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Hit + Run Presents Road Kill Vol 1

    Debut of the "Hit + Run Presents Road Kill" compilation series. Volume 1 includes 29 exclusive and unreleased tracks by the Los Angeles underground and beyond, available on a limited-edition digipak CD. We're talking beat builders, wonky-hoppers, hip hopers, down-beaters, electronica lovers and just, in the case of the Gaslamp Killer, bonkers mentalists.

    Previously only available digitally and on CD, the compilation features some of LA’s best and brightest, along with a whole host of artists from around the world - including J Rocc, the Gaslamp Killer, Ras G, Daedelus, Knxwledge, Mndsgn, Jeremiah Jae, Kutmah and many more - all contributing tracks unavailable anywhere else.

    Rollover Milano returns to the Piccadilly shelves with the fourth volume of their eidt series, serving a quartet of super sunkissed reworks for a truly Mediterranean mood. Ferraroni starts the party with "Le Soleil Bateau", a chunky and rolling rework of a Tony Esposito's "Nana Le Soleil Bateau", which pitches the joyous Fairlight fusion of the original into a simmering midtempo jam perfect for the Balearic dancefloor. Next up the Milanese crew make the most of a transatlantic connection, inviting Jacques Renault to extend and expand the bittersweet brilliance of ultimate Balearic bomb "City Lights" by William Pitt. Flipping the disc we get into low slung, folkloric and frisky mode with Makossa's "Dio Come Ti Amo", a subtle, soothing and slinking number which reminds me of the unbridled sex appeal of early Nicolas Jaar edits. It's one of those remarkable occasions when someone flips a phenomenal original (see Domenico Modugno) into something equally amazing but completely different. Finally, Pasta (not Pasta Paul) joins the crew with "Di Di No", a funked up disco house finale which works a rubberized bassline around solid percussion and makes the most of some collapsing thumb piano. 

    Compiled by Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Zach Cowie (DJ & music supervisor) and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), "Pacific Breeze" documents Japan’s blast into the stratosphere. By the 1960s, the nation had achieved a postwar miracle, soaring to become the world’s second largest economy. Thriving tech exports sent The Rising Sun over the moon. Its pocket cassette players, bleeping video games, and gleaming cars boomed worldwide, wooing pleasure points and pumping Japanese pockets full of yen.

    Japan’s financial buoyancy also permeated its popular culture, birthing an audio analog called City Pop. This new sound arose in the mid ’70s and ruled through the ’80s, channeling the country’s contemporary psyche. It was sophisticated music mirroring Japan’s punch-drunk prosperity. City Pop epitomized the era, providing a soundtrack for emerging urbanites. An optimistic spirit buzzed through the music in neon-bathed, gauzy tableaus coated with groove-heavy strokes.

    "Pacific Breeze" is an expertly compiled collection of choice cuts that range from silky smooth grooves to innovative techno pop bangers and everything in between. Long-revered by crate diggers and adventurous music heads, this music has never been released outside of Japan until now. Including key artists like Taeko Ohnuki and Minako Yoshida, as well as cult favorites Hitomi Tohyama and Hiroshi Sato, the long-awaited release also features newly commissioned cover painting by Tokyo-based artist Hiroshi Nagai, whose iconic images of resort living have graced the covers of many classic City Pop albums of the 1980s.

    Many of the key City Pop players evolved from the Japanese New Music scene of the early ’70s, as heard on Light In The Attic’s acclaimed Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973, the first release of the ongoing Japan Archival Series. In fact, you could say City Pop set sail with a champagne smash from Happy End, the freakishly talented subversives who included amongst their ranks Haruomi Hosono and Shigeru Suzuki, both featured on this compilation. As Michael K. Bourdaghs noted in his book, Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon, this music was, “Deconstructing the line between imitation and authenticity.” Some of the best City Pop teeters in this zone—easy listening with mutant exotica, tilted techno-pop, and steamy boogie bubbling beneath the gloss.


    Patrick says: If like me, Ryan Horsebeach, Piccadilly supply teacher Michael and mailorder Sil, you've had your head turned by the sounds of Japan, you'll be giddy at the arrival of this LITA compiled collection of City Pop gems. Featuring a who's who of 80s Japan, and their best moments no less, this is sunkissed tropical synth pop with a heavy helping of Japanese soul. Sophisticated music from the future past, presented in typically lavish fashion from the mighty Light In The Attic.


    2xDeluxe LP Info: Brand new “Summer Fun” edition limited to 500 copies.

    2xLtd LP Info: 2x vinyl LP housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with over sized fold-out booklet, full color printed inner sleeves, and custom die-cut obi card.

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    Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986

      When Light In The Attic released Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 in 2019, it was the first collection of its kind to be released outside Japan. It proved to be just what music fans had been waiting for—a compilation of sought-after tracks that had been nearly impossible to obtain unless you were well-connected with dealers and collectors, or traveled regularly to the countless record stores in Japan. Pacific Breeze included Minako Yoshida, Taeko Ohnuki, Hiroshi Sato and Haruomi Hosono among other key players of ‘70s-’80s Japanese City Pop, the nebulous genre that encompassed an “amalgam of AOR, R&B, jazz fusion, funk, boogie and disco, all a touch dizzy with tropical euphoria,” as we described it the first time around.

      With Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972-1986 we dig deeper into those sounds of bubble-era Japan. From the proto-City Pop funk of Bread & Butter and Eiichi Ohtaki to the crate-digger favorites Eri Ohno and Piper, the latest entry in Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series brings another set of sought-after tunes, most of which have never before been available outside of Japan. Tomoko Aran and Anri, also included in this compilation, are just a few of the artists who have gained popularity in recent years thanks to Vaporwave, the meme-genre that heavily samples Japanese City Pop to create its particular aesthetic.

      Pacific Breeze 2 once again feature the artwork of renowned Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroshi Nagai, whose iconic images of resort living have become synonymous with City Pop. Nagai’s urban tropical imagery is a perfect match for the expertly curated tunes, evoking a certain sense of nostalgia for the leisure lifestyles of ‘70s-’80s Tokyo, while simultaneously being perfectly in tune with the current zeitgeist.

      The Sofrito crew return with four more tropical bangers to heat up the dancefloor! For the label's fifth outing they join forces with Joining forces with the talented Tropical Treats outfit from Sweden, who you'll remember from the ace "Afrikan Rhythms" 12″ on GAMM in 2009. The "Tropical Soundclash EP" covers raw Afro-funk, heavy cumbia, Caribbean disco and hot carnival rhythms, perfect for your Tropical Discotheque! On side A "Rift Valley Groove" is a wicked piece of Afro-funk, while "Cumbia Colombiana" features a heavy percussive rhythm and blasting horns. Side B opens with the speedy carnival drumming and call-and-response vocal of "Ca Ca Yé" - perfect for a mood change on the dancefloor - with "Tabou For The People" bringing up the rear in Afro-disco style, all played live.


      12" Info: Limited to 500 copies only.

      MM Discos originally emerges from the passion of two friends who share the same fondness for records made just of vinyl, after years spent hunting, collecting and spinning them. This is driven by the intention of bringing to light the work of talented newcomer artists.

      MM Discos is born with no musical prejudices whatsoever but undoubtedly influenced by a certain mix of genres in which one can identify, among others, Disco, Synth-Pop and Italo.

      Our first track is a groovy Edit, produced back-to-back by notorious Akirahawks, Capo di Tutti I capi of the Berlin scene and House Mannequin's frontman, and Enzino, responsible of his own editions at Encino's Rec. and one of the most significant representatives of the Balearic sound around the world.

      The second cut is brought to you by the enigmatic MSMCI, who has masterfully deployed all his skills to put together a killer House track drizzled with soft-spoken vocals that carries the listener to an evocative world of Daiquiris, palm trees and girls in bikini.

      On the B-side, Marvin & Guy coming hard after a series of successes on Hivern Discs and Young Adults, combining Synth-pop and Italo crystalising in a Nordic 80's-influenced Edit ready to rock the dance floor.

      And last but not least the ultimate Edit produced by Just John. The ineffable producer from JohnWaynes, well known for his works for Mule Music, Endless Flight and Let's Play House, delivers an inspired self-righteous hymn for Italo Disco ready to become and instant cult classic.

      Emotions Electric with the first Various EP for the label. Strong quality selection of deep soulful Detroit influenced techno tracks from some of the finest underground producers, artwork hand painted by Abdul Haqq / Third Earth. Highly recommended!

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

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

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


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


      LP Box Set Info: Part 1 contains 40-page coffee table book telling the story of the DJ as remixer and featuring previously unseen vintage photographs.

      Italo-Disco, (at times abbreviated as Italo) is a music genre which originated in Italy and was mainly produced from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. The origin strongly tied to marketing efforts of the ZYX record label, which began licensing and marketing the music outside Italy in 1982. The genre faded in the early 1990s. Italo disco evolved from the then-current dance music (including hi-NRG) and developed into a diverse genre. The genre employs drum machines, synthesizers, occasionally vocoders and usually sung in English. This compilation contains some of the long lost tracks of the genre restored for the first time on CD. Vivien Vee "Remember" and Capricorn "I Need Love," are early work by Italian pioneer Claudio Simonetti (Goblin). All tracks digitally remastered along with its booklet, the original artwork and the original recording and extended versions.

      Gentrified Underground presents an interdisciplinary project tackling the sonic fiction & afrofuturism of Drexciya.
      2x12", Cover by Abdul Qadim Haqq, 56 Page Bubble Chamber booklet included!

      2x12", Cover by Abdul Qadim Haqq, 56 Page Bubble Chamber booklet included!

      Gentrified Underground presents an interdisciplinary project tackling the sonic fiction & afrofuturism of Drexciya.

      Thought as an extension to the Bubble Chamber exhibition happening at Mikro & UP STATE Zürich, GU releases a 2x12 vinyl compilation and a booklet with contributions by Abdul Qadim Haqq, Charlie Mills, chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White, Gentrified Underground, Maïté Chéniere and tracks by Xor Gate (Gerald Donald), Shawescape Renegade, DJ Dijital, Plant43, The Exaltics, Kuldaboli, Iko, Tom Ware, Luz1e and Sansibar.

      The goal of this compilation is to showcase the reach and influence which Drexciya had on generations of electronic music producers while linking them together with compositorial predecessors from the early 80s. The musical timeline of the compilation starts from 1982 and reaches its contemporary end in 2019.

      The 56 pages booklet contains unseen and unreleased Drexciyan drafts by Abdul Qadim Haqq, an interview between him and GU, contemporary art contributions by chukwumaa, Dominiqueh White and Maïté Chéniere and an academic essay by Charlie Mills.

      "More than twenty years after their first release, the sonic fictions produced by Drexciya, the Detroit based electronic duo founded by James Stinson and Gerald Donald at the start of the 1990s, continues to enthral contemporary cultural practitioners. By reimagining the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a fiction of enforced mutation, the Drexciya mythos opened, and continues to open, a speculative space for the reimagining of the posthuman condition, and for questions of becoming, origin and mutation in relation to capitalism, finance and futurity." - Kodwo Eshun


      Barry says: A ridiculously exciting and comprehensive look at the influence Drexciya has had on electronic music since their inception in the mid 90's through to the present day. Includes gorgeous looking booklet and all sorts of exciting archival gems. An essential piece for any electronic fans.


      2xLtd LP Info: 2x12" & 56 page booklet

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      Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip

        We’re now in the double digits of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s and clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new edition leads us to more exciting new discoveries. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll.


        Coloured LP Info: Limited purple vinyl

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        Blue Note Re:Imagined

          This autumn will see the release of Blue Note Re:imagined; a brand-new collection of classic Blue Note tracks, reworked and newly recorded by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. Representing a bridge between the ground-breaking label’s past and future, the project features contributions from a rollcall of 16 revered UK acts including Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Poppy Ajudha, Jordan Rakei and Brit Award-winning Jorja Smith. Blue Note, which celebrated its milestone 80th anniversary in 2019, boasts an illustrious catalogue that traces the entire history of jazz and the Re:imagined project features music originally created by some of its most legendary artists.

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          Psyche France, Vol. 6 (1960 - 70)

            Including 13 tracks, this sixth volume of the ‘Psyché France’ collection is a new tribute to the mavericks and lost heroes of the 1960’s and 70’s French music scene.

            In this collection, you will discover a few curiosities such as ‘L’agonie’ et ‘Le Perroquet’ by Gilbert Deflez, ‘Dis-moi si’ by the band Présence, and also some Pop gems sung for instance by Isabelle (‘Ne me parlez plus de l'amour’, a cover from Burt Bacharach ‘I'll Never Fall in Love Again’).

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            Late Night Tales: Hot Chip

              UK electronic artpop outfit Hot Chip provide the perfect antidote to these strange and uncertain times with the latest release in the hugely popular LateNightTales artist-curated series.

              Along with featuring new music from the band, they have selected music from some of the most engaging artists of the 21st century, taking in pulsating electronic rhythms, hypnotic grooves and leftfield ambience.

              Spearheaded by founders Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, Hot Chip are one of the UK’s most interesting and much-loved acts. Since releasing their debut album ‘Coming On Strong’ in 2004, they have received a Grammy Award nomination (‘Ready for the Floor’) and Mercury Prize nomination (‘The Warning’) and their seventh studio album, last year’s ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy,’ received rave reviews across the globe from both critics and fans.

              A unique, personal collection that is both euphoric and melancholic.

              “I think we all had slightly different understandings of what a Late Night Tales compilation might consist of; varying interpretations of the brief. For some the mix might be what you’d want to listen to as your late night continues, after a night out. For others maybe it suggested a selection of music for listening to as you drift off to sleep; then again it could just be music evocative of night time, or concerned with its traditionally ‘darker’ moods,” says Taylor.

              Hot Chip’s ‘LateNightTales’ opens with the simplistic beauty of Christina Vantzou’s ‘At Dawn,’ before morphing in to the first of four exclusive tracks from the band - the floating, transcendent ‘Nothing’s Changed’, before Rhythm & Sound ft. Cornell Campbell serve up the heavy dub classic, ‘King In My Empire’.

              The journey continues with Pale Blue’s ‘Have You Passed Through This Night’, a silky, cold wave disco track, while Suzanne Kraft’s ‘Femme Cosmic’ and Fever Ray’s ‘To The Moon and Back’ provide squelchy synth-pop. Furthermore, the punchy ‘Much To Touch’ from Bolton-born, Berlin based producer Planningtorock and an ethereal cover of Velvet Underground’s ‘Candy Says’ by our hosts add an element of displacement and detachment.

              Elsewhere, other highlights include an appearance from synth-pop auteur Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with ‘Who I Am & Why I Am Where’ and new material from Alexis’ ‘other’ band, the improv-mavens About Group, along with the adventurous ‘Workaround Two’ from electronic experimentalist Beatrice Dillon and German composer, Nils Frahm’s beautifully evocative ‘Ode’. But it is left to Alexis’ father to have the final word, with an elegant excerpt from the daring ‘Finnegans Wake’ by James Joyce.

