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Afrodesia Episode One (limited 12")
Cat: BST X067. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Deep Down In Zanzibar (6:42)
  2. Desert Storm (6:32)
  3. Meet In Tunis (5:28)
  4. Orion Beat (6:17)
Review: Afrodesia may come on like another dusted down gem from those dedicated detectives at Best, but it is in fact a modern construction from the talented studio trysts of Mystic Jungle and Whodamanny from the Periodica camp. These Italian producers have more than proved their knack for crafting sublime, honey-smooth jams with a nod to the golden studio era of the 70s and 80s, and they're more than up to the task on this killer 12" of heavy funking jams with a dose of boogie and a nod to Ivory Coast disco. It's quite simply perfection, rendered with love and attention to detail, but utterly natural in its feel and flavour.
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More... I Like It (limited 12" repress)
Cat: BSTX 017. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. More... I Like It (4:48)
  2. Twenty Seven (4:03)
  3. More... I Like It (instrumental) (5:01)
Review: REPRESS ALERT! Best Record Italy take the time machine all the way back to 1979 to revisit the wonderful Italo-Disco delights of Adolf Stern, whose "More... I Like It" represents the strangest end of the genre as it was taking shape. With heavily processed vocals injecting some serious strangeness into the chirpy disco backdrop, it's the kind of track to turn heads without a doubt. "Twenty Seven" on the B-side is equally magical in its capturing of the era, with the more obvious surface elements underpinned by a truly intoxicating line in synth arpeggios. Once again Best comes up trumps refreshing the history of Italian music of all shapes and sizes.
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No Home Record (limited white vinyl LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: OLE 1379LPE. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Sketch Artist (2:52)
  2. Air BnB (4:11)
  3. Paprika Pony (4:07)
  4. Murdered Out (3:33)
  5. Don't Play It (4:50)
  6. Cookie Butter (6:28)
  7. Hyngry Baby (3:40)
  8. Earthquake (4:17)
  9. Get Yr Life Back (5:28)
Review: When you use words like "prickly", "abrasive" and "uncompromising" it's rarely flattering. Consider Kim Gordon's exceptional powerhouse long form one of the exceptions. As far removed from music for the masses as you could hope for, it takes a particular talent to deliver work like "No Record Home". Labels such as punk certainly apply, but it's less about mouths gushing spittle amid the deafening screams of guitars and raucous vocals, and more about overall attitude. No change there for this co-founder of the mighty Sonic Youth then. Loud and intelligent, forthright and yet heartfelt and tender in its own unforgiving way, it's as far removed from wall of sound discordance as it is anything you could describe as remotely over-explored. Marrying the bloody-lipped electro of Peaches and body blow lows of EBM with gritty rock 'n' roll chords, those looking for originality that oozes repeatability should consider their hunt over, for now at least.
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KKK. (limited 12" repress)
Cat: BSTX 030. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. KKK. (club mix) (5:17)
  2. KKK. (dub mix & bonus beats) (10:27)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Giorgio Gordano and Giorgio Dolce originally produced "KKK" back in 1983, and the track was taken into the hearts of the blossoming Balearic scene hovering around DJ Alfredo at Amnesia. It's as gentle and sweet natured as Italo disco can be, and of course it makes perfect sense that Best Records would dig it out of the archives and give it the shiny new reissue it deserves. The "Club Mix" of "KKK" is a feast of simple, charming programmed melodies and crisp drum machine rhythms with the innocence of the early 80s in its heart. The "Dub Mix" and "Bonus Beats" on the flip are handy for the technical DJs out there, but the "Club Mix" is where it's at for the lovers.
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Two Hands (limited gatefold peach marbled vinyl LP + MP3 download code) (1 per customer)
4AD
Cat: 4AD 0180LPXE. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Indie
  1. Rock & Sing (1:54)
  2. Forgotten Eyes (3:25)
  3. The Toy (4:08)
  4. Two Hands (3:49)
  5. Those Girls (3:09)
  6. Shoulders (3:10)
  7. Not (6:00)
  8. Wolf (4:31)
  9. Replaced (4:39)
  10. Cut My Hair (3:11)
Review: It's not hard to understand why people so often ignore album release blurb. Sales-y, hyperbolic, and on more than the odd occasion rather poorly written, it's hardly required reading in order to get the most out of the record. That is unless it's Big Thief's 'Two Hands', a collection of music that genuinely makes more sense when you know the back story. For one thing this long form offering is arriving just months after its predecessor, which is always either the sign of a band that don't need big ideas to facilitate rapid-fire output, or a band that have so many big ideas they literally can't stop the momentum. This is a case of the latter. Timescale aside, "Two Hands" genuinely feels as though it was born in the Badlands, epic songs that invoke endless vistas across barren settings in a way that makes you feel as small as you actually are in a global context. Like cosying up in a log cabin away from the chilly endless dark of a desert night.
