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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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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: ERS 013CD. Rel: 01 Dec 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. White Wish
  2. Afrobotics
  3. Shockers
  4. She Got Love
  5. Winded Up On The Floor
  6. Moon Life
  7. Easter Island Electric Brain
  8. Psouvenirs
  9. Knockin On Wood
  10. Minimal Vibrations
  11. Lagoland
  12. Straightline
  13. Nova Laser
  14. Walkin' On The Water
  15. Roll
  16. Glass Skeletons
  17. Foggy Twilights
  18. Bells
Review: Dating from tape recordings made between 1996 - 2012, Cosmic Vibrations follows the Tropical Psychedelics (ERS003) album for the label, this time digging deeper in to the mind of Secret Circuit than the more dance flor inspired sounds heard on last years album Tactile Galactics album for Beats In Space. Again we glimpse a melting pot of pyschedelia, techno, balearic and ambient to create an electronic gem, but all done with a wry smile and jesters wink rather than today's penchant of moody seriousness. Life on the US West Coast shines from the album, from opener Out West to She Got Love, sunshine music that couldn't be made anywhere else. It's not all hippy-happy vibes though with Minimal Vibrations and the dub of Straightline taking things in to deeper and instropective territory. However, all things resonate in Eddie's analogue meets kitchen sink synthesis. Layer after layer flats across the album to create a smile-inducing whole. Journeying from the folk guitar of Somnambulation to the minimilism of Glass Skeletons, before bidding a fond farewell in the apt, Bells. This second and fial collection of early cassette works is not an end, but a blessing.
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Cat: IDIB 105CD. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Human Again
  2. Red Light
  3. Black Shadow
  4. She Made Him Love Again
  5. Copper Bells
  6. No Words
  7. Our Love In A Glass So Thin
  8. Suburban Pastel
  9. This Is Where The Sky Begins
  10. The Sum Of Our Sins
  11. She Made Him Love Again (reprise)
  12. Ship In The Sky
Review: Saxophonist and keyboardist Jorja Chalmers has accomplished much over the course of her career - she's toured and recorded extensively with Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music - but debut album "Human Again" marks the first time she's stood centre stage as a solo artist. She has all the ingredients to succeed on her own, though: a bold look, a supportive label in Italians Do It Better and a signature style that's in turns creepy, claustrophobic, cinematic, atmospheric and seductive. More importantly, "Human Again" is superb, offering a synthesizer-powered mix of dark ambient instrumentals, David Lynch style soundtrack pieces, drowsy and clandestine sounding songs and cuts that wrap her distinctive saxophone solos around the most evocative of electronic soundscapes.
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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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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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Cat: FTS 14CD. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Saturday Morning Doze
  2. At The Store
  3. August Haze
  4. The Secret Place
  5. After School
  6. Gloaming
  7. From The Bluff
  8. Night Games
Review: It would be fair to say that Ernest "Ernie" Hood was ahead of his time. During the early 1970s, he was one of the few musicians in Portland, Oregon to embrace synthesizers. He was also a keen zither player and in his spare time made nostalgic field recordings of suburban neighbourhoods that matched those he grew up in. All of these things came together on his sole solo album, "Neighborhoods", an obscure - but rather brilliant - set that still sounds miles ahead of its time. It has a nostalgic tone, but is as evocative and atmospheric as you'd expect given the sonic ingredients Hood spooned into the mix. First time on CD too, now you can appreciate a louder, clearer reproduction of Hood's far-sighted sounds.
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Cat: 190758 91582. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. STAR CHILD (feat Judi Jackson)
  2. Realisations
  3. Between The Lines (feat Kenyon Harrold & Sparkz)
  4. Introspection (feat Theo Croker)
  5. COLORS
  6. Cranes (In The Sky)
  7. I Still Believe (feat Milton Suggs)
  8. Elipsis (interlude)
  9. Sunrise
  10. Dark Honey (4TheStorm) (feat Makaya McCraven)
  11. Pressure (instrumental)
  12. Ahmed
  13. Lullaby (Rise & Shine) (feat Judi Jackson)
  14. Battle (feat Binker & Moses)
  15. THE MIGHTY (feat Ben Marc)
Review: South London pianist and composer Ashley Henry is a versatile musician who can move between all niches within his musical realm: hip hop, broken beat, jazz and fusion flows from his finger tips and all characterise his expansive and expressive new album "Beautiful Vinyl Hunter". Stellar collaborators Makaya McCraven, Judi Jackson and MC Sparkz amongst others all help enrich this album as it flows from post-bop to classic jazz to neo-soul in thrilling fashion. Rooted in tradition but with a distinctly London edge that soars to new heights, this record sets a new benchmark for the contemporary scene.
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I I (CD)
Cat: JAG 350. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Yi
  2. Imi
  3. We
  4. Holyfields
  5. Hey, Ma
  6. U (Man Like)
  7. Naeem
  8. Jelmore
  9. Faith
  10. Marion
  11. Salem
  12. Sh'Diah
  13. RABi
Review: Justin Vernon's voice has always been the people's main attraction to Bon Iver, and the fact his pseudonym even exists is certainly no coincidence. As fragile and heartbroken as it is forthright and experienced, when you're wearing a shredded heart on sleeve and confessing to all your deepest insecurities using a pen name can help immensely. Album number four perhaps proves this more than any of its predecessors. While the three previous chapters have all made his thoughts, feelings, insecurities and fears clear, this one takes honesty to new heights. Combining the frail electronics that have gradually slipped their way into his back catalogue with the acoustics of his earliest, rocket-to-fame efforts, it's a culmination of all that's been in the truest sense. Perhaps even more intimate than the breathtakingly personal "For Emma, Forever Ago", "i,i" is a striking work to say the least.
