the studio, A.A. Williams has evolved her own compositions with new instrumentation and arrangements, encapsulating the singular vision of a unique artist.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1 Control
                                2 Cold
                                3 Terrible Friends
                                4 Belong

                                Naomi Alligator

                                Concession Stand Girl

                                  “I think my music provides space for me to say the things I can’t always say in real life.” says Virginia native songwriter and multi-media artist Corrinne James. “That’s what I love about song writing—There’s room in music for all of the conversations that can’t exist in reality.”

                                  Her modern folk production and poetic song writing links the sounds of classic folk artists like Joan Baez and Steeleye Span to a 21st century context. James wrestles with guilt, purpose, and jealousy through vivid narratives in the songs that make up her vast self-releases.

                                  On the title track for Concession Stand Girl that opens the EP, James sings the inner monologue of an unappreciated ticket-taker at a high school football game. James plucks a sparkly banjo and sings details of the concession stand girl’s relationship to each of the spectators who must go through her to enter the game. “Although seemingly insignificant, the concession stand girl must interact with each spectator as they enter the football game. Despite being unable to physically see the game, inside of her head she narrates her relationship to the people at the game.” The track “Anywhere Else” sits in contrast to the rest of the EP, being the only song where James plays guitar instead of banjo.

                                  The last song written for the EP, “Anywhere Else” describes the tense emotions that come from comparing yourself to others in the eyes of your partner. “The protagonist is convincing herself, as well as her partner, that she could leave at any moment. She doesn’t want to be taken for granted anymore.” “Big Blue World” is a touching closer to the EP, where James sings about finding her way back to the place that feels most like home. James examines the fleeting nature of ambition and asks what really creates the feeling of contentment. Describing the song’s lyrics James says, “You can achieve everything you want, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like anything compared to just feeling at home and feeling who you are deep down.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Concession Stand Girl
                                  2. Momma
                                  3. Anywhere Else
                                  4. Big Blue World

                                  Heavy South African cut, unearthed by Dene from LCT, All about the massive title track ''Got My Magic Working''...

                                  The origins of Amajika is a tale of two worlds colliding at the perfect moment and begin in KwaMushu Township outside Durban. Here would be where a young Tu Nokwe would set up a school to help teach other aspiring youngsters like herself in music, dance and acting. This would become known as the Amajika Youth and Children’s Art Project and would be run from the Nokwe home, a common hangout for artists at the time. Some boast 2000+ pupils going through this program while others claim it wasn’t more than a backyard dance group, but for the lucky group of kids that were members in the mid 80s it would be their chance at stardom.


                                  It was during these years that a young aspiring playwright and musician Mbongeni Ngema had come across Tu and her group of gifted youngsters at the Nokwe family home. Although he was touring extensively at the time with the plays Woza Albert and Asinamali, the latter which eventually ended up on broadway, he would spend any time off from the tour with Tu and her dance troop. After being inspired by the American group New Edition, Mbongeni envisioned Amajika as the South African answer and decided to bankroll a studio session.


                                  The session would take place in a private studio in Durban.The release of the first single would follow very shortly. The lead track, Tomati-So is a fun swinging groove over some basic programmed drums. The song is dedicated to Tu Nokwe sings of her unique style and kind heart. On his next tour Mbongeni would take the remaining masters with him to the US and had the track remixed. Although it never materialized in a release States side he did return with the remixed tape and release it in South Africa the following year. Much like Tomato So the song was an ode and would be dedicated to the man who was making all their dreams come true. Got My Magic Working sings of going overseas and being a star on Broadway and TV and the man who is making it all happen. All these true predictions are sung on top of a groovy acid bass by a clearly matured troop of artists.


                                  During these years of working with Amajika, Mbongeni became very impressed with the exceeding talent of one of the members and decided to cast her in his upcoming musical Sarafina. The other children also wanted to be a part of the Broadway show but not everyone would get a role. This would be the end of Amajika as the next years would be dedicated to creating success on the musical stage. The growing kids that formed Amajika became young adults and pursued their own careers after the fact. Tu Nokwe would leave the country to return years later as the wife of Shaka Zulu on the big screen. To this day she is still very active both on stage and screen while Mbongeni is still writing and adding to the South African Musical Theatre catalog.


                                  Fast forward 30 years from the original release to a smokey club where ESA hears Got My Magic Working played by Rush Hours Store’s own Bonnefooi. Instantly he inquires about the track from his homeland and feels it a perfect addition the repertoire of the Afro Synth band he is quietly cooking up. The band’s instrumental take ended up as the B side on a mysterious and limited white label released by Rush Hour in early 2020 but quickly sold out.


                                  Here you have compiled the two title tracks from original Amajika singles along with the instrumental version by ESA’s Afro Synth Band for The complete Amajika experience, past to present. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Amajika - Got My Magic Working
                                  Amajika - Tomati So
                                  Esa's Afro-Synth Band- Got My Magic Working (Dub Mix)

                                  Jondo's Little Princess EP sees Cologne's finest producer/DJ debut Dekmantel with a 4-track set of expansive atmospheres and reconstructed club tunes, alongside double bassist Maxwell Sterling and Australian producer DJ Plead.
                                  Each track draws elements from the bass music trajectory, but effortlessly reassembles them in song-like arrangements that work just as fine in any headphone or home listening scenario.

                                  The A-side has Jondo and Sterling team up for two dynamic pieces called "Dunkelziffer I" and "Dunkelziffer II". Whereas A1 serves drumless, RPG-like atmospheres reminiscent of Sterling's long-time collaborator James Ferraro, A2 is a full-on club joint packed with icy synths and complex rhythms that slowly eases into comforting ambient. On the B-side's "Whowhuwho", Jondo creates a powerful piece of instrumental-grime-turned-quasi-jungle with DJ Plead. For his remix, Russian techno prodigy Moa Pillar warps the already minimalist lead synth into an even more sparse yet effective dancefloor weapon.

                                  Just as his celebrated DJ sets, the Little Princess EP proudly exhibits all of Jondo's musical roots – but instead of sticking with one style, tempo or formula, he innately trusts the music to let it take us into unexpected territories, time and time again.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: This Dekmantel drop sees Phillip Jondo team up with Maxwell Sterling and DJ Plead to produce the next wave of bass heavy electronics. Grime, UK Funky, Warp electronics and future glitch all smashed together like they're at CERN.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Phillip Jondo & Maxwell Sterling - Dunkelziffer I
                                  A2. Phillip Jondo & Maxwell Sterling - Dunkelziffer II
                                  B1. Phillip Jondo & Dj Plead - Whowhuwho
                                  B2. Phillip Jondo & Dj Plead - Whowhuwho (Moa Pillar Remix)

                                  Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer

                                  Melodies Record Club #002: Ben UFO Selects

                                  The second instalment of Melodies Record Club 12"s is curated by none other than all round uber-DJ Ben UFO so you'd best sit up and pay attention.
                                  The Hessle don drops a little science on our ass here with two total staples from his DJ sets, neither were originally produced with a club setting in mind, which is why they’ve never been available in this format before.
                                  On one side, we have “Drums” from Laurie Spiegel’s 1980 experimental electronics album “The Expanding Universe”, a collection of tracks produced between 1974 and 1976 using a computer playing the actual sounds by controlling analog synthesis equipment under control of the GROOVE hybrid system developed by Max Matthews and F.R. Moore at Bell Labs. Drums is a percussive seven minute computer generated workout inspired by Laurie’s interest in African and Indian musics, and which brings to mind the most far out kosmiche music of the period to modern day techno. A connection Ben has tried to make explicit by including it in his first BBC essential mix back in 2013.
                                  On the flip we have a track by Olof Dreijer from the Swedish band the Knife who’s work you might also be familiar with under the moniker Oni Ayhun. Back in 2009 his artist friend Adnan Yildiz curated an exhibition called “THERE IS NO AUDIENCE” in Montethermoso, dedicated to public imagination. Adnan commissioned a single piece from Olof called “Echoes from Mamori”, that played on loop during the exhibition and was subsequently released only on CD. A contemporary piece more clearly indebted to house music, Olof built the track around arpeggios generated using sounds of frogs he recorded in the Amazon and birds around Berlin, fed into a sampler.


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: In case you're still missing the memo, Ben UFO is pretty much as good as DJs get, so the opportunity for two of his secret weapons on one 12" is especially tasty. On the A-side we get hypnotic, tribal electronics from Laurie Spiegel - think alternative kosmische for the club, while the flip sees Olof Dreijer (of The Knife / Oni Ayhun fame) turn out a masterpiece of techno-tropical, Afro-electronix joy.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Laurie Spiegel - Drums
                                  B1. Olof Dreijer - Echoes From Mamori

                                  Duca Bianco stroll back into the club, ready to make you move to those outsider sounds all over again with this all star selection! We get off to a fucking fantastic start as Casinoboy pitches down and cuts up Paul Young sleaze-a-thon "Sex" to create a misty mid-tempo version which the same top poppers energy as that extended version of West End Girls - essential Balearic dancefloor cut here. Next up we have the completely cryptic "Unknown" by, well, Unknown, which hits us with a chugging one note bassline, garbled German vocals, tough machine drums and all sorts of siren abuse - think a lost NDW cut re-shaped by Benedikt Frey. Shifting gears for darkroom throb to trainline disco, Rune Lindbaek sweeps in with the galloping bassline, cosmic sequences and frothy vocals of weirdo-disco peak timer "Ratsastic Empress" before Khidja close the set with a feature length freak-fest called "Chuncho". Taking one low slung and hypnotic bassline, a subtle rhythm and some ethereal vocals, the Romanian duo cook up a tripped out bit of techno-disco for that point in the sesh where your mind and body are in separate rooms.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Casinoboy - On My Mind
                                  A2. Unknown
                                  B1. Rune Lindbaek - Ratsastic Empress
                                  B2. Khidja - Chuncho

                                  The Larry Heard Appreciation Society returns !!

                                  For those newbies at the back, LHAS is the work of Jaime Read, whose celebrated releases over the last 20 odd years on labels like Ugly Music, Golf Channel, Fragmented etc etc have kept him - quite rightly - at the top of class for on-point homages to golden era Chicago House & early Techno.

                                  Utilising a familiar, authentic sound palette, LHAS manages to be at once familiar, timeless and yet right up to date and relevant on floors still underpinned by the same sonic blueprint.
                                  This new selection is, in our humble opinion, up there with his best. From atmospheric, glacial machine groovers to deep, disembodied vocal joints, to an uplifting retro-Chicago workout and, last but by no means least a spectacular late-night jam which manages to drive via Sterling Void & Marcus Mixx, to all new alien destinations...

                                  Top class, for your head and your ass !

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: Operating as LHAS, Jaime Read specialises in super deep, classy and authentic house and techno, inspired by the Midwestern pioneers. This latest EP treats us to the deep and delicious "Tears Are Dry", Fingers style jazz house "Toys Out The Pram", uplifting acid glide of "What's In A Name" and arp'n'jack psychedelia of "Fuzzy Knows" - top class!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Tears Are Dry
                                  A2. Toys Out The Pram
                                  B1. What's In A Name
                                  B2. Fuzzy Knows

                                  Ko-Ta

                                  Shiza EP - Inc. Don't DJ / DJ Nobu Remix

                                  For the tenth release, Ko-ta joins DJ Nobu's Bitta label. The legendary Japanese producer, known for his releases on Stratosphere Records where he showed a unique take on tribal and off-beat techno tools, now returns with two fresh and fast paced rhythm work outs. After blown away by a tune he heard in a friend's Instagram Stories, Nobu asked the friend about the track which turned out to be a work of Ko-ta's. Nobu immediately suggested Ko-ta to release his material on Bitta, and the result is this outstanding and singular EP for which Ko-ta contributed two amazing originals. Remixed by Don't DJ who flips 'Shiya' into an energetic stripped down drum and bass swinger and DJ Nobu who re-works 'Shiza' with his powerful broken techno touch.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Conjuring a cauldron of bass, rhythm and shamanic energy, two far out cats cast spells onto Ko-Ta's "Shiya".

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Shiya
                                  A2. Shiya (Dont DJ Remix)
                                  B1. Shiza
                                  B2. Shiza (DJ Nobu Remix)

                                  Frak return under a new alias for Manchester's Lost Control label. Well seasoned in the hardware-driven electro and techno game, Frak's sound is unique, visionary and singular. Residing in Sweden they've crafted their own style which is very different to their US counterparts and they stand proudly out on their own.

                                  Here we get more of their stuttered, pulsating and gritty vibe, displayed across four noxious trax. There's a whip to the grooves here, which fit more into the plasma house realm than the all-out jibbering tekno they can also conjure up.

                                  Favourite track for me is "Mangold Haze" with its splurging synths, fizzy snares and mutant carnival energy. Top stuff here from this emergent Manc firm. Check! 


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Second release from Manchester's Lost Control. Matthew Earnshaw's killer label offering up 'sounds from the 5th dimension'.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Saidas Touch
                                  A2. Saidas Touch (Channelling Ej (Esp))
                                  B1. Mangold Haze
                                  B2. Dual Relaxation Of Vibrational Haze

                                  Number nine of Funnuvojere's catalogue is signed by label founder Massimiliano Pagliara, and comes as a collaboration with CockTail d'Amore resident and Philoxenia Records founder Luigi Di Venere. Banana Moon is the name of their duo, an acronym born on a summer night walk in the south of Italy, hinting as well to the legendary 1970s Florentine Rock Club. “Delphinium Blue” is the title of this debut EP. A flower favoured by Derek Jarman, it evokes feelings of joy and warmth, urging us to open to new experiences. The Italo proto-house-informed “Tie Me Up” sounds like a coital demand. An unorthodox arpeggio drives the slinky rhythm, crowded by luxurious vocals flared by cheeky claps. Breaks, a funky bass and a joyous organ characterize the Chicago neoclassic, “Full Service”, making us the wish for a crowded dancefloor under the light of the moon. On the flip the title track “Delphinium Blue (Kabuki Mix)” is a theatre of sounds inspired by Detroit techno, a genre much esteemed by Banana Moon. This track evokes a sweaty warehouse on fire with hedonistic pleasures. A proud nightingale discusses harmony with a 303 while exquisitely crafted drum patterns build up to a technological samba. Closing the EP “Polyamory” sings to interspecies love, leading us for a swim in the blue depths grasping the tail of a playful whale. While the track's title dreams of unlimited summer love, this song confirms the duo's unconditional passion for the Italo groove.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: New dancefloors renders with elements of proto-house, breaks & acid for the connoisseur. TIP!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Tie Me Up
                                  A2. Full Service
                                  B1. Delphinium Blue (Kabuki Mix)
                                  B2. Polyamory

                                  Those digging freaks at Kalita treat us to the first ever retrospective on Jamaican-born artist Desmond Chambers. With the politically conscious 'Haly Gully (Version)' only previously available on his now-invisible 1987 album 'Tiger Bom', and 'The Morning Show' only available as the B side of the equally invisible single 'I Have Seen Love In Your Eyes’, here Kalita unleashes Desmond's two most sought-after boogie-infused reggae recordings to the world once more.

                                  With original copies currently fetching eye-watering figures on the rare occasion that they surface for sale, Kalita answer the call with a loud 12” single for all. In addition, the record is accompanied by extensive liner notes based on interviews with Desmond, plus never-before-seen contemporary photos.

                                  Lastly, the recordings are accompanied by previously unreleased versions, as well as a phenomenal Toby Tobias remix using the original multi-track session tapes.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: I love a reggae-disco roller, and they don't come better than this! The swaggering 'Haly Gully' squelches and squirms out the speakers with a chorus worthy of Baldelli pitching up Haysi Fantayzee, only emphasised by the PHAT tape dub from Toby Tobias. For those who like things slightly more conventional 'The Morning Show' is a great bit of Island funk which will have the dancefloor rocking!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Haly Gully (Version)
                                  A2. Haly Gully (Toby Tobias Version)
                                  B1. The Morning Show
                                  B2. The Morning Show (Instrumental)
                                  B3. Haly Gully (Unreleased Version)

                                  Greentea Peng

                                  Rising - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

                                  Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
                                  Limited to one per person.

                                  When listening to Greentea Peng for the first time, the correlation between her name and her sound is instantly noticeable. Like a late-night brew, her soulful, purring vocals are warm and comforting, while the rich, mellow production that accompanies her is coated in a psychedelic haze. 

                                  Rising, the London singer-songwriter’s latest EP, is very much a case of refinement, but it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in its cool, blissful atmospherics. Lead single ‘Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)’ is a thing of beauty. Coming off like a British Erykah Badu, Greentea Peng pays tribute to the bright, burning star in the sky, confessing that “no one lifts me like you do” over a woozy trap beat and flurries of saxophone. It’s this infatuation with grander, more spiritual themes that makes her such a unique talent. Falling in love puts her in a state of total nirvana on the mesmeric ‘Saturn’, opening her eyes to the beauty and tranquillity of the world around her (“My friend Earth spreads his wings / And the waves they do sing / Diamonds sun starts to skin”).

                                  ‘Risin’’ is reminiscent of Flying Lotus’ brand of experimental electronica until the seamless transition into the dub-flavoured coda, while the percussion on the slick R&B of ‘Sane’ gives it a club-ready hue. Then there’s closing track ‘Liberation’ which, while slightly undercooked in terms of structure, neatly channels the Afrobeat stylings that have become a heavy influence on current mainstream pop.


                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: Released in 2019, "Rising" was Peng's first physical release, asserting her vibrant and colourful message to the world. Now a household name, with Giles Peterson one of her biggest proponents and being hailed as 'British Erykah Badu'; second chance saloon on this special edition for Love Record Stores.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Risin'
                                  A2. Inna City
                                  A3. Saturn
                                  A4. Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)
                                  B1. Sane
                                  B2. Liberation
                                  B3. Downers

                                  Following recent appearances on Permanent Vacation, Mute and Correspondant, Terr makes a triumphant return to Phantasy with a deeply dreamy new single, ‘Wings of Time’. Marking Terr's third appearance on the label, and her first since 2019, 'Wings of Time' is complimented by a momentous remix from Tornado
                                  Wallace.

                                  ‘Wings Of Time’ serves to underscore Daniela Caldellas’ talents as both a producer and performer, a songwriter and a master of dancefloor atmosphere. Terr’s assured vocal performance once again takes front-and-centre, a warm beckoning light through a journey made of shimmering pads, wistful chords and defined by a powerful sense of groove. An instrumental edition further highlights the arrangement, which resolves with rare, cosmic catharsis.

                                  Tornado Wallace appears to stretch the time Terr sings of on his elastic, tunnelling remix, grinding out every inch of tension and detail from the blueprint, expanding minds and widening eyes in the process. While Terr’s original will likely send dancers to the heavens, Wallace reverses the energy source for an unexpectedly bass-heavy interpretation that generates a different, earthier pleasure.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Wings Of Time
                                  B1. Wings Of Time (Tornado Wallace Remix)
                                  B2. Wings Of Time (Dub Mix)

                                  Happenstance can be a fortuitous element. A union-funded single discovered in a dusty store, a long disbanded band found, leads to unreleased post punk dubs in a box of unreleased demos.

                                  Formed during the mid-80s in the downbeat town of Walsall, their music is a blend of disparate influences from 50's crooners, blues and reggae to Killing Joke and The Bunnymen; Ron's Neighbours were out of step with the perfect pop of the C86 indie generation.

                                  Their only single - "To The Fight" - a split 7" was supported by the Trade Union Resource Centre, while many gigs were benefits for striking miners, leading to a loyal local following.

                                  Engineered by Ozzy Osbourne's brother Tony, tracks were recorded at an 8 track bedroom / home studio, while a terraced house served as rehearsal space. Here Ron Next Door was born. When a tape recorder was left running it captured the long-suffering neighbour for posterity. His outburst gave the band and song, its name.

                                  Experimenting with drum machines, the resultant jam track, here in its "Alternative Mix", languished unheard until now. Ron's 'Black Country' tones lead to driving bass / percussion against crashing Stratocasters and repeating, refrained vox - a post punk dub turned symphony.

                                  The B side, Sitting On Top of the World, is an indie anthem, becoming their theme, a blend of grandiose and banal that characterised their songs.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Ron Next Door (alternative Mix)
                                  B1. Sitting On Top Of The World 

                                  Idles

                                  Model Village

                                    Following on from the release of Ultra Mono in 2020, IDLES are back to release a version of Model Village with none other than slowthai. In Joe's words: “We are fortunate to announce our forces have joined with the enigmatic and vibrant soul that is slowthai. Go dig.”

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A - Model Village
                                    F - Model Village Feat. Slowthai

                                    Audiosex and Hanoben stepped out together on Discos Capablanca back in 2018 with the on-point acidities of Phone Sex, and now they're teaming up once again for this killer clutch of edit tackle for the always interesting Duca Bianco label. Rather than the well-mined stocks of disco and funk that usually get dusted down by edit scavenegers, these two have turned to synth pop and German new wave sounds, coming up with four deep cover, deliciously dishevelled pieces which align perfectly with the brand of acidic club music they make themselves. 'Elvira's Katzenfisch' is a prime case in point - a broad, sweeping slice of synthwave which sounds like it might slide off the reel to reel at any moment, while 'Frank's Einsamkeit' swells into a searing 303 burner for the darkest dungeon dancefloors.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Patrick says: If you'd taken more research chemicals than intended and hallucinated a lost De Palma Sci Fi, these four cuts would be the club scene soundtrack.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Sina's Freund
                                    A2. Werner's Spiel
                                    B1. Elvira's Katzenfisch
                                    B2. Frank's Einsamkeit

                                    Johnny Marr

                                    Fever Dreams Pt. 1

                                      Informed by the kind of powerful, anthemic and direct approach to words instantly present in ‘Spirit, Power And Soul’, the songs on the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 1’ EP arrive with an emotional potency. Fusing the language of soul music with his roots as a “Mancunian glam rocker”, lyrics that could be simultaneously personal, universal, and subtly political, with a fantastically expansive sound. The new EP reflects Johnny’s multifaceted past, but takes his music somewhere startlingly new.

                                      Looking to 2022, Johnny was recently announced as the special guest on The Killers’ headline US arena tour, set to begin in August through to October 2022.

