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Staff Picks w / c 23rd March 2020

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks w/c 23rd March 2020
27 Mar 2020
Releases that we are listening to at the moment - in no particular order.
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1
Cat: MATE 004. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Deep House
  1. On The Bridge Of Boscobel (6:24)
  2. Mike Experiment (5:23)
  3. Sassy Lead & A Familiar Bark (7:46)
  4. Whatever, Whatever (5:26)
Review: REPRESS ALERT: Smart Bar resident and Chicago champion Garrett David has been rolling out sumptuous deep house with a techno edge for many years, via his own Stripped & Chewed label as well as the likes of Distant Hawaii and Residual. Now he lands on Spanish label Mate, following in the footsteps of Javonntte, Gari Romalis, Reggie Dokes and many others. The EP opens up with the frankly gorgeous tones of "On The Bridge Of Boscobel" before nudging up in intensity for the pattering jack of "Mike Experiment". "Sassy Lead & A Familiar Bark" is a smooth and serene floor cut furnished with gorgeous sweeps of melody, while "Whatever, Whatever" takes things deeper into a nocturnal state of mind with smouldering keys and a heads down rhythm section.
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out of stock $9.46
2
Cat: IPNE 001. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Techno
  1. Isometric Sequencing (7:00)
  2. Call Your Mother (8:07)
  3. Mental Groove (7:13)
  4. Mental Groove (Composite Prefuse remix) (5:05)
 in stock $12.53
3
Cat: MRG 704LPC1. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Indie
  1. Oxbow (2:49)
  2. Can't Do Much (3:43)
  3. Fire (3:34)
  4. Lilacs (3:08)
  5. The Eye (4:13)
  6. Hell (2:56)
  7. Witches (2:45)
  8. War (3:07)
  9. Arkadelphia (4:45)
  10. Ruby Falls (3:45)
  11. St Cloud (4:41)
Review: Talk about being raised on stage. Katie Crutchfield is only 31, but already has spent 15 years of life in bands. Four to be exact, kicking off with the Ackeys in her high school days, with Bad Banana, P.S. Eliot and Great Thunder also accounting for chapters in that career. It's the Waxahatchee era that has brought her the level of credit truly deserved, though, while also bringing her closer to the brink than ever. The story behind 'Saint Cloud', or rather the story behind the story behind Saint Cloud, is proof enough - a desire to quit drinking turning into an urgent need amid a gruelling live tour, leading to moments when she was ready to jack it all in and start afresh. Heavy stuff, we're glad she didn't given this record is so good - songs about looking for security, hope, and an even footing, with indie rock arrangements taking on new minimalism.
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out of stock $20.60
4
Cat: CV 010. Rel: 23 Mar 20
Deep Dubstep
  1. Under (4:55)
  2. Tuff (feat Rider Shafique) (4:10)
  3. Be You (4:39)
  4. Earth (1:44)
  5. Hypnotica (4:16)
  6. Can't Hide (feat Killa P) (4:27)
  7. Powerlines (1:16)
  8. A Number (feat K Man) (4:40)
  9. Roar (feat Monti) (4:37)
  10. Voices (3:58)
  11. Third Eye (5:20)
  12. Lemon (feat Ill Chill) (5:20)
  13. Channelized (feat Yaa Aisin) (4:12)
  14. F#@! All Ya (4:03)
 in stock $22.55
5
Cat: SCR 94LPX. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Folk/Americana
  1. Electric Roses (4:29)
  2. Your Girl (4:33)
  3. Light Years (2:46)
  4. Homesick (3:42)
  5. Hall Of Mirrors (2:44)
  6. I Believe It Now (4:04)
  7. No Control (4:02)
  8. Pale Blue (3:07)
  9. Already Forgiven (3:20)
  10. The Last Time (2:54)
  11. Fables (3:06)
  12. Love Is At The End Of The World (4:18)
Review: A tour de force of instrumentation, to say the least, Basia Bulat returns with another fine display of incredible talent, displaying deft handiwork (to say the least) on piano, organ, synths, harps and more to offer an album of stark contrasts - there are infinite highs and some low lows, reflecting two extremes from the gamut of human emotion. Jim James is again called in for production duties, and the neo-punk certainly delivers, not least on the two tracks he provides guitar work for. That doesn't detract from the sense of 'Are You In Love?' being a work entirely of Bulat's own - a sumptuous exploration of folk textures, from soaring and celebratory to more subdued and filled with yearning. Exquisite stuff you really do need to hear to fully grasp.
