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"Be What You Want To Be" (140 gram vinyl mini LP repress)
Cat: ERC 083. Rel: 09 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Soft Touch (4:19)
  2. Keep On Dancing (3:42)
  3. In The Rain (3:26)
  4. Be What You Want To Be (4:41)
  5. Papa "Doo" (5:17)
  6. Why Not (4:10)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: As far as collaborative delights go, this really takes the cake. Miami boogie wildcard Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, throwing it down heavy with legendary Jamaican reggae axe man Ernest Ranglin - as you might expect, the results are incendiary. "Soft Touch" has a hint of the cosmic about it as it romps through insanely catchy chorus chants, stirring brass stabs and Ranglin's sweet licks. "Keep On Dancing" has a more uptempo feel, "In The Rain" slips into a laid back reggae skank and "Be What You Want To Be" turns the vintage disco heat back up. Throughout this wonderful mini LP, the duo switch between each other's strengths and bring out the best in each other, like all good collaborations should.
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Too Much (gatefold 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BLACKLP 005. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. A Strong Move For Truth (feat Nadine Charles) (3:19)
  2. Good Morning (feat Samii) (2:40)
  3. Remini Dream (feat Ivana Santilli) (3:46)
  4. I Don't Wanna Know (feat Obenewa) (3:21)
  5. Unknown Faults (3:59)
  6. Life Can Be Unreal (feat Sarina Leah) (3:26)
  7. Too Much (feat Sharlene Hector) (1:58)
  8. You Are Virgo (5:05)
  9. Come Of Age (3:28)
  10. Just Leave It (feat Lady Alma) (4:52)
  11. Ogawa Okasan Said Just Play (4:45)
  12. A Where Pringle Deh? (2:14)
  13. My Standards Are (Not) Too High (8:40)
Review: In our eyes, 2000 Black lynchpin Dego can do no wrong. You'll therefore be unsurprised to hear that we're huge fans of the 4Hero founder member's latest solo album, a belated follow-up to 2015's "The More Things Stay The Same". It is, of course, superbly soulful, slicky produced and wonderfully paced, moving from the heady soul sweetness of "A Strong Move For Truth", to the deep jazz-funk/broken beat vibes of "My Standards Are (Not) Too High" via 12 other warm and seductive cuts of an equally high standard. Highlights include the summery bruk-soul bliss of "Remini Dream", the toasty boogie revivalism of "Unknown Faults" and the Clavinet-sporting brilliance of Lady Alma hook-up "Just Leave It".
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Topology (gatefold 2xLP with obi-strip)
BBE
Cat: BBE 504ALP. Rel: 10 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Dragon Dance (12:37)
  2. World Peace (7:41)
  3. Dear Friends (3:59)
  4. Takeuma (7:41)
  5. I-Ha-To-Bo (6:19)
  6. Crossing (8:56)
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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Played by: RUSTAM OSPANOFF.
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Broken Relief (heavyweight vinyl LP with obi-strip)
Cat: MFM 042. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Sarah's Crime (4:48)
  2. Midsummer Night (7:00)
  3. Atarashii Yuhbokumin (6:12)
  4. Ikoku No Onna Tachi (6:24)
  5. Pavement (4:03)
  6. Colored Air (2:50)
  7. Hikari To Mizu (4:31)
  8. Shinkiroh (1:41)
  9. Broken Belief (7:10)
  10. Sayoka (5:14)
Review: For their latest deep dive into the world of little-known electronic gorgeousness, Holland's Music From Memory crew has taken a trawl through the impeccable and largely overlooked catalogue of Japanese ambient musician Toshifumi Hinata. The essential "Broken Relief" draws on material recorded by the musician between 1985 and 87, joining the dots between gentle beat-scapes, inspired new age soundscapes, warm ambient explorations and glassy-eyed instrumentals rich in fluid fretless bass, twinkling pianos, shuffling rhythms and chords so tactile you might want to go to bed with them. It's an inspired set all told, with an impressive number of highlights. These include the evocative piano lament "Ikoku No Onna Tachi", the spacey ambient swirl of "Colored Air", and the undeniably Balearic grooves of "Atarashii Yuhbokumin".
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The Storyteller: A Musical Tribute To Yusef Lateef (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: JMANLP 115. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Tales Of Saba (7:54)
  2. Ching Miau (8:37)
  3. Love Theme From Spartacus (6:40)
  4. Mashariki (6:47)
  5. Morning (7:06)
  6. Ringo Oiwake (6:17)
  7. Brother John (7:01)
  8. Willow's Walk (7:25)
  9. Not Yet Ornette (7:48)
  10. Inward Flight (7:50)
  11. Salaam Brother Yusef (5:25)
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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Metronomy Forever (Deluxe Edition) (limited gatefold coloured vinyl 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BEC 5650176. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Wedding (1:00)
  2. Whitsand Bay (3:50)
  3. Insecurity (3:52)
  4. Salted Caramel Ice Cream (3:25)
  5. Driving (0:57)
  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
  18. Vocal FX (It's Automatic) (5:00)
  19. Mellow Brass (Lately/Whitsand Bay) (4:21)
  20. Bold Brass (Maybe It's A Whisper) (4:03)
  21. Fantasy Flute (interlude) (1:54)
  22. Distant Horn (Salted Caramel Ice Cream) (3:42)
  23. Synth Bass (Sex Emoji) (4:10)
  24. Glide Trumpet (The Light) (5:15)
  25. Plucked Guitar (Upset My Girlfriend) (1:57)
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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Akoko Ajeji (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: PERL 123. Rel: 11 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Vizyon (5:26)
  2. Asiri (4:50)
  3. Iyika (5:08)
  4. Ala Aye (5:33)
  5. Awose (4:57)
  6. Ra Bayi (4:33)
  7. Ra Mi (9:14)
  8. Egungun (6:24)
  9. Dek Sep Bluso (8:18)
  10. Fazo Kanto (5:05)
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Chris Korda, a transgender artist and activist whose last releases of note came on famed electroclash label International Deejay Gigolo way back in 2004. New album "Akoko Ajeji" is very much a surprise return to action, though its melodious, ear-pleasing and accessible blend of house and techno drums, digital synthesizer sounds and cheery post synth-pop refrains is both striking and hugely addictive. Korda's compositions offer subtle nods towards various vintage house and techno styles - particularly turn-of-the-90s deep house and early Chicago jack - but never sound anything less than thrillingly DIY productions giddily made in back rooms and bedrooms over the last decade and a half.
