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Cat: DGLIB 22CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Shapeshifters - "Life Is A Dancefloor" (feat Kimberly Davis - club mix)
  2. The Face Vs Mark Brown & Adam Shaw - "Needin' U" (Dimitri From Paris remix)
  3. Tenderness - "Gotta Keep On Trying"
  4. Goldie Alexander - "Show You My Love"
  5. Lemelle - "You Got Something Special"
  6. Hot Streak/Luke Solomon feat Queen Rose & Amy Douglas - "Body Work (vocal Mix)/Light You Up (accapella)"
  7. Jungle Brothers - "What U Waiting 4?" (Jungle Fever mix)
  8. JKriv - "Yo Love" (feat Adeline - club mix)
  9. Reel People - "You Used To Hold Me So Tight" (feat Angela Johnson - club mix)
  10. Lovebirds - "Holdin On" (feat Lisa Shaw - Lovebirds 808ies Matrix)
  11. The Lab Rats present The Experiment - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (feat Lisa Millett - Dr Packer remix])
  12. Copyright presents One Track Minds - "Good For You" (feat Angie Brown - main mix)
  13. Ashford & Simpson - "Found A Cure" (Joey Negro Found A dub mix)
  14. Yuksek - "I Don't Have A Drum Machine"
  15. Steve "Silk" Hurley - "The Word Is Love" (feat Sharon Pass - Silk's original mix Of Life)
  16. The Vision - "Heaven" (feat Andreya Triana - Danny Krivit edit)
  17. Debbie Jacobs/DJ SKT feat Rae - "Don't You Want My Love (JMJ Breakdown Edit)/Take Me Away (accapella)"
  18. Whitney Houston/MD X-Spress - "I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole House Mix 1)/God Made Me Phunky (Accapella)"
  19. Joey Negro - "Can't Get High Without U" (Joey Negro club mix)
  20. Maydie Myles - "You Got Me Forever" (KLP Jam)
  21. Donnell Rush - "If Only You Knew" (E-Smoove's Workout mix)
  22. Chic - "Chic Mystique" (club dub)
  23. Soul Reductions - "Got 2 Be Loved" (extended mix)
  24. Yuksek - "Showbiz" (feat Villa - Purple Disco Machine edit)
  25. Mighty Mouse - "The Spirit" (Yuksek extended remix)
  26. Purple Disco Machine - "Encore" (feat Baxter - Mousse T remix)
  27. Shay Jones - "When Love Calls" (E-Smoove's Late Night)
  28. Slam Dunk'd - "No Price" (feat Chromeo & Al-P - Dr Packer extended remix)
  29. The Reese Project - "Direct Me" (Joey Negro Disco Blend remix)
  30. Jamiroquai - "Space Cowboy" (David Morales Classic club remix)
  31. Hardsoul - "Back Together" (feat Ron Carroll - Moplen extended remix)
  32. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Don't Leave Me This Way" (A Tom Moulton mix)
  33. Qwestlife - "Fever" (feat Sugarhill Gang, Siedah Garrett & GrandMaster Melle Mel & Scorpio - KON reprise)
  34. Qwestlife - "Fever" (feat Sugarhill Gang, Siedah Garrett & GrandMaster Melle Mel & Scorpio - KON remix)
  35. Hifi Sean - "Lost Without U" (feat Paris Grey)
  36. Horse Meat Disco & Kathy Sledge - "Falling Deep In Love" (Joey Negro 12" Disco Blend)
  37. Micky More & Andy Tee - "The Only One" (feat Angela Johnson - extended mix)
  38. Loods - "Love"
  39. Low Steppa - "You're My Life" (Kormak remix)
  40. Seamus Haji - "Boogie 2nite" (Dr Packer extended remix)
  41. The Muthafunkaz - "I Don't Want You Anymore" (feat Marc Evans - Dr Packer extended remix)
  42. Oliver Dollar - "John's Church" (feat Nils Ohrmann)
  43. DJ John 'Julius' Knight - "Find A Friend" (Dr Packer extended remix)
  44. Eli & Nomi - "Dance 4 Love 99" (club mix)
  45. Detroit's Filthiest feat Amina Ya Heard/Risk Assessment feat Jemeni G - "Handprint/Remember Me (accapella)"
  46. Soulsearcher - "Feelin' Love" (Dr Packer remix)
  47. The Klub Family - "When I Fall In Love" (feat Sybil - Knee Deep Disco club mix)
  48. ATFC/Ant LaRock & Roland Clark - "I Called U (The Conversation - AFTC's Conversation Killer)/Do You Remember (Accapella)"
  49. Pete Heller's Big Love - "Big Love" (David Penn extended remix)
  50. Gershon Jackson presents Reset Preset - "Hands Together" (House Of Omni Hands Together extended club mix)
Review: Fittingly, the latest compilation from Defected's phenomenally successful disco offshoot, Glitterbox, has been mixed by the man who has been making their Ibiza parties move for the last few years, Melvo Baptiste. Over the course of three hugely entertaining discs, Baptiste effortlessly joins the dots between original '70s and '80s disco and boogie, modern nu-disco hits, disco house and the kind of soulful and groovy 21st century cuts that fit somewhere in between. As you'd expect from an experienced and inventive DJ, Baptiste also showcases his love of overlaying familiar vocal acappellas, while the highlight-heavy tracklist contains a superb blend of classics, lesser-known hits and up-front future hits.
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VARIOUS
Total 19 (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 154. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Weval - "Are You Even Real"
  2. Jorg Burger - "Eloise"
  3. Sascha Funke - "Aus Der Lameng"
  4. Thomas/Mayer - "Total Anders"
  5. Albert Luxus - "In Den Arm Bitte!" (Julian Stetter mix)
  6. Tom Demac - "Serenade"
  7. Jurgen Paape - "Abstrusia"
  8. Reinhard Voigt - "Der Amnn, Der Nie Nach Deutz Kam"
  9. Rex The Dog - "Vortex"
  10. Justus Kohncke - "Mindless Sex Track"
  11. Voigt & Voigt - "Der Schwarm"
  12. Anii - "Ride The Tiger"
  13. Clarian - "Early Life"
  14. Extrawelt - "Pink Panzer"
  15. DJ Balduin - "EWBA"
  16. Anna - "Remembrance" (main mix)
  17. Fahrland - "Yesterday" (Night version)
  18. Patrice Baumel - "Grace"
  19. La Fleur - "Tears"
  20. John Monkman & James Monro - "Pesto Punk"
  21. Blackrachas - "Rotary"
  22. Raxon - "Dark Light"
  23. Yotam Avni - "Track For Agoria"
  24. Jonathan Kaspar - "Renard"
  25. Gui Boratto - "618" (Kolsch mix)
Review: Cologne powerhouse Kompakt may not be talked about as much as it once was, but the label continues to put out high quality electronic music with its own distinctive vibe. For proof, check the 19th annual edition of their now legendary compilation series, "Total". There's much to set the pulse racing amongst the 25 tracks scattered across two CDs, from the shoegaze-influenced haziness of Weval's "Are You Even Real" and the picturesque, piano-sporting dancefloor deepness of Tom Demac's "Serenade", to the neo-trance throb of Rex The Dog, the twisted techno intensity of Voigt & Voigt, and the intergalactic electro/rave fusion of Raxon's strobe lit "Raxon".
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Cat: 800743. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Rock
  1. Come Together
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus' Garden
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End
  17. Her Majesty
Review: There's a chance this Liverpudlian four piece will be familiar by now. This, their 11th studio outing, first unveiled as the 1960s slipped into the 70s, is a bonafide epic from an outfit that weren't lacking in epics; in many ways a culmination of their time together, marking the end of their active years and beginning of their legacy. By this stage, then, they've emerged from years spent on the inner journey and time on the outer, space cadeting to the hallucinogenic fuelled tones of "Sgt. Peppers" and "Revolver". Of course, there's still plenty of explorations happening, but the gritty blues rock of opening track "Come Together" really sets the tone. Five decades on, it still sounds great and maybe even better than you remember. Even if you own the original, this anniversary edition is worth having.
