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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.

Belgian New Beat and trance influenced tracks by Betonkust, Innershades, Robert D and Deris. 'Familly Matters Vol.1 is a 5 track EP that counts as the start of a new series on the 9300 Records imprint. It's the proper result of combined forces by these trusted beat suppliers and freshman 'Deris'. Each of them delivered their own personal homage to the thriving Belgian nightlife in the late 80's and 90's, when clubs like Boccaccio and later Zillion acquired an almost legendary status. To this day, their iconic neon-signs are still etched in our collective memory. In a decade where serious scandals, that even involved bribery, lead to heavy political disputes and a huge health-crisis (the Dioxine crisis) predominated Belgian media, people were searching for a way to escape reality and these clubs helped them to leave this world behind through music and entertainment. At the end of 1999, a point of no return was reached for the federal government, but a musical legacy was built...

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DJ Mitsu The Beats - Solid Black

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

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

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    Bullet Dodge Records Compilation 4


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      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!

        American rhythm & blues fervour, boosted by a multitude of sound systems playing 78rpm records on increasingly larger sets, gripped Jamaica from the late forties onwards but, by the end of the decade, the American audience began to move towards a somewhat softer sound. The driving rhythm & blues beloved on the island became increasingly hard to find and the more progressive Jamaican sound system operators, realising that they now needed to make their own music, turned to Kingston's jazz and big band musicians to record one off custom cutã discs. These were not initially intended for commercial release but designed solely for sound system play on acetate. These 'specials' soon began to eclipse the popularity of American rhythm & blues and the demand for their locally produced music proved so great that the sound system operators began to release their music commercially.
        Clementã Coxsone' Dodd, Duke Reid 'The Trojan' and Prince Buster, who operated his Voice Of The People Sound System, were among the first to establish themselves in this new role and the nascent Jamaican recording industry went into overdrive.

        Federal Records was not only the place for the sound system men to record their music but it was also where they had their records manufactured and, consequently, the company enjoyed a near total monopoly on recording and record pressing in Kingston. In 1963 Federal founder Ken Khouri sold his one track board to Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, who established Studio One, and Ken imported the first stereo equipment to Jamaica and Federal began making stereo records

        This essential album showcase’s an amazing selection of both hits, and not so well known rarities, from the vast Federal catalogue. All tracks have been transferred direct from the master tapes and assembled with the invaluable assistance of Ken Khouri's son, Paul Khouri, who generously gave Dub Store unlimited access to the Federal tape vaults. The extensive liner notes feature extracts from extensive interviews with Paul Khouri whose knowledgeable recollections of working on Marcus Garvey Drive, not only as a producer but as an engineer and musician, are illuminating and educational, presenting an insight into the birth and growth of Federal Records and the Jamaican recording industry as a whole.


        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.


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              Justin Carter And Eamon Harkin - Weekends And Beginnings

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

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

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

                - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter

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

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

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

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


                STAFF COMMENTS

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

                FORMAT INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

                Various Artists

                Shir Khan Presents Dancing & Romancing

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

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

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

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

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

                  Various Artists

                  The Hired Hands: A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    Emotional Response is delighted to present elsewhere LVI. The 4th of soFa's compilation series, this double LP takes us to the darker side of the elsewhere ouvre, via another 12 artist / 12 track travelogue.

                    With certain future-retro feelings, this is club music for the open minded. An album that roams from dreamy ambient territories to rhythmic patterns - internationalism for the adventurous DJ.

                    Rusty slow-mo bangers and post-industrial synth-wave kidnap the listener to a dystopic and shady wasteland. Elements of ethnic folk, vintage vocoders and Gamelan samples all united on one homogeneous selection.

                    With artists now known to welcoming new brethren, this is an audio trip to leave reality behind. Exotic, hypnotic, tactile, trance-inducing meditations, washed down with a spoonful of magick.

                    ‘Buntús Rince’ translates from Irish as ‘basic rhythms’, and this new compilation explores how Irish musicians were influenced by strands of different genres of music from around the world, merging them to create their own unique sounds. The compilation features some of the most innovative and talented figures in the history of Irish music and includes rare Irish jazz, fusion and folk outliers from the 1970s and early 1980s from musicians relatively unknown outside of Ireland.

                    Often regarded as a musical backwater, the 1970s finally saw Ireland begin to make its mark on international music. The nature of this feat is all the more commendable, considering how isolated and conservative the country still was in the middle of the last century. The emergence of acts like Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and Van Morrison instilled in budding young Irish musicians the belief to dream big.

                    Unlike many other European countries, Ireland had not benefited from the cultural impact of immigration. Pioneering Irish musicians did not have access to the type of vibrant music scenes ubiquitous to most European cities at that time. With no talented players or even in some cases recordings of the music, they had to cultivate and invent their own small scenes.

                    A jazz scene had begun to blossom in Dublin in the late 1950s. Self-taught players like Noel Kelehan and Louis Stewart emerged as the Irish standard-bearers. Their level of musicianship saw them play with some of the world’s most renowned artists. The 1960s would see the emergence of the ‘beat’ scene in Ireland, with groups like Granny’s Intentions, Taste and Eire Apparent finally challenging the hegemony of Irish Showbands. Change was in the air.
                    The late 1960s also saw many Irish emigrants returning home, bringing with them inspiration from the new styles and sounds of London and further afield. The arrival in the late 1960s of pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline, new music magazines and the availability of music on vinyl meant that different genres were now becoming more accessible. The musical landscape of the country began to transform and evolve, influencing a new generation of musicians in the process.
                    The 1970s saw advancements in studio technology. 8-track studios began appearing in Dublin, offering more opportunities for groups to record singles and albums. Synthesizers and other instruments were also becoming easier to acquire as the younger generation turned to electric jazz and fusion music.
                    While the level of musicianship was high, the levels of opportunities in Ireland were still very limited. Many groups and solo musicians had to emigrate to try and succeed.
                    Thankfully for those who remained, this new emerging scene didn’t go totally unnoticed and local labels began to take a chance on more obscure Irish groups. Labels like Mulligan and also producers like John D’Ardis and Terri Hooley championed and documented music from the Irish underground of the 1970s.

                    Their valuable work is a common thread which connects many of the tracks on this compilation. From the soaring flute playing of Brian Dunning, to the swinging piano of Noel Kelehan and the sonic force of Jolyon Jackson’s synthesizers; ‘Buntús Rince’ lifts the lid on a vastly underappreciated period of Irish music history.
                    One for the collectors.

                    Various Artists

                    In The Red Vol. 1 & 2

                      Parisian label Chuwanaga is really proud to announce the final volume of the In The Red compilation series with this CD bringing together Volume 1 & 2. In The Red Volume 1 & 2 is an in depth musical focus on the Britfunk genre - or British Jazz-Funk - mainly produced in London between the end of the seventies and the eighties.

                      Back in the days, it defined a unique mix of Jazz-Funk & Disco including Reggae & Dub techniques from Afro-Caribbean communities who were at the heart of the movement. These young musicians gave their music a unique British flavor and raw energy pushing the needle "In The Red". Almost four decades later on these powerful tracks are again ready to burn up dancefloors.

                      Parisian DJ, activist and producer Saint-James has selected the most exciting, rare and powerful tracks from that era (1980-1988). Expect powerful synth solos, crazy slap bass grooves, lovely vocals on the top, strong and melodic horn sections… The CD features also an insert with photos & interviews of different members of the bands featured here.

                      The second Keep on Wankin EP continues Hell Yeah label boss Marco’s on going quest for the perfect remixes. This time out he serves up the most Balearic Gabba influenced material yet and takes you on a trip to the clouds with Bjorn Torske and Fango both stepping up.

                      First up is Bjorn Torske’s take on everybody’s favourite Luminodisco tune ‘Oh Mary.’ It’s an impossibly adventurous 11 minute epic with buoyant chords dancing over trilling guitars. Lush, multi-layered and brimming with musicality, this is the sort of dubbed out yet percussively lively masterpiece that will mark the high point of any set as it washes over you time and time again.

                      Then it’s to Fango’s chunky and spaced out take on Somerville & Wilson’s ‘Yantar.’ It’s been the final track of all recent Fango sets around the world for a while now and that won’t change any time on thanks to the slow build to a colourful dub disco peak. It takes you ever higher on wandering lead synths as the fat drums pump away below. Essential stuff.

                      Following on from the standout D.J. Rogers release, South Street Disco turn their sights to reissuing two seminal and much sought after ‘70s jazz funk Loft classics. One side houses Miroslav Vitouš’ cosmic disco delight ‘New York City’, the other uncovers the Latin infused whirlwind ‘Whistle Bump’ from Eumir Deodato.

                      First up the Czech jazz bassist and founding member of Weather Report, Miroslav Vitouš, supplies the infectious vibrations of ‘New York City’. Harnessing the spirit of the bubbling NYC underground club scene of the mid ‘70s, Vitous lays down a proto Arthur Russell flavoured jam, that blends whirling new-wave-esque vocals and brazen basslines over trademark cosmic keys from the master, Herbie Hancock. Combined with tight drumming and fiery, overdriven riffs it paved the way for this to become a dancefloor hit and a clear precursor to the early house scene. With originals trading hands for £120+ it’s high time ‘New York City’ got an official remastered reissue.

