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X 100Pre (gatefold yellow & black marbled vinyl 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BBNY 100. Rel: 17 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. NI BIEN NI MAL (3:56)
  2. 200 Mph (feat Diplo) (2:50)
  3. Quien Tu Eres? (2:40)
  4. Caro (3:56)
  5. Tenemos Que Hablar (3:57)
  6. Otra Noche En Miami (3:38)
  7. Ser Bichote (3:16)
  8. Si Estuviesemos Juntos (2:50)
  9. Solo De Mi (3:15)
  10. Cuando Perriabas (3:25)
  11. La Romana (feat El Alfa) (4:49)
  12. Como Antes (3:55)
  13. RLNDT (4:48)
  14. Estamos Bien (3:27)
  15. MIA (feat Drake) (3:33)
Review: Latin trap star Bad Bunny's debut album got widespread acclaim when it was released at the end of last year. Now "X 100pre" (which is an abbreviation of "Por siempre" in Spanish, meaning "Forever") gets a vinyl release complete with cuts featuring Diplo, Drake and El Alfa. Even without speaking the lingo, the production tells its own story and conveys a wide range of feelings from, you suspect, dejection "Otra Noche En Miami" to empowerment ("Ser Bichote") and romance on "Como Antes." It is a vibrant and crisp debut from the Puerto Rican that is powerful as well as off kilter.
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Vol 2 (140 gram vinyl double 12")
Cat: JC 12. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Miwako Saito - "12 No Garnet" (4:18)
  2. Yoshio Suzuki - "Touch Of Rain" (4:08)
  3. Ayuo Takahashi - "Mizu Iro No Kagami" (6:24)
  4. Toru Hatano - "Kanki" (5:24)
  5. Akira - "Essence Of Beauty" (4:47)
  6. Osamu Mizukami - "Flower Moon" (4:36)
  7. Tomoko Yasuno - "Sur La Terra" (6:51)
  8. Masanori Sasaji - "Rune" (5:16)
  9. Shi-Shonen - "Harvest (Long Size)" (6:30)
  10. Flat Face - "Hibi No Awa" (4:53)
  11. Hiroko Kokubu - "Barcarolle" (5:46)
  12. Mio Fou - "Picasso No Ao" (6:11)
Review: For the past six years Jazzy Couscous has been exploring nooks and crannies of Japanese music culture in search of overlooked gems across all kinds of styles. After the success of the first installment of "Kumo No Muko", label boss Alixkun returns with another expansive collection of ambient, new age and smooth jazz reflections from a range of artists. The mood is consistently pretty, not to mention delicately executed, whether veering towards the sweet string refrain of Ayuo Takahashi's "Mizu Iro No Kagami" or the bittersweet prog guitar licks of Toru Hatano's "Kanki". There are bleepy synth trips like Akira's "Essence Of Beauty" and beat-embellished grooves to sink into - miss this rare and beautiful record at your peril.
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Virdulegu Forsetar (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 483738 9. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 1) (14:50)
  2. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 2) (14:13)
  3. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 3) (14:44)
  4. Virdulegu Forsetar (part 4) (21:01)
Review: The late Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson's second studio album from 2004 is one ambient-influenced classical piece that makes use of the same phrase throughout but, for technical reasons, is divided into four parts. It features a host of musical instruments, from tubas, horns, organs and trumpets to glockenspiel and bass. It's a masterpiece in minimalism and repetition, of non-linear music that traps you in the here and now, and it is a beautiful place to be when you listen to the whole album in one immersive sitting.
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Triumvirate (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: CTICTVLP 2019. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. T3.2 (7:16)
  2. T3.3 (6:32)
  3. T3.4 (6:46)
  4. T3.5 (6:21)
  5. T3.1 (7:04)
  6. T3.6 (7:01)
Review: Over the last few years, the occasional studio collaborations between Factory Floor's Nik Void and Throbbing Gristle heavyweights Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have proved to be faultless exercises in industrial music/techno fusion. They're at it again on third album "Triumvirate", a collection of dark, intense and mind-altering concoctions that veers from ricocheting, delay-laden alien funk ("T3.4") and surging, club-ready hypnotism ("T3.2", "T3.3"), to raw, Surgeon-esque assaults on the senses ("T3.5") and clanking, concrete-clad fare that recalls the best of Carter and Tutti's early '80s TG work ("T3.1", "T3.6"). There are few surprises, just a series of angry, on-point instrumental excursions that should delight all of those of an industrial persuasion.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan, Mimi
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Too Much (gatefold 2xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: BLACKLP 005. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. A Strong Move For Truth (feat Nadine Charles) (3:19)
  2. Good Morning (feat Samii) (2:40)
  3. Remini Dream (feat Ivana Santilli) (3:46)
  4. I Don't Wanna Know (feat Obenewa) (3:21)
  5. Unknown Faults (3:59)
  6. Life Can Be Unreal (feat Sarina Leah) (3:26)
  7. Too Much (feat Sharlene Hector) (1:58)
  8. You Are Virgo (5:05)
  9. Come Of Age (3:28)
  10. Just Leave It (feat Lady Alma) (4:52)
  11. Ogawa Okasan Said Just Play (4:45)
  12. A Where Pringle Deh? (2:14)
  13. My Standards Are (Not) Too High (8:40)
Review: In our eyes, 2000 Black lynchpin Dego can do no wrong. You'll therefore be unsurprised to hear that we're huge fans of the 4Hero founder member's latest solo album, a belated follow-up to 2015's "The More Things Stay The Same". It is, of course, superbly soulful, slicky produced and wonderfully paced, moving from the heady soul sweetness of "A Strong Move For Truth", to the deep jazz-funk/broken beat vibes of "My Standards Are (Not) Too High" via 12 other warm and seductive cuts of an equally high standard. Highlights include the summery bruk-soul bliss of "Remini Dream", the toasty boogie revivalism of "Unknown Faults" and the Clavinet-sporting brilliance of Lady Alma hook-up "Just Leave It".
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Tomodachi Sessions (gatefold red vinyl 3xLP)
Cat: NHS 362LP. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Illuminate (feat Degs) (4:15)
  2. Shine On Through (feat Mountain & Karina Ramage) (4:11)
  3. Kosa (feat Keeno) (5:58)
  4. The Encounter (feat Bop) (5:40)
  5. Miles Ahead (feat DJ Marky) (4:11)
  6. Morning Sunrise (feat Danny Wheeler, G Force & Blu James) (4:55)
  7. Tokyo '96 (feat SPY) (5:24)
  8. Show Me How You Feel (feat Lorna King) (4:52)
  9. Dive (feat Polaris) (5:42)
  10. Liberta (feat Urbandawn) (4:34)
  11. Living For (feat Paul T & Edward Oberon) (5:28)
  12. Transparent (feat Whiney) (4:57)
  13. Mystic Crystals (feat Technimatic) (5:16)
  14. Nexus (feat Pola & Bryson) (4:13)
  15. Merchant Blessing (feat MC Conrad) (4:31)
Review: Makato is often cited as one of the pioneering founders of Japan's drum & bass scene. He's now up to his sixth studio album and it finds his airy, rolling, sweet flowing beats all present and correct. "Tomodachi Sessions" derived from a series of collaborations with close friends who have all played a part in his 25 year career. DJ Marky, S.P.Y, Bop and MC Conrad all feature and lend their own personalities to an album that offers celebratory hands in the air tracks like "Shine On Through" next to more late night dancers like "Transparent" and melodic explorations like "Show Me How You Feel".
