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W.L.W.A.S.I.O.H. (K Lost Acid Dub)

K returns with a new Lost Acid Dub... Another one for the sun! Don't miss out!

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WLWASIOH (K Lost Acid Dub)

Unknown

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

    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

      Taking the scene by storm with back-to-back sell out releases, DSO load up record number four.

      This time they give you a double header of '90s flips, turning two low-slung R&B and neo soul classics, usually set to add a little sauce to a warmup, into hot house, peaktime groovers with extra spice.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 – Caught
      B1 - Don´t Ever

      Unknown

      7S

      Digwah do it again! A mid ‘90s classic you never thought you’d see reworked into a pure peaktime roller. Buy on sight.

      Unknown Artist 002

      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. Several weeks after the vinyl is out, there is a digital release that reveals who was behind the tracks. The roster ranges from new and emerging producers to more established artists looking to explore new sounds.

      The label's second release, presents four glitched out expansive cuts taking in everything from warped jungle and twisted percussive workouts to cerebral techno and immersive IDM. With online personas often eclipsing the focus on music itself, here lies a return to form.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 - A1
      A2 - A2
      B1 - B1
      B2 - B2

      Unknown

      Hello You Yeah / Just Be Yourself

      There’s been a refurb at The Gallery, a fresh new look for the onlookers. This brand-new exhibition follows in the prestigious footsteps of its predecessors, two jaw-droppingly stunning works of art on display, re-touched, re-loved and ready to be snapped up by the highest bidder.

      One side sees the mysterious mastermind take on some tropical boogie heat via ‘Hello You Yeah’ with the flip a cosmic disco warper in the form of ‘Just Be Yourself’. The sunkissed lilt, trilling synths and 'Hallelujah' chorus of the A-side is a summery sing-a-long which should make a lot of sense next to Neil Diablo's "High Emotion" while the rocking guitar, campish vocals and precision sleaze of the flip (originally a Nightlife Unlimited cut fact fans) has DJ Harvey written all over it. Two irresistible cuts that will be whipping crowds into a frenzy the world over.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 - Hello You Yeah
      B1 - Just Be Yourself

      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

        The Bottle / Love Is The Respect

        The mysterious Respect label lands in store again with two stone cold, all time classics, from two undisputed legends, re-edited, extended and repurposed for the modern dancefloor. 

        On the A-side, Gil's heartbreaking and ultra funky "The Bottle" makes friends with a wonderfully syncopated house rhythm, imbued with extra bassweight and some well thought out loops for peak time club deployment. On the B-side we're in mash up territories as Aretha's empowerment anthem "RESPECT" acquaints itself with Chi Lites "My First Mistake" (I think, it's early and I haven't had my coffee yet) with spectacular results.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. The Bottle
        B1. Love Is The Respect

        Unknown

        Vol. 3

        Only three releases in and DSO are already setting out their stall as a buy on sight label to look out for. Round three of this insatiably sassy series sees a double dose of ‘90s R&B powerhouses reimagined into bumpin' house heaters that are certified head turners from the get-go. 

        On the A-side Brandi & Monica's harp-led hit "The Boy Is Mine" gets a bass heavy house tickle not too far away from that Kornel Kovacs flip from a few years back. On the flip, Mase's Bad Boy jam-a-thon, "Do You Wanna Get $?" gets housed the fuck up, arming the working DJ with a hip house update for the new decade.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Boy
        B1. Wanna Get

        Seconds out for round three of the hotly tipped, Moxy Edits limited series, bringing us a pair of bumpers for the peak time! This one is a bass heavy jackin ‘90s hip hop inspired house groover. Think Sneak, Derrick Carter vibes. 
        One side is a saxy bumpty badman with some Cypress HIll acapellas, while the other straight dubbin, pure clubbing. Perfect combination, check it.

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        A1. Untitled (Vocal)
        B1. Untitled (Dub)

        The future rendered here by Ra seems more dystopian than utopian, and these 1975 guided improvisations are imbued with an underlying violence, alternate twists, bank turns, headchoppers, loops, rolls, sidewinders and drops. It’s a dark & glorious journey. Featuring the debut of the complete version of “Extension Out”. “Pathways” has been exquisitely mastered from the four-track session reel and includes an insert offering an enlightening glimpse at Ra & co.’s plans for their major label lucre.

