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Nylon Trax the Brooklyn born Seattle-based label, lead by New Yorker Jaymz Nylon has returned to its vinyl roots with the release of a four track EP. "Archv 1" features interstellar tunes from the catacombs of Nylon Trax extensive catalogue

Featured talents on this EP are the vocalist Darrius Willrich, Leandro P. Feat. Anthony Poteat, DJ Qu, DJ Jus-Ed, Zulus At Work, M. Carporale and Nylon himself.

Traversing between all corners of the Nylon Trax diaspora, the club-ready "Archv 1"leaves no rock unturned. Proving the perfect introduction to those unfamiliar with the labels hyper-global sound, Nylon Trax return to vinyl is nothing short of timely.

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DJ Mitsu The Beats - Solid Black

    In conjunction with Snow Dog Projects and Black Jazz Records, Jazzy Sport crew member DJ Mitsu The Beats has composed a seamless mix of tracks selected from the Black Jazz catalogue. Well known for his hip hop mixes, Mitsu takes a two-decade-veteran DJ’s perspective here, more often than not segueing complete tracks, as opposed to doubling and cutting breaks, for a 70-minute-plus trip through vintage 1970s spiritual jazz that a listener can easily lose themself in. Of course beats and breaks and funk abound here, but the emphasis of this mix lands on the Black Jazz label’s overall vibe, while highlighting the funkier edge to the catalogue, which has collectors chasing original vinyl copies to this day. Mitsu's selection respects the core essence of the tunes, yet also finds a way to make them flow beautifully into one another, in a 28 track blend of magical music that stands as a great testament to the soulful, spiritual depth of the Black Jazz catalogue. ‘Solid Black’ is one of a three-part series of mixes, alongside Gilles Peterson’s ‘Black Jazz Radio’ and a very special yet-to-be-revealed set compiled by a hugely popular deep house selector which will see the light of day early in 2003.

    Great loud-pressed vinyl EP featuring a superlative selection of Brazilian boogie monsters from the early 80s. Opens with Brenda’s amazing modern funk club killer ‘Natureza Viva’, originally released on an impossible-to-find 7” and produced by Don Beto (of ‘Nossa Imaginação’ LP fame). Next is another great boogie cut ‘Alegria No Ar’ by Rosana plucked from her highly sought-after self-titled album released in 1983. Recorded with some of the best exponents of the early 80s Brazilian boogie scene including Jorjão from Banda Black Rio, Azymuth’s Mamão plus legendary duo Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge, this is pure bass-heavy dancefloor dynamite. Flip over for the wonderful ‘Copacabana Sadia’ by Junior Mendes, a track also touched by the hand of the prolific Olivetti who was in charge of arrangement here producing an elegant slice of upbeat smooth jazz-funk. Title track of Mendes’ mega-rare 1982 LP, this cut simply oozes class. Last but not least is ‘Vem Fazer Glu-
    Glu’ which takes the Earth, Wind and Fire classic ‘Let’s Groove’ and ramps up the Latino disco feel taking it to a whole new dimension.

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    Bullet Dodge Records Compilation 4


      For BDR036, Bulletdodge release another fuel packed compilation. This time the compilation has a strong techno flavour featuring tracks by new school producers My Evil Twiin, Jan Cree, Wardy and Gavrom with remixes from heavyweights Space Djz, Orlando Voorn, Hardfloor and Detroit Grand Pubahs.

      First up is a track called Suspension of Disbelief by Bulletdodge veteran and label A & R executive Scott Johnston under his My Evil Twiin appellation. He delivers a driving stomper, that thunders out of the starting blocks with a wall of pounding hypnotic bass and radio frequency minimalism that immediately sets an aggressively dark tone.

      Remixing Suspension of Disbelief is the Space Djz, who deliver a typical Bulletdodge interpretation, keeping the synth stabs and relentless groove whilst bringing the bass right up front in an overstated, aggressive manner sure to keep everyone moving.

      Next up is producer Jan Cree who throws into the equation his minimal affliction, Tap Tu. This track pushes the release in an interesting direction. The off-kilter groove, stern percussion and precisely placed bleeps give the track a haunting feel whilst the pulsing bass and tech-house arrangement make this a potent dancefloor cut.

      Tap Tu is remixed by Orlando Voorn and perhaps conveys the most idiosyncratic Bulletdodge vibe of all the tracks on the compilation. Built upon a growling bass line, the dark and aggressive techno is intelligently contrasted with a light repetitive snare motif to give an effective sense of tension and release.

      Newcomer Wardy shows off his unique productions skills by delivering his track, Taking the Mick. The simple synth stabs and smooth brass hits are driven along by a wonderfully funky bass that shakes some air but never interferes with the warm, round sub pining the groove together. The track is rounded of by an infectious vocal that will be a sure fire hit on the dancefloor.

      Wardy also provides a dub mix along with a compelling remix from 303 legends Hardfloor. Hardfloor provide a tremendous take on the original. Bass heavy grooves and technoid percussion remain the order of the day but some interesting new elements are thrown into the mix and don’t forget their anthemic sweeps and signatory 303 acidic components that make this track a monster.

      Lastly on the compilation we have the illusive Gavrom, who indulges us with Twister, his detroit influenced work of techno wizardy. With a contagious bass line and minimal percussion it’s obvious that this track was intended for the darkest basements of underground clubs playing the deepest grooves.

      Detroit Grand Pubahs are on remix duty for Twister. Their rework is a blistering thrill from the offset, with a heavy pounding bassline and aggressive effects that allows this track to round the compilation off very nicely.

      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.

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      1 - FXHE 10 Year Mix CD

        FXHE going for the professional look on this killer mix CD celebrating a decade of operations. Stone-cold classics like "Oasis#13" and the Omar S remix of Gunnar Wendal's "578" rub up against recent hits such as O.B Ignitt's "Oh Jabba", "SEX" and "Wayne County Hill Cops Pt.2". Vital!

        Including tracks by Lucretio, Steve Murphy and DJ Octopus, Chevel, Caio and Madí Grein. 5 tracks of gritty house music by the members of the Riviera project, showcasing the suburban sound that has been flourishing from the muddy banks of the Brenta river. All the tracks have been arranged, mixed and produced with outdated agricultular machinery. Mastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery (London).


        Juvenile Delinquent’s Jukebox gathers together tracks (91 on 3xCD / 36 on 2xLP) featured in the films of John Waters. “To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about”, opines Waters. “If someone vomits watching one of my films, it’s like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.” From as early as Mondo Trasho (1969), the American film director has made substantial use of the music of his youth, music that ranges from wholesome ’50s popular vocalists, to rhythm & blues, doo wop, rock & roll and the dance crazes of the early ’60s. Early pop authority Lucky Parker has compiled 91 examples for Juvenile Delinquent’s Jukebox, as well as providing a fascinating essay, which charts Waters’ formative years and his early experiments with short film, leading to notoriety with transgressive cult movies like Pink Flamingos and eventual mainstream success with Hairspray and Cry-Baby.

        Whether it be as film director, screenwriter, actor, author, stand-up comedian, visual artist or art collector, the perennially pencil-moustachioed John Waters has been pushing the boundaries of good taste and poking fun at America’s idealised image of itself for over fifty years. Given the furore which surrounded his notorious breakthrough feature, Pink Flamingos, it’s almost inconceivable that Waters has so seamlessly infiltrated mainstream pop culture - albeit unintentionally, with multi-million dollar-grossing movies such as the family friendly Hairspray - to become respectable. Drawing on seven of his celebrated movies, Juvenile Delinquent’s Jukebox serves as both a soundtrack to his extraordinary oeuvre, and also a rollercoaster ride through the popular music – at turns wholesome, rebellious and frivolous - of the ’50s and ’60s.


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        Cambodia Rock Spectacular!

          Recorded in raw, bare bones conditions, mostly live and with traditional Cambodian instruments finding their place alongside found keyboards or guitars, the music of the Khmer rock musicians transformed the nightlife of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, and many years later seduced countless listeners around the world with their groovy sound. The rise to power of the anti-Western, fanatical Khmer Rouge in 1975 caused drastic and permanent changes for Cambodia. These years saw social upheaval in the form of massive famines, selective executions and a brutal campaign of genocide responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians, many in the notorious “Killing Fields”.

          Even the most famous and beloved Khmer musicians could not escape. Sinn Sisamouth (“the Emperor of Khmer Music”), Ros Sereysothea (“The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital”), and Pan Ron met their deaths at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. The music of these honoured musicians and others live on in this exclusive collection, assembled with much love and respect for the artists who made the Khmer rock scene so thrilling. The music here is wild and anarchic, rhythmic and undulating, sometimes sweet and lyrical, but always moving.

          "Cambodia Rock Spectacular!" captures that deep soulfulness ingrained in the best music; and along with its soon-to-be-revealed sister album, "Cambodia Rock Intensified!", it is perhaps the most definitive collection of classic Cambodian rock music to appear on the scene to date.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          CD Info: New deluxe CD version packaged in hardback book with 32 bound pages filled with rare photographs and extensive background information on the Khmer rock movement.

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          The Secret Museum Of Mankind: Central Asia Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48

            • Originally released in 1995 on CD only, Outernational Records now reissues the Central Asia volume of the legendary The Secret Museum Of Mankind series on vinyl.
            • Deluxe 2LP gatefold presentation in a limited edition pressing of 1,000 copies.
            • Includes extensive sleeve notes and rare photos.
            • Produced by Hisham Mayet of Sublime Frequencies.
            • Compiled by archivist Pat Conte.
            • Remastered directly from the original 78s by Richard Nevins.
            • "No world music fan should be without these packages which are full of unadulterated, pre-Westernized exotic delights." --Jazz Times.

            Outernational Records is pleased to announce the fourth volume of this legendary series, now available on vinyl. This series of archival 78 transfers was originally released in 1995 on CD only. This volume from Central Asia has to be one of the most revelatory volumes yet presented. Concentrating on a singular geographic region, this volume unearths some of the rarest recorded artifacts of music from the Central Asian countries of Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Caucasus region, Tadjikistan, Azerbaijan and others. Of all the recent excavation projects inspired by our voracious musical culture, none is more fascinating than Pat Conte's Secret Museum series for Yazoo. Until now, a Western listener's familiarity with ethnic music from the distant past has depended on unsexy field recordings of relatively recent vintage, produced in a spirit of near-scientific inquiry by anthropologically-minded musicologists. When the commercial record business really began to expand in the late '20s however, just about every national style of music was sought out and captured for a growing marketplace.

            This was true "world music," dressed in its Sunday best perhaps as performed by ambitious locals, but still more vital than the academic, folklorist approach that followed. Just as Harry Smith compiled early commercial blues and country records for his monumentally influential Anthology Of American Folk Music, so Conte has gathered even rarer 78s from all over the globe. Thanks to excellent remastering, we can hear vividly how an ensemble sounded in India or Japan more than a half-century ago or a klezmer orchestra right before the Nazis destroyed that bit of local culture. It's like owning your own time machine.

            Gorgeous gatefold Stoughton tip-on sleeves with newly-discovered vintage color photos not available on the original CD issue. This is a limited edition one-time pressing of 1,000 copies.

            Something Cold was formed by Justin Carver in 2009, as an ongoing live showcase for minimal-synth, coldwave, and industrial sounds in Detroit. This compilation release showcases acts who have performed at Something Cold over the years, as well as friends and allies who are no strangers to the Something Cold dance floor. Tracks by local artists Autumus, Deastro, Especially Good, YOU., and Ze Dark Park reveal the sound of decadent nightlife easily found inside the empty corridors of Detroit. Meanwhile, North America's minimal DIY synth explosion is represented by bands from east coast to west, both well-known and completely unheard of. Each selection on this LP documents the sound of the coldest and most confusing social club of Detroit; this is Something Cold.

            Sistrum welcomes the second installment in the Genesis Tracks series. Building upon the high sonic standards set by Genesis Tracks Vol. 1 (SIS-022), Vol. 2 brings together four special cuts from Patrice Scott, Reggie Dokes, Eric Cloutier and Kai Alce. Deep enjoyment awaits.

            A1 – Patrice Scott “Seasons Change”
            Label head, Patrice Scott opens the EP right - setting the tone with a smooth excursion into lush chord stabs and deep, low end vibrations. Vintage strings ride high, while tinkling jazz keys dance amongst the waveforms, making for yet another future classic in the Sistrum lineage.

            A2 – Reggie Dokes “The Baptism”
            Mr. Reggie Dokes offers up nothing less than a baptism by sound for his contribution to Genesis Tracks Vol. 2. Reggie goes deep with reverberant rhythms and crisp synth work, crafting an interstellar afro journey of the highest order.