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Cat: IDIB 38. Rel: 25 May 12
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Into The Black
  2. Kill For Love
  3. Back From The Grave
  4. The Page
  5. Lady
  6. These Streets Will Never Look The Same
  7. Broken Mirrors
  8. Candy
  9. The Eleventh Hour
  10. Running From The Sun
  11. Dust To Dust
  12. Birds Of Paradise
  13. A Matter Of Time
  14. At Your Door
  15. There's A Light Out On The Horizon
  16. The River
Review: After the brilliance of his intoxicating Themes From An Imaginary Film album, there's no doubt that Chromatics producer Johnny Jewel is on a roll. Here, he returns to his roots to helm the fourth full-length from the futurist crew, their first since 2007. In typical fashion, it's a beguiling set that draws on Jewel's usual cinematic influences. Musically, it sounds like a particularly heart-aching road movie, shuffling across the mid west via dark soundtrack moods ("Candy","11th Hour" and "Dust To Dust"), fragile balladeering ("Birds Of Paradise"), eyeliner-laden electronic moodiness ("A Matter of Time"), and Johnny Marr-goes-to-the-movies indie-pop (see "Kill For Love", "Into the Black" and "Back From The Grave").
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Cat: SBR 229CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Lions
  2. High Alice
  3. Accident
  4. The Practice Of Love
  5. Ashes To Ashes
  6. Thumbsucker
  7. Six Red Cannas
  8. Ordinary
Review: "The Practice Of Love" is Jenny Hval's seventh full-length, and it's the sort of listen that can wash over you while you get lost in a reverie, or take you on a deeply involving inward journey if you tune in to the lyrics. Her voice is angelic, and muses on subjects like growing old, our place in the world, and the notion of intimacy. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the fantastically strong title track with its vulnerable and tender spoken words, folky synth lullaby "Thumbsucker" and "Accident", which could well be a rave comedown with its lilting trance chords and dreamy keys. Quite the trip.
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Cat: IDIB 028. Rel: 30 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Telephone Call
  2. Night Drive
  3. I Want Your Love
  4. Running Up That Hill
  5. Killing Spree
  6. Healer
  7. Mask
  8. Tomorrow Is So Far Away
  9. Let's Make This A Moment To Remember
  10. Tick Of The Clock
  11. Shining Violence
  12. Circled Sun
  13. Bell
  14. The Gemini
  15. Accelerator
Review: Italians Do It Better continues with their deluxe reissue pledge for 2010 delivering the definitive edition of Chromatics classic 2007 album Night Drive. For a multiplicity of reasons (most notably misplaced master tapes) the version that has gained a million column inches in the past three years was never meant to be heard, an incomplete demo version burned to hand out at tours. Having located the masters some 18 months later, Simonetti and co do the smart thing in presenting this deluxe edition, replete with the five tracks missing from the demo CD and fully remastered. Thus Johnny Jewel's original cinematic vision is presented in its full glory seeping in analogue warmth. Enough words have been dedicated to the tracks that filled the 2007 demo version that it seems redundant to spill any more ink on the matter though the Kate Bush cover does sound delicious! The five extra tracks make this a more than worthy purchase, from the poignant piano heartbeat of "Shining Violence" to the final departure via the Carpenter esque synth dynamics of "Accelerator".
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Cat: BLACKTRUFFLE 053CD. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Preservation
Review: Since she burst on to the experimental music scene three years ago, percussionist, composer and sound designer Sarah Hennies has proved particularly adept at creating conceptual pieces that are more accessible and breathtakingly beautiful than similar exercises devised by her peers. "Reservoir 1: Reservation", is a fantastic example. Apparently part of a trilogy based on "the relationship between the conscious and unconscious mind", the piece sees Hennies and her fellow Meridian collective members take turns to deliver unique percussive sounds and textures to the accompaniment of Phillip Bush's mesmerizing piano motifs. It's undeniably minimalist in its approach, but utterly beguiling: a beautiful work that may one day be spoken of in hushed tones.
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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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4x12 (CD + booklet)
Cat: PM 27. Rel: 18 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Ha
  2. SHGL
  3. Zulu
  4. Further Evident Meanings
  5. New Upheavil
  6. Sunset Eyes Through Water
  7. Morpheus Baby
  8. Big Sex
  9. Broadcast Test Transmission 1
  10. After Upheavil (Richard H Kirk remix - Adi Newton Radical version)
  11. Zulu (Richard H Kirk remix - Adi Newton dub version)
Review: Following the original dissolution of legendary Sheffield industrial funk outfit Clock DVA in 1984, founder member Adi Newton struck out on his own with The Anti-Group: an experimental project in which he could explore a variety of sonic worlds with the aid of a revolving cast of likeminded Steel City stalwarts (Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, Martyn Ware and Warp co-founder Robert Gordon included). "4x12" is a retrospective of sorts, gathering together tracks from three 12" singles ("Ha-Zulu", "Big Sex", "Broadcast Test") and one mini-album ("ShT"). Musically, it veers from collage style sample patchworks and dark ambient soundscapes to rubbery industrial funk, twisted post synth-pop, EBM-influenced workouts and madcap experimental escapades.
