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David Bowie

Toy - 2022 Reissue

    'Toy' is a posthumously released album from David Bowie. Recorded in mid-2000 in New York with members of his touring band, with a mixture of new and unreleased old material rehearsed quickly for the purposes of what would have been a surprise album, it was shelved by Virgin/EMI, an act leading to Bowie's departure from the label.

    TRACK LISTING

    I Dig Everything
    You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
    The London Boys
    Karma Man
    Conversation Piece
    Shadow Man
    Let Me Sleep Beside You
    Hole In The Ground
    Baby Loves That Way
    Can't Help Thinking About Me
    Silly Boy Blue
    Toy (Your Turn To Drive) 

    Born in Donauwörth, a small town in Bavaria in 1951, Götz Tangerding studied piano to concert level at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg. In the 1970s he started to make a name for himself on the local Munich jazz scene and travelled through East Europe with drummer Rudi Roth. In 1976 he came to New England Conservatory of Music in Boston to study compositions with George Russell and Jaki Byard with whom he played in the New York Big Band in 1978.

    In 1980 he returned to Munich, Germany and founded his formation Bhakti Jazz as well his own record label Bhakti Records. "First Step", recorded at the Loft in Munich on May 1st and 2nd that same year, was the debut album and showcases the huge talent of the young and gifted band leader.

    The two best known tracks are probably "Glimpses of Truth" and "Eastern Moods" which have been re-released back to back on 45RPM single by another german reissue label in the late 2000s. However, these are just two out of nine outstanding compositions from the prolific pianist to be found on this album. Tangerding's tasty style of playing, combined with the psychedelic maze created by his fellow band members on flute (Alan Ett), sax (Alan Ett again!), drums (Rudi Roth), and bass (Urs Hämmerli) plus Lisa Dawson's exotic vocal harmonies are sure grab your ear for a mind-blowing experience.

    Götz Tangerding, who died much too young early in 1991, left us with dozens of wonderful compositons. "First Step" does not contain a single weak track. It's a true masterpiece and definitely one of the finest independent German jazz albums from the 1980s.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Glimpses Of Truth
    2. An Answer To My Soul
    3. Opes De Salsa
    4. First Step
    5. Nitter One Pearl Too
    6. Die Zeitmaschine
    7. Eastern Mood
    8. Tutankhamun
    9. Crystallization 1

    David Bowie

    Toy E.P. 10" (RSD22 EDITION)

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      100g, 5 track 10" EP black. The 10" vinyl and CD TOY E.P. ("YOU'VE GOT IT MADE WITH ALL THE TOYS") features the previously unheard "SHADOW MAN (VOCAL AND PIANO MIX)", an alternative stripped back mix of the TOY album track, along with the unreleased live versions of "I DIG EVERYTHING" and "THE LONDON BOYS" recorded at the final Glastonbury warm-up show at the Roseland Ballroom, New York on 19th June, 2000. The E.P. also contains three tracks "YOU'VE GOT A HABIT OF LEAVING" (RADIO EDIT), "SILLY BOY BLUE" (ALTERNATIVE ENDING MIX) and "CAN'T HELP THINKING ABOUT ME" (LIVE MARK RADCLIFFE SHOW BBC RADIO 1 SESSION), previously only available as streaming singles and which are making their physical debut.

      Toytonics continue to provide vital vibrations for your four-four focussed 'floor. Delivering us here some 'lost mixes' of some of the finest moments from the catalogue.

      Folamour remixes "Mangabey", injecting some seriously deep vibes on this funky, housey number rich with musicality and rhythm.

      Pontchartrain apply one of their high gloss rubs to Felipe Gordon's "Tell Me Something Ture" - transforming it into a rugged and reflective mid session burner that's perfect for long hot days dancing at Carnival.

      Demuja's "Brissy" is a seriously eyes-down, backroom number - think 3 Chairs, Rick Wade and early Moods & Grooves. Red light not included.

