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Well, you’ve got a few short days to get in here and pick up some new wax before we close up next week for a little summer break. Lots of great new stuff in this week too. So if you’ve got anything on hold, or a special order that has come in, or you wanna dig through all the fresh used wax, you’ve got until 5pm Sunday to get in, or you’ll be waiting until Saturday Aug 3…

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Don Cherry: Brown Rice (A&M) LP
This is one of my alltime favorite jazz albums, and it’s FINALLY been reissued, don’t sleep, grab this one while you can… Don Cherry’s 1975 release, Brown Rice is certainly one of the jazz trumpeter’s finest and most accessible efforts of the ’70s. Produced by Corrado Bacchelli, it finds Cherry taking the tripped-out spacey jazz sound he was pioneering the previous decade and adding some nice electric moments, with occasional slight touches of funkiness. Brown Rice has a cool vibe and a tightness going for it that only adds to Cherry’s great playing. Featuring Charlie Haden (bass), Frank Lowe (tenor saxophone), Rick Cherry (electric piano) and Billy Higgins (drums).

File Under: Jazz, Funk, Spiritual
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Brian Eno: Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Astralwerks) LP
DUH…. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 spaceflight and moon landing in July 1969, comes this extended edition of Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois’ seminal Apollo album. Originally scored to accompany director Al Reinert’s landmark feature-length documentary For All Mankind, the original Apollo album has been remastered by Abbey Road’s Miles Showell. It also comes with 11 new instrumental compositions which reimagine the soundtrack to the film, marking the first time that the three musicians have collaborated since the original sessions in 1983. Lanois contributed three compositions; “Capsule,” “Last Step From The Surface” and “Fine-grained,” while Roger Eno’s are “Waking Up,” “Under The Moon” and “Strange Quiet.” Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks – Extended Version is presented here as a 180g vinyl 2LP set in a gatefold sleeve with download code.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Georgia: Immute (Ekster) LP
The New York duo of Brian Close and Justin Tripp have been releasing music from their Chinatown studio, since 2012. Under the alias Georgia they make a sound which combines tech and tradition. Their compositions created by two hits of improvisation, where live jams are further edited and processed. They’ve graced labels such as Belgium’s Meakusma, and London`s FTD, and produced super limited cassettes for France’s Good Morning Tapes, and Kashual Plastik in Germany. These global collaborations reflecting Georgia’s particular reworking of the “World Music” genre. Their approach resulting in the acclaimed All Kind Music (2016), on NYC’s Palto Flats, and participation in Emotional Response’s respected Schleißen Series. Now comes Immute, for Ekster.

File Under: Electronic, Jazz, Fourth World
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Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah: Al Hadaoui (Habibi Funk) LP
“Habibi Funk is back with another album from Casablanca. Completely unreleased album which was recorded in Morocco in 1973 by three generation family band. A unique blend of Gnawa, Funk and Rock. Traditional Moroccan music meets electronic guitars and dense layers of percussion by a band that used to run in the same circles as Fadoul (And actually wrote one of his songs). Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah’s album came to us as quite a mystery. Our friends from Radio Martiko got access to the studio archive of the Boussiphone label and a reel labeled ‘Faradjallah’ was among the items they had found there. After listening to the selection of reels they borrowed, Radio Martiko felt it was not a fit for their label and helped us licensing it from Mr. Boussiphone instead. We knew nothing about the band. We just had the reel with the music but very little information. What we knew was that the music was incredible and very unique. Gnawa sounds were combined with funky electronic guitars, very dense layers of percussions and female backing vocals more reminiscent of musical styles further south than Morocco. We started asking around whether anyone knew the band with no immediate success until we asked Tony Day, a musician from Morocco who helped us during our search for Fadoul’s family. His sharp memory came through once again, remembering all the names of the Attarazat Addahabia band members and even how to contact the bands singer and leader Abdelakabir Faradjallah. After visiting him at his home in Casablanca with our Moroccan colleague Sabrina multiple times, he shared his personal story. His father arrived in Casablanca from Aqqa at the age of six and his mother came from Essaouira. Abdelakabir was born in the neighbourhood of Benjdia in 1942. Abdelakabir Faradjallah studied fine arts in Casablanca, graduating in 1962. He also played soccer in the second team of ‘Jeunesse Societe One’. His brother-in-law Ibrahim Sadr worked for one of the biggest football teams of the time in Morocco called ‘Moroco Sportive Union’, which allowed him to travel to France occasionally. While Ibrahim was never part of the band he brought along a few instruments from trips. Yet the majority of the instruments they could not afford to buy were built by Faradjallah and Abderrazak, Faradjallah’s brother who passed away early. For instance, they had built a Spanish guitar and a drum made of wood barrel and sheepskin by themselves. During the 1950s Faradjallah was booked as a singer for surprise parties with friends. He started to write his first songs including ‘L’gnawi’ in 1967 and wanted to make people discover Gnawa culture, or maybe rather his take on the culture to be more exact. Faradjallah recalls his first interaction with the genre in the streets of the Dern neighbourhood, where he used to go to elementary school. Gnawa is one of the essential musical genres of Morocco. It combines ritual poetry with traditional dances and music linked with a spiritual foundation. Musically a lot of influences originated from West Africa as well as Sudan. Gnawa is usually played by a selection of specific instruments such as the qaraqab (large iron castanets centrally associated with the music), the hajhouj (a three-string lute), guembri loudaâ (a three stringed bass instrument) and the tbel (large drums). People would put shells on their clothes and instruments and use incense at their parties. ‘Sidi darbo lalla – lala derbo khadem…’ came from Gnawa verses Faradjallah used to sing when he was 14. The lyrics tackle a global (im)balance of power and the question of social status in this course. The band Attarazat Addahabia was formed in 1968. The original line-up included 14 members, all from the same family. They played their first small concerts here and there starting in 1969. Later in 1973 they performed bigger shows for instance at the Municipal Theatre followed by the ‘Al Massira Show’ at Velodrome Stadium in downtown Casablanca. Their first album Al Hadaoui was recorded at Boussiphone studios in 1972 and was never released before. Nobody seems to remember the exact reason why Boussiphone ended up deciding not to put the album out. The album’s title track also served as the basis for Fadoul’s ‘Maktoub Lah’, who frequented the same circles as the band for some time. Their shows sometimes could go as long as 12 hours, starting at 5pm in the afternoon, with an occasional break here and there. In the 1980s the band took a brief break. Faradjallah recalled the reason for that break like this: ‘Zaki, the bands drummer, had fallen in love with a young girl from Mohammedia. Soon after, he fell very ill. The group members were convinced that the girl had given him ‘s’hor’ (a kind of local Moroccan version of ‘black magic’). For four years, the whole group stopped playing. It was unthinkable to find another drummer to replace Zaki, even temporarily.’ So they waited four years for Zaki to ‘get back on his feet’ before going back on stage. Apart from very few gigs here and there Faradjallah stopped playing music in the mid-1990s. Some members from the younger generations formed a new band and still play frequently to this day.”

