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10/01/2020 14:45

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ANDERSON, MILLER -BAND- & FRIENDS - LIVE HERZBERG FESTIVAL 2018 (LP/BRUCKEN TON)

Recorded live at Burg Herzberg Festival 27th July 2018 performing the Keef Hartley Band's 1969 Woodstock-concert. 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, and Miller Anderson is one of the last surviving musicians to perform there in in August 16, 1969 at 5 pm USA time, still thrilled with energy and enthusiasm. Miller has appeared in Woodstock as co-founder, guitarist and singer of the Keef Hartley Band and here hew plays the original Woodstock set.

COTTON CASINO - THE REFLECTION (LP/BAM BALAM)

The Japanese female singer Cotton Casino used to be the singer of Acid Mothers Temple, the ultimate Japanese psychedelic band, several members of which provide backing on this album. Cotton's voice is fragile and emotional. The overall mood tends towards sadness and melancholy while the music hovers between acid folk and post rock. Most of the songs are sensuous and ethereal, like soundtracks to imaginary movies. Other songs may come as a surprise...

KUNGENS MAN - TRAPPMUSIK (2LP) (LP/ADANSONIA)

Playing improvised music is a gift. It's alchemy, chemistry, interlocking heartbeats and sometimes a struggle. A lot of it is about ambience. Usually Kungens Män record at home, in busy Stockholm. This session was different. 'Trappmusik' was recorded in the legendary Silence Studio in the deep woods of Värmland and is a perfect example of how much setting actually effects the music made. 'Trappmusik' is the Kungens Män chill out album. It has its peaks, but the overall vibe is calm, introspective and vibing off the fantastic recording room that has hosted so many giants (Älgarnas Trädgard, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar, Bo Hansson...). Use this music however you want. Play it loud or put it on as background music. Lie down on the floor or dance to it. The woods are singing.

LASTRYKO - TETNO PULSU (LP/THE WEIRD BEARD)

Hailing from the Threecity area, a coastal metropolis in the north of Poland comprising of the 3 cities: Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot, Lastryko can be placed somewhere between psychedelic, post rock and krautrock. Exuding fluid grooves with an experimental touch, 'Tetno Pulsu' is a collection of selected improvised pieces recorded during a two-day studio session in the spring of 2018. With 'Tetno Pulsu', Lastryko offer up six tracks of uncompromising, instrumental psych that is sure to keep your motor running. Comes on red vinyl.

MAGIC MUMBLE JUMBLE - LIVE AT THE BURG HERZBERG FESTIVAL (2LP) (LP/HERZBERG VERLAG)

Eight piece band with an unique blend of jazz, pop, indie and folk around bandleader Paul Istance. The Magic Mumble Jumble is eight singing voices, horns, a cello, percussion, electric and acoustic guitars! "Love goes through the mud," said front singer Paul, as he stood for the first time in the rain on the Freakstage of the Burg Herzberg Festival. And that's exactly how it was. "When I came on stage and saw the audience, I immediately felt a connection to the many wonderful people." The Magic Mumble Jumble fit perfectly with their hippie spirit and their "Live-to-Love" attitude to the Burg Herzberg Festival. Recorded at the Burg Herzberg Festival in 2018. The Magic Mumble Jumble are a true live band known for their charismatic stage presence and rousing live shows. The Burg Herzberg Festival has managed to bring this magical experience on record.

BARTOSIK, TUULIKKI - STORIED SOUNDS (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

With 'Storied Sounds' accordionist Tuulikki Bartosik makes her solo debut. The album is a declaration of love for the diverse landscape of Estonia. Bartosik has worked very effectively with audio recordings from the nature of her homeland: twittering birds, murmuring brooks, wild seagull screams and even the big city noise from the captial of Tallinn. On this album, she worked with Finnish composer and pianist Timo Alakotila and Estonian guitarist and mandolin specialist Villu Talsi.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

DEEP SIX (UK) - ALL OUR YESTERDAYS EP (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

2020 EP. Featuring members of some of Lincolnshire's best-loved mod bands of the '80s and beyond, Deep Six brings back rhythm and soul to today's music scene.

SUBCULTURE - SOUND OF TRUTH/IVORY TOWER (7"/HEAVY SOUL)

The 2020 single from the UK's leading young Mod Revival band is upon us and further proof that the MODern world belongs to them. Constantly gigging and gaining new fans every show and release, the Jam influences are on show from the clothes, lyrics and music. No copyists though, Subculture are proving to be a very special band...