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UMC
Cat: 778309 3. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart) (0:53)
  2. Table Of Contents (Parts 1 & 2) (3:37)
  3. The Next Movement (4:10)
  4. Step Into The Realm (2:51)
  5. The Spark (3:53)
  6. Dynamite! (4:50)
  7. Without A Doubt (4:15)
  8. Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (4:37)
  9. Double Trouble (5:49)
  10. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (4:56)
  11. 100 Percent Dundee (3:57)
  12. Diedre Vs Dice (0:47)
  13. Adrenaline! (4:29)
  14. 3rd Acts: ? Vs Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo (0:53)
  15. You Got Me (feat Erykah Badu) (4:20)
  16. Don't See Us (4:36)
  17. The Return To Innocence Lost (5:29)
  18. Act Fore The End? (4:53)
  19. Table Of Contents (part 3 - bonus track) (3:19)
  20. What You Want (bonus track) (4:11)
  21. Quicksand Millennium (bonus track) (4:09)
  22. We Got You (feat Jaguar - bonus track) (1:13)
  23. You Got Me (Drum & Bass mix - bonus track) (4:59)
  24. You Got Me (Me Tienes remix - bonus track) (4:26)
  25. Act Too (The Love Of My Life) (remix - bonus track) (3:29)
  26. Y'all Know Who (bonus track) (4:04)
  27. The Lesson (part III - bonus track) (4:53)
  28. New Years At Jay Dee's (bonus track) (2:49)
Review: In our eyes, Questlove is one of the best drummers of the modern era. His playing skills have held down killer grooves by everyone from D'Angelo to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu to Soulquarians. His own Grammy Award winning band The Roots brought thrilling musicianship and live instrumentation to the hip hop game and are widely regarded as one of the best live acts in the genre. Their fourth album, Things Fall Apart, was their real breakthrough and is now presented here, remastered, with bonus tracks, rare photos, essays from Black Thought and Questlove and liner notes from Questlove. Essential.
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The Return (gatefold green & red vinyl 2xLP + booklet)
Cat: ZEN 258I. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Mwana (feat Mwanje Tembo, Theresa Mutale Tembo, Sunburnt Soul Choir) (4:29)
  2. Freedom (4:06)
  3. Wake Up (interlude) (0:53)
  4. Time's Up (feat Krown) (2:34)
  5. Grass Is Greener (3:32)
  6. Dare To Fly (feat Ecca Vandal) (4:22)
  7. Any Day (feat Whosane) (4:17)
  8. OMG (2:33)
  9. Light It Up (interlude) (2:15)
  10. Final Form (3:35)
  11. Heaven (feat Whosane) (2:57)
  12. Diamond In The Ruff (feat Thando, Krown) (4:59)
  13. Leading Us Home (4:06)
  14. Summer (feat Steam Down) (4:25)
  15. Brand New (feat SILENTJAY) (3:48)
  16. Give Love (interlude) (2:19)
  17. The Return (feat Thando, Jace XL, Alien, Whosane) (9:16)
  18. Don't Give Up (feat Mandarin Dreams) (4:51)
  19. Made Us Better (feat Blue Lab beats, Boadi, Lori) (8:35)
Review: After Sampa's magic debut album it makes sense she's been signed by Ninja Tune for a follow up. Once again here the Zambian-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper is in excellent form, delivering slick, complex verses that she says are "the most me to date". Exploring notions of race and relationships, amongst other things, her voice is couched in gorgeous broken beat, hip hop and r&b production. Highlights are plentiful throughout - "OMG" is a funky afro beat, "Any Day" is neo soul in the mould of Erykah Badu and "Final Form" is a trumpet lead, warrior queen anthem to get your chest pumping. Essential.
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The Practice Of Love (coloured vinyl LP + insert + booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: SBR 229LPC1. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Lions (3:58)
  2. High Alice (4:42)
  3. Accident (4:01)
  4. The Practice Of Love (3:07)
  5. Ashes To Ashes (4:16)
  6. Thumbsucker (4:12)
  7. Six Red Cannas (4:06)
  8. Ordinary (5:19)
Review: "The Practice Of Love" is Jenny Hval's seventh full-length, and it's the sort of listen that can wash over you while you get lost in a reverie, or take you on a deeply involving inward journey if you tune in to the lyrics. Her voice is angelic, and muses on subjects like growing old, our place in the world, and the notion of intimacy. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the fantastically strong title track with its vulnerable and tender spoken words, folky synth lullaby "Thumbsucker" and "Accident", which could well be a rave comedown with its lilting trance chords and dreamy keys. Quite the trip.
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The Oracle (LP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: IARC 0023LP. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Jazz
  1. Destination (Dr. Yusef Lateef) (2:20)
  2. Black Family (6:20)
  3. What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black (Dr Margaret Burroughs) (3:20)
  4. Impepho (3:36)
  5. We Are Starzz (4:25)
  6. London (2:50)
  7. Capetown (feat Asher Simiso Gamedze) (15:22)
  8. The Oracle (5:38)
Review: Since turning up in the Windy city a few years ago, spiritual jazz singer, clarinetist and composer Angel Bat Dawid has become a stalwart of Chicago's vibrant avant-garde scene. Here he delivers a debut album that should, if there's any justice at least, propel her towards international superstardom. Both her melancholic clarinet lines and distinctive singing feature prominently throughout, alongside sparse percussion, occasional Afro-futurist synthesizer motifs, harp and guitars - all of which Dawid plays herself. It's a virtuoso display that more than confirms her status as one of the spiritual jazz scene's most authentic voices.
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The Occult Orientated Crime Album (limited gatefold 3xLP)
Cat: SLN 002. Rel: 14 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Tausend Kusse (9:56)
  2. Natufian Modelling Agency (7:41)
  3. Romantik In LZH127 Speiseraum (6:05)
  4. Formation Of Chaos (5:57)
  5. Doggerland (8:06)
  6. Ravellian Mindmelt (8:02)
  7. Neolithic Computer (9:17)
  8. Worship Me In The Sanctuary Of Transcendence (4:35)
  9. Rodrigo Syntese System (6:48)
  10. Ingesloten In Een Museum (8:04)
  11. Norwegian Raven (part 1) (18:55)
  12. Norwegian Raven (part 2) (19:29)
Review: For those who missed the memo, Occult Oriented Crime is one of several hundred alter egos occasionally used by Legowelt man Danny Wolfers. He first donned the pseudonym in 2014 for "The Occult Orientated Crime Album", a stunning but previously digital-only outing that has finally made it to vinyl for the very first time. From start to finish, the set prioritizes mood and atmosphere over club-focused rhythms, with Wolfers offering up a range of evocative, heavily electronic ambient soundscapes. While some cuts sound like Radiophonic Workshop doodles or Pete Namlook style immersive synth-scapes, others wrap delay-laden pianos around a whisper of electronic texture; throughout, Wolfers proves a masterful maker of meditative ambient bliss.
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ECM
Cat: 774265 9. Rel: 20 Aug 19
Jazz
  1. I Loves You Porgy (5:33)
  2. I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good (6:59)
  3. Don't Ever Leave Me (2:38)
  4. Someone To Watch Over Me (4:54)
  5. My Wild Irish Rose (5:12)
  6. Blame It On My Youth (3:32)
  7. Meditation (3:45)
  8. Something To Remember You By (7:10)
  9. Be My Love (5:32)
  10. Shenandoah (5:44)
  11. I'm Through With Love (3:01)
Review: Like many veteran jazz artists, American pianist Keith Jarrett has amassed a vast discography. The 92 solo and collaborative albums he's notched up since 1968 cover many styles of jazz, making it tricky for newcomers to know where to start. We'd suggest beginning with this 1999 album, which is as pure as you'll get. Made up entirely of solo piano pieces - mostly covers, with a sprinkling of Jarrett's own compositions - "The Melody At Night With You" not only offers a brilliant introduction to Jarrett's trademark playing style, but also the breadth of material he's covered. More importantly, the whole collection is hugely entertaining and enjoyable, with Jarrett putting his own twist on everything from Duke Ellington classics and Oscar Hammerstein show tunes, to Gershwin ballads and traditional favourites.
