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Channel 1: Seance For The Gods

The Light Sounds Dark saga continues! The crew explore more DIY electronics, new age electric shamanism and the cultish sampledelica usually reserved for the Finders Keepers label.

There's (unconfirmed) rumors online that much of the recent LSD output has been composed of original material alongside their unfathomably vast cosmic-excavation of strange and exotic music. There's certainly a new direction appearing from the sherm haze - synthesizer driven, reveling in lost atmospherics and appealing to occult fanatics throughout the various dimensions of existence. We love it.


Matt says: Occultist electronic wizardry! Let Light Sounds Dark be your sprit guide. Sonic Datura from the cauldrons and caves ready to be glazed across your semi-permeable membranes - very big in Pendle right now!

Various Artists

Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Music In The Digital Age, 1983 - 1992 (Volume 1)

    Kalita are proud to unveil the first ever compilation focussing on the phenomenon of ‘Burger Highlife’, a crossover of West African melodies with synthesizers, disco and boogie that took over Ghanaian airwaves during the 1980’s and beyond. Highlighting key recordings from genre-defining artists including Thomas Frempong and George Darko, as well as more obscure sought-after tracks by elusive bands such as Aban and Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat, Kalita come to the rescue of audiophiles, DJs and music-lovers alike with ‘Borga Revolution!’ Spread over a double-LP housed in a gatefold sleeve. Accompanied by a 16-page booklet featuring extensive interview-based liner notes on each artist and never-before-seen archival photos.

    The 1970s had witnessed an increased Western airtime and physical presence in Ghana introducing funk, soul and disco sounds to the region. By the turn of the decade the country was also enduring economic turmoil, with rising poverty, military dictatorships and long periods of enforced curfews (amongst other factors) making it impossible for artists to survive.

    As a result, many Ghanaian musicians with a broader outlook began to pursue their careers in the West, moving to both Europe and America in search of stardom. It was here that Ghanaian musicians developed a digitised version of highlife music which fully embraced Western contemporary music styles and newly introduced technology such as the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and various drum machines.

    It is in this context in which the evolution of Ghanaian dance music and the emergence of ‘Burger Highlife’ was born. With ‘Borga Revolution!’ Kalita endeavour to tell this story, with prominent and lesser-known musicians’ accounts and documentary evidence providing a comprehensive understanding of this shift to the digital age.


    A1. Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat - Eshe Wo Kon Ho
    A2. Thomas Frempong - Mada Meho So
    A3. Native Spirit - Odo San Bra Fie
    B1. George Darko - Medo Menuanom (12” Version)
    B2. Wilson Boateng - Mabre Agu
    B3. Paa Jude - Odo Refre Wo
    C1. Aban - Efie Nnye
    C2. Wilson Boateng - Asew Watchman
    C3. Uncle Joe’s Afri-Beat - Mr. D.J.
    D1. George Darko - Obi Abayewa
    D2. Dr. K. Gyasi’s Noble Kings - Damfo Agoo/David Akofo/Obegyaa Nowa/Okwantuni Moboro (Medley)

    The Monochrome Set

    Volume, Contrast, Brilliance Vol.1

      Originally released in 1983 this hugely rewarding record acted as a round up of the group’s career to date and was of immeasurable value to fans. It’s aged well, too.

      Comprising of A and B sides from their Rough Trade released singles plus extracts from sessions for Radio 1, Capital Radio and EMI Records, this LP contains unique versions of such classic tracks as “The Jet Set Junta” and “He’s Frank (Slight Return)”.

      Oddities, and jocular moments run through the album, including John Peel introducing “Fat Fun” and thinking aloud that those Monochrome boys might be having a pop at him. The fact that it includes a wish list of the band’s best songs to this point in their career is another reason to recommend it.

      Previously they may have made a handful of slightly-off-target albums, but this 1983 compilation is a front-to-back joy, fast, restless and perfectly sequenced. It plays like a cohesive album.

      Includes 2 bonus tracks from the February 1979 Peel Session ‘Love Goes Down The Drain’ & ‘Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)’.


      Side 1:
      Eine Symphonie Des Grauens 
      The Jet Set Junta
      Love Zombies
      Silicon Carne
      The Ruling Class
      Viva Death Row
      The Man With The Black Moustache

      Side 2:
      He’s Frank (Slight Return)
      Fun For All Of The Family
      Lester Leaps In
      ICI Les Enfants
      Fat Run
      Avanti (Ten Don’ts For Honeymooners) Love Goes Down The Drain
      Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)

      Asha Puthli

      The Essential

        We can't think of many other performers like the singer/songwriter/ dancer/actress Asha Puthli who have excelled in such a broad range of genres.

        From 60s psych, Classical Indian music, Free Jazz, Pop, Soul, Disco, to Rock, the list goes on. A 'best- of' or an 'essential collection' is always going to be a subjective thing, but for what is unbelievably the frst ofcial compilation covering the full breadth of Asha's illustrious career, we aimed to provide a snapshot into her ever- evolving musical journey and a tribute to the vast richness of her catalogue. Some singers want to be famous, others are pop star icons, and some are artists; Asha is the latter. Asha is a true force of nature, regardless of the genre she explores, she fully commits, moves on, and reinvents herself, always progressing.

        Looking back on Asha's career, it is evident what a trail-blazer she was, opening doors for her contemporaries and those who came later to step through. Whether it was conscious or not, you can recognise Asha’s infuence in aspects of Kate Bush's ethereal image and performance, in Donna Summer’s high-smooth vocal sound and disco stylings, and in the gumption and power of Grace Jones. Kick-starting the compilation is ‘Pain’, the Indian psychedelic garage rock sounds of The Savages featuring Asha. We have to admit, we had to strongarm Asha into letting us include this track at frst; also due to its rare nature (and lack of any master tapes) the recording we present here is raw and low-f. However, we felt its inclusion was important to fully represent the journey of Asha's career, the same consideration was also applied to two of the Asha & The Surfers’ songs that we have included in this collection.

        Asha saw a link between jazz and classical Indian music "the improvisation, the minor chords, the free form, the liberalness of the art" we showcase her love of jazz here with seminal works with the legendary Ornette Coleman, taken from the revered 'Science Fiction’ album. Asha's 'CBS years' are represented here, how could we not include 'Space Talk' on this collection, and how these years progressed into her amazing disco offerings such as 'I'm Gonna Dance' & 'Music Machine'. The bizarre 'We're Gonna Bury The Rock With The Roll Tonight' from 1980 has also won us over. A pseudo-50s throw- back song that sounds not un- similar to the post-modern, leftfeld, pop of an MIA production to come years later. Rounding off the compilation we have Asha's interpretation of a Michael Jackson classic that sat lost on a cassette-only released in India.


        Barry says: Mr Bongo bring us another top release, this time from all-round legend, Asha Puthli. With her influence stretching so far, and there being so many releases to cover, the best way to do this is definitely a career-spanning best of, and Mr. Bongo are ALWAYS to be trusted with a good comp. Win / win.


        W/ The Savages – Pain
        W/ The Surfers – Sound Of Silence
        W/ The Surfers – Sunny
        W/ The Surfers – Fever
        W/ Ornette Coleman – What Reason Could I Give
        W/ Ornette Coleman – All My Life
        W/ Charlie Mariano – Mirror
        Right Down Here
        Devil Is Loose
        Space Talk
        One Night Affair
        I’m Gonna Dance
        Music Machine (dedication To Studio 54)
        Peek A Boo Boogie
        Mister Moonlight
        Prism Of The Sun (song For Dieter)
        1001 Nights Of Love (reprise)
        We’re Gonna Bury The Rock With The Roll Tonight
        Asha Puthli - Chipko Chipko

        The Wedding Present

        Once Bitten / Kerplunk!

          24 Songs. A new project from The Wedding Present. A new 7” single every month throughout 2022. 24 Songs sees David Gedge writing with legendary Sleeper guitarist Jon Stewart for the first time, and a more perfect union could not have been predicted. The notion of a monthly 7” single is not new to The Wedding Present, but 24 Songs shows us that even classic concepts can be reinvented. The series also continues the band’s association with photographer Jessica McMillan, who has created stunning images and films as a visual accompaniment to the recordings. Explaining 24 Songs, David Gedge said: “In 1991, The Wedding Present were rehearsing in a studio in Yorkshire when we hit upon an idea that immediately thrilled us all. Our bass player [Keith Gregory] had been a member of the ‘Sub Pop Singles Club’ - a service that allowed subscribers to receive 7”s released by that Seattle label on a monthly basis. Keith wondered if we, as a band, could attempt a similar thing. In that instant, The Wedding Present’s Hit Parade series was born and, during 1992, we managed to release a brand new 7” single each and every month. “The Hit Parade went on to become something of a significant milestone in the history of the band and it’s a project about which I’m often asked. As its thirtieth anniversary approached, I began to wonder if we should celebrate it in some way. A ‘Hit Parade Part 2’ didn’t feel quite right, though. Then, someone said to me: “Other bands have released music in similar ways but there has been nothing like the Hit Parade.” And they were right! A 7” single a month seems, somehow, very ‘Wedding Present’. So, inspired by that little idea from three decades ago, we’ve embarked on this new project, 24 Songs. “Even though The Wedding Present have never been known for taking the easy route, the idea of recording 24 tracks and releasing them in this way could seem daunting to any band. However, I’ve been inspired by the music that has been written since Jon and Melanie joined the group. The thought of celebrating this exciting new line-up with an exciting new series has motivated us all… and I suppose we also didn’t want any of these songs to be hidden away in the middle of an album!”

          The Linda Lindas


            In The Red is proud to announce the 12-inch vinyl release of six songs from The Linda Lindas’ early recording sessions on beautiful color vinyl variants that were specifically picked by each member of the band. The group released the tracks digitally a year ago and have since become instant sensations when their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral - now everyone knows how awesome they are. In The Red were already huge fans of the band and are thrilled to be giving these songs the vinyl treatment. This release will be priming the pump for their debut album which will be out later in 2022 on Epitaph.

            “I first had my mind blown by The Linda Lindas at a Save The Music in Chinatown Event. The series of concerts was meant to raise funds for the music program at Castelar Elementary School in Chinatown. At that point, the girls played covers of popular punk songs and traded instruments. They played with skill, joy and zero pretense. The children in the audience danced and chased each other around to the music. As I recall, the old timers in the audience included OG members of the Adolescents, the Dils, the Zeros, the Alley Cats, Nervous Gender, and of course the Bags. We were all smiling from ear to ear during the entire set, recognizing that punk spirit of fearlessness and an eagerness to take on the world.” - Alice Bag.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Missing You
            2. No Clue
            3. Claudia Kishi
            4. Monica
            5. Never Say Never
            6. VOTE!

            The Boogie Times label is back with 4 cuts from a very elusive artist. There has been much speculation over the years as to the identity behind the Disciples Of The Watch moniker. Sharp eared listeners have attributed the sound of the breakbeats to one artist, while others are as convinced their deductions from the sound of a bassline can attribute the production to someone else. Perhaps it’s who they think? Maybe it’s not? Possibly it’s a collective of artists?

            All we can say is that Disciples Of The Watch make great music!

            Back in 1992 the "Dance In Peace EP" received an incredibly limited white label run and was only available from a handful of specialist record shops. The scarcity of this release means that it has now reached near mythical status and has seen it selling for as much as £200 on the second-hand vinyl market.

            This EP now gets the very long overdue full release that it deserves, with all tracks expertly remastered & cut to heavyweight black vinyl.

            With very limited stock being pressed we’d urge anyone wanting to own the amazing musical journey by the elusive Disciples Of The Watch to get their orders in ASAP. 

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Original hardcore label Boogie Times follow up that CRUTIAL Timebase reissue with another absolute treasure from the golden era of rave. Blows all the new stuff out the water quite frankly - there's just summat so gritty and raw in that old hardware and samplers that elbows the modern competition outta the warehouse.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Disciples Of The Watch
            A2. Scrap Brain Zone
            B1. Losing Control
            B2. Argon Matrix

            The Face

            Summer 2022

              To be a fan of something is a wonderful thing. It’s sort of what we do for a living here at THE FACE. Be excited about people in the hope that you will be, too. And few people inspire excitement like this issue’s three cover stars.

              Take Beabadoobee. Despite releasing her debut album just weeks before the UK went into its second lockdown, the 21-year-old indie star has managed to build a fanatical following: one that walks like her, talks like her and dresses like her. As writer Emma Garland notes, Bea’s style ​“embraces today’s environmentally-conscious looks, while taking inspiration from the archives of legendary Tokyo street fashion mag FRUiTS”. And Bea received her own fan moment when FRUiTS’ 67-year-old founder, Shoichi Aoki, flew to London to shoot her for this cover story (safe to say Shoichi became a fan of Bea, too – watching the two of them hang out on set possibly being the sweetest moment of making the issue).

              Then there’s Tems, the Nigerian superstar whose famous fans include Drake, Justin Bieber, Adele and former US President Barack Obama. As Olive Pometsey writes in her interview with the singer: ​“Afrobeats is now just as much of a part of wider British music culture as it is a cornerstone of West African immigrants’ heritage.” And judging by the roof-raising when Tems joined Wizkid to perform their Grammy- nominated collab, Essence, at London’s O2 last December, the 26-year-old is the scene’s most exciting prospect – with a red-hotly- anticipated debut album due this summer.

              Last but not least, we have Manchester City footballer Jack Grealish. Has there been an English player since Beckham that has transcended the game quite so much? In the unbeatable words of TJ Sidhu: ​“Tough blokes think he’s alright, the girls and gays hold up ​‘Mrs Grealish 69’ signs and follow Instagram pages dedicated to his legs and arse. The rest only think he’s one of the most naturally gifted talents to have run out for his country since Gazza.” If the office’s swooning reaction to his cover story, shot by Alasdair McLellan, is anything to go by, it’s fair to say Jack has a few fans at THE FACE HQ, too.

              Yours, a fan of it all.

              Matthew Whitehouse, Editor

              The Walkmen

              You & Me: Sun Studio Edition

                Originally released in 2008, this new "Sun Studio Edition" is fully remastered by Chris Colbert at National Freedom and features a fourth side of unreleased tracks from the era recorded at Memphis legendary Sun Studio for PBS that captures the band’s essential nature as 21st century artists deeply influenced by early rock and roll music.

                "You & Me" was band’s fourth studio album and widely considered their masterpiece, kicking off a new life for the band with standouts such as “In the New Year”, “On the Water”, and “I Lost You”. The Sun recordings showcase a massive local horn section including Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays, the only survivor of the plane crash that took Otis Redding along with 4 other members of the Bar-Kays.

                TRACK LISTING

                Donde Esta La Playa
                Flamingos (for Colbert)
                On The Water
                In The New Year
                Seven Years Of Holidays (for Stretch)
                Postcards From Tiny Islands
                Red Moon / Canadian Girl
                Four Provinces
                Long Time Ahead Of Us
                The Blue Route
                New Country
                I Lost You
                If Only It Were True
                Louisiana (Sun Studio Version)
                Canadian Girl (Sun Studio Version)
                Long Time Ahead Of Us (Sun Studio Version)
                Red Moon (Sun Studio Version)
                I Lost You (Sun Studio Version)

                King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                I'm In Your Mind Fuzz - Audiophile Edition

                  At some point in the last decade, the world’s greatest living non-stop psychedelic rock machine hit creative overdrive. Music flowed from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard like lava - super hot and absolutely unstoppable. Thankfully, Heavenly were on hand to help get the out there right out there, releasing ten albums by the band in less than five years.

                  Now, having been out of print on vinyl for years, the first three of those albums are releases as deluxe reissues to help you blow your mind on your top of the range stereo. Or maybe blow your speakers, it’s your choice.

                  2014’s ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ and their two 2015 releases ‘Quarters!’ and ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ are reissued as double albums on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

                  ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ is cut at 45rpm and includes a downloadable version of the album.

                  This record is best described in the words of the band:

                  ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’: “You are getting very sleepy... Red cloaked faceless figures beckon. You ascend the staircase to the castle in the air. You step to their groove. It’s kraut, it’s garage, it’s soul, it’s psych. It’s crazy. It’s all in your head. Or is it? You are getting very sleepy... I’m in your mind fuzz.”

                  TRACK LISTING

                  I’m In Your Mind
                  I’m Not In Your Mind
                  I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
                  Hot Water
                  Am I In Heaven?
                  Slow Jam 1
                  Satan Speeds Up
                  Her And I (Slow Jam 2)

                  King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                  Paper Mâché Dream Balloon - Original & Instrumentals Edition

                    At some point in the last decade, the world’s greatest living non-stop psychedelic rock machine hit creative overdrive. Music flowed from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard like lava - super hot and absolutely unstoppable. Thankfully, Heavenly were on hand to help get the out there right out there, releasing ten albums by the band in less than five years.

                    Now, having been out of print on vinyl for years, the first three of those albums are released as deluxe reissues to help you blow your mind on your top of the range stereo. Or maybe blow your speakers, it’s your choice.

                    2014’s ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ and their two 2015 releases ‘Quarters!’ and ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ are reissued as double albums on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

                    ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ comes with an album of instrumentals and a  downloadable version of the album.

                    This record is best described in the words of the band:

                    ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’: “Beautiful and terrifying. The thorniest rose. Calm and calculated. The evaporating rainbow. The smell of tin sheds and horse shit. Tim-tams and dahlias. Mice and magpies. A cool tune in the hot breeze. A throw-away classic. Gizzard's utopia. Including the original LP PLUS the original album but... INSTRUMENTAL! No vocals. No harmonies. No singers. Just... pure... acoustic... BLISS.”

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Paper Mache Dream Balloon
                    Cold Cadaver
                    The Bitter Boogie
                    N.G.R.I. (Bloodstain)
                    Most Of What I Like
                    Paper Mache
                    Sense (Instrumental)
                    Bone (Instrumental)
                    Dirt (Instrumental)
                    Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (Instrumental)
                    Trapdoor (Instrumental)
                    Cold Cadaver (Instrumental)
                    The Bitter Boogie (Instrumental)
                    N.G.R.I. (Bloodstain) (Instrumental)
                    Time=Fate (Instrumental)
                    Time=$$$ (Instrumental)
                    Most Of What I Like (Instrumental)
                    Paper Mâché (Instrumental)

                    Maceo Parker

                    Soul Food - Cooking With Maceo

                      'Soul Food - Cooking with Maceo' blends raw, old-school funk with the flavours of the New Orleans school of music.

                      Parker worked with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie and Tony Hall, as well as a host of local musicians to record the songs. The funky flavour of the city weaves its way through the album as the funk father and his band take on iconic songs of the Mississippi masters such as Dr. John's voodoo funk of 'Right Place, Wrong Time', The Meters 'Just Kissed My Baby,' 'Yes, We Can Can' recorded by Allen Toussaint as well as takes on Aretha Franklin's 'Rock Steady', Prince's 'The Other Side of the Pillow' and Maceo's long-time hero and Ray Charles Saxophonist, David "Fathead" Newman's 'Hard Times'. We also get funky workouts from Parkers own back catalogue on 'Maceo' and 'Cross The Tracks'. The latter adopted by Giles Peterson at the staple song of his iconic WAG Club in Soho, London in the 1980s.

