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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.

Various Artists

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.

    Various Artists

    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.

      Various Artists

      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.


        Various Artists

        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.

          Various Artists

          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.


              Various Artists

              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.

                    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.

                      So, finally we succumbed to popular demand. With the interest in the digital-only tracks we put out this year and the subsequent demand to have some of them on vinyl, it was decided at INVINC HQ to press up the most requested of these on nice shiny discs and package them in one of our nicely designed sleeves. Just for you.

                      The digital releases DD01 (The Mamba) and DD02 (Krokakai) came about to provide a more DJ-focussed aspect of the label: dancefloor-friendly tracks that didn't wander off quite so far into the oddball, esoteric, 'psychedelic' territory of the label's primary output. It seemed digital was more appropriate for this output....however, much feedback and many emails have proven this isn't quite the case.

                      Thus, Dancefloor Detonators was born.

                      Initially the series was to comprise of 4-track 12”s featuring the single most played/requested track from each of the digital releases.....but since DD03 and DD04 weren't ready yet the idea evolved to invite artists from outside the Invisible world to appear on the first of these EPs. Conceptual mutation in motion!

                      We are proud to feature here Cantillate from the Netherlands whose album "Machines For Emotions" made waves in June and whose previous EPs have had support from Mr TC, Identified Patient, Gamma Intel and more. His slo-mo, sci-fi, tribal techno chugger 'Dust To Dust' is a mesmerising synthetic scream from the depths of the psychic abyss. Slovenian Vitorijoski's 'The Voice Of Bárbaros' with its driving eastern feel instantly reminded us of Simple Symmetry, Mehmet Aslan, Mekine U Teksi and the great Disco Halal. We absolutely had to squeeze it on here, no questions asked. Krokakai and The Mamba you will know from the first two digital-only releases. Both of these tracks have had a huge interest from fans of the label and are the reason Dancefloor Detonators came about in the first place. DJs who have played one or both of these tracks include Andrew Weatherall, Thomas Von Party, Bufi, Cosmo Vitelli, Joakim, DJ Sofa, Ivan Smagghe, Nathan Gregory Wilkins, Vladimir Ivkovic, Myako on Boiler Room and more. All tracks have been (re)mastered especially for this vinyl release.

                      Comes certified with the "100% guaranteed dancefloor satisfaction" seal of approval.


                      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

                      Spiritual Jazz 10: Prestige

                      'Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from Prestige Records, 1961-73'
                      The tenth edition of our Spiritual Jazz series takes a closer look at the music Prestige was recording at the start of the 1960s. This was the period when the modal jazz sound pioneered by Miles and Coltrane was starting to percolate through the jazz underground.

                      In its heyday, Prestige was the only jazz label that could hold a candle to Blue Note. Prestige was always quick off the mark to record new artists, and in the years after Kind of Blue the label was quick to release some of the most innovative early explorers of the new style.

                      Founded as New Jazz in 1949 by 20-year old jazz fan and entrepreneur Bob Weinstock, Prestige was the only other imprint besides Blue Note to capture the iconic jazz sounds of the 1950s, and like its rival it grew to be an icon itself.

                      If Blue Note documented the sound of hard bop in its most carefully crafted and beautifully presented form, the low-key, jam-session approach that Weinstock preferred meant that the music captured by Prestige has a tough, unfiltered energy that was a lot closer to way it was being played live, night after night, by New York's most prominent jazz musicians.

                      Featuring Afro-Eastern visions from Yusef Lateef and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, deep modal excursions from Mal Waldron and Walt Dickerson, and essential spiritual jazz grooves from Gary Bartz and Idris Muhammed, Spiritual Jazz vol. 10 documents the sound of modal jazz in full flight, unabashed and authentic from the pioneers!

                      Various Artists

                      Pop Ambient 2020

                        20 years of Pop Ambient. Already? One didn’t notice. It’s an anniversary which comes quietly. An anniversary with quiet tones.In the spirit of the special restraint of pop-elegance, it has no reason to drawn attention to itself with a big „Tam-Tam“. Or better: „Bum-Bum“. The bass drum stays outside. Nevertheless, in fast-paced, overstimulated times of moving forward, it’s a joyful occasion to look back.What strikes most by putting or listening to 20 years of pop ambient in a row is the central theme that holds together the dense aesthetic concept like the pearls of a necklace.Floral beauty for digital naturalists. Music like flowers, that don’t wilt. Timeless. Ageless.

                        But with all of the conceptual unity and resolution, Pop Ambient would not be Kompakt without the break, the friction, the expansion of musical boundaries in between tradition and innovation, in between conspiracy and the openness of the discourse.Aestheticism, escapism, acting in the spirit of „nevertheless“. Swans drifting by, clouds pass over, everything is floating and: „Boredom is a stylistic device“ (Andy Warhol).

                        Pop Ambient Music is medicine against illnesses, that you don’t even suffer from. It’s giving everything, demanding nothing.Musical lotus leafs, off which the virtual wastewater of our time is rolling like the reality is dripping off the matrix.

                        In this sense, we’re happy about the pop-ambient anniversary greetings from new and old companions like Thore Pfeiffer, Max Würden, Yui Onodera, Jörg Burger, Thomas Fehlmann, Morgen Wurde, Leandro Fresco aswell as contributions from T.Raumschmiere, Andrew Thomas and, after a long break, from friends from early days like Joachim Spieth, Markus Guentner und Klimek. Breath in. Breath out. Thank you.

                        Wolfgang Voigt, September 2019.

                        Various Artists

                        TWIN PEAKS - Music From The Limited Event Series

                          Come join us on our final journey to the town of Twin Peaks, take a seat at the Roadhouse, grab a drink and witness some of the finest musical performances any dive bar in America has ever seen. This double LP features tracks by NIN, Eddie Vedder, The Chromatics, Otis Redding, Lissie and of course Julee Cruise and Angelo Badalamenti. An incredible dive into the musical mind of series creator David Lynch; this really is an incredible document of the artists that visited Twin Peaks during the Limited Event Series. Once again our release has been mastered by Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman Mastering, cut by Bernie Grundman himself with pressing duties being handled by QRP (Quality Record Pressings) in Kansas. Sounding superb, this is sure to transport you back to your favorite series. You can taste the whiskey and cigarette smoke the minute you drop the needle on the record.


                          Aww yes, ain’t that fresh! Dusty Donuts coming correct with another batch of dope edits that will no doubt be rocking dance floors and accelerating the art of moving butts if you know what we mean. The A side, “Just A Touch Of Faith (Naughty NMX x Marc Hype) gives you the best of that Bob James/ De La/ Slave edits for your ear hole by revisiting Slave’s Just A Touch Of Love and applying the same breakbeat leverage that De La Soul gave to their Slave sample on Keepin’ The Faith. On the flip, NMX, this time in the company of Doc Flex, applies the same process to RAMPs’s Daylight, famously sampled by ATCQ on Bonita Applebum thus continuing their services to DJs everywhere with a perfect set opener 

                          Various Artists

                          Two Tone 7" Treasures

                            TWO TONE RECORDS was created in 1979 by The Specials founder Jerry Dammers. The label spawned a youth movement and a number of well-known artists and singles through the its tenure including the aforementioned Specials with key singles ‘Gangsters’, the UK Number 1 singles ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Ghost Town’.

                            They also helped launch the careers of Madness with ‘The Prince’, The Beat with ‘Tears of A Clown’, The Selecter with ‘On My Radio’ and The Bodysnatchers with ‘Let’s Do Rock Steady’. The label ended its chart run of singles with ‘Nelson Mandela’ by The Special AKA.

                            This 40th Anniversary 7” collection has been curated by Jerry Dammers, selecting his favourite 12 singles released on the label between 1979 and 1984.



                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                            Box set Info: 12 x 7" Box Set, Presented with their original sleeve designs in a bespoke 1960’s style carry case along with a Two Tone 7” slipmat and an art card signed by Jerry Dammers

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                            Various Artists

                            Factory Communications: 1978-92

                              Originally released as a limited edition four CD collection in 2009, Factory Communications: 1978-92 is a tribute to the label as well as a dedication to the founder, the late Tony Wilson.

