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HIROSHIMA 45. CHERNOBYL 86. WINDOWS 95. Penelope's Fiance (La Beauté Du Négatif). Rawmance + Security (La Beauté Du Négatif / Knick Knack Yoda). Alessandro Adriani (Mannequin). Raw Ambassador (UN.T.O. Records / Mannequin).

Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was their a wider panorama of religious songs in America.

Selected exclusively from Christopher King’s private collection, the 78s included here represent the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel. Of the 42 tracks in this 3CD/3LP collection, 34 have never been reissued until now. The complete recorded output of the Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina is also included in this collection for the first time. Several rare & previously unissued photographs are also contained within. Lovingly and respectfully designed by Susan Archie and firmly grounded in Scripture by Christopher King. Tompkins Square has been steadily mining the history of black gospel through previous collections - the Grammynominated 'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'; 'Fire In My Bones : Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African- American Gospel, 1944-2007'; 'This May Be My Last Time Singing : Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982' ; Bessie Jones - 'Get In Union'; and 'I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951- 1983'.

Huge Colombian Felito Records compilation! Includes bonus DVD of the Colombian Gold documentary, which digs deep into the heritage of Colombian music. . Tucked away deep in the heart of Barranquilla’s infamous city center stands the remains of one of the most important record labels of Colombia’s Musica Tropical scene: Felito Records. Selected and dug up and out by Sanjay Agarawi.
This best of compilation features a blistering set of heavy cuts with deep indigenous undertones expressed in a stellar array of hybrid tropical sounds…. Established in the late 1970s by Don Felix Butron, Felito records became a powerhouse for the recording and preservation of afro indigenous rhythms in Colombia’s Caribbean coast. From its conception to its heydays in the 1980s and ‘90s, Felito Records produced and recorded some of the most prolific music at the time, pioneering a new and innovative sound that captured the rich diversity existing in Colombia’s Caribbean region. 

Nu-disco hero 80s Child has come a long way since Masterworks Vol 1, the inaugural release on his Masterworks label a year and a half ago. Now we have the follow-up and the first of two parts it reveals how the label's sound has grown featuring tracks by Marsupials, Soultronic & Kiu D, Platzdasch & Mystep.


In 1981 Lee Michaels founded the Hot Mix 5, a DJ team originating from Chicago consisting of Mickey 'Mixin' Oliver, Farley 'Jackmaster Funk', Ralphi 'Rockin' Rosario, Kenny 'Jammin' Jason and Scott 'Smokin' Silz.

The Chicago House Music scene exploded as the Hot Mix 5 show and BMX became the No.1 Radio show in Chicago by airing a new sound called house. Collectively with their unique turntable skills and radio persona a genre emerged. These guys broke nearly every Chicago House record we know today. From this show the first true superstar DJs emerged and are credited with turning Chicago and the rest of the world onto this new sound.

The individuals featured here are pivotal in laying the foundations for the domination of house music around the world today.

They went onto launch Hot Mix 5 records, a stunning label with a dazzling roster of artists releasing worldwide hit after hit, that have stood the test of time.Thelabel will see its catalogue released on London's Midnight Riot, featuring tracks, remixes, edits and collaborations with the likes of Larry Heard, DJ Pierre, Ashley Beedle, Ron Basejam, Severino, Pete Herbert, Rayko, Yam Who?, Kiko Navarro, Leo Zero, Fingerman, 80's Child and Jaegerossa.

The city of Chicago recognised the Hot Mix 5's contribution to the creation of house music and honoured them by presenting each member with an individual street named after them and in addition a street called 'Hot Mix 5 Way'.

Various Artists

Duppy Gun Productions Vol. 1 - Multiply

    Duppy Gun Productions is an Outer-Orbit Dancehall label founded and operated by Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw) and M. Geddes Gengras after their inspiring work with The Congos. Producing and curating riddims from a growing family of Duppy Gun producers, Stallones and M. Geddes Gengras ferry them to Jamaica and record vocalists wherever they are able to find talent and an electrical outlet. Includes production from Peaking Lights, Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, Matthewdavid, and more.

    The H O T new EP on Black Booby featuring more DAT digouts from Mr Gene Hunt (Chicago, MusicBox, Relief, Rush Hour, TRAX, LA Club Resource etc) Stretch Silvester with Terry Farley (Boys Own, Roach Motel, Faith, Farley&Heller etc) AND an exclusive remix from Mr K Alexi Shelby/KKlassik (Transmat, TRAX, DJAXup Beats, Power Music, Moody, Chiwax etc)

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

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


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    The First Rock & Roll Record

      The first release on Famous Flames, 'The First Rock And Roll Record' is an extensive collection that traces the very roots of the term rock 'n' roll, previously available on the 3CD, and now covering 4LPs with the 3CD included along with a secret 7inch allowing you to discover what we believe to be the first Rock and Roll record. The 4LP set traces the evolution of rock 'n roll music, from blues, jazz, swing, RnB, Gospel, bluegrass barrelhouse boogie woogie and western swing through interlinking and overlapping scenes.

      The 69 tracks display a lineage that was discussed at length in the out of print book What Was The First Rock 'n' Roll Record? by Jim Dawson and Steve Propes and in essays that have appeared over the years in MOJO, The Times and The Guardian. Each source threw up new titles and new connections which have been gathered together on this extensive set with on additional set of downloadable tracks which complete the full 50 songs from Dawson and Propes' book's original list alongside more than 50 additions which soundtrack the birth of a musical form. A hefty 69 track collection over 4 LPs, with 26 further tracks to consider via the 3CD release and download card makes 95 tracks in total… 

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      Box set Info: 4LP / 3CD / 7" Box Set

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

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

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

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

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

      SB Editz returns! Jad & The open up proceedings with a dubbed out balearic boogie bomb, with Tender Games taking the A2 - intertwining infectious guitar licks and synth lines into a supercharged groover.

      On the B side Swales incorporates a funked out bass and plucked riffs over the top of some sizzling percussion.

      Finally label founders SlothBoogie close out the e.p. laying a tasty 303 line & weighty kick over floaty pads and a choice vocal snippet. 4 cuts, 4 artists, 4 winners! 

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

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

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


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      Bullet Dodge Records Compilation 4


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        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.

        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!

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        Cambodia Rock Spectacular!

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

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

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

          FORMAT INFORMATION

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

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

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          Escape To The Red Mountains / Who The Fuck Is Cup Of Tea? Inc. Lockwood

          After the Sampler and the Studio58 album, Lemonade proudly presents their newest press of fruits: The great story of Lockwood's 'Escape to the Red Mountains' EP.

          After Blue Heron got featured on the sampler, Lockwood's debut EP on Lemonade is here and it's a pure escape from reality.
          With influences from jazz, house, garage & ambient, Lockwood tell their story about a boy's adventure of becoming a man.

          Some bleeps & bloops, cats in space & broken rhythms.
          Expect some astral travellin', speakers not handlin', dance floor tremblin' vibrations.

          Come and enjoy our greenery, we <3 to share.

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          Shir Khan Presents Dancing & Romancing

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

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

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

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

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

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            Blanck Mass Presents... TSCOYBT

              Death Waltz Originals are proud to present a spectacular new record curated by Blanck Mass & commissioned exclusively by the East End Film Festival, an alternative score to the 2013 film THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS, directed by Bruno Foranzi and Helene Cattet. A full-on homage to the Italian giallo films from Mario Bava and Dario Argento, the original release of the film had no original score and instead used music from existing giallo films.

              Edinburgh musician Ben Power (Blanck Mass, Fuck Buttons) devised to use this as a stage for experimentation and collaboration with several artists from across the globe. Each artist was given a scene to work with and was given complete free reign to score the scene how they wanted to, without any knowledge of what was planned for the film by the other musicians. Contributions came from Stockholm’s Roll The Dice, London’s Helm, Moon Gangs, and Phil Julian, Glasgow’s Konx-Om-Pax, and New York’s C. Spencer Yeh, as well as Blanck Mass. The end result is a fascinating score that enthrals, seduces, and terrifies in equal measure. Due to be performed live later in 2015, THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS re-score is a testament to the quality of alternative artists working today, as well as evidence of the ongoing inspiration that Italian horror continues to supply to contemporary art.

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

              Teaming up with Thomas Gesthuizen, Antal digs deeper into the funk-fuelled dancefloors of 70s and 80s Surinam to serve up a set of highly collectable and rare Surinamese 45s and LP cuts. We're in disco wonderland right from the off here, throwing out mad shapes and feelings to the limber bassline, dreamy keys and boisterous brass of Steve Watson's "Born To Boogie". After that slick and shimmering slice of dancefloor soul sparkle, Antal and Thomas hit us with something a little more organic from the Jam Band 80. "Jammin' (With The Jam Band)" nods through bittersweet guitar licks, rolling bass and jazzy organ as sweet female vocals hold us close. Next up, Sonny Khoeblal rolls up those suit sleeves and takes us on a cruise-ship voyage to the jazz funk stars before Errol De La Fuente drops an uptempo disco funker in tune with the tropical disco sounds of Guy Cuevas, Michael Boothman and Stephen Encinas (Check out those squelching clavs! - acid ed.) As we slip into the second disc, Sumy lays us low with a bedroom groover, Explosion blaze through the horny Afro-disco of "Wakka Mang" and Eddie Tailor takes our breath away with the life-changing disco soul of "Love Dance". Boasting a smooth, syncopated groove, subtle bass and loved up lyrics, "Love Dance" locks us into its feel good groove straight away then proceeds to beam us into a distant dancefloor galaxy via space-age jazz synth licks and a mind altering breakdown - proper Cosmic Slop tackle! We're deep in the disco-jazz dream as the D-side rolls around, tripping wildly to the flute led tropical swelter of Ronald Snijders' "Kaseko Attack" and Astaria's Um Bongo banger "Jamasa Roro". If you've read this far and still haven't got your money out then I'm truly disappointed in you, but perhaps the end of night, AOR-boogie brilliance of Sound Track Orchestra and Silvy's "Tirsa Song" will make your decision for you. Sweet West Coast guitar licks drift over spectacular slap bass and the emotive vocal is to die for! Passport numbers please, I'm heading to South America and you should all come with me.

