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Hit + Run Presents Road Kill Vol 1

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

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

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


    On 20th November, Brownswood Recordings release the 4th edition of the Future Bubblers compilation. An expansion of Gilles Peterson’s network and supported by Arts Council England, the talent discovery and artist development scheme focuses on developing unsigned talent and building audiences for new left-field music. With support from PRS Foundation as Talent Development Partners, the professional recording, manufacturing and physical release of Future Bubblers 4.0 is made possible. Unlike any other initiatives within music, the compilation acts as a springboard for the musician’s careers with the cooperative model providing direct revenue to the artists by a share of the profits resulting in a sustainable income to work from. Previous Future Bubblers include artists such as Yazmin Lacey, Skinny Pelembe, MC Snowy and Kayla Painter to name a few. The 8 track compilation is a musically diverse collection of tracks, fusing genres that span across Electronic, Alt-R&B, Alt-Hip-Hop, Spoken word, Neo-Soul, Jazz and beyond. Opening with Forest Law - who recently released his debut EP on Brownswood Recordings - ‘Slow One’ combines his effortless vocals with a kaleidoscopic of groove-driven instrumentation. Singer/songwriter Quko demonstrates sonic elegance on his emotive track ‘My Darling Spaceship’ whilst HMD’s ‘If I’ reminds us that we’re only given one shot at life. Up next, Kiddus offers up a bouncy, late-night vibe on ‘Slow’ and An Alien Called Harmony switches things up with Nadeem Din-Gabisi and Metta Shiba proving their formidable connection on ‘N.H.H’. Manchester MC KinKai pours his old soul onto the page on ‘Scatty Brain Dump’ followed by Iman Houssein’s distorted vocals and delicate keys on ‘Slow Things Down’. Rounding the compilation off perfectly is Lazy H’s epic ‘When The Horn Comes In’ which perfectly combines elements of electronic and live. Spanning just over 30 minutes, Future Bubblers 4.0 is an extremely impressive assemblage of talent who have all delivered top-shelf tunes. Released both digitally and on vinyl, the compilation embodies the spirit of the musicians as well as the team behind Future Bubblers.

    BBC 6Music play - Premiere for Lazy H as Near Future track on BBC 6Music, Mary Anne Hobbs. Comes in at 1:09:56
    BBC 6Music play on Gilles Peterson’s show, for Iman Houssein 'Slow Things Down’, comes in at 1:19:27
    Think Outside with Lefto show simulcast on Worldwide FM & Kiosk, played Iman Houssein 'Slow Things Down’, listen back link available here.

    “A pleasing round-up of names to watch"
    DJ Mag’s reviewed the project, attached a screen shot
    Other magazines and publications have also supported such as COLORS Blog, Vinyl Factory, Guap, Mixmag & More. 



    Various Artists

    Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

      "Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 is the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Dedicated to compiling forgotten music from the 1970s – 1990s that has a connection to Captured Tracks’ sound and aesthetic, this series will bridge the past to our current roster and showcase the kinds of sounds that inspire us. As an American label, we’ve often wondered why British, Aussie, and Kiwi indie rock from the ‘80s has had the most infuence on modern acts and the collector’s market. Outside of bands like R.E.M., the Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, and a few others, most of these bands received little attention from national or international press outlets and markets. The acts on this compilation have a true DiY spirit that lead many of these bands to self-record and self-release within tiny local scenes in small cities and college towns across America.

      Strum & Thrum aims to shed light on this forgotten era of jangly, melodic rock music that emerged from the ashes of post punk and helped kick start the indie rock boom of the early ‘90s that continues to this day. Indeed, many artists featured on Strum & Thrum went on to be part of this boom – Archer Prewitt from the Sea & Cake, Jon Ginoli from Pansy Division, Ric Menck from Velvet Crush, Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Barbara Manning, and more went on to be in well known bands in the ‘90s. Spread across two LPs, Strum & Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the ‘80s indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. Long live the jangle underground!"


      Various Artists

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

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

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

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


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




        FORMAT INFORMATION

        12" Info: Limited to 500 copies only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


        STAFF COMMENTS

        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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



        STAFF COMMENTS

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

        FORMAT INFORMATION

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

        Various Artists

        No Cover: Carpark’s 21st Anniversary Covers Comp

          Carpark Records is celebrating its 21st anniversary! From its early days as an outlet for the growing IDMscene, to releasing the genre-defying music of over 60 artists, Carpark has a lot to boast about in its 21years of existence. To honor this milestone, the label is releasingNo Cover: Carpark's 21st AnniversaryCovers Comp. The album features Carpark and imprint artists from all throughout Carpark's historycovering fellow labelmates and pushing the already eclectic music into exciting, new territory.

          Label founder Todd Hyman established Carpark Records in 1999 in New York City, focusing primarily onexperimental electronic music, including releases from artists such as Kid606 and Casino Versus Japan.When Carpark Records moved to the D.C. area in 2005, the label released music by numerous Baltimoreacts, perhaps most notably, Beach House and Dan Deacon, bringing new attention to the label. Later, the2009 single "Blessa" from Toro y Moi signaled the next chapter in Carpark's history. The label continuedto grow and released acclaimed albums by rock bands like Cloud Nothings and Speedy Ortiz. Holding onto the label's love for electronic music, Carpark released albums from Sklyar Spence (formerly SaintPepsi) and Young Magic. Now, the label continues towork with exciting bands across the world such asPalm, Madeline Kenney, and The Beths. Over the years, Carpark has also expanded into a larger family ofimprint labels such as Company Records with Chaz Bear (of Toro y Moi), Wax Nine with Sadie Dupuis (ofSpeedy Ortiz), Paw Tracks with Animal Collective, and Acute Records with Dan Selzer. These imprintshave been responsible for breakout albums by Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Ariel Pink, Tanukichan,Johanna Warren and re-issues of seminal works by Theoretical Girls and Glenn Branca.

          After 21 years of releases and tours, Carpark Records pays homage to its incredible roster with No Cover:Carpark's 21st Anniversary Covers Comp. The album is full of creative reinventions of various releasesfrom Carpark’s past. An energy-filled cover by Melkbelly of Dan Deacon’s “The Crystal Cat” opens thealbum, followed later by Sad13’s churning cover of Cloud Nothings’ “Psychic Trauma.” Johanna Warren’sfolk-leaning cover of the raucous, pop-rock song “Happy Unhappy” by The Beths, transforms the originalinto a solemn, gut-punching track. Skylar Spence and Fat Tony’s cover of “Ordinary Pleasure” by Toro yMoi is full of pop and disco flair, but holds onto the rhythm and expressiveness of its model.No Cover:Carpark's 21stAnniversary Covers Compis an exciting revisit, and reimagination, of iconic releases fromCarpark Records.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: VERY LIMITED STRACCIATELLA VINYL (CREAM WITH BROWN DOTS)

          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

          Various Artists

          After Dark 3

            Every seven years, we release an After Dark label sampler, the long awaited third edition is finally here. Produced by Johnny Jewel, ‘After Dark 3’ features label mainstays Desire, Chromatics, Farah & introduces fresh blood from around the globe. A glimpse beyond the curtain, into what the new year sounds like for Italians Do It Better. In the tradition of our spaced out cinema disco, we present After Dark 3...The wallpaper of your dreams & the stardust of the future.

            Various Artists

            Cherrystones Presents Critical Mass Vol. 2 'Hearts Of Champions'

              “I like the drive as much as the scenery”. Buckle up as producer, DJ, and archivist Cherrystones (Gareth Goddard) takes you on a return trip to Critical Mass! Those in the know speak of Cherrystones alongside the finest curators and compilers of our time. Preferring to move in the shadows, you won’t find Cherrystones on every identikit summer festival line-up or playing the big bucks Discogs tease on social media. However, it is why you will find him as one of the most long-standing members of the NTS family - “the greatest ever to do it”, according to founder Femi Adeyemi. And it’s why a host of underground artists make the call to check out his legendary record vault when passing through town. Or maybe you will have caught him at ease for hours behind the decks in the corner of an intimate, dimly lit joint pulling out killer jam after killer jam...

              Running parallel to his world renown for collecting, archiving and sharing the furthest-flung sounds, Goddard’s own productions and soundtracks have long been revered - recently scoring campaigns for Adidas, Stone Island and YMC. Self taught as a teenager on a range of instrumentation and DIY production/programming techniques, his work is driven by the original idea of punk as an aesthetic - a creative portal devoid of rules. He has a life-long obsession with the soundtrack and was also gripped early by a love of rap (a trusted MPC 2000 never far from his side). The channeling of context, underscore, timing and placement has always fuelled the distinctive flavour of Cherrystones’ output. This open-eared and open-armed approach is what makes ‘Critical Mass Vol.2’ another stunning compilation.

              As Goddard states: “this is not a rare-for-rare-sake appendix of bands designed to showcase exclusivity and superiority”. These are tracks that have lived with him, and he has lived within, gathered over travels throughout Europe - living, DJ-ing, and creating. Five years on from the first volume, this eighteen track compilation once again fully outlines the breadth and possibility of the post-punk and new wave era. “Many of these artists fell by the wayside as underdogs or were just too ahead of their time. These selections have strong rhythmic undertones - percussively and tonally - and you can hear the subtle influence of dance music and the dance floor as a reference point.”

              On our journey we hear hyped up punk-funk from the Netherlands in the form of Koneć, the cosmic synth-stomp of Daniele Baldelli approved Italians - Neon, the gonzo, outsider shrieks of England’s Loco Lotus, through to the dark, dance floor groove of Belgium’s Siglo XX and, of course, there’s a whole heap more outré excursions on the way.

              “From one of the last true originals - a personal, passionate draft of a "scene" that could have been. As far as possible from diggers' wet dreams - most of the music here is/was hidden in plain sight. So take one step back and figure out what might have gone wrong." Vladimir Ivkovic.

              GHETTO TRAXX is back again.

              Sorry for the delay, but working life has hit us harder than we thought.

              Finally GTR02 - 'Return of the Sexmachine' is getting really close.

              Same as the debut a year ago, it is packed with a variety of sounds from friends of the ghetto.

