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Great loud-pressed vinyl EP featuring a superlative selection of Brazilian boogie monsters from the early 80s. Opens with Brenda’s amazing modern funk club killer ‘Natureza Viva’, originally released on an impossible-to-find 7” and produced by Don Beto (of ‘Nossa Imaginação’ LP fame). Next is another great boogie cut ‘Alegria No Ar’ by Rosana plucked from her highly sought-after self-titled album released in 1983. Recorded with some of the best exponents of the early 80s Brazilian boogie scene including Jorjão from Banda Black Rio, Azymuth’s Mamão plus legendary duo Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge, this is pure bass-heavy dancefloor dynamite. Flip over for the wonderful ‘Copacabana Sadia’ by Junior Mendes, a track also touched by the hand of the prolific Olivetti who was in charge of arrangement here producing an elegant slice of upbeat smooth jazz-funk. Title track of Mendes’ mega-rare 1982 LP, this cut simply oozes class. Last but not least is ‘Vem Fazer Glu-
Glu’ which takes the Earth, Wind and Fire classic ‘Let’s Groove’ and ramps up the Latino disco feel taking it to a whole new dimension.

Grizzly Bear are back! It's been five long years since 'Shields' and their newest outing, 'Painted Runs' takes the ideologies of that stylistic curveball, and coherently matures it into a pulsing throng of grace and intricacy. From the outset, 'Wasted Acres' seems to hark back to the minimalistic woozy sombre-tronica of yesteryear but quickly gives-in to it's inner lounge-lizard with a throbbing harmonic redux into some sleazy lounge-jazz before smoothly seguing back to the gloom-led minor-key drone. 

'Mourning Sound' drives along with a little more energy, bolstered by swelling synth pulses and flickering light-ray saw-waves, a sentiment echoed on it's follow-up 'Four Cypresses', with a metronomic flicker gracefully joined by a militant snare march, and an oddly jarring but brilliantly tempered lo-fi string sample. As it grows, there is more cinematic outpourings and theatrical gestures with a grand euphoric progressive lurch and choral echoes crackling in and out of lucidity like waking from a dream. 

Latterly, we get gifted some melodic groovers in the form of 'Losing All Sense', with rhythmic guitar upsweeps and warm distorted bass slowly decaying into the background, and 'Cut-Out' giving the hazy summer vibes before dipping a toe into twangy Americana waters. 

Grizzly Bear once again continue to defy convention with deft stylistic progressions and impeccably produced seismic shifts, whilst still retaining the sullen melancholic charm of their alt-folk psychedelic roots. 


Barry says: A fascinating progression of the languid wistful acoustic guitars of yesteryear, furthering their explorations into angular progressive chord sequences and jagged stylistic morphs.


2xLtd LP Info: 180 gram double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.

2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

The first new Everything Everything album since 2015's 'Get To Heaven' sees them embrace a plethora of musical tickboxes, from the glistening synths of chillwave and Italo to finely honed filter / drop techniques of dubstep and d&b. Obviously, these are not a fully fledged stylistic shift, more of an osmosis of current trends into a smoothly produced, and well balanced whole. 'Night Of The Long Knives' for instance flits between a soaring chorus, finely balanced with twinkling arps and pattering guitar delay, only to morph into a body-shaking bassy flick-of-a-switch crecentic wave. 

'Can't Do' relies more heavily upon skittering drums and that trademark falsetto, taking things slowly into dancefloor territory, complete with stabbing synth chords, rolling bass and swirling guitar squeals. Eminently percussive, but perfectly balanced between the rhythmic backdrop and the shiny forefront. 

Move a little further along, and the syncopated groove of 'Good Shot, Good Soldier' sees airy sidechained synth throbs and gated drums weaving around Higgs' unmistakeable vocal stylings, lending a minimalist ambience to the proceedings whilst keeping things moving with a staggered rhythmic backline and spine-tingling melodic turn.