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Cat: BJLP 22. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Soul
  1. Blessings For The World (3:43)
  2. 2 Steps Away (3:44)
  3. You Do You (feat Howard Johnson) (3:43)
  4. No Regrets (feat K-Maxx) (2:58)
  5. Keep It Working (feat Gizelle Smith) (3:11)
  6. Life To Me (3:49)
  7. Running Away (3:07)
  8. There Goes My Mind (feat Felili) (3:08)
  9. 19 Flavors (feat Ishtar) (4:09)
Review: Following a string of sizzling singles released over the best part of a decade, The Pendletons (AKA E Da Boss of Myron & E fame and Bay Area producer Trailer Limon) has finally got round to recording a debut album. It's something of a slick, soulful and groovy affair, offering a mix of breezy West Coast grooves, sun-kissed instrumentation, snaking horn solos, colourful synthesizer lines and oodles of soul-powered vocals from the group and guests including Howard Johnson, K-Maxx and Gizelle Smith. While it's something of a time capsule, stylistically at least, few do this kind of warm, glassy-eyed nostalgia better. Put it this way: it's every bit as good as we'd hoped for and much more besides.
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REGIS/VARIOUS
Let Love Decide Part 1 (limited 2xLP)
Cat: DNLP 025. Rel: 09 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Cub - "Teenage Fists" (6:06)
  2. You Hung - "The Truth Was Different" (live) (5:04)
  3. Fret - "Helicopter Rig" (4:51)
  4. Concrete Fench - "Track 5" (2:46)
  5. Simon Shreeve - "The Space Between Cultures" (4:50)
  6. Obelus - "Scale Reference" (4:29)
  7. Layne - "Raising Up, Removal" (4:22)
  8. Khrone & Mjolsness - "5th Recording 7" (5:43)
  9. DVA Damas - "People Say I'm Cool"
Review: This fine compilation from Regis' Downwards label has been trailed as a kind of "family portrait" of where the imprint stands in 2019, offering a slew of exclusive tracks including a heap of cross-generational collaborations. There is plenty to set the pulse racing throughout the collection. "EBM supergroup" You Hung impresses via the moody and clanking, mid-80s industrial vibes of "The Truth Was Different (Live)", while Obelus' "Scale Reference" sounds like Richard D James after a particularly potent bong hit. Simon Shreeve's "The Space Between Cultures" is a creepy slab of ambient/noise fusion, Layne's "Raising Up, Removal" is a delightfully out there journey into metallic electro headiness and DVA Damas' sub-heavy cut "People Say I'm Cool" is as stylish and, let's face it, cool as the title suggests.
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Radio Verde (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: CW 003. Rel: 10 Oct 19
International
  1. Cabo Verde Band - "Bo Terra Cabo Verde" (3:12)
  2. Americo Brito & Djarama - "Rapaz Novo E Malandro" (7:32)
  3. Cabo Verde Show - "Terra Longe" (3:30)
  4. Elisio Vieira - "Tchon Di Somada" (4:20)
  5. Vlu - "Rua D'Lisboa" (5:45)
  6. Galaxia 2000 - "Coracao Dum Criola" (3:55)
  7. Mendes & Mendes - "Mitamiyo" (5:24)
  8. Danny Carvalho - "Roncanbai" (4:37)
  9. Mendes & Mendes - "Walkman" (4:50)
  10. Jose Casimiro - "La Mamai Ta Bem" (5:01)
  11. Elisio Vieira - "Bem Di Fora" (5:35)
  12. Zeca & Zeze Di Nha Reinalda - "Mocinhos" (4:24)
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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Played by: Giovanni Damico
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Cat: STS 346LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. On A Day Clear I Can See You Forever (10:31)
  2. Really Deep Snow (9:14)
  3. Swing Low Sweet LFO (8:52)
  4. As If No One Is Here (8:53)
Review: On his 2008 debut album "Where You Go, I Go Too", Hans-Peter Lindstrom offered up a grandiose vision that was almost cinematic in scope. His new album, "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever", opts for a similar approach, delivering a quartet of atmospheric, moody and filmic cuts that slowly rise, fall and unfurl throughout their duration. Whether or not he becomes Norway's answer to Vangelis, that's the kind of vibe we get from stunningly icy and alien ambient opener "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever" and the bubbly, uptempo throb of "Really Deep Snow". It's there, too, on the outer-space bliss of "Swing Low Sweet LFO" (we chuckled, at least) - think Radiophonic Workshop meets Jean-Michel Jarre - and the melancholic, modular-sounding beauty of clicking and echoing closing cut "As If No One Is Here". In a word: stunning.
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Cat: STH 2415LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Golden (3:06)
  2. Frozen (3:50)
  3. May 20 (2:36)
  4. 10,000 Days (3:51)
  5. Good Looking (3:18)
  6. Be Encouraged (3:46)
  7. And Encourage Others (2:51)
  8. Journey (1:49)
  9. Island (3:13)
  10. Orange Crayon (3:12)
  11. Cute (2:31)
  12. Sunny (3:09)
  13. Green Crayon (3:43)
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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Galop (LP + insert repress)
Cat: DE 086. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. An Unsolved Exercise In Physics (3:56)
  2. What's New Pussy Cat? (3:41)
  3. And We Hear "I Love You" (2:38)
  4. Markos (3:34)
  5. Love In Summer (4:36)
  6. Rumanian Immigrants (3:11)
  7. Liqueur (1:29)
  8. Witches (2:43)
  9. The Number 9 (3:57)
  10. Bloody Shadows From Afar (3:04)
  11. Gallop (4:01)
Review: By now, we've come accustomed to Dark Entries digging deep to find curious material to reissue. Even so, few would have expected them to turn to the Greek synth-pop/new wave scene for inspiration. Gallop, the sixth album from Greek musician Lena Platonos, originally came out back in 1985. It remains an impressive, if unusual, set, with Platonos variously speaking and singing over backing tracks that veer between spooky, piano-laden oddities, sparse but seductive drum machine grooves and thrillingly spaced-out synth-scapes. Those without a grasp of Greek will no doubt wonder what she's musing on, but in many ways it doesn't matter; aesthetically, Gallop is a thrillingly imaginative and out-there album worthy of further investigation.