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The Idiots Are Winning (reissue) (limited splattered vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: 14 BCLP2. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. Lump (6:09)
  2. Quiet Drumming (5:25)
  3. 10101 (6:06)
  4. Idiot Clapsolo (5:00)
  5. Corduroy (6:22)
  6. Lumpette (1:32)
  7. Idiot (7:33)
  8. Flute (4:53)
Review: Holden's 2006 debut album was an astonishing one that gets a timely reissue on double crystal-clear splatter vinyl. A high watermark for proudly synthetic and computer made music, it was the bold arrival of an artist who endures as an innovator to this day. "The Idiots Are Winning" is a masterclass in unhinged grooves, glitchy electronic sounds and mutant sounds that set a new benchmark in experimental textures, sound design and dance floor clout. "Idiot" is the standout banger, "Lump" is more trippy and heat workout, and "10101" is the twitchy and mesmeric workout you cannot escape. Music as idiosyncratic as this doesn't come along too often, and even 13 years left it still sounds fresh.
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Played by: M50
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  1. Music Of Auspicious Clouds (part 1) (21:09)
  2. Music Of Auspicious Clouds (part 2) (19:23)
  3. Waves Of The Blue Sea (part 1) (21:54)
  4. Waves Of The Blue Sea (part 2) (21:43)
Review: New York's Blank Forms Editions welcome back Catherine Christer Hennix for a second album in quick time after her widely acclaimed debut last year. This one manages to hit even harder than that debut across four twenty minute suites that defy many western musical conventions. It is drone music with a difference, weird synth sounds drawn out and contorted before your very ears. It's caustic, challenging listening that plays out like the soundtrack to a horror movie in your own mind. Experimental music as occult as this truly sounds as if it comes from another planet, and tuning into it is a real thrill.
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The Daisy Age (gatefold 2xLP)
Ace
Cat: XXQLP 2062. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. De La Soul - "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays" (feat Q-Tip & Vinia Mojica) (4:02)
  2. A Tribe Called Quest - "Bonita Applebum" (3:38)
  3. The Freestyle Fellowship - "Sunshine Men" (4:33)
  4. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - "Mastadobalina" (4:14)
  5. Fu-Schnickens - "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock?)" (K cut Fat Trac remix - with Shaquille O'Neal) (3:52)
  6. Digital Underground - "Doowutchyalike" (4:09)
  7. KMD - "Peachfuzz" (3:58)
  8. Jungle Brothers - "Doin' Our Own Dang" (4:18)
  9. Queen Latifah - "Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children" (feat De La Soul) (4:25)
  10. Naughty By Nature - "OPP" (4:29)
  11. Digable Planets - "Where I'm From" (4:38)
  12. Monie Love - "It's A Shame (My Sister)" (feat True Image) (3:39)
  13. Justin Warfield - "K Sera Sera" (3:09)
  14. Brand Nubian - "All For One" (4:51)
  15. Leaders Of The New School - "Case For The PTA" (3:41)
  16. Dream Warriors - "My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style" (mono) (4:25)
  17. Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours" (Revisited) (4:02)
  18. Chi Ali - "Age Ain't Nothin' But A #" (4:25)
  19. Da Bush Babees - "We Run Things (It's Like Dat)" (4:13)
  20. Groove Garden - "You're Not Coming Home" (Mase Funkay Recall mix) (4:55)
Review: Who remembers when Hip Hop was a force for good? A happy, colourful sound brimming with positivity and realness, rather than the blingy boasts of studio gangsters? Whether you do or don't, this new Daisy Age compilation by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley is a timely release that shines a light on that small but golden era back in the late 80s. Key protagonists like Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest, as well as De La Soul, whose "3 Feet High and Rising" album was at the centre of this micro-movement, all feature alongside Pop and R&B with a similarly positive outlook. Essential.
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Played by: I Love Hip Hop
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The Best Of Fad Gadget (silver vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: MUTEL 7. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Back To Nature (5:47)
  2. The Box (4:15)
  3. Ricky's Hand (4:07)
  4. Handshake (4:30)
  5. Fireside Favourite (4:14)
  6. Insecticide (3:08)
  7. Make Room (4:12)
  8. Lady Shave (5:43)
  9. Saturday Night Special (4:33)
  10. King Of The Flies (3:08)
  11. Life On The Line (3:51)
  12. 4M (2:54)
  13. For Whom The Bells Toll (3:36)
  14. Love Parasite (3:18)
  15. I Discover Love (3:47)
  16. Collapsing New People (4:11)
  17. One Man's Meat (3:26)
  18. Luxury (4:03)
Review: Previously only available on CD back in 2001, this Best Of Fad Gadget collection finally lands on vinyl with inners including liner notes by Paul Morley. It draws on four of the cult band's most acclaimed albums and includes early singles like "Back to Nature", " Ricky's Hand; Handshake" and "Lady Shave." An undoubtedly large influence on the ensuing noise, industrial and EBM movements around Europe, this album highlights just how ahead of its time this music was with its angular guitars, dead pan vocals and twisted electronic sounds. Artful, roguish and energetic while being prescient on subjects like sexuality and mass media, this is an essential collection.
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Tea With Holger (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: BEWITH 070LP. Rel: 24 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. The Gardener (4:02)
  2. Innerspace (4:22)
  3. Weilerswist (3:18)
  4. Away From Me (Full version) (6:58)
  5. Kolner Street (3:51)
  6. Tea With Holger (4:10)
Review: For their first album away from spiritual home Claremont 56, Ben Smith and Paul "Mudd" Murphy have decided to put a decidedly Balearic slant on the kind of atmospheric and quirky music that once was the mainstay of library music stalwarts KPM Records. Given their influences and seemingly innate ability to create heart-stopping, mind-soothing soundscapes, it's a canny move. Certainly, the music contained on "Tea With Holger" is impeccable, combining picturesque guitar and piano motifs with lilting easy listening orchestration, heady choral vocals, razor sharp strings and nods to various well-known TV and film soundtrack styles. Yet for all the knowing nods to old library music sounds, it's the quality of the duo's emotive and inspiring compositions that stands out.
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TBNH (gatefold gold vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AJX 2LP475. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Funk/Reissues
  1. Beautiful (feat Beverley Knight) (2:56)
  2. Stupid Love (feat Angela Ricci) (4:11)
  3. Just Believe In You (feat Siedah Garrett) (5:05)
  4. Getaway (feat N'Dea Davenport) (3:31)
  5. Heat (feat Honey Larochelle) (3:50)
  6. The Funk Is Back (feat Simon Bartholomew) (3:30)
  7. Together (feat Angie Stone) (4:23)
  8. These Walls (feat N'Dea Davenport) (4:06)
  9. It's My Destiny (feat Siedah Garrett) (4:09)
  10. Wired Up (feat N'Dea Davenport) (3:34)
  11. Dance It Out (feat Angela Ricci) (3:38)
  12. Little Dancer (feat Jack Knight) (3:40)
  13. Dontcha Wanna (feat Laville) (4:40)
  14. Get On The Right Side (feat Angela Ricci) (4:00)
Review: The jazz and broken beat revival continues apace as we race through 2019, so original pioneers of the sound are rightly coming back into focus. Enter the Brand New Heavies, one of the key acts of the mid-eighties who sound as good on this brand new album as ever. It's littered with funk-licked pop, crystalline acid jazz and singalong songs that range from tender ballads to soaring soul. Angie Stone, Beverley Knight and other vocalists lend their tones along the way, but importantly TBNH is not a revival or self-satisfied celebration. Instead, it feels like a forward-looking and accomplished album that takes the band in subtle new directions.