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Cat: BATFL 01CD. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Kids In The Dark
  2. The Hunger
  3. Feel For You
  4. Desert Man
  5. Jasmine
  6. Vampires
  7. So Good
  8. Safe Tonight
  9. Peach Sky
  10. Mountains
Review: Don't believe everything you read - the fifth Bat For Lashes album confirms this girl (or woman) found herself musically and thematically some time ago, freeing up creative energy to explore new approaches to deliver her often mournful, always heartfelt songs inspired by personal crises and private longings. On this outing there's more than a hint of 1980s pop evident in the mix. Shades of Prince ("Feel For You"), Madonna ("So Good"), Bowie's Berlin days and electro-era Gary Numan (the stunning, infectious instrumental "Vampires") cast the record in a nostalgia that suits the sense of yearning that always seems to pervade Natasha Khan's work. Simply name-checking reference points is lazy and unfair, though. This is an incredible collection of tracks moulded in the artist's own image - bold, beautiful and instantly captivating. Then again, it would be surprising if anyone had expected anything less.
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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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Immunity (CD)
Cat: 929918 5027. Rel: 16 Aug 19
Pop
  1. Alewife
  2. Impossible
  3. Closer To You
  4. North
  5. Bags
  6. Softly
  7. Sofia
  8. White Flag
  9. Feel Something
  10. Sinking
  11. I Wouldn't Ask You
Review: Three years ago, teenager Claire Cottrill became a viral sensation via her song "Pretty Girl", a bedroom produced slice of lo-fi pop perfection that earned her a legion of online fans. Now 20, Cottrill has delivered a debut album that's as intimate and confessional as her earlier work, but a little more polished production wise. As critics have pointed out, "Immunity" offers the best of both worlds and is packed with arresting, interesting songs. Check, for example, the drowsy, other-worldly dream pop of "Alewife", the R&B-influenced indie-pop shuffle of "Closer To You", the rock-fired growl of "North", the glistening, pedal steel-sporting goodness of "Safely" and the glitchy late night sweetness of "Sinking".
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 in stock $9.75
  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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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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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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Wallop (CD)
Cat: WARPCD 302. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Indie
  1. Let It Change U
  2. Couldn't Have Known
  3. Off The Grid
  4. In The Grid
  5. Serbia Drums
  6. My Fault
  7. Slow Motion
  8. Slo Mo
  9. $50 Million
  10. Domino
  11. Rhythm Of Thegravity
  12. Ur Paranoid
  13. This Is The Door
  14. This Is The Dub
Review: Eight albums in and !!! are still as hard to define than the band's name is difficult to say. They've always managed to resonate with the sound and zeitgeist of the year in which they release, and "Wallop" doesn't differ from that modus. An amalgamation of tones at once uptempo and hedonistic yet brutally damaged, it's an electronic album built in the way the genres it pays homage to originally were - blueprint free. We've got dance-rock crossovers, straight up techno (albeit aimed squarely at non-die-hard-heads) and bouncing broken funk-house hybrids, so what more do you want? "Couldn't Have Known" nods to classic Basement Jaxx. "Domino" takes us down an IDM wormhole, where we meet the aptly titled "Ur Paranoid" and its pulsating intensity. Simultaneously referencing Primal Scream, trip hop, Madchester, whatever that track that set the club off last night was while sounding like none of the above, it's archetypal !!! business.
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Keith HARING/VARIOUS
The World Of Keith Haring (unmixed 2xCD + 48 page booklet)
Cat: SJRCD 444. Rel: 28 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. B Beat Girls - "For The Same Man"
  2. Damon Harris - "It's Music"
  3. Pylon - "Danger"
  4. The Jonzun Crew - "Pak Man"
  5. Funk Masters - "Love Money"
  6. John Sex - "Bump & Grind It"
  7. Sylvester - "Over & Over" (12" Disco mix)
  8. The Girls - "Jeffrey I Hear You"
  9. Johnny Dynell & New York 88 - "Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)"
  10. Talking Heads - "I Zimbra"
  11. Art Zoyd - "Sortie 134" (part 2)
  12. Class Action - "Weekend" (Larry Levan mix)
  13. Adiche - "Chuka-Ja (Get Ready)"
  14. The Girls - "The Elephant Man"
  15. The Golden Flamingo Orchestra - "The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us"
  16. Gray - "Cut It Up High Priest"
  17. Extra T's - "ET Boogie"
  18. Convertion - "Let's Do It"
  19. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice"
  20. Fab 5 Freddy - "Change The Beat"
Review: Curated as part of the iconic street artist's Tate exhibition this year, The World Of Keith Haring unites many of the talented souls Keith knew, or was inspired by, during his prolific rise as one of the most vital cultural spokesmen through the 70s and 80s. Soundtracking the gritty downtown NYC streets he made his first mark on, this limited collection captures the whole melting pot from b-boy culture with cuts such as "E.T Boogie" and "Bump N Grind", raw boogie and soul ("Over & Over") and pure drama ("The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us"). A powerful collection as striking and relatable as his own signature.
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Played by: I Love Disco!