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 in stock $19.76
6
Cat: ASIPV 018. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Gate
  2. Passage
  3. Meridian
  4. He Became Something Else
  5. Monument
  6. Crevasse
  7. Drawn, Quartered
  8. Dominions
Review: There's no sign of "suspect second album syndrome" on this sophomore set from Brendan "Chymera" Gregoriy's celebrated synthesizer-fired ambient project Merrin Karras. Drawing on his love of 1980s new age and ambient records, as well as a life spent fetishising over electronic hardware, Gregoriy has delivered a set of swelling, slow-burn delights that invite you to share an imaginary journey through the Northwest Passage, a legendary route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans via the Arctic Circle that's only accessible at certain times of the year. While some of the music is undeniably icy, there's genuine sonic warmth too; after all, when you can traverse the passage it's light 24 hours a day. In a word: gorgeous.
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out of stock $29.23
7
Roots From The Congo (1 per customer)
Cat: ROOTS 18. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. African Roots (5:16)
  2. Bad Food (3:55)
  3. Moto Ya Motema (7:40)
  4. Mengieb (6:55)
  5. Nakoya (5:43)
  6. Guipimbu Gienu (5:44)
Review: In 1979, dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry "adopted" a pair of musicians from Zaire who had been left stranded on Jamaica, put them together with his regular session players in the Black Ark studio he later burned down in a fit of psychosis, and recorded an album, "Roots From The Congo". As this fine reissue proves, the resultant music - a vibrant mix of Perry's particular brand of dub reggae and soukous music - was magical and unlike almost anything that had come before. For some reason it was only ever released on small labels in France and Belgium at the time, meaning that original copies are extremely hard to find. This reissue, then, is long overdue. Do yourself a favour and snap them up before they all disappear.
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 in stock $27.28
8
Cat: WIGLP 407X. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Indie
  1. Right Round The Clock (4:01)
  2. In Unison (2:48)
  3. Snakes (3:40)
  4. Starstruck (3:26)
  5. Rosie (3:49)
  6. Perfect (2:43)
  7. As The Sun Sets (3:58)
  8. Wolf (2:48)
  9. Rock 'N' Roll Star (2:51)
  10. Heather (3:20)
  11. More (2:22)
  12. Ode To Boy (2:51)
  13. Lies (Refix) (4:06)
Review: Conversation-starters to say the least, London troupe Sorry have made a name for themselves for both the right and wrong reasons. Though far from a parody, their work is informed - and in no small part - by a number of esteemed acts and artists who have earned a place for themselves in the pantheons of music. They also have an air of unarguable affectation about them, causing friction with the press, and a reputation for approaching live shows with lackadaisical spirit. Nevertheless, while channeling everyone from Oasis to Tears For Fears on this debut album, the five piece have managed to deliver something truly original, remarkable and infinitely repeatable. Melding indie, electronic pop, jazz and the avant-garde, the result is as cool as cool could be but that doesn't ever overshadow the obvious quality. And for that we need to pay some real respect.
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 in stock $26.44
9
Cat: CXT 001. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Bass
  1. E3 Breaks - "Sickle Cell" (3:46)
  2. LUCY - "Edge It" (3:18)
  3. Sir Rah - "Dulcet Tear" (4:13)
  4. Dead End (3:32)
 in stock $10.86
10
Cat: AKR 137LPC1. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Ousia (2:35)
  2. What It Takes (3:24)
  3. Disinheritance (1:11)
  4. Agathon (3:01)
  5. Determined Outcome (2:13)
  6. Misology (1:48)
  7. Afterworld Alliance (2:43)
  8. Palinodes (0:35)
  9. Backhanded Cloud (1:21)
  10. Glorious You (1:46)
  11. For Raymond Scott (0:35)
  12. Matronymic (0:58)
  13. The Red Desert (2:54)
  14. Conciliation (1:21)
  15. Ataraxia (1:12)
  16. The Unlimited (2:13)
  17. The Runaround (3:35)
  18. Climb That Mountain (3:00)
  19. Captain Praxis (2:13)
  20. Eudaimonia (2:18)
  21. The Lydian Ring (1:05)
Review: Back in 2008, Asthmatic Kitty released Lowell Brams debut album, "Music For Insomnia" as part of their "Library Catalog Music" series of instrumental sets. While nominally a solo set, it was in fact co-produced by Brams' stepson, Sufjan Stevens. 12 years on, the pair has decided to join forces once more to deliver another set of emotive, evocative instrumentals. With its stirring synthesized strings, swooping cinematic themes, bold synth melodies, bubbly electronic beats and atmospheric chords, "Aporia" sounds like library music composed to soundtrack grandiose films that had yet to be made. It's lo-fi in tone, but epic in scale. More importantly, the collected compositions - some of which are ambient interludes - are hugely enjoyable.
