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After a quiet year for Invisible City Editions in 2018, the Canadian diggers storm into 2k19 with a sublime reissue of a private press spiritual jazz LP from D.C's Jeff Majors. Composed on harp, drum machines and synths, "For Us All (Yoka Boka)" follows a similarly transcendent path to Alice Coltrance's later compositions; no surprise since Majors was a student at her Ashram, as well as playing in Brother Ah's band. But where Coltrane opted for the chanted mantra, Majors enlists vocalist to experiment with standard songs, here The Beatles' "Let It Be" and the Gershwins' "Summertime". Set to a propulsive rhythm section of Linn drums and Moog bass, the sweet vocals and atmospheric harps create a unique and otherworldly feeling. Remastered and repressed for the 21st century, this ace Invisible Cities reissue comes with an information booklet and new artwork.

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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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. 


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