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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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Cat: OLE 13792. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist
  2. Air BnB
  3. Paprika Pony
  4. Murdered Out
  5. Don't Play It
  6. Cookie Butter
  7. Hungry Baby
  8. Earthquake
  9. Get Yr Life Back
Review: When you use words like "prickly", "abrasive" and "uncompromising" it's rarely flattering. Consider Kim Gordon's exceptional powerhouse long form one of the exceptions. As far removed from music for the masses as you could hope for, it takes a particular talent to deliver work like "No Record Home". Labels such as punk certainly apply, but it's less about mouths gushing spittle amid the deafening screams of guitars and raucous vocals, and more about overall attitude. No change there for this co-founder of the mighty Sonic Youth then. Loud and intelligent, forthright and yet heartfelt and tender in its own unforgiving way, it's as far removed from wall of sound discordance as it is anything you could describe as remotely over-explored. Marrying the bloody-lipped electro of Peaches and body blow lows of EBM with gritty rock 'n' roll chords, those looking for originality that oozes repeatability should consider their hunt over, for now at least.
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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: 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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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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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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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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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: AOTNCD 030. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Elementary Physiology (part 1)
  2. Elementary Physiology (part 2)
  3. Balloon Ride
  4. Circadian Rhythms
  5. Diametrically Opposed
  6. Grockle Box
  7. Living The Dream
  8. Platform Game
  9. Stacey's Theme
  10. Photosynthesis
  11. Chronobiology
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.
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Cat: ZENCD 258. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Mwana (feat Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo & Sunburnt Soul Choir)
  2. Freedom
  3. Wake Up (interlude)
  4. Time's Up (feat Krown)
  5. Grass Is Greener
  6. Dare To Fly (feat Ecca Vandal)
  7. Any Day (feat Whosane)
  8. OMG
  9. Light It Up (interlude)
  10. Final Form
  11. Heaven (feat Whosane)
  12. Diamond In The Ruff (feat Thando & Krown)
  13. Leading Us Home
  14. Summer (feat Steam Down)
  15. Brand New (feat SILENTJAY)
  16. Give Love (interlude)
  17. The Return (feat Thando, Jace XL, Alien & Whosane)
  18. Don't Give Up (feat Mandarin Dreams)
  19. Made Us Better (feat Blue Lab beats, Boadi & Lori)
Review: After Sampa's magic debut album it makes sense she's been signed by Ninja Tune for a follow up. Once again here the Zambian-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper is in excellent form, delivering slick, complex verses that she says are "the most me to date". Exploring notions of race and relationships, amongst other things, her voice is couched in gorgeous broken beat, hip hop and r&b production. Highlights are plentiful throughout - "OMG" is a funky afro beat, "Any Day" is neo soul in the mould of Erykah Badu and "Final Form" is a trumpet lead, warrior queen anthem to get your chest pumping. Essential.
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Topology (CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 504ACD. Rel: 10 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Dragon Dance
  2. World Peace
  3. Dear Friends
  4. Takeuma
  5. I-Ha-To-Bo
  6. Crossing
Review: The latest volume in BBE's J Jazz Masterclass series is something of a stone-cold classic: then young Japanese pianist Makoto Terashita's 1983 album-length collaboration with legendary tenor saxophonist Harold Land. Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time that the sought-after set has been reissued since, making it something of a must-have for serious jazz fans. Both players are clearly audible throughout the LP, with the accompanying bassist and drummer generally kept low in the mix. It's an approach that pays dividends from start to finish, with highlights including the poignant and picturesque "Dear Friends", the epic dancefloor flex of "Dragon Dance" and the raucous, high-octane thrills of "Crossing".
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Cat: ANJCD 071. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Tied Up (feat Steven Klavier)
  2. So Precious (feat KONA)
  3. Clear (feat Nic Hanson)
  4. Jumpin' (feat Niia)
  5. Gary's House (feat Gary Saxby)
  6. You Won't See Me Cry (feat Little Boots)
  7. Trance & Dental
  8. Bimini Road
  9. Whisper In The Wind (feat Black Gatsby)
  10. Juanita (feat Kaleena Zanders)
  11. Lost City
  12. WTF
Review: As the vibrant and colourful cover artwork makes clear, Moon Boots latest album for Anjunadeep - his second following well-received 2017 debut "First Landing" - is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic and positive affair full of cheery, dancefloor-friendly songs and picturesque instrumentals (see the twinkling "Trance & Dental"). The American producer is a master at blurring the boundaries between radio-friendly house, deep synth-pop and nu-disco, and much of "Bimini Road" is based around this accessible and summery musical intersection. There are a few pleasing curveballs dotted across the LP, though, including the title track's piano-heavy Balearic chug and the sunny two-step garage-pop of Gary Saxby hook-up "Gary's House".
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Cat: BBKS 015CD. Rel: 29 May 19
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. Bullet From A Gun
  2. Greaze Mode (feat Nafe Smallz)
  3. Redrum (feat Key!)
  4. No Sleep
  5. What Do You Mean? (feat J Hus)
  6. Going Through It
  7. Same Old Story
  8. Love Me Not (feat Cheb Rabi & B-live)
  9. Animal Instinct (feat Lancey Foux)
  10. Glow In The Dark (feat Lay Z & Wizkid)
  11. You Wish
  12. Gangsta? (feat Bbk)
  13. Pure Water
Review: Three years on from his last album, Skepta's profile has never been higher. Whereas he was once an underground hero railing against anti-grime sentiments and the misunderstanding of his art, he's now an international star with a string of guest spots on gargantuan US hip-hop hits to his name. Expectancy is high, then, for "Ignorance Is Bliss". Happily, we can confirm it's another strong set. His lyrics continue to bristle with intensity, while his flow and vocal delivery remain as distinctive as ever. As for the beats, they're heavy and punchy, variously doffing a cap to chart-bothering hip-hop, sleazy trip and distorted, sub-heavy grime. In other words, he may be a star, but Skepta's records remain as real as ever.
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Cat: TRUCD 383. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Wise Women
  2. Too Much To Ask
  3. The Other Side
  4. Sweet Love
  5. Strength
  6. Everything I Need
  7. Money
  8. Nova
  9. Get To Know It
  10. What You're Doing
  11. Come Over
  12. Onto Me
  13. Whistling
  14. Still Wonder
Review: Moonchild are one of the many jewels in the Tru Thoughts fam. Their mellifluous sound melts jazz chords, angelic neo-soul vocals and broken beats to cathartic effect, and "Little Ghost" marks the LA-based band's third album on the label, fourth overall. There are no great deviations from their signature formula here, but that's not a problem: there will always be space in anyone's collection for the golden late night grooves of "Too Much To Ask," twinkling keys of "Sweet Love" and romantic Sunday morning sounds of the enchanting "Strength," amongst many other highlights.