                              Making its debut on vinyl, the project celebrates arguably the most important label in UK pop history, collating rare and obscure tracks from a diverse range of acts. It features 63 tracks including cuts from New Order, Joy Division, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, Section 25 and many others and includes sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.

                              Factory records was founded in 1978 when former Granada TV presenter Tony Wilson teamed up with Alan Erasmus, soon to be joined by maverick producer Martin Hannett. The Factory name was first used for a club featuring local bands including The Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division. The founding members of the label decided to release an EP of music by the acts who had performed there; “A Factory Sample” - and Factory Records was born.

                              Factory was however much more than just it’s headline acts. “Factory Communications: 1978-92” celebrates the label from the first release through an extremely diverse roster of acts from the cutting edge post punk of A Certain Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, The Railway Children, OMD, James and Joy Division to obscurities such as Section 25, Biting Tongues, Crispy Ambulance, Miaow and Swamp Children via early dance culture - ESG and 52nd Street, to the full flowering of the ‘Madchester scene’, ending fittingly with the last Factory release, “Sunshine and Love” by Happy Mondays. Sleeve notes written by Paul Morley.


                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              LP Box Set Info: 8 LP box set.

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                              Various Artists

                              Kamaal Williams DJ Kicks

                                Game-changing multi-instrumentalist Kamaal Williams has put together the latest DJ-Kicks mix. It features four of his own brand new and exclusive tracks and hints at the wide world of influences that have made him one of the most prominent artists of the last few years.

                                Williams has taken his long standing love of seventies jazz fusion and mixed it up with the contemporary sound of the London underground to devastating effect. House, broken beat, grime, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz all permeate his work, which has seen him evolve from one-man producer Henry Wu to acclaimed live band Kamaal Williams, backed by talented drummers and bassists. His pioneering work in the studio and live arena has influenced a whole new generation of like-minded musicians that have helped make the capital one of the most musically exciting and quickly evolving cities in the world, with Williams' own virtuoso drumming and percussion right at the heart of it all.

                                The exceptional Yussef Kamaal album 'Black Focus' was one of the most talked about records of 2016. Vinyl pressings kept selling out, it received rave reviews, earned the band the Breakthrough Act award at the 2017 Jazz FM awards and led to spellbinding live shows all over Europe. The follow up, The Return, came on Williams' own new Black Focus label and took his band global, all while picking up nominations for best independent album at the AIM Music Awards.

                                Improvised rhythm and spirituality are at the heart of everything Williams does, as is London life, with its diverse people, cultures and musical customs all feeding into his work. That is also true when making more electronic sounds as Henry Wu, who appears here after standout EPs on labels like Rhythm Section International. Williams' music is so individual it is more than deserving of its own tag: the artist himself calls it Wu Funk, and some of the many sounds that feed into it are all showcased on this adventurous new mix.

                                Exclusives include a live take of 'Snitches Brew,' new Kamaal Williams tracks 'Shinjuku' and 'Strings ATL' , as well as 'Wivout U' from Henry Wu. Those vital highlights sit next to classic jams from Southern Freeze, a strong contingent of London innovators from K15 to Dego and Tenderlonius to Kaidi Tatham, with funk driven house from Peven Everett, raw stuff from Steve Julien, lush synth grooves from Lone and feel good grooves from Phil Asher all making this is an honest and uplifting collection that, when necessary, is happy to eschew blends, fades and mixing in favour of red hot selections and sequencing.

                                Kamaal Williams DJ-Kicks is a fascinating insight into the record collection of a true musical alchemist.

                                Various Artists

                                Mathias Modica Presents Kraut Jazz Futurism

                                  There’s a new musical wind blowing through Germany – and especially in Berlin. After years of having been the techno capital of the world, the city now is embracing a much wider musical palette. Attracting a new generation of sonic adventurists, international jazz musicians as well as German talents.

                                  These highly skilled performers are searching for something new, merging different styles and influences. It’s a fact: jazz no longer ‘smells funny’. And after London and L.A., Berlin is on its way to becoming a new hotspot for the next generation of jazz-influenced musicians.

                                  Thanks to its free hedonistic spirit as well as a blossoming scene of new live clubs, festivals and happenings. This compilation showcases some of the most interesting artists on the new German scene to date.

                                  Yet while other new jazz movements are more influenced by hip hop and R&B, these young German ‘jazz’ musicians have audibly steeped themselves in their own heritage: Krautrock and electronic music.

                                  The majority of the tracks on this compilation were composed exclusively for this release or have only seen a limited release via the artists’ own channels. A few have already been released in 2018/19 on small labels. 

                                  Various Artists

                                  Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip

                                    The forthcoming ninth edition of the popular compilation series featuring long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles, Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip is set for release on Halloween 2019. The first track from the latest installment, the heavy psych groove "Pain" by Fiberglass Vegetables is available to hear and share via YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.About the Brown Acid series:

                                    Some of the best thrills of the Internet music revolution is the ability to find extremely rare music with great ease. But even with such vast archives to draw from, quite a lot of great songs have gone undiscovered for nearly half a century -- particularly in genres that lacked hifalutin arty pretense. Previously, only the most extremely dedicated and passionate record collectors had the stamina and prowess to hunt down long forgotten wonders in dusty record bins -- often hoarding them in private collections, or selling at ridiculous collector's prices. Legendary compilations like Nuggets, Pebbles, ad nauseum, have exhausted the mines of early garage rock and proto-punk, keeping alive a large cross-section of underground ephemera. However, few have delved into and expertly archived the wealth of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock tracks collected on
                                    Brown Acid.

                                    Lance Barresi, co-owner of L.A./Chicago retailer Permanent Records has shown incredible persistence in tracking down a stellar collection of rare singles from the 60s and 70s for the growing compilation series. Partnered with Daniel Hall of RidingEasy Records, the two have assembled a selection of songs that's hard to believe have remained unheard for so long.

                                    "I essentially go through hell and high water just to find these records," Barresi says. "Once I find a record worthy of tracking, I begin the (sometimes) extremely arduous process of contacting the band members and encouraging them to take part. Daniel and I agree that licensing all the tracks we're using for Brown Acid is best for everyone involved," rather than simply bootlegging the tracks. When all of the bands and labels haven't existed for 30-40 years or more, tracking down the creators gives all of these tunes a real second chance at success.

                                    "There's a long list of songs that we'd love to include," Barresi says. "But we just can't track the bands down. I like the idea that Brown Acid is getting so much attention, so people might reach out to us."

                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP Info: Exclusive avocado green coloured vinyl.

                                    Various Artists

                                    P&P Disco

                                      P&P was producer and Harlem hustler Peter Brown’s production company. He created some of the greatest moments in underground African American dance music, across a handful of labels in the 70s and 80s. Due to his independent ethos his releases on imprints such as Heavenly Star, Sound Of New York, La Shawn, P&P and others would often disappear after a single low numbered pressing making them incredible hard to find on original pressing. Tracks such as Mary Clarke’s ‘Take Me I’m Yours’, and the Fosters Jackson Group’s ‘Feel The Spirit’ have been championed by DJs such as Floating Points and Dimitri from Paris. Whilst the sheer rarity of some singles such as Clyde Alexander and Sanction’s ‘Got To Get Your Love’ and Louise Murray’s ‘Let’s Just Stay Away’ would set you back multiple hundreds of pounds to buy on original copies.

                                      Various Artists

                                      Noël Crooners

                                        How can you resist a bit of Deano "Let It Snow!" or Ol' Blue Eyes jazzin' up "Jingle Bells"? Surely everybody loves Louis Armstrong, right? Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles are all in there, and you've got a choice of a white or blue Christmas from Elvis. Sam Cooke has sneaked on there too, with "Wade In The Water" - not exactly a Christmas song, but good none the less.

                                        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 !!

                                        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

                                        Prelude's Greatest Hits : Volume III

                                          MINT ORIGINAL PRESS FROM UNIDISC/PRELUDE WAREHOUSE IN MONTREAL


                                          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

                                          Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - OST

                                            The soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s heavily anticipated music-laden film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

                                            Personally curated by Tarantino himself, the soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 standout tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, Deep Purple, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking.

                                            Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Produced by David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino. Georgia Kacandes, YU Dong and Jeffrey Chan serve as executive producers. The film also stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate plus Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, and more.



