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Eleh “Harmonic Twins” (Important)

2020-05-07T20:41:43+00:00May 7th, 2020|

ELEH’s Harmonic Twins is slow moving monophony tuned to the overtone vocalizations generated by a particularly beautiful sound sculpture made by Harry Bertoia.

These two pieces are inspired by early music, choral masses, motets, the cathedral reverberations of sacred geometry and deep bass. Harmonic Twins was originally debuted by ELEH at Unsound, Krakow in 2017.

An optimal listening environment is recommended in order to experience the low frequencies of Harmonic Twins.

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Massimo Guantini ‎”Diapositive” (Loneos Editions)

2020-05-07T20:41:42+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Loneos present a reissue of Massimo Guantini’s Diapositive, originally released in 1977. Beside the telluric year in pop music and culture, 1977 was still ranked as the future for Italian leftfield composers. Published by roman imprint Gemelli and credited to the elusive Massimo Guantini (none else than influential jazz player and composer Sandro Brugnolini), Diapositive is a fully cinematic journey in the realm of sci-fi and cool jazz. Fully produced at famous Roman Emmequattro Studios (home of many fascinating recordings by piano player Enrico Pieranunzi), the album is deeply rooted in the coolness of Italian libraries, showing an incredible musicianship. Fully adorned by a vibrant rhythm section, an acoustic piano, a clavinet, a Fender Rhodes, and proper “acid jazz” guitar-playing, this album will lift your mind and soul for good. 180 gram vinyl; obi; edition of 400.

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Pirana “Pirana” (Magic Box)

2020-05-07T20:41:40+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Magic Box presents a reissue of Pirana’s self-titled album, originally released in 1971. Pirana’s heavily percussive brand of progressive rock was a huge hit with audiences in Australia in the early ’70s. Although often compared to Santana, they brought their own biting style to a superb selection of original material, with Tony Hamilton’s superb lead guitar to the fore. Their classic debut album was originally released in early 1971, and is reissued here in its original gatefold sleeve, together with background notes and rare images.

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Tea & Symphony “An Asylum For The Musically Insane” (Magic Box)

2020-05-07T20:41:39+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Magic Box presents a reissue of Tea & Symphony’s An Asylum For The Musically Insane. This quirky Birmingham trio’s debut album was originally released in September 1969. Spanning psych, folk, blues, and pop, with a range of trippy effects, it was produced by the great Gus Dudgeon (David Bowie, Elton John) and is one of the best-loved British underground recordings of its time. It makes its long-overdue return to vinyl here, together with an insert containing notes and rare images. “Maybe My Mind” features Egg.

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Skalpel ‎”Highlight” (Nopaper)

2020-05-07T20:41:38+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Throughout the years, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło have been blending local, traditional jazz inspirations with means of new electronica. This original and now signature approach initially sparked the interest of Ninja Tune, for whom Skalpel recorded two enthusiastically received albums: Skalpel (2004) and Konfusion (2005). Both albums brought them particular acclaim in the form of a Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award nomination and excellent reviews in NME, The Wire, and DJ Mag, along with a worldwide tour. Transit (2014), Skalpel’s third album marked a significant shift in their creative technique, a shift from samples to virtual instruments. From an emerging duo to major acclaim the pair’s new album Highlight, sees Skalpel take another turn, delivering their most comprehensive body of work to date. Finding a range of influences from the likes of Miles Davis, leftfield avant-garde, minimal, and the extensive legacy of both Warp and Ninja Tune as always, Skalpel allude to roots in Polish jazz and trip hop. However, within their creative process Skalpel’s focus remains centered with a contemporary sound coupled with their own autonomy and originality. The forthcoming album Highlight is a further extension of this method, existing as a demonstration of joyful, creative explosion and constituting their most rhythmically diverse and harmonically enhanced body of work to date.

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Rafael Anton Irisarri ‎”The North Bend” (Room40)

2020-05-07T20:41:36+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Room40 present a reissue of Rafael Anton Irisarri’s The North Bend, originally released 2010. From Rafael: “The North Bend is about the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, where I lived at the time the album was made. Still, today I consider that region my spiritual home, even though I am now living on the East Coast. I had met Lawrence English in Poland back in 2009 and he kindly invited me to make a record for the label. I was a fan of his releases so this was really an obvious thing for me to say ‘yes’ to and a chance to create something special. I had released a few EPs and an LP under my name, all influenced by the so-called ‘modern classical’ ambient style pioneered by the late great Jóhann Jóhannsson and minimalist composers like Harold Budd and Arvo Pärt. The North Bend is the first work that dealt with ‘place’ and explored a locality, the first in a series of recordings all released with Room40. Since this album came out, I’ve left the Pacific Northwest for another location, New York state, which couldn’t be a starker contrast from the life in the PacNW. I had to start from scratch here in NY, as everything I owned until age 36 was stolen the night before I left to drive to NY. It was both a curse and a blessing. Not having the baggage & pitfalls of old ideas was wonderful, but also losing all the recorded & written works I had was harrowing at the time. Remastering The North Bend seemed like a natural thing for me. Not so much as revisionist history, but rather thinking how to make a record sound in a certain way without being able to revisit any of the mixes. In other words, the creative choices I made at the time (2010) are 100% preserved, there wasn’t any opportunity to revisit those, but rather make the record sound as good as I can framed through hindsight and a decade of separation from the period it was created.”

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The Mauskovic Dance Band ‎”The Mauskovic Dance Band” (Soundway)

2020-05-07T20:41:34+00:00May 7th, 2020|

2020 repress. Soundway Records present the eponymous debut LP from in-demand Amsterdam five piece, The Mauskovic Dance Band — fusing no-wave dance punk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and space disco in a “controlled explosion” (The Quietus). Entirely self-produced, the band has reiterated their favorite elements of the ’70s and ’80s legacy of the Afro-Latin psychedelic music of Colombia and Peru, interpreting it through the context of modern-day Amsterdam. The output is a lo-fi no wave groove all its own — rooted in a deep love of champeta, Palenque, psychedelic cumbia, chichi, classic Afrobeat, and picó soundsystem culture. Since the release of their Down In The Basement EP EP on Soundway Records in early 2018, the band have found themselves on a hectic European touring schedule — not to mention being involved in other side projects. Following stints with Turkish psychedelic folk rock group Altin Gün, and touring with the re-formed ’70s Zamrock outfit W.I.T.C.H., Nic Mauskovic also teamed up with Dutch neo-psychedelic artist Jacco Gardner to form the “cinematic Balearic disco” duo of Bruxas (released by Dutch institution Dekmantel) — and together, they mixed The Mauskovic Dance Band debut album in Lisbon. Lead single “Space Drum Machine” encapsulates the band’s prototypical brand of busy rhythmic patterns interwoven with insistent synth stabs and vibrant disco toms, layered with an elastic guitar riff drawing inspiration from Kenyan kikuyu and benga styles. High-pitched vocals describe being on a flight together and inciting each other to press a button of unknown consequence with “push it, push it” — and push it they do, at breakneck pace. And of course, the undeniable influence of Amsterdam’s hotbed of underground dance producers shines through as it does on all tracks – with the vintage psychedelic swirl of synthesizer, lo-fi drum machines, and tape recording. RIYL: Jacco Gardner, Bruxas, Nu Guinea, Voilaaa, Sofrito, Meridian Brothers, EUT, Altin Gün.