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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: STRUT 204CD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice" (re-edit)
  2. Liquid Liquid - "Cavern"
  3. Loose Joints - "Tell You (Today)" (vocal)
  4. Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players - "Spasticus Autisticus" (version)
  5. Material - "Over & Over"
  6. Was (Not Was) - "Wheel Me Out"
  7. Dinosaur - "Kiss Me Again"
  8. Don Cherry - "I Walk"
  9. Common Sense - "Voices Inside My Head"
  10. Nicky Siano - "Move"
  11. Indian Ocean - "School Bell/Tree House"
Review: Second time around for Joey Negro and Sean P's peerless collection of post-punk era New York club cuts, a compilation that proved hugely influential when it was first released way back in 2000. The track listing strangely omits one track present on the original release (the full 16-minute version of Steve Miller Band's "Macho City"), but otherwise it's a faithful reproduction. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the eccentric electrofunk of Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" and P-funk influenced strut of Material's "Over And Over", to the skittish jazz-goes-dub disco bustle of Don Cherry's "I Walk" and the low-slung percussive voodoo of Nicky Siano's "Move". The undisputed master of NYC leftfield disco, Arthur Russell, is represented via cuts from Loose Joints, Dinosaur and Indian Ocean.
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Played by: Pete Haigh
 in stock $11.44
Cat: TRESOR 10181CD. Rel: 20 Oct 10
Electro
  1. Under Sea Disturbances
  2. Digital Tsunami
  3. Soul Of The Sea
  4. Song Of The Green Whale
  5. Dr Blowfins' Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres
  6. The Plankton Organization
  7. Mission To Ociya Syndor & Back
  8. Aquatic Cataclysm
  9. Lake Haze
  10. Birth Of New Life
Review: A big Juno bear hug goes to the folks from Tresor for releasing a string of sublime re-issues this year. The latest is Drexciya's seminal Harnessed The Storm long player, generally a much darker affair than Neptune's Lair, which itself was reissued earlier this year. It is hallmarked by longer, more exploratory tracks, full of sinister twists and turns. The stormy electro thunder of "Digital Tsunami" is perhaps the standout moment here, closely followed by the subterranean squelch of "Soul Of The Sea". "Dr Blowfins Black Storm Stabilizing Spheres" has an eerie crackle that predates the current vogue for dark atmospheric techno by nearly a decade, while the robotic key melody on "Song Of The Green Whale" marks it as the LP's most playful moment. Highly recommended for electro and techno purists alike.
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Played by: Joe Drive
 in stock $4.97
  1. Tales Of Saba
  2. Ching Miau
  3. Love Theme From Spartacus
  4. Mashariki
  5. Morning
  6. Ringo Oiwake
  7. Brother John
  8. Willow's Walk
  9. Not Yet Ornette
  10. Inward Flight
  11. Salaam Brother Yusef
Review: Turning your hand to the catalogue of a jazz colossus like Yusef Lateef would be beyond most contemporary jazz musicians, but then Nat Birchall is currently one of the best saxophonists in the business. Alongside his quartet and with the aid of some unusual instruments from around the world - something Lateef was famously fond of doing - Birchall has delivered a set of covers that breathe breezy new life into some of the American multi-instrumentalist's most admired compositions whilst retaining some of the original flavour. Our favourites include the droning North African brilliance of "Mashariki", the sun-baked afternoon breeze of "Ringo Oiwake" and the piano-powered bliss of "Willow's Walk".
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Schlagenheim (CD + insert)
Cat: RT 0073CD. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Indie
  1. 953
  2. Speedway
  3. Reggae
  4. Near DT, MI
  5. Western
  6. Of Schlagenhein
  7. Bmbmbm
  8. Years Ago
  9. Ducter
Review: The best thing since the Klaxons or Bloc Party have arrived. black midi! The student art rock band are bringing a new youthful energy and slight of malice back to the arena of post-indie inspired alternative guitar and synth music. They make this overtly known from the start with the supercharged opener that is "953", introducing an album that is said to have laid down eight of the record's nine tracks in just five days. Drums are fast and skittering, rhythms are dancey and guitars keep it Madchester jangley. "Speedway" (is that a wry Prodigy reference?) is among the album's highlights alongside the punk-funky "bmbmbm" and the short but trippy "Years Ago". With a 100 per cent backing by UK music institution Rough Trade: meet this generation's newest sensation.
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 in stock $8.10
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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Cat: PTKF 21582. Rel: 31 Aug 18
Punk/Hardcore
  1. Colossus
  2. NFAMWAP
  3. I'm Scum
  4. Danny Nedelko
  5. Love Song
  6. June
  7. Samaritans
  8. Television
  9. Great
  10. Gram Rock
  11. Cry To Me
  12. Rottweiler
Review: It's barely been 12 months since the release of Bristol five piece Idles' debut full length, and the band's swift follow up effort is a righteous affair, doing away with any stigma attached to difficult second albums. The heavy post-punkers take another step forward in having the world realise their full potential straight off the bat with album opener "Colossos" that epicly, post apocalypticly, rattles and hums in swathes of drone and rock menace. Cue a quick change up in direction and we're met with what sounds like a lairy Kasabian smashing up the pub. Beer, sweat and tears. Let's 'ave it.
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Ma (CD)
Cat: 007559 7924060. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Is This Nice?
  2. Kantori Ongaku
  3. Ami
  4. Memorial
  5. Carolina
  6. Now All Gone
  7. Love Song
  8. Abre Las Manos
  9. Taking A Page
  10. October 12
  11. My Boyfriend's In The Band
  12. The Lost Coast
  13. Will I See You Tonight? (feat Vashti Bunyan)
Review: Where would we be without our mothers? Literally nowhere, of course, given the medical facts of life. But psychologically and spiritually somewhere very different, too. Just ask Devendra Banhart, whose latest, heartbreaking and poignant LP packs intimidating strength and thoughtful themes by the birth-giving load. Here the synths that dominated more recent albums are replaced by instruments best described as "a bit earthier", with strings and woodwinds joining brass and keys. Despite its title, this album is less a dedication to motherhood itself and more a meditation on emotional ties and links in general. "Memorial", for example, is about the death of Banhart's father, while elsewhere we are told love is like "crowd surfing in an empty club". As per usual, Banhart's songwriting verges on mania, recalling the late-Daniel Johnston's razor sharp observations wrapped in innocent imagery, while the instrumentation conjures Burt Bacharach and the like.
