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resh from outings on Super Rhythm Trax, Killekill and Power Vacuum, Jerome Hill is back on his Don't label and presents 4 road tested tracks, each totally different from the last but with the common goal of striking out and injecting colour, fun and a good measure of "Don't" rowdiness into the Techno landscape.

"Egg Roll" is a slamming broken beat Techno monster that has been extensively tested out in the field, "Scez princess" combines hardcore breaks with waspish synth riffs while over on the flip, "I Know" hits hard with no messing around and the EP is finished off with the lumbering stunted funk of "Mono Skank". Available on lovely grey marbled Vinyl.

Fresh from outings on Super Rhythm Trax, Killekill and Power Vacuum, and following on from April's 'Toy Box Part One', Jerome Hill is back to complete the series with part two, presenting four raucous Technoid trax in glorious Technicolour, striking out and injecting some humour and rowdiness into the techno landscape. "Donkey Bite" is the one everyone's talking about, borrowing an old vocal sample and updating it into a pleasurably rolling Chicago style banger that will appeal to fans of his track "It's Time For The" .. Next up is Slither, that does what it says on the tin.. A creepy and subliminal sludgey bass roller ! Flip the record for the deranged, banging and distinctly wormy "Mr. Worm" and then the Toy Box saga finishes up as unconventionally as it began, with the lop sided lumber of "Torque Talk" . 

Toy

Happy In The Hollow

    RIYL: The Horrors, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dungen, Goat, Clinic.

    TOY have announced details of their new album, Happy In The Hollow, which is released on Friday January 25th 2019. Their fourth album, and their first for new label Tough Lough Records, it’s unquestionably their most direct and propulsive album to date.

    Recorded between their own home tape studios and mixed at Dan Carey’s Studio B in South London, the album was entirely produced and mixed by the band.

    "Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on Post Punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating."

    The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves.

    “Each song was a blank canvas,” says Maxim. “Producers inevitably develop their own patterns over time, right down to certain drum sounds. We were starting from scratch and it felt very creative as a result. It’s an album we feel deeply connected to”.

    TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Oscarnold (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).


    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Dinked Edition LP Info: Pressed on Transparent Vinyl.
    Exclusive alternative artwork.
    Includes a bonus 7" single with two secret tracks.
    Hand Numbered.
    Limited to 700 copies to Dinked Shops only.

    Coloured LP Info: Limited to 1000 copies on “Behind Blue Eyes” vinyl and exclusive to Indie stores only.

    LP Info: Standard black vinyl edition.

    Rye Wax management, Peckham mainstays and production experts FYI Chris join the Toy Tonics roster with scorching EP of forward facing dance music. Sharing the same name, as well as a 5th dan Black Belt in MPC, the duo have been fucking the clubs up royally these past two years, and this is another batch of primo floor fuel. Opener "Encounters" puts its hands up for Detroit, dipping through grayscale Motor City keys, looped background chatter and a bumping 4/4 rhythm. But where lesser producers might be content to casually appropriate a KDJ classic, FYI Chris, twist the template with touches of UK bleep, innovative synth motifs and the kind of euphoric finale you can only understand if you've shelved a pinger during the Eastenders ommibus. The merriment continues on the A2, with the tripped out Animal Collective-wish-this-was-them, psych-funk influenced bruk of "Flat Psych", a hallucinogenic and detailed cut for warm ups and rub downs. Flip the pancake and cop a load of "Glaser", a triumph in neck snapping minimal house. Jack your body, jill yourself off, whatever, give in to those disorienting synth swells and tunneling sequences. Finally "Just Atmospheres" overcomes any titular modesty with deeeeep sub whomps, pitched down vocals and the clanging, clattering rhythm pattern which eventually introduces the fucking spangled rave vamps. Megoh! (As our dear friend Bosco would say)

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Intimate, deep and dark at times yet very danceable. This is one of the best Toy Tonics I have listened to in a long time. Deep techno, deep house... call it what you like. It is terrific!