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 in stock $19.21
11
Cat: STH 2409LP6. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Don't Be Afraid (1:34)
  2. [Bc] Tm's Not Promised (0:54)
  3. Do You (2:47)
  4. Thats Allwekando (1:02)
  5. Listen (1:15)
  6. Learn (1:43)
  7. Howtokope (1:53)
  8. With[reality] (0:54)
  9. Uonlygetone (0:55)
  10. Solivelife (1:45)
  11. Be Safe (0:55)
  12. Watchwhoukallyourhomie (1:22)
  13. Theykome&go (1:36)
  14. Don'tgottabe (2:16)
  15. Gangstallthetime (2:00)
  16. Believeme (1:06)
  17. Itkanbe[sonice] (feat NxWorries) (1:34)
  18. Makeuseofthetime (1:26)
  19. Makeitliveforever (1:38)
  20. Awomanslifeislove (1:27)
  21. Amansloveislife/Keepon (3:18)
  22. Mindin My Business (feat Durand Bernarr) (4:29)
Review: It's taken a while, but finally Knxwledge has delivered the follow-up to his "official" debut album, 2015's "Hud Dreems". A concept album of sorts - the tall tale behind it being that the beats were created in 1988 by an infant version of our musical hero after he climbed inside an SP-12 sampler and mastered the machine - the set sees Knxwledge sprint through a beat-tape style assortment of short, sweet and often sublime instrumentals that make use of a variety of period samples. Given his track record, it's an impressive album, regardless whether the beats were genuinely made when he was in "Nike diapers" (as the press release amusingly claims) or not.
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 in stock $25.60
12
Cat: GI 357LPC1. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. 49 (2:08)
  2. The Iron Bridge (6:06)
  3. November Early (4:17)
  4. Twelve Years (4:41)
  5. Dance (5:43)
  6. Christ Blood Theme (3:27)
  7. Liina (4:21)
  8. Encounter Me In The Orchard (4:31)
  9. November Late (5:57)
  10. The Zone (3:17)
Review: Micha Jacaszek's music has always been filmic to varying degrees, but it's only in the last decade that filmmakers have commissioned him to write, record and produce music for their big and small screen projects. His latest album, "Music For Films", riffs on this; while some of it was indeed created with specific cinematic projects in mind, some of it wasn't. Listening through from start to finish, where it comes on like a genuine soundtrack to a melancholic, noir-ish film, it's hard to spot the difference. Combining neo-classical string sounds with field recordings, electro-acoustic textures, ambient style chords and melodies, and nods to music concrete, it's an evocative musical journey that stirs the senses and toys with your emotions. In a word: stunning.
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 in stock $17.26
13
Cat: 73194 LPIND. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Folk/Americana
  1. When You're Ready (4:32)
  2. 21 Days (3:33)
  3. Vincent (4:16)
  4. I Don't Mind (If I'm With You) (3:48)
  5. Lonely For You Only (3:35)
  6. Horses (3:33)
  7. Hard Feelings (4:09)
  8. You Have Stolen My Heart (3:44)
Review: Brian Fallon is one of those artists who truly endears themselves to their fan base, and pretty much anyone else who comes into earshot. Frontman of seminal group The Gaslight Anthem, we've watched, or more accurately listened closely as he has grown up, expanded his horizons in terms of sources of inspiration and matured in so far as ability to reflect and re-evaluate the past to better inform the future. A guy who has come of age, you might say. Of course in many ways 'Local Honey' adds to the side of his oeuvre that has been reined in by the march of life itself. Long-since a father, many of the heartfelt but huge guitar tracks on here are focused close to home, and therefore close to the bone, but this is not an artist who has lost relevance to younger listeners. In fact far from it.