            B1 – Eric Cloutier “Gossamer”
            Keeping the quality at its highest, Eric Cloutier’s entry is a deep, techy mover – designed to lock the dancefloor into a hypnotic state. Drifting strings provide the foundation for highly modulated, gritty chord stabs to lead the way through the darkest of dancefloors.

            B2 – Kai Alce “Jelly”
            NDATL main man, Kai Alce rounds out the EP in fine form – stripping things back to the essentials. “Jelly” is raw, bouncy goodness, simply put. The filtered down acid-esque bassline is nothing short of a call to movement for all believers in the authentic sounds of house music.

            Various Artists

            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.

              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!

              For their fourth release, Rebel Intelligence bring you their Tetramer EP, a carefully crafted selection of tracks from JTC, Automatic Tasty, Elec Pt. 1 and Abraham Cowley. Don’t miss out on this eclectic mix of driving acid, deep house and addictive melodies. A great addition to any record box.


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              Justin Carter And Eamon Harkin - Weekends And Beginnings

                "When we talk about Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday, we tend to focus on the details. The seemingly little things like a friendly staff and a springy dancefloor make a big difference in how good a party is, but the main reason we pay attention to them is that we're trying to create the best environment forpeople to enjoy music.

                Before we're producers of parties and guys running a record label, we're DJs. Everything else we do with Mister Saturday Night comes from our desire to play records for people. That's what we're putting forward on Weekends and Beginnings.

                The mix was recorded live at Mister Sunday on August 24, 2014. Because of licensing and such, we had to do a few edits in the studio, but it's still a pretty accurate picture of us in our natural habitat – wobbly turntables, excited distortion, dusty records and all. We hope you enjoy it."

                - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter

                **indicates a song that will only appear on the CD version of Weekends and Beginnings.

                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.


                STAFF COMMENTS

                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!

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                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.

                The third chapter of Bossa Nova’s alt dance partnership with NYC “creative support group”,
                Sisterjam, features brand new heat via Slava (Software, Future Times), Max Mcferren (1080p,
                SciFi & Fantasy), Physical Therapy (Allergy Season), and M/M (1080p, Pacific Psychedelia
                Tapes).

                Slava’s “Shante” originally mesmerized the Viber community during a supernatural live set at
                Aurora Halal’s Mutual Dreaming series at 285 Kent in 2012 and has been sought out ever since.
                After a year or so of friendly reminders, Slava submitted the track and reawakened the genesis
                of the Kent Ave warehouse scene; a period when Brooklyn’s art kids, discovered, amongst other
                things, dance music. The track is foggy, bicurious and fun, all signatures of Slava’s hyper produced house sound with an added Chicago style organ solo to boot.

                Max McFerren’s track “Is Sinful” follows with deep driving bass and tight rolling hi hats; a
                menacing dark number to keep locked in your “heavy techno” rotation. For the past two years
                McFerren has been burning up dance floors worldwide, from hosting Worldwave with Sisterjam
                at Bossa Nova to rocking Seva Granik and Ladyfag’s Club†Shade†series. Physical Therapy’s throwback rave burner “Love Schranz” borders on the realm of digital hardcore. Creeping in as chaos distorted, the track levels out just before all memory of control is relinquished with overheated drums crushing a sinister vocal.

                Last but not least, M/M’s therapeutic and somber, “Sphere 3”, is a droning, twisting, melody that
                flaunts hazy synth chords and shakers programmed with care. His biweekly podcast/radio show, DEEP, on New Town Radio, has seen the likes of NYC’s finest emerging producer and DJ talents along with M/M’s own psychedelic mixes. “Sphere 3” was part of a series of songs recorded inside of a suspended geodesic sphere in British Columbia in 2015. After discovering the track featured in a Boiler Room mix by 1080p’s Richard McFarlane as unreleased, uncommitted material, it immediately filled the B2 slot of Volume 3, and thus concludes this chapter of the Bushwick is Melting series with a bang.

                Various Artists

                Shir Khan Presents Dancing & Romancing

                  Shir Khan’s Exploited Recordings has always stood out as a label with serious ambitions. From the consistent quality of its prolific output to its early championing of many a dance music star to its diverse array of sounds, it has felt like a highly accomplished offering even since its earliest days. Now one of house music’s biggest labels, it has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Berlin. Dancing & Romancing gives a snapshot of the imprint’s last five years, charting its story from contender to heavyweight in stunning fashion. Label boss Shir Khan’s excellent A&R skills proceed him by this point, but taking stock of just a fraction of what he’s signed along the way in these 30 tracks really drives his reputation home. From breaking Claptone as an unknown artist to helping him become one of the biggest-selling names in dance music to introducing the world to other major players like Adana Twins, Doctor Dru and Joyce Muniz, he has unearthed a staggering amount of talent in such a short space of time.

                  Browse through the label’s 150+ releases and you’ll also see an impressive plethora of acclaimed names from across the house, techno and disco sphere: Metronomy, Modeselektor, Siriusmo, Munk, Julio Bashmore, Michael Mayer, Fort Romeau, Untold, John Tejada, Phil Weeks, Riva Starr, Cosmin TRG, Freeform Five, DJ Sneak, Locked Groove, Deetron, Detroit Swindle, Acid Pauli, Ralph Lawson, Fred Falke… the list goes on and on.

                  Dancing & Romancing showcases some of the label’s high points from the last half decade, attempting to provide a summary of what Exploited is all about. From resolute club bangers to tracks that sound as good on your home stereo as they do on the dancefloor, it’s a compilation that reminds us that dance music is no longer simply the preserve of the clubs but something bigger and further-reaching than it’s ever been.

                  Big vocal anthems like Claptone feat. Jaw’s No Eyes and Murphy Jax feat. Mike Dunn’s Let’s Get To It sit alongside charismatic instrumentals such as dreamy Cocolores’ Vox and Urulu’s rolling 1991. Sample-heavy classics like Adana Twins’ Strange and Doctor Dru’s Voice Of Dru contrast with the cutting-edge freshness of Light Year’s Never Know and Sirens Of Lesbos’ 7 Years In Tibet. We’re reminded of the the number of excellent new vocalists who have graced the label, from Anabel Englund’s seductive tones alongside Human Life on El Diablo to Daudi Matsiko’s haunting delivery with Kyodai on Houston In The Blind.

                  From nu disco to acid to melodic techno to fist-pumping house, the breadth of the label’s output is neatly encapsulated in these 30 enduring tracks. 

                  Various Artists

                  The Hired Hands: A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne

                    Compiled by Dylan Golden Aycock, Loren Connors, and Suzanne Langille, The Hired Hands is an homage to one of the greatest and most infamous guitarists alive, Bruce Langhorne.

                    His music has influenced and touched a lot of lives over the years, either through his soundtrack work with Peter Fonda or his studio work in the 1960s as the go-to hired hand for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Odetta, and many others. Browsing his wikipedia page, one is informed of the volume of work he accomplished throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

                    Scissor Tail Editions was lucky enough to release Langhorne’s score to Peter Fonda’s 1971 anti-western The Hired Hand on vinyl in 2012. Artists were asked to cover or reinterpret a song of their choice from the soundtrack. No rules were made on whether the music should be derivative of a certain song — if the soundtrack inspired a mood, then the artist could use their intuition.

                    Langhorne has come on hard times in recent years, having suffered a stroke that prevents him from playing the guitar. A large percentage of the profits for this tribute go to Langhorne and his family.

                    Wicked aquatic electro and 90's Detroit influenced techno tracks
                    Limited to 100 copies

                    OTO Casa Discografica celebrates Italy’s hidden treasure and hometown: Bologna, the city that gave birth to the most creative italian cultural movements since the mid sixties.

                    Contemporary art, comics, design, music… You name it, we made it before, better and wilder!

                    Bologna host the greatest techno club in Italy, Link, where Angelo Sindaco (OTO boss label), Mayo (aka Abyssy) and Luca Ghini filled the dancefloor in the early nineties with a blend of Detroit techno, Chicago House, Electro and their own productions.

                    Skank Bloc Bologna is a serie of limited 12”s in the typical OTO fashion: each volume features four artists/producers from Bologna for a total of 3 issues.

                    SKANK BLOC BOLOGNA VOL. 01 features:
                    Sindaco and Carli Moretti’s OMBRA SILENZIOSA reworked by Pasta Boys honcho Uovo, Abissy (Mayo) with a pure analog Detroit style gem, a Luca Ghini’s typical techno funk lick and, last but not least, Paolo Iocca from RA-1 Records with a dark, powerful dance stomp. Packaging feature a tartan fabric cover (all different!) and an orange silver-screen printed cardboard poster. Limited edition of 100 pieces.

                    Just as the electro revival hits its transient peak, a conglomerate of reptilian high-frequency traders based in Geneva has decided to hijack the movement. From the caustic depths of obscure Swiss bank vaults, the Brainwaves Corporation is distracting attention from its various corruption scandals by investing heavily in acid bangers and perverse kicks.

                    Get your shares now.

                    New one from the Chez Emile gang.
                    Hot! Hot! Hot!

                    First volume of Ear Clips series curated by Chez Emile Records. A various artists compilation focus on dance and mind music. This one go dig into disco, synth pop and Krautrock with 4 artists from Lyon. Leo, Guillaume Des Bois, Caissard DJ and Abschaum.

                    The first of a new series of VA releases, Casting Shadows reimagines archival music through the eyes of our favourite DJs. Each volume is overseen by a different selector, inviting us to look through the peephole of their crates.

                    Cutting the ribbon, we invite German luminary Mick Wills. Active over 3 decades, a perennial influence and looming figure across the wave and techno scenes.
                    Wills refashions 3 of his favourites, giving them the trademark ‘Cut’ treatment for tender floors worldwide.

                    The first track sees a crucially overlooked Baby Red Torres number 7” fully expanded to 5 am percussive meltdown business.

                    Next up synth-botherer Paul Nagle sees his early tape emission‘The Mesomeric Effect’ re-cut by cool hand Mick, coming in hot & throbbing in all the right ways.

                    Closing on a dramatic note, Kehrschliefe’s Leonid Brezhnev (previously on Polytechnic Youth) is opened up, ripped apart and smartly re-dressed, oozing class and menace.

                    3 cuts your way from one of our favourite basement surgeons. Look out for the second volume of Casting Shadows, carefully compiled by an interplanetary presence .

                    Mastered by Alden Tyrell.

                    Jazzy Couscous founder Alixkun comes back with a 2nd volume of "Kumo No Muko", 12 Japanese music gems from the 80s exploring Ambient & Synth-Pop atmospheres. It opens with Miwako Saito's "12 No Garnet", a soft, slow paced and dreamy piece of synth-pop. Following are Yoshio Suzuki's "Touch Of Rain" and Ayuo Takahashi's "Mizu Iro No Kagami", both flirting with Jazz, Ambient & New Age influences. Traces of YMO members can be found with Hosono produced Tomoko Yasuno's "Sur La Terra" & Flat Face's "Hibi No Awa", released on Sakamoto's related label. While going through more exotic vibes with Shi-Shonen's "Harvest (Long Size)", Alixkun doesn't forget more chill out ambiances: Toru Hatano's "Kanki" is a singular mind trip led by a guitar solo a la Pink Floyd. The project closes with Mio Fou's "Picasso No Ao", a moody track illustrated by a combination of acoustic guitar and solo piano.

                    Porridge Bullet reveals it’s third “Bullets” compilation with five dancefloor lifters.

                    AIWA is on warm up duties stomping away with bubbly saturated electronics. He hails from Budapest by the way. On to Madis Puuraid aka Profile and “Teramachi's” shimmering ambience lead by a funky drummer. Let this one roll a while before you show off your mixing skills. Estonia’s ug-scene oldtimer Neuronphase makes his second appearance on the label with nods to breakbeat. “I Have None” will make them come closer. Fact. There’s a second track by him on here too… Ruutu Poiss stretches his wires between Amsterdam & Tallinn with ease –– “Mjau” purrs in his unique broken-not-broken style.

                    Hey kids –– no digi!

                    After 3 years The Very Polish Cut Outs are back with another instalment of their celebrated samplers !!

                    This new offering is filled with 4 delicious polish tracks edited for making the dancefloor sweat.
                    The A-side starts with a new edit from Holiday 80, the Warsaw duo steals the show with a proper stomper 'TWA JASNA WIDZE TWARZ' ('I can see your light face'), a heavy party weapon with infectious vocal hooks based on a totally unknown track by a very famous Polish folk band.

