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The Clash

London Calling: Special Sleeve

    When The Clash’s third studio album London Calling was released in the winter of 1979, it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era-defining masterpiece that stands as one of rock's all-time greatest albums. The album is a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce desire for social justice, with lyrics which remain completely relevant. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xDeluxe LP Info: This heavy weight vinyl edition has a special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo below.

    2xDeluxe CD Info: This edition has a special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo below.

    David Bowie

    Space Oddity - 50th Anniversary Edition

      50th anniversary edition of Bowie’s seminal album featuring a brand new mix by original producer Tony Visconti, and a new die cut O-card.

      The vinyl will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.

      Originally released 14th November 1969, the sophomore effort from Bowie was a big turning point from his 1967 debut. The album most famously introduces the character of Major Tom in ‘Space Oddity’ which would go on to be one of his most enduring classics.

      The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset ‘Conversation Piece’ restored to the track listing in its initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180g Gatefold w/ Die Cut O-card.

      CD Info: CD w/ Die Cut O-card.

      The Raconteurs

      Broken Boy Soldiers - 180g Vinyl Reissue

        The Raconteurs consist of Jack Lawrence (bass), Patrick Keeler (drums), Brendan Benson (guitars, vocals, keys) and Jack White (guitars, vocals, keys). The seed was sewn in an attic in the middle of a hot summer when friends Jack White and Brendan Benson got together and wrote a song that truly inspired them. This song was ‘Steady, As She Goes’ and the inspiration led to the creation of a full band

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP Info: 180gram vinyl with a copper-embossed gatefold tip-on jacket.

        The Roots

        Things Fall Apart - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

          Things Fall Apart (also referred to as When Things Fall Apart) is the fourth studio album by hip hop band The Roots, released 23rd February, 1999 on MCA Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Electric Lady Studios during 1997 to 1998, coinciding with recording for other projects of the Soulquarians collective, including D’Angelo’s Voodoo (2000), Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun (2000), and Common’s Like Water for Chocolate (2000). According to Spin magazine, the album is a landmark moment for The Roots and the collective, as it “swelled the Roots clique into a movement-style posse”.

          The album has been considered by music writers as The Roots’s breakthrough album, earning praise from major publications and critics, while becoming the group’s first record to sell over 500,000 copies. It includes the song “You Got Me”, which won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, while Things Fall Apart was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album of the same year, losing to Eminem for his The Slim Shady LP. Rolling Stone called it a “top-flight record”, while AllMusic cited it as “one of the cornerstone albums of alternative rap.” The album takes its title from Chinua Achebe’s novel of the same name, which in turn took the phrase from William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming”. On April 5, 1999, Things Fall Apart was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 units and on April 22, 2013, fourteen years after its release, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 1,000,000 units.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          3xDeluxe LP Info: Tri-gatefold.
          3rd LP curated by Questlove (bonus tracks & remixes).
          20 Page Booklet w/essays by Black Thought & Questlove.
          Track by Track Liner notes by Questlove.

          Jane Weaver

          Loops In The Secret Society - Deluxe Edition

            This unique package successfully archives the key elements of Jane’s ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour. Housed in a concise limited-edition pocket-compendium the new CD version brings Jane’s fully realised ‘Loops Variations’ and sonic installations into your own environment with new illustrations based on the songs by Andy Votel and DVD featuring the experimental film installation featured on the tour by Nick Farrimond. When science fiction turns science fact the effect can be truly momentous. The state demands that no-one wants an unlicensed machine-hum from an outbuilding; no-one wants clever prose mapping the future, no-one wants “music” that is attention-seeking, soul-defining, beneficial, Biblical, baroque and beautiful.

            No-one told Jane Weaver that. Jane Weaver’s multi-layered synthetics evolved into a welcoming slew with 2014’s ‘The Silver Globe’, continuing through to 2017’s ‘Modern Kosmology’. ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ is a re-imagined journey through parts of both albums, with new ambient pieces primed and polished; with new tangents explored in a lab-friendly blossoming of the Weaver vision that travels yet further into the psych of our future. A continuous experience with one-line observations set in glorious sense-stimulating sound. That source material was then united in an expansionist experiment in late 2018. The ‘Loops In The Secret Society’ tour fused unrelated sounds set off against sympathetic new textures, tones and drones; hot-housed into an idealistic soundscape that formed the conducive parts of the imminent album of the same name. Co-conspirators include Henry Broadhead, PJ Phillipson and Andy Votel. Renegades all, headed by the enigmatic Weaver all under surveillance. 

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xColoured LP Info: 2LP PINK vinyl, in 5mm spine sleeve.

            CD/DVD Info: Deluxe Bookback CD & DVD.

            Dead Meadow

            Feathers - Reissue

              Feathers is the fifth album by the time Washington, D.C. based rock band Dead Meadow. It was released in 2005 by Matador Records on CD and LP now about to reissued by Xemu Records under license by Matador Records. The upcoming release will be an exact copy of the original double vinyl and CD packages with original art and masters. In addition to the reissue this new product will include a "demo rarities CD' that will be included additionally in both the CD and LP releases. This demo CD will include outtakes from the 2004 recording session as well as demos with different song structure/ arrangements and even a couple tunes that were axed off the final album. The fourth full-length studio album by Dead Meadow, was the first to include an additional guitar player with Cory Shane. Previously as well as for the majority of the band's career the DC to LA transplants have been a power-trio at essence. This departure in line up wasn't the only other noticeable difference the band was also shifting from pure 60's-70's heavy psych sounds to a more gentle and layered new-psych sound almost more influenced by dark Brit-pop and early new wave bands like the Cure and Stone Roses but through their own hazy interpretation. The different approach shocked current fans and gained lots of new ones as well as garnering solid underground praise at a much needed and delicate time of Dead Meadow's career. Revered and as equally hated this divisional record would be a landmark in the band's history and important piece of the puzzle that has kept the boys rocking and relevant. 

              Gene Clark

              No Other - Reissue

                Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal it’s long overdue.

                “One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo.” The Guardian

                On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday comes the reissue of one of his finest works, No Other. Released in 1974 on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Gene reached for the stars with No Other; a psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record that famously cost a small fortune to make. Although received warmly by critics, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with.

                However, as The New York Times wrote around the record’s 40th anniversary in 2014, “hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed’s Berlin,” with the album now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time.

                45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD have given No Other the reappraisal it deserves. 

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: The Original Album Remastered.
                Pressed on Black Vinyl.

                2xDeluxe CD Info: Hardbound Book Cover.
                The Original Album Remastered & Bonus Disc of New Session Mixes.

                CD Info: The Original Album Remastered.

                Ltd Box Set Info: Beautiful silver box set containing LP, 7”, Three SACDs, Blu-Ray & An 80 Page Hardbound Book.
                Multi-layer SACD version of album housed in exclusive Japanese Ichikudo vinyl replica sleeve.

                FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                The only solo album by former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis, released January 1998. Despite being released as a solo album by Hollis, it was originally intended to be credited to Talk Talk, under the name ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

                A beautiful and haunting work, this album picks up where he left off with Talk Talk’s’ Laughing Stock’ seven years before, re-emerging with a suite of music that encompassed jazz, ambient, and folk.

                His inspiration came not from ‘pop’ but 20th-century classical music and jazz from the late fifties and sixties (there is a distinct flavour of Miles Davis – ‘In A Silent Way’ here) and is one of the quietest and most intimate records ever made – creating an exceptional atmosphere in which the listener can submerge.

                A Life (1895 – 1915), which has been referred to as “the album’s epic centrepiece” refers to Roland Leighton (1895–1915), a British soldier and poet who was the fiancé of Vera Brittain at the time of his death in World War I. Hollis has stated about the song…“That was someone born before the turn of the century…and dying within one year of the First World War at a young age. It was based on Vera Brittain’s boyfriend. It’s the expectation that must have been in existence at the turn of the century, the patriotism that must’ve existed at the start of the war and the disillusionment that must’ve come immediately afterwards. It’s the very severe mood swings that fascinated me”.

                The understated artistry and minimalist beauty of tracks like The Colour of Spring and Watershed makes ‘Mark Hollis’ a truly unique and indelible listening experience.

                “…open, restful and at times fantastically beautiful”.

                “A sound whose ambience is as natural as breathing” – Melody Maker.

                This genuine ‘lost classic’ is now available again on heavyweight vinyl, with original artwork – printed inner sleeve with lyrics and credits. Remastered at Abbey Road.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                LP Info: Heavyweight black vinyl.

                Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It has long been a source of great frustration then, that this perfectly-formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost 40 years.

                * Format Notes: 2019 re-press, 180g vinyl

                * Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy, originally released in 1976, is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It has long been a source of great frustration then, that this perfectly-formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost 40 years.

                Be With Records continues apace by marking its third release with the first officially licensed reissue of Doheny’s nautical classic. Perhaps most famously, this impeccably smooth set features the timeless “Get It Up For Love”, a wonderful example of mid-70s mid-tempo white-(hot)-funk.

                Produced by the legendary Steve Cropper, it featured a veritable who’s-who of the Laurel Canyon soft-yacht sound (JD Souther, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the entire horn section for Tower of Power!) yet bombed mysteriously. It’s been a cult record since.

                Pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl and featuring the original artwork for both jacket and full colour inner sleeve, this limited reissue is one not to be missed.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                David says: Essential repress of what might be the greatest blue eyed soul album ever made.

                Sam went into an almost psychotic state when making music. He wasn’t himself. He was immersed in the creativity to such an extent that it was almost like a psychotic trance. Here’s an example. He found all this giant kelp down at Western Port bay and he would bathe himself in it for weeks. He would replenish the water and put salt in the bath, but leave the kelp in there. I used to ask Julie, his partner and wife, “How’s everything going?” and she’d say, “Just go and have a look at the bath.” - Tony Rogers

                Sam Mallet could have pursued a career as a French literature professor in Paris, but decided his true calling was to remain in Australia, dedicate himself to his music and find the plateau; a word he used to describe the sensory worlds residing in music. Under the influence of Eno, Jon Hassell, Arvo Pärt, John Coltrane and Robert Fripp, Sam explored a wide variety of musical styles and put them to service soundtracking the time based works of his peers. He crafted spatial ambience, somber jazz, and drum computer driven rockers for short films and experimental video works, television shows (including the original Australian Wilfred series), feature films and live theatre. The avant garde Anthill Theatre, known for its departure from conventional staging practices and having a keen eye for talent, enlisted Mallet to provide soundtracks for approximately 40 productions throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

                Sadly, Sam passed away in 2014. A crucial piece of his legacy is undoubtedly the body of work he produced during his life, and the archive of recorded works is vast and deep. Sam seemingly saved everything, from fragments to finished pieces; and often repurposed previously released tracks by collaging them into new pieces. He self released a small number of cassettes and CDs from the mid 1980s onward, the contents of which were culled from soundtrack work and original pieces, but the majority of his music was experienced only within the ephemeral live performances.

                "Wetlands" is the product of countless hours spent with this archive by Rowan Mason (Sanpo Disco/Recurring Dream) and Tony Remple (Musique Plastique), offering a dynamic survey of Sam’s work, and housed in a jacket evoking the minimal design and colour palette of his earliest cassette releases. Two selections of Sam Mallet’s music were featured on the compilation "Midday Moon" (also produced by Rowan), released last year by Bedroom Suck Records. Along with Left Ear Records’ "Antipodean Anomalies", "Midday Moon" has served to highlight outlier musics and scenes from Australia and New Zealand, and Wetlands plunges deeper into the catalog of this obscure yet groundbreaking artist.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Patrick says: As you may know, I'm all about this kind of tackle. Archival release (tick), fourth world (tick), new age (tick), Balearic (tick), baths with kelp (err...tick!). Like an Aussie Philip Glass wandering the outback on the best acid trip ever...

                Can

                Ege Bamyasi - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                  Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.

                  'Ege Bamyasi’ drops the haze and hits with a sharp pang from the get-go. Often described as the "tense" Can album, Ege Bamyasi is actually the band at its most focused, bolstered in part by the surprisingly good performance of the single "Spoon", the proto synth-pop (or synth-rock) song was used as the theme to a popular German television show. The album most famously includes, "Vitamin C", according to Pitchfork it’s “…still the best funk ever to come out of Europe.”

                  Can’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.


                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Limited green coloured vinyl.

                  Aural Medium touch down with a debut release, hitting us with a reissue of this 1988 Ambient/industrial album, including a unreleased track. 
                  In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, a small town in Ontario changed its name from Berlin to Kitchener. Many mercurial decades later, in 1988, the town now a mid-sized city, a duo called Vernal Equinox released a record that seemed to trace its roots back to Berlin, but this time the shadowy post-war Berlin of the 70s that produced Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and his Innovative Communications family, and Bowie and Eno’s Berlin Trilogy. These inspirations, viewed through a prism of 80s New Age and the autumnal denim-clad rural Ontario, became "New Found World".

                  "New Found World" is the inaugural release on Aural Medium, Toronto-based non-musician Linus Booth’s new label focusing on revisionist electronic, industrial and no wave music. Remastered from the reels and pressed on double 45rpm vinyl with an unreleased track from the original sessions.

                  "I first encountered the members of Vernal Equinox, Steve Brenner and Timothy Rempel, when I would skip high school with my best friend Todd Nickolas (ADSR) who’d play me electronic records after we lurked in the keyboard shop at Sherwood Music in Kitchener, eyeballing synths and drum machines financially out of our reach. Unbeknownst to me, Steve and Timothy both worked in the shop, and leveraged their employee discount to build up an enviable battalion of gear in their aptly named Sync Studios, in Steve’s basement. It was there, after their shifts at the music shop, that they spent a year working out all the material for the album, and when they had every part sequenced, they saved their settings, unplugged hundreds of cables and lugged everything to Airtight Studios across town and recorded the album. The duo self-released the album, and not knowing exactly how to sell it, decided to try and brand it as New Age. Inspired by the genre’s most successful label Windham Hill, they adorned the album with a photo of a sunset that Brenner had shot. They even decided to record some seagulls to fit the mould, and drove 130 km north to Lake Huron with a bag of day old Tim Hortons doughnuts.

                  Fast forward to a few years ago when Todd sent me a copy of Brenner's cassette works reminding me that we knew Steve from the keyboard shop. Shortly after, I met Brenner at his local Tim Hortons where I bought him a large double-double and we starting planning the reissue. Everything about the album reminds me of my youth, the smell of the woods in autumn, underage drinking and smoking on the tracks, the TD soundtracks to Risky Business and Miracle Mile, and my father’s Windham Hill records. Even the chill-out records I became obsessed with, The KLF, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works and Boards of Canada's melancholic NFB inspired electronica. Of course these came out years after the album was released, but somehow Steve and Tim channeled it all back then, creating something simultaneously so grounded in time and place, but years ahead of its time."

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Patrick says: Aural Medium get inaugural with a reissue of this private press new age dream from Canadian duo Vernal Equinox. Originally released in 1988, this sublime synthetic journey channels Tangerine Dream, IC and Windham Hill on its way to enlightenment.

                  Everything But The Girl

                  Walking Wounded

                    Walking Wounded was first released in April 1996 and debuted at #4 on the UK Album Chart and contains four UK Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits "Walking Wounded" and "Wrong," and set new a benchmark for the intersection of contemporary electronic music and smart pop songwriting.

                    The album was programmed and produced by Watt in 1995 largely in the basement of the duo's north London home demo studio. "Just an Akai sampler, a computer, a synth and guitar, an inexpensive vocal mic, and an 8-track tape machine," he says of the process. "We were writing in reverse - mood first, then songs, learning and we went along. It just felt like a new frontier," adds Thorn. Producer John Coxon of the recently formed drum'n'bass-inspired duo Spring Heel Jack - and with whom the Watt and Thorn had worked on Amplified Heart - was invited to provide a backing track for the album's title song, and beats specialist Howie B worked on the groove for Flipside. The album was then mixed at The Townhouse in west London by Watt and young emerging engineer, Andy Bradfield.

                    The new vinyl edition has been mastered by long-time Everything But The Girl mastering engineer, Miles Showell, now at Abbey Road Studios, who is one of only a handful of engineers specialising in half-speed mastering that uses new techniques to more faithfully reproduce the sound of original master tapes.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    LP Info: Hi-Fidelity half-speed master on 180g vinyl.

                    Matthew Halsall (born September 11, 1983, in Manchester, England) is a Worldwide Award winning and MOBO nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and DJ. Since 2008, Matthew has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and has been a key figure in the rise of a new jazz sound in the UK. In addition to his own releases Halsall has collaborated with many DJs and producers, most notably DJ Shadow and Mr. Scruff, and in 2013 Matthew's music was selected by Bonobo for his Late Night Tales compilation. Halsall is also the founder of Gondwana Records, a genre bending independent record label featuring a wealth defining albums by the likes of Portico Quartet, GoGo Penguin, Hania Rani and Mammal Hands. His own rich music draws on the spiritual-jazz of Alice Coltrane and Phaorah Sanders, contemporary electronica and dance music alongside his travels in Japan, the traditional art and music of which, has left a lasting impression on his compositions.


                    Sending My Love (2008) and Colour Yes (2009) were his first releases and document Halsall's first great bands featuring the likes of flautist Chip Wickham, saxophonist Nat Birchall, harpist Rachael Gladwin, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Gaz Hughes. Joyful, life-enhancing albums, drawing on UK jazz and spiritual jazz influences but with a decidedly modern bounce, they introduced Halsall's music to the world gathering support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum, Mojo, Straight No Chaser and beyond. But Halsall was never completely happy with how the records were presented and as part of Gondwana Records 10th anniversary decided to revisit the recordings, meticulously remixing and remastering them for vinyl and commissioning new artwork from Ian Anderson, one of his favourite designers. These then are the definitive editions of the records. Sending My Love comes complete with the beautiful bonus track This Time, while Colour Yes features the equally striking It's What We Do and Ai.


                    "I am very proud of these early recordings. They represent the starting point of my musical journey in Manchester and showcase some of the cities finest musicians such as: Nat Birchall, Chip Wickham, Rachael Gladwin, Adam Fairhall, Gavin Barras and Gaz Hughes. They are also the very first recordings my brother and I decided to release on our record label (Gondwana Records). Listening back they sound full of energy and joy and really reflect how I was feeling at that precise moment. But as much as I loved the music, I was never 100 percent happy with the sound of the mixes and mastering. So I decided to go back to the original tapes to remix and remaster them and present them the way I'd always wanted, and along the way we unearthed a couple extra unreleased tracks, which we decided to include as bonus material. Myself and my brother also decided to bring in Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic to re-imagine the artwork and we are super blown away by the results!" Matthew Halsall, Oct 2019



                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: The first of Mathew Halsall’s original releases ‘Sending My Love’ is a journey back in time to Halsall’s first beginnings with flourishing jazz notes. With the bonus track ‘This Time’ it’s a remastered treasure!

                    Matthew Halsall (born September 11, 1983, in Manchester, England) is a Worldwide Award winning and MOBO nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and DJ. Since 2008, Matthew has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and has been a key figure in the rise of a new jazz sound in the UK. In addition to his own releases Halsall has collaborated with many DJs and producers, most notably DJ Shadow and Mr. Scruff, and in 2013 Matthew's music was selected by Bonobo for his Late Night Tales compilation. Halsall is also the founder of Gondwana Records, a genre bending independent record label featuring a wealth defining albums by the likes of Portico Quartet, GoGo Penguin, Hania Rani and Mammal Hands. His own rich music draws on the spiritual-jazz of Alice Coltrane and Phaorah Sanders, contemporary electronica and dance music alongside his travels in Japan, the traditional art and music of which, has left a lasting impression on his compositions.


                    Sending My Love (2008) and Colour Yes (2009) were his first releases and document Halsall's first great bands featuring the likes of flautist Chip Wickham, saxophonist Nat Birchall, harpist Rachael Gladwin, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Gaz Hughes. Joyful, life-enhancing albums, drawing on UK jazz and spiritual jazz influences but with a decidedly modern bounce, they introduced Halsall's music to the world gathering support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jamie Cullum, Mojo, Straight No Chaser and beyond. But Halsall was never completely happy with how the records were presented and as part of Gondwana Records 10th anniversary decided to revisit the recordings, meticulously remixing and remastering them for vinyl and commissioning new artwork from Ian Anderson, one of his favourite designers. These then are the definitive editions of the records. Sending My Love comes complete with the beautiful bonus track This Time, while Colour Yes features the equally striking It's What We Do and Ai.


                    "I am very proud of these early recordings. They represent the starting point of my musical journey in Manchester and showcase some of the cities finest musicians such as: Nat Birchall, Chip Wickham, Rachael Gladwin, Adam Fairhall, Gavin Barras and Gaz Hughes. They are also the very first recordings my brother and I decided to release on our record label (Gondwana Records). Listening back they sound full of energy and joy and really reflect how I was feeling at that precise moment. But as much as I loved the music, I was never 100 percent happy with the sound of the mixes and mastering. So I decided to go back to the original tapes to remix and remaster them and present them the way I'd always wanted, and along the way we unearthed a couple extra unreleased tracks, which we decided to include as bonus material. Myself and my brother also decided to bring in Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic to re-imagine the artwork and we are super blown away by the results!" Matthew Halsall, Oct 2019

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: A further look into Matthew Halsall’s previous releases, Colour Yes from 2009 (Ten years ago!!!) is a mixture of soft piano keys and swaying brass. More uncovered gems please Gondwana Records, this is truly beautiful.

                    Lucy Dacus is done thinking small. Two years after her 2016 debut, No Burden, won her unanimous acclaim as one of rock's most promising new voices, Dacus returns on March 2 with Historian, a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent. "This is the album I needed to make," says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. "Everything after this is a bonus."

                    Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with A-list studio wizard John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Millie says: Dacus' light Americana leanings of the superb No Burden are sidelined slightly for her grander, more expansive new outing, Historian. Though her smouldering guitar work and unmistakable voice are ever present, they are skillfully woven into an intricate and all-encompassing web of orchestration, grandeur and beauty. This is a stunner, and every bit the successful follow-up.

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive clear vinyl.

                    Originally released in 1983, Madonna is the self-titled album by the Queen of Pop herself. With almost every track on the album composed by Madonna, candidly covering the topics of love and relationships, it sold over 10 million copies worldwide, clearly demonstrating Madonna’s ability as a songwriter and global success. The album includes globally renowned hits such as ‘Holiday’, ‘Lucky Star’ and Borderline. The album received five stars from AllMusic and was described as ‘cleverly incorporating great pop songs with stylish, state-of-the-art beats’ and it was a ‘showcase for a dynamic lead singer’, whilst Entertainment Weekly graded the album with an A. The album is pressed on Crystal Clear vinyl so is not one to miss, both for Madonna fans and pop music genre fans alike.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: 180g crystal clear vinyl.

                    Like A Virgin, originally released in 1984, was Madonna’s second studio album and with this, she quashed any theories about the ‘difficult second album’. It was her first number one album on the Billboard 200 and was later certified diamond, as well as setting the record as the first female album in history to sell over five million copies in the US. Like A Virgin remains one of the best-selling albums of all time with over 20 million worldwide sales. Q Magazine stated that Like A Virgin was the album that ‘propelled Madonna into the stratosphere – and rightly so’ and received a grading of A from Entertainment weekly. 


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: 180g crystal clear vinyl.

                    Originally released in 1986, the eclectic and influential True Blue is the third studio album by Madonna. Incorporating a wider array of musical styles and inspiration whilst directly addressing current social issues, this album shifted the public perspective of Madonna from pop-star to cultural icon. The album received widespread critical acclaim, with Slant Magazine declaring the album as ‘the supreme archetype for late 80’s and early 90’s music, as well as AllMusic describing it as ‘one of the great dance-pop albums’ showcasing Madonna’s ‘true skills as a songwriter, provocateur and entertainer’. The album includes the iconic tracks ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, ‘La Isla Bonita’ and ‘Live To Tell’, amongst others, making it a staple in any pop music fans collection. The album is pressed on Crystal Clear vinyl so is not one to miss, both for Madonna fans and pop music genre fans alike.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: 180g crystal clear vinyl.

                    Who’s That Girl is the iconic soundtrack, from Madonna, to the original motion picture of the same name. Originally released in 1987, it was the first soundtrack album by Madonna and accomplished great commercial success selling six million copies worldwide. The title track reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week and the album reached the number 7 spot shortly after, remaining there for 28 weeks. Noah Robischon from Entertainment Weekly stated that ‘Madonna had pushed synergy over the borderline’ with this release, while Madonna’s biographer, Taraborelli, stated that the soundtrack was ‘once again the reminder of Madonna’s power and status as one of the most important singers of the 80s’. The album is pressed on Crystal Clear vinyl so is not one to miss, both for Madonna fans and pop music genre fans alike.


                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: 180g crystal clear vinyl.

                    With the minimum of fuss, one of the UK's (perhaps the World's) foremost electronic musicians releases his tenth LP. No press agency, no media campaign, just a casual tweet and it's here. This immediacy is carried through into the music on offer. The track lengths are shorter than we've become used to, with Hebden getting straight down to the nitty gritty and distilling his complex melodies and rhythms into their most potent form; no ambient preamble or sprawling kosmiche on this one. Instead, Four Tet continues the journey through club music he began on "There Is Love In You" and "Pink", now taking the fire escape out the main room into a strip lit car park. "Beautiful Rewind" acts as part pirate radio jungle assault and part post club come down bliss. Hebden feeds the jungle chatter, polyrhythms and bass wobble through his own experimental and dense production to create an immersive yet raw experience like listening to Rooms 1 and 2 at the same time from the depths of a K-Hole. Album opener "Gong" and recent single "Kool FM" and the murderous "Aerial" and "Buchla" are bold and aggresive, while "Unicorn", "Your Body Feels" and "Ba Teaches Yoga" could sit comfortably with the fragility and beauty found on "There Is Love In You". Always wishing to push forward, Hebden has delivered some of the old, alongside a generous helping of new, casting his net wider and pulling varied influences together to form a complete and unique LP.


                    Y is the highly influential and innovative debut album by The Pop Group, released in 1979. In the same year The Pop Group released their single She is Beyond Good & Evil / 3:38.

                    The band went on to release 2 further singles, We Are All Prostitutes and Where There Is A Will (Split single with the Slits) and 1 further studio album For How Much Do We Tolerate Mass Murder, before splitting up in 1981.

                    Frontman, Mark Stewart embarked on a solo career releasing his pioneering album Learning To Live Cope Cowardice in 1983. Gareth Sager and Bruce Smith went on to form Rip Rig & Panic alongside Neneh Cherry.

                    The Pop Group reformed in 2010 to tour and have since released 2 new studio albums.

                    The Pop Group’s Y regularly appears in ‘Greatest Album’ lists - such as Pitchfork’s Greatest Albums of the 70’s where it is listed at #35, The Wire’s 100 Most Important Records Ever Made and Uncut Magazine’s 100 Greatest Debut Albums.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Laura says: "She Is Beyond Good And Evil" was my first introduction to the Pop Group in the late 80s at indie night The Wilde Club. On the strength of that track I bought this LP and played it to death and it remains one of my favourite albums. Now remastered it also includes a 12” of the track that made me fall for them them in the first place. Totally uncompromising post-punk genius!

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    2xLP Info: Y album cut using half speed mastering at Abbey Road
                    + Bonus 12” + original artwork + high definition audio download

                    Charlie Megira

                    Tomorrow’s Gone

                      The bastard love child of Elvis and Lux Interior, Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira brewed a heady amalgam of ’50s trash rock, surf-y tremolo, and reverb-drenched goth during his all-too-brief 44 trips around the sun. He recorded seven albums worth of material in 15 years, primarily issued on CD-R, most of which is now unreadable or in a landfill. Tomorrow’s Gone is the first collection of Megira’s work; a 24-track double album accompanied by a lavish booklet that documents his tragic existence. Armed with only an Eko guitar, a black tuxedo, and his signature wrap-around shades, Charlie Megira was a mold-breaking artist who disintegrated while we were all staring at our phones.

