New Releases Friday 18th August 2017

Been a busy Summer with holidays and setting up our new website e-shop which will be launching soon but we are back with some new releases in store from today, dig in.

Madonnatron / NoFriendz – Headless Children / Bloody Love (Trashmouth Records)

Madonnatron-  Headless Children

Madonnatron by their own admission started out with pretty low expectations but, like label-mates Fat White Family & Meatraffle, it hasn’t stopped them rapidly becoming one of the standout bands of this “South London scene” that everyone’s talking about. They performed a live session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show, without even having an official release and they’ve toured with The Moonlandingz & with Meatraffle.

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Ghostpoet ‘Dark Days + Canapés (Play It Again Sam)

Ghostpoet ‘Dark Days + Canapés

‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is Ghostpoet’s most defining album to date. A stunning and stimulating return, ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ is a record that captures the sense of unease felt by so many in recent times.

After receiving recognition for the beat-driven arrangements of his first two albums, third album ‘Shedding Skin’ initiated a more alt-rock sound that saw Ghostpoet Mercury nominated for a second time.

New album ‘Dark Days + Canapés’, produced by Leo Abrahams, best known for his work with Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins, delves even further into a fuller, guitar driven sound.

We have the white coloured vinyl version available only to independent retailers.

 

 

Washed Out – Mister Mellow (Stones Throw)

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Mister Mellow moves further away from the synthesizer-heavy sounds of the recent Washed Out releases and more band-driven sound of his work on iconic labels Sub Pop in America, and Domino in Europe. On Mister Mellow, Greene draws from the experimental collage techniques of musique concrète and plunderphonics artists such as The Residents. Combining styles as diverse as free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych together with interlude-esque voiceover samples, often pulled from anonymous YouTube vlogs, he creates a busy, chaotic, and caricaturish mix that mirrors the claustrophobic, hyper-stimulated psyche so familiar to young adults. As he continues to carve out his innovative sonic identity, influenced by the world around him but unafraid to buck trends, it’s fitting that Greene has partnered with legendary hip hop label Stones Throw Records, long a home for beat-loving musical rebels. His approach to releasing music is every bit as individual, too: in an environment where compiling singles into an album format or working with a single video director are the norm, Greene has chosen to commission eleven different artists to bring the visual aspect of his fully-realised album project to life. On Mister Mellow, Washed Out steers clear of emotion to empathise with the minutiae of the world around him. “I’ve been much less interested in sentimentality and emotion for the past couple of years,” says Greene, “In some ways; I think it’s a reaction against getting older and having more responsibilities. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for a time in my life where I could just relax and block out the world for a moment.” Though Mister Mellow is an intensely personal album, its ideas and observations speak to the lived experience of so many young adults, an experience that we come to see as both funny and sad.

 

Matthew Bourne – Isotach (The Leaf Label)

Matthew Bourne - Isotach

Following his celebrated ‘Moogmemory’ project, Matthew Bourne returns to the piano for Isotach, his first full length solo piano album since 2012’s Montauk Variations

Once again, spontaneity is the keyword where Bourne is concerned, catching on tape that pregnant moment when a piece begins to form. Skeletal piano motifs, an aching use of space and sparin g cello arrangements are deployed to devastating effect.

Recorded in his rural North Yorkshire home, Bourne’s piano placed to overlook the moors while he works, the album title is a nod to the weather, which played a part in its creation. The recordings took place during what Bourne describes as “extreme weather”. If you listen carefully you can hear the wind and rain picked up on the microphones, the sparse instrumentation providing the calm in the eye of the storm.

The audiophile vinyl edition we have is half-speed mastered and pressed at Optimal in Germany. The Vinyl also includes a CD of the album. Both vinyl and CD editions feature a spot varnished sleeve, picking out the weather symbols that represent each track on the album.

The title track was originally conceived for the first Piano Day in 2015. Nils Frahm, who had asked for a contribution, to which Bourne agreed and promptly forgot. ‘Isotach’ was written and recorded with a single microphone, the night before Piano Day.

 

Ghostface Killah – Iron Man (Get On Down)

Ghostface Killah - Iron Man

The debut solo album from Wu-Tang Clans’s Ghostface Killah re-issued by Get on Down. Released in 1996 on Epic Records, Ironman earned immediate mainstream success, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Though a solo album, Ironman is filled with Wu-Tang collabos, prominently featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna, with a handful of tracks featuring Ghost performing companionless. The album earned gold status in sales a year after its release and platinum by 2004, a true testament to its staying power. Ironman pieces together Al Green and Jackson 5 samples, gospel choruses, kung fu soundbites and piano vamps into something unpredictable and vital-sounding. Arguably the best of the group’s solo albums to date, the record is filled with inventive production and rhymes, and ranks as another solid entry in the Wu-Tang legacy. Housed in a full-color gatefold jacket, this special double vinyl edition is a classic piece of Wu-Tang artistry, reborn again for music lovers and MC’s alike.

 

Willie Colon & Ruban Blades – Metiendo Mano! (Fania)

Willie Colon & Ruban Blades - Metiendo Mano!

Any Willie Colón fan who couldn’t understand why Colón and Hector Lavoe would want to go their separate ways must have been reassured by the recruitment of Rubén Blades to take his place in 1977. (Surely, no one could argue with the results of 1975’s The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, which featured all three figures on one of the best LPs that any of them ever recorded, together or apart.) But Blades certainly wasn’t a double for Lavoe; in fact, their styles were completely different. Lavoe was a spark plug of a sonero who could motivate the oldest abuela to get up and dance. Blades, while he may have had the ability to sound like a romantic crooner, only hit with a punch when he wanted to, instead pushing to the front his lyrical concerns with the underclass through a variety of storytelling modes (an interest he shared with Colón himself). There aren’t any standout tracks like both its predecessor (The Good, the Bad, the Ugly) and successor (Siembra), but Metiendo Mano! was a worthy introduction to the two recording as twin leads.

It’s certainly an adventurous record. Colón kept only three arranging assignments for himself, which makes it sound less like a Willie Colón record (and is probably why it’s remembered slightly less fondly than its bookends). Luis Ortiz’s two excellent charts included one that sounded a much different note than Colón (the opener “Pablo Pueblo”) as well as another that sounded as though Colón were writing it himself (“La Maleta”). Colón bolstered his strong brass lineup with additional power (including a tuba solo on the opener), and the lineup is a powerhouse (including frequent collaborator Yomo Toro on two tracks). Meanwhile, Blades proved his range, moving from raging first-person narratives to pastoral boleros — with no lack of passion on each — and although Colón is heard less here than on his previous classics, his lieutenants proved the confidence he had in them.

 

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 30th JUNE 2017

Another week goes by, and a fresh new batch of great records are released into the wild. Let’s take a closer look.

Floating Points – Reflections – Mojave Desert

Floating POints - Reflections - Mojave Desert

 Floating Points began as the solo project of Sam Shepherd before it became clear the immersive, intricate nature of his music demanded expansion. Following his critically acclaimed debut Elaenia this is exactly what happened and Floating Points live became a band of incredibly talented musicians with Sam at the helm.

Now, Floating Points has announced a new short film and soundtrack, featuring entirely new and unheard compositions – Reflections – Mojave Desert via Pluto on 30 June. The film, in collaboration with director Anna Diaz Ortuño, finds the ensemble in a thrilling sonic exploration of environment under an endless desert sky.

The first in a planned series of environmental recordings by Floating Points to be filmed and recorded at different locations around the world; the recording was made last year, as Floating Points travelled to the Mojave to rehearse in between US touring. The music of Reflections – Mojave Desert mirrors the landscape: soaring and vast, dynamic and intimate, centred around two longer works and shorter pieces that create a singular and seamless experience.

Bert Myrick – Live ‘n Well

Bert Myrick - Live n' Well

Rescued from relative obscurity by DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is delighted to present a gem from the tiny yet highly influential catalogue of Strata Records. Preceding New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s original Strata label issued only a handful of underground titles in the early 70’s, making it a ‘holy grail’ imprint among jazz lovers and record collectors the world over.

Released by Strata in 1974, Bert Myrick’s ‘Live ‘n Well’ was originally recorded by Strata founder and former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox at a concert which took place almost a decade previously, at the student union of the University Of Michigan back in 1965. Led by drummer Bert Myrick, the album highlights a quintet of highly talented players at the height of their powers.

Probably best known for the iconic 14 minute epic “Scorpio’s Child” (composed by Strata owner Kenny Cox), ‘Live ‘n Well’ captures tour de force performances from a collection of Detroit’s finest musicians, destined to go their separate ways soon after the recording was completed.

 

Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter – Mister Saturday Night, Then & Now

Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter - Mister Saturday Night, Then & Now

 

 Back in 2009, Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin started their Mister Saturday Night loft party in New York City. Almost a decade later, the party has become an institution, spinning off the all-walks-of-life Mister Sunday and, this summer, Harkin and Carter mark their 250th party under the Mister banner.

To commemorate the moment, the Mister Saturday Night residents have compiled and mixed Mister Saturday Night: Then and Now, a selection of songs that have come to define the party – as well as some recent discoveries that reflect Eamon and Justinʼs ongoing commitment to unearthing and sharing music they love.

Justin Carter and Eamon Harkinʼs Mister Saturday Night: Then and Now is a perfect encapsulation of one of their parties and a fitting celebration for a pair of DJs that have painstakingly formed so many moments over the course of 250 parties.

Terrence Parker – God Loves Detroit

Terrence Parker - God Loves Detroit

errence Parker (known to many as “TP”) born and raised in Detroit, has become legendary for his quite uncommon yet skillful turntablism style of playing House Music. TP has also become widely admired because he uses an actual telephone handset as headphones.

Terrence has performed as a DJ in 40 countries throughout the world and has released more than 100 recordings on his Intangible Records label and various labels including Sony, Defected, Nervous, Kingstreet, and Purple Music

“GOD Loves Detroit” is Terrence Parker’s new album due for release June 30th on Planet E Communications (Detroit). This new album features TP collaborations with Coco Street, and additional projects with Merachka (who co-produced, co-wrote, and sings on the first single entitled “Don’t Waste Another Minute” which also features a remix by London’s As I Am) released in February 2016.

Oté Maloya –  The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Réunion 1975-1986

Ote Maloya - The Birth Of Electric Maloya In La Reunion 1975-1986

Strut present a brand new compilation documenting the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid-‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. Compiled by Réunionese DJ duo La Basse Tropicale, ‘Oté Maloya’ follows up last year’s acclaimed ‘Soul Sok Séga’ release on Strut.