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  1. In The Past Only Geniuses Were Capable Of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known As A Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With The Push Of The Button (part 1)
  2. Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously Decorously To Make Something Beautiful & Then To Smash It Decorously
  3. Head On Collision If It Still Has Bones It Shall Move Forward (Which Is Different To Progress)
  4. In The Past Only Geniuses Were Capable Of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known As A Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With The Push Of The Button (part 2)
  5. I Always Walk Around With A "Tranquil Void" In My Pocket One That I May Pull Out An Any Given Moment
Review: Given that "power trio" Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi have released numerous acclaimed albums on Black Truffle, it seems fitting that they've returned with a new set to mark the label's 50th release. The five tracks - all of which boast suitably epic titles - were actually recorded in 2015 as part of a now near legendary performance at Tokyo venue SuperDeluxe, though this is the first time the recordings have been released. Musically, what we get is a raw, distorted and intense blend of skittish, loose-limbed drums, fuzzy bass, screeching guitars, spooky Hammond organ lines, wild aural textures (a by-product of their extensive use of effects pedals) and bi-lingual vocals from Haino. It's a pretty sweaty and out-there affair, but the energy and intensity is infectious.
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Aquafusion (limited CD)
Cat: MLPH 11CD. Rel: 07 Nov 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Back To Elba
  2. Aquafusion
  3. Duality (feat Krista Michaela)
  4. Surf Blue
  5. Barbados
  6. I Saw The Wind
  7. Open Sequences
  8. Seagulls
Review: Under the A Vision of Panorama alias, Mikhail Khavsko has released some of the most beguiling nu-Balearic music of the past few years. Aquafusion is his long-awaited debut album, and is sure to further enhance his already high reputation. Drawing on sun kissed synthesizer grooves, languid nu-disco and hazy pop for inspiration, the album boasts all manner of ear-pleasing highlights. These include the new age inspired ambient slinkiness of "Open Sequences", the Gigi Masin style bliss of "Seagulls", the mid-'80s synth-pop-goes-dancing bounce of "Barbados", and the baked, horizontal pop of "Duality" (which notably features the drowsy vocals of Krista Michaela).
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Chiliagon (CD)
Cat: ES 1075. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Dancehall/Ragga
  1. Move To The Music (feat Rebel ACA)
  2. Believe (feat Tankia)
  3. Good Suh
  4. Wicked Love
  5. Spread Out (feat Hype & Fever)
  6. Differ
  7. If Yuh Ready (feat General Levy)
  8. Link Up (feat Matthew Allman, Illaman & Black Josh)
  9. Hustle & Flow (feat Illaman)
  10. King On The Throne (feat Rodney P)
  11. Some Of Us Love Rum (feat Rebel ACA)
  12. Trilogy (feat Killa P & Harry Shotta)
  13. Differ (feat Sean Paul, Agent Sasco & Chi Ching Ching - remix)
  14. Trilogy (feat Killa P & Harry Shotta)
  15. No Regrets (feat Saine Rapley)
Review: Spragga Benz first made his mark in the mid-1990s, rising to become one of Jamaica's leading dancehall and reggae artists at the turn of the century. He's been rather quiet of late, though, with "Chiliagon" marking his first album release for almost a decade. It naturally includes plenty of auto-tune-laden contemporary updates of his dancehall sound - with his trademark flow often laden in auto-tune and other digital effects - but also touches on more traditional roots reggae, ragga, full band hybrid hip-hop/rock (intriguing opener "Move To The Music (feat Rebel AC)"), ragga-jungle ("If Yuh Ready" with General Levy), grime ("Hustle and Flow") and the kind of ragged, punchy, heavily electronic club fare popularized by Switch and Diplo's Major Laser project.
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VARIOUS
Balearic 3 (CD with obi-strip)
Cat: BLRC 3CD. Rel: 12 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Cantoma - "Abando"
  2. The Madrigal - "Ride To The Moon"
  3. Fuga Ronto - "Daydreams"
  4. Shy Layers - "Black & White"
  5. Quinn Lamont Luke - "Primavera"
  6. Zee Erf - "Southern Freeez" (Mudd's mix For Emma)
  7. Hubbabubbaklubb - "Mopedbart" (Olefonken’s Autostrada Miks)
  8. Penelope Antena - "Tradewinds" (Cobby mix)
  9. Maajo - "Musa Paradisa"
  10. Hear & Now - "Hirundo"
  11. Nancy Noise - "Kaia"
  12. Tommy Awards - "Sessions II Untitled Track 1" (Balearic remix)
Review: It's that time of year when thoughts turn to lazy afternoons down the beach, early evenings sat watching White Isle sunsets and sticky nights of loved-up debauchery. In other words, it's the perfect time to dive into the latest volume in the consistet Balearic compilation series. There's naturally much to admire in the now-familiar Cafe Del Mar/Cafe Mambo style, from the horizontal, flute-laden samba shuffle of The Madrigal's "The Ride to the Moon" and Shay Lovers exceedingly drowsy "Black & White", to the warm chords and head-nodding beats of Steve Cobby's remix of "Tradewinds" by Penelope Antena, and tropical exuberance of Maajo's "Musa Paradisa". Best of all, though, is Mudd's impeccable "Mix for Emma" of Zee Erf's blissful cover of "Southern Freeez", which is one of the most stunning tracks you'll hear all year.