              “We’ve put together a mix of music which ties all of these ideas together and represents some of our favourite music new and old, some of it directly influential on Hot Chip and some of it music we have discovered and loved, been surprised by and connected to. There are three new songs of ours which we’re really proud of, and which I think connect naturally with the nocturnal world the compilation speaks of, and a cover of ‘Candy Says’ which is one of the first songs the very early version of Hot Chip played when we were still at school,” says Taylor.

              The LateNightTales series was established back in 2001 with Fila Brazilia taking to the controls and mixing up the first of what would continue to be the first choice of music connoisseurs worldwide. Since then, the series has seen releases from the likes of The Flaming Lips, Floating Points, David Holmes, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Röyksopp and many more.

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              Eccentric Funk

                Twelve unstoppable deep funk burners from across the Numerosphere. A smorgasbord of sounds from R&B’s dapper younger cousin. Loose guitars and chunky drums lie in wait for discerning break-makers to finely chop and flip. The only funk record you’ll ever need to own.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl.

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                Give Me The Funk - Volume 2

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                  Give Me The Funk - Volume 3

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                    Give Me The Funk - Volume 1

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                      Wanted - Funky Soul

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                        Garland Records Pacific Northwest Snuff Box

                          Rare and unissued Pacific Northwest rootsy Americana! In addition to stellar ‘60s psych and garage, Salem Oregon’s Garland Records churned out some high quality, foot stompin’, ‘Country & Northwestern’ music.

                          Archived here are a barn load of true Americana from unheard originals like the Cascade Sweethearts’ ‘Hard Workin’ Woman,’ The Heard’s unissued ‘Sweet Thang’ to stunning takes on Bob Dylan & Kris Kristofferson cuts. This is a PNW platter that you’d swear came from south of the Mason Dixon.

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                          Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival

                            In 1979 as a 15-year-old Eddie Piller was perfectly placed to be at the epicentre of the Mod revival. An inquisitive passion for music, a family connection to Mod royalty The Small Faces, and an attitude that saw him travelling his home city, then the country and then the world to take in the sounds that were emerging. In the years since, Piller has been a legendary figure within the music industry setting up and continuing to own the ground-breaking Acid Jazz label, signing multi-platinum artists such as Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies collaborating on compilations with Martin Freeman and as an award winning broadcaster even setting up his own Totally Wired Radio station. However, this four CD box set is the first time he has looked back on the movement that was to be his starting point.

                            Mod is a sixties youth movement original built on sharp clothes, American soul music and nights on the town, that has never really died. The originals added young British groups to their likes and then moved on, but their influence echoed on through the 1970s in Northern Soul clubs, and in the sixties influenced bands of the pub rock era. When punk arrived, it was supposed to sweep away the past, but instead the Sex Pistols were covering the Small Faces. The Clash brought in Mod DJ Guy Stevens to produce London’s Calling, The Buzzcocks sounded closer to the Hollies than The Ramones and in The Jam’s Paul Weller there was a musical and sartorial nod to the past of The Who, The Beatles and pop art arrows.

                            Weller had spent the 1970s becoming obsessed by mod and saw punk as having a similar youthful energy to the era he had missed by being born a decade too late. For others Weller’s style proved an inspiration, and as the Jam broke through in late 1978, they saw a wave of bands follow in their wake, and they themselves influenced others to form their own groups. But there were other things. In bleak late 70s Britain the glorious optimism of the 1960s looked bright and shiny, and as it was only a decade or so in the past, it was easy to pick up original records, clothes and books for pennies, and as you bought these you met other like-minded souls who did the same. For those a little too young for punk, it was a community of gigs, scooters, clothes, bands and records, and for many it developed on through.

                            Eddie never stopped being a mod and has a unique perspective having now lived through four decades of being intimately involved in the music that has emerged from the mod scene. In our four CD box set, and its 2LP edited version Ed guides us through some of his favourite music from the scene. He guides us through a plethora of bands whose influences include The Who, The Kinks and the Jam, to sixties soul and R&B, those with an eye on psychedelia. The records have a vitality and a certain stylish swagger to them, that marks them out as mod. In the deluxe booklet, Piller has written a 5000 word note describing what it meant to him and has granted access to his own scrapbooks from his many years of gig-going from which pages and memorabilia are reproduced.

                            Eddie Piller’s Mod Revival is a personal appraisal from the founder of The Modcast, on what mod explosion of the late 70s and 80s means to him.. It is not only a great listen, but probably the only box set you will ever need on the subject.

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                            Music From The Motion Picture Back To The Future

                              Mondo is proud to present the original soundtrack album, for one of the most beloved films of all time: BACK TO THE FUTURE

                              In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the film, Mondo has partnered with the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, the artist behind the original theatrical one-sheet, to create all-new packaging for this re-issue. Featuring illustrations and unused poster art created in 1985 for the film, this vinyl reissue has been remastered and pressed on 180 Gram Colored vinyl.

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: Pressed on 180 Gram tri-coloured vinyl with artwork by Drew Struzan

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                              Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 3: Ultra Rare NWOBHM 78-83

                                The first volume of Jobcentre Rejects was included on many lists over best reissues of last year. Tom Erlewine of All Music had it on his top three while Rough Trade had it ranked amongst the best compilations of 2019. Vol 2 followed hot in the heels and now the time is right for a third installment in the Jobcentre Rejects-series. Twelve tracks licensed from rare and hard to find New Wave Of British Heavy Metal-singles originally released in England 1978-1983. Kind of a Nuggets, Pebbles or Killed By Death-series for NWOBHM.

                                Jobcentre Rejects vol 3 will appeal to metal fans, but also to punk fanatics, garagerock-maniacs, DIY-lovers and even to the powerpop afficionados. Jobcentre Rejects vol 3 is for everyone into rock music history and anyone interested in British music- and culture history. 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.

                                The music heard on Jobcentre Rejects have so far been treasured only by NWOBHM connoisseurs. Jobcentre Rejects clearly shows that it is music far too good to be buried in the past. It’s music that deserve to be heard not only by the most die hard record collectors. Remastered and restored sound. Extensive liner notes by Kieron Tyler (Mojo Magazine). Richly illustrated with many rare photos

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                                Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 4: FWOSHM

                                  What springs to mind when pondering Swedish heavy metal? A Nordic mish-mash conjuring up a black-death-Viking metal wall of sound? Doom metallers Candlemass? Soft rockers Europe? Guitar titan Yngwie Malmsteen? The history and mythology fixated Amon Amarth? Maybe even the tempestuous jazzer Mats Gustafsson’s metal-informed attack?

                                  Unless you’re a Swedish collector or a very deep-digging non-Swede, whatever does come to mind is unlikely to be Greensleeves, Squetters or Trazer, three of the stars of Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 4: Ultra-Rare FWOSHM 1978–1983. The title’s acronym stands for the First Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal.

                                  The previous Jobcentre Rejects volumes scrutinised The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and its marginalia. Volume four is cut from the same cloth but puts Sweden under the musical microscope. As eye-opening as it is enjoyable, the vital story told here is one which has not been told before.

                                  In the UK, before the pervasive producer-driven dance-pop boom, ABBA came to define how Swedish music was seen in terms of mainstream success. Poppy. Hyper-poppy. Where the stylised Army Of Lovers and Roxette would do just fine, thank you. Standing apart, Robyn was and is a delightful Swedish export. Earlier, the edgy Leather Nun only got so far. In the Eighties, Sweden’s Sixties-informed garage band boom was never going to be as cool as California’s Paisley Underground.

                                  Of course these are generalisations and, however it was seen, Sweden was always on the ball musically. Rock ’n roll hit hard in the Fifties, The Shadows inspired hordes of instrumental bands and there were world-class beat, mod and psychedelic groups aplenty. Also, a rich seam of often wonderful schlager-pop thrived. In the period ABBA was on the rise, the progg scene confirmed Sweden was home to innumerable idiosyncratic, original and wonderful musicians. Punk arrived and, in 1978, Ebba Grön, New Bondage, The Rude Kids and Skabb issued their first singles. In parallel, other bands headed down the path signposted metal. This is what Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 4 celebrates.

                                  Also lauded is a form of regionalism. Highbrow were from Stockholm. Otherwise, only Malmö’s Silver Mountain were from a major conurbation. The bands here mostly came from beyond the orbit of the capitol city. The trends which ebbed and flowed in Sweden’s national hub were side-stepped – whether by accident or design. This is the sound of small-town Sweden. Finally – and belatedly – it is honoured.

                                  Kieron Tyler, Mojo Magazine, April 2020 

                                  Club Culture is back for it’s third instalment of the series. Volume 3 takes you on a similar journey, with each track providing a different mood to bring us 4 tracks tailored for the dancefloor.

                                  With tracks from Frankel & Harper, T. Jacques, Lavonz (with a classic reissue from 1998) and Main Phase. We look forward to taking you on a new chapter of ‘Club Culture’.

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                                  Make More Noise! Women In Independent Music UK 1977-1987

                                    4CD / 90 track set exploring the work of female artists in the decade following the punk explosion.

                                    In the wake of punk rock and its boundary breaking, rule bending remoulding of the musical landscape, female artists in particular found themselves able to work, at last, in a more meritocratic environment. Quickly, an industry long dominated by male artists, producers, managers and Svengalis became more accessible than ever before, and countless inspired and inspirational artists poured onto stages and into recording studios throughout the UK. ‘Make More Noise’ charts a path through the cultural shift that followed.

                                    Featuring ninety of the most remarkable female artists, all-girl bands and female-fronted groups to have recorded in the UK during the decade spanning 1977-1987, irrespective of genre and commercial success, “Make More Noise” proudly explores the breakthrough of countless pioneering women of the era. Of course, hugely successful female pop stars were nothing new in 1977, but this isn’t their story. This is the story of the everyday artist. The jobbing, gigging, working musician. The independent spirt.

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    4xCD Box Set Info: Hardback book format includes over 14,500 words of sleeve-notes (including artist-written pieces) and introductory essay by Lucy O’Brien.

                                    Various Artists

                                    Oto No Wa

                                      For the fifth entry in our Collector`s Series we enlist the skills of Japan-based musical connoisseurs, Ken Hidaka, Max Essa, and Dr. Rob. Their compilation Oto No Wa sets out to map the evolution of chilled Japanese sounds across 3 decades. Collecting 14 tracks, produced by a wide range of artists. From ambient pioneers to dance-floor veterans. Roping in 9-piece reggae band, Little Tempo, percussionist Kazuya Kotani, and organic, psychedelic collective, Olololop.

                                      Beginning in the late 1980s, the era when “environmental music” became prevalent, there`s Yoshio Ojima`s cool computer-generated Sealed. The compilation also includes later work by his contemporaries Takashi Kokubo, and Yoshiaki Ochi. Theirs are compositions designed for art galleries and museum installations. “BGM” built from emerging technology, and / or counterpoint tapped out expertly on sticks and stones. The 90s give us the seminal electronics of Susumu Yokota, and the solar-flare strut of Scha Dara Parr - Japan’s answer to The Beastie Boys. Here, remixed by the legendary Major Force. Moving into the 21st century we have the post-house productions of Flower Records. Kentaro Takizawa`s oceanic Gradual Life, and Little Big Bee`s colourful coral reef-diving Scuba. Fellow traveller, Kaoru Inoue`s “Kyushu kosmische”. Representing the next decade are Flower Records` current rising stars, Coastlines, who calmly combine classic fusion, library music, and gentle nova bossa nova rhythms. Alongside them are the sun-baked electro-acoustics of Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu, plus Chillax` previously unreleased epic analog / modular jam.

                                      All of these selections are the result of some serious “digging” but more importantly they represent physical connections made during Ken`s 20-plus-year career in the “Biz”, Max` decade of DJing all over Japan. Music made by folks interviewed by Rob at the websites, Test Pressing and Ban Ban Ton Ton. Friendships forged at Lone Star - the trio’s long-running party, which takes place every month at Bar Bonobo in Harajuku.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      Coloured LP 2 Info: Limited edition clear vinyl.

                                      In eleven years of deep digging, Dark Entries has uncovered many curiosities, lone exemplars of the scarsest breeds. They are lurking in Croatia, on the streets of New York, maybe in the back of your own dusty closet - these odd-ball Italo and synth-wave monsters are too rare to live, too divine to die. Once-lost creatures now have a home with Dark Entries’ new Endangered Species series. The inaugural edition features five specimens previously deemed extinct, only mentioned passingly in lore and speculation, but now safely preserved on vinyl.

                                      The first cut on Endangered Species Vol. 1 is the previously unreleased electro-New Wave gem “Munich” by John King, an artist best known for his work as one half of the Dust Brothers, lauded producers of the Beastie Boys’ legendary Paul’s Boutique. “Munich”, a Danceteria-ready cut produced in 1983, sheds some light on King’s earlier interests, bridging between freestyle and emotive synthpop. Next up is a rare demo version of The Actor’s “Picture 210”. The Dutch duo here channel both the minimalism of Kraftwerk and the Surrealism of Throbbing Gristle to create one of the finest teary-eyed Goth club anthems. Brazil is a synthpop band from Croatia, and they feature with their 1990 cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World”, which is sure to turn some heads on the dancefloor. The eerily faithful production belies Brazil’s re-working of the song’s lyrics. “L'Étranger (Ana Gharib)” by Jamal Khe follows, a pearl originally only available on an impossibly rare French 7” from 1983. Khe is from the Ain Beida region of Algeria, and his Arabic vocal melodies perfectly complement the propulsive percussion and airy arpeggios from producer Jacky Bourgogne. Closing the record is the previously unreleased “Abemus Mind” from Marzio Benellil’s project Nightless. Recorded in 1983, this moody, low-tempo Italo groover features Gregorian chant-inspired vocoders and jazzy piano courtesy of Benelli’s collaborator Marco Falagiani.

                                      All songs were mastered for vinyl by George Horn. The sleeve is the first in a series of endangered animal designs by Eloise Leigh, featuring the glam tiger in its natural, 1980’s habitat. Also included is an insert with lyrics, photos, and notes. Please assist us in our efforts to preserve this planet’s weirdest beasts.

                                      Wilson Records is back in the game with a various artists after 8 years!
                                      WLS22 welcomes three new artists to the Wilson Records roster: Pats Favorite better known for his recent release on Lunar Orbiter Program under his Turk Turkelton moniker, Clafrica and the Colombian Tropico Frio.

                                      South Africa’s jazz scene today is a vibrant one brimming with young talent. Several have emerged as bandleaders and composers, while at the same time being members of their contemporaries’ collectives - cross-pollinating each other’s music with various influences and pushing South Africa’s proud jazz heritage into the future.

