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Strut continue their essential work with the “Godfather OfEthio Jazz”, MulatuAstatke, with the first official reissues of his early classics ‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as The Ethiopian Quintet.

Arriving after Astatke’s life-changing years studying at Berklee College in Boston, the albums were the first experiments in his pioneering sound, fusing Ethiopian cultural music with Afro Latin and jazz forms. “I have always felt a deep connection between Latin and African music,” he explains. “I travelled to Cuba and listened to their musicians; the tempo, rhythm and feeling was very similar to different African forms. In the mid-‘60s, I formed a band called The Ethiopian Quintet in New York comprising Ethiopian, Latin and Afro-American musicians - the band included trumpeter and pianist Rudy Houston who later played with Yambu and Felix Torres who played with La Sonora Poncena.”

Supported by Worthy Records’ Gil Snapper who offered to record the quintet, Astatke began to experiment during two separate sessions: “We created a different feel and different arrangements. On the first recording, I played an adaptation of an ancient Ethiopian warrior song, ‘I FaramGami I Faram’ - the lyrics were translated so that the singer could sing it in Spanish. Some compositions were important steps for me: ‘MascaramSetaba’ (‘Summer Is Coming’) ‘Shagu’ and ‘Almaz’. With the second album, a personal favourite is ‘Girl From Addis Ababa’ which worked very nicely as a fusion of Ethiopian modes and R&B rhythms.”

Astatke would start to perfect his Ethio jazz sound on his later album for Worthy in 1972, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ (STRUT129) but the two volumes of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ stand as important recordings documenting his early career. “It was a very interesting time to be in New York during the mid-‘60s. I was there at the same time as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and FelaKuti and we each tried to play our part in putting Africa on the map of contemporary jazz.”

‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 come in their full original artwork and are painstakingly remastered by The Carvery. All formats feature personal liner notes by MulatuAstatke.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Slinky and seductive, Mulatu Astatke's uniquely Ethiopian take on jazz splits the differential between exotica and Afro-Latin perfectly. It's a total classic that I come back to time after time.

Strut continue their essential work with the “Godfather Of Ethio Jazz”, Mulatu Astatke, with the first official reissues of his early classics ‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as The Ethiopian Quintet.

Arriving after Astatke’s life-changing years studying at Berklee College in Boston, the albums were the first experiments in his pioneering sound, fusing Ethiopian cultural music with Afro Latin and jazz forms. “I have always felt a deep connection between Latin and African music,” he explains. “I travelled to Cuba and listened to their musicians; the tempo, rhythm and feeling was very similar to different African forms. In the mid-‘60s, I formed a band called The Ethiopian Quintet in New York comprising Ethiopian, Latin and Afro-American musicians - the band included trumpeter and pianist Rudy Houston who later played with Yambu and Felix Torres who played with La Sonora Poncena.”

Supported by Worthy Records’ Gil Snapper who offered to record the quintet, Astatke began to experiment during two separate sessions: “We created a different feel and different arrangements. On the first recording, I played an adaptation of an ancient Ethiopian warrior song, ‘I FaramGami I Faram’ - the lyrics were translated so that the singer could sing it in Spanish. Some compositions were important steps for me: ‘MascaramSetaba’ (‘Summer Is Coming’) ‘Shagu’ and ‘Almaz’. With the second album, a personal favourite is ‘Girl From Addis Ababa’ which worked very nicely as a fusion of Ethiopian modes and R&B rhythms.”

Astatke would start to perfect his Ethio jazz sound on his later album for Worthy in 1972, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ (STRUT129) but the two volumes of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ stand as important recordings documenting his early career. “It was a very interesting time to be in New York during the mid-‘60s. I was there at the same time as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and FelaKuti and we each tried to play our part in putting Africa on the map of contemporary jazz.”

‘Afro Latin Soul’ Volumes 1 and 2 come in their full original artwork and are painstakingly remastered by The Carvery. All formats feature personal liner notes by MulatuAstatke.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Mulatu Astatke's second set of snake hipped jazz workouts upped the intensity a little, flirting with swing, bop and ragtime for a more uptempo mood.

Now available for the first time on vinyl, One Way Static Records presents the THIRD volume in our new archival series ‘La Vie Electronique’. This volume (1.2) focuses on the years 1970-1972 and is spread over two glorious LP’s containing +77 minutes of Klaus Shulze rarities. This deluxe vinyl set also comes with an insert containing extensive liner notes. Available as a limited classic black vinyl retail edition (700 copies) with obi strip.

Klaus Schulze is a German electronic music pioneer, composer and musician that needs very little introduction. In the late sixties & early seventies he was a member of several iconic bands such as ‘Tangerine Dream’, ‘The Cosmic Jokers’ & ‘Ash Ra Tempel’ before launching a solo career consisting of more than 60 albums released across five decades. Collaborations were numerous and highlights include working with Steve Winwood, Brian Eno & Alphaville… just to name a few.

Klaus Schulze’s proto moog-synthesizer work is regarded as a milestone in electronic music & during the decades he released landmark albums in genres catalogued as ‘Ambient’, ‘Electronic’, ‘New Age’, ‘Berlin School’, ‘Experimental’, ‘Kosmische Musik’ & ‘Krautrock’. Mr. Schulze had a more organic sound than most electronic artists of the time, often he would throw in decidedly non-electronic sounds such as acoustic guitar and a male operatic voice. Schulze is also known for developing a Minimoog technique that sounds uncannily like an electric guitar, which is quite impressive in concert.

On occasions he would also compose film scores such as Body Love 1977), Barracuda (1978), Next of Kin (1982), & Angst (1983). His best known song ‘Freeze’ has been used in films like Manhunter (1986) and more recently in Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’ from 2013.

In 2009, producer Klaus D. Mueller and Schulze began releasing La Vie Electronique ("The Electronic Life"), a series of sets that collected rare sought-after early works & unreleased tracks put in chronological sequence. These sets contain some of the best music Klaus ever created and are early 70’s masterworks that will appeal to both fans and collectors.


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Schulze, as one of the masters in the vast pool of talent that is the world of 70's synths, has an impeccable understanding of tone, texture and melody. Here, we get some of the lesser heard gems of his catalogue, beautifully presented and perfectly sequenced for a long, hypnotic undertaking. Absolute essential.

The sophomore follow-up to the wildly successful "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde", "Labcabincalifornia" showcases the production talents of a then virtually unknown J Dilla. The first single from the album, the Dilla-produced "Drop" was a hit and the accompanying music video, performed backwards and replayed backwards by director Spike Jonze, reinforced the group’s wildly creative reputation. The album would go on to produce two more successful singles: "Runnin", which peaked at #55 and "She Said". This reissue features vinyl cut under the supervision of Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madlib) at Elysian Masters.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Inspiring a generation on 'cool', The Pharcyde was the stuff of mixtape folklore amongst music fans across the board in the pre-Internet days. 25 years and the world's changed somewhat, but the message and delivery presented here still rings true.

In 1968, Vince made a label switch from his long-time home, Fantasy Records, to his new label, Warner Bros. Records. For his inaugural album, he decided to re-interpret his Peanuts classics on Oh, Good Grief! In addition to the instantly recognizable Guaraldi sound of piano, bass, and drums, this time he added electric guitar and electric harpsichord to the mix. The record was a smash hit.

Now, for its 50th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is proud to present the album the way the world first heard it as stated on the original album’s back cover, “on shiny black vinyl.” Well, actually, this special pressing is “on shiny red vinyl!” Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI, this timeless album has never sounded better.

With songs like “Linus And Lucy,” the special was a hit and for over five decades not a holiday season goes by without an airing of the television classic. So potent and successful was the Peanuts/Guaraldi combination that Guaraldi went on to score a total of 15 Peanuts television specials and the first feature film.

The debut album by West Coast emcee Tone-Loc, "Loc-ed After Dark" features two collaborations with a pre-fame Young MC that would rocket the artist to the top of the pop charts: “Wild Thing,” the first Top 10 Pop hit for a black rapper, and the follow-up smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The former reached #1 on the Billboard chart, while the latter topped out at #3. The net result was a #1 album, making it only the second rap album to top the charts at the time (the Beastie Boys’ "License to Ill" was the first). RIAA certified double platinum, Tone-Loc’s debut remains a hallmark of West Coast party rock, mixed with a healthy dose of streetwise swagger. This reissue features vinyl cut under the supervision of Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madlib) at Elysian Masters.

The debut album by Young MC, "Stone Cold Rhymin’" reached #9 on the Billboard album chart upon its original release in 1989 and spawned the GRAMMY® Award-winning (Best Rap Performance), ubiquitous party anthem, “Bust A Move” Featuring clever, acrobatic rhymes by Young MC and skillful production by Matt Dike, Michael Ross and the Dust Brothers, the album remains one of the most catchy, infectious party records of all time. Fun fact: the album features Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers holding down the groove on bass. This reissue features vinyl cut under the supervision of Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madlib) at Elysian Masters.

Official Mr Bongo reissue of the ultra-rare Nigerian disco-boogie, ‘Viva Disco’, album from 1980. Originally released on the Afrodisia label, this one is unknown to even the most knowledgable collectors out there.

Tunde Mabadu recorded two albums in the 70’s - ‘Viva Disco’ and ‘Bisu’ as Tunde Mabadu & His Sunrise. Perfect examples of golden-era Nigerian disco & boogie that still hold their own today.

Ty Segall / Black Time

Split LP (Repress)

    A 180 gram repress of a classic record in Ty's career. Constantly referred to as his best early work. Originally released in 2009, the Ty Segall / Black Time split LP highlights a dichotomy between two vastly different musical climates. Ty Segall plants himself firmly in the California sun with seven unreleased (and reverb-drenched) tracks. Black Time infiltrate their side like a disorienting British fog, stumbling through six songs in a most cacophonous way. This repress offers fans a chance to lay their hands on a highly desirable record, priced much lower than the original, which sells for around 50 USD.

    The major label massive come through with something for the heads here, hooking us up with f-f-f-fresh reissues of Eric B & Rakim's four iconic studio albums. First in the series is the NYC duo's game-changing debut "Paid In Full", a perfect example of Eric B's break-fuelled, lo-fi beats and scratch prowess and Rakim's revolutionary flow. Though the mighty and mega title track may be the stand out track here (crossover classics don't come much better), the boombox fire of "I Ain't No Joke", slow and sludgy "My Melody" and neck-snapping groove of "I Know You Got Soul" would be standouts on any other record.



    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Tim Hecker

    Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again - Reissue

      Reissue of 2001 debut album of renowned ambient / noise / electronic artist 

      Originally issued on the Alien8 label and now long out-of-print.

      This is the first reissue of Tim Hecker’s classic 2001 debut full-length. The original recordings were remixed by Tim Hecker and mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering.

      Press quotes for Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again:
      "Haunt Me is alien, amorphous and occasionally noisy, but always welcoming.” Pitchfork
      "Haunt Me Haunt Me, Do It Again is a brilliant album of subtle, evocative mood music.” AllMusic
      "Hecker was already on a different wavelength with Haunt Me, clearly seeking something that would trigger ASMR-induced enlightenment, and he ran with it.” Stereogum. 


      Tim Hecker

      Radio Amor - Reissue

        Reissue of classic 2003 album by renowned ambient / noise / electronic artist.

        Originally released on Alien8 and now long out-of-print.

        Press quotes for Radio Amor:

        "Hecker at his most painterly and evocative.” Pitchfork

        "Radio Amor has a simultaneous tangible/intangible quality that is both miraculous and enigmatic.” Tiny Mix Tapes

        "Tim Hecker may be the finest sonic photographer around, the re-release of Radio Amor being further evidence for this claim.” Brainwashed

        "Hecker’s 2003 standout is a stirringly emotional narrative, without the slightest aid of a single voice.” Treble

        "A slow-shifting mix of steely headrush and protracted morse code dispatches from the bottom of the ocean.” Dusted 


        Tom Waits

        Foreign Affairs - Remastered

          1977’s Foreign Affairs takes the jazz and poetry that Tom Waits explored on his earlier albums in a more cinematic direction, foreshadowing his own breakthrough work in the 80s. Opening with the instrumental “Cinny’s Waltz” and featuring some new standards like “Muriel” and “I Never Talk To Strangers”, his dramatic duet with Bette Midler, this album gets into some of Waits’ most ambitious storytelling ever. Foreign Affairs also features the jazzy, colorful “Jack and Neil” and the sweeping, dramatic “Potters Field” as well as classic Waits ballads “Burma Shave” and “Sight for Sore Eyes”.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: RSD Stores Exclusive 180g Opaque Grey Vinyl.

          Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

          The Libertines

          Time For Heroes

            Bringing together the tracks that defined a generation, from their epochal debut "Up The Bracket" and feted, self-titled follow-up, "Time For Heroes" is a timely reminder of the unique talent of Albion's favourite sons Pete Doherty, Carl Barât, John Hasall and Gary Powell.
            The album also includes ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ and ‘What A Waster’, which have never previously been available on either of the band’s albums.

            The collection includes the classic singles ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, ‘Time For Heroes’, fan picks ‘What A Waster’, ‘Boys In The Band’ and live favourites / B-sides ‘The Delaney’ and ‘May Day’.

            John Maus

            Love Is Real (Reissue)

              John Maus lives and works in Austin, Minnesota. Although first drawn to our attention as a core member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and keyboard player with Animal Collective's Panda Bear, Maus has proved himself to be an extraordinary musician with a distinctive sound in his own right. His second album "Love Is Real" is an apocalyptic journey through the nostalgic streets of our home towns deep into the recesses of the human heart. It is a map of self discovery, rejection and escapism captured across 14 songs of melancholic baroque pop music. Similar in style to his 2006 debut "Songs", the album is a mixture of exploratory synthesiser theatrics, tensely-strung bass lines and insistent drum machine clicks and pops, all set off by John's deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocal. "Love Is Real" is a more reflective and realised effort than "Songs" however, focusing its attentions on impulsive song writing and inspired musicianship, replacing the reminiscent feel of the first record with genuine poignancy.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Pink vinyl edition.

              Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

              John Maus

              Songs (Reissue)

              Better known as a core member of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and keyboard player with Animal Collective's Panda Bear, John Maus is a musician with a distinctive sound of his own. This is his debut release, his life work, which was written and recorded at home over the last five years.

              'Songs' is a twisted baroque pop record that brings to mind early 80's hits and coming-of-age movie soundtracks. Almost entirely electronic, Maus' sound is created from synthesisers, drum machine, bass and his remarkable vocals, which are pitched somewhere between Ian Curtis, Calvin Johnson and David Bowie.

              The record is a manic lo-fi masterpiece, which blurs addictive melodies, emotive lyrics and dreamy soundscapes to memorable effect. Permeated by feelings of intense nostalgia, with this album Maus has created a testimony to lost romance and to longing.

              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Red coloured vinyl.

              John Maus

              We Must Become The Pitless Censors Of Ourselves (Reissue)

              John Maus lives in his birthplace of Austin, Minnesota. Whilst working towards his PhD in Political Science he also composes music that taps into melancholic fantasy and affirms that we are all truly alive. Questing synthesisers, tensely strung bass lines and chasing drum machines providing the perfect backdrop for John's deeply resonant reverb-drenched vocal. Born in the decade of synth pop and sharing his birthday with George Frideric Handel, John started making music when Nirvana posters went up on every teenager’s wall. It’s this curious conflux of influences that partially helps to describe John’s music. It’s a world where the Germs jam with Jerry Goldsmith, Cabaret Voltaire relocate to Eternia and Josquin des Prez writes a new score for RoboCop. The confrontation of punk, the fleeting poignancy of 80’s movie soundtracks, the insistent pulse of Moroder and the spirituality of Medieval and Baroque music all find salvation in John Maus.

              After a spell working alongside Ariel Pink (whom Maus met whilst studying at Cal Arts in Los Angeles) and Gary War in Haunted Graffiti, 2006 saw the release of John’s debut album proper through Upset The Rhythm. It was a record permeated with aching memories; a perfect testimony to lost romance and longing. It’s awe-inspired follow-up ‘Love Is Real’ (released on UTR, 2007) proved a more cohesive listen in terms of focus and emotional depth. Like an apocalyptic journey through the nostalgic streets of a common hometown, deep into the recesses of the human heart, ‘Love Is Real’ still stands out as an impressive whole. Both albums made an impact which grew and grew during some quieter academic years for Maus in the Hawaiian heat, before he returned last year to the heavy snows of the Midwest to finish album number three, ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’.

              ‘We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves’ breaks new ground for Maus. The shirt pulling and air punching of his impassioned live performance is finally captured in all its frenzied appeal alongside a tender inner space. After stretching muscles with opener ‘Streetlight’, arpeggiators bubble up to new levels with ‘Quantum Leap’, a song full of dead zones, glancing slaps and oscillating solos. “Heart to heart, mind to mind, we are the ones who seem to travel through time,” intones Maus resolutely through the mist. John’s lyrics are as likely to touch upon themes of Cronenberg gore just as much as the musings of Jacques Rancière. It’s this no-brow approach that makes things interesting, casting Maus as a savant and allowing his music to startle us in ways whereby we open up to the unimaginable.

              John’s preoccupation with truth, love and eternity are perfectly suited to this treatment as seen with “And The Rain’ and the softly cascading ‘Keep Pushing On’ .The songs are devastatingly catchy, saturated with keyboards and overflowing with Maus’ allegorical summons. The hypnotic fugue ‘We Can Break Through’ treads new territories into minimalism for Maus, seeing the phrase “Break through this” repeated almost like a mind control procedure scored by Bach and Suicide.

              ‘Pitiless Censors’ as an album displays a more delicate touch than its predecessors. ‘Hey Moon’ is John’s first duet, performed with Molly Nilsson, who originally wrote the song. It’s a serene and elegiac song, which subtly weaves an impression of nocturnal loneliness and romantic dreams. Closing track ‘Believer’ is equally evocative with its bells, choral soaring and echoing sentiment. Of course, a John Maus album wouldn’t be a John Maus album without the same anthemic genius and dark humour that we’ve seen previously with songs like ‘Maniac’ and ‘Rights For Gays’ and this new album finds its succour in ‘Cop Killer’. The eerie waltz-time offspring of Body Count’s controversial 90’s protest track, ‘Cop Killer’ is dystopian, bleak and ridiculous and in short, classic Maus.

              Unlike the last two albums, Pitiless Censors looks towards the future in all its absurdity. It’s a record where promise takes the lead for the first time, providing a counterpoint to John’s default existential calling. The cover of Pitiless Censors depicts an airbrushed lighthouse, thrashed by wave after wave, bringing to mind Beckett’s quote "Unfathomable mind: now beacon, now sea." The everyday realm where our lives seem both familiar and equally strange is where John Maus resides. His surreal touch is disarming, opening our eyes to the reality outside the four walls. Perhaps we’re all like “the human being who finds himself in the locker” in ‘Head For The Country’ in that if we surprise ourselves and open the door we can let the light in despite the storm.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Coloured LP Info: Lime green coloured vinyl.

              The Jesus And Mary Chain

              21 Singles

                21 Singles will be available on vinyl for the very first time!!!

                The Jesus And Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed by brothers Jim and William Reid in their hometown of East Kilbride. Jim and William’s legendary song-writing partnership was first recognised in 1983 by Alan McGee’s highly influential Creation Records, where they released their debut single ‘Upside Down’ in 1984. The Jesus And Mary Chain went on to enjoy an illustrious career signed to Warner Music label Blanco Y Negro, releasing several critically acclaimed albums and cult singles such as ‘Just Like Honey’, ‘April Skies’, ‘Darklands’ and ‘Happy When It Rains’.

                Originally released on CD in 2002, ‘21 Singles’ is a career spanning compilation featuring all the band’s singles in chronological order. Beginning with their Creation debut, the album takes us through fifteen years of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s indie and major label discography, travelling through their Blanco Y Negro heyday of the 80s and 90s, to their 1998 return to Creation. The album also includes their late appearance on Seattle’s legendary Sub Pop Records in the States. Many of the versions on ‘21 Singles’ are unique and alternative to their album counterparts.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                2xLtd LP Info: Available on vinyl for the very first time, on double 180g heavyweight vinyl.

                This is the first Now-Again issue in a series of reissues centered around Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy – "Song of Innocence", "Songs of Experience" and "Earth Rot" – which will see release through 2018. This audiophile reissue was transferred directly from Axelrod’s original EQ’ed master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. Axelrod’s debut, and a ‘60s masterpiece.

                Celebrated as psychedelic, the birth of jazz-fusion, the harbinger of hip-hop, "Song of Innocence" is a hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could describe. Grounded by Wrecking Crew vets Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements, put at ease, Axelrod’s sweeping arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no one of his era did. It’s both violent and sublime. LP/CD Contains 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview with Axelrod by Eothen Alapatt and Wax Poetics’ Brian Digenti. 

                This new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music, is released on heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe tip-on Japanese style CD edition.
                This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music, both solo and in groups, including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell / Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

                Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kevorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his songwriting, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished, as composer Philip Glass wrote, “this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.”

                When Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’ first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 15 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.


                Double LP gold here, The Beastie Boys finest fifteen tracks throughout their incredible career. This record features some of the best tunes such as ‘Fight For Your Right’ and ‘An Open Letter to NYC’ but is filled to the brim with all the best of beasties. The Beasties consistent 'triple trouble' MC style is the thread that runs through each track here, creating cohesion to this whole LP, which presents us with a great overview of their career so far.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Millie says: The perfect summary of some of their golden hits over the years, this is a pure necessity.

                WRWTFWW Records follow their universally acclaimed release of "Through The Looking Glass" with the official reissue of legendary album "KI-Motion" by Japanese percussionist Midori Takada’s MKWAJU ensemble, sourced from the original masters and available in two versions: a vinyl LP cut at Emil Berliner Studios and housed in 350g old Stoughton tip-on sleeve, and a digipak CD.
                A highly creative and transcendental fusion of marimba, vibraphone, bamboo percussion and synthesizers, KI-Motion was recorded in 1981 and captures the birth of Midori Takada’s exploration of minimalism, African rhythmic tradition, and ambient music.
                The album takes its conceptual inspiration from the tamarind ( 'mkwaju' in Swahili), a drought resistant tree notably used to craft some of the first mallets and marimbas but also known for its culinary and medical uses, an essential symbol of life and identity for the Central African grasslands. Drawing from the region’s culture and music as well as the crucial notion that rhythms represent the very fabric of life, Midori Takada leads her ensemble into environmental heaven to create one of the highlights of her recording career and an absolute must-have from the golden age of Japanese ambient…the ideal companion to her majestic "Through The Looking Glass" opus!


                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: WRWTFWW revisit magnificent Midori Takada for this reissue of the 1981 LP from her MKWAJU ensemble. (Slightly) Less esoteric than her better known "Through The Looking Glass", "KI-Motion" hits us with weird-wave dancers, ambient dreamers and lysergic lullabies, all inspired by the tamarind. Tasty fusion tackle from my favourite Japanese percussionist.

                Ian Dury & The Blockheads

                Greatest Hits

                  Ian Dury, like Ray Davies and Paul Weller was a very English talent. The colourful, metropolis inhabiting characters like Billericay Dickie or Plaistow Patricia he sung about and the ever so cockney music hall accent he chose to sing in were a big part of that.

                  But most of all it was the detailed, poetic way he catalogued English life and the melting pot of musical styles used to do so, from punk to funk to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, which left the listener in no doubt that Dury’s work could only come from one place: The very heart of England

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Yellow vinyl.

                  Among the ranks of singers, only Johnny Clarke comes close to challenging Bob Marley & Dennis Brown for reggae’s crown, through his unequalled run of hit songs. His output of mid-70s classics powered by producer Bunny “Striker” Lee, give Clarke status among the top artists of the period and contemporary relevance on the live show and reggae festival circuit.

                  Many of Johnny’s classic roots recordings gathered here, were given international exposure in the 1998 release ‘Dreader Dread’ released by the esteemed Blood & Fire label. Expanded and re-mastered, the release of ‘Creation Rebel’ captures the very essence of what is now regarded as the golden age of roots music.

                  Package bonus features include extended length mixes of “Jah Love Is With I,” “Bad Days Are Going,” and “Peace And Love In The Ghetto.” Newly composed liner notes by Noel Hawks. 


                  Wire

                  Chairs Missing

                    Wire’s first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire’s reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. These are the definitive re-releases. Each album is presented as an 80-page hardback book – the size of a 7-inch, but obviously much thicker. After a special introduction by Jon Savage, Graham Duff provides insight into each track. These texts include recording details, brand-new interviews with band members, and lyrics.

                    This stunning set of presentations also includes a range of images from the archive of Annette Green. Wire’s official photographer during this period, Green also shot the covers for Pink Flag and Chairs Missing. Promotional and informal imagery – in colour and black and white – is featured throughout the books. Most of the photographs have not been seen for 40 years – and many have never been published anywhere before.

                    With "Pink Flag" Wire tapped happily into punk's energy and iconoclastic tendencies, "Chairs Missing" is, perhaps, a little truer to their own instincts. They didnt completely shed the past completely; the joyful "Sand In My Joints" and grinding "Mercy" have more than a hint of "Pink Flag" about them, but their 1978 offering is moodier and much more textured than its predecessor, the addition of swathes of electronic sounds moving them firmly into post punk territory, a genre they helped to spawn. There is pure pop beauty on here too, of which "Outdoor Miner"  and "French Film Blurred" being the most gorgeous examples. 

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Martin says: Their most varied L.P. and possibly their finest hour (or so). Straddling the fire of punk and the colder, darker charms of brooding electronic post punk, it also contains within its grooves moments of melodic magic. Worth buying for the outrageously amazing "Outdoor Miner" on its own.

                    Wire

                    Pink Flag

                      Wire’s first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire’s reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. These are the definitive re-releases. Each album is presented as an 80-page hardback book – the size of a 7-inch, but obviously much thicker. After a special introduction by Jon Savage, Graham Duff provides insight into each track. These texts include recording details, brand-new interviews with band members, and lyrics.

                      This stunning set of presentations also includes a range of images from the archive of Annette Green. Wire’s official photographer during this period, Green also shot the covers for Pink Flag and Chairs Missing. Promotional and informal imagery – in colour and black and white – is featured throughout the books. Most of the photographs have not been seen for 40 years – and many have never been published anywhere before.