              This time featuring 4 Tracks by Skuum, Toni Moralez, DJ Frankie and Mchy i Porosty. Prepare for machine sex (and love) and get ready again for maximum rave bangerz which will get you back to the toilet.

              To all our friends from the ghetto: If you wanna know, how to earn 10k€ monthly without leaving your homestudio, join our telegram channel:

              t.me/ghettotraxx

              @ghettotraxx


              Mastered by Manmade Mastering in Berlin and pressed on 12“ 140g black vinyl.

              Comes with printed 3mm hardcover, a little surprise and digital download codes! Coverart as always by the great Mchy i porosty.

              Various Artists

              Des Jeunes Gens Modernes Vol 3. - Post Punk, Cold Wave, Et Culture Novo En France (1978 - 1983)

                Through the 24 pieces, rare and unpublished, carefully selected for this double LP, Beatitude agnès b. Musique and Kwaidan Records offer a retro-futuristic sound journey through this musical period so rich, so diverse and so innovative. And, in order to properly celebrate the launch of this long-awaited volume 3, the 1st Des Young Gens Mödernes festival will be organized in November 2020 at La Station - Gare Des Mines, with an intergenerational line up highlighting the musical lineage and the influence that this cold wave scene continues to exert on many emerging artists.

                Various Artists

                Garland Records Pacific Northwest Snuff Box

                  Rare and unissued Pacific Northwest rootsy Americana! In addition to stellar ‘60s psych and garage, Salem Oregon’s Garland Records churned out some high quality, foot stompin’, ‘Country & Northwestern’ music. Archived here are a barn load of true Americana from unheard originals like the Cascade Sweethearts’ ‘Hard Workin’ Woman,’ The Heard’s unissued ‘Sweet Thang’ to stunning takes on Bob Dylan & Kris Kristofferson cuts. This is a PNW platter that you’d swear came from south of the Mason Dixon.

                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                  Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl.

                  Various Artists

                  Eccentric Funk

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

                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                    Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl.

                    Various Artists

                    Too Slow To Disco NEO Presents The Sunset Manifesto

                      Now, it's time to bring the party back to nightclubs, hotel bars and living rooms everywhere...Have you ever felt so wistful for the dance floor? Have you ever been so in need of getting your personal shimmy on? Not to worry – Team Too Slow to Disco has your back. We present: The Sunset Manifesto. Sixteen ways to party wherever you are right now. Sixteen ways to add effortless chic to your: lockdown kitchen disco / home-office yoga studio / commute to the living room.

                      Our intention? To bring you a globe-trotting playlist of some of the most sophisticated, adult-orientated and dance-inducing pop music from today’s finest exponents of that Too Slow to Disco sound. And like a good detective about to crack a big case, DJ Supermarkt has been tailing these acts for quite a while now.

                      It’s an eclectic gang, from Westcoast USA to Norway via a hundred (14) places in between – but with a shared golden thread. That warm sonic palette that escaped from Laurel Canyon folkies and LA session gods is there, remade by a contemporary electronic sensibility. As acts they’re all touched by that lazy, daytime disco or Balearic style.

                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                      2xColoured LP Info: Indies only two-coloured vinyl.

                      Tiny Planet is back in business, Volume 3 returning to the geographical roots of Planet Euphorique. Four genre expansive tracks, hot-off-the-press Canadian content bringing all new artists to the PE sphere. The record is split from East to West, Montreal to Vancouver, providing an array of audio delights primed for diverse dance experiences.

                      Starting in Montreal, the A side hosts a deep, sensual dripping opener, “Gutted Honey Dew Project” by duo Mutually Feeling. Steady, rolling breakbeats slung behind melt-in-your-mouth vocals of silk, the blooming bassline forming a modern day classique. The flirtatious essence carries to the A2 with Pascale’s “Fly Zone”, bubbling into an irresistible, bouncy analog jammer. Lights flashing; surging stabs of colourful harmony. A sleek, smooth and playful track ordering you to la discotheque stat!

                      Heading West to the B side, the mood swing is sinisterly jacking in Vancouver. Sludge laden “Are You Done Yet” by Overland showcases a hot and distorted acid hypnosis, weaving in and around a driving repetition of drum-work, deceptively low tempo for the momentous percussive progression and evolving sonic squelch. Sigsaly busting in to finish it off with the fully fledged hammering techno hit you needed, “Carve” B2-big room, XL rhythmical head-rush. Stomp to the beat!

                      Various Artists

                      Lost Christmas: A Memphis Industries Festive Selection Box

                        This year Memphis Industries have corralled their musical titans to create some holiday songs with the hope of brining cheer and warming cockles to the cynical and season loving alike. A Christmas compilation of (mostly) original holiday songs from the likes of Field Music, The Go! Team, Jesca Hoop, Haley, The Phoenix Foundation, Stats, Francis Lung, Warm Digits, Rachael Dadd and The Cornshed Sisters. In aid of Crisis’ Home for All Campaign, £2 from every LP purchase goes to help their work. Chuck another log on the fire, pour yourself a large one, unwrap your brand-new turntable and stick on Lost Christmas to celebrate Christmas 2020 style.

                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                        Coloured LP Info: Limited edition red vinyl.

                        Various Artists

                        Late Night Tales: Khruangbin

                          Hot on the heels of ‘Mordechai’, the critically acclaimed third album from US psych-rockers Khruangbin, the Texas trio are set to become the latest act to present their own LateNightTales in the popular, long-running musician-curated album series.

                          Having first come to prominence in 2013 when producer and D.J. Bonobo included Khruangbin’s ‘A Calf Born in Winter’ in his own collection of songs for the series, the little known Houston trio had yet to release an album, but have since gone on to become international superstars forming their own exotic, individual sound. “The LateNightTales series is such a special thing to be a part of because we wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for Bonobo’s LateNightTales, because that’s how we got into the LNT family – and got a break.”

                          With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin’s deep love of global grooves – from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae – Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas – are steeped in eclecticism; Nazia Hassan’s Hindi-disco ‘Khushi’, produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute ‘Don’t Go’, a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus for Песняры and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with ‘Contigo’ before hightailing back to Texas.

                          Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle plus, in the LateNightTales tradition, the band deliver an exclusive, horizontally brilliant version of Kool & The Gang’s ‘Summer Madness’, while the mix concludes with a spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller’s atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie’s ‘Gnossienne’.

                          “It’s cool to think about what you would listen to late at night, as a band together, lighting a spliff, kinda vibe. We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible; so it was the globe and then home. We wanted to show the treasures from our hometown, or people from our hometown that the rest of the world probably doesn’t know. That’s what makes Khruangbin Khruangbin. The stubbornness about being so hometown-centric but what makes Houston is this this constant international influence. That’s that gulf stream, bringing it right into Houston. So I guess that’s kind of the theme.”

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

                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                          2xColoured LP Info: Unmixed Vinyl Version (includes mixed and unmixed tracks as download).
                          Pressed on double 180 gram virgin vinyl.
                          Includes 30cm art print.
                          Including download codes for the Khruangbin mix and full unmixed tracks as MP3 / FLAC / WAV.
                          Indies exclusive orange vinyl.
                          The orange vinyl format is limited to 4000 units worldwide and sleeves are numbered.

                          2xLP Info: Unmixed Vinyl Version (includes mixed and unmixed tracks as download).
                          Pressed on double 180 gram virgin vinyl.
                          Includes 30cm art print.
                          Including download codes for the Khruangbin mix and full unmixed tracks as MP3 / FLAC / WAV.

                          CD Info: Mixed CD Version.
                          Includes unmixed tracks as download.

                          Various Artists

                          Soul Jazz Records Presents Cuba: Music And Revolution - Culture Clash In Havana - Experiments In Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1

                            ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution’ is a new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba. The album comes as a deluxe double CD and heavyweight triple vinyl, complete with extensive sleeve notes, jam-packed with heavy basslines, synth and WahWah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

                            The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90’, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution. The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés, as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba - and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

                            The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s - who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album has never been heard outside of Cuba. Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades - Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

                            Various Artists

                            Planet Mu 25

                              “25th anniversary compilation. It’s a mid-price cd, a snapshot to show where we are at after 25 years of the label. A selection of our roster and what we’re releasing in 2020. There is one exclusive - Basic Rhythm’s remix of DJ Nate. And six tracks from forthcoming albums for 2021, the tracks by RP Boo, Ripatti (aka Vladislav Delay), Jana Rush, Bogdan Raczynski, Meemo Comma and Eomac.” Mike Pardinas

                              New Detroit Electronic Quarterly 12" featuring new music from UR's Jon Dixon, Claude Young, DJ Holographic and more. 

                              Detroit Electronic Quarterly Music Magazine celebrates newly found non-profit status with a diverse, eight track release. From house to techno to experimental music from Detroit producers DJs and fans alike can find tracks to use in the club, at home or in transit. Solid tracks across the spectrum from scene veterans Jon Dixon (UR), John Briggs aka Zoetic (Atjazz, Yoruba), Claude Young Jr (Frictional and many more) and Techmarine Bottom Feeders (Paris the Black Fu of Detroit Grand Pubahs, Luxus Varta) as well as a remix from Rocksteady Disco’s Peter Croce and tracks from Viands (David Shettler and Joel Peterson of Two Rooms Recordings), DJ Moppy and DJ Holographic of Detroit Sound System. Support!

                              Various Artists

                              Scarred For Life Vol: 2

                                Following on from last December’s sold out “Scarred For Life Volume One” CD and the subsequent clamour for a vinyl version, here we bring you a second volume of TV themes for the shows that might have been, or actually never were. An unashamedly hauntological deep dive into an alternative 70s/80’s where our viewing reality was slightly warped. Gauzy memories of our early interactions with the TV, long buried, but remaining in the periphery of our childhood memories...

                                The SFL Volume One team has been reassembled, with some significant new additions to the line-up. 

