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Freaky R&B indebted pop from Monteal’s Laroie. Produced by Gene Tellem with Gabriel Rei and Robert Robert. 150 copies only.

Seductive sadness. Powerful vulnerability. Precise yet irresistible vocals. A few words to describe Laroie as she steps forward in full possession of her means, following up on her debut and namesake EP released in August 2020, and on the recent singles "Can't Let Go" and "One More". Here she is with “Speed of Life”, an extended play destined to be absorbed and listened to in one sitting. Funny how it sounds both familiar - you feel like you’ve known these songs your whole life - and brand new, all at once. In this nostalgic and emotional territory, standing at the borders of her influences, Laroie's talent shines through.

Skilfully navigating the electro-pop sonic palette, the artist crafts a comfortable, soothing canvas where dance, soul, and R&B from the late 90s and early 2000 also hop into the mix. From the bewitching slow garage "Elevate" to the cathartic and luminous "Can't Let Go", and through the trip-hop infused "One More", the very danceable "A Place on Earth", "Moonlight", reminiscent of the best of TLC, Brandy and Monica, and the title track’s addictive vocal melody, “Speed of Life”, just like a silky everyday soundtrack, is enjoyable on repeat.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Landing somewhere between street soul, electro-pop and modern R&B, Laroie burst outta nowhere with a fresh sound that's bound to please! Killer vocals from this under-the-radar songstress. Big TIP.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Elevate
A2. One More
A3. Speed Of Life
B1. Moonlight
B2. A Place On Earth
B3. Can’t Let Go

Violet

Feels Like Heaven

    Midlands 5 piece Violet come drenched in big sounds with an indie spark, combining influences that draw from 90s Grunge to Britpop. Pedal immersed guitars entwined with intricate drums and powerful basslines come together to create a unique ethereal, yet captivating sound. The band are likened to the ambiance of Slowdive, the mystique of The Horrors and the melancholy of Suede.

    TRACK LISTING

    Sometimes
    Pure Blue
    At Least I'll Say I Tried
    Shiver

    DJ Protein .

    Stand Up

    Tech-house mash-up renegade DJ Protein returns after what must be about 3 years with another double A-side of fist pumpin' pressure. It might not have that instant sell-out quality of "Say My Name", but the Eminem sampling "Stand Up" will certainly give any party tentetively finding its feet a firm kick up the jacksie! With those bolshy houz beatz, rubbery bass and cleverly manipulated clav line from the original track, a few well placed hi pass filter tweaks here and there are all this lo-fi house monster needs - guaranteed to bring the roof down everytime! 

    On the flip, "Lonely People" is a heads down, clenched fist techy throbber. Perfect for loosing yourself behind the speaker stacks in the early hours of the morning whist the lightning engineer goes mental on the smoke machine. 

    Mad demand, limited copies - you know what to do! 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Remember that amazing tech-house refix of "Say My Name" from three years ago? That was DJ Protein. Now he's back with a seriously cheeky edit that probs won't make sense to anyone over 25 and not on drugs. Oh well.

    TRACK LISTING

    A. Stand Up
    B. Lonely People

    Malcolm Joseph

    Robotronics

    A live bass player, studio owner, band member, teacher and session player, Malcolm Joseph has seen all the shifts in the music industry throughout his 40-year career. From UK pop-stardom with his band 7th-Heaven in the 80s to mastering the skills of the studio and becoming the first choice bassist for the iconic disco-funk legend, Grace Jones. He's also worked with Massive Attack, Neneh Cherry and contributed a vast array of bass grooves to the iconic Bandlab sample packs...

    Here we get a cheeky, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, limited US import, 3 track EP featuring Keziah Hidgson, Cleveland Watkiss & Dessy Di Lauro.

    Loud, funky, energized; lead track "Robotronics" is like a cross between Prince and Parliament, with a youthful, funky vocal flow from Hidgson which gives the track a light, airy flavour; a contrast to the vigorous drum breaks smashed out the rhythm section.

    Cleveland Watkiss lends a smokey, jazzy mood to "Freedom", a vibe further emphasized via upright bass and a decidedly jazz-informed drum groove. Watkiss' has a mellow, syrupy vocal which recalls the great jazz voices of yesteryear.

    "Falling" concludes with a summery, jazz-funk number; Dessy Di Lauro gracing the track with an empowered and confident vocal with huge crossover / radio potentially. If you're looking for the big, sunny, jazz pop record that'll grace airwaves and lawns of the jazz and funk scenes, then this my friend is it!


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Ridiculously huge three track funk and soul record with some massive names involved and surprisingly zero hype around it. Will disappear fast you have been warned!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Robotronics (feat Keziah Hidgson) (4:40)
    2. Freedom (Just Let Me Be) (feat Cleveland Watkiss) (4:14)
    3. Falling (feat Dessy Di Lauro) (4:48)

    Gdansk81 are a post-punk 6 piece band with a unique sound and approach derived from the decayed and now superficially glossed over post-Thatcherite Manchester and Liverpool cityscapes.