                      These special editions are something every Wire fan will want to own. It has been a number of years since these albums were readily available. The aim with these new vinyl and CD releases is to approximate the original statements as closely as possible, but with remastered audio. The vinyl releases have the same covers and inners as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digipack CDs have identical tracklistings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered Wire’s classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted.

                      Pink Flag was very much Wire's punk rock album, and while they fully embraced it's revolutionary spirit, they came at it from their own obtuse angle. unhindered by talent (any kind of prior musical schooling) they gleefully took a baseball bat to Rock's overblown torso with humour and irreverence, producing classic, unsurpassed razor pop brilliance and a joyful antidote to the pomposity of their forerunners.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Martin says: From the naked aggression of "12XU" and the ominous chordless drone of the title track, to the playful artpunk of "Start To Move" and "Brazil", this is, beginning to end, pure, unadulterated genius. Nothing more to add.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      CD Box Set Info: Deluxe 2CD.

                      Wire

                      154

                        Wire’s first three albums need no introduction. They are the three classic albums on which Wire’s reputation is based. Moreover, they are the recordings that minted the post-punk form. This was adopted by other bands, but Wire were there first. These are the definitive re-releases. Each album is presented as an 80-page hardback book – the size of a 7-inch, but obviously much thicker. After a special introduction by Jon Savage, Graham Duff provides insight into each track. These texts include recording details, brand-new interviews with band members, and lyrics.

                        This stunning set of presentations also includes a range of images from the archive of Annette Green. Wire’s official photographer during this period, Green also shot the covers for Pink Flag and Chairs Missing. Promotional and informal imagery – in colour and black and white – is featured throughout the books. Most of the photographs have not been seen for 40 years – and many have never been published anywhere before.

                        These special editions are something every Wire fan will want to own. It has been a number of years since these albums were readily available. The aim with these new vinyl and CD releases is to approximate the original statements as closely as possible, but with remastered audio. The vinyl releases have the same covers and inners as the originals (minus the Harvest logo). The digipack CDs have identical tracklistings to their vinyl counterparts. These versions should be considered Wire’s classic 1970s albums, pure and undiluted.

                        "154", released in 1979, is perhaps the most overlooked of the first trio of classic Wire L.P.s, before a ten year haitus interrupted only by esoteric solo releases. It develops further on the electronic and experimental direction of "Chairs Missing", and while guitars are not entirely done away with, keyboards and often unsettling vocal harmonies are the dominant mode of expression here. That's not to say they abandoned their talent for an exquisite harmony, it is very much still there; just bent a bit. That said it is given undiluted free rein during "Map Ref...", and elevates the sublime "The 15th" into the realm of the gods.

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Martin says: "154" is the last of the trio of Wire's groundbreaking late 70s output. Given their general wont for being wilfully awkward, its no surprise that this is possibly the most enigmatic and opaque of the three; but definitely not enough to conceal interludes of pure gorgeousness. A fitting bookend to a matchless chapter of punk/post punk brilliance.

                        After the excellent Sky Girl, Midnite Spares and Oz Waves comps, Efficient Space now bring us the little-heard recordings of three Yolngu songmen from Northeast Arnhem Land - Bobby Bunnungurr, Jimmy Djamunba and Peter Milaynga (d. 2007) - working in collaboration with Victorian musician Peter Mumme. Yolngu are the indigenous peoples of Arnhem Land in Northern Territory, Australia; their clans are the Marangu and Malabirr, the languages Djinang and Gannalbingu. Their songs are of instruction, story and ceremony.

                        A connection first initiated by Yolngu actor David Gulpilil, Waak Waak Djungi’s mid-90s recordings were preceded by years of respectful sharing of culture. Mumme explains that “the aim was to produce something that is new, not in the sense of a breakthrough, but what emerges from the combining of existing ideas”. What developed was sonically unique - sprawling vocal/electronic soundscapes and field recordings that reimagine the traditional songs of black crows and white cockatoos, sharing, creation spirits and of leaving and returning home to country. Spacious and patiently durational, the songs resound in a big land with a big story to tell.
                        On the 1997 Waak Waak Djungi album Crow Fire Music, these interpretations were assembled with traditional recordings and additional material from Sebastian Jörgensen and Sally Grice. Falling short of generating public interest, it became well known in the Yolngu homeland. Nearly two decades later, a CD copy filed away in the 3RRR FM library would prompt a three year investigation to meet the people behind the music.

                        "Waak Waak ga Min Min (Black Crow, White Cockatoo)" combines the previously unreleased "Gandi Bawong" with five contemporary versions from the original album, with a new cover painting by Bobby Bunnungurr. Tracing 1997 back to many millennia ago, this is a captivating window into the richness of Aboriginal culture and collaboration. 


                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Efficient Space (AKA the mega label behind the fantastic Sky Girl comp) introduce us to the obscure brilliance of indigenous Australian troop Waak Waak Djungi with this retrospective set of their nineties output. Amid the beautiful new age twinkle of "Rainbow Serpent", "White Cockatoo" and "Black Crow" we find the motorik pulse of "Djambaku", Balearic house of "Gandi Bawong" and the spine tingling acid chug of "Mother, I'm Going".

                        When Ruff Draft saw its initial release in 2003, J Dilla possessed production skills on par with anyone in hip-hop – technically and creatively. “At the top of his game,” says longtime friend and collaborator, Karriem Riggins. After years of building while modestly deferring to others of both greater and lesser notoriety, Dilla finally completed the first solo endeavor on his own label, entirely on his own terms.

                        The significance of such an autonomous success often gets overlooked, and partly accounts for why Ruff Draft is one of the lesser-referenced entries in Dilla’s oeuvre. “It’s a mysterious little project,” says his mother, Maureen Yancey. “But out of his entire career, that was the happiest time.” Prior to recording the EP, Dilla found himself at a crossroads. Estranged from his label, MCA, and separated from the mother of his youngest daughter, frustration abounded both personally and professionally. Dilla spent parts of 2002 and 2003 working on an album for MCA that featured his rapping over contributions from other producers with whom he had connected and whose music he respected.

                        At the time, he was known primarily for his beats, yet reviled for his MCing by most anyone not from his hometown of Detroit. The project was to be an intentional freak of the industry. The project would go on to spur his collaborative album with Madlib, Jaylib, and would first showcase the template that he would take to his greatest heights with 2006’s Donuts. The Stones Throw reissue of Ruff Draft from 2008 featured remixes of the songs from the album, done without Dilla’s involvement. This version of the album takes Dilla’s recently discovered mixes of the album and restores his vision for the project. The producer’s own mixes – recently rediscovered – of his seminal EP, expanded with bonus tracks and now available in a special instrumental edition. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Millie says: Nothing beats a Dilla instrumental and with this album you can eat your heart out there’s so much of it. This album is understated and needs that attention that it deserves, it’s so so good.

                        Don Cherry's downtown Paris funk masterwork, produced in 1985 by Ramuntcho Matta and originally given a French-only release by Barclay, finally gets a worldwide release on Wewantsounds. Featuring French post-punk muse Elli Medeiros, avant garde poet Brion Gysin and cult Senegalese drummer Abdoulaye Prosper Niang (Xalam), this is a unique soundbite of Paris in the early 80s at its coolest when funk, jazz and new wave were mingling with sounds from Africa, Jamaica and Latin America. Newly Remastered, the album is augmented by a second LP worth of bonus tracks and a deluxe gatefold sleeve with a new essay by French journalist Jacques Denis (Liberation).

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Top notch fusion here as Don Cherry teams up with Ratmuncho Matta, Elli Madeiros, Brion Gysin and Abdoulaye Prosper Niang for an inspired snapshot of Paris in the 80s. Peppered with snatches of funk, new wave and dub, this expanded reissue should find favour with fans of Talking Heads, Arthur Russell or Bill Laswell.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        20th Anniversary reissue of Garbage's acclaimed second album. 

                        The eponymous Garbage debut was a critically acclaimed if unexpected smash. Version 2.0 cemented the reputation of the each of the individuals in the band as leaders in their field. It also announced that Garbage was not just a one-off studio creation but well and truly a band with every intention of conquering the world on its own terms. If there were any doubts that Vig, Erikson, Marker and Manson were not serious about their intentions the doubts were put to rest with their successful sophomore release.Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker brought to the band a lifetimes worth of production and experienced music making. That experience was married to Shirley’s insightful lyrics and lead singer presence. This combination made for a grand success and spectacular music which many would try to imitate but few would ever master. Platinum certified Version 2.0 would be nominated in 1999 for Grammy’s album of the year and best rock album. In 2000 the single Special would be nominated for Grammys best rock song and best rock performance by duo or group. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Barry says: The newest wave of 'Things I Remember Being Into That Have Had 20 Year Reissues' is possibly the best, with Garbage's seminal 1998 classic still brimming with nuanced electronics, Manson's iconic voice and Butch Vig's unrivalled production prowess. Still completely stunning.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xColoured LP Info: Orange vinyl edition.

                        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                        3xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Limited edition deluxe LP format contains 3 x 180g black vinyl housed inside a rigid box with magnet closure. This box also contains a movie-style poster, 4 x sticker inserts (‘Push It’, ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Special’, ‘The Trick Is To Keep Breathing’), download card and a condom in a matchbook style card cover

                        2xDeluxe CD Info: Double CD format includes a 12-page booklet. Second disc contains B-side compilation.

                        Angelo Ioakimoglu

                        The Nireus Years (1995 - 1997)

                        Into the Light continues its journey to unearth and update overlooked Greek music. This time out the focus is on a smooth, warm, youthful yet intelligent work that finds effortlessly its place in the tiny Greek electronic scene of the mid 90's. "The Nireus Years" is a rare selection of eight unheard home recordings produced between 1995 and 1997 by the then 16-year old Angelo Ioakimoglu in Athens. The album encompasses his most special productions ranging from bucolic new age to dubbed out midi electronics, jazzy r&b to Mediterranean ambient trance - in other words, it's as Balearic as Moonboots' sandals.

                        Angelo was born and raised in Zografou area of Greece's capital in 1981. It was there where his father had a typical 80's electronic lab and it was that specific environment where Angelo spent most of early childhood. A first attraction for electronic musical equipment was developed that very soon became a passion for hunting down used pieces of gear soon to form the basis of his well equipped bedroom setup.

                        During his teens, his connection with music was either practicing the piano at home or listening to the most recent dance hits at his uncle's place who happened to be a professional DJ. Big part of Angelo's demos around that period is driven by those two aforementioned worlds. But there were moments of escape. Moments where the music went for the unexpected. Leaving the producer following a solitary path where he could express his teenage dreams and fantasies...through extensive midi programming, live keyboards mimicking string, brass and steel instruments and sampled portions of his live percussion burst.

                        Angelo's work, which can sometimes seem naive or surrealistic, is supported by his unique and surprisingly energetic approach, one that gives us the courage to continue something different. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Patrick says: Into The Light dig deep into the Greek underground to turn up this ace set of smooth and sensual electronics from the then teenage Angelo Ioakimoglu. Combining downbeat, new age, R&B and the most mellow house imaginable, Iokimoglu sounds like a Mediterranean Larry Heard - how's that for Balearic. Check "Slide Break" and tell me I'm wrong...

                        Officially reissued at last - a genuine ‘holy grail’ of soul & funk. Featuring ‘Miracles’ as sampled by Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, Arrested Development and many more.
                        Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity. Their only US chart entry was ‘I Believe In Miracles,’ a funky slice of bubblegum soul with a catchy, sing-along chorus released on the Prophesy label that briefly saw them make the lower reaches of the R&B charts in September 1973.
                        Even though the sisters ceased performing together in 1975, their greatest tune, ‘I Believe In Miracles’ began to live a charmed life. In 1988, the song was resurrected as part of the UK ‘Rare Groove’ scene which resulted in it denting the bottom end of the UK pop charts (it peaked at No. 72). British vocal group, The Pasadenas, cut their own version of the tune in 1989, and a year later, Public Enemy sampled ‘Miracles’ for their track, ‘Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man.’

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        David says: Mr Bongo bring more brilliance for the funk/soul brothers with this essential reissue of the sisters - but don't take my word for it, ask Chuck D.

                        Pete Shelley

                        The Genetic Years

                          In 1982 one of the most extraordinary and influential albums of its era was released . Named HOMOSAPIEN ,after the brilliant single that preceded and defined it, the album marked both the end of the second pop star incarnation of Buzzcocks, the punk band led by Shelley that was both punk and transcended punk, and the beginning of Pete Shelley’s innovative career.

                          In 1981, Shelley was searching for a new sound and by chance Buzzcocks’ producer Martin Rushent already had one. Rushent’s new studio Genetic was equipped with synthesisers, drum machines and all the hardware of the new technology which would come to define 80s pop. However at this point ,hardly anyone was making this new music. Shelley and Rushent were PIONEERS.

                          In a spirit of experiment and enthusiasm Shelley and Rushent recorded the album at Rushent’s purpose built GENETIC STUDIOS. The album was recorded throughout 1981 creating a new sonic world. Despite Radio 1 thinking it was too risky for daytime play it was a big success internationally particularly in North America, Australia, Japan and the UK.

                          The following album to Homosapien, XL1, was no disappointment either. In 1983 Pete and Martin reconvened to make XL1. With new technology [including a locked groove featuring the loading info for a ZX Spectrum] ,XL1 was a further step on for Shelley and featured one of the best singles of his career, the snarling, relentless Telephone Operator. The album is both more rocky and more electronic than its predecessor paving the way not just for melodic synthpop but also the “dance rock” which would dominate the 80s.

                          The pair of them used their imaginative talents to such a degree that their 12” mixes ,dubs and instrumentals pushed boundaries.

                          After the release of XL1 Pete Shelley continued his solo career before creating a new incarnation of The Buzzcocks which exists today. Martin Rushent died in 2011,leaving behind a legacy of music,hits and innovation.
                          Nearly 40 years on, thanks to the talents of Pete Shelley and Martin Rushent, the music still sounds fantastic.


                          Spacemen 3

                          For All The Fucked Up Children Of This World

                          Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the first official CD release of the album "For All the Fucked Children of This World” featuring Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.) and Jason Pierce (Spiritualized). Released July 28th on Space Age Recordings. Presented in a shrink-wrapped 6 panel fold out card wallet and also available from the iTunes store as a digital download including a digital booklet this release is the latest release in an on-going co-ordinated campaign which will see the complete Spacemen 3 catalogue re-issued; properly managed and released on heavy weight vinyl and CD in a fold-out card wallet format.

                          For All the Fucked Up Children of This World” from the neo-psychedelic trio Spacemen 3 was first released as a bootleg record in 1995. The record consists of Spacemen 3's first ever recording session from 1984. The music itself sounds like a primitive version of what the group were to become; the dominating sound of the record is a slow, droning psychedelic blues performed with sparse instrumentation. A drum set is matched with a pair of distorted electric guitars, all of which provide a swirling foundation for Jason Pierce's vocals. The album's liner notes replicated here are actually an early review of the band by Gary Boldie, where he contemplates the city of Rugby and finds it an odd source for this new sound, and he declares Spacemen 3 as the "all singing, all dancing answer to the problems of a grey 1985.

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          LP Info: This album is again pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl with printed card inner sleeve but this version is the standard black vinyl version.

                          Carlos Maria Trindade / Nuno Canavarro

                          Mr Wollogallu

                          Barcelona's Urpa I Musell follow up their fine reissue of 'El Sueno De Hyparco' with another masterpiece of Iberian ambience, "Mr. Wollogallu" by Carlos Maria Trindade and Nuno Canavarro. Originally released on União Lisboa, Produções Audiovisuais Lda. in 1991, and reissued for the first time here, the collaboration began when the manager António Cunha, a mutual friend of both musicians, brought the two together for a performance. Afterwards they decided to embark on Mr. Wollogallu. They had never worked together before, although their careers had parallels between them. Both were part of the 80s Portuguese pop-rock scene: Carlos Maria Trindade had played with Corpo Diplomático and Heróis do Mar, while Nuno Canavarro played in Street Kids and Delfins. Moreover, individually, Carlos Maria had released the single "Princesa / Em Campo Aberto" (Vimúsica, 1982), and Nuno had done the LP "Plux Quba" (Ama Romanta, 1988), which is now recognized worldwide for its unique sound.

                          Both luminaries would convene in a home studio during the first half of 1990, brainstorming together with calm, care, and love. The sessions resulted in this collaborative record. Although the A side is credited to Carlos Maria and the B side to Nuno, everything was done hand in hand, each artist taking active part in the other’s side. Carlos Maria and Nuno created everlasting music that contains an undeniable, enchanting mystery. "Mr. Wollogallu" features sophisticated, adventurous soundscapes that depict, in a manner both blurry and clear at the same time, ancient maps, distant travels and evocative landscapes, an alchemy of the acoustic and the electronic, created using techniques that were unusual at the time.

                          The reissue includes the remastered album, with the original artwork and a new insert, in which Mia B. gives an insightful view of Mr. Wollogallu’s conception.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Barcelona's Urpa I Musell go 2 for 2 with a first vinyl reissue of this esoteric masterpiece from Portugal's early electronic movement. Combining the electronic and acoustic into a sonic journey through ambient, folk, new age and Balearic, Carlos Maria Trindade and Nuno Canavarro delivered a thing of lasting beauty. Buy it for "Blu Terra", then dive way deeper into this stunning LP.

                          Propellerheads

                          Decksanddrums Androckandroll - 20th Anniversary Edition

                          20 years ago Propellerheads released "Decksandrumsandrockandroll" - the only ever album from the band! Stuffed with hit singles "Spybreak!" "Bang On!", "Take California" and the extraordinary "History Repeating" timeless featuring the only true James Bond songstress - Shirley Bassey. 

                          As said at the time, "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll" is something very special. Funky music and a little crazy, it’s music for good and bad times, for those dirty moments when drugs are no longer effective but the party refuses to stop. An effective groove filled with hints of humour and a little kitsch. It sat beautifully next to fellow breakbeaters Fatboy Slim, Midfield General, Jacques Lu Cont and Mint Royal.  20 years later Propellerheads are now back with this reissue. The charm has remained intact and it stands the rest of time. A living room classic, brought to life once again!

                          The Sisters Of Mercy

                          First And Last And Always

                            Signing to WEA in 1984, their debut album ‘First And Last And Always’ went on to chart in the UK Top 20 upon release in 1985. The album featured the singles ‘Walk Away’ (charting at #45) and ‘No Time To Cry’ (charting at #63), with a band featuring future Mission members Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams.

                            Big Black

                            Headache (Remastered)

                              Remastered By Steve Albini And Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering. The Players: Dave Riley - Bass, Santiago Durango - Guitar, Vocals, Steve Albini - Vocals, Guitar, Roland Drum Machine - itself. Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lungs, the first Big Black release was recorded by Steve on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on the EP himself - except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland. Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass, and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In 1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the Bulldozer EP.

                              By 1984, the band had done some touring and recorded the Racer X EP and the start of the Il Duce 7”. After that, Jeff returned to Naked Raygun and was replaced by Dave Riley. In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, Atomizer, as well as finishing the Il Duce 7”. Atomizer was released in 1986 along with the release of the Hammer Party compilation CD. In 1987, the Headache EP and Heartbeat 7” were released. That same year, the band recorded and released the 7” of The Model/He’s A Whore as well as their second full-length album, Songs About Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they broke up. “We liked to think we were ahead of our time. Now that time has caught up with us—well, this isn’t such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn’t make it any nicer.” Steve Albini… 

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                              Damien Rice

                              O

                                O, originally released in the summer of 2002, was one of the last albums to build a true word-of-mouth following before widespread streaming. Peaking at #8 in the UK, the seminal “O” will be available on vinyl for the very first time on June 1st.

                                This version is extended to 16 tracks, and includes four additional recordings:

                                ‘The Professor & La Fille Danse’ and ‘Moody Mooday’ were both originally B-sides to ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ – ‘Moody Mooday’ also appeared alongside ‘Lonelily’ as a limited edition 7” single release in 2004. ‘Woman Like A Man’ was recorded live in session at Galway Bay FM and was the lead track for the song’s single release. ‘Prague’ and ‘Silent Night’ (featuring Lisa Hannigan), which were hidden bonus tracks after the album’s closing song ‘Eskimo’, are also included.

                                All three of the singles from the album went on to chart upon release, with ‘The Blowers Daughter’, ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Volcano’ peaking at #27, #9 and #29 respectively. Along with being gold certified, ‘Cannonball’ has been subject to multiple cover versions, most notably by Little Mix after they won The X Factor in 2011.

                                “O” will comprise of 2 x 180g vinyl housed in a gatefold with lyrics and album artwork, including 4 additional tracks not on the original album.


                                Violent Femmes

                                Violent Femmes

                                  The Violent Femmes self-titled debut album has reached legendary status that few albums ever attain. Released in 1983, Violent Femmes became one of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic. By combining elements of Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers with new wave and acoustic-folk and punk rock, the Femmes forged a sound all their own.

                                  Currently out of print on vinyl, this new 180-gram LP reissue faithfully reproduces the album’s original artwork, which features one of the iconic album covers of the 1980s.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Laura says: A bona fide 80s indie classic. "Blister In The Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up", "Gone Daddy Gone". Need I say more?

                                  Another week, another cracking long player on ESP, this time courtesy of Amsterdam’s rising star Young Marco. Over a handful of releases and as many remixes Marco Sterk has charmed the serious house heads and the Balearic beards with his playful and exotic melodies and forward thinking approach to vintage equipment. The dutchman stepped into Lovefingers’ ESP Institute one day in 2012 with a flash disc packed full of undeniably brilliant music, and has ever since maintained an integral role within the the label. On this debut LP he takes a whistle stop journey around the globe, exploring the futuristic city scape of ‘Psychotic Particle’ and basking in the reverential awe of ‘Out Of Wind’ via the aquatic bliss of ‘Sea World’; and that’s just on the A-side. Over the course of this album, Marco takes us to more territories than an episode of Crystal Maze without a jumpsuit in sight.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: Superb repress of Young Marco's future primitive masterpiece. Lush like a Rousseau, lively like a lion...

                                  Tom Waits

                                  Small Change - Remastered

                                    Small Change is a masterpiece that contains some of Waits’ best early work. Classic jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and Stephen Foster filtered through Tom’s unique worldview and lyrical genius. Heartbreaking, hilarious and always vivid, songs like “Step Right Up”, “Tom Traubert’s Blues”, “I Wish I Was in New Orleans”, “The Piano Has Been Drinking”, and “Invitation to the Blues” are all classics that have influenced generations of songwriters since. Recorded with a live orchestra and featuring jazz legend Shelly Manne on drums, Small Change is a classic and stands as one of Tom Waits most popular recordings.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: RSD Stores Exclusive Blue Vinyl - Ltd to 1000 copies.

                                    Thee Hypnotics

                                    Righteously Recharged - Remastered Vinyl

                                      “Thee Hypnotics brought the house down with their Stooges-like raw power, singer Jim Jones prowling like a feral Rob Tyner-meets-Jerry-Lee and backed by a cut-price Heartbreakers build around flamboyant guitarist Ray Hanson.” - Mojo (4 stars)

                                      “Thee Hypnotics care only for their own generic past and frenetic present. The future doesn’t even get a look in... forget regression, this is reincarnation! Past, present and future!” - Melody Maker

                                      Nineties hell-raising rock ‘n’ rollers Thee Hypnotics announce the release of ‘Righteously Recharged’, a coloured, heavyweight vinyl anthology including rare and unreleased material via Beggars Arkive. The band have also reformed for live EU and UK dates.

                                      ‘Righteously Recharged’ will feature four LPs including Thee Hypnotics’ acclaimed debut album ‘Come Down Heavy’ (on violet coloured vinyl), the swamp-rock follow-up ‘Soul, Glitter & Sin’ (on red coloured vinyl) and their Chris Robinson, Black Crowes produced third album ‘The Very Crystal Speed Machine’ (which never saw a UK release and will be on clear vinyl), along with a fourth disc, called ‘In A Trance’ on white vinyl, with their very first single ‘Love In A Different Vein’ plus early demos and Peel Sessions.

                                      The set also contains in-depth liner notes by journalist Julian Marszalek, featuring interviews with the band and a savvy look at the band’s rip-roaring career, featuring outrageous tales of rock ‘n’ roll excess and exhilaration.

                                      Taking their cues from the Detroit militancy of The MC5, the corrupting output of The Stooges and the gospel according to The Cramps, Thee Hypnotics’ devastating brand of rock ‘n’ roll was propelled by near punishing decibel levels and a fervour bordering on the evangelical.

                                      Blazing a devastating trail of high-octane thrills and annihilation, Thee Hypnotics occupied a bizarre hinterland that sat somewhere between the British neo-psychedelic scene of the late 80s and the detonation of garageinfluenced rock from the Pacific northwest of the early 90s. Little wonder that a band that shone so bright would burn out before the end of the century.

                                      For the first time in 20 years, the classic line-up of co-founders Jim Jones (vocals) and Ray Hanson (guitar), with Phil Smith (drums) and Jeremy Cottingham (bass), have hit the road with all the power of a Viking raiding party. Still harbouring an intense belief in assaultive rock ‘n’ roll as liberation and delivering their sonic payload with a savage intensity, this influential and legendary group is back to testify one more time.

                                      Pale Fountains

                                      Something On My Mind - LP And Bonus CD

                                        Les Disques du Crépuscule presents an anthology of classic early recordings by The Pale Fountains, the pioneering indie-pop band from Liverpool whose first single appeared on the label in 1982.

                                        Something On My Mind combines a 12 track vinyl album with a bonus 19 track live CD. Side one of the album features six studio tracks, including all tracks from the maxi single released by Crépuscule/Operation Twilight in June 1982, as well as unreleased second single Longshot For Your Love plus two songs recorded for the Crépuscule compilation albums Ghosts of Christmas Past and Moving Soundtracks.

