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DE LA SOUL And The Anonymous Nobody” (AOI) 2LP $42 (black vinyl) – ARRIVING FRIDAY!!!

Legendary Hip Hop trio, De La Soul announce their highly anticipated 8th Studio album, ‘And The Anonymous Nobody!’

The creation of ‘and The Anonymous Nobody’ has been several years in the making. De La Soul wanted to make another sample-based album in the vein of ‘3 Feet High And Rising.’ In order to do so, and avoid the legalities of sample clearance, they spent a few years recording more than 300 hours of live music, converging everything from bossa nova, soul and hip-hop to funk, disco and reggae, creating their own sample library. The body of work is a concept and continuous story, even down to the transitions of songs with sound effects and instrumentals.
The features-based record is mixed by Bob Power, Morgan Garcia and De La Soul, and was produced by De La Soul and Dave West. Guest appearances include, Snoop Dogg, Usher, 2 Chainz, and more.
“This album is about lending to the scape of music in 2016, trying to give something, not for the sake of we want to balance what’s going on or fix hip-hop. We just want to say something to the creative aspects of music,” says Dave. ARRIVING FRIDAY

DE LA SOUL And The Anonymous Nobody” (AOI) 2LP $42 (clear vinyl)

like above but with clear vinyl…..

SHIRLEY DAVIS & THE SILVERBACKS “Black Rose” (tucxone) LP $42

LOCAL It’s a great soul band that sits behind Shirley Davis and this is no exception. I was waiting to hear the Silverbacks out on black plastic and they do not disapoint. Their first album with London-born singer Shirley Davis, is a beautiful soul record. With horns to drive each song and a great rhythm section this is a great record. They make each other sound great. Shirley is a total star and the silverbacks are rock solid.
Until recent times, Shirley has been living in Australia, her home since her late teens. Now relocated to Madrid, she has wasted little time finding her new direction, building on her experience of working with heavy funk luminaries Deep Street Soul and Osaka Monaurail and influenced by friendships with Sharon Jones and the late Marva Whitney to produce a first-class album of funk and soul. Full respect!

VENUS II “Inside your Sun” (warner) 2LP $45

LOCAL Venus II is the dream-team pairing of Jarrad Brown (Eagle & The Worm / Dorsal Fins) and Ryan Grieve (Canyons). The band’s first offering, their debut single “Inside Your Sun,” is an acid-soaked rave-up that takes cues from baggy-era Manchester and weaves it through string-tinged psychedelic-techno.
The rush of “Inside Your Sun” vividly marries Brown’s innate talent for song craft with Grieve’s deft production flourishes. The track was mixed by Chris Colonna from Bumblebeez, who has worked on albums for The Vines, Alison Wonderland and Jaguar Ma.
The duo’s debut album, also titled ‘Inside Your Sun,’ heralds Venus II as the birth of an entirely new journey for Brown and Grieve. “I think Jarrad is one of the truest artists I’ve worked or been involved with,” says Grieve. “If something’s feeling good then it doesn’t need to be questioned. We’re good like that.” For Brown the partnership marks an entire personal and creative transformation. “I feel like a different artist,” says Brown. “It’s a whole new world for me. It’s really exciting.”

MICHAEL KIWANUKA “Love & Hate” (warner) 2LP $65

Michael Kiwanuka’s second album, Love & Hate, was recorded in LA and London produced by Grammy Award winner Dangermouse and young up-and-coming producer Inflo. Love & Hate is a fascinatingly assured and resonant body of work following Kiwanuka’s acclaimed 2012 debut LP, Home Again. Honest, unabashed, andambitious, this record is Kiwanuka emerging from the emotional cocoon of his first album, ready to secure his position as one of the most exciting and renowned talents or our time. Michael Kiwanuka is a British soul musician who has been compared to Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, and Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison and the Temptations.

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND “Scorpio / 8th Wonder” (big crown) 7” $14

WOW! The super fresh steel drum funk band, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, hailing from Hamburg in Germany, have set dance floors on fire worldwide. From BBoy cyphers to club light up disco dance floors these sounds are heard loud and clear. A brand new single is a brand new reason to play them out loud again.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES “Half The City” (single lock) LP + Download $44

Vinyl LP pressing. 2014 debut from the highly-touted Birmingham, Alabama-based Soul sextet. St. Paul & the Broken Bones have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic Soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency. Half the City vital, direct, emotionally affecting presents the same engaged, high- voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul and the Broken Bones produce at their live dates.

HAILU MERGIA & The WALAIS BAND “Tche Belew” (Awesome tapes from Africa) LP $36

The acclaim and out after re-release of “Tche Belew,” Hailu Mergia and the Walias’ 1977 instrumental jazz and groove recording set against the backdrop of post-revolution Ethiopia. Following Mergia’s Shemonmuanaye/Classical Instrument reissue last year, the keyboardist and accordion player has been visiting stages across Europe and North America to much critical acclaim. “Tche Belew” was a groundbreaking recording and the LP became collectible for so many reasons but overall it is just an astounding merger of Ethiopian songs, elegant contemporary arrangements and “western” instrumentation. Completely sublime music from one of the seminal bands of a funk-laced era of Ethiojazz and soul.

KLLO “Well Worn” (different Records) EP $26

LOCAL Ascendant Melbourne duo Kllo will release their second EP ‘Well Worn’ on Friday 5th August on [PIAS] Different Recordings/Ghostly International. Things happen so fast these days that Kllo barely had a Facebook page or a proper song before a wave of interest began to build around their breakthrough EP ‘Cusp’. What a telling record title; in the year since its release, cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have played sold-out shows and festival slots throughout Australia, racked up millions of plays on Spotify, and landed on several Artists to Watch lists. The first glimpse of the new EP was ‘Bolide,’ a track which hit no 2 on the Hype Machine and notched up over 2 million streams in its first month.

DJ KOZE “Reincarnations Part 2” (pampa records) 3LP $48

A year has passed since DJ Koze released his masterpiece Amygdala, which was heralded worldwide with numerous awards and prizes: “Best Album” in Groove, De: Bug, Byte FM and Zündfunk, “Best Album #2″ at Resident Advisor, as well as the HANS Music Prize, the VUT Indie Award for “Best Album” and finally, the ECHO Critics Award. Now, after Reincarnations – The Remix Chapter 2001-2009 and Music Is Okay (2000), comes the third major exhibition of DJ Koze’s work as a remix virtuoso: Reincarnations Pt 2. Here Koze remixes, HERBERT, MOUNT KIMBIE, CARIBOU, Gonzales, Who Made Who and MORE. An experienced mountaineer, DJ Koze also leads us along winding paths, up through shady valleys and high over the clouds. Reincarnations Pt 2 is that kind of journey, rambling and floating, a grand illumination. Enlightened.

A ROUGH GUIDE TO SAMBA various (rough guide) LP $32

Samba is the dancing spirit and rhythm of life in Brazil. This Rough Guide features the best of old and new from the Afro-Brazilian inspired Mart’nalia and underground artist Loop B to legendary sambista Alcione and superstar vocalist Marisa Monte.

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2PAC “All Eyes On Me” 4LP $52
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Beats, Rhymes and Life” (jive) 2LP $55
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Midnight Marauders” (jive) 2LP $55
ABY NGANA DIOP “Liital” (Awesome tapes from Africa) LP $36
AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” LP (universal) $36
ANDREW THOMAS WILSONN “Chain Reaction OST” (omni) LP $34
ARCHIE ROACH “Charcoal Lane” LP $36
AVALANCHES, THE “Wildflower – deluxe edition” (warner) 2LP $65
BRIAN MAY “Turkey Shoot OST” (omni) LP $34
CHARLES BRADLEY “No Time For Dreaming” (daptone) LP $34
CHARLES BRADLEY “Victim Of Love” (daptone) LP $34
CHELSEA WILSON “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me” (HOVJ) LP $25
CYBOTRON “Cybotron” (omni) LP $34
DJ SHADOW “Endtroducing” 2LP $42
HAILU MERGIA “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye” (Awesome tapes from Africa) LP $42
ICE T presents WESTSIDE various (obsessive) 2LP $38
J DILLA “Donuts” (stones throw) 2LP – smile cover $42
JOHN COLTRANE “Blue Train” (blue note) $32
KMD “Bl CK B St Rds” (MF) 2LP $58
MASSIVE ATTAK “Messanine” (virgin) 2LP $45
MF DOOM “Mmmm……Food” 2LP $38
MULATU ASTATKE & THE BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE “Cradle Of Humanity” (BJX) LP $30 and CD $20
N.W.A. “Efil4zaggin” (back to black) LP + download $38
NIGERIA 70: The Definitive Story Of 1970’s Funky Lagos” (strut) 3LP + 2CD + 1 DVD $50
PULP FICTION ost VARIOUS (back to black) LP $35
RESERVOIR DOGS OST various (back to Black) LP $35
ROSS McHENRY “Child Of Somebody” (First Word) LP + download $28
SLUM VILLAGE “Fantastic Vol 2” 2LP $44
SYL JOHNSON “Complete Twinight Singles” 2LP $48
TAME IMPALA “Innerspeker” LP $42
THE BUDOS BAND “Burnt Offering” (dapsone records) LP $34
TULALAH ‘The Flood’ (Equinox) 2LP $45
WU TANG CLAN “36 Chambers” (rca) LP $42

A great radio show today with special guests THE SWEETHEARTS, THE DO YO THANGS and VAUDEVILLE SMASH bringing the LOCAL HEAT.

Lots of great local heat this week, as well as more of your favourites BACK IN STOCK.

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ROSS McHENRY “Child Of Somebody” (First Word) LP + download $28

LOCAL Child of Somebody is the new album from multi-award winning composer, producer and bass player Ross McHenry. Known for his work as bandleader of The Shaolin Afronauts as well as his 2013 First Word release ‘Distant Oceans’, Ross has been described as “The Future of Australian Jazz” (PBS FM) . The album was recorded at Red Bull Studios in New York in mid-2015 alongside regular collaborators Mark de Clive Lowe, Myele Manzanza and Dylan Marshall as well as seasoned NYC players Marcus Strickland, Corey King, Tivon Pennicott and Duane Eubanks. The resulting album represents the arrival of a unique antipodean voice in modern jazz; one that sits comfortably alongside artists like Kamasi Washington and The Robert Glasper Experiment at the vanguard of contemporary improvised music. Child of Somebody is more than just a collection of compositions; it is an album in the truest sense. Thematically inspired by the world events that have dominated our headlines over the last 12 months this new body of work clearly represents an artistic and compositional progression since the release of Distant Oceans in 2013.

TRAVANCORE / RINGS AROUND SATURN “Omega EP” (Old Habits) 12” $18

LOCAL Following on from Wax Stag’s acclaimed 2015 album II*, Old Habits return with a new split 12″ featuring 5 tracks from some of the finest underground electronic talent Melbourne has to offer. Side A features 3 tracks from Travancore, consisting of Andy Donnelly, Leo Fieldgrass & Ed Coogan, who together perform live improvised electronic jams using only analogue hardware. These tracks were recorded during a session 2014 and finally see the light of day on vinyl after a tape only release on DIY label Hidden Waves. The opener DCF evokes memories of classic era Mr Fingers, while Morely Mans takes things in a more abrasive direction before finishing with Obsolete, more of a straight up techno banger, albeit more Late Junction than Essential Mix. All three members have been putting out music under various guises stretching back 15+ years, perhaps most notably Red Bull Music Academy recruit Andy Donnelly who, under his Kloke alias, has released music on labels such as Styles Upon Styles, Sub Squared and Entrada.

PARLIAMENT “Osmium” LP (invictus) $25

Osmium is the debut album of American funk band Parliament, led by George Clinton. The album has a psychedelic soul sound with a spirit of experimentation that is more similar to early Funkadelic than the later R&B-inspired Parliament albums. An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament’s rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton’s experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time, and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record is quite different than the slick funky sound of the group’s later work for Casablanca – and has the psychedelic funk sound of the early work of Funkadelic, which was also recorded during the same period. The album’s filled with funky classics

THE METERS “The Meters” (josie) LP $34

DAMNNNNNN, From the melting pot that is New Orleans come the legends themselves. The Meters, “Before they released this self-titled first album in 1969 on the Josie label, the four New Orleans musicians who comprised the Meters had spent several years serving as producer Allen Toussaint’s house band and backing the likes of Lee Dorsey, Chris Kenner, Earl King and Betty Harris. By the time they struck out on their own, keyboardist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste were a well-oiled machine whose earthy grooves and intricate rhythms set a standard for Crescent City funk that’s never been matched. This classic debut, produced by Allen Toussaint, features the Meters’ instrumental hits ‘Cissy Strut’ and ‘Sophisticated Sissy,’ and covers of tunes by Sly Stone, Burt Bacharach and the Classics IV.”

THE METERS “Struttin” (josie) LP $34

Exact repro of the The Meters’ third album for Josie, originally released in 1970. Funky jams like “Chicken Strut,” “Same Old Thing” and “The Handclapping Song,” are joined by covers of “Wichita Lineman,” “Ride Your Pony” and “Darlin’, Darlin'” with Art Neville taking lead vocals.

SKULL SNAPS “Skull Snaps” (GSF) LP $25

Skull Snaps is a legendary funk album that has long been shrouded in obscurity. The band recorded their self-titled debut and a handful of singles in 1973, and then vanished without a trace. In recent years, their vinyl has become ubiquitously sampled and highly collectible. The monstrous break that opens up their classic cut, ‘It’s A New Day,’ furnished the beat for countless hip-hop hits of the mid-’90s (along with James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ and Sly & the Family Stone’s ‘Sing A Simple Song,’ ‘It’s A New Day’ contains the most sampled break in music history). More than just a treasure trove for the hip-hop community, though, Skull Snaps stands as a classic in pure funk and soul. The band’s irresistible sound embraces the black vocal group sound of early ’70s Temptations, Chi-Lites, and Dramatics, cut with an unmistakable originality. Every song is blessed with a gospel-soaked call and response dynamic that contrasts gritty lead vocals with the band’s perfect harmonies.”

SCIENTIST “Dub Landing” LP + CD $36

Dub Mir present the first reissue ever of Dub Landing (1981) byScientist. Produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist and first released in 1981. The wonderful Dub Landing starts out with an exceptionally powerful dub reformation of Al Campbell’s “Unfaithful Children” showcasing Scientist’s exceptional skills of deconstruction and reconstruction. Scientist at his best on Dub Mir. Remastered by Hopetown Overton Brown. Contains a bonus CD. 45rpm – audiophile edition.

BEAM UP “Innerstand” CD (bbe) $20

Dedicated to the great Osborne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock, ‘…for repeatedly showing there are no rules’, Innerstand builds on that great legacy in its presentation of a truly contemporary, outernational dub experience.

Abetting Brian May are a diverse trio of vocalists, each of whom brings unique qualities to the project: Terrence Alfonso Bowry, a UK-born Canadian national whose experience has mostly been gained on Shanghai’s jazz and blues scene (where he worked alongside artists of the calibre of Wynton Marsalis) brings an ear for sophisticated harmony and improvisation; Jornick Joelick, a French-Guyanan rastaman with a big voice bringing an earthy, rootsical quality; and Katya Tasheva, a polyglot singer with what May calls ‘sublime frequencies’ whose background spans traditional (including world-music mavericks and former Beam Up compadres Rotfront), pop and drum- and- bass.

The album is a musical journey that of course references King Tubby’s Kingston, Ja. and Rhythm and Sound’s Berlin, but also the Balkans, Japan and Australasia (and more); as well as Pablo, Glen Brown and The Skatalites, influences such as Prince suffuse the set, which sometimes takes on the feel of a version excursion, as May’s riddims nod to the classics of the past, subliminal echoes of the great dub tradition, though it’s more usually in the form of ‘inspiration’ than carefully worked out covers. The Wire mag has already called this ‘timeless top-grade dub’ on the basis of a sneak preview

BEAM UP “Travelling / No Chains” (bbe) 7” $14

Sounding like it could’ve been recorded in the golden era of the early ‘80s No Chains concerns itself with the classic reggae theme of emancipation from (mental and physical) slavery. Beam Up’s fine horn section adds depth to rousing percussive rhythms, with classic rimshots, echo FX and a heavy bass. Travelling is something Brian May, the alter-ego of Beam Up, has done a lot of, but this Berlin- based DJ/producer who made his name with out-there dub/Balkan sets is using his current musical direction to document a spiritual exodus.

Done sing-jay style, Travelling begins and ends with train whistles, and its jaunty riddim belies its conscious message(s). Horns, strings and organ augment the journey.

Bonus remixes and versions on the digital release give more attention to the soundsystem, club and lounge arenas.Athens finest : FLeCK’s junglistic dancehall Travelling remix will test the bassbins and “lighta” people, whilst UK D&B legend T.Power’s version reigns it back in with sophisticated downbeat vibes that Massive Attack would be proud of. Beam Up dubs No Chains up into outer space for soundsystem scoops & headphone smokers alike. Instrumental versions are included for the natty singjays too.

In a climate of increasingly ephemeral pop and dance music, this release that will sit happily in any collection that has ever found a home for the likes of Burning Spear, Horace Andy, Congo Natty, Massive Attack or even Shiloh-era Buju Banton. His own journey might’ve begun in Manchester, but Beam Up looks set to have solid roots in the contemporary outernational roots reggae scene.

BEAM UP ‘Gerrup/Vibin’ (45 Seven) 45” $14

Here’s something for the D&B, dub, reggae heads. An absolutely boombastic dubbed out D&B half-stepper on the German label 45 Seven from the artist Beam Up. The production on this is just superb, both sides. Not a great deal of D&B makes it onto 7″, so if you’re partial, then drink this up now!

BEAM UP ‘Gerrup/Vibin’ (45 Seven) 45” $14

2 heavy heavy cuts skillfully engraved at Rand Muzik.

Frankie updates roots dub with junglistic ziontific flavours and big cat sound that’s definitely not shy.

Helden squeezes Daisuke Ichiharas horn playing on a heavy rough update of the Skatalite’s Hero riddim.

ROB “Make It Fast” (soundway) LP $38

Soundway re-issue Rob’s second album for the first time outside Ghana.

Rob was an enigmatic recording artist from Ghana who cut two albums for the legendary Essiebons label in 1977. Neither of these were big domestic hits at the time and have since become prized amongst collectors in recent years. The title track from this LP was always one of the most popular on the first Soundway release “Ghana Soundz” and over the years the label have been asked many times to re-issue the LP in its entirety. A stranger, slower offering than his more dancefloor funk-laden and Spartan first LP, this record sees Rob in similar territory but with the tempo switched down and the introspection turned up.

Rob’s trademark horns dominate and are supplied by the Mag-2, an army band founded by leader Amponsah Rockson, who named it after the army unit the band played for – the “magnificent” second battalion. In 1977, Rob traveled to the coastal town of Takoradi in search of Mag-2, which had an entire section of its line-up dedicated to horns, with the intension of laying out his proposal to them. Luckily for Rob, the band took him up on it.

With religious overtones and a broody, slightly off-key atmosphere at points it’s certainly one of the stranger Afro-funk records to come out of West Africa but with tracks like “Loose Up Yourself” and “Make It Fast, Make It Slow” he nails it for sure.

MUHAMMAD ALI “I’m The Greatest” LP $25

Recorded during America’s bicentennial in 1976, “Muhammad Ali: I’m The Greatest!” is a unique collection of songs performed by, written by or about the most colorful boxing personality of the 20th century. Besides the great Ali himself, featured performers include Destiny Knight, B.J. Smith, Ron Jones and the Crimson Dynasty studio band. All selections newly remastered.

THIS IS KOLOGO POWER various (make records) LP $30

Following the releases of the KING AYISOBA and PRINCE BUJU LPs, here’s now a full new compilation of Kologo musicians from Ghana, compiled and released by Arnold de Boer (THE EX/ZEA). Kologo is the traditional instrument of the region, a sort of simple banjo or guitar with only two strings. The LP contains 10 songs from various artists, also incl. KING AYISOBA and PRINCE BUJU again. The Kologo sound is like an African equivalent to the original Delta Blues (as Robert Johnson), but with it’s strongly driving rhythms, the reduced directness, and the political attitude, it’s as well some sort of original African Punk.
LP comes with insert featuring linernotes, photos and interviews.

STEFANO TOROSSI “Feelings” (schema) LP $30

A sweet groover from the Italian scene of the 70s – music that’s got a lush feel, but a funky one too – a great mix of strings and electric instrumentation that rivals the best cop/crime work of the time – yet also has a nice sexy feel too! There’s almost a blaxploitation vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too!“Feelings” is considered an absolute cult inside the library music panorama. As the same Torossi recently said, the album “was played only by studio musicians … the best we could find at the time, and the results show” .The album sees the participation of Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, Puccio Roelens and Stefano Torossi, famous songwriters in the field of soundtracks and libra ry music. “Feelings” had been released for the first time in Italy by Carosello Records, under the pseudonyms of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan, a necessary choice dictated by contractual restrictions which prevented the two real authors, Brugnolini and Torossi, to appear on other releases. This reissue, published by Schema Records, is a faithful reproduction of the original first edition. Last two copies available.

BONOBO presents LATE NIGHT TALES various (Late night Tales) 2LP $48

Late Night Tales and Bonobo were pretty much made for each other, it just took them a while to both realise it. Stepping forward into the compiler’s spotlight for the 33rd edition is Simon Green – aka Bonobo – a musician, producer and DJ perfectly suited to soundtrack an evening spent reclining to some parallel beats. Six albums to the good (‘The North Borders’ released earlier in 2013), Green has been on a winning streak since 2010’s breakthrough ‘Black Sands’. Wrapped in delicately programmed drums, Green’s music is at once both sombre and reassuring. If what comes out the other end is the music of Bonobo, then this is the fuel that keeps the engine running: soul, jazz, classical, pop, funk, leftfield, rock. Pianos and brass are abundantly present. Our ivories are warmed and tickled by the classic, Bill Evans, and new school, with Matthew Bourne’s mournfully beautiful ‘Juliet’ and Dustin O’Halloran’s ‘An Ending A Beginning’. The brass section comes courtesy of Menehan Street Band’s jazzy ‘The Traitor’, ‘Flipside’ by the Hypnotic Brass Band. Also included is YouTube sensation ‘One Thing’ by Peter & Kerry, R&S signing Airhead, jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby and the timeless soul of Dorando’s ‘Didn’t I’. Not only that, but there’s Bonobo’s special LNT cover version, a brilliant reading of Donovan’s ‘Get Thy Bearings’. As the light dims, the unsettling sounds of Lapalux or maybe even Shlomo pierce the misty evening air, before giving way to the ethereal splendour of Eddi Front’s ‘Gigantic’ or even Nina Simone’s paean to an imagined rural idyll ‘Baltimore’. Amble down to the riverside. The criteria for choosing the songs was really music I’ve been playing away from the dance floor over the years. So there’s a wider variety of stuff on here, from neo-classical to more abstract electronic pieces to spiritual jazz. It’s more a reflection of the stuff my music is informed by.” – Simon Green October 2013

WAXMASTER MAURICE “Crazy Tunes” (Dance Mania) 12” $20

Re release of 1995 Wax Master Maurice seminal EP “Crazy Tunes”. Containing 5 tracks of pure underground ghetto house from the Chicago stable. Also includes bonus never before released track “Hydro”. Freshly re mastered for 2016.

RELAEN ‘Twines’ (Relaen) CD $15

Emelyne explained these guys to me as the Berlin version of 30/70. Picturing Ziggy in lederhosen was not something I hoped for. However…….getting past that RELAEN, like 30/70 play that jazzy sweet new soul sound that make knees week.

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BILLY DAVIS “PRESSURE feat Jace XL / PROBLEM feat ALLYSHA JOY”(Northside Records) 7” $15 – LOCAL HEAT

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Hits, Rarities & Remixes” (jive) 2 LP $48

ALICE COLTRANE “Journey In Satchidananda” (impulse) LP $34

BRIGITTE FONTAINE “Areski” (byg records) LP $30 (180 grams)

CAN “Can” (Synergy) LP $30 (180 grams)

CHARLES BRADLEY ‘Changes’ (Daptone) 2LP Limited Edition inc Instrumentals $55

CHARLES BRADLEY ‘No Time For Dreaming’ (Daptone) LP $35

CHARLES BRADLEY ‘Victim Of Love’ (Daptone) LP $35

DR DRE ‘The Chronic’ (Death Row) LP $35

LORD FINESSE & DJ MIKE SMOOTH ‘Funky Technician’ (Wild Pitch) LP $30

SHUGGIE OTIS ‘In Session’ (Daptone) LP $35

SNOOP DOGGY DOGG ‘Beware Of Dog’ (Death Row) REMASTERED 2LP $48

Cut Copy presents OCEANS APART various SAMPLER ONE red (Cutters Records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL HOUSE HEAT!

Cut Copy presents OCEANS APART various SAMPLER TWO pink (Cutters Records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL HOUSE HEAT!

KAUF “Relocate” (Cutters Records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL HOUSE HEAT!

BOBBY BOOKMERANG “Uncharted Waters” (cutters Records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL HOUSE HEAT

NO ZU “Hi Gloss” (Cutter Records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL HOUSE HEAT

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ANDERSON PAAK “Malibu” (steel wool entertainment) 2LP $48

This new album by the rap / hip-hop / nu-soul wunderkind Anderson .Paak. It features production from 9th Wonder, DJ Khalil, Madlib, Kaytranada, Pomo, Dem Jointz, Callum Conner, Hi-Tek, Anderson .Paak and The FreeNationals. Featured vocalists include ScHoolboy Q, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rhapsody and The Game. This is the second album by rap’s newest sensation, who has been tipped for big things since featuring on 6 tracks on ‘Compton’ by Dr Dre earlier in 2015. ‘Malibu’ is the maturation of .Paak’s journey from soul and R&B over into hip-hop and even soulful house / disco, all the while giving listeners a deep look into his personal experience. Don’t forget it ALSO contains the track “without You” which was made SUPER AWESOME by the Hiatus Kaiyote SAMPLE of “Molasses” in there…..

TWINN KONNEXION “Don’t Fight The Love” (super disco edits / gardner) 7” $16

The Super Disco Edits label known for issuing previously unreleased material continues on with their tradition of doing just that, blessing DJ’s and collectors with great music for their crates and dance floors alike. For their upcoming release, the label dug into the Gardner label archives and pulled a great Modern Soul tune off of the master tapes from Twinn Konnexion. “Stu Gardner, leading a group of top notch session musicians in 1980 and noticed that there was still time on the clock after they had finished their work for a popular network television show. Making good use of precious moments, the band recorded an exuberant track that’s quintessential 80’s with a timeless and positive message, love and desire” Super Disco Edits is in a lane all by them self when it comes to bringing these types of releases to light and doing a great job at it. As with previous, this is a limited edition release never to be reissued so be sure to scoop a copy. An unnamed female vocalist gives you the performance of her life

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Tawk Tomahawk” (Music on Vinyl) LP $36

LOCAL legends get their record re-pressed on the Music on Vinyl label. This is a groundbreaking classic Australian record by the way. It’s officially in the top 100 all time Australian Classic Record list. btw.

GILLES PETERSON’S HAVANA CULTURA BAND “Havana Club Rumba Sessions (MCDE mix and MAX GRAEF mix” (Brownswood) 12” $18

The latest chapter in the long standing relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack. Produced in collaboration with rum maker Havana Club – creator of the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture – this is another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series. The recordings of rumba’s three key styles were handed to a crop of producers working in the orbit of the most interesting corners of club music, allowing for an exciting, global re-interpretation of rumba’s roots. The result is Havana Club Rumba Sessions: a collection of remixes that’s as varied as you’d expect from a roster of producers spread across locales as wide as South London to Japan and beyond. Berlin-based Max Graef & Glenn Astro deliver a kickdrum-sprung workout of ‘Weird Melody’ that pays testament to the free and easy hip hop / beatdown house beat making in a style that’s long been their MO, whilst Motor City Drum Ensemble’s swinging, jazzy 4/4 arrangement of ‘La Rumba Experimental’ loops things up into a hypnotic slow burn.

DISCLOSURE “Moog For Love” 12” EP $25

The Brothers Lawrence hit us with another of their out-of-the-blue bonus EPs, dropping three essential, brand new tracks for the dancefloor. On side A we get the peak-time nu-garage banger ‘Boss’, a bass-bouncing, filter vocalled winner all the way. Heading in the other direction BPM-wise is the slo-mo shuffler ‘Feel Like I Do’, which samples the honeyed tones of the legendary Al Green, adds some retro needle crackle and grooves all the way to the dancefloor. Summer anthem alert! Eats Everything’s Daniel Pearce is the collaborator on the title track, a filter house bomb sampling George Benson’s ‘Moody’s Mood for Love’. Again, another surefire dancefloor filler. Limited 12″ pressing!

CHANCE THE RAPPER ”Coloring Book” 2LP $38

His new LP Coloring Book (the fourth mixtape he’s released in as many years) has topped the US charts, making him the first artist whose music is solely available online to enter the Billboard charts.

The album shows Chance at his best; the 14 songs pull us into Chance’s universe, his many influences. From funk (“All Night” ft. Knox Fortune) nd gospel (“How Great” ft. Jay Electronica and My Cousins Nicole) to soul, with the track “Blessings”; a collaboration with Ty Dollar Sign, who we can’t stop listening to at the moment anyway. Ty Dolla Sign & Chance the Rapper might just push us over the edge!

There’s other artists featured, including Kanye West himself in “All We Got” and Lil Wayne and 2Chain in “No Problem”. He almost makes us think of Kid Cudi in his glory days. With its ingenious beats and hardcore instrumentals, Coloring Book revolutionises its genre.

A$AP FERG “Always Strive & Prosper” (sony) 2LP $48

Sophomore hip-hop / rap album on Columbia Records, from A$AP Mob collective member A$AP Ferg and the follow up to his 2013 “Trap Lord” album release. This is an x18 trk album, available on LP Vinyl and CD formats. Collaborators include:- Missy Elliott, Skrillex, Future, A$AP Mob, Rick Ross, Chuck D, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

M.O.P. “Warriorz” (get on down) 2LP $40

MOP’s gritty fourth full length effort – maybe the last inarguably top notch record – capping of a pretty great run from the mid 90s to 2000! Like so many of the great hip albums of the era, its share of filler and repetition, but the high points find the Brownsville boys at their bleak, confrontational best. Once again, sprinkled with beats and mixes by Premier that threaten to steal the show. This one still holds up! Includes Welcome To Brownsville”, “Everyday”, “Ante Up”, “Face Off 2K1″, “Warriorz”, “Old Timerz”, “Nig-gotiate”, “Cold As Ice” and more. 19 tracks in all. Produced by DJ PREMIER

MONOSWEZI “Monoswezi Yanga” (tug) LP $30

Monoswezi weave traditional African songs and instruments with cool Scandinavian jazz. Zimbabwean mbira and vocals are enriched with Mozambican percussion and embellished with Nordic sax and sympathetic rhythm section.

MIGUEL DE DEUS “Black Soul Brother” (groove) LP $40

For the first time reissued, with the great contribution of Miguel de Deus’s family in São Paulo, who suplied the collection of photos for the 4 page booklet insert. Brazil is a country of great musical talent especially in the field of rhythm oriented music. The rich tradition of samba sounds among others will certainly prove that. By the 1970s of course other styles came into the music lover’s perception. Funk and soul washed down south from the bigger US metropolises and infected a whole generation of musicians including Miguel De Deus and his fellows. As a result the former Oz Brazoes (Latin acid rock with fuzzed out guitar) rhythm guitarist and his crew delivered their now classic sole album “Black Soul Brothers” in 1977, a hot blooded, steaming masterpiece of raging ghetto funk spiced up with soul eruptions on and a Latin American flavour. A rather explosive cocktail in times of slick disco music. The Latin elements tend to be more like a support for the groovy soul and funk than a bearing pillar of the whole sound. They still give the songs exciting twists and turns. The non stop rhythm pulsations would certainly feel different without any Samba influence. And so the album presents a permanent steaming dance beat that will swallow you when you put this hottie on your turntable. A never ending swirl of rhythm patterns, bass notes, brass section harmonies and commanding vocals pushes you to your physical limits. A few more relaxed songs let you breathe some fresh air but the spell of this music lasts upon your soul. You want to go wild and crazy and have your lame high school party turn into a loose and lethal freak out? Play some wicked Latin funk like “Flaca louca” with its beautiful interplay of utterly melodic female vocals and dirty, screaming male vocals, your desired result will be the case. An ingenious crown jewel of 70s funk that will appeal to each fan of early FUNKADELIC, BLACK MERDA, BETTY DAVIS.

ELOAH “Os Orixas” (Mr Bongo) LP $36

‘Os Orixas’ is rich in layered percussion, horns and guitars. Singer Eloah’s lead vocals are reminiscent of the likes of Ellen McIlwaine, Elza Soares and Joyce. Samba, funk, folk, jazz and MPB over ijexa and African grooves, that combine beautifully across the moods. Os Orixas refers to one of the manifestations of the ’supreme God’ in the Yoruba faith.

The songs were written by Luis Berimbau, assisted by Ildásio Tavares. Berimbau was a very influential multi instrumentalist, poet, writer and composer from Bahia, Brazil. He produced the wonderful folk / psychedelic rock group Perfume Azul Do Sol’s ‘Nascimento’ LP amongst many others.

MARIA AFI USUAH “African Woman” LP $40

Mary Afi Usuah trained as an a opera singer at the prestigious St Cecilia Academy in Rome and spent 13 years touring Europe with artists like Duke Ellington and Deep Purple. She matched vocal chops with Robert Plant performing with Led Zeppelin and blew away the top names on the Lagos scene when she returned to Nigeria. She also broke a few hearts with her killer smile, if some accounts are to be believed. African Woman marshals these experiences into an exceptionally powerful and diverse album. From the Tina Turner stomp of ‘What’s A Woman To Do’, to the Aretha-style musings of the title track, Mary takes everything she learned on the road to tell her story about her continent in a distinctly African manner. The boys from Akwassa were on hand to ensure that everything was kept extra tight and funky. Mary Afi Usuah only released two albums but she is undeniably one of the greatest female singers the African continent has produced. African Woman serves as her legacy, along with the remarkable number of Nigerian female singers she mentored and inspired.

KENYA SPECIAL various : Selected East African Recordings from the 1970’s & 80’s” (Soundway) 3LP + 7” + booklet $58

A much-needed look at the massive amount of music recorded in Kenya during the 70s and 80s – an incredibly fertile time for local culture in the nation – and a time when it seemed like there was a great new groove coming out nearly every day! The work here really rivals the best of the classic Soundway compilations – especially their strong surveys of Ghana and Nigeria, with an ear for grooves that go way beyond the usual mainstream sounds of world music! There’s more than enough grit and funk here to please any fan of American funk and soul – but the sounds also go way way deeper, too – and echo not only a long Kenyan cultural heritage, but also reflect the unique place the nation had at the crossroads of East Africa – a site that often made the scene especially vibrant in these years. The presentation is superb – with detailed notes and wonderful imagery that includes vintage label scans – and titles include “Mu Africa” by The Rift Valley Brothers, “Wendo Ti Mbia” by Gatanga Boys Band, “Ware Wa” by The Loi Toki Tok, “Sweet Sweet Mbombo” by Orchestre Baba National, “Cha Umheja” by Afro 70, “See Serere” by Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo, “Mutumia Muriu” by The Lulus Band, “Nzaumi” by Ndalani 77 Brothers, “Teresia” by Huruma Boys Band, and “Week End” by Afro 70.

JAMES BLAKE “Klavierwerke” (R&S Records) 12” $20

repress… James Blake’s debut EP for R&S and some of the some of the most startlingly original music to have emerged from London in 2010. It follows amazing releases on Hemlock and Hessle and seriously pushes the boundaries of what is expected of ‘dubstep’ music. Single Of The Year – Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards – 2010 Best Dance Single – DJ Magazine Awards – 2010

ZOMBY X BURIAL “Sweetz’ (hyper dub) 10” $22

Long time mutual admirers, Zomby and Burial get together for this one-sided white label taken from Zomby’s forthcoming album “Ultra”. “Sweetz” could well be the most toxic track from either of their back catalogues to date. Claustrophobic bass swells and Blade Runner industrialized atmospheres saturate the mix while a catchy, demonic vocal refrain repeats ‘get me fucked up’ over and over again through the fug. Dystopian and corrosive yet, as always from these club technicians, there’s always an eye towards the dancefloor. The track’s destined to cause plenty of damage in the darker and more forward focussed dancing halls. Limited release by two of the absolute stalwarts of the genre – move quick if you wanna grab a slice of the action.

THE OUTSIDE INN “Inntro” CD $10

LOCAL the last 8 copies of this CD. A real under the radar heat rock from Melbourne’s smoking soul scene. ITs hip hop but its SUPER soulful. Coming out of the collar called HIGH TEA, these guys call in great MC’s to keep the soul rolling.

BACK IN STOCK

BILLY DAVIS “PRESSURE feat Jace XL / PROBLEM feat ALLYSHA JOY”(Northside Records) 7” $15 – LOCAL HEAT

ANDRAS FOX ‘House Of Dad’ (HOD) LP $25

BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND ‘Split Lip’ (BKBB) LP $25

COOP DEVILLE ‘Bat Funk Crazy’ (Block Rockin Music) LP $25

VARIOUS ‘Cumbia Libertad’ (Hawaii Bonsai) 2LP $45

DEEP STREET SOUL ‘Come Alive!” (Freestyle Records) LP $30

SUGAR FED LEOPARDS ‘Sweet Spots’ (SFL) LP $30

SAN LAZARO ‘La Despedida’ (Hope Street) LP $30

RADIOHEAD ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ (XL) 2LP $48

PLUTONIC LAB ‘Deep Above The Noise’ (Wax Museum) 2LP $45

MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE ‘Cradle Of Humanity’ (BJX) LP $30

MILWAUKEE BANKS ‘Deep Into The Night’ (Remote Control) 2LP $42

MF-DOOM ‘Operation Doomsday’ (Metal Face) 2LP $35

KANYE WEST ‘Kon The Louis Vuitton Don’ (KW) 2LP $38

VARIOUS ‘Future Society – compiled by Seven Davis Jr’ (R2) 2LP $48

MAN MADE MOUNTAIN ‘Congo Square’ (House Of Beige) 12″ $25
SAMPA THE GREAT “The Great Mixtape” (Wondercore Island) LP $32
ST GERMAIN “St Gemain” (parlophone) LP $40
THE ZOMBIES “Odessey & Oracle” LP $30

NEW THANGS

FULTON STREET “Young People / Problems & Pain” (choi Productions) 7” $12

LOCAL Combining the classic elements of soul and R&B with a vibrant energy, Fulton Street have made a huge impact on Melbourne’s rich music scene in a short time. Now, the band is ready to give soul music fans a sneak peek at the new music they’ve been working on with Cookin on 3 Burners’ Ivan Khatchoyan. The drums are big, right up the front whilst Shannon’s singing is also BIG! All aboard the soul funky train! Due to drop later today

BETTY DAVIS “The Colombia Years” (light in the attic) 2LP $55

A soul and funk fan’s dream come true – never-heard recordings by the legendary Betty Davis, done for Columbia Records a few years before her debut album! At the time, Betty was hanging with Miles Davis, and turning him onto the sounds of fuzzy funk – and Miles actually produced these recordings, and used instrumentation from key associates like Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Wayne Shorter on reeds, and John McLaughlin on guitar – plus the mighty Larry Young on keyboards! The whole thing’s amazing – every bit as great as Betty’s work for the Just Sunshine label, but maybe even grittier – and with this unbridled vibe that’s totally wonderful – and we’re stunned that this is the first we’re hearing of this music – but are mighty happy it’s finally seen the light of day. A few cuts also feature Davis with The Crusaders and Hugh Masekela – for a groovy Cali soul sort of vibe – and titles include “It’s My Life”, “Hangin Out”, “Politician Man”, “Down Home Girl”, “I’m Ready Willing & Able”, “Born On The Bayou”, and “Live Love Learn”

ANDRAS presents HOUSE OF DAD “House Of Dad” (H.O.D.) LP $25

LOCAL András cleans out the garage with new alias House of Dad – a project that’s both a dedication of love and a constructive criticism. Recorded at his suburban family home, warmed by ducted central heating and microwaved frozen meals, this first release on H.O.D. Records pays homage to his plumber father.

A darting network of pipes, toilet supply lines and garden hoses, its a steady flow from the man-cave dwelling ‘Entrance To The Garage’ to ‘Water Diviner’s mystical bleep. ‘Hard Working Man’ tightens the sample-based house music cliches clockwise; it’s HardYakka affirmation breaking in half under the weight of descending pianos and a gently whispered declaration of love. The blissfully content ‘Stereo Dunnies’ and ‘Roof Metal Corrosion’ reflect on a job well done before the working week knocks off with ’POETS Day’.