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VARIOUS
Cat: FKR 101LP. Rel: 06 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Jacques Thollot - "Cecile" (3:53)
  2. Philippe Besombes - "La Plage" (2:52)
  3. Igor Wakhevitch - "Materia Prima" (4:04)
  4. Mahjun - "Les Enfants Sauvages" (8:03)
  5. Lard Free - "Warinobaril" (3:53)
  6. Etron Fou Leloublan - "Le Desastreux Voyage Du Piteux Python" (10:43)
  7. Jean Cohen-Solal - "Captain Tarthopom" (3:03)
  8. ZNR - "Solo Un Dia" (3:01)
  9. Red Noise - "Sarcelles C'est L'Avenir" (15:22)
  10. Pierre Henry - "Generique (Theme De Myriam)" (2:20)
  11. Horrific Child - "Frayeur" (8:42)
  12. Jean Guerin - "Triptik 2" (2:19)
  13. Dashiell Hedayat - "Fille De L'Ombre" (5:47)
Review: French post-rock group Nurse With Wound famously noted a number of artists on their legendary 1979 debut. This fascinating compilation on Finders Keepers finds band member Steven Stapleton chronicling them all, and it makes for an often intense story full of noise experiments, soot-black guitar playing and haunting atmospheres. Rarely less than peculiar, tracks like Jean Cohen-Solal's "Captain Tarthopom" sounds like a curious fairground ride, Red Noise's " Sarcelles C'est L'Avenir" is the stuff of nightmares and "Triptik 2" by Jean Guerin is as weird as music gets. As dark nights and spooky season approaches, this is a perfect go-to.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
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Straight Out The Jungle (reissue) (limited red & green vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: TEG 75510LPC. Rel: 07 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Straight Out The Jungle (4:00)
  2. What's Going On (4:10)
  3. Black Is Black (3:38)
  4. Jimbrowksi (4:30)
  5. I'm Gonna Do You (3:23)
  6. I'll House You (4:59)
  7. On The Run (4:07)
  8. Behind The Bush (3:34)
  9. Because I Got Like That (4:40)
  10. Braggin & Boastin (3:54)
  11. Sounds Of The Safari (3:05)
  12. The Promo (3:37)
  13. Ultimatum Ultramix (4:32)
Review: This 1988 debut album from Jungle Brothers eschews the use of the sampler, choosing instead to lay down these fresh beats by recorders, all looped by hand, eight bars at a time. The record also features Q-Tip for the first time on the excellent "Black Is Black" which features one of the few samples on the album as the voice of Gil Scott-Heron is stitched into the rolling beats. Smash hip-house hit "I'll House You" was added to later versions of the album and is included here with other gems like "Braggin & Boastin" and "Behind the Bush".
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Played by: I Love Hip Hop
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 445. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Dancehall/Ragga
  1. Sceechie Dan - "We A Don" (3:17)
  2. Lone Ranger - "My Number" (2:26)
  3. Dennis Alcapone - "Riddle I This" (2:31)
  4. Kentrus - "It A Fi Bun" (2:35)
  5. Lone Ranger - "Apprentice Dentist" (2:22)
  6. King Sporty - "DJ Special" (2:53)
  7. Prince Jazzbo - "Little Joe" (3:00)
  8. Jim Brown - "Ragga Muffin" (3:13)
  9. Mad Roy - "Universal Love" (2:29)
  10. King Sporty - "Choice Of Music" (2:37)
  11. King Stitt - "Rhyming Time" (2:48)
  12. Prince Jazzbo - "Fire Coal Version" (3:44)
  13. Dillinger - "Fountain On The Mountain" (2:36)
  14. Michigan & Smiley - "Thank You Jah" (6:08)
  15. Prince Garthie - "Raindrops" (2:44)
  16. Jah Buzz - "Automatic Clapping" (3:23)
  17. Dennis Alcapone - "El Paso" (2:31)
  18. Big Joe - "Nanny Version Skank" (2:38)
Review: The Studio One catalogue is the gift that keeps on giving, and Soul Jazz continually play Santa. This latest comprehensive collection is a great compilation of some of the best DJs and MCs to have been involved in reggae. Vital Jamaican stars like Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo and Lone Ranger all feature next to more hardcore names and some choice rare cuts. Spanning the 70s and into the mid-1980s, this 18-track offering gives a glimpse into the evolution of reggae to more digital and dancehall styles that come later, all with specially commissioned sleeve notes by Fashion Records head honcho Chris Lane.
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Played by: Tomasz Guiddo
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Soul Flip Edits (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SFLP 001. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Soul
  1. Marvin Gaye - "It's Not Unusual" (3:17)
  2. Edwin Starr - "25 Miles" (4:22)
  3. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin'" (3:57)
  4. The Jackson 5 - "The Love You Save" (4:17)
  5. Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (3:43)
  6. Sam & Dave - "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar" (3:18)
  7. Aretha Franklin - "A Change" (3:33)
  8. Sugar Pie DeSanto - "Go Go Power" (4:20)
  9. Joy Lovejoy - "In Orbit" (3:52)
  10. Judy Clay & William Bell - "Private Number" (4:30)
Review: Jobbing DJs will do well to pick this one up: it's a way to bring some original soul into your sets while also serving up some big tunes that people know and love. These careful edits pump up the sunny elements, layer in funky riffs, energetic strings and up the tempos of tried and tested classics from The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Sam & Dave and plenty more golden oldies. Our picks: Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers' fine cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and Sugar Pie DeSanto's hardcore swinger "Go Go Power" that's sure to get those hips moving.
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Played by: Soul Music
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Sonic Citadel (limited gatefold green vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: THRILL 505LPX. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Blow To The Head (3:08)
  2. USA Is A Psycho (3:07)
  3. Air Conditioning (4:14)
  4. Husker Don't (6:06)
  5. Big Banger (5:04)
  6. Halloween 3 (5:43)
  7. Don Henley In The Park (3:50)
  8. Tom Thump (2:42)
  9. Bouncy House (4:38)
  10. All Insane (4:59)
  11. Van Halen 2049 (9:14)
Review: "Sonic Citadel" marks Brians Gibson and Chippendale's seventh studio album and it is one that finds them revealing a little more of themselves than before. "Blow To The Head" is an intense opener with caustic texture, dense layers and scuzzy noise that soundtracks a manic episode, while elsewhere there are much more angular and punk influenced rhythm tracks with deathly vocals mired in gauzy riffs engulfed in dirt, grit and sandpaper sonics. Standout track "Halloween 3" is a suitably horror fuelled track of high energy, lo fi fuzz that will keep any demons away.
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Seven's Travels (reissue) (gatefold 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: 082625 7004611. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. History (1:26)
  2. Trying To Find A Balance (4:20)
  3. Bird Sings Why The Caged I Know (2:51)
  4. Reflections (4:26)
  5. Gotta Lotta Walls (4:44)
  6. The Keys To Life Vs 15 Minutes Of Fame (2:48)
  7. Apple (1:58)
  8. Suicidegirls (2:40)
  9. Jason (0:53)
  10. Cats Van Bags (4:00)
  11. Los Angeles (2:15)
  12. Lifter Puller (6:19)
  13. Shoes (3:03)
  14. National Disgrace (5:02)
  15. Denvemolorado (3:14)
  16. Liquor Lyles Cool July (2:26)
  17. Good Times (Sick Pimpin') (4:59)
  18. On My Continental (4:24)
  19. Always Coming Back Home To You (4:00)
  20. Say Shh (bonus track) (4:55)
  21. DMFD (bonus track) (1:44)
  22. On The Battlefield (bonus track) (0:44)
  23. Quiet Pimpin' (bonus track) (1:05)
Review: Since initial release in 2003, this classic from Atmosphere has been in and out of print and received various represses as a result. It is the gift that keeps on giving, frankly, it is an album takes you on a metaphorical journey through politics, emotions and the physical. Personal stories and vulnerable truths come from Slug's rich writing and richer delivery combined with complex rhythms, cosmic synths and funky drums that all help elevate the record yet further. It might not get the props of many of its peers, but this underrated gem should be on the shelves of any discerning hip hop collector.