                      The amazing P-funk Parker has been at it with his legendary sound for time that dates back to the 1960's. That's when Maceo and his drummer brother Melvin climbed on board the James Brown funky soul funk train. It wasn't long before James coined the solo summoning signature, "Maceo, I want you to Blow!". To most musicologists it's the musically fertile group of men from this period of James Brown's band who are recognized as the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop whose sounds we still jump to in the present day.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Cross The Track
                      Just Kissed My Baby
                      Yes We Can Can
                      M A C E O
                      Hard Times
                      Rock Steady
                      Compared To What
                      Right Place Wrong Time
                      Other Side Of The Pillow

                      Re-issue of The Hasbeens "Make The World Go Away". 3 timeless, energetic, mechanized-disco tracks with dark intriguing new-wave atmospheres and defiant robo-chug! Remastered versions 2006 collab by Alden Tyrell and DJ Overdose now on the Clone West Coast Series. Don't miss the druggy, humanoid sway of "Ain't The Same As Before" which joins all universal lovers under a throbbing, writhing groove, swamping the dancefloor in a sleezy electronic blanket. So good!

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: You might have slept upon this 2006 electro-disco bomb from The Hasbeens. Thankfully Clone are on hand with a timely reissue for all the robo-dancers in need of some CHUG!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Make The World Go Away
                      Ain't The Same As Before
                      Keep Fooling Yourself

                      180g vinyl pressing. – ‘A love letter to the masters of Japanese ambient and environmental music.’

                      During the late 2010s, music lovers around the world began obsessively listening to increasingly esoteric albums on Youtube. More often than not, they’d leave the browser on autoplay. This was how Facundo Arena, the composer and producer behind The Kyoto Connection, discovered the technonaturalistic pleasures of Kankyō Ongaku (environmental music), a distinctly Japanese interpretation of European, British and American minimalist composition and ambient music. ‘It was a kind of algorithmic magic’ he says.

                      Upload by upload, the utopian music of Hiroshi Yoshimura and his 80s Japanese contemporaries transported Facundo back to his childhood. When he was five, his father placed him in karate lessons and began watching martial arts movies with him. From those early experiences, Facundo became fascinated Japanese history, tradition, and culture, particularly that of Kyoto - the cultural capital of Japan. Kankyō Ongaku reminded him of hearing the sounds of Japanese folkloric instruments as a young boy, and suddenly, the way the influence of Japan had manifested in his music made sense. ‘I had the sensation that for many years, I’d been doing something similar to the style,’ he explains.

                      Inspired, Facundo used an iPad and an old Akai cassette deck to record “Postcards”, his homage to Japanese minimalism and Kankyō Ongaku. By this stage, he was twelve years deep with The Kyoto Connection, the musical project he launched in 2005 in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over that late 2000s and 2010s, Facundo, later on joined by collaborators Rodrigo Trado (drums), Jesica Rubino (violin) and Marian Benitez (vocals, now his wife), released numerous D.I.Y albums. Project by project, they followed the threads between 80s synth-pop, ambient, new age, house, techno and acoustic composition.

                      “Postcards” introduced The Kyoto Connection to listeners around the world and brought Facundo into our orbit. During Argentina’s covid lockdown, Facundo received a set of soundscapes recorded in Kyoto by the Japanese musician and sound designer Masafumi Komatsu. Over several insular months, he decorated them with synthesisers, samples and subtle rhythms, creating The Kyoto Connection’s next album, “The Flower, The Bird and the Mountain” which was a natural choice for Isle Of Jura offshoot Temples Of Jura.

                      Ostensibly made up of twelve distinct tracks, listening to “The Flower, The Bird and the Mountain” feels more akin to spending calm, meditative time in twelve specific environments. Although the foundations they rest on are recordings made in geographic locations around Kyoto, Facundo has yet to visit Japan. As a result, the landscapes he paints sit somewhere between fiction and fact, richly pictorial sonic imagination juxtaposed with echoes of reality. Regardless, as his bubbling melodies and glistening synthesisers glide against Masafumi Komatsu's recordings, Facundo guides us into a blissful zone of tranquility well worth spending time within.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Matt says: Sublime Japanese-inspired serenity from The Kyoto Connection. Perfect blue-sky gazing in the garden music - through the LP's course you're transported to place of absolute calm and horizontal decadence. Make sure you've a waiter to hand as you won't want to leave the hammock!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Memories From Japan
                      The Flower The Bird And The Mountain Part 1
                      Forest Of Correction
                      Mindscape I
                      Setsukos Smile
                      Ujigami Shrine
                      Mindscape Ii
                      A Night At Kumano Kodo
                      Computer Dreams
                      Mindscape Iii
                      The Flower The Bird And The Mountain Part Ii

                      There's no let up from the Wagram camp this week, who hook us up with no less than four killer comps. Keeping things decidedly binary, they've taken a battle of the sexes approach, furnishing us with 'Funk Women', 'Jazz Men', 'Jazz Women' and 'Soul Men'.

                      There's a whole lotta heat to be found on this fresh set of femme-funk classics, featuring jams from the likes of Lyn Collins, Minnie Ripperton, Gwen McCrae and many, many more!

                      TRACK LISTING

                      A1. Gloria Lucas - One Sweet Song
                      A2. Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
                      A3. Minnie Riperton - Adventures In Paradise
                      A4. Ruby Delicious - Rock Steady
                      A5. Brenda George - What You See Is What You're Gonna Get
                      A6. Jackie Dee - Love You Wholeheartedly
                      A7. Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Givin'
                      B1. Marva Whitney - What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You [Single Version]
                      B2. Ruth Davis - I Need Money
                      B3. Millie Jackson - Do What Makes The World Go Round
                      B4. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) [Album Version]
                      B5. Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Don't Joke With A Hungry Man
                      B6. Ann Peebles - Slipped, Tripped & Fell In Love
                      C1. Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman
                      C2. Little Rose Little - Family Tree
                      C3. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Hold It Down
                      C4. Jackson Sisters - I Believe In Miracles
                      C5. Rose Royce - Car Wash [Single Version]
                      C6. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat (2012 – Remaster)
                      D1. Melba Moore - Mind Up Tonight
                      D2. Sisters Love - Gimme Your Love
                      D3. Diana Ross - Upside Down
                      D4. Donna Summer - Hot Stuff (Single Edit)
                      D5. Carrie Lucas - Dance With You (Single Edit)

                      Rolling in on an unbreakable motorik groove, The Parrots second album - Dos - starts very much on the front foot. You Work All Day And Then You Die is a bold statement of intent, a signpost at the side of the road that tells you straight about the futility of our modern lives spent chained to the work station. As the chant-along chorus goes, “It’s hard to find some peace of mind” - a line that feels like a reaction to the last year and half on planet Earth.

                      From You Work All Day And Then You Die’s relentless pulse to closer Romance’s end of the night celebration of friendship and survival, Dos is an all consuming, life-affirming joyous noise. Where The Parrots debut - Los Niños Sin Miedo - howled and rattled like the garage bands that had inspired them in their formative years in Madrid, Dos was conceived by Diego Garcia (guitar, vocals) and Alex de Lucas (bass) as a chance to showcase their wider ambitions. That desire to expand the band’s sound led them to working with producer Tom Furse from The Horrors.

                      Fans of The Parrots previous records and their life-enhancing live shows needn’t worry that things have changed too much. Dos is still very much a garage rock record, only one now painted in brighter, bolder, more psychedelic colours. Just Hold On is a summery late ’60s West Coast stomp while Nadie Dijo Que Fuera Fácil (translation - Nobody Said It Would Be Easy) and Amigos recall modern psychedelic voyagers such as Spacemen 3 and Super Furry Animals - bands who effortlessly combined drones with celestial melody. Elsewhere, It’s Too Late To Go To Bed sounds like something released on Ze Records in the early ’80s. When you spend some time with Dos - the riotous and addictive second Parrots album - you’ll realise it’d be wise not to wear your best clothes the next time they roll in to town as you’ll invariably be going home drenched, ecstatic and covered in footprints. Bring it on.

                      The Parrots talk about the new record by saying: “Most of the album was recorded in Wilton Way Studios in Hackney in periods between summer 2019 and the start of 2020. Because of lockdown, it ended up getting finished in Madrid with Harto Rodriguez. Recording at home was really nice because it meant we could call on some of our very talented friends to join us in the studio. Most of the record was written before the lockdown but that unexpected pause in all of our lives made us rethink some of it and finish bits off in a different way. Also, when we knew we couldn’t go back to London to finish it, we decided to invite a lot of our friends back home to the studio. That made recording feel almost like a celebration. Everyone we knew was fine; even with the global pause we could still find the bright spots and stay together.”

                      “Even though garage rock is kind of the core of all our influences, in the last few years we’ve been listening to lots of stuff that we’d kind of relegated to a second position. We rediscovered a lot of artists that we listened back when we first fell in love with music - bands like LCD Soundsystem and Gang of Four, lots of mutant disco. Tom really helped us there, he made sense out of the chaotic mashup of influences that we brought into the studio. And because we’ve always loved hip hop, we followed a different approach to putting songs together, using samples and sampling ourselves a lot. Beastie Boys, ESG, Devo, Los Zombies (the Spanish band) were all a very big influence on the tone of the record. Also the Spanish music scene has been changing a lot in the last years and listening to a lot of new Spanish artists has helped us break down some walls and made us create music in a more free way.”

                      ‘Dos’ is the follow up to the Madrid duo’s (Diego García & Alex de Lucas) acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’ and shows the band taking an evolutionary step that finds them sounding stronger and more realized than ever before, from their original characteristics of stripped-down melodic garage rock to a fresh sonic perspective. Produced by Tom Furse (The Horrors) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Temples), the Parrots find themselves experimenting with more modern production soundscapes and electronic grooves.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Undeniably a garage record, but imbued with the spirit of myriad influences including synth, disco and good ol' psych The Parrots' new record is both wonderfully effervescent and surprisingly jubilant. Lurching from droning, muddy groove to razor-sharp melodicism in the blink of an eye.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. You Work All Day And Then You Die
                      2. Just Hold On
                      3. Maldito (feat C. Tangana)
                      4. Lo Dejaría Todo
                      5. Don’t Cry
                      6. It's Too Late To Go To Bed
                      7. Nadie Dijo Que Fuera Fácil
                      8. Fuego
                      9. Amigos
                      10. How Not To Be Seen
                      11. Romance (feat Los Nastys)

                      The Dream Syndicate

                      Ultraviolet Battle Hymns And True Confessions

                        The brand-new album from The Dream Syndicate blends vintage Krautrock, Eno-like ambience, Neu-inspired rhythmic groove and a Californian sun baked sheen into the their classic psychedelic, melodic, hue.

                        The Dream Syndicate have moved well past their early Velvet Underground influences and taken on British glam, German prog, and more Featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, lead guitarist Jason Victor plus their newest member Chris Cacavas on keyboards, plus guest appearances from Stephen McCarthy (of The Long Ryders) and Marcus Tenney's expressive sax and trumpet work.

                        “Clever, ambitious, and blessedly noisy.” - AllMusic.

                        “Atmospheric rock music veering between noise and subtlety compelling.” - Pitchfork.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A1. Where I’ll Stand
                        A2. Damian
                        A3. Beyond Control
                        A4. He Chronicles Of You
                        A5. Hard To Say Goodbye
                        B1. Every Time You Come Around
                        B2. Trying To Get Over
                        B3. Lesson Number One
                        B4. My Lazy Mind
                        B5. Straight Lines

                        The Range


                          On Mercury, Hinton builds on the techniques he established on his critically acclaimed 2016 LP Potential, seeking to create human connection in the Internet age through sampling vocalists from the corners of YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope. “I feel like I can find ways to express myself in ways that I’m too shy or unable to do in the real world,” Hinton says of the process. Mercury is moody, transportive, and undeniably rave-infused, and although it is indebted to IDM mainstays and grime pioneers, the album finds Hinton pushing himself outside the constraints of any one specific genre.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Bicameral
                          2. 1995
                          3. Urethane
                          4. Ricercar
                          5. Not For Me
                          6. Relegate
                          7. A Tree Day
                          8. Balm
                          9. Cantor
                          10. Every Good Thing
                          11. Violet

                          Kelley Stoltz

                          The Stylist

                            "The Stylist", Kelley Stoltz's 17th album finds him following up the Third Man Records reissue of his 2001 "Antique Glow", with a collection of 10 new songs. The album was recorded early in 2021, and has been languishing in the vinyl pressing log jam ever since - but luckily Stoltz writes timeless songs, the kind that might've appeared on the fringes of the late 60's or mid 80's. Acoustic guitars, synthesizers, drum machines and strong melodies abound. As with his other classic records "Below the Branches", "Double Exposure" and "Ah! (etc)" Stoltz plays most of the instruments himself and records in his home studio in San Francisco. Kelley says, "I chose the title 'the Stylist' because musically I guess that's what I am... because of the way I write, at my leisure over a period of months at home, I kinda flit around between styles. It's all in the pop-rock vein, but there's usually a wide range of sounds and inspiration from song to song. It sort of fits together in a mix tape kind of way, rather than an exploration of one particular mood. That's always been the case with my albums."

                            The chorus-y guitar jangle of "Your Name Escapes Me" somehow name checks the New Bomb Turks, while reflecting on familiar if forgotten faces from Stoltz's past. On "My Island" insistent piano and saxophone solos take the listener on a tropical trip to the soft rock radio dial. Stoltz played rhythm guitar in Echo & the Bunnymen for a few years, and "We Grew So Far Apart" clangs like a lost Liverpool 80's classic. Stoltz says, "There's a touch more piano on this record... going back to my Sub Pop days, when I was writing more Beatle-y bits... Harry Nilsson... that kind of thing." Indeed, the piano led "It's a Cold World" plays like a holy union of Todd Rundgren and the Zombies where Stoltz declares, "it's a cold world at times, but I'm not ready to give up the fight."

                            Thankfully, after 23 years the beat goes on... and no matter what style Stoltz chooses, "The Stylist" is another platter of tuneful delight in the impressive catalog of one of the great songwriters of our time.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Side A
                            We Grew So Far Apart
                            You Had To Be There
                            My Wildest Dream
                            Its A Cold World
                            Side B
                            Is There Anything That's Better Than This , Babe?
                            Your Name Escapes Me
                            In The Night
                            Wrong Number
                            My Island

                            TC & The Groove Family

                            First Home

                              Soaring horns, jangly highlife guitars, Latin-Caribbean polyrhythms and politically-charged lyrics collide in pulsing afrobeat and UK jazz conversation on First Home, the debut album by Leeds-raised 10-piece, TC & The Groove Family, on the Gilles Peterson-approved, Bristol based label, Worm Discs. Produced by Nubiyan Twist’s Tom Excell (Onipa, Ego Ella May, Nerija) and following in the footsteps of fellow Leeds-grown talents, Submotion Orchestra and Necktr, TC & The Groove Family’s First Home melds a divergent and international pool of influences (as heard in their fiercely energetic live sets), whilst also telling the story of a group of friends returning to the city where they once assembled, to chant down the powers that be and further widen the British jazz sound through a distinct 2022 Leeds filter.

                              Comprising members who learnt their chops performing across Leeds’s thriving live-music circuit, TC & The Groove originally formed as the brainchild of drummer/percussionist and Midlands-raised, Tim Cook. All but one of the group studied at the renowned Leeds College Of Music and through their communion on the dancefloors/streets of Leeds’ famous Subdub, Leeds West Indian Carnival and at Cosmic Slop parties, TC & The Groove Family’s mixed-gender and multicultural unit bring together a stylistic range that encompasses Soulful house/UKG inspired vocals, King Tubby, post-punk/indie and DJ Shadow. Inviting such a disparate group of musicians might have seemed random at first but what was to follow was an unmatched sense of comfort and familiarity.

                              Recorded over the course of a hot early summer’s week in Sheffield at Yellow Arch Studios, First Home blends dexterous Latin percussion, Central African psychedelia and UK soundsystem culture across eight exchanges of cross-genre exploration, augmented by Tom Excell’s finessed production and studio engineering. The Arthur Verocai-inspired, Tio opens proceedings, it’s sultry Afrobeat meets Brazilian/MPB fusion, arranged by trombonist Max Purcell-Burrows, is named after Leedsbased promoter, DJ and mentor Lubi ‘Uncle’ Jovanovic and strikes the right balance between Latin, Afro-Cuban street parties and meditative jazz. The set takes a darker turn on Bossfight, the grime-esque opening horn line and Pariss Elektra’s impactful vocals capture a moment of collective anger towards Brexit, systemic racism and the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policies.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1 Tio
                              A2 Bossfight (Feat. Pariss Elektra)
                              A3 Dueño
                              A4 Duende (Feat. Pariss Elektra)
                              B1 Sleeping Lions (Feat. Pariss Elektra)
                              B2 Sucker Punch
                              B3 Weh Dem A Do? (Feat. Franz Von)
                              B4 Clipston Parade 

                              The Liminanas & David Menke

                              The Ballad Of Linda L & The Devil Inside Me

                                The psychedelic French garage duo The Liminanas and german-french music composer & sound engineer David Menke wrote together 2 OST for documentaries . “The Ballad Of Linda L” for the Arte eponymous documentary about the life of Linda Lovelace. And “The Devil Inside me” for the Netflix serie “Monsters Inside : The 24 Faces Of Billy Milligan” . 100% new music, fuzz guitars & garage rock.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                VINYL 1 - OST THE BALLAD OF LINDA L
                                FACE A
                                1. Prologue
                                2. Deep
                                3. Doin' It
                                4. The Ballad Of Linda L.
                                5. 80's Score Pt. A
                                6. 80's Score Pt. B
                                FACE B
                                1. Friends On Fire
                                2. Desolation
                                3. Romance
                                4. Punky Disco
                                5. Linda’s Lament
                                6. Get Up To Fight

                                VINYL 2 - OST THE DEVIL INSIDE ME
                                FACE A
                                1. Them
                                2. Waiting For You
                                3. Losing Control
                                4. A Shot Of Whiskey
                                5. Strange Girl
                                6. Meeting Morrison
                                7. Back To Amanda
                                8. Oh Lord
                                FACE B
                                1. Love Around Us
                                2. Illusion Song
                                3. USA Motorbike
                                4. Surfing
                                5. The Devil Inside Me
                                6. Savages
                                7. West Coast
                                8. Suicide Solution

                                Neneh Cherry

                                The Versions

                                  Neneh Cherry announces a new project titled The Versions, a collaboration album of covers from her expansive catalogue by an all female lineup of some of the most exciting and revered artists of our time. 

                                  The Versions is a 10-track album featuring Neneh Cherry reworks from artists that have a personal connection to the artist and her music. Sia expresses her love for Neneh and her family saying, “Neneh was my favorite artist when she hit the scene. I saved my pocket money for red filas and dreamt one day we would meet. When I was struggling with my mental health in my early twenties, I somehow ended up in their house being taken care of as if I was one of their own children. I called her husband during a suicide attempt, who had been mentoring me as an incredible music producer, and they gave me all the love I could have dreamt of. I owe them a huge thanks and would sing ‘a-b-c’ for them if they asked.
                                  Neneh, my very first queen, Cameron my bonus dad, I love you forever amen!

                                  Other artists involved include long-time friend, one of pop's treasured musical geniuses and woman behind some of the most memorable songs of recent decade, Robyn who teamed up with Mapei to re-imagine the seminal track “Buffalo Stance” into a slinky, scandipop song with the help of Dev Hynes on production. Pop provocateur, ANOHNI lends her haunting vocals to “Woman”, delivering an arresting remake of the empowering track and south London nomad Greentea Peng transforms “Buddy X” into a garage infused number. Singer-songwriter and poet Jamila Woods adds her soulful touch on “Kootchi” with artist and violinist Sudan Archives completely reconstructing “Heart” into a sparse and delicate offering. Seinabo Sey adds Scandinavian soul to “Kisses On The Wind”, Kelsey Lu’s ethereal vocals on her version of “Manchild” transports the track into unworldly heights with Neneh’s daughter TYSON bringing her own sensual attitude to “Sassy” before Honey Dijon wraps things up and taking things to the dancefloor with her house remix of “Buddy X”.