    When Fouk & Glenn Astro remix a new artist you know what the vibe is: Dirty DIY house with a heavy funk vibe. Mangabey is the new kid on the Toy Tonics family and he is a master of this style. He lives in Lyon/ France (and is a good friend of Folamour who remixed his first EP on Toy Tonics some months ago). But Mangabey takes the whole new Funk-House sound to another level. While many of his colleagues work with samples, Mangabey studied Jazz piano and collects vintage synths. And so he plays most of the stuff himself and bring in a lot of personality. His works could remind the vibe of New York Soul House from the 1990ies or the sounds from the West London scene from 20 years ago, but definitely he adds a modern, edgy touch to it. Mangabey aka Jose Fehner is an interesting personality: Born in the south of France in a family of traveling artists. As a kid he has been living on a boat and in caravans, traveling France and Africa with a wild theatre collective directed by his parents who are actors. Later he went to music university and now finally, by age of 22, he lives in Lyon. Lyon is becoming France' second music town. The town that has the most vibrant club and producer scene right now. So, yes: There is a lot to come from there… a lot from Mangabey.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Sil says: Nice house tunes with a touch of flair and class unlike anything else released this week. Get's my vote!

    Gospelhouse from heaven! Yes - this is a very special record: NYC's Phenomenal Handclap Band meets London's Ray Mang - the psychedelic soul disciples meet the disco champ by way of remix.
    Ray Mang is a hero to fans of underground disco: remixer, collector, producer, DJ - he is part of that magic circle of London DJ connoisseurs around DJ Harvey. He has the magic disco touch, and has applied it to great effect to PHB's "Judge Not". He did a fresh, new take on house-heavy gospel disco that is sure to fill any dancefloor. Try it!

    For those who don't know New York's almost legendary band: The Phenomenal Handclap Band is led by producer Daniel Collás, and consists of some of New York's finest new soul & disco musicians. Some of them used to play in the Amy Winehouse band and others can be heard on some of Mark Ronson's productions. Their biggest moment was when they released their single "15 to 20" some years ago (on Gomma Records) and Paul McCartney wrote them a letter about how much he loved that song when he heard it on BBC Radio 1.

    On "Judge Not" they come up with dazzling piano lines, a deep rare funk rhythm section, and a street corner gospel choir that brings you to your feet.

    Ray Mang heard the original version of this song and was hyped to become involved in the remix, and the pairing is complementary to say the least.
    Many of you know PHB from their collaborations with such luminaries as Peaches or Marcos Valle or Bryan Ferry, a prime appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, and direct support on Bryan Ferry's US tour.
    The group is currently finishing a new album.

    Toy

    The Willo / Energy

      Since 2010, Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Now here comes a two-track twelve-inch on Tough Love, a foretaste of a forthcoming album in January 2019, which marks a new dawn for this most singular of bands.

      ‘The Willo’ is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim's fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen", says Tom.

      Then there is ‘Energy’, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music.

      The twelve-inch, recorded and mixed by the band between Oscarnold’s Stoke Newington flat and a south London studio, is the first release for Toy on their new label Tough Love, representing the latest stage in the evolution of the band. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China, while holding onto that youthful, magical moment of discovering strange new worlds of innocence and experience.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Mine says: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of TOY. The band return with "The Willo", a dreamy, innocent sounding song that quickly develops into the soundtrack to a ride through a magical forest, and "Energy", which with its pounding drums, driving bass and post punk-y, occasionally chaotic guitars could hardly sound more different. Two interesting songs that leave us excited for the new album!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd 12" Info: Indies store exclusive - limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

      A Giant Dog

      Toy

        Toy, the fourth LP from A Giant Dog and their second for Merge, shows the Austin quintet at the height of their powers. A solid year of road-dogging and woodshedding has made the band tighter than ever, the charging dynamo of Andrew Cashen and Andy Bauer's guitars in lockstep with the primal chug of the rhythm section Graham Low on bass and the recorded debut of Daniel Blanchard on drums. Singer Sabrina Ellis turns in another masterful performance, in equal parts brash, defiant, vulnerable, and raw.

        Lyrically, Sabrina and Andrew have a gift for making their personal frustrations and fuck-ups, fears, lusts, and addictions feel universal. While they have always given voice to the weirdos and creeps—showing that their peccadilloes and peculiarities are much more deep-seated and widespread they dig even deeper on Toy. “I feel I’ve revealed more in this album than ever before,” Sabrina confesses. Still, the band doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of catchiness or charm when tackling issues like aging, agency, and mortality. For proof, just look at “Photograph,” the sweetest love song about physical longing and enduring devotion to one’s lover, even as their body succumbs to the ravages of time.