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Saturnz Return: 21st Anniversary Edition (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: LMS 5521265. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Drum And Bass
  1. I'll Be There For You (14:13)
  2. Chico - Death Of A Rockstar (6:30)
  3. Fury - The Origin (6:52)
  4. Crystal Clear (11:22)
  5. Demonz (5:14)
  6. Digital (7:52)
  7. Temper Temper (5:13)
  8. Letter Of Fate/Truth/Dragonfly (16:08)
Review: After the game-changing success of his debut album, "Timeless", Goldie could have easily repeated the same trick and cashed in. Instead, he went completely the opposite direction and indulged himself in an hour long orchestral symphony (many years before the current trend for such shows became a thing). Collaborations with Noel Gallagher (the vulnerable "Temper Temper"), personal tracks that address his mother, and a long lost suicide note. Musically, the now 21 year old "Saturnz Return" is mostly dark and broody jungle that will re-wire your brain, though "Digital" and "Fury - The Origin" offer moments of soaring beauty.
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Rumba Argelina (reissue) (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: 405053 8516821. Rel: 04 Oct 19
International
  1. Rumba Argelina (3:33)
  2. Oye China (6:39)
  3. Lamma Bada (4:15)
  4. Manana (3:42)
  5. La Canal (4:38)
  6. El Baile De La Bola (2:55)
  7. Soledad (4:10)
  8. La Mosca (2:40)
  9. Tangos Del Agujero (3:15)
  10. Nu Alrest (7:10)
  11. La Pastora (3:04)
  12. Ronda De Sanabria (3:22)
  13. Bulerias Turcas (3:12)
  14. Nina (3:12)
Review: First released way back in 1992, Radio Tarifa's debut album "Rumba Argelina" has long been considered something of a global fusion classic. Reissued here on vinyl for the very first time - weirdly, it has only ever been available on CD in the past - the album has lost none of its charms. It's naturally rooted in various strains of traditional Spanish music - flamenco, Andalucian folk music and so on - but also incorporates musical elements from North African and Arabic music, with occasional nods towards tango and such obscure (but surprisingly enjoyable) styles as German medieval music.
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Riceboy Sleeps (remastered) (limited gatefold 3xLP)
Cat: 019029 5432591. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Happiness (9:07)
  2. Atlas Song (7:54)
  3. Indian Summer (9:18)
  4. Stokkseyri (7:03)
  5. Boy 1904 (5:08)
  6. All The Big Trees (5:11)
  7. Daniell In The Sea (7:03)
  8. Howl (8:20)
  9. Sleeping Giant (6:43)
  10. Chapter One (20:18)
  11. Chapter Two (6:10)
  12. Chapter Three (6:31)
Review: Jon Thor Birgisson (Sigur Ros) and his partner Alex Somers make brain cleansing and heavenly ambient as Jonsi & Alex. 10 years ago they put out cult classic "Riceboy Sleeps" and to mark the anniversary the whole album has been lovingly remastered across six slabs of wax. Taking the time to do nothing but sit back and sink deep into this album is a pleasure you will thank yourself for: its pastoral synths slowly wash over you while muted pads gently unfold, evolve and evaporate as barely-there voices from the Kopavogsdaetur Choir come in and out of focus next to smeared strings from Icelandic quartet Amiina. Perfection.
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Cat: BBQ 2159LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. You Are In My Vision (Early version) (3:19)
  2. The Machmen (Early version) (3:11)
  3. Down In The Park (Early version) (4:24)
  4. Do You Need The Service? (Early version) (3:40)
  5. The Crazies (2:50)
  6. When The Machines Rock (Early version) (3:16)
  7. Me! I Diconnect From You (Eary version) (3:24)
  8. Praying To The Aliens (Early version) (4:02)
  9. It Must Have Been Years (Early version) (4:06)
  10. Only A Downstat (3:35)
  11. I Nearly Married A Human 3 (Early version) (6:24)
  12. Replicas (Early version) (5:02)
  13. Are 'Friends' Electric? (Early version) (5:25)
  14. We Have A Technical (8:00)
  15. Down In The Park (outtake mix) (4:18)
  16. Are 'Friends' Electric? (Early version 2) (5:27)
  17. Replicas (Early version 2) (5:01)
  18. Me! I Diconnect From You (BBC Peel Session) (3:07)
  19. Down In The Park (BBC Peel Session) (4:18)
  20. I Nearly Married A Human (BBC Peel Session) (6:38)
Review: Beggars Banquet turn to their Arkive arm for this 40th anniversary edition of Tubeway Army's classic early works. "The First Recordings", from 1979 has been identically sequenced as the original release with early versions of the tracks. Alongside hits "Replicas" and "Are "Friends" Electric?", our picks of the batch are "Me! I Disconnect From You", an archetypal deadpan delivery with mechanical grooves, the grungy and rock-laced "Only A Downstat" and lovable robo-pop "We Have A Technical".
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Remineded: A Remix Compilation (blue vinyl LP + insert)
Cat: LCM 067. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Heltah Skeltah - "Midnight Madness" (Audible Doctor remix) (4:13)
  2. Skyzoo - "Strung Out" (Small Professor remix) (3:07)
  3. El Da Sensei - "2 The Death" (feat Mela Machinko - M Phazes remix) (3:44)
  4. Supernatural - "Altitude" (GMJ remix) (4:11)
  5. Blu - "Kiss The Sky" (Large Professor remix) (3:11)
  6. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor - "On The Run" (DJ Concept remix) (3:10)
  7. Royce Da 5'9", Skillz & Diamond D - "One For The Money" (Mananz remix) (3:35)
  8. Big Noyd, Large Professor & Kool G Rap - "Naturally Born" (Cookin Soul remix) (4:25)
  9. Blu & Nottz - "Boyz II Men" (feat Nitty Scott - Diamond D remix) (3:24)
  10. Sean Price, Billy Danze & Maffew Ragazino - "Land Of The Crooks" (Divided Souls Ent. & DJ Pain 1 remix) (3:45)
  11. Guilty Simpson & Small Professor - "Go" (feat Elucid & Castle - Zilla Rocca remix) (3:59)
  12. Planet Asia & DJ Concept - "Gold Vases" (Oh No remix) (2:56)
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Recordings 1979-1981 (limited gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: VOD 156RP. Rel: 18 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Ladder Of Souls (2:53)
  2. Return Call/We Are (11:08)
  3. Sad Horizons (5:31)
  4. So I (2:10)
  5. Return Call (13:03)
  6. Drums (2:37)
  7. Air Lair (5:39)
  8. AAAAAAR (7:36)
  9. Kiss The Cloth 1 (9:45)
  10. Kiss The Cloth 2 (3:41)
  11. Kiss The Cloth 3 (5:49)
  12. Gloria 1 (6:34)
  13. Gloria 2/3 (8:40)
  14. Gloria 4/5 (5:31)
Review: It's cult records and mythical artists like this that record collectors fawn over for years. Well this particular wait is now over as for the first time ever on vinyl you can now own two super rare 1980-82 tapes by Two Daughters. They were a mysterious pair affiliated with Throbbing Gristle and recorded all sorts of dark and haunting noise in Brixton for Nurse With Wound's United Dairies. This session is as freaky as they come, with muffled voices appearing out of the noise like apparitions. Hypnotic and daunting, droning and bleakly mesmeric, this music sounds to us like the shadowy corridors of an old lunatic asylum in the dead of a winter's night.