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Patrick Shiroishi ‎”Descension” (Thin Wrist)

2020-05-07T20:41:32+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Patrick Shiroishi’s Descension is a beautifully elegiac and unflinchingly primal album. With richly layered solo saxophone, electronics, and voice, the album is a meditation on the legacy of a dark history and its echoing relevance in the present era. Descension is a spiritual journey that reveals Shiroishi’s deeply reflective and unique musical vision. Over the past decade Shiroishi has established himself as one of the key artists in Los Angeles’s free improvisation and avant-garde undergrounds. An incredibly inventive and versatile player, Shiroishi has collaborated with everyone from epic post-rock maximalists Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Radu Malfatti, the Austrian composer who pioneered the ultra-quiet reductionist school of improvisation. Shiroishi has also led or been at the center of innumerable ensembles which currently include Danketsu 10, Borasisi, Nakata, Kogarashi, Komeshi Trio. His previous groups include in the Womb, Oort Smog, oxox, Hoboglyphs, and Upsilon Acrux. On his debut album for Thin Wrist Recordings and his first solo vinyl release, Shiroishi makes a deep examination of his own ancestral history. “In the fall of 2016 I started researching heavily into the concentration camps of Japanese-American citizens during World War II,” says Shiroishi. “My grandparents on my father’s side met and married in the camps at Tule Lake, a place my grandmother never spoke about to me when she was alive. As I began to dive deeper, it naturally began to sink into my improvisations and work.” In the context of events that were unfurling in real time, Shiroishi’s work began to bridge the past with the present, using improvisation as the most immediate means of expression: “Everything on Descension was recorded in one take in the order that it appears,” recalls Shiroishi. “I didn’t prepare any melodies or form prior to the session; I anticipated playing layers and layers of noise. The record is a representation of how I had been processing the horrors of the present — the sadness of the loss of life not only in the states but through the genocides in Sudan, Myanmar, Iraq and Syria, anger that migrant children are being separated from their parents and being held in concentration camps again, the frustration that times really are frighteningly similar to when my grandparents were growing up.” Rather than create any sort of literal or agitprop statement, Shiroishi’s work tapped into a timeless spiritual tradition of music — closer to those of artistic heroes such as Coltrane or Ayler.

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Woody Bianchi “Under The Influence Volume Eight: A Collection of Rare Boogie & Disco” (Z)

2020-05-07T20:41:29+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years through the ever-popular Under The Influence series. Following on from Red Greg, Paul Phillips, James Glass, Nick The Record, Sean P, Faze Action, and Winston. It’s now the turn of one of the Italy’s most impressive collectors; Woody Bianchi. The story behind Z Records’ Under The Influence series is this: being a seasoned record collector Z label boss Dave Lee/Joey Negro has made the acquaintance of many of the worlds other vinyl junkies. People that may be unknown to the general public but are hardcore enthusiasts who have built some of the best collections of soul, funk, and disco on the planet. The idea of UTI isn’t solely about big name DJs compiling albums but to give a musical platform to those who have the knowledge to put together a track listing of killer tunes. Woody Bianchi is a prolific DJ, producer, remixer, and record collector. His international collaborations with Bob Sinclar, Todd Terry, Arthur Baker, Full Intention, Eric Kupper, Jocelyn Brown, Marshall Jefferson, and many others have created a remarkable profile for him. He has released over 300 productions worldwide and has toured side by side with many of the scenes greatest names. Here you have the pleasure of delving into his vast collection and plucking some of the rarest records out, with many of the tracks costing hundreds if you were actually able to find the originals. As always with ZR compilations a lot of time and effort has been spent on creating these masters from the original vinyl, cleaning them up, removing all the clicks and pops resulting in the cleanest sounding copy possible.

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Sam Wilkes “Live On The Green” (Leaving)

2020-05-07T20:41:27+00:00May 7th, 2020|

On November 15, 2018, Sam Wilkes filled the Highland Park Ebell Club with Astroturfto help deaden the acoustics of the large room, and to provide a shared space for the music and audience. Joining Him for the performance was Sam Gendel on alto saxophone, Jacob Mann on Roland Juno 106 and Korg Kronos, Christian Euman on drums, and Adam Ratner and Brian Green on electric guitars.

The set was engineered and recorded by Hans Bernhard, and mixed by Chris Sorem and Sam Wilkes.Set Design was done by James Watson and Sam Wilkes,advertisements for the show by Miles Witner, video artand installations by James Watson, tea and beverage by Thien-Anh Tu, floral arrangements by Peter Cameron,additional lighting by Angela Lin, soundboard providedby Joey Genetti, speakers and cabling provided by Stones Throw, Louis Cole, and Hans Bernhard, fruit from Cookbook (highland Park), AstroTurf provided by Pico Party Rentals, records selected by Bianca Lexis, and additional performances by Matthewdavid’s Mindflightand Jacob Mann. Two additional new studio recordings were made for this LP, the credits for which can be foundwithin the gatefold.

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Sam Wilkes “Wilkes” (Leaving)

2020-05-07T20:41:25+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Wilkes is the debut full-length release on Leaving Records by experimental / jazz bassist, instrumentalist, and producer Sam Wilkes. Sam Wilkes’ epic emotional debut is a work of genre fusion, made in collaboration with members of the Los Angeles musical community. Mentored by Patrice Rushen, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler; has worked with collaborators including Louis Cole, Sam Gendel, and even Chaka Khan. For fans of: John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Kamasi Washington, Nubya Garcia, Yussef Kamaal and Kiefer.

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Green-House ‎”Six Songs for Invisible Gardens” (Leaving)

2020-05-07T20:41:23+00:00May 7th, 2020|

LA-based ambient artist Olive Ardizoni imagines a music to aid in opening communications between human and plant lifeforms. They’re from California; allow it. A must check for fans of Ana Roxanne, Ami Dang, massages, hugging trees (and smoking them).

“Green-House is the project of Los Angeles based artist Olive Ardizoni. Approaching the project with an intentional naivety, they craft songs that find freedom through simplicity. As a non-binary artist, they hope to create a space with fewer barriers as both a performer and a listener.

Their first release as Green-House, “Six songs for Invisible Gardens” was written with the intention of transforming the listening environment and augmenting domestic space. The music is designed as a communication with both plant life and the people who care for them.”

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Devon Williams “A Tear In The Fabric” (Slumberland)

2020-05-07T20:41:21+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Over three albums under his own name, Devon Williams has honed a trademark blend of shining power pop, folk rock, and jangle pop that explores the shared spaces and nuances of each, anchored by his distinctive melodic gifts. After an uncharacteristic six-year break, he returns with “A Tear In The Fabric”: 12 lushly arranged, deeply felt songs chronicling a journey from confusion to clarity, driven by a lilting dreaminess, rock-solid songcraft, and unerring hooks.

The long six years between 2014’s “Gilding the Lily” and “A Tear In The Fabric” were defined by a series of changes: most notably, the birth of Williams’ daughter four years ago and the illness and eventual death of his father in 2019. Williams found himself engaged in an endless dialogue with his thoughts and, in turn, incessantly tweaking and prodding the material. Even mixing became a place to labor over details, turning into a two-year process.

The finished songs are a series of evocative snapshots for Williams: questions asked, answers given, compromises reached, as captured with startling lucidity as on “Domesticated”: “I’m under your skin, is this the price of forever? I don’t mind if you just do what you like / I find it hard to re-adjust this tug of war / Is it part of the role? / Well, if it is, I can play.”

Rarely have songs so personal sounded so luxurious. In a catalog full of pop gems, “A Tear In The Fabric” stands out for its completeness – individual worlds of sound and sentiment, timeless and transcending their origins. Its creation may have been laborious, but the final product feels as natural as breathing.