        The band recorded Toy with Grammy-winning engineer Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, Cat Power, The White Stripes, Reigning Sound), and singer/songwriter/guitarist/wildman Cashen produced it. "Andrew as producer makes a lot of sense," Sabrina says. "He composes the songs and knows better than anyone what they should sound like in the end. With him at the helm, we've arrived at a raw, truthful, risky, and rangey album." Toy is also sonically huge, pulling from a range of influence s as diverse as Tinariwen and Thin Lizzy. 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        CD Info: CD & LP packages include lead singer Sabrina Ellis’ handwritten lyrics + a photo of the band.

        Flotation Toy Warning have been stealing hearts with their space-rock-chamber-pop since the beginning of the last decade. Their debut Bluffers Guide to the Flight Deck was released worldwide in 2004. It has been a very long wait but their second full-length is now set to be released. And it was worth the wait!

        "Swirls of guitar, looped samples and beautifully bereft vocals to beguiling lo-fi effect, recalling both DIY Flaming Lips and the glitchyside of Sparklehorse - Buckled but beauteous, psychedelic Victoriana with beats" Time Out.

        Toy & Rose Elinor Dougall

        The Half Remarkable Question/Ride, Ride

          We played a night with Rose about a year ago at The Betsy Trottwood in Clerkenwell. The night was a folk night called called 'Meanwhile Back In The Forest' put on by our friend Will Hodgkinson. We did some Incredible String Band covers and an Anne Briggs cover. As well as a few of our own songs. We had great time doing it and thought it'd be fun to record a few of them at our friends Euan from Young Husband's studio in Greenwich. We did them over a 2 days all in the same room with very few overdubs. Charlie played a little flute at one point. We've all grown up listening to those records so it was really nice to interprete them in our own way and sing with Rose.

          We recorded these songs over two cold days in January at Euan's studio, Static TV in Greenwich. These are songs all have us have always loved, and we performed them a couple of years ago at Will Hodgkinson's folk night at the Betsey Trotwood, so it was great to get them recorded. We did it all pretty much live to tape, which gives the whole thing the natural spontaneity of when we first played them.

          Anne Briggs is a hero of mine so it was slightly daunting to step into her shoes, so I hope this is a fitting homage to her brilliant music

          ‘The Half Remarkable Question’ is a cover version of The Incredible String Band

          ‘Ride, Ride’ is a cover version of Anne Briggs

          MTO (Modified Toy Orchestra)

          Mary = X / The Breath They’ve Been Holding Released

            Birmingham’s iconic audio scientists, Modified Toy Orchestra, are back. This time as mto and with a new single on their old label.

            Hand cut in an edition of 100 copies by PhilM at 3345 this return sees the band in a casio only landscape watching the mathematician Richard Feynman sit alone at the top of a light house on mars contemplating calculus and aspects of his life.

            ‘Mary = X’
            A haunting lament of what might have been from the perspective of Richard Feynman's ex-wife Mary, her plaintive voice keening for her husband’s attention, a hopeless attempt against the infinite mysteries of calculus.
            "He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in the living room, and while lying in bed at night." —Mary Louise Bell divorce complaint.

            ‘The breath they've been holding.’
            The Title is taken from a news broadcast observing the faces of the doomed astronaut’s families during the space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

            Since touring the world performing their 2nd album Plastic Planet, which culminated in sell out shows at the Hong Kong Civic Hall, mto have been commissioned to perform Stockhausen and to collaborate with composer/conductor Richard Baker on "Game" by Faster than sound performed at Aldeburgh Britain's oldest classical music festival.

            The 2 tracks are part of digital EP called "Feynman on Mars" which shows a darker, colder distant side of mto an aspect of the band which will be further explored as they blast off in to the outer reaches of the cosmos on what will be there 3rd album "Silfurburg".

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd 7" Info: Lathe cut 7"
            Edition: 100

            Coves

            No Ladder (Toy Remix)

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              Basements hung with fairy lights, 60s tape reels spinning antique spools, drums dusted with white powder. Gritty riffs and psych rock washes slither beneath airy, blissed-blank Nico vocals spinning spectral tales of shattered romance. A beautifully ruined pair – he a leather-clad glowering guitar phantom, she a glacial, broken bombshell – blow glitter at each other through the flashes from old cameras.

              This is the world of Coves, a classic psych-garage aesthetic vacuum-sealed forever in one time, one space. The space is Castle Grayskull, the live-in studio that musical mastermind John Ridgard helped build in a disused office in Leamington Spa and where their debut album was recorded. And the time covers the duration of singer and lyricist Beck Wood's last big relationship, laid out in her songs from first flutter to final choke.