                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive limited double translucent orange coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Includes a (folded) 24" x 36" art poster.

                                            2xLP Info: Includes a (folded) 24" x 36" art poster.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Jazz – Timeless Classics From The Queens Of Jazz

                                              Various Artists

                                              Back To Mine - Jungle

                                                The iconic album series Back to Mine returns once again in 2019 with the first DJ mix compilation from world dominating indie-dance band Jungle, showcasing their personal tastes for the after-hours. The series was renowned for its eclectic selection and selectors which includes some of the biggest names in electronic and pop music, from the likes of Faithless to Pet Shop Boys, Groove Armada to New Order.

                                                The collection includes an exclusive track from Jungle themselves and takes the listener on an eclectic musical journey. From 90s disco by Merle to more recent house tracks by Manuel Darquart and Drumtalk. Bristol DJ Admin provides the percussion heavy ‘Space Cadet’ and the irrepressible Mocky supplies good vibes on ‘How It Goes’. There’s sophisticated pop from The Marias and Sam Evian and there’s some spotlight for modern jazz with tracks by Kamaal Williams, Mansur Brown and BadBadNotGood featuring Kaytranada. There’s also room for some gospel influenced soul by The Flying Stars of Brooklyn NY, lo-fi dream pop from Paul Cherry before ending with the always impressive HNNY.

                                                “When asked what genre of music we like or create we always answer explaining that we try not to hear music in genre but more in sonic and emotion, and if it feels good then it is good. By that merit, we have conjured a list of far-reaching tracks and brought them together to sit harmoniously on this Back to Mine mix. Put together mostly in the confines of our London based garden studio, where many a late night gathering has taken place, the mix makes its was through psych, Afro-beat, house and soul with some of our favourite tracks of the moment, Have fun and enjoy.” - Jungle

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Millie says: Jungle’s compilation is a close replica of what I’d include on my own selection of favourite songs featuring BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada, Sly5thAve and Mansur Brown. A fantastic mixture of contemporary jazz while also reaching broad horizons from house, soul and Afro-beat, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to genre inclusivity. Featuring one of Jungles very own exclusive track ‘Come Back A Different Day’ which is drenched in electronic beats with their signature sleek vocals.

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive clear vinyl. Limited edition heavyweight vinyl and extra thick cardboard sleeves with full coloured bespoke artwork, commissioned from illustrator Rich Fairhead, depicting the artist’s influences alongside personal sleeve notes from Jungle.

                                                Various Artists

                                                Body Beat: Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

                                                  17 obscure Soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks influenced by disco, boogie, house-music, soul and the more conscious lyrics of roots reggae. Owing as much to New York, Toronto and London as to the Caribbean cities of Port of Spain, Bridgetown and Kingstown this compilation traces the genre from its explosion in the late 1970s right up to the period just before contemporary soca became established around the end of the 1990s. Compiled by Soundway Records label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat, as with many compilations on the label, explores the fringes of this often maligned (by outsiders) genre. Boiled down to the bare bones of the matter though: soca is party music.

                                                  Soca was originally a re-invention of Calypso music; a genre that in the 1970s was fast becoming usurped around the Caribbean by Jamaican reggae and American soul, funk and later disco. The originator of soca (or sokah as he called it), the calypsonian Lord Shorty, began experimenting and modernising on the formulation of calypso in the early 1970s. His first album featured a strong emphasis on East African rhythms and a punchier recording style that emphasised the beat, and introduced arrangements that often owed as much to American funk and soul as to calypso.

                                                  Filled with up-tempo tracks from start to finish, the compilation’s lead single “I Want Your Love” by Peter Britto is a soca-house number which originally came out on NYC-based label Hometown Music in 1998. It features the recognisable soca synth beat, along with Caribbean steel drums and horns - but with the obvious influence of New York’s booming house scene, making it an ultimate crossover track for club dancefloors and carnivals alike.

                                                  So here you go - seventeen slabs of soca crossover, rapso, electronic calypso, and Caribbean ‘soca-soul’ for your enjoyment - and bound to fit well into modern, open-minded DJ sets alongside the resurgence of burger-highlife, digi-reggae, soukous and zouk.

                                                  Back to the Limited Series for the 8th edition. Banoffee Pies Records welcome another collection of talent with this 4 track drum exploration on BPLS008.

                                                  Jad & The joins the label on the A1 with a slow mo meditation full of warm pads and a string of broken beats on "X-Treme Drum". The A2 comes from Lehults head chef, Lucky Charmz, with a 150bpm drum and bass inspired electro cut. Rolling low subs with a UK feel. Something different.

                                                  The B side invites Sid Quirk, who recently featured on BP009 under other alias Keppel, this time with his 88bpm haunting original vocals, packed between dark percussions and twisted soundscapes on "B_F L_R", on the Hessle feel. Closing up the release, the B2 welcomes back Filip Szostak to the fold, this time bringing a drum heavy breakbeat DJ Tool that closes proceedings with energy and a suited transition for shifting moods on the dance floor. Music and Love. BP x



                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Dusty Donuts 17

                                                  To the Wesssstside! Side A is treated with heavy synth play by Doc Flex infused with a funky guitar lick to get everybody Lifted in the club from the Gin & Juice. It’s enough for George to change his surname to McDre. On the flip, Evelyn let’s us know the The Show Is Over and also How We Do It on a smooth soulful stroll down Crenshaw Blvd. Two G-Funk tracks that are cold as Ice Cubes. 

                                                  Esteemed acid house revivalists Tone Dropout have firmly established a market share of the current dancefloor estate. Eight volumes in and their limited series boasts repeat spins across the club and radio networks. Here we go again with five more smiley tunez for the warehouse dwellers and up-all-nite cru...

                                                  UK side kicks off with label owners Dawl and Sween dropping a futuristic bleeptastic breakbeat banger with lots of bubbles and swirls and atmospheric strings, another cracker from the head honchos to kick off the EP.

                                                  Then comes newcomers to the label Skywave Transmissions vs XOTR with an absolute stormer of a track. Take one of those square wave, gliding b-lines that really pumps, add a clever 'warehouse' vox, analogue swirls and fizzy strings and you've got a hi-nrg demonic fist-pumper that no-one can resist - worth the entrance fee alone this! This trio have regrouped after a 26 years hiatus, old skool legends from 'round these parts and "Warehouse 101" shows their true knowledge and love of the rave scene. Samuel Padden completes (UK)side-A with a quality breakbeat bleep track "Quad Damage".

                                                  Side B showcases the creme of the current European box jammers, kicking off with France's Daif who's "Mysterious Freakin History" tips its hat to Sheffleid with its bleeps n beats. Meanwhile Ascot/WW conclude our fun with the sinful "Alien Vision".

                                                  Another cult acid artifact from this leading firm. Recommended. 


                                                  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!! 

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Nigeria Soul Power 70’ album showcases the influence of funk, rock and disco on Nigerian music during the 1970s. Originally released as a nowlong- out-of-print collectors’ 7” box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more.

                                                    While for many people the fusion of funk and jazz music with Nigerian rhythms and aesthetics began with Fela Kuti and his afro-beat sound, in fact this can be traced further back to the phenomena of the 1960s Nigerian artists and house bands in nightclubs and hotels who interpreted US soul and pop music with a local flavour and none more so than Geraldo Pino, the ‘African James Brown’ who features heavily in this collection. Other similarly inspired Nigerian funk and soul artists featured here included Tony Grey and his Ozimba Messengers and Don Bruce and The Angels.

                                                    ‘Nigeria Soul Power 70’ includes a number of tracks from the group Wings originally known as BAF (Biafran Air Force) Wings, an army band formed during the Biafran civil war in Nigeria. The groups’ heavy mixture of funk, rock and African styles was popular among many Nigerian groups at the time.

                                                    Beneath the shadow of the few Nigerian artists who signed international recording deals in the 1970s - Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Chief Ebenezer Obey - lies of vast wealth of largely undiscovered musical transmutation and cultural cross-pollination and included here are heavy afro-funk/rock and disco tracks from artists such as the legendary Sonny Okosuns as well as rare cuts from little-known outside of Nigeria - groups such as Colomach and MFB. Most of these obscure artists signed to major labels in Nigeria in the commercial slipstream that opened up as Philips, Decca and EMI tried to emulate the international success of the big three international Nigerian artists.