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Cat: BOBSTATE 002CD. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Tokyo Tokyo
  2. Skylon
  3. Cannonball Waltz
  4. The Ludwig Question
  5. Huronic
  6. Landau
  7. Westland
  8. Trinity
  9. Ujala
  10. Carbonade
  11. Pulcenta
  12. Angol Argol
  13. Bushy Bushy
  14. 13 13
  15. Crab Claw
Review: Mancunian legends Graham Massey and Andy Barker reunite for the first 808 State album in 17 years. They recorded the new opus "Transmission Suite" in the Granada studios (where they once performed live on television 30 years ago) and looked to their hometown's club scene as their main source of influence - along with the timeless aesthetic of Detroit which has always influenced their style. Across this collection of "sonic landscapes" (as described by Massey) you'll hear the booming acid electro of first single "Tokyo Tokyo" and "The Ludwig Question", through to off-kilter jams like "Westland", futurist house grooves of "Ujala" and a modern reboot of classic "Angol Argol".
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GOLDIE/VARIOUS
Drum & Bass Life (mixed 4xCD)
Cat: 538702 0. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Goldie - "Inner City Life"
  2. Omni Trio - "Renegade Snares"
  3. Leviticus - "The Burial"
  4. Origin Unknown - "Valley Of The Shadows"
  5. Andy C - "Roll On"
  6. Asylum - "Bass 2 Dark"
  7. Roni Size - "Brown Paper Bag"
  8. Dj Hazard - "Air Guitar"
  9. John B - "Up All Night"
  10. Total Science - "Soul Patrol" (feat Mc Conrad)
  11. Logistics - "Together"
  12. Dj Zinc - "Casino Royale"
  13. Metalheadz - "Terminator"
  14. Renegade - "Terrorist"
  15. Peshay - "Psychosis"
  16. Shy Fx - "Shake Ur Body"
  17. Dj Marky & Xrs - "Lk"
  18. Baron - "Drive In, Drive By"
  19. Dj Hype - "Roll The Beats"
  20. Fresh - "Signal"
  21. Belly L - "Low Blow"
  22. Goldie - "I Adore You"
  23. Little Dragon - "Little Man" (Marcus Intalex remix)
  24. Dj Hazard - "Food Fight"
  25. Conquering Lion - "Code Red" (94 remix)
  26. Adam F - "Circles"
  27. 4 Hero - "Star Chasers"
  28. A Gut Called Gerald - "Like A Drug"
  29. Roni Size - "Watching Windows" (Dj Die Gnarly vocal mix)
  30. Cool Hand Flex - "Melody Madness" (Cool Hand Flex remix)
  31. Da Intelax - "What Ya Gonna Do"
  32. The Brothers Grimm - "Exodus (The Lion Awakes)"
  33. 2 Bad Mice - "Bombscare"
  34. Boogie Times Tribe - "The Dark Stranger" (Origin Unknown mix)
  35. Alex Reece - "Pulp Friction"
  36. Breakage - "Spread Out"
  37. Digital & Spirit - "Phantom Force"
  38. High Contrast - "Everything's Different" (Caliber remix)
  39. Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket - "Jazz Tickles"
  40. Total Science, Digital & Spirit - "Rumble"
  41. Voltage - "Losing"
  42. E Z Rollers - "Weekend World"
  43. Studio Pressure - "Jump"
  44. Doc Scott - "Rage"
  45. Dbridge & Vegas - "True Romance"
  46. Nookie - "Sound Of Music"
  47. Dragonfly - "Visions Of Rage"
  48. Da Intalex - "Nice & Slow"
  49. Q Project - "Champion Sound" (Alliance remix edit)
  50. Deep Blue - "The Helicopter Tune"
  51. Krust - "Soul In Motion"
  52. Doc Scott - "Blue Skies"
  53. Photex - "Minotaur"
  54. Ram Trilogy - "No Reality"
  55. Digital - "Waterhouse Dub"
  56. Dusky - "Yoohoo" (Ltj Bukem remix)
  57. Dj Fresh & Sigma - "Cylon"
  58. Goldie - "Digital"
  59. Photek - "The Hidden Camera"
Review: 2019 has been big for Goldie. The late summer saw the anniversary reissue of his second album "Saturnz Return", and now he's put together a bumper collection of drum & bass gems. Across "60 tracks that smashed it" as the release is sub-titled, the proudly British sound of drum & bass is explored and exposed thanks to music from all the key players including Roni Size, Doc Scott, Photex, Krust, DJ Zinc and many more familiar faces. Of course, the Metalheadz boss' own "Inner City Life" kicks off in triumphant fashion and the vibes keep coming thick and fast from there on in.
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Night City Life (unmixed CD)
Cat: STLKCD 006. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Catherine Brenot - "Et Tout Est Yin Et Tout Est Yang" (club mix)
  2. 1 Plus 1 - "Coming Up For Air" (instrumental)
  3. Fragile - "We've Got Tonight, Boy"
  4. Jarmaz - "Night City Life" (Disco remix)
  5. Friend Of Mine - "Just Your Pride"
  6. Mac & Monica - "You're So Good To Me"
  7. Sala & H - "Feel The Love"
  8. Alexandra - "Fantasia (Fantasy)"
  9. Gioia - "No Secrets" (instrumental)
  10. Janelle - "Don't Be Shy" (dub)
  11. Alessandro Scellino - "Dinner In The Jungle" (Erotic mix)
  12. Brian Tatcher - "Hot Love" (instrumental dub version)
  13. Preludio - "Mysterious Nights"
Review: Ilan Pdahtzur is as obsessive a record digger as any of his more visible peers. His particular niche is early to mid-eighties club music, and now he gets a platform to show off his skills thanks to the Spacetalk label. "Night City Life" is about music to match that exact setting - nocturnal urban metropolises with glowing neon lights shimmering in the darkness. There's a lot to love across four sides of vinyl here, from Italo disco to steamy boogie cuts and iridescent synth jams. It will make you nostalgic for a time and place you've never experienced (at least not as perfectly as this) and no doubt get plenty of dance floors on their feet.
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Played by: Secretsundaze
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Ace
Cat: CDCHD 1543. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Soundtracks
  1. John Baker - "Invasion Muzak"
  2. Tim Rose - "Snowed In"
  3. Antony & The Johnsons - "Crazy In Love"
  4. Jarvis Cocker/David Cunningham - "The Interrogative Mood"
  5. The Katzenjammers - "Cars"
  6. Joseph & Louise Spence - "Won't That Be A Happy Time"
  7. Andrew Wartts & The Gospel Storytellers - "Peter & John"
  8. Bob Welch - "Don't Wait Too Long"
  9. Alternative TV - "Cold Rain"
  10. Serafina Steer - "Day Glo"
  11. The Kings Singers - "After The Gold Rush"
  12. Miranda July - "Rock Intro"
  13. Morgana King - "It's A Quiet Thing"
  14. Nina Simone - "Baltimore"
  15. Art Garfunkel - "Waters Of March"
  16. The Legendary Tigerman - "The Whole World's Got Eyes On You"
  17. Cabaret Voltaire - "The Single"
  18. Derek Cain/Derek Bowskill - "December"
  19. Deanna Storey/John Brion - "Little Person"
  20. Jake Thakray - "Old Molly Metcalf"
  21. The Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group - "Gymnopedie No 3"
  22. The Phoenix Foundation/Christopher Hitchens - "Corale/Thoughts On Religion"
  23. Headless Heroes - "True Love Will Find You In The End"
Review: He will forever be known as the frontman of Pulp, but for many music lovers Jarvis Cocker has also won our affections with his erudite selections for his BBC 6 Music show. Entitled Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service, it ran every week from 2010 to 2017 and now a selection of his personal favourites get the compilation treatment. Reflecting the mood of most Sundays, the music is soothing, soft and mellow, but always high quality. There are stunning covers or Beyonce by Anthony & the Jonsons and Gary Numan's "Cars" on steel drums, plaintive piano pieces from John Baker and a classic from Nina Simone amongst a whole treasure trove of gems.