THEE ANDREWS SURFERS/POWERSOLO - RIDING THE WHORSE OF BABYLON/B.R.O.W.N. (7"/WAAGHALS)

Split release by this side-project from three core members of the Fifty Foot Combo and the Danish rockers Powersolo.

TT SYNDICATE - VOL. IV - CAFE SOLO (7"/SLEAZY)

Part 4 of 6 from this 7" series. Limited to 500 copies. Latin rhythm 'n blues from Portugal.

CHOOSERS - FILE UNDER POWER POP (LP/BACHELOR)

You surely know that Japan is crazy for powerpop in any direction, they just LOVE it, the bubblegum or '70s blended, the rocking and rolling type, the kind of that make your hearts explode (sic!)... and of course there are hundreds of powerpop bands there - and MOST of them are actually pretty good, but few stand out, and The Choosers are definitely in the Top 3!

DESTINATION LONELY - NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (LP/VOODOO RHYTHM)

Third album by this far out over the edge filthy desperate fuzz noise garage rock'n'roll trash band from France.

DOOJIMAN & THE EXPLODERS - ELECTRIC BOOGALOO (LP/BELUGA)

The easiest way to describe Doojiman & The Exploders, an intimate explosion between drums and guitar, a bass that is similar to a freight train at full speed and a singer without any limits. Actually, the first track describes them pretty well. They derive their influences from both '60s-'70s punk with, among others, MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls and the Ramones and 1990s bands like Turbonegro, Eagles Of Death Metal, The Hellacopters and White Stripes.

DOUBLE DATE WITH DEATH - L'AU-DELA (LP/HOWLIN' BANANA)

Founded in Montreal in 2014, in full boom of the Californian garage scene, Double Date With Death took its first steps by their garage-punk, inspired by John Dwyer and Ty Segall. They began writing in English, but soon switched over to French lyrics. On this album, recorded by Guillaume Chiasson (Ponctuation, Jesus les filles, Bon Enfant, The Blaze Velluto Collection), the Quebecers have superbly produced their songs and sound, which makes 'L'Au-Dela' a perfect invitation to discover this Montreal trio.

EERIE FAMILY - EERIE FAMILY (LP/ALIEN SNATCH!)

A fantastic gloom-pop debut album by Alex Cuervo (keyboard and vocals) and Alyse Mervosh (drums/vocals). Catchy garage doom, headspinning vocals and a creepy backbeat. Comes on 180 gram vinyl.

FIFTY FOOT COMBO - EVIL A GO-GO (LP/TRASH WAX)

Yes! At last... The phenomenal Fifty Foot Combo album 'Evil A Go-Go' is available again, 20 years after its original release. Now you can own this slab of garage punk influenced surf for a mere fraction of the collectors market price!

MORE KICKS - MORE KICKS (LP/BELUGA)

More Kicks is an explosion of pop melodies, jet-fuelled guitar riffs and shifting, sinewy rhythms. The band arrived from nowhere -seemingly fully formed- at the end of 2017 on London's garage scene. They immediately stood out a mile thanks to their unique mix of pop sensibilities, rhythm & blues bass and good-time powerpop drums. Hidden away making loud music in tiny rooms, the trio (Sulli - vox/guitar; Kris - drums; Paolo - bass/vox) had been busy cooking up a rare alchemy. The result: a two-and-a-half-minute More Kicks song can touch on classic '60s garage, '70s NYC rock and roll, jagged '90s guitar pop - all wrapped in a razor sharp bundle. A glance backwards and a decisive step forward. Co-Released with Wanda Records, Adrenalin Fix, Dirt Cult and Snap Records. 100 white copies, exclusive to Beluga Records.