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Cat: HTH 114CD. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Techno
  1. Panaflex Sunrise
  2. Pineal Gland
  3. Thermatropic
  4. Shoreline
  5. Entropy
  6. Xenopsin
  7. Double Rainbow
  8. Phosphorescence
Review: As you're probably by now aware, the latest Special Request album, "Bedroom Tapes", includes some of the earliest music recorded by Paul Woolford in his Leeds home during the mid-to-late 1990s. The tracks were recovered from cassettes the producer rediscovered during a recent house move. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the deep and melodious electro brilliance of opener "Panaflex Sunrise" and the IDM-influenced ambient techno sweetness of "Thermatropic", to the fizzing, stargazing brilliance of "Entropy" and the high-octane, sub-heavy dreaminess of "Double Rainbow", which like a lot of the album draws influence from the likes of B12, Autechre and Boards of Canada. Arguably best of all, though, is the epic techno workout "Xenospin", a slowly rising chunk of rushing Yorkshire futurism.
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Cat: PTKF 21462. Rel: 09 Jun 17
Indie
  1. K
  2. Each Time You Fall In Love
  3. Sunsetz
  4. Apocalypse
  5. Flash
  6. Sweet
  7. Opera House
  8. Truly
  9. John Wayne
  10. Young & Dumb
Review: The last ten years have seen no shortage of bands with their delay pedals set to stun intent on capturing an aura of dreamlike radiance. Yet Texas 'pop-noir' troupe Cigarettes After Sex are no ordinary shoegazers, for a variety of reasons - frontman Greg Gonzalez' androgynous and dulcet tones may be part of the appeal, yet moreover it's the quality of the songwriting here, which never falls prey to the style-over-substance traps of their peers. Indeed, this debut is more than enough to justify the considerable hype around this outfit, being a collection of ditties as sultry as they are atmopsheric.
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Reward (CD)
Cat: MEX 2502. Rel: 24 May 19
Indie
  1. Miami
  2. Daylight Matters
  3. Home To You
  4. Mother's Mother's Magazines
  5. Here It Comes Again
  6. Sad Nudes
  7. The Light
  8. Magnificient Gestures
  9. You Don't Love Me
  10. Meet The Man
Review: It's been ticking on three years since Cate Le Bon gave us Crab Day, the Welsh singer-songwriter's third album before now. With horns very much a focal point in Le Bon's unique sound throughout the album, it's their fusion with synths that really accent their impact. Breezy, post-90s jazz numbers that nudge at memories of shoegaze and The Cranberries make their way into early sections of the album too, with playful French pop gestures finding their way through motifs of art rock and New Yorkian post punk and new wave. Given a slighty different slant as it's sung through a welsh guise, Le Bon's ability to carry celtic-like themes through her music furthermore adds to a subtle mysticism in her sound that's playful and bluesy with a folk touch.

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Larry LEVAN/VARIOUS
Genius Of Time (unmixed 2xCD)
UMC
Cat: 474325 8. Rel: 25 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Peech Boys - "Life Is Something Special" (special edition)
  2. Syreeta - "Can't Shake Your Love" (Larry Levan mix)
  3. Gwen Guthrie - "Padlock" (Larry Levan mix)
  4. Man Friday - "Love Honey, Love Heartache" (A Larry Levan mix)
  5. Merc & Monk - "Carried Away" (Larry Levan remix)
  6. Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Bad For Me" (Larry Levan mix)
  7. Bert Reid - "Groovin' With You" (Levan vocal edit)
  8. Tramaine - "The Rock" (The Garage vocal version)
  9. Man Friday - "Groove" (Larrys yaw)
  10. Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Larry Levan remix)
  11. Gwen Guthrie - "Seventh Heaven" (Levan mix)
  12. David Joseph - "You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me)" (Larry Levan mix)
  13. Grace Jones - "Feel Up" (Larry Levan mix)
  14. Gwen Guthrie - "It Should Have Been You" (Larry Levan mix)
  15. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (Larry Levan mix)
  16. Esther Williams - "I'll Be Your Pleasure" (Larry Levan remix)
  17. Man Friday - "Real Love" (The Paradise garage mix)
  18. Central Line - "Walking Into Sunshine" (Larry Levan special mix)
  19. Jeffrey Osborne - "Plane Love" (Larry Levan remix - specially remxied version)
  20. Gwen Guthrie - "Peanut Butter" (Larry Levan mix - long vocal)
  21. Smokey Robinson - "And I Don't Love You" (instrumental dub)
  22. Peech Boys - "Don't Make Me Wait" (extended version)
Review: Larry Levan's influence on the development of dance music in New York during the 1980s cannot be overstated. That much is clear from Genius Of Time, a two-disc collection of the Paradise Garage resident's finest remixes. Heavy on dub delays, spaced-out synthesizers and rolling grooves, it gathers together a swathe of stone-cold classics - killer reworks of Gwen Guthrie, Man Friday, Peech Boys, Loose Joints and Jimmy Ross - with lesser-known, but no less vital, tweaks of cuts from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esther Williams, Smokey Robinson and Tramaine. While dedicated fans will have many of these already, it serves as the perfect introduction to Levan's distinctive and hugely influential style.
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XL
Cat: XL 936CD. Rel: 26 Oct 18
Soundtracks
  1. A Storm That Took Everything
  2. The Hooks
  3. Suspirium
  4. Belongings Thrown In A River
  5. Has Ended
  6. Klemperer Walks
  7. Open Again
  8. Sabbath Incantation
  9. The Inevitable Pull
  10. Olga's Destruction (Volk Tape)
  11. The Conjuring Of Anke
  12. A Light Green
  13. Unmade
  14. The Jumps
  15. Volk
  16. The Universe Is Indifferent
  17. The Balance Of Things
  18. A Soft Hand Across Your Face
  19. Suspirium Finale
  20. A Choir Of One
  21. Synthesizer Speaks
  22. The Room Of Compartments
  23. An Audition
  24. Voiceless Terror
  25. The Epilogue
Review: Given his innate ability to craft intensely atmospheric and often fundamentally unsettling music, it seems apt that Thom Yorke has finally got around to producing a film soundtrack. It's fitting, too, that said soundtrack is for Luca Guadagnino's weirdo remake of 1977 Italian horror flick "Suspiria". Yorke nails the brief, delivering a string of chilling, otherworldly instrumentals that not only draw on his well-established love of dark ambient and gruesome electronica, but also foreboding neo-classical movements and sparse, wide-eyed arrangements. There are a smattering of superb vocal moments, too, with recent single "Suspirio" - described by one broadsheet reviewer as "the saddest waltz you'll ever here" - standing out.
