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WILLIAMS, ROBERT PETE: Louisiana Blues LP (4M 193LP) 17.00
“Over fifty years since his discovery by ethnomusicologists Dr. Harry Oster and Richard Allen in the prison farm of Angola, Louisiana, what is it that makes the blues as sung and picked out by Robert Pete Williams such a singular listening experience, unequalled elsewhere in that musical form? As Peter Guralnick, in his Feel Like Going Home book writes: ‘It’s difficult to approve the banalities of most blues singers after listening to Robert Pete Williams. More than anyone else he shatters the conventions of the form and refuses to rely upon any of the clichés, either of music or of lyric, which bluesman after bluesman will invoke. Instead he sings blues which reflect a unique and personal vision; he makes each song unmistakably his own.’ Unfamiliar keys, cliché-free lyricism, spontaneity, an individualistic style in invoking his particular blues, all make Robert Pete Williams an idiosyncratic entry into the canon. It’s impossible to listen to blues artists before him and hear strains of his particular style. None have matched it since. Louisiana Blues contains ten songs recorded in the month of July 1966 out in Berkeley, California for John Fahey’s Takoma imprint. Includes the original eight-page booklet with liner notes.” On 180 gram vinyl.
FUNKADELIC: Let’s Take It To The Stage LP (4M 207LP) 17.00
“Originally released in April of 1975, Let’s Take It To The Stage is George Clinton’s pioneering combo’s seventh album for Westbound Records. Let’s Take It To The Stage was the work of a group that had turned a corner, a combination of all the disparate aspects of Funkadelic’s music up to that point: the extended jams, abrasive guitars, smooth ballads, direct vocals, psychedelic ingredients, sexual lyrics and dirty funk into the most short and to-the-point songs they’d ever recorded. Let’s Take It To The Stage is cool music made by cool people for cool people.” 180 gram vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.
FUNKADELIC: Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic LP (4M 208LP) 17.00
“1976’s Tales of Kidd Funkadelic is the last Funkadelic album on Westbound Records and it was actually released after George Clinton and company had left the label for Warner Bros. Just before leaving, Clinton (as a contractual obligation) delivered to their original label a collection of recently recorded outtakes (some leftover jams, songs, and funk pieces) which were released as the album Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (the LP did significantly better commercially than their first album for Warner Bros., Hardcore Jollies, and included ‘Undisco Kidd,’ an R&B Top 30 single).” 180 gram vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve.
SCOTT, JIMMY: Falling In Love Is Wonderful LP (4M 804LP) 21.00
“Jimmy Scott recorded several well-received sides for Savoy during the ’50s then in 1962 went to Ray Charles’ newly formed Tangerine label and recorded the long-lost classic Falling In Love Is Wonderful. A densely romantic and heartbreakingly open collection of love songs — ballads so sincerely delivered in such a perfect voice. Here is a voice and music of another time, combining to create a vocal jazz masterpiece. Gerald Wilson and Marty Paich arranged the tunes, Joe Adams produced, and Ray Charles played piano on all tracks and ‘supervised.’ Unfortunately, Falling In Love Is Wonderful disappeared virtually as soon as it was released. A contractual dispute arose with Jimmy’s previous label, and Tangerine pulled the new record from stores. This angelic album represents Jimmy Scott at his peak: this record is vital.” 180 gram vinyl.
MOLLONO.BASS: My Hidden Playground 12″ (ACKER 022.1EP) 12.00
Acker Records presents a 12″ from Mollono.Bass with tracks off of his debut full-length (ACKER 002CD). The lively hustle and bustle on My Hidden Playground happens in many different ways: sometimes it’s the frisky bounce of hopping bass lines and stimulating house rhythms, sometimes it’s the hypnotic sound structures that take you on an adventure. But above all, it’s the unmistakable sound of real instruments which create that earthy, organic groove. Also includes non-album track “Ballet In The Dark.”
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O.: Pink Lady Lemonade – You’re From Inner Space CD (ALIEN 090CD) 15.00
“Anyone who has ever witnessed Acid Mothers Temple live has more than likely heard them perform ‘Pink Lady Lemonade.’ It’s a staple of their live sets and has been released in various forms over the years on of now out of print releases. It is offered here for the first time in a single CD edition. While ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’ is a single piece of epic proportions, it comes off more like a very cohesive full-length recording, as the tune is broken down into four separate movements. The record’s first movement runs for about 30 minutes and introduces the album’s central motif, a mesmerizing and repetitive guitar riff. The track eventually dissolves into a particular jazzy section that has the band frantically freaking out somewhere between ragtime and Sun Ra. This jazz-inspired section ends rather abruptly after just under six minutes, yet it’s enough to radically alter the previous vibe and prepare oneself for the third movement. The third segment marks the return of main riff being played in a very gentle manner with slight processing on Kawabata Makoto’s guitar and additional synth action from Higashi Hiroshi being panned in and out of the mix. The results are very intriguing and verge into psychoacoustic territory. The effect of the layered sounds is reminiscent of that experienced when listening to the music of contemporary classical composer Luigi Nono, whose compositions created something entirely new out of manipulating taped recordings of vocalists and orchestras. Pink Lady Lemonade maintains the same heavy spiritual qualities that so much of the Acid Mothers output does, but the hippy elements are kept a little further at bay and instead replaced with an artier drone component. The effect of the cascading drone alongside the full band playing is both refreshing and strange, almost as if you were listening to two different pieces of music being performed simultaneously.”
MAGICAL POWER MAKO: Hapmoniym 1972-1975 5CD BOX (BAMBOX 001CD) 57.00
The epitome of a cult artist (and a favorite of Julian Cope), the enigmatic Magical Power Mako (aka Makoto Kurita) has been sporadically releasing albums in his native Japan since 1974. This lavish numbered, limited edition 5CD set collects jams taped by him between 1972 and 1975, and comes complete with a full 12-page booklet. Encompassing psychedelic folk, Krautrock, electronica and fuzz guitar, the music’s effect is frequently astounding, and absolutely essential for all fans of Japrock.
GUN CLUB, THE: Lucky Jim LP (BANG 046LP) 21.00
For the first time since it was originally released in 1993, The Gun Club’s Lucky Jim sees the light of day on vinyl. This record is nowadays impossible to find on LP and has become one of those crazy-priced items on internet bids. This is the very last album Jeffrey Lee Pierce recorded and it is another masterpiece (like any of his recordings all through his career in Gun Club or solo). This record is probably the darkest one he ever recorded and is kind of an epitaph in advance of his sad and early passing in 1996. Released by Bang! Records under license from Creeping Ritual Productions with a deluxe gatefold cover. Limited edition of 1,000 copies.
GUTTERVILLE SPLENDOUR SIX: Gutterville Splendour Six 2LP (BANG 047LP) 30.50
Gutterville Splendour Six was established in Perth, Australia in the late-’90s and helped spawn later bands such as The Drones. The sound is clearly what The Drones came up with afterwards — a brutal amalgam of electricity, distortion, feedback and desperation, drinking directly from the fountains of The Scientists and The Birthday Party. Guided by Gareth Liddiard’s guitar, Gutterville Splendour Six produce slow, loud and nasty melodies, fronted by the complex and tortured lyrics which became the identifying stamp of The Drones. Among other band members, and besides Gareth Liddiard, we find other Drones members, such as Rui Pereira, as well as members of what years after came to be Kill Devil Hills. This album compiles the only EP they released back in the day plus all other recordings from this formative band. Finally available on this record is the missing link between The Scientists and The Drones. Released only on 2LP with a gatefold cover.
VA: Welcome To The Beat Generation LP (BEATNIK 001LP) 15.50
A crazy set of cool ’50s & ’60s rock & roll, free-garageish sounds, beatnik poetry, hip-jazz and a whole lotta wacky weirdness. A few familiar tracks plus lots of really hard-to-find stuff, compiled into a set of instant party mashers! Absolutely staggering array of sounds, from Herman Munster opening off reading “Beat” poetry to Lord Buckley providing the voice of “Go Man Van Go” as The Wild Man of Wildsville and lots and lots of hipness in between. Limited to 500 copies only.
MOCKASIN, CONNAN: Forever Dolphin 12″ (BEC 5772813) 12.50
Welcome to the delightful, slanted and enchanted world of Connan Mockasin. Like David Lynch’s wilfully surrealist take on American suburbia, or Richard Prince’s paintings investigating modern cultural tropes, the New Zealand-born London resident makes beautiful, off-kilter music which subverts as it compels, drawing fans as diverse as Johnny Marr and Radiohead to Ed Banger chief and ex-Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter into its wide-eyed exploration into the final frontiers of pop music. Features remixes by Mickey Moonlight and Erol Alkan.
GENTLEMEN DRIVERS: Asphalt 12″ (BEC 5772818) 12.50
This French duo with a pop heart and electronic drive is back on the dance route with Asphalt. “Asphalt” veers towards a techno autobahn and “Valdor” is modern synthetic pop. Its magnificent remix by Populette is closer to a disco odyssey in the vein of Prins Thomas or Jacques Renault. Mika and Benoit keep driving straight to the next French electronic pop explosion. Also includes an appearance by Lisa Li-Lund.
ALLIEN, ELLEN: Dust Remixes EP 12″ (BPC 232EP) 12.00
After Ellen Allien’s album Dust (BPC 217CD/LP) kicked up a lot of the same in 2010, it was only a matter of time until the right remixers for the album were found. No less than the crème de la crème of today’s house scene were allowed to have their way with these tracks, and the results are more than fitting. This 12″ features three powerful club tracks from three outstanding remixers: Ripperton, Camea and Shonky.
DJ STILL LIFE: Try Otra Vez 7″ (BJX 710EP) 7.00
“Brooklyn bass ambassador and host of East Village Radio’s Worldwide Smash show, DJ Still Life, makes his debut appearance on wax for BSTRD Boots with ‘Try Otra Vez,’ a big CumbiAlliyah track! Originally released digitally on the 9 year anniversary of Alliyah’s death, Still Life’s tropical re-fixings of Alliyah received international attention and had the blogosphere on fire. ‘Try Otra Vez,’ an infectious cumbia re-working of ‘Try Again’ is now seeing the light of day on 7″ wax through the Brooklyn-based BSTRD Boots label. Big shuffling drums, accordions, deep deep bass and a hint of squelchiness make this a solid recontextualization and playful appropriation of a performer whose talent continues to unite listeners years after her untimely passing.”