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Beneath The Eyrie (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 405053 8513974. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. In The Arms Of Mrs Mark Of Cain (4:07)
  2. Graveyard Hill (3:27)
  3. Catfish Kate (3:10)
  4. This Is My Fate (3:15)
  5. Ready For Love (2:39)
  6. Silver Bullet (3:43)
  7. Long Rider (3:35)
  8. Los Surfers Muertos (2:55)
  9. St Nazaire (2:26)
  10. Bird Of Prey (2:38)
  11. Daniel Boone (4:52)
  12. Death Horizon (2:08)
Review: When the end days come and it's finally time to write the complete story of American rock 'n' roll, surely Pixies will get their own chapter. Legends of the grunge world, often known for a stylistic simplicity (quiet-LOUD anyone?) but unafraid to go out on a psychedelic limb when the moment suits, they've towered above the majority of acts for 28 years and, as "Beneath The Eyrie" proves, still have plenty to say. "In The Arms of Mrs Mark Of Cain" starts proceedings on a gothic-Western hybrid tip, setting things up perfectly for any song named "Graveyard Hill". Realistically when that track does arrive it switches the mood with a nod to the band's archetypal punk-infused sound, and that's precisely the point. Apparently betting the farm on this one, it's got everything from psych-folk to Tim Burton-ish ghoulish wit, making for the band's finest hour since their 2004 reformation.
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Mannigfaltig (3xLP + MP3 download code)
K7
Cat: K 7380LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Einstagsfliege (7:05)
  2. Zweibrutiger Schekenfalter (7:14)
  3. Dreizehenspecht (3:36)
  4. Vierfleck (6:12)
  5. Funffleck Widderchen (9:09)
  6. Sechslinien Bodeneule (8:38)
  7. Siebenschlafer (6:01)
  8. Goldene Acht (8:50)
  9. Neuntoter (7:30)
  10. Zehnpunkt Marienkafer (11:05)
  11. Elfenbein Flechtenbarchen (7:00)
  12. Zwolfpunkt Spargelkafer (4:43)
Review: While he's continued to offer up occasional singles, Bonn-based producer Dominik Eulberg has not released an album for eight years. It's for this reason that "Mannigfaltig", the former Traum Schallplatten regular's new set, is big news. Interestingly, it's nowhere near as club-focused as you'd perhaps expect, with Eulberg combining his usual glitchy, tech-house influenced beats and sounds with a range of intricate electronic motifs, sumptuous melodies and atmospheric aural textures. There are one or two club cuts, of course, but majority of the tracks bob along at a more sedate pace, with Eulberg offering up cuts that draw influence from IDM and hazy electronica. As a result, it may well be his most coherent and "listenable" album to date.
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Corpse Flower (gatefold marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: IPC 211LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Ballade C33 (3:23)
  2. Camion (3:23)
  3. Chansons D'Amour (4:21)
  4. Cold Sun Warm Beer (3:39)
  5. Browning (3:14)
  6. Hungry Ghost (3:53)
  7. Corpse Flower (2:55)
  8. Insolubles (4:09)
  9. On Top Of The World (3:18)
  10. Yard Bull (4:21)
  11. A Schoolgirl's Day (3:26)
  12. Pink & Bleue (3:19)
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: DW 002. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Exploring Depths (4:44)
  2. Octopus (4:53)
  3. Axolotl's Journey (4:12)
  4. Unknown Species (3:12)
  5. Subsequent Mutations (5:42)
  6. Drawn Figures (3:46)
  7. Deep Encounters (4:06)
Review: Long before the electro revival sent producers scurrying into the studio to create their own Drexciya-inspired jams, Jeremiah R was ploughing his own intergalactic furrow for labels including Tabernacle, BAKK and Voodoo Gold. As this fine mini-album shows, he remains one of the most consistent electro producers in the business. The genius of "Tales From The Dark Reef" lies in the long-serving producer's ability to craft shimmering, sci-fi focused electronic music that takes the aesthetic appeal of the best electro records - the intergalactic aural textures, sci-fi intent, skittish rhythms and futuristic synthesizer sounds - and applies them to a variety of Detroit and Chicago-influenced grooves and soundscapes.
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Played by: Dmitry Distant
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The Return (gatefold green & red vinyl 2xLP + booklet)
Cat: ZEN 258I. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Mwana (feat Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir) (4:29)
  2. Freedom (4:06)
  3. Wake Up (interlude) (0:53)
  4. Time's Up (feat Krown) (2:34)
  5. Grass Is Greener (3:32)
  6. Dare To Fly (feat Ecca Vandal) (4:22)
  7. Any Day (feat Whosane) (4:17)
  8. OMG (2:33)
  9. Light It Up (interlude) (2:15)
  10. Final Form (3:35)
  11. Heaven (feat Whosane) (2:57)
  12. Diamond In The Ruff (feat Thando, Krown) (4:59)
  13. Leading Us Home (4:06)
  14. Summer (feat Steam Down) (4:25)
  15. Brand New (feat SILENTJAY) (3:48)
  16. Give Love (interlude) (2:19)
  17. The Return (feat Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane) (9:16)
  18. Don't Give Up (feat Mandarin Dreams) (4:51)
  19. Made Us Better (feat Blue Lab beats, Boadi, Lori) (8:35)
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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House Of Sugar (limited heavyweight purple vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 451X. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Walk Away (4:19)
  2. Hope (2:36)
  3. Southern Sky (3:14)
  4. Gretel (3:06)
  5. Taking (2:13)
  6. Near (2:09)
  7. Project 2 (2:25)
  8. Bad Man (1:35)
  9. Sugar (2:42)
  10. In My Arms (2:43)
  11. Cow (2:45)
  12. Crime (3:59)
  13. SugarHouse (live) (3:42)
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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Cylene (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: EMEGO 262. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Premiere Noire (3:15)
  2. Erosion Always Wins (7:58)
  3. Pahoehoe (13:05)
  4. Deuxieme Noire (5:04)
  5. Tephras (3:11)
  6. Dernieres Teintes Noires (6:55)
  7. Des Pans Dans Les Cendres (15:08)
Review: Francois J Bonnet (a composer and electroacoustic musician) and Stephen O'Malley (the main man of metal band Sunn O)))) come together here for their first collaborative album. It combines O'Malley's doom laden guitar work with Bonnet's compositional skills to make for a dynamic soundscape that has the sort of grand ambient architecture that places you right at the heart of it all. Dark yet inviting, it is noise that nurtures and comforts you despite its rather foreboding overtones. Orderly yet alien, desolate yet filled with human emotions, "Cylene" makes for a compelling listen.
