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INVISIBLE CITY EDITIONS

Private Press Spiritual Jazz from D.C's Jeff Majors. Featuring harp, drum machines and synths. Jeff was one of Alice Coltrane's students at the ashram. He also played in Brother Ah's band. Each song on this album is an inspired vision of the personal and the devotional via the harps universal gilstening range and Linn drums. Comes with info booklet. 

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

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LP Info: Repress in new artwork

Invisible City Editions return wance-agin, Tommy Mandel providing the good stuff on the latest outing of everyone's favourite reissue series with a compilation of personal, synth-laden pop songs created between 1980-87 in NYC. 

His professional work as a keyboardist and vocalist found him on stage and in the studio with many of the 80s greats from the Clash, Todd Rundgren, B-52s, Violent Femmes, The Ramones, Tina Turner, Mark Ronson, Dire Straits and Bryan Adams. While offstage and out of the major studio sessions, Tommy wrote in little books, made animation films and hooked up a massive amount of synthesizers, sequencers,microphones and recorded songs like diary entries. He self released almost 20 CDs, cassettes and one self titled 12” EP. Each song selected here is stunningly simple, lush, desperate, playful, and harmonic, touching on disparate trangents like Brian Wilson, Egyptian Lover, Michael Shrieve,Holger Czukay, Ariel Pink, YMO, AOR FM West Coast Rock, Arthur Russell, Martin Denny, Peter Gordon, Drexciya, Prince and private issued new age boogie. Tommy recently jokingly coined his music 'corporate ambient' and it shouldn’t entirely work; but somehow he manages to effortlessly make each song a Tommy Mandel song - DIY, homespun, personal, stunning, and not too serious. This is perfect pop - very charming, sincere, infectious and the work of a humble, good hearted, romantic savant. 

These Eyes

Soca Hustle / Let Me Love

One of the most mysterious and outsider 'Soca' 45s out there by HM 'These Eyes' Timothy.

The A-side 'Let Me Love' sounds like doo wop recorded with Oluko Imo's gear. And the B-side 'Soca Hustle' sounds like the Residents jamming a Marvin Whoremonger song with Augustus Pablo. The original 45 is so obscure that even his siblings didn't know that he made music. And rumour has it that, frustrated by its lack of success, Michael threw most of the copies of the 45 in the valley beside his family's house in the hills just outside Port Of Spain. 

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7" Info: 2017 repress, New Artwork

Beverly Glenn-Copeland is already known amongst collectors and music heads for two sought after albums of folky jazz in the key of Joni. It was this album, originally self-released on cassette in 1986 that caught the label's attention. The album, entirely recorded on DX-7 and TR-707, lies somewhere between digital new-age and (accidentally) early Detroit techno experiments. The inimitable style of BGC here is both peaceful and meditative while simultaneously rhythmic and bass heavy. The album was recorded in the northern Canadian town of Huntsville where BGC was living at the time and is a beautiful fusion of personal vision, technology and place. Issued here for the first time on vinyl, with a full restoration and re-master. 

The ultra collectable Invisible City Editions returns to the 12" market with more delights from music's deleted history. ICE kingpins Brandon Hocura & Gary Abugan travel the globe in search of lost gems and Holy Grails, devouring long closed warehouses and rickety record shacks like a couple of disco locusts. Following on from their gorgeous reissues of Michael Boothman, Stephen Encinas and Witch, the label serve up a split 12" of rare and exotic audio delights. On the A-side we get lost deep in the groove with "U Turn Me On", an 808 driven Haitian-Canadian dubbed-out disco boogie anthem that's sure to drive crowds manic. The raw 808 rhythm and endless bassline form the perfect rhythm section for hypnotic movement, while those dubwise vocals put this in the same league of proto-island-disco-house as those killer Tapper Zukie 12"s we've been treated to recently. After the dancefloor pressure of the A-side, Brandon and Gary offer some soothing frequencies on the flipside by way of Astarius' "Ancient Times Part 1 and 2". The Hawaiian mystic displays his mastery of circular breathing and polyphonic overtone singing across two hypnotic mantras, soaked in reverb and twisted in pitch. It's sure to melt brains into a dervish twirl before opening the doors of perception.



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