CALSKI “Just Clap feat Hau / One Hand On The Bible feat I am D & BRIGGS” (hydrofunk) 7” + full length CD $19

LOCAL A meeting of two Australian Hip Hop veterans that promises to delight, ‘Just Clap’ sees Hau providing his trademark wordplay over an infectious Calski-laced bass-driven groove reminiscent of James Brown, Ozomatli and Prince all rolled into one. The ‘Just Clap’ 7” is out 19 July 2016 and boasts the equally impressive B-side track ‘One Hand On The Bible’ featuring favourites Briggs and I AM D. While the EP ‘Folkus’ drops on the same date, those who purchase the ‘Just Clap’ 7″ vinyl single will receive the full 5 track EP via free download. Along with the vinyl tracks ‘Folkus’ features Aus MC’s Dialectrix, Sinks & Raven. Calski has been a consistent and unmatched presence in the Hip Hop community in Australia since the late 90s. Known for his unmistakable production and profound lyricism, Calski is also a DJ and multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, keys and guitar. Having supported the likes of Ghostface Killah (USA), Public Enemy (USA), Total Eclipse (USA), The Herd, Urthboy, Mantra, Spit Syndicate and Joelistics, Calski has long been considered a peer amongst Australian Hip Hop greats and attributes his style to the influences of Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Black Milk, Apollo Brown and more.

CHRISTOPHER PORT “Vetement” (pie eater) EP $25

LOCAL The debut EP of Melbourne producer Christopher Port, Vetement expands the exploratory UK garage-leaning sound of preceding singles Bump and Heavens into a full release. Having lent his talents as a touring drummer toAirling and #1 Dads, it may not come as too much of a surprise that it’s Port’s affinity with percussion which shines through. The subtle musical cues of Port’s drum patterns work perfectly within from garage’s axis of grooves, sampling and synthesised sound to deliver an enticing balance of minimalism and entrancing repetition.

Opener Bump interweaves the mantric delivery of sampled vocals amidst the downward surge of the track’s metallic rhythms. A recurrent feature of Vetement‘s sound, pitch-shifted vocals act as something closer to additional rhythmic elements rather than sources of melodicism. Off-kilter synth washes not only provide the track’s gentle harmonic profile, but also establish an upward sense of motion. The natural rhythmic pulse of Port’s debut proves it self well lent to this momentum. In terms of intensity and pure drive, Vetement stands as an excellent debut effort from the Melbourne producer.

ELZA SOARES “The Woman At the End Of the World (A Mulher Do Film Do Mundo) Mais Um Discos) LP $35

A stunning new set from the legendary Elza Soares – the samba singer who gave us some wonderful music in the 70s, but who hits a completely different sound here! The set really focuses around Soares’ amazing vocals – which are often sometimes out there completely on her own – but the instrumentation is unusually contemporary, and uses bits of electronics, fuzzy guitar, and some especially great basslines to create these very different soundscapes for her vocal performance! The shift is a bit like those late-life projects that Gil Scott-Heron did – such as his I’m New Here album – although with a different vibe, given Soares’ background in Brazilian music. At 83 years of age – SHE GOT CHOPS!

GILES PETERSON HAVANA CULTURA BAND “Havana Club Rumba Sessions Part Two” (brownswood) 12” $20

The latest chapter in the long standing relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba sees him explore the roots of rumba through a project comprising three parts: a feature length documentary, a collection of remixes and a free sample pack. Produced in collaboration with rum maker Havana Club – creator of the Havana Cultura platform to promote contemporary Cuban culture – this is another episode in a six-year relationship that’s already given vital exposure to different aspects of Cuba’s thriving music culture through the Havana Cultura album series. Peterson worked with the island’s esteemed rumberos to record authoritative versions of the three rhythms as well as discuss what differing meanings and origins are attached to each. On this second installment of four twelves, Spanish DJ Pablo Fierro gives title track ‘Havana Sessions’ a click-track driven house makoever, while Pépé Braddock gives the efx unit a run out on his ‘Emergency Rumba’, a dubbed-out, funky tropical house winner.

UDMO “Open Water” (Analogue Attic) 12” $20

LOCAL Analogue Attic Recordings sixth release comes courtesy of UDMO (aka Daniel Oliverius). Inspired by marine moments and aquarium acoustics, Open Water gives us four more immaculately produced electronic workouts firmly in the ambient and Deep House realm.

REMIXED WITH LOVE by JOEY NEGRO various VOL 2 part a (ZR records) 2LP $45

Z Records is starting 2016 in similarly strong fashion with the follow up to Remixed With Love. It’s been over two years since the first instalment which topped many sales charts on its release so now the remixes that made up that album have been heard on house and disco dancefloors around the world ever since, it’s time for Volume 2. So allow us to present 20 more reworkings of classic soul, funk, disco and boogie tracks from the likes of Grace Jones, Robert Palmer, Cheryl Lynn, The O’Jays, Gwen McCrae, George Benson and many more. Featuring Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Loose Change….

REMIXED WITH LOVE by JOEY NEGRO various VOL 2 part b (ZR records) 2LP $45

Putting an album like this together is no easy feat, as Dave himself explains in the extensive liner notes that accompany this package. First, you have to get permission from the copyright owners to undertake the project at all – which can in itself entail hundreds of emails and phone calls. Then you have to track down the original tapes – when many may have been recorded over, lost or simply destroyed – and convince the label archivists to get them digitised. And that’s before you even start on the remixing… which is when you find half the parts are missing, or you can’t foreground that killer piano lick you wanted to because the original was recorded live in the studio and the piano track has the bassline bleeding all over it. The title of this album is extremely appropriate, because for Mr Lee this definitely has been a labour of love! Featuring Gwen McCrae, People Choice, Thelma Houston PLUS MORE!

INTERNATIONAL SOLEIL BAND “Ta LAssa” (soundway) 12” $22

The next 12″ release on Soundway Records is this slab of 1980s West African disco crossover from the International Soleil band from Guinee, West Africa.

Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté it was featured originally on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) – a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France.

Also Featuring Mory Djely Kouyate this track was a staple of the 22 band’s repertoire in the 1970s (in which many of the ISB played) – famous for their recordings on the legendary state-run Editions Syliphone label.

This 12″ features an extended Hide & Smile edit on the A side and the original album version on the flip.

An extended intro of throbbing bass and keyboard interplay punctuated by classic Guinee guitar lines, metronomic drumming and 80s synth sweeps eventually drops into a more recognisable Guinean vocal outing.

Hide & Smile are Sofrito’s Frankie Francis and Soundway’s Miles Cleret – this is their fifth released edit collaboration.

JOHN CARPENTER “Sentinel Returns OST” (white) LP $26

John Carpenter’s soundtrack to the 1998 puzzle game Sentinel Returns have been released on a single LP on clear vinyl. This is the classic Carpenter synthesiser heat. Dig ….

EBO TAYLOR “Twer Nyame” (mr bongo) LP $42

High-quality reissue of holy grail 70s Ghana Funk LP available for the first time in 30 years. Includes the classics ‘peace on earth’ and ‘atwer abroba’, one of the best records to have come out of Ghana in the 70s. Unique sound! Strictly limited to 1000 copies! Superfly Records are proud to present a fully licensed high-quality reissue, pressed on 180 gram vinyl with authentic paste-on covers printed in Japan.

DUDLEY MOORE “Bedazzled OST” (trunk) LP $45

A fantastic soundtrack for an incredibly groovy film – a landmark British comedy that received some sublime musical treatment from Dudley Moore – who was one of the stars of the movie! Moore’s a surprisingly great jazz pianist, and provides a rich blend of jazz instrumentals, groovy larger cuts, and a few wild vocal tracks with a mad mad sound! The album’s well-remembered for the fuzzy-breakbeat classic “Bedazzled” and Peter Cook’s vocal on the mad rocker “Love Me” – and other tracks are a perfect blend of styles that recall the best of Henry Mancini or Neal Hefti from the same time – the best 60s blend of jazz, mod, and loungey styles.

JAY STRONGMAN presents POPCORN HEATBREAK 1958 – 1964 various (BBE) 2LP $45

For teenagers listening to their radios, making out on the back seats of their fathers’ cars or slow dancing at High School hops and block parties, the late 1950s through to the early 1960s was a golden age of angst-driven songs and the blossoming of what would later evolve into soul music. There were R&B/pop crossovers that sounded like pop and country/gospel fusions that sounded like soul. There were latin-tinged songs with Doo-Wop vocals and pop songs that featured raw R&B vocals but the one thing all these songs shared was their subject matter. It didn’t matter what the colour of the singer’s skin was or if the instrumentation featured twangy guitar, wailing sax or Broadway-show-style strings, all these two-and-a-half minute gems shared a common theme in their lyrics – the heartbreak of lost love.

But these tracks also had one other factor in common – they boasted a mid-tempo pacing that made them perfect for slow jive dancing – which was something that didn’t go un-noticed in the Belgium of the 1970s, where a whole scene grew up around clubs that spun these obscure tunes from ten and twenty years earlier as an antidote to the frantic, mainstream disco tunes that were getting played in most European clubs at the time.

Called “Popcorn” after the James Brown song of the same name, this Belgian club scene was similar to Britain’s Northern Soul phenomenon with DJ’s seeking out rarer and rarer tunes to keep their dancers entertained. Although everything from ska to out-and-out pop got played as “Popcorn”, this compilation concentrates on the more R&B influenced songs of the period, making it perfect for late night dance floor moves or for soulful listening at home…

BACK IN STOCK

BILLY DAVIS “PRESSURE feat Jace XL / PROBLEM feat ALLYSHA JOY”(Northside Records) 7” $15 – LOCAL HEAT

SAMPA THE GREAT “The Great Mixtape” (wonderer island) LP $32

SAN LAZARO “LA Despidida” (hope street records) LP + download $28 and CD $20 LOCAL HEAT

STARSHIP COMMANDER WOOOOO WOOOOO “Mastership” (left ear records) LP $30

BEN HOUGHTON “Beta Blocker / Spoken Softly” (Momentary Records) 12” $20

CUMBIA LIBERTAD 2LP (Hawaii Bonsai) $45

DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS “Durand Jones & the Indications” (colemine records) LP $42

VARIOUS ‘DOMESTIC DOCUMENTS Vol 1 – Compiled by Butter Sessions & Noise In My Head’ LP (DD) 2LP $35

SKY GIRL: Compiled by Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae VARIOUS (efficient space) 2LP $30

THE AVALANCHES “Wildflower” (Emi) 2LP $65 Deluxe Edition – LOCAL

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival runs until this Sunday midnight, if you haven’t come down yet – GET DOWN!

More GREAT releases coming out this week. The JAMES BROWN release is extreme! Not to mention our own baby is briefly available to the public. BILLY DAVIS…. Lots of other GREAT RECORDS keeping the shelves warm, make you place ebven wa

NEW THANGS

BILLY DAVIS “PRESSURE feat Jace XL / PROBLEM feat ALLYSHA JOY”(Northside Records) 7” $15

LOCAL The heat is smoking off the streets in Melbourne town. Keys man BILLY DAVIS has assembled an amazing family around him. Great vocalists that suit each song. Here we have his first two singles, with two of Melbourne’s finest!! Allysha Joy from 30/70 and Jace XL from Hiatus Kaiyote! They both give each song a deepness that is hard to come out of. Also the track, Problem, features SILENT JAY on some of the most tender saxophone. Two great singles – with hip Hop Rnb, Fonk, With a hint of Jazz and a little bit of Vibes on top. An exciting group of young musicians laying it on the line. With the quick turnaround only 150 were pressed, so get on the good foot!

SAN LAZARO “LA Despidida” (hope street records) LP + download $28 and CD $20

LOCAL La Despedida – Spanish for “The Farewell” – is a breakup album. A psychedelic, post-apocalyptic meta-breakup album by a band that has broken up more than once. For over a decade, San Lazaro have been playing and writing original Latin music in Melbourne. A tribe of lost Latinos, cobbled together from all over the Spanish speaking world. From Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, they’ve come together at the Southern end of Australia to sing the songs they needed to sing and tell the stories they needed to tell.

This album, like San Lazaro, is more than the sum of its parts – more fortunate accident than grand design. There’s so many different influences that its origins are hard to pinpoint. It’s a reflection of a world where children of a dozen diasporas ended up in the same adopted city, dreaming of motherlands they don’t quite remember, cannibalising and co-opting stories and musical influences from each other’s lives to make meaning in their own.

It’s not glamorous, unlike much of contemporary Latin music. The simple almost-live production allows for the musicians’ craft and identity to shine through. It’s distorted and psyched-out and echo-drenched but it always feels like the same band playing in the same room, no matter what corner of the Latin world they’re nodding to. This is a band that has been playing together for a long time, and the self-assurance and confidence that goes with that makes La Despedida an ambitious record that feels effortless and natural.

JAMES BROWN “Live at the Apollo Vol IV” (get on down) 2LP $42

Never before released. The James Brown Mr Dynamite and his Revue: Lynn Collins, Bobby Byrd, The J.B.’s LIVE at the Apollo September 13-14th 1972” WOW – this was promised to us on Record Store Day this year, but pressing issues caused its release now. This concert is AMAZING. While there have been three previous volumes of the Live At The Apollo series, with the first being arguably the best live record of all time, Volume IV focuses on the hot bed of talent JB brought into his stable during this time. If you’re familiar with all these artists, you no doubt know what great musicians they were and how James Brown pushed them to be the best they could be. While we have no idea why it was shelved for the past four decades, at this point we don’t care because it’s finally getting it’s proper release with the help of Get On Down.

FRED WESLEY & THE J.B.’s “Breaking Bread” (get on down) LP + 22” x 22” POSTER!! $35

“So many times we refuse to go back and break bread with our parents, relatives and old friends… Times are tough, the economy is rough, everybody’s tryin’ to make a dollar. Sometimes you get away from yourself. Won’t you go back and break bread, while we still have some to break?

So implored James Brown, Fred Wesley and even album engineer Bob Both, on the back cover liners of the 1974 soul classic Breakin’ Bread. Times were indeed tough for everyday folks in the waning days of the Nixon era. Escape-ism was needed. Humanity sometimes seemed to be in short supply.

But James Brown and his assembled People Records roster were always there to take soul music fans away from their everyday trials and tribulations, even while occasionally funking up negative situations (for instance, “Rockin’ Funky Watergate,” one of the centerpieces of this album). The heavy grooves laid down by trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley, saxophonist and arranger St. Clair Pinckney and Fred’s assembled “New J.B.’s” were, almost literally, comfort for the ears.

“Breakin’ Bread” is a truly memorable funk stew, with warm, call-and-response vocals, complicated-but-laidback soul, and an important message – alluded to in the back cover plea. “I Wanna Get Down,” “Rice ‘N’ Ribs” and “Funky Music Is My Style” all feature intricate, infectious grooves. In fact, there isn’t much time to catch your breath on Breakin’ Bread, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Reissued on LP with a sumptuous, five-color, 22” x 22” poster of the cover art, all wrapped in a Stoughton Tip-On jacket and thick polybag, there is never a bad time to revisit this classic (maybe replacing your worn-out original copy). Or, just as importantly, let it blow your mind for the first time.

STARSHIP COMMANDER WOOOOO WOOOOO “Mastership” (left ear records) LP $30

Truly nuts and really kind of essential… the Starship Commander had his whole approach to the synthesiser voice technique. A B-boys / B-girls delight. Check the instrumental cut, ‘Mastership’ – a head nod synth voyage of the highest order. Limited copies. “How are you doing, Earthling?” That’s how Omer Coleman, Jr. addressed his public in the 80s, driving around Kansas City, Missouri in the electric space-car built especially for his alter ego Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo.

Melbourne’s own, Left Ear Records went back to Coleman’s original master tapes for their vinyl reissue of the Commander’s 1981 private press album ‘Mastership’, a lost electronic funk classic. Coleman performs in an alien voice that comes not from electronic filtering but from his own natural vocal distortions.

BEN HAUGHTON “Beta Blocker / Spoken Softly” (Momentary Records) 12” $20

LOCAL For Momentary Records’ debut release, label founder Ben Houghton takes it back to basics with 2 stripped back, deep and driving house tracks joined by countrymen Harvey Sutherland and Inkswel on remix duties. Beta Blocker is a synth and hi-hat-driven, laid-back house track.

CUMBIA LIBERTAD 2LP (Hawaii Bonsai) $45

Cumbia takes its roots in 17th century and in all continents. In the 3rd Millenary it has continued to develop to become digital with the addition of bass and urban music influences. This compilation is a panorama including some of the best artists in the genre, a journey which will finally bring the listener to the wider field of Latin bass music. Artists are essentially South Americans, but increasing popularity of the Cumbia gives since a few years the possibility to present as well musicians from other parts of the World.

FLOATING POINTS “Kuiper” (pluto) 12” $32

Since starting a band to realise the music from my LP, it has sparked a deep interest in the band itself, and so Kuiper is the result of playing with Leo, Alex and Susumu. Each time we play it, its completely different. We set the scene with electronics, and some drum machines that form the foundation to allow the unfurling of the rest of the track. The version on this EP – believe it or not – was recorded at 8am!

The other side – ‘For Marmish Part II’ – is carbon dated by my singing voice. I can’t get that high anymore! It was recorded way before ‘ For Marmish’ on the album but the two tracks happened to be written around the same time.

I want to share them because both sides reflect in two tracks where I was right at the start of the Elaenia project, right up to now post-LP release, playing live and going on the road with a band. I hope, like I feel, people will find a common strand in the hypnotic nature of both tracks.

KAYTRANADA “99.9%” (XL Recordings) 2LP $44

Kaytranada presents his highly anticipated debut album ‘99.9%’ via XL Recordings. The album finds the Haitian born, Montreal raised producer delivering on the promise of his early self-released EPs and remixes.

Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. He explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a handful of tracks per day for the next couple of years.

Single releases like ‘Drive Me Crazy’ with Vic Mensa and ‘Leave Me Alone’ with Shay Lia soon spread his name like wildfire. With that release Kaytranada cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies and a healthy dose of funky basslines.

DJ SHADOW ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ (Mass Appeal) $48

DJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more. Includes download card, sticker sheet and stencils. Gatefold packaging.

DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS “Durand Jones & the Indications” (colemine records) LP $42

Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones, is bringing his raw energy to Colemine Records with his debut LP. Jones brings you two fiery original soul music, pairing soaring vocal work with dusty drums, slinking guitars and screaming organs.

With a stellar background in gospel, Jones got his start in the church, singing in the choir of his hometown in rural Louisiana. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington- a process which brings you the gritty sounds available on Ohio-based Colemine Records. Sure to satisfy fans of Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Aloe Blacc, and Leon Bridges.

MF DOOM “Special Blends vol 1 & 2” (white) 2LP $45

From his early days in 90s collective KMD to his reinvention as a masked supervillain leading the indie hip-hop revolution, MF DOOM has consistently pushed the boundaries of hip-hop in new and unexpected directions. While DOOM’s lyrical genius is well-documented, he has quietly become an important figure behind the boards as well. DOOM has always produced his own music, and in the early 2000s he released the acclaimed ten-part Special Herbs instrumental series, introducing the world to the dusty, lo-fi loops that define his production aesthetic.

In the years since, DOOM has supplied soundscapes for Ghostface Killah’s classic Fishscale album, produced an entire album for Masta Ace, and witnessed a new generation of emcees (including Joey Bada$$, Capital STEEZ, and Bishop Nehru) using Special Herbs beats on their breakthrough mixtapes.

Now, the villain is putting the spotlight back on his production with the official vinyl release of Special Blends, Vol. 1 & 2. Originally self-released in extremely limited quantities back in 2004, Special Blends Vol. 1 & 2 pairs vintage DOOM-produced Special Herbs instrumentals with classic hip-hop and R&B vocals. Mixed by DOOM himself, this collection incorporates vocals from a wide range of iconic records.

DJ KICKS: JACKMASTER various (K7) 2LP $45

The next episode of DJ Kicks comes from Jackmaster. The Numbers cofounder and charismatic Glaswegian delivers an honest journey, unearthing a serious passion for the obscure boundaries of house and techno.

“The mix is influenced heavily by how I used to DJ at the first party I ever promoted, named Seismic, and another named Monox which was a straight up techno night where I was a resident from the age of 17. And although it wasn’t my plan, it turned into a kind of tribute to the cities that really formulated me as a DJ: Detroit, Chicago and Glasgow.”

VARIOUS ‘DOMESTIC DOCUMENTS Vol 1 – Compiled by Butter Sessions & Noise In My Head’ LP (DD) 2LP $35

LOCAL The first volume in an ongoing series compiled by Sleep D’s Butter Sessionsand NTS Radio show-cum-record label Noise In My Head , Domestic Documents surveys independent artists who are living and producing electronic abstractions in Australia.Far from a complete guide to the country’s burgeoning scene, the 2LP set presents a cross section of wide ranging sounds and ideas, travelling the endless highways between Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as regional towns Ballarat and Keyneton.

Featuring exclusive tracks from Daze, Mic Mills, Albrecht La’Brooy, Lucy Cliche and more, the comp also marks the first vinyl outing for newer comers Chiara Kickdrum, Ben Keynes and fresh Dan White/Ryan Hunter collaboration Turner Street Sound.Stay tuned for Vol. 2 coming late 2016!

MAXWELL ‘Blacksummernight’s Dream 2016’ (Columbia) 2 LP $58

Twenty years after his debut album (1996’s Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite) and seven years after the first entry in this trilogy (2009’s BLACKsummer’snight”) Maxwell is back with another collection of slow jams for the grown & sexy.

Since pioneering the neo-soul movement in the late 90’s (along with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and others) Maxwell has carved out his own unique niche in the R&B genre by being himself and catering to his core audience. He’s never extensively collaborated with rappers, hooked up with the hot producer of the minute or catered to current radio tastes. Instead, he’s stayed the course he started with his first project and has continued making sensual, emotional and mature R&B that is more suited for the bedroom than the club.

MILES DAVIS ‘Kind of Blue’ Reissue (Columbia) 180g LP $36

Listed as one of the four most influential Jazz albums that happened to be released in 1959 (Dave Brubeck – Time Out & Charles Mingus –Ah Um among them), so much has been said and written about Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue,’ it’s virtually impossible to summarize all the necessary info to the length of this page. We could simply list some facts (best sold Jazz album ever worldwide). We could try to explain why it’s the best Jazz album ever made, but the music itself will do that to you.As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised. The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during 2 sessions in 1959, Kind of Blue worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come.

RAURY ‘All We Need’ (Columbia) 2LP $52

Burgeoning 19-year old Atlanta, GA artist Raury’s music – which Daily News aptly proclaims, “…kicks down the walls between hip-hop, folk and electronic-rock” – embodies innovation and experimentation with new heights and sounds, unlike anything currently on the airwaves. He cites Phil Collins, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver, Andre 3000 and Coldplay as some of his musical influences and aims to radically change the soundscape of music with the release of his major label debut, All We Need. The auspicious 14-track effort is preceded by the lead single “Friends,” which features Tom Morello and also boasts famous guest spots from the likes of Big K.R.I.T., RZA, and Key!and production from Danger Mouse, Daytrip, DJ Khalil, Jacknife Lee, Daytrip and Raury himself.

MUST VOLKOFF feat DIALECT”Metastasis / Jewels + Crystals” (pang prodcutions) 7″ $18

Melbourne and Adelaide combine once more as Must Volkoff andDialect deliver the long awaited follow up to the 2013 classicHomeostasis featured on the debut production album White Russian. Must re-flipped the sample and upped the tempo. Dialect flipped the concept and brought the heat again.

Limited edition Metastasis 7″ vinyl will be available today! Thursday July 21, including the B side Jewels + Crystals.

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SKY GIRL: Compiled by Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae VARIOUS (efficient space) 2LP $30

BADBADNOTGOOD “IV” (Innovative Leisure) 2LP $44

SAMPA THE GREAT “The Great Mixtape” (Wondercore Island) LP $32

THE STONE ROSES ’S/Titled’ (Legacy) $42

NAS ‘Illmatic XX’ (Legacy) $36

JAMIE XX “In Colour” LP $42

FLAOTING POINTS “Elenia” (pluto) LP $38

MARK RONSON ‘Uptown Special’ (Columbia) LP $36

DELTRON 3030 “Deltron 3030” (75 Ark) 2LP $35

DAVID BOWIE ‘Blackstar’ (Sony) 2LP $52

PINK FLOYD ‘Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ (Pink Floyd) $48

PINK FLOYD ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ (Pink Floyd) $48

JIMI HENDRIX ‘The Cry of Love’ (Columbia) $42

JIMI HENDRIX ‘Electric Ladyland’ (Columbia) $48

PATTI SMITH ‘Horses’ (Columbia) $36

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ’S/Titled’ (Columbia) $36

PAUL SIMON ‘Graceland’ (Columbia) $42

SOFRITO DISCOTHEQUE Various (strut) 2LP $45

SNOOP DOGG “Doggystyle” (death row records) 2LP $35

J. COLE ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ (Dreamville) 2LP $42

THE AVALANCHES “Wildflower” (Emi) 2LP $65 Deluxe Edition – LOCAL @@

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SAMPA THE GREAT “The Great Mixtape” (Wondercore Island) LP $32

LOCAL This is one of the great releases of recent times. Finally committed to the vinyl format, which makes us collectors very happy. This came out in October, 2015, but this vinyl version contains 7 NEW NEVER BEFORE RELEASESD songs! Sampa is a young woman hailing from Africa and based in Sydney, she has set about making music that artfully combines her natural style and energy with thought-provoking, socially-conscious themes. Equal parts artist and activist, she views music as the language of the soul, transcending borders and acting as an agent for positive change. Production handled by the great GODRIGUEZ this is an important Australian release! Must have…

BADBADNOTGOOD “IV” (Innovative Leisure) 2LP $44

BadBadNotGood is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, ‘III’, a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, krautrock and futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world and collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe.

The boys are back with the new album ‘IV’, their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell and MF DOOM.

SKY GIRL: Compiled by Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae VARIOUS (efficient space) 2LP $30

LOCAL Sky Girl is a mysteriously unshakeable companion, a deeply melancholic and sentimental journey through folk-pop, new wave and art music micro presses that span 1961-1991. A seemingly disparate suite of selections of forgotten fables by more or less neverknowns, Sky Girl forms a beautifully coherent and utterly sublime whole deftly compiled by French collectors DJ Sundae and Julien Dechery.

From Scott Seskind’s adolescent musical road movie to Karen Marks’ icy Oz-wave, the charming DIY storytelling of Italian-American go-getter Joe Tossini and the ethereal slow dance themes of Parisian artists Nini Raviolette and Hugo Weris, Sky Girl resonates on a wide spectrum historically, geographically and stylistically. It unites in a singular, longing, almost intangible ambience.

Sky Girl comprises of fifteen officially licensed songs, a two year international scavenger hunt through long-folded home label operations, the depths of internet forums and traceless acetates. Both compilers are well trained record sleuths – DJ Sundae’s labels Hollie and Idle Press have reissued Arthur Russell affiliate Nirosta Steel and DIY relic Pitch, while Julien Dechery previously compiled ‘Fire Star’, a retrospective on Tamil film composer Ilaiyaraaja, for Bombay Connection.

Released by Noise In My Head offshoot Efficient Space, Sky Girl is enriched with artwork from Perks and Mini mutant Misha Hollenbach and appropriately elegant sleeve notes courtesy of Ivan Smagghe.

JAPANESE WALLPAPER “Japanese Wallpaper” (zero through nine) 12” $25

LOCAL The five-track ‘Japanese Wallpaper EP’ is designed as a celebration of the young Melbourne producer’s career. “[It’s] a collection of everything I’ve put out over the past couple of years, especially because when I finish school I want to start writing the album and really focus on the next stage I thought it’d be a cool thing to collect everything so far and do a cool vinyl run and a tour and all that.” The EP includes his breakout single “Breathe In,” as well as brand new team-up called “Arrival.”

HOMEBOY SANDMAN “Kindness For Weakness” (Stones throw) 2LP $34

Homeboy Sandman is set to release Kindness For Weakness, his third full-length album on Stones Throw Records. The album’s title comes from Sandman’s internal insight saying “mistaking kindness for weakness is a weakness I need to have more kindness for.” One of Sandman’s most poignantly lyrical releases to date, the album centers on the MCs discomfort in his comfort zone and addresses themes such as his personal insecurities, rapper stereotypes and morality. Since signing with Stones Throw Records in 2011, Homeboy Sandman has made himself at home releasing 3 full-lengths – First of a Living Breed, Hallways, and now Kindness for Weakness – along with a series of 5 short records and most recently, releasing a free EP with collaborator Aesop Rock (who has a guest feature on Kindness) named Lice, which includes a remix by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. Sandman has once again establish ed himself as one of the most productive and creative lyricists of this generation.

APHEX TWIN “Cheetah EP” (warp) 12” $20

Aphex Twin announced a new EP via a mysterious add that looked like a vintage synthesizer advert from some ’70s magazine. Now Warp Records has posted more info about the release. The Cheetah EP is out now on vinyl. “the Aphex TwinCheetah EP uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.”

FLIP YOUR WIG “Don’t Flip Your Wig / Unhappy” (belmar) 7” $10

LOCAL Flip Your Wig is a new Melbourne psych-soul outfit. Their first single on beautiful black vinyl is out now on Belmar Records. Featuring the vocals of Jody Bell and Robert Price, their first effort is an all analogue tripped out ditty called,weirdly enough, Don’t Flip Your Wig. Featuring Steve Purcell, Gavin Gray and Dai Jones this limited edition (200) comes in hand printed sleeves. You can catch Flip Your Wig with Boof at the Lomond in Brunswick on August 19th. for the official launch. Dig it.

CONNOR TOLSON “Riders Of Sin” (Relicatessen) $25

LOCAL A wonderful celebration of the late Connor Tolson. Riders Of Sin is a compilation of his best work. Riders Of Sin is music by Connor Tolson, a 20 year old boy from Melbourne who began the project/band at 15 when he wanted an output for his songs and music. All recorded at home, near his kitchen. using a guitar, percussion, singing, and all other sorts of things.

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DD DUMBO “Tropical Oceans” (bad) 12” $20 – LOCAL ELECTRONIC…..

FAT FREDDYS DROP “Based On A True Story” 2LP $38

FLOATING POINTS “Eleania” LP $36

IBEYI “Ibeyi” LP $38

KAMASI WASHINGTON “The EPIC” 3LP boxset (Brainfeeder) $100

LIANNE LA HAVAS ‘Blood Solo’ (Warner Bros) 12” $28

MAJOR LAZER ‘Light It Up – Remix’ (ML) 12” $18

NEW ORLEANS FUNK various (soul jazz) 3LP $42

PLUTONIC LAB “Deep Over The Noise” (wax museum records) 2LP $45

ROBERT GLASPER & MILES DAVIS ‘Everything’s Beautiful’ (Columbia) LP $48
(FEATURING ERYKAH BADU’S NEW SINGLE – MAYISHA (SO LONG)

RUN THE JEWELS “Run The Jewels” 2LP green vinyl $42

SASKWATCH Sorry I Let it Come Between Us” (northside records) LP $30 – LOCAL SOUL!

THE AVALANCHES “Wildflower” (universal) 2LP + CD + Poster $65

TROPICALIA: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound VARIOUS (Soul Jazz) 2LP $32

TUXEDO “Tuxedo” (stones throw) 2LP $38 (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

THE PUTBACKS “Busted / Set me Free” (hope street records) 7″ $15

THE BOMBAY ROYALE “Sote Sote Adhi Raat / Solla Solla Enna Perumai” (hope street) 7″ $15

THE CACTUS CHANNEL feat CHET FAKER “”Kill THe Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street Records) 7″ + Download $15

THE PUTBACKS “Spanish Harlem feat NAI PALM / The Worm” (hope street) 7″ + Download $15

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS feat ARCHIE ROACH / EMMA DONOVAN & THEPUTBACKS feat TIM RDGERS & JOELISTICS “Down City Streets / Black Fella White Fella” (hope street) 7″ + Download $15

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THE AVALANCHES “Wildflower” (universal) 2LP + CD + Poster $65 (IN STORE on FRIDAY!)

LOCAL Sixteen years since they left us with their cult sample-heavy debut Since I Left You, The Avalanches have announced the release of Wildflower, the 22-track follow up featuring Danny Brown, MF DOOM, Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Jennifer Herrema, Biz Markie and more. “What kept us going during the making this record was a belief in the day-to-day experience of music as a life force – as life energy. Hearing a certain song on a certain morning can change your day; it can make the world look different, changing the way you perceive light refracting through the atmosphere for the rest of the afternoon. Literally changing the colour and feeling-tone of your world.” – Robbie Chater, The Avalanches. Created by the band’s core duo – Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi – ‘Wildflower’ is nothing less than The Beach Boys’ ‘Smile’ reimagined in the Daisy Age – a mind-bending cartoon road movie that’s best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind. In the years since the release of ‘Since I Left You’, the album has established a rarely seen loyalty, its influence ever growing in the age of digital music, sampling and bedroom producers. The Avalanches, meanwhile, have become the stuff of folklore, with rumours abounding about a long awaited follow-up record. Well, today that rumouring ends…

PLUTONIC LAB “Deep Over The noise” (wax museum records) 2LP $45

LOCAL Wax Museum Records is proud to present Plutonic Lab’s new full length ‘Deep Above The Noise’. The album picks up where his highly regarded classic ‘Codes Over Colours’ (2005) left off.

With a vast array of instrumental landscapes & guest contributions from Guilty Simpson, Miles Bonny, Coma-Chi (Japan), Notes To Self BBRC and MoMO (IAMMMXO). ‘Deep Above The Noise’ is a heavy hitting affair from start to finish, this is just the start of the next chapter of the Plutonic Lab story.

2xLP vinyl with full colour gatefold cover designed by April77 with photography by Nicole Reed. Download code including instrumentals will also be provided.

BILL WITHERS ‘Greatest Hits’ (Columbia) LP $30

Limited edition 180g vinyl with all of Bill’s soul classics from ‘Grandma’s Hands’ to ‘Just The two of Us’ , ‘Lean on Me’ to ‘Who is He and What is He To You’…Oh, and ‘Lovely Day’ and ‘Aint No Sunshine’… you just lose count of how many classics Bill Withers wrote and produced!!

DIAMOND D AND THE PSYCHOTIC NEUROTICS ’Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop’ (Chemistry Records) 2LP $40

Although Diamond D handles the majority of the album’s production, others such as Large Professor, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jay, Showbiz, and DJ Mark the 45 King co-produce on several tracks. The music he was making in 1992 cemented Diamond as one of the best producers in the game. This record is true to his heart, and because of the immense quality of its contents, it should be remembered fondly by all lovers of this music. As he puts it “Diamond is Dope Nuff Said”. Essential!

MAJOR LAZER ‘Light It Up – Remix’ (ML) 12” $18

It’s hard to think of another artist who has their feet firmly planted across as many styles as the Mad Decent founder, head honcho and brand ambassador, Diplo. Equally immersed in Top 40 and hip-hop world as he is in underground club, indie rock and world music, the Grammy-nominated producer is embarking on his most ambitious year yet with not just the launch of the new Major Lazer cartoon on FXX, but also the release of a new Major Lazer album, ‘Peace Is The Mission’ and with this 12”, his first off the album. Major Lazer, the dancehall collective spearheaded by Diplo with trusted co-conspirators Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, brings the FIRE with lots of different club mixes of this track on a clear vinyl 12”! 6 different mixes!

DJ VADIM vs FAT FREDDYS DROP ‘Fat Electric Drop EP’ (White) LP $30

Blending voodoo beats, Fat Electric Drop, DJ Vadim VS Fat Freddy’s Drop remix EP, dropped on limited edition 12″ vinyl. Ft six FFD classics on spin cycle from Vadim & The Electric vocalists.

ENNIO MORRICONE ‘Il Grande Silenzio’ (Dago Red) LP $45

Ennio Morricone’s legendary soundtrack for the 1968 film Il grande silenzio (The Great Silence), directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski. This melancholic, emotive score, deeply moving and as cold as the snow-covered landscape of the film (an unusual stylistic choice for a Western), is considered one of the best Western works by Morricone since his collaborations with Sergio Leone for the classic Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West. First vinyl reissue.

ERYKAH BADU ‘Worldwide Underground’ (Motown) LP $35

At the time, people weren’t as receptive to breezy 8-minute neo soul jams, but now it’s sounding like Mz. Badu was ahead of the curve and this one’s sounding like a future classic. The opener “Bump It” sounds like floating on a cloud, while lone single “Danger” turns more intense and serious; “Back In The Day” interpolates Flight’s “Face To Face,” and “Love of My Life” has Erykah, Angie Stone and Bahamadia paying tribute to Sequence’s “Funk You Right On Up.” Also features “Steady On The Grind” with dead prez.

JAY-Z ‘The Lost Tapes’ 2LP $38

Super early demo work from Beyonce’s husband. Featuring Greatest MC, What’s In A Name, Pass the Roc.. plus more… pressed on clear vinyl

KANYE WEST ‘Kon The Louis Vuitton Don’ 2LP $38

Kon The Louis Vuitton Don is, at the moment, one of if not the earliest Kanye mixtape. Not much is known, other than it being released either in 2003. Featuring 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, DMX, Jay Z, Britney and MORE! pressed on clear double vinyl.

LIANNE LA HAVAS ‘Blood Solo’ (Warner Bros) 12” $28

To coincide with her supporting Coldplay on tour and her own solo show at London’s Hackney Round Chapel, Lianne La Havas has released the ‘Blood (Solo)’ EP on 12” vinyl. Previously released digitally, it features new solo takes on five songs from ‘Blood’ – ‘Unstoppable’, ‘Green & Gold’, ‘Wonderful’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Midnight’ – plus a mesmerising a cappella interlude version of ‘Green & Gold’ and the new song ‘Fairytale’, a soulfully delivered narrative that captures the spark that made the ‘Blood’ album so special.

SHUGGIE OTIS ‘In Session’ (Goldenlane Records) 2LP $40

A comprehensive collection of classic Rhythm & Blues tracks featuring multi-instrumentalist session player Shuggie Otis – now available on a gorgeous 2 vinyl gatefold set!

Includes classic R&B tracks such as “Louie, Louie,” “Shake, Rattle And Roll,” “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie,” “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer” and many more with performances by the legendary Johnny Otis, Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan and others!

SIMONA CASTRICUM ‘#TriggerWarning40’ LP (Listen) $25

LOCAL A brutal, unforgiving and ferocious lamentation in techno-pop.

This is album number three from Simona, following up her 2014 release Exotic Ladies of Birobidzhan.

With eight new tracks, this record takes us through Castricum’s club/rave sounds and comedown moods. Guitars are replaced by some of the best chords the gods of acid techno can offer. Entirely self produced, #TriggerWarning40 features the 2015 singles “No Allegiance” and “Ennis House Pool”.

“Two Fall On One’s Sword” is yet another epic intro to a lyrically unapologetic stream of consciousness about surviving trauma. “Breakfast of Champions” is a diary entry to some of the worst nights Borderline Personality Disorder has to offer, “Nights Don’t Breathe” provides a reflective space for the emotional solo dance floor excursionist. Meanwhile “Season 4 / Episode 6″ is the alarm to self harm. “Wrong” and “Erasure” will bail you up for impossible answers to frightening questions about transgender and existentialism.

UNION JACQUES ‘Dub Set’ (Upitup Records) 12” $20

“Forest dub” is an epic digidub track, with very meditative lead synths, bit of wobble bass and even a tr 606 jungle climax which sets the mood for the following “Bad Debts”, the more dancefloor friendly banger, dark and deep, that culminates into 160bmp techno dub and the great finale with “Dark Side Of The Dub”, a beatless and passionate melodic intro that transforms smoothly into a detroit-esque future garage/house outro.

VARIOUS ‘Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde’ (Analogue Africa) 2LP $55

In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held.

It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.

The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day.

One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline. After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area. Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.

What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn’t make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.

Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.

It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened – keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!

The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country ́s most important music arranger.

8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as “The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde”.

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ROBERT GLASPER & MILES DAVIS ‘Everything’s Beautiful’ (Columbia) LP $48

(FEATURING ERYKAH BADU’S NEW SINGLE – MAYISHA (SO LONG)

KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Trash Or Treasure” (legere) LP $30 – LOCAL Funky Jazzzz

KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Mind the Curb REMIXES” (legere) 12” $20

MAN MADE MOUNTAIN ‘Congo Square’ (House Of Beige) LP $25 LOCAL HIP HOP!!

VARIOUS ‘This Is Trojan’ 6LP Box Set feat 60 Reggae Classics! $100

ROY AYERS “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” (polydor) LP $25

AFREAKA “Demon Fuzz’ (janusLP $25

MARVIN GAYE “What’s Going On” (motown) LP $25

LEON BRIDGES “Coming home” LP $48

JASON HEERAH “Chasing Love” LP $35 – LOCAL !!