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Days Of The Bagnold Summer (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: OLE 14551. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Sister Buddha (Intro) (3:00)
  2. I Know Where The Summer Goes (4:23)
  3. Did The Day Go Just Like You Wanted? (3:10)
  4. Jill Pole (3:01)
  5. I'll Keep It Inside (1:55)
  6. Safety Valve (3:00)
  7. The Colour's Gonna Run (2:21)
  8. Another Day, Another Night (1:32)
  9. Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying (3:56)
  10. Wait & See What The Day Holds (3:16)
  11. Sister Buddha (4:05)
  12. This Letter (3:24)
  13. We Were Never Glorious (5:22)
Review: Considering their penchant for spinning yarns and the cinematographically-suited nature of much of their work, it's surprising "Days Of The Bagnold Summer" is only Belle & Sebastian's second shot at a movie score. The last was 2001's '"Storytelling", accompanying Todd Solondz's movie of the same name, and they certainly did a good job then. So, high expectations this time round. For those unfamiliar, their latest foray into the film world partners the directorial debut of Simon Bird, best known to many as one of "The Inbetweeners". The flick, an adaptation of Joff Winterhart's 2012 graphic novel, chronicles the life and times of a teenage metalhead and his single mother. The album perfectly accompanies but also contributes to that tale. Highly emotive instrumental tracks and classic B&S songs-proper, this OST is destined to go down well with the band's true believers.
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Shake It (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ONRLP 024. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Shake It (2:59)
  2. Let's Go Back (3:46)
  3. Love They Deserve (3:34)
  4. Taking Me Down (4:44)
  5. Too Late To Worry (5:48)
  6. Layin' Low (3:22)
  7. Live Life Free (3:31)
  8. Kings & Queens (3:01)
  9. Permission To Land (feat Jeff Franca) (3:07)
  10. On The Up (SKA) (3:14)
  11. Lovely Daze (5:22)
Review: Few do funky soul jazz sessions as well as The New Mastersounds, who first formed in Leeds in 1999 and have gone on to be regulars at the Jazz Cafe as well as New Orleans' annual Jazz Fest. Late last year in Denver, the band linked up with vocalist Lamar Williams Jr (son of the late Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams) to record this high class album of soulful horns, live drums and heartfelt vocals, all finished off with percussion by Thievery Corporation's Jeff Franca. Digging deep into the history of funk while also looking to a new paradigm, "Shake It" is an album of feel-good emotions that make a lasting impression.
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Cat: SNDWLP 133. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Endless Dawn (2:50)
  2. Bohemian Idol (5:56)
  3. Digital Haircut (3:39)
  4. Street Knowledge (3:44)
  5. Molten Lava (4:20)
  6. Put It In My Head (6:03)
  7. The Creator Has A Master Plan (4:07)
  8. Ghost Hands (4:17)
  9. What Is That Feeling (3:26)
  10. Arabesque (4:10)
Review: Curiosities is the second album in the trilogy from in-demand New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo. Six years after initial release, this reissue sounds as vital as ever and is extra DJ-friendly given that it is spread across two slabs of wax. It covers plenty of ground from escapist tropical ambient to lovably lazy dubs via vivid disco-funk. Highlights come in the form of "Molten Lava" and its heart wrenching vocals and the gospel grooves of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". Winter might be fast approaching, but so long as you have sounds as warm and sunny as these around, summer will never feel too far away.
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  1. Let Me Be Your Lover (5:19)
  2. He's A Loser (5:38)
  3. How Long Must The Show Go On? (5:16)
  4. A Good Thing (2:27)
  5. Gonna Find A True Love (5:15)
  6. Funk Machine (3:10)
  7. You Give Me Someone To Love (3:56)
  8. Disco Dream (5:05)
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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The Utopia Strong (limited orange vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: LAUNCH 172SLP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Emerald Tablet (2:55)
  2. Konta Chorus (3:37)
  3. Swimmer (4:01)
  4. Uniquiet Boundary (1:40)
  5. Transition To The Afterlife (5:34)
  6. Pickman's Model (1:11)
  7. Brainsurgeons 3 (10:41)
  8. Do You Believe In Two Gods (4:40)
  9. Moonchild (8:10)
Review: The Utopia Strong might be the most unlikely combination of musical elements imaginable. Coil's Michael J. York, Kavus Torabi of Gong note, the vocals of Miranda Sex Garden's Katharine Blake (albeit rendered almost unrecognisable), a modular synth and, snooker god Steve Davis. But those who know the cue-wielding deity's reputation as a techno, soul, funk, jazz and progressive rock aficionado will understand this one has been a long time coming. So, what do the results sound like? Well, a mixed bag, but all otherworldly and surreal. "Konta Chorus" marries the whirring of machine loops with trippy guitar reverberations, timeless string arpeggios and hypnotic wind sections. "Brainsurgeons 3", running close to 11-minutes, is an epic space-age marriage of techno and sci-fi. Meanwhile, the appropriately named "Moonchild" closes the album out on lengthy refrains of disharmony and subtle, nymph-ish lyrical whispers. A trip and a half.
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Disco Jazz (LP repress)
Cat: NUM 0000805. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Moja Bhari Moja (8:16)
  2. East West Shuffle (4:57)
  3. Aaj Shanibar (7:58)
  4. Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya (15:38)
Review: Described in the accompanying press release as "the halfway point between Bollywood and Balearic", Rupa Biswas' 1982 debut "Disco Jazz" has long been a favourite of dusty-fingered diggers with a healthy bank balance and a penchant for the quirky. All four tracks are cheery, charming and superior to many "Bollywood disco" records produced in the same period. The sunny disco-boogie of "Moja Bhari Moja" is followed on side A by the delightfully eccentric, bass-powered AOR-disco/funk-rock fusion of "East West Shuffle" and the effortlessly Balearic cheeriness of "Aaj Shanibar". Best of all, though, is the exotic and intoxicating flipside cut "Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya" which expertly joins the dots between cosmic rock and Balearic disco grooves for 16 spellbinding minutes.
