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So Groovy

    Henny flowin this one-sided, 180g roller takes the tried and tested Treasure Series formula of a raw, stripped back tech house beat coupled with a raucous vocal and gives it an extra shot of groove. This time out, the autotuned trapping of Future's I'm So Groovy" finds its way a top a proper Funktion-One ready romper, all wriggly bass whomps, occasional snare rolls and shuffle-prompting 4/4. It's the kind of shit that makes you wish Sankey's was still open.




    TRACK LISTING

    A1. So Groovy

    Since the early days of electronic music, white label records have been inextricably linked to DJ culture and the ways in which underground music has been disseminated. unknown - untitled draws on the white label concept withholding details about the producers behind the tracks and leaving listeners to draw their own conclusions about what they’re hearing.

    The concept label focuses primarily on vinyl releases, with previews of the tracks available online, but information about the artists only to be found within the record sleeve itself. The roster ranges from new and emerging producers to more established artists looking to explore new sounds.

    Picking up where they left off, the fourth release on the label is a powerhouse of mind melting, UK-flavoured, twisted techno-not-techno and breaks. Intricate rhythms, chest rumbling sub bass and deft samples destined for a heavyweight club system. With online personas often eclipsing the focus on music itself, here lies a return to form. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Really diggin' this series so far - not least due to it's 'no presumptions' ethos. It's delivering some seriously underground sounds whilst avoiding falling victim to its own hype. Constantly keeping us on our toes and having it right off in the club. Recommended!

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. A1
    A2. A2
    B1. B1
    B2. B2

    The Jonny Halifax Invocation

    Açid Blüüs Räägs : Volume 1

      “…Acid blues punk meets freeform drone raag transcendentalism” JONNY HALIFAX is an untutored aleatoric free blues outsider. His new collection of sound is an instrumental departure into godless raag brut improvisations, layered, manipulated and sculpted into heavily immersive feral sonic collages. Invocations of an hallucinatory apocalyptic near future. Previously the creator of junkshop blues skronk one man band HONKEYFINGER, which then mutated into the gospel fuzz psych of Julian Cope endorsed JONNY HALIFAX & THE HOWLING TRUTH with their ““slitherin’ electro -programmed slide guitar driven mung worship”, alongside the ambient drone metal noisescapes of DEATHENTEREDINERROR, now THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION channel heavy meditations on the present into an uncompromising free blues transcendentalism that burn raga-shaped holes into your chakra with searing psychedelic intensity.

      Inspired by Henry Flynt’s avant bluegrass experiments fusing country blues with eastern acoustic musical stylings, Spacemen 3’s contemporary sitar music, and the monolithic drone doom immersion of Sunn 0))), THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION build hypnotic instrumental soundscapes using lap steel and homemade slide guitars, harmonica and alto sax. Underpinned by layers of acoustic and electronic drone instruments and fed through an arsenal of pedalboard electronics that would make Dave Gilmour weep. The blues are transmogrified, unhinged, reduced and re-imagined as intoxicating, trance-inducing, feedback-drenched noise paintings. AÇID BLÜÜS RÄÄGS Volume 1 plays like a psychedelic western movie soundtrack, frenzied electric lap steel guitar suites play to melting cowboy minds.

      Flaming tumbleweeds blow in slow motion across wide open concrete vistas. Jodorowsky's El Topo meets Ballard’s High Rise in an apocalyptic knife edge disintegrating urban landscape. Shut your eyes and conjure the best nightmares you’ve never had. The JONNY HALIFAX musical CV also includes studio contributions to releases by Andrew Weatherall’s TWO LONE SWORDSMEN, UK metal behemoths ORANGE GOBLIN, hardcore thrash upstarts HECK (formerly BABY GODZILLA), and pan european psych noise titans MELTING HAND

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Lake Of Fire
      2. Dead Swamp Transmissions
      3. Invocation Of The Beats
      4. Scorched Earth Blüüs
      5. The Time Of The Wolves

      Never one to disappoint, DSO come correct for their 6th release on the label with a sure-fire summer, double header of East Coast meets West Coast business, amped up, ramped up and turned into club smashers.

      A doubled sided twelve that slams on both tracks, Side A ‘Everyday’ is pure nostalgia giving us summer party vibes allllllll day. While the B side takes But A G to a whole new level on its own. Hot stuff. 


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: A doubled sided twelve that slams on both tracks, Side A ‘Everyday’ is pure nostalgia giving us summer party vibes allllllll day. While the B side takes But A G to a whole new level on its own. Hot stuff.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Everyday
      B1. But A G

      Unknown

      EEE013

      Takin it back to the old school, EEE return sampling another great from days gone by, working it into a house leaning warper.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: A new one from one of my favourite labels for what we used to call secret weapon tackle. Terrace friendly mash-ups that the whole family can enjoy. Unlikely to be aired on NTS.

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      A1. Unknown

      Cassels

      Gut Feeling

        Tripe. It’s what graces the cover of Cassels’ third album, A Gut Feeling. It looks gross. And Cassels are a rock band who’ve often sounded gross. You know the adjectives. ‘Discordant’. ‘Angular’. ‘Cynical’. Shellac quickly mentioned. I’ve done it already, see?Listening to A Gut Feeling, though, Cassels sound different. Not too different – the molten riff of advance single ‘Mr Henderson Coughs’ puts paid to the idea that the London-based duo have taken a hard 180. But instead of writing as quickly as possible, riding the churn forced on DIY bands by an indifferent ecosystem, the Covid-19 pandemic gave the brothers Beck (Jim, guitar/vocals, and Loz, drums/BVs) some time to mull things over. Instead of sticking with the stripped-back recording approach of previous LPs, Jim and Loz spent time at Tom Hill’s Bookhouse Studios in South London, considering tone, layering tracks, and bringing new instruments into the fold.

        Lyrically, the approach has changed too. Rather than presented as personal experience, Jim notes that his words this time around “are an intentionally muddy mix of experience, opinion, red herrings and fiction,” adding, “I found that setting myself the brief of writing character pieces offered a nice way of sneaking quite personal things into the songs without being explicitly autobiographical.” The result is the most satisfying and unexpected collection of songs in the Cassels catalogue. Instruments at turns razor-sharp and bludgeon-blunt provide the backing track to a savage, hilarious, and tender collection of short stories. Jim notes that “writing can be a great way of unearthing hang-ups and becoming acquainted with your own anxieties”. Hardly new ground for a rock band, but presented in this third person format – unbiased and filled to the brim with human warmth – these songs are more empathetic than anything the band have written before. You might have been Michael on his daily commute.

        Perhaps you’re Sarah, or have a mum like her. And many of us will recognise ourselves in the heart-breaking ‘Family Visits Relative’. It’s clear that the band still aren’t afraid to tackle weighty subjects too, with A Gut Feeling picking up where their previous album, The Perfect Ending, left off. ‘Charlie Goes Skiing’ pulls a similar trick to Future of the Left’s ‘Goals in Slow Motion’ – setting a screed against consumerism to one of the most propulsive, catchy tracks on the record. It’s followed by ‘Dog Drops Bone’, a rustling loop overlaid with sad, simple chords reminiscent of a Sparklehorse tune, which uses the internal monologue of a beloved canine companion to question the true depth and sincerity of human relationships. This kicks into the breakneck ‘Beth’s Recurring Dream’ – a track exploring a sexual identity crisis which owes as much to early Los Campesinos! as it does Steve Albini. Of ‘Your Humble Narrator’, the album’s punishing, pulsing opener and A Gut Feeling’s thematic frame, Jim explains: “I liked the idea of introducing an unreliable narrator who frames the album as an exercise in manipulation for personal gain. When a person engages with a piece of art they are invariably being manipulated by the artist to some degree – that’s part of the fun. The artist aims to elicit some sort of emotional response, the audience buys into the conceit at the promise of experiencing some form of escape.” as listeners, we experience that manipulation first-hand on A Gut Feeling. But the fact Cassels have packaged it up as offal feels like another bleak wink. This is far from a stinking by-product, salvaged and sold to maximise profit. It’s nothing less than the most complete, relatable, and fully realised piece of art the duo has produced to date. Emotional response elicited. Conceit embraced. Escape gratefully achieved.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: At points arrhythmic and delightfully angular, heavy af and absolutely littered with a++ riffs, Cassels' 'Gut Feeling' is every bit the modern punk-rock monolith. At points hilariously obscure, before being brilliantly incisively candid and all above a roaring, jagged collection of time signatures and perfectly avant momentum. Very clever and VERY exciting.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Your Humble Narrator
        2. Pete's Vile Colleague
        3. Family Visits Relative
        4. Mr Henderson Coughs
        5. Michael's Daily Commute
        6. Charlie Goes Skiing
        7. Dog Drops Bone
        8. Beth's Recurring Dream
        9. Sarah Misses Them

        Gummy Soul's Amerigo Gazway mixes tracks from Afro-beat legend Fela Kuti with acapellas from hip hop pioneers De La Soul to killer effect. A 33 minute long journey into the world of Afro-beat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Eight tracks in total, including mash-ups of "Stakes Is High", "Trouble In The Water", "Itsoweezee" and Gorillaz track "Feel Good Inc".