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Cat: FABRIC 203. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Tom Flynn - "The Future" (feat Amp Fiddler)
  2. Varhat - "Chhulub" (Cabanne remix)
  3. Frak - "Bitter Drop"
  4. Blaze - "#6 Hubert Street" (feat Piano Man - Klubhead Style)
  5. Mahony & Flogg - "Nu Mai"
  6. The Martinez Brothers - "Jam Joint"
  7. Funky People - "Funky People" (feat Cassio Ware - Klubhead vocal)
  8. Sangre Voss - "Onr Bad Mango"
  9. The Bayara Citizens - "Mafungo" (Joe Forest version)
  10. Roots Orchestra - "Kalabuta (Un-restricted Access)"
  11. Kai Alce - "Power Thru Part 3 (Don't Turn On The Lights)" (feat Azulu Phantom - Martinez Brothers edit)
  12. Big Strick - "Spontaneous Combustion"
  13. Glen Lewis - "Life Everlasting" (feat Njojo & Bongani - Dennis Ferrer's Passion Of C dub)
  14. Love Letters - "Ducue" (Xtended Dick dub)
  15. Dan Curtinb - "Echozeichen"
  16. Brinton Mckay - "Real Cool" (Abe Duque remix)
  17. The Martinez Brothers - "Mistakes"
  18. Trevor Rockcliffe - "Visions Of You" (feat Blake Baxter - Carl Cox remix)
  19. Paul Johnson - "House Illusion"
  20. Party Crashers - "Come & Get It"
  21. Sir Lord Commix - "Chicago Jazz"
  22. K Alexi Shelby - "Spanish Fly"
  23. Louie Vega & The Martinez Brothers - "Let It Go" (TMB alternate version)
Review: The new incarnation of the famous fabric mix series serves up a big one here with Ibiza kingpins and US house torchbearers The Martinez Brothers laying down a fulsome 23 track mix. It brims with the sort of energy that they always have themselves in the booth and takes you on a contemporary trip through the bendy minimal of Cabanne, Frak's percussive workout and some tropical curveballs from The Bayara Citizens. The Brothers also impress with two of their own tracks - "Jam Joint" and "Mistakes" - full of wonky synth work and shuffling drums, and it marks another highpoint in their longstanding career.
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Cat: STS 346CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. On A Day Like This I Can See You Forever
  2. Really Deep Snow
  3. Swing Low Sweet LFO
  4. As If No One Is Here
Review: On his 2008 debut album "Where You Go, I Go Too", Hans-Peter Lindstrom offered up a grandiose vision that was almost cinematic in scope. His new album, "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever", opts for a similar approach, delivering a quartet of atmospheric, moody and filmic cuts that slowly rise, fall and unfurl throughout their duration. Whether or not he becomes Norway's answer to Vangelis, that's the kind of vibe we get from stunningly icy and alien ambient opener "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever" and the bubbly, uptempo throb of "Really Deep Snow". It's there, too, on the outer-space bliss of "Swing Low Sweet LFO" (we chuckled, at least) - think Radiophonic Workshop meets Jean-Michel Jarre - and the melancholic, modular-sounding beauty of clicking and echoing closing cut "As If No One Is Here". In a word: stunning.
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Utility (CD)
Cat: OSTGUTCD 46. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Paradise Engineering
  2. Posmean
  3. Experience Of Machines
  4. Gradients Of Bliss
  5. Hedonic Treadmill
  6. Models Of Wellbeing
  7. Utility
  8. Wireheading
  9. Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order
Review: Alongside regular studio partner Andreas Baumecker, Sam Barker has released a swathe of admired singles and a couple of on-point albums on Ostgut Ton. Here he returns to the much-loved German imprint with his most significant solo release to date: a debut album of drowsy, sun-baked electronic positivity that expertly melds elements of hazy ambient, dub techno, off-kilter electronica and the classic kosmiche synthesizer soundscapes associated with Tangerine Dream. It's a lot less dancefloor-focused than much of his previous material, but that's not a criticism: indeed, the fact that it's warm, opaque and prioritizes fuzzy, slowly shifting musical movements is the album's greatest strength.
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Two Hands (CD)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0180CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Rock & Sing
  2. Forgotten Eyes
  3. The Toy
  4. Two Hands
  5. Those Girls
  6. Shoulders
  7. Not
  8. Wolf
  9. Replaced
  10. Cut My Hair
Review: It's not hard to understand why people so often ignore album release blurb. Sales-y, hyperbolic, and on more than the odd occasion rather poorly written, it's hardly required reading in order to get the most out of the record. That is unless it's Big Thief's 'Two Hands', a collection of music that genuinely makes more sense when you know the back story. For one thing this long form offering is arriving just months after its predecessor, which is always either the sign of a band that don't need big ideas to facilitate rapid-fire output, or a band that have so many big ideas they literally can't stop the momentum. This is a case of the latter. Timescale aside, "Two Hands" genuinely feels as though it was born in the Badlands, epic songs that invoke endless vistas across barren settings in a way that makes you feel as small as you actually are in a global context. Like cosying up in a log cabin away from the chilly endless dark of a desert night.
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRCD 445. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Dancehall/Ragga
  1. Sceechie Dan - "We A Don"
  2. Lone Ranger - "My Number"
  3. Dennis Alcapone - "Riddle I This"
  4. Kentrus - "It A Fi Bun"
  5. Lone Ranger - "Apprentice Dentist"
  6. King Sporty - "DJ Special"
  7. Prince Jazzbo - "Little Joe"
  8. Jim Brown - "Ragga Muffin"
  9. Mad Roy - "Universal Love"
  10. King Sporty - "Choice Of Music"
  11. King Stitt - "Rhyming Time"
  12. Prince Jazzbo - "Fire Coal Version"
  13. Dillinger - "Fountain On The Mountain"
  14. Michigan & Smiley - "Thank You Jah"
  15. Prince Garthie - "Raindrops"
  16. Jah Buzz - "Automatic Clapping"
  17. Dennis Alcapone - "El Paso"
  18. Big Joe - "Nanny Version Skank"
Review: The Studio One catalogue is the gift that keeps on giving, and Soul Jazz continually play Santa. This latest comprehensive collection is a great compilation of some of the best DJs and MCs to have been involved in reggae. Vital Jamaican stars like Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo and Lone Ranger all feature next to more hardcore names and some choice rare cuts. Spanning the 70s and into the mid-1980s, this 18-track offering gives a glimpse into the evolution of reggae to more digital and dancehall styles that come later, all with specially commissioned sleeve notes by Fashion Records head honcho Chris Lane.
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Cat: BWOOD 207CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
 
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Asheber)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow)
  3. Gnawa Sweet
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Coming From
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia)
  8. Self:love (feat Obongjayar)
Review: Joe Armon-Jones has been a driving force in the resurgence of contemporary jazz and now makes something of a victory lap with this new album on the always essential Brownswood. It's a very modern mix of bass and dub, du jour club culture and his own jazz styles featuring peers like Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia. Frankly, the whole record is silky, starry-eyed and sublime and the excellent artwork also hist at the cosmic subtleties of this album, but our picks of the bunch are the neo-soul, summery stroll through the park vibes of "Yellow Dandelion", "Gnawa Sweet" which glows with mellifluous Rhodes chords and the uncompromising yet accessible sax and big brass action of album highlight "You Didn't Care".
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Oneness (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life
  2. Oneness
  3. Stan's Harp
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Distant Land
  6. Stories From India
  7. The Traveller
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Um Dada (CD)
Cat: DAIS 141CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Working (You Are)
  2. Prefix Repeat Rewind
  3. It's Not Me
  4. Um Dada
  5. Satellite
  6. Colour
  7. Flashback
  8. Robber
  9. Hollow
Review: Since leaving Cabaret Voltaire in the early '90s, Stephen Mallinder has kept himself busy, first by starting a new career as an academic, and latterly by stints in bands including Wrangler, Hey! Rube and Creep Show. There was always one thing missing from his CV, though: a new solo album. With "Um Dada", he's finally ticked that box, delivering a set that smartly channels four decades of electronic music influences into nine vocal and instrumental mutant pop cuts. It's heavy, trippy, mind-altering and thoroughly absorbing, with Mallinder offering plenty of nods towards the Cabs' 1980s and '90s work, as well as more contemporary influences such as German techno/electro and the sub-heavy rush of fellow Sheffielder Crooked Man.
