NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS FRIDAY, APRIL 3
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another week of massive new arrivals and restocks… the top picks are not to be missed: new starkey mix cd on lo dubs; new jack rose lp on three lobed; new arrival from waed bouhassoun on institut du monde arabe and a new ultra deluxe double lp (!) reissue of the lyman woodward album on wax poetics (which includes a huge fold out repro of the original promo poster… worth the cost of the record alone!!!)… a bunch of african rock/jazz/what-not restocks from analog africa, independiente, shadoks and worthy… new faust lp and a roedelius reissue lp on bureau b… new and restocked slow to speak 12s (fleetwood mac, kraftwerk, eddie hazel!!!)… restocked kurt vile ep on richie… restocked django reinhardt/western swing lps on monk… restocked gal costa and jorge ben lps… george hurley lp reissue on mississippi (which appears to already be deleted) and two amazing comps from a while back of early irish-american music on yazoo… another ton of dubstep and dance tracks… too many goods ones/too little time… don’t let the rain and/or wind keep you away from the goodness that awaits you… come on up and check em out!!!
as always, many of these titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below and can’t make it to the shop you can make a purchase via paypal or over the phone with a credit card and pick them up later or have them shipped (see more information below). i will no longer hold records. sorry.
prices are subject to change without notice.
prices do not include shipping and handling. for those of you shipping within the continental united states I offer a 5.00usd flat shipping rate for any amount of records and/or compact discs. shipping cost for international orders are calculated on an order by order basis. payments for orders can be made via paypal or with a credit card by telephone between 12-6pm/est.
i also offer bike messanger service via timecycle couriers. for the low cost of 10.00usd i can deliver any amount of records and/or cds you wish to purchase to your center city philadelphia location (this includes some parts of south, west and north philadelphia) within two hours (and for those of you who need your records even faster, we also offer ‘rush’ service for the low flat rate of 20.00usd for any amount of records/cds delivered to you within one hour). of course, we are still more than happy to ship records via the usps within philadelphia. as with the international shipments, orders placed before 5pm/est will ship out that evening and should reach their destination by the following day.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
WAED BOUHASSOUN- A VOICE FOR LOVE CD (institut du monde arabe, france)
*A voice for love is how some have described Waed Bouhassoun, a talented Syrian musician who sings to her own accompaniment on the lute. The youthful Bouhassoun is undoubtedly the embodiment of love, as is borne out by the choice of poems and texts for this, her first recording. Sometimes with strength, sometimes with fragility, her voice intensifies emotion and meaning to the point of ecstasy in the poems of Ibn Zaydoun, Jalal-Eddine, Rumi, Wallada or even Tahar Abou Facha and Mahmoud Bayram al Tounissi, the famous lyricists to Oum Kalthoum. The purity and intimacy of this recording invite the listener to enter into a world alive with sensitivity and elegance.
STARKEY- STARKBASS: A CONTINUOUS DJ MIX BY STARKEY CD (lo dubs, usa)
*LoDubs is pleased to present Starkbass, A DJ mix by Philadelphia's foremost native son Starkey, known throughout the world as the undisputed king of the Dubstep/Club/Grime/Hip Hop/Wonky/Bassline hybrid sometimes referred to as Streetbass. Although largely composed of the first aforementioned genre, this 25 track DJ mix, comprised of almost completely unreleased material, shows how just how the genius from the east can relentlessly tie all these elements together in a mix, with an air that sounds as if they where all part of some larger style all its own. If you have witnessed and thus heard his phenomenom in person, you will know all too well what we are referring to, and therefore must have been lucky enough to catch one of his dozens of much discussed live sessions in recent history, on one of 5 of the 8 continents (he couldn't get a booking in Antarctica for some reason...). Starkbass, as an album, captures this essence precisely. In the process of jumping around the globe with an arsenal of beastly tunes of his own creation, and the experience of being one of a select few to be featured on Mary Anne Hobb's “Generation Bass” program late last year, Starkey has developed a keen ear for hotness from both established artists and the newest/latest producers, allowing him access to the absolute freshest tunes, which is apparent in who is featured on the mix. From artists like Raffertie, who is just about to blow up large, with releases on Slit Jockey and Planet Mu, to established artists like Zomby, Joker, Geeneus, DZ, and Cardopusher, all came forward with their prime goods, and many with their exclusive bits they saved for just such a mega occasion. Throughout this 25 track mix, covering the entirety of a compact disc, it is clear that the hugely recieved full length Ephemeral Exibits released a few months back was far from a single lightning strike, and Starkbass is the step beyond, showing all the styles that make up the universe of Starkbass. Are you ready?
JACK ROSE- THE BLACK DIRT SESSIONS LP (three lobed, usa)
*Let's get the dirty work over with first. The Black Dirt Sessionsis, all hyperbole aside, Jack Rose's most complete and telling work to date. Those who have been following this Philadelphia wanderer's development and growth as a solo artist (both live and on record) know that such a statement is strong praise, as Rose's catalog is certainly not devoid of unqualified classics. The album takes its title from the studio where it was recorded - Jason Meagher's Black Dirt Studios located in Westtown, New York. Old friends Rose and Meagher developed a good working relationship and full understanding of each other's work habits and styles over the course of a spring 2008 joint tour between Rose and one of Meagher's bands, D. Charles Speer & The Helix. Rose, that eternal road warrior, booked some time at Black Dirt between tours in August, September and October of 2008 to lay down some new and fully realized material. This album is the complete result of those sessions. Rose's prior albums have tended to both pick and remain true to a musical theme. The Black Dirt Sessions excels by displaying fully honed examples of all of Rose's various styles and themes - traditional, raga and ragtime. Central to the album's spirit is the absolutely epic "Cross The North Fork." This thirteen minute revisiting of a track first laid down on the great Kensington Blues is a winding, thoroughly engrossing journey. This new version is the product of Rose's perfectionist streak which constantly pushes him to re-explore and re-visit his prior works. As presented on The Black Dirt Sessions, the "new" track is full of rich nuances from Rose's years of additional scrutiny of the original composition. Much like Rose himself, "Cross The North Fork" is certainly comfortable in its skin and helps make it a welcome neighbor to the album's other splendid joys ranging from the jaunty and infectious "Fishtown Flower" (featuring a guest appearance from D. Charles Speer & The Helix's Hans Chew on ragtime piano) to the pensive and appropriate melancholy punch of "Box Of Pine.
LYMAN WOODARD- SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL 2LP (wax poetics, usa)
*Although Detroit is best known for fostering the musical talents of countless Motown artists, the Motor City always played host to a wide spectrum of scenes. As the Jackson 5’s “Dancing Machine” was incinerating dance floors nationwide in 1975, an accomplished organist named Lyman Woodard was putting the finishing touches on Saturday Night Special, a funky collection of working-class jazz that, to this day, stands as a testament to the amazing relics of artistic expression born from this industrious place and time in American music. Unfortunately, Woodard’s label, the proletariat resource Strata Records, lacked the funds and distribution required to match the record’s musical propulsion. The rich layers of sound, befit for a double LP, were confined to one piece of vinyl, compressing the recording’s sonic brilliance to fit the more economical format. Since most albums released on this now-legendary label tended toward the avant-garde, this recording—equal parts jazz exploration, R&B sensibilities, and funk meanderings—was marginally out of place in the contemporary Strata catalog. For whatever reason, this recording never received its proper acknowledgment. This is no longer the case. The release of this long-overdue reissue gives the album the treatment and loving attention it has always rightfully deserved. Saturday Night Special, the fifth release by Wax Poetics Records, comes in the wake of Lyman Woodard’s recent and untimely passing at the youthful age of sixty-six. To commemorate his magnum opus, Wax Poetics Records releases Saturday Night Special as a 180-gram double LP, limited to 1,500 numbered copies and featuring original liner notes by John Sinclair, new interviews, never-before-seen photos, and a replica of the original promotional poster. The iconic cover photograph, “The Equalizers” taken by Detroit’s Leni Sinclair, has been presented in its original form. More a rerelease than a reissue, this is the way that the world was supposed to experience Saturday Night Special. The result is an album masterfully restored in the utmost respect for a true Detroit jazz and funk icon.
ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
FAUST- C'EST COM... COM... COMPLIQUÉ LP (bureau b, germany)
*The Bureau B label breaks into new territory and presents a newly-recorded album by Krautrock legends, Faust. "There is no group more mythical than Faust." Thus wrote English musician and eccentric Julian Cope in his classic of the genre, Krautrocksampler. Which says it all really -- neither the habitus nor the music of the six-piece Hamburg group is easy to grasp. Formed in Hamburg in 1970, some lauded Faust as the best thing that ever happened to rock, others dismissed them as shameless dilettantes. Their collage of Dadaism, avant-garde rock and free improvisation radically divided opinion. Their legend was built on the fact that, in the early days, they addressed the media through their producer and manager Uwe Nettelbeck. Precious little was known about the musicians themselves. When the first LP was unleashed on the world in 1971, Faust were very much the prophets in their own land, as the saying goes: few were interested in listening to their music -- in Germany. Not so across the Channel: this is where Faust's career really kick-started. These monoliths of avant-garde rock sold a phenomenal 100,000 copies of their third album The Faust Tapes, one of the first releases on the Virgin label, then in its infancy. Now that Krautrock has been revived, Faust have become one of the biggest names to drop, worldwide. Their concerts in the USA, Middle East, Japan and Europe invariably sell out. Almost 40 years since they began, Faust are issuing a brand new studio album. Original members Jean-Hervé Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier were joined in the Electric Avenue studio by Amaury Cambuzat (from the French post-rock combo Ulan Bator). Star indie producer Tobias Levin recorded. The results sound fantastic! Typically Dadaist lyrics (mostly in French) accompany repetitive, sporadically overflowing patterns. Faust's music combines seemingly contradictory elements: it rages, yet is gentle; it is monotonous yet melodic, earthy and still ethereal. Safe to say, it is unique. The Bureau B label have previously concentrated on re-releases and compilations, but presented with the opportunity of releasing new works by Krautrock gods Faust, the only possible outcome was to say YES.
ROEDELIUS- JARDIN AU FOU LP (bureau b, germany)
*lp version, includes all the original album tracks… Composer/poet Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia) is one of the most prolific musicians of the German avant-garde and a key figure in the birth of Krautrock, synthesizer pop and ambient music. Jardin Au Fou is his second solo album, originally issued in 1979 on France's Egg label, and produced by former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann. This record was all the more noteworthy as it bore no resemblance whatsoever to what was expected of avant-garde electronica and displayed none of the typical Krautrock characteristics. A rhythm machine, sequencer and abstract sounds are conspicuously absent, and listeners at the time were stunned by one of the most beautiful, charming, ethereal and peaceful albums in the history of German rock music. None other than Asmus Tietchens, friend and artistic companion to Roedelius, has written the following in the liner notes for the reissue: "Jardin Au Fou (Fool's Garden) is a thoroughly romantic album, bursting with joie de vivre and unadulterated joy. With the greatest of pleasure, Roedelius cranks up a carousel of fairground organs, popping corks, waltzes and sweet melodies. Musical ideas come thick and fast. If you listen carefully and immerse yourself in Jardin Au Fou, you might hear traces of the baroque in this romantic music." Roedelius concentrates here on keyboards, and, in particular, the acoustic grand piano. He played most of the tracks by hand, exploiting his virtuosity to the full. The sweet disposition of the album as a whole borders on the naive, bearing none of the Krautrock hallmarks one might expect. Sweetness and light it may be, yet the music of Roedelius is more complex than it first appears. It carries a certain gentle gravitas borne of maturity, reflecting the ongoing quest of a musician for new paths and forms. Jardin Au Fou confronts the listener with an unfiltered, open perspective -- today, some 30 years after it was created, this music has lost none of its shine or charm.
AMANAZ- AFRICA LP (shadoks, germany)
*shop favorite restocked… second pressing on transparent yellow vinyl, edition of 300 copies. From Zambia, Africa, 1975. lp with glossy heavy sleeve, 180 gram pressing. Amanaz was formed in 1973. Three songs are in the native language Bemba, and 9 songs in English, recorded in Kitwe, the 3rd biggest city in Zambia up north. Musically, it goes in the same direction as Blo, The Witch and Question Mark, but this album is way cooler and stoned with an amazing fuzz guitar all over which sounds like an African version of early Cream. The cover makes it look very traditional but after a few spins, you are aware that this one is very special. It's so cool, so tightly-produced and easily compares with UK underground albums with a touch of African beats. Still completely unknown, so this album has not been scored yet by the collectors' scene. A real surprise.
QUESTION MARK- BE NICE TO THE PEOPLE LP (shadoks, germany)
*shop favorite restocked… Numbered edition of 450 copies, glossy heavy sleeve with engraved artwork, 180 gram pressing. Question Mark recorded this album in 1974 in Kenya, the land safari parks, of elephants & lions. Five musicians, all English vocals, heavy fuzz guitar, eight freakin' tracks. If you think Blo and Witch were great African albums, you will love this one. It beats most bands from Africa such as Ofege, Chrissy Zebby, Rikki Ililonga and Mack Sigis Porter, unless you are only in African rhythms and chanting. This album has mostly Western-style songs with great and heavy guitar sounds all over but with a strong African touch of course.
WITCH- LAZY BONES!! LP (shadoks, germany)
*shop favorite restocked… second pressing on transparent blue vinyl, edition of 300 copies. lp reissue in heavy jacket, originally released in 1975. Another out-of-nowhere African 70's rock discovery in the Blo mold. "Completely unknown band from Zambia, privately pressed on a small local label, this five-piece electric band plays a strong electric African underground style. Tons of wah wah-fuzz guitar in every track, African-style beats and vocals and all original songs. If bands from Nigeria such as Blo and Ofege and bands from Zambia such as Rikki Ililonga and Chrissy Zebby are all travelling on the psychedelic highway at 100 mph, the Witch overtakes them with 120. On the cover we can read: if you're feeling depressed, low, disturbed, out-of-sorts, sad, frustrated or widely demented, then folks, we suggest you seek out a quiet place, indulge in some soothing meditation and cut away that headache by listening to this inspirational album.
FLEETWOOD MAC- SISTERS OF THE MOON 12” (slow to speak, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Before Fleetwood Mac inadvertently admitted Ms. Stevie Nicks into their band as a required adjunct to her then partner Lindsey Buckingham joining, the already multi-platinum rock powerhouse had achieved nothing close to the inquisitive substance & analytical content that they would eventually typify in the subsequent years. Of course, Nicks turned out to be the undeniable genius of the troop, her elegantly tempestuous creativity anchoring the band in a solidly poetic tradition and forcing the group's trajectory in favor of a critical excavation of the human condition in search of the very base substance of human tragedy & romantic interface: it is these crucial years of Fleetwood Mac's history that Slow To Speak seeks to emphasize in this latest of their growing reissue series. Nicks' stark explications of the unspoken, opportunistic underbelly of human interaction -- delivered with the graceful yet stalwart delivery of her vocal range -- elevated her above & beyond the simplistic romantic naivety of standard pop-consciousness. Nicks grasped the necessity of embracing & fully understanding misery & wrongdoing as necessary elements of the social and philosophical balance of human passion, and she was more than willing to live in the dark shadow of villainy to fully comprehend the actual workings of humanities inequitably spaced web of virtue & vice. "And black moons in those eyes of hers, Made more sense to me." Unafraid to admit and hold close the murk in her own subject, Nicks cast aside the false moralizing & boyish positivism and embraced the absorbing wasteland of ethical ambiguity and doomed affection." Silkscreened lettering on jacket and gold glitter (or "dust").