BUDZILLUS: Der Untergang Remixes 12″ (BUR 005EP) 12.00
“Der Untergang” refers to a dystopian city in which everybody went crazy — the perfect outline for the remixers Oliver Koletzki, umami and label heads AKA AKA. Every remix comes with a different vibe and mood. Koletzki’s housey interpretation is perfect for the late evening hours and brings some Caribbean flair on the dancefloor. Umami comes up with a real tech-house stomper while AKA AKA elevate us to another level of their collaboration with trumpeter Thalstroem. A must-have.
VA: Quality Street 12″ (BR 002EP) 9.50
Elijah & Skilliam’s Butterz brings together a top value pack of four amazing productions. First up is a 2010 reworking of the classic “Creepy Crawler” by Terror Danjah — 10 times more menacing than the original half-time 2004 grime hit. Royal T follows with “Hot Ones Remix” — pulsing dancefloor grime at its finest. SRC reworks the Nintendo 8-bit era influenced “Goomba” and Mr. Mitch closes the set with a colorful combination of lo-fi synths and rattling breaks on “Skittles.”
TERROR DANJAH: Air Bubble Remixes 12″ (BR 003EP) 11.00
Butterz presents a limited clear-vinyl EP featuring three remixes of Terror Danjah’s “Air Bubble.” The original version was a main draw on Butterz’ first release and featured here is a trio of diverse takes on the tune from Starkey, Swindle and Royal T. After the parts to the song were released on the Butterz blog earlier this year, over 200 producers ended up remixing it. There are only 300 copies released, so this is definitely one for the fast-fingered collector.
D.O.K.: Chemical Planet/Keep On Making Grime 12″ (BR 004EP) 9.50
On this 12″, D.O.K steps out from the background to be recognized as one of the most influential producers around. “Chemical Planet” is an amalgamation of styles that blends Swindle-esque chords with D.O.K’s chopped vocal samples. Managing to be both melodic and frantic, this track continues Butterz’ strong commitment to championing instrumentals with real structure rather than just 16 bar loops. “Keep On Making Grime” swings with an attention-grabbing looped vocal sample and eerie synths over a halfstep rhythm.
LAST POETS, THE: The Last Poets LP (CELL 6101LP) 11.50
Exact repro of the 1984 Celluloid reissue of the Last Poets’ debut album, originally released in 1970 on the Douglas label. “If rap could be traced to one logical source point, this exceptional album would be it, without question. With their politically-charged raps, syncopated rhythms and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip hop. Featuring the classic ‘When The Revolution Comes’.”
LAST POETS, THE: This Is Madness LP (CELL 6105LP) 11.00
Exact repro of the 1984 Celluloid reissue of the Last Poets’ third album, originally released on Douglas in 1971. “Their brilliant use of offensive language and graphic details about America’s social and racial failures helped expose a bigger audience to the sentiments of the ’70s black nationalists.”
LAST POETS, THE: Oh My People LP (CELL 6108LP) 11.00
Exact repro of this 1984 release. The Last Poets’ later mid-80s work is heavily influenced by Bill Laswell’s production, incorporating synths and drum machines into the “street soul” vibe. Laswell even appears here on track “Get Movin’.”
TOMMY FOUR SEVEN: Track 5/CH4 12″ (CLR 045EP) 12.50
Tommy Four Seven is at the front of the new generation of techno artists, creating his trademark deep and uncompromising sounds. With previous releases for Brique Rouge and the Kill Brique label, before launching his own imprint called Shooting Elvis, Tommy moved to Berlin and has been steadily building his catalogue of strong, moody and hypnotic tracks ever since. Here are two tracks from his debut album Primate, a unique and uncompromising work from a young and promising techno pioneer.
MALOSO, DANIEL: Hijos De José 12″ (COMEME 009EP) 12.00
Maloso’s disco is undeniable — already the creator of “Ritmo Especial,” hailed by Bleep/Warp as one of the top tracks of 2010, which you definitely heard in every DJ set Michael Mayer dished out. “Hijos De José” crosses the genre spectrum and ingeniously spits out sweat-drenching, musical madness. Maloso vocally plays with the title lyric “Noy Doy Nada” in every which way, and “Caracol” is purely instrumental hand-clap disco à la Metro Area tweaked out with a killer arpeggio.
RESIDENTS, THE: Meet The Residents CD (MVDA 5138CD) 12.00
“Reissue of the Residents’ classic debut originally released on Ralph Records in 1974. The whole, bizarre Residents trip started here (at least officially). Mixing everything from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart to Raymond Scott and Sun Ra in the world’s most bizarre blender, this one is the place to start in the wild and weird world of the Residents.”
GAUTHIER, BRUNO: Existing Reality 12″ (CTF 002EP) 12.00
Bruno Gauthier updates the epic gospel which was started by the mysterious one with a boom — the boom which broke the nothingness. “Existing Reality” is a Tesla-esque algorithm for the universal prescription of all antidotes. It offers a minimal lushness, a universe within a universe. “Music Takes Control” is a maelstrom that sucks all gravity away into the anti-matter zone. Its razor-sharp vortex cuts away space and time, a radical march of nouveau deepness. Or is it steepness?
YEH, C. SPENCER: In The Blink Of An Eye/Condo Stress 7″ (DESTIJL 087EP) 5.50
“I’m the rabbit who believes in the magic (in a way that a tiny girl can inspire quiet men), and it’s the magic that keeps me in the dark (in the larger view, of producing records pursuing 1). Electronics Music, 2). ‘Music as Furniture’ (Modernistic Music), 3). Music with experimental new vision.) These are Songs that are Those Things. And these are essentially the first of C S Yeh’s efforts to be widely available, discounting songs from 2002, documented previously by WHAT THE…? records.”
DEHNERT, MIKE: Framework 2LP (DSR 086LP) 23.00
2LP version. Berlin-based new school techno producer, DJ and live performer Mike Dehnert releases his first album proper. In just three years, Dehnert has gone from unknown talent to underground hero with (as revered record store Hardwax calls it) his very own “raw techno” sound making waves on labels like his own imprint Fachwerk, hallowed Dutch outlet Clone Basement Series, as well as dub techno stable Echochord Colour, super reticent outlet MD2 and now Delsin, where he finds himself at home amongst the future music of talented cohorts Redshape, A Made Up Sound, Delta Funktionen and more. Framework, as you’d expect of a man who performs genuinely live for hours, often only ever calling on his own tweaked, edited and skewed productions — is an uncompromising album made up of pure techno tracks of the sort you’d expect to hear on the dancefloors of places like Berghain or Tresor. They go from pulsing and classic sounding to skipping and glitchy, through greyed-out and sandy via swinging and syncopated but always with a sense of restraint and control whether they are abstract, apocalyptic, atmospheric or whatever else. Drawing from a dusty, dirty toolbox of sounds, the echo-y, cavernous chambers and dusky warehouse aesthetics of Dehnert’s moody music betrays the purity and simplicity of his arrangements. Although his records are undeniably functional, at the same time, they are neither nondescript nor forgettable: somehow, through masterful sound designs and an accomplished knack for blending real tension and atmosphere with his obvious Basic Channel and Berghain influences, Mike Dehnert manages to lock you into whatever mood takes his fancy with apparent ease. Make no bones about it (he doesn’t) Framework is an album of tracks. Each one is made with various dancefloors in mind, and each is informed by the hundreds of hours Dehnert has spent working away in such places. The results are to-the-point without being unsubtle, each track has a job to do and does so efficiently. Whilst outlining a Framework for his many live sets to come, this debut album also makes for engaging listening and confirms Dehnert to be one of contemporary techno’s most exciting current incumbents.
BLOCKS & ESCHER: Shadow Play 12″ (SBOY 038EP) 9.00
“Following heavyweight releases from the likes of Benga, Youngman, Kutz and Breakage. Blocks & Escher come with their debut release on Shy FX?s mighty Digital Soundboy imprint. Blocks hailing from South London and production partner Escher from Brighton have already released on the critically acclaimed Horizons Music label with their sought after ?Heart Shaped? single and have recently set up their own label ?Narratives?.”
DUB SPENCER & TRANCE HILL: The Clashification Of Dub LP (EB 081LP) 22.00
180 gram LP version. Limited edition of 555 numbered copies for the world. Features eight of the twelve tracks from the CD version. The Swiss space-cowboys, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill bring their fourth album of superlative dub inna sci-fi control. Last time they chose a strange combination of cheap ’80s songs and monumental rock standards for student parties. This time, The Clashification Of Dub is wrapped by the most influential band of revolution, pop, rock, punk, politics and dancing over the last 30 years: The Clash. Meet The Clash hits (almost all of them?) like “Guns Of Brixton,” “London Calling,” etc. — the compact crossover of sweet and lovely reggae vibes matched with sci-fi tech power, partly orchestrated with innovative production and mixing skills. An album of incredible beauty and power featuring smart and contemporary dubness. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill’s vision of cult is unique — it is alchemy, prophecy and acoustic ecology encased in a magical, timeless atmosphere.
EDDIE C: Parts Unknown CD (EF 006CD) 15.50
Endless Flight announces the first album by Canadian nu-disco producer Eddie C. Eddie C has released on popular disco-oriented labels like Jiscomusic, Sleazy Beats Recordings, Flashback, 7 Inches Of Love (run by The Mole & Koosh) and Endless Flight. All of his releases are highly-acclaimed and he is slotted as the brightest hope in the nu-disco and house scene. The album kicks off with a lovely, soulful tune which reminds a bit of Minnie Riperton or Dennis Williams. “Love Journey” and “Pains Inside” sound like pure ’70s soul stuff. “Your Love” is the first track that Eddie has sung by himself, his vocals are reminiscent of Arthur Russell a little bit. “Listenin'” is hip-hop mannered beatdown stuff. Eddie shows his dubby disco side with “Dub Me Gwen,” for fans of DJ Harvey or Idjut Boys. “Space Shuttle” is modern Krautrock disco. The album comes to an end with some uptempo stuff: “Do It Yourself” has a killer Philly disco sound and “Deepa” is more of a housey track. “Starlight” and “I’m Sorry” is more electric boogie house: if you like the music of Tensnake, you will love both of them. This album includes all elements of modern disco music from ’70s soul to ’80s boogie to disco-oriented house. Artwork by Hamburg-based illustrator Stefan Marx.
