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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

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

                        30th anniversary release on Red opaque Vinyl.

                        Tom Waits

                        Bastards

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

                          Part of the Orphans collection, available on its own for the first time. Newly remastered.  Exclusively for RSD on grey vinyl

                          Tom Waits

                          Brawlers

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

                            Part of the Orphans collection, available on its own for the first time. Newly remastered.  Exclusively for RSD on blue vinyl

                            Tom Waits

                            Bawlers

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

                              Part of the Orphans collection, available on its own for the first time. Newly remastered. Exclusively for RSD on red vinyl

                              This Is The Kit

                              Wriggle Out The Restless (RSD18 EDITION)

                                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.

                                    The latest Death Waltz release is the soundtrack to 1972's Giallo My Dear Killer with music by Maestro Ennio Morricone. My Dear Killer (Mid Caro Assassino) was a 1972 Giallo directed by Tonino Valerii , it is easily one of the greatest of all Giallo films to come out of Italy and you owe it to yourself to track it down and watch it. The score form Maestro Ennio Morricone is absolutely outstanding and not only is it one of his most unheard scores but also one of his best during his Giallo period. It's intense, unsettling creepy and mesmerizing. It features the haunting vocals of Italian royalty Edda Dell'Orso on several tracks and its Jazz Lounge stylings are absolutely superb. It's also super listenable and restrained to make this a great repeat listen. Package design by Eric Adrian Lee.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: 180g red vinyl - 400 copies worldwide (200 for the UK)

                                    "Disco Fizz" is the second album by Italian disco group Azoto. Many say that Azoto pioneered the whole Italo sound, with incredibly ahead of their time productions going right back to 1977. "Disco Fizz" contains one of the most covered disco tracks of all time, "San Salvador", which has reared its head under countless of remixes and pop cover versions. The set isn't just about this one track though. If you dig a little deeper you'll find it's packed full of incredible and timeless Italo disco cuts. "Anytime Or Place" literally jumps out the speakers to get you moving, while "Exalt Exalt" showcases their take on the darker side of electronic disco. The record is officially reissued on LP for the first time, remastered from the original tapes, and includes a sticker inside. A must-have for any DJs.


                                    A wonderful companion piece to the totemic Fed, we proudly announce the first ever vinyl edition of Korp Sole Roller by Plush. Liam Hayes' magical fourth full-length LP was previously only available on a rare Japanese import CD. Produced and arranged in 2010 by Pat Sansone (Wilco / The Autumn Defense), it finally arrives in a limited edition of 500 copies.

                                    The common impression of Plush is that of an underground rock myth, lent greater poignancy by the lofty vision that galvanised his music. Yet while he has long been a cult concern, clued-up celebrity fans periodically declare their profound love for Hayes' maverick genius. Indeed, after Jason Schwartzman introduced Plush to Roman Coppola, several stunning songs from Korp Sole Roller soundtracked Coppola's A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III.

                                    As ever with Plush, it's easy to imagine you are listening to a privately pressed rarity from the mid-late 1970s. Or one of the criminally neglected jewels from the discography of Jimmy Webb or Burt Bacharach. The sound on Korp Sole Roller does differ crucially from Fed, however. It is more streamlined. These 10 gorgeously seductive creations careen around ornate string and wind instrument arrangements and producer Sansone's deft work is likely the reason for this. Yet, brilliantly, it still possesses that sun-warped take on classic pop-rock, that Plush specialises in. That peculiar "down-lifting" phenomenon of performing upbeat songs in an enigmatically mournful way.

                                    Upon completion, Korp Sole Roller barely received anything resembling a release. Press coverage was zero because none of the major magazines or blogs knew of its existence. His management at the time essentially buried the album in order to concentrate on other releases. Looking back on this decision, it really made little sense. Everyone involved in its creation of these near-perfect gems is extremely proud of it. Liam himself has described it as the favourite of his albums. Pat's delicate work is astounding. Remastered especially for this special limited edition, it is presented in a sumptuous gatefold jacket with high-end art photography throughout, including full colour inner sleeves. Finally, here's your chance to own a slice of kaleidoscopic pop history.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    David says: It's very rare these days that a record's reissued that no one here at Piccadilly HQ doesn't have at least some glimmer of knowledge stored away in a dusty part of their brain. This Plush album however, is just that, a genuine bolt of lightning that's electrified all of us with it's lush, Peak Bowie orchestration and kaleidoscopic embrace of pop history. Brilliant.

                                    David Bowie

                                    Aladdin Sane - 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Silver Vinyl

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                                      WE CANNOT SELL THIS ONLINE - SO PLEASE CALL IN THE SHOP FOR MORE DETAILS.

                                      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".

                                      This will only be available to ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores and not through on-line stores.


                                      Gomez

                                      Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition)

                                        To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize winning debut album, Bring It On will be re-mastered and reissued (20.4.18) as a super-deluxe 4CD with an accompanying remastered double LP release (180 gram with download codes).

                                        The 4CD 20th Anniversary edition of Bring It On contains the original, classic album remastered by Frank Arkwright @ Abbey Road studios and 35 previously unreleased tracks including 25 demos (recorded between January 1996 and August 1997) - 13 of which are appearing on an official Gomez release for the first time. The Super Deluxe box set contains 35 previously unreleased tracks. The collection features 25 demos & 13 songs never released in any form by Gomez, including covers of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend” and “T-Bone Walker’s Mean Old World” plus the band’s 1998 Glastonbury performance and BBC sessions. The package includes a 10,000-word essay by music writer Paul Stokes, with new interviews with the band and those close to them.

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                        In the relatively short time since Stroom first appeared in the stores, the Belgian label has quickly blossomed into an essential imprint for any true heads out there. Drifting between esoteric ambience, bedroom tape manipulations, wavy torch songs and overlooked R&B, the Stroom catalogue explores the frayed edges of the musical map, always looking for something unheard and unmissable. Their latest release puts a spotlight on Pablo's Eye, a loose collective of musicians and performers centered around Brussels engineer Axel Libeert. From 1989 to 1999, the flexible ensemble created a septet of CD only releases, the highlights of which make it onto this perfectly sequenced collection.
                                        Opener "Blind And Quiet" sets the scene with backmasked guitar, tremulous bass drones and animalistic breathing, gently pulling us into the deep dreamspace which Pablo's Eye call home. "Track 2" offers a further post modern twist, turning evocative piano, otherworldly zither and choral vox into a mournful mood piece via snippets of evangelical vocals. Soon we drift from that Lynchian contradiction to the remarkably Balearic "La Pedrera", a moody midnight stroll by beachside cafe's in an ocean breeze. At the close of the A-side, the somber strings and gentle guitar of "Track 4" hold us close in suspended animation, before the flip brings the propulsive beach resort funk of "Otis". With its atmospheric electronics, steady bass and chorus guitars "El Barrio Gotico" sounds like an ambient reprise of Texan classic "Broken Wings", while the tumbling percussion, snatches of vocal and electronic textures of "Amb 7" takes us dancing into the centre of the self. Finally, the one chord suspense and delicate jangle of "A Long Standing Dream" carries us off into the warming soup of the collective consciousness. By means of depth placement, psychoacoustics and spatial fug, Pablo’s Eye is experienced in the deeper reaches of the body, bypassing the conscious part of the mind entirely. More than anything, Pablo’s Eye is a temporary atmosphere, like a taste or a dream..." 


                                        Africa Seven is taking its first trip to Germany... Well Germany via Cameroun. Charlie Kingue Soppo is better known as Charly Kingson, cousin of Manu Dibango and a Cameroonian emigrant in the 1970s. Charly first headed to Paris and then found his way to Munich in 1978. He recorded two albums in his career, "Born In Africa" in Munich in 1978 and "Dance To The Music" two years later in New York.

                                        For this outing we focus on his debut "Born In Africa". It was recorded in Union Studios in Munich with some of the city's finest (and surprisingly funky) session musicians of the day.

                                        The LP opens up with "Nimele Bolo" a trademark Africa Seven sound if ever there was one… early growling analog synths, big stabby brass and afro rhythms. Add in Charlys vocals and it is easy to see why this track was a highlight of our recent African Airways 04 Funk compilation. Next it is time for smooth ballad, "Makakane Masu" and its smooth jazz overtones. Next "Manyaka" the suspenseful string section, octaving keys and percussive horns drive the wah wah guitar and Charlys brooding song.

                                        On the flip side we open up with the rolling bass and swinging brass of lead track "Born In Africa". This track was a single and it's the perfect microcosm of the album elements in one track. It even manages to name check all the big afro musicians of the time. "Nanga Boko" and its big smiles all around for the good time synth-boogie funk. We close off the LP with "Reviens-Moi" a pensive ballad about Charly's forlorn love. He wants her back of course.

                                        After Charly moved on from recording in the 1980s he stayed in Germany, performing in a series of local jazz and funk bands. We tracked him down in 2016 and we really pleased to be re-releasing his debut long player at Africa Seven. It sounds just as relevant (if not more so) in 2018 as it did 40 years ago in 1978.

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Patrick says: Africa Seven serve up more heat here with Charly Kingson's big bad "Born In Africa", complete with the moog fuelled acid afro disco squelch of Nimele Bolo. Big!

                                        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.

                                                    Sun Ra

                                                    On Jupiter (2018 Repress)

                                                    A mixture of live recording and studio post-production, 'On Jupiter' sounds unique to any other album Sun Ra made. The arkestra reflects a disco pulse right back on itself, and delivers one of the most cohesive albums of their career. The title track is a masterpiece of gentle atonal harmony, while 'UFO' pushes along at a cracking disco-ish pace with fierce brass and spacey dub effects. This is a timeless Ra classic. 

