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Buari

Karam Bani

Official, remastered reissue of this disco tinged, afro funk treasure and the first time the ‘Karam Bani’ single has been cut to 12” – maximising every ounce of highlife soul from Sidiku Buari’s productions.

That undeniable US funk flavour coupled with Buari’s Ghanaian rhythms bring a zest to these grooves even the tangiest of forbidden fruits couldn’t draw out. Those fuzzed keys and dusty highlife guitar licks sprinkle the West African flavour, whilst drumming demi-god Bernard Purdie provides the wizardry behind the infectious, yet precision like beats that make the track so unique. Purdie’s killer breaks combined with Buari’s jubilant vocals give a spirituality to this cut that’ll liven up any dancefloor - alongside being a gold mine for samples.

Flip it over and you’re hit with the joy filled jam, ‘Ye Koaba’. Tribal drums lead the way for a chorus of jubilant chants supplemented by glistening synth sounds and funk fuelled guitar riffs. It’s a feel-good slice of Ghanaian sunshine, capturing that community spirit and good-hearted nature Ghana’s famous for.

Two afro funk sensations sure to put a smile on your face, even when the skies are grey and you’re 5000 miles away from the glorious West African coastline.

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.

Three 1982 disco classics from boogie trio Plush formed under the guidance of Angela Winbush, René Moore and Bobby Watson, get the official, remastered reissue treatment from the original tapes.

Opening up the EP, an Angela & Rene original ‘Free & Easy’ is taken on by the Plush troupe, with the legendary Tee Scott providing a trademark extended mix. It kicks off with cosmic synths that dissipate into heavy funk, electric bass riffs, whilst scorching top lines and choice guitar licks trade off over the top. Scott’s magic is clear to see in the composition of this extended mix. A man who clearly knew how to work a dancefloor, his use of breakdowns especially, extending the anticipation and power the track commands on its dancers. From the bass breaks that weave in modulated synths, to those that utilise the glorious sustained piano chords, cutting to just vocals and percussion before everything is added back in for ultimate dancefloor elation.

First up on the B side, ‘We Got The Love’, a more soulful, slowed down tip where staccato guitar plucks and chunky slap bass marries with warm Rhodes chords, and lush vocal harmonies blend with the power of Siedah Garrett commanding the lead vocals. A passion ingrained in their voices that cannot be taught, hanging in the air, as they hang onto their phrases.

Lastly, ‘Livin For Your Love’ a boogie-based serenade written by Herman Chainey and Tony L. Phillips, intertwines Phillips’ deep dulcet tones with Plush’s backing. Add in a dose of pure ‘80s bass synth, twanging funk flashes and juicy bass guitar ripples and you’ve got a recipe sure to woo any wandering hearts out there. 


Jon Lucien

Lady Love / Love Everlasting

The infamously velvet tones of Jon Lucien get a much welcomed official remastered, reissue - with the original ‘Rashida’ 7” e.p., that contained four of Lucien’s tracks, now split into two 7”s for a louder, more refined pressing of each song. First up, ‘Lady Love’, with it’s bossa nova inspired style, draws every last drop of emotion from Lucien’s infamously voluptuous voice. Once dubbed by Herbie Hancock as “the man with the golden throat”, it’s easy to see why - Lucien’s rich baritone evokes dreams of summer sunsets, glistening blue seas whilst wrapping you up in a blanket of warmth and tenderness that few can rival. On the B side – ‘Love Everlasting’, another of Jon Lucien’s bossa nova leaning tracks, swells with jazz flutes, plucked acoustic guitars and a soul drenched string section to compliment Lucien’s beautifully calming tones. With the original Rashida 7” exchanging hands for over £150 on Discogs, here’s a chance to get Jon Lucien’s golden-throated voice in the collection without raiding the savings.

Jon Lucien

Would You Believe In Me / Kuenda

Part two of the official remastered, reissue of Jon Lucien’s ‘Rashida’ e.p. see’s ‘Would You Believe In Me’ and ‘Kuenda’ lovingly housed together on either side of a dinked 7 inch record. ‘Would You Believe In Me’ is a top down, soulful cruiser, bringing a slice of jazzed up funk gold to the fore. As smooth as silk, Lucien’s dulcet tones leave you in awe - a voice destined to bring joy to souls the world over, it oozes charm, passion and elegance from beginning to end. On the B side, ‘Kuenda’ washes away any worries that the day-to-day mind might have conjured up, with the soft sounds of the sea leading into a beautiful layered vocal performance by Lucien, perfectly accompanied by a solo plucked Spanish guitar.
It’s an alluring example of the Brazilian aesthetic Lucien would carry through his Rashida album and provides an apt ender for this two-part reissue.