                                                    Finally featured here is Kollington Ayinla, one of the co-founders of Nigerian Fuji music, who gives us perhaps the heaviest of all tracks on this album. Ayinla is the great moderniser of the Fuji sound and in the late 1970s began adding Bata drums and synthesizers to his authentic music to create a powerful and heavy new fusion of traditional and modernist aesthetics, embracing both new technology and experimentation while rooted firmly in Nigerian historical lineage.

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons

                                                      The recordings on this album were made in Texas prison farms in July 1964. Bruce Jackson had gone there in the hope of recording black convict worksongs, a tradition that derived from slavery and, before that, was imported from Africa. Many of the prisons in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, where such songs had been sung, had been built on the sites of slaverytime plantations. It was as if the owners changed but not much else.

                                                      Bruce found far more than worksongs. Prison is a place where people live: when they go there, they bring with them pieces of free world culture, just as someone migrating from one country to another brings cultural knowledge and practice to the new home. In addition to the worksongs he heard spirituals, blues, toasts (recited poems) and much more. In this album he tries to give a sense of that range of material.

                                                      This iconic album has now been re-mastered and features original artwork in full.

                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                      LP Info: LP Includes 22-page lyric book and digital download code for complete album.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Coolsville - Vol. 2

                                                        Stay Sick presents ten inches of mean sleaze and kookie far-out Bongo Blasters. DING DONG DADDIO, it’s time for round 2. So get out of this world, my beatnik friends and take a trip to Coolsville. You’ll flip your lid till your real gone, daddio. This stuff will murder ya. Side A is full of the sleaziest, low-down swingin strumentals in town. So blast the edison, don ya shades and get zonked on juice while these cats groove to the cool... hip and heavy... Mean and moody. The flip side will knock you off your swingers! A set of kookie cool an cerrrazy rockn`n’rollers, heavy on the bongo beat. Finger-click your way through these skin beaters till you are, like, too far gone...

                                                        Dead Horses continue to ply their narcs at the best discos and underground dances in town, this third installment a particularly heady offering from the firm.

                                                        The mysterious Otherlover opens proceedings with a teasing cut, "Need Your Love" which seems to throb at the very edge of climax throughout its loopy duration. Meanwhile DJ Nature remixes "Music Moves Me" by Dicky Trisco & Love Drop - a steady-away, mid-tempo number that should keep the momentum rolling with its detailed low-end and subtle, smooth samples. The pair also drop "Waiting For The Sax", which is the most disco flavoured offering here, with Trisco and LD chopping some up (unbeknownest to me) disco grooves and added a subtle, weightier kick underneath. Sometimes you don't need sorcery to move the floor, just tried and tested body science. Dead Horses know their respective fields inside out....Recommended.




                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Sil says: Chuggy disco house heavy on the sample side of things. Promises to ravage your dancefloor for real. Three cuts of sublime house music at the right tempo!

                                                        Joey Negro & Z Records unstoppable "Attack The Dancefloor" series powers it’s way to its 14th Volume of remixed disco gold and is still one of the most highly collected series on the market!

                                                        First up Joey brings one of his signature reworks to Delia Renee’s - "You're Gonna Want Me Back", pure uplifting female energy with all the pizzazz of the ‘80s. Dr Packer then steps up to give a fiery re-shake of (funky house classic) Foreal People's "Shake".

                                                        On the B side the UK Garage royalty Grant Nelson takes the classic Z Factor "Gotta Keep Pushin" to another dimension, turning it into a fist pumping disco-house hit that again, works the soundsystem in completely desirable ways.

                                                        Joey Negro lights up the last slot with a trademark Redemption Mix of Four80East & CeCe Peniston's "Are You Ready", drenched in spiritual organs and CeCe’s untouchable vocal prowess.

                                                        Another indispensable ATDF 12", destined to cause waves across dancefloors worldwide and ripples of investment across the discogs stock exchange. Get in there first to avoid tears later! 


                                                        The third installment of the Future Bubblers compilation is here showcasing some stunning hip hop, jazz, electronica. The programme, started by Brownswood founder and 6 Music broadcaster Gilles Peterson has garnered a reputation of being at the forefront of cuttingedge music, having previously released tunes by artists such as Yazmin Lacey & Skinny Pelembe. Peterson says of the release “Another year deep into Future Bubblers... and another fascinating selection of exciting music from across the country. Keep on keepin’ on Year 3s” Serving as both a new music discovery platform and a mentoring scheme - Future Bubblers aims to support left-field music by offering advice and practical support to the acts hand-picked from the multitude of applications received. Future Bubblers 3.0 continues the tradition of wonky electronica, soulful rhythms and jazz infused bops. From the Mancunian twang of Blind MIC to the freeflowing improvised hip-hop of Nutribe, the velvety vocals of Shunaji to the sultry r’n’b tinged Aaliyah Esprit - this new generation of creative and progressive musicians here showcase their individual skill - as well as the unifying and supportive ‘extended family’ ethos that comes from working as part of Future Bubblers. Future Bubblers has been running since 2014, artists are chosen through an open application process each year. They’re paired with a mentor from the music industry who, along with the Future Bubblers team, develop these artists. This album is focused on the ten artists from Year 3.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Millie says: Future Bubblers showcase the best upcoming artists in Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz and Electronica with talent overflowing from these ten tracks. Big MIC, fellow Mancunican displaying jazzy beats and Ayy’s hip hop is fire! Stay up to date with the fast paced music trends with the best of new artists on the Brownswood label which you can trust is only things you need to be listening to.

                                                        Wigan Casino godfather Russ Winstanley opened and closed an incredible 546 All-Nighters at the fabled Hearty-Of-Soul between 1973 and 1981. Here we present 16 floorfillers, popular at the time, and ever since. PLUS… we also showcase an – unreleased at the time – Northern Soul winner by Casino legend Tommy Hunt! Our playlist rumbles into life with with one of Northern Soul’s true heavyweights: Lou Prides atmospheric “I’m Com’un Home In TheMorn’un”. A £4,000 sound that summed up the All-Nighter experience for many. In complete contrast, Side Two launches into action with Canadian group Rain and their iconic “Out Of My Mind” which took the Casino by storm and was immortalised in the 1977 documentary This England, along with Judy Street’s “What”, also featured here. Two contrasting tracks and styles that together encapsulate the sound of Northern Soul Survivors! “The Casino All-Nighter is part of our Northern Soul heritage, it is part of everyone who attended the Club; it is the Northern Dance Sound at its raucous best. Get it and share it! – Right On!”

                                                        Massive reissue of these signature and much loved weirdo, disco-not-disco (but disco) cut-up cuts from the Bastedos camp. The likes of Young Marco, Horse Meat Disco, Soul Clap and Wax'o Paradiso have all been rinsing this EP, sky rocketing Discogs prices well up to £75 a piece.

                                                        The painstaking editing for these bombs comes from Bastedos themselves, A.M. and Last Waltz. Side A brings us 'Sit On This', a rolling, chugging, clapping, marimba-ing (!) disco workout in the vein of Material, edited by Bastedos. It pulls you along through a peaky peak time vocal, a sexed up guitar break, and some chopped-up chanting, all the way to its inevitable hands in the air Piano finale.

                                                        Side B first provides us with AM's edit, 'No Smoking On The Moon' and it's celestial choral stylings. Soft synths and tough bass play with each other beneath B-Movie FX and ecclesiastic organs. The sound of a space age disco cult... from the past.

                                                        Finishing off the record is Last Waltz's 'Magicke', the extended soundtrack to the opening of the gates of hell. Shuffling go-go perc, syncopated drums and fuzzed out chords play out under Satan's saxophone, before giving way to a damned (damned fuzzy that is) guitar, sounding out the call of Cthulu.

                                                        With previous releases including tracks from the likes of Agents of Time, JoeFarr, and raising talent R.O.S.H; plus support from DJs like Laurent Garnier, who licensed one of the previously released tracks to his Tsugi 'Electro' mix (Francois V ‘Electro’ taken from Cod3QR001) Cod3QR’s profile is steadily growing as a label releasing quality music.

                                                        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.

                                                        Head to their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr) for clues to the artist identities of Cod3QR001, 002, 003 & 004!