VARIOUS - SPINOUT NUGGETS CHAPTER 1: FROM THE ASHES (LP/SPINOUT NUGGETS)

Spinout Nuggets is a DIY, independent record label, which has been firing out record releases in limited edition vinyl formats since early 2018. This is the first of what will be many compilations for the label, and 'Spinout Nuggets Chapter 1: From The Ashes' contains two tracks from the first six artists released on the label, with six previously released, and six previously unreleased tracks. Limited to 500 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Sergeants Mess - Couldn't I Be Yours 2. The Nettelles - Wasn't Meant To Be 3. Andre M - Dodged A Bullet 4. Thee Girl Fridays - Dracula Mwah-Ha-Ha-Ha! 5. The Treasures Of Mexico - Lost In This World 6. The Voo-Dooms - Another Teenage Dance Craze (Instrumental) SIDE 2: 1. Sergeants Mess - Seconds Out 2. The Nettelles - We Are.... 3. Andre M - Attack Of The Speaker Domes 4. The Girl Fridays - Too Much Of A Good Thing 5. The Treasures Of Mexico - That Fear 6. The Voo-Dooms - Voo-Doom Twist

A-BEAT COMBO - MY BABY WANTS TO KILL ME (CD/SLEAZY)

Debut album from this Russian rock'n'roll band. Includes three instrumental tracks.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

CHUBBY & THE GANG - SPEED KILLS (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

Chubby & The Gang releases an album filled to the brim with raw and speedy punk'n'roll with a pubrock edge. 'Speed Kills' combines the single mindedness of The Kids, the streetwise panache of Cockney Rejects and the wall to wall recklessness of Motörhead.

PHYSIQUE - RHYTHM OF BRUTALITY (LP/STATIC SHOCK)

A seven-track release of disgustingly raw and crushing punk, courtesy of Olympia's Physique.

PROTEX - STRANGE OBSESSIONS (LP/BACHELOR)

Reissue of the 2010 release on Sing Sing Records, NYC, USA. This is the first album of Protex, recorded in 1979-1980 for a release on Polydor records, but the record never came out because the label was interested in the next big thing, after punk rock... The guys from Sing Sing Records unearthed this masterpiece and put it out in 2010, it was sold out and OOP soon afterwards. So nearly 10 years after you have the possibility to buy this classic for a normal price. The Bachelor Records release of 'Strange Obsessions' is not only a simple repress, we managed to improve the sound and speed, thanks to Eric Brady, PLUS the artwork was changed a bit too!

SIEGE - DROP DEAD: COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY (2LP) (LP/FOAD)

Black vinyl version limited to 400 copies. Not many words needed to introduce Siege: they're the undisputed generators of all hyper-speed hardcore, grindcore and blasting fast thrash and have massively influenced a world of maniacs bringing musical extremities to the most outraegous boundaries, the first most obvious example being Napalm Death that mentioned them as an inspiration since the 'Scum' era and covered 'Walls' on their legendary Mick-Shane-Bill-Lee times 'Peel Sessions', or Heresy that covered 'Conform' and the list goes on forever! In the early '80s Siege paved their way into the violent Boston hardcore scene delivering the fastest and most furious hardcore ever heard. This double LP collection is the first ever official Siege release in Europe and their definitive, most complete discography to date, consisting of the 'Drop Dead' studio session from 1984, the 'Cleanse The Bacteria' tracks from 1984, outtakes from the original 1984 studio session, the lost session from 1991 with Seth Putnam on vocals and an unreleased version of 'Grim Reaper'. All remastered for vinyl from the best audio sources in existence. Housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with silver hot foil stamp logo on the front and partial UV print, including a booklet with rare and never seen before photos, lyrics, original artworks.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

ARCHETTI, LUIGI -& BO WIGET- - WELTFORMAT (2LP) (LP/DIE SCHACHTEL)

Ending the decade of silence which followed more than ten years of remarkable, critically acclaimed activity by the partnership of veteran experimentalists Luigi Archetti and Bo Wiget, the duo returns with what may be their most ambitions effort to date, 'Weltformat', issued by Die Schachtel. Sculpted from the intricate tonal interventions and responses of Archetti on guitar, mandolin, and electronics, and Wiget on cello, electronics, and vocals, across the album's four sides the duo constructs a remarkably diverse landscape in sound, folding touchstones of modern classical, free improvisation, minimalism, harsh noise, and ambient music, into a seamless, singular expanse. Clusters of tone and dissonance merge, collide, and abrade against drones, textures, and pulsing electronics, each element a representative voice of its creator, caught in an imagistic conversation beyond words, which feels as immediate and intuitive, as it does perfectly balanced and thoughtful. Edition of 200 copies pressed on 2x 180 gram clear vinyl housed in a six-panel gatefold cover that unfolds to reveal the musical score of the album.

