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Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

    "Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 is the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Dedicated to compiling forgotten music from the 1970s – 1990s that has a connection to Captured Tracks’ sound and aesthetic, this series will bridge the past to our current roster and showcase the kinds of sounds that inspire us. As an American label, we’ve often wondered why British, Aussie, and Kiwi indie rock from the ‘80s has had the most infuence on modern acts and the collector’s market. Outside of bands like R.E.M., the Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, and a few others, most of these bands received little attention from national or international press outlets and markets. The acts on this compilation have a true DiY spirit that lead many of these bands to self-record and self-release within tiny local scenes in small cities and college towns across America.

    Strum & Thrum aims to shed light on this forgotten era of jangly, melodic rock music that emerged from the ashes of post punk and helped kick start the indie rock boom of the early ‘90s that continues to this day. Indeed, many artists featured on Strum & Thrum went on to be part of this boom – Archer Prewitt from the Sea & Cake, Jon Ginoli from Pansy Division, Ric Menck from Velvet Crush, Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Barbara Manning, and more went on to be in well known bands in the ‘90s. Spread across two LPs, Strum & Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the ‘80s indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. Long live the jangle underground!"


    Disc 1:
    1. The Reverbs - Trusted Woods
    2. Start - Where I Want To Be
    3. Cyclones - I’m In Heaven
    4. Windbreakers - All That Stuff
    5. Primitons - All My Friends
    6. Bangtails - Patron Of The Arts
    7. The Love In - Late As Usual
    8. Sex Clark Five - She Collides With Me
    9. Three Hits - 5 O’Clock
    10. Crippled Pilgrims - Black And White (Alternate)
    11. Vandykes - Breakin My Heart
    12. Salem 66 - Seven Steps Down
    13. The Outnumbered - I Feel So Sorry Now
    14. The Darrows - Is It You

    Disc 2:
    15. Riff Doctors - Say Goodbye
    16. The Ferrets - She Was Unkind
    17. 28th Day - Pages Turn (Alternate)
    18. Great Plains - When Do You Say Hello?
    19. Downy Mildew - Purple Parlor
    20. The Strand - You And Me
    21. The White Sisters - Misery, Me, & You
    22. Absolute Grey - Remorse
    23. One Plus Two - Promise
    24. The Springfields - Sunflower
    25. Holiday - Change
    26. Pop Art - The Meeting
    27. The Reactions - Tomorrow’s Time Today
    28. A New Personality - Essential Things

    Erland Cooper

    Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence?

      Erland Cooper’s new album Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence is set for release in June 2024 – 3 years from the day the only master tape was planted deep into the Orkney soil.

      The album is a recording of Cooper’s brand new three-movement composition for solo violin and string ensemble. The work marks the centenary of celebrated Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, as 2021 marks 100 years since his birth.

      Inspired by natural landscapes and ruminating on time, hope, community and patience, the sole recording of the work – on ¼ inch magnetic tape, with the digital files permanently deleted – has been planted to grow and be nurtured or “recomposed” by the earth, before being exhumed and released in three years’ time. Whilst Cooper will not be unearthing the tape until 2024, he has left a trail for anyone to search and find it if they wish. A map with clues to the location of the planting site will be released via his digital platforms. If the planted tape is found, Erland will invite the discoverer to his studio to embark on a journey together for the treasured first listen. It will then be released exactly as it sounds from the earth.

      Erland Cooper says, “Music can so often feel undervalued and for some, being unable to perform live has at times felt like being buried. When an idea forms there is often an urge to share it as quickly as it develops but like spotting a bird, I want to let this fly and land in its own place and time. The work is one part remembrance and one part celebration of a landmark time.” He adds: “The material on the tape may erode naturally, disintegrate and create drops of silence or the peaty soil may preserve it perfectly well. It may or may not get better with age. I may or may not fall out of favour with my composition. Any alterations to the sound and music [when it comes out of the earth] will be reincorporated into the pages of a new score and live performance, as orchestral articulations.”

      Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

      Pinata: The 1964 Version - 2024 Reissue

        Single-LP Edit Of Piñata Lacquered At Half Speed Master By Metropolis Mastering In London For The Highest Fidelity. Featuring Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul, Polyester the Saint, BJ The Chicago Kid, Big Time Watts, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko & Freddie Kane. “Piñata is a gangster Blaxploitation ­lm on wax,” says Gibbs. As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music. 


        A1. Supplier
        A2. Scarface
        A3. Deeper
        A4. High (ft. Danny Brown)
        A5. Harold’s
        A6. Bomb (ft. Raekwon)
        A7. Shitsville
        A8. Thuggin’
        A9. Real
        A10. Uno
        B1. Robes (ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
        B2. Broken (ft. Scarface)
        B3. Lakers (ft. Ab-Soul & Polyester The Saint)
        B4. Knicks
        B5. Shame (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid)
        B6. Watts (ft. Big Time Watts)
        B7. Piñata (ft. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, & Mac Miller).

        King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

        Live At Red Rocks (Fuzz Club Official Bootleg)

          Fuzz Club's King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard 'Live At Red Rocks' box set is a heavy-duty, 15 LP monster. Recorded over three nights of the Aussie psych-rock polymaths raining down on the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, USA, this bootleg captures nearly nine hours worth of live Gizz spread across 86 tracks and 30 sides of vinyl. Live At Red Rocks was recorded live Oct 10, Oct 11 and Nov 2 2022, mixed by the band's Stu Mackenzie and remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin exclusively for this edition.

          Each of the three nights comes in its own 5LP slipcase, all housed together in one giant slipcase alongside a 60-page hardcover book with exclusive Red Rocks live photos by Cidney Bundon.

          All 15 LPs come on 180g coloured vinyl (with a unique colour configuration for each night) in their own heavy card jacket with 3mm spine and a black poly-lined inner sleeve. The artwork for each jacket works as a puzzle and forms one giant artwork. Features collage album art and design by Elzo Durt with original elements by Virgil Finlay. Large fold-out poster included. The box-set is packaged in a bespoke foam-lined box to protect it during shipping.

          Die Radierer

          Batman - Incl. Gary The Tall V Exotic Gardens Remix

          Emotional Rescue takes another trip into the twisted world of post-punk dubs, electronics and oddities here at the hands of DJ, collector and radio host Gary The Tall. The original comes from German duo and new wave innovators Die Radierer whose pop-reggae jam 'Batman' is irresistibly catchy with its low-slung beats and lazy, sun-kissed melodies. It appeared on 1983's In Hollywood and was recorded at their home studio on a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder. Gary The Tall's remix finds him teaming up with Aaron Coyles under his new alias of Exotic Gardens and the results are loopy and dubbed out to perfection.


          Batman (Gary The Tall V Exotic Gardens Reversion)

          Anyone who has followed Emotional Rescue knows it has always done a fine job of documenting punk and dub's early years, not least by showcasing the previously unheralded work of Skinbat Scramble. Now they back that up once more with a new compilation that puts together a selection of the band's previously unreleased recordings. It is a superb trip through a number of decades and finds core members Mark Eason and Fergus Crockford distilling slow tempos, experimental sounds, dub, and much more into leftfield rhythms for body and mind.


          Side 1
          1. Submit
          2. Submit (Dub)

          Side 2
          1. North By Northwest
          2. North By Dub

          Side 3
          1. Skidaddle
          2. Skidaddle (Daddy)

          Side 4
          1. Basement Voltaire
          2. Pixie Boot (Dub)

          Remotif is a fast-rising star with a sound being called 'trance fusion.' He makes his mark again to that end with a new one on Especial that brings more of his modern-day ethnic styles to the driving breaks of techno following outings on the likes of Coymix and Space Lab and sets everywhere from Fabric to Berlin's Warning parties. This one kicks off with 'U 15' which is a busy blend of shimmery timbres and sharp perc, spaced-out pads and psychedelic synths that are ever on the rise. More trance overtones define 'Glint's Pursuit' and 'The Elevated Place' is slick and sleek, ascending and always rising. 'The Sunken Place' shuts down with more slow and percolating dub mutations to round out a superb EP.


          U 15
          Glint's Pursuit
          The Elevated Place
          The Sunken Place



            McKeown creates a patchwork of dream sequences and woozy psychedelia that range from low key groove and floating-in-space cosmic horror. “Electronic folk horror” was how it was described to me, and I gotta say I can get on board with that description. But there’s much more happening here. Moments I’m reminded of Colin Stetson’s excellent Color Out Of Space score, while other times there’s a real Tangerine Dream vibe, ala their Legend soundtrack.

            The Mr K Edits

            Trans Europe Express

            The crucial Mr K is back with a special repress for Record Store Day 2024. This one throws it back to his two superb edits of Kratwerk's 'Trans Euro Express' which is cited often as the start of techno. Side A offers stripped-down, bare drum bones, with naked drums shaped into futuristic fusion, while Part II adds synthetic context. Deconstructing Kraftwerk's original sci-fi masterpiece at a slow, smouldering pace, it presents a classic in an entirely new light. This release unlocks doors of serious DJ creativity and should be snapped up quickly before it's gone again.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: You don't need me to tell you how good "Trans Europe Express" is. However, this cheeky little percussion edit from the masterful Danny Krivit extends the dancefloor ecstasy of that metallic drum break into THE GREATEST DJ TOOL ever. Buy two copies and lock into the robot rhythm.

            TRACK LISTING

            Trans-Europe Express (Mr K 7" Beats)
            Trans-Europe Express (Mr K 7" Part II)

            The Primitives

            Everything's Shining Bright - The Lazy Recordings 1985-1987

              Compiled with guitarist PJ Court, this 2-CD compilation boasts re-mastered music as well as a beautifully annotated booklet boasting rare photos and personal memories from the band.

              Back in the mid-80s, The Primitives combined the fuzz guitars of The Jesus & Mary Chain with the pop sensibilities of Blondie and a nod to cult heroes The Velvet Underground. They swiftly rose from being a popular Indie guitar outfit to charting worldwide with “Crash”, kickstarting a craze in bands fronted by blonde female singers (Transvision Vamp, The Darling Buds et al).

              Between 1985 and 1987, the band issued five singles/EP’s on independent label Lazy Records (also home to My Bloody Valentine and later Birdland) before signing with RCA.

              This 2-CD set also boasts their promo-only live album at the ICA; as such, it offers their entire Lazy output from that period.

              TRACK LISTING

              Disc 1
              1. Thru The Flowers
              2. Across My Shoulder
              3. She Don't Need You
              4. Lazy
              5. Really Stupid
              6. We Found A Way To The Sun
              7. Where The Wind Blows
              8. Stop Killing Me
              9. Buzz Buzz Buzz
              10. Laughing Up My Sleeve
              11. Ocean Blue
              12. Shadow (Guitar Version)
              13. Thru The Flowers (New Version)
              14. Everything Shining Bright
              15. Nothing Left
              16. Across My Shoulder
              17. Crash
              18. Spacehead
              19. Nothing Left (Sounds Version)

              Disc 2
              1.I'll Stick With You
              2. Dreamwalk Baby
              3. Buzz Buzz Buzz
              4. Nothing Left
              5. Out Of Reach
              6. Carry Me Home
              7. Don't Want Anything To Change
              8. Think I'll Stick With You
              9. Dreamwalk Baby
              10. Run Baby Run
              11. Thru The Flowers
              12. Nothing Left
              13. Where The Wind Blows
              14. Out Of Reach
              15. We Found A Way To The Sun
              16. Don't Want Anything To Change
              17. Across My Shoulder
              18.Everything's Shining Bright
              19. Buzz Buzz Buzz
              20. Stop Killing Me
              21. I Wanna Be Your Dog

              Supreme Dicks

              The Unexamined Life

                The debut album from The Supreme Dicks, available on vinyl for the first time.

                Falling somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle and SALEM in the lineage of musicians who’ve found a muse in the nasty, brutish brevity of life, Supreme Dicks chose to cloak disarmingly real paranoia and grief in the contemporary trappings of late '80s and early '90s lo-fi college rock. They may have inhabited the same sonic and physical space as colleagues like Dinosaur Jr (Lou Barlow was an occasional Dick, and at least one early Dinosaur Jr show was actually played by Dicks in disguise), but they stripped away all youthful yearning and anticipation in favor of a bleak and unblinking certainty. Honest, frank, and free of ironic distance. Obtuse and yet so essential that it can’t help but feel familiar to anyone who’s ever spent a sleepless night wondering whether there's any point to all of this. And, on occasion, warm, intimate and lovely.

                The Supreme Dicks formed while students at Massachusetts’ Hampshire College in the twilight of the Reagan era. The campus was a fractured posthippie free-for-all that many students theorized was a right- wing think tank experiment in pitting progressives against each other. The constantly revolving lineup centered around songwriters Daniel Oxenberg and Jon Shere, and whoever else was around and willing to torture an instrument. They advocated the teachings of Wilhelm Reich and were vocal about focusing their creative energy via celibacy. This may do much to explain the constant, unrelenting tension that provides the driving force behind the most powerful moments in their music. Regardless of tempo or arrangement, Supreme Dicks songs play like soundtracks to autoerotic asphyxiation, haunting tones that ring in the ears at the moment consciousness is lost and not guaranteed to return.

                TRACK LISTING

                In A Sweet Song The Arabian Song The Sun's Bells
                Jack Smith
                That I May Never Forget And Stay Garden Of Your
                Past Jack-O-Lantern
                River Song
                The Fallout Song
                Azure Dome
                The Forest Song (or Especially When The October
                Wind With Frosty Fingers, Punishes My Hair)
                Hyacinth Girls
                Ten Past Eleven
                Woody Would've Wanted It That Way
                Strange Song

                The London Dirthole Company

                Modern Ist EP

                  The giant avalanche that is THE LONDON DIRTHOLE COMPANY is back with another slab of prime-time partisan punk noise. With a Futurist disdain and Dadaist sense of sardonic humour, the MODERN IST EP celebrates the realities of the Family Of Noise as a truly interactive social experiment. The genuinely odd bunch of protagonists that make up the bands personnel stretch the boundaries of conventional group structure and methods. A truly outsider approach that reverberates with its nebulous intensity and spirit of joy. The result is a fractious cacophony created (on this record) by four drummers, 3 guitarists a bass player and 2 different vocalists. Live the band rotate up to a dozen singers if occasion and availability conspire. The music has elements and attitudes in common with The Monks, Velvet Underground, Pussy Galore and The Fall without any direct plagiarism or imitation. These bands are but ships in the night to the Battleship Dirthole and its crew of desperate fellows. PROFESSOR THE CONFESSOR is an intimate memoir of utterances from the dark recesses of The Professor’s mind. CRYING ONIONS is a sleazy ballad of all-consuming pleasure, timeless romance, sensual purgatory, erotic possession, empty tears, disrobing and eating an onion. TOMORROW, TODAY faces up to the bleak realities of a passion consumed and the vagaries of the staring up from the gutter as you watch your former partner dance the same dance you fell for with someone else. The strapping fit and healthy London Dirthole Company pedigree on this recording; The Nuns, Pulkas, Echobelly, Headbutt, Felix Moment Power Trio, Lot Lizards, Project Dark, Headcleaner.

                  Skip James

                  The Rough Guide To Skip James

                    Skip James was a Delta blues enigma, whose mesmerizing guitar playing and haunting voice produced bluer than blue masterpieces. This beautifully re-mastered collection of his seminal 1931 recordings shows why his otherworldly blues cast its spell on many blues greats from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton.
                    Arguably the greatest of the original Delta blues guitarists with his mesmerizing and truly unique style. 'The Rough Guide To Skip James' highlights his diverse repertoire of songs ranging from deep, dark Delta blues to upbeat barrelhouse piano tunes and spirituals.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues
                    I’m So Glad
                    Drunken Spree
                    If You Haven’t Any Hay Get On Down The Road
                    Cherry Ball Blues
                    Be Ready When He Comes
                    Little Cow And Calf Is Gonna Die Blues
                    Devil Got My Woman
                    How Long “Buck”
                    Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader
                    Cypress Grove Blues
                    Illinois Blues
                    22-20 Blues

                    Dude York

                    Halftime For The Holidays

                      The holidays are weird, man. Ostensibly, they’re about family and fun and food and festivities, but more often they portend arguing with your family about politics- and that mental dance you have to do where you’re like “Should I get Trevor a gift even though my funds are dwindling and I’m not even sure if he’s going to get me one in return so this could end up being a whole awkward thing???”

                      The reality of the holidays lies somewhere more liminal, in the space between joy and depression, between excitement and boredom, between “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” and “I think I might murder my entire family.” So who better to teach us the true reason for the season than Dude York, a band whose music so often seems to exist in an in-between space of their own? Dude York are funny and serious and earnest and deeply ironic all at the same time. The three friends who comprise the band—Peter Richards (guitar, vocals), Claire England (bass, vocals) and Andrew Hall (drums, vocals)—have spent their four years together applying their particular Dude York-ian sensibility to topics like mental health, breakups, and the power of art and friendship.

                      Now they’ve returned with Halftime for the Holidays to pop some chestnuts right on your fire and tackle their most poignant theme yet; THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Halftime for the Holidays is a holiday record for how the holidays actually feel. Tracks like “Takin’ Care of Christmas” (it’s exactly what you think it is) and “Jingle Bells Rock” (it’s not) deliver the requisite tacky cheer. “Greatest Gift is You” and “My Favorite Part (Of This Time of Year)” soar like the greatest pop-punk love songs, with the added benefit of CHRISTMAS. And songs like “Long Distance Christmas” and “Break Up Holiday” testify to the loneliness that they can spring on you without warning. It’s a record that manages to wrap the strangeness of sleeping in your childhood twin bed and the soft wonder of waking up to snow into one delightful white elephant present that you won’t re-gift.

                      Halftime for the Holidays is self-consciously goofy, but refreshing in its willingness to tackle the misery and joy of the season with equal force. So deck the halls, engage in a regrettable make out session underneath the mistletoe, and rest assured that no matter what kind of reindeer games the universe is playing with you this year, Dude York has you covered.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      01. Break Up Holiday
                      02. Hollywood Holiday
                      03. The Greatest Gift Is You
                      04. My Favorite Part (Of The Time Of Year
                      05. Long Distance Christmas
                      06. Takin Care Of Christmas
                      07. Jingle Bells Rock
                      08. True Meaning
                      09. Silent Night

                      The Lumineers

                      The Lumineers - 10th Anniversary Edition

                        The Lumineers’ breakout debut album captured hearts of fans and critics worldwide in 2012, leading to two Grammy-award nominations and a #2 Billboard chart peak. It features the hit singles “Ho Hey” “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines.”

                        Celebrate the 10th anniversary with a remastered and expanded 2xLP edition pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl, featuring 6 tracks previously unreleased on vinyl, new liner notes, and all-new packaging exclusive behind the scenes photos.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Flowers In Your Hair
                        2. Classy Girls
                        3. Submarines
                        4. Dead Sea
                        5. Ho Hey
                        6. Slow It Down
                        7. Stubborn Love
                        8. Big Parade
                        9. Charlie Boy
                        10. Flapper Girl
                        11. Morning Song
                        12. Ain't Nobody's Problem
                        13. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
                        14. Elouise
                        15. Darlene
                        16. Slow It Down (live)
                        17. Scotland

                        Hampshire & Foat

                        Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand - Reissue

                        Multi talented UK Jazz Pianist Greg Foat has teamed up with Mercury Award nominated "The Bees" member and multi instrumentalist Warren Hampshire to collaborate on a new LP drawing on their diverse musical influences. Classic British library music, 60s Italian soundtracks & lost Americana combined with touches of modern classical, minimalism, Jazz and Folk. Featuring many members of Greg and Warren's previous bands and one of the U.Ks finest Jazz drummers, Clark Tracy, the LP also features an Edinburgh orchestra and soloists hand picked and scored by the boys. Recorded all analogue onto 2" multitrack in Edinburgh, mixed down by Mattias Glavå at his studio in Gothenburg, Sweden then mastered and cut in Helsinki, Finland, it's truly a European affair. 

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand 
                        The Solar Winds (& Cadenza) 
                        A Long Way Home
                        End Song
                        All Washed Up 
                        How The Nights Can Fly 
                        End Song (Reprise)

                        Gregory And The Hawk


                          Gregory And The Hawk returns with her second FatCat album ‘Leche’, a more mature and honest collection of songs than her previous releases, which sees her expanding instrumentally onto piano and harp yet conveying a sense of her bedroom recording roots.