It's follower, 'Run The Numbers' breaks down into a math-rock groover after an initial whimsical ambience, the sentiment echoed on 'A Fever Dream' but this time placing more importance on the beautifully introspective ambient bliss, shifting rapidly but from a propulsive rhythmic force into a beatless cosmic odyssey. 

As expected, everything everything have managed to keep close the ideals of layered synth-indie whilst drawing influence from a host of corners of the musical spectrum. Brilliantly evocative, wholly imaginative and perfectly executed throughout. 


Barry says: Throbbing synths and skittering percussion lay down a perfect amalgamation of euphoric dancefloor synth-pop and staggering jagged indie, it's a fine line to tread, but Everything Everything make it seem easy.

Nina Simone

It Is Finished

Cool 1974 semi-live soul-jazz LP from Nina with sitar, Madagascar harp, Spanish guitar and lots of interesting-sounding African percussion instruments. Includes the epic heavy-afro version of "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter" with a massive percussion breakdown! Very nice stuff.

"Jon Lucien's third album, 'Mind's Eye', issued in 1974 after his commercial breakthrough, 'Rashida', was a daunting project to issue. How to follow up an album that broke through without a plan? Thankfully, Lucien's confidence in himself as a singer and as a songwriter grew exponentially in a year. He was far more willing to press the Caribbean edge in his music and to experiment with new textures and instrumentation. With Bob Marley making his mark in England and in Europe, Lucien knew the time was right to bring his own compositions to the fore. With fiery bossa guitars, electric fretless bass, a chorus of backing singers, a few well-placed synthesizers, insistent yet muted percussion, and the uncanny arrangements of Dave Grusin (who also orchestrated 'Rashida'), the album was a sure hit. Arguably, in terms of its performance if not its material (which is damn fine), it may be a better record than 'Rashida'." - All Music

Everything Everything

Spring / Summer / Winter / Dread

    Brilliant new Ltd 7" single taken from their third album "Get To Heavern" which charted Top 5. The follow up to "Distant Past" & "Regret", this single is set to follow onto radio playlists across all major networks, plus ad campaign. Backed with exclusive track "Live Intro".

    Everything Everything

    Get To Heaven

    New album from these genre-hopping Mancunians. “Get To Heaven” continues in their unique arty prog-pop style while lyrically they take on the role of social commentators. The album is as intense and compelling as the 24 hour rolling news and information overload that is the focus of the album.

    In case you haven’t heard, D’Angelo is back. The prodigal son of soul and funk dropped his new album online in December 2014, with no fanfare, no hype and no upfront announcement. The soulternet lit up like a Christmas tree. For one so talented 15 years seems like too long a time to wait between albums (we've had to wait so long 'Black Messiah' has been described as “the black 'SMiLE'”), but D'Angelo had demons to slay, issues to resolve, yada yada yada... (for 15 years!?). Anyway, he's back now, reborn, refreshed and sounding as wonderful as ever. The album cooks up a gumbo of the greats - a dash of Marvin, a sprinkle of Minneapolis, some P-funk pepper and Sly salt, all simmered together to make 'Black Messiah' the tastiest real-soul stew around right now. Essential!


    2xLP Info: Double vinyl pressing. Includes 16 page 12"x12" photo / info booklet.

    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Lou Reed

    Rock N Roll Animal

      In 1974, after the commercial disaster of his album Berlin, Lou Reed needed a hit, and Rock N Roll Animal was a rare display of commercial acumen on his part, just the right album at just the right time. Recorded in concert with Reed's crack road band at the peak of their form, Rock N Roll Animal offered a set of his most anthemic songs (most dating from his days with the Velvet Underground) in arrangements that presented his lean, effective melodies and street-level lyrics in their most user-friendly form (or at least as user friendly as an album with a song called "Heroin" can get). Early-'70s arena rock bombast is often the order of the day, but guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter use their six-string muscle to lift these songs up, not weigh them down, and with Reed's passionate but controlled vocals riding over the top, "Sweet Jane," "White Light/White Heat," and "Rock 'n' Roll" finally sound like the radio hits they always should have been. Reed would rarely sound this commercial again, but Rock N Roll Animal proves he could please a crowd when he had to.