                                        Side two features 6 live tracks recorded in October 1982 on the celebrated Crépuscule package tour Move Back-Bite Harder, which saw the Paleys matched with Antena, 23 Skidoo, Cabaret Voltaire and Tuxedomoon. The bonus live CD packaged with the album includes complete performances by Pale Fountains from Brussels (5 October) and Leuven (6 October).

                                        At the end of 1982 the group signed to Virgin and went on to release the acclaimed albums Pacific Street and From Across the Kitchen Table. Praised as “our greatest songwriter” by NME, Michael Head went on to form Shack in 1987 with brother John, while percussionist Nathan McGough moved into management. Trumpet player Andy Diagram also played in Diagram Brothers, Dislocation Dance and James. Sadly bassist Chris ‘Biffa’ McCaffrey passed away in 1989; a donation from the proceeds of sale of this album will be made to The Brain Tumour Charity in his memory. www.thebraintumourcharity.org

                                        TWI 119 cover art by Benoît Hennebert. Liner notes by Paleys historian Geoff King.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition clear vinyl pressing (500 copies).

                                        Created in 1987 for an exhibit of sculptures in Taos, New Mexico, Joanne Forman’s "Cave Vaults of the Moon" is a mesmerizing score for voice, Ensoniq Mirage, Juno 106, flute, guitar and effects. The playful extra-terrestrial recording wafted through the exhibit every day for its duration and then lay dormant for nearly 30 years. Unearthed now, "Cave Vaults of the Moon" sounds prescient and timeless, as if Pep Llopis and Iasos scored a Wicker Man remake set on Mars.

                                        We humans, the nascent beings that we are, still haven’t quite figured out the full potential of music. Dancing, meditating, emoting, protesting; these are all pretty basic. But what if we communicated more complex ideas with music? What if we codified all of our activities with music? This idea came to composer Joanne Forman when commissioned in 1987 to create the soundscape for an environmental exhibition of sculpture called Artifacts from an Alien Civilization in Taos, New Mexico. The sculptures, elaborate ruins that had been found on the moon, begged the question: who created them and for what purpose? Joanne Forman imagined that Earth’s moon was a vacation spot for advanced beings from another galaxy. In her mind, the sculptures in the exhibit were the remnants of a deserted playground. "Cave Vaults of the Moon" became a collection of sonic texts describing the recreational activities that went on there; earth-viewing, collecting information, building and playing.


                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Patrick says: More esoteric excellence for Canada's Seance Centre here via a welcome reissue of Joanne Forman's exhibition accompaniment "Cave Vaults Of The Moon". Entirely otherworldly, the set sweeps through imposing electronic suites, dark fourth world excursions and blissful new age pieces, perfectly in keeping with the sculptures it soundtracked.

                                        Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

                                        African Dances

                                        First official reissue of the extremely rare full-length album by Lagos-based bandleader Shina Williams. Clean copies of the original currently sell for up to £500.

                                        The record was born in 1979 when Shina put Biddy Wright, Fred Fisher, Saliu Alabi, Prince Bola, Tutu Shoronmu, Tunde Willimas and several other decorated Nigerian musicians - who played with the likes of Fela Kuti, SJOB Movement, Sonny Okoson, King Bucknor amongst others - together to record. The result is ‘African Dances’, a timeless fusion of afrobeat, electronics, boogie and disco.

                                        Includes his most well-known song, ‘Agboju Logun’ that Williams knew was ground breaking - “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,”. This album version is a different mix to the two-track 12” that came out under on Earthworks, Rough Trade in 1984.

                                        At last, Mr Scruff's 1997 self-titled (although often referred to as "Mrs Cruff") debut album gets re-issued! It's a fantastic collection of instrumental tracks indelibly marked with Scruff's sampladelic cheekiness and fat, deep BASS heavyness. Opening with the soundsystem-like "Sea Mammal", the album works its way through head-nodding hip hop breakers like "Bass Baby" and "Bonce", via the warm jazz moods of "Jazz Potato" and "Night Time" to the funky jazz-breaking "Crisps" and club smash "Chicken In A Box", setting out a statement of intent (fun, funky and fat) for all his future tracks. A welcome return of this northwest classic, I remember obsessing about Scruff early on in my music discovery and I'm proud to see after just over twenty years I wasn't wrong! - this still sound mega today! (not something that can be said about all of Matt's furtive musical steps... - ed).

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        CD Info: CD includes three bonus tracks.

                                        Luis Perez

                                        Ipan In Xiktli Metztli

                                          Official Mr Bongo reissue. Replica original artwork, including the insert with listening instructions, in Spanish and English.

                                          Luis Perez was born in Mexico City on July 11, 1951. From 1971 onwards he dedicated much of his time to the research of pre-Columbian instrumentation. This research that allowed him to travel the Mexican territory and study musical traditions of the native peoples of Mexico.

                                          He learned directly from the living sources of the music and collected samples of musical instruments and the songs of different native speakers including Maya, Nahuatl, Mazateco, Yoemem, Comcaac, Raramuri, Wixarika and more. His personal collection of native Mexican instruments includes ethnographic instruments still in use by ethnic groups, along with archaeological artifacts some of which are more than 2,000 years old.

                                          He continuously utilises these instruments in performances, concerts, lectures, exhibitions and recordings, in a sense, keeping them alive. Following a decade playing in Mexico City’s psychedelic rock scene, his early solo work was a mixture of sounds derived from his vast array of pre-Hispanic and ethnographic wind and percussions which he managed to blend with electronic devices including tape delay units, electric guitars and synthesisers. During this time, he was given the name ‘Ixoneztli’ (or “one who makes music”) by the legendary ‘curandera’ Pachita and her son Enrique, to whom, like Alejandro Jodorowsky before him, Luis served as assistant. In 1981, the Mexican government became very interested Perez work and sponsored the production of what became the first recording of the fusion of native mexican instruments with electronics - entitled ‘Ipan In Xiktli Metztli,’ in the Nahuatl language, or ‘En el Ombligo de la Luna’ in Spanish... ‘In the Navel of the Moon.’

                                          The impact of this recording and subsequent performances among media, ethnomusicologists and audiences alike established Luis Perez ‘Ixoneztli’ as a precursor to a new musical genre followed by a generation of young Mexican musicians - Ethno-Rock, Ethno-Jazz, Ethno-Experimental and the like. ‘El Ombligo de la Luna’ reaches us from deep in the past but it also exists entirely outside of time, as Luis Perez ‘Ixoneztli’’s offering to the world - the soul of Mexico channeled through the hands of a master musician.

                                          The Beginning Of The End

                                          Funky Nassau: The Definitive Collection

                                          Strut presents the definitive reissues of two all-time classic Caribbean soul and funk albums, The Beginning Of The End’s "Funky Nassau" (1971) and "Beginning Of The End" (1976).

                                          Emerging from Nassau in the Bahamas in 1971, the band was formed around the Munnings brothers (Ray, Leroy and Frank) and the first song they recorded, "Funky Nassau", became a No. 1 Billboard R’n’B hit, selling over a million copies. 'We wanted to create something new,' remembers Ray Munnings, 'something that was truly Bahamian. We loved funk but wanted to include elements of junkanoo, the indigenous music of The Bahamas.' An album was written within a week and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. 'We brought in more Bahamian themes, like "Monkey Tamarind", a wild fruit that grows there.'

                                          By the time of their second album in 1976, the band was managed by Don Taylor, also Bob Marley’s manager. 'Don took us to Byron Lee’s studio in Jamaica and used Teddy Randazzo (Little Anthony & The Imperials) to direct the sessions,' recalls Munnings. 'He gave us more of an uptempo jazz funk sound with Chicago-style horns.' The album led to a run of incredible bad luck. Booked to support Marvin Gaye’s 'What’s Goin’ On’ tour, the US Musicians Union stepped in and ordered a US group to fill the slot. They were then added onto a major Bob Marley tour in 1976 before he injured his foot, cancelling all dates.

                                          These definitive official reissues of "Funky Nassau" and "Beginning Of The End" are remastered by The Carvery from original tapes and feature full length tracks from the studio sessions. Both albums feature a history of the albums and the band by vocalist Ray Munnings, alongside rare photos. "Beginning Of The End" appears on loudpress 2LP for the first time. The CD edition features both albums + all extra singles recorded by the band.


                                          The Beginning Of The End

                                          The Beginning Of The End

                                          Strut presents the definitive reissues of two all-time classic Caribbean soul and funk albums, The Beginning Of The End’s ‘Funky Nassau’ (1971) and ‘Beginning Of The End’ (1976).

                                          Emerging from Nassau in the Bahamas in 1971, the band was formed around the Munnings brothers (Ray, Leroy and Frank) and the first song they recorded, ‘Funky Nassau’, became a No. 1 Billboard R’n’B hit, selling over a million copies. “We wanted to create something new,” remembers Ray Munnings, “something that was truly Bahamian. We loved funk but wanted to include elements of junkanoo, the indigenous music of The Bahamas.” An album was written within a week and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. “We brought in more Bahamian themes, like ‘Monkey Tamarind’, a wild fruit that grows there.”

                                          By the time of their second album in 1976, the band was managed by Don Taylor, also Bob Marley’s manager. “Don took us to Byron Lee’s studio in Jamaica and used Teddy Randazzo (Little Anthony & The Imperials) to direct the sessions,” recalls Munnings. “He gave us more of an uptempo jazz funk sound with Chicago-style horns.” The album led to a run of incredible bad luck. Booked to support Marvin Gaye’s ’What’s Goin’ On’ tour, the US Musicians Union stepped in and ordered a US group to fill the slot. They were then added onto a major Bob Marley tour in 1976 before he injured his foot, cancelling all dates.

                                          These definitive official reissues of ‘Funky Nassau’ and ‘Beginning Of The End’ are remastered by The Carvery from original tapes and feature full length tracks from the studio sessions. Both albums feature a history of the albums and the band by vocalist Ray Munnings, alongside rare photos. ‘Beginning Of The End’ appears on loudpress 2LP for the first time. The CD edition features both albums + all extra singles recorded by the band.

                                          The Heads

                                          RKT!

                                            Timely reissue of the first 3 releases The Heads put out on the ROCKET label, form their first split 7” release (with Lilydamwhite) in 1998 to their much lauded SESSIONS 2 freakout 12” from 2002… compiled here in their remastered glory, the Heads we quite prolific back in the late 90s / early 00’s, and in between the Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere album and Undersided album they released their jams and raw rehearsals via the burgeoning ROCKET Label..

                                            Compiled here with extensive sleeve notes from Rocket founder Simon Healey, this limited 3LP (1000 copies) and 2CD (1000 copies) set captures the band at their most laconic and free… psychedelic sprawling morass or sound and aural distortion grooves akin drawing from their wide influences…also from simply plugging in and letting go…

                                            Lena Platonos is a Greek musician, pianist and music composer. She was one of the pioneers in the Greek electronic music scene of the 1980s, and she remains active today. Lena was born on the island of Crete and grew up in Athens. She began learning how to play the piano at the age of two and became a professional pianist before turning eighteen. Soon afterwards, she received a scholarship to study in Vienna and Berlin, where she was exposed to jazz, rock, and Middle Eastern music. She returned to Greece in the late 70’s and began working with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. She released three collaborative albums between 1981 and 1983, but it was her “triptych” of solo albums, Sun Masks (1984), Gallop (1985), and Lepidoptera (1986) that would lead many to call her the “Greek Laurie Anderson” or “mother of Greek electronica”.

                                            Released in 1986, Lepidoptera was Lena’s third solo album, which was inspired by a scientific book on butterflies she found in a trashcan one day. The Latin genus and species names were mysterious and paralleled the changes in Lena’s personal life. “My concern in this work is transformation as a metaphor, or transcendence as an existential condition,” says Lena. Compositions follow minimalistic motifs and carefully-staged soundscapes. Vocals are processed through electronic filters, and at times plays a central role. Lena’s surrealistic verses are delivered in a direct fashion, touching on themes of metamorphosis, rebirth, love, and alienation. At times, she expresses tenderness; at others, a childlike innocence.

                                            All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The jacket is an exact replica of the 1986 edition, featuring an original collage by Lena and photography by Spyros Stateris. Each copy includes a two-sided 11”x11” insert with lyrics, photos and liner notes by Lena, with English translations by Stathis Gourgouris.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: Dark Entries revisit Greek electronic pioneer Lena Platonos for a beautifully pressed reissue of her 1986 LP "Lepidoptera". Alongside the kind of dark and disorienting cuts that were central to 'Sun Masks', there are playful avant pop numbers, Balearic groovers and snatches of mind expanding new age.

                                            Nigeria's "First Lady of Song" , Christiana Uduak Essien-Igbokwe was born in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria in 1960. Tragically she lost her mother early at the age of 12. In the mid-70s she started singing professionally at a relatively early age in the music clubs of Aba. Extensive TV work soon followed and in 1977 she launched her professional music career with the album "Freedom". Her fourth album "One Understanding" was signed by Afrodisia and released in 1979.

                                            "One Understanding" was produced by Pal Akalonu. It is an infectious mix of Afroboogie ("What Love Is About", "Mind Your Biz"), Swinging afro groove ("You Can't Change A Man") Smooth Afro Soul ("Take Life Easy"), Reggae tinged grooves ("I'll Be Your Man", "Respect Your Man") and -of course- one smooth ballad, "Understanding". Christy's lyrics show a depth of understanding and wisdom way beyond her 19 years (at the time).

                                            Having conquered the music and TV worlds Christy moved on to feature in some of the early Hollywood films such as "Flesh and Blood" and "Scars of Womanhood", both of which addressed issues of child abuse and female circumcision. With a desire to make life better for Nigerian artists. She is also credited as having initiated the first meeting that brought about the formation of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria in 1981.

                                            Christy died after a brief illness in 2011. Close to the time of her death, she was involved in numerous successful businesses, organization and running the non-governmental organisation Essential Child Care Foundation involved in child welfare. Christy's achievements and awards are numerous. Too numerous to mention. Perhaps her greatest achievement however is her contribution to building a peaceful and tolerant Nigeria – which, alongside moral uprightness, remain constant themes of her songs.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: After a proper iffy bootleg a while back, us Afro-disco fans finally get a chance to own Christy Essien's "You Can't Change A Man" in wonderfully restored quality. Though there are other treats on offer here, it's the relentless groove, warbling vocals and chiming keys of the B1 that'll have you coming back again and again.

                                            Musique Plastique deliver a fresh 20018 repress of the debut full length LP from Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile's Visible Cloaks project. Initially recorded in 2013 and issued on cassette by Sun Ark in 2014 (as Cloaks), this first offering uses conceptual processes to weave many of the same threads as their later work; synthetic FM tones, tuned mallet percussion, and electronically modulated voice, all arranged in a gossamer web, spun with neon electronics. On this release the duo set off on the sonic journey they are still on today, refracting their influences through East<>West feedback loops, augmenting traditions with technology. Remastered 45rpm DMM version with additional surprises!

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: Musique Plastique take it back to the beginning for Piccadilly faves Visible Cloaks, treating us to a first vinyl release for their self titled 2014 album. As you'd expect the duo deliver fractal sonic massages assembled from a broad synthetic palette.

                                            The Heads

                                            Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere

                                              LTD copies available of the TOUR / CLEAR PINK VINYL VERSION .

                                              Much acclaimed as the Heads finest album. Originally released in 2000, then remastered and reissued in 2014, now sold out on any format. Comes with WAV/FLAC DL codes.   

                                              Springing forth from the punk era of the late 70s, A Certain Ratio carved their own niche by marrying the gloom and gristle of the Manchester's Factory era with a whole load of groove. Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. 

                                              Alive and well and on A&M after the Factory split, A Certain Ratio were in euphoric and emotive form for 1989’s Good Together. Bursting with the boundless positivity of the acid house era, the LP sees ACR divert their usual funk into the baggy sound of the time, exploiting conventional song structures to convey themes of togetherness and hope. Soulful, smooth and packed with proper anthems, including the saucy eyed serenade ‘The Big E’ and the wriggling acid pop of the title track, ‘Good Together’ remains the ACR of choice for ageing ravers everywhere.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xColoured LP Info: Double white vinyl.

                                              Springing forth from the punk era of the late 70s, A Certain Ratio carved their own niche by marrying the gloom and gristle of the Manchester's Factory era with a whole load of groove. Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as ‘punk funk’ thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. 

                                              If Good Together saw A Certain Ratio translating the acid house ethos through conventional song, Up In Downsville was a sweat drenched return to the heart of the dance floor. Released on Rob Gretton’s plainly named imprint, the LP shuffles through melodic house, slick acid jazz and brooding electro-funk, pulling together the disparate strands of Manchester’s clubland into one infectious whole. The groove is king throughout but never hits harder than on LP closer Up In Downsville Pt.2, a flute led masterpiece of Mancunian funk which forms a wonderful contrast to enduring Balearic classic ‘Salvador’s (Fish)’, the album’s finest moment.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xColoured LP Info: Light blue vinyl!

                                              For a label that wasn't around long, Strata East achieved the same sort of label recognition that Impulse! or Blue Note managed to build. In other words, you knew what you were getting when you bought a record on the label, even if you didn't know the names on the outside of the cover.
                                              "Don't Look Back" is an album led by American saxophonist Harold Vick recorded in 1974 and released in the wake of Harold Vick's recovery from a heart attack, which may partially explain the passion with which he approaches his playing throughout.
                                              One of the best-ever Strata East sessions! The album's a masterfully conceived session by reed player Harold Vick – best known to the world as the funky tenorist from albums by John Patton and Jack McDuff in the 60s, but emerging here as an incredibly sensitive soul jazz player, capable of turning out some incredibly sophisticated and emotional compositions. Vick produced and wrote all the material on the album. A treasure all the way through. 

                                              Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London.

                                              The Deirdre Wilson Tabac

                                              The Deirdre Wilson Tabac

                                              Recorded in Philadelphia in 1969, The Deirdre Wilson Tabac's sole album is a beautiful blend of funk, jazz and soulful pop. Possessing the complex grooves, thrilling breaks and ethereal weirdness that The Rotary Connection pedalled so brilliantly, the LP failed to connect with audiences upon its original release.

                                              In the decades since, it has deservedly attracted a considerable cult following. However, almost inevitably, it has become increasingly tricky to pick up a copy in good condition for anything less than eye-watering sums. As such, we're delighted to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of freaky funk-rock, limited to just 500 copies.

                                              The Tabac were, in fact, a trio. Discovered, managed and produced by Svengali Sonny Casella (who'd earlier managed garage band The Magic Mushrooms), they comprised Deirdre Wilson, Stu Freeman (formerly of said Mushrooms) and Barbara Payne (formerly with the James Brown Revue). They were backed by session players including jazz guitarist Chuck Anderson, bassist Hugh McDonald and keyboardist Roy Bittan (who went on to be a long-term Bruce Springsteen sideman).

                                              Their first single coupled two fine Casella compositions, each featuring powerhouse vocal workouts; the supremely funk-fuelled blues beat of "The Other Side Of Life" and the psychedelic-flavoured "Look In My Face" - both of which are featured here. This 7" picked enough up airplay to merit an album, which duly appeared early the following year, but, as is often the way with these lost classics, it received barely any press. Correspondingly, sales where low and the trio didn't last long.

                                              And herein lies the real tragedy. The rest of the LP deserves to be heard from start-to-finish - it's that good. A beguiling mix of funky folk and rocky jazz tracks, with some deep, string-drenched harmony soul ballads and a handful of remarkable covers elegantly presented througout. Indeed, they put some sauntered head-nod funk into The Beatles' "Get Back" whilst tearing through a version of "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" which gives Otis' original a real run for its money.

                                              But the real standout cut for most - with its soulful, haunting vocals, swinging hammond organ and stabbing horns, is the incredible 6/8 time jazz dancer "I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes." Staggering.

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              David says: A key release in my recent re-evaluation of jazz, The Deirdre Wilson Tabac effortlessly married 70s folk arrangements, carefree soul and jazzy tonality.

                                              When pianist and composer Moses Taiwa Molelekwa died in February 2001, fans and fellow musicians alike were swept away by grief. He was so young – not yet 30 – and had shown such musical promise.
                                              Genes and Spirits was his second album, released a year before his death. While the composer’s voice and pianist’s touch are instantly recognisable from his debut, Finding One’s Self, the ideas underlying the music mark a conscious step into the unknown: what he called “finding a range of rhythmic alternatives,” inspired by the rhythmic complexity he was hearing in both pan-African music and the New Music he had been exploring in Europe; and by the possibilities of electronic club music – jungle in London, and kwaito in Soweto.
                                              Inspired like many of his musical age-mates by the optimism of the post-liberation 1990s in South Africa, Taiwa crafted what he described as ragga with a kalimba groove; Tswana vocals over a programmed drum
                                              track; a duet with Chucho Valdez and more, across eleven tracks combining the talents of multiple South African and world musicians, including Valdez, Flora Purim and Cameroonian drummer Brice Wassy. With Genes and Spirits, Molelekwa was stepping into the kind of genre-busting territory we associate today with players such as Robert Glasper, but he was doing it almost a decade earlier: asserting a new jazz identity that was young, popular and African. This re-release also includes one additional track, Wa Mpona, recorded for, but omitted from, the original release.


                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: Currently killing it for the Piccadilly Jazz Club, this is an overlooked masterpiece of modern jazz. Released in 2000, a year before the South African pianists’ untimely death, “Genes And Spirits” marries the African jazz stylings of Dollar Brand or Hugh Masekela with jungle, soul, kwaito and hip hop, sounding like a lost studio session between Brand, Masekela, Hancock, Larry Heard and Goldie. Sublime!

                                              “Dock Of The Bay Sessions” was compiled with input from Roger Armstrong of Ace Records and Otis biographer Jonathan Gould and has the Redding family’s full endorsement. Although the individual tracks have been previously released across a smattering of posthumous albums and compilations, this marks the first time they have been assembled to resemble what this album could possibly have been.

                                              This year marks the 50th anniversary of the album’s opening track “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” one of the last songs Redding ever recorded. Released in January 1968, it soon topped the charts in March 16th in the US becoming the first posthumous #1 single in the history of the U.S. music charts. It also reached number 3 in the UK, and went on to sell more than four million copies worldwide.


                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl, direct to board jacket.

                                              The Gun Club

                                              Mother Juno

                                                May 18th see’s the reissue of Mother Juno, The 1987 album released by The Gun Club. It was produced by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins. "Yellow Eyes" was originally entitled "Funky Junkie"; "Nobody's City" was originally "Sleepy Times Blues". The original recordings of Mother Juno were released as Mother Berlin in 2015 on Bang! Records containing an additional track,"Country One".

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited edition coloured vinyl.

                                                Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                Pink Floyd

                                                Relics - 2018 Remastered Edition

                                                  Pink Floyd re-release their 1971 compilation album ‘RELICS’ on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. Remastered in 2018 by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. This re-release comes almost 50 years since the original pressing.

                                                  ‘RELICS’, Pink Floyd’s first ‘compilation’ album, includes singles, B-sides, tracks from their first three albums ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ and ‘More’. Also, the then-previously unreleased Roger Waters song, Biding My Time, recorded in July 1969 and first released on ‘Relics’ in May 1971. ‘Relics’ was the first album to include Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, which previously had only been released as singles, and the original studio recording of Careful with That Axe, Eugene, the B-side of Point Me At The Sky in 1968.

                                                  Keeping true to the original artwork, the sleeve features the black and white drawings by Nick Mason, carrying the iconic subtitle ‘A Bizarre Collection of Antiques & Curios’. All tracks are the original stereo versions, which sit alongside the Syd Barrett-era, mono mixed singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play.


                                                  The Breeders

                                                  Pod

                                                    The Breeders were formed by The Pixies Kim Deal and Throwing Muses Tanya Donelly. This was their debut album originally released by 4AD in May 1990. The album, produced by Steve Albini combines the energy and angular pop sensibilities of their other bands, bolstered by creative songwriting and clever arrangements. It features iconic Vaughan Oliver artwork.

                                                    The Breeders

                                                    Last Splash

                                                      Originally released by 4AD in August 1993, ‘Last Splash’. By the time this album was released, Tanya Donelly had left the band to for Belly and Kim Deal had been joined by her sister Kelley. The album features possibly their best known song, the late 90s indie-disco classic ‘Cannonball’.

                                                      The Breeders

                                                      Title TK

                                                        Originally released by 4AD in May 2002. The Deal sisters recruited new personnel to play several live shows in 2001 and returned to the studio with guitarist Richard Presley, bass player Mando Lopez and drummer Jose Medeles to record this third Breeders studio album with Steve Albini.

                                                        The Breeders

                                                        Mountain Battles

                                                          Fourth studio album, originally released in April 2008. This reissue of ‘Mountain Battles’ includes 12” size, 28 page booklet.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Graveyard Tramps Eat The Forbidden City Dog Food

                                                            Nearly 30 years ago, a now legendary LP by the name of Forbidden City Dogfood was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. What few folk knew was that Forbidden City Dogfood was actually less than half of the compilation made by Cramps frontman Lux Interior. Here, for the very first time, the entire recording is now available. Fully complete and weighing in at well over an hour of crazy, whacky sounds from the Maestro of Mad himself. Remastered from the original source, these obscure Rockabilly, Surf and R&B tracks will wow you now as they did then - interspersed with B-Movie trailer clips and wigged out voice overs, you just know it’s better than good! Limited edition of 1.000 copies. Get it while you can. 

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2x10" LP Info: Double 10" vinyl.

                                                            Tom Waits

                                                            Nighthawks At The Diner - Remastered

                                                              Recorded in front of a live audience at the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles in 1975, Nighthawks at the Diner debuts some of Waits’ greatest classics like “Warm Beer, Cold Women” and “Eggs and Sausage” with a crack Jazz ensemble backing him up and some of the greatest stage patter ever committed to record.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xColoured LP Info: Limited Red Coloured Vinyl - 800 copies only for the UK

                                                              2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                              The Lovely Eggs

                                                              Wildlife

                                                                Their third album 'WILDLIFE. The Eggs returned with an album that encapsulates the isolation of extensive touring and brief time back in their home town Lancaster. The two piece raucous noise pop duo combine their gritty British northern surreal lyrics with thunderous guitars and crashing drums on this their third self-recorded gem. Working alongside Gruff Rhys who produced Allergies and Cornershop's Tjinder Singh who has remixed Food for a special digital download, Wildlife is yet another wonderful and unique album from a band who continue to cement their reputation as one of the most genuinely exciting and essential bands around today. Already lead track Allergies, the first single taken from Wildlife, released on the Too Pure Singles Club, has won the BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist - with 82% of the public vote and declared winner of Steve Lamacq's 6 Music Round Table as well as Artrocker's single of the month. For The Lovely Eggs being in a band is a way of life. True to this, they live the way they play. Fiercely, constantly in search of the good times. With this their third album in three years The Lovely Eggs explore further into their own world and the bizarreness of reality and invite you to come inside to join the party, strange as it is! 