      Finally, Sano & Kapote's "Sabrosito Tool" concludes with a stripped back but highly functional piece of house music that, as the name suggest, will work great laid over some other track in-tha-mix as they used to say. Don't worry if you're not up to that though - as the horns and the guitar chops converge it easily stands on its own dancing feet regardless. We think it kicks hard, as does the whole EP. Check!



      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Tuff and funky house music from Sano & Kapote; moody, eyes-down backroom glow from Demuja; deep spiritual vibes from Felipe Gordon plus a jazzy, syncopated jam from Felipe Gordon. Fully loaded and ready to rock any dancefloor!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Mangabey - GUFM (Folamour Remix)
      2. Felipe Gordon - Tell Me Something True (Pontchartrain Remix) 
      3. Demuja - Brissy 
      4. Sano & Kapote - Sabrosito Tool 

      Sam Ruffillo

      Italianissimo EP: Extended Mixes

      It’s Italian time! Sam Ruffillo is back. Sicilian producer doing smooth Balearic disco with Italian vocals. The direction is clear: Sam Ruffillo's music brings us back into the Italian riviera and the hippy days of Ibiza in the late 1970's. Even his way of production is similar to how the early days disco producers in Italia used to work: no samples needed. Instead a few guest musicians come to jam over Sam's beats in his Italian studio space. Guitar, bass, percussions. Sam later makes the production and added keyboard solos and put together the vibes into what is this new EP.

      The girl voice comes from NINFA. It’s the classic studio story: Ninfa is a singer and DJ and friend of Sam. She was hanging at the studio while Sam was finishing these tracks. She stated to sing along... the words came up spontaneously… so they decided to record her and finally decided to keep them. The vibe was too good. Why talk English if you can do it better: in Italian!

      This is second for Toy Tonics after his “Sport House” EP from last year. Sam also appeared on the solo record of Joel Holmes on Toy Tonics. Together with Kapote Modica he co-produced and made the beats on that record. Now Sam is back with this pure Italian EP. Inclusive remixes by new German artists Gome and Italian Musemeci - known to many from his fabulous Italo-trance releases on Diynamic records.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Solid and sincere Italian business from Sam Ruffillo who dispatches five tracks that'll do the business early on or peaking midsession. Reckon he's a bit of a superstar this cat, surprised the Red Laser crew haven't got him on yet (hint hint).

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Danza Organica (Musumeci Remix) 05:33
      2. Perfetta Cosi (Gome Remix) 04:44
      3. Es Buena (Extended Mix) 05:43
      4. Perfetta Cosi (Extended Mix) 04:57
      5. Danza Organica (Extended Mix) 05:39

      Toy Tonics and Illegal Jazz regular Kapote returns with more fun and fizzy house music, with loopy house deviant Session Victim also in attendance.

      The double-entendre title, "Fuck Music" plumes along with a nice low bassline driving elements through the LPF - keys, vox, perx; all squashed within the frequency range for maximum pump. Session Victim adds some subtle tweaks, a few more drums here and there plus some niggly sfx. It's all nice, bubbly, deep house goodness for side A.

      Side B's "N1" continues the theme - long drawn-out passages of sumptuous house music bolstered with clickity snares, swung hats and deep rumbling bass. LFO controlled filters and an array of slowly rising strings bring the excitement into focus as the track draws to its climax. "Arpeggio" concludes with a buzzing and distorted arp line vying for attention against squiggly fx swirls, fist-pumpin' drum hits and wild synth work. Epic stuff indeed. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Clean-cut, loopy bangers for your all nite terrace party. Reminds me a bit of The Revenge and Instruments Of Rapture etc. Very good!

      TRACK LISTING

      Side 1
      1. Fuck Music (9:47)
      2. Fuck Music (Session Victim Remix) (6:58)
      Side 2
      1. N1 (6:18)
      2. Arpeggio (6:29)

      David Bowie

      Toy:Box

        Parlophone Records/ISO Records are proud to announce TOY:BOX. The previously unreleased TOY album will be released on 7th January 2022, the day before David Bowie’s birthday. Available in six 10” vinyl versions and 3CD, TOY:BOX is a special edition of the TOY album. The ‘capture the moment’ approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3.