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Played by: Indian Wells
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VARIOUS
Tabansi Sampler (unmixed CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 592CCD. Rel: 28 Aug 19
International
  1. Ebo Taylor - "Make You No Mind"
  2. Zeal Onyia - "Zeal Anata"
  3. Nkono Teles - "Love Vibration"
  4. Ojo Balingo - "Oba Mimo Olorun Ayo"
  5. The Mandators - "Looking Out For You"
  6. Lumingu Puati (Zorro) - "Tshina Dekula"
  7. Dytomite Starlite Band Of Ghana - "Amanfoo"
  8. Eric Kol - "You're My Solution"
  9. Zack And Geebah - "For The Love Of Money"
  10. Tony Sarfo & His Funki Afrosibi - "Super Star"
  11. Ben Jagga - "Hold On Pretty Woman"
  12. Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
  13. Victor Chukwu - "Wonderful For Ashawo"
Review: Over the next couple of years, BBE is going to reissue more than 60 titles from the epic back catalogue of leading Nigerian independent label Tabansi Records. To wet appetites, the label has decided to offer up this deliberately eclectic sampler. It focuses on music recorded and released in the 1970s and 80s, giddily dancing between highlife, Afrobeat, funk, soul, disco, rumba and soukous. There's tons to get excited about, including Ebo Taylor's previously unreleased Afrobeat/highlife fusion jam "Make You No Mind", the synthesizer-driven deep boogie flex of Nkono Teles' "Love Vibration", the highlife/juju flex of Victor Chukwu's "Wonderful For Ashawo" and the horn-tooting cheeriness of Zack And Geebah's "For The Love Of Money".
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Late Night Tales (mixed CD)
Cat: ALNCD 52. Rel: 29 Mar 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Sarah Davachi - "Track 1" (live In Portland - Excerpt - Exclusive track)
  2. Carlos Walker - "Via Lactea"
  3. The Rationals - "Glowin'"
  4. William S Fischer - "Chains"
  5. Max Roach - "Equipoise"
  6. Abu Talib (Bobby Wright) - "Blood Of An American"
  7. Sweet & Innocent - "Express Your Love"
  8. Robert Vanderbilt & The Foundation Of Souls - "A Message Especially From God"
  9. The Defaulters - "Gentle Man"
  10. Alain Bellaiche - "Sun Blues"
  11. Alain Bellaiche - "Sea Fluorescent"
  12. Kara-Lis Coverdale - "Moments In Love" (Excerpt)
  13. Azimuth - "The Tunnel"
  14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Milk" (Excerpt)
  15. Toshimaru Nakamura - "Nimb#59" (Exclusive track)
  16. Floating Points - "The Sweet Time Suite" (part 1 - Opening - Exclusive Kenny Wheeler Cover version)
  17. Lauren Laverne - "Ah! Why, Because The Dazzling Sun" (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
Review: Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has long been known as a producer, DJ and selector with a staggeringly good record collection. It's for this reason that his edition of "Late Night Tales", a series dedicated to the joys of post-club home listening, has been so eagerly anticipated. The resultant mix is a triumph, with Shepherd showcasing a largely rare and obscure mix of new age ambient, high-grade jazz, sumptuous folk-soul (see Abu Talib's impeccable "Blood Of An American"), psychedelic soul weirdness, intergalactic jazz-funk, Satie-style piano movements and the drowsy, liquid electronics of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The set also includes a handful of exclusive tracks, including a wonderful new Floating Points cover of Kenny Wheeler's "The Sweet Time Suite (Part I - Opening)". In a word: essential.
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Cat: WIGCD 451. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Walk Away
  2. Hope
  3. Southern Sky
  4. Gretel
  5. Taking
  6. Near
  7. Project 2
  8. Bad Man
  9. Sugar
  10. In My Arms
  11. Cow
  12. Crime
  13. SugarHouse (live)
Review: If you're new to the Alex Giannascoli's world then make yourself comfortable - chances are, like us, you'll be here for a while. There are so many tangents, threads and stylistic shifts of shape it's possible to dive into his back catalogue and spend years never getting bored. It's now far quicker to understand what we're talking about, though, thanks to his latest album. There are multiple personalities at play here than you'd think could be coherent, but coherent this record is. Opener "Walk Away" sounds like an overview of the whole thing - growing from desperate cry into a grandiose, captivating thing of real beauty via reversed-out backing track and looped lyrics. All very Beta Band. From there we're locked-in, through the shimmering melodies of "Taking" to "Sugar"'s deep, tense atmospheric crescendos and vocoders. Ending on the stunning brass-accented blues rock of "SugarHouse (Live)", it's as complete a record as you could ask for.
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Cat: BEC 5650090. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Wedding
  2. Whitsand Bay
  3. Insecurity
  4. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  5. Driving
  6. Lately
  7. Lying Low
  8. Forever Is A Long Time
  9. The Light
  10. Sex Emoji
  11. Walking In The Dark
  12. Insecure
  13. Miracle Rooftop
  14. Upset My Girlfriend
  15. Wedding Bells
  16. Lately (Going Spare)
  17. Ur Mixtape
Review: God bless Metronomy. Pioneers of a dance-indie crossover that was less garish and day-glow hued than the Nu Rave movement dominant back then. Their sixth full-length comes in the 10th anniversary year of their first, and proves the band have grown and fine-tuned, rather than got lost and forgotten why they came out to begin with. Despite clear development, though, the spirit of that inaugural effort is still here, and arguably in more generous helpings than any outing between then and now. Equal parts playful and earnest, there's plenty here to fall in love with. Single-worthy outings like the bouncy, floor-filler "Salted Caramel Ice Cream" and the appropriately titled pairing "Wedding" and "Wedding Bells" are confident and big room sounding. "The Light" veers into dubbier, more introverted directions, whereas "Upset My Girlfriend" shows them at their most heart-achingly beautiful and human. Exquisite, as usual.