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Adrian Younge Presents Loren Oden “My Heart, My Love” (Linear Labs)

2020-05-07T20:41:18+00:00May 7th, 2020|

“I wrote this song, Is There A Way, after reconnecting with an old love. Someone who I had a deep connection with, and a very loving relationship. It felt as though it was in another lifetime. That lifetime came Almost 10 years later when we reconnected and attempted to try our hand at love again. This song is my heart pouring out to her trying to find a way back to the love that we once had to build on and to grow on and to move forward in our newfound relationship. All the sweet and loving memories that made what we had so special. For me this is a very optimistic song about love, romance, and true happiness with a person that you feel soulmate status with.” – Loren Oden

Born into a musical family in Compton, Ca., Loren Oden grew up in the church.  This served as an incredible training ground for Oden, where he not only studied gospel, but secular greats like Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke. Being that those icons were bred in the church, Loren discovered sanctity in using his voice as a spiritual guide for love: a way to express his vulnerability, passion and struggles with handling reciprocal affection.   Oden’s transparency, or in other words, connection to people is what makes him one of the most captivating vocalists of the modern era.

Oden’s fledgling career gained momentum as a prominent background vocalist for  Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu and Neyo, to name a few.  Within a couple years, his long-time colleague, composer Adrian Younge, enlisted him as the lead vocalist for the cult classic,  Black Dynamite, a blaxploitation parody theatrically released in 2009.  This was the beginning of Oden becoming the melodious bedrock of Younge’s psychedelic sound.

Music has allowed him to transcribe his emotional tussles; it’s one of the reasons why Oden sings lead on most of Younge’s melancholy catalog, including but not limited, to The Midnight Hour, Something About April, and Marvel’s Luke Cage (scored alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammad).  This is also the reason why Younge has decided to produce Loren’s debut LP, My Heart, My Love.  Their collaborations have served as a means for Oden to not only harmonize his story, but to travel the world doing it with extensive touring.    Loren has also written and recorded for many artists such as Snoop Dogg, Common, The Delfonics, Ghostface Killah, and Bilal.

Oden strives to vibrate frequencies relatable to lovers from all walks of life: a forgotten tenet derivative of classic black soul.  His on-stage performance is empowered with the ability to captivate audiences with mellifluous delivery and acceptance.  Be sure to see Oden as he tours with The Midnight Hour this fall.

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Kognitif “Monometric” (Yes High Tech)

2020-05-07T20:41:16+00:00May 7th, 2020|

KOGNITIF is back with MONOMETRIC 2020 EDITION, 6 years after the first edition. He totally reinterprets this deeply Trip-Hop album with a very wise and sharp ear and invites you to rediscover his classics , such as “Bande de Dégénérés” or “So Let’s Begin”. Jeannette Robertson’s gorgeous voice being delightfully enhanced by this remastering.

The most important pieces are still the 4 original tracks scattered across the album so just get ready, open ears wide and check this out !

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Torb The Roach & Floppy McSpace ‎”Tape Echo / Gold Floppies” (KingUnderground)

2020-05-07T20:41:14+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Limited edition repress with a slightly switched up cover.

Inspired by Ultraman and Norwegian nature, Torb the Roach and Floppy McSpace joined forces and cooked up their instrumental debut. The result, Tape Echo Gold Floppies. It tickles your senses with low fidelity rhythms, time warping space echo, rare world spices and psychedelic field recordings.

Along with the project they’ve also released a 15-minute motion picture revealing the extraordinary story of how the record came to be; a dramatic piece involving ski accidents, black coffee magic and brutal fight scenes.

The album is a combination of beats from the SP1200/S950 combo as well as dubs & effects from the Roland 201 Space Echo. Torb collects rare, obscure, world funk and rare groove records from India, Thailand, China & Japan. There are a bunch of dusty loops on the record made from his digs.

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Various Artists ‎”Esterno Notte Vol.3″ (Four Flies)

2020-05-07T20:41:13+00:00May 7th, 2020|

4 years later than “Volume 1”, and two years after “Volume 2”, here is the final and last in the series “Esterno Notte Vol. 3”. The trip continues through the unexplored lands of the Italian cinematic groove, unearthing new pearls buried for too long. While the previous chapters consisted of lost jazz-funk materials, mostly recovered from the mythical Italian RCA archive, this time this new volume concerns more in frightening and amazing tunes, used for horror, thriller, erotic and violent-pop movies.
The result is a deep journey into the secret history of the second half of the 70’s Italian soundtracks, focusing on sounds that were designed for cityscape chases, high-tension scenes, erotic nights, haunting and dream-like sequences.
A collection of stunning jazz-funk, cinematic prog and urban disco, unveiling rare or unreleased tracks composed by some of the hip names of the Italian Scene: Alessandro Alessandroni, Pippo Caruso (performed by Goblin), Stelvio Cipriani, Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera, Gianni Oddi, Carlo Savina, Alessandro Blonksteiner, Franco Godi, Sergio Chiti & Gian Paolo Montori.

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Shafiq Husayn “The Loop Instrumentals” (Nature Sounds)

2020-05-07T20:41:11+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Shafiq Husayn is a talented musician, producer, songwriter, and recording artist who has defied boundaries and worked with some of the top artists in R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk, and beyond. Perhaps best known as one third of innovative Los Angeles musical collective Sa Ra Creative Partners, Husayn has produced for the likes of Erykah Badu, Andre 3000, John Legend, Kanye West, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jurassic 5, Bilal, and many more. Shafiq’s musical roots date back to when he attended parties thrown by both by the Zulu Nation and Uncle Jamm’s Army, carrying crates for pioneering DJ Afrika Islam. By the early 90s he was working under the alias SLJ, producing tracks for hip-hop luminaries like Ice T, Lord Finesse, and King Tee. In recent years, Shafiq has helped launch the careers of some of the most influential new artists to emerge from L.A., serving as an early mentor to Anderson .Paak and working with Ty Dolla $ign before his rise to fame. His solo debut “Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka” received widespread critical acclaim, and he earned a Grammy for his work on Robert Glasper’s breakthrough album “Black Radio”.

Recently, Shafiq Husayn returned with the long-awaited new project “The Loop”. The eclectic album features an all-star cast of Shafiq’s most prominent collaborators, including contributions from Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Robert Glasper, Bilal, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Hiatus Kaiyote, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and more. Blending lush live instrumentation with futuristic synths and otherworldly vocals, “The Loop” is a genre-defying opus incorporating spaced-out funk, raw neo-soul, free jazz, hip-hop beats, and electronic elements. This the official instrumental version of “The Loop”, showcasing the album’s stellar production on limited-edition vinyl.

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The Devonns “The Devonns” (Record Kicks)

2020-05-07T20:41:08+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Straight from the streets of Chicago, Illinois, The Devonns (pronounced “De vaughns”) are the brand new soul outfit and the latest addition of the Record Kicks’ family, whose self-titled debut album that drops April 06, is an assortment of influences taking us back to the heyday of soul.

The band started in 2016 after multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mathew Ajjarapu dropped out of med school and found himself unemployed and drifting. Listening to music constantly at the time, he found inspiration to put a band together and create his own music. Pairing up with some of the best musicians Chicago has to offer, he founded The Devonns: the rhythm duty is entrusted to Khalyle Hagood (bass), Ari Lindo (guitar) and Khori Wilson (drums).

The result is an album filled with lavish arrangements and catchy melodies which take us on a nostalgic musical journey inspired by chic 70s soul, yet the band don’t hesitate to add their own unique and elegant contemporary stamp to the record.

