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Forget The Clock (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: FTC 01. Rel: 09 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Rising (1:29)
  2. Full Play (5:42)
  3. Pieces To Share (Kyle Hall & Steve Lehane mix) (3:14)
  4. Nothing To Fear (4:00)
Review: Some ultra-limited business here from Kyle Hall, which remarkably marks his first release of 2019. The Detroiter is in fine form from the off, first peppering a hip-hop tempo "beatdown" groove with 8-bit sounds, jazz-funk synth doodles and rich Fender Rhodes motifs on "Rising" before breaking up the beats and channeling Kaidi Tatham/Dego on the warm and luscious "Full Play". Turn to the flip for the similarly inclined, loose and languid, analogue-heavy melodiousness of "Pieces To Share" and the delay-laden sunrise shimmer of "Nothing To Fear", a glistening and smile-inducing number that's almost overwhelmingly positive.
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Offworld (clear vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: HTH 115. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Techno
  1. 237,000 Miles (4:39)
  2. Shepperton Moon Landing (5:17)
  3. Offworld Memory 3 (8:03)
  4. Front Screen Projection (4:31)
  5. Arse End Of The Moon (5:50)
  6. Morning Ritual (6:54)
  7. The Grid - "Floatation" (SR Offworld mix) (12:53)
Review: Under the Special Request alias, Paul Woolford has released some stellar music this year. Astonishingly, "Offworld" is his third album of 2019; it could well be the best, too. It explores different sonic territory too, drawing heavily on electro, futurist Detroit techno, Boards of Canada style IDM and the slick 1980s productions of Jam and Lewis. The result is a stunningly beautiful, spacey and far-sighted set that contains some of Woolford's most emotion-rich work to date - and that's saying something. It also finishes in stunning style with an impeccable remix/re-make of the Grid's "Floatation" that sounds like the best early 90s Orb remix you've never heard.
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VARIOUS
Cat: LPEXP 61. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Soul
  1. Lukas Setto - "What Turns You On" (4:08)
  2. DCR - "Positive Vibes" (4:54)
  3. Steal Vybe - "Make It Last Forever" (feat Alexa Gold) (6:34)
  4. Raheem Devaughn & Jamecia Bennett - "Need To Know" (4:03)
  5. Shaila Prospere - "Plus One" (3:39)
  6. Glenn Jones - "You & Me" (R&B version) (3:55)
  7. Angie Stone - "Same Number" (3:44)
  8. TL Shider - "Need Somebody To Love" (3:56)
  9. Magoo - "Still Really Love" (5:00)
  10. The Terri Green Project - "Giving It Up" (5:16)
  11. Laville - "Thirty One" (4:47)
  12. Rockie Robins - "Good Life" (extended version) (5:25)
  13. SolatiMusic - "Tell Me" (4:35)
  14. Tre Williams - "When I Get Back" (3:38)
  15. Steve 'Doc' Willoughby - "All My Life" (long version) (5:22)
Review: Those in the modern soul scene should already be familiar with Expansions' "Soul Togetherness" series; after all, the label has been putting out annual compilations of the best contemporary dancefloor-focused soul jams under that name since the dawn of the century. The 2019 edition contains plenty of soulful heat, from the synth-sporting '80s soul revivalism of DCR's "Positive Vibes" and the head-nodding, boogie-flavoured R&B of Shaila Prospere's "Plus One", to the Loose Ends-inspired warmth of Magoo's "Still Really Love" and the anthem-like sing-along that is Rockie Robins' "Good Life". SolatiMusic's stripped-back and seductive "Tell Me" is also brilliant.
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Played by: Pete Haigh
 in stock $20.69
Cat: KOS 005LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Jazz
  1. Tanjah (10:59)
  2. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (Rhodes version) (6:43)
  3. Timbuktu (9:12)
  4. In Memory Of (8:04)
  5. African Cookbook (11:41)
  6. Niger Mambo (7:59)
  7. Mr Randy (6:59)
Review: Cheick Tidiane Seck's latest album is something of an all-star affair. It sees a banquet's worth of guest musicians (including fellow African music legend Manu Dibango) help the Malian music maestro send "an Afro-Jazz prayer" to the late, great Randy Weston - a musician whose unique Pan-African vision influenced so many of his contemporaries. The resultant set is vibrant and alluring, with Seck and company underpinning Weston's fluid jazz piano motifs with dense, heavy, intricate and often delightfully polyrhythmic rhythms. There are some more atmospheric and intoxicating numbers present, too - the version of "Timbuktu" is stunning, as is the bluesy "In Memory Of" - but the album's greatest calling card remains it's energetic and effervescent approach.
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Played by: Andrea passenger
 in stock $20.43
Cat: NER 24656. Rel: 01 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Praying For You (Louie Vega main mix) (10:39)
  2. Praying For You (Louie Vega NYC Fender Rhodes Solo) (4:55)
  3. Praying For You (Louie Vega Vonita dub) (5:43)
  4. Praying For You (KDA remix) (6:10)
  5. Praying For You (album version) (6:11)
  6. Praying For You (Louie Vega Expansions NYC dub) (5:41)
  7. Smile (David Morales remix) (7:01)
Review: Earlier this year, DJ Spen and Teddy Douglas's long-serving gospel-house group Jasper Street Co returned to action with their first album in 16 years. It's from that album that "Praying For You" is taken, though the selling point here is not the LP mix but rather a suite of reworks from Louie Vega. Our picks of the bunch are his jazzy and breezy "Main Mix", the brilliantly bass-heavy "Vonita Dub" (think righteous call-and-response gospel vocals and a killer groove) and the sleazy "KDA Remix". The latter is a basement-bothering stomper rich in fuzzy organ stabs and spacey electronics. The smooth, slick and pleasingly colourful David Morales remix is also rather good (it reminded us a little of vintage Frankie Knuckles rubs, which is no bad thing).
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Oneness (3xLP)
Cat: GONDLP 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life (9:46)
  2. Oneness (11:18)
  3. Stan's Harp (7:34)
  4. Loving Kindness (9:30)
  5. Distant Land (8:29)
  6. Stories From India (9:28)
  7. The Traveller (6:45)
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Played by: ISOUL8 (Volcov)
 in stock $28.28
UMC
Cat: 081378 5. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Dub
  1. Metal Banshee (Mad Professor mix 1) (5:51)
  2. Angel (Angel Dust) (6:03)
  3. Teardrop (Mazaruni dub 1) (6:06)
  4. Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise) (6:03)
  5. Risingson (Setting Sun dub 2) (4:54)
  6. Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub) (5:45)
  7. Wire (Leaping dub) (5:16)
  8. Group Four (Security Forces dub) (8:07)
Review: Way back in 1998 when Massive Attack's career-defining "Mezzanine" was first released, legendary dub technician Mad Professor cooked up some radical reworking. They now get their first official release alongside dubs of two tracks that never actually made it onto the album - Metal Banshee: a dub version of "Superpredators" which was a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Metal Postcard", and "Wire", which was actually recorded for the film "Welcome to Sarajevo". Wild effects, plenty of knob twiddling and oodles of reverb define this freaky late night collection and mark another essential release in the catalogue of the already legendary Mad Professor.