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Coloured LP Info: Clear frosted vinyl repress.

                                                                Hookworms

                                                                Hookworms (Repress)

                                                                  Repress!!!

                                                                  Faux Discx and Gringo Records are psyched (no pun intended) to announce the debut vinyl release of Leeds' Hookworms. The Hookworms 12" features 4 songs, clocks in at around 27 minutes, and is limited to 500 copies on 180g black & white splattered vinyl. 

                                                                  The release was previously only available on tape via Sun Araw's Sun Ark label and that sold out in a matter of weeks. Hookworms formed in late 2009 at a time when most of the group’s members were also playing together in a snappy punk group. The punk and garage background is important, because it has a lot to do with the energy that makes Hookworms so noticeable. Many groups think they can make good on psych-rock by just wigging out to their own ends, during interminable jam sessions that only come to a halt when someone decides “That’s long enough.” Most of Hookworms’ songs are around the six minute mark, which isn’t long at all, and each one is constantly doing something. The singer and keyboard player delivers his vocals like The Gun Club’s Jeffery Lee Pierce on Fire of Love - frantic and impassioned. The guitars colour in and around the lines, informed just as much by Flipper’s Ted Falconi as ‘Sister Ray’. Bass grooves lead the way, sage in their wisdom over which path to take. This is tidy stuff, a purposeful and fully conscious journey into the realms of Zoss. It’s also a journey taking place on increasingly large stages, where they’re just as confident at filling the sonic space as at the small venues where they started out.

                                                                  “Hookworms fling themselves headlong into classic 80’s/90’s psych-rock like they’re trying to break something. Hailing from Leeds and cramming themselves giddily within the well established formal properties of the genre, they walk the scorched road behind Loop, Spectrum, and any other titan of two-chord songs who’s ever slowly wah-ed a chord until they saw colors. Most excellent burners!” Cameron Stallones, Sun Ark / Sun Araw.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Long awaited repress on Black & White splatter vinyl! 500 copies only.

                                                                  "The Chisa Years: 1965–1975 (Rare and Unreleased)" is a compilation album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. The album consists of 14 rare or forgotten tracks recorded by Stewart Levine and Hugh Masekela from 1965 to 1975 when they ran their own Chisa Records label. Thom Jurek of Allmusic wrote 'In sum, there isn’t a weak moment on this entire collection. It’s appeal is wide and deep and one can only hope this is the first of many volumes of this material to appear. BBE Records has done a stellar job in making this slab available.' Dan Nishimoto of the Prefix Magazine stated 'The compilation focuses on Masekela’s original idea of African American Music. From the early experiments of the Zulus (a group featuring M’Bulu) in mixing doo-wop, rhythm & blues and South African gospel and the mbaqanga/'Grazing in the Grass'-style work of the generically named Johannesburg Street Band to the clearly Fela-influenced Ojah (Masekela’s band in the mid-’70s, consisting of players from Ghana and Nigeria) and the readyfor-primetime belting of M’Bulu, each track reveals a multi-pronged effort to find and challenge the notion(s) of how African and American cultural forms could interact.'

                                                                  Another sterling collection from BBE, pressed across two discs and sounding super! 


                                                                  Sam McClellan

                                                                  Music Of The Five Elements

                                                                  Acupressurist and electronic composer Sam McClellan's "Music of the Five Elements" is a work of perfectly tuned healing music. A deeply felt distillation Minimalism (in the Tony Conrad / La Monte Young school), American Primitive guitar (Fahey & Basho) and even psychedelia. The album is a continuous sound voyage for voice, synthesizer, guitar, bowed bass, piano, effects and ciao (Chinese flute) all played by McClellan himself. Although divided into sections, the journey is best undertaken as a whole, without distraction. As McClellan himself wrote on the original liner notes:

                                                                  "The optimum effect of Music of the Five Elements will be achieved if each side of this recording is played through, from beginning to end without interruption. Music of the Five Elements, when used as a meditational or body work tool, rather than entertainment, will increase in effect over time. Overplaying or improper use, however, may eventually diminish its designed effect.”

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Patrick says: Draw the curtains and light a candle. Draw three chalk figures on the floor and feel the air in the room tremble - incredible esoteric psych-folk here unearthed by the excellent Seance Centre - don't sleep.

                                                                  Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock

                                                                  It Takes Two

                                                                    As hip-hop moved into the mainstream in 1988, Harlem duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock changed the game with "It Takes Two", one of the undisputed classic singles of the genre. The group's debut album, It Takes Two, which featured the title track as well as the dance hits "Joy and Pain" and "Get On The Dance Floor" has been newly remastered in high definition from the original tapes and pressed on red opaque vinyl--its first appearance on the format since its original release thirty years ago.

                                                                    Tom Waits

                                                                    Bastards

                                                                      For the first time, Tom Waits will make available as individual records his 2006 classic 56 song release Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. 

                                                                      The collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it’s songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits’ album for the first time. They included Waits’ unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. These outtakes, rarities and the previously unreleased material were separately grouped into themes and named, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. And now these titles will be released individually.

                                                                      Bastards is a collection of experimental music and strange tales.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      2xColoured LP Info: Exclusively for RSD on grey vinyl.

                                                                      Tom Waits

                                                                      Brawlers

                                                                        For the first time, Tom Waits will make available as individual records his 2006 classic 56 song release Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. 

                                                                        The collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it’s songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits’ album for the first time. They included Waits’ unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. These outtakes, rarities and the previously unreleased material were separately grouped into themes and named, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. And now these titles will be released individually. 

                                                                        Brawlers is a collection of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomps.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Exclusively for RSD on blue vinyl.

                                                                        Tom Waits

                                                                        Bawlers

                                                                          For the first time, Tom Waits will make available as individual records his 2006 classic 56 song release Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. 

                                                                          The collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it’s songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits’ album for the first time. They included Waits’ unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. These outtakes, rarities and the previously unreleased material were separately grouped into themes and named, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. And now these titles will be released individually. 

                                                                          Bawlers is a collection of Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits’ songs.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Exclusively for RSD on red vinyl.

                                                                          This Is The Kit

                                                                          Wriggle Out The Restless

                                                                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                            This Is The Kit have had a banner year, with their Rough Trade Records debut "Moonshine Freeze" becoming BBC 6 Music's most played record of 2017, and making it onto numerous other year-end Top 10 lists. It also found them doing their most extensive touring to date — both in the UK and abroad, including extensive support dates in London & North America with indie rock kingmakers The National.‘Wriggle Out The Restless’ was This Is The Kit's first breakout release — 6 Music host Guy Garvey said "it should have been nominated for the Mercury Prize." — and this is its first time on vinyl in over a decade. (It was pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies with an alternative cover in 2010). Includes download code. 700 coloured vinyl limited edition (splatter orange + blue). Features exclusive track never before on vinyl ‘Treehouse’ as well as fan favorite ‘Earthquake’. “Absolutely gorgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” - Cerys Matthew / BBC Radio 6 Music.

                                                                            You won't hear another band like this anywhere between now and the the end of the millenium. The Lovely Eggs are just brilliant!” Huw Stephens, Radio One // “They have the off the wall look that is perfect pop and the cutting stripped down dynamic of a cool art crew in love with underground rock n roll” John Robb  //  The Lovely Eggs re-release their critically acclaimed debut album 'If You Were Fruit'. Originally released in 2009 on Cherryade Records, 'If You Were Fruit' includes the hit tracks 'Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?' and 'I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)'.

                                                                            The Lovely Eggs continue to cement their reputation as one of the most genuinely exciting and essential bands around today. This, their first full-length record, was nominated by XFM for 'Debut Album of the Year' and showcases all the magic of their unique, funny, sad, moving, bewildering and beautiful sound.


                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Lemon 'Eat Shit' coloured vinyl.

                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                            Liz Phair

                                                                            Exile In Guyville - Reissue

                                                                              2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s landmark Exile in Guyville album. On May 4th, Matador Records will reissue the album on vinyl and CD. Re-mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, the album is set for a remembrance worthy of its greatness. In addition to the straight reissue, Matador is also releasing Girly-Sound To Guyville, an extensive vinyl box set to celebrate the anniversary.

                                                                              Originally released in 1993, Exile In Guyville is a seminal album and a feminist landmark. Its legendary status has only grown over the years. It’s continually included in countless lists…Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest albums of all time + 100 best albums of the 90s, Pitchfork’s Top 100 albums of the 90s, etc. Numerous essays and think pieces have been written about it and the number of accolades piled on is endless.

                                                                              Since the release of Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair has continued to defy expectation and break barriers. She has released five albums, and is currently working on a new one with Ryan Adams. She has also composed music for television shows and received awards for that work. In November, it was announced that she would be fulfilling a longtime dream to be an author, having received a two-book deal with Random House. Her first book will be called Horror Stories which focuses on “heartbreak, motherhood, and everything in between.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                              Amsterdam's archival experts Music From Memory are back with more ‘Music From The Living Room’. Delving further into the archives of British musician Michal Turtle, "Return To Jeka" brings together eight previously unreleased works recorded between 1983 and 1985. Drawn from a larger archive of works the compilation highlights a fascinating period of material Michal recorded after the release of his only album.
                                                                              Working as an accompanist musician at The Laban Centre in New Cross at the time, Michal there met Jonathan Smart who was currently studying Dance. After being invited to add spoken word vocals to a few of Michal’s tracks, Michal discovered Jonathan was also an accomplished guitarist; and Jonathan would add guitar to a number of recordings from this period. Vocalist Lucianne Lassalle who Michal was working with in local bands ‘The Duplicates’ and ‘The Wicked Kitchen Staff’ and who had worked with Michal on recordings for his album, would also collaborate with Michal again during this period.
                                                                              While some tracks were produced with the idea in mind of a follow up to his album ‘Music From The Living Room’ which UK label Shout proposed but which would sadly not materialise, others were in fact demos written for student dance choreographies. Produced in the living room of his parents' home in Croydon, South London and later in his apartment in Camden Town, Michal Turtle’s home recordings featured on ‘Return To Jeka’ continue his unique musical explorations; drawing extensively on the use of percussion and electronics they bring together elements which were not only in many aspects visionary but also sound like little else.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Patrick says: Drifting between dream and nightmare, Michal Turtle's otherworldly electronic suites beguile, bewitch and transport you to another place entirely.

                                                                              Jan Jelinek & Computer Soup

                                                                              Improvisations And Edits, Tokyo 26.09.2001

                                                                              Faitiche releases the album "Improvisations And Edits, Tokyo 26.09.2001" on vinyl for the first time. For the original 2002 CD on Soup-Disk and Sub Rosa (Audiosphere), Jan Jelinek and the Japanese trio Computer Soup (Satoru Hori - trumpet, Osamu Okubo - toys & electronics, Kei Ikeda - toys & electronics) presented eight tracks all recorded one afternoon in the trio's living room in Tokyo.

                                                                              Languid and jazz influenced, it received criticism at the time for being 'cluttered' and 'unstructured' but this has only helped to bury, away from site in the plethora of other CD-only projects released at the time. With revived interest in all things glitch and a see set of ears, 20 years later this is sounding super! Like being lost in a computerized enchanted forest - a synthesized collage of mellowed out yet haunting sounds.

                                                                              'Improvisations and Edits is a warm and mellow ambient release with beautiful glitch fragments, static noise bursts and real trumpet intersections' -ambientexotica.com, 2003. 


                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd LP Info: Re-Issue of 2001 recordings, never before on vinyl. Ltd. edition of 500 copies incl. download code.

                                                                              Faitiche releases a short version of the radio play "Zwischen" (German for 'between'). Devised and produced by Jan Jelinek for German public broadcaster SWR2, "Zwischen" brings together twelve sound poetry collages using interview answers by public figures. Each collage consists of the brief moments between the spoken words: silences, pauses for breath and hesitations in which the interviewees utter non-semantic sound particles. These voice collages also control a synthesizer, creating electronic sounds that overlay and merge with the voices to make twelve acoustic structures. The opening questions in the various interviews are answered by: Alice Schwarzer, John Cage, Hubert Fichte,, Joseph Beuys, Lady Gaga, Ernst Jandl, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marcel Duchamp, Friederike Mayracker, Yoko Ono and Max Ernst.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Ltd LP Info: Ltd to 500 inc download code.

                                                                              Howlin Rain

                                                                              Howlin Rain - Reissue

                                                                                Never before issued on vinyl, Silver Current presents Howlin Rain’s selt-titled 2006 debut album, originally on CD only on Birdman Records! Formed in 2004 in San Francisco, the band features Ethan Miller (Comets On Fire, Heron Oblivion), John Moloney (shaman leader and percussionist for Boston’s Sunburned Hand Of The Man) and Ian Gradek (bassist, iron worker, banjo-picker and world traveler). For a group of musicians who spend most of their time playing napalmwrecked avant-rock or underground improv, this is an opportunity to downshift and ease into some classic good-time jams—some yin to the more experimental yang of their better known projects.

                                                                                They draw from the resonance of The Dead, The Allman Brothers, Richard Brautigan, Exuma, Terry Reid, Golden Earring, CSNY (as well as Neil Young and Crazy Horse), Bob Dylan, Blue Cheer, CCR, Simon and Garfunkel, Randy Holden, White Heaven, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh and anyone who’s played piano on an album without actually knowing how to. They’re equal parts dust, groove, folk, rock, dirt, mercury, earth, beer, watermelon, the Eel River and the great land that surrounds it. Howlin Rain came together with the intention of making a good, old-fashioned, free-wheeling rock album with a bared soul and a body that hangs joy, hysteria and darkness on the same rambling bones. They play unfiltered music in all its grit and all its glory; music to beat the steering wheel of your van to or sing along with while drinking whiskey in the bathtub with your dog on a Saturday night.

                                                                                "Squadra Antigangsters" (The Gang that Sold America) is one of over ten films produced between the '70s and '80s in which the actor Tomas Milian plays the role of Police Marshal / Inspector Nico Giraldi, probably the most famous character out of the typical Italian detective films of that period, which were in practice Giallo movies with a strong comedy component.

                                                                                The film is set in the United States, and the soundtrack sounds very American, starting from the first two songs, interpreted by the warm voice of Asha Puthli, an Indian singer who is also an actress in this movie, "The Whip" and "The Sound of Money" seem to belong to one of the many Stax productions of those years, only that they're played by... Goblin! The Roman band, whose line-up consisted of Claudio Simonetti (keyboards), Agostino Marangolo (drums), Fabio Pignatelli (bass) and Carlo Pennisi (guitar) was in those years nothing less than hyper-productive, but this did not prevent them from producing high-quality works. In fact, the album songs go through various genres - disco music, country, funky, soul, samba ... - with little concessions to some typical 'Goblinian' moments."Squadra Antigangsters" (The Gang that Sold America) is one of over ten films produced between the '70s and '80s in which the actor Tomas Milian plays the role of Police Marshal / Inspector Nico Giraldi, probably the most famous character out of the typical Italian detective films of that period, which were in practice Giallo movies with a strong comedy component.


                                                                                The only album released by Los Supremos, "Atiza y ataja" (1971), was the debut recording for Edulfamid Molina Díaz, aka Piper Pimienta, who would soon make his mark as Fruko's lead singer and later with The Latin Brothers and his own orchestra. Grounded firmly in the Cuban style of La Sonora Matancera, with a prominent piano and crisp trumpet sound augmented by an additional double sax section, Los Supremos were also influenced by the NYC salsa dura and bugalú of Willie Colón, while managing to include coastal Colombian tropical music like cumbia and currulao, throwing in some improvised descarga jamming as well, making for a varied and hard-edged mix for one of Discos Fuentes' first, and finest, forays into making salsa records. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl. Part of Vampisoul's reissue series of classic Fuentes LPs.

                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                Aladdin Sane - 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Silver Vinyl

                                                                                  2017 saw gold vinyl versions of ‘Hunky Dory’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,’ released 45 years to the day of the first issuing of Ziggy. To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the ALADDIN SANE album; there will be a special limited edition silver vinyl version released.

                                                                                  This strictly limited one run only silvery vinyl edition of ALADDIN SANE will contain Ken Scott’s approved 2013 remaster and will be released on 20th April, 2018, 45 years to the day since the original release date for the album. Previously thought to have been issued on 13th April, 1973, new evidence has come to light that proves the release date was officially the 20th, but being Good Friday in the UK the album was 'made available' on the 19th.

                                                                                  Recorded in London in late 1972 and early 1973 in New York and Nashville while Bowie and the Spiders were on the Ziggy Stardust Tour and coming on the back of two top ten UK singles, ‘The Jean Genie’ and ‘Drive-In Saturday’. Aladdin Sane was described by David as "Ziggy goes to America".


                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                  Changestwobowie

                                                                                    This follow up to David’s hugely successful first Best Of compilation CHANGESONEBOWIE, has not officially been available since the late 1980’s. Featuring iconic cover photography by Greg Gorman, it was first released in 1981 and was only briefly available on CD in 1985 but has long since been deleted.

                                                                                    Drawing on material spanning from HUNKY DORY (1971) to SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) (1980) it achieved gold status in the U.K. album chart in 1982. It will be reissued on the 13th April with all tracks remastered on CD in a digipak sleeve, high-resolution 192/24 and 96/24 digital and standard digital for streaming and download,

                                                                                    The 180gram vinyl edition will be available randomly on its initial limited manufacturing run in black and blue vinyl before reverting solely to black vinyl.


                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: 180g vinyl available randomly on black or blue vinyl.

                                                                                    This sought-after rarity presents a blend of ambient, new-age, 60’s inspired folk music. The melancholic lyrics of singer-songwriter Suzanne Menzel are transformed by Danish New-Age pioneer, Klaus Schønning’s, futuristic soundscape. Schønning, not only produced ‘Goodbyes and Beginnings,’ Menzel also credits him as giving her the artistic courage to
                                                                                    self-release her first and only album. ‘Goodbye’s and Beginnings’ sits at the cross-section of many genres.
                                                                                    Menzel’s voice is as timeless as her heartfelt, somber lyrics. A mixture of synthesizer, organ and rhythm computers offer a playful contrast. The beautiful tension between them creates a fresh, unique sound and makes ‘Goodbye’s and Beginnings’ hard to categorize even today.


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Millie says: Mystic and bewitching, this reissue LP still holds a calming, wholesome atmosphere to it. Truly lovely.

                                                                                    Julian Cope

                                                                                    Jehovahkill - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                      Jehovahkill is the eighth album by Julian Cope, released in 1992. Its original version was titled Julian H. Cope.

                                                                                      The album cover depicts the Callanish Stones, a site with a cruciform layout that predates Christ by at least 2,000 years 

                                                                                      Julian Cope

                                                                                      Peggy Suicide - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                        Peggy Suicide is the seventh album by Julian Cope. It is generally seen as the beginning of Cope's trademark sound and approach, and as a turning-point for Cope as a maturing artist. 

                                                                                        Kaleidoscope

                                                                                        Tangerine Dream - 50th Anniversary Remastered Edition

                                                                                          Look through any self respecting quality music publication or web site and peruse through a list of the most important and influential psychedelic albums of all time and you can be pretty sure to see KALEIDOSCOPE’S ‘Tangerine Dream” ranked high up there, along with your ‘Sgt Peppers’, your ‘Forever Changes’ ‘Satanic Majesties Request’ ‘Axis Bold As Love’ ‘Odyssey & Oracle’ and ‘The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators’……..

                                                                                          This seminal album of quintessential English psychedelia is one of the most highly prized artifacts that define the psychedelic genre and like some of the most highly collected and prized albums from that time, mint copies can now go for way in excess of £1000.

                                                                                          Thus given the record`s rarity & collectability, matched to the recent explosive interest in all things psyche, garage & underground, you would be excused for thinking that this slice of perfect late 60’s progressive underground pop would have been given the full reissue and remastering treatment already. Surprisingly though, you would very much be mistaken. But to those of you who know the checkered history of Kaleidoscope this will perhaps come as no surprise!?!!

                                                                                          Thankfully after 3 years of painstaking detective work, chance encounters with Universal archivists, heavy negotiations with major label legal executives and some good fortune, we are delighted to announce that this record will finally not only get its first proper official reissue in over 5 decades, but thanks to a lot of pure persistence it can now be presented to its listeners in the manner in which it was supposed to have been heard, following the discovery of a batch of the original master tapes that were languishing in the vaults of Universal that have laid largely unheard for 50 years!

                                                                                          Furthermore following a couple of shared festival billings at Austin and Copenhagen Psyche Festival, with another legend of the scene, Mr Pete Kember aka SONIC BOOM of SPACEMEN 3 fame, Sonic has been holed up in his Lisbon studio, painstakingly remastering the album from the original ¼” tapes.

                                                                                          The remastering of these ¼” tapes though is only part of the story, as along with the discovery of these a significant number of ½” tapes and other material was also discovered which is penned for a future release when the band`s entire works will be presented in a definitive boxset of all four of their studio albums (including all their Fairfield Parlour recordings) plus BBC Sessions, live recordings, alternative takes, new mixes, unreleased tracks and material from the band`s own archive including pre-Kaleidoscope demos when they were known as both The Sidekicks and The Key.

                                                                                          For now though, this 50th Anniversary release comes with a flavor of what is to come, with the inclusion of two unreleased out-takes tracks from 1967 on a bonus 7” housed in a replica original paper thin Fontana sleeve which, includes an early version of the track that gave the band their name, the suitably titled: ‘Kaleidoscope’. Whilst the flip presents an alternative earliest known recorded version of the album’s follow-up single: “Dream For Julie’.

                                                                                          The album itself, has been cut onto 180g heavyweight vinyl, housed in a deluxe high-end gatefold tip-on sleeve with the lyrics printed and new artwork.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Barry says: Kaleidoscope write unbelievably beautiful pop tunes about diamonds in eyes, and soft voices and 'Beckoning' people, which nobody really does anymore. This is haunting, pastoral psych-pop, with echoes of classic early Floyd, twee jangles and ditties abound. Stunning.

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          Ltd LP Info: 180g black vinyl.

                                                                                          Mr Bongo keep the hits coming with a welcome reissue of Burnier & Cartier's self-titled LP, which has soared to the top of many a wantlist after appearing in many a setlist and sample-jam. A gorgeous set which touches on MPB, soul, jazz, disco and boogie, the LP has been championed by the likes of Jazzanova, Floating Points and Hunnee while Andres and KDJ and Kaytranada have all slammed it into the MPC and made good use of these exquisiste grooves. The perfect marriage of breezy South American rhythms, sunkissed melodies and smooth vocals, the album is a testament to the songwriting talents of the duo and the production and arrangement expertise of Arthur Verocai and Luis Bonfa.
                                                                                          Remastered for 2018 and presented in replica artwork, this Brazilian fusion gem is finally available without securing a second mortgage.

                                                                                          Bob Dylan

                                                                                          The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

                                                                                            Thirteen song, second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records. Where as his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin' represented the beginning of Dylan's writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan's original compositions.

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                            Jedi dub riddims from King Tubby protege's Scientist and Prince Jammy, bringing their mastery of the studio to tracks written by Lee Perry acolyte Linval Thompson. Backed by the Roots Radics band no less, this 1982 album is about as good as early ‘80s dub gets, with sopping wet flange, endless spring reverb and catchy perc parts. It predates Jammy's move to digital techniques around '83 / '84 and as such, still exists in a solely analogue realm. Although traditionally 'dub' in its arrangement and execution, there's some interesting nuances: an aggressive, stepped flanger, ridiculously splashy reverbs and a highly percussive rhythm section (which would later be adopted across Jammy's productions). The artwork pays tribute to all sorts of sci-fi tropes, from Star Wars to Star Trek to Ming the Merciless, is just a bonus. All in all a groundbreaking and important addition to the reggae / dub cannon. Jah!




                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Mega limited Coke Bottle Clear with Blue Swirl Vinyl Edition of only 300 copies.

                                                                                            Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from the unlikely city of Houston, Texas, reissued for the first time. Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane.
                                                                                            Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo. Presented in both stereo and mono mixes. Extensive booklet, download card for WAV files and footage of live performances included. 

                                                                                            Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce an official limited edition release of the fourth and final Spacemen 3 studio album "Recurring"; the follow up to their seminal “Playing with Fire” album. By the time the album was recorded, relations between the band had soured to the extent that the record is essentially in two parts; the first seven tracks written and performed by Sonic Boom a.ka. Peter Kember (Spectrum / E.A.R.), and the last seven tracks written and performed by Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) punctuated by the cover version of Mudhoney’s ‘When Tomorrow Hits’ the only track on which both Kember and Pierce appear together. 

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            LP Info: Black vinyl edition.

                                                                                            Love

                                                                                            Forever Changes (50th Anniversary)

                                                                                              Love’s Forever Changes is the psychedelic folk-rock pioneers’ finest achievement. Mostly overlooked when it was released in 1967, today the album is considered an indispensable masterpiece. In 2008, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and – in 2012 – the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry.

                                                                                              Love are celebrating the acclaimed album’s golden anniversary with an extensive 4CD/DVD/LP collection housed in a beautifully illustrated 12 x 12 hardbound book that features a newly written essay and track-by-track notes by music historian Ted Olsen.

                                                                                              Recorded during the Summer of Love in Hollywood, CA, Forever Changes is the group’s most fully realized studio effort, featuring Arthur Lee (vocals, guitar), Johnny Echols (lead guitar), Bryan MacLean (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ken Forssi (bass) and Michael Stuart (drums, percussion). The original album introduced classics like “Andmoreagain,” “Red Telephone,” “A House Is Not A Motel” and “Alone Again Or.”