File Under: Funk, Arabic
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Oren Ambarchi: Simian Angel (Editions Mego) LP
After a trilogy of spectacular explorations of relentlessly driving rhythms — Sagittarian Domain, Quixotism, and Hubris — Simian Angel finds Oren Ambarchi renewing his focus on his singular approach to the electric guitar, returning in part to the spacious canvases of classic releases like Grapes From The Estate while also following his muse down previously unexplored byways. Reflecting Ambarchi’s profound love of Brazilian music, Simian Angel features the remarkable percussive talents of Cyro Baptista, a key part of the Downtown scene who has collaborated with everyone from John Zorn and Derek Bailey to Robert Palmer and Herbie Hancock. Like the music of Nana Vasconcelos and Airto Moreira, Simian Angel places Baptista’s dexterous and rhythmically nuanced handling of traditional Brazilian percussion instruments into an unexpected musical context. On the first side, “Palm Sugar Candy”, Baptista’s spare and halting rhythms wind their way through a landscape of gliding electronic tones, gently rising up and momentarily subsiding until the piece’s final minutes leave Ambarchi’s guitar unaccompanied. While the rich, swirling harmonics of Ambarchi’s guitar performance are familiar to listeners from his previous recordings, the subtly wavering, synthetic guitar tone you hear is quite new, coming across at times like an abstracted, splayed-out take on the ’80s guitar synth work of Pat Metheny or Bill Frisell. Equally new is the harmonic complexity of Ambarchi’s playing, which leaves behind the minimalist simplicity of much of his previous work for a constantly-shifting play between lush consonance and uneasy dissonance. Beginning with a beautiful passage of unaccompanied percussion dominated by the berimbau, the side-long title piece carries on the first side’s exploration of subtle, non-linear dynamic arcs, taking the form of a gently episodic suite, in which distinctive moments, like a lyrical passage of guitar-triggered piano, unexpectedly arise from intervals of drifting tones like dream images suddenly cohering. In the piece’s second half, the piano tones become increasingly more clipped and synthetic, scattering themselves into aleatoric melodies that call to mind an imaginary collaboration between Albert Marcoeur and David Behrman, grounded all the while by the pulse of Baptista’s percussion. Subtle yet complex, fleeting yet emotionally affecting, Simian Angel is an essential chapter in Ambarchi’s restlessly exploratory oeuvre. Personnel: Oren Ambarchi – guitars & whatnot; Cyro Baptista – percussion & voice. Recorded by Randall Dunn, Joerg Hiller, Iuri Oriente, and Oren Ambarchi. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis. Design by Lasse Marhaug. Edited by Joerg Hiller and Oren Ambarchi at Choose Studios, Berlin. Mixed by Joe Talia and Oren Ambarchi at Good Mixture, Tokyo. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Executive Producers: Konrad Sprenger and Dick Wolf.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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Felicia Atkinson: The Flower & The Vessel
(Shelter Press) LP
French poet and ASMR auteur Félicia Atkinson has frequently fixated on the elusive interwoven relationship between microcosms and macrocosms — how even the quietest creative act ripples outward, a whisper with no fixed meaning. The Flower And The Vessel pursues this notion in a more literal fashion, as it was crafted while pregnant on tour. She describes it as “a record not about being pregnant but a record made with pregnancy.” Each day and night, finding herself far from home, she asked herself “What am I doing here? How can I connect myself to the world?” The answer gradually revealed itself: “With small gestures: recording my voice, recording birds, a simple melody.” In truth there is nothing simple about The Flower And The Vessel. The album’s 11 songs span whispering textures, opaque moods, and surreal spoken word, leading the listener through a mirrored hall of beguiling mirages. Atkinson cites a trio of French classical compositions from her childhood as formative influences: Ravel’s L’enfant Et Les Sortilèges, Debussy’s La Mer, and Satie’s Gymnopédies. There’s certainly a shade of classicism woven within these tracks; melancholic piano motifs repeat then retreat into a radiant frost of shivering frequencies; processed voices recite cut-up poems and interviews over delay-refracted Rhodes and Wurlitzer; iPad gamelan patterns flutter from meditative to melancholic and back again, offset by pointillist patches of delicate software synesthesia. Much of Atkinson’s discography is shaped by speech and the lyricism of language, but The Flower And The Vessel ventures further into silence. Field recordings from Tasmania and the Mojave Desert murmur beneath hushed reverberations of gong, vibraphone, and marimba, softly processed into an elegant emptiness, alternately eerie and serene. Her mode of minimalism has long been one of reduction, riddles, and curation, but here Atkinson’s synergy feels close to apotheosis, emotive but ambivalent, a ceremony of expectation and invisible forces. The 19-minute closing collaboration with SUNN O))) guitarist Stephen O’Malley, “Des Pierres,” is one of the album’s few pieces tracked in a proper studio, but it broods and burns with the same subliminal majesty as the rest of The Flower And The Vessel: an ember in amber, seeds planted in shifting sands. Original artwork by Julien Carreyn, mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates and Mastering.

File Under: Drone, Ambient, Minimalism
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Body of Light: Time to Kill (Dais) LP
Birthed from Arizona’s regaled Ascetic House collective, Body of Light is a dark synth-pop outfit comprised of young brothers Andrew and Alexander Jarson. What began as a vehicle for their exploration of noise and sound during their early teens has evolved into an established production over the last decade, as Body of Light continues to carve out their own style of complex, structured, and moving dancefloor electronics. Their music is not only individually personal, but drawn from experiences shared between the two brothers – and calls on elements of new wave, freestyle, goth, and techno to create timeless and singular tracks without fear of trend or passing fashion. On their third album Time to Kill, Body of Light refines their brand of cold and driving synth pop with a bold pallet of sounds and a focus on uncharted technique and purpose. Like the pale digital stare of the modern devices surrounding our daily lives, the album weaves stories of love and obsession in an era of technical bondage and fleeting exhilaration. Written over a period of intense and profound change, Time to Kill stands as a startling reminder of how important our existence truly is. Haunting keys, swelling pads, and punching rhythms score their work as Alex Jarson presents an alluring and romantic dialogue with confident projection. The title single “Time to Kill” kicks off the album with a merciless signature beat, complimented by distorted sample patterns against an infectious, moving bass groove that invites you to “let the memories fade.” The follow up single “Don’t Pretend” invokes sparkling nostalgia and innocence over a dark and driving beat paired with vintage electronic movements. The haunting “Dangerous,” slows the pace with its pendulum-like rhythm and ominous intonation, falling between a hopeful synth pop ballad and shadowy dirge – a slow dance for the sunrise set. Produced by Matia Simovich at Infinite Power Studios in Los Angeles and mastered by Josh Bonati, Time to Kill shines with new direction and new intention through lustrous production and innovative songwriting. Design and packaging by Collin Fletcher.

File Under: Electronic, Synth-Pop
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Eugene Chadbourne: Solo Guitar Volume 3-1/3 (Feeding Tube) LP
“Eugene Chadbourne is one of the great guitar players of the modern era. At the time he began recording in Canada in 1975, his music was a unique syncretic formulation. While its most obvious component was free improvisation in a style then most widely associated with English and European players, his music also contained elements of jazz, country, folk, blues, psychedelic and international sounds, referencing these threads in ways that were so diverse and intensely personalized it would take scholars decades to decode them. Volume 3-1/3 is the third of four LPs Feeding Tube is releasing, devoted to documenting some of the music Dr. Chadbourne was creating during the years he was based in the provinces of Canada, while avoiding the conscriptive powers of Richard Nixon and his ilk. Exact details of the recordings are vague, but that’s trivial. Here are seven tracks of improvisational guitar madness at its most glorious. Describing them is almost impossible, but I can at least tell you their names ‘East Was,’ ‘Texas Was,’ ‘The Shreeve,’ ‘Evil Was,’ ‘What Was,’ ‘Superman’s Problem,’ and ‘Reflections.’ The ‘Was Tetrology’ was a piece I believe to have been originally conceived and performed while in the lair of Davey Williams, R.I.P. (and associated members of the Alabama Surrealist Cabal). ‘The Shreeve’ is another take of a track originally recorded for the timeless Volume Two LP. ‘Reflections’ and ‘Superman’s Problem’ probably date to a Clouds & Water session in early ’79. Heard together they suggest an entire parallel universe of guitar history. Solo Guitar Volume 3-1/3 is an even more amazing spin than the last one. And there’s still one more to come!” –Byron Coley, 2019 Edition of 400.

File Under: Guitar
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Coil: Theme From The Gay Man’s Guide to Safer Sex (Musique Pour La Danse) LP
Purple vinyl. Musique Pour La Danse present Coil’s unreleased soundtrack for the VHS only, pre-internet, sexual education documentary entitled The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex released in 1992. Members for this project were John Balance, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, and Danny Hyde. The OST, to quote John Balance’s interview for Compulsion Online, “is [a] slightly new age-y, progressive house type thing”. Another way to approach it is as a delightful collection of Balearic beats, smoking jazz not far removed from Badalamenti’s work with David Lynch, somewhat of an ambient house album for your home listening and early morning sunrise dances, Coil style. Taken from the original masters provided by Danny Hyde, The Gay Man’s Guide To Safer Sex features a new sexy edit of the main theme. Bonus tracks “Nasa-Arab” and “Omlagus Garfungiloops” are taken from the 1992 CD-only release Stolen And Contaminated Songs, both being original versions of the radically reworked (for the OST) “Nasa-Arab 2” and “Exploding Frogs” in order to balance the whole album and extend the listening pleasure.

File Under: OST, Electronic, Industrial, Jazz
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Mike Cooper: Distant Songs of Madmen (Backwards) LP
A new Mike Cooper release is always a great event. Mike Cooper on the recording: “Distant Songs Of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo and was my solo set in a concert organized by Lelio Gianetti and Curva Minore, which included Truth In The Abstract Blues and Eugene Chadbourne. My set was free improvisation; some cover versions of folk and pop songs and some of my own songs. The title of the record and some of the improvised pieces were taken from Sam Shepard’s writing. Sam, one of my favorite writers, has sadly died since I recorded this record and I dedicate it to his memory.” Artwork by Italian artist Carla Indipendente. Mastered for vinyl by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique). Includes insert; edition of 300.

