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Staff Picks w / c 6 January 2020

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks w/c 6 January 2020
10 Jan 2020
Happy New Year from us at Juno! Here are the releases that we are listening to at the moment - in no particular order.
Cat: SPNBCK 001. Rel: 13 Jan 20
UK Garage
  1. DJ Backspin - "Weapon 97" (5:56)
  2. True 2002 (4:07)
out of stock $11.60
Cat: MI 0569LPX. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Sound Ranging (0:54)
  2. Silence/After The Fact (0:39)
  3. Coffee Or Wine (3:05)
  4. Best Kept Garden (2:54)
  5. I Thought You Were Something Else (1:14)
  6. Between Nations (4:00)
  7. Change Of Heir (2:40)
  8. Do You Read Me? (4:11)
  9. From A Dream, Into My Arms (1:47)
  10. Beyond That Of Courtesy (2:13)
  11. A Shot To The Arm (2:33)
  12. A Common Language (Part 1) (2:03)
  13. A Common Language (Part 2) (0:38)
  14. Nikon (Part 1) (2:36)
  15. Nikon (Part 2) (0:49)
  16. If The Wind Blows Towards The Hospital (1:38)
  17. Only In A Man's World (2:39)
  18. Money Is A Memory (3:32)
  19. An Independent State (2:40)
Review: In so many ways, "Making A New World" has been an age coming. A full century, in fact. The seventh album from Peter and David Brewis' rightly lauded outfit is their most ambitious, with the talented craftsmen forsaking the contemporaneous commentary present throughout much of their oeuvre in favour of adopting the position of historic documenters. Confused? No worries, let's cut to the kind of direct chase suited to their North East English roots. A highly political work, the record attempts to explain the shocking state of today's planet - and civilisation - by tracing problems back to World War I. And it makes a big impression in doing so. Opening with the field recording-esque "Sound Ranging", and then the startlingly tender piano solo "Silence/After The Fact", it's not long before the art-pop-prog starts to properly unfold, spanning a fittingly huge 19 tracks to close on the sinister-sounding and resoundingly unsettling "An Independent State". Marvellous stuff.
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out of stock $17.11
Cat: UQ 076. Rel: 06 Jan 20
Deep House
  1. Come Into My Life (feat Rose Lonergan) (5:34)
  2. Desire (6:23)
  3. Get It Right (HW Jam) (5:39)
  4. Recieving Mode (5:51)
  5. You Got Me Going (2:04)
Review: For the first release of 2020 on his much admired Underground Quality imprint, Jus-Ed has decided to champion a previously unheard talent: Berlin-based graphic designer turned DJ/producer Nathalie Capello. There's much to admire across the five-track EP, which sees Capello deliver a quintet of dope and dusty deep house cuts shot through with sparkling references to classic house and US garage styles of old. Piano-sporting vocal opener "Come Into My Life (featuring Rose Lonergan)" is particularly special - sun-kissed, gently breezy brilliance - but then so are broken garage number "Get It Right (HW Jam)" and the stab-happy, turn-of-the-90s rave revivalism of "Receiving Mode". Superb stuff!
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 in stock $11.89
  1. Theme Of Kohsuke Kindaichi (3:30)
  2. Yatsuhakamura (Eight Village Grave) (4:34)
  3. Masquerade (4:08)
  4. Honjin Murder (3:59)
  5. Island Prison (Gokumonto) (3:36)
  6. Temari (Song Of The Devil) (4:36)
  7. Tragedy Of The Maze House (4:43)
  8. Devils Blows The Whistle (3:29)
  9. Three Neck Tower (4:34)
  10. Inugamy Family (4:26)
Review: It would be fair to say that "The Adventure Of Kohsuke Kindaichi" is a "cult album". While many will have heard snippets of some of its tracks in hip-hop tracks and via dusty disco re-edits (a number have been given the scalpel treatment in the past), few outside of Japan have been able to get the album since it was released way back in 1977. The premise is odd - composer Kentaro Haneda created the disco and jazz-funk set as a soundtrack to a series of detective novels - but the music is superb: a zany but hugely entertaining mixture of nods to various soundtrack styles underpinned by killer disco grooves and swirling orchestral movements. We'd heartily recommend checking out the clips ASAP.
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out of stock $51.03
Cat: ERC 086. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. In The Jungle (5:12)
  2. World Service (6:07)
  3. Aerotropics (12" mix) (6:43)
  4. Belle Du On The Beach (5:46)
  5. Walk On, Bye (5:46)
  6. Sqeezi (6:16)
  7. Down The Locale (6:04)
Review: Emotional Rescue stride into the new year with a sumptuous reissue of a seriously high-grade project from the early '80s. Man Jumping took shape as an attempt to bridge the gap between rock, pop and funk and the minimal "systems music" of Steve Reich, Terry Riley et al. The result is a feast for the ears - all the pomp and splendour of the finest '80s MIDI-powered production interwoven with serious artistic chops, but sequenced and arranged with an almost avant-garde sensibility. It's a wonderfully wild, academic but refreshingly unpretentious thrill ride that slots in perfectly with Emotional Rescue's remit.
