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Johnny Cash

Sings I Walk The Line

    Limited Edition 180g orange coloured vinyl pressing of Johnny Cash's iconic LP 'Sings I Walk The Line' Released in 1964, Johnny Cash's own retrospective of his early career on the Sun record label has become, arguably, his most iconic album release. It was a bold move at the time, as he'd already enjoyed a run of chart-topping albums and become one of country music's most prolifc and celebrated recording artists. Yet, 'I Walk The Line' went on to become one of his greatest selling albums.

    J-Walk Vs. Joseph Cotton

    Rewind / Gorilla Dust Cloud

    A return of the mighty King Spinna records! Manchester dub / reggae / dancehall institution born outta Blood & Fire headed by Bob Harding and Dom Sotgiu. A real coup for this one as they've enlisted the one and only Martin Brew aka J-Walk for a one-drop digi-dub soundclash alongside MC Joseph Cotton. You’ll know J-Walk from his more synth-laced boogie and Balearic pieces (not least his “Mellotronique” from early this year) but he’s a man of many talents and an absolute wizard in the studio! Joseph Cotton is now based in Paris after years spent in Berlin & London after leaving Jamaica in the 80's. He is a regular on the live reggae scene, records frequently for Manu Digital & many others, he is also featured on the timeless classic Rhythm & Sound release “See Mi Yah”.

    Godzilla Dust Cloud was a meteorological phenomenon that covered Jamaica.

    Voiced by the dancehall icon & reggae veteran as "REWIND", J-Walk provides a fried dancehall riddim and laces the various stems in bucket loads of tape delay. Cotton's on point with soundbwoy shout outs and there's some classic sound system samples thrown into the pot by Brew too. Heavy sawtooth bass and that infectious Casio MT40 keyboard riff ensure this loud pressed 7" gets multiple spins in the dance.

    J-Walk's instrumental on the flip is as authentic a slice of B-side digi-dub versioning as one could hope for. Adding extra whistles and cowbells, tweaking the space echo even more than on the vocal version and throwing the focus at the percussion section and that catchy B-line. Yes selector!

    Limited copies - don't sleep on this riddim! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Massive Manchester dubwise affair here as Dom Blood & Fire's King Spinna label enlists Martin Brew and JA talent Joseph Cotton for a modern dancehall riddim complete with killer dub on the flip.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Rewind
    B. Gorilla Dust Cloud

    J-Walk's (Martin Brew) superb Mellotronique gets a much needed vinyl pressing from the fledgling imprint headed by Jason Boardman of Aficionado records fame. 

    If you know Brew's work from the highly lauded 'Limelight Nights' or 'Mediterranean Winds', then you'll know that his sound is a synth-heavy distillation of topical Balearic grooves and snappy disco percussion. This latest outing sees the musical polymath shift his focus slightly more into the almost-tailored-exactly-for-me saturated 8-bit grooves of 90's videogame soundtrackery. 

    Kicking things off, 'City Slicker' matches a swung percussive groove against phased chord stabs and rolling synthetic bass, providing a perfect starting point for the wonderfully vivid landscape that is to come. 'Hypercruiser' brings in the most understated saw-wave bass (with *just* enough short reverb on to come popping out of the mix) before launching into a soaring, euphoric lift into one of my favourite pices on the whole collection, the wonderfully evocative portamentoed swing of 'Underwater Galaxy'. 

    Both 'A World Someplace' and 'Winter Moon Rendezvous' hold their place perfectly, tactfully seguing between slowly pulled synth chords and twinkling dreamlike bliss. The former swims with a machine-funk groove, reminiscent of an 8-bit cityscape while the latter takes this established groove and slows it down, reducing to a few perfectly pitched elements.  It's this restraint that really sets J-Walk apart from the rest, with his keen production ear coming across perfectly in the finished product. 

    Laters, both 'Chill Bien' and 'Equinox Desire' usher in hints of tropical groove, with the syncopated stabs of bass fading into a sea of reverb and bit-crushed guitars before pulling all the elements seamlessly into a perfect culmination of melodic drive and lysergic relaxation. 

    We finish with the massive duo of 'Fait Accompli' and 'The Night Machine', the former bringing the latent Italo elements into the mix before the latter slams them home with an uncompromisingly crunchy, filter-manipulated freak-out. 