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Played by: Alexis Le-Tan
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Pro Tools (reissue) (blue vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: L-BBG1065. Rel: 29 Aug 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Intromental (0:52)
  2. Pencil (feat Masta Killa & RZA) (3:58)
  3. Alphabets (2:42)
  4. Groundbreaking (feat Justice Kareem) (2:35)
  5. 7 Pounds (2:39)
  6. 0% Finance (4:19)
  7. Short Race (feat Rock Marcy) (4:04)
  8. Interlude (0:26)
  9. Paper Plate (2:47)
  10. Columbian Ties (feat True) (2:47)
  11. Firehouse (feat Ka) (3:42)
  12. Path Of Destruction (2:37)
  13. Cinema (feat Justice Kareem) (2:57)
  14. Intermission (Drive In Movie) (0:25)
  15. Life Is A Movie (feat RZA & Irfane Khan-Acito (Of Outlines)) (3:10)
  16. Elastic Audio (live - bonus track) (4:02)
Review: Wu-Tang are very much in the headlines right now thanks to the four part Netflix documentary series that is chronicling their essential history. The collective's various members famously went off and served up a number of killer side projects, including this one from GZA. It's his fifth studio album from 2008 and features nuggets like the 50-Cent baiting beef track "Paper Plate" as well as other uptempo joints laden with the sort of sombre soul that defines much of Wu-Tang's work, all with GZA's potent rhymes front and centre. For such a prolific artist, the quality levels remain remarkably high here.
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PL (limited transparent vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: PDONLP 002LTD. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Techno
  1. Starting Fights (with Josh Caffe )
  2. The Boombox Affair (with Bubbles Bubblesynski)
  3. Nobody Watching (with Mutado Pintado)
  4. The Music
  5. Angel Of Hell (with Arthur Baker & Alan Vega)
  6. Drum Machine
  7. Blue-Ish
  8. Cult Hero (Do You Wanna Touch Me) (with Simon Topping )
  9. Sly Is Watching
  10. (Vi-Vi) Vicious Games (with Josh Caffe )
Review: When it comes to jackin' Chicago style acid house revivalism, few can hold a candle to Paranoid London. As this long-awaited second album proves, the duo is the undisputed masters of sweaty, TB-303 driven jack-tracks and - as recent single "(Vi-Vi) Vicious Games" and LP opener "Starting Fights" prove - classic-sounding vocal cuts that recall the glory years of Fingers, Inc in the mid-to-late 1980s. Interestingly, "PL" boasts far more collaborations than we've seen from Paranoid London before, including a string of ragged club cuts blessed with evocative spoken word vocals, a thrusting acid throb-job with lead vocals by Simon Topping and a suitably twisted, machine-driven hook up with Arthur Baker and Alan Vega (the raw and weighty "Angel Of Hell").
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Photosynthesis (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: AOTN 030. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Elementary Physiology (part 1) (2:35)
  2. Elementary Physiology (part 2) (3:36)
  3. Balloon Ride (4:39)
  4. Circadian Rhythms (3:34)
  5. Diametrically Opposed (3:23)
  6. Grockle Box (1:32)
  7. Living The Dream (4:00)
  8. Platform Game (4:44)
  9. Stacey's Theme (3:24)
  10. Photosynthesis (3:38)
  11. Chronobiology (4:14)
Review: Jazz-man Greg Foat has always been more open-minded and eclectic than many give him credit for, delivering nods to pastoral folk, movie soundtracks and library music amongst his more jazz-focused output. Even so, "Photosynthesis" is still a curveball, featuring as it does drowsy and mostly leisurely soundscapes that move from Radiophonic Workshop influenced weird-outs and mutant lounge music, to stoned horizontal grooves and post trip-hop soundscapes. Interestingly, some of the album's standout moments come laden with woozy electric pianos and the kind of hazy, slow motion guitar motifs that evoke mental images of long, drawn-out sunsets.
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Pelican West: Expanded Edition (reissue) (limited numbered 180 gram yellow audiophile vinyl 2xLP + booklet)
Cat: MOVLP 2454. Rel: 12 Sep 19
Pop
  1. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (3:16)
  2. Love Plus One (4:01)
  3. Lemon Firebrigade (2:57)
  4. Marine Boy (3:37)
  5. Milk Film (3:19)
  6. Kingsize (You're My Little Steam Whistle) (4:02)
  7. Fantastic Day (3:07)
  8. Baked Bean (3:31)
  9. Snow Girl (3:55)
  10. Love's Got Me In Triangles (3:26)
  11. Surprise Me Again (2:56)
  12. Calling Captain Autumn (4:23)
  13. Boat Party (4:17)
  14. Ski Club (4:11)
  15. Nobody's Fool (12" version) (2:58)
  16. October Is Orange (Day 1 & 2) (7:25)
  17. Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) (12" version) (4:59)
Review: Early 80s new Wave pop outfit Haircut One Hundred are best known for their big single "Love Plus One" but this album proves they were more than one trick ponies. Infusing their pop, rock and synth sound with Conga, woodwind and Brazilian percussion leads to superbly colourful tracks that brim with sunshine. There's an upbeat and youthful innocence to "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" that is utterly infectious, while busier post punk funk like "Love Plus One" will get you on your toes even after all these years, and "Kingsize (You're My Little Steam Whistle)" gets all sexy with its lead sax and clattering steel drum tumbles.
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Cat: OTCRLP 006. Rel: 30 Aug 19
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Dangerous Women (1:12)
  2. Why White Folks Can't Call Me Nigga (5:02)
  3. Bastard (3:43)
  4. The Collection (3:17)
  5. Corny Ass Poem (2:12)
  6. Madea (2:08)
  7. Peackocks & Other Savage Beasts (3:26)
  8. Again (3:46)
  9. I Dream So Loud (feat Daniel B Summerhill) (4:53)
Review: You won't hear many albums as direct, hard hitting and confrontational as this: musing on the black experience, culture, identity, love and trauma, it is a spoken word and poetic masterclass from California born Tenesha The Wordsmith with production from Khalab. Jazz, electronic dance, afro rhythms, hip hop and broken beat all make up the grooves and beautifully frame the album's thundering truths and uncomfortable realities. At times intimate and personal, at others chest beating and empowering, it is an album that makes a lasting impact. "I hope your compassion for others grows," says Tenesha of listening to it, and surely it will.
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Pave The Way (reissue) (180 gram audiophile vinyl LP)
Cat: MOVLP 2336. Rel: 15 Oct 19
Roots/Lovers Rock
  1. Proverbs Extractions (4:47)
  2. It's A Trick (4:49)
  3. Pave The Way (4:28)
  4. Dig On (5:51)
  5. Africa Is For Me (4:03)
  6. A Step Before Hell (3:27)
  7. Last Straw (3:47)
  8. I See It Everyday (3:24)
  9. Sister (5:03)
Review: It was in churches in the late sixties that Pablo Moses first started performing and a decade later he was putting out his own releases and making an immediate impact on the dub world. "Pave The Way" was his third full length album and was produced, recorded then mixed by the hands of the revered Geoffrey Chung of Jamaican Dynamic Sounds. Our picks of the bunch include album highlight "Africa Is For Me", the shuffling "A Step Before Hell" and superbly hazy "I See It Everyday".
