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Staff Picks w / c 27th April 2020

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks w/c 27th April 2020
1 May 2020
Our staff here at Juno Records select their top music picks to hit the shelves this week. Including new vinyl 12” and 7” releases, reissues, represses and limited editions.
Cat: 689 YTIVIL. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Noise Water (4:08)
  2. Away From The Reign (6:20)
  3. Which Way Is Up (4:31)
Review: Livity Sound's acclaimed 'Reverse' series returns with something rather special from a new name, debutant producer Ido Plumes. The label hasn't said much about the artist, but the three tracks here suggest that he or she could be a name to watch in the months and years ahead. For proof, first check the bubbly, undulating creepiness of A-side "Noise Water", where alien-sounding electronic motifs, creepy noises and mind-altering aural textures flutter around a dub-wise bassline and bustling, off-kilter groove, before admiring the sub-heavy snappiness and post-dubstep dancefloor weight of "Away From The Reign". Arguably best of all though is closing cut "Which Way Is Up", a kind of mutant future garage excursion that defies easy categorization.
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 in stock $10.84
Cat: ELP 050. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Laced (10:06)
  2. With Rumour (10:00)
  3. Loud-speaker (10:01)
  4. Of Truth (10:42)
Review: Ecstatic's latest offering is little less than stunning. It comes courtesy of Maxwell Sterling, a Morecombe Bay-based cellist and electronic experimentalist whose 2016 debut album, "Hollywood Medieval", still resonates four years on. "Laced With Rumour: Loud Speaker of Truth" started life as a "multi-channel sound installation", which Sterling later re-modelled into the four lengthy meditations presented here. Musically, it's a hazy, otherworldly affair, with Sterling combining elements of spiritual and free jazz with fluid, opaque, dream-like electronics, field recordings and sound design techniques. It makes for hugely enjoyable and mind-altering listening. Recommended.
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out of stock $20.51
Cat: NDH 003. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. State Of Mind (feat Baba Ras) (5:21)
  2. Extent (4:38)
Review: Earlier in the year, Babe Roots broke free of their hypnotic dub techno roots and delivered an ambient dub-influenced re-make of Earl Gateshead's "I Come From Gateshead". Here the Turn-based crew continues to blur the boundaries between dub techno, ambient dub and digi-dub via a first appearance on nascent Japanese label Newdubhall. Baba Ras lends a hand on fabulous A-side "State of Mind", delivering hybrid spoken and sung vocals atop a deliciously spaced-out dub rhythm that owes much to the work of Basic Channel. Even deeper and more alluring is flipside "Extent", an exemplary ambient dub excursion rich in bluesy trumpet solos, pulsing sub-bass and drifting, ultra-spacey chords.
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out of stock $16.53
Cat: RB 087TP. Rel: 04 May 20
Deep House
  1. 1st Time (4:51)
  2. 2nd Time (4:30)
  3. 3rd Time (4:42)
  4. 4th Time (4:32)
  5. 5th Time (4:34)
  6. 6th Time (8:22)
Review: Rheji Burrell's late eighties and early nineties house output is as classic as it is definitive. The New Yorker - both solo and with his brother as The Burrell Brothers - laid down a template for deep but driving house that is aped to this day, and after many reissue projects on the likes of Rush Hour, it is now Running Back who welcome him under his NY Housing Authority guise for 12 brand new sizzlers across two different EPs. This first part layers up slick and groovy percussion on rubber bass and warm chords that come with elements of jazz and merry melody. Timeless stuff that captures the very essence of house music.
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out of stock $14.26
Cat: SKALD 036. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Sender
  2. Exile
  3. Grey Code
  4. Small World
  5. The Invisible Girl
  6. The Curse
  7. LM3
  8. Captive
  9. Game Plan
  10. The Final Vision
  11. BY3
  12. A406
Review: As solo artists, James Ruskin and Mark Broom are celebrated for the uncompromising nature of their techno tracks. Yet when they come together as The Fear Ratio, the resulting off-kilter electronic music is much more akin to the angular, electro-influenced IDM work of fellow Skam associates Autechre, Gescom and Freeform. "They Can't Be Saved", their first full-length for five years, continues in this vein, delivering a distorted, mind-altering fusion of clanking, left-of-centre drum machine rhythms, otherworldly aural textures, alien electronics, ghostly chords and cybernetic melodies that more often that not skittishly race across the soundscape. Its impressive stuff all told and should appeal to all of those who appreciate the more skewed and unearthly end of the electronic spectrum.