                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Matt says: I think this is my favourite techno series of the year! Every single one has entered my record box with a feverish excitement. Uncompromising and tuff but still with plenty of harmonic & melodic pleasure; technological advanced but still resonating vaguely with our humanoid receptors. I love it.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Soul Jazz Records Presents Congo Revolution: Revolutionary And Evolutionary Sounds From The Two Congos 1955-62

                                                        The stunning ‘Congo Revolution: Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62’ on Soul Jazz Records looks at the explosion of music that came out of the Congo in the years leading up to independence in 1960. Congolese rumba, a wild combination of African, Jazz and Latin influences, created future stars of its now legendary creators - Franco, Grand Kalle, Tabu Ley, Dr. Nico, Papa Wemba - and all feature here in their ground-breaking early groups such as O.K.Jazz, Brazzos, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz and The Beguen Band.

                                                        This expanded release includes a 50-page booklet innersleeves containing extensive text explaining the evolution of the music and history of the two Congos and how music, politics and popular culture intersected at the point of independence from the Congos’ European colonisers - Belgium and France - through songs such as ‘Vive Patrice Lumumba’ and ‘MNC Uhuru’, which celebrated the Congolese independence leader prior to his political assassination.

                                                        Also included are the stunning images of the Congolese photographer Jean Depara, who documented the Congo’s vibrant nightlife in the period 1955-65 as well as being the official photographer for the superstar Congolese artist Franco up until his death in 1989. Depara also documents the rise of the Bills (Congolese teenagers who dressed as cowboys) and sharp-suited évolués (who later gave rise to the fashion-conscious phenomenon of the Congolese ‘Sapeurs’). These images are reproduced in collaboration with Revue Noire in France.


                                                        DJ Oonops presents Volume 2 of his extensive compilation covering genres from Dub, Jazz, Funk, Soul to Beats and Hip Hop featuring pretty well known artists as well as zooming newcomers. He spent more than one year to select artists from around the globe who reflect the sounds of his "Oonops Drops" broadcast on Brooklyn Radio (NYC).

                                                        Be that jazzy beats or virtuoso live jazz drums, keys and guitars from Japan by Kazumi Kaneda, RF and 45 a.k.a. Swing-O, a first-time- on-vinyl dub remix by Great Britain's Coldcut or a brass cover version of Rihanna's "Stay" by Sly5thAve out of the US. Most of the tracks are exclusives or first time available on vinyl for this compilation, like the song "Measly Peace" by Magic In Trees out of Nashville, German beatmaker Twit One with an ill Jazz instrumental or London based rapper and singer Amy Tru featuring Nubya Garcia.

                                                        Also you gonna hear a unique and rump-shaking cover version of Blackstreet's "No Diggity" by T Bird & The Breaks, John Turell'spowervoice over some heavy beats by Soopasoul, Kinny with a catchy tune, Igor Zhukovsky from The Soul Surfers & MRR Drumetrics with an exclusive, pumping psychedelic drum track and Schemes from Montreal who take all the credits at the moment from the web by Vice, Okayplayer, Music Is My Sanctuary and many more. For the artwork Oonops collaborated once again with San Francisco based artist Lindsey Kustusch who mirrored the atmosphere of New York City on point with her oil painted artwork.

                                                        Be sure to get your hands on this limited peace of work before it's gone like Volume 1. About Oonops: beside his vinyl only show on Brooklyn Radio he is spinning banging club sets to relaxed mixtures for vernissages, museums or theaters. And furthermore he works as a product designer and he's listed in the top 50 of Germany's best table tennis players and focuses all his skills in an event which will bring all this together.


                                                        Various Artists

                                                        The Jazz Room Compiled By Paul Murphy

                                                        UK jazz dance hero Paul Murphy teams up with BBE Music to deliver his first compilation on the label: a blazing selection of up-tempo jazz titled ‘The Jazz Room’. Lauded by none other than Gilles Peterson as “the original messenger of jazz who found almost every dancefloor classic”, Paul began DJing in 1970s London. His passion and unique playing style placed him at the epicentre of an emerging jazz-dance scene in the city, popping off in spots like The Horseshoe (aka Jaffas), The Wag, The 100 Club, The Blue Note and The Electric Ballroom, where he founded the now famous ‘Jazz Room’, after which this album is named. Paul’s influence on UK Jazz culture simply can’t be overstated, from his short-lived but much beloved imprint Paladin Records to his unswerving support of home-grown talents such as Working Week, Morrissey Mullen & Paz. As a DJ, his musical selections still live large in the memories of those who experienced them. As Coldcut's Jonathon More put it “Paul Murphy used to play the most frenzied and far out funky jazz at my Meltdown warehouse parties”. ‘The Jazz Room’ nicely encapsulates the reason so many greats feel moved to wax lyrical about Paul Murphy’s ear for dance-floor jazz, which is very clearly undimmed after decades behind the decks. Deftly mixing contemporary sounds with trusted bullets that his 1980s audiences will remember well, these tracks are vibrant and potent, with a couple of fiery live recordings thrown in for extra energy and sweat.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Music From Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service

                                                          Jarvis now brings together for Ace Records an eclectic and exciting mix of the records and the features that made the show the unique experience it was. From listener suggestions that became personal favourites such as Nina Simone’s ‘Baltimore’, unusual cover versions like Antony & the Johnsons’ stunning performance of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy In Love’, and the Katzenjammers’ rendition of Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ as played on steel drums – a record so irresistible, it remains the only time Jarvis has ever felt compelled enough to ask another DJ what they were playing.

                                                          Throwing back to drive in theatres and the wonderful marriage of sound and vision, this comp hits us with some of the most memorable musical moments to land on celluloid. Not only do we get a whole load of excellent songs, but we also get to play the great game of naming the film from the song. Super fun! 

                                                          Right here we have a classy compilation of unforgettable soul serenades from the fiercest females ever to do it. The briefest run through of this flawless set on the shop stereo had me lost in my own personal lip sync for your life, belting out blinders from Aretha, Nina, Mary Wells, Dionne, Peggy Lee, Etta, Esther and Dinah. Tender, touching but so powerful, these songs, like the women who sang them, have stood the test of time.

                                                          In the 1950s a new kind of music jolted the American mainstream; rock 'n' roll, a loud, fast, liberating sound that primarily appealed to teenagers. Rock 'n' roll was an offshoot of the rural blues and urban rhythm and blues music that for years had entertained and stirred the spirits of Black America. Incorporating the hillbilly sounds of the rural South, upping the tempo and replacing the melancholy of the blues with a youthful optimism, rock n roll blasted through diners, car radios and high school proms, changing music forever.
                                                          Here we have a flawless tracklist of the genres finest moments, brought together in celebratraion of dancing and laughing, feeling carefree and having good old-fashioned fun. 

                                                          Time to salute the strong, sassy and soulful women of funk with a double vinyl set of all time classics. Featuring a who's who of fierce females, you're in the company of Lyn Collins, Minnie Riperton, Gwen Mccrae, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross and Donna Summer amongst others. On the first disc you can shake your tailfeather to super jams like "Think (About It)", "All This Love That I'm Givin'", and "Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)", while the second vinyl takes us through the disco era with personal favourites like Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat" and the Arman Van Helden sampled "Dance With You" by Carrie Lucas. Top stuff.

                                                          Wagram take us on a journey through the decades to deliver a great collection of blinders from the finest soul sisters. The tracklist is a who's who of soul royalty from the 60s to the present day, delivering their most powerful moments. There are too many sublime songs on here to list, but any record with Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By", Etta James' "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and Dusty's "Son Of A Preacher Man" is fine by me. And while most of these comps cut off at about 1980, this platter keeps on going, packing the tail end with hits from Neneh Cherry, Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige and Ibeyi. 

                                                          Growing up on the streets of The Bronx, the duo went on to tour the world with dance music royalty such as Dennis Ferrer, Erick Morillo and Louie Vega before they finished high school. 

                                                          Three exclusive Martinez Brothers tracks stud the 75 minute offering. ‘Jam Joint’ is a hypnotic, stripped-back groover whilst the lead single ‘Mistakes’ is a more techoriented offering. The stand-out collaboration with New York house aficionado Louie Vega on the soulful ‘Let It Go (TMB Alternate Version)’ convincingly rounds up the comp.