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SLUM VILLAGE “The Fantastic Box Set” (NE’ASTRA) 5 X 7″S + 4 X CD’S PLUS BOOKLET!   $115

Hip-hop fans around the world worship the late, great J Dilla, and for good reason. He remains one of the most beloved rap producers of all time – celebrated by artists ranging from A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde to Madlib, Kanye West, Nas and Kendrick Lamar – because of his connection with his collaborators, as a producer and a person. He was, quite simply, a musical genius who left us too soon. When it came to connection, there was perhaps none greater in his musical life than with the trio Slum Village, which included Detroit way-back friends and MCs T3 and Baatin. It’s where the artist known as Jay-Dee got his start, where he cut his earliest production teeth in the early-to-mid-‘90s, and where he started to understand that making music reaches its peak when artists build their work as family. This new and exhaustive collection – comprising four CDs and five 7-inch records from the group’s Dilla-helmed era – is the perfect way for longtime fans to celebrate Dilla’s work with his first musical family, as well as for newcomers to enter the expansive musical world he created in the 1990s. As Slum Village, the group, with Dilla as chief producer and sometime MC, put out two full-lengths under the SV name: Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 1 (recorded in 1996 and 1997) and Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2 (from 2000). Both are included here in full, with original album vocal tracks, bonus mixes and remixes, and selected instrumentals on a third CD.
CD #4 is a beyond-the-albums journey through rare bonus cuts (with selected tracks from the J-88 Best Kept Secret album, with the same trio lineup): 11 songs, including the remix to “Hold Tight”; two Madlib collabs (“Things You Do” and “Get It Together”); and the Pete Rock remix of “Once Upon A Time” (the original was also produced by Pete and is found on CD #2). This multi-layered musical cake is iced by a separate vinyl companion, containing five 7-inches (two singles off Vol. 2 – “Raise It Up” and “I Don’t Know” – plus three singles just for this set, each on its own color of premium vinyl: “Fall In Love,” “Fall In Love Remix” and “Players”), and a liner notes book with rare photos and images. The text is by journalist Martin Caballero, with extensive input from the group’s only surviving member, T3. The 7-inch labels in this collection are inspired by the original “Raise It Up” and “I Don’t Know” 12-inch releases, which were designed to look like test pressings. The set itself is housed in a deluxe flip-top 7” box.

FUTURESOCIETY curated by SEVEN DAVIS JR. various (r2records) 2LP $48

Seven Davis Jr. has firmly established himself as one of the foremost purveyors of future sounds having released his unique music on forward  thinking labels such as Kutmah’s “Izwid”, Funkineven’s Apron Records  and Ninja Tune.  For “Future Society” Seven has curated a collection of his favourite new,  unsung and like-minded forward thinking artists to highlight the talent he  has encountered on his travels, (the album features artists from New  Zealand, U.S.A., U.K. & Switzerland).  Consisting of mostly exclusive unreleased tracks, this collection contains  electronic, soul and house tracks with a pioneering spirit. Welcome to the  Future Society.

SUNBURST “Ave Africa” (strut) 2LP + CD  $48

First ever release of band’s recordings outside of Africa, Strut presents a definitive collection of recordings from one of Tanzania’s most revered bands of the early 1970s, Sunburst. Covering their output from 1973 to 1976, this first retrospective features their singles for the Moto Moto and TFC labels, their sole album, “Ave Africa” and an unreleased radio session recorded in Tanzania in 1973.  Despite the Tanzanian government banning soul (both music and dancing) through their conservative Ujamaa policy in 1969, Sunburst grew as a band and developed their own musical direction which they later called Kitoto Sound, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the band members. Lyrical themes included black pride and colonial oppression – the band even played a gig for visiting civil rights heroine Angela Davis. In 1974, Sunburst met Zambian musician Rikki Ililonga from Zamrock group Musi- O-Tunya and he invited them to Zambia.  They embarked on an ill-fated tour with Kenyan funk band Matata before working on a first full album in 1976 in Lusaka with new band members. The LP came out at the height of the Zamrock scene led by bands like Witch and Ngozi Family but Sunburst offered a more intricate sound as musicians born in six different countries tapped into a multitude of styles, languages and stories.

FLAMINGODS “Majesty” (Soundway) LP $32

Flamingods are set to return with ‘Majesty’, the band’s third album and debut release on Soundway Records. With this new album the five-piece have taken their sound in a new direction with a rich and multi-layered album brimming with diverse influences that reflect their multi-cultural backgrounds. The shimmering 10-track album crosses blissful psychedelia with a rich spectrum of the band’s sonic inspirations. ‘Majesty’ was written and arranged with a conceptual narrative, cohesive both musically and lyrically, following the story of protagonist Yuka on his journey of enlightenment. The record is split in two, morning / light / good (tracks 1-5) and evening / dark / evil (tracks 6-10) that unravels track-by-track as the record plays out.

STRANGE BREAKS & MR THING vol II various (BBE) 2LP $46

The sound of the sixties and seventies has never been so sought after as at the present moment. You could even argue that modern music just isn’t good enough. As evidence consider this: contemporary producers and artists are often looking back to get inspired – insert staggering number of examples – so you can safely say that even in this digital age the beating heart of modern R&B and hip-hop is still vintage soul, funk and jazz. This is why BBE Records have teamed up with DJ/Producer Mr Thing, to dig deep into his extensive collection to compile a series of 5 long players of rare and sought after breaks. This series reflects brilliantly on his dedication to digging for those untouched and unrivalled samples and breaks as you hear him use in his DJ sets. As a DJ, Mr Thing never fails to engage the crowd with his winning combination of hip hop and funk breaks spiced up with his legendary mixing and scratching skills. Volume II as you guess is the 2nd installment in the five part “Strange Breaks & Things” series contains superb songs; some you’ve probably never heard of, some which may make you go: “I recognize this sample!”… because it was once used as the backdrop for a classic Hip Hop track. If you liked the legendary “Strange Games” compilation series on BBE compiled by the likes of Kenny Dope & DJ Spinna, you’ll love “Strange Breaks & Things”.

STRANGE GAMES  FUNKY THINGS vol 5 compiled by DJ SPINNA & BBE Soundsystem various (BBE) 2LP $46

The “Strange Games…” series which began in the summer of 1997, represents the blueprint for modern R&B and rap music. It joins the dots between 70s soul, 80s rare groove and 90s hip hop. At the helm for volume 5 is crate digger supreme, DJ par excellence and superb producer in his own right, DJ Spinna and the BBE Soundsystem. The set is packed with underground classics, hidden gems and rarities that’ll save you £££s on originals. As with Spinna’s DJ sets, there’s also a wide variety of styles on offer here, from boogie-disco and blue-eyed soul to jazz-funk and killer Latin sounds. A more accessible diggers delight if you wish, with an emphasis on quality track and not just songs worth having for a two second sample.

FUMACA PRETA “Impuros Fanaticos” (Soundway) LP $32

Impuros Fanáticos is the 2nd album from the indomitable Fumaça Preta. As the band spiral into a cacophony of drums, heavy psychedelic guitar riffs, grooving percussion and the unique vocal dexterity of singer/drummer Alex Figuiera, there is no doubt that their well received debut record was simply the opening salvo of a quite incredible musical journey. 

SOFRITO : TROPICAL DISCOTHEQUE various (strut) 2LP $48

The gentlemen behind London’s Sofrito parties are true crate diggers par excellence, unearthing the finest in Tropical dancefloor fire. Strut is very pleased to have them in the selector’s seat for their debut compilation, Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque. Made up of nearly impossible to find vintage floor fillers, brand new edits, and even an exclusive cumbia from Quantic, the music on here is guaranteed to make your winter feel like summer.

KOOL MOE DEE vs BUSY BEE STARSKI “Recorded Live at HArlem World’s Xmas Rappers Convention DEcember 1981” 7” $16

Rock The Discotek Records present on Limited Edition 7″ vinyl a slice of Hip Hop folklore! It’s said that at the 1981 Harlem World Christmas Rappers Convention battle rapping changed forever when Kool Moe Dee brought a new way of talking about the opponent while obliterating Busy Bee’s Old School party rocking style of MCing. Presented here in 2 parts is that legendary battle, carefully edited down to fit on a 45 in 2 parts by the incredible Jorun Bombay, continuing his run of soon to be classic edits of Funk and Hip Hop classics that are selling like, well, Jorun Bombay edits!!This battle can be found in it’s original form as part of Jorun Bombay’s hugely popular Rock The Discotek mixes which are available as downloads and also Limited Edition cassettes – which spawned the name of this label. Busy Bee Starski is best known for his releases on Sugarhill Records in the early 80’s along with releases on Strong City and Brass Records with The Marvellous Three. He also appeared in the ground breaking Charlie Ahearn film Wild Style. Kool Moe Dee was the first Rapper to perform at the Grammy’s and also won a Grammy. But is best known as member of legendary Hip Hop group The Treacherous Three along with L.A Sunshine and Special   K with releases on Enjoy and Sugarhill Records.

Limited Edition of only 350 retail copies Presented in card sleeve with Busy Bee Starski and Kool Moe Dee ‘stamp’ stickers and hand stamped post mark.

THE SCORPIOS “Yaelhajarok (They Leave You For Me) / Yadob Yadob (A New Beginning”)” (afroseven) 7” $15

First contemporary release on our own in-house label. The Scorpios is a Sudanese, London outfit combining new and old in a classic traditional setting. The percussive ‘Yaelhajarok’ leaves a mark with it’s progressive keys climax while ‘Yadob Yadob’ has a more minimalistic static groove approach, both tracks feature stunning vocals by Regina, Babu and Osman. This is a teaser limited seven waiting for the full album to drop later this year 2016! Comes in brown vintage sleeve.

AHMED SHARIEF YUSUF “Berflasana / Majogo” (afro 7) 7” $15

One of the great Somali female vocalists of her time was Faadumo Qaasim, from the Benadiri ethnic group. ‘Berflasana’ is sung by another artist who is sadly not among us anymore. Ahmed Sharief Yusuf, also from the Benadiri tribe with roots in Yemen. (Afro7)

TANYA RIA “Do The Smasher / Love You Didn’t Want” (afro 7) 7” $15

Ghetto styled female funk doublesider from the streets of Nairobi! Heavy drums, horns, synth and great vocals sung by the late Tanya Ria aka Rachel Wanjiru. American pressed 45’s with UK centre pullout (just like original Kenya singles!) Comes in custom Afro7 silkpressed sleeve from Thailand. Limited release, all rights reserved. 

JESSY LANZA “Oh No” (hyperdub) LP $32

Jessy Lanza’s second album ‘Oh No’ is inspired by Japanese 80s electro outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra’s philosophy of experimental pop. Playfully laced with cascading arpeggios, crispy drum machines and breezy songs, ‘Oh No’ has an infectious energy that has carried over from her live shows.  Made in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, with production partner Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, the plaintive, reverb drizzled mood of the first album has all but given away to a more direct, confident and joyful album. As Jessy says ‘I want to make people feel good and I want to make myself feel good’.

BABYFATHER “BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow” (Hyperdub) 2LP $40

Fronted by that image and opening with the most unsettling, unrelenting mantra “this makes me proud to be british”, set to harp, leisure centre noise and bleeping mobiles; Dean Blunt’s got us by the gullet with his debut LP as Babyfather.Essentially BBF – Hosted by DJ Escrow is a definitive UK hip hop album of the decade so far; a shadow-play of paranoid & surreal atmospheres, ambiguous juxtapositions, upfront infidelity and playful/dreadful intentions that perhaps best reflect street-view observations of the knackered, profane, pagan and pointedly archaic in contrast to supposedly progressive national values and the schizoid political and artistic double-speak of the “elite”.

NHATTY MAN & GARA “Selam” (NM) CD $10

LOCAL  Selam, meaning peace, is the title track off the debut album from Nhatty Man & Gara. Featuring four tracks in English and Amharic, the album incorporates Ethiopian roots, reggae, RnB and soul, drawing on socially conscious themes.IN Ethiopian Nhatty Man is a POP SENSATION! He has now moved to Melbourne to cement the sound he made so popular in Addis. From Addis to Melbourne, who’da thought! 

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DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT various (BBE) 2LP $52 tastefully repriced to $44

TOM SHOWTIME and DJ MAARS “ Heatwave Episode (2016 version) / 93 Diamonds” (easy now recordings) 7” $12

IDRIS ACKAMOOR & THE PYRAMIDS “We BeAll Africans” (strut) LP = CD $45

ARENA “Arena” (Northside Records) LP $30
C.W. STONEKING “Gon’ Boogaloo” LP $44
CUMBIA COSMONAUTS “Tropical Bass Station” LP $30
LEON BRIDGES “Coming Home” LP $48
LEON BRIDGES “Louisiana Sun 10″ $30
MIKEY AND THE FABULOUS FIVE (big crown records) 10
” $22
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose YOur Weapon” 2LP $48
JIGMASTAS “Resurgence” 2LP $48
MANGERLWURZEL “Gary” LP $30
THE ROOTS “And Then YOu Shot YOur Cousin” LP $

FIELD NOTES Nicole Reed (Photography) Plutonic Lab (music) BOOK + 10” + download $90

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TOM SHOWTIME and DJ MAARS “ Heatwave Episode (2016 version) / 93 Diamonds” (easy now recordings) 7” $12

LOCAL “Forged in the fire of the legendary Easy Now Sessions where Hip Hop and Roots meet, comes a record label focused on sizzling Reggae Mashups…” This solid ‘tropical yellow’ 45 is a limited edition cut with only 300 pressed. It features the brand new track ’93 Diamonds’ by DJ Maars and ‘Heatwave Episode (2016 Re-Heat)’ by Tom Showtime x DJ Maars, an absolute tried and tested favorite!  Includes unlimited streaming of Ltd Edition Yellow 7″ Vinyl (EASY002) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

ROBERT GLASPER & MILES DAVIS “Everything’s Beautiful 2LP (sny)$48

A stunning new record of reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis’ music produced by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper (who also served as coproducer of the Miles Ahead soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield and Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, ‘Everything’s Beautiful’ incorporates Davis’ original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes. 

“I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” Realizing that “Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project. “I am living in the spirit of Miles when I am doing what I’m doing because I am documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me. I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now,” says Glasper. “That’s what this project is about. I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things. And that’s the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles’ vision, it’s based on Miles’ trumpet, it’s based on Miles’ voice, it’s based on Miles’ composition, it’s based on Miles’ influence, it’s based on Miles’ swag.” FEATURING HIATUS KAIYOTE!!!!! i REPEAT feat. HIATUS!! 

QUANTIC Presents FLOWERING INFERNO “1000 Watts” (try thoughts) 2LP $44

‘1000 Watts’ is the third album from the tropical reggae and dub-infused Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project. This outing sees musical explorer Will “Quantic” Holland making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, although flashes of Holland’s Colombian influences still shine through. A sun-drenched record, the LP is charged with atmosphere and a fitting tribute to dub music’s evolution. 

Drawing together a set of classic style rhythms for the dancefloor, ‘1000 Watts’ was recorded direct to tape, with all the band members in the same room; for this outing, Holland enlisted his most prestigious roll-call of guests yet. Alongside Jamaican toasting legend U-Roy and long-time collaborator Alice Russell, the featured artists include popular reggae singers Hollie Cook and Christopher Ellis. The late, great keyboard maestro Ikey Owens and legendary Jamaican drummer Santa Davis, known for his work with the likes of Bob Marley and The Aggravators. 

SIDIKU BUARI “Anokwar” (soundway) 12” $25

Ghanaian Afro funk and Boogie from Sidiku Buari is the focus of the next Soundway 12″. On the A side a classic Ghana style afro funk cut recorded at Ghana Film Studios has a characteristic Lo-Fi sound led by George Amissah’s (Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Uhuru Dance Band) trademark sax over a squelchy synth and drum groove. This is backed on the flip by a boogie funk cut (Music) recoded in NYC in the early 80s with Fanti chants and soulful vocals from the big man himself. ‘Alhaji’ Sidiku Buari gained fame in the 70s in Ghana and the USA after moving to New York and recording an album (which featured the soul-jazz legend Bernard Purdie) for RCA that was one of the first mainstream afro-funk LPs ever to hit the market in the USA.

After two subsequent albums that produced some afro disco classics including the seminal “I’m Ready” he eventually returned to Ghana where he became the chairman of the Ghanaian Copyright Society (COSGA). The two tracks are taken from an obscure 12″ release from 1983 that unfortunately had a pressing defect on “Anokwar”, so with some twiddling and editing Hide & Smile have restored it ready for some overdue dance-floor use once again.

LAUREN HILL “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (legacy vinyl) 2LP $52

Though the Fugees had been wildly successful, and Lauryn Hill had been widely recognized as a key to their popularity, few were prepared for her stunning debut. The social heart of the group and its most talented performer, she tailored ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ not as a crossover record but as a collection of overtly personal and political statements; nevertheless, it rocketed to the top of the album charts and made her a superstar.  She found a hit single with “Doo Wop (That Thing),” an intelligent dissection of the sex game that saw it from both angles. “Superstar” took to task musicians with more emphasis on the bottom line than making great music, while her collaborations with a pair of sympathetic R&B superstars (D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige) also paid major dividends. And if her performing talents, vocal range, and songwriting smarts weren’t enough, Hill also produced much of the record, ranging from stun-gun hip-hop to smoother R&B with little trouble.” – All Music

EARTH WIND & FIRE “Gratitude’ (legacy vinyl) 2LP $52

Great stuff! Although a live album, Gratitude is one of Earth Wind & Fire’s greatest from the mid 70s – a very tight batch of grooves that proves that Maurice White & Co. could play just as well on stage as they could in the studio – and the noise of the crowd going wild is enough to confirm that! And although a live set, the record’s actually a bit half and half – with a few added studio tunes to keep the hits coming. Includes their classic version of Skip Scarborough’s “Can’t Hide Love”, plus the mellow jams “Yearnin’ Learnin'” and “Reasons”, the funky “Shining Star”, and a great cover of “Sun Goddess”, which was also done by Ramsey Lewis with the group

DJ FORMAT’S PSYCH OUT various (BBE) 2LP $52

Cool cuts from around the globe – all brought together in one wonderfully funky set! The music here all draws heavily from American funk and psych styles – and often uses some slightly different instrumentation, or more regional inflection – to make the usual psych funk styles sound even more groovy and exotic – in a mindblowing way that makes the entire set a real musical delight! Most tracks are instrumental – heavy on drums and fuzzy guitar – but there’s a few vocal moments, too – and the funk current is super-strong, way more so than on other collections that promise a heavy bottom, but usually just present offbeat psych.

OKONKOLO “Rezos” (big crown) 10” $22

The musical prayers that make up Okonkolo’s debut EP Rezos(Prayers) are some of the most complex and beautiful that any classical tradition has produced. They are also some of the oldest, addressing Obatala, the creator of the world, Ochun, the goddess of love and beauty, and Chango, God of the drum. Okonkolo is a result of this collaboration – Abraham Rodriguez’s soulful voice calling down the Orishas, the bata drums and voices soaring through the horns and guitars of Jacob Plasses’s production. The beauty and otherworldliness of these prayers endures, the rhythms and chants reimagined in a way that is somehow both ancient and new.

GRAND LODGE III “Nothing To See Here” (broken tooth entertainment) 2LP $40

LOCAL Grand Lodge 3 are: Ciecmate, Dazastah & Mortar. The combining forces of BTE & SBX, East meets West. Grand Lodge 3 deals with a wide variety of topics full of intrigue. This album is not for your weekend party people, this is for people who need substance & educational entertainment.

Double vinyl with 4 songs per side. The incredible album artwork provided by DASH is spread over a full colour gate fold cover with his working sketching included on the inside print.

SLY & ROBBIE “Dub Sessions 1978 – 1985” 

Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are simply known all around the world as Sly and Robbie. They were the musical drum and bass backbone of Reggae since the early 1970’s. They have played on more records than any other set of musicians and to such a high standard that few could reach. The third part of the jigsaw is the mighty Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee who brought these legends together. These rare dubs are taken from the original master tapes. You may have heard the tunes before, but never these versions. So sit back and enjoy reggae musical history in the making. Respect Jah Floyd.

FLUME “Skin” (future classic) 2LP $48 – standard edition ++ 2LP deluxe edition $9

LOCAL after only having the deluxe edition we now have both – Standard AND deluxe. Skin is the second studio album by Australian electronic musician Flume. It marks the second full-length release since 2012’s debut

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HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – local SOUL heroes….

MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE ‘Cradle Of Humanity’ (BJX) (LP $35 / CD $25) LOCAL

BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND ’55’  (Big Crown) 2LP + download $40

KENDRICK LAMAR “Untitled Unmastered” (Aftermath) LP $48

DEEP STREET SOUL “Come Alive” (Freestyle) LP $30

DAVID MCCALLUM / DR DRE feat SNOOP DOGG “The Edge / The Next Episode” (originals) $16 

NICK BIKE “Stillmatic” (chosen Spikes) 7” $16

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND “Jungle Fever / Tender Trap” (big crown) 7” $14

LADY WRAY “Do it Again / In Love (Don’t mess things up)” (big crown) 7” $14

BOCO “Running The Mardi Gras / Smile” (big crown) 7” $14

QUINCY JONES ‘The Italian Job’ (Paramount) LP $34

FIELD NOTES Nicole Reed (Photography) Plutonic Lab (music) BOOK + 10” + download $90

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DAVID MCCALLUM / DR DRE feat SNOOP DOGG “The Edge / The Next Episode” (originals) $16

MONSTER TUNE. Both Sides! The series continues with David McCallum’s sublime Jazz classic, ‘The Edge’, from 1967 produced by David Axelrod. Bit of trivia for you, Mr McCallum is actually an actor before he delved into making music and appeared as a Russian secret agent in the 60’s series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Fast forward to 1999 and Dr Dre’s Gangsta Rap classic LP ‘2001’ spawned several great singles, none better than ‘The Next Episode’ featuring Snopp Dogg and of course sampling David McCallum’s ‘The Edge’. McCallum is still acting as Dickie on NCIS…….

NICK BIKE “Stillmatic” (chosen Spikes) 7” $16

The fourth 7″ release in the Chosen Spokes series leads off with ‘Stillmatic’ – an instrumental re-make of the intro track to Nas’ Stillmatic LP. ‘Jessica’ is a dj-tool ode to Havoc, the producer of Mobb Deep/Shook Ones Pt. II (*not ripped* from the infamous youtube clip – re-made from scratch). The B-side includes 2 original beats and of course a skipless scratch loop for the heads.

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND “Jungle Fever / Tender Trap” (big crown) 7” $14

With their debut album “55” taking the vinyl world by storm, we wanted to give fans another 7 they couldn’t leave home without. Their cover of The Chakacha’s classic, “Jungle Fever” has been burning up dancefloors since it’s first pressing on Plane Jane Records. BRSB puts the punch in the drums and the one drop in the arrangements, taking the original tune and updating it into something DJs and their audiences are going crazy for. “Tender Trap”, the flip side, starts out with a syncopated intro that will catch the ear of any hip hop fan for a number of reasons, then the tune turns into an all out funk burner, steel pans and guitars taking turns over the driving drums. Another BRSB sureshot.

LADY WRAY “Do it Again / In Love (Don’t mess things up)” (big crown) 7” $14

Big Crown Records is proud to present Do It Again the first single from Lady Wray’s new album Queen Alone. The 45 and upcoming album is produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck.

Do It Again is a tune addressing the complexities of love. On one hand it’s the story of a failed relationship, on the other hand it’s the story of a revered intimacy. Ultimately finding Nicole willing to get back into it regardless of the consequences. The classic, drum heavy production, paired with Nicole Wray’s powerhouse vocals will surely have sweet soul enthusiasts and beat makers stockpiling copies for years to come.

On the B side, In Love, she pleads with her man to give her room to breathe, let her be herself, and not ruin a good thing. With stripped down drums and acoustic guitar providing the backdrop, Nicole is front and center, giving listeners a chance to hear the strength of her voice, a voice and style that is as rare as it is beautifully familiar.

BOCO “Running The Mardi Gras / Smile” (big crown) 7” $14

Big Crown Records is proud to present the reissue of this uber rare underground cult classic Running The Mardi Gras by Boco. Those lucky enough to find an original copy are paying upwards of $1000.00 for this truly unique psych rock / funk gem on 45.

From the title to the sound to the cryptic lyrics “Running the Mardi Gras” seems to confirm all the mystique that surrounds the southern Louisiana Bayous and Cajun culture. This record is a family affair. It started one morning when one Mr. Latour, the father of the group, was shaving in the mirror and a song struck him. It was to be about Mardi Gras, not the beaded revelry of New Orleans familiar to most, but the traditions of rural Louisiana, where one would “run the Mardi Gras,” going house to house getting home cooking from the neighbors. He would sing the song every day in the car and the children of the family soaked up the spirit of the song.

DR DRE ‘2001’ (Aftermath) 2LP $36 (2016 180g press)

2001 is the second studio album by Dr. Dre, released on November 16, 1999. It is the follow-up to Dr. Dre’s debut album The Chronic (1992). It was produced primarily by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man, and Lord Finesse, and features several guest contributions from rappers such as Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and Eminem.

QUINCY JONES ‘The Italian Job’ (Paramount) LP $34

Long awaited release of Quincy Jones and Don Black’s soundtrack to the quintessential British caper movie originally released in 1969 and starring Michael Caine and Benny Hill. Tracks include ‘On Days Like These’ with vocals by Matt Monro.

THE FRANCIS WOLVES ‘The Francis Wolves’ (Valley Heat) LP $28

LOCAL Brisbane’s newest 8-piece unleash a gritty blend of instrumental heavy soul, dirty funk & psychedelic jazz.

Their style is a melting pot of genres, delivered via an ‘all in’ fuzzed out wall-of-sound. Ferocious horns and a brooding rhythm section, matched by ominous organ and infectious congas will transport you to a Sergio Leone film set by way of the dance-floors of Africa.

The Francis Wolves’ debut album graciously tips its hat to The Budos Band, Fela Kuti, The Stooges, Dick Dale and even The B-52’s. Producer Donovan Miller (FOREVR/No Anchor) captured the raw sounds of The FW’s in the studio, producing 33 tight minutes of grimy, sweat-inducing grooves that will leave you loose and wanting more.

LEO JAMES “You’re Not A Machine” (body Language) 12” $20

LOCAL You’re not a machine is the first solo release from Leo James (one half of Canyons, Pink Gin and the Hole in the Sky label). Part 1 builds around a hypnotic, programmed percussion rhythm. White noise swirls at the ceiling, while a single note bassline punctures through from the basement to the first floor. Part 2 shovels an industrial-funk-feeling through a train tunnel with its raw 606 beat, crushed cymbals and dubbed out bassline. The synthesizer at the end really takes you there.

LEO JAMES “Disconnect Connect” (Body Language) 12” $20

LOCAL Disconnect Connect is the second release from Leo James, and the second for his label Body Language. Part One roles along like thunder in a cave, though the sounds are man made and of an industrial nature. Heavy toms collides with distorted sine wave rumble while sparse percussion flitters through the realm of high frequencies.

Part Two is the sound of a bridge collapsing. Synthesised traffic noise glides along until tumbling into an abyss of distruction. The bridge is slowly reconstructed, piece-by-piece. A chorused modular bass-line sits under heavily compressed piano chords that stab intermittently when the time is right.

LEO JAMES “Salvation” (body language) 12” $20

LOCAL Leo James delivers Salvation, his third installment in an ongoing series of 12s that sees him exploring a single conceptual theme across both sides of a record.

Salvation (Part 1) burns slowly, a hybrid of industrial and balearic beat. Salvation (Part 2) builds on a relentless, monotone bass line. Metal percussion enveloped in swirling reverb interplays with programmed congas and white noise.

FIELD NOTES Nicole Reed (Photography) Plutonic Lab (music) BOOK + 10” + download $90

LOCAL Fieldnotes is a limited edition 80+ page book of Nicole Reed’s photography that contains a 10″ vinyl record of music by Plutonic Lab. The collaborative work ‘Fieldnotes’ began development when Nicole and Plutonic began exploring and documenting their travels together. The first instalment is centered on the city of Hong Kong, and engages a uniquely tailored adaptation of the travel experience, blending the insights of Reed’s photography along with Plutonic’s soundscapes.

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MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE ‘Cradle Of Humanity’ (BJX) (LP $35 / CD $25)

BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND ’55’

(Big Crown) 2LP + download $40

DAVID BOWIE & DANA GILESPIE “Bowpromo” (David Bowie LLC) 2LP $34

DEEP STREET SOUL “Come Alive” (Freestyle) LP $30

AMY WINEHOUSE ‘Back To Black’ (Island) LP $38

LORDE ‘Pure Heroine’ (Universal) LP $32

JOHN COLTRANE ‘Blue Train’ (Blue Note) LP $32

NIRVANA ‘In Utero’ (Geffen) $34

MOJO JUJU ‘Seeing Red Feeling Blue’ (ABC Music) LP $35

TAME IMPALA ‘Currents’ (Fiction) 2LP $44

PUBLIC ENEMY ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’ (Def Jam) LP $38

BRIGGS ‘Sheplife’ 2LP $42

MAUNDZ ‘Nobody’s Business’ (Crate Cartel) 2LP $38

CW STONEKING ‘King Hokum’ (King Hokum) LP $34

CW STONEKING ‘Jungle Blues’ (King Hokum) LP $34

CW STONEKING ‘Gon’ Boogalooo’ (King Hokum) LP $44

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS ‘Kicking Against The Pricks’ (Mute) LP $42

QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA ‘Tropidelico’ (Tru Thoughts) 2LP $45

QUANTIC PRESENTS FLOWERING INFERNO ‘Dog With A Rope’ (Tru Thoughts) LP+7” $38

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS ‘Catch A Fire’ (Island) LP $34

ROOTS, THE ‘And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’ (Def Jam) LP $38

NEW THANGS

MULATU ASTATKE & BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE ‘Cradle Of Humanity’ (BJX) (LP $35 / CD $25)

Cradle Of Humanity features Mulatu Astatke, the Father Of Ethiojazz, in collaboration with Australian musical collective Black Jesus Experience.

Cradle Of Humanity is the funkified product of seven years of performances together around the world, brought to fruition in studios in Melbourne, Australia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Koln, Germany and London, UK.

A meditation on the origins of humanity, rhythm and culture, this album combines the mystic tonalities of Ethiopia’s ancient and unique scales with deep grooves and the freedom principle.

Cradle Of Humanity’s suite of songs includes re-interpretations of the Mulatu gems Sabye, Netsanet, and Yekatit, and the Ethio classic Wubit. The inspirations for Mulatu’s original works, love, freedom, revolution and culture, are recast and reinterpreted by Amharic songstress Enushu Taye, lyrical giant Liam ‘Mr Monk’ Monkhouse and genius stream of consciousness freestyler Tibor Bacskai, honed through mentorship and discussion with Mulatu while touring (Australia, Africa, UK, Europe, Oceania, including Glastonbury, Big Chill, WOMAD, Bushfire, United Nations etc….). The album’s new compositions, by one of Australia’s finest jazz composers Peter Harper muse upon the liberation of selflessness on Until, letting go on We Pray and socialist anthem It’s Time.

Cradle Of Humanity features Mulatu’s vibes playing at its most expansive, and his signature approach to African percussion. Australian music legend Bob Sedergreen adds his hard funking magic on keyboards, whipped by the driving horns of Peter Harper on sax and Ian Dixon on flugelhorn. All stirred into a grooving ‘wot’ by Matt Head on kit, Chris Frangou bass and Zac Lister guitar with Nui Moon and Malamine Sonko percussion and special guests toaster Jornick Joelick and masinko virtuoso Asrat.

Cradle Of Humanity is the joyous fruit of a seven year journey of love, joy and artistic dedication.

KENDRICK LAMAR ‘Untitled, Unmastered’ (Interscope) LP $45

Maestro MC Kendrick Lamar drops his surprise new release, ‘untitled unmastered.’ and follow up to the Grammy award winning, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly!’

The 8 song project features studio versions of the untitled songs Kendrick performed on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the most recent performance at the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards show.

BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND ’55’
(Big Crown) 2LP + download $40

Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band is the intensely funky band you might remember covered 50 Cent‘s version of “P.I.M.P.” back in 2008. BRSB are back once again with another trip down Funky Lane with their long-awaited debut full-length, 55, which is out May 5th on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. After establishing themselves as an airtight sound, powered by The One, BRSB has made serious noise in the record collecting underground.

The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band dig a bit deeper than the average steel drum band with their signature funk smothered all over this new release. The A-Side features the group tackling Dennis Coffey‘s 1971 stone-cold groove, “Scorpio” from the LP, Evolution. A standout on the B-Side is the down-and-dirty funk that emanates from 55 in the form of Hi-Tek‘s “Round & Round,” which is an unforgettable song from the Cincinnati producer’s Hi-Teknology album.

You can be confident in knowing that both cuts will ignite any dance floor. 55 is the perfect soundtrack for any hot summer night. Now, all we need is for this weather to change so we can enjoy the steel pan melodies through and through. Credit veteran bandleader Björn Wagner – founder of Germany’s Mighty Mocambos – for bringing these fascinating sounds to life on this new album. With more than a dozen expert instrumentalists, this “truly unique, ultra-funky and raw sound” is ready to pollenate the earholes of funk lovers from coast to coast.

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
‘Jamaican Storm’ (Accord) LP $30

A collection of crucial pre-Island Records material from Bob Marley – work that really helped shape the sound of Jamaican music in the 70s – and a surprisingly strong document of the artist at his early best! There’s a bit less polish here – and maybe a bit less majesty, too – but Marley’s clearly on the right track, and sounding great – on titles that include “Soul Rebel”, “Hammer”, “Mellow Moods”, “There She Goes”, “Touch Me”, “You Can’t Do That To Me”, “How Many Times”, and “Chances Are”.

BABY HUEY STORY, THE ‘The Living Legend’ (Rhino Records) LP $30

With a psychedelic brand of soul and a vocal style that drew comparisons to Otis Redding, the 300-400 pound Baby Huey was set to break out of the Chicago scene with the release of his debut album. Unfortunately, his weight and taste for drugs resulted in a fatal heart attack that prevented him from seeing the release of the disc. Featuring Curtis Mayfield’s Hard Times and Mighty Mighty Children plus a cover of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come,Baby Huey’s lone album (recorded in 1970 and released in 1971) has become a sought-after collectible among soul fanatics.

FRUIT “Fruit” (Athens Of The North) LP $45

The Fruit Band’s fleeting existence was only recently revealed by the discovery of a few unsold copies of their sole 1978 single,Say It, which quickly became a cult showpiece for savvy DJs and collectors. Athens of the North has since reached out to Cypress Studios of Jacksonville, Florida and discovered a complete album of the group’s stylish, dancefloor-smashing funk and deep disco on tape, unreleased for over 30 years. Vinyl is presented in a Handmade cardboard Tip-On Sleeve as would have been used at the time as only the best will do.

DAVID BOWIE ‘ChangesOneBowie’
(Parlophone) 180g LP $35

Bowie’s hits compilation, deleted in the U.S. Contains 18 of the Thin White Duke’s finest from 1969-1990, all digitally remastered. Includes ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Changes’, ‘Suffragette City’, ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘Young Americans’, ‘Golden Years’, ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Let’s Dance’ and ‘Blue Jean’. 2016 release on 180g vinyl.

DAVID BOWIE & DANA GILESPIE “Bowpromo” (David Bowie LLC) 2LP $34

- In August 1971, David Bowie’s manager Tony Defries had 500 promo LPs pressed to secure him and other Mainman artist Dana Gillespie a record deal. This promo album, featuring seven songs by David on side A and five by Dana Gillespie on the flip, is often being referred to as the BOWPROMO white-label album. The LP came in generic white outer and inner sleeves and had no printed labels, so its matrix number (BOWPROMO 1A-1/1B-1) is the only way to safely identify it. Most of the Bowie songs on this promo LP would appear four months later on Hunky Dory However, as the recording and mixing of that album had not yet been finished, it transpired that the BOWPROMO LP contained two songs that would not end up on any official album for the next 20 years in any version—Bowie’s ‘Bombers’ and Gillespie’s ‘Lavender Hill’. Besides, it features marginally to very different early mixes/versions.

PRINCE “Purple Rain” LP $30

Purple Rain was a landmark that solidified Prince’s standing as the preeminent pop genius of his generation; more than three decades on, it still retains all of its power.

PRINCE ‘Joy In Repetition’ (White Label) 12” $20

Original version on the A-Side with a live version on the flip! Pressed in a purple sleeve on clear vinyl. One of a kind! Limited pressing.

ELEANORE MILLS ‘This Is Eleanore Mills’
(Passion Music) LP $45

Eleanore Mills is a classic Soul singer with a sweet and sophisticated voice, who recorded her debut album ‘This is Eleanore Mills’ for the Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum subsidiary Astroscope in 1974. The album has a broad range of Soul and early Disco/Soul cuts. It did not sell in vast numbers on its initial release but has become heavily in demand in the last 20 years and appeals to a broad spectrum of Soul and Disco collectors and DJ’s.. Original copies are highly collectable and in mint condition now sell for around £300- £400. Eleanore went on to record with Norman Connors on his ‘This Is Your Life’ album in 1977 (recently issued on CD by Soul Brother) and then developed into singing Soulful house having a huge record with ‘Mr Right’ in the late 80’s.

ERAMUS HALL “Your Love Is My Desire’ (Expansion) LP $45

Erasmus Hall’s 1980 album “Your Love Is My Desire” is one of the most collectable and in fact desired modern soul albums of all time. Copies of the original pressing on Westbound have exchanged hands for over £400. Eramus Hall are in fact a group taking their name from a building George Clinton saw and gave them while he was in Chicago. The group comprise lead vocalists Michael Gatheright and James Wilkerson with musicians Ronald Wright, Marvin Williams, Joe Anderson, Grady Smith, Charmie Currie and William Tillery.

IDRIS ACKAMOOR & THE PYRAMIDS
‘We Be All Africans’ (Strut) LP $45

Strut are proud to present the brand new studio album from West coast intergalactic jazz mavericks, The Pyramids, led by their inspirational bandleader, Idris Ackamoor.

Alto saxophonist Ackamoor first founded The Pyramids alongside fellow students Margo Simmons (flute) and Kimathi Asante (electric bass) in the summer of 1972. The three were students together at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio where one of their teachers was renowned pianist, Cecil Taylor. After founding the band in Paris, performing in Holland and embarking on a “cultural odyssey” across Africa, the group recorded three independent albums (‘Lalibela’ in 1973, ‘King Of Kings’ in 1974 and ‘Birth / Speed / Merging’ in 1976) and became renowned for their striking live shows, mixing percussive, spiritual and space-age jazz with performance, theatre, and dance. After migrating to San Francisco to perform on the Bay Area arts scene, they disbanded in 1977 after a final show at the UC Berkeley Jazz Festival.

30 years later The Pyramids reunited unexpectedly in 2007 following growing demand for their music from vinyl collectors and jazz fans and embarked on the first of many European tours beginning in 2010 featuring original members, as well as a fresh line-up including renowned percussionist Kenneth Nash.

For their new album, ‘We Be All Africans’, the group traveled to Berlin to hunker down in Max Weissenfeldt’s analogue Philophon studio. The result is a sparkling set of Afro / jazz-funk fusions, from the infectious chants of the title track to the reflective ‘Epiphany’ and the yearning, mournful future single, ‘Silent Days’ featuring the brilliant vocals of Bajka. .

JIGMASTAS ‘Resurgence’ (BBE) 2LP $48

Following closely behind last year’s expanded reissue of 2000’s ‘Grassroots’, the New York duo of DJ Spinna & Kryminul present ‘Resurgence’, a long awaited album of previously unreleased material. Comprising tracks created between 2003 and the present day, ‘Resurgence’ represents the duo’s musical growth during a period where most of us assumed the Jigmastas project was on hold. From start to finish, ‘Resurgence’ is brimming over with soul thanks to Spinna’s distinctively languid boom-bap productions. Rapper Kryminul is on fine form with his clever and witty brand of storytelling, which still stays close to the streets whilst keeping the subject matter varied and eclectic. Storming guest appearances come from Shabaam Saadique and Old World Disorder (SKAM2, Shadowman Boogie), both familiar names to Jigmastas fans. With the announcement of another brand new album ‘Stellar’ coming later in 2016, ‘Resurgence’ is a perfect opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with Jigmastas, just as they prepare to reclaim their rightful place at hip hop’s top table.

KANYE WEST “Boogaloo To Kanye West”
(White) LP $20

classic guitar led boogaloo versions of Mr West. Put out in 2010, finally on vinyl. Comes in plain sleeve

FETTY WAP “Fetty Wap” 2LP $38

Fetty Wap is a heartening hip-hop success story. He’s a one-eyed kid from Paterson, New Jersey, whose voice sounds like someone Auto-Tuned a wounded Tauntaun, but the underdog charisma of hits like “My Way” and “Trap Queen” has turned him into one of this year’s most endearing breakout stars. That same likability is all over his debut album.