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Cat: MMNT 006. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. A Story Behind Everything (10:17)
  2. Resilience (with R Hitect) (9:08)
  3. The Human Malfunction Is Thinking (13:16)
  4. The Real You Is Not You (11:16)
Review: By his usual prolific standards, Romanian producer Barac Nicolae has been rather quiet this year. "The Real You Is Not You", a double-pack of varied dancefloor cuts in his trademark minimal style, is only his second outing of the year. It's rather good, though, with sparse but groovy rhythm tracks providing the backing for all manner of ear-pleasing musical touches and mind-altering electronic effects. Our picks of the bunch are the funky, dreamy and sun-kissed hypnotism of "A Story Behind Everything" and the tipsy wonkiness of the title track, where trippy vocal samples and blissful synth riffs rise above an undulating, off-kilter groove.
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Played by: St. Bernard, James Reid
 in stock $27.76
Cat: BEWITH 061LP. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Rock
  1. Blue Beach - Welcome To Your Beach (4:14)
  2. Never Find A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do) (2:49)
  3. By The Pool (2:18)
  4. Roll Over, Beethoven - Out Of The Beach (2:23)
  5. In The Shade (3:20)
  6. Looking Across The Street (5:02)
  7. Long Distance Look (2:13)
  8. Hot Afternoon (2:43)
  9. Crying In The Sun (3:02)
  10. The Next Time (2:33)
  11. Miss BB Walks Away (3:48)
  12. Sleep Walk (2:14)
  13. Standing There (3:48)
Review: While he enjoyed a brief career as a musician in the 1960s, by the time he recorded debut album "Down On The Road By The Beach" in 1983 Steve Hiett was better known as one of the world's leading fashion photographers. In fact, it was at the suggestion of a Japanese gallery owner that he got back in the studio to record what has long been regarded as an impossible-to-find Balearic gem. Hiett's reverb and delay-laden Peter Green style guitar passages take centre stage throughout, winding in and out of languid grooves and ambient electronics to create what some have called "the ultimate desert island disc" - a record of such lazy, sun-kissed beauty that it sounds tailor made for drowsy days waking up on the beach.
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DJ HARVEY/VARIOUS
Cat: PIKESLP 002. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rheinzand - "Mr Mercury" (7:57)
  2. Mandy Smith - "I Just Can't Wait" (instrumental) (4:43)
  3. Marta Acuna - "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Disco version) (6:14)
  4. System Olympia - "Close To My Nebula" (3:31)
  5. Mildlife - "Magnificent Moon" (8:51)
  6. Das Komplex - "Slap" (4:13)
  7. Nu Guinea - "Je Vulesse" (4:48)
  8. Forgotten Corner & Khidja - "Tatooine Moons" (7:18)
  9. Pamela Nivens - "It's You I Love" (instrumental mix) (4:07)
  10. Hugh Mane - "Real Sucker For Your Love" (6:36)
  11. Switchdance - "Arabian Ride" (6:11)
  12. Mr Marvin - "Entity" (Jazzy mix) (4:22)
Review: Almost two years on from the release of his brilliant "The Sound of Mercury Rising" compilation, DJ Harvey returns with another brilliant selection of tracks he's championed at Pikes in Ibiza. As with its predecessor, volume two offers a giddy skip through the dustier corners of his notoriously eclectic and off-kilter record selection. Along the way, he offers up chiming, synth-heavy Balearic classics (Mandy Smith, Hugh Mane), weirdo European disco (Marta Acuna), evocative electronic soundscapes (System Olympia), blue-eyed synth-pop (Pamela Nivens), drum machine-powered Middle Eastern madness (Switchdance's sublime "Arabian Ride") and a swathe of tasty contemporary cuts (the jaunty jazz-funk of Midlife, Das Komplex's ace "Slap", Nu Guinea's splendid "Je Vulesse" and Peaking Lights remix of Land of Light being the highlights).
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VARIOUS
Vol 2 (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: JC 12. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Miwako Saito - "12 No Garnet" (4:18)
  2. Yoshio Suzuki - "Touch Of Rain" (4:08)
  3. Ayuo Takahashi - "Mizu Iro No Kagami" (6:24)
  4. Toru Hatano - "Kanki" (5:24)
  5. Akira - "Essence Of Beauty" (4:47)
  6. Osamu Mizukami - "Flower Moon" (4:36)
  7. Tomoko Yasuno - "Sur La Terra" (6:51)
  8. Masanori Sasaji - "Rune" (5:16)
  9. Shi-Shonen - "Harvest (Long Size)" (6:30)
  10. Flat Face - "Hibi No Awa" (4:53)
  11. Hiroko Kokubu - "Barcarolle" (5:46)
  12. Mio Fou - "Picasso No Ao" (6:11)
Review: For the past six years Jazzy Couscous has been exploring nooks and crannies of Japanese music culture in search of overlooked gems across all kinds of styles. After the success of the first installment of "Kumo No Muko", label boss Alixkun returns with another expansive collection of ambient, new age and smooth jazz reflections from a range of artists. The mood is consistently pretty, not to mention delicately executed, whether veering towards the sweet string refrain of Ayuo Takahashi's "Mizu Iro No Kagami" or the bittersweet prog guitar licks of Toru Hatano's "Kanki". There are bleepy synth trips like Akira's "Essence Of Beauty" and beat-embellished grooves to sink into - miss this rare and beautiful record at your peril.