                                                    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 fully legit 2018 repress of a Jazz-Funk & Boogie classic! 'Nard' is Bernard Wright's bonafide Funk masterclass, boasting some truly amazing and heavily sampled cuts including - 'Spinning' (Used by Skee-Lo on 'I Wish') 'Haboglabotribin' (Used by Snoop Dogg on 'G's & Hustlers') as well as some heavy-duty Boogie workouts like 'Just Chilling Out' , 'The Master Rocker' and many more. A truly solid record and one that features boundless flashes of genius writing and playing from Bernard and his killer outfit including luminaries such as Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, Weldon Irvine, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross and many more! This one's a keeper and will have you locked in from start to finish, a total groove-fest. Originally released on the mighty Arista sub-label GRP label in 1981 'Nard' has it all, the beats, the wigged out Oberheim solos and most importantly - The FUNK! Remastered and repressed for all the boogie monsters and jazz-funk freaks out there, this is a truly essential album!

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Patrick says: A cursory glance at the cover should tell you that Bernard Wright is a playa, but probably won't prepare you for the slew of JAMS that lurk inside. The finest jazz-funk and boogie bangers for all my gees, hustlers and ballers!

                                                              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.

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                                                                  If "Movin' On" is Witch's "Rumours" then "Kuomboka" is their "Tusk". A remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch's stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Although once again inspired by American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a greater degree, resulting in fluid rhythms and sweet melodies. This time around Patrick Mwondela pushes his synth work and electronic production to a whole other level, especially on the bombastic "Erotic Delight" and low slung "More Sweat Than Sweet". "Kuomboka" is the unforgettable last voyage of this legendary band.

                                                                  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.

                                                                    The debut release by Afro-Canadian singer, songwriter, and cult figure within new age experimental sounds, has been long sought after. The soulful jazz release, was original recorded in 1970 alongside musicians Dough Bush, Don Thompson, Terry Clark, Lenny Breau, Jeremy Steig and Ray Charles collaborator Doug Riley a.k.a. Dr. Music. Written when she was 26, the album is a testament to Copeland's stand-out songwriting, and earnest, beautiful vocal talents, fitting into the realms of spiritual folk.
                                                                    Born into a musical family in Ottawa Canada, Beverly Glenn​-​Copeland studied the classical piano repertoire, after being brought up listening to his father playing at home. Following his studies, Copeland moved on to songwriting, in order to weave all the different musical cultures he had come to love. He is best known for the 1986 release Keyboard Fantasies, re-issued in 2017 by Invisible City, a record described as a mixture of "digital new age and early experimental Detroit techno." Now going by his name Glenn Copeland after gender transitioning, the singer songwriter also made a name for himself writing children's music for TV shows Sesame Street, and Mr. Dressup.

                                                                    Referring back to his debut record, Copeland states: "I was a fresh-faced kid of twenty-six when I wrote these songs, only a few years out of the classical music world in which I had been immersed since childhood, performing the European classical song repertoire in concerts both live and for radio broadcast. So I sold my oboe, bought a guitar and began tuning it in wild and wonderful ways to more easily find the chords I had no idea how to find in the regular tuning. I didn't want to study anymore. I just wanted to write." 

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Patrick says: If you come to Copeland's debut looking for the new age synth stylings of "Keyboard Fantasies", you may be disappointed. However the quality and clarity of these jazz folk gems should more than make up for it. Imagine a marriage of Terry Callier, Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan and you'll be along the right lines.

                                                                    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.

                                                                          Phillis Dillon

                                                                          One Life To Live

                                                                            As the only album ever released by the leading female singer of the entire rocksteady movement, One Life to Live is a crucial document of the era and genre; that it also happens to be a fantastic record is just gravy!

                                                                            Dillon spent her entire career recording for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle imprint; though One Life to Live was released in 1972, it is something of a compilation, including material recorded through 1968 to 1972. And as such, it features a bunch of her solo hits, including “Long Time No Nice Time,” “We Belong Together,” and the title tune. But to American ears, her interpretations of such rock warhorses as George Harrison’s “Something” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” may stand out the most; in her light, rocksteady style laced with rock and pop, she truly makes these songs her own.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            Ltd LP Info: Limited edition sky blue marble vinyl - 300 copies only.

                                                                            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.

                                                                                      CD Info: French + English liner notes poster inlay folded to digipack format, 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.

                                                                                              The Strawberry Alarm Clock

                                                                                              Incense And Peppermint - Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                The Strawberry Alarm Clock made musical history with its first single, the infectiously psychedelic "Incense and Peppermints," which topped the singles charts in December 1967. It remains one of the Aquarian Age's most enduring anthems. And as the California combo's debut LP demonstrates, there was a lot more to the Strawberry Alarm Clock than their iconic trademark hit.

                                                                                                Incense and Peppermints combines gorgeously melodic flights with a Sunset Strip sensibility--the album is filled with trippy soundscapes, fuzzy guitars, sophisticated harmonies and the evocative lyrics of tracks such as "The World's on Fire," "Birds in My Tree," "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" and "Paxton's Back Street Carnival." The result is a surprise-filled collection that All Music Guide calls "a strangely compelling mix of psychedelia, sunshine pop, garage rock, and California harmony."

                                                                                                Mastered from the original stereo UNI reels, our vinyl edition features the album's unique original cover art.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: On blue vinyl.

                                                                                                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.



                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                          Deluxe CD Info: Includes Bonus 7" Single

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

                                                                                                                          After a career spanning almost 40 years, Ziskakan keep their audience dancing to the rhythms of Reunion music! Since its creation in 1979, the group have worked under the direction of Gilbert Pounia, creating a beautiful and striking music inspired by the cultural diversity of Reunion. His songs are composed of Indian melodies, African percussions and Creole texts.The members of the group assimilate these diverse influnces into the traditional Maloya style to create an exciting hybrid worthy of wider appreciation.
                                                                                                                          "We started around a group of poets, then incorporated music to reach people. It was and still is our creole word. We manage to create a language and live together on a small piece of pebble, only 2512 kilometers square. It is something beautiful despite the terrible history of the islands. I hope it will last a long time." Gilbert Pounia
                                                                                                                          Now, thirty five years after its original release as a private press double LP, Rebirth On Wax deliver an official reissue of this hidden treasure of " Spiritual Maloya.


                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                          Patrick says: I have to admit I'm far from an expert on the music of Reunion Island, but as far as introductions go, this has blown me away. Stunning melodies, delicate composition and so much soul. Listen to the clips and tell me I'm wrong!

                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                            DAF

                                                                                                                            Gold Und Liebe

                                                                                                                              Conny Plank again oversees an album from the duo, while the photo on the front of Görl and Delgado in what looks like modified bondage gear maintains the sex theme well enough. Put it all together with song titles like ‘Sex Unter Wasser’ and ‘Absolute Körperkontrolle’ (Absolute Body Control) and DAF are tending that much more to the flesh rather than the mind.

                                                                                                                              Opening track ‘Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick’ has a bass / melody combination that could almost be early Depeche Mode. Most of the time, though, it’s only a slight difference by degrees, as pounding monsters like ‘Ich Will’ and the instrumental build of ‘Absolute Körperkontrolle’ demonstrate. Görl’s music generally still relies on his forceful percussion and sharp, cutting synth bass in combination and Plank once again makes it sound fantastic.

                                                                                                                              ‘Gold Und Liebe’ closes out on a fantastic note with ‘Verschwende Deine Jugend’, a full-on destructive beast in the ‘Der Mussolini’ mode and ‘Greif Nach den Sternen’, a steady-paced, almost anthemic number with the trademark DAF blend of brusqueness still intact.

                                                                                                                              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.


                                                                                                                              Richard Pinhas

                                                                                                                              Rhizosphere

                                                                                                                                Richard Pinhas is one of the most important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums with HELDON, his band, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon’s congenial drummer Francois Auger but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly purchased Moog Modular system in search of new sounds.

                                                                                                                                On four of its five tracks, Rhizosphere presents just the 25- year-old Pinhas and his synth alone together, a melding of man and machine that gradually becomes an expansive, outward-bound journey. 

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Barry says: We see the beginnings of Pinhas' evolving, industrial swirling synths and cosmic chugging krautrock on this, his debut from 1977. Airy pads and self-oscillating filters swirl and bend into an intoxicating, fascinating synth odyssey. Absolutely essential addition to any collection.

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      If you're planning on doing a reissue, let this release be your guiding light. Not only does this fresh pressing deliver Propaganda's seminal synth-pop / industrial / dark disco debut LP in all its remastered glory, it also features brand new sleevenotes detailing the band's conception and the album's creation. Comprehensively researched and written by renowned ZTT archivist and journalist Ian peel, these new sleevenotes cover in-depth the story of the album & the period in which it was written & recorded, the key players in its creation, the craft and instrumentation, the impact upon release and its legacy some 34 years later. The booklet is accompanied by memorabilia from Ian’s personal archive. If you're new to the Propaganda experience, the Düsseldorf four piece caught the attention of synth wielding super producer Trevor Horn shortly after their 1983 inception, and landed at ZZT with a fresh take on synth pop, an ultra noir identity and a clutch of killer tunes. Hitting the studio with guest appearances from Moritz Von Oswald, David Sylvian and Derek Forbes, Propaganda soon worked their weirdo magic on winners like "Dream Within A Dream", "Duel", "P Machinery", "Dr Mabuse" and "The Chase", stepping out of the shadows of FGTH to match Art Of Noise as the most ZTT band imaginable.