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

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

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

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

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

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                Assembly Limited 001

                  Assembly records have established themselves in the digital domain & now grace the vinyl shelves with the first in a series of limited edition samplers.
                  There are only 200 copies available of this various artist compilation that features original work by Manuel Regnet (Crossworld), Sean Roman (Hot Waves) and newcomers King & Vilante.



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                  DJ Mitsu The Beats - Solid Black

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


                    STAFF COMMENTS

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

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


                    Various Artists

                    1 - FXHE 10 Year Mix CD

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

                      Various Artists

                      Hit + Run Presents Road Kill Vol 1

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

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

                        60 years ago West Africa was bursting with energy as first Ghana, and then in 1958 Guinea, gained their independence. In the case of Guinea her birth was sudden and dramatic as France, the then colonial power, withdrew within one month of the vote for independence, famously taking 'everything including the lightbulbs'.

                        Guinea had to start from scratch, not least in her approach to the arts which the new state wanted to modernise while still remaining true to tradition. This policy was called authenticité. Music was its focus, Syliphone its record label and Guinean music soon became a shining example for other emerging African nations. It even attracted artists and activists such as Miriam Makeba and her then husband, ex-Black Panther, Stokely Carmichael who, harrassed by the CIA, moved to Guinea in 1968.

                        Under authenticité, musicians were employed by the state, given instruments and encouraged to create a new but traditionally-rooted music. A whole system of regional and national bands was established, with regular competitions to establish precedence. It's also worth noting that from the Guinean perspective, this “tradition” included Latin music, the African roots of which were considered so obvious as to be beyond debate.

                        Very quickly, three bands rose to the top: Orchestre Paillote, later to become Keletigui et ses Tambourinis; Orchestre du Jardin de Guinée, later to become Balla et ses Balladins; and perhaps the strongest of them all, Bembeya Jazz. In each case our selection features their first full-length album recordings, faithfully recreated as originally presented, sequenced and released in 1967.

                        Nine years later, in 1976, the situation was not so positive. Guinea's economy was struggling and political dissent had arisen. It is against this background that the 4th album in our series, 'Musiques sans paroles' was recorded and released. Entirely instrumental, it features a variety of groups, including Miriam Makeba's sometime backing band, the Quintette Guinéenne, and remains remarkably fresh today with e.g. Tam-tam sax referencing the free jazz sounds of Pharoah Sanders or Albert Ayler, while in Flute parlant, showcasing the traditional flute of the Fula people.

                        After 20 years - Multiplex is finally back! The record label originally put out 26 vinyl releases and 6 CD albums between 1995 and „98. Behind the label reboot is the original founder Steen „Kong‟ Mogensen and fellow Copenhagen DJ and promoter Daniel Kaarill.
                        The first of a string of new releases is a reissue with a twist. The two track EP picks up where we left off in 1998, with catalogue number MUPL 026 and a couple of much sort after tracks. Both have been
                        pulled from the original DAT tapes and been given a fresh workout by the artists.

                        First up we have Mark Broom‟s iconic 1997 remix of the Morgan Geist track “Pushed” from the EP of the same name. This is a hypnotic, deep techno track and for many a favorite in those melancholic moments. Muzik magazine praised it as a ‟97 essential.
                        On the flip side is “Push Me” which Cai Bojsen-Møller and Kong sent out as the fourth Multiplex on blue vinyl in 1995. They were originally asked to do a remix of Danish jazz singer Caroline Henderson, but
                        when she didn‟t like her contribution being cut down to two words, they went ahead and released it under the moniker CH Connection.

                        The 04AM A-side contains two South-African 80’s Bubblegum tracks, revamped by young dj and producer Perdu. He provided the tracks with delicate intros and rearranged them with new percussion, synths and deeper basslines. On the flip Afrobot delivers two kind of New Beat cuts, making the originals more abstract by some heavy chopping, reducing the amount of samples used, and adding disco breaks to the track Jungle. Handstamped with another drawing by Frank Koedood.

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


                        Last year Rebirth Records celebrated 10 years with the release of the acclaimed compilation selected and mixed by Larry Heard.

                        We are now happy to present 'Rebirth 10 Remixed': a special collection that will be available on 3rd April on a limited 2x12" vinyl edition including brand new versions of some of the classics of the label in the first ten years.
                        The package features remixes from some of our favourite artists. The Don of Chicago deep house Ron Trent gives his timeless classic touch
                        to 'Without Me' by Tevo Howard Feat. Tracey Thorn.

                        Hot Tel Aviv duo Red Axes bring their trademark new wave sound to a tropical dimension remixing Robytek's 'Luna Africana' combining unusual melodies of bells, chimes and perc drums. Borrowed Identity drops an uplifting, dynamic and solid club mix of 'Conscious Of My Conscience', the classic by Womack & Womack revisited by Freaks.

                        Fouk rework 'Slow Emotion' by Chromatic Filters with their beautiful jazzy arrangement, swirling synths and driving organic grooves.

                        Berlin-based producer Palms Trax picks one of our favourites 'The Infamous' by Butch & C.Vogt cooking up a very cool version, combining the subtle atmospheric deep vibe and hazy synths with a swinging bass-heavy and a pinch of Acid.
                        Chicago House Music legend Roy Davis Jr. delivers a powerful interpretation of 'Below My Hands' from Bocca Grande mixing the soulful Chicago-style house with r&b influences.

                        Ewan Jansen, true unsung underground hero of the Australian electronic scene,
                        adds his unique melodic take on Taras Van De Voorde's '1998'.

                        The Keinemusik boss Rampa closes the package with a killer remix of 'Deep Musique' by Pasta Boys Feat. Osunlade, definitely another dancefloor peak time cut on Rebirth !

                        The cover sleeve is a work by Emil Schult, who has created a painting
                        especially for the Rebirth's Anniversary.

                        Emil is known for his work with electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. Schult's collaboration with founders Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider saw him actively involved in writing lyrics as well as generating the design for some of the band's most famous covers including 'Ralf & Florian', 'Autobahn', 'Radioactivity', 'Trans Europe Express' and 'Computer World'.

                        One for your collection ! 

                        Various Artists

                        Justin Carter And Eamon Harkin - Weekends And Beginnings

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

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

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

                          - Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter

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

                          As a special edition for the 25th release on Balkan Vinyl - six tracks selected from the label’s back catalogue – four of them having never before released on vinyl, the remaining two from highly sought after out-of-print releases.

                          Includes the last ever track released by LFO “I Love Acid”, Global Goon’s acid anthem “Craehzrhd” from the very first Balkan release in 2010, and the opener from the late Andreas Gehm 12” on I Love Acid “Heaven and Hell”. Luke Vibert, B12, and Plaid round off the EP with tracks that were previously only available as part of a digital download from the label itself (never in shops until now).

                          This is a vinyl-only release.


                          Various Artists

                          ANRV001

                            Analysis Of Time casts an almighty spell over the universe with the 'Analysis Of Time EP' on Too Many Squares. Infectious cosmic disco vibes that conjure up visions of a future world as much as they do classic 80s Sc-Fi movies. 

                            Second in the „Bullets“ compilation series comes a selection of eerie dance music. 4 Track EP.. Limited Edition!
                            Jimmy Winkle, the wizard behind the imaginative soundscapes of the Torquay-based Greta Cottage Workshop Radio, wrings a track out of Ajukaja and Mart Avi’s lost collaboration. Watch out for more Winklemagic on our future pressings! Dima Disk, a rising duo from Tallinn, soothes your soul with some morning techno while „Dissapointed“ by Neuronphase aka Anti Aaver (pillar of Tartu’s underground music for the last 20 years) staggers down on soft pillows. The compilation ends with a revelation. Superstar & Star, a genius yet-to-be-recognized, is a home recording artist and the admin of the wonderful YouTube channel NEVILLE LAWRENCE. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, he now spends his time in the steamy bars of Omaha, Nebraska. This is the first official release of his work. We are honored to showcase his stunning "Looking at the Stars and Heavens" with customized adjustments by the legendary Tallinn-via-London DJ Rhythm Doctor (Mutant Disco).

                            "Real narcotic late night juice..." Mosca.

                            Somewhere between electro soul and melodramatic pop. Music focused towards the youth set in some strange dream. Not sugarcoating anything.
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                            Aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. A project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

                            The compilation takes songs from three released projects of Aset, and one semi-unreleased single. Latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. The poster child of Aset. Treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. Whax, the high school boys who were a bit stranger; the silly side of Aset. All backed by The Aset Players.

                            Release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, Mba Mbulu.

                            Formidable 3 track 12" from the far north. Sabothoka on the side A delivers a real cry for freedom in the form of an afrobeat disco dancefloor crowd pleaser that will make you smile, this track was a Rune Lindbaek floorfiller at the infamous Club Nomaden in Oslo, Norway.

                            On Side B Changeling kicks off and does not disappoint, with its peak time acid house guitar loop, heavy head nodding drums and vocal it's a surefire winner.

                            Finally on B2 we have Strong, a carnival style dubbed out reggae vibe with some cheeky effects and subtle flows.

                            Long Live The Wild Pitch!