                    The next track is deep disco at its best - 'DIZINSOWE MANIERY' ('Jeans manners') edited by Karol Aleksander who joins forces with Bisti, a new talent on the TVPC roster. Their reinterpretation of a pretty unknown song by superstar Polish diva is a straight floor-filler infused with soul vocals.

                    On the flip side, you will find two edits by the Belarusian maestro Schmoltz, who once again proves, that he's the master when it comes to digging obscure tracks from behind the Iron Curtain.
                    The first piece is 'PIOSENKA MLODYCH WIOS LARZY' ('The song of the young rowmen') an energetic time-bomb as well as a crazy combo of organ stabs and groovy horns.

                    The other cut is a hypnotizing edit of 'TO BEDZIE KONIEC' ('This will be the end'), a Polish new-wave unheard classic with a psychedelic twist.

                    The cover sleeve was designed by the long-time label collaborator Bartek Szymkiewicz...

                    Newly born label and Berlin-based collective Get Together drop their next release in the GTVA series:

                    4 various artist mini LPs geared for DJs with 7 tracks each. They contain a mixture of Afro, Disco, Jazz-influenced and Experimental House tracks topped off with a few spicy Hip Hop instrumentals.
                    The release is a well-curated blend of styles from the scene's most appreciated up-and-coming artists as well as a few undiscovered talents. Its diversity makes it a default in any DJs record bag - with club tracks for warm ups, peak moments or experimental after hours.

                    Newly born label and Berlin-based collective Get Together drop their third release in the GTVA series:

                    4 various artist mini LPs geared for DJs with 7 tracks each. They contain a mixture of Afro, Disco, Jazz-influenced and Experimental House tracks topped off with a few spicy Hip Hop instrumentals.
                    The release is a well-curated blend of styles from the scene's most appreciated up-and-coming artists as well as a few undiscovered talents. Its diversity makes it a default in any DJs record bag - with club tracks for warm ups, peak moments or experimental after hours.

                    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.




                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    12" Info: Limited to 500 copies only.

                    Various Artists

                    Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul 1974 - 1984

                      OVERVIEW: Strut continues its essential compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with ‘Alefa Madagascar’, the first compilation to document the unique culture of salegy, soukous and soul on the island during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

                      Originating as far back as the 15th Century through folkloric ceremonial music and an a cappella chanting style called antsa, salegy emerged as a fast-tempoed local dance style based on 6/8 and 12/8 rhythms. By the ‘60s, radio was bringing in new sounds from the Congo, Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya and Jean Francois de Comarmond’s Discomad label championed a new generation of artists breaking the mould with their own new fusions of styles as electric instruments replaced the traditional. The strong call-and-response dialogues, rich vocal choruses and rolling triplet feel in the rhythm sections all boasted a unique Malagasy sensibility and singles started selling tens of thousands of copies, rivalling any foreign music at the time. Local pop was sometimes referred to as tapany maintso (half-green) a reference to the stickers on singles from the other key label in Madagascar, Kaïamba, many of them produced by Charles Maurin Poty whose work was crucial in shaping the emerging genre.

                      ‘Alefa Madagascar’ showcases the rich variety of sounds during this heyday of Malagasy music: Roger Georges’ ‘Mama’ and Jean Kely et Basth’s ‘Andosy Mora’ bring the raw energy of salegy, influential band Los Matadores drop military drums and Hammond soul in the classic ‘Andeha Hanarato’; Mahaleo’s ‘Izahay Mpamita’ showcases the band’s powerful folk sound, a crucial voice emerging from the Rotaka farmer and student protests of 1972, while Terak’Anosy Group work around a stomping Congolese guitar groove. The era paved the way for many of the household names of Malagasy music today including Jaojoby, D’Gary and Lego. Mastered by The Carvery and featuring cover artwork by top illustrator Lewis Heriz, ‘Alefa Madagascar’ is released on 16th August 2019 and is compiled by Réunionese DJs La Basse Tropicale and Percy Yip Tong (Mauritius). Physical formats feature sleeve notes by influential producer Charles Maurin Poty and Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide.

                      First ever compilation documenting the heyday of Malagasy music during the 1970s and 1980s. All tracks officially licensed in conjunction with the Discomad and Kaïamba labels. Includes sleeve notes by legendary producer Charles Maurin Poty and writer Banning Eyre. Latest instalment in Strut’s ongoing series documenting some of the best original music from the Indian Ocean region.

                      Various Artists

                      Strain Crack & Break: Volume One (France)

                        Forty years after Nurse With Wound’s first record, Finders Keepers Records, in close collaboration with Steve Stapleton remind fans of THIS kind of “lost” music, that there once existed a feint path which was worn away decades before major label pop property developers built over this psychedelic underground. As long-running fans and liberators of some of the same records, arriving at the same axis from different-but-the-same planets, Finders Keepers and Nurse WIth Wound finally sing from the same hymn sheet resulting in a collaborative attempt to officially, authentically and legally compile the best tracks from the list, succeeding where many overzealous nerds have deferred (or simply, got the wrong end of the stick)


                        Naturally our lavish metallic gatefold double vinyl compendium would only scratch the surface of this DIY dossier of elongated punkprog peculiarities hence out decision to release volume one in a series which, in accordance with Steve’s wishes, focusses exclusively on individual tracks of French origin, the country that unsurprisingly hosted the highest content of bands on the list.

                        Comprising of musique concrète, free jazz, Rock In Opposition, Zeuhl School space rock, macabre ballet music, lo-fi sci-fi, and classic horror literature inspired prog, this first volume of the series entitled Strain Crack And Break throws us in at the deep end, where the Seine meets the in-sane, introducing the space cadets that found Mars in Marseilles. Like the Swedish flat-pack record shelves that attempt to house the vast amounts of vintage vinyl that goes into a multi-volume compilation like this, its time to prepare your own musical penchants and preconceived ideas about DIY music and hear them slowly strain, crack and break.


                        Mexico (Mufti and Colossio), France (Cornelius Doctor), and Germany (Sebastian Voigt) unite on the 10th Ombra International release.

                        Hammer hits glass. Glass goes smash. Thunder and lightning, return to the future.

                        Various Artists

                        Disco Not Disco - Reissue

                          Strut present a new repress of the influential first volume of ‘Disco Not Disco’ compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary.

                          ‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook.

                          Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. The album features full original artwork and Kris Needs’ sleeve notes and is remastered and cut by The Carvery.


                          After immersive and emotive contributions from Jan Schulte and Moonboots, Music For Dreams' collectors series continues to delight with this playful and profound selection from Growing Bin curator Basso.

                          A longtime friend of the legendary Copenhagen label, Basso is a 5th dan black belt in the ancient art of digging, a fearless selector and adroit editor who knows more about records than anyone you know. On its journey from blog to shop to label, the Growing Bin has become the perfect embodiment of its creator - smarter than the average bear, eagle-eared and very very funny - the kind of cat who's just as comfortable serving cocktails by the pool as taking an esoteric road-trip. So sit back, let the falanghina chill and load up on sonic sunscreen.

                          Armed with birdsong, backbeat and Spanish guitar, Hans Hasse says hello via the sumptuous Austrian Balea-rock of 'Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind', an AOR albatross which soars high above the cliff tops, chills on the jet-stream then dives deep into scat silliness. This impactful opener gives way to cucumber cool 'The Dawn', a forgotten jazz break from stoner heroes DJ Food built entirely from tender tabla, horizontal synthlines and positive energy - strictly high grade folks...

                          How do you follow such a downbeat delight? With something from Golden Pudel resident and acid-techno warlock RVDS of course! But before you raid your medicine cabinet, remember that beauty can be found everywhere, and nestled away in Richard von der Schulenburg's 2016 outing "Shadows" was ketamine bossa lullaby 'Minuet de Vampire'. As the clean bass tones and simple rhythm stroll through the shadows, a haunting harp line tugs at your heartstrings, pulling you into the light and holding you tight. The harp-healing continues on Horizont's 'Light Of Darkness', an esoteric odyssey with the greatest key change you'll ever hear, and a dreamy segue into Xiame's sedate jazz-pop pearl 'Nosso Destino'.

                          Basso brings the first disc to a close with an all time Growing Bin favourite, Mico Layczak. Here the NDW queen is in more restrained mode, conjuring an avant pop paradise with the atmospheric 'Im Garten' - a dead cert for any fans of MFD alumni 55 Canri E.

                          At the top of the C-side, Massimo Stella's 'C'è Una Donna Sola' explores another Growing Bin speciality - acceptable fusion. This sweet Mediterranean shuffler makes a delightful defence of jazz's most maligned sub-genre before the esoteric, organic and new age flavours intensify on Trimolo's 'Tempo 100', a subtle groover topped by breezy flute and clipped guitar licks. Moving from woodland to wave, Basso introduces a man who definitely wore his sunglasses at night, unsung synth popper Diedel. Eerie and emotional, 'Wo Seid Ihr' is the sound of Don Johnson driving that white Spyder down the autobahn at night.

                          Taking a turn towards the dance floor, Basso serves up Mikey D's 'I Need You', an exceptionally rare German streetsoul bomb in dubform, complete with sampled vox and high school prom vocals before flexing his scalpel skills via an expert extension of German rockers' Wolfsmond's groovy 'Fühl Dich Frei', a serious secret weapon for any Balearic DJ.

                          The tempo drops to a cinematic stroll with Ghia's 'You Won't Sleep On My Pillow', a sweet synth pop serenade which cuts straight to the heart of the break up, keeps its cool and soundtracks your slow dance at the end of the night. And to finish, how about the most moving electronic jam ever, Jean-Philippe Rykiel's "Fair Light", a shimmering, shining jazz-rock opus played entirely on synth.

                          So there you have it, a selection of rare cuts, Plattenrille discoveries, organic excursions and electric lullabies, all perfectly at home in the Growing Bin. Whether you're coping some rays, watering the plants or tackling the tax return, 'Proper Sunburn' will ensure you keep your cool and stay smiling. Copenhagen's Music For Dreams has done it again with this release for the proper conneseurs.


                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: Deep digger, super selector and Growing Bin man Basso follows Jan Schulte and Moonboots with the latest Music For Dreams selection. As you'd expect from the Hamburg man, we get German AOR, woodland ambience, summery synth pop and jazz funk delight - all of which sound deeply Balearic to me. We've hammered our promo copy on the shop stereo for months, and you can finally join the club!

                          Various Artists

                          Beautiful Freaks - Waving Our Flag High, Wave On, Wave On: Music From The Original Counter Culture

                            From the team that put together the acclaimed Running The Voodoo Down sets comes a carefully assembled celebration of the counter culture - from ALLEN GINSBERG and THE GRATEFUL DEAD to BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GONG and WITTHÜSTER & WESTRUPP.

                            A compilation for the heads, not a playlist.

                            “This is a journey … into Sound” ….

                            ..…a different maverick sound one million light years from either the classic rock of the late 60s West Coast, the psychedelic pop of the UK, the primal shriek of the Vietnam soundtrack, or the wah wah powered protest of Blaxploitation. This is a journey into a new scene “THE ALTERNATIVE OF THE ALTERNATIVE”. This music is too abstract for the soldiers, and too square for the Panthers. This is a journey into the sound of the Freak Left and into an early DIY, powered by acid and humour, that is in many ways a true precursor of punk rock. It’s a journey into a cosmic mash up of folk, country, busking, comedy, music hall, raga percussion, chanting and the occasional spiked acid guitar solo. Music created communally and without commercial expectation over bottle after bottle of LSD laced soft drinks and free trips! But as much as it’s a journey into an alternative sound, it’s a journey into a different world .. the world of the Heads, the Freaks and Humbeads’ Map, a map created in a Berkeley coffee house and reworking the world to connect up the “Turned On” universe – a 5 boroughs type world dominated by a huge San Francisco & Berkeley and embracing New York, Cambridge, and LA and by implicit extension “hip” outposts in London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Sao Paulo.


                            Ten years after it had started the counterculture seemed almost done – washed away in a tide of punk rock nihilism, and economic hardship.

                            These artists represent something else, and something else important. Ideas of self made, of freedom and of protest through provocation live across these grooves. It’s time to give them a place in the pantheon and respect what they tried to achieve, because they did achieve change. The world we live in today is different and the Rainbow coalition is a valid and vibrant political force – it is the wave that gave us Obama and hope. And maybe the one that will bring further change in the future. “Sticking it to the man” was a state of mind and an ideal. Maybe we can give it a small voice again.