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Blossoms (CD)
Cat: THRILL 507CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Petal
  2. Blossom
  3. Bloom
  4. Pollen
  5. Blade
  6. Axil
  7. Filament
  8. Bulb
  9. Stem
  10. Clone
Review: Emptyset have been innovating in the world of electronic music for over a decade now. James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas' music is challenging yet poignant, artful yet immersive and fuses sound design with raw audio synthesis. "Blossoms", the new record for Thrill Jockey was developed by a process of "seeding a software model with a sonic knowledge base of material to learn and predict from". That base material was then embellished with 10 hours of improvised recordings using sources such as wood, drum skins and metal, giving rise to this bleakly beguiling album of drone, industrial and audio experimentation.
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 in stock $11.62
Cat: TO 114. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Living Space
  2. Lo, Fr Ega
  3. Collect Yourself/Well Arranged
  4. Overt Too
  5. Lighter Touch
Review: When it comes to slow-burn electronic minimalism, few can match Eleh, an "analogue and modular synthesis" enthusiast who has released a wealth of inspired music on Touch and Important Records over the last two decades. The artist's latest album, "Living Space", was written over a period of seven years and sees Eleh deliver five sparse, alien and ear catching soundscapes. Some of these sound sparse and almost skeletal - see the elongated melodic tones of the opening track, or the bassbin-bothering pulsating sub weight of "Lo, Fr Ega" - while others are more layered and intricate despite their minimalist design. In the latter category you'll find standout cut "Lighter Touch", an epic journey into kosmiche-style ambient music reminiscent of some of Terry Riley's synthesizer-based works.
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 in stock $13.52
Cat: NUDE12 CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Motion
  2. Electric
  3. Country Girl
  4. February
  5. Underwater
  6. Send Me A Vision
  7. Westeners
  8. Swing
Review: Self-styled "minimal synth duo" Boy Harsher has released some fine music over the last few years, though little quite as on-point and majestic as 2018's "Country Girl" EP. Here they offer up a new-look "uncut" edition of the stylish set, which expands the original four-track set via a quartet of previously unreleased recordings from the same period. You'll find the original EP - complete with the throbbing but picturesque "Motion" and dreamy "Country Girl" - on side A, with the bonus material on the flip. Of these, we're particularly enjoying the gentle pulse of "Underwater", and the "Please" era Pet Shop Boys flex of "Send Me A Vision" and "Westerners".
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 in stock $10.68
Cat: CDSTUMM 443. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Amore Amaro
  2. Let Go
  3. Amaro Amore
  4. Batticuore
  5. Momenti
  6. La Storia
  7. Sabbia
  8. Dormi
Review: Trailed as a direct sequel to his previous solo album, 2017's "Avanti", "Volume Massimo" sees Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini offer up another immersive trip through droning guitar textures, repetitive synthesizer motifs, exotic sitar parts and fuzzy electronics. It's effectively a series of "maximal" instrumental soundscapes with sounds so large and layered they rise above the "meditative" tag pushed by Mute's PR team. This is no criticism, though, just a reflection that while contemplative at times, one of the most joyous things about the album is Cortini's ability to build thrilling walls of sound.
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BASSO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZZZCD 124. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Hans Hass - "Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind"
  2. DJ Food - "The Dawn"
  3. RVDS - "Minuet De Vampire"
  4. Horizont - "Light Of Darkness"
  5. Xiame - "Nosso Destino"
  6. Miko - "Im Garten"
  7. Massimo Stella - "C'e Una Donna Sola"
  8. Trimolo - "Tempo 100"
  9. Diedel - "Wo Seid Ihr"
  10. Mikey D - "I Need You" (dub)
  11. Wolfsmond - "Fuhl Dich Frei" (Basso Maxi version)
  12. Ghia - "You Won't Sleep On My Pillow"
  13. Jean Phillipe Rykiel - "Fair Light"
Review: Music For Dreams' latest must-have compilation of obscure Balearic treats comes courtesy of noted digger Basso, a DJ, producer and re-editor who has previously released some killer scalpel jobs on Joe's Bakery and People Must Jam. You'll find one of his edits tucked away towards the end of the EP - a tidy extension of Wolfsmond's sun-kissed, Chris Rea-esque German language number "Fuhl Dich Frei" - alongside stunning selections that variously touch on stoned West Coast jazz-rock, new age, ambient, drowsy 80s pop, kosmiche and loved-up late night AOR shufflers. An inspired collection of pretty much unknown gems; what's not to like?
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  1. Linval Thompson - "I Love Marijuana"
  2. Linval Thompson - "Dread Are The Controller"
  3. Linval Thompson - "The Children Of The Ghetto"
  4. Linval Thompson - "Don't Push Your Brother"
  5. Linval Thompson - "Begging For Apology"
  6. Linval Thompson - "Not Follow Fashion"
  7. Linval Thompson - "Roots Lady"
  8. Linval Thompson - "Big Big Girl"
  9. Linval Thompson - "Just Another Girl"
  10. Linval Thompson - "Starlight"
  11. Linval Thompson - "Jamaican Calley" (version)
  12. Big Joe - "African Princess"
  13. Big Joe - "Solomon Agunda"
  14. Big Joe - "Don't Fuss & Fight"
  15. Big Joe - "Smoke Marijuana"
  16. Big Joe - "Merry Go Round"
  17. Big Joe - "Tubby At The Controls"
  18. Big Joe - "Judy"
  19. Big Joe - "Big Disgrace"
  20. Big Joe - "Love Can Conquer"
  21. Big Joe - "Pauline Love The Natty"
  22. Big Joe - "Follow My Heart"
  23. Big Joe - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  24. Trinity - "Easy Does It"
  25. Trinity - "Life Is Not Easy"
  26. Trinity - "Tell It To Me Mother"
  27. Trinity - "Have A Little Faith"
  28. Trinity - "Dangerous Rockers & Ting"
  29. Trinity - "Don't Lose Me"
  30. Trinity - "Every Trick In The Book"
  31. Trinity - "Rock In The Ghetto"
  32. Trinity - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  33. Trinity - "Freedom Style"
  34. Trinity - "Follow My Heart"
  35. Barry Brown - "Mr CID" (bonus track)
  36. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "King Tubby's Rockers" (bonus track)
  37. Pat Kelly - "There's A Song" (bonus track)
  38. The Roots Radics - "Lover's Style" (bonus track)
  39. Linval Thompson - "Here With Me" (bonus track)
  40. The Roots Radics - "Come On Baby, Dub Style" (bonus track)
  41. Linval Thompson - "Pop No Style" (bonus track)
  42. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "Second Hand Girl" (bonus track)
Review: This double CD set draws together some of the most lauded, late 1970s productions from Linval Thompson, a roots, dub and dancehall stalwart whose music - and the artists he worked for - was championed by Trojan Records. On CD one you'll find two key albums: fine 1977 solo set "I Love Marijuana", whose dub-wise roots rhythms were laid down by a backing band including Wailers member Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Sly & Robbie, and the much more dubbed-out and intoxicatingly heavy "African Princess" (1978) by leading Jamaican toaster Big Joe. Disc two boasts the dub/early dancehall fusion of Trinity's similarly inclined 1979 classic "Rock In The Ghetto" as well as eight rare (and exceptionally good) extended mixes plucked from various Thompson-produced releases.
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Cat: SKALD 035. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Day Tuner
  2. And!
  3. Guess What
  4. Work It
  5. Now What
  6. Start Again (part 4)
  7. Blanket Ban
  8. Filandank
  9. Wtfwtfwtf
  10. You Heard Me The First Time
  11. The Middle Middle
  12. Hiaea
  13. OD
  14. The Beginning
Review: Barely six weeks after dropping her debut single on River Rapid, Henrietta Smith-Rolla pops up on Skam with a surprise debut album. As first full length excursions go, "Break Before Make" is undeniably impressive. Beginning with the spooky, minor key electronics and angular IDM rhythms of "Day Turner", the 14 track set sees Smith-Rolla successfully turn her hand to bittersweet synth-wave ("And!"), dystopian pitched-down electronica ("Guess What"), spacey electro ("Work It", "Wtfwtfwtf"), clandestine electronic soundscapes (the panicked shuffle of "Blanket Ban") and grandiose sci-fi soundtrack fare ("The Middle Middle"). Throughout, the Manchester-based producer consistently delivers otherworldly musical melancholia with a panache not associated with a producer of her relative inexperience.