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Palais (180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: CDALP 003. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Palais (4:24)
  2. Living Nothingness (4:26)
  3. Brink Reality (part 2) (5:47)
  4. Steel Sands (5:26)
  5. You Told Yourself This Would Get Worse (3:04)
  6. Defied (3:20)
  7. Take Away My Greed (4:56)
  8. Repenting (6:29)
  9. Safeword (2:54)
  10. Non For The Sane (6:07)
  11. Dead To Romance (6:32)
  12. Life, Lust + Death (4:39)
Review: Kris Baha has been on a serious roll over the past few years, notching up releases on Bahnsteig 23, Pinkman and many more besides. Now feels like the right time for him to drop an album, and where better to do such a thing than Cocktail D'Amore? The Berlin-via-Melbourne producer's sound comes through loud and clear - minimal wave and industrial influences abound, executed with ferocity and flamboyance in equal measure to create a many-shaded set of deviant dance bangers. "Living Nothingness" is the ultimate nihilistic beatdown, "Steel Sands" channels early Nine Inch Nails to perfection, and "Defied" has a propulsive thrust that would make Al Jourgensen proud. Baha wears his influences on his sleeve, and why not? They're great influences that he creates stunning music with.
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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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Cat: FTS 14LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Saturday Morning Doze (7:31)
  2. At The Store (6:29)
  3. August Haze (8:05)
  4. The Secret Place (5:11)
  5. After School (11:33)
  6. Gloaming (8:26)
  7. From The Bluff (6:23)
  8. Night Games (3:31)
Review: It would be fair to say that Ernest "Ernie" Hood was ahead of his time. During the early 1970s, he was one of the few musicians in Portland, Oregon to embrace synthesizers. He was also a keen zither player and in his spare time made nostalgic field recordings of suburban neighbourhoods that matched those he grew up in. All of these things came together on his sole solo album, "Neighborhoods", an obscure - but rather brilliant - set that still sounds miles ahead of its time. It has a nostalgic tone, but is as evocative and atmospheric as you'd expect given the sonic ingredients Hood spooned into the mix. This re-mastered edition expands it to two discs, too, allowing louder, clearer reproduction of Hood's far-sighted sounds.
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Izipho Zam (My Gifts) (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: SES 19733. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Jazz
  1. Prince Of Peace (8:48)
  2. Balance (12:41)
  3. Izipho Zam (28:50)
Review: Recorded in 1969 but first released in 1973, "Izipho Zam (My Gifts)" remains one of Pharoah Sanders' most expressive, out-there and enjoyable sets. As this fresh, heavyweight vinyl pressing proves, the album has lost none of its charm. It sees Sanders and his expansive backing band (including Lonnie Liston-Smith on piano) offer up a fine saunter through spiritual soul-jazz ("Prince Of Peace") before going all-out free jazz via two of the most intense and mind-altering workouts you'll ever hear. While the 13-minute "Balance" is a cacophonous and paranoid romp through free-jazz/experimental rock fusion, it's near 30-minute B-side "Izipho Zam" that stands out. Seemingly in a constant state of flux, the piece moves from densely percussive Afro-jazz to wall-of-sound noise-jazz insanity without skipping a beat.
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Played by: ISOUL8 (Volcov)
 in stock $28.03
Turn To Clear View (limited gatefold heavyweight clear vinyl LP)
Cat: BWOOD 207LPC. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Try Walk With Me (feat Ashber) (4:13)
  2. Yellow Dandelion (feat Georgia Anne Muldrow) (5:05)
  3. Gnawa Sweet (6:03)
  4. Icy Roads (Stacked) (4:17)
  5. (To) Know Where You're Comin From (5:41)
  6. The Leo & Aquarius (feat Jehst) (6:49)
  7. You Didn't Care (feat Nubya Garcia) (5:12)
  8. Self: Love (feat Obongjayar) (6:23)
Review: Joe Armon-Jones has been a driving force in the resurgence of contemporary jazz and now makes something of a victory lap with this new album on the always essential Brownswood. It's a very modern mix of bass and dub, du jour club culture and his own jazz styles featuring peers like Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia. Frankly, the whole record is silky, starry-eyed and sublime and the excellent artwork also hist at the cosmic subtleties of this album, but our picks of the bunch are the neo-soul, summery stroll through the park vibes of "Yellow Dandelion", "Gnawa Sweet" which glows with mellifluous Rhodes chords and the uncompromising yet accessible sax and big brass action of album highlight "You Didn't Care".
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FORTHCOMING
Strange Ways/Inside Jungle
Cat: ISLELP 005.
International
  1. Tatopani
  2. Caravan
  3. Song For Lu Wang
  4. Tibetan Bread
  5. Kin Hin
  6. Gayas Gone
  7. Sevda Yolu
  8. Aum
Review: Isle Of Jura's latest on-point release is a new edition of Zann's sought-after 1990 set "Strange Ways/Inside Jungle", a self-released album of experimental, left-of-centre musical fusions produced in the band's basement studio in Dortmund. The record's genius lies in the band's mixture of Eno/Byrne style ambient motifs, delay-laden electronic beats, densely layered African and South American percussion sounds and chiming instruments from South East Asia. There are some suitably trippy tricks employed here and there - backwards vocals, layered field recordings and so on - but also snaking sax lines and cheery synthesizer melodies. In other words, it's an inspired, hard-to-pigeonhole album that just gets better with each successive listen.
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Played by: Kalbata, Manu•Archeo
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Night City Life (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: STLKLP 006. Rel: 04 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Catherine Brenot - "Et Tout Est Yin Et Tout Est Yang" (club mix) (5:19)
  2. 1 Plus 1 - "Coming Up For Air" (instrumental) (5:25)
  3. Fragile - "We've Got Tonight, Boy" (6:13)
  4. Jarmaz - "Night City Life" (Disco remix) (3:55)
  5. Friend Of Mine - "Just Your Pride" (4:47)
  6. Mac & Monica - "You’re So Good To Me" (6:29)
  7. Sala & H - "Feel The Love" (4:00)
  8. Alexandra - "Fantasia (Fantasy)" (4:45)
  9. Gioia - "No Secrets" (instrumental) (7:43)
  10. Janelle - "Don't Be Shy" (dub) (6:40)
  11. Alessandro Scellino - "Dinner In The Jungle" (Erotic mix) (6:49)
  12. Brian Tatcher - "Hot Love" (instrumental dub version) (6:48)
  13. Preludio - "Mysterious Nights" (4:46)
Review: Ilan Pdahtzur is as obsessive a record digger as any of his more visible peers. His particular niche is early to mid-eighties club music, and now he gets a platform to show off his skills thanks to the Spacetalk label. "Night City Life" is about music to match that exact setting - nocturnal urban metropolises with glowing neon lights shimmering in the darkness. There's a lot to love across four sides of vinyl here, from Italo disco to steamy boogie cuts and iridescent synth jams. It will make you nostalgic for a time and place you've never experienced (at least not as perfectly as this) and no doubt get plenty of dance floors on their feet.