                          Contributors include Jeremy Backofen (Felice Brothers), Rob Laakso (Amazing Baby, Diamond Nights, Mice Parade, Swirlies), and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade, Swirlies).

                          TRACK LISTING

                          For The Best
                          Over And Over
                          Geysir Nationale
                          Olly Olly Oxen Free
                          A Century Is All We Need
                          Puller Return
                          Hard To Define
                          Dream Machine

                          Calexico And Iron & Wine

                          In The Reins

                            Iron & Wine's Sam Beam and the members of Calexico convened in December 2004 at Calexico's home base of Wavelab Studios in Tucson, Arizona. The idea of working together had been tossed around for over three years, though neither bands' schedule loaned itself into making it a reality until then. The resulting session "In the Reins", is a mini-album that is a truly harmonious affair sure to satisfy fans of both bands. The seven tracks are Sam Beam originals and were fleshed out by the full Calexico band. The record also features newcomer Natalie Wyants on vocals, Salvador Duran, a local fixture of the Tucson Flamenco scene, on vocals and Botas. Of course no Wavelab experience would be complete without the appearance of Nick Luca (NL Trio/John Doe Band) and Craig Schumacher, both of whom contributed to the record in the form of engineering and performance.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            He Lays In The Reins
                            Prison On Route 41
                            History Of Lovers
                            Red Dust
                            16, Maybe Less
                            Burn That Broken Bed
                            Dead Mans Will

                            Various Artists

                            The Men In The Glass Booth: Part 1

                              In May 1976 a record was released that would have an unforeseen and lasting impact on the music industry “Ten Percent” by Double Exposure was an early release on the New York independent label Salsoul Records. America was in the grip of a disco explosion with new clubs opening on a weekly basis; Salsoul saw what was happening and swiftly created a sound for their label, heavily influenced by the music then coming out of Philadelphia, aimed directly at New York’s dance-floors. Records like “Salsoul Hustle,” “Tangerine” and “You’re Just The Right Size” by The Salsoul Orchestra borrowed heavily from the beautifully orchestrated Philadelphia International records but added a more percussive, bass heavy depth that New York’s DJs loved. So what was so special about this particular single then? Double Exposure was, after all, just another band, “Ten Percent” just another song; one of many “disco” records released that week. First of all Salsoul became the first record label to make a twelve inch single available to Joe Public - the exotic format was previously only available to DJs as promotional items or bought under the counter at certain record stores. Not only that though, the extended version was created by Walter Gibbons, a DJ at New York’s Galaxy 21 who’d built his reputation making exclusive versions of tracks to play in his sets.

                              In 1976 it was unheard of for a DJ to set foot in a recording studio, being seen as little more than living jukeboxes by the serious music industry. Recording studios were strictly the domain of recording artists and producers so Walter found himself in a unique position, gaining access to a world no DJ had been granted before.

                              Or so we thought...
                              The Men In The Glass Booth tells the full story. Featuring ground breaking re-edits and remixes by some of the Disco era's most influential DJs including Walter Gibbons, Bobby DJ Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Jellybean Benitez, Tee Scott and John Luongo, this opulent release also includes a 40 page book which features exclusive photos and insights from some of the story's key figures.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Patrick says: BBE answer the prayers of all us non-millionaire disco fans, taking us on a journey through the alternative 12" history via this exhaustive collection of acetates and DJ edits. Mega!

                              Don Rendell And Ian Carr Quintet

                              The Complete Lansdowne Recordings, 1965-1969

                              After an epic licensing odyssey that's taken us almost 20 years, we're finally able to announce the 5LP boxset release of the first ever official re-issue of all five of the iconic Lansdowne recording sessions by the legendary UK jazz combo, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet.
                              The five albums; Shades Of Blues (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969), have reached almost mythical status in the collector's world. Regarded as holy grail artefacts for even the seasoned aficionado, the collective second hand market value comes to an astonishing £6000.
                              Many have tried - and failed - to reissue these albums by legitimate means. However, two decades since our initial approach, Universal Music has gone to great lengths to research their vast archives, and we have finally managed to succeed.
                              The complete Don Rendell & Ian Carr Lansdowne recording sessions have now undergone a full and unprecedented boxset reissue. We located and acquired the original analogue master tapes from the Universal vaults and created masters at Abbey Road Studios to produce audiophile quality 180g pressings replete with replica artwork - shape, design, and even paper stock. No stone has been left unturned to deliver this absolute labour of love to the highest possible standard! The enclosed booklet contains never before seen photographs, interviews with the remaining living band members and liner notes from BBC Radio 3 presenter and award-winning jazz writer Alyn Shipton.
                              The band played together for seven years and during this fruitful time they made a plethora of deeply melodic, post-bop British jazz compositions that later on took influences from Indo and more spiritually guided jazz. Produced by the influential Denis Preston and recorded at his Lansdowne Studios in London, the band was primarily made up of saxophonist Don Rendell, trumpeter/composer Ian Carr, and pianist/composer Michael Garrick. This is UK jazz at its absolute finest, and the quality of our box set pays testament to that.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1 Blue Mosque
                              2 Latin Blue
                              3 Just Blue
                              4 Sailin'
                              5 Garrison '64
                              6 Blue Doom
                              7 Shades Of Blue
                              8 Big City Strut
                              9 Ruth
                              10 Tan Samfu
                              11 Jubal
                              12 Spooks
                              13 Prayer
                              14 Hot Rod
                              15 Dusk Fire
                              16 Crazy Jane
                              17 On! [clip]
                              18 Les Neiges D'Antan (Snows Of Yesteryear)
                              19 Bath Sheba
                              20 Black Marigolds
                              21 Elastic Dream
                              22 One Green Eye
                              23 Boy, Dog And Carrot
                              24 Cold Mountain
                              25 Black Hair
                              26 Mirage
                              27 On Track
                              28 Vignette
                              29 Pavanne
                              30 Nimjam
                              31 Voices
                              32 You've Said It 

                              The Goa Express

                              The Goa Express

                                Debut album from The Goa Express, led by Clarkey alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam.

                                They met as young teenagers in Burnley - growing up in the rural shadow of England's industrial north, music was a means of escape and a vessel for friendship. Their shared adolescent experiences shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band. 6music playlists and Radio 1 support has followed along with a heavy touring schedule.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                It's Never Been Better
                                Good Luck Charm
                                You're The Girl 
                                Small Talk
                                Can't Stay Quiet
                                Better Than OK
                                Talking About Stuff
                                Prove It

                                London Grammar

                                The Greatest Love

                                  The Greatest Love follows the British trio’s critically acclaimed #1 selling album Californian Soil, which was released in 2021 and earned the band their second BRIT nomination for Best British Group. Arriving over a decade since the trio first entered our consciousness, the new album is a celebration; the sound of a band laying to rest the past and realising a newfound sense of freedom.

                                  First single House embodies London Grammar’s new trajectory as frontwoman Hannah Reid delivers the uncompromising lyric: This is my place, my house, my rules. Speaking about the single Hannah said, “House is about drawing boundaries around yourself. When I hit my thirties, my mindset shifted, and I no longer felt like a victim of anything – it all felt within my power. I thought, making music should be fun, and we're gonna make that happen.”

                                  Having first formed as teenagers at University, their seminal double-platinum selling debut If You Wait paved the way for what was to become a hugely successful career for the band, the rare longevity of which has firmly rooted London Grammar in British pop culture. Now over 10 years later, the band have sold more than 3 million albums world-wide, with two #1 selling records, 1 billion streams, an Ivor Novello and numerous BRIT Award nominations under their belts.

                                  William And Jim Reid

                                  Never Understood: The Story Of The Jesus And Mary Chain - Record Store Edition

                                    For 5 years after they'd swapped sought-after apprenticeships for life on the dole, brothers William and Jim Reid sat up till the early hours in the front room of their parents' East Kilbride council house, plotting their path to world domination over endless cups of tea, with the music turned down low so as not to wake their sleeping sister. They knew they couldn't play in the same band because they'd argue too much, so they'd describe their dream ensembles to each other until finally they realised that these two perfect bands were actually the same band, and the name of that band was The Jesus and Mary Chain.

                                    The rest was not silence, and picking up those conversations again more than 40 years later, William and Jim tell the full story of one of Britain's greatest guitar bands for the very first time - a wildly funny and improbably moving chronicle of brotherly strife, feedback, riots, drug and alcohol addiction, eternal outsiders and extreme shyness, that also somehow manages to be a love letter to the Scottish working-class family.

                                    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

                                    Wild God

                                      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds return with new album, ‘Wild God’.

                                      “I hope the album has the effect on listeners that it’s had on me,” Cave says. “It bursts out of the speaker, and I get swept up with it. It’s a complicated record, but it’s also deeply and joyously infectious. There is never a masterplan when we make a record. The records rather reflect back the emotional state of the writers and musicians who played them. Listening to this, I don’t know, it seems we’re happy.”

                                      Across ten tracks, the band dance between convention and experimentation, taking left-turns and detours that heighten the rich imagery and emotion in Cave’s soul-stirring narratives. It is the sound of a group emboldened by reconnection and taking flight. There are moments that touch fondly upon the Bad Seeds’ past but they are fleeting, and serve only to imbue the relentless and restless forward motion of the band.

                                      Produced by Cave and Warren Ellis, and mixed by David Fridmann, Cave began writing the album on New Year’s Day 2023. With sessions at Miraval in Provence and Soundtree in London, the Bad Seeds added their unique alchemy, with additional performances from Colin Greenwood (bass) and Luis Almau (nylon string guitar, acoustic guitar).

                                      “Wild God…there’s no fucking around with this record. When it hits, it hits. It lifts you. It moves you. I love that about it.” Nick Cave

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. Song Of The Lake
                                      2. Wild God
                                      3. Frogs
                                      4. Joy
                                      5. Final Rescue Attempt
                                      6. Conversion
                                      7. Cinnamon Horses
                                      8. Long Dark Night
                                      9. O Wow O Wow (How Wonderful She Is)
                                      10. As The Waters Cover The Sea

                                      Yannis & The Yaw Feat. Tony Allen

                                      Lagos Paris London EP

                                        In 2016, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a two-day session working with the great drummer Tony Allen, who he admired intensely for his influential, multi-genre work with the likes of Fela Kuti, Sébastien Tellier and Jeff Mills.

                                        Heading into a smoke-filled, ‘70s throwback studio in Paris, Yannis had expected them to make a nostalgic Afrobeat record. Yet something very different emerged. As the pair quickly established an intuitive telepathy, the music germinated from jams and loops, its varied touchpoints - rock, funk, jazz, dub and more - were complemented by a unique atmosphere of two cultures and creatives colliding, their expression liberated by making music in and for the moment itself.

                                        Joined by Tony’s regular collaborators Vincent Taeger (percussion, marimba), Vincent Taurelle (keys) and Ludovic Bruni (bass, guitar) that first meeting resulted in a handful of near complete songs, which were further developed during a couple of subsequent sessions. But between scheduling issues and Covid restrictions, the recordings were never completed before Tony passed away in April 2020 at the age of 79.

                                        Yannis felt a deep duty to complete the project, not only as a bittersweet way to honour and celebrate his friend, but also because Tony had been so eager to share these songs with the world. The result is the upcoming five-track EP, ‘Lagos Paris London’, under the Yannis & The Yaw umbrella - a project that he plans to return to in the future for further collaborations with inspiring musicians from across the globe.

                                        ‘Lagos Paris London’ EP is high-spirited, loose-grooved exuberance completed by the complex rhythms and unhurried style of the man who inspired it. It’s a communion with the past that provides an escape in the present day.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Walk Through Fire
                                        2. Rain Can't Reach Us
                                        3. Night Green, Heavy Love
                                        4. Under The Strikes
                                        5. Clementine

                                        William And Jim Reid

                                        Never Understood: The Story Of The Jesus And Mary Chain

                                          For 5 years after they'd swapped sought-after apprenticeships for life on the dole, brothers William and Jim Reid sat up till the early hours in the front room of their parents' East Kilbride council house, plotting their path to world domination over endless cups of tea, with the music turned down low so as not to wake their sleeping sister. They knew they couldn't play in the same band because they'd argue too much, so they'd describe their dream ensembles to each other until finally they realised that these two perfect bands were actually the same band, and the name of that band was The Jesus and Mary Chain.

                                          The rest was not silence, and picking up those conversations again more than 40 years later, William and Jim tell the full story of one of Britain's greatest guitar bands for the very first time - a wildly funny and improbably moving chronicle of brotherly strife, feedback, riots, drug and alcohol addiction, eternal outsiders and extreme shyness, that also somehow manages to be a love letter to the Scottish working-class family.

                                          Ted Kessler

                                          To Ease My Troubled Mind: The Authorised, Unauthorised History Of Billy Childish - SPECIAL EDITION

                                            SPECIAL EDITION SIGNED BY BILLY CHILDISH & TED KESSLER.



                                            STRICTLY LIMITED TO JUST 500 COPIES.

                                            In 1977, 17-year-old Steven Hamper was a stonemason in the dockyards of Chatham, Kent. His heart, however, beat in sync with the punk rock tremors of the era, seduced by its celebration of amateurism. So, in a gesture of revolutionary defiance, he took a 3lb club hammer and smashed his hand, vowing to never work again. In doing so, Steven Hamper metamorphosed into Billy Childish, a true renaissance man.

                                            Childish has since remained steadfastly true to punk's DIY cred, becoming one of the most recognisable and authentic voices in whichever artistic endeavour he undertakes. He has released over one hundred and fifty albums of raw rock and roll, punk, blues and folk, written many volumes of searing poetry as well as several autobiographical novels. But what he is perhaps best known for in recent years is his painting, for which he is now critically, commercially and internationally feted. He hasn't changed course in any of his disciplines, though. The world just caught up with the sheer volume of his brutally honest work.

                                            To Ease My Troubled Mind is a mosaic portrait collated over a year of interviews with Childish, as well as with close family, ex-girlfriends, bandmembers past and present, friends, foes, collaborators, even his therapist. It is an unflinching, yet frequently spiritual and funny portrait of an artist whose obstacle-strewn upbringing formed the backbone of his work: raised in a broken home and abused as a child, Childish was an undiagnosed dyslexic in remedial class at school who is nevertheless now Britain's most prolific and uncompromising creative force.

                                            The Joy Hotel


                                              Newly signed to SO Recordings and with a debut album proper in hand, The Joy Hotel have become a word-of-mouth success story in the Scottish DIY scene, and have since taken their live show across the UK and Europe, playing festivals including Hidden Door, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Connect, TRNSMT, Twisterella, Latitude, Sound City and The Great Escape.

                                              The band spent eleven days at Rockfield, the legendary studio in Monmouth, Wales, recording live-to-tape. When they left, they had a sound. It is often contradictory, in that it combines the songwriting sensibilities of pop and country with arrangements reminiscent of the psychedelic scene of the 60s, six-part vocal harmonies with elements of noise rock, beautiful balladry with a sense of humour, and a cinematic quality. The result of those eleven days is debut album 'Ceremony', a record that searches for the profound in the seemingly routine, and reaches out with arms wide open to wring celebration out of each moment.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. I Decline
                                              2. Forever Tender Blue
                                              3. First Joy
                                              4. Jeremiah
                                              5. Black Balloon
                                              6. Rapid Eye Movement
                                              7. Old Man's Eyes
                                              8. While You're Young
                                              9. No Use
                                              10. Twenty Three (A Comedy) - Part 1
                                              11. Twenty Three (A Comedy) - Part 2
                                              12. Killing Time
                                              13. Small Mercy

                                              Graeme Thomson

                                              Kate Bush : Under The Ivy (Remastered)

                                                The critically acclaimed definitive biography of Kate Bush, revised and updated for 2024, with a new foreword by Sinéad Gleeson. Detailing everything from Bush’s upbringing to her early exposition of talent, to her subsequent evolution into a stunningly creative and endlessly fascinating visual and musical artist, Under The Ivy is the story of one woman's life in music. Written with great detail, accuracy and admiration for her work, this is in equal parts an in-depth biography and an immersive analysis of Kate Bush's art.

                                                Focusing on her unique working methods, her studio techniques, her timeless albums and inescapable influence, Under The Ivy is an eminently readable and insightful exploration of one of the world's most unique and gifted artists. The text has been updated to include coverage of Bush’s return to the top of the charts in 2022 following the extraordinary resurgence of ‘Running Up That Hill.’ An eye-opening journey of discovery for anyone unfamiliar with the breadth of Bush’s work, Under The Ivy also rewards the long-term fan with new insights and fresh analysis.

                                                Everett True

                                                Nirvana : The True Story (Remastered)


                                                  The Last Goodbye Tour Live

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    A1. This Version Of You
                                                    A2. Behind The Sun
                                                    A3. All We Need (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    A4. Love Letter (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    A5. Say My Name X Late Night

                                                    B1. In The Rain
                                                    B2. One Day They'll Know (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    B3. Wide Awake (feat. Charlie Houston)
                                                    B4. Bloom (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    B5. Equal X Boy

                                                    C1. All My Life
                                                    C2. Better Now (feat. MARO)
                                                    C3. Line Of Sight (feat. Mansionair & Naomi Wild)
                                                    C4. Forgive Me (feat. Izzy Bizu) (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    C5. La Ciudad (ODESZA VIP Remix)

                                                    D1. Selfish Soul (feat. Sudan Archives) (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    D2. TENSE
                                                    D3. KEEP MOVING
                                                    D4. Sun Models (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    D5. Hopeful

                                                    E1. Across The Room X Falls (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    E2. Loyal
                                                    E3. Don't Stop (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    E4. Just A Memory (Interlude)

                                                    F1. Higher Ground (feat. Naomi Wild)
                                                    F2. A Moment Apart (ODESZA VIP Remix)
                                                    F3. The Last Goodbye

                                                    Ted Kessler

                                                    To Ease My Troubled Mind: The Authorised, Unauthorised History Of Billy Childish

                                                      In 1977, 17-year-old Steven Hamper was a stonemason in the dockyards of Chatham, Kent. His heart, however, beat in sync with the punk rock tremors of the era, seduced by its celebration of amateurism. So, in a gesture of revolutionary defiance, he took a 3lb club hammer and smashed his hand, vowing to never work again. In doing so, Steven Hamper metamorphosed into Billy Childish, a true renaissance man.

                                                      Childish has since remained steadfastly true to punk's DIY cred, becoming one of the most recognisable and authentic voices in whichever artistic endeavour he undertakes. He has released over one hundred and fifty albums of raw rock and roll, punk, blues and folk, written many volumes of searing poetry as well as several autobiographical novels. But what he is perhaps best known for in recent years is his painting, for which he is now critically, commercially and internationally feted. He hasn't changed course in any of his disciplines, though. The world just caught up with the sheer volume of his brutally honest work.

                                                      To Ease My Troubled Mind is a mosaic portrait collated over a year of interviews with Childish, as well as with close family, ex-girlfriends, bandmembers past and present, friends, foes, collaborators, even his therapist. It is an unflinching, yet frequently spiritual and funny portrait of an artist whose obstacle-strewn upbringing formed the backbone of his work: raised in a broken home and abused as a child, Childish was an undiagnosed dyslexic in remedial class at school who is nevertheless now Britain's most prolific and uncompromising creative force.

                                                      The Rifles

                                                      Love Your Neighbour

                                                        It’s been over seven years since The Rifles released their previous record, but now the east Londoners are set to return with their new album ‘Love Your Neighbour’ on April 26 which they today preview with the new single ‘The Kids Won’t Stop’. Their previous two albums - ‘Big Life’ and ‘None The Wiser’ - achieved the highest chart positions of their career to date, while their cult-like popularity has continued in the intervening years with countless sold-out London shows at venues including the Roundhouse, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Kentish Forum, KOKO, Electric Ballroom and Electric Brixton. The triumphant reaction and electrifying energy of those shows inspired The Rifles as they sent about writing ‘Love Your Neighbour’. It’s a record which bursts with the traits that have inspired such devotion amongst fans: songs as gritty as they are anthemic, and full of lyrics which capture broadly relatable experiences and provide evocative snapshots of modern British life. The overriding message of the album is a plea to embrace the power of your local community

                                                        Jenifa Mayanja is a favourite amongst true deep house heads. Her work is smoky, jazzy, and emotive, and has come on labels like Underground Quality before now. Here she arrives on the sixth EP from fledgling but already cultured label Sole Aspect and shows off her sophisticated sound once more. 'Rise To The Top' is full of elegant harmonies and jazz melodies that dance on pulsing rhythms, 'Like A Dream' brings spiritual vocals to bold chords and dusty drums while 'Our World' has piano lines floating high over the languid drums and bass. 'Rose Colored Glasses' has fresh melodies and challenging synths that defy usual genre norms and bring all new ideas to deep house. This is music that elevates mind, body and soul.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Rise To The Top
                                                        Like A Dream
                                                        Our World
                                                        Rose Colored Glasses

                                                        Aaron Frazer

                                                        Into The Blue

                                                          “Into The Blue is the clearest portrait of who I am as an artist. It’s me through and through,” says multi-instrumentalist Aaron Frazer. A daring blend of soul, psychedelia, spaghetti western, disco, gospel and hip-hop, Into the Blue represents the impressive range of Frazer’s sonic talents. Frazer maintains the unmistakable falsetto and classic songwriting he’s known for, but plants Into the Blue firmly in the now with a hip-hop mentality at its core, weaving together genres and production techniques to form something new.