    It's a stunning collection of tracks, and further evidence that J-Walk is indeed here to stay, thank f*ck. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: The second release on Jason Boardman's (Aficionado) new labour of love and it's no other than Martin Brew dropping electro-funk-balearo-science! Electrified throughout, it exists as a concise and really quite singular piece conceived by an artist in full creative control. We've waited all year for these BiD records but it's been worth the wait. Buy on sight! Who knows if there'll be a second press...

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. City Slicker
    A2. Hypercruiser
    A3. Underwater Galaxy
    A4. A World Someplace
    A5. Winter Moon Rendezvous
    B1. Hologram Jam
    B2. Chill Bien
    B3. Equinox Desire
    B4. Fait Accompli
    B5. The Night Machine

    Crazy P

    Age Of The Ego (Remixes EP3)

      Affirming their status as dedicated tastemakers, Crazy P call on some of their favourite producers, and deliver 12 immaculate remixes of their beloved 2019 album, ‘Age Of The Ego’ A cosmic, vibe heavy, and eclectic journey through low-slung, groovy balearic, big room disco, deep house, lo-fi, and beyond with artists Crazy P have admired, and friends encountered along the way.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1: SOS (DJ Nature Remix)
      A2: Night Rain (Ilija Rudman's Higher Ground Mix)
      B1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson's Vocoder Remix)
      B2: Is This All It Seems? (Ron Basejam Instrumental Mix)

      Crazy P

      Age Of The Ego (Remixes)

        Affirming their status as dedicated tastemakers, Crazy P call on some of their favourite producers, and deliver 12 immaculate remixes of their beloved 2019 album, ‘Age Of The Ego’ A cosmic, vibe heavy, and eclectic journey through low-slung, groovy balearic, big room disco, deep house, lo-fi, and beyond with artists Crazy P have admired, and friends encountered along the way.

        Gerd Janson’s 80’s italo-esque remix of ‘We Will F**k You Up’ kicks things off full throttle as a debut digital single on June 8th. Other focal tracks come from Medlar ft Dele Sosimi who provide a hip-swinging rendition of 'The Witness’. Hot Toddy (Crazy P’s Chris Todd) ups the ante for the dancefloor on ‘Love is With You’ whilst retaining the lushness and the sentiment of the original, and other Crazy P co-founder James Baron aka Ron Basejam delivers a disco stomping four to the floor rendition of ‘Is This All That It Seems’. Another stand out contribution comes from the late Soulphiction who sadly passed between submitting his remix and its release. His bass-heavy take on 'Barefooted' is a roller-boogie funk jam, heavy on the bass on congas, guaranteed to make you shimmy.

        Crazy P - “The very sadly missed Soulphiction. We’ve been huge fans of his work over the years and it’s an honor to have a truly authentic remix from him”

        ‘Age Of The Ego’ is a very dear album to Crazy P. “We poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this baby, so we were keen to get the remix package right with the help of some very talented producers! DJ Nature, a king of the underground, injects a whole new boldness into ‘SOS’ with a kick drum that launches you into space. Mancunian/Salfordian collective See Thru Hands infuse a fresh, deep durgy rock disco sound. Ilija Rudman has an inimitable style, the simplicity of his remix is key to its beauty. We knew James Welsh would give us some toughness and he certainly delivered with aplomb on ‘This Fire’. Something Sanctified’s analog drenched house productions we’ve loved over the years, and the duo have stripped this mix right back, the vocoder bit on the end is well worth the wait!”

        The appetite for Crazy P’s supremely fun and exquisite live and DJ performances is still high, continuing to leave their mark on the landscape of British dance music with a relentless tour schedule in 2022, laying down Age Of The Ego’s original material and remixes all summer.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Manchester's finest disco outfit are remixed by a hand-picked selection of talent for a three disc spectacular which delves into recent album "Age Of The Ego". They seem to go from strength to strength, reinforced by a charismatic and unstoppable live show. With the band in the background, a who's who of modern electronic music man the controls with, thankfully, quite dazzling results.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson Remix)
        A2: The Witness (Medlar Remix Feat. Dele Sosimi)
        B1: This Fire (James Welsh Remix)
        B2: This Fire (See Thru Hands Remix)
        C1: Love Is With You (Hot Toddy Remix)
        C2: Barefooted (Soulphiction's Roller Skating Mix)
        D1: Is This All It Seems? (Ron Basejam Remix)
        D2: SOS (Somethin' Sanctified Remix)
        E1: SOS (DJ Nature Remix)
        E2: Night Rain (Ilija Rudman's Higher Ground Mix)
        F1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson's Vocoder Remix)
        F2: Is This All It Seems? (Ron Basejam Instrumental Mix)