                                                          The double vinyl release of ‘fabric presents The Martinez Brothers’ shows off 12 tracks from the compilation in their full unmixed finery. The twelve house bangers include the two exclusive Martinez Brothers tracks - ‘Jam Joint’ plus the lead single ‘Mistakes’. Mahony & Floog’s ‘Nu Mai’ is fresh for this mix out later in the year on Vatos Locos. Roots Orchestra aka the prodigious Timmy Regisford brings noteworthy percussive roots slant to the New York house electronic collection.

                                                          In celebration of the fifth anniversary of his Mercury Rising residency at Pikes Ibiza and loving memory of the legendary Tony Pike, Harvey has put together a second collection of music inspired by and that represents the party. Never Mind the Balearics Here’s DJ Harveys Mercury Rising volume II.
                                                          Blending the classic and the cutting edge like the superstar he is, Harvey switches from the chugging Balearic house of Music For Dreams signings Rheinzand to an instrumental of Mandy Smith's primo pop pick "I Just Can't Wait". Elsewhere we get recent and decent jams from Mildlife, Das Komplex, Nu Guinea, Mildlife and Hugh Mane as well as disco delight "Dance, Dance, Dance" by Marta Acuna, boogie bomb "It's You I Love" by Pamela Nivens and Mr Marvin's Italo-house anthem "Entity".

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Patrick says: Balearic badboy, surf idol and all round pin up DJ Harvey hits us with a second selection of Mercury Rising bangers, assembled in loving memory of the late great Tony Pikes. Finding an equal balance between recent winners and all time classics, Harvey does disco, house, street soul and jazz funk in his distinctive Balearic style.

                                                          The MOD lifestyle enjoyed its heyday in Britain in the early 1960’s when short haircuts, button-down collars, motor scooters, pep pills and good music all combined to keep the aspiring followers of fashion one step ahead of the crowd. And the good music that the MOD’s danced to - featured here - was an infectious cocktail of American Rhythm & Blues, Jamaican Ska and the very best that the British combos had to offer. The original Mod cult faded away as quickly as it arrived, but it would reinvent itself in the late Seventies as Mod Revival and Two-Tone and today it is as relevant as ever before... Go Mod!

                                                          This new 180gm heavyweight audiophile vinyl compilation features 32 authentic Mod anthems remastered from analogue tape and original vinyl, stunning artwork featuring original Mod memorabilia and is packaging in a lavish gatefold sleeve. Go Mod! joins a growing catalogue of premium music on Charly Records imprint Club Soul - including the 16-track crossover and modern soul LP ‘Shades of Soul’ and newly compiled records that celebrate the clubs of the original Northern Soul Scene - ‘The Scene Club’, ‘The Twisted Wheel’, ‘Wigan Casino Soul Club’, ‘The Catacombs’ and ‘The Golden Torch’

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

                                                          P-Funk and Prince & the Revolution led the world through the last stellar evolutionary stages of soul music as it was transmogrified through the pulverizing lens of the 1980s, when African-American culture gave way to an advanced African-Interplanetary civilizations. Self-actualized artists and visionaries followed, reflecting and refracting their own interpretations as if translated by Samuel Delaney or Octavia Butler. This unwieldily titled collection documents ten successful experiments in privately-issued scifi soul music, lonely transmissions from a planet in a state of cultural fugue. Packaged in a one-way portal to the further limits of expression. Some assembly required.


                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Garland Records Present Pacific Northwest Stash Box

                                                            Unreleased dank garage PNW nugs! From the thriving hotbed of sixties garage and psychedelia of the PNW and Salem’s orphic Garland Records comes this potent cache of rare and previously unreleased recordings.

                                                            Chiefly composed of moody and mellow folk rockers and ethereal groovers, there are also a few far-out, heady reconstructions of familiar faves. Be warned, these hooks are very sticky.

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            Coloured LP Info: Green vinyl edition.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Garland Records Present Pacific Northwest Fuzz Box

                                                              A fuzz-guitar cascadian cache! The drive’s cranked all the way up and the needle’s fully in the red for this set of uptempo garage-punk stompers from Salem’s enigmatic Garland Records.

                                                              Packed with killer, crunchy bass, pummeling drums, in-your-face vocals, and (of course) mountains of fuzz-guitar! 15 tracks (primarily originals, with distorted deviations of select known numbers) that range from impossibly rare to previously unreleased.

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Blue vinyl edition.

                                                              Herzel opens the A side with 'Sea Level Rise', a track that has a mystical narrative constructed in a minimalistic manner. With its melodic perspective shifts and repetitive percussions, it steadily takes the listener to a suspended, unfurling climax. Balearic-edging never felt so good! 

                                                              Flute Power drop "Pacific Jam"; more housey in nature but still with that expansive, coastal outlook that makes it a firm bet across the open air arenas - think Tisno's beach stage, Cafe Del Mar before it died a death or the rich seam of bars along the Indian and Thai coastlines which pump out joy all day to a rich gathering of revelers.

                                                              Canadian MPC-don and master digger keeps feet shuffling with a disjointed, quick-paced box jam: "You Promised Me Love". You can almost picture the deft producer getting busy with the kill switches, hunkered down and locked into the groove....

                                                              Daniella La Luz contributes the last track, "DLA Cieble". A crowd-friendly terrace house number with plenty of bump n sway, it should find favour with fans of Shir Khan, Danny Russel & DJ Koze etc....

                                                              All in all a great set of tracks! 


                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Sil says: Chuggy and unrushed house filled with soothing sample is all the rage when done proper. Here you have a good example of dedicated craftmanship. 'You Promised Me Love' is a corker!

                                                              In addition to this week's Nova Classics Hip Hop comp, we also get a tight double vinyl set of classic and lesser known soul. Alongside familiar favourites like Gil Scott Heron's "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" and William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful...", we get killer cuts from Al Green, Syl Johnson, Bobby Wright and a personal favourite, Little Ann's Detroit classic "Deep Shadows".

                                                              Killer comp here which gives us a great overview of backpacker, underground and golden age hip hop, with a focus on the artists and tracks which sat just under the mainstream. Opening with Q-Tip's lesser known but super dope "Let's Ride", the two disc collection bumps through cuts from the likes of Rakim, Funkdoobiest, Dilla, Pharcyde and Oh No. All killa, no filla folks.

                                                              The second edition of Dekmantel’s foray into the era-defining, trans-Atlantic, cult techno label that is Djax-Up-Beats, comes another re-issue of classic 90s cuts.

                                                              The label say 'The Dutch label was responsible for releasing some of underground’s most foundational dance music, mixing together Chicago and European artists alike, and acting as the launchpad for some of today’s biggest producers. Featuring offerings from luminaries such as Felix Da Housecat, and Glenn Underground, alongside veterans such as Steve Poindexter, and DJ Skull, this second EP highlights the classic label’s old-school’s sound, while showcasing its diverse range, from dubbier, ambient moments, to wall-thumping, body crushing house force. Timeless music, repressed, and re-released for a new generation of DJs who covet the classic machine music.'

                                                              This second volume offers a more introspective look at the label’s earlier releases. Terrace’s "Bewitched" kicks us off, to which DJ Richard has described as being the defining track of the label’s beginnings with its dreamy, Detroit-style techno mixed with the harder rave elements of Northern Europe. Glenn Underground’s bass-roller "Real Space" weaves together soulful passion and primo beats Chicago beats, while Felix Da Housecat’s "Temptation" - originally from 1993 - gets a well earned re-release, reminding us of the soulful, deep and lustful energy the producer once had. China White, whose name doesn’t get banded around as much as it should nowadays, see their ethereal hit "Theme from the Underground" get another opportunity to bliss out the more upbeat rave community before disc one comes to a close...

                                                              The energy turns darker with Frank de Groodt’s The Operator alias, breaking the outer-most barriers of electro-techno, with "The Mind Strike". Chicago and Dance Mania’s Steve Poindexter turns out the shoulder-rolling, dance-energy bomb "Body Jam", while Mike Dearborn’s deliverance of unreal, dry techno in "Deviant Behaviour" runs aplomb with classic drum-machine pulses, claps, and uncomfortable, yet punishing melodies. DJ Skull’s "Don’t Stop The Beat" rides the EP with gushings of hand claps, and gentle, early 90s warm techno color, that transport you back to a time of more informed, and conscious electronic musings, a feeling that embodies Djax’s heyday.