                                                          Into The Blue was conceived, like so many classic records, out of actual heartbreak. Frazer moved cross-country from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and embarked on a journey that’s reflected in the album’s themes of grief, loneliness, and searching for healing. “Into The Blue really means heading into the unknown. That has been the last year of my life and I’m still in the blue,” Frazer explains. “But there are also songs here that celebrate love and the giddiness of a new relationship and all that. That’s part of a breakup to me, processing the whole thing, remembering the things that were right as much as the things that were wrong.”

                                                          Frazer wrote on every track and played several live instruments on the album. The title track, “Into The Blue”, is a haunting, resolute anthem, combining cinematic strings and tough-as-nails breakbeats as Frazer heads west. “Here I go, to a place where the broken heart knows,” he sings. “It’s all I can do. Back into the blue.” “Payback” is an explosive dancefloor heater, featuring shimmering tambourines and driving bass lines. Northern soul drums meet snarling fuzz guitar, hurdling towards its epic conclusion.

                                                          The album features moments of towering arrangements, recalling David Axelrod and Ennio Merricone, balanced by rawness, incorporating iPhone recordings and one-take vocals. For Into the Blue, Frazer enlisted Grammy-winner Alex Goose as coproducer, known for his crate-digging samples and collaborations with hip-hop artists like Freddie Gibbs, Madlib and Brockhampton. Frazer also experimented with samples for the first time on a record, drawing from unexpected sources like 90s R&B group Hi-Five. Though Into the Blue is born out of heartbreak, Frazer hopes it leaves listeners with a sense of optimism. “You know, you can still laugh on a day when you’re grieving,” he says, “there’s no peaks without valleys,” he says, but Into The Blue sees Aaron Frazer at new heights.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          Side A
                                                          1) Thinking Of You
                                                          2) Into The Blue
                                                          3) Fly Away
                                                          4) Payback
                                                          5) Dime Feat. Cancamusa
                                                          6) Perfect Strangers

                                                          Side B
                                                          7) Time Will Tell
                                                          8) I Don’t Wanna Stay
                                                          9) Play On
                                                          10) Easy To Love
                                                          11) The Fool

                                                          Empire Of The Sun

                                                          Walking On A Dream - 2024 Reissue

                                                            2024 repress of the 2008 album on limited edition mustard yellow gatefold vinyl.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            1. Standing On The Shore
                                                            2. Walking On A Dream
                                                            3. Half Mast
                                                            4. We Are The People
                                                            5. Delta Bay
                                                            6. Country
                                                            7. The World
                                                            8. Swordfish Hotkiss Night
                                                            9. Tiger By My Side
                                                            10. Without You

                                                            Empire Of The Sun

                                                            Ice On The Dune - 2024 Reissue

                                                              2024 repress of the 2013 album on limited edition opaque blue vinyl.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Lux
                                                              2. DNA
                                                              3. Alive
                                                              4. Concert Pitch
                                                              5. Ice On The Dune
                                                              6. Awakening
                                                              7. I'll Be Around
                                                              8. Old Flavours
                                                              9. Celebrate
                                                              10. Surround Sound
                                                              11. Disarm
                                                              12. Keep A Watch

                                                              Empire Of The Sun

                                                              Two Vines

                                                                2024 repress of the 2016 album on limited edition transparent green gatefold vinyl.

                                                                Recorded between Hawaii and Los Angeles, the album features the hit ‘High and Low’, as well as a contribution from the legendary Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist, Lindsay Buckingham.

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                1. Before
                                                                2. High And Low
                                                                3. Two Vines
                                                                4. Friends
                                                                5. There's No Need
                                                                6. Way To Go
                                                                7. Ride
                                                                8. Digital Life
                                                                9. First Crush
                                                                10. Zzz
                                                                11. To Her Door

                                                                The Folk Implosion

                                                                Walk Thru Me

                                                                  “How the fuck are we going to turn this into a song?” That’s the question Lou Barlow and John Davis have asked themselves since co-founding The Folk Implosion in the early 1990s. Beginning with improvised jams featuring Barlow on bass and Davis on drums, the duo develop their beat-driven pop collages from the ground up. It’s the process they used on their debut cassette, Walk Through This World with the Folk Implosion, and one they’ve returned to 30 years later on their spellbinding, self-referencing reunion, Walk Thru Me.

                                                                  Separated from their homes in Massachusetts and North Carolina, Barlow and Davis collaborated remotely, flashing back to their early friendship as penpals. A sweaty bass and drums session went down in Barlow’s attic, before they booked studio time with producer Scott Salter (St. Vincent, Spoon, The Mountain Goats).

                                                                  Contrasts and comparisons are the keys to unlocking Walk Thru Me, and the Folk Implosion as a whole. Beyond the audible differences between Barlow’s soft voice and Davis’s urgent, reedy proclamations,

                                                                  their approaches to songwriting are strikingly distinct. While Barlow approached his lyrics from a protective paternal perspective (“My Little Lamb”), Davis paid tribute to his late father, shining a light on their complicated relationship (“The Day You Died”). Finally, Davis’s Persian music studies in weekly Zoom lessons inspired him to integrate traditional Middle Eastern instruments such as the setar, oud, saz, and tombak.

                                                                  “Because we’re so separate, part of this album is me desperately trying to telepathically communicate to John and Scott, who are 700 miles away from me,” Barlow concludes. “A big part of what I consider to be the Folk Implosion is taking disparate things and turning them into pop.”

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. Crepuscular
                                                                  2. The Day You Died
                                                                  3. Walk Thru Me
                                                                  4. My Little Lamb
                                                                  5. Bobblehead Doll
                                                                  6. The Fable And The Fact
                                                                  7. Right Hand Over The Heart
                                                                  8. Water Torture
                                                                  9. O.K. To Disconnect
                                                                  10. Moonlit Kind

                                                                  The Joy

                                                                  The Joy

                                                                    The Joy, a five-piece acapella group from South Africa is releasing their self-titled debut album which was recorded and captured on film in one take at Paul Epworth’s Church Studios in late 2023.

                                                                    In Hammarsdale in South Africa, where the Zulu tradition of a cappella singing is central to the cultural identity of its people, you’ll have to transcend the sum of your constituent parts to truly command attention. But singing together as teenage boys for the first time, Pastor (Ntokozo Bright Magcaba), Duzie (Melokuhle Mkhungo), Guduza (Sphelele Hlophe), Sthombe (Phelelani Sithole) and Marcus (Sanele Ngcobo) have no reason to pause and consider that.

                                                                    In Hammarsdale, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have been worshipped for decades – their Grammy-winning success an authentication of the fact that the magic of isicathamiya music isn’t restricted to the townships where it flourished. The Joy grew up on Ladysmith Black Mambazo, but their harmonies harks back to another vocal tradition. Mbube means ‘lion’, which gives some indication of the elemental power its practitioners summon when bursting into song. This seems to be the lineage into which lead vocalist Duzie seems to be tapping when he cuts loose from the intonations of his co-travellers, as if compelled to commune with the ancestral spirits whose music he invokes.

                                                                    In the right hands, these songs can open the gates of heaven, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that, for The Joy, they open up the gates to places they’d never imagined they’d see with their own eyes. First prize in a municipality-wide singing contest earns them something in the region of $1,300, which they divided in five and sent straight to their families, where it’s most needed. Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson pronounce themselves fans, the latter calling them “my favourite group” and inviting them onto her US talk show. Sessions produced by longtime champion Two Inch Punch amass millions of streams either in spite or because of the fact that they correspond to nothing else competing for your attention in the modern musical firmament. And, displaying the brotherhood that they say bonded them together from that very first session, they insist that the music speaks to them all with one voice, telling them what to do before they themselves are even aware of it.

                                                                    The Joy sing about the big stuff – the power of dreams, religious faith – but actually when they address the harrowing specifics of day to day life, sometimes these are the moments that assume even greater emotional magnitude.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    1. Uhlenge
                                                                    2. Amaqatha Amancane
                                                                    3. Mama Ka Nomthandazo
                                                                    4. Bayang'khethela
                                                                    5. Mama Uleli Kanjani
                                                                    6. Ngiphuphe Ngilele
                                                                    7. Mashaya Kancane
                                                                    8. UBaba Uthwelekanzima
                                                                    9. You Complete Me
                                                                    10. Amandla Ka Moya
                                                                    11. Jesu

                                                                    Terence Fixmer

                                                                    The Paradox In Me

                                                                      This limited edition 12” serves as an accompanying piece to Fixmer’s brand-new album. The vinyl features 6 dark electronic tracks from the record, all infused with his signature energy and thoughtful sound design. This comes with an audio download code of the full-length record, including 6 additional tracks spanning across the landscape of techno music.

                                                                      Terence Fixmer is celebrated for his innovative and genre-defying approach to music production. With a career spanning over two decades, he has released numerous albums and EPs on some of the most prestigious techno labels. His remixing talents have extended to tracks from industry giants such as Depeche Mode, Yann Tiersen, Sven Väth, Dave Clarke, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Indochine, and more.

                                                                      This release underscores Fixmer's versatility and dedication to expanding his musical horizons, embodying the modest yet noteworthy influence he has had in the realm of electronic and techno music. 

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Ephemere
                                                                      2. In Synthesis
                                                                      3. Evolve
                                                                      4. Shore Break
                                                                      5. Glacier
                                                                      6. Dark Enough?

                                                                      Walt Disco

                                                                      The Warping

                                                                        Walt Disco are taking new shape. Lead vocalist and songwriter Jocelyn Si, drummer and co-songwriter Jack Martin, synth player Finlay McCarthy, bass player Charlie Lock and guitarist Lewis Carmichael dismantled accepted narratives and restrictive norms on debut album Unlearning. On their new record the band hold a mirror up to many shifting faces, once again welcoming the listener into a theatrical world, at once euphoric and unsettling. The Warping makes permeable the barriers of time and self, passing back and forth between memory and the future, calling out to younger selves and imagined identities. We’re not in Kansas anymore.

                                                                        Written on both sides of the Atlantic, from Los Angeles and Austin to Glasgow and London, The Warping is a significant step forward from a band who have already seen strong success. After its release in 2022, Unlearning picked up nominations for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and AIM Independent Album of the Year, while shows at SXSW, festivals across Europe and support stints with Primal Scream and Duran Duran saw the band reach new fanbases and cross genre divides.

                                                                        Taking the cinematic glam of their debut and pushing it further, the band brought in classically trained orchestral musicians. Sonically, the horns, woodwind and swelling string sections lend an entirely new level to the Walt Disco sound - one that feels both fantastically organic and technically accomplished. While the foundations were laid during pre-album recording sessions at Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music’s studio the songs themselves largely come together in collaboration. In comparison to the ‘Frankensteined’ recording process for Unlearning, stitched together across a digital divide of necessity during lockdown, The Warping was co-produced by the band and Chris McCrory, with engineering from The Vale studios’ Chris D’Adda, and the instrumentation is almost entirely analogue.

                                                                        Deft lyricism takes in deeply personal issues and writes them large, transposing feelings of envy, fear, joy and hope out of individual experiences. Yearning for another self is a recurring dream on The Warping, as they explore gender dysphoria and envy with radical honesty, accepting them as two tangled threads in the same experience. The world, the band note, can feel like a hostile environment at the moment - especially for queer people, trans people, or anyone who is different. But they aren’t going to let that stop them. Jocelyn agrees. ‘If I’m beaten down by it, I’m not going to be able to pay it forward and act accordingly,’ they say. On The Warping, every moment changes with just a trick of the light.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Seed
                                                                        2. Gnomes
                                                                        3. Come Undone
                                                                        4. The Warping
                                                                        5. You Make Me Feel So Dumb
                                                                        6. Pearl
                                                                        7. Black Chocolate
                                                                        8. Jocelyn
                                                                        9. The Captain
                                                                        10. Weeping Willow
                                                                        11. I Will Travel
                                                                        12. Before The Walls

                                                                        John Grant

                                                                        The Art Of The Lie

                                                                          Following the runaway success of his last LP, Boy From Michigan, which crashed the UK Top 10 back in July 2021, legendary singer-songwriter John Grant returns with his hugely-anticipated sixth album, The Art Of The Lie.

                                                                          Released 14th June via longtime label Bella Union, The Art Of The Lie is Grant’s most opulent, cinematic, luxurious album yet and confirms Grant’s status as a modern electronic auteur. Grant likens the musical flavours of The Art of the Lie to the sumptuous Vangelis soundtrack for Bladerunner or the Carpenters if John Carpenter were also a member. While undeniably a John Grant record, nestling humour into tragedy, bleeding anger into compassion, there is a musical ambition and nerve to ‘The Art of the Lie’ which offsets its most political and personal moments.

                                                                          The Art of The Lie was produced by Grant and Grammy-nominated producer Ivor Guest who is perhaps best known for his work with Grace Jones & Brigitte Fontaine. The album features an array of celebrated musicians including Dave Okumu, Seb Rochford and Robin Mullarkey.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. All That School For Nothing
                                                                          2. Marbles
                                                                          3. Father
                                                                          4. Mother And Son
                                                                          5. Twistin Scriptures
                                                                          6. Meek AF
                                                                          7. It's A Bitch
                                                                          8. Daddy
                                                                          9. The Child Catcher
                                                                          10. Laura Lou
                                                                          11. Zeitgeist

                                                                          Johnnie Johnstone

                                                                          Through The Crack In The Wall : The Secret History Of Josef K

                                                                            Everything was just so intense. There was an alienation and awkwardness about Josef K, but that was actually very true to life for me. Listening today I find really difficult because it brings back so many memories, so many ghosts and characters from the past.

                                                                            -- Paul Haig. A lot of what Josef K were about was as much to do with what not to play as what to play. Josef K could never have anything rootsy, no blues scale.

                                                                            We were always looking for the modern. -- Malcolm Ross. Josef K are the great lost post-punk band.

                                                                            Taking their name from the haunted protagonist of Franz Kafka s existentialist novel The Trial, they posed for photographs before brutalist and gothic architecture and produced visionary, often incendiary music that felt like the product of perpetual anxiety. And it really was. Through The Crack In The Wall is the first ever biography of the band, tracing their story from their origins in the leafy suburbs of Edinburgh through to their untimely implosion four years later.

                                                                            It s a tale of fun and frenzy, filled with highs and lows. From their thrilling live shows, which left onlookers spellbound, to more anxious occasions confronting a baying audience of rioting anarcho-punks in Brussels; from a brief spell as press darlings of the inkies to the fateful decision to pull their debut album just as pop stardom beckoned -- one that continues to haunt them today. Drawing extensively on new interviews with the band members and those around them as well as contemporary press articles, the book explores the band s inner workings and analyses their relationships with Postcard Records supremo Alan Horne, labelmates Orange Juice, and manager Allan Campbell.

                                                                            It re-evaluates their position in the pantheon of post-punk greats and considers how their music helped shape the UK independent scene of the eighties. More than anything else, though, the book s primary purpose is to celebrate the incredible music Josef K made and consider what makes it more vital today than ever.

                                                                            Fu Manchu

                                                                            The Return Of Tomorrow

                                                                              The Return Of Tomorrow is Fu Manchu’s first new album in 6 years, and they made sure that it was worth the wait. Their 14th album is their 1st double LP of new material and it was conceived of as a vinyl listening experience. The first LP features 7 songs in their iconic heavy fuzz sound including the first single, “Hands Of The Zodiac” and the relentlessly catchy “Loch Ness Wrecking Machine.” The second LP sees the band mellowing out with 6 slower tempo jams including the synth inflected “Solar Baptized” and the title track. Both LPs are 45RPM for the thickest possible sound. CD listeners need not worry, as this version of the album was mastered specifically for the format.

                                                                              Like the band’s most recent album, Clone Of The Universe, and the band’s 3 part Fu30 EP series, The Return Of Tomorrow was recorded at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California by Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Ignite) and co-produced with Fu Manchu.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. Dehumanize
                                                                              2. Loch Ness Wrecking Machine
                                                                              3. Hands Of The Zodiac
                                                                              4. Haze The Hides
                                                                              5. Roads Of The Lowly
                                                                              6. Time Is) Pulling You Under
                                                                              7. Destroyin’ Light
                                                                              8. Lifetime Waiting
                                                                              9. Solar Baptized
                                                                              10. What I Need
                                                                              11. The Return Of Tomorrow
                                                                              12. Liquify
                                                                              13. High Tide

                                                                              Earth Tongue

                                                                              Great Hunting

                                                                                Earth Tongue, the brainchild of guitarist Gussie Larkin and drummer Ezra Simons, present their second full-length album Great Haunting. The duo, known for their heavy flavor of fuzz-soaked psychedelic rock, are also pleased to unveil their signing to In The Red Records.

                                                                                Earth Tongue’s partnership with In The Red stems from a run of shows supporting the legendary Ty Segall throughout New Zealand. Larkin explains: “Ty’s band Fuzz was a significant influence for our sound early on. Ezra and I saw them play live in London about nine years ago, long before Earth Tongue existed. We absorbed a lot of music at that time, and in fact many of the bands we saw released records via In The Red.”

                                                                                Great Haunting sees the duo draw inspiration from the eerie depths of ’70s and ’80s horror cinema, delivering a sonic concoction of dark and primitive songs with thick layers of fuzz and punchy, compressed drums. The album was engineered by Jonathan Pearce from The Beths at his studio on Karangahape road in Auckland.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Out Of This Hell
                                                                                2. Bodies Dissolve Tonight!
                                                                                3. Nightmare
                                                                                4. The Mirror
                                                                                5. Grave Pressure
                                                                                6. Miraculous Death
                                                                                7. Sit Next To Satan
                                                                                8. Reaper Returns
                                                                                9. The Reluctant Host

                                                                                Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

                                                                                Heat Ray: The Archimedes Project

                                                                                  Will Gregory Moog Ensemble present their debut album, Heat Ray: The Archimedes Project, made in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

                                                                                  This neo-classical electronic album is filled with spirals of melody, circular structures, sequences, and patterns inspired by the works of the Greek mathematician Archimedes. The ensemble, as the name suggests, is led by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and has been active on the live circuit since 2005. The members include Portishead’s Adrian Utley, a long-time collaborator of Will’s, who plays on the album and produced it. Also playing on the record are John Baggott, Graham Fitkin, Simon Haram, Vyvyan Hope-Scott, Ross Hughes, Hazel Mills, Daniel Moore, Hinako Omari, Eddie Parker, Harriet Riley and Ruth Wall. Their instruments include Minimoog, Moog Voyager, Korg 700s, Prophet 6, and Roland JX-3P, with their individual lines and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales coming together in intricate arrangements creating a stunning superstructure of sounds.

                                                                                  Heat Ray is an album that brings ancient history into the modern world, pushing us towards an endlessly curious and fascinating future.

                                                                                  Available on vinyl and CD, sleeve notes by Matt Parker, comedian, best-selling author and recreational mathematician, who’s YouTube’s channel Stand-up Maths has over 137 million views.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Young Archimedes
                                                                                  2. Buoyancy Theory
                                                                                  3. Circles, Spirals And Pi
                                                                                  4. Law Of The Lever
                                                                                  5. The Claw
                                                                                  6. Archimedes’ Screw
                                                                                  7. Heat Ray
                                                                                  8. The Sand Reckoner
                                                                                  9. Archimedes’ Legacy

                                                                                  Goat Girl

                                                                                  Below The Waste

                                                                                    Goat Girl - Lottie Pendlebury (she/her), Rosy Jones (they/them) and Holly Mullineaux (she/her) are excited to announce their third album “Below The Waste” which is being released on Rough Trade Records. The album was co–produced by the band & John Spud Murphy (Lankum & black midi).