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out of stock $12.53
Cat: SSV 17. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. This Will Take Time (5:06)
  2. HDSB (6:40)
  3. Small Bird (5:37)
  4. Sukho (5:52)
  5. Cherry (6:09)
  6. Grand Bleu (9:06)
  7. Manila (9:34)
Review: Oakland-based duo Night Sea have been slipping out their gauzy strain of ambient electronica for a few years now, primarily operating as a self-reliant outlet. Their link up with Silent Season makes perfect sense though, as their vast, slow-rolling clouds of drone and gently progressive dub processing merge with occasional hints of rhythm. This combination is best sensed on "HDSB" with its slender set of percussion and expressive sweeps of synth work. Ably gliding between purist ambient and intriguing beat-oriented hybrids, Night Sea add a worthwhile and wholly appropriate next chapter onto the ever-winding seemingly bottomless Silent Season story.
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out of stock $17.09
Cat: PIASR 1135LPC. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Breaking Cover (6:35)
  2. Concrete Pony (4:02)
  3. Humana Second Hand (3:56)
  4. Black Dog Got Silver Eyes (4:03)
  5. Rats In A Sack (3:45)
  6. This Trainwreck Of A Life (4:08)
  7. Nowhere To Hide Now (4:33)
  8. When Mouths Collide (4:24)
  9. I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep (4:33)
  10. Social Lacerations (5:43)
Review: In many ways the bare truths spoken-sung by world-weary MC and producer Ghostpoet may not be the best thing to land late-April 2020. His fifth long form offers up more anxious calls to arms, this time on issues including far right politics and passports, painting a particularly bleak picture of the world at a time when we are already struggling to stay positive. But then perhaps that's why we really do need the lackadaisical lyrical delivery, pared back scores and melancholic moodiness of this two-time Mercury nominee. Still willing to explore themes that are often uncomfortable and regularly personal, still making heavy beats that sound deceptively easygoing, and still creating an atmosphere that's somewhere between dark UK hip hop and menacingly hypnotic trip hop. Here's proof the formula is still a breeding ground for boxfresh tunes.
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out of stock $21.38
Cat: DLEP 02. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. Unfold (4:37)
  2. Unknown Territory (6:05)
  3. Redesign (6:14)
  4. Viba (5:04)
out of stock $11.40
Cat: SOS 183. Rel: 04 May 20
  1. NKR: 24 Opening (22:47)
  2. NKR: 24 Concluded (22:53)
  3. NKR: 24 / NKR: 22 (22:40)
  4. NKR: 24 / 22 Concluded (23:08)
out of stock $61.56
Cat: POLE 123CD. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Modul
  2. Fragen
  3. Kirschenessen
  4. Lachen
  5. Berlin
  6. Tanzen
  7. Fremd
  8. Paula
  9. Fliegen
  10. Fahren
  11. Stadt
  12. Streit
  13. Huckepack
  14. Hafen
  15. Weit
  16. Silberfisch
  17. Taxi
  18. Karussell
  19. Uberfahrt
  20. Rondell Zwei
  21. Klettern
  22. Strand
  23. Fohlenfurz
Review: Astonishing, 22 years have passed since the release of Stefan Betke's debut album as Pole. Along with the "2" and "3" albums that followed in 1999 and 2000 respectively, it helped establish him as a producer with a defiantly distinctive, dub-fired sound: a brand of electronic minimalism that drew just as much on ambient and micro-house as it did techno and of course reggae soundsystem culture. Crackly, spaced-out, hypnotic and mind-soothing, all three albums sound as fresh now as they did when they were first released. Helpfully, Mute has decided to reissue all three at once via this box set. There are no bells and whistles, just three essential albums in a plain black box. If you don't own them already, you know what to do.
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out of stock $17.39
Cat: PR 018. Rel: 04 May 20
Deep House
  1. Intro Cut (1:59)
  2. Caparadise (5:52)
  3. Zebulon Neon (8:02)
  4. Boug Room (6:14)
  5. Les Gars Si (6:07)
  6. PPSB (5:59)
  7. Tipsy Glisse (8:51)
  8. Zut Flute (6:15)
 in stock $23.10
Cat: MURDER 001. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. JK Flesh - "Jellyfish" (4:57)
  2. BMSk - "Elpida" (6:40)
  3. Codex Empire - "Unfinished Aphorism" (5:24)
  4. Puritan - "Under Pressure" (5:06)
  5. Crystal Geometry - "Abyss" (5:40)
 in stock $11.40
Cat: NER 24945. Rel: 27 Apr 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Sound Bwoy Bureill (vocal) (4:25)
  2. Sound Bwoy Bureill (instrumental) (4:24)
Review: Classic Brooklyn hip-hop alert! First released on 12" way back in 1995, Smif-N-Wessun's "Sound Bwoy Bureill" is a golden-era treat. It sees Tek and Steele - then fresh faces on the scene rather than the grizzled veterans they are today - spout forth over a killer beat produced by Evil Dee and Mr Walt. That beat is sparse but heavy, with crunchy kicks and snares being accompanied by little more than reggae vocal samples, moody chords, occasional electric guitar notes and a suitably deep bassline. You can hear it loud and clear on the flipside instrumental version, though it also provides a near perfect bed for the duo to showcase their flows on the superior A-side vocal mix.