        Gazway says; 'I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a great mash-up title and good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afro-beat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.'


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Don't sleep on this much needed repress of this Amerigo Gazaway classic. Exactly the same formula as his other imperative works only with Fela Kuti & De La Soul as the source material! There's even a Gorillaz track mashed up for good measure!

        TRACK LISTING

        Stakes Is High (5:44)
        Trouble In The Water (4:43)
        Oooh (feat Redman) (4:02)
        Rock Co. Kane Flow (feat Mf Doom) (2:23)
        Itsoweezee (3:54)
        Interlude (0:24)
        Much More (3:46)
        Breakadawn (3:36)
        Feel Good Inc. (feat Gorillaz) (4:11)
        Still Ego Trippin' (bonus Track) (5:10)

        Unknown Artist 003

        Unknown - Untitled

        Since the early days of electronic music, white label records have been inextricably linked to DJ culture and the ways in which underground music has been disseminated. unknown - untitled draws on the white label concept withholding details about the producers behind the tracks and leaving listeners to draw their own conclusions about what they’re hearing.

        The concept label focuses primarily on vinyl releases, with previews of the tracks available online, but information about the artists only to be found within the record sleeve itself. The roster ranges from new and emerging producers to more established artists looking to explore new sounds.

        Going three for three, the label’s third release is a triple threat of heavyweight, club-ready warpers that effortlessly marry toughness, intricacy and emotion. With online personas often eclipsing the focus on music itself, here lies a return to form.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. A1
        B1. B1
        B2. B2

        Unknown Artist

        Step By Step / Creative Source

        The inaugural release of the newly minted Smugglers Way label, these two anonymous cuts bear the mark of a master’s touch: “Step By Step” is a hypnotic summer anthem featuring a singular majestic vocalist, and “Creative Source” has the familiar euphoric rush of a perfectly uplifting 70s R&B/disco sample chopped hot and filtered nice n spicy.

        If you dug that Wreckin’ Havoc 12” from a few weeks ago – this un’s 4 U!

        Limited copies.


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Flying off our shelves quicker than discount fuel cards, an anonymous surgeon tackles two moments of Balearic & disco bliss. The results are outstanding!

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Step By Step
        B. Creative Source

        Unknown

        Moxy Edits 005

        Back once again with the MYEDITS master. An audacious single sided weapon from the Moxy Edits crew, blending whomping speed garage basslines, a classic vocal of supreme stature and a slick, skipping beat to produce another slice of dancefloor destroying gold.

        The track first appeared when Darius Syrossian dropped it at the Brooklyn Timewarp after party b2b with Seth Troxler, and lead to people scrambling for a track I.D when videos emerged. The week after it was one of the standout tunes at the WeAreFstvl Mexico festival.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: Edition #5 is here, not holding back on any energy on this track, super smooth vocals set this edit alight...

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Untitled (Vocal)

        RnB flips for house head trips - DSO lay down another slice of the hottest heaters out there. A double trouble house injection, reworking these certified classics into nightclub head turners.

        "How We Do It" takes the classic Montell Jordan new jack / rnb joint "This Is How We Do It" and does exactly what you want it to - time stretches the vocal to a danceable 120BPM, adds a smattering of low pass filter use and loops up those gilded guitars and searing synth lines for a highly intoxicating party track that'll segue from warm-up to mid session with aplomb.

        "Without" goes on a soulful garage tip, utilizing an MJ-esque vocal line (escaping me in this instant I'm afraid), heavily swung beat and lots of live instrumentation for a joint that everyone from Peven Everett to Danny Rampling would get legs out of.

        RIYL: Stamp, EEE, Digwah, Plush Managements etc. 


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. How We Do It
        B1. Without

        Unknown

        Moxy Edits 004

        It’s time for part four of Moxy Edits limited series which has gone down a storm so far. One sided killer release that has been tearing up events all summer, this blew up the Classic Music Stage at Defected Croatia festival & also a highlight at Mint Festival again in Syrossian’s set and now it’s finally landed in the shop. What starts as an unassuming house track then drops the vocals to keep us all on our toes, six minutes of pure goodness. Grab this while you can, as destined for bigger things and isn’t hanging around. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Super limited secret weapon business featuring a tech-house cut-up of Jefferson Airplane. RIYL: EEE, Stamp, Digwah etc.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Untitled (Vocal)

        Unknown

        Live In Me / Everything She Wants

        Strap in everyone, RESPECT003 serves up two certified anthems that have blown the roof of many a dancefloor before, re-edited for the modern mind, body and soul. Serving us much needed extended versions of what our hearts were crying out for (well in my case more Wham!! More Wham!!) Don’t wait around on this one. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: More where this came from please, extended bangers over here to take away those January blues if you have them.. just play these loud and you'll be grand.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Live In Me
        B1. Everything She Wants

        No Art No Name deliver their second, anonymous, sophomore record; continuing their policy of letting the music speak for itself.

        An unknown producer serves up three skilfully edited disco-house numbers which should appeal to lovers of Lumberjacks In Hell, Shir Khan and Eros.

        Alexander Robotnik's "Problèmes D'Amour" gets a new blouse and a trim, represented as "Love Issues" here. "Burning Hot" unpacks some classic NYC business (title escaping me here sorry) but comin on strong thru swung, shoulder dropped beats and THOSE church organs.. Answers on a postcard before a tear my hair out please!

        Finally, "Patron" sees James Brown's "Bad Mother" sped up, and looped to oblivion in a way that'll send lovers of Theo Parrish circa Plastic People & Roadhouse era into a spiraling madness. Remember when he used to loop up JB for an eternity?! Those were indeed the days... Killer stuff here from NANN. Highly prized edits for the connoisseur! 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: NANN001 now goes for over £150! Would you believe it?! Not sure if its the Derrick Carter influence (he's been caning it) but I'd say the quality is just as high on this outing from this already cult label. And it's just as limited too.... just saying! ;)

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 - Love Issues
        B1 - Burning Hot
        B2 - Patron

        Mysterious magic from an unknown source offering up a scorching tech-edged cut. "Lately" is everything you wanted and more, combining an infectious vocal with skipping percussion and full-bodied, bass pressure. This is exactly the kind of whippy house music we go here at HQ! If you've enjoyed the recent Deewah 12", plus the whole EEE cannon plus selected moments from the Acid Monday's back catalogue - you're gonna dig this! 

        Whether you draw for the vocal or the dub this is guaranteed dancefloor dominance for house heads and wild clubbers alike. Do not sleep! 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Phwooooar! Yes, more of that ultra-wiggy, concentric house music that makes a pigeon's feathers ruffle. This is my jam for the weekend folks!

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Lately
        B. Lately Dub

        Biffy Clyro

        Errors In The History Of God / Unknown Male

          Limited to 3000 copies only.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Errors In The History Of God
          2. Unknown Male

          DSO load up number four in their so far sell-out series. If 90s R&B refixes are your thing, look no further!

          A low slung, highly swung, chunky house refix of Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" which does exactly what it says on the tin graces side A. Perfect for house or garage warm up slots...

          "Don't Ever" utilizes some smooth neo-soul vocals from Maxwell with some deep house instrumentals to make an early evening groover that'll get the place simmering nicely.

          Both sides cut nice n loud for the DJs! Check!

          Recommended if you like: EEE, Roza Terenzi, Plush Managements, Stamp, Deewah etc etc. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: For the fourth instalment of the series the DSO firm power up Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" and Maxwell's "Ascension" in a swinging house style.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Caught
          B1. Don´t Ever

          Unknown Mortal Orchestra

          II - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

            Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
            Limited to one per person.


            Unknown

            EEE012

            EEE supply a certified slice of summer sun with a raucous roller sure to get any party going. Considering it's around a gazillion degrees outside today, Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" is utterly appropriate, and if your endorphins needed an extra large boost, EEE have transformed it into a total tech house roller which massively ups the ante after DJ Spinna's mix way back when.

            File Under: Deep Downtempo, Xanax Soul, R’n'B Drankie

            Have you ever been trippin’ on Brandy? Well here’s your chance to get down… deep down. Served by two kings in the industry who wish to remain unnamed. Dropping the octaves and upping the opiates, the duo slow dance an R’n'B vocal through dewy pads and echoing perx, concocting a late night anthem for the club and the bedroom.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: I'm sworn to secrecy about the headz behind this bop but rest assured they're a pair of European DJ royalty. Nabbing a choice Brandy vocal and pitching it down into serious narco territories, the duo concocts a sensuous midnight rumble somewhere between moody hip hop, slo mo house and cutting edge electronica. BIG TIP!

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. I Wanna Be 5 Semitones Down
            B1. I Wanna Be Instrumental

            Unknown

            EEE010

              EEE are back with another instant head turner, coupling a minimal, sub bass roller with a sampled ‘60s vocal that works oh so well with a shuffling beat behind it. The hype is already at boiling point on this one, so be quick on the trigger or beg Matt Ward for a loose copy.