                            4 cuts from 5 champions of the nu-disco and edit scene with French inspired homages, latin peak time shufflers, electronic old school stompers and slo-mo set starters all present and correct. Something for all the family!


                            Various Artists

                            Fear And Loathing - Original Soundtrack

                              Hunter S. Thompson’s weird and hallucinatory book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was in 1998 translated to the screen by director Terry Gilliam, and stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo. The film details the duo’s journey through Las Vegas as their initial journalistic intentions devolve into an exploration of the city under the influence of psychoactive substances. The music is perfectly fitting in the psychedelic story of the movie. It contains songs used in the film with sound bites of the film before each song. The psychedelic and classic rock songs on the soundtrack includes songs from Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, and the Dead Kennedys. The movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a financial failure, but later gained a cult following and was eventually included in many “best of” movie lists. 

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP 2 Info: The 21st anniversary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas edition is available for the first time on vinyl, as a limited individually numbered edition of 2500 copies pressed on “Bat Country” black vinyl. This release got a laser etched D-side and secret inscriptions in the run-out grooves. Besides it contains an exclusive fold-out movie poster.

                              Various Artists

                              YIA Talent Hunt Winners

                                Big Crown Records is proud to present the reissue of one of Brooklyn's most sought after "holy grail" soul records, YIA Talent Hunt Winners. Youth in Action, Inc. (YIA) was formed in 1963 when the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council received a grant to develop a youth services program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. It was originally organized to identify and address the social problems that were leading to the high crime rate in Bed-Stuy. Recently the Smithsonian Museum of African American History released an archive of footage filmed by a community activist, which shows the real-world effects of the group's efforts: young people engaged in sports, the arts, and other activities to better themselves and their world. The appearances by Jackie and Bobby Kennedy point to the group's relationship to the Great Society programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson. What there is no mention of in either the NMAAHC's collection of YIA materials nor in the Brooklyn Public Library's also extensive collection is this talent show and the record that came to be because of it.

                                Local vocal groups chose tunes to cover from the era (1964 - 1968) ranging from The Rascals to The Intruders, from The O'Jays to Billy Stewart. All of these groups were backed by a local act called The Thrillers Band. The winners of the talent contest were then invited into the studio to record their versions which would be pressed up on this record and given away to local radio and TV stations. The hope of the whole thing was that this would help the young groups get discovered by producers and record labels and start their professional music careers. The intro to the album is Reverend Horace Tyler congratulating the winners and asking them "to just remember, when you reach the top and become our big stars of tomorrow, don't forget YIA". What this album may lack in fidelity and production it more than makes up for in charm. The engineers at the recording sessions pump in pre recorded applause and screaming to give the it the feel of the day of the contest while the young groups sing their hearts out, clearly giving their all. From today's perspective, soul music fans will lose it over the choices of covers on this record and the killer, raw, innocent performances of them by these local Brooklyn groups. The Channels 4, Carla & The Carlettes, The United Souls, Sharon Seabrook & The Starlettes, and The Destinations all won that day and got to take place in this record. It makes you wonder, and even pine for the performances of the groups who didn't make the cut, even if just to find out what tunes they covered, or better yet, were their original songs written by some of them for this contest? It is with great pleasure that we make this available to the public again. This is a truly rare record, and an awesome piece of New York History. 

                                Various Artists

                                The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 6

                                  The ethos of London-based indie label Fuzz Club is a desire to uncover and celebrate the best in fuzz, reverb and drone from every corner of the globe. As well as via their extensive back-catalogue and their Fuzz Club Eindhoven festival, one such particular medium through which they do this is their annual Reverb Conspiracy compilation albums. Where the first five volumes were hailed as a Nuggets-like documentation of the European psych scene, Reverb Conspiracy Vol 6 sees the compilation go global: bringing together bands from South Africa, Australia, the USA, Germany, Brazil, the UK, Italy and Russia.

                                  Amongst a number of the label’s own bands – including Medicine Boy’s shadowy noise-pop (DE) and Nest Egg’s motorik “mood music for nihilists” (US), plus Steeple Remove’s dub-inflected post-punk (FR) and Crimen’s heady, repetitive psych-rock (IT) – there is Aussie garage-psych outfit Nice Biscuit, an exclusive cut of Bikini Kill-meets-Oh Sees noise from Julia Robert (SA), as well as lo-fi garage-pop from Super Paradise (UK) and the double-barreled psych-blues wig-outs of Frankie & The Witch Fingers (US). In the compilations darker moments, though, there is the hypnotically face-melting “space-surf” of Japanese Television (UK), goth-tinged post-punk from Float (UK), murky psychedelic stoner-rock from Brazil’s Firefriend, relentlessly driving krautrock courtesy of Verstärker (USA), the heavy space-rock drones of Psychic Lemon (UK) and Moscow’s Selbram, who deal in a jagged alt-rock sound that takes its cues from No Wave, psych and the “pulse and noise” of city life. 

                                  Various Artists

                                  Mantronix - King Of The Beats - Anthology 1985-1988

                                    How do you define the music of Mantronix? Is it hip hop? Electro? Funk? House? Maybe the answer is all of the above… or none?. It is true that Mantronix will be remembered for their multi-faceted sound as well as their ability to bend and blend genres flawlessly into a cohesive musical tapestry, but they will also most importantly they will be remembered as musical innovators and sub-genre pioneers. Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee formed the group Mantronix In the early 1980s. Their Sleeping Bag Records debut ‘Mantronix: The Album’ shot to commercial success on the strength of their debut single ‘Fresh Is The Word’. The influence of this groundbreaking debut is still felt in popular music today, having been sampled by the likes of Beastie Boys, Beck, The Prodigy and more. Kurtis Mantronik was also as dangerous behind the desk as he was behind the boards. Working as A&R for Sleeping Bag while signed to the label, Mantronik also helped recruit, sign, and produce for artists such as T La Rock and Just-Ice. Notable records from this era include Just Ice's ‘Cold Gettin’ Dumb’ and ‘Back To The Old School’ as well as T La Rock's ‘Breaking Bells’. Now available for the first time ever, ‘King of the Beats - Anthology 1985-1988’ is a carefully curated double LP compilation combining the best of Mantronix's work from the early, and arguably, best era of their career into one amazing listening experience. Whether you are an avid Mantronix fan or are looking for a place to start - this is the collection to wrap your ears around.


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    2xColoured LP Info: New version Pressed On Limited Edition White Vinyl!

                                    Tropical Disco Records return with another sizzling four-tracker, tackling deeper, more soulfully sustained tracks which still cipher the same party-centric impact consistent across every release.

                                    Moodeena’s ‘The Chase’ is a fireball of an opener, showcasing a tantalizing flurry of teasing brass and uninhibited guitar strokes, cooly climaxing, sending shocks of piloerections to every corner of your body.

                                    Next up label co-founder Sartorial on a slightly slowed, yet typical love flex with ‘Addicted To You’. It oozes high romantic interfusings of heady beats and a fantastically reinvented vocal. It’s an ode to that golden moment in mood music paired with midsummer sun, certainly one of his best works to date.

                                    Tropical Disco debutant Chevals offers up a delectable deep house symphony with ‘Saturn’, a lush suite of hazy chords, boogie vamps and shuffling percussion.

                                    Gledd & The Funk District’s ‘Late At Midnight’ closes of the record in fine style, looped swells and vintage stabs, laying a dexterous foundation for the full-frontal, fanatical vocal to follow. It appears the label are showing off using this tyrannic tool as the EPs send off, making you nostalgic about a night never experienced and stomping another firm footprint in contemporary disco’s orbit.

                                    Various Artists

                                    Dreadzone Presents Dubwiser Volume One

                                      When is a Dreadzone album not a Dreadzone album? When it’s Dubwiser Volume 1, on which The Dread collective bring their own individual talents and skills to the Dubwiser label, with a record that steps back to explore Dreadzone’s very own DNA while stepping forward to expand the label. The cast includes Earl 16, Bazil, Sub Mantra (Marlon & Greg Roberts), Louchie Lou & Michie One, Professor Skank and of course Dreadzone. Sonically Professor Skank and Bazil show us the way ahead as the masters of the mix on a release that springs from Dread Central. As you will hear the Dreadzone family tree has grown new branches, with artists bearing new fruit that demand further exploration.

                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                      2xColoured LP Info: Milky clear vinyl.

                                      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: 2xCD housed in a custom 7”x 7” hardbound book.

                                      3xLP Box Set Info: Vinyl repress!!
                                      Triple black vinyl LP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase.

                                      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.

                                      Duca indeitro. Bianco returnez. Indovina Key chiiiiiiii? Guillaume Des Bois benvenuto Mambo fratello. Cherrystones tut u la laggenda. Grunt discoso. Finale con Banzi. Vecchio e nuovo. Duca presenta !!

                                      number 12 in the stable from the label you know as dessert island discs. It's more disco goodness - 3 tunes made to get down and boogie with players Bubbles the Pimp Nelly Wilson and Pierre Pressure combining for a triple threat disco threesome. It's ok we like to watch AND we like to listen, y'all! Hitch the wagon to this boogie action.

                                      Calypso enters a new adventure that will embark in a world journey showcasing the sounds of the cities that inspire the label the most. This adventure beggins in Tel Aviv, home of artists such as Red Axes or Autarkic. The first edition includes 4 tracks of new and old producers from this amazing city. Niv Ast, one of our favorites new comers delivers "Rainey Heart" a strong percussive track that is a dance floor garanty. Next we have Rina, another new talent that is making his way throught this amazing scene, delivering the peak time burner "Peppermint Bouquet". Opening the B side heavy weight Naduve gives us "Hex Mex" a track that was done during his special journey in Mexico. Finally, our good friend Middleskyboom closes the EP with a fantastic and mind bending track called "Marbel Arch" with a psychadelic flute that will take you to the jungle.

                                      Various Artists

                                      The New Testament

                                        Sick of wimpy indie kids prodding limply at pedal boards? Into hard drugs and cannibalism? Wanna punch a cop? Well kids we’ve got the record for you! Dirty Water Records have corralled 6 of the most rabid and dangerous rock ’n’ roll bands currently stalking the planet onto one piece of bubbling wax and let em off the leash!! From the blistering opening riffs of Up All Night to the thunderous wah-wah burn out of Too High To Die, this mother pumps like a two dollar hooker in a KFC parking lot!! A 12 pack of extra crispy RnR tunes fills out this disk of delinquency, with each group frying up one unreleased track and one old favourite.

                                        Thus these prophets of thee party provide both a banquet of new and strange delights and a guaranteed recipe for all night partying and vandalism!! Yes that’s right pilgrim! This is a doctrine for the new world order! And no matter where you dig that underground bunker there’s no escaping the new rock ’n’ roll gospel cause these zealots come from all over pal!! From fromage fried France: LES LULLIES!! From sangria-soaked Spain: NAVE NODRIZA!! From jungle jivin’ Japan: THE FADEAWAYS!! From prozac usin’ USA: BLACK MAMBAS!! From nuclear New Zealand via lugubrious London: THE CAVEMEN!! And from maniacal Mars: The SCANERS!! Yep! Like it or not this sonic pestilence has gone global so do yourself a favour: grab a six-pack, pick yourself up a copy and study it like the bible cause this is the NEW TESTAMENT baby and the end times are near!! 

                                        Compiled by Pete Gooding and Mark Barrot. Enchanting Ibizan institution La Torre continues its compilation series with Volumen Tres, an incredible fifteen track release that draws inspiration from the island's hedonistic history.

                                        Features tracks from MAC DEMARCO, MARK BARROTT, LAMBCHOP, TEARS FOR FEARS …

                                        "The future is the past and the past is the future, but when the sun kisses the ocean... there is only now" Mark Barrott.

                                        A secluded gem in Ibiza's now commercial landscape, La Torre is located in Cap Negret, within the picturesque countryside of San Antonio. Nestled away, on a cliff that juts deep into the ocean, La Torre acts a mecca for those seeking the original Ibiza experience.

                                        Picturesque views of the magical Meditteranean sunset intertwine with true Balearic melodies, where like-minded strangers connect with bygone friends. Here is a location that offers an introspective experience, one that calms and soothes the soul of attendees whilst recounting the Ibiza experience of old.

                                        Volumen Tres is compiled by long term friends Pete Gooding and Mark Barrott. Veterans within the Ibizan landscape, the concept behind the compilation is to reflect the true beginnings of the islands heritage. A place of hedonistic discovery, it was in the 1980s that the likes of Paul Oakenfold made their way to the hidden Meditteranean location. Bathed in an air of mystery and enchantment, institutions such as Pikes Hotel were a place of true personal freedom, often frequented by the late Freddie Mercury and enveloped in tales of opulence and indulgence.