Traditional maloya, originally called “séga”, described the songs, music and dances of slaves on the sugar plantations of Réunion Island in the 17th Century – maloya ceremonies paid tribute to ancestors and mediated between the living and the dead.

In the mid-‘70s, a new generation began exploring new directions in the music, using Créole language; many were self-taught and learned their craft in 1960s dance band “orchestres”.

‘Oté Maloya’ tells the story of this fertile period in Réunion Island music for the first time and features the full spectrum of maloya styles. From Caméléon’s genius to the teenage Michou’s classic ‘Maloya Ton Tisane’, Daniel Sandié’s breakbeat sleeper ‘Défoule 3e Age’ and more traditional styles from Maxime Lahope and Pierrot Vidot, this is an essential trip through a lost era of Indian Ocean blues and soul.

‘Oté Maloya’ is released with an extensive booklet on CD and LP featuring a history of maloya by Nathalie Valentine Legros of 7 Lames Lamer. All tracks are fully remastered by The Carvery.

Too Slow To Disco – Volume 3

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We present, Too Slow to Disco -Volume 3. Another incredible collection of songs that gleam with the high definition gloss of big-studio, bigger-budget production. Volume 3‘s another excursion into those late 1970s West Coast delusions of grandeur, sure…but in the company of songs that are also brimming over with soul, wit and passion. Killer tunes, penned and played by virtuosic instrumentalists, backroom gals and guys who were often also Grammy-winners in their own right.

As ever, DJ Supermarkt has somehow prised open another box of obscure gems keeping to his usual concept: all killer, no filler, selected and sequenced to bring out the mood of the era. Lyrically the focus remains on slightly difficult love affairs backed by grooves gentle enough to mix cocktails to. Slow dancing is encouraged, fast dancing…well you know our views on that.

And we’ve looked beyond L.A. this time, discovering a few exotic exponents of the West Coast sound from more distant shores. All the elements that have made Too Slow to Disco Volumes 1 and 2 (and “The Ladies” Edition) so beloved from New York to London to Barcelona to Bottrop, are back for another round of near-danceable lushness.

Various Artists – Space, Energy & Light

Space, Energy & Light

Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Space, Energy & Light’ is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla DIY cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame.

These artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with the natural world

From computer software and hardware experimentalists and sound pioneers such as Laurie Spiegel and Kevin Braheny, as well as Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company – the first synthesizer ensemble created in collaboration with Robert Moog – through to the earliest musique concrète experimentation of Tod Dockstader, the album shows how technological advancements and creative artistic expression went hand in hand.

Album artwork includes some of the earliest photography of the Plieades star cluster dating from the 1880s.

Peter Perrett – How The West Was Won

Peter Perrett - How The West Was Won

Album Of The Month in Uncut and Mojo.

Peter Perrett, whose incisive songcraft and sardonic drawl made him one of the most distinctive voices of the Seventies, hasn’t released any music for 20 years. Bearing in mind his most famous song began “I always flirt with death” (‘Another Girl, Another Planet’), this is one comeback that nobody saw coming.

Backed by his sons – Jamie and Peter Jr. on lead guitar and bass respectively – and produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones), Peter’s intuitive feel for words; his flair for idiosyncratic metaphors and his deadpan wit are all still as sharp as ever.

 

Kane Strang – Two Hearts And No Brain

Kane Strang - Two Hearts And No Brain

A winning blend of careful precision and mercurial abandon, Kane Strang’s new album ‘Two Hearts And No Brain’ is constantly surprising. With a penchant for melodic earworms to rival those of the world’s best pop songwriters, the New Zealand artist’s glittering hooks twist and turn in perfect synch with meticulous band arrangements.

Hints of 60s pop (Zombies, Stooges) and early 00s alt-rock (Interpol, Elliott Smith) shine through but there’s a contemporary crunch, sheen and bald lyrical tone to Strang’s sound that places him firmly in the here and now.

Hailed as “the next Stephen Malkmus” by The Revue, Strang’s on the brink of becoming indie rock’s intelligent poster boy. ‘Two Hearts And No Brain’ proves emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath.

 

The Coathangers – Parasite

The Coathangers - Parasite

When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop.

Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG but with the trio’s latest mini album, ‘Parasite’, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. “I’d like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band’s existence,” says guitarist / vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the songs on their latest offering.

If the record is meant as a journey through the various stages of the band’s career, it certainly storms out of the gate with the same kind of piss-and-vinegar of their eponymous debut.

 

Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded - Close But Not Quite

Everything Is Recorded is the new collaborative artist project from record producer and XL Recordings head Richard Russell. With Russell at the helm, his west London studio The Copper House has become a creative second home for a revolving cast of vocalists and musicians who pass through to write, record and share ideas, mixing traditional recording sessions with extended, uninhibited live jams.

‘Close But Not Quite’ is Everything Is Recorded’s debut recorded statement and is a captivating snapshot of the kind of collaboration and experimentation that has taken place at The Copper House. Across five tracks, the mini album is a soundsystem-influenced mix of brand new talent and established names, featuring an eclectic host of artists including Sampha, Giggs, Obongjayar, Tic, Warren Ellis, Infinite, Mela Murder, Green Gartside and Baluji Shrivastav.

 

Beach House – B Sides & Rarities

Beach House - B Sides & Rarities

From the band: “When we announced that we were releasing a B-sides and rarities album, someone on Twitter asked, ‘B-sides record? Why would Beach House put out a B-sides record? Their A-sides are like B-sides.’ This random person has a point. Our goal has never been to make music that is explicitly commercial.”

“Over the years, as we have worked on our 6 LPs, it wasn’t the ‘best’ or most catchy songs that made the records, just the ones that fit together to make a cohesive work. Accordingly, our B-sides are not songs that we didn’t like as much, just ones that didn’t have a place on the records we were making.

“The idea for a B-sides record came when we realized just how many non-album songs had been made over the years, and how hard it was to find and hear many of them. This compilation contains every song we have ever made that does not exist on one of our records. There are 14 songs in total.”

 

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 23RD JUNE 2017

Here are our choice selections of new vinyl available in store this week.

Algiers – The Underside of Power (Matador)

Algiers - The Underside of Power

Matador Records present Algiers’ second album, ‘The Underside Of Power’, recorded largely in Bristol and produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Ali Chant and mixed by Randall Dunn (Sunn O)))), with post-production by Ben Greenberg (The Men, Hubble, Uniform)

Touchstones on the uncompromising and impassioned album run from Southern rap to Northern soul, gospel to IDM, industrial to grime to Italo.

More pertinent than ever before, ‘The Underside Of Power’ follows Algiers’ 2015 eponymous debut which received praise from the NY Times, Pitchfork, The Quietus and others. The record touches on oppression, police brutality, dystopia and hegemonic power structures. Its fiery lyrics encompass TS Eliot, the Old Testament, The New Jim Crow, Tamir Rice and Hannah Arendt, while carried by soulful and visceral songs, meditative moments and personal reflection.

We have the cream vinyl version only available to independent retailers.

 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder of the Universe (Heavenly Recordings)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe

A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Murder Of The Universe’ is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man, the death of the planet, the murder of the whole universe.

“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely Apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”

Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, ‘Murder Of The Universe’ inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. It may take years for its true importance to be appreciated.

We have the glow in the dark vinyl with scented sticker only available to independent retailers. LP includes lavish booklet and digital download code.

 

Lake People – Phase Transition (Mule Musiq)

Lake People - Phase Transition

Framed by two spoken word samples and wrapped in house and techno emotions, that know about electro and 90’s electronica too: the new, second album of the Leipzig and Berlin based producer and live artist Martin Enke aka lake people moves in a fresh way.

This time he shifts towards a focus on the essentials of electronic club music: sounds and groove, rough and playful interweaved with the aesthetic particles of techno. With his “Point EP”, released on the Berlin based imprint Krakatau records in late 2012, his creative life as a producer for melancholic driven club tunes took off.

Now, just shortly after he published a fresh ep on the Dresden based imprint uncanny valley, Lake People drops “Phase Transition”, a new album consisting of ten haunting tracks full of dance suspense.

He recorded all between 2016 and early 2017 on various vintage analog synthesizers, and other creative interfaces. To find out if his latest pure slamming tracks work deep, he tried them out during his live shows in order to catch some new ideas directly from the dance floor.

Later he refitted the tested material, so that all ten tunes dance together as a compact album, which at times still sounds melancholic and vulnerable, but comes around at large in a more self-assured guise.

 

Nicholas Britell – Moonlight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Invada)

Nicholas Britell - Moonlight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Nicholas Britell achieved his Academy Award-nominated score by weaving orchestral elements with Southern rap, specifically Houston’s well-documented ‘chopped and screwed’ sound, where records are slowed down and cut to shreds, re-purposing the music for alternative listening situations.

In writing the music for ‘Moonlight’ there were two distinct phases of the writing process. Britell would write music that inspired him from the early cuts of the film and his discussions with Jenkins; afterwards, Britell would begin to experiment with ‘chopping and screwing’ his own recordings.

We didn’t take the hood to the arthouse, took the arthouse to the hood,” said the film’s director Barry Jenks. “Nick’s compositions pulse and rumble, creating a feeling in one’s chest that reminds me of the trunk rattling music of home.”

LP pressed on heavyweight ‘Moonlight’ 180g coloured vinyl and housed in an extra thick 425g deluxe spined sleeve.

 

Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (XL Recordings)

Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage, ‘OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017’ is issued through XL Recordings, coinciding (roughly) with the original 1997 release date of Radiohead’s landmark third album ‘OK Computer’.

Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage, ‘OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017’ will be issued through XL Recordings, coinciding (roughly) with the original 1997 release date(s) of Radiohead’s landmark third album ‘OK Computer’.

All material on ‘OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017’ is newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.

‘OK Computer’ was originally released on various dates ranging from May to July 1997. Produced by the band and Nigel Godrich, the album features the singles ‘Paranoid Android’, ‘Karma Police’, ‘Lucky’ and ‘No Surprises’ and is widely cited as one of the greatest works of Radiohead’s catalogue. ‘OK Computer’ was the first Radiohead record to reach #1 in the UK and to be nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. In 2015, The National Recording Registry selected ‘OK Computer’ to be preserved in the Library Of Congress as a recording that has proven “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

We have the opaque blue vinyl version only available to independent retailers. LP contains the digital download card.