        Crazy P

        Age Of The Ego (Remixes EP1)

          Affirming their status as dedicated tastemakers, Crazy P call on some of their favourite producers, and deliver 12 immaculate remixes of their beloved 2019 album, ‘Age Of The Ego’ A cosmic, vibe heavy, and eclectic journey through low-slung, groovy balearic, big room disco, deep house, lo-fi, and beyond with artists Crazy P have admired, and friends encountered along the way.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1: We Will F**k You Up (Gerd Janson Remix)
          A2: The Witness (Medlar Remix Feat. Dele Sosimi)
          B1: This Fire (James Welsh Remix)
          B2: This Fire (See Thru Hands Remix)

          Crazy P

          If Life Could Be This Way

            "During lockdown we delved deep into the Crazy P vaults to see what might be lurking in there. Plenty of buried treasure to be found, but these 2 little beauties grabbed our attention and seemed to fit well together. The lead track, If Life Could Be This Way, was a jam we had between the 3 of us, the vocal's a bit of a one take wonder from Dani, and we didn't touch it! It featured in our set and was the title of our last tour Nov 2021".

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Most Mancs with an ear to the streams will be aware of this highly adorable record dropping this week. Already championed by James Holroyd, Ron Basejam and Neil Diablo - one of the most poignant, heart-fluttering, down-right-beautiful songs this shining gemstone of a band have ever created.

            TRACK LISTING

            A: If Life Could Be This Way
            B: How Could I Know?

            If you know Brew's work from the highly lauded 'Limelight Nights' or 'Mediterranean Winds', then you'll know that his sound is a synth-heavy distillation of topical Balearic grooves and snappy disco percussion. This latest outing sees the musical polymath shift his focus slightly more into the almost-tailored-exactly-for-me saturated 8-bit grooves of 90's videogame soundtrackery. 

            Kicking things off, 'City Slicker' matches a swung percussive groove against phased chord stabs and rolling synthetic bass, providing a perfect starting point for the wonderfully vivid landscape that is to come. 'Hypercruiser' brings in the most understated saw-wave bass (with *just* enough short reverb on to come popping out of the mix) before launching into a soaring, euphoric lift into one of my favourite pices on the whole collection, the wonderfully evocative portamentoed swing of 'Underwater Galaxy'. 

            Both 'A World Someplace' and 'Winter Moon Rendezvous' hold their place perfectly, tactfully seguing between slowly pulled synth chords and twinkling dreamlike bliss. The former swims with a machine-funk groove, reminiscent of an 8-bit cityscape while the latter takes this established groove and slows it down, reducing to a few perfectly pitched elements.  It's this restraint that really sets J-Walk apart from the rest, with his keen production ear coming across perfectly in the finished product. 

            Laters, both 'Chill Bien' and 'Equinox Desire' usher in hints of tropical groove, with the syncopated stabs of bass fading into a sea of reverb and bit-crushed guitars before pulling all the elements seamlessly into a perfect culmination of melodic drive and lysergic relaxation. 

            We finish with the massive duo of 'Fait Accompli' and 'The Night Machine', the former bringing the latent Italo elements into the mix before the latter slams them home with an uncompromisingly crunchy, filter-manipulated freak-out. 

            It's a stunning collection of tracks, and further evidence that J-Walk is indeed here to stay, thank f*ck. 

            TRACK LISTING

            1. City Slicker 04:00
            2. Hypercruiser 03:57
            3. Underwater Galaxy 03:44
            4. A World Someplace 04:55
            5. Winter Moon Rendezvous 03:53
            6. Hologram Jam 03:43
            7. Chill Bien 04:26
            8. Equinox Desire 05:01
            9. Fait Accompli 03:24
            10. The Night Machine 03:19

            Steve Reid Ensemble (featuring Kieran Hebden)

            Spirit Walk (RSD21 EDITION)

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


              This album is released as a special one-off exclusive blue double vinyl edition for Record Store Day 2021. Out of print for nearly 15 years, this album was recorded at the start of the long-relationship between Kieran Hebden and drummer extraordinaire Steve Reid. Soul Jazz Records had begun to release Reidís music in 2000, reissuing much of his early catalogue of radical, deep and spiritual jazz music from the 1970s when an encounter between electronic music pioneer Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid effectively launched a new career for jazz drummer Reid - a man steeped in history having played with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Motown and much more.

              Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid released a set of ground-breaking albums together in London, New York and Africa (including four on Domino Records) and continued to work together up until Steve Reid died in 2010. This album launched the start of this new connection between the two very different and yet connected artists  a mixture of electronic and jazz sensibilities like no other. The album Spirit Walk contains an updated version of Reidís seminal Lions of Judah (originally released on Reidís classic Nova in 1976), For Coltrane, and the stunning and epic 15-min Drum Song. The album comes with complete original artwork, including innersleeves (featuring an interview with Steve Reid by Gilles Peterson).


              TRACK LISTING

              A 1. Lugano (7.02) 2. Bridget (5.49) 3. For Coltrane (8.03)
              B 1. Blind Tom (1.23) 2. Which One? (6:43) 3. Lions Of Juda (8.26)
              C 1. It Cannot Be True (6.04) 2. Unity (9:10)
              D 1. Drum Story (14.29)

              J-Walk / The Hi-Fires

              Bossa For Shorty D / Là Bas

              Wonderful Sound keep the Mancunian drizzle at bay this week with a gorgeous split 7" from favourites J-Walk (yes Brew!) and The Hi-Fires, who let us luxuriate in two particularly lush takes on the Balearic form. 

              The A-side belongs to our good buddy J-Walk, who follows his excellent "Mediterranean Winds" LP with the breezy "Bossa For Shorty D", a grooving journey through spaced out keys and unexpected organ licks driven by Brazil's favourite rhythm. Easy on the ears, the track swells at the midpoint via plush pads and tremolo guitar twang, then serves the same tasty ingredients in ever trippier forms for the rest of its run time. 

              Over on the B-side we get an absolute beauty from The Hi-Fires, taken from their long player "Return To Vega". Channeling Verocai, Astrud and Working Week, "Là Bas" slinks along with its own Brazilian flavour, Francophone lyrics and sublime sax from Gary Plummley (Collaborator with Terry Callier and his 21st century counterpart Michael Kiwanuka). 

              Effortlessly, blissfully Balearic folks! 

              TRACK LISTING

              A. J-Walk - Bossa For Shorty D
              B. The Hi-Fires - Là Bas

              Here Lies Man took the music world by storm in 2017 with their self-titled debut positing the intriguing hypothesis: What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?

              Since that time, Here Lies Man has expanded and expounded upon their sound and ideas of heavy riff rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave. The L.A. based band comprised of Antibalas members have toured relentlessly over the past 2 years, while also releasing a second album, You Will Know Nothing and an EP, Animal Noises, both in 2018.

              No Ground to Walk Upon is their third album, and continues with an ongoing concept of HLM playing the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, with each song being a scene. The lead single “Clad in Silver” is the soundtrack snippet of a journey to the imaginary place called home, which can never be arrived at. With every step, the character imagines getting closer, but it is a hallucination that fades in and out of perception.

              Their debut album Here Lies Man was very well reviewed and featured in loads of end of year polls. BBC 6 & Classic Rock Magazine deemed it among the year’s best, as well as countless other press outlets singing its praises. 2018’s You Will Know Nothing furthered the band’s reputation for genre-smashing rhythmic experimentation, topping many year-end lists as well as earning features from countless metal and indie rock outlets, plus cover stories in weekly papers. No Ground to Walk Upon is the next step in the band’s rapid ascent to what is bound to be influential upon riff based rock.

              “We’re very conscious of how the rhythms service the riffs,” explains founder and vocalist/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Marcos Garcia (who also plays guitar in Antibalas) of the band’s sound. “Tony Iommi’s (Black Sabbath) innovation was to make the riff the organizing principle of a song. We are taking that same approach but employing a different organizing principle: For Iommi it was the blues, for us it comes directly from Africa.”

              No Ground To Walk Upon also includes an interesting conceptual mathematics to the entire proceedings, a theme begun on the prior album. “There are interludes between each song that are 2/3 to 3/4 of the tempo of the previous song,” Garcia says. “The reason it breaks down to 2 over 3 or 3 over 4 is that everything in the music rhythmically corresponds to a set of mathematical algorithms known as the clave. The clave is an ancient organizing rhythmic principle developed in Africa.”