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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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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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Children Of The Sun EP (180 gram vinyl 12" + 7")
Cat: RNTR 027. Rel: 02 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Children Of The Sun (Austin Ato remix) (12:25)
  2. Cosmic Dancer (JKriv remix) (6:24)
  3. Cosmic Dancer (Dicky Trisco remix) (6:41)
  4. Children Of The Sun (4:29)
  5. Cosmic Dancer (4:32)
Review: Texan psych-funk fun time outfit Golden Dawn Arkestra get some remix treatment via this double pack from Razor-N-Tape, which leads in with Austin Ato's positively dreamy deep house version of "Children Of The Sun". JKriv takes on "Cosmic Dancer" and makes it into a slick disco-fied workout that adheres to the RNT vibe, while Dicky Trisco takes the track and makes it into a suitably interstellar strutter heavy on the synth lines. Then then the second slab of wax offers up a side each to the original versions, from the Afrobeat-indebted "Children Of The Sun" to the sweet and starry-eyed disco of "Cosmic Dancer".
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Tea With Holger (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BEWITH 070LP. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. The Gardener (4:02)
  2. Innerspace (4:22)
  3. Weilerswist (3:18)
  4. Away From Me (Full version) (6:58)
  5. Kolner Street (3:51)
  6. Tea With Holger (4:10)
Review: For their first album away from spiritual home Claremont 56, Ben Smith and Paul "Mudd" Murphy have decided to put a decidedly Balearic slant on the kind of atmospheric and quirky music that once was the mainstay of library music stalwarts KPM Records. Given their influences and seemingly innate ability to create heart-stopping, mind-soothing soundscapes, it's a canny move. Certainly, the music contained on "Tea With Holger" is impeccable, combining picturesque guitar and piano motifs with lilting easy listening orchestration, heady choral vocals, razor sharp strings and nods to various well-known TV and film soundtrack styles. Yet for all the knowing nods to old library music sounds, it's the quality of the duo's emotive and inspiring compositions that stands out.
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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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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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Played by: Dirty Channels, Goddard
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Rainbow Deux (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: BEWITH 034LP. Rel: 10 Sep 19
Funk
  1. For The Rainbow (7:01)
  2. Let Love In (6:06)
  3. Sigh (4:15)
  4. The Darkest Night (7:41)
  5. Surrender Now (5:58)
  6. Summer Is Her Name (4:42)
  7. Are You Ready (3:45)
  8. Streets (Keep Me Runnin') (6:32)
  9. Samba Dreams (3:17)
  10. Let's Go Deep (5:25)
  11. We Should Be Laughin' (3:46)
  12. Wishful Thinking (3:59)
Review: At the time of his passing in 2017, the late, great soul star Leon Ware was working on a new album with long-time collaborator Taylor Graves. Although he never finished it, Be With has decided to put together a final posthumous album that contains the five songs he finished for the set - which, impressively, include cameos from the likes of Kamasi Washington and Thundercat - and six cuts from an obscure, Japan-only CD from 2013. It's a wonderful listen from start to finish, with the Latin-tinged soul-jazz of "For The Rainbow", the head-nodding boogie business of "Sigh" and the synth-laden, strangely swung brilliance of "Are You Ready" amongst the highlights.
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Played by: RUSTAM OSPANOFF.
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Le New Life (2xLP)
Cat: MULEMUSIQ 244. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Deep House
  1. Chestnut Heartsprite (13:15)
  2. Slave To The Vibe (4:44)
  3. Paid By The Rhythm (7:44)
  4. Copacabana Dub (11:39)
  5. Don't Bug Me (5:14)
  6. Konoba Boba (9:03)
Review: Axel Boman's 2013 debut album "Family Vacation" was something of a triumph, so it's heartening to report that this belated sequel is every bit as inspired. He begins in fine style by delivering his most loved-up and glassy-eyed track yet - a Sister Sledge sampling chunk of rushing sunrise deep house - before flitting between booming sub-bass and more bliss-inducing musical flourishes on the down-low throb of "Slave To The Vibe". There's an intoxicating and exotic feel to the gently percussive cut that follows, killer ethno-house jam "Paid By The Rhythm", while "Copacabana Dub" is an expertly executed exercise in deep house/Latin percussion fusion. As if that lot wasn't enough to set our pulse racing, trippy slo-mo house chugger "Don't Bug Me" and opaque deep techno shuffler "Konoba Boba" are both suitably sublime.
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Jose MANUEL/VARIOUS
Cat: HE 002. Rel: 25 Sep 19
International
  1. D-Day - "Sweet Sultan" (5:18)
  2. Roots - "Time 2" (5:39)
  3. Vangelis Katsoulis - "Whispers Of Heavenly Wilderness" (4:20)
  4. Mauro Sabbione & Maria Cinzia Bauci - "Boungainvillea" (6:16)
  5. Human Software - "Soft Sequence" (4:01)
  6. Raphael Toine - "Bizness A Bangkok" (4:23)
  7. International Noise Orchestra - "Gimme More Lovin" (instrumental Muezzin mix) (5:50)
  8. Meo - "Alturas" (5:11)
  9. Manuel Wandji - "Pourquoi Pas!" (5:12)
  10. Astral Dance - "Transcendant Waveform" (8:43)
  11. Individual Sensitivity - "Greece Ambientale" (4:44)
  12. Budi Und Gumbls - "Tanz Der Korperlinge" (5:02)
Review: When it came to putting together their first compilation, German label Harmonie Exotic turned to Balearic scene mainstay Jose Manuel. His idea was simple: to gather together a range of mostly obscure experimental ambient tracks made between 1982 and '84, all of which possess equal amounts of "magic" and "mysterious character". The resultant set is, of course, a bit of an eye-opener - a genuine voyage of discovery that drifts between the low-slung, dub disco influenced headiness of D-Day's "Sweet Sultan", the drowsy new age purity of Vangelis Katsoulis, the glistening Balearic pop of Human Software's "Soft Sequence", the sludgy Arabic new wave oddness of International Noise Orchestra and the unique combination of Middle Eastern drums and next-level electronics that is Manuel Wandji's "Pourquoi Pas!".