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Pata Pata (2xLP + insert + MP3 download code)
Cat: STRUT 180LP. Rel: 30 Aug 19
International
  1. Pata Pata (mono) (3:01)
  2. Ha Po Zamani (mono) (2:56)
  3. What Is Love (mono) (2:45)
  4. Maria Fulo (mono) (2:37)
  5. Yetentu Tizaleny (mono) (2:50)
  6. Click Song Number One (mono) (2:20)
  7. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (mono) (2:52)
  8. Jol'Inkomo (mono) (3:00)
  9. West Wind (mono) (2:47)
  10. Saduva (mono) (3:44)
  11. A Piece Of Ground (mono) (3:38)
  12. Pata Pata (3:01)
  13. Ha Po Zamani (2:57)
  14. What Is Love (2:43)
  15. Maria Fulo (2:39)
  16. Yetentu Tizaleny (2:51)
  17. Click Song Number One (2:20)
  18. Ring Bell, Ring Bell (2:52)
  19. Jol'Inkomo (3:01)
  20. West Wind (2:48)
  21. Saduva (3:44)
  22. A Piece Of Ground (3:38)
Review: Recorded in New York in 1966, Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata" - her first for the legendary Reprise Records imprint - has long been considered one of the most important and influential South African albums of all time. Strut certainly thinks so and has offered up a "definitive version" that contains both mono and stereo mixes of the album, alongside new sleeve notes that tell the singer's remarkable story in vivid detail. Musically the set is rooted in jazz, but also incorporates sounds, rhythms and instrumentation not only reflective of Makeba's home country, but also nods to American soul, Latin rhythms and calypso (the latter showcasing the influence of her mentor, Harry Belafonte).
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Parallel Inflection (LP limited to 100 copies)
Cat: PITPV 007. Rel: 30 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Reflector (5:04)
  2. Receiver (4:43)
  3. Parallel (4:48)
  4. Spherule (4:52)
  5. Concave (4:49)
  6. Convex (4:51)
  7. Extent (4:54)
  8. Saros (4:58)
Review: This new album from Warmth is made up of condensed compositions from their third ambient album 'Parallel' and showcase their mastery of spiritual, pure and cathartic synth work. Listening to this is what you might imagine passing from this life to the next sounds like - all consuming and intense yet somehow empty and utterly devoid of distraction. It is a meditation in sound that subtle evolves with intricacies that real themselves upon close headphone listening. Alternatively, put it on to sooth a busy mind and allow it to send you off to sleep.
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Original Series 02 (gatefold hand-stamped 2xLP)
Cat: ALNOS 02. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. Drastic (9:19)
  2. MARS (6:31)
  3. Good Morning Brooklyn (8:37)
  4. New York (6:35)
  5. Loop People (7:50)
  6. Activated Sensitivity (7:49)
  7. La Rose (10:48)
  8. Senor Lopez (5:23)
Review: After a two-year absence, Aline Brooklyn - New York's surprise home of Romanian style minimal techno adventures - has returned with a bang in 2019. They've launched the "Original Series", with March's debut release from Mihai Pol being followed by this eight-track album from Nico Laa and Juan Cristiani. The pair begins in confident mood via the melodious tech-house funk of "Drastic", before wrapping chiming lead lines and spacey electronics around a low-slung groove of "Mars". More warm, deep house style motifs can be heard on "Good Morning Brooklyn" and the bumpin' goodness of "New York", while "Loop People" is a hazy, minimalist jack-track. Elsewhere, "La Rose" is woozy, dreamy and quietly picturesque (despite locked-in tech-house beats) and "Senor Lopez" is snappy and funky in the best possible way.
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Played by: Jean Pierre
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Oneness (3xLP)
Cat: GONDLP 033. Rel: 26 Sep 19
Jazz
  1. Life (9:46)
  2. Oneness (11:18)
  3. Stan's Harp (7:34)
  4. Loving Kindness (9:30)
  5. Distant Land (8:29)
  6. Stories From India (9:28)
  7. The Traveller (6:45)
Review: Since he released his first album 11 years ago, bandleader, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has proved to be one of British jazz's standout talents. In recent years he's delved into soul-jazz and big band jazz territory, so it's intriguing to find that "Oneness" is a much more spiritual, pared-down and minimalistic affair. Using a mixture of droning Indian instrumentation, languid and leisurely harp motifs, selective horn solos, melancholic trumpet lines and occasional traditional jazz instrumentation, Halsall has conjured up a series of meditative pieces that count among his most beguiling works to date. It may surprise a few listeners, but many more will find it enchanting, otherworldly and emotion-rich.
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Offworld (clear vinyl 2xLP + insert)
Cat: HTH 115. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Techno
  1. 237,000 Miles (4:39)
  2. Shepperton Moon Landing (5:17)
  3. Offworld Memory 3 (8:03)
  4. Front Screen Projection (4:31)
  5. Arse End Of The Moon (5:50)
  6. Morning Ritual (6:54)
  7. The Grid - "Floatation" (SR Offworld mix) (12:53)
Review: Under the Special Request alias, Paul Woolford has released some stellar music this year. Astonishingly, "Offworld" is his third album of 2019; it could well be the best, too. It explores different sonic territory too, drawing heavily on electro, futurist Detroit techno, Boards of Canada style IDM and the slick 1980s productions of Jam and Lewis. The result is a stunningly beautiful, spacey and far-sighted set that contains some of Woolford's most emotion-rich work to date - and that's saying something. It also finishes in stunning style with an impeccable remix/re-make of the Grid's "Floatation" that sounds like the best early 90s Orb remix you've never heard.
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Nostalgia (reissue) (white vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: FIRELP 104X. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Indie
  1. Hate Rock Trio (2:33)
  2. Look What's Been Done (7:56)
  3. Look Down The Line (6:28)
  4. Look At That Girl (3:30)
  5. Look At Her (4:49)
  6. You Injured Me (5:23)
  7. I'm All Broke Up (5:40)
Review: HTRK's debut album in 2007 proved to be a seminal one for fans of experimental noise. It cooks up impressively abrasive and caustic textures, crashing waves of white noise and sonorous pulses that speak of a future dystopian world. Tense and absorbing throughout, the lo-fi design and elements of post punk, post industrial and post techno makes it a modern analogy of the likes of Throbbing Gristle. 12 years later, the record sounds just as good, and arguably even more prescient in these twitchy times of digital surveillance, social anxieties and worldwide political tensions. It might be bleak, then, but that doesn't mean there is real beauty in this album's disharmony.
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Night City Life (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: STLKLP 006. Rel: 04 Sep 19
Disco/Re-Edits
  1. Catherine Brenot - "Et Tout Est Yin Et Tout Est Yang" (club mix) (5:19)
  2. 1 Plus 1 - "Coming Up For Air" (instrumental) (5:25)
  3. Fragile - "We've Got Tonight, Boy" (6:13)
  4. Jarmaz - "Night City Life" (Disco remix) (3:55)
  5. Friend Of Mine - "Just Your Pride" (4:47)
  6. Mac & Monica - "You’re So Good To Me" (6:29)
  7. Sala & H - "Feel The Love" (4:00)
  8. Alexandra - "Fantasia (Fantasy)" (4:45)
  9. Gioia - "No Secrets" (instrumental) (7:43)
  10. Janelle - "Don't Be Shy" (dub) (6:40)
  11. Alessandro Scellino - "Dinner In The Jungle" (Erotic mix) (6:49)
  12. Brian Tatcher - "Hot Love" (instrumental dub version) (6:48)
  13. Preludio - "Mysterious Nights" (4:46)
Review: Ilan Pdahtzur is as obsessive a record digger as any of his more visible peers. His particular niche is early to mid-eighties club music, and now he gets a platform to show off his skills thanks to the Spacetalk label. "Night City Life" is about music to match that exact setting - nocturnal urban metropolises with glowing neon lights shimmering in the darkness. There's a lot to love across four sides of vinyl here, from Italo disco to steamy boogie cuts and iridescent synth jams. It will make you nostalgic for a time and place you've never experienced (at least not as perfectly as this) and no doubt get plenty of dance floors on their feet.