EDDIE HAZEL- MAGGOT BRAIN/CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' 12” (slow to speak, usa)
*Undeniably one of the most brilliant songs ever created, 'Maggot Brain' has rightfully achieved a place of eternal reverence in the history of modern music. Recorded in 1971 as Funkadelic was really coming into it's own, the track features the inestimable talents of then 21 year-old guitarist Eddie 'Smeero' Hazel. The original guitarist for the Parliaments and Funkadelic, Hazel recorded the breathtakingly mournful guitar solo featured in 'Maggot Brain' during a time when the aesthetic of P-Funk was really being mapped out and formulated proper. 'Maggot Brain' conjures up the same sensation each time its heard, regardless of what listener: the feeling that this song encapsulates all of the wallowing misery and deepest sorrow the universe over, as Hazel's guitar pours out his unparalleled expression of universal despair with such natural propensity it would appear the young man literally carried the entire world's sadness on his shoulders alone. Hazel was one of the few musicians that lived his instrument, capable not only of expressing himself through its medium, but the whole of universal spirit, a portal to the soul that only he seemed capable of unlocking through his invigorating delivery and range. In a way, Hazel's cover of 'California Dreamin' is the essence of his sound, as without effort Hazel morphs the restrained depression of this former pop hit into all-out, exposed despair, unafraid to confront his listener with the hardships of the human condition without concealment or dumbing aversion. The gorgeous, heart wrenching 'From The Bottom Of My Soul' leaves no doubt to the pain Hazel must have endured daily for reasons unknown to us. What we know with complete certainty is that his music speaks to us, manages to reflect back to us our own hardships in an act of grace, and continues to take our sorrow, perhaps unexpressed or concealed previously, and bare the burden of its oppression, to free us for that small moment of blissful relief as we drift into Hazel's uncontested domain of expressivity.
KRAFTWERK- TONE FLOAT/MEGAHERZ 12” (slow to speak, usa)
*After a short hiatus Slow To Speak returns with a spectacularly eclectic high-quality 12" reissue featuring a chronicle of the esteemed lineage known as Kraftwerk. The group is most recognized for their pioneering of the electronic dance sound emanating from the seemingly boundless parameter's of European synthetic aural experimentation, exploiting the insistent use of controlled & concentrated repetition & harsh melodic rigidness to produce an indisputably new form of funk -- at once owing it's lineage to American black music, and yet strangely alien & singularly unique. But long before their commercial success, founding members & core composers Ralf Hütter & Florian Schneider were humbly at work far from the public eye, busying themselves with the humble task of reinventing modern music as we know it. Of course, they were certainly not alone, as the new wave of post-hippie German experimentalists had, by the end of the 1960s, formed their own underground of anti-composition, disregarding conventionally rigid arrangement in favor of free improvisation & determinately uncharted, expansive liberated sound. As The Organization, Hütter & Schneider produced the mind-bending 20 minute instrumental 'Tone Float,' a controlled chaos of organic instrumentation & sparsely employed melody that stood miles away from the bastard child of post-industrial technological alienation that their later, colder & far-more singular music took on. The aggressiveness of this masterpiece hints at a musical vision far too universal to be tied down by the constraints of cyclical repetition or electronic composition -- a philosophy of the uncharted, unrecognized & completely unencumbered, where the music was both a means & an end to the visceral multitude & psychic multiplicity, leaving the tired realm of the present with all it's endless routines & notions of lineage in the dust. Indeed, 'Megaherz,' taken from their first self-titled full-length as Kraftwerk, takes this refusal to be bound by the historical, material stringencies of cultural or artistic progression further, employing the harsh, factory-like sounds of wage-labor & immediately demolishing it with the heavy weight of delicate, dream-like walls of synthetic melody, once again denying both the physical & social weights of existential dread & subsuming them with the literally boundless possibilities of free sound. 'The Hall of Mirrors,' taken from Trans-Europe Express, reflects the group's later sound, where their preference of free-composition was slowly replaced by the careful & ironic exercise of social reflection -- and yet, their project remained the same, as always: lifting aesthetic expression beyond the ties of the present, pushing it into unexplored realms of experimentation & sound with the conscious insistence on creating something truly autonomous from the boredom of everyday existence.
PUNK, POST-PUNK AND INDIE
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS- THE HUNCHBACK MLP (richie, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Electric studio (mostly) recordings from Philadelphia’s Constant Hitmaker. New fans of his last CD will cry into their pillows and accuse him of selling out the bedroom rock scene. The initiated few will know he’s been doing it for years… plugging in with a full on rock band called the Violators and gigging in all corners of Philly. With baritone guitar/bassist Adam Granduciel, rodeo slide & fuzz guitar from Jesse Turbo, and perfect percussion from Mike Zeng, the Violators are Kurt’s Crazy Horse, slugging it out with him when he feels like playing with a full band. Oddly pleasant singing, in-the-red fingerpicking, twisting swells of feedback, totally POUNDING drums, and Krautlike-zen fill both sides of this record. includes free download certificate.
PSYCHIC ILLS- MIRROR EYE LP (social registry, usa)
*NYC experimental luminaries Psychic Ills' second full length, Mirror Eye, finds the quartet incorporating a sound palette of samples and synths to their usually guitar/bass/drum configuration as they create a transcendent combination of music's that symbolizes how far the band has and continues to evolve.
SOFT ROCK AND LIGHT PSYCHEDELIC HARMONY
JORGE BEN- FÔRÇA BRUTA LP (four men with beards, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Originally released in 1970, Fôrça Bruta is an absolute classic from one of Brazil's most consistently great artists. Despite being embraced by the tropicalia movement (with Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa both covering his songs) there are no psychedelic meanderings to be found within these grooves -- this set is pure samba-soul. Jorge Ben is backed here by the innovative Trio Mocotó who never overplay and allow his soulful vocal delivery and samba guitar to be the centerpieces.
GAL COSTA- GAL COSTA LP (four men with beards, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Originally released in 1969, Gal Costa's second solo album is one of the finest releases to come out of Brazil's tropicalia movement. Featuring songwriting and vocal help from Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa flows effortlessly between shredding psychedelia and smooth bossa nova. An essential record for anyone that appreciates the far reaches of Brazilian popular music. Includes the classic tracks 'Baby' and 'Não Identificado.'
YVES, SERGE & VICTOR- CAGIBI... LP (guerssen, spain)
*shop favorite restocked… Mega-rare private pressing from France, 1975, with only 300 copies made. Pretty unknown album, and a killer! Nothing you would expect from a French record, really; this is 100% USA early '70s sounding stuff, West Coast folk-rock with a psychedelic edge, CSNY feel, acoustic & electric guitars, some fierce fuzz assaults, English vocals -- an incredible discovery! The original pressing came with a plain white cover, and a few copies were later pasted-on with a few very low quality photos. For this reissue, we have used that paste-on collage, and added some more stuff on the back cover with photos from Serge's archive. Fully remastered sound, liner notes and limited to 500 copies.
FOLK, BLUES AND ROOTS
MICHAEL HURLEY- ARMCHAIR BOOGIE LP (mississippi, usa)
*First ever vinyl reissue of Michael's hard to find classic 1972 2nd album. Hurley is a much respected singer songwriter (former member of the Holy Modal Rounders), & it is an honor for us to put this out. Features the following songs: 'Werewolf' (a beautiful haunting song later covered by Cat Power), 'Grand Canyon Line,' 'English Nobleman,' 'Be Kind To Me,' 'Troubled Waters,' 'Red Ravager's Reel,' 'Sweedeedee' (also covered by Cat Power), 'Open Up,' 'Jocko's Lament,' 'Light Green Fellow,' 'Get The Best Of Me,' 'Biscuit Roller,' 'When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano,' & 'Penguins' (a beautiful dirge played by trumpets & guitars). New back cover & label designed by Michael himself.