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Recordings 1979-1981 (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: VOD 156RP. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Ladder Of Souls (2:53)
  2. Return Call/We Are (11:08)
  3. Sad Horizons (5:31)
  4. So I (2:10)
  5. Return Call (13:03)
  6. Drums (2:37)
  7. Air Lair (5:39)
  8. AAAAAAR (7:36)
  9. Kiss The Cloth 1 (9:45)
  10. Kiss The Cloth 2 (3:41)
  11. Kiss The Cloth 3 (5:49)
  12. Gloria 1 (6:34)
  13. Gloria 2/3 (8:40)
  14. Gloria 4/5 (5:31)
Review: It's cult records and mythical artists like this that record collectors fawn over for years. Well this particular wait is now over as for the first time ever on vinyl you can now own two super rare 1980-82 tapes by Two Daughters. They were a mysterious pair affiliated with Throbbing Gristle and recorded all sorts of dark and haunting noise in Brixton for Nurse With Wound's United Dairies. This session is as freaky as they come, with muffled voices appearing out of the noise like apparitions. Hypnotic and daunting, droning and bleakly mesmeric, this music sounds to us like the shadowy corridors of an old lunatic asylum in the dead of a winter's night.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
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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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Break Before Make (limited heavyweight red vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: SKALP 035. Rel: 17 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Day Tuner (2:27)
  2. And! (3:54)
  3. Guess What (7:08)
  4. Work It (4:53)
  5. Now What (5:15)
  6. Start Again Part Four (4:23)
  7. Blanket Ban (5:07)
  8. Filandank (4:02)
  9. Wtfwtfwtf (3:37)
  10. You Heard Me The First Time (3:30)
  11. The Middle Middle (4:16)
  12. Hiaea (6:46)
  13. OD (2:33)
  14. The Beginning (2:49)
Review: Barely six weeks after dropping her debut single on River Rapid, Henrietta Smith-Rolla pops up on Skam with a surprise debut album. As first full length excursions go, "Break Before Make" is undeniably impressive. Beginning with the spooky, minor key electronics and angular IDM rhythms of "Day Turner", the 14 track set sees Smith-Rolla successfully turn her hand to bittersweet synth-wave ("And!"), dystopian pitched-down electronica ("Guess What"), spacey electro ("Work It", "Wtfwtfwtf"), clandestine electronic soundscapes (the panicked shuffle of "Blanket Ban") and grandiose sci-fi soundtrack fare ("The Middle Middle"). Throughout, the Manchester-based producer consistently delivers otherworldly musical melancholia with a panache not associated with a producer of her relative inexperience.
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ANIMA (limited 140 gram orange vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
XL
Cat: XL 987LPE. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Traffic (5:20)
  2. Last I Heard (...He Was Circling The Drain) (5:10)
  3. Twist (7:08)
  4. Dawn Chorus (5:34)
  5. I Am A Very Rude Person (3:52)
  6. Not The News (3:57)
  7. The Axe (6:58)
  8. Impossible Knots (4:19)
  9. Runwayaway (5:59)
  10. (Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming) (4:57)
Review: It's taken a while, but finally Thom Yorke's impressive third solo album, "ANIMA", is available on wax (and in a fetching shade of orange, too). A future classic that continues the legacy he started with XL Recordings back in 2006 (with his solo debut The Eraser), ANIMA is well worth picking up, as Yorke and co-producer Nigel Godrich offer up evocative, off-kilter songs built around the twin attractions of the Radiohead man's distinctive vocals and skewed backing tracks rich in layered electronic noise, body-bending sub-bass, discordant synthesizer parts and intriguingly jaunty drum loops. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the creepy, lo-fi ambient swirl of "Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain)" and "Dawn Chorus" (a blissfully dewy-eyed early morning soundscape), to the low-slung, post-trip-hop hum of "I Am A Very Rude Person" and the fizzing, jazz-fired thrust of "Impossible Knots". Melancholic, yes. Deep and self-effacing, of course. Nihilistic, not really. Percussive futurist sub-pop is back.
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Fabric Presents The Martinez Brothers (gatefold 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FABRIC 203LP. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Tom Flynn - "The Future" (feat Amp Fiddler) (6:02)
  2. Frak - "Bitter Drop" (6:45)
  3. Mahony & Flogg - "Nu Mai" (6:26)
  4. The Martinez Brothers - "Jam Joint" (5:22)
  5. Sangre Voss - "Onr Bad Mango" (6:42)
  6. Roots Orchestra - "Kalabuta" (7:16)
  7. Big Strick - "Spontaneous Combustion" (7:24)
  8. Glen Lewis - "Life Everlasting" (feat Njojo & Bongani - Dennis Ferrer's Passion Of C dub) (7:50)
  9. Love Letters - "Ducue" (Xtended Dick dub) (7:28)
  10. Dan Curtinb - "Echozeichen" (6:07)
  11. Brinton Mckay - "Real Cool" (Abe Duque remix) (5:48)
  12. The Martinez Brothers - "Mistakes" (6:43)
Review: The new incarnation of the famous fabric mix series serves up a big one here with Ibiza kingpins and US house torchbearers The Martinez Brothers laying down a fulsome 23 track mix. It brims with the sort of energy that they always have themselves in the booth and takes you on a contemporary trip through the bendy minimal of Cabanne, Frak's percussive workout and some tropical curveballs from The Bayara Citizens. The Brothers also impress with two of their own tracks - "Jam Joint" and "Mistakes" - full of wonky synth work and shuffling drums, and it marks another highpoint in their longstanding career.
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Age Of Aquarius (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: HJP 088. Rel: 17 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Creator God (10:07)
  2. Alan (6:56)
  3. Ogun Calling (1:39)
  4. Eye Of Ra (6:21)
  5. Woman Of Amazon (6:38)
  6. Self/Distance (6:22)
  7. Paradise Lost (6:43)
  8. Frequency Interference (5:55)
  9. Cradle To The Sunset (2:37)
Review: Tribe Of Colin have done a good job of keeping their identity unknown despite plenty of well received releases. Honest Jon's gets a fourth album from the enigmatic artist(s) that deals in sludgy techno, dubby steppers and pulsing electronic music that harks back to the streets of Detroit as much as hinting at a future London landscape long after humans have long gone. Twisted synths, shimmering percussion, dark chords and complex rhythms are interwoven with gritty textures and field recordings from around the world to make it a spellbinding listen. Fans of Actress and Andy Stott will love.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
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Colored (pink vinyl 2xLP)
R&S
Cat: RS 1915. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Tema (feat Ruven) (1:08)
  2. Dope (5:10)
  3. Sociodelic (5:26)
  4. Shout (5:28)
  5. Birdlandia (2:40)
  6. Noir (1:24)
  7. Upstream (feat Zap Mama) (4:14)
  8. Turner (3:31)
  9. Zenith (4:22)
  10. Native Sun (5:15)
  11. Go Tell It (feat Salamon Faye) (3:09)
  12. Whatever Means (1:48)
  13. Jumpteenth (5:45)
  14. Burn (2:43)
  15. Space Dookie (feat Big Farma) (6:37)
  16. At Last (0:51)
Review: Given that it's called "Coloured" and appears on shocking pink vinyl, you'd expect Adam Longman Parker's debut album as Afriqua to be a decidedly vibrant and kaleidoscopic affair. It is, of course, with Longman Parker offering up tracks that mix tropical-sounding electronics, glassy-eyed synthesizer motifs, processed vocal sounds and evocative musical flourishes with jaunty, interesting rhythms that neatly sidestep conventional genre rules. It's a mixture that makes for hugely enjoyable listening, with highlights coming thick and fast. These include - though are by no means limited to - the densely layered dancefloor cheekiness of "Shout", the minimalist ambient bliss of "Noir", the hypnotic, intergalactic oddness of "Native Sun" and the bubbly club warmth of "Jumpteenth".