              Garcia and cofounder/drummer Geoff Mann (former Antibalas drummer and son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) recorded the album much like they did their previous releases, at their own L.A. studio on a Tascam 388 8-track tape machine. Additional layers were recorded with former Antibalas keyboardist Victor Axelrod and other contributors in various other locations, all while the band continued its rigorous touring schedule. 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: it's pretty impossible not to nod your head along to Here Lies Man, as alluring as the best funk and the most playful rock groove all mixed into one package. Fiery distorted guitar, rhythmic syncopation and hazy, chunky riffage. The Perfect combination.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Clad In Silver
              2. Swinging From Trees
              3. Long Legs (Look Away)
              4. Washing Bones
              5. Get Ahold Of Yourself
              6. Iron Rattles
              7. Man Falls Down

              Uniform

              The Long Walk

                Following the release of critically acclaimed LP Wake in Fright, which had two songs featured in the new season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, it was time for Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan and instrumentalist Ben Greenberg to return to the studio. The duo decided to up the ante and add a third member to help perfect their vicious post-industrial dystopian cyber-punk. After some deliberation, Greenberg called upon drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs) to help round out the sound they were looking for. Using a mix of triggered samples and real drums along with layered synths and good old electric guitar, the trio arrived at what would become The Long Walk after only a few short days in the studio.

                From the opening whirr of the title track, it’s clear that the band is onto something special. Recorded in Strange Weather studios in the first part of 2018, The Long Walk is eight new tracks by the duo of Greenberg and Berdan, incorporating Fox’s skills behind the drum kit to add an entirely new dimension to the signature Uniform sound. Ditching sequenced tracks, Greenberg opted for single takes to highlight the Frankenstein-like guitar-bass-synth hybrid that oozes throughout the recording. Meanwhile, crushing guitar thunder is punched up by Fox’s masterful drumming while Berdan’s cries from the nether feel more desperate and morose than ever. This is Uniform at its most bleak, emotional, and powerful.

                Lyrically, The Long Walk deals with paradoxes in spirituality and organized religion. Berdan went to Catholic school for most of his primary education. Fear of Biblical hell and damnation felt tangible. As Berdan grew and matured emotionally, he began to reject Catholicism bit by bit. In the recent past, Berdan found himself slowly reconnecting with his background, observing how the faith that he found so repressive served as a great source of comfort and strength for so many. Yet therein lay the contradiction that drove him from religion in the first place — many of the human traditions of the church also dealt in repression, intolerance, and bigotry. Could one observe the rituals and practice of a faith while acknowledging and rejecting its ugliest elements?


                TRACK LISTING

                1. The Walk (5:31)
                2. Inhuman Condition (4:16)
                3. Found (3:51)
                4. Transubstantiation (4:36)
                5. Alone In The Dark (3:47)
                6. Headless Eyes (3:58)
                7. Anointing Of The Sick (4:47)
                8. Peaceable Kingdom (6:49)

                Candles

                Candles

                  Candles are a folk duo from England. They will release their debut record under the same name and are the first release on the new “Weird Walk” label, that is connected with the labels Fire Records and Earth Recordings. The songs have their roots in traditional English folk with modern more experimental elements. The record is like an old forgotten rough diamond from the late 60’s. It’s mostly played with an acoustic guitar and male vocals and has an almost lo-fi bedroom feeling, that really fits to these intimate and short songs. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Two Roses
                  2. Mexico City
                  3. Empty House Wandering
                  4. Variations
                  5. Mountains Call
                  6. Sleepstone
                  7. Stone/Water
                  8. Tidal Talker

                  Melvins

                  A Walk With Love & Death

                    The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love and Death

                    “This was a huge undertaking,” explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. “All three things: the album, the soundtrack and the film are benchmarks for us.”

                    Drummer Dale Crover added, “A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening.”