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                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Propaganda's pop-industrial synth pop masterpiece is back on wax in lavish reissued fashion. Boasting a thick remaster, biographical liner notes, an in-depth 6 page booklet and a 12x12" art print, this is the definitive version of this classic release.

                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                      LP Info: 1LP 180g with 6 page roll fold booklet & 12” x 12” art print.

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                      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.


                                                                                                                                                      For their first ever reissue, Smiling C connects with the Arabic rapper Shams Dinn to release a compilation his best songs, including the hit "Hedi Bled Noum". The compilation covers his entire career of with songs made between 1985-1990, most of which went unreleased at the time. One of the few Moroccan rappers to ever be recorded on vinyl back in the 80s, Shams Dinn was a pioneer of Arabic flow. Starting his career because he wanted to be a positive light for the Arabic immigrants living in France. He earned his status participating in freestyle competitions, and performing in small clubs around Europe. His career came to a turning point when he was asked by a major label to record a full LP. Unfortunately, the label decided they didn't want to promote Arabic music (largely because of the Gulf War) - and asked Shams to translate the Arabic to French. Shams Dinn wouldn't stand for that, and he was dropped from the label. The following years he worked at a school, teaching kids how to rap and express themselves through words. The reissue comes with newly imagined art, and an inner sleeve with interview and photos. 

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                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Definitely the only Moroccan rap album in my collection, the first release on exciting imprint Smiling C brings us funky, boogie/freestyle beats topped with Shams Dinn's fluid Arabic flow. Pure party starters for the left of centre crowd.

                                                                                                                                                      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?

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      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…


                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                    Conceived along the space of a few years and part of a big collection of unfinished experiments stored on cassette tapes, this eight tracks selection well represents Fred Ventura's late 80s and early 90s infatuation with Chicago House, Detroit Techno, early Warp records and even a secret passion for EBM. Using a basic set up made of Roland Juno 106, Roland JX-8p, Oberheim DX, Roland TR909 and an Akai sampler, these tracks were never officially mixed and meant to be released until today. Minimal and hypnotic, dry and direct, both sides of the record show an instinctive approach to rhythms and basslines, typical of those days where computer didn't have a predominant role in the creative process. 

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                                                                                                                                                                    Patrick says: Although primarily known to the Italo crowd for a mid-eighties slew of Hi-NRG heaters, Fred continued to work his magic long after the mirror ball ceased to spin. Secretly slaving away in his home studio, Fred filled the time before his mid-noughties revival hammering the hardware in tribute to first wave Detroit, Chicago house and throbbing new beat. This raw and unreleased is primo tackle for all the house renegades out there.

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: Limited edition red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                          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 summer Balearic-house hit in 2011, the pair finally deliver a long player. Imbued with a late 70s / early 80s yacht rock / soft pop sensibility, the album kicks off with dreamy acoustic guitar instro "Tulsa", setting the mood perfectly for the laid back cuts to follow. With its 2-step rhythm, simple piano lines and Nikolic's yearning vocals, "Next To You" could come out of the Michael McDonald songbook, the wriggling acid lines bringing the track into 2012. Sluggish slo-mo indie-disco track "Why You Wanna" could easily be from the DFA archive, while "Slow Down" will be sure to keep the sub-100bpm crew happy. The rest of the album shifts between these different tempos and moods, from 80s-style disco-not-disco indie-funk, via Hall & Oates-style pop to mellow acoustic Balearica, and is sure to keep you warm over the winter months.


                                                                                                                                                                          Palto Flats are back in the land of the rising sun for their seventh LP release, delivering a beautiful reissue of "Kakashi", the 1982 album from visionary saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, the man behind Mariah's "Utakata Ho Hibi". Through its 8 suite-like tracks, "Kakashi" transports the listener into Yasuaki's colourful sound-world, a fusion of outre jazz, new wave, ambient, and dub practices, often all at the same time. Opener "Suiren" grooves through new wave rhythms and wonky funk, the skronking sax and avant groove calling to mind an Arthur Russell outing or Love of Life Orchestra jam, while the naive chorus could have come from an early Talking Heads LP. Without pausing for breath, the track segues smoothly into the title track "Kakashi", a dreamy fourth world dubspace born of swelling brass, rippling mallets and a rolling bassline. The A-side comes to a close via the three movements of "Kono To Ni Yomeri", which offer serialist brass abstractions, warm woodland ambience and a reedy nocturne respectively. Over onto the B-side and the weird electronics, fractal brass and steady groove of "Yune Dewa" see Shimizu shimmy into Laswell territories, expanding our consciousness nicely before the stunning "Umi No Ue Kara" sprawls across most of the B-side. Boasting a languid groove, restrained bass and the ever present trickle of mallets, the track flows gracefully from start to finish taking in subtle guitar chords, gorgeous sax and heart swelling chord progressions. Last but not least, the mournful "Utsukushiki Tennen" tugs at the heartstrings with snaking Latin jazz sax, dubby bass and chanted vocals. 
                                                                                                                                                                          "Kakashi" is another high water mark in the 80s Japanese underground which has gathered cult status in recent years, and considered to be a highlight of Yasuaki's solo career. We're lucky to have this one back.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick says: All the heads have been hankering after this reissue ever since Palto Flats gave us their wonderful treatment of Mariah. I'm glad to say that the pressing is just as good as ever and the music within in nothing short of magical. Ambient, avant jazz swirling around dub rhythms and new wave touches - superb.

                                                                                                                                                                          After their excellent reissue of Claude Rodap's zouk classic "Syn-ka", Granit finally furnish us with a follow up, a long overdue reissue of Mushi & Lakansyel's Haitian fusion classic 'Koté Ou?'. Conceived with some of the island's finest instrumentalists (Raoul Denis Jr, Arius Jospeh, Oswald Durand, Jacques Fatier....) along with his own brother Joël, Mushy Widmaier's opus successfully marries a coastal, Carribean calm with free flying jazz, melodic ambience and explosions of expressionistic colour. Over seven sublime suites, Mushy transports us to a place of deep spiritual wonderment where smooth jazz mingle with creole melancholy. Remastered through Phoenix Mastering, this gorgeous LP comes with an insert in French, English and Japanese.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick says: Thanks to a beautiful reissue from Granit, you too can take a walk down the beach with Haitian ensemble Mushi & Lakansyel. Mellow, melodic and just a little melancholy...

                                                                                                                                                                          Hamad Kalkaba And The Golden Sounds

                                                                                                                                                                          1974 - 1975

                                                                                                                                                                          This release constitues the entire discography of Hamad Kalkaba. Neglected for decades by all but the most devoted collectors of Afro music, Hamad Kalkaba and the Golden Sounds at long last gathers together the body of work of one of Cameroon’s forgotten geniuses.
                                                                                                                                                                          Unlike many musicians who emerged from nowhere, recorded a few singles and vanished again, Kalkaba hadn’t disappeared. Far from it. He was a distinguished public figure, a retired Colonel in the army of Cameroon, and a former member of Cameroon’s Olympic Selection Committee. In recent years he even served as president of the Confederation of African Athletics. And although Kalkaba’s job kept him busy, and he seemed initially dismissive of the music he’d made as a young man, he turned out to be a willing participant in this project, arranging interviews, filling in some of the biographical blanks and providing the label with photographs, lyric sheets and notes. 
                                                                                                                                                                          During a series of interviews Kalkaba explained how the songs recorded in the mid 1970s were part of a movement, a movement initiated by musicians from all around Cameroon who, with the help of keyboards, drum kits and electric guitars, had started to modernize the traditional rhythms of their regions. For Kalkaba it was no different and backed by his band the Golden Sounds, he devoted himself to the promotion of the sounds of northern Cameroon. Analog Africa continue to showcase the colorful diversity of styles that exist in Africa and its diaspora, giving these Gandjal tunes their first worldwide release.

                                                                                                                                                                          Keyboardist Eddie Russ hailed from Pittsburg and played with many of the greats including Sarah Vaughn, Benny Golson, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie. Eddie is somewhat of an enigma, but he has always been held in high regard in the UK, and he finally was able to perform here in London at the Jazz café in the early 90’s a few years before his untimely demise. His debut album ‘Fresh Out’ was recorded for the Jazz Masters label and includes the jazz dance classic ‘The Lope Song’, he also contributed heavily to Sonny Stitt’s ‘Tornado’ album on that label. His band The Mixed Bag also made an album for the Detroit Tribe label. In 1976 he signed to John Richbourg’s Sound Stage 7 label and made two great jazz funk albums which were released on the Nashville’s Monument label and like his debut were produced by Bob Crawford. From this first album ‘See The Light’ the title track is a great take on the Earth Wind And Fire song, ‘Poko Nose’ is a great funky groove oriented track, but it is the magical ‘Zaius’ that has become an all time jazz funk classic, a track that has maintained its popularity over the past 40 years. The Monument albums include some great musicians including Marcus Belgrave and Larry Nozero, and on the “Take A Look At Yourself” album Motown’s Eddie Willis, a very young Kenny Garrett and the funk group Quazar.

                                                                                                                                                                          Ten tough disco mixes - vocal and dub - with Horace at the peak of his late 70’s form. Originally complied for Blood and Fire, “Good Vibes’ is remastered with new artwork and updated sleeve notes from original complier Steve Barrow. Definitive versions of "Skylarking", "Reggae Rhythm" and brilliantly infectious discomix takes of"Mr. Bassie" and "Pure Ranking". 'longside nuff dubs! Nicely remastered through the Abbey Road suite, these cuts are sounding as loud, dynamic and intoxicating as ever. A great set.