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Played by: Jaffa Surfa
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Mezzanine (2xLP)
UMC
Cat: 375404 3. Rel: 25 Nov 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Angel
  2. Risingson
  3. Teardrop
  4. Inertia Creeps
  5. Exchange
  6. Dissolved Girl
  7. Man Next Door
  8. Black Milk
  9. Mezzanine
  10. Group Four
  11. (Exchange)
Review: Originally issued back in 1998, Mezzanine remains the most commercially successful album released by Bristol troupe Massive Attack, thanks in no small part to the Liz Fraser-featuring "Teardrop". This third album signalled a change in sonic direction that played more explicitly on the darkness and tension that was always an undercurrent of their much loved debut Blue Lines and successor Protection. After numerous bootlegs over the years, Virgin have done the right thing and presented this official reissue of Mezzanine to appease fans of Massive Attack and it's clear the LP has lost none of it's bewitching power. The Quincy Jones and Isaac Hayes sampling "Exhange" and "Exchange" remain a delight in particular.
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BBE
Cat: BBE 583ALP. Rel: 17 Sep 19
International
  1. Music (5:52)
  2. Feelings (4:41)
  3. Anokwar (Truth) (8:04)
  4. Yayo Papa (Good Friend) (16:30)
  5. Let's Go Funky Town (6:03)
  6. Minsumobo (6:22)
  7. Sophisticated Jammer (4:18)
  8. Karambani (5:49)
  9. Power To My People (4:33)
  10. Rhythm Of Africa (3:18)
Review: Recorded in 1983 and '84 respectively, "Feelings" and "Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters" were the last albums recorded by Sidiku Buari, a New York based musician who turned to music after a promising career as an athlete in his native Ghana. He initially rose to prominence making highlife and afro-disco, but by the early '80s Sidiku was in full-on Afro-boogie and electrofunk mode, offering up tracks rich in colourful synthesizer lines, punchy electronic drums and righteous vocals in his native tongue. There's much to set the pulse racing across both slabs of wax, from the squelchy, club-ready brilliance of "Music" and "Anokwar (Truth)", to the slap bass propelled flex of "Minsumobo", dub disco grooves of "Karambani" and flute-laden breeziness of "Rhythm Of Africa".
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Paul MURPHY/VARIOUS
The Jazz Room (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
BBE
Cat: BBE 465CLP. Rel: 03 Oct 19
Jazz
  1. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - "Emnete" (live) (5:25)
  2. Art Pepper - "Mambo De La Pinta" (11:47)
  3. New York Ska Jazz Ensemble - "Boogie Stop Shuffle" (4:17)
  4. Lucas Van Merwijk & His Cubop City Big Band - "4Beat Cha Cha Cha" (7:06)
  5. Terje Terasmaa - "Yatra-Ta" (4:44)
  6. Rhythmagic Orchestra - "African Mailman" (3:35)
  7. Onward International - "Foot In The Door" (7:38)
  8. Blue Mode - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (4:01)
  9. Mamelon - "Koumba Fri Fri" (3:49)
  10. Art Ensemble Of Chicago - "Zombie" (5:56)
  11. Shola Adisa-Farrar & Florian Pellissier Quintet - "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" (4:35)
  12. Patchworks - "Tribute To Mulatu" (4:44)
Review: London DJ Paul Murphy has been entertaining jazz dancers since the late 1970s and is rightly cited by Gilles Peterson (amongst others) as a major influence. Here he offers up a taste of the up-tempo dancefloor jazz he's been championing for the last four decades via a fine compilation named after his once regular club night, Jazz Room. There's plenty of Latin jazz and fusion present (see Art Pepper's "Mambo de la Pinta", Lucas Van Merwijk's "4Beat Cha Cha Cha" and Terje Terasmaa's "Yatra-Ta") as well as African-influenced workouts (see the cuts by Rhythmagic Orchestra and Mamelon), the odd classic (Art Ensemble of Chicago) and a handful of more recent cuts, including an inspired jazz cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Blue Mode.
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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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Played by: Vincent Inc, Tripeo
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VARIOUS
The Daisy Age (gatefold 2xLP)
Ace
Cat: XXQLP 2062. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. De La Soul - "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" (feat Q-Tip & Vinia Mojica) (4:02)
  2. A Tribe Called Quest - "Bonita Applebum" (3:38)
  3. The Freestyle Fellowship - "Sunshine Men" (4:33)
  4. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - "Mastadobalina" (4:14)
  5. Fu-Schnickens - "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock?)" (K cut Fat Trac remix - with Shaquille O'Neal) (3:52)
  6. Digital Underground - "Doowutchyalike" (4:09)
  7. KMD - "Peachfuzz" (3:58)
  8. Jungle Brothers - "Doin' Our Own Dang" (4:18)
  9. Queen Latifah - "Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children" (feat De La Soul) (4:25)
  10. Naughty By Nature - "OPP" (4:29)
  11. Digable Planets - "Where I'm From" (4:38)
  12. Monie Love - "It's A Shame (My Sister)" (feat True Image) (3:39)
  13. Justin Warfield - "K Sera Sera" (3:09)
  14. Brand Nubian - "All For One" (4:51)
  15. Leaders Of The New School - "Case For The PTA" (3:41)
  16. Dream Warriors - "My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style" (mono) (4:25)
  17. Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours" (Revisited) (4:02)
  18. Chi Ali - "Age Ain't Nothin' But A #" (4:25)
  19. Da Bush Babees - "We Run Things (It's Like Dat)" (4:13)
  20. Groove Garden - "You're Not Coming Home" (Mase Funkay Recall mix) (4:55)
Review: Who remembers when Hip Hop was a force for good? A happy, colourful sound brimming with positivity and realness, rather than the blingy boasts of studio gangsters? Whether you do or don't, this new Daisy Age compilation by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley is a timely release that shines a light on that small but golden era back in the late 80s. Key protagonists like Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as De La Soul, whose "3 Feet High and Rising" album was at the centre of this micro-movement, all feature alongside Pop and R&B with a similarly positive outlook. Essential.