                    The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were co-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    DISC 1: DEATH
                    1 Black Heath
                    2 Sober-delic (acid Only)
                    3 Euthanasia
                    4 What's Wrong With You?
                    5 Edgar The Elephant
                    6 Flaming Creature
                    7 Christ Hammer
                    8 Cactus Party
                    9 Cardboa Negro

                    DISC 2: LOVE
                    1 Aim High
                    2 Queen Powder Party
                    3 Street Level St. Paul
                    4 The Hidden Joice
                    5 Give It To Me
                    6 Chicken Butt
                    7 Eat Yourself Out
                    8 Scooba
                    9 Halfway To The Bakersfield Mall
                    10 Pacoima Normal
                    11 Park Head
                    12 T-Burg
                    13 Track Star
                    14 The Asshole Bastard

                    Angelo Badalamenti

                    Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me

                      'Through the darkness of future past
                      The magican longs to see
                      One chance out between two worlds:
                      Fire walk with me...'

                      Seeming to emanate directly from the dark heart of the Black Lodge, "Fire Walk With Me" is an altogether more brooding affair than the Twin Peaks series soundtrack. The surreal atmosphere and airbrushed shimmer remain, but the melancholic notes, minor key melodies and sustained bass tones are perfectly in keeping with the unending disquiet and foreboding which David Lynch achieved. Badalamenti won a grammy for the title track of this LP and it’s not hard to see why- it’s dangerous, and bursting with smokey jazz thanks to Jimmy Scott. 


                      Jah Screechy & SL2

                      Walk And Skank / On A Ragga Tip

                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                        It's a double A-side reggae 12" single. Exclusive release for RSD2017.

                        Freedom Now Brothers / RDM Band

                        Sissy Walk / Butter Your Popcorn (Acetate Version)

                        Record Shack are back on a reissue tip with more officially licensed and remastered badness for the soul dancers out there. This time round the Austrian imprint go back to back with two Philly funk instrumentals from way back when. First up, Freedom Now Brothers come through with the an all time classic inspired by a dance craze named 'The Sissy'. Originally issued in 1969 on Sonny Hopson's All Brothers label, this jam was later sampled by Fatboy Slim for the massive "Gangster Trippin". On the flip, the label dive into the deepest and dustiest crates to dig out an unreleased acetate version of RDM Band's rare as hen's teeth deep funk groover.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        A. Freedom Now Brothers - Sissy Walk
                        B. RDM Band - Butter Your Popcorn (Acetate Version)

                        In the wake of their 2011 album "Strange Hearts", the three members of Secret Cities branched off in different directions. Charlie Gokey delved into Roy Orbison's ballads about losers in love while becoming a civil liberties attorney in Washington, D.C. Alex Abnos locked in to New Orleans soul masters like King Floyd & Dr. John as he became a journalist in New York City. And Marie Parker became a teacher in the band's spiritual home of Fargo, North Dakota.

                        Having met at band camp and on an internet message board, the trio had made music together for nine years without ever living together in the same city. After recording two albums and a handful of singles via email, they decided it was finally time to enter a real studio where they could play and record together in real time. They chose San Francisco's Tiny Telephone studio, where Jay Pellicci manned the controls for a week-and-a-half of the most spontaneous, democratic, and visceral recording of their lives. They emerged with Walk Me Home, an album that finally reflects their live chemistry and their diverging lives and musical tastes.

                        "The bass is dewey. The harmonies are starlit. The theremin is ripe…The racket they're able to muster together in the process is enough to set them apart from the pack." PITCHFORK.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        01. Purgatory; 2:17
                        02. Bad Trip; 2:24
                        03. Paradise; 4:24
                        04. The Rooftop; 2:26
                        05. Interlude; 1:49
                        06. Thumbs ; 3:28
                        07. Playing With Fire; 3:50
                        08. Walk Me Home; 3:46
                        09. The Cellar; 4:04
                        10. Interlude 2; 1:36
                        11. It ’s Always Summer; 2:45
                        12. It ’s Always Winter; 3:42
                        13. Sun Enclosure; 3:30

                        * First ever anthology
                        * Remastered from original sources
                        * 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 20-pg book, and download card full full anthology
                        * Vinyl cut by John Golden and pressed at RTI
                        * CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with 48-pg book
                        * Scholarly liner notes by Punk In Africa director Keith Jones
                        * Unseen photos, flyers, and band ephemera

                        The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light In The Attic is set to release National Wake’s full body of work as Walk In Africa 1979-81.

