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(Sandy) Alex G

House Of Sugar

    (Sandy) Alex G, aka singer, songwriter and musician Alex Giannascoli, announces new album ‘House of Sugar’. The album is the Philadelphian’s ninth overall and third for Domino.

    Giannascoli worked closely with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both ‘Rocket’ and 2015’s ‘Beach Music’ and helped to balance each of ‘House of Sugar’s dense, multi-faceted tracks. As the product of extended focus and planning, ‘House of Sugar’ emerges as Giannascoli’s most meticulous, cohesive album yet: a statement of artistic purpose, showing off his ear for both persistent earworms and shifting textures and the out-there sonic adventurism that’s made previous (Sandy) Alex G records so singular.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: From twisted, Beck-y ballads to euphoric synth-led stormers, Alex G has always had an uncanny knack for writing a tune and these richly orchestrated, beautifully constructed off-piste tunes show more and more ability in every passing album. This stuff is properly gorgeous ; heartfelt, soaring and emotive works of genius. Spellbinding from the outset.

    Sandile Bhengu comes from Durban, South Africa, where he in the middle of the 90’s released his debut kwaito album Amajovi Jovi under the moniker Sandy B. During the following decades he would move actively within the local music scene and touch a variety of genres including afro-pop, deep house, R’n’B and Soul.
    In the mid 2010’s around 20 years since its release crate diggers and DJ’s across Europe and North America started dropping tracks from Amajovi Jovi. In late 2017 the album was reissued on Canadian label, Invisible City Editions giving a new lease of life to a forgotten classic and giving this once little known artist an international reputation.
    Following the successful re-issue of the 1995-album Sandy B returns to the forefront of music with original material 24 years later in the form of "Qhum Qhaks".
    "Qhum Qhaks" comes from a close collaboration between Sandy and Danish DJ and collector Simon Lundsgaard a.k.a Simone Ahà. All songs were recorded in Sandy’s home studio to stick close to the ethics and production techniques of the 1995 classic. The material that emerged from this experimental process between the two of them captures the spirit of old school kwaito from the 90’s.
    Vumbuka Records was founded by Sandile Bhengu & Simon Lundsgaard in 2019 especially for the release of "Qhum Qhaks".


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    Matt says: More unique bedroom-born hybrids of boogie, reggaeton, kwaito and house by this SA producer who's bredth of influences and styles across his catalogue is something to behold.

    Sandy (Alex G)

    Live At Third Man Records

      Third Man is absolutely ecstatic to be releasing the excellent live document of (Sandy) Alex G's Blue Room performance. Recorded on the 2017 US tour supporting his critically-acclaimed album Rocket (Pitchfork Best New Music) and not long after a notable feature on Frank Ocean's album Blonde, this standalone LP is his first live set to be captured and made widely available for his very loyal fanbase to enjoy.

      Featuring work from self-released tapes, Orchid Tapes and Domino Recordings, this daydreamy and intricate retrospective opens a private window into (Sandy) Alex G's lovely lyrical wordplay and cozy stage persona. Not one to be missed, for real!

      Sandy Samuel

      I Like Sado Music

        "I Like Sado Music" is a gem released by Blitz Records in 1980 among other overlooked records of electronic disco, library music and soundtracks. "I Like Sado Music" is also the only record ever sung by Sandy Samuel, the artist name of Daniela Samueli a prolific and very famous porn actress of that period. Sexual grooves, breathy vocals and a heavy S&M vibe on the cover - this ticks all those super sleazy disco boxes...

        (Sandy) Alex G

        Rocket

        Rocket is (Sandy) Alex G’s eighth full-length release—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s RACE to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music.

        Rocket’s sessions began shortly after Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule (including working with Frank Ocean on Blonde).

        Rocket was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Uplifting folky plucking, heart-wrenching fiddle work and those heart-melting vocals. It's not all smooth sailing though, with pieces like 'Brick' coming way out of leftfield, you have to hear it to believe it, but the range of talents on display here is mindblowing. Well worth your time.

        Original press release: Lucky Number are thrilled to announce the release of both Trick and Rules the latest albums to be released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick and Rules follow on the acclaimed heels of the November 2014 international release of Alex’s fifth album, DSU. Recorded prior to DSU and previously only available via Alex’s Bandcamp account, the albums have now been professionally mastered and are being made commercially available for the very first time.