File Under: Blues, Folk, Electronic, Guitar

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Mike Cooper: Rayon Hula (Room 40) LP
Room40 offer a re-mastered, re-edited 2019 version of Rayon Hula, originally released in 2004. From Mike Cooper: “After several trips, beginning in 1994, to the Pacific and its Island Nations, Australia and subsequently to South East Asia, I conceived the idea of making an updated more ‘now’ version of some of the Exotica music that originated in 1950’s America. Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny were the two I mostly had in mind at the time, but I didn’t want it to sound like them and the two words ‘Ambient’ and ‘Electronic’ had to figure large. I was deeply influenced by the ambience of the places I was visiting (Australian birds are scarily creative) and lo-fi electronics were something I had been working with in my free improvisation gigs since the ’80s . . . No-one was issuing recorded work by me, so I started my own DIY cd.r. label, Hipshot, and sold them via the internet. I was free to record whatever I wanted and I did, starting in 1999 with Kiribati . . . The summer of 2004 house sitting in Palombara, 40 minutes outside of Rome, at our friend Jo Campbell’s house, in the company of several dogs and numerous cats, I set to work outside in the shed with a Zoom Sampletrack ST-224, two mini disc recorders and a Tascam four track cassette machine; a pile of Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny CDs and my lap steel. My intention was to create a kind of music that I had hoped to hear when we visited Hawaii in the early ’90s (some kind of Hawaiian Futurism maybe?) which we never did. Rayon Hula appeared from the shed and was initially released as Hipshot c.d.r. HIP-007. I submitted it to the Ars Electronica awards in Austria and was very surprised when it received some kind of a prize. I think that David Toop had something to do with that, as he was on the jury (thanks David). It was picked up by Cabin Records, a new label initiated by Pete Fowler and Graham Erickson and released as a double 10-inch vinyl set . . . Although the idea was an homage to Arthur Lyman, it was also an homage to Steve Feld who introduced me to the concept of ‘lift up over sounding’ in his book Sound and Sentiment, a study of the Kaluli people of Papua and their relationship with their aural environment. From it I gleaned, among other things, the idea of looped sounds played simultaneously but out of sync. An idea which had in fact guided me from the beginning of the series.”

File Under: Jazz, Ambient, Improv,
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Manu Dibando: African Voodoo (Hot Casa) LP
Hot Casa present a reissue of Manu Dibango’s African Voodoo, originally released in 1972. A fantastic and rare album by the Afro soul maestro. These files were recorded in 1971 at Pathé-Marconi studio (Boulogne-Billancourt) for professional sound illustration intended for the cinema, television, and advertising. At the time, jazz musicians were interested in and experimented with all genres, and started to convert solely to what soon to be called “rare groove”, somewhere between soul, jazz, and Afro funk with a hint of Latin clave. These tunes have not aged and the sound will be considered as “huge” by many cratediggers. These recording were not supposed to reach the club or radio audience, they were freer sessions, a moment for the musicians to open their imagination and test their “Afro something”, like Manu Dibango liked to say. These recording sessions included the best of the French soul scene at the time: Yvan Julien (trumpet), Slim Pezin (guitar), Jacques Bolognesi (trombone), Lucien Dobat (drums), Emile Boza (percussion), Manfred (bass), and the conductor himself at the vibraphone, marimba, saxophone, organ. This album is a wonderful return to the future and should satisfy the need of the Afro soul aficionados. Mastering by The Carvery. Replica; vinyl-only; 180 gram vinyl; includes interview by Jacques Denis; limited press.

 File Under: African, Jazz, Funk
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HOL119LP_CUHuseyin Ertunc Sextet: A New World (Holidays) LP
Holiday Records have worked with Hüseyin Ertunç during his terrestrial transit. After the label reissued his wonderful album Musikî in 2016 (privately released on Intex Sound in 1974) and a few collaborative albums with the Konstrukt collective, in 2017 they finally managed to invite him, Doğan Doğusel, Cem Tan, and Umut Çağlar to play some shows in Italy as a quartet. Things got really complicated when their visas got rejected — only one week before their plane was scheduled to take off — but then Holidays Records found a stalwart supporter of free jazz music at the phone of the Italian Embassy and incredibly they got the visas in time so they could spend a whole week with Hüseyin and his band, touring Italy and playing four shows of the best spiritual free jazz the label heard in a long while. Right after that, the label took the chance to book a recording session at the good old Outside Inside Studio, where their loyal partner Matt Bordin captured on tape two days of improvisation by Hüseyin Ertunç (Fender Rhodes electric piano, Philicorda organm and chant), Umut Çağlar (percussion and bamboo flutes), Doğan Doğusel (double bass), Cem Tan (drums), joined for this special occasion by the almighty Jooklo Duo: Virginia Genta (tenor and sopranino saxophones, clarinet, flutes) and David Vanzan (percussion). What came out of this is an incredible musical document, and not only for the fact that — unfortunately — it was Hüseyin’s last session on this world. Edition of 300.

File Under: Jazz, Turkish
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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana (Keep it Cool) LP
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib first connected on their 2014 universally-acclaimed collaborative album Piñata, which was celebrated on the street and by critics. The duo’s seamless collaboration juxtaposes two giant talents: Madlib, the prolific producer with a record collection from all genres and eras, an adept sampler, peer to the late J Dilla and foil for Doom with whom he created the landmark Madvillainy. Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete, a star-on-the-rise knocked off course who refused to give up and has since offered some of the most compelling rap music in the past 10 years. Bandana picks up right where their first album left off, as Madlib chops up vintage samples into a complex soundscape that only a lyricist of Freddie’s caliber could match in flow and tenacity. As a pair, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib exude a natural chemistry and craft an alchemical music, appealing to everyone on the hip-hop spectrum. Boasting guest spots from Killer Mike, Pusha-T, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Black Thought, Bandana is preceded by the singles “Flat Tummy Tea” and “Crime Pays.”

File Under: Hip Hop
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TTTT004LP_CUKeiji Haino & Charles Hayward: A Loss Permitted to Open Its Eyes…. (Thirtythree) LP
Full title: A Loss Permitted To Open Its Eyes For But Three Hours And There Glimpsed, Finally In Focus A Mystery That Begs Earnestly, “Ask Me Nothing” Now, Once More The Problem Is Yours Alone. Experimental music pioneer Keiji Haino, one of the most mysterious and influential figures to emerge from the Japanese psychedelic underground, teams up with Charles Hayward, British drummer and founding member of This Heat and Camberwell Now, on a new live album released on ThirtyThree ThirtyThree. A Loss Permitted… comprises a live recording of the duo’s improvised performance at the Copeland Gallery in London in July 2016, presented as part of ThirtyThree ThirtyThree’s performance series Japan: London. The result is fascinating: a mix of air synths, distortions, improvised Japanese poetry and warped guitar sounds. Sedate harmonica and guitar sections give way to cosmic din or an equally unnerving silence, in a performance All About Jazz described as having “no sense of logic, only silence where the tension seemed to build, then finally release”. It’s not the first time Haino and Hayward have worked together — Hayward’s rare album Double Agent(s) (1998) documents their improvisational sparring live in Japan in 1998. Both are restless collaborators: Haino has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Conrad, Jim O’Rourke, Pan Sonic, and Stephen O’Malley, as well as in his own groups Fushitsusha, Nazoranai, and Nijiumu, among others; while Hayward’s collaborators have included Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, and Laura Cannell. A Loss Permitted… sees these two visionary musicians revisit their partnership, creating a sound that is at turns contemplative and ferocious — and always completely compelling.