EDDIE C: We Need We 12″ (EF 033EP) 12.00
This is the second single cut from the debut album Parts Unknown by Eddie C. “We Need We” is a lovely, soulful tune which will bring back memories of Minnie Ripperton or Dennis Williams. “Space Shuttle” is Eddie’s version of Krautrock house and “Deepa” is one of the most club-friendly tracks on the album. Finally, “Listenin'” is hip-hop-styled beatdown stuff.
DAEGA SOUND: 11C/Outpost 12″ (FTHM 12001EP) 11.00
“A limited edition 12 inch vinyl release featuring two cuts from Daega Sound packaged in record jackets silkscreened and numbered by hand. The A side features heavy tune ’11C.’ The steady sounds of 808 claves and half-time snare set the tone for this one. A building vocal edit intro sheds light on a big room with an even bigger drop. Heavy sub bass and a subtly side-chained mid bass hold up the bottom end as an acid like lead line works its way through the environment. When the pads drop on top, you feel the force of the deep and the dirty sounds of Daega Sound. A big tune, ’11C’ was built for the sound system. The AA side features the deep roller ‘Outpost.’ Haunting melodic pads, a distantly filtered beat with ethereal effects greet the listener and start their journey into the abyss.”
SPACEMEN 3: Take Me To The Other Side 12″ (SFIRE 1583EP) 15.00
“Third 12″ single for Glass Records released in 1988. Contains ‘Take Me To The Other Side’ along with The Perfect Prescription out-take unfinished instrumental (late nite homage to Stax Records’ heyday) ‘Soul 1’ and ‘That’s Just Fine’.”
JACK, RICHARD MORTON: Endless Trip Book (FOXCOTE 880096) 85.00
Foxcote Books presents the fullest critical guide ever published to the thousands of major label rock, pop and folk albums released in the U.S. and Canada between 1965 and 1974, edited by Sunbeam label-head Richard Morton Jack. Meant to be considered a sister volume to the Amazon #1 pop & rock bestseller, Galactic Ramble. Covering rock, pop, psych, prog, folk and more, there are 3,000 expert album reviews, including many rare photos/illustrations and extracts from vintage music papers. This book includes precise release dates, catalog numbers for each entry, insert details and other relevant information. There are also three sections of color plates showing rare LP covers in addition to top 10 lists and recommendations from knowledgeable sources. Contributors include Simon Crisp, Jules Elvins, Richard Falk, Tim Forster, Jon Max Gilbert, Giles Hamilton, Collin Makamson, Aaron Milenski, Will Penoyar, Dominic Stinton, Nick Warburton, Scott D. Wilkinson and Harvey Williams. The book is introduced by legendary critic/guitarist Lenny Kaye. Paperback; A4/2.8 kg — almost double the thickness of Galactic Ramble; 784 pp.; B&W photos throughout, with 3 sections of color plates.
POOLSIDE: Do You Believe? 12″ (FCL 053EP) 12.00
This is the debut from L.A. production duo Poolside with their tune “Do You Believe?” Big piano keys, whispered vocals, a light drizzling of 303 acid served at 105 bpm over a thick summer disco groove, with remixes by Jacques Renault featuring Tiffany Roth from Midnight Magic, James Curd and Cosmic Kids. It was debuted by Aeroplane in their January 2011 mix for BBC Radio 1 and amassed over 10,000 YouTube plays for the video clip in just a week!
DEROBERT & THE HALF-TRUTHS: Soul In a Digital World CD (GED 1001CD) 13.00
“Soul In a Digital World, the debut album from G.E.D. Soul Records’ house band DeRobert & The Half-Truths, is a slice of soulful indulgence. DeRobert possesses a bold voice that manages to reside somewhere between Donny Hathaway and Al Green, yet remains unique and original. The Half-Truths are the band behind the man, providing solid backing that sounds like it was built for the sole purpose of complimenting Mr. DeRobert. Known for having a Chicago and Philly soul lean, DeRobert & The Half-Truths have been described as ‘Syl Johnson meets MFSB.’ G.E.D. Soul Records is proud to present DeRobert & The Half-Truths’ debut album Soul In a Digital World, fourteen tracks of some of the heaviest raw soul to come out of Music City.”
COOLIN’ SYSTEM, THE: The Coolin’ System CD (GED 1002CD) 15.00
“Soul-jazz/R&B/soul. In a city renowned for its country music scene, it takes a sharp group of musicians outside of the box to garner very much attention. Yet, a band like Nashville’s the Coolin’ System does it handily (and with a significant amount of style to spare). G.E.D. Soul Records is pleased to be the home for this Music City soul-jazz super group’s debut full length. The self titled album features choice interpretations of deep cuts from some of the genre’s greatest heavy weights. Jack McDuff, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, Eddie Harris and others get the ‘system’ treatment on this soul-jazz tour de force recorded live in the studio in the spirit of a jazz recording. Heavy on grooves and solid interplay between musicians gives this record the feel of being transported to a smoky jazz club back in the day.”
MAGIC IN THREES: Magic in Threes CD (GED 1003CD) 15.00
“G.E.D. Soul Records proudly presents the Magic in Threes, a collection of eccentrically crafted, smoked out, locked out psychedelic soul recordings. The goal of this record was to simultaneously capture the essence of 70s library music, and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Over the course of the sessions, the album transformed into an amalgamation of styles from Latin joints to melodious expeditions into mystical soul music. This is the perfect record for a lazy day. Could it be the soundtrack to a movie that may not exist? Could it be an instrument to clear the mind of all distractions? It’s definitely an intriguing journey into the outer reaches of what a funk record is supposed to be. Simply put, this album is dressed to impress. Featuring an all-star cast of G.E.D. Soul players, movers, and shakers, the Magic in Threes know how to let it simmer.”
HOWLIN WOLF: The Howlin’ Wolf Album LP (GET 54038LP) 20.00
“It’s not often that an album disavowed by its own author at the time of release goes on to become considered a modern classic. Yet that’s exactly what happened with Chicago blues legend Howlin’ Wolf’s 1969 LP The Howlin’ Wolf Album, a release that has since attained mythical status due to the controversy behind it. Released on Cadet Records, a subsidiary of legendary imprint Chess Records, The Howlin’ Wolf Album was a radical experiment for a well-established artist: attempt to integrate electric instruments and psychedelic arrangements into his revered signature blues sound. The result was an album that Wolf himself initially disregarded on the now infamous cover, but one that has won a special place amongst dedicated music aficionados thanks to its unique mix of traditional blues and electric rock elements. Get On Down’s reputation for high quality reissues continues with The Howlin’ Wolf Album, which features a special Stoughton vinyl pressing with audio remastered from the original analog tapes for optimum sound quality and comes packaged in a paste-on style jacket featuring the album’s famous original artwork.”
HAYWOOD, LEON: Come And Get Yourself Some CD (GET 54040CD) 16.00
“Almost two decades after its original release in 1975, the smooth, sensual bass groove of Leon Haywood’s ‘I Want to Do Something Freaky to You’ was an unmistakable, constant presence on radio airwaves across the country–although the song itself was not. Thanks to Dr. Dre, who sampled Haywood’s hit for his own smash single ‘Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’ in 1992, a new generation of listeners were introduced to the Texas-born soul and funk singer, whose biggest hits (including the Dre-sampled track) appear on Come and Get Yourself Some. ‘I Want to Do Something Freaky to You’ was the centerpiece, becoming a Top 20 hit on the Pop charts, but the album reflected Haywood’s talent for mid-tempo, laid-back R&B with songs like ‘This Feeling’s Extra Rated’ and the bold, funky title track. A rare treat for soul/funk collectors lucky enough to find it, Come and Get Yourself Some becomes the latest classic title resurrected and refurbished by Get On Down, featuring a sparkling new audio transfer from the original analog tapes and presented in a digipak case.”
DJ T. (FEAT. NICK MAURER): Burning 12″ (GPM 136EP) 12.50
DJ T.’s album Pleasure Principle features “Burning,” a brooding, mid-tempo 118 bpm track where uniquely-programmed vocals by Nick Maurer add broad brushstrokes of color and texture. Art Department pare down the original to bare melodic notes, claps and bass pulses, and dial down some of the headier distortion. Redshape keeps the first two minutes of his remix entirely beatless, using deep space sounds and a wavering synth note to turn the screw on the menacing atmosphere.
GONNELLI, LEONARDO: When You Lose 12″ (GVR 004EP) 12.00
The fourth release from Goodvibe Records is made of four tracks — two originals from Leonardo Gonnelli, a young Italian producer with a smooth instinct for floor-fillers and two remixes from Hugo and Sammy, the stunning residents of Goodvibe Records. This is a release that shows the multi-colored faces of tech-house music. Four clubbers for music lovers.
DAUNER, WOLFGANG: Tribute To The Past CD (CON 017CD) 16.00
“No doubt: German piano player and composer Wolfgang Dauner is one of the most important figures of the jazz scene in Germany. He left his footprints by, more often than not, breaking new ground. From the early 1960s on he worked exclusively for the legendary German label SABA and its successor MPS, and recorded many albums in their legendary studios in Villingen/Black Forest. Finally he returned to where it all began. Dauner went back to the MPS studios and recorded Tribute To The Past. So Dauner writes his musical autobiography, his pen being the very same Bösendorfer grand piano that he and so many other famous artists used back in the MPS days. One can hear all this clearly on the album; all three (maestro Dauner, the MPS studio, and the Bösendorfer) are still in very good shape.”