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Played by: I Love Hip Hop
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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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Passages (2xLP)
Cat: HYR 7200. Rel: 25 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Got Your Love (3:17)
  2. Martinica Feelings (6:02)
  3. The Zoist (6:36)
  4. North Hollywood Witches (2:51)
  5. Non Dire Notte (4:15)
  6. Africa Addio (Ode To Fourth World) (2:40)
  7. Citta Di Mare (4:13)
  8. Luzhin Defence (3:33)
  9. Amori Proibiti (4:10)
  10. Chiala Sunset (6:28)
  11. Viaggio A Tulum (6:15)
  12. Bava (2:10)
Review: Hell Yeah make music that transports you to a beach side idyll in no time at all. It is music for sunsets, slow dances, boat parties. Music to fall in love to, and with. Not convinced? The latest exhibit is this new double 12" from Naples legend Quiroga. It's been a while - 12 years - since his last album but here he shows that all his delicate musicianship and lovely languid grooves are still irresistible. There are drawn out and cosmic synth modulations, retro synth-pop lullabies and bubbly percussive numbers flecked with worldly rhythms. So, sit back, stick it on and dream of warmer climes.
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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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Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
UMC
Cat: 774777 2. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Under Stars (4:19)
  2. The Secret Place (3:23)
  3. Matta (4:09)
  4. Signals (2:41)
  5. An Ending (Ascent) (4:08)
  6. Under Stars II (3:15)
  7. Drift (2:56)
  8. Silver Morning (2:31)
  9. Deep Blue Day (3:53)
  10. Weightless (4:27)
  11. Always Returning (3:43)
  12. Stars (7:53)
  13. The End Of A Thin Cord (4:04)
  14. Capsule (3:11)
  15. At The Foot Of A Ladder (3:32)
  16. Waking Up (2:19)
  17. Clear Desert Night (3:05)
  18. Over The Canaries (4:25)
  19. Last Step From The Surface (3:55)
  20. Fine-grained (3:30)
  21. Under The Moon (3:04)
  22. Strange Quiet (4:00)
  23. Like I Was A Spectator (4:16)
Review: To tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, Brian Eno has decided to put out a new edition of his decidedly spacey 1983 ambient album "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks", which started life as the soundtrack to a long-forgotten documentary about NASA's space program. The edition is rather special, not only because it contains a remastered version of the original set created by Eno, his brother Roger and regular collaborator Daniel Lanois, but also because it contains a second disc of previously unheard material. This is not old, though, but rather brand new recordings - described as "new interpretations of the film soundtrack" - made by the Lanois and the Eno brothers late last year in a similar style. In a word: essential.
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Cat: AVNLP 003. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Ss (2:30)
  2. SsSs (4:38)
  3. SsSsSs (2:57)
  4. SsSsSsSs (3:48)
  5. SsSsSsSsSs (3:35)
  6. SsSsSsSsSsSs (5:06)
  7. SsSsSsSsSsSsSs (1:42)
  8. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (3:19)
  9. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (3:20)
  10. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (5:26)
  11. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (2:51)
  12. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (2:10)
  13. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (6:44)
  14. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (2:22)
  15. SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs (4:17)
Review: Shadowy Swedish duo SHXCXCHCXSH are back with another full length on Shifted esteemed Avian imprint, with SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs. Always the pranksters, their cryptic language pushes the threshold yet again with the LP's 15 tracks (most come in at around three minutes) taking on increasing variations of lower and upper case. Dark and challenging freeform techno that turns the usual conventions of techno on its head, featuring harsh and textural power electronics plus the blatant abuse of looping, tape delays and excessive overdrive. Deconstructed rave aesthetics drowned in field recordings and surface noise throughout: heavy!
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VARIOUS
Cat: STRUT 207LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
International
  1. Jean Kely Et Basth - "Andosy Mora" (4:28)
  2. Soymanga - "Moramora Zoky" (4:43)
  3. Roger Georges - "Mama" (4:45)
  4. Ny Anjarasoa - "Mahonena" (3:23)
  5. Charles Maurin Poty - "Amboliako Fary" (2:05)
  6. Mahaleo - "Izahay Mpamita" (3:12)
  7. Papa James - "Ngoma Hoe" (3:57)
  8. Los Pepitos Et Leur Ensemble - "BB Gasy" (3:09)
  9. Jeanot Rabeson Et Son Orchestre - "Jazz Sega" (3:59)
  10. Feon'Ala - "Farahy" (3:36)
  11. Terak' Anosy Group - "Soaliza" (5:57)
  12. Saka Dit The King - "Ody Ody (Tsy Mentsy Mandroso)" (4:11)
  13. Michael - "Razana Tsy Ho Meloko" (3:37)
  14. Falafa - "Rapela" (3:44)
  15. Los Matadores - "Andeha Hanarato" (2:59)
  16. Nino Rafah - "Oa Niny E" (3:46)
  17. Kaiamba Orchestra - "Tokatoka" (3:18)
  18. Atrefy Andriana - "Zaka Tiako Mamolaka Keriko" (3:56)
Review: It would be fair to say that few of us are familiar with the music of Madagascar, a notably beautiful island in the Indian Ocean whose indigenous culture has rarely registered in Western Europe. Yet as this fine compilation from Strut proves, the nation once boasted a vibrant recording industry whose distinctive sounds blended strong East African influences with more traditional local sounds and the ever-present inspiration of American soul, funk, disco and boogie. "Alefa Madagascar" tells this story through sound by focusing on some of the fuzzy, electrified blends of salegy, soukous and soul popular in the country between 1974 and '84. It does a bang up job, offering up 18 essential cuts that all but the most dusty-fingered crate diggers will never have heard before.
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Tracks From Silent (double 12")
Cat: GR 1251. Rel: 28 May 19
Deep House
  1. CVO's Prelude (9:06)
  2. Negro Muzic (9:01)
  3. 7 Minutes Of Funk (7:04)
  4. Shake It (7:18)
Review: As the title suggests, this essential double-pack offers up a quartet of tracks from Glenn Underground's 2009 album "Silent", a set that has never been released on vinyl. Epic opener "CVO's Prelude" is one of the Chicago veteran's most fluid and life-affirming tracks, with extended jazz piano solos and positive chord sequences rising above a sumptuous Latin-house groove. "Negro Muzic" cleverly combines groovy deep house with jazz-funk flourishes and '70s funk style studio party samples, while "7 Minutes Of Funk" is a warmer and more organic sounding dancefloor jazz-funk workout. Those looking for some bumpin' beats should check closing cut "Shake It", where tasty lead vocals sit atop a classic deep house backing track.