                                                                                    Pieced together like a collage over an extended period of time, the instrumentation was tracked mostly over a ten-day stint in Ireland at Hellfire Studios, in the shadow of the infamous Hellfire Club itself. They also used Damon Albans, Studio 13. Additional strings (Reuben Kyriakides and Nic Pendlebury), woodwind instruments (Alex McKenzie) and vocals (including a choir made up of family and friends) were added to this framework at a number of locations, from a barn in Essex to Goat Girl’s own studio in South London.

                                                                                    Singer Lottie on lead track: “I was listening to lots of music at the time by Phillip Glass and Deerhoof that plays with the relationship between tension and resolution which definitely influenced this song. I was yearning for honesty and authenticity in relationships I held with people, probably partly because at the time, like everyone, we were so isolated from one another. But it also felt deeper than that, like the conversations I dreamt of stripped away all of the etiquettes we desperately clung onto and went below the surface to where the most interesting parts of ourselves tend to be suppressed.”

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Reprise
                                                                                    2. Ride Around
                                                                                    3. Words Fell Out
                                                                                    4. Play It Down
                                                                                    5. Tcnc
                                                                                    6. Where’s Ur <3
                                                                                    7. Prelude
                                                                                    8. Tonight
                                                                                    9. Motorway
                                                                                    10. S.m.o.g
                                                                                    11. Take It Away
                                                                                    12. Pretty Faces
                                                                                    13. Perhaps
                                                                                    14. Jump Sludge
                                                                                    15. Sleep Talk
                                                                                    16. Wasting

                                                                                    Dinked Edition Tracklisting:
                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                    Ride Around
                                                                                    Words Fell Out
                                                                                    Play It Down
                                                                                    Side B:
                                                                                    Where's Ur <3
                                                                                    Side C:
                                                                                    Take It Away
                                                                                    Pretty Faces
                                                                                    Side D:
                                                                                    Jump Sludge
                                                                                    Sleep Talk

                                                                                    Dinked Bonus 7":
                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                    Where's Ur <3 (demo)
                                                                                    Sleep Talk (fka Mellotron Improv)
                                                                                    Ride Around (fka Wavey Bye)
                                                                                    Side B:
                                                                                    Play It Down (sad Demo)
                                                                                    Wasting (demo)

                                                                                    The Mysterines

                                                                                    Afraid Of Tomorrows

                                                                                      The Mysterines are a four piece alternative rock band from Liverpool, England.
                                                                                      Formed in 2016, the angst-ridden, grunge-inspired indie quartet are fronted by vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter Lia Metcalfe.

                                                                                      Their imposing frontwoman melds together more than her lifetime’s worth of experiences with the kind of deep, impassioned vocal you won’t forget in a hurry. In her songs and stagecraft you’ll see and hear everything from PJ Harvey’s raw and ragged stomp to the crazed carnival energy of Tom Waits and eviscerating poetics of Patti Smith.

                                                                                      The first great British rock band of the post-pandemic era, The Mysterines let us in on Lia’s unfiltered look at life, the universe and everything, complete with serious riffs and an unflinching honesty. 

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      1. The Last Dance
                                                                                      2. Stray
                                                                                      3. Another Another Another
                                                                                      4. Tired Animal
                                                                                      5. Jesse You're A Superstar
                                                                                      6. Hawkmoon
                                                                                      7. Sink Ya Teeth
                                                                                      8. Junkyard Angel
                                                                                      9. Goodbye Sunshine
                                                                                      10. Inside A Matchbox
                                                                                      11. So Long
                                                                                      12. Afraid Of Tomorrows


                                                                                      Heart Of The Artichoke

                                                                                        Recommended if you like: Hand Habits, Slow Pulp, Frankie Cosmos, Lomelda, Lucy Dacus, Big Thief.

                                                                                        “Bloomsday’s Iris James Garrison makes achieving sonic bliss look easy.” Consequence of Sound

                                                                                        Produced by Ryan Albert of Babehoven; features vocals from Babehoven, Richard Orofino, h. Pruz. Mixed by Henry Stoehr of Slow Pulp.

                                                                                        'The way Bloomsday’s Iris James Garrison writes songs feels like somewhere between a mirror and a memory. Spacious, full-bodied folk songs, they are an ode to things that are good no matter how small; they sometimes feel like the ghost of a Mary Oliver poem. Bloomsday’s new record, 'Heart of the Artichoke', is a relic of unfettered creativity and community. They recount the miracles of the mundane, the memories that become sacred, an ode to all that is holy: nightswimming, songs plucked from the ether, the ways friendship can endure.

                                                                                        Like earlier Bloomsday songs, the work here is threaded with warmth; it’s simmering, crisp and deeply human, an encapsulation of the present moment. Recorded across 10 days in June 2023 in upstate New York at duo Babehoven’s studio and co-produced by Babehoven’s Ryan Albert, with mixing by Henry Stoehr of Slow Pulp. The record was built out with a wide ranging group of collaborators, including inventive drumming from Andrew Stevens (Lomelda, Hovvdy), Alex Harwood, Richard Orofino, Babehoven’s Maya Bon, Hannah Pruzinsky (h.pruz, Sister.), and Chris Daley. It was an insulated and collaborative experience: all family dinners on the back porch, bonfires, feeling a full sense of joy, of friendship, of purity in the artistic self.

                                                                                        Collaboration is an integral part of Bloomsday’s musical process. Garrison is malleable in the studio, their songwriting generous and spacious. But in listening to the record, there’s a sense that Garrison leaves room for the players, for the listener; for songs to find the shapes they’re meant to take. Garrison’s role as maestro is crucial, singular – it’s a collaborative, exploratory spirit harnessed by Garrison’s intuition, and by an honest commitment to carve out creative space for play, to delve into what’s known – or pushing past that, into unknown. “The ghosts of the past still come up and haunt me,” Garrison says, “but I sit in what I have and see it. All of these songs are about loved ones, about personal struggles with getting out of my head and being present.” Heart of the Artichoke was written from a healed, matured place – written in a moment of safety from chaos. It’s a prayer for the present, an appreciation of tenderness and what happens once we give ourselves the space to really see, and really feel – becoming free and whole – an ode to the way healing allows us to bloom.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        1. Where I End And You Begin
                                                                                        2. Virtual Hug
                                                                                        3. Dollar Slice
                                                                                        4. Artichoke
                                                                                        5. Look After
                                                                                        6. Night Swim
                                                                                        7. Carefully
                                                                                        8. Bumper Sticker
                                                                                        9. Object Permanence
                                                                                        10. Old Friend

                                                                                        Casey MQ

                                                                                        Later That Day, The Day Before, Or The Day Before That

                                                                                          "Remembering is not the opposite of forgetting," Casey MQ sings at the start of Later that day, the day before, or the day before that, his new LP and Ghostly International debut. It's a phrase fittingly misremembered from something the LA-based, Canadian-born composer came upon as he spiraled into unconscious and subconscious-led writing sessions at the piano. Casey’s known for his 2020 breakthrough release babycasey, which gave voice to songs seen through the lens of childhood, various film score work and collaborations with artists such as Oklou (who returns here), Eartheater, and Vagabon. His gifts as a producer and songwriter are rooted in textural world-building and the excavation of personal truth. With Later that day... he questions what is true entirely, understanding our mind's tendency to bend and project onto pictures of the past. Across vivid, baroque pop balladry, Casey MQ reorients his recording project and point of view under the notion that memories are malleable. All the joy, pain, love, and loss housed within remembrance is open to interpretation and deconstruction, which he does deftly, with curiosity and complete artistic freedom.

                                                                                          "It's a memory album," Casey puts it simply, winding up for the deeper unpacking, "and it might be a breakup album, too...there are more questions than answers." Engaging his dreams and sitting with sheet music at his newly acquired piano, he looked to new and old inspirations including the works of Claude Debussy, Joni Mitchell, and Joe Hisaishi's beloved Studio Ghibli film scores. "Since I was young, I always wanted to write a piano album." babycasey's studied electronic sound isn't wholly abandoned on Later that day... instead, it comes through like an atmosphere, giving Casey's more spacious, minimal arrangements a distinct luster and sheen. The textures and tones shift from song to song as if mirroring the way our minds constantly recontextualize, remember, and forget.

                                                                                          Cathartic opener "Grey Gardens" — its title derived from a dream abstractly related to the Toronto restaurant, but not the 1975 film, which he cites as another coincidental false memory — presents the record's plaintive, haunted feeling. "Even if not reading into lyrics, sonically I wanted it to feel like you're being pulled into a universe. Not fantasy or otherworldly per se, something more tangible, of the body and mind,” Casey says. “Hearing it back, I realized this track was the key to unlocking it." His tender falsetto hovers above ambient washes and echoed keys, each word falling carefully in the crevices. "Asleep At The Wheel" unfolds on arpeggiated synth before a burst of symphonic color; the synth returns inverted to harmonize with the outro, "I love a car crash, I love a story, I love a memory, I swear it's real..."

                                                                                          Casey leans into digital imagination on the warm, introspective "Me I Think I Found It." Subdued, stuttered percussion underscores the singer as he cycles through pixelated imagery — screenshots, smiles, streetlights — searching for higher meaning through love. Built on ascendent chord distortions, "Dying Til I'm Born" gives the record one of its boldest pulses of emotion. The back half stretches out; "Is This Only Water" is sparse and foggy, "Baby Voice" is intimate and desperate for something to remain. "Words For Love" grooves on guitar, and "Tennisman9" aches in heartbreak. French musician Marylou Mayniel, aka Oklou, appears as the collection’s only guest for the closing duet, "The Make Believe," a bright and buoyant send-off that gives Later that day... both a sense of resolve and cyclical-motion. "We are young, under the sun," they sing together, a parting image brimming with lightness.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          01. Grey Gardens
                                                                                          02. Asleep At The Wheel
                                                                                          03. Me, I Think I Found It
                                                                                          04. Dying 'Til I'm Born
                                                                                          05. Is This Only Water
                                                                                          06. See You Later
                                                                                          07. Baby Voice
                                                                                          08. Words For Love
                                                                                          09 Tennisman9
                                                                                          10. The Make Believe (feat. Oklou)

                                                                                          Iceboy Violet & Nueen

                                                                                          You Said You’d Hold My Hand Through The Fire

                                                                                            This collaboration between Spanish producer Nueen and Manc vocalist / rapper Iceboy Violet - who has previously sprinkled their magic dust across Hyperdub releases from aya and Loraine James - traces the arc of a four year relationship, memorialising its highs and documenting its lows, processing, reflecting, and then ending with the ecstatic spark of new love. It’s a magical, intimate and heartfelt album, sometimes anguished but often enchanting. Nueen's music responds with foggy, but richly detailed, production. Smudgy drill-laced beats contrast with curdled, spiralling chords, at times drawing out a malevolent ambience. ‘You Said You'd Hold My Hand Through The Fire’ is an immensely affecting and lucid album, powerfully wrought, ultimately hopeful.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            A1. Heartbreak Of A Broken Stitch (ft Harriet Morley)
                                                                                            A2. SM_FID
                                                                                            A3. Everything Ends With An Inhale
                                                                                            A4. Cement Skin
                                                                                            A5. Pixel Petals
                                                                                            A6. Slammd (Interlude)
                                                                                            A7. Closer
                                                                                            B1. Terrence’s Time Bomb
                                                                                            B2. Fragmentary (Eraser)
                                                                                            B3. Inside My Head (Interlude)
                                                                                            B4. Still (ft Dawuna)
                                                                                            B5. Fawning (Interlude)
                                                                                            B6. Kiss Me Again (6am In Helsinki) (ft Bennettiscoming)

                                                                                            Ian Wade

                                                                                            1984: The Year Pop Went Queer

                                                                                              In 1984, pop came out of the closet - even if not all of the artists felt that they could - and, in the process, charted the course of the rest of the decade. In 1984: The Year Pop Went Queer, writer and musician Ian Wade charts where these artists, including Queen, George Michael, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Madonna - who all enjoyed chart success in 1984 - were during that epoch-making year. It studies the impact these groundbreaking musicians had before, during and after on the gay community and popular culture, and it demonstrates how they were able to break down barriers, raise consciousness and set in motion the first nascent ripples in a pond that are still being felt today. As a backdrop, it explores the strides made in the name of the cause and how the wider surrounding culture reacted with equal parts glee, bafflement and disgust.

                                                                                              Crime & The City Solution

                                                                                              Room Of Lights - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                Following their 'The Dangling Man' EP and 'Just South of Heaven' mini-LP, 'Room Of Lights' was originally released in 1986 and featured the "London lineup" of Simon Bonney, former Birthday Party stalwarts Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard, Rowland’s bassist brother Harry Howard, and drummer Epic Soundtracks (formerly of Swell Maps and Jacobites). The album includes the remarkable ‘Six Bells Chime,’ which caught the attention of acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders who invited the band to perform the song live in his 1988 masterpiece Wings of Desire. The album showcases great creativity filled with tension and marks the last release featuring Crime’s “London line-up”.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Right Man, Wrong Man
                                                                                                2. No Money, No Honey
                                                                                                3. Hey Sinkiller
                                                                                                4. Six Bells Chime
                                                                                                5. Adventure
                                                                                                6. Untouchable
                                                                                                7. The Brother Song
                                                                                                8. Her Room Of Lights (For Lisa)

                                                                                                Crime & The City Solution

                                                                                                Just South Of Heaven - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                  Originally released in 1985, this mini-LP featured the "London lineup" of Simon Bonney, former Birthday Party stalwarts Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard, Rowland’s bassist brother Harry Howard, and drummer Epic Soundtracks (formerly of Swell Maps and Jacobites). The record presented a more refined sound compared to their self-produced EP and was recorded between Hansa Tonstudios, Berlin and The Strongroom, London, with sound engineer Flood (a-ha, Depeche Mode, Erasure). In an interview with Uncut, Harry explained, “The first EP, 'The Dangling Man,' was a bit raw. For 'Just South Of Heaven,' we tried to create a more elegant record, and it worked quite well.”

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Rose Blue
                                                                                                  2. The Coal Train
                                                                                                  3. Stolen & Stealing
                                                                                                  4. Five Stone Walls
                                                                                                  5. Trouble Come This Morning
                                                                                                  6. The Wailing Wall

                                                                                                  Bat For Lashes

                                                                                                  The Dream Of Delphi

                                                                                                    ‘The Dream Of Delphi’ is an ode to motherhood created in LA, Natasha’s second home, during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a sonic archive of a time when Natasha birthed her daughter Delphi earth side. The record weaves together ten song poems, documenting the polarity of navigating both an exterior world that was seemingly turning upside down, whilst also experiencing theprofoundly personal and transformational early moments of mothering Delphi, named after the Greek Oracle, the ancient future teller. The music became Natasha’s sanctuary, born out of stolen trips to the studio, where each track was improvised and completed in a few hours and chronologises her diary like offerings over a period of two years; from “TheMidwives Have Left”; to writing a “Letter To My Daughter”; and all the way through to “Waking up”, as well as a cover of her daughter’s favourite song, “Home”.

                                                                                                    While the storytelling behind Bat For Lashes’ previous albums have traditionally used otherworldly narratives and female lead characters (e.g. ‘Laura’, ‘Daniel’ and ‘The Bride’), for the first time, ‘The Dream Of Delphi’ is about Natasha’s personal experience of themagical and sometimes melancholy intimacy of early motherhood. This record creates a more private form of mythology around the music than her previous work. ‘The Dream Of Delphi’ touches on more of an instrumental “Bat For Lashes” world, and shows Natasha to be both a confident composer and craftswoman of intimate landscapes. While the music creates a more womb-like, ambient space for the listener, it still leaves ample room for her signature dream pop songwriting to vibrate through. Natasha has worked with Brad Oberhofer, Mary Lattimore and Jack Falby on this record.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    The Dream Of Delphi
                                                                                                    Christmas Day
                                                                                                    Letter To My Daughter
                                                                                                    At Your Feet
                                                                                                    The Midwives Have Left
                                                                                                    Breaking Up
                                                                                                    Delphi Dancing
                                                                                                    Her First Morning
                                                                                                    Waking Up
                                                                                                    The Dream Of Delphi (Extended Strings Version)

                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                    Down To The Sea & Back: Volume Tres. The Continuing Journey Of The Balearic Beat - Compiled By Balearic Mike & Kelvin Andrews

                                                                                                      After a 10-year hiatus, Balearic Mike and Kelvin Andrews return to continue the journey of the Balearic Beat with another edition of their distinguished Down To The Sea And Back compilation series, presenting a formidable new set of rare and obscure records.

                                                                                                      With Vols. 1 and 2, the well loved duo showed us that not only are they serious collectors but chroniclers of a scene, assembling lost gems and unheard marvels into Balearic mythology. Reaping, along the way, accolades such as Piccadilly Records’ Compilation of the Year, and featured on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 Music show. For Vol. Tres, Mike and Kelvin team up with Copenhagen-based Music For Dreams label – themselves no strangers to the Balearic archives. The compilation features 16 tracks, every selection accompanied by an essential background story in the liner notes of the gatefold vinyl and CD booklet.

                                                                                                      As fellow comrade and beloved friend Luke Una puts it: “From Greek acid folk, Balearic bossa, outsider pop and electronic chug, to cosmic machine soul, majestic songs, odd numbers, proto-techno new wave to dubbed out 5am technoid, bass buggin deepness and ethereal outer-space Detroit via San Francisco. This album is a story. A story from the heart, with over three decades digging and grafting in the trenches. In a world of faux, pastiche, counterfeit and aggrorhythm fakes, it oozes a wholesome intuitive authenticity. Majestic songs, odd numbers, cosmic dreaming and late night astral travelling as we all hold on together.” 

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      A1 Josete Ordonez - Objetos Perdidos (Dagobert Böhm Version)
                                                                                                      A2 Robert Williams - I Believe You're The One
                                                                                                      A3 Lee Ryda - Electro Eyes
                                                                                                      A4 Francisco - Heal Yourself
                                                                                                      B1 Vidderna - Villfarelser
                                                                                                      B2 Meo - Cikuana
                                                                                                      B3 The Emperor Machine - Dying By Wits (Original Mix)
                                                                                                      B4 Tri Atma - Yummy Moon (Long Version)
                                                                                                      B5 Pressure Drop - Unify /Rip Up (instrumental)
                                                                                                      C1 Enzo Carella - Malamore
                                                                                                      C2 Ad Vissar & Daniel Sahuleka - Giddyap A Gogo
                                                                                                      C3 Le Couleur - Underage (Original Mix)
                                                                                                      C4 Sunshine Jones - Fall In Love Not In Line (Extended Vocal Version)
                                                                                                      D1 Car Crash Set - Fall From Grace
                                                                                                      D2 Len - Steal My Sunshine (Version Idjut)
                                                                                                      D3 Mcraft - She Sells Sanctuary

                                                                                                      The Telescopes

                                                                                                      Radio Sessions 2016-2019

                                                                                                        The Telescopes Radio Sessions collects together the essence of three live session recordings in 3 different countries over a three year period between 2016-2019. This is the third in a series of radio session releases from Tapete Records that have so far included The Monochrome Set and Comet Gain. More session releases are being lined up for the rest of the year and beyond - enjoy the sonics and stay tuned.

                                                                                                        Over the years I have read a lot on people’s impressions of The Telescopes. Some folk think it’s a collective, others imagine it used to be a band and feel nostalgia towards what they consider to be the original line-up (even though many had come before, during and since) and some people refer to it as currently a solo career. In a way this is all true and none of it is. When faced with these kind of questions, along with questions about the style of music that The Telescopes make I often say The Telescopes house has many rooms, which explains things perfectly for me but for people on the outside looking in it only serves to increase their confusion. For me, confusion isn’t such a bad thing. Everything is born into confusion, the sense we try and make of that chaos is interesting and excites me. The universe often disorientates, it sends me a jumble of thoughts and impressions coupled with a feeling of something I need to express… if I could only decipher the encryption. This is how The Telescopes music comes to be and it is also how The Telescopes came to me.