              Way back when I had a crowdpleasing 12" called 'Maximal Micheal / Minimal Elvis" (I'm reliably informed by Discogs' commenter Draasima that it was by DJ Koze) the flips of which housed a grooving tech house take on Elvis' recording of Fever. Well now, the mysterious EEE crew, masters of the tech house banger with BIG VOCAL put their spin on Peggy Lee's "Fever" turning out an absolute floor filler in the process.

              12 inch, one sided white label, handstamped and pressed on 180G vinyl

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: Illicit tech-house refix firm EEE stomp on, arms up, pumping fists completely nonchalant to the global party lockdown. I guess everyone's live stream needs an injection of fun and frolics on occasion; and if nailing a huuuuuge line of K whilst getting jiggy on the terrace is your thing then this record will at least serve to transport you at least halfway there... Look out fer the next one too - it's a banger a promise! ;)

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Unknown

              James Johnston / Steve Gullick

              We Travel Time

                James Johnston (Gallon Drunk / Nick Cave / PJ Harvey) and Steve Gullick (renowned music photographer) are pleased to announce their new album. It's a dark but beautiful trip. After working together on an art show in late 2019, the idea of making music again immediately resurfaced. Without any firm strategy, Johnston and Gullick began recording, unprompted, drawing 3 upon a shared love of noise, folk, and classical. After the first tracks began to evolve, however, they knew they’d unearthed something compelling and fresh, not to mention unexpectedly mysterious. This became WE TRAVEL TIME.The result is a deceptively crafted album that slowly reveals – and, more importantly, embraces – beauty in its cracks. Piano, voice, violin and guitar create a drifting haze, with the focus on these acoustic elements forging an imagined soundtrack which offers echoes of Big Star, Nico, Lee Hazlewood and Palace Brothers, as well as the gentle, haunting influence of contemporary minimal classical. Ambient sounds – birds, rain, cars, clocks, distant voices – also drift in and out, melting into the music’s fabric via windows left open during the early 2020 heatwave. WE TRAVEL TIME, nonetheless, resists definition, remaining enigmatically timeless.

                Peter Hook

                Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

                  'Genuinely funny; indeed, the story will keep you entertained for a very long time' - Sunday Times

                  Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the enduring alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the rollercoaster story of Joy Division - the friendships, fights, fall-outs; the rehearsals and recording sessions; the larger than life characters - told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

                  'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that' - Guardian

                  White Hills

                  Splintered Metal Sky

                    New York’s WHITE HILLS are the opposite of a comet. They suck up an explosion of energy on the surface of the earth; from spirituality, from adrenaline, from the history of synthesized electronic music, from substance use, from philosophy, from friends and enemies alike, from MOTHER FUCKING ELECTRICITY and they focus it into a blinding beam of energy which they reflect back out into the void and this beam is a message. It is a statement which reads: “FUCK YOU. WE ARE HERE. WE ROCK, THEREFORE WE ARE.” -John Doran, The Quietus. October 2020 brings the release of Splintered Metal Sky, the long-awaited new installment in the ever vast musical cannon of WHITE HILLS. The album takes the listener on a post-punk, psychedelic ride fueled by industrial-strength fuzz and propelled by powerful beats where songs weave in and out of each other to imitate the rhythm of the city the band calls home. Splintered Metal Sky is about oscillation and evolution. It’s metamodern music looking at human existence in relation to technology and the hyper-driven architectural reshaping of a city. The music was largely inspired by the drone and roar of machinery pulsing through New York City, which is in a never-ending state of demolition and reconstruction. Dave and Ego took to the streets, gathering field recordings of sounds from the subway, drills, jackhammers, people in parks, traffic, mayhem and the occasional silence.

                    These recordings were then manipulated and constructed into rhythmic lines that were used as the basis for songs. The music, mixing noise with disciplined beat, embodies the paradoxical nature of the city: the grimy littered dead end alley just steps away from the sleek luxury skyscraper; the half eaten chicken bone being devoured by a rat on the subway tracks just beneath the glittering facade of the Chrysler building; the endless milling about of the 8 million people who call this slab of land home on their way to and from everywhere and nowhere. Informed by industrial innovators Einstürzende Neubauten and SPK, the avant garde post-punk of Tuxedomoon and the dub-electro of Cabaret Voltaire, the album vibrates with the energy of a sensually feral, raw beast.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1/Midday Memory
                    2/Now Manhattan
                    3/a:CoNSTRUCT, B:CoNSTRUCT C:CoNSTRUCT (features Synth And Samples By Jim Coleman And Ambient Guitar By Jim Jarmusch)
                    4/Digital Trash
                    5/No Fear
                    6/Honesty
                    7/Rats
                    8/Morning Memory 9/Illusion 

                    Soul Jazz Records’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ brings together many of the groundbreaking artists involved in the new jazz scene that has developed in the UK over the last few years.

                    Featured artists include Matthew Halsall, Yazmin Lacey, Ill Considered, Tenderlonious, Theon Cross, Emma-Jean Thackray and many, many more in this ground-breaking release.

                    As well as sharing a pioneering spirit in these new artists’ approach to frontier-crossing musical boundaries, a further theme of this album is that many also share a determination to independent practices – and most of these artists’ recordings featured here are either self-published or released on independent labels. While the attention of this new wave of jazz artists up until now has been London-based, this album shows how this movement is spread across the whole of Britain (and indeed beyond).

                    ‘Kaleidoscope – New Spirits Known and Unknown’ shows that while there is commonality in these artists’ approach to music, there is a wide variety of styles – from deep spiritual jazz, electronic experimentalisation, punk-edged funk, uplifting modal righteousness, deep soulful vocals and much more.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Emily says: It’s been a breathless few years for British jazz, with essential new artists appearing by the day on a plethora of labels up and down the country. Thankfully Soul Jazz are here to help us keep track, taking stock of the scene on this bumper triple vinyl collection.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    A
                    1. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One (7.38)
                    2. Yazmin Lacey - 90 Degrees (4.16)
                    3. Hector Plimmer - Communication Control (3.04)

                    B
                    1. Ill Considered - Long Way Home (Live At The Crypt) (8.03)
                    2. The Expansions - Mosaic (6.58)
                    3. Chip Wickham - Red Planet (5.44)

                    C
                    1. Levitation Orchestra - Odyssey (9.26)
                    2. Emma-Jean Thackray’s WALRUS - Walrus (2.47)
                    3. Tenderlonious And The 22a Arkestra - The Shakedown (6.18)

                    D
                    1. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin Featuring Nubya Garcia - Tanner's Tango (4.48)
                    2. Collocutor - Gozo (6.02)
                    3. Makaya McCraven - Untitled (3.14)

                    E
                    1. Nat Birchall - Ancient World (9.50)
                    2. Ruby Rushton - Moonlight Woman (9.05)

                    F
                    1. Ebi Soda - Dimmsdale (3.11)
                    2. The Cromagnon Band - Thunder Perfect (5.12)
                    3. SEED Ensemble - Mirrors (7.38)

                    BONUS 7" SINGLE (With Indies Exclusive Vinyl Only)
                    A. Vels Trio - Yellow Ochre (Part 1) (3.04)
                    AA. Ishmael Ensemble - Kito's Theme (4.15)

                    Zara McFarlane

                    Songs Of An Unknown Tongue

                      Brownswood are delighted to present Zara McFarlane’s, Songs of an Unknown Tongue a masterful work that underlines her continuous growth as an artist. Zara’s fourth studio album pushes the boundaries of jazz adjacent music via an exploration into the folk and spiritual traditions of her ancestral motherland, Jamaica. The album is a rumination on the piecing together of black heritage, where painful and proud histories are uncovered and connected to the present.

                      Partnering with cult South London based producers Kwake Bass and Wu-lu, Zara has created a futuristic sound palate, electronically recreating the pulsing, hypnotic rhythms Kumina and Nyabinghi – and the music played at African rooted rituals like the emancipation celebration Bruckins Party, and the lively death rites of Dinki Minki and Gerreh. These richly patterned electronic rhythms are balanced throughout by McFarlane’s distinctive, clear vocal tones, and vivid song writing.

                      Zara’s critically acclaimed third studio album ‘Arise’ met with universal critical praise, and was supported by an impressive live tour performing at festivals such as Love Supreme, Field Day and SXSW. Zara is the winner of multiple awards including a Mobo, 2 Jazz FM Vocalist of the Year Award (2018 & 2015), an Urban Music Award, and Session of the Year at Worldwide Awards. Drawing respect from a wide range of artists, Zara has collaborated with Gregory Porter, Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd and Louie Vega.