V/A- THE WHEELS OF THE WORLD VOL. 1 EARLY IRISH-AMERICAN MUSIC: CLASSIC RECORDINGS FROM THE 1920'S & 30'S CD (yazoo, usa)
*1997 release in stock for the first time… A collection of all-time great performances of Irish traditional music, including selections by such legendary artists as Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Patrick Touhey, Mullaney and Stack, Flannagan Brothers, Packie Dolan, and many, many more. These recordings were made primarily in the 1920s when the pure power of this wonderful tradition was at its peak, and were all made in America, to which a great many of the master Irish musicians had immigrated. Many of these very recordings played a huge role in establishing the basic repertoire of tunes played by Irish musicians for the rest of the 20th century. “Chronicles some of the seminal performers of the first generation of Irish-Americans to record. Among the fiddlers, two stand out in particular - Michael Coleman for the depth and subtlety of his interpretations and James Morrison for his brilliants technique. And Patrick J. Touhey's uillean pipes are a revelation.” -- Newark Star Ledger
V/A- THE WHEELS OF THE WORLD VOL. 2 EARLY IRISH-AMERICAN MUSIC: CLASSIC RECORDINGS FROM THE 1920'S & 30'S CD (yazoo, usa)
*1997 release in stock for the first time… There is no shortage today of talented, even virtuosic, Irish traditional musicians. The 'world music' bins of record stores overflow with Irish discs that have the kind of clean digital sound and sophisticated modern arrangements that the old 78s cannot match. Try as they might, however, today's musicians cannot match the expressive emotion, earthy humor or propulsive rhythmic energy displayed so abundantly on these classic Irish-American recordings from the 1920s and '30s. Artists include Packie Dolan, John McKenna, Michael Gaffney, Michael Coleman, Peter Conlon, Frank Quinn, James Morrison, Edward Mullaney & Patrick Stack, Paddy Sweeney & Paddy Killoran, The Flanagan Brothers, Dan Sullivan and William J. Mullaly. "A preservationist's dream...yields an intimacy not found today." -- Time Out New York
V/A- RAG & STOMP: A RETROSPECTIVE ON 1930s WESTERN SWING LP (monk, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… During the 1930s in the vast region of the American Southwest, particularly in Texas and Oklahoma, a younger generation gave birth to a new form of popular dance music. In the hard years of the depression, both rural enthusiasts who played by ear, and others who had basic notions of written music joined together and participated in the development of the so-called 'western swing'. The elements which flow into this music are easily detectable on recordings by western swing groups, melting white and black swing across the country (Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, etc.), together with blues, fiddle music and ragtime, which was particularly strong in the regional heritage of Texas. Packaged in 78 rpm style deluxe plain cardboard sleeve.
DJANGO REINHARDT- FROM THE ULTRAPHONE SHELVES LP (monk, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… From December 1934 to late September 1935, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, founded by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and French violinist Stéphane Grappelli, cut nearly 20 titles for the Parisian based branch of the German Ultraphone label. During the nine months they spent under contract with Ultraphone, their repertoire included some original compositions by members of the band, as well as classic jazz gems. The selections proposed here offer a sample of Django's early genius, who showed the jazz community that the 'American way' of playing jazz was not the only one. Packaged in 78 rpm style deluxe plain cardboard sleeve.
DJANGO REINHARDT- THE LAST YEARS OF PEACE: 1936-1937 LP (monk, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… The British Decca company, who had distributed the early Ultraphone sides in England, was attracted by the sudden success of the band and decided to start, in the autumn of 1935, with new recording sessions, now at the enhanced Polydor studios in Paris. Although dealing with such musicians was often quite challenging for the German Polydor technical engineers, some of the results were musically remarkable, despite some low figure sales. Even during his Polydor-Decca phase Django recorded for other companies, including French Gramophone, and in November 1935 he met modern pianist Garnet Clark and US trumpeter Bill Coleman. Packaged in 78 rpm style deluxe plain cardboard sleeve.
DJANGO REINHARDT- THE 1938 LONDON DEBUT AND PARIS SESSIONS LP (monk, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… While 1937 came to a close on the notes of the virtuoso 'Tea For Two,' 1938 began with the first appearance of the Quintette du Hot Club de France in England, an even greater sell-out event than Duke Ellington. The London recording sessions for Decca took place a few days after that event. Django played his own compositions, some jazz hits, and accompanied solos, the sound being now improved and more mature. The British episode was short but intense, and three more titles were recorded later, in August. In-between Django also recorded three sides with Benny Carter, who had widely played around Europe beginning in 1935. Packaged in 78 rpm style deluxe plain cardboard sleeve.
THE FIVE CORNERS QUINTET- HOT CORNER 10” (ricky tick, finland)
*shop favorite restocked… The mighty Five Corners Quintet come through with a brand new three-tracker to give us taste of what's around the corner. Features 'Hot Rod', 'Easy Diggin'' and 'Shake It'.
FUNK AND SOUL
PAIKAN- DANCEFLOOR FIGHT 12” (jazzman, uk)
*debut release from a new French talent with an ear for Indian soundtracks and funky grooves. But there’s no wishy washy Bollywood nonsense here, this is the real deal - three slamming pieces of hardcore sitar funk! Païkan's sound could be described as a four-way meeting of the minds between Shankar, Schifrin, Kuti and Hendrix. Sounds good, right? Well take a listen to the lead track 'Dancefloor Fight' and see if we're wrong. With the slinky, heavy bottomed 'Detective Pandit Rey' and the sneakily laid back Afro-frenzy of 'Afro On The Rocks' making up the rest of the E.P. this isn't only the best Sitar Music we've heard in 30 odd years or so, it's also a record which defiantly stresses the 'fun' in Funk.
RAP AND HIP HOP
THE COOL KIDS- THE BAKE SALE 2LP (chocolate industries, usa)
*Chocolate Industries and Traffic Entertainment have teamed up to bring you the in-demand vinyl version of The Bake Sale from the breakout Chicago based duo known as The Cool Kids. The group has literally taken over the music press for the last year: Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, XXL, Urb and countless other magazines have acknowledged the Cool Kids as the next band that will change the way we think and feel about music on a large scale, along with being cited as creating their own style and fashion while starting a movement around them in the process. The group has already struck a huge nerve in popular culture, as evidenced by the massive following they’ve created on their Myspace site alone with 4 million plays and counting. Be prepared for The Cool Kids.
V/A- LUNGBUTTERS: AN ECLECTIC JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR FM DIAL CD+7” (diggers with gratitude, uk)
*After four highly acclaimed and sold out vinyl releases, DWG takes its first steps into the digital world with Lungbutters, a 60 minute mix of unadulterated audio pleasure presented in radio show format and hosted by Sureshot La Rock with DJ Format on the wheels of steel. Listen hard as you're brought through an eclectic blend of audio goodness featuring cuts ranging from the obscure and slept on to the much more easily obtained but equally dope, with more than the odd smattering of unreleased gems, guest appearances and certified groin melters thrown in for good measure. All beautifully presented in a high quality 6 panel digipack. Available for free exclusively to purchasers of the Lungbutters CD is the Main Source 'The Lost Science' 7"! This ep features three unreleased Main Source tracks, possibly the final recordings with Large Pro on mic duties, recorded circa 92/93. The tracks ooze that classic sound which the Main Source crew are known for. The music was excavated from K Cut's personal stash of demo tapes intended for the unreleased "Science" album.
DJ AYRES- T&A BREAKS II LP (t&a, usa)
*Ayres and Tittsworth comin' atcha for round two w/ another huge helping of Bmore club breaks, loops & samples. Tons of drum loops, melodies, breaks, and acapellas are at your disposal for production or live remixes. F/ 60 loops total at a constant 133BPM.