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

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

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

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

                            As part of the ten-year anniversary Dekmantel presents the final record in a ten-part-EP series. Split into two parts due to its immensity, the final instalment is a re-issue of Tony Allen’s ‘Asiko (In A Silent Mix)’ originally released in 1999 and remixes by Motor City Drum Ensemble and Ricardo Villalobos. The last record in the series sees MCDE delivering a trademark track that will send dance floors on fire worldwide.
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                            Part two of the EP features the Motor City Drum Ensemble remix, and the original “In A Silent Mix” version from 1999; a track out of its time when released on Allen’s sole record “Black Voices”. A long serving Dekmantel veteran, Danilo Plessow was there from the start. After compiling the first Selector’s compilation last year, MCDE turns Tony Allen’s masterpiece in a jam, with added house beats, giving the funk number the edit treatment. The final mix sounds like the kind of track you would hear MCDE play in one of his sets as he’s firing up the heat. The organ sounds and trumpets are left high in the mix, to create an unforgettable hook that resonates throughout, in complete Motor City style.

                            Highlighting the diversity of sounds that have come to represent the Dutch label and festival series, the EPs to date have encompassed a range of artists and genres, featuring label favourites, as well as whole bunch of debuting artists. The EP series kicked off in March 2018, and over the course of a year featured the likes of Gigi Masin, Lena Willikens, Burnt Friedman, Donato Dozzy, The Egyptian Lover, Palms Trax, and more.

                            Various Artists

                            The Hired Hands: A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne

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

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

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

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

                              Numerally challenged sample house champs Box Aus Holz finally get round to releasing BAH002, their ninth release and it's another stormer! Twit One (where do they come up with these names) starts the party, beating up the speakeasy on the jazz sampling "Don Churro", an expressionist eruption of trilling woodwind, sizzling percussion and limber bass. Max Graef does his thang on A2 cut "Murmel", delivering the dustiest sample house slammer this side of Moodymann's "Ol' Dirty Vinyl", a sure bet to lift the roof of any venue. Dutch duo The Please kick off the A-side in Blaxplo' fashion, finding themselves in a twisted dust up with a Rhodes and some loose limbed beatwork. Newcomer Hodini takes a leaf out of the Graef playbook on "Quin C", serving up a skipping, jazz-sampling disco houser worthy of any Detroit basement, before Luds & Reverend G return to wrap things up with a restless and stripped down cut-up for itchy feet and seekers of the wigged out beat.


                              Echovolt's lost and found 10th release is finally out! A beautiful mosaic of six tracks produced by new and old friends hailing from six different parts of the world.
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                              From the no-reason unreleased Terekke's "Sun Salutation" remix, the new Greek producer but old friend of us under the (for the time being) name "Old Man Talkin'", the first hip hop jam ever released on the label by West Coast's "Tlim Shug" to the mysterious one-off alias of Sydney's "Indreamz". However, this compilation could never be more complete without our new loves that are Australia's Hugo Gerani (aka John Tanner) and Shea from overseas both of them to be seen in future solo releases! 

                              Discotheque Fantastique is a musical collaboration that produces an eclectic spectrum of genres, somewhere between psychedelic rock, rare groove, funk and cosmic disco. This is the first EP with three party focused tracks. Discotheque Fantastique's "Carnaval" kicks things off with a solid & live funk breaks, squelchy synth fx, and wandering bass guitar. It's rambunctious and organic and thus should find favour with much of the new disco and cosmic set. The second track by Herr 2003, "Bourdonnement de l'amour" is an amazing rework of a classic 70's psychedelic rock tune with a groovy bass line, punchy female vocals and a shimmering arpeggiator synth. On the B Side, Club Bizarre delivers an incredible extended version of a classic French cut from the 80's on "Les Filles" which marries atmospheric synth swells to funky cosmic disco grooves, very French... very good! Very limited copies on this one so don't delay!

                              Various Artists

                              Agnes Obel: Late Night Tales

                                “To me, sounds have always been more interesting than words,” says Agnes Obel. “I love it when the voice becomes an instrument and you almost forget it’s a human voice.” Never is this more apt than on this beautifully programmed and bewitching selection of music.

                                Agnes’ 2010 debut album Philharmonics went platinum in France and Belgium and, unsurprisingly, quintuple platinum in her native Denmark, where she also won five Danish Music Awards (equivalent to the Brits) in 2011. The follow-up Aventine, released in late 2013, was imbued with the same measured calmness as her debut. It went platinum in Belgium and gold in Denmark and France.

                                For the mix you have in your hands it feels almost as if Agnes has scoured the world looking for kindred spirits – or kindred songs. There’s a quietude about it all, the antithesis of a rush hour, like a frozen lake on a Sunday morning. This is aided by a veritable cornucopia of new Obel material, including a haunting reading of Danish song ‘Glemmer Du’, Inger Christensen’s ‘Poem About Death’ set to original music, and an Agnes original, ‘Bee Dance’.

                                Among them, there’s the enigmatic Jamaican singer Nora Dean who weighs in with the hypnotic and slinky Duke Reid production, ‘Ay Ay Ay Ay (Angie-Lala)’ and the sparse, sardonic ‘Party Girl’ by Michelle Gurevich, so good it inspired the eponymous French movie. There are the plangent voices, The Bulgarian Folklore Choir, Nina Simone, Ray Davies and Agnes herself, ringing true. Somehow, Ms Obel makes even makes the electronic tracks bow to her needs as with Yello whose ‘Great Mission’ is more Martin Denny than Underworld and cult Greek composer Lena Platonos’ ‘Bloody Shadows From A Distance’ pulses gently rather than throbs and Can’s recently rediscovered ‘Obscura Primavera’, unusually hushed.

                                "I was surprised at how much time I ended up spending on this. I collected all the songs together with my partner Alex and we just spent time listening to records, trying to see what would fit together. Some of the music I’ve included here is on mixtapes we made when we were just friends as teenagers. Each one of the tracks produces stories in my head." - Agnes Obel, February 2018


                                FORMAT INFORMATION

                                2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

                                Various Artists

                                African Scream Contest 2

                                  A great compilation can open the gate to another world. Who knew that some of the most exciting Afro-funk records of all time were actually made in the small West African country of Benin? Once Analog Africa released the first ‘African Scream Contest’ in 2008, the proof was there for all to hear; gut-busting yelps, lethally well-drilled horn sections and irresistibly insistent rhythms added up to a record that took you into its own space with the same electrifying sureness as any favourite blues or soul or funk or punk sampler you might care to mention.

                                  Ten years on, intrepid crate-digger and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb unveils a new treasure-trove of Vodoun-inspired Afrobeat heavy funk crossover greatness, featuring 14 tracks from 1963 - 1980. Right from the laceratingly raw guitar fanfare which kicks off Les Sympathics’ pile-driving opener, the previously unreleased “A Min We Vo Nou We”, it’s clear that ‘African Scream Contest 2’ is going to be every bit as joyous a voyage of discovery as its predecessor.

                                  Where some purveyors of vintage African sounds seem to be strip-mining the continent’s musical heritage with no less rapacious intent than the mining companies and colonial authorities who previously extracted its mineral wealth, Samy Ben Redjeb’s determination to track this amazing music to its human sources pays huge karmic dividends. Like every other Analog Africa release, ‘African Scream Contest 2’ is illuminated by meticulously researched text and effortlessly fashion-forward photography supplied by the artists themselves.

                                  The scene documented here couldn’t have been born anywhere else but in the Benin Republic, and the prime reason for that is Vodoun. It’s one of the world’s most complex religions, involving the worship of some 250 divinities, where each divinity has its own specific set of rhythms, and the bands introduced on the ‘African Scream Contest’ series and other compilations from that country were no less diverse than that army of different Gods. At once restless pioneers and masters of the art of modernising their own folklore, the mystic sound of Vodoun was their prime source of inspiration.

                                  FORMAT INFORMATION

                                  LP Info: 2xLP set with a 24-
                                  page booklet + download code

                                  CD Info: CD with 44-page booklet

                                  Chicago's finest DJ Rahaan has teamed up with the now legendary Liverpool Disco Festival for an ultra-dope double 12" offering of legit, fully licensed and fully flipped remixes and re-edits from the West End vaults. Sounds like Disco heaven, right? In order to be let loose in the vaults you really need to know your stuff and we all agree that Rahaan Ra knows his stuff! This dream collabo sees him (respectfully) touching some of the jams that made West End the dance music powerhouse that is today. That's right, we're talking rarities, foundation tracks, the cornerstones of modern club music. These are wonderfully executed and brand spanking new versions of classics, who says 'you can't have your cake and eat it too'? Well, Brenda Taylor actually, and that is only one of the joints on this special release alongside Mahogany's Boogie anthem 'Ride on the rhythm', Chuck Davis' 'Spirit of sunshine' and Billy Nichols' 'Give your body up to the music'. Spread across 2 hefty slabs of beautifully mastered wax we get to enjoy Rahaan's reworks in all their uninterrupted glory, just as the Disco gods intended. Truly a match made in heaven, you will not want to miss out on this essential, extra-fresh West End / Rahaan / Liverpool Disco Festival release!

                                  Various Artists

                                  Heads Records - South African Disco-Dub Edits

                                    Off the back of the recent Gumba Fire compilation, Soundway selects more sure-fire disco burners: a 4-track, dancefloor-orientated EP drawing from the Heads label out of South Africa.

                                    The Heads label lasted a brief two years between 1982 and 1984. Started and run by the late South African producer and singer Emil Zoghby, it released only a handful of records before folding.

                                    The early 1980s in the country was a time when disco was starting to fade into what was becoming known as Bubblegum: pop music aimed at the black population of South Africa.