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Cat: AJX 478 CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Soul
  1. Let Me Be Your Lover
  2. He's A Loser
  3. How Long Must The Show Go On
  4. A Good Thing
  5. Gonna Find A True Love
  6. Funk Machine
  7. You Give Me Someone To Love
  8. Disco Dream
Review: Discerning diggers will know that an original copy of this funk soul gem from 1978 often fetch close to four figures. Initially released on a little known label in Mississippi, Acid Jazz now give it the proper reissue treatment. It is filled with passionate soul songs that stride forward with purpose and pride. "Let Me Be Your Lover" is the breakout single that will get most club plays, but the sliding hi hats and twangy bass of "Gonna Find A True Love" will also do plenty of damage. The version included here is slightly different to the single that was reissued earlier this year, but is well worthy of its inclusion.
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Dionysus (CD)
Cat: PIASR 440CDX. Rel: 02 Nov 18
Indie
  1. Act I: Sea Borne/Liberator Of Minds/Dance Of The Bacchantes
  2. Act II:The Mountain/The Invocation/The Forest/Psychopomp
Review: The legendary Dead Can Dance return with their first studio album in six years! Coming from a school of Australian music pioneers that include Severed Heads and Essendon Airport among their class, this latest missive sees the duo maintain their psychedelic, exotic and mystic sound, with hints of witchcraft and ritualisms eternally abound. The album pays homage to Dionysus, Greek God of wine, fertility and religious ecstasy, and naturally the album oozes these qualities itself. Across the LP Brendan Perry plys his hand to a mass of instruments heard as otherworldly to the west, with a specific set stemming from the Balkans with an ensemble use of zournas, gadulkas and gaidas. Meanwhile Lisa Gerrad's exquisite voice remains as haunting as it ever was, be up front in the mix or lurking amongst the album's lush atmospheres. The Dead Can Still Dance.
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Cat: SC 377CD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Giving Up
  2. Used To Be Lonely
  3. Before I Know It
  4. Song For Ty
  5. Valleys (My Love)
  6. Rhododendron
  7. My Lfie Alone
  8. Day & Night
  9. Friend Of Mine
  10. Forever Turned Around
Review: From the moment opening track "Giving Up" hits you with its timeless pop rock romanticism you're immediately transported to some bygone era, when the charts really meant something, everything on the radio inspired boy-meeting-girl, vice versa, or indeed non-binary-meeting-non-binary. You know - when things were right with the world. Dangerously close to pastiche, the quality of the songwriting and infectious instrumentation elevate this second long form from Chicago's greatest hope(s) to a whole other level. Listen to the brass work on "Rhododendron", a jaunty walk in the park after that surprisingly good first date. "Valleys (My Love)" anthemic chorus and lilting strings. The crooning guitars of "Before I Know It". These tracks pay homage to golden era love songs, when mainstream was experimental because so little had come before. And yet they all stand up today - mesmerising proof that fashions come and go, but style is omnipresent.
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Cat: ALNCD 50. Rel: 26 Jan 18
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Como Me Quieres
  2. Lady & Man
  3. Maria Tambien
  4. August 10
  5. Como Te Quiero
  6. Shades Of Man
  7. Evan Finds The Third Room
  8. A Hymn
  9. Rules
  10. Friday Morning
Review: In 2015, Texas & London-based trio Khruangbin's debut album 'The Universe Smiles Upon You' garnered wide critical acclaim and captured attention for its seamless genre-blending and internationally shaped sound - one that evidently has deep roots in Thai-funk cassette culture. Similarly to their debut, sophomore record 'Con Todo El Mundo' is a cocktail of largely instrumental surf-rock, afro-funk, middle-eastern and far-eastern influences, mixed with warmth and soul. As if their pallette wasn't diverse enough, the additions of the pared back boogie on 'Evan Finds The Third Room', the widescreen dream-pop of 'A Hymn' and deeply intricate writing of closer 'Friday Morning', are illustrative of a band who have worked hard to broaden their horizons while keeping their roots in mind and, despite transatlantic bases, clearly remain a stunningly cohesive and well-matched outfit.
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  1. Statement Of Intent/Black Monument Theme
  2. Sounds Like Now
  3. Solar Power
  4. Rebuild A Nation
  5. Which I Believe It Will
  6. Which I Believe I Am
  7. The Colors That You Bring
  8. The Future?
  9. Power
  10. From A Spark To A Fire
Review: African-American consciousness is the primary theme of this 10-track collection from Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, a 15-piece musical collective headed up by eponymous improvisational artist Damon Locks, who's based in the Windy City. Sampled Civil Rights-era speeches, Afro-gospel harmonies, heavy 909 kicks and found sounds all find their way into freeform jazz excursions, providing the primary ingredients for a musical stew that defies easy categorisation. If you're looking for soothing, lounge-y vibes you're in the wrong place, but if you like your music 'challenging' both rhythmically and intellectually, this is an album that's worth investigating.
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Cat: CIRCCD 102. Rel: 25 Jan 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Amazonia
  2. Terra De Indio
  3. Fazenda
  4. Ceu Do Brasil
  5. Africa Brasil
  6. Minas Nascimento
  7. Pe De Flor
  8. A Volta
  9. Goiano
  10. Terra De Indio (part 2)
  11. Cerradao
  12. Sweet Lullaby (Brazilian version)
  13. Virtual Forest
  14. Pimenta Do Tempero
Review: Last year, long-serving "global pop" innovators Deep Forest (now a solo project by co-founder Eric Mouquet) returned to action with a collaborative album co-penned by fellow "Worldbeat" veteran Daniele Gaudi. Here Moquet presents the first solo Deep Forest set since 2015, a breezy and sun-kissed set inspired by the music of Brazil. What you get is a dreamy and effortlessly melodious blend of indigenous rhythms, electronic instrumentation, dreamy chords, heartfelt vocals (in this case largely in Portuguese), ambient atmospherics and slow-motion synth-pop sensibilities. There are few surprises, but then you wouldn't expect them: after all, Mouquet is a master at producing this kind of accessible pop. If you're a fan of Deep Forest, you'll love it.
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LOTUS DISCO/VARIOUS
#Love #Hope #Desire (unmixed CD)
Cat: CDEXP 55. Rel: 09 May 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Suzy Q - "Get On Up & Do It Again"
  2. Project - "Love Rescue"
  3. Staple Singers - "Slippery People" (club version)
  4. Dee Dee Sharp Gamble - "Breaking & Entering" (12" mix)
  5. Duncan Sisters - "Too Damn Hot"
  6. Sylvia Striplin - "Give Me Your Love"
  7. Shawn Jackson - "Loveline" (extended version)
  8. Claudja Barry - "Sweet Dynamite" (Tom Moulton 12" mix)
  9. Geraldine Hunt - "Can't Fake The Feeling" (dub mix)
  10. Grace Jones - "On Your Knees"
  11. Rena - "I Love Your Beat (Play It Again Sam)" (instrumental)
  12. Suzy Q - "I Can't Give You More"
Review: Over the last few years, Vietnamese DJ Lotus Disco has been taking the international soul scene by storm. Here she presents her first compilation CD, a 12-track salvo packed to the rafters with high-grade boogie and disco treats. While there a few well-known scene staples present - think Claudja Barry's "Sweet Dynamite", Staple Singers' cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People" and the killer dub of Geraldine Hunt's "Can't Fake This Feeling" - it's the lesser-known delights that really sparkle. Highlights include the soulful disco-funk shuffle of Project's "Love Rescue", the slap-bass propelled brilliance of Dee Dee Sharp Gamble's "Breaking & Entering", Shawn Jackson's sensual electrofunk roller "Loveline" and a pair of hot-to-trot slammers from Suzy Q.