                                                                                              The set features a few firsts for the album, including the CD-debut of a remastered version made by its original co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnick, as well as the first-ever release of the mono version on CD. Also included are alternate mixes of the album, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased singles and studio outtakes. Botnick’s stereo remaster of the original album makes its vinyl debut on the LP included with this set. It was cut from high resolution digital audio by celebrated audio engineer Bernie Grundman.

                                                                                              The DVD that accompanies the anniversary collection includes a 24/96 stereo mix of the album version of the original album remastered by Botnick. Also featured is “Your Mind And We Belong Together,” a rare promotional video directed by Elektra producer Mark Abramson that was originally released in 1968.

                                                                                              Forever Changes: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts more than a dozen rarities, including single versions of “Alone Again Or” and “A House Is Not A Motel” that are available now for the first time since 1967. Two other recordings on the set have never been released: the backing track for “Live And Let Live” and an outtake backing track for “Wonder People (I Do Wonder).”


                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                              Ltd Box Set Info: 4CD/DVD/LP collection in 12x12 hardbound book.

                                                                                              Theater De Kreet was a short lived theatre collective that existed between 1979 and 1981. In that period the troupe presented just one performance, a musical called 'Adeline' which had a run of six shows during 1981.

                                                                                              The members of Theater De Kreet were originally part of a bigger group called Grasgroen, which was founded by art history students from the Leuven University. The collective mainly focused on so called ‘animations’ in the public space. After a while, Grasgroen split into two different groups (theatre and performance), and Theater De Kreet came into existence. Its core members were Walter Verdin, Guy Dermul, Hilde Wils, Gaby Geysens and Nicole Boffin. Mainly using improvisatory methods, the collective started working on 'Adeline' in 1979. The premiere took place in October 1981 and was met with very mixed critical reviews. Walter Verdin was in charge of the music for 'Adeline'. Originally an art history and visual art student, Verdin was introduced to the Belgian music scene through his record sleeve and poster designs. Prior to the music for 'Adeline', he released a solo album and a 7” white man reggae project with Grasgroen ('Storingen' by Specimen & The Rizikoos). Later in his career, he had his biggest commercial success with Pas de deux, the band that represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in Munich (1983). After the Pas de deux adventure, Verdin gave up on popular music and had a blooming career in video art, working on video concerts and installations and later on with renowned theatre and dance companies from all over the world.

                                                                                              To write the soundtrack for 'Adeline', Verdin took to the studio of the Audiovisual Services of the KU Leuven, which was his audio and video laboratorium for around 20 years, and subsequently to the ICP Recording Studios in Brussels for post-production. Verdin & co. didn't compose behind a writing desk or a piano. Music for them meant playing - with an instrument, but also with non-traditional instruments. The spring of a desk lamp for instance, could be used to produce music too. 

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Patrick says: Stroom just don't slip up! The Belgian label keep us coming back with a wonderful collection of improvisational electronic grooves from Pas De Deux man Walter Verdin. Combining all your favourite bits of minimal wave, Balearic, synth funk and cosmic pop, the eight tracks on "Voor Adeline" are the kind of wonderful oddities that litter all the best mixtapes.

                                                                                              Big Brother, Dom Jolly, Playstation 2, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo, weak pills and cheap skunk, 3310s, foot and mouth, Soham and Pual Burrell - that was the world when "Original Pirate Material" first dropped in 2002 - blowing up Kazaa and Audiogalaxy and finding its way to your mate's CD player on an iffy CDr. To say it was a breath of fresh air is an understatement, this groundbreaking album filled the air with a green fug, challenged the yanks for the MCing crown and twisted the polished sheen of UKG into a laptop-crafted fusion of skanking bass and housey beats. While breakthough hit "Has It Come To This?", "Turn The Page" and "Let's Push Things Forward" remain era-defining anthems, every single track here is the tits. "Sharp Darts" sounds like an utterly wrong Wu Tang joint, "Same Old Thing" and "Geezer's Need Excitement" are rough, tough and proper grimey and "It's Too Late" is bloke-poetry on a heartbreaking anthem tip. Elsewhere "Don't Mug Yourself" royally takes the piss out of you on the back of the bus and "The Irony Of It All" offers a hilarious review of boozed up townies and stoned students. And then there's "Weak Become Heroes", the e'd up ravers anthem that's still the best track of that decade. 

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Patrick says: A lot's changed since 2002, but "Original Pirate Material" retains a flawless, genre defining classic and the best thing Mike Skinner's ever done. Stick it on, and stick your middle finger up at the Criminal Justice Bill - mega!

                                                                                              Band Of Horses

                                                                                              Everything All The Time

                                                                                                Folks, you don't need to buy any records by My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev anymore, Seattle's Band Of Horses have combined all three and only gone and made one of the albums of the year! These are huge, emotive, yearning songs. The sound is reverb-drenched and lonesome: enormo guitars chime whilst Ben Bridewell whacks out his vocals like Perry Farrel's little, lost brother. OK, they sound very similar to M.M. Jacket, but there's a directness here that's exhilarating. The whole record flows, but there's some absolute anthems lurking amidst the drift and echo. It's a towering, beautiful thing.

                                                                                                When faced with the unenviable task of following up the instant classic that was his genre defining debut, Mike Skinner decided to channel his observational lyricism and home made beats into a concept album about a geezer on holiday, on the prowl, on the con and out of luck. Whereas 'Original Pirate Material' was a record that garnered acclaim from the electronic / dance fraternity and the forward-thinking wings of the rock / mainstream press, 'A Grand Don’t Come For Free' swept the board in prompting critical praise. This was the album that saw Skinner compared to the likes of Ray Davies and Paul Weller in evoking the glorious mess of everyday life. A striking concept album set to an inventive sonic backdrop, the seemingly prosaic tale of a young man unlucky in love (and, so it seems, money) is brought brilliantly to life in a barrage of astute lyrics, lurid tales and memorable hooks. Deservedly awarded a 9.1 review from Pitchfork, the record sees Skinner reveal his most vulnerable self: 'Dry Your Eyes' and 'Blinded By The Lights', in particular, manage to articulate painfully familiar feelings that appeal to music fans of every hue. This record marked Skinner’s creative peak, received international acclaim and, thanks to its distinctiveness, propelled its maker to the top of the musical tree.


                                                                                                Band Of Horses

                                                                                                Cease To Begin

                                                                                                  Band Of Horses 2006 debut, "Everything All The Time" was a big favourite here at Piccadilly and so naturally we're very excited about this follow up. For a lot of reasons, "Cease to Begin" is the perfect title for this record. Not only do the songs themselves weave this theme through the record, but stopping and starting anew is also a reflection of the past year and a half for Band Of Horses. Though they worked with producer Phil Ek again, as they did on "Everything All The Time", much has changed between the fairly recent then and now. There have been band members who have come and gone, including Mat Brooke, who left the band to pursue other interests and his own band. For core members Ben Bridwell, Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett, there has been a move from Seattle, WA to Mt. Pleasant, SC, a relocation that had been planned for some time so that they could all be closer to their families. And, close friends and family have come and gone-some far too early. Necessarily shot through with these experiences, the songs on "Cease To Begin" are strikingly beautiful, if less elliptical and more straightforward, with more sophisticated arrangements than the last record. It certainly doesn't disappoint.

                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                  Moby

                                                                                                  Play: The B-Sides

                                                                                                    Moby releases a super limited one off coloured vinyl pressing of ‘Play B-sides’, via his Litttle Idiot imprint’. First time this has ever been pressed on vinyl. Featuring tracks from Moby’s multimillion selling ‘Play’ era. ‘Play B-sides’ includes some lost treasures and some of Moby’s Best works, including the global hit Flower.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Double LP limited to 1000 units, pressed on red vinyl.

                                                                                                    The Shins

                                                                                                    Oh, Inverted World

                                                                                                    The Shins carry the indie rock torch with their own subtle orchestral stamp. Think the pop side of Built To Spill or a more out-there Beachwod Sparks. Perfect pop sounds with an edge of weirdness.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive mint coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                    Quite a departure from their "Oh Inverted World" debut. Gone is the 60s Beach Boys / Byrdsian low key production, "Chutes Too Narrow" has a much more updated sound. The same off-kilter songs are still there, but the vocals are brought right up front, and give the whole album a crisp, bright feel, while in the background, guitars jangle and backing harmonies intertwine beautifully.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive orange vinyl.

                                                                                                    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                    The Shins

                                                                                                    Wincing The Night Away

                                                                                                    It could be said that The Shins’ third album, ‘Wincing The Night Away’, was one of the most heavily anticipated record of 2007. Post ‘Garden State’ notoriety, the band have reached beyond their indie-darling status to something approaching mainstream recognition.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive silver vinyl.

                                                                                                    Following the freak beat festival of Wolf and Wandt’s ‘Instrumentalmusik’ comes a release that’s been in the pipeline since the organic imprint first took root; the first reissue of the beautiful ’Señora’. Beguiling and brilliant, this private press princess makes you want to dance, dream and do cartwheels, then breaks your heart when you realise you’ll never meet her - a rare beauty indeed. So it’s time to let Basso play cupid and introduce you to the love of your life.

                                                                                                    Eagle eyed associates might recognise the sleeve as Basso’s everyday avatar, chosen in tribute to his favourite jazz-funk record of all time. Originally released in limited quantities back in 1981, the self titled ‘Señora’ was the sole release from a quartet of German groove greats, coming together in one ecstatic union of rhythmic precision, smooth riffing and melodic mastery.
                                                                                                    Take opener ‘Paul’ for example; a continent away from the West End, this sublime slice of raw guitar, silken keys and gliding bass could have made Mel Cheren proud. From there we’re taken on a journey through the syncopated slide of the jazzy ‘My Way, Your Way’, the samba sway of the mild and mellow ‘Easy Going’ and the poetic piano of ‘Pearl’, a triumphantly esoteric tone poem to close the A-side. ‘Señora’ ups the tempo on the flipside, galloping through tight triplets, fusion guitar and mind expanding synth play. The B2 brings a strolling bassline and tender tonality, executed with all the ease of the Sunday morning which dawns on the extended and expansive cooler which brings the LP to its final emotional release.

                                                                                                    Light a candle, change the linen and put the rosé on chill, you’re about to fall in love with Señora.

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Patrick says: Gorgeous, glorious and groovy, 'Señora' is the German jazz-funk holy grail, long lusted after but only rarely spotted. Now, thanks to Hamburg's Growing Bin, you can finally put this masterpiece of rhythmic precision, melodic magic and soothing samba on your turntable and in your ears.

                                                                                                    A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                    I'd Like To See You Again

                                                                                                      Following the new wave classic Sextet, this Manchester/New York post-punk funk unit's third album, I'd Like to See You Again, points toward a more minimal, stripped-down funk sound. This was apparently influenced heavily by the New York club scene of the early '80s, in which A Certain Ratio immersed themselves following their formation in Manchester. The departure of vocalist Martha Tilson left the band working in a more rhythmic instrumental approach, eschewing the pop forms of Sextet and focusing on a harder electro-funk sound. While this revealed the influence of time spent in club culture and marked a radical departure from the melancholy Manchester sound of their previous albums, the band kept their melodic passages intact, which created a tension between bright and dark moods that was the striking characteristic of their best work. The fact that this album fared well on the dancefloor some 20 years after its release may indicate that A Certain Ratio was ahead of their time. Their influence could be heard cropping up in strains of the Brit-pop, techno, post-rock, and house of the late '90s. Hence, I'd Like to See You Again is an album that deserves a revisit. Essential listening for fans of the Factory sound that spawned the British club sound exemplified by New Order and the New York wave of minimal funk groups, like Liquid Liquid and ESG.. 

                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Transparent Yellow Vinyl.

                                                                                                      A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                      ACR:MCR

                                                                                                        As part of the ongoing collaboration with Mute Recordings Several of their albums will be released, including the long out of print albums 'acr:mcr' and 'Good Together.'A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in 1978, the band had various members throughout their career, and a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson.

                                                                                                        Hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of ‘Shack Up’ on both sides of the Atlantic, their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts. They have gone on to influence generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor and Andrew Weatherall. 


                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Double clear vinyl remastered at 45rpm for optimum sound quality

                                                                                                        A notoriously jaw-dropping folk-funk classic, long treasured by the Balearic fraternity, the self-titled LP from the brothers Batteau nevertheless remains a criminally underheard gem. Appealing to fans stuck on Ned Doheny's scorching blue-eyed soul as well as Gene Clark's rich country-rock, it's an honour to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of proto-Yacht-Rock.

                                                                                                        Like a forgotten piece of baroque folk caught in 1973, Batteaux's eponymous album somehow sounds magically timeless. A full 45 years after the fact, it remains a mystery as to why they weren't better known. The lush production and virtuoso playing conforms with the ruling aesthetic of the time - well-crafted, melodic songs performed with precision and balance - whilst the shimmering AOR atmosphere and sun-dappled vocal washes align neatly with the best Crosby, Stills & Nash records.

                                                                                                        Throughout, the beautifully penned tracks hold traces of Jimmie Spheeris, America and Seals & Crofts. The immaculately orchestrated percussion and additional instrumentation (electric piano and fiddle to name a few) are performed by perennially celebrated West-Coast cats including Tom Scott, John Guerin and Andy Newmark.

                                                                                                        It's no surprise that the heavenly "High Tide" is such a Balearic touchstone. A free soul aqua-space groover, its sophisticated rhythms predict the swing of CSN's canonical "Dark Star" by a full four years. An alternative measure of its enduring magnificence can be gauged by MF Doom sampling Paul Horn's wonderful version, subsequently used by Ghostface Killah.

                                                                                                        The highlights are many and memorable. Gorgeous opener "Tell Her She's Lovely" is the perfect example of the addictive, melody-driven songwriting which really should have earned them stardom. Moody ballad "Living's Worth Loving" is nothing short of heartbreaking whilst the chugging elegance of "Wake Me In The Morning" showcases their bewitching harmonies. The hypnotic yearning of "Lady Of The Lake" is an exquisitely string-drenched, piano-laced favourite that achieves a peculiar strutting-funk. It's that good.

                                                                                                        This lovingly curated reissue enables a long overdue reappraisal of the hitherto buried genius of Batteaux. The serene aqua artwork which adorned the original jacket - their father worked on a dolphin-human communication project in Hawaii, hence the infamous design - and sumptuous inner sleeve have been faithfully restored. Whilst, with access to the original tapes, Simon Francis' sensitive mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.



                                                                                                        Jóhann Jóhannsson

                                                                                                        Englabörn & Variations - Reissue

                                                                                                          Fresh perspectives unveiled on poignant reissue of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s debut album, set for release by Deutsche Grammophon in remastered form with additional album of reworkings.

                                                                                                          During the weeks before his untimely passing on February 9, award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was closely involved in preparations for the reissue of his debut album, “Englabörn”. Originally released in 2002, the record had been especially remastered, and a second disc containing reworkings of a number of its tracks had also been assembled.

                                                                                                          Some were by Jóhannsson himself – including a piano version of the title track, performed by fellow Deutsche Grammophon artist Víkingur Ólafsson – while others involved included Ryuichi Sakamoto, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and his close friend and long-time collaborator Hildur Guðnadóttir.

                                                                                                          Led Zeppelin

                                                                                                          How The West Was Won (Remastered)

                                                                                                            HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin’s legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, the four-LP collection capture the band at the height of its formidable powers.

                                                                                                            Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of “Dazed And Confused” and a 21-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love.” The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses of the Holy, which would be released nine months later.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            4xDeluxe LP Info: Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs.

                                                                                                            FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                                                                                                            Latin LSD maverick and champion, Tim Maia returns to our shelves as Mr. Bongo dig deep into this funky tripper's arsenal to reveal an album of wide-eyed disco and riotous soul from later on in his career. That original batch of sunshine still resting in the recesses and pineal glands as the Maia clan deliver this excessive hit of Brazian disco funk from 1978,

                                                                                                            The album kicks off with a trio of floor fillers: the exuberant party starter "A Fim De Voltar", a sing-a-long anthem in "Acenda O Farol" and the undeniably funky hit "Sossego" (file that one next to Fatback). But then Maia drops it down and gets existential on "All I Want", questioning the meaning of happiness. He also shows his tender side on slow burners such as "Murm Rio" (written by the great Cassiano) and "Pais E Filhos"; the latter featuring a supersoft bed of harmonies you can’t help but lay down on. But the party ain’t over and mid-tempo groover "Juras" gets the feet moving again before "Jhony" sends us swaying off into the night.

                                                                                                            Maia’s appetite for excess would eventually get the better of him. But "Disco Club" is the sound of an unpredictable genius on top form. Get ready for the time of your life.

                                                                                                            Klaus Schulze

                                                                                                            La Vie Electronique Volume 1.0

                                                                                                              Klaus Schulze is a German electronic music pioneer, composer and musician that needs very little introduction. In the late sixties & early seventies he was a member of several iconic bands such as ‘Tangerine Dream’, ‘The Cosmic Jokers’ & ‘Ash Ra Tempel’ before launching a solo career consisting of more than 60 albums released across five decades. Collaborations were numerous and highlights include working with Steve Winwood, Brian Eno & Alphaville… just to name a few.

                                                                                                              Klaus Schulze’s proto moog-synthesizer work is regarded as a milestone in electronic music & during the decades he released landmark albums in genres catalogued as ‘Ambient’, ‘Electronic’, ‘New Age’, ‘Berlin School’, ‘Experimental’, ‘Kosmische Musik’ & ‘Krautrock’. Mr. Schulze had a more organic sound than most electronic artists of the time, often he would throw in decidedly non-electronic sounds such as acoustic guitar and a male operatic voice. Schulze is also known for developing a Minimoog technique that sounds uncannily like an electric guitar, which is quite impressive in concert.

                                                                                                              On occasions he would also compose film scores such as Body Love (1977), Barracuda (1978), Next of Kin (1982), & Angst (1983). His best known song ‘Freeze’ has been used in films like Manhunter (1986) and more recently in Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’ from 2013.

                                                                                                              In 2009, producer Klaus D. Mueller and Schulze began releasing La Vie Electronique (“The Electronic Life”), a series of sets that collected rare sought-after early works & unreleased tracks put in chronological sequence. These sets contain some of the best music Klaus ever created and are early 70’s masterworks that will appeal to both fans and collectors.

                                                                                                              Now available for the first time on vinyl, One Way Static Records presents the first volume in our new archival series ‘La Vie Electronique’. This volume (1.0) focuses on the years 1968-1971 and is spread over two glorious LP’s containing +78 minutes of Klaus Shulze rarities. This deluxe vinyl set also comes with an insert containing extensive liner notes.


                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                              2xDeluxe LP Info: Released for the first time on vinyl.
                                                                                                              The ultimate collection of rare early materials by this electronic music pioneer.
                                                                                                              Comes as a deluxe double LP set with insert and extensive liner notes.
                                                                                                              Limited black vinyl pressing (700 copies) with obi strip.

                                                                                                              Fatboy Slim

                                                                                                              You've Come A Long Way Baby - Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                              One of Fatboy Slim's crowning glories, "You've Come A Long Way Baby" saw the Brighton luminary take the big beat grenade and detonate it overground, taking the sound to the clubs, beaches, adverts and coffee tables of Great Britain and beyond. If you were conscious in 1998 it was impossible to ignore this album, with companies queuing up to align themselves with the coolest new trend in club land. Fatboy himself used the platform to elevate his Big Beach Boutique brand - two phenomenal parties on Brighton beach (the first seeing 65K revellers, the second - 250K!!); the likes of which sadly, I doubt, we will ever see again. I can personally remember exactly where I was the first time I heard "Rockafella Skank" and to me this is up there with "Dig Your Own Hole", "Music For The Jilted Generation" and "Homework" as one of the most iconic dance music albums of the nineties. I wasn't old enough to hear the tracks in the club, but its cultural impact travelled up and down the generational ladder from everyone at high school to people's Mum's cleaning the kitchen.

                                                                                                              A celebratory 20th anniversary reissue as part of BMG’s ‘Art of The Album’ series showcasing seminal albums that broke new ground in concept, production, song writing, and genre, leaving a lasting legacy as a complete album work of art. Deluxe edition CD and LP format packaging including 180g gatefold vinyl, 6 page 12” roll-fold booklet (LP), 12” display art card (LP) and 28 page booklet (CD).

                                                                                                              Exclusive anniversary sleeve notes from Ralph Moore (Editor at Large, Mixmag) and album timeline from Damian Harris (Skint Records).
                                                                                                              Number one on the UK albums chart, number one in New Zealand, number two in Australia and number thirty-four on the US Billboard 200 containing four top ten singles. These tell a beautifully story much better than I can hear and really give creedence to this golden age of dance music that Norman was spearheading.

                                                                                                              Ranked number 81 in Q magazine's readers' poll of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever".

                                                                                                              Brit Awards: Best Dance Act 1999, 2001. Brit Awards: British Single 1999 (nominee), Male Solo Artist 1999 (nominee).


                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Matt says: Makin' me all teary eyed comes this 20th anniversary of THAT, seminal, big beat opus. The one that broke the sound overground, if you don't end up watching youtube videos of Brighton Beach I'll eat me slipmats...

                                                                                                              Vashti Bunyan

                                                                                                              Just Another Diamond Day

                                                                                                                Vashti Bunyan’s legendary debut album from 1970 finally gets a UK vinyl repressing. Produced by Joe Boyd for Witchseason Productions and originally released on Philips in 1970, the album features contributions from Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol and Dave Swarbrick and The Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson.

                                                                                                                The songs mostly concern the events that took place when Vashti and her lover travelled to the Hebrides in a horse and cart to join up with Donovan’s artistic community but by the time they got there that community had all left. 


                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: First UK vinyl pressing since 2000.
                                                                                                                Limited edition of 1000 180g black vinyl.
                                                                                                                Deluxe replica gatefold sleeve with lyric inner sleeve and restored artwork.

                                                                                                                Cocteau Twins

                                                                                                                Treasure - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                  4AD are repressing two more Cocteau Twins’ albums on vinyl this coming March, the albums Head Over Heels and Treasure. Both following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque.

                                                                                                                  Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both albums are being pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come with download codes.

                                                                                                                  Treasure:
                                                                                                                  The band returned to being a trio in 1984 with guitarist Simon Raymonde joining their ranks in time for third album, Treasure. Produced by Robin Guthrie and featuring tracks ‘Lorelei’, ‘Ivo’ and ‘Persephone’, Treasure is often celebrated as one of the band’s finest works.

                                                                                                                  As Pitchfork put it when including the album in their Top 100 Albums of the 1980s, “Treasure was titled simply enough. An adjective for the endlessly inventive melodic lines you'd find buried in these songs, and a verb for what you'd do with them for years to come.”


                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                  Andy says: Amazing record. Stunningly beautiful tunes and voice, incredible guitars, and not one bad track. We thought we'd all died and gone to heaven when this came out in the early 80's!

                                                                                                                  Cocteau Twins

                                                                                                                  Head Over Heels - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                    4AD are repressing two more Cocteau Twins’ albums on vinyl this coming March, the albums Head Over Heels and Treasure. Both following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque.

                                                                                                                    Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both albums are being pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come with download codes.

                                                                                                                    Head Over Heels:
                                                                                                                    Released in late-1983, Head Over Heels is the Cocteau Twins’ second album and features classic tracks ‘Sugar Hiccup’ and ‘Musette And Drums’. Coming not long after original bassist Will Heggie had departed the band, the chemistry between remaining members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie was flourishing and by moving the band on from the starkness of their debut, they were now making the music that would help them define the decade ahead; her wordless, dreamlike vocals a powerful instrument over his lush, textured guitars their trademark.

                                                                                                                    The Third Bardo

                                                                                                                    I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time EP - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                    The short-lived but much-loved Third Bardo may have been Five Years Ahead of Their Time in 1967, but the world still hasn't caught up! The New York quintet only existed for a brief period, during which they released one now-rare single. The Third Bardo's entire recorded output amounts to six tracks, all cut on a single day in 1967, and produced, oddly enough, by former '50s singer Teddy Randazzo, best known for the hits he wrote for the decidedly non-psychedelic Little Anthony and the Imperials.

                                                                                                                    The quality of the Third Bardo's work far outweighs its quantity, as evidenced by the band's ongoing influence in the decades since it vanished from the scene. Such mind-meltingly brilliant garage-psych nuggets as "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time," "Rainbow Life" and "Lose Your Mind" captured the imaginations of subsequent generations of fans, inspiring covers by such combos as the Cramps and the Nomads.

                                                                                                                    For many years, the Third Bardo's tunes, when available at all, were scattered amongst various hard-to-find compilation albums. Fortunately, we've come to the rescue with this six-song, 10-inch vinyl EP, which gathers every known Third Bardo track in one handy package. The disc includes both sides of the band's rare original Roulette single, as well as a never-before-heard alternate take of "Rainbow Life." It's the perfect ticket for a trip to a new dimension!

                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                    10" LP Info: Blue coloured vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                    Being as LSD was first developed in a laboratory in Basel, it is perhaps no coincidence that one of the most 'far out' albums of all time was made by this Swiss band (no small feat, given the competition!). Brainticket's 1971 debut, "Cottonwoodhill", begins normally enough with two fine psychedelic / kraut rock-influenced tracks, but the remainder of the album plays like an acid trip with a soundtrack, dominated by Joel Vandroogenbroeck's endless droning organ, a variety of musique concrète-type sound effects and vocalist Dawn Muir's trippy vocals.

                                                                                                                    The album, banned in several countries, even came with this self-imposed warning: 'After Listening to this Record, your friends may not know you anymore'. / 'Only listen to this once a day, your brain might be destroyed!'.

                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: 180 gram LP and a bonus CD of the album.

                                                                                                                    Heldon

                                                                                                                    Electronique Guerilla (Heldon I)

                                                                                                                      Debut album by the groundbreaking French space rock electro project (1974).

                                                                                                                      Heldon = Richard Pinhas with a variety of guest musicians on different tracks.

                                                                                                                      The music: a psychedelic sonic symbiosis of a 1954 Gibson Les Paul and an EMS Synthi AKS.