    Misha Gray's Prehistoric Jazz Quintet

    Where The Wild Things Are

      A flute made out of a vulture’s wing bone was recently discovered in a cave in Southern Germany. Carbon dating shows that the instrument is 35,000 years ago. The position of the holes on the flute corresponds to the pentatonic scale. This means that the pentatonic scale has been with humans for longer than writing, agriculture and civilization. The mysterious, beautiful and powerful sound of pentatonic scales is found in almost all musical styles, from Oriental, African, folk, blues and Indian classical music.

      This provided the inspiration for Misha Gray’s “Prehistoric Jazz Quintet”, which performs a variety of extended compositions, tonal poems and structured improvisations in an attempt to explore how the core of music has resonated deep within humans since the dawn of Man.

      “Where the Wild Things Are” is the band’s second album, which features the eerie suite of the same name, as well as the totemistic track ‘Cave of the Forest King’. The album features Misha Gray as composer and pianist, Nick Walters on trumpet, Kyran Matthews on tenor sax, Hugo Harrison on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Cave Of The Forest King
      2. Ode To The Jungle
      3. King Kong
      4. Where The Wild Things Are I
      5. Where The Wild Things Are II
      6. Where The Wild Things Are III
      7. Lost Idol

      Misha Gray's Prehistoric Jazz Quintet

      Seven Wonders Of The Ancient World

        A flute made out of a vulture’s wing bone was recently discovered in a cave in Southern Germany. Carbon dating shows that the instrument is 35,000 years ago. The position of the holes on the flute corresponds to the pentatonic scale. This means that the pentatonic scale has been with humans for longer than writing, agriculture and civilization. The mysterious, beautiful and powerful sound of pentatonic scales is found in almost all musical styles, from Oriental, African, folk, blues and Indian classical music.

        This provided the inspiration for Misha Gray’s “Prehistoric Jazz Quintet”, which performs a variety of extended compositions, tonal poems and structured improvisations in an attempt to explore how the core of music has resonated deep within humans since the dawn of Man.

        “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” is the band’s third album, featuring one composition representing each wonder. Each track brings a different colour to the palette from the fiery “Pyramid of Khufu” to the serene “Hanging Gardens of Babylon”, as well as the haunting “Mausoleum at Halicarnassus”. The album features Misha Gray as composer and pianist, Nick Walters on trumpet, Kyran Matthews on tenor sax, Hugo Harrison on bass and Johnny Hunter on drums.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Pyramid Of Khufu
        2. Hanging Gardens Of Babylon
        3. Colossus Of Rhodes
        4. Zeus At Olympia
        5. Pharos Of Alexandria
        6. Temple Of Artemis
        7. Mausoleum At Halicarnassus

        Lunar Sounds

        The Void

          Lunar Sounds are a 3-piece DIY rock band from Leeds. Main interests include spreadsheets, cake, and supernatural TV shows with a strong female lead.

          TRACK LISTING

          Out The Dark
          The Getaway
          D.E.Z
          Timebomb

          Graham Jones

          The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen

            ‘The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why more than a hundred more record shops have opened since 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufactures, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are among the many who have benefited from their efforts.

            Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country.

            Intriguing anecdotes include:
            ** The shop manager who sold his vinyl collection to save his life.
            ** Record shop owner wins £148,000,000 and sets up his dream shop.
            ** The shop where John Lennon cried.
            ** How an international rock star was mistaken for a motor vehicle.
            ** Rock star offers to be best man after a proposal of marriage takes place in a record shop.
            ** The shop where a customer saves the day by giving world famous band a lift to the stadium in his Ford Focus.
            ** The record shop who attracted a huge crowd for a signing by world famous soul singer only for him to send one of his backing singers to fill in for him.
            ** The Buckinghamshire record shop who pretended they were in Yorkshire.
            ** The record shop blown up by a bomb.
            ** The shop owner who sold his house to buy more vinyl.

            Mark Rae

            Northern Sulphuric Soulboy - Bonus CD Bundle Edition

              The 10" vinyl that fits in the books cover has 6 new tracks featuring Tony D, Pete Simpson and Kate Rogers. The music provides a perfect partner for the stories within the book as the influence of 80's soul, hiphop, gogo and the traditions of Grand Central Records are heavily leant upon. The book begins in Tyneside in the early 70's as Mark's first exposure to music begins, before going on to explore the late 80's Manchester club scene, Fat City, Grand Central, Rae & Christian and Yesking. The book also covers Mark's time in Los Angeles and the recording of the Mercury Rising album. Jimmy Turrell the man behind the artwork took Mark's old photographs to make a sublime montage that spans the entire inner gatefold and captures a visual history of the books contents. 

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Trenton Tribute Featuring Tony D
              A2. Don't Touch That Stereo
              A3. The Devil's Horns Featuring Shawn Lee
              AA1. The Get Over Featuring Pete Simpson
              AA2. Fleeting Moment Featuring Kate Rogers
              AA3. The Fishing Song

              Radio 4

              Live In France

                One time only fan club pressing of this Radio 4 "Live In France" LP. It was recorded live in Paris in the spring of 2003. The sound quality is great, in fact it sounds like it came straight off the board. There were 1000 pressed and when they are gone, that's it...no more will follow.


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