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Zenit & Nadir (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: ENLP 111. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Bass
  1. The Invisible Ones (feat Kalaf) (2:38)
  2. Agni (5:01)
  3. El Cavilante (feat Sara Van & Mikongo) (4:46)
  4. Decajon (feat Prisma & Martin Boder) (4:34)
  5. Coimu Gqoimu (4:30)
  6. Coyurriti (5:15)
  7. Llae (4:51)
  8. Jarana Y Tundete (3:25)
  9. Banyuwangi (5:53)
  10. Pacos (feat Prisma) (4:22)
  11. Guayabo (4:03)
  12. Lagos (5:47)
Review: Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira aka Dengue Dengue Dengue's third album is an exploration of Afro-Peruvian musical traditions laced with their usual sense of so-called tropical futures and off beat rhythmic patterns. It makes for hypnotic grooves that are loose and jumbled, organic and fully authentic especially when members of the Ballumbrosio family, who are experts in traditional rhythmic styles like lando, festejo and crioullo music, as well as traditional dances and instruments like the quijada, have helped create this album. Fleshing out the drums are fizzes and woodblocks, smeared synthwork and occasional Latin vocals that drift to the top as the bass roams down low. An intoxicating listen that transports you to another world entirely.
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Cat: ATH 078. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. You're The Best (4:28)
  2. Train Of Thought (4:29)
Review: Many disco-era modern soul collectors regard, Larom Baker's "You're The Best", which initially appeared in 1978 on an impossible to find, single-sided 7" single, as one of the style's genuine "Holy Grail" records. It's good news, then, that Athens Of The North has secured the rights to reissue it, releasing the full studio version (rather than the shorter edit that was released all those years ago) for the very first time. It's a genuine gem, with Baker's deliciously breezy West Coast soul vocal seemingly floating over a killer backing track rich in hazy horns, bustling slap bass and crunchy Clavinet lines. Turn to the flipside for the more disco-minded "Train Of Thought", one of a string of recently discovered Baker recordings that form the basis of a forthcoming album of previously unreleased tracks.
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Cat: 2037 BLACK. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. You Find That I Got It (4:45)
  2. Mjuvi (4:49)
Review: The hardest-working man in West London is back! By now we've become accustomed to Kaidi Tatham offering up regular doses of soul and jazz-funk-fired dancefloor goodness, but even by his high standards "You Find That I Got It" is something special. Warm, woozy, groovy and full of intricate musical details - brief synth solos, subtle orchestration and so on - the A-side title track is a wonderfully sunny slice of instrumental boogie-soul. Tatham's world-renowned keys playing comes to the fore on the organic broken beat/jazz-funk fusion of "Mjuvi", a flipside cut that's almost as good as the exceptional title track.
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Winona (12")
Cat: MEDI 107. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Deep Dubstep
  1. Winona (3:18)
  2. Worms (3:03)
  3. King Kan (3:35)
  4. Snakes Egos (4:12)
Review: These are tracks designed to rattle ribs and loosen the foundations of any building. They mark another step up for the esteemed bass talents of Samba after releases on the likes of System and Encrypted. "Winona" has a floaty light flute and devastating drums that makes for a nice juxtaposition. "Worms" is darker and more writhing with industrial sound designs and prowling beats, while "King Kan" is a wobbling, shimmering bit of bass gold. "Snakes. Egos" is creepy and unsettling thanks to the freaky synth motifs and closes out a well formed EP.
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Cat: APRON 40. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Techno
  1. Aevea Forest (2:57)
  2. Ember (5:13)
  3. Entity (3:43)
  4. Her Theme (1:36)
  5. Purity (5:17)
  6. The Pneuma (4:47)
Review: FunkinEven's Apron label rarely, if ever, puts a foot wrong, whether putting out ragged techno, raw hip hop or whatever in between. It is Molinaro who steps up now after first landing on the label back in December 2017. The NTS host has long been a firm part of the London underground and has a lo-fi, frazzled sound that blurs the lines between a number of different genres. Here he offers spaced out and grizzled drum tracks, unsettling machine-made ambience and rough and ready beatdown that Theo Parrish would admire. It's been a long wait since his last release, but this EP was well worth it.
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Cat: GRWB 1206. Rel: 23 Sep 19
Soul
  1. Warm Weather (4:05)
  2. Mt Airy Groove (instrumental) (6:01)
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Cat: NAAR 016. Rel: 23 Sep 19
Electro
  1. Voice Inside (French version) (7:45)
  2. Voice Inside (The Backwoods remix) (8:30)
  3. Voice Inside (English version) (7:46)
  4. Voice Inside (Craig Richards Authority Clash remix) (7:03)
Review: Not An Animal regulars Ess O Ess are back with an effervescent 12" that spans starry-eyed electro and pastoral electronica. "Voice Inside" comes in French and English versions, depending on what flavour you want from the sultry spoken word turn on the top of the plush harmonics of the production. As well as the killer original track, there's choice remixes on offer too from The Backwoods and Craig Richards. The former takes a cosmic, trippy approach to the track, but keeps the focus sharp thanks to a snapping 4/4 beat. Craig Richards meanwhile takes things far away from the original with a brilliant slice of discordant electro weirdness for the after hours crowd.