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Cat: STLKLP 001. Rel: 03 Apr 18
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Ron Rinaldi - "Mexican Summer" (3:02)
  2. Leila Pinheiro - "Tudo Em Cima" (3:03)
  3. Christer Norden - "Lay Back" (3:24)
  4. N C C U - "Superstar" (6:03)
  5. Shades Of Love - "Do Your Own Dance" (6:23)
  6. Sonya Spence - "Let Love Flow On" (3:45)
  7. Nu-Cleus - "Needing A Woman" (4:08)
  8. Al (Alonzo) Wilson - "Love You Girl" (2:50)
  9. Richardi Mac - "Told You So" (4:31)
  10. Maureen Bailey - "Takin' My Time With You" (3:13)
  11. Fein - "Stonedage" (3:43)
  12. June Evans - "Hardly Need To Say" (4:24)
  13. Starcrost - "Quicksand" (5:00)
  14. Creative Arts Ensemble - "Unity" (4:20)
Review: The Spacetalk label returns with this fine compilation by French house shotter, Jeremy Underground. We know him, and you surely know him, though his My Love Is Underground label, an imprint that has produced some of the best deep house in the last five years. He's not in house mode today, though, and instead the DJ shows us his soul roots. Ron Rinaldi's opener "Mexican Summer" is a real peach of a song, then there's some Brazilian disco-funk through Leila Pinheiro's "Tudo Em Cima", and the supremely deep and sensual "Superstar" by NCCU. Other favourites include Maureen Bailey's bittersweet anthem "Takin' My Time With You", and June Evans' "Hardly Need To Say", a tune that we could just leave on repeat. A highly recommended comp!
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  1. Rollercoaster (3:14)
  2. Troubled Mind (3:30)
  3. I Don't Understand Anything (4:24)
  4. Walking To You (3:30)
  5. Get Me (3:32)
  6. Missing (4:03)
  7. Two Star (4:04)
  8. We Walk The Same Line (3:59)
  9. 25th December (4:16)
  10. Disenchanted (2:03)
Review: By the time they released "Amplified Heart" in 1994, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn had spent a decade churning out admired but relatively commercially unsuccessful "lite-jazz" albums. Then, on the back of a string of on-point club remixes (Todd Terry's chart-topping version of "Missing" included), the set surprisingly became a runaway success. To celebrate the album's 25th birthday, "Amplified Heart" has been given the audiophile reissue treatment. It suits the album's gently breezy, emotion-rich feel, with Thorn's evocative, lovelorn vocals perfectly matching Watt's sunset-friendly blend of acoustic guitars, soft-touch double bass, trip-hop style beats and Balearic-minded electronics. It remains one of the duo's greatest albums and should be in every discerning listener's collection.
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Peggy GOU/VARIOUS
DJ Kicks (gatefold 2xLP)
K7
Cat: K7 382LP. Rel: 28 Jun 19
Deep House
  1. Peggy Gou - "Hungboo" (DJ Kicks) (4:30)
  2. The System - "Vampirella" (3:44)
  3. Pegasus - "Perseguido Por El Rayo" (3:57)
  4. I:Cube - "Cassette Jam 1993" (4:49)
  5. Sly & Lovechild - "The World According To Sly & Lovechild" (Andrew Weatherall Soul Of Europe mix) (8:25)
  6. Deniro - "Epirus" (6:34)
  7. Psyche - "Crackdown" (5:59)
  8. Hiver - "Paert" (7:04)
  9. Aphex Twin - "Vordhosbn" (4:46)
Review: South Korean star Peggy Gou continues her seemingly unstoppable rise by serving up her first ever DJ mix CD. It's a contribution to one of the longest running series in the business, DJ Kicks, and she's used the opportunity to showcase the depth and variety of the music in her crates. Beginning with the classic early '90s ambient of Spacetime Continuum, Gou flits between humid, mid-tempo Balearic house (her own "Hungboo"), acid-fired downtempo electronica, throbbing 1990 peak-time anthems (Weatherall's ace but largely forgotten remix of Sly & Lovechild), hypnotic techno minimalism, main room throb-jobs (Hiver), pulsating electro, classic breakbeat hardcore, post-dubstep, dark tribal drum jams and sunrise ready Motor City brilliance (Deniro).
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VARIOUS
Cat: MFM 041. Rel: 25 May 19
International
  1. May East - "Maraka" (4:15)
  2. Dequniha E Zaba - "Preposicoes" (3:03)
  3. Oharaska - "A Fabula" (5:18)
  4. Fausto Fawcett - "Shopping De Voodoos" (2:38)
  5. RH Jackson - "O Gato De Schrodinger" (2:54)
  6. Edson Natale - "Nina Maika" (3:50)
  7. Akira S - "Tokei" (2:16)
  8. Low Key Hackers - "Emotionless" (3:46)
  9. Chance - "Samba Do Morro" (4:30)
  10. Jorge Degas & Marcelo Salazar - "Ilha Grande" (6:06)
  11. Priscilla Ermel - "Americua" (4:05)
  12. Voluntarios Da Patria - "Marcha" (2:26)
  13. Angel's Breath - "Velvet" (6:18)
  14. Fausto Fawcett - "Imperio Dos Sentidos" (4:04)
  15. Chance - "Intro-Amazonia" (6:16)
  16. Tete Esponidola - "Quero Quero" (2:32)
  17. Nelson Angelo - "Harmonia De Agua" (4:50)
  18. Jorge Mello - "A Naturezza Rezza" (3:53)
  19. Julio Pimentel - "Gersal" (4:41)
  20. Tiao Neto - "Carrousel" (3:51)
Review: The first volume of Outro Tempo was a standout release in Music From Memory's immaculate catalogue when it landed in 2017. Dealing in intriguing folds of Brazilian electronic music, this second installment serves up yet another feast of lesser known talents spanning swooning synth pop and ethereal ambience and plenty more in between. Take an exotic thrill ride through the dense thickets of Low Key Hackers or bliss out to the meandering jazz funk experimentation of Jorge Degas and Marcelo Salazar - wherever you turn the breadth and quality of the sounds on offer are nothing short of mind-blowing. At 20 tracks deep, it's also astounding value for money.
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