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 in stock $11.89
Cat: STH 2415CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Golden
  2. Frozen
  3. May 20
  4. 10,000 Days
  5. Good Looking
  6. Be Encouraged
  7. And Encourage Others
  8. Journey
  9. Isalnd
  10. Orange Crayon
  11. Cute
  12. Sunny
  13. Green Crayon
Review: It's only been a year since his last release but in that time Stones Throw man Kiefer has toured the USA and Europe, released a mini-album as well as making three beats for Anderson .Paak's last two albums "Oxnard" and "Ventura". "Superbloom" finds him at his best, with invigorating sunny day beats and bright synths soundtracking a lovely afternoon the park. Jazz stylings, introspective chords and plaintive piano playing make this an emotionally stirring record with real depth, and one that reveals more with each listen. It feels like Kiefer's most honest, vulnerable and personal album yet.
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Cat: 081913 1. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Dexter & Sinister
  2. Seven Veils
  3. Empirtes
  4. The Delayed 3:15
  5. White Noise White Heat
  6. Doldrums
  7. My Trouble
  8. On Deronda Road
  9. Weightless
Review: Eight albums in and Elbow still know how to keep us interested. This time round it's a record that seems caught in perpetual motion, refusing to stay still even for a minute off its proggyness, with this the LP most removed from their standard modus of hyper-emotive, string-capped anthemia. Not that the contents aren't huge and destined to fill main rooms and outdoor arenas. A refreshing break for a band that, while unarguably talented and accomplished craftsmen, may - in the eyes of some at least - have at times been guilty of opting for the safety of familiarity rather than braving the great unknowns of sound. If anything, then, "Giants Of All Sizes" is the final pour that cements their place in the pantheons of British music. Exquisite, innovative and highly original stuff.
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Cat: SUBCD 016. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Deep City
  2. Flowers & Silvers
  3. Manta Ride
  4. Towers Of Nebula
  5. Delphos
  6. Rose Born
  7. Cheperer
  8. The White Books
  9. Solar Barque Blues
  10. Zero Dead Ends
  11. Sun On Earth
Review: Three years on from the release of her acclaimed debut album, "Epoch Sinus", on Hotflush, Sophie Schnell once more dons the PYUR alias for a follow-up on Subtext. The Bristol-based experimental label says that the set explores Schnell's fascination with "the space between life and death"; it's certainly an unearthly, unsettling and occasionally hallucinatory affair that fuses neo-classical style musical elements (strings, operatic vocals) with evocative electronic motifs, crunchy IDM style drums and cutting-edge production techniques. It's a genuinely unique and mind-altering affair, but one that thrills and excites at every turn. A triumph!
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  1. Tanjah
  2. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (Rhodes version)
  3. Timbuktu
  4. In Memory Of
  5. African Cookbook
  6. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (piano version)
  7. Niger Mambo
  8. Mr Randy
Review: Cheick Tidiane Seck's latest album is something of an all-star affair. It sees a banquet's worth of guest musicians (including fellow African music legend Manu Dibango) help the Malian music maestro send "an Afro-Jazz prayer" to the late, great Randy Weston - a musician whose unique Pan-African vision influenced so many of his contemporaries. The resultant set is vibrant and alluring, with Seck and company underpinning Weston's fluid jazz piano motifs with dense, heavy, intricate and often delightfully polyrhythmic rhythms. There are some more atmospheric and intoxicating numbers present, too - the version of "Timbuktu" is stunning, as is the bluesy "In Memory Of" - but the album's greatest calling card remains it's energetic and effervescent approach.
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ANIMA (CD)
XL
Cat: XL 987CD. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Traffic
  2. Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain)
  3. Twist
  4. Dawn Chorus
  5. I Am A Very Rude Person
  6. Not The News
  7. The Axe
  8. Impossible Knots
  9. Runwayaway
Review: It's taken a while, but finally Thom Yorke's impressive third solo album, "ANIMA", is available on wax (and in a fetching shade of orange, too). A future classic that continues the legacy he started with XL Recordings back in 2006 (with his solo debut The Eraser), ANIMA is well worth picking up, as Yorke and co-producer Nigel Godrich offer up evocative, off-kilter songs built around the twin attractions of the Radiohead man's distinctive vocals and skewed backing tracks rich in layered electronic noise, body-bending sub-bass, discordant synthesizer parts and intriguingly jaunty drum loops. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the creepy, lo-fi ambient swirl of "Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain)" and "Dawn Chorus" (a blissfully dewy-eyed early morning soundscape), to the low-slung, post-trip-hop hum of "I Am A Very Rude Person" and the fizzing, jazz-fired thrust of "Impossible Knots". Melancholic, yes. Deep and self-effacing, of course. Nihilistic, not really. Percussive futurist sub-pop is back.
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Cat: 779150 7. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Rock
  1. Come Together (CD1: 2019 mix)
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus' Garden
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End
  17. Her Majesty
  18. Come Together (take 5)
  19. Something (Studio demo)
  20. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (take 12)
  21. Oh! Darling (take 4)
  22. Octopus's Garden (take 9)
  23. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Trident Recording Session & Reduction mix)
  24. Here Comes The Sun (take 9)
  25. Because (take 1 - instrumental)
  26. You Never Give Me Your Money (take 36)
  27. Sun King (take 20)
  28. Mean Mr Mustard (take 20)
  29. Polythene Pam (take 27)
  30. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (take 27)
  31. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Takes 1-3)
  32. The End (take 3)
  33. Her Majesty (Takes 1-3)
Review: There's a chance this Liverpudlian four piece will be familiar by now. This, their 11th studio outing, first unveiled as the 1960s slipped into the 70s, is a bonafide epic from an outfit that weren't lacking in epics; in many ways a culmination of their time together, marking the end of their active years and beginning of their legacy. By this stage, then, they've emerged from years spent on the inner journey and time on the outer, space cadeting to the hallucinogenic fuelled tones of "Sgt. Peppers" and "Revolver". Of course, there's still plenty of explorations happening, but the gritty blues rock of opening track "Come Together" really sets the tone. Five decades on, it still sounds great and maybe even better than you remember. Even if you own the original, this anniversary edition is worth having.
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Cat: PERL 123CD. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Vizyon
  2. Asiri
  3. Iyika
  4. Ala Aye
  5. Awose
  6. Ra Bayi
  7. Ra Mi
  8. Egungun
  9. Dek Sep Bluso
  10. Fazo Kanto
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Chris Korda, a transgender artist and activist whose last releases of note came on famed electroclash label International Deejay Gigolo way back in 2004. New album "Akoko Ajeji" is very much a surprise return to action, though its melodious, ear-pleasing and accessible blend of house and techno drums, digital synthesizer sounds and cheery post synth-pop refrains is both striking and hugely addictive. Korda's compositions offer subtle nods towards various vintage house and techno styles - particularly turn-of-the-90s deep house and early Chicago jack - but never sound anything less than thrillingly DIY productions giddily made in back rooms and bedrooms over the last decade and a half.
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 in stock $15.01
Cat: 776440 6. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Dexter & Sinister
  2. Seven Veils
  3. Empires
  4. The Delayed 3:15
  5. White Noise White Heat
  6. Doldrums
  7. My Trouble
  8. On Deronda Road
  9. Weightless
Review: Eight albums in and Elbow still know how to keep us interested. This time round it's a record that seems caught in perpetual motion, refusing to stay still even for a minute off its proggyness, with this the LP most removed from their standard modus of hyper-emotive, string-capped anthemia. Not that the contents aren't huge and destined to fill main rooms and outdoor arenas. A refreshing break for a band that, while unarguably talented and accomplished craftsmen, may - in the eyes of some at least - have at times been guilty of opting for the safety of familiarity rather than braving the great unknowns of sound. If anything, then, "Giants Of All Sizes" is the final pour that cements their place in the pantheons of British music. Exquisite, innovative and highly original stuff.