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VARIOUS
Cat: SNDWLP 131. Rel: 06 Sep 19
International
  1. Penny Penny - "Shilungu" (5:18)
  2. Alaska - "Accuse" (instrumental) (6:16)
  3. Ze Spirits Band - "Tucheza" (Esa extended mix) (5:00)
  4. Nonku Phiri - "Sifo" (feat Dion Monti) (4:27)
  5. Os Panteras - "Melo Do Anjo" (Outra edit) (4:54)
  6. Pascal Latour - "Lague Yo" (Boulo edit) (5:58)
  7. Masalo - "Yera" (feat Doussou Koulibaly) (6:24)
  8. Esa - "Pantsula Traxx" (4:38)
  9. Narchbeats - "Cheeks" (3:41)
  10. DJ Spoko - "#Justsnares" (4:02)
Review: Inspired by his own experiences growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and his travels through music, Esa Williams has put together a compilation of contemporary electronic music from around the world. "Amandla: Music To The People" is well worth your attention and contains some genuine gems. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, from the percussive, chant-along sweatiness of Penny Penny's "Shilungu" and the loved-up, pitched-down dreaminess of Alaska's "Accuse (Instrumental)", to the sweet, life-affirming cheeriness of Os Panteras' "Melo Do Anjo (Outro Edit)" and the thrusting, Italo-disco style dancefloor masculinity of Masalo's "Yera". Esa's own late '80s style pitched-down South African house jam "Pantsula Traxx" is also superb.
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VARIOUS
J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1983 Vol 2 (gatefold 3xLP + insert with obi-strip)
BBE
Cat: BBE 470CLP. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land - "Dragon Dance" (12:35)
  2. Kohsuke Mine Quinte - "Daguri" (6:21)
  3. Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet - "Distant Thunder" (10:34)
  4. Hideto Sasaki & Toshiyuki Sekine QuarteT + 1 - "Stop Over" (9:21)
  5. Miyasaka + 5 - "Animals Garden" (10:26)
  6. George Kawaguchi Big Four - "Vietnam" (4:31)
  7. Hiroshi Matsumoto & Hideo Ishikawa Quartet - "Serenade To A Dimly Lit Street" (5:07)
  8. Electro Keyboard Orchestra - "Mother Of The Future" (4:04)
  9. Teru Sakamoto Trio - "Teru-Teru Bozu (Black Keys)" (6:25)
  10. Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - "Fallout" (with Masahiko Sato) (9:39)
  11. Makoto Terashita - "Dai Hosaku (Great Harvest)" (11:21)
  12. Takashi Miyasaka Quintet - "Straight Road" (8:28)
  13. Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats Orchestra - "Little Giant" (6:00)
  14. Akira Miyazawa - "Brown Trout" (11:51)
Review: BBE's second trawl through late 20th century deep Japanese jazz is every bit as eye opening and essential as its predecessor, which caused many hearts to flutter when it was released 18 months ago. From start to finish, we're treated to a righteous range of largely little-known tunes, from the spiraling, sun-kissed spirituality of Makoto Terashita Meets Harold Land's epic "Dragon Dance", and the funk-fuelled dancefloor jazz brilliance of Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet's "Distant Thunder", to the smooth, snaking seductiveness of George Kawaguchi Big Four's "Vietnam" and the synthesizer jazz-funk insanity of Electro Keyboard Orchestra's "Mother Of The Future". A superb selection of genuinely off-kilter and life affirming Japanese gems that should be an essential purchase for both serious and casual jazz fans.
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PL (limited transparent vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: PDONLP 002LTD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Techno
  1. Starting Fights (with Josh Caffe )
  2. The Boombox Affair (with Bubbles Bubblesynski)
  3. Nobody Watching (with Mutado Pintado)
  4. The Music
  5. Angel Of Hell (with Arthur Baker & Alan Vega)
  6. Drum Machine
  7. Blue-Ish
  8. Cult Hero (Do You Wanna Touch Me) (with Simon Topping )
  9. Sly Is Watching
  10. (Vi-Vi) Vicious Games (with Josh Caffe )
Review: When it comes to jackin' Chicago style acid house revivalism, few can hold a candle to Paranoid London. As this long-awaited second album proves, the duo is the undisputed masters of sweaty, TB-303 driven jack-tracks and - as recent single "(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games" and LP opener "Starting Fights" prove - classic-sounding vocal cuts that recall the glory years of Fingers, Inc in the mid-to-late 1980s. Interestingly, "PL" boasts far more collaborations than we've seen from Paranoid London before, including a string of ragged club cuts blessed with evocative spoken word vocals, a thrusting acid throb-job with lead vocals by Simon Topping and a suitably twisted, machine-driven hook up with Arthur Baker and Alan Vega (the raw and weighty "Angel Of Hell").
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BASSO/VARIOUS
Cat: ZZZV 19003. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Hans Hass - "Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind" (4:28)
  2. DJ Food - "The Dawn" (4:58)
  3. RVDS - "Minuet De Vampire" (5:41)
  4. Horizont - "Light Of Darkness" (5:31)
  5. Xiame - "Nosso Destino" (5:04)
  6. Miko - "Im Garten" (3:00)
  7. Massimo Stella - "C'e Una Donna Sola" (4:04)
  8. Trimolo - "Tempo 100" (5:08)
  9. Diedel - "Wo Seid Ihr" (3:50)
  10. Mikey D - "I Need You" (dub) (6:04)
  11. Wolfsmond - "Fuhl Dich Frei" (Basso Maxi edit) (6:44)
  12. Ghia - "You Won't Sleep On My Pillow" (3:49)
  13. Jean Phillipe Rykiel - "Fair Light" (4:22)
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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Palaver (gatefold LP)
BBE
Cat: BBE 511ALP. Rel: 10 Sep 19
International
  1. Palaver (6:15)
  2. Make You No Mind (3:54)
  3. Abebrese (5:31)
  4. Help Africa (6:16)
  5. Nyame Dadaw (6:59)
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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Cat: MRBLP 194. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Keep It Movin (4:03)
  2. Wicked (feat Fliptrix) (3:57)
  3. Ikoja (feat Elde) (3:18)
  4. Huami (feat Terri Walker) (3:27)
  5. Sometimes (feat Ruby) (2:56)
  6. Wayside (3:34)
  7. Time Ticks (4:15)
  8. U&I (3:44)
  9. We On (feat Sampa The Great) (3:27)
  10. Custom Made (feat Ayo The Yung Afrika Pyoneer) (6:31)
Review: Jungle Brown's much anticipated second album is finally here, and packed with collaborations with exciting peers like Sampa The Great, Fliptrix and Terri Walker. The trio of Ric Flo, MAEAR & Tony Bones are in fine form with their ever soulful hip hop taking subtle hints from grime, house and trap. "Keep It Movin" and Huami" are for golden era fans, while "Sometimes" flips the script with a tight, bumping house beat and buttery raps. "Custom Made" is a rhythmically inventive, richly layered track and is one of many highlights on a standout album.