                      On the flip side, a timeless Brazilian instrumental jazz-funk gem from Eumir Deodato that likewise became a certified classic through heavy rotations on New York’s revered dancefloors, most notably via David Mancuso at The Loft. Feel good feelings amplified by spirited Rhodes, psychedelic strumming and that sure-fire Latin infused bongo / whistle carnival combo. Carefree, unbridled energy that sees Pops Popwell’s funk bass perfectly accompanying blazing guitar solos and a horn section from heaven, it’s impossible not to get down to. Pure South American sunshine bottled up and ready to be supplied at will.

                      The latest edition of Gator Boots is a split 12” with edits that cut straight to the dancefloor.

                      On the A Side Boston’s Trip Report pays R.E.S.P.E.C.T. with an acid workout. On the flip G Markus freaks a dancehall classic with some more acid and smooths out a forgotten 2000’s r&b gem.

                      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

                      Philadelphia International Classics - The Tom Moulton Remixes: Part 1

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

                        The names alone fill one with awe, The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Archie Bell & The Drells and Lou Rawls. All of these artists were, and still are, huge stars. Turning in classic after classic, and with Moulton's supreme ear assisting, this special PIR reissue 12" see's some all-time classics from the aforementioned artists in their full, unabridged, unedited Disco glory. The selections on this EP are absolutely top-shelf, flawless in fact. One could argue that these are the 'definitive' versions of these anthems. Pure Disco gold essentials. Anyone with even a passing interest in Disco will most certainly need this record in their possession, the 2012 pressing of this EP changes hands for £100+ second hand, so a repress was desperately needed.


                        Various Artists

                        25 Compost Records

                          25 years Compost Records. Wow! For many people, the record label is rated among the best German independent labels for club music, and it specifically belongs to the leading labels for house, future jazz and downbeat. This box-set serves as proof of that achievement: Dozens of producers, DJs, label owners and companions sent them their thoughts, dedications and quotes. In fact, Compost is known worldwide for being the pioneer of the future jazz genre. The very successful and highly acclaimed compilation-series like "Future Sounds Of Jazz", "Glücklich", "Elaste" or "Party Keller" are still timeless highlights.

                          For the 20 years anniversary they published a book - five years later, they put the music into focus even more again: The idea was to ask esteemed artists to reinterpret their favorite Compost tunes. So they are excited about getting both talented young artists and many of their all-time favorite producers involved in this project. Alongside the remixes and sold out vinyl label-classics, there are a few exclusive tracks in this strongly limited, hand numbered 10x12'' box. In addition, you can explore the impressive label history and background stories in the liner notes written by Michael Reinboth himself. On top of this, the anniversary box includes some Compost-gimmicks, a download code (for all vinyl tracks and some bonus ones) and a mixtape by each Michael Reinboth and Thomas Herb.


                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          12" Box Set Info: Strictly limited, hand-numbered 10 x 12” box set + 2 mix tapes + Compost logo metal pin + jute bag + sticker pack + liner notes.

                          Various Artists

                          Greg Belson’s Divine Disco Volume Two: Obscure Gospel Disco (1979-1987)

                            Although gospel and disco music seem like polar opposites—one is secular while the other has embraced a hedonistic culture—the marriage of the two genres has birthed the uplifting spirituality and dance floor thump found in gospel disco. By the mid-'70s many established and independent gospel artists started creating records with a tight four-on-the-floor beat that touched both churchgoers as well as patrons of the drug-fueled establishments of the '70s. Cultures of Soul Records is proud to present the second installment of Greg Belson's Divine Disco. Belson is one of the world's leading authorities on the funky gospel sound; for this collection he dug deep into his crates to undercover the rarest independent and private press gospel disco records ever recorded. Greg Belson's Divine Disco sound is one that's been heard around the world from his DJ appearances at Glastonbury's NYC Donwlow stage to LA's Funky Sole to soul nights across Europe. Many tracks are under the radar or recently discovered such as Harrison Jones - On that Other Shore, Converters, I've Been Converted and the super limited self-released 45 by Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On the Mainline. Only 50 copies were ever pressed. This volume even includes gospel disco from the UK with Paradise's brilliant "Keep the Fire." This compilation also includes remixes and edits by Steve Cobby (who was a member of Fila Brazillia) and the Divine Situation production duo of Greg Belson and Paulo Fulci. 

                            In the lead up to part two of the highly anticipated Outro Tempo compilation, MFM drops this teaser EP with the never before heard cassette madness of São Paulo’s Bruhahá Babélico and Individual Industry’s ethereal electro pop on the flip.

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                            Music From Memory announces a series of Brazilian releases for this Spring that pick up where their 2017 Outro Tempo compilation left off. Circling around the musical projects that emerged out of the art world in Brazilian cities during the late 1980s and 1990s, “Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1984-1996” takes anotherdive into the depths of the Brazilian underworld, exploring the rhythms that lurk beneath the Ipanema sunset. It shines light on more illustrious unknowns and on the genre-defying music that maintained asymbiotic, yet uneasy, relationship with mainstream popular culture.

                            Various Artists

                            Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.1 Compiled By Joey Negro - Reissue

                              Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.1 is being reissued for the first time since it’s original release in 2010 plus this will be the first ever release on vinyl for this highly regarded collection of rare and very sought-after underground British disco, funk and soul tracks avoiding the obvious hits that have been on a million CDs already. Many of these tracks never went beyond a very small local release but have since become very collectable - buying this lot would set you back somewhere in the four figures.

                              Both Vol.1 (2010) and Vol.2 (2018) of the Brit Funk albums tell the story of the underground scene from the late 70’s through to the mid-80’s in the UK when punk and disco were giving way to a new blend of jazz, soul and funk, heavily influenced by the American big hitters of the day but re-worked by the UK pioneers for the British dance floors.

                              Both volumes contain a unique selection of high quality music, which will have a shelf life lasting well beyond the currents trends and fads. All tracks have been Cedared and re-mastered to a very high standard and now sound better than ever before.  Joey Negro re-edited some of the tracks for the original album, updating them with a fresh new approach.


                              Various Artists

                              Balearic Blah Blah 17

                                After a 2 year hiatus marooned on a desert island surrounded by singing frogs and dancing jellyfish, the incognito re-edit label Balearic Blah Blah is back once again with a fresh batch of DJ delights from the motley crew of editors.

                                Master Editor KB leads the charge kicking things off with an off kilter track (Pheew Position) from the Parade Album which has been maximized for longer dancefloor steel drum-funk, reminiscent of his eighties DJ sets where he used 2 copies of the original 2 min track.

                                Hamburg‘s frequency without control gives us a sleazy, soulful, boogie, German Balearic gem.

                                Found by KB in a dusty & dirty basement in Aarus, Denmark on his global travels, a finger plucking flamingo fiesta of a track!

                                On the flip comes New Yorks finest Balearic Bastardo, with a monster disco-edit which was hammered by DJ Harvey at his Mercury Rising residency at Pikes, Ibiza.

                                KB slows things down for the final cut, another find on his travels, this time in Amsterdam where it was lurking behind a Red Lighted radiator in a notorious coffee shop. Maximized editing for your aural pleasure.

                                That’ll do!

                                Various Artists

                                Too Slow To Disco: NEO - En France

                                  The perfect soundtrack of a very first « french kiss » of an early morning sunset by the Seine. Songs to relax to or to fall in love with, songs to dance to or to dream with. The the soundtrack of an extraordinary life - your life, maybe...

                                  NEO is the next chapter for the critically acclaimed compilation series Too Slow to Disco. For DJ Supermarkt it was time to explore the exciting new, modern smooth sounds of the present. With TSTD NEO - En France we go to the exciting european capital of all things mellow, elegant, slightly erotic and Pop! The compilation contains 17 tracks - some of them never released and exclusive for this compilation - featuring two godfathers and grandseigneurs: the legendary Bertrand Burgalat, head honcho of the Tricatel label, musician, composer, arranger, producer, and the electro-disco wizard Yuksek who also runs the infamous Partyfine label.

                                  The others are the kids of Michel Legrand, Les Jeunes Gens Modernes and the French Touch, they sometimes try to marry « Debussy to a disco beat », they’ve all got this blue melancholy which you only find in the french streets, they sing in in their mother tongue or in their so very charming english accent without any complexes. They’re boys and girls. Duos (Bleu Toucan, Poom or Weekend Affair…), bands (L’Impératrice, Cléa Vincent and her friends), collectives (the elusive Catastrophe) or solo artists (Jean Tonique, Lomboy, Magnüm, Saint DX…) mix candide melodies and gainsbourgienne basslines, electro arrangements and sensual grooves. There are funky guitars licks and – as usual with TSTD - way too many saxophones (it sounds like Duran Duran’s « Rio »), slap basses and some vocoders, even features a great ironic use of the modern autotune. It’s the perfect soundtrack of a very first « french kiss », of an early morning sunset by the Seine – or by the sea (you choose) –, of a late bar evening session, sipping red wine or a dry martini cocktail – once again, you choose.


                                  Various Artists

                                  Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

                                    Compiled by Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Zach Cowie (DJ & music supervisor) and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab).