                                      Marr’s solo career has given rise to three critically acclaimed UK Top Ten albums - The Messenger (2013), Playland (2014) and 2018’s Call The Comet. His continued creative journey has seen him at the heart of The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as working with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The Avalanches, and most recently Billie Eilish, recording the score and soundtrack for the forthcoming James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ with Hans Zimmer.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Spirit Power And Soul
                                      2. Receiver
                                      3. All These Days
                                      4. ArieL

                                      Yves Tumor

                                      The Asymptotical World EP

                                      Ground-breaking artist Yves Tumor continues to unlock the perception of reality with a psychedelically bent off-kilter rock offering, "The Asymptotical World EP" out now on WARP. The boundary smashing 6 song EP is the next era from the pop auteur and first release from Yves Tumor following the critically acclaimed 2020 album "Heaven To a Tortured Mind". Yves Tumor continues to manipulate the genre terrain by challenging mainstream music constraints further and shifting the boundaries of contemporary art and culture in a boundlessly visceral and authentic sonic signature.

                                      The "Asymptotical World EP" (co-produced and engineered by longstanding collaborator Yves Rothman) includes the massive single, “Jackie”, also co-written/produced by Chris Greatti (Yungblud, Poppy). The single arrived with the radical electrifying DeepFake visualizer directed and produced by Actual Objects. “Jackie” is a punctuated tale of connection in a fever dream realm featuring emotive guitars over an upbeat drum pattern, evoking the volatile magnetism between lovers that has garnered millions of streams across platforms and has received a multitude of praise. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: Barry and I were only discussing the challenging genius of Yves Tumor the other day, and now we're in possession of an EP of brand new material. The shapeshifting, genre shredding artist is in chart conquering rock mode here, serving superbly psychedelic, surprisingly catchy indie. Highest recommendations all round I think!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Jackie
                                      Crushed Velvet
                                      Secrecy Is Incredibly Important To The Both Of Them
                                      Tuck Feat. NAKED
                                      ...And Loyalty Is A Nuisance Child
                                      Katrina

                                      DSO load up number four in their so far sell-out series. If 90s R&B refixes are your thing, look no further!

                                      A low slung, highly swung, chunky house refix of Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" which does exactly what it says on the tin graces side A. Perfect for house or garage warm up slots...

                                      "Don't Ever" utilizes some smooth neo-soul vocals from Maxwell with some deep house instrumentals to make an early evening groover that'll get the place simmering nicely.

                                      Both sides cut nice n loud for the DJs! Check!

                                      Recommended if you like: EEE, Roza Terenzi, Plush Managements, Stamp, Deewah etc etc. 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: For the fourth instalment of the series the DSO firm power up Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" and Maxwell's "Ascension" in a swinging house style.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Caught
                                      B1. Don´t Ever

                                      Dutch one-to-watch, Oceanic, finally makes his debut on Rush Hour. The outstanding "Total Comfort" EP, displays his skills as an increasingly confident producer - taking cues both from classic Detroit and UK techno whilst looking at the future with four slices of delicately woven, post-modern breakbeat techno.

                                      Undeniably suited for Rush Hours forward-gazing approach, the combination of sharp, glacial synthesis, galvanized soundscapes and shimmering, radioactive patina play perfectly into the multi-dynamic, modern arrangements which switch up on the flick of a beat and take the listener on a where-to-next audio journey. Mega stuff. 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Newly signed Rush Hour artist proudly announces his arrival via this multi-pronged 12" debut (plus a rather over styled press shoot if you ask me ;)). If you're into the futuristic sounds of AD 93 and R&S offshoot Apollo, then this my friends if 4 U!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Total Comfort
                                      A2. Q On 6
                                      B1. Foam To
                                      B2. Connect In Rest

                                      Real deal, authentic as you like jungle business from an East Asian set of producers for the second volume of "Junglish Massive" on Klasse Wrecks.

                                      House legend Soichi Terado unlocks his alter ego, Sumo Jungle and gets the EP underway with a decidedly playful, riotous collection of breaks and bass. Utilizing some get sped-up, slow-down drum hits, quirky vocal snips and gurgling organ lines it's skippy, uptempo and should get the kids pogoing at the front in no time.

                                      Label owner Mr. Ho deposits some hefty amens, tentative pads and growling bass onto the sax-laden stems of "Championsound". Rich with liquid influences and some raggamuffin vox for the sound systems.

                                      Finally, Mogwaa takes us into space with "Been So Long". Decorated with galactic keys, pummeling subs and a plethora of vintage breaks it's a hardy, ruffneck affair which recalls the pirate radio sounds of Bizzy B, the stripped back presha of Ray Keith and the sci-fi dnb of Ed Rush. Mega! 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Big new jungle 12" from the Klasse Wrecks firm which gives the old guard a serious run for their money. The techniques and studio trickery are second-to-none, ripping apart some classic breakbeats to devastating effect whilst their pad, synth and sample usage is highly sophisticated and advanced. Massive!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Sumo Jungle - Grand Senshuuraku
                                      Mr. Ho - Championsound
                                      Mogwaa - Been So Long

                                      Leones

                                      Cruisin' / Sunset

                                      Debut 7" Double Sider from Italian Hybrid Nu Jazz Band "Leones". The A Side takes us on a mid tempo jazz romp around the coastal frequencies mild disco vibes, is there such a thing as Balaeric Detroit? While the A Side is for beach sand dusted dance floor, The B Side makes for a perfect soundtrack for late night coastal highway cruisings. Going to or heading home from the waves is up to you but this full moon vibes cut will provide the nicest wave to get you there.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Patrick says: Star Creature in vintage form here, hooking us up with a perfect pair of sun blushed boogie moochers via the uptempo "Cruisin'" on the A-side and the slow, slanky and perma-stoned "Sunset" on the flip. RIYL Dam Funk, early Moon B and Penders.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. Cruisin'
                                      B. Sunset

                                      Mato

                                      Summer Madness

                                      Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, is back with some heavy dub cuts from label regular Mato with its usual special skills as a tailor of reggae music.

                                      On Side A, Mato focuses on the infamous "Summer Madness", originally composed by Kool & The Gang. Providing a fresh dub rework, the song will make you dream of hot wet summer nights, gently rocked by beautiful guitar melodies and sweet Fender Rhodes chords. Just a perfect match for all forthcoming summers of love!

                                      On Side B, Mato takes care of "Use Me", originally composed by Bill Withers on his Still Bill album. Expect funky and bouncy clavinets and a nice melodica line for this rework of a timeless classic. As Mato once said, "Play it loud and burn a chalice!"

                                      Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound ... In the meantime he developed a real trademark, taking over classics French, Hip-Hop, or Pop song, into roots reggae-dub new versions. Besides, since 2010, Mato has built a solid reputation thanks to his hot remixes of Hip-Hop classics on Stix Records.

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Coinciding with a brand new Stix, "Disco Reggae Vol. 4" compilation this week, main gee Mato lets loose with a sizzling hot double header of slow dance disco-reggae pressure. *Will also kill your next Summer's garden party / smoke house BBQ.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. Summer Madness
                                      B1. Use Me

                                      Kassian (not to be confused with Alex Kassian of recent Balearic anthem fame) continue their hand-stamped vinyl only edits series with another massive 12" of disco-house jams. If this one is anywhere near as popular as the first, you'll need to be quick !!

                                      On the A-side the duo house the ever loving fuck out of Barbara Roy's "If You Want Me" (let's not forget Ecstasy, Passion and Pain), transforming the disco classic into a proper peak time pumper primed for dance floor destruction. Over on the B-side our stars get super loopy for "So Nice" working the filters like it's 1999 for a modern take on the French Touch. There may be a severe lack of MDMA on our shores at the moment, but this is gonna keep the dancers moving just fine!

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A. If You Want Me
                                      AA. So Nice

                                      PBR Streetgang

                                      Transpennine Express - Inc. Elles / Psychederek Remixes

                                      We're heading deep into the bowels of the cosmic basements with our latest vinyl release which is headed up by those 2 lovely souls from Leeds, PBR Streetgang.

                                      From rocking it all over the globe to releasing a plethora of absolute yesmate bangers & a long player too, we're pretty thrilled that they have joined our family of music makers with their double A side E.P. 'Transpennine Express'.
                                      GCP gets the party started and instantly takes you to 4am at Barbarellas Discotheque with stacks of throbbing-ness & pumping, laser reaching vibes whilst the boys take you down a wormhole of electronic music pleasure.

                                      Condor jumps ships from Barbarellas & hot foots it over to Berlin to sweat it out in basement with only a smoke machine for company and tons of ravers. Pulsating synth surfs across a chubby bass with some slick as heck cosmic stabs making this a multitude of all that is good in proper dance music.

                                      If the originals are on the dance floor then we made sure to go full on weirded-out on the remixes and crikey they don't disappoint!
                                      ELLES totally flips the script on GCP and turns in a hazy, broken beat style electro groover with a full vocal giving it the sound of a lost track by A Certain Ratio.

                                      Psychederek takes the 'make sure to go really wonky!' advice we gave when sending the parts to Condor and matches ELLES with his full on acid tinged psych wig-out rework. The beat sure is broken, the bass guitar punches, the old school piano thumps and the whole thing sounds like an amazing Andrew Weatherall remix from the mid 90's you never knew existed.

                                      Something for everyone.from clubs to shebeens to after parties & beyond...


                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. GCP
                                      A2. GCP (ELLES Gotta Chase Paradise Reshape)
                                      B1. Condor
                                      B2. Condor (Psychederek Remix)

                                      Kelly Lee Owens

                                      Inner Song Remix Series: Part 1 Feat. Loraine James / Breaka / Coby Sey Remixes

                                      Form an orderly queue! It's another limited edition 12" from Kelly Lee Owens with remixes for the critically acclaimed album “Inner Song”. Part 1 features remixes from Loraine James, Breaka and Coby Sey.

                                      James tackles the stems of "Wake Up" with a gross intensity, utilizing the latest cut-up software to re-mangle, stretch and skew the track into a punctuated, holographic refraction of its former self.

                                      Breaka adds gliding subs, hi-tek breaks and lashings of electricity as he remixes "Re-Wild" into a club-ready future-garage beast destined for the big rooms.

                                      Finally leftfield weirdo Coby Sey adds some black magick to "Corner Of My Sky"; a sonic cauldron of strange sounds seeping over tuned tribal toms and John Cale's haunting vocal part. Another excellent addition to Kelly’s multi-dimensional discography. Top stuff. 


                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      1. Wake Up (Loraine James Remix)
                                      2. Re-Wild (Breaka Remix)

                                      Side B
                                      1. Corner Of My Sky Ft. John Cale (Coby Sey Remix)

                                      Kelly Lee Owens

                                      Inner Song Remix Series: Part 2 Feat. Haider / Elkka / Yazzus / Roza Terenzi Remixes

                                      Form an orderly queue! The second part of Kelly Lee Owens' "Inner Song" remix series featuring remixes from Haider, Elkka, Yazzus and Roza Terenzi.

                                      Haider adds gliding Reese bass, a hyped up 'Think' break and pure old school jungle flavour to "Jeanette", creating a darkside banger that'll put hairs on your chest - heavy!

                                      Elkka adds ethereal atmos, a pulsating beat and frenetic arpeggios to "On", transforming it into a peaktime electro-disco epic that'll find favour on electronic leaning dancefloors throughout clubland.

                                      Yassus injects "L.I.N.E" with urgent footwork and rave energy, a galvanized hybrid that's utilizes high speeds and solid production to summon up an large amount of propulsion and energy.

                                      Finally, one of the hottest stars of techno right now, Roza Terenzi fattens up "Night" with her typically chunky, prog house-influenced beats that rattle and thud and send E'd up dancers into a full on ecstasy!

                                      Not only does Kelly Lee Owens make some of the most inventive and pioneering music out there, she's also got her finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to curating her remix EPs; making these two parts essential collectors items. Don't sleep! 


                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Unmissable KLO remix package with upfront purveyors of house, techno and jungle given freedom to let loose on some of Owen's delicious new tracks.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Side A
                                      1. Jeanette (Haider Remix)
                                      2. On (Elkka Remix)

                                      Side B
                                      1. L.I.N.E (Yazzus Remix)
                                      2. Night (Roza Terenzi Remix)

                                      Sinead O'Brien

                                      Drowning In Blessings

                                        Originally from Limerick, O’Brien’s work captures the everyday and the inbetween in a way that transcends any genre label. Writing from her own observations, O’Brien’s influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall, Patti Smith and The Slits, and the works of literary icons such Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, Joan Didion and Albert Camus. Releases to date have drawn admiration from British and American outlets and radio stations as diverse as The FADER, Stereogum, The Guardian, Loud And Quiet, The Quietus, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music, and more.

                                        Speaking about the new single, O’Brien explains: “‘Most Modern Painting’ is about the creation and maintenance of ‘the self’ - the most epic task we are faced with in our lives. I wanted to work with structure in an unconventional way, linking the movements together using various voices from the narrative. The lyrics are voiced through a dialogue between the conscious and unconscious, through dream recall, memory, the individual and the ego.”

                                        The chorus line on ‘Most Modern Painting’ birthed the title for the EP ‘Drowning In Blessings’ - “The more I said it, the more it meant. It’s an image which I find really cathartic; seeing the weight or build up of things as possibilities and opportunities instead of bearing their burdens. I approached the set of songs on the EP like a short album so the body of work feels full and tells a substantial story. Tracks allude and refer to one another and provide clues and hints to the future and to the past. It’s not only about language and music - it’s about energy, spaces, leaving room for other people to get in.”

                                        A multifaceted artist, O’Brien’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs. Her unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both fields, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and The Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the U.K. Playing live with her band and collaborators; Julian Hanson (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums), Sinead O’Brien’s transfixing performances are placing her at the forefront of a resurgent wave of independent British and Irish talent

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Most Modern Painting
                                        2. Roman Ruins
                                        3. Fall With Me
                                        4. Strangers In Danger

                                        DMA's

                                        I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You

                                          A short, sharp joyride of a record, ‘I Love You…’ represents a tribute to DMA’S’ long-term hardcore fans as well as to the love of rock music that still powers the band’s beating heart. It’s a reminder of where they came from and how far they’ve come. Regardless of how big they get, they’ll always be the same band that used to throw a mattress against the wall to record demos in Johnny Took’s flat.

                                          DMA’S started recording demos when they were quarantining in Canberra ahead of their performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Inspired by the freedom of working with no pressure or expectations, the songs quickly emerged with an organic yet intensely focused vibe. After brief sessions in Coogee with Dylan Adams (who engineered the band’s earliest recordings, including the Platinum hit single ‘Delete’), DMA’S had crafted an EP which blends the vibrant familiarity of their early days with the taut immediacy that they have since mastered.

                                          “This EP was in the natural trajectory that you can sometimes take in a band,” says Johnny Took. “You work with different producers and you want to keep changing, but there’s also something in your core that pulls you back. It’s cool to get back to your roots sometimes.”

                                          That’s not to say that this EP is a regression. Instead, it showcases how versatile and how muscular the band’s songwriting has grown since those early days. The single ‘We Are Midnight’ captures the atmosphere of hitting the open road, its distorted layers of shoegaze guitar and immediately anthemic hook echoing their love of the British indie scene. Similarly, the opener ‘1 Way’ is faster, denser, and louder than anything that appeared on ‘The Glow’. Meanwhile, ‘Viol’ has a pop instinct that belies its origins as a song written by Matt Mason on a Czech dobro, while the band’s first electric guitar ballad ‘Junk Truck Head Fuck’ features some of their most vivid and fully realised storytelling, with a bittersweet lead vocal courtesy of Tommy O’Dell.

                                          Eagle-eyed fans might already recognise the EP’s title. A friend of the band had left the message ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’ on a whiteboard before she returned home from Australia. It later featured in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the video for their debut track ‘Delete’.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          SIDE A
                                          Track 1: 1 Way
                                          Track 2: We Are Midnight

                                          SIDE B
                                          Track 3: Viol
                                          Track 4: Junk Truck Head Fuck

                                          Already an accomplished composer and producer, crafting music and soundscapes for film and television, Gensi AKA András Genser deploys a trio of smooth and inspiriting cuts on the ‘Primavera 707’ EP. The title track gets the remix rub from British brothers Decius.

                                          ‘Primavera 707’ is tinged with a gloss and sheen, and a pop edge, that stays on the right side of classy. Heavenly melodies skit around an effervescent vocal, as Gensi distributes bubbly acid lines and expansive synths that elegantly crescendo.

                                          Decius stamp their rugged sound onto the remix of ‘Primavera 707’, having impressed via releases on their own Decius Trax imprint. Chugging drums and bags of mechanical funk are plugged into this re-rub, as the vocal gets pulverized, and a dark & sleazy tone is forged.

                                          Further explorations into acid are mined on ‘Humble Brush’, as the wiggly worm forages around energizing chords and weighty drums, whilst ‘The Great Body Buzz’ glides across the cosmos with booming 808 beats and intergalactic electronics.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Primavera 707
                                          A2. Humble Brush
                                          B1. Primavera 707 (Decius Remix)
                                          B2. The Great Body Buzz

                                          The first volume of Guest edits was a big favourite round these parts and I'm delighted to say that Vol. 2 is every bit as brill as its predecessor. Once again we get precious gems mined from a wall of vinyl. Cut, polished, and mounted for maximum love.

                                          Our party starts with a frisky biscuit on the A1, the frothy disco delight of "Happens At Night", a magical melange of strings, horns and female vocals which conjures images of dizzying mirrorballs and DJ Harvey winking. From there we head to Italy with a wicked little mix of Ennio Morricone's "Come Maddalena", a certified cosmic classic with twinkling chimes, cooing vocals and a rubbery bassline. On the B1 "Sisters" is the cooler low slung sibling of the A1, giving us disco energy at hip thrusting tempo - I'm unsure whether we're doing the hustle or the bump here, but once the Moog squelch bursts forth I'm doing my trademark frog dance. As with the first volume, Guest reserves the B2 for a slow cosmic / Balearic masterpiece, all steady bass groove, spacey FX and low male vocal - always a winner for me.


                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Happens At Night
                                          A2. Maddalena
                                          B1. Sisters
                                          B2. Lost In The Universe

                                          Beak>

                                          Oh Know

                                            Two new tracks from Beak>.

                                            Pressed on black 7” vinyl with digital download card included.

                                            ‘Oh Know’ was originally released as part of NRML Festival in Mexico City as a music video release by Echo Panda Films.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: They do a stunning 7" Beak do, I remember 'Sex Music' getting a hell of a playing in the shop, and this newest outing is sure to go down just as well with a motorik backbeat perfectly laying the foundations for the syncopated groove and echoic vocal squawks. Filthy.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Oh Know
                                            Ah Yeh

                                            The eighth part of the beloved Sampler series by The Very Polish Cut Outs is a love letter to the 90's of the last century, when, after more than 40 years, Poland finally became a democratic country and most Poles were experiencing the good and bad sides of wild capitalism.

                                            It was also the teenage years for the majority of the producers and DJ's associated with the label and also the time of various musical experiments on the Polish music scene.
                                            The new 12" from the ongoing series contains 4 new edits/remixes of some obscure tracks from the repertoire of several more and less known artists from the Polish scene. This time the editing/remixing work is done by DJ Duch, Pejzaz and a new promising producer from Szczecin - who goes by the nickname - Speek.

                                            First up DJ Duch turns out a steamy, sultry and summery remix of Krzysztof Krawczyk (imagine a Michael McDonald sounding chap but more Polish), packed with G-funk synth whistles and George Michael 'Fastlove' moods. Duch keeps it low slung on the A2 with a baggy Balearic breaker called "Lody Carpigiani" - check out those street soul strings - and then we're onto the flip where K&K Studio Singers's "Ogien" (I'm thinking this might be Polish for fever) gets turned into a spacious 93 NYC house heater by Pejzaz. We jump forward to about '97 for a pumping filter house refix of Justyna S. by Spek for the finale and everything is super gravy baby!

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Krzysztof Krawczyk - New York (DJ Duch G-Funk Mix)
                                            A2. DJ Duch - Lody Carpigiani
                                            B1. K& K Studio Singers - Ogien (Pejzaz Edit)
                                            B2. Justyna S. - Swiat Jest Niewierny (Spek House Wersja)

                                            Ivan Mamão Conti & Grassmass

                                            A Mina / Caatinga

                                            Legendary master drummer Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti teams up with Brazilian producer grassmass on two experimental funk monsters of the highest order that perfectly illustrate the Azymuth founding member’s constant desire to push his signature sound towards the future. Recife born/São Paulo based bass player, producer and founder of experimental label UIVO Records Rodrigo Coelho aka grassmass is not only a long time collaborator with influential names like Naná Vasconcelos, Arto Lindsay and Ivan Conti “Mamão”, but also hosts projects with some of today's brazilian edgiest talents Negro Leo and Thiago Nassif.

                                            On the A-side "A Mine" packs serious bassweight and a rolling groove, coming on like an Innerzone Orchestra cover of some long lost MPB - I cannot imagine the damage this could do over a system. The flip's a lighter bite, serving a slinking discoid groove topped with all manner of fx fuckery for dance floor discombobulation. Advanced Brazilian music on Rush Hour's sister label New Dawn.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: This lush and long awaited bit of sophisticated dance floor delight finally lands in store, and it's well worth the wait. The Azymuth drummer and Grassmass slap some serious bassweight into a jazzy outfit on the A, then let loose with some sunkissed disco manoeuvres on the flip.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A Mina
                                            Caatinga

                                            Da Lata

                                            Jungle Kitten / Asking Eyes

                                            Manfredo Fest’s jazz-funk masterpiece ‘Jungle Kitten’ was the first release on the legendary Bluebird imprint back in 1979, and it has remained a classic ever since. Now Da Lata come through with their own gorgeous cover featuring broken beat legend Kaidi Tatham on synth and a whole crew of London’s best musicians rounding out the line up. This is organic dance floor pressure and fluid heavy grooving at the confluence of disco and samba packed with positivity and uplifting warmth. The B-side sees their epic version of Rafaella Renzulli’s “asking eyes” featuring Vanessa Freeman finally out on vinyl.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Jungle Kitten
                                            2. Asking Eyes

                                            DJ Shadow

                                            Endtroducing..... - 25 (7" Single)

                                            An exclusive 7” featuring simply one the greatest remixes of the era, Cut Chemist’s remix of The Number Song on side A, Side B features a new track, exclusive to this release Endtroducing: Drums, Drops & Scratches created by DJ Shadow to celebrate the anniversary.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            The Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)
                                            Endtroducing: Drums, Drops & Scratches

                                            Pink Skull

                                            Taki Chrome / Strummer Maxxx

                                            Imagine if Andrew Weatherall produced Pere Ubu. This new Pink Skull 7" on Höga Nord Rekords gives a hint of how such a collaboration might have soundsd. Mid seventies kraut rock á la “Neu 75” meet leftfield and sophisticated punk. The record has an organic warmth to it yet the excessive use of electronics: most instruments on the tracks are synthesizers and drum machines – all Moog, Korg and whatnot.