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out of stock $20.03
14
Cat: PF 074C. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Deep House
  1. Radio (7:05)
  2. Sunshine (5:49)
  3. On The Run (7:13)
  4. MEANDNJB (4:00)
  5. Mahogany Brown (5:30)
  6. Me & My Peoples Eyes (feat Lord Imran Ahmed) (7:03)
  7. Stoneodenjoe (4:42)
  8. Joy (feat Taj - part III) (6:11)
  9. Black Sunday (10:49)
Review: Finding and buying original vinyl copies of Moodymann's brilliant second album, 1998's "Mahogany Brown", can be a costly business, so all praise to Peacefrog for offering up this much-needed reissue. Packed to the rafters with classic Kenny Dixon Junior material - see the woozy warmth of "Sunshine", where a children's choir rides a locked-in groove and jazzy electric piano solos, the sample-laden up-tempo bump of "MEANDNJB" and the sublime gospel house workout "Black Sunday" for starters - it's arguably the album that established the Detroit legend's trademark sound once and for all. When it comes to jazz-flecked deep house shot through with references to the history of black American music, there are few - if any - better albums.
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out of stock $33.38
15
  1. Yoshio Ojima - "Sealed" (5:50)
  2. Olololop - "Mon" (Orte remix) (5:08)
  3. Kazuya Kotani - "Fatima" (4:52)
  4. Schadaraparr - "NICE Guy" (Nice Guitar dub) (5:17)
  5. Little Tempo - "Frostie" (5:43)
  6. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu - "Coco & The Fish" (3:26)
  7. Kentaro Takizawa - "Gradual Life" (album version) (5:49)
  8. Yoshiaki Ochi - "Balasong" (4:31)
  9. Kaoru Inoue - "Wave Introduction" (3:29)
  10. Little Big Bee - "Scuba" (6:01)
  11. Coastlines - "East Dry River" (5:05)
  12. Susumu Yokota - "Uchu Tanjyo" (3:14)
  13. Chillax - "Time & Space" (7:03)
  14. Takashi Kokubo - "Quiet Inlet" (7:10)
Review: Music For Dreams' compilations are rarely less than essential, and this collection of recent Japanese music (2008-2018) is no different. Compiled by Ken Hidaka, Tokyo-based Max Essa and Test Pressing co-founder Dr Rob, the set starts with a beautiful and becalmed ambient piece by Yoshio Ojima (the sublime "Sealed") and ends with the lapping waves, vocal harmonies and twinkling pianos of Takashi Kokubo ("Quiet Inlet"). In between, you'll find the Steve Reich-ish marimba movements of Yoshiaki Ochi, the dubbed-out, piano-laden downtempo grooves of Little Tempo, the jazzy Balearic house of Schadaraparr, the sun-kissed dancefloor grooves of Little Big Bee and much more besides. As you'd expect, Hidaka, Essa and Dr Rob's selections are uniformly superb.
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out of stock $24.49
16
Sam DON/VARIOUS
For The Love Of You (1 per customer)
Cat: AOTNLP 031. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Peter Huntingdale - "Rocking You Eternally" (3:40)
  2. Christine Lewin - "Juicy Fruit" (3:56)
  3. Pure Silk - "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (4:24)
  4. Al Charles - "Outstanding" (5:51)
  5. Karen Dixon - "I Want To Be Free" (6:06)
  6. George Posse - "Touch A Four Leaf Clover" (feat Toyin Adekale) (4:24)
  7. Misses Misty - "Mellow Mellow Ride On" (8:39)
  8. Trevor Hartley - "The Look In Your Eyes" (4:48)
  9. Family Love - "Do Me Baby" (5:20)
  10. Michael Prophet - "Body Fusion" (3:43)
  11. Michael Gordon - "What You Won't Do For Love" (4:52)
  12. Simplicity - "For The Love Of You" (5:35)
Review: Edinburgh's Athens Of The North label is endlessly flawless and this time around they pull together the special lovers rock covers they put out at the end of last year onto a superbly strong 12 track compilation. It arrives just in time for the warmer months and has been curated by Sam Don and overseen by label boss Euan Fryer. Standouts include Christine Lewin's lush take on the heavily sampled "Juicy Fruit" while the lo-fi bliss of Al Charles's "Outstanding" is another one to swell the heart and sooth the soul. For more sentimental moments check Family Love's "Do Me Baby." Overall, though, this is a must buy.