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Cat: STS 346LPC1. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever (10:33)
  2. Really Deep Snow (9:10)
  3. Swing Low Sweet LFO (8:54)
  4. As If No One Is Here (8:49)
Review: On his 2008 debut album "Where You Go, I Go Too", Hans-Peter Lindstrom offered up a grandiose vision that was almost cinematic in scope. His new album, "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever", opts for a similar approach, delivering a quartet of atmospheric, moody and filmic cuts that slowly rise, fall and unfurl throughout their duration. Whether or not he becomes Norway's answer to Vangelis, that's the kind of vibe we get from stunningly icy and alien ambient opener "On A Clear Day I Can See You Forever" and the bubbly, uptempo throb of "Really Deep Snow". It's there, too, on the outer-space bliss of "Swing Low Sweet LFO" (we chuckled, at least) - think Radiophonic Workshop meets Jean-Michel Jarre - and the melancholic, modular-sounding beauty of clicking and echoing closing cut "As If No One Is Here". In a word: stunning.
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Played by: Kenneth bager
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Looseys (LP)
Cat: LNSD 176. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. No Message (feat Rast RFC) (6:58)
  2. Just Rhyming (feat Joey Bada$$ & Styles P) (3:38)
  3. Dylan (1:17)
  4. Hip Hop Head (3:53)
  5. Unlimited Metro Card (2:15)
  6. Listen (Jonwayne remix) (2:44)
Review: Brooklyn talent Your Old Droog is a brightly emerging star on the hip hop scene. He has a voice that reminds us a little of the one and only Common, and his flow is just as smooth, his storytelling just as lucid, and his delivery just as easy to parse. Cool, calm and collected, his raps anchor each tune and "Looseys", a long out of print album still sounds as fresh as ever. It has contributions from Joey Bada$$, Styles P, and Rast RFC, as well as beats made by acclaimed names such was Oh No, Black Milk, Statik Selektah, and Jonwayne.
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Cat: BST X065. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Funk Is On (vocal) (6:44)
  2. Funk Is On (instrumental) (5:10)
Review: Best just keep coming with the Italo heat, once again tapping into that golden year of 1984. Funky Family was a one-shot studio project that left a much-vaunted record in its wake. The visionary nature of "Funk Is On" is impossible to ignore - from the noirish mood to the physical thrust of the arpeggios, the diva vocals and tough 4/4 groove, this is house music in all but name. Whether you want the vocal cut or the instrumental, Best have you covered - either is going to set the dancefloor alight.
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Cat: 007567 8652134. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Pop
  1. Cuz I Love You (2:59)
  2. Like A Girl (3:05)
  3. Juice (3:15)
  4. Soulmate (2:55)
  5. Jerome (3:50)
  6. Crybaby (2:56)
  7. Tempo (feat Missy Elliott) (2:58)
  8. Exactly How I Feel (feat Gucci Mane) (2:22)
  9. Better In Color (2:13)
  10. Heaven Help Me (3:21)
  11. Lingerie (3:22)
  12. Boys (bonus track) (3:29)
  13. Truth Hurts (bonus track) (2:16)
  14. Water Me (bonus track) (3:05)
Review: Three months after rapper turned singer Lizzo's major label debut first appeared on CD and digital download, Atlantic has decided to offer up a deluxe vinyl edition of the well-received set featuring three bonus tracks. Prior to release, Lizzo admitted she wanted to become "this generation's Aretha Franklin"; while she's not at the late soul legend's standard just yet, there's enough on "Cuz I Love You" to suggest that she's going in the right direction. Her vocals are variously confident, powerful, strutting and tender, with the accompanying backing tracks mixing hip-hop and R&B style beats with raucous guitars, bombastic basslines, Daft Punk style synth stabs (think "Robot Rock" and "Technologic") and occasional nods towards more pastoral, semi-acoustic sounds. Above all, though, the album is funky, forthright and hugely entertaining.
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Played by: I Love Hip Hop
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Marimba Do Mar (12" repress)
Cat: BST X041. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Marimba Do Mar (Fusion version) (5:17)
  2. Marimba Do Mar (vocal version) (5:18)
  3. Feeling Of The Sun (6:09)
  4. Hey George! (4:30)
Review: REPRESS ALERT!: Roberto Lodola has a rich legacy in Italian music, not least as a DJ and at the helm of early 90s outfit Rhythm Factory. Recognising the cult status of his first single, the 1986 12" Marimba Do Mar, Best Records have done the right thing in remastering this sun soaked classic with both original mixes and two previously unheard studio outtakes. The "Fusion Version" of the title track is a rich, sensual jam festooned with cascading pianos and tumbling percussion, while the "Vocal Version" brings a beautiful female vocal front and centre in the mix. "Feeling Of The Sun" is a delightfully spaced out lo-fi take on the original, and then "Hey George!" strips the music away and leaves you with a gorgeous beat track perfect for extended mixing potential.