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 in stock $11.34
Cat: THRILL 505CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Blow To The Head
  2. USA Is A Psycho
  3. Air Conditioning
  4. Husker Dont
  5. Big Banger
  6. Halloween 3
  7. Don Henley In The Park
  8. Tom Thump
  9. Bouncy House
  10. All Insane
  11. Van Halen 2049
Review: "Sonic Citadel" marks Brians Gibson and Chippendale's seventh studio album and it is one that finds them revealing a little more of themselves than before. "Blow To The Head" is an intense opener with caustic texture, dense layers and scuzzy noise that soundtracks a manic episode, while elsewhere there are much more angular and punk influenced rhythm tracks with deathly vocals mired in gauzy riffs engulfed in dirt, grit and sandpaper sonics. Standout track "Halloween 3" is a suitably horror fuelled track of high energy, lo fi fuzz that will keep any demons away.
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Cat: 538530 162. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. (I'm) A Believer
  2. March To The Docks
  3. The Hills Of Cinnamon
  4. The Needles
  5. Return To Us
  6. The Bridge & Down
  7. The River Runs Both Ways
  8. The Simple Things
  9. King Kopetsky
Review: Is Stephen Duffy the UK's most underrated songwriter? Well, quite possibly, yes. It takes commitment and passion to lead a band for 30 years, especially when the outfit's line-up changes come thick and fast. Despite the inconsistent players, though, in that time the man at the centre of it all has built a back catalogue of exquisite work during that time. "Return To Us" isn't going to ruin that track record. It plays out like a parable of lilting folk fables underscored by a sense of nostalgia, delivered through the voice and song craft of a man whose life experiences have left him bruised and worn but never down and out. Melodic, emotive and engrossing, LP number ten is as timeless as the previous nine, leaving nobody under any illusions as to how precious this project really is.
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Cat: KOS 4CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Karmapa Chenno
  2. Universal Mother
  3. Degi Degi
  4. Mahakali
  5. Malkauns
  6. Treat Your Lady Right
  7. I Walk
Review: Previously, French producer Gary Gritness has carved a niche as a creator of hard-wired revivalist electro and boogie, delivering slightly more eclectic - but wholeheartedly electronic - albums for Hypercolour and others. His latest project is a little different. It sees him join forces with two musician friends to deliver an album of radical new (mostly electronic) interpretations of Don Cherry's jazz-fusion works. All seven tracks were recorded live in the studio using a mixture of dusty drum machines, synthesizers, percussion, acoustic instrumentation (Spanish guitar, saxophone) and the musicians' own voices. The results are superb, delivering intergalactic and often wonderfully out-there covers of Cherry compositions that sound like they were beamed down from some far-off tech-jazz galaxy.
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Radio Verde (unmixed CD)
Cat: CW 003CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
International
  1. Cabo Verde Band - "Bo Terra Cabo Verde"
  2. Americo Brito & Djarama - "Rapaz Novo E Malandro"
  3. Cabo Verde Show - "Terra Longe"
  4. Elisio Vieira - "Tchon Di Somada"
  5. Vlu - "Rua D'Lisboa"
  6. Galaxia 2000 - "Coracao Dum Criola"
  7. Mendes & Mendes - "Mitamiyo"
  8. Danny Carvalho - "Roncanbai"
  9. Mendes & Mendes - "Walkman"
  10. Jose Casimiro - "La Mamai Ta Bem"
  11. Elisio Vieira - "Bem Di Fora"
  12. Zeca & Zeze Di Nha Reinalda - "Mocinhos"
Review: Rotterdam is one of the many big port cities around the world that welcomed a high number of Cape Verdean immigrants. In the 1970s, Americo Brito was one of them and he soon got involved with the local music scene and found an ever larger community of likeminded talents. He took to the stage with his band and made for a buzzy little scene that found them tour with their own sound system. Here he works with Rotterdam local Arp Frique to serve up Cape Verdean music old and new with plenty of traditional Funana and Coladeira sounds next to jams influenced by wave, disco and funk, jazz, reggae and Latin pop.
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UMC
Cat: 674275 5. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Angel (CD1: Mezzanine XX - 2018 Remaster)
  2. Risingson
  3. Teardrop
  4. Inertia Creeps
  5. Exchange
  6. Dissolved Girl
  7. Man Next Door
  8. Black Milk
  9. Mezzanine
  10. Group Four
  11. (Exchange)
  12. Metal Banshee ( Mad Professor Mix One) (CD2: Mezzanine Mad Professor)
  13. Angel (Angel Dust)
  14. Teardrop (Mazaruni dub One)
  15. Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise)
  16. Risingson (Setting Sun dub Two)
  17. Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub)
  18. Wire (Leaping dub)
  19. Group Four (Security Forces dub)
Review: Two decades have passed since Massive Attack signaled a new stage in their career with the dark, paranoid and claustrophobic brilliance of "Mezzanine", their third studio album. Given the current global political climate, it arguably sounds even more relevant 20 years after it first hit stores. This time round, the re-mastered original set comes accompanied by something none of us have heard before: Mad Professor's complete dub translation, which was slated for release around the turn of the Millennium but for one reason or another never came out. Like his take on "No Protection", it's an inspired set of revisions that takes 3D and Daddy G's dense and red-eyed originals into wild new bass-heavy places. Even if you own the original version already, it's well worth picking up this special edition just for that alone.
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  1. Brazzos Et Ok Jazz - "Cha Cha Cha Del Zombo"
  2. Brazzos Et Ok Jazz - "Tcha Tcha Tcha De Mi Amour"
  3. Essous Et Rock A Mambo - "Baila"
  4. Edo Et Ok Jazz - "Kumavula Tubakueto"
  5. Edo Et Ok Jazz - "Sois Sage Amour"
  6. Nino Et Rock A Mamb - "Allegria"
  7. Ritmo Vedette Jazz - "Ritmo Vedette Jazz"
  8. Franco Et Ok Jazz - "Tokeyi Kobina Calypso"
  9. Essous Et Orchestre Bantonu - "Luiza"
  10. Beguen Band - "Yo Me Moero"
  11. African Jazz - "Vive Patrice Lumumba"
  12. Dewayon Et Conga Jazz - "Na Lingi Na Ngai Kubala Te"
  13. Kongo Jazz - "La Belle Lucie Botayi"
  14. Grupo Ok Jazz - "Grupo Ok Jazz"
  15. Rock A Mambo - "Cherie Nini"
  16. African Jazz - "Flowers Of Luckness"
  17. African Jazz - "Merengue Nico"
  18. Rock A Mambo - "Les Voyeurs"
  19. Wendo Kolosoy Avec Beguen Band - "Marie Louise"
  20. African Jazz - "Ngonga Ebeti Independance"
  21. African Jazz - "MNC Uhuru"
Review: During the 1950s and early '60s, the peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo were in the midst of a colossal struggle to gain independence from the European colonial masters. This provided a suitably fertile backdrop for a little known musical revolution, which was taking place in the two countries' clubs and live venues. The result was a distinctive and previously largely unheralded style called "Congolese rumba", which mixed elements of Latin, African and jazz music into a thrilling new sound. It's that sound that's celebrated here on one of Soul Jazz's most eyebrow raising - and, let's face it, interesting - compilations for some time. The music is largely inspired and infectious, while the lengthy accompanying booklet tells the story in vivid detail.