                                      From the trios of pianists Kyle Shepherd, Bokani Dyer and Yonela Mnana, to the genre-defying exploits of guitarists Vuma Levin and Reza Khota; and from artists inspired by age-old traditions, like Lwanda Gogwana and Mandisi Dyantyis, to the cosmic explorations of Siya Makuzeni, Benjamin Jephta, Thandi Ntuli, Zoë Modiga and Shane Cooper’s Mabuta - Johannesburg label Afrosynth Records’ upcoming 2xLP compilation New Horizons highlights some of the country’s most talented young composers and bandleaders, as well as a wider cast of supporting musicians.

                                      The current crop of jazz stylists under the spotlight are visionaries in their own right, exceptionally inventive figures who, while they enjoy the advantage and privilege of tapping into the rich musical heritage that preceded them, have brought to bear their creative impulses to collapse boundaries and push frontiers.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      2xLP Info: Double LP, with gatefold sleeve

                                      Various Artists

                                      Help (War Child) - 2020 Reissue

                                        Twenty-five years ago this month, the cream of the British music industry walked into Abbey Road and studios around the UK and recorded an album for War Child in response to the plight of the thousands of families caught up in the bloody Balkans war.

                                        It went onto become the most legendary charity album of all time. Inspired by a John Lennon quote "The best record you can make, is recorded on Monday, cut on Tuesday, pressed up on Wednesday, packaged on Thursday, distributed on Friday, in the shops on Saturday”, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller formed the super group Smokin’ Mojo Filters and Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Portishead, Massive Attack, Suede, The Charlatans and many more contributed tracks.

                                        Go! Discs’ Tony Crean and Andy McDonald, press officer Terri Hall and others rallied artists, media and the industry to come together in those few days. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic wrote the sleeve notes, John Squire designed the artwork and Johnny Depp even popped in to play guitar.

                                        Within 24 hours, 20 tracks had been recorded and it was in store five days later selling 70,000 copies in its first day. The album went on to make £1.25 million and launched War Child not only as the charity for British music, but more importantly, the only charity who specialise in protecting, educating and supporting children in war.

                                        The difference this album made for War Child cannot be over emphasised. It was the starting point of a relationship with the British music industry that has seen some of the world’s biggest artists come together - but more importantly, it has enabled War Child to reach more than a million children caught in the crossfire of war over the last 20 years.

                                        You only need look at the news today to see that War Child’s work is more important than ever. Four million Syrian refugees have fled the conflict, two million of these are children, some of whom are alone, all of whom are terrified and traumatised by what they have seen.

                                        Since the HELP album, War Child’s work with music has gone onto raise more than £7 million for children in conflict. 

                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLP Info: Remastered Audio at Metropolis on 2x Black 180g Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve.

                                        Various Artists

                                        Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade

                                          “76 In The Shade” follows in the footsteps of Bob Stanley’s hugely successful comps for Ace, including “English Weather” and “The Tears Of Technology”. It suggests bright yellow sunshine, hot plastic car seats, cats lolloping on the lawn. A few tracks (Smokey Robinson, Cliff Richard, David Ruffin, Carmen McRae) act as necessary splashes of cooling water; most of them sound like it’s just too hot to move. Luckily, you don’t need to.

                                          The months without rain and airless days and nights might not have been something out of the ordinary in the Algarve or the south of France, but it was without precedent in Britain. The Summer of 1976 has remained a benchmark for long, hot summers – there may have been scorchers since, but none have seemed quite as relentless or enervating. The country melted into a collective puddle. “76 In The Shade” probably wasn’t anyone’s real life soundtrack of the year – that could have included Bowie’s “Station To Station” and Abba’s “Greatest Hits”. Instead, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley has put a compilation together that sonically evokes the summer of 1976 itself, its sweet heat and almost narcotic lethargy.

                                          Getting out of the sun, you might have sat inside with the radio on, and heard the dreamy wooziness of Liverpool Express’s ‘You Are My Love’, 10cc’s ‘I’m Mandy Fly Me’, or the Emotions’ ‘Flowers’. Or maybe you flopped out in front of the telly, where you heard an alternative summer soundtrack – the music libraries that provided the bulk of the testcard’s music gave us Simon Park’s minimal ‘Stoned Out’ and John Cameron’s deeply immersive ‘Liquid Sunshine’; the Californian jazzer Spike Janson provided the wordless vocal harmonies of ‘Walking So Free’.

                                          “76 In The Shade” follows in the footsteps of Bob Stanley’s hugely successful comps for Ace, including “English Weather” and “The Tears Of Technology”. It suggests bright yellow sunshine, hot plastic car seats, cats lolloping on the lawn. A few tracks (Smokey Robinson, Cliff Richard, David Ruffin, Carmen McRae) act as necessary splashes of cooling water; most of them sound like it’s just too hot to move. Luckily, you don’t need to.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLtd LP Info: 180g pressing, with deluxe heavy-duty gatefold sleeve, that features a bonus track!

                                          Various Artists

                                          DJ Kicks - Avalon Emerson

                                            Avalon Emerson's contribution to !K7's DJ-Kicks series, out September 4, 2020, encompasses her maverick sound. The 70-minute mix traverses a wide range of tempos, styles and eras with the grace of an experienced selector who distinguishes herself based on technical skill, clever methodology and a unique vision. Old-school house records mingle with references to rave and Italo, but the set isn't confined to a specific era or style — besides her own.

                                            "I wanted it to be representative of how I sound in the club while incorporating new original music," Emerson says. “I thought of it as a good opportunity to summarize the last few years of DJing for me and share my original productions, covers and remixes.” Avalon's DJ-Kicks is a confident and competent summation of what makes her one of the underground's most in-demand DJs. The diverse selections are tied together by her own edits, remixes and productions. New material bookends the mix: she opens the mix with her own voice featured more prominently than ever before on a bold, fresh and playful cover of The Magnetic Fields' "Long Forgotten Fairytale." At the end, she shuts it down with her "14th Life" remix of Austra's "Anywayz," which reimagines the song not as a dancefloor tool, but rather in a distinctly Avalon flavor of pop.

                                            Various Artists

                                            How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin, 1933-1952

                                              How The River Ganges Flows is a transcendent collection of Carnatic violin performances captured on 78 rpm disc between 1933 and 1952. Most of these sublime recordings have not been heard since they were first etched in shellac decades ago. These melodies are ethereal and transporting: meditative. The rhythms undulate from despair to ecstasy, often within the same phrase. Remastered from the collection of Christopher King along with a set of deep notes, this music is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

                                              Whities changes its name to AD93 amid the current social wave of consciousness. This cutting edge, tastemaking label seems to go from strength to strength as it ushers in the new and unfounded. A various artists EP this one, kicking off with the sublime electronic glide of Bas Dobbelaer and their track "Diversion", which sounds perfect for the cold dark nights that lie ahead of us. Mucho Sueno proffer us a meditative, rhythmic hybrid that sounds like it’s suspended atop a great icy mountain while Martinou's "Let's Get Out Of Here" could well soundtrack the slow, steady journey down, encased in thick fog and snow blizzards. The amazing Sapphire Slows conclude proceedings with "Swirl", a dazzling and crystalline electro-pop ballad which fits perfectly with the slow, glacial aesthetic which seems to permeate through the whole EP. With records like this you don't need to fear the Winter....

                                              Szymek Lawik and Maritn Lefteri’s regular party and NTS show, Feel the Drive, turns record label with a debut release that takes you through the gears.

                                              Spending their lives digging up the very best Italo, New Beat and EBM delights, a record label was the next logical move for Szymek Lawik and Martin Lefteri. The perfect distillation of their combined tastes and determination to search the globe for new music, the four-track debut EP features big hitters from Franz Scala (Bahnsteig 23, Tusk Wax, Cocktail d'Amore), Anatolian Weapons (Beats in Space, Dark Entries), Furor Exotica (Bordello a Parigi, Sprechen) and the label bosses themselves under their Ondata guise (Red Laser, Night Noise Music).

                                              First up is Franz Scala, with “Sabrina”. A pulsing, new beat thrum bolts out of the gate, setting the pace with heads-down conviction. This straight-ahead velocity soon leans into guitar licks and Italo horn stabs and, before you know it, you’re transported - hugging the curves and corners along with the motorik rhythm.

                                              Next, we shift down a gear and head east for “Ela” as Anatolian Weapons lights up the skies with a slow-burning intensity delivered with complete conviction. Exotic synth melodies, impossibly dextrous string playing and rolling acid lines carve out a unique path through the terrain, leaving no choice but to follow in its slipstream.

                                              Argentinian duo Furor Exotica pick up the pace with “Fat Training”, an arpeggio-supercharged dancer guaranteed to lift the spirits and recharge the batteries come 3am. This is a track that carries its momentum up front and its boogie in the back. There’s a nod to the old new beats, but with wide eyes facing resolutely forward.

                                              And then it’s time for the last lap. “Kolossos” is an apt moniker for this no-nonsense, heads-down, full-force monster. It’s a neon-lit tunnel late at night – unfamiliar, alien light throwing repetitive, yet slowly shifting shapes against sheer walls as you move through. “It’s not as bad for humankind to be dominated by me than to be dominated by others of your species” a voice intones as we reach our destination.

                                              It’s metal machine music to save us from ourselves.

                                              Holy smokes! It's almost ten years since Zambon began to flip our lids with TVPC and what better way to celebrate than with a 7th instalment. Get ready for another quartet of forgotten Polish jams, polished up for the modern dancefloor. 
                                              Cast your ears within and you'll find freaky and frisky Moroder-esque acid via Dyyune's deep and cosmic edit of Izabela Trojnowska's 'Jestem Twoim Grzechem' ('I Am Your Sin'), the hip-hoppin Balearica of Dyyune and Bisti's take on 'W Moim Niebie Nie Ma Gwiazd' ('There Are No Stars In My Heaven') which was recorded by lesser known 80's Polish girl band Fiesta. If you try to imagine the Venn diagram overlap between a Red Motorbike and Eric Duncan's "Dolly Parton" edit, then you're bang on the money, honey. 
                                              Take a sidestep to the B1, neck a gary and  prepare to hold a toal stranger to your rushing bussom as FOPA & Tamten re-interpretate Polish pop classic 'Jezioro Szczescia' ('The Lake of Happiness'). Hefty breakbeats, sustained bass and nostalgic AF keys abound here, all leading to a chorus which hits the same melody as Rozalla's "Everybody's Free".  The whole package is rounded up by Stachy DJ (a Polish veteran who recorded with DJ Koze) who offers up the hypnotic stomp of 'Obiecany Raj' ('Promised Paradise') from one of the top Polish synth bands of all time. Reinforced percussion, neat loops and a consciousness shifting arrangement score 10/10 for this reviewer.
                                              As always all killers no fillers and a very limited pressing !!

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Patrick says: TVPC are back (for at least the next 13 mins before this belter sells out)! This time round we get an acid infused Italo peach, a little Balearic beat down, pilled up pop euphoria and some slick synth pop - all on one unmissable disc.

                                              Can you believe it's five years since Invisible, Inc. started releasing records?! Run by GK Machine, the label's been pivotal at unearthering lost, digital-only tracks from cult underground artists and re-issueing them on vinyl; alongside a plethora of incredibly strong new music from the current underground, often by artists with very little profile. Who knew such a formula would proove so popular (we did! - ed) but five years on and the label is a mainstay here at Piccadilly Records as well many other establishments who embrace the 'wierd shit' catagory with open arms.

                                              Focussing on artists who provided much of his favourite music of last year; for the fifth anniversary of the label GK Machine has enlisted people like Anatolian Weapons, Youkounkoun, Puma & The Dolphin, Golden Bug & In Fields and TCB, alongside acts that have been the backbone of the label from the beginning: Sordid Sound System, Secret Circuit and Double Discone. It's a brilliant snapshot of this truly great label five years into fruition and still as vital as when it was first conceived.

                                              For newcomers, expect immersing dips into modern kraut, voodoo percussion workouts, digital sonic shamanism and technicoloured, over-flowing Balearica. It's a magical listen, captivating and transportative in equal measure and probably one of the strongest releases we've got in this week! 

                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                              Matt says: Sick label this; celebrating five years of ingenuity and passion. A great snapshot of what they're about and featuring pretty much the whole roster of artists. Nice.

                                              Star Creature's first official compilation featuring unreleased tracks and new mixes by label fav's E. Live, Giovanni Damico, Shiro Schwarz, Ourra, Saucy Lady, Proh Mic, Amalia and Kutcorners...

                                              Star Creature is the no. 1 international label for new boogie and modern funk. No other camp has represented the sound so strongly and authentically in present times. Finding a natural habitat across the digital airwaves of many a Manchester radio show, and soundtracking a fair share of its nightlife too (check the whole Wet Play / Full Beam / Red Laser Disco gamut for proof...), it continues the long standing tradition of US dance music going down a storm in the north west of England!

                                              Star Creature have lavishly dished out seven new tracks for our dancing feet, and at remarkably good value too. They could have just as easily reissued five of their now-sold-out 7" across one disc and charged us twenty quid for it. Instead we get a jam packed 12" with ALL NEW material and featuring a different artist on each track, and for less than the price of two cocktails in the Northern Quarter. Star Creature we love you! 

                                              On the Corner goes beyond being a record label. It is a story of innovative artists from hotbeds of ancient-future* music across the globe. This ‘Door to the Cosmos’ compilation is the 10th full release (and an eclectic array of 20 EPs). OtCs rawkus sonic explorations are brought to the fore via 24 tracks making a heady blend of label mainstays and fresh family recruits. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis’ ‘call it what you want’ attitude, the afro centric futurism of Sun Ra and the evolving electronic frontier where black music kicks it to the dance floor.

                                              ‘Door to the Cosmos’ expresses On the Corner’s adventure; future sounds referencing the source, be it Detroit, UK bass culture, New Orleans or the Niger delta. The title riffs off of the otherworldly, afro futurist jazzer Sun Ra’s infamous chant ‘dare to knock at the door to the cosmos’. Sun Ra’s sound and narrative bending inspires us to kick at the rules and push at the infinite, the ecstatic and the unknown through music by knock, knock, knocking at the door to the cosmos. The compilation is the first outing for a new raft of artists who are celebrated by the label and welcomed to a creative space brimming with the tales of unsung pioneers of the past and champion sonic explorers of the future.

                                              Part three in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Opolopo and TW Funkmasters.

                                              On the A side, an all-time classic JN remix of ‘Love Hangover’, tweaked for the modern dancefloor but retaining all of it's authentic mid 70's flavour.

                                              A stratospheric, ‘80s influenced, house cut by Opolopo is a welcome curveball from all the disco and boogie Dave's been peddling. With all-mighty pianos and sizzling signature bass plus all the high Q's and analogue sfx, it's still gonna keep the disco ball massive tweaking right through till sunrise.