 

Scott Gilmore – Subtle Vertigo (International Feel)

Scott Gilmore - Subtle Vertigo

There is something wonderfully uplifting and naive about the mittle European B-Movie Pop and Library Music of the 1970’s. An imperfect perfection of sound palette and melody, creating & encapsulating a whole world of hypnotic intrigue.This feeling is what comes to mind when listening to the debut album of Californian Scott Gilmore, which is reminiscent (in more modern times) of the pre “Moon Safari” Air.

The playful opening of ‘E70 No.01’ leads us on to the Bowie and Eno-esque shimmerings of ‘Europe’ and the Gainsbourg hazed moments of ‘Flight Through Grey’ and ‘Subtle Vertigo’. The album closes with ‘Walking Underground’, a Valley Boy diary of the outsider looking inwards at the bizarrity of everyday life. This is a travelogue of the timeless and gently obscure, a bunch of rarities all in one place, at one time, woven together with an accomplished sense of harmony, counterpoint and vision.

From the river side of the Dordogne, to the Grünewald of Berlin, the white sands of Playa de ses Illetes and the urban sprawl of Van Nuys, this is an alternative sonic reality sent to free the mind and open the heart, as the sun rises high in the sky and the cotton wool heat envelopes us all in it’s gilded cage.

 

Seahawks – Starways (Ocean Moon)

Seahawks - Starways

Seahawks chart a course for the outer realms of consciousness where sea meets sky and sky meets space.

Two tracks new to vinyl from their esteemed ‘Escape Hatch’ album and three inspired remixes, 37 minutes of overlapping dream states and mantric resonance.

Setting sail with the wondrous ‘Valparaiso’, the siren like voice of Ed Macfarlane (Friendly Fires) calls the dancers to the beach, it’s silken glide so smooth some have asked if it’s Sade!

Nick Mackrory creates an alternative cosmos that is even more blissed, like a lost Lucio Battisti gem sparkling in the sun. (Nick was responsible for the lush ‘Elle Dit’ released on the Music For Dreams label not so long ago).

Picking up the pace disco viking Marius Circus enters the arena to create a woozy acid fever dream that throbs and pulses in a most heavenly way. Perfect for full moon beach jams and horizontal home hangs alike.

On the flip ‘Starways’ is without a doubt one of  Seahawks finest creations, over 12 minutes of tropical kosmische odyssey that resolves into a glistening pool of crystal electronics, aquatic horns and celestial strings. A tonic for the mind and the body.

At the close of day Len Leise blesses us with a hazed subtropical jam where vapour tones float on an ancient ocean of bliss as organic beats massage the stress away. An antidote to all that is dark and dismal in these fractured times.

Artwork is a specially commissioned airbrush work by Mervyn Beaver.

 

Various Artists – A Collection of Tele Music Remixes – Vol. I

A Collection of Tele Music Remixes - Vol. I

Tele music–compilation 1a collection of Tele Music Remixes, crafted with pride by fans for fans. Compiled and curated by Alexis Le Tan. featuring modern reinterpretations of classic library heroes by: Soulwax, Joakim, Nico Motte, Velvet Season and The Hearts of Gold, Pilooski, Zombie Zombie, D.K. Gilb’r and Vidal Benjamin, Ron Morelli, Syracuse…

These tracks are for DJ’s and open minded music lovers, lovers in general and also for anything, anywhere, where you want and when you want. To be played loud and with whatever one needs to enhance the listening experience. Bon appetit!!

Tele Music History: Founded in paris in 1966, Tele Music is France’s foremost music library, featuring high-end studio musicians, its TMLP series collection is considered as crate digging gold. In 2016 all those vinyl tracks have finally been digitalized and re-mastered.

Compilation curated by Alexis Le Tan to celebrate tele music 50th anniversary, French producer Alexis Le Tan has invited his friends to work on exclusive remixes of some of the catalogue’s unique gems. Mastered by Chab -the grammy award winning mastering engineer.

Wojciech Golczewski – The Signal (Death Waltz Originals)

Wojciech Golczewski - The Signal

Wojciech Golczewski’s second LP on Death Waltz Originals is actually a prequel to his 2015 debut Reality Check and the second part of a proposed trilogy to be finished in 2018. This time out the emphasis is on super minimal widescreen sci-fi ambience. The record is absolutely epic in scope and features lush synth arrangements with melody lines that bubble just under the surface creating a multi layered listen that is perfect for late nights and dark rooms.

We have the purple vinyl – only 200 released in Europe.

 

Lynn Castle – Rose Colored Corner (Light In The Attic)

Lynn Castle - Rose Colored Corner

Though most of the world may not know the songs of Lynn Castle, she is an artist whose work stretches across seven decades. Light In The Attic Records continue its Lee Hazlewood Archive Series with Rose Colored Corner, a collection of intimate recordings Lynn Castle made with Jack Nitzsche in 1966 and her complete recorded output with Lee Hazlewood on LHI Records. For the first time ever Lynn is sharing recordings from her personal archive and telling her story.

In the 1960s Lynn became the first lady barber in LA just as long hair on men became hip. By day she was styling The Monkees, Boyce and Hart, Del Shannon, Sonny & Cher, the Byrds and countless others…by night she was writing songs. Despite lacking the desire to self promote and a crippling insecurity that made it hard to sing in front of anyone, her songs managed to bend the ears of such industry heavyweights as Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood. “It was so hard to get me to sing,” explained Castle. “I had buried it so low, I didn’t think I was good at all. Lee heard my songs and thought I was fabulous. He said, ‘Oh my god, you’re really good! Let’s cut a record.’

Her sole 1967 45 “The Lady Barber” b/w “Rose Colored Corner,” released on Lee Hazlewood Industries is a slice of psychedelic pop heaven. A full length album was never completed, but her sparse demos with Jack Nitzsche give the listener a peek of what one might have sounded like. If you are familiar with Nitzsche’s mid-60s work with Tim Buckley, Bob Lind, and Buffalo Springfield…you can squint your ears and imagine her songs bejeweled with lush strings, finger cymbals, and delicate harpsichord. Instead, the songs remained unheard until now.

Joseph Loduca ‘Evil Dead 2 (1987 Original Soundtrack)’ (Waxwork)

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Waxwork Records release the 30th Anniversary soundtrack of the 1987 horror cult-classic, EVIL DEAD 2 on 180 gram yellow vinyl.

Directed by Sam Raimi and featuring Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams, EVIL DEAD 2 is known not only as the quintessential entry of the EVIL DEAD TRILOGY, but also of 1980’s cult-classic horror cinema as a whole. EVIL DEAD 2 remains the outstanding follow up to 1981’s THE EVIL DEAD, picking up where the first film leaves off, with even more blood, possession, dismemberments, deadites, and with generous elements of slapstick comedy.

The music by composer Joseph Loduca (The Evil Dead, Army Of Darkness, Ash Vs. Evil Dead) is the sophisticated follow up to the first film’s outstanding soundtrack, engrossing the listener in classic orchestral horror, electronic cues, and haunting lullaby compositions.

MC5 – Motor City Five (Run Out Groove Vinyl)

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The MC5, born out of the ashes of industrial Detroit, recorded only 3 full length albums and lasted less than a decade but left an indelible stain on the world of Rock & Roll both musically and culturally. Like their Detroit brothers The Stooges, they helped lay the initial ground work for the punk movement with a simple, hard driving, high energy, loud and gritty style of Rock that includes elements of garage rock, hard rock, blues and psychedelic rock.

Whether proven or otherwise, they influenced a laundry list of hard rockers such as Bad Brains, Black Flag, the Damned, Circle Jerks, Husker Du, The Melvins, The Dead Kennedys, The New York Dolls, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, the White Stripes and many more. They are widely considered one of the most important and influential hard rock bands of the era.

This limited, numbered, coloured vinyl, Run Out Groove release is the first legitimate vinyl compilation of the band’s Elektra and Atlantic recordings and belongs on every Rock collector’s shelf, if not for the sonic music assault then the audacious packaging alone.

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 16TH JUNE 2017

And we’re back, ready for the Summer and looking forward to a weekend of sunshine.

Here is this weeks selection of new vinyl releases we have in store and all are worthy of your attention.

Can – The Singles (Mute)

Can - The Singles

This unique document is the first time the singles have been presented together and shows the breadth of their influential career, from well-loved tracks like ‘Halleluwah’, ‘Vitamin C’ and ‘I Want More’ to more obscure singles such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Turtles Have Short Legs’.

Founded in 1967, Can released their debut album ‘Monster Movie’ in 1969, which set them apart from the mainstream, carving out a sound that transcended the boundaries of experimental electronic, jazz and modern classical music.

 

Com Truise – Iteration (Ghostly)

Com Truise - Iteration

“Repetition is a form of change,” reads one of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge. Six years after Galactic Melt introduced the cosmic story of Com Truise, Iteration now concludes his sprawling saga. True to its name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. But Iteration is also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley’s singular music has ever sounded.

At the album’s heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing, hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace. “…Of Your Fake Dimension” launches the interstellar drama with its anthemic swells and widescreen sound design, before lovesick songs like “Dryswch” and “Propagation” outline scenes wrought with cybernetic pathos. Later, the frantic rhythms of “Syrthio” conjure images of panicked flight as Haley’s gorgeous synth melodies gild the action in quiet heartbreak. Then comes the resounding “When Will You Find The Limit…”, when Iteration’s pain and sadness finds liberation in the vast unknown. The closing title track ends it all in a gush of majestic revelry.

So goes the winding story that Iteration tells, and yet there’s more behind its telling. “I try hard not to write from my personal life, but it’s inevitably going to seep into the music,” Haley explains. “It’s basically like I’m scoring this film in my head, but that film I’m scoring is also somehow my life.” There are glimpses of the difficult time the East Coast native spent adjusting to a new life in Los Angeles, fighting homesickness and burnout while also touring the world. It was a time full of uncertainty, transition, and self-realization. After a year and a half of living in California, Hayley finally recaptured his creativity by finding new excitement in his work. “I put more air, more breathing room in the music—that was the big change,” he says. And once that clicked, the album just poured out of him. “It was like an information dump. I feel like I finished the record in two weeks.”