File Under: Jazz, Rock, Improv
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BF007LP_CUCatherine Christer Hennix/The Deontic Miracle: Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku (Blank Forms) LP
Selections from 100 Models of Hegikan Roku is the second in an ongoing series of archival records of the unheard music of Swedish composer, philosopher, poet, mathematician, and visual artist Catherine Christer Hennix, co-released by Blank Forms Editions and Empty Editions. It follows 2018’s Selected Early Keyboard Works and coincides with Blank Forms’ publication of Poësy Matters and Other Matters, a two-volume collection of Hennix’s writing. Upon her return to Sweden from New York in 1971, Hennix sought to form a large ensemble inspired by her encounters with La Monte Young and recordings by the Theatre of Eternal Music. She enlisted her brother Peter Hennix, Hans Isgren, and a dozen Swedish jazz musicians she had previously worked with, naming the group and its pieces of music after the time and days of the week according to the Angus Maclise calendar (e.g. “The Pointed Time Bus”). Frustrated with the jazz musicians’ inability to comprehend and play the intervals of just intonation, she pared the group down to the trio of herself, her brother, and Isgren and christened the live-electronic ensemble The Deontic Miracle. In 1976, The Deontic Miracle performed Hennix’s original compositions, alongside works by La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Terry Jennings, as part of Brouwer’s Lattice at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. With Hennix on amplified Renaissance oboe, live electronics, and sine wave generators, her brother on amplified Renaissance oboe, and Isgren on amplified sarangi, the recordings presented here of the group’s first and only public concert see them channeling late period John Coltrane and the sopranino and soprano saxophone playing of La Monte Young and Terry Jennings in the Theatre of Eternal Music. With titles taken from Japanese Gagaku, “Music of Auspicious Clouds” and “Waves of the Blue Sea” are expansive drone improvisations, breathing with the pulsating lull of cicadas’ organic sonic latticework. Now accessible for the first time, these recordings by what Hennix has called “the most rejected band ever formed in Sweden” continue to fill gaps of silence from a figure whose work has until recently remained flickering at the margins of some of the most enduring cultural developments of the 20th century.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient, Experimental
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Imaginary Softwoods: Gold Fiction Loop Garden (Field) LP
Field Records present the first vinyl edition of John Elliott’s previously cassette-only album titled Gold Fiction Loop Garden from 2016. Aside from curating the Spectrum Spools imprint and taking part in the bands Emeralds, Organic Dial, and Outer Space, Elliott has put out two absorbing solo albums over the last ten years. His solo works as Imaginary Softwoods fit in the tradition of kosmische greats without ever delving into pastiche. This third album from Elliott features a collection of short loops, recorded live to two-track digital using analog synthesizers, Mellotron M400, and multiple arrays of configured FX processes in Cleveland, Ohio. The nine tracks are widescreen meditations on pastoral ambience. Gently rising and falling chords, mellifluous pads that slow fall from the sky and ever evolving patterns of melodic beauty range from innocent and youthful to more somber and reflective. It is a beautifully absorbing listen that is perfect audio therapy for the mind.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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RM4105LP_CURafael Anton Irisarri: Solastalgia (Room 40) LP
“We find ourselves increasingly in a swell of solastalgia, which is not a new phenomenon; it has haunted us over the centuries. Change has never been humanity’s strong suit, but it has been our shadow; it’s here, at this fractious nexus of unpredictability that Rafael Anton Irisarri has created his latest work, Solastalgia. Building on the echoes of landscape that guided his previous Room40 editions, Solastalgia imagines that which is not yet known. Utilizing a range of unexpected variables, automations and uncontrolled systems in the creation of the recordings, Irisarri has developed a new approach to his work, seamlessly weaving together intense layers of texture and saturated harmony. Within these works, distant melodies emerge and in their wake the listeners’ focus shifts again and again. A never-ending loop of the unconscious feeding into the conscious is formed. Whilst the skeletal form of pieces such as “Coastal Trapped Disturbance” might remain, the organic matter that is the body of the music is in a process of persistent transformation. These subconscious variations morph the pieces from within. This is a record of sublimation, and dwells in states of transition and becoming. Recorded in two suites, each section is a distorted mirror reflection of the other. Solastalgia stands as a landmark undertaking for Irisarri, it encourages us to remain unsettled and attentive in the moment, and prompts us to listen deeper and imagine what lies beyond or in excess of our expectations.” Written and produced by Rafael Anton Irisarri in New York, USA during Autumn 2018.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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DKMNTL064EP_CUJex Opolis: Earth Boy (Dekmantel) 12″
Dekmantel welcomes the good time vibes of Canadian selector, and retro-tastic, vibe-poppin’ producer Jex Opolis. “Earth Boy” pays homage to the classic electro of the early ’80s, with its 123bpm rolling breaks, and throbbing synth basslines. It’s as if Drexciya has a disco-baby with Spacer Woman. “Desolation” is bridled with greater depth and emotion, with Italo-pomp and a certain rhythms digi-tales flare. Braver souls may embrace the vocal mix when it comes to playing out, with its compassionate overtones and soft celled-bassline.

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BW032LP_CUKonstrukt: Live at Islington Mill (Backwards) LP
Those Turkish improv Konstrukt boys sure love collaborating with guests, and here in Manchester’s fine Islington Mill venue, they added David Mclean of Tombed Visions and Graham Massey of 808 State into their heady live brew. On this night, the extended Konstrukt got into some Miles-ish avant-grooves, to the delight of all.

File Under: Jazz
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Yusef Lateef: Hikima: Creativity (Key System) LP
Key System Recordings present a reissue of Yusef Lateef’s Hikima: Creativity, originally released in 1983. In the early 1980s, famed jazz saxophonist and musical luminary Yusef Lateef traveled to Nigeria as a Senior Research Fellow to study, write, and teach at Ahmadu Bello University. He cut this record while there; pressed locally in Nigeria, it remained virtually unknown by jazz fans and collectors for over 30 years. On Hikima, Lateef leads a nonet of African musicians in seven compositions that fuse his deep blues and jazz roots with native Nigerian instruments, drums and chants. The sounds stretch from meditative and melancholic to urgent and unrelenting. A singular recording impossible to classify or box in. Lovingly pressed to vinyl by Key System Recordings, a new imprint dedicated to progressive and underground music of all types helmed by Jonathan Sklute, founder of NYC vinyl boutique Good Records. Officially licensed through the Lateef estate. Restored and remastered by Jessica Thompson. Pressed at RTI; sleeve done at Dorado; initial edition of 800.

File Under: Jazz
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BEWITH006LP_CULetta Mbulu: In The Music…The Village Never Ends (Be With) LP
Be With Records present a reissue Letta Mbulu’s In The Music… The Village Never Ends, originally released in South Africa in 1983. A holy-grail African record. Featuring the enormous “Nomalizo”, it’s a record that aficionados around the world have been waiting many years for. Be With Records’ reissue has been lovingly mastered for vinyl by Simon Francis (Claremont 56 mastering engineer), pressed on audiophile 180 gram vinyl for the first time, and features the original artwork. In The Music… The Village Never Ends is one of those holy grail African records that barely needs any introduction. Now, Be With Records proudly presents the hugely anticipated vinyl reissue of this bona fide classic. South African singer Letta Mbulu possesses one of the most beautiful voices the world has ever known. Her immaculate voice emits a sweetness that radiates from deep within, brimming with a joy of life and inspiring a spirit of hope and happiness. On this album, her voice soars over a strident musical force that veers between disco, soul, and pop music of the most incredible kind. The gleaming guitars recall disco’s finest hours while the thump of the beats anticipate ’80s British soul.

File Under: Funk, Boogie, African
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OUEST095LP_CUMister Water Wet: Bought the Farm (West Mineral LTD) LP
Following a golden first streak of releases by uon, Exael, and Pendant in 2018, Huerco S’ West Mineral Ltd. returns to mine a rich seam of ambient jazz sampledelia by Mister Water Wet; a Puerto Rican artist with a gift for conveying in-between, gently altered states of mind and the logic of the natural world. Revealing Mister Water Wet’s music for the first time beyond his circle of friends, Bought The Farm yields an elementally cool and breezy spirit guided by a first thought/best thought intuition through 55 minutes of crackly, hand-built music riddled with ephemeral soul. In terms of texture and structure, it’s a sound maybe best compared with Jan Jelinek at his most frayed and sloppy, or even a pastoral inversion of Kelman Duran’s rugged chop ‘n’ paste arrangements, essentially rendering a distinctive style that hovers between heavy-lidded, Afro-Latinate jazz, sampled indigenous instrumentation, and strains of gently bucolic, ambient introspection. Although based in the USA, Mister Water Wet spends a lot of time with his pops in Puerto Rico, and the subtropical natural world and revolutionary politics of the Caribbean islands osmotically informs Bought The Farm. In ten parts ranging from zoned-out drifts to pockets of sweetly psychedelic delirium, Mister Water Wet uses a patented blend of sampled artefacts and dusty magic to literally and metaphysically connote his conception of a spiritual home, framing a portal from where he can “speak” to Pedro Albizu Campos, a leading figure of the Puerto Rican independence movement, while immersing listeners in his lushly verdant, oasis-like bosques, or naturally sprawling woodlands and iridescent rivulets of sound. Ultimately Bought The Farm is a beautifully modest and intimate expression of self, heard through the prism of the lands and spirits that shaped it. From the aeolian bleeps of “Walking West” to the flutes snagged in the breeze of “Gaduduman Trades,” atavistic traces of the natural world and ancient traditions lead into moments of heart-rending dreaminess in the humble centerpiece of burnished drums and dream pop diva called “Dart,” before flowing out into oceanic new age with “Cuevas,” whereas highlights such as “Drought” feel like Kelman Duran cooking a wood-fired interlude for Boards of Canada, and the heat curdled jazz-fusion of “Gills” gives way to a memorably sublime parting statement in “Sarah Sleeping.”