                      These new sonic explorations signal an exciting direction of travel for this innovative founding member of the UK’s vibrant homegrown jazz scene.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Millie says: Zara McFarlane’s striking album ‘Songs of an Unknown Tongue’ is a reflective, hypnotic release filled with rich tones of roots-reggae, futuristic soul and rapid jazz tempos. The standout track for me is “Future Echoes” beaming with vibrancy and paired alongside a deep bassline, its soaring highs accentuate her stunning vocals and lyrical song-writing prowess. This genre-fusing album is a work of art, accentuating her personal growth and reflective aura through captivating storytelling.
                      McFarlane’s rich and vivid vocals project a soothing, cathartic atmosphere, as though being awoken from a deep slumber – it feels warm and personal. Her vocal range is what takes your breath away, from steep impactful high-notes then fluctuating to deep, profoundly rich soft presence. It’s clear to see why Zara McFarlane has been highly regarded on the Brownswood label as one to watch, well here she is.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Everything Is Connected
                      2. Black Treasure
                      3. My Story
                      4. Broken Water
                      5. Saltwater
                      6. Run Of Your Life
                      7. State Of Mind
                      8. Native Nomad
                      9. Roots Of Freedom
                      10. Future Echoes

                      Clientelle

                      Destination Unknown

                        Clientelle came from St. Albans, UK and in 1981 they released the now extremely hard to find ”Destination Unknown” album. Considered a NWOBHM masterpiece the album perfectly blends heavy and loud metal with frenetic powerpop and punk. It’s also beer-stained pubrock with glamrock-roots and even some proggish bits thrown in for good measure. Above all it’s class AAA Brittish working class rock’n’roll and a piece of UK music history that should be heard by many listeners.

                        This first-ever vinyl reissue is all the evidence needed for how Clientelle followed their own path. Destination Unknown opens with the punky yet poppy ”Play To Win”. It’s followed by the more complex ”My Lady”, where a series of crescendos and softer passages are punctuated by stomping, glam-inclined sections. ”Can’t Forget” comes off like if the Small Faces had been a NWOBHM-act instead of kings of the 60’s modscene. The title track verges on prog rock, but retains a rockiness. ”Missing Persons” is straight-ahead rock, again with this poppiness. Instead of reacting to trends, Clientelle did their own thing – which is why Destination Unknown stands apart, and remains as fresh as when it was released.

                        Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Saxon all got signed by majors and sold records galore, meanwhile bands in every village across England formed. Inspired by the energy and DIY attitude of the punk scene these acts recorded and released their records all on thieir own. Many acts self released singles and a few, like Clientelle, managed to cut a full-length album. OTD Records -who brought you the Jobcentre Rejects-series- are now proud to give you the full Clientelle story.


                        TRACK LISTING

                        Side A.
                        1. Play To Win
                        2. My Lady 3.
                        Can't Forget
                        4. Destination Unknown
                        5. Nice Girl

                        Side B
                        1. Skyflier
                        2. Missing Persons
                        3. Bike
                        4. Missing Presumed Dead

                        The Delreys Incorporated / Oscar Wright

                        Destination Unknown / Fell In Love

                          Two super rare sides, both remastered for added dancefloor punch. The Delreys Incorporated on original Tampete goes for close to £1.5K (often a bootlegged copy). This release is from the original master, licensed from source. A huge Blackpool Mecca sound and big at Cleethorpes after that. “It's the best record I ever played at Blackpool Mecca! I mean, how an artist like that can make one record and then nothing?” - Colin Curtis, 2019

                          Backed with Oscar Wright’s 1966 Hemisphere flipside, a notoriously rare and, when found, in poor condition 45. Taken from the original sound source, it goes for anywhere between £150 and £300. A funky northern gem with a Hendrix break - one of the great brass-led soul tearjerkers.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          The Delreys Incorporated - ‘Destination Unknown’
                          Oscar Wright - ‘Fell In Love’

                          Unknown Mobile

                          Mobile Sorcery

                            Levi Bruce, aka Unknown Mobile, has been a prominent figure of the Canadian Underground for quite some time He resides in Montreal and has contributed to a number of North American labels.

                            “Mobile Sorcery” could be his most rhythmically diverse 12” yet, recorded in just a couple of weekends it breaks free from 4 to the floor, experimenting confidently with syncopation, voices dipping in and out of focus. The opener "Broke Melt" presents a driving bassline filled with attitude; flickers of glistening synth arpeggios to soften the clanging drum patterns, working in harmony with delicate top lines. The hypnotic haze of textures carries through the record, "Sorcery" lifting in energy; shooting stabs, ricocheted sub bass filling the space between commanding snares. The beat tool of "Sorcery" strips the track back to the essentials, resulting in a perfect tool for DJ’s building tension. Surprisingly keeping the essence of the tune whilst offering hints of a more dubbed, percussive sound.

                            The B Side explores more of these unconventional rhythmic themes whilst highlighting the power of melody. "Heavenly Depression" accurately depicting it’s title, pulling on the struggle of your emotions through an ever-progressing lead woven tightly over sweeping pads. The closing track "Wilders Lake" ties the record together cohesively, lifted stabs to calm the tripped out percussion swooping in and out, growling bass alluding to darkness. The EP blends genres to create new feelings from familiar foundations, channeling Detroit inspired grit and emotion; well rounded to suit hazed and hedonistic dancefloors.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            A1. Broke Melt
                            A2. Sorcery
                            A3. Sorcery (Bonus Beats)
                            B1. Heavenly Depression
                            B2. Wilder's Lake

                            Wellwater Conspiracy

                            Lucy Leave / Sleeveless

                              Wellwater Conspiracy were a mid 1990's supergroup featuring Monster Magnet and Soundgarden members who wanted to live out their psychedelic rock needs that their other bands didn't provide. From their 1997 classic 'Declaration of Conformity' this 7" is a cover of the Syd Barrett penned early Pink Floyd track - Lucy Leave. Its awesome, its limited. 300 copies only. Get it whilst you can!

                              Rainbow Grave

                              No You

                                Featuring Nicholas Bullen (founder member of Napalm Death and Scorn) and John Pickering (founder member of Doom and Sore Throat), Birmingham based Rainbow Grave channel the blank despair of negative punk through layers of distorted psychedelic damage: dirty guitars, freeform pedal abuse and effected vocals coagulate around cyclic bass and drum rhythms in repetitive and minimal structures. After a performance at Fat Out Fest in Salford in April 2017, God Unknown Records approached the group to record a split 7” single. Released in July 2018 as part of Volume Three of the God Unknown Singles Series, Rainbow Grave’s ‘Death Pyramid’ is a crawling mantric blend of heavy bass, psychedelic guitars, robotic vocals and hard drums described as “deeply hewn heaviness” (Shindig) and “congruent with the great scum rock purveyors of the late 80s” (The Wire). Following the reception of the single, God Unknown invited Rainbow Grave to continue the relationship with the release of the ‘Sex Threat / You Are Nowhere’ 7” single in November 2018. This was given Single of the Week by John Doran at The Quietus. “Rainbow Grave are a Birmingham quartet whose sludge waffle sound is congruent with the great scum rock purveyors of the late 80s.

                                The 4th release from jungalist / hardcore revival label Bring Back Records and the cult label doesn't disappoint with three tracks of high end rude boi business.

                                "Night Selector" is pure '93-era badness, with a stretched Amen powering through atmospheres and bells - big vibe in the place when this one drops massive.

                                "Light In The Ghetto" switches tact straight into break-hardcore territory, endorphine-rushing, sped-up female vox, deep pads and a Prodigy-styled rave line. One for the original Bowlers / Dreamscape cru....

                                Finally, "Lobster P" is a frenzied, Jeep-friendly jungle roller with rumbling subs, assault rifle beats and wild leads. When the drums fully launch their attack there's nowhere to hide! 


                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Matt says: Trunk rumblin' jeep business straight outta mid 90s UK here as the excellent Bring Back label revisit another classic bit of heritage and replicate in authentic style. All the massive!

                                TRACK LISTING

                                A1. Night Selector
                                B1. Light In Ghetto
                                B2. Lobster P

                                Charles Hayward

                                Begin Anywhere

                                  Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.

                                  Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith. Begin Anywhere is his brand new solo album and shows a different side to the Charles Hayward we know. The drum set is left in the corner, and instead we get fragile yet powerful songs on piano and voice. A very personal Hayward album, let yourself be surprised. 