CONTROLLED DEATH - RITUALISTIC MUTILATION IN THE BLOODY DARKNESS (2LP) (LP/URASHIMA)

Wild and amazing, this one is absolutely essential for any fan of synth and dark ambient music. Cracked minimal electronic sounds by Korg MS-20, unclear and disturbing voices with the influence of primitive black metal and dark rituals are included in this double album which developed a moisturized doom world while wearing a raw material texture. Over the course of the listening to the records, each long track does meander their way slowly through proceedings with silent pauses, but they nonetheless generate a respectably dense assemblage of sounds. The smell of death is soaked in every groove produced by the four vinyl sides. The activities of Controlled Death are like archaic revival to the music experience before Masonna. We can also find the pathology image of the early industrial period and the shadows of Vienna activism such as Hermann Nitsch as well as loose bits of seminal black metal. The existence and art that pierces through conspicuous consciousness and dives to areas of unconsciousness due to death and pleasure. Limited to 299 copies.

INCAPACITANTS - PROJECT PALLO '85 (3LP/BOX) (LP/URASHIMA)

The first ever vinyl reissue of one of the most sought after artifacts from the '80s noise scene: Incapacitants' 'Project Pallo '85' , originally issued in 1985 by Pariah Tapes, and now reemerging in a fully remastered edition by Andrea Marutti. The triple LP comes in a deluxe grey wooden box with front/back laser engraving plus three cardboard colored inserts from the original box cover art, an original dragon drawing by Takuya Sakaguchi used for artwork box and an original insert. Limited edition of 299 numbered copies.

MACELLERIA MOBILE DI MEZZANOTTE - NOIR JAZZ FEMDOM (+CD) (LP/SUBSOUND)

This album falls on the band's twentieth anniversary (2000-2020). Many years after the noise and industrial debut, the band returns to explore corrosive sounds while not giving up their noir jazz touch. Six heterogeneous tracks that refer to power electronics, ambient, industrial and noir jazz sounds. Special guests like Paolo Bandera (Sigillum S) and Fabrizio Giannese (Aborym) add an even more unique touch to this release. Limited to 300 copies on red wax including CD.

Z'EV - HEART BEAT EAR DRUM (DVD/COLD SPRING)

'Heart Beat Ear Drum' is a feature length documentary about the late artist and musician Z'EV (1951-2017), known for his punk era scrap metal music - an extraordinary range of acoustic phenomena resulting in trance-inducing sounds. This documentary shows how his music changed and grew and how his personal journey led him to the margins of art and the depths of heart. From 2007-2015, director Ellen Zweig followed Z'EV, shooting concerts and interviews, and collecting archival footage. In addition to interviews with Z'EV, there are interviews with a community of artists who have known him since the 1970s, curators who have encountered him in the 1990s, and younger people who have only heard his recorded music or read his philosophical texts (Bob Bellerue, Bow Gamelan Ensemble, HATI, Barbara Stevini, Simone Forti, Zach Layton, Carl Stone, Ned Sublette, Johanna Went and more).

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

BLACKWOOD - OF FLIES (LP/SUBSOUND)

A dark, intoxicating, oxygen hungry monster comprised of thundering guitars, sub bass lines, slow relentless beats and sampled vocals from obscure esoteric traditions, Blackwood is the solo doom dub project of Eraldo Bernocchi! Uniquely, Blackwood also gives voice to musical instruments made from the bones. Blackwood is the place where all childhood dreams end, devoured. This EP comes with etched B-side.

COUGH - MORE DEAD THAN LIVE (LP/CREEP PURPLE)

Few copies available! Cough's live set recorded during the closing series of their local venue Strange Matter (2009-2018), released exclusively on vinyl. All copies come with a free A2 size poster. This release includes an unreleased track, 'Fuck Up'. Recorded live in Richmond, VA, USA, December 8th, 2018 by Alexander Cleary.

DOOMRAISER - THE DARK SIDE OF OLD EUROPA (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Exploring Europa's darkest events, they conceived an obscure sound relying on the Doomraiser 'heavy drunken doom' trademarks: heavy metal played at a monolithic pace, where fast and slower, gloomy introspective parts often collide. The final result is very 'live sounding', every instrument breathes with vicious abandon while building a tight wall of sound. This time around the songs' length has also been reduced in order to strengthen their impact and intensity.