                                                                                                                                                                          The Beatles

                                                                                                                                                                          Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2017 Stereo Mix

                                                                                                                                                                            Produced by Giles Martin for this year’s universally heralded ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition releases, the album’s new stereo mix was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by Giles’ father, George Martin. Praised by fans and music critics around the world, The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Anniversary Edition is 2017’s most celebrated historical music release and an ideal gift for Beatle People here, there, and everywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Picture disc edition.

                                                                                                                                                                            LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                                            Tom Waits

                                                                                                                                                                            Mule Variations

                                                                                                                                                                            Tom Waits is one of the most innovative artists in popular music. His singular vision embraces everything from blues to tin-pan-alley to jazz to just about anything else you can think of. Grammy winner, actor, poet, a master of the musical collage and lyrical surprise, Tom Waits is simply a giant. "Mule Variations" offers the most complete picture of Tom Waits of any of his albums. Edgy stomps, humour and experimentation are interspersed with some of the most beautiful and personal songs he's ever written.

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                                                                                                                                                                            2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                            Les Disques du Crepuscule present an extended double disc reissue of Shiver, the acclaimed debut album by seminal Swedish artist Virna Lindt, originally released by The Compact Organization in 1983.

                                                                                                                                                                            Written and produced by Virna Lindt and Tot Taylor, Shiver offers 12 slices of chic orchestrated pop informed by ‘foreign film’ soundtracks, movie composers John Barry and Ennio Morricone, Modernist musique concrete and Cold War spy thrillers. The album spawned three singles: Attention Stockholm, Intelligence and I Experienced Love. For the most part Lindt provides the voiceover for her own narratives, occasionally striking reflective poses amid orchestral swells and multi-layered atmospherics; a clear influence on later acts such as Pulp, St Etienne and Air.

                                                                                                                                                                            This new edition of Shiver showcases acoustically-enhanced mixes prepared by Taylor and Lindt in 1997, augmented with non-album singles Model Agent and Young & Hip, and immaculate instrumental versions of key album tracks such as Underwater Boy and The Dossier on Virna Lindt. The extended tracklist also finds room for a leftfield cover of Windmills of Your Mind, originally written by Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman for The Thomas Crown Affair and recorded for the Crepuscule compilation album Moving Soundtracks.

                                                                                                                                                                            Cover photography is by E.A. Janes. 


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                                                                                                                                                                            Patrick says: If you have a soft-spot for arch art pop, frothy euro capers and some of the finest leftfield synth serenades you'll ever hear, you need this holy grail from Virna Lindt. There's dubby dreampop via "I Experienced Love" (well Balearic), the cinematic swoon of "The Dosier" (a proto-Air cut which could also have made it onto "This Is Hardcore"), the killer aqua-cosmic love song "Underwater Boy" and the new wave romp "Intelligence" - all present and totally correct. If that weren't enough, there's a whole additional disc of delights I haven't had a chance to sample yet. Grab one while you can.

                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: The double vinyl set comes in a stylish gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital copy.

                                                                                                                                                                            CD Info: The 2xCD edition is housed in a 6 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                            Tommy Guerrero

                                                                                                                                                                            A Little Bit Of Somethin'

                                                                                                                                                                            It's rare that a certain sound is entirely an artist's own. Although undeniably a stew of impeccable influences – from blues to folk to Latin to dusty funk, soul and hip-hop – one cannot hear a Tommy Guerrero song without immediately recognising it as his - and his only.

                                                                                                                                                                            The cult skater from San Francisco is globally renowned as one of the original members of the legendary "Bones Brigade" team. And as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, his laid-back soul is beloved by all who've basked in its blissful glow.

                                                                                                                                                                            There's something elemental about this music that really stirs the soul. Strikingly beautiful and instantly addictive, it's a kind of funk-fuelled, melody-driven, groove-based magic. There's a serenity and heart in the playing that radiates warmth and splendour, as if crafted for endless sunsets. His albums that surfaced on Mo Wax at the turn of the century have been treasured since their release and it's two of his most vital LPs that we're honoured to reintroduce.

                                                                                                                                                                            The originals were quietly pressed on to a single piece of vinyl so we've worked closely with Tommy this year to bring you these fresh, limited editions. They have been lovingly remastered, cut nice and loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in deluxe gatefold jackets.

                                                                                                                                                                            A Little Bit Of Somethin' is a quietly majestic gem. Brimming with Guerrero's horizontal "loose grooves", these brief but innovative instrumentals demonstrate a rich variety and, as such, comprise an LP that is aptly titled. An enchanting start-to-finish listen, it was instantly regarded as essential upon release via Mo Wax in 2000. It has aged remarkably well.

                                                                                                                                                                            Throughout this inspired collection, simplicity is key. In deploying it, Guerrero presents a beautifully crafted melodic soundscape. The distinctive, mellifluous approach of his guitar style, blending Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican, soul and jazz motifs, is at once startlingly new and tantalisingly familiar. Set against unrushed percussion, the music releases a crystal clear stream of healing frequencies to create a fragile, hypnotic atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                            Each track clocks in at around three minutes and, with a lack of studio polish or commitment to traditional song structure, it's a wonder how this enigmatic record demands your attention. However, through its gentle dynamism and impressive playing, it does just that. Whilst resolutely low-key, this lo-fi aesthetic feels genuinely organic and remarkably personal; its powerful intimacy truly connects. It's what makes this album so beloved of those lucky enough to be already familiar with it. From Margaret Kilgallen's truly iconic cover artwork to the music contained within, it's all brilliantly effortless.

                                                                                                                                                                            Guerrero's musical ideas are consistently compelling throughout, making it impossible to select highlights. The album's laconic drift touches upon jazz-fusion workouts and slow-mo hip-hop drums, Tortoise-style experimental post-rock and cinematic sound textures. It's at once hazy, light and bouncy yet sombre and bluesy. The Latin soul of El Chicano blends with the breezy jazz of Grant Green. By employing guitars and drum machines to create a stripped down rhythmic tapestry of spellbinding, addictive songs, there are even traces of The Durutti Column. A little bit of country, a little bit of rock & roll. A Little Bit Of Somethin', indeed.





                                                                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                            David says: More must have reissue pressure from Bewith. This time it's legendary SF skater Tommy Guerrero's turn of the century Mo wax release. Head nodding, foot tapping, finger clicking heaven from start to finish.

                                                                                                                                                                            Beastie Boys

                                                                                                                                                                            Hot Sauce Committee Part Two - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                            "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" is the eighth and final studio album by the the one and only Beastie Boys, originally released on April 27, 2011. Where 2004's "To The 5 Boroughs" utilised stripped back production and powerful lyricism in a post 9/11 love letter to NYC, Hot Sauce Committee mixes live instrumentation and samples into the kind of soupy production first unleashed on the world with "Pass the Mic" and furthered with songs like "So What'cha Want" and "Sure Shot". These songs are dense with sound effects and heavy on the bottom end, and the vocals are processed with a mixture of distortion and EQ that obscures the details of their rapping and the content of their lyrics but also gives the music a bit of snarl.The release was supported by four singles – "Lee Majors Come Again", "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas, "Make Some Noise", and "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" featuring Santigold.

                                                                                                                                                                            Six years after "Hello Nasty", an older, wiser and entirely essential Beastie Boys re-emerged with "To The 5 Boroughs", a passionate love letter to NYC written in the wake of 9/11. As usual they deliver their irrepressible tag team rhymes, mixing up celebrations of their home city with witty put downs of George W and his policies, and of course their usual stoopid bragging, but this time dropping them over stripped down backing tracks, that give a nod to the past (check "Triple Trouble" with its Sugarhill Gang samples), while obviously being influenced by hip hop and R'n'B's more recent electronic styles.  Four singles were released from the album, "Ch-Check It Out", "Triple Trouble", "An Open Letter to NYC", and "Right Right Now Now", but it's very difficult to choose a favourite on this career highpoint.

                                                                                                                                                                            Beastie Boys

                                                                                                                                                                            The In Sound From Way Out - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                            American bands have never gotten in the habit of their British counterparts, who tend to release lots of extended singles filled out with not-meant-for-prime-time experimentations. If the Beasties had gotten into that habit, this would be their B-side compendium. Originally released through the Beastie Boys' French fan club, The In Sound From Way Out! is a collection of the group's funky instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in. The Beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of Money Mark give the music an extra edge - he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early '70s.

                                                                                                                                                                            Vince Guaraldi Trio

                                                                                                                                                                            A Charlie Brown Christmas - Green Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                              Originally broadcast in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas is hands down one of the most beloved specials in TV history. Commissioned by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Vince Guaraldi and his trio rounded out by Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums), composed and performed the timeless contemporary jazz score which wonderfully reflects both the spirit of the legendary Peanuts characters and the Christmas season.

                                                                                                                                                                              A Grammy Hall of Fame inductee in 2007, A Charlie Brown Christmas was inducted into the Library of Congress in May of 2012 with the accompanying statement, “A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced jazz to millions of listeners,” and 45 plus years on it's still doing just that. Peanuts and Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang even goes so far as to say, "Back people into a corner and limit them to just one holiday album for the rest of their lives, and I suspect that an impressive number of folks, jazz fans or not, would select this one!" Reissued here on green colored vinyl by Fantasy Records.