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Played by: Joe Morris
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30 Years Of Rage (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: RAGECD 1. Rel: 21 Jun 19
Breakbeat
  1. Leftfield - "Not Forgotten" (dub mix)
  2. Lennie De Ice - "We Are IE"
  3. Zero B - "Lock Up" (2012 Remaster)
  4. Wots My Code - "Dubplate"
  5. Foul Play - "Being With You"
  6. Fallout - "The Morning After" (Sunrise mix)
  7. Rhythim Is Rhythim - "Emanon"
  8. Cybersonik - "Technarchy"
  9. Frankie Bones - "Just As Long As I Got You"
  10. Ecstasy Club - "Jesus Loves The Acid"
  11. Nightmares On Wax - "Aftermath"
  12. Juno - "Soul Thunder"
  13. 33 1/3 Queen - "Searchin'"
  14. Q-Project - "Champion Sound" (Alliance remix)
  15. Tronikhouse - "Straight Outta Hell" (Hellbound mix)
  16. Yennek - "Serena X" (Innerzone mix)
  17. Richie Rich - "Salsa House"
  18. Debbie Malone - "Rescue Me" (club mix)
  19. Neon - "Don't Mess With This Beat" (instrumental mix)
  20. The Future Sound Of London - "Papua New Guinea"
  21. De-Lite - "Wild Times" (Mayday mix)
  22. D-Mob - "That's The Way Of The World" (feat Cathy Dennis)
  23. Top Buzz - "Living In Darkness"
  24. Brainkillers - "Screwface"
  25. Tic Tac Toe - "Ephemerol"
  26. Ability II - "Pressure Dub"
  27. Awesome 3 - "Don't Go"
Review: To mark the passing of three decades since they became resident DJs at weekly club night Rage, Fabio and Grooverider have put together this killer collection of tunes that not only rocked the party, but also laid the foundations for the jungle revolution that followed. It's a fine collection, with the veteran D&B duo serving up deep early progressive house (Leftfield), weighty bleep and bass (Ability II's peerless "Pressure Dub" and Juno's "Soul Thunder"), breakbeat-driven hardcore smashers (Zero B, Frankie Bones), early jungle (Wots My Code, Foul Play), slamming techno (Rhythim Is Rhythim, Cybersonik), UK acid house (Ecstasy Club) and rush-inducing rave anthems (Awesome 3, Lennie De Ice). A nostalgic trip down memory lone that boasts just as many underground selections as it does chart-bothering classics.
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Played by: Secretsundaze
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Cat: IPC 211CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Ballade C33
  2. Camion
  3. Chansons D'Amour
  4. Cold Sun Warm Beer
  5. Browning
  6. Hungry Ghost
  7. Corpse Flower
  8. Insolubles
  9. On Top Of The World
  10. Yard Bull
  11. A Schoolgirl's Day
  12. Pink & Bleue
Review: Half journeyman, half David Lynch bar scene, all twisted crooner-dom, and at least a little tongue in cheek, Mike Patton & Jean Claude Vannier are aiming straight for the alternatives with this 12-strong collection of bizarre ballads and obscure odes that will appeal to rarer tastebuds. There's the spoken word and strummed guitars guiding us through the various parts of "A Schoolgirl's Day". The Sinatra-does-sarcasm of closer "Pink & Bleue", and the way "Hungry Ghost" aurally recalls "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen. Truly unique stuff, despite its debt of gratitude to troubadour totems, counterculture rock and The Rat Pack, it's as rooted in the 21st Century as anything you'll hear today. The production process involved two creators in two different parts of the world, Patton and band in L.A., Vannier with a full orchestra in Vienna. Not that you can tell considering how complete the record feels.
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Cat: SH 216CD. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. The Mother Road
  2. American Darkness
  3. Birth Of Violence
  4. Deranged For Rock & Roll
  5. Be All Things
  6. Erde
  7. When Anger Turns To Honey
  8. Dirt Universe
  9. Little Grave
  10. Preface To A Dream Play
  11. Highway
Review: There's a stripped-down aesthetic to Chelsea Wolfe's return to the release schedule. It's not that 2017's "Hiss Spun", or "Abyss" two years earlier, were overblown. But here she pares things back to the essentials, with many tracks beginning on just vocals and a splash of acoustic guitar. The result shows off the raw talent at work, in turn offering a clear explanation of her enduring popularity. Despite the often minimalistic arrangements, "Birth Of Violence" is deceptively complex. Wolfe has explained it was inspired by exhaustion following perpetual tours and endless time on the road. You can certainly feel that. Her voice sounds as though it's hoping for hope, a change that feels almost out of reach but not unthinkable. It's a dark, desolate place at times, but in other moments packed with a determined energy and self-belief that things must always progress. Descriptions aside, believe us that this is completely unmissable.