DJ AGEISHI & ACKIN’: Rain Parade 12″ (INT 018EP) 12.00
DJ Ageishi is a true legend among Japanese DJs, active since 1973, with an incredible musical wealth of experiences and an ear to what’s happening in the now. His debut on Internasjonal with colleague DJ Akin’ features rattling drum breaks from the funk end of disco and a soprano sax lick slightly reminiscent of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Prins Thomas’ slow dub remake and Mark E’s full-bodied remix complete this release.
LAST POETS, THE: Right On! LP (JUG 8802LP) 11.00
Exact repro of the 1971 soundtrack to Herbert Danska’s 1971 movie Right On!. “…the beginning of new movies, where Black and 3rd World art is going. Poetry/image/music; this is the new electric drama form. Revolutionary revelation. All future movies will begin with this.” –Imamu Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
TRUE WIDOW: As High As the Highest Heavens… 2LP (KEM 121LP) 22.00
…and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth. “Over the past two decades, we’ve been bombarded with grunge, with shoegaze, with sludge, with doom metal, with post-rock, with slow-core, with all these examples of loud rock music that reach towards one extreme or another, the sole intent of which seems to be to bludgeon the listener into accepting what they conceive to be a ‘total sound,’ one which makes their effort more valid than the others around it, and by association, worthy of your reverence. Dallas, TX trio True Widow plays against type. Listen closely to their new double album As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth and you’ll notice something rare: a band that plays to the notions of the genres mentioned above, one which embodies the best characteristics of each but never repeats something that’s been done. The understanding of space, balance, and method exhibited by True Widow is different enough to avoid the trappings of genres done to death; special enough to revere, and to pull away from memories of sounds that once wore you down. This astounding release comes packaged in a beautiful gatefold.” Hand-numbered limited edition of 2000 copies; includes lyric insert and download card.
ZOND: Zond LP (KEM 125LP) 20.00
“You’ll need a HAZMAT suit to withstand the filth pouring out of the smokestacks of Melbourne, Australia’s Zond, five figures playing in dense fog with mountainous hooks, hazy vocals and thunderous rhythms. Nearly obliterated by noise, the elements of black metal, shoe gaze, doom and epic rock collide with such force that it’ll take tow truck tug-of-war to get them untangled and move onto the dental records of the ground-up souls within. Form collapses, then surges back up in defiance as Zond aims for the dirt and shoots lower, gigantic guitar statements eating dust like a spectral punishment for centuries of bad deeds gone unpunished. Brief moments of heroism (‘Stupid Gods’) rise up around and choke them off in a grey sea of excess. Now amplify these sentiments 100x and you’ve got what might be the loudest, most manic release in Kemado’s history. No lead, no follow, and no get out of the way — this music is made to paste anyone who gets near it.” Metallic silver print sleeve & insert with download card; hand-numbered edition of 500.
TANDEM: Himmel & ääd EP 12″ (KLA 007EP) 12.00
Klangfarbe Schallplatten presents two powerful tracks by label manager, producer and DJ-team Tandem, including a remix by Resopal head Stephan Lieb aka MRI. With “ääd,” Tandem delivers a massive groover with lots of rhythmic details and an atmospheric melody. “Himmel” starts straight with some one-tone loops and a bouncy melody, accompanied by unobtrusive, atmospheric pads. The MRI remix of “Himmel” is more atmospheric than the original track, but develops into a complex sound collage with a tribal and percussive flow.
LEGEND, THE: The Legend LP (MJJ 313LP) 27.00
“Formed in California in the late sixties, this obscure band was signed for a one-off deal with the small Encino-based Megaphone label — for whom they produced this eponymous album in 1968 — then disappeared without a trace, although according to some sources The Legend morphed into the equally obscure Dragonfly, also on Megaphone. Serving up a mix of poppy psych originals and a handful of inspired covers (including The Who’s ‘The Kids Are Alright’, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’, and Bob Dylan’s ‘Baby Blue’) this album is a rare slice of early, surprisingly radio-friendly, Southern Californian psychedelia.”
FIELD, THE: From Here We Go Sublime 12″ (KOM 154EP) 10.00
2011 repress of the 3rd 12″ from The Field, originally released 2007. 12″ version; three DJ-friendly tracks from the debut album from The Field. The blissful, addictive, transformative sounds on From Here We Go Sublime absolutely speak for themselves. Samples abound throughout, immediately giving you a feeling of warmth and familiarity on the first listen that you can’t quite grasp… like a warm glove on a cold winter’s day. The Field’s music literally breathes: harmonious drones mingle with the dizzying swell and reversed motion of bass drums and euphony. There is a ceaseless, cyclical signature familiar to all his music, but that’s the most exciting part of The Field — the beautiful dynamic of beats and space that exists in endlessness. Ten perfect tracks of narcotic, propellant stuff — an important and significant debut that promises Willner quite a few more laurels to come.
PANDA BEAR: Surfers Hymn 7″ (KOM 229EP) 9.00
Kompakt is honored to release the final installment from Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear in a limited 7″ series following previous 7″s on his own Paw Tracks, Fatcat and Domino. Surfers Hymn eases the mind like the ocean crashing against the beach. Noah’s voice ebbs and flows in harmonious grace with a sample of that very sound while the blissful thump of a bass drum keeps the song together. Actress makes a rare, stunning remix appearance. Artwork by Scott Mou.
IT/FINGERS, THE: Donnie/A Path 12″ (KR 002EP) 8.50
A1 – The It – “Donnie Unreleased’ (Love And Happiness Version)”; B1 – Fingers – “A Path Unreleased (Virgo Trax Version).”
N. NON-STOP: House Nation/Jack My Body 12″ (KR 003EP) 8.50
A1 – N. Non Stop “House Nation (Original Unreleased Version)”; B1 – N. Non Stop “Jack My Body (Original Unreleased Version).”
HURLEY, MICHAEL: Have Moicy! LP (LITA 061LP) 19.00
“Tracing the lineage and citing the fore-bearers of the New Weird America, one can’t help but mention the music of bizarre folk singer/guitarist/artist Michael Hurley. If you haven’t been following his career since the 1970s (when he was collaborating with the likes of the Holy Modal Rounders and Jesse Colin Young) then you probably discovered him in the past couple of years via Devendra Banhart’s & Andy Cabic’s label Gnomonsong, who have released Hurley’s recent recordings. Hurley’s debut album, First Songs, was recorded for Folkways Records in 1965 on the same reel-to-reel machine that taped Lead Belly’s Last Sessions. He was discovered by blues and jazz historian Frederick Ramsey III, and subsequently championed by boyhood friend Jesse Colin Young, who released Hurley’s next two albums on The Youngbloods’ Warner Brother’s imprint, Raccoon. How’s that for cred? In the 1970s, Hurley made three albums for Rounder Records; Have Moicy!, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called ‘The greatest folk album of the rock era.'” First ever reissue on vinyl; re-mastered; 180 gram LP housed in Stoughton tip-on old school type jacket including faithfully reproduced original artwork by Michael Hurley.
THUNDERS, JOHNNY: Some Hearts: The Last Album (1990) LP+CD (LR 319LP) 27.00
“Some Hearts – The Last Album (1990) features eight studio tracks recorded in 1990 in NYC for what was to be Johnny Thunders’ next album. Instead, a few months later Thunders was dead, but new songs like ‘Children Are People Too’, ‘Some Hearts’ and ‘Familiarity Breeds Contempt’ suggest that the ex-NY Doll may have not been as far gone as most fans believed. On the contrary, the strength of this material suggests that he may have actually been ready for a comeback. The remaining four bonus tracks — including classics like ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ and ‘Hurt Me’ — are from a rare 1982 acoustic performance.” 180 gram vinyl with a bonus CD version of the album.
LOS DUG DUG’S: Smog CD (LION 650CD) 15.00
“The second album (1972) from psychedelic guru Armando Nava and his band is in Spanish this time, as all other Mexican bands were by now singing in English. The recording sessions were tumultuous: after the band — now stripped down to a power trio — had recorded just three songs, Nava stormed out of the sessions and locked himself in his house for fifteen days. Everyone on the outside worried about his safety, but Armando was fine: he kept himself busy reconfiguring the entire album, including penning the punishing riffs that form the central motif of the mesmerizing twelve-minute medley that explodes over the album’s entire first side. So again, as with the genesis of the Dug Dug’s debut album (also available from Lion Productions), the end result of all the tumult surrounding the band was a great album. There’s no doubt that the Dug Dug’s toughened up their sound on Smog: to some people they sound like a crazy Mexican version of Jethro Tull, and to others like a Spanish speaking incarnation of MC5. No matter how you look at it, this is tremendous progressive-influenced hard rock, with a new chunky sound. It is clearly among a small group of elite recordings from the psychedelic age; it is also possibly the best Mexican hard rock album of all time.” Packaged in a paste-on mini-LP sleeve with a dust sleeve and obi strip.
LOS DUG DUG’S: Smog LP (LION 650LP) 20.00
OBSOLETE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY: Relapse EP 12″ (MDREAMS 003EP) 9.00
“This 12″ single expresses some serious Chicago mojo, in that the crafting of the tunes fits quite right into the ethos of the Windy City, but in Tang’s unique way, destroying any preconceived notions of what the ‘Chicago’ sound is or was; depending on your point of view. Nevertheless, the music raises deep emotion, touching you subconsciously through his signature instrumentation of warm synth pads, lush strings, and rolling bass lines. As the chosen pseudonym may suggest, obsolete (outdated) technology was used to create this music. Yet, Relapse sounds current and timeless at the same time. Can we really believe that only old instruments were used to materialize this work? Frankly it is insane to believe, but being this insane is good; in that you are in bliss and cannot explain what happened upon your eardrums. Go forth into the world of Obsolete Music Technology and experience firsthand a classic sound circa 2010.”