                                    William Mthethwa and his backing band the Young Five started off in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s Mthethwa became a big star not only within his native Sotho community but all over South Africa. As with many of his releases, “You Turn Me On” was produced by the renowned engineer and producer Peter Moticoe. This was a big, meaty, classic early 80s disco jam that appeared on a 12” only, featuring a long instrumental dub version on the B-side. New York’s JKriv takes elements of the vocal and dub and reworks them into a condensed dancefloor winner.

                                    Adaye were a Heads studio outfit featuring Tom Dollar on vocals, and selected here is their typically 1980s track “Turn it Up” which saw some success in the charts. The Manyane cut “Thabong” fuses traditional Sotho music with electronics, synths and drum machines - a popular style at the time.

                                    Sofrito’s Frankie Francis gives both the Adaye and Manyane tracks the cut-up treatment focussing heavily on the spaced-out weirdness of the dub versions but adding nothing other than a fine ear for an edit.

                                    To complete the set we include “Picnic”, another in-demand track from the Heads archives that was originally the flip side to the track “Picnicing” (featured on Gumba Fire) by the mostly instrumental studio outfit Starlight. They recorded one album and a series of 12s that included classic covers of American and Italian disco cuts.

                                    Various Artists

                                    Alex Attias Presents LillyGood Party!

                                      'LillyGood Party!' is the brand new BBE compilation from highly respected Swiss DJ Alex Attias. Taking its name from a party he runs in his native Lausanne, LillyGood has gradually evolved into a radio show and even a label, now on its 4th release. Refecting the music he plays at the clubnight, ‘LillyGood Party!’ is packed with funk, disco, deep house and boogie bullets from across the globe. “The idea is to present not only rare or difcult tracks to fnd, simply good grooves for people to play out, or listen to at home.” From rare Japanese disco gems, through spiritual jazz, to genre defying sounds from broken-beat cohorts Kaidi Tatham and Dego, LillyGood Party! takes a unique trip inside the musical mind of one of dance music’s true nonconformists.

                                      Alex Attias got his start in back in ’88 playing funk, house, jazz, and disco, as well as producing under various monikers such as Mustang, Freedom Soundz or Beatless. Moving to London in ’97 he started his ‘Visions’ label and found himself at the epicentre of the emerging West London ‘Broken Beat’ scene which grew around his studio at Goya. Releases on People, Planet E, Ubiquity, Neroli, Archive and Compost followed, as well as remixes for Incognito, 4Hero, Ennio Morricone, Sun RA, Art Blakey, Roni Size and Laurent Garnier among others.

                                      Various Artists

                                      Linval Thompson Presents Dub Landing Vol. 1

                                        The only authorised reissue of all time classic dub album originally released by Starlight Records on 1981 Now matched with a second disc of original vocal versions Includes previously unreleased tracks from Junior Reid and Ranking Dread Roots Radics at Channel One, produced by Linval Thompson and mixed by Scientist Double vinyl European pressing includes 2' x 2' color poster of album cover art, created by Tony McDermott - Newly created album package combines classic 1981 album with vocal hits on the same rhythm tracks.

                                        Jazzman soars over to Japan with the latest release of Spiritual Jazz of the 20th Century. The liberating force of jazz has been created and felt all around the world, but few nations on earth embraced the jazz message with the passion and intensity of Japan. From the dawn of the jazz age to the present day, Japanese audiences have been renowned tastemakers, enthusiasts and champions of the music – in the 1980s, Japan was the biggest per capita market in the world for jazz records, and it has even been said that Japanese jazz fans kept the jazz record industry alive through the lean years of the 1970s, when the music fell from commercial favour in the land of its birth. But while the jazz aficionados of Japan are celebrated as sophisticated fans and consumers of the music, comparatively little is known outside Japan of the remarkable and abundant music produced by generations of Japanese jazz musicians. Numerous Japanese jazzers have found enormous success on the international stage – Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sadao Watanabe, Teramasu Hino, and many others are household names among jazz listeners all over the world, and with good reason. But if such global figures are put aside, the stunning heritage of Japanese jazz remains poorly understood outside Japan. As a result, the work of many celebrated Japanese jazumen has remained largely unknown to international audiences, and the extraordinary scope and depth of Japanese jazz has not been widely recognised.



                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Millie says: Soothingly smooth jazz with a twist, a clear winner has to be the version of ‘My Favourite Things’, pure joy!

                                        Various Artists

                                        W2NG 89.9fm

                                          In the wake of 2017’s Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht, Numero is proud to present another addition to the soft rock cannon: W2NG. Set your FM dial to smooth and sail away with 42 minutes of uninterrupted easy glide, pontoon rock, and whispery disco. Featuring unreleased burners from Gary Hyde, Love Transfusion, Marshall Titus, and Phillips, alongside scarce cuts from Nannette, Greenflow, Jim Spencer & Son Rize, Larry Sanders, Kettner & Shawe, Orphans of Love, and Lion, W2NG is sure to surprise even the most devout boat shoe enthusiast.

                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                          Coloured LP Info: Blue vinyl.

                                          Various Artists

                                          Too Slow To Disco Brasil, Compiled By Ed Motta

                                            Too Slow to Disco take a dive into an often overlooked side of Brazilian music: Brazilian soul, funk and AOR

                                            We’d like to introduce you to the compiler of our new Too Slow to Disco release, a giant of musical endeavour, the young nephew of Brazil’s legendary soul icon Tim Maia, the ‘Colossus of Rio’, as he’s known: Ed Motta.

                                            At the end of the 1980s Ed Motta burst upon the music scene as a major singer and one of the writers and producers in the band Conexão Japeri. He’s now fifteen albums into a career that hops from genre to genre, perhaps one of the savviest music makers and curators out there. He is a refined practitioner of jazz, funk, soul, AOR and much else besides, having worked with everyone from Gilles Peterson to Roy Ayers, 4Hero, Seu Jorge, Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, Bo Diddley, Incognito, Ryuichi Sakamoto and many other insanely talented musos.

                                            In this collector’s compilation, you’re coming on a kind of expert guided time travel mission – just picture yourself following Ed’s fingers as they trace along the sleeves in that massive library-sized vinyl vault of his. So we dart back through over two decades of music making, dancing in one style then the next from soul to funk to AOR, you’ll feel the air coming out of the horn section right the way through, and a mixologist’s golden touch tying everything together.

                                            The artists Ed has play-listed for you include über-obscure figures like Carlos Bivar or Gelson Oliveira & Luiz Ewerling – both of whose songs here derive from privately pressed albums – so rare they’re not even listed on Discogs! He’s also gathered together a real pantheon of Brazilian musical heroes like Rita Lee (who was part of the legendary Os Mutantes), Cassiano (one of the founders of Bossa Trio and Os Diagonais) and million sellers like Roupa Nova, lovingly referred to as ‘the Brazilian Toto’ (who would have thought that would become a compliment by 2018?)! And as ever with the Too Slow to Disco series, the artists might be new to you, but they’re always bringing a killer tune.

                                            “Before slipping this LP on, you need to nail the AOR modus opeara… That means: a Hawaiian shirt à la Magnum PI, loafers without socks as in Miami Vice, jump in your convertible and drive under the coconut trees. This is a sunset ride through Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Miami, Hawaii. Aloha!" Ed Motta

                                            Jazzman soars over to Japan with the latest release of Spiritual Jazz of the 20th Century. The liberating force of jazz has been created and felt all around the world, but few nations on earth embraced the jazz message with the passion and intensity of Japan. From the dawn of the jazz age to the present day, Japanese audiences have been renowned tastemakers, enthusiasts and champions of the music – in the 1980s, Japan was the biggest per capita market in the world for jazz records, and it has even been said that Japanese jazz fans kept the jazz record industry alive through the lean years of the 1970s, when the music fell from commercial favour in the land of its birth. But while the jazz aficionados of Japan are celebrated as sophisticated fans and consumers of the music, comparatively little is known outside Japan of the remarkable and abundant music produced by generations of Japanese jazz musicians. Numerous Japanese jazzers have found enormous success on the international stage – Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sadao Watanabe, Teramasu Hino, and many others are household names among jazz listeners all over the world, and with good reason. But if such global figures are put aside, the stunning heritage of Japanese jazz remains poorly understood outside Japan. As a result, the work of many celebrated Japanese jazumen has remained largely unknown to international audiences, and the extraordinary scope and depth of Japanese jazz has not been widely recognised.



                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Millie says: Following on from Part 1, Spiritual Jazz continues to reach for the most beautiful sounds from Japan to present on this stunning record.

                                            Various Artists

                                            Linval Thompson Presents Dub Landing Vol. 2

                                              The only authorised reissue of all time classic dub album originally released by Starlight Records on 1982 Now matched with a second disc of original vocal versions Includes previously unreleased tracks from Hell & Fire, Sister Nancy and Papa Tullo Roots Radics at Channel One, produced by Linval Thompson and mixed by Scientist & Prince Jammy New cover art by Tony McDermott

                                              More classic dub sides from Roots Radics band, paired with the vocal versions on the rhythms


                                              Various Artists

                                              Burning Britain: A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1980 - 1983

                                                Burning Britain is the sequel to 2016’s acclaimed 4-CD Box Set Action Time Vision, which documented the independent Punk revolution of the late Seventies.

                                                Burning Britain is the first-ever box set to properly tell the story of the early Eighties independent Punk scene – nicknamed UK82 - when the music went underground and thrived outside of the major label framework.

                                                With 114 tracks, this longform 4-CD box set follows previous, acclaimed compilations from Cherry Red dedicated to Post-Punk (To The Outside Of Everything), Goth (Silhouettes And Shadows), Mod Revival (Millions Like Us), etc.

                                                The 64-page booklet includes authoritative band biogs and an insightful foreword by respected Punk commentator Ian Glasper (author of the book Burning Britain, which inspired the title of this box set).