FULCI - TROPICAL SUN (LP/TIME TO KILL)

Fulci is a metal band influenced by Lucio Fulci's horror movies, NY/Tampa death metal, gore metal and composers like Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter or Stelvio Cipriani. 'Tropical Sun' is their death metal soundtrack to Lucio Fulci's 'Zombi 2' movie. Comes on red vinyl.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

PHARAOHS - AWAKENING (LP/LUV N' HAIGHT)

A limited repressing of 'Awakening' by the legendary Pharaohs which is highly sought after and has been out of print for several years. 'Awakening was' originally released in 1971 and reissued by Luv n' Haight in 1996 and quickly became a must-have for collectors of spiritual, deep, Afro-centric jazz. "A brilliant Sun Ra styled melange of African influenced jazz and lean funk." ~CMJ.

SANDERS, PHAROAH - LIVE IN PARIS (1975) (LP/TRANSVERSALES DISQUES)

Transversales Disques proudly presents Pharoah Sanders - Live in Paris (1975). A never-before released ORTF-recording performed live at the Maison de la Radio. The first official release comes as a deluxe edition, gatefold sleeve, including exclusive liner notes and pictures. Remastered from the original mastertapes.

SNEKKESTAD/FERNANDEZ/GUY - THE SWIFTED TRAVELER (LP/TROST)

An exciting international trio initiated by Scandinavian improv saxophonist Torben Snekkestad, flanked by two esteemed international capacities in the field of free improvised music - the Spanish pianist Agustí Fernández and the British double bass player Barry Guy. The music they create together is situated somewhere between free improvisation, free jazz, and contemporary classical music and executed with lightning fast interaction and explorative innovative sounds and textures. Recorded at Loft in Cologne, June 2018 by Stefan Deistler.

LAST DREAM OF THE MORNING - CRUCIAL ANATOMY (CD/TROST)

John Butcher: tenor and soprano saxophones, John Edwards: double bass, Mark Sanders: percussion. Recorded by Shaun Crook at Cafe Oto, London on 8 August 2018. Mixed and Mastered by John Butcher.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

PERRY, LEE -WITH SESKAIN MOLENGA & KALO KAWONGOLO- - ROOTS FROM THE CONGO (LP/PLANET ILUNGA/ROOTS VIBRATION)

The Belgian labels Planet Ilunga, specializing in researching, documenting and releasing Congolese music from the fifties to seventies, and Roots Vibration, devoted to reissue classic roots singles and albums, join forces for the first time. Together making one of the most enigmatic reggae albums available again. Recorded and produced in the late seventies at Lee Perry's Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica. The album which Congolese artists Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo recorded together with Lee 'Scratch' Perry is one of the most mysterious projects to surface from the Black Ark Studio during the late 1970s. It's also one of the most misrepresented of Perry's productions, with myriad explanations for its existence falling far short of what actually happened. The intention of the original band, formed in France by the producer Bernadette Duget and composed of a mixture of Congolese, Senegalese and French musicians, was to head to Jamaica to record a rock album with African undercurrents in Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. However, in Jamaica things didn't go according to plan and the project turned out to be a failure. The Congolese duo Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo continued working with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and this collaboration would eventually bear an unexpected reggae fruit. These recordings were originally released on LP in 1979 and re-released in 1991, yet the vinyl album remains highly sought-after. Now finally reissued with extensive liner notes by the American journalist, author and reggae aficionado David Katz sheds more concerted light on the complex tale that lies behind the work. Most notably thanks to the emergence of new eyewitness accounts such as Seskain Molenga, Wasis Diop and Lee Perry.

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

LEE, SHAWN -'S INCREDIBLE TABLA BAND- - APACHE/BONGO ROCK (7"/UBIQUITY)

Originally included on the full-length LP 'Tabla Rock' and pressed in limited quantities in 2011 and sold out almost immediately. This is the first 7" pressing of Shawn Lee's take on the Incredible Bongo Band's most iconic track 'Apache'.