VA: Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! 2CD (MAIS 001CD) 21.00
Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! is the debut release for London-based record label, Mais Um Discos. This is a double CD compilation of new artists from Brazil that has received critical acclaim in the UK. Thought Brazilian music began with bossa nova, morphed into tropicália and then finished with baile-funk? Well, think again. Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! is a 40-track 2CD sonic-snapshot of the most exciting new Brazilian music from artists influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Talking Heads, Os Mutantes, Beastie Boys, Sly & Robbie, Sonic Youth, Ween, Robert Wyatt and Stereolab. Oi! is presented with a fold-out A3 color map of Brazil referencing all the artists from South America’s largest country. From the jungle-cities of Amazonas to the urban sprawl of São Paulo, album compiler Mais Um Gringo spent the last two years at festivals, gigs & raves across Brazil. Striking allegiances with artists, labels & bloggers representing the new sounds of Brazil, Oi! features a dizzying array of mind-blowing new Brazilian genres fused with folk, indie, tropicália, dub, hip-hop, dancehall and electronic styles. This is a stunning collection of underexposed and at times otherworldly sounds and a compilation that perhaps for the very first time, really gets under the fingernails of Brazil’s colorful and hugely original musical underbelly. Includes a fold-out poster with pin-up map and beautiful hand-drawn artwork.
CARDINI, JENNIFER: Rexperience #02 CD (REX 002CD) 15.50
Rexperience is back for the second volume of the Rex Club’s mixed compilations. After the acclaimed first mix by D’Julz, the Rex Club is proud to entrust its new mix to Jennifer Cardini. Following Electroniculture Vol.2, Flash, and Lust, Jennifer released in 2008 her fourth compilation, Feeling Strange (KOMP 064CD), on the Cologne-based Kompakt label, making her the first French and female artist to sign with the label. Resident at Rex Club, firstly with the Automatik parties, and now with Correspondant, she has quickly become one of the main French artists on the underground electronic music scene. She plans to take her Correspondant parties internationally, and recently launched her own label which has the same name as her party. On this compilation, she navigates between styles with ease and delicacy, like her pulsating deejay sets at Rex Club. An emotional and sensitive journey where Jennifer comes to light with this intimate, original selection. Artists include: Ben Frost, John Roberts, Superpitcher, Etienne Jaumet, Matthew Dear, Remote, Rebolledo & Daniel Maloso, TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos, Robert Owens, Oscar G., Broker/Dealer, Roman IV, Ian Simmonds, Dave Aju, Virgo, I: Cube, Matias Aguayo, Aza Zander, Pom Pom, Jacob Korn and Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld.
SIRIUSMO: Sirimande/Feed My Meatmachine 12″ (MONKEY 011EP) 12.00
Sirimande/Feed My Meatmachine hosts 2 previous CD-only tracks from the well-received Siriusmo debut album Mosaik (MONKEY 010CD/LP), along with 2 brand-new bonus tracks. Featuring quirkier and demanding tracks that are sweeter than mousse au chocolat: heavy, sweet, lots of calories, addictive and simply to die for!
BEAUPRE, STEPHEN: It’s Gl’amour When You Have It 12″ (RISQUEE 023EP) 12.00
Stephen Beaupré is back on Musique Risquée with a really solid record. “Gl’amour” bears his distinctive signature with a subtle use of vocals and strings colored with warm echoes layered over a big and chunky drum beat. On the flipside, “When You Have It” is an excellent way to summarize Stephen’s electrifying live sets: funky, melodic hypnotic and sexy.
PEARSON, JOSH T.: Last Of The Country Gentlemen CD (MUTE 9497CD) 15.00
“Originally from Texas, Josh T. Pearson formed the short-lived phenomenon that was Lift to Experience, who released one sprawling masterpiece, 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, before splitting up soon after. Lift to Experience were so beloved by John Peel that he had them record three sessions in five months and were included in the Best 125 Peel Sessions of all time. Since then, Josh T. Pearson has spent many years in the wilderness, only releasing one studio recording, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, a split 7″ single with the Dirty Three and appearing on the Mercury Prize nominated Bat for Lashes album Fur and Gold. An unparalleled live performer, his return is highly anticipated.”
PEARSON, JOSH T.: Last Of The Country Gentlemen 2LP+CD (MUTE 9497LP) 21.00
Gatefold 2LP version. Includes CD of the entire album with one bonus track.
IGGY AND THE STOOGES: Raw Power Live: In The Hands Of The Fans LP (MVDA 5179LP) 17.00
“Vinyl document of the reformed Stooges’ (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at All Tomorrows Parties in September 2010. A mind-blowing night for sure. Iggy and the band sound flawless as they ripped through the archetype riffage of ‘Search and Destroy,’ ‘Raw Power,’ ‘Gimmie Danger’ and more. Punk rock, no doubt.””Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream. This shit really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own.” –Iggy Pop
SATURN V/X2: Rhythm Relics EP 10″ (NAT 009EP) 14.00
Killer Nation 10″. Saturn V (Traxx & James T Cotton) turn out a sick wave-dipped bomb (live playing: no samples!), while X2 enter bleep warehouse-style territory with dark acid vocals. Immense.
VA: Java-Java: Indonesia Screaming Fuzz Vol. 1 CD (NOSMOKE 008CD) 23.00
“After the real savage compilations of Cazumbi and Zulu Stomp, Nosmoke Records attacks again. Now looking back to the Indonesian legacy of garage and rock’n’roll. Those bands wrote some history by themselves during the ’60s and confronted the Indonesian regime with music. Some of these bands migrated to Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong and helped out creating a new musical movement called Indo-Rock. Bands like The Peels, Swallows, Tielmann Brothers or Rolling Beats have been part of that movement. Lots of fuzz and rock’n’roll, making their own revolution trough the fuzz pedal. Among these, other bands confronted the regime inside Indonesia, like Dara Puspita or Koes, among others. Don’t look for protest ballads or even traditional songs here, there’s only room for garage, raw beat and Indo-rock at its best. Remastered sound, with many photos and liners in the back.” Artists: Dara Puspita, Koes Bersaudara, Pattie Bersaudara, The Peels, Los Indonesios, Panber’s, Females, Steps, Koes Plus, Tielman Brothers, Rolling Beats, The Swallows, Black Magic, The Peels, S.Mona Rita &The Kingstons and Benjamin S.
VA: Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago CD (NUMERO 036CD) 17.00
“Far from the twin epicenters of New York and Miami, Carlos Ruiz and his Ebirac label were both feeling and generating the aftershocks of the mid-’70s salsa boom. Holed up in their own bustling Puerto Rican community center on Chicago’s west side, these third coast salseros plied their trade outside the hot lights, cutting their teeth in city parks, VFW halls, and Holiday Inn rec rooms. Nearly 50 records survive in the wake of orquestas La Justicia, La Solucion, and Tipica Leal ’79, the most impassioned, singular moments of which are compiled here. Presented in deluxe Numero Style with a 60-page booklet accompanying the CD.”
TRESHER, GREGOR: As Days Go By 12″ (OVM 213EP) 11.00
Gregor Tresher returns to Ovum with two funky monsters. “As Days Go By,” which will move any dancefloor, is driven by an infectious bass line. It goes through peaks and valleys, but the end result is pure energy. “Moving Islands” is more of the same, but Gregor does it with a different twist. The groovy guitar riff funks things along with vocal snippets and organ stabs, making this a dancefloor destroyer. Two great tracks that will be sure to cause a ruckus.
PARALLEL DANCE ENSEMBLE: Possessions And Obsessions 12″ (PERMVAC 074EP) 14.00
Parallel Dance Ensemble are the disco-not-disco duo Coco Solid and Bobbi Soxx (producer Robin Hannibal). The off-beat pair pumps out jams that are funny, slightly sinister and sassy as hell. Together, PDE’s tongue-in-cheek joints have all the hallmarks of an early ’80s party and beam you back to the glorious days of disco rap complete with Salt’N’Pepa haircut, Reebok Pumps and tons of Hubba Bubba in your mouth. The EP consists of steamy and synthy tracks on a vinyl 12″.
WOLS: Unframe LP (PING 021LP) 15.50
LP version. Pingipung are proud to present Unframe, the debut album by Russian duo WOLS. While self-proclaimed insiders have mainly kept their ears tuned to releases from the UK, a lively dubstep scene has been thriving for years in the Russian Federation. And so WOLS bring more to the floor than just a bass whip. On this album, you’ll find majestic hymns, cut-up avant hip-hop beats, dub tracks whose jittery cheerfulness is reminiscent of Aphex Twin or their own highly unique electronica steppers with heart, soul, and the most wonderful pads. Using old Sovyet vintage synths and drum computers in combination with fine recordings of live musicians, WOLS deliver a well-rounded album that offers all the thrills yet avoids the trap of simply stringing together dancefloor killers. Just as their music points to a variety of styles, their name points to a multitude of references: firstly, it’s an alias of the German painter Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, as both members of WOLS like his pictures immensely. Secondly, it refers to the project’s origins in techno: WOLS have gradually developed towards their current sound by slowing down and stirring the 4/4 beat, and so “SLOW” became “WOLS.” Thirdly, in some colloquial variants of Russian, “WOLS” describes a slow person who has their head in the clouds. WOLS are Evgeny Shchukin and Alexander Tochilkin. They have already released techno tracks on Ostwind, Level and Harthouse Mannheim under the name Modul, and they run the FUSELab media resource for different types of sonic and visual art. The duo lives in Southern Russia, in the city of Krasnodar, near the Black Sea. That region is famous for a particular kind of sunflower, and in a certain way, we actually owe the creation of the album to its seeds. To cut a lovely story short, it’s Krasnodar’s prosperity through sunflowers which gave the young WOLS access to this high-end sonic range that we can hear on Unframe. This vinyl version features 9 out of the 14 tracks on the CD with a free download card for the entire album.
STEVE BUG/MARTIN LANDSKY: Jack Is Back/V2U 12″ (PFR 117EP) 12.00
Poker Flat presents a split 12″ by Steve Bug, with an album edit of the track “Jack Is Back,” and Martin Landsky with an album edit of the track “V2U.” All tracks exclusively produced for the new Poker Flat compilation Forward To The Past (PFR 027CD/LP).
CHOI, JIN: You’ve Done Me Wrong EP 12″ (PG 001EP) 12.00
Since entering the scene in 2006, Jin Choi has released a string of EPs on a number of respected labels, such as Lessizmore, Systematic Recordings, Contexterrior and Archipel. His aural aesthetic emphasizes emotional expression over formulaic dancefloor functionality. After his move from Cologne to Berlin, Jin formed his own imprint, Private Gold, as a new homebase for his productions as well and more.