                                                                                                        I regard The Telescopes as an entity of it’s own that introduced itself in my darkest hour and I was chosen as its vessel. From the second it arrived I was obsessed to the point where there was nothing else. A bit like having an imaginary friend. As the obsession grew it began to infect others, everybody loved my imaginary friend and wanted a piece of it. As its success grew however, so did the corruption, until one day the entity fell silent. The silence lasted for years, I tried everything to reconnect but it was having none of it. I had been a bad caretaker, I had let the house become infested and I had lost my way. This epiphany served to remind me of simpler times when anything felt possible with this entity by my side. It had trusted me with something so simplistically profound and I had let it down. The realisation of this was a eureka moment. I am not The Telescopes, I never was and never will be, I am the caretaker, the lighthouse keeper and if a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.

                                                                                                        With this dawning, I felt a crack open up in the cosmic egg and a familiar confusion in my head. The entity had returned. It was time to start untangling its tangled threads once more, to make sense of what it was saying, this time without corruption. It’s all about listening. I listen to what my cosmic friend sends me and channel this expression into what you hear through your speakers. It may take one person to achieve this, it may take more. There is no set line up or instru- mentation that can hold The Telescopes. Whatever it takes to hit the zone, whatever is available, absolute focus is imperative. Sometimes it takes sabotage to keep that line of vision intact, there is no room for preconceptions or complacency in making the music. The Telescopes music is the now incarnate and a state of total being is necessary to achieve. From the outside looking in... again, it’s all about listening. What comes through your speakers is the only thing that matters. The music either reaches you or it doesn’t. Everything else may seem interesting or confusing but ultimately it is corruption. So if you’ve bought the record, read the sleeve notes and bought a ticket to see a live show, don’t be surprised if the line-up is or isn’t the same as the recording. The only thing that is for sure is that The Telescopes as an entity is speaking to you in its own voice in every scenario. Of course the difference between albums and live shows is that you can play the record over and over again to the point where you know every line and every note that was played. Whereas with live events you are left with an impression that can only be replayed in your mind. It can be frustrating at times. When you are touring with a great line-up and feel like something exciting is happening, you want everyone to hear it, not just the people at the shows but the people that couldn’t make it on the night as well. There is no guarantee that there will be the same line-up at a live show as there is on the album. This is why live sessions are important, they document a side of things that is often fleeting.

                                                                                                        Here we have three sessions, all different people transmitting The Telescopes sound on each. Some are regulars, some dip in and out and some were just passing through. In each case The Telescopes chose them as their vessel and as the lighthouse keeper I did everything I could to help them on that journey while trying to be a good caretaker to the house of many rooms. The Telescopes have been invited in for many sessions over the years, the first two were for John Peel on BBC Radio 1. We also recorded a session for Marc Riley and Mark Radcliffe before their celebrity when they had a show on BBC Radio Manchester. We could have compiled this album from those sessions, it was certainly considered but Tapete and myself believe this selection gives an exciting glimpse into that fleeting side of The Telescopes in a constant state of flux that is left mostly to myth and imagination. For those who listen to the records but have never had the chance to take in the live experience, welcome to the other side. For those that follow us live, here’s a little reminder and a keepsake. Infinite suns.

                                                                                                        Stephen Lawrie
                                                                                                        February 2024.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        A1. Handful Of Ashes (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        A2. The Perfect Needle (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        A3. Violence (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        B1. Strange Waves (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        B2. We See Magic And We Are Neutral, Unnecessary (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        B3. You Can't Reach What You Hunger (Radio Sessions)
                                                                                                        B4. Something In My Brain (Radio Sessions)


                                                                                                        The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

                                                                                                          Vegyn releases his emotionally rich sophomore album, The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions. Sublimely crafted songs, each allowing for a dose of human imperfection, wobbling on a tightrope between elation and an eerie melancholia. The record includes guest features from John Glacier, Léa Sen, Matt Maltese, Lauren Auder and Ethan P. Flynn, and is released through his own imprint, PLZ Make It Ruins.

                                                                                                          The producer's shape-shifting musical output has so far tended towards excess, whether working with some of the world’s biggest rap and R&B artists (Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Kali Uchis), or unleashing 70 track mixtapes, letting light into his creative process by sharing scraps from the cutting room floor. By contrast, this new album emerged from a space of free-flowing experimentation, with a lighter touch to the productions. His trademark flourishes and BPM changes take a backseat to melody and clear structure. As Vegyn himself puts it: “I’m just trying to make interesting songs – feeling was the focus.”

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. A Dream Goes On Forever (feat. John Glacier)
                                                                                                          2. Another 9 Days (feat. Ethan P. Flynn)
                                                                                                          3. Turn Me Inside (feat. Léa Sen)
                                                                                                          4. Halo Flip (feat. Lauren Auder)
                                                                                                          5. Everything Is The Same
                                                                                                          6. The Path Less Travelled
                                                                                                          7. Makeshift Tourniquet
                                                                                                          8. Time Well Spent
                                                                                                          9. In The Front (feat. John Glacier)
                                                                                                          10. Trust (feat. Matt Maltese)
                                                                                                          11. Stress Test
                                                                                                          12. Last Night I Dreamt I Was Alone
                                                                                                          13. Unlucky For Some…

                                                                                                          Jacques Renault / The Patchouli Brothers / Paul Older / Elado

                                                                                                          Let's Dance Vol 3

                                                                                                          Funkyjaws Music keeps on keeping on with its Let's Dance series, which now hits volume number three. It is another doozy that follows the tradition of bringing together four different and equally able artists on one 12". Jacques Renault kicks off with some funky and disco-fried fun on 'Such A Tease' and The Patchouli Brothers take it old school with their steamy disco burner 'Wishin' U Would Call.' The flipside keeps the good vibes alive with some lovely cowbell action and mad-funky riffs on Paul Older's 'Dancin' On Your Mind' and then a little steamy psyched-out guitar magic defines the glorious closer 'House Of Rising Sun.'

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Jacques Renault - Such A Tease
                                                                                                          The Patchouli Brothers - Wishin' U Would Call
                                                                                                          Paul Older - Dancin' On Your Mind
                                                                                                          Elado - House Of Rising Sun

                                                                                                          Back in 2019, Emotional Rescue began a series where it licensed some all-time favourites, remastered them and pressed them up with new remixes by modern producers. It now draws to a close after many fine instalments with early 80s band The Impossible Dreamers. Their cult 'Spin' arrives here with an epic nine-minute extended reversion that is heavy on the dub and percussion and also an even more dubcentric reprise from regular label artist Dan Tyler of Idjut Boys and Noid fame, her under his NAD guise. There is plenty of raw and raucous rhythm to this 12" that will enliven any dancefloor and round out this series in style.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Spin (NAD Reversion)
                                                                                                          Spin (NAD Riddim Reprise)

                                                                                                          Young Jesus

                                                                                                          The Fool

                                                                                                            John Rossiter (Young Jesus) had quit music to study permaculture and to work in landscapes and gardens. His last album, 'Shepherd Head', was too much time spent on the computer. Working with soil and plants gave him some life back. He said, “You know, when gardening, the right decision to make for the landscape is usually the one that is already happening. It just takes time to read what that is."

                                                                                                            So, John left the orchard to meet Shahzad Ismaily (Feist, Lou Reed, Arooj Aftab) for lunch. They instantly bonded, talking about improvisation, rhythm, the heart. On a lark, Shahzad invited John to New York.

                                                                                                            Songs started to form, songs about shame and grief, love and redemption. They came fast, a song a day for two weeks. It was different from past albums, which felt like years of hammering out lyrics and ideas. This one came in the wake of a long illness, where tunes came in a rush, as if they were physical, as if the body couldn’t heal without them. An almost involuntary outpouring, overrunning his usual self-consciousness.

                                                                                                            Rossiter had to sit and transcribe without judgment: let the ideas grow on their own. Shahzad was in LA one day when John sat down at the piano and played them for him. They decided to record them at Shahzad's Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn – these songs would blossom into Young Jesus’ album, 'The Fool'.

                                                                                                            Inner landscaping requires presence and bravery. It can get pretty dark and strange the deeper you walk into that jungle. And it’s from the absolute pits of that inner landscape that the truest music rises from.

                                                                                                            At the end of the last session, Rossiter and Alex Lappin sat down and drew tarot cards. John drew The Fool.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1. Brenda & Diane
                                                                                                            2. Two Brothers
                                                                                                            3. Rabbit
                                                                                                            4. Rich
                                                                                                            5. Moonlight
                                                                                                            6. MOTY
                                                                                                            7. The Weasel
                                                                                                            8. Am I The Only One?
                                                                                                            9. Sunrise
                                                                                                            10. Dancer
                                                                                                            11. God's Plan

                                                                                                            La Luz

                                                                                                            News Of The Universe

                                                                                                              “I was in a dream, but now I can see that change is the only law.”

                                                                                                              With a credo adapted from science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, an album title from a collection of metaphysical poetry, and an expansion in consciousness brought on by personal crisis, guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland learns to embrace a changing world with unconditional love on 'News of the Universe', the new full-length from California rock band La Luz.

                                                                                                              'News of the Universe' is a record born of calamity, a work of dark, beautiful psychedelia reflecting Cleveland’s experience of having her world blown apart by a breast cancer diagnosis just two years after the birth of her son. It’s also a portrait of a band in flux, marking the first appearance for drummer Audrey Johnson and the final ones from longtime members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl, whose contributions add a bittersweet edge to a record that is both elegy for an old world and cosmic road map to a strange new one.

                                                                                                              But is there any band in the world more suited to capturing the chaos of change in all its messy beauty than La Luz? Formed by Cleveland in 2012, La Luz is beloved for their ability to balance bedlam and bliss, each new record another fine-tuning of the band’s mix of swaggering riffs with angelic vocals borrowed from doo-wop and folk; a band so reliably great that it makes the huge step forward in confidence and sheer musicality that is 'News of the Universe' all the more formidable. Cleveland, also a writer and painter, has developed into a truly original songwriter with her own canon of haunted psychedelia. Yet if Cleveland has spent years writing songs about ghosts, what lurks in the shadows of 'News of the Universe' is nothing less than death itself. “There are moments on this album that sound to me like the last frantic confession before an asteroid destroys the earth,” says Cleveland.

                                                                                                              The powerful sense of openness that permeates 'News of the Universe' is at least partially due to the fact that it is a record made entirely by women—from the performing, writing, and producing all the way through to the recording, engineering, and mastering. Working with producer Maryam Qudos (Spacemoth), the all-female environment allowed Cleveland to feel safe tapping into difficult places and expressing hard emotions women are socialized to suppress.

                                                                                                              Unashamedly vulnerable, unabashedly feminine, and undeniably triumphant, 'News of the Universe' is another knockout record from a band so reliably great that it has perhaps led people to overlook how pioneering La Luz really are: women of color in indie music forging their own path by following their own artistic star into galaxies beyond current musical trends, always led by an earnest belief in the cosmic power of love and a great riff. Never is that more true than on 'News of the Universe', which might be La Luz’s most brutal record to date but also their most blissful.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Reaching Up To The Sun
                                                                                                              2. Strange World
                                                                                                              3. Dandelions
                                                                                                              4. Poppies
                                                                                                              5. Good Luck With Your Secret
                                                                                                              6. Always In Love
                                                                                                              7. Close Your Eyes
                                                                                                              8. I'll Go With You
                                                                                                              9. Blue Moth Cloud Shadow
                                                                                                              10. News Of The Universe
                                                                                                              11. Moon In Reverse
                                                                                                              12. Blue Jay

                                                                                                              The Oscillation

                                                                                                              The Start Of The End

                                                                                                                Following a series of meditative explorations in the form of the Singularity Zone series of releases, The Oscillation have returned with a new sense of vigour and purpose. Refreshed and re-energized, the result is ‘The Start Of The End’, an album that casts more light and shade than ever before to create a mood of hope and re-birth. Be it the celestial majesty of the title track, the melodic infusions that drive opening track ‘War On The Mind’ or the pulsing grooves underpinning ‘Faraway’ and ‘Body Electric’ or even hypnotic repetition at the heart of ‘Mantra’ and ‘The Eternal’, this music brimming with zeal and confidence. And to crown it all, closer ‘Sovereign’ is akin to communing with angels.

                                                                                                                At once warm and welcoming, ‘The Start Of The End’ is an album quite unlike anything that The Oscillation have ever released before. Fuelled by optimism and taking stock of what’s good about life and what needs to be jettisoned, the record is a result of spiritual and physical re-charging and cleansing.

                                                                                                                Leaving the claustrophobic environs of the big city for a more bucolic backdrop, the change in location has left a profound mark on Demian Castellanos, the creative force behind The Oscillation. Where the exorcism of dark emotions of previous album ‘Untold Futures’ left Castellanos wondering if he’d ever make music again, his new surroundings stirred something within him.

                                                                                                                “When I made my new home, I allowed myself time to do nothing for a while,” says Castellanos, “and I then started some new songs without worrying about them being on an album. I just wrote with the mindset to put out something positive.”

                                                                                                                He continues: “I did a lot of reflecting on the past and really wanted to change something in myself, but not knowing how and thinking that a lot of people must be feeling the same way.”

                                                                                                                Recalling the creation of ‘The Start Of The End’, Castellanos says, “Writing and recording in an environment where I had little contact with people, no hanging out or partying or even having conversations was very interesting.”

                                                                                                                The result is an album that’s recognisably the work of The Oscillation while pointing to a variety of new directions. ‘The Start Of The End’ is a line in the sand and one that points to a better tomorrow.

                                                                                                                For fans of : Spectrum / Recurring Era Spacemen 3, Loop, AR Kane, MBV, bdrmm, Cocteau Twins , Telescopes and early 90s Creation records..

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                War On The Mind
                                                                                                                Far Away
                                                                                                                The Start Of The End
                                                                                                                The Eternal
                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                Body Electric

                                                                                                                Bonus Dinked Edition CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                                Sovereign (Celestial Mix) 26.53
                                                                                                                The Eternal (Unseen Mix) 09.17
                                                                                                                Body Electric (Magnetic Mix) 08.26
                                                                                                                The Start Of The End (Around And Around Mix) 07.38
                                                                                                                Aftermath (Fade In) 04.03

                                                                                                                Sean Khan Presents The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble

                                                                                                                Sean Khan Presents The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble

                                                                                                                  Saxophone master Sean Khan presents a brand new album project on Acid Jazz – The Modern Folk & Jazz Ensemble. The album explores the sounds of the late-’60s/early-’70s folk revival, recast and reimagined in a jazz setting with featured guest singers, including compositions by Pentangle, Sandy Denny, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

                                                                                                                  Featured vocalists are the legendary Pentangle lead singer Jacqui McShee, acclaimed singer-guitarist Rosie Taylor-Frater, and emerging artist Kindelan. Sean Khan meanwhile is known as one of the UK’s premier saxophonists, and particularly his ‘Supreme Love: A Journey Through Coltrane’ LP. His distinctive Soprano playing can be heard throughout.

                                                                                                                  Presented in a beautiful, evocative sleeve and inner-sleeve layout on LP and gatefold-style CD.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. She Moves Through The Fair
                                                                                                                  2. Solid Air
                                                                                                                  3. Light Flight
                                                                                                                  4. Parasite
                                                                                                                  5. Things Behind The Sun
                                                                                                                  6. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
                                                                                                                  7. I’ve Got A Feeling
                                                                                                                  8. Ode To Nick Drake

                                                                                                                  The Pearlfishers

                                                                                                                  Making Tapes For Girls

                                                                                                                    After a hiatus of five years, The Pearlfishers, Glasgow’s finest, return with their ninth album for Marina – most probably their best and most immediate one so far.

                                                                                                                    Driven by main man David Scott’s exceptional songwriting and sophisticated arrangements, Making Tapes For Girls is a goldmine of pop gems – full of witty & colourful lyrics about the affirmative & healing power of music and pop escapism. 

                                                                                                                    The title track evokes memories of those days of compiling a C-30/60/90 for your loved one or secretly adored one: “I didn’t know how to say the right thing / So I left it to Joni and Paul...”. Those mix tapes that came straight from your heart & soul – “the nub of it, the truth of it, the ‘you’ of it.” It is another Pearlfishers classic in the vein of My Dad The Weatherfan and Even On A Sunday Afternoon and also David Scott’s nod to Terry Hall’s The Colour Field.

                                                                                                                    All of these 12 new tracks could have made it easily onto such a tape. Kisses On The Window is a very personal and straightforward love song, with a beautiful string quartet arrangement. Hold Out For A Mystic, most definitely the only song in pop history which references Henri Matisse and Billy Childish in the same line (“The Fauve and the Stuckist man”), is built around a cosmic ELO acoustic guitar sound, while Put The Baby In The Milk channels Carole King jumping through some harmony hoops à la Laura Nyro. We experience more name dropping in The Word Evangeline, a rumination on all songs featuring that name, from The Cocteau Twins to Emmylou Harris to Matthew Sweet. Yellow & The Lovehearts is a wonderful two part suite that takes us from full-on shiny pop to a glacial Simon & Garfunkel soundscape. We are even visiting a Fleetwood Mac-ish vibe in Until I Knew Happy – listen to that great cosmic country banjo solo which creates a fantastic widescreen sound! The super poppy We’re Gonna Make A Hit Record, Boy features the great line: “And we’ll sing it out for Judee Sill and Tony Bourdain”.

                                                                                                                    Oh yes. When The Sun Comes Back To The West Coast definitely lives up to its title – a return to the catchy Byrds harmonies of The Pearlfishers’ Marina debut The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies.

                                                                                                                    Most of the album was recorded at La Chunky Studios in Glasgow where everything is vintage – from an old Ludwig kit, old Wurlitzer electric piano and Fender Rhodes keyboards to tons of vintage microphones and compressors. It made a big stamp on the overall sound to an album which is most probably the best one by The Pearlfishers yet.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    01. Making Tapes For Girls
                                                                                                                    02. Kisses On The Window
                                                                                                                    03. Hold Out For A Mystic
                                                                                                                    04. Put The Baby In The Milk
                                                                                                                    05. Until I Knew Happy
                                                                                                                    06. The Word Evangeline
                                                                                                                    07. We’re Gonna Make A Hit Record, Boy
                                                                                                                    08. Yellow & The Lovehearts
                                                                                                                    09. The Wild Lives
                                                                                                                    10. Protect The Heart That’s Beating
                                                                                                                    11. When The Sun Comes Back To The West Coast
                                                                                                                    12. Sweet Jenny Bluebelle


                                                                                                                    Stir EP - Incl. Jon Dixon & Byron The Aquarius Remixes

                                                                                                                    Tetsu Shibuya, better known as simply Tetsu or Brisa is a Japanese producer and DJ known for works on the iconic Japanese Jazzy Sport imprint, King Street sub-label Nite Grooves and his own Brisa Music. Leading the EP is title-track 'Stir', in collaboration with Turbojazz Brisa delivers a classic slice of deep house built upon layers of bright stab sequences and loose organic percussion. Detroit's beloved Jon Dixon turns his hand to 'Stir' next, encapsulating the soul of his hometown in reshaping fragments of the original composition. The original of 'Reverie' opens the B-side, laying down a broken rhythm, low-pitched vocal hooks and elongated bass grooves for a more bruk tinged feel. Byron The Aquarius then extracts the core of 'Reverie' and spins it into bumpy, subtly nuanced house workout. Lastly the third original 'Flux' rounds out the release, shifting deeper in funkinfused realms with a playful plucked bass groove and heavily swung drums.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Stir (feat Turbojazz)
                                                                                                                    Stir (feat Turbojazz) (Jon Dixon Remix)
                                                                                                                    Reverie (Byron The Aquarius Remix)

                                                                                                                    The Unknowns

                                                                                                                    East Coast Low

                                                                                                                      Members of The Chats, EU pressing of their second LP in anticipation of their debut Euro Tour. FFO: Cosmic Psychos, The Saints, Stiff Richards, The Chats. Australia never misses.