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Kool Keith “Saks 5th Ave.” (Volunteer Media)

2020-05-07T20:41:05+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Arguably poised as Kool Keith’s most sophisticated release to date, “Saks 5th Ave” serves as both a stepping stone forward in the artist’s prolific career, as well as a much needed reminder that the world’s most innovative emcee has a thorough grasp on far more than your average rapper. Touching on everything from the use of high fashion products to personal experiences including a near fatal car crash which occurred in 2017, The 16 track studio album produced by the versatile beat maker Dean “Landon Price Beats” Trotter channels Keith in a smoothly conscious state while laying down effortless bars over modern yet timeless hip hop production. From the artist who brought you “Dr. Dooom”, “Sex Style”, “Keith” and everything in between, “Saks 5th Ave” is the latest and greatest haute couture in a world of Gap and Old Navy hip hop.

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Whoarei “Love Spectrum” (Timetable)

2020-05-07T20:41:00+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Love Spectrum is the debut album from Whoarei – released on Nosaj Thing’s Timetable Records imprint, these are 14 incandescent canvases produced in Whoarei’s bedroom between the years 2013 to 2017.

It includes the official release of “Loving You Ain’t Complicated,” the main sample from Kendrick Lamar’s “u” on To Pimp A Butterfly. Synthesized in full, the album is akin to Dam Funk collaborating to make fluorescent sub-tropical heaters with Kaytranada or Toro y Moi creating music from memory based on the legacy of Vito Ricci.

But of course, this is the uncut vision of Whoarei, a composer, musician and Grammy-Award winning producer from Sacramento, CA. You can hear the ancestral rhythms of his Salvadorian and Puerto Rican roots in the soulful fusion of the soundscapes. Salsa plays an elemental role in these compositions. Much of Whoarei’s childhood was spent in Puerto Rico, where he absorbed this classical blend of jazz and African rhythms. On Love Spectrum, you can hear this in the technicolor mélange; these are compositions that celebrate and clearly understand the artist’s heritage. Each recording is crammed with lapidary detail, the imperfections retained to add to the swelling humanity.

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Clams Casino “Moon Trip Radio” (Clammyclams Productions)

2020-05-07T20:40:59+00:00May 7th, 2020|

New Jersey-native Clams Casino stands amongst the most respected hip-hop producers in the game today. After several years of underground notoriety, Clams became widely known after producing several of the standout tracks on A$AP Rocky’s monolithic debut mixtape Live. Love. ASAP and has received widespread critical acclaim for his collaborations with Lil Peep, Vince Staples, Lil B, Mac Miller, The Weeknd, Joji amongst others. Clams released his hugely anticipated instrumental album Moon Trip Radio late last year, a stunning collection of tracks that showcase his immense talent as both a composer and producer.

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B0nds ‎”Phantom Versions” (Cold Busted)

2020-05-07T20:40:58+00:00May 7th, 2020|

After a steady run of acclaimed beat tape transmissions, the multi-faceted instrumental hip hop producer known as B0nds joins the Cold Busted fam for the 14-track album Phantom Versions. Inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Madlib, and Flying Lotus, the DC-area adjacent B0nds has been making beats for 15 years, developing a style that’s vibey and deep, characterized by down-low rhythms and layers of obscure samples and funky synth flavors. Recently B0nds co-produced “Park Closes at Dusk” with Fushou, and the track grabbed over 7 million plays on Spotify. B0nds is clearly on the rise.

Phantom Versions brings together all the essential elements in the B0nds toolkit. There’s loping after-hours rhythms and space-funk synthology in the dream-like “Elsewhere.” Jazz drums and pulsating R&B vibrations intermingle in “Lonely Afternoon.” “African Groove” assembles a team of loose percussion, funky guitar riffs, and snatches of lost-in-time vocals. And “On The Late Night Tip,” with its delicate construction and moonlit tones, epitomizes the feel of Phantom Versions. These are tracks that channel a mood felt in the latest and loneliest of hours, no matter the time of day. Let B0nds be your sonic guide through the shadowy night.

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Esbe ‎”Late Night Headphones (Vol. 2)” (Cold Busted)

2020-05-07T20:40:57+00:00May 7th, 2020|

After re-releasing Vol. 1 for the first time in digital and physical formats, the Cold Busted label continues on the path with Late Night Headphones Vol. 2. And from the opening snare crack of “Love Apple” the listener knows to get ready for a special hip hop excursion. Exquisite sounds abound, such as the exotic tones that reverberate throughout “Rotten Heart” and the echoey “Broken Lights.” Bittersweet chords and sentimental melodies play with the heartstrings on “Midnight Ocean,” and the mental thought-space gets expanded by “A Recipe for Lucid Dreaming.” There are 17 heady cuts in total and it’s deep stuff, all accompanied by phat, dusty boom-bap beats.

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Mndsgn “Bed” (MNDSGN)

2020-05-07T20:40:56+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Originally hand dubbed on limited cassette tape in 2013, “bed” is a sonic expedition into the subtleties of sleep and the destinations reached through the comfy vessel. g’maury pays tribute to an old dear pet cat. art by deleon.

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Showbiz & AG “Runaway Beats” (D.I.T.C Studios)

2020-05-07T20:40:55+00:00May 7th, 2020|

A product of the tight knit Bronx underground posse D.I.T.C., Runaway Slave is a cornerstone album of hip-hop’s middle school phase. Building on and borrowing from the layered, jazz-influenced sound of such contemporaries as Gang Starr and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Showbiz & A.G. affixed a gangster mentality to grainy, fortified beats, etching their own unique style. While the crossover “Soul Clap” and “Party Groove ” are club cuts, the rest of the album is more densely expressive. Showbiz and his talented peer Diamond shape their beats around simple, deep drum tracks — but add subtle loops of chaotic horns, loose strings, or abrupt piano notes to create concise and hard-hitting overtures
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The Strokes “The New Abnormal” (RCA)

2020-05-07T20:40:52+00:00May 7th, 2020|

The New Abnormal is the long awaited new album from The Strokes, and the band’s first album in seven years. The album was announced with the first track and video, “At The Door.” The New Abnormal is The Strokes’ sixth studio album and was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California, with producer Rick Rubin. The album’s cover artwork is a painting called ‘Bird on Money,’ by famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Strokes are singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr, bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

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King Dude “Full Virgo Moon” (Ván)

2020-05-07T20:40:47+00:00May 7th, 2020|

For the past few years King Dude has been one of the most misunderstood voices in folk music. He’s been accused of everything under the sun; to some he is a violent Luciferian psychopath, still to others he is nothing more than a charlatan, a drunkard, a fool… And that’s just scratching the surface. While there seems to be no clear consensus about who King Dude really is, the fact remains clear. He is enigmatic.

King Dude’s latest album Full Virgo Moon (coming on March 13th 2020 from Van Records) represents a “shots-fired over the line” at many of his detractors. These songs become pointed dagger-like anthems of the unsung theists and atheists alike. This manner of writing has the power to weaponize music and transform his voice into the most dangerous one of our times. Beware and be aware, King Dude is a force to be reckoned with.

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RJD2 “The Fun Ones” (The Orchard)

2020-05-07T20:40:46+00:00May 7th, 2020|

The latest RJD2 release “The Fun Ones” was set up to place RJD2 in the studio by himself to explore all different styles and sounds. The song selection for an album really dictates the story that gets told. What is most different about this album is that he disregarded any concern for showing versatility; The songs were chosen strictly by which were the funnest to listen to, hence the title ‚The Fun Ones‚. By and large, it is a funk record. Once the songs were completed and ordered, the idea was to sequence the album like a mixtape or treat the raw songs as selections in a mixtape. The concept of the album became the stories of purpose that everyone told. Because of this, the digital version of the album plays like a mixtape of sorts, while the vinyl version plays as the raw audio tracks. So a listener could choose which way they prefer to hear the songs themselves.
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Various “La Discoteque Psychedelique” (Boss-A-Tone)

2020-05-07T20:40:45+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Late 60s/Early 70s Trans-European Folky Funky & Pop-Sike Tunes.