                                            In the warmth of the Pink Skull-sound you suddenly get a wash of cold, hard rain from all directions. These elements of surprise create edges in the round soundscape and brings chaos to the mix. This is of course all part of Julian Grefes (founder of Pink Skull) plan.

                                            Pink Skull propels you out of the quarantine like a shiny metal free bird released from its rusty cage.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Taki Chrome
                                            B1. Strummer Maxx

                                            Sababa 5

                                            Pur / Baksheesh

                                            Sababa 5 returns with a double dose of euphoric Persian psych & purely instrumental groove on ‘Pur b/w Baksheesh’, the tenth release on the highly collectible Batov Records Middle Eastern Grooves series. Tel Aviv based four-piece Sababa 5 is practically a supergroup of musicians from the local scene. At the core of Sababa 5’s sound is the perfect pairing of Amir’s loping bass and the galloping drums of Raz Man, driving a traditional Persian 6/8 rhythm with an irresistible psychedelic touch.

                                            In summary, ‘Pur b/w Bakshees’ is another essential pair of instrumental grooves from Sababa 5 and Batov Records, ready for the discerning dancefloor, kitchen, or bedroom.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Mine says: Tel Aviv's Sababa 5 deliver irresistibly groovy psychedelic sounds from the Middle East. If you enjoyed this year's releases from Altin Gün, Glass Beams, Goat and Mdou Moctar this will be your jam.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Pur 
                                            B1. Baksheesh

                                            In 1987 Tor Dietrichson released new age masterpiece Global Village. Carnival Rhumba, an uptempo latin jazz number featured on the b-side. With snapping congas, wild guitars, and an over all groovy melody, it stood out as the most dancy tune on the album. Here you get the song remastered, on a loudly pressed 12 inch. On the whole A-side Prins Thomas delivers an extended edit, with all it’s best parts spread out for an extraordinary dancefloor experience. On the b-side you get the original, and a dub-version of the long edit. Buckle up, you are in for a treat.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub)
                                            B1. Carnival Rhumba (Prins Thomas Edit & Overdub Dub)
                                            B2. Carnival Rhumba (original 1987 Version - Vinyl Remaster)

                                            A Place To Bury Strangers

                                            Hologram

                                              Hologram is the follow up to their highly regarded fifth album, Pinned, and is a sonic return to A Place To Bury Strangers’ rawest, most unhinged sound. With songs addressing the decay of connections, friendships lost, and the trials and tribulations of these troubled times, Hologram serves as an abstract mirror to the moment we live in. Written and recorded during the on-going global pandemic and in the midst of the decline of civilization, Hologram is a sonic vaccine to the horrors of modern life.

                                              Speiz Boiz

                                              Speizbanger / Breakbottle

                                              Speiz Bois is a trio of three seasoned Hungarian musicians active in countless other projects (think of the already cult Jazzbois outfit) playing a unique fusion of hip-hop, spaced out psychedelic grooves and melancholic 80's guitar sounds.

                                              'SpeizBanger' on side A is one of those timeless songs that are hard to be described, but we are pretty sure this is what an imaginary demo by random members of BadBadNotGood and Khruangbin, recorded in a smokey Budapest home studio would sound like.

                                              'BreakBottle' on the flip starts off as a more conventional live groove until the ethereal synths and guitar harmonies come in, from then it sounds like the fictional demo described above.

                                              The single is limited to 300 copies

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Speizbanger
                                              B. Breakbottle

                                              Sophie

                                              Lemonade / Hard

                                              *REPRESS*

                                              OK, here it is folks, the undeniably infectious saccharin-laced future-proof jam that is "Lemonade" by Sophie. Love it or hate it, I guarantee you won't be able to get these sickeningly sweet hooks outta your head after just one listen! "Lemonade" will surely be looked at in years to come as a sonic symbol of post-modern, digital culture as we search for that ADHD-proof 'hit' riddled with novelty and stimulation. I think Pitchfork put it best with '"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ At around four minutes long, this radio-friendly piece of crazed production is the crucial point in which bass music hit the masses, and watch it start a fire all over the internet and radio over the next month or so. On the flip "Hard" is even more frenzied, deploying rattling percussion, glistening motifs and machine-gun drum programming while a quick-fire female vocal talks about difficulties getting by for the modern club girl. With a massive future-rave breakdown towards the end, it’s another synthesized moment of legal-high goodness wrapped up in a succinct, concise, well executed package. Massive.

                                              60k+ and counting Soundcloud plays over the first 24 hours
                                              Currently charting #2 on Billboard’s ‘Emerging Artists’ chart
                                              'You'll not hear anything else like this today' Zane Lowe BBC R1 show premiere (covered by Huw Stephens) (@ 47m15s)
                                              ‘SOPHIE's Lemonade is the most bonkers track we've heard all year’ Guardian
                                              ‘song of the day’ Diplo on Twitter
                                              ‘one of the best things I’ve heard all year’ Stereogum
                                              ‘"Lemonade" is a bouquet of ephemera, and we shouldn't be surprised that Sophie hid a firecracker in the bundle.’ Pitchfork
                                              ‘impossibly infectious’ Gorilla vs Bear


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first & second time!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Lemonade
                                              B. Hard

                                              Skymark

                                              Easy Saturday Night - Mike Huckaby Remix

                                              After a parentship hiatus, Richard Zepezauer´s nsyde imprint is back to push new boundaries and save some souls. In loving memory of their dear friend who has died too early, nsyde drops a limited edition promo 12" of Mike Huckaby´s Remix of Skymark - Easy Saturday Night.

                                              After Mike Huckaby´s tragic death nsyde had decided to postpone the release in humble respect of the mourning time for this outstanding musician, human and soul. To pay tribute to Mike Huckaby´s high sonic standards, his work its presented in the highest quality, full sided, 45rpm, 180 gram, clear Vinyl, in a limited quantity. This remix is amongst Mike Huckaby´s best productions.It touches the classic soulfulness of a Larry Heard piano and blissful vocals combined with clear hints of Basic Channel´s eternal electrifcationing waves of sound. This is a perfect testament to Mike Huckaby´s unparalleled knowledge and wide musical range, and not only those who knew him will feel his clear presence while listening to this beauty. House Nation under a Groove.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: The house music community was left mourning when Mike Huckaby died last year. Although no longer with us his spirit will continue to guide dancefloors and record boxes for some time to come. Here his remix of Skymark gets hi-fidelity, no-expense-spared treatment.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Easy Saturday Night (Mike Huckaby Remix)

                                              Peggy Gou Feat. Ohhyuk

                                              Nabi

                                              Peggy Gou returns with 'Nabi' - her first single in over two years and the follow up to 2019's global crossover, 'Starry Night'.

                                              'Nabi' is an incredible piece of slow-burning, 98bpm electronic pop, inspired by 80s synth classics, the piano pieces of renowned composer Erik Satie and the 80s and 90s Korean songs Gou’s mother used to play at home during her childhood. Showcasing a less familiar side of Gou’s diverse sound and influences, it retains the hallmarks of her unique take on electronic music; at once both nostalgic and totally modern. 

                                              ‘Nabi’ - which translates as ‘Butterfly’ - is also Gou’s first ever vocal collaboration, as she teams up with fellow Korean sensation OHHYUK, the lead singer and guitarist in Hyukoh. It’s set to build on the widespread acclaim for her 2020 production collaboration with Baltimore techno legend Maurice Fulton (on his ‘Jigoo’ release for Gudu), ‘Nabi’ is the first of two songs Peggy Gou will release over the coming months.

                                              While the forthcoming follow up is set to dial up the tempo, kicks, 808’s and 909s to soundtrack a summer where we can all (hopefully) dance together in our thousands again, ‘Nabi’ is very much the sound of now – a lowkey anthem fuelled by feelings of hope, freedom and positivity for what’s to come. 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: Whatever your take on Gou-gate, this is a very nice slice of early 90's inspired Balearic beat from the Korean sensation. Light as you like and supremely summery, this should be top of your shopping list.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A: Nabi 

                                              Over the last few years, NuNorthern Soul has established a number of traditions, most notably annual releases that provide a snapshot of the label’s output while also considering their suitability for certain seasons. Perhaps the most popular is founder Phil Cooper’s Summer Selections series, which each year showcases warm and sunny gems mined from a range of forthcoming releases.

                                              The 2021 edition of the sampler, the third in total, may well be the best yet. Six tracks deep and as subtly varied as you’d expect, the entertaining set features tracks from a mixture of exciting newcomers, experienced producers and long-time members of the NuNorthern Soul family.

                                              To kick things off, Cooper introduces us to Marshall Watson, an American producer who later in the year will release two five-track EPs on the label. ‘A Door To The Sky’, which will feature on the Sunsets On Larkin Part 1 EP, is sumptuously sun-kissed, with delay-laden electric guitar textures and sparkling electronics reclining over a tactile electronic groove.

                                              LOVA’s ‘Echoes of Memories’, the track that follows, recalls the atmospheric, synthesizer-sporting new age Balearica popularised by Quiet Force in the late 1980s. The Italian producer was signed after bringing a USB stick of productions to one of Phil Cooper’s gigs in Ibiza; his Gypsophilia EP will be one to check when it drops later in the year.

                                              Gusk’s ‘Sketch #4 - Anafi Nights’ is seductive and exotic. It’s a crackling and atmospheric musical painting that daubs starry stabs and yearning melodies atop a bubbly, lo-fi drum machine beat. It provides a perfect snapshot of the Greek musician’s Mediterranean Sketches EP, which gathers together home recordings made between 1997 and 2003.

                                              Arguably even more immersive and enveloping is ‘Aqua Blancas Sunrise’ by Tambores En Benirras, the musical project of Cumbrian selector DJ Gripper. A slow-burning delight full of intricate musical flourishes –think drifting female vocalizations, Indian-influenced percussion, twinkling pianos and haunting clarinet motifs the track is one of the many highlights on the Barrow in Furness based producer’s forthcoming debut album for NuNorthern Soul.

                                              To round things off, Cooper has chosen to offer-up cuts from two very experienced artists. George Solar (real name Georg Boskamp) is an Ibiza-based German producer who has been collaborating and releasing music since the late 1980s. ‘Infrared’, his contribution to Summer Selections 3, is a languid and glassy-eyed slab of slow-motion Balearic dub. His Los Ra-yos Del Sol EP will be one to look out for later in the year and is his debut solo release.

                                              The sampler’s final missive fittingly comes from long-time friend of the family B.J Smith, a regular contributor to NuNorthern Soul releases who has reunited with Huw Costin – a vocalist he previously worked with on Smith & Mudd releases for Claremont 56 for a double A side single due later in 2021. ‘Sun When You Come’ is as warming and hazy as you’d expect and features Costin’s emotive, reverb-laden vocals and mazy electric piano solos rising above a suitably horizontal groove. It provides a stunning, sunset-ready conclusion to another superb set of Summer Selections.


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Marshall Watson - A Door In The Sky
                                              A2. LOVA - Echoes Of Memories
                                              A3. Gusk - Sketch #4 Anafi Nights
                                              B1. Tambores En Benirras - Aguas Blancas Sunrise
                                              B2. George Solar – Infrared
                                              B3. B.J. Smith & Huw Costin - Sun When You Come

                                              A Mountain Of One return to the musical landscape with their brand new track “Custard’s Last Stand” on newly minted label Amore. It is the first new piece of music the band have released in over a decade.

                                              ”Custard’s Last Stand” shows the band, made up of musical soulmates Mo Morris and Zeben Jameson, have lost nothing in the past decade. Recorded over Skype during the coronavirus pandemic, with Mo now in Bali and Zeben in west London, it is a shimmering, modern classic, experimental but accessible, melodic and adventurous. As ever, it is utterly unique, made in a musical universe all of their own. Spheric bass bounces out the speakers, electronics whoosh and swirl and folkish guitar? Banjo? Mandolin? strums away giddily. It's good to have them back.



                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Custards Last Stand
                                              A2. Custards Last Stand (Instrumental)
                                              B1. Stars Planets Dust Me

                                              Unexpected one-shot from the Rome-based Hiroshima 45 Chernobyl 86 Windows 95! New comer with old views, Strangers For Love deliver a slack wave masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. The musicianship, song writing and naturally virtuosic playing sounds effortless but it's really quite complex! Catchy, driving, with those jangly guitars we adore so much in rainy cities, this is a total anthem for dreamers and dancers, heart breakers and the heart broken.

                                              Don’t sleep on it, high request from the label aficionados as well as most of the staff here at HQ!


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Seriously good, NEW new wave / post punk with gothy flavours and undeniably catchy hooks. Had Martin thinking it was some long lost 80s back-combed classic. If you liked the Indifferent Dance Centre "Flight & Persuit" 7" you're gonna love this. Miss at your peril! The soundtrack to any good gothy disco.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A. Alone With My Fear
                                              B. Your Destination

                                              Since getting the first Plush Management's record it hasn't left my bag and here they are back with another six track riot! The killer pairing of Regular Fantasy & D. Tiffany are just totally my jam at the moment - RnB house refixes crossed with a feminine perspective on booty house. It's cheeky as fuck, consistently pleasing and groovy as hell. You can play 'em in the bar, in the club or at the festival and they all go down a treat!

                                              Here they mine Britney, Madonna and a host of other late 90s / early 00s naughtiness that I'd expect my kid sister to know but rather ashadely cannot quite place myself! There's even a hyped up rework of Merle's "Fannie Likes 2 Dance" in there to boot!

                                              The sonic equivalent of overdosing on bubblegum and crystal meth! Well good. 


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: If like me you like to inject some fun into your house and techno sets then you can't go wrong with Plush Managements. Regular Fantasy & D. Tiffany's cheeky hybrid of booty house, RnB refixes given a patina of trance and techno. It's an intoxicating formular that I'm well behind!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Work Bitch (Regfant Refizz)
                                              A2. Temptation
                                              A3. Ray Of Plush
                                              B1. Slumber Party 5.0
                                              B2. Monica Likes To Dance
                                              B3. Plush Play

                                              Dave Lee gets to load up the stems of STR4TA's "After The Rain" into his disco desk, the modern 12" mix aficionado carrying on the timeless tradition and giving us two, side-long interpretations of this killer STR4TA track. Produced by Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick, STR4TA is the catalyst for a homegrown, new wave of jazz-funk movement.

                                              This rework of "After The Rain’=" harps back to the classic Brit-Funk era whilst tailoring it to contemporary club culture with a spaced out dub; conscientiously keeping the essence of what is magical in the original mix. With the aim of giving more exposure to parts which are not so prominent in the original, Lee’s production process involved rearranging and rebalancing those parts, using a fading technique to create tension, moments and surprises that flow together, capturing that raw, moment to moment interaction and improvisation by the musicians involved.




                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Dave Lee, Giles Peterson and Jean-Paul Maunick under a Brit-funk state of mind? Sounds like musical heaven - and it is! A joy on the ears and the feet, you can tell how much enjoyment everyone involved is having from as soon as the needle hits the record. Your next living room disco needs this!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Mix)
                                              B1. After The Rain (Dave Lee Alternative II Dub

                                              Schatzi

                                              Schatzi 08

                                              Team Schatzi's racking up another batch of tracks, this time for a game of eightball, and we've got one for each pocket on the table. Little bit of classic crackly disco, little bit of freaky funk, little bit of heavy-duty house, all handmade with a whole lotta love in the hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Run the table with these disco diamonds. Just don't sink the eight early, alright?



                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: Schatzi keep the selections varied on their 8th edition, hitting us with light footed disco cuts, lofty house and some slow and synth disco. Everything works, but it’s the Lain flavour of the final track which takes the gold for me.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. 
                                              A2. 
                                              A3. 
                                              B1. 
                                              B2. 
                                              B3.

                                              The Face / Mark Brown / Adam Shaw

                                              Needin' U - Dimitri From Paris Remix

                                              David Morales’ legendary track ‘Needin U’ is a landmark in house music culture all the way from its release in 1998 and remains a seminal classic in dance music history. In celebration of the tracks 23rd Anniversary, French artist/producer Dimitri From Paris has created yet another thrilling remix of The Face vs. Mark Brown's previous version of ‘Needin U’, released in 2009 via Cr2, via this limited red vinyl pressing and picture sleeve release.

                                              With plenty of calibre under his belt, including disco remixes of Chic and Sister Sledge, Dimitri From Paris’ take on this all-time house classic is not only marked by his acclaimed signature sound - live instrumentation, booming four to floor beat, dynamic rhythms and energising bass lines, but the fabric of David Morales’ legendary track is evident throughout. Whether for the casual dance music fan, household DJ or an enthusiast for the all-time classics, this remix is a must listen.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              The Face Vs Mark Brown & Adam Shaw - Needin' U (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

                                              ANIMALS009 sees French producer Benoit B make first contact with Melbourne’s Animals Dancing after releases on Into The Light, Berceuse Heroique, Unthank, Versatile and his own Banlieue. On ‘We Come In Peace’, Crystalline FM synthesis meets tight drums across four PSY FI tracks that showcase the producer’s shapeshifting style. ‘Drums Symphony’ layers undulating rhythms from crisp drums, Arps, FM Bells & SFX that ebb & flow, building to a driving dance floor trip. ‘La Retraite Des Rockers’ conjures Sakamoto & Vangelis in ‘82 with eratic perc, warped metallic sfx & ominous pads that find balance with a glowing synth lead & syncopated bass. The title track, ‘We Come In Peace’ is a balearic trance stomper where swirling 303, pitch bending leads & glistening synths cascade across a pulsing bassline. ‘Dreelkrugz Conquest’ is lysergic mid tempo electro with gated synths hovering above a growling baseline and flutters of heavily affected synthwork. “If you are alien and reading this then come and take me from earth".

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Drums Symphony
                                              A2. La Retraite Des Rockers
                                              B1. We Come In Peace
                                              B2. Dreelkrugz Conquest

                                              Niklas Wandt

                                              Balearische Bibliothek

                                              My favourite drum freak drops his first release for Italic, and only his second solo EP to date. A follow up to the fresh "Erdtöne" on Kryptox last year (if you overlooked due to the old panny-d, I highly suggest seeking it out), "Balearische Bibliothek" finds Wandt in cosmic mode, fusing elements of acid, e-funk, tropical pop, Nu-Goa and Berlin School into four danceable numbers for different ends of the night. As ever, the sound palette is rounded out with all manner of nuanced percussion, and Niklas makes sparing but superb use of vocals on possible showstealer "Peiskam".


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Abraum
                                              2. Zum Schmalen Handtuch
                                              3. Forellental
                                              4. Peiskam

                                              Bambounou X Bruce

                                              Final Comnference

                                              Double header from two stalwarts of the new guard. Bambounou and Bruce have fast cemented themselves as ones to watch on the current scene and this joint effort perfectly demonstrates the overwhelmingly fresh production talents both possess in the bucketload.

                                              "Crash" seems to play with time, stretching and contracting with an almost coital throb, it's peppered perx and twangy, skeletal construction perfect for twisting bodies and expanding minds late, late on into the session. With an almost, 'fuck you I can do better' aimed squarely at AFX it seems these two new challengers to UK techno's crown certainly mean business.

                                              "Rai" has a more playul, house-orientated approach but with still the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes the whole EP. A crackly soundbed of static and electronics gives way to a fizzy synth sequece while pitched squeals and metallic sfx populate the busy soundbed.

                                              "Final Conference", destined for repeat plays at festivals like Dekmantel & AVA, demonstrates a poised, delicate approach which creative DJs should be able to utilize indefinitely with its complicated, constantly-rising structure and brilliantly stimulating sonics.

                                              Highly impressive stuff here from two new players you simply have to keep an eye on. Check! 


                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Side 1
                                              1. Crash (7:57)
                                              Side 2
                                              1. Rai (4:59)
                                              2. Final Conference (7:51)

                                              Blackmail

                                              Dur Au Mal / Mes Amis

                                                A holy Suicide | minimal synth mash up over A/AA sides from Parisian trio BLACKMAIL.

                                                They describe themselves thus “Blackmail dig a synthetic and saturated rocky groove. Few instruments, always the same, few words, all in French. Sometimes it sounds like the band leave the machines play by themselves, like an open window on a post-apocalyptic urban daily life show. Blackmail could be summed up in one word: Omnipresent. Permanent; and promised to a bright future after having had a glorious past. One quite simple word, crisis. And making music maybe the best ways to occupy its time in times of crisis. Like a lot of people right now, the band clench its teeth and hopes that something good will emerge from this big mess. All hopes are high, magic mushrooms grow well on cow dung!”

                                                There you have it, an enigmatic description for a fabulous band- all their previous output is massively recommended to all fans of the aforementioned Suicide, Silver Apples, Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle, early Cabs- all the greats….

                                                The Veras

                                                Spaceman

                                                  The Veras are four fellas making music inspired by all that was great from the 50s right up to about 5 minutes ago, especially Glam Rock, Punk, New Wave, 90s Indie and BritPop.They just managed to get their first two live shows in before the pandemic restrictions kicked in last year, the first supporting Glen Matlock & Earl Slick, the last being at 229 Club, London. For The Veras' third release we have three tracks; Side A fires up with title track 'Spaceman', fusing all your favourite sounds into almost three and a half minutes of fun. This is the sound of the future, with the past and the present in mind!