LE SON DE L’OS: Grass Pillow CD (PSF 196CD) 19.00
“First album from mysterious free-floating acoustic improvisation trio Le Son De L’os who had a stunning track on the Tokyo Flashback 7 compilation. The group have apparently been together for several years, exploring performance in a variety of outdoor spaces. They consist of Yuko Hasegawa, Shizuo Uchida (Hasegawa-Shizuo, Kito Mizukumi Rouber), and Masahiro Deguchi (Gendai Sokkyo). Hasegawa and Uchida previously played together in Onna-Kodomo – one of the great, lost late-night Tokyo drone improv groups of the nineties. There’s a similar sense of subtly shaded space and poised atmosphere here, as Hasegawa threads wordless threnodies around the breathy lines of flute, and the strangely accented spaces created by Uchida’s bass. Simultaneously fragile, melancholically beautiful and unsettling. File with your Taj Mahal Travellers, Nijiumu and Toho Sara records. Five tracks, 48 minutes. Gatefold papersleeve with obi.” — Alan Cummings
VA: Deep, Real And Raw Part 4 12″ (QUINTESSE 020.2) 12.00
Quintessentials presents Deep, Raw And Real part 4 — a well-mixed selection of beats and bass lines featuring mister “underground disco” Toby Tobias, Japanese sound freak No Milk, the ever-present Italian house maestro Marcello Napoletano and Ricardo Miranda from Chicago, who has made a big impression with superb tunes on labels like Neroli, Hour House is Your Rush (Rush Hour) and his own imprint Noble Square. Get part 4 now!
CYCLO.: id CD (R-N 127CD) 17.00
A decade since its inception, Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai are relaunching their collaborative project, Cyclo., a project that focuses on the visualization of sound and seeks to create a new hybrid of visual art and music. Both leading electronic composers/artists from Japan and Germany respectively, Ikeda and Nicolai release their second album (CD/EP on Raster-Noton), that will later be followed by a publication with an extensive presentation of their visuals. Since the beginning of the Cyclo. project, the artists have developed a database of sounds composed to produce visual responses when analyzed in real time with the help of stereo image monitoring equipment. Phase and amplitude of stereo signals can be illustrated graphically: the audio elements are constructed through the minute editing of frequencies (often beyond the physical range of human hearing) and selected by the artists for their visual characteristics when analyzed. Through processes of composition, editing and experiment, Cyclo. is amassing an “infinity index” of sound fragments. In building this archive, Ikeda and Nicolai transcend the usual dynamic whereby image acts merely as a functional accompaniment to sound. Instead, the audio element in the process is subservient to the desire and appetite of the image. This record purposefully remains unmastered, in order to retain the waveforms as originally visualized through an XY phase scope. For listening, please do not convert the tracks into a compressed format such as mp3.
T.C.M.: The Criminal Minds 2CD (REPH 208CD) 15.50
Rugged, raw, rapid and ruthless, like a British Public Enemy perhaps, UK hardcore hip-hop legends The Criminal Minds rank alongside legends of Britcore hip-hop such as Hijack, The Demon Boyz and Silvah Bullet. Their previous records are certainly among the rarest in the genre and their message not as widely heard, but that is about to change with the release of this compilation of their back catalog, associated projects and previously-unreleased tracks. “I remember walking into one of my local record shops in Wolverton, MK (I think it was called World Beats) and hearing this record playing. It had just come out and was by a local crew, it totally blew me away hearing that Darth Vader theme music over some raw drums and homegrown vocals. This was a buzz because it was people who lived near me, outside of London, making dope hip-hop and putting it on wax. The crew later moved into making rave/early jungle-style tracks like the classic ‘Baptised By Dub’.” –Evil Ed; Wanna get hold of their first two releases, on their own label? You’ll be lucky to get change for $1,000! This release contains all those tracks plus 15 more and has been lovingly remastered to sound better than ever. DJ Halo and Chase 1 formed The Criminal Minds in 1985, and while at college, DJ Halo met Iceski, who would become lead emcee. Upon meeting another DJ called Spatts, they released their first EP entitled Guilty As Charged, funded by Halo selling his decks and the group, plus friends and family chipping in with some cash. Soon after, Safe D and CMD joined the group and they released Tales From The Wasteland, again, independently on their own label. Many tracks were recorded but not released in the following years. Current members include DJ Halo, DJ Spatts, MC Iceski and more.
T.C.M.: The Criminal Minds 2LP (REPH 208LP) 18.00
Limited edition 2LP version, featuring 9 tracks from the CD.
VIRGO FOUR: Resurrection CD (RH 113CD) 17.00
Resurrection is the follow-up to the reissue of Virgo Four’s self-titled album, which was released by Rush Hour in 2010. This album is a collection of unreleased tracks that were produced over a 6 year period between 1984 and 1990 in various home studios around Chicago. These tracks were selected from hundreds of 4-track tapes that had been untouched and unreleased all these years due to local record business politics and disinterest. These demo recordings have been restored and mastered for release. Resurrection really shows the rich, diverse and unique quality of Virgo Four, which leaves you wondering what impact they would have made on the (Chicago) house scene if they would have gotten released back in the day. For now, Rush Hour is really glad these gems have been unearthed and are proud to give Virgo Four the spotlight they so much deserve. Housed in a deluxe jewel case box.
SLICES: The Electronic Music Magazine Issue 1-11 DVD (SLICES 111DVD) 0.01
Slices is a free DVD magazine out of Germany, focusing on the contemporary electronic music scene. It can be added to orders at no cost. Features: Kangding Ray, Dorian Concept, Foremost Poets, MMM, Skinnerbox, Von Spar, Paul St. Hilaire. Tech Talk: .MP3. Label feature: Rush Hour. Videos: Duran Duran, Gus Gus, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Kangding Ray. Format: PAL 19:9. Running time: 127 minutes.
K-S.H.E: Routes Not Roots CD (SKYLAX 120CD) 15.50
This is the debut album by K-S.H.E (Kami-Sakunobe House Explosion), a project from internationally-celebrated producer, label owner and DJ, Terre Thaemlitz, first released exclusively in Japan on Terre’s private label Comatonse Recordings in 2006. Routes Not Roots combines Terre Thaemlitz’s notorious “fag-jazz” sound with the classic New York deep house and cross-over dancefloor sensibility of DJ Sprinkles’ Deeperama series. The results are spacious, bass-heavy, epic dance mixes filled with dark humor and harsh realities. As people have come to expect of Thaemlitz releases, Routes Not Roots mixes a wide range of social themes such as identity vs. immigrant status; community vs. tranny-on-tranny violence; authenticity vs. cultural decontextualization; openly gay African-American club imagery vs. gay sex on the Down-Low; innocence vs. childhood fantasies of violence; and more. From HIV drug trials to tranny and women’s unemployment rates to sexually amorphous Japanese cross-dressers posing as high school girls, K-S.H.E doesn’t miss a beat. This album contains 12 amazing cuts and is clearly one of the best house albums, ever. “Today’s dancefloors are wakes in remembrance of a mythological era of openness that never was. Remember where you were. See where you are…. I’m in Kami-Sakunobe.” –K-S.H.E
VA: New Orleans Funk 3LP (SJR 047LP) 25.00
2011 repress. “Triple vinyl version, very loud pressings. this is a definitive collection of New Orleans funk, featuring acknowledged masters of funk such as the Meters, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and Lee Dorsey next to some of the earlier artists from the area who helped shape the meaning of funk (Professor Longhair, Robert Parker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith). The album is also filled with many rare, sought after, and undiscovered funk tracks from artists like the Explosions, Marilyn Barbarin, Sonny Jones, Mary Jane Hooper, and many more. The album covers the period from the emergence of the New Orleans sound in the early 1960s through to the mid-’70s.”
VA: Studio One Roots 2LP (SJR 056LP) 21.00
2011 repress. Double LP version. “Studio One Roots is an important collection of some of the deepest roots music to come out of Studio One Records, Reggae’s most important record label ever. This release features many rare and classic tracks that have been unavailable for over thirty years. As Soul Jazz Records continue to delve into the largest Reggae catalogue in the world, this release is literally ram-jam packed with classics that you cannot find elsewhere. Whilst Studio One led the field in all forms of Reggae, this collection shows how the depth of its roots music outshone all others.”
VA: Miami Sound: Rare Funk and Soul from Miami, Florida 2LP (SJR 072LP) 21.00
..1967-1974 2011 repress, originally released in 2003. Double LP version. Miami Sound features rare and classic funk and deep soul from Miami, Florida from 1968-74. The album features million-selling artists such as Gwen McRae, George McRae and Timmy Thomas alongside artists unknown outside of the Sunshine State such as James Knight and The Butlers, Frank Williams and The Rocketeers and All the People. The album comes with loads of unique original photos and sleevenotes.”
VA: Studio One Ska 2LP (SJR 085LP) 21.00
2011 repress. Double LP version. “Studio One Records and it’s in-house band The Skatalites defined ska music and made Jamaican music famous throughout the world. This compilation features classic vocal and instrumental tracks from The Skatalites, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Delroy Wilson alongside super-rare tracks from the likes of Ken Boothe, The Maytals, Jackie Mittoo, Tommy McCook and many more.”
VA: Studio One Scorcher Vol. 2 2LP (SJR 143LP) 21.00
2011 repress. Double LP version. “The legendary Skatalites, alongside the later Studio One in-house bands — the Soul Vendors, Sound Dimension, Soul Defenders and Brentford Road All Stars — were as much a part of the classic Studio One sound as were the singers that they accompanied such as Alton Ellis, Horace Andy, Marcia Griffiths and Bob Marley and The Wailers. This album features many of the musicians involved with Studio One who literally defined reggae music. From the Skatalites members Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mittoo to killer sidemen such as trombonist Vin Gordon (aka Don Drummond Jnr), saxophonist Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks, keyboardist and Twelve Tribes of Israel member Pablove Black. Many of the rhythms that these musicians created became the back-bone of the Jamaican musical world and their songs have been replayed and re-versioned by 1000s of reggae producers ever since. The album features classic and super-rare tracks all recorded under Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label.”