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Pata Pata (CD)
Cat: STRUT 180CD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
International
  1. Pata Pata (mono)
  2. Ha Po Zamani (mono)
  3. What Is Love (mono)
  4. Maria Fulo (mono)
  5. Yetentu Tizaleny (mono)
  6. Click Song Number One (mono)
  7. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (mono)
  8. Jol'inkomo (mono)
  9. West Wind (mono)
  10. Saduva (mono)
  11. A Piece Of Ground (mono)
  12. Pata Pata
  13. Ha Po Zamani
  14. What Is Love
  15. Maria Fulo
  16. Yetentu Tizaleny
  17. Click Song Number One
  18. Ring Bell, Ring Bell
  19. Jol'inkomo
  20. West Wind
  21. Saduva
  22. A Piece Of Ground
Review: Recorded in New York in 1966, Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata" - her first for the legendary Reprise Records imprint - has long been considered one of the most important and influential South African albums of all time. Strut certainly thinks so and has offered up a "definitive version" that contains both mono and stereo mixes of the album, alongside new sleeve notes that tell the singer's remarkable story in vivid detail. Musically the set is rooted in jazz, but also incorporates sounds, rhythms and instrumentation not only reflective of Makeba's home country, but also nods to American soul, Latin rhythms and calypso (the latter showcasing the influence of her mentor, Harry Belafonte).
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DJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up: Disco Wonderland (2xCD (CD 1 mixed, CD 2 unmixed))
BBE
Cat: BBE 386CCD. Rel: 14 Nov 17
Funk
  1. World Premiere - "Shake The Night" (intro)
  2. Cloud 1 - "Patty Duke"
  3. Shot - "Main Thing" (feat Kim Marsh)
  4. Tamiko Jones - "Let It Flow"
  5. Freedom - "Get Up & Dance"
  6. World Premiere - "Share The Night"
  7. Advance - "Take Me To The Top"
  8. Sure Thing - "Holding You Tight"
  9. Don Laka - "I Wanna Be Myself"
  10. Neddy Smith - "Give It Up"
  11. Disco Dub Band - "For The Love Of Money"
  12. Joanne Wilson - "Got To Have You" (Whiskey Barons re-edit)
  13. Jimmy Young - "Times Are Tight"
  14. Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Andy Smith & Nick Halke Reach Up re-edit)
  15. T-Connection - "Groove To Get Down"
  16. Don Laka - "I Wanna Be Myself"
  17. Freedom - "Get Up & Dance"
  18. Advance - "Take Me To The Top"
  19. Jimmy Ross - "First True Love Affair" (Andy Smith & Nick Halke Reach Up re-edit)
  20. Tamiko Jones - "Let It Flow"
  21. Joanne Wilson - "Got To Have You" (Whiskey Barons re-edit)
  22. Neddy Smith - "Give It Up"
  23. T Connection - "Groove To Get Down"
  24. Jimmy Young - "Times Are Tight"
  25. World Premiere - "Share The Night"
  26. Sure Thing - "Holding You Tight"
  27. Shot - "Main Thing" (feat Kim Marsh)
  28. Disco Dub Band - "For The Love Of Money"
Review: Given the depth of his record collection, you'd expect crate-digging hero Andy Smith to be able to put together a rather good disco and boogie compilation. That's exactly what he does here. Named after his disco-themed DJ collective, Reach Up does a great job in joining the dots between familiar anthems (Disco Dub Band's "For The Love of Money", World Premiere's "Share The Night", Freedom's break-diggin' fave "Get Up & Dance" and Sure Thing's modern electrofunk smash "Holding Me Tight") and slightly deeper, often overlooked selections (Advance's boogie killer "Take Me To The Top" and Jimmy Bo Horne's "Is It In" being great examples). Smith's mix on disc one is typically smooth, entertaining and on-point, while the unmixed second disco offers an opportunity to own the same cuts in full-length, DJ-friendly form.
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Las Pale (CD)
Cat: STRUT 195CD. Rel: 30 Nov 18
International
  1. Las Pale
  2. Kwen Pe Ke Pe
  3. La Guadeloupe
  4. Mwen Ke Rive
  5. Gade
  6. Pou Lanmou
Review: Thanks to an upsurge in interest in zouk, the synthesizer-heavy tropical style that emerged from the French Antilles in the early 1980s, reissues of superb but hard to find gems from the style's original heyday are becoming increasingly popular. This one from Strut Records is a peach. Originally released in 1988, "Las Pale" is the sole album from Feeling Kreyol, a female trio from Guadeloupe assembled and produced by local studio buffs Darius Denon and Frankie Brumier. It remains a brilliantly effervescent and colourful set, with the trio adding strong and attractive to distinctively tropical drum machine rhythms, shimmering synths, kaleidoscopic melodies and jangling guitars. In other words, it's a giddy blast of electronic tropical brilliance. Don't sleep.