                                                  After indulging in a little free movement over the first two releases, Vol. 3 sees us back in blighty, hanging loose with a hometown hero!

                                                  Way before our bongos had really begun to beat, Neil Diablo was slaying the hand-stamped edit scene with razor sharp disco reworks on his To Rack & Ruin imprint.

                                                  His energetic and effervescent sets at El Diablo's Social Club were the stuff of legend and his occasional appearances behind the Piccadilly Records counter helped pack the TD racks with some of our favourite floor fuel. Here, our newest Drum Chum digs extra deep with a triple threat of balmy Afro-disco, comic book funk and disco uplift.
                                                  Loose-limbed and laid back, 'High Emotion' stretches out across the whole of the A side leading the kind of slow motion dance we can't get enough of.
                                                  Potent polyrhythms underpin scratchy rhythm guitar and slick slap bass while that echo-laden vocal just keeps lifting us higher and higher.

                                                  The B side bounces into being with the synthed-up strut of 'Sex-N-Drugz', a portal into a parallel universe where Prince painted the Compass Point Paisley and the tempo never exceeded 100bpm - it's tropical pop served cooler than Kia-Ora.
                                                  The finale comes with the misty eyed magic of 'We Can', a triumph of snapping Italo snares and boogie optimism which shifts into bliss via a totally tops off chorus.

                                                  Keep the cowbell ringing folks!

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: I've known, and indeed been inspired and in awe of Mr. Diablo since I moved to Manchester in 2004. One of the nicest, hardest working and genuine guys in our fair city. He's had loads of 'top' moments over the last 17 years (both production, promotion and DJ-wise), however; and I say this from the bottom of my heart - "High Emotion" might be his finest work yet! Having been gifted the promo of this last year (!! - fuck COVID!) it's been smashed to buggery in every set I've played. If ya thought "Get Serious" was Talking Drum's big money shot then they just gone and added another. I'm expecting Harvey to play this and the price to sky rocket so be an early adopter and don't be left FOMO'ing your way to discogs... Big TIP.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A1. High Emotion
                                                  B1. Sex N Drugz
                                                  B2. We Can

                                                  New Order

                                                  Be A Rebel - Remixed

                                                    ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ collects all the official versions of this track on physical formats for the first time and includes brand new remixes from Arthur Baker, JakoJako, Mark Reeder and Melawati. Also includes mixes from the band’s own Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris plus club mixes from Maceo Plex and Paul Woolford.

                                                    New Order’s single ‘Be a Rebel’ was the first brand new music from the band since the release of the critically acclaimed album ‘Music Complete’ In 2015. ‘Be a Rebel Remixed’ is available on double clear vinyl and on CD. 


                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    VINYL TRACKLIST
                                                    Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                                                    Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)

                                                    CD TRACKLIST
                                                    Be A Rebel
                                                    Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Mix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Stephen’s T34 Mix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Bernard’s Renegade Instrumental Mix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Paul Woolford Remix New Order Edit)
                                                    Be A Rebel (JakoJako Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Maceo Plex Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Melawati Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Bernard's Outlaw Mix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Arthur Baker Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Mark Reeder's Dirty Devil Remix)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Edit)
                                                    Be A Rebel (Renegade Spezial Edit)

                                                    Mo Disko / ApartMAN & Nico Juice

                                                    We Just / Video Games

                                                    Start your engines folks! The Stamp label ALWAYS sells out in seconds, and I think this particular edition might be about to set a new world record. For the twelth instalment we get a pair of cunning edits of two 80's mega-jams from Mo Disko (The Glimmers), ApartMAN & Nico Juice.

                                                    Mo Disko (who not only represents Belgian disco heroes The Glimmers, but is also one third of last year's Piccadilly numero uno Rheinzand) pilots the spaceship on the A-side, working his magic on '85 Italo banger "Our Revolution / We Just" by Moses. Taking aim at "We Just" (A rather natty dub mix of Our Revolution with ace sampler-vox) Mo strips things back wonderfully to concoct an Italo-freestyle masterpiece which switches wonderfully between the heads down drama of the verses and that arms aloft chorus. Tagging in, ApartMAN & Nico Juice take on Ronnie Jones' "Video Games" ditching the frothy chorus and making maximum use of the overdub insanity of the extended 12" version. If you're in the market for batshit boogie with arcade aesthetics then this is gonna rock your socks off!

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A. We Just
                                                    B. Video Games

                                                    My Friend Dario

                                                    Desertico / Sunset Outro

                                                    My Friend Dario is back on Hell Yeah this August with more of his low tempo, high-temperature dance floor bombs. Dario has been carefully nurtured by label head Marco over the course of a few fresh EPs in the last year. Just before this EP lands he will release on Nu Northern Soul, and earlier in the year he served up a stunning live set at the foot of iconic volcano Etna, so is very much part of the current wave of Balearic tastemakers.

                                                    Opener 'Desertico' has already been caned by ALFOS chief Sean Johnston who recognises the power of its heavyweight chug. Over the course of nearly ten minutes and two epic breakdowns, the tune builds on supple techno pulses, with tense synth phrases keeping you in suspense before the drop brings a sense of tropical rain and thunder.

                                                    'Sunset Outro' was the last track from his live set and gets your heady amongst the clouds. The churning drums, wooden hits and lush chords are dreamy yet heavy and have an effortlessly hypnotic effect that will lock in any dance floor.

                                                    These two tunes prove My Friend Dario can do no wrong right now.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1 – Desertico
                                                    B1 - Sunset Outro

                                                    Cash & Skye

                                                    No More Candy / Sweeping Wet Floors

                                                      Featuring members of Starcrawler.
                                                      Recommended for fans of: 90s alt-country/indie rock, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Uncle Tupelo, Lucinda Williams, Waxahatchee.

                                                      In 2017, two teenage high school lovebirds who bonded over a love of classic country and rock n roll decided to write and record their own songs for the fun of it. 4 years later, Cash & Skye was officially born, featuring Henri Cash, guitarist and founding member of the L.A. rock band Starcrawler, and the debut of Sophia Skye, daughter of Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder. Recorded during 2019 and 2020 at L.A.’s 64Sound, this is their exciting first release.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A
                                                      1. No More Candy

                                                      Side B
                                                      1. Sweeping Wet Floors

                                                      “I threw out the rulebook so I can do it my way/so if you try to stop me I’m gonna have to raise the crime rate…”

                                                      Iron Warrior is the sound of all that we’ve missed during these last few surreal months. It’s music for the fantasy summer that’s been playing out in all of our heads. It’s a dropped-roof drive through busy, humid streets at dusk as the city comes alive; a slow moving, bleached out panning shot in a Spike Lee movie on a loop in your head.

                                                      Rolling on a languid, liquid post-Native Tongues live groove built up around words by Columbus, GA rapper Brandon ‘Bez’ Evans (not that Bez - a whole other Bez), Iron Warrior is a three and a half minutes of ultra-mellow hip hop perfection.

                                                      Iron Warrior was recorded and produced by Atlanta based musician Jonah Swilley. Jonah has worked with Curtis Harding, Night Beats and is a founding member of Mattiel’s band. He also makes music for his own production label, Sugar Records.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Iron Warrior
                                                      Iron Warrior - Instrumental

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Selectors Choice Vol. 1

                                                        Selectors Choice is a collection of Reggae tunes from some of the best producers and artists cut to limited edition vinyl.The 7"s feature new releases, remixes and classics that deserve to berepressed and tunes that havenever been pressed to vinyl. The 12"s concentrate on compiling tracks of the same riddim that havenever been released together that include unreleased versions and brandnew releases.They are specifically catered for any Reggae collector, selector and DJ. 

                                                        On this initial 12" edition we have four takes on the Adowa Triumph riddim, the heavyweight, exultant and excellent "Give Jah The Glory" by Freddie McGregor, the rootsier "Never Gonna Give It Up" by Wailing Souls, sweet and righteous "Israelites A Come" by Mighty Diamonds and the OG riddim from Jazzwad and Tony Phillips.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. Freddie Mcgregor - Give Jah The Glory
                                                        2. Wailing Souls - Never Gonna Give It Up
                                                        3. Mighty Diamonds - Israelites A Come
                                                        4. Adwa Dub

                                                        Ricardo Bomba

                                                        Eu Sei / Flutuando

                                                        Written and recorded in 1978 by pianist, composer, sound engineer, studio owner and former amateur skateboarding champion Ricardo Bomba, ‘Eu Sei’ and ‘Flutuando’ were almost doomed to total obscurity when the master tapes were binned following a ruthless studio clear out. Luckily Bomba kept a cassette tape copy from which Far Out has remastered the release for 7” vinyl/ digital.

                                                        Throughout a varied career, which included a four year stint as bandleader of Jorge Ben’s live show (78-82), Ricardo Bomba had a string of idiosyncratic, underground pop hits throughout the 80s, including ‘Voc Vai Se Lembrar’ which recently featured on Soundway’s Onda De Amor (Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were 1984-94) compilation, as well as his then award-winning, now obscure solo album Ultralight (1988).

                                                        With the stunning vocals of Mariana Couto (the first wife of Chicago percussionist Laudir de Oliveira), legendary drummer Peninha who has recorded with the likes of Jorge Ben, Quarteto Em Cy, Lincoln Olivetti, Tony Bizarro and Gal Costa, and Brazilian guitarist Blimba Buarque, “Eu Sei” and “Flutuando” truly are lost gems of the late ‘70s Rio de Janeiro MPB scene.

                                                        *Disclaimer! This release was mastered from cassette tape, so the sound quality may differ from other releases on Far Out Recordings. We advise listening to sound clips before buying where possible... The music was simply too good to not release!

                                                        Credits: Ricardo Bomba - Piano, Soprano saxophone, Vocals Roberto Lee - Bass, Vocals Peninha - Drums Mariana Couto - Vocals on “Eu Sei” Blimba - Guitar Compositions by Ricardo Bomba Produced by Ricardo Bomba

                                                        Recorded at Transam rica Studios in 1978 Engineered by Vanderlei Loureiro and Toninho Barbosa

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Eu Sei
                                                        Flutuando

                                                        Joe Armon-Jones

                                                        Pray

                                                          London-based keyboardist, composer and producer Joe Armon-Jones returns with ‘Pray’, a single that launches his new label, Aquarii Records.

                                                          Effortlessly fusing soul, hip hop, jazz and funk influences, ‘Pray’ features Morgan Simpson of black midi on drums alongside Luke Wynter of Nubiyan Twist on bass.

                                                          On the flipside, we get the vinyl exclusive "Nothing More", another new jazz cut flecked with elements of broken beat and soul.



                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Millie says: Never failing to disappoint Joe Armon-Jones sets off into new heights of Jazz woven with irresistible Funk baselines and Soul encrypted into the groove. An absolute must if you like Moses Boyd, Ash Walker or Tenderlonious.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Pray
                                                          Nothing Move

                                                          Khruangbin

                                                          Barn Breaks Vol. III

                                                            ‘Barn Breaks vol III’, presented by Owlvaro & Hugu, is the latest installment of oddball samples and loops from your favorite globe-trotting Texan trio, and is perfect for any portablist scratch jam or 7” DJ set... The latest in the series, this skipless 7” contains scratch samples from “Mordechai” - band hits, isolated basslines & vocals, guitar notes, keyboard stabs and drum loops - as well as custom “ahhhh” & “fressshh” sounds.

                                                            It’s funny cos we was just talking about scratch records and DJ tools the other day in the shop and how maybe they’ve kinda been superceded by Serato and digital DJing as it’s now much easier to line up a load of samples onto your USBs or Serato playlist and scratch till your hearts content… HOWEVER!!!! – you can’t beat that tangible feeling of black wax moving to and fro underneath your skillfully poised fingers and its nice to see hip, cool, tastemaking band Khruangbin reignite the fires of this particular format & style! 


                                                            Deliluh

                                                            Amulet

                                                              In September of 2019, Deliluh took flight with sights set on new horizons. A long plotted scheme to uproot the group from their Toronto home and airlift them into the touring bastion of Europe seemed like a pot worth gambling their stack on. Their future in the old world was read with wide-eyed optimism, emboldened by two albums newly waxed and tour dates rolling in. Greener pastures with foreign allure, a promised land chalk full of experimental art and sound, and a plethora of unconventional venues ripe for the picking... it’s open season, what could possibly go wrong?
                                                              Well, the best-laid plans…

                                                              Amulet is the first release since Deliluh’s departure from home, an opening document of the group’s transition abroad. Mirrored images of the same composition occupy each side; ‘A’ performed by their previous four-piece lineup, and ‘B’ by the current active two-piece. The lyrics depict a jewel thief committing crimes with the conviction of a merciless zealot, and justifying them with a spite for the status quo. The protagonist amuses with the threat of being “caught”, a fate seemingly imminent and yet laughable in the crooked context of societal greed. Knapp delivers sharp criticisms with a swagger liberated of fear, imploring us all to root for the anti-hero in a time when danger is craved en masse.

                                                              The tonal contrasts between both versions testify to the group’s versatility. The A side pulls tension by way of minimalism, leaning into a sinister synth sequence that navigates a pitch dark sonic terrain. Swooning guitar, plucking violin, whispering synths and darting tape effects peek in and out of the periphery, circling with unsettled starkness around Jude’s gloomy bass drone, through until Wharton-Shukster’s string soaring climax.

                                                              Flip to the B side, and the immediate motorik groove turns the sequence on it’s head, snapping to a gritty dance track for nights long yearned for. Pedersen’s modular synth takes on a fresh persona of dusted drums and otherworldly high hats, cracking on the beat while guitar scratches, processed sax, and string synths build with harmonic euphoria, all until the tape slips and pulls the rug from under the DIY dance floor.

                                                              Amulet demonstrates Deliluh’s potential growing fearlessly in the face of a tight game. They promise a plentiful stash of recordings soon to be unearthed, giving the sense that their recently tested process of creation has been far from hindered. What comes next is anyones guess, though Amulet at the very least reassures that we’re still, as always, in trusted hands. 

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Patrick says: Bleak, cold atmospheres and ambience which seems miles out of place on a warm Summer's afternoon but which will grow more and more appropriate as Winter's tight grip quickly edges in...

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Amulet A
                                                              2. Amulet B

                                                              Mash-up and re-edit outlet from DJ Soopasoul: Soopastole Edits bring more of their cross-pollinated & funky collages for their 26th release. Reworking that classic Fatman Scoop cut alongisde from street-leaning Harlem funk.

                                                              That tasty instrumental re-edit can be heard in full on the flip, offering is a chance to wallow in the killer groove and pulsing, wah-wah'd guitar licks. Mega! 

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Side 1
                                                              1. Push Em Up Now (vocal)
                                                              Side 2
                                                              1. Push Em Up Now (instrumental)

                                                              Si Brad Feat Azeem

                                                              Falling Down - Inc. Psychemagik Remix

                                                              For their first new release in twenty years, Toko turn to the talents of their original 'in house' producer Si Brad, who calms and charms with the butter smooth Balearic soul of 'Falling Down'.

                                                              Featuring the rich vocals of Azeem, this sublime sundowner takes Curtom horns on a Moon Safari, a nimble bassline chasing crunchy keys across the horizon before the sublime vocoder soul of the final third transports us from Sheffield to Shibuya. Slow burning, deep and meaningful, 'Falling Down' is your new summer soundtrack.

                                                              Balearic trailblazers Psychemagik take the controls for the B side, creating an atmospheric extension which is low slung and laid back but still dressed for dancing. Building a haunting riff into the main refrain, they lead us through nearly 12 minutes of floatation tank funk awash with heart-swelling strings and cascading keys. As the breaks and bass intensify, the track swells into a true end of night anthem for the horizontal dancers.

                                                              Welcome home.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A. Falling Down (Brass Apes Mix)
                                                              B. Falling Down (Psychemagik Remix)

                                                              Barefoot Beats dig deep and deliver a well-balanced package of Brazilian delights via two rising stars of the scene Elado and Bernardo Pinhiero. 

                                                              Elado kicks things off with a highly infectious sing-a-long boogie affair that is guaranteed to get those hands in the air. Mouth watering and head spinning, this Brazilian cocktail is packed to the gills with monkey drums, sumptuous string arrangements and plenty of mid tempo disco brilliance.

                                                              While on the flip, Pinheiro's more wonky, heads down disco beast is perfect for when you really want to feel the heat. Filters set to stun, chopped vocals chucked into the rhythm section and plenty of additional electronic weirdness, this one is a proper disco bumper.

                                                              Tudo magia.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A. Elado - Tudo Magia
                                                              B. Bernardo Pinheiro - Pitangamanguearaca

                                                              Hippo Campus

                                                              Good Dog, Bad Dream

                                                                Good Dog, Bad Dream is the new EP from Hippo Campus, and the St. Paul, Minnesota five-piece's first new music since their 2018 sophomore album Bambi. It finds the band at their most honest and vulnerable to date, with five new intensely cathartic tracks tinged with confessions and dark humor. It's a collection of songs that came together with ease, and without pressure -- a wildly different experience than the typical Hippo Campus recording process. The band - made up of vocalist/guitarists Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker, drummer Whistler Allen, bassist Zach Sutton, and trumpeter DeCarlo Jackson -- assembled Good Dog, Bad Dream with a genuine sense of freedom and enjoyment as part of their first sessions in their new Minneapolis studio space. It’s a celebration of brotherhood, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that has permeated Hippo Campus’ work since the very beginning.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Bad Dream Baby
                                                                2. Deepfake
                                                                3. Sex Tape
                                                                4. Where To Now
                                                                5. Mojo Jojo

                                                                Jay Duncan Ft Ben Vince

                                                                In Limbo - Inc. Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

                                                                London-based DJ and producer Jay Duncan collaborates with saxophonist Ben Vince on her debut release for Phantasy, introducing two wildly imaginative compositions alongside a simmering remix from Ricardo Villalobos.

                                                                From the first notes of brass, quickly melting into a lucid shuffle, it’s clear that ‘In Limbo’ exists on its own terms. Vince's virtuoso playing, a feature of former collaborations with the likes of Joy Orbison and Mica Levi, is here gradually manipulated by Duncan into a hugely ambitious trip. This meditative and mysterious approach draws listeners deeper into a liminal, minimal space somewhere between the Fourth World as imagined by Jon Hassell and four AM on a dancefloor in South London.

                                                                Duncan deftly raises the tension for the title track’s more percussive and arguably club-ready sibling ‘Anti-Purgatorio’, drawing out almost impossibly taut and inventive rhythms constructed around wormholes from which spill Vince’s instrumentation, washed downstream amid slippery modulations and a distinctive
                                                                analogue atmosphere.

                                                                Ricardo Villalobos adds to his own superlative history of remixes with a characteristically trippy take on ‘In Limbo’. Spanning nearly fifteen-minutes, the legendary Chilean-German innovator subtly reimagines this ambitious record in form true to both his own musical heritage as well as Duncan’s futurism.

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: Recommended if you're into hi-tek bass, smudged garage and future-breaks. Think Sunklo, Aiwo, Eclipse Tribez & Hessle Audio etc.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A1. In Limbo
                                                                A2. Anti-Purgatorio
                                                                B1. In Limbo (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

                                                                Arp Frique

                                                                Nyame Ye / Oi Quem Que Nos

                                                                Autumn promises a brand new LP from Dutch digital exotica expert Arp Frique, and the artist whets our appetite with this superb 7" single, perfect for summer enjoyment. On the A-side "Nyame Ye" bursts into technicolour with African drum boxes, highlife riffs and sharp synthwork all supporting the ecstatic vocal from Mariseya, while the B-side brings us a cooler downtempo jam featuring vocals from Americo Brito. So snap this up pronto and repeat until September.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A. Nyame Ye
                                                                B. Oi Quem Que Nos

                                                                Italia 90

                                                                Borderline

                                                                  The London based 4-piece have released a number of singles and Ep's since 2018, building a cult live following as well as performing with the likes of Viagra Boys, Cocaine Piss and The Murder Capital. The band have received critical acclaim from publications such as DIY, The Quietus, So Young etc. Borderline is terse and direct, brimming with confidence, anger and lyrical flair, all juxtaposed with a vulnerability on the edges of the snarl.    

                                                                  Originally from Brighton, the band now reside in South London. Regulars at The Windmill in Brixton - their back catalogue grapples with issues such as police brutality and the crimes of soldiers in Northern Ireland. B-side Declare deals with complicity and inaction in the face of violence or persecution. Despite navigating such serious political themes, Italia 90 still manage to convey sardonic humour and a sense of playfulness in their songwriting.   

                                                                  Italia 90 thread together several disparate influences, united by childhood friendship and a drive to make exciting, interesting and politically/socially engaged music. The band have released two EPs on cassette, as well as two singles with the experimental label Box Records. That preceded another EP, Italia 90 III which came via Fierce Panda and Permanent Creeps. Borderline is their first release on Brace Yourself Records.  

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A. Borderline 
                                                                  B. Declare   

                                                                  Tracks from the late, great D. Ball; excavated, polished and re-illuminated by the good folks at Ourtime for our listening pleasure. More understated than previous releases from Dave, but carrying the same depth, essence and sentimentality that runs through all of his music.

                                                                  Expansive landscapes, primal kinetics & timeless electronix on this one, a real trip for the mind with enough shimmer and stutter to keep the more free-minded dancefloor dweller shuffling away in the corner with his / her eyes wide shut. There's a seriously melancholic undertone here; hinting at some existential darkness that seems to encroaching on the Earth (remember Dave sadly died BEFORE all this COVID / Capitalist Realism nonsense started, yet the music seems potmarked with dystopia).

                                                                  If you're into nagging, modular grunts and squeals; thick dense atmospheres and highly emotive pads and presets then you'll probably already be a fan of this artist's work. If not, then welcome to one of the most visionary, singular and innovative producers from the Manchester - Salford connection!

                                                                  Limited copies, highly recommended. 