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                                                                                                                                                                              LP Info: Green vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                                              Muddy Waters

                                                                                                                                                                              Electric Mud - Third Man Records Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                Third Man Records is proud to announce the reissue of Muddy Waters' fifth studio album Electric Mud, which comes as a continuation of Third Man's partnership with Universal Music Group and the Estate of Muddy Waters.

                                                                                                                                                                                The album, which Chess originally released in 1968 has not seen a legitimate domestic vinyl release since 2002, despite its enormous influence on generations of blues rockers. It features members of Rotary Connection as Muddy's backing band and was very controversial upon its release for its fusion of electric blues with psychedelic elements. The album is now recognized as a forward-thinking classic, sampled extensively by artists like The Black Keys and Gorillaz.

                                                                                                                                                                                Flying Saucer Attack

                                                                                                                                                                                In Search Of Spaces

                                                                                                                                                                                  First ever reissue and first time on vinyl for this unique Flying Saucer Attack live album, expanded with additional material and a new side four mix from Jim O’Rourke. Produced in collaboration with Dave Pearce / FSA and Bruce Russell (compiler of the original CD release for his Corpus Hermeticum label), featuring new artwork by Bruce Russell as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                  While rightly known for the folk-influenced songs and spacey instrumentals of their proper albums, the briefly active live version of FSA unexpectedly delivered a blistering wave of electric sound. Recorded at various shows in 1994, In Search Of Spaces heaves with long passages of feedback guitar racket, broken up by sections of surging rock music. The live band focused almost exclusively on visceral, trebly guitar noise—which, while always a key element in their sound, was greeted by audiences with total mystification (and often disapproval). Following a few brief attempts to settle a lineup and play songs from their records, Dave Pearce / FSA abandoned live performance altogether, leaving behind this album (and the barely available P. A. Blues CDR) as the sole document of his in-person delivery.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally compiled and released in 1996, this reissue adds several minutes of music back to the original program that had been edited out by FSA for being “too rock.” For side four, Jim O’Rourke revisited the original 1994 live tapes and has made a spooky and brooding new mix of music exclusive to this release.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Our Review from 2004 - Get ready for a splendid new band, everybody. Their sound is a mixture of Canadian folk, new-wave disco beats, quirky David Byrne-ish vocals, Pixies' agression, Mercury Rev's sense of magic, big band drama, organic chamber pop and just an all round multi-instrumental sense of anything's possible, that you'll be setting up your own toy orchestra and playing along. Though talented players, and loads play on this record, it's this sense of fun and cookiness that pervades; this lot are clever but well beyond cool. It's music ripe with the joys of music-making. And the songs are really catchy. that always helps. Maybe chuck a bit of Sugarcubes and a bit of New Order even, into their melting pot, stir in with crashing operatic crescendos and tiny, sweet lullabies and you'll be a little bit nearer to the sound of this band. They're making a splash Stateside. It's obvious why.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Most of the musicians who gathered to record this fantastic spiritual jazz record for the Strata-East label on May 24th, 1974 had crossed each other's paths in various musical pairings over the preceding few years. Husband and wife team Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals) and Cecil Bridgewater (trumpet) had been working together on albums like Frank Foster's "Loud Minority", and Roy Ayers' "Coffy" and "Virgo Red". Ten weeks before the "Freedom Of Speech" session, the couple had been joined in Tokyo by Cecil's brother Ronald Bridgewater (tenor saxaphone) to record Dee Dee's debut album, the beautiful "Afro Blue". Also in the studio on May 24th, 1974 was Donald Smith, (piano, vocals), fresh from recording on his older brother Lonnie Liston Smith's "Cosmic Funk" - on which Ronald Bridgewater had also played percussion. Cecil McBee (bass) was also there - just two weeks before, he'd completed his own Strata East date "Mutima", and in February he'd played on Mtume's "Rebirth Cycle" - with both albums also featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals. He'd also played on Lonnie Liston Smith's "Astral Travelling".
                                                                                                                                                                                  So 1974 was a huge year for all five of these people. Donald Smith and Cecil McBee were six months away from recording on Lonnie Liston Smith's massive "Expansions", with McBee fitting in a few Pharoah Sanders albums in between.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Millie says: Billy Parker brings us the best sort of Jazz - upbeat and full of life! The sound greets the ears with orchestrated bliss which all glue together in a perfect array of Jazz Funk.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pharoah Sanders

                                                                                                                                                                                  Deaf Dumb Blind (Summun Bukmun Umyun)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders' sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. He made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane's late ensembles of the mid-'60s. The hallmarks of Sanders' playing at that time were naked aggression and unrestrained passion. In the years after Coltrane's death, however, Sanders explored other, somewhat gentler and perhaps more cerebral avenues — without, it should be added, sacrificing any of the intensity that defined his work as an apprentice to Coltrane.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Coltrane's ensembles with Sanders were some of the most controversial in the history of jazz. Their music represents a near total desertion of traditional jazz concepts, like swing and functional harmony, in favor of a teeming, irregularly structured, organic mixture of sound for sound’s sake. Strength was a necessity in that band, and as Coltrane realized, Sanders had it in abundance.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanders made his first record as a leader in 1964. Deaf, Dumb, Blind (Summun, Bukmun, Umyun) was recorded at A & R Studios in New York City on July 1, 1970, and released on Impulse Records in the same year. The album's title is bilingual: "Summun Bukmun Umyun" is Arabic for "Deaf Dumb Blind". The phrase s taken from the Sura Bakara of the Qur'an. According to the liner notes, the album is "predicated on spiritual truths and to the future enlightenment of El Kafirun or The Rejectors of Faith (non-believers)". The performances on the album are strongly influenced by the music of Africa.

                                                                                                                                                                                  "After Karma was issued and Sanders had established himself -- to himself -- as a musician who had something valuable and of use to say, he was on what this critic considers to be a divinely inspired tear. Deaf Dumb Blind is an example of that inspiration. Beginning with the title cut, a suite of over 21 minutes, Sanders brings in the whole of his obsession with rhythm and R&B. Using African percussion, bylophones, shakers, cowbells, and all manner of percussion, as well as drummer Clifford Jarvis, Sanders brought in Cecil McBee to hold down the bass chair and Lonnie Liston Smith back in on piano, and added a three-piece horn section that included Gary Bartz on alto and Woody Shaw on trumpet in addition to himself. Whew! Here the Latin and African polyrhythms collide and place the horns, as large and varied as they are, in almost a supplementary role. The horns check counterpoint in striated harmony, calling and responding over the wash of bass and drums and drums and drums! It evolves into a percussion orgy before the scary otherworldly multiphonic solos begin. And Shaw and Bartz are worthy foils for Sanders. And no matter how out it gets, those rhythms keep it rooted in the soul. 'Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord' is almost 18 minutes in length. It has a long soprano intro, covered in shimmering bells and shakers with a glorious piano fill by Smith, who becomes more prominent, along with some excellent arco work by McBee, until the piece becomes a meditation on lyricism and silence about halfway through. The entire band eventually rejoins for a group ostinato with very little variation, except in timbre and subtle accented color work by Sanders and McBee. It is a stunningly beautiful and contemplative work that showcases how intrinsic melodic phrasing and drones were to Sanders at the time -- and still are today. This piece, and this album, is a joyful noise made in the direction of the divine, and we can feel it through the speakers, down in the place that scares us." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive tenor saxophone sounds in jazz. Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders' sound can be as raw and abrasive as it is possible for a saxophonist to produce. Yet, Sanders is highly regarded to the point of reverence by a great many jazz fans. He made his name with expressionistic, nearly anarchic free jazz in John Coltrane's late ensembles of the mid-'60s. The hallmarks of Sanders' playing at that time were naked aggression and unrestrained passion. In the years after Coltrane's death, however, Sanders explored other, somewhat gentler and perhaps more cerebral avenues — without, it should be added, sacrificing any of the intensity that defined his work as an apprentice to Coltrane.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Coltrane's ensembles with Sanders were some of the most controversial in the history of jazz. Their music represents a near total desertion of traditional jazz concepts, like swing and functional harmony, in favor of a teeming, irregularly structured, organic mixture of sound for sound’s sake. Strength was a necessity in that band, and as Coltrane realized, Sanders had it in abundance.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanders made his first record as a leader in 1964. Jewels of Thought was recorded at Plaza Sound Studios in New York City on October 20, 1969, and was released on Impulse! Records in the same year.