Fetty saves his best self for soft-hued jams like “Rewind” and “D.A.M.” “Would you like it if I kissed you now?” he asks one lucky queen-to-be. Pucker up, world. This is a trap lord with a heart of gold.

MARLENA SHAW
‘Liberation Conversation / Woman Of The Ghetto’ (Cadet) 7” $16

Taken from the brilliant “Spice Of Life” LP, both these tunes capture the spirit of soul-jazz in 69 and are an essential addition to the crate. “Liberation Conversation” is a hot slice of dancefloor jazz backed with some smoking organ work. Filled with energy you can practically see Marlena dancing around in her prime. From start to finish it’s a customized Marlena Shaw track that’ll bring on the ‘dang-giddy-dang-dang’ sing-along every time. The instantly recognizable “Woman Of The Ghetto” is best known to many as the vocal sample used in Blueboy’s dancefloor filler “Remember Me”. Downtempo and filled with soul, this social-anthem is an amazing display of a soul singer’s ability to evoke mass emotion without screaming into a microphone. Perfect for the first-half of the night and putting the attention solidly on the music.

DIMENZIO / MARIUS CULTIER ‘Bamba / Diamant’
(Mukatsuku) 7” $14

Two Gilles Peterson classics on one 7 inch !! As per usual, the unstoppable Mukatsuku delivers the undeliverable, and somehow the label boss Nik Weston has managed to license a pair of sought after tunes to find on the second-hand market. It’s the second instalment of the Club Jazz series with this 45 a Hungary vs France sound clash. “Bamba” by Dimenzio, an inimitable jazz-dance leviathan that manages to mash-up all the right elements of jazz together with something a little weirder and electronic – a truly supreme piece of music that is recommended to ANYONE. Marius Culter’s “Diamant” is a high calibre jazz funk missile.

SYMBOL 8 “I Thought You Wanted To”
(Athens Of the North) 12” $24

Did somebody say AOTN 12. For our first large format singe we bring you the unreleased full length version of the original Symbol 8 classic I thought you wanted to dance. The track was featured on American Band Stand in the late 70’s but failed to make it for the usual reasons (luck, management and distribution) but that is no marker of quality, these tracks are disco and modern soul royalty . Charlie Adams versatile vocal flipping into falsetto with ease while the band holds the solid groove is a special thing. On the flip-side is later and very different version of I thought you wanted to dance plus a personal favourite and long time spin of my own call me. Essential as always.

T’SPOON “IF You Dance Tonight”
(Athens Of The North) 7” $18

Our second and final release from Billy Bruner T’Spoon out of his obscure Oil Capital Record Label. ‘If You Dance Tonight’ is almost unknown boogie spin your never gonna find, solid. On the flip ‘Say Yea’ is an 80s sweet soul ballad years ahead of the pack, I have a soft spot for this one, damn good end of nighter if it’s been a good one. Strictly 500 no repress.

THE NEW WORLD “The World To-Day”
(AOE) 7” $18

The very Definition of Deepfunk this record was a huge spin for Keb Darge in the Early 2000s. Not only brilliant, but very very rare ($2000+), respected by collectors and a dancefloor smasher. Recorded for Philadelphia’s Virtue Records (Named after it’s owner Frank Virtue) and kindly licensed to us from his daughters after a long search for the cleanest copy we could find to master from (minty). Check out the other Virtue Rarity we have this month also from Little George both 2 siders and both essential

CLOUD MICHAELS “New River”
(wonderful noise) 7” EP $20

brand new business from Julien Dyne – soul lord from New Zealand. Here he teams up with James Duncan to make CLOUD MICHAELS – its jazzy, its kraut styled, its complicated, its got the funk and a sweet slow groove. Dig it.

LEONARD CHARLES “Basement Tapes”
(hit & run) cassette $20

Down in picturesque Auckland, New Zealand, tucked inside a small basement studio, musician Leonard Charles and his friends secretly paid the ultimate tribute to the seminal release by re-recording the entire 31-track album on live instruments. Charles gives a funky reinterpretation of the tracks on live bass, drums, Hohnor clavinet, Fender Rhodes and Roland synths, but sans any sampling of the original source nor sourced material. Featuring vocals by Ruby Walsh, Anji Toy and Very Special Guest Georgia Anne Muldrow on the emotional tribute “Airworks (Forever)”. Leonard Charles “Basement Donuts” will be released in two Volumes…Sides A & B are fifteen tracks running over 23-minutes in length available now for digital download exclusively on the HIT+RUN Bandcamp page. Look for limited-edition Cassette tapes, Sides C & D, plus more surprises as we keep J Dilla’s brilliant star shining!

ACCLAIM MAGAZINE issue #35 | Rebirth (magazine) $14

The ‘Rebirth’ issue marks the launch of ACCLAIM’s brand new, premium format. At 192 pages, this is our biggest edition to date. From emerging artists, to those whose work is experiencing a newfound renaissance, this issue is dedicated to fresh starts.
FEATURING: Vic Mens, Babylon LA, Makonnen, Russell Maurice, Janette Beckman, Ty Dolla $ign, Charley Gerardin, Conor O’Brien, David Infante

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JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” (soul has no tempo) EP $25

CUMBIA COSMONAUTS “Tropical Bass Station” LP $30

DAM FUNK – DJ KICKS various (!k7) 2LP + CD $48

SILENT JAY & JAXE XL ‘Sacrifice’ (Rhythm Section) 12” $20

VARIOUS ‘Aloha Got Soul: Soul, AOR & Disco in Hawaii 1979-1985’ (Strut) 2LP $48

ALAN LEE “An Australian Jazz Anthology” (Jazzman) CD $25 and LP $35

BLACK FEELING vol 3 SAMPLER “Latin Strut / Futbole De BAr” (freestyle) 7” $14 – THE BAMBOOS!!!

DEEP STREET SOUL “Come Alive” (freestyle) LP $30

NIGERIA 70 various (strut) 3LP 2CD 1 DVD $60

BRIGGS “Sheplife” 2LP $42

KENDRICK LAMAR “Good Kid Maad City” 2LP $46

AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” (universal) LP $38

TAME IMPALA “Currents”” 2LP $44

JOHN COLTRANE “Blue Trane” $32

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “MIdnight Maurauders” LP $42

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “The Low End Theory” 2LP $48

oh yeah…
these guys are back!

NEW THANGS

DEEP STREET SOUL “Soul Comes Alive” (Freestyle) LP $30

LOCAL – Deep Street Soul, since signing to Freestyle Records in 2008, have earned a reputation as being right at the grittiest end of the hard funk scene. 2016 sees them return with this quite spectacular new collection. Whilst the diamond hard, driving grooves remain undiminished, the albums opening track Out Of The Gates should banish any thoughts that this incredible collective could ever slow up or go soft! There is also no doubt that the bands song writing has developed to an equally assured level. Case in point is Souls Come Alive – from Monique Boggia’s Wurlitzer electric piano intro, the blistering horns and May Johnson’s simply exemplary singing – the songs’ instant appeal will be lost on no one with an ear for genuine organic soul music. Joshua Tavares, from Melbourne, adds further weight to the idea that Australia is the current hyper fertile nursery for 21st century soul talent. The Hardest Part Is Knowing is a dynamic & sultry ballad that encapsulates precisely what is required when delivering an authentic song of heartbreak just like the way it used to be done.

Finally in on VINYL, come and dig the heat !

SLEEP D “The Jackal Pt 2” (Butter Sessions) 12” $20

LOCAL More atmospheric house with summer vibes coming from Sleep D on the Australian label Butter Sessions, the follow up on The Jackal Pt.1!

RUN THE JEWELS VRTJ viewer (Mass Appeal) VIEWER $55

RTJ takes a step into the tech world with a new fully-immersive virtual reality (“VR) music video for their socially conscious, hit song “Crown”. In partnership with WEVR, the leading VR platform, and directed by Peter Martin, the video for “Crown” will give RTJ fans a chance to experience the video in 360 style with customized RTJ cardboard viewers — cleverly dubbed as “VRTJ’s”.

The VRTJ viewers will be available exclusively for Record Store Day 2016, giving fans the chance to experience the VR video for “Crown” using a fully customized Run The Jewels virtual reality viewer. For the viewer to work, all you need is a smart phone (iPhone, Android, etc). As the VR format becomes more popular, the viewer can also be used for watching future virtual reality content including 360 videos.

M’BAMINA “Experimental” LP (Africa Seven) $38

It is late 1972. Six emigres from Congo, Benin and Cameroon find themselves in Pavia, near Milan in Italy. Sharing a passion for music and dance rooted in African culture they form a band called M’Bamina (Lightning) they and stage their dance and music show in Le Rotonde di Garlasco. Two years of hard work and gigging follow before they make their first album African Roll, released in 1975.

Following a European tour in 1976 then find themselves performing in Cameroon for a landmark concert at the Stade de Yaounde with Claude Francois (French Pop star and the writer of the original version of Sinatras My Way) and African music legend Manu Dibango. As it often happened in the 70s when talented ambitious bands met Manu Dibango, a move to France and a record deal with Fiesta Records (Decca) soon followed.

In Paris 1977 the band find themselves opening for a James Brown’s concert Au Pavillon de Paris. By now the band is a well-oiled machine they have honed their live shows and sound by distilling a pure and fresh blend of R.& B, Rumba, Afro-Cuban, Funk and traditional African. M’Bamina then hook up with French producer Philippe Brejean to record their second album Experimental in Sysmo studios (a hot bed of album activity and French production music at the time). The results capture the band at the peak of their powers.

The core of M’Bamina was made up of Samba Ngo (guitar and vocals), Antoine Nkouka Batenda (guitar and vocals), Bernard Bifuanibo (bass), Jean-Marie Bolangassa (percussion), Anselme Tambakassa (congas) et Ligali Ali Amidou (percussion and vocals). The band would go on to make 2 further albums before disbanding in 1985.

CUMBIA COSMONAUTS “Tropical Bass Station” (Chusma) LP $30

LOCAL – A stash of these LPs has been found! The very first Australian Cumbia sound system CUMBIA COSMONAUTS proves that Barranquilla is just a short hop from Melbourne. The distinctive Cosmonaut sound is influenced by the Mexican street sound known as Cumbia Sonidera, the Peruvian psychedelic variant of Cumbia, Chicha, and the Argentinian Cumbia Digital wave. Album out on limited special edition 180g Vinyl!

VARIOUS ‘The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco (How Do You Are) 2LP $48

With “The Ladies of Too Slow To Disco” DJ Supermarkt, aka Marcus Liesenfeld takes a look at the women who kick-started the female pop revolution in the seventies. But he not only presents the big names like Carole King, Carly Simon or Rickie Lee Jones, ‘Too Slow To Disco’ once again unearths lots of overlooked and lost gems of the 1970s LA music scene.

Pop is notoriously over-concerned with surfaces, and as a result writers have traditionally played second-fiddle to performers, background figures rarely accorded their dues. But for women writers back in the sixties and seventies this was an even harder battle with the low expectations of high chauvinism.

Carole. Ricky. Carly. Big personalities who lived as large as their male peers. And sure, some of these names you already know. They brought new subjects to the studio, righteously loved to this day for finding new ways, new tones in which to express every emotion. But for each of the well-known ladies of the post-Laurel Canyon scene, there are so many you’re about to meet for the first time.

FLUME ‘Skin’ (Future Classic) 2LP $69

LOCAL In 2012, with only one single (‘Sleepless’) and one remix (Hermitude’s ‘Hyperparadise’) to his name, a young beatmaker called Flume was given an afternoon slot at Splendour In The Grass. Flash forward four years and Flume is back – this time as a multi-platinum selling, ARIA award-winning, sought-after collaborator (Lorde, Disclosure, Chet Faker, Vince Staples) and internationally recognised producer. A master of crafting complex, intelligent, original productions, 2016 sees Flume return to the spotlight with the muchanticipated ‘Skin’ album. Skin’ features such global superstars as Beck, Vic Mensa and the UK’s own AlunaGeorge. Lead track ‘Never Be Like You’ (featuring Kai) roared to the top of the Australian singles charts and has gone on to become a genuine global hit.

RICH MEDINA PRESENTS ‘Jump n Funk’ (BBE Africa) 2LP + 7” $48

Starting life as a small New York event aimed at raising awareness for Fela Kuti’s musical message, Rich Medina’s Jump N Funk party has now been rocking dancefloors across the globe for over 15 years. Honouring Fela’s contribution to music as well as his political and cultural legacy, Medina has made his events a platform to celebrate Afro-life across the black diaspora.

With guests such as Wunmi, the cast of Fela! On Broadway, Asiko and Antibalas providing captivating live performances, Jump N Funk is so much more than a club night. In creating this compilation to represent the spirit of his events, Rich Medina has chosen an eclectic selection of undeniably afro-tinged, unashamedly life-affirming music. With most tracks either referencing, sampling or inspired by the great man, the record also includes material by Fela himself, as well as son Seun Kuti and long-time band member Tony Allen the inventor of the afrobeat set drum syncopation that is equally as notorious as Fela and his message… The album’s artwork has been lovingly created by Lemi Ghariokwu, the fabled Nigerian artist who designed some of Fela’s most iconic covers. From the record’s sleeve to the music contained within, Jump N Funk is a cultural artefact with one foot in the past, the other in the future. An echo of Fela’s message: a reminder to celebrate, to empower, to progress.

SEANH PRESENTS ‘Sadevillian The…Mixtape’ (No Label) LP $25

As many of you will know, Doom is notorious for sampling some of Sade’s greatest works on several tracks. The UK’s very own Seanh2k11 has ingeniously put together his own interpretation of the two and provides 8 tracks for “Sadevillain”, putting a variety of MF Doom accapellas over several Sade laced beats.

VARIOUS – LOMA “A Soul Music Love Affair” Vol 1-4: 1964-1968” (Rhino) LP $46 (each volume $46 sold separately)

From late 1964 until late 1968, Loma stood as the subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records aimed directly at the singles market. During its four year lifespan, the label released over 100 singles and a handful of albums, the vast majority of which reflected the collective taste of the men that guided Loma and thereby the evolution of a distinctive artform: soul music.

Viewed objectively, it would be incorrect to compare Loma to the other great R&B repositories of the mid-1960s. It was strictly an adjunct of a bigger label, a commercially-minded operation that threw product at the wall hoping for a hit to stick. But the choices made by those three main participants in charge of the Loma roster–Bob Krasnow, Russ Regan, and Jerry Ragovoy–have gone on to become cherished totems to legions of music aficionados around the globe, for whom chart statistics say little, while a simple 45 with a burnt yellow label can shake them to the very core. What was once regarded as failure has, in the years since, paradoxically become a story of soulful success. Last but not least, our unprecedented dig into the Loma Record vaults has thrown up a surfeit of soulful goodies for the final volume, many of which are previously unreleased. Northern soul fans will marvel at the dancefloor potential of The Marvellos’ “I Need You” or The Invincibles’ “Heartstrings.” Aficionados of the Ragovoy-supervised uptown sound will groove on Carl Hall’s “Like I Told You” and Ben Aiken’s “That’s All You Gotta Do.” The tracklist also shines light on many unfairly overlooked entries in the Loma listings by the likes of Linda Jones, Billy Storm, The Implements, and The Realistics, and yet more compelling cuts from The Apollas, Teen Turbans, and The Mighty Hannibal remind us just why we love Loma. With full historical notes on artist and label history and many rare illustrations, Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair is a fresh and invigorating celebration of one of 60s soul’s most storied imprints.

SO there are 4 different ALBUMS in this set…

VARIOUS ‘Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story Of 1970’s Funky Lagos’
(Strut) 3LP + CD & DVD $60

Strut repress one of the all-time classic compilations of Afro-funk and Afrobeat for 2016, the first volume of the mighty Nigeria 70 series. Originally released in 2001, the album followed the death of Fela Kuti and a renewed interest in original Afro-beat among younger club-goers. Put together over a three-week trip to Lagos, it documented for the first time the explosive era when domestic bands fused traditional highlife and juju with funk, soul, rock and disco.

ZII “Through These Eyes” (Ziimusic) CD $10

LOCAL MC, Zii came over from Zimbabwe recently and in the short time of 2 years has not only played at Northside Records TWICE but every second week at the Foreign Brothers imrov night. He has skills to spread around. Displayed on this CD too. HE Brings the funk. Great hip hop –  a name to watch. 

MARY CLARKE “Take Me I’m Yours” (La Shawn) 12” $20

Up there with Gloria Ann Taylor’s ‘Deep Inside Me’ as one of Discogs’ most wanted rare soul 12″s, Mary Clark’s Patrick Adams-produced ‘Take Me I’m Yours’ has finally received its first official reissue via P&P Records, thirty six years after it was originally released.

Dropped by Floating Points in his Essential Mix last year the seven-minute soul-meets-gospel disco track had previously only been available on short-lived NYC label La Shawn and has been the subject of the odd unofficial, poor-quality press with the original practically unattainable, with rumours suggesting only 200 of the originals were ever pressed.  As well as the original version, the b-side carries a rare instrumental for DJs.

CLARK “The Last Panthers” (Warp) LP $42

When the announcement hit last fall that David Bowie had recorded the theme to a British crime serial calledThe Last Panthers, a smaller piece of news got drowned out in the hubbub: Chris Clark, aka Clark of Warp Records, was tasked with composing the sound and music for the show itself. It was a surprising connection to many, but becomes perhaps less so when you realize that The Last Panthers show is produced by Warp Films, a burgeoning offshoot of the venerated electronic label. As they did with Broadcast for the studio’s indie horror film Berberian Sound Studio, Warp have decided to release Clark’s work as a standalone effort.

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ALAN LEE “An Australian Jazz Anthology” (Jazzman) CD $25

ALAN LEE “An Australian Jazz Anthology” (Jazzman) LP $38

BLACK FEELING 3 (freestlye) LP $30 – LOCAL SOUL!! THE BAMBOOS!!

BLACK FEELING  3 (Freestyle) CD $25

BLACK FEELING  1 (Freestyle) CD $25

CLEVER AUSTIN / RICHARD SPAVEN / EMANATIVE / HELLO SKINNY “Drum Suite” (Equinox) 12” $28

DAM FUNK – DJ KICKS various (!k7) 2LP + CD $48

INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND ‘7 INCH BOX SET) (Mr Bongo) 5×7” $75RAAH PROJECT, THE ‘Score” (Equinox) 2LP $38

NEW THANGS

DAM FUNK – DJ KICKS various (!k7) 2LP + CD $48

- Dam makes a lifetime of digging and absorbing music that feels as laid-back as the Santa Ana breeze. Years ago, he coined the term ‘Modern Funk’ to give context to his music. The elements of the synth-heavy and multi-layered style are gloriously displayed on DJ-Kicks. “Modern-Funk is a combination of all the sounds on the mix,” he explains. “Funk, Boogie, Electro, House, Modern-Soul, Ambient tones… a push and pull of nostalgia and progressiveness…” At a satisfying 19 songs, DâM-FunK’s DJ-Kicks lets grooves breathe. This is a mix to happily get lost within; a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. The exclusive DâM-FunK production “Believer” makes its debut on DJ-Kicks, an extensive instrumental composition that on it’s own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. The mix also includes Dam’s excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as ‘Nite-Funk,’ on “Can U Read Me?” out on RED WAX….All tracks unix on the vinyl. 

J DILLA “Jay Loves Japan” (operation unknown) LP $38

- Uncut, full version Jay Love Japan – one of the best of the early posthumous Dilla releases – originally slated exclusively for the Japanese market! This is Dilla in a mostly uptempo vibe, with soulful strings and vocal samples and blunt, snapping beats. There are a couple vocal appearances from Detroit fellows – Baatin of Slum Village and Ta’Raach – plus additional scratch work in a couple spots by Exile and and Ricci Rucker. Includes a short intro, “Yesterday”, “Say It” feat Ta’Raach and scratches by Exile, “Oh Oh”, “First Time” feat Baatin and scratches by Tha Ruckazoid, “In The Streets”, “Feel The Beats”, “Believe In God”, “Can’t You See” and “Say It”. 

J DILLA “The Diary” (pay jay) LP + 7” $48

- Perhaps the best, and almost certainly the most carefully put-together posthumous Dilla LP – rooted in vocal tracks Dilla recorded in the first couple of years of the 00s – strong enough work to have positioned him to break out as a solo star had his health not held him back. Diary is finally finished with the help and contributions of an amazing roster of Dilla friends and supporters, including Frank & Dank, Questlove, Bilal, Karriem Riggins, Nottz, Snoop Dogg and more. This is the RECORD STORE DAY copy with the bonus 7”….shhhh only two left…

J DILLA “DIllatronic VOL 1” (vintage vibez) LP $45

- This LP volume comes with a limited edition, glow-in-the-dark & embossed jacket and yellow coloured vinyl. The late, great J Dilla is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, in part because his ear for music was so diverse and expansive.  J Dilla’s music was impacted by the diverse musical history of Detroit – the birthplace of Techno and one of the most important cities in the history of electronic music. “You can hear it in songs like ‘Raise It Up’ for Slum Village or ‘Make It Hurt’ for Busta Rhymes,” says Young RJ (Dilla’s protégé and member of Slum Village). “The Detroit influence is part of what gave him an edge in production.” 

J DILLA “DIllatronic VOL 2” (vintage vibez) LP $45

- This LP volume comes with a limited edition, glow-in-the-dark & embossed jacket and yellow coloured vinyl. With today’s music sounding more electronic than ever, Dillatronic has a shockingly contemporary feel. “These tracks are still ahead of their time sonically,” explains RJ. “The things producers are doing now, Dilla did that 15 years ago.” As the years go by, Ma Dukes plans to continue presenting music fans with the untold chapters in Dilla’s ever-expanding legacy. “I can smile in my heart, knowing my son’s work is being shared with the people as we planned before he passed,” she says. “I only share the best, and I only hope to continue introducing the world to the genius of J Dilla.”

MF DOOM “Live From 2000” 

- Experience the exceedingly rare genius of an MF DOOM live performance with these exclusive “straight from the soundboard” audio recordings. Broadcasting from an undisclosed location, this limited-edition vinyl pressing of “Live From Planet X” offers fans a chance to own the most comprehensive glance into Doom’s lengthy career available. Debuting under the alias Zev Love X, DOOM first graced the world of hip-hop on the 3rd Bass single “The Gas Face.” A couple years later Zev re-emerged alongside his younger brother DJ Subroc, in New York’s legendary KMD. The group’s first album Mr. Hood was released in 1991 on Elektra Records but KMD was quickly dropped from the record label when, in the wake of Subroc being killed by a car, they returned in ‘93 with an unflinching attitude and an album titled “Bl_ck B_st_rds”. Deeply affected by his brother’s tragic death, while also carrying a grudge against the industry that screwed him, Zev disappeared from the rap scene for five years. It wasn’t until 1999, that Zev suddenly reemerged, face masked, as MF DOOM with his 1999 solo debut and underground classic “Operation: Doomsday”.Since then DOOM has completely reinvented the indie-rap landscape with a string of offbeat projects under an array of monikers: Metal Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, King Geedorah, Monsta Island Czars, Madvillain, DangerDOOM, NehruivanDOOM, and more. “Live From Planet X” includes over 50 minutes of live recordings spanning Operation Doomsday, Madvillain, MM…Food?, and more.

DOWN BEAT SPECIAL various (soul jazz) 7” BOXSET $75

- Ten stone-cold classic, killer tracks from Studio One, brought together here on this one-off pressing limited-edition box set containing five mighty seven-inch singles. These are some of the heaviest, most in-demand legendary  tunes ever to be recorded from the likes of Willie Williams, The Skatalites, Dawn Penn, Jackie Mittoo, Bob Marley & The Wailers and more, all fully-remastered and presented here in this deluxe package.

JOEY NEGRO “90’s House & Garage from Z Records” (ZR) 2LP $46

- Founded way back in 91, Z Records have since amassed a lauded and plentiful collection of singles, albums and compilations. Run by Dave Lee aka Joey Negro, the label has enjoyed success through his unique ability to foster the principles of underground dance music whilst also remaining mindful of commercial appeal. Through various compilations, Mr Lee has consistently delved deep into the heart of a specific genre or era and selecting a lesser-known series of tracks that give a real insight into the spirit and energy that made that point in time special. Whether it’s been GoGo, Brit Funk, Boogie, Italo house or straight up Disco, he has mined deep into his extensive bank of influences and also enlisted the help of some of his most clued-up comrades in offering some unforgettable collections of classics. Next up – he pulls together a collection of his favourite moments across a definitive decade for House and Garage: the 90’s. Inclusive of material from Kerri Chandler, Robert Owens and MAW as well as remixes from Mood II Swing and Ron Trent – the compilation is packed with sultry vocal lines and the sort of slick, irresistible grooves that defined the era.

GREGORY PORTER “Take Me To The Alley” (blue note) 2LP $55

- It has been three years since Gregory Porter’s last album, Liquid Spirit, was unveiled. That album went to sell over 100,000 copies in the UK: not only establishing Porter as one of the most promising and unique artists in his field, but achieving a level of mainstream success which many jazz musicians can only imagine. This is his forth LP and the album picks up where Liquid Spirit ended. Social commentary, religion and spirituality all make their way onto Take Me to the Alley. Don’t Lose Your Steam – a song for Porter’s young son – is filled with tense beats, swirling organs, jazzy horns and fast-paced vocals. It is the LP’s best.

VAN CLEAVE ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS soundtrack  2LP $70

- Robinson Crusoe On Mars is a 1964 space adventure movie, and we are happy to report that Nathan Van Cleave’s soundtrack has the gorgeous sweeping sentimental dramatic sound common to many films of the era. And here’s the thing: this soundtrack has never been issued on vinyl before, not even a little bit. Heavyweight double LP, with new artwork.

TIMMY THOMAS “Why Can’t We Live Together”
(tad) 12” $20

- Originally released in 1972, Timmy Thomas’ singular peace anthem ‘Why can’t We Live Together’ is to get an official 12″ vinyl reissue months after Drake draped his languid hit ‘Hotline Bling’ around the track’s stripped-back hook, made with just a Hammond organ and percussion from an early rhythm machine. An invocation to peace at the height of the Vietnam War, the single was an unexpected chart hit back in ’73, and has been covered and sampled several times since by everyone from Sade to MC Hammer.“‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ by Timmy Thomas is an amazing song with a strong message that is even more relevant today than it was back in 1972. The message is clear, it’s simple, it’s beautiful. 

AHMED MALIK “Musique Originale De Films”
(habibi funk) LP $45

- a wild excursion through your mind!  Includes an 28 page booklet including unseen photos, liner notes, an interview with Ahmed Malek from 1978 and an introduction to Algerian cinema of the time. Ahmed Malek was born on March, 6th 1932 at Bordj El Kiffan, Algiers. He was the oldest son of a family of 3 brothers and one sister. He went to work at a young age in factories to help his father to raise the family. His mother died when he was 12. It was then that decided he wanted to become a musician, and after graduating school he studied at the Algerian Conservatory. He gained recognition for his craft from an early stage and won several prizes and medals nationally and internationally (The “Premier grand prix des arts et des lettres de la composition” in 1972, the golden medal at the “Panafrican Festival” in 1976, and the “Prix du mérite national pour la composition musicale” in 1987). He was the conductor of the “Algerian Television Orchestra“ for many decades and represented his country at international events such as the Expo In Japan, Canada, Cuba and Spain. During his time as an active composer he wrote the music for dozens of movies, television shows and documentaries. Then, in the late 90’s, his health deteriorated. He passed on the 24th of July, 2008, at his home in El Mouradio, Algiers

BACK IN STOCK

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” (hope street) LP $30 – LOCAL SOUL

LUKE HOWARD “Two Places” 2LP $55 – LOCAL contemporary classical (note new price>..)

QUARTER STREET “s/t” (hope street records) LP $30 – LOCAL SOUL / SALSA

MULATU ASTATKE & THE BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE “Cradle Of Humanity” (BJX) CD $20 – LOCAL SOUL

 THE TRAFFIC “White Lines / Smack My Pitch Up” (Choi Records) 7” $12 – LOCAL SOUL

SILENT JAY AND JACE EXCEL “Sacrifice” (rhythm section) 12” $20 – LOCAL SOUL!

SO. CRATES “Static Methods” (so. crates) cassette $20 – LOCAL SOUL

THE SUGARCANES s/t LP $30 – locol soul

TANZER “Four Love Songs” (Heart shaped vinyl!)  – local soul

LAST EXIT “Iron Path” LP $48

KON & AMIR “Off Track VOLUME 1” 2LP $48

J DILLA “Donuts 20th Anniversary” 2LP $45

KENDRICK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” 2LP $55

PRINCE “Prince” (WB) LP $38

CHARLES EARLAND “Over & Over” (mk) 12” $20

The Jagger Botchy Group “Odze Odze” 2LP $48

KENDRICK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” 2LP $55

THE J.B.’S “Food For Thought” (get on down) LP + poster $60

TIM CROSSLEY AND HIS ADULT CONTEMPORARIES “Super Agonistes” LP $30 ( plus a free pack of ROLLING Papers)

NEW THANGS

SO. CRATES “Static Methods” (so. crates) cassette $20

- LOCAL – SO.Crates is the ongoing collaboration of beat maker Skomes and rapper Cazeaux O.S.L.O. Limited edition Cassette. THis project is an exciting collab which brings in some other fine flavours of our fun little scene. Allysha Joy from the 30/70 crew makes one of the tracks, “Her Hands” my favourite. Dont get me wrong, the whole tape is strong, soul flavoured hip hop. Jazz in the veins and funk in the feet.

THE SUGARCANES “s/t” (cobra snake neckties) LP $30

- The Sugarcanes, Melbourne’s most revered Rock n Soul quintet have released their debut LP The Sugarcanes. Initially formed by brother and sister, Jack and Lucy Wilson, the five-piece band have been playing together since early 2014 and collective strength lies in their keen attention to those old soul sounds that, with the help of Lucy’s powerful vocals, are transformed into a modern rock n roll take on the classic heartbroken genre. The Sugarcanes follows the band’s hugely successful launch of their single, Oh Darling, which was recorded live at Laneway Studios and pressed pressed to vinyl for the participating (and audible) audience.

BLACK RIO volume 2 VARIOUS (Strut) 2LP + CD $42

- DJ Cliffy’s second instalment of super-rare samba soul, bossa funk and unusual fusions from Brazil’s back catalogues. Artists include Emilio Santiago, Os Diagonais and Avan Samba.

LUKE HOWARD “Two Places” (lh) 2LP $30

- LOCAL – With his new record Two Places, composer Luke Howard continues with his exploration of piano and electronic music that he begun on his previous release Sun, Cloud. Each track is composed beautifully as Howard draws influences from composers like Arvo Pärt framed around the modern sounds of his contemporaries.

CHARLES BRADLEY “Changes” (daptone) 2LP $55

- the double DELUX version of the new album by Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle Of Soul. Features his critically acclaimed rendition of Black Sabbath’s Changes, plus him stretching out on a few gritty funk cuts, just how we like Mr Bradley.

MULATU ASTATKE & THE HELIOCENTRICS “Inspiration Information” (Strut) 2LP $ + Cd $44

- The third in STRUT’s Inspiration Information studio collaboration series brings together an intriguing pairing between one of Africa’s greatest and most innovative bandleaders, MULATU ASTATKE, with the next level musicianship of THE HELIOCENTRICS collective from the mighty roster of STONES THROW / NOW AGAIN.Known primarily through the successful ‘Ethiopiques’ album series and the film soundtrack to JIM JARMUSCH’s ‘Broken Flowers’, Mulatu Astatke is one of Ethiopia’s foremost musical ambassadors. His selfstyled Ethio-jazz sound flourished during the “Swinging Addis” era of the late ’60s as he successfully fused Western jazz and funk with traditional Ethiopian folk melodies. The Heliocentrics have become known as one of the UK’s foremost free-thinking collectives of musicians, inspired by a wide palette covering SUN RA, JAMES BROWN, DAVID AXELROD and all manner of psych, Afro and Eastern sounds. The collective have featured on records by MADLIB and DJ SHADOW and are now a fixture within the Stones Throw / Now Again roster, they forged their own genre-breaking directions in the astral analogue groove on their 2007 debut album, ‘Out There’.

TONY ALLEN & JIMI TENOR “Inspiration Information” (Strut) 2LP $44

- A studio collaboration made in heaven as founding father of Afrobeat, Tony Allen, meets Finnish maverick Jimi Tenor. Tracks range from the deep Afro Jam ‘Three Continents’ to the tongue-in-cheek egotistical funk of ‘Selfish Gene’.

SUN RA “In Some Far Place : Roma” (strut) 2LP + CD $48

- 1977 was a transitional time for jazz enigma and self-proclaimed member of an ‘angel race’, Sun Ra. During the Summer of 1976, he had stormed Montreux and toured West Africa with one of the greatest of his full-sized Arkestras before embarking on occasional solo concerts for the first time, emphasising his prowess at the piano. Although he had always played the blues within Arkestra sets, he now summoned up the rolling tradition of blues piano, recalling Otis Spann, Avery Parrish, stride and ricky-tick styles. He made two solo albums for Paul Bley’s Improvising Artists label (‘Solo Piano’ and ‘St. Louis Blues’) before travelling to Rome. For the concert, featured here, Ra brought in drummer Luqman Ali, who had been part of the Arkestra during the band’s early Chicago years, and vocalist Thomas Thaddeus aka Eddie Thomas. Thomas was a percussionist, dancer and ‘incense dude’ with the Arkestra throughout the late ’70s period. He would appear again on Ra’s ‘Lanquidity’ album for Philly Jazz in ’79.

LAST EXIT “Iron Path” (esp) LP $48

- All-star quartet Last Exit garnered its reputation with a string of unrelentingly forceful concert recordings in which it pushed the energy style of free jazz to its limits. When the group went into the studio for the only time, though, a very different sort of album resulted—very different not only from all their other output, but even from anything else ever heard from anyone at that time. Because of that, when it was released in 1988, some fans and critics didn’t know what to make of it. In a world that has since become accustomed to hearing Earth, Pelican, Blut Aus Nord, Aphex Twin’s Ambient Works sets, and Oöphoi, and artists such as Whote who explore the overlap between them, Iron Path can finally get its due, and an audience schooled to appreciate what it offers.

OFF TRACK vol 1 The Bronx (BBE) 2LP $44

- Like legendary treasure-hunters, Kon and Amir have spent the past twenty-five years excavating record bins finding gems with which to pierce ears. The duo’s DJ mixes have always been ahead of the curve, giving fans their first listen to overlooked vintage cuts which are destinied to become classics.

SOUL LANGUAGE “WHadup Life?” CD $10

- LOCAL – Soul Language is a Melbourne based hip-hop duo with producer Stay Nice (The Allganiks) and emcee Tom Kwan. The duo has created visions big enough to match their level of passion for the music. “We want to create straight up amazing hip hop, the kind that people can relate to all over the world. We believe that because hip hop is one of the forms of music closest to a conversation, it has a huge potential to deeply connect with, move and influence listeners.” After almost two years of slogging it out in the studio, Soul Language has recently completed their debut EP titled Whadup Life?

SELZY “Collectors Edition vol 2” (rare finds) CD $20

- LOCAL – Hiphop.Collectors Edition Vol.2 Is A Mix Of New and Old Unreleased & exclusive Music From The Studio Vault.

SELZY “Sin Kilda” (rare finds) 7” $30

- LOCAL – Hiphop. Sin Kilda ( Produced By Endemic & Cuts by Dj Paypercutts )

Fear Nothing ( W/ Gargoyle And Produced By Gargoyle ) “7 Limited Edition Vinyl Featuring The Tracks ‘Sin Kilda’ Taken Off Dial M For Melbourne & The Previously Unreleased ‘Fear Nothing’ Feat: Gargoyle

SILENT JAY AND JACE EXCEL “Sacrifice” (rhythm section) 12” $20 – LOCAL SOUL!

- it really is here now!

PRINCE REISSUES

Purple tears still fall….

So sad..

Here are some Prince titles that just got repressed.

PRINCE “s/t” (WB) LP $36

- 1979 Second studio album

PRINCE “Dirty Mind” (wb) LP $40

- 1980 my funky fav

PRINCE 1999 (wb) 2LP $45

- 1982 5th studio lp

PRINCE “Art Official Age” (wb) 2LP $45

- 2014 37th sudio album

PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL “plectrumElectrum” LP $28

- 2014 38th studio album

BACK IN STOCK

SILENT JAY AND JACE EXCEL “Sacrifice” (rhythm section) 12” $20 – LOCAL SOUL!

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – LOCAL SOUL

CHARLES BRADLEY “Changes” (daptone) LP $35

JOHN MORALES “The M&M MIXES” (BBE) 2LP $44 – Disco…

HORSE MEET DISCO various (Strut) 2LP $44

ARTHUR LANDING various (Strut) 2LP $36 – Arthur Russell Comp

RIM KWAKU OBENG “Rim Arrives” 2LP $44

RIM KWAKU OBENG “Too Tough” 2LP $44

WILLIAM ONYEABOUR “Who Is William Onyeabour” 2LP $55

KEV BEEDLE presents PRIVATE COLLECTION vol 2 (BBE) 2LP $44

NEW THANGS

SILENT JAY AND JACE EXCEL “Sacrifice” (rhythm section) 12” $20 – ARRIVING FRIDAY!!
– LOCAL – Coming straight out of Melbourne with plentiful attitude, Producer/multi-instrumentalist Silentjay teams up with fellow Hiatus Kaiyote backing vocalist, Jace XL to present ‘Sacrifice’, a mini album of epic proportions. At once sincere and heartfelt, the songs do not shy away from the playful influence of 90s RnB – a sound that is a defining influence on this EP, which despite clocking in at just under 30 minutes, attains a level of artistry and conceptual cohesiveness that many artists could only dream of. Another VERY serious recording from an impossibly fertile Melbourne Scene that is quickly becoming the envy of the world.Ltd. 12″ pressing of ‘Sacrifice’ housed in custom Rhythm Section house sleeve on reverse card board print including full colour insert with lyrics

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZZARD WIZARD “Nonagon Infinity” (flightless) LP (red death vinyl) $36
– LOCAL – Clear the launch pad – Melbourne septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have confirmed the release of their 8th LP, ‘Nonagon Infinity’ on Flightless / Remote Control Records! This high-octane, face-melting 9-song collection has been ingeniously crafted as the world’s first infinitely looping LP – each track seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener. Zane Lowe premiered lead single ‘Gamma Knife’ on his Beats 1 radio show. Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, work on the album began in 2014, around the release of the band’s acclaimed LP ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz.’ Ever-prolific, it took King Gizzard two years (in which they slipped out a couple more albums) to fine-tune the concept and music that would become ‘Nonagon Infinity.’

EL GUINCHO “Hiperasia” (everlasting) LP $42
– Hiperasia marks the return of one of Spain’s most noted producers after achieving international recognition with his first album Alegranza (2007) and his sophomore mega hit Pop Negro (2010). “I started Pop Negro in 2008….. I’ve even forgotten some of the lyrics! Things have happened to me since that record which have left more of a mark on me than that album….. everything I record gets released, and it’s been that way since I was young; I’m lucky of course, but it also enslaves you”. The immediate impression on the listener to Hiperasia is its abrupt, almost violent, enhanced, futuristic sound. ¨I thought of making music that pushes itself. I like music that seems to move inwards, from its sides towards its own centre. As if it were actively trying to become mono but some force, which is usually something prominent like a 808 or a voice, expands to push those sounds sideways¨. Thus from a simple song based around one or two ideas, you will find intrusions – “Tutti frutti”, as Pablo explains: “We can throw bombs in, firecrackers – sounds, other songs which poke through for a moment…. whatever you want”.

SAMIYAM “Animals Have Feelings” (stones throw) LP $36
– It all started at a Detroit strip club, with a platter of deep-fried beef taquitos and a dancer whose face looked a bit like Burt Reynolds. It was here that Sam Baker first met a self-described fan of his, who told him to take his music work more seriously. Sam had long since graduated from tapping on piano to working on the MPC and 404 under the name Samiyam, circulating beat tapes among local crew in Michigan. He was among a network of post-Donuts hip-hop producers focusing on instrumentals as the work. Flying Lotus met Sam and picked him for the debut release on his Brainfeeder label, 2008’s Rap Beats Vol. 1. Sam Baker’s Album followed in 2011. His Wish You Were Here showed up on Leaving Records in 2013, along with production work for Earl Sweatshirt, Captain Murphy and PharoaheMonch along the way. Samiyam, extended Stones Throw family for a while now, debuts with ‘Animals Have Feelings’, an album which he considers the creative sequel to ‘Rap Beats Vol. 1′. “’Animals’ has roots in beats made around the time of ‘Vol. 1′, and the new stuff on the record has some of the same sound. ”The record is classic instrumental hip-hop, mixed with a handful of rap tracks he did with the few MC collaborators he chooses to work with: Earl Sweatshirt (Mirror), Action Bronson (Mr.Wonderful), Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd (Lord of the Rings).