                                    Pacific Breeze documents Japan’s blast into the stratosphere. By the 1960s, the nation had achieved a postwar miracle, soaring to become the world’s second largest economy. Thriving tech exports sent The Rising Sun over the moon. Its pocket cassette players, bleeping video games, and gleaming cars boomed worldwide, wooing pleasure points and pumping Japanese pockets full of yen.

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

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

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


                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                    CD Info: CD in a UV coated Digipak with over sized fold-out booklet and custom die-cut obi card.

                                    Epic Club Machine !
                                    80s EBM mexican band Interface went digged, contacted, then re-edited by Sneaker Dj.
                                    The unique slow industrial marchs signed Raw Ambassador strike again.
                                    Rawmance: 3AM when the walls sweat. Addictive dance.
                                    Dutch master Das Ding hosted here with a progressive storm, rougher than ever.

                                    Smells of heavy rotation..

                                    Various Artists

                                    Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller Present: Soul On The Corner

                                      Following 2018’s acclaimed Jazz On The Corner compilation 2019 again sees Martin Freeman team up with Acid Jazz’s renowned head honcho Eddie Piller to present a veritable and personal collection of tracks. Compiled from the pair’s personal favourites, be it hearing on the radio, word of mouth or Dj-ing - Soul On The Corner represents the entire gamut of soul from the sixties and seventies right up to the present as illustrated by the likes of Tommy McGhee and the Acid Jazz recent signee Laville.

                                      Opening with the inimitable Bobby Womack and How Could You Break My Heart, as Piller explains; “I never tire of hearing this record and have used regularly to close my DJ set, it’s a real hands-in-the-air moment.” Further cuts from the renowned and less well-known seamlessly complement each other – the smooth sultry jam of Laville’s Thirty One or the superbly nuanced slice of progressive soul in the shape of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77’s Love Music. Piller’s selection transcends the rock / soul divide with Never Gonna Give You Up from former Impression Jerry Butler, adding: “I plumped for this because I recalled the incredible response from The Black Keys’ version that I aired on the BBC’s Funk and Soul show.”

                                      No less varied is the choice of soul fan Martin Freeman, opening with the vintage ’68 soul with a twist of something rockier, Barbara Acklin’s A Raggedy Ride that he professes; “is an unexpected gem that’s been a favourite of mine for forever.” Other picks arrive in the form of Georgie Fam’s cover of Bobby Womack’s Daylight that has Freeman enthusing; “the original is a beaut. This is better.” Further inclusions come from The Supremes and The Wisdom Of Time, representing the mid-nineties contemporary soul scene is Lewis Taylor with Lucky that as Freeman asserts is; “an epic tune.” Meanwhile, taken from their first self-titled album Earth, Wind & Fire’s Fan The Fire epitomizes the innovative nature of one of the most successful acts of all time and adds Freeman; “this is a funky-as-hell cry for peace and love. Good lord, they were SO good.”


                                      Various Artists

                                      Birth Of A Nation - Inevitable Records: An Independent Liverpool 1979-1986

                                        In the late 1970s and 1980s, Jeremy Lewis established and ran Liverpool’s Inevitable Records, and in doing so provided what he calls an “incubator” for an impressive selection of the talent emerging from the city at that time. From Pete Burns and Dead Or Alive to China Crisis, Wah! Heat and others, Inevitable provided the launchpad for many successful careers. Operating initially out of Lewis’ Amazon Studios, and mutating as the years passed from an outlet for the city’s spiky post-punk sounds to a synth-pop, commercially minded imprint with major label backing, Inevitable proved popular with John Peel and found admirers from across the ‘80s musical spectrum. Presented here for the first time is an overview of the label, including a disc of contemporary Peel Sessions from key artists and a 3,000 word account of its story by Jeremey Lewis himself. Of particular interest to many will be never-before-heard (or re-issued) work by a young Pete Burns – his first Nightmares In Wax sPeel sessions are included. A further look at the wonderful music explored in ‘Revolutionary Spirit’ this is an indepth look at the roots of several special careers, produced with input from Inevitable founder Jeremey Lewis.

                                        Various Artists

                                        Plastic Dance 2

                                          Ten more cuts of unacquainted and elusive synth squat-pop, angular funk, metallic jazz and fraudulent disco from the self-propelled imprints and global co-ops.

                                          This elasticised series combines rare, unknown and untravelled wax nuggets of night club punk, art school Zeuhl and quasi-political pop united by soldering irons, C-60s and sarcastic synth tones.

                                          The second volume in the ‘Plastic Dance’ series compiled by Andy Votel and Doug Shipton.

                                          Features exclusive liner notes by Andrew Weatherall.

                                          “The artists on ‘Plastic Dance 2’ were artists because they said they were. Listen to their work and you’ll know they were. Listen in transcendent wonderment as George Attwell creates alchemical space funk in his home studio... as a future Mock Turtle and members of The Manchester Music Collective channel Robert Calvert and Bill Nelson... as Korzynski comes on like a Jeff Mills remix of Terry Riley. Listen in the wide-eyed joy of being as Stabat Stable’s drum machine runs amok to the accompaniment of discordant organ stabs... as a future founder of 808 State channels Albert Ayler alongside a galloping synth arpeggio.” - Andrew Weatherall

                                          Various Artists

                                          Soul Jazz Records Presents Fashion Records: Style & Fashion

                                            Soul Jazz Records are proud to present this new collection of music from the great Fashion Records, one of the most important and iconic independent reggae labels to come out of the UK, running from 1980 for nearly 20 years. In that time Fashion released hundreds of records that successfully reflected - and indeed set - the changing styles and perspectives of reggae music in the UK, from UK dancehall and lovers rock in the 1980s through to the mighty rise of jungle in the second half of the 1990s.

                                            While nearly all other UK reggae labels focused on releasing Jamaican music, from the early days of Island and Trojan in the 1960s, through Island and Virgin in the 1970s and Greensleeves that came up in the 1980s, Fashion’s focus was firmly on music produced in the UK. This unique British perspective shaped both lyrical content and musical fashion. And like all the great music labels, from Studio One to Blue Note, Fashion was able to create a significant roster of its own artists.

                                            Amazingly for a small independent label, a number of Fashion artists achieved mainstream UK chart and crossover success, including Laurel & Hardy, Smiley Culture and General Levy. But although this success was welcomed, crossing over into the mainstream was never the main focus for label owners Chris Lane and John McGillivray (who also runs the successful Dub Vendor record shop), whose starting point was always primarily focused on producing quality music first.

                                            In the early 1980s, Fashion Records captured the rise of the emerging British dancehall scene in its ascendency. The large roster of first generation British-born artists and MCs on the label, including General Levy, Papa Face, Smiley Culture, Bionic Rhona, Asher Senator, Laurel & Hardy, Top Cat and many more, often gave a unique and sometimes humorous British lyrical perspective to Fashion releases, discussing everyday subjects, from police harassment to road safety.

                                            Throughout much of the 1980s and into the 1990s Fashion continued to release an almost relentless array of UK dancehall releases as well as continuing with lovers rock and the occasional dub releases. Then, in the mid-90s, with the dancehall and reggae releases still coming on strong, Fashion released a superb series of early jungle tracks linking Jamaican and British MCs and dancehall artists with young jungle mixers, remixers and producers. By this time dancehall artists General Levy and Cutty Ranks had become the staple vocal samples of literally hundreds of white label jungle records and Fashion took advantage of this, often getting young producers to work in exchange for sample clearances.

                                            This album is a subjective and scatter-gun ride through some of the many unique and heavyweight tracks to come out of the Fashion stable - some classics, some lesser-known, all 100% killer.

                                            The Dusty Donuts crew are back at it again, and if ten releases weren’t enough, the eleventh, which features Jim Sharp is what we love to refer to as a certified banger. You see, this crew is deep with the digging knowledge, DJ experience, and the production skills to reinterpret classics for not just disc jocks but for the mainstream public to get up off of their seats and jam. Number eleven features two very prominent tracks, “Rising To The Top”, an eighties classic from Keni Burke blunted out to the max, as well as an edit of Rick James’“Mary Jane”with enough buddah funk in your trunk to get it moving. “Rising To The Top”in its original form is a feel good, get up out of your seat joint that makes you wake up your body and move it around. The bass line/ drums in this mix are so infectious, so damn good that if people can’t move to this relick, you might have to keep a doctor on hand to check pulses. Sharp’s edit of “Mary Jane”, one of the best tracks dedicated to weed in the history of weed songs, is completely on point. Like MJ, it’s not the type of track you can just tie, down, it likes to spread its love around.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Dancing In Darkness

                                              Electronic Body Music, abbreviated as EBM, is a term whose origin stems from the Belgian group Front 242, chosen to describe their electronic music; cold and dancing, free of the dominant influences of the time. Powerful, cold and minimalist electronic rhythms were the hallmarks of this new genre.

                                              The movement quickly garnered followers with the British group Nitzer Ebb but also in the rest of Europe, with the likes of Borghesia and The Neon Judgment, later signed to labels like PIAS, Antler- Subway, Wax Trax!, Mute, Off Beat, Zoth Ommog, Pendragon and Metropolis.