Such a clear refinement of the Com Truise sound took time to develop, but Iteration is well worth the patience and perseverance it cost. Some of Haley’s smartest, catchiest work is here, from the weightless pop of “Isostasy” to “Ternary”‘s lush synth-funk. A song like “Vacuume” somehow balances massive bass drops and smashing drums with angelic gasps, and

“Usurper” gracefully pairs subtle poignancy and uplifting dance beats. “For me, it feels like change,” Hayley says of his second album, and yes, this is Com Truise like never before. By embracing the music’s inherent nature and peerless qualities, Iteration finds new avenues of expression in its vivid, familiar surroundings.

 

Goldie – The Journey Man (Metalheadz)

Goldie - The Journey Man

22 years ago saw the release of Goldie’s debut album ‘Timeless’ which truly changed the face of drum’n’bass, hardcore and jungle. The seminal record featured the iconic track ‘Inner City Life’ – the vocals for which were performed by the late Diane Charlemagne. In 2011, The Guardian described the release of ‘Timeless’ as one of the “50 key events in the history of dance music”. MOBO Award-winning songwriter, DJ, producer, visual artist and actor Goldie (MBE) will release a new double album ‘The Journey Man’ on June 16th, all written and produced by Goldie. Collaborators on ‘The Journey Man’ album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, Jose James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie’s wife, Mika Wassenaar Price. Goldie is also one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with David Bowie – on the track ‘Truth’ from the drum‘n’bass pioneer’s second album, ‘Saturnz Return’ released in 1998. The album also featured distinguished collaborators such as Noel Gallagher and KRS-One.

 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)

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The Nashville Sound was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A and produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, who produced ‘Something More Than Free’ and Isbell’s celebrated 2013 breakthrough album ‘Southeastern’. ‘The Nashville Sound’ features 10 new songs that address a range of subjects that include, politics and cultural privilege (“White Man’s World”) longing nostalgia (“The Last Of My Kind”), love and mortality (“If We Were Vampires”), the toxic effect of today’s pressures (“Anxiety”), the remnants of a break up (“Chaos and Clothes”) and finding hope (“Something To Love”). Songs such as “Cumberland Gap” and “Hope The Highroad” find Jason and his bandmates going back to their rock roots full force.

Jason Isbell is widely recognised as one the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation – His last solo record won 2 Grammys and picked up UK Americana album of the year award and he has had 5 sold out UK tours in last 3 years. The new record is the first official Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit album since 2011’s Here We Rest.

We have the Limited Indies only 12″ Vinyl Album with bonus art booklet.

 

Stefano Mainetti – Zombi 3 (WRWTFWW)

Stefano Mainetti - Zombi 3 (WRWTFWW)

WRWTFWW Records unleashes the complete uncut soundtrack for Lucio Fulci & Bruno Mattei’s cult zombie-ploitation gem Zombi 3 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 aka Sanguelia 2, 1988) available on 2 different collector’s edition vinyls for the first time ever, we have the red and green vinyl.

The Classic Edition comes in red is dead colored vinyl with a red Japanese Sanguelia 2 VHS obi and has a helicopter pictured on the back cover.

The Special Edition has the same songs as the Classic Edition PLUS bonus skits/interludes with DJ Blue Heart talking (taken from the movie) on the b-side and comes in green inferno colored vinyl with a green Japanese Sanguelia 2 VHS obi and DJ Blue Heart pictured on the back cover.

This  classic is packed with menacing synths, ghoulish melodies, and contaminated anthems remastered directly from the rare original reels of maestro Stefano Mainetti which were found at an abandoned top secret research facility.

Zombi 3 is the (unrelated) sequel to Zombi 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters aka The Island of the Living Dead aka Zombie aka Sanguelia, 1979), itself an unofficial sequel to George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (aka Zombi, 1978). This marvel of the VHS-era finds a group of super scientists working on a very secret biological weapon called Death One which mutates and kills living humans…and re-animates the dead! What happens when the lethal weapon breaks free into the world? More chaos than a possessed Martin Riggs on a suicide mission! Feared by critics and beloved by vintage exploitation fanatics, Zombi 3 has all the charms of the glory days of Italian b-horror, including a fantastic soundtrack.

 

Michael Nau – Some Twist (Full Time Hobby)

Michael Nau - Some Twist

“His masterful instinct for arrangement, along with his reedy voice, earns Nau a place in the rock’n’roll underdogs’ Hall of Fame.” – Pitchfork “A beguiling debut – a warm bath of baroque pop, country and Hazlewood-like balladry” – Uncut “Recalls cadences of 1970s Ned Doheny and solo David Byrne, with a hint of Brian Wilson” – The Fader “A breezy, laid-back union between country, folk, and classic pop” The Line of Best Fit “Intimate and inviting” Q Michael Nau returns with his new album, Some Twist, on Full Time Hobby. Some Twist is the follow up to 2016’s Mowing and its announcement comes amidst a flurry of recent activity. Two weeks ago, Nau debuted songs from Some Twist on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and headlined two sold out shows on back-to-back nights in Los Angeles. He has received extensive BBC radio play and been selected as a “6 Music Recommends” pick. One-off single “Love Survive” cracked the top 50 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart and Elton John has played Nau on his Beats1 show. The first single from Some Twist is “Good Thing”. Bright piano and fingerpicked guitar weave together throughout the song with a chorus that swells with feedback fuzz and crashing percussion. Nau’s ever-present sense of humor, one of the hallmarks of his songwriting, gives the song a wry sense of purpose amidst its reflection.

We have the Limited Indies Only Orange 12″ Vinyl  Album

 

Ride – Weather Diaries (Wichita Recordings)

Ride - Weather Diaries

Produced by legendary DJ, producer and remixer Erol Alkan, ‘Weather Diaries’ is packed with all the classic elements that made Ride one of the defining bands of the early 90s. Trembling distortion, beautiful harmonies, pounding rhythms, shimmering soundscapes and great songwriting all combine to make an album that’s ambitious in scope, timeless and thoroughly addictive.

The album sees the band reunited with label co-founders Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with Ride during the band’s early years on Creation Records. It also brings the band back together with mixer Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers) who mixed their seminal 1990 album ‘Nowhere’ and produced its follow up ‘Going Blank Again’.

We have the clear double vinyl only (with download card) only available to independent retailers.

 

Sascha Funke – Lotos Land (Endless Flight)

Sascha Funke - Lotos Land

Sascha Funke embraces fresh sound territories without forgetting his past. With two solo albums on ellen allien’s bpitch control label under his wings and the longplayer “unknown”, that he turned in with julienne dessagne (aka fantastic twins) under the alias saschienne in 2012 for kompakt, on the shelf, he knows what it means to write and dramatize an album.

ll tracks on “lotos land” are well selected and together they build a bewitching story arc. with some singing help from the scottish crooner david wilson, voice of the glasgow based melancholic dance sensation junto club and the tel aviv born musician autarkic, exotic yet perfect to sing along melodies to enthral listeners.

Even if sascha funke is part of the club culture since the nineties: his musical memory and sensibility goes way back before the early techno and house eruptions. For his new works, that all had been produced in berlin during the 2016, he removed the dogma of functionality and shifted into a riskier, more open terrain, that does not offer club sensations.

“I think i would not have made such a diverse album without the time with saschienne. before saschienne i mainly worked sample-based and produced exclusively at the computer. by working with julienne as saschienne i discovered my love for the instrument.

“playing” with the different synths is for me the greatest progress and ultimately also the best possible form of expression for my music.” he confesses.

 

 

Songhoy Blues – Résistance (Transgressive Records)

Songhoy Blues - Résistance

Released on Transgressive Records, ‘Résistance’, the eagerly anticipated sophomore record from Songhoy Blues, is a bold, inspiring, outward-looking record that perfectly reflects the position the band have found themselves in following the massive success of their breakthrough debut, ‘Music In Exile’.

The album was recorded in the autumn of 2016 at The Pool studio in London with producer Neil Comber (MIA, Django Django, Crystal Fighters, Declan McKenna) and, in keeping with their spirit of collaboration which saw them previously work with Nick Zinner, Julian Casablancas and Damon Albarn, ‘Résistance’ features additional synths by Lxury and vocal contributions from the likes of Iggy Pop, Elf Kid and Stealing Sheep. Beyond this, the album features beautiful string parts (‘Hometown’) and in one particularly surprising, moving instance, a children’s choir (‘One Colour’)

We have the yellow vinyl edition only available to independent retailers.

 

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agboju Logun (Strut)

hina Williams & His African Percussionists - Agboju Logun

Strut present a brand new 12” reissue of Shina Williams’ monster Nigerian disco anthem ‘Agboju Logun’, pairing the rare original album version (released on Phonodisk Nigeria) with the more sparse 12” remix which surfaced later internationally on Earthworks.

Back in 1979 when Shina Williams’ ‘Agboju Logun’ first appeared on his ‘African Dances’ LP, Williams knew well that the track was breaking new ground. “I want to show the whole wide world that Africa is alive with modern musicians to reckon with anywhere,” he stated. Now an accepted Afro disco classic of its time, ‘Agboju Logun’ did indeed bring together the cream of Nigeria’s players as a one-off supergroup in one inspired session. As a long-standing and well respected highlife musician and vocalist, Williams called in the ‘A’ list: Tunde Martins from Afro Collective played bass guitar, the brilliant Biddy Wright (player on albums by Lijadu Sisters, Blo and many more) contributed the famous synth lines and handled production, Fred Fisher was on trombone and Saliu Alabi played talking drum.

Enjoying limited success upon its release in Nigeria, ‘African Dances’ nevertheless gained some international attention when Earthworks’ Jumbo Van Renan licensed two tracks from it for an international 12” single release in 1984, remixing ‘Agboju Logun’ in a more stripped back mix for dancefloors. However, it was the period following Fela Kuti’s death in the late ‘90s that truly ignited interest in archive African grooves for a new internet generation. Strut’s first ‘Nigeria 70’ compilation featured the track in 2000 and it has been a staple in DJs’ crates ever since.

 

Talamanca System – Talamanca System (International Feel)

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On the white island, between Ibiza Town and the infamous fish shack high up on a rock next to a bird sanctuary, you will find the beach of Talamanca. Plagued by too much seaweed, anchored middle-class yachts and joggers, it is also surprisingly the spiritual home of a correspondent post-Balearic group. As luck would have it, a remix request by Mark Barrott bedded the International Feel boss in a trio with Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson, alias Tuff City Kids. A highly sought-after 12-inch later (“Balanzat”), as well as fantasies of getting together to work on more material, led to a fruitful and effortless studio session on the non-Balearic outskirts of Frankfurt am Main.