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Diabolique (gatefold 180 gram red vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: BEC 5650024. Rel: 11 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Une Lune Etrange (4:52)
  2. Lou (3:41)
  3. Dreams (3:13)
  4. La Brigade Des Malefices (4:37)
  5. On Dansait Avec Elle (3:37)
  6. Ghost Rider (5:45)
  7. Grande (2:50)
  8. Springfield 61 (3:39)
  9. Un Rituel Inhabituel (4:18)
  10. The Last Picture Show (3:07)
Review: There has been plenty said about debutants L'Epee since their single "Dreams" turned heads back in spring. Combining the talents of Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), French artist Emmanuelle Seigner, and polished-to-a-sheen pop outfit The Liminanas, it's one of the most refreshing (and French) things you're likely to hear all year. That's more of a reference to the cinematic feeling that defines the album, owing much to the femme fatale vocal delivery, rather than the language each line is sung in. At once evoking the smoky cool of Serge Gainsbourg and the opiate moods of The Velvet Underground, "Diabolique" feels born in a time when psychedelic experimentation and chart topping music weren't mutually exclusive. At once sophisticated and hedonistic, it's a sexy, sensual and overwhelmingly seductive effort everyone should turn themselves on to.
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VARIOUS
Cat: 3370356. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Zero 7 - "This World" (feat Mozez) (5:36)
  2. Moby - "Natural Blues" (2006 remastered version) (3:02)
  3. Quantic - "Time Is The Enemy" (3:39)
  4. Archive - "You Make Me Feel" (4:05)
  5. Tricky - "Hell Is Around The Corner" (3:43)
  6. Boards Of Canada - "Roygbiv" (2:28)
  7. DJ Cam - "Birds Also Sing For Anamaria" (4:12)
  8. Kid Loco - "A Grand Love Theme" (3:58)
  9. Goldfrapp - "Lovely Head" (3:41)
  10. Plaid - "Lilth" (feat Bjork) (4:39)
  11. Craig Armstrong - "Weather Storm" (6:00)
  12. Etienne De Crecy - "Tempovision" (radio edit) (3:28)
  13. Gotan Project - "Epoca" (feat Cristina Vilallonga) (4:26)
  14. Superdiscount Presents Air - "Soldissimo" (Etienne De Crecy remix) (5:26)
  15. Guts - "What Is Love" (3:47)
  16. Alex Gopher - "The Child" (radio edit) (3:39)
  17. Kazam - "Swag On" (2:13)
  18. Flume - "Holdin On" (2:32)
  19. Chinese Man - "I've Got That Tune" (4:08)
  20. Deluxe - "Pony" (3:27)
  21. Fakear - "Morning In Japan" (3:06)
  22. Bonobo - "Terrapin" (4:40)
  23. Nightmares On Wax - "Les Nuits" (radio edit) (3:31)
Review: Thanks to Massive Attack's recent anniversary reissue of their touchstone "Mezzanine" album, trip-hop is back in the headlines. While we don't expect a full-blown revival just yet, it's always worth dipping into the style and its hazy, dub-flecked and sample-heavy sound. This triple-disc genre retrospective from Wagram should be an essential listen for both confirmed trip-hop heads and newcomers alike. It contains plenty of well-known classics - see the contributions from I Monster, Tricky, Smith & Mighty, Kid Loco, Moby, Boards of Canada, Kruder and Doefmeister, Tosca and Nightmares on Wax, for starters - as well as under-appreciated underground hits and lesser-celebrated selections (Sabres of Paradise's remix of Red Snapper's "Hotflush" being the undoubted highlight).
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Cat: PRECEPT 017. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. About UFO (2:50)
  2. External Mind Fog (4:03)
  3. A Foolish Game (4:02)
  4. Brain Eaters (3:10)
  5. Go Sideways (2:37)
  6. In Front Of You (5:05)
  7. Absenteeist (3:04)
  8. Nothing Between (5:11)
  9. Quiet Movement (4:05)
  10. Metalhead (3:51)
  11. Repeat Itself (2:26)
Review: This cryptic debut from Belgian AIR LQD mixes up science fiction, social criticism and punk ethics into a futuristic sound world where urban decay and artificial intelligence have really taken hold. The brittle, icy electronics of these tracks reminds of Kassem Mosse's experimental lo-fi house work on Workshop. "Repeat Itself" is interspersed with dehumanised voices from a darkened dungeon and leads to some brilliantly unsettling sounds. Abrasive textures rub up next to looping echoes, crashing metal hits and rubbery bass. Though wholly unnatural, paranoid and occult, it all feels so damn right.
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Cat: SSMDCLP 1V2. Rel: 04 Sep 19
Deep House
  1. Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut - "Baby Wants To Ride" (feat Jamie Principle - Re-Directed) (10:05)
  2. Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut - "Let Yourself Go" (feat Sybil - A Director's cut Master) (8:37)
  3. Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut - "Let's Stay Home" (feat Inaya Day - A Director's cut Classic club mix) (7:49)
  4. Frankie Knuckles presents Director’s Cut - "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (feat B Slade - DJ Meme mix Of Epic Proportions) (8:07)
  5. Lou Rawls - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (Kenny Summit, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper unreleased anthem) (7:41)
  6. Soulful Session - "Hostile Takeover" (feat Lynn Lockamy - Director's cut remix) (7:59)
  7. Hardsoul - "Back Together" (feat Ron Carroll - Director's cut Classic club mix) (8:33)
  8. Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont - "The Look" (Director's cut Signature mix) (7:59)
Review: This second round-up of high quality tracks and remixes by Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper's Director's Cut project is as loved-up and action-packed as its predecessor. It begins with versions of the pair's re-recording of Knuckles' classics "Baby Wants To Ride" and "Let Yourself Go" (the latter a breezy and summery piano-house treat), before offering up a soulful singalong with Inaya Day and a stomping disco-house cover of Sylvester classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". Record two offers up some of their hard-to-find remixes, with the pair's Lou Rawls revision and soaring version of Hardsoul and Ron Carroll's soulful house classic "Back Together" standing out.