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 in stock $18.56
Cat: VPR 15. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Healing Chamber (5:27)
  2. Hydrocity (3:38)
  3. Vibrations Radio (6:22)
  4. Emissary (6:43)
Review: O'Shay Mullins aka Huey Mnemonic hails from Flint, Michigan and so his music comes imbued with all the high Mid West standards you would expect. This is his debut vinyl outing and it finds him explore an impressively wide sphere of sound: opening with "Healing Chamber", a hyper speed electro tune in the mould of Drexciya, before moving into more watery and slippery territories with "Hydrocity" topped with pensive synth leads and punchy drum programming. Things get even more interesting on the hybrid "Vibrations Radio" which is slick house music with breakbeats, deep chords and rave stabs all carefully arranged into pure dynamite. Closer "Emissary" is pure and dreamy Motor City techno with a far sighted gaze and cosmic melodies. Essential.
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out of stock $13.34
  1. Race For The Prize (7:06)
  2. A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (5:47)
  3. The Spark That Bled (6:15)
  4. The Spiderbite Song (4:23)
  5. Buggin' (7:45)
  6. What Is The Light? (4:08)
  7. The Observer (4:34)
  8. Waitin' For A Superman (4:39)
  9. Suddenly Everything Has Changed (5:12)
  10. The Gash (4:14)
  11. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate (7:41)
  12. Sleeping On The Roof (4:12)
Review: It's hard not to see this offering from hallucinogenic and highly visual psych-rockers The Flaming Lips as a "here's what you could have won" release. And that's "here's what you could have won had you been able to attend this performance of one of our most treasured albums in one of the world's most aesthetically astounding venues". FOMO abounds, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a proper bucket list muso haunt, setting gigs halfway up a Colorado mountain. Throw in live orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and you've got yourself a truly life-affirming evening. Even on record, there's a tangible difference between the sonics here and the original, still it's an incredibly beautiful and grand album. Perhaps most pronounced during the heart-rendering string sweep of opener "Race For The Prize" (expect shivers), tracks such as "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and, of course, "Waitin' For A Superman" feel as though they have finally found their home.
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 in stock $16.54
  1. Lost Soul (part 1) (4:13)
  2. Lost Soul (part 2) (3:50)
Review: DJ DSK has released some heavyweight seven-inch singles over the years, with his 2016 45 "Laminate" - an original slab of funk made in cahoots with the previously unheralded "Lost Soul Collective". Here he gathers together the band once more for a follow-up four years in the making. "Lost Soul" is a two-part affair in keeping with the funk tradition. The A-side is an infectious vocal number that sits somewhere between Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the more psychedelic flavour associated with turn-of-the-70s San Francisco soul. As you'd expect, the flipside "Part 2" version strips out most of the vocals to allow the band's warm and heady instrumentation room to breathe.
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 in stock $11.60
Cat: BRAPFSLEB 2. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Open (7:55)
  2. Thinking Code (8:16)
  3. If Than Else (7:08)
  4. A Pastime For Semi Gods (6:03)
  5. Metamemory (11:22)
  6. Margin Of Error (6:44)
  7. To See You This Way (5:53)
  8. No More Conditional Elements (6:38)
  9. End Title (5:42)
Review: Drawing on both mythology and science fiction for inspiration, Dutch electro innovator Ekman comes correct on a new album for Bedouin that follows up three fascinating EPs. The mood on "A Pastime For Semi Gods" is gloomy and oppressive, with drawn out synths whaling in a stiff wind above heavy, trudging drum rhythms and lo-fi designs. Part techno, part electro, part dystopian soundtrack, this is ritualistic machine music from another world. There are atmospheric and story telling scene-setters like "Open" and "Thinking Code" next to more club-ready fair like the blistering "Margin Of Error". This is an album that will work well in a wide range of contexts.
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 in stock $24.07
Cat: LPHMK 026. Rel: 13 Jan 20
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. Circular As Our Way (6:39)
  2. Silencia (5:02)
  3. When It Hurts To Remember (6:07)
  4. Afraid To Forget (6:49)
  5. Saudade (5:14)
  6. In The Shattering Of Things (5:27)
  7. We Try To Make Sense Of It All (3:51)
  8. Slowly You Dissolve (4:55)
  9. Fascinans (4:13)
  10. Life Is Life (3:45)
  11. Without Form & Void (7:58)
Review: Wow. To put it mildly. It takes about three minutes of this stunning contemporary classical masterpiece to realise just how breathtaking this contemporary classical masterpiece actually is. So hard is the task of conveying the depth of its beauty we might as well give up now, although there's no harm in trying. As tragic as it is uplifting, subtle but bold, we veer from the sunrise cinematics of "In The Shattering of Things" to mournful melancholia on "We Try To Make Sense Of It All". Strings soar, keys gently play, harmonies so emotive it's enough to break your heart seem to pour from the album. Completing a trilogy catalysed by the death of a loved one, logically - for those who have ever experienced grief in its purest forms - it's as much about the power of silence and what's not there as what's in the score.