                                              EBM’s popularity grew rapidly in the underground scene during the 1980s and early 1990s, especially in Europe, before breaking through in the rest of the world, also influencing the subsequent electroindustrial scene.

                                              ‘Dancing In Darkness: EBM, Black Synth & Dark Beats From The 80s’ - to give it its full title - is a compilation of some of these bands; bands that changed contemporary music in terms of ideology, politics and aesthetics.

                                              Various Artists

                                              Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip

                                                Brand new edition of the Brown Acid series release this time out to coincide with RSD. All the first pressings of this series sell out on release day. Some super rare and firesome private press heavy rock and psych from the underground rock scene of the 1970's. Essential for all stoner rock rans and heavy sike wig out enthusiasts.

                                                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.

                                                Banoffee Pies Records ninth edition to their original series lands on BP009 featuring Vancouver duo Plush Managements Inc. aka D. Tiffany, rising producer and label manager at the wonderful Planet Euphorique, and Regularfantasy of Total Stasis, with their sub heavy trance state track with rolling hi hats "Plush Egg” on the A1. The A2 comes from Kiev born techno artist Voin Oruwu who joins with futuristic break beat drum rhythms and swirling vocal hook on “After All". The B side takes a darker turn with raw and clean dance floor garage from another Bristol local, Hartta on “Trust Issues”. The B2 ends with experimentation from the classically trained UK musician Keppel, with game like soundscapes in “Atari”s accelerating cinematic instrumentation. Music for the floor. One love, BP x

                                                Dimitri from Paris & DJ Rocca on Toy Tonics!? Some might wonder, other will understand. The reason: Toy Tonics records is made by the same guys who used to run the (currently sleeping) indie disco label GOMMA. And Dimitri & Rocca did a couple of EPs on Gomma some years ago. Now it's 2019 and some of their older works sound still/again so fresh that it made sense to release them again on Toy Tonics. That's why you get this package. Three jams perfectly for the summer: The ultra 1990ies house remix for Italian duo Hard Ton. Then their all time disco superjam Ero Disco Theme and the long time sold out and currently highly looked for Ray Mang remix of Dimitri's collabo with band Los Amigos Invisibles. That "Glad to know you" version goes for a lot of $$$ on Discogs, so why not put it out again. Have fun with Dimitri & Rocca. Old school house and disco dream team.



                                                Various Artists

                                                The Mod Scene

                                                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                  The Mod Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. This compilation features 25 rare and influential that helped shape the Mod scene. Mixing rock, blues and soul with electrifying energy, the ‘mods’ were sharply dressed and ready to take their sounds to the streets and were warmly embraced by the music-obsessed ‘mod’ fans. Includes tracks from Tom Jones, Paul & Barry Ryan, the Poets, Amen Corner, Small Faces, Chris Farlow, Graham “10cc” Gouldman, Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band, Graham Bond Orchestra and many others.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  The Freakbeat Scene

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                                                    The Freakbeat Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. The Freakbeat sound, was mainly a sub-genre of late 1960s UK rock and roll, which many of the artists, and their styles, went on to become a larger part of British music history. Includes early recordings from the Attack, the Birds, Marc Bolan and the Small Faces.

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    The R&B Scene

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                                                      The R&B Scene brings together 25 remarkable tracks, virtually all of them much sought after on original Decca/Deram 45. Save yourself £££s and buy this loving compiled 2LP set in heavyweight 180 gm vinyl. Contains 4-sided information sheet, replicating original album CD package notes. The British 1960s Rhythm & Blues music scene, was like no other, it borrowed the blues and rock & roll, and produced a sound that became a global success. Includes early recordings featuring David Bowie, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Music For Dreams: Summer Sessions For Record Store Day 2019

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                                                        A special limited edition sample, comprising of 6 tracks by different artists. All tracks have never been released on vinyl, and 3 of the tracks are unreleased exclusive tracks. It will be a double vinyl LP on heavyweight 180g black vinyl. A collector's edition for the Balearic/Downtempo/Sunset DJ's & Collectors. Tracklist (**unreleased exclusive tracks) A1. The Swan & The Lake - Plastic Pacific Ocean ** A2. Troels Hammer - Infinita A3. Nordsø & Theill - Castanos Azules - 06:17 ** B1. Mike Salta - Hey Moloko - 08:13 B2. Ambala - Morning Lights - 05:20 B3. Dj Pippi - Hierba Buena - 05:51 **

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Brazil Classics

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                                                          30 year anniversary box seT of David byrne’s legendary brazil Classics series. This is one of the first compilations of pop music from Brazil, and one of the most important compilations of music from anywhere. It became the beginning of a shift to music in other languages and from places other than where you are now. And, it was the beginning of Luaka Bop, which we are pretty happy about. New sleeve notes from David Byrne!

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Too Slow To Disco: NEO - En France (RSD Edition)

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                                                            New compilation compiled by DJ Supermarkt from critically acclaimed Too Slow to Disco series. With TSTD Neo - En France it starts a brand new series of modern music with the special touch we always love on all Too Slow To Disco releases. The compilation contains 17 tracks -some of them never released and exclusive - featuring artist like Yuksek, Bertrand Burgalat and many more. As always the heavy weight double vinyl comes in a gatefold with lots of liner notes and on RSD exclusive limited colour edition.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Max's SKAnsas City

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                                                              Recently unearthed ‘lost recordings’ from the early New York ska scene in 1980, in limited edition milky clear vinyl LP. When the NYC ska scene germinated in parallel to the UK Two-Tone movement, the Max’s Kansas City club was at the heart of it. The clubs pioneering record label, run by Max’s booker Peter Crowley, recorded a number of sessions in 1980, including with legendary Skatalites founder Roland Alfonso. But only two 7” singles, by San Francisco’s The Offs and NYC’s The Terrorists, ever got issued. Subsequently the NY ska scene exploded, with many bands achieving great success. Only now can these previously unreleased studio tracks by Roland Alphonso, The Terrorists and The Offs be heard. The album has 15 tracks, eleven of which are issued for the first time, and it comes with authoritative sleeve notes by ska writer and player ‘Marco On The Bass’. Tracklist: - Roland Alphonso – Tear Up; The Terrorists – Pressure and Slide; Riis Park; Roland Alphonso – Musical Resurrection; The Terrorists – Justice; The Offs – You Fascinate Me; Roland Alphonso – Four Corners; The Terrorists – Working in a Coalmine; Treat Her Right; Roland Alphonso – Sax Skandal; The Offs – My World; The Terrorists – Fade Away; Roland Alphonso – Bridge View; The Terrorists – Take It Easy; The Offs – Easier Said Than Done.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Soul Jazz Records Present Boombox 45 Box Set

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                                                                Soul Jazz Records’ fantastic new collection of early rap on this unique exclusive Record Store Day seven-inch box set comprising five independent, super-rare and collectors’ early hip-hop 45s, all fully remastered and presented in their own separate exact replica original artwork. Artists include Lady B, Bransam, Manujothi, TJ Swann, Pee Wee Mel and Barry B. This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                AA Sessions Volume 1

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                                                                  AA Sessions is a collaboration project helmed by producer Ben Hampson at his “Agricultural Audio” studio in the countryside of Lewes, Sussex. A revolving door policy of different artists coming and going led to these 6 songs, each with a different line up, with members of AKDK, Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Projector, Nancy, Sweet Williams, Charlottefield, Sick Joy and more featuring in different ways on different songs. The LP comes on pillar box red vinyl and is strictly limited to 500 copies. Release is via Jazz Life which is the label set up in 2014 by Blood Red Shoes.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  The Vinyl Revival: The Album

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                                                                    This is a gatefold compliation album that will contain the DVD of the The Vinyl Revival, based on Graham Jones' book of the same title, within as a unique product for RSD19. They are a combined product and will only be sold this way for RSD so will form a unique collectors item at only 1000.