As suggested by the subtitle itself, this psychedelique dance floor in between late Sixties and early Seventies presents a great selection of Funky grooves, usually with at least slightly Progressive touch to it, with just an occasional detour towards the Folky or Pop-sike side of the matter.

These kind of a bit more conventional entries also happen to be the best ones as well, featuring Tony Ritchie’s fuzzy blue-eyed soul stomper Could You Really Live Without Her (released on Miki Dallon’s Youngblood label), along with the pair of Gene Latter’s The Old Iron Bell, or thee more progressively funky side of things, Roundhouse’s Alchemy Is Good For You and Electra Combo’s Uber Feur are both as groovily catchy as it gets within the genre, and the same goes for the Britsike-gone-danceabe-proggy post-Velvet Fogg combo The Ghost’s I’ve Got To Get To Know You and finally the Italian 1972 radio hit single Mister E. Jones by Nuova Idea gets pretty catchy as well, in spite of the just as progressive overtone. Also included is an incredibly surprising cover of The (pre-Creation) Mark Four’s single side Work All Day, as done by the German band Tony Hendrik, sticking to the tune’s initial pop-artish mod vibe.

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Carman Moore “Personal Problems” (Reading Group)

2020-05-07T20:40:43+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Reading Group is proud to present the first-ever issue of Carman Moore’s beautiful soundtrack to the “meta-soap opera” Personal Problems (1980). Starring Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor (writer, culinary anthropologist, and one-time member of Sun Ra’s Arkestra), Personal Problems was the result of a collaboration between Ishmael Reed, Bill Gunn, and Steve Cannon. Side A of this LP presents Moore’s original score as it was recorded in New York City in 1980. Side B contains improvisations by Moore on the themes from the score, recorded in 2019. Including liner notes by Carman Moore and Ishmael Reed.

Carman Moore is an Ohio-born, New York City-based composer and writer with over fifty years of multiform music under his belt. Ornette Coleman called him “the greatest composer, not just in New York, but in the whole world.” Moore has written extensively for a number of settings, including orchestras, piano, and most recently his terrific Skymusic Ensemble.

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Sylk “Sylk” (Tidal Waves Music)

2020-05-07T20:40:41+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Sylk was a short-lived soul & funk band from the Aiken, South Carolina – Augusta, Georgia border area (better known as the CSRA) who released just one album in 1983. Their self-titled (and only) album would become a much sought-after private pressed holy grail within the record collecting community.

Sylk was founded by Leroy Harper Jr. (sax/keyboards) and Ben Moses (bass/guitar). Soon they were also joined by key-members Keith Henderson (drums/percussion) and Michael Simpkins (vocals/trombone). The band also sought out John Howard (who was known for his funky rhythm style guitar + excellent soloing) and David Sanders (a known rock keyboardist in the local scene). Later down the line George Bright and Cathey McLaughlin also teamed up with Sylk…the line-up was now complete. All members were friends, frequented the same music scene or knew each other from high school. Leroy Harper Jr. & Michael Simpkins already made their bones playing together in the local funk band Exit Enterprises, one of the hottest bands in the CSRA area. All these talented musicians (some were playing from the tender age of 15) were ready to get funkin’…it was time to form SYLK and get busy.

Ben Moses (who is now a preacher) was the band leader and it was his idea to write and record the album before the band would start playing gigs. Ben was al tall guy with long fingers who played on a ‘Peavey Natural Wood’ bass guitar (which gave the band its classic funky-smooth sound). Rehearsing at Ben’s house, they were all green first-time song writers…but the songs were flowing in an almost organic fashion. Soon after the writing process was completed, they went and recorded the album at John Peterson’s home studio in North Augusta SC. The engineer on duty was the legendary Jim Loyd responsible for mastering milestone recordings from the likes of The Meters, Johnny Cash and The B-52’s. With a strong album up their sleeve, the live bookings started coming in and the band (wearing P-funk style outfits) made good money playing local gigs. Sadly, after a while some band members fell on hard times and this marked the beginning of the end of the band. In the end, Sylk only lasted a year before calling it quits.

When the Sylk chapter came to a close, founding member ‘‘Funky’’ Leroy Harper Jr. began to focus on his personal musical career. He’s served as a founder for several bands (including Spur of the Moment, Painted Man and Soul Power Posse). The incredible talented sax and keyboard player has also performed with Stevie Wonder, Millie Jackson, James Levi (Herbie Hancock’s The Headhunters) and Tony Cook (The J.B.’s). ‘‘Funky’’ Leroy Harper Jr. joined James Brown in 1991 and started playing/recording (and touring extensively) with the godfather of soul until Brown’s death in 2006. Over the years, harper has made appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Arsenio Hall Show (among many others). Currently he’s still playing gigs with his band Funky Leroy Harper Jr’s All Starz and shows no signs of slowing down!

Sylk was a true example of a bright light burning out way too quickly, thankfully we are left with the unique (and very rare) document that is their self-titled album. Although it was recorded in 1983, it has a strong 1978-1979 vibe working for it. The entire album is filled with sexy (yet strong) vocals, space-like rhythmic keyboard vibrations, groovy bass lines & fat trombones that compels the listener into a dancing frenzy…one can hear the cosmic touches and influences of The J.B.’s, Bernie Worrell (amongst other P-Funk greats) and Herbie Hancock softly slipping in. This is hot and soulful Southern Funk…smooth as sylk!

Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the first ever vinyl reissue of this fantastic funk/soul album (originally released in 1983 on Earthquake Records). This rare record (original copies tend to go for large amounts on the secondary market) is now finally back available as a limited vinyl edition (500 copies) complete with the original artwork

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Original Soundtrack “Liquid Sky” (Death Waltz Recording)

2020-05-07T20:40:38+00:00May 7th, 2020|

LIQUID SKY is the cult film to end all cult movies! Set in 1982 Microscopic aliens arrive on earth to feed on the endorphins of herion addicts in the hip club scene of Downtown New York City. The aliens land on the roof of an apartment block and soon realize they get a better lunch when feeding off orgasms!

The music is as wild as the premise of the film. Composed by director Slava Tsukerman himself using an array of early analog synthesisers and samplers, he mixes original compositions with electronic versions of symphonic classics to striking effect. The score is dizzying, hallucinatory and off kilter. Completely wild and free from the trappings of both traditional film and score Tsukerman lets loose with a score that is at times terrifying, at others soothing but always interesting and like nothing you have ever heard before. The score peaks with “Me & My Rhythm Box” featuring a performance by Paula E. Sheppard that has become a staple DJ’s the world over. Far ahead of its time, both the film and the score have had lasting influence on todays culture. Everyone from Larry Tee, Fischerspooner, Lady Gaga & SIA have borrowed something from it.

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Steve Reich ‎”Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos” (Deutsche Grammophon)

2020-05-07T20:40:35+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Originally released in 1974 in a 3-LP set, and now re-presented on LP with new, unique documentation, Drumming was a landmark recording in Steve Reich’s early career. This is the first time the recordings are being offered on LP since their original release. Recorded in the Polydor Studios in Hamburg in January 1974, the set comprised his longest work to date, Drumming of 1970-71, lasting nearly an hour and a half, and two newer works of 1973, “Six Pianos” and “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ.”

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Shabaka And The Ancestors ‎”We Are Sent Here By History” (Impulse!)

2020-05-07T20:40:32+00:00May 7th, 2020|

The project was formed in early 2016, leading to their debut album later that year Wisdom of Elders; a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’d long admired. His connection to the group was Mandla Mlangeni (bandleader of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble), whom he’d flown there to play with over the past few years.