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Mizik Bel (12")
Cat: FVR 156. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mizik Bel (5:13)
  2. Mizik Bel (Africaine 808 remix) (8:17)
Review: A while back, Africaine 808's DJ Nomad contacted Favorite Recordings' chief Pascal Rioux about a killer track he'd been given some years back - an obscure, previously CD-R only fusion of modern Gwo-ka and Zouk by Esnard Boisdur entitled "Mizik Bel". Rioux was excited by what he heard and agreed that the track should come out on vinyl, accompanied by a fresh rework by Nomad and Dirk Leyers as Africaine 808. Boisdur's original version (side A) is rhythmically dense but also cheery and life affirming, with celebratory chorus vocals and 80s zouk style synth lines subtly rising above a busy, all-action groove. Arguably even better is the sub-heavy Africaine 808 mix, which brilliantly re-imagines the track as a tasty chunk of tropical house/disco-zouk fusion.
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Music Colours (limited 12")
Cat: BST X066. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Music Colours (part 1, 2, Break, reprise) (6:49)
  2. Music Colours (part 3) (7:56)
Review: Cellophane was a cult project from Alessandro Novaga, an Italo producer who created tracks with a huge influence on the development of Chicago house. Besides his other production credits, Cellophane is an especially visionary venture that favours expansive, psychedelic suites of electronic disco over traditional song structures - just the kind of rare, oddball curiosity Best do such a good job of reissuing. While the A side is excellent in its own right, "Music Colours (Part 3)" on the B-side is the bomb here. Stomping, trippy and utterly addictive - from the Music Box to your record bag this kind of music just doesn't age.
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Movin' (limited 12")
Cat: MR 1006. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Movin' (4:22)
  2. Movin' (Justin Van Der Volgen edit) (6:57)
Review: The My Rules crew is back with its first release of 2019 and doesn't disappoint: this time they've come up with a much fawned over cosmic disco classic from Belgian outfit Candy Darling & The Viscounts. The original "Movin'" is a previously Japan only 12" promo mix of a disco cover of a Lee Hazelwood surf song that has edgy stabs and a squelchy bassline to die for. The flip side houses a special rework by Mt Rules label boss Justin Van Der Volgen. He tweaks the inner workings of the tune to draw out the key bits for utter dance floor destruction. Form the bar to the cub to the afters, this one is primed and ready to detonate.
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Broken Belief (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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Who Are Ya?? (1gatefold LP)
Cat: ACIWAX 18. Rel: 14 Oct 19
Techno
  1. Supremacy Acid (5:00)
  2. Cleg Nut (3:18)
  3. Roy Shat Over Ref (4:25)
  4. All Aboard !!! (Slow) (2:57)
  5. Phaleon Acid 4 (5:36)
  6. Who Are Ya?? (3:46)
  7. PTP9 (3:36)
  8. Transmission 303 (3:54)
  9. Roy Monster Porn (part 3) (3:05)
  10. The Box (6:40)
Review: Roy Of The Ravers returns to his Acid Waxa stomping ground with a much needed vinyl pressing of last year's insanely good "Who Are Ya??" album. Keeping tracks these potent trapped on cassette would have been a crime, but fear not as they've been cut in all their squelchy, 303-baiting glory. There's a particular snappy appeal to Roy's style that makes it some of the most refreshing acid we've heard in some time, whether it's the proper naughty "Roy Shat Over Ref" or the slow-creeping acid of "All Aboard !!!" The vibe is raw and nasty throughout, just like how proper acid should be.
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Photosynthesis (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: AOTN 030. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Elementary Physiology (part 1) (2:35)
  2. Elementary Physiology (part 2) (3:36)
  3. Balloon Ride (4:39)
  4. Circadian Rhythms (3:34)
  5. Diametrically Opposed (3:23)
  6. Grockle Box (1:32)
  7. Living The Dream (4:00)
  8. Platform Game (4:44)
  9. Stacey's Theme (3:24)
  10. Photosynthesis (3:38)
  11. Chronobiology (4:14)
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.
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Cat: PTKF 21461. Rel: 03 Jul 17
Indie
  1. K (5:18)
  2. Each Time You Fall In Love (4:50)
  3. Sunsetz (3:33)
  4. Apocalypse (4:48)
  5. Flash (4:32)
  6. Sweet (4:49)
  7. Opera House (6:02)
  8. Truly (4:01)
  9. John Wayne (4:16)
  10. Young & Dumb (4:30)
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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Played by: Sock Free Hideaway
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Beautiful Bamboo Flute (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 214. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Kokiriku Bushi (4:05)
  2. Sado Okesa (3:54)
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi (3:16)
  4. Soma Bon Uta (2:56)
  5. Komoro Mago Uta (2:58)
  6. Nanbu Ushio Uta (3:44)
  7. Itsuki No Komori Uta (4:35)
  8. Hietsuki Bushi (4:06)
  9. Yasuki Bushi (3:36)
  10. Yosakoi Bushi (4:06)
  11. Kuroda Bushi (4:24)
Review: Hozan Yamamoto is a widely revered figure in Japan, and a true icon of the seventies jazz scene. This album from 1971 is one of this best and a seminal work that effortlessly floats through fusion, soul and big band styles and has been basically impossible to buy in original format. Trust Mr Bongo to come correct with this fully licensed version which features his trademark flute playing and finds the maestro in a soaring, uplifting mood here. Big brass adds weight to his leads while well formed grooves drive the album along. Add in subtle Japanese stylings and it all adds up to a J jazz classic.