        TOY was recorded following David's triumphant Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band, Mark Plati, Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick, Mike Garson, Holly Palmer and Emm Gryner, to record new interpretations of songs he’d first recorded from 1964-1971. David planned to record the album ‘old school’ with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible in a remarkably prescient manner. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the ‘surprise drop’ album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY, as the album was now named, out to fans as instantly as David wanted. In the interim, David did what he did best; he moved on to something new, which began with a handful of new songs from the same sessions and ultimately became the album HEATHEN, released in 2002 and now acknowledged as one of his finest moments. 


        TRACK LISTING

        Vinyl Tracklisting:
        10” No. 1
        Side 1
        I Dig Everything
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
        The London Boys
        Side 2
        Karma Man
        Conversation Piece
        Shadow Man

        10” No. 2
        Side 3
        Let Me Sleep Beside You
        Hole In The Ground
        Baby Loves That Way
        Side 4
        Can't Help Thinking About Me
        Silly Boy Blue
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

        10” No. 3
        Side 5
        Liza Jane
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (alternative Mix)
        Baby Loves That Way (alternative Mix)
        Side 6
        Can't Help Thinking About Me (alternative Mix)
        I Dig Everything (alternative Mix)
        The London Boys (alternative Version)

        10” No. 4
        Side 7
        Silly Boy Blue (Tibet Version)
        Let Me Sleep Beside You(alternative Mix)
        In The Heat Of The Morning
        Conversation Piece (alternative Mix)
        Side 8
        Hole In The Ground (alternative Mix)
        Shadow Man (alternative Mix)
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative Mix)

        10” No. 5
        Side 9
        In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        I Dig Everything (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Side 10
        The London Boys (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Karma Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Conversation Piece(Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)

        10” No. 6
        Side 11
        Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Side 12
        Can't Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)

        3 CD Tracklisting:
        CD1 TOY
        I Dig Everything
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving
        The London Boys
        Karma Man
        Conversation Piece
        Shadow Man
        Let Me Sleep Beside You
        Hole In The Ground
        Baby Loves That Way
        Can't Help Thinking About Me
        Silly Boy Blue
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

        CD 2 TOY- Alternatives & Extras
        Liza Jane
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (alternative Mix) *
        Baby Loves That Way (alternative Mix) *
        Can't Help Thinking About Me (alternative Mix)
        I Dig Everything (alternative Mix)
        The London Boys (alternative Version)
        Silly Boy Blue (Tibet Version)
        Let Me Sleep Beside You (alternative Mix) *
        In The Heat Of The Morning
        Conversation Piece (alternative Mix) *
        Hole In The Ground (alternative Mix)
        Shadow Man (alternative Mix) *
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (alternative Mix) *


        CD 3 TOY - Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric
        In The Heat Of The Morning (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        I Dig Everything (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        The London Boys (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Karma Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Conversation Piece (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Let Me Sleep Beside You (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Hole In The Ground (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Baby Loves That Way (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Can't Help Thinking About Me (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Silly Boy Blue (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)
        Toy (Your Turn To Drive) (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix)

        *Previously Unreleased

        The success of S. Fidelity's sophomore LP "Fidelity Radio Club" (April, 2021) is still culminating. Widely recognized as a highlight for instrumental beat music this year, with recent track placements on Spotify's Editorial Jazz Vibes and Butter Playlists, each with over 1.9M Followers. Now, S. Fidelity teams up with the unmistakable sound of Berlin's Toy Tonics to rework four of FRC's track to perfectly fit dance floors worldwide as they slowly reopen.

        Toy Tonics label head Kapote as well as TT label artists Cody Currie, Rhode & Brown and Sam Ruffillo deliver four high quality club renditions from FRC. The EP, only 500 copies pressed, is to be released via Jakarta Records on September 3rd. Musically, the EP combines the feel-good, beat factor of "Fidelity Radio Club" with the dancefloor ready house, disco and funk grooves that Toy Tonics are known for. The EP will be a perfect follow-up to S. Fidelity's previous Jakarta releases, which have gained more than 3.3M cumulative streams on Spotify alone.