              'No Ladder' gets the remix treatment by TOY turning it into an epic, beat driven psychedelic dream.

              Toy

              It's Been So Long

                The second 7” to be released from the album ‘Join The Dots’.

                Screen printed 7” of 500 copies. Also available as a digital download.

                As with their debut album, ‘Join The Dots’ was recorded mostly live with Dan Carey at the helm, although increased studio time has enabled the band to experiment more with Carey’s laboratory of effects and pre-amps, and embellish their swirling, psychedelia, Krautrock indebted tracks with overdubs.

                Toy’s swirling, psychedelia, Krautrock indebted debut album arrived almost exactly 12 months ago.

                Dan Carey sits at the controls once again on ‘Join The Dots’, released via Heavenly Recordings.

                As with their debut, ‘Join The Dots’ was recorded mostly live with Carey at the helm, although increased studio time has enabled the band to experiment more with Carey’s laboratory of effects and pre-amps, and embellish the tracks with overdubs.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: As good, if not better than their superb debut. And you can't say that too often! A much more powerful, physical record, but with those shogazery melodies still intact.

                Young Galaxy

                Privileged Poor - Factory Floor / Toy / Dan Lissvik Remixes

                Limited edition Young Galaxy ‘Privileged Poor’ remix 12” featuring Factory Floor, TOY and Dan Lissvik (Studio). Debut release from new label, 586.

                Young Galaxy’s ‘Privileged Poor’ is taken from the Polaris Music Prize short-listed album 'Ultramarine'. Factory Floor's remix comes hot on the heels of the band’s acclaimed debut album on DFA, and has similar sound designs. Their mix strips away the vocals, pads and pop touches, leaving us with a taut, driving analogue techno / house number. If you didn't know it was a remix you would think it was one of Factory Floor's own tracks. TOY’s Dom and Ale continue to emerge as world class remixers as they transform 'Privileged Poor' into a hypnotic, motorik psychedelic freak out. While less synthy than the original, Dan Lissvik keeps the pop edges of the original and an extra bump for the dancefloor.


                FORMAT INFORMATION

                12" Info: Limited clear / splatter 3D effect vinyl pressing. 400 copies only.

                Following a couple of great singles, Toy release their much anticipated debut album, which was recorded during the spring of 2012 with Dan Carey in his South London studio.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Andy says: Right from the very start there was something special about this band. By that I mean Piccadilly sold tonnes of their first few singles, before we'd really worked out what was going on! This debut album explains the fuss; it's absolutely brilliant! Sure, they've got all the cool references which older bods will recognise in the House Of Love or even The Church i.e. moody vocals and a certain psych-tinged sense of otherness, but Toy add tasty, motorik grooves and FX-laden shoegaze swathes to a sound that is hypnotic, kaleidoscopic, but most importantly catchy as fuck! They do the arty stuff with the kosmische repetition and well-placed instrumentals, but then bring out the enormous choruses and deft pop hooks for all the kids (and milkmen!) that couldn't care less. They remind me a little bit of Ride, or today The Horrors, but I think Toy are better than both.

                Andy Human

                Toy Man / Centre Of Gravity

                Andy Human started up in Oakland recently as Andy Jordan’s (The Cuts, Buzzer, now backing Meercaz) new band and the tunes are riddled with developed hooks and creamy sheen with the most "together" song-writing since the Cuts. Yes, I know I just said 'creamy sheen'. But it's true! Do I need to explain what this guy does?!!! Listen to Buzzer + the Cuts. Anyway, the one man idea all quickly reformulated into a full band. And just after they started playing out and getting some response, we, the monsters of rock came together to releases this double A-sider to the hoards of masses clamoring to swallow one of the 500 copies. Har har.

                This debut 7” lays out two GREAT cuts of Andy Humanity and it’s a damn shimmery piece of solid gold pop I say to you sirs and mamas. Well recorded, well played stuff to be sure. The A-sides “Toy Man” is a genius one-two punch of Jordan’s spacey pop tendencies fully cut loose (as seen in "Eskimo" on the comp thingy we did actually...it's a solid pair those two), with a sweet guitar line and just awesome pop-writing perfection via well placed total tempo fluctuations, tightness, and transitions of a veteran homeboy. The flipside, “Center of Gravity” is an equally sweet, organ-driven, strangely dancey and weirdly melancholic tune that is sure to have all heads bobbing. Certainly equally catchy and brilliant as the A side but settled into it’s groove a bit more and 'vibing out'.