        Rules is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks further highlight that Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.



        “They want to believe the Universe is an elegant universe— and it’s not so elegant. It’s a Rube Goldberg machine.” After releasing the 2008 critically acclaimed Old Home Movies with The Botticellis, San Francisco-based Alexi Glickman (Sandy) spent time touring and recording with Little Wings before forming Sandy’s in 2012. Fourth Dementia, his debut album for Um Yeah Arts, features ten sun-bleached pop paens in the tradition of Chris Bell and Big Star.

        Recorded by Glickman in garages and bedrooms in the Sunset district of San Francisco, Fourth Dementia features the talents of Zack Ehrlich (Sonny & the Sunsets, Vetiver, The Botticellis), Burton Li (Citay, The Botticellis), Ryan Browne (Sonny & the Sunsets, The Botticellis), Blythe Foster (The Botticellis), Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine) and Nick Aives (Range of Light Wilderness).

        Um Yeah Arts is a new arts and music collective founded by California-based painter, sculpter, photographer and filmmmaker Thomas Campbell. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Morocco. He is also part owner and creative director of a small record label based in Santa Cruz called Galaxia which was established in 1993, and has released records by Tommy Guerrero, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Peggy Honeywell and The Black Heart Procession. In 2013, Campbell started a new creative platform called Um Yeah Arts which is a nexus for the making of books, music and films.

        "Music Weaver - Sandy Denny Remembered" is the first ever definitive cross-label anthology celebrating the work of Sandy Denny and is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Sandy's untimely death. As well as containing the cream of Sandy's solo work there are choice cuts from when she fronted Fairport Convention and Fotheringay and her collaborations with Led Zeppelin (on the "Battle of Evermore" from Led Zeppelin "IV"). "Music Weaver" contains 36 songs including rare demos, album tracks and live BBC recordings.

        Sandy Denny

        Like An Old Fashioned Waltz

        More beautiful sadness for you! Sandy's 1973, third solo offering is rich with nostalgia. Not only are two of the songs covers from her father's record collection but Sandy's own tunes are heavy with romance, memory, loss and loneliness. There are five absolute anthems on this album and the singing is beautifully embroidered with subtle inflections and emotional nuances. It wasn't for nothing that Robert Plant named her as his favourite of all the British female singers. And this edition's unaccompanied take of "No End" has to be up there with her greatest ever performances.

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        CD Info: Digitally remastered with, sleevenotes and enhanced packaging plus four bonus tracks: "At The End Of The Day (Alternate Take Without Strings)", "King & Queen Of England (Demo)", "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz (With Fairport Convention)" and "No End (Solo Piano Version)".

        Sandy Denny

        The North Star Grassman And The Ravens

        After leaving Fairport Convention in '69, Sandy Denny made one record with her new group Fotheringay, and then this, in 1971, her first solo LP proper. The amazing Richard Thompson plays guitar and infact this album shares a similar, dense, drone-based tonality with his own debut solo effort. It's also a little idyosyncratic, truth be told, but there's still moments of unbelievable beauty here. With two alternate takes and two songs begun (but unfinished) during the sessions, now included, this is a must have purchase for all you Nu-Folkies and oldies alike!

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        CD Info: Digitally remastered, with sleeve notes and enhanced packaging plus four bonus tracks: "Late November (El Pea Version)", "Walking The Floor Over You", "Losing Game" and "Next Time Around (No Strings)".

        Sandy's second solo LP in 1972 was a bit less folky and more singer-songwriterly than her debut. She'd duetted on "Led Zeppelin Four" with Robert Plant and come up with perhaps her stongest set of songs. The arrangements were more expansive and the sound more ambitious, which was just as well since a number of the songs dealt with the healing powers of music. As she said herself: 'I can't write happy songs'... so here's another lush, melancholic, autumnal record for all you dreamers and true believers.

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        CD Info: Digitally remastered with sleevenotes and enhanced packaging plus five bonus tracks: "Here In Silence", "Man Of Iron", "Sweet Rosemary (Demo)", "Ecoute, Ecoute" and "It'll Take A Long Time (Live With Fairport Convention)".


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