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                                                                    The 1st edition in The Selector Series features a special 7 x 7" box set culled from the vaults of Sony Music and containing 14 super-rare Northern Soul  tracks from the Columbia, RCA, Epic, Bell, Okeh and Buddah logos including Lorraine Chandler, Lou Courtney, The Vibrations, John Edwards, The Metros, Herb Ward and The MVPs to name a few, all presented on the original labels together with notes on the individual tracks. Compiled by veteran Soul Music collector and DJ Ian Dewhirst of Mastercuts fame, this box will be limited to 500 unique handnumbered copies.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Breaking Bad OST

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                                                                      180 gram audiophile vinyl PVC protective sleeve Gatefold sleeve with UV-spot Varnish (TBC) A selection of defining songs, featured in the five seasons of Breaking Bad Exclusive Breaking Bad postcard (TBC) Exclusive Breaking Bad sticker-sheet with logo’s (TBC) 4-page booklet with exclusive pictures and credits (TBC) 2 printed innersleeves with pictures (TBC) Secret inscriptions in run-out groove Essential Breaking Bad songs by Gnarls Barkley, Bob James, J.J. Cale, The Monkees, Beastie Boys, Badfinger, Fever Ray, Whitey, The Bambi Molesters and others Limited edition of 3000 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl. 600 in UK Breaking Bad is one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time. Following its premiere in 2008, the show's five-season run won 16 Emmy Awards and earned 58 nominations and continues to appeal to new fans every day in over 170 territories worldwide. The series follows the story of Walter White, a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family's financial future, and is supported by an impressive soundtrack. Music from a variety of styles and decades can be heard throughout the 5 seasons of the series. Music On Vinyl releases a special Record Store Day 2LP soundtrack, containing a selection of defining songs from the series. The soundtrack includes tracks by Dave Porter, Gnarls Barkley, J.J. Cale, Los Cuates de Sinaloa, The Beastie Boys, Badfinger, Nat King Cole and The Monkees. The Breaking Bad release is housed in a gatefold sleeve with UV-spot varnish. The package includes an Breaking Bad postcard and sticker-sheet with logo’s. To understand the story behind the songs we including a 4-page booklet with exclusive pictures and extensive liner notes by Thomas Golubic, Breaking Bad's music supervisor

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Disco Not Disco

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                                                                        “Strut Records were there first, well before DFA recorded The Rapture’s Sub Pop debut. ‘Disco Not Disco’ preceded the punk funk revolution by two years.” - Resident Advisor For Record Store Day 2019, Strut present the first ever repress since 2000 of the influential first volume of ‘Disco Not Disco’ compiled by Joey Negro and Sean P as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary. ‘Disco Not Disco’ was a perfectly timed compilation back in 2000. Released when interest in the myths, history and playlists of original New York clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft was at its peak, the album drew on the outer limits of leftfield disco championed by Levan and Mancuso, bringing together unlikely dancefloor anthems by rock acts like Yoko Ono and Ian Dury, obscurities from cottage labels like BC and Splash and selected oddities from the unique mind of avant-garde hero, Arthur Russell. It was essentially a celebration of the sonic melting pot in New York during the early ‘80s, an era when punk had burnt itself out and disco had become commercial and saccharine; in its place, the post-punk movement threw up brilliant oddities which tore up the accepted rulebook. Since its release, the compilation title has become a by-word for a whole genre of music and remains a landmark collection of its time. With original copies now changing hands for €100+, this new pressing is a welcome return for an essential celebration of disco’s difficult cousins. The album features full original artwork and Kris Needs’ sleeve notes and is remastered and cut by The Carvery. • First volume of the seminal compilation series repressed for the first time since 2000 for Record Store Day • Album title became known as a style of music in its own right, when rock bands and experimental NY artists aimed at the dancefloor • Major influence on the punk funk bands and labels of early 2000s including DFA • Album remastered by The Carvery and featuring full original artwork and sleeve notes by Kris Needs

                                                                        This first edition of ‘Shades of Soul’ is presented on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl in single sleeve packaging complete with liner notes and Club Soul insert.
                                                                        ‘Shades of Soul’ explores the sophisticated side of Northern Soul with a smooth collection of soulful recordings that have, over time, become known as “Crossover”. Here we have perennial dancefloor favourites from Gene Townsel, Johnny Adams, Eddie Billups and Jackey Beavers plus more recent reactivations such as “I’ve Just Got To Tell Somebody” by Gloria Lynne thanks to DJ Richard Searling. We also feature the rarest of the rare courtesy of Point Of View, The Harmonics and Gerald Taylor. Sixteen mid and up-tempo grooves that showcase the crossover from Northern to Modern Soul.

                                                                        Homegrown talent from the beautiful inland town of Hamar, surrounded by the beautiful Furuberget and lake Mjøsa. First collab with these former Skwee-stars on Full Pupp Splits as Prins Thomas further expands his roster.

                                                                        Although previously contributing to the discombobulated, fractured sub-genre that was 'Skwee', Melkeveien and Sprutbass here opt into a more dancefloor friendly aesthetic - somewhere between house, Balearic and new disco - ie. the Prins Thomas remit!

                                                                        A couple of PT-OGs grace side B. "Bybuss" begins with the produce's patented percussion section working at 2/3s acceleration: a gentle sway and canter introducing a typically hypnotic, stuttered groove made up of staccato synth lines slowly growing intensity over its extended course before a picked bassline is introduced for the second half of the track. "Ænsjless" is basically a rip off of Jeff Mills' 909 workouts, with fizzing snares compressed to buggery and big fat kicks banging away as analogue crashes and swooshes fill out the mix - perfect for utilizing at your next three-deck dance party and a very ear-catching listen.


                                                                        Akuphone resumes its reissue operations with its latest compilation, "Malam Minggu: A Saturday Night in Sunda". This release brings us once again to Southeast Asia, with a stopover in the Indonesian archipelago – to the region of Sunda in western Java. As its name suggests, this collection immerses us in the vibes of Sundanese nights at the turn of the 1980s.

                                                                        During the post-independence climate of the 1960s, Presidents Sukarno and Suharto encouraged artists to renew and innovate traditional Indonesian art forms in an attempt to limit and control the spread of Western music - which was banned from broadcasting in 1961. This policy saw a revival of traditional musical styles like gamelan degung, and the emergence of Indonesian singing genres: jaipong and pop sunda.Recorded between 1978 and 1985, this unique and surprising selection presents some of the most popular artists of the time, such as Nano S. and Tati Saleh. It is richly documented by Southeast Asian music specialist Édouard Degay Delpeuch.Lyrics and their translations are included

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                        London’s Release / Sustain imprint returns with a four-track package featuring material from Eduardo De La Calle, XDB, Joey Anderson & Moody Waters feat. Carolina Damas.

                                                                        The Release / Sustain imprint has gone from strength to strength over the years, welcoming the likes of Alton Miller, DJ Aakmael, Benjamin Brunn, Losoul, Norm Talley and many more respected names in underground house and techno over its past twenty nine releases.

                                                                        Cult Spanish maestro, Eduardo De La Calle kicks us off with concentric technoid tension of "The Protosoul"; helicopter synth shards spiraling again a taut, discordant pattern that's very much in line with what Surgeon or Jeff Mills might twat out mid-session (albeit possibly at +8%!!).

                                                                        XDB then offers up heady, subtly blooming leads, pulsing subs and shuffled drums with "Another Night" next. Certain to set forward-learning floors alight with its unrivaled sound design and mind-expanding palette. Proper techno this.

                                                                        Opening the flip is New York’s Joey Anderson with "Drum Play" which as the name suggest sees the percussive aspects dynamically evolve throughout amongst choppy bass hits, stuttered arpeggio blips and warm string melodies. Moody Waters then teams up with Carolina Damas, vocalist on anthemic house cut "Sueno Latino" (!!!) for "Acid Lovin", edging into deeper territory with ethereal pads, crunchy drums and squelching 303 licks while Damas’ soft, spoken-word Latin vocals wander within. Essential? Youbetcha.


                                                                        Trax Records is the iconic Chicago label that played a major part in the birth of House Music This release features the original sounds of House by Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles, Mr Fingers and more. 12 essential tracks cut on 2x LP 180g heavyweight vinyl with printed inner sleeves.

                                                                        READ: A Chicago house greatest hits LP across two discs. Perfect for soundtracking weddings, bar mitzvah's, children's birthdays and 'in an all back to mine scenario' of the millennials and older. Coffee table tackle!


                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Buzzsaw Joint Cut 5 - Sophisticated Savage

                                                                          Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol trashy rock n roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive Buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee Records. Get your ears around the wild n weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Bill Springer, The Demons, Jimmy Uke & His Islanders, Herb Zane and lots more. 

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Songs From Satan's Jukebox Vol. 2

                                                                            Hell-O my satanic friends! Do not listen to the evil biblical propaganda from above because you are undoubtedly worthy enough, daring enough, and ready for a second insane stroll through the devil's carnival. For a sinful walk through this hellish fair! You feel seedy enough to secure a second devilish ticket for my fiendish ghost train! Escape your boringly sizzling purgatory and come, hurry up and step in, come aboard, take a seat, because I’m the only one who really knows how to have a hell of a time. Satanic rites from the likes of Gene Vincent, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff, The Louvin Brothers and more. 

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Keb Darge & Sounds That Swing Presents The Rockabilly Crown Jewels

                                                                              Here we have the very first, 100% rockabilly compilation to be minted by the Juke Box Music Factory. And what a compilation! Crafted by a true 45-tour aficionado, a lover of rhythm, of authentic sounds, and – most importantly – of quality music. None other than His Highness, Keb Darge!

                                                                              After seducing us in the mid ‘90s with his trailblazing “Legendary Deep Funk” and “Funk Spectrum”, followed by his 2010 curveball “Legendary Rockin R’n’B”, the ever impeccably coiffed DJ delved body and soul into the origins of rockabilly. The revelation occurred in Japan (where else!), where following his little lady into a club, Darge was knocked over (albeit belatedly) by the “Rockabilly Boogie” of Johnny Burnette. Sayonara Northern Soul, so long rare funk. Keb duly rolled up his sleeves and made up for lost time, churning out 5 furious volumes for his “Legendary Wild Rockers” series.