      Andy says: Rocked-up live album of solo and Velvets' classics. Pumped!

      Smoke & Jackal

      EP No. 1

        Smoke & Jackal is the side project of Kings Of Leon's bassist Jared Followill and Mona's singer/guitarist Nick Brown.


        10" LP Info: Very limited 10", 500 only.

        Dry The River

        Shallow Bed

          Dry the River release their debut album Shallow Bed through RCA Victor. The band is one of 15 artists on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 shortlist, making the record one of the most anticipated of the year. The 11-track album, produced by Peter Katis (The National / Interpol), was recorded at his Connecticut home-studio during the summer of 2011. “We were looking for someone who could strike a balance between lo-fi and hi-fi,” says Peter Liddle, Dry the River’s lead singer. “We wanted to record the bulk of it to tape, to use analogue stuff in favour of computer wizardry where possible, but without it sounding like an old folk record. I think we tried to preserve the fragility and honesty of the more stripped down tracks, but still get the intensity of the live show across too - to marry those two aspects of our music without it sounding incongruous.”

          With an esoteric list of influences ranging across Leonard Cohen, At The Drive-In, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, this is a record not to be missed.

          Bumblebee Unlimited

          Sting Like A Bee

          Bumblebee Unlimited was the concept of P&P producers Patrick Adams and Gregory Charmichael, and features high pitched chipmunk (bee?) like vocals over party-rockin' disco breaks, plus there's enough instrumental passages to get the sampler's teeth into. This fantastic 1979 LP forms the bridge between disco and the house music of the next decade.

          With scuzzy beats, trippy keyboard squiggles and vocals 100% full of attitude and belief, these Midlanders seem to have the lot. Like a more brazen Beta Band (similar 60's references, similar use of beats) or prime-time Happy Mondays, some of these songs are like chants or mantras that get right under your skin. It's powerful, low-slung-funky, effortlessly catchy fun!


          2xLP Info: Reissued in original 10" double gatefold heavyweight vinyl format in a limited quantity.

          Ltd CD Info: The limited edition CD features the full audio CD on one side of the disc, and 45 minutes of DVD footage on the otherside of the disc. The wonders of modern technology eh?!

          Hiding Place

          At One Time Or Another EP

          Debut EP from this Glaswegian five piece, who, despite being in their early 20s, have an incredibly mature sound. Intense, uncompromising rock for fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden etc.

          Cave In


          Cave In began as 'a remedy for boring suburban hell' in 1995. Since then they've gone through a couple of line-up changes and have moved onto a more progressive metal sound, but still with the hardcore edge that characterised their earlier releases on Hydra Head. Steve Brodsky lead vocals and guitar, John-Robert Conners on drums, Caleb Scofield on bass and Adam McGrath on guitar have followed up the excellent album "Jupiter" with their major label debut "Antenna" a more polished, but impressively powerful set complete with a DVD of live footage and exclusive videos.


          2xCD Info: Limited edition comes with a DVD.

          Cowboy Junkies

          The Best Of The Cowboy Junkies

          Despite their tempos being slow and lethargic, their guitars languid, and Margo Timmins' vocals hauntingly detached, the Cowboy Junkies have become one of the most inventive of the new americana bands recording today. This collection features classics from "The Trinity Sessions" (recorded in an abandoned church for $250) the band's reworkings of "Blue Moon," and "Sweet Jane" earning them a diverse and dedicated cult following. This disc focuses on their early recordings released by RCA.

          Handsome Devil

          Love And Kisses From The Underground

          Handsome Devil is the latest in a line of punk-fuelled rock bands to come out of California. Their influences range from punk fore-fathers, Social Distortion, to today's punk flag-wavers, Offspring. Extensive touring earned them a spot on the world famous Warped Tour and they're tipped for big things in the near future. The album has a pure punk energy and attitude, with a nod to true rock bombast.

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