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Glennascaul (2xLP + insert)
Cat: DE 258. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Konstruktivists (3:15)
  2. Carlou (3:44)
  3. Two Hands Held (2:09)
  4. How You Say (4:18)
  5. White Design I (4:08)
  6. Half Hearing (3:58)
  7. New York (5:13)
  8. Incognito (4:11)
  9. Maribel (4:18)
  10. White Design II (4:03)
  11. Sierra Nevada (3:02)
  12. New York (remix) (5:15)
  13. Ikon (7:39)
Review: Konstruktivists is the Industrial project of Glenn Michael Wallis from Kent, England. In the late '70s Wallis was a "control agent" for Throbbing Gristle and the Industrial Records crew. Influenced by Krautrock bands like Can, NEU!, Cluster/Harmonia as well as Tuxedomoon, Yello, Chrome, and SPK, Glenn began to record his own material. After several cassette releases, Konstruktivists' first LP 'A Dissembly' was released in 1982 followed by 'Psykho Genetika' in 1983 and 'Black December' in 1984. That same year Wallis collaborated with his friend Chris Carter, of Throbbing Gristle and Chris and Cosey fame, on CTI's 'Conspiracy International One'.
In 1985, Glenn spent a week at Chris and Cosey's studio recording 11 tracks that would become the 'Glennascaul' album originally released on Nigel Ayers' Sterile Records. Produced and mixed by Chris Carter, it marked a complete change in style for the band towards a beat-orientated rhythmic sound. 'Glennascaul' is proto electro at its very best, with Glenn's hallucinogenic vocals on top. A musical collage designed to invoke images in the mind. The back cover clearly states "No guitars. No Fairlights." For this deluxe reissue we've added two bonus tracks recorded around the same time, now vinyl for the first time ever. All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is housed in an exact replica of the original jacket featuring cover art, which is a co-production of Trevor Brown, Nigel Ayers and an image Glenn Wallis supplied. Each copy includes a double-sided 8x11 insert with liner notes by Nigel Ayers, press clippings, and photos.
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Pang! (Deluxe Edition) (limited heavyweight splattered vinyl LP + poster)
Cat: RT 0086LPE. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Pang! (2:48)
  2. Bae Bae Bae (4:11)
  3. Digidigol (3:03)
  4. Ara Deg (Ddaw'r Awen) (2:38)
  5. Eli Haul (2:37)
  6. Niwl O Anwiredd (3:50)
  7. Taranau Mai (3:35)
  8. Ol Bys/Nodau Clust (3:55)
  9. Annedd I'm Danedd (3:11)
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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Ma (140 gram vinyl LP + poster + booklet)
Cat: 007559 7924077. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Is This Nice? (2:56)
  2. Kantori Ongaku (3:36)
  3. Ami (3:53)
  4. Memorial (4:33)
  5. Carolina (2:35)
  6. Now All Gone (3:36)
  7. Love Song (4:24)
  8. Abre Las Manos (3:32)
  9. Taking A Page (3:40)
  10. October 12 (3:07)
  11. My Boyfriend's In The Band (3:34)
  12. The Lost Coast (3:06)
  13. Will I See You Tonight? (feat Vashti Bunyan) (3:22)
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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Miami Memory (limited gatefold blue vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SC 378LPC1. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Stepdad (4:15)
  2. Miami Memory (4:23)
  3. Far From Born Again (4:14)
  4. Gaslight (4:21)
  5. Bad For The Boys (4:39)
  6. End Is Nigh (3:03)
  7. PC With Me (2:34)
  8. Divorce (3:12)
  9. Other Ladies (3:46)
  10. Too Far (4:07)
Review: If there were still justice in the digital age, and artists really got what was owed to them exposure-wise, Alex Cameron would be a safe bet for leftfield pop sensation. A multi-faceted songwriter, his previous two albums took us through a horror show of horrible characters and their innermost thoughts, twin roads that have somehow veered onto another course altogether for "Miami Memory". Here a much friendlier face is donned. Nevertheless, opener "Stepdad" makes intentions clear, with uptempo keyboard lines invoking the emotional qualities of mid-80s Prince. "Far From Born Again" tells the story of a "her" who's making bad choices, and the potential fallout of that, set to a Bruce Springsteen-sounding chorus, the likes of which can be found again on "Divorce". Not holding back, but instead holding a light up to a different side of his personality, it's Cameron's most positive to date and his best.
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Birth Of Violence (gatefold LP + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SH 217LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. The Mother Road (4:18)
  2. American Darkness (4:43)
  3. Birth Of Violence (4:15)
  4. Deranged For Rock & Roll (3:31)
  5. Be All Things (4:19)
  6. Erde (3:31)
  7. When Anger Turns To Honey (3:08)
  8. Dirt Universe (4:38)
  9. Little Grave (3:21)
  10. Preface To A Dream Play (3:52)
  11. Highway (4:00)
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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In A Small Place (hand-numbered gatefold 2xLP limited to 300 copies)
Cat: C56LP 014. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Secret (3:52)
  2. Learn To Forget (3:04)
  3. In A Small Place (3:22)
  4. Come Closer (4:21)
  5. Muscle Cars (3:21)
  6. High Life (4:22)
  7. Daylight (4:16)
  8. Favourite One (4:00)
  9. Better Than Words (3:48)
  10. Wasted (4:46)
Review: Claremont 56's latest must-have LP comes from an unexpected source: blue-eyed soul, AOR and soft rock loving Greek four-piece Sillyboy's Ghost Relatives. The good news is that "In A Small Place" is every bit as good as the title track, which Paul "Mudd" Murphy's label released earlier in the year. The album's main attractions are undoubtedly the bittersweet lyrics and hazy, lovelorn vocals of main man Sillyboy (real name Charalambos Kourtaras), though the musically evocative backing provided by his band mates is equally as impressive. Highlights include the Boz Scraggs-esque "Muscle Cars", the Steely Dan sing-along that is "High Life" and the gently reggae influenced lilt of "Favourite One". It's all pretty tidy.
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VARIOUS
Cat: 3370196. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Classics/Ska
  1. Bob Marley - "Soul Rebel" (3:45)
  2. Alpha Blondy - "Cocody Rock" (4:52)
  3. Gregory Isaacs - "Babylon Too Rough" (2:51)
  4. Ken Boothe - "Artibella" (3:41)
  5. Max Romeo - "Stop Picking Me" (2:36)
  6. Sly & Robbie - "Night Nurse" (feat Simply Red - radio mix) (3:45)
  7. John Holt - "Police In Helicopter" (3:33)
  8. Eek-a-mouse - "Ganja Smuggling" (3:46)
  9. Don Carlos - "Rivers Of Babylon" (3:16)
  10. Freddy McGregor - "Big Ship Sailing" (3:12)
  11. Jacob Miller - "Tenement Yard" (2:33)
  12. The Congos - "La La Bam-Bam" (3:50)
  13. Alton Ellis - "I'm Still In Love" (4:22)
  14. Dennis Brown - "Revolution" (4:15)
  15. Errol Dunkley - "OK Fred" (2:55)
  16. Groundation, Don Carlo & The Congos - "Jah Jah Know" (5:57)
  17. Black Uhuru - "Sinsemilla" (5:14)
  18. Ini Kamoze - "World A Music" (2:45)
  19. Yelloman - "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" (6:29)
  20. Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters - "Soul Fire" (3:51)
  21. Alborosie - "No Cocaine" (4:05)
  22. Chaka Demus & Pliers - "Murder She Wrote" (4:04)
Review: Classics are classics for a reason, and this compilation champions them across two slabs of wax. All four sides are jam packed with firm reggae favourites from Bob Marley's stirring "Soul Rebel" to the buttery croons of Gregory Isaacs on "Babylon Too Rough". Mick Hucknall's inclusion will raise some eyebrows, but there is no denying his version of "Night Nurse" with Sly & Robbie has something going on. Smokers will delight in ganga odes from Eek-a-mouse and the lovable innocence of The Congos hit "La La Bam-Bam" will always have a place in anyone's affections.