                                                                                                                      European release of The Unknowns second LP, released on Bargain Bin Records in Australia. "There have already been some monster LPs released in 2023, and the sophomore album from The Unknowns just might be the best of the lot. The Brisbane-based then-trio released one of the greatest punk albums of the roaring twenties (so far) with Nothing Will Ever Stop back in late 2020. Now a foursome following the addition of The Chats' Eamon Sandwich on guitar, The Unknowns have returned with an even better follow-up. East Coast Low manages to take most of the musical genres I hold dear and mash them together in the most delightful way. Basically the sound is classic punk rock with a ton of energy and catchy tunes (what else would you expect from Australia?). Yet at the same time, this album aligns beautifully with modern-day garage punk, power pop, and straight-up rock n' roll. East Coast Low packs ten tracks of punchy sing-along punk rock into 23 and a half minutes of pure fun. Songs like "Dianne," "Rid of You," "Thinking About You," and "I Don't Know" prove once again that there's a certain kind of itch that only old school punk rock n' roll can scratch. These guys are doing nothing new. But man, they do it so freaking well! If we're talking about the cream of the contemporary Aussie punk crop, The Unknowns have earned a place in the conversation." - Josh / Faster and Louder blog.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Shot Down
                                                                                                                      2. Dianne
                                                                                                                      3. Rid Of You
                                                                                                                      4. Crying
                                                                                                                      5. Beat Me
                                                                                                                      6. Thinking About You
                                                                                                                      7. Know It All
                                                                                                                      8. I Don’t Know
                                                                                                                      9. Deleted
                                                                                                                      10. Supersonic Love

                                                                                                                      The Trammps

                                                                                                                      This One Is For The Party - 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition

                                                                                                                        This One Is For The Party is the final studio album by The Trammps, originally released in 1984. The Trammps, hailing from Philadelphia, were a prominent fixture in the disco scene of the 1970s. Consisting of Earl Young, Harold Wade, Jimmy Ellis, Robert Upchurch, and Stanley Wade, they were known for their infectious grooves and energetic live performances. The Trammps earned their place in music history with hits like “Disco Inferno” and “Hold Back the Night”, but also “Shout” and “Move” became disco classics.

                                                                                                                        40 years after its original release, the tracks of This One Is For The Party continue to fill dance floors at parties and their influence can be heard in modern dance and pop music. The album also features a guest performance by the Dutch female group Mai Tai on “I Don’t Know (One For The Party)”.

                                                                                                                        In celebration of its 40th anniversary, This One Is For The Party is available as an expanded edition, including the extended version of the Top 40 hit “Move” as a bonus track. Also, the album has been completely remastered at Artone Studio in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        SIDE A
                                                                                                                        1. Are You Ready
                                                                                                                        2. I Will Be Here For You
                                                                                                                        3. Twenty-Five Miles
                                                                                                                        4. Truly Wonderful
                                                                                                                        5. Shout

                                                                                                                        SIDE B
                                                                                                                        1. Move
                                                                                                                        2. Shine A Light
                                                                                                                        3. I Don't Know (One For The Party)
                                                                                                                        4. Fantacity
                                                                                                                        5. Move (Extended Version) (bonus Track)

                                                                                                                        The Janitors

                                                                                                                        An Error Has Occurred

                                                                                                                          “Everything’s been fucked since David Bowie died or they started up the Hadron Collider” say The Janitors. This feeling is epitomised in the title of their riveting new album: An Error Has Occurred. Marking over two decades of activity for the Swedish psych-rockers, the recording is informed by heartbreak and loss as well as the dismal state of the entire planet. For The Janitors, these two polarities intertwine constantly: “What’s personal is political and vice versa.” To channel their frustration and anger, the band revived certain songs they’d shelved during the pandemic when working on the acclaimed Noisolation Sessions. They added others, written since, that suited the mood of sticking a middle finger up to the oppressive world around us. Whereas previous recordings were often layered up gradually, this time the full band (Henric Herlenius, Jonas Eriksson, Anders Thorell and Wilhelm Tengdahl) rehearsed intensely together before laying down everything live, over two days and nights, in a converted missionary church. The songs on Side A have the menace of Melvins, the swagger of The Stooges and the cosmic heft of The Heads. These are the more simply constructed and poppier pieces... or so the band believe. (One friend of theirs did consider this “delusional”.) ‘In A Bliss’ acts as the album’s radiant centrepiece. A palette-cleansing love song which recalls The Jesus And Mary Chain at their most starry eyed, it finds The Janitors searching for solace and strength in straightforward companionship. After this come the dronier numbers, drawn out with soundscapes and textures influenced by The Velvet Underground’s sonic experiments and the equally immersive atmospheres of electronic acts like Massive Attack. Hence, ‘Operator’ swings threateningly like a space-rock Swans, while the approach on ‘Farewell Spacegirl’ is jazzier and more meditative. “It can be hard to muster up some, or even any, positive energy at this point in time,” says Henric. “We are eternally grateful to have the creative output that this constellation gives us. Neither me or Jonas would probably be here, or be the same people we are, if it wasn’t for The Janitors. We’ll leave you with a quote from an old anarchist: ‘Every society gets the criminals it deserves.’”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          Anger The World
                                                                                                                          In A Bliss
                                                                                                                          What Is Real?
                                                                                                                          Farewell Spacegirl

                                                                                                                          Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band


                                                                                                                            62 years of music, loves, losses, long summer days and longer, darker nights are vividly recalled by ‘our greatest living songwriter’, Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band as he plays out flickering scenes from his life on new album, Loophole, set for release on Fri 3 May 2024 on Modern Sky.

                                                                                                                            12 evocative and autobiographical songs to be accompanied by the written word as Michael Head prepares his memoirs for release with an autobiography with Nine Eight Books. 

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1 Shirl's Ghost
                                                                                                                            2 Ambrosia
                                                                                                                            3 Ciao Ciao Bambino
                                                                                                                            4 Tout Suite!
                                                                                                                            5 The Human Race
                                                                                                                            6 You Smiled At Me
                                                                                                                            7 A Ricochet Moment
                                                                                                                            8 Connemara
                                                                                                                            9 Merry-Go-Round
                                                                                                                            10 You're A Long Time Dead
                                                                                                                            11 Naturally It's You
                                                                                                                            12 Coda

                                                                                                                            7" - Exclusive To Dinked Edition
                                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                                            1. Connemara - Acoustic (Live From Hebden Bridge)
                                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                                            2. Tour Suite! (Live Acoustic From Hebden Bridge)

                                                                                                                            The Howlers

                                                                                                                            What You've Got To Lose To Win It All

                                                                                                                              ‘What You've Got to Lose to Win It All' Is the highly anticipated debut album from East London Trio The Howlers, a 15 track collection, produced by Black Honey and defined by resilience, friendship and unconditional love through unimaginable pain. Taking their lead from an eclectic range of influences, from the film scores of Ennio Morricone and John Willams, to desert blues pioneers Tinariwen, Kurt Vile, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Father John Misty, The Howlers are far from your conventional British guitar band. The album's announcement comes with the release of new single ‘Lady Luck’ and the promise of an exceptional debut record.

                                                                                                                              The Debut album promises glorious, expansive songs that conjure up cinematic landscapes a long, long way from London’s East End. Escapism, perhaps, but entirely understandable and justified given what frontman Adam has experienced over the last two years. Two life threatening illnesses in the course of two months, the loss of four family members and two close friends and the following immeasurable grief have all played a huge part in the creation of the album, the devoted bond between bandmates and the unique connection between the band and their fanbase.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              1. Intro
                                                                                                                              2. How Long
                                                                                                                              3. I Need Your Love
                                                                                                                              4. To Make A King
                                                                                                                              5. El Dorado
                                                                                                                              6. Further Down The Line
                                                                                                                              7. Cowboy’s Don’t Cry
                                                                                                                              8. Wanting, Waiting, Wishing
                                                                                                                              9. Lady Luck
                                                                                                                              10.On The Run (Over You)
                                                                                                                              11. Once Again
                                                                                                                              12.Matador (Interlude)
                                                                                                                              13.Nothing To Lose
                                                                                                                              14.When The Flowers Bloom Again
                                                                                                                              15.Take It Easy

                                                                                                                              The Lovely Eggs


                                                                                                                                “Eggsistentialism” sees The Lovely Eggs return after a 4 year break since their Number One Independent Selling Album “I am Moron”. During that time they have made their own TV show Eggs TV (featuring Ian McKaye, Stewart Lee, Katie Puckrik, Maxine Peake, David Shrigley and more), dueted with Iggy Pop, played a load of sold-out gigs and festivals and fought a campaign to save Lancaster Music Co-op (a community rehearsal rooms and recording studio where they live).

                                                                                                                                Recorded at home in Lancaster, with production advice from Dave Fridmann, the album was mixed at Tarbox Road Studios, NY with Dave Fridmann and the band.

                                                                                                                                As the title suggests, “Eggsistentialism” explores a much more personal, introspective, and reflective side to The Lovely Eggs world and sees the Eggs explore new sounds and experiment in unventured musical territories.

                                                                                                                                “The new album is really a reflection on what has been happening to us these last couple of years, stewing up in Eggland in our own juices,” explains Holly. “It’s about loss and strength. On this album you’ll hear us at our lowest and most vulnerable. Daily life is hard. Realising everything you grew up with and loved is never coming back, alongside the responsibilities of caring for others is sometimes hard to take. The album is about life and death. Eggsistentialism. It’s about dragging yourself through all the shit to get to the other side.”

                                                                                                                                “It’s a bit of a ‘wilderness years’ album,” continues Holly. “We haven’t released a new record since 2020 and in the meantime, we’ve been here fighting shit and trying to defend a right to a lifestyle that we’ve enjoyed here in this town for the last 30+ years as working musicians who refuse to get a “normal” job and tow the line. It’s about believing in something and not letting go. But that unwillingness to give in ultimately takes its toll. It does start to destroy you and the album is kind of a documentation of that destruction and collapse as well as the strength we’ve got to get through it all. Ultimately, this is a hopeful record about survival.”

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                1. Death Grip Kids
                                                                                                                                2. Nothing/Everything
                                                                                                                                3. Meeting Friends At Night
                                                                                                                                4. People TV
                                                                                                                                5. My Mood Wave
                                                                                                                                6. I Don't Fucking Know What I'm Gunna Do
                                                                                                                                7. Memory Man
                                                                                                                                8. Things
                                                                                                                                9. Echo You
                                                                                                                                10. I Am Gaia

                                                                                                                                Cage The Elephant

                                                                                                                                Neon Pill

                                                                                                                                  Neon Pill is the highly anticipated new album from Cage The Elephant, and group’s first new music since their album, Social Cues, which won Best Rock album at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards. Cage The Elephant consists of brothers Matt Shultz (vocals) and Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar) along with Daniel Tichenor (bass), Jared Champion (drums), Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals).

                                                                                                                                  Of Montreal

                                                                                                                                  Lady On The Cusp

                                                                                                                                    On Of Montreal’s latest album, 'Lady on the Cusp', Kevin Barnes shapeshifts between genres with each song. On tracks like 'Rude Girl on Rotation', Barnes revisits sounds of late 60’s guitar pop & psychedelia reminiscent of 2013’s 'Lousy With Sylvianbriar', while 'Young Hearts Bleed Free' and 'Music Hurts The Head' showcase Barnes’ love of experimental funk pop that has been present throughout much of the band’s discography. 'Lady on the Cusp' is another exciting listen from one of the most prolific and influential artists making music today.

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. Music Hurts The Head
                                                                                                                                    2. 2 Depressed 2 Fuck
                                                                                                                                    3. Rude Girl On Rotation
                                                                                                                                    4. Yung Hearts Bleed Free
                                                                                                                                    5. Soporific Cell
                                                                                                                                    6. I Can Read Smoke
                                                                                                                                    7. PI$$ PI$$
                                                                                                                                    8. Sea Mines That Mr Gone
                                                                                                                                    9. Poetry Surf
                                                                                                                                    10. Genius In The Wind

                                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                                    The Best Of Rare Mod

                                                                                                                                      The ’Rare Mod’ series has been one of the most enduring Acid Jazzcurated comps of recent years. This included the CD Volumes 1-3 and a 3CD Boxset, uncovering a host of lost classics that capture sound of the original Mod scene: Hard R’n’B, Beat & Soul, and archetypal Pop from the 1960s.

                                                                                                                                      For the first time, the Best Of… is available on vinyl, with choice selections from across the series, presented in a hip, evocative sleeve, with printed inner, and on orange transparent vinyl. The track-list contains a couple from the legendary Fleur De Lys, as well as a track from their brief billing as ‘Shyster’. Elsewhere, there are several productions from unsung hero and prolific session man Graham Dee, and even a turn from young David Bowie performing with The Riot Squad!

                                                                                                                                      An absolute must-have collection of the less-heard tracks from one of the most iconic periods of British music.

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Mud In My Eye – The Fleur De Lys
                                                                                                                                      2. It’s A Hard Way – Cathedral
                                                                                                                                      3. She’s Got The Time – The Afex
                                                                                                                                      4. Tick Tock – Shyster
                                                                                                                                      5. Big Bird – Dog Soul
                                                                                                                                      6. I’m A Man – The Top Six
                                                                                                                                      7. I’m Waiting For The Man – The Riot Squad
                                                                                                                                      8. We Can Make It Together – Tony & Tandy
                                                                                                                                      9. A Love I Believe In – Maxine
                                                                                                                                      10. Brick By Brick (Stone By Stone) – Fleur De Lys
                                                                                                                                      11. Soul Ride – Mike Berry
                                                                                                                                      12. Just A Little Misunderstanding – Richard Kent Style
                                                                                                                                      13. Sing A Simple Song – Ossie Lane Show
                                                                                                                                      14. Mr. Super Cool – Graham Dee

                                                                                                                                      Alan Braufman

                                                                                                                                      Infinite Love Infinite Tears

                                                                                                                                        In 1975, the New York City alto saxophonist Alan Braufman released his debut album, Valley of Search, on the India Navigation label. Braufman went on to record and tour with everyone from Carla Bley to The Psychedelic Furs, and didn't release another album under his name until 2020's The Fire Still Burns, which received rave reviews from The WIRE, Downbeat, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR.

                                                                                                                                        2024's Infinite Love Infinite Tears is a surprisingly catchy program of free jazz, richly detailed and forthright, embodying a range of emotions and circumstances that convey individuality, collectivity and hope. There is much history and love in this band, and in Alan Braufman’s art overall. Fifty-odd years after debuting on record, his sound-world is as vital and inviting as ever.

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Chasing A Melody
                                                                                                                                        2. Infinite Love Infinite Tears
                                                                                                                                        3. Spirits
                                                                                                                                        4. Edge Of Time
                                                                                                                                        5. Brooklyn
                                                                                                                                        6. Liberation 

                                                                                                                                        Earth Ball

                                                                                                                                        It's Yours

                                                                                                                                          December 2012 I showed up totally exhausted in Vancouver BC after touring stupidly and relentlessly for however many straight months and got a job at a call centre raising money for the Red Cross. It was a scent free office but one time this woman cooked a piece of fish in the microwave for 10 minutes on low and hot boxed the whole office - we got sent home early no pay. There was the other woman I named the Call Centre Coltrane because her pitch and routine usually involved improvised flights of fancy that went off in both directions at once somehow landing back down with a credit card number and a donation. I used to sleep under the desk. I was there a few months and at the time I reconnected with John Brennan who I had played with briefly in Montreal at the Mutek Festival. In Montreal John was running an experimental music night at a burrito shop downtown called Garbage Night. While in Vancouver I began connecting with the music scene there and would go hang out with the Shearing Pinx lads who I think lived with Sydney the bass player at the time. I knew Nic and Jer from an AIDS Wolf Tour and was so stoked to get to know them both better. I really fell in love with that era of Vancouver's music scene.

                                                                                                                                          Fast Forward to today. 2024

                                                                                                                                          Actually it was the dying days of 2023 but you get it and John asks if I'll sit in with Earth Ball and I keep thinking about Earth Balance, the vegan butter everyone eats here. I brought my aching bones and my ipads on the beautiful ferry named the Queen of Oak Bay and out to Nanaimo BC, home of the nanaimo bar (a dessert treat - special to this region - that seems to be more popularly found under the weird glass sneeze guards in office building deli's out east in Ontario.... anyhoops ). No one in Nanaimo wants to talk to me about the famous treat. I asked a couple of people. Silence. Nanaimo is like London, Ontario but more fried and by the sea. The town is filled with blown out old sea dawgs with tin coffee pots and loose leaf tobacco, then there's the usual streetfolk you find in this part of the Canadian Pacific Northwest and a bunch of bohemians who I guess have left Vancouver behind - that fine city having become uninhabitable for those not making over 100k a year. And then up the way are all the retirees. Yup Nanaimo is a strange one. They mined the shit out of this region and Nanaimo is surely haunted by those buried in mining shafts or maimed by the heavy machinery or blown up by accident in the explosives store house. And when Earth Ball fire up the amps in Izzy and Jer's basement you can hear the voices of the ghosts hum through electrical lines and out the speakers, Kellen's hued feedback, Izy's sturdy basslines, Jer's paperbag guitar tone and rumble pack zaps, Liam's (aka the Kid) sheets of sound and Brennen's multidirectional drums. You wouldn't guess Earth Ball was auto-composing and from what my rat brain can tell - the lyrics are improvised too...Improvising lyrics and singing them is the hardest thing to do in all of music.. Izzy and Jer are pros. And their attitudes are pro too.

                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                          1. Moon FM
                                                                                                                                          2. Antifreeze
                                                                                                                                          3. Through & Through
                                                                                                                                          4. A Need To Cool Down
                                                                                                                                          5. Flash In The Pan
                                                                                                                                          6. Hollowgramma

                                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                                          Back To Black: Songs From The Original Motion Picture

                                                                                                                                            The official soundtrack release to the new film of Amy Winehouse, Back  To Black, releasing Spring 2024. Amy Winehouse is widely considered as one of the greatest artists in recent history, selling more than 30 million records worldwide. Her acclaimed self-produced 2006 album Back to Black, propelled her to global stardom, going on to win a (then) record breaking 5 Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year and Song of The Year for hit single Rehab.

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            Single LP/CD
                                                                                                                                            1. Amy Winehouse - What Is It About Men
                                                                                                                                            2. Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me
                                                                                                                                            3. Amy Winehouse - Know You Now
                                                                                                                                            4. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
                                                                                                                                            5. Billie Holiday - All Of Me
                                                                                                                                            6. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
                                                                                                                                            7. Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs
                                                                                                                                            8. Dinah Washington - Mad About The Boy
                                                                                                                                            9. Amy Winehouse – Love Is A Losing Game
                                                                                                                                            10. Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown - Embraceable You
                                                                                                                                            11. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
                                                                                                                                            12. Nick Cave – Song For Amy

                                                                                                                                            Double LP/CD
                                                                                                                                            Disc 1:
                                                                                                                                            1. Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser
                                                                                                                                            2. Amy Winehouse - What Is It About Men
                                                                                                                                            3. Amy Winehouse - Stronger Than Me
                                                                                                                                            4. Amy Winehouse - I Heard Love Is Blind
                                                                                                                                            5. The Specials - Ghost Town
                                                                                                                                            6. Amy Winehouse - Know You Now
                                                                                                                                            7. Little Anthony & The Imperials - I'm On The Outside (Looking In)
                                                                                                                                            8. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack
                                                                                                                                            9. Billie Holiday - All Of Me
                                                                                                                                            10. The Shangri-Las - Dressed In Black
                                                                                                                                            11. Donny Hathaway - I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
                                                                                                                                            12. The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun
                                                                                                                                            13. Amy Winehouse - Fuck Me Pumps

                                                                                                                                            Disc 2:
                                                                                                                                            1. Tony Bennett - Body & Soul
                                                                                                                                            2. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
                                                                                                                                            3. Amy Winehouse - Valerie (Live Lounge Version)
                                                                                                                                            4. Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs
                                                                                                                                            5. Willie Nelson - That’s Life
                                                                                                                                            6. Dinah Washington - Mad About The Boy
                                                                                                                                            7. Amy Winehouse - (There Is) No Greater Love
                                                                                                                                            8. Amy Winehouse - Me & Mr Jones
                                                                                                                                            9. Amy Winehouse - Love Is A Losing Game
                                                                                                                                            10. Amy Winehouse - Rehab
                                                                                                                                            11. Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown - Embraceable You
                                                                                                                                            12. Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own
                                                                                                                                            13. Nick Cave - Song For Amy

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            Above The Rim (The Soundtrack)

                                                                                                                                              Death Row Records/ gamma is pleased to announce the release of a 30th Anniversary edition of Above The Rim (The Soundtrack) on 17th May. This is the first time the full 21-song tracklist will be available on vinyl. All previous LP releases have been 18 tracks. It will be available on double yellow with orange and red splatter vinyl.