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out of stock $42.92
Cat: SR 701. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Price Of Love (3:08)
  2. It's Hard To Live In This Old World (3:02)
out of stock $18.56
Cat: SHREDS 013. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. It's Easy Then (3:40)
  2. Your Light (5:04)
  3. Dog Eat Dog (3:39)
  4. Why (3:30)
  5. Don't Think (4:06)
  6. Waves (2:53)
  7. Holy Roller (4:08)
  8. Take A Piece (3:44)
  9. Barcelona (3:47)
  10. A Hundred Ways To Land (4:03)
  11. ADHD (3:34)
Review: It's likely "Your Light" has crossed your path by now. The track has garnered regular airplay and - even among playlists on some of the UK's more discerning stations - stands out from the crowd. The good news is the other songs on The Big Moon's difficult second are also strong, moving away from the grunginess of debut "Love In The 4th Dimension" to deliver what might be remembered as the first great pop album of the roaring 20s. And that's pop with real bite. Frontman Juliette Jackson seems capable of greater levels of poetry than many of her peers. At its most poignant taking aim at the hollowness of modern womanhood, the terror of growing up without reaching "real adulthood" (see, or rather hear: "Barcelona") and being left behind by friends and their successes. That this stuff comes with rowdy choruses (opener "It's Easy Then") and hugely emotive anti-balladry ("Waves") elevates the package to future classic status.
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out of stock $24.65
Cat: GR 1260. Rel: 30 Dec 19
  1. Love Me Tonight (Moplen edit) (6:37)
  2. Love Me Tonight (4:29)
  3. I'm Ready For Your Love (4:29)
  4. Baby Let Me Kiss You (8:14)
out of stock $15.95
Cat: 848479. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. 7 Magpies (4:09)
  2. Nice Guys (2:16)
  3. Sangria (feat Arlo Parks) (0:55)
  4. LS6 (2:35)
  5. Dead Celebrities (3:16)
  6. Earth (3:08)
  7. Spiders (2:43)
Review: Three years in and "Junk Food" seem set to invade mainstream conscious. Which is no surprise given their sound is so appropriate for today's tastebuds. Attempting to define it isn't easy - perhaps this decade's biggest understatement - but we'll try. Indie jazz experiments with hip hop inflections, dressed in hipster glitter and delivered with a half-nonchalance definitive of so much late-millennial, early Gen Z music. Achingly cool, thankfully the Leicester outfit have talent to back it up. This latest effort is a case in point. Although unlikely to invoke images of what their notoriously wild live shows are like, given "Junk Food" is so smooth, it's still a great advertisement for a great group. "Nice Guys" and its bouncy, garage-nodding ode to the merits of hedonism, "Earth"'s alien-funk, and the downtrodden declaration of just how shit modern life can be on "LS6" are among the best of a valuable bounty.
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out of stock $10.15
Cat: OKBR 005. Rel: 13 Jan 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Possessions (vocal mix) (5:49)
  2. Possessions (Late Night Swing) (4:46)
Review: Moscow's Okbron continues its mission to serve up drum & bass gold from the vaults, this time turning to some smooth flowing liquid from the legendary Pete Voyager. Amazingly, this tune never saw the light of day before. It was written for his second album with vocals from a friend of his, but the album was never released so the music got shelved. When someone hit up Voyager for an ID that happened to be for this tune on one of Bukem's old radio shows, he decided to upload it to Soundcloud and eventually it came to the attention of Okbron. Thank god for that.
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out of stock $11.32
Cat: BLNK 012. Rel: 13 Jan 20
  1. Elementary Means (5:30)
  2. Satin (5:53)
  3. Overground (4:40)
Review: For the latest missive on his surprisingly under-appreciated Blank Mind label, Sam Purcell has turned to rising star Lack, AKA Manchester-based producer Charlie Foy. The EP's three tracks were recorded at various points between 2015 and 2019, initially on his laptop during train journeys and later in his studio. It's an interesting collection of cuts all told, with Foy wrapping deep and spacey chords, bubbly melodies and introspective electronics around off-kilter rhythms that draw influence from a variety of styles. We're particularly enjoying the deep and percussive loneliness of "Satin" and the quiet dancefloor positivity of "Elementary Means", though the whole EP is well worth checking.
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out of stock $12.75
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