                                Taken from the sleevenotes: “You have in your hands an LP of top TV themes, all played with verve and panache by some of the most pre-eminent performers working in television soundtracks today. Whatever your taste in disturbing television viewing, this record is guaranteed to bring enjoyment to you and all the family. The selection of themes on the LP are penned and performed by a stunning array of star talent. Each piece of music, though intended to establish the mood of the series it accompanies, is deservedly popular in its own right, with several of these tunes already having made an impression on the upper reaches of the pop charts.
                                “From disorientating science fiction to creeping nuclear paranoia via unsettling children’s themes, Scarred For Life 2 is a record crammed with favourite tunes from your favourite programmes, so unrest assured that these pieces will not only give you many hours of listening pleasure but will also provide a lasting memento of your individual choices in the world of TV.”


                                Profits from this record will go to support the work of The Alzheimer’s Society.

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                says: Absolutely essential collection here from some of the finest voices in today's synth music, with a wealth of audio imagery making it's way through to your earholes, warped from tv themes and childhood memories of youth. Double disc set on purple / red vinyl. Amazing.

                                As we continue our ever long winded hiatus from the dancefloor, we are happy to welcome a new group of producers to the label in the form of 00:AM’s fourth various artists compilation. Certainly not the only way we expected to come together this year, but we’re grateful to be able to cultivate another 12” to share with the world.

                                Across the A Side, we are joined by three artists who we’ve had the pleasure of hosting and playing with in Montreal over the past couple years. Alfredo92 of the Axces crew in Copenhagen presents ‘Tente Hjul’ which gets the remix treatment from Mr. ACTION SHADOW himself, Fett Burger. The result in something distinctly mechanical but not without a human pulse and a tear jerking conclusion. Fantastic Man then puts his own psychedelic twist on the hardcore continuum, taking the beautiful palette of his recent LP on Mule Musiq to the brink of insanity with ‘On Tha Run’.

                                On the B side we find two new friends to 00:AM. We have a mandatory “minimum of 1 ESB tune gets played a night” policy round these parts, and so its truly a pleasure to release his ‘Sequential Dub’. Nothing less than a future classic, it’s dubby and understated, but a little quicker than you think. And finally, its a pleasure to introduce 2wo2imes, who delivers ‘Immune’ a deep and driving excursion into the wormhole.

                                It’s a weird world, we miss you all, but we’ll keep doing what we know best, releasing and enjoying the music that moves us - no matter the time or place. 

                                Various Artists

                                Scotch Bonnet Presents Puffers Choice Vol. 3

                                  For over two decades, Glasgow’s Mungo’s Hi Fi and their label Scotch Bonnet have spread their fun, forward-thinking reggae music around the world. And this ethos is triple-distilled into their now eagerlyawaited Puffer’s Choice compilations. The latest, third edition in the series collects some the last few years' top collaborative highlights onto one LP. With its cover bearing the MacLeod of Lewis tartan, Puffer’s Choice 3 is a celebration of both the label’s Scottish heritage and their global family tree of links with sound systems, artists and producers who share the same spirit. The album begins with Heavenz by Norwich-based producers Chief Rockas, featuring the hypnotic flow of Jamaican-born emcee Mr Williamz, over a smoking “re-lick” of the famous Heavenless rhythm. It’s followed by the soulful voice of Ireland’s Cian Finn, singing traditional Celtic song Go Lassie on a sparse, dubby Mungo’s backing. This track was previously released on Mungo’s offshoot imprint Dumbarton Rock which quickly sold out. The pastoral becomes the political as US-born, Wales-based crooner Jeb Loy Nichols gently reminds the world that To Be Rich (Should Be A Crime).


                                  It’s a biting message from Nichols’ album 'Long Time Traveller' produced by legendary dubbist Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound. Scotch Bonnet crew member Stalawa draws on the African excursions that yielded 2019’s acclaimed Stalawa In East Africa EP. Rather Be Alone, featuring Kenya's 'First Lady of hip hop and reggae’ Nazizi, is the next cut to Ease Up the Pressure by Jamaica’s Delroy Melody and Uganda’s C Wyne. Swedish production unit Viktorious (who Puffer's Choice fans will remember from 2016’s volume 1) revive Hotstepper, a lost lyric from Jamaican veteran Earl Cunningham. It was an unreleased artefact from a 1980s sound system cassette that deserves a wider audience. The digital sounds that rose in the 80s continue with Crucial by Swiss producer Bony Fly and New York vocalist JonnyGo Figure – whose style reminded Mungo’s of another NYC legend, Shinehead. The record flips over to celebrate UK sound system heritage, with the first ever vinyl release of Interrupt’s Lyrics Spree, a family affair involving three generations of British lyricists, Parly B, Daddy Freddy and Tippa Irie. Also getting a first release on wax is hard-puffing, all Jamaican dancehall affair BBS, featuring Shokryme and RTKal. Produced by experimental Kingston collective Equiknoxx, it demonstrates that however far Mungo’s Hi Fi’s interest in reggae may travel, they still listen to the island where it all started…

                                  At the other end of the scale, musically and geographically, is Weak Hearts, a haunting, mechanical soundscape from New Zealand dubstep project Flying Fox. Its sparing, sampled vocal contrasts with the loud and clear anti-racist lyricism of Black, chanted by Jamaican sing-jay Skari over a deliberately unobtrusive backdrop from Belgium’s INT DUB. Mungo’s Hi Fi themselves make a reappearance on the flipside with hymn to solitude, In My Zone, by Bristol emcee Gardna and singer Charli Brix. Taken from Gardna's debut album, the rhythm is a Mungo’s homage to Coki - Dry Cry (a dubstep bootleg using an old Sizzla acapella). The album’s final port of call is Sailor West by Cumbrian dubstep producer Somah and ethereal Edinburgh-based singer Nem, who appeared on Puffer’s Choice volume 2. The third installment in what is now a reggae and dub lover’s institution, Puffer’s Choice 3 once again balances diversity with shared musical vision. Carefully selected by the Mungo's and Scotch Bonnet team, it stands for everything its creators value: community, experimentation, heavy bass and good times.

                                  Featuring 8 different artists from Mexico to Lithuania, Peru, Portugal, Florida, UK and Belgium, ‘Maloca Vol. 1’ outlines the worldly focus of Le Motel’s new label. Opening the compilation is esteemed Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue followed by Lithuania's DJ JM who has previously released on the likes of Nervous Horizon and Goon Club Allstars, Miami artist and NAAFI affiliate Nick León and Lisbon’s DJ N.K. On the second half of the compilation, there are contributions from the label founder himself, Mexico’s Omaar, UK’s Coen and mysterious artist Tsongo. Maloca Records has put out three vinyl releases to date from Oakland’s Farsight, Beijing’s Howie Lee and Le Motel. The label is quickly building a reputation for releasing brilliant forward-thinking club records whilst capturing specific international sounds.

                                  Various Artists

                                  Back To The Future - Music From The Motion Picture

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

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





                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                    Coloured LP 2 Info: "Dolorean Grey" coloured vinyl.

                                    Various Artists

                                    Studio One - Afrikan Blood

                                      THIS IS A BLACK FRIDAY RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 6PM.
                                      LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                                      Clement Dodd, the founder of the iconic Studio One label, was a fierce proponent of Marcus Garvey’s message of self-reliance that he had heard in his youth. Over the years he recorded and produced many songs that expressed the yearnings and feelings of his fellow Jamaicans. Afrikan Blood is a timely release that captures some of the roots reggae songs that speak to the injustices that still exist today. Many of the songs on Afrikan Blood are previously unreleased or unreleased stereo mixes by foundation artists like Alton Ellis, The Gaylads, The Wailing Souls and Freddie McGregor.

                                      As Judah Eskender Tafari sings, “Afrikan Blood keeps on flowing through my veins.”

                                      Various Artists

                                      Jazz Dispensary: Orange Sunset

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                                        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


                                        The latest in our ongoing RSD/BF series of rare grooves and soulful Jazz from the Craft vaults. 180-gram colored vinyl.

                                        Various Artists

                                        SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die

                                          First time ever on vinyl, the legendary compilation taken from the infamous Kings Road ‘SEX ’shop jukebox. Curated by Marco Pirroni of Siouxsie & the banshees, Adam & the Ants and SEX shop regular, a hand-selected treasure trove of underground/outsider classics – All of which were on heavy rotation throughout the mid-70s on Malcolm and Vivienne’s SEX boutique jukebox..

                                          Originally released in 2003 on OLLA records, “Sex: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die”, The 2020 Stranger Than Paradise Records edition includes new updated artwork plus testimonials from Marco Pirroni, Don Letts, Jon Savage, Jordan, Paul Cook, and Manicured Noise’s Steven Walsh.

                                          “…in my all-important role as ‘Sex’ shop layabout 1974-1976, it was my self-appointed duty to sit around and do nothing except be snide about everyone who came into the shop and continually play my favourite 20 records on the jukebox over and over again, until Jordan or Michael could stand no more and pulled the plug out of the wall……

                                          .. I had never heard of any of the 19 artists who had made my 20 favorite records (I still haven’t) and couldn’t imagine what they were thinking when they made them (I still can’t) but whatever it was they were thinking, they believed it - body and soul - and were making the records they wanted to make against all odds, including at times their own lack of talent. The one thing I learnt from those days was that it’s more important for an artist to be actively discouraged than encourage”

                                          Marco Pirroni

                                          “Memories of a jukebox. The first thing we did when going into the shop was head to the jukebox and fire up some music. It was great listening to all those 50’s/60’s tracks and it was a bit of an education music wise.