                                  Unknown Mortal Orchestra

                                  IC-01 Hanoi

                                  While recording Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, Sex & Food, Ruban Nielson, his longtime collaborator Jacob Portrait and his brother Kody Nielson, found themselves in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi playing and recording with local musicians at Phu Sa Studios. The studio, normally used for traditional Vietnamese music, found the band jamming on sessions dubbed IC-01 Hanoi: exploring the outer edges of the band’s influences in Jazz, Fusion and the avant-garde. The musicians, along with Ruban and Kody’s father, a Jazz musician in his own right, helped lay down the unique textures heard throughout Hanoi. At its core Hanoi is a record of exploration, finding its closest antecedent in Miles Davis’ experimental On The Corner – itself a record full of nods toward avant-garde composers and Jazz outsiders alike. Hanoi finds Ruban amplifying and stretching out on lead guitar, with a blown-out and wandering fuzz tone that slinks throughout the sessions. Kody and Jacob match Ruban’s melodic diversions with aplomb, mining their talents to finding as easy a role in the fusion of funk as they do in the more ambient and abstract tangents on Hanoi.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Definitely not typical UMO this, but absolutely brimming with feeling and focused on an entirely different aspect of their sound. Though they are by no means avant-garde, the more meandering ruminations of their melodic forays are exacerbated on this release, breaking into the realms of jazzy ambience, eastern flow and hypnotic woodwind. A completely surprising but thoroughly enjoyable change. Lovely stuff.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Hanoi 1
                                  2. Hanoi 2
                                  3. Hanoi 3
                                  4. Hanoi 4
                                  5. Hanoi 5
                                  6. Hanoi 6
                                  7. Hanoi 7

                                  Unknown Mortal Orchestra

                                  Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Reissue)

                                    Unknown Mortal Orchestra (U.M.O.) was conceived as a home recording project by Ruban Nielson after spending years playing and touring in an award-winning New Zealand punk band (on the legendary Flying Nun label). The band broke up after re-locating to Portland, OR and Ruban was ready to move away from his nomadic past. His recordings as U.M.O., mainly created for his personal amusement, have now taken on a life of their own. 

                                    Ruban’s vision of creating “junkshop record collector pop” culminated in the creation of sprawling Beatles-esque guitar melodies over hammered out break-beats, spliced with an individual touch of gentle weirdness. The results deliver a surprisingly unified fusion of several influential elements - classic psychedelic rock, Krautrock rhythms and proto-hip hop beats – all interacting to create a cohesive album. 

                                    Though the songs were never intended to be performed live, the last six months has seen the project gather pace behind a wave of critical acclaim. A sold-out limited edition EP lead Ruban to construct a live band consisting of skilled producer Jake Portrait on bass and a brilliant teenage drummer named Julien Ehrlich.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Ffrends
                                    2. Bicycle
                                    3. Thought Ballune
                                    4. Jello And Juggernauts
                                    5. How Can You Luv Me
                                    6. Nerve Damage!
                                    7. Little Blu House
                                    8. Strangers Are Strange
                                    9. Boy Witch

                                    Where are we headed? What are we consuming, how is it affecting us, and why does everything feel so bad and weird sometimes? These are some of the questions posed on Ruban Nielson's fourth album as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sex & Food-a delightfully shapeshifting album that filters these real-deal serious themes through a vibrant sonic lens that spans battered drum-machine funk, doomy and thrashing rock, and pink-hued psychedelic disco. Recorded in a variety of locales from Seoul and Hanoi to Reykjavik, Mexico City, and Auckland, Sex & Food is a practical musical travelogue, with local musicians from the countries that Nielson and his band visited pitching in throughout.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A God Called Hubris
                                    Major League Chemicals
                                    Ministry Of Alienation
                                    Hunnybee
                                    Chronos Feasts On His Children
                                    American Guilt
                                    The Internet Of Love (That Way)
                                    Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays
                                    This Doomsday
                                    How Many Zeros
                                    Not In Love We’re Just High
                                    If You’re Going To Break Yourself

                                    Erika Wennerstrom

                                    Sweet Unknown

                                      There's something somewhat frightening, yet utterly freeing when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called "effortlessly brilliant" by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a brief vacation from her Cincinnati-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown.

                                      But fans of Heartless Bastards need not worry. The band has not broken up. "We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn't want to do it without them under the band name," explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.

                                      While Wennerstrom has always been honest the Heartless Bastards songs she's written, the 9 tracks that make up Sweet Unknown are even more personal and reflective, and for her, quite transformative as well.

                                      The album kicks off with the feel-good roadtrip vibes of "Twisted Highway," which Wennerstrom says sums up her musical journey on Sweet Unknown. On the somber psych-rocker "Staring Out the Window," the artist digs even deeper into the inner workings of her mind. The upbeat and optimistic "Letting Go" epitomizes that experience. "Good To Be Alone" is just one sonic outcome of a formative trip to Big Bend taken soon after the band decided to go on hiatus.

                                      With Sweet Unknown, Erika Wennerstrom bravely invites the listener in to experience her trials and tribulations of life amist a cozy soundscape of deeply emotive vocals and melodies to what is ultimately the soundtrack to her soul.



                                      Unknown

                                      Ijzeren Rots

                                      The DIGWAH imprint returns with another dancefloor dub for the techy side of the house crowd, reworking the Doors' sublime "Riders On The Storm" into a minimal-style head-melter. Upping the tempo to a rapid 125 plus, and looping the bassline into infinity, the unknown producer applies odd ketty fx to his teutonic 4/4, gradually pulling the astral keys of the OG into the mix. One part microhouse, one part minimal techno and obviously a bit Jim Morrison and co, this is a perfectly produced flip on a classic that could slay a mainroom when deployed at the right moment. 

                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                      Matt says: Very good edit alert! A The Doors edit that does not sound cheesy (that is hard to achieve, folks)and keeps you intrigued all along the solid yet minimal beat. It works wonders on the dancefloor. Will fly.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Ijzeren Rots

                                      Everett True

                                      The Electrical Storm

                                        My name is Everett True. You may not know who I am, so I will attempt to introduce myself. I released the first record on Creation Records, and then fell out heavily with the label’s founder Alan McGee—so heavily in fact that he was in denial for 30 years he ever released a brace of records by me.

                                        I was the first music critic to write about Sub Pop Records, and to this day do not understand why Tad and Dickless didn’t get to be the biggest bands on the planet. Entertainment Weekly reckoned I was “the man who discovered grunge” (1992) but that would imply that I lifted up a rock and there it was underneath, scuttling

                                        busy. Kurt Cobain called me the “biggest rock star critic in the world”, but he was being sarcastic doubtless. Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev called me “our generation’s Lester Bangs,” but frankly I’m better than that. I founded two self-published magazines in the 2000s—Careless Talks Costs
                                        Lives and Plan B Magazine. One sold enough to keep several of us off the dole for several years, the other didn’t. Both were fantastic, mostly down to other contributors aside from me. =

                                        I have written several books, a couple of which are still in print (the ones on the Ramones and Nirvana). The Electrical Storm (illustrations by reclusive French genius Vincent Vanoli) is a collection of stories from my life. A collection of short stories, with the names often omitted because I am intrigued as to whether they stand up without a famous name attached. If you think about them enough, mostly it is obvious who they are about.

                                        I have long been a proponent of DIY culture and so, rather than going for the big bucks, I crowdfunded the book via Indiegogo.

                                        Otherwise known as Grunge: My Part in its Downfall, being an attempt to recollect a life probably best forgotten, the life of Everett True. Sad racy stories. Downbeat enthusiasm. Funny, cruel, clever, brutally honest ... once you’ve read this, you will never be able to take music criticism seriously again. Like you ever did.

                                        Peter J Smyth

                                        Black Smoke

                                          As front man of leading psych kraut rock heavyweights MUGSTAR Peter J Smyth knows a thing or two of how to riff out and play long passages of fuzz covered repetition, pummelling audiences into submission. 'Black Smoke' however sees a warmer, more introspective Smyth drawing on the examination of one's own conscious thoughts and feelings. Seventeen tracks of finger picked beauty recalling John Fahey, Mount Eerie amongst others and allowing an observation of one's mind, while in a more spiritual context examination of one's soul. 'Black Smoke' is an intricate album, full of dynamic intensity and stark observations. Lyrically, Smyth shines with a collection of poetic sonnets that translate moments of austere contemplation and urban alienation. In a performative sense, Smyth is confounding, ambiguous but sublime, leading the listener through a series of dense pilgrimages, describing a lost prodigal son in search of redemption. Limited to 500 copies on bright red vinyl. 

                                          Correatown

                                          Embrace The Fuzzy Unknown

                                          Three years have passed since Correatown released the critically acclaimed dream-pop album ‘Pleiades’. Highline are proud to announce the release of her follow up, ‘Embrace The Fuzzy Unknown’.

                                          Having built a fanbase with her debut album ‘Spark. Burn. Fade’, Correatown’s listeners continued to grow through her work in TV and film music and her collaboration with Tom Brosseau as Les Shelleys. ‘Pleiades’ saw Correatown expanding both her global audience and her sonic horizons.

                                          Correatown’s new album reflects and revels in change and evolution. Songs wonder about purpose, wonder about the future and wonder if this is all that there is. Without answers to these questions, the music implores us to ‘Embrace The Fuzzy Unknown’.

                                          The album was produced by Angela Correa and Dan Long (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Son Volt, TV On The Radio).

                                          Correatown’s music has appeared on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Private Practice’ and films ‘The Lucky One’ and ‘Admission’.

                                          Beautifully crafted ethereal pop music that will appeal to fans of Feist, Regina Spektor and Best Coast.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Eyes To The Sky
                                          Longshot
                                          Small Hours
                                          Bonfires
                                          True North
                                          Lucky Ones
                                          All Horizon
                                          Wind Sprints
                                          My Girls
                                          Babybird (Wonder And Dream)

                                          Psychedelic Pirates formed in Manchester, UK in 2013. They had the aim to produce a new genre of music, one that had never been heard before and pose the question... what is music???