                                                Big names from the early days of Punk (The Damned, Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs, Cockney Rejects, The Adicts, The Lurkers, Chelsea) are joined by all the key bands from the next wave, including The Exploited, The Anti-Nowhere League, Discharge, Blitz, G.B.H., The Toy Dolls, Vice Squad, The Business, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Poison Girls and Conflict.

                                                Hunee presents a collection of his favorite dancefloor cuts from the '70s till now. Going from afro to disco to techno, "Hunchin' All Night" holds a wide spectrum of songs - tracks by the wonderful Boncana Maïga, Pat Thomas, Black Beat Niks, Kenny Larkin, Larry Heard, Mappa Mundi and many more.

                                                Hunee, aka Hun Choi, is a Korean Berliner who has been invovled in music since a very young age. After working in record stores and studying musicology he resided in Amsterdam, where he released his debut album "Hunch Music".

                                                Unlike a lot of comps in this style, There's a hi-tech, timeless aesthetic to his track selection which also refuses to play it safe. Instead of Ned Doheny we find Larry Heard, while Mappa Mundi takes the place of Steve Miller b-sides. There's a reason he's one of the most celebrated and in-demand DJs across the globe right now... take a look into the crates of one of the best in the scene. 


                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Sil says: Superb selection of obscure dance tracks covering the many genres that Hunee deploys when behind the decks. A bit for every one. You do need this one.

                                                Various Artists

                                                The Rise Of The Synths

                                                  Official companion soundtrack album to the forthcoming film ‘The Rise Of The Synths’.

                                                  Featuring many of the best known synthwave bands including Gunship, Carpenter Brut, Com Truise and more.

                                                  100% exclusive original songs from the two EPs, plus new bonus tracks for this full length release.

                                                  Original ‘Synthcity’ and ‘SynthRider’ artwork by illustrator, musician and art director John Bergin.

                                                  Introducing Basic Vision, a new imprint releasing a vinyl series of rare classics from the legendary back to basics club. Selected and compiled by the man who played the first ever record at the club, original resident DJ Ralph Lawson. All the tracks are cut to vinyl from the original master recordings and given enough time on high quality vinyl to ensure clean, loud pressings with original artwork by the godfather of punk design - Jamie Reid.

                                                  Basic Vision 001 features one of the greatest ever house music records - Lil Louis & The World's 'I Called You (The Story Continues), still a firm favourite of Ricardo Villalobos. The flip side boasts perhaps the most rare cut, first championed by DJ Harvey and still highly sought after today, M-I-Cara's 'Casa Beat'. While Mike Perras all time classic 'Keep Movin' completes the EP. 


                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Mike Perras' "Keep Moving" is 100% in my top 3 records of all time (Lil Louis's "I Called You"'s also pretty high up there...). On constant rotation at Wet Play and it's precussor Detroit Public Radio and obviously massive with Ralph at B2B; floor filling house music doesn't come any bigger than this. This record's got it all, don't let me catch you napping on this.

                                                  Various Artists

                                                  The Weekend Starts Here

                                                    On this limited edition 10” you'll hear tunes the Modernist cherished in the early 60's. An ultracool mix of danceable Rhythm & Blues, Hammond Jazz, raw electric Blues from labels like Chess and Excello and something that mutated into Soul in the years to come. Inc tracks by Sonny Boy Williamson, Booker T, Bobby Blue Bland, Mose Allison, Dave Brubeck and more. 

                                                    FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                    10" LP Info: Strictly limited to 500 copies!

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Can You Feel The Force? The John Luongo Disco Mixes

                                                      John Luongo, having forged an unparalleled reputation from his native city of Boston as a DJ, promoter and mixer at the vanguard of the disco movement, went on to deliver an unprecedented number of classic disco mixes. These featured his hugely innovative percussive style, which have been an ever-present influence and inspiration for dancers, producers and remixers from every generation since.

                                                      Groove Line Records’ Can You Feel The Force? - The John Luongo Disco Mixes showcases the finest productions created by the pioneering and hugely influential DJ/remixer, and is the very first collection of its kind.

                                                      Following on from Groove Line’s successful anthologies for Change and The Salsoul Orchestra this deluxe two-disc package features twenty-one of John Luongo’s hugely influential productions from 1978 to 1982 including: The Jacksons “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground),” Patti Labelle “Music Is My Way Of Life,” Melba Moore “You Stepped In To My Life” and his ground-breaking mix of “This Time Baby” by Jackie Moore.

                                                      The extravagantly presented 24-page booklet features a new interview with the man himself, commenting on the cream of his mixes track by track, with additional insights from the artists whose music he transformed for the dance floor. Can You Feel The Force? - The John Luongo Disco Mixes is an absolutely essential addition to any discerning disco and dance music devotees audio library.

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Andina 7 - The Sounds Of The Peruvian Andes

                                                        ANDINA 7 is a limited edition, double-sided 7” picture disc featuring two gorgeous dishes from the Peruvian Andes and two tropical Peruvian bangers by Los Compadre del Ande (Cumbia) and La Peruanita (Huayno). Both tracks were recently discovered as part of a recent haul, by Tiger’s Milk and Strut, undiscovering a wealth of dust-laden cumbia Andina, huayno and carnaval.

                                                        Both tracks feature on the compilation release ANDINA: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia – The Sounds of the Peruvian Andes 1968-1978 slated for release on Tiger’s Milk/Strut on October 20. The picture disc images are of Peruvian dishes with recipes that feature in the cookbook ANDINA - written by Martin Morales, pioneer of Peruvian cooking in the UK, to be published by Quadrille in early October.

                                                        ANDINA 7 immerses the listener into the full-blooded, upbeat and captivating spirit of music from the Andes shining a fresh perspective on Peru’s musical heritage. It will appeal to fans of cumbia Latin and world as well as tropical-minded DJs and deep-digging collectors. It aims to upend clichéd ideas of Andean music and brings to light the divergent, exciting traditions to have emerged from Peru’s strip of the iconic mountain range.

                                                        La Mecedora by Los Compadres del Ande is a steady-grooving vocal cumbia and was originally released in 1966 on the album Happy Cumbia, but this version comes from the 7” released two years later. The group were well known as the Andean version of The Beatles with their unconventional look and are regarded as precursors of Peruvian cumbia. Recuerda Corazón by La Peruanita is a track driven by a huayno groove - the pervading rhythm from the Andean mountain range. With transcendental harp and female vocals sung in Quechua, you can imagine this song taking centre stage at local pueblo carnavals.

                                                        Peruvian chef, restaurateur and music producer Martin was born in Peru and lived there until he was a teenager before settling in the UK. In recent years he has travelled frequently to the Andes in search of recipes, records, sounds and inspiration for a variety of projects which he and his London based team have presented. Tiger’s Milk is dedicated to uncovering Peruvian music past and present and it has, garnered support from the likes of Mr Scruff, Basement Jaxx, Mala, Gilles Peterson, Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club) and Osunlade. The launch of this compilation coincides with a cookbook release, also titled ANDINA.

                                                        Various Artists

                                                        Best Of Disco Demands Compiled By Al Kent Part Two

                                                          The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s - I couldn't give you an exact year because it didn't feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe make a little of the money back I was spending on them. Buy some food and stuff. There's always been Disco comps around of course but there was rarely anything that strayed too far from the standards.. the same songs kept appearing over and over again, or the comps would feature records you could pick up anywhere for little money. I've never seen the point in that. I gave up judging a record on its value or rarity a long time ago but surely there's more to disco than Exodus, Martin Circus, Mass Production and all those Salsoul, West End and bloody Prelude records. So it was a nice surprise to find that there were other people out there who thought the same way.

                                                          Volume 1 was pretty straightforward - just some nice records, with the only edit being an instrumental of Disco Socks; a strange, thinly veiled reference to the disco sucks movement. Then on Volume 2 I included a few of my edits and introduced the cover up concept to the disco world. That caused a bit of controversy, which of course I loved. And so it continued for five volumes.

                                                          What we have here then is the full series, give or take one or two cuts, all remastered, many re-re-edited, with lots of nice naked pictures to boot. For those who've asked since day one "will there be vinyl" I can finally say yes, you're holding it!

                                                          Various Artists

                                                          Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music

                                                            Flowers From The Ashes is the latest multi-artist project to bear the acclaimed Stroboscopic Artefacts imprimatur. There is a sensibility of decadence and corroded grandeur etched within its four album sides, reminding us that historically “decadent” times have nonetheless resulted in some of the boldest acts of individual and collective creativity. Like the ‘floral’ theme that has remained a consistent feature of S.A.’s graphic presentation, the music here equally presents fragility and intensity in a way that really drives home this visual metaphor for good, while still holding out the promise that similar creations will be seeded in the near future.

                                                            Though many of the artists involved have set of residence outside of their native Italy, all contribute here to make a captivating portrait of a shared spirit and cultural memory. The album opens with “Errori,” deceptively fragile sonic ornaments crafted and suspended in space by Blackest Ever Black artist Silvia Kastel. This is followed closely by the mellifluous, warming glow of percussionist Andrea Belfi’s “Spitting & Skytouching,” and then by the resolute electric bass patterns and luminous fog of “Lux et Sonus,” from Eeri label head Marco Shuttle. Hospital Productions alumnus Ninos du Brasil open the B-side with a similarly dense, amorphous construction built from tribalistic chants and rhythmic patterns, to be followed by Mannequin label boss Alessandro Adriani’s “You Will Not Be There For The End,” showcasing his distinctive take on the ‘paranoiac breakdance’ aesthetic of classic EBM. S.A. veteran Chevel rounds out the first record in the program by interlacing several percolating synth lines together into a richly conversational piece.