                                                              Founded in Eindhoven at the turn of the 90s, Djax-Up-Beats quickly earned an international reputation for being a key source of Chicago house, acid techno, and floor-filling, heavy-hitting, straight up underground 12”s. 


                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 2: Ultra Rare NWOBHM 80-85

                                                                The second volume of Jobcentre Rejects is here. Prepare yourself for a NWOBHM fest beyond control. Ten tracks licensed from rare and hard to find New Wave Of British Heavy Metal records originally released in England 1980-1985. Kind of a Nuggets, Pebbles or Killed By Death for NWOBHM.

                                                                Set the volume control to maximum level and knock yourself out with obscure but brilliant sounds from bands like Omen Searcher, Bashful Alley, Sapphire and Panza Division.

                                                                File under: ”beyond essential listening for any rock’n’roll fan”. When putting together the first volume of Jobcentre Rejects (and for that reason started On The Dole Records) we initially thought it would be a thing of interest only to a few of our closest music loving and record buying friends. But sales took off in a massive way and rave reviews and orders from all over the world quickly made being On The Dole Records a full time job. There’s enough totally great and rare NWOBHM for many further volumes of Jobcentre Rejects. There’s so many great tracks just waiting to be heard by more people. Jobcentre Rejects Vol 2 will appeal to all metal fans, but also to punk fanatics, garagerock-maniacs, DIY-lovers and maybe even to a few powerpop aficionados. Jobcentre Rejects is for everyone into rock music history and anyone interested in British music- and culture history.

                                                                Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Saxon all got signed by majors and sold records galore, meanwhile bands in every village across England formed. Inspired by the energy and DIY attitude of the punk scene these acts recorded and released their records all on thieir own. The music heard on Jobcentre Rejects Vol 2 have so far been treasured only by NWOBHM connoisseurs. Jobcentre Rejects Vol 2 clearly shows that it is music far too good to be buried in the past. It’s music that deserve to be heard not only by the most die-hard record collectors. Remastered and restored sound. Extensive liner notes by Kieron Tyler (Mojo Magazine). Richly illustrated with many rare photos.

                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited to 300 copies on blue vinyl.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Ryley Walker Presents Imaginational Anthem Vol. Nine

                                                                  Tompkins Square label's very first release in 2005 was the acoustic guitar compilation, Imaginational Anthem Volume One. The concept was to showcase new talents alongside first-gen American Primitive guitar legends, a formula that stuck across the first three volumes. Volume Four, released in 2010, featured all contemporary players, giving many folks their first taste of William Tyler, C Joynes, Chris Forsyth and Tyler Ramsey. The label then started farming out curation duties to others : Sam Moss for Volume 5, Chris King for Volume 6 (Origins of American Primitive Guitar), Hayden Pedigo for Volume 7, and Michael Klausman & Brooks Rice for Volume 8 (The Private Press). Tompkins Square recruited label alum Ryley Walker to compile Volume Nine. Given his deep Rolodex and exquisite taste, it's no surprise that this comp is probably the most diverse of the series. Nine of the eleven artists were previously unknown to us, so we get to discover new artists just like our label fans do. 

                                                                  Melvo Baptiste steps up to mix the latest Glitterbox compilation, "Hotter Than Fire" featuring the upfront disco heat that has been setting off the dancefloor all summer at Glitterbox parties in New York, London and Ibiza. A strong contender for the hottest party on earth, Melvo has headlined Hï Ibiza for another record-breaking season this summer. "Hotter Than Fire" channels the energy of a Glitterbox event, with this three-disc special exploring the best authentic house and disco sounds.

                                                                  Featuring highlights from the Glitterbox imprint such as The Shapeshifters’ gloriously instrumented "Life Is A Dancefloor", enchanting dancefloors since its release and featuring Chic lead vocalist Kimberly Davis, as well as brand-new heat like JKriv’s "Yo Love" and KON’s remix of Qwestlife’s "Fever", a track that features iconic US talent including Sugarhill Gang and Siedah Garrett.

                                                                  Transitioning through the decades, "Hotter Than Fire" traces all the way from the 1978 soulful-disco cut "Gotta Keep Trying" by Tenderness, Goldie Alexander’s 1981 "Show You My Love" and the 1983 "Body Work" (Vocal Mix) by Hot Streak on CD1 through to warm 90’s sounds on CD2 such as Masters At Work’s Club Dub of Chic’s "Chic Mystique" and Shay Jones "When Love Calls" (E-Smoove's Late Night). Transitioning gradually into 2019, the compilation features upfront house and disco exclusively available on the compilation like Seamus Haji "Boogie 2nite "(Dr Packer Extended Remix), Loods "Love" and the Kormak remix of Low Steppa "You’re My Life".

                                                                  Demonstrating what Glitterbox does best, "Hotter Than Fire" re-creates the atmosphere of the party, with an abundance of disco, house and soulful sounds that embody the hands-in-the-air, euphoric, confetti-filled moments that the events are loved for.


                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  2xLP 1 Info: VOL. 1

                                                                  2xLP 2 Info: VOL. 2

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One DJ Party

                                                                  Soul Jazz Records’ new "Studio One DJ Party" is the latest installation from the mighty Studio One Records catalogue. A wicked new collection of the finest DJs and toasters ever to inhabit the world of reggae - seminal Jamaican artists including Prince Jazzbo, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Michigan & Smiley and Lone Ranger, as well as a host of lesser known artists and rare cuts from Studio One.

                                                                  From the earliest days when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd ran his Downbeat soundsystem up and down the length of Jamaica, DJs and toasters such as King Stitt and Count Machukie were always a part of the sound of Studio One, introducing new records and exciting audiences with catchphrase lines such as: 'No matter what the people say these sounds lead the way / It’s the order of the day from your boss deejay' (King Stitt).

                                                                  So when DJ emerged as a distinct reggae style at the start of the 1970s, Studio One were, as always, way ahead of their competitors. Legendary artists of the calibre of Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo all queued up to record for the equally legendary label.

                                                                  At the end of the 1970s, as dancehall exploded onto the island, Clement Dodd was once again able to maintain Studio One’s position on the throne as the number one sound in the Jamaica, fighting off upstart competitors such as Channel One and Joe Gibbs who tried to replicate Studio One’s unique sound. During this period Clement Dodd released a series of stunning dancehall releases from young DJ/dancehall artists at the label including Lone Ranger and Michigan & Smiley.

                                                                  This selection spans the early 70s up until the mid-1980s, from the earliest days of deejay toasting right up until digital dancehall, ground-breaking tracks over the finest selection of the ultimate Studio One rhythms and tracks.

                                                                  "Studio One DJ Party" includes specially commissioned sleevenotes by Chris Lane, founder of the legendary British reggae label Fashion Records, as well as fantastic original artwork commissioned by the illustrator Ski Williams.


                                                                  In support of their forthcoming Bob Moog documentary 'Electronic Voyager', Waveshaper Media have produced a compilation LP of Moog recordings from the 1960s. The first compilation of its kind, "Electronic Voyages: Early Moog recordings 1964-1969" contains tracks by Robert Arthur Moog, Herbert Deutsch, Joel Chadabe, Lothar and the Hand People, Intersystems, Ruth White, Max Brand, and Paul Earls. All of these tracks, released here on vinyl in an edition of 1000 copies, have been scarcely heard and difficult to track down, with all but three of them previously unreleased on vinyl.

                                                                  Bypassing the Moog synthesizer’s backseat appearance on key pop recordings by the likes of the Beatles, the Doors, and the Beach Boys, "Electronic Voyages..." aims to highlight the diverse approach of 1960s musicians and composers who adopted the Moog as their primary instrument; these recordings all feature the Moog synthesizer front and centre. Beginning with an audio letter ("The Abominatron") from Bob Moog to his musician-muse Herbert Deutsch, demonstrating some of the first Moog synthesizer prototype’s capabilities, "Electronic Voyages" veers from avant-garde and electronic soundscapes, to psychedelic madness and summer-of-love pop. In the 1960s, the Moog synthesizer was a new, groundbreaking instrument, and its use was completely uncharted territory. The pioneering use of the Moog on all of these recordings sounds fresh today - you can sense the wide-eyed exploratory delight unfolding, and the disparate results range from endearingly naive (Lothar and the Hand People, Paul Earls) to downright eerie (Ruth White, Intersystems).