                      King Crimson

                      In The Court Of The Crimson King - 50th Anniversary Edition

                        “…an uncanny masterpiece” – Pete Townshend, 1969

                        It’s a quote that’s forever associated with the album. It was used in advertising at the time of release. Unlike many claims made in advertising it has, like the album it heralded, stood the test of time. It’s easy to forget how quickly things moved for the first incarnation of King Crimson: Formed January 13th 1969; by April they were regulars on stage at the likes of The Marquee and The Speakeasy clubs & performed with Tyrannosaurus Rex at The Lyceum, by May recorded the first of two BBC sessions, initial (abandoned) album recording sessions in June & then, in early July – the big breakthrough – played to 650,000 people in Hyde Park supporting The Rolling Stones, the album recorded in August, signed to Island Records (& Atlantic in the USA) Atlantic, missed the Isle of Wight festival due to illness/exhaustion, more gigs & a second BBC session in September, a Top 5 charting, unanimously lauded album in the UK, followed by a Top 30 debut in the USA weeks later, then toured the USA – with concert appearances at legendary venues such as the Boston Tea Party, Chicago’s Kinetic Playground, New York’s Fillmore East & another appearance on a bill with the Rolling Stones – this time at a Miami festival & then, following a series of December appearances at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, it was over, as quickly as it had begun – the arc for the band from formation to dissolution had taken barely more than 11 months, leaving behind an iconic – both musically and in terms of cover art - self-produced debut album, a fearsome live reputation & the sense of a band that, in its brief period of existence, set its own agenda.

                        King Crimson would return in many different line-ups over the years – each different from its predecessor and, with two concerts at The Palladium in late 2018 & three shows at The Royal Albert Hall in June, 2019, the current line-up has played to more people in in London, the city in which it began, than at any point since 1969 & in the process, played more of the material from 1969 than any line-up since the original. The current line-up has, on more than one occasion, been described as “the best live band in the world” – something that also used to be said of the original band.

                        This 50th anniversary edition features a new 2019 mix by Steven Wilson & and album of alternate mixes and studio takes by Steven Wilson & David Singleton - all mixes approved by Robert Fripp.

                        50 years on, the studio recordings of that first King Crimson remain, uncanny masterpieces. 

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        2xLtd LP Info: 50th anniversary edition of one of rock music’s seminal debut albums. 2LP’s on 200gm super heavyweight vinyl.

                        Huerco S

                        For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

                        Now, most of us here at Piccadilly HQ already have a large proportion of our heart (and our record shelves) devoted to Huerco S. The Proibito / Future Times star has carved out a truly unique, idiosyncratic sound all of his own. More stoned than Snoop Dogg in a weed dispensary on May 4th, yet with a futuristic vision that puts him alongside luminaries such as Brian Eno and Vangelis, Huerco S is the real deal. His twelves have possessed a blurred, hazy hue yet move through mindscape exploration to murky dancefloor contortions with ease. Here we get his second long player to date. Nine of the most densest and meditative tracks of the 21st century! As mentioned, Huerco's vision is non-linear, and the record is hard to place in time yet almost remains elusively futuristic. Monolithic and stark but extremely warm, intensely personal, and strangely accessible for everyone in every which way. When experimental music is this moving you know you're onto something special. 

                        STAFF COMMENTS

                        Matt says: Repress of this now cult artefact from Huerco S. One of the best electronic-ambient pieces the year it was released (2016) its serene simplicity and radioactive warmth is still as arresting as it ever was. Every home deserves a copy of this to see them thru the Winter!

                        Cornelius

                        Point

                          Cornelius "Point" was a definitive moment in 90s indie as it almost single handedly evolved the genre beyond American "college rock" to something global, MTV playable pop. Originally released on Matador, Cornelius "Point" has gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of records and create too many to count devotees from Beck to The Strokes to Phoenix and beyond.

                          Originally released in 2002 on Matador Records, now for the first time ever receiving a deluxe reissue with 3 never before heard remixes by Kings of Convenience, Herbert, and Yann Tornita. 

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xColoured LP Info: This deluxe blue vinyl reissue comes with 3 additional remixes, custom Cornelius slipmat and lenticular cover. It is limited and once gone, most likely never to be reissued again.

                          Richard Hawley

                          Coles Corner - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                            Critics were almost unanimous in their praise for Coles Corner, originally released on 5 September 2005.

                            Richard's third solo album (his fourth if you include the self titled mini album). It was recorded at Yellowarch Studio in his hometown of Sheffield and is a beautiful album, filled with nostalgia, emotion and romance. Its orchestral splendour sits alongside earthy rock and roll, with songs that are by turns intimate and soaring.

                            The title immortalises the legendary Sheffield landmark Coles Corner, a popular meeting place of old and new lovers.

                            The album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize for best album.

                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Coloured LP Info: 1500 copies on transparent amber vinyl.

                            Nirvana

                            MTV Unplugged - 25th Anniversary Edition

                              Named one of the 10 best live albums of all time by Rolling Stone, MTV Unplugged in New York was recorded live at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 14, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets (during which they were joined by two members of the group onstage), and Leadbelly.

                              Expanded to include 5 rehearsal performances previously only available on DVD, the anniversary release also features an exclusive gatefold jacket including anniversary silver foil detail on the front and back cover.

                              180gm black vinyl.

                              Grouper

                              A I A : Alien Observer - Reissue

                                “This sound / synapse transposition is as haunting as it is beautiful—surely Grouper’s best.”—Tiny Mix Tapes.

                                “If past Grouper releases have inhabited abyssal trenches and damp backwoods, here Harris takes us journeying across constellations and stars. Two of the most beguiling albums of the year, exquisitely realized and singularly evocative.” —The Quietus.

                                “This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them.”—Pitchfork “Harris nds a way to dive deeper in simple and unassuming ways.”—NPR.

                                Grouper

                                A I A : Dream Loss - Reissue

                                  “This sound / synapse transposition is as haunting as it is beautiful—surely Grouper’s best.”—Tiny Mix Tapes. 

                                  “If past Grouper releases have inhabited abyssal trenches and damp backwoods, here Harris takes us journeying across constellations and stars. Two of the most beguiling albums of the year, exquisitely realized and singularly evocative.” —The Quietus. 

                                  “This music feels both spacey and expansive and also oddly intimate and grounded, the work of someone who has mastered her tools and knows how to get the most out of them.”—Pitchfork “Harris nds a way to dive deeper in simple and unassuming ways.”—NPR.


                                  Caravan

                                  In The Land Of Grey And Pink

                                    'Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s. To celebrate Decca’s 90th anniversary, these Caravan classics will be reissued on 180gm vinyl with DL codes. 

                                    In The Land Of Grey And Pink - 1LP vinyl repress of this progressive rock classic from Caravan described by Mojo magazine as “the quintessential Canterbury album”.Caravan are one of the UK’s most acclaimed UK progressive rock bands, active since the late 1960s. This is their third studio album released in 1971 when they were signed to the Decca/Deram label and is considered a high-point of the band’s career. Rolling Stone listed the album as No. 34 on their list of “50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time” saying it evoked “a Middle Earth sunset, with the music wavering between medieval folk melodies and jazz-savvy musos”. According to AllMusic, the album is “one of the most beloved, and eccentric prog albums of them all” and “probably Caravan’s finest hour”.

                                    Caravan

                                    If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You

                                      'Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s. To celebrate Decca’s 90th anniversary, these Caravan classics will be reissued on 180gm vinyl with DL codes. 

                                      If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You - 1LP vinyl repress of this progressive rock classic from Caravan, one of the UK’s most acclaimed UK progressive rock bands. Their sophomore disc, it saw the band advance their sound, moving easily between acoustic folk and electric progressive rock on both complicated, psychedelic medleys and accessible ‘pop’ songs such as the title track which gained significant radio airplay and resulted in a guest appearance on BBC TV’s Top of the Pops. Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s and this album is considered a high-point of the band’s career.

                                      Caravan

                                      For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night

                                        'Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s. To celebrate Decca’s 90th anniversary, these Caravan classics will be reissued on 180gm vinyl with DL codes.

                                         For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night - 1LP vinyl repress of the fifth album by progressive rock stalwarts Caravan, one of the UK’s most acclaimed UK progressive rock outfits. Active since the late 1960s, this album is considered one of their best with Allmusic claiming: “it is several steps ahead in terms of fresh musical ideas that wholly incorporate the band’s trademark humour within the otherwise serious and challenging sonic structures”

                                        Caravan

                                        Waterloo Lily

                                          'Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s. To celebrate Decca’s 90th anniversary, these Caravan classics will be reissued on 180gm vinyl with DL codes. 

                                          Waterloo Lily - 1LP vinyl repress of the fourth album from Caravan, one of the UK’s most acclaimed UK progressive rock bands.With founding member and keyboardist David Sinclair having left the band, Waterloo Lily has a jazzier feel than previous Caravan albums due to Sinclair’s replacement Steve Miller. The progressive rock and folk elements are still prevalent though and work well with the jazz on tracks such as The Love in Your Eye suite. Active since the late 1960s, Caravan signed to the Decca/Deram label during the early 1970s and this album is considered a high-point of the band’s career.

                                          Happy Mondays

                                          The Early EP's

                                            This collection of EPs features very early, rare Happy Mondays tracks originally released on limited vinyl in the late 1980s by Factory Records. Included is the original version of ‘24 Hour Party People’ and feature track ‘The Egg’ - with atmospheric eerie slide guitar and driving bass this is a stand out gem from the band’s back catalogue and transports you in time to late 1980s Manchester.

                                            All tracks remastered from original master tapes.

                                            ‘Forty Five’ pressed on translucent green vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

                                            ‘Freaky Dancin’ / The Egg’ appears on translucent orange vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

                                            ’Tart Tart’ is on translucent blue vinyl in 3mm spine sleeve.

                                            ‘24 Hour Party People’ on translucent yellow vinyl in sleeve with 3mm spine.

                                            All 4 EPs are gathered in a 300gsm carton slipcase.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Andy says: Happy Mondays lit up the late 80s with their barely contained, shambolic but groovy take on punk-funk and God knows what else! They were, in short, totally original. In frontman Shaun Ryder they had a complete one-off who label boss Tony Wilson famously compared to W.B.Yeats! These early twelves (85-88) are the absolute business!

                                            The Jam

                                            Snap! - Vinyl Reissue

                                              Originally released in 1983, Snap! was the first ‘greatest hits’ collection from The Jam and appeared just after Paul Weller took the shock decision to split up the band at the height of their popularity and success.

                                              The title Snap! originates from the production, the A&R team and the band in the studio listening back to recording sessions and deciding if the track had the necessary distinctive Jam ‘snap’ sound to make the cut…!!

                                              The original 29-track album with chronological sequencing clearly illustrates their brief but stunning story, from explosive debut on the embryonic English punk scene and their meteoric rise to become one of the greatest and best-loved British bands.

                                              From their thrilling debut single – In The City to their farewell – Beat Surrender the collection features 16 top-30 singles – 4 number ones!

                                              Features hit singles – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Strange Town, When You’re Young, Going Underground, That’s Entertainment, Start!, Town Called Malice , The Eton Rifles and many more. Also includes remarkable B-side tracks such as The Butterfly Collector and Tales from the Riverbank.

                                              “One of the greatest ‘greatest-hits’ albums of all time”.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              Deluxe LP Info: Heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, with original artwork – printed inner sleeves and original ‘free’ live 7” EP.

                                              The Fall

                                              Hex Enduction Hour - Triple Splatter Coloured Vinyl + 7" Edition

                                                1982 was a decisive year for The Fall. Their critically acclaimed album “Hex Enduction Hour” was released in March on Kamera Records, closely followed by “Room To Live” in September of that year.

                                                This triple LP includes the full classic album plus John Peel Sessions and live recordings in Manchester and New Zealand.

                                                The bonus 7” single is a replica of their 1982 Kamera single ‘Look, Know’, b/w ‘I’m Into C.B.’

                                                This release is a triple gatefold on green & white splatter vinyl – the 7” is black vinyl.

                                                Founded by its only constant member, Mark E. Smith, The Fall formed in Manchester in 1976 and were one of the most prominent post-punk groups in the world. Musically, there may have been several stylistic changes over the years, but it was often characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

                                                “They are always different; they are always the same.” John Peel.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                3xLtd LP Info: Triple gatefold on green & white splatter vinyl and bonus 7".

                                                Prefab Sprout

                                                Steve McQueen - Half Speed Master Edition

                                                  Off the back of the incredible latest album ‘I Trawl The Megahertz‘, and following last month’s first hit of remastered vinyl, Prefab Sprout have announced an exciting next batch, featuring four of the band’s classic albums - out October 25th - all overseen by Paddy and Martin McAloon. The releases include Prefab Sprout’s renowned hit album ‘Steve McQueen’ - this time arriving as a ½ speed remaster from the original tapes and follows its 2007 ‘legacy edition’ release. An album that frequently graces critics’ “all time best” lists, it’s a record that is highly-revered. The BBC labelled it as “one of the greats. What really matters is the music. Really. If you have never listened to this album then I urge, no, demand that you do.” The releases include Prefab Sprout’s fourth studio album ‘Protest Songs’ - an essential release for the band that secured them a UK Top 20 record, as well as their sixth album ‘Andromeda Heights’, that spawned singles ‘A Prisoner Of The Past’ & ‘Electric Guitars’ and comes on 180g black vinyl for the very first time. Finally, the fourth part in the latest batch is the band’s newly mastered and remastered release of 2009’s ‘Let’s Change The World With Music’ - seen widely as the band’s comeback album, which received critical acclaim. Promo & marketing activity.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                  Pulp

                                                  His 'N' Hers - Vinyl Reissue

                                                    'His ‘n’ Hers is the fourth studio album by Pulp and was the first to be released on a major label. It was originally released in 1994 and together with its follow-up Different Class, it is one of the highlights of 90’s ‘Britpop’.
                                                    Its influences emanate from old glam and post-punk records, with the hooks and immediacy of perfect pop — it was sensual yet intellectual, cheap yet sophisticated, retro yet modern — with each seeming paradox giving the music weight instead of weighing it down: with Jarvis Cocker’s wry comments on life in Sheffield, where desperation, sex, and crime are always on the surface, creating evocative images with an appropriate amount of drama and a surplus of flair! The album contains their first top 40 hit in the UK – Do You Remember the First Time? and Lipgloss.

                                                    This deluxe 25th anniversary reissue edition is pressed on 180-gram heavyweight 2-disc set for extra audio quality! Includes enhanced packaging – housed in sumptuous gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags and was remastered at Abbey Road – supervised by Steve Mackey (Pulp bass player and producer). Steve later went on to produce for MIA, Florence + The Machine, Arcade Fire etc.

                                                    Jim Sullivan

                                                    Jim Sullivan

                                                      On March 4, 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost. Some think the mafia bumped him. Some even think he was abducted by aliens.

                                                      By coincidence–or perhaps not–Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O.. Released in tiny numbers on a private label, it too was truly lost until Light In The Attic Records began a years-long quest to re-release it–and to solve the mystery of Sullivan’s disappearance. Only one of those things happened, and you can guess which…

                                                      Light In The Attic’s reissue of U.F.O. introduced the world to an overlooked masterwork and won him, posthumously (presumably), legions of new fans. Those new admirers are in for a real treat: a lavish reissue of Jim’s 1972 sophomore album, Jim Sullivan.

                                                      The self-titled LP was originally released on Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner’s short-lived Playboy imprint. Horns sweeten this funky and bombastic session driven by Jim’s unmistakably larger-than-life voice and exceptional song-writing chops, alongside a cast of legendary session musicians including Jim Hughart. Another LP you’ll rarely see in the wild, it is by no means the poor relation of U.F.O., but rather a big stride into country, folk rock, and swampy blues, mesmerically finger-picked, brass-bedecked, and with that uniqueness of phrasing–part crooner, part jazz singer–that makes Sullivan such a rare performer.

                                                      Each song could have been a bonafide radio hit, but with spotty promotion and negative connotations surrounding the Playboy name, the self-titled album suffered a fate known all too well and fizzled out. While Sullivan’s disappearance remains unsolved, his music endures and is finally gaining him the recognition he deserves, albeit long overdue.


                                                      Jim Sullivan

                                                      If The Evening Were Dawn

                                                        On March 4, 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost. Some think the mafia bumped him. Some even think he was abducted by aliens.

                                                        By coincidence–or perhaps not–Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O.. Released in tiny numbers on a private label, it too was truly lost until Light In The Attic Records began a years-long quest to re-release it–and to solve the mystery of Sullivan’s disappearance. Only one of those things happened, and you can guess which…

                                                        Light In The Attic’s reissue of U.F.O. introduced the world to an overlooked masterwork and won Sullivan, posthumously (presumably), legions of new fans. Those new admirers are in for a real treat: a lavish, first-time release of a previously unheard 1969 studio session.

                                                        If The Evening Were Dawn contains 10 acoustic solo recordings that have never seen the light of day. Whereas U.F.O. was bolstered by legendary sessioneers The Wrecking Crew, this is Jim Sullivan on his own terms, stripped down and soulful as ever. Recorded at a Los Angeles studio circa 1969, the session contains acoustic versions of a handful of U.F.O. tracks alongside a half dozen previously unheard songs. This, then, is the closest thing to those fabled Malibu bar performances at which Sullivan was first noticed.

                                                        According to his widow, Barbara, this was the album Jim always hoped to record. It serves as an unprecedented glimpse into the mysterious, larger-than-life figure who’s become the stuff of legends.

                                                        While Sullivan’s disappearance remains unsolved, his music endures and is finally gaining him the recognition he deserves, albeit long overdue. This recording serves as an unexpected missing piece of the puzzle; this is Jim Sullivan’s true swan song.


                                                        Chris & Cosey

                                                        Exotica - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                        This hugely popular mid-eighties Exotika album was originally released in 1987 by Play It Again Sam. It includes such Chris & Cosey classics as the crowd-pleasing 'BeatBeatBeat', the haunting ballad 'Dr. John (Sleeping Stephen)' and the original version of their seminal title track 'Exotika', which was adopted as an electronica anthem, most notably on the GOA scene and in the US West and East Coast gay clubs of the later 1980s’. "Chris & Cosey beat most of 87's mainstream dance-floor contenders on their own territory of sheer pleasure, urged joy. 'BeatBeatBeat' is extreme, a revelation." By Ian Gittins - Melody Maker 1987 "Chris & Cosey have made a great dance record, but it's their kind of dancing. No junk here. They're crazy enough to be sincere about their musical Pleasureland and they want to share their discovery. Come and feel the sound as though your life depends on it: if it were up to them, it would depend on it." From Rockpool 1987. 

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Coloured LP Info: Transparent violet LP.

                                                        Chris & Cosey

                                                        Heartbeat - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                        Originally released to much acclaim in 1981 by Rough Trade 'Heartbeat' was the first in a long line of groundbreaking albums by Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti. This early example of Chris & Cosey features cut-up sampled voices, Cosey's disto-guitar, Industrial sequences, melodious synths and cinematic sweeps. “There are moments of great beauty like ‘Moorby’ and, equally, many moments of sheer depravity all performed with Kraftwerk’s cultured class and the hypnotic charm and deadly grace of a synthesised cobra.” Steve Sutherland Melody Maker 1982. "All the world loves a love story… but 'Heartbeat' still has an edge of evil among the extensions of the pair's established scenarios.” Sandy Robertson - Sounds 1981

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Coloured LP Info: Purple vinyl.

                                                        Chris & Cosey

                                                        Trance - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                        This seminal album and a long time favourites with DJs and fans alike. ‘Trance' is often cited by electronic musicians as being highly influential in contemporary electronic music. Primarily an instrumental album 'Trance' covers everything from minimal electro and polyrhythmic sequences to rhythm heavy industrial dance tracks. "High-tech sequencer dazzles mix with heavy stews of sound, teasing atmospheric pieces with abrasive disco forgeriesʼ” John Gill - Time Out 1982 "No one else currently turning out commercial music has anywhere near Chris and Coseyʼs intuitive grasp of the stimulating possibilities of electronic rhythm. Trance is just what it claims to be: a mesmerising chance to reassess the suggestive potential of sound, which in turn, attempts to intoxicate the listener into a reinvestigation of surrounding environments.” Steve Sutherland - Melody Maker 1982. 

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl.

                                                        Songs of Love & Lust was originally released by Rough Trade Records in 1984 and at the time was considered to be quite a departure for both Chris & Cosey and Rough Trade. The album contains Chris & Cosey’s trademark infectious rhythms, melodic tunes, edgy guitar, wailing cornet and of course Cosey's unique vocals - which give a dark and sensual edge to the production. "A vice-like turn of the screw that is at once dreamy, hard and compelling. A gathering of all those forces which give electronic music a heart of its own. This is seduction!" Adrian Jones - City Limits 1984 "Chris & Cosey's alluring invitation is to try another world: their promise is that the possibilities should be endless." 

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Coloured LP Info: Transparent turquoise vinyl.

                                                        A Produce

                                                        The Clearing

                                                          The Clearing is the debut album by the late Los Angeles-based musician Barry Craig aka A Produce. As co-founder of the underground cassette imprint Trance Port Tapes, Craig managed to assemble local artists who were working within the realms of DIY electronics and rhythmic, spacious sound. Incubated over a three year period, '88 release The Clearing draws on the roster of TPT associates such as Scott Fraser (Kronos Quartet), Daniel Voznick (Afterimage) and guitarist Scott Marc Becker resulting an 'an album of conceptual space', owing equally to the guitar-based new-wave releases of the imprint prior as to the later, and deeper ambient trance sound that would follow. Coming at this intersection of styles, there are moments of deep introspection and sulking, minimal drum machines followed by pieces of more outward expression only to be plunged back into tense, oppressive atmospheres. Yet despite these shifts in style, the sense of mood and cohesion throughout is ever-present, giving a true sense of inhabiting a unique space - or 'The Clearing'. Stockport-based store All Night Flight Records is proud to present this official reissue, with the blessing of Craig's estate and artwork replicated by the original artist - renown designer Bruce Licher of Independent Project Recordings. Distributed by Low Company.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Patrick says: Microdosing man Tom Houghton launches the label arm of his vinyl empire All Night Flight this week, with a meticulous reissue of esoteric LA rarity "The Clearing" by A Produce. Fusing post punk, tribal, minimalist and ambient into a surprisingly accessible LP, Trance Port boss Barry Craig came up with a sublime LP, which we now get the chance to enjoy!

                                                          Dwight Druick was born in Montreal to a professional gambler and an ex-Radio City Rockette. One of five children, he grew up in a family buoyed by music and beleaguered by the vagaries of miscalculated risk. After attaining a McGill University bachelor’s degree in Art History, Dwight fully embraced both music and risk by traveling to London, where he signed a contract with Pye Records and Joe Cocker’s management company. The ensuing record, "Druick & Lorange" was released to critical acclaim and relative success. After returning to Canada, Dwight recorded two albums with Phil Vyvial: "Midnight" and "Minuit". Recorded with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Alabama, the duo’s work achieved airplay success in Quebec and across Canada. Dwight subsequently released his first French language solo album, "Tanger", released in 1980 by the Canadian label, Bobinason.

                                                          Today quite hard to find in its original version, "Tanger" is first of all an incredibly solid album, clearly underrated and deserving more credit. Mostly known by collectors and DJs for the stunning cover of Toto’s classic hit, “Georgy Porgy”, which was produced and arranged with the help of George Thurston (Boule Noire), it includes many other tasty titles, with amongst them another fine rendition of “Open Your Eyes” by The Doobie Brothers. In fact, with its brilliant mix of Modern-Soul, Disco and AOR styles, the whole album is already considered by many connoisseurs as a classic, and clearly a must have for anyone enjoying this musical blend.

                                                          Never reissued on vinyl until now, here's a chance for blue eyed soulboys, yacht rock obsessives and the Balearic crowd to grab their copy.

                                                          Jungle Brothers

                                                          Straight Out The Jungle - Vinyl Reissue

                                                          De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest may have been more commercially successful, but the afrocentric, jazz political rap movement and unfadeable Native Tounge Massive started with the Jungle Brothers. Their debut full length “Straight Out the Jungle” opened up many doors that are walked through by artists like Mos Def, Common and even Kanye West. Their taste for jazzy horn samples helped kick-start the entire jazz-rap movement, and their James Brown fixation was oneof the first. Plus, the group’s groundbreaking collaboration with legendary house producer Todd Terry, “I’ll House You,” paved the way for numerous hip-house hybrids that shot up the dance and pop charts over the next few years and appeared to be a staple on every East Coast Rap Album from ‘88 until ‘92. The opening track “Straight Out the Jungle” samples the classic Bill Withers drum break as the JB’s tell you where they are coming from. “Black Is Black” (featuring a young Q-Tip) and “Sounds Of The Safari” introduces the pro-black edge, while the sexually subtle classics “Jimbrowski” and “I’m Gonna Do You” are funny, clever and timely. Hard, smart, fun, clever and brilliant, Mike G., Africa Baby Bam and Sammy G may not have realized it but they crafted a classic rap album that stands the test of time. Available here on high grade, loud pressed, double vinyl!

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition indie stores exclusive, pressed on red & green opaque vinyl.

                                                          It's safe to say that hip-hop has never seen an album like Ol’ Dirty Bastard's 1995 solo debut "Return to the 36 Chambers". The brief glimpses of ODB's unhinged genius provided by Wu-Tang Clan's landmark "Enter the Wu-Tang" album two years earlier were begging to be expanded on to a larger canvas, and, with RZA guiding production, the album promised to give Dirty the creative license to make one of the most bizarre, entertaining and original LPs in hip-hop history. With his raspy, drunken flow and dark sense of humor, Dirty fearlessly attacks from all angles, throwing himself fearlessly into punchy rhyme attacks (“Damage,” with GZA), drugged-out party jams (the monster singles “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”) and bizarre, grimly hilarious fantasies of sex and violence (“Don't U Know” and the R&B-tinged “Sweet Sugar Pie”).

                                                          Backed by RZA's appropriately gritty, dissonant beats and appearances from the Clan, Return became an instant hit, selling over 1 million copies and earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album in 1996. The album stands as a high water mark in the Wu-Tang Clan's collective creative output and was selected as one of the Best 100 Rap Albums by The Source magazine in 1998. In honoring the legacy of one of hip-hop's most innovative releases, Get On Down is proud to present this incredible and unique special edition of Ol’ Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers as a double LP which contains the complete original album, remastered for optimal sound quality. 

                                                          Nas

                                                          It Was Written

                                                            Illmatic, the 1994 studio debut of Nasir "Nas" Jones, was more than just a critical success for the Queensbridge-based rapper. At a time when East Coast hip-hop was increasingly being taken less seriously than their West Coast counterparts, Illmatic's raw jazz and soul-based production, dire atmosphere and lyrics, coupled with Nas' uncompromising flow was integral in restoring interest in the East Coast as a hotbed of hip-hop artistry. Along with key releases from Wu-Tang Clan and Notorious B.I.G.,it shifted attention away from the funky, dayglo synth-based G-funk coming out of California and back to the grimy streets of New York. After such an unprecedented debut record, expectations were understandably high for Nas' follow-up. What came next threw critics and fans for a loop, but was no less influential than Illmatic, and would become the most commercially successful album in the entirety of Nas' discography.

                                                            The 1996 sophomore follow-up was titled It Was Written, and in contrast to the urban bleakness of his debut, had Nas dipping his toes into the world of mafioso rap. Amidst production from heavy hitters like Trackmasters, Dr. Dre, L.E.S., Havoc of Mobb Deep, and Illmatic-collaborator DJ Premier, among others, Nas weaves evocative narratives of gang warfare, downtrodden neighborhoods, drug deals gone awry, and gangsta triumph, against a backdrop of samples from Sam Cooke, Etta James, the Isley Brothers, and even Chuck Mangione. It Was Written was not hard up for top-tier guests either, featuring major guest turns from Lauryn Hill and Joel "JoJo" Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo. It also introduced the world to The Firm, the brief Nas-led supergroup featuring rappers AZ, Foxy Brown, and Cormega. It even managed to cause some minor controversy in the hip-hop community for its collaboration with West Coast producer Dr. Dre, at a time when the East Coast/West Coast rap feud was reaching a fever pitch, briefly attracting the ire of one Tupac Shakur.

                                                            Not only was It Was Written received warmly by critics, but became a major commercial success, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 charts, reaching platinum sales status four times, and alongside albums like Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, helped usher in the era of mafioso rap in the mainstream. It rendered chart hits out of singles like the Eurhythmics-mimicking "Street Dreams", and the Grammy-nominated "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)", and proved to be a major influence on artists like Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and many more

                                                            The Caribbean has long been an incubator for the sounds that will animate and shape the culture of the rest of the world for decades to come: From the rhythms of Cuba helping to shape American jazz, blues and rock n’ roll, to Trinidadian calypso introducing a bouncy lightness and gaiety to American party music, to Jamaica’s reggae showing a new way to rebel against convention. But what about the music of Belize, the Caribbean nation that holds the odd position of being a former British colony on the coat of Spanish-speaking Central America? Most people don’t know about the country at all, let alone about the rich sounds it has to offer.