LE1F “Riot Boi” (terrrible) LP $42
– Le1f, the NYC-based hip-hop artist, has announced his long awaited debut studio album, Riot Boi. The album features guest vocals from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Junglepussy, Don Christian, and Miss Geri, among others, and production from SOPHIE, Lunice, Boody, Blood Diamonds, Salva, Dubbel Dutch, Evian Christ and more.

RUN THE JEWELS “Run The Jewels” (Big Dada) 2LP $42 – green splattered clear vinyl
– 180g heavyweight clear / green splatter vinyl reissue + bonus 12″ featuring remixes and new track Pew Pew Pew feat DJ Q-Bert. Also contains MP3 download and booklet containing all lyrics and credits.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” 7” $14
– At the end of 2015, as Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Multi-Love’ and SILICON’s ‘Personal Computer’ made the rounds, garnering critical acclaim, Ruban and Kody (who played keyboards and drums on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Multi-Love’) took some time to rework tracks from each of their records. The theme of phones led to Kody working on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’, changing it from a bouncy, sprite disco track to a sparser song filled with space, treated vocals and isolated drum breaks. Ruban’s rework of SILICON’s ‘Cellphone’ is moody and dark, with a skittering beat and additional vocals.

BACK IN STOCK

ARENA “Arena” (roundtable / Northside Records)
IBEYI ‘Ibeyi’ (XL) LP $36
THE CAT EMPIRE “Rising With The Sun” 2LP $42 – local soul jazz
TULALAH ‘The Flood’ (Equinox) LP $45 – LOCAL jazzy folk..
DORSAL FINS “Mind Renovation” LP $28 – local legends!
D.D. DUMBO “Tropical Oceans” (4AD) 12“ $20 – local beats
GUILTY SIMPSON “Detroits Son” (stones throw) 2LP $45 – done with Katalyst…
CARIBOU “Our Love” (city slang) LP $32
SEVEN DAVIS JNR “Universes: (ninja Tune) 2LP $38
FKA TWIGS “M3LL155X” (YT) LP $30
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Based on A True Story” (The Drop) 2LP $38 – their first LP.
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Blackbird” (The Drop) 2LP $32
SCHLOHMO “Dark Red” (widest) 2LP $42
FLYING LOTUS “Los Angeles” 2LP $32
BOARDS OF CANADA “Tomorrow’s Harvest” (warp) 2LP $34
BATTLES “Mirrored” (warp) 2LP $42
BATTLES “Gloss Drop” 2lP (warp) 2LP $42
THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA presents “In Motion #1” (ninja tune) 2LP $34
RODRIGUEZ “Cold Fact” (light in the attic) L P$38
NEW ORLEANS FUNK various (soul jazz) 3L P$42
STUDIO ONE SKA various (soul Jazz) 2LP 32
RASTAFARI: THE DREADS ENTER BABYLON 1955-83 various (soul jazz) 2 L $58
BETTY DAVIS “Betty Davis” (light in the attic) LP $42
SERGE GAINSBOURG “History De Melody Nelson” LP $42

NEW THANGS

EXPECTED VERY SOON – Check on instagram and faceboook etc…..

SILENT JAY AND JACE XL “Sacrifice”
(Rhythm Section) 12” (price to be confirmed) $20??

- Coming straight out of Melbourne with plentiful attitude, Producer/multi-instrumentalist Silentjay teams up with fellow Hiatus Kaiyote backing vocalist, Jace XL to present ‘Sacrifice’, a mini album of epic proportions. At once sincere and heartfelt, the songs do not shy away from the playful influence of 90s RnB – a sound that is a defining influence on this EP, which despite clocking in at just under 30 minutes, attains a level of artistry and conceptual cohesiveness that many artists could only dream of. Another VERY serious recording from an impossibly fertile Melbourne Scene that is quickly becoming the envy of the world.

Ltd. 12″ pressing of ‘Sacrifice’ housed in custom Rhythm Section house sleeve on reverse card board print including full colour insert with lyrics. I think it is almost sold out o/s now…

RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW!!!

JASON HEERAH “Chasing Love” (JH records) CD $30

- LOCAL – a local legendary musician. Here is the release of his debut solo album called Casing Love. Jason plays in the amazing Gospel Sundays crew now and was in the band Electric Empire and then went on to TV and did well at he X Factor show. With the main$tream team behind him now, it seems his reach will be greater. Wider and further as he gets to spread his soul sound. This album was recorded overseas and is a big sound. AS a drummer you know that the beat is big and involved! Vinyl copies coming soon.

KEEP CRUSHIN’ Love Dilla Mix Tape (cassette) $10

- Mixed by local DJ Bag Lady. A collection of her favourite Dilla jams. All proceeds to the J Dilla Foundation. In order to purchse this cassette you must show us at Northside a screenshot or a receipt of payment of $10 to the J DILLA FOUNDATION. You can pay for it here.. We are getting no money from this just spreading his music and Bag Lady too.

LOOSE JOINTS “Pop Your Funk – RSD edition” (west end) 3 x 12” $55

- West End went DEEP into the vaults for this one. Loose Joints’ “Pop Your Funk” is one of Arthur Russell’s funkier projects, a rare classic on 12″ and almost non-existent on 7″ until now. This 45 version differs from the more commonly heard 12″ version with more Moog lasers and a slightly slower tempo, but check the flipside instrumental for a freak-out uptempo version that is absolutely INSANE. Obviously original 1980 copies go for loot so get one of these remastered 45’s while they last. A must for the Arthur Russell fans and completists.

THIS IS TROJAN various (soul jazz) 6LP BOXSET $100

- This is a limited Record Store Day 2016 release. All the biggest hits from the greatest reggae label of all time! 60 Reggae Classics including Israelites, Double Barrel, Uptown Top Ranking, Liquidator, 0.0.7 Shanty Town, Red Red Wine and Young, Gifted And Black. 6LP box set. 12 sides of music. 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

JOSE JAMES “Yesterday I Had the Blues: The music of Billie Holliday” (blue note) 2LP $55

- A sublime take on the music of Billie Holiday – served up in the tremendous vocals of Jose James! In the notes, James recalls that the music of Holiday is one of his first memories of childhood – and goes onto explain how much her music has meant to him over the years – a relationship we can clearly hear in the love and care he brings to the music! The setting is one of the most straight jazz that James has ever worked with – and backing is by a hip trio that features Jason Moran on piano and Fender Rhodes, John Patitucci on bass, and Eric Harland on drums – all of whom usually lay back with this slow-stepping vibe that’s wonderful – and very different than the kind of accompaniment you’d hear on Holiday’s original recordings. Yet Jose’s raspy vocals really get at the same sort of heartbreaking feel in the lyrics, but from a different masculine perspective – an approach that’s simple, subtle, and extremely effective. Titles include “God Bless The Child”, “Strange Fruit”, “Body & Soul”, “Good Morning Heartache”, “Lover Man”, “Tenderly”, and “Fine & Mellow”

MARTA ACUNA “Dance Dance Dance”
(P&P) 12” $25

- Originally taking form as Universal Robot Band’s dreamy instrumental disco cut “Thyme” in 1977, within a year of its release Patrick Adams invited Marta Acuna to add suitably yearning, hazy vocal. Adding to the silky groove’s allure without taking any of its original soul, Marta elevated an already pristine track into a real moment that embodies the deeper, most soulful aspects of late 70s disco. A highly authentic P&P reissue.

BRAZIL 45 SERIES; ROSA MARIA
“Deixa Nao Deixa / Avenida Atlantica”
(Mr Bongo) 7” $18

- Well, this is a BIG 7”, what can we say – two monster funk/bossa nova cuts from Rosa Maria, that we play every time we go near the turntables. This is the first time we have reissued both cuts from the original 7”, that came out in 1972 on Tapecar. Needless to say, extremely difficult to find now. ‘Deixa Nao Deixa’ has a distinct afro-latin feel to it thanks to the guitar, horn and percussion. Add in the catchy lead vocal, strong harmonies, funk/bossa drum grooves, shuffling percussion and the continuous build to the end, and you have one of the greatest Brazilian funk records ever pressed. ‘Avenida Atlantica’ doesn’t mess around either. Funk and bossa drum grooves alternate underneath the layers of vocals, horns, piano and percussion found on the flip.

CLAUDIA “Jesus Christo / Ossain”
(mr bongo) 7” $18

- Another double A-side from leading lady of the Brazil 45’s series, Claudia. Two more big hitters from her Jesus Cristo LP: ‘Jesus Cristo’ is the title track from LP. Brazilian Gospel-funk-soul at it’s finest; uplifting piano, organ, bass, drums and claps, with Claudia’s lead vocal and backing harmonies from a full choir. Also originally released on an Odeon 7” in 1970, backed with the mighty ‘Com Mais De 30’ that we released on Brazil 45, 26. ‘Ossain’ is a beautifully unique MPB/samba-rock work out, featuring one of the most distinctive vocals hooks in Brazilian music. This is the first time the song has been released on 7”

MULATU ASTATKE / TESHOME METEKU “Assiyo Bellema / Hasabe” (mr bongo) 7” $18

- ‘Assiyo Bellema’ – Mulatu goes afro-latin, plus steel drums courtesy of Frank Holder. Assiyo Bellema was recorded during Mulatu’s time in London, during which he met Frank, along with many others including Tubby Hayes and Joe Harriott.

‘Hasabe’ was originally released on Amha in 1969. Soaring Ethiopian vocals and horns create a classic Ethiopian sound. Teshome Meteku was leader of Soul Ekos Band – they lived together! – and were very active in Addis in the 1960’s.

SEYOUM GEBREYES & WALLIAS BAND / WALLIAS BAND
“Muziqa Muziqa / Muziqawi Silt:” (Mr Bongo) 7” $18

- Wallias Band were an Ethiopian jazz/funk outfit active from the 70’s until the 90’s. They recorded and worked with Mulatu Astatke. They were amongst the first Ethipian bands to tour the USA. On ‘Muziqa Muziqa’ saxophonist Seyoum Gebreyes collaborates with the Wallias Band. Very little is known about Seyoum…

‘Muziqa Muziqa’ is an uptempo Ethio-funk jam, with a soaring vocal, driving organ, drums and brass. ‘Muziqawi Slit’ is a chugging, hypnotic Ethiopian jazz funk groover featuring organ player by Hailu Mergia. Taken from his ‘Tche Belew’ LP originally released on Kaifa in 1977, featuring Mulatu Astatke, arranged by Girme Beyene.

BACK IN STOCK

D’ANGELO “Brown Sugar” (virgin) 2LP $48

D’ANGELO “Voodoo” 2LP $48

HILLTOP HOODS “Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung” 3LP $95

LOUIE VEGA ‘Starring XXVIII’ (Vega) 2CD $40

THE SOUL SURFERS with WILL SESSIONS “Rap It Together” (funk night records) 7″ $14

DIAMOND AND THE PSYCHOTIC NEUROTICS “Stunts Blunts & Hip Hop” 2LP $40

KENDRICK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” 2LP $55

Email or call the store if you need a piece of this. 03 9417 7557. e  chris@northsiderecords.com.au


NEW THANGS

LPs

THE CAT EMPIRE “Rising With The Sun” (Two Shoes Records) 2LP $42

- LOCAL – ‘Rising With The Sun’ is the band’s 6th studio album and was recorded over the course of 2015, in between touring commitments which saw them play to a global audience of over half a million people, including headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, and a sold out show at The Royal Albert Hall. The new material on ‘Rising With The Sun’ feels explosive and custom built for festivals.

 

URTHBOY “The Past Beats Inside Me Like A SecondHand Heartbeat” (Elefant Tracks) 2LP $44

- LOCAL – Urthboy introduces his fifth album, ‘The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat!’ As Urthboy explains: “This project was to be released in 5 EPs, with each covering a decade between 1950 and 2000. The working title was Decades and the vision was to give life to the relationship between the past and present. Just like a million writers before me, I dreamt up a beast so daunting, that I spent three years trying to tame it. Everything changed when I wrote my family into the story.” The album is executive produced by Pip Norman & Hermitude with additional production by Nic Martin, Styalz Fuego and Rahj Jordan.

 

MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS “Stop, Look & Listen” (Record Kicks) LP $32

- PORTUGUESE FUNK!  Stop Look Listen is pure dynamite and follows the best tradition of the Soul Sisters of the 60s. Marta Ren, not surprisingly described as the new Marva Whitney, brilliantly supported by her super tight 8-piece rhythm & soul combo The Groovelvets, serves you 11 tracks of pure fire and takes-no-prisoners. From the floorshakin’ opening track Don’t Look to the mellow feel-good anthems Smiling Faces, So Long and the afrotastic Be Ma Fela, the Portuguese combo deliver a visceral deep funk album.
TALA AM “Arabica” (African Roadtrip) LP $36

- Released in 1975, Cameroonian Tala AM’s fifth album returns to the spotlight by way of African Road Trip. Dense, multi-layered funk with the emphasis placed firmly on the instrumental and vocals are used more as a rhythmic device, each composition is a fully physical adventure. Highlights include the strident piano slams on “Sugar Lump”, the rich Q&A hypnosis and counter-play of melodies on “Arabica” and the much softer, reflective feels and shimmering high life guitars of “Soweto”. Ageless.
TALA AM “African Funk Experimentals ’75-’78” (Africa Seven) LP $38

- Africa Seven continue their rich vein of releases this year with an indepth exploration of the Tala A.M. discography. Those unfamiliar with the Cameroonian’s story will be shaken by the adversity he lived through before going on to enjoy a successful music career; blindness and the death of both parents afflicted him as a child. However Tala Andre Marie’s love of music was his guiding light, as was Cameroonian icon Manu Dibango who helped him relocate to Paris and thus began a recording career consisting of no less than 13 albums! African Funk Experimentals 1975 To 1978 sees Africa Seven dip into the Tala AM archives for a ten track presentation of his funkiest cuts during the early years of recording for the Fiesta label. “Hot Koki” is a particular treat, whilst disco selectors will love “Sugar Lump”.
VARIOUS “Africa Airways Two” (Africa Seven) 2LP $40

- Released at the start of 2015, the inaugural Africa Airways collection was so successful it was repressed twice. Naturally this sophomore compendium of long-lost pan-African deep funk gems is equally as satisfying and enlightening. Ranging from the illustrious strings and tight disco groove of Ivory Coast’s M’Bamina to the swooning vocals and arresting charge of Bongi Makeba by way of her mother mama Africa Myriam Makeba who closes the show with the tight pounding groove and commercial command “Toyota Fantasy”, it’s yet another triumphant collection for Africa Seven. Watch out for the Dutch anomaly mid-way; Oscar Harris’s awesomely titled (and James Brown referencing) “Relax… Before Doing Sex” is guaranteed to light some fires whenever and wherever it’s aired.
RAY LUGO & THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS “Que Chevere” (Freestyle) LP $32

- Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers are back with their second album on Freestyle Records, and it’s more thumping, beautiful latin goodness than you can shake a stick at!

45’s

 

THAT GOLD STREET SOUND “Revive Me / Qualified” (TGSS) 7” $15

- LOCAL – New soul goodness from local cats That Gold Street Sound.  They says that they absolutely love classic soul music: R&B, funk and in particular the Motown sound from Detroit in the 1960s. We give it a modern twist by keeping it fresh and singing about themes that are relevant to today’s society. They launch this 7” this Friday night at The Northcote Social Club

VIBRAPHONIC ORKESTRA “Grandpa Song / Intro” (VO) 7” $12

- LOCAL – The Vibraphonic Orchestra are back with a new 7”.  With their 10 piece band they have moved from an electronic sound to a more organic funk groove. They have a big 5 piece horn section and you can hear them flex on the instrumental on the b side. They launch this one on April 9th at The Gasometer Hotel.
DRUG BEATS “The Champ / Quiet Fire / Negro Spiritual / The Worm”
(Friday’s Funky) 7” $15

- 4 dope tracks taken from the recently released LP, House Shoes Presents : The Gift Volume 10 which showcases North Carolina producer Drugs Beats. Al l 4 tracks are bangers and doubles are a must – don’t sleep – limited to 500 copies. Permission for this release kindly granted by House Shoes and Street Corner Music.
NICK BIKE “Chosen Spokes Vol 3’ (Chosen Spokes) 7” $15

- Nick Bike is back for the 3rd installment of his Chosen Spokes series recycling old school funk breaks to great effect.
RAY BARRETTO “Pastime Paradise” (AOTN) 7” $18

- Stone cold classic, although Pastime Paradise has been reissued a couple of time on compilations every single reissue has used the rocky LP version which is not nearly as good as the original 7″ cut. This 45 sounds fantastic, much stronger then the O.G 45 cut so it’s a no brainer. On the flip Mambotango, taken from the same LP gets its first 45 release.

 

WELDON IRVINE “I Love You/What’s Going On” (AOTN) 7” $18

-  Athens Of The North is rolling full steam at the moment, releasing an incredible quantity of quality soul tunes mostly unreleased on the 45 format. Taken from Weldon Irvine’s Sinbad album, these two stand out cuts are now paired on a single 45 for maximum pleasure. The A side features a Don Blackman penned JAM and the flip is a cover of Marvin Gaye’s uber classic What’s Going On.
TORTILLA FACTORY “Cookin” (AOTN) 7” $18

- In the 70’s one of the most Unique Texas band Emerged on the Scene, ‘Tortilla Factory ‘ whilst primarily in the Texas Chicano scene they produced a couple of funk bangers dispersed amongst their many eclectic LPs, the band was renowned for their high calibre is Musicianship and whilst the might now be not typical of their sound they still bring it to the table better than some straight funk bands.
 

BACK IN STOCK
BAMBOOS, THE “Black Feeling 3” (Freestyle) LP $32

DE LA SOUL / MAGGIE THRETT “Jenifa Taught Me / Soupy” (Originals) 7” $15

IKE TURNER & THE RHYTHM KINGS ‘Funky Mule / Nick Bike Bonus Beats’ (Dinked) 7” $15

JAALA “Hard Hold” (Jaala) LP $28

JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH, THE “It’s Just Begun / Troglodyte (Cave Man)” (Dinked) 7” $15

KALETA & ZOZO AFROBEAT “Country Of Guns” (Tramp) LP $25

KANYE WEST “808’s & Heartbreak” (Roc-A-Fella) 2LP + CD $48

LETTA MBULU “In The Music” (Be With) LP $48

NED DOHNEY “Hard Candy” (Be With) LP $45

NOHELANI CYPRIANO “Nohelani” (Be With) LP $45

SPEEDOMETER “Happy” (Freestyle) 7” $12

SPEEDOMETER FEAT JAMES JUNIOR “No Turning Back” (Freestyle) LP $32

SPIRITUALIZED ‘Royal Albert Hall October 10, 1997’ (Arista) 2LP $52

STEVE EARLE ‘Train A Comin’ (Plain) LP $45

VARIOUS “Henry Stone’s Miami Sound” (AOTN) 2LP $48

NEW THANGS

JAALA “Hard Hold” (Jaala) LP $28

- LOCAL – Jaala is a four-piece band based in Melbourne, Australia. Their sound is affectionately referred to as shed, a cathartic blend of jangly jazz flavoured groove and proggy art-pop. Cosima’s song writing plunges into heavy depths of the heart, sharing both dreams, losses and personal chaos all delivered with the vulnerable honesty of her unique voice.  was recorded in Coburg in a burst of energy one week in April. Produced and engineered by their good friend Paul Bender (Hiatus Kaiyote) it was tracked live with limited overdubbing keeping as close as possible to the live energy of the songs as they were first written and performed.

 

LANU “The Double Sunrise”

(Pacific Theatre) CD $20

- LOCAL – Informed from the romanticism and mythology of the South Pacific region and the Exotica musical genre, ‘The Double Sunrise’ sees The Bamboo’s founder and guitarist Lance Ferguson once again don his Lanu guise for the first time since 2011’s ‘Her 12 Faces.’   The history of the South Seas, both real and imagined, seeps through ‘The Double Sunrise.’ It’s also a place with a very personal connection to Ferguson, including a direct one through his grandfather, guitarist Bill Wolfgramm, one of the region’s most important musical pioneers, as well as what was once the most beautiful and opulent aviation route in the world. As on the ‘Her 12 Faces,’ Megan Washington contributes vocals and co-writes half the album. French chanteuse Melanie Pain (long-time vocalist with esteemed French electronica act Nouvelle Vague) contributes two tracks, and The Melbourne Samoan Choir make a soul stirring appearance on the track “Aranui.”

DOWN PAT “12 Choppy Seasons”

(Rawthentic) EP $30

- LOCAL – Rawthentic Records proudly presents – ’12 Choppy Seasons’ (part 1), the new solo effort from DownPat. DownPat is back with 3 new bangers and a remix to kick off Rawthentics 2016 campaign. The record features some brutal lyrics from the hills finest, coupled with slick production from Must Volkoff, Fluent Form and Rawthentic’s own Large. Does’ of the Love letters crew, Nederlands has handled the artwork on the sleeve and we must say, it looks dope. ONE copy has been signed…..shhhhh!

 

KNXWLEDGE & ANDERSON PAAK are NXWORRIES “Link Up & Suede”

(Stones Throw) EP $30

- This is the first release from Anderson Paak & Knxwledge as Nxworries. The EP includes the new single “Link Up,” “Suede” and “Droogs,” a Knxwledge remake of the Anderson .Paak single, along with instrumental bonus beats. The 12″ has a gold sleeve and also contains instrumentals for “Link Up” and “Suede” (8 tracks total). All vinyl orders will receive the digital version as immediate download.

 

KANYE WEST “808’s & Heartbreak”

(Roc-A-Fella) 2LP + CD $48

- As far as I can tell, this official Roc-A-Fella reissue has identical specs to the 2008 release: Kaws artwork, inserts, triple gatefold, double vinyl and bonus CD. With the 2008 version going for anywhere from $50-200, are you ready? 

 

FOUR TET “Champion Flipside / Disparate” (Text) 12” $28

-  Four Tet producer brush up again with Hyperdub-alum Champion. Fans of the prolific Four Tet will no doubt recall Champion’s stellar rework of “Kool FM” back in 2013 and will probably be excited to see how the pair fare when working directly together. Hopefully this 12″ is the first of several from Four Tet and Champion as there is some proper dynamite housed within the grooves of these two tracks. Up top “Flip Side” sees the classic vocal from De’ Lacy’s “Hideaway” spliced over a viciously warped bassline, broken percussion and pitch-bent synths – classic London style of production this! “Disparate” brings back vivid memories of UK Funky at its best, and features some naggingly familiar female vocals.

 

PHIL STROUD “The Forrest”

(Good Company Records) 12” $24

- LOCAL – Direct from the deepest corner of the southern hemisphere, a.k.a. Perth, Western Australia, Good Company Records is a new outlet for the music of our “West Coast Underground”, born out of four years of parties and a newly-opened specialist record store of the same name. Release number ‘zero-zero-two’ comes from North Perth riddim doctor Phil Stroud, two extended instrumentals offered generously across two sides of the same 12″ black plastic disk, equally suited to solo meditation or dance floor evocation!  Side A is drum workout “The Forest”, sounding in the mix or on the breeze not unlike a mid-summer, mid-noughties Villalobos set echoing through a European wood. Side B is the beachside dawn of “Yemaja”, a glistening ode to the goddess of the same name that features the dewy key-tones of Yazist Vaapa’s Jack Doepel. 

 

BIZ “Method EP” (Cliq) 12” $20

- LOCAL – After a 10-yr hiatus, this Sydney underground label reminds us of how lethal Australian techno can be. 4 tracks of serious bottom-end techno from one of the pioneers of techno in the southern hemisphere.

 

ELITE ATHLETE “Californian Rites

(Dan White Remix) (Cult Trip) 12” $22

- Portuguese producer Elite Athlete’s “Californian Rites” was recorded during a one year sabbatical in Hamburg and brings together a range of global influences. Harrowing African drum samples come to the fore on ‘Pagan Conjurer’ whilst Berlin-styled minimal basslines hold together the burning title cut. The four-track collection includes remixes regular Palace and Melbourne experimentalist  Dan White. ON Australian label Cult Trip…

 

ALMA NEGRA “Tabanka EP” (Sofrito) 12” $20

- WORLD EXCLUSIVE btw..Alma Negra’s Tabanka EP is a vibrant slice of percussive house that draws on the musical traditions of Santiago, an island within Cape Verde. This vinyl 12” is inspired by the carnival celebrations and lies somewhere between electronic and acoustic music and is an extremely unique, strange and funky set of party anthems.

FANTASMA “Free Love” (Soundway) LP $32

- ‘Fantasma, the latest project of South African innovator and creative pionneer Spoek Mathambo weaves together electroinica, hip-hop, traditionla Zulu Maskandi music, Shagaan electro, South African House, psych-Rock and Punk.’

 

ALBERT AYLER TRIO “Spiritual Unity”

(Esp Disk) LP $48

- Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-Disk famous (or, in some people’s eyes/ears, infamous). Mr. Ayler had already recorded in Europe and, in February ’64, in New York, but this was the first album on which neither he nor his collaborators held back. It was also ESP’s first jazz recording. Spiritual Unitypresented a new improvisation paradigm: looser structure, less regard for standard pitch, and no obligation to present a regular beat. Ayler’s sound was unprecedented, much rawer than any other jazz of the time. Sometimes it was expressed in squalls of untempered sound, sometimes in outbursts of poignant spontaneous melody. Meanwhile, under and around the leader’s unfettered self-expressions, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray reinvented the roles of their instruments.

 

FAC. DANCE 02 various (strut) 2LP $40

- Strut unleash the second album in the ‘Fac. Dance’ series bringing together sought after 12″ versions and rarities from Manchester’s revered Factory Records imprint.  Despite a reputation for austere post-punk modernity and raincoated miserabilism, the label’s first decade featured a raft of landmark dance records, primarily brought to the label by Rob Gretton who valued tunes and beats over Situationist dialectic and experiments in popular art. The early version of A Certain Ratio’s angular funk classic ‘The Fox’ rubs shoulders with Cheba Fadela’s Algerian rai blast ‘N’Sel Fik’, Bologna band Surprize features alongside the dub and reggae stylings of The Wake and X-O-Dus and the Manchester-New York axis weighs in heavily once again with John Robie’s seminal mix of Cabaret Voltaire’s ‘Yashar’ and the sparse post-punk funk of E.S.G.   

 

BACK IN STOCK

SEX ON TOAST “Oh Loretta!” (Tonay) 7″ $15 – LOCAL SOUL REPRESS!!

EDDIE HOOPER “Pass It On” (Soundway) 12” $20

JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” EP $25

 TAME IMPALA “Currents” 2LP $46

FOUR TET “Beautiful Rewind” (text)  LP $38

RETIREE “This Place” 12” (Rhythm Section) 12” $20 – LOCAL Syd soul

BILLY HOYLE “Os Afros Sambas remixed” (BJX) 12” $24 – LOCAL hip hop steezed Brazilian.

SAVOIR “Malala” (Plastic world) 12” $20 – SYD SOUL

BRADEN SCHLAGER “12” (efficient space) $20 – 1990 Australian techno!!! 

LEON BRIDGES “Louisiana Sun” (sony) 10” $30

J DILLA “Donuts: 10 year Anniversary Edition” (Stones throw) 2LP $45

SHATEISH “I’m Leaving / Instrumental” (plane Jane) 7” $15

THESDA “Spaced Out” (Left Ear Records) LP $30

VARIOUS “Slow Grind Fever Vol 5” (Stag-O-Lee) $34

OSCAR KEY SUNG “Holograms” EP $20

OCEANS APART sampler ONE LP (cutters records) $20

OCEANS APART samplerTWO EP (cutters records) $20

TULALAH ‘The Flood’ (Equinox) 2LP $45

MF Doom ‘Special Herbs Vol 1+2’ (Metal Face) 2LP $43

MF Doom ‘Special Herbs Vol 3+4’ (Metal Face) 2LP $43

MF Doom ‘Special Herbs Vol 5+6’ (Metal Face) 2LP $43

MF Doom ‘Special Herbs Vol 7+8’ (Metal Face) 2LP $43

MF Doom ‘Special Herbs Vol 9+0’ (Metal Face) 2LP $43

NO ZU ‘Hi Gloss’ (Cutters) 12” $20

VARIOUS ‘Cut Copy Presents Oceans Apart Part One’ (Cutters) 12” $20

VARIOUS ‘Cut Copy Presents Oceans Apart Part Two’ (Cutters) 12” $20

STARK REALITY ‘Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop’ (Now Again) 2LP $55

KNXWLEDGE ‘Anthology’ (Stones Throw) 2LP $45

FUNKADELIC ‘Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic’ () LP $45

LA DUSSELDORF ‘La Dusseldorf’ () LP $45

24-CARAT BLACK ‘Ghetto: Misfortune Wealth’ (stax) LP $45

YOU NEED THIS- HOUSE OF AGES various (bbe) 2LP $45

KEB DARGE & LITTLE EDITH “Wild Rockers” #5 various (bbe) 2lP $45

KEB DARGE & LITTLE EDITH “Wild Rockers” #2 various (bbe) 2lP $45

KEB DARGE & LITTLE EDITH “Wild Rockers” #4 various (bbe) 2lP $45

DEBRUIT & ALSARAH”Aljawal” LP $32

PHOTEK ; DJ KICKS various 2LP $42

SOUND OF SIAM vapours (soundway) 2LP $42

MERIDIAN BROTHERS LP “ Desperanza”  (soundway) $32

BELEZIA TROPICAL Brazilian comp by David Byrne LP $40

BATIDA “s/t” LP (soundway) $32

BATIDA “Dois” LP (soundway) $32

MONOMONO “Give the Beggar A Chance” 2LP $38

EJI OYEWOLE “Charity Begins At Home” LP $42

BLACK GODDESS ost LP $36

QUANTIC – LOS MITICOS DEL RITMO LP (soundway) $36

TEN CITIES various (soundway) 3LP $52

OUR LATIN THING various (fania) 2LP + DVD $46 

 

BRAND NEW – ROCK – FOLK – NEW WAVE – BLUES…

 

NIRVANA “From the Muddy Banks Of The Wishtah” 2LP $55

FLAMIN GROOVFIES ‘Jumping’ In The Night’ () LP $46

PAUL WESTERBERG ‘Suicaine Gratification’ () LP $53

SPIRITUALIZED ‘Royal Albert Hall October 10, 1997’ (Arista) 2LP $52

COLIN BLUNSTONE ‘One Year’ () LP $46

JOHN CALE ‘The Academy In Peril’ () LP $43

ERNIE GRAHAM ‘Ernie Graham’ () LP $46

FRED MCDOWELL ‘Amazing Grace’ () LP $48

SPIRITUALIZED ‘Fucked Up Inside’ () LP $60

RL BURNSIDE ‘Sound Machine Groove’ () LP $48

JOHN FAHEY ‘Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes’ () LP $45

JOHN FAHEY ‘Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death’ () LP $45

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE ‘The Use Of Ashes’ () LP $45

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD ‘Second Edition’ () LP $52

DURUTTI COLUMN, THE ‘LC’ () LP $45

STEVE EARLE ‘Train A Comin’ () LP $45

GNIDROLOG ‘Lady Lake’ () LP $52

VARIOUS ‘Live At The Bootleggers’ () LP $45

DOCK BOGGS ‘Legendary Singer & Banjo Player’ () LP $45

FLAMIN’ GROOVIES ‘Now’ () LP $45

MAZZY STARR”Among My Swan (180 Gram Vinyl)” LP $52

FRED NEIL “Other Side Of This Life (Vinyl)” LP $45

FRED NEIL “Sessions (Vinyl)” LP $45

IGGY POP American Caesar” LP $55

PAUL WESTERBERG “Eventually” LP $45

DAVID WIFFEN “David Wiffen” LP $45

SPIRITUALISED “Let Me Come Down And Help” 2LP $70

 

 

NEW THANGS

DEXTER STORY “Wondem” (Soundway) LP $30

On his debut Soundway Records release, Story distils his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice. Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence. Fostering guest appearances from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Alsarah Elgadi & Yared Teshale.
SUGARZ ‘City Of Light’ (+ Booshank Remix) (Hot Shot) 7” $15

- LOCAL – Introducing the super sassy, ultra sweet SUGARZ with her single ‘CITY OF LIGHTS’. Produced by Benny Badge, the string-puller behind various other Modern Funk affairs including Freekwency, Nite Class and Silver Linings and recent collaborations with Tom Noble and Magic Touch. Backed by the acidic saturation of Melbourne beatdown weirdo BOOSHANK with his shining B side remix (featured previously on FIRECRACKER RECORDS). Private press vibes on this for the real heads, boogie aficionados, acid house reminiscers and just fans of the left of centre.

 

JOHNNY PATE “You’re Starting Too Fast / You Can’t Even Walk In the Park” (ABC) 7” $15

- Two rare and highly sought after cuts from the legendary Johnny Pate offered up on this seven inch. Both sides are soaked with raw soul and are unique to the genius that is Mr Pate, sounding as if they were recorded specifically for today’s music heads.

 

MIKE STEVA “Visions Of Paradise”
(Yoruba Records) 10” $25

- LOCAL – Melbourne house DJ.producer Mike Steva’s first offering on Osunlade’s Yoruba Records imprint. Three tracks of varying styles of house music taking in elements of afro, bossa, soul & classic piano driven house music.

 

EDDIE HOOPER “Pass It On”
(Soundway) 12” $20

- This release comes from the Guyanese singer Eddie Hooper, famous in the large part for his soca recordings. However, it is the disco spectrum that Hooper transcends in this double header that has ‘end of the night’ written all over it. Recorded in 1980, Hooper delivers some of the most life-affirming and spaced out disco soul you’re likely ever hear integrating Rhodes keys, orchestrations, the odd early keyboard synth and vocals that permeate the tracks and aptly spell out how to ‘Set Your Spirit Free’.

 

J DILLA “The Shining” (BBE) 2LP $42
(also have stock of instrumentals version)

- J DILLA leaves behind an impression on Hip Hop that will last the test of time. His contributions ranged from defining Detroit Hip Hop as a founding member of SLUM VILLAGE to providing his production talents to COMMON, D’ANGELO, BUSTA RHYMES, ERYKAH BADU, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, THE PHARCYDE, THE ROOTS, JANET JACKSON AND MACY GRAY. This album ‘The Shining’ will serve as a testament to the the fact that legends never die ensuring his cult status lives on. ‘The Shining’ serves as a showcase of J Dilla’s talents which features him not only as a producer, but also as a rapper, singer and musician. Featured guests on the album include BUSTA RHYMES, COMMON, PHAROAHE MONCH, D’ANGELO, MADLIB, BLACK THOUGHT, MEDAPHOR aka MED, and GUILTY SIMPSON.

 

THE PARIS SMITH QUINTET
“Thought Seeds”(Jazzagression Records)
LP $35

- A long hidden modal/spiritual jazz gem is finally available again from Jazzaggression Records! Strung out over 7 tracks, Paris Smith’s chunky 4-mallet playing style on the vibes takes you on a joyride of lyrical moods with twists and turns. Not a dull moment on this album! Comes with new liner notes and new pictures!

 

PARIS SMITH NEW COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE “53rd Street Ghost” (Jazzagression Records)
LP $35

- 53rd Street Ghost, a larger ensemble lays the vibes of the 90s Chicago scene with a great batch of funky jazz tracks, whether it’s the latin tingled ‘Psalm 37‘ or the themic ‘The Fun of it All‘ you’ll find joy and mood in this Paris Smith joint from 96. Now available for the first time on vinyl! Comes with new liners-notes and pictures!

 

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES “Parilla Caliente”
LP $42

- Porfirio Antonio Jiménez Núñez (1928 – 2010) was a Venezuelan bandleader with a Dominican heritage in the field of traditional Latin music like salsa who took a few steps into Western funk and pop music during the 60s and 70s while retaining the obvious elements of a distinctive Latin American sound. His fusion can only be described as an utterly hot and spicy experience just as the title of this 1972 release tells you. Lush brass arrangements, a carpet of poly rhythmical percussion patterns and intriguing melodies hit you directly when you put this nugget onto your turntable and let the needle sink down into the groove. The record starts with, Commences” which is a monsterous cover of Fela Kuti.

 

DOOM “Born Like This” 2LP (Lex) $52

- Back in 2009, MF DOOM returned to the world–like any true villain would after a five years hiatus–stronger, more ferocious, more focused than ever on his sixth studio album Born Like This. The album was a critical darling despite its underwhelming sales, finding the metal-toothed monster grappling with ghetto politics, police brutality and socio-economic livelihood well before the call of the Black Lives Matter movement, bringing along a select clientele for a comeback record that reminded the world it would never truly be free of DOOM’s grasp, providing ample support on suite of music that was composed of gems from the catalogues of J Dilla, Madlib, Jake One and, of course, his own.

JAAK JURISSON “Jaak Jurisson” (frotee) LP $30
– Estonian label Frotee discovered 6 previously unreleased instrumental tracks by Jaak Jürisson. Jürisson was prolific singer, composer and keyboard player during 80s, though he rarely recorded his instrumental compositions. In 1990 he took his new synthesizer and bass player to studio and recorded 6 tracks. We call it balearic today, but back in the old days it was still smooth jazz.

UNLIMITED DISCO #1various (UD) 12” $20

- Unlimited Disco’ is a new label basically focused of high quality edits of funk-disco classics and rare groove tracks.  The first volume features Dimitri’s remix of ‘I Want Your Love’ (never released on vinyl), and a super cool unreleased edit of Mahogany’s ‘Ride On The Rhythm’ made by Ghosts of Venice.
FUMIO HAYAZAKA THE SEVEN SAMURAI Soundtrack OST (doxy) LP + CD $38

- Basically this is the soundtrack to the Seven Samurai. But is killer Kurosawa style you realise the field recordings at the back of the much of the action and talking stitch everything together in this magical sonic way. This is smashing. And very clever. And quite beautiful in parts too.
THE SOUND OF SIAM various (Soundway)
2LP $38

- Thailand means different things to different people. Beyond the beaches and tourist spots lies a world of music still waiting to be discovered. Be it spaced out jazz, raw funk or the meditative sounds of the North East, Soundway has dug deep into the country’s vinyl archives to present a broad range of vintage sounds that underlines Thailand’s status as one of South East Asia’s musical hot spots. The 19 tracks reflect the outcome of a twentieth century journey from Thai classical to Luk Krung and Luk Thung – music that incorporated western influences such as jazz, surf guitar, ballroom and even Latin and African. The music maps changing social demographics, the movement of people, culture and language from countryside to city and all during a period when the record labels were at their most experimental.

 

MENCAR TUHAN “KELOMPOK KAMPUNGAN” (light in the attic) 10” $35 

- One of the true gems of the Indonesian scene, this album stands to be one of the best, and also one of the most unique albums to come from the region. Banned by the Shuko government soon after release, it remains somewhat obscure to most collectors up until now. An album created by Bram Makahekum (who had no musical experience or training at all) Kelompok Kumpangan had multiple members trying to recreate the sounds of nature, even using original handmade instruments invented by the band themselves. The end result is nothing short of brilliant, one of our personal favourites from the region and an album that can’t really be compared to much else. Wonderful progressive folk of the highest caliber, we can’t stand behind this one enough.
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SEX ON TAOST “Oh Lorretta!” 7″ $15 – LOCAL SOUL REPRESS!!

JOHN MORALES “Motown REMIX EP”2x 12” $38

HERBIE HANCOCK “Bring Down The birds / BBoy Edit” (MGM) 7” $16

THE STONE ROSES “s/t” LP $40

DAVID BOWIE “Blackstar” LP $48

IDJUT BOYS “Versions” 2LP $46

PETE ROCK “Mecca & The Soul Brother” 2LP $42

GIL SCOTT HERON & BRIAN JACKSON “The Anthology” 2LP (soul brother) $42

DAFT PUNK “Homework” 2LP $44

KENDRICK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” 2LP $55

LETTA MBULU / DICK KHOZA ‘Mahlalela / Chapita’ (Mukatsaku) 7” $14

LORD NELSON “Shango” (soundway) 12” $20

JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” EP $25
NEW THANGS
LEON BRIDGES
“Louisiana Sun” (Sony) 10” $30

Five new unreleased tracks taken from the ‘Coming Home’ LP sessions. A few of the songs have been heard, if only in Leon’s live sets, but now a proper release was given to them. Seemingly, any of these songs could have made the album originally, as they are short, 2 and a half minute burners that flow nicely with the rest of Leon Bridges’ debut record.

 

J DILLA
“Donuts: 10 Year Anniversary Edition” (Stones Throw) 2LP $45

Tragically, Donuts was released just three days before J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) passed away from complications arising from lupus–he was only 32. As one of his last projects, though, Donuts is a fitting reflection of Dilla’s creativity and an apt tribute (however unintentional) to a career spent as the quintissential producer’s producer. Unlike some of Dilla’s previous instrumental albums, such as Welcome To Detroit, the songs here are less finished and polished pieces and more caught up in mid-creative motion. Unlike the soft, filtered sound he was known for in the mid-1990s, for Donuts he leaves a variety of soul and jazz loops in plain view but splices and reworks them as a set of sonic jigsaw puzzles. Spontaneous but not sloppy, the capture the late producer at his best–in the throes of his own imagination, each song poised with endless possibilities.