VA: Studio One Rub-A-Dub: Studio One In The 1970s 2LP (SJR 154LP) 21.00
2011 repress. Double LP version. “In the 1970s, Clement Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records went through an amazing period of re-birth working with new artists such as Willie Williams, Lone Ranger, Michigan and Smiley, Horace Andy, as well as continuing to work with classic artists such as Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, etc. Re-versioning classic Studio One rhythms became the order of the day in the 1970s, not just with Studio One boss Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, but with every Jamaican producer of note employing their own in-house musicians to copy the music emanating from Brentford Road. The music on Studio One Rub-A-Dub features classic and rare tracks from this amazing period, from the likes of Cornel Campbell, The Heptones, Johnny Osbourne and many other legendary artists.”
VA: Studio One Dub Vol. 2 2LP (SJR 166LP) 21.00
2011 repress. Double LP version. “A mighty slab of dub featuring loads of rare and classic dub versions of Studio One’s foundation tracks. This album collects together some of the finest dubs of tracks like Marcia Griffiths ‘Feel Like Jumping,’ Sound Dimension ‘Real Rock,’ Abyssinians’ ‘Declaration of Rights,’ and many more alongside super-rare dub outings and classic versions. Since the late-1960s, Sir Clement Coxsone Dodd began including a Version on the flip-side of Studio One singles, enabling Soundsystem DJs to toast and chatter over original rhythms. Incorporating dub, echo, reverb and heavy on the bass and drums, these versions have come to be as collectable as many of the original tunes. At the start of the 1970s Coxsone Dodd (and sound engineer Sylvan Morris) also released a series of classic dub albums, featuring innovative dub and mixing techniques. These albums were originally released with very-limited special silk-screen covers, again making them treasured collectors’ items. Studio One Dub 2 brings together the best tracks from both these original Dub albums plus many rare and classic versions from Studio One’s original 45s.”
E.M.A.K.: Tanz In Dem Himmel EP 12″ (SJR 241EP) 11.50
“Superb cosmic and minimal synth/coldwave German underground masterpiece recorded in the early 1980s and released exclusively here on super-loud high quality 12″ vinyl on Soul Jazz by popular demand! This is extremely limited (500 copies only) and contains three exclusive tracks of cosmic heaven by the cult German electronic group E.M.A.K. — none of which appear on Soul Jazz Records’ recent E.M.A.K. album. E.M.A.K. were a main feature on Deutsche Elektronische Muzik, Soul Jazz Records’ journey through German experimental rock and electronic music. Featuring alongside Can, Neu, Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Popul Vuh, E.M.A.K. led the evolution of what was called Krautrock in the 1970s into a more updated synthwave, digital sound in the 1980s — ‘Tanz in Der Himmel’ is one of the rarest and most loved cosmic synth/coldwave outings from this cult group.”
DIAZ & HIS ORCHESTRA, CYRIL: Voodoo EP 10″ (SNDW 10002EP) 14.50
This four track EP, limited to 1,500 copies, sees Soundway head to Trindad for four original 1950s instrumental calypso recordings from Cyril Diaz, who became renowned for the rich and smooth tone of his tenor sax playing. On this EP, Soundway presents the traditional Cuban standard “Taboo,” the Haitian-inspired “Voodoo” and “Serenal” with its alternate version “Chive Soup Merengie,” both derived from Trinidad’s Latin music tradition, parang. Includes a free mp3 download.
TANKER, ANDRE: River Come Down 7″ (SNDW 7011EP) 12.50
Soundway presents two rare Calypso funk and jazz tracks from one of Trinidad & Tobago’s most innovative musical sons: André Tanker. Tanker’s influence on Trinidad & Tobago’s music scene was compared by soca star David Rudder to that of Bob Dylan’s on modern American music. Includes a free mp3 download. Limited to 1,000 copies.
LITTLE ANNIE: Soul Possession CD (SOUTH 281572CD) 17.00
“Annie’s debut, now remastered & reissued, is the album that clearly maps her transmogrification from Crass cohort & poet/agitator to dub diva. It’s an unsettling master stroke created in a landscape nearly devoid of female role models. A harsh, disarming rhythmic landscape is splattered with grim & grisly poetry as Annie literally finds her voice & tells tales of violently unsuccessful love affairs, automatic mishaps, & brutal modern existence. Backed by members of CRASS, African Head Charge, Flux of Pink Indians & London Underground, it’s a musical stew of punk, blues, dub & electronics which was way ahead of its time.”
LITTLE ANNIE: Jackamo CD (SOUTH 281582CD) 17.00
“Jackamo (originally released in 1987 under the Annie Anxiety Bandez moniker) took just over 3 years to create. In that time she had become a fully patched member of the On-U Sound crew. Jackamo is the result of Annie gravitating towards her earliest musical influences – Garland, Sinatra, Lenya, Piaf, & of her collaboration with On-U’s other feminine force, Kishi Yamamoto. Musical shapes were created by Yamamoto, Tackhead’s Doug Wimbish, & African Head Charge’s Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah. Jackamo is the sound of the haunted dancehall – dub groove & Caligari cabaret, matched with Annie’s brutal & gorgeous lyrical seppuku.”
LITTLE ANNIE: Short And Sweet CD (SOUTH 281592CD) 17.00
“The real truth is that Short & Sweet was not Annie’s 3rd album, it was her 4th. Snapped up by the major ATCO after the critical acclaim surrounding Jackamo, Annie spent a lot of cash & a lot of time creating her masterwork, & then the label collapsed, burying said album in a grave of legal limbo. Annie did what all smart girls do: divorced her husband, fired her manager, & went back into the studio. Along with her faithful Tackhead compadres she set about crafting a pop album; one which demanded that the musical form rise to her high standards, rather than watering down her own creative force to a lower common denominator. Annie is vocally wearing her most comfortable shoes ever on this album, & her lyrics draw from a rich source of anger, betrayal & realism that come from surviving a failed record deal & a failed marriage. A true tour de force.”
ELEPHANT MAN: Vampires & Informers 12″ (SUBS 018EP) 9.00
“Are you ready? Subatomic Sound (NYC) teams up with People’s Records (Kingston, JA) for the first in a series of releases bringing together top Jamaican artists with top electronic producers worldwide. Kicking off with an extra loud bang, is the Vampires & Informers release, a rare look at Elephant Man, one of the world’s top dancehall artists, vocally delivering a ferocious portrait of Jamaica’s ‘vampire’ politicians, ‘bloodsucking’ informers, and the ‘military society’ of the ghetto youths. Originally a top selling limited edition 7″ vinyl recorded with Sly & Robbie back at Kingston’s Black Scorpio studios, here is Vampires & Informers resurrected and completely re-imagined with producers Subatomic Sound System, Dubblestandart, Stereotyp, Ming (of Ming&FS), & Kush Arora just in time for today’s vampire-loving, blood-thirsting, electronic-obsessed youths to lose their minds at Halloween raves, block parties and dancehalls around the globe.”
VA: Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 1 LP (SF 001LP) 22.00
Limited edition full-color gatefold LP version of the first Sublime Frequencies CD release from 2003. The equator runs through only ten countries on earth and I bet that you cannot name them all without consulting a map. Indonesia is one of them and the only nation in Asia with the equatorial stripe impaling it. There are so many different cultures spread out on this chain of islands that it would take several lifetimes to experience them all properly. Within this umbrella of diversity is one of the world’s richest and most dazzling sound museums. Sumatra is the northwestern entry point to the great archipelago. Approximately the size of California, Indonesia’s largest island has a wide variety of natural wonders: dense jungles, picturesque mountain peaks, gargantuan lakes, lowland swamps, active volcanoes, and highly frequent seismic activity. Populating this gorgeous setting are orangutans, tigers, durian trees, the largest flower on earth, dozens of cultures and languages, myths and folklore, and much more music than you’ve ever been allowed to discover. The style selections on this LP include forms of droning beat pop, early Orkes Melayu songs, Batak Tapanuli, traditional Minang music, and folk drama soundtracks heard by only a handful of outsiders. The recordings are from old cassette tapes; decaying documents of various sound qualities containing some of the most eccentric artifacts ever uncovered from this fascinating island. Assembled and compiled by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls) in July of 1989.
COKI (DIGITAL MYSTIKZ): Boomba/Carbon Aliens 12″ (TEMPA 055EP) 11.00
Tempa sees the return of the inimitable Coki (Digital Mystikz) with his first productions for the label since the now-legendary Night produced alongside Benga (TEMPA 030CD) and his first solo material since the highly revered Tortured/Shattered 12″ in 2006 (TEMPA 024EP). “Boomba” sees sub-bass and wobble merged into one, fighting for supremacy, accompanied by guitar and strings. “Carbon Aliens” is a subdued affair, beginning with an otherworldly drum intro before the sub-bass weighs in. Support from N-Type, Skream, Benga, Hatcha, etc.
HALL, BEN: Ben Hall! CD (TSQ 2462CD) 13.50
“Ben Hall is a multi talented entertainer from Okolona, Mississippi now living in Nashville, Tenn. In 2005, he won the National and International Thumbstyle Guitar Contests, as well as the Horizon Award from the National Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame. Ben has also been recognized nationally as a singer/songwriter who prefers traditional styles of music. Hall has performed at some of Nashville’s most famous venues including the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Although he makes frequent appearances as a soloist, Hall has worked the stage as a sideman for legends such as Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard and Charlie Louvin. Ben has recorded with Louvin, Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell, and Candi Staton. Tompkins Square is proud to release his debut, Ben Hall! , an album full of guitar tunes heavily influenced by his heroes Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Produced by Eric ‘Roscoe’ Ambel.”
AMIR: Vernissage Four 12″ (TRAPEZ LTD099) 12.00
Amir turns towards house music even more than on his last releases for Vernissage Four. He has set the focus here on a stronger mixdown with less small snippets and bold, fat, jacking sounds. “Imperial Monuments” is low-key, but works with a texture that is built on skillfully-looped themes that have a serious impact on the floor. “Soft Watch” is a deeper and “softer” almost U.S.-styled house tune with wild pitch strings and animal sounds that shift gears elegantly.