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The Utopia Strong (transparent blue vinyl LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: LAUNCH 172SELP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Emerald Tablet (3:08)
  2. Konta Chorus (3:38)
  3. Swimmer (4:04)
  4. Uniquiet Boundary (1:41)
  5. Transition To The Afterlife (5:36)
  6. Pickman's Model (1:12)
  7. Brainsurgeons 3 (10:43)
  8. Do You Believe In Two Gods (4:41)
  9. Moonchild (8:11)
Review: The Utopia Strong might be the most unlikely combination of musical elements imaginable. Coil's Michael J. York, Kavus Torabi of Gong note, the vocals of Miranda Sex Garden's Katharine Blake (albeit rendered almost unrecognisable), a modular synth and, snooker god Steve Davis. But those who know the cue-wielding deity's reputation as a techno, soul, funk, jazz and progressive rock aficionado will understand this one has been a long time coming. So, what do the results sound like? Well, a mixed bag, but all otherworldly and surreal. "Konta Chorus" marries the whirring of machine loops with trippy guitar reverberations, timeless string arpeggios and hypnotic wind sections. "Brainsurgeons 3", running close to 11-minutes, is an epic space-age marriage of techno and sci-fi. Meanwhile, the appropriately named "Moonchild" closes the album out on lengthy refrains of disharmony and subtle, nymph-ish lyrical whispers. A trip and a half.
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Cat: KR 33. Rel: 10 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Baltic Variation (2:27)
  2. Zugzwang (2:01)
  3. Karpov Counter (3:33)
  4. Instructive Sequence (2:56)
  5. Capablanca Spin (4:57)
  6. Maroczy Bind (2:07)
  7. The Position You Must Know (2:08)
  8. The Genius Of Mikhail Tal (2:48)
  9. Giuoco Piano (9:26)
Review: Electric Capablanca is a mystery artistic outfit who, on this evidence, are lovers of pastoral landscapes, innocent lullabies and day dreaming. This collection is a spellbinding one with clean, crisp synths and distant pads, soft focus arps and, in some cases, gentle IDM patterns all washing over you time and again. The music here is too detailed and meaningfully structured to be classed as ambient: it demands close attention and rewards it in kind, either with soul soothing and diffusive moods or more edgy drone tracks, amongst a range of other immersive styles.
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House Of Sugar (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WIGLP 451. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Walk Away (4:19)
  2. Hope (2:36)
  3. Southern Sky (3:14)
  4. Gretel (3:06)
  5. Taking (2:13)
  6. Near (2:09)
  7. Project 2 (2:25)
  8. Bad Man (1:35)
  9. Sugar (2:42)
  10. In My Arms (2:43)
  11. Cow (2:45)
  12. Crime (3:59)
  13. SugarHouse (live) (3:42)
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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The Practice Of Love (white vinyl LP + insert + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SBR 229LPC1. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Lions (3:58)
  2. High Alice (4:42)
  3. Accident (4:01)
  4. The Practice Of Love (3:07)
  5. Ashes To Ashes (4:16)
  6. Thumbsucker (4:12)
  7. Six Red Cannas (4:06)
  8. Ordinary (5:19)
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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The Practice Of Love (LP + booklet + 8 tarot cards + MP3 download code)
Cat: SBR 229LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Lions (3:58)
  2. High Alice (4:40)
  3. Accident (4:02)
  4. The Practice Of Love (3:06)
  5. Ashes To Ashes (4:15)
  6. Thumbsucker (4:13)
  7. Six Red Cannas (4:06)
  8. Ordinary (5:16)
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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Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack (red vinyl LP + poster + MP3 download code)
Cat: LMSAP 0043. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Tobacco - "Stretch Your Face" (2:48)
  2. DJ Shadow - "Systematic" (feat Nas) (3:20)
  3. Danny Brown - "Kool Aid" (3:00)
  4. Hudson Mohawke - "Passports" (feat Remy Banks) (2:22)
  5. Too $hort X Meter Mobb - "You Came To Party" (3:50)
  6. Dr.Octagon - "Blue Flowers" (3:20)
  7. Pregnant Boy - "Fun House" (feat OG Swaggerdick & Grip Plyaz) (2:27)
  8. Shirt - "Phantom (Redux)" (2:34)
  9. E*Vax - "The Mule" (4:00)
  10. DJ Shadow - "Nobody Speak" (feat Run The Jewels) (3:15)
  11. Wu-Tang Clan - "Don't Stop" (4:13)
  12. Old Man Saxon X Mount Cyanide - "On My Own" (3:38)
  13. Onyx - "Problem Child" (3:07)
  14. Darnell Williams - "Blown" (3:33)
  15. Mariachi La Estrella - "Walking On Sunshine" (feat Elio Armas) (2:49)
Review: HBO's Silicon Valley has captured the tech zeitgeist like no other television show, and now they're trying to see if they can own the ear-waves of this generation with audio as well. Fans of contemporary rap, hip hop and trap will rejoice seeing names like Danny Brown, Run The Jewels, DJ Shadow and Wu-Tang Clan on the score. With or without having seen the show, it's a decent listen that glides on boom bap drums, dips down into edgier beat making or soars on mutant robot-funk.