We Are Sent Here by History is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat. For those lives lost and cultures dismantled by centuries of western expansionism, capitalist thought and white supremist structural hegemony the end days have long been heralded as present with this world experienced as an embodiment of a living purgatory.

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Shabazz Palaces “The Don Of Diamond Dreams” (Sub Pop)

2020-05-07T20:40:27+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Cruise the city in a night ship, dressed to kill in the Seville. Float down waterfalls and fountains, reclined on some pimp shit. The time zone ghost returns to paint a picture that echoes through infinity. The sun is put to rest, the soliloquy is killer bee. A diamond purpose lying beneath the surface. Nothing is ever what it seems, but forever is the theme. It’s time. Shabazz Palaces are back with yet another classic of divine mathematics design. More dazzling Afrofuturist sutras to illuminate distant constellations with sacred abstractions. Enter The Don of Diamond Dreams, raw and uncut, but glowing with 10,000 karat shine.

In his unstinting drive to reimagine hip-hop, Butler remains one of the preeminent visionaries of the last quarter-century. His first album with Digable Planets, Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space, nodded at Miles Davis in the first half of its title, but 27 years later, he has become one of the most vaunted inheritors of the trumpet deity’s rarefied legacy — still innovating as he enters his fourth decade as a working musician — splintering, rebuilding, and expanding the possibilities of sound. He has collaborated with like-minded visionaries Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Battles and Animal Collective. While all-timers like Radiohead and Lauryn Hill have invited him to join them on tour.

It remains impossible to accurately describe a Shabazz Palaces album without lapsing into cosmic tropes. Yet sometimes clichés are stand-ins for eternal truths. Therein, The Don of Diamond Dreams embodies a futuristic manifestation of ancient myth, full of robotic vocoder and warped auto-tune, Funkadelic refracted into different dimensions, weird portals and warm nocturnal joy rides alongside the coast (a reflection of it being mixed near the beach in California). The synthesizers are alien but the drums speak a universal language. It is hip-hop, dub, jazz, R&B, soul, funk, African, experimental, and occasionally even pop. But over the course of five albums, Shabazz Palaces have conceived the fluid boundaries of their own one-band genre.

Even though the construction of the album is meticulous, it’s a startling masterpiece of improvisation and instinct. It’s both cerebral and automatic, with Butler jotting down phrases and ideas in his phone and eventually shaping them into amorphous abstract expressionist canvasses. If anything, their latest illustrates Butler’s gift for being a conduit of sounds and experience. It’s partially shaped by his own reflection on being a parent and watching his son, Jazz, become internationally renowned as the artist, Lil Tracy. If you listen closely, you can hear the interplay between father and son, as Butler does what is impossible for most veteran artists: he absorbs the sounds of today’s youth, but filters it through his own fractured lens, spitting back convex poems with wild cadences, freestyling with the wisdom of age and the frenetic passion of someone still trying to show and prove. It’s confident and suffused with the thing that defines almost all great art: the willingness to risk attempting something new.

In some respects, it’s difficult to consider the possibility that this might be the best Shabazz Palaces album yet. Very few musicians have ever peaked in their fifth decade on earth, but whoever said they were actually from earth? It’s wrong to say that Shabazz Palaces have gone beyond the looking glass. This time they’ve shattered it entirely and created a brilliant new universe in each one of the shards.

Shabazz Palaces The Don of Diamond Dreams will be available April 17th, 2020 worldwide on Sub Pop. The 10-track album includes the highlights “Fast Learner (ft. Purple Tape Nate),” “Chocolate Souffle,” “Bad Bitch Walking (ft. Stas THEE Boss), and “Thanking The Girls.” It also features contributions from singer/keyboardist Darrius Willrich, Percussionist Carlos Niño, Knife Knights collaborator OCnotes, Saxophonist Carlos Overall, and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes.

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Pop Group “Alien Blood” (Mute)

2020-04-30T22:45:31+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Alien Blood is the result of the band’s meticulous process of revisiting the original 2” tapes of their studio sessions and recordings, unearthing never-before-heard material, including the studio recording of ‘Kiss The Book’, gloves off version of ‘We Are Time (Ricochet)’, and ‘Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace Mix)’ whilst exposing the raw skeletons of iconic tracks such as the original velocity of ‘Thief of Fire (Bass Addict).’

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Roy Ayers ‎”Virgin Ubiquity II (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)” (BBE)

2020-05-02T20:50:27+00:00April 30th, 2020|

BBE Music announces the first repress of the classic Roy Ayers albums ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ 1 and 2 since 2006, on luxurious 180g vinyl with brand new sleeve notes written by Sean P. The music on ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ was selected and mixed down from previously unreleased multi-tracks recorded between 1976 & 1981, which Roy had in storage. It’s all unmistakably Ayers, but is diverse and fresh enough to be more than a mere adjunct to one of his most productive and popular periods – testament to his and his musicians’ creative abilities, as much of most revered Ayers output stems from this time. These discoveries take their place beside some illustrious company in a timeline bookended by ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ and ‘Africa, Center Of The World’, several solo and Ubiquity albums, collaborations with Wayne Henderson & Fela Kuti, as well as guesting on LPs by Buster Williams and Herbie Mann. Out of print on vinyl and CD for over a decade now, BBE is delighted to re- present these groundbreaking Roy Ayers titles, neatly coinciding with the 45th anniversary of his classic album ‘Mystic Voyage’ and a UK tour to commemorate it during April 2020.

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Roy Ayers ‎”Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)” (BBE)

2020-04-30T22:45:30+00:00April 30th, 2020|

BBE Music announces the first repress of the classic Roy Ayers albums ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ 1 and 2 since 2006, on luxurious 180g vinyl with brand new sleeve notes written by Sean P. The music on ‘Virgin Ubiquity’ was selected and mixed down from previously unreleased multi-tracks recorded between 1976 & 1981, which Roy had in storage. It’s all unmistakably Ayers, but is diverse and fresh enough to be more than a mere adjunct to one of his most productive and popular periods – testament to his and his musicians’ creative abilities, as much of most revered Ayers output stems from this time. These discoveries take their place beside some illustrious company in a timeline bookended by ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ and ‘Africa, Center Of The World’, several solo and Ubiquity albums, collaborations with Wayne Henderson & Fela Kuti, as well as guesting on LPs by Buster Williams and Herbie Mann.

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Rowland S. Howard “Teenage Snuff Film” (Fat Possum)

2020-04-30T22:45:29+00:00April 30th, 2020|

“Teenage Snuff Film was the long awaited first solo album recorded and released by Rowland S.Howard in 1999. Rowland recorded the album at the Birdland & Sing Sing recording studios in Melbourne with longtime colleague and collaborator Mick Harvey contributing drums, organ and guitar and Brian Hooper on bass. The album was produced by Lindsay Gravina and engineered by James Mason & Jade Martin, and released to critical acclaim both here in Australia and internationally. Teenage Snuff Film featured 8 original songs; ‘Dead Radio’, ‘Breakdown (and then…)’, ‘I Burnt Your Clothes’, ‘Exit Everything’, ‘Silver Chain’, ‘Undone’, ‘Autoluminescent’, ‘Sleep Alone’ and 2 cover versions; ‘White Wedding’ (Billy Idol) and ‘She Cried’ (The Shangri-Las). Fat Possum Records is set to release a limited edition double vinyl set of the long out of print ‘Teenage Snuff Film’. This record is highly sought after by collectors, with rare copies appearing on eBay selling for huge $ amounts. Pressed on 180 gram black vinyl — three-sided double album, with Side D featuring an etching of a Rowland illustration.”