                                  Neneh Cherry has continued to define and redefine culture, style and music, releasing five studio albums, including 2018’s Broken Politics, produced by Four Tet, which was met with critical acclaim by the likes of The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Times, Q and Pitchfork. 2020 saw her reissue her radically influential debut album Raw Like Sushi to celebrate its 30th anniversary and recently received the honorary Icon Award at the NME Awards 2022. 

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01_Robyn Feat Mapei - Buffalo Stance
                                  02_Sia - Manchild
                                  03_Anohni - Woman
                                  04_Greentea Peng - Buddy X
                                  05_Jamilia Woods - Kootchi
                                  06_TYSON - Sassy
                                  07_Sudan Archives - Hearts
                                  08_Seinabo Sey - Kisses On The Wind
                                  09_Kelsey Lu – Manchild
                                  10_Honey Dijon – Buddy X Rework 

                                  Bobby Oroza

                                  Get On The Otherside

                                    Bobby Oroza puts his desire for the profound on wax with his sophomore album Get On The Otherside. Musically, he has updated the formula we were introduced to on the first record. But lyrically, songs are bravely rooted in the more complicated, ubiquitous inner tangles of life like self-examination and coming to terms with the vastness of the human experience. With Coronavirus bringing the world to a halt, Bobby—a father and husband—had to do something. No tours to play or studio time to fill, Bobby found himself back in the construction yard, doing blue-collar work to provide for his family. "I was super grateful for the work—a lot of my colleagues didn't have an option like that," Bobby admits. More than a few personal hardships forced him to acknowledge and work through some brutal truths. And what came of it?

                                    Well, for one, this new record Get On The Otherside which pretty well describes what Bobby's been through: He had to demolish his ego, his old ways of thinking, and his tried approaches to anchor into a refreshed perspective with new understandings. As Bobby tells it, "I had to do some real self-searching, come to terms with what was wrong, and how much of it I was responsible for." So how does this translate to the new album? Moments of clarity as to where the real value in life lies on "I Got Love," encouraging numbers like the title track "The Otherside", and declarations of self actualization on "My Place, My Time." Even the more straightforward love songs are outside the box lyrically like "Sweet Agony" and "Loving Body." If you have never had the pleasure of catching one of Bobby's live shows you may have no idea that he is a maverick on the guitar.

                                    He lets us in on a little of that on "Passing Things" with a solo that possesses the same restrained and space that his lyrics do. As we'd expect, the songwriting still has that raw, direct edge to it. But an evolution has taken place. There are new points of view on familiar territory which in Bobby's words "For me to love, I needed to take a bigger view of love. One with less ego and more empathy" really hold true. The result is a record with Bobby's new found humility on full display and a message of encouragement to anyone who is struggling and can't see a way out. It still may be hard to nail down and define Bobby and his sound. He's no one thing more than the other. But what he's showing us now, on Get On The Otherside, is that we can also label him a soulful, philosophical optimist. Someone who can say a lot with a little, and who wants us all to know that it's us that has to do the hard lifting to truly live a life in love—both with the world and with yourself

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Side A:

                                    I Got Love
                                    Loving Body
                                    Bobby’s New Mood
                                    The Otherside
                                    Soon Everyone Will Know
                                    Blinding Light

                                    Side B:

                                    My Place My Time
                                    Sweet Agony
                                    Passing Thing
                                    Make Me Believe
                                    Real Connection
                                    Through These Tears


                                    Look For Love / Hooked On You [The Reflex Revisions]

                                    Next up on Reflex's Discolidays label is a two track fully licensed from Cerrone himself via Malligator / Because Music! Featuring the first ever multitrack remix of the classic ‘Look For Love’ b/w a repress of ‘Hooked On You’ revision (#1 Cerrone remix on Spotify) previously out on a super limited RSD release way back in 2015.

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Millie says: Discolidays second instalment of disco fun with favourites Reflex Revisions to really make it pop. If this one passed you by all those years ago then here's your opportunity.. I wouldn't sleep if I were you

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Look For Love [The Reflex Revision]
                                    B1. Hooked On You [The Reflex Revision]

                                    Slow Down

                                    Into The Machine Haus

                                      Slow Dawn is from Ottawa, Canada and have spent the past few years honing their craft with a series of self released titles, including 2020’s Experimental Farm, a rather angst-ridden and raw display of sonic power. They are led by guitarist Dan Druff, formerly of Holy Cobras, and are rounded out by Chris DiLauro on drums and Jesse Winchester (Masss) on bass and synthesizer. The band draws influence from the darker edges of the musical spectrum and places a majority of their energy on filling empty voids with as much sound as possible. Slow Dawn is a cacophony of reverberating distortion, swirls of echoing vocals, droning horns, and a steady din of plodding drums. Whether it’s Ottawa’s grim and cold winters or simply a sign of the times, the band’s sound is quite dystopian and is marked by a sense of solemn minimalism. It would be safe to say that with Slow Dawn, the glass is rarely half full.

                                      With six songs clocking in at about 22 minutes, Into the Machine Haus moves quickly and efficiently through a range of territories that include post-punk, psych, krautrock, noise, and even a little bit of goth. It’s a unique amalgamation of sound that demands attention. The band’s influences are easily read but integrated in a way that they escape the dreaded “sounds like” tag. And, to their credit, there are no wasted moments or frivolous meanderings. Their approach is straightforward, primal, and succinct. In the case of this album, less is definitely more. (Mike Mannix).

                                      The Let Go

                                      Delete My Feelings

                                        Delete My Feelings is The Let Go's debut EP on Chess Club Records. The mixtape features self-produced bangers 'Woke' and 'Vegas' as well as current single 'Last Year's Model Club', which features additional production from Oscar Scheller (PinkPantheress, Arlo Parks, Ashnikko). The Let Go are Cole and Scout, 19-year-old Washington natives who relocated to the UK to attend LIPA in Liverpool. They write and produce all their own work together, with influences ranging from The 1975 and Billy Joel to Brockhampton and Dominic Fike, drawing influence from bedroom pop, hip hop, punk, indie and everything in between to create their own unique sonic landscape made for the here and now. 

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Delete My Feelings
                                        2. Vegas
                                        3. Woke
                                        4. Last Year's Model Club
                                        5. Beabadoobee
                                        6. Ghost

                                        Post Animal

                                        Levitation Sessions

                                          The Chicago based Post Animal takes us into an alternate-universe created at Sleeping Village. The gardens of distorted mirrors lend itself to the psych-pop journey you’re about to embark on! "We recorded this modern blend of our work, some old, some new, live at Sleeping Village in Chicago. The grass was truly greener on the inside. Brought to you by the source of creativity excelsior (ever upward)!" - Post Animal.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. You Know Better
                                          2. Caving In
                                          3. Post Animal
                                          4. Gelatin Mode
                                          5. Schedule
                                          6. In A Paradise
                                          7. Safe Or Not
                                          8. How Do You Feel?

                                          The Spy from Cairo (aka Moreno "Zeb" Visini) returns with his 5th studio album on Wonderwheel Recordings: "Animamundi" features some special collaborations from his travels & live shows from over the past few years. The album reflects the move from his home in NYC to his mother's home in a quiet village in Italy to take care of her in her older age. It's been a difficult transition with Italy's challenging experience with the pandemic, including some of the strictest measures enforced on the public. He recalls by stating "This album was conceived between 2020 and 2021 in Italy, between lockdowns, restrictions, and various pandemic mandates. Its message is of hope and positivity - a reminder that we are all spiritual beings… Free spiritual beings… and that freedom can't be broken."

                                          "Animamundi" is a reconfirmation that The Spy from Cairo overcomes all obstacles & delivers a diverse progression of his iconic "Arabadub" sound, with the help of collaborators like Andalucian vocalist Carmen Estevez, Mexican vocalist Mambe Rodriguez on the heavy hitting "Criminal," Egyptian vocalist Adii Small on "Beautiful Baraka," and former touring band member, the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fatima Gozlan from Hungary. The music can vary from heavy deep electronic synths and live eastern instrumentation with Zeb playing oud, saz, chiftelli, bass, percussion, and other instruments, all along giving it his signature dub mixing style.

                                          The songs take inspiration from a wide range of musical traditions and cultures, including Turkish (on "Cosmic Pasha," "Qanun in Dub" – using the qanun, an instrument popular across the Middle East, with a sound between the European harp and a dulcimer – and "Black Sea," which utilises a typical Dabke melody), Egyptian ("Mizmirized," sampling riffs from a mizmar), Indian ("Seeds of Culture), and Sufi ("Divination," a devotional composition), fusing these reference points with healthy doses of cumbia, funk, reggae, psychedelic, and dub. Thematically, "Animamundi" deals with some of the struggles Zeb – and all of us – have faced the last two years, through the lens of his personal experiences. Yet, the tone of the record manages to remain positive, like an uplifting dance through the world's sounds; after all, "Animamundi" means "soul of the world" in Greek. With album art by Sam Angeli and layout design by Marcial Arts, this beautiful album is a truly well-rounded worldwide collaboration.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Animamundi
                                          2. Beautiful Baraka (feat. Adil Smaali)
                                          3. Black Sea
                                          4. Cosmic Pasha
                                          5. Criminal (feat. Mambe Rodriguez)
                                          6. Divination
                                          7. Extraterrestre (feat. Carmen Estevez)
                                          8. Hamsa Shuffle
                                          9. Mizmirized
                                          10. Qanun In Dub
                                          11. Seeds Of Culture
                                          12. Ya Wuldani (feat. Fatou Gozlan & Duo Darbar)


                                          All The Colours / Southbank Slide / 5am In Vauxhall

                                          The debut release from MAJIKAL featuring 4 dark hypnotic house cuts from the legendary El-B

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: Stone cold garage DON, El-B tries his hand at some funky / deep house business (why not?). It's still got that bass-n-shuffle you'd expect from this talented and singular producer but he swaps the sound bwoy attitude for something a bit more slick and sexier.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. All The Colours
                                          2. Southbank Slide
                                          3. 5am In Vauxhall

                                          Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks

                                          Keep On Keepin' On

                                          Shirley Davis is centered, feet firmly planted and gazing right on into the future. The powerful soul singer takes no prisoners and holds no regrets on her third album, Keep On Keepin' On. As Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks, Davis harnesses the power of soul mothers past as well as her own history to deliver a record that rollicks from soul serenade to rocking ballad, then brings it on home with hard stepping soul.

                                          Keep On Keepin' On embodies the best of the modern soul tradition, while showcasing a unique voice in its growing canon. Conjuring classic soul and funk sounds of the 1960s and '70s, as well as the mighty Sharon Jones – whose last words to Davis provide the album title -- Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks' latest is a highly personal tale of empowerment and self-realization, served up without losing an ounce of grooviness.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Culture Or Vulture
                                          2. Wild Girl
                                          3. Keep On Keepin' On
                                          4. Love Insane
                                          5. It's All Right
                                          6. True People
                                          7. Outdoor
                                          8. Stay Firm
                                          9. So Much To Me
                                          10. Take Out The Trash
                                          11. Still Young

                                          Matthew Bourne


                                            Matthew Bourne follows 2017’s Isotach album, and recent collaborations with Keeley Forsyth and Nightports, with a collection of prepared piano pieces.

                                            Irrealis was recorded in a single session, each take played as live without any overdubs. Having taught himself the basics of prepared piano by throwing confectionary into his school’s instrument, elements of these experimentations played a key role in Bourne’s early performances. This culminated in an infamous performance piece which saw the explosive musical demolition of an upright piano with a sledgehammer.

                                            Far from the staid academic process the discipline is often approached with, Irrealis sees a restless improvisational musician explore the possibilities of his instrument with a box of nuts, bolts and Blu-Tak, and a sense of playfulness and spontaneity.

                                            TRACK LISTING


                                            Nikki Sudden

                                            The Truth Doesn’t Matter (Remixed Remastered Reimagined)

                                              The Final Album recorded by Nikki Sudden release posthumously by friends.

                                              Now after consultation with all band members and producer John Rivers the album has been re assembled re mixed and re mastered to create the best sound it’s ever been.

                                              Lavishly designed by Dave Twist includes notes by band members and photos from the sessions. 

                                              The LP comes in deluxe gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags. Contains bonus tracks and has been reordered to the last email nikki sent on the subject 

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1/‘Lisabeth Wood
                                              A2/Talking To The Wrong Guy
                                              A3/Seven Miles
                                              A4/Jet Star Groove
                                              A5/Draggin' Me Down
                                              A6/Nothing Left
                                              B1/Green Shield Stamps
                                              B2/Empire Blues
                                              B3/The Last Flash Of The Cavalier Nation
                                              B4/Black Tar
                                              C1/Judas Iscariot (Big City Berlin)
                                              C2/Beyond Hope (Visions Of Sin)
                                              C3/The Ballad Of Johnny And Marianne
                                              C4/All This Buttoning And Unbuttoning
                                              C5/Pirate Girls
                                              D1/Don't Break My Soul
                                              D3/The Price Of Nails
                                              D4/Gin Palace (Jordan's Dragoons)
                                              D5/Slave Trade

                                              Glen Branca

                                              The Acsension - 2022 Reissue

                                                Glenn Branca’s first full-length album The Ascension is a colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composers Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with Jeffrey Glenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell’s Kitchen to record five incendiary compositions. Originally released in the summer of 1981, The Ascension effectively tears down the genre-ghettos between 20th century avant-garde and ecstatic rock ’n’ roll.

                                                On “The Spectacular Commodity,” chiming, shimmering tones unfold into sinister drone-territory à la Tony Conrad, while abrasive guitars and repetitive beats retain the raw primitivism of No Wave. The title track attains a densely packed, larger-than-life sound and (as author Marc Masters says best) “never stops climbing skyward.” With artist Robert Longo’s stark front cover that depicts Branca battling an unidentified man, The Ascension is a must-have record not only for fans of early Swans and Sonic Youth, but also of Steve Reich or Slint’s Tweez.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                1. Lesson No. 2
                                                2. The Spectacular Commodity
                                                3. Structure
                                                4. Lightfield (In Consonance)
                                                5. The Ascension

                                                NEW UR !! Wavejumpers spotted off the coast of Scotland. Can you decode the sound that lurks in the fog?

                                                Complimenting the hi-tech jazz flavoured Manu De Fuego (UR-095), also released this week, we have a Drexciyan flavoured release from Wavejumper, another new UR jam to blast away all other competition!

                                                Underwater, squiggly, scuba diving techno and electro that's deliciously textured. You can almost feel the propeller's drag through the aqua-tunnel! Don't need to tell you how quickly these are gonna get snapped up.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Hard to pick a favourite out of the TWO, NEW (!) Underground Resistance records this week. Mana De Fuego sorts out the much needed main room money shot but here Wavejumpers (who?) go on a Drexciyan scuba dive, exploring the sub layers with a street-wise and fierce attitude. It's killer!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                A1. The Sound
                                                A2. Aquatic Justice
                                                B1. Cetacaen Nation
                                                B2. Decoding The Maps
                                                B3. Sunken Treasure

                                                Bosq Featuring The Ibibio Horns & Kaleta

                                                Song For Ehi

                                                A fine collaboration between Columbia's Bosq, Ibibio Sound System's horn section and vocalist Kaleta; the team conjure up an instantly gratifying slice of Afro-reggae-disco goodness with flecks of Edo-funk. A fusion of styles, but united under a lilting disco-reggae pulse; the vibrant brass, frenetic guitars and various syncopated layers harmonize wonderfully with the vocal part of "Song For Ehi". On the dub, vibes and percussion are pushed to the forefront, with tasty dub delays and a bass heavy mix dubbing this out inna mid-afternoon carnival style few can resist. 

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Matt says: Unignorably funky disco-reggae grooves here from Bosq and Co. Paying tribute to the greatest musical continent of the globe. Comes with a carnival ready dub to boot!

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side 1
                                                1. Song For Ehi (7:04)
                                                Side 2
                                                1. Song For Ehi (Bosq Disco Dub) (7:03)

                                                Sex Pistols

                                                God Save The Queen / Did You No Wrong

                                                  When the Sex Pistols made their definitive statement during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 with the incendiary single ‘God Save The Queen’, they produced a manifesto that threatened and delighted in equal measure.

                                                  Now, as the nation prepares for another jubilee, the single is back.

                                                  Re-creating the original artwork the Virgin version features the iconic Jamie Reid artwork - the 7" has transparent blue vinyl and includes the original B - side Did You No Wrong.

                                                  The In Crowd

                                                  Mango Walk

                                                    Reggae masterpiece "Mango Walk", by Jamaican producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt (The In Crowd, Azul, Lizard) continues to influence sound system culture around the globe and had been remastered here, alongside two first-rate remixes New generation Kingston crew Equiknoxx capture those influences on their Mango Walk version, with Shanique Marie providing a fresh vocal twist on the classic. Brazil's Urbandawn pays homage to Clive with his Mango Walk remix - a high octane drum 'n' bass roller.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Matt says: Not to be confused with "Mango Walk" by The Chosen Few, or indeed "Mango Drive" by Rhythm & Sound (what's with the mangos?!). The In Crowd supersede all with this intrinsic slice of roots from 1975 (!!). Decorated with two fresh remixes, this is a must-have release for reggae fans.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Mango Walk (Remastered)
                                                    2. Mango Walk (Equiknoxx Remix) Feat. Shanique Marie
                                                    3. Mango Walk (Urbandawn Remix)

                                                    The Mars Volta

                                                    Landscape Tantrums - Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium

                                                      Landscape Tantrums Lost for two decades, the recent rediscovery of Landscape Tantrums the first attempt at recording the music that would become The Mars Volta’s De-Loused In The Comatorium revealed an important and hitherto missing chapter in the group’s evolution. Selfrecorded by Omar (assisted by Jon DeBaun) at Burbank’s Mad Dog Studios within a head spinning four days, Landscape Tantrums captures De-Loused in somewhat embryonic form, though much of what would make The Mars Volta’s debut album such an electrifying, sublime experience was already in place: the fearless invention, the fusion of futurist rock elements and traditions from outside of the rock orthodoxy, the sense of virtuosity working in service of emotional effect. From a distance, The Mars Volta must have seemed as if they were on a high when they walked into the studio to record what they expected to be their debut album (“I didn’t think of it as demos or a dry run,” Omar says). The group had recently played the Coachella festival to rave reviews, a vindication of the quixotic risk Omar and Cedric had taken, quitting At The Drive In to lead such an uncompromising musical proposition.