RENE HELL: The Terminal Symphony LP+CD (TYPE 085LP) 21.00
LP version. Includes a 40-minute bonus CD, The Hilton, featuring previously-unreleased material. Since Porcelain Opera (TYPE 077CD), his debut for Type, U.S. noisenik Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell has put out a whole series of collaborations, 7″s, tapes and splits. Looking to his love of classical minimalism, Jeff took it as the starting point for this new record. The result is a deeply electronic rendition of a classical electronic formula; the digital and analog synthesizer and drum machine sounds that brought Porcelain Opera to life are reframed and transferred into a very different compositional structure. The Terminal Symphony is Jeff’s attempt to write tighter, more composed pieces of music — something of a reaction against the glut of long, often-flabby drone compositions that have become a mainstay in the scene. The pieces here are short, concise, and packed full of ideas that can take multiple listens to unravel, and the album as a whole is almost obsessively structured and complex. Each side of the record is composed very specifically with a beginning, middle and an end, and when we begin with the familiar grunt and grind of “Chamber Forte,” it is only mere minutes before the track dissolves into the main theme of the album. An appropriate enough comparison might be arch-recluse Aphex Twin, but there is no pandering to dance music culture here. Rather, Jeff has used his enviable background in noise, punk and synthesizer music to come up with something totally removed from the current Kosmische revival. The album comes to a close with the hauntingly melancholy and purposefully referential “Adagio For String Portrait.” The dancing synthetic blips that pirouette across Witscher’s mournful electronic waves not only re-enforce the decades-long love affair between electronic and classical music, but help to define it in 2011.
RIGHI E SEU CONJUNTO, ZITO: Alucinolândia LP (HOT 5011LP) 15.50
This is Zito Righi e Seu Conjunto’s Alucinolândia (1969), originally released on a tiny label, featuring nice vocals from Sonia Santos and Zito Righi (sax). This record is a TRUE rarity; in spite of having crazy, beautiful cover artwork, this is a really solid release, from start to end. Some of the best samba-rock recorded. Underground dance classics that have very deep grooves.
COMBO XINGU: Xingu LP (ILS 125LP) 15.50
Infectious Latin groovers with lots and lots of American Afro funky touches! Xingu were a late ’60s band from Chile. Seems like the band clearly heard plenty of 45s from the U.S., as the tracks on this set have them grooving in a style that recalls the best of The Meters, Kool & The Gang, and other classic funk acts! Featuring an insane instrumental funk remake of Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick” — complete with a breaking drum solo — and also includes great versions of “Hot Pants,” “Tanga Boo Gonk,” and “Black Power” — plus the smoking originals “493 West” and “Baja A Las Chiquillas.” Truly awesome. File next to La Kabala and Rabbits And Carrots.
ARAUJO, EDUARDO: A Onda E Boogaloo LP (MOFB 3584LP) 15.50
This 1969 album, originally released on Odeon Records, is one of the better Brazilian funk albums of its time. Eduardo Araujo started his career as a garage rocker that also went into mainstream pop. In between, he recorded some awesome albums like this soul-drenched set, which features several songs by no less that Tim Maia. Maia also wrote Brazilified arrangements for North American soul songs by Arthur Conley and Smokey Robinson. Interesting crossover tunes with the best from Detroit and New York soul but with a Brazilian flavor. This is pretty smokin’ boogaloo mania.
ANDRADE, LENY: Grabado No Mexico LP (RVV 116LP) 15.50
There is some kind of mystery connection with Brazilian artists and their LPs recorded in Mexico. According to Loronix, LPs by Carlos Lyra, Wilson Simonal, Tamba Trio and João Gilberto were all recorded in Mexico. Leny Andrade’s Gravado No Mexico (1966) is really hard to find and perhaps unknown to many bossa jazz aficionados. This is the kind of record that even if you do know it exists, you’ve never had the chance to listen to it. What you get here is a classic masterpiece recorded at the right time with the right personnel. Leny is accompanied by Breno Sauer (vibraphone), Portinho (drums), Erneo Eger (bass) and Adão Pinheiro (piano).
LANDRY, DICKIE: Fifteen Saxophones CD (UW 006CD) 8.00
“First ever CD reissue of this little known classic from founding Philip Glass Ensemble member Richard ‘Dickie’ Landry. Following two jazz LPs issued on the Chatham Square label (which he co-ran), Dickie Landry released Fifteen Saxophones, a set of 1974 recordings done with engineer Kurt Munkacsi, on the Northern Lights and Wergo labels in 1978. Fifteen Saxophones simultaneously demonstrates Landry’s boundary-pushing saxophone and his understanding of the minimalists’ long-form treatises on sound. Using intricate Revox tape delays on ‘Fifteen Saxophones’, ‘Alto Flute Quad Delay,’ and the side-long live document ‘Kitchen Solos’, Landry’s strong personality as a player shines through a brilliant wall of sound. It is unsurprising Landry was a fixture in the same New York scene that spawned artists like Richard Serra – something equally monumental exists in the pieces found on this album. This reissue includes new liner notes by Clifford Allen and period photos by Gianfranco Gorgoni.”
LANDRY, DICKIE: Fifteen Saxophones LP (UW 006LP) 16.00
PURMAN, NICO: Visions EP 12″ (VA 036EP) 12.00
Nico Purman once again honors the House of Vakant with his latest disco-inspired offering to the Gods. With the Visions EP, Nico effortlessly transgresses whatever style he wishes and makes it his own. Taking a few pages from the book of disco as well as a touch of Chicago and a pinch of early New York house, Nico both tips his hat to those influences as well as takes things several steps further to create something completely original.
VA: R&B Hipshakers Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch CD (VAMPI 126CD) 16.50
This is the second volume in Vampisoul’s series featuring rockin’ R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog circa 1956-1967 — 20 terrific dance cuts selected by genre expert DJ Mr. Fine Wine (“Downtown Soulville,” WFMU). “We clawed our way into the King Records vaults again to come up with more virtuosic instrumentals (‘Marsanova’ rhymes with ‘bossa nova,’ more or less, if you pronounce organist supreme Hank Marr’s surname with the right accent; Freddy King raises Mr. Marr two dance crazes on ‘Bossa Nova Watusi Twist’); more classy love songs with a hook (‘Burnt Toast And Black Coffee,’ besides being the epitome of that particular sub-subgenre, is highly elusive and expensive on an original Federal 45 and much in-demand in the R&B dance parlors of Western Europe; kudos to the gong banger on the plaintive ‘You Have My Blessings’); more unholy dances (‘Monkey Tonight’ is one of Eddie Kirk’s more restrained performances, believe it or not; this compilation’s title track describes a dance that, like so many of the worthwhile ones, might get you escorted from your high-school prom in handcuffs if you tried it); and more holy nonsense (‘My Name Is Puddentane,’ declares the prolific and wonderful Lula Reed, an earthily appropriate reply to Hank Ballard’s to-the-point pick-up line ‘What’s Your Name’; if ‘Whiz-A-Shoo-Pepi-Dada’ meant anything, would it get your hips shaking quite so violently?). Then there’s the record that’s almost always in my DJ box, one of my favorite 45s ever — so exciting when its drums and taunting female chorus kick in over a loud system in a sweaty club, only to be answered by Johnny Watson’s blistering voice and guitar: ‘I say, I love you.’ The women singing ‘Get them women off your mind’ — confusingly, I can’t get them off my mind. And the capper? A strong contender for Greatest Song Ever, in its best incarnation: Otis Redding’s ‘Shout Bamalama.’ The custodians of the King vaults couldn’t come up with this recording for us; for some reason, they found only a tamer mix. I had to dub it off my well-worn 45 (speaking of scratches!).” –Mr. Fine Wine
VA: R&B Hipshakers Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch 10×7″ BOX (VAMPI 45052EP) 61.00
7″ box set version, containing ten singles with replica King/Federal bags and labels, plus a set of artist pictures. Limited edition of 1,000 copies.
YOUANDME: Nightvisions EP 12″ (VDI 008EP) 12.00
DJ and production superduo youANDme are back at it again. Their first full EP on Vinyl Did It delivers three great tracks that reflect the duo’s wide musical range, from the deepness of “Ghosts,” to the darker introspectiveness of “Nightvision” and the dancefloor house of “Black Jack,” this is another youANDme must-have record.
MATTHEWS’ SOUTHERN COMFORT: Matthews’ Southern Comfort LP (VL 901172LP) 24.00
“Originally released in 1969, Matthews’ Southern Comfort was Ian Matthews’ first album after leaving Fairport Convention. Although many Fairport personnel appear here (i.e. Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings), for his new band Matthews had begun distancing himself from the pure English folk rock of Fairport, preferring instead to explore a more American breed of song writing, being made popular at the time by bands like the Byrds and Bob Dylan, as well as provide a stage for his own compositions, like ‘Please Be My Friend’ and ‘Thoughts For A Friend.’ The group would soon go on to have a massive hit with their version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock.’ Special gatefold issue with lyrics!”
WILLIAMS, ROBERT PETE: Louisiana Blues CD (WATER 245CD) 15.00
“Over fifty years since his discovery by ethnomusicologists Dr. Harry Oster and Richard Allen in the prison farm of Angola, Louisiana, what is it that makes the blues as sung and picked out by Robert Pete Williams such a singular listening experience, unequalled elsewhere in that musical form? As Peter Guralnick, in his Feel Like Going Home book writes: ‘It’s difficult to approve the banalities of most blues singers after listening to Robert Pete Williams. More than anyone else he shatters the conventions of the form and refuses to rely upon any of the clichés, either of music or of lyric, which bluesman after bluesman will invoke. Instead he sings blues which reflect a unique and personal vision; he makes each song unmistakably his own.’ Unfamiliar keys, cliché-free lyricism, spontaneity, an individualistic style in invoking his particular blues, all make Robert Pete Williams an idiosyncratic entry into the canon. It’s impossible to listen to blues artists before him and hear strains of his particular style. None have matched it since. Louisiana Blues contains ten songs recorded in the month of July 1966 out in Berkeley, California for John Fahey’s Takoma imprint. Contains liner notes by Andy Beta.”
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