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Virdulegu Forsetar (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 483738 9. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 1) (14:50)
  2. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 2) (14:13)
  3. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 3) (14:44)
  4. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 4) (21:01)
Review: The late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson's second studio album from 2004 is one ambient-influenced classical piece that makes use of the same phrase throughout but, for technical reasons, is divided into four parts. It features a host of musical instruments, from tubas, horns, organs and trumpets to glockenspiel and bass. It's a masterpiece in minimalism and repetition, of non-linear music that traps you in the here and now, and it is a beautiful place to be when you listen to the whole album in one immersive sitting.
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Cat: LNDB 031. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Touch Up The Key (4:10)
  2. Dread (5:07)
Review: Liondub's 10 year anniversary celebrations continue with this savage slab of ragga jungle. This time the captain Liondub takes to the controls himself alongside fellow US jungle veteran Jah Boogs while vocal guidance comes from one of the most distinctive MCs in the game: Bristol's Blackout Ja. Here we find him in fiery form as "Touch Up The Key" brocks out in all directions over a precision-tuned subby bass wobble. "Dread" flips for a sunnier side of the stack as Blackout pays homage to his roots with more of a melodic flow to his signature gravel-toned bars. Loaded!
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VARIOUS
Total 19 (unmixed 2xCD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 154. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Weval - "Are You Even Real"
  2. Jorg Burger - "Eloise"
  3. Sascha Funke - "Aus Der Lameng"
  4. Thomas/Mayer - "Total Anders"
  5. Albert Luxus - "In Den Arm Bitte!" (Julian Stetter mix)
  6. Tom Demac - "Serenade"
  7. Jurgen Paape - "Abstrusia"
  8. Reinhard Voigt - "Der Amnn, Der Nie Nach Deutz Kam"
  9. Rex The Dog - "Vortex"
  10. Justus Kohncke - "Mindless Sex Track"
  11. Voigt & Voigt - "Der Schwarm"
  12. Anii - "Ride The Tiger"
  13. Clarian - "Early Life"
  14. Extrawelt - "Pink Panzer"
  15. DJ Balduin - "EWBA"
  16. Anna - "Remembrance" (main mix)
  17. Fahrland - "Yesterday" (Night version)
  18. Patrice Baumel - "Grace"
  19. La Fleur - "Tears"
  20. John Monkman & James Monro - "Pesto Punk"
  21. Blackrachas - "Rotary"
  22. Raxon - "Dark Light"
  23. Yotam Avni - "Track For Agoria"
  24. Jonathan Kaspar - "Renard"
  25. Gui Boratto - "618" (Kolsch mix)
Review: Cologne powerhouse Kompakt may not be talked about as much as it once was, but the label continues to put out high quality electronic music with its own distinctive vibe. For proof, check the 19th annual edition of their now legendary compilation series, "Total". There's much to set the pulse racing amongst the 25 tracks scattered across two CDs, from the shoegaze-influenced haziness of Weval's "Are You Even Real" and the picturesque, piano-sporting dancefloor deepness of Tom Demac's "Serenade", to the neo-trance throb of Rex The Dog, the twisted techno intensity of Voigt & Voigt, and the intergalactic electro/rave fusion of Raxon's strobe lit "Raxon".
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Tomodachi Sessions (gatefold red vinyl 3xLP)
Cat: NHS 362LP. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Illuminate (feat Degs) (4:15)
  2. Shine On Through (feat Mountain & Karina Ramage) (4:11)
  3. Kosa (feat Keeno) (5:58)
  4. The Encounter (feat Bop) (5:40)
  5. Miles Ahead (feat DJ Marky) (4:11)
  6. Morning Sunrise (feat Danny Wheeler, G Force & Blu James) (4:55)
  7. Tokyo '96 (feat SPY) (5:24)
  8. Show Me How You Feel (feat Lorna King) (4:52)
  9. Dive (feat Polaris) (5:42)
  10. Liberta (feat Urbandawn) (4:34)
  11. Living For (feat Paul T & Edward Oberon) (5:28)
  12. Transparent (feat Whiney) (4:57)
  13. Mystic Crystals (feat Technimatic) (5:16)
  14. Nexus (feat Pola & Bryson) (4:13)
  15. Merchant Blessing (feat MC Conrad) (4:31)
Review: Makato is often cited as one of the pioneering founders of Japan's drum & bass scene. He's now up to his sixth studio album and it finds his airy, rolling, sweet flowing beats all present and correct. "Tomodachi Sessions" derived from a series of collaborations with close friends who have all played a part in his 25 year career. DJ Marky, S.P.Y, Bop and MC Conrad all feature and lend their own personalities to an album that offers celebratory hands in the air tracks like "Shine On Through" next to more late night dancers like "Transparent" and melodic explorations like "Show Me How You Feel".
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  1. Tanjah
  2. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (Rhodes version)
  3. Timbuktu
  4. In Memory Of
  5. African Cookbook
  6. Ganawa (Blue Moses) (piano version)
  7. Niger Mambo
  8. Mr Randy
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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This Is The Place (reissue) (limited 7") (1 per customer)
Cat: OOT 005. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Soul
  1. This Is The Place (5:20)
  2. This Is The Place (instrumental) (5:31)
Review: Since it was released on Springfield, Missouri label American Artists in 1975, Kansas City Express' sole seven-inch single has become something of a collector's item amongst dusty-fingered funk diggers. We should all thank Ocean Of Tears, then, for offering up this fully licensed reissue - the first time the "45" has been made available to a wider audience. "This Is The Place" is a wonderfully sweet and melancholic affair - a seductive, poetic soul song featuring both male and female lead vocalists and a languid, superbly produced backing track full of lilting trumpet lines, glacial vibraphone solos and jazzy guitars. That instrumental backing track takes pride of place on Side B, where you can hear the vocal-free mix for the very first time. Spoiler: it's superb.