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Duane & Gregg Allman “Duane & Gregg” (Allman Brothers Band Recording)

2020-04-30T22:45:29+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Duane & Greg Allman originally released by Bold Records in May 1972. The release is an album-by Tallahassee-based folk rock band featuring Duane Allman on guitar and Gregg Allman on vocals. drummer Butch Trucks, bassist David Brown, and guitarist Scott Boyer. The 31st of February formed in 1965 and released their first. self titled album in 1968.

It was recorded at TK Studios in the Miami suburb of Hialeah, Floriday in September 1968. Steve Alaimo engineered the sessions and later claimed producer’s credit. The album is notable for the first recording of “Melissa” which was later re-recorded with the Allman Brothers Band.

Hour Glass “Power Of Love” (Allman Brothers Band Recording)

2020-04-30T22:45:28+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Historic 1968 recordings featuring Duane & Gregg Allman pre Allman Brothers Band

First time available on vinyl in over 50 years

Prepared from original Liberty Records analog master tapes Mastered by Tom Lewis at Jim Hawkins’ Studio 1093, Athens, GA. Vinyl cut by Kenin Gray at Cohearent Audio Vinyl pressed at Record Technology Inc.

Hour Glass “Hour Glass” (Allman Brothers Recording Company)

2020-05-13T19:37:19+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Historic 1967 recordings featuring Duane & Gregg Allman pre Allman Brothers Band.
First time available on vinyl in over 50 years.
Prepared from original Liberty Records analog master tapes
Mastered by Tom Lewis at Jim Hawkins’ Studio 1093 , Athens, GA. Vinyl cut by Kenin Gray at Cohearent Audio Vinyl pressed at Record Technology Inc.

Allman Joys “Early Allman” (Allman Brothers Recording Company)

2020-04-30T22:45:27+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Rare, historic 1966 “Early Allman” sessions Featuring Duane and Gregg Allman recordings pre Allman Brothers Band.

Songs featured include “Spoonful” & “Gotta get Away”. First time available on vinyl in over 45 years!

Prepared from original Dial/ Mercury analog master tapes Mastered by Tom Lewis at Jim Hawkins’ Studio 1093, Athens, GA. Vinyl cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio Vinyl pressed at Record Technology Inc.

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Hailu Mergia “Yene Mircha” (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

2020-04-30T22:45:26+00:00April 30th, 2020|

“From a young musician in the 60’s starting out in Addis Ababa to the 70’s golden age of dance bands to the new hope as an emigre in America to the drier period of the 90s and 2000s when he mainly played keyboard in his taxi while waiting in the airport queue or at home with friends. More recently, with reissue of his classic works and a re-assessment of his role in Ethiopian music history, Mergia has played to audiences big and small in some of the most cherished venues around the world. With 2018’s critical breakthrough “Lala Belu” Mergia championed himself and consolidated his legacy, producing the album on his own and connecting with listeners through the sheer creative power of his version of modern Ethiopian music. His subsequent performances revealed an artist who is in no way stuck in the nostalgia for the “golden age” sound. The press agreed, including the New York Times, BBC and Pitchfork, calling his music “triumphantly in the present” in its Best 200 Albums of the 2010’s list. Mergia’s new album “Yene Mircha” (“My Choice” in Amharic) encapsulates many of the things that make the keyboardist, accordionist and composer-arranger remarkable—elements that have persisted to maintain his vitality all these years, through the ebb and flow of his career.

The rock solid trio with whom he has toured the world most recently, DC-based Alemseged Kebede (bass) and Ken Joseph (drums), forms the nucleus around which an expanded band makes a potent response to the contemporary jazz future “Lala Belu” promised. “Yene Mircha” calcifies Mergia’s prolific stream of creativity and his philosophy that there is a multitude of Ethiopian musical approaches, not just one sound. Enlisting the help of master mesenqo (traditional stringed instrument) player Setegn Atenaw, celebrated vocalist Tsehay Kassa and legendary saxophone player Moges Habte from his 70’s outfit Walias Band, Mergia enhances his bright, electric band on this recording with an expanded line up on some songs. Mergia produced the album which features several of his original compositions along with songs by Asnakesh Worku and Teddy Afro.

An artist still reinventing his sound every night on stage during his marathon live sets, this 74 year-old icon refuses to make the same album twice. The album feels as urgent and risky as his concerts can be, pushing the band to the outer limits of group improvisation and back with chord extensions during his exploratory solos. “Yene Mircha” captures this live experience and fosters an expansive view of what else could be in store for this tireless practitioner of Ethiopian music. “

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Viogression “Expound And Exhort” (Hammerheart)

2020-04-30T22:45:25+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Forgotten early 90’s Death Metal classic back in the spotlight!

Viogression’s debut is one of the great early 90’s Death Metal albums but it never got any bigger attention. This was because the band signed to one of the most notorious rip-off labels at the time, and this wasn’t the only bad thing that happened. Viogression’s American label folded during the first week of the band’s tour with Death, a tour was meant to promote “Expound & Exhort”, and to add insult to injury, their label could not pay for the Euro leg of said tour and so the band had to withdraw. This resulted in very little attention to their debut which just happens to be a Death Metal masterpiece.

“Expound and Exhort” is an album full of great Death Metal that brings Obituary and earlier Death to mind. Vocalist Brian DeNeffe is in league with John Tardy, but occasionally he uses a vicious screamy style of singing. Mostly the music varies between mid-tempo and slow ’n doomy but there are also some sudden blastbeats. This little factor sets Viogression apart from for example Obituary because they never used blastbeats. The production is good and surprisingly heavy, which is a great thing since some of the more underground Death Metal albums have quite a weak production (and it is fully remastered and restored for this re-issue). Another thing that sets Viogression apart is the use of weird effects and ambient parts in the songs. Viogression definitely gets the job done in the quality department, exuding a level of enthusiasm and intensity that is difficult to miss.

“Expound and Exhort”is one of those albums that doesn’t really get old, it keeps moving and changing things up, and does not fall shy of matching what was coming out of the bigger names in the early 90’s. To sum it all up, “Expound and Exhort” is essential for all fans of early 90’s Death Metal. Despite being heavily Obituary influenced it’s by no means a clone. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

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Tops “I Feel Alive” (Musique TOPS)

2020-04-30T22:45:24+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Montreal dream-pop four-piece TOPS will be releasing a new album called “I Feel Alive” on 4/3. “I Feel Alive” was recorded in a basement studio in Montreal with keyboardist Marta Cikojevic, who joined the band as a live member in 2017. “From the first time we practiced with her it was clear that we were in sync musically, and we found ourselves improvising together at the first rehearsal,” says singer Jane Penney. “Having Marta manning the keys allowed me to reach for my flute, and gave me the chance to integrate my flute playing with the writing process, using it as an expressive instrument rather than more production element which it has been in the past.”

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Pearl Jam “Backspacer” (Monkey Wrench)

2020-04-30T22:45:24+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Monkeywrench/Republic records is making the classic Pearl Jam album “Backspacer” available to all retailers for the very first time! Originally released on September 20th 2009, the album contains 11 tracks including the hit single “The Fixer”. Since their inception in 1991, Pearl Jam has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. The band has released nine studio albums, five live albums, hundreds of live concert bootlegs, one double-disc b-side record, one double-disc greatest hits record and five live DVDs. In 2011, Pearl Jam celebrated their 20th anniversary with a special concert weekend at Alpine Valley, WI followed by the release of Cameron Crowe’s film, Pearl Jam Twenty, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack of the same name.