                                          Blasting out great Rock’n’Roll, Garage / Rebel Rock, it had to be the coolest jukebox in London at the time and we’d spend hours hanging around, digging the scene and looking cool. As time went by we’d add our own 45’s into the mix but the jukebox choice had Malcom’s stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits. ..Long live outsider, freaky misfits and R’n’Rollz “

                                          Paul Cook, Sex Pistols

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: This comp was a permanent fixture on the shop CD player when it was released first time around and is sure to be again this time. A weird and wonderful collection of rock’n’roll, garage, psyche, blues and everything in between.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xColoured LP Info: Pressed on limited pink vinyl and includes a bonus 7" featuring two exclusive tracks taken from the jukebox –
                                          A - side - Ian Hunter ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’
                                          B- side - Jerry Byrne ‘Lights Out’

                                          A major exploration of Tokyo's cutting edge 80s sound through the music of cult Japanese label Nippon Columbia and its Better Days imprint. For the occasion, Wewantsounds have teamed up with journalist and Japanese music expert Nick Luscombe who was granted rare access to the much-guarded Nippon Columbia's vaults for a masterful selection encapsulating the fascinating sound of Tokyo in the late 70s and 80s. The selection mixes electro, synth-pop, funk and ambient and features such artists as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariah, Shigeo Sekito, Juicy Fruits, Hitomi "Penny" Tohyama and Yumi Murata. The tracklist includes many sought-after rarities and hidden gems which have never been released outside of Japan and the set has been newly remastered by Nippon Columbia. The album has been designed by famed London-based designer Optigram and is annotated by Nick.

                                          Rising through the queer American DJ circuit, Eris Drew and Octo Octa, co-owners of dance label T4T LUV NRG, share multiple decades between them actively participating within the dance music community and are currently both weekly residents on BBC Radio 1. The 21 track compilation was mixed from all-vinyl in their log cabin home and studio in the woods of New Hampshire, taking in cuts that span house, bassline, UK hardcore, and trance. It's includes exclusive tracks from both Octo Octa - 'River' – a trancey and euphoric house classic, and Eris - 'Reactiv-8' – an electro selection with Eris’s own vocals, as well as many rare 90s house gems previously limited to the collections of vinyl-heads and now available for download. Released alongside the comp is a double vinyl product with download code featuring ten full length tracks from the mix. 

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: Tasty compilation from a duo that cherish the sprawling umbrella of dance music right across the decades. They certainly know their onions - a thoroughly dug and presented mix which is fun and energetic whilst turning you onto some shit that you most likely haven't heard of - full marks!

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                          ‘Welcome to the second instalment of my ‘Jazz Dance Fusion’ compilation series for Joey Negro’s Z Records. I continue to look back into the story & history of the UK jazz dance and jazz music scene; a movement that started for me back in the 70's. The sounds of funk & soul mixed with jazz, influences from Brazil, Africa, Europe and all over the globe, textures of instrumental sounds & voices, fuse to create the much-loved ‘jazz fusion’ sound that we love.

                                          Here we are in 2020 when interest in all forms of Jazz is growing fast as DJ pioneers such as Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, Perry Louis, Snowboy, Nick Hosier, Alan Mckinnon, Jim Bernardi, Kev Beadle, Harv Nagi, Shuya Okino and David Patterson continue to push all aspects of Jazz to converted and new audiences.

                                          So, to this compilation where I am showcasing unreleased material and offering tracks up for the first time ever on vinyl and CD. The track listing covers my addiction to dance-floor jazz, coupled with my passion for vocal and percussive jazz, with my usual trademark latin touches.

                                          Hope you enjoy the selection – turn it up loud and feel the jazz passion flow!’


                                          Here is the story of the Silhouettes Project as told by its founders Jaden and Asher: "We started The Silhouettes Project in February 2019, to shine a light on the new generation ofunderground Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul music in the UK. Community is everything to us, and wewanted to show that with a proper support network, access to professional facilities, and theencouragement of a family of artists, our community could produce something incredible. We felt a joint frustration that the current music scene in the UK only had structures in placeto support talent of a certain genre whilst overlooking a buzzing alternative Hip-Hop culture.We wanted to unify artists who are making ground-breaking music but who are in need of asolid structure to work within - artists who we felt deserved more recognition. This led us tothe name 'The Silhouettes Project', as we wanted to shine a light on those artists in theshadows. The journey started by embarking on a collaborative album project which allowed us to bringtogether more than 30 artists on a single tape and to create a network of incredibly talentedartists of the same calibre. The album took more than a year, working almost every day at theRoot 73 studio, a community space in Hackney. We knew from the first few sessions that wewere on to something, and the energy around the project kept it moving. As artists ourselves we understood that the creative process can be challenging and sometimesisolating, especially when there is no clear support network to fall back on. This led us to bringour efforts into the physical realm by organising a series of free live music events for all ofthese artists to come to, showcase their work alongside our house band, and connect witheach other. These events take place at The Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston, anunderground studio complex and warehouse space, which gave the events an intimatecommunity feeling and the people a sense of belonging. There is a desperate need for spaces in which people can come together and develop theircreative potential, especially with the consistent withdrawal of funding from the arts sector inthe UK and with the constant threat of gentrification which has seen the closure of countlesscommunity and grassroots creative organisations. As we grew as a brand and organisation, webegan to fully understand the importance of what we were doing. From the studio sessions tothe events, we saw the impact on people's outlooks on their own careers, we saw them growin confidence in performing and collaborating and even taking their own initiative to utilise thenetwork provided for them. We heard their feedback, we felt the excitement in theatmospheres at our events and studio sessions, and we saw the community grow every timewe brought it together."

                                          You know it's gonna be your day when a new Disco Hamam lands in your lap! For the sixth edition of the delectable, collectable series, the label line up Hotaru, Red Lebanese and Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raa for a quartet of leftfield edits on the Balearic / cosmic end of the scale. 
                                          For the opener, Hotaru extends and expands upon Sapho's '84 single "Train De Paris", using the vocal and instrumental side of the 7" to create an infectious disco-not-disco groover with bursts of brass, metallic percussion and vocals francaise. Next up, Red Lebanese put their own spin on Cyril & Les Mediterranéennes ‎88 jam 'Couscous Party'. If (like me) you dig on kinda absurd Euro-pop with a Middle Eastern flavour, but (unlike me) don't have Plastic Bamboo sending you digging doubles, you can solve a lot of your problems with this A2.
                                          Flip it and f-f-f-eel the force of "Fekete" and "Salaam Sholay" a pair of razor sharp, bass boosted electro-breakers from Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raa. Menacing basslines and neck snapping percussion pack the dancefloor, but there's a palpable sense of silliness which keeps things from getting too serious.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: This is fucking aaaace! Thanks to my man in Saint-Ouen I'm a proud owner of the A2 OG here, but Hotaru's edit of Sapho still makes me wanna buy this release twice. Then there's those two trippy electro cuts on the flip to contend with - ace!

                                          Next in the compiler hotseat for seminal mix series ‘Back to Mine’ is the legendary DJ and producer Fatboy Slim. Having sold over 10 million records and embarked on a number of sold out arena tours, the esteemed record collector and all round great selector delves deep into his weighty collection at his home to create a heady journey of funk and soul. The collection opens with Dave Barker & Ansell Collins ‘Monkey Spanner’ – a reggae single released in 1971 from the Kingston based duo working for the infamous producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

                                          There are a few rare finds, Donal Leace ‘Today Won’t Come Again’, Wind ‘Grooving With Mr Bloe’ and George Rene ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’. And the most recognisable for many no doubt is Betty Chung’s 1968 classic ‘Bang Bang’ thanks to the vocals of the Nancy Sinatra cover being sampled in the Audio Bullys rework in 2005.

                                          The 1975 classic ‘Take Yo Praise’ from Camille Yarborough which Fatboy Slim used to sample the iconic ‘Praise You’ in 1998 is found in the first half of the mix, and not forgetting his group Beats International, which Norman sampled lyrics from the featured track ‘Jam Hot’ by Johnny Dynell for ‘Dub Be Good To Me’. A track that became the best-selling single in the UK in 1990.

                                          And last but not least, two new and exclusive tracks ‘Fatboy Slim & Roland Clark ‘Sunset 303’ (If You Believe) and ‘The Voice Of Experience’ under his Yum Yum Head Food alias, known for producing his more ambient tunes including ‘Bird Of Prey’.

                                          Fatboy Slim delivers an amazing selection of tracks which give us all a little sneak peek into the vibes generated from years of meaningful memories for this ‘Back To Mine’ series. From his house to yours, listening pleasure is guaranteed.

                                          “Over the years there has been so much action back at mine, so many friends, lovers and lunatics who would congregate after the clubs had closed to laugh, share and swap ideas and tunes and generally put the world to rights… this is a collection from the soundtrack of those sessions” - Fatboy Slim


                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          says: A truly inspirational force, lovely human being, and unequivocally a contributing factor to my initial love of electronic music. Fatboy Slim, one of many great dance music ambassadors rightly delivers a career-spanning 'Back To Mine' compilation.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          2xColoured LP Info: Indies exclusive yellow vinyl.

                                          Various Artists

                                          Southeast Of Saturn

                                            It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit.

                                            The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Thirsty Forest Animals guitarist Andrew Peters summarizes the prevalent attitude among the Motor City’s space-rock contingent: “I don’t think we really noticed the local Detroit scene earlier on. We were more into the bands you would see in the NME / Melody Maker, zines, and records - mostly from the UK - on the walls at Play It Again”. If anything was a major factor locally, it was Play It Again, the independent record store in the suburbs of Detroit that nurtured the scene with its amazing curation of imports and killer used records picked up on owner Alan Kovan’s British record buying trips.

                                            Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.

                                            If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks. ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO

                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                            2xColoured LP Info: Very limited indies exclusive deep space / aqua wave coloured vinyl.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Dave Lee Presents 30 Years Of Z Records EP 5

                                            Part five in a series of 12” vinyl EP’s celebrating 30 years of Z Records and the legendary Dave Lee. Featuring sought-after tracks and remixes by, Joey Negro, The Sunburst Band, Loose Change & Gwen Guthrie.

                                            First up the funk fuelled boogie of ‘Stomp Your Feet’ gets a more hypnotic nu disco groove flip from the ever dependable, super talented Hot Toddy delivering a mix that builds and builds. Following that, one of THE best dancefloor tracks of all time, Loose Change ‘Straight From The Heart’ gets the rework treatment from Joey Negro, elevating it even further into stratospheric, peak party anthem territory.

                                            Flip it over to find Dennis Ferrer taking on the sophisticated disco of The Sunburst Band ‘Journey To The Sun’, turning it into a deep but powerful bass heavy groove with techy stabbing synths under those dreamy vocals. Finally, closing out the package a trademark Joey Negro remix of the classic Gwen Guthrie - What A Life that’s sure-fire feel good power.


