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Nichelle Nichols

Know What I Mean / Why Don't You Do Right?

Star Trek to soulstress - Lieutenant Uhura aka Nichelle Nichols was a groundbreaking actor, singer and trailblazer and these two standout tracks sound as sweet as they did over 50 years ago. A valuable collectable must for Soul, Northern fans & well as any true Trekkie...original copies are changing hands for £250+.

Rose Royce

Still In Love

The two tracks featured on this 12" are widely considered to be the highlights from the album 'Stronger Than Ever'. The title, being a reference (or thinly veiled dig?!) to the fact that it was the band's first release not to feature both original singer, Gwen Dickey and producer Norman Whitefield and that, they were, you know, hey! Still strong and stuff...
While those things might have mattered 40 odd years ago, all we're bothered about is, is this a record I need to put my hand in my pocket for?
And the answer is yes, very much so.
A side 'Still In Love' is the best song Chic didn't write, underpinned by a great, funky piano and lush orchestral strings it's the kind of track that would have wowed the crowd at Studio 54 had you know, it not been closed down because the owners never got around to paying their taxes.
On the flip, 'Best In Love' comes across halfway between Inner Life's Salsoul bomb 'Make It Last Forever' and Mahogany's West End classic, 'Ride On The Rhythm' and that friends, is my kind of halfway. 


A Tribe Called Quest

We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Just when it looked like The Avalanches had the 'unlikely comeback of the year' award sewn up, legendary hip hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest return with their first album in eighteen years, months after the death of group member Phife Dawg. Recorded at Q-Tip's home studio after the group's reunion on Jimmy Fallon, the set sees Q-Tip, Phife and Jarobi swapping the mic at will, exchanging couplets and finishing each other's lines like they'd never been apart. Musically, "We Got It From Here..." finds the group flipping their well loved jazz samples into contemporary arrangements alive with collaborative performances from a whole host of A-list guests, while the free flowing lyrics meditate on culture, sociology and the total shit show which is US politics. As a longtime fan of ATCQ, I'd have been happy with a decent rehash of their early nineties stylings, but "We Got It From Here" excels with modern production and pointed subject matter, serving up a stinging critique of society's ills over the most infectious grooves. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Limited double vinyl.

The Clash

The Clash - Vinyl Edition

    Classic debut LP from '77. Every track is a punk anthem – sub 3 minute, 3-chord blasts of adrenalin fuelled fury. The foot is down hard on the accelerator from the opening "She's in love with rock'n'roll woah...." But where the Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Bollocks” was all about the punk rock ethos of snarling attitude and not being able to play their instruments, The Clash had songs and melody, to go with the attitude. The songs are anthemic, but not in a ‘lighter’s in the air’ way, they’re charged with a nervy, vital energy that’s helped them stand the test of time. They sound as relevant today as they did (almost) 40 years ago!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: High quality 180g heavyweight vinyl.

    Scouting For Girls

    Scouting For Girls

    London indie-pop trio Scouting For Girls are a band that offers a unique take on life. Their warmth, wit and healthy dose of bittersweet nostalgia, make an individual stand for the young at heart. The band have experienced a whirlwind start to 2007. Signing to Epic Records on Valentines Day following a band rehearsal in their decaying Acton studio, the band were packed off to Helioscentric Studios in Rye within a week, and have since found their music filling the country's airwaves with the debut release of their limited edition EP, "It's Not About You" in June. Their formation, akin to their music, is both charming and endearingly simple. School friends Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Pete Ellard grew up in and around Harrow together. Pete was Roy's 'sixer' at Cub Scouts, and Roy met bassist Greg in the playground at junior school. Ever since Roy persuaded Greg to get an acoustic guitar for Christmas aged 14, the trio have been indebted to writing songs together. Scouting For Girls debut album is packed with potential hits including current single "She's So Lovely" plus stand outs "Keep On Walking", "James Bond" and "Elvis Ain't Dead".

    After Sly And The Family Stone's groundbreaking 1967 debut album, the funk avatar and his skilled cohorts came up with a universally relatable premise and a gigantic hook for their next effort. the seminal single "Dance To The Music" entered the top 10 during the first week of 1968. The following album, given the same title, served as a showcase for the bi-racial, co-ed sextet, revealing the players' ultra-tight interaction, improvisational skills and pile-driving grooves.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: Limited remastered deluxe edition in digi-pack sleeve with 12 page booklet and six bonus tracks (four previously unreleased).