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Nina Simone “Fodder On My Wings” (Verve)

2020-04-30T22:45:23+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Fodder On My Wings, the 1982 album from legendary singer, songwriter and activist Nina Simone, is available now on Verve/UMe. A personal favourite of Simone’s, and a long-sought-after rarity, this expanded edition of Fodder On My Wings can be found on CD and vinyl and, for the very first time, in both standard and hi-res audio formats. Also premiering today is an uplifting animated video for the song, ‘Color Is A Beautiful Thing’.

Recorded for a small French label soon after Simone relocated to Paris, Fodder On My Wings found the artist in a difficult period in her life. Not only was Simone feeling isolated in a new country, but her mental illness was worsening and her family life was fractured. However, she channelled her despair into writing some of her most powerful material, including ‘I Was Just A Stupid Dog To Them’ and the near-title-track, ‘Fodder In Her Wings’, which Pitchfork included in their roundup of Simone’s most iconic songs.

The publication proclaimed that the original version of the composition, which Simone would revisit several years later, “Captured with startling intimacy the pain of this period”. Pitchfork added that, “Simone’s vocal makes a song of weariness and defeat carry an air of defiance, a wise word from someone who survived to tell the tale”.

Another standout track is the triumphant ‘I Sing Just To Know That I’m Alive’, which became a popular live song for the artist later in her career. Full of upbeat percussion and horns, the song was clearly influenced by the African musicians that Simone had met in France.

Three bonus tracks are also available on this expanded edition of Fodder On My Wings, all culled from the original recording sessions. These include ‘They Took My Hand’, ‘Stop’, and Simone’s searing lyrical improvisation about the death of her father on a remake of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’.

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Chromeo “She’s In Control” (Last Gang)

2020-04-30T22:45:22+00:00April 30th, 2020|

In 2004 everything felt new.

As hip hop producers in the late 90s, we were influenced by Pete Rock and Lord Finesse but by the early 2000s, the sound began to change. People wanted Triton Beats. We weren’t so into that…so we changed too: we traded our S950 (actually we kept it for the drums on Needy Girl) for a talkbox and a handful of synths and we signed to Tiga’s Turbo Recordings without a demo.

We didn’t know the first thing about electronic music, but we figured we’d try our hand at it…although we really just wanted to pay homage to Hall & Oates and Rick James. We had no idea what we were doing: we were writing lyrics for the first time, singing into mics for the first time, dusting off instruments we hadn’t touched since our high school band. We put together songs about sad robots and antiheroic trials of love, with the ingenuity of two childhood bffs who were making music in our mom’s basement. (The album was actually made in Pee’s mom’s basement.) The credits on She’s In Control were simple: written, performed, produced and mixed by Chromeo.

Unbeknownst to us, our misunderstood debut album placed us amongst a new crop of electronic musicians. A project we lovingly crafted with the sole aims of conjuring Huey Lewis and making eachother laugh gave us a career. Needy Girl and You’re So Gangsta laid the blueprint. 15 years later, here we are.

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Yves Tumor “Heaven To A Tortured Mind” (Warp)

2020-04-30T22:45:22+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Safe in the Hands of Love marked the vanguard arrival of Yves Tumor. Unclassified and unannounced, the release received widespread acclaim and cemented itself as a landmark in the hallowed Warp catalog. The experimentalist voiced a new generation, creating a surreal pop stratosphere for outsiders and the masses alike. Heaven To A Tortured Mind is the next step in that searing trajectory. A mindfully crafted studio album, gracefully blending genre into alternative bliss. Effortless and inspired, Heaven To A Tortured Mind is an album for lovers, losers and the unconcerned.

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Brother Ali “Us” (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2020-04-30T22:45:21+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Brother Ali’s last album, the critically acclaimed, The Undisputed Truth, was a landmark in hip-hop, an album that carried weight equally with critics and fans alike, an album of bold statements and bolder beats, politically and socially aware without being preachy. His new album, Us (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is a progression that will make Brother Ali one of the most enduring figures in hip-hop; while still aware, Ali has turned his gaze inward, and started examining the human condition from the outside in. A profound personal glimpse into a vulnerability seldom seen or heard in music, Us touches on the strengths and flaws of the human condition, exploring drug abuse, divorce, homophobia and many more topics that most people are scared to touch in their own lives, much less on an album for the world to see. As with previous endeavors, the beats here are courtesy of Ant, whose production work seems to be getting more soulful and lush by the minute. The guest appearances only accentuate Brother Ali’s strengths, with Chuck D, Freeway, Joell Ortiz and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition making strong appearances.

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Marillion “Afraid Of Sunlight” (Rhino)

2020-04-30T22:45:21+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Over the past few years, Rhino / Parlophone has been teaming up with Marillion to release deluxe versions of various albums in their back catalog, and now the time has come to turn our sights toward their band’s eighth studio album, AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT.

Originally released in June 1995, AFRAID OF SUNLIGHT provided the band with a top-20 hit on the UK Albums chart, not to mention a top-30 hit with the single “Beautiful.” Since then, the LP has been evaluated by critics and earned the descriptor of “neo-progressive classic,” and while this may not tell the average listener much of anything, it’s the sort of thing that makes prog-rock aficionados drool. As such, it’s only appropriate to transform this album into a 4-CD / 1-Blu-ray set, one which includes a new remix of the album by Michael Hunter, the original mix by producer Dave Meegan, a live recording of the band at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, the video for “Beautiful,” and a documentary about the making of the album.

Here’s the full track listing, to add a little more gravy and make this thing extra tasty…

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Terry Callier “Turn You To Love” (Speakers Corner)

2020-04-30T22:45:20+00:00April 30th, 2020|

When you listen to Terry Callier’s music, it really makes you wonder why it took three decades after the release of his debut album for this singer to be able to live from his music. “Turn You To Love”, »easily Terry Callier’s most underrated album« (allmusic.com), may in the first moment be somewhat astonishing for its rather disparate mix of numbers. Unlike the works by other soul mates, Callier’s songs demonstrate not how soul should be but rather what soul can be. His musical language does away with angry attitudes, and cultivates instead deep and sincerely felt sentiment. This is expressed not only in sprightly funk (“Sign Of The Times”) but also in moderately paced and soulful songs such as “Pyramids Of Love”. His vocal prowess is shown in a wide variation of numbers – from well rounded to smoky, gauze-like phrases (“Turn You To Love”), via a rhythmically freely swinging number with a lengthy text (“Ordinary Joe”), and a narrative, meditative atmosphere (“Occasional Rain”). In between we find a fine mix of diverse voices (“You And Me”) and a drop of the cultivated, indestructible groovy sound of the times (“Still Water”).

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The Art Farmer Quartet “Live At The Half-Note” (Speakers Corner)

2020-04-30T22:45:20+00:00April 30th, 2020|

When “The Jazztet” broke up, a sextet that he co-founded together with the tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, the flugelhornist Art Farmer became the leader of a pianoless quartet with the guitarist Jim Hall from 1963-1964. Farmer said in an interview that the quartet didn’t need a pianist because Hall could provide all the necessary chords and counterpoints. Actually a multi-instrumentalist, Farmer gave up playing the trumpet and performed in this quartet exclusively on the flugelhorn.

Together with the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Walter Perkins he appeared in New York’s “Half Note” jazz club, which became their base and location of their best recordings. The repertoire in this session from December 1963 is something of a surprise – five standard swing numbers plus the little-known “Swing Spring” by Miles Davis. Hall, who made a special appearance with “I’m Getting’ Sentimental Over You”, was the ideal musical partner for Farmer, since both musicians were in command of a similar gentle and pensive style of improvisation, which was more complex than one expected. From the 22 tracks recorded, only these five have survived. The others were destroyed in a fire. Furthermore, the group only remained together long enough to make three LP releases. All this goes to make this album even more important, and at long last available in an appropriate format.

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