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Boston Goes Disco! (2xCD (CD 1 mixed, CD 2 unmixed))
BBE
Cat: BBE 452CCD. Rel: 03 Aug 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Chris Rhodes Band - "Wait Until Dark"
  2. Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  3. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo-Pershere" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  4. Wildlife - "All In Good Time" (feat VI Taylor - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  5. Larry Wedgeworth & Clique - "No More Games" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  6. Portable Patrol - "Cop Bop" (feat The Disco Cop - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  7. Cojo - "Play It By Ear"
  8. Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  9. Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  10. Hypnotics - "Fire Funk" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  11. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  12. Dreamfight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  13. The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit)
  14. The Chris Rhodes Band - "Wait Until Dark"
  15. Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  16. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo-Pershere" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  17. Wildlife - "All In Good Time" (feat VI Taylor - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  18. Larry Wedgeworth & Clique - "No More Games" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  19. Portable Patrol - "Cop Bop" (feat The Disco Cop - Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  20. Cojo - "Play It By Ear"
  21. Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  22. Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  23. Hypnotics - "Fire Funk" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  24. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (Serge Gamesbourg edit)
  25. Dreamfight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework)
  26. The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit)
  27. Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (original 7" version Spliced parts 1 & 2)
Review: Bostonian DJ, producer and crate digger Serge Gamesbourg has spent much of the last two years slavishly digging into the history of Massachusetts' little known underground disco scene. Here, over mixed and unmixed discs, he presents the results. Naturally, there's little you'll have heard before, and plenty of high-grade dancefloor fire, much of it re-edited or subtly reworked by Gamesbourg himself. Highlights include the fuzzy, lo-fi funk of Gypsy's "Keep It Comin' On", the turn-of-the-'80s, synth-laden disco-funk dazzle of Portable Patrol's "Cop Bop", the celebratory release of "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics and the smooth, blue-eyed soul shimmer of "Wait Until Dark" by The Chris Rhodes Band.
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Palaver (CD)
BBE
Cat: BBE 511ACD. Rel: 10 Sep 19
International
  1. Palaver
  2. Make You No Mind
  3. Abebrese
  4. Help Africa
  5. Nyame Dadaw
Review: The dusty-fingered diggers behind the BBE label have a reputation for unearthing obscure or unreleased gems, though we doubt that they've previously discovered anything quite as significant as this. Ebo Taylor, the undisputed king of Ghanaian "funky-highlife", recorded "Palaver" with his touring band way back in 1980, but for reasons the man himself can't even remember, Nigerian imprint Tabansi Records never got round to releasing it. That remains an odd decision, because "Palaver" shows Taylor at his very best, with the sax and trumpet-laden brilliance of "Make You No Mind" and the righteous, Afrobeat-influenced highlife brilliance of "Help Africa" being every bit as potent as the Ghanaian's most revered work.
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4AD
Cat: 4AD 0172CD. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Post Rock/Experimental
  1. Vi Er Uendelig
  2. Supertanker
  3. Uden Ansigt
  4. I Dine Ojne
  5. Haender Der Abner Sig
  6. Verden Forsvinder
  7. Under Broen Der Ligger Du
  8. Havet Lofter Sig
  9. Hold Mine Haender
Review: Where were you seven years ago? School? High school? College? First job? Last job? Whatever the answer it's certainly not the same place as Efterklang were, and still are. The Danish trio have never been of this world, yet give us so many opportunities to consider the emotion and passion this world offers. The first album to be fully written in their native tongue accentuates those qualities - dreamy soundscapes, different and decidedly bewitching intonation. It's an epic journey, with the likes of "Uden Ansigt" among the most epic, like Bon Iver's vocals slow dancing with the soaring instrumentation of Sigur Ros. "Havet Lofter Sig" ups the beauty, fittingly on the shortest track - gentle pianos, unnaturally pitched backing voices and baritone lead creating real yearning, proving nothing great lasts forever. Or longer than a couple of minutes. Cutting to the chase, it's a mesmerising work you're sure to have on repeat.
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Proto (CD)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0140CD. Rel: 10 May 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Birth
  2. Alienation
  3. Canaan (live Training)
  4. Eternal
  5. Crawler
  6. Extreme Love (with Lily Anna Haynes & Jenna Sutela)
  7. Frontier
  8. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
  9. SWIM
  10. Evening Shades (live Training)
  11. Bridge (with Martine Syms)
  12. Godmother (with Jlin)
  13. Last Gasp
Review: When it comes to working with voice and voice alone there's few artists out there that can really dissociate speech and its connection with the brain. Proto is the third full-length album by composer and sound artist Holly Herndon, and it brings out on onslaught of sounds that will keep you rooted in your seat. Opener "Birth" for example sounds something like a poor soul struggling with the deepest of emotions and most spellbinding of speech impediments. The music embraces rave and extreme cut up techniques with bass music and a myriad of experimental beats, ideas and philosophy. Much like SOPHIE's music there are so many reference points to discover; with our best comparisons being Enya, Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" and the cluster of music coming out of experimental label PAN. The album also features a collaboration with Planet Mu's Jlin with the gnawing beatboxes of "Godmother". What a trip to redefine what we might one day call 'prototypical' - but for now, take a deep breath and dive into the multi-dimensional abyss.
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4AD
Cat: 4AD 0154CD. Rel: 17 May 19
Indie
  1. You Had Your Soul With You
  2. Quiet Light
  3. Roman Holiday
  4. Oblivions
  5. The Pull Of You
  6. Hey Rosey
  7. I Am Easy To Find
  8. Her Father In The Pool
  9. Where Is Her Head
  10. Not In Kansas
  11. So Far So Fast
  12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
  13. Hairpin Turns
  14. Rylan
  15. Underwater
  16. Light Years
Review: It's fair to say that when The National release an album the Cincinnati originating supergroup garner the same type of attention that Radiohead once drew. With some futuristic production techniques creeping its way into the band's engineered sound, a new expressionism in the group's sound on "I Am Easy To Find" makes its way into the open, if only subtly. With the opening passages of "You Had Your Soul With You" sounding something like Battles' "Atlas", the music breaks down into a fanfare of traditional yet supercharged folk instrumentations; with drums, spoken word, strings in all their various forms, and the familiar smokey drawl of Matt Berninger's voice sitting snugly on top of subtle drum machines and synthesisers. Super ballads and sincerity.
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Cat: ALNCD 40. Rel: 03 Nov 15
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Mr White
  2. Two Fish & An Elephant
  3. Dern Kala
  4. Little Joe & Many
  5. White Gloves
  6. People Everywhere (Still Alive)
  7. The Man Who Took My Sunglasses
  8. August Twelve
  9. Balls & Pins
  10. Timsville
Review: Inspired by the slightly unlikely collision of the Thai music of the '70s and The Shadows, Khruangbin - the name means 'aeroplane' in Thailand - are purveyors of a deliriously mellow and beguiling form of jammed-out power-trio guitar music - far removed from standard notions of psych and dreampop, partly owing to its pan-global influences, its nonetheless both psychedelic and dreamy, not to mention possessed of an unhurried, reflective and spacious lilt that renders this Texan-London outfit a rare treat in an information-saturated age, taking on delicate soul and funk with exotic atmospheres and making the journey feel both blissful and effortless.