                                                      Their debut EP, Tremulant, had similarly signalled their singular vision, and been rewarded with similarly positive feedback. But the truth was that The Mars Volta entered Mad Dog in tatters, scarcely believing anything other than failure lay within their reach. They’d recently lost their bassist, Eva Gardner, and parted ways with keyboard play Ikey Owens. Tensions were brewing with drummer Jon Theodore, too himself a replacement for founding drummer Blake Fleming Omar questioning Theodore’s commitment to the group. And sound manipulator Jeremy Michael Ward’s drug problem had gotten so far out of hand that he’d been sent to rehab, and wouldn’t return until two days into the Landscape Tantrums. The pressure upon Omar was intense, and it began to manifest in the form of physical and emotional breakdowns. His art was his life, but now he began to wonder if it was actually going to kill him. Under such heavy manners, miracles occurred at Mad Dog. Surely that’s the only way to describe the music contained on Landscape Tantrums, as Omar fashioned early versions of Inertiatic ESP, Drunkship Of Lanterns and Eriatarka that rivalled the Rick Rubin produced versions that ended up on De- Loused for intensity, precision and immediacy, as Cedric delivered a powerfully intimate reading of Televators, and as a bare bones version of the group sketched out the peaks of what would become their debut masterpiece in barely half a week, on a shoestring, and believing they wouldn’t last long enough to see it hit the shelves. Listening to Landscape Tantrums now, with the benefit of hindsight and the knowledge of what these songs will become, one notices Cedric has yet to fully find the voice that will lend The Mars Volta their devastating authority, that Eriatarka will evolve even further under Rick Rubin’s watch, and that the lyrics to De-Loused’s climactic chapter, Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt, have yet to be penned. But one also notices how lithe the group sound here, how hungry, and one appreciates the raw edge that Rubin would later polish to a venomous sharpness. More than mere historical curiosity, Landscape Tantrums is an essential text for the dedicated Mars Volta aficionado, and a breathtaking album in its own right.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      Side A
                                                      1. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) [Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium]
                                                      2. Son Et Lumière (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)
                                                      3. Inertiatic ESP (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)
                                                      4. Drunkship Of Lanterns (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)
                                                      5. Eriatarka (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)

                                                      Side B
                                                      1. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium) 
                                                      2. Televators (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)
                                                      3. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt (Unfinished Original Recordings Of De-Loused In The Comatorium)

                                                      The Rolling Stones

                                                      Singles Box Volume One: 1963-1966

                                                        A stunning, limited-edition, bespoke box set featuring authentic reproductions of The Rolling Stones original London and Decca labels singles and E.P.s, as released in the 1960s. Featuring original packaging, including coveted picture sleeves.

                                                        Includes three early, multi-track E.P.s: The Rolling Stones E.P, Five By Five and Got Live If You Want It!

                                                        Non-studio album tracks featured on the first two Decca singles: Come On / I Want To Be Loved (UK 1963) and I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned (UK 1964).
                                                        Rare non-LP B-side track – Sad Day, flip of 19th Nervous Breakdown.

                                                        (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction and Get Off Of My Cloud, each with alternate London and Decca B-sides (one US, one UK). The lesser-known organ intro version of Time Is On My Side is a featured London US A-side.

                                                        18 black high-quality vinyl 7” singles in full-colour picture sleeves.

                                                        32-page book with extensive liner notes by Rolling Stones authority Nigel Williamson alongside rare photos and ephemera.

                                                        A set of five photo cards and a full-colour poster, all housed in a hard-shell ‘lift-off lid box.

                                                        This is the first time the early Rolling Stones catalogue has been collected on 18 vinyl 45 RPM 7” singles. Volume one of two limited edition box sets (Volume Two will follow soon) that are a comprehensive chronological overview of The Rolling Stones early career as pop chart hitmakers.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Come On / I Want To Be Loved (UK 1963) [ 7"1 ]
                                                        Come On
                                                        I Want To Be Loved

                                                        I Wanna Be Your Man / Stoned (UK 1963 / US 1964) [ 7" 2 ]
                                                        I Wanna Be Your Man

                                                        The Rolling Stones EP – Bye Bye Johnny / Money / You Better Move On / Poison Ivy (UK 1964) [ 7" 3 ]
                                                        Bye Bye Johnny
                                                        You Better Move On
                                                        Poison Ivy

                                                        Not Fade Away / Little By Little - UK B-side (UK 1964) (US 1964 B-side Was I Wanna Be Your Man) [ 7" 4 ]
                                                        Not Fade Away
                                                        Little By Little

                                                        Tell Me / I Just Want To Make Love To You (US 1964) [ 7" 5 ]
                                                        Tell Me
                                                        I Just Want To Make Love To You

                                                        It's All Over Now / Good Times, Bad Times (UK 1964 / US 1964) [ 7" 6 ]
                                                        It's All Over Now
                                                        Good Times, Bad Times
                                                        Five X Five EP - If You Need Me / Empty Heart / 2120 South Michigan

                                                        Avenue / Confessin’ The Blues / Around & Around (UK 1964) [ 7" 7 ]
                                                        If You Need Me
                                                        Empty Heart
                                                        2120 South Michigan Avenue
                                                        Confessin’ The Blues
                                                        Around & Around

                                                        Time Is On My Side / Congratulations (US 1964) [ 7" 8 ]
                                                        Time Is On My Side

                                                        Little Red Rooster / Off The Hook (UK 1964) [ 7" 9 ]
                                                        Little Red Rooster
                                                        Off The Hook

                                                        Heart Of Stone / What A Shame (US 1964) [ 7" 10 ]
                                                        Heart Of Stone
                                                        What A Shame

                                                        The Last Time / Play With Fire (UK 1965 / US 1965) [ 7" 11 ]
                                                        The Last Time
                                                        Play With Fire

                                                        Got Live If You Want It! EP – (UK June 1965) We Want The Stones / Everybody Needs Somebody To Love/Pain In My Heart / Route 66 / I'm
                                                        Moving On / I'm Alright [ 7" 12 ]
                                                        We Want The Stones
                                                        Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
                                                        Pain In My Heart
                                                        Route 66
                                                        I'm Moving On
                                                        I'm Alright

                                                        (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction / The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man – US B-side (US 1965) [ 7" 13 ]
                                                        (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
                                                        The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

                                                        (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction / The Spider And The Fly – UK B-side (UK 1965) [ 7" 14 ]
                                                        (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
                                                        The Spider And The Fly

                                                        Get Off My Cloud / I’m Free – US B-side (US 1965) [ 7" 15 ]
                                                        Get Off My Cloud
                                                        I’m Free

                                                        Get Off My Cloud / The Singer Not The Song - UK B-side (UK 1965) [ 7" 16 ]
                                                        Get Off My Cloud
                                                        The Singer Not The Song

                                                        As Tears Go By / Gotta Get Away (US 1965) [ 7" 17 ]
                                                        As Tears Go By
                                                        Gotta Get Away

                                                        19th Nervous Breakdown / Sad Day - US B-side (US 1966) [ 7" 18 ]
                                                        19th Nervous Breakdown
                                                        Sad Day - US B-side

                                                        Normil Hawaiians

                                                        Dark World

                                                          ‘Dark World’ collects together choice material from Normil Hawaiians’ formative early years of 1979-1981. Tagging along with the band from their peppy post-punk origins (so brilliantly debuted on ‘The Beat Goes On’) into the looser, dubbier territories that laid the foundations for the group’s landmark album ‘More Wealth Than Money’.

                                                          ‘Dark World’ gathers the group’s energetic 7” singles on Dining Out and Illuminated Records, their metamorphic ‘Gala Failed’ EP (Red Rhino) and a lively last-minute Peel session from 1980, alongside outtakes, rarities and demos.

                                                          During this feverish time, founding member Guy Smith was motivated to make music that reveled in always trying out different things. Normil Hawaiians was a very fluid ensemble at this point, Guy often accompanied by Kev Armstrong and Jim Lusted encouraged saxophones, violins, synths, pianos and a select pack of female backing singers to take their post-punk sound into wilder directions. One of the earliest line-ups of Normil Hawaiians featured a 15-year old Janet Armstrong on vocals alongside Guy, ‘Ventilation’ best showcases her deadpan digressions. Janet went on to sing alongside David Bowie a few years later on his breathtaking mid-80’s gem ‘Absolute Beginners’. By this point Kev Armstrong was also guesting for Bowie on guitar duties too.

                                                          Another guest to join the ranks of Normil Hawaiians during this fertile time of cross-pollination was Bertie Marshall (aka Berlin of the proto-punk Bromley Contingent). ‘Sang Sang’ is a good example of how he was inspired to deliver his poetic treatises over the band’s atmospheric, floating improvisations. Bertie’s impressionistic influence helped the group uncouple further from rock tropes, as they became restless and more rhythmically-focused. ‘Still Obedient’ fidgets, soars and careens across the dancefloor, “if you’re ahead close your eyes, you won’t notice the subtitles” chants Guy.

                                                          By the end of this transformative two years Normil Hawaiians had spun an exceptional chrysalis around themselves. The dark world surrounding wouldn’t win out, they’d eaten-up the music and grown continuously, wrote and recorded rapidly, covered Zappa & even David Lynch and could feel the light beginning to shine through. ‘Dark World’ is a snapshot of a band in flux, finding their feet, stretching their limbs. Normil Hawaiians cover an awful amount of ground in such a short time-frame on this record and these tracks document all the glittering debris from their magpie’s nest. Emergent, hopeful and resistant in sound and ethic.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          LP Tracklisting:
                                                          01. Dark World
                                                          02. Coincidence
                                                          03. The Beat Goes On
                                                          04. Ventilation
                                                          05. In Heaven
                                                          06. Uncle Green Genes (Peel Session)
                                                          07. Memories (Peel Session)
                                                          08. Levels Of Water
                                                          09. Obedience
                                                          10. Sang Sang
                                                          11. The Return
                                                          12. Party Party
                                                          13. Still Obedient
                                                          14. Should You Forget
                                                          + (8 Bonus Tracks Included On Download Card Too)

                                                          CD Tracklisting:
                                                          01. Dark World
                                                          02. The Beat Goes On (demo Version)
                                                          03. Coincidence
                                                          04. I Wanna
                                                          05. In Heaven
                                                          06. The Beat Goes On (7” Single Version)
                                                          07. Ventilation
                                                          08. Outside
                                                          09. Levels Of Water (Peel Session)
                                                          10. Uncle Green Genes (Peel Session)
                                                          11. Memories (Peel Session)
                                                          12. The Beat Goes On (Peel Session)
                                                          13. Obedience
                                                          14. Levels Of Water
                                                          15. Sang Sang
                                                          16. The Return
                                                          17. Party Party
                                                          18. Still Obedient
                                                          19. Should You Forget
                                                          20. Exhibit
                                                          21. I Feel Like
                                                          22. In Buttered Pieces

                                                          The Soundcarriers


                                                            “We've always done things our own way and without any outside pressure,” says Paul Isherwood of The Soundcarriers. “Making music like this keeps things fresh, you always lose something and gain something as you go along but I think of it as just another chapter.”

                                                            There have been many chapters in the life of the band to date and each one is defined by the singular approach and style of the group. Since forming in 2007 the band - comprised of Isherwood, Adam Cann, Dorian Conway and Leonore Wheatley - have released three albums that position them as a distinct and unique force in British music. Eschewing fads and trends that come and go, they have instead focused on honing their own sonic world that glides between woozy psychedelia, immersive grooves, subtle pop and rich, enveloping soundscapes. They’ve consistently moved at their own pace and on their own terms and on their fourth album, Wilds, they return after seven years since their last. “The sessions started in a cottage in the wilds so there's a literal meaning,” Isherwood says of the title. “But figuratively we've pretty much been in the wild for the last few years as far as a lot of people are concerned.”

                                                            The recording was staggered over a few different locations, from cottages to primary schools, before finishing in an art gallery. “The beauty of recording in non-studio studios is you have the time for the unexpected to happen,” says Isherwood. “Which is really what keeps you coming back for more.” As a result of the timeframe of the album, it’s one that has changed and grown a lot over the years. “The record has been through a lot of stages,” says Isherwood. “It's almost been circular. We started off wanting to do an album of more shorter, concise tracks and then sort of sidestepped into some more spacey ambient ideas so in a way the album is kind of a synthesis of the two phases, overall carrying on with many of the themes and influences of the first three but with a more focused approach.”

                                                            The opening ‘Waves’ leaps out the gate with an infectious hook kissed by a touch of French pop before leaping into a devilishly catchy chorus and into a mini prog-like flute breakdown. It sets the tone for an album that is rich in adventure and unpredictability that manages to balance experimentation with accessibility. ‘At The Time’ is almost unrelenting in its grinding charge, managing to create a groove that cracks and pulses at the same time, ‘Wilds’ is a gorgeously floating piece of music that skips along with strutting bass as Wheatley’s vocals merge melody with texture magically. The closing ‘Happens Too Soon gently stirs to life with an almost pastoral folk air to it, as it slowly builds into swirling psych pop rich in texture before reaching a rousing crescendo. “I feel this album sums up a lot of our influences,” says Isherwood. “There’s a strong folk influence in the sense of the actual songwriting but musically we wanted to create songs that were like those rare oddities you find on a bizarre charity shop record. A collection of "one offs" capturing a moment rather than trying to make a hit song.”

                                                            This sense of it being an album of unique songs is clearly apparent throughout but it also maintains a natural flow and cohesion. This is something that stems from the band’s approach to songwriting for the record. “A lot of the tracks started with a feel or groove,” says Isherwood. “Then building it into a more concise arranged piece. We were conscious that we didn't want the recording to sound too over-polished so although a lot of the tracks were quite painstaking in how they evolved we wanted the actual recording to be quite raw and not be reliant on cutting things up or overly editing things. We wanted it to sound natural rather than perfect.”

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Waves
                                                            2. Traces
                                                            3. At The Time
                                                            4. All These Things
                                                            5. Falling Back
                                                            6. Saturate
                                                            7. Driver
                                                            8. Wilds
                                                            9. Happens Too Soon

                                                            The Skids

                                                            Scared To Dance - 2022 Reissue

                                                              Scared to Dance the debut lp from Scotland's Skids, will be re-released by Past Night From Glasgow in mid 2022. Estimated Ship Date is April. In addition to featuring a remastered version of the original album a second LP of bonus tracks will be included making this the definitive vinyl version of Scotland's definitive punk album. This record may have been recorded over 40 years ago but the songs resonate as much, if not more, today. Featuring the glorious "Into The Valley" and "The Saints Are Coming"

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Disc 1

                                                              1. Into The Valley
                                                              2. Scared To Dance
                                                              3. Of One Skin
                                                              4. Dossier (Of Fallibility)
                                                              5. Melancholy Soldiers
                                                              6. Hope And Glory
                                                              7. The Saints Are Coming
                                                              8. Six Times
                                                              9. Calling The Tune
                                                              10. Integral Plot
                                                              11. Charles
                                                              12. Scales

                                                              Disc 2

                                                              13. Sweet Suburbia
                                                              14. Open Sound
                                                              15. Night And Day
                                                              16. Contusion
                                                              17. T.V. Stars (Live)
                                                              18. Charles (Single Version)
                                                              19. Reasons
                                                              20. Test Tube Babies

                                                              Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band

                                                              Dear Scott

                                                              Finding that luck, love and letting things roll works out for him just fine, Michael Head leads his Red Elastic Band into a fresh chapter with optimism and some of the best music of his career, releases his, Bill Ryder-Jones-produced album, Dear Scott.  

                                                              Revered by heavyweight songwriting peers and discovered by new generations of discerning listeners, all enraptured by the fruits of Head’s winding, 40-year career, the Liverpool singer-songwriter enters a new age of creativity and collaboration with Dear Scott. Promising to be a shimmering jewel cast by the minds and hearts of Merseyside’s finest musicians, the 12-track album is dusted with both Ryder-Jones’ artistry and the heavyweight musicianship of The Red Elastic Band, which Head found had ‘stepped up’ following almost a year apart, forcing him to dig deeper himself.

                                                              Of slipping back into writing and recording in 2021, Head continues: “After being apart for a while, I went for a walk on the beach with the band and it was beautiful, literally and personally. Rehearsals followed and it clicked into place, with one thing leading to the next. It’s very much the ethos we’re working by, keeping things simple, but keeping the momentum. I’d met Bill a few times and he’s a lovely guy. Once we knew he was interested in producing the album we didn’t need to think about it again, it just progressed and became a completely natural thing.”

                                                              Dear Scott refers to novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose debt-ridden, down-and-out years captured the imagination of Head, specifically a postcard Fitzgerald addressed to himself upon checking in at Hollywood’s infamous Golden Age retreat, The Garden Of Allah Hotel. Head explains: “A decade after being the king of the jazz age, Fitzgerald arrived unfashionable and sober, ready to conquer Hollywood. His agent with a sense of humour booked him into The Garden Of Allah, where writers, movie stars and even Stravinsky sometimes lived. He famously picked up a postcard on checking in and addressed it to himself.”

                                                              The postcard read: Dear Scott, How are you? Have been meaning to come and see you. I have living at the Garden Of Allah. Yours Scott Fitzgerald

                                                              Head states that the formation of The Red Elastic Band in 2008 began with ‘whoever was available at the time’, primarily as a vehicle for live performance, producing one, previous album in 2017’s Adiós Señor Pussycat. The band has since developed into a cohesive, mutually-supportive and permanent line-up, with Phil Murphy on drums, Tom Powell on bass, Danny Murphy on guitars and Nathaniel Cummins on guitars and backing vocals being the musicians taking on the world in 2022 alongside Head.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Barry says: A Forever Changes for all ages!

                                                              Martin says: A Waterpistol for the 2020's.That good!

                                                              Andy says: Crystal clear, deep, 3D production from the wonderful Bill Ryder-Jones brings Mick's songs and stories right back to life on what has to be one of his greatest ever records and that's saying something. Album of the year contender!

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              A1 Kismet
                                                              A2 Broken Beauty
                                                              A3 The Next Day
                                                              A4 Freedom
                                                              A5 American Kid
                                                              A6 Grace And Eddie
                                                              B7 Fluke
                                                              B8 Gino And Rico
                                                              B9 The Grass
                                                              B10 The Ten
                                                              B11 Pretty Child
                                                              B12 Shirls Ghost 

                                                              The Hedrons

                                                              One More Won't Kill Us

                                                                Originally released in February 2007, The Hedrons debut album was a scintillating shimmering slice of girl punk - The band were formed in 2005 and enjoyed an almost meteoric rise to fame, they played shows with The Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones, enjoyed sizeable chart success in Scotland and appeared at numerous international festivals

                                                                Alas it all ended too soon .... but it's never truly over ...PNFG are delighted to bring you this Vinyl LP pressing of the debut album - One More Won't Kill Us.

                                                                Not only is this it's first ever appearance on vinyl but it is being repackaged and remastered with 2 bonus tracks (Bad Charm & Dear Thomas)

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                Couldn't Leave Her Alone
                                                                I Need You
                                                                Be My Friend
                                                                Falling Star
                                                                Stop, Look And Listen
                                                                Once Upon A Time
                                                                Frame Of Mind
                                                                Place Like This
                                                                One More Wont Kille Me
                                                                What Am To Do

                                                                The Loyal Seas (Tanya Donelly & Brian Sullivan)

                                                                Strange Mornings In The Garden

                                                                  The Loyal Seas are Tanya Donelly and Brian Sullivan. For the last decade, trailblazing alternative rock figurehead Tanya Donelly - co-founder of Belly, Throwing Muses and The Breeders - has pursued meaningful collaborations with favorite artists and friends. The resulting work is by turns poignant, delightful and entirely surprising, melding folk, rock, pop and orchestral sounds.

                                                                  Her latest, The Loyal Seas, pairs Donelly with New England cult-favorite Brian Sullivan, who's worked under the moniker Dylan in the Movies since the mid '00s. A skilled singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sullivan's debut, Feel the Pull (2005), and follow-up full-length, Sweet Rebel Thee (2014), are each teeming with a lush, discrete form of alt-pop, Sullivan's private mind garden translated as cinematic vignettes.

                                                                  Donelly and Sullivan first met in the mid '90s at Fort Apache Studios, the famed New England recording studio that has produced legions of beloved albums. They were friends almost instantly and have collaborated over years, appearing on two of American Laundromat's most popular tribute compilations. The pair contributed a sparkling cover of "The Lovecats" for Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to The Cure (2009), where Donelly's honeyed rasp is brightened by the contrast of Sullivan's lower-register growls. Their take on "Shoplifters of the World Unite," from Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths (2011), glimmers with melancholic wonder, Donelly's silken lead vocals textured by an orchestral scythe and Sullivan's backing anchor.