        The 1st single, "Me At The Zoo feat. Àbáse (Cody Currie Remix) is to be released on August 13th along with announcement of the pre-order for the Limited 12" EP. The upbeat collaboration with Cody Currie – who has more than 2M cumulative streams on Spotify – takes the swinging groove of the original and gives it a Balearic, percussive, dance-ready vibe. Currie, a London-born DJ and producer has been on the rise since moving to Berlin and teaming up with talent from the city's jazz and house scenes. He's released two EP's with Grammy nominated pianist Joel Holmes on Toy Tonics as well as the mini album "Atlantic Exchanges, Vol. 1" with Felipe Gordon on DJ Haus' Shall Not Fade in 2021. This year Currie also shared his first solo 12" on Toy Tonics, "Moves EP", which showcases his sublime ability as a producer to blend elements of feel-good house, disco, jazz and UK garage into each other.

        The three other tracks are set to be released as digital singles on the physical release day, September 3rd, in order to maximize playlist reach and hit each of the artists release radars. Toy Tonics head honcho Kapote, a.k.a. Mathias Modica, takes S. Fidelity's boogie tune "Something Good" and spices it with a catchy piano lead line, infectious drum programming and several synth solos. Kapote, with more than 3.5M cumulative Spotify streams and over 97K Monthly Listeners, ran Gomma Records for more than 15 years, where he produced and released the likes of WhoMadeWho and Rammellzee.

        Rhode & Brown remix "Presumably Broccoli", a straightforward hip-hop instrumental, which they flipped and "reverso-ed" into a just as straightforward high energy dancefloor gem. The duo from Munich have been delighting house music fans with rock solid productions on such labels as Toy Tonics, Permanent Vacation, Public Possession, Shall Not Fade and their own Slam City Jams imprint, establishing themselves as one of the most consistent house producers groups. Most recently they released their debut album "Everything Is In Motion" on Permanent Vacation. Bologna-based Sam Ruffillo rounds out the EP with a deep and meditative house rendition of S. Fidelity's "Higher" featuring Àbáse on keys and a prolific vocal recording of Steve Arrington. The Italian DJ and producer debuted on Toy Tonics just a year ago with the pandemic inspired EP "Sport House", offering jazzy-house alternatives to dancing while clubs remained closed. Sam Ruffillo received co-signs and spins by the likes of Romare, Folamour and Spotify's Fresh Finds: Basement playlist.

        The release will primarily be promoted by the artist's and label's social media accounts and profiles.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Me At The Zoo (Cody Currie Remix) [feat. Abase]
        2. Something Good (Kapote Remix)
        3. Presumably Broccoli (Rhode & Brown Reverso Mix) [feat. Suff Daddy]
        4. Higher (Sam Ruffillo Remix) [feat. Àbáse & Saint Ezekiel]

        COEO are back on Toy Tonics! After uninterrupted touring around the globe, followed by a short creative break the guys come back with an even stronger sound. With the new EP they go more underground again. Its addressed to the clubs and night owls out there, who turn night into day and won't stop dancing!

        The sound is based on classic house patterns and includes a lot of cool saxophones, big piano stabs & rhythmic piano solos. They even go tribal, use arpeggios and switch into breakbeat heaven. The four Originals are a great next step in the COEO evolution. The unique warm, catchy atmosphere of the tracks can create that special COEO euphoria which made them a lot of fans. From Moodymann to Disclosure, Mall Grab to Kenny Dope, the list is long.

        It's fantastic to see how popular they became over the last couple of years. The last COEO vinyl sold over 2500 copies and some of their tracks have millions of Spotify plays. It's DJ FOOD. Pure bliss!

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Sorry For The Late Reply
        2. Hyperactive
        3. I Can Never Be Yours
        4. Bliss

        OYE Records man Delfonic teams up with Topy Tonics head honcho Kapote for clever EP of jazz dance reworks done inna houz stylee!