V/A- AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST: RAW & PSYCHEDELIC AFRO SOUNDS FROM BENIN & TOGO '70S 2LP (analog africa, germany)
*shop favorite repressed/restocked… Double vinyl version, in deluxe gatefold sleeve and printed inner sleeves which replicate all of the liner notes from the CD version booklet. Same 14 tracks as the CD. The mission of Analog Africa is clear: searching in dusty warehouses for forgotten music to keep it alive. All tracks have been officially licensed, usually from the artists who label-head Samy Ben Redjeb also met with for detailed research. He conducted 16 interviews in various cities in Benin and Togo with artists, producers and sound engineers to reconstruct the history of the '70s music scene for the booklet which also includes many rare photographs directly received from the artists. Like most modern music in French-speaking West African countries, the music of Benin and Togo was influenced by a few main musical currents: Cuban, Congolese and local traditional music, as well as Chanson Française. Additionally, the geographical location of Benin and Togo -- sandwiched between Ghana and Nigeria -- exposed Beninese and Togolese musicians to highlife music. The cultural and spiritual riches of traditional Beninese music had an immense impact on the sound of Benin's modern music. Benin is the birth place of Vodun (or, as it is known in the West, Voodoo), and some of the rhythms used during traditional rituals -- sakpata, sato, agbadja, tchenkoumé and many others -- were fused to soul and Latin music as early as the mid-'60s and later to funk. That fusion is the essence of this compilation. In the late '60s and early '70s, rock and soul music started creeping into the region. In particular, the music of James Brown and Johnny Halladay became immensely popular with university students. It was then that the music scene in Benin really started to take off. What made this musical revolution even more interesting is that most of the musicians could not read music. Often the music they made sounded one semi-tone away from being out of tune, but somehow they always managed to bring all the elements together into something new and exciting. One of the greatest bands of their era, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, who are featured on this compilation, took the Afro sound to another level by showing their musical versatility in many forms. Although they were consciously copying Western artists, they would always inject a dose of psychedelic Afro grooves that would make their music unmistakably Beninese. Their biggest song, "Gbeti Madjro" is believed to have revolutionized the music industry in Benin in the '70s when the country went through a period of political turmoil. The song is full of raw breaks and hypnotic rhythms, as well as screams à la James Brown. After this song, many bands in Benin started screaming on their recordings, hence the title of this compilation. Latin-influenced sounds are present on this compilation, too. Ouidah, a city on the Atlantic coast of Benin, is home to a large Brazilian community, or, as they are called in Benin, "Agoudas." Members of that community are descendents of slaves who returned from Brazil at the end of the 19th century. Their dances and songs are still being performed and fused into the traditional Beninese rituals. That, too, can be heard in modern Beninese music. The proximity of the giant neighbor Nigeria can be heard on the track "Djanfa Magni" which features the amazing trumpeter/ saxophonist Tidjani Koné fronting the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. Koné, whose career started in Mali as the founder and band leader of the Rail Band de Bamako, had played with Fela Kuti for a short while, hence the strong Afrobeat influence. There are countless stories to be discovered in the extremely well-researched booklet and the music is truly mind-blowing. So delve into the forgotten raw and psychedelic Afro sounds from '70s Benin and Togo and experience the African Scream Contest.
TINARIWEN- AMAN IMAN: WATER IS LIFE 2LP (independiente, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Tinariwen's critically acclaimed Aman Iman is now available as a gatefold two-LP set. Aman Iman, is the band's third recording for World Village. It was produced by British bluesman and Justin Adams and recorded at Bogolan studios in Bamako, Mali. The album's fifteen tracks celebrate their Tamashek heritage in all its trance-inducing, hipshaking, majesty, mystery and magic.
MULATU ASTATKE- MULATU OF ETHIOPIA LP (worthy, usa)
*shop favorite restocked on vinyl… Mulatu Astatqé (also sometimes spelled Mulatu Astatke, as he is on the liner notes to this release) might be most known to international audiences through his tracks on the excellent Ethiopiques cd anthology series of Ethiopian music. Long before those tracks were compiled for that series, however, he had an American release with this 1972 instrumental album, on which he's billed as 'Mulatu of Ethiopia.' Like much of the best of the circa-early-'70s contemporary Ethiopian music on Ethiopiques, it's a fine, at times captivating blend of late-'60s American soul and jazz with Ethiopian music, resulting in something not quite comparable to anything else. -- Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.
MULATU ASTATKE & HIS ETHIOPIAN QUINTET- AFRO-LATIN SOUL LP (worthy, usa)
*shop favorite restocked on vinyl… This 1966 LP by Astatke (billed to Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet) isn't shaded by nearly as much African/Ethiopian influence as his later work, which was recorded between the late '60s and mid-'70s. As the title might lead you to believe, it is indeed more in the Latin soul-jazz bag than the later material, sometimes leaning toward the R&B-informed boogaloo sound of the mid-'60s. On his own compositions and arrangements (which comprise about half the LP), sometimes more exotic and African colors bubble closer to the surface, as on the eerie vibe parts he lays on 'Mascaram Setaba.' -- Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.
REGGAE AND DANCEHALL
V/A- 100% DYNAMITE! NYC VOL. 1: DANCEHALL REGGAE MEETS RAP IN NEW YORK CITY 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
V/A- 100% DYNAMITE! NYC VOL. 2: DANCEHALL REGGAE MEETS RAP IN NEW YORK CITY 2LP (soul jazz, uk)
*another amazing soul jazz set featuring Shinehead, Super Cat, Kenny Dope, Shaggy, Fu Schnickens, Rayvon, Rankin Dan, Red Fox, Nikey Fungus, Super C and more. 100% Dynamite NYC is jam-packed full of New York's finest dancehall reggae and hip-hop sounds! From the 1980s onwards, New York developed its own dancehall and soundclash scene away from Jamaica. Nearly all the artists involved were first and second-generation Jamaicans living in New York who took both reggae and hip-hop as their points of reference. Starting with the first ever DJ and inventor of hip-hop, Jamaican-born Kool Herc, artists have continued to join the dots. This underground scene led to a number of artists becoming famous -- Shaggy, Shinehead, Fu Schnickens, but many of the artists featured here remain unknown except to hardcore NYC dancehall fans. 100% Dynamite NYC features a stellar line-up of New York/Jamaica's finest -- everyone from Kenny Dope to Supercat and a heavyweight selection of the finest reggae/dancehall/hip-hop tunes you will ever hear!
DUBSTEP, BASSLINE AND GRIME
UNKNOWN- HOT BOYS/ON & ON: DUBSTEP RE-RUBS 10” (white label, uk)
*two urban classics get the dubstep treatment! blam! very limited numbers on this one! so get them while they are hot! on cute little 10” vinyl too!
THE LAZARUS PROJECT- LFO BOOTY/AFTERMATH BOOTY 12” (cease and desist, uk)
*Two classics get the Dubstep treatment, these are set to be massive as they have had some huge support from some of the big dogs in the scene…
TRUTH- THE FATMAN/STOLEN CHILDREN 12” (deep medi musik, uk)
*The theory that isolation breeds creativity has never been as apt as it is for Truth, a dubstep outfit hailing from one of the world’s most southern cities. What began as a musical experiment has now become something much more significant. A chance encounter with dubstep visionary Mala late in 2007 inspired the New Zealand trio, who have been working together for years, to try their hand at a new sound – one comprising serious sub bass and snares so nasty they make eyes water. Within days of slipping Mala a handful of tunes made in as many days, Truth had been signed to his label Deep Medi – widely regarded as one the most progressive in the scene, alongside a cluster of highly respected artists including Loefah, Kromestar, Silkie & Quest and Goth Trad. Truth’s style defies categorisation, encompassing an array of melodies and vocals within spacious beats that range from half-step stompers like ‘The Fatman’ to deeper tunes like ‘Stolen Children’. One common element underpins every track though: a heavy bassline riddim that lays sheer force on any system heavy enough to handle it. In just a year, the sound of Truth has spread across the world. ‘The Fatman’ has been pulled back countless times in numerous cities, from Dubwar at Club Love in New York, to Sonar in Barcelona, to Mass in Brixton – the home of dubstep’s seminal club night, DMZ. Today, in a scene that is defined by dubplate culture, some of its biggest players are dropping Truth dubs in their sets including Mala, Skream, DMZ, and Goth Trad, to name a few. Nick Argon is flying the flag in LA, while Skream is showcasing their beats in his legendary sets and on his notorious Rinse FM radio show Stella Sessions.