File Under: Electronic, Fourth World
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Morgan_Cornbread3D_2_1024x1024Lee Morgan: Cornbread (Blue Note) LP
A rock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid-60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches. The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – the last two of whom do a great job of bringing some complex yet swinging rhythms to the set. The horn soloists are all as sharp as you might expect – and the album’s a striking soulful date from McLean at a time when he was mostly going out a bit more. Titles include the funky “Cornbread,” the searching “Our Man Higgins,” and the lyrical ballad “Ceora” – plus “Most Like Lee” and “Ill Wind.” The Blue Note Tone Poet Series was born out of Blue Note President Don Was’ admiration for the exceptional audiophile Blue Note LP reissues presented by Music Matters. The label brought Joe Harley (from Music Matters), aka the “Tone Poet,” on board to curate and supervise a series of reissues from the Blue Note family of labels. Extreme attention to detail has been paid to getting these right in every conceivable way, from the deluxe gatefold jacket graphics and printing quality to superior mastering (all analog direct from the master tapes) by Kevin Gray to superb 180-gram audiophile LP pressings by Record Technology Inc. Every aspect of these Blue Note/Tone Poet releases is done to the highest-possible standard. It means that you will never find a superior version. “The LPs are mastered directly from the original analog master tapes by Kevin at his incredible facility called Cohearent Mastering. We go about it in the exact same way that we did for so many years for the Music Matters Blue Note reissues. We do not roll off the low end, boost the top or do any limiting of any kind. We allow the full glory of the original Blue Note masters to come though unimpeded! Short of having an actual time machine, this is as close as you can get to going back and being a fly on the wall for an original Blue Note recording session.” – Joe Harley

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ARCHIVE049LP_CUMuslimgauze: Babylon Is Iraq (Staalplaat) LP
Unsurprisingly for a creator as prolific as Muslimgauze’s Bryn Jones was, when he was asked for a contribution for any sort of group project, he would tend to provide more options than necessary. In the case of longtime label Staalplaat’s 1996 compilation Sonderangebot, where Jones would find himself in the company of everyone from Charlemagne Palestine to Reptilicus, the selected track was the characteristically head-spinning “Kaliskinazure”, nine minutes of insistent digital percussion bouncing the listener back and forth between samples of wailing women’s voices and a trebly, blurry little whirr that traces the percussion. It’s distinctive enough even among the vast Muslimgauze corpus, but as the continued excavation of DATs Jones submitted to his labels continues, sure enough there’s more to that track’s story, too. An extended “Kaliskinazure” makes up the second of four tracks on Babylon Is Iraq, although it’s been lost to the mists of time whether an outside editor excised the more drifting, less needling coda that makes up the extra six minutes found here, or whether Jones simply submitted both versions of the track at different times. This more complete version of “Kaliskinazure” is surrounded by shorter tracks, with the opening “Kaliskinazure _ Momada” sounding not very much like either track it references (instead being a barely-there wisp of far-away sampled wind instruments and what sounds like treated cymbal sounds) and the title track constantly coming to a full, roiling digital boil. The lengthy “Momada” closes out the album with a different, more tersely internal arrangement surrounding the same percussion pattern that will be familiar to any Sonderangebot fans, although the way the quieter atmosphere transforms the feeling of that rhythm indicates once more than Jones’s way of reconfiguring his pieces over and over was perhaps more purposive and even more effective than he’s sometimes given credit for. The result is a fascinating expansion on one of Muslimgauze’s strongest stand-alone moments, as well as a fitting tribute to an artist who would never give you a track if an album would do. such strong powers of suggestion. Cover made of 1mm thick bleu cardboard, sewed, text silver glitter screen-print, black image, name, and side lines are lasercut — All done by hand! All tracks written, performed, mixed by Muslimgauze. Recorded, engineer, mixed by John Delf. Unreleased material. Edition of 500 (numbered).

File Under: Electronic, Tribal, Industrial
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Stefano Pilia: Decay Music n. 2: In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni (Die Schachtel) LP
Milan based Die Schachtel presents In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni (We Turn Round In The Night And, Behold, We Are Consumed By Fire), a work for solo guitar by the Italian composer Stefano Pilia. This marks the second release on a new series on Die Schachtel’s imprint, Decay Music. Born in Genoa and based in Bologna, Pilia is a guitar player and electro-acoustic composer concerned with the sculptural properties of sound, offering particular focus to its relationship to space, memory, and the suspension of time — the conceptual undercurrent of In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni. Comprised of corresponding compositional triptychs on each of its two sides, the final act of both featuring contributions from experimental music heavyweights, Rodrigo D’Erasmo on violin and David Grubbs on piano, the album builds vast, inhabitable expanses of ambience from long tones and shattered cuts and collisions, punctuated by clusters, sweeps, and careful interventions of texture and note. In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni — as this eerie palindrome and endecasillabo (a syntactic form in classical Italian verse) from Virgil suggests — moves through a path of alchemical symbolic narratives and poetic abstraction humbly reminiscent and allegorically inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and by the Nekyia (“evocation of the dead”) parts found in Book IX of Homer’s Odyssey. Based on symmetrical harmonic, melodic and narrative properties and filled with intangible narrative, haunting abstraction, fleeting visions of eerie space, and slow-motion melody, Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni pushes electroacoustic music toward symphonic dimensions — dramatic arcs with echoes of high minimalism, historic ambient music, and the radicalism indeterminate forms. Through a wise, peculiar and abstracted use of guitar instrumentation, the sound surface of the compositions reaches deeper electroacoustic-symphonic dimensions, echoing minimalist works, ambient music and indeterminate contemporary forms. Pro-printed inner sleeve and jacket, containing a silkscreened PVC sleeve. 180 gram marble vinyl; Edition of 250, one-time pressing.

File Under: Experimental, Ambient
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Solange: When I Get Home (Columbia) LP
When I Get Home represents the next phase in Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Solange’s evolution as an artist following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 album A Seat at the Table. Written, performed, and executive produced by Solange, When I Get Home is an exploration of origin. It asks the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution. The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this. The album includes contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Chassol, Playboi Carti, Standing on the Corner, Panda Bear, Devin the Dude, The-Dream, and more. It also features samples from Third Ward’s own Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, poet Pat Parker, and Scarface. “Solange’s breakthrough 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, was a sweet-voiced, multilayered manifesto: the sound of one black woman finding her path forward and confronting the ways systemic racism and sexism affect personal struggles. Its successor, When I Get Home, is something different: a reverie, a meditation, a therapeutic retreat, a musicians’ playground.” – The New York Times “Solange’s growth as an artist has been one of music’s most fascinating stories, and, like A Seat at the Table, When I Get Home serves as a thrilling reminder that this is just the beginning of the futures she still has yet to unpack. If she can make a party-friendly album so meaningful, we’ve barely even witnessed the tip of her vision.” – Rolling Stone “When I Get Home reminds us that she’s a frontrunner of R&B in her own right. With soothing production, enveloped with numbing vocals, she leaves you in a state of utopia. This surprise album of 2019 was something we didn’t know we needed.” – NME

File Under: Pop, Soul, R&B
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OTR010LP_CUHorace Tapscott with the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Flight 17 (Outernational) LP
Outernational Sounds presents a cornerstone document from the Los Angeles jazz underground, Flight 17 — the first appearance on record of the legendary Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, led by their founder and mastermind, Horace Tapscott. Available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years. The Arkestra would allow the creativity in the community to come together, would allow people to recognize each other as one people. Horace Tapscott’s Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (P.A.P.A.) was one of the most transformative, forward-thinking and straight-up heavy big bands to have played jazz in the 1960s and 1970s. If P.A.P.A. doesn’t have the interstellar rep of that other famous Arkestra, and if the name Tapscott doesn’t ring bells like Monk or Tyner, there’s a reason why: in an industry dominated by record labels, a band that doesn’t record doesn’t count. And the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra didn’t record for nearly twenty years. But recording success was never their concern — they weren’t about that. First formed as the Underground Musicians Association in the early 1960s, Tapscott always wanted his group to be a community project. From their base in Watts, UGMA got down at the grassroots. The group was renamed the Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra in 1971, and soon after they established a monthly residency at the Immanuel United Church of Christ which ran for over a decade, while still playing all over LA and beyond. But they never released a note of music. It was the intervention of fan Tom Albach that finally got them on wax. Determined that their work should be documented, Albach founded Nimbus Records specifically to release the music of Tapscott, the Arkestra, and the individuals that comprised it. The first recording sessions in early 1978 yielded enough material for two albums, and the first release was Flight 17. From the surging avant-gardism of Herbie Baker’s title track to the laidback summertime groove of Kamonta Lawrence Polk’s “Maui”, or Roberto Miranda’s up-tempo Latin jam “Horacio”, Flight 17 showcased the radical voices of the Arkestra’s members. Led out by Tapscott’s hard-swinging piano, this is the first flight on wax of the West Coasts’ foundational community big band — energized, hip, and together. Contains two tracks previously only available on the 1997 CD edition: “Coltrane Medley” and “Village Dance”, recorded live at the Immanuel United Church of Christ. 180 gram vinyl pressing by Pallas. Fully licensed from Nimbus West founder Tom Albach.