                                                                                                                                                                                  "In 1969, Pharoah Sanders was incredibly active, recording no less than four albums and releasing three. The band on Jewels of Thought is largely the same as on Deaf Dumb Blind and Karma, with a few changes. Idris Muhammad has, with the exception of 'Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah Hum Allah,' replaced Roy Haynes, and Richard Davis has permanently replaced Reggie Workman and Ron Carter, though Cecil McBee is still present for the extra bottom sound. Leon Thomas and his trademark holy warble are in the house, as is Lonnie Liston Smith. Comprised of two long cuts, the aforementioned and 'Sun in Aquarius,' Jewels of Thought sees Sanders moving out from his signature tenor for the first time and delving deeply into reed flutes and bass clarinet. The plethora of percussion instruments utilized by everyone is, as expected, part of the mix. 'Hum-Allah' begins with a two-chord piano vamp by Smith and Thomas singing and yodeling his way into the band's improvisational space. For 12 minutes, Sanders and company mix it up -- especially the drummers -- whipping it first quietly down into the most pure melodic essences of Smith's solo and then taking the tension and building to ecstatic heights with all manner of blowing and intervallic interaction between the various elements until it just explodes, before coming down in pieces and settling into a hush of melodic frames and the same two-chord vamp. On 'Sun in Aquarius,' African thumb pianos, reed flutes, sundry percussion, and orchestra chimes are employed to dislocate all notions of Western music. Things get very quiet (though there is constant motion); the innards of the piano are brushed and hammered quietly before Sanders comes roaring out of the tense silence with his bass clarinet, and then the tenor and bass share an intertwined solo and Smith starts kicking ass with impossibly large chords. It moves into another two-chord vamp at the end of 27 minutes, to be taken out as a closed prayer. It's more like a finished exorcism, actually, but it is one of the most astonishing pieces by Sanders ever." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com

                                                                                                                                                                                  "Jewels of Thought deeply explores the nimbus of African mysticism. With eyes closed and heart wide open, empyreal atmospheres are courted with almost religious fervour, the shrieks of brass ascending (sometimes falling down) the majestic stairways of celestial dimensions. On its opening track 'Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah', a Sufi meditation, is given a gentle sway via a strangely proto-hip-hop rhythm, predating the genre by nearly ten years. A sparkling, lush melody supplied by the simple strokes of a piano gives Sanders the freefall width to send his sax notes sailing high into the stratospheres. Then there is the hollowed African percussion and Leon Thomas' rippling yodels. It may have displeased jazz purists who didn't care for a multi-national confederation of sound, but clearly Sanders was having fun. The album's second track, the astrologically-themed 'Sun in Aquarius' (a motif continued from Tauhid's 'Capricorn Rising'), unfurls with the notes of a thumb piano, which scatter like jewels. Making a stormy mess with the noise of saxophones, bass clarinets and the combined squalls of the piano and drums, 'Sun in Aquarius' exorcises not demons but the seraphs deeply rooted in the songs of earth. Sanders, in restless temperament here, does away with the mathematics of logic and process; his work is down to an emotion invested purely in risk." - Imran Khan, Pop Matters.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra

                                                                                                                                                                                  My Brother The Wind Vol. 1

                                                                                                                                                                                  Remastered and expanded edition: My Brother The Wind, Vol. 1 captures Afrobeat visionary Sun Ra's initial 1969 encounter with the Moog synthesiser. The album has been meticulously remastered from archival session tapes and includes rare and previously unreleased studio material.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The original 1970 Saturn release featured four tracks, which are included on disc 1 of the two-LP vinyl remastered edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Disc 2, side A features the complete tracking session of Ra's Moog-centric single "The Perfect Man," with three full takes of the title, including two previously unissued versions.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Side B of disc 2 features the monumental 18-minute "Space Probe," an outrageously freewheeling Ra solo work recorded on a Moog (or two) around the same time. 

                                                                                                                                                                                  Marc Mac Presents Visioneers

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dirty Old Hip Hop

                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in March 2006 and virtually impossible to procure on vinyl ever since, BBE drop a special ten year anniversary edition of the classic Visioneers album "Dirty Old Hip Hop". Brainchild of 4Hero and Reinforced Records founder Marc Mac, the Visioneers project frst appeared in 2005 with seminal album "How About A Game of Chess", shortlisted for Gilles Peterson's coveted Worldwide album of the Year award. For the follow up, Marc began re-imagining his favourite hip hop beats from the golden era, retaining the feel of those extended, looping grooves whilst also re-introducing the excitement and musicianship of the records from which they were sampled: "Dirty Old Hip Hop" was born. Drawing on the musical talents of Brad Somatik and 4hero drummer Luke Parkhouse, this largely instrumental album also featured stunning performances from rappers Capitol A and Voice. An artist who was introduced to jazz music by his favourite hip hop beat-makers, "Dirty Old Hip Hop" serves as a loving tribute to both art-forms, weaving the two together until even the most ardent purist will fnd it hard to defne any space between.

                                                                                                                                                                                  'Visioneers is not a band, it’s a studio project. I want to pay respect to hip hop producers like Jazzy Jef, Jay Dee and Pete Rock for introducing me to jazz and I needed to produce the tracks like hip-hop records that sound phat in a club and not like dinner jazz; it’s about reclaiming jazz.” - Marc Mac, 2006

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                                                                                                                                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: 180g orange vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Tom Waits

                                                                                                                                                                                  Real Gone

                                                                                                                                                                                    Written and produced by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, his wife and long-time collaborator, Real Gone features 15 tracks of funk, Jamaican rock-steady, blues both urban and rural, rhythms and melodies both Latin and African and, for the first time, no piano. The crash and collide of rhythms and genres within a song creates a hybrid unlike any music he has and the sonic mayhem and nonsense rhyme ride to "Top of the Hill" are both punctuated by a live band and turntable playing along to Waits' home recorded voice percussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Remixed & remastered, Real Gone features 15 tracks of funk, Jamaican rock-steady, blues both urban and rural, rhythms and melodies both Latin and African and, for the first time, no piano.


                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                    Barry says: From claustrophobic dub atmospherics to beatboxing and clattering folk-rock, Waits goes all-out on this crucial reissue of his 2004 outing 'Real Gone'. It's as eccentric and bold as you'd expect, but there is an undeniable genius about all of Waits' work. Real Gone is a treasure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom Waits

                                                                                                                                                                                    Blood Money

                                                                                                                                                                                      Blood Money is etched. It's scratched out in bold, dark lines with marimba, trumpet and bass clarinet and contains some of Tom Waits most memorable melodies.

                                                                                                                                                                                      "Blood Money is flesh and bone, earthbound," said Waits. "The songs are rooted in reality: jealousy, rage, the human meat wheel...They are more carnal. I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth. I like songs to sound as though they've been aging in a barrel and distressed.


                                                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                      Barry says: One of Waits' most visceral and unnerving outings, cast in fire and delivered through his undeniably unique voice. Minimal, mournful but most importantly, utterly unforgettable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom Waits

                                                                                                                                                                                      Alice

                                                                                                                                                                                        Alice is one of the most distinctive of all Waits' creations, occupying its own corner in the odd-angled room that is Tom Waits' body of work and while there are the familiar parts--the redoubtable ragged voice, jazz ballads and poignant musings on death and longing--the whole is strange and exotic.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A devastatingly beautiful atmosphere made of sorrow and reverie, insanity and resignation, rises like a mist in Alice. It's a lyrical melancholia, a feeling that creeps in on the arms of Stroh violins and unabashed poetry. These are songs to fall into, and sometimes, to keep falling. There are fragile, haunted musings, and laments, mad ruminations, and tales of unrequited love and anthems from beyond the grave.


                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: While the avant charm of Real Gone and the sombre balladry of Blood Money rip a genre hole all of their own, Alice is uncompromising in its artistic scope and arguably epitomises the artistic drive of Waits more than anything else. A multi-faceted work of brilliance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Over the last decade or so Brighton’s Fujiya & Miyagi have been steadily building a vast body of work that explores 1970s Germany-tinged beats, whip smart electronica, intoxicating disco and shimmering pop, continually concocting an idiosyncratic blend of dance music that sounds utterly and uniquely their own. The group have decided to revisit their 2006 classic, "Transparent Things", and for the first time release the full album on vinyl. On its original release, "Transparent Things" managed to look deeper and further beyond the zeitgeist whilst simultaneously remaining in it.
                                                                                                                                                                                        They explored krautrock music with a passion, grace and respect - creating a hybrid sound of music that felt deeply indebted to innovations of the past but was filtered through a deeply contemporary mind-set. The end result of the album was a sound for the dance floors of the past, the then and the future. With a plush new re-master, the album sounds even more crisp and punchy than it did before and still sounds every bit as contemporary, managing to show none of its age.

                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: Well here's a classic from my Bring On The Dancing Horses days! Previously only partially available on a trio of colour coded 10"s, "Transparent Things" saw the Brighton ensemble fuse motorik percussion, emotional pop and white funk into a frankly flawless LP. A decade on and it still sounds brilliant!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited clear vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                                                                                        To Each

                                                                                                                                                                                        This first album was originally only released on cassette and was compiled from a collection of early four-track recordings and a set of live tracks recorded when the band was opening for the Talking Heads. The sound is good for lo-fi recordings, and the band is, for all of their musical amateurishness, precise and controlled. Those seeking an idiosyncratic, interesting art-funk band can do no wrong with this release.

                                                                                                                                                                                        “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,” reads the press notes. “ACR always do what I don’t expect, who wouldn’t want to work with artists like that?” Mute Records boss Daniel Miller adds. Though various members have come and gone, a core line-up of Jeremy Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson has always remained.

                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition double red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A Certain Ratio

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Graveyard And Ballroom

                                                                                                                                                                                        ACR's debut release for Factory Records, this was originally released as a Factory cassette in 1980. Produced by Martin Hannett, tracks 1-7 were recorded at the Graveyard Studios in Prestwich, while the remaining tracks were recorded live at The Electric Ballroom, hence the title.

                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                        LP Info: Limited edition in green PVC sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Re-release of the fifth album by iconic post-punk funk outfit A Certain Ratio, originally released by Factory Records in November 1986 and described by drummer Donald Johnson as "the Mike Tyson of funk".

                                                                                                                                                                                        Force marked a return to form for Ratio, mixing the robust funk grooves of lead single Mickey Way with more downtempo tracks, as well as Si Firmi O Grido, the percussive tour de force that still provides a reliable climax to live performances. In addition to pin-sharp rhythm and groove the album also displayed a certain pop sensibility, courtesy of guest vocalist Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister. The album was also one of the first to utilise the brand new Akai S900 sampler.