The outcome of that meeting forms the homonymous debut album of Talamanca System. A documented vision, or a sunburned imagination of a day and night spent on said island, during a moment in time that probably never was or will be. Still summed up best by dungarees, long hair, yellow sunglasses, espadrilles or that famous picture of people grouped around roofless Amnesia’s pyramid well, it is the food of the Balearic gods. But, dear nostalgia, stop right here! Even though Talamanca’s debut flies the Balearic flag, it is not about turning back the clock, but rather about a past that could be the future. Dusted, danceable, driving, dreamy and dapper at the same time, this is an album for the club, the car, the beach, the (coke)float and the fountain.

Coined by the colourful and respective talents of the three individuals behind Talamanca, you will hear nine tracks ranging from up to downtempo, piano house smashers that would have deserved the prefix Italo-, percussion rituals captured by a group of Zoo animals on the loose, soundtracks for dusk and dawn, hushed vocals, rites of ambient passages, powerful synth ballads and vamp choirs. If this album were a car, it would be a Citroen 2CV remade by Tesla.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: their past is your future!

 

The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll all Be Over (Light In The Attic)

The Supreme Jubilees - It'all Be Over (Light In The Attic)

If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing California gospel-soul group The Supreme Jubilees. “We won’t have to cry no more,” the tuxedo-clad group would sing, in high, angelic vocals over smooth grooves. “It’ll all be over.” Prepare to dance and contemplate death all at the same time.

A band of brothers and cousins, the group was founded from two familes: brothers Joe and Dave Kingsby plus Dave’s son David Kingsby Jr., and keyboardist Leonard Sanders plus his brothers Phillips (drummer), Tim (bassist), and Melvin (tenor). The Sanders clan grew up singing together in the Witness of Jesus Christ church in Fresno CA, where dad Marion was pastor. Guitarist Larry Price–who belonged to neither family–completed the line-up that recorded the group’s first–and, prophetically, only–album, It’ll All Be Over.

Released in 1980 on the group’s own S&K (Sanders & Kingsby) label, It’ll All Be Over pinpoints a fatalistic mood exemplified by the title. Its lyrics drawn from the Old Testament, its sound from the church by way of the disco, and it’s a feel captured by the album cover–a low, orange sun setting over the Pacific ocean. It is, as Jessica Hundley observes in the brand new liner notes, “both apocalyptic and seductive.”

Making the album was not easy. Sessions began in Trac Record Co, a country and western studio in Fresno, CA, where the engineer was so put out by the group’s requests for heavier bass in the mix, he stopped the session and kicked them out. They left with four songs–one side of the album–and the record was completed at Sierra Recording Studio in Visalia, CA. Leonard Sanders reported having a spiritual encounter in his sleep while in Visalia; the next day he recorded his part of the album’s title track in a single take.

After the LP was pressed, the group took their music on tour, first in California, where they played with acts including the Gospel Keynotes, The Jackson Southernaires, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and then on an ill-fated trip to Texas. A follow-up album was planned for 1981, but it never materialized; having slept sometimes a dozen to a room in Texas, the men in the band were reluctant to leave jobs, wives, and kids for the hardship of the road. The group simply fizzled out, even if the friendships never did.

A copy of the album sold to a fan on that Texan tour made its way to a San Antonio record store, where it was discovered nearly three decades later by collector David Haffner (Friends of Sound). He managed to track down the Kingsby-Sanders clan at a Fourth Of July barbeque in Fresno in 2004. And he eventually introduced the group to Light In The Attic Records, which now presents the album, restored, remastered, and available to the public for the first time.

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 2ND JUNE 2017

June has arrived and Summer is here!!!

Below are some of the new releases we have in store from today along with some ace   re-issues from Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, Raekwon and J Dilla. More reasons to dig at Nightfly Records your purveyor of fabulous records.

alt-J – Relaxer (Infectious)

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alt-J – Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green – are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium.

‘Relaxer’ follows their Number One Grammy and Brit Award-nominated album ‘This Is All Yours’, and Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut ‘An Awesome Wave’.

 

DBFC – Jenks (Different)

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DBFC – aka the duo comprised of Manchester born David Shaw and Parisian Dombrance – release their debut album ‘Jenks’.

The pair met in 2012, drawn together by a Parisian underworld that flitted between techno and psychedelia, club culture and rock mythology. Refusing to place down boundaries, the two simply went into the studio, turned on their equipment and jammed – debut album ‘Jenks’ followed naturally.

Reminiscent of Primal Scream’s halcyon era, or New Order’s ground-breaking run of 12” singles, DBFC thrive on the intersection between electronic and organic.

Double LP features printed insert and digital download code.

Described by Lauren Laverne as her “favourite new French band.”

 

Deca – Mass (Mondo Groove)

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Deca (Federico De Caroli), composer and musician graduated in piano, for over 30 years is a protagonist of the Italian electronic and experimental scene, then approaching to other fields such as theatre, multimedia and television. He is a great summoner of dream suggestions and started from the lesson of cosmic school to arrive at a personal alchemy of tradition and innovation, clutching the paradigms of artificial sound on the natural one.

He began playing in 1975 and in 1983 bought his first synthesizer starting a long process of creative evolution, playing in parallel bands that are inspired by the British new wave as Joy Division, The Cure, Killing Joke and studying the dynamics of synthetic sound.

In 1985 he began his solo record productions career based on linear sequencer plots and minimal compositions that refer to already famous authors for electronic music like Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, and Vangelis, but also the so-called Kosmische Musik of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.

“MASS” was produced in 1987/1988 with a Roland synthesizer and only distributed on cassette in limited edition. It is a more rhythmic album than his other works of the time, and ranks as the third of his discography, after the very collected “Alkaid” (1986) and “Synthetic Lips” (1987).

It is a dark and minimalist electro-wave album of states of distressed mood, strongly dark.

Giovanni Cristiani – Alpha Percussion (Mondo Groove)

Giovanni Cristiani 'Alpha Percussion'

“Alpha percussion”, recorded in 1985, is a cult groovy ambient album of acoustic percussion, pleasant to listen to and full of samples and break knowns used by Djs and artists likes Danny Brown (which uses a sample in “Really Doe”, a song of his latest album on Warp Records).

Giovanni Cristiani is one of the most prepared and complete Italian percussionists. Born in Rome in 1952 he graduated in percussion in young age and began playing professionally in Italy and abroad. In 1979, after years of activity at the side of the most popular jazz musicians, constitutes the Music Workshop A.D.E.L., playing drums and percussion courses. Pentaflowers (BEAT Records sub-label and publisher) asked him to make a solo percussion library music album in full artistic freedom that was pressed in limited edition for insiders; so was born “Alpha Percussion”, a gem now finally accessible to all thanks to Mondo Groove label.

 

Grotto – At Last (Odion Livingstone)

Grotto - At Last

Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue of a rare gem from the Nigerian archives, Grotto’s lost Afro-rock classic from 1977, ‘At Last’.

Formed at “Greg’s” (St Gregory’s college in Ikoyi, Lagos), Grotto came up at the same time as several other influential student bands based there, including Ofege. “As Grotto, we played a rock/funk fusion. We were probably aged 15, 16 or thereabouts and we were heavily into music; we listened to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and lots of rock bands,” explains lead guitarist Soga Benson.

Their debut album is a heavyweight trip, drifting from psychedelic workouts to crunching breaks and funkier directions. “Odion Iruoje was the A&R manager at EMI at the time and he auditioned us, liked the material and signed us. He also produced our recordings,” continues Benson. “Most of us were boarders and the school encouraged music and had instruments so we had time to jam and really gel together. The group still continued after we left Gregs. We had to juggle A-Levels with gigs and we used to skip school whenever we had a show, rehearsal or a recording date.”

While many Nigerian student bands were studio-based projects, Grotto was an active live unit during the ‘70s. “We played at The Shrine with Fela, with Tee Mac at Batakoto, with Sonny Okosun at Kakadu, Segun Bucknor at Granada Hotel.”

This first international reissue of Grotto’s debut album comes with a full interview with Soga Benson and producer Odion Iruoje + a selection of rare and previously unseen photos of the band. The album is fully remastered by The Carvery.

Jerry Lee Lewis – Live From Austin Texas (New West Records)

Jerry Lee Lewis - Live From Austin Texas

“‘Rock and Roll’s the thing and Jerry Lee’s the King,’ or so said an English fan once upon a time somewhere. Elvis fans might dispute that title but nobody else in the history of popular music would dare call himself ‘The Killer’.

“Of all the legends who came out of Sun Records in the 1950s – Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison – no one would have bet the last one standing would be the pill-popping, whiskey-guzzling, gun-waving hellion from Ferriday, LA except The Killer, of course.” – Terry Lickona (producer, Austin City Limits)

Gatefold heavyweight vinyl double LP (3-sides)

Joey Negro – Produced With Love (Z Records)

Joey Negro - Produced With Love

Produced With Love is the extraordinary new album from UK legend Joey Negro: a buoyant, life-affirming, disco-inspired album that offers welcome relief from the grey-faced march of modern club music.

“I was 13 when I first heard “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave on a children’s TV show called Multicoloured SwapShop and it started a love affair with disco music that has lasted all my life. There’s so much to love in disco. 40 years later I still hear plenty of sample tracks based around disco records but what I don’t come across much of is actual original new material made to the disco blueprint.” – Joey Negro

Produced With Love is only the second ever Joey Negro album to be released, and the first for more than 20 years. And as the electronic music scene threatens to be overrun with faceless, bland and forgettable productions, Produced With Love proves that dance music with character still exists. And rather than rely on sampling older records, the overwhelming majority of music is newly recorded: a real rarity when it comes to modern disco and indicative of the level of detail involved in the project.

Album opener ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me feat. Diane Charlemagne’ is without question one of the catchiest and most urgent disco records produced in the last decade. Evoking the great Nile Rogers and Chic at their funkiest, it trips along on an exquisite bassline with orchestral strings and Charlemagne’s vocal lending the record a truly timeless quality.