                                          They have now achieved this with their debut album... The New Sound.

                                          The Pirates use the latest computer technology and some incredibly talented musicians to make a symphony of psychedelic sounds. Each song explores a different a genre ensuring the listener is taken on a trip through new musical possibilities.

                                          Their live show is an eccentric mix of Pirate cabaret and tantalising circus performance, including fire performance and ariel arts.

                                          So far their quest has taken them around UK, Europe, Asia and Africa performing at various festivals and events.

                                          Will you join their crew?

                                          Performers // Josh Lisiuk - Vocals / Luke Slater - Ableton, Synthesizer, Kaoss Pads, Bazooki, Samples, Effects & VST's / Martyn Jarmin - Guitar, Bass Guitar / Happie - Percussion / Elliot Slater - Saxaphone / Anna Lowenstein - Violin / Tom Moon - Trumpet, Melodica, Accordion / John Lisiuk - Mandolin / Ben Of The Green - Didgeridoo

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Ryan says: Finally a new arrrtist with a new sound. Plenty of hooks without going overboard. On sail now.

                                          Joy Division

                                          Unknown Pleasures - 2007 Remaster Edition

                                            It's difficult to describe the jaw-dropping astonishment that came with the release of this, Joy Division's debut album, in 1979. That four Mancunian punks could create a work of such power, splendour and originality that would change pop music forever, well, a whole new genre had to be invented for them. This had the honesty and passion of punk, but this was arty, angular, literary and unique; this was definitely post-punk, but the massive impact of this record saw Joy Division quickly transcend any pigeon-holing. With singer Ian Curtis documenting fear and alienation, and the band conjuring powerful, brooding rock that featured bass as a lead instrument, dischordant guitar and churning drums and percussion, an emotive group was turned into one of the greatest of all time by Martin Hannett's beautiful production. This is bleak, heavy music, but it's also incredibly exhilarating. In Curtis's words and monotone vocals there's doom and drama, but you could never say this was an act; this is pure, naked emotion captured on tape. There's an intensity here that still shocks.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Disorder
                                            2. Day Of The Lords
                                            3. Candidate
                                            4. Insight
                                            5. New Dawn Fades
                                            6. She's Lost Control
                                            7. Shadowplay
                                            8. Wilderness
                                            9. Interzone
                                            10. I Remember Nothing

                                            Unknown Mortal Orchestra

                                            Multi-Love

                                              On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

                                              Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights.

                                              “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Andy says: Better bottom-end for the funky psych-groovers. Their last album was well loved here, looks like this is gonna top it!

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              1. Multi-Love
                                              2. Like Acid Rain
                                              3. Ur Life One Night
                                              4. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
                                              5. Extreme Wealth And Casual Cruelty
                                              6. The World Is Crowded
                                              7. Stage Or Screen
                                              8. Necessary Evil
                                              9. Puzzles

                                              "I am an instrumental musician, described as a 'Liquid-ambient cinematic soundscape'. My music is on the most part inspired purely by the world around me, and the images of life, both metropolitan and natural. The use of classical instruments, such as flute and strings, with electronic synth and beats has unique texture to it, which brings alternative dimensions to the sound. I started out as a guitarist, when I was 15, and found that there were some limitations, sonically, so I branched out to search for other mediums to create the sound I wanted to capture. The discovery of manipulating spoken word and voice also came to my attention. These developments inspired me to begin writing, which has lead me to this album! Now three years further down the line, I have an album to present. Thank you for reading a little bit about me!"

                                              The debut EP from Manchester based electronic duo UV (Zandra Klievens and Jonjo Feather). Two singles this year have garnered the duo a Record Store Day Recommendation from God Is In The TV and spins from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft BBC6 and Shell Zenner Amazing Radio.

                                              The 5 track E.P. consolidates the duo’s brooding aesthetic “Effortlessly uniting a fairytale of dark underground disco, minimal techno and ethereal pop” The 405.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Still
                                              Cuts
                                              Receiver
                                              Here
                                              Room

                                              Fruit Tones / Pink Teens

                                              Hamlovers Split Tape

                                                Press the gas pedal, open the window to let the summer breeze in and turn up the volume on these awesome garage-pop tunes from the UK.

                                                Various Artists

                                                807N

                                                  Cassette Store Day 2014 release. '80N7' features 20 previously unreleased tracks by some of Rough Trade New York's favourite emerging acts from across the US and UK, including Manchester's Spring King, Denver's Sunboy, and London's Happyness. Operating under the premise that things sound 'better homemade,' the aim is to showcase bands that the shop feels capture the magic of DIY - they want you to hear the fingers sliding, the tiny imperfections, and most importantly, the passion that went into making them. Digital download card included. Limited to 150 copies.

                                                  Picastro

                                                  You

                                                    "Limited edition" version of the full length album, You. Dusted Magazine said: The dread, the discord and ever-shifting parts can make this music as disorienting as a metal record, and Picastro achieves the effect without speed or volume.

                                                    Sixteen years gives you time to hone your craft. Master it, maybe not, but there is a clarity of purpose and a confidence that can only be bought with time. Liz Hysen - along with her rotating crew of collaborators - has been making music under the name Picastro for 16 years and You is a brilliant distillation of the project’s aesthetic. With a voice that shifts shape from track to track, moment to moment, Hysen is alternately enchanting and harrowing. Fables, rituals and even the living dead provide fodder for her incantations and yet there is a dark warmth to it all. Playing lullabies and whispering in your ear like some spirits found deep in the wilderness, they want to guide you home.

                                                    Sudden Death Of Stars

                                                    All Unrevealed Parts Of The Unknown

                                                      If you imagine a group walked from Brittany to the Isle of Wight along to Cornwall to the end of Scotland, to America and the Americas, taking in all influence of music along the way, then you’d get somewhere to knowing what is hidden in the foothills of this album.

                                                      Sudden Death of Stars are from the medieval city of Rennes, France, which may explain why they sound like monks playing modern day Velvet Underground, Os Mutantes and Pentangle. Formed in 2010, they were complete as a band when they happened upon the only sitarist west of Paris.

                                                      James Endeacott A&R guru who signed The Strokes & The Libertines says: “garage, Nuggets, mushroom tea and a head full of dreams - heaven.”

                                                      Stolen From A Crow

                                                      Dark Wing Zero

                                                      Stolen from a Crow is the genre-defying alter ego of Crispin Case-Leng, a singer, songwriter and poet who believes in pushing boundaries within music and performance in a quest to leave the mainstream far behind. Sometimes romantic, sometimes introspective, always unpredictable, Case-Leng’s music is about exploration, delving into unconventional themes ranging from social commentary, through to darkly comic fairy tales about werewolves and winged messengers between worlds. His instrumentation is similarly off-centre, dipping into seemingly incompatible areas like punk, folk and art rock, yet managing to blend them together into something new and exciting.

                                                      U.V.

                                                      Receiver

                                                        U.V. are an electronic duo comprising singer Zandra Klievens and writer / producer Jonjo Feather. They formed in late 2012 and are based in Manchester, U.K. They spent their formative months writing and performing in Berlin and returned to the UK in June 2013. Zandra is the former lead vocalist with NME favourites The ABC Club and Jonjo has previously released two critically acclaimed solo albums under his own name. U.V. released their first single 'Wish' in June 2013. Their new single 'Receiver' is out now on limited edition audio cassette and download.

                                                        Dominic Kearne

                                                        Buffalo

                                                          "“Buffalo” is the result of having seen British folk-guitar legend John Renbourn perform in Salford in 2011. Acoustic bare bones Blues/Folk heavily influenced by John’s work along with that of Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, I strive to make up for any comparative technical shortcomings through vocals and lyrics. Having been trapped for 5 years in a loveless marriage to a record company, ”Buffalo” represents my stripped down freedom and looks at themes including Roman Mythology, School Shootings, Slavery and Stage Fright." - Dominic Kearne.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Andy says: Rich voice and dextrous guitar make this local talent one to look out for.

                                                          Fela Kuti

                                                          Coffin For The Head Of State / Unknown Soldier

                                                            These masterpieces were pivotal accomplishments for Kuti, as they solidified his rise from mere social commentator to fiercely determined cultural leader. Recorded after the brutal raid of his Kalaluta compound and the consequent death of his mother, they comprise two of the most personal statements Kuti ever made. "Coffin for Head of State" denounces the corrosive effect of Christian and Muslim influence on African life and takes to task the leaders that perpetuate the "Bad bad bad things/Through Jesus Christ our Lord." It takes its name from a protest in which Kuti and a group of supporters laid a coffin on the steps of Christian leader Olusegun Obasanjo's Dodan Barracks, the headquarters of the military government. An epic 31-minute tribute to his fallen mother, "Unknown Soldier" is one of the most ambitious recordings of Kuti's career which describes in frightening detail the events that transpired on the eve of the Kalakuta raid, including the rape of several women, beatings, mutilation, and the throwing of his mother ("the Mother of Nigeria") out of a window. The official police report after the raid blamed the attack on "unknown soldiers," and in response to this fantastic cover-up, Kuti gives a tortured, powerful performance of some of his most vivid and incendiary music

                                                            Unknown Mortal Orchestra

                                                            II

                                                              Emerging from rampant hedonism and isolation is ‘II’, the new album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The musical vision of Portlander-via-New Zealand Ruban Nielson started as an anonymous home-recording project that fused psychedelia, soul, choppy percussion and funk.