                                                            Bredda David Obi set out to change that in 1984 with the release of his debut LP "No Fear", and the introduction of a new Belizean groove he called kungo (or cungo). A mélange of traditional Belizean brukdown music and sprinklings of the rock, funk, calypso and reggae he had played in various bands during his years as a journeyman musician in the United States. He would further develop this modern tropical sound on subsequent albums, integrating more and more elements from Belizean niche genres like sambai and paranda. Cultures of Soul now documents Bredda David’s journey into the soul of Belize with an anthology of his early recordings including tracks from "No Fear", "Cungo Musik" (1987) and "We No Wa No Kimba Ya" (1990) albums.

                                                            Bredda David’s kungo is hard to describe exactly—its various ingredients make it feel somewhat familiar, but the recipe with which he blends them is slightly strange, fresh and intriguing. But one thing is for certain, it is sure to electrify the dance floor and make everybody jump up and bruk down! Housed in a gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes by Uchenna Ikonne. 

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Patrick says: Cultures Of Soul put the spotlight on Bredda David and his Belizean Kungo sound with this seven track retrospective. Now, I'd never heard of Kungo going into this, but after a very enjoyable listen I can report that reggae, disco, sunkissed rock and proto house flavour this uplifting music.

                                                            Pharoah Sanders

                                                            Izipho Zam(My Gifts)

                                                            Two years after the death of his mentor and boss, John Coltrane, and just before signing his own contract with Impulse!, Pharoah Sanders finally got around to releasing an album as a leader apart from the Impulse! family. Enlisting a cast of characters no less than 13 in number, Sanders proved that his time with Coltrane and his Impulse! debut, Tauhid, was not a fluke. Though hated by many of the jazz musicians at the time -- and more jazz critics who felt Coltrane had lost his way musically the minute he put together the final quintet -- Sanders followed his own muse to the edges of Eastern music and sometimes completely outside the borderlines of what could be called jazz. That said, Izipho Zam is a wonderful recording, full of the depth of vision and heartfelt soul that has informed every recording of Sanders since. Guests include Sonny Sharrock, Lonnie Liston Smith, Chief Bey, Cecil McBee, Sirone, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Howard Johnson, and others. The set begins with a gorgeous soul tune in "Prince of Peace," with Leon Thomas doing his trademark yodel, croon, and wail as Smith, McBee, and Hart back him and Sanders fills the gaps. Next is "Balance," the first blowing tune on the set, with the African drums, the modal horns, and Sanders' microtonal investigations of sonic polarity contrasted with Johnson's tuba, leaving the rhythm section to join him as Sharrock and Smith trade drone lines and Sanders turns it into a Latin dance from outer space about halfway through to the end -- it's astonishing. Finally, on the 28-minute title track, the band members -- all of them -- begin a slow tonal inquiry, a textured traipse into the abyss of dissonance and harmonic integration, with Thomas as the bridge through which all sounds must travel on their way to the ensemble. From here, percussion, bells, whistles, Sharrock's heavily chorded guitar -- all provide rhythm upon interval upon tonal figure until the horns enter at about 12 minutes. They move slowly at first and gather force until they blast it right open at 20 minutes and the last eight are all free blowing and an endurance ride for the listener because, with four minutes left, Sanders leads the band in a gorgeous lyric ride that brings together all disparate elements in his world and ours, making this track -- and album -- an exhilarating, indispensable out jazz experience.



                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            Millie says: Spiritual jazz legend Pharoah Sanders, Izipho Zam(My Gifts) is a literal gift to all jazz fans out there, full of rhythm and fantastic percussion. Joined by big names, Sonny Sharrock, Lonnie Liston Smith, Chief Bey, Cecil McBee to name a few, full on talent and style!

                                                            So far so far out for Stroom, who continue their journey through the lesser thumbed pages of the Belgian underground with this sublime retrospective of art-house hero and ambient music weirdo Jan Van Den Broeke. Famed for his wavy, sample heavy synth compositions as Absent Music, The Misz and June 11, Van Den Broeke made an appearance on Alain Neffe's Insane Music imprint, with the lo-fi tropicalia of "The Desert" (included here folks). Falling somewhere between Spike, Marc Barreca, Eno's poppier moments and the bedsit anxiety of a Flying Nun band, the music collected on "11000 Dreams" beguiles, intrigues and transfixes us with its introverted magic. Working with a minimalist set up of drum machines, guitar, synth and spoken vocal, Van Den Broeke pursues his own unique musical path to create a sound which falls into a flawless musical no man's land - Absent Music indeed! So, if you dig on Balearic, minimal wave or ambient sounds, you NEED this in your life.

                                                            Mr Scruff

                                                            Keep It Unreal - 20th Anniversary Green Vinyl Edition

                                                            Scruff's debut for Ninja Tune was quite literally, legendary. Bootlegged feverishly amongst my set through high school and college, the battered C90 tapes became somewhat of a status symbol for the musically inclined. If hip-hop culture seemed too overtly masculine and aggressive, then Scruff's quirky, jazzy, upbeat-downbeat grooves shunned aggression for playfulness; decorating the album with some hilarious spoken word facets and samples, giving birth to what would become Andy's unique sonic (and visual) world throughout his career.

                                                            A product of post-acid house Manchester, Mr Scruff is a legitimately celebrated one-off. A cheeky innovator who had more than paid his dues and served his time both as a musical apprentice, a performer, a DJ and a producer. Deliberate, thoughtful and patient; I remember seeing a young Andy spinning 45s at the Cellar Bar over in Blackburn back in about 2001 thinking 'this guy's destined for big things').

                                                            This album set his stall out wonderfully: in one moment delivering deep, downtempo dinner jazz while the next, he's chopping up breaks and scratches with all the finesse of Coldcut. There's a maverick spirit throughout which sticks two fingers up at music elitism, yet Scruff is so well musically educated that no-one could pick holes in his argument either! A breath of fresh air for people stifled by dance music's overly serious, alpha-male-dominated program, the wacko humour of "Spandex Man" and the nigh-on-ridiculous "Shanty Town" and "Fish" must have pissed off the beard strokers but it made us fall in love with him even more!

                                                            I like that Scruff's been named the Salvador Dali of beats and breaks, it kinda suits him. Every home needs this LP on its shelves and this 20th anniversary edition, on green vinyl is a superb addition to the catalogue. 


                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2xColoured LP Info: Translucent green vinyl housed in green paper inners.

                                                            Mogwai

                                                            Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996-1997)

                                                              After the success of the limited edition coloured vinyl for 2018's Record Store Day, Mogwai's sell-out 1997 compilation album of singles, b-sides and rarities from 1996-1997 is getting a limited coloured repress. After this, it goes back to black!

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited run of green heavyweight vinyl.

                                                              Stiff Little Fingers

                                                              Inflammable Material - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                Stiff Little Fingers are proud to release Inflammable Material. Originally released in 1979, this seminal record, printed on black vinyl, explores themes of teenage boredom and sectarian violence with an underlying insight into Northern Irish life during the peak of the tensions.

                                                                Their punk rock aesthetic is authentic, with raw lyricism and harsh instrumentation. Containing the anthemic track ‘Alternative Ulster’, Stiff Little Fingers promote the ‘grab it and change it’ narrative. 


                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Ltd LP Info: 180 gram black vinyl edition.

                                                                A winsome and dizzying spin on disco pop, recorded in westernized Iran during last moments before the 1979 revolution. All but criminalized in the wake of Ayatollah Khomeni’s theocratic repression, Hamlet Minassian’s solo masterpiece is a testament to the Middle East’s forgotten dance music culture. This six-song, 44-minute LP hybridizes Euro attitude and Armenian traditional songs to create long, hypnotic proto-house, seemingly beamed in from another dimension.

                                                                Malaria!

                                                                Compiled 2.0

                                                                  Founded in Berlin in January of 1981, Malaria! has a legacy that goes way beyond being Germany's very first all-female post-punk outfit. Motorik beats and dark synth flourishes underscore nearly gothic vocals on songs that range from New Order-esque pop to the grimmest of bad-trip-inducing experimentalism.

                                                                  With 20 tracks from the group's influential early years, Compiled 2.0 gathers together all of the debut album, 1982's Emotion, as well as the first single and various other EP and compilation cuts. This is the definitive collection of a pioneering group that has been woefully underrepresented on vinyl for decades.

                                                                  January 1981 found Gudrun Gut and Bettina Koster in Christopher Franke's Berlin-Spandau Studio recording their first Malaria! EP (Zensor Records). Christine Hahn of The Static with Glenn Branca and Barbara Ess, joined in from New York, and Manon P. Duursma fresh from Nina Hagen's O.U.T. project and Susanne Kuhnke completed the Line-Up. Malaria! started touring intensively soon after the release of their 12", commencing with a concert with New Order at Brussel's Ancienne Belgique, and going on from there to concerts with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Birthday Party, The Slits, The AuPairs, Raincoats, Nina Hagen, John Cale, Einsturzende Neubauten. They played venues as diverse as the Mudd Club, Peppermint Lounge and Studio 54 in New York, the Documenta in Kassel, the Bat Cave in London, Les Bains Douche in Paris, Milky Way and Paradiso in Amsterdam, ICA in London, the Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence and Markthalle in Hamburg and naturally, again and again, at the SO36 in Berlin.While touring, Malaria! used their time off to record in Studios in New York, London, Brussels, New Orleans, and in Berlin (How Do You Like My New Dog? 7", Weisses Wasser 12", New York Passage 12", Revisited MC, Emotion Album). At the BBC studios in London Maida Vale Malaria recorded an Kit Jensen and a John Peel Session. Malaria! took a break in 1984 - Bettina and Christine re-located to New York, and Gudrun and Manon stayed in Berlin to form, with Beate Bartel, Matador, but not before they recorded their Mini-Album, Beat the Distance. 1992 Gudrun, Bettina, Christine, and Manon met up in New Orleans with Jim Thirlwell (Foetus) to record Elation 12". Elation was followed by Cheerio, Album, which again was recorded in Berlin.Chicks on Speed did their own version of Malaria's song, Kaltes Klares Wasser in 2001, and the Remix went into the German Top 10. Malaria has been an instrumental part of Berlin Music History

                                                                  Thee Oh Sees

                                                                  Dog Poison - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                    REISSUED!!! The beloved Dog Poison full-length record by THEE OH SEES, and boy, is this one a monster. More layered and textural than the previous Oh Sees releases while keeping all the typical JOHN DWYER punch, oomph and weirdness. Ten fantastic songs originally released by Captured Tracks in 2009. "If it were approached from a different angle, a song like album opener "The River Rushes (To Screw MD Over)" might not have sounded out of place on Dog Poison's predecessor. But by switching to an acoustic guitar and letting the flute player channel Ian Anderson, Thee Oh Sees give their sound a new wrinkle. Indeed, with Dwyer copping a few vocal moves from Mark E. Smith, "River" ends up sounding a little like the Fall covering the Kinks. There's another, purer, Kinks-like turn on Dog Poison, with the loping high-pitched tra-la-las of "The Sun Goes All Around" sounding like something left on the cutting room floor from Village Green Preservation Society. Elsewhere on the album, the group emulates the cavernous, smoky gait of Deerhunter ("Head of State"), shambles in a folkier fashion ("Fake Song"), spaces out a bit ("Dead Energy"), and mostly just lets it all hang out over the course of this LP's 24 minutes."—Pitchfork

                                                                    The Wedding Present

                                                                    George Best

                                                                      'George Best' is the debut album by The Wedding Present, originally released in 1987. Hugely anticipated, 'George Best' saw indie heroes The Wedding Present refine the blitzkrieg pop brilliance of the band's early singles into a nuanced styled that was distinctively theirs: heartbreak at the bus stop, set to the soundtrack of a million jangling guitars. 

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Limited edition green vinyl.

                                                                      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                      CD Info: The 'Plus Edition' CD includes an additional 11 non-album tracks from the same era.

                                                                      The Wedding Present

                                                                      Tommy

                                                                        'Tommy' is a compilation album by The Wedding Present, originally released in 1988, collecting songs from the band’s first four singles, plus four tracks recorded for BBC Radio sessions. Bringing together material written in the band’s first two years of existence, 'Tommy' proved that The Wedding Present’s essence was in place from the start. These kinetic blasts of homespun high-velocity bedsit drama presaged the more finessed 'George Best', but represented the band’s definitive portrayal.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition white vinyl.

                                                                        Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

                                                                        Out Of Season - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                          Out of Season is the extraordinary album recorded by Portishead singer Beth Gibbons & former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (under the pseudonym Rustin Man). The album also features contributions from Gibbons’ fellow Portishead bandmate Adrian Utley.

                                                                          A departure from both previous bands, it is a distinctive mix of folk and jazz styles with a very contemporary twist, with influences ranging from Billie Holiday, and Nick Drake: to Burt Bacharach and the dark and tragic presence of Dusty Springfield. The atmospheric material lent itself to soundtrack qualities – the track Mysteries appears on the original soundtrack of the French movie ‘Les Poupées Russes’ and in Wim Wenders’ ‘Palermo Shooting’.

                                                                          Rustin’ Man (Paul Webb) released his critically-acclaimed new album in February 2019. Originally released in October 2002, Out of Season has been out of print on LP for many years. Now available again, remastered at Abbey Road with original artwork, pressed on heavyweight vinyl.

                                                                          David Bowie

                                                                          VH1 Storytellers

                                                                            On the 23rd of August 1999, David Bowie played an intimate set for invited guests at The Manhattan Centre’s Grand Ballroom in New York for the VH1 Storytellers series. Ten years later in 2009 a CD/DVD/Download of the evening was released, and now 20 years on the most complete version available will be released as a strictly limited-edition double vinyl LP.

                                                                            The Bowie set has long been regarded as one of the most memorable episodes in VH1 Storytellers history, with David delving deep in to his catalogue to perform tracks such as ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ for the first time in 33 years, Aladdin Sane’s ‘Drive-In Saturday' which he had not performed since 1974 and ‘Word On A Wing’ which received its first outing in 23 years.

                                                                            Bill Flanagan, Executive Producer of the VH1 Storytellers “We were used to dealing with legendary musicians. Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: it was an honour. Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll. He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, he does nothing unless he is fully committed”.

                                                                            Kurt Vile

                                                                            Childish Prodigy - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                              Reissued with the original 7” for the first time since its original pressing, and printed on coloured vinyl for the first time ever, Kurt Vile’s Matador debut Childish Prodigy is back this October.

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Coloured LP Info: Coloured vinyl LP and 7".
                                                                              LP on light blue vinyl, 7” on purple.

                                                                              One of the key Japanese albums of the 70s, Yukihiro Takahashi's debut solo album 'Saravah!' was released in 1978 at a key time when, following his tenure with Sadistic Mika Band, Takahashi had just joined the nascent line up of Yellow Magic Orchestra. A sophisticated mix of Disco Funk, synth Pop, Ambient, French Exotica and Bossa Nova, the album has the stylish feel of a night out clubbing in Paris circa 1978. It’s the missing link between the City Pop scene of the late 70s and the synth sound of YMO which was about to revolutionise the world.

                                                                              The month before recording the YMO debut album that would help alter the course of music, Yukihiro Takahashi entered the studio with his fellow band-members Ryuichi Sakamoto and HaruomiHosono to record 'Saravah!' together with the cream of the Japanese scene. He drew his inspiration from globe-trotting French musician Pierre Barouh who had introduced Bossa Nova in France in 1966 with "Samba Saravah" (featured in soundtrack the Oscar Winner A Man And A Woman which he co-wrote) and subsequently launched Saravah Records.

                                                                              'Saravah' starts off with a couple of French and Italian exotica classics ('Volare' and 'C'est Si Bon') with delicious touches of synth while 'Saravah!' a nod to Pierre Barouh, is a languid Bossa Nova with beautiful soulful strings arranged by Ryuichi Sakamoto. The album gets hotter with 'La Rosa' a superb mid-tempo ambient funk featuring Takahashi's beat backed by HaruomiHosono's bumping bassline, Sakamoto's Hammond Organ and Shigeru Suzuki's fluid guitar. The first side ends with an amazing exotica-synth version of the standard 'Mood Indigo', announcing the midi revolution that was to come before things get funkier on Side Two starting with Ryuichi Sakamoto's superb up-tempo Disco instrumental ‘Elastic Dummy’ featuring soulful strings and horns with solos by Sakamoto and guitarist TsunehideMatsuki. The album then moves on to the ambient synth-pop of ‘Sunset’ before switching back to Disco Funk with 'Back Street Midnight Queen’ which. like 'Elastic Dummy' has become a dancefloor cult classic over the years.' Saravah! ends on a perfect note with the beautiful 'Present' a perfectly crafted pop song which Takahashi wanted to do in a City Pop mode, featuring a superb melody and high-class production.

                                                                              Richard Hawley

                                                                              Lady's Bridge - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                Lady's Bridge is the fifth studio album from Richard Hawley, originally released on 20 August 2007.

                                                                                "Lady's Bridge" is filled with enough classics to last you a lifetime. Great music doesn't need hype, it makes its own friends. And "Lady's Bridge" will find plenty. As they did in "Coles Corner", ghosts haunt "Lady's Bridge" – the dying embers of past romances in "Valentine", the 16-piece string orchestral lush opener, there are the victims of the Great Sheffield Flood remembered in "Roll River Roll" and the glorious "The Sun Refused To Shine", the lonesome wanderlust of "The Sea Calls" and "Dark Road". There is tenderness (the lovely "Our Darkness" which finds our hero returning to the sanctuary of home) and grit too, the first single – "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" is quite possibly the most beautiful song about the brutality of the British government's anti-social behaviour policy you are ever likely to hear. The album's title "Lady's Bridge" is a Sheffield landmark and the oldest bridge to cross the river Don. 'I used to walk across it nearly every day, it was a gateway from the poor bit of town to the rich bit' - Richard Hawley. The album was recorded at Yellow Arch Studio in Neepsend, Sheffield in the dilapidated building that Hawley had helped out with the restoration of almost four years ago. Yellow Arch gives Hawley what he calls 'that Sun Studio red light factor' and the pressure of turning up with the bones of an idea and leaving with a masterpiece.

                                                                                The album was certified gold for sales of 100,000 copies in the UK on 11 June 2010.

                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                Coloured LP Info: 700 copies on transparent green vinyl.

                                                                                Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album - an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did 'Paul's Boutique' eventually transform the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hip hop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

                                                                                With the considerable help of Los Angeles-based production duo the Dust Brothers, the Beastie Boys helped redefine what sampling could be with this record. Snatches of familiar music are scattered throughout the record - anything from Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" and Sly Stone's "Loose Booty" to Loggins & Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance" and the Ramones' "Suzy Is a Headbanger" - but never once are they presented in lazy, predictable ways. the Dust Brothers and Beasties weave a crazy-quilt of samples, beats, loops, and tricks, which creates a hyper-surreal alternate reality, evolving into a wholly unique record, unlike anything that came before or after. It very well could be that its density is what alienated listeners and critics at the time; there is so much information in the music and words that it can seem impenetrable at first, but upon repeated spins it opens up slowly, assuredly, revealing more every listen. Musically, few hip-hop records have ever been so rich; it's not just the recontextulations of familiar music via samples, it's the flow of each song and the album as a whole, culminating in the widescreen suite that closes the record.

                                                                                The Raincoats

                                                                                The Raincoats - 40th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                  Re-mastered from original masters. November 2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of The Raincoats’ self-titled debut album and the band plan to celebrate with a series of live performances in the UK and at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht. In 1979, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be - an act of raw expression, not any one sound. Their anarchy was poetic. The group’s debut album ‘The Raincoats’, which Kurt Cobain called “wonderfully classic scripture”, was released 40 years ago by Rough Trade Records at its radical beginnings, setting a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY context. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this album, We ThRee announce a special limited edition of 1000 copies. Includes a Limited edition print by Ana da Silva, founder member and songwriter and a Limited edition print by Gina Birch, founder member and songwriter. Additional song "Fairytale in the Supermarket" included. Press campaign by Stone Immaculate Press.

                                                                                  The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists such as John Lydon, Kim Gordon, Kurt Cobain, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, Angel Olsen... “I really don’t know much about The Raincoats except that they recorded some music that has affected me so much that whenever I hear it I’m reminded of a particular time in my life when I was (shall we say) extremely unhappy, lonely and bored. If it weren’t for the luxury of putting on that scratchy copy of The Raincoats’ first record, I would have had very few moments of peace” Kurt Cobain // “It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male rock/punk rock aggression…or the typical female as sex symbol avec irony or sensationalism”. Kim Gordon 

                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                  LP Info: Limited edition of 1000 x special marble 180 gram vinyl, plus download code.
                                                                                  LP also includes 2 limited edition prints by Gina Birch and Ana da Silva.

                                                                                  Root Down is an EP by legendary hip hop group Beastie Boys, released in 1995. The first three tracks are variations of the track “Root Down,” from the Beastie Boys’ 1994 album Ill Communication. The remaining seven tracks were recorded “live in Europe, winter 1995.” This bad boy has been out of press for, like, forever, so now you can get all kinds of Beastie realness.



                                                                                  The Raincoats

                                                                                  Odyshape - Blue Marble Vinyl Edition

                                                                                    "Odyshape" the second album by The Raincoats originally released on Rough Trade Records in 1981.Re-mastered from original masters. It was The Raincoats I related to most. They seemed like ordinary people playing extraordinary music. Music that was natural that made room for cohesion of personalities. They had enough confidence to be vulnerable and to be themselves without having to take on the mantle of male rock/punk rock aggression…or the typical female as sex symbol avec irony or sensationalism. (Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth,1993). // We just really loved what The Raincoats were doing - they were a really exciting band. I think the thing that was good about The Raincoats simply was that the tradition that they were playing in was their own and so they had an original voice. You couldn’t ignore them - they were undeniably fascinating - the interplay between the two voices and the sound of the group was something original and that was what was exciting about them. 

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition of 500 special blue marble 180 gm vinyl with download code

                                                                                    Dinosaur Jr

                                                                                    Green Mind - Deluxe Expanded Edition

                                                                                      Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr carved a singular path through the latter half of the 1980s, issuing three highly influential albums in the process before finding a home with Sire Records, who issued ‘Green Mind’ in 1991 as the alternative American rock scene the band had long been part of exploded globally.

                                                                                      Produced by a stripped down line-up of the group (in fact, J Mascis himself plays almost everything), the album and Sire’s international reach took Dinosaur Jr’s reputation to a new level, aided by the singles ‘The Wagon’ and ‘Whatever’s Cool With Me’, a non-album EP of new material and live recordings, all of which are included here.

                                                                                      Critically lauded on release, ‘Green Mind’ remains one of the band’s strongest collections, and a firm fan favourite.

                                                                                      Collected together here for the first time with related singles, B-sides and live recordings, and accompanied by indepth sleevenotes from Mojo’s Keith Cameron (based on recent and exclusive interviews with J Mascis), this edition provides a thorough snapshot of the band at a period when all eyes were on American guitar groups, many of whom owed their existence to Dinosaur Jr.

                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                      2xColoured LP Info: Eye catching double green vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                      Dinosaur Jr

                                                                                      Where You Been - Deluxe Expanded Edition

                                                                                        Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr carved a singular path through the latter half of the 1980s and early 1990s, issuing a number of highly influential albums in the process before finding a home with Sire Records. ‘Where You Been’, their fifth record, emerged in 1993, at the height of enthusiasm for grunge and the alternative American rock scene the band had long been part of.

                                                                                        Produced by a new line-up of the group (longtime drummer Murph and new bassist Mike Johnson completing the three-piece), the album became the band’s most successful up to that point, reaching #50 in the US (where it sold over a quarter of a million copies) and #10 in the UK album charts, and spawning the hit single ‘Start Choppin’.

                                                                                        Released to unanimously positive reviews, and containing many tracks that would become staples and fan favourites, ‘Where You Been’ continued Dinosaur Jr’s global ascent, being issued simultaneously across the US, Europe, Australasia, Asia and South America.

                                                                                        Collected together here on vinyl for the first time with related singles, B-sides and John Peel session recordings, and accompanied by in-depth sleevenotes from Mojo’s Keith Cameron (based on recent and exclusive interviews with J Mascis), this edition provides a glimpse of a band in rampant form riding a hard-earned wave of popularity and credibility.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Double blue coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                        Dinosaur Jr

                                                                                        Without A Sound - Deluxe Expanded Edition

                                                                                          Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr carved a singular path through the latter half of the 1980s and early 1990s, issuing a number of highly influential albums in the process before finding a home with Sire Records. “Without A Sound”, their sixth record, emerged in the summer of 1994, in the wake of personal bereavement and the departure of longtime drummer and founder member Murph.

                                                                                          Performed primarily by J Mascis, “Without A Sound” continued the band’s growth in popularity and commercial achievement, reaching #44 in the US (their highest ever album placing there) and featuring the hit singles ‘Feel The Pain’ and ‘I Don’t Think So’.

                                                                                          Released to positive reviews, “Without A Sound” also took Dinosaur Jr around the world, including dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and into the mainstream as the group contributed ‘Blah’ to the hit US TV show Melrose Place.

                                                                                          Collected together with related B-sides, unreleased mixes and a complete live recording made in London in 1994, and accompanied by in-depth sleevenotes from Mojo’s Keith Cameron (based on recent and exclusive interviews with J Mascis), this edition provides a glimpse of a band at the height of their international appeal and accessibility.

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Yellow coloured double vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                          Dinosaur Jr

                                                                                          Hand It Over - Deluxe Expanded Edition

                                                                                            Formed in 1984, Dinosaur Jr carved a singular path through the latter half of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s, issuing a number of highly influential albums in the process. ‘Hand It Over, their seventh record, appeared in the spring of 1997 following a lengthy absence, and would prove to be the band’s final album-length offering for a decade.

                                                                                            Performed primarily by J Mascis, ‘Hand It Over’ appeared at a time of declining international interest in American alternative rock, but nevertheless received widespread approval and appreciation amongst critics and reviewers. The album was accompanied, unusually, by an EP of nonalbum songs recorded for the Matt Dillon movie ‘Grace Of My Heart’ and, later, a vinyl only ‘I’m Insane’ 7” single, all of which are collected here alongside previously unreleased recordings made on stage in Stockholm and on TV in Australia.

                                                                                            Presented here on purple vinyl, and accompanied by indepth sleevenotes from Mojo’s Keith Cameron (based on recent and exclusive interviews with J Mascis), this edition provides a final view of a band about to disappear from the limelight but still as engaging and powerful as ever.

                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            2xColoured LP Info: Purple coloured double vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                            The Beatles

                                                                                            Abbey Road - 50th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                              London – August 8, 2019 – It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

                                                                                              This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

                                                                                              “The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. “Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”


                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                              Picture Disc Info: Ultra limited picture disc edition.

                                                                                              2xDeluxe CD Info: The Deluxe 2CD set pairs the new stereo mix with versions taken from the session takes and demo recordings of its 17 songs, sequenced to match the album’s running order. The two discs are presented in a digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book.

                                                                                              Interpol

                                                                                              Antics - 15th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                The classic sophomore LP, available in a limited white vinyl pressing and available for the first time ever as a coloured LP.

                                                                                                After two years of seemingly endless tours, the quartet returned in early 2004 to Peter Katis’s Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Conn., to record their second album. They had already debuted a handful of songs earmarked for Antics on the road: “Length of Love,” “Narc,” “C’mere.” Meanwhile, having revisited – and reinvented– the material from Bright Lights night after night, they discovered new strengths. There was more room for experimentation in these songs, for toying with arrangements and intricacies of individual parts, than on their debut.

                                                                                                With Antics, Interpol has delivered a disc even more engaging than its celebrated predecessor, without sacrificing any of the depth that has made them such an important band for so many. The songs are at once catchier and more variegated, revealing themselves over time to a degree heard on few current releases, and nothing is ever obvious. Frontman Paul Banks describes, “A lot of time, there are specific topics or events that that inspire the songs, but it’s not explicit in my lyrics.“ Indeed, with Interpol, things are rarely what they seem.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited white vinyl.

                                                                                                Goldfrapp

                                                                                                Black Cherry - 2019 Reissue

                                                                                                  Originally released in April 2003, Mute/BMG announce the long awaited vinyl reissue of the much sought after ‘Black Cherry’. Unavailable for many years, the album will be pressed on 140g Purple vinyl with an exclusive 12” x 12” art print.