                                                                  The Loyal Seas' dynamic debut album, "Strange Mornings in the Garden" features 10 glorious originals written by Donelly and Sullivan, and showcases particular sides of their personalities with luxuriant, sweeping ballads to tightly-knit, kinetic alt-pop. It's a beautiful album from start to finish. Mastered by Sean Glonek (Matthew Sweet, Juliana Hatfield, Waxahatchee), with original art by Nicole Anguish (Nada Surf, Letters to Cleo, Lake Street Dive).

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1 (So Far From) Silverlake
                                                                  2 Strange Mornings In The Garden
                                                                  3 Early Light
                                                                  4 Driving With A Ghost
                                                                  5 Mary Magdalene In The Great Sky
                                                                  6 Come Around Again
                                                                  7 Milkweed
                                                                  8 Last Of The Great Machines
                                                                  9 You, Me, And The Sea
                                                                  10 Swimmers In The Gold

                                                                  Jens Lekman

                                                                  The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom

                                                                    “All my friends were playing in these bass-guitar-drum bands,” speaks Jens Lekman, casting his mind back over twenty years to his first rudimentary experiments with sampling using his father’s old cassette recorder, and an instinct to create music that would set him far apart from his Swedish pop peers. “I’m going to sound like Scott Walker. But I’m going to do it in my bedroom.” Works of sweeping, maximalist, orchestral wonder sung in a sumptuous tenor, weaving lifts from obscure fleamarket vinyl records with by turns burningly romantic and mordantly funny true-life tales from the sleepy-shadowy suburbs of Gothenburg – Lekman’s early songs come from a different time, a different place. An era when the internet was young, limitless and disruptive, sample culture was turning music inside out, and anything felt possible. After initially finding an audience through peer-to-peer file sharing sites, Lekman signed to Secretly Canadian Records in 2003, and went on to release a slew of cherished material, including three cult limited-edition EPs – Maple Leaves, Rocky Dennis and Julie – later collected on the 2005 compilation album Oh You’re So Silent Jens.

                                                                    His DIY fantasias found their fullest and most celebrated form in 2007 on his second album proper, the exquisite Night Falls Over Kortedala – Lekman’s self-professed “dream record”. It went to number one in Sweden and was later hailed as one of the 200 best albums of the 2000s by Pitchfork, as well as one of the top 100 albums of the 21st century so far by The Guardian. Now, like Oh You’re So Silent Jens, it no longer exists in its original form. Oh You’re So Silent Jens enigmatically disappeared in 2011; Night Falls Over Kortedala followed suit in early 2022. Lekman’s impulse for giving old music fresh life and context has led him to remake the records under new names, each delicately positioned in dialogue with the past – the same albums, just different.

                                                                    The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom and The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom are a pair of lovingly and painstakingly assembled reduxes each keeping the same core tracklisting, spirit and source material as the originals, but blending brand new versions of some tracks, in part or in whole, together with many tracks left largely as they were. Both records are fleshed out with rare, previously unreleased, and even previously unfinished old songs, as well as other contemporaneous material such as cassette diaries.

                                                                    On The Cherry Trees, two of Lekman’s best-loved early breakout singles are completely reimagined – ‘Maple Leaves’ as a tender ballad burnished with warm strings; tragi-comic illegal taxi ride to oblivion ‘Black Cab’ in two different versions, a handsome full band pop song and a gentle acoustic lullaby.

                                                                    The Linden Trees repackages all the true-life tales, magic, and mystery of Night Falls for a new age, yet in wholly familiar form, from the joyous ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah’ to hilariously uplifting missive ‘A Postcard to Nina’ and open-hearted love-song ‘Your Arms Around Me’. Taken together, the new albums form a sort of belated farewell to Lekman’s formative days as a bedroom Scott Walker, panning for sample gold in stacks of vintage vinyl. Albeit not a farewell to the original albums themselves, which will live on in fans’ record collections, and perhaps illicit corners of the internet. Spread to the wind. “I feel like these new records are like portals that can lead you to the old records if you want,” Lekman reflects. “I think that they can lead you to another time and a place, where you could work with music in a different way

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Barry says: It's a really interesting idea this, and 'Cherry Trees...' sees Swedish pop maestro Jens Lenkman revisit 'Oh You're So Silent, Jens' from 2005 and is a brittle and beautiful reconstruction of those wonderfully evocative pieces. Though the structure is recognisable, it's brought things right up to date with orchestral flourishes and a modern production aesthetic, paying homage to the original whilst completely reinventing it at the same time. Beautiful.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    SIDE A:
                                                                    1) November 27, 2002
                                                                    2) At The Dept. Of Forgotten Songs
                                                                    3) Maple Leaves
                                                                    4) Sky Phenomenon
                                                                    5) Pocketful Of Money
                                                                    6) Black Cab

                                                                    SIDE B:
                                                                    7) Someone To Share My Life With
                                                                    8) December 19, 2002
                                                                    9) Rocky Dennis’ Farewell Song To The Blind Girl
                                                                    10) Rocky Dennis In Heaven
                                                                    11) Jens Lekman’s Farewell Song To Rocky Dennis
                                                                    12) Julie (RMX)

                                                                    SIDE C:
                                                                    13) April 23, 2003
                                                                    14) I Saw Her In The Anti-War Demonstration
                                                                    15) A Sweet Summer’s Night On Hammer Hill
                                                                    16) A Man Walks Into A Bar
                                                                    17) Another Sweet Summer’s Night On Hammer Hill
                                                                    18) F-Word

                                                                    SIDE D:
                                                                    19) The Wrong Hands
                                                                    20) June 1, 2003
                                                                    21) Eureka
                                                                    22) The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom
                                                                    23) Black Cab (Acoustic)

                                                                    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                                    Live At Levitation '14 & '16

                                                                      2X LP from the band's 2014 and 2016 performances @ Levitation in Austin,TX. For this release we went all out with unique colorways, each limited to 2000, in a matte gatefold featuring unique gold foil embossed numbered jackets #0001 - 8000.

                                                                      The Reverberation Appreciation Society are beyond stoked to announce the 4th installment in our Live at Levitation series with the one and only King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard! This landmark double LP features the band's 2014 and 2016 shows pressed up on beautiful wax !

                                                                      This 4th release follows Live at Levitation releases from Kikagaku Moyo, The Black Angels and Primal Scream.

                                                                      The 2014 show, presented in full on the first LP, is particularly historic. This show happened to be the bands first ever performance in North America! "We've never played in America before" chimes Stu right before launching into their yet to be released 'I'm In Your Mind Fuzz' suite on side A... right after this tour the band would spend the summer in Brooklyn, NY recording I'm In Your Mind Fuzz and Quarters. These 2014 live versions feature early versions and a unique look into the creative process of a band that was about to explode onto the world scene. LP2 features the bands triumphant return to LEVITATION in 2016 and they are firing on all cylinders and celebrating the release of their Nonagon Infinity LP. While the festival was canceled due to severe weather, this recording is one of two shows Gizz played at Barracuda (RIP) in downtown Austin that weekend and we were set up to capture it in all its glory. Audio for both shows was recorded by Craig Lawrence, and then mixed by Gizz mastermind Stu Mackenzie at the band’s studio

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      DISC 1
                                                                      SIDE A

                                                                      1. I'm In Your Mind
                                                                      2. I'm Not In Your Mind
                                                                      3. Cellophane
                                                                      4. I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
                                                                      5. The Wholly Ghost
                                                                      6. Sleepwalker

                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                      1. Am I In Heaven?
                                                                      2. Head On / Pill

                                                                      DISC 2
                                                                      SIDE A

                                                                      1. Robot Stop
                                                                      2. Hot Water
                                                                      3. Trapdoor
                                                                      4. Gamma Knife
                                                                      5. People-Vultures

                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                      1. The River
                                                                      2. Evil Death Roll
                                                                      3. Cut Throat Boogie

                                                                      The Kills

                                                                      No Wow - The Tchad Blake Mix 2022

                                                                      On their seminal second album, No Wow, The Kills established the ethos that would set the tone for their expansive career - capture the rawest emotions and sounds, and then push them to the furthest possible edge.

                                                                      The band is celebrating No Wow’s 15-year anniversary with a deluxe reissue featuring a fresh new mix by the multiple grammy award-winning Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Arctic Monkeys) that brings new life to the 11 vivid tracks.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Barry says: A superb new mix of this seminal Kills LP from 2015 sees legendary deskman Tchad Blake give the raucous percussion and grinding overdrive room to breathe below Mosshart's legendary vocal fire. A wonderful album, and an essential purchase for those of you unaware of the power it holds. Superb.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. No Wow/Telephone Radio Germany
                                                                      2. Love Is A Deserter
                                                                      3. Dead Road 7
                                                                      4. The Good Ones
                                                                      5. I Hate The Way You Love
                                                                      6. I Hate The Way You Love, Pt. 2
                                                                      7. At The Back Of The Shell
                                                                      8. Sweet Cloud
                                                                      9. Rodeo Town
                                                                      10. Murdermile
                                                                      11. Ticket Man

                                                                      Strut present the definitive edition of Patrice Rushen’s landmark album from 1982, ‘Straight From The Heart’. Recorded during Elektra’s drive for ‘sophisticated dance music’ as many jazz artists created their own arrangements of disco and boogie, the sessions marked a progression for Patrice as she began exploring sonics as much as songwriting. “I was looking at different ways to experiment with the sounds on my records. Synths widened the palette available to us.”

                                                                      Singles from the album included ‘Breakout!’, ‘Number One’ and the global hit ‘Forget Me Nots’. “Bassist Freddie Washington played the bassline during a jam at my family’s house. I caught it, we kept messing around with the groove, then I developed the lyrics and chorus. It was just about recognising that moment when it came up.”

                                                                      “When I delivered the album to the label, the A&R said, ‘we don’t like anything on here.’ I realised quickly that they would give us no support so producer Charles Mims, myself and Freddie decided to engage a promotion company ourselves to start working the single. Although it took a while to pick up support, it paid off.” The single hit no. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1982 and the album became Patrice’s best seller globally from her time with Elektra / Asylum, securing a Grammy nomination. In more recent years, the album has become a regular source for samples in the world of hip hop and R&B. Most famously, Will Smith’s theme for the film ‘Men In Black’ and George Michael’s ‘Fastlove’ were both based, to varying degrees, on ‘Forget Me Nots’.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Forget Me Nots
                                                                      2. I Was Tired Of Being Alone
                                                                      3. All We Need
                                                                      4. Number One (Instrumental)
                                                                      5. Where There Is Love
                                                                      6. Breakout!
                                                                      7. If Only
                                                                      8. Remind Me
                                                                      9. (She Will) Take You Down For Love
                                                                      10. Forget Me Nots (12” Version)
                                                                      11. Breakout! (12” Version)
                                                                      12. I Was Tired Of Being Alone (12” Version: F. Byron Clark Remix)
                                                                      13. Number One (Instrumental) (12” Version)

                                                                      Jens Lekman

                                                                      The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom

                                                                        “All my friends were playing in these bass-guitar-drum bands,” speaks Jens Lekman, casting his mind back over twenty years to his first rudimentary experiments with sampling using his father’s old cassette recorder, and an instinct to create music that would set him far apart from his Swedish pop peers. “I’m going to sound like Scott Walker. But I’m going to do it in my bedroom.” Works of sweeping, maximalist, orchestral wonder sung in a sumptuous tenor, weaving lifts from obscure fleamarket vinyl records with by turns burningly romantic and mordantly funny true-life tales from the sleepy-shadowy suburbs of Gothenburg – Lekman’s early songs come from a different time, a different place. An era when the internet was young, limitless and disruptive, sample culture was turning music inside out, and anything felt possible. After initially finding an audience through peer-to-peer file sharing sites, Lekman signed to Secretly Canadian Records in 2003, and went on to release a slew of cherished material, including three cult limited-edition EPs – Maple Leaves, Rocky Dennis and Julie – later collected on the 2005 compilation album Oh You’re So Silent Jens.

                                                                        His DIY fantasias found their fullest and most celebrated form in 2007 on his second album proper, the exquisite Night Falls Over Kortedala – Lekman’s self-professed “dream record”. It went to number one in Sweden and was later hailed as one of the 200 best albums of the 2000s by Pitchfork, as well as one of the top 100 albums of the 21st century so far by The Guardian. Now, like Oh You’re So Silent Jens, it no longer exists in its original form. Oh You’re So Silent Jens enigmatically disappeared in 2011; Night Falls Over Kortedala followed suit in early 2022. Lekman’s impulse for giving old music fresh life and context has led him to remake the records under new names, each delicately positioned in dialogue with the past – the same albums, just different.

                                                                        The Cherry Trees Are Still In Blossom and The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom are a pair of lovingly and painstakingly assembled reduxes each keeping the same core tracklisting, spirit and source material as the originals, but blending brand new versions of some tracks, in part or in whole, together with many tracks left largely as they were. Both records are fleshed out with rare, previously unreleased, and even previously unfinished old songs, as well as other contemporaneous material such as cassette diaries.

                                                                        On The Cherry Trees, two of Lekman’s best-loved early breakout singles are completely reimagined – ‘Maple Leaves’ as a tender ballad burnished with warm strings; tragi-comic illegal taxi ride to oblivion ‘Black Cab’ in two different versions, a handsome full band pop song and a gentle acoustic lullaby.

                                                                        The Linden Trees repackages all the true-life tales, magic, and mystery of Night Falls for a new age, yet in wholly familiar form, from the joyous ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah’ to hilariously uplifting missive ‘A Postcard to Nina’ and open-hearted love-song ‘Your Arms Around Me’. Taken together, the new albums form a sort of belated farewell to Lekman’s formative days as a bedroom Scott Walker, panning for sample gold in stacks of vintage vinyl. Albeit not a farewell to the original albums themselves, which will live on in fans’ record collections, and perhaps illicit corners of the internet. Spread to the wind. “I feel like these new records are like portals that can lead you to the old records if you want,” Lekman reflects. “I think that they can lead you to another time and a place, where you could work with music in a different way.”

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Barry says: 'Linden Trees...' is the second of Lenkman's reimagined classics out this week and much like the Cherry Trees, sees the swedish composer redoing one of his classic. This time it's the turn of 'Night Falls Over Kortedala' and is probably my favourite of the two, moving deftly between shimmering orchestral fare and stripped-back acousticry. It's a wonderful execution of a unique concept, and a GREAT listen.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        SIDE A:
                                                                        1) And I Remember Every Kiss
                                                                        2) Sipping On The Sweet Nectar
                                                                        3) The Opposite Of Hallelujah
                                                                        4) A Postcard To Nina
                                                                        5) Into Eternity

                                                                        SIDE B:
                                                                        6) I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You
                                                                        7) If I Could Cry (it Would Feel Like This)
                                                                        8) Your Arms Around Me
                                                                        9) Shirin
                                                                        10) It Was A Strange Time In My Life

                                                                        SIDE C:
                                                                        11) Kanske Är Jag Kär I Dig
                                                                        12) Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo
                                                                        13) Your Beat Kicks Back Like Death
                                                                        14) Our Last Swim In The Ocean

                                                                        SIDE D:
                                                                        15) A Little Lost
                                                                        16) Radio NRJ
                                                                        17) The Linden Trees Are Still In Blossom
                                                                        18) When I’m Swimming

                                                                        Jonny Greenwood

                                                                        The Power Of The Dog (Soundtrack From The Netflix Film)

                                                                          “The year's indisputable soundtrack pinnacle” - Peter Travers, ABC “The year’s best film score” - The New Yorker

                                                                          “Greenwood’s latest score - and the one that might be likeliest to finally win him an Oscar” - Stereogum 

                                                                          Jane Campion’s masterful ‘The Power of the Dog’ is the most honoured film of the year. The critically acclaimed original score by Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood has won Best Score at 13 major critics organisations and is now SCL nominated for Outstanding Original Score for a Studio Film.

                                                                          This incredible score recently received the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music, Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score along with loads of other nominations. As well as the score, the film has been incredibly popular this awards season, picking up many nominations.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. 25 Years
                                                                          2. Requiem For Phil
                                                                          3. So Soft
                                                                          4. Detuned Mechanical Piano
                                                                          5. Prelude
                                                                          6. The Ravine
                                                                          7. Mimicry
                                                                          8. West Alone
                                                                          9. Miss Nancy Arrives
                                                                          10. Figured It Out
                                                                          11. Viola Quartet
                                                                          12. Best Friends
                                                                          13. Paper Flowers
                                                                          14. A Lovely Evening
                                                                          15. They Were Mine
                                                                          16. West
                                                                          17. Psalm 22

                                                                          Hélène Vogelsinger

                                                                          Patch Notes

                                                                          FACT’s Patch Notes is a performance series that celebrates the art of making electronic music with hardware.

                                                                          As part of the practice behind Hélène Vogelsinger’s modular synthesizer compositions, she explores abandoned places, connecting with their energies to create immersive moments.

                                                                          For her Patch Notes performance, she serendipitously stumbled across an abandoned castle in the French countryside.

                                                                          “The installation and the recording session are always a process within the process, which takes a few hours. Technically it requires a good organisation: three modular cases and hundred of cables, a generator, a camera, lights and again so many cables,” she says.

                                                                          “It is something really intense, especially in those types of abandoned places, where you have to avoid a lot of obstacles. I love the fact that they have layers of stories and histories, with different occupants, often crossing times, and always full of beautiful and melancholic poetry.”

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          A. Reminiscence
                                                                          B. Murmuration

                                                                          The Libertines

                                                                          What A Waster - 2022 Reissue

                                                                            To celebrate its 20th birthday, The Libertines’ debut single ‘What A Waster’ is repressed on seven inch single (backed by original B-side ‘I Get Along’).

                                                                            Part calling card from the stars, part postcard from the gutter, when The Libertines made their first introductions there was no time for a gentle warm-up or an orienteering session to point out all the fire exits. Hell, there was no way out anyway because with their first single Pete and Carl and Gary and John dropped you straight in the middle of the energy and chaos that surged through their lives and fuelled their band. A storm of Bond-theme like riffs and ‘Carry On’ entendres, that charged forward with brakes-off drums, bass and the singers’ intertwined vocals, ‘What A Waster’ wasn’t a song to help you get your bearing with a new band, it was a track that made you realise this group would become your whole world. 

                                                                            With its Hogarth set to music visions of society’s underbelly, and a Gerald Scarfe-like sharpness to its wit, though The Libertines debut single - backed by equally energetic B-side ‘I Get Along’ - might have come out of the blocks at full speed, but there was a preciseness and a thought behind ‘What A Waster’’s ramshackle charms. Twenty years on from its release, The Libertines' opening salvo retains a freshness that is as much down to its wisdom beyond its years as it is the youthful exuberance it inspired in band and fans alike.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. What A Waster
                                                                            2. I Get Along

                                                                            Two roots reggae classics circa 1977 from Max Romeo on 12" vinyl. Clear and loud pressing!

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Two tracks by the king of roots, cut super loud for the deejays! "Melt Away" is the deep introspective smokers cut; whilst "Break The Hold" has plenty of jump n jive, primed for carnivals and yard parties throughout the Summer.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. Melt Away (feat. Max Romeo)
                                                                            2. Break The Hold (feat. Max Romeo)

                                                                            Victor Romero Evans / The Detonators

                                                                            At The Club / Lift Off

                                                                            Diggin deep, two treasured cuts from the John Collins vaults, remastered, reissued and sounding oh so weighty. The lush Lovers vibe of Victor Romero Evans - At The Club and the mind-bending, cosmic, space-echoed dub from The Detonators - Lift Off.