                        Featured heavily in the Punk In Africa documentary, National Wake played punk, reggae and tropical funk, equally at home in the city’s rock underground and the township nightclub circuit. Ivan Kadey started the band with two brothers, Gary and Punka Khoza. The three were from different worlds –while Ivan was an outsider, a Jewish orphan born in the traditional Johannesburg immigrant neighborhood, Gary, Punka and their family were forcibly moved to the troubled township of Soweto under the apartheid regime. Later joined by guitarist Steve Moni, the whole band grew up against a backdrop of township unrest, social upheaval and suburban tedium that characterized apartheid-era South Africa.

                        National Wake released just one album, in 1981. It sold approximately 700 copies before being withdrawn under government pressure. The band subsequently disintegrated, but their influence could be traced in the racially mixed post-punk underground centered around Rockey Street in Johannesburg throughout the 1980s, their legacy transmitted through fanzines and underground cassette trading.

                        Sadly, Gary and Punka Khoza both passed away in their 40s. Kadey now works as an architect in Los Angeles, but his attention eventually turned back to the band as their legacy grew in the digital era, with the emergence of specialized music websites and Punk In Africa leading to their rediscovery. Czech State Radio memorably described the band as “perhaps the most dissident music scene of the 20th century: a multi-racial punk band in a fascist police state.”

                        In 2011, Kadey re-released the band’s self-titled album, but spoke about having more than 20 tracks that had never seen the light of day –until now. “All of these recordings put together they speak of the whole evolution of the band,” he has said. “From a sort of naive, almost belief that we could miraculously change everything to realizing what a struggle it was, and what the country was going through and what it would go through.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. International News
                        2. It's All Right
                        3. Walk In Africa
                        4. Time And Place
                        5. Corner House Stone
                        6. Mercenaries
                        7. Wake Of The Nation
                        8. Supaman
                        9. Speed It Up
                        10. Beat Up The Lights
                        11. Black Punk Rockers
                        12. Stratocaster
                        13. Everybody
                        14. Vatsiketeni

                        The Rumble Strips

                        Welcome To The Walk Alone

                        The Tavistock five piece return with their second album, recorded and produced in New York by none other than Mark Ronson. "Welcome To The Walk Alone" shows the Rumble Strips in a much more widescreen light than their previous offering with parping brass toned down and the FILMharmonic orchestra of Prague drafted in by Owen Pallet (The Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy) to fill this album with incredible cineramic textures and epic arrangements.

                        Desalvo / Take A Worm For A Walk Week

                        Split 7"

                          Limited to 500 copies this all-Scottish split 7" contains "Side Effect" from the acclaimed self-titled debut album by Take A Worm For A Walk Week on Midmarch, and a previously unreleased track "25 Seconds Of Positive". Desalvo feature members of Idlewild and follow up their debut 7" on Rock Action Records with the awesome "Get Black".

                          Belle And Sebastian

                          Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant

                            For their fourth and most cleverly titled album, Glasgow's fey folk-popsters Belle & Sebastian have constructed another11 songs that at times reach into new musical and lyrical areas. Following secondary composer Stuart David's departure, de facto leader Stuart Murdoch divides the songwriting chores among the other members; yet what's apparent is the single-mindedness of Belle & Sebastian's song focus.

                            The overall mood is even softer and more precious (if that can be believed) than their previous efforts. Murdoch and Chris Geddes' "Don't Leave The Light On Baby" is the band's attempt at a '70s soul ballad, a Wurlitzer adding a Music-of-My-Mind vibe to a lovers' dissertation. Isobel Campbell's "Beyond The Sunrise" is biblical Celtic-prog-folk, all flutes and acoustic guitar, while Jackson's own "The Wrong Girl" is an upbeat, country-ish lament with typically soulful Belle & Sebastian strings and trumpet giving the song an understated melodic kick. Of course, Murdoch contributes a classic or two - "I Fought a War" is a gentle away-at-the-battlefield tale imbued with the greatest sense of dread Murdoch's ever given a song. And "Woman's Realm" is the kind of pop stomper "Arab Strap" was packed to the gills with, highlighted here by its increasingly quiet surroundings.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. I Fought In A War
                            2. The Model
                            3. Beyond The Sunrise
                            4. Waiting For The Moon To Rise
                            5. Don't Leave The Light On Baby
                            6. The Wrong Girl
                            7. The Chalet Lines
                            8. Nice Day For A Sulk
                            9. Women's Realm
                            10. Family Tree
                            11. There's Too Much Love


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