                                                            The journey continues with “Starving The Mind,” an undulating mini-epic from S.A. founder Lucy that is animated by his signature balance of seductiveness and concentration. The bright, biting acid synth tones of “PRV-HH3-X”, by Lory D, then takes a sharp right turn into an invisible metropolis ruled by reflective high fashion and hidden intrigue. The imposing architecture of “Virgo Rebellion,” designed by modular synth futurist Caterina Barbieri, acts as an excellent companion piece, and sets up the closing “4G” from Spazio Disponibile co-founder Neel - a crepuscular serenade that accurately sums up much of the foregoing activity. 


                                                            FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                            2xDeluxe LP Info: 2 x 180 gram heavyweight vinyl in deluxe matte-finish Gatefold cover + download card.

                                                            Deluxe CD Info: Gatefold CD in high quality matte finish.

                                                            Various Artists

                                                            Brown Acid: The Sixth Trip

                                                              The forthcoming latest edition of the popular compilation series of long-lost vintage 60s-70s proto-metal and stoner rock singles. The series is curated by L.A. label RidingEasy Records and retailer/label Permanent Records. If you’d told us when we started this epic journey that we’d have six volumes worth of licensed tracks released in just three years, we would’ve laughed in your face! Doing the Dark Lord’s work isn’t an easy job, but somebody’s gotta do it, so here we are with six Trips under our belt and more lined up. You heads just can’t get enough obscure hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal from the late-60s & 70s! And for that, we’re grateful for the opportunity to keep laying these slabs in your lap.

                                                              This isn’t just a random mixtape we threw together off the Internet. We find the records, track the bands and transfer the tapes, so you don’t have to. The bands did their job back in the day by writing, recording and releasing this material, most times against all odds, and you’ve squandered your hard earned scratch on this record, so I guess the least we can do is continue to compile quality Rock’n’Roll cuts from the golden age of heaviness. This time around we have 10 deep cuts from across the continental US of A and one from our neighbors up North. This Trip kicks off with an outrageous number from Gold out of San Francisco circa 1970. The band used to open their sets with this over-the-top frantic jammer which is absolutely mind-blowing and also leads one to believe that the only band that could’ve held a candle to Gold back in the day would’ve been the mighty Blue Cheer. As we delve deeper into the depths, Canadians continue to prove that they could bang heads with the best of ‘em! Heat Exchange from Toronto released the rollicking ripper “Inferno” on the Yorkville label way back in 1968 and it’s still thumping almost 50 years later! Missouri isn’t a state that brought us a lot of heavy 45s, but there are a handful of outstanding tracks from the Show Me State, one of which is the funk-laced anthem “Give Me Time” by Backwood Memory from Kansas City. Speaking of Show Me, many thanks to our KC pal Jeffrey Harvey for turning us on to this one and helping put us in touch with the band.

                                                              The longer we do this, the more we begin to believe that Youngstown, Ohio was the Hard Rock Mecca back in the day. Travis is yet another Youngstown group that aimed to get asses out of seats and out in the streets. “Lovin’ You” is a groovy banger with a sultry riff originally released on the prolific Starshine Productions imprint. Six years prior to his Arcadian synth-funk novelty hit “Space Invaders” from 1980, Victor “Uncle Vic” Blecman took Flight into the studio with a list of relationship requirements. Amongst which are his need for “Luvin’, Huggin’, & More”, with emphasis on the “More” part if we’re to believe the urgency with which he delivers this fist-pumper. If you don’t immediately recognize the Truth & Janey moniker, you need to get with it and familiarize yourself with their incredible 1976 LP “No Rest For The Wicked”. It’s a protometal masterpiece that’s been reissued on Rockadrome. Released four years earlier than their debut LP, “Midnight Horseman” is a 45-only track backed with a cover of “Under My Thumb”. Dennis Bergeron from Rockadrome was crucial in helping us obtain the rights to this Iowa burner.

                                                              Another Iowan group, West Minist’r, self-released three 45s between 1969 and 1975. They’re all great in their own way, but “My Life” hit the crunchy sweet spot in ’71 with vocals sounding like a fresh from primal scream therapy John Lennon over a zonked-out Hendrix groove. You can count on hearing more from West Minist’r on future Trips. It’s nearly impossible that Dayton, Ohio’s Purgatory didn’t seize the “Strange Days” and join “The Soft Parade” while “Waiting for the Sun”. And although “Polar Expedition” wears its influences on its sleeve, 1969 would have been at least a little worse off if the band hadn’t self released this single.

                                                              Johnny Barnes was definitely “smokin’ that reefer” and “drinkin’ that wine” when he released “Steel Rail Blues” in 1976. The label states that you could order a copy of this 45 for by sending $1 to a PO Box in Boston and it’s the only record on the Brown Acid series that seems to be obtainable currently for about the same amount it was sold for over three decades ago. That said, it’s doubtful that it will remain so cheap for much longer. With a track as heavy as “Is There No Peace” it’s easy to let the name of the label on this 45 slide. In Chicago in 1970 PSLHRTZ seemed like as good a label name as any for the guys in Zendik to release this insane recording on. Halfway through the track you might be wondering to yourself, “How was this not a hit?”, and then you hear the lyrics to the last bit of the song and understand. Thank Christ for Zendik, even if he is dead. Well, there ya have it. Months worth of record digging and detective work for about 40 minutes worth of music. Some people might think this is a waste of time, but we don’t and we hope you don’t either. This is the stuff that makes life worth living, at least until the next Trip…

                                                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                              Coloured LP Info: Limited green vinyl edition.

                                                              Various Artists

                                                              Baby Driver 2 - The Score For A Score

                                                                On Danger Mouse's '30th Century Records' label via Columbia Records - Vol. 2 of this hugely successful film soundtrack, features more memorable songs from the movie, exclusive tracks, special remixes, dialoge excerpts from the film & the unreleased score by Oscar winnning composer Steven Price.

                                                                Featured artists include:- Run The Jewels, Ennio Morricone, The Steve Miller Band, REM, Steven Price, The Foundations, Mint Royale & more...

                                                                Various Artists

                                                                Northern Soul Anthems

                                                                  Northern Soul Anthems is the latest exclusive to vinyl release on Demon Records. 26 classic tracks of northern soul pressed on two 180g heavyweight black vinyl.

                                                                  Housed in gatefold sleeve with original photography from Filmmaker Elaine Constantine. Defining Northern Soul Anthems from Judy Street, Al Green, Sue Lynne, Chairmen Of The Board, The Vibrations, Little Richard, The Charmaines, Willie Kendrick, Gloria Edwards and more..

                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                  Dusty Ballroom Vol 1

                                                                    Aloha dear Aficionado - welcome to DUSTY BALLROOM!

                                                                    Blending styles ranging from 1920s Charleston, 30s Swing & Jazz thru 40s Jump Blues, 50s Rockabilly, Mambo, Cha Cha, Cumbia or Calypso to 60s Surf, Big Beat, Ska, Rocksteady, Soul, Mod, Garage, Psychedelia, early 70s Funk, Afrobeat, Boogaloo, Bollywood and the whole world of mystic Exotica .

                                                                    Enjoy this wild aural selection of many different styles that should work perfectly for both - your booty shaking needs as well as your listening pleasures!

                                                                    Feat cuts from the likes of Bill Black’s Combo, The Isley Brothers, The Shirelles, Ruth Brown, Robert Parker, Barbara George and a whole heap more.

                                                                    Here we have a trio of Cult Edits from Manfredas, Simple Symmetry, and Siabus guaranteed to burn the house / club / teepee down. These top-secret jams have been extensively tested, ended countless epic parties, soundtracked highlight-reel Boiler Room moments, and prompted innumerable feverish attempts at track IDs. Heard in the sets of illuminati DJs, the cult exclusivity now extends with this limited edition vinyl only release. The set kicks off with some psych funk insanity from dance floor renegade Manfredas via "Mani From The Block". Funk backbeats and a niggling bassline lay the foundations for hot horns, a soulful organ drone and some entirely unhinged vocals. Tasty! Turn it over for some post punk / freak funk attitude from Siaubus and his angular, aggro "Hare Hare", a prefect combo of rough drums, spiky guitars, low slung bass and skronking sax. Finally, Simple Symmetry play us out with "Yalla", a tribal and tirppy bit of exotic action with chanted vocals and an insistent bass throb. Drink the Kool-aid...

                                                                    Uncompromising, unpredictable and latterly unstoppable, German DJ Lena Willikens has carved out her own niche in the often bro-ey world of the nightclub. A key member of Dusseldorf's celebrated Salon scene, Willikens eagerly eschews genre confines and dance floor limitations to explore "different temperatures, different time zones, different moods and a healthy portion of chaos.” That willingness to buck convention also extends to this compilation, as the German DJ and celebrated Salon des Amateurs resident has elected to stock her contribution to the Selectors series with a surprising number of previously unreleased tracks. “I’ve been playing most of these songs for a while now,” she explains. “I benefit from my friends and colleagues who constantly send me their unreleased music. Now I want to give something back by sharing these tracks with everybody.”
                                                                    Nevertheless, those looking for vintage gems won’t be disappointed, as Willikens has also included a handful of oddball favorites from her record bag. At the same time, she’s made a point to avoid notably rare and expensive tunes. “There are already enough passionate people out there doing a great job digging and reissuing,” she says. Instead, her curatorial instincts have taken her in a much more conceptual direction, which she describes as a “little trip through the dunes.” She adds, “It might be challenging to walk or dance on the sand, so perhaps it’s more comfortable to lay down and glide along without having a certain destination in mind.” 