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out of stock $22.26
17
Cat: PHLP 12. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Techno
  1. Sun (5:12)
  2. Illusion Of Time (4:20)
  3. CC Pad (3:48)
  4. Space Channel (1:44)
  5. Inside The Ruins (6:09)
  6. At First Sight (3:25)
  7. Interrupted By The Cloud Of Light (1:53)
  8. Enter Exit (5:27)
  9. Water (8:52)
  10. Stills (2:20)
Review: Phantasy Sound's main man Daniel Avery has linked up with modular wizard Alessandro Cortini for a debut full length, "Illusion Of Time". It came together over many years, with no real concept or constraints but it has still managed to make a powerful impact despite its spare, lo-fi, ambient vibes. There are heavier, darker tracks like "Inside The Ruins" that are brilliantly bleak, but also thoughtful meditations like the title track, which has some magical piano playing at its core. It's the rays of light amongst the darkness that make this such a beguiling and beautiful listen, and a perfect soundtrack to long lost days at home during lockdown.
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18
Cat: FABRIC 205LP. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Stelvio Cipriani - "Mary's Theme" (2:11)
  2. North Downs - "Settle Down" (3:54)
  3. Art Feynman - "Slow Down" (3:06)
  4. Kutiman - "Line 5" (2:50)
  5. Supersempfft - "I See Stars" (4:18)
  6. Nu Guinea - "Je Vulesse" (4:48)
  7. Jitwam - "Desires" (3:30)
  8. Julien Dyne - "Hours" (feat Ladi6) (3:55)
  9. Long Island Sound - "I Still Love You" (7:13)
  10. Maribou State - "Mother" (4:47)
  11. Radiohead - "Reckoner" (Maribou State remix) (7:13)
  12. Maribou State - "Strange Habits" (feat Youssef Dayes) (4:45)
  13. Shire Tea - "Gentlemen's Whistle Club" (5:27)
  14. Hailu Mergia - "Yefkir Engurguro" (6:15)
Review: Their famous mix series might be gone but fabric continue to offer fantastic physical products in the form of their own Presents serve. It is Maribou State who take care of this one and are a fine fit having plated the club many times in their early years. They use it as a chance to serve up a sweaty, peak time mix that draws on sounds you might not necessarily hear in the club itself. It features some of their own new music in the form of "Mother", "Strange Habits" and a rework of Radiohead's "Reckoner".
out of stock $25.60
19
  1. Red Shift - "3rd Moon" (6:33)
  2. Red Shift - "Audity" (5:54)
  3. Red Shift - "Himalayas" (3:48)
  4. Ether - "Detonator" (8:08)
  5. Escape Artist - "Rain Eternal" (5:08)
  6. Constants Of Nature - "Slow Symmetry Breaking" (6:21)
Review: Kalahari Oyster Cult tends to prioritize new music, though when boss man Colin Volvert does unearth an overlooked gem he has no hesitation in reissuing it. The "Systems EP", a multi-artist extravaganza that launched obscure Denver label Terraform Records way back in 1995, is one such gem. The A-side boasts a trio of varied but consistently good cuts from ambient techno explorer Red Shift (think acid-fired electro psychedelia, drowsy early morning bliss and picturesque downtempo goodness), while the flipside boasts a track apiece from three different producers. Ether's "Detonator" sounds like peak Meat Beat Manifesto (all razor-sharp acid lines, heavy bass and infectious breaks), Escape Artist's "Rain Eternal" is a languid electronica treat, and Constants Of Nature's "Slow Symmetry Breaking" is a woozy drift through outer space ambient.
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20
Cat: MVMTT 001. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Rain Dance/Wisdom (7:50)
  2. Open (3:00)
  3. Open (Again) (1:48)
  4. Movementt (3:36)
Review: Emma-Jean Thackray is a real all rounder - she composes, producers, sings, leads a band and plays a wide range of instruments. Her work will move you inside and out thanks to its thoughtfulness and immediacy. The majestic a-side "Rain Dance/Wisdom" is Roy Ayers, Sun Ra, Kamaal Williams all rolled into one. The horns pull you one way while the keys rain down in another. The feathery drums are a perfect pillow to sink into and the mood changes often, and freely. This EP proves that Thackray is one of the most fascinating voices in the current jazz revival.
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 in stock $13.08
21
Cat: GD4YA 04. Rel: 30 Mar 20
UK Garage
  1. Mmhmm (4:52)
  2. Swerv (4:47)
  3. Blitz (5:18)
out of stock $16.69
22
Cat: LJR 010. Rel: 30 Mar 20
Techno
  1. Appointment - "1991" (4:55)
  2. Vinalog - "Physical" (6:01)
  3. SPS - "Cut 1 Session 3" (3:57)
  4. Mr G - "Louder" (6:02)
  5. Ben Sims - "Control" (5:21)
out of stock $11.69
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