                                                                                                  ‘Black Cherry’ will be the first of a series of limited edition Goldfrapp vinyl releases.

                                                                                                  'Black Cherry’ still builds on their trademark experimental edges from their debut ‘Felt Mountain’ and that force is every bit as evident and not a shred less relevant. On first hearing, the driving basslines of 'Train' or 'Strict Machine', or the playfully, joyously sexual 'Twist' seem a world away from some of ‘Felt Mountain’s’ atmospherics. From the heartbroken beauty of the title track and the inordinately sensual, disturbed purr of 'Deep Honey' to the sonic whirlpools of 'Tiptoe', ‘Black Cherry’ reinforces Goldfrapp’s siren–like ability to suck you into other realms.


                                                                                                  Produced in coordination between Be With, Efficient Space and the artist, this definitive reissue is restored from original masters with vivid reproductions of the Down On The Road By The Beach exhibition catalogue, intended to accompany its original release, and extensive liner notes penned by fellow Steve Hiett obsessive Mikey IQ Jones.

                                                                                                  Near-ambient arrangements that float in a space between The Durutti Column, Steve Cropper and Ashra, Down On The Road By The Beach also crowns Hiett the master of recontextualization with his zero-gravity blues visions of Roll Over Beethoven, Santo & Johnny’s Sleep Walk and the 1967 Eddie Floyd soul hit Never Found A Girl.

                                                                                                  For the first time since its inception 36 years ago, Steve Hiett’s elusive Down On The Road By The Beach is finally made available outside of Japan. Most recognized in the fashion sphere as an English photographer and graphic designer, Hiett‘s transportive audio portraits amplify his serpentine guitar to the infinite blue, recorded across Paris, Tokyo and New York with no coastline in sight. Now widely celebrated as a desert island disc, very little is actually known of its unfathomable genesis.

                                                                                                  A career devotee of Brian Wilson’s ground breaking harmonies, Hiett shot The Beach Boys for Rolling Stone - as well as The Doors, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix (in one of his final performances at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival) - while establishing himself as a fashion photographer. Decamping to Paris in 1972, he began what would become 20-year collaborations with Vogue Paris and Marie Claire, printing his signature warm, saturated and vibrantly hued snapshots.

                                                                                                  In 1982, representatives from Tokyo’s Galerie Watari visited him to propose a solo exhibition. Asking if he could insert a 7” of original music into the back of the exhibition catalogue, Hiett laid down ‘Blue Beach - Welcome To Your Beach’ in a Parisian radio station, playing all of the instruments himself, and two more cuts in New York with Yoko Ono, The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan hired-gun Elliot Randall. Once dispatched, the phone began ringing off the hook with requests for him to fly to Tokyo. Assuming these long-distance callers were wanting him to check proofs for the book, it wasn’t until he arrived that he discovered CBS/Sony had facilitated an entire album. Heitt hastily gripped some petty cash, bought a guitar and retreated to his hotel room to start writing.

                                                                                                  Entering the studio the following day, he was further surprised by a waiting room of session players known as Moonriders - one of Japan’s most acclaimed rock bands of the 1980s. Intimidated by their indecipherable sheet music, Hiett suggested Randall join them and with money being no object for major labels at the time, his wingman was on the next plane out of New York to finalise the high production indulgence.


                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: First re-issue since its original release in Japan in 1983, remastered from the original masters, 140g vinyl, gatefold sleeve, 16 page photography book with liner notes.

                                                                                                  CD Info: First time on CD, remastered from the original masters, digipack, 6 page photography book with liner notes.

                                                                                                  Three emotional years in the making, Be With and Efficient Space finally present Steve Hiett’s Girls In The Grass. Pressed alongside the long awaited reissue of his one-shot masterpiece Down On The Road By The Beach, these ten balearic soul instrumentals are of equal necessity; unrivalled beauty rescued from the fashion photographer-guitarist’s Paris Tapes (1986-1997).

                                                                                                  Hiett’s guitar sings with the same clean, crisp tone as Down On The Road, animated by a carefree weekend groove. Unlike his defining album which was boiled under pressure, these subsequent sessions have all the time in the world. The naïve melodies chart a missing link between Vini Reilly’s ventures into electronica and Booker T, sounding like sun-warped takes on wordless, fractured non-hits from his heroes The Beach Boys.

                                                                                                  While recordings unintended for release should often be approached with caution, this is a rare case of unheard material being assembled as an indispensable and coherent piece. Girls In The Grass is something super special. The light and shadow that defines Hiett’s music is arguably more compelling here. It speaks to us in a language that feels profound, yet entirely comforting and familiar.

                                                                                                  Girls In The Grass reintroduces Hiett’s languid electric blues boogie, crafted on Saturday afternoons with fellow art director Simon Kentish. Kentish would cook, pour some wine and then utilise his arsenal of technology. He’d dial up a chugging rhythm, together with some ambient pads or keyboard textures, and anchor the weightless gauze of Hiett’s six-stringed touch.

                                                                                                  Remastered for public pleasure by Simon Francis, these private moments are adorned with Hiett’s singular photography and feature typically idiosyncratic liner notes from Mikey IQ Jones.


                                                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Previously unreleased material from Steve’s private recordings, remastered from the original masters, 140g vinyl, 4 page photography insert with liner notes.

                                                                                                  CD Info: CD is INDIES ONLY with previously unreleased material from Steve’s private recordings, remastered from the original masters, digipack, 6 page photography book with liner notes, 2 bonus tracks not on the vinyl version.

                                                                                                  The Beatles

                                                                                                  Abbey Road - 50th Anniversary Box Set Editions

                                                                                                    London – August 8, 2019 – It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that the world’s most famous band stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing. With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located. Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of beautifully presented packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe. Now available for preorder, the album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

                                                                                                    “The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all,” McCartney recalls in his written foreword for Abbey Road’s anniversary edition packages.

                                                                                                    This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s sweeping new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively. To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

                                                                                                    “The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. “Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”

                                                                                                    Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks – including “The Long One” Trial Edit & Mix for the album’s epic Side 2 medley – on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; insightful, in-depth chapters written by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes, the cover art and photo shoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years. The gorgeous book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads. The Super Deluxe digital audio collection presents all 40 tracks for download purchase and streaming in standard and MFiT formats, as well as in high resolution audio (96kHz/24 bit) for download.

                                                                                                    Abbey Road’s limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set features all 40 tracks from the Super Deluxe collection on three 180-gram vinyl LPs. The album’s new stereo mix LP is packaged in a faithfully replicated sleeve, with the two Sessions LPs paired in their own jacket, presented with a four-page insert in a lift-top box. 

                                                                                                    Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets’ 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” leads the charge:

                                                                                                    For an overnight session on February 22, 1969, The Beatles were joined at London’s Trident Studios by producer George Martin and engineer Glyn Johns to record “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Abbey Road’s new edition combines a take from that session with the concluding part of the Trident master’s eight-track reduction mix made later at the EMI studios, revealing for the first time Billy Preston’s thrilling overdubbed organ solo. With their amps turned up high, The Beatles received a noise complaint from one of the studio’s neighbors in the Soho area of the city. The take starts with Lennon exclaiming, “My boys are ready to go!,” before the band is told about the complaint. Lennon replies, “What are they doing here at this time of night?,” then lays it down: “Well, we’ll try it once more very loud. And then if we don’t get it, we’ll try it quiet, like it might do it the other way. OK. The loud one, last go. Last chance to be loud!”

                                                                                                    In the same month that the raucous Trident session took place, McCartney recorded a home demo of “Goodbye” for the Apple-signed singer Mary Hopkin and Harrison recorded a solo demo of “Something” at EMI Recording Studios. Both demos are featured on Abbey Road’s new edition. “Goodbye” makes its release debut. Although previously released on Anthology 3 in a version featuring guitar and vocal, the new anniversary mix of George’s “Something” demo features for the first time vocal, guitar and piano.

                                                                                                    The Beatles reconvened at EMI’s studios and Olympic Sound Studios for sessions spanning mid-April to early May. On April 14, Lennon and McCartney recorded the single “The Ballad Of John And Yoko” in EMI’s Studio Three, with Geoff Emerick as the balance engineer. Two days later, the single’s B-side, “Old Brown Shoe” was recorded. Session recordings for these tracks, as well as three more songs started during this period, “Oh! Darling,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and “You Never Give Me Your Money,” are featured in Abbey Road’s anniversary edition.

                                                                                                    The remainder of Abbey Road’s sessions took place in July and in August with George Martin producing, and with principal engineers Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald taking turns at EMI’s groundbreaking new mixing console, the TG12345. On July 2, 3, and 4, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr recorded “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight” as a medley (Lennon was hospitalized in Scotland, recuperating after a car accident). A sequence of Takes 1-3 from the first day’s session is featured in the anniversary edition. Take 9 from McCartney, Harrison, and Starr’s backing track session for “Here Comes The Sun” on Starr’s July 7 birthday is also included.

                                                                                                    On July 21, 22, and 23, The Beatles were in-studio to record “Come Together,” followed by additional sessions on July 25, 29, and 30. The anniversary edition features Take 5. On July 23, The Beatles began recording “The End,” which, along with McCartney’s timeless couplet – “And in the end, the love you take / Is equal to the love you make” – features Starr’s only drum solo on a Beatles recording. Take 3 is included in Abbey Road’s new edition. The next day, just before the band’s 34-take session for “Sun King” and “Mean Mr Mustard,” McCartney cut a quick studio demo for “Come And Get It” – later a hit for the Apple-signed band Badfinger. The demo’s original 1969 stereo mix, made with McCartney and Lennon present in the control room, is released for the first time in the new edition, as is Take 20 from The Beatles’ “Sun King” and “Mean Mr Mustard” session. On July 25, two more songs, “Polythene Pam” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” were recorded as one for inclusion in the album’s epic medley. Take 27 from that session is featured on the new edition.

                                                                                                    After Harrison had transported his rare and cumbersome Moog synthesizer to the studios, four songs received Beatle-played synthesizer parts: “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Lennon), “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (McCartney), and “Here Comes The Sun” and “Because” (Harrison). This was a very early use of the newly-invented instrument on a pop record. George Martin wrote arrangements for several tracks that were recorded in Studio One toward the end of the sessions in August 1969. The original overdubbed recordings of Martin’s scores for “Something” and “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight” are included in Abbey Road’s anniversary edition.

                                                                                                    August 20, 1969 was the last time The Beatles were together as a band at the EMI studios, for an evening session to compile Abbey Road’s master tapes. The album’s sides were sequenced, with “Come Together” opening Side 1, and with the medley of “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “Sun King,” “Mean Mr Mustard,” “Polythene Pam,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End” placed on Side 2. “The Long One,” a different trial edit and mix of the medley, including “Her Majesty” (ultimately placed 14 seconds after “The End” as an unlisted, hidden track) is included in Abbey Road’s new edition.

                                                                                                    A few weeks before Abbey Road’s release on September 26, 1969, Apple’s press officer Derek Taylor revealed that the album was “recorded at nice, workmanlike sessions which usually began at 2pm and continued until the end of the evening.” Millions of Abbey Road LPs were pressed at manufacturing plants around the world. The album was another blockbuster release for The Beatles, holding the No. 1 spot on the U.K. albums chart for a total of 17 weeks and topping Billboard’s U.S. albums chart for 11 weeks. For their work on Abbey Road, Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald won the year’s GRAMMY Award® for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical. In 1995, Abbey Road was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” The Beatles’ best-selling studio album, Abbey Road’s universal popularity and influence have continued to grow since its debut.

                                                                                                    Since Abbey Road’s release, the street’s zebra crossing has been one of the most celebrated and photographed sites in the world, protected as an historic landmark and visited by thousands of Beatles fans each year. Due to the success of The Beatles’ album, EMI Recording Studios was renamed Abbey Road Studios. Owned and operated by Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio in the world and a global music icon.


                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    Ltd Box Set Info: Super deluxe 3CD+1Blu-ray set; digital audio collection.

                                                                                                    3xLP Box Set Info: Triple deluxe vinyl box set.

                                                                                                    Hozan Yamamoto With Sharps & Flats

                                                                                                    Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

                                                                                                    Seminal Japanese jazz album from 1971. Journeys through jazz fusion, soul and big band moods. Impossible to obtain in its original format these days, it rests on a spiritual and serene plane, conjuring up expansive and exotic landscapes from far flung places. Obviously, some of the instrumentation and playing is nothing short of breath-taking, but with sleeve notes mainly in Japanese you're gonna have to do some serious research to find out who's responsible!

                                                                                                    Official Mr Bongo reissue with original artwork and super fresh, clean vinyl pressing. Recommended!


                                                                                                    Ocean Colour Scene

                                                                                                    Moseley Shoals

                                                                                                      Following a successful reissue for Record Store Day, on red vinyl, we present the black vinyl edition of this classic album. Originally released in 1996, at the height of ‘Britpop’, the album reached no. 2 in the UK, and amassed 92 weeks on the charts and sold a million copies world-wide!

                                                                                                      ‘Moseley’ takes its name from an area in Birmingham, ‘Moseley Shoals’ is a tribute to Muscle Shoals, the legendary soul recording studios in Alabama. A low-key start to their career was boosted by two things – the endorsement of two of Britain’s biggest pop stars – Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher, and the exposure given to the first single, The Riverboat Song, by Chris Evans on his hit TV show ‘TFI Friday’.

                                                                                                      The album was produced by Weller’s producer at the time – Brendan Lynch, giving it a strong, organic R&B feel (influenced by the Small Faces and Weller’s solo recordings) with a pronounced 60s flourish, mixing in traces of Beatles and Stones, as well as elements of prog-rock and psychedelia, adding an even more eclectic flavour to their sound.

                                                                                                      Contains three other top-10 singles – The Day We Caught the Train (no. 4), You’ve Got It Bad (no. 7) and The Circle (no. 6).

                                                                                                      Ocean Colour Scene

                                                                                                      Marchin' Already

                                                                                                        Following the huge success of Moseley Shoals, the band’s third album was number one in the UK when released in September 1997.
                                                                                                        Further exploring the template of the previous album, Marchin’ Already is a glorious fusion of late-’60s blues-rock, mod pop, Northern soul and psychedelia. P. Arnold appears on Travellers Tune and It’s a Beautiful Thing.

                                                                                                        Includes three top-10 singles – Hundred Mile High City (used in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) – UK 4 / Better Day – UK 5 / Travellers Tune – UK 9.

                                                                                                        Housed in ‘wide-spine’ double LP sleeve with two printed inner bags featuring lyrics and photos.

                                                                                                        Released on two pieces of heavyweight black vinyl for maximum sound quality.

                                                                                                        Prefab Sprout

                                                                                                        Swoon

                                                                                                          Off the back of the incredible recent album ‘I Trawl The Megahertz‘, Prefab Sprout have announced exciting release plans for remastered vinyl versions of three of the band’s classic albums along with their incredible greatest hits collection ‘A Life of Surprises: The Best Of’. From the remastering and artwork, to sourcing new images, the project has been fully orchestrated by both Paddy and Martin McAloon.

                                                                                                          The releases include Prefab Sprout’s debut album ‘Swoon’ - a complex collection of songs that announced the band’s idiosyncratic style in an explosive way.

                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                          LP Info: 1LP on 180g black vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                          Prefab Sprout

                                                                                                          A Life Of Surprises : The Best Of

                                                                                                            Off the back of the incredible recent album ‘I Trawl The Megahertz‘, Prefab Sprout have announced exciting release plans for remastered vinyl versions of three of the band’s classic albums along with their incredible greatest hits collection ‘A Life of Surprises: The Best Of’. From the remastering and artwork, to sourcing new images, the project has been fully orchestrated by both Paddy and Martin McAloon.

                                                                                                            The releases include the band’s hit collection, ‘A Life of Surprises: The Best Of’ which is available as a double LP for the first time.

                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                            2xLP Info: 2LP on 180g black vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                            Prefab Sprout

                                                                                                            From Langley Park To Memphis

                                                                                                              Off the back of the incredible recent album ‘I Trawl The Megahertz‘, Prefab Sprout have announced exciting release plans for remastered vinyl versions of three of the band’s classic albums along with their incredible greatest hits collection ‘A Life of Surprises: The Best Of’. From the remastering and artwork, to sourcing new images, the project has been fully orchestrated by both Paddy and Martin McAloon.

                                                                                                              The releases include their third album ‘From Langley Park To Memphis’, containing their biggest hit “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” along with one of the best pop anthems of the 1980s – “Cars And Girls”. The album also features contributions from Stevie Wonder and Pete Townsend. 

                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                              LP Info: 1LP on 180g black vinyl in standard sleeve with printed inner.

                                                                                                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                              Prefab Sprout

                                                                                                              Jordan : The Comeback

                                                                                                                Off the back of the incredible recent album ‘I Trawl The Megahertz‘, Prefab Sprout have announced exciting release plans for remastered vinyl versions of three of the band’s classic albums along with their incredible greatest hits collection ‘A Life of Surprises: The Best Of’. From the remastering and artwork, to sourcing new images, the project has been fully orchestrated by both Paddy and Martin McAloon.

                                                                                                                The releases include ‘Jordan: The Comeback’ from 1990 as a double LP for the first time internationally. This is an expansive album that draws on a huge breadth of influences and includes “Wild Horses”, which was not a single, but has grown to become one of the band’s best loved tracks. 

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                2xLP Info: 2LP on 180g black vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                David Axelrod

                                                                                                                Seriously Deep

                                                                                                                The rediscovery of the music of David Axelrod in the 1990s was a revelation to the scores of hip-hop and breakbeat DJs that sampled him, but his composition genius was on display as early as the 1960s. After producing and arranging major critical and commercial hits for Lou Rawls, The Electric Prunes, David McCallum, and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, he was encouraged by Capitol Records to record and produce solo material. Coming right on the heels of The Beatles' revolutionary 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, Axelrod would produce a slew of instrumental baroque pop records, which were intricately orchestrated, fused elements of jazz, psychedelic rock, chamber music, and neo-classical, and tackled issues of mental enlightenment, environmental impact, and would be hailed by critics as highly ambitious pieces of conceptual art.


                                                                                                                The albums Song Of Innocence (1968), Songs Of Experience (1969), and Earth Rot (1970) are most often hailed as David Axelrod's finest moments, but little is mentioned of the producer's 1970s material. Among these records is Seriously Deep, his lone album recorded for Polydor, and an unheralded gem of jazz-rock fusion. On Seriously Deep, Axelrod dispenses with the heavily orchestrated measures of previous works to conduct a powerhouse crew of session musicians, including Leon Ndugu Chancler of Santana on drums, Mailto Correa on percussion, Jim Hughart on bass, Joe Sample on electric keys, and many others, with production from frequent Axelrod collaborators Cannonball Adderley and Jimmy Bowen. Seriously Deep is an obscure release, but also one of David Axlerod's tightest, and most exploratory ones. Across six tracks, Axelrod and his collective of players dip in and out of bounding jazz-funk, Afro-Latin grooves, cinematic flourishes, psychedelic synth washes, and blaring big band horns. It's a singularly insular curiosity of musical impressionism that's equal parts brooding and joyous, a definitive part of Axelrod's discography, and a well of sample material for tracks by Mobb Deep, Large Professor, The Black Eyed Peas, and Beanie Siegel, among others

                                                                                                                All 8 of the Mad Professor remixes included here are previously unreleased and include his dub mixes of 2 tracks not originally featured on "Mezzanine" but from the same period: "Metal Banshee" - a dub version of "Superpredators" which was a cover of Siouxie and the Banshee’s "Metal Postcard"; and Wire, a track they recorded for the soundtrack of the film Welcome to Sarajevo.

                                                                                                                This release is a vinyl accompaniment to the 2CD deluxe version of "Mezzanine" which features these remixes + the original album remastered.

                                                                                                                Sonically it doesn't pull any punches, with Mad Prof's iconic, dub-wise production decorating and galvanizing the original stems with a futurist / psychedelic mentality. Striding confidently into avant-dub territory, you can really get lost in these deep layers of bass & echo. 


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                                                                                                                Matt says: Trippy n fathoms deep dub here (just the way I like it) from Mad Prof, who gets his ganga-smothered paws on the Massive Attack stems.

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                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: Pink coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                ‘Broken Belief’ brings together a selection of recordings by Japanese multi-instrumentalist Toshfumi Hinata drawn from a body of work originally recorded between 1985-1987. Attending Berklee College of Music after spending time living in both the United States and the United Kingdom, Hinata would study under the tutelage of pianist Patricia Laliberte, graduating from the esteemed American school in 1982. Returning to Japan after becoming disillusioned with his classical training, Hinata experimented with many different forms of music. Moving away from depending simply on acoustic instruments, he would instead become entrenched in the possibilities of the latest analog synthesizers being developed at the time.

                                                                                                                Toshifumi Hinata’s initial idea was to make his first album with just a Prophet 5 and Linn Drum Machine. Tweaking filters and creating intricate sequences, Hinata would record various sounds on analog tapes and overdub many different layers; recording violin, piano and other accompaniments separately later on. It would become a method of working for the musician which he would apply almost entirely throughout this period. A deeply submerged process; one in which he would seek, as he himself puts it, to "weave musical images".

                                                                                                                Toshifumi Hinata would go on to record several more albums released only on CD throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, after which he focused mainly on music for TV dramas, commercials and documentaries. Now living in Tokyo he is almost exclusively focused on creating music for documentaries. The period of work released between 1985-1987 is one though that was not only a rich moment in the history of Hinata himself but of Japanese music and electronic music in general.

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                                                                                                                Patrick says: Music From Memory save you a lot of hard work and deep digging here, collecting the best bits of Toshifumi Hinata's "Sarah's Crime", "Chat D'Ete", "Reality In Love" and "Story" LPs onto one release. "Atarashi Yuhubokumin" has been a total favourite of mine since I picked up "Chat D'Ete" about five years ago, and gets the ID requests whenever it gets an outing. Japanese ambient with a Balearic twist...

                                                                                                                Scott Walker

                                                                                                                Scott 4 - 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master Edition

                                                                                                                  Despite its initial lukewarm reaction, the album failed to chart on release (possibly due to the album being released under his birth name of Noel Scott Engel!), today ‘Scott 4’ is considered one of his greatest achievements and has been recognised as a major influence on countless artists – David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Marc Almond amongst others. His song-writing reached new peaks on this record (it was the first Scott Walker album to feature entirely original material) and is incisive, articulate and acerbic.

                                                                                                                  Here are some of his finest compositions – The Seventh Seal (inspired by the classic Ingmar Bergman film), features a haunting Ennio Morricone-style arrangement, The Old Man’s Back Again also displays cinematic qualities and a penetrating theme (“dedicated to the neo-Stalinist regime,” the “old man” of this song was supposedly Josef Stalin), Duchess and Boy Child are achingly beautiful, timeless classics. The eclectic mix of folk, country, and soul influences contained, make this an intriguing and innovative body of work.

                                                                                                                  This special 50th anniversary edition has been mastered and cut to vinyl using the unique ‘half-speed’ process, at Abbey Road Studios, London, for ultimate sound quality.

                                                                                                                  Jeff Buckley

                                                                                                                  Grace - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                    Originally released in 1994, Jeff Buckley's solo debut "Grace" is now considered by many to be one of the best albums of the 90s. "Grace" displays a dazzling array of influences from an artist still developing his craft.

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                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Very limited exclusive gold coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                    The rarest of all exotic LPs, like Eden Ahbez but with extra added death. This bizarre, rarely heard masterpiece brings together jazz, ancient manuscripts and a convicted murderer…

                                                                                                                    Issued originally in 1959 it originates from Pheonix, Arizona. The concept behind the recording was unusual - to brings together two unconnected worlds: the jazz genius of Buddy Collette with the academic oriental studies and translations of A.I Groeg.

                                                                                                                    Little can be found of A.I. Groeg, But before the LP was recorded A.I Groeg had translated several Polynesian and Japanese manuscripts. These form the basis of the dark narrations and lyrics across the album.

                                                                                                                    Sublime vocalist Marni Nixon (the voice of Maria in West Side Story) was brought in for two songs and fledgling actor Robert Sorrels (now a convicted murderer) supplied the strangely unsettling and almost otherworldly narration.

                                                                                                                    The original LP states that “Buddy was given carte blanche with the material. After six months of composing and studying with the voice soloists, the results were two instrumentals and two songs on side one, and tone poems on side two. The latter represents a new musical genre. They are musical descriptions, preceded by spoken lines, and they become tone poems or musical illustrations inspired by the islanders, their words and marvelous simplicity. The mood is complete, yet hovers strangely in the air like a vague tantalizing dream.”

                                                                                                                    I’d first heard the album in about 2010 on a bizarre bootlegged CD (edited strangely with exotic library music), and spent the next few years desperately trying to find an original pressing. About one copy turns up a year, it seems to be far rarer than the legendary Eden’s Island album and occupies a similar musical space. But this album has a little more death.

                                                                                                                    Heaven knows what new listeners will think of Polynesia, but it sure is a dark and weird musical trip. One I feel everyone should take.
                                                                                                                    Jonny Trunk 2019.


                                                                                                                    Alexis Zoumbas

                                                                                                                    A Lament For Epirus

                                                                                                                      The first collection of recordings from Alexis Zoumbas the Greek folk violinist whose music translates despair and devastation. Faithfully remastered from the original 78s and released by Third Man Records.

                                                                                                                      Alexis Zoumbas was one of the most sublime musicians to ever cast a shadow across the face of the Earth and no one has been able to translate the emotions of despair—of devastation—through an instrument as effectively as Zoumbas. Years of research and obsession have resulted in this, the first collection of recordings by the legendary and masterful Greek folk violinist Alexis Zoumbas. Very few Pre-War musicians have tapped deeper into the human soul than Zoumbas and this volume presents his most profoundly hypnotic and unearthly pieces. A deep set of notes based on Christopher King’s pioneering research from 2012 is accompanied by previously-unpublished photographs as well as original artwork by R. Crumb.

                                                                                                                      Originally issued in 2014 for Record Store Day, the limited release of the LP immediately went out of print. Faithfully remastered from the original 78s, Christopher King’s original version of the LP has been enhanced for Third Man Records by the inclusion of an EP featuring two previously unissued and unheard alternate takes of the masterpieces Epirotiko Mirologi and Doina. Amanda Petrusich (New Yorker, Pitchfork) says "Alexis Zoumbas' expressions of longing are so raw and unmediated that I suspect anyone who has ever yearned for anything -- who has ever gazed dolefully out a window, or sighed audibly over a cup of whiskey, or felt subsumed by a certain kind of ache -- will feel these songs like a club to the back of the knees. They are immediate, destructive, and stunning. That Christopher King was able to collect and contain them for us is an extraordinary gift."

                                                                                                                      Smog

                                                                                                                      Knock Knock - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                        Hey, it’s the 20th Anniversary half-speed master vinyl edition of the Smog classic, ‘Knock Knock’, by Smog. Placing this LP on your turntable, you find yourself drawn ever-deeper into the sound - and it’s not just the eternally-stunning co-production from Callahan and Jim O’Rourke, it’s the incredible focus brought by the half-speed mastering work done at Abbey Road, bringing out the highs, lows and even mids that OG fans of this album have taken for granted for too many years. The fresh fullness of the sound now stands as a tribute to the ol’ familiar Smog sensation of being somehow completely unfamiliar.

                                                                                                                        Back in 1999, Bill was staking out new territory. Issued in the wake of the game-changing ‘Red Apple Falls’, ‘Knock Knock’ upped the ante of the game, pairing his naked portraiture with increasingly delicate nuances in song and arrangement. The people responded in kind, turning out in ever-increasing numbers to shops and venues alike. They weren’t quite singing along with ‘Cold-Blooded Old Times’ yet - that’s a happy post-millennial development - but there was a lot of excitement in the air back in those final old-century days.

                                                                                                                        ‘Knock Knock’ was enough of a tour de force that staging a re-look these twenty years later was a cool no-brainer. With production values at an all-time (for then) high and a team of Chicago-based studio rats (as well as a carefully vetted-and-compensated singing children’s choir) on the case, ‘Knock Knock’ was the most colourful of Smog albums; a record that played like a real-life opera, a story told in song. Today, songs like ‘Held’, ‘River Guard’ and ‘Hit The Ground Running” are still called for at concerts. Meanwhile, the 20th Anniversary half-speed remaster of the LP allows us to perceive the expansive spaces in tunes like ‘Sweet Treat’ and ‘Left Only With Love’.