                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Patrick says: Sharp witted selector Lena Willikens adds her name to the Dekmantel compilation series, coming through with a set packed with unreleased gems from her underground pals. Whether it's E-bloc synthwave, industrial funk, shortwave ambient or conceptual techno, the quality never dips below the A-grade. This is as close as you'll get to hearing one of the world's best DJs without leaving your front room.

                                                                    Our favourite noise merchants, June Records present a new compilation of live electronics and hardware dirg; featuring music from Svengalisghost, Manie Sans Délire, newcomer Bruce Roach, Trenton Chase, RR Hearse + Furnace Miskin and Zodiac Free Arts Club. As usual, it's an uncompromising, razor-sharp edged listen; industrialized, mechanized and weaponized! - head for the bunkers! Highlights include, "Static Control" by Manie Sans Delire - shuddering off the wax like a lost Throbbing Gristle number, while Trenton Chase's "Hand Of God" recalls the spiraling electro-disco of Telex or Morodor but refracted through a a scorched and fried outboard system. Strictly for the warehouse freaks and cyber-goths this one folks... proceed with caution!

                                                                    'Needs (not-for-profit) is a nonprofit record label & collective lovingly curated by Bobby Pleasure. We believe in people. The concept of the label is to use music as a medium to spread love, unity and the idea of giving back. Promoting harmony and togetherness rather than isolation and estrangement, each release and accompanying event will act as a support stream to various issues within society such as mental health, homelessness and equality. For the third release we have tracks from Lord Of The Isles, Mehmet Aslan, Petwo Evans, Bartellow & Nick Gynn. Five artists from different countries of the world who all have the needs factor, and have very kindly donated their music to the dancefloor. All profits from this release will be donated to Help Refugees charity. EVERYBODY HAS NEEDS. xxx needs@bobbypleasure.com'

                                                                    Lovely idea here which thankfully delivers musically as well as in sentiment. The team selection displays a keen ear for A&R with all five artists enjoying a relatively successful period in the meta-underground. Falling on the weirdo fringes of the modern dancehalls, these are tracks for the afterhours and red lit basements, for the lovers and movers. A beautiful record which gives back more than it takes. Get those orders in!


                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                    Fabric 98: Maceo Plex

                                                                      Miami-born Eric Estornel rose to fame under various monikers - Maceo Plex, Maetrik and Mariel Ito. Although ‘fabric 98’ is Maceo Plex fitting all the music he loves into 80 minutes, the mashing up of sounds gives way to the deep evolving basslines and lush soundscapes that are his defining characteristics.

                                                                      The mix includes 13 exclusives from Voiski, Orbe, Jensen Interceptor, Jon Hester, Iron Curtain, Perestroika, North Lake and Maceo himself as Mariel Ito. It is an artist paying homage to the respected mix series while staying true to his love of blending many genres into one journey-filled mix. Starting with deep electro, it voyages through new wave and techno before coming down on a reflective, tranquil note.

                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                      Greg Wilson: Credit To The Edit Vol. 3

                                                                        Legendary DJ, remixer and edit exponent Greg Wilson is back at it again with the third instalment of his hugely popular ‘Credit To The Edit’ series. Almost a decade on from Volume 2, ‘Credit To The Edit Vol. 3’, released via Tirk Recordings, draws on music from the disco and rave eras, adding a seminal hip hop cut, a Balearic favourite, as well a few contemporary tracks from the last 10 years.

                                                                        A groundbreaking DJ, Greg played a key role in introducing black electronic dance music to the UK via his early 1980s residencies at Wigan Pier, Manchester’s Legend and The Haçienda, as well as over the airwaves on the city’s Piccadilly Radio. Working with Technics turntables, a Revox reel to reel tape machine and a razor blade, Greg carved out his reputation as a UK pioneer and champion of electro funk. Whereas, more recently, following his 2003 comeback after a two-decade hiatus, he’s gained international renown at the vanguard of a now global re-edits movement.

                                                                        “This album mainly consists of straight up old-style edits, where I’ve worked with the stereo tracks, extending, re-arranging and sometimes overdubbing. There are also some reworks / remixes where I’ve had the stems at my disposal and been able to bring into play additional instrumentation, courtesy of remix partner Peza on a couple of the tracks - 2016’s ‘Hold On’ by Luxxury featuring The Reynolds plus the futuristic ‘70s Disco hit, ‘Magic Fly’ by Space.”

                                                                        Kicking off with Haçienda DJ Mike Pickering’s T-Coy project, the loose-limbed Latinate shuffle ‘Carino’ is very much a cult classic. Greg’s instrumental edit of Todd Terje’s edit of ‘Glad To Know You’, 37 years on from the Chaz Jankel original, has been a big club and festival favourite, and is made available here for the first time, while Escort make their second ‘Credit To The Edit’ appearance with Greg’s remix of their 2010 release, ‘Cocaine Blues’.

                                                                        The near-pornographic funk classic ‘Jungle Fever’, recorded by Chakachas, a group of Belgianbased studio musicians, is a playful mixture of Latin music, jazz and European-style exotica and the Fab Five Freddy hip hop landmark ‘Change The Beat’, which includes one of the most sampled phrases ever, “This stuff is really fresh!” with Greg’s edit combining the male / female English / French versions to create a unique rap combination.

                                                                        His 2009 edit of one of the all-time rave classics, ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ by Bassheads is always guaranteed to bring the roof down, whilst he places the emphasis on the Chic-driven backing on Sheila & B. Devotion’s ‘Spacer’, taking out the verses completely and making more DJ friendly. More recent favourites come courtesy of Psychemagik and Red Rack’em, with ‘Getting Away With It’, a hidden classic of the Madchester era recorded in 1989 by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths as Electronic (complete with Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant), bringing the curtain down on the third instalment of ‘Credit To The Edit’. A signature edit of Greg’s which slowly creeps up on you, it’s a fitting way to close the album and gets its official release here.

                                                                        With re-edits culture continuing to grow ever-stronger and becoming a staple of the contemporary dance scene, it brings back into play a whole era of music for a new generation.

                                                                        “To have played a part in this recent evolution fulfils my personal criteria as a DJ, which is to draw from the past whilst informing the present. I was always cautious of nostalgia traps, where DJs fall into playing the old music in the old way, whereas this was about bringing new context to what was always great music, introducing it to a younger crowd, with the re-edits movement providing the perfect connection from then to now - my role as a ‘bridge-builder’ crystalizing as a consequence.” - Greg Wilson

                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                        Skinhead Hits The Town 1968-1969

                                                                          The Skinhead sound grew from the music that was coming out of Jamaica around 1968 to 1971 and was adopted by the British Youth.
                                                                          The music seemed tailor made for their sharp look and natty dress style, a style that was heavily influenced by the Jamaican Rude Boy look.
                                                                          The Skinhead movement started around 1968 and by the following year it became the style fashion of English teenagers.
                                                                          The uniform consisted of boots, braces and jeans and the upbeat sound of Reggae seemed to match the style perfectly.
                                                                          The tempo of the music seemed to be picking up around 1966 to 1968 the Rocksteady period, which was when the earlier Ska sound slowed down.
                                                                          The Sound System dances needed a slower bear to swing the night away to, some say to cater for the extreme heatwave that hit Jamaica around that time.
                                                                          We have selected a bunch of tunes that would have provided a sound track to those heady times, so sit back and enjoy some of the tunes the youths were listening to when the Skinheads hit town….



                                                                          Lo-fi jungle (!!!), party ready house and distorted club jams on this killer 12" from Online Conversations, highly highly anticipated from our inhouse party freak Kickin' Pigeon! Yes, you heard right - lo-fi jungle, with SZCH adding to D. Futures' "I Care" blueprint set out on Natural Sciences, ramping up the chipmunk vox, adding a saturated VHS hue and layering up the breaks as "Ana's Theme" gives us all a taste of that saccharine-flooded mayhem we first tasted back in 2016. Vancouver's taste making MPC songstress, D. Tiffany demonstrates just why she's regarded as one of the most important producers of the new school as "Hoppin' In" flies out the stacks in 5th gear - intent on wrecking havoc across any fun loving dancefloor it's given airtime on. A joyful amalgamation of booty / ghetto, Dance Mania and lo-fi attributes, its undeniably 2k18 whilst possessing a fuzzy sense of dance music nostalgia, which should ensure its enjoyment by the under 25s as much as the over 40s. SAKI's "U Make My Head Spin" keeps us locked in a lo-fi glaze as he fires up the compressors for a pumpin', scuzzed-out deep house ride. Finally, Tlim Shug's "Dream Control" sees us end the EP in a moment of synthesized serenity, somewhere between DJ Boring, Legowelt and Subjoi - again with a mid-shelf frequency load and rib-tickling 150hz kicks. A breathtakingly good EP this, featuring the celebrated sounds of RIGHT NOW. You need.



                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Matt says: All four tracks tickling my beak here pop pickers. This is my jam!

                                                                          Rock solid and timeless selection of reggae classics from Wagram here. Featuring a who's who of JA talent alongside THAT lovers rock collab between Gregory Isaacs and Simply Red and the chart topping Sister Nancy anthem. We go right back to 1971, with a variety of moods and styles explored. From the feel good stomper of Toots' "54-46 Was My Number" to more dancehall flavoured offerings from Max Romeo, and to the riotous dread of Black Uhuru. This is a wonderfully varied and ridiculously strong collection of hits! And look at the price tag! A no brainer surely...