                                                                              A stampeding collection corralled in collaboration with Little Edith (the little lady in question). Today, Keb Darge forsakes his traditional partner, BBE, to offer our friend El Vidocq the perfect rockabilly selection. This time produced with his old bud Neil Scott (first-rate collector of Rockabilly, met at a Camden market and owner of the record shop “Rock That Swing”), “The Rockabilly Crown Jewels” is every bit as juicy as Keb’s previous salvos. Indeed, this compilation comprises only the choicest morsels. Thanks, Keb!

                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                              Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Twisted Tales: From The Vinyl Wasteland Vol. 4 - Hippie In A Blunder

                                                                                Remastered DMM vinyl cut
                                                                                Lovingly restored artwork & hi-grade printing
                                                                                Quality vinyl pressing made in Germany

                                                                                Produced by Mark Lee Allen and Micha Gottschalk
                                                                                Based on a concept by Mark Lee Allen
                                                                                Introduction & liner notes by Mack Stevens
                                                                                Short story by Avery Powell
                                                                                Artwork & hand-lettering by Olaf Jens.

                                                                                Calling all glue sniffers and mirror kissers, Duca Bianco unleash their first 12" featuring freak-beat, fucked up and scuzzy DJ edits by Smagghe & Cross, Tom Bolas, Hanoben & ADSX and Schmoltz, a fine collection of kerazies I'm sure you'll agree. 
                                                                                Kicking us off are post punk loving electronic heroes Smagge & Cross with the weird, warped and fuzzy wave of "Drug Of A Nation", an unorthodox anthem critiquing the perils of square-eyed subserviance. Well whacked out but still a sing-a-long, this is gonna hit hard with adventurous floors. Next up, Tom Bolas reaches deep into the bag to hits us with a fast paced and fucked up cover of AWB's "Pick Up The Pieces" topped with a robotised schlager vocal and the occasional scream - insane and irresistible I reckon. Over on the flip, Hanoben and ADSX rock us with a VHS saturated space disco hit, extended and upended for the underground, while Schmoltz comes through with an end of night / afternoon groover for the Balearic crowd in the form of "Starnight". Jazzy acoustic guitar, Stevie styled chorus and plenty of feels - 5 sandals out of 5.


                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Patrick says: More wavy weirdshit from the Duca Bianco camp here as Smagghe & Cross, Tom Bolas, Hanoben / ADSX and Schmoltz offer post punk, daft disco, cosmic and Balearic rerubs respectively.

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Songs From Satan's Jukebox Volume 1&2

                                                                                  Who the hell is the devil? As we all know, God (that old slowcoach) is commonly known and allowed to have but one name (or none). As his everlasting arch-enemy, however, of my names there are plenty: Allow me to introduce myself: Satan from Arabia! Devil, El Diablo, fiend, deuce, Old Nick, the one that bedevils everything- these are only a few of my names in Western cultures! Lucifer - the one who brings the light- or, as seen through the eyes of my grumbling competition, the one who was exiled from the light! Beelzebub, Azrael. I hereby present you a small selection of satanic songs and maleficient melodies from my infernal jukebox. Let me seduce you! 

                                                                                  New release from La Beauté Du Négatif - Italian camp of maverick hardwired electronix and far flung leftfield dance music. Now up to their forth 'Various' EP (and tenth release in total), this label has found its way into the more discerning Mancunians' DJ bags over its short but succinct existence.

                                                                                  Kicking off with the legendary Italian duo Monomorph (aka D'Arcangelo) with an epic & rare ambient track released only in CD in 1996 on an obscure compilation produced by the defunct Italian label Disturbance Records (!!!! - yes guys you're right to be excited! - ed). "Rystal" is nothing short of genius; harnessing a spiritual energy as it carefully deploys analogue synth lines and a gentle pulse before decorating with a vintage, stoned breakbeat. The enigmatic Brainwaltzera are drafted in for this momentous occasion - contributing a typically fractured, future-gazing soundscape of discord, harmony and rhythm - ace! Onto side B and The Jaffa Kid's "Phos Harbinger" is one of the most arresting and frenetic slices of pots, pans and pads you're likely to hear all year - and then in flies this step sequenced B-line I honestly think even Autechre would be jealous of! So good.

                                                                                  SSIEG and Rawmance remain, concluding the EP with a heavenly slice of downbeat ("Sogno In Bb") and a head-turning exercise in alien chatter / interstellar flux ("Mondonotte...") respectively. Totally recommended. 


                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Matt says: The Jaffa Kid - "Opener" >>> This is ridiculous! As is most of the EP. More essential listening from this maverick Italian firm. TIP.

                                                                                  New Special Edition release from Rune Lindbaek on the Magic Wand label featuring four exclusive remixes from the prolific producer.

                                                                                  First under the knife is Lowrell Simons' "Love Message", which Lindbaek smudges and slurs into a sun-scorched Baleario-classico! The superb guitar picks and chops combine with that ridiculously phat b-line for a moment of hammock-swinging fun in the sun - boom!

                                                                                  Next up, Frederico Estevez' percussive roller, "Hologramas" sees Rune focus on the tribal nature of the drums, emphasizing the low resonances before adding mystic flute and gentle sea crashes for another paradisiacal track to get lost on your favourite island to.

                                                                                  Craig Peyton's "Be Thankful For What You Got" flips the mood into snappy, hardware-guided electro-funk. Complete with juddering b-line and rock solid Jomox drum hits, this hits that sweet spot between Italo, proto-house and freestyle wonderfully.

                                                                                  Finally, RL gets busy on Angel Tears' exotic opus, "Ishka"; full of eastern flavour and a galloping groove, this brilliantly evocative remix sees tuff breaks and a proggy synthline adding, taking the track to the beaches of Goa and Bali...


                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  A Love That Never Dies

                                                                                  A little mystery goes a long way, but it's fair to say the appetite for unearthing those secret tunes and lost classics has rarely been stronger. "A Love That Never Dies" give us a peek inside their formidable archive with three wonderful pieces of coveted music, in very short supply in their original form. Faint memories of proto-techno collide with Zanzibar / Cosmic friendly afro-funky and a solid dose of sherm-fuelled, rambunctious disko. No f***in about on this one - straight into the deep end and dazzling.


                                                                                  One super limited, clear vinyl pressing.


                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Matt says: Three styles and flavours to cater for the different moods and feels of a good weekend on the rocks.

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

                                                                                    There was something in the air in the urban corners of late ‘60s Japan. Student protests and a rising youth culture gave way to the angura (short for “underground) movement that thrived on subverting traditions of the post-war years. Rejection of the Beatlemania-inspired Group Sounds and the squeaky clean College Folk movements led the rise of what came to be known in Japan as “New Music,” where authenticity mattered more than replicating the sounds of their idols.

                                                                                    Some of the most influential figures in Japanese pop music emerged from this vital period, yet very little of their work has ever been released or heard outside of Japan, until now. Light In The Attic is thrilled to present Even a Tree Can Shed Tears, the inaugural release in the label’s Japan Archival Series. This is the first-ever, fully licensed collection of essential Japanese folk and rock songs from the peak years of the angura movement to reach Western audiences.

                                                                                    In mid-to-late 1960s Tokyo, young musicians and college students were drawn to Shibuya’s Dogenzaka district for the jazz and rock kissas, or cafes, that dotted its winding hilly streets. Some of these spaces doubled as performance venues, providing a stage for local regulars like Hachimitsu Pie with their The Band-like ragged Americana, Tetsuo Saito with his spacey philosophical folk, and the influential Happy End, who successfully married the unique cadences of the Japanese language to the rhythms of the American West Coast. For many years Dogenzaka remained a center of the city’s “New Music” scene.

                                                                                    Meanwhile a different kind of music subculture was beginning to emerge in the Kansai region around Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. Far more political than their eastern counterparts, many of the Kansai-based “underground” artists began in the realm of protest folk music. They include Takashi Nishioka and his progressive folk collective Itsutsu No Akai Fuusen, the “Japanese Joni Mitchell” Sachiko Kanenobu, and The Dylan II, whose members ran The Dylan cafe in Osaka, which became a hub for the scene.

                                                                                    Even a Tree Can Shed Tears also includes the bluesy avant-garde stylings of Maki Asakawa, future Sadistic Mika Band founder Kazuhiko Kato with his fuzzy, progressive psychedelia, the beatnik acid folk of Masato Minami, and the intimate living room folk of Kenji Endo.

                                                                                    Nearly 50 years on, this “New Music” is born anew.


                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    2xLtd LP Info: Double LP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket.

                                                                                    Alliance Upholstery casually switch between reissue treasure and new material magic, with "Sky Miles Volume 1" presenting a global perspective of fresh music from the label, a round trip from Stockholm to Osaka, stopping off in Savannah and Rio along the way.

                                                                                    Bobby Bricks (Dream Time, Sweden) kicks us off with "Orchid Island”, an enchanting and uplifting number that conjures images of clear skies and crystalline oceans, the gentle sea breezes lapping against our beaming faces as we arrive at our tropical island soiree in buoyant form. The crew will be around shortly with drinks, so ease into Séculos Apaixonados' (Future Times / 40% Foda / Maneirissimo, Brazil) slow burning love jam, “As Velas da Cantareira (DJ Guerrinha Mix)”. Low BPMs and timely synth stabs bring this bright, leisurely track from Corcovado to your turntable. Great for beginning of the night drinks or post sunrise smooches.