                                        This ethos and feeling is precisely what Volumen Tres represents. In this case, out with (most of) the new and in with the old, as the pure Balearic sound is voiced through the selections of Mark Barrott and Pete Gooding. Old records merge with new boundary pushing productions, but all in-keeping with the theme of the true Balearic soundscape.

                                        "These days, Balearic has become a bit of a catch-all term for the euphoric, poolside house tunes you can hear on YouTube channels. But Barrott and Gooding are inspired by Balearic's defining feature set out by its early DJs: its eclecticism. " The Guardian.

                                        The compilation begins with Alsema Dub. The product of Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble 's liquid bass ethnicity, a cooing vocal is complimented by the pulse of trumpets as an ethereal synth runs in the background. Berlin based Neapolitan duo Nu Guinea create 'A Voce 'E Napule , an exotic funk-driven number, whilst Canadian native Pacific Coliseum creates the tropical, emotive Morning at Made's . American Alt Country icons Lambchop provide a feel-good yet bitter sweet anthem in Up with the People , before psychedelic Australians Tamam Shud create Bali Waters , a masterpiece from the cult surf movie 'Morning of the Earth'. Downtempo talents Satoshi & Makoto produce the gently-moving Crepuscule Leger, whilst Mac DeMarco 's On The Level features soothing left of centre vocals and dream-like melodies.

                                        The late English Punk Impressario Malcolm McLaren takes us on an intricate, Asian inspired journey with Obatala , before Mark's re-imagination of the classic Tears for Fears track Head Over Heels ratchets up the drama & bliss with it's widescreen vista. Up next is Trance 's iconic Ambiente , released in Germany in 1984, it marries Eastern Philosophy with Western electronics, before English hauntology talent The Advisory Circle forms a chillingly-beautiful masterpiece with Sundial . American songwriter and composer Richard Torrance provides the groove-laden, percussion-filled Anything's Possible , whilst Swing Out Sister's classic After Hours transports us into the Twilight via it's 80's jazz refrains. The penultimate track comes courtesy of Mark Barrott , who's Mokuso was inspired by his adventures in rural Japan and Tokyo by night, paving the way for the final selection: Colorama's Coloured In Remix of poet & author John Stammers' Idle I'm . Moving, and wholly satisfying, the Londoner rounds off the compilation in style, as we are left pensive in a state of nostalgic musical reflection.

                                        In compiling La Torre Ibiza - Volumen Tres, Mark Barrott and Pete Gooding create a sonic vision of paradise; a utopian declaration of freedom, one that conceptualises their intent through musical selections. Despite times changing, we are left frozen in a soundscape of sizeable proportion, whilst the healing-like nature of the records administer a type of medicine that can not be found elsewhere. We listen, in the present, to the Ibizan soundscape of old, nurtured and soothed in a Meditteranean bliss & beautifully re-framed for the modern world.


                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                        2xLtd LP Info: Double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

                                        Various Artists

                                        Bad Education - Vol.1 SOUL HITS Of Timmion Records

                                          For the better part of 15 years Helsinki's own Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love, Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) - 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer.

                                          Side 1 one gets cracking with "This is What Love Looks Like", a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC's own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with "Tell Me That You Love Me" - a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with "Lost, Lost, Lost". Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it's time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie "Scorpio Man' Hawks. The Scorpio Walk's deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie.

                                          Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches, starting with the unreleased track "Until You’re Mine" by Wanda Felicia. Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the track evokes the ver y best of Fame-era Candi Staton. Next up, we have Bobby Oroza whose featured track "This Love" took the Soul scene by storm upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let's the sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom paint jobs. "Bad Education" the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fier y indictment of the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the militar y industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! From top to bottom Bad Education, Vol. I is a feast for discerning funk & soul freaks alike!


                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          Various Artists

                                          Guts Presents: Straight From The Decks

                                            After his acclaimed Beach Diggin’ series, renowned French-DJ/producer/ digger Guts is back with a new compilation! The finest selection of “classics” from his famous DJ sets, those tried and tested tunes he reaches for time and time again. 17 tracks of Latin, soul, boogie, Afrobeat and zouk from Cape Verde, Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, France, Portugal and beyond!

                                            “The process of compiling started six or seven years ago, an itch that I scratched by putting out the Beach Diggin compilations. Exploring dusty crates for hours, unearthing those pearls and gluing them together with others of their kind. Bits of this, bits of that, looking back it’s what made me want to return to DJing, and so return to it I did. More recently, if I’m not on stage or in the studio, I spend my time crossing the world behind two turntables and a mixer, often dancing as much as those in the crowd. For most of my sets I’ll have around a hundred records with me, I’ll draw from them depending on the state of mind in that particular moment. Call it my immediate stock of music if you like. Things in my bag may only remain in there a short period of time before getting swapped out for something else. Others may make an appearances a little more often, then of course there are the loyal favourites that may stay in my bag for months on end and feature in all my sets. So for this compilation, “Straight From The Decks”, there are seventeen tunes that constitute the true essence of my DJ sets. To listen at home, or to remind you of the atmosphere you may have experienced at one of them. Or, perhaps to entice you to attend the next one...” - Guts

                                            "Hot recordings from the golden era of the Italian sexy comedy film scene"

                                            Early Sounds Recordings, in collaboration with the historical Italian label "Eleven" and A. Dallera, puts together a compilation of some of the rarest and sought after disco and funk records inspired by the Italian sexy comedy era.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Stranger Things: Season 3 - Music From The Netflix Original Series

                                              Featured artists include:- The Who, Madonna, Howard Jones, The Pointer Sisters, Wham, REO Speedwagon, Teena Marie, The Cars, John Mellencamp, Vera Lynn, Foreigner & more... 

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xColoured LP Info: Exclusive 'Coke bottle clear' double LP Vinyl, with bonus 7".

                                              Various Artists

                                              Geechie Goomie - R'n'B Gone Caribbean

                                                50's Rhythm & Blues with an eye on Caribbean/Latin sound. Here is a collection of fine and long forgotten examples, but without the Pig Latin that Louis Jordan or Slim Gaillard were so famous for. We dug deep in the vaults, recorded from very good 78s or old shiny vinyl, that was as closest as possible to the original quality. - Hit dat Jive and dig it! 

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                10" LP Info: Limited edition of 500 copies.

                                                Various Artists

                                                You’re Not From Around Here

                                                  The previously unissued soundtrack to the 1964 western noir, discovered after 55 years in the Wayne Louis Moody archive. Sixteen languid guitar instrumentals, femme fatale dirges, and cinematic country crooners score the loneliest night of one man’s life. Ten incredible albums culled from the deepest, weirdest co-op of record enthusiasts ever gathered under one banner. No expense was spared 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.


                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  LP Info: Packaged in a replica of the original octagonal film canister with embossing, high gloss UV and rust varnish. Film reel inner sleeve and 36” x 27” fold out movie poster.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Prelude's Greatest Hits : Volume III

                                                    MINT ORIGINAL PRESS FROM UNIDISC/PRELUDE WAREHOUSE IN MONTREAL

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Optimism / Reject - Punk And Post-Punk Meets D-I-Y Aesthetic 1977-1981

                                                      The highly anticipated companion to 2017’s ‘To The Outside Of Everything’. 

                                                      In the wake of punk, musicians in the UK found themselves suddenly liberated artistically and free to think in new terms commercially. The outcome was the independent label boom, and beyond that a certain Do It Yourself aesthetic. Overnight, the possibility arose of recording your own music and releasing your own record, or, if you weren’t musical yourself, setting up your own label to release records by people who were.

                                                      Enabled by a new independent distribution network, classified ads in the nation’s music press and the enthusiasm of record shop owners countrywide, a new kind of musician leapt into the spotlight, free of the shackles of commercial aspirations and the conformist musical approaches they necessitated. New sounds were delivered every week, pressed onto cheaply produced 7” singles and ambitious compilations by bedroom based labels. Among the photocopied sleeves and inserts, hand-stamped labels and SAE addresses, not to mention the eclectic range of sounds they accompanied, a common ground appeared: it didn’t matter what you did, so long as you did it yourself.

                                                      “Optimism/Reject” captures a snapshot of that time and place. One of many possible views on a period of freedom of expression like no other. From scratchy lo-fi guitar pop to ambitious home productions and experimental meanderings, this is the sound of an underworld beneath the underground. A place so far from the mainstream only those with a keen imagination figured out how to get there. A time when doing nothing was a crime, and doing anything was possible.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      4xCD Box Set Info: 4CD + 64page A5 book format includes extensive essay from Mojo's Mark Paytress plus track-by-track band biographies.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Northern Soul: All-Nighter

                                                        The All-Nighter has been an integral part of “the scene” since the phrase Northern Soul first came into popular use following the now legendary Blues & Soul article entitled “The Up-North Soul Groove” in June 1970 by journalist Dave Godin (issue no.36). During the heyday of the Northern Soul scene the ‘All-Nighter’ was the preferred format for the travelling soul fan. It separated the scene’s top venues from the hundreds of regional soul nights in pubs, clubs and community halls across the land. The All-Nighter was the ultimate experience and the only place to hear the best, the rarest and the breaking sounds spun by the leading DJ’s. It was born in Manchester’s Twisted Wheel in September 1963, found its feet (its dancing feet) at the Golden Torch in Stokeon-Trent from 1970-72, and truly came of age at the Wigan Casino Soul Club from ‘73 onwards establishing itself as the premier National and even International event of the 70’s.

                                                        All 16 ‘All-Nighter’ tracks on this newly curated compilation have been remastered from analogue tapes and original vinyl. It is pressed to audiophile heavyweight 180g vinyl housed in a single sleeve complete with new liner notes and cover photography from Brian Cannon. ‘All-Nighter’ joins the All-Dayer in a growing catalogue of premium music on the Club Soul imprint - including crossover hits compilation Shades of Soul, and newly compiled LP’s that celebrate the clubs of the original Northern Soul Scene - The Scene Club, The Twisted Wheel, Wigan Casino Soul Club, Catacombs and the forthcoming The Golden Torch.

                                                        The title says it all about the latest release on Budabeats Records:
                                                        The Southern Hemisphere EP features 4 tracks inspired by the immensely rich and diverse musical tradition that South America and Africa offers.

                                                        Beginning with a slick edit of Letta Mbulu's now classic tune 'Nomalizo', London based producer Petko Turned respectfully reconstructed the track, focusing on the elements that work best on the dancefloor.
                                                        In 'Pontos das Caboclas', BeTe (a.k.a. Suhov) created a laid back yet driving atmosphere, using the main patterns and the beautiful vocals of the original song as written by Camila Costa.
                                                        In his remix, Chillum Trio added his trademark sound to the Ebo Taylor classic 'Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara', the result is a slow burning, bass heavy house number taking the original to a completely new level.

                                                        Closing the EP is the Birdhouse collective's original composition, 'Berimbao', a catchy contemporary cumbia tune that any combo in Bogota could be proud of.

                                                        All titles have been licensed carefully, it makes us beyond proud to be able to say that the Southern Hemisphere EP has the full support of the original artists.

                                                        A heavy new compilation from Brownswood shines a light on the independent underground in Melbourne, where a close-knit collection of artists have taken cues from soul, jazz and club culture to carve out a fresh Melbournian sound. Featuring nine different groups, many of them sharing members and studios, the record surveys the musical contours of this bubbling scene, nodding to house, broken beat, samba, p-funk and soul.

                                                        Recorded over a week at The Grove, a fabled house-cum-studio in the North Melbourne suburb of Coburg, it’s home to the record’s engineer, Nick Herrera, and two members of Hiatus Kaiyote, the city’s breakout gangster-soul dons with whom many of the record’s personnel have collaborated. Silentjay was musical director, the Rhythm Section-affiliated multi-instrumentalist and producer (who’s played with Joey Bada$$ and Flying Lotus) marshalling together the album’s different players, many of them part of influential collectives 30/70 and Mandarin Dreams.

                                                        Nurtured in the city’s collaborative, close-knit confines, the scene has been bubbling up under the radar of Australian music institutions, in the garages and makeshift studios of Melbourne’s suburban sprawl. Sunny Side Up is a colourful portrait of the scene’s potential, exploring the story behind this flourishing period and shining light on some of its most compelling figures.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Millie says: Brownswood shifts its to focus on creative collectives from Melbourne in Sunny Side Up, filled to the brim with Afrobeat and Jazz goodness. And from Allysha Joy and SilentJay providing the relaxing chilled tones which make you want to sail away… this compilation is the one to listen to this Summer.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        Coloured LP Info: Indies exclusive magenta coloured vinyl.