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                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Noregian dub-ambient veteran Geir Jenssen pulls together a collection of his compilation appearances and hard to find one-offs in his Biosphere guise for this mind-melting collection on Biophon. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        With the junglist rave missive of 'Hypnophone' kicking things off, you'd expect that the haunting glacial atmospherics and trance-inducing pads of Cirque or Substrata would be left to the LP's, but 'The Third Planet' is another classic biosphere ambient piece, building tension with increasingly determined envelopes and echoing bit-crushed percussion. 'The Seal & The Hydrophone' is perhaps the most danceable piece on here, with hi-passed snares panning around the stereo image, while a throbbing analog bass pulses away in the background and cosmic squeals and fractured churns are beautifully overshadowed by hypnotic vocal snippets. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        The wistful bleary-eyed nostalgic ambience of the stunning 'Sun-Baked' comes at a perfect time, providing a counterbalance and thematic breather to the icy ambient assault of 'Valchirie' and the jarring choral malaise of 'Visible & Invisible' 

                                                                                                                                                                                        A stunning collection, brilliant for filling in the gaps of his already venerable canon, or for new listeners hoping for a taste of Biosphere's pioneering electronic underworld.  



                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: From thudding excitable rave, to brittle, lonely ambience, Biosphere has you covered. As stunning and groundbreaking as all of his other work, and previously unheralded. If there's any more of this to come, i'm in. Top notch.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Left Ear's procession of perfection continues with a long-awaited reissue of Kingsley Bucknor's Nigerian synth winner "Just U And Me". After cutting his teeth playing with Fela in the 70’s and releasing two Afrobeat LPs on his own, Kingsley travelled the globe before landing in London. Booking into Audiovisual studio in Chelmsford, Kingsley laid down 6 distinctive electro-funk tunes inspired by both African rhythms and music he’d heard through his travels in the States and in Europe. Originally issued on Kinglsley’s own KAB records in ’85 and according to Kingsley the release was well received at the time, but due to constraints of international marketing the record remained mostly unknown outside of his homeland. Fast-forward to 2017 and the stage is set for a new global audience to appreciate the distinct sound of KB. Musically, the set offers nods to MJ's 'Off The Wall' (check out the upbeat boogie of 'Someone Is Talkin' & Shoutin'), West End classics and Ashford & Simpson, while retaining that stretched and spangled sound you only find in African disco...


                                                                                                                                                                                        Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Message

                                                                                                                                                                                        In the whole history of hip-hop music, few groups can claim to have been as influential and important as Joseph Saddler's group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Many of the genre's signature elements and trademarks can be traced back to the supergroup founded by the Grandmaster; their discography was among the first to feature recordings of scratching and turntablism, their's was the first to feature songs with political and social commentary, they were the first to refer to rappers as "MC's", some might even say they were the group that first coined the term "hip-hop."
                                                                                                                                                                                        Though Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five was considered the number one hip-hop group on their home turf of New York City, they only maintained a following on a local level, performing and releasing singles exclusively on the East Coast. It wasn't until the release of Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" that the group realized they could break into the mainstream. After signing with Sugar Hill Records, the group released their debut album The Message in 1982. Bolstered by Flash's deft turntablism, rappers Melle Mel, Kidd Creole, and Keef Cowboy's vocals, and production which sampled everything from Chic to the Tom Tom Club to The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Message was a revelation of sorts.
                                                                                                                                                                                        More than simply being a Billboard hit for the group, the album helped cement hip-hop's credibility with mainstream audiences, and is considered a major achievement in hip-hop history. The album's title track was especially praised, and is considered one of the greatest rap tracks in music history.


                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Patrick says: All killer no filler OG block party business here. Fresh from the era when popping a hydrant was totally acceptable, "The Message" sees Flash & the Five doing their thing in wild style boasting gem's 'Scorpio', 'It's Nasty' and 'The Message'.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Library Archive - Funk, Jazz, Beats And Soundtracks From The Vaults Of Cavendish Music

                                                                                                                                                                                        Join two of BBE’s most prolific artists and compilers, Mr Thing & Chris Read on a voyage into the mysterious, strange and wonderful world of Library Music, courtesy of Cavendish Music. Founded in 1937 and originally known as Boosey & Hawkes Recorded Music Library, Cavendish Music is the largest independent Library Music publisher in the UK and also represents a host of music catalogues across the globe.
                                                                                                                                                                                        During the Library Music heyday of the 60s and 70s, thousands of original instrumental tracks were produced across a broad range of genres for companies like Cavendish, who then created vinyl and tape collections, often arranged by theme or mood, for their customers in radio, television and film. Cult British TV shows such as The Sweeney and The Professionals as well as documentaries and feature films relied heavily on these catalogues, and companies like KPM, De Wolfe and Boosey & Hawkes went a long way toward defining the sound of British popular culture at the time.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Never commercially available, music created for these libraries that never made it to the promised land of TV or Radio was destined to languish in Cavendish Music’s vast London vault; only recently unearthed by a new generation of DJs and producers searching for rare gems or a perfect sample.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr Thing & Chris Read were first invited to examine the contents of the Cavendish Music archive in 2014 as part of WhoSampled’s ‘Samplethon’ event in which producers created new tracks against the clock using sample material mined from the catalogue. Whilst digging through box upon box of records and tapes looking for interesting sounds, the pair also discovered a host of 70s library music which has not only stood the test of time, but deserves to be heard in its original form.
                                                                                                                                                                                        From dramatic big band numbers reminiscent of Lalo Schifrin’s film scores to atmospheric proto-hip hop instrumentals produced before the genre’s existence, right through to fairly straightforward jazz and funk cuts; this amazing collection of music is sure to inspire and delight DJs and beatmakers the world over.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier

                                                                                                                                                                                        Les Chemins De Katmandou

                                                                                                                                                                                        After decades in the making Finders Keepers Records proudly present us with the first-ever pressing of Serge Gainsbourg’s most elusive and coveted soundtrack studio recordings - co-written, arranged and orchestrated by the genius Jean-Claude Vannier (‘Histoire De Melody Nelson’) during what many consider to be the dynamic duo’s most definitive creative period.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Believed to have been lost in a studio fire by Gainsbourg enthusiasts for over forty years (a myth that also shrouds Morricone’s lost ‘Danger Diabolik’ soundtrack) the misplaced master-tapes for the drug-fuelled/Mai 68 cash-in/road-movie ‘Les Chemins De Katmandou’ have been widely considered the final audio jigsaw piece in an immaculate discography/filmography thus earning this soundtrack bone-fide Holy Grail status amongst the most avid disc detectives.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Featuring the original crack team of Paris based players now recognised as French library music royalty, this LP epitomises the inimitable musical direction and expert psychedelic pop musicianship that graced classic Gainsbourg/Vannier soundtracks like ‘La Horse’, ‘Cannabis’ and ‘Sex Shop’. Laying the stylistic, futureproof foundations for subsequent decades of forward-thinking Gallic funk mastery.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Comprising Vannier’s signature recipe of thick plucked bass lines, close-mic’d drums, biting Clavinet and Eastern influenced strings and percussion (and a sprinkling of subtle traditional French instrumentation) the soundtrack to ‘Les Chemins De Katmandou’ (aka ‘The Road To Katmandu’ or ‘The Pleasure Pit’) captures Vannier and Gainsbourg in the first year of their creative partnership capturing their unique embryonic energy.
                                                                                                                                                                                        This previously lost full soundtrack score now exists on vinyl for the first time ever as an infinitely important milestone in the early development of the duo who would shape the sound of French pop music for years to come.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sublime compilation of long-lost Australian indie-pop, acoustic jangle and beat happenings gathered by Melbourne-based collector and DJ Bayu and label head Moopie.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Twelve tracks of singular vision spanning up- and downbeat pop, post-punk and minimal synth rarities recorded between 1982 and now.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Australian twee pop royalty the Cat's Miaow shares the stage with the Cannanes and the Particles; Ya Ya Choral with Sarah Records' own Even As We Speak.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Included is the previously unreleased 'Dot', by Mutant Sounds cult band Maestros and Dipsos.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Full colour reverse-card sleeve with printed insert and lyrics sheet.


                                                                                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                        Andy says: Wow, a beautiful blast from (predominantly) the past! Classic mid to late 80's indie with some earlier post-punk dislocation thrown in for good measure. Fragile, yearning pop music for all us Creation, Factory, Sarah Records nerds! Swoon. Sigh etc etc!

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                                                                                        Paean To Wilson

                                                                                                                                                                                          Paean to Wilson is arguably Vini Reilly and the Durutti Columns most important and consistent piece of work since the demise of the original and seminal Factory Records in the early 1990’s. It was commissioned MIF (Manchester International Festival of Music), July 2009. Vini had already composed pieces for Tony to listen to whilst he was ill in hospital and it was from here that the project developed. The opening night of the three sell-out festival shows formed part of the BBC2 ‘Culture Show’ coverage on the event.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Dave Simpson – MIF Review – The Guardian 20/7/09 4 out of 5 ‘

                                                                                                                                                                                          Near the beginning of the final night of the Durutti Column's 70-minute international festival tribute to Tony Wilson, A Paean to Wilson, guitarist Vini Reilly announced that he wouldn't be singing: "So you won't have to put up with my awful voice and schoolboy lyrics." If Wilson was with us, he would have chuckled. The Granada presenter-turned-Factory Records boss spent years urging his first signing to stop singing, and concentrate on the virtuosity that led Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante to call Reilly "the greatest guitarist in the world". Two years after his death, Wilson got his way, one of many lovely touches in a very personal, emotional and often warmly funny musical tribute. Wilson signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays, yet never gave up on this cult band he adored, working with them even after his legendary label went bankrupt. 