                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: Avid collectors of Ourtime will have already bagged this in earnest. But if you're new to this guy and have any kind of inclination towards Northwest electronics and specifically techno and electro made in Manchester or Salford - then D Ball is the crème of the crop.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  A. Be
                                                                  B1. Change
                                                                  B2. Saha

                                                                  Peaches

                                                                  Pussy Mask

                                                                    Legendary feminist icon, musician, producer, artist, and "peerless iconoclast" (Elle) Peaches has always been a political figure, with lyrics famous for their focus on social inequality, body image, gender, and age equality. She was called a ‘heroine’ by the New York Times and has spent the past two decades upending stereotypes and challenging social norms while championing issues of gender equality and sexual identity with biting wit and fearless originality. On her latest releases, she's more direct and defiant than ever.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Pussy Mask

                                                                    Hell Yeah's debut Buena Onda compilation proved hugely successful. It also kept people drenched in exotic dance floor sounds while the pandemic has kept everyone apart. Now the Berlin-based party is back and on a mission to redefine what Balearic means with a first-ever vinyl-only sampler featuring exclusive, unreleased tunes and remixes compiled by Marco Gallerani and Gallo from brothers around the world.

                                                                    The a-side is all about new kids on the block: Australian cyborg disco don Kayroy appeared on the label in 2020 with his Imaginary Expeditions EP and now links with his friend Jaspar Robinson, a dreamer with his head amongst the stars. He provides the vocals which speak of an astronaut lost in space and aching for a missing loved one while sombre chords and downbeat bass make for a beautifully longing groove. It's a blue-eyed Balearic classic. The up-and-coming Italian Feel Fly of labels like Internasjonal then goes widescreen with his 'Esperanto.' The chords shimmer, the baseline percolates and the guitar riffs arc up to the heavens for some late-night intergalactic bliss.

                                                                    The flip side features more mature and established artists: label regular Max Essa offers a remix of The Vendetta Suite 'Neon Secrets,' which has naive Eastern melodies and rueful 80s chords with a subtle new age feel that dumps you right on the beach at sundown. Last of all come Chris Coco and Micko Roche with true-school Balearic classic complete with cicada-like shakers, mellifluous Spanish guitar licks, flutes and soft, frothy, rolling beats that break like waves on a sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1 - Jaspar Robinson & Kayroy – Satellite
                                                                    A2 - Feel Fly – Esperanto
                                                                    B1 - The Vendetta Suite – Neon Secrets (Max Essa Remix)
                                                                    B2 - Chris Coco, Micko Roche – What Is Love

                                                                    "Naive overlooked New Beat / New Age project from 1989"

                                                                    Sometimes in life, a certain incentive is needed to convert talent into productivity. As for the case of MKS, the enigmatic and musical disguise of Nicolas Aubard, it was a merely coincidental encounter at the end of the 80s that set the stone rolling. For Nico, it all began in his hometown of Saint-Quentin in Northern France. At a young age, he got obsessed with Japanese and American cartoon culture. Being a devoted collector of cartoon-related toys and widgets, he spent hours watching anime series on TV and creating scale models of science fiction and horror-related sceneries. Growing up in a musical household, young Nico took on stringent training in classical and jazz piano. But, frustrated with the fact of not being the technical virtuoso he wanted to be, he turned away from his training at the age of 16. “I had no choice, as I felt as if my creativity got limited by my piano. That’s when I got drawn into the world of synthesizers.” Not long after, Nico put together a home studio and started to experiment with ambience and sound-inserts. Despite years of experimentation and music making, all Nico’s productions stayed between the 4 walls of his modest home studio. Something that would change in 1988, when Nico bumped into Emmanuel “Manu” Prevost.

                                                                    “We met on a night out in Lille”, Nico recalls. “I usually just stood by the dj booth, as I wasn’t a good dancer. So instead of throwing shapes at the dancefloor, I started a conversation with the dj, who happened to be Manu. By the end of the night, I handed him a demo tape of the album I was wanting to do.” Propelled by good fate, a fruitful collab happened between Nico and this dj. For Manu, everything also fell in place: “At the time, I was looking for a composer to work on producing a new beat record. As a dj, I often crossed the Belgian border for gigs and this new style was in full explosion over there. I heard Nico’s songs and naively told him: “Let’s make an album”, without knowing how.” Despite the high hopes for the new alliance, the project turned out to be a shot in the dark. “I assumed Manu already had some experience, as he proposed to do the mastering himself. But funnily he only told me after the release of the record that it was his first time too. But you know, we managed.” Not willing to release under his own name, Nico came up with Musical Keyboard System, abbreviated as MKS. The alias was born and the journey ready to take off.

                                                                    The album finally released in September 1989. After the release, Nico went on a low-key promo tour together with Manu in Northern France. “We aired a video clip on FR3 for two songs, together with a short interview. In their studio, we created a scrimpy décor with some green plants to resemble the Vietnam jungle (as for the track Nam Revelation) and we shot the clip. Manu even lay down behind a screen operating the fog machine.” As a live act, MKS’ career was rather short-lived, with a first and final gig in the Theatre of Saint-Quentin a few months after the release. “In France, we would remain illustrious strangers. Yet in the meantime, our music got played on new age radios in the USA.” After the end of MKS, Nico moved to Paris and Manu took on his military duty. In the army, Manu met movie animator Jacques Rouxel (the man behind French cult series Les Shadoks) and got him in touch with Nico. The duo collaborated with Rouxel on some compositions, before they went their separate ways at last. Nico went on to pursue his childhood dream, as a pioneer in France for integrating 3D animations into classical cartoons. Manu in turn became a producer for feature films.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    A1. The New Age Of House
                                                                    A2. Twilight Zone
                                                                    B1. Figure
                                                                    B2. The Dream
                                                                    B3. Nam Revelation

                                                                    Sophie

                                                                    Bipp / Elle

                                                                      **REPRESS**

                                                                      Surprise release on Numbers from Sophie. Going on one of those trancey, mainroom, bass-heavy R&B refixes is "Bipp" on the A-side. A saccharin sweet vocal melody coupled with massive bass stabs, squealing sine tones and huge synth washes. It's the sound of a thousand or so kids on drugs going absolutely nuts in the sunshine with people old enough to know better (Matt!?) joining in the fun at the same time. On the flip we get bassy, druggy chaos for the more die-hard heads on “Elle”. Using a grime influenced sound palette and a half-tempo groove, the track rattles through the frequencies with a surprisingly melodic, emotive undercurrent. Recommended.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Matt says: Available once again. The first four Sophie EPs have become cult artefacts of leftfield-dance-pop. Last chance saloon if you missed 'em the first time!

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      A. Bipp
                                                                      B. Elle

                                                                      101 Band

                                                                      Crazy Kind Of Feeling

                                                                        The great thing about Emotional Rescue's deep dive into reggae and lovers rock is that the tracks they decide to press up are the ear-snagging curveballs that present something just a little bit to the left of purist, trad reggae. That's the case once again with 101 Band's 'Crazy Kind Of Feeling' - a curio from Haile Maskel released via his own, LA-based label Opulence (Sound). It's a hybrid kind of sound, sitting somewhere between boogie, island funk and roots, and it goes down very smoothly indeed. On this reissue, you get treated to the original 7" mix plus an alternative 'Dub Take 2' version which stretches out over an extended run time on the B-side.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Matt says: You won't find this (or many other 101 Band track) on your average dub / reggae compilation. Emotional Rescue have done us proud by going the extra mile on this excavation.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (7" Mix)
                                                                        B1. Crazy Kind Of Feeling (dub Take 2) 

                                                                        The RUB label continues to grow in stature with another hot serving of hip hop from the genre's New York City home. For this eighth offering, DJ Goce brings you his own fresh licks as he reworks a standout 90s joint. His take on 'New Status' is awash with glorious string sweeps and rolling funk bass that takes you to a higher place. The flipside 'Lovin' The Game' is a then remake of Jigga's original statement that is mixed to perfection and bumps along at a perfect inviting tempo.

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Matt says: Not loads to go at, hip-hop wise at the moment; but this cheeky 7" got me nodding hard and paying close attention. Nice little label to peek into this; check!

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. New Status (Goce MPR Mix)
                                                                        B1. Lovin' The Game (Goce Hook Up)

                                                                        Unknown

                                                                        EEE012

                                                                        EEE supply a certified slice of summer sun with a raucous roller sure to get any party going. Considering it's around a gazillion degrees outside today, Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" is utterly appropriate, and if your endorphins needed an extra large boost, EEE have transformed it into a total tech house roller which massively ups the ante after DJ Spinna's mix way back when.

                                                                        Band on the Wall Recordings is excited to present the first release from The Singles Club; a body of new work for 2021 that celebrates the artistic practice and far-reaching talents of one of its favourite artists and one of the hardest working musicians to grace the Band on the Wall stage.

                                                                        Second year participant of Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers scheme and rising vocal talent, Mali Hayes is a jazzy-nu-R&B type neo soul artist, who has received personal endorsements from the likes of Jamz Supernova, Gilles Peterson & Jamie Cullum.

                                                                        “A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester… She's got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We'll be hearing a lot more from her I'm sure!” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

                                                                        "I was fortunate enough to play demo's on my shows here at the BBC by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. All premiers. And this is another one I think I'm gonna be proud of in a few years. Remember the name, Mali Hayes” – Gilles Peterson

                                                                        A rising star in a flourishing Manchester music scene, jazzy-nu-R&B type neo soul artist Mali Hayes steps in a new direction for The Singles Club. Calling on past sounds, she breathes new life into previous work, combining vibrant real-life stories with honesty and soul, resulting in a release that is refreshing, infectious and dynamic. The lead track ‘Forgive You’ is a collaboration with fellow Future Bubblers participants, Medikul & Cult Architect.


                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Millie says: Two stunning tracks from Mali Hayes fresh off the new Band on the Wall Recordings label, if this is a sample of what’s to come then we’re in for a treat. Soulful hazy-jazz which is good for the soul, mind and body.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Forgive You
                                                                        B1. Come Closer

                                                                        Isle Of Jura conclude their 12" trilogy of The Pearls, showing the origins of the band with two playful Rootsy numbers, ‘No Follow Bad Company’ and ‘Duke Street’ backed with the essential Dub versions. Both tracks went on to feature on The Pearls debut LP ‘The War’ released on Sly & Robbie’s Taxi label in 1981.
                                                                        On the A-side the group warn us about the perils of peer pressure over a shuffling and sunny riddim topped with some tight guitar riffs while the flip houses a sweet Island love song.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. No Follow Bad Company
                                                                        A2. Return Of The Pearls (version)
                                                                        B1. Duke Street
                                                                        B2. So Sweet (version)

                                                                        Tony Simmons / Soul Shack

                                                                        I Can't Let You Go

                                                                        Much needed reissue of this super-rare 12" from 1983. Released on Jeff Weston's Record Shack it often fetches large sums second hand and has an undeniably loose & weighty feel, with soulful vox and rugged instrumental backing. On the flip, "Galactic Funk", by Soul Shack is even earlier - from 1980 and littered with sci-fi sfx and a sludgey, sloppy proto-boogie groove. This is some epochal shit dancers! Two super in-demand cuts on one nicely pressed 12". You need.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Side 1
                                                                        1. Tony Simmons - I Can't Let You Go (5:48)
                                                                        Side 2
                                                                        1. Soul Shack - Galactic Funk (5:21)

                                                                        “Soul is My Salvation is a collection of dance friendly gospel songs. The mission is to simply uplift your spirit through music and word. Dance floor’s around the world mirror the reactions of Churches from the 70’s and 80’s when experiencing these recordings.” - Tone B. Nimble.

                                                                        Released as a series of eight limited vinyl-only 45, when assembled together the covers reveal a beautiful design courtesy of designer Charlotte McCrae. A true collectors item.

                                                                        The final chapter sees two cuts of pure gospel greatness, taking your soul to salvation via firstly the Bibleway Church Of God In Christ – Since Jesus Came Into My Life followed up by Eliezer Mass Choir - Where He Leads Me.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        A1. Bibleway Church Of God In Christ – Since Jesus Came Into My Life
                                                                        B1. Eliezer Mass Choir - Where He Leads Me

                                                                        The White Stripes

                                                                        Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix)

                                                                          The first official vinyl release of the unforgettable worldwide stadium anthem remix - both editions of the 7" are limited.




                                                                          Sharon Van Etten

                                                                          Lets Go / Some Things Last A Long Time

                                                                            Mondo, and Jagjaguwar are proud to present a limited edition vinyl pressing of Sharon Van Etten's incredible song 'Let Go,' recorded for the 2020 documentary Feels Good Man, chronicling the emotional journey of comic artist Matt Furie and the discovery that his lovable creation Pepe The Frog had become symbol of the alt-right. A super powerful film about reclamation, artistic expression, and above all else Letting Go.

                                                                            Featuring the aforementioned original song 'Let Go,' as well as a cover of 'Some Things Last A Long Time' by Texas legend Daniel Johnston as B-Side.

                                                                            “After watching the documentary, I just followed the feeling of coming to terms with something and tried to evoke peace through my melody and words," says Sharon. "The song and film’s producer, Giorgio [Angelini] was a great collaborator and communicator and I was given a lot of freedom. That says a lot about the film and the people who made it."

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side A
                                                                            1. Let's Go (Taken From Feels Good Man)

                                                                            Side B
                                                                            2. Some Things Last A Long Time (Daniel Johnston Cover)

                                                                            Presented as the sister record to 2014’s “Asleep Versions”, “Piano Versions” is a collection of ambient piano cover versions. The songs on the EP, originally by Roger & Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, Luke Abbott and James Yorkston, are presented in a completely new context to their initial form. On these versions, Hopkins used his upright piano as the centrepiece of the EP, whilst recording the ambient, environmental elements around it.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Dawn Chorus
                                                                            Heron
                                                                            Modern Driveway
                                                                            Wintergreen 

                                                                            Visionary “Rap” EP by precocious 18-year-old duo Eric Davis (ELV) and Chuck Prater (Chuk Chu) from 1989. Imagine if Schoolly D had joined Native Tongues and made an early hiphouse EP produced by Larry Heard.

                                                                            The story of Me & E took shape in Avalon Park in South Chicago, a vibrant, diverse, and politically active community with a rich musical culture. This was the fertile playground for producer Eric Davis (ELV) and lyricist Chuck Prater (Chuk Chu). The park itself was adjacent to Eric’s backyard and they would hop the fence to listen to music, drink beers, and freestyle, even in the middle of the notoriously cold Chicago winters. Eric’s dad, Arlington Davis Jr., was a jazz drummer who played in the legendary spiritual jazz group The Awakening in the ‘70s. Jazz ran deep in their family with proud connections to Miles Davis. Arlington would host weekly jam sessions at his home, and Chuck & Eric were in regular attendance. On those evenings, Eric and his brothers were able to take turns on the sticks alongside the veteran players, honing their fledgling chops. These experiences gave them the confidence to take music seriously, and start a group. Channeling his drumming skills through an array of synths and drum machines, Eric produced tracks in his bedroom, inspired by artists like The Art Of Noise, Kraftwerk, and New Order. Combining their atmospheric electronic elements with his jazz background, and beat-making skills, he created a distinct sound that still sounds fresh today. Chuck was listening to Hendrix,

                                                                            Joplin, Public Enemy, MC Lyte, and Big Daddy Kane and developed a unique and uplifting lyrical flow. They met up after school almost every day to make music, and quickly produced the four songs that make up their Rap EP.

                                                                            The music duo never lost touch, and continued to produce throughout the 90’s, forming Rich Boys, another rap group with their crew from Avalon Park. In 1995, Chuk Chu released a solo album, Memoirs of a Blue Light Special, focussing on a more sample based production style. Eric inspired by the house scene in Chicago, produced some ethereal and otherworldly electronic music, which Mixed Signals is compiling for future release. The Rap EP is just an introduction to the ongoing story of Me & E. Mixed

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Patrick says: Another exceptional excavation from Mixed Signals here, who aptly describe this as Schoolly D and Native Tongues rapping over hiphouse produced by Larry Heard. Pinging drum machines, moody basslines and Rakim-inspired verses - MEGA!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Whatcha Need
                                                                            A2. The Wrath
                                                                            B1. Swing On
                                                                            B2. Silent Is The E

                                                                            Peeping Drexels

                                                                            Bad Time

                                                                              ‘Bad Time’ is the new EP from Peeping Drexels. The London based 5-piece, who have been together since they were sixteen, have to date released a series of singles on the Permanent Creeps and Fierce Panda labels. This is their first release on BY Records. They've previously received support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, DIY, So Young among others. They've also performed live with artists such as Shame, Goat Girl and Public Practice.

                                                                              First single, 'High Heels', sees Peeping Drexels eulogise about white pills and night thrills - anxious overtones abound until the crescendo of guttural angst takes over. "High Heels is a dimly lit journey through the narrow corridors and backrooms of a twisted underground club, all whilst under the influence of an unknown substance. The song is the first taste of Peeping Drexels rebirth; experimental new sounds, broader instrumentation, yet pop music to the bone. A never ending loop of bad-trip fuelled excess, and there is no way to escape."

                                                                              Prior to lockdown, Peeping Drexels played a Sold Out Parallel Lines headline show at London’s Bermondsey Social Club and ended it with a sold out main support slot for Fat White Family at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney).

                                                                              The project takes influences from a broad musical spectrum, from the dance vibes of Gary Numan and Mr. Fingers to the intensity of Tyler The Creators' synth-heavy Cherry Bomb and the maximalist work of Kanye West.

                                                                              Songs tackle a range of themes; from leaving your childhood home only to enter the cycle of drug addiction and artistic hindrance (Pit), toxic lust and obsession for an unavailable person (Bloody Gums), only finding anything close to pure happiness in escapism from the real world (Miami Lounge) and hardcore hedonism (High Heels).

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Miami Lounge
                                                                              2. Pit
                                                                              3. Bloody Gums
                                                                              4. High Heels
                                                                              5. Part II

                                                                              Eclipe Tribez return with three breaky electro truffles for your reward circuit, harvested by hand by the Austrian Awo Ojiji.

                                                                              Fast-paced, rhythmically challenging, and spiced with euphoric synth stabs that will make your endorphins flow. Dem good, woozy feels. They’ve been neglected for too long.

                                                                              "Superconductor" instantly puts your brain in euphoric overdrive with its epic pads, reminiscent of our teens. Simpler times. "Ridicoloum" whacks tools on your head; it rattles, shakes, clonks and bonks. The drums, crunchier than pumpkin seeds.

                                                                              To round off the euphoria extravaganza, "Quarantini" strikes a more serious note, as you slowly come to terms with a new normal. One full of full-bodied sub-bass and all them breakz that we love so much. Treat yoself.


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Specialist breaks and hyperactive sound system business here from down under. Check!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Superconductor
                                                                              A2. Ridicoloum
                                                                              B. Quarantini

                                                                              The mystifying M.K. hails all the way from Brazil to joins forces with the ever-steady Sputnik in order to deliver life saving edits carrying all good things from slow trance to pumping disco for those who dare to dream about trembling jaws and sweaty skins touching each other under the moonlight.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. M.K. - Kibelezah
                                                                              A2. M.K. - Baby Loves To Dance
                                                                              B1. Sputnik - Lover
                                                                              B2. Sputnik - Save Me

                                                                              Those who pay close attention to DJ Harvey’s sets should already be familiar with NuNorthern Soul’s next single, a fully licensed reissue of a sought-after 1980 promotional seven-inch from legendary Spanish Flamenco singer Manuel Mancheño Peña, better known as El Turronero (‘The Nougat’).

                                                                              Both ‘Las Penas’ and ‘Si Yo Volviera A Nacer’ have long been secret weapons in the sets of dusty-fingered Balearic DJs, with Harvey regularly dropping the tracks during his sessions at Pikes Hotel on the White Isle.

                                                                              Both tracks first appeared on Pena’s 1980 album New Hondo, a set that updated the then veteran Flamenco artist’s sound for the disco era. Whereas most of his previous albums were more traditional Flamenco affairs, New Hondo combined his throaty, effervescent Flamenco singing style with the driving grooves, swooping orchestration and spacey synthesizer sounds of European disco.

                                                                              To promote the album, Spanish label DB Belter pressed up a promotional “45” featuring two of the most club-friendly cuts on the album. It’s this release that is being reissued for the very first time by NuNorthern Soul.

                                                                              A-side ‘Las Penas’ is undoubtedly an off-kilter, late-night disco classic. Built around a flanged, action-packed disco-funk bassline, metronomic beats. soaring and layered female backing vocals, intergalactic synth sounds and stirring strings, the track steps up a level when ‘El Turronero’ takes to the microphone to belt out an infectious, energetic vocal in his trademark Flamenco style. It’s the kind of cut that’s as haunting and intoxicating as it is funky and floor friendly.

                                                                              Flipside ‘Si You Volviera A Nacer’, another of New Hendo’s most sought-after tracks, is another unique and righteous concoction. Looser, groovier and warmer in tone, it sees another sublime, Flamenco style lead vocal from Pena accompanied by even funkier bass, spiralling ’70s synthesizer sounds, sweaty drums and some seriously exotic instrumental flourishes (think sitar and kalimba). It’s every bit as alluring as the more driving A-side, and equally as playable.

                                                                              Both tracks may be unusual in comparison to the artist’s other releases, but they expertly capture a moment in time, when disco dominated dancefloors all over the world and inspired even the most traditional and historic of European musical styles. Quite a number of flamenco-disco records were made in Spain during the late ’70s and early ’80s, but very few are quite as magical as these.


                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Las Penas
                                                                              B1. Si Yo Volviera A Nacer

                                                                              Second installment of rising MCR garage, bass n breaks label Jerk It. Born outta the clubnight of the same name, Calum and cru continue to provide the shoulder-dropped an' shuffled goodness for your late nite dance excursions.

                                                                              Debut for Oblique, whose keen approach to drum programming and low end synthesis alerted our sensors immediately as he rattles and squeezes a percussive and hefty blend of high tech breaks and bass from his modest selection of noise boxes. Taut and tense in parts; flamboyant, cockey, and swinging off the tweeters the next; this should be all your need to lose your shit come the 21st of July (*subject to change!). 