                                                                            Both written and produced by the mighty John Collins, producer of some seminal tracks from the likes of Janet Kay and Rick Clarke, it was his production prowess on these two tracks that led Jerry Dammers to get Collins in to produce The Specials - Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning after hearing the magic of this EP. With originals trading hands for £70 it's high time a reissue came around.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Delightful 12" showcasing a sozzled ska-reggae track perfect for drinking too much Dragon Stout this bank holiday weekend. On the flip a twisted, tape-echoed dub exercise so ganja-soaked I convinced myself it was already 4:20! Again, if you're aiming to get horizontal this weekend this is the disc for you!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            A1. Victor Romero Evans - At The Club
                                                                            B1. The Detonators - Lift Off

                                                                            Blink-and-you'll-miss-it 7" from Terekke who touches on the kind of sublime, cushion soft dub-techno-electronica that used to be the realm of acts like Farben, Fluxion, Burnt Friedman and such like.

                                                                            "2 The World" reflects deep space red-shift across a plasma lake, it's thick, viscous buoyancy supporting a whole manner of contemplative emotion before a thudding kick returns us to focus.

                                                                            "Fandn" swells with a positive luminescence, airy strings and delicate, distant leads teasing the senses like seeing by the ocean at a Summer's daybreak.

                                                                            Tender, sensuous movements from a master of the machines. Don't miss this one folks.

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Matt says: Icey, crystalline vapour-dub from esteemed sound smith Terekke. Really, really limited!

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Side 1
                                                                            1. 2 The World
                                                                            Side 2
                                                                            1. Fandn 


                                                                            Prince And The Revolution: Live

                                                                              James Brown had the Apollo. Jimi Hendrix had Monterey Pop. And Prince had Syracuse, New York’s Carrier Dome—the Purple Rain Tour performance that was beamed to millions live via satellite and captured for posterity in the Grammy Award-nominated concert film Prince and The Revolution: Live, and has since gone down in history as one of the most iconic live recordings in pop and rock history. 

                                                                              Leslie Winer & Maxwell Sterling / Tim Buckley

                                                                              Once I Was

                                                                                The latest installment of Light in the Attic’s exclusive vinyl and digital singles series features musician, poet, and author Leslie Winer collaborating with Manchester-born composer Maxwell Sterling on a truly gorgeous cover of Tim Buckley’s 1967 forlorn love song “Once I Was.”

                                                                                Buckley’s original classic is found on the flip-side and initially taken from the release Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions (FDR 631).

                                                                                Artwork by Los Angeles-based fine artist Robbie Simon.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Leslie Winer & Maxwell Sterling - Once I Was
                                                                                Tim Buckley - Once I Was

                                                                                The Heartwood Institute And Hawksmoor

                                                                                Concrete Island (2022 Remaster)

                                                                                  First ever vinyl LP release of the album Concrete Island by The Heartwood Institute and Hawksmoor, remastered by Antony Ryan and with artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Features brand new track 'Maitland' not on the 2020 cassette release. Limited edition of 350 copies worldwide on 'Traffic Cone' orange coloured vinyl. For fans of early Mute Records, Krautrock, motorik music and more! Electronic Sound magazine's Bob Fischer says of the album: 'A bleakly beautiful collection of rush hour synths, PiL bass lines and pattering motorik rhythms.'

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: Every single record (and cassette for that matter) that SOOC put out looks impeccable, and this one sees the supremely talented duo of fellow Floyd fan Hawksmoor (good taste, that guy) and the brilliant Heartwood Institute come together for the most evocative set of pseudo-soundtrack pieces i've heard since the tape release in 2020. It's an extremely accomplished, beautifully rich sleek synth odyssey, and it won't last long!

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. The Architect (An Arrogant Protagnonist) 03:46
                                                                                  2. Through The Crash Barrier 04:31
                                                                                  3. Rainstorm / Burning Car 04:26
                                                                                  4. Median Strip 04:37
                                                                                  5. Fire Signal 04:07
                                                                                  6. Beast And Rider 03:43
                                                                                  7. Delirium 04:18
                                                                                  8. A Pavilion Of Doors 04:11
                                                                                  9. Maitland 03:30
                                                                                  10. Escape 03:11

                                                                                  Kendrick Lamar

                                                                                  Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

                                                                                    Kendrick Lamar released his first album in 5 years, 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Barry says: There's really not much to say here that you won't already be expecting. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most legendary figures in modern hip-hop and 'Mr Morale...' sees him in the finest form of his career. The production is absolutely next level, the writing is as you'd expect, flawless and with a host of top guests too. It's Kendrick, it's a new album, you need it.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Big Steppers
                                                                                    1. United In Grief
                                                                                    2. N95
                                                                                    3. Worldwide Steppers
                                                                                    4. Die Hard Ft. Blxst & Amanda Reifer
                                                                                    5. Father Time Ft. Sampha
                                                                                    6. Rich (Interlude)
                                                                                    7. Rich Spirit
                                                                                    8. We Cry Together Ft. Taylour Paige
                                                                                    9. Purple Hearts Ft. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah
                                                                                    Mr. Morale
                                                                                    1. Count Me Out
                                                                                    2. Crown
                                                                                    3. Silent Hill Ft. Kodak Black
                                                                                    4. Savior (Interlude)
                                                                                    5. Savior Ft. Baby Keem & Sam Dew
                                                                                    6. Auntie Diaries
                                                                                    7. Mr. Morale Ft. Tanna Leone
                                                                                    8. Mother I Sober Ft. Beth Gibbons Of Portishead
                                                                                    9. Mirror

                                                                                    The Chopper / Lady Smiley

                                                                                    Chop Up The Pieces

                                                                                    Premier League Pressings returns with another top of the table mash-up 7". The Chopper takes on side A with a cut that both Craig Charles and Krafty Kuts could get down with. A hearty breakbeat with embellished jazz blasts, it's both b-boy friendly and head noddingly pleasing!

                                                                                    Lady Smiley pairs dusty, crate-dug breaks with a vintage rap vocal for a b-ball court-ready disco rap mash-up torn out in such fully authentic style you'll deem shell toes and boombox a necessity! Essential bar tackle! 

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Perfectly timed for your bank holiday weekend! Face the front line with the correct artillery and you can be confident and in control. 7" fire power like this can fend off all but the most troublesome customer. Even Liam Gallagher fans will be pacified by these mash-ups!

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    The Chopper - Chop Up The Pieces
                                                                                    Lady Smiley - Queen Of Freak Dance

                                                                                    The Jesus And Mary Chain

                                                                                    Live At Barrowland - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                      In November 2014 The Jesus and Mary Chain celebrated three decades of their incendiary cult-classic debut album, ‘Psychocandy’, with a run of tour dates in which the infamous Scottish group played the album in full for the very first time in the band’s history. As part of the ‘Psychocandy’ tour, the Mary Chain descended on Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom – a legendary venue down the road from where the Reid brothers grew up in neighbouring East Kilbride – and tore through the songs that would propel them to worldwide acclaim upon ‘Psychocandy’s release in 1985.

                                                                                      The Barrowland performance – an equal-parts deafening and blinding assault on the senses – was cut to vinyl by engineer Noel Summerville and originally released in 2015. Fast forward to 2022 and the ‘Live at Barrowland’ album is now being reissued by Fuzz Club Records. 

                                                                                      The influence that ‘Psychocandy’ and its pioneering sonic belligerence had on popular music cannot be overstated. Taking bittersweet pop melodies and tearing them up apart through the medium of buzzsaw guitars, ear-piercing feedback and an unapologetic hostility towards their listeners, the band’s breakthrough album experimented with noise in a way that had never been done before and would inspire for generations to come. The ‘Live At Barrowland’ LP captures ‘Psychocandy’s complete 14 tracks in a live setting and in all their boundary-pushing and feedback-ridden glory. The CD and digital versions of the reissue – including the download card that comes with the vinyl – also feature seven bonus tracks taken from the prelude set on the night, including such fan-favourites as ‘April Skies’, ‘Head On’ and ‘Reverence’.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. Just Like Honey – Live
                                                                                      2. The Living End - Live
                                                                                      3. Taste The Floor - Live
                                                                                      4. The Hardest Walk - Live
                                                                                      5. Cut Dead - Live
                                                                                      6. In A Hole - Live
                                                                                      7. Taste Of Cindy - Live
                                                                                      8. Never Understand - Live
                                                                                      9. Inside Me - Live
                                                                                      10. Sowing Seeds - Live
                                                                                      11. My Little Underground - Live
                                                                                      12. You Trip Me Up - Live
                                                                                      13. Something's Wrong - Live
                                                                                      14. It's So Hard - Live

                                                                                      Bright Eyes

                                                                                      Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        SIDE A:
                                                                                        1. The Difference In The Shades
                                                                                        2. The City Has Sex (feat. Waxahatchee)
                                                                                        3. Contrast And Compare (feat. Waxahatchee)
                                                                                        SIDE B:
                                                                                        4. Kathy With A K’s Song (feat. M Ward)
                                                                                        5. St. Ides Heaven (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
                                                                                        6. June On The West Coast (feat. Becky Stark)

                                                                                        Nightports With Tom Herbert

                                                                                        Nightports With Tom Herbert

                                                                                          For fans of: Arthur Russell, Ben Frost, Murcof, Hildur Guðnadóttir.

                                                                                          Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. These sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation.

                                                                                          Nightports w/ Tom Herbert is the third in a series of albums from musician-producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater to be released on The Leaf Label, following 2018’s Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne and 2020’s Nightports w/ Betamax.

                                                                                          Tom Herbert made his name as the bass player in Mercury Music Prize-nominated bands Polar Bear and The Invisible, and has become an in-demand collaborator and session musician, including work with Adele, Lana Del Ray and most recently The Smile. Having honed his craft holding the low-end down in some of the most forward-thinking British groups of recent times, and also appearing on some the biggest tracks of the last twenty years, Nightports w/ Tom Herbert brings Herbert’s command of the double bass into the spotlight.

                                                                                          As with all of Nightports’ work, the album rewards close listening. They stay true to their manifesto in maintaining the essence of the original recordings. The processing never masks the organic source material,at times demonstrating the physicality of the instrument with detailed recordings of complete takes - the sound of the room, the creaking of strings and Herbert’s measured breathing. At other times they build more abstract, atmospheric layers from the parts.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          1. A1. Hibernal
                                                                                          2. A2. Eye To Eye
                                                                                          3. A3. Defeat
                                                                                          4. A4. October
                                                                                          5. A5. Inhabit
                                                                                          6. B1. Arcs
                                                                                          7. B2. Lumin
                                                                                          8 B3. Hydrodynamica
                                                                                          9. B4. Vacancy
                                                                                          10. B5. Given

                                                                                          Liam Gallagher

                                                                                          Down By The River Thames

                                                                                            Liam Gallagher is not the kind of artist who was going to be stopped by the sizeable problem of not being able to play to an audience during lockdown. So when the idea of playing a playing and filming a live stream show came up, he looked at the precedent set by the Sex Pistols and The Clash and decided to hit the River Thames, armed with a boatload of attitude, a phenomenal live band (including Bonehead) and an arsenal of classic songs.

                                                                                            The show has been captured in full on the new live album ‘Down By The River Thames’, which will be released ia Warner Records.

                                                                                            Originally streamed on December 5th 2020, the show became one of the most memorable performances of the lockdown era. From iconic Oasis favourites (‘Supersonic’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’) to big hitters from his two all-conquering #1 solo albums (‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Once’), Liam’s inimitable snarl boomed across the Thames and dominated London’s gloomy winter skyline. There were plenty of welcome surprises too: debut solo performances of the Oasis songs ‘Hello’, ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Headshrinker’, and the first live version of ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’. Liam’s voice is absolutely on point throughout, with a full-throttle snarl of anger and attitude that doesn’t compromise any of the finesse of the studio recordings.

                                                                                            Liam commented, “So here it is, the gig they said we could never pull off! As we were in lockdown, bored and depressed, rock ‘n’ roll came to save the day once again. It was a top night and a top gig and it’s captured here on record for you to all enjoy.”

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            1. ‘Hello’
                                                                                            2. ‘Wall Of Glass’
                                                                                            3. ‘Halo’
                                                                                            4. ‘Shockwave’
                                                                                            5. ‘Columbia’
                                                                                            6. ‘Fade Away’
                                                                                            7. ‘Why Me? Why Not.’
                                                                                            8. ‘Greedy Soul’
                                                                                            9. ‘The River’
                                                                                            10. ‘Once’
                                                                                            11. ‘Morning Glory’
                                                                                            12. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
                                                                                            13. ‘Headshrinker’
                                                                                            14. ‘Supersonic’
                                                                                            15. ‘Champagne Supernova’
                                                                                            16. ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’

                                                                                            Gazelle Twin

                                                                                            The Entire City (Special Edition)

                                                                                              In 2011 Gazelle Twin self-released ‘The Entire City’, a debut album that gathered rapid acclaim and sparked a decade of creativity during which its creator, Elizabeth Bernholz has built big upon her foundation of dark, cinematic energy. The album is now set to be reissued on deluxe CD, together with ‘The Wastelands’, a mini “twin” album of material made around the same period, though never released commercially. Where 'The Entire City’ remains intact with its original master and tracklisting, ‘The Wastelands’ expands on this shadowy, futurescape, featuring foreboding, percussive songwriting, with euphoric choral swells. The release features the captivating photo collage artwork of British artist, Suzanne Moxhay

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1 The Entire City
                                                                                              2 Concrete Mother
                                                                                              3 Men Like Gods
                                                                                              4 I Am Shell I Am Bone
                                                                                              5 Far From Home
                                                                                              6 Changelings
                                                                                              7 Bell Tower
                                                                                              8 When I Was Otherwise
                                                                                              9 Obelisk
                                                                                              10 Nest
                                                                                              11 Fight-or-Flight
                                                                                              12 View Of A Mountain

                                                                                              CD Version - CD 2 The Wastelands

                                                                                              1 Wastelands
                                                                                              2 Adrenalin
                                                                                              3 Hole In My Heart
                                                                                              4 Ascent
                                                                                              5 The Future
                                                                                              6 I Hear You Call

                                                                                              Gazelle Twin

                                                                                              The Wastelands

                                                                                                'The Wastelands' is an album of material made around the same period as 'The Entire City' though never released commercially. The album expands on 'The Entire City's shadowy, futurescape, featuring foreboding, percussive songwriting, with euphoric choral swells. 'The Wastelands' also features the captivating photo collage artwork of British artist, Suzanne Moxhay.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                3/Hole In My Heart
                                                                                                5/The Future
                                                                                                6/I Hear You Call

                                                                                                The Milkshakes

                                                                                                Milk Box

                                                                                                  A boxed set of 4 CDs featuring four classic albums by The Milkshakes. The four albums in the set are - Talking 'Bout Milkshakes/

                                                                                                  After School Session/Thee Knights Of Trashe/The Milkshakes Revenge!. THE MILKSHAKES were mainly Mickey Hampshire (Git/Vox); Billy Childish (Git/Vox); Bruce Brand (Drums); Russ Wilkins (Bass). When punk rock group the Pop Rivets broke up in 1980, Billy Childish joined forces with Mickey Hampshire, a Pop Rivets roadie who had been performing in a group called Mickey and the Milkshakes with his cohort Banana Bertie. The two began writing songs together and the group released their first LP, Talking ’bout Milkshakes! in 1981. With Childish and Hampshire sharing guitar and vocal duties, Bruce Brand on drums, and Bertie on bass (later replaced by Russ Wilkins then John Agnew), the Milkshakes’ sound was a primitive blend of British beat groups, like the early Kinks at their toughest, and hard-rocking American guitar instrumentalists like Link Wray. This sound came to be known as the “Medway sound” and the core members have been playing a variation on it throughout their whole careers. The Milkshakes were a very prolific group, recording nine records in their four years together, and the band was very much a blend of Childish’s primitive songwriting and Hampshire’s more melodic leanings. The group also masterminded and backed a Medway girl group, the Delmonas.When Mickey left The Milkshakes in 1984 Childish, Brand and Agnew went on to form Thee Mighty Caesars. Mickey and Bruce now play in The Masonics along with Ludella Black from The Del Monas, and Russ lives in Scotland and fronts the Wildebeests as well as being Lord Rochester.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. She'll Be Mine
                                                                                                  2. Pretty Baby
                                                                                                  3. For She
                                                                                                  4. I Want'cha For My Little Girl
                                                                                                  5. Ruhrgebeat
                                                                                                  6. After Midnight
                                                                                                  7. Bull's Nose
                                                                                                  8. Shed Country
                                                                                                  9. Don't Love Another
                                                                                                  10. Tell Me Where's That Girl
                                                                                                  11. Can'tcha See
                                                                                                  12.Love You Through The Whole Night
                                                                                                  13. Nothing You Can Say Or Do
                                                                                                  14. I Say You Lie
                                                                                                  15. Shimmy Shake
                                                                                                  16. I Can Tell
                                                                                                  17. Tell Me Child
                                                                                                  18. Goodbye Girl
                                                                                                  19. More Honey
                                                                                                  20. Soldiers Of Love
                                                                                                  21. El Salvador
                                                                                                  22. Let's Stomp
                                                                                                  23. Hide And Scatter
                                                                                                  24. Jaguar
                                                                                                  25. That Girl Of Mine
                                                                                                  26. You Can Only Lose
                                                                                                  27. Little Minnie
                                                                                                  28. Cadillac
                                                                                                  29. I'll Use Evil
                                                                                                  30. What You've Got
                                                                                                  31. Girl, It No Good
                                                                                                  32. I'm Out Of Control
                                                                                                  33. I Dreamt Last Night (That I Lay Dead)
                                                                                                  34. Bill's Beat (Instrumental)
                                                                                                  35. Old Time Shimmy
                                                                                                  36. Can't Seem To Love That Girl
                                                                                                  37. Club M.I.C. (Instrumental)
                                                                                                  38. Despite The Danger
                                                                                                  39. You're Asking Too Much
                                                                                                  40. Cassandra
                                                                                                  41. Green Hornet
                                                                                                  42. Let Me Love You
                                                                                                  43. I Want You
                                                                                                  44. If I Saw You
                                                                                                  45. Graveyard Words
                                                                                                  46. Boys
                                                                                                  47. Little Girl Be Good
                                                                                                  48. Pipeline
                                                                                                  49. She Tells Me She Loves Me
                                                                                                  50. Little Girl (Mumble The Eg)
                                                                                                  51. Every Girl I Meet
                                                                                                  52. The One I Get
                                                                                                  53. Baby What's Wrong

                                                                                                  The Courettes

                                                                                                  Back In Mono (B-Sides & Outtakes)

                                                                                                    10” Mini LP featuring outtakes and re-recorded B-sides from the 'Back In Mono' sessions!!! Back in Mono, The Courettes´ third album, was critically acclaimed worldwide and made it onto numerous best -of -the-year lists in 2021. If, like us, you can’t get enough of Back in Mono, here's some good news! Back in Mono - B-sides & Outtakes is coming out at the end of May, just in time for the band's UK tour! Bringing some more “spit ´n´ snarl garage-meets-Phil Spector pop” (Mojo) in three brand new unreleased tracks.

                                                                                                    Look forward to hearing the three new smash tunes 'Daydream', 'Tough Like That' and 'Talking About My Baby', all wrapped in a new mix by Wall of Sound aficionado Seiki Sato (Japan) and produced by the hit wizards Søren Christensen & C.T. Levine. Also included are the three non-album B-sides from the band's most recent singles. These B-sides have been newly spruced up with extra instrumentation.