                                                                                                                      Special guest appearance by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze reciting Nietzsche! 

                                                                                                                      Heldon

                                                                                                                      Allez-teia (Heldon II)

                                                                                                                        Sophomore album from the French space rock electro combo (1975)

                                                                                                                        Here, Heldon mastermind Richard Pinhas has formed a duo with Georges Grunblatt.

                                                                                                                        The music: an interplay of feather-light acoustic guitars, Mellotron textures, fuzzy sounds and heavy, spherical synthesizers.

                                                                                                                        Ken Boothe

                                                                                                                        Freedom Street

                                                                                                                          First-ever vinyl reissue of the classic 1970 album from Mr. Rock Steady! Ken Boothe was the most soulful singer of the rocksteady era, often likened to a Jamaican Wilson Pickett, and his mid-’60s recordings for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label were and are among the genre’s most coveted sides.

                                                                                                                          In 1970, he moved to Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s imprint for this album, which continued his string of hits with the songs “Why Baby Why,” “Now I Know,” and the title tune, “Freedom Street.”

                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Limited red & yellow swirl vinyl - 300 copies only.

                                                                                                                          Dr Alimantado

                                                                                                                          Best Dressed Chicken In Town

                                                                                                                            Reissue of the drop-dead classic album from 1978. Alimantado with Horace Andy, Lee Perry, King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs, Jah Woosh, Jimmy Radwell and Jackie Edwards. Recorded in several sessions, at the Black Ark, Channel One, Randy's and King Tubby's studios, it was the first album put out by Greensleeves, now reissued by the good Dr. himself on his Keyman label. Alimantado's graffiti, daubed round Westbourne Park and Notting Hill back in 1978 survived longer than any Banksy could, without a sliver of perspex in sight.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Patrick says: Greensleeves debut album back in 1978. A classic deejay (aka toasting) set featuring Horace Andy, Lee Perry, King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs, Jah Woosh, Jimmy Radwell and Jackie Edwards along with the good Dr. himself of course.

                                                                                                                            The Velvet Underground

                                                                                                                            1969

                                                                                                                              This vinyl reissue of The Velvet Underground's 1969 (not to be confused with 1969 Live) compiles 1969-era Velvet Underground classics, including some rare mixes, instrumentals and alternate takes on official vinyl for the first time.

                                                                                                                              Several original 1969 mixes from this era are featured here including “Foggy Notion,” “I’m Sticking with You,” “Andy’s Chest,” “I’m Gonna Move Right In,” and “Ocean,” as well as 2014 mixes of “One of These Days,” “Lisa Says,” and more.

                                                                                                                              180 gram vinyl with digital download code.

                                                                                                                              WRWTFWW Records is delighted to announce the release of the complete soundtrack of cult French animated TV series Les Shadoks (1968-1974) by Robert Cohen-Solal, available for the first time ever in its entirety. Right in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jacques Rouxel and René Borg’s legendary television cartoon, this collector’s item comes in two versions: a limited edition 12" + 7" vinyl album housed in a high glossy gatefold and with an exclusive Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, and a digipack CD. Both versions are cut and mastered from the original reels under the supervision of the artist, and contain liner notes in French and English.

                                                                                                                              Electro-acoustic pioneer and eminent member of the illustrious GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales, the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Robert Cohen-Solal has explored music and sound alongside luminaries such as Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, and Iannis Xenakis, and is responsible for numerous projects in the field of applied music, soundtracks (documentaries, shorts etc.), and experimental recordings. His work on Les Shadoks is simply extraordinary - a fascinating and bizarre collage of wacky electro pop (à la Jean-Jacques Perrey), drones, musique concrète, classical, and dadaist sound experiments seamlessly mixing into a cohesive and cinematic listening experience. The ideal soundtrack for what will remain one of the weirdest animated TV series ever created!

                                                                                                                              A true literary, cultural and philosophical phenomenon in France, Les Shadoks caused a sensation while airing between 1968 and 1974. Its unique combination of Alfred Jarry-style surrealism, off-centered British humor, and US comic strip inspiration, all brought to life by illustrated bird-like creatures (reminiscent of Paul Klee’s La machine à gazouiller), left a lasting mark, making the term Shadok an often-used satirical expression to describe policies and attitudes considered to be absurd.


                                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                              Patrick says: Les Shadocks are a new one to me, but a cursory listen and glance over the sales notes suggests a definite Clangers vibe, mais en Francais. That's right, an interplanetary animation soundtrack from the home of musique concrete - totally bonkers in the most charming way.

                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                              Deluxe LP Info: Collector’s VINYL Edition ( LP+ 7"): High glossy gatefold sleeve, French + English liner notes / poster inlay with Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, hype sticker.

                                                                                                                              Released for the first time on vinyl is Basil Kirchin’s charming and affecting score made “in association” with his regular cohorts, Jack Nathan and John A. Coleman. The film, ‘I Start Counting!’ released in 1970, was directed by the multi-talented and quite radical David Greene. This genre of film, a coming of age thriller, the score for I Start Counting! allowed Kirchin to explore more dark edges of film music and composition: as a score it bubbles along with lots of classic Kirchin hallmarks, but here we are also treated to a beguiling opening song that is lyrically and musically developed and then slowly pulled apart over sequential cues. We also have a unusual Eastern tinge to some of the percussion and Kirchin’s distinctive pastoral oddness is here too. His sonic jumps between low drama and high tension are extraordinary, and his use of free jazz to bring about unease is both perfectly simple and effective.
                                                                                                                              Together the two different recordings show Kirchin constantly progressing with his sound, embracing new ideas and modern studio techniques too, but always somehow maintaining his distinctive voice. 


                                                                                                                              Tom Waits

                                                                                                                              Closing Time - Remastered

                                                                                                                                'Closing Time' is the debut record of Tom Waits and it foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues and folk styles that would come to be associated with the artist. Waits performs enduring classics of his career such as Ol’ 55 (covered by the Eagles), the heartbreaking “Martha” and the gentle acoustic folk of “I Hope I Don’t Fall In Love With You”.

                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Remastered and pressed on 180g vinyl.

                                                                                                                                Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                Nico

                                                                                                                                Chelsea Girl

                                                                                                                                  Back To Black vinyl reissue of Nico's debut full solo album Chelsea Girl, originally released in 1967.

                                                                                                                                  The album famously features the then-unknown singer/songwriter Jackson Browne (guitar), Lou Reed (guitar), Sterling Morrison (guitar/bass), and John Cale (piano/bass/viola).

                                                                                                                                  Pressed on 180gram vinyl with digital download code.

                                                                                                                                  The Handsome Family

                                                                                                                                  Through The Trees - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                    1998 album available in Europe for the first time on vinyl Pressed on heavyweight sky blue vinyl Includes exclusive bonus 'Invisible Trees' CD of 15 previously unreleased Through The Trees era demos, rarities and live tracks.

                                                                                                                                    Chocolate Watch Band

                                                                                                                                    The Inner Mystique - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                      The Inner Mystique, the hypnotic second album by the Chocolate Watch Band, takes up exactly where its sacred predecessor left you: looking for your perfect match at the local Love-In. When Watch Band lead singer par excellence Dave Aguilar grabs you by the lapels and tells you "I'm Not Everybody Else," you have no choice but to believe him. He's not. And when session vocalist Don Bennett extols the virtues of "Medication," who could doubt his sincerity? Especially when he stokes the fires to the boiling-point where medication may not really make much difference. But the real stunner here is the Watch Band's exhilarating cover of Bobby D's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." In typical CWB interpretive bliss, nobody has ever done this hallowed song any better. Not Bob Dylan, not Van Morrison. Nobody.

                                                                                                                                      A San Jose, Calif. band whose reputation has grown exponentially over the decades, the Chocolate Watch Band are now revered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World of garage rock. Spotlighting the classic lineup, the inflammatory vocals of Dave Aguilar and the roof-rattling guitars of Mark Loomis and Sean Tolby, fronting the rock-solid bass of Bill Flores and the letter-perfect drums of Gary Andrijasevich?the Watch Band's first two albums have it all. Stones swagger snake-hips its way through cosmic significance with just a dusting of eye-opening psychedelic legerdemain to make your neck snap backwards in pure joy.

                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                      Hey Colossus

                                                                                                                                      RRR - Reissue

                                                                                                                                        RRR was Hey Colossus’s seventh album, originally released back in 2011 by Riot Season on CD and ridiculously limited LP. This reissue has the original LP plus it comes with a bonus LP containing different takes and versions and a cut that didn't make the first press. It is housed in a single 350gsm fat spined printed sleeve with insert and download code.

                                                                                                                                        THE STORY: The band had a weekend booked in at The Dropout Studio, Camberwell, the winter of 2010. They were going to do 'some recording'. The Friday of the weekend the six piece played a show at The Windmill in Brixton, home to the roof dog. The show was a typical (of the time) debauched affair, in the post show glow the band asked Jon (Notorious Hi-Fi Killers) and Leon (Shit+Shine) to come down to the session the following day: BRING GUITARS, WHAT CAN GO WRONG?. By noon they hadn't shown up so they got called: WHERE ARE YOU? Neither believed the offer to be true, by 1pm they showed up with guitar + synth in tow. An hour later RRR was being recorded by the now 8 piece band, lights down, volume up. Over 48 hours it was done. Not a single idea was brought to the table but somehow it all fell into place, assuming you think 'falling into place' sums up RRR (it totally does).

                                                                                                                                        Legendary reviewing man, Peter Kemp (RIP), had this to say: "The record starts off with slow guitars and screaming ghostly voices like from a horror film, this first track ends with some talking and then goes into the next song which sounds like they are swinging the guitars around their heads and banging them on the floor....there are dark voices screaming ARRRRRRRRGGGHHHHH ARRRRRRRRRGGGGHHH ....The next song does sound a bit more Spanish as it starts with a guitar which sounds like a Spanish church bell and a deep voice which sounds like somebody praying and another voice which sounds like somebody dying....The closing song is faster and has talking in it and what sounds like a priest in the background and then lots of loud guitars come in - it is a good way to finish the record. Overall I think this was very good record by a brilliant band and I would give it ten out of ten."

                                                                                                                                        The original vinyl sleeves were all handvpainted in Somerset by an artist called Chav, they took three months to do with each one being totally unique. The gatefold sleeves, all the inners were incredible works of art. The front and back were stencilled. The paint was blagged from a car spray paint firm, they sent three pallets to get the job done. A begging letter was sent to them and it fell onto some welcoming ears. Christ knows how it all came together. These copies are almost impossible to come by, rarely appearing anywhere. They sold out instantly.

                                                                                                                                        This Riot Season re-releasing is limited to 500 copies. It won't get repressed again so for those who bought the original keep it safe and buy this one for the bonus record. For those new to the band following the record triple LP drop over the last couple of years on Rocket Recordings tuck in, but be prepared.

                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                        Sorry Bamba Du Mali

                                                                                                                                        Sorry Bamba Du Mali 1976

                                                                                                                                        One of the most pivotal figures in the history of Malian music is Sorry Bamba. His work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between Mali's cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in Mali's post-Colonial period. Bamba was born in 1938 in Mopti. This is dissected by both the Niger and Bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. Bamba's father was a distinguished veteran of Emperor Samory Toure's military and a nobleman in Malian society; however, this meant young Sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation's caste system, music was an art form reserved for the Griots.

                                                                                                                                        At the age of 10, Sorry's parents died and in traumatic times that followed the young teen found solace in music. He first taught himself to play am African six-holed flute. As he progressed he began to absorbed the rich tapestry of music of his surroundings; traditional Malian music, highlife from Ghana, local accordion master Toumani Toure, European singers and musicians. In 1957 Sorry formed his first band, Group Goumbe, named after a popular Ivory Coast dance style. In 1960 Mali gained independence from France, Bamba and his group benefited from a new openness toward local music on the state-run radio network Radio Mali. Sorry then went on to form two award-winning, further collectives Bani Jazz and later the Kanaga Orchestra. They fused Latin jazz, Western R&B, Psychedelic and funk, and traditional Malian styles made them a favourite in Mali and beyond.




                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Millie says: The talented genius which is Sorry Bamba Du Mali is graced a re-issue of his finest songs. Beaming with bright, loud Latin jazz and a whole whirlwind of upbeat genres, this is the one!

                                                                                                                                        Guru

                                                                                                                                        Jazzamatazz Volume 1 - 25th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl

                                                                                                                                        Guru's 'Jazzmatazz Volume 1', originally released in 1993, is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. Guru had a vision and brought together a diverse group of jazz cats both old and new school; Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan (check out his solo on the track "No Time To Play"), Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers and vocalists like Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar have cooperated on this classic album. 'Jazzmatazz' proved to be a highly influential album and a huge commercial success.


                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                        Coloured LP Info: • 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
                                                                                                                                        25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
                                                                                                                                        GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM COMBINING HIP-HOP AND JAZZ LIMITED PRESSING OF 5.000 NUMBERED COPIES ON BLUE VINYL

                                                                                                                                        The album was the first (and only) The Art of Noise album to spawn two UK top 20 hit singles; “Peter Gunn” and “Paranoimia”.

                                                                                                                                        The original album is remastered and this reissue features 17 extra tracks above the very original vinyl LP edition of In Visible Silence. The second LP features some previously unreleased tracks.

                                                                                                                                        All tracks are taken from the original master tapes and the remastering sessions were overseen by Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan.

                                                                                                                                        It’s beautiful packed and we went full out for this one: gatefold, coloured, numbered, 4 page insert, 

                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: 180g audiophile vinyl, gatefold sleeve, printed innersleeves, 4 page booklet. Remastered and expanded edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl.

                                                                                                                                        “4 Tones to facilitate travel through time.” So begins the listeners’ journey into what has become one of the most treasured and revered pieces of COIL history ever released.

                                                                                                                                        Each of the four pieces on Time Machines is named after the chemical compound of the hallucinogenic drug that they were composed for, and the album was meticulously crafted to enable what John Balance referred to as "temporal slips" in time and space, allowing both the artist and audience to figuratively "dissolve time".

                                                                                                                                        Inspired by long form ceremonial music of Tibet and other religions, where the intent is to lose oneself in the music – to meditate or achieve a trance state – Time Machines became Drew McDowall, John Balance, and Peter Christopherson’s “electronic punk-primitive” answer to this tribal concept.

                                                                                                                                        Starting as a rough demo tape recorded solely by Coil member Drew McDowall, Time Machines started to take full form when McDowall enthusiastically delivered these demo recordings to Balance and Christopherson as sketches for a new Coil project with the primary goal of shifting Coil’s sound further into a more conceptually abstract direction. Largely recorded in 1997 using single takes with minimal post production, these four drones contain every intended fluctuation and tone, along with every glitch of the original – “Artifacts generated by your listening environment are an intrinsic part of the experience.”


                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Very limited repress on translucent blue coloured vinyl.
                                                                                                                                        Includes digital download.
                                                                                                                                        The reissued double vinyl LP features deluxe double pocket gatefold, matte with gloss overlay with printed eurosleeves inserts.

                                                                                                                                        CD Info: Reissued CD edition includes reproductions of the 6 original vinyl stickers and comes in a double-pocketed brown board digipack.

                                                                                                                                        Listening to this remarkable album for the first time you’ll surely be struck first by the deep, soul-piercing voice of that great Brazilian singer, Seu Jorge. Yes: he’s a singer first and foremost. Many may know him as an actor for his screen-stealing performances in the likes of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic and Fernando Meirelles’ City Of God but Seu has known since he was a child that we was destined to sing. He’s a Brazilian singer who speaks the truth through samba, to paraphrase a well-known Seu Jorge quote. But this project is about a band: Almaz. Drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from the stalwart Nação Zumbi; bassist and composer Antonio Pinto from the soundstages of movies starring Seu Jorge.

                                                                                                                                        They came together naturally to record a song for a Walter Salles film; they enjoyed the experience so much that they recorded an entire album of music that inspired them. Songs famous within the Brazilian diaspora (Tim Maia, Jorge Ben) mesh with classic American (Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson) and European (Kraftwerk, Cane and Abel) soul songs begging for a bit of psychedelic samba. They enlisted producer and fellow Brazileiro Mario C. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) to put the finishing touches on the project. Their album is both warm and dark; psychedelic and yet grounded, uplifting but at times somber. To listen to it is to join them in the studio, where the only bandleader is the music and the only agenda is to follow your heart. “No nation is currently hotter than Brazil when it comes to cinema and music. And currently, no Brazillian artist is attracting more heat than Seu Jorge”

                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                        Millie says: Silky voiced favourite Seu Jorge, strikes again, hazy funk filled beats create a swooning album of soul and samba.

                                                                                                                                        Simply Saucer

                                                                                                                                        Cyborgs Revisited

                                                                                                                                          Simply Saucer’s Cyborgs Revisited is an explosive time capsule from one of the great Canadian cult rock ‘n’ roll groups. Formed in Hamilton, Ontario, these sci-fried proto-punks created a sound fusing Hawkwind, The Kinks, Pink Fairies, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and the omnipresent Velvet Underground. Originally recorded from 1974-1975, the album became a critically revered classic when it was finally unearthed in 1989 by Mole Records.

                                                                                                                                          Now, In The Red is proud to release the definitive, remastered double album edition featuring new liner notes by band biographer Jesse Locke, unseen images, and the complete live recordings available as a second album for the first time ever. As a means to escape his oppressive experiences while living in a practice space surrounded by biker gangs, singer and fretboardshredding guitarist Edgar Breau wrote a set of songs filled with dystopian visions of the future, conjuring metalloid thugs, Eva Braun’s cyanide love affair, and “dancing the mutation.” With nimble-fingered bassist Kevin Christoff, clatterwauling drummer Neil DeMerchant, and electronic cosmonaut John “Ping Romany” LaPlante (Breau’s foster brother and answer to Pere Ubu’s Allen Ravenstine), his lyrics were launched into a sonic supernova.

                                                                                                                                          Their first recording session took place in the basement of brothers Bob and future superstar producer Daniel Lanois and was initially intended as a demo. Naturally, interest was non-existent for the sneering six-song set. It’s shocking how anyone could have overlooked “Bullet Proof Nothing,” an undeniably catchy VU-swiping anthem for the used, abused, and confused. Shelving these sessions, the band ascended into the future with 15-year-old drummer Tony Cutaia. This set off a series of gigs before the band touched down on the roof of a local shopping center! Following their 2006 reformation, Simply Saucer continue to tour and perform to ecstatic fans while being celebrated with a belated wave of releases, reissues, and documentation, including a rarities compilation, Jesse Locke’s book Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story of Simply Saucer (Eternal Cavalier Press), and an upcoming 7-inch. At long lost and at the top of this towering stack, In The Red’s expanded reissue of Cyborgs Revisited gives the Canadian cult classic the deluxe treatment it so greatly deserves.

                                                                                                                                          For a while now Leeds five-piece Hookworms have been terrorising headlining bands across northern England and beyond, not through histrionics or gimmick, but through sheer sonic velocity and emotive intent. Often bracketed among the latest wave of psychedelic rock currently appearing in pockets around the UK (as support slots with Wooden Shjips, Sun Araw and Peaking Lights attest), this tag is somewhat of a misnomer for a band whose use of repetition and reverb is not to open the third dimension or for some sort of flower-power escapism. Instead the reel feels cathartic, each fresh revolution of the loop a confrontation between the band and themes of depression, loss and anger - subjects close to the heart of the group’s vocalist MJ (“no enigma; we just don’t use our full names, we’ve no interest in being celebrities.”)

                                                                                                                                          ‘Pearl Mystic’ was recorded and produced in MJ’s own Suburban Studios – where he’s worked on records for Mazes, Eagulls and Spectrals among others – and he admits he enjoyed the greater freedom he could allow himself on his own project. The album is an absolutely thunderous statement of intent for Hookworms (MJ – vox/keys/analogues; JW – guitarist, SS – guitarist; MB – bass; JN – drums) after a portentous couple of years of live shows and limited releases (a debut self-titled EP on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label, a 7” Gringo Records all sold out quickly). Whilst their live shows continued to increase in intensity, with impressive festival appearances at Beacons, Liverpool PsychFest and Supersonic cementing their reputation treading the boards. Live and on record, like Spaceman 3, they pointedly subvert the tripped out sound environments of psychedelia with a darkly malevolent punk menace; unlike J.Spaceman et al, there’s no chemical assistance, these concepts and feelings come with clarity, and hit all the harder for it.

                                                                                                                                          Indeed, the most impressive thing about Hookworms is that, through this torrent of emotion, through their wild motorik and their thick slabs of noise that threaten to spill over, there’s always the sense that they’re in control of it all, so committed are they to this catharsis that they refuse to throw any of it to chance. And so they shouldn’t, because even at this early stage we think Pearl Mystic will be one of the albums of 2013.

                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                          Darryl says: Having built up a large following with their famously intense live sets, supporting and indeed blowing off stage many of the psych glitterati, Hookworms, a five-piece from Leeds who prefer to be known by initials only, bring us their debut full-length. Throughout the album’s nine tracks the ferocity of their live gigs has been superbly replicated with a self-production that keeps the sound just on the right side of raw. The album kicks into life with singer MJ’s rousing echo-blitzed scream of “Come On” on album opener “Away / Towards”, and the band respond with a sonic velocity that’ll have your nasal hairs quivering. What follows highlights the dark malevolent menace at the heart of ‘Pearl Mystic’: distorted wah-wah guitars clash with huge swirling organ noise and barely intelligible echo-swamped vocals, all propelled along by a wicked motorik groove. Akin to Spacemen 3 or Loop in their pomp, this is one of the best UK psych / space rock albums in years.

                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                          Ltd LP Info: LPs pressed on heavy vinyl, sleeve printed on the reverse of board with screen printed insert. Comes with download code.

                                                                                                                                          CD Info: Digipack CD.

                                                                                                                                          * First vinyl reissue in decades
                                                                                                                                          * Features a pre-Bowie Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Rick Kemp of Steeleye Span on bass
                                                                                                                                          * Produced by Gus Dudgeon (right after Gus did Bowie’s “Space Oddity” single)
                                                                                                                                          * Includes Chapman’s "Postcards of Scarborough" - a psychedelic guitar masterwork
                                                                                                                                          * Liner notes by Mick Houghton (Uncut)

                                                                                                                                          Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the linage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60’s/early 70’s. For those unfamiliar with Chapman’s work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed to EMI’s seminal stoner record label Harvest – also home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett).

                                                                                                                                          Like other Harvest artists, Chapman’s music contains a slightly drugged out feel, sublime guitar playing and intense lyrics. Chapman recorded 4 albums for Harvest between 1968 and 1972, of which 1970’s "Fully Qualified Survivor" is hands down considered the classic amongst the whole highly coveted bunch.

                                                                                                                                          What makes "Fully Qualified Survivor" such a special album (besides being a vehicle for a young Mick Ronson’s mindblowing guitar heroics) are the layers of beautiful acoustic guitars, deranged vocals, floating conga drums, and the cello of one Paul Buckmaster – the same man who provided the intense strings on Elton John’s dark masterpiece “Mad Man Across The Water.”

                                                                                                                                          File this record between Roy Harper’s "Flat Baroque and Berserk", John Martyn’s "Inside Out", and Bert Jansch’s "Jack Orion" and you’ll be fine. The perfect album for a blissful day and a joint.

                                                                                                                                          Janis Joplin

                                                                                                                                          Greatest Hits

                                                                                                                                            In 1967, audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival experienced the powerful voice and stage presence of Janis Joplin, many for the very first time. Her work with Big Brother & The Holding Company and as a solo artist was a defining force in the changing soundscape of rock music in the 1960s. Her passionate vocals on "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby" and the posthumous chart-topper "Me and Bobby McGee" inspired generations of female singers to pour their hearts out. This Greatest Hits was originally released in 1973. A coloured vinyl version was pressed for Black Friday last year, and it now gets a standard black vinyl release.

                                                                                                                                            Released back in 1971 as the follow up to the global smash "Shaft", the double LP "Black Moses" is a personal favourite of the late great Isaac Hayes, and for good reason. Hayes covers hits from the likes of the Jackson 5, Carpenters and Dionne Warwick here, and as per usual, makes them all his own. Cinematic, psychedlic and oh so spiritual, Hayes arrangements ooze with musicality and soul, transforming the easy listening style of some of these originals into something utterly transcendental. Adding in a handful of effortlessly funky originals, Hayes fully delivers on this LP, with short interludes like "Ike's Rap II" threatening to steal the show. Not only did this form the basis of Portishead's "Glory Box" and Tricky's "Hell Is Round The Corner" (trip hop classics both), but I heard Moodymann play it at peak time in Sankeys once, reducing the world's worst crowd into a room of slow-dancing sweethearts. Any tune with the power to pull off that transformation deserves a place in any record collection.

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: 180-gram double vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                                                                                            Isaac Hayes

                                                                                                                                            Hot Buttered Soul - 2018 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                            Originally released at the end of the 1960s, "Hot Buttered Soul" set the precedent for how soul would evolve in the 70s - simultaneously establishing Isaac Hayes as a major music force. Includes the totally awesome 18 minute-long version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". 

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: 180-gram vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                                                                                            Isaac Hayes

                                                                                                                                            Shaft - 2018 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                            Even from the very first 'wikka', anyone on the planet can spot the classic theme from Shaft. Creative juices in full flow, the mighty Isaac Hayes penned a Blaxploitation theme so funky, fresh and orchestrally superior that it seized control of the collective pop consciousness with a vice-like grip. But if you look and listen beyond the ubiquitous title, Hayes delivers four sides of melodic and conscious mood music, only rivaled by Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" for the genre's top spot. The contemplative groove of "Bumpy's Lament" found favour with Mobb Deep and Dr Dre, "Ellie's Love Theme" did the trick for Biggie Smalls while "Do Your Thing" prompted Big Daddy Kane to get super smooth. Each and every track is worth a mention, especially the breezy soul jazz sway of "Cafe Regio's", but rather than hear me wax lyrical, you should just cop a load of this wax - Black Moses in full effect!

                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: 180-gram double vinyl, includes a download card.