REDDING, OTIS - SHOUT BAMALAMA (LP/SLEAZY)

Comes on 180 gram silver coloured vinyl. SIDE 1: 1. Fat Girl 2. Gettin' Hip 3. I Need Your Lovin' Baby 4. She's Altight 5. Shout Bamalama 6. Louie Louie 7. Tuff Enuff 8. Lucille SIDE 2: 1. Love Twist 2. Hey Hey Baby 3. Gama Lama 4. Spunky 5. These Arms Of Mine 6. Spunky (Alt. Version) 7. Big Bad Wolf 8. Pineto

TWILIGHT (USA/FUNK) - STILL LOVING YOU (LP/LUV N' HAIGHT)

'Still Loving You' by Twilight was originally released in 1981. Housed in a low-fi generic album cover, this very polished, professionally produced record sounds like it was made by a super talented band. Strains of Earth Wind and Fire, George Duke and Roy Ayers flow through a collection of tunes that effortlessly blend soul, disco, funk, Latin and Brazilian vibes. But looks, as evident with the LP cover, can be deceptive. Twilight was not a band. In fact, with the exception of a guest horn section and one guest vocal, Twilight was, and still is, Lawrence Ross; one man with a clear vision of what his music should sound like, and how he would make it on his own.

WHITE, BARRY - FEEL ALRIGHT (LP/SLEAZY)

Comes on 180 gram gold coloured vinyl. Featuring the Atlantics, the Upfronts, The Majestics and the Belcantos. SIDE 1: 1. Stranger World - The Majestics 2. Home On The Range - The Atlantics 3. Baby For Your Love - The Upfronts 4. It Took Time (1962 Version) - The Upfronts 5. Feel Alright (Part 1) - Bel Canto's 6. I Don't Need It - Barry White As Lee Barry 7. Tracy - Barry White & The Atlantics SIDE 2: 1. I Stopped The Duke Of Earl - The Upfronts 2. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright - The Majestics 3. Send Me Someone To Love - The Upfronts 4. Boo Hoo Hoo - The Atlantics 5. Let Me Call You Sweetheart - The Atlantics 6. When You Kiss Me - The Upfronts 7. A Fool In Love - Bel Canto's 8. Flame Of Love - The Atlantics

 

ELECTRONIC MUSIC/AMBIENT/D’N’B/TRIPHOP

E+ - POISON CONTROL (7"/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

6 track 7" EP of lo-fi, 4-track home recordings of minimal synth/primitive drum machine goodness. With heavy leanings towards PY's favourite era of killer small run, often private press experimental electronic releases, dressed in hand assembled, very DIY packaging. This one not only sounds the part but looks it too. Debuting here, e+ is the performing name for this enigmatic Ontario, Canada based solo, electronic project. 6 dark pieces of exploratory electronica, delivered in the kind of lo-fi tape hiss you'd find those early Flying Saucer Attack drenched in, this in a way is the electronic equivalent; nice n murky and lo-fi and the sleeve it's delivered in also harks back to those glorious post punk, DIY days - a hand stapled, numbered pressing of 250 in flipover style sleeves just like the old days. Lovely record, and quite reaffirming in a way, that you still see 7"'s like this. Limited to 250 copies.

VARIOUS - THEY MAKE NO SAY/POPCORN LUNG (2LP) (LP/POLYTECHNIC YOUTH)

Crouch End based minimal synth label Polytechnic Youth, kicks off 2020 with the long promised -and much requested- repackaging of its' 2 compilation LPs. Still considered by PY label head Dom as the best intro point to the label for newcomers, his plan is to keep this one in print for a while. 2016's 'They Make No Say' sold out 2 pressings upon its release in 2016 and features 13 fabulous tracks of minimal and experimental electronica, including tracks from the PY01 Volume Groop lathe cut 45 (now reaching £120+) alongside other small run, sold out 45s and especially recorded new tracks. Lots of PY favourites here: Detox Twins, Middex, Home Current etc., several of which attained BBC6music plays and amassed a number of "album of the week" write ups across the country and in Europe, at the time of release. Part 2 to the set is the equally wonderful 'Popcorn Lung' collection, again reissued for a first time here. Released in 2018, the album charts the consistently steady rise of the label in the two years since the first collection, with another killer comp of electronic pop and exploratory synth tracks; and featuring perhaps, a more diverse line up taking in German and French artists who had recorded for the label at this point. Once again, several acts have now become PY favourites: Polypores, Gabe Knox, Bernard Grancher, Australian Testing Labs Inc. etc., all feature and this set again was many key UK stores "album of the week" and had cuts featured on 6music programmes at the time. The album features a brand new Musta Fior collage sleeve, with 'They Make No Say' released on "deep red" vinyl and 'Popcorn' on "mustard" wax. Released as a pressing of 300 and hugely recommended to all fans of The Normal, early Mute, early Cabs, Fad Gadget, John Bender, Transparent Illusion, Dark Entries/Minimal Wave/ Peripheral Minimal output and minimal synth/DIY electronics in general.