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Hidden Places (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: SL 16. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Forgotten Desert (7:02)
  2. Rhythm Hands (8:04)
  3. Jelly Jazz (9:36)
  4. Soft Spring (7:03)
  5. Escape (8:23)
  6. Sundown Pyramid (12:28)
Review: It's always a treat to spot Edward donning his Desert Sky guise for another trip into the hinterland of minimal techno, where expression reigns free and all kinds of sound sources tumble into a truly exotic mix. On this album for PAL SL, all bets are off as we get whisked down a mysterious and meandering path where organic and electronic matter merge in the shadows, all strapped to subliminal but pronounced grooves that make this some of the most potent, intriguing club material in circulation right now. Buy the ticket, take the ride and dance out under that Desert Sky.
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Gently Evil (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: TS 003LP. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Pretend Like You Care (3:33)
  2. No Call From New York (6:40)
  3. Love Pony (2:40)
  4. Beneath The Beauty (6:58)
  5. One Kiss (5:20)
  6. A Thousand Yard Stare (6:13)
  7. Random Acts Of Thievery (5:13)
  8. Awful Mutation (7:16)
  9. Lying Tongues (Zero - Sum Games) (5:24)
Review: Long-serving electro project Transparent Sound come back full throttle with this expansive album of masterful machine music. Opening track "Pretend Like You Care" is a startling opener that feels like a wormhole back to the Cologne laboratories of the kosmische movement. The beats kick in proper from that point, and in consummate noirish fashion, with "No Call From New York", and proceed to trip through all manner of nocturnal dreamscapes lit in sleazy neon strip lighting. It's a lurid, evocative sound world the veteran duo concoct, and one you'll find yourself returning to again and again.
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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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Volume Massimo (limited transparent turquoise vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: STUMM 443. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Amore Amaro (5:06)
  2. Let Go (5:06)
  3. Amaro Amore (6:00)
  4. Batticuore (5:27)
  5. Momenti (6:01)
  6. La Storia (6:04)
  7. Sabbia (5:24)
  8. Dormi (4:06)
Review: Trailed as a direct sequel to his previous solo album, 2017's "Avanti", "Volume Massimo" sees Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini offer up another immersive trip through droning guitar textures, repetitive synthesizer motifs, exotic sitar parts and fuzzy electronics. It's effectively a series of "maximal" instrumental soundscapes with sounds so large and layered they rise above the "meditative" tag pushed by Mute's PR team. This is no criticism, though, just a reflection that while contemplative at times, one of the most joyous things about the album is Cortini's ability to build thrilling walls of sound.
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Anthropomorphic Sympathy (180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: MGM 05. Rel: 23 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. You (5:55)
  2. Sopine (4:58)
  3. Dimlove (5:30)
  4. -*- (4:05)
  5. Empathy Master (4:28)
  6. For Edmond Belamy (2:38)
  7. Interlude (2:13)
  8. Anthropomorphic Sympathy (5:11)
  9. Singularity (3:44)
  10. November Subitizing (5:45)
  11. Juniper (4:51)
  12. Lived II Time (2:50)
  13. Allopoiesis (3:10)
  14. Korwar (4:23)
Review: Having built up his self titled label alongside his sterling work as part of Oscillat, Lazare Hoche and Will & Ink, the one and only Malin Genie delivers his debut solo album. Moving beyond the pure club focus of his singles and EPs, the Genie has seized this opportunity to present a widescreen panorama of his sound, leading in with the subliminal ambience of "You" as a springboard to explore breaks, electro, techno, and especially IDM. There are so many ideas swirling round Anthropomorphic Sympathy, it's hard to know where to begin describing it. A true headphone commute for the deep listener to burrow into.
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Played by: Malin Genie
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A Decade Of Rave Volume 2 (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FUSE 10LP2. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Enzo Siragusa & Rich NxT - "See You In Ten" (10:10)
  2. Enzo Siragusa & Rich NxT - "Enriched" (7:05)
  3. Enzo Siragusa & Rossko - "Dreamers" (7:09)
  4. Enzo Siragusa & Archie Hamilton - "Aviva" (6:41)
  5. Enzo Siragusa & Archie Hamilton - "Direct Line" (8:14)
  6. Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito - "What's Going On" (7:29)
  7. Enzo Siragusa & Seb Zito - "What's Happening" (6:29)
Review: It's hard to believe that Enzo Siragusa's Fuse label has now been carving out its own niche in the tech house world for a full decade. To mark the occasion, the label boss has pulled together more key tracks for his second volume of "A Decade of Rave". This compilation is another treasure trove of club cuts that feature the main man alongside some of his key associates, Rich NxT, Rossko, Archie Hamilton and Seb Zito. The tracks are unwaveringly dubbed out and driving, with weighted bottom ends that will get any moody dancer moving. From warms up to peak time to afterparties, these are hugely versatile tracks.
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Cat: BST X063. Rel: 12 Aug 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Let's Funk Tonight (Full extended version) (9:56)
  2. Let's Funk Tonight (Faze Action dub) (5:43)
Review: Blue Feather were a truly blue-eyed funk outfit from the Netherlands who had a prolific run in the 80s with two albums and a string of club singles to their name. "Let's Funk Tonight" was surely one of their bigger hits, and it sounds resplendent with a fresh master and the full extended version spread out across the A side here. Offering something new for the modern market, Best call upon Faze Action to flesh out this reissue with a killer dub of the track that treads softly but funks deep, just like a good dub should.