“Unfortunately between starting and finishing the project the supremely talented Diane Charlemagne, the singer/songwriter who I co-wrote many songs with over last 10 years very sadly passed away. We had a great working relationship, which was both fun and honest. Most of my final collaborations with Diane, ‘Overnight Sensation’, ‘Prove That You’re Feeling Me’ and the partly re-written remake of ‘Must Be The Music’ are on this album.” – Joey Negro

R&B and house music mainstay Linda Clifford narrates on ‘Won’t Let Go’, a deep house cut that celebrates musical escapism, whilst ‘It’s More Fun To Compute’ – an unlikely cover – is a fully orchestrated disco rework of Dusseldorf’s finest.

 

Kondi Band – Salone (Strut)

Kondi Band - Salone

Strut present an inspired new Afro-electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.

The project was spawned after Boima happened upon an online video of one of Sorie’s original tracks. “Sorie Kondi is a blind musician with a will to thrive like no person I have met before,” explains Boima. “My work with him began with a youtube link. I spotted the video for his track ‘Without Money No Family’ and was struck by his beautiful vocals and socially-conscious lyrics. These incredible melodies he was playing on his namesake thumb piano (the kondi) sealed the deal: I immediately decided to remix it.” The resulting bootleg remix started appearing in DJ playlists and led to coverage by The Fader magazine. As a result, Sorie’s manager in Freetown reached out to Boima and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sorie travelled to America for the first time for a five date tour. During the trip he and Boima worked on new recordings which would form the nucleus of the debut Kondi Band album ‘Belle Wahalla’.

“This album forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music,” Boima continues. “Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a techno producer with the dance-friendly pulse of his cajon drum, the spiraling melody lines from the thumb piano and his incredible vocals.” Through Boima’s intricate production, the album subtly and skillfully integrates contemporary electronic sounds, keeping the simplicity and space in Sorie’s music.

Sorie’s lyrics are personal, immediate, and often uncompromising. ‘Girl Service’, warns against the dangers of child prostitution. ‘Belle Wahalla’, is a song that uses belly pain as a metaphor for poverty, hunger, and lack of financial opportunity. ‘Thank You Mama’ is an ode to his mother for loving him even though he was born unsighted, and the anthem ‘Without Money, No Family’ is about how even family can be a privilege.

 

 

Luca D’Alberto – Endless (7K)

Luca D'Alberto - Endless

Strut present an inspired new Afro-electronic project for June 2017, Kondi Band, a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.

The project was spawned after Boima happened upon an online video of one of Sorie’s original tracks. “Sorie Kondi is a blind musician with a will to thrive like no person I have met before,” explains Boima. “My work with him began with a youtube link. I spotted the video for his track ‘Without Money No Family’ and was struck by his beautiful vocals and socially-conscious lyrics. These incredible melodies he was playing on his namesake thumb piano (the kondi) sealed the deal: I immediately decided to remix it.” The resulting bootleg remix started appearing in DJ playlists and led to coverage by The Fader magazine. As a result, Sorie’s manager in Freetown reached out to Boima and, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sorie travelled to America for the first time for a five date tour. During the trip he and Boima worked on new recordings which would form the nucleus of the debut Kondi Band album ‘Belle Wahalla’.

“This album forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music,” Boima continues. “Sorie Kondi may be playing an acoustic folk instrument from Sierra Leone, but he thinks about music as if he were a techno producer with the dance-friendly pulse of his cajon drum, the spiraling melody lines from the thumb piano and his incredible vocals.” Through Boima’s intricate production, the album subtly and skillfully integrates contemporary electronic sounds, keeping the simplicity and space in Sorie’s music.

Sorie’s lyrics are personal, immediate, and often uncompromising. ‘Girl Service’, warns against the dangers of child prostitution. ‘Belle Wahalla’, is a song that uses belly pain as a metaphor for poverty, hunger, and lack of financial opportunity. ‘Thank You Mama’ is an ode to his mother for loving him even though he was born unsighted, and the anthem ‘Without Money, No Family’ is about how even family can be a privilege.

 

Saint Etienne – Home Counties (Heavenly Recordings)

Saint Etienne - Home Counties.jpeg

The Home Counties are an embarrassing place to come from. The name itself suggests that somehow the rest of Britain isn’t ‘home’, not even London. Saint Etienne grew up in the Home Counties. Here are sixteen new songs they have written about a day in the life of this doughnut of shires that ring the capital, punctuated by bursts of BBC radio to remind you what time it is and all connected by train journeys – main lines, branch lines, commutes, escapes.

The love / hate relationship people have with ‘home’ is particularly acute in the Home Counties. Yet Saint Etienne understand that if you squint, it could be almost utopian.

The album was produced by Shawn Lee of Young Gun Silver Fox, with support from Augustus (Kero Kero Bonito), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, Edwyn Collins), Robin Bennett (The Dreaming Spires), Richard X (Girls On Top / Black Melody) and long-time collaborator Gerard Johnson (Denim, Yes)

 

Scar – The Wrong Side EP (Metalheadz)

Scar - The Wrong Side EP

SCAR return to the label for the first time since the release of their debut album, ‘The Orkyd Project’, with a 4 track EP entitled ‘The Wrong Side’ which without doubt highlights some of the duos best work yet.

Naomi Pryor, whose voice featured strongly across the album, takes the lead on the title track with some haunting but playful vocals, whilst SCAR have also invited the legendary 2 Bad Mice to put their own unique stamp on ‘The Wrong Side’.

‘Make Em Know’ shows further versatility in SCAR’s work and is guaranteed to be favourite on the dancefloor in the years to come. Rounding off the EP is ‘Beside Me’ with another vocalist you may remember from ‘The Orkyd Project’ – Eleanor Higgins. Alongside her wonderful voice is Ben Hadwen on saxophone and flute duties, bubbling over to create one of the jazziest pieces of drum and bass you’re likely to hear in a while.

 

Session Victim – Listen To Your Heart (Delusions of Grandeur)

Session Victim - Listen To Your Heart

Session Victim return to Jimpster’s ‘ Delusions Of Grandeur’ imprint with a third studio album. ‘Listen To Your Heart’ is the result of a year of cross-continental scripting, started in their Hamburg studio and wrapped up stateside in San Francisco’s Room G Studios where the duo had worked on their 2014 LP ‘See you When You Get There’.

Sampling still remains an ever present backbone throughout the album. Session Victim have dug deep for sounds, resulting in a richly detailed and organic sound collage that goes hand-in-hand with their live instrumentation, this time enhanced through several guest musician appearances, most notably Carsten “Erobique” Meyer (ex-International Pony). Smooth guitar samples are built up on ‘Over and Over’ while on ‘Moons & Flowers’ the live instrumentals that Session Victim do so well come to the fore.

The treasure trove of San Francisco’s record shops proved to be a hard bait to resist and the pair spent a large part of their Californian time hunting for records to sample. Three new tracks emerged from these digging sessions, with the sweeping disco string arrangements on ‘Shadows’ standing out as a prime ode to days spent combing through bargain bins.

Listen To Your Heart is equally a product of the road. While heavy touring is often cited as a hindrance to the creativity of artists, Session Victim see their live shows as a catalyst to their creativity. Two US tours in 2016 gave the Hamburg duo the opportunity to take track sketches and fragments on the road to incorporate into their live shows and then digest them back in the studio. The playful funk soaked groove of ‘Matching Half’ captures the sense of movement present throughout Listen To Your Heart and the LP mix of ‘Up To Rise’, which caused heavy ripples when it dropped as part of 2016’s Matching Half EP is an extension of the upbeat and euphoric groove that permeates the album.

 

 

Various Artists / Soul Jazz Records Presents Boombox 2: Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro And Disco Rap 1979-83’ (Soul Jazz Records)

Boombox 2

Soul Jazz Records’ ‘Boombox 2’ is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979 – 83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more and so on.

‘Boombox 2’ tells the story of how hip hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to its second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time.

Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs – DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco.

The album features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others.

 

Louis Bacalov   ‘Summertime Killer (1972 Original Soundtrack)’ (Beatball)

Louis Bacalov   'Summertime Killer

* Remastered from original stereo tapes

* Features beautiful “old school” tip-on jacket and insert with rare photos and extensive linear notes

The Summertime Killer, a crime movie and a love story, was directed in 1972 by Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi and starred Christopher Mitchum, Karl Malden, Olivia Hussey and Claudine Auger among others. Academy award winning composer Luis Bacalov wrote the score which perfectly reflects the core of the plot, with a strange mix of love and death. The composer alternates dramatically suspenseful score with ‘source music’ in the form of ballad, rock music and dance floor tunes, usually heard through a car radio or a jukebox typical of 60s and 70s cinema.

 

 

 

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 19TH MAY 2017

Nightfly’s selection of new releases this Friday are detailed below along with these we have some stellar re-issues from Elliott Smith including the expanded edition of the LP Either/Or, which features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane. The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem.

First up is a band from Uxbridge no less who release their first 7″ single on Chess Club.

Bloxx – You/Your Boyfriend (Chess Club)

Bloxx - You

NME included ‘You’ in their Best New Tracks in print mag. Spotify included at #12 on New Music Friday. The track also features of Best Of The Week on Apple Music. Infectious pop and we love it, come on Uxbridge!

 

!!! – Shake The Shudder (Warp)

!!! - Shake The Shudder

‘Shake The Shudder’ is !!!’s way of saying “shake it off and dance your cares away.” For them, the sound of protest can be a march or it can be a sick groove paired with some short shorts.

‘Shake The Shudder’ is a product of !!!’s DIY punk roots presenting a harder edge lyrically and sonically, while incorporating trans-Atlantic electronic music influences.

The new record opens with ‘The One 2’, diving right into experimentation. “We’ve always admired this style of dance music from afar and were curious if we could add our twist to it, our twist being a plotline and some attitude.” Immediately segueing into the soon-to-be live favourite ‘Dancing Is The Best Revenge,’ which premiered on US TV show Last Call With Carson Daly, the record starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up till the closing groove ‘R Rated Pictures’.

For years !!! have run the dance band gambit and become New York City legends. From their start in Sacramento to Brooklyn house party staples and now delighting festival stages from Primavera to FYF, they’ve cemented their place as part of the live dance scene – while others have drifted into the history books.

We have the 2LP format in printed inner sleeves in wide spine outer with digital download card.

 

(Sandy) Alex G – Rocket (Domino)

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

‘Rocket’ is (Sandy) Alex G’s eighth full-length release – an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, many of them self-recorded and self-released, stretching from 2010’s ‘RACE’ to his 2015 Domino debut, ‘Beach Music’.

