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Doc Severinsen

I Wanna Be With You - Inc. DJ Harvey Edit

Uh huh, Yeah and generally unf. Renowned jazz horseman Doc Severinsen hoves into view, dropping some superfly TNT funk on our asses here via the monstrous mid-tempo disco groovings of the AWB style "I Wanna Be With You". Slick bass work, subtle keys and hot horns vibe away, breaking into audacious guitar licks or the big chorus. The original 1976 promo 12" had the same track on both sides as promos often did back then but here we get a special version on the flip, a lovingly tweaked re-edit from the cult leader himself - DJ Harvey. Switching up the arrangement without getting lost in the loops, Harv takes us back to the hypnotic funk of Black Cock classic "Shine On'.  Harv's edit has been around for a minute, but this version backing the OG 76 Disco mix makes this 12" a bonafide 'must grab' for all Disco enthusiasts! Do not snooze. This one's a winner!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: If the totally unstoppable groove of jazz-meets-funk banger "I Wanna Be With You" wasn't enough, Harvey's extended and recut version on the flip seals the deal here. Low slung jazz-funk with a big helping of disco attitude? Yes please!

Mtume

So You Wanna Be A Star - Inc. Danny Krivit Edit

'So you wanna be a star' - 24 carat Disco gold from 1980 right here. Mtume, led by legendary Jazz percussionist and all-round musical visionary James Mtume had a number of massive hits and can count quite a few 'classics' within their repertoire ('Juicy Fruit' anyone?). This flawlessly arranged, funk drenched jam speaks on the dangers of living life too fast and relying on those who can't be trusted. Remember, this was the beginning of the 1980's, the disco era had begun to fade amidst the drug hazed excesses of the previous decade, while the music continued forging its path skyward with tremendous records like this one. 'So you wanna...' really has a message and that's not surprising considering it has one of the most underrated production teams behind it in the shape of Mtume / Lucas. A true gem of the post-Disco era. Essential and rare. This repress of the original Epic promo from 1980 is backed with a brand new re-edit from one of NYC's Disco kings - Mr.K aka Danny Krivit. With almost half a century spent behind the turntables in NYC and beyond he surely understands records like 'So you wanna be a star' intrinsically, he was, after all, there when it all happened!

STAFF COMMENTS

David says: We love a winner as much as the next record shop and winners don't come any more victorious than this sublime slice of boogie disco. Play this loud in a public place and watch the room turn into a party. Just like that...

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.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: 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. Simply put, it's a masterpiece.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd LP Info: Limited double vinyl.

The Clash

The Clash

    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!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Martin says: Pure and unadulterated rock'n'roll revolution. The almost complete absence of production allowed the urgency and anger to flow unchecked and undiluted, losing none of it's power and connection. Joe Strummer's incendiary irreverence was perfectly complimented by the machine gun chop and snarl of Mick Jones' guitar and the speedfreak rhythm section of Paul Simonon and Topper Headon - a formula that would go on to produce some of the most inspiring and incredible music ever recorded. From start to finish, this is a stone cold classic.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: High quality 180g heavyweight vinyl.

    John Cooper Clarke

    Anthologia

      This is the first anthology of work from legendary British poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke who's career spans the early days of punk right up to present day. Kicking off with "Evidently Chickentown" (which was used brilliantly over the end credits of an episode of The Sopranos) it including the likes of "(I Married A Monster) From Outer Space" and "Beasly Street"

      The double vinyl features 12 tracks along with Peel sessions and live recordings from Manchester Ritz in '78 and Rafters in '79 - 32 tracks in total.

      The hardback 'Bookset' format, contains 3 CD's & a DVD. The CD's cover 49 tracks in total, an expanded version of the vinyl basically. The DVD features live material, plus rare and previously unseen footage.



      John Cooper Clarke

      Disguise In Love

        2005 Remaster with 3 bonus tracks of the 1978 album featuring Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks); Bill Nelson and others.

        John Cooper Clarke

        Snap, Crackle & Bop

          2005 remastered with bonus tracks, ripe 1980 album from the legendary UK beat poet! Cameo by Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks.

          Great funk / blues / rock fusion album made in 1969 by the young Shuggie Otis under the watchful eye of his dad, bluesman Johnny Otis. Shuggie's guitar-picking isn't a million miles away from Hendrix, and is backed by members of The Crusaders for this session. Listenin' to Shuggie Otis is like sitting on a Californian beach for the sunrise on a perfect Summer morning, watching the dolphins mingle with the surfers as the solar rays dapple on the rippling ocean currents. Every home needs one!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: US import 180g reissue with authentic replica sleeve and label artwork.

          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

          LP Info: Limited 180g pressing. US import reissue with authentic replica sleeve artwork.

          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.

          Lil' Louis

          Do U Luv Me - Danny Krivit Edit

          The original track from Lil' Louis's 1992 album "Journey With The Lonely" is something of a minor club classic and a track I've adored ever since I heard it on a garage mixtape back in the early 90s. Starting with a scene-setting bit of banter and jazz licks followed by the most soothing synths imaginable, perfect hi-hats, a great bassline and vocals from Joi Cardwell that you just fall in love with, "Do U Luv Me" is simply perfect. Although made to look like an original '92 promo, this brand new Danny Krivit edit removes the intro fluff, pushes the beat in sooner and increases the use of the sharp snare for a longer, more DJ friendly mix.

          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.

              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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