                                                              Unknown Mortal Orchestra came to life in basements and bedrooms after Nielson moved from his native New Zealand to Portland, Oregon with his family. Following the recruitment of bassist Jacob Portrait, new drummer Greg Rogove and a deal with Jagjaguwar, UMO toured the US with Grizzly Bear and Liars.

                                                              ‘II’ builds on the breakbeat, junk shop charm the 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter came to be renowned for following his self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest, to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock ‘n’ roll’s exaggerated myths to life.

                                                              Written during a punishing, debauched touring schedule during which Nielson feared for his sanity and health, ‘II’ illustrates the emotional turmoil of life on the road, painting surrealist, cartoonish portraits of loneliness, love and despair.

                                                              These conflicting themes are evident immediately; on the album’s sleeve is an unnerving image of Janet Farrar, the famous British witch Wiccan, author and teacher of witchcraft. The chilling refrain of opener ‘Into The Sun’ sees Nielson deliver the line “Isolation can put a gun in your hand,” softly, his words starkly intelligible above a warm, slow-burning melody that quickly brands itself onto your brain. His playful imagery (“I’m so lonely I’ve gotta eat my popcorn all alone”) mirrors the melody, before a solo that borders on psychotropic ends ‘II’s introduction.

                                                              As it unfolds, ‘II’ does find Nielson reenergized. ‘One At A Time’ and ‘Faded In The Morning’ boast dizzying choruses and instrumentals - these crusty hunks could have been excavated from a lost 1960s treasure trove. ‘Monki’ unravels over seven minutes like the yarn from a stoner’s cardigan with an eye-frying pattern. ‘Dawn’ is a minute of disconcerting noise that stands out between the nooks and crannies of the choruses, guitar solos, groove-heavy bass and drums that were recorded live by newly-recruited drummer Greg Rogove and Kody Nielson in a move away from the electronic percussion employed on album one. ‘II’ closes with ‘Secret Xtians’, a tender observational puzzle that fizzes to a satisfied end.

                                                              Pulling Pink Floyd, The Family Stone, The Beatles and the Soft Machine through his warped rock ‘n’ roll filter, Nielson has created a collection of expressive psychedelia. Unknown Mortal Orchestra was once Nielson’s closeted concern. With an album that uses his singular musical imagination and extraordinary talent to parade his emotions with unyielding honesty, it is now a fully realized band operating at the peak of its powers.

                                                              ‘II’ is the follow up and refinement to 2011’s self-titled, critically adored debut (released by Fat Possum and True Panther Sounds).

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Andy says: UMO's 2011 debut LP was a one-man, bedroom curio layering sun-kissed psych-pop over chunky break beats. Expanded to a three piece, the live drummer brings an untutored looseness to the band’s sound which perfectly suits the laid-back, mellow vibe of these tunes. Ruban Neilson has made a beautiful night time record; hazy, blurred and luminous. And it still has that home-studio charm: lo-fi, fuzzy and whimsical, but the psych is now the Beatles, the blues a freaked-out Marc Bolan and there's a soulfulness that recalls early ‘70s Curtis Mayfield; a gorgeous blend. Curtis comparisons extend to Ruban's guitar playing too; seemingly meandering, carefree explorations reveal themselves to be intricately worked out, melodic lines that spill into each other, sometimes with a whiff of prog, sometimes even jazz. Mixed with the white-soul and garage, plus (inter)stellar melodies, you have one funky little nugget, a dazed and dreamy gem of an album.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. From The Sun
                                                              2. Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)
                                                              3. So Good At Being In Trouble
                                                              4. One At A Time
                                                              5. The Opposite Of Afternoon
                                                              6. No Need For A Leader
                                                              7. Monki
                                                              8. Dawn
                                                              9. Faded In The Morning
                                                              10. Secret Xians

                                                              Boz Hayward And Brian Tibby

                                                              Edward Edwardly And The Marquis Of Flixton

                                                              Boz Hayward’s third album is a collaboration with the late Brian Tibby. Shortly before falling ill, over a number of weeks Brian - the regular opener at Chorlton Folk Club - gave a series of handwritten letters to Boz, containing amongst them a series of whimsical observations of local life… Inspired by the workings of Brian’s colourful and wonderfully eccentric imagination, ‘Edward Edwardly and the Marquis of Flixton’ is Boz’s witty response, a 13 track album which, named after one of the most vivid character sketches from the collection, sets each of these to his own unique blend of orchestral urban folk music.

                                                              Blackbombers

                                                              Outlaw

                                                                Born on the back of frustration, combining everything that is raw, primitive, direct and loose about rock ‘n’ roll, Blackbombers deliver instantly, with killer tunes and a big sound.

                                                                Hailing from the deep south (in the UK!), Blackbombers combine a whole lineage of rock ‘n’ roll history in true contemporary style; foot to the floor rockers meet dirty blues and distorted melody……



                                                                Pirahnahead handmade mix CD, direct from the man himself in Detroit. The sometime Mahogani Music / Whasdat? house music producer delivers a great club mix CD here, mixing up house (new, old, classic) and a smattering of 80s disco tunes as well. The mix is rough and raw (hear those crackles!) with plenty of EQing as well. Dead dead limited.

                                                                Tracklisting
                                                                1. Klearvision Ft. Nina Simone – Black Is The Color
                                                                2. MJB & Chaka Khan – Disrespectful (Jovonn Mix)
                                                                3. MJB – PMS (Quentin Harris Mix)
                                                                4. Pirahnahead – Self:Con-Science
                                                                5. Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan (Bonus Beats)
                                                                6. Dennis Ferrer – P 2 Da J
                                                                7. Dajae – Brighter Days (MAW Mix)
                                                                8. Lood – Shout N Out (MAW Mix)
                                                                9. Diplomats Of Soul – Someday We'll All Be Free
                                                                10. RSL – The Mast
                                                                11. Roger Troutman / Zapp – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
                                                                12. Funkadelic – Knee Deep
                                                                13. Change – A Lover's Holiday
                                                                14. Chic – Good Times

                                                                Kid Called Sorrow

                                                                A World Away

                                                                  Rochdale singer-songwriter Kid Called Sorrow's recently released debut E.P, 'A World Away,' gives a wry take on the ups and downs of life in a northern town.

                                                                  Monroe Hips is a band masterminded by one Gib Lyn (latterly known for his work with pioneering act The Witches). This album is a self and collaboratively produced, collection of songs that play on his flighty lyrics and enigmatic guitar style. None of the songs are overstretched and are entertainingly brief but replete with thrilling ideas. “Limbo” is cinematic, romantic and tuneful whereas “Try To Decay” is a semi-acoustic yet psychedelic infusion of 60’s pop and rambling, sparkling indie. The theme threads into “The Most Beautiful She” where the sweeping strings and sparkling guitar picks, plumb into the late career highs of Lennon and McCartney. “The Girl With Potential” is spiked with Gib’s guitar as a focal point as his vocal sways across the song with an enticingly smooth verse and gruff, compelling chorus. Gib Lyn has made this album as interesting as he could, but it’s the bigger tracks that also point to something more remarkable – a sound so big and determined it would be difficult to imagine it had been put together completely off the radar and from within the city’s underground scene. An accomplishment and an incredible collection of scene breaking ideas.


                                                                  John Herring

                                                                  It Starts Again

                                                                  John’s second release sees the return of the same melodic beauty but somehow more driving than his previous offering, ‘Tales From a Northern City.’ When asked why he wrote the album Herring says, ‘The last album was admittedly nostalgic whereas the challenge in the writing for these songs was to focus on now. Musicians often write about the past or the future in the same way we all think in life and I wanted to write an album that was about ‘Here’.

                                                                  As one reviewer reflected, ‘Herring bridges that difficult divide between “popular music”, melody and “legitimate” rock with effortless aplomb... John can easily be compared to the likes of Kurt Wagner and Nick Drake as a master craftsman both lyrically and musically.”


                                                                  The Hoop

                                                                  Panda Boy

                                                                    The Hoop is a Canadian Art Rock band based in Windsor ON formed in November 2010 by Joe LaBine (Toronto, Canada) and Jack Goodall (Bromsgrove, England). They have toured extensively in Canada, Ireland and the UK. The January release of Panda Boy (2012) - the group's debut LP - marks the beginning of a year of festivals, international touring, collaborations (notably with Paul MacDougal of Toronto's DoneFors), label launches, and exciting music.