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VARIOUS
Cocoon Compilation S (unmixed CD)
Cat: CORCD 046. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Love Over Entropy - "As If"
  2. Stimming - "The Gift That Never Stops To Give"
  3. Talaboman - "Big Room Anthemic Groovy Pounding Trance Dub Bomb, Superb!"
  4. Emanuel Satie - "Planet XXX"
  5. Edward - "End Days"
  6. Florian Hollerith - "KURZVOR12"
  7. Raxon - "The Turbulent"
  8. Mark Broom - "Jaded"
  9. Egbert - "Tering"
  10. Dino Lenny - "Keep Changing Basslines"
  11. Neil Landstrumm - "Flesh Is A Prison"
  12. Red Axes - "Hevk"
Review: The annual Cocoon compilation is a perfect snapshot of what's going on in the more popular corners of the European techno scene. Curated by label head and Ibiza party king Sven Vath, this year's edition is a comparatively deep and melodic affair. A big shout goes to Talaboman for their excellently entitled "Big Room Anthemic Groovy Pounding Trance Dub Bomb Superb!" which is indeed a big room anthemic groovy pounding trance dub bomb, while Edward serves up a more twisted roller (the excellent "End Days"), Raxon goes deep with "The Turbulent" and Mark Broom hammers home with tripped out sci-fi banger "Jaded", amongst many other gems.
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Cat: P 0027. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Soul
  1. Three Little Words
  2. Oh Me, Oh My
  3. Under Her Spell
  4. Woman
  5. Couldn't Be Happier
  6. Good Friends
  7. Ohio
  8. Tellin' Her Stories
  9. Look Inside Yourself
Review: 213 was something of a supergroup formed in America's west coast soul scene. Powerhouses such as Bill Meyers, Guy Thomas and Neil Stubenhaus were all involved in the making of this album from 1981, which never actually saw the light of day at the time, but is now presented for the first time by Norwegian record label Preservation. It's sentimental material for lazy Sunday mornings, with emotive vocals backed by soaring strings and uplifting chords. There are more reflective moments like "Good Friends" next to swaying singings like "Ohio" and together they add up to a smooth listen.
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Cat: CLMN 12033CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Soul
  1. Oh Yes He Will
  2. Am I Doing Enough
  3. Motherless Child
  4. He's On Time
  5. If You Can't Make It Through A Storm
  6. On The Right Road
  7. Wash Me Lord
  8. Do You Know Him
  9. Brighter Day
  10. Shine On Me
Review: Last year, NYC based revivalist "gospel quartet" group the Harlem Gospel Travelers finally made their vinyl debut album after five years wowing audiences on the live circuit. 12 months later, they're finally ready to release their first full-length excursion. A nostalgic trip through 1950s and 1960s style gospel-based rhythms and blues, soul, funk and doo-wop, the album's greatest strength - aside from the authenticity of the music and production of course - is the group's incredible vocals. Brilliantly arranged harmonies play a big part, though the lead vocals (shared between all four members) are little less than stunning.
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Cat: RT 0074CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Lizzy
  2. Bet My Brains
  3. Home Alone
  4. No More Pennies
  5. You Dig Yours
  6. Toy Teenager
  7. Hollywood Ending
  8. She Gets Around
  9. I Don't Need You
  10. Rich Taste
  11. Born Asleep
  12. Tank Top
  13. Call Me A Baby
Review: There are two things Starcrawler can definitely be described as - lost children of the 1970s, and incredibly Los Angeles in style. They make music that seems impossible to remove from one of the headiest rock 'n' roll decades in history, despite age preventing them from actually having been there at the time. It also falls on the polished side of heavy metal, channeling both pop punk and bare-chested, sweat-soaked guitar solos in one fell swoop. The result is a record that plays out like a bar fight in Tinsel Town. Muscular, powerful, driving and unarguably sexy, from the gaggle of kids preceding the onslaught of opener "Lizzy" to the final, liquor-soaked midnight sing-a-long of "Call Me A Baby", "Devour You" does what it says on the tin, with all the subtlety of Hollywood's finest, and perhaps even more entertainment value.
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Cat: KRANK 221. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Equivalent 1
  2. Equivalent 3
  3. Equivalent 6
  4. Equivalent 5
  5. Equivalent 2
  6. Equivalent 8
  7. Equivalent 7 (feat Secret Pyramid)
  8. Equivalent 4
Review: Since joining the label at the turn of the millennium, Scott Morgan AKA Loscil has become one of the admirably experimental imprint's most prolific artists. "Equivalents" is Morgan's ninth album for the label and sees him offer up eight meditations on a hazy, spaced-out theme. It's a slow-burn affair, where processed melodic elements, held-note chords and drone style aural textures slowly move across the sound space. It's a formula that guarantees goodness from start to finish, with the pulsing "Equivalent 3", ghostly "Equivalent 6", Mr Cloudy-esque "Equivalent 2" and the becalmed and poignant "Equivalent 8" standing out.
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PL (CD)
Cat: PDONCD 002. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Techno
  1. Starting Fights (with Josh Caffe )
  2. The Boombox Affair (with Bubbles Bubblesynski)
  3. Nobody Watching (with Mutado Pintado)
  4. The Music
  5. Angel Of Hell (with Arthur Baker & Alan Vega)
  6. Drum Machine
  7. Blue-Ish
  8. Cult Hero (Do You Wanna Touch Me) (with Simon Topping )
  9. Sly Is Watching
  10. (Vi-Vi) Vicious Games (with Josh Caffe )
Review: When it comes to jackin' Chicago style acid house revivalism, few can hold a candle to Paranoid London. As this long-awaited second album proves, the duo is the undisputed masters of sweaty, TB-303 driven jack-tracks and - as recent single "(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games" and LP opener "Starting Fights" prove - classic-sounding vocal cuts that recall the glory years of Fingers, Inc in the mid-to-late 1980s. Interestingly, "PL" boasts far more collaborations than we've seen from Paranoid London before, including a string of ragged club cuts blessed with evocative spoken word vocals, a thrusting acid throb-job with lead vocals by Simon Topping and a suitably twisted, machine-driven hook up with Arthur Baker and Alan Vega (the raw and weighty "Angel Of Hell").
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Obiaa! (CD)
Cat: STRUT 201CD. Rel: 04 Oct 19
International
  1. Onfa Nkosi Hwee
  2. Yamona
  3. Bubu
  4. Atesem
  5. Obinim
  6. Obi Nfreno
  7. Ntobuase
  8. Odo Ankasa
  9. Okomfe Bone
Review: He may now be 72, but legendary highlife vocalist Pat Thomas still has the desire to make new music. In fact his previous set, 2015's "Pat Thomas & The Kwashibuu Area Band" - a collaboration with producer Ben Abarbanel-Wolff, storied Ghanian highlife bandleader Kwame Yeboah and musicians including fellow West African heavyweights Tony Allen and Ebo Taylor - is arguably one of the strongest albums of his lengthy career. This belayed follow-up is equally as inspired, with the golden-voiced Ghanaian vocalist providing the attention-grabbing focal point throughout. Yet while Thomas's vocals are as sublime as ever, it's the quality and detail of the accompanying music - a mix of laid back and dancefloor-ready highlife in the style he made famous in the 1970s - that really stands out.
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Abbey Road: 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (3xCD + Blu-ray + hard-back book in slipcase)
Cat: 779211 2. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Rock
  1. Come Together (CD1: 2019 Stereo mix)
  2. Something
  3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
  4. Oh! Darling
  5. Octopus' Garden
  6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Because
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Sun King
  11. Mean Mr Mustard
  12. Polythene Pam
  13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
  14. Golden Slumbers
  15. Carry That Weight
  16. The End
  17. Her Majesty
  18. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (CD2: Abbey Road Sessions - Trident Recording Session & Reduction mix)
  19. Goodbye (Home demo)
  20. Something (Studio demo)
  21. The Ballad Of John & Yoko (take 7)
  22. Old Brown Shoe (take 2)
  23. Oh! Darling (take 4)
  24. Octopus' Garden (take 9)
  25. You Never Give Me Your Money (take 36)
  26. Her Majesty (Takes 1-3)
  27. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Takes 1-3)
  28. Here Comes The Sun (take 9)
  29. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (take 12)
  30. Come Together (CD3: Abbey Road Sessions - take 5)
  31. The End (take 3)
  32. Come & Get It (Studio demo)
  33. Sun King (take 20)
  34. Mean Mr Mustard (take 20)
  35. Polythene Pam (take 27)
  36. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (take 27)
  37. Because (take 1 - instrumental)
  38. The Long One (Trial edit & mix - 30 July 1969)
  39. Something (Tale 39 - instrumental - Strings Only)
  40. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (take 17 - instrumental - Strings & Bass Only)
  41. Abbey Road (Blu-Ray Audio)
Review: There's a chance this Liverpudlian four piece will be familiar by now. This, their 11th studio outing, first unveiled as the 1960s slipped into the 70s, is a bonafide epic from an outfit that weren't lacking in epics; in many ways a culmination of their time together, marking the end of their active years and beginning of their legacy. By this stage, then, they've emerged from years spent on the inner journey and time on the outer, space cadeting to the hallucinogenic fuelled tones of "Sgt. Peppers" and "Revolver". Of course, there's still plenty of explorations happening, but the gritty blues rock of opening track "Come Together" really sets the tone. Five decades on, it still sounds great and maybe even better than you remember. Even if you own the original, this anniversary edition is worth having.