                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            says: Well known crowd pleasers given a fresh make over by Dave Lee and co. - what's not to like?! These versions are equal to the originals, if not more suited for extended dancefloor enjoy, so can be enjoyed with fresh ears even if you know them inside out.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Mr Bongo Record Club Vol. 4

                                              Curating the tracks for a Mr Bongo Record Club compilation is always such a pleasure. At a time when the expression "Music is My Sanctuary" has an even greater cathartic impact for many people, we set out to make this volume an extra special one - like an old favourite mixtape or playlist. For Volume 4 in this series we continue in the same mould as with previous editions, selecting current favourites and rare lost gems from the Brazilian, African, soul, funk, and disco genres. We present tracks from artists such as Azwon, Cindy & The Playmates, and Zé Roberto to name just a few. However, one main departure and progression to this edition is the first time inclusion of recordings by contemporary artists. These come from Matthew Tavares (of BADBADNOTGOOD fame), Wax Machine, and DJ Format & The Simonsound, which were originally featured on either limited private press vinyl releases or were previously only available digitally. We felt their inclusion was important and wanted to share these wonderful discoveries with a wider audience. They also complement, enrich, and fit perfectly with the flow and journey of the compilation. Here at Mr Bongo we hope you will enjoy this selection of seventeen eclectic songs (in tempo and style) as much as we do, whether they make you move your feet, take you on a trip somewhere, or trigger a happy memory.

                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                              2xColoured LP Info: Pink vinyl edition.

                                              Various Artists

                                              Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip

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

                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                Coloured LP Info: Limited purple vinyl.

                                                Various Artists

                                                From Brussels With Love

                                                  Originally released as a cassette with a 16 page booklet packaged in a PVC wallet, From Brussels With Love featured 21 exclusive tracks from the international avant-garde and new wave, as well as contributions from the celebrated Factory Records roster. Then, as now, the featured artists include A Certain Ratio, Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Thomas Dolby, Dome, The Durutti Column, John Foxx, Martin Hannett, Richard Jobson, The Names, Bill Nelson, Kevin Hewick + New Order, Michael Nyman and Der Plan.

                                                  Running for 78 minutes, the cosmopolitan ‘cassette journal’ was curated by Michel Duval, Annik Honore and Wim Mertens, and also includes extended interviews with Brian Eno and legendary French film actress Jeanne Moreau. The cover art is by Jean-Francois Octave, with additional artwork in the booklet by Benoit Hennebert, Marc Borgers and Claude Stassart.

                                                  From Brussels With Love quickly sold 6000 copies around Europe, earning rapturous reviews in the UK music press. “This is a reminder – without really trying, without being obvious – that pop is modern poetry. Is the sharpest, shiniest collection of experiences. Is always something new” (Paul Morley, NME). More recently, Dan Fox of art magazine Frieze described TWI 007 as “a masterpiece of distinctly northern European post-punk eclecticism.”



                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                  2xColoured LP Info: One black one white LP.

                                                  2xCD Info: Les Disques du Crepuscule is proud to present a deluxe 2xCD hardback earbook edition of iconic compilation From Brussels With Love. Bearing the catalogue number TWI 007, From Brussels With Love was the very first release on Crepuscule back in November 1980, and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

                                                  Immergant & imperitive MCR label Dansu Discs returns with its third V/A instalment. One of the most exciting prospects our city has in terms of new dance music at the moment, I've personally bagged every release so far with eager and warranted expectation.

                                                  With tracks from Frankel & Harper, T. Jacques, Lavonz (with a classic reissue from 1998) and Main Phase it yet again skirts between 4/4, garage and bassline with an elbows-out, hyped-ta-fuck aesthetic that keeps it firmly at the cutting edge of clubland.

                                                  Currently receiving repeated spins from our own Kickin' Pigeon, Interplanetary Criminal is a big proponent of this new home-grown stable as is Metrodome, Dub Phizix and any other local spinners with their finger on the pulse!! Crucial listening people! 


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: Big things await this label when the dancefloors re-open again! Smashed to shit at last year's Pomona rave, I'll be hammering these out across the live streams until we get all get loose again. Big ups cru!

                                                  Craig Charles has been a soul & funk fan since his teenage years in Liverpool, going to see local heroes The Real Thing live, and wearing out his shoe leather dancing in the city’s many underground clubs. Craig has been sharing that passion for the music via his 6Music and BBC Radio 2 shows and DJ nights for nearly 20 years. His brand new ‘Trunk Of Funk’ compilation series, blends up-tempo club classics, with fresh music from the cream of the crop from the contemporary soul and funk scene, and will be Craigs very first vinyl release – a beautiful, double vinyl gatefold LP and he’s certainly excited about it, stating; “I can’t wait to bring you big beats, bass lines and booga-bloomin-loo! Presenting The Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Volume 1 as my first ever vinyl release has put a proper wiggle in my walk!”

                                                  This collection of 21st century disco, soul, funk & afro grooves from includes tracks from contemporary heroes of the scene such as Monophonics, Amp Fiddler and The James Taylor Quartet, it’s also peppered with some old school classics and rare grooves from legends such as Roy Ayers, PP Arnold, Miriam Makeba and Patrice Rushen. Craig has personally selected and sequenced this collection to take the listener of a musical journey, the closest thing to having Craig visit and personally DJ for you in the comfort of your own home! It also includes two ‘Trunk Of Funk Edits’ that are 100% exclusive to this compilation and not available anywhere else.


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  says: A rare breed of cross-over celebrity whose managed to keep 100% of his integrity shows off some of his choice funk flexes culled from years behind the decks and radio waves. Tastefully including some lesser-known and leftfield choices, this is a Piccadilly Records approved collection from start to finish. Top marks Craig!

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  Soul Jazz Records Presents: Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971-83

                                                    This is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ ground-breaking ‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik’ series, “a near-definitive guide to some of the world’s most extraordinary music” - The Guardian.

                                                    This new Soul Jazz release features many of the classic German electronic and Krautrock groups from the 1970s and 1980s, including Can, Amon Düül II, Harmonia, Conrad Schnitzler, Agitation Free and Roedelius, as well as a host of lesser known artists such as Dzyan, Klaus Weiss, Gruppe Between and many more.

                                                    Deutsche Elektronische rarities unearthed on the album include Kalacakra (whose fanbase included the great Moondog) and their superb ‘Nearby Shiras’, taken from their super-rare spiritual / psychedelic private press concept album ‘Crawling to Lhasa’ from 1972. 

                                                    ‘Deutsche Elektronische 4’ includes a wealth of German electronic experimental artists - the seminal pioneering group Harmonia (Roedelius, Moebius and Michael Rother) and avant-garde guru Conrad Schnitzler, as well as lesser known synthetic artists such as Klaus Weiss, Deutsche Wertarbeit, E.M.A.K. (Elektronische Musik Aus Köln), Günter Schickert and others.

                                                    Finally, the album also features an array of heavy and progressive German cosmic rock groups - Dzyan, Virus and the amazing Turkish/German tripped out sound of Alex’s ‘Patella Black’, recorded at Can’s Inner Space in 1973, produced by Holger Czukay and Jackie Liebezeit.

                                                    ‘Deutsche Elektronische 4’ comes with extensive newly commissioned sleevenotes by David Stubbs, author of the seminal books ‘Future Days: Krautrock and the building of Modern Germany’, ‘Mars By 1980: The story of Electronic Music’ and ‘Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its Legacy’.

                                                    This album comes as a deluxe double CD edition with outsize booklet and slipcase, as well as a heavyweight triple vinyl edition with full colour inner sleeves. Both formats include full liner notes and extensive rare photography.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    says: I really can't get enough of these compilations. Superb, unheard of gems mixed in with some undeniable classics, and presented beautifully in true Soul Jazz style. Unsurprisingly brilliant.

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    3xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Following the runaway success of the first Claremont Editions compilation earlier in the year, Claremont 56 founder Paul “Mudd” Murphy has put together a speedy follow-up that’s every bit as alluring as its predecessor.

                                                    Like volume one, Claremont Editions Two features a mixture of brand-new tracks, previously unreleased archive material from the label’s expansive family of artists, and the odd never-heard-before remix. The compilation will be released in limited numbers on vinyl, with cover artwork by Jim Woodring, a legendary illustrator and underground comic book artist. The vivid, colourful and surreal image adorning the front of Claremont Editions Two is the Frank creator’s first work since his celebrated designs for Yo La Tengo almost a decade ago.

                                                    Musically, there’s much to set the pulse racing across the eight tracks that make up the compilation. Murphy and regular studio partner Benjamin Smith kick things off with “Norway Stores”, a brilliantly warm, jolly and evocative instrumental number recorded in St Ives during sessions for their forthcoming fifth studio album, which is due to land in stores in 2021. Another Claremont 56 stalwart, Almunia member Leo Ceccanti, has a debut solo album on the way and here showcases “Brillo De Luna”, a jangling and gently psychedelic slice of evening sunshine rich in gentle Latin rhythms, layered acoustic guitars and languid electric guitar solos.

                                                    There’s a surprise return to action from Murphy’s Hillside collaboration with Alex Searle and Patrick Dawes. “Walpole Days” sits somewhere between intergalactic jazz-funk, horizontal Balearica and 1970s space-rock. Those wanting more of the trio’s tasty keys, mazy solos and seductive synths should check out Joaquin “Joe” Claussell’s inspired “Stripped Down Mix” of the same track on record two. Expect a ten-minute ambient-meets-jazz-funk epic.

                                                    Alongside the Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Quinn Luke, Searle, Dawes and Murphy also feature on Claremont Editions Two as part of Paqua. Their deliciously opaque, atmospheric and loved-up contribution, “Escondido”, is the outfit’s first new material for over three years.

                                                    Also returning to make their mark on the compilation are Essex trio Statues – check the twinkling, piano-heavy Balearic shuffle of “Lokrum” – and German krautrock revivalists Fürsattl, who contribute the buzzing analogue synthesizers and metronomic, guitar-driven grooves of “Haru”.