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Holidays In The City (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: JUUP 156. Rel: 11 Sep 19
Classics/Ska
  1. One Heart (3:09)
  2. The Greatest Hero (3:37)
  3. Real Boxer (2:58)
  4. Chance To Change (3:22)
  5. T-Rude (3:09)
  6. Don't Let It Die (3:30)
  7. When You Are A Threat (1:07)
  8. Laura Lee (2:40)
  9. Holidays In The City (3:23)
  10. Sons Of Garnata (3:41)
  11. Brave Enough To Live (2:52)
Review: Red Soul Community is a ska band from Spain founded by Carlos Dingo, and after a small hiatus they make a big return with a punk riddled new album that comes with suitably confrontational artwork. Known and loved by rocksteady fans round the world, this outfit is led by the captivating vocals of Isa Garcia and since 2005 they've turned out a number of acclaimed albums. This new one is an uptempo affair with energetic grooves, hints of American ska, skinhead and 2 tone, and attitude to spare. The songs are both catchy and dance-y, and the whole album is wonderfully colourful.
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  1. Music Of Auspicious Clouds (part 1) (21:09)
  2. Music Of Auspicious Clouds (part 2) (19:23)
  3. Waves Of The Blue Sea (part 1) (21:54)
  4. Waves Of The Blue Sea (part 2) (21:43)
Review: New York's Blank Forms Editions welcome back Catherine Christer Hennix for a second album in quick time after her widely acclaimed debut last year. This one manages to hit even harder than that debut across four twenty minute suites that defy many western musical conventions. It is drone music with a difference, weird synth sounds drawn out and contorted before your very ears. It's caustic, challenging listening that plays out like the soundtrack to a horror movie in your own mind. Experimental music as occult as this truly sounds as if it comes from another planet, and tuning into it is a real thrill.
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Remote Viewing (limited gatefold transparent orange vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: ASIPV 017. Rel: 12 Aug 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Behind Dulled Eyes (5:03)
  2. Flutter (6:37)
  3. Reverie (6:21)
  4. Clouded Over (6:28)
  5. Montage (5:16)
  6. Meadows (4:37)
  7. Soft Focus (4:41)
  8. Soliloquy (5:28)
Review: After years spent offering up impressive blends of ambient, drone, electronica and experimental drum and bass as ASC, James Clements has decided to commit more time to Comit (sorry), an alternative project which first surfaced via a debut single in 2016. Here the San Diego-based Brit delivers a first full-length excursion under the alias. There's plenty to soothe and seduce on the eight tracks stretched across two slabs of wax, from the undulating, occasionally skittish beats and sweeping chord sequences of opener "Behind Dulled Eyes" and the icy, doom-laden electronic melancholy of "Reverie", to the early Black Dog Productions flex of "Clouded Over" and the dubbed-out, slow motion bliss of "Soft Focus".
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Cat: T4T 002. Rel: 05 Sep 19
Deep House
  1. Imminent Spirit Arrival (6:33)
  2. Move Your Body (4:41)
  3. Deep Connections (5:37)
  4. Spin Girl Let's Activate! (6:25)
  5. Ecstatic Beat (4:29)
  6. Can You See Me? (8:23)
  7. My Body Is Powerful (4:46)
  8. Power To The People (7:00)
Review: After a series of well received albums on 100% Silk and HNYTRX, Maya Bouldry-Morrison returns with her first album in two years, and the first on the T4T LUV NRG imprint she set up with life partner Eris Drew. It's a thrill-a-minute affair rooted in her love of turn-of-the-'90s rave culture, with the eight showcased tracks variously mixing elements of breakbeat hardcore, Belgian techno, dreamy deep house, ambient techno, ragging acid and the kind of psychedelic club fare that was once all the rage within California's LSD-fuelled free party scene. In fact, as a soundtrack to a full moon party on a remote "SoCal" beach, "Resonant Body" would sound phenomenal, with the inspired ambient number "My Body Is A Powerful" offering a fine accompaniment to the inevitable morning comedown.
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Cat: WRWTFWW 030. Rel: 21 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Prelude (1:46)
  2. Landscape Of Wheels (11:48)
  3. Still Park (12:04)
  4. Still Park (Piano Solo) (4:49)
  5. Still Sky (8:37)
  6. Image Under The Tree (13:07)
Review: For their latest must-check full length, Swiss ambient and jazz enthusiasts WRWTFWW have offered up a timely reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa's previously Japan-only 1982 album "Still Way". In some quarters it's considered a triumph of Japanese minimalism - an ambient set that was equally as inspired by Erik Satie as Brian Eno. The sounds are sparse, atmospheric and alluring, with simple harp, vibraphone, piano and flute motifs taking it in turns to rise and fall across the soundspace. It's intricate, soft-focus and hugely poignant, evoking memories of similarly lauded sets by Ashikawa's countrymen Hiroshi Yoshimura and Midori Takada. In other words, it's sublime.
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Played by: Kaoru Inoue
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Chaos Theories (LP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 208LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Charlie Foxtrot (4:10)
  2. Police The Police (3:49)
  3. House Of Cards (5:12)
  4. Boat Rockers (4:49)
  5. Sky High (4:21)
  6. War Games (4:07)
  7. General Strike (4:26)
  8. Slumlord (5:31)
  9. Well Runs Dry (8:26)
Review: Canadian collective The Soul Jazz Orchestra's latest studio album is a cheery tonic for our troubled times. That's not to say it doesn't engage you with some thought-provoking moments along the way (the pay gap, dodgy landlords, police brutalities, the current US administration) but generally the musicianship is uplifting and hypnotic. The album draws on funk, jazz and soul with Latin, Caribbean and Afro twists that make it work on the dance floor as well as home stereo. Anthems like "General Strike" exhibit some 2 tone swagger and "Sky High" is pure disco dynamite.
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The Competition (heavyweight vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: RBN 070LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Galapagos (4:12)
  2. Hand Of God (3:53)
  3. Two Faced Love (4:32)
  4. Young Republicans (3:49)
  5. Real Thing (4:07)
  6. Buster Keaton (3:42)
  7. I Drive (3:45)
  8. Simple Life (4:32)
  9. Empire Sundown (3:55)
  10. Lucky People (3:48)
  11. In Your House (3:24)
Review: The return of Baltimore's Lower Dens - now with half as many members as last time we caught up with them - could have been entitled "The Contrast", although that may be stating the obvious. As anyone familiar with the outfit's combination of heartfelt vocal delivery, dream pop ambience and brutally honest socio-political commentary will understand. It's a unique combination for a band that, on first contact, sound like they should be all about the love songs. Then again, there's an air of jilted love, or at least just jilted, about numbers like "Young Republicans", sliding into waves of powerful synth as Jana Hunter waxes lyrical about the world burning. While many of today's pop bands nod to the 1980s, Lower Dens are particularly convincing given the decade was, for many, defined by the death of America's big dream and a realisation that societal progress could be a 20th Century myth. Uptempo but stark stuff.
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