                                              Flip it over for a jazz-funk gem in the form of TW Funkmasters 'Love Money', beefed up and dubbed out to the high heavens. While we part ways with the soulful sunset rhythms of The Sunburst Band "Far Beyond". Unstoppable! 

                                              Various Artists

                                              Breaking The Beats: A Personal Selection Of West London Sounds

                                                At the end of the 90s, a movement began in West London that birthed a fresh direction in dance music. Though this movement never got mainstream press coverage, never had a crossover chart single, and never really transcended its community roots, there was a unique alchemy at work - a fertile moment of creativity, where a group of friends began to experiment with new cadences, rhythms and distilled influences, crafting a new direction in the attics and bedrooms of their neighbouring postcodes. Their music was a head-on collision between the sounds they had been raised on; the reggae sound system culture of Notting Hill Carnival, the sophistication and sheen of Electro-Funk, Jazz Fusion, Soulful House and Disco, the Afro-Beat sounds of Tony Allen and Fela Kuti, and the raw minimalism of early Hip Hop.

                                                Though “Broken Beat” was never a tagline that the producers anticipated, and one that they often publicly resisted, those two words would gradually come to represent the scattered rhythms, rolling basslines and soaring changes that were inherent to this exciting new sound. It’s not clear who first coined the term “Broken Beat”, but try to imagine how it felt to hear it for the first time; the production was grounded in MPCs and SP1200s, the hand-me-down samplers of the Hip-Hop and Jungle golden eras, and the drums that tumbled out of these machines at the hands of these creators had a jagged, stuttering feel, almost as though the groove was close to collapse.

                                                "As a music lover I was always a fan of the broken beat records that came out of west London in the late 90s/early 2000s. I preferred the jazzier soulful end of it to the harder edged drum driven, rap led bruk sound. Like Jungle & UK garage it was a very UK sound, but one that spread worldwide, be it on a very underground level. So there’s songs on here from Germany (Jazzanova and Lars Bartkuln) Japan (Jazztronik and Hajime Yoshizawa) to represent that. When putting this album together it is hard not to notice the presence of Kaidi Taitum on many of the songs, he was such an instrumental force in the evolution of the sound. ‘Breaking the Beats’ isn’t a best of broken beat album and due to some licensing issues we were unable to include every song I would have liked but I think it does give the listener a good taste of the sound."
                                                - Dave Lee, 2020

                                                High end electronics that should appeal to fans of RX-101, AFX, Legowelt, Braindance etc, from burgeoning new label Sin Hilo. The fifth release from the camp brings eight tracks of varying styles and flavours all composed in unison with the machines! From Spain to Russia, UK and The Netherlands, there's rising raskels aside old skool veterens and the quality of the output is HIGH! 

                                                Exclusive, vinyl-only tracks, not to be repressed and in limited supply mean this is a dream release for collectors of elecro, techno, IDM and glitch.

                                                Various Artists

                                                Bruton Brutoff - The Ambient, Electronic And Pastoral Side Of The The Bruton Library Catalogue

                                                  Rare musical magic from the Bruton library catalogue – ambient, spacey, pastoral and electronic. Music by John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw, Francis Monkman, Brian Bennett and more – all total masters of the scene. All very cool. All very now. All will sell very fast.

                                                  Over the last three decades Jonny Trunk has collected and written about library music. But he’s never had a great deal of luck with the Bruton catalogue. By this he means that he’s never stumbled across a massive stash, or lucked-out buying a huge run for practically nothing –that’s the kind of thing that used to happen in the 1990s and the early noughties if you were out there looking hard for library music. But he did manage to get about 25 in one hit about 20 years ago when the BBC shut down their “TV Training Department” near Lime Grove and also when a box of Brutons ended up being dumped at a hospital radio, and they didn’t want the records, so Jonny got a call.

                                                  There are lots of Bruton albums in existence – over 330 LPs in the vinyl catalogue, issued between 1978 and 1985. That’s a lot of music to wade through if you are looking for sublime modern day sounds. For many years now the “trophies” from the Bruton catalogue have been the beat or action driven LPs – the two Drama Montage albums (BRJ2 and BRJ8) have always been the big hitters, and others such as High Adventure (BRK2) too.

                                                  But Jonny has always found himself drawn to the lime green LPs, the pastoral, peaceful albums (The BRDs), which were full of the kind of gentle, lovely music that would turn up in Take Hart as Tony was painting a woodpecker or a badger or an Autumn tree. The other Brutons he likes are the orange ones (The BRIs) simply because they are full of experimental futuristic electronics and would remind him of 1980s ITV backgrounds. This LP series includes Brian Bennett’s cosmic classic Fantasia (BRI 10). Jonny has been knows to refer to this style of library music as “Krypton Factor library”, because it’s exactly what that strange but successful 1980s TV quiz show sounded like.

                                                  In recent years as interest in library music has expanded, we’ve watched
                                                  the price of a handful of Brutons really going through the roof - not the just the action and drama ones, but the more esoteric and experimental LPs too – like the BRDs and the BRIs. Jonny gets the vibe that people finally want to hear this other more interesting and experimental side of the Bruton catalogue. So what better time than now to put together a compilation of such sublime period sounds.

                                                  Not only does this album bring together a set of fabulous cues that would cost the average man in the street a month’s wages (if the originals were all wanted and if you could even track them all down), but it also chops out the need to listen to other tracks on library albums that are nowhere near as good.

                                                  The cues here all date from between 1978 and 1984. They come from the BRD, BRI, BRH, BRJ, BRM, BRR and BRs catalogues.

                                                  The composers are all legends within the genre, and here, were doing what great library composers do best – fulfilling a brief and utilising modern studio equipment to both commercial and beguiling effect. 

                                                  Get a load of this one! Super fresh drop from Turbo Guidance Entertainment, who hit us with 4 versatile dubs cooked by their favourite wizards!
                                                  Pablo Bozzi (half of Imperial Black Unit and half of Infravision) starts the dance with "Sangria Sound System N°1", a slow burning italo number perfect for closing a mid afternoon cosmic set while drinking pepper-mint lemonades! On second base we have a reggae-disco remix from the man Androo; part of NS Kroo and also well known on the label Music From Memory. He totally switched the original dub techno track of Babe Roots into something sweet and bouncy for the dub lovers out there. 
                                                  Coming at the third place are Komodo from Indonesia with "Funky Buzz. A
                                                  perfect blend of tribal and dub rhythms with a repetitive bassline, big delays and the right effects to rock the iguanas. 
                                                  And last but not least, check a sweet downtempo riddim from Mali-I aka Z
                                                  Lovecraft (Rhythm Section). He built a hip-hop influenced track with aerial chords. Perfect music if you want to take the mic and try to toast like a real badboy. Only 400 copies for the world. Sleeve visual is gently printed in risography 3 colors at Shift Studio (Tunisia) - DIY each and everytime.

                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  12" Info: Inc. Riso Insert!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  The Beat Scene

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                                                    Following the success of the transference to vinyl of the first five 'Scene' titles last RSD, Decca continues its celebration of its rich heritage with five more classic overviews of its catalogue.RECORD ONE Side 1 1.The Poets I Love Her Still 2.The Game Gonna Get Me Someone 3.Thee Each And Every Day 4.The Mighty Avengers (Walking Thru' The) Sleepy City 5.Shel Naylor It's Gonna Happen Soon 6.The Beat Boys Third Time Lucky Side 2 1.The Mark Four Hurt Me If You Will 2.Sandra Barry and The Boys Really Gonna Shake 3.Lulu & The Luvers Surprise Surprise 4.The Mojos Everything's Al'Right 5.The Beat-Chics Now I Know 6.The Pete Best Four I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door RECORD TWO Side 1 1.The Warriors Don't Make Me Blue 2.The Marauders That's What I Want 3.The Brooks Once In A While 4.Rick and Sandy Lost My Girl 5.Unit Four Plus Two I Was Only Playing Games 6.Tierney's Fugitives Did You Want To Run Away Side 2 1.The Mockingbirds One By One 2.The Rockin' Berries Itty Bitty Pieces 3.The Knack Who'll Be The Next In Line 4.Brian Poole and The Tremeloes Keep On Dancing 5.The Hi-Numbers Heart Of Stone 6.The Andrew Oldham Orchestra Da Doo Ron Ron

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    The Rock And Roll Scene

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                                                      Following the success of the transference to vinyl of the first five 'Scene' titles last RSD, Decca continues its celebration of its rich heritage with five more classic overviews of its catalogue.RECORD ONE Side 1 1.Billy Boyle My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Elvis 2.Joe Brown Comes The Day 3.Joey Castell Tryin' To Get To You 4.Ken Colyer's Skiffle Group Down Bound Train 5.The Bob Cort Skiffle School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) 6.Michael Cox Too Hot To Handle Side 2 1.Terry Dene Pretty Little Pearly 2 .Jackie Dennis La Dee Dah 3.The Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group Rock Island Line 4.Vince Eager And The Vagabonds Yea Yea 5.Billy Fury Collette 6.Wee Willie Harris Rockin' At The Two I's RECORD TWO Side 1 1.Eddie Hickey Plain Jane 2.Sally Kelly Little Cutie 3.Little Tony And His Brothers Foxy Little Mama 4.The Most Brothers Whole Lotta Woman 5.Danny Rivers & The Alexander Combo My Baby's Gone Away 6.Russ Sainty with The Nu-Notes Race With The Devil Side 2 1.Mort Shuman Turn Me Loose 2.Freddie Starr And The Midnighters It's Shaking Time 3.Tommy Steele And The Steelmen Elevator Rock 4.Robb Storme Transistor Sister 5.Screaming Lord Sutch I'm A Hog For You 6.Bobby Tempest Don't Leave Me 7.Terry White And The Terriers Rock Around The Mailbag

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

                                                        An extraordinary tribute album to one of rock's great composers, Marc Bolan, which was also made under the direction of the legendary Hal Willner, ‘Angel Headed Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex’ is a collection of major stars including Elton John, U2, Joan Jett, Nick Cave, Peaches and Marc Almond who have reinterpreted and reimagined some of Marc Bolan &T.Rex’s greatest tracks including Jeepster, Bang A Gong (Get It On) and Ride A White Swan.

                                                        The album, which was made under the direction of Hal Willner who sadly passed away on 7th April, is launching along with the audio and video of Nick Cave’s moving reinterpretation of ‘Cosmic Dancer’. The video will be included onNick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tee Vee, a newly launched 24 hour Nick Cave stream.

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                                                        ‘Shapes: Sideways’ is the latest in Tru Thoughts’ series of essential label compilations, compiled and curated by A&R, label co-founder, and renowned DJ Robert Luis. After 21 years of independently releasing music, the ‘Shapes’ series continues to encompass the best of the Brighton-based imprint’s wide-ranging, eclectic, and international roster. ‘Shapes: Sideways’ features the finest Tru Thoughts classic cuts, recent releases from the new generation of the roster, stirring remixes and world exclusive tracks.

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                                                        Matt says: Tru Thoughts' iconic imprint continues to dazzle after 21 years; providing a vital insight to this Brighton-based label's outernational approach. Encompassing bass, breaks, downbeat, new jazz and electronic sounds... nodding your head never felt so good!

                                                        The Mothership has come! It has arrived in the form of the strictly limited collection box “Upwards at 33 1/3 Degrees”. There’s only 50 copies, and it contains all the singles released on the label between 2017 and 2020. Goth electro, dark tape jams, fluffy krautrock and moist world music coalese with underwater techno, celestial rave and EBM-space-funk. Although, what it is that defines the Höga Nord sound is not genres, instead it is, to cite Mathias Nilsson, founder of and boss for the label, music ‘strongly connected to fantasy, to the creative world.’

                                                        The collection is an overview on Gothenburg’s underground music and on an international scene that breathes similar air as the local Swedish acts that Höga Nord Rekords has chosen to highlight. The kinship between Pardon Moi’s 80’s varnish sports car-electro and DRUK 11000’s more traditional mountain sound can appear distant but the artists come together in their free spirited approach to their own productions – what all acts on this collection has in common is that they move toward something new, something beyond the genre they are in.

                                                        “Upwards at 33 1/3 Degrees” mark the closer for Höga Nords first run. The 2010s are over and the 2020s lies open for further investigation of the cream of the Swedish and international of underground scenes!

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                                                        Matt says: Quietly establishing themselves as a one-stop-shop for nocturnal misfits across the board, the Hoga Nord label expertly closes off the troublesome teens with this beautifully presented aural compendium.

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                                                        7" Box Set Info: 10 x 7" Box Set

                                                        Handmade box: includes 7” adapter, rolling papers and enamel pin

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                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Music For Dreams : Summer Sessions 2020

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                                                          Limited Edition LP (500) on heavyweight 180g Black Vinyl.The LP features 7 unreleased tracks on vinyl, (5 of the tracks are new and not released digitally).An exclusive for RSD 2020.The LP includes brand new unreleased tracks from Turkish trio 'islandman', Australian Jamie Porteous, Reinharnd Vanbergen from Belgium & Copenhagener's The Swan & The Lake & Bongo Entp.Also for the first time on vinyl are 2 balearic ibiza classics in the form o fthe epic Jacob Gurevitsch - In Search of Lost Time (Danilo Braca Remix) and the beach bar friendly Kenneth Bager feat.Findlay Brown - Stones & Steel.