                                                                                                                                                                                          Elastica

                                                                                                                                                                                          Elastica

                                                                                                                                                                                            Rough Trade Records are delighted to announce the reissue of Elastica’s debut album ‘Elastica’ which came out in 1994 and went straight to number 1.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Justin Welch “The band is shocked and totally overwhelmed at the outpouring of love that obviously still exists for Elastica after all these years. Unfortunately, there are no immediate plans for a reunion but we are really excited to announce that we are working with Rough Trade Records and the re release of the first album on vinyl to coincide with Record Store Day 2017.”


                                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: Includes bonus flexi disc and 12 page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Suicide

                                                                                                                                                                                            First Rehearsal Tapes

                                                                                                                                                                                              “On Suicide’s First Rehearsal Tapes , recorded in 1975, Alan Vega and Martin Rev create minimalist aural structures, traces of which would surface on their eponymous debut album, released on the Red Star label in late 1977. “These songs are not a sketchpad of semi-formed ideas.

                                                                                                                                                                                              The First Rehearsal Tapes comprise an audio diary of two men out in the ether, measuring themselves as evolving individual artists and as a unit who would rely on inseparability to realize their unique and often confrontational mass in the decades to come. What the tapes also reveal is that Vega and Rev were compositionally ambitious, capable of melody and form, while resisting definitionas they headed further into uncharted territory.

                                                                                                                                                                                              “The First Rehearsal Tapesafford the listener a glimpse into the creative process of two groundbreaking, true art warriors with their swords and shields leaning against the practice room wall. To understand the absolute brilliance of Suicide’s first album as well as their sonic adventures that followed, you have to start here with their earliest recordings.” —Henry Rollins (excerpt from the liner notes)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun Ra

                                                                                                                                                                                              Space Is The Place

                                                                                                                                                                                              Originally released in 1973. Tip-on Gatefold Jacket. Original Artwork. In the endless ocean of Sun Ra recordings, Space Is The Place ranks among the very best but more importantly stands as the most immediately understandable of his records. This masterpiece touches flawlessly on elements of many of Ra’s multiple phases and provides both a mission statement for and a gateway to his immaculate body of work. “Space Is the Place is possibly Sun Ra’s most accessible outing, a fine entry point to his world(s)

                                                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited Transparent Blue Colored Vinyl

                                                                                                                                                                                              Frank Zappa

                                                                                                                                                                                              Absolutely Free

                                                                                                                                                                                                This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention’s 1967 album ABSOLUTELY FREE. To celebrate this occasion the Zappa Family Trust will release an expanded vinyl-exclusive edition of ABSOLUTELY FREE on September 29.

                                                                                                                                                                                                This double 180 gram LP version will include the original record mastered by Bernie Grundman & cut directly from the original analog master tapes, plus a laser-etched additional disc including 20 minutes of bonus material from the Vault. The package features Frank Zappa’s original layout & libretto.


                                                                                                                                                                                                Pink Floyd

                                                                                                                                                                                                A Collection Of Great Dance Songs

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in 1981, Pink Floyd’s ‘A Collection Of Great Dance Songs’ was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA in 2001. The compilation album contains alternative mixes and versions of the band’s classics including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) and Money.


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pink Floyd

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Delicate Sound Of Thunder

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recorded live over five nights in August 1988 at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, NY, ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ became infamous for being the first rock album to be played in outer space

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom Waits

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bad As Me - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals a new direction. Waits, in possibly the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longt-ime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan. From the opening horn-fueled chug of “Chicago,” to the closing barroom chorale of “New Year’s Eve,” Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits’ songwriting, from beautiful ballads like “Last Leaf,” to the avant cinematic soundscape of “Hell Broke Luce,” a battlefront dispatch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      By the time Brian Eno left Roxy Music and came to record this masterpiece of a debut in 1973, he already held in his grasp the raw tools to revolutionise popular music. "Here Come The Warm Jets" is bathed in his singular pop-with-a-wink aesthetic and free-associative imagination. Whether on the four-to-the-floor pre-punk stomp of "Needles In The Camel's Eye" or the Spector / VU trad-rock-ism of "Cindy Tells Me", the album displays an unabashed love of quirky, catchy pop. Macabre lyrics often subvert the melodies, a feature fully expressed on "Baby's On Fire", where the singer's cheeky vocals exaggerate the theme's comic ambiguity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      On two quite different pieces - the closing title-track and "On Some Faraway Beach" - a different side of Eno was laid bare. These mid-tempo, mostly wordless sound-paintings construct melancholy scenes out of grandiose, manipulated sounds, and gesture toward Eno's role as the father of ambient music. Savage guitar lines, erratic synthesizer, and pounding drums (Robert Fripp, Paul Thompson, and Phil Manzanera are among the excellent personnel) provide exciting textures on a collection as beguiling as it is invigorating. With "Warm Jets" Eno proved he was ready to jump off the edge of the pop universe, and to drag everyone else with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: Standard 1LP edition cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180-gram black heavyweight vinyl + download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)", Brian Eno's sophomore solo outing, is a grab bag of freaky, science-fiction-dipped confections. Filled with a battery of innovative, unsettling effects, the album is darker and more complex than "Here Come The Warm Jets". The artist shows an increasing willingness to experiment with texture, as on "The Great Pretender," whose whirling, oozing keyboard line and synthesized vocals approximate delirium tremens or a hatching hive of maggots, or on "Put A Straw Under Baby," which features the Portsmouth Sinfonia, whose members have no knowledge of their instruments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yet Eno's grasp of melody and songcraft is everywhere: on the bouncing, absurdist / philosophical "Burning Airlines (Give You So Much More)," and on straight-out rockers, like the deliciously intense "Third Uncle" (which is propelled by the churning guitar of Roxy Music's Phil Manzenera, and is, arguably, the album's highlight). Concurrent with David Bowie's "Aladdin Sane"-era alien aesthetic, Eno's tunes are even more otherwordly and warped than his glam cohort, making use of the full palette of bizarro synthesizer effects and creepy-cheeky postures. The songs, however, are as inventive and appealing as their treatments, and make for Eno's most solid - and experimental - pop album. "Taking Tiger Mountain" holds up magnificently, even years on in the artist's brilliant career.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Acclaimed 1975 album that represents a major turning point in Eno's career, entering the studio with nothing prepared and using 'Oblique Strategies' instructional cards for inspiration. It was here that Eno first began to experiment with abstract soundscapes, to employ a greater spatial element and the ethereal synthesizer effects that presaged an entire movement of ambient music. While most of the tracks are instrumental, the numbers that feature Eno's peculiar, affectless voice and free-associative lyrics seem to blend into the fabric of the album. Superior guest musicians include John Cale, Robert Fripp and Phil Collins. From the brain-bending riff of "Sky-Saw", through the elemental creeping of "Sombre Reptiles", from Robert Fripp's looping solos in "St. Elmo's Fire" to the dark swirl of "Spirits Drifting", "Another Green World" creates a superb series of sonic atmospheres that are rhythmic, expansive, strange and beautiful.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: Standard 1LP edition cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180-gram black heavyweight vinyl + download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      CD Info: The music has not been remastered but instead has been re-transferred by Simon Heyworth from the original analogue masters as they are not technically re-EQ'd but transferred to the digital domain using the best technology currently available (DSD).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eno's last glam-pop album before devoting himself entirely to ambient experimentation, "Before And After Science" showcases two sides of Eno's musical personality. The first half of the disc is characterized by floppy, pop-tinged romps reminiscent of his earlier albums (and heralding later Eno-piloted projects such as the Talking Heads' "Speaking In Tongues"). Tunes like "Backwater" and "King's Lead Hat" (a song whose lyrics are reputedly about the Talking Heads, the title an anagram of the band's name) feature bouncy beats and keyboards, silly, riddle-like lyrics and Eno's Muppet-ish vocals. The second half is considerably more subdued: the tender, airy feeling of tracks like "Julie With" and "Spider and I" indicate Eno's softer, abstract, synthesizer-dominated direction. Taken together, the fine tracks of this disc frame two sides of Eno: the pop songster and the ambient composer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Personnel: Brian Eno (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion); Kurt Schwitters (vocals); Paul Rudolph (guitar, bass guitar); Phil Manzanera, Robert Fripp, Fred Frith (guitar); Achim Roedelius (piano, electric piano); Mobile Moebius (electric piano); Percy Jones, Bill MacCormick, Brian Turrington (bass guitar); Dave Mattacks, Andy Fraser, Phil Collins, Jaki Liebezeit (drums); Rhett Davies, Shirley Caesar Williams (percussion).


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: Standard 1LP edition cut at Abbey Road Studios at 33RPM and pressed to 180-gram black heavyweight vinyl + download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      CD Info: The music has not been remastered but instead has been re-transferred by Simon Heyworth from the original analogue masters as they are not technically re-EQ'd but transferred to the digital domain using the best technology currently available (DSD).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hüsker Dü

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Savage Young Dü

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould—three St. Paul teenagers who’d go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the Hüskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemaker SST in 1983.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This primitive stage in the fabled career of Hüsker Dü is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs or three CDs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set..

                                                                                                                                                                                                        “We created this blistering wall of sound—bright white radio static with occasional melody.” —Bob Mould

                                                                                                                                                                                                        “It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps, but focusing on blowing people’s minds and completely wearing out the audience.”—Grant Hart

                                                                                                                                                                                                        “We didn’t know what hardcore was. We just got up there and played real fast and loud.”—Greg Norton

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