                                                                                                                        It wouldn’t have been the 90s without a CD version and the label are re-releasing that in original, non-remastered form. Also, in tribute to where it all came from (but where it definitively wasn’t at the time), they have a cassette version of ‘Knock Knock’ for the neo-lo-fi heads to appreciate.

                                                                                                                        Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come

                                                                                                                        Galactic Zoo Dossier - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                          Officially licenced, fully remastered and presented with the original gatefold sleeve artwork. As an added bonus a reproduction of the rare 2 sided poster that was only with the initial run of copies is included.

                                                                                                                          Swordfish proudly continues its reissue programme of vintage Arthur Brown recordings with Kingdom Come's classic 1971 debut. A stunning fusion featuring elements of psychedelia, prog and electronics. Whilst not a major commercial success at the time in terms of pioneering spirit it has become something of a landmark. Now some 45 years later the driving forces behind it are far clearer-a remarkable visionary work full of genuine progressive portent.

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                                                                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Multi coloured splatter vinyl. Includes repro of rare 2 sided poster.

                                                                                                                          60s Jazz Holy Grail LP outta California, mythical album on many Jazz collectors want-lists.

                                                                                                                          This LP is on the extremely limited and sought after private press label HME. It's a deep, Latin, Afro/Cuban-influenced, primarily acoustic jazz piece. Influences range from the cerebral to the soulful, but it defies any one-dimensional tag like "spiritual jazz" or "soul-jazz" or "jazz-funk." Heralding from L.A. and led by pianist Reggie Andrews, it doesn't sound particularly "west coast".

                                                                                                                          It's a beautiful session all around, really something special and profound. In recent years, Reggie Andrews has taught, mentored, and produced many talented musicians including Patrice Rushen, Terrace Martin, Ndugu Chancler, and the Dazz Band who wrote "Let it Whip" along with his close friend Leon Ndugu Chancler. He is the founder of the jazz-fusion group Karma He worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, produced Moacir Santos for Blue Note Records and served as "Electronics Consultant" for Donald Byrd, and mentoring The Pharcyde to J.Dilla.

                                                                                                                          Boo Radleys

                                                                                                                          Wake Up!

                                                                                                                            The Boo Radleys’ third album Wake Up! reached the number one spot in the UK album charts. Although their previous albums received critical acclaim, this was the album which opened the doors to a much bigger audience. One of the factors was the release of the sunny Britpop Top 10 single “Wake Up Boo!”. It became their biggest hit internationally and it was the most-played song on the UK radio in 1995. The second an third single, “Find The Answer Within” and “It’s Lulu”, also charted in the UK Top 40. Different styles of British pop can be found in their music, but most of the darkness of their previous records are replaced by the grand pop with big choruses and bright melodies. 

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                                                                                                                            Coloured LP Info: Wake Up! is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on 180 gram, audiophile, turquoise vinyl.

                                                                                                                            Vince Guaraldi

                                                                                                                            It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown OST

                                                                                                                            The Peanuts comic strip gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. The soundtrack to this 1966 American prime time animated television special once again features jazz stylings by the matchless Vince Guaraldi.

                                                                                                                            While Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi's music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy television and film soundtrack recordings. In the 1966 animated special It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. As usual Guaraldi's integral score drives the proceedings and steals the show!

                                                                                                                            Lee Hazlewood

                                                                                                                            400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56

                                                                                                                              Phoenix, Arizona 1955…a twenty-five year old disc jockey and fledgling songwriter, Lee Hazlewood, is trying to break into the music industry. He takes Greyhound bus trips to Los Angeles to pitch songs, only to be rejected each time. Undeterred, Lee starts a record label called Viv Records. Running the label out of his house, Lee finds the artists, writes the songs, produces the sessions, arranges the pressings of the records and handles distribution. Recently discovered tapes in the Viv Records archive yielded an unbelievable find, the earliest known recordings of Hazlewood singing his songs…Lee’s first demo! The mysterious and bountiful tapes featured Lee singing early unheard compositions and a complete first draft of his Trouble Is A Lonesome Town song cycle that would become his first official solo album in 1963.

                                                                                                                              Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archival series with 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56, a collection of previously unknown intimate recordings, never intended for release. Lee sings, plays guitar and even presses the record button on the tape machine. These are rural sketches and small town dreams, captured in an innocent time before the path ahead was clear.

                                                                                                                              These songs rewrite Lee’s recorded history, adding a new first chapter to his saga. For Hazlewood addicts, hearing these early tracks and the embryonic version of Trouble Is A Lonesome Town is akin to finding an early draft of the Old Testament.

                                                                                                                              “That’s beauty of Lee’s songwriting. It lives on. People will hear it for the first time, even though it’s fifty years old or whatever, if it’s good enough and strong enough, they’ll accept and like it as much as if it was just created. That’s the wonderful legacy that Lee has. It’s wonderful to look back and make all this early work available. To put “Boots” and all those other LHI songs into perspective. That it all started somewhere and this is where.” – Arizona Music Historian and record producer, John Dixon.


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                                                                                                                              2xLtd LP Info: 2xLP pressed at RTI & housed in a deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jacket.

                                                                                                                              Soundway Records completes the Lord Echo album collection, finally reissuing the second album in the trilogy from the in-demand New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer. Originally released in 2013, ‘Curiosities’ is now available as a DJ friendly double LP for the first time.  The entirely self-produced album blends jazz with disco-tinged neo-soul, reggae and classic afro-beat in effortless manner - and joins the dots between the more downtempo first album ‘Melodies’ and the disco, electronic, club-ready of his third album ‘Harmonies’.
                                                                                                                              The album also features a dub-funk cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan”, with vocals from Lisa Tomlins.

                                                                                                                              Wendy & Bonnie

                                                                                                                              Genesis

                                                                                                                                One of the most remarkable unheard albums of 1969, Genesis, the sole release by San Francisco-based sisters Wendy and Bonnie Flower, has emerged as an acclaimed pop-psych touchstone. Brimming with melodic confections and laced with radiant, sisterly harmonies, the set’s breezy Brazilian splashes and soft-rock strains convey a sophistication that belies the artists’ tender ages (Wendy, 17; Bonnie, 13). The album has grown over the years in importance, and has influenced a generation of psychedelic pioneers, from Broadcast to Stereolab to Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals ( who sampled the duo on their hit "hello Sunshine"). This 180 gram single-lp edition is an exact replica of the original 1969 pressing, with fully restored cover art and incredible sonics mastered from the original reels.

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                                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: White vinyl version.

                                                                                                                                XTC

                                                                                                                                Black Sea

                                                                                                                                  XTC continue on with the big drum sound of Drums and Wires, adding more polish and an even heavier-hitting approach for Black Sea -- their arrangements are fuller and they rock harder than ever before.

                                                                                                                                  Where Drums and Wires implied social commentary, Black Sea more directly addresses sociopolitical concerns, handling them not strictly in a theoretical sense, but rather showing a human response to the circumstances. Of course, the band's skewed outlook and mid-'60s pop sense keeps things from becoming too heavy -- included are some of their finest songs, like "Respectable Street," "Generals and Majors," and "Towers of London," as well as the thoroughly enjoyable pop fluff throwaway "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)" to keep the mood light.

                                                                                                                                  All in all, there isn't a bad song in the bunch -- Black Sea is their most consistent album to date -- and although XTC always operated on the fringes, the album is their most commercial-sounding, fitting in perfectly with the new wave of the late '70s/early '80s--All Music.

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                                                                                                                                  Andy says: XTC were a totally unique English new-wave quirky/gently psych pop band and this record is regarded as probably their finest hour.

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                                                                                                                                  LP Info: Pressed on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl for the best possible audio reproduction.

                                                                                                                                  Released ahead of 1995’s "The Gold Experience", the first album credited to Prince’s infamously unpronounceable symbol, "The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)" was a gift to attendees of the designer’s collection at Fashion Week in Paris.

                                                                                                                                  Produced at the time as only a very limited edition promotional cassette, it featured remixed versions of future favorites “Pussy Control,” “Gold” and “Eye Hate U” as well as rare and commercially unreleased selections by The New Power Generation and Prince’s jazz-fusion project Madhouse. The rare promotional cassette went on to be incredibly sought after, with one copy setting a record as the highest priced cassette every sold, fetching over $4,000.

                                                                                                                                  It was recreated as a limited edition cassette release as a Record Store Day exclusive in April 2019 and was one of the most popular releases. First time available on LP Vinyl.

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                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Purple coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                  Released in July 1996, Chaos and Disorder came with a rare disclaimer penned by Prince (then known as the unpronounceable “love symbol”): “Originally intended 4 private use only, this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by [The Artist] 4 Warner Bros. Records.”

                                                                                                                                  Prince’s contentious relationship with the label was at its lowest point, and this record—a taut 39 minutes of dexterous guitar and simple but addictive pop melodies—was a crucial final link in the chains that kept him from releasing the music the way he wanted. Any internal turmoil was not represented in tracks like “Dinner With Delores” (a minor U.K. hit) and the rollicking title track, a staple of his live shows.

                                                                                                                                  “Someone told me that Van Halen did their first record in a week,” Prince told the Los Angeles Times of the album’s quick creation. “That’s what we were going for - spontaneity, seeing how fast and hard we could thrash it out.” First time on LP Vinyl. 

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                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Purple coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                  Prince

                                                                                                                                  Emancipation

                                                                                                                                    Emancipation was as expansive an album as anything Prince had ever release. A triple album constituting exactly three hours of music, Emancipation found Prince celebrating the release of music solely on his terms. “This is my most important record,” he proclaimed upon its release. “I’m free, and my music is free.” Much like Paisley Park, the recording complex in which Prince created Emancipation, the album represents the incredible variety of his influences and moods. Romance and family are key themes reflecting his recent marriage to back-up dancer and muse Mayte Garcia that year. Elsewhere, Prince reflects on technology and sex and offers new, upbeat grooves as well as four unique covers. 

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                                                                                                                                    6xColoured LP Info: First time on LP Vinyl, six purple LP's in slipcase. Each LP will have printed jackets and printed interior sleeves.

                                                                                                                                    FREE SHIPPING This item has FREE UK shipping!

                                                                                                                                    A timely reissue of this ultra rare LP that is fetching prices upwards of £600 online. Originally released in 1978 on the obscure label out of Mississippi Commercial, Let Me Be Your Lover is now reissued and available again in the UK/Europe for this first time.

                                                                                                                                    The album includes the absolute monster album version of the modern soul/crossover classic Gonna Find A True Love, which was reissued on Miles Away earlier this year. The album version of this track gives the 7” a run for it’s money.

                                                                                                                                    Let Me Be Your Lover is an album is undeniably deep, soulful and passionate and now fully licensed from Estus and Lester Patterson.



                                                                                                                                    The Telescopes

                                                                                                                                    Taste (30th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                      Every so often, an album appears from out of nowhere that will create a devastating impact on the future. One of those records was ‘Taste’, the 1989 debut album from The Telescopes now set to be reissued by London-label Fuzz Club to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. Hailing from Burton-On-Trent, an industrial UK town in the heart of the Midlands, if you were a regular gig-goer from that part of the world around that time you’ll have already seen this five-piece share stages with the likes of Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine or, if not, touring around the UK with Spacemen 3 and The Jesus & Mary Chain. The Telescopes’ live shows were often a memorably ferocious affair; the primal scream of vocalist and founder Stephen Lawrie cutting through unsuspecting audiences like butter through a knife, aided and abetted by the two-guitar assault and taut rhythm section of his band. Following their fast-rising notorious live reputation and the release of three singles (the first of which being a split flexi-disc with Loop), The Telescopes released their debut album, Taste, in 1989 on the now defunct What Goes On label. It was an unrefined bolt out of the blue.

                                                                                                                                      A sonic feast capable of transforming from visceral to tranquil in a matter of seconds. Even now, listening to blissful opener ‘And Let Me Drift Away’ as it melts into the brutal ‘I Fall, She Screams’ sends shivers up the spine. There’s little respite for the rest of side one, ‘Oil Seed Rape’ thuds and groans, then ‘Violence’ follows suit. All scratchy guitars that sound as if they were designed primarily to bludgeon senses. ‘Threadbare’ then ‘The Perfect Needle’ – the only single taken off the album – bringing the first half to an uneasy close. The second side kicks off with ‘There Is No Floor’, an ode to Roky Eriksson via My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ that ultimately merits its mention alongside both.

                                                                                                                                      ‘Anticipating Nowhere’ is the sound of punk rock had it not jumped on the nostalgia gravy train instead, while the sinister ‘Please, Before You Go’ finds both Lawrie and Doran at their vocally harmonious finest. ‘Suffocation’ captures the ferocious demeanour of their live show while ‘Silent Water’ tells its own desolate tale of being buried at sea as a halo of pedal infused noise engulfs Lawrie’s vocals forthwith. Culminating in ‘Suicide’, the traditional ending to their live set at this juncture, its continuous loop only bringing the song to a conclusion at the listener’s command. Three decades have passed since its release yet ‘Taste’ still sounds like nothing else created before or after. The list of musicians who’ve cited its influence is endless and no doubt will be for years to come. The Fuzz Club reissue is due for release September 13th and comes on coloured vinyl with a booklet of photos from the era and new liner notes reflecting on the album's legacy. 

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                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Indies-only purple vinyl.

                                                                                                                                      Stereolab

                                                                                                                                      Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                        Remastered from original tapes.

                                                                                                                                        Bonus disk of unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes.

                                                                                                                                        Co-released by band’s own label Duophonic UHF Disks and Warp Records.

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                                                                                                                                        3xLP Info: Vinyl comes in bespoke gatefold sleeve with download card, housed inside a heavyweight clear PVC wallet

                                                                                                                                        Stereolab

                                                                                                                                        Dots & Loops - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                          Remastered from original tapes.

                                                                                                                                          Bonus disk of unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes.

                                                                                                                                          Co-released by band’s own label Duophonic UHF Disks and Warp Records.

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                                                                                                                                          3xLP Info: Vinyl comes in bespoke gatefold sleeve with download card, housed inside a heavyweight clear PVC wallet.

                                                                                                                                          Stereolab

                                                                                                                                          Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                            Remastered from original tapes.

                                                                                                                                            Bonus disk of unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes.

                                                                                                                                            Co-released by band’s own label Duophonic UHF Disks and Warp Records.

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                                                                                                                                            3xLP Info: Vinyl comes in bespoke gatefold sleeve with download card, housed inside a heavyweight clear PVC wallet

                                                                                                                                            Haircut 100

                                                                                                                                            Pelican West Plus

                                                                                                                                              Fun but clever ’80s New Wave pop act Haircut One Hundred scored a gigantic hit with their 1982 single “Love Plus One”. It was featured on their successful debut album Pelican West, peaking at 2 in the UK Album Chart and 31 in the Billboard 200. The pop rock record showcases their refreshing music with Conga and Brazilian percussion and woodwind and brass instruments. It contains a couple of outstanding tracks which defined the music of the New Wave acts. Feel good music as it should be

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                                                                                                                                              2xColoured LP Info: Pelican West Plus is available as a limited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on yellow vinyl. This special edition includes a bonus LP with 5 extra tracks; “Nobody’s Fool (12” Version)”, “Ski Club”, “October Is Orange (Day 1& 2)”, “Boat Party”, “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (12”
                                                                                                                                              Version)”. The package contains a 4-page booklet

                                                                                                                                              The Cult

                                                                                                                                              Sonic Temple - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                Originally released in 1989, Sonic Temple proved to be a pivotal moment for both band and the wider rock scene. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith), Sonic Temple had four hit singles; “Fire Woman”, “Edie (Ciao Baby)”, “Sun King” and “Sweet Soul Sister”. The album catapulted The Cult into superstar status and remains their most commercially successful release. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone, and was declared platinum in 1990. It made it to #10 on the Billboard charts, and the abovementioned songs are all rock-radio staples to this day.



                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                5xCD Info: The FIVE-CD SET contains 53 tracks (including 6 previously unreleased) with the original album on disc 1, alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions on disc 2, limited-release demos on discs 3 & 4 and Live at Wembley recorded by the BBC on disc 5. Six of the live tracks are previously unreleased. It is beautifully packaged in book form with rare photographs and interviews with the band by esteemed journalist James Brown.

                                                                                                                                                Fad Gadget

                                                                                                                                                The Best Of Fad Gadget

                                                                                                                                                  Fad Gadget, who, alongside Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and The Normal, was at the forefront of the electronic movement of the late 70s/early 80s and is recognised as one of the most influential acts of the last twenty years.

                                                                                                                                                  The first signing to the Mute label, Fad Gadget released his debut single, the groundbreaking ‘Back To Nature’ in October 1979 (recently featured in Season 2 of ‘Stranger Things’). Recorded using a drum machine and synthesiser a string of classic singles followed, including ‘Ricky’s Hand’, ‘Fireside Favourites’ and ‘Collapsing New People’.

                                                                                                                                                  A truly unique artist, his live shows were legendary and quickly established Fad Gadget as one of the most exciting acts of the time.

                                                                                                                                                  This collection features tracks from Fad Gadget’s four critically acclaimed albums, ‘Fireside Favourites’ (1980), ‘Incontinent’ (1981), ‘Under The Flag’ (1982) and ‘Gag’ (1984). Tovey dropped the Fad Gadget moniker and recorded a further five albums for Mute under his own name throughout the 80s and early 90s. He continued to experiment with many different styles, mixing electronics with rock, punk, folk and dance music.

                                                                                                                                                  Special edition repress of the album on silver double vinyl. Released as part of the MUTE 4.0 (178>TOMORROW) series.

                                                                                                                                                  “Mesmerizing… Fad Gadget - aka Frank Tovey - laid the groundwork for a generation of synth bands” - Billboard

                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                  Patrick says: One of my musical heroes between the age of 18 and 24 (albeit posthumously), Frank Tovey was a British synth pop pioneer, confrontational performance artist and right weirdo. Here we get ALL the unclassics in one place. Music for bedsits...

                                                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                  Fear And Loathing - Original Soundtrack

                                                                                                                                                    Hunter S. Thompson’s weird and hallucinatory book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was in 1998 translated to the screen by director Terry Gilliam, and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo. The film details the duo’s journey through Las Vegas as their initial journalistic intentions devolve into an exploration of the city under the influence of psychoactive substances. The music is perfectly fitting in the psychedelic story of the movie. It contains songs used in the film with sound bites of the film before each song. The psychedelic and classic rock songs on the soundtrack includes songs from Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, and the Dead Kennedys. The movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a financial failure, but later gained a cult following and was eventually included in many “best of” movie lists. 

                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Patrick says: I'm still not entirely sure how Terry Gilliam managed to successfully translate Hunter S. Thompson's lysergic literary trip to celluloid, but the killer soundtrack played an integral part. Alongside a proper hit parade of acid rock classics, and a deranged Elvis cover by The Dead Kennedys, there are three hallucinatory original compositions by Tomoyasu Hotei and Ray Cooper including the floating and Floyd-ian (Acid Spill).

                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                    LP 2 Info: The 21st anniversary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas edition is available for the first time on vinyl, as a limited individually numbered edition of 2500 copies pressed on “Bat Country” black vinyl. This release got a laser etched D-side and secret inscriptions in the run-out grooves. Besides it contains an exclusive fold-out movie poster.

                                                                                                                                                    Miles Davis shocked the music world in 1985 when he left Columbia Records after 30 years to join Warner Bros. Records. In October of that year, he began recording the album Rubberband in Los Angeles at Ameraycan Studios with producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles. The musical direction Davis was taking during the sessions marked a radical departure, with the inclusion of funk and soul grooves; with plans to feature guest vocalists Al Jarreau and Chaka Khan. Eventually, the album was shelved and Davis went on to record Tutu, leaving the Rubberband songs unheard and untouched for over 30 years.

                                                                                                                                                    Davis’ fans finally got a taste of the iconic trumpeter’s long-lost album last year with the release of a four-song Rubberband EP for Record Store Day. Now the entire 11-song Rubberband album makes its debut for all the heads. It was finished by the original producers Hall and Giles; with Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr., who played drums on the original sessions for the album in 1985-86. The cover art for the album is a Davis original painting from the time.

                                                                                                                                                    “Uncle Miles would be proud. Randy, Zane and I, and everyone involved, put our heart and soul into ‘The Rubberband Of Life,’” says Wilburn, Jr.

                                                                                                                                                    In 2017 – 32 years after Davis started recording Rubberband– Hall, Giles, and – and Davis’ nephew, Wilburn, Jr., began work to finish the album. The final version includes several guest artists including singers Ledisi (a 12-time Grammy nominee) and Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway).

                                                                                                                                                    Davis – who plays both trumpet and keyboards on the album – was joined in the studio by keyboardists Adam Holzman, Neil Larsen and Wayne Linsey; percussionist Steve Reid; saxophonist Glen Burris; and Wilburn, Jr. on drums. The sessions were engineered by Grammy®-winner Reggie Dozier, whose brother Lamont Dozier was part of the legendary Motown song writing team Holland-Dozier-Holland.


                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    Patrick says: Miles' controversial and uber funky fusion LP "Rubberband" finally sees the light of day after 30-odd years, finished by original producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles as well as Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., who played drums on the original sessions. Davis' trumpet and wild keyboard are out of this world as per, but it's the Prince styled e-funk grooves which are gonna make you cut up the living room.

                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                    2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                    Arab Strap

                                                                                                                                                    The Week Never Starts Round Here - Remastered Edition

                                                                                                                                                      Twenty-three years after it first saw the light of day, Arab Strap’s debut album The Week Never Starts Round Here has been remastered and will see a late-summer release.

                                                                                                                                                      Recorded on the outskirts of Glasgow at MCM – where labelmates Mogwai and The Delgados also recorded their debuts and which would become the first iteration of Chemikal Underground’s sister operation Chem19 – the master tapes have been meticulously refreshed by original recording engineer Paul Savage.

                                                                                                                                                      The Week Never Starts Round Here contains arguably Arab Strap’s best-known song, ‘The First Big Weekend’, which they wrote during a B-side session after the album was supposedly finished.

                                                                                                                                                      Although the prime lyrical concerns are typical of the record’s twentysomething creators – alcohol, relationships, going out – Moffat repudiates any notion that the album was sloppily conceived. “We always had a sober and professional approach to recording,” he says. “You’re not there to fuck about – you’re there to work, and studio time is expensive.”

                                                                                                                                                      “It’s a very personal, almost insular record,” says Moffat, summing up The Week Never Starts Round Here. “It has a very distinct character and is unique, which is rare.”

                                                                                                                                                       “It’s a funny wee thing,” adds Middleton. “I’ll always love it because it’s our first, but also because it’s naive and cheeky. ‘Real’ musicians probably hate it, but its strength is its lack of technicality.”

                                                                                                                                                      Hip Hop's finest martial arts obsessives Wu-Tang cannot accurately be described without referencing one of the pillars in the Clan's discography; Chef Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" remains firmly planted as one of the defining triumphs in their artistic legacy. The oft referred "Purple Tape", has been cited and debated by many as the greatest Wu-Tang solo project to date (it's the second best, behind "Liquid Swords" - ed) and a remains a bullet point in any discussion involving the greatest "Cocaine Rap" or "Street Hop" albums of all time. Raekwon's narrative, plays out like a movie script from the violent, drug fueled, underbelly of New York City's criminal landscape, intricately woven over instrumentals from the legendary mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan, The RZA. Even the album's main feature "Tony Starks aka Ghostface Killer", referred to as such rather described as a "guest star" appearing on 12 of the albums 18 tracks.

                                                                                                                                                      It should be noted that while the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx did produce a string of successful singles, such as "Ice Cream", "Incarcerated Scarfaces", and "Criminology", like all classic cinema, the album was intentionally engineered to be appreciated in one sitting, played from beginning to end. In continuing with it's proud tradition of honoring historically significant hip hop albums, Get On Down presents Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx", back on double translucent purple vinyl. This edition features for the first time ever on vinyl, the formerly CD only bonus track, "North Star (Jewels)". And if that wasn't enough, the entire album also features completely enhanced and painstakingly remastered audio. This is the definitive must-own vinyl edition of Raekwon’s masterpiece. 

                                                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Purple vinyl pressing of 'The Purple Tape' - AKA the 3rd Greatest Hip Hop album of all time. (#1 "Enter The Wu Tang", #2 "Liquid Swords" FYI) Incredibly sounding even better nearly 25 years later, this classic has aged like a fine wine. If you're after lyrics, flow, hooks, beats and the finest document of street life, you got it son!

                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                      2xColoured LP Info: PURPLE VINYL EDITION!

                                                                                                                                                      By the time Busta Rhymes hit with his second solo album, “When Disaster Strikes”, he was already cemented as one of the most powerful voices in the rap game. With a lead single that countered that statement “Put Your Hands Where MY Eyes Can See” he proved he is more than just a one act man. The single was an immediate smash and was followed by an equally amazing album. The albums second single “Dangerous” continued to push Busta creatively and was accompanied with a stellar video gained him major air play on BET and MTV.

                                                                                                                                                      Critics and fans alike applauded this release for its depth and well-crafted songs which made it platinum at the time of its release. Songs like “Turn UP” the Flipmode assisted "We Could Take it Outside" and “Rhymes Galore” showcase Busta at his best; rapid fire delivery over hard pounding beats. Other stand out cuts include "So Hardcore" and “One” which is a great collaboration with Erykah Badu. On the production side Busta brings along his trusted team; Rashad Smith, Dilla, Rockwilder and DJ Scratch to serve him just what he needed for “When Disaster Strikes” to be full on dope! 

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                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Awwww sheeeit. Between the ages of 12 and 16 I reckon I played this album 6,783 times - and I still can't rap along to Busta's brilliant flow. This sophomore offering is fire from top to bottom and includes the Seals & Croft sampling "Put Your Hands", Al Green-flipping "Turn It Up" and whacked out boogie bomb "Dangerous".

                                                                                                                                                      Oasis

                                                                                                                                                      Definitely Maybe - 25th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                        Originally released on August 29th 1994, ‘Definitely Maybe’ was the fastest-ever selling debut album in the UK at the time, and marked the point when Oasis became a cultural phenomenon. The album went seven times platinum in the UK while selling over five million copies worldwide. The four singles – ‘Supersonic’, ‘Shakermaker’, ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol ‘ are established classics while songs that were never released outside of the album’s confines such as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ and ‘Slide Away’ also remain anthems and radio staples known to every generation of music fan.

                                                                                                                                                        ‘Definitely Maybe’ frequently appears on ‘best album of all time’ polls and is widely considered to be the best debut album ever made. A quarter of a century following its release, its songs sound as fresh and relevant as they did in 1994.

                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                        2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition silver coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                        Miriam Makeba

                                                                                                                                                        Pata Pata

                                                                                                                                                        Strut presents an all-time classic of South African music, the definitive remastered edition of Miriam Makeba’s ‘PataPata’, her first album recorded for Reprise in 1966. The album marked a significant international breakthrough for Makeba.

                                                                                                                                                        Moving to the US after the anti-apartheid film ‘Come Back, Africa’ gained international attention and staying there in exile, she quickly built her career in New York during the ‘60s, mentored by Harry Belafonte. Signing with Reprise after a period with RCA, she returned to one of her older songs: “I wrote ‘PataPata’ back in 1956, back in South Africa,” remembered Makeba in her autobiography. “It was a fun little song and I was thinking of a dance that we do at home (“pata” means ‘touch” in Zulu and Xhosa).”

                                                                                                                                                        Originally a hit in South Africa with her early vocal harmony group the Skylarks, the new recording, produced by Jerry Ragovoy, brought a lighter uptempoR’nB arrangement, adding some English lyrics. “It was my first truly big seller. All of a sudden, people who never knew I had been in America since 1959 were asking me to be on their television shows and play at their concert halls during 1967. In the discotheques, they invented a new dance called the ‘PataPata’ where couples dance apart and then reach out and touch each other. I went to Argentina for a concert and, across South America, they are singing my song.”


                                                                                                                                                        Strut present a new repress of the influential first volume of ‘Disco Not Disco’ compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary.

                                                                                                                                                        ‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook.

                                                                                                                                                        Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. 


                                                                                                                                                        Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                                        Cold Fact - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                          Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded "Cold Fact" - his debut album - in 1969, and released it in March 1970. It's crushingly good stuff, mixing soul, funk, rock and psychedelia and filled with tales of bad drugs, lost love, and itchy-footed songs about life in late 60s inner-city America. But the album sank without trace, thanks, in part, to some of Rodriguez's more idiosyncratic behavior, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout.