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                                                          Jazz On Film - Michel Legrand The New Wave Era

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                                                            On coloured Tricolore blue, white & red vinyl Introduction by Iggy Pop Cleo de 5 a 7 Eva La Baie de Anges Les Sept Peches Capitaux L'Amerique Insolite Une Femme est Une femme Les Plus Belles Escroqueries du Monde Lola Vivre sa vie Celebrating the life of the legend that is Michel Legrand and music for the New Era, this stunning stand-alone collection, compiled by label owner Jason Lee Lazell features the jazz cuts from some of the most iconic films of the French New Wave eraÖ. This release is endorsed by the one and only Iggy Pop from Iggy & The Stooges fame and now DJ on BBC6MusicÖ Iggy worked with the Grammy award winning Legrand in 2011 on his Holiday album and remains a huge fan of his workÖ

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                                                            Jazz On Film - The Films Of Marcello Mastroianni

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                                                              This celebration of one of Italy's greatest actors, .features 12 amazing scores, written by some of the greatest Italian composers of all time - Piero Piccioni, Piero Umiliani, Armando Trovajoli, Carlo Rustichelli, Giovanni Fusco , Nino Rota, Giorgio Gaslini.. This stunning 2 LP collection features a tailored made, stand-alone jazz compilation by Moochin' About label owner Jason Lee lazell , with a download code for all the complete scores featuredÖ and has exclusive sleeve notes by author of Beyond the Latin Lover: Marcello Mastroianni, Masculinity, and Italian Cinema ñ Jacqueline Reich Scores featured areÖ Adua e le compagne - Piero Piccioni I Soliti Ignotti ñ Piero Umiliani Casanova '70 - Armando Trovajoli Ieri, oggi, domani - Armando Trovajoli I Compagni (The Organizer) - Carlo Rustichelli Il cinema di - Lelio Luttazzi Otto e Mezzo ñ Nini Rota Decima vittima - Piero Piccioni Il postino e i drammi psicologici - Piero Piccioni La loi ñ Gina Lollobrigida La Notte - Giorgio Gaslini La Dolce Vita - Giovanni Fusco, Nino RotaMarcello Mastroianni (September 28, 1924 ñ December 19, 1996) was an Academy Award nominated Italian film actor. Born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines, Mastroianni grew up in Turin and Rome.During World War II he was interned in a Nazi prison, but he escaped and hid in Venice. He soon became a major international star, and among his 40 films, Marcello Mastroianni played a homosexual, a cuckolded husband, a pregnant man and, as he said, "wretches, where sex didn't even enter the picture." Yet, as demonstrated in this fascinating study of his work, the film icon never shook the Don Giovanni image of his star turn in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, with Anita Ekberg in 1960, where he played a disillusioned and self-loathing tabloid columnist who spends his days and nights exploring Rome's high society.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              The Ska (From Jamaica)

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                                                                Originally scheduled for release in 1966, 'The Ska (From Jamaica)' album remained lost for well over half a century before the º" master tape was finally discovered in the Trojan archives in 2019.Comprising a dozen top-quality tracks, the collection features numerous musical talents now widely regarded as Jamaican legends, their number including the Maytals, Ken Boothe, Clancy Eccles and Derrick Harriott.The album comes presented in a stylish designed sleeve and includes an annotated insert, relating the story behind the discovery of the long-lost tape and the essential ska music featured therein.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                The Blues Scene

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                                                                  Following the success of the transference to vinyl of the first five 'Scene' titles last RSD, Decca continues its celebration of its rich heritage with five more classic overviews of its catalogue.RECORD ONE Side 1 1.The Bluesbreakers Curly 2.Eddie Boyd Key To The Highway 3.John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers (with Peter Green) The Super-Natural 4.Otis Spann Pretty Girls Everywhere 5.Eddie Boyd Blue Coat Man 6.Champion Jack Dupree (with John Mayall & Eric Clapton) Third Degree Side 2 1.John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton) Steppin' Out 2.Savoy Brown Train To Nowhere 3.Curtis Jones Roll Me Over 4.Zoot Money Get On The Right Track Baby 5.Alexis Korner's Blues Inc.Night Time Is The Right Time 6.Mae Mercer Sweet Little Angel 7.Graham Bond Organization Strut Around RECORD TWO Side 1 1.Steve Anglo & John Mayall Long Night 2.Davy Graham Goin' Down Slow 3.Savoy Brown Taste & Try Before You Buy 4.Keef Hartley Me And My Woman 5.Eddie Boyd Dust My Broom 6.Champion Jack Dupree & Mickey 'Guitar' Baker Barrel House Woman Side 2 1.Rod Stewart I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town 2.John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (with Peter Green) Double Trouble 3.Champion Jack Dupree 24 Hours 4.Alexis Korner's Blues Inc.Early In The Morning 5.Savoy Brown Blues Band Let Me Love You Baby 6.John Mayall's Bluesbreakers I Need Your Love

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                                                                  The Girls Scene

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                                                                    Following the success of the transference to vinyl of the first five Scene titles last RSD, Decca continues its celebration of its rich heritage with five more classic overviews of its catalogue.RECORD ONE Side 1 1.The Orchids Oo-Chang-A-Lang 2.Antoinette Jenny Let Him Go 3.The Vernons Girls Only You Can Do It 4.Louise Cordet Two Lovers 5.Truly Smith The Boy From Chelsea 6.Dana Gillespie You Just Gotta Know My Mind Side 2 1.Barry St John Hey Boy 2.Susan Hampshire When Love Is True 3.Jean Martin Save The Last Dance For Me 4.Beryl Marsden When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru' His Eyes 5.Pamela Blue My Friend Bobby 6.Jackie Frisco Sugar Baby RECORD TWO Side 1 1.Janice Nicholls I'll Give It Five 2.Bobbie Miller What A Guy 3.The Mysteries Give Me Rhythm And Blues 4.Olivia Newton-John Till You Say You'll Be Mine 5.Vashti Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind 6.Marianne Faithfull Is This What I Get For Loving You? Side 2 1.Billie Davis Nobody's Home To Go Home To 2.Shape And Sizes Rain On My Face 3.Lorraine Child You 4.Linda Flavell And The Trouble With Me Is You 5.Adrienne Poster Shang A Doo Lang 6.Lulu Try To Understand 7.The Exceptions Soldier Boy

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Studio One From The Vaults, Vol 2

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                                                                      Studio One, the legendary Jamaican label that pioneered the reggae, ska and dancehall crazes and sparked the careers of Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Jackie Mittoo and dozens of other reggae luminaries, have released thousands of essential reggae classics over its unrivaled six-decade long history.From the Vaults, Vol.2 is a 2xLP collection of Studio One rarities that are either entirely unreleased or unreleased on LP, featuring numerous Studio One heavy hitters like Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Jennifer Lara and Johnny Osbourne.This is the second installment of Studio One's From The Vaults series.The first installment was released for Record Store Day Black Friday 2017 and reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, selling out on vinyl immediately.

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                                                                      Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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                                                                        Double pack coloured vinyl 7".4 track compilation of covers of the James Bond themes of Dame Shirley Bassey.Indie heroes pay tribute to Bond and Bassey just two weeks after the release of the 25th James Bond film.David Gedge (the Wedding Present) teams up with Louise Wener (Sleeper) on the unused Thunderball theme; Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.The Left Outsides provide an atmospheric, pastoral, psychedelic take on Diamonds Are Forever.Darren Hayman (Hefner) re-imagines Goldfinger with his own chorus of Bond girls.DJ Downfall and Theoretical Girl's icy cool synthpop Moonraker will please fans of Ladytron, Black Box Recorder and Flying Lizards Tracks : 01 Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - David Gedge & Sleeper.02 Diamonds Are Forever - The Left Outsides.03 Goldfinger - Darren Hayman.04 Moonraker - DJ Downfall & Theoretical Girl

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                                                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One 007 - Licenced To Ska

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                                                                          Limited-edition one-off pressing exclusive Record Store Day collectors seven-inch box set, featuring ten super rare killer cuts on five 7" singles.Featuring The Skatalites, Lee Perry, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley The Wailers.Roland Alphonso and The Soul Brothers, rare and classic tracks from Jamaica's no.1 record label, Studio One.James Bond and Jamaica have very strong links and the films have always been much loved there - it was home for Bond's creator Ian Fleming and provided the setting for Dr.No, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun and the latest instalment, 'No Time To Die', which will be released in 2020, sees Bond return to the island once more.All tracks have been digitally remastered and the singles come housed in a thick, heavyweight card box.This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Soul Jazz Records Presents... Brazilian Funk Power - Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul

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                                                                            Soul Jazz Records are releasing Brazil Funk Power ñ Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul, a limited-edition one-off pressing, exclusive for Record Store Day, collectors seven-inch box set, featuring ten superb, rare and classic Brazilian funk, boogie and Samba soul tracks cut across five individual bespoke 7" singles, all housed in a bespoke box set. This release features music by Jorge Ben, Azymuth, Donato, Tim Maia, Novos Baianos,Cassiano and more. Incredible and infectious heavy samba, funk and soulful Brazilian hypnotic dance tracks from some of the most important names in Brazilian music alongside some serious rarities. All tracks have been digitally re-mastered and the singles come housed in a thick, heavyweight deluxe card box. This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Brazil 45s Boxset / Curated By DJ Format

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                                                                              Limited Edition Clamshell Box which doubles up as a DJ box for your Brazil 45s collection.We've been toying with the idea of collaborating with a guest selector for the Brazil 45 series since its inception in 2014, but up until now the timing has never been quite right.That all changed following a recent digging trip to Brazil, where upon our return DJ Format was first into the office, full of excitement and enthusiasm (portable record player in hand), ready to bust open the boxes and see what treats we had unearthed.Straight away we knew that alongside being one of the UK's premier record collectors, producers and DJs, he had the passion and knowledge that would result in a totally unique take on a Brazil 45 collection.†Brazil has such a rich multi-genre musical heritage that sometimes it can be hard for curators to decide on where to focus.DJ Format has a very distinct stamp to his own productions and mixtapes, and that can be clearly seen in the coherent theme he has applied to his selections for this release.He has chosen 10 funk-psyche-break-beat Brazilian nuggets from the '60s and early '70s, and included wonderful artists such as The Modern Tropical Quintet, Manito, Free-son, and Marisa Rossi, to name a few.It is a body of work that fits together perfectly and shines a light on some perhaps forgotten artists that deserve attention and praise.This collection will appeal to fans of DJ Format, those with a knowledge of Brazilian music, and even the first time buyer just wanting to discover something new.†This special limited Record Store Day 5 x 45s collection comes in a box designed by Owen Tozer.

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                                                                              Soul Jazz Records Presents Studio One Rockers

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                                                                                Soul Jazz Records are releasing this 20th anniversary edition of their classic Studio One Rockers on unique Record Store Day EXCLUSIVE coloured vinyl + download code.This new edition is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.Owned and founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Studio One's output serves as a comprehensive guide to the history of Reggae music. The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field and has become the essential introduction to reggae fans throughout the world.Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more.Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One.From Dawn Penn's legendary "No, No, No" to classics such as Horace Andy's "Skylarking" and Marcia Griffith's "Feel Like Jumping". "Compilation of the year.100% Essential" Time Out "Compilation of the year.A compilation of unbelievable quality.Awesome" DJ "A who's who of Jamaican music" The Times "An essential slice of musical history" Wire "The most credible compilation of reggae you can buy" The Guardian

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                                                                                Dennis Hopper's 'The Last Movie'

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                                                                                  Yellow Vinyl.After the incredible success of the film Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper was given complete freedom to direct and star in the bizarre, surrealist The Last Movie ñ released in 1971.Filmed in a drug fuelled haze in Peru with Hopper, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Dean Stockwell, Michelle Phillips, Russ Tamblyn, and Samuel Fuller ñ there has never been a soundtrack to this film until now! Featuring the first ever performances of Kristofferson's legendary "Me and Bobby McGee" plus sublime country-folk songs from John Buck Wilkin, Peruvian folk & dance music ñ all recorded live on set in Peru ñ nothing was overdubbed! Plus, provocative movie dialogue from Dennis Hopper, Sam Fuller and others ñ coupled with the ambient sounds of the mountains and villages of South America ñ reissue producer Pat Thomas and Hopper Estate archivist Jessica Hundley have assembled a groovy listening experience that will melt minds.Packaging includes rare vintage photos, detailed liner notes, et al.The Last Movie recordings are being released for the first time ever in any audio format ñ taken from the original movie reels!

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                                                                                  Flow (RSD20 EDITION)

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                                                                                    To celebrate Mercury KX's third birthday, the label curates a cutting-edge compilation featuring an exclusive Nils Frahm/”lafur Arnalds rework, carefully curated pieces from the Mercury KX catalogue, as well as new tracks/versions by Isobel Waller-Bridge, Josin & Federico Albanese.LP: Side A For Now I Am Winter [Nils Frahm Rework] - ”lafur Arnalds Petrichor ñ Keaton Henson In The Blank Space (New York Recordings) ñ Josin The Lantern ñ Federico Albanese Light Ascending [ft.Shards] ñ Luke Howard A Small Kind of Revival ñ Sophie Hutchings Side B Le lac - Jean-Michel Blais Porcelain ñ Lambert Particles (ft.Nanna BryndÌs) - ”lafur Arnalds Nirai Kanai - Guy Sigsworth …xta ñ Sebastian Plano No Ritual ñ Anatole September ñ Isobel Waller-Bridge

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                                                                                    Cleveland Confidential

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                                                                                      "When I say 1980 was a kind of dead zone in the Cleveland music scene, I can hear a collective, 'Isn't every year a dead zone in Cleveland?' Go ahead, take your Johnny Carson-era jokes and see what they buy you. Puff your chest about NYC in '75 or London in '76 or L.A. in '77 to some 27-something today. Allow me to save you face and remind you to add in late '70s Cleveland. Because when you revisit this comp of struggling, straggling, oil-stank Cuyahoga River rats, it might sound like the most intriguing current day, underground punk. "Here was compiler Mike Hudson (Pagans) and pals/enemies circa 1978-82 (when these rackets were recorded), glancing out bar windows to see 'hoods of crumbling warehouses and factories that, unlike in England, couldn't be blamed on the Nazis. Musically, they were inspired by the fifteen (give or take) forefathers of that early '70s Cleveland legend (Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu, Dead Boys, Peter Laughner, Mirrors, electric eels). But instead of seeing them sit at bars complaining about their failed major label deals, simply saw them sitting at bars. The later '80s Cle action that led to some excellent post-punk was still in the burbs, and the mainstream radio world that once had a few of its biggest offices in Brownstown had given up on the leather 'n' spikes stuff. "Hence, the amazing, idiosyncratic, clanky shuffling that permeates all the Rust Belt rants herein. From AM-radio hook-ghosts (Severe, Keith Matic, Lab Rats), to a few lingering legends (Styrenes' shambolic cover of eels' anthem 'Jaguar Ride' and Dave E.'s own Jazz Destroyers), trashy sarcasto-punk (the Pagans, with Pere Ubu's Davd Thomas on gtr/back-up vox on 'Boy Can I Dance Good'), slimey proto-core (Dark, Easter Monkeys), and a prostitute or two ñ this 'scene,' as it were, might've been unseen in its dark day, but sounds surprisingly congealed on Cleveland Confidential. "The soot-stained mood and context of this shit can't be replicated. And in a few decades it will seem as foreign as a gaslight. It might also seem like a dream. A time when humans could make music in abandoned storefronts, generally stave off the day job a few more months, and not just wander a barren landscape searching for food. Who knew end-of-the-'70s Cleveland would look so appealing?" ñ Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks).

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                                                                                      Pin-Up Girls

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                                                                                        A unique album featuring songs by many of the most iconic female stars of the film world! An album where Marilyn Monroe meets Sophie Loren, Bridget Bardot, Elke Sommer, Jayne Mansfield and more! Taken from the golden days of Hollywood when the leading female stars were not just actresses, many also recorded fine songs and this collection celebrates the musical talents of some of the Sirens of the Silver Screen.All the greats are here, and sounding as fantastic on record as they looked on screen.