 

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

VARIOUS - LEVE LEVE (2LP) (LP/BONGO JOE)

'SAO TOME & PRINCIPE SOUNDS 70S-80S'- 'Léve Léve' is the first ever compilation devoted to music from Sao Tomé and Principe, two small islands situated off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. The album unravels a story of liberation where the music of Africa, Europe and the Americas unify with a carefree spirit personified by a phrase the islanders use all the time: "léve, léve" ("take it easy"). With echoes of Angolan semba and merengue, of Brazilian afoxê, of coladeira from Cape Verde and dance music from the Caribbean, it is a sound fiercely proud of its island heritage, sung in local dialects and using distinctive local rhythms. The project was the idea and creation of French DJ and crate digger DJ Tom B who has, for over 20 years been collecting music from Brazil and other Lusophone countries. It was through collecting Angolan music that he was first introduced to the unique island music of Sao Tomé and Principe, which like Angola, has a long history of slavery and Portuguese colonialism. Includes tracks by Os Untués, Conjunto Mindelo, Africa Negra, Os Leonenses (led by the iconic Pedro Lima), Conjunto Sangazuza, Sum Alvarinho and Conjunto Ecuador.

VARIOUS - THE BEST OF JICCO FUNK, VOL. 1 (LP/DIG THIS WAY)

Possibly the best thing a compilation can do is open the door to a world of music that aside from being unknown to you, is high grade in quality, diverse and open to interpretation in as much as you are left with some if not many questions... particularly when the selected tracks are all from the same record label... When did they start? Why did they start? Who was behind it? Where did the artists come from? What was their inspiration? These are only a few... by the time you get to the end of the eight tracks included on 'Jicco Funk Volume One' there may be more. Some background or at least as much as we know: in the early 1970s thru to the '90s, Onitcha was one of Nigeria's most important cities sat on the banks of the river Niger about half way between Benin City and Enugu. Aside from the commerce Onitcha was also an important centre for music production, live music thrived and in turn the city had a nightlife which embraced music. It's where labels like Tabansi and many other smaller companies had their headquarters. It's where in the late '60s, the label Jicco was established, an enterprise which would commercialize Kenyan and Congolese music in Nigeria. By the mid to late '70s Jicco opened itself to new projects, launching a number of sub-labels, from Vox Africa to Guy, more specialized in highlife, native and soukous music to Jicco Funk which was producing small local groups playing reggae, rock and funk. Dig This Way realised they had found something special after discovering the first few releases on Jicco Funk. It's less about a particular style of music and more about a raw emotive production quality that runs through each of the records. There is a mood and feel to the delivery that expresses a consciousness that's rooted in a deep soul. The origins of which with hindsight would be near impossible to determine. It's known that many of the records were produced at the same studio. There are a number of musicians who appear on more than one record. Following an extended period collecting music from the label including a number of months in Nigeria trying to trace family and friends of former band members including the Jicco family, Dig This Way decided to produce a compilation highlighting some of the near unknown music released by Jicco Funk. On the first volume in the series the focus is reggae and funk, particularly the intersection where the two genres converge as a hybrid production that at times is neither one nor the other. Limited to 500 copies. SIDE 1: 1. Jah Children - Givin' Love To Your Fellow Men 2. The Combats - Rock On 3. Black Gold - I Want You 4. Freedom Family - Africa My Father SIDE 2: 1. The Combats - Let's Get Together 2. The Sea-Men International - Satan Don Come Across 3. Felix Lebarty - Port Harcourt Girls 4. Jimmy Sky - World Need Peace

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

RAHMAN, SHAMA -& FRIENDS- - LET THE LIGHT IN (CD/NARRATOR)

Shama Rahman, composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer has developed her music in genres such as live electronics, jazz, psychedelia, folk storytelling, urban and worldbeats, as well as classical Indian/Western melodies. After her debut album and two EPs, she releases 'Let The Light In'. It is a work that arose from the collaboration of artists like Djordje Mijuskovic on violin, Daniel Abad on bass, Laci Szlama on koboz (traditional Hungarian instrument), vocalist Maria Keck and Veronique Delmelle on saxophone.

 

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