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Played by: I Love 45's!, Originals
 in stock $10.53
UMC
Cat: 778309 3. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart) (0:53)
  2. Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) (3:37)
  3. The Next Movement (4:10)
  4. Step Into The Realm (2:51)
  5. The Spark (3:53)
  6. Dynamite! (4:50)
  7. Without A Doubt (4:15)
  8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (4:37)
  9. Double Trouble (5:49)
  10. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (4:56)
  11. 100 Percent Dundee (3:57)
  12. Diedre Vs Dice (0:47)
  13. Adrenaline! (4:29)
  14. 3rd Acts: ? Vs Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo (0:53)
  15. You Got Me (feat Erykah Badu) (4:20)
  16. Don't See Us (4:36)
  17. The Return To Innocence Lost (5:29)
  18. Act Fore The End? (4:53)
  19. Table Of Contents (part 3 - bonus track) (3:19)
  20. What You Want (bonus track) (4:11)
  21. Quicksand Millennium (bonus track) (4:09)
  22. We Got You (feat Jaguar - bonus track) (1:13)
  23. You Got Me (Drum & Bass mix - bonus track) (4:59)
  24. You Got Me (Me Tienes remix - bonus track) (4:26)
  25. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (remix - bonus track) (3:29)
  26. Y'all Know Who (bonus track) (4:04)
  27. The Lesson (part III - bonus track) (4:53)
  28. New Years At Jay Dee's (bonus track) (2:49)
Review: In our eyes, Questlove is one of the best drummers of the modern era. His playing skills have held down killer grooves by everyone from D'Angelo to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu to Soulquarians. His own Grammy Award winning band The Roots brought thrilling musicianship and live instrumentation to the hip hop game and are widely regarded as one of the best live acts in the genre. Their fourth album, Things Fall Apart, was their real breakthrough and is now presented here, remastered, with bonus tracks, rare photos, essays from Black Thought and Questlove and liner notes from Questlove. Essential.
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Cat: MAT 14. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Between Two Grains Of Water (7:40)
  2. Hand Holding Mine (2:59)
  3. Light Of The Milligram (4:29)
  4. Mystery & Fire (3:57)
  5. Human Archeology (2:27)
  6. Age Of Tin & Copper (3:49)
  7. Possession Of Silence (4:23)
  8. Distracted Tenderness (5:13)
Review: It's been seen years since ambient maestro Jonny Nash realised with Kyle Martin as Land Of Light. This return is a glorious one, however, and was written and composed over the course of two years. It is a fantastically spacious record that places you in the middle of the stereo field as acoustic instruments, contact microphones and Martin's self-built modular synthesiser all add timbre, texture and tone to the mix. Organic yet otherworldly, it is music that soundtracks a beautiful void and will leave you feeling utterly replenished over the course of eight subtly majestic and absorbing tracks.
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Cat: 7PR 65008. Rel: 02 Oct 19
Soul
  1. The Star Of A Story (5:41)
  2. Ain't No Half Steppin' (5:10)
Review: Here's something to excite those who dig quality 1970s funk, soul and disco: a tidy 7" containing two stone cold classics from the Rod Temperton-helmed, UK-based "international band" Heatwave. Side A boasts one of the standout moments from the group's much-loved 1977 album "Central Heating", seductive, string-laden love song "The Star Of A Story". It's superbly arranged and brilliantly produced, with warm keys, Spanish guitar solos and rich orchestration combining beautifully with the band's slick and smooth vocals. Side B is taken up by 1976 single "Ain't No Half Steppin'", a bolder and more dancefloor-friendly chunk of warm and woozy dancefloor soul.
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DJ HARVEY/VARIOUS
Cat: PIKESCD 002. Rel: 03 Oct 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Rheinzand - "Mr Mercury"
  2. Mandy Smith - "I Just Can't Wait" (instrumental)
  3. Marta Acuna - "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Disco version)
  4. System Olympia - "Close To My Nebula"
  5. Mildlife - "Magnificent Moon"
  6. Das Komplex - "Slap"
  7. Nu Guinea - "Je Vulesse"
  8. Forgotten Corner & Khidja - "Tatooine Moons"
  9. Pamela Nivens - "It's You I Love" (instrumental)
  10. Hugh Mane - "Real Sucker For Your Love"
  11. Switchdance - "Arabian Ride"
  12. Land Of Light - "A Stange Attractor" (Peaking Lights Rmx)
  13. Mr Marvin - "Entity" (Jazzy mix)
Played by: I Love Disco!
 in stock $10.35
Cat: 337037 6. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Claire (feat Claude Rochard) (4:06)
  2. Soft Landing On Grass (feat Tim Keegan) (4:07)
  3. The Boat Song (feat Crayola Lectern) (8:30)
  4. Venus Alice In Dub (3:18)
  5. Unfair Game (feat Olga Kouklaki) (4:04)
  6. Yes Please, No Lord! (6:29)
  7. Aquarium Lovers (4:46)
  8. No Tether (feat Thomas Richet) (5:27)
  9. Bob's Ur Unkle (5:19)
  10. Blind Me (feat Sadie La Momo) (2:22)
  11. Motherspliff Connection (5:38)
  12. The Bond (feat Olga Kouklaki) (7:05)
Review: French DJ, musician and producer Kid Loco has a storied career that dates back to the birth of his own Bondage Records in 1982. Since then he has become a real reference point for alternative sounds that sit at a junction between the worlds of rock and electronic music. Sometimes sampling, sometimes playing the music himself, he has made an entry into the hallowed DJ Kicks mix series and now returns with a new album that draws on trip hop, downtempo and indie pop. "Venus Alice In Dub" is the sort of lushly detailed tack that is perfect for modern audiophile bars and "Yes Please, No Lord!" could become a cult curveball for brave DJs, amongst many other highlights.