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Infinite Zest (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Alo
Cat: LOLP 001. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Da Starga Tora (3:32)
  2. Borealis (5:20)
  3. Alina (4:04)
  4. Exile (7:29)
  5. Nussing (3:44)
  6. Baboobap (8:39)
  7. Prelude (5:19)
  8. All Is Changing (5:31)
Review: Back in the heyday of the Scando-Disco scene, Jann Marius Dahle had a flurry of records as Fjordfunk and under his own name. Rightly recognised by the leaders in that scene, he's been quiet for the best part of 20 years, but now he returns with the stunning, fully-rendered wonderment of "Infinite Zest". This is an album bursting with colour and musicality, as gorgeous instrumentation meets with tenderly executed disco with a distinctly Norwegian mood. From the starry-eyed synth interplay of "Alina" to the noodling funk of "Nussing", Marius Dahle's skill as an arranger and producer is a revelation. A well-deserved, long awaited return to the fray from a rightful peer of Prins Thomas, Lindstrom et al..
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Played by: BALEARIC
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Ninguem Vai Me Segurar (reissue) (180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FARO 212LP. Rel: 01 Oct 19
International
  1. Agora Ou Nunca Mais (2:59)
  2. Roda Mundo (2:29)
  3. Acalanto (2:00)
  4. Cordao (3:40)
  5. De Um Jeito So (3:19)
  6. Eu Sou Mais Eu (3:17)
  7. Canto De Meditacao (3:23)
  8. Feel Like Making Love (3:53)
  9. Bairro Negro (2:41)
  10. Sou (2:25)
Review: Far Out has decided to pay tribute to one of Brazilian music's most overlooked - and, let's face it, obscure - talents, Ana Mazzotti. She recorded just two albums in the 1970s before passing away from cancer in her early 30s a few years later. Both of those album have become sought-after, particularly 1974 debut "Ninguem Vai Me Segurar". This first ever reissue proves why. Warm, breezy and effortlessly soulful, it sees Mazzotti and her backing band sashay between languid samba-jazz, intergalactic bossa, soft-focus Brazilian soul and the kind of attractive jazz-funk/fusion that would later become the hallmark of Azymuth (not much of a surprise since two of that band's founder members were part of Mazzotti's backing band).
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Keep Lifting Me Higher (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 787. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Keep Lifting Me Higher (2:45)
  2. The Sweetest Thing (2:41)
  3. The Wig (2:34)
  4. Sweet Sweet Soul (2:32)
Review: New funk delivered the old way; Original Gravity follow up the 2017 hype of Floyd James & The GTs debut "The Switchback" with this powerful four-track EP. Charged with a strong northern soul feel both "Keep Lifting Me Higher" and "The Sweetest Thing" lead with the beat as Floyd and his super-tight band bounce back and forth. Flip for more energetic mischief as "The Wig" goes turbo blues while "Sweet Sweet Soul" closes on an epic, riffy sing-along. The title speaks for itself.
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Played by: Originals, Soul Music
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  1. One More Round (86 House mix By Frankie Knuckles) (8:10)
  2. Walkman (86 House mix By Brett Wilcots) (7:17)
Review: Best turn their attention to that sweet mid 80s spot when the petri dish of party music was shaken up between disco, boogie, Italo and the emergent house sound from Chicago. Claudio Simonetti was a titan of the Italian groove, but his monster jam as Kasso, "One More Round", reached the stratosphere when Windy City godfather Frankie Knuckles gave the track his Midas touch. No more justification is needed for this pressing, but don't overlook the flip which finds 80s remix supremo Brett Wilcots taking on "Walkman" and whipping up a boogie frenzy of the highest order.
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Cat: DYNAM 7054/DYNAM 7055. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Funk
  1. Running Fast (4:26)
  2. Fearing Much (3:39)
  3. Feeling Tense (4:10)
  4. Walking In The Dark (4:44)
Review: It seems so obvious you wonder why it doesn't happen more often: Stefano Torossi's "Feelings" album from 2000 was made up of track titles that convey certain situations and emotions that he masterfully reflects in the music. This new double 7" includes the highlights, such as the racing jazz and trumpet stabs of "Running Fast," the sustained and uneasy chords of "Fearing Much" and "Feeling Tense," which is actually a pretty lush bit of smooth jazz. "Walking In The Dark" rounds off the double pack with playful guitars and luxuriant synths that are pure soundtrack goodness. Ace.
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Djax Re Up Volume 2 (double 12")
Cat: DKMNTL 0632. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Terrace - "Bewitched" (7:12)
  2. Glenn Underground - "Real Space" (6:25)
  3. Felix Da Housecat - "Temptation" (Color mix) (5:54)
  4. China White - "Theme From The Underground" (5:53)
  5. The Operator - "The Mind Strike" (7:18)
  6. Steve Poindexter - "Body Jam" (14:19)
  7. Mike Dearborn - "Deviant Behaviour" (instrumental mix) (5:39)
  8. DJ Skull - "Don't Stop The Beat" (6:04)
Review: In case you didn't know, leading Dutch crew Dekmantel have taken it upon themselves to shine a light on the vital work of the Djax Up label. It was one that joined the dots between US and European scenes back in the nineties and this second volume features eight cult 90s cuts from some foundational names. Highlights are plentiful throughout, but our picks have got to be Glenn Underground's "Real Space"; a jacking Chicago jam with cosmic bass that still bangs and DJ Skull's hi-tek soul on "Don't Stop The Beat" that well and truly defies its age amongst a release that is full of golden oldies.