                                                                  The musicians and composers behind these "Electronic Voyages" may have been among the first to adopt Moog synthesizers, but the fact that they so readily found within them expressivity, heart, and a means to translate their wondrous sense of discovery, speaks far more to Bob Moog’s visionary invention and enduring legacy. A triumph!


                                                                  More secret edit weapons from the vaults of DJs like Manfredas, Iñigo Vontier, Simple Symmetry, Dreems and Thomas Von Party, aka the Multi Culti Family. New wave Latino body music, peak power extended space disco and wiggly electro funk combine for definitive dancefloor approval and chin-stroking trainspottery that comes approved by us all here at Picc HQ.

                                                                  This is the sound of the edgy underground right now; honestly, you couldn't be more on-point if you traversed Striding Edge on ice skates. Mega stuff.


                                                                  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.

                                                                  The Time For Peace Is Now compiles fourteen songs that, while recorded over four decades ago, speak now more than ever.

                                                                  The tracks are a subset of 1970s-era gospel, not directly talking about Jesus or God, but instead tackling how we live with ourselves and each other.

                                                                  These are undeniably soulful, passionate, and urgent songs from obscure 45s, dug up from a long dormancy in attics, sheds and rated across the American south. Compiled by Gospel guru Greg Belson.

                                                                  “The Gospel bands heard on The Time For Peace Is Now were comprised of musicians who played both church and secular music. The church borrowed—or rather commandeered—the guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments used to backup Motown, Stax, and other popular labels—to give power to the songs they supported. Musicians who sang at ‘the club’ on Saturday night were often leading solos or singing in the choir on Sunday mornings. Saturday night and Sunday morning music began to interweave, which was especially felt when the church choirs sang Gospel. It was Gospel’s influence that made Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and many others the voice of the 1960s and 1970s. Gospel was the soul of America. This album is reflective of the dichotomy of the sacred and the secular. The music here is in some sense the same as the music of the club. “Keep Your Faith To The Sky” could have you singing “Keep Your Head To The Sky” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Listening to “It’s Hard To Live In This Old World” and “That’s A Sign Of The Times” imbues the pessimistic/realistic sense of what was happening. Like many Blues songs, the problem must first be named before it can be solved. At the end of The Time For Peace Is Now, hope is still present. The problem is named in the beginning and a possible solution is presented. -Pastor Keith L. Whitney

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  CD Info: Featuring a 36-page booklet in the CD with extensive notes by Jonathan Lethem (“Fortress of Solitude) and Robert Darden.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Bosporus Bridges - Turkish Jazz And Funk 1968 - 1978

                                                                    "Bosporus Bridges" is a compilation of Turkish jazz, bossa, psych, fusion and funk compiled by Lasarus and Roskow. Four hundred years ago Turkey was at the centre of an area that connected Islamic, Byzantine and Persian music. The country's music history begins in 1923, when Turkey became a republic and the leader Kemal Ataturk opened the doors to the Western world. Musicians in Turkey first adapted the waltz, but it was the tango from Paris that spread widely and became popular throughout the country. Youth in Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara started tuning the radio to everything that was happening in London and rock arrived in the mid 50s, with the instrumental music of The Shadows proving to be particularly popular. The blending of Arabic percussion, vocals and horns with Western jazz and funk rhythms, makes the sound of this forgotten scene unique. TWIMO's selection includes tracks by Erol Pekcan, Ferdi Ozbeoen, Okay Temiz, Durul Gence, Mustafa Okzent ve Orkestrasi, Emin Fyndykoolu with Nathan Davis, Erkin Koray, Okay Temiz, Fikret Kyzylok, Aksu Orkestrasi and Erkut Tackin.

                                                                    If you've been digging on disco edits for a while, you already know the score with Dessert Island Discs, the label most famed for the killer string of LNTG edits which kicked its discography off. Here we have some 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.


                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Norsk Tripping 3

                                                                    Our secret agent in Oslo returns with another urgent communique in the Norsk Tripping series, containing six more tracks selected from a private vault of dance floor dynamite. Styles on show this time include modern Italo, solid gold punk-funkery, synth-outs, outsider pop & 80's obscurities. All given the sonic once-over for maximum playability.
                                                                    The party starts with the Italo romp of "Robots", a chugging number with wormhole bass, occasional vocoder and the odd bit of ectoplasm. We return to earth with a 'bump' via the coke-y disco-not-disco of "NY77", an neat extension of Delta 5's angular and angsty "Mind Your Own Business", before the celestial sequences and pulsating bassline of electro bomb "Imperator" head through the clouds once again, possibly pausing to soundtrack an 80s montage. Flipping the pancake, "Cocteau" gives us the uber-Balearic, utterly cosmic edit of "Fifty Fifty Clown" we've been clamouring for, tripping us out before the dark but dreamy synth pop of "USSR" takes us off into the land of eyeshadow and homemade clothes like a Russian Flash And The Pan. Last but not least, "Camp & Cosmic" wrings Basil Kirchin's "Silicon Chip" through the interdimensional mangle, squeezing every last bit of spacey disco glitz out of the original. As always, a VERY limited run, so get it bought!

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Elrow Vol. 4 - Mixed By Basement Jaxx And Richy Ahmed

                                                                      After years of global success, party starters elrow have pioneered some of the world's craziest, frantic and awe-inspiring events, forging these genre defining festivals as rightful cornerstones in electronic music culture. In display of elrow's sheer magnitude, a total of 150 shows across 67 cities in 26 different countries to 2.3M attendees alone in 2019 alone is sure to continue the festival's position as a global spectacle - the top of the mantelpiece that is yet to see anyone take its place. Cr2 Records are thrilled to announce ‘elrow Vol. 4’ - 2019’s edition that features the best line-up yet, including the likes of Paco Osuna, Jansons, Mihalis Safras, Paul Woolford and plenty more.

                                                                      Mix 2 is curated by one of the biggest names in the global underground scene, having spent years playing in the world’s biggest clubs and festivals worldwide including Glastonbury, DC10, Circo Loco, Watergate and Burning Man, performing alongside the likes of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati and The Martinez Brothers just to name a few. Richy Ahmed supplies a class selection of underground house and techno grooves including his latest infectious cut ‘Acid Electronic’, providing a perfect balance to Elrow Vol. 4 and a scintillating mix to complete the album.


                                                                      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.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Sil says: Heart warming and with plenty of exotic soul and funk to fill your cold nights ahead. These are rarities for us westerners and sound as fresh as when they were created. Recommended to those who like 'world music' - like me!

                                                                      Presumably pissed off about Brexit, The Very Polish Cut Outs have taken a 3 year hiatus from our humble shelves, leaving us jonesing for a new batch of Euro-disco, synth-wave and Balearic edits. Thankfully, while the law makers and cake takers are busy pro-ro-ro-roguing, the TVPC crew have snuck back into the store with a feisty 12" sampler of high grade floor fillers.
                                                                      The A-side starts with a new edit from Holiday 80, and the Warsaw duo threaten to steal the show with the unstoppable stomp of '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'll 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 of scat/rap vocals complete with a Peter Gunn bassline, crazy organs and sizzling horns. The other cut is a hypnotizing edit of 'To Bedzie Koniec' ('This will be the end'), a Polish new-wave unclassic with a psychedelic twist and a post punk attitude. As ever, the cover art was designed by the long-time label collaborator Bartek Szymkiewicz, so this beauty looks as good as it sounds.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Patrick says: Light the beacon! The Very Polish Cut-outs are back with their sixth instalment. As ever, the source material is totally new to us here at Piccadilly, and the vibe bounces deliriously around disco, new wave and white funk, all with major Balearic leanings. Ace!

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Strain Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List 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.

                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                      Patrick says: Saving the younger generation (I think I still count) a lot of hard work and even more pennies, Finders Keepers begin the mammoth task of distilling the famed NWW list into a series of compilations. Volume 1 focuses on all things français, be it musique concrète, space rock, prog or free jazz.


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