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  1. Linval Thompson - "I Love Marijuana"
  2. Linval Thompson - "Dread Are The Controller"
  3. Linval Thompson - "The Children Of The Ghetto"
  4. Linval Thompson - "Don't Push Your Brother"
  5. Linval Thompson - "Begging For Apology"
  6. Linval Thompson - "Not Follow Fashion"
  7. Linval Thompson - "Roots Lady"
  8. Linval Thompson - "Big Big Girl"
  9. Linval Thompson - "Just Another Girl"
  10. Linval Thompson - "Starlight"
  11. Linval Thompson - "Jamaican Calley" (version)
  12. Big Joe - "African Princess"
  13. Big Joe - "Solomon Agunda"
  14. Big Joe - "Don't Fuss & Fight"
  15. Big Joe - "Smoke Marijuana"
  16. Big Joe - "Merry Go Round"
  17. Big Joe - "Tubby At The Controls"
  18. Big Joe - "Judy"
  19. Big Joe - "Big Disgrace"
  20. Big Joe - "Love Can Conquer"
  21. Big Joe - "Pauline Love The Natty"
  22. Big Joe - "Follow My Heart"
  23. Big Joe - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  24. Trinity - "Easy Does It"
  25. Trinity - "Life Is Not Easy"
  26. Trinity - "Tell It To Me Mother"
  27. Trinity - "Have A Little Faith"
  28. Trinity - "Dangerous Rockers & Ting"
  29. Trinity - "Don't Lose Me"
  30. Trinity - "Every Trick In The Book"
  31. Trinity - "Rock In The Ghetto"
  32. Trinity - "Pope Paul Dead & Gone"
  33. Trinity - "Freedom Style"
  34. Trinity - "Follow My Heart"
  35. Barry Brown - "Mr CID" (bonus track)
  36. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "King Tubby's Rockers" (bonus track)
  37. Pat Kelly - "There's A Song" (bonus track)
  38. The Roots Radics - "Lover's Style" (bonus track)
  39. Linval Thompson - "Here With Me" (bonus track)
  40. The Roots Radics - "Come On Baby, Dub Style" (bonus track)
  41. Linval Thompson - "Pop No Style" (bonus track)
  42. Scientist & The Roots Radics - "Second Hand Girl" (bonus track)
Review: This double CD set draws together some of the most lauded, late 1970s productions from Linval Thompson, a roots, dub and dancehall stalwart whose music - and the artists he worked for - was championed by Trojan Records. On CD one you'll find two key albums: fine 1977 solo set "I Love Marijuana", whose dub-wise roots rhythms were laid down by a backing band including Wailers member Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Sly & Robbie, and the much more dubbed-out and intoxicatingly heavy "African Princess" (1978) by leading Jamaican toaster Big Joe. Disc two boasts the dub/early dancehall fusion of Trinity's similarly inclined 1979 classic "Rock In The Ghetto" as well as eight rare (and exceptionally good) extended mixes plucked from various Thompson-produced releases.
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Cat: SHR 04. Rel: 25 Sep 19
Techno
  1. The Lake (6:06)
  2. The Lake (Ambient reprise) (5:26)
  3. Twilight (8:09)
Review: Michigan producer John Beltran is a master of atmosphere and emotion. His ambient has been used for countless seminal TV shows, he's been cited as an inspiration to Four Tet and has put out key albums on labels like Delsin and Peacefrog. Here he is in a distinctively club-focussed mood, but the synths still very much speak to your heart. "The Lake" is pure Motor City techno soul, and the ambient reprise allows you to wallow in his pads even more. "Twilight" then bustles with shimmering metal hits while pixelated keys drift about like a million fire flies in a warm night sky. Lush.
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The Idiots Are Winning (reissue) (limited splattered vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 14 BCLP2. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Lump (6:09)
  2. Quiet Drumming (5:25)
  3. 10101 (6:06)
  4. Idiot Clapsolo (5:00)
  5. Corduroy (6:22)
  6. Lumpette (1:32)
  7. Idiot (7:33)
  8. Flute (4:53)
Review: Holden's 2006 debut album was an astonishing one that gets a timely reissue on double crystal-clear splatter vinyl. A high watermark for proudly synthetic and computer made music, it was the bold arrival of an artist who endures as an innovator to this day. "The Idiots Are Winning" is a masterclass in unhinged grooves, glitchy electronic sounds and mutant sounds that set a new benchmark in experimental textures, sound design and dance floor clout. "Idiot" is the standout banger, "Lump" is more trippy and heat workout, and "10101" is the twitchy and mesmeric workout you cannot escape. Music as idiosyncratic as this doesn't come along too often, and even 13 years left it still sounds fresh.