                                                    In keeping with his desire to showcase new and up-and-coming artists, Murphy has chosen to showcase a track from new label signings Jype and Leonidas. The Twonk members excel themselves on “Oui Non”, a seductive, warming and alluring chunk of drowsy Balearic pop that sounds like the missing link between Air, Serge Gainsbourg and Cantoma. With its sunset-ready Rhodes chords, French language vocals and slow-motion grooves, it fits Claremont Editions Two like a glove.

                                                    The time has come again: Another edition of the much-loved and highly praised compilation “Paz E Futebol” by Jazzanova and released on Sonar Kollektiv. The third sequel of this terrific series of light-footed Brazilian gems and other rarities transporting the Brazilian feel for the ball musically.

                                                    Two times Jazzanova took care of the collection, now Junior Santos is responsible for digging up the tunes. The Brazilian drummer and producer is a true expert when it comes to Brazilian music. He already caught the attention of Jazzanova’s Jürgen von Knoblauch with the 2014 released compilation “Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds (1978-1982)” on Favorite Recordings. Together the two diggers selected eight songs that fit simply perfectly. Although the contributions originate from three different decades (1979 - 1992) they all have the discoid and boogiesque vibe in common mainly to come alive in productions from Maranhão, Rio and Bahia.

                                                    The release is accompanied by extensive liner notes by Junior Santos (in Portuguese and English). Rays of warmth for the cold and grey season head this compilation is great fun and radiates so much joy like only Brazilian music can. 


                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    says: I have to admit the first two volumes of this compilation passed me by. But if you're looking for a sun-flecked collection of Brazilian music to take you away from our tumultuous British winter, then get this in yer baskets pronto!

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                    Third edition of Metro Jaxx on Posthuman’s Balkan Vinyl imprint. Six tracks to jack to. Acid House, Electro, Rave and Techno. You don’t need a load of hyperbole and pretty descriptions of the music, just listen to the tracks. They fucking bang.

                                                    Label debuts for Tsuin, Elliot Adamson, and The Wasp (one half of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams) and returns to the label from Acidulant, Echaskech, and Room 13 (DMX Krew & Bass Junkie)..

                                                    Each record comes with a unique download code.

                                                    The first release on EN.KI.DU.NU (a new project from the mysterious Light Sounds Dark crew), entitled 'Copernicus was my Grandad, Kepler was my Uncle' is a mystical journey to the outer reaches of space and back again, who knows what we'll find during our first mission, but you can be sure there shall be some curiosities along the way.

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival

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

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

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

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

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

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Fabric Presents Chase & Status - RTRN II FABRIC

                                                        Chase & Status is the sixth instalment in the ‘fabric presents’ series. The mix captures the energy that inspired the trio for their ‘RTRN II Jungle’ album in 2019. It is a debut for the jungle genre in the label’s latest take on compilations.

                                                        There are four exclusive Chase & Status tracks on the hefty 44-tracker, alongside featured artists who are the cream of the MCs of the scene. This homage to the UK’s drum & bass genre brings in the heavyweights like Ray Keith, DJ Rap, Dead Dred and Hype to name a few.

                                                        A slew of recent jungle cuts from renowned label owner Shy FX weave into the high energy comp that charges with a spirit raw and fierce in a time of global uncertainty.

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        says: It's been 10 years since that infamous MCR warehouse party (if you know you know) and they've since achieved total world domination. Here the duo continue to ply their love of drum & bass and jungle, throwing in some exclusive and unreleased heat on the way.

                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                        2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE OCTOBER 24TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                          LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                          Mike Myers' ultra-mod '60s spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery skillfully wrings humor from the differences and the similarities between the '60s and '90s, so it isn't surprising that the soundtrack balances '60s pop hits with '90s songs that wryly rework those swinging styles. Naturally, the original Burt Bacharach songs sound the best, yet there a number of retro-style gems, ranging from the funky acid jazz of the James Taylor Quartet and the straight-ahead pop/rock of Edwyn Collins and Susanna Hoffs to the Lightning Seeds' trip-hop reworking of the Turtles' "You Showed Me" and the Wondermints' ringing title theme. In other words, it's nearly fab.

                                                          Never been released on vinyl - Disc 1 is purple vinyl -Disc 2 is red vinyl 


                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                          2xColoured LP Info: Purple and red coloured double vinyl.

                                                          'Music For Theatre And Dance – Volume Two' is the second in a small series of EPs that will focus on music which was initially created for or inspired by dance and performance. Created as a dialogue with the avant-garde and highly experimental work in dance, theatre and art evolving at the time, the music was in turn at times greatly innovative.

                                                          That it was created for a dance or performance though means that such music was also often highly rhythmic and a number of pieces from this time stand out and seem greatly deserving of a new context.

                                                          Whether it's more ambient or atmospheric works or whether it's in the more rhythmic or percussive pieces, Music From Memory brings together another selection of tracks that aims to highlight this highly innovative direction in music.

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Sadaba! Exotic Blues & Rhythm Vol. 6

                                                            Limited clear vinyl 10" Subtitled Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica & Tittyshakers this is the reissue of the sixth release in the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series. Released ages ago in an edition of 500 copies it sold out in next to no time and is a sought after collectors item now. Reissued as a limited editon of 700 copies - all on CLEAR vinyl. Guaranteed to go fast! 

                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            10" LP Info: Clear vinyl.

                                                            The Eastern European Cut Outs, the spin off series of The Very Polish Cut Outs, that launched last year moves smoothly into the second round.

                                                            The new vinyl only release contains 4 obscure tracks from Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary and the Soviet Union that have been tweaked and looped by some brilliant native talents. 
                                                            Langsamer East German disco not disco? Check!
                                                            Soviet aerobic dance pop? Check!
                                                            Psychedelic hungarian rock chopped to sound like hip hop? Check!
                                                            Enigma influenced Czechoslovakian proto-house? Check!

                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                            says: The reliable TVPC are back with a second helping of Eastern European edits, answering such questions as...
                                                            "What would Spandau sound like if they'd been in the Russian State Ballet?", "Who was Ja Wöbble?", "Is MF Doom's favourite food goulash?" and "What would the summer of love have been like if we swapped Mitsubishi's for Skodas...".

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Vinyl Reissue

                                                              Pressed here onto black vinyl with the original Crow etching included, this is the original soundtrack to the 1994 film, The Crow. Featuring tracks from rock legends such as Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine and The Cure, this soundtrack is often considered as one of the greatest film soundtracks of all time.

                                                              The album was met with widespread critical acclaim upon release and charted at No.1 upon release on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has since gone on to be certified x3 Platinum in the US by the RIAA. 


                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              2xLtd LP Info: Double album with Crow etching.

                                                              Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                Coloured LP Info: Clear vinyl repress.

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                The Turning: Kate's Diary OST (Featuring David Bowie & Courtney Love)

                                                                  This album Includes a brand new, unreleased song by David Bowie, "American Landfill" feat.Kristeen Young, and unreleased acoustic version of Mother by Courtney Love.

                                                                  These tracks all feature in the movie The Turning, but are NOT not featured on the Original Soundtrack CD. These songs are all exclusive to the vinyl release, and will not be released again, (with the exception of the Bowie song which will be released digitally at some point).

                                                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                  2xColoured LP Info: 180g red & black marble LP.

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

                                                                    North America’s answer to the legendary UK C86 compilation

                                                                    Includes an 80+ page booklet with a comprehensive oral history of the American jangle pop scene and tons of photos and ephemera

                                                                    Limited to 1000 copies, Pressed on orange vinyl for October 24 Record Store Day Drop

                                                                    Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 is the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Dedicated to compiling forgotten music from the 1970s – 1990s that has a connection to Captured Tracks’ sound and aesthetic, this series will bridge the past to our current roster and showcase the kinds of sounds that inspire us. As an American label, we’ve often wondered why British, Aussie, and Kiwi indie rock from the ‘80s has had the most infuence on modern acts and the collector’s market. Outside of bands like R.E.M., the Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, and a few others, most of these bands received little attention from national or international press outlets and markets. The acts on this compilation have a true DiY spirit that lead many of these bands to self-record and self-release within tiny local scenes in small cities and college towns across America.

                                                                    Strum & Thrum aims to shed light on this forgotten era of jangly, melodic rock music that emerged from the ashes of post punk and helped kick start the indie rock boom of the early ‘90s that continues to this day. Indeed, many artists featured on Strum & Thrum went on to be part of this boom – Archer Prewitt from the Sea & Cake, Jon Ginoli from Pansy Division, Ric Menck from Velvet Crush, Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Barbara Manning, and more went on to be in well known bands in the ‘90s. Spread across two LPs, Strum & Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the ‘80s indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. Long live the jangle underground!

                                                                    “This kind of rock music ignored the mainstream, as opposed to feeling the need to burn it down. The great thing was that whether you identifed with “jangle pop” or “punk,” you had this feeling of busting out of what you were tired of, and there was a new, excited audience for it! For a while...” -- Mitch Easter


                                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                    2xColoured LP Info: Limited to 1000 copies, Pressed on orange vinyl.

                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Virgin Suicides OST - RSD Edition

                                                                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE OCTOBER 24TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                      LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                      Out of print since 2000, this will be the 20th Anniversary of the soundtrack.It replays the myriad emotions of adolescence and those of the Lisbon girls in particular.

                                                                      Tracks like Heart's "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" reflect feminine sexuality in the mid-'70s, while 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" has an eerie, sedated feel.Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" has a quaint, cheerful vibe despite its sadness; the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe" and Sloan's "Everything You've Done Wrong" are sweet, pure proclamations; and Air's spacy "Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)" and "Ce Matin La" mirror the film's haunting, serene delicacy.

                                                                      FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                      Coloured LP Info: Pink & Red coloured vinyl.

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Austin Powers In Goldmember OST

                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE OCTOBER 24TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                        LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                        Featuring artists such as Beyonce, Earth Wind & Fire and the Rolling Stones, this stellar soundtrack is the accompaniment to the iconic film of the same name. Despite the film being a solid member of the comedy film canon, this soundtrack is no joke, with a plethora of talent from start to finish. Available here on 140g 12” gold coloured vinyl, this is not one to be missed.