        Rare and forgotten tracks from their collection re-cut and re-chopped and feeling more than fine in a 2020 DJ set..

        Delfonic & Kapote have joined forces also label-wise and created a new imprint for this issue: Toy Toye Recordings.

        Vinyl only release 4 tha headz = be fast if you want in on the action! 


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. In The Lyte Rejam
        A2. Next Level Rejam
        B1. La Bottera Rejam
        B2. Lazy Rejam

        DJs, producers and unrivaled selectors, Danny McLewin and Tom Coveney have shared the next taste of their debut album ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ via their stunning next track, ‘Ghost Particle’.

        Recorded at Canterbury’s Cosmic Forest Studios, ‘Ghost Particle’ features English psychedelic-rock Syd Arthur frontman Liam Magill. A gorgeously emotive and glistening space prog infused moment track for the album, Ghost Particle glides along at cruising altitude.

        Released last year on their own imprint Psychemagik Recordings. ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ is an album with a phenomenal backstory spanning back over a decade. ‘I Feel How This Night Should Look’ is testament to the duo’s deep understanding and love of their craft, an LP which hones a layered intelligence that only long-term dedication to the art and craft of the DJ can deliver.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Ghost Particle (Feat. Liam Magill)
        A2. Ghost Particle (Instrumental)
        B1. Ghost Particle (Feat. Liam Magill) (Cable Toy Club Mix)

        New York vocalist Kosmo Kint joined the Toy Tonics crew. Born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, Kosmo has been part of the recent Brooklyn scene, singing in several projects in NYC before moving to Berlin two years ago. To find like minded people to create new lyrics driven dancemusic.

        In Berlin he teamed up with the Toy Tonics boys and now TT boss Kapote and the crew are working with him in Berlin Kreuzberg to find a new R&B & Disco influenced style of electronic dance music.
        The first release is a collabo between french talent Mangabey and Kosmo Kint - produced by Kapote.
        The 2 songs have a chilled L.A. G Funk Vibe that makes you think about certain Dr. Dre productions from the 90ies combined with some broken beats and 4 to the floor house vibes.
        The song might remember some french touch tracks too and some might think about that West London early 2000 "Dego" Vibe maybe. Anyway, its new and there is not a name yet for that style. Let's see where the TT crew will bring Kosmo Kint sonically over the next years.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: New to the Toy Tonics label Kosmo Kint, alongside Mangabey have dipped into all the genres going - Disco, House, R&B, Broken Beat, Funk, Electronic and created two tracks of pure dance music hits. TT bringing the vibes to Piccadilly!

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Time No More
        2. Time No More (Instrumental)
        3. Get Lost
        4. Get Lost (Instrumental) 

        Toy

        Songs Of Consumption

          TOY, who released Happy In The Hollow, their fourth, and by far most acclaimed album to date, in January of this year on Tough Love Records, have announced details of Songs Of Consumption, an 8-song collection of unique interpretations of tracks which have inspired the band.

          The idea was originally birthed when the band recorded four covers for the bonus 7"s that came with the Dinked and Rough Trade versions of the last album. 3 of those songs feature here alongside 5 new recordings completed last month, which comprise tracks by Stooges, Amanda Lear, Nico, The Troggs, Serge Gainsborough, Soft Cell, John Barry and Pet Shop Boys/Elvis/Willy Nelson (depending on how you know the song).

          Talking about the album, TOY said:

          Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction.

          Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that's what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist.

          Additionally, having played a sold-out tour of the UK in February, including a mesmerising show at Village Underground in London, the band have announced a couple of very special shows at the end of the year.