‘Rocket’s sessions began shortly after ‘Beach Music’s ended, with Alex tracking songs at home, by himself and with friends, in the gaps between a hectic 2015 and 2016 touring schedule (including working with Frank Ocean on ‘Blonde’)

‘Rocket’ was mixed by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum of Death), who also lent his hand to Beach Music, giving the album a fine-tuning that retains the homespun personality of earlier efforts.

We have the red vinyl version only available to independent retailers.

 

Cobby & Porky – Cities Below Future Seas (Declasse)

Cobby & Porky - Cities Below Future Seas

Steve Cobby & Porky released 3 albums as The Cutler between 2007 and 2013 and were on the way to completing a fourth when Steve cut loose from their label Steel Tiger and decided to go solo in all pursuits with his own imprint Déclassé.

 Porky approached Steve last year with a shortlist of unreleased material they’d done together and wondered if there was life in them.

Cobby set to work completing the unfinished tunes and refining those almost complete. These 7 tunes are the fruits of those labours.

Project names have been cast aside in favour of surnames for all of Cobbys collaborations post 2013, but in essence this is still The Cutler.

 

Coldcut X On U Sound – Outside The Echo Chamber (Ahead of Our Time)

Coldcut X On U Sound - Outside The Echo Chamber

Coldcut (Ninja Tune founders) and Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound) present their new collaborative album as Coldcut x On-U Sound.

‘Outside The Echo Chamber’ is released via Ahead Of Our Time and features Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roots Manuva, Junior Reid, Ce’Cile, Toddla T, Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, Doug Wimbish, Dave Taylor (Switch /With You. / Major Lazer) and more.

In 2016 Coldcut released the ‘Only Heaven’ EP featuring Roots Manuva, Roses Gabor and Dave Taylor (Switch / With You.). On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood recently released the second full-length collaboration between himself and Pinch entitled ‘Man Vs. Sofa’ via On-U Sound and Tectonic Recordings.

We have the independent retailers ony vinyl box set with rigid popset lift-off box featuring eight dinked 7” records with recycled labels housed in brown paper ‘grocery’ sleeves, plus a pair of custom Coldcut 7” adaptors and digital download code.

 

Erasure – World Be Gone (Mute)

Erasure - World Be Gone

Erasure (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) release their seventeenth studio album, ‘World Be Gone’, on the Mute record label.

‘World Be Gone’ is the follow up to 2014’s ‘The Violet Flame’ and follows the band’s recent 30th anniversary celebrations.

The new album sees the award-winning songwriters in a more reflective mood, giving the world and recent political upheavals a thoughtful examination and, as highlighted on the painted artwork showing a ship’s masthead rising up from being submerged in the stormy waters, looking forward to the future.

We have the orange coloured vinyl version only available to independent retailers.

 

Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra (DFA)

Guerilla Toss

‘GT Ultra’ is the second full length album by Guerilla Toss on DFA Records. The album demonstrates a remarkable shift in sound, musicianship and songwriting, without ever giving up the remarkable unhinged quality that made their earlier recordings so exciting.

The album title ‘GT Ultra’ is a clever nod to Project MK Ultra, the government sponsored experiments using new experimental drugs to explore mind control, torture and forced confessions, often with LSD as their drug of choice. These tests lasted from the mid-1950s-1960s but with a new administration in the White House, government sponsored torture is fresh again on many minds.

The songs on the album ricochet back and forth between hyper bouncy pop and deeper darker longer, more nuanced tracks. Peter Negroponte’s drumming, always a major highlight for the band, is in full force once again, this time bringing a Nassau /Compass Point feel to many tracks, like the classic recordings of Grace Jones and Talking Heads.

Kassie’s vocals and lyrics are both more personal and more cryptic than ever (but you can hear every word this time and there is a lyric sheet). As preferred, the meaning is within the listener. It is a dream state record for sure, meant to take you along on a similar vibe that the band has been tripping on these past few years, filled with an insistence to “hydrate, gyrate, think straight, no weight,” all the while under the influence of golden beams of orange sunshine, glimmering glitter and kaleidoscopic bursts.

It is no mistake the album is wrapped in vintage blotter acid, created by legendary LSD archivist and artist Mark McCloud and The Institute Of Illegal Images, based in Francisco.

Michael Mayer – DJ Kicks (K7 Records)

Michael Mayer - DJ Kicks

Michael Mayer, credited by many as one of the leading tastemakers in dance music, his DJ sets have influenced a generation (or two) of musicians and fans out there today. An artist that has never allowed time or age to slow him down – Michael Mayer remains tirelessly motivated behind the DJ decks, in the studio or behind his desk at Kompakt, the company he co-owns.

Last year’s full-length LP, ‘&’, was Michael’s fourth, a departure that saw him extensively collaborate with an impressive host of contemporaries and friends, including Joe Goddard, Prins Thomas and Agoria. Complimenting these excursions perfectly, Michael’s long overdue contribution to the legendary DJ Kicks series finds the Cologne artist in just as generous of a mood, only rooted in his ever-expanding record collection, and above all, his defining instinct to share the beauty of music with others. “On an abstract level, the approach was basically the same for both projects”, observes Mayer. “For & I put together a group of people that are close to my heart. For Kicks it was a group of  records that are like friends to me. All of the tracks I used went through heaven and hell with me. They’ve become true companions. Circling in on and bringing together these friends was the only criterion for the making of this mix. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”

Perhaps unnervingly to some, fifteen years have passed since the debut edition to Mayer’s breathtaking, scene defining mix trilogy, Immer. Not that it’s legacy – Resident Advisor’s #1 Mix of the 00s, one of Rolling Stone’s 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time – has disturbed Mayer’s formidable workload. A catalogue of no less than 23 EPs, 4 albums and 170 remixes informs a near constant level of international touring. Exhausting as this can be, even after all these years, it’s a ritual that informs the delicate construction of Mayer’s contribution to the DJ Kicks series.

 

Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu of Ethiopia (Strut)

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia

Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”

Journeying regularly to the Big Apple to play and watch live shows at the Cheetah, the Palladium and the Village Gate, Astatke met producer Gil Snapper on the circuit. “Gil was a nice and very interesting guy. He produced music and worked with all kinds of musicians.” The meeting would lead to a series of albums on Snapper’s Worthy label. The first, ‘Afro Latin Soul’, documented Astatke’s new-found directions. “Mulatu has created a new sound,” enthused Snapper on the album jacket. “He has taken the ancient five-tone scales of Asia and Africa and woven them into something unique and exciting; a mixture of three cultures, Ethiopian, Puerto Rican and American.”

A second volume of ‘Afro Latin Soul’ followed before Astatke began to hone his sound further, infusing funk and cultural influences into the mix. Returning to a downtown Manhattan studio with Snapper and working with some of the city’s top young jazz and latin session players, ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ began to take shape. “We rehearsed for 3-4 weeks,” remembers Astatke. “it took them a while to get the right feeling in the music.”

The resultant album represented the first fully formed document of Astatke’s trademark Ethio jazz sound. It features ‘Kulunmanqueleshi’, ‘Dewel’, and ‘Kasalefku-Hulu’, tracks that Mulatu would return to regularly on singles and in live shows, the Ethio-Latin workout ‘Chifara’ and the self-titled groover ‘Mulatu’ (“I wanted to make a track for… myself!”)

 

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Raw (Death Waltz Recording Co)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Raw

Death Waltz Recording Co. present the soundtrack to RAW. You may have heard Williams’ work in Field In England & Sightseers but RAW will certainly see him breakthrough to a wider audience with a score that will easily sit high inside many top ten lists come the end of 2017. Williams mixes mellow acoustic tracks filled with violin and piano that are serene and beautiful with huge baroque organ led tracks that are intense and powerful.

Original Video Game Soundtrack – Silent Hill (Mondo)

Original Video Game Soundtrack - Silent Hill (Mondo)

Mondo present the premiere vinyl release of the soundtrack to the haunting 1999 original Playstation title, SILENT HILL.

Set in the eponymous town of SILENT HILL, you play as Harry Mason after a car crash leaves you stranded and searching for his missing adopted daughter, Cheryl. But this town is not what it seems, and Harry quickly discovers that his daughter’s disappearance may be a connected to the town’s mysterious cult activity. Mondo is proud present the premiere Vinyl release of the soundtrack to the haunting, original Playstation title Silent Hill. Don’t let the tone of the plucky mandolin driven opening track fool you, this is one of the most haunting soundtracks we’ve ever released. Full of hair-raising, pulse-pounding, industrial cues – this soundtrack is the stuff of nightmares – which is important, since Silent Hill (and its subsequent sequels) has it’s feet planted firmly in the legacy of survival horror gaming.

The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials In Several Earths

The Radiophonic Workshop - Burials In Several Earths

‘Burials In Several Earths’ is a brand new work by the legendary Radiophonic Workshop, the soundtrack architects behind classic British TV music such as Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

An evocative suite of synth improvisations, Burials In Several Earths evokes the haunting qualities of their classic work whilst exploring fresh new vistas of sound.

Conjuring up atmospheric, immersive textures that mix tried-and-trusted analogue techniques and leading edge digital technologies, the release connects the dots between the work of pioneering British electronic composers such as Delia Derbyshire and artists whose work bares the unmistakable genetic footprint of the Radiophonic Workshop: the likes of Cavern Of Anti-Matter, Pye Corner Audio and Children Of Alice.

We have the vinyl edition which is a deluxe quadruple 10” boxset (including fold-out double-sided poster and download card) featuring edits of the tracks unique to this edition, and an alternate mix that does not appear on the CD and digital versions. Also includes download card.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW VINYL RELEASES FRIDAY 12TH MAY 2017

The sun is shining, it’s Friday and Nightfly Records have some great new vinyl releases, good times.

As well as the new releases listed below we also have some ace represses of John Martyn (Sundays Child & Inside Out) Moodymann (Mahogany Brown) and Theo Parrish (First Floor Parts 1 & 2) The Big Star box set (Complete Third) that was supposed to be a Record Store Day Release has finally arrived and we have some new Drum N Bass 12’s on Metalheadz (Nucleus & Paradox- Wrath EP Parts 1 & 2) and  a repress for classic 1997 Dillinja (End of Line/Acid Roller)

New Jackson – From Night To Night (All City)

New Jackson - From Night To Night

There aren’t many artists that can lay claim to having put out records on labels as divergent as Rough Trade and John Talabot’s Hivern Discs. Perhaps this is because few artists express such genuine diversity in their musical tastes and creative explorations as David Kitt. Since the turn of the decade as New Jackson he has mined a seam of driving, ghostly house to run parallel with his solo strand of ambient folk electronica. His debut release in 2011 The Night Mail on Pogo channeled early record collection heroes Aphex Twin and Orbital through to Drexciya and Projekt PM but had one foot firmly in the 21st century beaming in like some futuristic cyberballad. On the flip side Hussle Free had that mix of house and boogie sensibilities with dark and dusty synths and vocoder that would become a signature. This was followed by acclaimed releases on Hivern, Permanent Vacation, Major Problems, Apartment and most recently Cin Cin.