                                                                                        Bristolian promoters Worm Disco Club have been championing South-Western talent since their inception in 2014. Having collaborated with Glastonbury Festival on their notorious ‘Wormhole’ stage and hosted the likes of The Comet Is Coming, The Heliocentrics and The Mauskovic Dance Band at their regular club night, the name has become synonymous with quality groove laden goodness, percussive madness, jazz, psych and beyond.

                                                                                        Now proudly presenting their label Worm Discs, the collective recruit some of Bristol’s most notable emerging talent for an exploration into the new wave of Jazz emanating from the city. As Andrew Hayes, (Run Logan Run) explains : “Bristol has always had its own sound, but there’s been a new crop of young players come through over the past five years that’s revitalised the scene and expanded its expectations about what jazz music means.”

                                                                                        Featuring the likes of Waldo’s Gift, Run Logan Run (Montreux Jazz Talent Award winners), BaDaBoom, Lyrebird and Alun Elliot, ‘New
                                                                                        Horizons’ channels the seismic energy of the sonically rich landscape into 12 progressive, psychedelic, impeccably crafted tracks.

                                                                                        The Worm Discs team explain: “The idea for this record began back in 2019. We had been curating parties in Bristol featuring jazz acts from around the UK for several years and had just hosted “The Wormhole” at Glastonbury Festival, featuring an all-star line-up from the scene.

                                                                                        Having always felt that Bristol’s exciting jazz scene deserved to be heard, the idea for a label was born. We wanted to showcase some
                                                                                        individual creativity and open up a space to try something different.” From the cinematic, post-rock infused intensity of Waldo’s Gift’s
                                                                                        “Bergson” to the zen-like, floating melodies of Ishamel Ensemble’s rework of Snazzback’s “Flump” and the angular textures of Run Logan Run’s epic “A Sea Of Apathy And Indifference” - this record is true odyssey from start to finish, for those who really want take a trip down the Wormhole.

                                                                                        Fifteen!!! Seemingly set on making me feel old, Magic Wand drop a new batch of edits on our azz, calling in the services of Osmose, Sweetooth, Baz Bradley and Mushrooms Project for some slanky fun. 

                                                                                        Osmose takes a break from Smokecloud duties to deliver a suitably stoned jame on the A1, pitching a disco loop down to qualuude tempo, then dipping into his bag of Balxplo style vocal samples to round out the kind of beatdown jam we were hammering in 2010. Sweetooth (me neither) make their vinyl debut on the A2 with a hydraulic boogie / cinematic italo cover of Joni's Hissing hit "Edith & The Kingpin", turning out something frankly glorious, and utterly unexpected for a guy who looks like Lee Mack and a gal with top notch disco hair. (I don't usually go in for look-a-like quips, but our internet is patchy today, so I'm just going off the Discogs image. Might not even be them)

                                                                                        Bounce along to the B-side and Baz Bradley seeks out the sunset with a super loopy re-stretch of an Italian AOR jam, complete with ascendant sequences, female vocals and Fleetwood Mac guitars. All that remains is for Mushrooms Project to go full on swamp funk with an Afro-cosmic stomper comprised solely of clattering polyrhythms and synth weirdness. My kind of thing really.

                                                                                        Buena Onda - Balearic Beats is a lovingly compiled collection of exciting music from the new Balearic generation that captures the essence and eclecticism of their Berlin party oasis, Buena Onda. It takes in 12 tracks of fast and slow, acid and downtempo, lush and dreamy sounds to transport you to a place of beauty, warmth and soul. It has been compiled by Hell Yeah label boss Marco with Buena Onda 's resident DJ and co-owner Gallo, and arrives later this summer as a 12" sampler, limited cassette, download, stream and original t-shirt. This first sampler features four tracks from it with artists Lucas Croon, Sergio Messina & The Four Twenties, Gallo, and Black Spuma all featuring.

                                                                                        First Up, Lucas Croon takes us on an epic 10 minute trip with his head-in-the-clouds sounds, long legged drums and summery pad work. Next, Sergio Messina & The Four Twenties mix vocodered vocals with lush acoustics on the dreamy 'Fly Away' while on the flip, Gallo's Tropical Hinterhof Remix of J-Walk layers up lush chords with new age hand drums and synth gorgeousness that is soothing and cleansing. Last of all, Phillip Lauer and Fabrizio Mammarella aka Black Spuma's mid tempo drums sink you into a groove that is embellished with heavenly chords and plenty of oceanic breezes all carrying you away. This is a fine taster of the full length compilation to come.

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                                                                                        Patrick says: Though the summer's been a total write off for most of us, Hell Yeah continue to give Covid the middle finger, dropping another essential Balearic 12" a matter of weeks after their last. This sampler for the excellent Buena Onda party in Berlin offers soothers, horizontal groovers and a whole load of haze across four tracks. Quality as always.

                                                                                        Presenting a collection of stone-cold classic breakbeats and b-boy jams from the sunkissed vaults of Miami's legendary TK Disco label!

                                                                                        NYC in the late 70's and early 80's saw a nascent street subculture fully evolve, a movement with it's own language, art, aesthetics, dances, fashion and way of living.

                                                                                        What would become what is now globally known as 'hip-hop' was in its infancy, with it's own legends and history being forged on an almost daily basis across the city's Black and Hispanic neighbourhoods. Music was central to hip-hop, the DJ was king and at the hands of people like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Flowers, Mean Gene, Jazzy Jay, Afrika Bambaataa, Charlie Chase and numerous other groundbreaking DJ's of the era, music took on a whole new meaning that would reverberate through popular culture for the rest of time.

                                                                                        The breaks - minute sections or breakdowns of a record where we get to the unadulterated groove and the band on the record cut loose - is what it was all about! Unlike the discotheque DJ's who favoured the long mixes and blends in their club scenarios, hip-hop DJ's were amassing huge collections of records that had these magical sections on them, often x 2 copies of each, so that they could elongate the best part of the record ad infinitum by cutting them up live - all killer no filler! These special on the fly mixes and edits were then unleashed in the local parks of their neighbourhoods, on gargantuan DIY sound systems for all of their friends and neighbours to party on down until the wee small hours. These breakbeat segments also gave the MC's space to address the gathered masses without their voices colliding with lavish string arrangements or vocals underneath. A clear, concise, stripped back slab of funk on which to put forth their ideas, feelings and rhymes for all to enjoy.

                                                                                        Collected here are some of those most infamous breakbeats, all from the TK vaults. These records were studied by these young DJ's, coveted, covered up, hunted down, whispered about in darkened corners by those who needed and obsessed over the freshest of beats. There's a good chance you will have heard these records in some form or another as they have been covered, sampled, recreated and spun in clubs across the galaxy for over 4 decades. These are the very building blocks upon which popular culture and club music have been built, and here they are all in one place for your listening enjoyment!

                                                                                        Shanti Celeste is a vibe. She’s got that magic lightness of touch even when things are getting Jacques Cousteau deep or panel beating heavy. This makes her the perfect candidate for the Sound of Love International 3, channelling the spirit of both those afterhours sessions and the more frivolous daytime boat parties. This is serious music for serious music heads but, after all, everyone is still on holiday. It’s linear and cohesive but plays with the emotions - carnivalesque fun, psychedelic flow-states, heads-down rhythm trax, playful skipping garage, and more abstract moments. Deep joy to deep space and back, often in the space of 3 or 4 well-selected records.

                                                                                        There’s a deep musical and personal connection to the festival – as she says of her first time playing at the Beach Bar, “there’s a heavy Bristol crew there and it all feels easy and nice. It was just good vibes all round”. And she does make it sound easy too, which belies a DJ with some very serious skills and an ear for a killer tune that others might well overlook. And it’s this that makes the 3rd instalment of the Sound of Love International such a joy – a welcome panacea to all of us suffering from the Croatian blues this

                                                                                        To which end, we get a cheeky exclusive collaboration between Shanti and her sister-in-arms Saoirse in the shape of ‘Solid Mass’. Persian’s uniquely British paean to the post-rave Sunrise ‘Morning Sun’, cavernous dub runnings outta the Bokeh camp from Seekers International. These are the lift- off tunes, setting the mind-state for the journey ahead.

                                                                                        Things tighten up with cult underground hero Lucas Rodenbush under his E.B.E alias giving us the taught, grooving, dubby techhouse and Gideon Jackson’s ‘Taj Mahal’, crisp, spatial, mystical and criminally slept-on. We go deeper into the night with Perpetual’s Awakenings’, one of those records that is so much more than the sum of its parts. And who knew that Mark Seven was such a dab hand with the dank machine funk? Check 1998’s ‘Crank’ for the skinny. By the time Paco Pack’s rubberised ghetto
                                                                                        house reimagining bounces into play it’s GAME OVER.

                                                                                        The final side leaves us with the soft landing - Cari Lekebusch ‘Output 2’ is both pacey and drifting and Pauline Anna Strom’s ‘In-Flight Suspension’ does what it says, whips away the drums and leaves us floating in space. Will we ever touch down?

                                                                                        To overuse a phrase, this compilation arrives in strange times but is a glorious reminder of what brought us all together and will again.

                                                                                        The music and dancing under the stars. See you in 2021.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        2xLP Info: Vinyl is standard 140g black, and includes printed inner featuring a piece of artwork created by Shanti especially for the LP

                                                                                        Celebrating 30 years in the game for Z Records with a series of 12” vinyl EP’s containing some of the most sought-after remixes from the esteemed Z back catalogue. Part 2 sees highly desired cuts from Doug Willis, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Mid Air and The Revenge.

                                                                                        First up, Doug Willis’ ‘Crystal Lover’ is a bass heavy jam slathered over the top of a toasted slice of percussion, cosmic vocal swoons, and eternally echoing horns. Next, the 1991 classic that really put Dave Lee on the map ‘Do What You Feel’ saw a standout remix from the man himself in 2015. The JN Revival Mix keeps much of the original music but beefs up the drums and bass to make for a super punchy sounding update.

                                                                                        Flip it over and find yourself lost in Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band ‘Only Time Will Tell ft. Angela Johnson (JN City Connection Mix)’. This jazzy, Latin-tinged and unashamedly musical dance cut showed the full force of soulful house music, made ever sweeter by Angela’s wonderful voice. Closing out proceedings, The Revenge unleashes a signature slammer of an edit of Mid Air ‘Ease Out’, perfect for blasting out across the highway or teasing in across the night.

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Wanted - Afro Groove

                                                                                          Wagram turn their attention to the hip-swivelling world of Afro-disco and Afro-Funk, putting together a sizzling set of pan African sounds covering a whole host of dance styles from all over the continent. Deeper diggers may recognise some of these gems from individual reissues over the last few years, but this is the only time you'll find them all in one place.

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Born To Hula

                                                                                            Stag-O-Lee is proud to continue the DJ-Set Series with this Born to Hula! compilation by Hamburg based DJ Crille. Since the early 1990's Crille is spinning records in various clubs on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg and many other cities. He was inspired by The Cool and Crazy Record Store and Crypt Records. After many years of record-hunting he is ready to bring you this compilation of some of his favourite tunes! They're all dancefloor-tested at the Komet Bar in Hamburg, where Crille finds his home. We hope you enjoy his journey to the land of cool and exotic dance tunes!

                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Vintage Sounds Rap Francais

                                                                                              The Wagram team take us to a lesser known Golden Age of hip hop, born out of the Banlieues, car parks and concrete playgrounds of France's post industrial cities. Dialing the Delorean in to '96-'03, this 12 track compilation comes correct with all the hardest tunes of the time, and while we don't get anything from NTM's 'Supreme NTM' (an oversight in my opinion), the two tracks from X-Men and utter heaters from Passi and Sniper more than make up for it. If you wanna hear a whole host of Francophone flows over jazzy Preemo-style beats, this is the LP for you.

                                                                                              Strut present the first ever compilation bringing together classics and rarities from the seminal spiritual jazz and conscious soul label Black Fire, covering 1975 to 1993. Formed by DJ and record producer Jimmy Gray in Richmond, Virginia, and following in the footsteps of other influential black-owned independent labels like Strata-East and Tribe, the foundation of Black Fire coincided with saxophonist James “Plunky” Branch returning to the city from New York to form Oneness Of Juju. The band’s ‘African Rhythms’ album in 1975 was the perfect fusion of jazz, deep African polyrhythms and empowering lyrics and bassist Muzi Branch, a trained artist, created the first of many Black Fire handillustrated sleeves for the label’s debut release.

                                                                                              The album set the tone for a series of landmark releases on the label including Oneness Of Juju’s ‘Space Jungle Luv’ (1976) and debuts from soulman Wayne Davis (1976) and early go-go pioneers Experience Unlimited (1977). Gray continued to use his influence and strong A&R instincts to bring in more key artists – great jazz players like Byard Lancaster and Hamiet Bluiett, Ghanaian master percussionist Okyerema Asante and collectives including Southern Energy Ensemble and music / drama troupe Theatre West. Due to personal and cashflow issues, many releases had to be canned and only later surfaced on CD during the early ‘90s

                                                                                              ‘Soul Love Now’ brings together some of the many highlights from the label onto one essential compilation. Opening with Theatre West’s powerful soul message ‘Children of Tomorrow’s Dreams’, the tracks include a Byard Lancaster recording with Tunde Kuboye’s Drummers Of Ibadan in Nigeria and Lon Moshe’s driving jazz dance classic ‘Doin’ The Carvin’ For Thabo’. Wayne Davis brings the explosive gospel rare groove ‘Look At The People’ while Plunky’s JuJu and Oneness Of Juju feature with three tracks spanning their career, including a storming previously unreleased version of the classic ‘African Rhythms’ recorded in DC in 1975.

                                                                                              The release features extended sleeve notes features extended sleeve notes around the history of the label alongside interviews with featured musicians. The 2LP format includes a reprint of one of the three original Black Fire magazines published by Jimmy Gray which predated the launch of the label.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: You always know you're in for a good comp with Strut, and this might just be one of their finest yet. Covering the material of legendary Richmond, VA label Black Fire. Unbeatable grooves, and warm, soulful beats meet loungy jazz and slo-mo funk. A superb compilation, and a great testament to a legendary label.

                                                                                              Compilation album curated by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

                                                                                              The directive for the composers featured on “Breathing Instruments” was, in effect, to accentuate the ways in which instruments sound like they are breathing. Some have recreated the literal experience of feeling or hearing the human breath. Others take a more abstract approach, where breathing is more motif than object of emulation.

                                                                                              From hushed pulsations and distant vocals in Kathryn Shuman’s ‘Objects creating a womb-like environment to Julianna Barwick’s blissful ‘Newborn’ the tracks give sonic form to the experience of emerging from the womb.

                                                                                              There is also a striking concurrence of woodland sounds throughout this collection from the ghostly tones of Emily A Srague’s ‘Flew’ to Cool Maritime and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s dew dripped ‘Daybreak’.

                                                                                              Meanwhile the undulating seascape of Geotic’s ‘Uncaught’ conjures moments of Evening Star by Fripp/ Eno, but supplants that album’s crystalline production with the warm crackle of vinyl.