                                                                                    As we reach cruising altitude, C Powers' (Sweat Equity / CGI, USA) eponymous “Sky Miles” gets us popping, broken beat syncopation, breezy production and playful percussion making this one dancefloor ready from the get-go.

                                                                                    Roy Comanchero (Running Back, Japan) is always greatly admired here at Picc headquarters and “Moon Hike” aptly brings the EP to a natural concludes, a skeletal and quite serene track littered with 303, Roland perc and bright scales.

                                                                                    150 gram vinyl from Brooklyn Phono and mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann.


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Nice n varied selection of coastal moods to ingratiate the label's roster into the sunnier climbs ahead. It might only be 10° outside but listening to this I could be completely horizontal in my speedos sippin on a Daiquir with not a care in the worod...

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    Unlimited Love #19

                                                                                    More ammo from the unsanctioned vaults of the Unlimited Love armories. Let's be honest, certain to undergo a global dance village weapons embargo at some point, you might as well make the most of these highly illicit disco, soul and boogie bombs before they get removed from service.

                                                                                    Up for grabs this week? Literally no idea 'bout no.1 - just that it's vibey, jivey, funky disco. Sounds like it's from the early 80s with its galvanized slap bass, gated guitar licks and spacious production - I could be wrong though! Anyone...?

                                                                                    Track 2 and it's saccharine-sweet coastal goodness; just in time for holiday season! Cocktail sipping luxury and again, no clue as to who's behind the original; I'm sure our vastly populated Balearic demograph will be able to help me out on this one surely...?

                                                                                    Finally, track 3 and it's ANOTHER bloody clean sheet from team UL as they delivery another mystery track to score against me. Returning to the funky disco seams that oft populate the label, this is a particularly lush offering, combining as it does panned female chorus parts, incessant guitar-bass-percussion grooves and funky clav licks. Dynamite for disco-leaning dancefloors!


                                                                                    Landing in store with a suitably saucy cover (think Kiss Me Quick but replace Blackpool with Beirut), the fifth volume of Jonny Rock's highly prized Disco Hamam brings us four fierce and frisky edits of different disco, Arabic funk and beard-pleasing badness. And speaking of Beards, it's that renowned Russian digger Beard In Dust who takes the lead here, rubbing up one of his better known favourites for alternative dancefloor play. Perennial pounder "In Zaire" gets looped up and suped up, energized with a tough EQ, additional percussion and plenty of rushy fx until it grows into a towering tribal monster. Onto the A2 and we have a track so illicit, underground and intense that it must remain hidden, grab the wax to see what we're dealing with. Skipping the flipside and new outfit Tales Of Voodoo light a fire under the ceremonial cauldron with an uber-funky disco-rock jammer packed with zaatar and ras-el-hanout. Taking the thick and swampy wah guitars of "For The Love Of Money" on a magic carpet ride, the crew cook up a rolling groove topped with Rai riffing, apply a crescendant organ line then drop us into an infectious drum break before the whole party starts again. Fireside freakout now well under way, mysterious and shadowy newcomer Esen Gunduz drops "Deve Gucu" on our unsuspecting asses. Powered by a whistle heavy drum loop, this post disco / proto house heater drive through tight slap bass, tumbling percussion assaults and unstoppable Arabic autoharp as it packs the dancefloor for days!

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                                                                                    Patrick says: Jonny Rock's irrefutable A&R expertise wins out once again on the fifth volume of Disco Hamam. Beard In Dust puts his spin on In Zaire on the A-side, while newcomers Tales Of Voodoo and Esen Gunduz take their inspo from the middle east for two psychedelic disco winners on the flip.

                                                                                    Red Laser Records return to Earth after nearly a year hiatus with the first of aslew of new material due in the pipeline this year. Sporting the tag line: #inabiteveryoneelse, the well respected Manc firm deliver four more gems from the Manctalo underground with new signing Senor Chugger & Count Van Delicious opening the EP with the bonafide anthem that is "Dark Fruit". Wher the fuck is label head Il Bosco pulling these acts from?! This has 'classico' written all over its shuddering analogue stems and scary-good 'Count' vocal section. Starion charges up the laser beams for a certified all-nite-robo-disco smasher which should have you reaching for the air trigger as this one beams outta the stack of your favourite dance club. Luca Dell'Orso is on hand to drop some fully authentic, mid-80s' styled Eyyee-Tal-OOO disco 'ar kid, and accomplishes so much you'll be forgiven if you end up cracking out the poppers unceremoniously to this erotic thruster. Old fave Kid Machine cracks out some more narco-electro-disco via the anthemic, end-of-night throbber, "Stadio". It's another steller ride thru the chasms of the current Manctalo scene and we find it in stronger form than ever before; both nurturing new talent and further developing existing acts. The most important label in the world right now for those wanting to visit that classic, analogue dancefloor sound. Totally recommended.

                                                                                    Limited press with riso print wrap around poster in PVC sleeve.


                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Phhwwooooar! Cop a load of this you c**ts! Everyone knows Red Laser distribute the hottest Manctalo vibes this side of Salford Van Hire, but this my friends - THIS IS THE ONE!! You'll have doubtlessly heard Marsh or Pizzaman caning "Dark Fruit" out n about, now "Stadio", "Dystonia" and "Loose Ends" are here to make the Summer thrust n throb and climax in synth-jizz abandon. Get in.

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    Sly & Robbie Presents Reggae Masterpieces Vol. 1. - A Taxi Records Anthology

                                                                                    Wagram take a break from the world of hip hop samples, soul classics and Afrobeat heat to deliver a compiltion of the best tracks of the mythic Taxi Records, founded in the 70’s by musicians and producers Sly & Robbie. A quick scan of the track listing reveals some of the finest reggae, dancehall and lovers rock cuts the late 70s/80s had to offer.
                                                                                    The LP opens with the massive "World A Music" by hotstepper Ini Kamoze (Jamrock folks), then bounds through Sly & Robbie's version of classic track "Night Nurse", Jimmy Riley's "Sexual Healing" and Chaka Demus & Pliers' "Murder She Wrote". Chuck in heavy jams from Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe, Yellowman, Dennis Brown, Sugar Minott, Horris Andy and The Tamlins and you have an abundance of riches my friends.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Sly & Robbie's productions for their own Taxi label screen of the duo's pioneering, digital touch. Demonstrated perfectly on this snapshot of the label's output from the late 70s & early 80s.

                                                                                    "We are Vinyl" release this excellent new compilation, featuring some of the greatest tracks from the Philadelphia International label. Pressed on standard black, double LP vinyl.

                                                                                    A 16 song set, including:- Harold Melvin, MFSB, The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Jones Girls, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, Archie Bell & The Drells, The Jacksons & more... It's a faultless collection of disco and soul from the years that mattered Allll the hits! 


                                                                                    It’s been a long time coming but we are extremely excited to share with you the debut release from Sydney’s newest imprint, Pure Space. A new venture from the beloved radio show hosted by Andy Garvey, and produced by Mija Healey that has broadcast weekly on Sydney’s FBi Radio for over two years. The label will focus on Australian music both for home listening and that made for the club.

                                                                                    Coming into orbit this March, the first part in an ongoing series of VA records. Kicking off the A side is Daze, who has stepped out in a new direction delivering ‘Advanced Realty’. A driving techno burner with dark overtones unlike any of his previous productions. Completing the A side is Melbourne’s Reptant, bringing you smoked out electro with hypnotic synths and trance-inducing pads on ‘Microstructure’.

                                                                                    Flipping over to the B-side we find emerging Sydney producer Point Guard with ‘The Xhase’. A subtly staunch club weapon that comes as a melodic synthscape complete with broken beats and a rounded bassline. Completing the release, E Davd creates a deeply immersive aquatic world on ‘Wavestation (Nu Cycle Mix)’.

                                                                                    Both A-sides feature in mixes by Andy Garvey that have been supported by Resident Advisor as Mix of the Day.



                                                                                    Ultra hype dance music staples Love Internation and Test Pressing collaborate with ultra hype dance music act Beautiful Swimmers for what must be the most hype release of the year so far. Sorry did someone say HYPE?! Hype.

                                                                                    A precursor to the full compilation album due in April, this 12” sampler contains two tracks from our favourite DC-based dog walkers, an extra special Swimmers ‘Mega Remix’ of Foe’s 1995 Baltimore house jam “Are U Da Bomb / Blow Up Girl”, and the smooth and soulful early 90s British classic, “More Than You Can Wish” from Harlem Gem, lovingly re-mastered from original tapes especially for this release. Ari and Andrew are master diggers, make no mistake, but they do so without the overtly sincerer and precious elitism that oft surrounds the act; they simply enjoy music, and presenting it to people in a receptive, party atmosphere. 


                                                                                    This 18 track showcase of new Adrian Sherwood productions is the long-awaited latest installment in the legendary On-U sampler series that first emerged in 1984. It features previews of several forthcoming On-U releases, unique mixes, deep cuts and unreleased tracks from Roots Manuva, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Coldcut, Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), Mark Stewart, Horace Andy and more. In the classic tradition of the series the tracks are stitched together with a number of special pirate radio style segue ways, making for a unique journey through the modern world of On-U Sound.