    Modest Mouse

    We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

    Follow up to 2004's Grammy nominated "Good News...", and the band now include Johnny Marr as a permanent member.

    Modest Mouse

    Good News For People Who Love Bad News

    A fantastic album from Modest Mouse, who have sculptured an amazing epic sound that will be loved by fans of cool indie guitar bands such as Mercury Rev and Yo La Tengo; this could well see them break through to the big time.

    Good Charlotte

    Girls And Boys

    One of the best tracks from their excellent "The Young And The Hopeless" album. Contains "Girls And Boys", an acoustic version of "Riot Girl" and the video of "Girls And Boys" for PC.

    Boy Sets Fire

    Tomorrow Came Today

    Nathan Gray leads the line on the best Boy Sets Fire album to date, "Tomorrow Came Today". Guitarists Josh Latshaw and Chad Istvan are on top form too and the rock solid bass and drums of Rob Avery and Matt Krupanski never let up. They've remained one of the most musical, but still intense, hardcore bands on the scene. This, their debut album for a major label, has all the light and shade, subtle touches and strong political content that their fans know and love. "After The Eulogy" was harder and brasher but this has the potential to really make a wider impact.

    Poco

    The Very Best Of Poco

    Poco featured Richie Furay and Jim Messina, one time members of Buffalo Springfield. They were pioneers of the country rock style characterised on their albums by the steel guitar sound of Rusty Young. From their early recordings (their debut was released in Summer 1969) the group was hampered by frequent line-up changes and never really achieved the success they felt they deserved. This collection is a fine way to pick up some of their best songs at a cheap price.

    The Juliana Theory

    Love

    After releasing two full-length albums independently and gaining a solid fanbase through touring with the likes of At The Drive In and New Found Glory, the band now make their major label debut. The 14 tracks mix searing guitars and tidal rhythms with unexpected blasts of melody and cracked emotion, sounding like a sound-clash between the Foo Fighters and Faith No More.

    Howie Day

    Australia

    21-year old Howie Day is a new singer-songwriter from the US who supported Tori Amos on her 2003 tour. Those who saw him in Manchester saw a talented musician armed only with an acoustic guitar, who uses an array of delay pedals to create and control an invisible band. He slaps his guitar for a backbeat, picks the melody out on a couple of strings and sings his own backing vocals. The sounds bounce around until Day pulls them all together with his guitar and soaring voice like a latter day John Martyn. Inspired by the emotionally raw songs of Jeff Buckley or Richard Ashcroft, they are full of broken hearts, regrets and loss and this debut does have a dark tone, but Day is one of those artists that will just get better and this is a good beginning.

    Audioslave

    Audioslave

    Audioslave are lead singer / guitarist of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine's Tim Commerford (bass), Tom Morello (guitar), and Brad Wilk (drums). They have all the hallmarks of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine - the heavy almost stoner presence of "Superunknown" and the fierce and uncompromising meld of punk-inspired hard rock of RATM's debut. Fourteen tracks of supremely heavy and passionate hard rock - a total RIFFERAMA.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: Free poster with initial copies.

    Chevelle

    Wonder What's Next

      Yeah... they sound like Tool, but that's OK, Chevelle explode on all 11 tracks of this emotional-hard rock disc. Three brothers who usually start out a song with a quiet guitar intro while Pete sings in an almost meek, trembling voice. Then they will break into one of the most heavy powerful vocals and rip-tear guitar playing that you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing.

      John Cooper Clarke

      The Very Best Of

        Twenty track "Best of ..." compilation from Manchester's very own punk-poet legend, John Cooper Clarke.

        The The

        Mind Bomb

        Digitally remastered version of this 1989 album. Nicely packaged in a limited edition slip case.

        Incubus

        Morning View

        Incubus have developed into one of the most exciting acts on the whole nu-metal / stoner / punk scene and this superb rifferama exudes quality on every track. Hot, heavy and raw but slick, complex, emotional and assured they don't come better in this type of music.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: Limited edition includes exclusive video footage on CD-Rom multimedia not to mention a free sew-on patch.


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