                                                                                              If we learn anything from “Breathing Instruments” it is that we are inextricable from the natural world.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, as well as being one of the premier synthesists around today, has a deep rooted and recognisable appreciation for the forces of nature, and 'Breathing Instruments' is a predictably gorgeous and effecting study of human breathing through song. Though the concept sounds mildly strange, it manifests as a gorgeously plaintive and euphoric suite of ambient movements from a superb lineup of ambient electronic talent.

                                                                                              The Belpaese speedboat swings back around, loaded up with four more special deliveries, marked ‘Open In Case Of Emergency’. A peaktime rescue package with all the disco, exotica and jazz funk goodness you need to juice up those livestreams and socially distanced dances heading your way (if yer lucky!).

                                                                                              Inducing big smiles throughout its duration, tempos accelerate and subside as a plethora of tantalizing elements converge on these four tastefully arranged vacation-leaning tunes. If you're heading to the beach then be sure to squeeze these into your cool box!

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Matt says: It's stupendously hot outside and with records like this knocking about don't be surprised if you come in to find us all sinkin' frozen daiquiris behind the counter...

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              Nu Leaf

                                                                                                Ten incredible albums culled from the deepest, weirdest co-op of record enthusiasts ever gathered under one banner. We’ve spared no expense packaging these, pairing the idea of the Art of Compilation with living and breathing art, creating little fortune cookies baked in a factory of forgotten dreams. Video games, pyramids, trading cards, matchbooks, mazes, lottery tickets, film canisters, yearbooks, and various other exercises in design absurdity.

                                                                                                As the rift between academic jazz, new age, and pop narrowed in the 1980s, D.I.Y. practitioners of metronome driven riffs found new growth in a burgeoning managerial middle class, a commercial audience held captive in dentist offices and waiting rooms across America. Session players took to midi-banks stocked with every instrument imaginable and delivered on a road rage-induced demand to stay cool, relaxed, and focused all at once. The extra-wide cuts packaged here will be mint for years to come. Go ahead, break the seal on a fresh pack of NuLeafs: There’s only one sensation this smooth

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                A Love That Never Dies 3

                                                                                                Third chapter in this secret archive of undercover club jams from across the ages. A New Beat holy Grail, a Balearic electro masterpiece, a Chicago favourite from a Deutsche legend, and some uncomplicated, slammin' 90's NY club tackle.
                                                                                                As ever, super limited...

                                                                                                Light In The Attic’s Japan Archival Series continues with Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, an unprecedented overview of the country’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music – what can collectively be described as kankyō ongaku, or environmental music. The collection features internationally acclaimed artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi, as well as other pioneers like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yoshio Ojima and Satoshi Ashikawa, who deserve a place alongside the indisputable giants of these genres.

                                                                                                In the 1970s, the concepts of Brian Eno’s “ambient” and Erik Satie’s “furniture music” began to take hold in the minds of artists and musicians around Tokyo. Emerging fields like soundscape design and architectural acoustics opened up new ways in which sound and music could be consumed. For artists like Yoshimura, Ojima and Ashikawa, these ideas became the foundation for their musical works, which were heard not only on records and in live performances, but also within public and private spaces where they intermingled with the sounds and environments of everyday life. The bubble economy of 1980s Japan also had a hand in the advancement of kankyō ongaku. In an attempt to cultivate an image of sophisticated lifestyle, corporations with expendable income bankrolled various art and music initiatives, which opened up new and unorthodox ways in which artists could integrate their avant-garde musical forms into everyday life: in-store music for Muji, promo LP for a Sanyo AC unit, a Seiko watch advert, among others that can be heard in this collection.

                                                                                                Kankyō Ongaku is expertly compiled by Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) who, with a series of revelatory mixtapes as well as his label Empire of Signs (Music For Nine Postcards), has been instrumental in shepherding interest in this music outside of Japan. Together with Light In The Attic’s celebrated anthologies I Am The Center and The Microcosm, Kankyō Ongaku helps to broaden our understanding of this quietly profound music, regardless of the environment in which it’s heard.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Patrick says: Now, while the Japanese ambient revival has been going on for some years (check out essential reissues on Palto Flats, WRWTFWW, 17853) Light In The Attic steal a march on their competitors with this sublime compilation of obscurities from the Land of the Rising Sun. Wonderfully packaged, presented and curated, "Kankyo Ongaku" is a fitting companion to "I Am The Center" and the "Microcosm", exploring the New Age and ambient sounds of 80s Japan. Minimal, relaxing and utterly beautiful, this music is almost heavenly.

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                2xDeluxe CD Info: Repress!
                                                                                                2xCD housed in a custom 7”x 7” hardbound book.

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                Door To The Cosmos – OnTheCorner Dancefloor Sampler

                                                                                                  On the Corner Records was awarded ‘Label of the Year’ at the Worldwide Awards 2018. OtC is a story of artists and scenes that goes way beyond being a record label. DJ and label owner Pete On the Corner has created a home for innovative, bordercrossing, genre-pushing artists. The OtC vision is to bring music to the world that is knocking at the ‘Door To The Cosmos’. The label is an inimitable mixture of Miles Davis ‘call it what you want’ attitude, Sun Ra’s Afro Futurism and the ecstatic soul lifting influence of black music on electronic dance music.

                                                                                                  On ‘Door To The Cosmos – Dancefloor Sampler’ Pete has curated a volume of cuts from present and future label family. This first in the series, is not just knocking at the door but giving it a kick! It’s club music referencing the source, be it Detroit, or UK bass culture combined with future sounds rising from cosmopolitan hotbeds of sonic heat. On this maxi EP Venezuela meets India via New York, the street sound of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania pulses through UK Jungle. Undergrounds pushing the dance, breaking borders and genre alike. Rhythms from the ancestors channelled for future times.

                                                                                                  Opener Dengue Dengue Dengue ‘Yodeller’ is finally on wax having been a rare as hens teeth dubplate. From psychedelic cumbia to dub, salsa to footwork, tribal to techno, The Tropical duo from Perú explore analog and digital rhythms, to create their unique sound. New label family, The Diabolical Liberties are stalwart scenesters Alex Patchwork and Earl Zinger. ‘River of Sound’ tears through the jungle so jump in for a swim. Uffe is also making his OtC debut. He’s been firing out killer tracks on Oye, Berlin. Pete OtC chasing him down as he was Prolifically dropping jazzed-up and gnarly house after returning to his native Denmark. Black Classical is back after a regenerative hiatus: the mysterious web otherlings reputation underpinned by his 12 hour ‘spiritual jazz’ mix tape that has been living its own life online and across the radio waves over the last decade. ‘Medassi’ is an elixir of deep house. On the flip, another fresh-faced recruit to the OtC family. Familiar to Shine’s network from Clive’s recent debut release, ‘Moon Buggy’ makes it clear he wasn’t only paying attention to OtC’s numbers. MC Palakata aka Mosam is a dancer with a Singeli flow, from the streets of Dar Es Salaam. During an OtC recording session at Nafasi Studio in Dar, Tom Blip worked with Palakata and created this heat. Set alight with Swahili, ‘Singeli Jungles’ is wild. Following on from Planet Battagon’s sold-out debut EP of ‘driod jazz’, the Admiral has sent this hard- swinging, future thumper to OtC. Tugg Luke Endeavour kicks it to the cosmic dancefloor. ‘Mudras’ by Sunken Cages remixed here by New Yorks MPeach, brings more, new OtC family straight to wax. The remix adds ‘Latinx del Futuro, where hi-energy dance meets low-end bass, adding a lilt of the rhythms from her native Venezuela.

                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                  Future Disco - Visions Of Love

                                                                                                    2020 sees Future Disco release number 13 in the eagerly anticipated compilation series. Displaying a fresh cover from the new artistic direction as part of their 10 year celebration in 2019, the album Visions of Love also shows off fresh sounds and exclusive tracks from a selection of exciting talent. Visions of Love is for everybody seeking something new and exploring exciting opportunities.

                                                                                                    Future Disco has always managed to weave that line of interesting and party starting and on this album it’s no different. Disco has always been about uniting the dance-floor and Future Disco embody this spirit with a cross selection of sounds and artists. They find plenty of future rising stars with Stockholm’s Kornel Kovacs, Chicago’s Chrissy and Paris’s Yuksek all comfortably sitting alongside more established names as Kenny Dope remixing Moon Boots, Lane 8 and Kraak & Smaak.

                                                                                                    There are plenty of exclusives too. Three Future Disco edits from head compiler Sean Brosnan and three exclusive tracks, one from Future Disco’s very own Ekkah, familiar names Lifelike & Musimeci and one from newcomer Gruvee. The entire mixed album has as always been edited and mixed for dancing pleasure.

                                                                                                    Includes three exclusive edits by the team behind the Future Disco series Artistic collaboration between photographer Em Cole and creative agency Baby Multiple tracks being pressed to vinyl for the very first time A new era for the much loved and world renowned album series with bespoke artwork Welcomes rising stars Kornel Kovacs, Chrissy alongside legendary names Kenny Dope and Lane 8 Exclusive tracks from Ekkah, Musumeci and newcomer Gruvee

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    2xLP Info: Red vinyl edition.

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                    3xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Deluxe edition with bonus 7".

                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                    Various Channels Vol. 1: NYC

                                                                                                      Various Channels is a new series within the Darker Than Wax catalogue - a selector-led compilation series that pushes diversity in sound while also encapsulating a common connection of what brings people together. For the first volume, it’s all about location. Deeply inspired by the new wave of creative energy in New York City, the label is proud to present ‘Various Channels Vol. 1 : NYC’ - a compilation highlighting key artists at the forefront of NYC’s blooming music ecosystem, curated by selector Marco Weibel. While Darker Than Wax was born in Singapore, our satellite (or second) home is NYC.

                                                                                                      A key figure behind Darker Than Wax since its early days, Marco moved to NYC in 2014, and has continued to establish a humble presence for the label through his tireless work as a DJ, Curator, Promoter & Radio Host. Within 6 years, Marco has seen New York’s underground grow through artists’ continual efforts to push the envelope and blur the lines between sounds. Thanks in part to uncompromising venues and community spaces such as The Lot Radio in Brooklyn (where Marco is running our weekly radio show alongside label peer Mawkus), a fresh crop of producers and DJs are elevating the music of NYC.

                                                                                                      This compilation serves as a snapshot of this moment in time, spotlighting select artists making waves - including Jitwam, James Tillman, Toribio, Ensemble Entendu, David Marston and Tristan Arp. This project is also personal to Marco’s experience of digging deep into the city and connecting with kindred spirits, the selections reflecting the creative energy of his close musical family, who traverse eclectic sound spectrums from R&B/Soul, Balearic Grooves, House, Broken Beat and beyond.

                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                      International Disco Mafia

                                                                                                        Fatty Fatty Phonographics drop off their first record of 2017 - the "International Disco Mafia" EP, extending out from the fam in Dublin to Drogheda (just south of the border for those scratching their heads), Galway and onward, overseas to Italy with Belabouche joining the rapscallions for this pirate cruise through disco and soul's lively waters. Cap'n Pablo departs from land with a fresh new re-rub of one of Soul II Soul's biggest hits (infact, this is probably one of the best known hits from the UKs vibrant street soul scene). Fortunately he leaves much of the OG and acapella versions intact, simply layering them up across two stereo channels and playing with the arrangement slightly. It's been a while since this track's been a regular on the dancefloor, so props to Pablo for re-igniting our interest on this UK anthem. Next up, "Willy And The Hand Jive" - a slinky refix of this cosmic classic from Rinder & Lewis. EP highlight for me comes via a suspended on tenterhooks, infinitely coming-up version of a Fleetwood Mac tune that's criminally escaped by at the moment (shoot me). Last but not least, Galway boy Island Time makes his PPF debut with a slice of soulful disco aimed straight at the dancefloor...Storming stuff from this fully fledged Irish firm - TIP!

                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                        Island Sounds From Japan 2009-2016

                                                                                                          Offering a unique window into modern Japanese music, Time Capsule's latest release presents a group of artists who refuse to be bound by genre - mixing jazz, dance, reggae, psych, afrobeat, and indigenous styles into distinctly tropical fusions.

                                                                                                          The last few years have seen an upsurge in popularity for Japanese music. From the deep grooves of 70s Japanese jazz and the funk-filled effervescence of 80’s city pop, to the zen-like ambient soundscapes of the same decade’s environmental music what unites these diverse forms is the similarity in approach of the musicians who created them. Since the first influx of pop music onto it’s shores, Japanese musicians have sought to study and master each form before creating new iterations.

                                                                                                          The music on this compilation features a range of modern Japanese musicians who have each sought to expand genre boundaries by fusing different styles. Hailing from different musical backgrounds they are united by a common goal to deliver a distinctly tropical strain of sound, or what Time Capsule label boss and compiler Kay Suzuki refers to as Island Music. ‘Although this collection concentrates mainly on recent bands it doesn’t try to reflect what is currently popular. Instead, each artist has used a mixture of craftsmanship and their own personal experiences to experiment with styles and reshape them into new and unique forms. I feel strongly that they deserve more exposure around the world’ he says.

                                                                                                          Speak No Evil are a perfect example of this cross-pollination of musical forms. Led by musician Akira Tatsumi, a veteran of Osaka’s verdant ska and calypso scenes, the band was formed from a regular jam session between the city’s reggae and jazz musicians to see what they might be able to create with combined forces. Their version of the same-titled classic by legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter transports the jazz classic into new pastures, as the band takes Shorter’s sweet refrain on a reggae trip, the track finds a natural meeting point between the two genres, adding snappy riddims to jazz’s innate sense of swing.

                                                                                                          Backpacking in India shaped the sounds of Aquatuki. Led by guitar players Taaki and Chen, they layer the trance music they discovered in Goa into psychedelic instrumental jams. The dream-like Wakanoura adds elements of surf and Hawaiian music to the mix with Taaki’s slide guitar evoking beach-side tropical sunsets, while a blues-like melancholia adds another element to a bittersweet track that refuses to be pigeonholed. Another artist whose music was shaped by travels to the subcontinent was maverick musician Altz, whose exposure to Goan psychedelia produced radically different results. Orympia Rocks, with it’s melding of punk funk basslines, echoed disco beats and southern-rock indebted slide guitar is a brilliant example of his trademark groove-heavy twisted disco sound.

                                                                                                          Keiichi Tanaka’s story is one of the great ‘what-ifs’ of modern Japanese music. Schooled as a master-percussionist in Africa, he followed up a stint leading the renowned Japanese afrobeat band KINGDOM AFROCKS with a hugely ambitious first solo album before his life was cut tragically short after a fatal car accident. Pairing musicians from myriad musical backgrounds he created a radical new series of sounds. Written after watching news footage of the bombing in Syria alongside fellow musician OKI, City Of Aleppo captures a wonderfully natural melding of African and Asian styles, with Tanaka’s African-inspired rhythms combining beautifully with OKI’s tonkori - a stringed instrument belonging to the indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan. Taken from the same album, the final track on this compilation presents OKI’s City Of Dub remix of the track, with echoed sound effects adding another pinch of spice to this melting pot of styles.