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  1. De Pauper A Dub
  2. Construction Dub Style
  3. Dub So True
  4. Arabian Dub
  5. Dub I Love
  6. Willow Tree Dub
  7. Touch A Dub
  8. This Yah Dub
  9. Everybody Dubbing
  10. Moody Dub
  11. Dub On Little Girl
  12. You'll Dub
  13. Ballistic Queen
  14. Reigning Dub
  15. Toughest Dub
  16. Midnight Dub
  17. Chucky Love
  18. Gemini Rock
  19. Guidance
  20. Top Ranking
  21. Love Chant
  22. Twilight Love
  23. Tracking Dub
  24. Love Dub
  25. Dub With Strings
  26. Lift Off
  27. Ride De Dub
  28. Rema Skank
  29. Bond Street Rock
  30. Many Questions
  31. The Attorney
  32. Silver Hour
  33. Twilight Rock
  34. Dreads Leaving Babylon
  35. I Shave The Barber
  36. I See Your Face (version)
  37. Can't Stop The Dub
  38. Moonlight Dub
  39. Stealing (version)
  40. It's You I Dub
  41. Don't Touch Me Dub
  42. Baby I Dub You
  43. Kansas City Dub
  44. Get On The Right Version
  45. If I Could Dub This World
  46. Travelling Dub
Review: Regarded by dub lovers as a seminal collection, this three CD epic has been unavailable for a quarter of a century. It draws together three hugely important dub albums and includes seven previously unreleased tracks from the band's heyday from 1950 to 1975. Promoter, producer and DJ Arthur "Duke" Reid was a master of this form and a hero in Jamaica: his sound ruled the local dance halls and much of it was engineered by Errol Brown. You can hear his skills in all of the tracks here - the subtle keys, the sliding hi hats and the rolling drums all exude a perfectly inviting warmth.
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VARIOUS
Cat: COLORCD 08. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Void - "Isotope"
  2. Echophase - "Silent Sky"
  3. Berserk In A Hayfield - "Berserk"
  4. Silicon Valley - "Transit 6"
  5. The Lord - "Production Line"
  6. The Good Missionaries - "Bending A Border" (dub version)
  7. Berserk In A Hayfield - "August Haze"
  8. Echophase - "Continental Drift"
  9. Lives Of Angels - "Golden Age"
  10. Modern Art - "Colliding World"
  11. Lives Of Angels - "Pavilion"
  12. Void - "Transvision" (remix)
Review: It's been two frustratingly long years since Color Tapes last took a deep dive into their obscure (but hugely impressive) early-to-mid 1980s catalogue. This fifth volume in the "Cold Waves Of Color" compilation series is therefore long overdue. As usual, what you get is a fine mix of atmospheric and ear-catching electronic music encompassing cold wave, new wave, post-punk electro and hard-to-pigeonhole synthesizer soundscapes. Highlights are plentiful from start to finish, with our picks including the deep space electro of Berserk In A Hayfield's "Berserk", the drowsy experimental weirdness of The Lord's "Production Line", the throbbing, otherworldly brilliance of Echophase's "Continental Drift" and the dark and gothic post-punk pop of Lives Of Angels' "Pavilion".
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Cat: MDL 03CD. Rel: 27 Jan 15
Deep House
  1. Quiet Life
  2. Keep Up Appearances
  3. We Search For Answers
  4. Worship (feat Qzen)
  5. Psychedelic Underground
  6. Shadow Theory
  7. Seraphim
  8. Make It True (feat JoJo De Freq)
  9. Feel Free
  10. Logan Five
Review: Having built their reputation through 12" singles for the likes of Crosstown Rebels and Poker Flat, Dan Berkson and James What deliver their debut album, on their freshly minted imprint Modelmaker. Interestingly, Keep Up Appearances is an altogether warmer, melodious and more evocative set than you'd perhaps expect, with a smattering of rich downtempo cuts joining a solid selection of dancefloor-friendly deep house. You can hear a classic dub techno influence in cuts such as "Keep Up Appearances" and "Shadow Theory", while the acid-flecked, soul-soaked "Make It True" sounds like classic Osunlade. Best of all, though, are the more forthright efforts, with the ragged "Seraphim" standing out.
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 in stock $1.07
Cat: DPROMBX 666. Rel: 23 Aug 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Track 1
  2. Track 2
  3. Track 3
  4. Track 4
  5. Track 5
  6. Track 6
  7. Track 7
  8. Track 8
Review: Steven Stapleton has made countless albums as Nurse With Wound, though few are quite as celebrated as 1988's "Soliloquy For Lilith". As this latest reissue of the lauded set proves, the epic album has lost none of its original allure or lustre. This edition expands on the original version, which contained six lengthy untitled ambient and drone compositions of breathless brilliance, by including two further pieces recorded during the same sessions (tracks seven and eight). Like the other meandering soundscapes, they're dark, avant-garde, intoxicating and exceptionally immersive. In truth, the album is a must-have for all of those who enjoy the more cosmic and atmospheric end of the ambient spectrum.