                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: Long established experimental dub series Pay It All Back reaches a modest 7th volume landmark. Keeping the quality control high throughout the series, Adrian Sherwood presents the best of the modern dub underground.

                                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                    2xLP Info: Double LP in colour printed 5mm kraft board sleeve with 12" x 12" 8 page booklet.

                                                                                    2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                    As part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations, Strut present the first new volume in their pioneering ‘Nigeria 70’ series for over 8 years, bringing together rare highlife, Afro-funk and juju from the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Compiled by collector and DJ Duncan Brooker, this new selection of tracks is receiving its first international release outside of Nigeria.

                                                                                    The compilation returns to a fertile heyday in Nigerian music when established styles like highlife and juju became infused with elements of Western jazz, soul and funk and musicians brought a proud new message post-independence. Brooker places the spotlight particularly on some of the incredible Ukwuani musicians from the Delta State region as guitarist Rogana Ottah and Steady Arobby’s International Brothers Band forged their own fluid brand of highlife and soulman Don Bruce drew on the US R&B greats for a series of great albums and explosive stage shows at his residency at Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

                                                                                    Elsewhere, the album explores the close connection between Nigeria and Benin’s music, most famously through Sir Victor Uwaifo, appearing here with a killer mid‘80s ekassa jam, as well as highlife hitmaker Osayamore Joseph on ‘Obonogbozu’ (Joseph made headlines in Nigeria for very different reasons in 2017, surviving a one month kidnapping ordeal).

                                                                                    Other tracks include ‘Sickness’ a 1979 lament on how all countries share troubles by Prince Nico Mbarga, the Nigerian / Camerounian star behind the smash hit ‘Sweet Mother’; reggae singer Felixson Ngasia switches to funk and disco for a heavy workout with potent lyrics around black identity; another major highlife great Etubom Rex Williams unleashes a punchy psych funk gem with ‘Psychedelic Shoes’ and Africa 70 member Pax Nicholas vocals a simmering Afrobeat groove from Jacob Lee’s Saxon Lee & The Shadows International Band.


                                                                                    Fresh off a busy year touring in Milan and across Europe, Ayce Bio, Turenne and Borbo bring forth installment no. 2 of their amazing Funclab series. As well as looking like super nice guys (see sleeve art - ed), Funclab run a monthly radio show on Rocket & a club night at Apollo, both in Italy, but have toured across Europe in a van, old skool style, promoting their vinyl and personalities and resulting in some well received DJ sets from the collective.

                                                                                    Ayce Bio kicks us off with the skewed sample house of "Come In To Get Her". Surely powered by the infamous MPC displayed on the twelve's record sleeve, various keyboard snips are layered up alongside a chopped bass guitar. DJ Rou journeys across to Milan from Bologna to remix the track; keeping the dusty deep house spirit alive and well as he throws in a plethora of samples and scratches into the brew.

                                                                                    Borbo offers up "Stuntman Mike", a beat-down flavoured number which utilizes space and texture very well, allowing the nuances of a dreamy female vocal and the atmospheric detail of a recorded piano plenty of room to make their mark on this sedated, somnolent track.

                                                                                    Turenne concludes with "Really Cool", a playful and powerful which hides it's sophistication under a banner of fun; and certain to tickle for the fancy of selectors like MCDE, Shir Khan and Jackmaster.

                                                                                    Mega stuff from these Italian boys - stylistically succinct but without taking themselves too seriously which is definitely what a large proportion of the dance music world are guilty of at present...



                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                    Matt says: This roudy bunch of Italians return with more of their quirky idiosyncratic styles. Winning the race for me at this derby is Turenne's loopy "Really Cool".

                                                                                    Floating Points’ personal collection of global soul, ambient, jazz and folk treasures form the latest in the warmly revered Late Night Tales series. 

                                                                                    Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points’ music taste is notoriously tricky to define, ranging from ethereal classical at one end to coruscating techno at the other, united only in a firm belief in the transcendental power of music to move hearts, minds and – yes – feet. Similarly, his production career has ranged from early experiments in dance music with breakout records such as the ‘Shadows EP’ and collaborating with legendary Gnawa master Mahmoud Guinia to his expansive album ‘Elaenia’, which met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2015. 

                                                                                    This Late Night Tales excursion into the depths of the evening reflects his broad tastes. The globally-travelled producer has collected untold treasures on his travels from dusty stores in Brazil to market stalls near his hometown. There’s the gorgeous ‘Via Làctea’, culled from Carlos Walker’s debut album, Abu Talib’s (Bobby Wright) plaintive ‘Blood Of An American’ and Robert Vanderbilt’s gospel reworking of Manchild’s ‘Especially For You’. Raw soul and feeling oozing from each song’s pores. 

                                                                                    At the other end of the music scale are the modernists, such as Québécoise Kara-Lis Coverdale who weighs in with the indelible ‘Moments In Love’, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith whose ‘Milk’ is an exercise in tranquility, while Sarah Davachi’s meditative mix-opener offers respite from a weary world. 

                                                                                    We have some exclusive tracks for Late Night Tales; alongside Davachi’s offerings there is also Toshimaru Nakamura’s ‘Nimb #59’, as well as the now traditional cover version. hepherd delved into his childhood memory for this one, a track taken from the first album his parents bought him, Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Music For Large & Small Ensembles’: Sam offers up his interpretation of ‘Opening Part 1’. Wheeler also contributes horns to Azimuth track The Tunnel, written and performed by Norma Winstone and John Taylor who, coincidentally, are the parents of Floating Points’ drummer Leo Taylor. Closing the album, Lauren Laverne reads the suitably nocturnal poem ‘Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun’ by Emily Brontë. 

                                                                                    “I tried to find music that reflects the stillness of night. And because my musical interests lie all over the place, it’s quite difficult to distil that notion down to just a few songs. I was quite keen to have some electronic music in there but I also really wanted to have some soul music mixed in, so I had to try and find a pathway between all of this different music.” - Sam Shepherd (Floating Points) March 2019

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    The Rough Guide To Ragtime Blues

                                                                                      Ragtime had a profound influence on many early blues performers who strived to reproduce its complicated piano sounds on the guitar. With its faster rhythm and good-time feel, this danceable style was performed with mesmerizing skill by blues greats such as Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Willie McTell, who are all featured on this unique Rough Guide.

                                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      The Rough Guide To Jug Band Blues

                                                                                        By incorporating all manner of homemade instruments, jug bands were hugely popular in America during the 1920s and early 1930s. With an unparalleled vibrancy this ‘do it yourself’ and often overlooked approach to music was highly influential in the history of the blues. This LP set was lovingly remastered using pioneering restoration techniques.

                                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                        LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European And American Electronica 1978-1984

                                                                                        Following the success of the 4CD compilations looking at early electronica in the UK (“Close To The Noise Floor”), Europe (“Noise Reduction System”) and North America (“Third Noise Principle”) 4AD present a 3LP compendium of hand-picked highlights. Including legendary names such as Conny Plank and Holger Czukay (Les Vampyrettes), D.A.F., Bourbonese Qualk, The Legendary Pink Dots, Front 242, Carlos Peron, The Residents, Rhythm And Noise, Richard Bone and Tuxedomoon alongside cult favourites and previously overlooked nuggets, “Additive Noise Function” takes in dancefloor fillers, inner space explorations and everything in between as it journeys over five thousand miles in search of the perfect drum pattern. Previous CD editions have been critically praised around the world, and acclaimed for their historical significance as well as the diverse, futuristic and ground-breaking music contained within. Demand for a vinyl overview has been continuous, and we proudly present thirty-two must-hear, must-have tunes showcasing the other side of the post-punk revolution. For fans of house and techno, breaks, future funk, ambient soundscapes, IDM and concrète collages.

                                                                                        The Cod3 QR battalion fire off another salvo of techno rockets into our receptive air spaces. Now revealing clues as to the labels assailants via their Instagram page (ig: cod3qr), whoever will end up being behind these exemplary technoid workouts is still a mystery but all the tracks have been seriously high end so far; effortlessly traversing a creative line between techno, industrial and electro music but with a fine level of production and ingenuity which sees them run miles ahead of the pack. Possibly my favourite one yet, but they're all mega.

                                                                                        Highly recommended! 


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Matt says: Who da fux behind these amazing Cod 3QR records I hear you ask??! Well, now you can find out! - via their Instagram page. I can't, cos I don't have the cursed thing. So if someone can check and please fill me in I'd be eternally grateful. Cheers!

                                                                                        The third volume of the "Cumbia Beat" series includes again tracks by the some of the most important bands of the golden age of Peruvian cumbia: Los Diablos Rojos, Los Beta 5, Los Girasoles, Los Ecos, Los Demonios del Mantaro, Los Sander's de Nana.

                                                                                        Peruvian cumbia brings together tropical music styles from Colombia and Cuba, Western influences such as 60s beat and psychedelic rock, and mixes them with indigenous melodies from the Amazonian jungle and traditional Andean songs. The result is a unique and vibrant style of music which reverberates with life.

                                                                                        Welcome to the golden age of Peruvian cumbia. 


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