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        1. Pathways To Unknown Worlds 
        2. View From A Mountain Top 
        3. Extension Out 
        4. Cosmo-Media

        Delicate Wash returns to tease and please once again with a bright cocktail of mind-melding melodies accompanied by stiff drum machine rhythms. Four piquant party starters pulled from the shores of a vintage future-scape where the horizon glows from a perpetual sunset, and there's just enough gravity to keep your feet bouncing on the sand. Versatile, balanced and blendable, Delicate Wash #5 contains all the ingredients for you to build your own seductive sonic universe!

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        A1. Take It Off
        A2. Girls!
        B1. AovE
        B2. Come And Get Her

        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!

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

        Unknown Artist

        Lapis Lazuli EP

        25 years after this cult UK label first emerged, the brains behind the bangers are here to hip a new generation to these enduring and essential club weapons - remastered and hand-stamped for 2021.
        Primitive represented a stripped down and sonically heavyweight series of essential DJ tools, winning wide support from Techno an House DJ's alike & enduring - perhaps due to their raw, basic construction - way beyond their original inception. 

        On PRIM03, the mysterious producer leads us into psychedelic territories with a winding narcotic opener, garbled alien A2, pinging, zinging and subaquatic B1 and steppy insectile B2. All killer no filler folks.

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        A1
        A2
        B1
        B2

        Unknown

        Steady On Now / Not You Again?

        More exclusive, irresistable and totally magical refixes by who must surely be Artwork (not official information just my own guess!). The third in the series following the acid house protest anthem, "Baby Baby Please" and "Stop".

        Ditching the house for summat more grassy and organic, our trusted dancefloor chef touch up two invigorating slices of disco-boogie into a heady, full-throttle double A-side that's up their with Theo's Ugly Edits and Eric Duncan's COMBI edits.

        Originals are completely unfamiliar to me too - only adding to its credentials. This series is on a proper roll - miss at your peril!



        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Two crafty edits that really tease the dancefloor into a frothing pit of fun. Croatia may be cancelled this Summer but slap this one the backyard soundsystem and prepare to party!

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Steady On Now
        B1. Not You Again?

        The first jam on DSO landed only a mere month ago, and lasted about thirteen minutes in the shop before it sold out. In other words, this is buy on sight folks! Once again, it's another mystery melting pot of housed up, RnB flavoured, sample heaven lands on DSO. Absolute party starters! 

        On the A-side, "Baggage" boasts a skipping 4/4, warm bassline and magnificent sample manipulation as Mary J's unmistakable voice gets pitched up, looped and stretched into house heaven! On the flipside the mystery producers house the living fuck out of Raphael Saadiq and Q-Tip's "Get Involved", notching up another no nonsense slice of groove heavy house.

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        A1. Baggage
        B1. Involved

        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.

          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 

            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

              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.

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              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 Artists

                    Power XIII

                    This limited edition 12" brings two artists from two crews, presumably Power Station and Bahnsteig 23, and so possibly Kris Baha and Jonny Rock...? Either way, we're taken on an 11 minute industrial journey on the A-side, detouring through mechanical percussion and scuzzy synths like a Throbbing Gristle outtake. The B-side spikes the tempo to 110ish and incorporates proggy leadlines and hydraulic percussion for a modern trance thumper.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Matt says: Nice, slow, sludge cosmic-dirg here from two rapscallions of the scene. It doesn't get much muckier than this folks. Like smearing yourself in the various bodily fluids left in Berghain's infamous Dark Room.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Untitled 1
                    2. Untitled 2