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Killer four tracker from MCR's Jerk It. Two releases in and it's looking tidy. Hi tek garage / bass hybrids with an enthusiastic and challenging flair! Recommended.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1 As Another Entity
                                                                              A2 Futility Fight 
                                                                              B1 Mania 
                                                                              B2 Faulty 

                                                                              Blackhaine / Richie Culver

                                                                              Did U Cum Yet / I’m Not Gonna Cum

                                                                              Vinyl edition of an art project from Salford-based choreographer, MC, poet and performer Blackhaine, and Hull-born contemporary artist Richie Culver.

                                                                              "Did U Cum Yet / I'm Not Gonna Cum" is a two-track, 20 minute audiovisual project released by UK record label and creative studio Participant. The release is an extension of Richie Culver's now infamous canvas work ‘Did U Cum Yet’, itself a wry reference to the inherently masturbatory act of posting art on social media.

                                                                              Having destroyed the original painting and released a 300 page book featuring the vitriolic Instagram comments received in response to the original piece, "Did U Cum Yet / I'm Not Gonna Cum" is a sonic extension of the Instagram project gone rogue, the coming together of two artists that share working-class roots and a commitment to low culture, as well as a belief in the transcendent potential in creative expression. Each artist has one leg planted firmly in Northern soil and both are united in their unflinching focus on England’s liminal spaces.

                                                                              Accompanying the EP is a film, assembled by British / Belgian filmmaker William Markarian-Martin. Recently nominated for Best International Music Video at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the film weaves together footage gathered in the UK towns of Preston and Salford, shot in an underground carpark ‘to represent a kind of purgatory’, as if the artist has fallen through the pavement into a hellish place.

                                                                              Press coverage in: FACT, Numero Berlin, t-mag Italy, The Quietus.

                                                                              Radio play on: BBC 6Music, RTE, Dublab, Flux FM, NTS

                                                                              DJ support from: Black Strobe, Michel Gaubert, Richie Hawtin, Boris, Marcel Fengler & Angel Molina.


                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Matt says: Provocative Salford wordsmith Blackhaine colabs with Hull-based contemporary artist Richie Culver for an explosive commentary on culture and the arts. If you liked Death Of Rave's debut release with Mark Leckey then this one's 4 U!

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Did U Cum Yet
                                                                              B. I'm Not Gonna Cum

                                                                              Walter Verdin

                                                                              Cold Turkey / Instant Karma!

                                                                              Walter Verdin is the Belgian chameleon changing constantly between different musical styles and audiovisual art. At the end of the seventies, he released 'Storingen', a Flemish reggae single with some musical friends under the name of Specimen & The Rizikoos. In 1980 he had a number one hit in Flanders with 'Er is iets', taken from the album 'Cinema'. In the same year he started to work as a video director in the studios of the Audiovisual Services at the KULeuven. At night he experimented with video and sound. For the next 20 years, the studios became the cradle for his video art and musical experiments.
                                                                              In 1981, before he formed the group Pas De Deux (the Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1983), he recorded the demos for two songs of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. These songs ended on the B side of their mini-LP 'Des Tailles'.

                                                                              On this 7" vinyl: the demo versions of 'Cold Turkey' and 'Instant Karma!'. They are recorded ping-ponging between two stereo tape recorders. All the instruments were programmed and played by Walter Verdin without the possibility of mixing or 'picking in'. Adding an instrument or a voice meant another copy from beginning to end. The roughness and the spontaneity of these recordings are remarkable, especially when you compare the tracks with the professional recordings that were made later at the famous ICP studios in Brussels with Pas De Deux, where the cheap Boss rhythm box was replaced by a Linn Drum and other instruments were added.
                                                                              Walter Verdin is a big fan of Lennon's music and social engagement. These demos were made only a couple of months after his passing in December 1980. The choice for the specific songs is not accidental: they are the songs with which John Lennon started a new musical adventure. Also, for Walter Verdin it was the start for a new way of music making, after a very short career as a 'Flemish singer songwriter'. The text -the message- of both songs is more topical in 2021 than it was at the beginning of the eighties, when they were recorded.

                                                                              COLD TURKEY
                                                                              John Lennon: «'Cold Turkey' is self-explanatory. It was the result of experiencing cold turkey withdrawals from heroin. Everybody goes through a bit of agony some time or another in their lives, whatever it is. 'Cold Turkey' is just an expression that is suitable to explain the other side of life. I'm always thinking about love and peace, and now I'm thinking about agony - to remind people that I'm human and that we suffer like everybody else.»

                                                                              INSTANT KARMA!
                                                                              "Instant Karma!" conveys the need to recognize and act upon a shared responsibility for the wellbeing of humankind; the karmic rewards of this mindset are available to all, as implied in Lennon's exhortation to "Come and get your share". According to Lennon biographer John Blaney, the song is an appeal "for mankind to take responsibility for its fate" and represents "Lennon developing his own brand of egalitarianism".

                                                                              Used gear: Boss Dr.Rhythm DR-55, Yamaha CS-40m, Pearl Syncussion SY1 Recorded on two Studer B67 reel-to-reel tape recorders.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A1. Walter Verdin - Cold Turkey
                                                                              B1. Walter Verdin - Instant Karma!

                                                                              Chantage (Eve Blouin + Vivien Goldman)

                                                                              It's Only Money - Inc. On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood

                                                                              Chantage are Eve Blouin and Vivien Goldman. This exclusive re-issue features the artwork from the original 7", the extended version of "It's Only Money" from the Chantage 12" and the dub version by Adrian Sherwood which previously was only released on On-U Sound under the project name Playgroup in 1983. Also features Bruce Smith (PopGroup/Slits), Carroll Thompson and Neneh Cherry amongst others.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. It's Only Money (Extended Version)
                                                                              B. It's Only Money (On-U Sound Dub Version By Adrian Sherwood)

                                                                              The Lounge Society

                                                                              Silk For The Starving EP

                                                                                Pre-order this EP to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive signed test-pressing.

                                                                                With their first two singles under their belts – "Generation Game", the fastest selling 7" for the award-winning label, and "Burn The Heather" – plus a raft of Ones To Watch accolades for 2021, there is much anticipation for what lies next for the band.

                                                                                In early 2020, "Generation Game" announced the band as artists shaping powerful narratives around a fast-fragmenting society. With the lyric “what will the US do?” they served up a painfully prescient prediction of American unrest.

                                                                                Follow-up single "Burn The Heather" made a left-hand turn for the more punk-funk, sneering at culture wars and the damaging impact of a class divide.

                                                                                New single "Cain’s Heresy" shakes with the propulsion of a nimble rhythm section, full of bite and scorn, simultaneously swinging angrily at a negligent political class ("The death of four souls is less than a kick in the teeth, for them"), the threat of misinformation ("Poisonous ideals on the screen breed a vicious way of thinking, off the screen") and the noxious follow-the-leader march of celebrity culture ("They’re servants to fame"). The EP title “Silk For The Starving” in itself probes at a society that routinely neglects the needs of the have-nots.

                                                                                The Lounge Society sing about what they know then. Make no mistake, this is the sound of young England: articulate, enraged and energised. And – perhaps crucially - highly danceable too. It should give hope to anyone who has lost faith in the future, because here the future is in safe hands.



                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Burn The Heather
                                                                                Television
                                                                                Cain’s Heresy
                                                                                Valley Bottom Fever

                                                                                Favorite Recordings and Jazzy Couscous proudly present a series of three EP's A La French (1987-1992) The Balearic Sessions with early remixes works for french artists by the one and only Dimitri from Paris.
                                                                                This project is a long overdue reminder and tribute of Dimitri’s career's beginnings, a selection of less-known works with a balearic style and a distinctive French flair. It tells the story of an 80's kid who, through his love of music and remix culture, helped put together the first pieces of what would later become the French House scene by spreading his love for Garage House and Club Music in general. All tracks have been remastered from the tapes and will be available as a series of three 12" Vinyl with Printed Innersleeve.

                                                                                The year is 1986. There is close to no remix culture in France and only a handful of pioneers are into this new club sound coming mostly from USA. At the time, Dimitri starts experimenting with homemade remixes, done by cutting tape, inspired by New York producers Tony Humpries and Shep Pettibone. Dimitri starts playing his remixes at radio and his work gets noticed. Starting his own radioshow "NRJ Club - The Sound of New York", Dimitri's audience quickly became bigger. His remix style starts to settle, and the requests start piling up: Stephanie De Monaco, Gerard Blanc, Elsa, Etienne Daho, Marc Lavoine…Many French pop stars come knocking on Dimitri's door to get a club remix of their latest hit. At this time, Dimitri often works with the same sound engineer: Jean-Philippe Bonichon aka JPB. Together, they will shape the club remix sound of the late 80's France unlike anyone else, heavily influenced by superstar remixers like François K, Shep Pettibone, Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles, or even Stock, Aitken & Waterman. In the early 90’s, the remixes he produces are infused with Garage House, Balearic vibes & a modern Rare Groove vibe popularized by UK remixers such as Coldcut or CJ Mackintosh, something quite unique in the French musical output at the time.

                                                                                In 1992, Dimitri made this wonderful remix for Claudia Philips "Donne Moi Du Feu", based on a sample from “I Was Born This Way ”by Carl Bean. The track is deep, groovy, with a real bass & organ, and is blessed by an incredible piano solo from the one and only Olivier Masselot.
                                                                                Andres Roé, a French rumba/flamenco guitar player, released his first album in 1990. This album includes some prestigious guests such as David Gilmour & Mory Kante, and was mixed by young Philippe Cerboneschi, who would later be known as Philippe Zdar. In this album we find Roe's spanish adaptation of "I'm Not Alone". The song, called "Soledad", in its original version, became a minor international hit in 1990, right after the second summer of love. The "Philly Mix" here is produced by a young Dimitri with the help of Olivier Masselot on keys, and mixed by an even younger Philippe Zdar as engineer. It was previously only available on a maxi CD. This version has aged really well, Dimitri himself has dug it out again to play it in some of his sets in the recent years.
                                                                                Daughter of famous 70's fashion designer Emmanuelle Khanh, Atlantique attracted media attention around 89/90 with her one hit wonder "Poussée Par Le Vent". Her very distinctive voice and nonchalant style allowed her to enter France's Top 50 in 1990. Dimitri tackled this one with a very jazzy and downtempo vibe essentially thanks to the jazz flute he threw in the mix. His long extended version is a wonderful piece of music.
                                                                                In 1990, Dimitri is embracing the sound coming from a new wave of UK remixers such as Coldcut or Blacksmith, mixing jazz, hiphop, garage & breakbeat influences altogether. We find traces of that in the way he starts naming his remixes. This "Mr. Jazzy Mix" is a literal as well as musical nod to Grover Washington Jr. rare groove classic "Mr Magic". Slow House, Downtempo, breakbeat vibes, Dimitri included the full package in this remix he did for Art Mengo on "Où Trouver Les Violons". The track starts on those infamous rhodes chords, and progresses into very nice latin jazz vibes, with background congas, and the subtle acoustic guitar from the original. The peak comes around 3:45 with an authentic rhodes solo, played by Nicolas Neidhart which takes us on an uplifting soulful journey. Truly beautiful. Art Mengo had a few hits around the early 90s in France, but was never considered as a major artist, despite the high standards of his productions.

                                                                                Through his radio and remix work, Dimitri unknowingly laid down the fundamentals and planted the seeds for what would later be known as the "French Touch" scene. There is indeed a straight filiation between some of the artists representing the French Touch from 1995/1996, and Dimitri. He ultimately showed France had nothing to be ashamed of, and in the process, helped to spread a historic U.S. club sound and to consolidate its associated culture in his country. 

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Claudia Phillips - Donne Moi Du Feu (Summer Nights Disco Mix)
                                                                                A2. Roe - Soledad (Philly Mix)
                                                                                B1. Atlantique - Poussee Par Le Vent (remix Maxi)
                                                                                B2. Art Mengo - Ou Trover Les Violons (Mr Jazzy Mix)

                                                                                Wet Silk was a rare digression into house music by the legendary star-crossed duo of Lamar Thomas and Judy Taylor. For this sonic liaison, Thomas brought along his high school friend, disco impresario Patrick Adams to co-produce, and the resulting “Let Me Do You Baby” is a slow and seductive sunset soirée with champagne and caviare. The track is skillfully arranged with slippery 808 programming, serpentine guitar, and silky pads, all sliding around Thomas and Lamar’s playfully suggestive vocals. For the first 12” release of this hypnotic track, Mixed Signals have paired it with two other delicious Thom/Tay productions, the rare and dubby house mix of Shelly Pearse’s “If You Want My Love”, and the instrumental end-of-the-nighter “I’ll Be Waiting”.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Wet Silk - Let Me Do You Baby
                                                                                2. Shelly Pearse - If You Want My Love (House Mix)
                                                                                3. Thomas & Taylor - I'll Be Waiting (instrumental)

                                                                                Superpitcher

                                                                                Lonely Lover

                                                                                After appearances on 2019's "Studio Barnhus Volym 1" and 2020's "Serenity Now, Insanity Later" compilations, our dear friend Superpitcher finally appears in full solo mode on Studio Barnhus, with two emotive dance tracks like only Super does them.

                                                                                "One quiet, locked down Parisian night, while the full moon swept over the weeping city, I was feeling... more than usual... loverless and lonely. As always in such times of deep heartache and gnawing melancholy, I turned to my studio for some substitute love. I worked until morning, lost in sound, feeling slightly better. I prepared to listen to the night's work while the young sun arrived over the empty boulevards, but when my hand touched the mixing console... BANG! BOOOOM! OUCH! I was electrocuted! After the shock, the smoke and the smell of burnt hair settled, I knew... this is it - the final lonely lover." - Superpitcher

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: Gently Balearic, electronically skewed synth-pop here with enough propulsion to get you off the hammock and striding to the tiki bar.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Lonely Lover
                                                                                B1. Smile

                                                                                One man electro machine DMX Krew beams down on Breakin' with a fresh dose of circuit board funk for all the freaks out there. On the A-side, "Night Creatures" is a classic Detroit-styled snapper featuring a special guest appearance by Aux 88's Blak Tony on the vocal tip. Bouncing basslines, shuffling drum machines and growling vocoder vocals in tribute to the club kids. An instrumental and acappella close out the A-side, before we lock into a pair of bonus bass bangers on the flip. "Bounce Your Body" pairs a pummelling bass with rave idents and serrated perx, while "Dynamic Jit" pushes the tempo into overdrive for the kind of e-funk wiggler you can play between UR and Footwerk.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Night Creatures (vocal)
                                                                                A2. Night Creatures (dub)
                                                                                A3. Night Creatures (acappella)
                                                                                B1. Bounce Your Body
                                                                                B2. Dynamic Jit

                                                                                As a New Era beckons globally, Manchester's primo Manctalo merchants - Red Laser Records - quietly unveil their latest clutch of specialist space-age kinetics. A fifth-kind encounter enabling users to bridge the continuum of dance & interaction between our Earth-dwelling selves and the inter-dimensional overlords.

                                                                                Containing three brand new movements in machine music from our treasured production stable of Kid Machine, Bob SwanS and Il Bosco; it also houses an honorary appearance from revered Danish spearhead Flemming Dalum, who serves up a particle-splitting redux of a lesser-known proto-techno nugget from Belgium.
                                                                                Dalum's been traversing the star-clusters on his own intrepid missions for a while, so we're mega buzzed to have him back on the RL mothership.

                                                                                Stretford based synthesizer technician, Bob SwanS has been drafted in specifically by RL head Il Bosco for his advanced skills on the patch bays. "Aphelion Run Theme", the point of which an object's orbit is furthest from the Sun, vividly detailing in sound the journey our collective consciousness must undergo in order to reach the Highest Elders. We highly recommend utilising this track alongside Dr. Greer's outstanding work with extra terrestrials.

                                                                                KID Machine's celebratory, vocoder-led Manctalo message: "It's The K.I.D" is a sonic motif to our interplanetary relatives; this cybernetic b-boy's way of spray painting the Red Laser logo over Proxima Centauri B's subway network in neon-blue, pyroxene paint.

                                                                                Bosco lets loose with one of his most impassioned creations to date too. "We Almost Lost Oddbins" previously titled: "Save Our Scene", a universe-wide cry for help recorded when worldwide limitations on dancing and human co-exchange were at their most aggressive; its nonetheless positive outlook inviting us all to look both inward and outward for solutions in the New Normal.

                                                                                Encased within a striking monolith art print, depicting the mystic energies of ancient galaxies it heralds the now widely-accepted belief that we are in no way alone in this universe and that channels of communication between more advanced civilisations than ours have already begun...

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it compilation from Manchester's no. 1 team. Manctalo, fizzy rave and a killer Belgium effort grace this latest space nugget.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Code Red - In Your Dreams (Flemming Dalum Red Laser Edit)
                                                                                A2. BoB SwanS - Aphelion Run Theme
                                                                                B1. Kid Machine - It's The K I D
                                                                                B2. Il Bosco - We Almost Lost Oddbins

                                                                                More new Sound Signature this week as we get a bumper back of goodies from our friends in the D. Jason Hogans is a new signing, rarely heard outside of the Motor City but concocting up a deliciously tasty brew of broken beat, instrumental hip-hop and summery soul.

                                                                                A mini-LP of sorts, it cruises between skeletal MPC downbeat experiments into radiant, jazz-breaks and occasional flurries of deep house a la The Rotating Assembly.

                                                                                This is seriously strong stuff from Sound Signature; and of course limited copies available. Don't miss out on this killer vibe from this new producer - seriously recommended! 


                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: Sound Signature force our jaws to the floor by unveiling a mad good new artist from the D. Jason Hogans offers up something that tho typically Detroitian, also takes inspiration from Madlib's California-indebted soundscapes and London's broken beat edge. Mega!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                A1. Daydreamer And A Clown
                                                                                A2. Favorite Coffee Mug
                                                                                A3. Do This Proper
                                                                                B1.Blue Blessed Rider
                                                                                B2. For My Solids
                                                                                B3. Kitchen Hype 

                                                                                Andy Bell

                                                                                All On You EP

                                                                                  Four tracks recorded by Ride guitarist and singer Andy Bell for radio sessions, including a cover of 1990 Mancunian cult classic ‘Perfume’ by Paris Angels.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Love Comes In Waves (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                  2. Cherry Cola (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                  3. Skywalker (Acoustic Version)
                                                                                  4. Perfume (Acoustic Version)

                                                                                  Nassau Track Authority's second serving of vinyl goodness is as hot as they come - in every sense of that word. FBI agents out there probably need to turn a blind eye, though rumour has it that these ACE unreleased instrumentals come from one of the men on the mixing desk at these legendary sessions. 

                                                                                  What you're holding in your hand are the unreleased instrumental versions of four Grace classics featuring the genre blending genius of Sly, Robbie, Wally et al. at the legendary Compass Point Studios. Effortlessly fusing dub, disco, post punk and new wave into a completely unique sound, this crack team of studio heavyweights were responsible for at least a third of the decent tunes between 79 and 89, but sadly their talents have rarely appeared in the full splendor of the "Version" - until now that is - absolutely ESSENTIAL listening.


                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Patrick says: Grace is about as iconic as it gets and much as her androgynous deadpan and occasional snarl are rightly famed, those Compass Point riddims are box office in their own right, so this set of unreleased instrumentals is just the best thing I've heard in ages. I have a feeling these puppies are very limited, so it behooves you not to sleep on this.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Rain (Extended Instrumtenal)
                                                                                  A2. Captured (Extended Instrumental)
                                                                                  B1. Brake (Instrumenal)
                                                                                  B2. Leather It (Instrumental)

                                                                                  Charlie And The Oscillator

                                                                                  Big Unit

                                                                                    The second of PY’s new singles sees a return to the label for Charlie And The Oscillator (after the first lockdown period’s half hour sell out LP of psych / electronica mash up classic “Journey of Echoes”.) The band offer up their first 7” here and is released in PY’s lovely new BBC 70s tip-of-the-hat library tracing paper sleeves.

                                                                                    Formed in 2018, the London based duo fuse breakbeats, synths and samples to create eccentric alternative dance music. Their endlessly intriguing world has already drawn comparisons to the likes of DJ Shadow and Death In Vegas. Incredibly adventurous and broadly ambitious, the backbone to their sound is poles away from usual PY fayre, based upon a backbone of funk and soul. Yet from this base they merge many different genres including ambient, trip-hop, dance, disco and more, creating a new form of sample-heavy, dancefloor-friendly electronica.

                                                                                    On the A-side, "Big Unit" is a warm and fuzzy serving of sampledelic freakbeat, simultaneously kraut, big beat and psych pop. A bit like a Bentley Rhythm Ace cover of Can redrawn on an etch a sketch by The Go! Team, but also not really anything like that. It's a kaleidoscopic beauty though so maybe just trust me. On the B-side, 'Rüftop' (maximum respect from Piccadilly's umlaut appreciation crew) is a more pensive piece, meting out public service broadcasts over hazy breaks and a shifting shimmer of synth stuff.

                                                                                    The follow up second album 'Musical Emergency Evacuation Kit' is scheduled for 2021, with these 2 tracks released as a taster in advance…

                                                                                    All power to the imagination, All hail Charlie And The Oscillator! 

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Big Unit
                                                                                    B1. Rüftop

                                                                                    Harmonische-23

                                                                                    Hoofing The Oboe

                                                                                      First of two more fabulous new Polytechnic Youth 45s for the start of June, PY141 sees the debut on the label for Liverpool based HARMONISCHE-23, with 2 killer tracks across 1 45. Both A and B have already been played back to back on 6music and response has been massively favourable, with the single sure to sell out super quick style. The band emerge from the ranks of Loka and The Rotary Fifth blended with additional contributors, all of whom draw on the revered Kosmische sound as it’s major source of inspiration. The single is accompanied by 2 ace film clips for each side and a digital release accompanies the PY 7 in time for release.

                                                                                      Musically, this kraut-pop gem sounds a little like 'Star Guitar' era Chems sampling Tone Loc's "Funk Cold Medina then blossoms into a Neu-like head nodder with some celestial vox. Also, if I see a better track title than "Hoofing The Oboe" this week, I'll eat Martin's swimming trunks (perished lining and all)...

                                                                                      B-side "Empathetic Eliza" shimmies between kosmische and psych, making ace use of tropical woodblocks and a vocal process so garbled it renders the words wonderfully indecipherable. Distorted Hammond, frazzled guitars and an motorik beat round out the sound - expect plenty of Clinic comparisons.