                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                          Wanted Funk

                                                                            Continuing their 'Wanted' series those fine folks at Wagram pop the top off a fire hydrant and bring the heat to the street, getting us wild - block party style. Taking a survey of all things funky, the label let us have it with red hot heaters from the likes The Fatback Band, Ray Camacho , T-Connection and Little Beaver and outta sight obscurities from Uncle Louie, Billy Garner and 87th Off Broadway. For any disco jocks looking to inject a little grit into their mirror ball shimmer, I'd suggest you pay some attention to The Philly Armada Orchestra's tight version of "For The Love Of Money" or King Floyd's original version of the Fern Kinney fave "Baby Let Me Kiss You". Wonderfully pressed and beautifully presented in collaboration with acclaimed British photographer Chris Steel-Perkins, this is an excellent addition to any well rounded collection.

                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                            Wanted Disco

                                                                              The always affordable Wanted series returns this week with another set of beautifully presented, expertly selected comps covering a variety of genres. This edition takes a look at all things D I S C O, giving us a whole load of heat, mostly from the funier end of the mirror ball galaxy. Love Committee's dramatic and driving "Just As Long As I Got You" gets us off on the good foot, before glittering winners from A Taste Of Honey, Charo and Zebra show off the range of the movement - from the sequins of Studio 54 to the downtown block parties. On the flip Loose Joints treat us to THE outsider disco anthem before funk and jazz dons James Brown and Bob James drop a little 4/4 on our asses.

                                                                              Various Artists

                                                                              Wanted Hip Hop

                                                                                The always affordable Wanted series returns this week with another set of beautifully presented, expertly selected comps covering a variety of genres. Here we have a set of overlooked and under the radar Hip Hop heaters including the lyricism and flow of De La Soul, Bubba Sparxxx and RZA & GZA from Wu Tang Clan and the production talents of Pete Rock, Jazzy Jeff and Timberland. Beats to make your head nod til your neck snaps.

                                                                                Various Artists

                                                                                Wanted Jazz Vol. 1

                                                                                  The always affordable Wanted series returns this week with another set of beautifully presented, expertly selected comps covering a variety of genres. Tackling jazz was always going to be tricky so the folks at Wagram serve us a survey in two parts. Volume 1 treats us to luxurious grooves, mournful ballads and dreamy difters from the likes of Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Letta Mbulu. 

                                                                                  Various Artists

                                                                                  Wanted Jazz Vol. 2

                                                                                    The always affordable Wanted series returns this week with another set of beautifully presented, expertly selected comps covering a variety of genres. Tackling jazz was always going to be tricky so the folks at Wagram serve us a survey in two parts. Volume 1 treats us to luxurious grooves, mournful ballads and dreamy difters from the likes of Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Donald Byrd and Gene Harris. 

                                                                                    Various Artists

                                                                                    Manchester Standards - Sides 3 & 4

                                                                                      Following on from the inspiringly titled ‘Manchester Standards – Sides 1 & 2’, comes the middle instalment of the Manchester Standards trilogy of Mancunian musical majesty.

                                                                                      Whereas the first LP focused on the more established DIY groups (Side 1) and the noisier elements on the flip side, ‘Sides 3 & 4’ turns its ear to the DIY New Breed (Side 3), and those acts that have already established themselves outside of the city on their own terms (side 4).

                                                                                      The intention is that the LPs serve as artefacts, and reminders, of just how artistically fruitful Manchester has been in recent years. And, a great introduction to those outside the city limits who are curious to hear what all the fuss is about.

                                                                                      The initial run will be of 250 pressings, vinyl only, and featuring a Savage Wolf art print!

                                                                                      Various Artists

                                                                                      Belgian New Beat

                                                                                        30 years after the facts, the book Belgian New Beat takes you to the very beginning. The history of this music and its associated dance and fashion are revealed for the first time. It also brings the whole story of discotheques, deejays, record stores and their records. At the same time, it is an all-encompassing reference work on AB sound, acid house and new beat.

                                                                                        But there is also the compilation: a 4CD with a nice selection of slow and dark dance records full of rhythm. A balanced mix of timeless classics and lesser-known diamonds from the genre.


                                                                                        Incepted just three years after the beginning of the Kompakt venture in 2001, sister label Speicher sees its 102nd installment in the catalogue (yet the first Speicher to feature three whole tracks....). Fronted by an eclectic squad of producers triangulating from all corners of the globe but united by their boundless science of the groove. Longtime friends turned studio companions, Enzo Elia (of Balearic Gabba Soundsystem fame) and Musumeci join forces for the first time on the unfaltering late night hip-swayer, "Gothic Safari"; kicking things off with a super crisp, technoid offering of deep dancefloor epicness à la Âme. The vibe then swerves into further savannah-friendly audio territories with unheard French newcomer La Marine who, like his glorious predecessor Oxi operates out of the mountain-ringed city of Grenoble, here popping up with an off-axis downtempo electro hybrid of unknown provenance named "Flash".
                                                                                        Looping the loop with maximal tension and mind-piercing depth, rising Bolivian duo Animal Print serve up the aptly named Badalamenti-esque roller "The Last Night Of Laura Palmer" - a track that won’t fail at recalling the ‘Twin Peaks’ aficionados the bizarro ambiences of Lynch's acclaimed TV show all the while following a rather straightforward, frontally club-ready sense of style, resulting in a fine balance between down-to-earth pragmatism and unbridled reverie. 


                                                                                        "Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe, 1980-1991" is the second multiple artist compilation on Music From Memory and is compiled by record connoisseur Raphael Top-Secret and label man Jamie Tiller. The compilation brings together twenty one tracks from across the continent; exploring the more unusual and unexpected sides of Pop music produced during that period.

                                                                                        Drawing material from cult experimental artists such as Steve Beresford, Brenda Ray and Bill Nelson alongside one-off independent musical projects rescued from the fringes, ’Uneven Paths’ focuses on a selection of tracks that go beyond the confines of mainstream pop music but which also transcend expectations of much of the ’experimental’ music of the time. This is music with one foot in the avant-garde and another foot firmly rooted within the sensibilities of Pop; where Jazz musicians detour into Synth-Pop, Punk bands break into Boogie jams, and student doctors jam out on odd melodies with synthesizers and drum machines during their night shifts.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Previous Music From Memory releases have seen the imprint explore the esoteric fringe of electronica, Brazilian synth wave and art-school ambient with the same exhaustive research and inspired selections. Now the Dutch label turn their attention to the underappreciated talent at the heart of Europe's outsider pop movement. There are too many tunes here to mention, and most are new to me, but I have to shout out Brenda & The Beachballs, Miko & Mubare and Violet Eves as favourites.

                                                                                        Various Artists

                                                                                        I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

                                                                                          Here is a 2LP cover album & companion piece to the podcast debut of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, from Night Vale Presents in collaboration with Merge Records and the Mountain Goats. Premiering September 2017 and running through early April 2018, this unique bi-weekly podcast is a conversation music series focusing on the seminal Mountain Goats album All Hail West Texas, between Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn’t Dead creator Joseph Fink with New York Times best-selling author John Darnielle, who is also the founder, lead singer, and songwriter for the Mountain Goats—and Fink’s own personal artistic hero.

                                                                                          Together, Fink and Darnielle take the listener on a deep dive into the world of creativity and the duality of being an artist and a fan, both by sharing their own creative processes and music-geek obsessions and through immersive chats with other notable musicians and writers including best-selling YA author and music nerd John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), as well as many special music guests such as Andrew Bird, Craig Finn, Laura Jane Grace, and Amanda Palmer, who offer up their own opinions as well as new renditions of songs from All Hail West Texas. This limited edition 2LP contains the full All Hail West Texas covers collection, introduced over the course of podcast season One. 

                                                                                          FORMAT INFORMATION

                                                                                          2xLP Info: 2LP is double gatefold with full album download.
                                                                                          LP1 is opaque pink vinyl.
                                                                                          LP2 is opaque blue vinyl.

                                                                                          In the same week that they've treated us to a sneaky repress of their first record, acid house / warehouse music institution Tone Dropout drop the fifth volume of their now buy-on-sight series. Spearheading the modern day acid resurgence alongside labels like I Love Acid and Balkan Vinyl, Tone Dropout serves the freakier end of the night time spectrum, with a roster of lesser known bedroom box twiddlers and all out hardware freaks. "After The Rain" by label regulars The He-Men opens with the soothing patter of raindrops, a hypnotic acid line rising from the deluge to morph into a moody house ride drenched in its own outbursts of spectral sound. Dawl is also back on home turf with "Asylum". Motoring along with steely intent, darkly funky bleeps, throbbing acid and industrial percussion embracing the twin legacies of Sheffield and Detroit whilst that incessant warehouse rhythm sections thunders away in the background. Next up, Corporeal Face returns with another rave induced vision. Trapped on one, the rushing warehouse breakbeats and bass of "Permo" erupt into waves of acid, fractured vocals and serotonin-depleted synths adding a dark edge to the ecstasy. Italian DJ and producer Robbenspierre's "Quarta Vanitas" sees bubbling breakbeat house adopt a trancey euphoric lead and swirling ethereal vocals for a deep trip into the smoke n strobe for the final hours of sweat-laden club hedonism. Finally, in true OG style we get some handy bonus beats tagged onto the end of the 12" for maximum playability out in the field. Tone Dropout continue to be THE imperative force when it comes to advanced warehouse maneuvers. Highly recommended! 



                                                                                          Various Artists

                                                                                          Mississippi Blues

                                                                                            Since its inception during the late 1960s, Yazoo Records has long been considered the standard-bearer for the rural roots sounds of America. From its ranks came collection after collection of some of the rarest early blues, jazz, country, folk, and gospel artists in music history, re-introducing the world to lost legends like Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, and many more. Artists whose impact has been felt generations later, and continue to inspire and influence. This class of artist can be found all across the 14 tracks of Mississippi Blues, a compilation of country blues music originally released in 1968, and now re-issued here decades later. Featuring tracks recorded between 1927 and 1941, and an artist lineup that is the stuff of legends: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Mattie Delaney, and so many more. 


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