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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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Planetary Unfolding (reissue) (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: ERC 056. Rel: 01 Jul 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Movement 1 - In The Beginning (8:24)
  2. Movement 2 - "Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore" (6:03)
  3. Movement 3 - Wherever Two Or More Are Gathered (8:24)
  4. Movement 4 - Life In The Gravity Well (7:02)
  5. Movement 5 - As The Earth Kissed The Moon (7:20)
  6. Movement 6 - Something's Moving (7:35)
Review: Michael Stearns is perhaps less namechecked than many of the early ambient pioneers, but his expansive catalogue reaches back to 1977, when his first expansive synthesizer dreamscapes unfurled themselves on his own Continuum Montage label. Emotional Rescue have picked up on seminal 1981 album Planetary Unfolding, giving a much needed vinyl reissue to a classic slice of hyperboreal ambience spread across six long-form movements. Expansive, emotionally charged and constantly exploratory, this is deep space listening at its finest - an essential purchase for any lovers of truly classic, cosmic synthesizer music.
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You're My Number 1 (limited 12")
Cat: BST X049. Rel: 14 Jan 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You're My Number 1
  2. You're My Number 1 (dub mix)
Review: In a rare exception from their usual hyper-obscure archive finds, Best Record have opted this time to give a proper reissue to a diggers favourite which enjoyed a second turn in the spotlight via a Dimitri From Paris compilation on BBE. Radiance and Andrea Stone's "You're My Number 1" is everything a boogie jam should be, from the liquid funk of the bassline to the snap of the drums - we defy anyone to stay off the floor when this pearl drops. It's no surprise to know it was mixed by the legendary M&M Productions team, featuring disco mix champion John Morales. The original is ace, but the extended dub mix on the flip is the one that will have the heads freaking out.
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Work A Change (double 12")
Cat: OTON 122. Rel: 17 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Be True To Me (5:27)
  2. Sight From Above (5:00)
  3. Help Me Understand (5:13)
  4. Help Me Understand (instrumental) (5:15)
  5. Until You're Begging (6:01)
  6. Internal Bleeding (4:13)
  7. Work A Change (5:29)
  8. Work A Change (instrumental) (5:31)
Review: While Steffi and Virginia have been working together on and off for the best part of a decade, "Work A Change" is undoubtedly their most significant collaborative work to date (both in terms of its expansive nature and the quality of music on show). With Virginia handling singing duties throughout, "Work A Change" rides on waves of tasty electro grooves and hazy synth-pop motifs and futuristic electronics. It's a blueprint that guarantees goodness throughout, from the quietly euphoric shuffle of opener "Be True To Me" and the pulsating dancefloor fizz of "Help Me Understand" (one of two cuts showcased in both vocal and instrumental forms), to the high-tempo thrust of "Until You're Begging", the bass-heavy, future dancehall wonkiness of "Internal Bleeding" and triumphantly intergalactic title track.
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Played by: Ben Gomori, Steffi, Virginia
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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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No Protection (reissue) (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: 570096 3. Rel: 02 Dec 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Protection (Radiation Ruling The Nation) (8:31)
  2. Karmacoma (Bumper Ball dub) (5:58)
  3. Three (Trinity dub) (4:20)
  4. Weather Storm (Cool Monsoon) (7:10)
  5. Sly (Eternal Feedback) (6:19)
  6. Better Things (Moving dub) (5:52)
  7. Spying Glass (I Spy) (5:16)
  8. Heat Miser (Backward Sucking) (6:12)
Review: Given Massive Attack's background, it was almost inevitable that they'd release a dub overhaul of one of their albums at one point. That time came in 1995, when British sound system legend Mad Professor - responsible for some of the greatest UK-made dub records of all time - put his distinctive twist on Protection. 21 years on, the set still sounds sublime: a radical translation that frequently bares only a passing resemblance to the Bristol band's original. It's packed with highlights, from the spaced-out, dub-house rework of "Spying Glass" ("I Spy"), to the ricocheting percussion hits and twinkling pianos of "Weather Storm (Cool Monsoon)", and creepy, delay-laden string surges of "Eternal Feedback (Sly)".
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Little Ghost (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: TRULP 383. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Wise Women (3:47)
  2. Too Much To Ask (3:47)
  3. The Other Side (6:09)
  4. Sweet Love (4:13)
  5. Strength (4:50)
  6. Everything I Need (3:10)
  7. Money (4:38)
  8. Nova (1:02)
  9. Get To Know It (3:46)
  10. What You're Doing (4:39)
  11. Come Over (3:27)
  12. Onto Me (4:39)
  13. Whistling (2:47)
  14. Still Wonder (3:46)
Review: Moonchild are one of the many jewels in the Tru Thoughts fam. Their mellifluous sound melts jazz chords, angelic neo-soul vocals and broken beats to cathartic effect, and "Little Ghost" marks the LA-based band's third album on the label, fourth overall. There are no great deviations from their signature formula here, but that's not a problem: there will always be space in anyone's collection for the golden late night grooves of "Too Much To Ask," twinkling keys of "Sweet Love" and romantic Sunday morning sounds of the enchanting "Strength," amongst many other highlights.