                                                                                                    Making up the eight tracks is the inclusion of a Courettes rarity - 'So What' was previously only available on a split single with The Jackets released on Chaputa Records back in January.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    1. Daydream
                                                                                                    2. Tough Like That
                                                                                                    3. Talking About My Baby
                                                                                                    4. Last Dance With You
                                                                                                    5. Only Happy When You're Gone
                                                                                                    6. Killer Eyes
                                                                                                    7. The Boy I Love
                                                                                                    8. So What

                                                                                                    Sex Pistols

                                                                                                    The Original Recordings

                                                                                                      For the first time in over a decade, 20 of the Sex Pistol’s recordings from 1976 to 1978 are collected together to tell the story of one of the world’s most influential and extraordinary bands.

                                                                                                      The tracks here cover the entire initial period of the band’s recording career – from Anarchy in The UK, through Never Mind The Bollocks to the post John Lydon Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle soundtrack featuring early demos, cover versions and more.

                                                                                                      The compilation is completed by some essential B- sides – I Wanna Be Me (the flipside of Anarchy…), ‘Satellite’ (the b-side of ‘Holidays In The Sun’) and Did You No Wrong (from ‘God Save The Queen’).

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Pretty Vacant
                                                                                                      God Save The Queen
                                                                                                      No Feelings
                                                                                                      I Wanna Be Me
                                                                                                      Anarchy In The UK
                                                                                                      No Fun
                                                                                                      (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone
                                                                                                      Holidays In The Sun
                                                                                                      New York
                                                                                                      Lonely Boy
                                                                                                      Silly Thing
                                                                                                      Something Else
                                                                                                      C’Mon Everybody
                                                                                                      Did You No Wrong
                                                                                                      My Way

                                                                                                      Gabi Garbutt & The Illuminations


                                                                                                        Gabi and her band toured with The Libertines and Edwyn Collins in 2019, and were all set for a year of touring when the pandemic hit in 2020. Retreating into her songwriting, Gabi started sketching out songs about escape and exploring vulnerability. Demoing the arrangements at home then honing the songs with her band The Illuminations as soon as rehearsal studios opened up, they created an explosive album of indie pop bangers that have lyrical and musical depth. As the opening song ‘Bad Boy Bird’ announces “I am no human, I am the promise of dynamite”, Gabi and her band summon up a volcanic concoction of sounds, from the poetic punk sensibilities of Ezra Furman and Patti Smith, the soaring alt pop of The Voidz and The Flaming Lips, to Motown inspired soul stompers, the record conjures up a range of atmospheres to occupy the listeners mind over many, many replays, as they fall deeper into the universe that is Cockerel. Connecting again with multi-instrumentalist and producer Sean Read (Beth Orton, Edwyn Collins, The Pretenders) at his Famous Times Studio Gabi set to work bringing their songs to life on record. Upcoming single ‘Subterranean Stars’, one of the most representative songs on the album, catchy guitar licks flutter around trippy lyrical musings, brass refrains and a soaring string arrangement played by Basia Bartz. Following this slice of shimmering pop is ‘Genet’s Journey.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1 Cockerel
                                                                                                        2 Bad Boy Bird
                                                                                                        3 Subterranean Stars
                                                                                                        4 Genet’s Journey
                                                                                                        5 Never Never
                                                                                                        6 Your Blues
                                                                                                        7 I Can’t Win
                                                                                                        8 Habit Of Sadness
                                                                                                        9 Sea Organ
                                                                                                        10 Angel Of Third Avenue
                                                                                                        11 Our Dying World

                                                                                                        The Cranberries

                                                                                                        Stars (The Best Of 1992-2002)

                                                                                                          Following on from the reissues of ‘Everybody Else is Doing it… ‘ and ‘No Need to Argue’ – and 30 years after their debut release – UMC are proud to issue the band’s greatest-hits collection ‘Stars: The Best of 1992–2002’ on vinyl.

                                                                                                          The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with global smashes such as ‘Zombie’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Linger’ – collected here alongside tracks from their five albums for Island – plus two tracks unavailable on other albums, ‘New New York’ and ‘Stars’

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side A
                                                                                                          Ode To My Family
                                                                                                          I Can't Be With You
                                                                                                          Side B
                                                                                                          Ridiculous Thoughts
                                                                                                          Free To Decide
                                                                                                          When You're Gone
                                                                                                          Side C
                                                                                                          Animal Instinct
                                                                                                          Just My Imagination
                                                                                                          You & Me
                                                                                                          Side D
                                                                                                          Time Is Ticking Out
                                                                                                          This Is The Day
                                                                                                          Daffodil Lament
                                                                                                          New New York

                                                                                                          Brian Jonestown Massacre

                                                                                                          The Real

                                                                                                            Numbered and limited to 1000 copies each worldwide. Recorded in Berlin & remotely between 2020 & 2021, the opening track “The Real” is from the forthcoming album “Fire Doesn’t Grow On Trees” the second track “Where Do We Go From Here?” is exclusive to this release. With Anton Newcombe (Vocals/ Guitars), Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt (keyboards), Hakon Adalsteinsson (guitar), Hallberg Daði Hallbergsson (bass), & Uri Rennert (drums) playing on this offering. It is 30 years since the release of their first single She Made Me / Evergreen. Released in 1992, the band continue to deliver the sound of the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

                                                                                                            Cover artwork by Anthony Ausgang.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            SIDE A - The Real
                                                                                                            SIDE B – Where Do We Go From Here?

                                                                                                            The KutiMangoes' blend combines and contains the soul of Fela Kuti, the delusional arrangements from Charles Mingus and the uncompromising drive from Ornette Coleman.

                                                                                                            On side A ("Fire") they are supported by Patrick Kabre from Burkina Faso, who adds the final dose of feeling to the beats with his voice. Three brass players, two drummers and a man at the keys skillfully switch between the instruments.

                                                                                                            On side B you find a special edit of "Money Is The Curse" which originally appeared on their third album titled "Afrotropism". The edit is just perfect for the dance floor and any open-minded soul/jazz/funk DJ should be eager to play it out loud.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Fire
                                                                                                            2. Money Is The Curse (45 Edit)

                                                                                                            The Lemonheads

                                                                                                            The Lemonheads - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                              The Lemonheads is the eighth studio album by The Lemonheads, released in 2006, marking their return from a nine-year hiatus. This new pressing, the first since 2007, is released via Hassle Records for the UK/EU, in conjunction with Vagrant Records to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

                                                                                                              "Punk's Not Dead! The Marvellous Return of Evan Dando. The Lemonheads is a moody, giddy, charming album, as ragged and dynamic as those the band were making half a lifetime ago. It's a small miracle that Evan Dando is still alive. It's a slightly bigger one that he can still fend off maturity with such ruffled, wide-eyed panache" Uncut (Oct '06)

                                                                                                              "Dando has revived the Lemonheads moniker and signed up drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez, both veterans of Eighties American punk-rockers The Descendents. The result is a more focused, less varied sound, and none the worse for that. Tight and passionate, "Pittsburgh" could be by an American version of The Jam, while "Become The Enemy" could have been written at any time in the past 20 years, its catchy indie-pop setting providing a stable footing for Dando's account of a collapsing relationship." The Independent (Sept, '06)

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. No Backbone
                                                                                                              2. Black Gown
                                                                                                              3. Become The Enemy
                                                                                                              4. Baby's Home
                                                                                                              5. Pittsburgh
                                                                                                              6. In Passing
                                                                                                              7. Steve's Boy
                                                                                                              8. Let's Just Laugh
                                                                                                              9. Poughkeepsie
                                                                                                              10. December
                                                                                                              11. Rule Of Three

                                                                                                              Floating World Pictures

                                                                                                              The Twenty-three Views

                                                                                                                Floating World Pictures is made up of Chestnutt, a founding member of Snapped Ankles, and Raimund Wong, a sound artist most recognised for his graphic work for International Anthem, TRC and Church of Sound.

                                                                                                                ‘The Twenty-three Views’ was written, mixed and produced by the pair at Total Refreshment Centre; their improvised explorations celebrate and embrace the collaborations of TRC and a wider independent network.

                                                                                                                Album features Alabaster DePlume, Charles Prest and Kamal Rasool (Flamingods), Clémentine March and Danalogue (The Comet is Coming).

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                The Village Headman Pleading With The Old Ferryman
                                                                                                                Salt-wind Rises At The Waterfront Promenade
                                                                                                                Til Dusk, At Devran
                                                                                                                From 23 Views Of Sai Kung Hoi (Day One)
                                                                                                                Fairbairn’s Floating World 
                                                                                                                Bura Boro
                                                                                                                Overmorrow, Monchan
                                                                                                                Gokarna To Hampi, After Dark

                                                                                                                The Hesitations / Bobby "Blue" Bland & Michael Omartian

                                                                                                                Soul Superman / Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City

                                                                                                                  A chiming guitar, vibes on full and that heady Motown / Ric Tic drumbeat with a falsetto vocal… what’s not to love?

                                                                                                                  Originally released on Kapp in 1966 and often bootlegged, copies go for in excess of £100 for this excellent, driving floorfiller.

                                                                                                                  The Hesitations have a few Northern nuggets to their credit - ‘Soul Superman’ is right up there with the best.

                                                                                                                  Backed with the super bluesy vocal of the legendary Bobby Bland on an aching tale of loss and regret.

                                                                                                                  A slow smoochy groove with lyrics of genuine heartache… and all this with a resilient slow motion dance beat and some exquisite brass breaks.

                                                                                                                  Featuring a gorgeous vocal-only drop out, it’s a triumphant return from the man who also released the beautiful ‘Shoes’.

                                                                                                                  Both sides remastered for sprung dancefloorshaking longevity.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  The Hesitations - Soul Superman
                                                                                                                  Bobby “Blue” Bland - Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City)

                                                                                                                  The Janitors

                                                                                                                  Noisolation Session Vol. 2

                                                                                                                    In March 2020 The Janitors from Stockholm had their new album written and studio time booked in the north of Sweden - ready to unleash their latest shamanic fuzz meltdowns and follow up to the Horn Ur Marken album from 2017. Then corona hit and everything changed. The band figured they would go down into their own studio to work on those tunes some more until things passed over but instead they ended up recording other songs that turned into Noisolation Sessions Vol. 1 released in 2020 including some of the best songs The Janitors ever produced.

                                                                                                                    The Durutti Column

                                                                                                                    Fidelity - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                      Les Disques du Crepuscule presents a new 180 gm vinyl edition of Fidelity, the 1996 studio album by cult Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column.

                                                                                                                      Limited to just 500 copies, this special double disc edition is pressed on heavyweight 180 gm vinyl and features cover artwork by Crepuscule design director Benoit Hennebert, based on a portrait by Vini Reilly of filmmaker Carol Morley.

                                                                                                                      Originally released by Crepuscule on CD only in April 1996, Fidelity featured 10 tracks written and performed by Vini Reilly, with occasional guest vocals by Eley Rudge. In addition to Vini’s trademark guitar stylings, the album showcased sleek electronic textures and programmed beats.

                                                                                                                      This 2019 vinyl re-master features two bonus tracks: My Only Love was originally released in 1995 on a covermount CD with a specialist guitar magazine, while experimental piece The New Fidelity was issued on a Portuguese compilation album from 1992 called Hare, Hunter, Field.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Fidelity
                                                                                                                      A2. For Suzanne
                                                                                                                      A3. G+T
                                                                                                                      B1. Future Perfect
                                                                                                                      B2. Abstract Of Expression
                                                                                                                      B3. Remember Me
                                                                                                                      C1. Sanko
                                                                                                                      C2. Grace
                                                                                                                      C3. Storm For Steve
                                                                                                                      D1. Guitar For Mother
                                                                                                                      D2. My Only Love
                                                                                                                      D3. The New Fidelity

                                                                                                                      The Styrenes

                                                                                                                      It Came From Cleveland 73-79

                                                                                                                        Full length album of legendary 70s pre-punk band from Cleveland! " Post-punk before punk ever happened ", that's what Rolling Stone called the Styrenes. For once, they were right. But that only scratches the surface of their unique and uncompromising vision as the Styrenes - whose members have also been in the equally legendary electric eels and Mirrors - play music that ranges from punk to jazz, pop and avant-garde, all on evidence in this full-length vinyl compilation of their early material! Full story, complete discography, original interview, liner notes & pictures included inside.

                                                                                                                        The Echomen's song "Let's Get Together" appeared first on the third volume of the Movements compilation series many many years ago. Sadly, its lyrics are still relevant today even 50 years after its recording.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Let's Get Together
                                                                                                                        2. Talk Is Cheap

                                                                                                                        Band on the Wall Recordings unveil its fourth release from The Singles Club, their 7" series supporting a selection of Manchester most exciting rising artists.

                                                                                                                        Following support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (BBCR2), Jazz FM & more, Manchester keyboardist, composer and producer Matt Wilde steps up with his debut physical release, having spent much of his early years laying the foundations of his musical development through workshops at Band on the Wall.

                                                                                                                        A truly feel-good slice of musical goodness centred around Matt's lyrical, virtuosic and jazz-leaning keys, 'Every Story / Pivot' delivers wondrous blends of hip-hop and jazz elements.

                                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                        Millie says: More goodies from Band on the Wall label as they bring the fourth instalment in the series of Manchester artists, Matt Wilde provides the most easy going jazz I've heard in a while, it's laid back, harmonious and uplifting. I can't recommend this enough, go go go n listen right now.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Every Story
                                                                                                                        2. Pivot

                                                                                                                        The Metamorph

                                                                                                                        Return To Splendour

                                                                                                                          Following up from his successful self released Red Tape album, Harlech based producer Gavin Brick, aka The Metamorph, has outdone himself with 'Return To Splendour', his first release for Werra Foxma Records, and the label's first ever pressed vinyl release. 'The title felt like it had the right amount of grandeur without being grandiose - rather like the music' explains Gavin, who creates his amazing soundscapes in his spectacular Neon Nebula Studio, with all parts played by hand with no computer sequencing. Originally recorded as a session for the highly influential Magic Window radio show, hosted by Steven Anderson (Letters From Mouse), the decision was made to make it a full release on WFR. From the icy isolation of Opening Titles, to the warm piano tumbles and old world vocal samples of The Visible World, to the soaring, major key majesty of Slumber Submerged, Return To Splendour reaches the places that few beatless, ambient releases reach.

                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                          Barry says: The Metamorph returns for some more of his wonderful, classic synth inspired sound. From the twinkling keys of 'The Visible World' or the widescreen majesty of closer 'Slumber Submerged', this is a confident and beautiful release on a wonderful new label. For fans of Vangelis, Eno or Tangerine Dream, Gavin is a talented composer and a lovely chap to boot. Superb stuff.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Opening Titles 03:06
                                                                                                                          2. The Visible World 04:23
                                                                                                                          3. Reverie 04:01
                                                                                                                          4. Slumber Submerged 08:39

                                                                                                                          Cosmic Rough Riders

                                                                                                                          Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                            Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine is a collection of songs by Cosmic Rough Riders featuring tracks from their first two self-financed albums as well as three new tracks. The album was put together by Alan McGee's label as a starting point for mainstream listeners . The album spawned four singles including the Top 40 hits "Revolution (In The Summertime)" and "The Pain Inside". Most of the tracks on the album were recorded in a community funded recording studio in Castlemilk housing scheme and released on two self-financed albums; Deliverance (1999) and Panorama (2000). On hearing Panorama, Alan McGee signed the band to a one-album deal. The album would take the best of the first two albums as well as some new tracks. Now 21 years later Past Night From Glasgow will take the original masters, add a bonus track "I Call Her Name"

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Brothers Gather Round
                                                                                                                            The Gun Isnt Loaded
                                                                                                                            Glastonbury Revisited
                                                                                                                            Baby Youre So Free
                                                                                                                            Value Of Life
                                                                                                                            Revolution In The Summertime
                                                                                                                            Have You Heard The News Today
                                                                                                                            The Rain Inside
                                                                                                                            The Charm
                                                                                                                            The Loser
                                                                                                                            You've Got Me
                                                                                                                            Emily Darling
                                                                                                                            Morning Sun

                                                                                                                            Tame Impala

                                                                                                                            The Slow Rush (Deluxe Set)

                                                                                                                              • Lift Off Artwork Box (like Currents Collector’s Edition)
                                                                                                                              • Regular Album 2LP w/ new colour (transparent red) & different artwork elements to original press
                                                                                                                              • Remix 12" #1 – ‘One More Year (NTS Extended Version)’ // ‘Patience (Maurice Fulton Remix)’ & ‘Patience’ (Original Version)
                                                                                                                              • Remix 12" #2 – ‘Is It True (Four Tet Remix’) // ‘Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)’ & Borderline (Blood Orange Remix)’
                                                                                                                              • 7" – 2 x B-sides
                                                                                                                              • Deluxe Booklet
                                                                                                                              • The Slow Rush 2050 Calendar`

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. The Boat I Row
                                                                                                                              2. No Choice
                                                                                                                              3. Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty Remix)
                                                                                                                              4. One More Year (NTS Version)
                                                                                                                              5. Patience (Maurice Fulton Remix)
                                                                                                                              6. Is It True (Four Tet Remix)
                                                                                                                              7. Borderline (Blood Orange Remix)
                                                                                                                              8. Patience

                                                                                                                              Pan American

                                                                                                                              The Patience Fader

                                                                                                                                The glacial distillation of Pan•American aka Mark Nelson’s “romantic minimalism” achieves unique fruition on his latest Kranky collection, The Patience Fader.

                                                                                                                                A suite of solo guitar instrumentals accented with lap steel, harmonica, and twilit atmospherics, the strings smear and sparkle in elegant, windswept swells, a guitar mode once described by Brian Eno as “Duane Eddy playing Erik Satie.” These are elegies as much as songs, lulling and lilting in private currents of beauty and bereavement. Nelson speaks of the notion of “lighthouse music,” radiance cast from a stable vantage point, sending “a signal to help others through rocks and dangerous currents.”

                                                                                                                                Composed during the highly isolated summer of 2020, the pieces took shape as meditations on “roots and mourning, trying to connect with those deep hidden rivers that lead to a greater communality.” There’s something ageless, scarred, and American about this music, both displaced and devotional, the ghost of rust belts and dust bowls looming in a horizon of deepening dusk.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Swimming In A Western Motel
                                                                                                                                2. Outskirts, Dreamlit
                                                                                                                                3. Corniel
                                                                                                                                4. The North Line
                                                                                                                                5. Baitshop
                                                                                                                                6. Harmony Conversion
                                                                                                                                7. Memorizing, Memorizing
                                                                                                                                8. Just A Story
                                                                                                                                9. Nightwater
                                                                                                                                10. Wooster, Ohio
                                                                                                                                11. Almost Grown
                                                                                                                                12. Grounded

                                                                                                                                The Monochrome Set

                                                                                                                                The Jet Set Junta

                                                                                                                                  The Monochrome Set were something of the unsung heroes of the post-punk world; they fitted into absolutely no category whatsoever and their puckish take on spaghetti western soundtracks meets lounge jazz via the twisted lyrical imagery of vocalist Bid was as singular as it was unique.

                                                                                                                                  Comprising a couple of ex-Ants in Andy Warren and Lester Square, with singer / guitarist Bid and drummer JD Haney, their filmic, playful material found favour with many, including John Peel although they failed to match this with commercial success.

                                                                                                                                  The Jet Set Junta was originally released on Cherry Red in 1983 with its urgent, ringing guitars surrounding Bid’s lyrics telling of dodgy arms dealings and armoured limos as Lester Square’s Ennio Morriconetwang bends and reverbs as a counterpoint.