                                                        Absolutely brilliant 20 track compilation of kitsch French cha-cha, mambo and other Latin and tropical styles. Featuring absurd lyrics, unusual arrangements and crazy cover songs. CD Digipak includes a 16 page booklet and the LP includes printed inner sleeve + download code.

                                                        Tropical music and France go way back. Just think of the period between both world wars, when the Paris of the roaring twenties fluttered to the sound of Latin-American orchestras. The influential Brazilian musician Pixinguinha came through in 1922, the charismatic Cuban singer Rita Montaner triumphed a few years later at the famed Palace and the brilliant clarinettist Stellio from Martinique had everyone dancing through the night to the beguine (a dance style from Martinique).

                                                        The record starts out with an esoteric organ, a guitar straight out of a western, a vibey rhythm section, a speeding saxophone, a glamorous voice, a curious keyboard, a slightly panicky tempo... “Please Mr Hitchock!” calls out a voice from the unknown, on an arrangement that’s about to lose control. The tone is set. “Eins Zwei Drei”, cries out Spartaco Andreoli, creator of the Chachacha for tunas, lyrics that are absurd accompanying music that isn’t so much so. And this is just the beginning...


                                                        This is what legends are made of: Acid House, Chicago 1988, Mickey Oliver and his Hot Mix 5 Records, Larry Heard aka Fingers, Pierre, Phortune & Armando. Released in 1988, ACID LP was the first and only full length on Hot Mix 5 Records. It is much more than a classic album, it’s a staple for any self respecting DJ. This is probably one of the best Acid House compilation to make it out of Chicago. Still Music is proud to start its Hot Mix 5 Records reissue series with such a monument to House. Every track on here is a classic in its own right, with Pierre’s “Dreamgirl", Armando’s “151”, the two incredible Fingers tunes "The Juice" and “Ecstasy" and so much more.

                                                        “ACID LP” was originally released on Mickey Oliver’s Hot Mix 5 Records in Chicago, 1988.

                                                        The legendary partnership of NYC's Disco godfather Tom Moulton and Philadelphia International Records has long been documented. A truly explosive collaboration that yielded endless classic tracks for dancers and deep listeners alike, Moulton seemed to be totally in tune with the labels output and the direction it should go in. Luckily we've been enjoying the fruits of this labour for the last 30+ years with a lot of these PIR classics becoming ingrained in the psyche of the modern day music fan as the building blocks of House music.

                                                        Another stellar volume of what is an essential purchase for any Disco lover. Featuring a host of legends from the height of the Philly era and beyond - Archie Bell & The Drells, People's Choice, Lou Rawls & Teddy Pendergrass are all graced by Tom Moulton's supreme ear on this special PIR reissue 2 x 12" that see's some all-time classics from the aforementioned artists in their full, unabridged, unedited Disco glory. The selections on this EP are absolutely top-shelf, flawless in fact. One could argue that these are the 'definitive' versions of these anthems. Pure Disco gold essentials. Anyone with even a passing interest in Disco will most certainly need this record in their possession, the 2012 pressing of this EP is super in demand among those in the know and it can change hands for big money in the used record world, time, undoubtedly, for a repress. 

                                                        The legendary partnership of NYC's Disco godfather Tom Moulton and Philadelphia International Records has long been documented. A truly explosive collaboration that yielded endless classic tracks for dancers and deep listeners alike, Moulton seemed to be totally in tune with the labels output and the direction it should go in. Luckily we've been enjoying the fruits of this labour for the last 30+ years with a lot of these PIR classics becoming ingrained in the psyche of the modern day music fan as the building blocks of House music.

                                                        The names alone hark to the legendary voices of the era, major stars including The O'Jays, The Futures, Jean Carne & The Jones Girls all feature with classic after classic getting the TJM treatment. Moulton's supreme ear on this special PIR reissue 2 x 12" see's some all-time classics from the aforementioned artists in their full, unabridged, unedited Disco glory. The selections on this EP are absolutely top-shelf, flawless in fact. One could argue that these are the 'definitive' versions of these anthems. Pure Disco gold essentials. Anyone with even a passing interest in Disco will most certainly need this record in their possession, the 2012 pressing of this EP is super in demand among those in the know and it can change hands for £100+ second hand, so a repress was desperately needed.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Brought To Light

                                                          This release is a collection of demos, curated by the FatCat Records, who have deemed them some of the finest submissions they’ve received over the last few years. FatCat have a long tradition of supporting new artists and treating demos with an open mind. This new collection of songs, the first in a trilogy of such releases, is demonstrable to the eclectic taste the label have always possessed. One of the founding partners of the label, Alex Knight says. “FatCat has a rich history of signing Artists from Demo recordings, this includes renowned artists such as Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad,Animal Collective and Max Richter as well as current signings C Duncan, Samana, Resina and Shida Shahabi. We receive a wonderful array of demo’s and the compilation is a great way to highlight just how good this material is!”

                                                          FatCat have always been a label that comfortably straddle the line between guitar music and electronica. For this release, the focus is on the sort of DIY guitar sound of which Paws and TRAAMS fans might enjoy. Away from the FatCat roster, fans of Yuck, Cloud Nothings, Drenge and Girl Band will also find plenty in which to immerse themselves. The next two compilations will focus on other genres that make up the FatCat musical tradition. The artists on this release are all at different stages of their careers. Some have gone to work with labels, some have remained independent. Some are new, some have been around for years. The album has been lovingly put together by FatCat with the intention of bringing these songs into the spotlight.

                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          New York Underground #8

                                                          Under the counter, illicit business for frontline DJs here from the New York Underground crew, who seem to be beaming out of Little Italy by the sounds of this release. On the A-side you get an alternate pressing of "The Best Dancefloor Record Of All Time" (Patrick Ryder 2019), "Il Veliero" by The Chaplin Band. That's heartswelling melodies, a galloping bassline and serious spaghetti western vibes, complete with indecipherable lyrics for those who ain't acquainted. On the flipside, the crew do a number of Slang's "Pinch Roller" a serious bit of spaced out Italian disco with wild rock guitars and a groove that just won't quit.

                                                          Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and myriad western genres (from French and Latin music, to rock-and-roll, rhythm-and-blues, surf, psychedelia, soul and many more) the few pre-75 Cambodian recordings that survived (most of them were destroyed) are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years. Gathered in this amazing album are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made. Muck like the western 'Nuggets' series - every home should have a copy of this treasured compilation nestled somewhere in its record shelves....

                                                          Planet Euphorique drops its first various artists compilation EP entitled, "Tiny Planets Vol. 1".

                                                          Kicking off with Killer DJ's aka Big Zen & Dust e-1 who contribute an untitled number full of swirling, galaxy-traversing breaks with no clear destination.

                                                          DJ Donini drops "Donini's Dream", a quick-paced, dubbed-out techno effort which again, screams of a lost galaxy rich in interstellar flora and fauna.

                                                          Seattle's CCL & Flora FM fire up the pistons and perx for "Liquify Interference", a stuttered techno-bass hybrid which should keep the Sunklo heads happy.

                                                          Finally, SMP drops another fusion of modern dance music - the rotary garage-cum-depth-charge bass of "Natty Bop". Top stuff by all involved - you need!


                                                          Compiled by Brazilian digger, DJ and production idol Augusto Olivani, "Street Soul Brasil (1987 - 1995)" features songs from prominent artists of the era's urban street movement, at their creative epochs. 
                                                          Part mellow pop, part R&B, adorned by melodic drum machines and hints of national rap, this noteworthy work comprises of ten original tracks fully licensed and extracted from the master tapes for your listening pleasure.
                                                          It's a soulful compendium of sounds, memories, and feelings from Augusto's own universe, translated into his first ever compilation under the Hello Sailor Recordings catalog.
                                                          Augusto Olivani has been digging through Brazil's forgotten music treasures since a young age. He is best known for his work as a DJ, digger and producer under his musical alter ego, Trepanado, head of Selvagem (legendary party running for the past 8 years) and captain of his own imprint Selva Discos.


                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Patrick says: Selvagem maestro Augusto Olivani AKA Trepanado takes a break from his flawless curation of the Selva Discos imprint to take us back to the late night radio of his youth. These ten rare tracks, plucked from a forgotten era of Brasil's pop history make for the sweetest soundtrack for dancing, dreaming and hanging outside the local liquor store.

                                                          Joey Negro takes the helm for another XXL edition of "Attack The Dancefloor", this time inviting Opolopo for a remix guest spot. There’s already a big buzz on thebeefy, super classy disco house tune on the A1, featuring the wonderful voice of Angela Johnson. "Do You Love Me" is a radical rework of an old Rod Temperton song with a big chorus hook, newly written verses and other extra vocal parts. Add into the mix live strings, brass and the authentic disco sound you've come to expect from ZR releases. Next up, Hungarian remix whiz Opolopo takes the controls for Sylvester’s huge disco number ‘I Need You’ – relaying the keys with those trademark buzzing synths that have become a calling card for his killer reworks. An emphatic update to this classic with a heavy dose of Opolopo magic.
                                                          Luca Morrone was raised in Naples on a mix of disco, soul music and R&B and later the sound of "Victor Simonelli" and "Masters At Work” which led him to become a resident dj at the club Metropolis in his native Italy. With his girlfriend Pia they established the "Neapolitan Soul" group, playing a mix of disco, funk soulful and afro house music.
                                                          Los Angeles based Raquel Rodriguez fuses the subcultures of LA style in her music which she has been releasing on her own label over the last few years. Her recent ‘The 310, Part Two’ mini CD features the uptempo boogie style cut ‘We Go Together’ with live drums, bass, guitar and strings. The song caught the ears of JN who wanted to add his own take on the original and this is the result. 

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Gunsmoke - Volume 4

                                                            Fourth volume in a limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee. Limited to 666 copies and packaged in a nice 10” sleeve with center hole. This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly, widescreen country & western and popcorn noir from the 1950s and early 60s. So turn out the lights, sit back and relax to the soundtrack from a jukebox in a ghost town... For best results: listen to after dark! 

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Exotic Blues & Rhythm - Vol. 04 Chop Chop!

                                                              Subtitled, Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers, this is the reissue of the fourth release in the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Released ages ago in an edition of 500 copies it sold out in next to no time and is a sought after collectors item by now.

                                                              Stag-O-Lee now reissue this title as a limited editon of 700 copies - all on CLEAR vinyl. Guaranteed to go fast! With cuts from Sandy Nelson, John Lee Hooker, Jack Hammer and more...

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              10" LP Info: 10” (Clear Vinyl).

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Gunsmoke - Volumes 3 & 4

                                                                Third and fourth volume in the great limited edition series on Stag-O-Lee. As usual Stag-O-Lee combines two vinyl versions onto one compact disc. This is a collection of oddball country weepers, moody rockabilly and popcorn noir from the 1950s and early 60s. So turn out the lights, sit back and relax to the soundtrack from a jukebox in a ghost town... 

                                                                When Peggy Gou released her debut EP ‘Art of War’ in 2016, she made a list of career goals. One of them was to become the first South Korean DJ to play Berlin’s techno institution Berghain, an objective she achieved only a few months later. Another item on that list was to record an instalment of !K7’s DJ-Kicks series. “It’s the premier class of DJ mixes,” she says. “Some of my favourite selectors have contributed to it.” Now Peggy Gou can tick that off her list too as she proudly presents the 69th edition of the mix series.

                                                                The Berliner-by-choice started working on the mix last year. It was a busy time for the 28-year-old: she’d just scored her first Mixmag cover and her single ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ was receiving awards and critical acclaim. Each month she would DJ in 20 nightclubs all over the world. And yet, the goal for her mix was ambitious: instead of trying to capture the energy of her DJ sets, she aimed to create a portrayal of her own musical journey. An 18-track listening session that takes you straight into Peggy Gou’s living room where she plays you the formative tunes from her collection. No genre boundaries – she moves across disco, house, techno and electro. No tempo limits – the mix ranges from 90 to 150 BPM. And no age restriction – the earliest tunes on the mix are from 1983.