          Playing under the banner of ‘Hollowed Out – A night of strange sighting and unhabitual ritual’ the shows will see them re-imagining songs from Happy In The Hollow. In London they will be joined by AV artist Sculpture, live performances from The Thelma Death Stare and Ducasse, DJ sets from Cherrystones and Sheet Noise and live visuals from Daisy Dickinson. In Manchester they will be joined by Mutabase and a DJ set from Sofie K.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: It's nice to hear a selection of (superb) covers from Toy, expanding their sound into this diverse range of covers. Though the songs are not their own, it gives us an insigt into their influence, and honestly couldn't be any more their own. Swathes of guitar noise and succinct percussive throbs work their way behind Dougall's recognisable vocals, all accompanied with their ever present crystal-clear synths and melodic sensibilities. Lovely stuff.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Down On The Street (The Stooges)
          2. Follow Me (Amanda Lear)
          3. Sixty Forty (Nico)
          4. Cousin Jane (The Troggs)
          5. Fun City (Soft Cell)
          6. Lemon Incest (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Serge Gainsbourg)
          7. Always On My Mind (B.J. Thomas)
          8. A Dolls House (John Barry)

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

          Toy release their fourth album, and their first for new label Tough Love Records, and it is 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).


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Toy on fine form here, in a somewhat more dreamy and progressive mood than on 2016's 'Clear Shot', with swirling guitars and cavernous reverb surrounding the psychedelic chord changes and echoing haunted vox. They've managed to craft something that is both immediate and deep, easy to engage with but develops the more you listen. A truly stunning work.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Sequence One
          2. Mistake A Stranger
          3. Energy
          4. Last Warmth Of The Day
          5. The Willo
          6. Jolt Awake
          7. Mechanism
          8. Strangulation Day
          9. You Make Me Forget Myself
          10. Charlie’s House
          11. Move Through The Dark

          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. 

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Get Away
            2. Fake Plastic Trees
            3. Bendover
            4. Toy Gun
            5. Lucky Ponderosa
            6. Photograph
            7. Roller Coaster 
            8. Angst In My Pants
            9. Tongue Tied
            10. Hero For The Weekend
            11. Making Movies
            12. Night Terror
            13. Survive.

            Toy

            Clear Shot

              Splitting their time between Tom Dougall and bassist Maxim Barron’s place in New Cross and Dominic O’Dair’s flat in Walthamstow, where they set up a makeshift studio and laid down the early album demos, Clear Shot began to take shape in the first half of 2015.

              Taking inspiration from an esoteric blend – Radiophonic Workshop, Comus, the scores of Bernard Herrmann, John Barry and Ennio Morricone Fairport, COUM, Acid House, Incredible String Band, The Langley Schools Project, The Wicker Man soundtrack and even the direction behind Electric Eden, Rob Young’s book about the development of folk music in the U.K. – by the time they entered Eve Studios in Stockport in October 2015 with producer David Wrench, the band were clear about the direction the album should take.

              The result is their most coherent and confident album to date; lushly cinematic, shot through with their most expressive melodies thus far and coated with a ‘sheen’ courtesy of Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who mixed the album in LA with some of the reverbs and vocal processors used on Purple Rain, across the 10-tracks strands of ideas appear, sink and re-emerge in an almost modal jazz manner. Clear Shot sees TOY working both in bigger colours and more minutely crafted detail, achieving an altogether higher level of artistry than before.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Andy says: Toy released two superb records within a year of each other (2012/13) then vanished for 3! They return with by far their best yet: darker, spookier but somehow poppier, this extends their shoegazey take on psych and garage into a much higher realm. Like the House Of Love but with way more going on. Brilliant.

              Ryan says: Clear Shot sees TOY working both in bigger colours and more minutely crafted detail, stripping back a little to reveal a bigger picture. This could be their most coherent & confident album to date.

              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".

                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’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.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Conductor
                  2. You Won’t Be The Same
                  3. As We Turn
                  4. Join The Dots
                  5. To A Death Unknown
                  6. Endlessly
                  7. It’s Been So Long
                  8. Left To Wander
                  9. Too Far Gone To Know
                  10. Frozen Atmosphere
                  11. Fall Out Of Love

                  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.


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Privileged Poor (Factory Floor Remix)
                  AA1. Privileged Poor (TOY Remix)
                  AA2. Privileged Poor (Dan Lissvik Remix)

                  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).

                  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.


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