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  The Jet Set Junta
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  Love Goes Down The Drain, Noise (eine Kleine Symphonie)

                                                                                                                                  The William Loveday Intention

                                                                                                                                  The Baptiser

                                                                                                                                    Brand new studio album by The William Loveday Intention! As part of an incredibly productive year by one of the world's most productive and cherished artists, Billy Childish releases a new LP by The William Loveday Intention as part of his attempt at “a career in a year”. “The Baptiser is titled after John The Baptiser, Christ's teacher who proclaimed that you don't need to make blood sacrifices in the temple of Jerusalem to have communion with God – it's direct one to one in the desert, wearing a camel hair shirt and eating the fruits of the honey locust tree. The LP has many spiritual highs and blaming lows. It should move and sound like the contents of a thinking mind.” 

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1/The Baptiser
                                                                                                                                    2/A Library To You And The Self
                                                                                                                                    3/A Painted Pantomime Dame
                                                                                                                                    4/Mister Smith
                                                                                                                                    5/Poems Of Anxiety And Uncertainty
                                                                                                                                    6/I'm Good Enough
                                                                                                                                    7/Knockin' Of Heaven's Door
                                                                                                                                    8/A Framed T-Shirt Remnant
                                                                                                                                    9/Poems Of Anxiety And Uncertainty (Blues)
                                                                                                                                    10/The Baptiser (Reprise)

                                                                                                                                    Porridge Radio

                                                                                                                                    Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky

                                                                                                                                    When Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, one of the most vital new voices in rock, began to consider the themes of her new album, three vivid words began to emerge: joy, fear and endlessness. The artwork of the band’s third full-length, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, is a surreal image that evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life in recent times. “To me, the feelings of joy, fear and endlesses coexist together,” says Dana. “You’re never just happy or unhappy.”

                                                                                                                                    Following Every Bad’s release in 2020, Margolin was quickly becoming regarded as one of the most magnetic band leaders around. But if Every Bad established Dana’s bravery in laying herself bare, her band’s third record takes that to anthemic new heights. While there are moments of guttural release, she also finds soft power on songs. “I used to think I had to be loud to be heard,” she admits, “but now I’m definitely less afraid of being gentle.” The band’s first new single, ‘Back To The Radio’, sets out their stall, a lurching call to arms that contrasts Dana’s lyrics of panic and closing herself off. This song is just one of example in WDBLTTS that explores something that has long been an important part of Porridge Radio’s process: playfulness. “I think the album needed to have that balance,” Dana explains.

                                                                                                                                    Balance: that’s the word the album seems to be eternally striving for – joy, fear and endlessness in harmony but also self-acceptance. Dana is more aware of how she’s creating a persona as her star continues to rise, and how she’s singing personal songs that now belong to other people which gives her purpose. She says, “I wrote these songs for myself, but I think everyone wants to feel like what they’re doing is useful in some way. I’m ready to embrace it all now, whatever happens.”

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Barry says: There's a wonderful strength around the new Porridge Radio LP, it's bold and it's nuanced and anthemic but it's also defiant, with moments of instrumental and lyrical fragility perfectly offset by grand crescendos and almost post-rock levels of intensity. Beautifully written and melodic throughout, but with both moments of divine joy and passages of honest vulnerability.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    SIDE A:
                                                                                                                                    1. Back To The Radio
                                                                                                                                    2. Trying
                                                                                                                                    3. Birthday Party
                                                                                                                                    4. End Of Last Year
                                                                                                                                    5. Rotten
                                                                                                                                    6. U Can Be Happy If U Want To

                                                                                                                                    SIDE B:
                                                                                                                                    7. Flowers
                                                                                                                                    8. Jealousy
                                                                                                                                    9. I Hope She’s OK 2
                                                                                                                                    10. Splintered
                                                                                                                                    11. The Rip
                                                                                                                                    12. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky

                                                                                                                                    Beat smith Red Astaire (AKA Freddie Cruger) returns with some crucial instrumental cuts from the three volumes of the "Nuggets For The Needy" series. The supremely talented sample-smith throws a whole manner of vinyl-dug deepness into the pot: Latin, salsa, funk, soul, bop jazz.. you name it; all underpinned by one of his his many trademark boom-bap beats and a plethora of organic percussion licks.

                                                                                                                                    Practically inviting anyone with a penchant for wordplay to get busy with some bars, if you're looking for super tasty instrumentals to construct your next beat tape out of - look no further! Scratch deejays also get plenty to cut and juggle with here, might be worth bagging two copies! 

                                                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                    Matt says: A really nice, full-bodied, instrumental beats album. Intricate and well-formed, it stands alone wonderfully; but add a rapper and a turntablist and these cuts will really explode in a live context.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    Side 1
                                                                                                                                    1. Move Yo Ass (3:01)
                                                                                                                                    2. Its Going Down(3:28)
                                                                                                                                    3. The Wildstyle (4:31)
                                                                                                                                    Side 2
                                                                                                                                    1. Follow Me (3:36)
                                                                                                                                    2. The Gong (4:05)
                                                                                                                                    3. We Only Bs (3:52)
                                                                                                                                    Side 3
                                                                                                                                    1. Come Down (4:49)
                                                                                                                                    2. Hazlo Correcto (3:30)
                                                                                                                                    3. U Know How We Do (2:25)
                                                                                                                                    Side 4
                                                                                                                                    1. B-boy (3:34)
                                                                                                                                    2. Ghetto Hell (4:13)
                                                                                                                                    3. Cop That Red (3:27)

                                                                                                                                    Peter Gabriel

                                                                                                                                    Passion - Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                      The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, across 2x heavyweight black vinyl LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound.

                                                                                                                                      Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis. The album is true to the original LP design with a wide-spine jacket and printed inner sleeves, but now utilises colour photographs from The Last Temptation of Christ film. All images are newly re-scanned.

                                                                                                                                      The album comes with a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit).

                                                                                                                                      Passion – Music for The Last Temptation of Christ was released a year after Martin Scorsese’s controversy-laden film first hit the big screen in 1988. Passion tends to be regarded as a work in its own right rather than just being a movie soundtrack. It features additional music to that which was included in the film; this extra material was the result of Peter continuing to record and to resolve “unfinished ideas”. Built on a foundation of Middle Eastern and North African rhythms and melodies, Passion is unsurprisingly Peter’s most spiritual work, no more so than when the alternately ascending voices of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour and Peter himself interweave on the title track. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N’Dour are far from the only notable guests; the cross-continental gathering of musicians also includes Senegalese griot Baaba Maal, jazz drummer Bill Cobham and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell among many others.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      LP 1
                                                                                                                                      A1 The Feeling Begins
                                                                                                                                      A2 Gethsemane
                                                                                                                                      A3 Of These, Hope
                                                                                                                                      A4 Lazarus Raised
                                                                                                                                      A5 Of These, Hope - Reprise
                                                                                                                                      A6 In Doubt
                                                                                                                                      A7 A Different Drum
                                                                                                                                      B1 Zaar
                                                                                                                                      B2 Troubled
                                                                                                                                      B3 Open
                                                                                                                                      B4 Before Night Falls
                                                                                                                                      B5 With This Love

                                                                                                                                      LP 2
                                                                                                                                      C1 Sandstorm
                                                                                                                                      C2 Stigmata
                                                                                                                                      C3 Passion
                                                                                                                                      C4 With This Love – Choir
                                                                                                                                      D1 Wall Of Breath
                                                                                                                                      D2 The Promise Of Shadows
                                                                                                                                      D3 Disturbed
                                                                                                                                      D4 It Is Accomplished
                                                                                                                                      D5 Bread And Wine

                                                                                                                                      Peter Gabriel

                                                                                                                                      Birdy - Music From The Film - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                        The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on 1x heavyweight black LP, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound.

                                                                                                                                        Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis. The album is true to the original LP design, but all images are newly re-scanned.

                                                                                                                                        The album comes with a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit or 16bit)

                                                                                                                                        Recorded in 1984, and originally released in March 1985, Birdy marks the first occasion that Peter worked with French-Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois who went onto co-produce both Peter’s So and US albums. The soundtrack to the Alan Parker movie of the same name – the tale of a Vietnam vet who harbours Icarus-like ambitions to fly – it finds Peter flexing his creative muscles free of any commercial pressures and has a number of tracks build out of elements of existing tracks from Peter’s third and fourth solo albums.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                                                                                        A1 At Night
                                                                                                                                        A2 Floating Dogs
                                                                                                                                        A3 Quiet And Alone
                                                                                                                                        A4 Close Up (from Family Snapshot)
                                                                                                                                        A5 Slow Water
                                                                                                                                        A6 Dressing The Wound
                                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                                        B1 Birdy's Flight (from Not One Of Us)
                                                                                                                                        B2 Slow Marimbas
                                                                                                                                        B3 The Heat (from The Rhythm Of The Heat)
                                                                                                                                        B4 Sketchpad With Trumpet And Voice
                                                                                                                                        B5 Under Lock And Key (from Wallflower)
                                                                                                                                        B6 Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (from San Jacinto)

                                                                                                                                        The William Loveday Intention

                                                                                                                                        I'm Good Enough

                                                                                                                                          Brand new double 7” by The William Loveday Intention! As part of an incredibly productive year by one of the world's most productive and cherished artists, Billy Childish releases a new EP by The William Loveday Intention as part of his attempt at “a career in a year”. “Four tracks that address the game of being a human being.” 'I'm Good Enough' is a fresh look at Thee Headcoats' classic. 'Failure not Success' speaks for itself - and embodies the quest for un-muddied art. 'Becoming Unbecoming Me' is the story of a Jewish girl in Austria who changed her identity and married a Nazi to escape the death camps. 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is our version of Bob Dylan's version of 'Too Much Monkey Business' by Chuck Berry.”

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          A – I'm Good Enough
                                                                                                                                          B – Failure Not Success
                                                                                                                                          C – Becoming Unbecoming Me
                                                                                                                                          D – Subterranean Homesick Blues (Alt Version)

                                                                                                                                          Ella Fitzgerald

                                                                                                                                          Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook - The Best Of The Small Group Sessions - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                            Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald's paths had surely crossed many times during the Thirties, Forties, and early Fifties. However, no recorded trace of the two legendary musicians collaborating existed until 1957, when they participated on a series of big band sessions for Norman Granz. The sessions were somewhat chaotic and intermittent though, primarily because of Ellington's busy schedule and lack of time to prepare arrangements. As a result, the big band sessions were padded out it with various all-star sextettes, as represented on the LP.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Cotton Tail
                                                                                                                                            Satin Doll
                                                                                                                                            Don't Get Around Much Anymore
                                                                                                                                            It Don't Mean A Thing
                                                                                                                                            In A Sentimental Mood
                                                                                                                                            Prelude To A Kiss
                                                                                                                                            Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
                                                                                                                                            Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
                                                                                                                                            Mood Indigo
                                                                                                                                            In A Mellow Tone
                                                                                                                                            Sophisticated Lady
                                                                                                                                            Lush Life

                                                                                                                                            Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington

                                                                                                                                            Ella & Duke - The Best Of The Big Band Sessions - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                              Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald's paths had crossed many times during the Thirties, Forties, and early Fifties, but no recorded trace of the two legendary musicians collaborating existed until 1957, when they would come together to produce a series of sessions which include the music on this LP.

                                                                                                                                              It may seem incredible that not a single previous air shot of Ella with Ellington survives, but Duke had a tight band and didn't frequently play with musicians outside of his orchestra. Ella, on the other hand, after coming to fame with the Chick Webb orchestra in the late Thirties, was taken under the wing of Norman Granz's, from which point on she rarely recorded with anyone other than artists contracted to Granz, which included many of the greatest jazzmen of all time. Because of Ellington's contractual commitments and incredible busy schedule, the sessions where fraught with problems and intermittent delays. Thankfully though, under Granz's supervision and stoicism, the Ella-Duke project was completed.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Rockin In Rhythm
                                                                                                                                              Drop Me Off In Harlem
                                                                                                                                              Day Dream
                                                                                                                                              I Didnt Know About You
                                                                                                                                              Take The "A" Train
                                                                                                                                              Im Beginning To See The Light
                                                                                                                                              Im Just A Lucky So And So
                                                                                                                                              All Too Soon
                                                                                                                                              I Got It Bad (And That Aint Good)
                                                                                                                                              Chelsea Bridge

                                                                                                                                              Tom Service

                                                                                                                                              The Listening Service: 101 Journeys Through The Musical Universe

                                                                                                                                                Based on his critically-acclaimed BBC Radio 3 programme The Listening Service, in which Tom Service takes an idea on an ear-opening and mind-expanding walk through the musical landscape every week, this book is a celebration of music's multi-dimensional power in our lives. With 101 short chapters based on the programmes and grouped thematically the book will open ears and imaginations to find answers to the questions we all have about why and how music - from Toots and the Maytals and J S Bach, Gustav Mahler and Miley Cyrus, to Anna Meredith and Mozart - works its magic over us. With direct links to the programmes using a QR code, the chapters draw on powerful and communicative anecdotes and analogies, as well as the latest scientific research, and above all, a spirit of discovery and connection across genres, cultures, and histories. At its heart is the conviction that music changes us.

                                                                                                                                                Orphic Apparition is a new label born out of a transatlantic meeting of minds. Facilitated by a long, hedonistic party in one of present-day London’s ‘meanwhile use’ venues Grow Tottenham, Canadian producer Raf Reza and British acid house luminary Paul Chivers spent a precious day in the studio to record a 3 hour straight to DAT session before Reza's return to Canada. The result of this spontaneous yet intuitive collaboration blurs the lines between Chiver’s long-standing Ramjac Corporation alias and Reza’s genre-spanning approach to dub, breaks and house styles. Part of the early 90s rave scene and an important member of the blueprint-setting Irdial label, Ramjac locks heads with the self-professed ‘lazy music guy from Toronto’ to adapt their studio session into five separate mixdowns.

                                                                                                                                                ‘In The Grow’ begins with a bouncy, cut-up sounding Errorsmith-esque rhythm, the recurring fright night melody that distinguishes the record coming in all quick and powerful. The A2 ‘Rotten Mix’ offers a more traditional house approach in its composition, with dub FX and a nice DJ friendly outro. On the final uptempo choice the pair opt for a head-scrambling electro take. Choose your fighter! The ‘Swampy Dub’ on the flip really dismantles everything we’ve heard prior, slo-mo drums allowing a much different DJ experience and altering the freaky synthetic propulsion into an almost modern classical sound. A little like Paul Dresher’s eternal ‘Channels Passing’ (tip). Combined with the other edits this version almost becomes a totally different track. The final ‘Rootless Dub’ gives its clues in the title, removing all the tough drum sounds and allowing for an ambient decompression.

                                                                                                                                                Orphic Apparition will return soon.

                                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                                Matt says: Leave the sludge in the warehouse long enough and it mutates into new lifeforms off of all the sweat and ecstasy still circulating around the vicinity. The results are mutations of acid, bass, rave and dubstep into one end-level bossman warehouse killer. You'll need a pocket full of power pills to fend off this beast!

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                A1. In The Grow (Rotting Mix)
                                                                                                                                                A2. In The Grow (Rotten Mix)
                                                                                                                                                B1. In The Grow (Rahtted Mix)
                                                                                                                                                B2. In The Grow (Swampy Dub)
                                                                                                                                                B3. In The Grow (Rootless Dub)

                                                                                                                                                Vacant Gardens

                                                                                                                                                Under The Bloom

                                                                                                                                                  Vacant Gardens is Glenn Donaldson (of The Reds, Pinks and Purples and a hundred others) and Jem Fanvu, collaborating on music and with the latter responsible for vocals and lyrics. The project began with the idea of combining heavy fuzz and slow-mo drum machine beats with Fanvu's gentle almost trad-folk style vocals. Almost all of Donaldson's otherworldly sounds are achieved through layers of guitar fuzz and copious delay, while Fanvu offers an ideal counterpoint, taking the listener on a celestial melancholy trip with her opaque poetry and melodies.

                                                                                                                                                  So inspired were the duo by this blend of styles, they immediately recorded at least two albums of material, Under the Bloom and Obscene, released in quick succession in 2020 and 2021 in swiftly-disappearing micro editions on the secretive Tall Texan label. With those records close-to-impossible to find at an affordable price, Tough Love are now reissuing both LPs on May 20th, alongside a 7" containing two previously unheard songs recorded at the same time as the albums. The albums are pressed in editions of 500, and the 7" 300, and all on transparent vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  1. Waves On Waves
                                                                                                                                                  2. Slow Diamonds
                                                                                                                                                  3. Sunlight On Dry Grass
                                                                                                                                                  4. Night Bloom
                                                                                                                                                  5. Shorebirds
                                                                                                                                                  6. Open Air
                                                                                                                                                  7. Under The Bloom
                                                                                                                                                  8. Eucalyptus

                                                                                                                                                  The Clash

                                                                                                                                                  Combat Rock - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                    Originally released in May 1982, ‘Combat Rock’ is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. 

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                    Know Your Rights
                                                                                                                                                    Car Jamming
                                                                                                                                                    Should I Stay Or Should I Go
                                                                                                                                                    Rock The Casbah
                                                                                                                                                    Red Angel Dragnet
                                                                                                                                                    Straight To Hell
                                                                                                                                                    SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                    Overpowered By Funk
                                                                                                                                                    Atom Tan
                                                                                                                                                    Sean Flynn
                                                                                                                                                    Ghetto Defendant
                                                                                                                                                    Inoculated City
                                                                                                                                                    Death Is A Star

                                                                                                                                                    The Clash

                                                                                                                                                    Combat Rock / The People's Hall

                                                                                                                                                      Originally released in May 1982, ‘Combat Rock’ is the final album from The Clash of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon. Featuring two of the band’s most well-known songs, ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ and ‘Rock The Casbah’. Now re-released as a 180g 3LP special edition and a 2CD special edition, with an additional 12-tracks compiled by The Clash.

                                                                                                                                                      Having returned to London following their pivotal 17-show residency at New York’s Bond’s Casino in 1981, the band rehearsed and recorded at The People’s Hall in the squatted Republic of Frestonia near Latimer Road in London and from there they embarked on a tour of the East and South East Asia, during which the album sleeve image was captured by Pennie Smith in Thailand.

                                                                                                                                                      The tracks on ‘The People’s Hall’ chart the period from what was their last single Radio Clash right up to the release of Combat Rock, including unheard, rare and early versions of tracks.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Combat Rock - SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                      Know Your Rights
                                                                                                                                                      Car Jamming
                                                                                                                                                      Should I Stay Or Should I Go
                                                                                                                                                      Rock The Casbah
                                                                                                                                                      Red Angel Dragnet
                                                                                                                                                      Straight To Hell
                                                                                                                                                      Combat Rock - SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                      Overpowered By Funk
                                                                                                                                                      Atom Tan
                                                                                                                                                      Sean Flynn
                                                                                                                                                      Ghetto Defendant
                                                                                                                                                      Inoculated City
                                                                                                                                                      Death Is A Star
                                                                                                                                                      The People’s Hall - SIDE A
                                                                                                                                                      Outside Bonds
                                                                                                                                                      Radio Clash
                                                                                                                                                      Futura 2000
                                                                                                                                                      The People’s Hall - SIDE B
                                                                                                                                                      First Night Back In London
                                                                                                                                                      Radio One - Mikey Dread
                                                                                                                                                      He Who Dares Or Is Tired*
                                                                                                                                                      Long Time Jerk
                                                                                                                                                      The Fulham Connection [aka The Beautiful People Are Ugly Too]
                                                                                                                                                      The People’s Hall - SIDE C
                                                                                                                                                      Midnight To Stevens
                                                                                                                                                      Sean Flynn
                                                                                                                                                      Idle In Kangaroo Court
                                                                                                                                                      Know Your Rights*
                                                                                                                                                      NB: SIDE D IS BLANK

                                                                                                                                                      *Previously Unreleased

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