                                                                                      The Specials

                                                                                      Ghost Town - 40th Anniversary Half Speed Master

                                                                                        THE SPECIALS are one of the defining bands of the late 70’s/early 80’s along with Jerry Dammers iconic label Two Tone Records. They combined Jamaican ska and Rocksteady mixed with the energy of punk and launched a whole Ska Revival which paved the way for fellow likeminded bands Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to release their first singles.

                                                                                        Having had seven top 10 singles and two Gold albums over the course of two years, the band released Jerry Dammers’ Ghost Town in June 1981, backed by Lynval Goldings’ Why? and the Terry Hall penned Friday Night Saturday Morning. The beginnings of the song were written around the closure of the Larcano dancehall in Coventry, but also reflecting what was happening in other towns and cities with urban decay, unemployment and ongoing racial tensions of the period. Themes which are still relevant today.

                                                                                        The single, which was recently voted the second greatest UK single of all time by Alexis Petridis in the Guardian, reached Number One in the UK singles charts and stayed there for a further 3 weeks, becoming one of the biggest selling singles of 1981 and has remained one of the classic UK singles of all.

                                                                                        This 40th Anniversary Edition has been mastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using the original production tapes for optimum audio quality.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: There's no denying that 'Ghost Town' is one of the most well known singles from one of the greatest Ska bands of all time, and what better way to hear it than on this brand new half-speed mastered definitive pressing? Essential purchase.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        7" TRACK LISTING
                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        1. Ghost Town (Single Version)
                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        1. Why? (Edit)
                                                                                        2. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

                                                                                        12" TRACK LISTING
                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                        1. Ghost Town (Extended Version)
                                                                                        2. Why? (Extended Version)
                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                        1. Friday Night, Saturday Morning

                                                                                        Debut record from Morgan Huggins on Lovejoy Records. It stands proud combining careful precision and an unbridled lack of restraint combined with that new founded hedonism which seems to characterize much of the music from Sydney. With an extreme attention to detail, Morgan’s sound fluctuates between delicate and throbbing moments, hi-tek breaks and paradisical dance music.

                                                                                        While Morgan is new to releasing music, he’s no stranger to Australia’s scene. Co-heading events, raves, festivals and gigs under the name of Lovejoy, Morgan’s experience with music has already been a long and personal one. Having supported the likes of Moodymann, Jennifer Loveless, Tom Trago, Andy Garvey & Lou Karsh, he has been patiently waiting for this moment for some time!

                                                                                        Morgan created “Anzac Bridge Filter” over the last two years, as he reconnected the city where he grew up, and where he now lives. It’s named after his favourite bridge, which he’s spent many hours traversing both physically and mentally, matched with the filter on his favourite synthesiser, Moog’s Sub 37.

                                                                                        ‘For the most part, this record was finished in various small town libraries up and down the East Coast of Australia as I travelled and camped by myself at the start of 2020. The bushfires were still very much burning, and everywhere you went you could taste the smoke, and see freshly burnt houses, and yet everywhere I went people smiled at each other as they walked down the street.’

                                                                                        As he continues to produce, perform and collaborate, Morgan Huggins is moving into a new phase in 2021. He embraces his exposure to the music culture around him and has crafted a unique sound which is now being showcased to Australia and the world.

                                                                                        ‘I would particularly like to thank the librarians who were undoubtedly confused by my presence,’ Morgan said.


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Mad hybridz here bass heads! Morgan matches house grooves, bass pressure and precision breaks to create a antipodean template all of his own. Let the dance begin!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Nan & Pop
                                                                                        A2. Wunderbar
                                                                                        B1. Kars Rain
                                                                                        B2. Love Meridian

                                                                                        Fresh yet nostalgic, melodious yet deep; that's what newcomer from Chicago, Emil Gayles has brought us with his new EP as a second installment of our Contrafact label aiming on deeper house from the windy city.

                                                                                        Seduction will stomp your mind, body and soul straight into space with superb percussions, a never ending bass groove and melodramatic chords. Spirit Dance on A2 adds foam to the milky way with a jolly high tone bass line and clutching high hats, shaking up your mind.

                                                                                        Instant lift off with the atmospherical Fly Birdy on the B1 side, whilst Monlade hitchhikes you from Saturn to Jupiter.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Contrafact keep the score card at full marks with two flawless deep house records this week from Gene Hunt, and this one from Emil Gayles. A label to watch that's for sure.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 - Emil Gayles - Seduction
                                                                                        A2 - Emil Gayles - Spirit Dance
                                                                                        B1 - Emil Gayles - Fly Birdy
                                                                                        B2 - Emil Gayles - Monlade

                                                                                        The Trammps

                                                                                        Hooked For Life / Soul Searchin' Time (The Mike Maurro Remixes)

                                                                                        Modern day disco remix king Mike Maurro strikes again! This time, Atlantic Records and Brookside team up and have Mike tackling two classic tracks by The Trammps: “Hooked For Life” & “Soul Searching’ Time”. “Hooked For Life” was released on Atlantic’s “Exclusive Disco Series” of promo only 12”s in the U.S. back in 1975 and “Soul Searchin’ Time” was also released as a promo only 12” in the U.K. on WEA’s ultra rare “Disco Special Cut” series. Both tracks get the 'Maurro Remix' treatment with extended intro’s, instrumental passes and breakdowns, and finally mastered in Philadelphia by Mike Tarsia of the world famous Sigma Sound Studios. Boom! *GLITTER BALL EMOJI*

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Sil says: Big room disco bangers that don't smell of cheese. The groove is solid but they are less obvious that some of the other shite you hear peddled to death. I'm onboard.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Hooked For Life (Mike Maurro Remix)
                                                                                        B. Soul Searchin' Time (Mike Maurro Remix)

                                                                                        Leaving border control slackjawed and slanted, the latest release from Association Fatale finds its way from Paris to Piccadilly and I am in full buzz. Raised on US hardcore and recently active in the noise scene, Falcon cancelled his Wire subscription, got the gear in and flipped his mode into the lunatic fringe of the dance music world. This circuitous route to the 1210s provides the Frenchman with a particularly peculiar POV, fully represented in the Balearic industrial and concrete dancehall hits on this mini-LP.

                                                                                        Opener "You Make Me Feel So Good" splinters synth vox atop a tropical rhythm box, delivering a deranged but sunny sound a little like a lost Art Of Noise cover by SKRS, lifted to the next level by the slap bass of the second half. The rolling rhythm and moody synth tones of "Sit On My Face" follow, submerging Miami bass in Belgium's new beat gloom, all the while boasting an irresistible beat in a shamanic breaks style. "Love Blow Dem 40" brings back the slap bass amid a frenzy of insectile sequences, juddering bass wonks and a ketty treated vocal, softening up the cerebellum ahead of the machine voodoo of "Psy Rance", a majestic wonkbomb on the A4.

                                                                                        After an unsettling intro of background noise and barely audible voices, the B-side bursts into life via the potion shop aesthetics of "1Tension", a fusion of queasy wave generation, needlepoint synths and 64bit psychedelia which should work wonders in the witching hour. Falcon raises the tempo for the freakish dancehall of "You Make Me Feel So Good II", (essential listening for the Ruf Dug fans), before slipping the mooring with paradisiacal closer "Would You Like To Be A Gearstluz Too?", a gloriously retro bit of sample-a-delic Balearic house which could easily have graced an Ibiza tourist board promo circa 1993.

                                                                                        Though undeniably unusual and not without complexity, this record is oddly accessible - no mean feat for something utterly unlike all the other records on our shelves. Approach with open ears and an open mind.


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: My kind of madness this! The wonderfully named DJ F16 Falcon fires up with hardware and hooks us up with a long EP / mini LP of Balearic industrial bliss. Hints of dancehall lend a tropical flavour to proceedings, as the Frenchman lets loose on the samplers, drum machines and DX7. This is the new sound!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1 - You Make Me Feel So Good I
                                                                                        A2 - Sit On My Face
                                                                                        A3 - Love Blow Dem 40
                                                                                        A4 - Psy Rance
                                                                                        B1 - 1Tension
                                                                                        B2 - You Make Me Feel So Good II
                                                                                        B3 - Would You Like To Be A Gearstluz Too?

                                                                                        "The group Magizter formed in Malmö, Sweden in the early 90s, and mainly consisted of former members of the Hungarian industrial band Das Kapital, of which some managed to flee to Sweden from the communist regime before the fall of the Soviet Union.

                                                                                        Gyula Szilagyi, who was the first to make his escape via train through Berlin in 1987, recalls: “it was a few weeks before mandatory military service would begin, and our passports should have been turned over to the authorities”. Risking deportation and prison, he was granted asylum in Sweden after some months in Stockholm.

                                                                                        Szilagyi and the rest of the band were all part of the underground scene in Budapest, of which some had been under surveillance by the secret police since their teens. It was a tight knit community where anti-communist and illegal literature was distributed, and many bands shared mutual members.

                                                                                        The track “Das Kapital” was produced in Malmö in 1993 by Szilagyi and fellow Magizter member Zoltan Lengyel, in a home studio overlooking the Möllevång Square, were Szilagyi had moved after some years working at the glass factory in Orrefors. He had managed to save a few performances by Das Kapital recorded on cassette, of which one served as sample material for the Magizter track; an homage of sorts to a group involuntarily disbanded.

                                                                                        The cassette sampled here was recorded in 1986 during a live concert at the university-affiliated venue Ráday Klub, where Das Kapital performed alongside the British industrial act Left Hand Right Hand (who had formed from the Sheffield band Zahgurim).

                                                                                        On the eve in question, Szilagyi remarks: “we used a guitar that we had made ourselves to resemble a Kalachnikov rifle. During the concert at Ráday Klub the guitar was destroyed using a drill machine. It made a powerful sound effect”

                                                                                        A remix of the remix is offered by Vienna-based Heap, who with his own productions as well as his work with the Neubau label is building a bridge towards the new era of European industrial music." 

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Das Kapital (remix 93)
                                                                                        B1. Das Kapital (remix 93 - Heap Version)

                                                                                        The start of the 90's brought the final wave of house music that would cement it as the future of South Africa’s music scene. in the years leading up to the new decade, disco had already naturally evolved into the very early stages of what would become South Africa’s signature house sound, with instrumentals and dub mixes earning themselves spots on the Pantsula records leading the charts of the late 80s, it would be an influx of remixes appearing on import singles that would make the “house mix” the premier b-side sound for those bubblegum artists trying to stay relevant in the 90’s.

                                                                                        The house remixes coming from Chicago and New York dominated the airwaves at first, eventually gaining genre status by the later part of the decade as international house or just international for short. At the time this would have been synonymous with house music everywhere else in the world. After a years of these tracks getting remixed by the touch of the local talent, International no longer fit the description of what the music was and Kwaito became the sound of the streets. In the studio, Kwaito was the sound of the next generation of producers that was coming up under the disco legends of 80s. In total it took less than 5 years total for the sound to evolve. It would be in this transition period between International and Kwaito, with the help of the new wave of studio talent, that we find the ingredients that gave birth to a short lived yet unique African house sound.

                                                                                        After a long career with the soul group The savers, Morgan Kwele cut two solo records under his own name in the late 80’s. Without much success and after being dropped by EMI, Morgan was picked up by Peter Snyman and Independent Sounds of Soweto. At the time it was becoming a premier label for the emerging house sounds. M’du and Joe Nina would both end up working at Snyman’s studio, and it would be their collaborating project La Beat that would launch their respective careers further. For his new album Morgan would team up with legendary producer and long time friend from the 70s Koloi Lebona. they would work together once more and record what most likely became Morgan’s final album. The title track Vakonwana became the lead single, with the original bubblegum version on the A-side for the old timers and the club version on the flip for the late nite parties.


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Brilliant, and overlooked moment of South African house / bubblegum unearthed by La Casa Tropical - TIP!

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Vakonwana
                                                                                        B1. Vakonwana (club Mix)

                                                                                        Vlure

                                                                                        Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)

                                                                                          Buzzing new Glasgow five-piece Vlure release their hotly anticipated debut 7” ‘Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)’ via London-based label Permanent Creeps Records.

                                                                                          Recorded between the halls of a deconsecrated church in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the self-produced ‘Shattered Faith’ is an indulgent, genre bending coming of age anthem influenced by the rhythms, repetitions and euphoric hooks of Glasgow’s thriving afterparty and club scene with an angular post-punk foundation. Speaking on the track the band explain: “We wanted to create something that felt at home on the dancefloors that we all found ourselves on growing up, yet still equally at home in the sweat-filled venues that the band was conceived in. At its crux, “Shattered Faith’ is about self-empowerment. It’s the disillusionment with where you are and what you’ve been given. It’s lying on your kitchen floor at 3am realising who you truly are and finding power in that - it’s a new lease of life. We believe that, if they want to find it, there is something for everyone in this song.”

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Laura says: Superb abrasive, sythn-infused post-punk from this Glasgow five piece.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A. Shattered Faith
                                                                                          B. Desire (Live)

                                                                                          Ace edit imprint MM Discos enlist Japan's pre-eminent authority of the scalpel art, Mori Ra. This gee has been a big favourite in Piccadilly since the day dot, and his ace appearance at Wet Play only enhanced his reputation for deep crates and expert adjustments. Eclecticism is the watchword, and Mori tackles all kinds of styles and flavours on his endless series of Soundcloud edits. 

                                                                                          Here the master of the Japanese breeze slices and dices his way through some out of body jazz-funk on the A1 before teasing a peak time psychedelic house burner out of some experimental and proggy J-electronics on the A2. Things continue to utterly excite on the flip, with the show-stealing "Natural Kogili" ticking all my cosmic disco boxes and the naive techno tropical killer "Der Hangebruckenlator's" bringing the curtain down.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. El Grito Del Discos
                                                                                          A2. Tsimmairuudiralla
                                                                                          B1. Natural Kogili
                                                                                          B2. Der Hangebruckenlator's

                                                                                          New label here folks big T I P on this one...

                                                                                          Programm are only two releases in but already showing huge promise for lovers of bass hybrids and hi-tek breaks. "Subterra Highway" is a concept EP exploring the rumours of arterial secret tunnels running benath our cities. No-one knows why or how long they have been there but maps and reports have appeared over the years thanks to a handful of wide-eyed whistleblowers.

                                                                                          Often hiding in plain sight behind faceless logos and Haga fencing, these tunnels are said to contain the government’s dark explorations, store unspoken cargo and even house extraterrestrial experiments.

                                                                                          Subterra Highway is the debut EP from D3U5E & GAV. A tribute to conspiracy theories, obsession and corporate illusion.

                                                                                          An important moment for both artists and Programm's first release after their sampler last June (good luck knabbing that one! - Ed). Each track of the EP takes you down a different path. Jittering in and out of the darkness with both artist's trademark off kilter drums and engulfing basslines. They draw on influences from breaks, grime, and UK techno to travel down each rabbit hole.

                                                                                          The cover is designed by Alfie Allen and we have worked with directors Constantine Spence on a music video for Free Mars.

                                                                                          Mastered by Leaf Troup.

                                                                                          Bare support right across the board on this one.. DO NOT SLEEP!! 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: New label on our shelves and standing with their chest's puffed out strong - PROGRAMM are here to satisfy all your future bass and hi-tek breaks needs. Defo one to watch; tuff n wavy in equal measure with all the delicious tropes of pirate radio we know and love. Incredible!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. D3U5E - Free Mars
                                                                                          A2. D3U5E - Factor 19
                                                                                          B1. D3U5E & Gav - Of The Gods
                                                                                          B2. D3U5E & Gav - Mutant

                                                                                          This is part two of SVN’s house production past from 2006 - 2014, a continuation of Acido 028.

                                                                                          Extraneous material archived some years back when his studio equipment wasn’t as abundant as today. A compilation of bubbled house funk and analogue filtered bleep. Illustrated again with various SVN-esque personalities from his daily sketchbooks.

                                                                                          3 raw-fi house jams and a spontaneous echo outblast. Check!


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: One of my favourite producers on one of my favourite labels! Surely not to be missed, don't be put off that it's archival material - SVN's got more hard drives full of top drawer tunage than you can shake a fire stick at! Highly recommended.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. 2013
                                                                                          A2. 2012
                                                                                          B1. 2014.1
                                                                                          B2. 2011.1

                                                                                          Following the success of Krewcial’s Woman edits, here’s three unmissable variations on another out and out disco classic, from stripped down and intimate, to peaktime dancefloor anthem, using only the original multitracks. The track under the scalpel this time is Donna Summer's camp anthem 'Bad Girls' (I WILL pole dance to this given even the slightest chance!), and on the A-side's "Extended Girl" it gets a kind of symphonic live disco overhaul - a bit like that Kon version of Sylvester from way back. On the flip, this re-adjusted mix gets dubbed out nicely, while "Piano Girl" gives us the track in an intimate, jazz lounge style.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Extended Girl
                                                                                          B1. Piano Girl
                                                                                          B2. Dub Girl

                                                                                          Ukokos & Jabco

                                                                                          Keep Rising All Night Long (Sunday Service Mix)

                                                                                          GAMM have only dropped two of their 'battle weapons' previous to this - tracks so illusive and powerful they have to be released in short supply under strict embargos.

                                                                                          For the third installment, Ukokos and keyboard wizard Jabco lay down some Dilla(ish) hip-hop beats and piano action over that incredible live video clip that went viral with Kanye West's Sunday Service band doing a combined live gospel / soul cover of "Keep Rising To The Top" and "All Night long". 100% guaranteed to get Tarquin and Esme runnin' over to the decks eagerly requesting a track I.D....

                                                                                          Limited quants! 


                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Sil says: Gospelian funk drenched in soulful vibes courtesy of G.A.M.M. Perfect heart warming tackle that will fly off the shelves!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. Keep Rising All Night Long (Sunday Service Mix)

                                                                                          German multi-instrumentalist and production whizz CV Vision drops a third release in quick succession, once again furnishing South Of North with some superior psychedelic sounds. Where 'Tropical' pushed a futuristic psych exotic style, this one's as classic as they come, vocals fuzzed to fuck and slathered in tape delay, americana guitars and fat drum breaks. If you dig on the old Tame Impala sound or the likes of the Allah Lahs, you'll find plenty to love about this one.


                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Should I Tame My Endless Mind
                                                                                          A2. I Will Be Gone
                                                                                          A3. A Sparrow
                                                                                          A4. My Autumn Has Come
                                                                                          B1. 123
                                                                                          B2. Emit Ni
                                                                                          B3. In Time

                                                                                          Mr Flash / A Bass Day

                                                                                          Radar Rider / F.I.S.T (ED001 18th Anniversary)

                                                                                            Ok, an 18th anniversay edition is a bit weird, but being as this was the first (and arguably the best) 12" on Ed Banger, the globe conquering Parisian label of the noughties, and featured a blinder from the dearly departed Philippe Zdar under his A Bass Day alias, I'm totally on board. 

                                                                                            So, what will you hear on this limited white vinyl repress? Well, on the A-side we get a break heavy bit of downbeat psychedelia from Mr Flash, who assembles flanged hats and heavy drums with a blorping Scruff-styled bassline, then chops a few tasty samples from Floyd's "Echoes" for good measure. Meanwhile on the flipside, Zdar drops a frisky little e-funk wriggler complete with filter funk melodies and a hip-twisting bassline.




                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Mr Flash “Radar Rider“
                                                                                            A Bass Day (aka Zdar) “F.I.S.T”

                                                                                            After some inaugural heat from Hamburg, we catch up with our man from Saint-Ouen for Drum Chums Vol. 2!

                                                                                            As far as Percussion Pals go, Plastic Bamboo has the highest credentials.
                                                                                            Not only did he spend a decade behind the drum kit, but he was my flatmate for a few happy years in Manchester. Since relocating to Paris in 2012, he's played sets all over Europe, worked the scalpel with the Good Plus crew and secured a second dan black belt in digging.
                                                                                            Let's see what the prince of Les Puces has in store for us...

                                                                                            On the A1, Plastic Bamboo double doses an unknown new beat 7" extending the Arabic acid delight for a six minute soak. Properly peaking and packed with Middle Eastern flava, 'Ra Beat' is primed for dance floor demolition.
                                                                                            The Frenchman swaps the Arabic coffee for an Italian cocktail on the A2's 'Bertini', sticking an extra large umbrella in the frothiest of disco winners.

                                                                                            'Kamboja' offers a chance to catch your breath on the B1, bringing Balearic boogie with the upmost emotion and a melody you'll never forget.
                                                                                            We end the set in a peak time mode via the mysterious 'Forest Dance', a witches brew of dark disco and new beat stomp with just a hint of that techno-tropical flavour the Talking Drums love.

                                                                                            Bon soir et bisous.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Barry says: YES. We get treated to a new outing from Talking Drums' offshoot and collaborative sideline, Drum Chums. This time sees the rolling slap bass and Gilmourish guitar screams of Ra Beat offset with more wistful synthy pieces, and silken 80's groove. 'Kamboja' is the pick for me here, but it's almost as if this has been tailored specifically for me. Every track a winner.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Ra Beat
                                                                                            A2. Bertini
                                                                                            B1. Kamboja
                                                                                            B2. Forest Dance

                                                                                            Burial

                                                                                            Chemz / Dolphinz

                                                                                            "Chemz" is hooky, rushy and loved-up - both an unhinged premonition of unleashed post-pandemic joy, and a demonic flashback to past ecstasies in a hardcore style perfected in the UK. "Chemz" is a 12-minute rave monster that has ingested several tracks and incorporated them into its distended body. At the other end of the Burial bi-polar spectrum, "Dolphinz" is a desolate oceanic love letter to our underwater friends.