                                                                                                          Offering both a window into the country’s verdant underground music scene and a taste of a rarely profiled strain of tropical music, it’s a compilation that offers further evidence of Japan’s tradition of musical craftsmanship and musical innovation.

                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                          Love Saves The Day: A History Of American Dance Music Culture 1970-1979 Part 2

                                                                                                            For the last 20 years London-based author and party organiser Tim Lawrence has dedicated himself to excavating the history of New York City party culture and bringing some of the most powerful aspects of that culture to London’s dance scene, from where it has ricocheted around the world.

                                                                                                            Having conducted the first and set of major interviews with David Mancuso of the New York City Loft, Lawrence started to host Loft-style Lucky Cloud Sound System parties with David and friends in London in June 2003. In February 2004 he published the first of three published three pioneering histories that have excavated and championed the previously overlooked foundations of contemporary party culture: Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music (1970-79), Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene (1973-92), and Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor (1980-83). Since 2018 Lawrence has hosted and DJed at the community audiophile party "All Our Friends. Paper Magazine describes him as the “reigning authority on the history of dance music in New York”.

                                                                                                            With knowledge to share, and a readership as well as a dance floor to feed, Lawrence released Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor as the debut imprint on Reappearing Records. A year in the making, a compilation featuring rare and iconic tracks that appear in his much-loved and heavily-thumbed classic Love Saves the Day amounts to the follow-up. The collection features several tracks selected regularly by Mancuso, the party host who exerted a prophetic and unparalleled influence on New York City party culture, as charted by Lawrence. It also includes choice picks from groundbreaking DJs such as Michael Cappello, Steve D’Acquisto, Francis Grasso, Richie Kaczor, Larry Levan and Nicky Siano, whose expressive contributions are faithfully recorded in Love Saves the Day. The compilation traces how disco grew out of the record collections and intuitive sensibility of these and other DJs, offering a unique survey of the era’s expansive sonic palette.

                                                                                                            Fresh from the needle skating industrial-punk of Tata Toto’s “Fuck” flexi-postcard, new Parisian imprint Association Fatale drop their first vinyl proper in ‘L’Alarme Fatale’, a four tracker of razor sharp cuts from some of their nearest and dearest.

                                                                                                            Parisian duo Jita Sensation kick the set off with occult whispers, flanging hats and the mechanical funk of ‘Posuere Nec’, a shamanic dancer which digs deeper into Xanax rave territories as it bursts into technicolour insanity.

                                                                                                            The A2 belongs to Zulu and their ‘Vogeltanz’, a pitched down powerhouse of woody bass, electronic birdsong and futuristic breaks which takes a brief detour into the neon-matrix of Rustie on its way to the run-out.

                                                                                                            Flip the disc and cop a load of ‘Tekamina’, the latest mind-melter from Drama-acolyte DJ F16 Falcon. Mangled vocal snippets, crushing system pressure and some batshit FX abuse are the order of the day on this whacked out track!

                                                                                                            Bringing the curtain down with maximum angst, speaker tweaking mids and a gnarly bassline, So Track’s ‘Graille’ seems tailor made for the current climate - I can picture an industrial unit full of people dressed like Scorpion from Mortal Kombat losing their mind to this cut.

                                                                                                            Fresh as fuck and in short supply folks…

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Patrick says: Moody, tough and tranqued out warehouse material from new Parisian crew Association Fatale. Bristling with mechanical funk, dark psychedelia and techy idents, this shit is so cutting edge you'd best wear safety glooves when slapping it on the deck. Highest Recommendation!

                                                                                                            TIME TO BE ALIVE the new and third record in the candomble various artists series - Featuring 3 mystic tracks by D.J. Ungel, Instrumensch and D.J. Rasputin.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Patrick says: My Dusseldorf homeboys round out their trio of 10" EPs with this hot drop featuring DJ Ungel, Instrumensch and DJ Rasputin (AKA Number 1 Party Dude). Machine funk madness, cosmic wobble and poi friendly prog house for the heads!

                                                                                                            New Zealand/Aotearoa is an island known for its lush nature and unique geographical positioning: at the centre of the Water Hemisphere, its surreal blend of beauty and isolation has a distinctive effect on its inhabitants and the art that they create.

                                                                                                            With "NZ Electro", INDEX:Records brings to the fore one of the genre mutations caused by this unique environment, hoping to expose the people pushing dance music deep in the Pacific.

                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                            Martin Freeman And Eddie Piller Present Jazz On The Corner Two

                                                                                                              A follow up to 2018’s Jazz On The Corner which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and last year’s equally successful Soul On The Corner, this compilation see Martin and Eddie return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after Volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.

                                                                                                              The concept came from a radio show that Freeman and Piller put together for BBC Radio 6 Music which was so well received that the pair decided to dig deep into their record collections and build a double album of some of their favourite tracks.

                                                                                                              The concept is simple: an album packed full of jazz gems which they hope are slightly off the beaten track. This year we have hidden gems from Nina Simone and Nicola Conte, classics from Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers and The MJQ, whilst the new British jazz generation is represented by Emma Emma-Jean Thackray. Running the gamut from hard bop, to progressive fusion via Latin beats, it’s an exhilarating listen from start to finish.

                                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                                              Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

                                                                                                                As the hippie movement hurdled towards its emanate demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of dope fiends, pill poppers, and the baddest of trips.

                                                                                                                Deluxe 2LP comes housed in a blacklight poster-style jacket, replete with flocking and lysergic neon. 24 pages documenting the creeping existential dread of the hard rock underground are tucked into the gatefold pocket alongside two dead dinosaur-heavy LPs. Compact disc is packaged in standard Numero slipcase, with digipak and 40-page book, limited to 2000 copies. 

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Matt says: This fearsome Numero collection is made up of sonic remnants excavated following the collapse of Haight-Ashbury and the 'Summer Of Love'. Bathed in bad vibes, strong amphetamines and cheap LSD; "Acid Nightmares" chronicles the musical movements of biker bands, social drop-outs and narco-casualties struggling to make their voice heard against the backdrop of civil unrest and encroaching mortality.

                                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                2xColoured LP 2 Info: Double neon purple coloured vinyl edition.
                                                                                                                Exclusive colour to Dinked Edition shops.

                                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                                Typical Girls Volume Five

                                                                                                                  "Who invented the Typical Girl?" The Slits gleefully proclaimed as they attacked sexual stereotypes way back in 1979. There are no typical girls. Just remarkable women making remarkable music, as this compilation highlights. VOLUME FIVE of the ever popular series, featuring 16 of the worlds greatest current female fronted punk and indie bands from around the globe.

                                                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                                                  The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco Vol. 2 (Love Record Stores Edition)

                                                                                                                    Love Record Stores Edition available from 9am on Saturday June 20th.
                                                                                                                    Limited to one per person.

                                                                                                                    Too Slow To Disco starts the new decade with another musical discovery trip into the late 70s and early 80s.

                                                                                                                    In 2015 we released "The Ladies Of TSTD“, highlighting a bunch of strong, independent female Westcoast songwriters/singers, who fought hard against the male dominance in all areas of the music making and business. 5 years later, #metoo has happened and we dive even deeper into the story of female musicians organizing themselves. Dj Supermarkt has another full album of all female new discoveries and musical treasures. The album features 2 artists (Holly Near and Linda Tillery), who were active and central in the „Womens Music“ movement. It was about music by women, for women, and about women. It was part of the feminist movement, the participants were often lesbians, who for the first time openly wrote songs about their point of view. Besides we have uncountable Grammys (and nominations), five African American artists and so much more to discover. Some of these songs again are (were) very sought after tracks, lost in the big world of major label archives, rereleased for the first time since the original track, like the 7 Inch only Boogie-classic „I Love To Boogie“ by UK superstar Lulu. You will find the hands, minds of these Ladies in the background of countless albums by the biggest stars in music history. Enjoy The Ride. This is Bottled Sunshine!

                                                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Double LP pressed on 180g dark green vinyl.

                                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                                    Inner City Review

                                                                                                                      A songwriter and studio musician behind troves of soul, rock and R&B records from the late ‘50s onwards, it shines a fresh light on Semper’s influential behind-the-scenes role. He was the creative force behind Hammond organ classic “Makin’ Waves”, the cult 1977 Bay Area funk record “The Perfect Circle”, and a collaborator with the likes of Donny Hathaway, Jimmy Smith and Brenton Wood. It’s the third release on the “reissues and oddities” imprint launched last November by Peterson.

                                                                                                                      On “Inner City Review”, Semper is backed by his killer "The" George Semper Orchestra players comprised of the core Merry Clayton band members, as a showcase for their distinctive cosmic funk sound (including two of only three tracks credited to them as a standalone group), featuring drummer Ollie Brown, who would later work with the likes of Minnie Ripperton, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Originally released on the obscure SECO Records Hollywood label, only 100 copies were pressed. Gilles bought the record some years ago at Groove Merchants in San Francisco, but only recently posted it on Instagram where it was spotted by George Semper’s son and archivist Joel S. Brockman. The record has been re-mastered directly from the original analogue tapes, and includes new sleeve notes from Brockman. A multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, acclaimed for his innovative funky organ sound, Semper’s Hammond-playing style was an influence on The Doors and The Rolling Stones. His career saw him cross paths with the likes of Charles Stepney, and – as the co-owner of several influential San Diego venues – presented Frank Zappa’s first professional show, booking him to open for Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix.

                                                                                                                      The record features a stellar cast of vocalists, spanning from the then established Jimmy Hayes (of The Persuaders), who graces the uptempo ‘Goody Goody Gumdrops’ and plaintive ‘Queen For A Day’, to the Semper-discovered Lewis Flournoy (aka Robinhood), Flouroy’s stunning, graceful falsetto first featured on a Semper’s 45 by Capitol Records - the the B Side of that 45 "Let's Live and Let Live" (Extended Version) is on ‘Inner City Review.’ These entries are some of the only material Flouroy ever recorded all co-written with Semper and Basey Green. Likewise, Troy "Troiel" Raglin, who features in "The Love Affair" on two romantic soul entries co-written with Semper and Marshal McQueen Jr., was a Semper collaborator who went on to lead the wildly successful Spaceark band three years later. Marshall McQueen, Jr. who wrote the track "You're So Good To Me" recently passed in April 2020. He's most known as writer of Miles Graysons "Stuck In The Mud" but has thousands of compositions and is popularly known.

                                                                                                                      Recorded after a formative stint in Las Vegas, where Semper backed the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr, “Inner City Review” opened the door for his later work with his Inner City Records label. It was through his years in Vegas that he met some of the players who would go on to feature on the record, including tenor sax player David ii Majall (Parliament, SOS Band, Pointers Sisters) and bass percussionist Basey Green (Nancy Wilson, Carol King, Charles Wright & The Watts, 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Pure Funk).

                                                                                                                      An independently-produced and recorded album, in keeping with Semper’s many other small-run private pressed records, Semper used his day-job as a musician to get precious studio time, bagging time in the A&M Hollywood lot for the album’s recording sessions. (At the time, he was playing with Merry Clayton, a singer who – after her solo career declined – became a backing singer and would go on to feature in the 2013 film 20 Feet From Stardom.)

                                                                                                                      An all-killer, rarely heard collection of music, documenting an important moment in Semper’s career, as he laid the foundations for the independent-minded Inner City Records label, as well as the game-changing Bay Area funk sound that has made “The Perfect Circle” a sought after cult classic.

                                                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                                                      Louis Wayne Moody High

                                                                                                                        Ten incredible albums culled from the deepest, weirdest coop of record enthusiasts ever gathered under one banner. We’ve spared no expense packaging these, pairing the idea of the Art of Compilation with living and breathing art, creating little fortune cookies baked in a factory of forgotten dreams. Video games, pyramids, trading cards, matchbooks, mazes, lottery tickets, film canisters, yearbooks, and various other exercises in design absurdity.

                                                                                                                        The lost yearbook from Louis Wayne Moody High’s graduating class of 1967, chronicling the peaks and valleys of teenage angst, lost loves, and life after summer vacation. Fourteen moody melodies of surf kings, guitar Bettys, talent show psychers, and pre-S.D.S. soft- poppers. Walls of jangly guitars, maudlin organs, and melancholy harmonies deliver the bummer to ring in the summer.

                                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                                        High Fidelity

                                                                                                                          Mondo in partnership with Hollywood Records and HULU are proud to present the soundtrack to the HULU Original series HIGH FIDELITY.

                                                                                                                          Based on the novel and film of the same name, the all new 10 episode series (premiering this Valentine's Day) reimagines the story of our music obsessive, perpetually heartbroken record store owner Rob (Zoe Kravitz) in 2020 Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

                                                                                                                          Naturally, the show has stellar music and we are proud to present the soundtrack to the series on vinyl — as Rob would've wanted it. Featuring classic tracks by the likes of Ann Peebles, Darando, William Onyebor, Blondie, as well as several original songs and covers from the series itself.

                                                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                                                          The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco Vol. 2

                                                                                                                            On Volume 2 of The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco, DJ Supermarkt has brought together 16 compelling tunes and hidden gems from 1974-82 that tell a deeper, more political story, while taking the suave sounds you love into new territory: soul, gospel and jazz. The songs on this compilation are from women who were taking control of their own careers, making an independent stance in the some of the most trying years for women in the history of the recording industry. In an effort to tell the often untold, yet deeply influential, stories of this delicious period of music, Volume 2 highlights songs from players who broke through the machismo that sat upon the glass ceiling before them to create classics.

                                                                                                                            As with every TSTD release, you will uncover lost classics and should-have-been-hits into the overdue limelight. You’ll find confessional funk and sultry disco, 5th Avenue flounce and soulful midnight aching. You will discover artists here who were movers and shakers from the 1970s Women’s Music movement, artists determined to fashion a music industry that worked for them. You’re in the company of musical royalty. The Ladies of Too Slow to Disco 2 brings you the smartest writers and singers, Grammy winners and unforgettable performers, all at the peak of their powers.

                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                            Dr Packer: Different Strokes Vol.2

                                                                                                                              One of Australia’s finest musical exports, Dr Packer returns to Glitterbox for Different Strokes Volume 2 after the incredible three-part first edition of the series. Ahead of the full-length album, this first sampler highlights three stellar cuts from the forthcoming LP, showcasing Dr Packer’s expert abilities to produce soulful versions of house and disco essentials. If this sampler is anything to go by, Different Strokes Volume 2 is set to be a stunning album from one of disco’s brightest stars.

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