File Under: Jazz
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STRLP029LP_CUTRJJ: Music Compilation: 12 Dances (Stroom) LP
TRjj is made up of several people that meet regularly since 2016. TRjj stems from TRIIMusik, a loose group based in Germany since 1998. It is practiced collectively with interchanging names and roles, so the full control about disguised authorship would be guaranteed. Everyone involved was set to meet half way. TRjj is a filter for the kinship of many. It’s the freedom attained, once you have gotten rid of yourself. This heteronomic practice would be ideal to advocate against reasons which are claimed, biographies that are scripted, economies that are fueled and histories that are written to be recognized as something apparently truly valid and fully finished.

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DECAY001LP_CUVertice: Decay Music n. 1: Besoch Trauma (Die Schachtel) LP
Almost all great music is bridge — spanning geography and time, defying easy definition. It is the product of collaboration and mutual respect — individual voice, fused within a collective force. These are the roots for the trio Vértice, an unlikely formation by experimental luminaries, Maurizio Bianchi, Saverio Evangelista, and Juan Manuel Cidrón — each hailing from their own discrete musical geography in Italy and Spain. Besoch Trauma, a remarkable project’s first recorded outing, years in the making, is released by Milan-based Die Schachtel on their new imprint, Decay Music. Decay Music highlights inspired contemporary experimental efforts in the ambient, ethereal, and emotively abstract. Each member of Vértice comes from a luminous and historic musical pedigree. Maurizio Bianchi is one of Italy’s earliest and most important figures in Industrial music, beginning to issue a wild series of visionary releases during the late 1970s. Saverio Evangelista is well known for his decades longs efforts within the seminal outfits, Esplendor Geométrico and M.S.B., while Juan Manuel Cidrón is one of the great cult figures of Spanish electronic music. Together they shed skin, reforming as one, diving into uncharted waters, while remaining unrecognizable within. Slow, sophisticated, and a deeply meditative, minimalist wonder, Besoch Trauma progresses like a melancholic dream — the slow wilting of sounds, pondering their own rebirth. Repetitive and restrained piano lines rise among drifting synthesizer tones and textural ambiances, fall away and return, fracture, break, stagger, and distort across the entirety of the albums first side, while murky, implacable sounds breed with flirting electronics and piano, sculpting the vast expanse of abstraction which emerges across the entirety of the second — clattering and droning, filled with air, fading melodies, and rippling tones. Two slow burning sides, unfolding with greater depth at every turn. Bianchi, Evangelista, and Cidrón build a rich tapestry of creatively challenging sound, a hypothetical imagining of historic minimalism and ambient music, bred with industrial and punk. Pro-printed inner sleeve and jacket, containing a silkscreened PVC sleeve. 180 gram marble vinyl; Edition of 250, one-time pressing.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic
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TRANSVERS010LP_CUIgor Wakhevitch: Kshatrya (The Eye of The Bird) (Transversales Disques) LP
Transversales Disques presents Kshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird), a never released before recording by French avant-garde electronic composer Igor Wakhevitch. Wakhevitch composed a bunch of major experimental albums in the ’70s, such as Logos (1970), Docteur Faust (1971), Hathor (1972), Les Fous D’or (1975), Nagual (1977), and Let’s Start (1979). During this 10-year period, Wakhevitch was close to Jean-Michel Jarre, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and legendary choreographer Maurice Bejart having with him many conversations around dance and music, human body and soul, spiritual path, collective life, new society, and human evolution. As a composer, Igor Wakhevitch collaborated with Salvador Dali, Carolyn Carlson, and Terry Riley, to name a few. He’s considered as one of the first French composer using synthesizers like Synthi AKS, ARP2600, or Moog modular systems. After spending almost 30 years in India, Igor Wakhevitch dug in his archives this unreleased work recorded in 1999 on his “Mysterious Island 88” system. Esoteric, sacred, and cosmic, Kshatrya (The Eye Of The Bird) is the logical follow up of Igor’s early works and a monumental piece of electronic music. A must!

File Under: Electronic, Avant Garde
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HOL122LP_CUMichael Zerang: Asssyrian Caesarean (Holidays) LP 
Chicago-based percussionist Michael Zerang presents his first solo recording after a long career as an exploratory musician and composer, Asssyrian Caesarean. Recorded and mixed by Matt Bordin in the woods at (the new) Outside Inside Studio, the album features a range of approaches to percussion that Zerang has developed over the years, including the use of vibrating drumhead surfaces, expressive friction passages, multiple timbre percussion, and straight-up trap-set drumming — all infused with a rich sense of melodic, rhythmic and textural innovation. Zerang has performed and recorded with some of the most adventurous artists of his era, including a fourteen-year stint with The Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III, and an extended collaboration with drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake. Frequent collaborators also include cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, pianist and synthesist Jim Baker, bassist Kent Kessler, trumpeter Axel Dorner, along with an ever-widening pool of international improvisors. He also recently began performing with the experimental Middle-Eastern super group Karkhana, with Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui, Maurice Louca, Tony Elieh, Sam Shalabi, and Umut Çağlar. Edition of 300.

File Under: Jazz, Improv, Percussion
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AKENAT002LP_CUVarious: Cambodian Nuggets (Akenaton) LP
Before the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, unleashing a horrifying genocide, Cambodia had one of the most vibrant and exciting music scenes in Asia. With a mixture of traditional Khmer music and a myriad of western genres (from French and Latin music, to rock-and-roll, rhythm-and-blues, surf, psychedelia, soul, and many more) the few pre 75 Cambodian recordings that survived — most of them were destroyed — are enough to make anyone with a taste for good music shocked by the amazing quality of the sounds created during those golden years. Gathered on Cambodian Nuggets are some of the most talented and unique musicians from that amazing era with an explosive collection of tracks sure to blow the mind of the listener. A celebration of some of the best music ever made. Features Ros Serey Sothea, Yol Aularong, Pan Ron, Tet Somnang & Meas Samon, Houy Meas & Dara Chom Chan, Choun Malai, Sinn Sisamouth, Liev Tuk, Thra Kha Band, Yol Aularong & Liev Tuk, Eng Nary, and Baksey Cham Krong + Mol Kamach. Edition of 500.

File Under: Psych, Asia, Rock
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Various: You’re Not From Around Here (Numero) LP
The previously unissued soundtrack to the 1964 western noir, discovered after 55 years in the Wayne Louis Moody archive. Sixteen languid guitar instrumentals, femme fatale dirges, and cinematic country crooners score the loneliest night of one man’s life. Packaged in a replica of the original octagonal film canister, with 36″ x 27″ fold out movie poster. Volume three of ten incredible albums culled from the deepest, weirdest co-op of record enthusiasts ever gathered under one banner.

File Under: Country, OST, Folk
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…..Restocks…. 

Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (EMI) LP
Jean-Charles Capon: L’univers-Solitude (Souffle Continu) LP
Don Cherry: Eternal Rhythm (MPS) LP
John Coltrane: Soultrane (Prestige) LP
John Coltrane: Standard Coltrane (Prestige) LP
Comet is Coming: Trust in the Lifeforce (Impulse) LP
Death Grips: No Love Deep Web (Harvest) LP
El Michels Affair: Return to the 37th Chamber (Big Crown) LP
Herbie Hancock: Flood (Get on Down) LP
Melvins: Houdini (Thirdman) LP
Not Waving: Voices (Not Waving) LP
Snoop Dogg: Doggy Style (Universal) LP
Jacques Thollot: Quand Le Son (Souffle Continu) LP

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Well…. Summer lull is upon us. Not a whole lot in this week, but today was a super mail day! With boxes from Russia & Spain the new arrivals got a lot more exciting. And of course, there’s all them tasty used records hitting the bins.

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Coil: Live in Russia (Fanclub) LP
Coil’s performance at DK Gorbunova in Moscow, Russia on September 15, 2001. This was sold as a Feelee release by some outlets but has no such branding and appears to be an unofficial reissue. Limited edition of 400 in gatefold cover. Side D contains back-stage discussion and rehearsal audio, though it is unmentioned in the jacket’s track list.