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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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 in stock $21.07
Ta Duma (12")
Cat: AFS 040. Rel: 25 Sep 19
International
  1. Ta Duma (12" version) (5:57)
  2. Ta Duma (album version) (6:11)
  3. Ta Duma (12" instrumental) (5:55)
  4. Xikhobva (3:10)
Review: Johannesburg's Maboneng Precinct is the home of Afrosynth Records and for the last two years it has been an absolute hotbed of reissued African music. This latest missive is originally from 1984 by Obed Ngobeni and his backing singers the Kurhula Sisters, who helped pioneer the Shangaan Disco style that heavily influenced South Africa's bubblegum sound of the 80s. Now a go-to genre for cult favs like Antal and Hunee, they're sure to lap up the hurried funk and proto-house of "Ta Duma", which comes in three slightly different versions. "Xikhobva" closes things in loose percussive fashion with a guitar-driven groove.
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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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Played by: Kaoru Inoue
 in stock $17.65
Straight Out The Jungle (reissue) (limited red & green vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: TEG 75510LPC. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Straight Out The Jungle (4:00)
  2. What's Going On (4:10)
  3. Black Is Black (3:38)
  4. Jimbrowksi (4:30)
  5. I'm Gonna Do You (3:23)
  6. I'll House You (4:59)
  7. On The Run (4:07)
  8. Behind The Bush (3:34)
  9. Because I Got Like That (4:40)
  10. Braggin & Boastin (3:54)
  11. Sounds Of The Safari (3:05)
  12. The Promo (3:37)
  13. Ultimatum Ultramix (4:32)
Review: This 1988 debut album from Jungle Brothers eschews the use of the sampler, choosing instead to lay down these fresh beats by recorders, all looped by hand, eight bars at a time. The record also features Q-Tip for the first time on the excellent "Black Is Black" which features one of the few samples on the album as the voice of Gil Scott-Heron is stitched into the rolling beats. Smash hip-house hit "I'll House You" was added to later versions of the album and is included here with other gems like "Braggin & Boastin" and "Behind the Bush".
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 in stock $26.61
Storm (100 gram vinyl 10")
Cat: BEWITH01TEN / ERC065. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Storm (5:27)
  2. Storm (Arp Duppy Chip mix) (5:28)
Review: Emotional Rescue turn their attention to Rare Silk and their sublime cult classic "Storm". It's one of those rare tracks with a wonderful otherworldly quality that manages to be smooth and accessible, and somehow not like anything you've ever heard before. It must be somewhere in the mix, between the dreamy harmonized vocals, lush instrumentation and curious sense of space. The original on the A side is a treat enough, but then throw in a mercurial dubbed out version by Arp on the flip and you've got yourself a 12 inch portal to a most delightful dimension.
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 in stock $10.53
Cat: SBR 228CD. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Flying
  2. Stars Are The Light
  3. Fall (In Your Love)
  4. The World & The Sun
  5. Lost Heads
  6. Eternal Shore
  7. Eye 2 Eye
  8. Fever Night
 in stock $11.43
Cat: SOLPS 009. Rel: 25 Sep 19
Deep House
  1. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Wesley) (7:56)
  2. Number One Station (feat Daniel Meinecke) (6:15)
  3. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Wesley - DJ Spinna Galactic Soul remix) (8:21)
  4. Don't You Let Go (feat Kenny Weslet - Caserta At Work remix) (7:17)
Review: Sol Power Sound has had a solid 2019 but they aren't done yet: this new one features an all star cast with remixes by legendary DJ Spinna and LA's Joseph Caserta. DC-based vocalist Kenny Wesley is at the heart of the operation and features on "Don't You Let Go", with multi-layered drums and dub weight soaring to the skies. "Number One Station" features Daniel Meinecke and is a golden broken beat with all the hits and scattered percussion that make this such perfect body music. Spinna's remix is pure feel good, good time house music with old school spirituality, while Caserta pays more than a subtle tribute to Masters At Work's famously chunky drums with his "Caserta At Work" remix.
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 in stock $10.28
VARIOUS
Soul Flip Edits (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SFLP 001. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Soul
  1. Marvin Gaye - "It's Not Unusual" (3:17)
  2. Edwin Starr - "25 Miles" (4:22)
  3. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin'" (3:57)
  4. The Jackson 5 - "The Love You Save" (4:17)
  5. Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (3:43)
  6. Sam & Dave - "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar" (3:18)
  7. Aretha Franklin - "A Change" (3:33)
  8. Sugar Pie DeSanto - "Go Go Power" (4:20)
  9. Joy Lovejoy - "In Orbit" (3:52)
  10. Judy Clay & William Bell - "Private Number" (4:30)
Review: Jobbing DJs will do well to pick this one up: it's a way to bring some original soul into your sets while also serving up some big tunes that people know and love. These careful edits pump up the sunny elements, layer in funky riffs, energetic strings and up the tempos of tried and tested classics from The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Sam & Dave and plenty more golden oldies. Our picks: Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers' fine cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and Sugar Pie DeSanto's hardcore swinger "Go Go Power" that's sure to get those hips moving.
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 in stock $25.56
Sonne Und Wasser (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WTNLP 11. Rel: 01 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Nymphaea (10:42)
  2. Pollen (7:49)
  3. Photosynthese (8:03)
  4. Wurzel (7:27)
Review: Hiroki Takahashi has delivered compelling ambient long players to Not Not Fun, Muzan Editions and more besides, but his most prominent works to date have landed on Where To Now?. Following the "Where To Be Vol. 2" cassette and "Raum" LP, he's back with the frankly gorgeous "Sonne Und Wasser", an EP that further highlights his exploration of crystalline ambience. "Nymphaea" and "Pollen" hover in glacial suspension, with pealing chimes ringing out their richly resonant tones over sustained notes pitched to melancholic perfection. "Photosynthese" centres on fragile sequenced patterns, while "Wurzel" occupies its own particularly wistful mood, played in a key distinct from the three prior pieces.
