Metal Banshee ( Mad Professor Mix One) (CD2: Mezzanine Mad Professor)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub)
Wire (Leaping dub)
Group Four (Security Forces dub)
Review: Two decades have passed since Massive Attack signaled a new stage in their career with the dark, paranoid and claustrophobic brilliance of "Mezzanine", their third studio album. Given the current global political climate, it arguably sounds even more relevant 20 years after it first hit stores. This time round, the re-mastered original set comes accompanied by something none of us have heard before: Mad Professor's complete dub translation, which was slated for release around the turn of the Millennium but for one reason or another never came out. Like his take on "No Protection", it's an inspired set of revisions that takes 3D and Daddy G's dense and red-eyed originals into wild new bass-heavy places. Even if you own the original version already, it's well worth picking up this special edition just for that alone.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - "Venus: The Bringer Of Peace"
John Phillips - "Boys From The South"
Stomu Yamashta - "33 1/3"
John Phillips - "Rhumba Boogie"
The Kingston Trio - "Try To Remember"
Stomu Yamashta - "Mandala"
John Phillips - "America"
Stomu Yamashta - "Wind Words"
John Phillips - "Jazz"
Stomu Yamashta - "One Way"
John Phillips - "Space Capsule"
John Phillips - "Bluegrass Breakdown"
John Phillips - "Desert Shack"
Stomu Yamashta - "Memory Of Hiroshima"
John Phillips - "Window"
John Phillips - "Alberto"
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - "Mars: The Bringer Of War (Excerpt)"
John Phillips - "Liar, Liar"
John Phillips - "Hello Mary Lou"
Robert Farnon - "Silent Night"
Genevieve Waite - "Love Is Coming Back"
John Phillips - "The Man Who Fell To Earth"
Review: Due to legal wrangles, RCA Records declined to release a soundtrack album when The Man Who Fell To Earth hit cinemas in 1976. The decision may have had something to do with the lack of material from the movie's undoubted star attraction, David Bowie. Following the legendary musician's passing, Universal has decided to make the music - a mixture of original compositions by John Phillips, and Japanese percussionist-composer Stomu Yamash'ta, plus featured songs and instrumentals - available for the first time. Yamash'ta's contributions, which tend towards the atmospheric, alien and otherworldly, are particularly impressive, while Phillips' unique riffs on American rock, funk and soul have their moments.
The Sneepers - "Guardians Inferno" (feat David Hasselhoff)
Review: Astonishingly, the "awesome mixtape" soundtrack to Marvel's first Guardians of the Galaxy film was one of the best-selling vinyl albums of 2014. With the second movie now packing out cinemas, the time has come for the superhero tag-team (or, more specifically, the film's producers) to release another selection of "awesome" tracks. A quick glance at the tracklist confirms the presence of a string of '70s rock anthems - think ELO's "Mr Blue Sky" and Fleetwood Mac's iconic "The Chain" - alongside gentler fare from the likes of George Harrison ("My Sweet Lord", a track that famously landed the former Beatle in court on a charge of plagiarism) and Cat Stevens (the timeless "Father & Son").
Smokey Robinson - "And I Don't Love You" (instrumental dub)
Peech Boys - "Don't Make Me Wait" (extended version)
Review: Larry Levan's influence on the development of dance music in New York during the 1980s cannot be overstated. That much is clear from Genius Of Time, a two-disc collection of the Paradise Garage resident's finest remixes. Heavy on dub delays, spaced-out synthesizers and rolling grooves, it gathers together a swathe of stone-cold classics - killer reworks of Gwen Guthrie, Man Friday, Peech Boys, Loose Joints and Jimmy Ross - with lesser-known, but no less vital, tweaks of cuts from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Esther Williams, Smokey Robinson and Tramaine. While dedicated fans will have many of these already, it serves as the perfect introduction to Levan's distinctive and hugely influential style.