File Under: Electronic, Industrial
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Albert Ayler & Don Cherry: Vibrations (ORG) LP
Recorded in Copenhagen in September of 1964, Vibrations is the second album released by American free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler’s quartet featuring Don Cherry, Gary Peacock and Sonny Murray. Originally issued by the Freedom label, it was also released under the alternate title, Ghosts. Previously out of print for decades, Vibrations has now been specially remastered for an audiophile-grade 180-gram vinyl pressing at Pallas in Germany courtesy of ORG Music.

File Under: Jazz
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Bitchin’ Bajas/DSR Lines: Atlantis (Abstrakce) LP
Second volume of “The Encyclopedia of Civilizations”, a collection of split LP’s where selected artists offer their own insight into fascinating ancient cultures. In this volume the music is inspired by Atlantis, a legendary civilization surrounded by mystery. The LP is presented in a special limited edition (500 copies) with an extensive booklet that tries to shed some light on the myth of Atlantis and will help you to immerse yourself in this fascinating civilization while you listen to the music. The sleeve is printed in the old way, letterpressed with metal movable type as Gutenberg used to do it, as all of the Abstrakce editions. DSR lines is the project of Belgian electronic artist David Edren. He’s been releasing his music for almost two decades on labels such as Ultra Eczema, JJ Funhouse or Black Sweat. His Atlantis tracks are one of his best works (if not the best) so far, developing an exquisite use of modular synths. David presents a mature work, the result of an intense experimentation with synths such as Buchla 200 or Serge Synthesizer Systems. His arpeggios and oscillations sound like music that would be played in an Atlantean temple worshiping an ancient god (probably Poseidon or Minos) if this wise civilization had reached our days. Organic minimal electronics developing a very personal sound, a spiritual approach that could be a modern continuation of the investigations started by JD Emmanuel, Ariel Kalma or Michael Hoenig. Bitchin bajas is the project by Cooper Crain (also from the band Cave), Dan Quinlivan and Rob Frye. They have released material on labels such as Permanent records, Drag City, Hands in the Dark and Important records. They present an astonishing 20-minute-track inspired by the diaspora of the Atlantean people after the great cataclysm that sank their island at the bottom of the ocean and plunged its splendor into darkness forever. Warm, instrumental, psychedelic and melodic music that drinks from the electronic minimalism of the 60s and 70s (Terry Riley, La Monte Young..) blended with the spatial feeling of the kosmische maestros (Klaus Schulze,Harald Grosskopf, etc.). Deep electronics, hypnotic pulses and enigmatic melodies introducing acoustic instruments such as flutes or xylophones that will make you float in space while thinking about our Atlantean ancestors.

File Under: Electronic, Ambient
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Ami Dang: Parted Plains (Leaving) LP
Ami Dang fuses sitar, voice, and electronics to create east-meets-west, ambient, experimental, psych music. On the experimental instrumental album Parted Plains, she draws inspiration from South Asian and Middle Eastern folktales, specifically, the four tragic romances of Punjab, Sohni Mahiwal, Sassi Punnun, Heer Ranjha, and Mirza Sahiba; Flora Annie Steel’s Tales of the Punjab: Folklore of India, and selected stories from One Thousand and One Nights. Galvanized by the Western interpretations of these stories, Parted Plains unfolds as a new sort of soundtrack for a yet-to-be written folktale that is neither Eastern nor Western, not traditional or contemporary–but somewhere in between.

File Under: Drone, Ambient, Psych
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Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth (Warner) LP
The Flaming Lips’ fifteenth album King’s Mouth follows the band’s 2017 release, Oczy Mlody and and sees the iconoclastic outfit once again tread uncharted territory. These 12 new originals are threaded together by cinematic narration courtesy of The Clash’s Mick Jones. Additionally, the music parallels front man Wayne Coyne’s immersive art installation of the same name. Introduced in 2015, the installation has showcased its psychedelic visuals and soundscapes through North America in museums such as Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, the Pacific Northwest College of Art Portland, OR and Wayne’s own creative space, The Womb, in Oklahoma City, OK. A true handcrafted marvel, it consists of a giant metallic head that welcomes spectators inside. Once inside of the foam month, an LED lightshow begins in tandem with music from the album. Now, the record doubles as the sonic companion to the exhibit and allows fans to experience the aural side at any time. Further expanding this multi-faceted world and detailing a fascinating creation myth, the accompanying literary tome, King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience tells the story of the King’s Mouth through words and visuals by Coyne, adds yet another dimension to the project, which ranks among the band’s most ambitious thus far. Coyne notes, “The King’s Mouth immersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as Flaming Lips live performances. The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions.”

File Under: Indie Rock
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Grateful Dead: Fillmore West Feb 28th, 1969 (Rhino) BOX
Pretty sure this is showing up tomorrow…. This is the second night of Grateful Dead’s Fillmore West show from February 1969. Includes “(Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew” and their rendition of Slim Harpo’s blues classic, “I’m a King Bee”.

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Pablo Guerrero & Finis Africae: Los Dioses Hablan Por Boca De Los Vecinos (Abstrakce) LP
First vinyl edition ever of this lost experimental Spanish essential album. A delicate work that absorbs specific aspects of different music — minimalism, tribal sounds, new age, ambient, spoken word — to create its particular universe. With an absolutely contemplative recording climate, the poems and their sound environments explore the deepest self of the poet and singer from Extremadura, Pablo Guerrero. The work combines memories of childhood through the valleys of his native village, Esparragosa de Lares, with the evolution of life to reach the contemplative state in adulthood. A score written in a collaboration with two old friends, Juan A. Arteche Gual and Juan C. Fdez Puerta (Finis Africae), who weave a beautiful tapestry of electronic sounds so that the deep and serious voice of the poet shells all the images that his ode encloses. The recording, through fourteen poems, breathes an aroma of maturity, balance and total freedom. Maturity and balance with minimal arrangements, small gestures surrounded by abundant silences. Total freedom with instruments of the most varied, without restrictions or complexes: samplers, synthesizers and field recordings mixed with rattles, self-arches of the Appalachian Mountains, zithers, saxes made with reeds, conches, shortwave radios, plastic pipes, Hindu harmoniums…beauty can arise from any element and all these minimal arrangements come together to create the perfect ambience that sublimates the poem. Completed in the spring of 1996, the recording was moving in no man’s land until the end of 1999 saw the light in book format of poems, accompanied by a CD. Abstrakce Records recover this masterpiece of experimental Spanish music, contributing its bit to place the album where it deserves. Folder printed in letterpress with lead types; Includes extensive booklet in both English and Spanish containing liner notes, lyrics, an interview with Juan F. Puerta and a text by Juan A. Arteche about of the recording of the record. Remastered at Sountess Studio in 2018 by Pablo Peiró.

File Under: Ambient, Electronic, Fourth World
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Lingua Ignota: Caligula (Profound Lore) LP
Caligula, the new album from Lingua Ignota, takes the vision of Kristin Hayter’s vessel to a new level of grandeur, her purging and vengeful audial vision going beyond anything preceding it and reaching a new unparalleled sonic plane within her oeuvre. Succeeding her self-released 2017 All Bitches Die opus, this new one sees Hayter design her most ambitious work to date, displaying the full force of her talent as a vocalist, composer, and storyteller. Vast in scope and multivalent in its influences, with delivery nothing short of demonic, this is an outsider’s opera; magnificent, hideous, and raw. Eschewing and disavowing genre altogether, Hayter builds her own world. Here she fully embodies the moniker Lingua Ignota, from the German mystic Hildegard of Bingen, meaning “unknown language” —this music has no home, any precedent or comparison could only be uneasily given, and there is nothing else like it in the contemporary realm. Working closely with Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets studio, Hayter strips away much of the industrial and electronic elements of her previous work, approaching instead the corporeal intensity and intimate menace of her notorious live performances, achieved with unconventional recording techniques and sound sources, as well as a full arsenal of live instrumentation and collaborators including harsh noise master Sam McKinlay (The Rita), visceral drummer Lee Buford (The Body) and frenetic percussionist Ted Byrnes (Cackle Car, Wood & Metal), with guest vocals from Dylan Walker (Full of Hell), Mike Berdan (Uniform), and Noraa Kaplan (Visibilities). Caligula is a massive work, a multi-layered epic that gives voice and space to that which has been silenced and cut out.