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 in stock $15.55
Sonkei (LP)
Cat: ALBFLP 05. Rel: 25 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Lullabies Of The Lost (1:29)
  2. Onkochishin (6:45)
  3. Elegy Of Entrapment (6:27)
  4. The Art Of Altercation (5:53)
  5. Cosmic Collisions (7:41)
  6. Circle Of Transmigration (4:28)
  7. Fallen Angel (8:40)
  8. Tempestuous Temperaments (4:59)
Review: Headed up by jazz-man and broken beat hero Mark de Clive-Lowe, Tokyo's Ronin Arkestra is an all-star collective that includes members of some of Japan's leading jazz and electronic music outfits. We shouldn't really be surprised, then, that debut album "Sonkei" is rather special. It features some suitably grandiose and epic contemporary jazz workouts - see "Onkochishin", the wonderfully spiritual and dancefloor-friendly "The Art of Altercation" and loose-limbed closing cut "Tempestuous Temperaments" - but the influence of other forms of music (most notably dub, ambient and electronica) is evident throughout, often in subtle and surprising ways. In other words, it sounds like a future jazz classic in the making.
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 in stock $16.85
Sonic Citadel (limited gatefold green vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: THRILL 505LPX. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Blow To The Head (3:08)
  2. USA Is A Psycho (3:07)
  3. Air Conditioning (4:14)
  4. Husker Don't (6:06)
  5. Big Banger (5:04)
  6. Halloween 3 (5:43)
  7. Don Henley In The Park (3:50)
  8. Tom Thump (2:42)
  9. Bouncy House (4:38)
  10. All Insane (4:59)
  11. Van Halen 2049 (9:14)
Review: "Sonic Citadel" marks Brians Gibson and Chippendale's seventh studio album and it is one that finds them revealing a little more of themselves than before. "Blow To The Head" is an intense opener with caustic texture, dense layers and scuzzy noise that soundtracks a manic episode, while elsewhere there are much more angular and punk influenced rhythm tracks with deathly vocals mired in gauzy riffs engulfed in dirt, grit and sandpaper sonics. Standout track "Halloween 3" is a suitably horror fuelled track of high energy, lo fi fuzz that will keep any demons away.
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Cat: MSR 014. Rel: 26 Sep 19
International
  1. Si Voce Pensa (3:09)
  2. Birimbao (3:23)
Review: Matasuna Records' latest release offers up two sought-after tracks from Bossa 70, a relatively short-lived Peruvian band whose ultra-limited 1970 releases (a total of 400 copies were pressed of their sole single and eponymous debut album) brilliantly joined the dots between jazz, bossa, soul and funk. Listening to these cuts for the first time, it's easy to see why Matasuna has gone to the trouble of licensing them: A-side "Si Voce Pensa" is an inspired Peruvian funk cover of a 1968 Roberto Carlos track rich in bustling breakbeats, punchy horns and confident female vocals. Just as potent is the band's flipside cover of Baden Powell's "Berimbau", which puts a funk-soul twist on a certified bossa-nova classic.
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 in stock $10.01
Severance EP (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: GDNCE 009. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Severance (5:58)
  2. Beg Of U (6:01)
  3. Lost Witness (6:03)
  4. Velvet (feat Ulterior Motive) (5:18)
Review: Fire in the hole! Following his Metalheadz EP earlier this year, Newcastle's Tyrone steps over to good mates Ulterior Motive at Guidance for a full four-track slab of D&B excellence. The title track is an absolute beast that slices through the air and space with incredible weight and width while elsewhere "Beg Of U" takes us on a tour of Tyrone's deeper space-aged side, "Lost Witness" rolls out with rattling menace and muscle and "Velvet" closes the deal on a deep introspective one with the label heads. Prepare to be severed.
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 in stock $9.75
Seven's Travels (reissue) (gatefold 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 082625 7004611. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. History (1:26)
  2. Trying To Find A Balance (4:20)
  3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know (2:51)
  4. Reflections (4:26)
  5. Gotta Lotta Walls (4:44)
  6. The Keys To Life Vs 15 Minutes Of Fame (2:48)
  7. Apple (1:58)
  8. Suicidegirls (2:40)
  9. Jason (0:53)
  10. Cats Van Bags (4:00)
  11. Los Angeles (2:15)
  12. Lifter Puller (6:19)
  13. Shoes (3:03)
  14. National Disgrace (5:02)
  15. Denvemolorado (3:14)
  16. Liquor Lyles Cool July (2:26)
  17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin') (4:59)
  18. On My Continental (4:24)
  19. Always Coming Back Home To You (4:00)
  20. Say Shh (bonus track) (4:55)
  21. DMFD (bonus track) (1:44)
  22. On The Battlefield (bonus track) (0:44)
  23. Quiet Pimpin' (bonus track) (1:05)
Review: Since initial release in 2003, this classic from Atmosphere has been in and out of print and received various represses as a result. It is the gift that keeps on giving, frankly, it is an album takes you on a metaphorical journey through politics, emotions and the physical. Personal stories and vulnerable truths come from Slug's rich writing and richer delivery combined with complex rhythms, cosmic synths and funky drums that all help elevate the record yet further. It might not get the props of many of its peers, but this underrated gem should be on the shelves of any discerning hip hop collector.