Keni Burke

Risin' To The Top / You're The Best

Keni Burke’s signature hit ‘Risin’ To The Top’ gets an official remastered, reissue alongside the 12 inch mix of his ’81 killer jam ‘You’re The Best’.

‘Risin’ To The Top’ quickly became a clear favourite of the soul crowd back in the ‘80s, with Keni’s sensuous vocals, a timeless bassline of epic proportions and those dreamy, sunshine chords proving a winning combination. Since then countless producers, from the likes of Doug E Fresh and Slum Village, to LL Cool J and Mary J Blige, have utilised ‘Risin’ To The Top’ as a choice sample for their own productions. A quick glance at this seemingly endless list, just goes to show how much of an impact this record ended up having.

On the flip, ‘You’re The Best’, takes a more boogie paved path, filled with an undeniably groove laden bass synth, cosmic keys and Keni’s infectiously soulful vocals. It’s early eighties synth boogie at it’s best, placing the electronic elements at the forefront whilst holding onto that unquestionable funk at its core.Two Keni Burke classics for soul heads, sample spotters and anyone with a keen ear for a gem.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Total erection section thruster here from sensual soul man Keni Burke, who totally killed it with the low slung genius of “Risin’ To The Top”. Over on the flip “You’re The Best” zooms from boogie into the sparkling synth zone at the heart of the proto-house universe.

Back in 1976, The Brothers were an emerging disco soul septet whose blistering arrangements and ferocious playing had earned them a cult following and a major label deal. Little did they know that only a few years after the release of 'Brothers Theme', it would be a huge record on the dance-floors of NYC's Paradise Garage and Chicago's Music Box with both Larry Levan and Ron Hardy hammering the record behind the controls every night. The playing of the group paired with the production prowess of the legendary producer, writer and arranger Warren Schatz (Frankie Valli, Dolly Parton, Vickie Sue Robinson and more) combined to make a fairly heady brew of disco, orchestral overtures and incediary dancefloor bombast. This is proper disco music in its purest form, and it's still doing damage today!
Often sought after by the deepest of diggers on a white label promo 12" this rare EP now sees a fully legit reissue, sourced from the RCA vaults using original materials and remastered and repressed to the highest standard for 2018 and featuring all original 1976 RCA label artwork. Accept no substitutes!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: So enamoured was I with the unrivalled groove of "Brothers Theme", I spent about three years trying to make my own edit of it. After countless attempts, I can confirm that the track is, in fact, perfect and when you get it on your deck I'm sure you'll agree.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: *ONE COPY FOUND*

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. 

STAFF COMMENTS

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.

FORMAT INFORMATION

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. 

STAFF COMMENTS

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".

    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!


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    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.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      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.


        FORMAT INFORMATION

        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.


          Kasabian

          Where Did All The Love Go?

          "Where Did All The Love Go?" asks Kasabian's epic new single and the follow-up to their No.3 single "Fire", from their acclaimed No.1 album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum". Written by Serge Pizzorno and co-produced by Serge and Dan The Automator, "Where Did All The Love Go?" is set to a thrilling, euphoric disco backdrop.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd 10" Info: The 10" features "Where Did All The Love Go?" (Burns Remix) on the flipside.
          Just found one copy of this long deleted 7". First come first served!

          Ida Maria is a 23 year old Norwegian singer-songwriter-guitarist who combines the songwriting suss of early Strokes and the fearlessness of Iggy Pop with a voice that has been compared to Janis Joplin yet also echoes the other-worldly strangeness of Björk. This great debut album contains the singles: "Oh My God", "Stella" and "Queen Of The World" as well as "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked".

          Disc one features 11 tracks of their heavy rock'n'roll stuff, while the other disc is 10 acoustic tracks and features contributions from Norah Jones and John Paul Jones.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Box set Info: We have TWO left!!!! Limited edition deluxe four record box set, includes bonus track "The Sign".

          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!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          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

          Antenna

          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.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xCD Info: Limited edition comes with a DVD.

          Clockwise

          Healthy Manipulation

          Las Vegas nu-metal band Clockwise (formally known as Phatter Than Albert) have been making a name for themselves since their 1998 debut "Frustrated Overtones". Good reviews followed for the album, their energetic live shows and charismatic lead singer Austin Leduc. They have a savage hardcore-influenced sound, with big choruses, solid hooks and a hard rock edge with Nirvana / Slayer mixer Andy Wallace giving "Healthy Manipulation" a powerful gloss.

          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.

          Foo Fighters

          One By One

          Great new album from the Foo Fighters, kicks off with the single "All My Life". If you like that, you'll love the album. They seem to have perfected their knack of combining tight, percussive, guitar rock with catchy pop melody.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: Vinyl packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

          Ltd CD Info: Limited edition CD includes a bonus DVD featuring the video for "All My Life" and live performance footage.

          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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