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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: 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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  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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Joey NEGRO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZEDDCD 038. Rel: 02 Mar 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The O'Jays - "I Love Music" (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix)
  2. Patti LaBelle - "Music Is My Way Of Life" (Joey Negro Funk In The Music mix)
  3. Pockets - "Come Go With Me" (Joey Negro Found A Place mix)
  4. Gwen McCrae - "Keep The Fire Burning" (Joey Negro Feed The Flame mix)
  5. The Trammps - "Can We Come Together" (Joey Negro Philly dub excursion)
  6. George Benson - "Love Ballad" (Joey Negro Jazzy reprise)
  7. Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Taste Of Bitter Love" (Joey Negro disco re-blend)
  8. Kleeer - "Open Your Mind" (Joey Negro Seeekret mix)
  9. Nicolette Larson - "Lotta Love" (Joey Negro Yacht disco mix)
  10. Robert Palmer - "Every Kinda People" (Joey Negro Multicultural Multitrack mix)
  11. Christopher Cross - "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro extended disco mix)
  12. Thelma Houston - "I'm Here Again" (Joey Negro Ready To Roll mix)
  13. Grace Jones - "Pull Up To The Bumper" (Joey Negro Bumper To Bumper mix)
  14. Cheryl Lynn - "You Saved My Day" (Joey Negro Tell The World mix)
  15. Willie Hutch - "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (Joey Negro Return Of The Mac mix)
  16. Norman Connors - "Stella" (Joey Negro Jazz Ride)
  17. Jean Carn - "Time Waits For No One" (Joey Negro extended disco mix)
  18. Loose Change - "Straight From The Heart" (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove mix)
  19. Wanda Walden - "Don't You Want My Lovin'" (Joey Negro Back To 81 mix)
  20. People's Choice - "Here We Go Again" (Joey Negro Philly Stomp mix)
Review: With the possible exception of The Reflex, no other producer can match the multi-track re-edits and remixes delivered by house maestro and long-time disco digger Dave 'Joey Negro' Lee. Having laid down a marker with 2013's Remixed With Love, the veteran producer has decided to emphasize his credentials with this similarly superb follow-up. Over the course of two action-packed discs, Lee skillfully re-arranges 20 disco and boogie favourites, using the inherent swing, funk and energy of his source material to create superb, dancefloor-friendly tweaks. Amongst the well-known cuts - think "Pull Up To The Bumper", "Keep The Fire Burning" and "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" - you'll also find sublimely soulful rearrangements of overlooked cuts from Nicolette Larson, Cheryl Lynn and Norman Connors.
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XL
Cat: XLCD 866. Rel: 05 Jan 18
Experimental/Electronic
  1. A Brain In A Bottle
  2. Guess Again!
  3. Interference
  4. The Mother Lode
  5. Truth Ray
  6. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
  7. Pink Section
  8. Nose Grows Some
Review: When he originally released his second solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, in 2014, Thom Yorke only made it available as a download via BitTorrent. The paid-for package proved popular, with over a million listeners scrambling to download it in the first week of release. Here it finally gets a physical release (a limited Japanese pressing in 2015 not withstanding). The album is naturally typical of much of Yorke's solo work, blending his fragile and dinstinctive vocals with heart-aching piano motifs, crunchy electronics beats and all manner of weird and wonderful sonic textures. Early reviews stated that it was Yorke's most challenging work to date, but one that just gets better with every listen. That remains a perfect summary of an alluring and deliciously odd collection of tracks.
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VARIOUS
80's Remixed & Extended (unmixed 3xCD)
Cat: 889853 56512. Rel: 02 Sep 16
Pop
  1. Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much" (Just Right mix)
  2. Bill Withers - "Lovely" ('88 remix)
  3. Billy Ocean - "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" (extended version)
  4. James Brown - "Living In America" (R&B dance Vvrsion)
  5. Paul Young - "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" (U.S. Remix remastered)
  6. Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Cake mix)
  7. Five Star - "The Slightest Touch" (The Pettibone Touch remix)
  8. Cyndi Lauper - "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" (12" version)
  9. Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  10. Earth, Wind & Fire - "Let's Groove" (Special Remixed Holiday version)
  11. The Jacksons - "Can You Feel It"
  12. Wham! - "Freedom" (long mix)
  13. Dead Or Alive - "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" (Performance mix)
  14. Coldcut - "People Hold On" (12" version)
  15. Malcolm McLaren/The Bootzilla Orchestra - "Deep In Vogue" (Banjie Realness)
  16. Bomb The Bass - "Beat Dis" (12" version)
  17. Miami Sound Machine - "Dr. Beat" (long version)
  18. Wham!Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride" (remix/club version)
  19. Wham!Men At Work - "Down Under" (extended mix)
  20. Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" (12" version)
  21. King - "Love & Pride" (USA Summer mix)
  22. Altered Images - "Don't Talk To Me About Love" (extended version)
  23. Big Audio Dynamite - "E=MC2" (12 inch remix)
  24. Fiction Factory - "(Feels Like) Heaven"
  25. Adam Ant - "Apollo 9" (Francois K Splashdown mix)
  26. Spear Of Destiny - "Liberator" (12" extended mix)
  27. Spandau Ballet - "Man In Chains"
  28. Roachford - "Cuddly Toy" (extended mix)
  29. Prefab Sprout - "Faron Young"
  30. Daryl Hall & John Oates - "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (extended cub mix)
  31. Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"
  32. The Stranglers - "Always The Sun" (Hot mix)
  33. The Psychedelic Furs - "Pretty In Pink" (Berlin mix)
  34. The Bangles - "Walk Like An Egyptian" (extended Dance mix)
  35. The Lotus Eaters - "The First Picture Of You" (2" version)
  36. A Flock Of Seagulls - "I Ran"
  37. The Stone Roses - "She Bangs The Drums" (Elephant remix)
Review: As the matter-or-fact title suggests, '80s Remixed & Extended delivers three discs of alternative 12" versions of well-known and mostly well-loved pop, soul and dance cuts from the decade of hairspray, MTV and rampant consumerism. Naturally, there are plenty of stone cold classics present - Coldcut's "People Hold On", Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up", Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go For That", and so on - but the collection's strongest selling point are the lesser-known 12" versions dotted across the three discs. These include a long forgotten Francois K remix of Adam Ant, a sparkling Shep Pettibone tweak of Five Star, and the surprisingly dubby, low-slung 12" version of Men At Work's gloriously silly "Down Under".
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