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 in stock $25.80
Rumba Argelina (reissue) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: 405053 8516821. Rel: 04 Oct 19
International
  1. Rumba Argelina (3:33)
  2. Oye China (6:39)
  3. Lamma Bada (4:15)
  4. Manana (3:42)
  5. La Canal (4:38)
  6. El Baile De La Bola (2:55)
  7. Soledad (4:10)
  8. La Mosca (2:40)
  9. Tangos Del Agujero (3:15)
  10. Nu Alrest (7:10)
  11. La Pastora (3:04)
  12. Ronda De Sanabria (3:22)
  13. Bulerias Turcas (3:12)
  14. Nina (3:12)
Review: First released way back in 1992, Radio Tarifa's debut album "Rumba Argelina" has long been considered something of a global fusion classic. Reissued here on vinyl for the very first time - weirdly, it has only ever been available on CD in the past - the album has lost none of its charms. It's naturally rooted in various strains of traditional Spanish music - flamenco, Andalucian folk music and so on - but also incorporates musical elements from North African and Arabic music, with occasional nods towards tango and such obscure (but surprisingly enjoyable) styles as German medieval music.
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 in stock $22.92
Round & Round (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BS 009. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Round & Round (Kitchen version) (4:09)
  2. Round & Round (feat Darrion - Living Room version) (4:44)
Review: SimonAyEm has been collecting records and generally immersing himself in rap for a quarter of a century. He makes his own beats, held a rap show on Swiss national and here one of his homemade demos is presented on Burning Sole. The first version was a raw, made in the kitchen jam with rough drums and noodling keys next to a heady whistle, while the flip side is a more refined lounge version with a fuller, richer, warmer sound and more steamy chords, as well as a hook sung by the producer's own young son. Nice.
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Root Down (reissue) (LP + insert)
UMC
Cat: 778090 8. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Root Down (Free Zone mix) (3:55)
  2. Time To Get Ill (2:03)
  3. Heart Attack Man (2:07)
  4. The Maestro (3:14)
  5. Sabrosa (3:03)
  6. Root Down (PP Balloon mix) (3:24)
  7. Root Down (3:36)
  8. Flute Loop (1:38)
  9. Time For Livin' (1:56)
  10. Something's Got To Give (5:01)
Review: Root Down is an experimental album from 1994 when The Beastie Boys locked themselves in a rehearsal space and went to town on studio experimentation and live jamming. It came between "Paul's Boutique" and "Check Your Head" and resulted in two previously unreleased versions of the title track and snippets of music recorded while on tour in Europe. There is the typical Beastie Boys mix of floor rocking riffs but with funky new flows stitched in and thus charts the period in which the band went from their post punk guitar roots to a more new-groove driven sound.
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Cat: 8787KON 19. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. High Voltage - "Rock Spank Freak" (KON Re-work) (10:13)
  2. Chain Reaction - "Dance Freak" (Moplen Re-freak) (7:25)
Review: Legendary Harlem label Queen Constance brought the world the most raw and authentic disco direct from the source. Years later, collectors and dancers alike still fawn over plenty of its output and now two of its more notorious tracks get on-point edits by contemporary stars Kon and Moplen. With Kon at the buttons, High Voltage's "Rock Spank Freak" is tweaked and coerced, with extended funk breakdowns and heavier bottom ends. Moplen then adds some extra colour and pumps up the trumpet lines to make for an unabashedly glorious disco stomper. This is a 100% legit reissue with fresh remastering, so do not sleep.
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Restless (LP + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: HD 059. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Waiting (3:20)
  2. Break It Apart (3:56)
  3. Desire (3:31)
  4. Bonbon (3:44)
  5. More (3:50)
  6. Restless (3:54)
  7. Creature (4:07)
  8. Miaou Disc-0 (2:15)
  9. Almost (3:57)
  10. To Keep You (2:22)
Review: A Lou Rebecca full length has been on the cards for a while and now it lands a year after her breakout and self-titled "Lou" EP. The Austin-based Parisian synth-pop singer makes music that is nuanced with romanticism and driven by soft but decisive drum patterns that make you want to bop. There are vibrant songs with contemporary sensibilities, rich pop nuggets and darker tacks like "Break It Apart" but it is when Lou is at her most happy and outgoing that she sounds best for our money. Check the lovely, harmonically smooth ditty that is "Desire" for proof.