EMALKAY- EXPLICIT/HEROICS 12” (dub police, uk)
*Emalkay steps up for his debut release for the Dub Police with two tracks that will leave you pleading for mercy. The first of which has been gaining some serious support from Caspa, Benga, N-Type & The Scratch Perverts to name a few and its not hard to see why! Few words can describe the absolute devastation this tune causes to any dance floor across the globe right now with its squelching bassline and tuff beats, not to mention the infectious vocal hook that will have you singing for days… ‘I beat mutha fuckers’ - sick stuff! Heroics: On the flip the pace doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with this monster of a tune, again gaining massive support from the cream of the scene. Pounding beats, dirty, warping bass and a dangerous synths all go in the cooking pot to produce one massive track - this one is a proper ruffneck riddem and just the tip of the iceberg from Birmingham’s finest.
GIANT- ROCKER/RAIN MIND 12” (dub police, uk)
*finish copy promo… Dub Police has become one of the Dubstep's dominating labels, with some of the biggest artists involved in the genre. With a healthy back catalogue and some heavy forthcoming releases lined up, Dub Police shows no signs of slowing down. Giant hail from Russia and Debut on Dub Police.
DANIEL SAVIO- DIRTY BOMB LP (flogsta danshall, sweden)
*2009 predicted will be The Year of the Skweee, The man who coined the name “skweee”. Sweden’s Kool DJ Dust a.k.a. Daniel Savio was the first skweee DJ and its second producer. Daniel Savio: I have been DJing since the mid-nineties and buying records since my early childhood. It all goes back to my love for hip hop music and culture. Graffiti was my main thing but I also had some attempts to rap and dance (crazy fake breaking). So hip hop I would say is my main influence and when I started DJing it was all about hip hop. But early on I was curious about the old school breaks/originals/samples so from that I got into funk, soul, disco, rock and of course the early electro stuff like Kraftwerk and Arthur Baker, Paul Hardcastle, etc, etc. So its a dream come true for me. It will be out in early 2009, February/March. I have been working on it for a couple of years. So 2009 will be hectic, Skweee-alistic and funky fresh!
WARTECH- THE RATTLE SNAKE/THE FLYING FOX 12” (freakz of nature, uk)
*new label freaks of nature is the sister label to it’s big brother audio phreaks (formerly audio freaks) this is the debut release from wartech with more to come soon, this guy gonna be big in 2009!
JAH CURE/THE MIGHTY- DEEP WITHIN/LENNON 12” (ghetto knowledge, uk)
*ghetto knowledge grace our sheets once again with another tasty bootie! this one is a heavy dubstep reworking of jah cure “deep within”, the original mix is a mix up of growling bass and reggae stabs while on the flip the mighty “lennon re-rub” takes in all te elements of the original mix but with a much heavier bass!
RIGAS DEN ANDRE- VALLA TORG 12” (harmonia, finland)
*The "new sound of Scandinavia" Originally from Scandinavia, skweee combines very simple synth leads and basslines with the rhythms of funk, RnB and soul. It is a flourishing community based around online networks that are moving beyond those frontiers thanks to their personal overhaul of dance music. Finland's Harmönia label is one of the standard bearers of the new sound that is coming in from the cold and which they themselves have christened skweee - simple but effective synths and basslines, coated with funk, R'n'B and soul. Discover it for yourself, courtesy of the Finnish school.
UNKNOWN- TRIPLE BYPASS/SUBMARINER 12” (hate, uk)
*Another release from the anonymous producers at Hate. The A-side "Triple Bypass" keeps it busy on the strings for another Juicebox-style archival killer, re-edited and re-molded in November 2008. "Submariner" on the flip-side is a slow and toughened bass excursion re-made from elements and samples dating back 15 years. Mastered at Transition. limited edition of 500.
KODE 9- BLACK SUN/2 FAR GONE 12” (hyper dub, uk)
*‘Black Sun’ started life as a ceremonially torched copy of The Sun newspaper and ended up as a weirdly euphoric, smeared synth workout that Kode9 has been mixing in his recent “funky” sets. Wavering and pitch-bent tones wind their way around a broken rhythm, while the bassline bubbles manically from beneath. ‘2 Far Gone’, on the flip, similarly sends recent strains of UK house rhythm into modulating analogue drone. Sounds like 9’s been drinking acid rain. Whatever this is, we’re not sure where it came from and don’t quite have words to describe it yet. Nor do we need them.
STARKEY FEAT. DURRTY GOODZ- GUTTER MUSIC 12” (keysound recordings, uk)
*Gutter Music launched Starkey's Planet Mu album Ephemeral Exhibits in a wild style, but this killer track was only available on the CD version. Now on crisp black wax for Dusk + Blackdown's Keysound imprint, this mindblowing, futuristic production comes in its original glory, and also includes a very special version with vocals by grime MC #1, Durrty Goodz. The VIP version features bass line, dancehall, dubstep, electro, funky, grime and hip-hop, all in one unbelievable version. A massive 12.
SABAT MACHINES- EVRY/SILVIA 12” (kiosk, uk)
*the a side" evry" is a classical dubstep sub killer, with a deep ambiance, full of nasty wobble, a touch of reggae guitars for the flavor, a few scratches by dj ritch and the message of mc coypü at the end ! on the flip ,"sylvia" is the total opposite ! following the old traditional yidddish song (by tamara szefer) the gypsy guitar and the rumbling wobble, you can't prevent dancing mazurka ! a few scratches by dj ritch, some reverse, a lot of rolling drums and a different voice, and you enter the circle!!!
PEVERELIST- ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES 12” (punch drunk, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Second Peverelist 12 on the Punch Drunk label is the long-awaited follow up to the genre defying Erstwhile/The Grind 12" as championed by DJs as diverse as Luciano & Surgeon. DJ support for Roll With the Punches comes from Kode 9, Appleblim, Pinch, Distance, N-Type.
NOAH D & ROOMMATE- THE WITCH DOCTOR/THE BASSMAN 12” (scum, uk)
*First up is Subway's own Noah D coming straight out of Portland… This interlude to his forthcoming EP on subway is filled with 2 brand new slammers! In traditional Subway fashion this diverse piece of wax is equipped with something for the wobblers and something for the bassheads.. Without any further ado we like to introduce.. THE WITCH DOCTOR.. this mesmerising piece of dirt keeps us all on our toes cause this is Noah D in no holding back mode! you can hear the witch doctor himself chant in the background.. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU!! YOURE MINE!!! and he isnt joking.. this huge record can suck in every possible subject into the void an be cast into oblivion. The B side is the well known BASSMAN.. for this tune Noah D again teams up with one of the Babylon System boys but this time it's Roommate turn to add that extra bit of babylon into this subloaded killer..The Bassman starts off real smooth but dont be mistaken by this intro cause when this one drops... youd better hope some spliffs are within range cause this is the ultimate skank out track! Deep subs, heavy kicks and a destructive flow only these guys can come up with! its just that huge!
S.N.O/SARANTIS- PULLEY/SPARK 12” (senseless, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Senseless rekkids drop off a mixed bag o' nuts this week with a double header from Manchester's S.N.O vs Leeds head Sarantis. S.N.O's effort doesn't quite come up to scratch with a retrogressively orthodox halfstep effort, so it's left to Sarantis to consistently bring the goods with a fully charged stepper featuring some epic Sci-Fi vibes and a rampant 4/4 dread bassline more than making up for the dullness of the A-side. Check!
BLACK SUN EMPIRE- HYPER SUN/COLD CRYSIS 12” (shadows of the empire, netherlands)
*first release from new dutch dubstep label… take note!!!