                                                                                                                                              Upon its initial release, Above The Rim (The Soundtrack) sold over 2 million copies and held the #1 spot on the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 10 consecutive weeks. The soundtrack is loaded with songs from epic artists including Tha Dogg Pound featuring Nate Dogg and Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre, Warren G, DJ Quik and Al B. Sure! Additionally, this special 30th Anniversary edition will now include tracks from 2Pac "Pain" (feat. Stretch), Lord G “Mi Monie Rite!" and 2Pac “Loyal To The Game" (feat. Treach & Riddler).

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                                              1. Anything Swv
                                                                                                                                              2. Old Time's Sake Sweet Sable
                                                                                                                                              3. Part Time Lover H-Town
                                                                                                                                              4. Big Pimpin’ The Dogg Pound Gangstas
                                                                                                                                              5. Didn’t Mean To Turn You On 2nd Ii None

                                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                                              1. Doggie Style D.J. Rogers
                                                                                                                                              2. Regulate Nate Dogg & Warren G
                                                                                                                                              3. Pour Out A Little Liquor Thug Life
                                                                                                                                              4. Gonna Give It To Ya Jewell & Aaron Hall
                                                                                                                                              5. Afro Puffs The Lady Of Rage

                                                                                                                                              Side C

                                                                                                                                              1. Jus So Ya No Cpo-Boss Hogg
                                                                                                                                              2. Hoochies Need Love Too Paradise
                                                                                                                                              3. I’m Still In Love With You Al B. Sure!
                                                                                                                                              4. Crack ‘Em O.F.T.B.
                                                                                                                                              5. U Bring Da Dog Out Rhythm & Knowledge
                                                                                                                                              6. Blowed Away B-Rezell

                                                                                                                                              Side D
                                                                                                                                              1. It's Not Deep Enough Jewell
                                                                                                                                              2. Dogg Pound 4 Life Tha Dogg Pound
                                                                                                                                              3. Pain 2pac & Stretch
                                                                                                                                              4. Mi Monie Rite! Lord G
                                                                                                                                              5. Loyal To The Game 2pac, Treach & Riddler

                                                                                                                                              Get ready to embark on a hypnotic journey as Full Circle presents the highly anticipated re-release of Danny J Lewis' iconic track, "Spend The Night," accompanied by a brand new Archie Hamilton remix that brings a fresh new perspective to the classic garage anthem. Not to mention not one but two mesmerizing dub versions by H-Man and DJL VIP. These carefully crafted dubs take the original masterpiece to new heights, offering unique perspectives on the timeless classic.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              A1. H-Man Dub
                                                                                                                                              A2. Archie Hamilton Remix
                                                                                                                                              B1. VIP Dub
                                                                                                                                              B2. Disco Dub

                                                                                                                                              Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids


                                                                                                                                                Influential jazz collective Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids return with an epic new opus, ‘Shaman!’, featuring a fresh line-up including original 1970s Pyramids member Dr. Margaux Simmons on flute Bobby Cobb on guitar, long-term associate Sandra Poindexter on violin, Ruben Ramos on bass, Gioele Pagliaccia on drums and Jack Yglesias on percussion. The band transitions from the political and social commentaries of 2018’s acclaimed ‘An Angel Fell’ into more introspective themes. “I wanted to use this album to touch on some of the issues that we all face as individuals in the inner space of our souls and our conscience,” explains Ackamoor. “The album unfolds over four Acts with personal musical statements about love and loss, mortality, the afterlife, family and salvation.”

                                                                                                                                                Evolving around Ackamoor’s intricate compositions, the album takes us effortlessly across moods and emotions through a series of expansive, extended pieces. Starting with ritual, soul-searching, and masculine vulnerability on the title track, the band explores timeless existence on ‘Eternity’ and mourns the sudden loss of loved ones in the prescient ‘When Will I See You Again?’, a track which gains new relevance amidst the current COVID-19 crisis. Ackamoor pays tribute to his mentor Cecil Taylor on the angular ‘Theme For Cecil’ and renders homage to the ancestors on ‘Salvation’ and ‘The Last Slave Ship’, recalling the last ship to bring slaves to the US from Africa, the Clotilda. The superb ‘Virgin’ is an anthem of forgiveness, new beginnings and self-healing.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                1. Shaman!
                                                                                                                                                2. Tango Of Love
                                                                                                                                                3. Eternity
                                                                                                                                                4. When Will I See You Again?
                                                                                                                                                5. Salvation
                                                                                                                                                6. Theme For Cecil
                                                                                                                                                7. Virgin
                                                                                                                                                8. The Last Slave Ship
                                                                                                                                                9. Dogon Mysteries

                                                                                                                                                Shannon & The Clams

                                                                                                                                                The Moon Is In The Wrong Place

                                                                                                                                                  The Moon Is In The Wrong Place is an upbeat, yet poignant narrative on grief and resilience from Shannon & The Clams. Woven from the threads of devastating loss and communal ties in the aftermath of profound loss – the sudden passing of Shannon's fianceé just months before their wedding – this record unfolds as the Clams' most introspective to date. With Dan Auerbach's production, the album delves deep into themes of heartache and healing, and showcases the band's trademark wry psychedelia, energetic nostalgia, and flourishes of retro beauty. It's a tribute to the power of art and community to triumph over tragedy, and a milestone in Shannon & The Clams' venerable oeuvre.

                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                  CD TRACKLIST

                                                                                                                                                  1. The Vow
                                                                                                                                                  2. The Hourglass 
                                                                                                                                                  3. Big Wheel 
                                                                                                                                                  4. Oh So Close, Yet So Far 
                                                                                                                                                  5. UFO
                                                                                                                                                  6. What You're Missing 
                                                                                                                                                  7. Real Or Magic 
                                                                                                                                                  8. The Moon Is In The Wrong Place 
                                                                                                                                                  9. So Lucky
                                                                                                                                                  10. Dalí's Clock
                                                                                                                                                  11. Bean Fields
                                                                                                                                                  12. In The Grass 
                                                                                                                                                  13. Golden Brown 
                                                                                                                                                  14. Life Is Unfair

                                                                                                                                                  VINYL TRACKLIST

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE A

                                                                                                                                                  1. The Vow
                                                                                                                                                  2. The Hourglass 
                                                                                                                                                  3. Big Wheel 
                                                                                                                                                  4. Oh So Close, Yet So Far 
                                                                                                                                                  5. UFO
                                                                                                                                                  6. What You're Missing 
                                                                                                                                                  7. Real Or Magic 

                                                                                                                                                  SIDE B

                                                                                                                                                  1. The Moon Is In The Wrong Place 
                                                                                                                                                  2. So Lucky
                                                                                                                                                  3. Dalí's Clock
                                                                                                                                                  4. Bean Fields
                                                                                                                                                  5. In The Grass 
                                                                                                                                                  6. Golden Brown 
                                                                                                                                                  7. Life Is Unfair

                                                                                                                                                  Jordan Rakei

                                                                                                                                                  The Loop

                                                                                                                                                    GRAMMY-award nominated Jordan Rakei is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter who, over soon-to-be-five studio albums, has been on a wide-ranging journey that explores the outer reaches of his inner psyche, traversing themes of emotional evolution, personal growth and family with unwavering sincerity. Always positioning himself in and amongst the bigger questions in life, he has navigated his musical journey with passion and precision, unveiling something new about himself through his songwriting at every turn. The Loop is by far Rakei’s most cohesive and evolutionary work to date following an impressive career of previous releases, each of which have demonstrated his natural curiosity and capabilities in exploring new sounds.

                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                    1. Flowers
                                                                                                                                                    2. Freedom
                                                                                                                                                    3. Friend Or Foe
                                                                                                                                                    4. Royal
                                                                                                                                                    5. Trust
                                                                                                                                                    6. State Of Mind
                                                                                                                                                    7. Hopes And Dreams
                                                                                                                                                    8. Learning
                                                                                                                                                    9. Cages
                                                                                                                                                    10. Forgive
                                                                                                                                                    11. Everything Everything
                                                                                                                                                    12. Miracle
                                                                                                                                                    13. A Little Life

                                                                                                                                                    Keeley Forsyth

                                                                                                                                                    The Hollow

                                                                                                                                                      Keeley Forsyth is a singer, composer and actress from Oldham, UK. A frequent presence on primetime TV since the mid-'90s, over the past few years she has forged an unusual parallel career as a unique and uncompromising new presence in contemporary music. Described by Pitchfork as “arid and beautiful”, by Uncut as "astonishing" and The Sunday Times as "one of the most remarkable in years”, Keeley's debut LP 'Debris' (2020) and follow-up 'Limbs' (2022) drew unanimous critical praise, prompting comparisons with Nico, Beth Gibbons, Aldous Harding, Nick Cave, Anohni and even Scott Walker. It's often stated that no one else is making music quite like this.

                                                                                                                                                      The bleak and foreboding landscape surrounding Keeley's North Yorkshire home seems to inhabit her third LP, 'The Hollow'. The moors, visible from her studio window, impact upon a music that feels made of these places: windswept, rain-soaked and blinking through the low-lit landscape. The album's title derives from discovering a long-abandoned mining shaft whilst out walking - the past lurking within and haunting the present we now occupy. A connection to time that places us within it, facing what is gone and what may come. But also, perhaps that time has no concern as to whether we're here or not.

                                                                                                                                                      Keeley's unique elemental voice again sits centrally within this world-building. Her cathartic reflections are exorcisms in song. We hear an artist making sense of her life, willing to expose vulnerability without ever appearing weak. Working again with producer Ross Downes, the LP features Matthew Bourne and Colin Stetson, Forsyth sought to expand both her voice and music. Taking aspects of sacred music, minimalist post-classical, dark ambient, film and theatre soundtracks, she layers her vocals into chamber choirs, applies pitch shifts and other digital processing, moves from clear articulate intention to mumbled numb utterances.

                                                                                                                                                      Composer Mihály Vig's score to Bela Tarr’s film 'The Turin Horse' is reimagined as a pressurised outpouring, recasting the everyday within a mythical light of survival and hope. On ‘A Shift’, Mal Finch's protest song ‘We Are Women, We Are Strong ‘, originally sung by wives and daughters in support of the '80s miner’s strikes, is recontextualised in solidarity for an experience of creative labour.

                                                                                                                                                      A sought-after collaborator, Keeley is currently working towards new projects with Ben Frost, Teho Teardo, and Matthew Bourne. She has provided vocals for Louis Carnell; remixed both Gazelle Twin and Quin Quis; has soundtracked Maxine Peake’s directorial debut; and is currently developing a stage and studio project with Ben Frost and writer Robert MacFarlane.

                                                                                                                                                      A magnetic live performer able to create an immersive almost ritualistic experience, Keeley recently received a standing ovation at Unsound and supports the LP with shows at Bristol New Music, Rewire festival and London's ICA.

                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                      Side A
                                                                                                                                                      1. The Answer
                                                                                                                                                      2. The Hollow
                                                                                                                                                      3. Come And See
                                                                                                                                                      4. Eve
                                                                                                                                                      5. Turning
                                                                                                                                                      6. A Shift
                                                                                                                                                      Side B
                                                                                                                                                      1. Slush
                                                                                                                                                      2. Drag Me Down
                                                                                                                                                      3. Do I Breathe
                                                                                                                                                      4. In The Corner
                                                                                                                                                      5. Horse
                                                                                                                                                      6. Creature


                                                                                                                                                      Everything Is Connected - The Best Of Blancmange 1979-2024

                                                                                                                                                        Celebrating 45 years of Blancmange, Everything Is Connected (Best Of) is the first collection to be curated by Neil Arthur, tastefully blending a mixture of hits and personal favourites. Originally from the UK’s post punk DIY scene, Blancmange found success in 1982, long player ‘Happy Families’ selling Gold in the UK, and its 3 singles becoming international hits. They went on to have 7 Top 40 hits and 70 weeks in the UK album charts. Long-standing admirers include Moby, John Grant and Honey Dijon, who states that “British synth pop was hugely influential in the burgeoning house music scene and Blancmange was a big part of that.”

                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                        Side One
                                                                                                                                                        1 Living On The Ceiling
                                                                                                                                                        2 Waves
                                                                                                                                                        3 Blind Vision
                                                                                                                                                        4 Don’t Tell Me
                                                                                                                                                        5 The Day Before You Came
                                                                                                                                                        Side Two
                                                                                                                                                        1 What’s The Time?
                                                                                                                                                        2 Distant Storm
                                                                                                                                                        3 Mindset
                                                                                                                                                        4 Reduced Voltage
                                                                                                                                                        5 Some Times These

                                                                                                                                                        Disc 1
                                                                                                                                                        1 Sad Day (Original Version)
                                                                                                                                                        2 I’ve Seen The Word
                                                                                                                                                        3 God’s Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                        4 Feel Me
                                                                                                                                                        5 Living On The Ceiling
                                                                                                                                                        6 Waves
                                                                                                                                                        7 Game Above My Head (12 Inch Version)
                                                                                                                                                        8 Blind Vision
                                                                                                                                                        9 That’s Love, That It Is
                                                                                                                                                        10 Vishnu
                                                                                                                                                        11 Don’t Tell Me
                                                                                                                                                        12 The Day Before You Came
                                                                                                                                                        13 What’s Your Problem
                                                                                                                                                        14 Lose Your Love
                                                                                                                                                        15 Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone
                                                                                                                                                        16 Drive Me
                                                                                                                                                        17 I’m Having A Coffee
                                                                                                                                                        18 The Western
                                                                                                                                                        19 Just Another Spectre
                                                                                                                                                        Disc 2
                                                                                                                                                        1 The Fall
                                                                                                                                                        2 Last Night (I Dreamt I Had A Job)
                                                                                                                                                        3 Jack Knife (Red Shift EP)
                                                                                                                                                        4 What’s The Time?
                                                                                                                                                        5 We Are The Chemicals
                                                                                                                                                        6 Anna Dine
                                                                                                                                                        7 Distant Storm
                                                                                                                                                        8 I Smashed Your Phone
                                                                                                                                                        9 Not A Priority
                                                                                                                                                        10 Mindset
                                                                                                                                                        11 This Is Bliss
                                                                                                                                                        12 Clean Your House
                                                                                                                                                        13 Commercial Break
                                                                                                                                                        14 Some Times These
                                                                                                                                                        15 Reduced Voltage
                                                                                                                                                        16 Take Me
                                                                                                                                                        17 Again, I Wait For The World
                                                                                                                                                        18 Wish
                                                                                                                                                        19 Empty Street 

                                                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                        Ghana Special 2: Electronic Highlife & Afro Sounds In The Diaspora 1980​-​93

                                                                                                                                                          Highlighting a time when the burgeoning Ghanaian diaspora across Europe and North America was utilising new music technology and recording techniques. A period of movement, emigration and innovation.

                                                                                                                                                          The dawn of the 80s saw an increase in emigration following a period of political upheaval at home, with many Ghanaians moving to Europe - especially Germany - to find work. Musicians recording both at home and abroad began to blend highlife with outside influences, taking inspiration from US disco and boogie, European new wave and Caribbean zouk and soca, reflecting new surroundings and cementing musical connections forged in London, Hamburg, Toronto and New York.

                                                                                                                                                          Ghana Special celebrates this key period of musical innovation and cultural
                                                                                                                                                          exchange that redefined the parameters of Ghanaian music and accelerated the cultural exchange between West Africa and Europe.

                                                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                          1. The Godfathers - Ebe Ye Yie Ni
                                                                                                                                                          2. Pat Thomas - Gye Wani
                                                                                                                                                          3. Pepper, Onion, Ginger & Salt - M.C. Mambo
                                                                                                                                                          4. Andy Vans - Adjoa Amisa
                                                                                                                                                          5. George Darko - Kaakyire Nua
                                                                                                                                                          6. Rex Gyamfi - Obiara Bewu
                                                                                                                                                          7. Starlite - Anoma Koro
                                                                                                                                                          8. Abdul Raheem - Alaiye
                                                                                                                                                          9. Jon K - Asafo
                                                                                                                                                          10. Kwasi Afari Minta - Barima Nsu
                                                                                                                                                          11. Marijata (feat. Ata Kak) - Otanhunu
                                                                                                                                                          12. Gyedu Blay Ambolley - Apple
                                                                                                                                                          13. Dadadi - Jigi Jigi
                                                                                                                                                          14. Charles Amoah - Fre Me (Call Me)
                                                                                                                                                          15. Ernest Honny - New Dance
                                                                                                                                                          16. Bessa Simons - Sii Nana
                                                                                                                                                          17. Nan Mayen - Mumude
                                                                                                                                                          18. Nana Budjei - Asobrachie

                                                                                                                                                          Bill Evans Trio

                                                                                                                                                          Sunday At The Village Vanguard - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                            The complete iconic Bill Evans LP Sunday at the Village Vanguard, featuring Scott LaFaro on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. Contains perennial versions of Solar, Gloria's Step, and Alice in Wonderland.

                                                                                                                                                            This edition also offers an exclusive collector's item consisting of a replica of the exceedingly rare Japanese 7" single (Riverside SR-3033), containing Evans' readings of My Foolish Heart and Polka Dots and Moonbeams.

                                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                            1. Gloria's Step
                                                                                                                                                            2. My Man's Gone Now
                                                                                                                                                            3. Solar
                                                                                                                                                            4. Alice In Wonderland
                                                                                                                                                            5. All Of You
                                                                                                                                                            6. Jade Visions
                                                                                                                                                            7. Jade Visions (alternative Take)
                                                                                                                                                            8. Bill Evans Trio
                                                                                                                                                            9. Bill Evans Trio

                                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                            Do You Have The Force? Volume 2 - Jon Savage's Alternate History Of Electronica 1978-82

                                                                                                                                                              Jon Savage's second eclectic voyage through Post-Punk era Electronic music, Disco, Experimental & Proto-Techno 1978-82.

                                                                                                                                                              Re-mastered with care & attention from the very best available audio sources for maximum listening pleasure..

                                                                                                                                                              This compilation is selected and curated by renowned cultural commentator, writer and film-maker Jon Savage. Amongst many highly revered projects Jon has produced the definitive work on Punk Rock in “England's Dreaming” and the documentary & book “Teenage” The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He is also the biographer of Joy Division & author of the top 10 Sunday Times best seller "This Searing Light, The Sun & Everything Else" The Oral History Of Joy Division in 2019. His new book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979) is published in in 2024.

                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                              A1 Dee D. Jackson-Automatic Lover 4:07
                                                                                                                                                              A2 Telex - Moscow Diskow (Original 12" Version) - 5"20
                                                                                                                                                              A3 Soft Machine - Soft Space 8"56
                                                                                                                                                              B1 Qondile-African Dawn 2"54
                                                                                                                                                              B2 Gaz Nevada - I.C. Love Affair 6"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
                                                                                                                                                              B3 I Signori Della Galassia - Archeopterix 4"00
                                                                                                                                                              B4 Cerrone - La Secte De Marrakech Suite 4"33
                                                                                                                                                              C1 John Foxx-Burning Car 3”15
                                                                                                                                                              C2 Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Monochrome Days 4”01
                                                                                                                                                              C3 Cabaret Voltaire-Red Mask 6”54
                                                                                                                                                              C4 Caution – UFO 5"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
                                                                                                                                                              D1 Martin Rev - Nineteen 86 4"36
                                                                                                                                                              D2 Pascal Comelade - Sequence 1 2"55
                                                                                                                                                              D3 The Flying Lizards - An Age 2"31
                                                                                                                                                              D4 Throbbing Gristle - Beachy Head 3"39
                                                                                                                                                              D5 Terminal City -Mugin For Unknown 5”40

                                                                                                                                                              Jimi Hendrix

                                                                                                                                                              First Rays Of The Rising Sun - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                Originally released in April 1997, First Rays Of The New Rising Sun, was the first album prepared under the direct supervision of the Hendrix Family. Drawing together seventeen songs whose creation spans from March 1968 through to Jimi’s final sessions at Electric Lady Studios in August 1970, the album marked the last graceful gesture by the innovative artist Jimi Hendrix. Features “Dolly Dagger,” “Angel,” “Ezy Rider” and “Freedom.” This release is a new, all analog edition mastered from the original 1/4" mixes by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 140-gram black vinyl.