                                                                        FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                        Coloured LP Info: Gold coloured vinyl.

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me OST

                                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AS PART OF THE OCTOBER 24TH DROP DAY AT 6PM.
                                                                          LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                          Mike Myers' ultra-mod '60s spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery skillfully wrings humor from the differences and the similarities between the '60s and '90s, so it isn't surprising that the soundtrack balances '60s pop hits with '90s songs that wryly rework those swinging styles.Naturally, the original Burt Bacharach songs sound the best, yet there a number of retro-style gems, ranging from the funky acid jazz of the James Taylor Quartet and the straight-ahead pop/rock of Edwyn Collins and Susanna Hoffs to the Lightning Seeds' trip-hop reworking of the Turtles' "You Showed Me" and the Wondermints' ringing title theme.In other words, it's nearly fab.

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                          Coloured LP Info: Tan coloured vinyl.

                                                                          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.


                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

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

                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          La Locura De Machuca

                                                                            One night in 1975, a successful tax lawyer named Rafael Machuca had his mind blown in Barranquilla's 'Plaza de los Musicos'. Overnight he went from a high ranking position in the Columbian revenue authority to visionary production guru of the newly formed record label that bore his name, Discos Machuca, and for the next six years he devoted his life to releasing some of the strangest, most experimental Afro Psychedelia Cumbias ever produced. La Locura de Machuca is the story of one man's bizarre odyssey into Colombia's coastal music underground, and the wild, hypnotic sounds he helped bring up to the surface. The Colombian music industry was thriving in the mid-seventies, but while homegrown bolero and vallenato tunes were doing well on the charts, it was imported African records that were setting crowds on fire at the picos – the sound-systems that fuelled neighbourhood parties – and wherever those records were played there were always a handful of groups who were inspired to plug traditional Cumbia directly into the electric currents coming from across the Atlantic.

                                                                            It was these obscure bands, who fused Colombian and African rhythms with the swirling organs and psychedelic guitars of underground rock, that fired Machuca's imagination. While the label made its money releasing popular hits by legends such as Alejandro Durán and Aníbal Velásquez, that money was poured back into a unique run of experimental releases by fringe artists such as La Banda Africana, King Somalie, Conjunto Barbacoa, and Abelardo Carbono, one of the godfathers of Champeta Criolla. When Machuca couldn't find groups to realise his particular vision, he simply created them himself. Drawing on a fearsome roster of musicians associated with the label, he assembled bands that lasted only as long as it took to record an album ,and unleashed the results – complete with arrestingly unusual album covers – under a series of different names such as Samba Negra or El Grupo Folclórico. This unorthodox approach led his long time recording engineer, Eduardo Dávila, to describes Machuca's productions as the "B-Movies of Colombian music."

                                                                            The story of Doctor Machuca and his eccentric exploits tells of one of Colombia's most atypical and peculiar record companies; a defining pillar of Afro-Caribbean psychedelia. His productions have come to represent the roots of Champeta and set the pedigree standards for Afro and Costeño avant-garde. The seventeen tracks on La Locura de Machuca, harvested from the darkest, strangest corners of the Discos Machuca catalogue, sound like little else recorded before or since.

                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                            2xLtd LP Info: Double LP pressed on 140g virgin vinyl comes with a full color 16-page booklet.

                                                                            CD Info: CD comes with a full colour 32-page booklet.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954-1966

                                                                              Covering 1954-1966, this double vinyl, the first in a series of three compilations from Honest Jon's is infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement. Twenty-four heart-stopping scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside less celebrated names like the Harmonising Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water.

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Turn It Loose, Ain't No Good: Savoy Gospel 1970-1979

                                                                                The second of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all.

                                                                                Sublime crossings of gospel with the soul, funk and jazz of the Black Power era. Twenty rapturous cuts dot dazzlingly between Muscle Shoals soul, screwed breakbeat, Mizells-style fusion, disco and proto-house. Triumphant re-workings of Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters will have listeners throwing their pew cushions into the air. Drawn from hard-tofind 45s and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release.

                                                                                Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                You Better Get Ready: Savoy Gospel 1978-1986

                                                                                  The third of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all.

                                                                                  Seventeen gems of fierce funk, rapturous soul and transcendent disco and boogie, super-charged with celebration and affirmativeness, loaded with roaring choirs, rocking horns and popping bass guitars, from the years leading up to Savoy’s acquisition by Malaco. Hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. The stupendous opener by Edith Moreno only appeared as a blank-label promo, in a tiny run.

                                                                                  Presented in a spot-glossed sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Gunsmoke Volume 6

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

                                                                                    You should know the score by now with these Wanted comps - perfect stylistic samplers of their genre, with a variety of better and lesser known bangers, for a bargain price no less. This time round, they narrow the genre-lens to a more specific sound, namely Funky Soul, so the setlist is a little more obscure than usual, but just as excellent!

                                                                                    Get a load of 'Bubble Gum', a stone groove so deadly that Pete Rock and Madlib both had to flip it. Bangers from Mavis John, Jimmy Bo Horne and Al Green follow, before we get Afro-boogie classic "Enjoy Your Life" by Oby Onyioha, and that's just the A-side. Wicked cool folks.

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    SOS Music Vol. 1

                                                                                      Birthed from a radio show and event series with iconic Los Angeles radio station DUBLAB, SOS MUSIC’s goal is to provide a platform for diverse and forward-thinking electronic music, with a keen emphasis on womxn talent from around the world. In conjunction with Berlin-based !K7, the label’s debut release, SOS MUSIC Vol. 1 is a 14-track eclectic compilation showcasing dance music from some of the best producers working at the moment including rRoxymore, Violet, Nightwave, Umfang, LCY & Minimal Violence - lovingly curated to uplift and celebrate the global electronic community in a time of deep uncertainty in the music industry. SOS MUSIC Vol. 1 is international to its core, drawing on influences from the artists’ respective backgrounds including the UK, US, Serbia, Spain, Japan, Slovenia, Portugal, Germany & Canada.

                                                                                      SOS MUSIC was founded in Los Angeles by Maddy Maia (UK) and Tottie (Spain via the UK). Maddy has a long history in independent music, and is currently VP A&R in the US for famed British indie label Ninja Tune. Tottie is director of events and special projects at DUBLAB, and curates music, art and cultural programming that reflects the diverse landscape of the city and beyond.

                                                                                      A shared love of underground music and culture, Maia and Tottie’s bond started strong via throwing events and later with hosting a monthly radio show; The SOS Music imprint is a natural next step in the pair’s progression as curators and its goal will continue early principles the duo stuck to- to seek out diverse underground talent and amplify their voice or community, whilst championing diversity on all sides of the industry. Maddy and Tottie’s music influences and styles span wide across the spectrum of experimental dance music, ranging from leftfield house, orchestral ambient sounds, not forgetting a nod to their youth growing up in the UK rave scene.

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986

                                                                                        An extensive, sumptuous survey of surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Sixty-one gems of stomping, rollicking, desolate, ravishing gospel music, intermingling with soul, blues, doo-wop, jazz, r&b, disco and boogie.

                                                                                        Covering 1954-1966, the first disc is infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement. Twenty-four heart-stopping scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside less celebrated names like the Harmonising Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water.

                                                                                        The second disc presents sublime crossings of gospel with the soul, funk and jazz of the Black Power era. Twenty rapturous cuts dot dazzlingly between Muscle Shoals soul, screwed breakbeat, Mizells-style fusion, disco and protohouse. Triumphant re-workings of Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters will have listeners throwing their pew cushions into the air. The third disc selects fierce funk, rapturous soul and transcendent disco and boogie, loaded with roaring choirs, rocking horns and popping bass guitars, super-charged with celebration and affirmativeness, from the years leading up to Savoy’s acquisition by Malaco.

                                                                                        Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens, twelves and LPs, hardly any of these recordings perhaps none have been reissued since their first release. The third disc opens with a stupendous onslaught by Edith Moreno which only appeared as a tiny handful of blank-label promos.

                                                                                        3 CD set is presented as a sixty-page mini-book, perfect-bound, with CDs suspended in card sleeves and the 2 LP format is presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; bothbeautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering were done at Abbey Road.

                                                                                        Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        Blue Note Re:Imagined

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

                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Branko Presents: Enchufada Na Zona Vol. 2

                                                                                            Roughly translated from Portuguese, Na Zona means something like being in a specific place, occupying a zone and owning it — a fitting metaphor for Branko’s career as a DJ and producer exploring the global side of club music. But what happens when you can no longer occupy physical spaces to create a shared experience around club music?

                                                                                            Enter Volume 2 of our Branko Presents: Enchufada Na Zona compilation series, where following the release of his sophomore album ‘Nosso’, the Enchufada founder curates a selection of original music from himself and some of his favourite artists, as well as a series of his own edits and remixes, all created during quarantine from home studios in Lisbon, Accra, São Paulo, London or Paris. With the club seeming like a distant memory, Branko puts forward a collection of songs more fitting to the times we live in and the physical space we get to enjoy them at: home.

                                                                                            Alongside new music from the likes of Dengue Dengue Dengue, Studio Bros or Vanyfox, as well as his edits and remixes for artists such as Dino D’Santiago, DKVPZ or Gafacci, Branko presents a more melodic and introspective take on the always-evolving and warm-blooded rhythms of global club music, a product of every artist’s shared experience of creating and enjoying music in isolation.


                                                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                            LP Info: Limited to 300 copies worldwide.

                                                                                            Anything Goes release volume five of their esteemed and highly prized Rollover Edits series. 

                                                                                            Four rich, full bodied edits from the likes of Lele Sacchi, Jack Torsani, Nathan Joy and Pyramiden just as easily enjoyed with a healthy drop of red and a mouthful of pappardelle as they are pumped out across the Adriatic. Oh wait, your flights been cancelled right? Well, luxuriate in the imagined warmth, the sizzling calamari and the gentle lap of the waves and you conjure up a holiday house paradise in your head. It's as close as any of us are gonna get this year...

                                                                                            DJ support:

                                                                                            James Murphy, Tim Sweeney, PBR Streetgang, Erol Alkan.