                                                                                                                                                          As his music career became a memory, Rodriguez's legend was growing – on the other side of the world. While in the UK and US the album gained a cult status, in South Africa "Cold Fact" had become a major word of mouth success, eventually going double platinum. Eventually Rodriguez was tracked down, re-launching his career in the late 90s and selling out 5000 capacity venues in South Africa.

                                                                                                                                                          Rodriguez

                                                                                                                                                          Coming From Reality - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                            Back in 1971, "Coming From Reality" was Rodriguez's last gasp, the follow-up to "Cold Fact" and the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once again, it's another treat for fans new and old, designed - at the time - as Rodriguez's vision of a perfect pop album.

                                                                                                                                                            "Coming From Reality" found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London's Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK's top talent including Chris Spedding (Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls "Coming From Reality" as his favourite ever recording project.

                                                                                                                                                            Highlights include the super-poppy "To Whom It May Concern", the "Rocky Raccoon"-inspired "A Most Disgusting Song" and period piece "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour".

                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl edition.

                                                                                                                                                            CD Info: Includes 3 bonus tracks.

                                                                                                                                                            Nirvana

                                                                                                                                                            Live And Loud - Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                              First-time stand-alone audio release of the Nirvana concert video LIVE AND LOUD from the MTV-shot performance in Seattle on 13th December, 1993 that was previously only available in the IN UTERO 20th anniversary Super Deluxe box from 2013.

                                                                                                                                                              There will be the 180-gram black audiophile 2LP vinyl edition in a gatefold jacket with replica backstage pass audio download card.

                                                                                                                                                              Limited 2019 edition of Manu Chao's 1998 LP, "Clandestino / Bloody Border", remastered for the first time on triple vinyl + CD with lots of bonus bits to enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                              A modern day traveler's global comfort, like finding a Bible in the bedside table, "Clandestino" defies cultural differences and boundaries and instead unites the world under one marijuana-patterned flag. As likely to soundtrack coffee mornings in the bohemian cafes of the Parvati valley as it is to light up the disco at your city's local Hatter's Hostel.... Manu Chao's distinct but unforced vocal delivery carrying the message of global unity and peace to all through some dazzling instrumental tracks. Every backpacker needs one! 


                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                              3xLtd LP Info: Double 12" 180g heavyweight black vinyl + bonus colored blue 10" in sleeve with no spine.
                                                                                                                                                              Gatefold sleeve.
                                                                                                                                                              CD included.

                                                                                                                                                              Reissued as part of Island’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Gregory Isaac’s "Night Nurse" is a definitive lovers rock / reggae album.  Title track "Night Nurse" was a global success on release in 1982 - yet the album is consistently strong throughout and features other Isaacs’ classics such as "Objection Overruled", (Balearic cross-over hit) "Cool Down The Pace" and "Hot Stepper". On the album Isaacs is backed by the Roots Radics - the allstar rhythm section who defined the sound of reggae in the 80s. It's produced by Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt and features no other than Wally Badarou on keyboards and synths! Isaacs doesn’t put a foot wrong on this album of classic lovers rock  – but what else would you expect from the man tagged The Cool Ruler. Recommended!

                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                              LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                              LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                              Morrissey

                                                                                                                                                              ¡The Best Of!

                                                                                                                                                                Following the launch of his solo career in 1988, “Moz” would spend the next 10 years composing and releasing six studio albums and a string of hit singles before going on a brief recording hiatus. On November 6, 2001, THE BEST OF MORRISSEY, a collection that brought together his most memorable work as a solo artist up to that point which was originally released on CD in North America only. In celebration of Morrissey’s career, we will revisit that classic compilation this year by releasing it, for the first time ever, on vinyl. THE BEST OF MORRISSEY will be available as a black double-LP.

                                                                                                                                                                All the other studio albums the singer released between 1988 and 1997 are represented on THE BEST OF MORRISSEY with “Sing Your Life” from Kill Uncle (1991), “Do Your Best And Don’t Worry” from Southpaw Grammar (1995) and “Alma Matters” from Maladjusted (1997). Other tracks on the collection include the non-album single “Sunny” and the B-sides “Sister I’m A Poet” and “Lost.”

                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                2xLtd LP Info: 2LP set in gatefold sleeve – 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                Though only 21 years of age, and still a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University, DSU is Alex G's fifth album. All recorded at home, almost exclusively solo, and, until recently, all self-released and available only via Bandcamp; the volume of his work online - combined with its vitality - has helped build a fervent cult fan base.

                                                                                                                                                                Wise beyond his years, Alex’s lyrics draw upon personal experiences whilst conveying something universal as if touching upon topics with a world-weary authority: the frustration that comes with dealing with reprobate friends, self-centred drug-use and the stinging loneliness of an unreciprocated affection all feature prominently. Like classic artists Neil Young and Alex Chilton, Alex’s songs are refreshingly robust and rapturous, with enough lo-fi grit to ground them in a sparse, impressionistic space.

                                                                                                                                                                Sonically, his palette fluctuates from the rolling rhythms of album opener 'After Ur Gone' to the distorted atmospherics of 'Hollow'; a shift that makes more sense when you realise Alex counts Silver Jews, Aphex Twin, Lucinda Williams and Boards of Canada amongst his diverse musical reference points. Everything is tied together by the ever present winding open spaces of his languid acoustic strums and the meandering melodies of that classic indie aesthetic. Lyrically each track on DSU - from the more intricate narrative of addictive highlight 'Harvey' to the overtly questioning elements of album closer 'Boy' - reveals just enough to embolden the listener to explore beneath its surface - making what they will of Alex's introspective musings.

                                                                                                                                                                Offering a sense of cathartic comfort in its moodiest moments, DSU is evidence of Alex G's pliable sound – one which has whole crowds singing his own words back to him with voracious intent. In the US the album has already been ecstatically received, earning Alex the accolade of “the Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” from The Fader while Rolling Stone named him “a bright new talent”.


                                                                                                                                                                Snail Mail

                                                                                                                                                                Habit - Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                                                                  Available in its first pressing for Matador Records, Snail Mail’s debut EP “Habit” serves as a nascent example of Lindsey Jordan’s extraordinary talent as a songwriter, singer and guitarist. The seven song disc features the six original 2016 tracks as well as “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” penned by K Records Band Courtney Love and recorded by Snail Mail in 2018, available on record for the first time. The EP features a full-color cover as it had originally been designed, and has been remastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters.

                                                                                                                                                                  Cabaret Voltaire

                                                                                                                                                                  1974-76

                                                                                                                                                                    A selection of material recorded by Cabaret Voltaire during the earlier and formative years of their existence. All of the recordings were done in an attic 10 feet by 6, on a domestic reel to reel tape recorder. A number of the recordings here were part of those which made up the now legendary limited edition cassette released by the band in 1976.

                                                                                                                                                                    Features all original Cabaret Voltaire members – Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, Chris Watson.


                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition transparent orange vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                    2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                    Frakkur

                                                                                                                                                                    2000 - 2004

                                                                                                                                                                      Frakkur was the artist name Jónsi used for his experiments in electronic music. Working on his own, either at home in Reykjavík, in hotel rooms on tour with Sigur Rós, or later at his boyfriend’s house in Boston, Jónsi spent endless hours diving into then-new bits of kit and programming, having fun and seeing how far he could push things.

                                                                                                                                                                      The legacy is three collections of work totalling 25 tracks collated into one triple album - each made a year or so apart, under slightly different circumstances and with different equipment.

                                                                                                                                                                      The oldest, 2000-2001, was made on Jónsi’s first PC laptop, named The Tank for its unwieldy size. The second, 2002-2003, was made in his small flat in the middle of Reykjavík, where he set up his first home studio in a cupboard, so that it could be packed away at night. The final part of the Frakkur trilogy, 2003-2004, was made in Cambridge, Mass. in breaks of Sigur Rós touring. His partner, Alex Somers, had by then introduced Jónsi to the programme Logic, and this he coupled with a Yamaha VSS-30 toy keyboard to sample his voice in what he describes as a spontaneous and exciting process.


                                                                                                                                                                      Jónsi & Alex Somers

                                                                                                                                                                      Riceboy Sleeps - 10th Anniversary Edition (2019 Analogue Remaster)

                                                                                                                                                                        Riceboy Sleeps is the debut studio album by Jónsi (Sigur Rós vocalist) & his partner Alex Somers, it was originally released in 2009. The album features acoustic instrumental music alongside the string quartet Amilina and the Kópavogsdætur Choir. To mark the 10th anniversary of Riceboy Sleeps, a limited vinyl including the original album plus the 33 minute All Animals EP is released.


                                                                                                                                                                        Crass

                                                                                                                                                                        Penis Envy

                                                                                                                                                                          Album has been remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, as close as possible to the sound of the original release. “As it was in the beginning”.

                                                                                                                                                                          Penis Envy, released in 1981, was the third LP by the anarchist punk band Crass. The album is included as #36 on Rolling Stones' "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time" list in 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                          Named as a reference to some of Freud's ideas concerning sexuality, this release marked something of a departure from the somewhat 'macho', 'hardcore punk' image that The Feeding of the 5000 and its follow up, Stations of the Crass, had to some extent given the group, for it featured more obviously complex musical arrangements, as well as exclusively female vocals by Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre (although Steve Ignorant remained a group member and is credited on the record sleeve as "not on this recording").

                                                                                                                                                                          The album addressed feminist issues and once again attacked the institutions of 'the system' such as marriage and sexual repression.

                                                                                                                                                                          The album was banned by the retailer HMV. During the mid-1980s, Greater Manchester Police under the direction of James Anderton seized copies along with other records by Crass and the Dead Kennedys, from Eastern Bloc record shop. Frank Schofield was charged with displaying "obscene articles for publication for gain". The band Flux of Pink Indians, its two record labels and its publishing company were also charged under the Obscene Publications Act. The judge ruled against Crass in the ensuing court case, although this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal, apart from the lyrics to one song, "Bata Motel". The heavy costs incurred by this episode were a contributing factor in Crass deciding to disband.

                                                                                                                                                                          Both the vinyl and CD feature fold-out poster sleeves and are exact replicas of the original pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                          CD Info: Fold-out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                          Crass

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes Sir, I Will

                                                                                                                                                                            Album has been remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, as close as possible to the sound of the original release.

                                                                                                                                                                            “As it was in the beginning”. Yes Sir, I Will was the fifth and penultimate album released in March 1983 by the anarcho-punk band, Crass.

                                                                                                                                                                            The album was essentially a bitter and virulent attack on then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and her government in the aftermath of the Falklands War and was set nearly wholly over a raging and an almost free-form improvised backing provided by the group's musicians. Many of the lyrics from this album are extracted from Penny Rimbaud's extended poem ‘Rocky Eyed’. The original vinyl release contained no banding between songs, thus presenting the contents as one long piece split over both sides, making it the longest punk song ever recorded (the CD release was tracked by individual song). Rimbaud summarised the album in an interview to Radio Free France:

                                                                                                                                                                            “The boundaries increasingly ceased to have any relevance - prior to the Falklands War, one naively believed that there were separations between 'this' and 'that' and that if you dealt with 'this' then you could do 'that'... like songs - each song had its own little separate thing to deal with and Yes Sir, I Will is a statement about the fact that there isn't any separation - that it's all one and the same thing, that there is no single cause or single idea - there's no-one else to blame but yourself. That you can't say, "Well let's now concentrate on the Northern Ireland problem", "let's now concentrate on the problem of sexual relationships"... you can't do that - everything now is one major problem and that problem stems from yourself.”

                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: Single black vinyl in fold out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                            CD Info: Fold-out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                            Crass

                                                                                                                                                                            Christ - The Album

                                                                                                                                                                              Album has been remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, as close as possible to the sound of the original release. “As it was in the beginning”.

                                                                                                                                                                              Christ – The Album is the fourth album by Crass, released in 1982. It was released as a boxed set double vinyl LP package, including one disk of new studio material and another, entitled Well Forked… But Not Dead, of a live recording of their June 1981 gig at the 100 Club in London along with other studio tracks, demos and tape fragments.

                                                                                                                                                                              The box also included a book, A Series Of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums (which featured Penny Rimbaud's essay "The Last of the Hippies", telling the story of the suspicious death of his friend Wally Hope) and a largesize poster painted by Gee Vaucher.

                                                                                                                                                                              Unlike previous Crass albums, Christ took almost a year to record, produce and mix, during which time the Falklands War had taken place. This caused Crass to fundamentally question their approach to making records. As a group whose very reason for existing was to comment on political issues, they felt they had been overtaken and made to appear redundant by real-world events.

                                                                                                                                                                              For subsequent releases, including the singles "How Does it Feel to Be the Mother of a Thousand Dead", "Sheep Farming In The Falklands" and the album ‘Yes Sir, I Will’, the band stripped their sound "back to basics" and they were issued as "tactical responses" to political situations.

                                                                                                                                                                              Christ - The Album is considered to be one of Crass' best recordings. In a retrospective article written for the album, Harry Sword of The Quietus.

                                                                                                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                              2xLP Box Set Info: Double vinyl boxset with book – replica of original first pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                              2xCD Box Set Info: Double CD boxset with book – replica of original first pressing.

                                                                                                                                                                              Crass

                                                                                                                                                                              Ten Notes On A Summer's Day

                                                                                                                                                                                Ten Notes on a Summer's Day was Crass's final album under the Crass name. It was released in 1986 and consists of a vocal and instrumental version of the same tracks in an avant-garde musical style.

                                                                                                                                                                                Recorded at Southern Studios in the Winter of 1984 / Summer 1985. Penny Rimbaud says in the liner notes: “Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left-wing, right-wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious.”

                                                                                                                                                                                In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established us as the thinking man’s bovver band, so Penis Envy broke the mould as an almost lyrical, yet still very angry piece of rock’n’roll feminism. And just as at the very time that the BBC thought us safe enough to be given airplay, so we ploughed in with Christ, The Album, an uncompromisingly avantgarde noise album which in its own way went a long way in redefining rock’n’roll’s limited parameters.

                                                                                                                                                                                Then, in much the same way as our fifth album, Yes Sir, I Will, owed more to free jazz than to rock, so Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day nudged itself towards modern European atonality, and us completely out of the rock’n’roll arena (as testified to by dramatically reduced record sales). In this sense, Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day truly was a swansong.”

                                                                                                                                                                                The vinyl edition comes in a single sleeve with printed inner – bag/insert. The CD comes in cardboard digipack type packaging.

                                                                                                                                                                                Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an unprecedented overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music – what can collectively be described as kankyō ongaku, or environmental music. The collection features internationally acclaimed artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi, as well as other pioneers like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yoshio Ojima and Satoshi Ashikawa, who deserve a place alongside the indisputable giants of these genres.

                                                                                                                                                                                In the 1970s, the concepts of Brian Eno’s “ambient” and Erik Satie’s “furniture music” began to take hold in the minds of artists and musicians around Tokyo. Emerging fields like soundscape design and architectural acoustics opened up new ways in which sound and music could be consumed. For artists like Yoshimura, Ojima and Ashikawa, these ideas became the foundation for their musical works, which were heard not only on records and in live performances, but also within public and private spaces where they intermingled with the sounds and environments of everyday life. The bubble economy of 1980s Japan also had a hand in the advancement of kankyō ongaku. In an attempt to cultivate an image of sophisticated lifestyle, corporations with expendable income bankrolled various art and music initiatives, which opened up new and unorthodox ways in which artists could integrate their avant-garde musical forms into everyday life: in-store music for Muji, promo LP for a Sanyo AC unit, a Seiko watch advert, among others that can be heard in this collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                Kankyō Ongaku is expertly compiled by Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) who, with a series of revelatory mixtapes as well as his label Empire of Signs (Music For Nine Postcards), has been instrumental in shepherding interest in this music outside of Japan. Together with Light In The Attic’s celebrated anthologies I Am The Center and The Microcosm, Kankyō Ongaku helps to broaden our understanding of this quietly profound music, regardless of the environment in which it’s heard.


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                                                                                                                                                                                Patrick says: Now, while the Japanese ambient revival has been going on for some years (check out essential reissues on Palto Flats, WRWTFWW, 17853) Light In The Attic steal a march on their competitors with this sublime compilation of obscurities from the Land of the Rising Sun. Wonderfully packaged, presented and curated, "Kankyo Ongaku" is a fitting companion to "I Am The Center" and the "Microcosm", exploring the New Age and ambient sounds of 80s Japan. Minimal, relaxing and utterly beautiful, this music is almost heavenly.

                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                2xDeluxe CD Info: 2xCD housed in a custom 7”x 7” hardbound book.

                                                                                                                                                                                3xLP Box Set Info: Vinyl repress!!
                                                                                                                                                                                Triple black vinyl LP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase.

                                                                                                                                                                                Selva Discos fulfills its duty of giving a new life to Fernando Falcão's long lost LPs with the reissue of his album Barracas Barrocas, originally released through Egberto Gismonti's cult record label Carmo in 1987. Somehow, an original copy of this album is even more elusive than its predecessor Memória das Águas and it is a pity that such a stunning piece of music was kept apart from listeners worldwide for so long.

                                                                                                                                                                                The follow-up to Memória das Águas was recorded in São Paulo after Fernando Falcão returned from his exile in France in 1984. In order to conceive Barracas Barrocas, the musician had the help of illustrious friends, such as singer-songwriter Alceu Valença and singer Tetê Espíndola, alongside brothers Myriam and Daniel Taubkin. At the time, Falcão was still using the sound sculptures he created for Memória das Águas, as he is credited in the liner notes for playing a "water orchestra" and his berimbau variant called balauê.

                                                                                                                                                                                Barracas Barrocas is an album that works as a more condensed and coherent artistic statement of Falcão's oeuvre. Lush strings, swelling brass, glowing production, and humming atmospheres fill the record, adding a beautiful yet subtly linked counterpoint to his previously explosive debut. It is very cinematic, sounding like the soundtrack of a play that only existed in the musician's mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                For this release, not only the sound was remastered but the artwork of Barracas Barrocas was completely and faithfully restored. Also, the reissue comes with unprecedented liner notes featuring rare photos of the musician and his sound sculptures plus an article that tells the story of Fernando Falcão after returning to Brazil following his exile – a story that has never been told, until now.

                                                                                                                                                                                The Teardrop Explodes

                                                                                                                                                                                Kilimanjaro - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kilimanjaro the debut album by the neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, which featured Julian Cope as its lead singer was released on 10 October 1980. It contains versions of the band’s early singles including ‘Sleeping Gas’, ‘Bouncing Babies’, ‘Treason’ their biggest hit, ‘Reward’. This new 180gm vinyl edition has been cut at Abbey Road and features the Kilimanjaro cover which was used when ‘Reward’ was added to the album.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Maps

                                                                                                                                                                                  We Can Create - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                    A hugely ambitious, widescreen and epic record that recalls everything from the far away electronics of Basic Channel and Carl Craig, through the skewed songwriting of Postal Service, Flaming Lips and Grandaddy to the euphoric sound-scapes of Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine, We Can Create is a work of heart stopping extremes.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The album was recorded without computers, preferring the painstaking process of splicing sounds together on MAPS’ battered 16 track recorder in his Northamptonshire bedroom, the results were subsequently co-produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bjork) and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Hope Of The States). The critically acclaimed album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2007.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                    2xLP Info: Limited to 1000 Copies on 70’s style green glass coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The Teardrop Explodes

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wilder - Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                      Wilder is the second album by neo-psychedelic Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, and the final completed album released by the group. This new 180gm vinyl version of the album was cut at Abbey Road and uses the original Inner bag as well as cover.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Maps

                                                                                                                                                                                      Turning The Mind - Special Edition Vinyl Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                        Turning The Mind, recorded with Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas) at the Contino Rooms in London, is Maps’second album from 2009 and followed the release of Maps’ Mercury Prize shortlisted debut We Can Create in 2007. Includes the tracks ‘I Dream of Crystal’, ‘Die Happy, Die Smiling’ and ‘Valium In The Sunshine’

                                                                                                                                                                                        “The tracks for this album never seemed to stop flowing from the day I began working on them, it is a true statement of Maps' music at this precise moment.”James Chapman aka Mapsin 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Maps has remixed Depeche Mode, Public Service Broadcasting, Susanne Sundfør, Moby, C Duncan, M83 and more.


                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP Info: Limited to 500 copies on orange vinyl .

                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Andrew WK

                                                                                                                                                                                        I Get Wet - Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                          The fan favorite semininal debut by Andrew W.K on vinyl for the first time in close to a decade. I Get Wet includes the anthems “Party Hard”, “She Is beautiful”, “Ready To Die” & “I Love NYC”.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The album comes housed in a completely upgraded gatefold jacket printed by Stoughton which includes spot gloss over the iconic bloody nose cover image to really make the cover art POP!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Andrew W.K. has a mission—to dirty up rock & roll, literally and figuratively. And while that may seem a sizeable task for one man to shoulder, consider that the Michigan-reared screamer has devoted the whole of his debut album I Get Wet to ecstatic celebration of the id. It’s a heck of an idea, and it’s brought W.K. the fawning adoration of the British press who, after enduring years of ambient art-rock inspired by paranoia about technology (you know who we mean), are rushing to embrace W.K.‘s credo that everyone should party till they puke.

                                                                                                                                                                                          W.K. stays on theme throughout I Get Wet’s 12 frenetic tracks—song titles like the aforementioned “Puke,” “It’s Time to Party,” “Party Hard,” and “Fun Night” pretty much make the point. But W.K.‘s more-is-more approach holds true of the music too—it’s cheesy new wave meets spiky metal but delivered with such self-conscious force that it’s almost bubblegum.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Think of the gargantuan riffs of “Detroit Rock City” smeared with Flock of Seagulls-style synth while some manic propagandist hollers himself hoarse over top. I Get Wet has one setting—loud—but not since the Stooges has unmitigated hedonism, and just plain headbanging, seemed like a plan. Mighty members of the three-finger devil salute fraternity, your soundtrack has arrived.


                                                                                                                                                                                          Joan As Police Woman

                                                                                                                                                                                          Real Life - Deluxe Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                            2006 debut album ‘Real Life’ is pressed on crystal clear vinyl and contains ‘I Defy’, co-written by and featuring Antony Hegarty.

                                                                                                                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                            Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Joan As Police Woman

                                                                                                                                                                                            To Survive - Deluxe Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘To Survive’ (2008) is reissued on sun / gold transparent vinyl and features the classic tracks ‘To America’ featuring Rufus Wainwright and ‘Honor Wishes’ featuring David Sylvian.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Joan As Police Woman

                                                                                                                                                                                              The Deep Field - Deluxe Coloured Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                ‘The Deep Field’ (2011) is released on orange transparent vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                2xColoured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                After a slightly dubious reissue a couple of years back, Numero treat Rupa Biswas' viral sensation "Disco Jazz" with their usual precision, care and respect, giving each of us the opportunity to own this masterpiece in lush HQ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Engineered at Calgary's Living Room in 1982, "Disco Jazz" was the only release Rupa put out, working with a crack team of Canadian disco muscle and Indian studio talent to create the perfect fusion dish. East meets West, guitar meets sarod, soul meets funk and psych meets disco as Rupa and her crew groove their way through four far out moments of dance floor brilliance. Opener "Moja Bhari Moja" locks us into a frankly irresistible bassline, before the wild guitar riffs, spectral synth lines and trippy sitar create a kaleidoscopic visionquest for our collective third eye. Rupa's echo drenched vocals arrive right on time to seal the deal and steal the show, securing the much coveted 'cosmic disco killer' title all records should aspire to. "East West Shuffle" does exactly what it says on the tin, fusing transcontinental tonalities into a smooth jazz funk simmer before "Aaj Shanibar" closes out the A-side with the kind of cinematic sunset disco all the Balearic heads go wild for. If it weren't for the expert tabla and psychedelic sitar, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was one of those flamenco disco bombs you'd hear in a peak time Mison set. Stretching itself suavely over the whole of the B-side, "Ayee Morshume" is the kind of cosmic disco journey only the most experienced trippers should attempt - a heads down, hands aloft groove-voyage through endless solos and enchanting vocals. Chances of finding an original copy are way beyond slim, and on the rare occasion they turn up on the second hand market you're looking at the top end of three figures. It's a special record, and you're never gonna get a better chance to bag a copy - don't sleep!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Patrick says: Numero rock our world with a much needed reissue of THE Indian disco holy grail, Rupa's magnificent "Disco Jazz". An East meets West affair, the LP combines Rupa's echoing vocals with slick disco grooves, spacey synths and all kinds of strung out psychedelia resulting in a cosmic bomb for the most enlightened of listeners. It's a must have!

                                                                                                                                                                                                More from the Mad Professor vaults this week via his esteemed Ariwa Sounds imprint. "Dubtronic" originates from 1998 and is a largely overlooked digital dub affair. Featuring the producer's hi-def multi-track production, the sounds are soaked in an ethereal & majestic quality - highly psychedelized environments for the advanced dub explorers out there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Mad Professor's productions are vastly spacious - even by dub's expansive standards - and this open-air freedom finds its perfect expression throughout the album's course; elevating the listener into infinite realms of hypno-dub soundscapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Side B sees the Prof delve into hybrid territory, mixing things up with jungle and electronica yet still keeping things deep, dread and dubwise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                An imperative release for anyone into experimental & electronic dub sounds!


                                                                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                Matt says: Mid to late '90s digi-dub, though pretty unfashionable until recently, is my ultimate jam! Possessing an extra-terrestrial etherealness and cavernously deep rooted, Mad Prof is one of the masters of the style, demonstrated perfectly here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Explosions In The Sky

                                                                                                                                                                                                How Strange, Innocence (Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Remastered, repackaged reissue celebrating the 20th anniversary of Explosions In The Sky. First time ever available on vinyl at retail stores. First time on vinyl since 2004. Packaged in a full-color heavyweight triple gatefold jacket w/ matte varnish, full color heavyweight insert, and custom vinyl etching.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The members of Explosions In The Sky played their first show, at the University of Texas’ student radio station, on July 4, 1999, under the short-lived moniker, Breaker Morant. A year later, they recorded their first album, How Strange, Innocence, over the course of two days, and made 300 CD-R copies to sell at shows and give to friends in their hometown of Austin, TX. In 2001, they signed to Temporary Residence Ltd., and released their breakthrough second album, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever, leaving the legend of How Strange, Innocence to proliferate on file-sharing and tape trading sites in a pre-iTunes and YouTube era. Following their third album, The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, the band released a single vinyl pressing of How Strange, Innocence as the debut release on a friend’s short-lived local imprint, Ruined Potential Records. Sold exclusively on a 2004 North American tour, the sole pressing of 300 sold out immediately, quickly becoming an urban legend for fans. Now, in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary, we are delighted to bring this treasured document of Explosions In The Sky’s humble beginnings back into the world. How Strange, Innocence – Anniversary Edition has been beautifully remastered by Heba Kadry – with vinyl lacquers cut by Bob Weston – and packaged in an incredible full-color, heavyweight triple-gatefold jacket with matte varnish, heavyweight full-color insert, and custom vinyl etching containing the charming story of How Strange, Innocence in the band’s own words. This is the definitive sound, look, and feel of the album that started one of the most inspiring and unique careers in modern underground music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Explosions In The Sky

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Rescue (Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Remastered, repackaged reissue celebrating the 20th anniversary of Explosions In The Sky. First time ever available on vinyl. Packaged in a full-color jacket w/matte varnish, full-color heavyweight inner sleeve, and full-color LP labels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Rescue is commonly referred to as Explosions In The Sky’s “secret album,” mostly due to the fact that since its initial limited mail-order only CD release in 2005, it has never been made commercially available on any format, in any store, anywhere in the world. In 2005 – after having toured the world for over a year straight in support of The Earth Is Not A Cold Place, and scoring the major motion picture, Friday Night Lights – Explosions In The Sky took the year off to physically, emotionally, and creatively recharge. It was during this period that they decided to try making an entire album in a method that was totally foreign to them: Quickly, and loosely. They came up with the idea to compose, rehearse, record, and mix an entirely new song each day for eight days in a row. They kept the rules simple and strict: the song had to be crafted from start to finish in one day, and could not be revisited once that day was done. The band would produce, record, and mix everything themselves in their own homes, without outside assistance or interference. With such rigid parameters, the expectations were kept suitably low. The quality of the album that bloomed was startlingly high. The songs had a lightness and unruliness that starkly contrasted their catalog, while maintaining the same emotional resonance that had already become a trademark of their music. The Rescue – Anniversary Edition has been beautifully remastered from the original 24-bit stereo mixes by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering. The vinyl lacquers have been cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The record was pressed onto audiophile-quality 100% virgin vinyl at Record Technology Inc., and is packaged in a full-color jacket with a full-color heavyweight inner sleeve featuring the hand-written story of The Rescue, as told by the band upon its completion in 2005. This is the long-overdue, definitive presentation of a rare but requisite piece of Explosions In The Sky’s remarkable history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Opaque Dusty Orange Coloured Vinyl, limited to 4000 copies worldwide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Florence + The Machine

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lungs - 10th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Florence + The Machine's seminal debut album Lungs, UMC are proud to release this special edition limited burgundy coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Originally released on 3rd July 2009, Lungs was an immense debut, spending 89 weeks in the UK top 40. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize and won British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards in 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Burgundy coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coloured LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Sweet And Nice" is the vital debut album from Jamaica’s undisputed first lady of song Marica Griffiths. It’s reggae at its most soulful. Slinking through a tight ten tracks of R&B and pop-sourced material, it became an instant best seller. 45 years after its initial release the LP is available again on vinyl as a double LP and remastered to sound sweeter than ever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Sweet And Nice" has appeared over the years with a revised running order and under different titles. But the original’s opening sequence of loping soul is legendary, even beyond reggae circles. These songs are now returned to how they were presented on that first Jamaican release, and under their intended album title.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marcia’s version of “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” has long been lusted after, played by genre-hopping selectors to snapping necks for decades now. It’s followed by the sophisticated, rollicking wah-wah funk of “Everything I Own” and the slice of smooth lovers soul par excellence that is “Green Grasshopper” and her ace, lilting Neil Diamond cover “Play Me”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The thundering, humid funk of “Children At Play” 'sounds uncannily like a precursor of Massive Attack', as FACT Mag astutely noted when they put "Sweet And Nice" at number 16 in their list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. Otherworldly, moody and essential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Side two keeps the fire burning. “Sweet, Bitter Love” should leave you swooning, and is also one of the album’s alternate titles. Curtis Mayfield’s already-eternal “Gypsy Man” is up next, recast as proto-lovers rock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “There’s No Me Without You” is elevated to canonical status by the majestic, forlorn horns of the Federal Soul Givers and Marcia’s heartbreaking delivery. And if this doesn’t get you then surely the next track will: arguably the definitive version of Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. Yes, seriously.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “I Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” re-takes its rightful place at the end of the LP’s second side… but we couldn’t leave it at that. So we added an entire second record of rare material recorded around the same time as "Sweet And Nice", much of it unavailable since it was originally released. Some of these songs have only ever been found on now unattainable 7" singles and no, rarity doesn’t always correspond with quality, but in this case we’re talking about some seriously jaw-dropping music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Amongst 14 extra tracks you’ll find the exquisite late-60s singles “Melody Life” and “Mark My Word” which, along with the sumptuous reading of “Band Of Gold”, are now £100 records, if you can find them! Just sayin’. There‘s also a fantastic version of “The First Cut Is the Deepest” and an alternate take of “Play Me” with producer Lloyd Charmers adding his own vocals.