                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                Side A
                                                                                                                                                                1. Freedom
                                                                                                                                                                2. Izabella
                                                                                                                                                                3. Night Bird Flying
                                                                                                                                                                4. Angel
                                                                                                                                                                5. Room Full Of Mirrors

                                                                                                                                                                Side B
                                                                                                                                                                1. Dolly Dagger
                                                                                                                                                                2. Ezy Ryder
                                                                                                                                                                3. Drifting
                                                                                                                                                                4. Beginnings

                                                                                                                                                                Side C
                                                                                                                                                                1. Stepping Stone
                                                                                                                                                                2. My Friend
                                                                                                                                                                3. Straight Ahead
                                                                                                                                                                4. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

                                                                                                                                                                Side D
                                                                                                                                                                1. Earth Blues
                                                                                                                                                                2. Astro Man
                                                                                                                                                                3. In From The Storm
                                                                                                                                                                4. Belly Button Window

                                                                                                                                                                Tymon Dogg & The Dacoits

                                                                                                                                                                The Granada Sessions

                                                                                                                                                                  Both Tymon Dogg and Richard Dudanski had musical roots playing in The 101'ers with future Clash singer/guitarist Joe Strummer. All three shared a deep love for southern Spain, due perhaps to the influence of the Romero sisters, Paloma (later "Palmolive" of The Slits) and the artist Esperanza, who were among the first Spanish punk refugees in London. Tymon's career began with beguiling interactions with Apple Records, The Moody Blues and future Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page before he discovered his true musical self as a punk / folk experimentalist, opening shows for the likes of The Slits, Raincoats and Pop Group and becoming the longest-running musical foil in Strummer's career, continuing into The Clash and Mescaleros. Similarly, Richard played in Basement 5, Public Image Ltd, The Raincoats and others before following Esperanza back to Granada...which subsequently became second home to Tymon and Joe.

                                                                                                                                                                  Spain is not without its own punk heroes, and chief among them was Granada's Antonio Arias, another pal of Joe's and leader of Spain's musical heroes, Lagartija Nick, which also included Dacoits members Juan Codorniu and JJ Machuca. Antonio sings the albums two Spanish-language songs. while Tymon sings the other nine...and there's an instrumental, "Mongols", which the band considered too epic as a stand-alone instrumental to mess with! Tymon sings three songs from his past: "The Wheel Of Life And Death" has been heard before as a live bonus track on the expanded reissue of "Battle Of Wills", "Conscience Money" was heard in a very different version on the impossible-to-find "Made Of Light" album, and an embryonic take of "Something To Prove" turned up the even rarer 1989 solo album, "Relentless". If you imagine the playful elasticity of "Sandinista!" recast into a more straightforward record, with Tymon taking the lead on something more than that album's "Lose This Skin", you're halfway there. Guests include Killing Joke bassist / famed producer Youth and Dr Robert from The Blow Monkeys. 

                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                  01 Wheel Of Life And Death
                                                                                                                                                                  02 Cruel Mind
                                                                                                                                                                  03 Casida Del Herido Por El Agua
                                                                                                                                                                  04 Something To Prove
                                                                                                                                                                  05 Brother Of Genghis Khan
                                                                                                                                                                  06 I Don't Wanna Be Poor
                                                                                                                                                                  07 Nadsat
                                                                                                                                                                  08 Chimney Sweep
                                                                                                                                                                  09 Conscience Money
                                                                                                                                                                  10 Give Us A Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                  11 Turning Of The World 

                                                                                                                                                                  Miles Davis

                                                                                                                                                                  Kind Of Blue - The Mono & Stereo Versions

                                                                                                                                                                    The complete 1959 Miles Davis album 'Kind of Blue', one of the most influential Jazz albums of all time, presented here as a 2LP set in its original mono and stereo versions.

                                                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                    1. So What
                                                                                                                                                                    2. Freddie Freeloader
                                                                                                                                                                    3. Blue In Green
                                                                                                                                                                    4. All Blues
                                                                                                                                                                    5. Flamenco Sketches
                                                                                                                                                                    6. So What
                                                                                                                                                                    7. Freddie Freeloader
                                                                                                                                                                    8. Blue In Green
                                                                                                                                                                    9. All Blues
                                                                                                                                                                    10. Flamenco Sketches

                                                                                                                                                                    Mary Lattimore And Walt McClements

                                                                                                                                                                    Rain On The Road

                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements are two of contemporary music’s most renowned innovators. Each has managed to expand the perception of their instrument’s capabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                      Lattimore’s inventive harp processing and looping has brought the instrument to a new audience. Her prolific run of celestial solo albums and evocative film scores have redefined the instrument in the modern consciousness. Her genre-agnostic collaborations include work with Kurt Vile, Steve Gunn, Jeff Zeigler, Meg Baird, and Thurston Moore. McClements, who tours as a member of Weyes Blood, is an acclaimed composer in his own right, sculpting glacial atmospherics from the accordion.

                                                                                                                                                                      The Los Angeles based duo became quick friends on overlapping tours, sharing both a drive to push the sonic possibilities of their instruments and roots in North Carolina.

                                                                                                                                                                      Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements’ debut collaboration, ‘Rain on the Road’, blossomed out of that time spent on the road together, capturing the liminal existence of touring life in deeply cinematic compositions.

                                                                                                                                                                      Recorded in the cozy setting of McClements’ apartment during a rainy December in LA, ‘Rain on the Road’ unfurls as a series of sonic vignettes, rolling landscapes hewn from longform improvisations for harp and accordion. Embellished with additional instrumentation such as the shimmering constellations of hand bells on ‘Stolen Bells’ that glisten like lights on wet pavement, or the stately piano figures on ‘The Top of Thomas Street’; their pastoral pieces manage to paint vivid images.

                                                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Stolen Bells
                                                                                                                                                                      2. The Poppies, The Wild
                                                                                                                                                                      3. Mustard, The Blue-Eyed Grass
                                                                                                                                                                      4. We Waited For The Bears To Leave
                                                                                                                                                                      5. Nest Of Earrings
                                                                                                                                                                      6. The Top Of Thomas Street

                                                                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                                                                      In The Beginning There Was Rhythm - 2024 Reissue

                                                                                                                                                                        Unavailable for over 20 years, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ was Soul Jazz Records’ first foray into post-punk and punk-funk in the UK, capturing the groundbreaking, seminal groups that crossed the divide of punk and dance music for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                                        First released in 2001, this album is fully remastered, remade and presented once more in its entirety and features A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, The Human League, The Pop Group, Gang of Four, The Slits, 23 Skidoo and This Heat.

                                                                                                                                                                        This album comes as a CD and as a double black vinyl edition with download code complete with two bespoke inner bags containing extensive sleevenotes and original photography.

                                                                                                                                                                        As Muzik magazine noted on its initial release, ‘In The Beginning There Was Rhythm’ is a choice selection from the fertile post-punk period when bands thought nothing of combining politics and philosophy with imported dance rhythms and edgy industrial angst.

                                                                                                                                                                        Most of the bands featured come from the then bleak postindustrial North of England - Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds as well as Bristol and London - and yet all show a fascination with Black American rhythms and an experimentation in sound that was completely unique at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                        1. A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
                                                                                                                                                                        2. 23 Skidoo - Coup
                                                                                                                                                                        3. Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty
                                                                                                                                                                        4. The Human League - Being Boiled
                                                                                                                                                                        5. The Slits - In The Beginning There Was Rhythm (Early Version)
                                                                                                                                                                        6. This Heat - 24 Track Loop
                                                                                                                                                                        7. Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
                                                                                                                                                                        8. The Pop Group - She Is Beyond Good And Evil
                                                                                                                                                                        9. Cabaret Voltaire - Sluggin' Fer Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                        10. 23 Skidoo - Vegas El Bandito
                                                                                                                                                                        11. A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water

                                                                                                                                                                        Christoph Dallach

                                                                                                                                                                        Neu Klang : The Definitive History Of Krautrock

                                                                                                                                                                          West Germany, 1968. Like everywhere else in the Western world, the young generation is pushing for radical change, still suffering the after-effects of the Second World War. Many stream out of the lecture halls and onto the streets.

                                                                                                                                                                          Some into the underground. And some into the practice basements, in search of the soundtrack of the movement. The unique and adventurous sounds that German bands like Can, Neu!, Amon Düül, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Faust, Cluster or Kraftwerk produced back then, now known as Krautrock, are considered a blueprint for modern rock music.

                                                                                                                                                                          And the stream of their creative admirers and continuators has been constantly widening since the first fans like David Bowie and Iggy Pop: whether Blur, Aphex Twin, Sonic Youth, Radiohead or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. In Neu Klang, Christoph Dallach interviewed its pioneers, including Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay of CAN; Neu!'s Michael Rother; Dieter Moebius of Cluster; Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream; Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and many others. Their answers combine to form an oral history that points far beyond the individual band histories: on the one hand, into the past, to Nazi teachers, post-war parental homes, free jazz, terrorism, LSD and extremely long hair; but just as much into the future, to global recognition, myth-making, techno or post-rock.

                                                                                                                                                                          Andre Marmot

                                                                                                                                                                          Unapologetic Expression : The Inside Story Of The UK Jazz Explosion

                                                                                                                                                                            A lively, subversive history of the new UK jazz wave, encapsulating its revolutionary spirit and tracing its foundations to birth of the genre itself. For many in the nineties, jazz was viewed as an obsolete, uncool music, a genre loved by out of touch white men with deeply questionable taste. And yet, by 2019, a new generation of UK jazz musicians were selling out major venues and appearing on festivals line ups around the world.

                                                                                                                                                                            How has UK jazz regenerated its image so totally in twenty-five years? And how did it ever become uncool in the first place?Reaching back to the roots of jazz as the 'unapologetic expression' of oppressed peoples, shaped by the forces of slavery, imperialism and globalisation, Andre Marmot places this new wave within the wider context of a divided, postcolonial Britain navigating its identity in a new world order. These artists have crafted a sound which reflects the nation as it is today - a sound connected to the very origins of jazz itself. Drawing upon eighty-four interviews with key architects of this jazz renaissance and those who came before them - from Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd to Gilles Peterson, Courtney Pine and Cleveland Watkiss - Unapologetic Expression captures the radical spirit of a vital British musical movement.

                                                                                                                                                                            Camera Obscura

                                                                                                                                                                            Look To The East, Look To The West

                                                                                                                                                                              Look to the East, Look to the West, the new album by Camera Obscura, is a revelation. The Tracyanne Campbell-led outfit, reuniting with producer Jari Haapalainen (Let’s Get Out of This Country, My Maudlin Career), have crafted an album that simultaneously recalls why longtime fans have ferociously loved them for decades while also being their most sophisticated effort to date.

                                                                                                                                                                              It is also the most hard-fought album of Camera Obscura’s career. Following the 2015 passing of founding keyboardist and friend Carey Lander (to whom the penultimate track “Sugar Almond” is addressed), the band went into an extended hiatus. They remained in contact, but their status was uncertain until they announced their return, having been invited to perform as part of Belle & Sebastian’s 2019 Boaty Weekender cruise festival, along with a pair of sold-out warm-up shows in Glasgow. Donna Maciocia (keys and vocals) joined founding members Kenny McKeeve (guitar and vocals), Gavin Dunbar (bass), and Lee Thomson (drums and percussion) for those shows and has since become a regular songwriting partner of Campbell’s.

                                                                                                                                                                              Recorded in the same room where Queen wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Look to the East, Look to the West feels big, a widescreen reframing of Camera Obscura’s sound that, paradoxically, saw the band go back to basics there are no string or brass arrangements, with more emphasis placed on piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, and drum machines, and, perhaps most strikingly, the group have dropped the veil of reverb that characterized their previous albums. The tinges of country and soul that give Camera Obscura’s baroque take on pop music its bittersweet edge have never been more apparent guitars shimmer into the distance, keys haunt, and Campbell’s voice searches for the heart, reflecting on love, loss, and the passage of time.

                                                                                                                                                                              Lead single “Big Love” relishes in the space between country rock and prog, a pining break-up anthem featuring the soaring pedal steel of Tim Davidson. It’s a Nashville Sound heartbreaker, tackling the complexity of wanting to rekindle a bad relationship with Campbell’s uncanny ability to render the past: “It was a big love, she said / That’s why it took ten years to get her out of her head,” she begins.

                                                                                                                                                                              “We’re Going to Make It in a Man’s World” was co-written with Maciocia for filmmaker Margaret Salmon’s 2021 film Icarus (After Amelia). (Salmon, in turn, shot Look to the East, Look to the West’s cover photography featuring Fiona Morrison, who was on the cover of Camera Obscura’s debut, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi.). Ironic and sincere, the two navigate the reality of being women in the music industry, somehow floating over Davidson’s

                                                                                                                                                                              pedal steel and Maciocia’s keys. “The Light Nights” is a swooning song propelled by a western shuffle and killer guitar, striking a balance between a particularly good honky-tonk joint’s jukebox and a lost gem of California pop music waiting to be discovered in a 7” bin.

                                                                                                                                                                              Look to the East, Look to the West is the sound of a band that has grown more confident in its sound and purpose than ever. It is Camera Obscura at their best and most evocative, an album that completely rearranges the listener’s emotional core, leaving them sad and exhilarated at the same time. Camera Obscura’s catalog is replete with songs people point to as life-changing, songs that will stick with them all their lives. Look to the East, Look to the West has 11 of them; take your pick. 

                                                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Liberty Print
                                                                                                                                                                              2. We’re Going To Make It In A Man’s World
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Big Love
                                                                                                                                                                              4. Only A Dream
                                                                                                                                                                              5. The Light Nights
                                                                                                                                                                              6. Sleepwalking
                                                                                                                                                                              7. Baby Huey (Hard Times)
                                                                                                                                                                              8. Denon
                                                                                                                                                                              9. Pop Goes Pop
                                                                                                                                                                              10. Sugar Almond
                                                                                                                                                                              11. Look To The East, Look To The West.

                                                                                                                                                                              Ibibio Sound Machine

                                                                                                                                                                              Pull The Rope

                                                                                                                                                                                Pull the Rope, the new record by Ibibio Sound Machine, casts the Eno Williams and Max Grunhard–led outfit in a new light. The hope, joy, and sexiness of their music remain, but, further honing the edge of their acclaimed 2022 album Electricity, the connection they aim to foster has shifted venues from the sunny buoyancy of a sunlit festival to a sweat-soaked, all-night dance club.

                                                                                                                                                                                Williams and Grunhard attribute this shift to a matter of collaborators, recording Pull the Rope with Sheffield-based producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A.) over the course of two weeks. The way the pair wrote songs changed significantly rather than Eno penning lyrics to music generated by Max and company’s jamming, Orton started with Eno and Max writing together before adding the band. With less time in the studio

                                                                                                                                                                                and a new way of considering how they built songs, the duo found making decisions about Pull the Rope’s sound quicker and more instinctual than before.

                                                                                                                                                                                “Ross is from Sheffield, which has an edgier, more industrial vibe than London,” Grunhard explains. “He hears things differently than us, is more grounded in rave and grungier sounds, and knew when to add drums or push the instrumentation more. It was very different for us, but it lends itself to where Ibibio Sound Machine is going.”

                                                                                                                                                                                In melding their songwriting process, Grunhard and Williams have, impossibly, pulled the trick of making Ibibio Sound Machine a tighter band than ever before, building out from their core in a way that highlights the electrifying group of musicians they play with. Rather than recording with the full band in the room, Pull the

                                                                                                                                                                                Rope was sculpted, elements added and shaped by Grunhard, Williams, and Orton along the way. As a result, Pull the Rope is a nimble, sleek machine that’s thrilling from the first note of the opening title track, Eno’s otherworldly voice and PK Ambrose’s throbbing bass driving through a kaleidoscopic array of house, post-punk, funk, Afrobeat and disco, bangers and ballads, making an argument for unity that begins on the dancefloor. “We are the places we grew up, the places we’ve been, and the people we’ve met along

                                                                                                                                                                                the way,” Williams says. “Hopping around the globe, we’ve found that people are fundamentally the same they’re people. Opposing sides push and pull, but there is an alternative to war, violence, and suffering.”

                                                                                                                                                                                Lead single “Got to Be Who U Are” literally globetrots, name checking locales across the world that would feel disparate were it not for how well-traveled they are. Eno growing up in the musical melting pot of the Ibibio region of Nigeria and Max being a conservatory-trained musician from Australia, one could call their meeting in London and formation of Ibibio Sound Machine predestined.

                                                                                                                                                                                “Mama Say” and “Let My Yes Be Yes” touch themes of female empowerment. They’re indicative of the band’s depth as they push further into the electronic; “Mama Say” hits notes of electropop while “Let My Yes Be Yes” fuses electro to Afrobeat. Ibibio Sound Machine have always imbued their music with political consciousness, and the light that shines through in Williams’ vocals and voice has never felt more necessary. The sound of Pull the Rope, then, is hope in darkness, bliss in spite of bleakness. Once again, Ibibio Sound Machine are here to provide the soundtrack to the best night of your life, and the better world to come.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Pull The Rope
                                                                                                                                                                                2. Got To Be Who U Are
                                                                                                                                                                                3. Fire
                                                                                                                                                                                4. Them Say
                                                                                                                                                                                5. Political Incorrect
                                                                                                                                                                                6. Mama Say
                                                                                                                                                                                7. Let My Yes Be Yes
                                                                                                                                                                                8. Touch The Ceiling
                                                                                                                                                                                9. Far Away
                                                                                                                                                                                10. Dance In The Rain

                                                                                                                                                                                Dub & Sound International returns for a third time and this one welcomes legendary Jamaican trombonist Vin Gordon who is rightly 'Digging The Vibes.' The title track kicks off and pairs his playful patterns with a Dubsetters rhythm and some nice sunny and soothing melodies from Trommie aka Don Drummond Jr. After the horn-led, organic and unhurried instrumental comes a dub that is fleshed out with a little more echo and is a sublime bit of roots. A second version adds another perspective to the original and we already look forward to hearing more from this project.

                                                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                Digging The Vibes
                                                                                                                                                                                Vibes Dub
                                                                                                                                                                                Vibes Riddim

                                                                                                                                                                                The Lemon Twigs

                                                                                                                                                                                A Dream Is All We Know

                                                                                                                                                                                  Following the release of Everything Harmony, which garnered acclaim from Questlove, Iggy Pop, Anthony Fantano, The Guardian, and countless others, The Lemon Twigs—the New York City rock band fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario—have once again captured the attention of the music listening public. Set for release less than a year after their last album, A Dream Is All We Know is a joyous affair. As the title suggests, it’s less of a sober look at the darker side of life, and more a hopeful sojourn into the realm of dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael’s line in lead single and album opener “My Golden Years” – “In time I hope that I can show all the world the love in my mind” – serves as a statement of intent for the whole collection of songs, as the brothers race against time to create as much quality pop material as possible. On track two, The Lemon Twigs invite listeners into a bubblegum paradise with euphoric harmonies and biting clavinet (“They Don’t Know How To Fall In Place”), followed by an existential space age epic (“A Dream Is All I Know”), and, elsewhere on the album, a baroque pocket-prog tune (“Sweet Vibration”), a two-part nightmare-comedy that doesn’t let up (“Peppermint Roses”), and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Equipped with the songwriting chops of a lost era (somewhere between The Brill Building and 10452 Bellagio Road) the new record was carefully arranged and produced entirely analog in the brothers’ Brooklyn recording studio. Most of the tracks were constructed with the two brothers swapping instruments and layering all the parts themselves, but one exception to that rule was “In The Eyes Of The Girl,” which was co-produced by Sean Ono Lennon in his upstate New York studio.

                                                                                                                                                                                  While the album is chock full of progressive pop ideas, it closes appropriately with an ode to early rock and roll on “Rock On (Over and Over),” contextualizing the band as part of a lineage of rock and roll that’s never really stopped. For The Lemon Twigs, it took almost a decade for critics and audiences alike to present them with the major accolades they’ve earned this past year. While their initial records were appreciated for the musical proficiency they displayed, the brothers’ past few records have communicated their ideas with more clarity and emotional resonance. In other words, “It took too long to say ‘rock on.’”

                                                                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. My Golden Years
                                                                                                                                                                                  2. They Don’t Know How To Fall In Place
                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Church Bells
                                                                                                                                                                                  4. A Dream Is All I Know
                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Sweet Vibration
                                                                                                                                                                                  6. In The Eyes Of The Girl
                                                                                                                                                                                  7. If You And I Are Not Wise
                                                                                                                                                                                  8. How Can I Love Her More
                                                                                                                                                                                  9. Ember Days
                                                                                                                                                                                  10. Peppermint Roses
                                                                                                                                                                                  11. I Should’ve Known Right From The Start
                                                                                                                                                                                  12. Rock On (Over And Over)

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