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Designer (CD)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0102CD. Rel: 26 Apr 19
Folk/Americana
  1. Fixture Picture
  2. Designer
  3. Zoo Eyes
  4. Treasure
  5. The Barrel
  6. Damn
  7. Weight Of The Planets
  8. Heaven Is Empty
  9. Pilot
Review: To live a life with harmony is some of the first lyrics spent on Aldous Harding's anticipated Designer album, and she gives us plenty here. Easy going '90s coastal pop nostalgia is subtly blended into folky storytelling of up-front, breathy vocals, strumming and finger picked guitars, to acoustic drums and various strokes of piano. Patti Smith influences, to Nico, Kate Bush and even Cat Power similarities and inspirations are there to be found on this LP too. And with the New Zealand singer-songwriter already making quite the impression with her Party LP from two years ago, her debut on the always impressing 4AD, this sophomore album looks to conjure up more of her sweet and dreamy flow yet.
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Cat: JAL 300CD. Rel: 21 Feb 19
Funk
  1. I'm A Man
  2. Slow Down
  3. You Could've Been A Lady
  4. Let Yourself Go
  5. Beggarman
  6. Will You Be Mine
  7. You Don't Know
  8. You're Gone (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  9. I Can't Give You Up
  10. Don't Go
  11. Broke
  12. Lay It On Me
  13. I Feel Alive
  14. Give It Back
  15. In Deep
  16. Hard Work
  17. Have Love
  18. Mr Hyde
Review: Jalapeno superfunkers Smoove & Turrell celebrate a decade of their unique, fast lane dancefloor soul with this epic 18 track double LP that digs deep into their extensive five album body of work so far. Powerful, hooky and characterised consistently by John Turrell's gutsy, heart-punching vocal style, across the set we're blessed with everything from sparkling disco ("Beggarman") to stomping northern soul ("I'm A Man") via lavish 80s style funk and straight up Hammond slapping sweaty funk ("Lay It On Me"). A fittingly supersize sized set to celebrate a landmark anniversary for the northern troupe; here's to another 10 years.
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Cat: FSRCD 125. Rel: 24 Jan 19
Funk
  1. Joyous
  2. That's Nice
  3. Egg Roll
  4. Smokey Joe's La La
  5. Oblighetto
  6. Goodbye, So Long
  7. Sweet Power Your Embrace
  8. Noches De Viaje
  9. A Love I Believe In
  10. The Panther
  11. Brazilian Rhyme
  12. Am I Wrong
Review: New Zealand-born Lance Ferguson has been the beating heart of Melbourne's modern funk and soul scene for the best part of two decades. It's this that allowed him to gather many of the city's best musicians together to record "Rare Groove Spectrum", an album of fresh covers of rare and classic funk, soul and Latin jams. There are some killer versions to be found amongst the 11 tracks on offer. We're particularly enjoying the collective's riotous instrumental revision of Pleasure classic "Joyous", the strutting deep funk heaviness of "Egg Roll" (a similarly restless cover of a mysterious but much-played cut that should be familiar to dusty-fingered diggers and knowledgeable dancers) and the sumptuous summer breeze that is the combo's meandering take on Earth, Wind and Fire staple "Brazilian Rhyme". It is, though, all superb.
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Cat: FSRCD 127. Rel: 29 Nov 18
Soul
  1. The Bamboos - "Golden Ticket"
  2. Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum - "Smokey Joe's La La"
  3. The Mighty Ryeders - "Evil Vibrations"
  4. Matador! Soul Sounds - "Too Late"
  5. Grupo Magnetico - "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
  6. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - "Ain't It Funky Now"
  7. Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions - "Gonna Be Alright"
  8. Mestizo Beat - "Featherbed Lane"
  9. Smoove & Turrell - "You're Gone" (feat Izo FitzRoy)
  10. Kizzy Crawford - "Progression"
  11. Chip Wickham - "Rebel No 23"
  12. The Lewis Express - "Brother Move On"
  13. Courtney Pine - "Rules" (feat Omar)
  14. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - "Foolish Girl" (feat Alex Ligertwood)
  15. The New Mastersounds - "Tantalus"
  16. The Getup - "Hush"
  17. Orquesta Akokan - "Mambo Rapidito"
  18. Gizelle Smith - "Scared Of Something"
  19. Menagerie - "Spiral"
Review: Craig Charles' annual "Funk & Soul Club" compilations are fast becoming as much of a Christmas tradition as turkey, dodgy decorations and ill-advised snogs at office parties. As with its predecessor, this sixth volume does a good job in showcasing the best in modern funk, soul, Afrobeat and heavy Latin jams, with a few stone cold classics thrown in (see the Mighty Ryeders' peerless "Evil Vibrations"). Look out for deep and heavy funk gems from the Bamboos, the New Mastersounds and Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum, some suitably smooth fare from Courtney Pine and Omar, a scintillating, salsa-focused cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by Scotland's Grupo Magnetico, and a dash of dancefloor goodness from funk breaks scene stalwarts Smoove and Turrell.
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PSYCHEMAGIK/VARIOUS
Psychemagik Presents Magik Sunset Part 1 (2xCD (CD 1 unmixed, CD 2 mixed))
Cat: LENCD 008. Rel: 07 May 15
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Bobby Brown - "My Hawaiian Home"
  2. Kathy Stack - "Summer Wind"
  3. Mother Funk - "Sunshine"
  4. Jack Adkins - "American Sunset"
  5. Greg Sonnleitner - "Misunderstood"
  6. Nathan Perkins Band - "Soul Keepers"
  7. Crossection - "Over Again"
  8. Majik - "Take Me There" (Psychemagik edit)
  9. Al Dos Band - "Doing Our Thing With Pride"
  10. Jake Hottell - "Horizon"
  11. The Electric Connection - "Groovy"
  12. Gene Lawrence - "After Sunrise"
  13. P'cock - "Telephone Song"
  14. Terry Brooks & Strange - "Higher Flyer"
  15. Bobby Brown - "My Hawaiian Home" (Psychemagik mix)
  16. Kathy Stack - "My Hawaiian Home"
  17. Mother Funk - "Sunshine"
  18. Jack Adkins - "American Sunset"
  19. Greg Sonnleitner - "Misunderstood"
  20. Nathan Perkins Band - "Soul Keepers"
  21. Crossection - "Over Again"
  22. Majik - "Take Me There" (Psychemagik edit)
  23. Al Dos Band - "Doing Our Thing With Pride"
  24. Jake Hottell - "Horizon"
  25. The Electric Connection - "Groovy"
  26. Gene Lawrence - "After Sunrise"
  27. P'cock - "Telephone Song"
  28. Terry Brooks & Strange - "Higher Flyer"
Review: Following the runaway success of their Magick Cyrcles and Magick Sunrise compilations, Psychemagik return with another selection of wilfully obscure Balearic gems. There's a subtly breezy, occasionally humid feel to much of the material this time round, with the acclaimed crate diggers' selections flitting between stoned blue-eyed soul, baked west coast rock, curious, semi-spoken word pieces, and the kind of material that suggests getting horizontal as a matter of priority. It goes without saying, of course, that the selections are thrillingly deep, with a tracklist that will have even the most committed record collectors scratching their heads.