 

SHATEISH “I’m Leaving / Instrumental” (Plane Jane) 7” $15

Singing since the age of five, R&B/Soul singer Shateish, from Virginia, joined her mother’s gospel group, ‘Evangelist Brinkley And The Gospel Pearls’, at the age of eight and continued singing with them until the age of 19, when she decided to leave and pursue a future as an R&B artist. Her mother was her greatest influence, ‘she taught me everything I know right now, you know, she taught me to always be myself when I sing, always feel it, always be humble’, with her other great influence being Tina Turner, ‘I love some Tina Turner. I love her music, I wish one day I could meet her and just do one song with her’. Other influences include Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, ‘all the people that bring that soul’, and she hopes with her music to ‘touch people, I want people to feel me, I want to write and make music where I know what other people are going through, I can relate to it…I’m just giving them something that they need to be healed, or, you know, or just to make it through the day’. In 2008, she featured on the Scarface track ‘Still Here’ from the ‘Emeritus’ album, and here she sings an Etta James-inspired, and Nottz produced, track, ‘I’m Leavin’. The instrumental is strong, with a heavy DJ Premier vibe.

 

AHZZ “New Yorks Movin”
(Land Of Hits) 12” $28

Essential 1981 New York disco favourite of Danny Krivit. Hand-claps in abundance, male harmonies, and funky Paradise Garage vibe throughout ensures this is a dancefloor classic.

 

CLYDE ALEXANDER & SANCTION
“Got To Get Your Love”
(Heavenly Star Productions) 12” $28

Stone cold disco classic from Heavenly Star: “Got To Get Your Love” was last spotted on wax through Kenny Dope’s superlative Kay-Dee edit series a few years back, but this P&P reissue is the authentic article released just as it was in 1980; the cascading spiralling melodies and honeyed vocal original on the A and the equally spotless instrumental on the B. Heavenly.

 

VARIOUS
“The Boston Creative Jazz Scene” (Cultures Of Soul) 2LP Boxset $60

In the 1970s Boston was a fertile ground for a very creative jazz scene. Small, independent venues ranging from lofts to churches to clubs opened up to support this thriving backdrop while jazz musicians set up their own labels. One man was there through it all, playing music and documenting the musical landscape. His name was Mark Harvey and here is his story….The music on this album is culled from rare private press Jazz LPs that were pressed in small quantities of a few hundred for members of the band and the local jazz community at the time. The music here runs the gamut of funky jazz from Arnie Cheatham’s “Thing” to the deep free jazz of the Phill Musra Group or the spoken word brilliance of Worlds, to the complex metric structures of Stanton Davis’ “Play Sleep.” This is a collection of very rare eccentric jazz pieces for your enjoyment!

MAD DRE “Trapp City / The Dopemane” (rare finds records) 7” $25 

LOCAL label release… – MAD DRE – ‘TRAPP CITY’ featuring Carolyn Rodriguez, Jak Da Mak, K-Rino and SPM Super limited pressing of 50, on Mad Sounds Productions. Classic US trap heat, now on 7”

DAVID BOWIE ‘Black Star’ (ISO) LP $48

28th and final album from the one-and-only David Bowie who sadly passed away two days after release..  Throughout his fruitful career Bowie has always experimented with sound and explored new territories sonically and influentially. Blackstar is a prime example of this exploring jazz mixed with minimalist electronica.
MILES DAVIS DROP

MILES DAVIS ‘Porgy & Bess’ LP $42

MILES DAVIS ‘Bitches Brew’ 2LP $42

MILES DAVIS ‘In A Silent Way’ LP $36
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THESDA “Spaced Out” (Left Ear Records) LP $30

BRIAN EL DORADO “Eclectric” (Bed) LP $25

JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” (Soul Has No Tempo) EP $25

ERIMAJ “Nothing Like This / Conflict Of A Man” (Plane Jane) 7” $15

DAPTONE GOLD VOLUME TWO 2LP $40

 

NEW THANGS

 

THESDA “Spaced Out” (left ear records) LP $30
- LOCAL LABEL - Stone cold killer classic jazz funk long player.. zoning and beautiful. Thesda – Spaced Out was originally pressed in 1979 in a run of just 100 LPs. These original LPs were only distributed amoungst friends and family of the artists and as a result they are extremely sort after. The LP a cosmic journey blending jazz funk soul and disco is a into one of the most unique and high quality private press releases of its time. This killer jazz funk album is fully licensed and reissued for the very first time by Left Ear Records.”

JORDAN RAKEI “Groove Curse” (Soul Has No Tempo) EP $25

- LOCAL – WOW, a repress of this now CLASSIC Australian soul release. Released in 2014 Jordan exploded onto the scene with this crazy good EP. He played an instore at Northside Records that has gone down as “one of the best”. The 5 track modern soul EP called Groove Curse, is all but that. The legacy this has left with Jordan has been a blessing. Based in London lately we’ve hardly seen him, but he returns next week to share his soul with us. TIP. 

THE SOUL IMMIGRANTS feat FRED WESLEY “Yard OF Hard” (dry rooti) 7″ $15

- WOW! Fred’s still got it! UK funk band out of London who are, as they say, are big in Japan, but they have deliverede a killer blow on a small slice of black plastic. With an instrumental side devoted to the magic of James Browns favourite Trombone player in the world, this is a great fun record. 

 

JIMMY McGRIFF / TK CONNECTION

“Tailgunner / Do What You Wanna Do” (TK Disco) 12” $20

- Alongside the steady flow of liquid gold from TK Disco’s reissue project, the modern disco DJ, dancer and discerning listener get a treat here in the form of unheard, unreleased and exclusive edits of T Connection and Jimmy McGriff from none other than Kon and Todd Terje. I’mma let you catch your breath…. No stranger to a floor filling, funked up disco edit, Kon got his hands on the original stems of T Connection’s disco-funk masterpiece and worked it into a HUGE new arrangement featuring replayed instrumental parts, added percussion and plenty of precision breaks, which come into their own in the stripped back “Groove” mix. Mastered by Star Time associate Caserta this jam’s gonna slay any dancefloor. On the flip we have a Todd Terje edit of Jimmy McGriff, prised out of his own personal stash. Now, while the Norwegian’s exceptional edits have caused online meltdown for a decade now, this little beauty’s remained unreleased, reserved only for Terje’s own DJ sets. I’ve never had the pleasure to catch this one in the wild, but I can only imagine the explosion of giddy euphoria when Terje drops this one in the club. Hammering keys, wild organ, fuzz guitar and a massive sweeping, swooning chorus – what more could anyone want?!

 

DAVE ACOSTA ATKINS “Gifts Part 1” (hydrofunk) CD $5

- LOCAL – one of this countries greatest drummers. After his work with the Resin Dogs in the 90’s to more recently he now drums with Wolfmother. He is also a renowned hip hop producer and here he gives us 35 short tracks, all full funk sound. With DRUMS, bass and samples these are full songs but really for producers to use abuse and groove to. Its a snapshot of his MPC for the last decade.

 

BRIAN EL DORADO “Eclectric” (Bed) LP $25

- LOCAL – The album is very diverse – hence the title – its got rapping, soul, funk, rock, alt country and psychedelic rock all mixed up within 10 songs.  The whole album was recorded live to a 2 inch tape machine with the computer switched OFF; meaning the recording relied on the live performance of the whole band being captured in one take. This coupled with the warm tape undertone give the recording a great vibe and sound. The band consisted of: Brian El Dorado – guitar, vocals, synth, samples. Kumar Shome -lead guitar. Craig Strain – bass. Lee Armstrong – drums. Josh Barber – percussion. And the Pickpocket Horns; Myles Izzo, Alex Howroyd and Brett Evans.

 

D’ANGELO “Voodoo” (Light In The Attic) 2LP $48

- One of the rare cases in popular music when great art became music for the masses! 

 

SHAMIR “Ratchet” (XL) LP $42

- Following a BBC Sound Of 2015 nomination and signing to XL Recordings, the hotly-tipped talent Shamir comes correct with his debut album “Ratchet”. The Las Vegas-based singer crept slowly into the awarenesses of music fans with a steady rise in popularity following the release of debut EP “Northtown”, which was put out on the Godmode Records label. Hypnotic single “On The Regular” marked the transition to the indie label giant XL and promised an album of addictive rhythms and bold pop magic. Dismissing any questions of over hype straight off the bat, Shamir opens the LP with the Sylvester “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight” stylings of “Vegas”, delivering the best low tempo cut of the year so far. From that point forward there’s no looking back as the young gun unites Larry Levan-era house, DFA-style beats and strikingly sincere and lyrics into a ménage à trois which calls to mind the finest work of Hot Chip, Holy Ghost! and Tiga.

 

LEE HAZELWOOD “Something Special”

(Light in the attic) 2LP $48

-Pure genius from Lee Hazlewood – one of his gems cut for MGM in the 60s, and a session that features some great small combo backings! The feel here is almost a jazz-inflected take on the slight country tinge of Lee’s other work – a style that’s as sophisticated and unique as Hazlewood’s well-penned lyrics and amazing vocals. Lee’s completely at home here – working with the great engineer Eddie Brackett, who’s sound for his vocals is just about as great as could be hoped – the matchless blend of ice and embers that perfectly defines the Hazlewood sound.

TITUS 12 “Everyone Should (Wake Me UP) / Bury Dem” (zamzam) 7″ $15

- SO he says….I’m a producer (Titus 12) from Bristol uk and came to your shop in 2012, I asked for local beatmakers and you sold me some compilations, spot on. Before heading back to Bristol in 2014 I had released an EP with Uncomfortable Beats and dj’d many times in Melbourne, so thanks for the tip! I have my first 7″ release on Portland Label ZamZam Sounds. I know many crew in your area would like a copy, would you be interested in stocking some? It would be awesome to go full circle at Northside. It’s a highly collectable dubwise label with unique sleeve designs. NO DIGITAL and limited!!! All on the label!! 

LAS “Traveling / Omega Dub” (zumzum) 7″ $15

- With releases on Black Box, Box Clever, System – and of course firmly planted in the mighty Innamind camp of artists – ZamZam is proud to forward our first 7” from the enigmatic LAS (Love and Sound) AKA Lassi Vainionpää of Helsinki. Well-known to those that have journeyed alongside LAS during his live shows the last couple years, “Traveling” is a deep journey into the post-dubstep ether – a classic Upsetters sample rotates and swims in strange orbits around a rubbery sub and LAS’ signature conga-led percussion. Half way through the tune a 4/4 pulse takes over and the dubbing goes recursive and non-Euclidian, even while it drives that much harder. “Omega Dub” takes a turn for the darker – the darkness of space. A hollowed out lead that sounds like throat signing cyborgs navigates the craft, propelled by insistent skanks. Spectral key flourishes bloom from the beyond, and hats and snares are pushed into an ever deeper reverb void.

KALBATA “Brimstone & Lightning” Brimstone Dub” (zamzam) 7″ $15

- ZamZam is proud to present a massive and mighty steppers tune from Ariel Tagar, better known to the worlds of reggae and electronic music as Kalbata. Instantly addictive, “Brimstone & Lightning” is a collaboration between Kalbata and a veteran yet little-known Jamaican producer called Leon Electronics. Kalbata’s legendary reggae obsession led him to seek Leon out with the intention of rereleasing an obscure tune of his from the 80’s. After months of searching, Kalbata managed to track Leon down in Kingston Jamaica and met with him while recording his celebrated ‘Congo Beat The Drum’ LP. Going through the tapes at Boris Gardiner’s studio, the pair stumbled on this unfinished tune. Leon dismissed it, but Kalbata became obsessed with the rough gem, so Leon gave him his blessings to finish, cut and release it. Started in Jamaica in 1990 and finished in Tel Aviv last year, the 100% analog mix is like a message from the future to the past brought forth in the miracle of the present – a pounding steppers whose kick, bass & space dynamics have to be heard to be believed.

DANNY SCRILLA “HIgher Plane / MAroon” (zamzam) 7″ $15

- “Higher Plane” opens with a gorgeous flute melody, pattering percussion, a test tone and a maternal bassline all floating in etheric bliss, woven through with gently decaying delays. Almost imperceptibly other elements are pulled into the pulse’s gravity-well until the full riddim finally emerges, a restrained yet addictive 150 bpm rockers for sound systems on course to meet the rising sun. “Maroon” is a highly original silky steppers powered by rubbery sub and cyborg saxophone riffs with Scrilla’s signature woozy, detuned delay trails and synaesthetic holograms. Alternating between half time and 4/4 propulsion, this subtle powerhouse of a tune has been championed on dubplate from DJs as varied as Rodigan and Toddla T.

 

 

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BJORK “Greatest hits” 2LP $42

BONOBO “Black Sands” 2LP $32

BONOBO “The North Borders” 2LP $35

FKA TWIGS “M3LL155X” LP $30

FLYING LOTUS “Los Angeles” (Warp) 2LP $34

FLYING LOTUS “Cosmogramma (warp) 2LP $34

GUILTY SIMPSON “Detroit’s Son” (stones throw) 2LP $46 – produced by KATALYST (Syd)!

IBEYI “Ibeyi” (XL) 2LP $38

NEW ORLEANS FUNK various (soul jazz) 2LP $42

STUDIO ONE SKA Various (Soul Jazz) 2LP $32

SUI ZHEN “Secretly Susan” LP $28 – LOCAL electro soul….

 

NEW THANGS

NO ZU “Afterlife” (Chapter Music) LP $26

LOCAL – Unstoppable Heat Beat pioneers NO ZU release new album Afterlife on vinyl and digital via Chapter Music in February 2016. Afterlife is the fittingly-named sequel to 2012’s Life, and sees the eight piece group venture into deeper, darker, more urgent territory. Chanted female vocals, pitched down male vocals, wild sax and horns coalesce into something uniquely antipodean, a bluestone back-alley hallucination that NO ZU call Heat Beat – a nocturnal sex dream bringing together no wave, funk, house, techno, and global percussion. According to band leader Nicolaas Oogjes, Afterlife explores themes of human beauty, body movement, BDSM, belief systems, mortality, immortality, the fetishisation of Australian colonial invasion and destruction of land/cultures, all sung in dynamic dancefloor metaphors.

VARIOUS “Slow Grind Fever Vol 5” (Stag-O-Lee) $34

LOCAL – Welcome once more to Slow Grind Fever, the soundtrack to Melbourne’s smokiest slow dance party, where the DJs play moody mid-century slow-burners for the indolent and the aroused on the last Saturday of the month. Listening to the albums is nice, but when you’re up there all wrapped up in the smoke and the smells and the sizzle of the records, there’s nothing quite like it. Slow Grind Fever Volume 5 was compiled by SGF mastermind Richie1250 from 3PBS. Expect the best in slow dance! Includes tracks by The Hollywood Flames, Rose Hardaway, The Marquis, Hillard Street with Jack Marshall’s Music, Steve King & The Echelons, Johnny Burnette, Dee Clark, The Night Caps, Birdie Green, The Shields, Nappy Brown with Teacho Wiltshire’s Orch.,Singin’ Sammy Ward, King Coleman, and April Stevens.

TALL BLACK GUY “JB Suite I & II” (Plane Jane) 7” $15

Tall Black Guy is a great producer. Any chance to listen to him, you should. This time he turns his attention to the master. JB. Here he brings in many different samples from the Godfather of groove, the Lord of the One, Mr Please please and creates two different Suite’s that is a super low slung hip hop jams that are made to snap necks.

JERRY HARRIS ‘I’m For You’ (Wakes) $40

The best Wackie’s LP you may not have heard, made even better! 10 song LP featuring 4 of the vocal tracks from the original LP, 1 previously unreleased vocal, and 5 previously unreleased companion dub versions!  Originally released in 1982, “I’m For You, I’m For Me” was the debut album from Wackie’s studio stalwart musician and singer Jerry Harris (oddly nicknamed “Jerry Hitler” back then). The original LP carried a deceptive cover, featuring only the headshot of a jheri curled Jerry, which suggested a slick soul or disco album, and belied the mostly hard roots reggae tracks contained therein.

DUDLEY PERKINS ‘Dr Stokely’ (Mellow Music Group) LP $32  

Dudley Perkins is Dr. Stokley. So old school and still so cool. Holistic healer for the dark heart. Stimulator of the mind. Inoculating you with sharp darts. Old dirty record addict. Heads have been waiting 4 years for a new Dudley Perkins solo record – this Black Friday November 29th it arrives. The new album, Dr. Stokley, finds Dudley over production from Kankick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Madlib. This is Dudley’s eccentric best, fiery passion and heavy fOnk from the soul.

FIRST TOUCH “Daycruising EP” (BTS) 2LP $25

“Daycruising” reflects the creativity, maturity and versatility of First Touch productions, which are always filled with a constant elevating energy and warmth. From their tough boogie basslines to their smooth synth leads & wicked drum patterns, FT truly deliver a future classic on newly minted German label Born To Shine!

HIP HOP DROP!

BROWN, APOLLO & GUILTY SIMPSON ‘Dice Game’ (Mellow Music Group) 2LP $38

Someone once said that life’s a gamble. Kinda like shootin dice in an alley. The risk is high but the gain is higher, and when it’s all said and done, you hold your breath and collect your dues. W ith lyrics that grip like a handful of ones, and beats that hit like ivory on cement, this album is just that, a Dice Game. The Deluxe vinyl edition of Dice Game is strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide.  It comes with a bonus 45 that features two non-album tracks plus ivory colored vinyl.  The cover is glossy white with matte black dice that are debossed.  

DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK ’Spare Overtime’ (Redefinition Records) LP $42

Newly recorded, re-sequenced and retitled versions of the beloved instrumentals were prepared for this album. Both “Spare Time” and “Overtime” have been consolidated into one and in the vein of “How it Should Sound”, Damu revisited all the old floppy disks to create the best listening experience. Constructed on his MPC 2000, the album is intact with The Fudgemunk’s signature production style and interludes. Two freshly composed unreleased tracks were conceived exclusively for the deluxe version which includes a 45. 

DIABOLIC ‘Fightin’ Words’ (Redefinition Records) LP $38

Diabolic’s back to crush your favorite rapper with his highly anticipated sophomore LP “Fightin Words”, which features guest appearances from Vinnie Paz, Sean Price, Celph Titled, Apathy, R.A. the Rugged Man and more, along with production from DJ Premier, Engineer, Junior Makhno, Snowgoons and more.

HOUSE SHOES ‘The Gift Vol 9 – Denmar’ (Street Corner Music) $38

The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. For the past few years, young Denmark Vessey has been releasing a series of albums, both as a leader of carious groups and as a sideman in various others, which definitely mark him as one of the most exciting young players in music. Vessey’s last album prior to this (2013’s Cult Classic) employed Scud One for the rhythm section. Vessey, in his own playing suggest that he may be forging a link between the new mainstream and prior innovations.

LA COKA NOSTRA ‘Masters Of The Dark Arts’ (Fat Beats Records) LP $40

ILL BILL, Danny Boy, Slaine, DJ Lethal, and DJ Eclipse are back for their sophomore album on Fat Beats Records. Features production by DJ Premier, DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit/House Of Pain) & Statik Selektah. Guest appearances by Vinnie Paz & Sean Price. 

MNDSGN ‘Breatharian’ (Stones Throw) LP $38

L.A. producer, Mndsgn’s most recent project, Breatharian, gets the official re-issue treatment via the newly formed Fresh Selects label. The rising instrumentalist – best known for his work with the likes of Danny Brown, Jonwayne, Sonnymoon, Blu, Knxwledge, and more – sees his first retail release in over 4 years and has pulled out all the stops for the occasion. A diverse, conceptual beat tape that takes a varied approach into exploring the strange phenomenon known as “breatharianism” – the project made waves when it first dropped last summer and has now been professionally mixed, mastered, and pressed to vinyl for the first time. 

14KT ‘Nickel & Dimed’ (Mellow Music Group) 2LP&7” $48

14KT laces together 14 instrumentals + 1 song with an incomparable ear for flipping samples, and his signature boom- bap, off-kilter drum programming and spacey synths. Then he enlists a handful of his favorite artists for a vocal encore (including Blu, Black Milk and MED) + appearances by Detroit’s own JMSN on the summer cruiser Slo Swerve (also featuring Jamall Bufford) and Cali’s Kokane (along with MED) on the new west coast anthem “W.C.E.F.” 14KT even steps up to the microphone himself on “Five & Ten” to paint a picture of his take on the phrase, “nickel and dimed.”

7EVEN THIRTY ‘Problem’ (Mellow Music Group) $38

7evenThirty and Gensu Dean. Rapper and producer. Mello Music Group stalwarts and Jackson, Mississippi natives turned Dallas denizens. Their working together was fated, rooted in shared soil before it was written in indelible ink. With 7evenThirty’s sophomore album, The Problem, the duo have committed their destined collaboration to wax, giving rap listeners an album that wrestles with the rapidly changing present and carves out a much-deserved space in the forever-uncertain future. With his delivery sharper than ever, 7evenThirty is comfortable and confident no matter where Dean’s snares and kicks hit. He moves in and out of double time with deceptive ease. 

RAMMALZEE & K-ROB “Beat Bop” 12” (Get On Down) $42

The original issue of the 1983 song “Beat Bop” by lyricists Rammellzee and K-Rob has been heard by many, but held by few. Only a reputed 500 of the song’s initial run, on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s one-off Tartown Records label, were made with jacket cover art by the infinitely influential graphic artist (and moonlighting musician and producer). They remain one of hip-hop’s “Holy Grail” items, selling north of $1,500 if you can even find one. The audio, which clocked in at over 10 minutes, was issued – with no picture sleeve – on Profile Records soon after the Tartown pressings, and went on to influence countless MCs, with its minimal, languishing funk beat (produced by Basquiat) and Rammellzee’s and K-Rob’s next-level lyricism. 

The picture sleeve version of the release has never been officially re-issued, and this edition, curated by hip-hop historian Noah Uman, goes the extra mile. It features officially-licensed original artwork from the Basquiat estate and a four-panel folded insert with deep background on the original single’s creation, compiled by Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky – including interviews with many of the artists involved with its production: Rammellzee, K-Rob, Glenn O’Brien, percussionist Al Diaz, Profile’s Cory Robbins and more. Rammellzee left this Earth in 2010 and Basquiat passed away in 1988 – with this deluxe reissue, their important contributions to the formative years of hip-hop on wax are remembered and celebrated. A must-own for any hip-hop purist.

DAP DROP

Daptone Records Restock….

DAPTONE GOLD Vol 1 various 2LP $30

DAPTONE GOLD Vol 2 various 2LP $40

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS “Its A Holiday Soul Party” LP $25

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS “Naturally” LP $25

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS “Give The People What They Want” LP $30

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS “Soul Time” LP $30

CHARLES BRADLEY “Victim Of Love” LP $30

BUDOS BAND III LP $25

BUDOS BAND Burnt Offering” LP $30

THE MENAHAN STREET BAND “The Crossing” LP $30

SAUN AND STARR “Look Closer” LP $30

BACK IN STOCK

CLEVER AUSTIN/RICHARD SPAVEN/HELLO SKINNY/EMANATIVE ‘Drum Suite’ (Equinox) 12” $28 – LOCAL HEAT!!

ARCHIE ROACH “Charcoal Lane” LP $36

REVOLUTIONARIES  “Revolutionary Sounds Vol 2” LP $42

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS ‘Dawn’ (Hope Street) LP $28 – LOCAL HEAT!!

WAX POETICS #57 magazine $25

WAX POETICS #58 magazine $25

WAX POETICS #59 magazine $25

WAX POETICS #63 magazine $25

INVISIBLE ASTRO HEALING “2” LP $35

LIVING IN THE STREETS vol 1 various 2LP $40

LIVING IN THE STREETS vol 2 various 2LP $40

SUPER FUNK vol 2 various 2LP $40

SUPER FUNK vol 3 various 2LP $40

SUPER FUNK vol 4 various 2LP $40

JOHNNY OTIS + FRIENDS “Watts Funky” LP $40

CLUSTER “II” LP + CD $38

JESSICA CARE MOORE “Black Tea: The Legend Of Jessi James” 2LP $38 – amazing spoken word!

JAMES PANTS “Savage” LP $34

SONNY KNIGHT & HIS FABULOUS LAKERS “I’m Still Here” LP $40

STARK REALITY “Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop” (?) 3LP $52

VARIOUS ‘MINIMAL WAVE TAPES VOL 1’ 2LP $36

TUXEDO ‘The M&M Mixes’ (John Morales Remixes) 12” $22

DWIGHT SYKES & SAFARI “Fire & Desire” (PPU) 12” $32

AMANAZ “Africa” 2LP ($52)

STEPHEN DAVID HEITKOTTER “Black Orckid” 2LP $52

JB’S, THE “These Are The JBs” $52

DINOSAUR L “24-24” 2LP $46

VARIOUS “The One-Derful Collection” 2LP $48

VARIOUS “The One-Derful Collection: M-Pac! Records” LP $48

VARIOUS “The One-Derful Collection: Mar-v-lus Records” LP $48

ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE “Love Can Prevail” (EWH) CD $25

MARIEE SIOUX ‘Gift For The End’ LP $32

HIP HOP DROP…

MADVILLAN “MAdvillany” 2LP $42

ADRIAN YOUNGE / GHOSTFACE KILLAH “Twelve Reasons To Die: Instrumentals” $40

FRANK NITT “Frankie Rotherstein” LP $34

MF DOOM “Special Herbs 9+0” 2LP $38

MF DOOM “Special Herbs 7+8” 2LP $38

MF DOOM “Special Herbs 5+6” 2LP + 7” $38

J DILLA “Dillatronic 3” EP $48

J DILLA “Donuts” (Stones Throw) Smiley Cover 

CZARFACE & MF DOOM “Ka-Bang” 10” $40

DR DRE “Chronic” 2LP $44

DAMU THE FUDGEMONK “How It Should  Be vol 3” LP $42

DAMU THE FUDGEMONK “How It Should  Be vol 4” LP $42

DAMU THE FUDGEMONK “How It Should  Be vol 5” LP $42

DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK “Public Assembly 2’ $38

DIAMOND DISTRICT “March On Washington” LP $52

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE “The 3rd World “ 2LP $40

BLACK MILK “If Theres A Hell Below” LP $48

BLACK MILK “If Theres A Hell Below INSTRUMENTALS” LP $48

BLACK MILK “No Poison No Paradise” 2LP $38

MED/BLU/MADLIB “Bad Neighbor” 2LP $52

ROC MARCIANO “Marci Beaucoup” (red vinyl) LP $42

OH NO “Disrupted Ads” 2LP $36

PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS “12 Step Program” (?) $52

PHARAOH MONCHE “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” 2LP $38

PRINCE PO & OH NO “Animal Serum” 2LP $44

RAS G “Raw Fruit Vol 3-4” 2LP $42

SHASHU “Thru Da Night & Pwrfnk” 2LP $38

TALIB KWELI “Gutter Rainbows” 2LP $38

MURS & 9TH WONDER ‘Fornever’ (?) LP $32

 

NEW THANGS

 

KENDRICK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” (Interscope) 2LP $58

- Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official contributor. Fresh material from an increasingly pivotal figure – who may not be revolutionizing the game on the level of the heavy critical praise he’s heaped with, but he’s certainly marching to his own beat, rather than chasing hits! Includes “Wesley’s Theory” with George Clinton & Thundercat, “King Kunta”, “These Walls” with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “Aright”, “For Sale?”, “Institutionalized” with a Slick Rick-homage of a guest verse by Snoop Dogg (sign us up for any record that gives props to The Ruler…and extra points for transplanting that style of flow to Compton), “Momma”, “Hood Politics”, “The Blacker The Berry”, “How Much A Dollar Cost” feat James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley, “Mortal Man” and more.

LAURYN HILL “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (Columbia) 2LP $44

- Lauryn Hill, this generation’s most powerful voice, exposes herself and her soul in The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, her classic 1998 solo debut. The album, written, produced, and arranged by Hill, is a true reflection of life, love, pain and pure joy. Often personal and consistently universal in its subject, the 16-song offering meets and exceeds expectations on every level. True lyrics, soul-drenched vocals, and club-banging beats are only half the story. Ms. Hill’s uncommonly inventive orchestration of live instruments brings music back to hip hop. Lead single, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” was a pop, R&B, and rap hit and features Lauryn in all her glory – masterfully blending the message and the music, a true testament to her genius. Introducing “To Zion (The Joy Of My World)” is Carlos Santana’s unmistakable strumming. Inspiringly beautiful and spiritually uplifting, this ballad is simply a masterpiece. On “I Used To Love Him,” Lauryn is accompanied by soultress Mary J. Blige, and the result is a vocal testimony of heartbreak and deliverance. “Every Ghetto, Every City” is a Stevie Wonder-esque trip into Lauryn’s New Jersey upbringing, proving that happiness, struggle and growth are universal. D’Angelo joins Lauryn on “Nothing Even Matters,” a sensuous croonfest that will light the dimmest of fires. And the hits don’t stop…The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is an album no musical library is complete without. In 1999, the album garnered no less than 10 Grammy nominations at the 41st Grammy Awards and Hill’s 5 wins made her the first female to receive that many in one night.

PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH “Mecca & The Soul Brother” (Elektra) 2LP $40

- The critically acclaimed 1992 debut album from the Mount Vernon duo. It has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The album was mostly produced by Pete Rock and executive produced by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D & The Boyz (co-group member with Trouble T-Roy). The first single, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, a dedication to their deceased friend;Trouble T Roy (a dance member of Heavy D. & The Boyz), has gone on to become not only their signature hit, but also one of hip hop’s most highly regarded songs. Other topics on the album range from life in the ghetto (“Ghettos of the Mind”), the teachings of the Nation of Islam (“Anger in the Nation”), bootlegging (“Straighten It Out”), and love (“Lots of Lovin'”).

PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH “The Main Ingredient” (Elektra) 2LP $40

- Characterized by sultry soul and jazz samples, The Main Ingredient saw a more polished sound than the duo’s debut, building on the praise that they had already garnered. The album contains some of the duo’s best known work, in the form of tracks such as the upbeat “In The House”, and the catchy “Sun Won’t Come Out”, which features a lush vocal sample from the song of the same name by Harvey Scales. Continuing a theme initiated by Mecca and the Soul Brother, brief instrumental interludes are placed at the beginning and end of songs. With the exception of just a few tracks, this feature is recurrent throughout the album. In addition, The Main Ingredient saw Rock fleshing out and defining his trademark production style, which is now recognised for often containing smooth basslines, swirling horns, filtered samples, and spacious grooves. The production on this album proved to be influential upon a legion of latter day producers.

NAS “Illmatic XX” (Sony) LP $35

- Illmatic XX vinyl version contains 10 tracks which come on 180g vinyl, as well as a digital download for the original remastered album + 10 bonus tracks of rare remixes, demos & freestyles from the era. With the release of Illmatic, in 1994 Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today. The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary hip hop recordings of all time. Illmatic contributed to the revival of the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the top of many “best album” lists. Today, the collection remains one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with Rolling Stone proclaiming, “a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner, tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic… [the album] still stands as one of rap’s crowning achievements.” NPR Music called the collection “[a] masterwork of story-telling, lyricism and beat-making,” while upon the album s release, The Village Voice gave Nas the title of, “one of the most important writers of the 20th century.” “With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue’. I’m here today because of Illmatic.” – Nas

PHILL MOST MOST CHILL & PAUL NICE “The Fabreeze Brothers”

(AE Production) 2LP $46

- What do you get if you put together Paul Nice, legendary NY producer and DJ, and MC Phill Most Chill? A damn fine slice of classic hip hop is the answer. Their debut release, The Fabreeze Brothers, is over spilling with straight up funk grooves and impeccable rhyming, which will have you feeling like Yo! MTV Raps is still on your TV. The first single taken from the album, No Other Than, dropped last year and got people’s attention with its ingenious use of an Adele sample. The full release continues in this vein, with Phill most Chill delivering an effortless flow that first graced a slab of wax way back in 1985. As a veteran Phill doesn’t need much help on the mic, but he still brings in Soundsci’s Oxygen and good friend Paten Locke on tracks Golden Crown and Flowers of the East to devastating effect. The inventive use of samples is again evident on How to Cut and Paste (Lesson 1) whilst the beat boxing fraternity will be rocking their heads to Fresh Like Dougie.

JOEY BADA$$ “Bad 4 Da A$$” (Cinematic Music) 2LP $56

- Joey Badass is a 19-year old rapper from Brooklyn, NY. He burst onto the scene in 2012 with the release of his 1999 MIXTAPE, which was downloaded over 2 million times. Since then Joey has gone on several worldwide tours, performing with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, B.O.B., Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T & more. Joey Badass is now preparing to release his debut album, B4.DA.SS on January 20th, which also happens to be his 20th birthday. The album has production from Hit-Boy, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Statik Selektah, Kirk Knight, Chuck Strangers, and more. B4.DA.SS also features tracks with Kiesza, Action Bronson, Chronixx, Elle Varner, Maverick Sabre, BJ The Chicago Kid, & more.

GIL SCOTT HERON & BRIAN JACKSON “Anthology”

(Soul Brother Records) 2LP $40

- Gil Scott Heron is one of the most influential black music artists of his generation. Like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Curtis Mayfield his music transgresses all music boundaries, and he is heralded in rock as in soul and jazz circles. Along with his partner and lyricist Brian Jackson, Gil wrote and recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 70’s always with poignant lyrics. ‘The Bottle’ has been a club favorite since it’s release in 1973, ‘Johannesburg’ predicted the unrest in South Africa two years before Soweto, ‘It’s Your World’ has been in demand for past ten years or so. This album puts together 15 of the best and most in demand of their recordings from 1973 to 1980.

CLEVER AUSTIN “Hide Away Headshell Vol 2” (Wondercore Island) CASSETTE $15

- LOCAL – Pezzy the lil wizard has been tinkering on this humble masterpiece on this between the last 5 Hiatus Kaiyote world tours, it’s a heavy heavy world inside his head, beautiful and dense. Perin Moss is an amazing story. He basically tought himself the drums about 5 years ago and now he’s giving tips to ?uestlove on the fonk. Clever Austin is his headspace, occaisionally when CA perfoms live he transforms his electronic scapes into live performances with 8+ piece bands. Here we have the electronics. Dig my friends, dig the man’s mind. 

RICK JAMES / THE TEMPTATIONS / THE COMMODORES  “Club Motown” (Motown Disco) John Morales Remixes 2×12” $38

- John Morales (aka John the Mixer) was one-half of the feted M+M Mix team (alongside the late Sergio Munzibai) and remains one of the most sought-after DJs and remixers around. He has dedicated his life to the dancefloor for the last four decades; mixing, remixing and producing for many of the biggest artists of the era, including Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, The Commodores, Rod Stewart, Candi Staton, Spandau Ballet and Miami Sound Machine. John Morales Presents Club Kings is the much anticipated follow up 12” release in the Club Motown series, featuring The Temptations, Rick James and Commodores.

IDJUT BOYS “Versions” 2LP $42

- It’s rarely mentioned these days, but the nu-house scene that flourished in Britain around the turn of the century was a pivotal juncture in UK club culture. Loosely based on the Nuphonic label (hence the name), nu-house awakened a significant minority of clubbers to the idea that house could be raw, sprawling, psychedelic music. Followers of DJ Harvey, Idjut Boys were key architects of the nu-house sound, even as they sought to distance themselves from the term. In their warmth, density and extended length, Conrad McDonnell and Dan Tyler’s tracks harkened back to the classic disco of Paradise Garage, but also sought inspiration in dub reggae, early Chicago house and the ’70s African funk of Fela Kuti. At a time when super-clubs reduced house’s lowest common denominator to hard and progressive sounds, Idjut Boys sounded like outsider heroes. Releases on their own U-Star label felt as substantial as the heavyweight vinyl they were pressed on. In more recent years, the Boys found new comrades on the nu-disco / neo-Balearic scenes, and their output has taken on a blissed-out Ibiza sunset vibe. This set of alternative versions of tracks from their 2012 album, Cellar Door, is shot through with languid bass lines, shimmering acoustic guitars and noodling leads. Where a lot of modern Balearic music can sound cheesy and banal, Idjut Boys have a keen sense of melody and a fondness for unexpected left turns, which keeps their tracks tight and surprising. “Another Bird” is as serene as Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross,” while “Going Down” with Sally Rodgers is a poppy indie-dance track until it wriggles off suddenly into subaquatic brass-samples and pattering percussion. Idjut Boys are still at their best when, as per their ’90s releases, they get deep and dubby, drenching their tracks in echo and reverb. “Kenny Dub Headband”—in which the keys, guitars and drums swirl around a trenchant beat and fat, strutting bassline—is incredible. Likewise, “Lovehunter Dub” (a track pushed to the edge of sanity by stereo-panning FX) and the abrasive Kraut-disco of “Le Wasuk” have a depth and lightness of touch that, two decades on, still makes the Boys sound distinctive.

SISTER “Feedback + Filterlife” (sister) LP $30

- LOCAL – wow! Sister is Marco Cher-Girard and Ben Speth, two cats who have an outfit that is “Partially organised sound”. Its all IMPROVISED lived music from a guitar and a sampler. More intimate than a band and less self absorbed than a solo performer, musical duos embody listening and human relationships at the most basic and fundemental level; the connection of two. The hook is the great artwork they have delivered on each INDIVIDUAL cover. EVERY COVER IS DIFFERENT. These covers will be difficult to post I will add. Most of them have 3D art that can dangle or stick out. From the spring valley bong to a half ping pong ball to the glue splat to many more. 

HERBIE HANCOCK “Bring Down The Birds” (MGM) 7” $16

(B-Boy Edit on the flip)

- Herbie’s 1966 jam is well known for being THE bassline that Deee-Lite sampled for “Groove Is In The Heart”. This is a classic jam featuring some killer players including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Newman, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Smith, Jim Hall, Ron Carter & Jack DeJohnette.

 

ALBRECHT LA’BROOY “Good Morning Passengers” (Analogue Attic) 12″ $20

- LOCAL – The first release from Analogue Attic Recordings. The Belgrave train line travels 42kms South East from Melbourne’s busy Flinders Street to the peaceful gum forests of the Dandenong Ranges. ‘Good Morning Passengers’ explores life on the Belgrave Line; urban gentrification, multiculturalism and the journey from the suburbs to the rainforest. Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht took field sounds and photographs from four stations: Richmond, Canterbury, Box Hill and Tecoma, to create ‘Good Morning Passengers’

ALBRECHT LA’BROOY “Edgewater Towers” (Analogue Attic) 12″ $20

LOCAL  -The 4th instalment from Australia’s Analogue Attic Recordings comes from label bosses Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht. Utilising field recordings from a popular Melbourne location, Edgewater Towers effortlessly transitions between ambient and dance orientated pieces.

BACK IN STOCK

REMI “Raw x Infinity” (house of beige) 2LP $35 – LOCAL HIP HOP!

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” (sony) 2LP $48 - local SOUL! 

30/70 “Cold Radish Coma” LP (moontown) $25 – LOCAL SOUL – (almost sold out…)

LEON BRIDGES “Coming Home” LP (columbia) $48

Wax Poetics #63 (Magazine) $26

BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Take Over” (Left Ear) LP $30

JIMI HENDRIX “Are You Experienced” LP $35

WU TANG CLAN “Enter The Wu Tang Clan” LP $35

MARK RONSON “Uptown Special” LP $40

PATTI SMITH “Horses” LP $36

STONE ROSES “s/t” LP $40

FLOATING POINTS “Elaenia” LP $38

BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Take Over” (left Ear Records) LP $30 (last copies btw…)

 

 

NEW THANGS

 

 

THE BAMBOOS – BLACK FEELING THREE (freestyle) LP $30 andCD $20

- LOCAL Whilst not listed as a Bamboos record, this project by Lance Ferguson is essentially the Bamboos playing a bunch of well picked funk, soul, latin rare gems.The previous two volumes of Black Feeling compiled a wealth of new and old discoveries culled from our musical explorations around the globe. In many instances the recordings were unearthed from unreleased master tapes, private-press vinyl recordings and little-known local releases.

 

ALAN LEE “An Australian Jazz Anthology” (jazzman) LP $38 and CD $25

- LOCAL

There are few Australian originals in jazz, though vibraphonist Alan Lee surely ranks alongside the best. A musician and bandleader who cut a number of jazz sides for small independent Melbourne labels from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, Lee has always searched for this fire, evident in the broad styles he’s covered throughout his career, and which we have attempted to explore here, the first and only collection of music from Alan Lee. From ’60s soul jazz, to the deep modal sounds of the early ’70s and cross-genre experiments exhibited in his chamber jazz, Lee’s personal life has been as varied and explorative as his music, a journey that has taken him beyond the thresholds of jazz improvisation and spiritual awareness.