                                                                    Sun Drums

                                                                    Sun Drums EP

                                                                      Self produced in the band’s hometown of Liverpool, this self-titled EP is eclipsed by a haunting sense of the unknown through ghostly two-step and swathes of euphoric energy. Each of the five tracks here are underscored by distant falsetto, while submerged synthwave shimmers provide a superb spectral surround. Imagine Burial, Hype Williams or Caribou tracks remade with a leaning towards the melancholic yet uplifting indie music of Puressence or Mercury Rev.


                                                                      The Hoop

                                                                      Gyno Lemon / Wedding Portrait

                                                                      These guys dropped off a few copies of this two track 7” when they were over in Manchester recently. The trio from Ontario, Canada’s sound reminds me a little of early Cold War Kids. We’ve only got a handful of these so grab one quick if you want a copy.

                                                                      Further Reductions

                                                                      Decidedly So / Not Unknown

                                                                      Brooklyn, NY's Further Reductions have been building up a reputation for a while and we finally have some vinyl to show it off. Working with electronic instrumentation but not limited to electronic influences alone, Reductions are carving out their own niche of sad, beautiful pop music.

                                                                      'Thru the gates of forever and into the frozen vapours of Mannattan's minimal electronic monolith in the night, Further Reductions, Shawn O'Sullivan (of Led Er Est knowings) and collaborator Katie Rose are weaving a web of reverberatory wonderment. One of not just a few of the minimal synth couple outfit armies to emerge from New York's ever living and breathing clan of the same epithet, this masculine/feminine dream drone dichotomy's synthesized incantations drift like gleaming analogue jewels of dark incandescent dance dew. Voices with the echoes of youth sung wistfully into in the well and steeped in the myst of minor discord float inside Familiar Flights'. - La Maladie Tropicale.

                                                                      Iain Wright

                                                                      Keep It Stupid Simple

                                                                      "Keep It Stupid Simple" is the first release for Scottish born singer songwriter Iain Wright now based in Adelaide. "Keep It Stupid Simple" highlights the beautiful melody of Iain's guitar and voice, whether it's the strut of the opening track "Bad Dreams" or the haunting quality of "Langdon Street" there enough in this little gem of an EP to keep you happy, yet leave you wanting more.

                                                                      The Great Fury

                                                                      Competition

                                                                      Formed in Manchester in January 2007, The Great Fury 'deliver a catchy brand of garage rock/blues inspired music, singing songs of modern love, classic cocktails, Orwellian visions and political views' (VMan Events). The Great Fury name encapsulates 'the media and government escalating certain situations for their own ends, so therefore is a cause of a great fury to them' (David Cross). Bridging a Liverpool and Manchester rivalry, David and Adam forged a musical bond after a chance discussion at a local gig where a rhythm section drawn from Portsmouth and a Yorkshire provided the pulse of a new sound. The band's pedigree has meant that previous incarnations have supported the likes of The Mystery Jets, Babyshambles, The Black Keys and The Cribs, and early reviews likened the sound to a 'dirty take on the Arctic Monkeys perhaps, very similar as far as vox and lyrics go... Libertines and Jamie T fans my also be tickled pink' (Bugbear Bookings).

                                                                      Blacklist

                                                                      Fight Or Flight

                                                                      The Manchester-based alternative rock band Blacklist was formed against a backdrop of seemingly disconnected and contradictory influences. The music is influenced by artists such as: Faith No More, Massive Attack, Roni Size and Radiohead while the songwriting and lyrics dip into a bit of Nick Cave, Chris Morris, Elbow and The Smiths. The band attempts to blend intelligent rock music with Drum & Bass while always keeping the idea of the well-crafted song at the heart of what it does.

                                                                      Manchester's Manifesto haven't got many chords to play with, but their sunny take on low key 60s guitar pop ambles slowly forward like a ballad, whilst "Stuck In The Mud" sounds a bit more like it's got a Beatle in its back pocket. The style is attractive and the melodies promising. "Secrets & Lie's" and "Everyone Tells Me I'm Lazy" are two acoustic tracks which tells a story that is easily accessible and straight from the heart! And finally "Far Away" has the mix of Setting sun-Chemical Brothers and Fire Starter by The Prodigy a great overall sound and a tune to dance the night away!!

                                                                      The Christophers

                                                                      Plans EP

                                                                      'The Christophers are wearing dark suits with quite scary yellow specs. They look like they work for a top secret government research facility. Wherever it is they've come from, anyway, they've come equipped with minimalist art-rock post-punk disco-funk so sharp it'd have The Rapture stocking up on Elastoplasts. There's a delightful cynicism about their lyrics and some killer hooks and beats. Add to that some sturdy assertive basslines, demonically abrasive guitar parts and the precision beat of a drum machine underpinning staccato near-robotic vocals, and overall you get something which takes in rather a lot of 1979 (specifically The Fall, A Certain Ratio, Wire and Talking Heads) and dumps it squarely in 2007 (there are bits where if you close your eyes it actually might be LCD Soundsystem). Scary bastards you can dance to - we like them very much, and suspect we will be seeing a lot more of them.' - Manchester Music.

                                                                      Simon Connor

                                                                      Seaside Surprise

                                                                        "Seaside Surprise" is the debut release from Manchester based musician Simon Connor. After gigging as an acoustic solo artist for the past year the arrangements on the EP have been fleshed out with a full band, a string section and electronic beats. The well crafted songs are given a much wider scope and the sound sits somewhere in between Radiohead, Elliott Smith and Scott Matthews.

                                                                        El Condorez

                                                                        Nothing Is Real

                                                                          El Condorez are a three-piece band based here in Manchester. Currently picking up great reviews and a recent 'single of the week' accolade on XFM Manchester. They are being compared to rock legends like Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Faces.

                                                                          The Turner

                                                                          Hope Dies Last

                                                                            The Turner is a local singer / songwriter called Gary Tomkinson from Levenshulme, Manchester. The album "Hope Dies Last" features contributions from Sian Webley and James Youngjohns from Anna Kashfi and also from Mike Harries from Quiet Loner. It also features a string quartet on three tracks. He has frequently been compared to Roddy Frame and Tim Hardin.

                                                                            Modern Sound Library

                                                                            EP1

                                                                              Modern Sound Library, as the name suggests, draw influence from a wide range of sources. The Manchester based band are Haydn Ruffley (formerly of Bamboo Soul), Andy Slaney and Russ Wood, who got together just over a year ago to create instrumental music inspired by 70s library music (the kind used to soundtrack such TV classics as 'The Sweeney'), Spaghetti Westerns and Serge Gainsbourg. The band developed this template to encompass songs that reflect a shared love of classic rock'n'roll, 60s garage, soul and funk. This limited edition five track EP showcases the diverse range of the bands music and includes remixes by Monsieur Le Menthe and the highly acclaimed Shawn Lee.

                                                                              Onions

                                                                              Picking Up Pieces

                                                                                Onions are Jim, Martin and Chris, three urban dandies from Withington, Manchester. With a penchant for writing upbeat no-nonsense guitar pop, they formed in the glorious summer of 2005. Already in the short two years together, Onions have played Glastonbury Festival and had one of their hits played on the main stages between acts and subsequently released on a Glastonbury compilation CD nationwide. Prior to this, Onions have supported the likes of Mystery Jets and Jim Noir, and headlined the Euro-Culture festival in Manchester. In addition, Onions have worked in coordination with Channel M on a regular basis to promote their releases, videos, gigs and their ravishing personalities.

                                                                                Joy Division

                                                                                Unknown Pleasures - 2007 Remastered Edition

                                                                                  It's difficult to describe the jaw-dropping astonishment that came with the release of this, Joy Division's debut album, in 1979. That four Mancunian punks could create a work of such power, splendour and originality that would change pop music forever, well, a whole new genre had to be invented for them. This had the honesty and passion of punk, but this was arty, angular, literary and unique; this was definitely post-punk, but the massive impact of this record saw Joy Division quickly transcend any pigeon-holing. With singer Ian Curtis documenting fear and alienation, and the band conjuring powerful, brooding rock that featured bass as a lead instrument, dischordant guitar and churning drums and percussion, an emotive group was turned into one of the greatest of all time by Martin Hannett's beautiful production. This is bleak, heavy music, but it's also incredibly exhilarating. In Curtis's words and monotone vocals there's doom and drama, but you could never say this was an act; this is pure, naked emotion captured on tape. There's an intensity here that still shocks.

                                                                                  Rie Sinclair

                                                                                  Glow EP

                                                                                    Self-released EP from this LA based singer-songwriter.

                                                                                    Twin Freaks

                                                                                    Really Love You / Lalula

                                                                                      Paul McCartney got Freelance Hellraiser to be the warm-up act on his last tour, letting him do reworks and mash-ups of Macca tracks old and new. The results proved to be a big crowd favourite, so the two got together to re-create the tracks in the studio, calling themselves Twin Freaks. "Really Love You" (taken from his 1997 LP "Flaming Pie") is a full on soni attack, while "Lalula" has more of a baggy disco-rock feel.


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