Archive for the Mark’s Picks Category
22a proudly present’s the 4th studio album from the Tenderlonious led jazz quartet – Ruby Rushton. ‘Ironside’ is Ruby Rushton’s most complete work to date and was recorded over a 2 day session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. ’Ironside’ sees the band continuing to push boundaries, and lead the […]
Stephan Laubner, better known as STL, is regarded for his unique twist on dubbed-out house and techno sounds. “Lost Harbour” leads Take Your Seats EP with textural field recordings, crunchy distorted rhythms, and an amalgamation of snaking bass, synth, and piano lines, intertwining and unfolding throughout. “Mr. Sinister” switches the […]
Echocord sub-label Echo Echo returns with its first release of 2019, courtesy of son.sine. Leyton Glen, aka son.sine, presents a new EP of original material, his first in four years. The thirteen-minute “Uncertainty” opens, driven by hazy atmospherics, pulsing acid bass tones. and murky sub bass while glitched-out percussion subtly […]
Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was the first of two albums Alice Coltrane released in 1977 (the other being Transcendence). Coltrane’s music during this period grew out of an epiphany in which she would renounce secular life and don the orange robes of a swamini (spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition). Musically, […]
For 20 years, People Under The Stairs have remained a fiercely independent anomaly in the genre of Hip-Hop. With their final album, Thes One and Double K bookend a celebrated career with an ambitious full length – an LP that captures the unique spirit of the previous 11 releases while weaving together an emotional farewell to […]
Austrian version. What we have here is an officially licensed reissue of a rare, excellent spiritual jazz album from 1978, originally released on the cult label Strata-East.
NYL’s 1976 sole release is curiously still very much under the radar despite it being one of the most intriguing French psychedelic/prog albums from the ’70s. The music is highly creative and energetic with a definite space-rock feel in the style of Hawkwind, but also a clear krautrock edge reminiscent […]
Finally more from THE WORLD. The group that revived Groovy Post Punk a few years back and inspired a few dozen other Rough Trade sounding acts. Rhythm in the front seat, which would make the guitar the giant eyelashes above the headlights. That’s right they’re from Cali not Kingston. If […]
“Beautiful You needs little framing. “No distinct storylines or themes. It’s really just a collection of songs as rudimentary as that sounds,” Khotin-Foote explains. But the title of the album arrives with some lore: in high school, Khotin-Foote found a handwritten note on his windshield that read “Beautiful you, thanks […]
Fifth part of the Strata-East Dolphy Series, Glass Bead Games is arguably the crown jewel of the Strata East movement, an amorphous genre that treads an unusual path between post-bop, 70’s avant-garde and spiritual jazz, with a groove. Glass Bead Games is full of revelations at many levels. First, the […]
This was Charles Tolliver’s first album as a leader. The setting is unique only because his second Freedom-Black Lion album “The Ringer” and all of his subsequent albums on Strata-East featured his quartet Music Inc. with pianist Stanley Cowell. Here he is surrounded in quartet and quintet formats with a […]
Pharoah ‘Farrell’ Sanders (born 1940) is a leading figure in the world of jazz and one of the last living legends with connections to players like Sun Ra and John Coltrane. His tenor saxophone playing has earned him royal status amongst free jazz players, critics and collectors. Originally Sanders was […]
We’re proud to announce Intrusion (cv313/echospace) reworks of Phase90’s, “Infinitati” an album Boomkat hailed as, “a place to dip your toes in Deepchord/Echospace’s oceans of sound, this is it.” A night time walk on the wrong side of the street, creepy and ominous in nature as a result of the […]
Samuel van Dijk releases his third album as VC-118A on Delsin Records. It dives deep into the sonic narrative of VC-118A –who is also known as Mohlao– and mixes up his unique sounds with evocative musical imagery. An album that goes from sparse, mysterious grooves to shiny underwater electro to […]
He doesn’t need any introduction, we know Anton from the very beginning with his releases as SCSI-9 with his partner Maxim on “Force Tracks”. These days he continue delivering top quality deep works for Kompakt and other respectable labels. He joins Seven Villas with “Echoma EP”, a stellar deep techno […]
Aleksi Perala with the last installment of the Sunshine series! Beautiful and bright modern electronix based on the Colundi musical tuning system. (quote Dj Rephlex; ”the frequencies were chosen via experimentation and philosophy, each relating to a specific human bio-resonance, or psychology, traditional mysticism or belief, physics, astronomy, maths, chemistry.”) […]
Delsin’s first reissue album of 2019 is the album ‘Repeats’, an important techno and IDM record from collaborative outfit Repeat, which originally landed on A13 in 1995. Nineties collective Repeat started out as Mark Broom, Andy Turner and Ed Handley, with Dave Hill joining in later on. Ed and Andy, […]
Touched Music and Furthur Electronix two forward thinking labels have merged together to put out exclusive compilations. Putting some of the best music in the electronic genre in one place. This is part 2.
“Sounds from the Great House! Outernational Sounds proudly presents a Nimbus West spirit jazz essential: the Creative Arts Ensemble’s classic debut One Step Out. Mastered at 45rpm on double vinyl for enhanced sound, this release features all tracks at full length for the first time on wax. One of the […]
There have been some fantastic re-issues this year but this late comer has to be one the best. Jeff Resnick’s ‘Glass’ first came to our attention when Jake Behnan (a good friend who we sadly lost this year) included it on his brilliant ‘Jazz Bizniz 4’ compilation and it’s been […]
Re-issue of the sole release from the Jesse Sharps Quintet – modal jazz harking back to jazz greats of the 60’s and 70’s. The last 16-minutes is a spiritual jazz journey, reminiscent of Sun-Ra, from the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra project. Re-issued on vinyl for the first time.