Review: Champion sound! Sampled over 500 times but still funkier than a sleepover at Kanye's, The Mohawks "The Champ" enjoys gold status for this limited Record Store Day special. Flip for the instant horn-heaved call to arms "Sound Of The Witchdoctor". Fresh from 68, and still as bewitching... You might call this a magnificent 7" (not sorry)
Review: Essential reissue alert: Arguably one of his most influential albums of his illustrious career, Wally's third album Echoes has matured incredibly well, joining the dots between electronica, island music, reggae, pop and ambient better than most self-styled Balearic DJs. Sampled by the likes Massive Attack ("Mambo") and Pete Herbert ("Chief Inspector"), we're moved through the moods in such a simplistic but warm, dynamic way as Wally switches from shedding a tear on the Scarface-era Moroder style "Canyons" to shedding a few pounds on the runaway boogie cut "Endless Race". Still sounding current 32 years deep, there's a reason the likes of Grace Jones, Level 42, Herbie Hancock and Black Uhuru worked with him.
Review: Mike Patton's mischievous first band had grown from the stuff of teenage tomfoolery to a band taken seriously as cross-genre pioneers and modern day progressive titans by the time they released this third album proper in 1999. Moreover, this proved to be yet another curveball, being by far the most melodic and pop-influenced thing the band had committed to wax. This being Mr. Bungle however, 'California' also took in movie-scores, doo-wop, Hawaiian music, circus themes and a good dozen other genres besides, confounding the listener even as it offered tunes your milkman could whistle, making for a fitting epitaph for a unique band.
Review: Klaus Schulze and Peter Namlook's The Dark Side Of The Moog series receives a timely update on vinyl, having only been reissued a handful of times since its first release in the early to mid 90s. Much like the second volume, which should be bought in conjuction with this opener, you'll be stuck to find any better sources of ambient or drone on these charts. Yes, the modern kids might verge further into the heart of the rave, but this music has a way of lifting the soul that's rarely matched. Led by images of time and space, the legendary duo's music is truly capable of tele-transporting you into a higher state of consciousness; the best thing about it is how rich and fresh it sounds upon each new listen. Highly recommended.
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (with Tammi Terrell) (2:28)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (3:13)
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (with Tammi Terrell) (2:13)
You're All I Need To Get By (with Tammi Terrell) (2:48)
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (2:56)
What's Going On (3:49)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:14)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (5:26)
Trouble Man (3:49)
Let's Get It On (4:51)
You Are Everything (with Diana Ross) (3:03)
Distant Lover (4:14)
I Want You (4:32)
Got To Give It Up (4:12)
Heavy Love Affair (3:44)
Sexual Healing (3:58)
Sanctified Lady (5:22)
Review: Original released in 2014, Music On Vinyl bring Marvin Gaye's Collected compendium back to life on limited edition coloured vinyl for a special release on what would have been his 80th birthday. Stacked with hits from every chapter of his influential career, it runs from his earliest soulful moods of 1961 right through to his experimental, technology embracing mid 80s dreams via his most troubled of times. Telling the story of his life and modern soul and funk music at large, "Collected" brings all of Marvin's greatest moments together in a unique and well curated way. No collection is complete without this.
Review: A year shy of its 40th anniversary, Inspiration Information enjoys a reissue and it's still as sparkly and soul-laden as it was in 1974. Ranging from the guitar-twanging smoky blues funk of "Rainy Day" to the sultry, strutting title track, it's largely regarded as Otis's most comprehensive work of that time. According to legend it took him three years to create... 39 years later and it still sounds as good as this? We'd say that's time well spent!