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Surface (LP)
Cat: ITLINTL 04. Rel: 02 Oct 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Watching (3:49)
  2. Winter Breath (3:57)
  3. Lands (4:02)
  4. CRB (4:00)
  5. Crossover (3:43)
  6. The Third (3:37)
  7. Sundown (4:30)
  8. Vision (4:28)
  9. The Crow (2:33)
  10. Dawn (4:22)
Review: The latest instalment in Into The Light Records' ongoing "International Series" comes from Max Santilli, an Australian multi-instrumentalist previously best known for working alongside Jacob Fugar in Angophora. "Surface" is Santilli's debut solo album and has been compiled from an archive of home studio recordings made between 2016 and 2018. Predictably, it's rather good, with Santilli wrapping drowsy, slowly shifting musical flourishes (guitars, synths etc) around gentle, sun-kissed rhythms and suitably spacey chords. Throughout, the Sydney-based musician offers subtle nods towards his various inspirations (the ambient-jazz fusion of Michael Bierylo, Steve Hillage's timeless early ambient works and the intricate acoustic guitar playing of Steve Tibbetts and Miguel Herrero) while forging his own distinctly lo-fi and otherworldly path.
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Cat: BWOOD 0157LP. Rel: 04 Nov 16
Jazz
  1. Black Focus (4:29)
  2. Strings Of Light (8:31)
  3. Remembrance (8:56)
  4. Yo Chavez (3:59)
  5. Ayla (0:45)
  6. OG (0:47)
  7. Lowrider (4:26)
  8. Mansur's Message (2:08)
  9. Wing Tai Drums (1:18)
  10. Joint 17 (8:10)
Review: Brownswood Recordings has high hopes for this debut album from the previously unheralded Yussef Kamaal, which brings together hyped producer Kamaal Williams (AKA Henry Wu) and fast-rising Afrobeat drummer Yussef Dayes. With such talent to draw on, you'd expect Black Focus to be rather good. Happily, it is, with the duo delivering a typically London-centric take on jazz funk. That means that they take as much inspiration from the work of Kaidi Tatham as, say, Herbie Hancock. The key to the album's success - and, yes, it is generally as special as Gilles Peterson suggests - is the fluid combination of Dayes' brilliant drumming and Williams' superb synth solos and effortlessly groovy Rhodes playing.
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7 Years & Three Quarters Of Albion (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: ALB 010. Rel: 14 Oct 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Jordan Magee - "Semantics"
  2. Henry Hyde - "Forgot Your Name"
  3. Samuel Allot - "Isolate"
  4. Christian Jay - "Restive"
  5. TC80 - "Albion"
  6. Cedric Dekowski & Felix Reifenberg - "Circacarno"
  7. Phil Evans - "Hazard"
  8. Christian Ab - "Starlight D-Lite"
Review: The lads behind Albion Records know a thing or two about where to look for fresh steps forwards in the minimal, house and techno scenes. After last year's Gab Jr release, they're finally back to hit number 10 with a double pack compilation that sets in stone what the label is all about. There's a lot to dig into here, but some of the standouts include the sharp and sneaky "Forgot Your Name" by Henry Hyde, the Boogizm-goes-electro freakery of Christian Jay's "Restive" and the swinging jazz surrealism of Phil Evans' "Hazard". With more than a little garage shuffle hovering over this release, it's set to be another huge one in all corners of the minimal tech house scene.
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Stop (limited 12")
Cat: BST X060. Rel: 17 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Stop (Special Electronic version)
  2. Stop
  3. Stop (instrumental)
Review: Best strike Italo gold once again with this Maurizio 'Sangy' Sangineto production. The original of Valery Allington's Stop has more of a pop funk feel, giving the vocalist and her backing crew stacks of space to hit the right spot but the real magic here is Maurizio's production on the special electronic version and instrumental. Aeons ahead of its time, the relentless pump and near-majestic synth work sound closer to '92 than '82. Tunnelling, hypnotic, percussive and funky, this was - and still is - the sound of the future.
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Magic Dance (limited 12")
Cat: BST X058. Rel: 04 Jul 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Magic Dance (Disco mix) (8:29)
  2. Pink Footpath (Disco mix) (6:13)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Compared to some of the ultra-obscure releases buffed up and reissued on Best, Loui$' "Magic Dance" is something of a perennial classic, but that doesn't diminish its value in getting another airing. Loui$ released a modest wedge of killer party anthems in his 80s peak, but this debut 12" in 1985 was the glittering prize. Of all the versions of this release, the rare Blow Up Records edition is the one that gets a look in here, and it's all about that special disco mix of "Pink Footpath". From gutsy analogue bass to shimmering lead pads, it's a dreamy dancefloor jam in every way.
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Cat: DBC 009R. Rel: 31 May 19
Electro
  1. My Aux Mind (Cybotron mix) (6:09)
  2. My Aux Mind (5:12)
  3. My Aux Mind (Egyptian Lover mix) (6:03)
  4. My Aux Mind (Egyptian Lover acappella mix) (6:01)
Review: AUX88 The 1990's launched an onslaught of projects and musical influences to a new generation of listeners to a re-emergence of electro. Paying homage to those before, a four-man crew from the east side of Detroit, AUX88, laid down the foundation of the gritty sound of the streets, and made their presence known via urban radio, dance clubs, and overseas venues. The time has come for those who were major influences to add their touch to the continuation of that sonic pallet.
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