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Orlando/Tomaga: Playtime – Music for Video Games (Abstrakce) LP
Vinyl edition from this imaginary soundtrack for videogames previously released on tape. “…the Association for the Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust presents a split release between Orlando and Tomaga of music for video games. Inspired by fictional worlds, imagined quests, and surreal dreams, they soundtrack your adventures in gameland.” “Cathy Lucas’s new project Orlando, who share this cassette/download release with Tomaga. RAM Tapes (or The Association for the Re-Alignment of Magnetic Dust to give them their full title) re-use old tapes for that essential crackle and pop experience, and the theme is suitably 80s: video game soundtracks, kerbside frogs, ghost mazes, etc. It’s too sophisticated – at least to these cloth ears – to be just more chiptune landfill but it’s extremely playful all the same. The Orlando side is closer to Cornelius in terms of its invention and charm; the Tomaga side is a little more spacious, dubby, dronish. As an album it’s a pretty irresistible combination. Orlando’s opening track brings you the croaks of a telepathic amphibian, a bit of bossa nova and a steely science-fictional theme, all in 3 minutes and 25 seconds. While Tomaga’s ‘Giant Bitmap’ made me wonder whether Pacman ever got the cold sweats while cruising those haunted midnight mazes…” Both Bars On “TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it’s way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form. After their first, self-produced cassette, ‘Sleepy Jazz For Tired Cats’, which was released in 2013, TOMAGA released the acclaimed ‘Futura Grotesk’ LP on the Hands in the Dark label, followed quickly by ‘Familiar Obstacles’ – a cassette release for the boutique London label Blank Editions, that was subsequently released as a limited vinyl in October 2015. Meanwhile they have played countless concerts and festivals across the world including being invited to open for Deerhoof, Silver Apples and Wire, the latter for their UK tour in May 2015 (for full tourdates see below). In autumn 2015 Tomaga were invited by Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate to stage a performance using the artworks of Pedro Reyes: re-conditioned weapons confiscated by Mexican police from drug cartels and turned into instruments. The resulting performance will be released on a forthcoming live album. In spring 2016 Tomaga were invited to contribute a sound object to the Yoko Ono exhibition ‘Lumiere De L’aube’ at the Musee D’art Contemporain De Lyon.” JULIE TIPPEX web info Limited edition of 300 copies. Letterpress printed on black cardboard. Limited edition with green ink.

File Under: Electronic, Exotica
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Prince: Originals (Warner) LP
Prince will forever be remembered as a commanding live performer, chart-topping recording artist, and music business revolutionary. Yet for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected. By the mid-80s, Prince was dominating the charts even as a writer/producer with songs he’d composed and recorded for others. In addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful full-length albums, he also wrote and recorded endless reels of material for protégés The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, the Family, and Mazarati. Occasionally, Prince’s original demo recordings would be used as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince’s initial take informing their final version of his song. The aggregate effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture. Originals pulls back the curtain to reveal the origins of familiar hits, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re a Trip,” and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love.” The album also features Prince’s majestic original 1984 version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” released in 2018 as a standalone single.

File Under: Pop, RnB, Funk, Soul
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In 1999 Sigur Ros released Ágætis Byrjun (“A Good Start”) which Q Magazine went on to deem “the last great record of the 20th century.” By the end of the year it had won the inaugural US Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music. Agaetis Byrjun was an album that came literally out of nowhere and seemed to tug at the heartstrings of those who least expected it. No one thought an album by an unknown band of four shy Icelandic men in their early-20s, singing in Icelandic, would become the worldwide music phenomenon it became. The record label projected the album to sell 1,500 copies – it has to date sold several million copies. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Ágætis Byrjun and the band celebrates the occasion with a double heavyweight vinyl LP reissue complete with a download for demo and archive versions of all songs on the album, plus never-before-heard newly unearthed material from the era, rare B-sides and the full 95 minute concert played in Reykjavík on the day the record was released in 1999.

File Under: Indie Rock, Post Rock, Ambient
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Tycho: Weather (Ninja Tune) LP
Tycho are the Grammy nominated electronic music project led by Scott Hansen as primary composer, songwriter and producer. The highly anticipated release of their fifth studio album Weather is an exciting progression from their previous output, with most of the new tracks being vocal lead, while still retaining the signature Tycho sound. The sonic shift has been enhanced by the collaboration with exciting new vocalist Saint Sinner, who will be joining the live band following their time in the studio.

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anima_ThomYorkeThom Yorke: Anima (XL) LP
Indie only orange vinyl! Radiohead figurehead Thom Yorke follows up his 2014 album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and 2018 score to Suspiria with his third full-length solo effort Anima. Produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich, several of the album’s songs were debuted live during Yorke, Godrich and Tarik Barri’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes performances. Yorke notes that Anima was inspired by “dystopia, anxiety, and reaching a crisis point in our social system. The dystopian thing is one part of it, yes, but for me, one of the big, prevailing things was a sense of anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety it manifests itself in unpredictable ways, some people have over-emotional reactions. [For] some people the roots of reality can just get pulled out, you don’t know what’s happening. Then eventually reality comes back.” This standard black double vinyl LP edition is housed in a wide-spine single sleeve and includes the exclusive bonus track, “(Ladies & Gentlemen, Thank You For Coming).” A download card for the original nine-track album is also included in the sleeve.

File Under: Indie Rock, Electronic, Radiohead
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Various: Bad Education Vol 1: Soul Hits of Timmion Records (Daptone) LP
For the better part of 15 years Helsinki’s own Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love Daptone staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) – 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer.  Side 1 one gets cracking with “This is What Love Looks Like”, a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC’s own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with “Tell Me That You Love Me” – a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with “Lost, Lost, Lost”. Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it’s time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie “Scorpio Man’ Hawks. The Scorpio Walk’s deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie. Side 2 two packs even more soulful punches, starting with the unreleased track “Until Your Mine” by Wanda Felicia. Equal parts slick, Big City street harmony and raw, southern soul, the track evokes the very best of Fame era Candi Staton. Next up we have Bobby Oroza whose featured track “This Love” took the Soul scene by storm upon its release in 2016. His understated, earnest vocal let’s the sparse arrangement and heavy beat take you to a place where the sun shines bright and the low-riders shine brighter where the Sunday afternoon sun dances off the gold flecks of custom low-rider paint jobs. “Bad Education” the funky, afro-latin soul monster with a message (whose title graces the cover of this album) tips the hat to legends like Joe Bataan and Ray Barreto. The debut single by Bardo Martinez, already known for his work with Chicano Batman, lays down a fiery indictment of the educational system defining it as a mouthpiece for the military industrial complex. A heavy tune with a heavier message! Finnish born Emilia Sisco offers up another debut with “Don’t Believe You Like That”, another gorgeous beat ballad backed by Cold Diamond and Mink that is sure to appeal to the darkest end of the dance floor. There’s a special lane in the history for Soul of Soul for music this understated. Rounding out the side we have a man who needs ZERO introduction for those in the know. Louisiana born and raised Willie West has been making side after classic side since 1959. Whether it’s his early raw R&B, deep brooding ballads, or his black belt Funk anthem “Fairchild” all of his records are essential – “I’m still a Man (Lord Have Mercy)” is no exception. From top to bottom “Bad Education” Bad Education, Vol. I is a feast for discerning funk and soul freaks alike!

File Under: Funk, Soul
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…..Restocks…. 

Aggrolites: Reggae Now! (Pirates Press) LP
Amyl & the Sniffers: s/t (ATO) LP
Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (Capitol) LP
Beatles: White Album (Mono) (Apple) LP
Jorge Ben: Big Ben (Elemental) LP
Boy Harsher: Careful (Nude Club) LP
Boy Harsher: Lesser Man (Nude Club) LP
Boy Harsher: Yr Body Is.. (Nude Club) LP
Charles Bradley: Changes (Daptone) LP
Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City) LP
Cocteau Twins: Four Calendar Café (Universal) LP
Cocteau Twins: Milk & Kisses (Universal) LP
Endless Boogie: Vol I & II (No Quarter) LP
Fugazi: Red Medicine (Dischord) LP
Harmonia: Musick Von Harmonia (Gronland) LP
Irreversible Entanglements: s/t (International Anthem) LP
Sharon Jones: I Learned the Hard Way (Daptone) LP
King Geedorah: Take Me To Your Leader (Big Dada) LP
Love: Four Sail (Warner) LP
Mdou Moctar: Ilana: The Creator (Sahel) LP
Lee Morgan: Rumproller (Blue Note) LP
Neu!: s/t (Gronland) LP
Neu!: 2 (Gronland) LP
William Onyeabor: Who is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop) LP
Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information (Music on Vinyl) LP
Ben Pirani: How Do I Talk To My Brother (Colemine) LP
Placebo: Mtv Unplugged (Music on Vinyl) LP
Sleep: The Sciences (Third Man) LP
Smiths: Hatful of Hollow (Rhino) LP
Gillian Welch: Soul Journey (Acony) LP
Various: Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw) LP
Various: Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares (Numero) LP

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