                                                                                                                                            David Bowie

                                                                                                                                            Low - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                              The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                                              The powerful reach of Bowie's masterpiece, the first part of the much feted 'Berlin Trilogy' created with the aid of Brian Eno, is still being felt strongly almost 30 years on. Air's wonderful four hour Essential Mix began with this album's opener "Speed of Life", Q Magazine rated the album #14 in it's Greatest British Albums Ever, and Pitchfork, the New Testament for the New Indie generation, recently decreed "Low" as the #1 album of the 1970's. Side A (or tracks 1-7 for those more familiar with the CD format) are classic Bowie ("Sound and Vision", "Be My Wife"), although dealing with the unfamiliar and slightly darker topics of lethargy, depression and estrangement, highlighting Bowie's overcoming of his cocaine addiction. Over on Side B the album's true colours really come through - four ambient tracks, originally rejected for the soundtrack to "The Man Who Fell To Earth" (the source of Low's iconic cover image), which see Bowie pay homage to Can, Neu! and Eno himself. The word 'timeless' was invented for such moments as these.


                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                              LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                                                                              David Bowie

                                                                                                                                              Heroes - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                                The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                                                "Repeating the formula of Low's half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp's guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking." - Allmusic.



                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                                                                                David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                Lodger - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                                  The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                                                  "On the surface, Lodger is the most accessible of the three Berlin-era records David Bowie made with Brian Eno, simply because there are no instrumentals and there are a handful of concise pop songs. Nevertheless, Lodger is still gnarled and twisted avant pop; what makes it different is how it incorporates such experimental tendencies into genuine songs, something that Low and Heroes purposely avoided. "D.J.," "Look Back in Anger," and "Boys Keep Swinging" have strong melodic hooks that are subverted and strengthened by the layered, dissonant productions, while the remainder of the record is divided between similarly effective avant pop and ambient instrumentals. Lodger has an edgier, more minimalistic bent than its two predecessors, which makes it more accessible for rock fans, as well as giving it a more immediate, emotional impact. It might not stretch the boundaries of rock like Low and Heroes, but it arguably utilizes those ideas in a more effective fashion." - Allmusic.



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                                                                                                                                                  LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                                                                                  David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                  Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - 2017 Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                                    The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                                                    "David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s." - Allmusic.


                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                    LP Info: 180 gram.

                                                                                                                                                    David Bowie

                                                                                                                                                    Stage (2017)

                                                                                                                                                      The four studio albums ‘Low’, ‘‘Heroes’’, ‘Lodger’ and ‘Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)’ have not been available as standalone vinyl LPs for over 25 years and this is the first time on vinyl for Stage (2017), which has 5 additional tracks to the original 1978 double LP release including The Jean Genie and Suffragette City.

                                                                                                                                                      Felt

                                                                                                                                                      Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty - Remastered

                                                                                                                                                        Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                                                                                                                        During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                                                                                                                        Lawrence’s ambition was to release the best debut English album ever! Adrian Borland offered his services, then commitments with his band The Sound prevented this from happening. So Felt began a relationship with Swell Maps producer John A. Rivers. Recorded and mixed in six days the band got a taste of how bitter reality fares compared to the “mellow fruitfulness” of blind ambition.

                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                        Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                                                                                                                        Initial pressing of 2000 come signed by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                                                                                                                        Felt

                                                                                                                                                        Ignite The Seven Cannons

                                                                                                                                                          Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                                                                                                                          During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                                                                                                                          Produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and featuring the skyscraping vocal of Elizabeth Fraser on the mighty Primitive Painters. Felt found themselves at the top of the independent charts. Unhappy with the overall sound though – it was as if some of Lawrence’s best songs were lost in an “ethereal swirl.” John A. Rivers has been given access to the original master tapes and six songs have been remixed. Also – side 2 has been focused, edited and “made symmetrical.” Finally these songs can be heard as intended by Felt. It has become at long last a cohesive whole.



                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                          Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                                                                                                                          Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                                                                                                                          by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                                                                                                                          Felt

                                                                                                                                                          The Splendor Of Fear - Remastered

                                                                                                                                                            Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                                                                                                                            During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                                                                                                                            Lawrence escapes the contours of a bland city and retreats into his mind. Felt had risen from the underworld searching for a new horizon but only managed to slip into a desolate obscurity! Dark black slabs of creosote guitar – vast swathes of epic interplay – casting futuristic Shadows – an idiosyncratic and unobtrusively brilliant band, the music Felt made on this album is unlike anything attempted before. This really is a template for an age yet to come. And it pays to know that Maurice Deebank now resides in a monastery in Birmingham!

                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                            Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                                                                                                                            Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                                                                                                                            by Lawrence (sticker on the front)

                                                                                                                                                            Felt

                                                                                                                                                            The Seventeenth Century

                                                                                                                                                              Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                                                                                                                              During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                                                                                                                              Previously named Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death, this album is now retitled The Seventeenth Century – the original name for the album was changed late in the day. This reversal of misfortune was classed as an awful mistake and Lawrence’s biggest regret. Flash forward to now and this situation can finally be rectified. “You can’t change the title of an album” - they told him – so he said; “if Kraftwerk can and Bowie can then I can too!!”

                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                              Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                                                                                                                              Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                                                                                                                              by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                                                                                                                              Felt

                                                                                                                                                              The Strange Idols Pattern & The Other Stories - Remastered

                                                                                                                                                                Anyone who’s been living on the grapevine these past few years must have heard the rumours about the coming of the FELT reissues – well they’re here.

                                                                                                                                                                During the ‘80s Felt made ten albums and ten singles for the Cherry Red and Creation labels. This beautifully produced series examines the work of one of the greatest underground groups of modern times. These records, unavailable for many years, have been remastered and revisited by Lawrence, and he has fashioned the ultimate definitive collections.

                                                                                                                                                                Before the Stone Roses and after Be-Bop Deluxe and Plastic Ono Band, John Leckie worked with Felt. Booked into a metal/reggae studio in Birmingham’s industrial wasteland he sculpted a Michelangelo slice of new rock – exquisite and beautiful guitar odysseys – quite unlike anything the city had experienced before. Merging pop with a classical nuance Felt stood alone as the forerunners of a brand new style. And Gary Ainge was finally allowed to use his high-hat!

                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

                                                                                                                                                                Initial pressing of 2000 come signed
                                                                                                                                                                by Lawrence (sticker on the front).

                                                                                                                                                                Camarão

                                                                                                                                                                The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie 1964 - 1974

                                                                                                                                                                One of the greatest accordionists in Northeast Brazil, Reginaldo Alves Ferreira, better known as Camarao(Shrimp) or Maestro Camarao, was born in Fazenda Velha, Brejo da Madre de Deus, Pernambuco, on 23 June 1940. He learned to play accordion by watching the movements of his father, the accordionist Antonio Neto, who took him to parties where he played. After that, according to him, he perfected his skills by listening to Luiz Gonzaga and studying the method of Mario Mascarenhas.

                                                                                                                                                                He played at the region’s fairs, raffles and patron festivals. He developed his artistic career in the city of Caruaru. The title of ‘Maestro’is not from his education, but rather given to him by broadcasters. At the age of 18, he met Luiz Gonzaga, whom he considers his master despite not forgetting his father’s teachings. He was a great friend and partner of the ‘rei do bai o’(‘King of Bai o’- Luiz Gonzaga’s nickname), with whom he participated in 28 recordings, including LPs, 78rpms and CDs.


                                                                                                                                                                Spacemen 3

                                                                                                                                                                Dreamweapon

                                                                                                                                                                  Digitally re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Studios, November 2017 August 1988, Spacemen 3 embark on one of the strangest events in the band's already strange history. Billed as "An Evening of Contemporary Sitar Music" (although consciously omitting the sitar), the group would play in the foyer of Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, Middlesex to a largely unsuspecting and unsympathetic audience waiting to take their seats for Wim Wenders' film ‘Wings of Desire’. Spacemen 3's proceeding set, forty-five minutes of repetitive drone-like guitar riffs, could be seen as the "Sweet Sister Ray" of '80s Britain.

                                                                                                                                                                  Their signature sound is at once recognizable and disorienting – pointing as much to the hypnotic minimalism of La Monte Young as to a future shoegaze constituency. On this double LP reissue, Dreamweapon is augmented by studio sessions and rehearsal tapes from 1987 that would lead up to the recording of Spacemen 3's classic ‘Playing With Fire’ album. ‘Spacemen Jam,’ featuring Sonic Boom and Jason Pierce on dual guitar, is a side-long mediation on delicate textures and psychedelic effects.

                                                                                                                                                                  Wewantsounds release Hiroshi Sato's ultra rare synth masterpiece, "Orient", originally released in 1979 on Kitty Records in Japan only. Digitally remastered from the original tapes it features the cream of Japanese musicians including Shigeru Suzuki on guitar, Haruomi Hosono on bass, Pecker on percussion and Sato himself on keyboards and synthesizers. This highly sought-after album is a superb breezy mix of Japanese synth-pop with a subtle touch of mid 70s Herbie Hancock-style funk and AOR. It's what gets our resident Horse Beacher Ryan PLUS our Balearic connosair Patch really rocking (surely reason enough for you to own a copy...!)

                                                                                                                                                                  Recorded during a fruitful period in Japan, when Sato, Hosono and Suzuki were fresh from playing in the group Tin Pan Alley and Haruomi Hosono had just formed YMO; the album is a unique balance of various styles. It has become one of the most sought-after Japanese LPs on the global Balearic scene and is now exchanging hands for astronomical prices. The album also features on Gilles Peterson’s 'Significant Album List'. Fully remastered from the original Kitty Records tapes by Universal Japan, the album will come with its original 4-page colour insert including English translations of the original liner notes by leading Japanese journalist Yasufumi Amatatsu plus the full track-by-track musician line up. The album includes such cult tracks as “Son Go Kuw” and “Do-Jo” - hugely popular on the international DJ scene.


                                                                                                                                                                  Sun Kil Moon

                                                                                                                                                                  Ghosts Of The Great Highway

                                                                                                                                                                    An album as good as Ghosts of the Great Highway should never go out of print. Ghosts continues-- even fine-tunes-- the work Kozelek did with his former band, Red House Painters. These songs are virtuously stoic Americana-- all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods, and wandering melodies. His voice sounds like Neil Young’s, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture. Ghosts is a travelogue of sorts, speeding through the Midwest and the West; in this sense, it’s the male equivalent to Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, especially in the imperfect mirroring of physical terrain and emotional geography. The band Kozelek assembled for Ghosts-- Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), along with a few guests-- ably but subtly bolster his lyrics and vocals, generating a steady clip that never flags. The result is an album as hypnotic as highway divider lines whizzing past. Includes original bonus track “Gentle Moon (Acoustic).” 

                                                                                                                                                                    Songs : Ohia

                                                                                                                                                                    Travels In Constants

                                                                                                                                                                      Sometime in 2001 - sandwiched between the release of Ghost Tropic and its follow-up, the cryptic classic, Didn't It Rain - Songs: Ohia recorded an EP for Temporary Residence's distance-themed subscription series, Travels In Constants. The untitled EP consisted of a single 18-minute song - performed live by Jason Molina in his living room, recorded directly to 4-track cassette as the sounds of a typical Chicago night bled through the air. Built solely from an acoustic guitar and Molina's familiar melancholy croon, it's a hauntingly intimate track. Molina once remarked that it was "probably too out there" for a proper Songs: Ohia album, which is perhaps why is felt right at home in this context.

                                                                                                                                                                      Scarcely available in its original CD-only edition of 1,000 copies, Travels In Constants has finally been remastered and reissued for vinyl and digital formats. Completing this reissue is "Howler," another unusually lengthy Songs: Ohia track that, like Travels In Constants, was reco rded and released in 2001 in an edition of only 1,000. These tracks are amongst the most bstractly beautiful and alarmingly delicate music that Molina ever committed to tape. It's an honor to finally make it properly available for the world. 

                                                                                                                                                                      "Weekend Loving" from Jennifer Lara is a perfect blend of boogie funk, roots reggae and lovers rock. Produced by Black Solidarity Records in 1985, this album is a masterpiece from the Studio One princess. Recorded at Tuff Gong and Music Mountain studios in Jamaica, the rhythm tracks are played by some of the best musicians from the island in the sun: Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott (Drum), Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt (Bass), Robbye Lyn (Piano & Synthetiser), Dean Frazer & Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson (Horns). This reissue was carefully remastered from Black Solidarity master tape, now presented as a double LP 45 rpm DJ friendly edition. The original Limonious artwork was reloaded and a bonus track was added to complete the set: ’In My Time’, an obscure slow synth groove, full of hope and melancholy.

                                                                                                                                                                      Jennifer Lara was first taken to Studio One in 1969 by keyboardist Richard Ace, who was a session musician. She never left the Studio One family and became resident harmonist. She added backing vocals to the songs of some of the camp’s biggest names, including Delroy Wilson, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott. In 1974, Jennifer Lara recorded her debut album with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in Brentford Road. The results of the sessions appeared on ‘Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara’, which was an instant success. Jennifer Lara was one of Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd’s protégés. One year after Coxsone passed, she died at the Kingston Public Hospital. She is survived by two children, daughter Ika and son Cheka. Jennifer Lara was a very likeable person, got on with everyone. She was involved in many benefit concerts to help to poor and the needy in Jamaica. May your soul rest in peace, we love you Jennifer.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Matt says: The younger or more electronically inclined might remember Lara from Rhythm & Sound's "Queen In My Empire". This set from earlier in her career displays a singer on the rise to the top; full of magic, vigor and feeling.

                                                                                                                                                                      Frightened Rabbit

                                                                                                                                                                      The Midnight Organ Fight - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                        Limited edition re-issue of the long out of print Frightened Rabbit classic to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release. Now on heavy weight 180 grm vinyl inc download code.

                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                        Hany Mehanna

                                                                                                                                                                        The Mircales Of The Seven Dances

                                                                                                                                                                        '70s Arabic psychedelic funk, courtesy of Hany Mehanna on this reissue by Belgian retoverts Radio Martiko. An Egyptian musician and composer, Mehanna played as a young, talented organist next to stars like Oum Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez and was a member of Ahmed Fouad Hassan's Diamond Orchestra - one of the country's finest. Up to this day he still writes for various Arabic artists and composes scores for Egyptian movies and series. This is (according to the label) a 'belly dance holy grail from the organ king of Cairo.. as good as it gets!' Originally released in 1973, 'The Miracles of the Seven Dances' is a work of pure genius that combines traditional rhythms with spaced out modern sounds. Hear a blissfully exotic mix of hypnotic organ grooves, psychedelic guitars, mystic strings and haunting percussion.

                                                                                                                                                                        Otherworldly, poetic, imaginative and full of exploratory spirit: the music of Mitar Subotić aka Rex Illusivii aka Suba is somewhere out there. Pure spheres of sound, ruled by absolute expression and a sounding language beyond our notion of a language.
                                                                                                                                                                        Now Offen Music reveals another unknown chapter of his large archive. This time it’s a Suba record, an alias Subotić started to use already in the late 1980s in Yugoslavia. It became prominent after his relocation in São Paulo in the late 1990s, where he became one of Brazil’s most demanded producers of the time. “Wayang” was conducted in 1995, just shortly after Suba produced an album together with his old Yugoslavian friend Milan Mladenović under the project name Angel's Breath. Their record unites ambient, world grooves, polyrhythms, haunting synth lines, post-punk, funk, reggae, dub, Asian melodies and vocal experiments all turned into a demanding, yet slightly pop story arc for open minded searchers. The album features eleven tunes of whom each single one dances in its very own pipe dream. You hear particles of classic, tripping trip hop, minimal music madness, drone psychology, African percussions, the sound of a jungle, all-consuming Wagnerism, tragically moving psychedelic, tribal neo wave, Balearic desire, ethnic pureness, industrial rudeness, traces of Alan Lomax and the Smithsonian Folkways world as well as syncopated polyrhythmic adventures, religious chants, sample experiments, mumbling synthesizers and even techno. It’s all there and as if time hasn’t moved on, its sounds fresher than fresh. Music that has been produced with no specific audience in mind, only guided by sound and the dimensions it is able to create. Consequentially it seeks for a listener that is willing to surrender, to feel the many particles of Suba’s divine musical imagination beyond the common grounds. Suba is singing these songs without using his own voice. He chants with sounds, found voices and unheard rhythms. If “Wayang” would have been released during the times of its origin, Mo Wax music would have sounded frumpy and Warp would have loved to drop it for its fierce musical attitude. 

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                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Holy shit! Vladimir Ivkovic treats us to a truly mindblowing release here, committing Rex Illusivii's 90's material to wax for the first time. A kaleidoscopic fusion of ambient, industrial and avant garde dance music, this eleven track set pulls in influences from Africa, South America, Asia, Detroit and Rotterdam to sound about a thousand years ahead of its time.

                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP Info: Artwork by Emilija Radojičić.
                                                                                                                                                                        Download Code Included.

                                                                                                                                                                        Mexican guitarist and ambient artist Eblen Macari's "Música Para Planetarios" (Music for Planetariums) was originally composed for weekly performances in the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium in Mexico City to accompany a voyage through the galaxy. The album, released in 1987 was based around Macari's solo performances using Ensoniq ESQ-1, a Korg Poly 800, two guitars and pre-hispanic Ocarinas. The expanded arrangements recorded for the album include a full stable of pre-hispanic percussion and beautiful baroque harpsichord played by Macari's wife. This expansive interplanetary soliloquy is undoubtedly Macari’s masterpiece. Remastered from the original master tapes.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Seance Centre win this week's award for deepest digging, treating us to a beautifully presented and perfectly pressed reissue of Eblen Macari's space age ambient suite "Masica Para Planetarios". Originally composed for playback in a Mexican planetarium, this is inter-dimensional, transcendent and mystical music from way beyond your fourth world.

                                                                                                                                                                        With a West Coast tour looming and problems with the recording (burnt singers, overheated tape reels, the final mix getting lost in the post etc), Chromatics' Johnny Jewel decided to run off a few demo CDs of "Night Drive" to sell at the band's shows anyway. However, as soon as the press and bloggers got hold of copies, the album became in overnight sensation. In need of money to get Italians Do It Better going (this was 2007 remember), and with big demand for copies, Jewel decided to release this demo version as a full album... Which is how it remained - until now! When that lost final mix finally turned up 18 months later (!), it was decided to remaster the whole production, add the tracks missed off the original demo CD copies and press up some vinyl too.

                                                                                                                                                                        The record opens at the end of a long night with our heroine making a phone call to her lover. In the background through the muffled walls of a sweaty nightclub you can hear music playing. She drives to the coast to clear her head, with "Night Drive" on the car stereo. As the hi-hat attacks your speakers, her hair blows in the breeze. This is the opening of the record that continues to define Chromatics' unique sound. The music is drenched in reverb echoeing the death of hope and the price of nostalgia. The most powerful example of this is Chromatics daring take on the Kate Bush classic, "Running Up That Hill," a favorite amongst fans and critics alike. With ethereal songs like "Tomorrow Is So Far Away", "Tick Of The Clock", & "Let's Make This A Moment To Remember", they give the listener the space to breathe. We get a glimpse of their chequered past with the post punk sheen of Joy Division on "Healer".

                                                                                                                                                                        The lost side of the album is dark and abstract. Opening with the almost funerial "Shining Violence". Where detuned analog synths collide and struggle to hang onto a fading melody. Followed by the sleeper hit, "Circled Sun", and the Vangelis-inspired reflection of life's duality in "The Gemini". "Night Drive" closes with an arpeggiated musical refrain from the beginning of side one. "Acelerator" reinterprates elements of the chord progression from "Night Drive" while leaning heavily on the gear shift. As painted lines in the road begin to strobe, Chromatics propels full speed ahead into an uncertain future.

                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Pink champagne coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                        Ramones

                                                                                                                                                                        Ramones - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                          Following the Ramones 40th anniversary reissues campaign; the first three albums by Ramones will be reissued on vinyl with the remastered audio from the 40th anniversary releases. Ramones – Ramones is one of the most important and influential albums of all time, with Rolling Stone naming it the Greatest Punk Album Of All Time. The album was a pioneer of the punk rock movement, with the band inspiring punk legends such as Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash. It features one of the most famous rock songs in history with Blitzkrieg Bop - which constantly appears in many greatest songs of all time lists. This will feature the 2016 remastered audio from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Ramones. 

                                                                                                                                                                          Ramones

                                                                                                                                                                          Leave Home - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                            Following the Ramones 40th anniversary reissues campaign; the first three albums by Ramones will be reissued on vinyl with the remastered audio from the 40th anniversary releases. 1977 saw Ramones release two great albums in the same year, and Leave Home was the first to be released in January of that year, as the follow-up to their eponymous debut album. This 30-minute opus of buzzsaw rock introduced fans to classics like “Pinhead” “California Sun,” and “Swallow My Pride.” This release will feature the 2017 audio from the Leave Home 40th Anniversary Edition – remastered by original Leave Home album engineer/mixer Ed Stasium.

                                                                                                                                                                            Ramones

                                                                                                                                                                            Rocket To Russia - Remastered Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                              Following the Ramones 40th anniversary reissues campaign; the first three albums by Ramones will be reissued on vinyl with the remastered audio from the 40th anniversary releases. Ramones released its second album of the calendar year (and third overall) on November 4, 1977, capping off one of the biggest years in the history of punk with Rocket To Russia. Among the band’s best-loved albums, it features classics like “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” and “Rockaway Beach” along with their signature covers of “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Surfin’ Bird.” It’s also the last album ever recorded by all four founding members, as drummer Tommy Ramone left soon after to focus on writing and producing. This will feature the 2017 audio from the 40th Anniversary Edition of Rocket To Russia - remastered by original Rocket To Russia album engineer/mixer Ed Stasium.

                                                                                                                                                                              Ultimate Spinach

                                                                                                                                                                              Ultimate Spinach - Mono Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                The prototype of the Bosstown Sound!

                                                                                                                                                                                Considered among the all-time classic psychedelic recordings, this ’68 self titled debut is unearthed in its unfathomably rare mono form!

                                                                                                                                                                                The unique blend of psych, jazz, rock, Gregorian vocals and Baroque instrumentation sets Ultimate Spinach apart from anything released at the time. It includes the now famous “(Ballad of the) Hip Death Goddess,” an 8:12 classic featuring the eerie, haunting vocals of Barbara Hudson, an oft covered staple of the genre.

                                                                                                                                                                                It was legendary record producer Alan Lorber that came up with the concept of “The Bosstown Sound” — "The Sound Heard 'Round The World" to market and promote the best and brightest of the Bean Town sixties psychedelic scene. (Boston's key groups at the time included Orpheus, Beacon Street Union, Ultimate Spinach, Chamaeleon Church and others). Ultimate Spinach, arguably the finest of them all, produced magnificent examples of surreal psychedelic record-making, now prized by crate-diggers and outsider music fans alike.

                                                                                                                                                                                Mojo listed this album among the top 42 psych albums of all time, saying, “Leaders of the Boston psychedelic surge, Ultimate Spinach were re-crystallized from the not-quite-so hippy dippy Underground Cinema around multi-instrumentalist Ian Bruce-Douglas and singer Barbara Hudson. On their debut album they viewed the Renaissance musical landscape through rose-tinted spectacles and came up with elaborate suites like ‘(Ballad of the) Hip Death Goddess with its theremin solo and the folk bluesy 'Ego Trip,' all bolstered by Hudson’s ethereal vocals."

                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited Edition Spinach Green Vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                A high-speed car chase between a Dodge Charger and a Ford Mustang, with super-cop Bullitt at the wheel, who forces the hitman off the road and into a petrol station, which explodes and incinerates him. Prior to that, harsh clashes of metal, hubcaps flying all over the place, and the chief character Steve McQueen, who grimly changes gears and hurtles through the streets of San Francisco, wheels screaming and rubber burning. That was how Hollywood staged one of the longest and most dramatic car chases, long before the days of the Anti-Blocking-System and Anti-Slide-Control.

                                                                                                                                                                                Very up-to-date and just as exciting as the screenplay is the music Lalo Schifrin wrote for the film, which embeds the characters, places and events in a musical context. For example, "Bullitt": the metrically angular main theme portrays a mysterious, cool character who sums up a situation with keen alertness and then makes his attack with the speed of lightning.

                                                                                                                                                                                Initially the music travels through easy-going Latin terrain. But gradually the rhythmic texture changes and takes a rougher path, with clicks, knocks and hammering. Legendary flute lines create a compensatory placidness with airy clouds floating above the sharp mix. A really special track is "Shifting Gears": here you can listen to Schifrin tuning the car, how he manipulates a jammed springy bossa to take on the sound of clean, smooth-running rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head.