                Part synth-pop classic, part future pop blueprint, the unforgettably catchy "I'm Not Your Toy" is set to be La Roux's next instant classic and is as sure to take up residence in your brain as its predecessors. With her own sci-fi disco ice queen style cut from the same iconic androgynous mould as Grace Jones and Annie Lennox and looking as otherworldly as Tilda Swinton in an electro remake of the Man Who Fell To Earth, La Roux has ripped up the 2009 pop star rule book, already becoming an accidental fashion heroine, a pop star as beloved of fashion journalists as much as radio DJs. Both 12" and CD single features remixes come from Data (big main room electrohouse smasher) and Jack Beats (another of their monster fidget jackers).

                Hot Club De Paris

                Clockwork Toy

                  Yay, finally the irrepressible Moshi Moshi release this gem of a single from Hot Club De Paris' stunning debut album "Drop it Til It Pops". A great guitar lick, a call to the indie dancefloor and away you go! On the flip side of this limited 7" you'll find a rather splendid if unexpected cover of the Paul Simon classic "You Can Call Me Al".

                  Just found 1 copy! First come first served!


                  Tobias Kirmayer compiles this selection of quality soul-funk cuts aimed at the regular buyer, rather than crate diggers, who just wants good music and doesn't care if it's rare or not. Needless to say some of the best tracks are the rarest, so tracking down many of the originals here would cost you a pretty penny! The compilation includes tracks by Sisters Love, 1984, Carlton Basco, House Guests, Elmer Parker And Brenda Parker And Nite Lighters, Emperor's Soul 69, Bahama Soul Stew, Gene Boyd, Ray Anthony and many more - 15 tracks in all.

                  Flotation Toy Warning

                  Bluffer's Guide To The Flight Deck

                  Following two critically acclaimed EPs, the London five piece have been winning people over with their accessible baroque pop. The press say.. 'swirls of guitar, looped samples and beautifully bereft vocals to beguiling lo-fi effect, recalling both DIY Flaming Lips and the glitchyside of Sparklehorse...Buckled but beauteous, psychedelic Victoriana with beats' - Time Out; '... a halfway house between Grandaddy's space-boy dreaming and Tindersticks ennui...we demand they be included on the Flaming lips' tour now!' - NME; 'fine, atmospheric delights that sparkle like the aurora borealis and are rare treats and more proof that Flotation Toy Warning are one of the most beguiling delights of the year.' - Music Week.

                  Les Gammas' Tom Wieland collects together some of his finds from trips DJing round former Communist Eastern European cities, including Moscow, Warsaw, Belgrade, Budapest, Bratislava, Vilnius, Katowice, St Petersburg etc. Musically the artists mix up swinging jazz, dancehall, broken beats, funk and soul, with many of the tracks (nine out of twelve) being previously unreleased. Artists include Innocent Sorcerers, Easy Life Natural, Klasick, The Second Whorl, Electric Brother, Eddy & Dus, Painkiller Septet, Crate Soul Brothers, Yannah etc. Quality dancefloor sounds.

                  Kevin Ayers

                  Joy Of A Toy

                    After leaving Soft Machine in 1969 Kevin Ayres returned from composing new songs in Ibiza to London to record sessions that eventually became his classic debut album "Joy Of A Toy". It's his characteristically eccentric mix of lyrical ballad ("Lady Rachel"), the psychedelic ("Stop This Train (Again Doing It)" with a mad organ solo from Mike Ratledge) and on "Song For Insane Times" true progressive rock with the Soft Machine providing the backing track. This remastered edition now features six rare tracks including the long lost session featuring Syd Barrett on guitar on Ayers's aborted debut single "Religious Experience (Singing A Song In The Morning)".

                    The Bert Jansch rehabilitaion was complete by the time these 1998 recordings appeared. The cover showed an older face with the lines on his face eloquently telling the tale of the experiences of one of the most creative musicians of our age and one of the hardest drinking survivors too. Ironically he starts off with a stunning version of a song written by another folk / rock casualty, Jackson C. Frank. "Carnival" is followed by an equally brilliant interpretation of "She Moved Through The Fair".

                    Here And Now

                    Give And Take

                    Here and Now were clones of Gong and precursors of Ozric Tentacles and "Give And Take" is their best work. An entertaining debut - the opening track is straight out of the pot-head pixie handbook. They remain doyens of the free festival circuit and this is a welcome reissue.


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