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Hi-Ryze

Cyberia / After The Flood

    From the same producers that brought you the "Timenet" release, here we have a mighty fine re-issue of the very first Hi-Ryze record. "Cyberia" was originally released through cult label Brainiak back in 1990. Since then the Ubik production team released half a dozen of EP's under the Hi-Ryze name through various other classic imprints such as General Productions and Certificate 18. Here we have two of our faves handily compiled onto one jazzy AF disc: "Cyberia" - a twangy, highly kinetic, and massively shuffled affair that lands right slap bang between Chicago and Detroit; and "After The Flood" - a rave-indebted big room roller with hoover leads and more drum machines shuffled to oblivion! - don't miss the vintage woodblock attack on this one! Remastered from the original DAT tapes and sounding frrresh - do not sleep! 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Mega and raw old school techno with killer basslines to make sure your neighbours keep appreciating you. Rave til you die and do play this loud for max effect.

    TRACK LISTING

    Cyberia (midi Edit)
    Cyberia (lo Pass Mix)
    After The Flood (harmo Bass Mix)
    4 After The Flood (optimistic Mix)


    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

    The Hi-Fires

    C’est Pour Qu-un Jour / Honest Lies

      Exploding on to WONDERFULSOUND from somewhere between the mid 90’s and the vinyl record diggers vintage soundtrack scene, The Hi-Fires drop their debut collection of musics, spreading their sonic Gris- Gris far beyond their own island life.

      The origins of this project lies deep within the man responsible for pulling The Hi-Fires together, respected vibester & go to drummer Rupert Brown. His drumming career has seen him work amongst such icons as Roy Ayers and his debut production saw him guide and launch the dust bowl soul of Angelina’s Vagabond Saint back in 2017 on WONDERFULSOUND. With The Hi-Fires his take on Hip Hop is obscenely forthright but his productions and arrangements pull each track through the continents of his experiences.

      “The record is set in an exotic world of “ French Kung fu “ in the 1970’s : to create the ultimate soundtrack for a low budget movie shot on location in La Havana Cuba” Rupert informs .


      TRACK LISTING

      1. C;est Pour Qu’un Jour
      2. Honest Lies

      Stagecoach is a pop rock band from the south of England, with a smashing debut album and UK tour coming in May. Huw Stephens span their single 'Map To The Freezer' exhaustively on both his Radio 1 shows. He then invited the band to play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds 2010, before naming Stagecoach one of his BBC Introducing acts of the year. In February 2011 the band recorded a live Radio One session at Maida Vale. You may have heard Stagecoach on BBC One's ‘Gavin and Stacey’ Christmas & New Year specials. Channel 4 also used them on season 2 of ‘Skins’. Two of the band’s tracks feature on the international trailer for this year’s breakout British comedy ‘Killing Bono’. The band recently toured with friends Johnny Foreigner, Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic and opened for Jimmy Eat World. With a handful of singles and ep's released through indie labels Alcopop! and This Is Fake DIY the first full length album (produced by Rory Attwell) is due early 2013.

      For fans of: Johnny Foreigner, Pavement, Fight Like Apes, Wilco, Los Campesinos, Prefab Sprout Big melodic gutsy slacker pop!

      TRACK LISTING

      1.) Work! Work! Work!
      2.) Action
      3.) 56K Dial Up
      4.) A New Hand
      5.) Threequel
      6.) Kings Resolve
      7.) First And Last
      8.) Nothing Leads You Astray
      9.) We Got Tazers
      10.) I’m Not Your House
      11.) Video Shop

      The Visitors

      Hello Moon / Hi

      The Visitors are a four piece from Manchester. Hooked on a 70s rock groove, watching you through Bowie's eyes and fuelled by a Muse injection. They are smooth, racy, melodic and spacey.

      The Hi Pass

      Tin Pot Orphan

        An unsigned band, of whom we know very little i'm afraid!!


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