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Cat: BBQ 2159LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. You Are In My Vision (Early version) (3:19)
  2. The Machmen (Early version) (3:11)
  3. Down In The Park (Early version) (4:24)
  4. Do You Need The Service? (Early version) (3:40)
  5. The Crazies (2:50)
  6. When The Machines Rock (Early version) (3:16)
  7. Me! I Diconnect From You (Eary version) (3:24)
  8. Praying To The Aliens (Early version) (4:02)
  9. It Must Have Been Years (Early version) (4:06)
  10. Only A Downstat (3:35)
  11. I Nearly Married A Human 3 (Early version) (6:24)
  12. Replicas (Early version) (5:02)
  13. Are 'Friends' Electric? (Early version) (5:25)
  14. We Have A Technical (8:00)
  15. Down In The Park (outtake mix) (4:18)
  16. Are 'Friends' Electric? (Early version 2) (5:27)
  17. Replicas (Early version 2) (5:01)
  18. Me! I Diconnect From You (BBC Peel Session) (3:07)
  19. Down In The Park (BBC Peel Session) (4:18)
  20. I Nearly Married A Human (BBC Peel Session) (6:38)
Review: Beggars Banquet turn to their Arkive arm for this 40th anniversary edition of Tubeway Army's classic early works. "The First Recordings", from 1979 has been identically sequenced as the original release with early versions of the tracks. Alongside hits "Replicas" and "Are "Friends" Electric?", our picks of the batch are "Me! I Disconnect From You", an archetypal deadpan delivery with mechanical grooves, the grungy and rock-laced "Only A Downstat" and lovable robo-pop "We Have A Technical".
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  1. Turnin' Headz (5:28)
  2. Noise Theory (5:51)
  3. Otherside (5:00)
  4. Day 1 (5:45)
Review: Assembler Code & Jensen Interceptor are one of electro's most devastating duos right now. Mechatronica welcome them for four more hard hitting jams after their "Vapour Waves" EP on this label got plenty of people talking. These are tunes with an old school feel that will blow up your bass bins and tear apart your tweeters with their mix of low end heaviness and bright melodic patterns. Superbly urgent drum programming sweeps you off your feet and races you through astral skies on "Noise Theory", "Otherwise" has a raggedy-ass broken beat and "Day 1" has a blistering bassline of the highest order.
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Played by: DeFeKT
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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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Parts Manager (12" repress)
Cat: NM 008. Rel: 09 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Basic Part: Finished (6:01)
  2. Synth Part: Inspiration Sound (7:04)
  3. Jamaican Part: The Sauce (7:17)
  4. Gritty Part: Nitty Gritty (5:13)
Review: Natural Midi has been one of the primary homes to Scott Grooves' tunes, easily the most underrated producer from the Detroit area, and he's back on his own label with four new beauties. Grooves has been churning out exquisite deep house bangers since the 90's, a very specific brand of dance music that incorporates everything from jazz, to disco and funk; his basslines are always warm and soothing, while his percussion is dusty and the synth lines musical. In an age where 'outsider' house rules, his grounded approach is always a breath of fresh air to us. The opener "Finished" is a funky house swinger choc-a-bloc with gorgeous claps and stuttering toms, and "Inspiration Sound" scratches the 4/4 off for a bit of broken trip-hop - a certified winner. On side B, "The Sauce" is moody, spaced-out and offers subtle keys, while "Nitty Gritty" slams out a dicing little percussion with a lo-fi feel. Absolutely terrific.
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Parallel Inflection (LP limited to 100 copies)
Cat: PITPV 007. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Reflector (5:04)
  2. Receiver (4:43)
  3. Parallel (4:48)
  4. Spherule (4:52)
  5. Concave (4:49)
  6. Convex (4:51)
  7. Extent (4:54)
  8. Saros (4:58)
Review: This new album from Warmth is made up of condensed compositions from their third ambient album 'Parallel' and showcase their mastery of spiritual, pure and cathartic synth work. Listening to this is what you might imagine passing from this life to the next sounds like - all consuming and intense yet somehow empty and utterly devoid of distraction. It is a meditation in sound that subtle evolves with intricacies that real themselves upon close headphone listening. Alternatively, put it on to sooth a busy mind and allow it to send you off to sleep.
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Over You (1-sided 12")
Cat: MS 008. Rel: 09 Oct 19
Deep House
  1. Over You (10:34)
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Over EP (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: LNR 005. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Over (11:33)
  2. A Gain (7:29)
  3. I (6:38)
Review: Arapu is very much one of the key Romanian artists of the moment. Of course, like his revered countrymen, that means techno that is elegant, minimal, and delicately detailed. His own take on the style is often littered with curious little motifs and trippy loops that also characterise this new one on heavyweight vinyl for Liniar. "Over" is a brilliant opener with languid Balearic guitar riffs echoing over supple drum work which will hook you in and encourage your mind to wander, whereas "A Gain" is a more direct, driving minimal techno cut with warped synths peeling off an urgent groove. "I" closes out with a funky undercarriage and dub house overtones that will get any basement popping off.
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Played by: James Reid
 in stock $11.33
Cat: SUBCD 016. Rel: 08 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Deep City
  2. Flowers & Silvers
  3. Manta Ride
  4. Towers Of Nebula
  5. Delphos
  6. Rose Born
  7. Cheperer
  8. The White Books
  9. Solar Barque Blues
  10. Zero Dead Ends
  11. Sun On Earth
Review: Three years on from the release of her acclaimed debut album, "Epoch Sinus", on Hotflush, Sophie Schnell once more dons the PYUR alias for a follow-up on Subtext. The Bristol-based experimental label says that the set explores Schnell's fascination with "the space between life and death"; it's certainly an unearthly, unsettling and occasionally hallucinatory affair that fuses neo-classical style musical elements (strings, operatic vocals) with evocative electronic motifs, crunchy IDM style drums and cutting-edge production techniques. It's a genuinely unique and mind-altering affair, but one that thrills and excites at every turn. A triumph!
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Oneness (CD)
Cat: GONDCD 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life
  2. Oneness
  3. Stan's Harp
  4. Loving Kindness
  5. Distant Land
  6. Stories From India
  7. The Traveller
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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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 $28.45
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