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out of stock $11.40
Cat: PE 011. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Jungle In The City (6:36)
  2. Elevate (7:26)
  3. Modern Bliss (feat Ivy Barkakati) (5:35)
  4. Yo-Yo (5:25)
  5. That Track (Rewired mix) (5:53)
  6. Spiral (5:17)
  7. Total Eclipse (5:02)
  8. Eternal Lust (8:47)
  9. My Reality Cheque Bounced (feat DJ Zozi) (6:31)
Review: Over the last couple of years, Aussie Katie Campbell has delivered a string of well-regarded EPs and 12" singles steeped in retro-futurist flavours. Here she delivers here most expansive release to date, a double-pack that officially counts as the Roza Terenzi debut album. Her usual aural trademarks are all present - think deep bass, dreamy synths, fluttering electronic melodies, euphoric melodic motifs, breakbeats and bustling beats that are anything but conformist - alongside nods towards turn-of-the-90s techno, weighty electro rhythms and snappy, ghetto-house inspired workouts. It's undeniably a Roza Terenzi release, and there's enough variety - coupled with smart sequencing - to make it hang together as an album. Oh, and bass-heavy, Bleep-inspired closer "My Reality Cheque Bounced" is one of the best things Campbell has released to date.
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! low stock $23.93
Cat: TKD 072YELLO. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Africano (4:34)
  2. Funky Me (3:02)
  3. Why Can't We Live Together (4:34)
Review: It's been a while since Timmy Thomas's big stepping funk smash "Why Can't We Live Together" on TK Disco but the wait has been worth it. This new three tracker is a steamy and full flavour offering of afro tinged cosmic disco, gospel and more. "Africano" has bass to die for and tripped out guitar riffs that keep things freaky. "Funky Me" is a more lo-fi jam straight from the heart of a steamy jungle but the winning tune for us is the heartbreakingly bare and honest gospel lament of "Why Can't We Live Together". It's drenched in melancholy and is beautifully raw.
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out of stock $11.97
  1. Sununguka (12" version) (5:58)
  2. Rwendo (5:12)
  3. Sununguka (Alan Dixon Italo mix) (7:27)
  4. Sununguka (Special extended dub mix) (5:43)
Review: Faze Action have been on a roll with their collaborative project with Zeke Manyika, which first started up in 2016 and now reaches its fourth installment with the infectiously uplifting "Sununguka". In its original form the Afro-house burner artfully blends Manyika's Zimbabwean roots with Faze Action's knack for '80s tinged proto-house. "Rwendo" is a more laid back affair compared to the lead track, but it's no less effervescent thanks to Manyika's vocals. On the B side, Alan Dixon drops a feisty Italo version of "Sununguka" that sounds purpose built for spine-tingling sundown moments, while there's also a pumped up "Special Extended Dub" version to appeal to headsy DJs looking to keep the floor running at full tilt.
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 in stock $11.40
Cat: HAZE 011. Rel: 27 Apr 20
Deep House
  1. International Wafter (7:14)
  2. Push Around (4:19)
  3. Motion Sensor (6:18)
  4. Magenta (5:17)
out of stock $13.67
Cat: DREADUK 43. Rel: 27 Apr 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Ray Keith - "Renegade" (T>I Minimal VIP) (5:58)
  2. Dark Soldier - "Dark Soldier" (Benny L remix) (4:56)
Review: The remixes we've been waiting for! Ray Keith follows up his exceptional album "Prophecy" with two of a whole collection of classics about to hit us over the coming months. First up: T>I and Benny L. The former takes the essential air-piano slapping 94 anthem and juices it up with his flabby bass and attention to hyperoid drum details, the latter takes his 97 weapon and turns it inside out with one of the fartiest, smelliest bassline he's committed to wax so far. Absolutely Dread-full... And we wouldn't have it any other way.
out of stock $10.84
Cat: SM 004. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Waiting (6:09)
  2. The Suppressor (4:37)
  3. Death Or Death (6:32)
  4. Death Or Death (Assembler Code remix) (4:44)
 in stock $12.83
Cat: WRXX 9. Rel: 27 Apr 20
UK Garage
  1. Don't Hold Back (Alright) (6:47)
  2. Don't Trip Dog (6:27)
  3. Gimme Gimme (Your Love) (5:45)
  4. The Calling (7:21)
out of stock $13.39
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