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 446. Rel: 18 Oct 19
International
  1. Geraldo Pino - "Shake Hands" (4:41)
  2. Sonny Okosunds Ozziddi - "Dance Of The Elephants" (7:27)
  3. The Wings - "We'll Get Home" (3:51)
  4. Alhaji (Chief) Prof Kollington Ayinla - "E Ye Ika Se" (3:22)
  5. Colomach - "Kassa Kpa Sama Kpa" (3:39)
  6. Geraldo Pino - "Heavy Heavy Heavy" (6:24)
  7. MFB - "Beware" (2:25)
  8. Tony Grey & The Ozimba Messengers - "You Are The One" (7:22)
  9. Sonny Okosuns - "Oba Erediauwa I" (6:20)
  10. The Wings - "Single Boy" (4:02)
  11. Geraldo Pino - "Power To The People" (5:43)
  12. Original Wings - "Igba Alusi" (7:03)
  13. Don Bruce & The Angels - "Sugar Baby" (6:32)
  14. Geraldo Pino - "Africans Must Unite" (5:51)
Review: Back in 2017, Soul Jazz offered up a superb box set of seven 7" singles featuring a wealth of 1970s Nigerian afro-rock, afro-funk and afro-disco. Since then the box has been changing hands for significant sums online, so they've bowed to pressure and decided to reissue it as a gatefold double album. It features the same combination of tracks from the likes of Geraldo Pino, Tony Grey, The Wings and MFB, though this time they've been included in a different order. For those interested in raw, raucous and life-affirming Nigerian dance music from the period, it should be an essential purchase (providing, of course, they don't already own the previous box set).
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New Dawn (LP)
Cat: MT 003. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Geodesic (part 1) (27:08)
  2. Cosmic Geometry (28:21)
Review: In 1980, Don Slepian sat down with one synthesizer - a Korg PS-3100 - and a Mellotron and recorded two lengthy pieces inspired by a mixture of new age music, formative ambient sounds and American minimalism. The results - recorded live in two takes, with no overdubs - were released on a tiny label as "New Dawn - New Music For Digital Orchestra". As this licensed reissue proves, the music remains as beautiful and beguiling as ever, with both pieces offering slowly unfurling melodies, sustained chords and the kind of twinkling electronics that would later become the hallmark of 90s ambient producers such as Pete Namlook. If you love heady horizontal soundscapes and floatation tank atmospherics, this should be an essential purchase.
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Cat: FTS 14LP. Rel: 11 Oct 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Saturday Morning Doze (7:31)
  2. At The Store (6:29)
  3. August Haze (8:05)
  4. The Secret Place (5:11)
  5. After School (11:33)
  6. Gloaming (8:26)
  7. From The Bluff (6:23)
  8. Night Games (3:31)
Review: It would be fair to say that Ernest "Ernie" Hood was ahead of his time. During the early 1970s, he was one of the few musicians in Portland, Oregon to embrace synthesizers. He was also a keen zither player and in his spare time made nostalgic field recordings of suburban neighbourhoods that matched those he grew up in. All of these things came together on his sole solo album, "Neighborhoods", an obscure - but rather brilliant - set that still sounds miles ahead of its time. It has a nostalgic tone, but is as evocative and atmospheric as you'd expect given the sonic ingredients Hood spooned into the mix. This re-mastered edition expands it to two discs, too, allowing louder, clearer reproduction of Hood's far-sighted sounds.
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Muskoka (gatefold translucent pink vinyl 2xLP)
Ram
Cat: RAMMLP 41. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Drum And Bass
  1. Radio Statica (3:43)
  2. One Last Chance (feat Skyelle - remix) (4:20)
  3. Kilauea (5:23)
  4. Do It Again (feat Armanni Reign) (4:11)
  5. Arpeggio Deluxe (4:15)
  6. Muskoka (4:50)
  7. Secrets (feat Sarah Carmosino) (3:04)
  8. Under The Sunshine (4:53)
  9. In Darkness (part 1) (3:33)
  10. In Darkness (part 2) (4:33)
  11. Hard Times (feat Emer Dineen) (4:58)
  12. Trillium (7:10)
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Cat: 012414 14901. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide (0:47)
  2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) (3:16)
  3. Award Tour (3:23)
  4. 8 Million Stories (4:30)
  5. Sucka Nigga (4:11)
  6. Midnight (4:28)
  7. We Can Get Down (4:28)
  8. Electric Relaxation (3:49)
  9. Clap Your Hands (3:38)
  10. Oh My God (3:26)
  11. Keep It Rollin' (3:06)
  12. The Chase (part 2) (4:05)
  13. Lyrics To Go (4:05)
  14. God Lives Through (4:19)
Review: As long as there is hip-hop, debate will rage as to which album by A Tribe Called Quest is their finest. Of course, they're all superb, but 1993's "Midnight Marauders" - their third full-length - may well be the best of all. That's a big call, but we'd ask any doubters to give it another listen. The New York crew is in particularly fine form on the mic throughout, while the backing tracks, which make great use of crunchy, head-nodding beats and hundreds of superb, hand-picked samples, are amongst the most intricately produced, groovy and deep ever committed to wax. It's one of those hip-hop sets that should be in the collection of any committed music head, and not just rap fans.
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 in stock $21.33
UMC
Cat: 081378 5. Rel: 20 Sep 19
Dub
  1. Metal Banshee (Mad Professor mix 1) (5:51)
  2. Angel (Angel Dust) (6:03)
  3. Teardrop (Mazaruni dub 1) (6:06)
  4. Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise) (6:03)
  5. Risingson (Setting Sun dub 2) (4:54)
  6. Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub) (5:45)
  7. Wire (Leaping dub) (5:16)
  8. Group Four (Security Forces dub) (8:07)
Review: Way back in 1998 when Massive Attack's career-defining "Mezzanine" was first released, legendary dub technician Mad Professor cooked up some radical reworking. They now get their first official release alongside dubs of two tracks that never actually made it onto the album - Metal Banshee: a dub version of "Superpredators" which was a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Metal Postcard", and "Wire", which was actually recorded for the film "Welcome to Sarajevo". Wild effects, plenty of knob twiddling and oodles of reverb define this freaky late night collection and mark another essential release in the catalogue of the already legendary Mad Professor.
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Mannigfaltig (3xLP)
K7
Cat: K 7380LP. Rel: 13 Sep 19
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. Einstagsfliege (7:05)
  2. Zweibrutiger Schekenfalter (7:14)
  3. Dreizehenspecht (3:36)
  4. Vierfleck (6:12)
  5. Funffleck Widderchen (9:09)
  6. Sechslinien Bodeneule (8:38)
  7. Siebenschlafer (6:01)
  8. Goldene Acht (8:50)
  9. Neuntoter (7:30)
  10. Zehnpunkt Marienkafer (11:05)
  11. Elfenbein Flechtenbarchen (7:00)
  12. Zwolfpunkt Spargelkafer (4:43)
Review: While he's continued to offer up occasional singles, Bonn-based producer Dominik Eulberg has not released an album for eight years. It's for this reason that "Mannigfaltig", the former Traum Schallplatten regular's new set, is big news. Interestingly, it's nowhere near as club-focused as you'd perhaps expect, with Eulberg combining his usual glitchy, tech-house influenced beats and sounds with a range of intricate electronic motifs, sumptuous melodies and atmospheric aural textures. There are one or two club cuts, of course, but majority of the tracks bob along at a more sedate pace, with Eulberg offering up cuts that draw influence from IDM and hazy electronica. As a result, it may well be his most coherent and "listenable" album to date.
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 in stock $27.27
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