 

A BROTHER SCRATCH “Day Spa Studios  vol 1” (abs) CASSETTE $10

- LOCAL -From local soul collective 30/70 comes a stripped down band with bass drums, guitars and keys and some vocalists. The concept is that everybody had 5 minutes to get a groove together and they all came up with gold.

 

HENRY STONE’S MIAMI SOUND – Various (athens of the north) 2LP $48

- When Terry Kane – a sound engineer who was barely twenty years old at the time – built an 8-track recording studio above Henry Stone’s office space in the Hialeah area of Miami, he probably never envisaged that he was laying the bedrock for a creative hub that would spawn over 25 gold records and over 100 million record sales worldwide. In the process, it would help to make Henry Stone a legend of American music. As a living document of Henry Stone’s remarkable legacy, the diverse styles and ideas coming out of Miami-Dade County and beyond, as well as a glimpse at the successes and near-misses achieved by a dazzling array of artists at the time, this collection serves as an invaluable insight.

 

LA MONT ZENO THEATRE “Black Fairy OST” (athens of the North) LP $44

- 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the production of the Black Fairy album. A HOLY GRAIL among soundtrack collectorsWe began on the journey in 1975 to produce the album following the successful production and tour of the jazz funk musical. My first call for consultation was to one of my mentors, the late, legendary Oscar Brown Jr., for his advice. My second call was to the late Paul Serrano, owner of P.S. Recording Studios. Paul, a former trumpeter with Count Basie, agreed to personally engineer the album. I was also able to assemble great musicians such as the amazing Chico Freeman, Anthony Llorens and Jerry Jami Johnson to support the incredible singers from the original cast of the play. Black Fairy is a fairy tale, but not in the traditional sense.  Black Fairy is a musical drama about a Black Fairy who lacks pride in herself and feels she has nothing to offer Black children. But when she meets Black Bird and Queen Mother (who take her to ancient Egypt, East Afrika, a southern slave plantation and the streets of Harlem) she begins to get a better understanding of her heritage. There is an Afrikan proverb which says: Children are the reward of life. We at Better Boys Foundation are dedicated to this belief, and feel that helping children to appreciate their heritage is one means of showing our concern for their development.

 

POLYVERSAL SOULS “Invisible Joy” (philophon) 2LP $40

- With their debut Invisible Joy the Polyversal Souls are ready to take off. Produced at the Berlin based Ru-Ting Clan Sound Lab byMax Weissenfeldt (Whitefield Bros., Poets of Rhythm), the band invited artists from all around the world to join their musical journey: from N.Y.C. Africa Baby Bam (Jungle Bros.), from Ethopia Hailu Mergia (Walias Band) and from west Africa’s beautiful Ghana the music award winning griot Guy One, Ebo Taylor’s son Roy X and freedom poet Y-Bayani. The result is a unique piece of global raw soul.

 

THE PARADISE BANGKOK MOLAM INTERNATIONAL BAND “Lam San Ra” (Studio Lam) 12” $25 

- More Molam goodness with a tasty remix on the flip courtesy of Nick Manasseh.

 

VARIOUS “CHRISTIANS CATCH HELL: GOSPEL ROOTS 1976-1979” (Honest Jon’s) 2LP $48

- Utterly magnificent, sublimely soulful survey of the Gospel Roots label, subsidiary of the mighty TK Records at the height of the Miami Sound.

 

NOEL MCGHIE & SPACE SPIES “Noel McGhie & Space Spies” (Superfly) LP $48

- Beautiful Japanese reissue of wicked 1975 french only spiritual fusion LP. Good from start to finish! Check ‘Trapeze’! With insert and obi. Strictly limited to 1000 copies.

 

KELOMPOK KAMPUNGAN “Kelompok Kampungan” (Strawberry Rain) 10” $38

- The remaining songs from the Mencari Tuhan album, previously unreleased on vinyl until today.  A progressive folk monster from Indonesia!

 

MARCOS VALLE “1985 / PREFIXO” (Far Out) 12” $20

- Theo Parrish & Daz I Kue remixes of the Brazilian legend!

 

45’s

 

THE BAMBOOS – “Futbol De Bar / Latin Strut” (Freestyle) 7” $12

- two tracks from the Black Feeling 3 project. These are not on the LP. Football is a latin baller with Latin Strut doing Joe Bataan proud.
LETTA MBULU / DICK KHOZA “Mahalela / Chapita” (Mukatsuku) 7” $12
– two officially licensed dancefloor monsters from South Africa! Both never before on a 45! The flip is an official edit o Chapita by Nik Weston himself. Great work!

BACK IN STOCK

 

ALEMAYEHU ESHETE “Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 2” LP $32

AMADOU BALAKE “Bar Konon Mousso Bar” LP $28

ARTHUR RUSSELL “Love Is Overtaking Me” 2LP $35

ARTHUR RUSSELL “World Of Echo, Remastered, Revised” (audika) 2LP $35

FATIMA “Yellow Memories” (Eglo) LP $38

HARVEY SUTHERLAND “Bermuda” (MCDE) 12” $18

JB’S, THE “These Are The JB’s” LP $50

J DILLA “Lost Tapes, Reels & More” LP $28

LE KENE-STAR DE SIKASSO “Hodi Hu Yenyan” LP $28

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE “Raw Cuts 1/2” 12” $18

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE “Raw Cuts 3/4” 12” $18

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE “Raw Cuts 5/6” 12” $18

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE “Raw Cuts Remixes” 12” $18

MYRIAN MAKENWA “La Extraodinaria” LP $28

ONE SIXTH “Hemicrania” (Crate Cartel) LP $35 and CASSETTE $15

RICK WADE “Harmonie Park Revisited Vol 2” 12” $18

ROMARE “Rainbows” 12” $18

RON TRENT “Tribute To Ron Hardy” 12” $18

SUPER BITON DE SEGOU “Super Biton De Segou” LP $28

TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS “The Rules Of Attraction” (Atlantic) 2LP $44

TONY ALLEN “Black Voices” LP $32

TONY ALLEN “N.E.P.A.” LP $32

TONY ALLEN w/ AFRIKA 70 “Progress” LP $28

VARIOUS “Beach Diggin 3” (Heavenly Sweetness” 2LP $38

VARIOUS “Black Feeling Vol 2” (Freestyle) LP $30 – The Bamboos!!!!!!

VARIOUS – Spiritual Jazz Vol 6 – Vocals (Jazzman) 2LP $40

 

 

NEW THANGS

LPs

SILENT JAY & JACE XL “Sacrifice” (Rhythm Section Intl) $15 CASSETTE

- LOCAL – two friends out of Melbourne who have worked together as backing vocalists in Hiatus Kaiyote are doing their OWN thing this time. They have both been playing in Melbourne in other bands for a long time and now it is their time to shine. Bringing the super deep soul vibe they have delivered a superfine neo soul EP. At once sincere and heartfelt, the songs do not shy away from the playful influence of 90s RnB – a sound that is a defining influence on this EP, which despite clocking in at just under 30 minutes, attains a level of artistry and conceptual cohesiveness that many artists could only dream of. Step down this Friday if you are in the hood and check out the goodness. 

ONE SIXTH “Hemicrania” (Crate Cartel) LP $35 and CASSETTE $15

- LOCAL – One of Melbourne’s most versatile MC’s One Sixth gets a new project together with Funk loving producer Phil Gektor. Hemicrania continua, by definition, is a strong one sided headache that does not stop. In the context of this latest release is a sonic onslaught depicting a young mans spiral into pure madness. 1/6 is coming up, with the MC duties for the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra aside for now, this is a strange glimpse into his mind. Allowing himself to “let it go” with the lyrics on this. Its an intense performance with great beats by Phil as usual, helping to create the unhinged vibe needed. I have a few SIGNED COPIES for the fast ones….

PHIL GEKTOR “The Clinic” (crate Cartel) LP $30

- LOCAL – “The Clinic” is the culmination of decades spent behind a sampler, a collision of obscure sounds and synthesizers held together by an ever-changing backbone of breaks and drum machines. This entirely instrumental excursion is an aural tale of a man that has put the music first for too long. It has become a serious problem…

MAUNDZ “Nobody’s Business” (gerv) 2LP $38

- LOCAL – After 3 years of laying low, Maundz has completed his long awaited third long player ‘Nobody’s Business!’ In collaboration with local heavyweight hip hop label Golden Era, Crate Cartel will be releasing Maundz’s ‘Nobody’s Business.’ ‘Nobody’s Business’ is a 16 track drop featuring household names such as Hilltop Hoods and Seth Sentry, right through to underground artists including Phil Gektor and Mr Trials of the Funkoars

FKA TWIGGS “M3LL155X” (YOung turks) EP $30

- LOCAL – “The Clinic” is the culmination of decades spent behind a sampler, a collision of obscure sounds and synthesizers held together by an ever-changing backbone of breaks and drum machines. This entirely instrumental excursion is an aural tale of a man that has put the music first for too long. It has become a serious problem…There is a definite funk flavour happening here, with excerpts from an interview with James Brown playing through the mix. Big drums and smart loops. Dig the heat.

BIBIO “Ambivalence Avenue” (warp) 2LP $42

- Following a trio of albums on the Mush imprint, Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson) now makes his long playing debut for Warp, the totally enchanting “Ambivalence Avenue”. Bibio is a purveyor of wonderfully warm, melodic music that shines like the late summer sun through stained glass windows, refracting beams of shimmering colour across the room. Unlike many of his contemporaries however, as well as producing lovely, but ultimately superficial soundscapes, Wilkinson has a keen ear for melody and actually knows how to write a good tune. An antidote to the often clinical and soulless nature of current laptop-made music, “Ambivalence Avenue” is an endearingly messy patchwork of sun-dappled west coast style psychedelia, Dilla-esque beatsrumentals, de-tuned woozy pop and electronica, folk whimsy, dreamy madrigals, and intimate acoustic guitar songs – with each song a standout. A permanent fixture on the Piccadilly Records shop stereo, “Ambivalence Avenue” comes highly recommended, and is an essential album of 2009!

BIBIO “FI” (warp) 2LP $42

- Originally released in limited numbers on American imprint Mush in 2005, “Fi” introduced Stephen James Wilkinson’s Bibio project to the wider world. Not only did this assured debut catch the ear of major influence Boards Of Canada, but it also won him plenty of fans at UK electronica bastion Warp, who’ve supported Bibio ever since. This reissue will certainly help fans join the dots between then and now, with ambient and folk still being his main crossover point, just as it was a decade ago. Highlights on here are the looped and layered banjo workout of “Bewley In White”, the sombre acoustic expressions of “Puffer” or “Cantaloup” (the latter sounding like it was recorded on a broken tape machine and to interesting effect) and the creepy lo-fi ambience of “I’m Rewinding It”. “Fi is a special album for me because it still reminds me of those happy days of discovery, where I had very little in the way of equipment or music production knowledge, but somehow managed to find a sound I could call my own,” – Bibio

NED DOHENY “Hard Candy” (Be With Records) LP $42

- Originally released in 1976, this record is widely considered the finest blue-eyed soul album of all time. It is has long been a source of great frustration then, that this perfectly-formed Southern California masterpiece has been unavailable on vinyl for almost 40 years. Previously bootlegged in derisory fashion, original copies are rarely found for less than $100. Be With Records, a new vinyl-only reissue label, continues apace by marking its third release with the first officially licensed reissue of Doheny’s nautical classic. Perhaps most famously, this impeccably smooth set features the timeless Get It Up For Love, a wonderful example of mid-70s mid-tempo white-(hot)-funk. Produced by the legendary Steve Cropper, it featured a veritable who’s-who of the Laurel Canyon soft-yacht sound (JD Souther, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the entire horn section for Tower ofPower!) yet bombed mysteriously. It’s been a cult record since.

NOHELANI CYPRIANO “Nohelani” (Be With Records) LP $42 (feat ‘Lihue’)

- Riding high on the crest of the global love for Hawaiian ‘Island Funk’, Be With Records team up with Aloha Got Soul to present a timely vinyl reissue of Nohelani Cypriano’s Nohelani. Sure to be one of the year’s essential reissues, the album’s irresistible blend of tropical-tinted soul, funk and rare groove sounds every bit as fresh today as it would’ve in 1979. Perhaps the most sought-after record of its type, locating a vinyl copy of ‘Nohelani’ would previously have set you back a small fortune. Her records are something of a Balearic holy grail, with this album the holiest of the lot. Riding high on the crest of the global love for Hawaiian ‘Island Funk’, Be With Records team up with Aloha Got Soul to present a timely vinyl reissue of Nohelani Cypriano’s Nohelani. Sure to be one of the year’s essential reissues, the album’s irresistible blend of tropical-tinted soul, funk and rare groove sounds every bit as fresh today as it would’ve in 1979. Perhaps the most sought-after record of its type, locating a vinyl copy of ‘Nohelani’ would previously have set you back a small fortune. Her records are something of a Balearic holy grail, with this album the holiest of the lot.

SPEEDOMETER “No Turning Back” (Freestyle) LP $30

- Having been one of the bands that has spearheaded the resurgence in deep, gritty funk and soul for over 10 years, and having collaborated with luminaries like Eddie Bo, Marva Whitney, Sharon Jones, Billy Wooten, Sir Joe Quarterman and most recently ex James Brown vocalist Martha High, Speedometer enjoy a worldwide reputation as a class act. And now in 2015, band leader Leigh Gracie and the group bring a welcome spotlight to a fresh vocal talent – James Junior. James has been part of the UK soul and gospel scene mainly as an in-demand session vocalist and arranger. He has generally stayed of out the limelight until now. Having grown up on a diet of classic soul and Motown, his collaboration with Speedometer on this album brings together the band’s heavy grooves with James’ rich vocal tones to produce an authentically old school sound – yet totally fresh.

THE HAGGIS HORNS “What Comes To Mind” (Haggis) LP $30

- The UK’s favourite funk/soul brothers release their long awaited third album What Comes To Mind worldwide on the 2nd Oct 2015. This one drops on their own independant record label Haggis Records and features a host of special guest artists including vocalists Lucinda Slim (Zap Mama), John McCallum (Corinne Bailey Rae band) andJohn Turrell (Smoove & Turrell) plus New mastersounds bass player Pete Shand and UK conga/percussion legend Snowboy. The Haggis Horns first hit the music scene in 1999 as both a band and brass section, the Horns making their first recorded appearance on The New Mastersounds debut album that year. What Comes To Mind is packed full of feelgood funk, soul and boogie that pays homage to the band’s musical heroes of the 1970’s -Kool & The Gang, Donald Byrd, The Blackbyrds, The Mizell Brothers & Earth Wind & Fire. There’s plenty of dancefloor filling funk for the clubs – Outta My Head, It Ain’t What You Got, I Can’tStop The Feeling – plus heavy funk instrumentals like Return Of The Haggis

BUFFALO BROTHERS “Fresh From The Horn” (Buffalo Brother) LP $30

- Buffalo Brothers are the nine-piece funk sensation currently exploding out of the Manchester music scene’s creative melting pot. Their debut album, ‘Fresh From The Horn’, combines thunderous grooves and blistering horn lines with heavy funk, jazz and afrobeat flavours, and has already earned the approval of UK funk aficionados Craig Charles and Huey Morgan.

BJORK “Greatest hits” (one little indian) 2LP $42

- a double LP best of from one of the worlds most unique performers. Contains the jams, Human Behaviour, Isobel, All IS Full Of Love and many more…..You know her thang….

45s

COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “This Girl / Four ’N Twenty” (REPRESS! / Freestyle) $12

- LOCAL – this is a repress of what we like to call an Aussie SOUL CLASSIC. This song sung by Kylie Auldist is a dance floor MONSTER! 

UNDERGROUND RESURRECTION “Reality / Dreams” (Athens Of The North) $18

- This one is a Huge funk45 monster that’s even getting love from the soul heads for the strong vocals and nice change. A messy funky piano driven piece produced by George Reneau and release on the American Mutual Group Label out of Cincinnati, OH. This one used to be a big spin for me (I got it while it was unknown and cheap) and always works the dancefloor.

THE TONISTICS “Holding On / Dimona” (Athens Of The North) $18

- Previously released on the Numero Group ‘Soul Messengers’ compilation – now available on loud pressed 45!

 

NEW THANGS

SK SIMEON & YAW FASO (big dada) “Maskya” 12″ EP $20
– LOCAL – Machinedrum links with SK Simeon and Yaw Faso (formerly Yaw Mulatto) – two Melbourne based artists with a history of innovation, exploring the spaces between dancehall, Afrobeat and bass music. 2014 saw them collaborate with Branko (of Buraka Som Sistema) and release on Lisbon’s consistently excellent Enchufada imprint. A year on and they are splitting the mic duties 50/50 on this 12″ for Big Dada, with Machinedrum in rude health providing four rough, rugged and raw futuristic dancehall riddims to test any sound system.

INVISIBLE ASTRO HEALING RHYTHM QUARTET “2” (trouble in mind) LP + donwload $35
– The four members of The Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet formed in 2010 while studying music at Bakersfield College in sunny Bakersfield, California; a region known (musically) for the twangy, steel-guitar sound popularized by hometown heroes Buck Owens & Merle Haggard. IAHRQ take a decidedly different approach, reaching skyward toward the cosmos & the outer reaches of cosmic, spiritual jazz & Ethio-centric long-form jams. “2” is the aptly named second album from the quartet (the first was released in late 2013 on noted composer & trumpet player Kris Tiner’s Epigraph Records) was recorded & produced by Chris Schlarb (Psychic Temple). “2” finds the ensemble digging deeper and reaching further out than before, honing their mixture of Ethiopian funk, spiritual jazz & cosmic psychedelia to a finer point. “2” was mastered by Matthew David McQueen (Leaving Records/Dublab), with psychedelic artwork by Bruno Borges. This is an LP-only release, pressed on black vinyl & includes a download code. HEATER!!

DIGER ROCKWELL “Sproutes” 10″ (community records) $20
– LOCAL – Ash Hosken aka Diger Rokwell has had a very fruitful year! Becoming a new dad, releasing the acclaimed psychedelic electronic EP ‘Seeds’ via 10 inch limited vinyl, making his own unique brand of DIY video clips and lastly getting a job promotion. 2015 has been a year to remember. Now, Diger turns his attention to the exotic sub-textual beat tape inspired extended play ‘Sprouts’. This work is the next in the series of extended plays narrowing in on a single narrative genre. Sprouts is the third in a series of four extended play releases, that will culminate in a full length mid 2016 through The Community Records. Sprouts was crafted with the use of subtropical sample sources, accompanied with a variety of instruments and synths collected over a lifetime. Combined with field recordings to add crunch and texture. The release pays homage to beat tape music and has a thrown together feel on purpose to capture the essences of creation. The release’s motto is ‘stay true to the original idea’ and ‘do not to over think Art’. Refine indeed, but do not stray from the original concept. Sprouts drips into exotic sounds, hip hop beat elements, layered percussive feels and distinctive AM sampled vocal tones.

LOS GAITEROS DE SAN JACINTO: Dub De Gaita Volumes II & III (mississippi) 2LP $44
– Founded as an outlet for music in formats above the 10″, the Khaliphonic offshoot of Portland label ZamZam Sounds arrives with its most impressive release to date in the shape of this double LP collection from Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto. Dub De Gaita Volumes II & III is in essence an extension of the debut Khaliphonic release, with the Columbian folk icons once again working with On U Sound man Adrian Sherwood for a devastating 16 track cross pollination of cumbia and dub sounds. It’s heartening to see Sherwood as inspired as ever to work with musicians and there is a real chemistry on display through this hypnotic, sub heavy set of tracks.

SPLENDOUR “Oasis Boulevard” (wax museum records) 12″ $20
– LOCAL – What began as promo-material for a weekly party at Adelaide’s now-defunct Cuckoo club, became suitably diagnosed as a possible ’84 Bobby Nunn production (ZAF – Love Vinyl) or potential lost session by Nunn’s 70’s disco group of similar spelling (Alex Dimitriades – Boogie Monster). Now nearly 5 years to the day, Wax Museum Records have decided to set the story straight and shed some light on this mysterious boogie 12″.  The title track ‘Oasis Boulevard’ (non ashamedly referencing the neon-fuelled heyday of 80’s Miami) is a blissful drive down memory lane. The same analogue synth and drum machine grime continues on the flip ‘Hotline’ with the notable appearance of Moni Mendoza, SoCAL’s vocal addition to the LA dream-scene that includes cohorts Dam-Funk and Turquoise Summers. Rumour has it that executive production was overseen by Benny Badge prior to his early Nite Class and Freekwency records, but of this no one can be 100% certain…

RAS G “Raw Fruit vol 3 & 4″ (leaving records) 2LP $38
– Number 3 in a series of beat tapes by Ras G, released by Leaving Records. Cassette edition is SOLD OUT. However, it seems we have the WAX IN THE HOUSE! Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop beat-maker who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism. The prolific producer currently has two albums on Brainfeeder, two released by Poo-Bah, and several on Leaving Records, including the beat tape series Raw Fruit. As with Volumes 1&2 in April of last year, Volumes 3&4 have been combined into a double LP for release this November.

DJ PAYPAL “Sold Out” LP (brainfeeder) LP $26
– DJ Paypal is one of footwork’s most fascinating figures. Sold Out is a showcase for everything Paypal can do at 160 BPM, and it taps into the deep lineage of soul, hip hop and jazz that defines the Brainfeeder discography. Paypal hooks up with familiar faces like Teklife members DJ Earl and Taye, and some names outside the world of footwork, including Tielsie and Keiska, who assist on Sold Out’s elegiac closing track.

ADELE “25” (xl) LP $42
– Adele returns with her third album, arriving four years on from her bestselling second album 21 and marking her first new piece of music since her Oscar-winning single ‘Skyfall’ in 2012. If her last album was a break-up record, this is billed as a make-up record, making up for the lost time since her last album. The star of the album is, of course, Adele’s voice, but there are also songs co-written with Tobias Jesso Jr. and hitmaker Max Martin.

BIBIO  “Ambivalence Avenue” 2LP (WARP)  $42
– Mindblowing Warp debut for Bibio, destined to sit in the canon as one of the loveliest records in the catalogue. A hushed crackle ushers in Ambivalence… the lo-fi noise soon gives way to chiming guitars and the hazy hue of a lost 70s folk record. Gorgeous. Then the swift drop as Bibio stays in the 70s but with ‘Jealous of Roses’ lifts it up to the funk, where wah-wah guitar dust sounds like a blue-eyed Sly Stone. From here he runs through these irresistible flavours but also finds space to explore cut-n-paste-post Dilla beat science  (‘Fire Ant’, ‘S’Vive) euphoric, sun kissed highlife (‘Lovers Carvings’) and thick-n-hazy B.O.C broken psychedelia.

BIBIO  “FI” (reissue) 12 (WARP)
– Reissue of highly lauded folktronica album, originally released in 2005 on US label Mush. Bibio is UK producer Stephen James Wilkinson, who has released several albums and EPs on Warp, his last being 2014’s “The Green EP”. This reissue will certainly help fans join the dots between then and now, with ambient and folk still being his main crossover point, just as it was a decade ago. Highlights on here being the looped and layered banjo workout of “Bewley In White”, the sombre acoustic expressions of “Puffer” or “Cantaloup” (the latter sounding like it was recorded on a broken tape machine and to interesting effect) and the creepy lo-fi ambience of “I’m Rewinding It”.

MAX GRAEF & ASTRO “Magic Johnson” (Ninja Tune) 12″ $18
– Berliners Max Graef and Glenn Astro make their debut on Ninja Tune with a pair of infectiously danceable jams – the bustling mutant jazz workout “Magic Johnson” and a moodier, sleeker dub on the flip (“Tape Johnson”). Without really trying, the duo have built a sterling reputation for crafting scruffy disco-tinged house bangers and dusty downtempo excursions, releasing independently for the excellent Danish label Tartelet; the OYE Records-affiliated Box Aus Holz imprint; Brandt Brau…

SEVEN DAVIS JR – Kaytronic / Yoruba Soul Mixes 12″ (Ninja Tune)
– Seven Davis Jr recruits two close friends and kindred spirits to rework cuts from his debut album Universes: house music titans Karizma (aka Kaytronik) and Osunlade (aka Yoruba Soul). Basement Boy Karizma takes on ‘Sunday Morning’ delivering a high octane “Ruff Kut” dub and a slower Baltimore Club tinged “Love Break” dub. On the flip, Osunlade gives ‘Welcome Back’ his trademark exquisite touch. Two dons at the top of their game!

MARIBOU STATE – Portraits Remixed 12″ (Counter Records)
4 remixes for the album Portraits by London electronic-melancholia group, Maribou State. Includes versions from Axel Boman, Glenn Astro, FYI Chris and Ross from Friends. Don’t Sleep.

BACK IN STOCK

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” (hope street records) LP $26
ARCHIE ROACH “Charcoal Lane 25 year anniversary 2CD $32
FLOATING POINTS “Elaenia” LP $34
CLUSTER “Zuckerzeit” LP + CD $38
SYL JOHNSON “Complete Twinight Singles” 2LP (numero) $45
MBONGWANA STAR “From Kinshasa” (mcv) LP $48
RIM  KWAKU OBENG & KASA “Too Tough” (bbe) 2LP $42
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Based on A True Story” 2LP $
GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD “Sour Soul” LP $32
BADBADNOTGOOD “Sour Soul” LP $32 – instrumentals!!!!
SEVEN DAVIS JR “universes” 2LP $38
ALEMAYEHU ESHETE s/t (mississippi) LP $28 – ethio HEAT!
HASABE – VARIOUS (mississippi) LP $28 – ETHIO HEAT!

$25 REISSUES!!! become    $20 REISSUES!!

thats right.
If you buy 5 or more reissue LPs then they become $20 each!!!!! By themselves they are $25 each.

Here’s a sample ——

2 CRATES of JAMES BROWN and Friends LPs…

JAMES BROWN “Black Casear”, “Aint It Funky”, Hot Pants, Its A Mother,  Sho Is Funky Down Here, Slaughters Big rip Off” , The Popcorn etc..….
LYNN COLLINS “Check me OUt” , Think”…
MARVA WHITNEY “ITs my thing”
THE J.B.’s “Food For Thought”, “Doing IT To Death”, Damn Right I Am Somebody”,  + more!!

MORE SOUL CRATES with..…

MARVIN GAYE   “Whats Going On”, Trouble Man OST, “Lets Get It ON”
AL GREEN “Green Gets Next To You”,
BOBBY WOMACK “Across 110th Street OST”
CHOCOLATE MILK “ACtion Speaks Louder THan Words”
DON BLACKMAN “Don Blackman”
FATBACK BAND “Feel My Soul” “Lets Do It Again”, People Music” ,
JAMES MASON “Rhythm Of Life”
JU PAR UNIVERSAL ORCHESTRA “Moods & Grooves”
KOOL & THE GANG “Kool & The Gang”, Kool Jazz”, “Spirit Of the Boogie”, “Wild And Peaceful”
MARLENE SHAW “The spice OF Life”
MARY QUEENIE LYONS “Soul Fever”
NINA SIMONE It iS Finished”, “Lamentations”
PARLIAMENT “Mothership Connection”, “Up For the Downstroke”
ROY AYERS “A Tear To A Smile”, “Change Up the Groove” “Coffy OST”,”He’s Coming”, Red, Black & Green”, “Roy Ayers Ubiquity”….
JOHHNY PATE “Shaft In Africa OST”

There is a CRATE of ROCK & JAZZ (and kind of soul…)

GARY BARTZ NU TROOP “JuJu Street Music”
HEADHUNTERS “Survival Of the Fittest”
IDRIS MUHAMMAD “Power Of Soul”
MUDDY WATERS “Electric Mud”
NEW YORK DOLLS “Cause I Sez So”, New York Dolls”
TOUSAN (Alan Tousant) “The Wild Sound Of New Orleans”
VELVET UNDERGROUND  “White Light, White Heat”

THEN THERE IS AN AFRO and LATIN box!

CANDIDO “Drum Fever” , “Thousand Finger Man”
COKE “Coke”
JOE BATAAN “Gypsy Woman”, “Riot”, Salsoul, Subway Joe
MULATU ASTATKE “Mulatu Of Ethiopia”
PETE RODRIGUEZ “I LIke It Like That”
RAY BARRETTO “Acid”
RAY AND HIS COURT “Ray And His Court”
SABU MARTINEZ  “Afro temple”
WILLIE COLON “Cosa Nuestra”, “The Hustler”

plenty more on the floor, just a sample for you..

RECORD REVIRGINIZER

Back in stock

$45 each bottle…

HANGIN WITH THE HOMIES

back in stock!

Here is what I got… ALL $5 each.

Eazy-E
Pimp C
MC Eiht
Bone Thugs
Cam’ron
Dipset
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Westside
Mac Dre
Cross Colours
The Predator – Cube….
Picture Me Rollin…2PAC
King Of NY – Biggie…..

$5 each!!!!

T-SHIRTS

$35

sizes are… SMALL – MEDIUM- LARGE – XL

“I’m have grown tired of looking at Tshirt designs that say BROOKLYN and L.A. so I decided it was time to bring a little local flavour for the crew…
Who is the crew? That is you. All the peoples that have been part of what we can now call BURN CITY SOUL*. Forged here in Melbourne in the 21st century –  It’s not just soul or hip hop, or jazz, or funk, or even community radio. It’s way bigger than the sum of it’s parts. It’s all over the city and deep in the suburbs, and slowly spreading around the world.”

HOOK TURN & SLING !

Mr. Rex

* First reported usage as a musical style/genre/sub-genre reference: Bob Knob, 2012.

its a fact REX has made some MELBOURNE SOUL T-SHIRTS – very limited!!! Only 20 copies made!

also we have THE KINGS KONEKTED t SHIRTS…

Aussie HIP HOP KINGS!

$45 for these…


Cassettes and 2xLP Gatefold to come early 2016

NEW THANGS

SYL JOHNSON “The Twinight Recordings” (numero)  2LP $45
–  “There are many great soul singers, but few have inspired hip hop from its early beginning to now. Syl Johnson is a unsung pioneer of musical fusion.” – RZA. Syl Johnson began the ‘60s a blues singer and session guitarist and concluded it having synthesized his own brand of gritty Chicago soul. Their first signee, Syl Johnson set the tone at Twinight Records, writing and producing fifteen 45s during his four year tenure with the label. This double LP neatly bundles each side of each of Johnson’s Twinight 45s, from the heavily-sampled grunts on “Different Strokes,” to the ghetto-conscious “Concrete Reservation.”

THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND “Vicennial 20 Years OF….” (true thoughts) 2LP + download $42
– New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band toast their 20th Anniversary in typical roof-raising style, kicking off proceedings with the first new recorded music from the band since 2013. ‘Vicennial – 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band’ is packed with newly re-recorded versions of classic Hot 8 material, as well as brand new tunes, and sees Hot 8 on the form of their lives. Across three albums – 2007’s ‘Rock With The Hot 8’, 2012’s Grammy-nominated ‘The Life & Times Of…’ and 2013’s ‘Tombstone’ – with a host of standout singles, including their iconic version of “Sexual Healing” alongside several other covers and equally impressive originals, Hot 8 Brass Band have told the story of their lives and their city like only they can. Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8’s party rocking sound and indomitable energy have become renowned across the world, with an ever-growing fanbase. The band and their incredible story were featured in Spike Lee’s two New Orleans documentaries When The Levee Broke and The Creek Don’t Rise, as well as playing themselves in David Simon’s hit HBO series Treme.

BEASTIE BOYS “Check Your Head” (capitol) 2LP $38
– “Check Your Head” brought the Beastie Boys crashing back into the charts and into public consciousness on its original 1992 release. Following “Paul’s Boutique”, the Beasties had repositioned themselves as a lo-fi, alt-rock groove band. They had not abandoned rap, but it was no longer the foundation of their music, it was simply the most prominent in a thick pop-culture gumbo where old school rap sat comfortably with soul-jazz, hardcore punk, white-trash metal, arena rock, bossa nova, spacey pop, and hard, dirty funk. On “Check Your Head” turned toward primitive grooves they played themselves, augmented by keyboardist Money Mark and co-producer Mario Caldato Jr. Music was the message, and the rhymes, which had been pushed toward the forefront on both “Licensed To Ill” and “Paul’s Boutique”, have been considerably de-emphasized (only four songs – “Jimmy James,” “Pass the Mic,” “Finger Lickin’ Good,” and “So What’cha Want” – could hold their own lyrically among their previous work). The focus is on the music, mood, and even the newfound neo-hippie political consciousness.- remastered sound!

BEASTIE BOYS “Ill Communication” (capitol) 2LP $45
– “Ill Communication” follows the blueprint of “Check Your Head”, accentuating it at some points, deepening it in others, but never expanding it beyond the boundaries of that record. It was the first Beastie Boys album not to delve into new territory, but it’s not fair to say that the band were coasting, since much of the album finds the group turning in muscular, vigorous music that fills out the black-and-white sketches that comprised “Check Your Head”. Much of the credit has to go to the group’s renewed emphasis on their rhyming; there are still instrumentals, but the Beasties do push their words to the forefront, even on dense rockers like the album’s signature tune, “Sabotage”. But even those rhymes illustrate that the group is in the process of a great settling, relying more on old-school-styled rhyme schemes and word battles than the narratives and surreal fantasies that marked the high points on their first two albums. With this record, the Beasties confirm that there is indeed a signature Beastie Boys aesthetic, with the group sticking to a blend of old school rap, pop culture, lo-fi funk, soulful jazz instrumentals, Latin rhythms, and punk, often seamlessly integrated into a rolling, pan-cultural, multi-cultural groove.

HILLTOP HOODS “Drinking From the Sun” (coloured vinyl) (goldne era)  2LP $48
– Within a genre that is growing at an exponential rate, Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods will always remain leaders. The group continue to move forward at light speed without ever looking back, and their new album ‘Drinking From the Sun’ is no exception. This is an orange vinyl edition. I only have VERY limited supply on this!

HILLTOP HOODS “Walking Under Stars” (coloured vinyl) (goldne era) 2LP $48
– Dropped through their own label – Golden Era Records – ‘Walking Under Star’ is the Hilltop Hoods first album since 2012s ‘Drinking From the Sun,’ an album that changed the game, becoming the groups third consecutive #1 album which went gold on the day of its release and certified platinum within one week. The aptly titled record showed that Australian hip hop was enjoying its time in the sun, no longer an underground scene but an aural assault that had pushed down the barriers that held back some of the country’s best MCs from critical acclaim. Limited BLUE vinyl edition. I have a VERY small supply…

VILLA ABO “Sibilant” (nimh records) 12″ $20
– Borft Records founder Jan Svensson is an unstoppable force it seems. Let’s not forget that this guy has been making electronic music for the better part of 28 years as well; so give Svensson some respect! The artist behind such brilliant aliases as Frak, Studio SS and Alvars Orkestra returns as Villa Abo, this time for Sydney’s Noise In My Head. On the A side, the nine minute epic that is “Warming Up Signal” will beat you into submission with its grinding, pounding acid groove. On the flip “Drum-Magnet” does exactly what it says on the cover; a killer drum machine workout with intermittent synth textures that comes in handy as a neat DJ tool. Finally “Syndrome Beautiful” is yet another example of Svensson’s love of the acid life, albeit a more restrained and mellower take on things than the other side. Artwork from MELBOURNE’s

GEORGES DELERUE “Jules Et Jim / Tirez Sur Le Pianiste SOUNDTRACKS” ( doxy) LP $32
– 2 classic Truffaut soundtracks – both penned by Georges Delerue, and presented here on a single LP! First up is Delerue’s beautiful score for Jules Et Jim – music that’s probably best known for the vocal tune “Le Tourbillon”, sung by Jeanne Moreau – but which also features some amazing scene-setting work from Georges – done in styles that move between evocative orchestrations and some tenser, more bracing moments. Jules Et Jim titles include “Brouillard”, “Jim Et Catherine”, “Retrouvailles A L’Auberge De La Becasse”, “Jules Et Therese”, “Le Tourbillon”, and “Vacances”. Next is the score for Shoot The Piano Player – of a similar vintage, but maybe a bit more jazzy overall – with titles that include “Poursuite”, “Charlie”, “Rock”, “Theme D’Amour”, and “Au Restaurant L’Arbois. Classic French new wave cinema!

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB “Lost & Found” (world Circuit) LP $48
– WHAT !  unreleased sessions! ! Almost two decades after the release of the original, Grammy-winning album, the romance of the Buena Vista Social Club continues with ‘Lost And Found,’ a collection of previously unreleased tracks, some recorded at the first legendary sessions in Havana with producer Ry Cooder and others during the extraordinarily rich outpouring of music that followed. The original ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ album was recorded by World Circuit Records over seven days in Havana in 1996, bringing together many of the great names of the golden age of Cuban music in the 1950s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions. The album became a surprise international best-seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music. At the time, nobody had any idea that the record was merely the start of a musical phenomenon. “Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults,” says World Circuit’s Nick Gold. “We knew of some gems, favourites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was.” All the studio tracks were recorded at the Egrem studio in Havana during the rich and prolific period of creativity that followed the recording of the original album in 1996 and stretched into the early 2000s. Spiced with live recordings from the same fertile period, there’s a tremendous and sometimes surprising variety to the material heard on ‘Lost and Found.’ But there is a unifying thread built around a core collective of legendary musicians expressing an esprit de corps which everyone who was ever enchanted by Buena Vista Social Club will recognise and enjoy.

DAVE HAMILTON DETROIT DANCERS various (kent) LP $34
– Mighty sounds from a legendary Detroit soul producer – the great Dave Hamilton, a talent who issued a number of key singles back in the day, but who’s left behind an even larger legacy of excellent unreleased work! This collection draws from both sides of that spectrum – and features upbeat Northern Soul gems that were issued on small labels like Topper and Demo-Ristic – mixed with other tracks that lay in Dave’s vaults until their discovery at some point in the 90s! Together, the tracks are a wonderful illustration of the deep deep trove of material that lurked in the Detroit scene far in the shadows of Motown – artists who were eclipsed by the big names at the time, but who sound mighty darn fresh all these many years later. Featuring Little Ann, OC Tolbert, James Lately, Tobi lark, + more!!

DJ SPINN “Off That Loud” (hyperdub) 12″ $22
– after Gilles stepped to town and delivered “his best set since 1990″ he also dropped this bomb. FIIIIIIINE footwork! DJ Spinn is one of the founders of Chicago’s Teklife’s crew who alongside the late DJ Rashad is credited with bringing the culture of footwork to from the streets to the world, touring the Planet, even supporting Chance The Rapper across the US, and featuring in newspapers and magazines all over the world too. Spinn has appeared on lots of tracks with DJ Rashad – but this is his debut EP debut for Hyperdub, and the sound of a producer at the top of their game. Here he teams with DANNY BROWN on the jam “Dubby” which was produced by Rashad too.  tip…

GILLES PETERSON presents SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA “To Those Of Earth” (strut) 2LP $45
– Following up on 2014’s collection ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ Strut dive headfirst back into the vast universe of Sun Ra with a newly curated set from the Ra’s immense 125 LP back catalogue, compiled by Gilles Peterson. The BBC 6Music / Worldwide DJ is a long-time champion of Ra’s music and the UK’s leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.  The 2LP edition features full-length versions of selected tracks from the mix (and also includes the full CD mixed version). Sleeve notes on physical formats come from Gilles Peterson with a full Ra career biography by author Robert L. Campbell. The album also features previously unseen photos from the archives of Val Wilmer alongside full musician line-ups and session details.

ARMANDO SCIASCIA “Violin Reactions” (roma) LP $34
– Armando Sciascia – by day, notable composer for Italian erotic and exotic cinema – by night, experimentalist and nocturnal avant-gardener. Lovingly crafted in his hand-built Vedette studio, Sciascia’s “lust for experimental research” has never been mre evident than on these precious, never before commercially released 1974 Library recordings. “Violin Reactions” is a violently unique work, studiously constructed out of multi-tracked strings, ominous VCS3 drones and the drum breaks of Tullio De Piscopo. Part futurist broadcast, part Middle-Eastern short-wave trasmission, anchored by De Piscopo’s breakbeats and calisthenic percussion – strangely melodic and at times hauntingly otherworldly.

EGISTO MACCHI “Citta Notte” (roma) LP $34
– Citta Notte’s heady melange of cosmopolitan folk tropes, abstract sonic gestures, distressed and scattering percussion, beatific melodies and ominous VCS3 drones exists in a sublime universe all of its own. Atmospheric, smokey, urbane and sophisticated “Citta Notte” is a seamless and stunningly timeless jewel in the expanding cosmology of rediscovering Library/Production music. Haunting, profound and hypnotic, one of the rarest Library LPs is no doubt also one of the most beautiful and rewarding.