SLAUGHTER MOB- BACK FROM THE FUTURE 12” (southside dubstars, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Fresh dubstep promo pressure from Slaughter Mob who deliver a diverse EP comprising three tracks. The A-side is the most immediate and the most direct for the dancefloor with a mutating bass line propelling the whole shebang. On the B-side, two more experimental tracks can be found. The pacey 'Tinji 2' and the skanking 'Lion Claw.' Top package.
PROTOCOL X- OUR STORM/SCREWHEADZ 12” (storming, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… A storm is coming, 'Our Storm,' and when it arrives it will shake the universe. 'Our Storm' features on the recent Built For Boundaries mix CD from Quiet Storm and Storming. A huge bass-driven tune with half-stepping beats and hunting synths. Protocol X at his best! Flip over for Screwheadz where the classic rolling storming sound appears. Mashed-up steppy breaks and low sub-distorted bass make this tune appealing to all tear out dancefloor DJs!
JAZZSTEPPA- BIG SWING SOUND 12” (studio rockers, uk)
*Describing JazZstePpa’s sound is no easy task. Their organic blend of dubladen low end, half step beats and soul powered vocals culminate into a fusion of contemporary musics finer points, mixed with a tradition of world music sounds and values. Their name speaks volumes. February 2009 will see them release ’The Big Swing Sound/Taylor Rain’ on the infamous Studio Rockers label, home of all things bass heavy and and well produced. The 12" also comes complete with a club rattling bass remix, offering a more straight to the point dubstep sound. JazZstePpa is a collaborative project that was born out of Berlin based Jazz festival, comprising of a variety of producers, beat makers and musicians. The crews first release was on Hotflush (home to Benga, Scuba, Luke Envoy etc) and since then they have gone from strength to strength, progressing through sounds and styles, eventually arriving on Studio Rcokers with this, the eclectic, club friendly, speaker booming ’Big Swing Sound’!
ESKMO- WILLOW GRAIL/PROCESS/TRUDGE 12” (studio rockers, uk)
*restocked… Picking up where the electronically soaked Bionics EP left off, the genre meddling future dub imprint Studio Rockers busts through the speakers with another fine selection of bass drenched compositions! For our next musical outing we've packed up the bags and headed stateside (San Francisco to be precise) enlisting the services of frequency welder Eskmo. No stranger to the inner workings of a mixing desk, Eskmo has been crafting individually stamped music for many a year as a sound engineer. Taking the lead on this 12" first up we have 'Willow Grail,' laced up with scattering snares, haunting vocals and rib tickling low end bass making for an infectious journey into the sound, blurring the worlds of techno and dub with ease. Next up 'Process' comes forth, driving kicks do battle whilst flutes as percussion rides over head and that's all before the growling bass raises its head. Toasting off the EP, slinging the vibes down, Eskmo unleashes 'Trudge' combining warming bass tones, acid stabs married with off kittle percussion and glitchy edits. Eskmo is Brendan Angelides, a producer and live performer who has been writing and performing music since 1999. He uses the alias Welder for his more chilled down tempo work. His live sets which are based around Ableton Live utilizing various midi controllers and FX running with on the spot warping, queueing and live key work have taken him across venues on both sides of the Atlantic.
S-MAX- COSMO ANARCHY EP VOLUME 2 12” (telegraph, france)
*Cosmo anarchy vol.2 goes a little darker. two tracks with strong atmosphere still very funky and 1 sweet old school house track on the a2 make this ep very special. a mood in between daniel bell and christian vogel. for the a1 we have for the first time on the label a strong dubstep track! great dj tool. as for the b side it’s freaky funky techno, a dark and soulful dancefloor track!
SKREAM- MIDNIGHT REQUEST LINE 12” (tempa, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Originally released in 2005. The shot-heard-round-the-world banger that was killing the game for a hot minute even before it hit 12". This one might just go down in the history books as the one that cracked the whole game wide open, international-style -- it's been talked about in Vice, De:Bug, and on just about every music blog you can think of. Possibly the final link in the chain connecting grime and dubstep, as evidenced by the likewise talked-about freestyles Dizzee dropped over the A-side on RinseFM. About as good a starting point for dubstep as the interested but uninitiated could hope for, total future classic now.
DJG- BUNKER/APOPHENIA 10” (tube 10, uk)
*shop favorite restocked on black vinyl… DJG's second installment for subway is a solo 10" for its little sister: Tube10! And boy what a 10 it is! We're all big fans of the G, so it's no wonder that 'Bunker' got its A side spot on the double when this one came in! 'Bunker' starts off light and all esoteric, creating an eerie vibe that's just so DJG. When you hear the dubwise pressure you know its on! One of the finest DJG tunes around! The flip holds another peak in DJG production skills. This one is called 'Apophenia,' a deep 2-steppin tune that keeps on building, building and building till it stops at the epic breakdown. This one may not be as experimental as the rest of the selection but we feel this is another sure shot Tube10 release ready to get bagged on sight!
16BIT- TWICE/SHALLOW 12” (twice, uk)
*The ever intruiging 16 Bit crew come correct with a serving of pop edits inna cheeky white label style. The ace production unit turn to three of the most distinctive female voices in the industry for source material, taking their istantly recongisable tones and respectfully adding precisely glitched 2-step and sub driven riddims to flip the tracks into new shapes. The three versions are far more mature than you may expect after ingesting any of their previous rave efforts for Boka or Destpub, but thankfully put their obvious production skills to great use on well balanced and perfectly executed revisions of the popular tracks. A must check for fans of Various Production!!! -boomkat
UNKNOWN- GREASY MITTS/DARK HEART 12” (war, uk)
*Part 9 in the unknown artist based limited press Dubstep series… Two tracks 'Greasy Mitts' & 'Dark Heart' A massive Joss Stone bootleg with nice chunked up beats over the top. The flip is a subtler number with hidden vocal loops. Another top limited press that is a must have dancefloor dubstep killer!!!
HOUSE, TECHNO AND DISCO
BLACK COCK- FREE RANGE 12” (black cock, uk)
*Classic DJ Harvey edits on an official re-issue... Shine On/C Is For Charlie/Get Ready/Get Ready Reprise/Here And Now. limited and essential!
BLACK COCK- LUNA PARTY 12” (black cock, uk)
*Classic DJ Harvey edits on an official re-issue... DJ Harvey & Gerry Rooney produced & distributed unlicensed "pirate" edits. Side L is a re-edit of Mother's Finest - Dis Go Dis Way, Dis Go Dat Way. limited and essential!
SWALLOW- DISCO ADJUSTMENTS 12” (black cock, uk)
*Classic DJ Harvey edits on an official re-issue... Bermuda Triangle/Juicy Sushi/On The Nest/Vinegar Stroke. limited and essential!
ROOTS- ROOTS LP (derby, netherlands)
*repro of the much sought after Italian (not Italo) disco lp conceived by a certain Guy Delo the chap behind the Amadeo LP (featuring the classic ''Memories''). This brilliantly eccentric album is very reminiscent of some of Ze Records output, with songs centered around all manner of non-traditional disco themes including cowboys, sheiks and the C.I.A.! Features the huge Harvey favourite and cult classic ''Sheriff's Horse''.
HYPNOTIC SAMBA- HYPNOTIC SAMBA 12” (history clock, uk)
*history clock reissue of this much sought after electronic disco cut from 1984. An amazing deep and tripped-out electronic disco track in its eponymous A-side, it's flipped by the incredible 'Stop - Watch' as featured on Flemming Dalum's legendary mix, The Amazing Run In the Tube. Always very hard-to-find, this classic was produced by the great Ralf Hennings, who created some of the best synth dance tracks in the 80s out of Pforzheim in the German Black Forest - including many electronic versions of the main titles from John Carpenter's soundtracks.