                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sanford Clark

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They Call Me Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Propelled by his 1956 Lee Hazlewood- produced hit “The Fool,” Sanford Clark was already a rockabilly legend in his own right by the time he swapped his hair gel and switchblade for a pair of cowboy boots on They Call Me Country. Recorded between 1965-67 and originally released as a series of singles for Phoenix’s Ramco label, the 12 tracks on this LP borrow Bakersfield’s outlaw sound and ignore Nashville’s countrypolitan flair, standing as a true lost masterpiece of country music’s third generation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clark’s booming baritone tells tales of bar fights, heartaches, and drinking til you can’t stand, while Waylon Jennings provides a backdrop of fuzzed out guitar twang. Mastered from the original session tapes and back on vinyl for the first time since the Nixon administration. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pastor T.L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do Not Pass Me By Vol II

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The sequel to Pastor Barrett’s landmark 1971 masterpiece "Like A Ship…", "Do Not Pass Me By" finds the young Chicago preacher and his Youth for Christ Choir continuing their genre-bending spiritual journey. Heavy drums, soaring falsettos, euphoric tambourines, sharp horns, and Barrett’s unwavering devotion dance around a 40-piece choir, working together to form sanctified slab of gospel funk. Pressed in a minuscule quantity in 1973, "Do Not Pass Me By" was sold primarily from the pulpit of Barrett’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church, disappearing into Chicago’s south side for 45 years before Numero’s excavation. The ten-song album has been remastered, it’s generic album cover updated to match Barrett’s vision. On the back of the jacket, he insisted on the following words: 'After listening to this album you will be glad that you did not pass it by!'

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: Devoit Pastor T.L Barrett made some of the finest funk and gospel to emanate from the Pentacostal church; which Numero have hadily excavated for us here... All rejoice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Often regarded as Japan’s first female singer-songwriter, Sachiko Kanenobu created an enduring legacy with Misora, a timeless classic of intricate finger-picking, gently soaring melodies, and rustic Laurel Canyon vibes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Originally released in 1972 on URC (Underground Record Club), one of Japan’s first independent record labels, the Haruomi Hosono-produced album remains one of the most beloved works to come out of Japan’s folk and rock scenes centered around Tokyo and Kansai areas in the early 1970s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kanenobu made her songwriting and recording debut as part of Himitsu Kessha Marumaru Kyodan, whose sole single was released on URC in 1969. After years of being pushed aside by the label in favor of newer male artists who were more 'folky' in a traditional sense, it was her friendship with the groundbreaking band and labelmate Happy End that ultimately helped her secure the opportunity to record a solo album. With Hosono on board as producer, Kanenobu spent seven days recording the songs that would become "Misora", with most songs recorded in a single take.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        By the time "Misora" was released in September 1972, Kanenobu was gone. She had left for America, eager to start a new life with Paul Williams, a music writer who had founded Crawdaddy Magazine in 1966. Without the artist to promote it, '“Misora" was asleep for a long time,' she said. Meanwhile Kanenobu settled near Sonoma in Northern California, retiring from music and concentrating on raising her two children. It wasn’t until Philip K. Dick, the famed writer and family friend, heard "Misora" and encouraged her to get back into music, that Kanenobu felt the urge to pick up the guitar again. Soon new songs started flowing, and Dick helped finance a single for Kanenobu in 1981. He was committed to producing a full length when he died unexpectedly in 1982.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        While she enjoyed success (especially in Germany) with her hard-hitting group Culture Shock in the 1980s, and continued to release albums in American and in Japan in the 1990s, it’s "Misora" that keeps coming back to her. Every few years a new generation of fans discover the album. Devendra Banhart, Jim O’Rourke, Steve Gunn, and many others continue to tout its greatness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kanenobu played a series of sold-out homecoming shows in Japan in 2018, playing "Misora" in its entirety. Surviving members of Happy End came out to support, some even playing in her backing band. Audience members included old and young, some young enough to be her grandchildren. 'I love it,' she said. 'They love Misora, they’ve heard it so many times. And here it rose from death…because for them, they can’t believe it- she’s still alive!'


                                                                                                                                                                                                        This vinyl only "When it Falls" re-issue will mirror the original release, cut over 4 sides and using the original artwork but now pressed on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Cutting is by engineer Kevin Metcalfe using his original cutting notes. The vinyl LP has been discontinued and second-hand copies of the original pressing are changing hands on Ebay and Discogs for upwards of £100!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "When It Falls" was a Top 10 album, peaking at No. 4 in the UK album charts and spent 24 weeks in total in the charts. It has sold over a quarter of a million copies. Stateside the album entered the Billboard Dance / Electronic chart at #3 and stayed in the Top 20 of that chart for almost thirteen months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Singles taken from the original album include “Home” with Tina Dico on vocal duties, “Warm Sounds” featuring Mozez. Sia and Sophie Barker also feature on the album, on tracks “Somersault”, “In Time” and “Speed Dial No. 2”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "When It Falls" is a timelessly classic album from a seminal electronic band and the essential soundtrack to any laidback summer chilling.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        This Special Edition release artwork will have a premium, luxury feel as it reworks the original artwork but this time using a metallic foil blocked finish. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: I'd just moved to Manchester when this came out and it soundtracked its fair share of bleary-eyed morning afters. Now back in all its former glory you too can re-live a slow Sunday morning with the curtains closed shut, safe in the bussom of this wonderful album.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sigur Rós

                                                                                                                                                                                                        22° Lunar Halo - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Music from throughout Sigur Rós’s career, twisted, bent, broken, and finally added to in the band’s Rey-kjavík studio, to create a new perspective for a dance piece of the same title initiated and created by Taiwanese choreographer CHENG Tsung-Lung. Musical director Kjartan Holm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Originally released on Record Store Day, 22° Lunar Halo returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sigur Rós

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Variations On Darkness - Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A score of high Nordic drama drawing on unreleased Sigur Rós material and multi-tracks from the band’s catalogue. Premiered at Norđur Og Niđur Festival, to soundtrack performances from the Icelandic Dance Company. Arranged by Valdimar Johansson, choreographed by Erna Ómarsdóttir. Originally released on Record Store Day, Variations on Darkness returns with new artwork, reversed in colour and printed in special ink. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mantronix - King Of The Beats - Anthology 1985-1988

                                                                                                                                                                                                            How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it hip hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above… or none?. It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multi-faceted sound as well as their ability to bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be remembered as musical innovators and sub-genre pioneers. Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 1980s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut ‘Mantronix: The Album’ shot to commercial success on the strength of their debut single ‘Fresh Is The Word’. The influence of this groundbreaking debut is still felt in popular music today, having been sampled by the likes of Beastie Boys, Beck, The Prodigy and more. Kurtis Mantronik was also as dangerous behind the desk as he was behind the boards. Working as A&R for Sleeping Bag while signed to the label, Mantronik also helped recruit, sign, and produce for artists such as T La Rock and Just-Ice. Notable records from this era include Just Ice's ‘Cold Gettin’ Dumb’ and ‘Back To The Old School’ as well as T La Rock's ‘Breaking Bells’. Now available for the first time ever, ‘King of the Beats - Anthology 1985-1988’ is a carefully curated double LP compilation combining the best of Mantronix's work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start - this is the collection to wrap your ears around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            2xColoured LP Info: New version Pressed On Limited Edition White Vinyl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our review from 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            That's right, ambient maverick, electronic legend, jungle revivalist and abstract jazzer Four Tet is back with his first full length (longer than two conceptual suites) LP of brand new material in four years. Leaving the archival "0181" to one side, Kieran's last two LP outings were the extended and mind expanding ethno-lectronica of "Morning / Evening" and the dislocated, narcotic and blunted jungle of "Beautiful Rewind". Much to the delight of the KH traditionalists out there (cough...Barry) there's nary a spinback in sight on the blissful "New Energy", the producer opting instead to stroll calmly through the ambient pads, twinkling sequences and sublime textures which kept us company from "Everything Ecstatic" through to "There Is Love In You". Float away on the chilled waters of "Alap", nod along to the harp-led downbeat of "Two Thousand And Seventeen" and smile along to the soft focus stylings and pastoral glitch of "LA Trance". The B-side brings the "Ringer" style hypno-rhythm and "Love In You" beauty of "Lush", before darting off into the skitterish BOC beat space of the jazz flecked "Scientists". Boasting subtle breakbeats, cinematic swells and pulsating electronics, not to mention a bewitching kalimba refrain, "You Are Loved" sees out the first disc in sublime fashion. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Onto the second platter and "SW9 9SL" (a nod to Four Tet's Brixton Academy all nighters) is a streamlined club banger decorated by shuffling percussion, rumbling bass and a massive, hands aloft breakdown. "10 Midi" offers a moment of calm after that dancefloor burner and leads nicely into the harpy downbeat of "Memories". Referencing the mantra like vocals of "Morning/ Evening" and "There Is Love...", "Daughter" is a gossamer blend of reversed vocals, cascading melodies and soothing bass - the perfect companion to the astral, ethno-techno of "Planet". Pulsating space sounds, scattered vocals and trilling kora dip in and out of the spectral arps, riding a sturdy 4/4 thump into the furthest reaches of our galaxy. All that remains is to buy yourself a copy, sit comfortably by the speakers and rest easy in the knowledge Four Tet's done it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Earth Rot is visionary composer / arranger / producer David Axelrod’s third album, and the last of his Capitol trilogy. Recorded as a concept album about the decrepit state of the environment in 1970 Los Angeles, and scheduled for release on the first Earth Day, it marks a departure for Axelrod’s signature sound, which would take on a jazzier feel in the 1970s. The instrumental version of Earth Rot was first issued by Now-Again , overseen by the label’s Eothen Alapatt in conjunction with Axelrod’s estate as a limited double LP offering. The instrumentals are now available for the first time ever as a stand-alone LP. The master was approved by Axelrod’s son Michael, who adapted ancient lyrics for the album in one of three collaborative projects he did with his father. Contains a 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview. “There are very few people who see the Grand Picture of the Universe and understand the Nothingness that it all comes from. There are even fewer who can express these ideas through music - David could do it all.” T-Ray. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LP Info: Comes Packaged In A Gatefold Jacket With A 28-Page Booklet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Takayuki Shiraishi

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Missing Link

                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the short time since Mule Musiq turned their attention towards the exquisite archival gems of their native Japan, the Studio Mule offshoot has explored modal, free and funky jazz (Mitsaki Katayama, Eiji Nakayama, Doctor Umezu Diva) and Balearic bossa (Atlas) through a string of high quality reissues. Here they dive headlong into the otherworldly electronics of Japan's new wave scene, specifically the crazed musical mind of BGM founder Takayuki Shirashi. Since its release in 1980 on Vanity Records, the one and only BGM LP "Back Ground Music" has become one of the most sought after gems from this fertile era of the Japanese underground, and Shirashi's later work as Arc, MLD and Planetoid is held in equal regard. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Archival rather than a reissue, "Missing Link" is a collection of unreleased recordings from the late 80s and sees Shirashi enjoying complete creative freedom, cooly switching between dark new wave grooves, motorik rhythms, screeching post punk guitars and blasts of wild experimental electronics. To try and explain the deep diversity we're dealing with, "Eardrum" reframes jazz tonalities in an electronic context, "Down The Stairs" is a classic synth funk groove a la Material and "Dark Sea" drifts through the cosmos with contemplative electronics - and that's only the first three tracks. If you're a fan of Japanese new wave, cosmic electronics or general weirdshit, you'll be all over this. 


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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Patrick says: Ahead of their reissue of the majestic "Back Ground Music" LP, Studio Mule take an archival journey through founder member Takayuki Shiraishi's unreleased work from the late 80s. Pulling from krautrock, new wave, post punk and experimental electronics, the Japanese legend lays out 13 tracks of weird, whacked out and wonderful synth jams, each excellent in its own psychedelic way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Road (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Originally released in January 2010, Mute / BMG are set to release an exclusive version of the acclaimed soundtrack ‘THE ROAD’ available on vinyl for the very first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (author of ‘No Country For Old Men’) ’The Road’ is an epic post-apocalyptic tale of survival of a father and his young son journeying across a barren America destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of….

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, of the internationally celebrated bands Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three and Grinderman, have created an evocative score featuring violin and piano with beautiful fleeting melodies and eerie sound loops filled with terror and suspense. Cave and Ellis have previously scored John Hillcoat's critically acclaimed 2005 Australian 'Western', The Proposition’ and Andrew Dominik’s 2007 savage tale of the true west ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford’, both reissued on Colour LP by Mute/BMG in the last year.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited edition grey smoke coloured vinyl with a gatefold sleeve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iggy Pop & James Williamson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kill City

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Released on Bomp in 1977, Kill Ciy captures Iggy Pop in a rare moment of vulnerability and few can argue that in terms of the quality of material and the strength of Iggy's voice, this is an overlooked achievement. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kill City helped bridge Iggy Pop's musical career from the drug-fueled and blazing rock of the Stooges (Raw Power, etc.) to his artier (but just as influential and passionate) David Bowie-produced solo albums (The Idiot and Lust for Life). After the Stooges broke up for good in 1974, Iggy (who was depressed, suicidal, and addicted to hard drugs) checked himself into a mental hospital to straighten out. When he emerged sober, Iggy hooked up with ex-Stooges guitarist James Williamson and began collaborating on demos. The duo tried to land a record contract on the strength of the compositions, but failed to do so. Although it's not as jaw-dropping as the releases listed above, Kill City certainly has its moments. And surprisingly, the songs sound more like laid-back Stones rockers than what the duo was known for at the time (which was barely containable near-heavy metal).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are a couple of Stooges leftovers ("Johanna" and "I Got Nothin") which lack the bite of the originals, but make up for it in Iggy's heartfelt vocals. The title track opens the album, with the lyrics painting a picture of a desperate and dangerous metropolis, and musically is the closest to the classic Stooges sound. Iggy and James' admiration of Jagger and Richards shows on the tracks "Sell Your Love," "Lucky Monkeys," and the instrumental "Night Theme." Also, synthesizers and keyboards are featured on "Master Charge," signaling the new direction Iggy would soon embark on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive, limited to 200 copies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1975, Pepe Willie booked time at Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis to demo five original compositions. Known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5” these recordings showcase a 16-year-old guitar prodigy named Prince Rogers Nelson. A crucial document concerning the origins of the Minneapolis Sound, the B-side boasts instrumental versions of each infectious tune, providing an even greater vantage point from which to admire the Purple One’s expressive playing style, already evident in his teenaged years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Earth Rot" is visionary composer / arranger / producer David Axelrod’s third album, and the last of his Capitol trilogy. Recorded as a concept album about the decrepit state of the environment in 1970 Los Angeles, and scheduled for release on the first Earth Day, it features choral vocals and marks a departure for Axelrod’s signature sound, which would take on a jazzier feel in the 1970s. This definitive version of "Earth Rot", overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt in conjunction with Axelrod’s estate is an audiophile reissue, with the vocal version lacquered directly from Axelrod’s original master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. The master was approved by Axelrod’s son Michael, who adapted ancient lyrics for the album in one of three collaborative projects he did with his father. Contains a 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview. “There are very few people who see the Grand Picture of the Universe and understand the Nothingness that it all comes from. There are even fewer who can express these ideas through music - David could do it all.” T-Ray. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LP Info: Comes Packaged In A Gatefold Jacket With A 28-Page Booklet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Originally released in 2008, this is the first time "The Holy Pictures" has been available on vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "The Holy Pictures" is an album whose incubation has lasted almost the entire length of Holmes' career.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To cut straight to Holmes' own words, The story of this album really began on the 4th of August 1996, when my mother, Sarah Holmes, passed away. I had always wanted to make a record about my life in Belfast and all the things attached to that - family, friends, loss, love and starting a family of my own. All the stuff that shapes the person you become.' Personal themes as a basis for creative work proved to be challenging though, hence "The Holy Pictures" brewing for a period of over a decade while Holmes carried on with his eclectic and productive career to date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The record features Holmes’ on vocals for the first time including on standout track "I Heard Wonders" which was a significant part of the soundtrack to the memorable 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony. Influenced as much by JAMC as it is by Brian Eno and Neu!, the album is now released on vinyl for the very first time, on heavyweight 180gsm vinyl and includes an MP3 download card.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “For those not familiar with David Holmes, ready yourself for damascene conversion.” BBC, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Understated grace, bathed in a warm sodium glow” Guardian - 4/5, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “As with everything else David Holmes turns his hand to, this is an entertaining, and sometimes surprising, listen - it might be his best effort yet” Line Of Best Fit – 78/100, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I Heard Wonders' (is a) standout, blissed-out epic suggestive of U2 tangling with The Jesus And Mary Chain” Q - 4/5, 2008.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Andy says: Vintage Holmsey! Only this ain't been out before! Shelved for over a decade, it seems perfectly timed for these crazy days ahead!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! Tommy Guerrero’s much-loved 4th LP – the smooth West Coast classic From The Soil To The Soul - gets its first ever vinyl release. As the follow up to his revered Soul Food Taqueria, this album was originally released by Quannum Records 2006 but only on CD. Working with Tommy directly, the LP has been fully remastered, cut on to heavyweight wax, and comes with artwork freshly reworked by the man himself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From The Soil To The Soul represents a continuation of Tommy’s blissful guitar-soul whilst demonstrating increasingly complex chops and a slightly darker side to his distinctive sound. His spare, effortless funk is blended here with elements of Americana, heavy psych, lo-fi fuzz and intoxicating Latin rhythms. Combined with his typically breezy, laid-back San Franciscan style, it’s a vibe from start to finish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Recorded primarily in his home studio, Tommy wrote, arranged and played nearly all the instruments, including bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion and kalimba. Renowned street artist Barry McGee, aka Twist, designed the cover art which Tommy has now recast in a deep, deep red for the vinyl version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As ever with Tommy, the highlights are many and memorable. From twinkling, sun-drenched opener “Hello Again” to the penultimate, punk-rocking track “Let Me In Let Me Out” (featuring the melodic yet fearsome rapping of Lyrics Born), the variety across the LP is relentless, but satisfying, and without once losing focus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We’re treated to the gorgeous hip-hop blues of “The Under Dog”, Meters-style Hammond B-3 jams like “War No More” and “No Guns More Glory” and Balearic bangers like Bing Ji Ling’s star-turn on the sleazy “Don’t Fake It.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Curumin’s soulful guest vocal elevates the already-great Brazilian lounge feels of “Salve” to hitherto unscaled heights and the heavy, driving basslines - funky and warm on “Badder Than Bullets”, sombre and intense in “Tomorrow’s Goodbye” and “Molotov Telegram” – never fail to move both body and soul.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But our favourite track is the beautiful breezy pop of “Just Ain’t Me”. A bittersweet, skipping ballad which boasts an incredibly rare instance of Tommy singing. “What you want from me, I can never give” he repeats throughout, lending the already-melancholic atmosphere greater poignancy. It would’ve been number 1 across the planet in a parallel universe.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David says: First time on vinyl for Tommy's seminal fourth album and Be With's third release of the week. Remastered and reworked with the help of the man himself. Unmissable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ltd LP Info: Remastered, 180g vinyl, first time on vinyl!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crosby, Stills & Nash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Crosby, Stills & Nash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Summer of ’69 campaign are proud to announce the release of Crosby ,Stills and Nash’s debut album on a Burgundy vinyl for this year’s campaign. The album established the supergroup as the most exciting new act of the year, with the group winning best new artist at the 1970 Grammy Awards for their efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The self-titled album first album features the classic ‘couch cover’ and also Includes the hit singles ‘Marrakesh Express’ and ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Coloured LP Info: Burgundy Vinyl - Special Stoughton Gatefold / LP Insert on textured paper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bernard Herrmann

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marnie - OST (Super Deluxe Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the first time ever and from the original master tapes... A super deluxe soundtrack package featuring the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1964 Alfred J. Hitchcock production.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Sandy) Alex G

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem 'Forever', the dreamy and surreal 'Animals' and the charmingly lo-fi 'Change'. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trick continues to showcase a prodigious song-writing talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP Info: Repress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP Info: Repress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brian Eno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks - Extended Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A whole disc of new music, plus Eno’s seminal original album re-mastered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks" was written, produced and performed by Brian Eno together with his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. The music was originally recorded in 1983 for the landmark feature-length documentary ‘For All Mankind’, which was directed by American journalist, film director and screenwriter Al Reinert. The film features 35mm footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing with real-time commentary, as well as the Apollo astronauts sharing their recollections of the momentous events surrounding it. An extended edition of the album will be released on July 19th in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This very special anniversary release features the original album remastered by Abbey Road's Miles Showell, as well as an accompanying album of 11 new instrumental compositions that reimagine the soundtrack to ‘For All Mankind’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The music from the original album is highly recognizable, and tracks from it have been streamed in excess of 300 million times. Since its release, many of the songs from "Apollo" have found a life of their own, featuring in any number of films, television shows and commercials – most notably ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Traffic’, ‘28 Days Later, ‘Drive’ and ‘Love’. ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ was also used in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. The 11 new tracks on "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks" find Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno working collectively for the first time since the original album in 1983. Lanois contributed 3 compositions; "Capsule", "Last Step From The Surface" and "Fine-grained", while Roger Eno’s are "Waking Up", "Under The Moon" and "Strange Quiet".


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barry says: There aren't many things in this world that can compete with me for 'The Best Things To Have Come Out On The 30th Of June 1983', but 'Apollo...' is one of them. In classic Eno fashion, this is a well balanced juxtaposition of plaintive piano and expertly crafted walls of tectonic synth (both monolithic and near-weightless) and Eno's legendary skill at balancing the two. This extended edition is without a doubt, an essential item for fans or ambient explorers alike. Stunning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xLtd LP Info: 180gm double black vinyl with a gatefold sleeve and download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xDeluxe CD Info: Limited edition deluxe 2CD format including a 24-page full-colour hardcover book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2xCD Info: Standard 2CD edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Specials

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Encore - Double Red Vinyl Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Specials, one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time, release “Encore”, their first new music for 37 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, and also marks 10 years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Special limited edition version, includes 'Best Of The Specials, Live'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Crass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stations Of The Crass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One Little Indian are proud to announce that they will be distributing entire Crass Catalogue on behalf of Crass Records.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Album has been remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, as close as possible to the sound of the original release. “As it was in the beginning”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stations of the Crass is the second album by Crass, released in 1979. The record, originally released as a double 12", includes live tracks from a gig recorded at the Pied Bull pub in Islington, London, on August 7, 1979.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Buffalo Springfield

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Buffalo Springfield Again - Stereo Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buffalo Springfield are proud to announce the re-release of their second album on 1 black heavy-weight vinyl disk, and features the biographical single ‘Mr Soul’ which addresses Neil Young’s own disillusionment with fame and stardom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The album was universally critically acclaimed, receiving a 5 star review from AllMusic and also featuring within the top 200 of Rolling Stone’s best 500 Albums list. This is another stereo breakout from the Buffalo Springfield boxset.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buffalo Springfield

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last Time Round Last Time Around - Stereo Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buffalo Springfield are proud to announce the re-release of the third and final album from the band which was originally released in 1968. The title come on one heavyweight black vinyl disk and includes ‘On the Way Home’ and ‘The Hour of Not Quite Rain’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hamell On Trial

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Choochtown - 20th Anniversary Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ed Hamell on ‘Choochtown’: “I was living in Brooklyn, constantly on the road, and been dropped from my major label deal on Mercury/Universal. I really had nothing to lose and I was very inspired, if I remember, by the movie Pulp Fiction and the Biggie Smalls record: Ready To Die. I recorded anywhere I could. My friend Billy Nicgorski had an analog one inch studio in his basement, his younger brother had a band and I would use them. I also did a bunch of it in my basement in Brooklyn which had a dirt floor and I set the recording gear up on plastic paint pails. Used them as drums sometimes too. I released it on my own label Such-A-Punch and it got licensed to Evangeline in the UK where it got rave reviews and established my career over there. After all the press I got for my first two albums on a major I couldn’t get shit over here in the States, only that CMJ magazine which took their silliness pretty seriously who basically said, ‘We don’t know what it is but it’s art.’ Duh. I’m pretty proud of all my records, I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve always been able to maintain complete creative control but this one I was particularly proud of because every inch of it, from the recording which one track as you’ll see was recorded on my boom box, to the artwork, was all mine.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suicide

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suicide - Art Of The Album Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    By the Summer of 1969 the US hippie dream lay in tatters but the cultural influence exerted by New York City would echo loudly through the decades that followed and no louder than it did with the incendiary electronic NYC duo, Suicide, who came to notoriety nearly a decade later. If dismissive at first, the music press have gone through something of a dramatic U-turn in more recent years with many mainstream publications now regarding Suicide’s 1977 debut as a stone cold classic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It sits at #39 in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums Of The 1970s; it placed at #441 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time; and reached #236 in NME’s The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Four decades later, we are only just now counting the positive cost of their influence across genres such as techno, noise, electro clash, goth, synth pop, psych and industrial. However, a sense of their vital impact can be discerned from the number of cover versions of Suicide tracks there are delivered by the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Peaches and R.E.M. Elsewhere they have had been praised widely by Nick Cave, Jim Thirlwell and M.I.A. and count Jason Pierce (Spacemen 3/ Spiritualized), Lydia Lunch, Nik Void of Factory Floor and Savages as fans. This Art Of The Album edition of Suicide sees the record remastered and presented in its original form and packaging, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ltd LP Info: Deluxe edition celebrating the album as an art form, with in-depth liner notes covering the context, craft, impact and legacy of the album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plus exclusive 12" sleeve art print.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Limited edition red vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Neil Young