                    Leon Thomas' debut solo recording after his tenure with Pharoah Sanders is a fine one. Teaming with a cast of musicians that includes bassist Cecil McBee, flutist James Spaulding, Roy Haynes, Lonnie Liston Smith, Richard Davis, and Sanders (listed here as "Little Rock"), etc. Thomas' patented yodel is in fine shape here, displayed alongside his singular lyric style and scat singing trademark. The set begins with a shorter, more lyrical version of Thomas' signature tune "The Creator Has a Master Plan," with the lyric riding easy and smooth alongside the yodel, which bubbles up only in the refrains. It's a different story on his own "One," with Davis' piano leading the charge and Spaulding blowing through the center of the track, Thomas alternates scatting and his moaning, yodeling, howling, across the lyrics, through them under them and in spite of them. It's an intense ride and one that sets up the glorious "Echoes." This tune is Thomas at his most spiritual and uplifting, carrying the mysterious drift of his tune entwined with Spaulding's flute and a set of Pan pipes, fluttering in and out of the mix before his wail comes to the fore as a solo. The end of side one reaches into Thomas' past (he sang with everyone from Count Basie to Grant Green and Mary Lou Williams) for a highly original read of Horace Silver's classic "Song for My Father." Thomas imbues the tune with so much emotion, it's a wonder he can keep it under wraps. Side two is more free from in nature with "Damn Nam," a near rant, but one possessed with melodic vision and harmonic invention with this band. There's also the deeply moving "Malcolm's Gone," a co-write between Thomas and Sanders that features the latter's gorgeous blowing, hard and true in the middle of the mix, and a wildly spiritual Eastern vibe coming through in the improvisation. It's the longest track on the record, and one of the most criminally ignored in Thomas' long career. The album closes with Bell and Houston's "Let the Rain Fall on Me." It's a shimmering straight jazz number with a beautiful piano solo by Smith. It sends out a visionary album out on a sweet, soulful note. Ultimately, this is among Thomas' finest moments on vinyl, proving his versatility and accessibility to an audience who, for too long already, had associated him too closely with the avant-garde and free jazz.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side A:
                    1. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)
                    2. One
                    3. Echoes
                    4. Song For My Father

                    Side B:
                    1. Damn Nam (Ain't Goin' To Vietnam)
                    2. Malcolm's Gone
                    3. Let The Rain Fall On Me

                    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. 

                            Henge

                            Nothing Head

                              London based HENGE have been frying brains for the last 4 years with their psychedelic doom, coming on like an acid-fried freight train straight to your cerebral core. Think Black Sabbath through an Amphetamine Reptile filter, via Pigs x7. Their first LP, released in January 2016, gained rave reviews and 'Nothing Head' builds on their S/T debut oppressive groove. The album opener, 'Compressor' feels like you are staggering through a Californian desert with the heat beating down on your back, bewildered and lost but knowing full well when you reach your destination that's when things will start to get really weird.

                              'The Sea' continues the desert stagger until a white light beams down opening up a portal to your subconscious and your bad deeds spring forth. 'Beginners' makes feeling of claustrophobia tingle with a forlorn wail following your every move. The light finally begins to raise again with 'Human Beings' although briefly until darkness descends with 'Teddy Bear'. Desperately trapped but once you let yourself go movement flows freely. This is it. At just over 8 minutes long 'Dracila' is the one that stretches time and builds on everything gone before. 'Nike' ebbs and flows with a worldly understanding and rounding the LP off in an enlightened state.

                              The cover says it all. There was an ecstasy tablet going around London a couple of years ago, unbeknownst to the band, bearing their name and logo. Reports say the experience was like witnessing HENGE live - claustrophobic but downright beautiful. Bandcamp listed them in the Top Ten UK Noise Rock Bands alongside Terminal Cheesecake, GNOD, US Nails, Casual Nun etc so they must be doing something right. 


                              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.



                                  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.

                                    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.

                                                    Adam French

                                                    Like Everybody Does

                                                      Like Everybody Does is the 2nd instalment from acoustic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam French. With 1000 sales of the first EP already under his belt, Adam releases this follow up 3 months on from the first EP. This is a record for everyone, whether you're a son, daughter, father or a mother - we can go as far as to say that the senior generation are happy listening to it! 

                                                      This mini album really does tick all of the right boxes… Well written music, timeless in the sense that it feels like you could have known these songs your entire life. Adam is every ounce the modern day troubadour being compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams & Johnny Cash but with an extremely modern day take on acoustic music and how far you can push the boundaries within a genre, if you're into your singer song writers, then you'll like this.

                                                      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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