                                                                                                                                                                                Meic Stevens

                                                                                                                                                                                Outlander

                                                                                                                                                                                  First album Outlander originally released in 1970 by MEIC STEVENS. MEIC STEVENS was discovered by DJ Jimmy Savile (but don’t hold that against him) in 1965 whilst performing in Manchester, this led to a single being released on Decca Records later that year arranged by John Paul Jones. The single sold poorly and MEIC STEVENS retreated to his tiny home village of Solva in Wales in 1967, writing, recording and releasing a series of now incredibly rare Welsh language EP’s. This led to more work in the U.K and a recording contract with Warner Bros. The sublime Outlander was to be the first album of a multi album deal but both parties went their own way after extremely poor sales of the album. Outlander is the only album he recorded in English, subsequent albums are in Welsh

                                                                                                                                                                                  • First time widely available on vinyl legitimately since original release.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Original copies can sell for close to four figures.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Original artwork faithfully reproduced along with tough to find lyric insert

                                                                                                                                                                                  Not content with an excellent reissue of Italian ethno-experimentalist Roberto Musci this week, Soave also deliver the first official reissue of "Scorie", Tiziano Popoli and Marco Dalpane’s minimal wonder from 1985. Long coveted and hunted by collectors, "Scorie" falls among the strange and indefinible artifacts of Italy’s remarkable avant-garde music scene of the 70’s and 80’s. An emblem of sonic diversity rendered through electronic sound, "Scorie" distils a daunting number of traditions and ideas while sculpting its own world of creative singularity and standing apart from the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                  While a great many of Italy’s avant-garde and experimental music practitioners began within the spectrums of popular music, slowly pushing into more explicitly ambitious and challenging realms as the years wore on, Tiziano Popoli and Marco Dalpane represent a change in the directional tide. "Scorie" is a part of movement toward, and the incorporation of, popular forms, within avant-garde music which swept across the globe during the 1980’s. As challenging and uncomfortable as it is seductive and inviting, "Scorie" weaves a world without boundary, of collision and harmony. A vision of possible futures, rendered in its present day. A melodic realm, almost entirely constructed through the use of synthesizers, with subtle interventions of electronic rhythm generators, bridging the metronomic territories explored by Terry Riley and Steve Reich and the drifting harmonics of New Age, with the moodiness of New Wave and the adventurous spirit of the avant-garde. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl with free CD and 4 page booklet

                                                                                                                                                                                  Roberto Musci / Giovanni Venosta

                                                                                                                                                                                  Water Messages On Desert Sand

                                                                                                                                                                                  Another great release in the prestigious ReR Recommended vinyl reissue series. "Water Messages on Desert Sand" was the very first sound creation from the Italian avantgarde duo of Roberto Musci and Giovanni Venosta. A classic work in the genre, released by Chris Cutler's Recommended Records in 1987. Back in the mid Eighties, Musci & Venosta, both on sampler, synthesizer, guitar, piano, effects and tapes were masters in overlaying and constructing rhythmic and harmonic pictures of transparent sound from electronic, acoustic and documentary source, taking ethnic field recordings (from Africa, Indonesia, Asia, India) as their thematic centre. "Water Messages" finds place In the realm of Eno-Byrne "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" but far more accomplished and developed. A rich moving and still very stimulating work and an essential purchase for anyone interested in adventurous modern art informed by ethnic music and sound explorations. In two words: Highly Recommended!

                                                                                                                                                                                  After Music From Memory brought overlooked Italian ethno-musicologist Roberto Musci into the contemporary consciousness via an excellent retrospective, Soave step in with a full reissue series. First came 'the complete sessions' of "The Loa Of Music", Musci's debut album from 1984, and now we have 1988 milestone "Urban & Tribal Portraits". A key collaboration with fellow sidereal world traveler Giovanni Venosta, which sees the duo create a sonic ecosystem that is  both aleatory and concrete, ephemeral and durable.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Like much Italian experimental music from that magical decade of the 80s this is not your bog standard fourth world music, marred by the ambiguous aestheticism of ‘unifying’ some not so well defined primitivism of ‘world ethnic styles’ with the futuristic sounds of whatever ‘advanced electronic techniques’ were the platter du jour. Here the 8-bit sounds of the E-Mu Emax is as primitive as the Jews Harp while the electronically treated Pygmy chants turn out to be as futuristic as the multi-timbral capacities of the OB-8. From the funk ostinatos of “El Lamento de Los Ayatollah” where Venosta showcases his straight piano playing to the rarefied queer guitar arpeggios in “Tamatave”, the peaceful ripples in “Dialogue Between a Dreamer and Others”, the playfulness of “Starfish & Kangaroos” or the post-punkish This Heat/Cabaret Voltaire aggression in “The Fear of a Soldier” this is destabilization as praxis, a shifting of the ground. The new cover image, that replaces the ethno patchwork of the original sleeve (beautiful as it was) is indeed more to the point: Sven Hedkin’s photograph of early 20th century Tibetan death masks is at once urban and tribal, surrealist in its uncanniness. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Japanese producer and DJ Kuniyuki Takahashi is the subject of Music From Memory’s latest retrospective compilation with ‘Early Tape Works - 1986-1993’. Composed of two volumes, the compilations gather together a selection of tracks from a tiny run of privately released tape only albums, highlighting a fascinating early period in Kuniyuki’s musical output, one of which little is known.
                                                                                                                                                                                  After discovering the world of nightclubs in Japan around 1986, and the seemingly boundless freedom expressed there through music as well as art, Kuniyuki became inspired to experiment with electronic music. Excited by the possibilities of new music technology, he would begin to gather together a number of, at that time, reasonably accessible and inexpensive local keyboards, drum computers and recording equipment. This became for Kuniyuki a way in which to explore music not as such made for nightclubs, but certainly inspired by them. Setting up a home studio in his hometown of Saporro, Kuniyuki would record extensively during this period with the equipment he had gathered together, equipment such as Roland’s Juno60, TR-606, TB-303, Casio FZ-1, Korg 770, Boss DE-200, Foster A8 and a Yamaha MT44 track cassette recorder.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Driven to develop a musical language derived as much by an exploration of music technology and a desire to create new sounds, Kuniyuki was also looking to evolve the possibilities of what he refers to as a ‘new Oriental sound’. Early Tape Works - 1986-1993’ then brings together two albums of material which not only highlights the evolution of Kuniyuki’s own work but also of Japanese electronic music as a whole.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Patrick says: MFM start 2018 with an intriguing selection of experimental synth compositions from the earliest days of Kuniyuki's musical journey. A million miles away from the house workouts we've come to expect from the Japanese producer, these 6 tracks touch on cosmic, minimal wave and the more experimental end of the Sakamoto universe while retaining a unique DIY naivety.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah Yeah Yeahs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Fever To Tell - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                    Vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, Fever To Tell. The release will be the original album newly remastered by Stephen Marcussen on black 180g audiophile vinyl for the first time ever and five newspaper lyric posters with exclusive photos by Nick Zinner, Spike Jonze, Lance Bangs, Julian Gross, Patrick Daughters and Cintamani Calise.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                    Music From Africa Vol. 2 Shangaan Traditional / Sotho Chant

                                                                                                                                                                                      The 'Music From Africa' series' comprises two volumes of never-heard South African library music from the early 80s. They were recorded and produced by Johannesburg musician / producer Tom Mkhize and released then on vinyl only to be sent to TV and radio stations, as well as cinema productions (never commercially available). Traditional South African rhythms re-imagined, dubbed-out and disco-fied by this legendary producer! Each side of each volume is an A-side of the original LP's, the B-Sides were only 10/15 seconds loops of the tracks from A-sides designed as radio jingles and there was no interest in keeping them for the reissues. 

                                                                                                                                                                                      Curtis Mayfield

                                                                                                                                                                                      Super Fly - Enhanced Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                      This deluxe 2LP reissue presents the original soundtrack album together with a bonus LP of demos, alternate versions, a track which did not appear on the original album, two anti-drugs radio spots recorded by Mayfield and Curtom labelmates The Notations’ lesser-heard version of ‘Eddie You Should Know Better’. The soundtrack to the ‘blaxploitation’ movie Superfly stayed in the US album charts for almost a year, topping it for four weeks in 1972 and earning Curtis a gold disc. The solo albums he recorded between 1970 up until the time of his tragic accident in 1990 and which were released on his own label, Curtom Records, remain as testament to his genius. His influence on American black music and culture has been immense and his thought-provoking lyrics and musical style are unique in their field.

                                                                                                                                                                                      After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, vocalist Howard Devoto formed Magazine with guitarist John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, keyboardist Bob Dickinson, and drummer Martin Jackson. Acknowledged by Radiohead as an important influence, Magazine wilfully ignored the prevailing musical orthodoxy of the punk era – which is what makes these albums timeless. "Real Life" was released in June 1978. Produced by John Leckie, there was nothing tentative about Magazine's debut album. The epic sweep of "Motorcade" and "The Light Pours Out Of Me" (co-written with Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley) was balanced by the propulsive, filmic "Definitive Gaze". Magazine had arrived fully formed. An absolute classic!

                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: First time on 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                      CD Info: This digitally remastered album contains the first single "Shot By Both Sides" and its follow-up "Touch And Go", plus their B-sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Magazine

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Correct Use Of Soap

                                                                                                                                                                                        After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, vocalist Howard Devoto formed Magazine with guitarist John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, keyboardist Bob Dickinson, and drummer Martin Jackson. Acknowledged by Radiohead as an important influence, Magazine wilfully ignored the prevailing musical orthodoxy of the punk era – which is what makes these albums timeless. "The Correct Use Of Soap" was released in May 1980. Magazine's third album found Devoto reunited with Martin Hannett, the producer of Buzzcocks' "Spiral Scratch" EP – Devoto's only contemporary release with the band. Hannett's production of Joy Division had recently sealed his reputation as a prime sonic auteur. Recognised as Magazine's masterpiece, it was also praised by its producer as my 'best technical production'. "The Correct Use Of Soap" is essential.

                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                        LP Info: First time on 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        CD Info: This digitally remastered version contains the singles "A Song From Under The Floorboards", "Thank Yo"', "Upside Down" and "Sweetheart Contract", plus B-sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Originally released in January 1980, the second album from (Crammed founder) Marc Hollander’s band was the first record bearing the Crammed logo (although the label only really started to exist at the end of that year). More intense and experimental than the first Aksak Maboul album (yet often as playful), “Un peu...” was recorded with a band comprising revered UK musicians Fred Frith & Chris Cutler and contains complex written section, free improv, and a wild variety of elements. If you're looking for a post-punk experience as abstract as it is angular, then you're in luck. Boasting free-jazz horns, stuttering rhythms, abrasive guitar and the occasional thrash moment, "Un Peu" is far from an easy listen, and that's a very good thing. The first reissue on vinyl of Aksak Maboul’s classic 1980 LP. It includes a booklet with various documents, as well as previously-unreleased recordings (available via a digital download code). 


                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pharcyde

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - 25th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bizarre Ride II is the debut album from The Pharcyde. Released in late 1992 by Delicious Vinyl, the album was hailed by critics and alternative rap fans and appeared in "best albums" lists in several publications. Produced entirerly by J-Swift with easily some of the tightest and most inventive beats of the era, Bizarre Ride features only one guest appearance, provided by little known Los Angeles rapper Buckwheat (who would become known as "Bucwheed" from The Wascals). Released during the dominant Gangsta Rap era of the West Coast, the music was described as "refreshing" due to its playful, light-hearted humor and lush, jazzy production. Along with albums like To Whom it May Concern by Freestyle Fellowship, and I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Bizarre Ride helped establish a new alternative scene on the West Coast followed by artists such as Hieroglyphics, The Coup and Jurassic 5. The album featured four singles, all of which were accompanied by music videos. The group's debut single, "Ya Mama", originally released in 1991, was the song that landed the group their record deal, but it failed to reach any Billboard singles chart. Their first major exposure came with the release of the album's second single, "Passing Me By". The song became the group's biggest crossover hit and is now considered a classic Hip Hop single. The album's third single, "4 Better or 4 Worse", was released in mid-1993 and featured the stoner song "Pack the Pipe" and the throwback track "Return of the B-Boy" as its B-Side. The final single, the SlimKid solo track "Otha Fish", was released in late 1993.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        David says: Golden Era hip hop doesn't come any more golden this. You can't listen to this without a smile on your face. Essential.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: 25th anniversary pressing on translucent blue and yellow vinyl!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Future Sound Of London

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lifeforms

                                                                                                                                                                                        Remastered re-issue of the 1994 double album by experimental electronica group The Future Sound of London. Although slightly lost in the hyped-up murk of the mid 90s, with time, it has become their best-known album and is considered to be an important and influential classic of avant-garde electronic music. It sounds timeless, and could well have been released this week. Using unique and enthralling keyboard sounds, pad presets or ambient washes FSOL create an exotic and otherworldly collage; existing somewhere between the stars and a deserted tropical island. Sprawling, languid, and unhurried, I'm sure this made a brilliant companion to the permo-comedown from all those high end gary's available at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                        180 gram with DL codes.


                                                                                                                                                                                        Vision Songs Vol. 1 (1984) is the Laraaji album like no other, located at the intersection of new age and gospel. It is both his outlier and magnum opus, the feel-good DIY tape of the century.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Discovered busking in Washington Square Park by Brian Eno in the late 70s, engagement with the eternal flow has led Laraaji to, seemingly by magic, emerge as the most beloved avatar of the unstoppable new age music revival of recent years. Now Vision Songs rewrites Laraaji’s musical history. Unlike the many instrumental, free form albums upon which his reputation was built, this is an album of songs, with lyrics, verses, choruses. Vision Songs is literally a revelation -- of a master songwriter whose unbelievably catchy best compositions such as “We Shall Be Lifted”, “All Of A Sudden”, and “Is This Clear?” belong in any great American songbook. Casio synth jams recorded at spiritual retreat guest rooms and a tiny bedroom on the Upper West Side, lysergically-spectacular anthems for a continually arriving new moment, “channeled,” as Laraaji states in the album’s eloquent liner notes, “from the sky,” previously available in an edition of 100 cassettes sold at yoga retreats and on the streets of New York City, Vision Songs is humbly offered on vinyl, CD, and streaming for the very first time. This is where this is going on, this is where this is taking place, this is how this is going on. Is this very clear?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Identifying the god molecule within all of us, cosmic traveller and musical visionary Laraaji fused gospel, hippy soul and New Age into this sublime 1984 LP. Open your mind to DIY casio jams, naive lullabies and songs for world peace.

                                                                                                                                                                                        RAH Band

                                                                                                                                                                                        Going Up

                                                                                                                                                                                          Cosmic killer alert! Espacial Discos brings us the first ever vinyl reissue of this sought-after synth-pop / cosmic disco / funk / boogie album from 1983! An all-time cosmic classic rich with vocoder, analogue synths & keyboards, heavy drum machines, spacey vocals, bossa / Brazilian touches, cosmic effects…
                                                                                                                                                                                          The RAH Band was the brainchild of legendary English producer & arranger Richard Hewson. They debuted in 1977 with the cosmic glam hit “The Crunch”, on which Richard, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, played all the instruments himself. In 1983, he released “Going Up” the second RAH Band album, where he also played most of the instruments himself, helped by several drummers, a brass section and the sweet vocals of his wife Liz Hewson. Including massive club classics like “Messages From The Stars”, “Perfumed Garden” and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick says: Richard Hewson's masterpiece is back, bringing you all the vocoded, cosmic boogie brilliance with newly remastered sound! Buy on sight!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Australian Test Labs

                                                                                                                                                                                          Music For Aircooled Motoring

                                                                                                                                                                                            “Music designed to cope with the noise of motoring in the VW Type 2 and Type 25 Transporter.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Recordings of highway driving were made inside the cab of a 1981 VW T25 Kombi travelling at 80kmh and used to test, compose and mix music that could be heard above or in harmony with the noise of the road and the air-cooled engine.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The frequencies used have been carefully selected and rigorously road tested and when played in a moving van, will blend with the ambient sound of the vehicle and create a unique and harmonious driving experience. As each van will differ slightly, so then each user’s experience will differ accordingly, making this a truly unique pleasure for each driver or passenger”.

                                                                                                                                                                                            There is a ridiculously strong consistency, and motorik continuity to the set here. A truly wonderful album where the beloved Neu! blueprint groove, sits perfectly amicably between 30 second 70’s kids TV quiz soundalike soundbites, then passes on through the delicious tunefully, Dinger-esque thump of “Moto Moto”, through the industrial drive of “Zundapp Joyride” and sheer electro danceability of “Interflug 82” concluding with the epic super scaled “Autostrada Olympica“. just killer stuff…


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                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Ultra limited orange vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: One off repressing on black vinyl with postcard inserts, hand numbered to 300 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Gary Numan

                                                                                                                                                                                            Dance

                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Dance’ was Gary Numan’s fifth studio album and was released in 1981. Beggars Archive are excited to reissue this album on double purple vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                              The original 50-minute album was cut onto a single LP with a resulting compression and compromise to the sound. For this new edition, the tracks have been mastered over three sides for improved fidelity and the fourth side contains relevant singles, B-sides and an out-take.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Additionally, the previously unreleased, full length version of ‘Moral’ has been used to close out the original album. The double LP will be released on purple vinyl in an adapted, colour-corrected gatefold jacket with two printed inner sleeves.

                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Dance’ makes a notable effort by Gary Numan to step away from the synth-pop he was famous for and experiment with something a little more jazzy, saxophones and all. Guests on the album include guitarist Rob Dean and (fretless) bassist / saxophonist Mick Karn of Japan, drummer Roger Taylor of Queen, keyboardist Roger Mason of Australian band Models and Canadian alternative musician Nash The Slash.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Molly Nilsson

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Travels

                                                                                                                                                                                                Starting out by hand-dubbing CDrs and forging a singular path in the global pop underground, Nilsson’s art has grown to the extent where hers is a precise songwriting devoid of unnecessary flourish. Her songs are perfect silhouettes of feelings everyone shares but that few can articulate with such heart-rending, icy pathos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Journeys offer change - the possibility of renewal - and accordingly on The Travels Molly Nilsson’s resonant voice is found curling around a new sense of optimism and wide-eyed discovery that was only alluded to in her previous work. Songs like “Dear Life” might be spiked with a barbed sense of the dejected, but the presiding feeling is one of optimism, of being in love with life despite a shield of cynicism. “Dirty Fingers” brings a melancholy recognisable from previous work but with an incessant beat and ecstatic underpinning it becomes apparent that a new force is at play here. In case the listener missed it, “The Power Ballad” brings an endearing, sincerity to proceedings that also offers a tantalising question: can you be sceptical about love but still be bewitched?

                                                                                                                                                                                                On her 5th long-player, Nilsson’s perspective is challenged and manipulated by changes in environment and psychological space: like any other traveller the protagonist brings their own set of values and emotional states to new places, colouring them with a wash of subjectivity. Like any other traveller Molly Nilsson reacts to her environment and shares her unique version of it to other people. Based loosely on Marco Polo’s “Travels” and reading like a map of the protagonist’s geographical and inner journey, The Travels reveals new places and new emotions that are never the same to the beholder. Nilsson’s art is in turning this subjectivity into a cloak that almost anyone can don for the trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Snakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                Automatic Midnight

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Automatic Midnight, Hot Snakes’ first studio album, originally came out in 2000. Both the band and the album began as a side project for John Reis in June 1999, during time off from his main band Rocket From the Crypt. Reis wrote and recorded a batch of songs in San Diego with Delta 72 drummer Jason Kourkounis. To provide vocals for the tracks Reis called in Rick Froberg, whom he had played with in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu from 1986 to 1995. Most of the material from these sessions was used to create Automatic Midnight, which became the first release for Reis' newly formed Swami Records label. The band’s sound represented a return to the unrealized past of its members: direct, undraped and rock ‘n’ roll while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the members’ previous work. In April or May of 2000, Hot Snakes added bassist Gar Wood, found their live sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke warlords. 




                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot Snakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suicide Invoice

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Suicide Invoice is Hot Snakes' second album, and was originally released in 2002. It was recorded at San Diego’s Drag Racist Studios in 2002 with engineer Ben Moore. The album exhibits Hot Snakes’ slightly larger palate in mood and dissonance. People enjoyed the shows and listening to the recorded music. But, strain from controversy and fame would reveal cracks in the seemingly impenetrable hide of Hot Snakes. A year after the album’s release, drummer Jason Kourkounis left to focus on other music.





                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hot Snakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Audit In Progress

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Audit in Progress is Hot Snakes' third studio album, originally released in 2004. The band recorded the album with new drummer Mario Rubalcaba at San Diego’s Big Fish Recording with engineer Ben Moore. An increased attraction to dissonance surfaced on Audit in Progress. The album was well-received by critics and fans and was named "best punk album" at the 2005 San Diego Music Awards. More shows were played and enjoyed and the band visited many cities all over the world. By 2005, the band spiraled into a mid-life punk crisis and stopped performing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Say yes! The definitive gossamer Italo floor fuel of Ida No and Johnny Jewel's Glass Candy outfit enjoys an expanded reissue here on sexy lavender vinyl after over a decade out of print. Nothing but synthetic positivity as both the title track and "Drumm" stride with an almost marching feel before "Where Time Sits Still" plunges much deeper into moody new romantic cinematics. Elsewhere other highlights include the slinky poignancy that lingers from every spacious bass pluck on "City Lights" and the trembling ambience and pressurised atmosphere of the finale "Sanctuary". Yes please.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Moonlit, melancholic majesty from the early days of Glass Candy. Before "B/E/A/T/B/O/X/" and their superb Belle Epoque cover on "After Dark", Johnny Jewel and Ida No were holed up in Portland, perfecting their VHS-hazed brand of nocturnal Italo pop with this set of floor oriented gems.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Lavender coloured vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Archival Reissue Originally Recorded 2004-2006 In Portland. Out Of Print For Over A Decade


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: Pink coloured vinyl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Archival Reissue Originally Recorded 2004-2006 In Portland. Out Of Print For Over A Decade

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chromatics

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nite

                                                                                                                                                                                                        When "Nite" first appeared way back in 2006, Chromatics had yet to release their breakthrough album, "Night Drive". Since then, the Johnny Jewel-helmed combo has gone on to bigger and better things, with each successive album bringing a fresh wave of success. As this reissue neatly proves, their sound was a little different back then. While there are nods towards their later soundtrack-inspired sound (see "Birds of Prey" and "Sleepwalker"), much of the mini-album is split equally between fuzzy, guitar-heavy art-rock workouts and, more thrillingly, the kind of thrusting, muscular Italo-disco revivalism that Mike Simonetti's Italians Do It Better imprint once excelled at delivering. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Italians Do It Better go back to their roots with this mega reissue of the impossibly rare "Nite" LP from back in 2006. A perfect example of the early sound of IDIB, "Nite" perfectly captures the world of neon-tinged diners and 80s movies with a super cool combination of Italo synths, dark disco and post punk guitars. Warriors...come out to play.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Hives

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barely Legal

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fronted by Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, The Hives hailed from Fagersta, Sweden and they exploded onto the scene with this kick ass collection of adrenalin fuelled garage punk gems. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Originally released in 1997 and unavailable on vinyl for ages, it finally gets a long awaited 180g vinyl repress.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: RSD stores exclusive bronze coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Guitar And Other Machines - Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Factory Benelux presents an expanded 3x disc deluxe edition of The Guitar and Other Machines, the sixth studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, originally released by Factory Records in 1987.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The origin of The Guitar and Other Machines was the Christmas present given by Factory founder Tony Wilson to Durutti mainman Vini Reilly in 1985. “He gave me another kick and bought me a load of electronic instruments,” revealed Reilly at the time. “I never dreamt of getting into this electronic thing, and I struggled and fought and stayed up til half seven in the morning and really worked on it. I know that Tony’s got this vision and I persevered. And I found a way of using a sequencer that isn’t like New Order – it’s my way, and it’s my music.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths; Morrissey), the album also features percussionist Bruce Mitchell and viola player John Metcalfe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: The remastered vinyl set is housed in a gatefold vinyl sleeve which preserves the original album artwork by 8vo. Disc 2 features in concert versions of album tracks taped by the trio at the Bottom Line club in New York City in October 1986, as well as the WOMAD festival in August 1988.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3xDeluxe CD Info: Remastered in 2017, this new FBN edition restores all three bonus tracks included on the original Factory CD, being experimental pieces written and recorded with Jez Kerr and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Disc 2 gathers together a wealth of associated recordings, including the rare Greetings 3 EP (released only in Italy), non-album tracks such as Our Lady of the Angels, LFO Mod, and the exquisite acoustic instrumental Catos con Guantes. Other tracks on Disc 2 include various mixes of When

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Along with Moggi, Rovi or Tusco, M Zalla was one of Piero Umiliani's most revered monikers from his early period. Starting off in the early 70s, the legendary Italian electronic wizard began to release weird and wonderful shapes of kinetic electronics, often inspired by the anthropology of Africa, the Mother continent. Africa itself is one of his works from '72, released just before the iconic Problemi D'Oggi, and it has clearly inspired whole generations of different sorts of musicians. It's polyrhythmic waves of euphoria rarely tire of cease to provoke wonder, and this whole piece of work is a treasure chest that will simply not stop giving. For some, it's a source for samples and inspiration, while for others it's the perfect tool to add life to DJ sets, whether at the beginning, in between tracks, or at the end. If you're a fanboy of peeps like Durian Brothers, look here first. Essential.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: Limited edition deluxe 2LP bundle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Basil Kirchin

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Worlds Within Worlds

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Basil Kirchin was a pioneering British composer who blurred the lines between musical genres. While his career began in the ‘40s as a professional jazz drummer, in the ‘60s he started to make field-recordings, painstakingly splicing tapes and slowing-down sounds until the source material would be virtually unrecognizable.  Originally released on Island Records in 1974, "Worlds Within Worlds" juxtaposes Kirchin’s various tape manipulations - amplified insects, animals, engines, glossolalia of children - with traditional musical instruments to form an organic totality that has the overall effect of otherworldly, ambient soundscapes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            As Brian Eno writes in the liner notes on the original release, “Within the first couple of minutes it became obvious to me that Basil had not only discovered a whole new area of sound, but had exploited it with extreme skill and sensitivity, producing beautiful and evocative music as well…. So Basil Kirchin has made a double contribution: he has not only built the instrument, but has written and played the first successful works for it.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Worlds Within Worlds remains a lost classic in sonic abstraction. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Broadcast, Aphex Twin and Nurse With Wound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Organically funky, laced with avant-garde synth textures, and studded with breakbeats, the second Outernational release is Jeff Resnick’s unique, ultra-rare, 1978 promotional recording for the School for American Craftsmen, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Five tracks of soul jazz and modal fusion — re-modelling Trane, and opening with a variation of Norwegian Wood — by a local group including trumpeter Jeff Tyzik and pianist Sonny Kompanek; then Resnick mostly solo for the second side, when the money ran out, multi-tracking synthesizers on his home set-up, in an engrossing blend of reflective abstraction, grooving electro and spiritualised fourth-world tropicalism.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patrick says: Everyone loves a record conceived for alternative purposes, and this vinyl advert for the School for American Craftsmen has made an instant impression on the Piccadilly player. Vibrant jazz flows from modal to fusion on the A-side, while the flip sees Resnick go on a solo synth mission into dreamscape jazz and fourth world exotica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise are good friends who are inspired by California, mezcal, dancing, good food, and friends. Filip is a Danish producer now living in LA who plays bass in Ima Robot; Jeffrey throws the infamous Blow Up party in San Francisco and used to be in the hardwave band the Calculators with Luke and Vito from the Rapture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Following their debut single “Do You Believe?”, which became a massive sum