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dead Man: A Film By Jim Jarmusch (Music From Motion Picture)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Re-release of the classic Neil Young album, Dead Man – A Film by Jim Jarmusch Music from and inspired by the Motion Picture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The self-titled LP, originally released on Salsoul in August 1981, is one of the greatest albums of the post-disco era. It’s one of Be With’s favourite ever LPs and they're on a mega-buzz to give it the reissue treatment. With all the touchstones of Burgess’s finest work - breezy grooves, undulating synths, funk-drenched bass and life-affirming lyrics - delivered with gospel-derived vocals and harmonies - it’s a record to uplift both body and spirit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Already a cult soul figure as lead singer of seminal vocal group Black Ivory, Leroy Burgess cut his teeth as arranger, vocalist and songwriter with legendary producer Patrick Adams on essential late-70s projects like Phreek and Dazzle. He went on to define the essence of “boogie”: the vibrant underground dance sound that stood in contrast to commercial disco. With its reduced speed - mid-90 to under 110 BPM - the cool boogie of Burgess has the disco bounce, just more laidback.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All six tracks here could have been stand alone 12" hits. Indeed, some of them were. But together they are also an incredibly cohesive album, where all the compositions are deeply relevant to each other. In short, it’s essential; a thrilling showcase for Burgess’s finest arranging and production work - with his vocals at their euphoric peak alongside the inventive rhythm section of Aaron (Sonny) T. Davenport on drums and James Calloway on bass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Opener “(You’ve Got) That Something” is a balmy sunshine groover with an insistent chorus whilst the timeless vocal of “Dancing Into The Stars” - married to percolating synth and airtight drums - showcases the chemistry between Burgess and the rhythm section.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The fusion of funk and gospel-influenced harmonies which propels “Something Else” is remarkable - deep, joyous and bouncy. Infamously mixed by Larry Levan, “I Know You Will” is an easy glide, all rollicking electric piano underpinned by a precise and relentlessly upbeat groove. “Lay It On The Line” radiates smooth, understated brilliance, elevated by interstellar keys and finally album-closer “Sweet To Me” is a chilled-out gem of profound soulful elegance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Logg has long been a hit with the likes of Kenny Dope and Dam-Funk whilst, in the last decade, MCDE and Harvey Sutherland have routinely cited it as a huge influence. Accordingly, finding original copies on vinyl at affordable prices has been a thankless task. This fresh Be With reissue ensures this legendary record now sounds, looks and feels as sensational as it deserves to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mastered brilliantly by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and with lovingly reproduced artwork, we think this is a reissue that does justice to this classic LP.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      David says: Yessir, I like to boogie. Do you like to boogie too? If so this Leeroy Burgess, Salsoul nugget is definitely for you. Six slices of pure heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If ever an album could transport you to the hazy sunshine and imagined halcyon paradise of Southern California in the mid-1980s, could capture the early evening warmth of hanging at an inclusive boogie jam as it approaches “magic hour” in Santa Ana or Anaheim, then it’s Vaughan Mason and Butch Dayo’s Feel My Love. A brilliantly produced deep slung, low rider funk classic originally released on Salsoul in 1983. It’s a masterpiece of “funk love music”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, this is indeed a perfectly formed five track “mini LP” of unparalleled heat, but there’s one song here that, above the rest, represents Orange County boogie-funk. A straight killer beloved by all that have had the pleasure of moving to it. A track that can fill up a dance floor within seconds of its starting. That song is the eternal title track, “Feel My Love”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a work of art that made people fall in love with the funk. It transcends the limitations of genre. “Feel My Love”’s deceptive simplicity makes it perfect to drop during a house set, a classic funk party or at a west coast rap jam. It’s sexy, deeply emotional, melancholic, hopeful, passionate and just radiates so, so much raw energy. This is music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The rest of the record is hardly filler though. Opener “Oh, Love” is a dizzying, emotional slow jam. With heaven-sent vocals riding gorgeous, sweeping keys that alternate between sweet twinkling lines and funk-fuelled stabbing. It’s sensational. A rollerskating jam named “Rollalong Songs” is an ultra-swish piece of dance floor dynamite. Its slick drums, staccato piano and neck snapping claps underscore Dayo’s buoyant vocals. It’s essentially “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll Part II”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The flip begins with “Party On The Corner”. Smoother than silk vocals, day-glo synths, a bubbling bassline and guitar licks that surely received the Prince seal of approval. It’s another example of how Vaughan Mason and Butch Dayo flirt with perfection so routinely. The most majestic closer, the kaleidoscopic, cow-bell-assisted synth-funk heater “You Can Do It” is a proto-rap groover that truly smokes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This prized LP is a stone cold jam and finding original copies on vinyl at affordable prices has been tough for years. Mastered brilliantly by Simon Francis, cut by Pete Norman and with lovingly reproduced artwork, this fresh Be With reissue ensures this legendary LP now sounds, looks and feels as sensational as it should.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      David says: Yet more heat from Be With, the reissue label de jour. They're so hot at the moment they have their own fire department just in case things get out of hand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ltd LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 one of his most vital LPs that returns today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The originals were quietly pressed on to a single piece of vinyl and they have been lovingly remastered, cut nice and loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in deluxe gatefold jackets. “Soul Food Taqueria” continued Guerrero's guitar soul but represented a step forward with its polished production and greater complexity of instrumentation. Denied the promotion it deserved upon release, it flew under the radar. It is now the most wanted record of his wondrous back catalogue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guerrero's atmospheric touch and subtle guitar provide lush, glimmering pieces of musical texture. Within his spacious compositions, uniquely arranged instruments flourish alongside each other to create a languid soundtrack for halcyon days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As ever, the diversity on display is beguiling. From bossa nova, samba and cumbia rhythms to understated folk, funk and soul grooves, this is another exotic set of mellow gold; perfectly represented by ESPO's memorable artwork. Furthermore, the title's hybridity reflects the intoxicating sweep of stylistic flavours served up, reminding us that, however tricky it is to categorise Guerrero's special blend, it's always a pleasure to indulge in something so creative and adventurous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dubby, bass-heavy instrumentals give way to moody folk-soul – witness "It Gets Heavy", featuring melancholic vocals from Gresham Taylor – whilst "Thank You MK" is a gentle ode to the tropics, featuring ethereal instrumentation, bright bass and warm, jazzy guitars. The second half in particular contains a number of stunning ambient tracks – check "Lost Unfound", "Another Brother Gone" and "Broken Blood" - built around minimalist, laid-back grooves and detailed guitar orchestrations which wouldn't be out of place on the latest Jonny Nash release.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Guerrero closes this flawless set with a moment of true beauty. Restrained and graceful, "Falling Awake" is a pared back piece containing meditative guitar melodies set against melancholic piano arrangements. It brings proceedings to the most peaceful close. Seductively good, it reminds you just how great simplicity can sound.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Superb slacker funk and sunkissed downbeat from legendary skater Tommy Guerrero. A classic that's filling the margarita shaped hole in my life on this sweltering Piccadilly afternoon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2xLP Info: 2019 Repress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Captain Beefheart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trout Mask Replica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trout Mask Replica is a touchstone in the history of recorded music. The mix of dada absurdist blues and previously unexplored experimental avenues has long been praised as one of the greatest albums of all time. As so eloquently put by John Peel, "If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In full partnership with the Zappa Family Trust and to celebrate the relaunch of the seminal Bizarre label imprint, Third Man Records is proud to announce Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Out of print on vinyl for nearly ten years, this remaster was helmed by industry legend Bob Ludwig and cut by the estimable Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Utilizing crystalline-quality safety masters kept in the Zappa family vault for decades by the trustworthy Joe Travers, the audio here is positively glorious. Every last skronk breathes full life into the room. Every twisted guitar figure uncurls onto paths previously unpaved. Every last bark and howl shines resolute through the vast emptiness of your mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Previous countless Trout Mask Replica repressings used scans of scans of scans of the cover image, but the original Cal Schenkel cover photo has been tracked down and reproduced here at its clearest — its resolution from the original release in 1969. If you’ve only ever seen a jpg online or fuzzy, smeared-looking CD issues from the 90’s, be prepared to be wowed by the fully engaging spectrum this iconic image casts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This 2xLP is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl for that full-on frenetic feeling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1977, East Hartford, Connecticut. Rahni Harris, a 21 year old reverend and multi-instrumentalist, and his band, Family Love, were not afraid to embrace their love of R&B and gospel. They laid down "A Different Drummer" LP - one of the most forward thinking LPs recorded during this period and arguably of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Syncopated Love", "He’s My Friend" and "Make It Easy" have been supported by DJs and collectors in the know for many years. Now, Rain&Shine give Rahni’s’ seminal record another lease of life for discerned collectors, DJs and music lovers worldwide!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Remastered with full original artwork.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This beautiful Shuggie Otis album went largely overlooked at the time of its release in 1974. Which is a shame, because it’s one of those albums that you hear new things in every time it’s on the platter. Shuggie played every instrument here himself, giving us a look into his psyche: soothing, subtle, harmonious and elegantly funky. Some say the album is ahead of its time - so much so it would fit into the Trip Hop genre with ease. We’ll let you decide, all we know is we can’t stop playing it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Inspiration Information 45th anniversary limited edition is available as 1500 individually numbered copies on flaming (yellow & orange marbled) vinyl.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andy says: All you need to know about this beautiful record is that it was a massive influence on none other than Prince, and in a normal world would have propelled Shuggie Otis onto world super stardom ! Think a gentler, subtler Sly Stone. Stunning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Airto Moreira

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Airto: Samba De Flora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soul Jazz Records re-release Airto Moreira’s classic album ‘Samba de Flora’, out of print for 30 years ever since its original release in 1988.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The impact of Airto Moreira in both the world of American jazz and in Brazilian music is unparalleled. At the start of the 1970s Airto was invited to join Miles Davis’ groundbreaking ‘electric’ group, which with albums such as the seminal ‘Bitches Brew’ helping Davis regain his title from John Coltrane as the most important jazz artist of all time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two years later Airto helped establish two of the most important jazz fusion groups of all time: Weather Report, with Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul and Miroslav Vituous; and Return to Forever, with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Flora Purim.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Airto Moreira also began his solo career in the USA in 1970 and alongside his wife, the singer Flora Purim and Brazilian artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sivuca, Deodato, Raul de Souza, Azymuth, all played a major part in the Latinised sound of American jazz fusion throughout the 1970s. By this time Airto established himself in the USA in the 1970s, he had already had a formidable career back in Brazil in the 1960s as an important figure in the Bossa Nova movement, which soon after spread throughout the world. Airto played in a number of important groups during this time - Quarteto Novo Sambalanco Trio and Sambrassa Trio (all of with Hermeto Pascoal) - which proved to be three of the most ground-breaking groups of this era.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The album ‘Samba de Flora’, including the seminal jazz dance title track, is a masterpiece of jazz and Brazilian fusion and features Airto Moreira alongside Flora Purim, fellow Brazilian artist Raul de Souza and heavyweight USA jazz musicians Alphonso Johnson, percussionist Don Alias (from Stone Alliance), Cuban conga player Cachete and Argentinian pianist Jorge Dalto.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The album was originally released on the small independent Montuno Record label (which was run out of the unassuming Record Mart record store situated in the Times Square underground subway station!) and has been unavailable for many, many years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This album is fully remastered and re-released by Soul Jazz Records for the first time ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "The Tipping Point" is the sixth studio album by hip hop band The Roots, following-up the phenomenal "Phrenology" with a concept album, the concept being to record an LP while they were on tour! Released on July 13, 2004 on Geffen Records, it is named after Malcolm Gladwell’s book of the same name (2000), Featuring rough-and-ready joints like "Duck Down!" and the single "Don't Say Nuthin'", warmer soul-induced songs like "Guns Are Drawn" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It" (with Jean Grae) plus a mad cover of George Kranz's bonkers disco cut "Din Da Da"! Plus, there's a secret, uncredited cover of the Booker T breakbeat fave "Melting Pot", which is a real bonus. "The Tipping Point" has been noted by music writers for exhibiting and emphasizing soul, jazz, and funk influences as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matt says: Vintage Roots album here, feverishly collected by hip-hop buffs and often fetching big bucks 2nd hand. A timely repress then, and flawlessly re-presented. Need? Want? Get!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Donny Hathaway

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Everything Is Everything - Speakers Corner Edition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Already a respected arranger and pianist who'd contributed to dozens of records (by artists ranging from the Impressions to Carla Thomas to Woody Herman), with this debut LP Donny Hathaway revealed yet another facet of his genius -- his smoky, pleading voice, one of the best to ever grace a soul record. Everything Is Everything sounded like nothing before it, based in smooth uptown soul but boasting a set of excellent, open-ended arrangements gained from Hathaway's background in classical and gospel music. All of the musical brilliance on display, though, is merely the framework for Hathaway's rich, emotive voice, testifying to the power of love and religion with few, if any, concessions to pop music. Like none other, he gets to the raw, churchy emotion underlying Ray Charles' "I Believe to My Soul" and Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," the former with a call-and-response horn chart and his own glorious vocal, the latter with his own organ lines. "Thank You Master (For My Soul)" brings the Stax horns onto sanctified ground, while Hathaway praises God and sneaks in an excellent piano solo. Everything Is Everything was one of the first soul records to comment directly on an unstable period; "Tryin' Times" speaks to the importance of peace and community with an earthy groove, while the most familiar track here, a swinging jam known as "The Ghetto," places listeners right in the middle of urban America. Donny Hathaway's debut introduced a brilliant talent into the world of soul, one who promised to take R&B farther than it had been taken since Ray Charles debuted on Atlantic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dark Carnival

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Last Great Ride

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Detroit High Energy Rock in its purest essence!!!! Niagara (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS) & Ron Asheton (THE STOOGES) among other great Detroit musicians recorded this killer album back in 1996.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now it is finally reissued on vinyl with two added tracks to the original vinyl release, remastered in order to get its purest sound, and new artwork courtesy of Mrs. Niagara Detroit and Mr. Colonel Galaxy. And guess what?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is an extension of Destroy All Monsters with absolutely killer guitars in line with The Stooges "Funhouse" with the unique stamp and signature of Mr. Ron Asheton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 classic shots which need to be in your record collection right by The Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, MC5, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Radio Birdman, The New Christs, Bored!, etc. 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ltd LP Info: 150 grams vinyl, 500 copies ltd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Modern Lovers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rock 'N' Roll With The Modern Lovers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rock ‘n Roll with the Modern Lovers is the second album released as Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. The band, which is build around singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Richman, almost totally focuses on the sound from the ‘50s. The lo-fi record breathes folky roots music and rock ‘n roll as it would sound ages ago. “Ice Cream Man”, “Egyptian Reggae” (earning them a UK Top 5 hit) and “Roller Coaster by the Sea” are all superb songs, uncomplicated and wonderful. This is one of the most remarkable projects recorded by Jonathan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Modern Lovers were formed in 1970 by teenage singer, songwriter, guitarist Jonathan Richman, augmented with Jerry Harrison (keyboards), Ernie Brooks (bass) and David Robinson (drums), with Richman’s friend and original band member John Felice joining them occasionally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coloured LP Info: 180 gram audiophile.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Limited edition of 1500 audiophile turquoise coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Artwoods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Art's Gallery

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The new release from Top Sounds Records honours one of the mid 1960’s most revered cult bands with the label’s first single artist long playing record and CD – the ARTWOODS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The ARTWOODS – Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord – recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been well documented by retrospective re-issues and compilations. The thirteen canvasses in ‘Art’s Gallery’ however are sourced completely from three live radio sessions that the ARTWOODS recorded for the BBC during 1965 and early 1966 and were not known to still exist. The British Broadcasting Corporation saved a number of tracks the group played for the Beeb and these have since appeared on the Cherry Red ‘Steady Getting It’ set, the rest of the ARTWOODS’ radiophonic output however was not kept by the BBC with the tapes being erased or junked. Thanks to diligent home taping by a particularly keen fan at the time, the ARTWOODS’ music for radio on ‘Art’s Gallery’ can again be heard in public for the first time in over fifty years. And besides welcome live takes of familiar favourites such as ‘Oh My Love’, ‘She Knows What To Do’ and ‘Don’t Cry No More’, there’s a spoil of cool numbers that the band never committed to disc. There’s the upbeat jazz of ‘That Healin’ Feelin’ and ‘Smack Dab In The Middle’, the slow burning blues of ‘How Long, How Long Blues’ and ‘Black Mountain Blues’, the soulful grooves of ‘Out Of Sight’ and ‘I Got A Woman’ and the pure mod suave of ‘Comin’ Home Baby’ (and more!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The music has been restored to the highest possible standards from the only known surviving reel to reel recordings and Top Sounds feel sure there’s a splendid time for all to be had from a visit to ‘Art’s Gallery’!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A limited edition in both formats!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ltd CD Info: With 24 page booklet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alternative Fox delivers a landmark release in the history of minimalism with a live performance documented from one of the genre’s key figures - Steve Reich. Recorded live at Berkeley University in the 1970s (home also to key minimalism figures Terry Riley and La Monte Young), this performance sees Reich deliver some of his now legendary compositions, such as the shifting tape-loop experimentation of "My Name Is", whereby vocals are cut up, looped and played at different speeds to create constantly shifting combinations. Similar to his "It’s Gonna Rain", it’s utterly disorientating and makes for an absorbing listening whilst doffing a cap to cut-up techniques championed by early Dadaists and later Brion Gysion and Burroughs. The two-part "Piano Phase" demonstrates the effects of playing minimalistic notes on two separate pianos at slightly different speeds, so the two drift in and out of phase with each other. The effects are highly meditative, causing subtle rhythmic mutations throughout the piece, whilst "Phase Patterns" explores a similar technique albeit with a grainer electric organ. Last but not least, "Four Organs" explores the effects of sustained chords on multiple organs, set amongst a perpetual maraca, whereby the combination of interlocking chords on the separate instruments amalgamate to form a dense, textured tonal tapestry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sigur Rós

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ágætis Byrjun - A Good Beginning (20th Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1999 the band released Ágætis Byrjun (‘A Good Start’), Q magazine deemed Ágætis Byrjun ‘the last great record of the 20th century’. By the end of the year, it had won the inaugural US Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Ágætis Byr-jun, and the band expand their breakthrough album with demo and archive versions of songs from the album, plus never-before-heard newly unearthed material from the time, rare b-sides and the full 95 minute concert played in Reykjavík on the day the record was released.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barry says: I mean, we all obviously know the original is one of the greatest albums of all time, but who would have thought that there could be this many amazing extra tracks and live material that could make an already stunning package even better. Their live show is indescribable, but this should give you a decent idea of what it's like. Essential purchase.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2xDeluxe LP Info: Double heavyweight vinyl. As released June 12th 1999 Original album plus download insert of rarities & live album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DOWNLOAD INSERT OVERVIEW: The band expand their breakthrough album with demo and archive versions of all songs on the album, plus never-before-heard newly unearthed material from the time, rare b-sides and the full 95 minute concert played in Reykjavík on the day the record was released in 1999.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4xCD Box Set Info: 4 CD discs containing original album, live album and rarities with a soft back book:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CD1: Original Album - as released June 12th 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CD2: Live at Íslenska Óperan (includes previously unreleased tracks)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CD3: Live at Íslenska Óperan & Rarities (Live at Íslenska Óperan plus 3 previously unheard and unreleased tracks).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CD4: Rarities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Emotional Rescue is honoured to reissue the benchmark in new age ambient music, Michael Stearns epic Planetary Unfolding album. Out of press on vinyl for over 30 years, here is Stearns masterful electronic symphony in 6 movements, recorded using his Serge modular synthesizer at the Continuum Studio in 1981.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The culmination of years of exploration in "space" music, Stearns journey, to the album's release, was one of learning and application. Involved in music since his teens, he graduated from guitar bands in the late 60s to an increasing interest in the principles of electronic music synthesis and the physics of musical instruments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He moved from Tucson, Arizona to Los Angeles in 1975 where he performed live during movement meditation classes at the Continuum Studio. He released his first cassette album in 1977 before going on to record 7 albums during this formative period.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With Planetary Unfolding, the musical ideas that Michael performed on the Serge developed into this 52-minute masterpiece of music, six movements, three on each side of the LP. Based on the idea that the universe is made of sound held together through resonance, where atoms, cells, oceans, plants, animals and humans, all are part of a complex orchestration - the Earth as a being of sound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Having first approached Michael in 2013, his uncertain response that the album could be rereleased in a way that the music would be given justice via vinyl, the idea was never forgotten. Gaining discovery, appraisal and prominence when "As The Earth Kissed The Moon" appeared in edited form on the "I Am The Centre" box set from Light In The Attic, this excellent window into the world of Private issue new age music, superbly compiled by Douglas McGowan, further increased the interest in Michael's and others, such as Laraaji, music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With the likes of Matthewdavid's Leaving Records and Jonny Nash's Melody As Truth pushing the ambient curve beyond a post club, chill out fad, classic albums can rightly sit alongside this 'new age of the new age', so that ambient music again has a gravity and place of it's own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This specially re-mastered version by Bob Ohllson features the original artwork by Leilani Bost, liner notes by long-term friend and fellow musician, Gary David, as well as the photography of Ron Peterson, together bringing this wonderful album to life once again. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Being the hip, musically minded record shopper you are, I assume you're well aware of Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 comeback, "I'm New Here". Depensing on your vintage, you may not be as acquanited with his 1994 comeback "Spirits", which enjoys a 25th anniversary reissue here. On its release, it was the first new material from the revolutionary poet and musician for 12 years, and found Gil in fine voice and sharp mind. The title track is an interpretation of the John Coltrane piece, and "The Other Side" is a live version of Scott-Heron's 1971 track "Home is Where the Hatred Is" with a new arrangement and many new verses that expand the original to nearly twenty minutes. It was later sampled for "Home" on the 2011 Jamie XX collaboration album We're New Here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Repress of her in-demand and sought after 10 track LP compilation with all her Selector Sound 7in output. 180 gram pressing housed in heavyweight tip-on jacket Amidst much anticipation from collectors, record stores, DJ's and producers alike Gloria Ann Taylor's musical output on Selector Sound have been compiled and will be presented in a deluxe triple-gatefold double LP package complete with photos and extensive liner notes. Soul singer Gloria Ann Taylor has no rags to riches tale to tell. Her story is one of personal sacrifice, failed relationships, and missed opportunity. She was leading a hard knock life before being swept-up by the flash and promise of a marriage and business partnership with a successful record producer. She would be nominated for a Grammy, rub shoulders with James Brown and Bootsy Collins, and turn heads from Motown. But in the end she rejected professional singing, the music business, and the lifestyle that came with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thankfully for music lovers, before Gloria closed the doors on her singing career, she left us with some amazing soul songs. Deeply shaded by gospel roots, her haunting sound clearly comes from the gut. Gloria did not fake the funk. Gloria was a partial owner of the Selector Sounds label, along with her husband/producer Walter Whisenhunt (previously a right-hand man to James Brown), and her brother Leonard. They released five Gloria Taylor singles between 1971 and 1977. They also released the three-song Deep Inside You EP, under the name Gloria Ann Taylor and Walter Whisenhunt's Orchestra. In the studio Whisenhunt would work up a unique musical brew that mixed northern soul with exotic percussion and fuzzy psychedelic guitars. He moved Gloria through a range of tempos and stylings from ballads to disco. Her gritty vocal performance was set to orchestral arrangements creating a juxtaposition of grandeur and solace. The pinnacle of their collaborations has to be the jaw-droppingly epic EP version of "Love Is a Hurting Thing"; a chugging, string-laden disco track, that sounds like proto-Theo Parrish. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kashmere Stage Band

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After capturing audience awards festivals like SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival, the word is out that Kashmere was the greatest high school band - ever. Their story is tucked in between slabs of hard 70s funk, soul, and jazz: Conrad Johnson transformed a bunch of rough-hewn high schoolers into a band that could compete with any in the nation – professional, or otherwise. Forget high school bands, we’re talking about sixteen year old kids who would give the JBs a run for their money! The Kashmere Stage Band released a total of eight albums and three 45s on Johnson’s Kram label. The band’s best tracks are collected here. Producer Eothen “Egon” Alapatt features an expanded booklet with updated liner notes and essays, more rare photos and ephemera, and a download card which contains the B+/Flying Lotus produced Texas Jewels: The Making Of Texas Thunder Soul short, a recently unearthed 1973 documentary on the band, and a 1972 performance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2xLP Info: Double LP, including booklet and download card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mono

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hymn To The Immortal Wind (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of MONO – and the 10th anniversary of their most iconic album Temporary Residence Ltd. proudly presents Hymn to the Immortal Wind – Anniversary Edition. Beautifully remastered from the original analog master tapes by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, this super deluxe reissue sounds, looks, and feels more pure and powerful than ever before. The CD format has been repackaged in a gorgeous full-color gatefold jacket with metallic gold inks, matte varnish, and custom inner sleeve. The 2xLP vinyl format is packaged in a mind-blowing full-color, custom die-cut jacket with metallic gold foil stamping, matte varnish, and 7 interchangeable full-color cover inserts. The vinyl is pressed onto 100% virgin, audiophile-quality vinyl. No expense was spared in properly honoring what has become MONO’s most beloved album. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1994, hip-hop was going through an at-times painful growth spurt. Since NWA’s and Ice-T’s ascent in the late 80s, the rap game was no longer owned by the East Coast. After the worldwide popularity of Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ in 1992, things were looking even worse for hip-hop’s hometown. The East Coast / West Coast feud that would later indirectly claim the lives of Biggie and 2Pac was still in its infancy, but New York needed a shot in the arm. The hype behind young Queensbridge native Nasir “Nas” Jones had been in full swing months before his smash debut album ‘Illmatic’, thanks to Columbia Records’ promo machine. From his earliest appearance on Main Source’s ‘Live At The BBQ’, to his own accomplished debut ‘Half Time’ (as Nasty Nas, in late 1992), it was clear that this kid was something special. In fact, the pressure on him must have been overwhelming at times. April 19, 1994 couldn’t have come soon enough. And as soon as the first lines of ‘NY State Of Mind’ kick in, bolstered by perhaps DJ Premier’s darkest beat of all time, the entire East Coast breathed a collective sigh of relief. God’s Son had arrived. Backed by an absolute all-star cast of New York’s top-shelf producers - Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and a youngster named LES - the album never lets up. Serious to a fault, and lyrically dense to an extent that has possibly never been matched, the 20-year old Nas stood on the shoulders of his predecessors and proudly proclaimed, “Don’t f*** with the East… we are BACK”. ‘Illmatic’ was actually a slow-burn, which might surprise fans that have come to its genius more recently. Despite an unheard-of “5 Mics” rating in The Source – breaking an unwritten rule of never awarding classic status to debuts - it didn’t go gold until early 1996, and didn’t hit platinum status until late 2001. But when you dive deeper that shouldn’t be a shock: like Black Moon and Wu-Tang’s debuts, it was a dark, hard record, made for heads in New York, not teeny-boppers in Des Moines. There were no dance beats, no crossover love songs. Just boom-bap and rhymes, skills and heart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    David says: This album pretty much single handedly reignited the flame of East Coast hip hop. Produced by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock AND Q Tip!! It's an authentic, masterpiece of minimal beats and street poetry that is universally recognised as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Six Organs Of Admittance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For Octavio Paz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hermit Hut is pleased to announce their first Six Organs Of Admittance release with remastered For Octavio Paz, on vinyl for the first time since it’s original pressing of 500 on Time-Lag records in 2003 (which sold out in 24 hours). This new edition has been re-mixed and remastered from the original four-track cassettes to bring out the resonant tones of the acoustic guitars that were lost in the original transfer (2019 analog-to-digital technology has come a long way since early 2000 16-bit DAT machines, remember those?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For Octavio Paz is considered by many to be a high point in the early Six Organs of Admittance catalog. Almost wholly instrumental, it is the only Six Organs record that sounds fully dedicated to touching the edges of an acoustic finger-style world that was still quite underground back in the first few years of the new century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The songs here utilize a variety of approaches to the acoustic guitar, both steel string and nylon, solo and overdubbed, but always in the service of atmosphere. The record ends with a side long solo steel string piece that sounds equally at home next to modern guitar players like Tashi Dorji (who released his first LP on Hermit Hut) as classic American Primitive players such as Robbie Basho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When released on CD in 2004, For Octavio Paz earned an 8.0 from Pitchfork who said, “Though they vary from melancholy to warm memory in between notes, the emotions that Chasny creates on For Octavio Paz are always stark and imagistic.”