His debut album set for release on All City in May was recorded in Kitt’s bedroom studio overlooking Dublin bay, its nocturnal hues very much a product of the nightshift often working on headphones with the rest of his housemates fast asleep. It takes full advantage of the scope of the LP format, ebbing and flowing between deep house club ready gems and more restrained and meditative beatless moments for the morning after. The recording process yielded many eureka moments with Kitt finally nailing sounds that had hitherto proved elusive. A key moment was getting a bank loan to buy an SP 1200 sampler – “It’s a sound I’ve tried to get close to for almost half my life now and the only way to really nail it was to get the machine itself. It’s featured on so many of my favourite records by the likes of Premier, RZA, MF Doom, Daft Punk, Moodyman and Theo” Indeed the presence of a sampler used heavily in hip-hop is no coincidence, for Kitt this record owes as much to beats and rhymes as it does to head-down club house. “My first love when it comes to samplers and drum machines is hip-hop and I’ve often wondered what kind of house Pete Rock or J Dilla would make. I like to think the record reflects that a bit.”

“From Night to Night” is one end of the result of his artistic persistence. Machine love alongside crafted songsmanship is evident from start to finish – the beautifully structured pop tones of Put the Love In It and the deep vocoder boogie of Found the One sit next to the machine funk of SP2 and the atmospheric ambience of Cadaquez. There’s a beautiful re-imagination of DJ Shadow in the ten minutes of the deep funk of After Midnight in A Perfect World with the LP closing out, appropriately enough, with a reworking of one of his breakthrough tracks – the epic piano house vibes of Of A Thousand Leaves. Part Larry Heard, part Pete Rock, part Arthur Russell, a deftly constructed LP of musical subtleties from a considered artist mining the creative result of a lifetime’s listening and making.

Album of the week at Nightfly Records

 

Aura – Aura (Aloha Got Soul)

Aura - Aura

Mike Lundy, Lemuria, Aura. This trifecta of inimitable Hawaiian acts descended upon Honolulu’s state-of-the-art Broad Recording Studio in late 1979 to create what have now become the most coveted Hawaiian funk/soul/jazz albums of the era. But whereas Lemuria functioned as a short-lived studio band and Mike Lundy saw little success from his album’s release, Aura — comprised of eight siblings from the Mendoza family — remained a key figure in the nightlife scene of Hawaii of the 1970s and early 1980s.

Each tune on their 1979 LP showcases the band’s unmatched musical talent that continues to astonish listeners in the 21st century, including Juno Records: “Raw funk… honey-coated soul… grooves and big smiles… lavish Hayes-level horns… dynamic and luxurious full spectrum harmonies. Stunning.”

Available on vinyl for the first time since its initial release, Aura is a rare example of an album that in today’s crowded reissue landscape really does live up to its mystique.

 

Ellen Allien – Nost (BPitch Control)

Ellen Allien - Nost

Berlin’s infamous Ellen Allien proudly delivers her 7th solo LP, the superlative ‘Nost’. Across nine seminal tracks, Ellen Allien demonstrates why she is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of Berlin’s techno scene. A visionary who has cultivated a sound which continues to evolve and mutate into new areas, moving smoothly between the classic analogue squelches of acid to anarchic splendour and mesmerising, celestial soundscapes. ‘Nost’ is the work of an artist who has found herself, yet still pushes herself to go beyond her comfort zone, still creating, still learning and still yearning for more. This is Ellen Allien, this is Berlin and this is ‘Nost’.

 

Blay Ambolley – Ketan (Agogo Records)

Blay Ambolley - Ketan

The Legendary Gyedu Blay Ambolley from Ghana, West Africa and his Sekondi Band has 29 music albums to his credit. The most recent album “The African Soul “was released in 2015 and still remains a hit for Highlife/Afro/Jazz dance music fans around the world. Ambolley was born in the city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana, in West Africa. The multi-talented, International, Ghanaian Musician celebrated his “Silver Jubilee” in music in 1998. He taught himself to play the flute as a first instrument in his early years of musical interest dating back to the age of eight, when he began playing with his father’s flute. The young music enthusiast continued to learn the rudiments of music from the late’ Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor. During the sixties, the young aspiring musician was impressed with the music he heard on the popular radio show, “Voice of America Jazz Hour.” That sixties show featured such jazz giants as Jimmy Smith, Max Roach, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Eckstie… all of whom became part of Ambolley’s early musical experience.

This versatile, irrepressible singer, songwriter, producer and “musical- life-force” exploded on the music scene in 1973 with a jazzy highlife sound called ‘SIMIGWA-DO’. He has toured throughout West Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States and has performed on the same stage with some of the world’s most celebrated artistes such as; Miriam Makeba of South Afrika, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti of Nigeria, the late George Howard, Angela Bofill, Norman Connors, Manu Dibango, Lakeside, Chikuzan Takahashi of Japan, Ricardo Estrada of Cuba, Mayuto Correa of Brazil and toured Ghana with Oscar Brashear and Michael Session. The celebrated musician has received numerous prestigious awards, for example a lifetime achievement award and Inducted into the music hall of fame by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California and an award from the Board of Supervisors and the City Council of the State of California for bridging the gap between Africa and African American music. He also received a lifetime achievement award at the Ghana Music Awards in 2013.

 

OST – Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade (Data Disk)

Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade

For Data Disk’s tenth release in partnership with SEGA of Japan, they release two arcade classics – Galaxy Force II (1988) and Thunder Blade (1987) – together for the first time ever on vinyl. Composed by Koichi Namiki, Katsuhiro Hayashi and Tohru Nakabayashi, both soundtracks adopted an ambitious funk and fusion style, simulating an impressive range of real world instrumentation (think synthesizers, drums, slap bass and cowbells), which for its time and hardware limitations, is nothing short of astonishing. And yes, there’s even a coded slap bass solo.

These two brief, but remarkable soundtracks each accommodate a single side of an LP, but work together seamlessly. Galaxy Force II includes a bonus arranged version of its leading track, Beyond the Galaxy, produced by Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi (composer of OutRun, Space Harrier) and features a full studio band, complete with brass section and a keyboard solo by Hiro himself. In addition, the Thunder Blade side includes three unused tracks.

The audio for both games was sourced from the original arcade machines and carefully mastered for vinyl. Presented as a 180g LP in 425gsm sleeve, accompanied by an OBI strip and lithographic print featuring original Galaxy Force II artwork sourced from the SEGA archives in Japan.

LA Takedown – II (Domino)

LA Takedown II

On their new album ‘II’, L.A. Takedown align the moody grandeur of a film score with the pure melodicism of pop. Led by Los Angeles-based composer / multi-instrumentalist Aaron M. Olson, the seven-piece band deliver a guitar-driven take on synth-pop that’s inspired its own genre.

‘II’ ultimately leaves it to the listener to dream up their own imaginary movie for each beautifully sprawling track to live in. At turns ethereal and frenzied, groove-heavy and narcotic, ‘II’ is lush with harmonized guitar leads and inspiration from the likes of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, Japanese composer Tori Kudo and Nigerian musician King Sunny Adé, giving way to an intricately textured sound laced with jagged beats and serene washes of synth.

We have the exclusive green translucent heavyweight vinyl only available to independent shops. Also includes digital download card.

 

 

V/A – Sing It High, Sing It Low: Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973 (Light In The Attic)

Sing It High, Sing It Low

In February of 1971, Larry Ray and Bill Szymczyk fled an earthquake and a debauched L.A. music scene to claim their own slice of utopia in Denver, Colorado. After meeting and bonding at ABC-Dunhill, where Ray landed as general manager, and where Szymczyk had breezed in from New York — fresh off his first real hit as a burgeoning engineer/producer with BB King’s “The Thrill is Gone” — they’d often daydreamed about starting their own label.

In Denver, Ray and Szymczyk settled on the name Tumbleweed Records, and through industry connections they secured multi-million-dollar financing from Gulf + Western, whose head honchos believed they were bankrolling the hippie movement’s next big thing.

But instead of producing the next Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix, Ray and Szymczyk turned their sights on idiosyncratic wunderkinds like Pete McCabe, moody songwriters Robb Kunkel and Danny Holien, psych-folk rocker Arthur Gee, all the while providing a platform for more established musicians like Albert Collins and Dewey Terry (of Don & Dewey fame), while launching the career of Michael Stanley.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and, per Szymczyk, it was a “bitchin’ disco time.” Drugs, parties, poetry, celebrities, money—Tumbleweed had it all, except airplay and distribution. Two years after its storied start, the label was finished.

Ray would go on to various opportunities, including producing five country albums alongside Bill Halverson, while Szymczyk would soon skyrocket to fame after producing The Eagles’ Hotel California. Yet most of Tumbleweed’s artists have been relegated to thrift store bin obscurity—until now. This landmark release not only showcases Ray’s vision and Szymczyk’s early work, but begins a major reappraisal of Tumbleweed’s catalog by bringing these songs out of the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and back into the spotlight.

 

Various Artists ‘A Tribute To Ramones: We’re A Happy Family ‘ (Enjoy The Ride)

A Tribute To Ramones We're A Happy Family

Enjoy The Ride Records announce their vinyl reissue of the critically acclaimed Ramones Tribute album We’re a Happy Family. The album is being reissued on beautiful 2xlp including 2 bonus tracks, pressed at 45rpm for optimal sound quality.

The album features performances by legendary artists such as Rob Zombie, Green Day, Metallica, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Rancid, U2, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, and The Pretenders among others, all paying tribute to the forefathers of punk “The Ramones”.

This is the 1st vinyl release for the album, which is otherwise not available to download or stream on any major digital music service. This pressing is limited to 2000 copies . Each copy comes complete with a Joey Ramone hand written lyric sheet reproduction, cover art by Rob Zombie & 24″ x 12″ liner notes written by Stephen King.