                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Patrick says: DJ superstar, powerhouse producer and general woman of the moment, Peggy Gou has been smashing up the Piccadilly sales totals of late, and this compilation makes it clear where her influence stems from. Seamlessly moving through electro, bass, house and synthpop, the Korean producer leads us on a journey through the best bits of club music from the last 30 years. All in all a brilliantly immersive and hugely flexible collection from the superstar DJ.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack

                                                                  We are thrilled to be returning to the town of Twin Peaks with our very own version of Season 3’s Limited Event Series Score featuring tracks by Angelo Badalamenti, Johnny Jewel, David Lynch & Dean Hurley, split across 2 LPs the package compliments our previous Twin Peaks releases featuring a red die cut spot gloss sleeve that reveals a key moment in the show. Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman Mastering has mastered the vinyl and Bernie Grundman supervised the cutting master with pressing duties being handled by QRP (Quality Record Pressings in Kansas). The work here is incredible, whether breathing new life into familiar themes or creating brand new ear worms in the form of smokey jazz, Ambient and Industrial stylings. The score is thick with atmosphere and dripping in mood and tension proving once again that Lynch & Badalamenti are both bona fide geniuses who deserve every plaudit given to them.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: The Death Waltz version of the original soundtrack was one of our favourite soundtracks from 2017, not only for the music (which is amazing, obviously) but the pristine packaging really made it special, and this one is no different. Superb music and DW's unrivalled eye for a lovely package make this one of the must-be-had soundtracks of 2019.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: 180g Cherry Pie Splatter & Machine Room Grey vinyl.

                                                                  The first vinyl release from the Texas based cassette label eastdowntothesouth, run by doomshop affiliate DJ Akoza and Natural Science ledge Textasy.

                                                                  6 fresh tracks riding the thin line between ghettotech, rap, footwork and jungle; toying with that half-time drop that's killer for the dancefloor.

                                                                  This compilation is the debut of the jungle producer Ksetdex, and it also features tracks from DJ Agony and Textasy.

                                                                  Limited copies, move quick if you want in. 


                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Matt says: As the multi-hybridazation of global bass n beatz continues, Textasy and his merry bunch of rebels are at the forefront of this new scene. Call it what you want: lo-fi jungle, vape-beats or half-time crunk, it's certain to light up the club for the clued-up under 25s...

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Soul Jazz Records Presents ‘Keith Haring: The World Of Keith Haring’

                                                                  Soul Jazz Records release this stunning new collection featuring music influential to the artist Keith Haring.

                                                                  The art of Keith Haring is today one of the most recognisable of any visual artists of his generation, defining 1980s New York during an intense period when downtown artists and musicians collaborated like never before. Haring’s musical inspiration took in the punk/dance downtown sounds of clubs like The Mudd Club, underground disco at Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage, as well the early days of hip hop and electro.

                                                                  The album is released to coincide with the opening of the first major exhibition in the UK of Keith Haring’s work at Tate Liverpool, which runs for the next six months.

                                                                  Haring’s many friends included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Fab Five Freddy, William Burroughs, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Grace Jones, Larry Levan, Futura 2000.

                                                                  The music here includes the work of a number of Haring’s close friends, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yoko Ono, Larry Levan, John Sex and George Condo (The Girls), as well as healthy dose of rare disco, early electro and New York punk/dance tracks.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Where a lot of Soul Jazz comps focus on a genre, or a precursor of that genre, Haring's affiliacted acts read like a who's who of forward thinking New Yorks underground art-rock, electro and burgeoning hip-hop scene. It's a brilliantly varied but cohesive snapshot of the 80's in music and art. Essential.

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  3xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive edition includes a bonus 7".

                                                                  2xCD Info: Double CD and 48-page book.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  1977: The Year Punk Broke

                                                                    '1977: The Year Punk Broke' kickstarts what we hope will be a new year-based series of compilations, celebrating the explosion of a new British phenomenon in 1977. This triple-CD box set follows the success of the 4-CD compilation Action Time Vision (2016), documenting Punk on indie labels, and 2017’s Power Pop/New Wave set Harmony In My Head. Punk’s Year Zero was 1976. But very few Punk records were actually released that year. The most significant musical developments happened in 1977, with a burgeoning, self-supporting network of clubs, performers, fanzines, indie labels and distributors creating an unstoppable groundswell that would revolutionise UK music and have an enduring impact on pop culture. '1977: The Year Punk Broke' reflects how a thrilling, controversial scene developed over those tumultuous twelve months. Joined by sympathetic but more experienced acts (Deaf School, Graham Parker, Motorhead, etc.), a welter of new, young bands created a sonic explosion, with sub-three minute adrenalin rushes of raw excitement.

                                                                    Many of the year’s major breakthrough acts and cult favourites are included, including The Jam, The Damned, The Boomtown Rats, Buzzcocks, The Stranglers, Generation X, Sham 69, The Only Ones, The Rezillos, Ultravox!, 999, X-Ray Spex, ATV, The Boys and The Vibrators. The older guard – variously labelled Pub Rock, New Wave or Art Rock – are represented by Doctors Of Madness, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Deaf School, The Tyla Gang, Graham Parker & The Rumour, The Gorillas, The Count Bishops, Radio Stars, Spider and Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. Other key names include Motorhead (Lemmy’s new venture after splitting with Hawkwind, a metal band loved by punks) and The Heartbreakers, Johnny Thunders’ band who recorded in London. Also present are a host of obscure indie Punk 45s and other rarities. The deluxe clamshell package includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 15,000-word sleeve-note and band-by-band biographies by compiler David Wells.

                                                                    Tasty, all encapsulating, budget-priced compilation of hip-hop's finest formative years here. Perfect for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvah's, the comp covers the roots, the b-boy and the gangsta styles of rap music and features some of its most prolific, colourful and adored figures.

                                                                    For eleven quid I challenge you to find a more comprehensive and genre-spanning collection of hits!

                                                                    Every home needs one! 


                                                                    Nice, low budget, high quality compilation of the finest moments from the funk spectrum. Plenty to get those hips wigglin' and feet movin'!

                                                                    A who's who of funk royalty grace these well-priced grooves with a luxurious collection featuring Kool & The Gang, Imagination, Oliver Cheatham, Shalamar, Barry White and many more!

                                                                    Perfect for weddings, birthdays or bah mitzvah's there's no reason why every music loving home shouldn't have a prized copy on its shelves....


                                                                    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 Info: Opaque yellow blob on clear vinyl.

                                                                      Last year, Dekmental got together with The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative for the second time, inviting four local artists to breathe new life into four archival films from the Sound and Vision and EYE Filmmuseum archives. Jordan GCZ, Suzanne Kraft, Parrish Smith and Upsammy were all assigned short animated films dating back to 1921. The films and their new scores debuted at EYE on August 2nd as part of Dekmantel Festival 2018. Unsurprisingly, each artist imparted their unique styles onto the films that they previously had no relation with. From Suzanne Kraft's sparse atmospherics that have become more apparent in his new SK U KNO project to Jordan GCZ’s free flowing hardware jams. Parrish Smith showed his contemplative side and sparse orchestrations that he demonstrated on his RE:VIVE release, "Genesis Black", a sonic departure from his bombastic releases and DJ-sets while upsammy showed yet again her deft hand for melody and texture, a style that dominates all her releases to date.

                                                                      These four scores can live apart from their films, fitting seamlessly into each artists' growing catalogs of work. But when combined, it’s as if the films and music were made simultaneously with the artist and filmmaker together in the same room. It shows off a more contemplative, dare-I-say-it, artistic side to the label that could be misunderstood as just a young person's dance music brand and festival. Dekmantel seem eager to add to the creative forces existing in dance music, reinventing and improving on areas and preventing themselves becoming tried and stale. They should be celebrated as solid baton bearers of the scene, even as they achieve more commercial success. 


                                                                      For their fourth release, those exotic folks at Atangana team up with Henri Debs & Fils to pay homage to the legendary Guadeloupean producer. Déni Shain and his team dig deep into the label's archives, blowing away the cobwebs on a quartet of rare and unpublished titles and allowing as many of us as possible to discover the pearls of the French Caribbean. 
                                                                      The EP opens in ephemeral, tribal and triumphant fashion with the chant-heavy "Pa Dekouraje'w Toni" from Ti Celeste. If you enjoyed that Ziskakan reissue from a couple of years back, you'll be feeling these vibrations. Next up the tempo bumps with the snaking Caribbean jazz of Les Maxels and "Bail Ti Bouin Z'Oizo", a red hot mover with stepping rhythms and mighty horns. The jazzy mood continues on the flip with the gentle zouk groover "Oh Claudy My Love" from Lewis Meliano before Daniel Dimba's "C'est La Vie" sees us home in frantic fashion.

                                                                      V.A.G. (Various Artists Geneva)

                                                                      DIY Compilation

                                                                      VAG (Various Artists Geneva) is a DIY compilation of dance and experimental music, consisting of 22 tracks produced by various musicians from Geneva. This limited double-LP is filled with analog-synths, modded'sequencers, drum-machines and amplified instruments, resulting in a surprising collaboration which reflects the bubbling underground scene of the city. The record sleeves have been individually customised, with each one being different from the other, and come enclosed with postcards from Geneva.

                                                                      "In May last year, I sent an email to a large circle of friends, dj’s and musicians, who gravitate around Bongo Joe Records, our local record store in Geneva. I wrote to them about the idea of sharing their B-sides on a various artists compilation, by delving deep into their personal home-studio produced music library. What followed was a flow of amazing tracks, raw and spontaneous. Subsequently, we all met to listen to eachothers recordings; it was a very powerful moment.

                                                                      The process quickly became an 'anonymous' project, with the idea that both established and non-established musicians should all be equal, without their personal egos getting in the way. Some of the artists had never released any tracks before. The final set of tracks, which eventually made it onto the LP, were selected by three members of the group with the intention being to draw a musical landscape across all 4 sides. The mastering was done by Lad Agabekov in Gimel, Switzerland. The 500 double LPs arrived with a generic white sleeve to be designed by our friends and the general public: all the covers are unique in this sense.

                                                                      One year on from the inital idea, we now have this beautiful and unpredictable compilation of various artists. It brings together a group of highly talented individuals, to enable us to discover the hidden underground scene of Geneva, with all its grit and soul. "

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Quare Groove Vol. 1

                                                                        A long time in the making – Quare Groove Vol. 1 – Sounds of the Irish musical underground from the 70s & 80s..Spread across 2 12s with extensive liner notes on printed inner sleeves. Re-mastered with care by Shawn @ Optimum.
                                                                        .
                                                                        Stating it softly..... Irish music of the 1970's was simply not synonymous with groove music in any way. Avid music aficionado's were totally 'rockist' then (to use an old tag from the same time!) That thread tends to follow with record collecting of vintage Irish music of that time, down to this day. We'll throw a little change into that narrative here - the groove is very rare, and not a little quare! We've looked at the entire recorded music picture of what happened here on this little island into the 1980's, and we're bringing back this -----

                                                                        We can't tell you that this music comes from a strange place - it comes from a steadily steep and VERY strange place! A small place that was not a little conflicted societally and politically back then - and in every way too, public and private. However it was also a time of great change. Living through it seemed like a rite of passage that moved off from some manner of dark age, and then over forward into a brighter light. Modernity beckoned, and not just with the technology!

                                                                        So what can you hear here? It's no coincidence that this music also makes a similar coming of age. Recording techniques were wholly embraced here, in this era. Late 1970's Irish music saw sound engineering and music production artistry advance from previous, and in a very big way. As studio's moved away from simple and straight audio captures, the music really benefitted. So what can you hear here? We're bringing you two sides of this story on two big black twelve inch slates. The first slate has an abundantly sweet clubbier sound of past-funk groove music. The second slate gives you an edgier angle of what the post-punkers got up to, after they too got their hands on the same danceflooring. This is really but only the beginning: There's so much more to come!

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        LP Info: ONE COPY FOUND!

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Five Years Of Loving Notes

                                                                          Over five years of vinyl endeavours, Antinote have gone from strength to strength, rising from the underground to become the first port of call for the forward thinking DJ. Menthol fresh, ever-interesting and way ahead of the curve, Antinote releases come and go quickly on the good ship Piccadilly, swiftly finding their ways into the most discerning record bags before soaring in price on Discogs. Comprised of 14 sketches - each reflecting one of the many shades of the label’s catalogue - "Five years of Loving Notes" places new names alongside those who've been involved with the label since it’s very beginning, like Geena or Iueke - responsible for the first 12” released on Antinote. Musically, the collection covers the broadest spectrum of mood and atmosphere, skulking from the dark and raw excursions of Tolouse Low Trax or Iueke to the lush instrumentals crafted by Nico Motte and Syracuse’s Antoine Kogut; Though disparate and diverse, the set seems to breathe as one; contrasting cuts all pointing in the same direction, seeking out the emotional response in all of us without relying on the trite cliches you might find elsewhere. Prepare to take a sensory trip, hurtling from the opening Latvian arabesques from Domenique Dumont to the Pink-Floyd-ian ending from Alek Lee, via Leonardo Martelli’s smoggy electro and Raphael Top Secret’s ominous talk-over. Long live Antinote.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          2xLP Info: ONE COPY FOUND!