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Matt says: Still languishing comfortably in a decade-n-a-half long purple patch; Mr. Beven's faultless formula returns to Hyperdub. "Chemz" is up there with some of his most anthemic offerings to date; an endorphine-jacking hit of skewed 2-step littered with rave idents and possibly the catchiest garage hook of the last century! Literally unmissable. DO NOT SLEEP.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A. Chemz [12:31]
                                                                                            B. Dolphinz [09:03]

                                                                                            Chazz

                                                                                            Sassy Style - Original Mix & 45 Edit By Red Greg

                                                                                            Where's Pharoah Brunson when you need him? Hang on, I'll just drop this sophisticated funk bomb on the player and wait for the inevitable roar of "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGIIIIEEEE"! Dreamt up in 1982 by two best friends at a disco in Dallas and then released in 1984, Chazz’s "Sassy Style" has everything to please funk aficionados; stellar arrangement, catchy refrain and slick synth-topped groove. There's mad electronics, brilliant adlibs and an utterly optimistic attitude on show - presumably the cause of Discogs seller NEJDAO's speculative £1,200 listing! With Red Greg’s 45 edit on the B side, Reach Out reissuing this gem is more than a gift to record lovers! Pressed with love by Mother Tongue in Italy, it will be the best homage we can have to uphold their legacy in music.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A. Sassy Style (Original Mix)
                                                                                            B. Sassy Style (45 Edit By Red Greg)

                                                                                            Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin + Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath

                                                                                            Melodies Record Club 001: Four Tet Selects

                                                                                            “Melodies Record Club”, a string of DJ and artist curated mini compilations in loud 12” format. The first instalment was put together by Four Tet, selecting two big peak-time Jazz tracks he used to spin regularly at Plastic People.

                                                                                            On one side, we’ve got all time jazz greats Jackie McLean and Michael Carvin’s De I Comahlee Ah, taken from their seminal album Antiquity recorded in Denmark back in 1975. A year and a half ago, we visited Steeplechase, the original label in the outskirts of Copenhagen. They informed us that at the time, the track was cut short as it didn’t fit on the full LP. They were kind enough to provide us with the tape of the full original recording, allowing us to release for the first time the full extended version capturing twelve and a half minutes of studio magic. Speaking with Michael back in November, he told us that every song on that album was recorded without any overdubs. They had taken their shoes off and organised the studio in such a way that they could move from instrument to instrument during the take (!!)

                                                                                            On the flip, we have Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath – MRA. Back in 70s London, the Brotherhood had brought together musicians who had sought refuge from South Africa’s apartheid regime and the best of a new generation of British jazz musicians. Music journalist Richard Williams, who had originally reviewed the band in the 1970s tell us: “They made music that appealed in equal measure to the head, the heart and the feet, taking the jazz legacy of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus and adding to it the fantastic dance rhythms and gorgeous harmonies of the townships and untethered collective improvisations of the new free music”.

                                                                                            Four Tet’s instalment is out early May in 12” format and digitally (stream & download), first press comes with a folded A2 insert with words from and about the artists. Graphic design by Studio ChoqueLeGoff, illustration and animation by Nevil Bernard and for the audiophiles out there, remastered and cut at half speed by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios!

                                                                                            The second instalment curated by Ben UFO is scheduled shortly, which will be followed over time by a string of releases including selections from Hunee, Mafalda, Floating Points, Anya & Julia from Javybz, Daphni, Josey Rebelle, Charlie Bones, Gilles Peterson… and more, stay tuned!

                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                            Millie says: Time to get your Jazz on, Four Tet Selects these absolute gems for the first instalment and it doesn't disappoint! Bring on the rest I say... more jazz, more jazz!

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin – De I Comahlee Ah (extended)
                                                                                            B1. Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath - MRA

                                                                                            Andy Bell

                                                                                            See My Friends EP

                                                                                              The two tracks from Andy Bell’s debut solo single reworked by Pye Corner Audio, with the original tracks remastered by Heba Kadry.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1.The Commune (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                              2.Plastic Bag (Pye Corner Audio Remix)
                                                                                              3.The Commune
                                                                                              4.Plastic Bag

                                                                                              Buried amongst the gems on the second Claremont Editions compilation was ‘Oui Non’, a collaborative cut that marked the first label appearance of Jpye (real name Jean-Philippe Altier), a French multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer best known for his work as part of Twonk alongside Leonidas and percussionist/vocalist/guitarist Renato Tonini.

                                                                                              Here Jpye and Tonini join forces once more for their first single on Claremont 56 – a sensual and seductive slab of slow-motion, sun-soaked synth-pop that features more than a few subtle nods to classic Italian Balearic disco cuts such as Radio Band’s ‘Radio Rap’ and Tullio de Piscopo’s ‘Stop Bajon (Primavera)’.

                                                                                              Built around squelchy synth bass and a shuffling drum machine rhythm, ‘Cosa Ti Va’ is marked out by glistening, jazz-fired guitar solos, vibrant synthesizer squiggles, rich electric piano chords and echoing, dubbed-out electronics. It’s a pin-sharp but effortlessly laidback number that’s as tactile and loved-up as it as lazy and horizontal.

                                                                                              ‘Cosa Ti Va’ is presented in two complimentary versions. On the A-side of the vinyl version you’ll find the full vocal, which boasts Tonini rapping in his native tongue in the manner of Italo-disco’s most eccentric and atmospheric vocalists. With his deep, rich tone and fluid flow, it’s hard not to fall in love with Tonini’s previously unheard rapping. Rounding off the single is the pair’s vocal-free instrumental take, in which Jpye’s stunning guitar motifs and tactile, soft-touch production can be savoured in full.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Patrick says: Summer's just round the corner, nature is in full bloom and the Aperol's on chill - there is no better time for this synth-y shuffler to greet my ears. Whisper rapped Italian vocals happily skipping atop a Balearic pop belter.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              A1. Cosa Ti Va? (vocal)
                                                                                              B1. Cosa Ti Va? (instrumental)

                                                                                              The Nivens

                                                                                              Yesterday

                                                                                                Indie pop sensations The Nivens from Northumberland existed between 1987 to 1990. Recording for the excellent Woosh label, Their debut ‘Yesterday’ hit the indie top ten in January 1989.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                Yesterday

                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                I Hope You’ll Always Be My Friend

                                                                                                A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                ACR:EPA - Signed Edition

                                                                                                  ALL COPIES SIGNED BY THE BAND.

                                                                                                  ACR:EPA is the first of a trilogy of EPs by A Certain Ratio.

                                                                                                  EPA is dedicated to Denise Johnson and features the band’s final recordings with Denise, where they used up their final days recording time with a day jamming in the studio with no fixed agenda, the result is something very special.

                                                                                                  This EP will be followed later in the year by ACR:EPC and ACR:EPR
                                                                                                  And comes after the band’s highly acclaimed album ACR Loco and ahead of a nationwide tour.

                                                                                                  Limited edition of 2000 worldwide pressed on Valentine Red vinyl


                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  A1 Wonderland (Jam 6)
                                                                                                  A2 Keep It Together (Jam 5)

                                                                                                  B1 Down And Dirty (Jam 2)
                                                                                                  B2 Feel No Fear (Jam 1)

                                                                                                  Sorry

                                                                                                  Cigarette Packet / Separate

                                                                                                    This Is The First New Music To Emerge From Sorry Since Releasing Their Sensational Debut Album ‘925’ On Domino Last Year. ‘Cigarette Packet’ And ‘Separate’ Were Coproduced With James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T, Nilüfer Yanya) And Finds The Band Delving Back Into A More Experimental, Cut-And-Paste Electronic Palette Harking Back To Their Beloved Home Demo/Ns Visual Mixtapes, All The While Still Coursing With Their Signature Gnarled Sensitivity.

                                                                                                    Speaking About The New Single, Lorenz Said, “These Songs Came From Ideas We Worked On From Home During Last Year. The Sounds Are Quite Metallic / Silver / Grey And The Lyrical Ideas Are Repetitive Almost As If They Are Whispers / Mantras/ Worries That You’d Say To Yourself And Keep To Yourself.”

                                                                                                    With Recent Personal Influences As Wide Ranging As Micachu And The Shapes, Cindy Lee And Stevie Moore To Arca’s ‘Stretch 2’, Sorry’s Experimental And Holistic Approach Marks Them Out As A Thoroughly 21st Century Band; From Their Open-Minded Approach To Genre To Their Creativity Allowing Them To Self-Produce The Music And Direct Accompanying Videos. Qualities More Present Than Ever Before At The Start Of This Next Exciting Chapter With ‘Cigarette Packet’ And Separate’.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Cigarette Packet
                                                                                                    B1. Separate

                                                                                                    India Jordan

                                                                                                    Watch Out!

                                                                                                      London based DJ and producer India Jordan releases their new EP ‘Watch Out!’ on Ninja Tune.

                                                                                                      India is tipped as one of the world’s most exciting artists, producers and DJs of the moment following last year's’ hugely successful ‘For You’ EP. They have captured the attention of the scene’s top tastemakers and have received impressive support, with stellar reviews from Pitchfork (8.0), NME (5/5), Clash (8/10) and the EP’s title track ‘For You’ voted as Resident Advisor’s #1 Best Track Of 2020, Crack Magazine’s #2 and Pitchfork’s #21.

                                                                                                      India had quite the year despite most shows being cancelled in 2020 and was named as Pete Tong’s Breakout Star Of 2020 on BBC Radio 1, listed as one of The Guardian’s 50 Amazing Musicians To Watch in 2021 and won Best Breakthrough Producer at the annual DJ Mag Best Of British Awards. 

                                                                                                      ‘Watch Out!’ sees India reflect on how movement has tied into their life over the years. India describes the record as “a homage to both physical and conceptual movement” and comes as a result of their own pattern of movement being forcibly changed by lockdown.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A
                                                                                                      1. Only Said Enough
                                                                                                      2. Watch Out!
                                                                                                      3. 10:58

                                                                                                      B
                                                                                                      4. You Can’t Expect The Cars To Stop If You Haven’t Pressed The Button 
                                                                                                      5. Feierabend 
                                                                                                      6. And Groove 

                                                                                                      This is the first release from Lost Control - a party ran by Black Eyes here in Manchester. Often frequenting The White Hotel, as well as regular appearances in Europe, it's another fine example of our city's burgeoning underground electronix scene and a welcome addition to our techno and electro section.

                                                                                                      Dallas producer Cygnus helps the label get off the mark here; granted a strange choice to inaugurate the label, but logical for anyone who was at his now-legendary club appearance for Lost Control.

                                                                                                      "Come On Let's Get It" is a frenetic electro / techno number, incorporating twangy leads, snappy beats and swirling chords for a harmonious dive into mainframe rhythms. A tribute to "Manchester" is included: a dark, robotic deep electro number which is certain to raise the night mutants.

                                                                                                      "Robotech" fires pneumatic pistols across a wobbly b-line in a very Frak-esque fashion; including a snap-back deadpan vox for added electro-punk umph!

                                                                                                      "Soi Boi" concludes with a bout of narco-fuelled computerize mania. Blood thirsty for the translucent yellow wax (inspired by the xenomorphs from the Alien movies apparently!) and a beautifully hollographic way to frazzle the synapses before getting to bed at dinnertime...

                                                                                                      The record is also mastered by Dutch synth genius Rude 66. Limited copies!
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1. Come On Lets Get It
                                                                                                      A2. Manchester
                                                                                                      B1. Robotech
                                                                                                      B2. Soi Boi

                                                                                                      Jeb Loy Nichols

                                                                                                      Can't Cheat The Dance

                                                                                                      Straight out from the green hills of the Welsh countryside comes Jeb Loy Nichols, the newest sensation in Timmion's growing roster of soul-fuelled vocalists. And we certainly have a double sider of the highest calibre on offer. A seasoned and versatile music scene veteran with a major label past, Jeb has everything it takes to polish Cold Diamond & Mink's rough grooves into shining gems.

                                                                                                      The A side gives us a rolling southern-style soul banger, which the Wyoming-born singer attacks effortlessly with his praise for an honest dance. Jeb's talent for clever song writing shines through in the lyrics which connect to our current reality, where truth has become an endangered species. The slower flip side kicks off with a Sunday afternoon worthy duo of organ and acoustic guitar before Jeb shows us how a story is weaved from minimalistic ingredients. From the rural beginnings to pastoral hardships, he lays it all bare for the listener.

                                                                                                      In addition to this single, Jeb and Cold Diamond & Mink have a whole album of soulful gold dropping later this year. Make sure to be there to catch it when it drops.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Millie says: Super catchy, smooth funky soul. What more could you need? ‘We Gotta Work On It’ is a swooning ballad and the flip side is uplifting in every way, difficult not to sway to. Enjoy!

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Can't Cheat The Dance
                                                                                                      2. We Gotta Work On It

                                                                                                      Tkay Maidza

                                                                                                      Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

                                                                                                        Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her sonic versatility takes centre stage on eight tracks that include spitfire summer anthem and lead single ‘Shook’, smooth boy-bye manifesto ‘Don’t Call Again (feat. Kari Faux)’ and trap-infused ‘Awake (feat. JPEGMAFIA)’, which was nominated for a 2019 ARIA award and earned a best of the decade nod from The Needle Drop, as well as praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Dazed, Complex, and others. The EP follows 2018’s Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as an exciting voice in the new guard of hip-hop.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Millie says: This is GOLD. Tkay Maidza brings the good stuff, firey R&B and faultless vocal. She's about to stride into the fame she deserves, watch this space.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. My Flowers
                                                                                                        2. 24k
                                                                                                        3. Shook
                                                                                                        4. Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA)
                                                                                                        5. Grasshopper
                                                                                                        6. You Sad
                                                                                                        7. PB Jam
                                                                                                        8. Don’t Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)

                                                                                                        Soundclash or romance? Androo versus Bony Fly have composed six tracks finely balanced between the care given to sound experimentation and the explosive ardor of the dancefloor. "Love Affair" EP was born from this particular research, the fruit of a common passion for dub music, dancehall and its infinite variations. Radical and popular, the EP carries within it this generous and spontaneous quest for dance, naturally provoking body movements. It is also combined with a particular attention to sound textures, subtle and harmonious, whose multiple references (to jazz in particular) testify to an overflowing curiosity.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Patrick says: This shit is FRESH! Androo and Bony Fly fire up the hardware to cook up a super heavy weight batch of futuristic dancehall for the Balearic Industrial complex. Splintering sounds vary from the Badarou-producing Bounty Killer of the A1 to the supa dupa slank of the B3.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Dancehall Science (Intro Radio Mix)
                                                                                                        A2. Xoxo Dub
                                                                                                        A3. Dancehall Science (Interlude Mix)
                                                                                                        A4. Bounce Bounce (Love Mix)
                                                                                                        B1. Fight Unity
                                                                                                        B2. As A Sign (Assasine Mix)
                                                                                                        B3. Classic (Beaucoup) Trop Classic (Radio Dub Mix)

                                                                                                        Lips Lips Lips

                                                                                                        In All Eternity / Lifetime Girl

                                                                                                        As the world starts to wake up again and soak up the sun, Copenhagen's Music For Dreams deliver a delicious limited edition 7" from LIPS LIPS LIPS, boasting two tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Life Is Pretty Surreal’ (Co-Produced by Peaking Lights’ Aaron Coyles). The man behid the moniker is Danish musician, electronic producer and songwriter Søren Løkke Juul (previously Indians and Søren Juul, both on 4AD).

                                                                                                        The A Side, "In All Eternity", was written in 2015 on piano. It’s a love song that seems arrested in a state of estranged wonder or bittersweet bliss. Piano stabs rise in a towering, stadium-leaning riff while the metronomic beat float beneath and strings swirl in supporting arcs. Meanwhile on the flipside, ‘Lifetime Girl’ is a more electronic indie dream pop love song reminiscent of early Air meets Beck in a Nordic forest.

                                                                                                        With the debut album, LIPS LIPS LIPS launches an ambitious project of lush and melodic electronic structures layered around hypnotic vocals. The music is yearning and melancholic yet warm and hopeful. Rarefied yet expansive. Cerebral yet wired with pop charm.

                                                                                                        An essential difference from Juul’s previous work here has been the sense of ease and spontaneity with which the creative processes have flowed. According to Juul, this new sort of feet-on-the-ground freedom has helped develop a more physical side to his music.

                                                                                                        While he hasn’t totally jettisoned the ethereal or spiritual qualities of earlier days, LIPS LIPS LIPS represents a much more pronounced rhythmic vision, materialized at the hands of Aaron Coyes (Peaking Lights), whose well- accomplished dub-engineering is layered deep into the texture of the album.

                                                                                                        All recording on the album was carried out during a week-long refuge in co-producer Frederik Nordsø’s cabin in Sweden. The team included Juul, Nordsø, Coyes and label head and co-producer Kenneth Bager.


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: You're always assured of a great listen when Music For Dreams put a record out, and this time we get the neon synths and marching percussives of Lips Lips Lips. Beautifully rich electronic atmospheres and gorgeous string accompaniment all topped with a silken vocal line. It's heady and euphoric, and a great sign of things to come.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. In All Eternity
                                                                                                        B1. Lifetime Girl

                                                                                                        For this latest bit of archival activity Stroom pay a visit to Belgum's Dender region in the early years of the 80s, picking up the strangest lovesongs from White Light and Jo Bogart for our audial enjoyment. For the A-side, Ziggy cherry picks the standout tracks from 82's "White Light" and 83's "Playing In A Band". Melancholic but beautiful, "I Want You To Know Me" filters the charm of the Velvets through a bedsit greyscale, while "I Hear A Whale Song" is tremulous bass tones, gloomy drones and ritualist drumming topped with sparse vocals. Over on the flipside we hear from White Light's original bassist Jo Bogaert (better known to me for some of his MEGA New Beat productions) who pours out his reverb soaked heart over the simple drum beat and guitar of "Would You" before stealing the show via the bass driven post-post punk groove of "So Obscene".


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Patrick says: Stroom introduce us to the bedsit pop and melancholic wave of Belgium's Aalst with this retrospective 12" featuring the wavy indie of White Light and their OG bassist Jo Bogaert on a solo tip. "So Obscene" takes first prize for me.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. White Light - I Want You To Know Me
                                                                                                        A2. White Light - I Hear A Whale Song
                                                                                                        B1. Jo Bogaert - Would You
                                                                                                        B2. Jo Bogaert - So Obscene

                                                                                                        Doug Payne is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art (also known as FAME) in Manhattan NY, and Howard University in Washington D.C. He performed as a member of the Sister Sledge tour ("We are Family") has produced several recordings for quite a few East Coast acts and worked as the Music Director for The Dreamlovers, Eddie Holman, The Coasters and the house-band for the Atlantic City television show Chat-24.

                                                                                                        We are happy to present two of his self released singles in full on one long 12". She Is On The Money is a A+ Boogie floor filler this previously unreleased in this full version massive 15 Mins long mix direct from master tape. On the flip we have Doug's first single "Holiday" which was previously 45 only and very hard to find, plus some other mixes of "She is On The Money" from a second tape, HEAT!

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Millie says: Holidaaaaay! Ultimate boogie dancefloor filler right here for you folks, drenched in soul-disco-boogie goodness. ‘She Is On The Money’ you can’t not move to, it’s impulsive. An absolute must.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. She Is On The Money (Unreleased Full Version)
                                                                                                        2. Holiday
                                                                                                        3. She Is On The Money (Alternate Version)
                                                                                                        4. She Is On The Money (7 Inch Mix)
                                                                                                        5. She Is On The Money (Instrumental)

                                                                                                        Variophon is Philophon's newly established sub-label. As the name suggests, Variophon is designed to release variations, or more commonly expressed, remixes of songs taken from the Philophon catalog. The beginning on Variophon makes the all around the world beloved Jimi Tenor by remixing himself.

                                                                                                        Jimi has chosen one title each from his two albums released on Philohon. From his first, "Order of Nothingness", it is the gently dancing "Myteria" and from his recently released "Aulos" the driving "Vocalize My Luv" (featuring Florence Adooni and Lizzy Amaliyenga). He electrified both pieces in his own very personal, subtle way in order to achieve what he does best: make people happily dancing!

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Millie says: Electric Remix work their magic on two Jimi Tenor tracks and transform them to disco to blast out on the dancefloor. This is going to fly so don’t hesitate!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Mysteria (Electric Remix)
                                                                                                        2. Vocalize My Luv (Electric Remix) [feat. Florence Adooni & Lizzy Amaliyenga]

                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                        Strange World / Purple Desire

                                                                                                        File Under: Deep Downtempo / Cosmic Throb / Sensitive Soft Rock

                                                                                                        It’s a strange world we’re living in and these addictive cuts mirror it well.
                                                                                                        Dancing all night in cheerful melancholy with two strictly limited edits.

                                                                                                        The A-side renders gothic synth pop at cruising tempo, spinning a web of tape delay as your mind unravels. A bassline throbs, pistons hiss and a paranoia takes hold of an icy vocal. Lose yourself in the otherwhere.

                                                                                                        We step into a pristine wilderness on the B-side, stately pads gliding over a supple rhythm section while tender chimes tug at your heartstrings. Emotion abounds on an instrumental which never was. Big boys do cry, and this dove’s weeping over broken wings…

                                                                                                        101 was gone within 2 weeks. Just sayin’ ...


                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Mine says: WDC101 was a staple on the shop player and I'm sure its successor will be a firm favourite of ours too. If side A is your perfect start to the night (I'm thinking slowly wobbling on to the (imaginative) dance floor...), side B is the perfect ending. Top marks again!

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A. Strange World 7:04 / 86 BPM
                                                                                                        B. Purple Desire 4:52 / 86 BPM

                                                                                                        Michael Paul

                                                                                                        Reggae Music

                                                                                                          Kalita smash it out the park on their latest release, delivering the first ever official re-release of Michael Paul’s 1984 reggae boogie single ‘Reggae Music’!

                                                                                                          Originally appearing on New York-based Revolver Records, run by famed jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, ‘Reggae Music’ was seemingly the ‘hit-that-never-was’ upon its initial release. However, since then a combination of both scarcity and quality has transformed the single into one of the most sought-after records in the genre. Accompanied by a phenomenal dub version, this record easily deserves its space on record shelves across the world.

                                                                                                          Armed with an insane groove, slewed and skewed boogie basslines and reggae disco percussion, as well as mega vocals, this one slots directly into the must have category.

                                                                                                          With prices becoming ever exceedingly eye-watering and copies ever harder to find, Kalita come to the rescue, offering a loud and remastered 12” single for all.



                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A. Reggae Music
                                                                                                          B. Reggae Music (Instrumental)