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Cat: FW 174CD. Rel: 05 Jul 18
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Joyous
  2. Your Dreams Don't Mean A Thing
  3. Sweet Kinch
  4. Cold
  5. Out Here On My Own (feat Children Of Zeus)
  6. Bien
  7. 2Tone
  8. It's About Who You Know
  9. Outta Audah
  10. Soon Come
  11. It's A World Before You (feat Dego)
  12. Cupid (feat Uhmeer)
  13. Unique
Review: The word 'legend' gets banded about rather a lot, but it is certainly applicable to West London scene stalwart Kaidi Tatham. Further confirmation of this elevated status can be found throughout "It's A World Before You", a staggeringly good album that marks the musician-producer's first solo set for some seven years. While rooted in the kind of warm, rich and life-affirming jazz-funk-fuelled broken beat workouts with which Tatham is most readily associated (and they're naturally superb), there's plenty of killer diversions dotted throughout. These include a couple of spacey, soul-flecked ambient rubs, a sublime collaboration with hip-hop/modern soul fusionists Children of Zeus, and a fine head-nodding hip-hop jam featuring rapper Uhmeer. In a word: essential.
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Cat: 592159 7918. Rel: 09 Apr 18
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Octagon Octagon
  2. Polka Dots
  3. Black Hole Son
  4. Power Of The World (S Curls)
  5. Operation Zero
  6. Bear Witnes IV
  7. Area 54
  8. Flying Waterbed
  9. 3030 Meets The Doc (part 1)
  10. Karma Sutra
  11. Hollywood Tailswinging
  12. Bonu Track
Review: It would be fair to say that Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is an "event release". Not only is it the first Dr Octagon album for 12 years, but also reunites the project's "Holy Trinity" of originator Kool Keith, producer Dan The Automator and turntable wizard DJ Q-Bert. The results are, naturally, very impressive. Continuing with the hazy, intergalactic concept established at the project's inception, the album's 15 tracks mix crunchy, left-of-centre hip-hop beats and killer samples with alien synthesizer lines, fuzzy electronic basslines, jazzy flourishes, Star Wars-level scratches (particularly noticeable on "Bear Witness IV") and Kool Keith's incomparable raps. In other words, it's every bit as impressive and essential as we'd hoped for.
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Cat: SPCD 1250. Rel: 14 Sep 18
Indie
  1. Quorum
  2. Dancing & Blood
  3. Fly
  4. Tempest
  5. Always Up
  6. Always Trying To Work It Out
  7. The Son, The Sun
  8. Dancing & Fire
  9. Poor Sucker
  10. Rome (Always In The Dark)
  11. Disarray
Review: Minnesota couple Low have been around the block, lets say roughly 25 times, and it's been the Seattle-based Sub Pop label that's really become home to their music after several drops for the ambient-laced Kranky. I mean, hey, some have even called their music 'dinner party epochal'. Static and noise and other more experimental techniques in production provide a livid colour to this album, take in "Dancing in Blood" for example, with its industrial and subdued goth influences, or the pumping white noise and distortion of album opener "Quorum". Further down the tracklist is "Fly", a naturally melancholic number but far from depressive, with this track in particular hitting a sweet spot in the same way Massive Attack's "Teardrop" does. Very cool LP.
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Pang! (CD)
Cat: RT 0086CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang!
  2. Bae Bae Bae
  3. Digidigol
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)
  5. Eli Haul
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd
  7. Taranau Mai
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd
Review: A Welsh language album with a couple of verses in Zulu and an English title. If one thing was already clear about the enigmatic Gruff Rhys it's that he doesn't play strictly by numbers, making "Pang!" a logical addition to this oeuvre. If, of course, you're familiar with his oeuvre. Opening with its titular track, the artist immediately makes the few remaining newcomers to his work aware of his deft skills. Complex guitar instrumentation, soft, padding, exotic drum arrangements and - for most people - foreign lyrics. We're immediately transported to faraway climes, and it's here we stay. Playful percussion and looped six strings on "Niwl O Anwiredd". The celebratory "Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen)", which recalls sub-Saharan crossover pop. The surreal atmosphere of "Digidigol" - where marching band meets opera in a haze of lilting chords. Put simply, it might be Rhys' most explorative yet, and that's saying something.
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Cat: BELLA 914CD. Rel: 05 Jul 19
Indie
  1. Dive
  2. Bulletproof
  3. Passerby
  4. The Velvet Fog
  5. Never Be Without You
  6. Only In Dreams
  7. Careless Sun
  8. Spiders
  9. The Light That Shines On Everyone
  10. Home
  11. Mountains
  12. The Ever Turning Wheel
Review: The Soft Cavalry have arrived, a new project of husband & wife duo Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell. Their debut, self-titled album has been described as falling somewhere between Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and R.E.M. To put it another way; slow motion stoner surf rock meets subtle shades of folk and washed-out Shoegaze. Dancier and straight-laced drums primed with disco energy also find their way into tracks like "Bulletproof". The album finds its unique space in seemingly being able to create a new study into cosmic folkology; perfectly weighted with atmospheres that drift across and through the album's many dimensions.
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Cat: BFCD 071. Rel: 27 Jul 18
Deep House
  1. Happy Birthday Nick
  2. Thank God I'm A Lizard
  3. Wear Me Down
  4. The Knife
  5. Project Cybersyn
  6. Family Portrait
  7. Pale Blue Dot
  8. Back Into Space
  9. Parallel Sequence
  10. RATS
  11. Don't Wake Dad
  12. The Beginning
Review: Lo-fi house hero Ross From Friends presents his debut album for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint - this follows up the terrific Aphelion EP he presented on the label earlier this year. Like the title suggests, Family Portrait refers to a very specific personal aspect of Felix Weatherall's life: the influence of his parents. Dance music was always around during his childhood, where he grew up learning about music from his dad - who apparently had a penchant for banging out hi-NRG tracks on the decks. It's a riveting listen from start to finish: from the the intensely vivid groove of "Pale Blue Dot" to the moody "Project Cybersyn" with its tunnelling aesthetic - perfectly geared for those heads-down moments later in the night.
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