                                                                          The ever-popular "Under The Influence" series continues in earnest. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P and Faze Action (phew!), it’s now the turn of one of the scenes most prolific but yet unknown collectors, Winston.

                                                                          Outside of the established record collectors Winston is pretty much unknown but those that know of him will tell you that despite his low profile he has one of the best record collections around.

                                                                          Sean P remembers his first trip to Winston’s house in the sleeve notes: 'When I visited his house for the first time, I felt like a beginner - my expectations were far exceeded by the neat rows and piles of 12"s and L.Ps everywhere; and I had brought along a foolscap notebook which after eight hours or so, expanded my wants list considerably. I thumbed through hundreds of weird and mysterious independent and major label releases. Winston played whatever I was interested in hearing, occasionally spinning random 7"s ("Space Funk" by Manzel, for example) and various LP cuts of his choice. I had perused around half of the collection by the time I left, but I'll never forget that kid-in-a-toyshop feeling, along with the realisation of Winston's buddha-like status as a master of this arcane pastime.'

                                                                          Sean continues: 'Winston is still doing the 'rounds weekly; and since the Hammersmith Black Music Record events of the mid-'80s, he's missed few record fairs, if any - trading with dealers & fellow collectors and parting with cash when necessary. Surprisingly, he has no truck with the internet – somewhat curious to the rest of us who now can't imagine life without it. And as a man with no online presence, knowledge of Winston's existence is restricted to the real world. Some justification, perhaps, for giving this fervent ambassador of all things boogie an opportunity to share some of his favourites beyond those in the know.

                                                                          So for Volume Seven of the Under The Influence series Winston has included tracks taking in soul, funk, disco & boogie with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were able to find the originals.'

                                                                          As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: Preaching to the converted I know but the incredible series continues! Volume Seven and losing no steam along the way; if boogie, disco and soul are your bio-fuel, then this should have you up and running in no time at all. Impeccable selection of hits, all legit and licensed - if you were to attempt to seek these tracks out individually it'd take thousands of pounds and hours! Winston does the leg work...

                                                                          With the artists behind the music slowly being revealed on the labels website, artists such as Sagitario aka Juan Sanchez, Agents of Time, Francois V have now been uncovered. With music being the main focus you'll have to wait another 2 months to find out who is behind this latest release. The curiosity continues and the vibe rides high!

                                                                          Serious, this is one cool ass label folks. Another four anonymous artists here contributing what can only be described as the filthiest, gnarliest and grittiest electro-techno hybrids around on the current market! Without famous artist names as reference, you're left with a completely unbiased reference point - adding to the allure of this groundbreaking, genre-stealing winners.

                                                                          Head to their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr) for clues to the artist identities of Cod3QR001, 002 and 003!

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: This mysterious label goes from strength to strength. Each one's been mega but this one's faultless thru and thru! Be sure to check super emosh last track "Post Death" but tbh it's all kiiller on this excursion...

                                                                          Any historians keen on the subject of "French youth in the 1980s" are holding a treasure in their hands. As a true archaeologist of this decade dedicated to disposable culture, digger-in-chief Vidal Benjamin with his newest compilation, 'Pop Sympathie', offers them a unique journey in the heart of the cyclone of emotions that struck all teenagers during the first seven years of François Mitterrand's mandate. Fifteen musical nuggets, exhumed from the dungeons of history, each and every one of them teaching us about what really obsessed the youngsters at that exact moment, i.e. what happens when the city lights come on at dusk, when irrepressible urges that stir them to get lost even more appear until the end of the night.

                                                                          The artists gathered here did not have the honour of breaking into the local charts, but they all individually reached for the sky. Each song of 'Pop Sympathie' tells more or less the same story: that of a girl who throws herself into the night like one immerses one's self into the void, who rushes into a one-night adventure to become a star. And too bad if in the early morning she finds herself back at square one. In all these miniature odysseys there is neon lights, lasers, smoke machines, broken glass on checkered tiles, strangers on leather benches, celebrities in the bathrooms, stolen kisses, alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, Polaroids, venetian blinds and radioactive tubes.

                                                                          If the first opus of Vidal Benjamin, 'Disco Sympathie', focused on the funky mood of songs that could have been played at Le Palace, then 'Pop Sympathie' develops itself as the imaginary soundtrack of another nightclub, Les Bains-Douches, the capital’s epicenter of nocturnal drifts. So what do we listen to, blasé, at Bains-Douches? Mainly synthesizers. The child of punk and post punk, French New Wave celebrates the matrimony of machines and lolitas under the auspices of a retro trend that revisits the atomic age. Trying to surf on that wave and hit the charts, a bunch of producers (Stéphane Berlow, Laurent Stopnicki, Bernard "Black Devil" Fèvre, Johny Rech, Jean-Yves Joanny ...) will spot their talents amongst friends, in a travel agency or at the local bar. These virtual stars are called Cecilia, Laurent, Sonia, Janou, Fabienne, Anne, Arielle or Ronan, not even 20 years old, and often leaving just an overexposed photo and their first name on a single as the only memories of their swift passage in this particular musical story. It took all the love and sweet madness of Vidal Benjamin to bring them back in the light of day.

                                                                          Clovis Goux 

                                                                          Those cool cats at Rollover Milano saunter into summer with a third volume of their Rollover Edit Service, a DJ friendly series which is every bit as good as the homophonic hot dogs served at football stadia and convenience stores. The resident jocks kick off this edition with "Mimi", locking us into an organic groove of shoulder rolling toms, folk strings and chanted vocals, perfectly picking their path through Balearic and Afro-cosmic waters. Next up Balearic heroes Leo Mas & Fabrice drop in and turn out a totally trippy rewire of Tom Tom Club's "Genius Of Love", dubbing the O.G. into another galaxy while an elastic groove reigns supreme. The unknown (to me) Mark:eno takes the controls for the B1, bringing us a sapced out disco smoocher with a sultry female vocal, luxurious bass and celestial mid range. Finally Abbrangeli sees us out with a similarly spaced out disco number, delicated teased into a modern dancefloor bomb.

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          End Of The Road 2019

                                                                            End Of The Road reveal their seventh exclusive collaboration CD with Rough Trade Shops, featuring music from the year's glittering line up as selected by festival curator Simon Taffe. The 19 track compilation, featuring music from the big hitters including Michael Kiwanuka, Beirut, Mitski, Courtney Barnett and Deerhunter, as well as up and coming artists The Beths, KOKOKO!, Ohtis and many more, will be available exclusively from Rough Trade Shops instore and online from 7 June before going on general release on 21 June. 

                                                                            The Numero Group’s dive into the deep end of America’s private press continues. Having battled the witches and wizards of Darkscorch, the outlaws of Cosmic Americana, and traveled alongside Ladies From the Canyon and their Lonesome Heroes, it’s time to take it easy.

                                                                            With pop music’s volume knob adjusted for deflation in the early ‘70s, softness begat smoothness. Crewmen arrived from the worlds of jazz, folk, rock, and soul, all peddling a product that was sincere, leisurely, and lofty. A sound that was buoyant, crisp, defined. Sometimes classified as West Coast- and, later, Yacht Rock - the compass points of our Private Yacht expedition are the blue-eyed harmonies of Hall and Oates, the cocaine-dusted Fender Rhodes of Michael McDonald, and the combover strums of James Taylor. Here, at the glassy apex of rock’s softer side, 20 strong swimmers are gathered together. An album for both relaxation and reflection, where listeners can enjoy the present, a cool breeze, and a taste of the good life.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            2xColoured LP Info: Lavender coloured vinyl.

                                                                            Fabio & Grooverider have been at the forefront of UK dance music for over 3 decades. This is the roots of their story told through music.

                                                                            The 2 London DJ's are part of the DNA of the global Jungle / D&B movement and they have remained relevant, cutting edge, authoritative and essential to this truly underground art-form since it's inception. RAGE could arguably be the ground zero of Jungle. The party was started at London's cavernous Heaven club by Fabio & Grooverider in 1988, at the height of Acid House fever that was making it's way up and down the motorways, slip-roads, fields and warehouses of the M25 and further beyond every weekend, troubling the nation, the police, your parents and the press as it went. RAGE was a different beast, it certainly channelled some of that Acid energy but pitted it against the new and exciting sounds emanating from Belgium, Amsterdam, Detroit, Sheffield, Essex and Hackney and in turn created a new style, a new sonic attitude and energy in the process. Rumbling bass-lines, narcotic synth rushes and roughly chopped and sped-up breakbeats all merged into a style that we now know as Jungle. Nothing like this had been heard before, this was a brand new style and it was coming out of London's West End and Fabio & Grooverider were the people firmly behind it.

                                                                            RAGE is approaching its 30th anniversary. Its sonic and cultural legacy is still being felt today, Fabio & Groove are still shutting down raves and festivals every weekend all over the world with their superior DJ sets and musical knowledge guided by their pioneering spirit. This musical selection you hold in your hands, the first of 4 parts, sees them delve into their prodigious memories and record boxes to select a true musical representation of the very beginning of one of the UK's most unique and influential musical movements of the last 50 years. Across 4 x 2 x 12"s compilations we are taken on a journey through the sounds of RAGE, accompanied with personal track by track notes from Fabio & Grooverider. Music from London, Detroit, Sheffield and beyond features, with tracks such as 33 1/3 Queen's rave banger 'Searchin' sitting shoulder to shoulder with Debbie Malone's underground classic 'Rescue Me' and sublime Detroit Techno from Yennek (aka Kenny Larkin), whose 'Serena X' features. This will be a true masterclass in the sound of the underground, from the inside out.

                                                                            This is a masterclass in the old-school. The roots. There is no filler here, it's simply ALL killer. Lovingly selected and programmed by the masters - 'The Living Shock' & 'The Ladies Choice'. Produced in conjunction with Above Board distribution and Fabio & Grooverider. All tracks mastered from original sources and fully licensed. Mastering by Optimum, Bristol. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus. 2019

                                                                            Fabio & Grooverider have been at the forefront of UK dance music for over 3 decades. This is the roots of their story told through music.

                                                                            The 2 London DJ's are part of the DNA of the global Jungle / D&B movement and they have remained relevant, cutting edge, authoritative and essential to this truly underground art-form since it's inception. RAGE could arguably be the ground zero of Jungle. The party was started at London's cavernous Heaven club by Fabio & Grooverider in 1988, at the height of Acid House fever that was making it's way up and down the motorways, slip-roads, fields and warehouses of the M25 and further beyond every weekend, troubling the nation, the police, your parents and the press as it went. RAGE was a different beast, it certainly channelled some of that Acid energy but pitted it against the new and exciting sounds emanating from Belgium, Amsterdam, Detroit, Sheffield, Essex and Hackney and in turn created a new style, a new sonic attitude and energy in the process. Rumbling bass-lines, narcotic synth rushes and roughly chopped and sped-up breakbeats all merged into a style that we now know as Jungle. Nothing like this had been heard before, this was a brand new style and it was coming out of London's West End and Fabio & Grooverider were the people firmly behind it.

                                                                            RAGE is approaching its 30th anniversary. Its sonic and cultural legacy is still being felt today, Fabio & Groove are still shutting down raves and festivals every weekend all over the world with their superior DJ sets and musical knowledge guided by their pioneering spirit. This musical selection you hold in your hands, the first of 4 parts, sees them delve into their prodigious memories and record boxes to select a true musical representation of the very beginning of one of the UK's most unique and influential musical movements of the last 50 years. Across 4 x 2 x 12"s compilations we are taken on a journey through the sounds of RAGE, accompanied with personal track by track notes from us. Music from London, Detroit, Sheffield and beyond features, with a deep selection of tracks such as Tic Tac Toe's monstrous roller 'Ephemerol', Top Buzz's anthemic 'Living In Darkness' and the deepest Morales dub of D-Mob's 'That's The Way Of The World' . This will be a true masterclass in the sound of the underground, from the inside out.

                                                                            This is a masterclass in the old-school. The roots. There is no filler here, it's simply ALL killer. Lovingly selected and programmed by the masters - 'The Living Shock' & 'The Ladies Choice'. Produced in conjunction with Above Board distribution and Fabio & Grooverider. All tracks mastered from original sources and fully licensed. Mastering by Optimum, Bristol. Artwork and design by Atelier Superplus. 2019


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