V/A- EL QUINTO 12” (ican, usa)
*The fifth release on the L.A. based ICAN is a re-union between Santiago Salazar and Esteban Adame and their partners in Los Hermanos and Underground Resistance; Gerald Mitchell and Dan "Dex" Caballero. Underground Resistance's DJ Dex aka Nomadico partners up with Esteban Adame as El Coyote for "Esfuerzando". The song sets the mood with rising synth chords, a subtle acid line, live percussion and a heavy bassline. A thick layered set of strings then lifts the listener to emotional heights of unyielding determination that reflect both the title and these artists' personal history. UR veteran and Los Hermanos leader Gerald Mitchell contributes a slow building, dancefloor burner with "Los Sunshine". Gerald uses an irresistable groove to hypnotize the listener as he adds layers of swinging hi-hats and soulful electronic accents. Ican then bring it home with "Make It Hot" and don't hold anything back. The track's drums and percussion are rooted in the classic house music traditions of Chicago and New York, while the keyboard and electronic sequences are equal parts Detroit Techno and East L.A. funk.
LEO ZERO- DUB PSYCHEDELIC SERIES PT. 2 12” (leo zero, uk)
*highly anticipated second release in the limited edition leo zero dub psychedelic series… A1 - This time David Bowie gets the unique dub Psychedelic re-work treatment on his incredible Ziggy Stardust moment 'Moonage Daydream' Leo twists this inside out with doubled-up vocals and a wigged-out breakdown which gets all Happy Mondays on us before recoiling into glam-rock heaven. On the dub we are taken on a darker journey with tape delays-a-plenty and live mixing desk overdubs...... AA1 - On the flip we have a special re-interpretation of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's 'How Do You Sleep?' - lifted from the cult - 'give me some truth' DVD this jam session features new drums and dubs to take things up a gear and give it some chugging swap rock swagger. AA2 - Talking of chuggers....we round things off with a dub of The Police 'spirits in the material world' with added synths, and live melodica Augustus Pablo stylee.
SHAWN RUDIMAN- A WONDERFUL LIFE 12” (matrix, usa)
*Still A Wonderful Life opens this five-track EP with some rapidfire chord changes and hammering beats. The tone remains light and airy although the tempo are far more hard-hitting. 'Direct Box' is a little more reductive in its approach, submerging deep staccato stabs in a rich midtempo groove. 'Squalid Humility' embraces a more future-facing Detroit styled feel, driven by a bed of swirling pads. Planting a little more of a swing into the mix, 'Yeah... Boot It' supplies a more lively, funk-fortified rhythmic feel.
ARNE WEINBERG- IMPETUS 12” (matrix, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Arne Weinberg remains true to form with his second Matrix release entitled "Impetus". Weinberg's trademark of beautifully crafted, deep and introspective Detroit Techno is evident on tracks like "The Innermost Thoughts" and "Impetus" while he explores more upbeat and danceable themes with "Farcasting" and "Shattered". The opening track "Farcasting" could easily be mistaken for a long lost Kenny Larkin gem! Weinberg remarkably creates an e.p. that will appeal to both your body and your mind.
WHO'S WHO- WHO'S WHO LP (out, netherlands)
*repro of this extremely rare French disco LP from Daniel Vangarde, the father of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter!!! Most famous at the time for producing the Gibson Brothers this album was a much more underground affair, a sleazy electronic take on disco music with killer tracks including “Palace Palace," “Dancin' Machine” and the stunning mid-tempo middle eastern influenced cut "Hypnodance."
VENUS GANG- SPACE WOMAN 12” (p.b.i., netherlands)
*repro of one of the craziest European disco records from the ''cosmic'' era conceived by the dynamic duo of J P Massiera and Bernard Torelli, who between them were involved with many classic records from that era (including Fuego, Visitors, Soraya, Rockets any many more). This record is propelled by a killer off-kilter rhythm track and vocals that sound like they're being transmitted live from a martian heavy rock festival. ''Disco'' at it's very strangest and very best!!!
IN FLAGRANTI- RVNG OF NRDS 8 12” (rvng intl, usa)
*sold out from the source, so don’t snooze… Who's got the biggest balls of them all? For the 8th installment in the Rvng of the Nrds 12" series, NYC wrecking crew In Flagranti strap on their studded gloves and rev through a pair of high energy rock n' roll rompers, a Coffey flavored space disco dirge, and some slap happy, next Level white boy funk. All in their signature spastic circumcise style. Balls to the wall.
MILES DAVIS- SHOES OF MILES DAVIS 12” (shoes, usa)
*The Shoes label take their own particular brand of re-edits and mash ups to the back catalogue of Miles Davis, taking the pick of his output and twisting it into new forms. The package kicks off with a dubbed out take of 'So What', the opener off of 'Kind Of Blue' and that's a fair indication of what's to come - smoked out, trippy re-works of some of the best jazz ever made. As well as 'So What', 'Gone', 'In A Silent Way' and 'Bitches Brew' all go under the scalpel. Wonderful stuff. -phonica
DJ TANGOTERJE- DIAMONDS DUB 12” (supreme, usa)
*killer release from a few years back, in stock for the first time… More top-ranking disco & afro funk re-edits from the Tangoman –aka todd terje-, includes the never before available instrumental version of Curtis Mayfield's 'Give Me Your Love', currently being caned by Gilles P, followed by Astrud Gilberto's 'Black Magic' re-edited into a new whisper... Lead track 'Diamonds Dub' is a mystery edit (well, not so mysterious once you listen to it!) - deep, cosmic, Balaeric, and essential. -boomkat
MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
UGLY THINGS- #28 MAGAZINE (ugly things, usa)
*208 pages, perfect bound, full-color glossy cover. "We have several glamorous big-name cover stories this time around, along with our usual quota of obscure but happening sounds. First up, an exclusive interview with Trevor Burton of The Move, including lots of wickedly cool and rare photos. Also, a feature on Roky Erickson's pre-psychedelic adventures in Austin with The Spades, along with a big feature review on the upcoming 13th Floor Elevators 10-CD box set. Plus the great but terminally neglected Dave Clark Five, including interviews with Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson. Sixties garage rock predominates as always with stories on The Good Feelins, The Daughters of Eve, The Boy Blues, The Living Children and TV's Shindogs. We also reveal the strange but true tales of '70s Parisian proto-punks Angel Face, the Northwest's once mysterious New Dawn, hard rockers Troyka, and New York cult underground heroes Hackamore Brick. Not to mention the bizarre saga of Philippe Debarge, the millionaire French playboy who made an amazing 1969 psych album backed by his favorite band, The Pretty Things. And that's not all: Jon Savage takes a look at the history of rock fanzines, Aaron Milenski gives us 50 reasons not to hate the synthesizer, and of course there's our extensive review section, covering all the latest reissues and music-related books and DVDs.
THE WIRE- #302 APRIL 2009 MAGAZINE (the wire, uk)
*On the cover of this month's issue: Sunn 0))) (Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson's drone project opens heavy metal to the realms of cosmic jazz, experimental rock and spectral music). Features: Suzanna (The Norwegian electronic chanteuse explains the allure of being a cover girl); El-B (Joe Muggs meets the prolific South London proto-dubstepper, exorcising his rites via Ghost Recordings); White (Shou Wang and Shenggy's Chinese rock superduo come with Blixa Bargeld's blessing); Global Ear: San Juan, Cross Platform: Jeff Keen, Invisible Jukebox: Adrian Utley, Sudden Infant (Actionist noise musician Joke Lanz tells David Keenan how his son's birth and his father's suicide continue to influence his visceral performance art); Magma (Keith Moline on the maxed-out virtuosity, invented language and black sci-fi influences of Christian Vander's volcanic free French rock unit. All copies of the April issue will come complete with an exclusive free CD attached to the cover, The Wire Tapper 21, the latest volume in our acclaimed series of new music compilations. As with previous volumes, The Wire Tapper 21, which has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Lisa Blanning and Andy Tait, will contain a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground/outsider musics covered in the zine. Packaged in a heavy duty card sleeve designed by The Wire's art director Ben Weaver, the CD will be given away free with every copy of the April issue worldwide.
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