                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                            Help (War Child) - 2020 Reissue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


                                                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

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

                                                                                              Wilson Records is back in the game with a killer new comp celebrating eight years in the game!
                                                                                              Welcoming three new artists to the Wilson Records roster: Pats Favorite, better known for his recent release on Lunar Orbiter Program under his Turk Turkelton moniker (also out this week!), Clafrica and the Colombian Tropico Frio.

                                                                                              It's much more booty & electro inspired outing on this record, shunning the raw bumpety house music for something a bit more futuristic and tougher.

                                                                                              As always, super limited, no repress and digi - so if you dig these cuts act now! 


                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              says: Fast n pacey electro-booty cuts from Wilson's allstars as the label pursues exciting new avenues. Proudly steadfast in their commitment to both the dancefloor, and vinyl - you won't find these cuts on any digital emporium! Vital!

                                                                                              For Dekmantel Festival 2019, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative and Dekmantel teamed up for the third time to invite four artists to bring fresh music to a curation of Dutch archival films. As debuted live in Amsterdam’s Eye Filmmuseum, 2019 featured new scores from Safe Trip eclectic left-of-centre DJ / producer, Max Abysmal, 80s pastiche, keyboard wizard duo, Lamellen, Italian contemporary composer and saxophonist, Laura Agnusdei and heavy-hitter, Identified Patient. 2019’s films were as diverse as the invited artists. Three of the films come Academy Award winning Dutch producer, Nico Crama whose collection is held by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision while Comeback (Poppenfilm) was made by amateur Dutch filmmaker, Otto Laan.


                                                                                              Part 2 of the compilation series sees the journey evolving, this time with a more upbeat affair. Not much has changed in terms of selection, as we continue to draw inspiration from the wider world, we bring to you the sounds of artists originating from Argentina, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil and the UK. Beyond the restrictions of this physical realm, let you ears nourish the mind & soul as they traverse the world for you…

                                                                                              Argentinian resident Silvio Astier introduces us to the record with the aptly named ’Santa Maria del Buen Ayre’ - the former name of his hometown Buenos Aires. Easing us in with a wonderfully atmospheric piece, carefully mixing simple percussion patterns with his own well-crafted luscious guitar work.

                                                                                              Next up, we have Japan native/Berlin resident Kotoe continuing the flow of downtempo sounds that slowly settle us into this compilation. ‘Ondami’ conjures up images of a distant dream… the floating vocals and echoing chimes capable of drifting the listener to a place of blissful escapism.

                                                                                              The tempo is turned up a notch for the last track of side A, provided by UK born folklorica maestro El Buho. Renowned for his love of merging the traditional and natural sounds of South America with modern electronica, ’Swifts’ certainly ticks those boxes with an added touch of dance-floor-ready groove.

                                                                                              Portuguese native duo Oxhala continue to push the sounds on the flip side into heavier territory. ’Earth Spirit’ builds from an amalgamation of stomping tribal drums, hypnotically playful keys and distorted vocals, channeling the listener to our innate primitive spirit - this is one for the body & mind.

                                                                                              Dutch party-starter Mytron’s contribution ’Oil’ provides the fuel for the party as he turns to fast-paced conga rhythms, cowbells and elephant trumpets. These exotic sounds bounce along with ever-persistent energy to create the soundtrack to a hedonistic carnivalesque celebration of all things wild.

                                                                                              If you haven’t already peaked with the previous offering, Brazilian native El Peche wraps things up nicely with track ‘Rastro De Fogo’ (ft. Mari Branco). Tripped out vocals phase in and out as the track is dominated by a tight bassline before delicate keys bring in a softer element to finish.

                                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                                              Ellas Son Electricas

                                                                                                Shining a light on women's role in the late 70's and 80's Hard Rock scene in Spain, "Ellas son Electricas" comes filled to the rafters with kick ass Spanish Metal, Hard Rock, AOR or Thrash, reviewing the story of unfairly ignored ladies of Spanish Metal. Most of these songs see a vinyl release for the very first time (only Malena y Belcebu's song had previously been released), coming straight from obscure demos. Comes with an extensive 32 pages booklet with plenty of photos, reviews, bios and other awesome shit. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                Best before 2021 is a compilation of break tracks bringing together producers from different emerging electronic music scenes. Paris, Geneva, Tbilissi & Saint Petersbourg’s finest underground artists presenting what they do best : sexy disco samples, low, distorted 808 basses & kicks marked with rolling break beats.

                                                                                                A tidy compilation from this courageous label, I'm really feeling the production on Greenwald's "Pppower" while Raw Takes' "Gate 313" is worth the entrance fee alone - a garage-house hybrid with anthemic pianos that's up there with the D Futers' "I Care" from a few years back. Serious!

                                                                                                Some tasty electro-booty and ruffage nicely decorates the rest of the disc. It's a real shame late nite dance spots aren't open at the moment as this would be the perfect choice for those looking for some fresh shit to groove to! Hopefully the live streams will do it justice.... Highly recommended! Don't sleep...


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Big hyper spins for club kids and adults that should know better. RIYL: Natural Sciences, Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, 2 B Real etc etc.

                                                                                                Up there with the coolest contemporary labels, Kashual Plastik are all about a concept, carried out properly with the care and attention you only achieve from a labour of love. As well as a string of mega mixtapes and killer cassette releases from the likes of RVDS, Georgia and DJ Richard, the label are famed for their essential short run vinyl releases, each arriving in its own unique packaging. 

                                                                                                Previous vinyl outings have seen tribal electronics in screen printed rattan, experimental electronics in wood venner sleeve, and a cassette culture compilation in a cotton bag. This time round, the German label turn their attention to the sci-fi end of the B-movie scene, inviting a dozen of their favourite artists to pay homage to those space age synth sounds. Fitting then, that this limited LP & CD release comes in a silk screened sleeve, wrapped in a wire fence jacket - mechanoid vibes!

                                                                                                Musically, we're taken from VHS dreamscapes, through the clank of a droid manufacturing plant, out into the depths of space, deep into the neon swamp and turned inside out by some fifth world weirdness. Hear the clips, check the packaging, buy the record!

                                                                                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                                Ltd LP Info: Limited LP & CD in silk screened sleeve, packaged inside a wire mesh frame.

                                                                                                Second installment of this all-killer-no-filler funk compilation series. All coming in at a nice bargain bin price tag but but featuring the whole kit and caboodle of funk classics, pressed nicely onto fresh wax and sounding better than ever! I honestly couldn't think of a better stocking filler for any discerning funk fan this Christmas!

                                                                                                Vol. 2 features dancefloor staples from The Fatback Band and Gwen McCrae plus lesser-known jems from Manu Dibango, Brother To Brother and Blowfly.

                                                                                                100% certified funk bangers, from begining to end. Sure looks funky to me! 


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Absolutely fuck all to celebrate this year is there? Who knows what Christmas is gonna be like. End-of-year round-up programs featuring COVID-tweets and Major Tom trundling up and down the garden. Fights with yer uncle cos he won't wear a mask when he visits aunty Gene. Food shortages and no Strictly Come Dancing?!?! Thankfully, bargain bin, top drawer comps like this MIGHT JUST keep the spirit of Christmas alive... Fingers crossed!

                                                                                                Third and final installment of this cut-price funk compilation series which seems to have left no funky stone un-turned! Literally every single well known (and not so well known) hit is covered by one of the three volumes and with a nice, high fidelty pressing (without squeezing too many tracks onto one side as is so often the case), you can be sure that the sound quality reins supreme throughout. You might even argue you'd need to aquire 12" versions for them to sound any better!

                                                                                                Probably my personal favourite outta the three volumes due to it closing on Lonnie Listen's breathtaking "A Chance For Peace" (which hasn't lost it's relavence 45 years on...) and also containing trakcs by Bobby Burd, Funkadelic AND T-Connection. But honestly, if you're in for a penny yer in for a pound folks, and at only forteen quid a go, I honestly can't see a reason not to plump for all three. Go on, you're worth it! 


                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Absolutely fuck all to celebrate this year is there? Who knows what Christmas is gonna be like. End-of-year round-up programs featuring COVID-tweets and Major Tom trundling up and down the garden. Fights with yer uncle cos he won't wear a mask when he visits aunty Gene. Food shortages and no Strictly Come Dancing?!?! Thankfully, bargain bin, top drawer comps like this MIGHT JUST keep the spirit of Christmas alive... Fingers crossed!

                                                                                                Tasty, jam-packed collection of classic funk and soul hits from the early 60s (with a few dated back to '56). With a bargain bin price tag, but freshly pressed onto high quality vinyl and spread out nicely across two sides, these are beautifully definitive versions of these well known songs that all the family can enjoy! A perfect stocking filler for any funk fan, there's two more volumes to get your mitts on so you can be confident that the full gamut of the funk spectrum has been covered! Make it funky!

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                says: Absolutely fuck all to celebrate this year is there? Who knows what Christmas is gonna be like. End-of-year round-up programs featuring COVID-tweets and Major Tom trundling up and down the garden. Fights with yer uncle cos he won't wear a mask when he visits aunty Gene. Food shortages and no Strictly Come Dancing?!?! Thankfully, bargain bin, top drawer comps like this MIGHT JUST keep the spirit of Christmas alive... Fingers crossed!

                                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                                Psyche France, Vol. 6 (1960 - 70)

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

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


                                                                                                  Various Artists

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

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

                                                                                                    Jobcentre Rejects vol 3 will appeal to metal fans, but also to punk fanatics, garagerock-maniacs, DIY-lovers and even to the powerpop afficionados. Jobcentre Rejects vol 3 is for everyone into rock music history and anyone interested in British music- and culture history. Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Saxon all got signed by majors and sold records galore, meanwhile bands in every village across England formed. Inspired by the energy and DIY attitude of the punk scene these acts recorded and released their records all on thieir own.

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

                                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                                    Jobcentre Rejects Vol. 4: FWOSHM

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                      Kieron Tyler, Mojo Magazine, April 2020 

                                                                                                      Various Artists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                                                                                                        2xLP Info: Double LP, with gatefold sleeve

                                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                                        Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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