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Amadeus (CD)
Cat: PPLFE 01CD. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Deep House
  1. Scirocco
  2. Automatic (feat Peaches)
  3. Amadeus
  4. Graffiti In Tehran
  5. What Is It Like (feat Pam)
  6. Rein (feat Yung Hurn & Egyptian Lover)
  7. Put Me In Your Mobile Phone
  8. Catalyst
  9. My Love Is For Real (feat Haddaway - live At The Cathedral)
Review: We've long thought that Austrian artist Wolfram Eckert is destined for greatness - or, to be more specific, crossover success - but to date his authentically produced but often tongue-in-cheek take on Euro-pop has yet to catch on with the public. "Amadeus", his long awaited second album, has all the ingredients to be a massive hit. Rich in bold synthesizer motifs, knowing nods to classic new wave and Euro-disco hits, atmospheric electronics, on-point grooves (we can hear nods to Italo-disco, Hi-NRG, acid house and the Pet Shop Boys) and high profile collaborations (Egyptian Lover, Haddaway, Peaches and, bizarrely, Pamela Anderson all appear), it's an album that brilliantly combines a mature synthesizer sound with the catchy hooks and giddy rush of the best pop music.
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K7
Cat: K7 380CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Einstagsfliege
  2. Zweibrutiger Schekenfalter
  3. Dreizehenspecht
  4. Vierfleck
  5. Funffleck-Widderchen
  6. Sechslinien-Bodeneule
  7. Siebenschlafer
  8. Goldene Acht
  9. Neuntoter
  10. Zehnpunkt-Marienkafer
  11. Elfenbein-Flechtenbarchen
  12. Zwolfpunkt-Spargelkafer
Review: While he's continued to offer up occasional singles, Bonn-based producer Dominik Eulberg has not released an album for eight years. It's for this reason that "Mannigfaltig", the former Traum Schallplatten regular's new set, is big news. Interestingly, it's nowhere near as club-focused as you'd perhaps expect, with Eulberg combining his usual glitchy, tech-house influenced beats and sounds with a range of intricate electronic motifs, sumptuous melodies and atmospheric aural textures. There are one or two club cuts, of course, but majority of the tracks bob along at a more sedate pace, with Eulberg offering up cuts that draw influence from IDM and hazy electronica. As a result, it may well be his most coherent and "listenable" album to date.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 575ACD. Rel: 02 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Paradigm Message 0718
  2. Day By Day (feat Lulu James)
  3. Elevate (feat LaAerial)
  4. Oozing (instrumental)
  5. 1010
  6. Royal (feat Entek)
  7. Get Ur Sh Together (feat Byron The Aquarius)
  8. Good To You (feat Rae Rae)
  9. If U
  10. Circles & Motion (feat Claudia Smith)
  11. Innit Dub
  12. Thankful (feat Miryam Solomon)
  13. Rainin Luv
Review: Despite being one of London's premier dancefloor-focused fusionists of the last two decades, Simbad Stanislas has not released very many albums. In fact, "Collections" is only the soul and jazz loving producer's second full length outing, with his first, "Supersonic Revolution", dropping way back in 2007. This, then, is a long overdue excursion. It contains tracks recorded (but for the most part never released) between 2003 and 2017, and includes collaborations with a wide range of vocalists and fellow producers. Musically, it's as vibrant and addictive as you'd expect, delivering tracks that effortlessly join the dots between soul, hip-hop, jazz, broken beat, jazz-funk, deep house, two-step garage and much more besides.
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Cat: SJRCD 429. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Samba For The Animals
  2. Behind The Wind (Flute Solo)
  3. Asha II
  4. Elegiac Suite For Elizabeth: Time/The Mighty River/The Wind
  5. Striped Pants (with Cadenza)
  6. Memory Cycle
Review: Soul Jazz have carefully and considerably been focusing on resizing some of Lloyd McNeil's most majestic work and now they turn to Elegia. It was originally released in 1980, but was a private dress that has been out of print for 40 years. It is a gorgeous record of elegant flute, that takes in a tropical mix of Brazilian and Latin influences, humid and jungle-like percussive sounds and plenty of jazz spiritualism. Elements of Claude Debussy, John Coltrane and Nina Simone all feature and make this a vital addition to anyone's collection.
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VARIOUS
Cat: TSRCD 036. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Ojard Et Jean Ray - "Une Barque"
  2. Jackson & His Computer Band - "Romantico"
  3. Fille Unique - "Elle Reve De Mars"
  4. Krikor - "Looker"
  5. Louisahhh!!! - "Here Is Hoping"
  6. Ashburn County - "Ghosts In The Battlefields"
  7. 67Yarc - "Light (Michele, Italy)"
  8. Trypheme - "Pierre's Birthday"
  9. Sonic Haiku - "Nenendape"
  10. Iueke - "Of The Dust"
  11. Bun - "Fatblwhut48"
  12. Destiino - "Like Love"
  13. Felicia Atkinson - "Amber's Desire"
  14. Smagghe & Cross - "Ressac"
  15. Numerus Aurus - "Consobrini"
  16. Le Comte - "Bye Bye"
  17. Villeneuve & Morando - "Constant"
  18. Dark Mark - "Body Bag"
  19. Abstraxion - "Cosmic Hole"
  20. Bambounou - "Self Stockholm Syndrome"
  21. Dye - "P-Branes"
  22. Pierre Rousseau - "Anonyme"
Review: Two years ago, Joakim surprised us all by releasing a superb compilation of contemporary French ambient music on Tigersushi. Mixing academic ambient, neo-classical, music concrete and electronica, "Musique Ambiante Francaise" tapped into France's long and illustrious experimental music history while offering a decidedly 21st century perspective. This second volume offers up more of the same, fitting between meditative electronic minimalism (Fil Unique), trippy and dubbed-out weirdness (Krikor), sustained-note paranoia (67Yarc), gentle new age synth-scapes (Trypheme), Pete Namlook style intergalactic electronics (Smagghe & Cross), stark piano pieces (Numerous Aurus), freaky weird-outs (Bambounou) and much more besides. Some of it is more unsettling that chilled-out, but without fail each and every track is superb.
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Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition) (2xCD in 24 page hard-back book sleeve)
UMC
Cat: 774776 4. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Under Stars
  2. The Secret Place
  3. Matta
  4. Signals
  5. An Ending (Ascent)
  6. Under Stars II
  7. Drift
  8. Silver Morning
  9. Deep Blue Day
  10. Weightless
  11. Always Returning
  12. Stars
  13. The End Of A Thin Cord
  14. Capsule
  15. At The Foot Of A Ladder
  16. Waking Up
  17. Clear Desert Night
  18. Over The Canaries
  19. Last Step From The Surface
  20. Fine-grained
  21. Under The Moon
  22. Strange Quiet
  23. Like I Was A Spectator
Review: To tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, Brian Eno has decided to put out a new edition of his decidedly spacey 1983 ambient album "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks", which started life as the soundtrack to a long-forgotten documentary about NASA's space program. The edition is rather special, not only because it contains a remastered version of the original set created by Eno, his brother Roger and regular collaborator Daniel Lanois, but also because it contains a second disc of previously unheard material. This is not old, though, but rather brand new recordings - described as "new interpretations of the film soundtrack" - made by the Lanois and the Eno brothers late last year in a similar style. In a word: essential.
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