MBONGWANA STAR “From Kinchasa” (world circuit) LP $48
– Mbongwana Star is a newly formed band from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Made up of a sprawling network of shanty-towns and night shelters, day-to-day life in the city is far from easy, but the band don’t want sympathy. Tired of pre-conceptions around African music, Mbongwana Star (‘Mbongwana’ means ‘change’) are creating their own identity, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics inspired by life in the townships around them, “making magic out garbage” says producer and band member Doctor L (who produced Tony Allen’s ‘Black Voices’ album). The result is revolutionary. So this isn’t what you would expect from a Congolese band or even an African sound. Like the weird Congo Astronaut that haunts their first video, ‘Malukayi (feat. Konono No.1)’, Mbongwana Star is a naturally occurring, smashed-together combination of things that’s both unexpected and somehow inevitable, too. It’s made from bits of the past and points toward a strange but exciting kind of future, but more importantly you can tell that it’s just loving the present. This isn’t an African band per se. It’s a trans-global barrier-busting sound machine.

BACK IN STOCK

COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “Blind Bet” LP $30 – LOCAL SOUL!!
KNIFELIFE “VII” (cutters Records) 12″ $20
CUT CHEMIST “Funkoff Megamix” (stable sound) LP $45
KIRU STARS “Mumbi / Family Planning” (afro 7) 12″ $24
TUXEDO “Watch The Dance M+M 80’s classic mix” (stones throw) 12″ $20
PULP FICTION OST various LP $34
DJANGO UNCHAINED OST various LP $34
TAME IMPALA “Lonerism” 2LP $42
TAME IMPALA “Innerspeaker” 2LP $42
PAUL KELLY “Presents HTE MERRI SOUL SESIONS” LP $38
MOJO JUJU “Feeling Red Seeing Blue” LP $35
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton” LP $36
THE GETO BOYS “s/t” LP $45
DIAMOND D AND THE PSYCHOTIC NEUROTICS “Stunts Blunts & Hip HOp” 2LP $40 – classic 90’s!~
SHOWBIZ & AG”Runaway Slave” 2LP $40 – heavy 90’s!
LORD FINESSE & DJ MIKE SMOOTH “Funky Technician” LP $30 – NYC 90’s HEAT!
GANGSTARR “No More Mr Nice Guy” LP $25
PUBLIC ENEMY “It Takes A NAtion Of Millions To Hold Us Back” LP $36
MF DOOM “Operation Doomsday” 2LP $42
FRANK NITT “Frankie Rothstein” LP $32
WU TANG CLAN “Return To the 36th Chamber” LP $40
RAS G “Raw Fruit 3-4″ 2LP $42
QUANTIC “Dog With A Rope” (tru thoughts) LP + 7″ $38
QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA “Tropidelico” (tru thoughts) 2LP $44
QUANTIC “The 5th Exotic” (tru thoughts) 2LP $38 – his FIRST lp!
TRU THOUGHTS COVERS various (tru thoughts) LP $38 – Quantic’s cumbia cover of Dre, covers of Nirvana, Specials, Chaka Khan + more!
THE AFRO SOUND OF COLOMBIA various (vampi soul) 3LP $55
BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB “S/t” (world circuit) 2LP $52
QUARTER STREET “s/t” (hope street records) LP $28 – LOCAL MELBOURNE SALSA DURA!!!!
JOHNNY HAMMOND “Gears” 2LP (bp) $55 – amazing unreleased Mizell Bros. HEAT!
FUNKADELIC “Funkadelic” LP $34
WILL SESSIONS “Mix Takes vol. 3 & 4″ (fat beats) LP $32
NORTHERN SOUL UNDERGROUND 36 rarities VARIOUS 2LP $48
JAMES BROWN “The Payback” 2LP $40
JAMES BROWN “Get On The Goodfoot” 2LP $40
LEROY HUTSON “II” LP $30
LEROY HUTSON “The Man” LP $30
BABY HUEY “The living Legend” LP $34

$25 REISSUES!!! become    $20 REISSUES!!

thats right.
If you buy 5 or more reissue LPs then they become $20 each!!!!! By themselves they are $25 each.

there are NINE crates of HEAT just awaiting you!

Here’s a sample ——

2 CRATES of JAMES BROWN and Friends LPs…

JAMES BROWN “Black Casear”, “Aint It Funky”, Cold Sweat, Hot Pants, Its A Mother, Reality, Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud, Sho Is Funky Down Here, Slaughters Biug rip Off” , The Popcorn etc..….
LYNN COLLINS “Check me OUt” , Think”…
MARVA WHITNEY “ITs my thing”
THE J.B.’s “Food For Thought”, “Doing IT Top Death”, Damn Right I Am Somebody”,  + more!!

A MARVIN GAYE CRATE   “Whats Going On”, “I Want You”, Trouble Man OST, “Lets Get It ON”

MORE SOUL CRATES with..…

AL GREEN “Green Gets Next To You”,
BILL WITHERS “Still Bill”
BOBBY WOMACK “Across 110th Street OST”
CHOCOLATE MILK “ACtion Speaks Louder THan Words”
CURTIS MAYFIELD “Superfly”
CYMANDE “Cymande, “Promised Heights” , “Second Time Around”
DECXTER WANSEL “Life On Mars”
DON BLACKMAN “Don Blackman”
FATBACK BAND “Feel My Soul” “Lets Do It Again”, People Music” ,
JAMES MASON “Rhythm Of Life”
JU PAR UNIVERSAL ORCHESTRA “Moods & Grooves”
KOOL & THE GANG “Kool & The Gang”, Kool Jazz”, “Spirit Of the Boogie”, “Wild And Peaceful”
MARLENE SHAW “The spice OF Life”
MARY QUEENIE LYONS “Soul Fever”
NINA SIMONE It iS Finished”, “Baltimore”, “Lamentations”
PARLIAMENT “Mothership Connection”, “Up For the Downstroke” “The Best Of”
ROY AYERS “A Tear To A Smile”, “Change Up the Groove” “Coffy OST”, “Everybody Loves The Sunshine”, “He’s Coming”, Red, Black & Green”, “Roy Ayers Ubiquity”….
JOHHNY PATE “Shaft In Africa OST”
STEVIE WONDER “Talking Book”, “Innervisions”
TERRY CALLIER “What Color Is Love”

There is a CRATE of ROCK & JAZZ (and kind of soul…)

ART BLAKEY “A Night In Tunisia”
BILLIE HOLIDAY “The Real Lady Day Sings the Blues”
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART “Safe As Milk”
CHARLES MINGUS “Tijuana Moods”
DEMON FUZZ “Afreaka”,
DOROTHY ASHBY “Hip Harp”, “The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby”
FREDDIE HUBBARD “Red Clay”
GARY BARTZ NU TROOP “JuJu Street Music”
HEADHUNTERS “Survival Of the Fittest”
IDRIS MUHAMMAD “Power Of Soul”
MUDDY WATERS “Electric Mud”
NEW YORK DOLLS “Cause I Sez So”, New York Dolls”
TOUSAN (Alan Tousant) “The Wild Sound Of New Orleans”
VELVET UNDERGROUND “The Velvet Underground (The 3rd Album), “White Light, White Heat” “The Banana COVER”
NICO “All Tomorrows Parties”

THEN THERE IS AN AFRO and LATIN box!

CANDIDO “Drum Fever” , “Thousand Finger Man”
COKE “Coke”
DOM UM ROMAO “Spirit Of the times”, “Dom Um Romao”
JOE BATAAN “Gypsy Woman”, “Riot”, Salsoul, Subway Joe
LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND “Soul Makossa”
MULATU ASTATKE “Mulatu Of Ethiopia”
PETE RODRIGUEZ “I LIke It Like That”
RAY BARRETTO “Acid”, Hard Hands”, “Together”
RAY AND HIS COURT “Ray And His Court”
SABU MARTINEZ “& His Jazz Espangole”, “Afroo temple”
WILLIE COLON “Cosa Nuestra”, “The Hustler”

plenty more on the floor, just a sample for you..

RECORD REVIRGINIZER

Back in stock

$45 each bottle…

NEW THANGS

ARCHIE ROACH “Charcoal Lane” (aurora) LP $30
– LOCAL – The most important record ever released in Australia. One that opened up a dialogue with white and indigenous Australia about what had happened to our original inhabitants at the hands of white Australia. Politics aside it is also a great story about Fitzroy and about Archie and his people. Bravely pushed into the limelight at age 35 to put out his debut record, Archie teamed up with Paul Kelly to create this amazing album. This year marks the 25 year anniversary of its release. And this is a commemorative issue. Deeper than the deepest soul, sadder than the saddest, and more Australian than Australia.  EXCLUSIVELY at NORTHSIDE RECORDS at the low price of $30 for a few weeks! (Going up to $35 later)

FLOATING POINTS “Elaenia” (pluto) LP $32
– Drawing inspiration from classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music, Elaenia – named after the bird of the same name – is the epitome of the forward-thinking Floating Points vision in 2015. Elaenia – an album with roots deep in his formative years, and one that draws upon everything Shepherd has done so far. Every DJ set he’s performed, every talent he has produced, every composition he has written are thought of as precursors to Elaenia – a dazzling score which puts him in the spotlight as a composer who has produced an album that bridges the gap between his rapturous dance music and formative classical roots. See him perform in our local velodrome!

KIRU STARS “Family Planning  / Mumbi” (Afro 7) 12″ $24
– “One of the best Kikuyu disco tracks I’ve ever heard…!” Rickard Masip said having found few copies of ‘Family Planning’ on his last trip to Kenya in 2013. Often the continuing search for something fresh and original can be a striving fare, especially when you have to look through thousand and thousands of dirty old singles. Even though there are many Kikuyu Benga singles, few have the magnitude of By Law’s KIRU1 and KIRU6. Over a hypnotizing groove with a heavy backbeat, Family planning tells us the story of a family dispute between husband and wife, set in a traditional Kikuyu rural setting. The bone of contention in the marriage is that the wife has had enough with giving birth to more kids. They have 8 kids so far but the arrogant and rude husband is still not satisfied and wants more. Though grim it may seem the outfall is the man accept the humble argument of the wife. Notice the slight shift to a more Soukouss driven beat towards the end of the track. The bass heavy ‘Mumbi’ is in more positive fashion a classic love song about the authors passion for a woman he named the song after. He goes on tour to Nyeri where she is from and tells all the other guys to lay off his true love. Limited to 350 copies in a heavy custom silk pressed sleeve. Both tracks extended and reworked by Finnish supreme Didier Selin.

DAN WHITE “Off bluff EP” (butter Sessions) 12″ $20
– LOCAL – Fresh from his contribution to the Butter Sessions’ Sounds From The Suburbs V.A., Bayside labrat Dan White delivers three disparate tracks of alien electronics. On “The Hammer (Think Mix)”, White takes a heavy inhale before descending deep sea with a near 11 minute junglist house epic! ‘Just A Beat” sells itself short with its club ready distortion while the blissed out meditation “Sacoid” cleanses the peaking dawn raiders. Some of the finest work from this Melbourne prodigy, with artwork by Lloyd MST / DJ Mind Twist.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD “Paper Mache Dream Balloon” (flightless / remote control) LP $32
– Initially the band thought ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ was going to be filled with the darker, heavier material that the band has been playing live of late. But front man Stu Mackenzie soon decided that it was time to put aside the longer, more conceptual pieces and go in a completely new direction. On previous records King Gizz has channeled many different sounds: From heavily distorted, kraut-driven rock on their 2014 album ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz’ to expansive, almost jazzy, Dead-like head trips on ‘Quarters!’ Or as Mackenzie puts it, “I always wanted to be a band where you would expect the unexpected each time, with each album being treated like a different phase.” Hence, the band’s seventh album was recorded using nothing but acoustic instruments. Mackenzie elaborated on this with: “Acoustic guitars, flute, double bass, fiddle, harmonica, drum kit, clarinet. Whatever we could find really.” The result is a lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that still evokes the same intoxicating exuberance as The Gizz’s most recent work, but with a more pastoral, communal feel to it. Saskwatch would take them in an fight though.

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD “FLOAT ALONG FILL YOUR LUNGS / ODDMENTS” DOUBLE LP (Flightless) $40
– Local Garage / Psych / Krautrock fiends King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have bundled together 2013’s ‘Float Along Fill Your Lungs’ with 2014’s ‘Oddments’ in one handy Double LP release. Get in quick, these won’t stay around for long.

LOCAL REVOLUTION “Gentle Warrior” (LR) CD $20
– “Bursting through in a rhythmic frenzy that inspires a level of energetic dancing worthy of a WOMADelaide performance comes the title track, ‘Gentle Warrior.’ Its contagious Afrobeat grooves emanate a feeling of partying in the name of positivity. Across the albums twelve tracks there are almost no weak points, as each song highlights a new musical mastery. ” Music SA

WARUMPI BAND “4 Ever” (festival Australia) 2CD $25
– Iconic Aussie Indigenous rock band Warumpi Band are the subject of a new 2CD release entitled ‘Warumpi Band 4 Ever,’ out on Festival Records through Warner Music. Featuring acclaimed songwriter Neil Murray, renowned guitarist Sammy Butcher and fronted by the late George Rrurrambu – one of Australia’s most charismatic frontmen – the Warumpi Band blazed a trail out of the Northern Territory in the early ’80s, taking their message and their exciting sound to the whole nation. They were one of the first Indigenous bands to play the thriving national urban pub circuit and the first to get airplay for a song sung in language, with their much loved indie debut single “Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail).”‘ Warumpi Band 4 Ever’ sees the band’s three albums – ‘Big Name, No Blanket,’ ‘Go Bush!’ and ‘Too Much Humbug’ – remastered for the very first time, and supplemented by some non-lp material, including that original recording of “Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out From Jail),” a live recording from one of the band’s last gigs of a never-before released song, and a handful of rocking covers that reveal their early energy.  The lavish 2CD package features numerous unpublished photos and includes liner notes by Neil Murray, author Clinton Walker and Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie, as well as words from guitarist Sammy Butcher and testimonials from members of Powderfinger and the Medics, Dan Sultan and others. Recently covered by EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS.

JACO PASTORIUS “Anthology The Warner Bros. Years” (warner) LP $40
– Material from Jaco Pastorius’s solo career has been compiled many times over. That’s what happens to a musician who meets an untimely death. People want more, but there’s only a finite number of recorded goods. Pastorius recorded plenty of stuff during and after his tenure in the jazz fusion supergroup Weather Report. His legendary status came from him finding a highly specialized niche within the genre, that of a wizard of the fretless bass.

BACK IN STOCK

THE COBRAS “Soulgroove 66 / (827 Thomas) 7″ $10 – A NORTHSIDE EXCLUSIVE!!
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA ‘Multi-Love’ (Jagjaguwar) $34
IRMA THOMAS ‘Sings’ $28
79ers GANG ‘Fire On The Bayou’ (Sinking City) $32
VARIOUS ‘Remolino De Oro – Coastal Cumbias From Discos Fuentes 1961-73′ (Domino Sound) $28
VARIOUS ‘A Orillas Del Magdalena – Coastal Cumbias From Discos Fuentes’ (Domino Sound) $28
S.E.ROGIE ‘The Sounds of S.E.Rogie Vol 1′ (Domino Sound) $28
RICKY B ‘B Is For Bounce’ (Sinking City) $32 – New Orleans HIP HOP!
STOOGES BRASS BAND ‘Street Music’ (Sinking City) $32
COURTNEY BARNETT ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit’ (Milk) $32
JOY DIVISION ‘Closer’ $40
SHARON JONES & THE DAPKINGS “Its A Holiday Soul Party” LP (daptone) $25 – XMAS FUNK!
1200 TECHNIQUES “Flow Is Trouble feat GHOSTFACE KILLAH” (rubber records) 7″ $15 – signed!! and numbered!
TROPICALIA: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound VARIOUS (soul Jazz) 2LP $32
TAYLOR McFERRIN “Early Riser” (brainfeeder) LP $32
ROMARE “Rainbow” 12″ $18
ROMARE “Projections” 2LP (ninja tune) $38
TUXEDO “s/t” (stones throw) 2LP $38
THE LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND “Malik” LP $28
AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” LP $40
ERYKAH BADU “Baduism” LP $26
ThhOMAS “Clams” (moontown) 7″ $10 – LOCAL BOOGIE HEAT!!
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS presents 100% DYNAMITE various (soul jazz) 2LP + download $52
GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD “Sour Soul” LP $32
GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD “Sour Soul INSTRUMENTALS” LP $32

NEW THANGS

THE COBRAS “Soulgroove 66 / (827 Thomas) 7″ $10
– A NORTHSIDE EXCLUSIVE!! –  Finally on wax! A 45 from a mysterious group of session men, calling themselves THE COBRAS, slippin’ around together long enough to record a stompin’ version of the theme song to Melbourne’s PBS-FM radio show SOULGROOVE’66. Released by an equally mystifying Memphis label, named 827 Thomas Records, we know nothing about. What we do know though, is that it’s a KILLER!… Part One is the vocal side that sounds like it’s been recorded during some happenin’ studio party… hoopin’, hollerin’, Hammond-driven soul. But that’s not all… the instrumental flip is the surprise… A massive Hammond work-out that eventually breaks down into a hand-clappin’, wailin’ sax break, before a little fuzz guitar in the fade… Groovy!

1200 TECHNIQUES “Flow Is Trouble feat GHOSTFACE KILLAH” (rubber records) 7″ $15 – signed!! and numbered!
– LOCAL –  It is good to see Ghostface Killah continuing to come up with the goods on 1200 Techniques’ new track ‘Flow Is Trouble’.  Now this is what I call a collaboration. Strictly Limited Edition of 150 signed by the band and hand numbered. Australian history is made right here. Be a part of it.

SHARON JONES & THE DAPKINGS “Its A holiday Soul Party” LP (daptone) $25
– Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band will provide a soulful soundtrack to the holidays this year with new album It’s A Holiday Soul Party. Kicking off with “8 Days (Of Hanukkah)”–the band’s ode to The Festival of Lights–the 11-song set of original and traditional holiday songs is the group’s first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album Give The People What They Want. It’s A Holiday Soul Party includes two Instant Grat tracks: new song “Big Bulbs” and their classic “Ain’t No Chimney’s In The Projects.” SUPER FUNKY CHRISTMAS party album that you

NO ZU “Hi Gloss” (cutters) 12″ $20
– LOCAL – NO ZU extend their very own world of percussive groove and “Heat Beat” into deeper territories than ever before on their Hi Gloss EP. Leading with the second single from their forthcoming LP (Afterlife due in Feb 2016 via Chapter Music), Hi Gloss sets the tone for the record – one of wild-abandon boogie and no-wave styled house that is at once uniquely NO ZU. Triple X funk and NSFW moods continue to flow and mutate throughout the EP with hedonistic freedom. Hi Hypnomania sees the group nodding to influences like Konk and Pigbag, but then swiftly takes them down into a smoked-out, dungeon basement at an un-godly hour to forget about time and space. Side B begins with a jam (Do Deep Dee) recorded in NYC with Sal Principato (Liquid Liquid) during a session that went from 1am to 6am. The result is as gloriously zonked and dubby as you might expect – a true continuity in free-groove and abstract percussive joy. Finally, the last track sees infamous LA boogie-man, Moon B (PPU, 1080p) take NO ZU’s Ui Yia Uia into a darker dub and bouncy minimalist realm. It’s so sweet and fresh that it acts as the perfect after-dinner mint for the Hi Gloss EP. Let the “Heat Beat” posess you.

YUM YUM “Slade Meets Jayo” (good foot records) LP $30
LOCAL (sydney) Yum Yum is a soul duo from Sydney. Made up of vocalist Natalie Slade and producer Jayo James, they draw influence from hip hop, delta blues and dub. Since forming in May 2014 they have released an EP, 2 singles, 2 remixes, supported acts like Tall Black Guy (USA), Hau, Bankrupt Billionaires and played at Sydney Festival.  The record comes over as a sweet soul thing. With a few hip hop tracks in there too. Featuring friends like Hau, The Brass Knuckle Brass Band and Danilo Ray, this is great soulful sounds that you will need this coming summer. Two fun soul kids who have dropped fresh wax. Come and check this out as we sell it whenever we play it.

AXEL F (MED & J ROCC) “Theme Music” (bang ya head entertainment) 2LP $32
– Theme Music LP is the soundtrack to a street guy from the neighborhood named AF. In the early 1980’s, AF was well known for hustling, women and having local enemies. The music J. Rocc and MED provide on Theme Music sonically captures the emotions and attitude of AF. reflected dealing with the ups and downs of the streets. Based on a true story.

LOST SOUL & FUNK GEMS VOLUME FOUR by NIK WESTON (mukatsuku) 7″ $14
– Mukatsuku digs deep again to bring us two scorchers . On the A-side we have Courtial featuring vocals by Errol Knowles, a modern soul dance floor gem of excellence from the San Francisco Bay Area championed by the likes of Snowboy & Keb Darge at various funk nights of the 90s. With a killer piano intro, fat back drums and those dope vocals, it just doesn’t get much better than this! An original minted copy of the 45 would set you back a couple of hundred British pounds (not pounds from any other country, just UK Sterling). On the flipside Sounds Of The City Experience deliver peak time funk instrumental workout ‘Getting Down’ with furious drums and brass with a soundtrack feel to rival Quincy Jones circa They Call Me Mr Tibbs or Johnny Pate circa Shaft In Africa.

LARRY MALUMA “The Lost Zambian Tapes: Ulemu (Respect)” (safari music) CD $25
– Australian-based Zambian reggae musician Larry Maluma is a recognised star in both Australia and Zambia, with over 10 albums to his name and countless performances at festivals all over the world. Better late than never, he’s just released his 12th album – his long-lost debut recording! The album, Ulemu (Respect), was released in Zambia in July, and internationally on 24 October, to mark Zambia’s Independence Day. Recorded in 1984 at DB studios and Multimedia Complex in Lusaka, the album is being released on Maluma’s own label, Safari Music, who hail the album as “a blast from the past into the future”. LArry says, “It’s actually my debut album, recorded in 1983/84 in Zambia… ” He travelled over with the reel to reel tapes and

BATIDA “Dois” (soundway) LP $32
– Batida release new album “Dois” via Soundway Records. Strands of afro-house, kuduro, benga, semba, samples from The Clash and old Angolan movies and afro-beat tracks, African MCs and musicians from all over the world are all deftly mixed together by Pedro Coquenão.
Inspired by the multicultural hotbed of his home city of Lisbon and trips to Nairobi and back to Luanda, ‘Dois’ was predominately produced in his own garage-studio over a two-year period. In 2012 Batida’s explosive self-titled debut came out on Soundway Records. Mixing the syncopated rhythms of Kuduro with elements of 1970s Semba and Congolese-influenced guitar licks, Pedro Coquenão won fans for an album that “demanded movement” (The Line of Best Fit) and “gave a view of the old and new, the West and Africa.” (The Guardian) Much of the remix and sampling spirit from the first record remains but ‘Dois’ also features live instrumentation along with a host of different guests.

MILD HIGH CLUB “Timeline” (stones throw) LP $36
– “If you haven’t heard the name Alexander Brettin aka Mild High Club before, you’ll be hearing it a lot soon. He’s toured with Wire, Mac DeMarco, Mikal Cronin, and Ariel Pink. The shaggy-haired Los Angeles transplant’s debut album, ‘Timeline’, is released through a new offshoot of Stones Throw Records, Circle Star Records. While making the album, Brettin collaborated with Ariel Pink, and Pink’s influence is evident on Mild High Club’s first psychedelic single, “Undeniable.” It feels like a lost ’60s tune, each note sustained with a twirl of vibrato creating an elongated nonchalant West Coast vibe. Perhaps it’s the electronic organ, but the song has a pleasant, almost childlike simplicity. “Undeniable” manages to be upbeat despite its slow tempo. It’s sweet, in all senses of the word.” – Stereogum – Stones throw bumping out indie sounds…

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EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Black Fella White Fella Feat TIM ROGERS & JOELISTICS / Down City Streets feat ARCHIE ROACH” (hope street records) 7″ + download $15
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” (hope street recordings) LP $26
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” (hope street recordings) CD $22
DAMU THE FUDGEMONK “Public Aseembly 2″ LP $38
MF DOOM “Special Herbs’ VOL 7 & 8″ 2LP $42
MF DOOM “Special Herbs’ VOL 3 & 4″ 2LP $42
SNOOP DOGG “Doggystyle” 2LP $48
KEYBOARD “Hungry Man” (soundway) LP $52
HIGHLIFE ON THE MOVE: Selected Nigerian And Ghanian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66″ VARIOUS (soundly) 3LP $60
LARRY MALUMA & KALMIBA “One Man’s Poison” (safari music) LP $25
LARRY MALUMA & KALIMBA “Confusion” LP (safari music) $25
TROPICAL DISCO HUSTLE volume 1 VARIOUS 2LP $48
TROPICAL DISCO HUSTLE volume 2 VARIOUS 2LP $48

ZINES

HAND GAMES “#2″ $8

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DJ MAARS vs TOM SHOWTIME “Summertime / Jump Around” (easy now) 7″ $12
– LOCAL – “Forged in the fire of the legendary Easy Now Sessions where Hip Hop and Roots meet, comes a record label focused on sizzling Reggae Mashups…” This solid ‘reggae red’ 45 is a limited edition cut with only 300 pressed. It features the brand new track ‘Summertime’ by DJ Maars vs Tom Showtime and ‘Jump Around (2015 Refix)’ by DJ Maars, an absolute tried and tested favorite! arriving Friday morning

DAVE HAMILTON: A Funky trip Detroit Funk From the Dave Hamilton Archive” (BGP) LP $40
– Dave Hamilton’s astounding productions were hardly known about 20 years ago. Who knew that this producer who had made a couple of northern soul rarities could possibly have more than a handful more in his vaults. The truth emerged that for the best part of two decades Hamilton had made in his tiny Detroit studio a host of great recordings – not just soul, but jazz, funk and even early electro. Although these tracks often had an artisanal home-made feel to them, they were also quite brilliant. One of our first discoveries was ‘Brand New Girl’ by Billy Garner, which when released rapidly became a classic on the deep funk scene. Since then we have issued two CDs of Hamilton-related funk and another of his own solo recordings. The vinyl resurgence now allows us to gather the best 12 of these tracks to create this LP. Along with the Billy Garner track, highlights include Prophet & His Disciples’ ‘You Fool, You Fool’, a salutary tale of drug addiction, originally released on the tiny Pressco label, plus the Webb People’s ‘Bump With Me’ and Hamilton’s ‘The Deacons’, both of which appeared on his TCB imprint. All in all, a fitting tribute to this side of Hamilton’s work. I fully expect DJs the world over to give these tunes a spin.

TULALAH “The Flood” (equinox) 2LP $45
– LOCAL – Equinox Recordings is proud to present ‘The Flood’, the debut album from Melbourne-based group Tulalah. Tulalah’s blend of folk, rock & jazz influences alongside with their use of vocal harmonies add a new flavour to the roster of Australian artists who have released on the Equinox label which include The Raah Project, Hiatus Kaiyote & Kirkis. Three months after the release of their debut EP ‘The Mule’ in 2013, Tulalah caught the attention of the label by chance at a gig at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. After a meeting the idea to record an album was born. The album was recorded at a small home-made studio in the beachside town of Blairgowrie along the Mornington Peninsula as well as several halls & churches in Melbourne’s inner north to track vocal, string & horn sections. The original sextet eventually expanded into the current 9-piece lineup. WIth the assistance of co-producer Jono Steer, the album was then mixed at Melbourne’s iconic Sing Sing Recording Studios. The singles ‘Selma’, ‘And Yet It Moves’ and ‘Distortrait’ have resonated with critics both in Australia and around the world. These tracks have been on regular rotation with the likes of Double J, ABC Radio National, Triple R & PBS FM as well as international support from tastemakers including Kev Beadle, Toshio Matsuura, Jon Oliver & Jazzanova.

ODESZA “Light EP” (counter records) 10″ $30
– The genesis for “Light” begins in 2014. Little Dragon asked ODESZA to do a remix of a song off their last album, Nabuma Rubberband, but their label accidentally sent ODESZA the stems for a new song that was not on that album. In the midst of a sold out 2014 North American headline tour in support of In Return, ODESZA was too busy to complete a remix. Months after the remix idea was shelved, ODESZA and Little Dragon played a co-headline show in Boston, inspiring an idea to write a new ODESZA track and build it around the Little Dragon vocal stem. Little Dragon’s distinct vocal and ODESZA’s expert production combine to create a late contender for song of the summer, well, our winter,….. “Light.”

KEB DARGE & LITTLE EDITH’S LEGENDARY WILD ROCKERS VOLUME 5 various (BBE) 2LP $48
– The fifth volume of Keb Darge & Little Edith’s ‘Legendary Wild Rockers’ is the final instalment of an acclaimed series that picks up where volumes 1-4 left off, with more raw, rootsy rockabilly and surf sounds, many rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth. An infamous part of Britain’s club culture since the heyday of the Northern scene in the 1970s when he first gained a reputation for the rugged physicality and athleticism of his dancing, Keb made the transition to DJ with his legendary residency at Stafford’s Top Of The World club at the beginning of the ‘80s, where he became known for breaking ‘newies’ at a time the scene was wallowing in nostalgia.

MUDDY WATERS “Electric Mud” (cadet) LP $25
– Electric Mud is the fifth studio album by Muddy Waters, with Rotary Connection serving as his backing band. Released in 1968, it imagines Muddy Waters as a psychedelic musician. The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it’s finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, it was downplayed as a cheap attempt to sell out Muddy’s classic blues sound. These days, it’s treasured by many of us as a unique funky session that merged the best of Chicago’s funk, soul, and blues worlds – taking Muddy’s sound way past earlier records and into uncharted waters.

SWEET CHARLES “For Sweet people From Sweet Charles” (People) LP $25
– A supremely fantastic album, and one that’s always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown’s incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James’ singing – but which sounded great with his arrangements and production. Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews arranged this one and only album, and the record’s a great blend of sweet soul tracks, funky numbers, and other stellar grooves. There’s a killer version of “Soul Man”, that begins with a very tasty break; the monster “Yes, It’s You”, which has a sweetly sliding intro that’s ripe for sampling; the righteous political “Why Can’t I Be Treated Like A Man” – and lots of other nice ones too!

JAMES BROWN “Sings Raw Soul” (king) LP $25
– Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown’s vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album’s kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it’s a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in any setting – as it brings together funky bits with more straightforward soul numbers. Tracks include the great funky numbers “Money Won’t Change You” and “Bring It Up”, both of which show the new hard sound of James coming to the forefront – plus the tracks “Stone Fox”, “Tell Me That You Love Me”, “Money Won’t Change You (parts 1 & 2)’, “Let Yourself Go”, and the hip message cut “Don’t Be A Drop Out”.

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB s/t (world Circuit) 2LP $55
– The original Buena Vista Social Club album was recorded for World Circuit Records over seven days at the vintage EGREM studios in Havana. Released in 1997, it went on to become a worldwide phenomenon, selling over eight million copies and helping to introduce Cuba’s rich musical heritage and pre-revolutionary past to the world. Now, almost two decades later, World Circuit Records reissues Buena Vista Social Club on vinyl as a double-LP.

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SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between us” LP (Northside Records) $30
PRIVATE WAX vol. 2 various (BBE) 3LP $55
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Bays” (the drop) 2LP $45
JOHNNY HAMMOND “Gears” (bgp) 2LP $50
DAPTONE GOLD volume 2 various (daptone records) 2LP $38
ROOTS MANUVA “Bleeds” (big dada) 2LP $32 – black vinyl only…
MILES DAVIS – Bitches Brew [180g] (Columbia) $40
RAPSO – Takeover (Network Productions) $30
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – Dawn (Hope St) $26
HIATUS KAIYOTE – Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) $48
D’ANGLEO AND THE VANGUARD – Black Massiah (RCA) $45
AMADOU BALAKE – Bar Konon Mouso Bar (KS) $30
KERBSIDE COLLECTION – Trash or Treasure (Legere) LP $25
BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Split Lip (BKBB) $25
ISHAN COOPER – COOP DEVILLE – Pres.. Bat Funk Crazy (Arts Victoria) $25
V/A – Light & Sound of Mogadishu (Light & Sound) $30
V/A – WARP presents CARGAA #1 (Warp) $18
V/A – WARP presents CARGAA #2 (Warp) $18
NOZINJA – Nozinja lodge 2LP (WARP) $34
BEAT SPACEK “Modern Streets” LP $38
BRAZILIAN DISCO BOOGIE SOUNDS various LP $45
RAJ MAHAL The Gift Vol 8 LP (street Corner Music) LP $40
DE LA SOUL x J DILLA “Smell the Daisy” LP $55
BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH “Sour Soul” INSTRUMENTALS LP $32
PAUL KELLY presents “The Merri Soul Sessions” LP $40
KRUGER & DORFMEISTER “The K&D Sessions” 5 x LP $95
THE SIXTH STATION “Deep Night” LP $35

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FAT FREDDYS DROP “Bays” (the drop) 2LP $45
– Fat Freddy’s Drop release their fourth studio album, “Bays”. Following the worldwide success of “Blackbird” in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with ‘BAYS’, a 9-track LP recorded at the band’s BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant. The predominantly studio written album draws on the lexicon of genres that have come to epitomize the bands’ sound. Opening with the slow burn funk of “Wairunga Blues” the album journeys through a hybrid of reggae, jazz with techno rhythms underpinning Freddy’s signature horns and Joe Dukie’s soulful and introspective vocal, arriving finally on the crooked blues jam of “Novak”. The album exudes a confidence of a band truly comfortable in their skin. It is AMAZING that in 4 albums the band has never produced a bad song. I cannot think of many bands that could claim that. In fact they have four albums of pure GOLD!!!

DAPTONE GOLD volume 2 various (daptone records) 2LP $38
– The Daptone Gold II double LP is packaged in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and comes with a poster, liner notes and iron-on. A collection of fan favorites, 45 only, and exclusive killers soooo good it turns Gold to Platinum. Dig on 21 tracks hand-picked by Daptone Staff, Musicians, and fans. But what’s REALLY special are the exclusive tracks by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, as well as “The Baddest Band in the Land” The Dap-Kings, who offer up a dance-floor dominator, “Thunderclap.” Still need more convincing?  How about extensive liner notes from the foremost authority on SOUL Music, Mr. Fine Wine – the DJ behind WFMU’s longest running SOUL program, Downtown Soulville. For the vinyl enthusiast, there are a couple special goodies inside each silver foil embossed 2xLP Gatefold: a double-sided FULL-SIZED poster adorning all the album artwork that has made Daptone the world’s #1 source for the modern yet classic aesthetic.  And for you crafty sorts, there’s an iron–on Daptone Logo sporting the mantra “There’s no Business Like Soul Business”, you can put on the back of your favorite white demin jacket. …just saying.  It’s the perfect album for those down with the Daptone Sound, but who also enjoy consolidation. Voila! Daptone Gold Volume II.

THHOMAS “Clams pt 1 & 2″ (Moontown) 7″ $10
– LOCAL – “Clams” is a collection of boogie inspired grooves that combine field recordings with analog synths, classic drum machines and sampled instruments played by melbourne recording artist Thhomas. Available on 7″ vinyl and digital with two bonus tracks, this is Thhomas’ second release for Moontown Records – his first being a self-titled limited run of cassettes last year. Tom plays in local soul / hip  hop band 30/70. This is a solo thang, and his boogie game is TIGHT!

DE LA SOUL / MAGGIE THRETT “Jenifa Taught Me / Soupy” (Originals) 7″ $16
– your favourite 45 series are back with another party jam. Dynavoice Records was the source of several De La samples, but none better than the rhythm & blues / northern soul monster that is Maggie Thrett’s 1965 cut “Soupy” which is in much need of a reissue after 50 years. In true Originals style it’s flipped here by De La Soul’s ‘Soupy’-sampling ‘Jenifa Taught Me’, which appears here in its ferocious LP version (minus the interlude intro which has been moved to the end of the track) First time on a 45 for Jenifa, oh Jenny – don’t sleep!

IKE TURNER & THE RHYTHM KINGS “Funky Mule / Funky Mule Bonus Beats by Nick Bike” (dinked 45s) 7″ $16
– On a similar tip to the Originals 7″ imprint comes new label Dinked. Dinked will be focussing on digging up old soul / funk tunes which might not have been released on 7” vinyl before or are in need of a timely reissue. All tracks licensed and remastered for a fat sounding 45! First up we have Ike Turner’s “Funky Mule”, which features an enormous break which was a fave amongst drum & bass producers like Goldie, 4Hero etc. It originally appeared on Ike’s LP “A Black Man’s Soul” on Pompeii Records back in ’69 but amazingly never appeared on a 45… until now! On the flip side we are treated to some bonus beats and skipless loops by Canadian turntablist, DJ Nick Bike, who was this year’s Western CDN Red Bull Thre3style champ and is making big waves in the DJ world…limited copies!

NICK BIKE “Chosen Spokes Vol 2″ (Nick Bike) 7″ $16
– Nick Bike returns off the back of another successful Redbull Thre3style campaign winning the 2015 Western Canadian Finals…Chosen Spokes Vol. 2 dips into NAS’ Illmatic age – “Ain’t Hard II Tell” get’s double treatment with an A-side remix and B-side deconstruction and recreation of the original instrumental. As with Volume 1, the B side also includes a skipless loop for the scratch heads…limited copies!

BOBAN PETROVIC “Aroz” (disco not disco) LP $40
– Extremely rare album of Yugoslav weirdo-disco from local legend Boban Petrovic as officially re-issued by Belgrade’s Disco Not Disco crew and Boban himself. One of the most idiosyncratic and strangely captivating things we’ve heard in a while. The spacy jam, “Zajendo Srecni” is a sweet balleric trip. In fact the whole side B is pretty fine. The lyrics are reprinted in English and the translations are worth the price of entry alone. Originals are well over $500, so this is like making money right!

ROOTS MANUVA “Bleeds” (big dada) 2LP $32
– Not only one of Britain’s greatest musical artists, but one of the greatest lyricists full stop, Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, ‘Bleeds’. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most concise and focussed record to date, his most emotionally affecting and powerful release since his breakthrough, ‘Run Come Save Me’. Drawing upon production assistance from young British producer, Fred, together with musical heavyweights Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and Switch’s new production team, With You, the title of the record is, in the man’s own words, an “egocentric jest of daring to do things in the tradition of Jesus: I’m ready to bleed for the artform.” It is, of course, also a reference to the way in which genres, in the sonic world of Roots Manuva, have a tendency to bleed into one another, so that hip hop, reggae, techno, funk, neo-classical, all blend together to create “liquid soul, the blood, the bleeds that paint infinite sacred wonders in our dreams and unfold in our day-to-day.” One of the true pioneers and originals of British music, any album from Roots Manuva is an event. When it’s as good as ‘Bleeds’ it’s one of the musical events of the year. Both genre-defying and deeply rooted in what he describes as “the culture of Bass and Verb,” the record innovates and consolidates in equal measure. Rodney Smith describes himself as “a British Black musical Mark Rothko” and ‘Bleeds’ is another masterpiece from this abstract wordsmith. We have a handful of coloured vinyl copies – that go to independent stores only! These go to first few customers…. (arriving later today!)

WILLIAM ONYEABOR “Atomic Bomb” (luaka bop) LP $34
– The Atomic Bomb LP from Nigeria with the monster progressive Afro Soul track ‘better change your mind’ The title track was his biggest hit in Nigeria back in 1978, and rightfully so too. Its a jam. Afro disco for DAYZZZZ….

JOHNNY HAMMOND “Gears” (bgp) 2LP $50
– One of the most important albums to mix jazz and funk in the mid-70s, “Gears” is a masterful collaboration between Hammond and producers the Mizell brothers. To mark its 40th anniversary, the album has been remastered from new transfers and is presented with six previously unissued bonus tracks. Johnny Hammond’s “Gears” is one of the essential albums of the jazz funk era. It sits alongside Lonnie Liston Smith’s “Expansions” and Donald Byrd’s “Places And Spaces” as one of the perennial recordings championed by DJs and collectors. Re-mastered from a new 24/96 transfer of the original tape, this 40th anniversary edition enables us to appreciate the album in a new light, with six previously unissued bonus out-takes – five fantastic new numbers and a skeletal take of ‘Can’t We Smile?’ – that allow us a better understanding of the recording process. The Mizells would rehearse the rhythm section before recording a whole section with Hammond. They would then add sweetening: strings, backing vocals, some solos. With Hammond already on the master, much of the solos were cut live, resulting in the out-takes being more fully finished than they would be, for example, on a Donald Byrd recording. LIMITED…

CALIPH8 “Stillborn Etudes” (Dub Temple) LP $30
–  Caliph8, coming out of Manila, has been a staple of the Filipino underground hip-hop movement for the past 20 years, mainly performing live, with his only release for most of that time being an EP, released in 1997, called Knowin’ iz Half da Battle, released by his crew at the time, Down Earf. In the past few years however, he has begun releasing solo recordings, one of which is the subject of today’s post. Stillborn Etudes is his second solo release, distributed on cassette by Dub Temple Records. The record is spacey, fragmented and jazzy, yet hip-hop at it’s core. The dark, psychedelic sounds presented here will conjure images of haunted hallways lined with doors leading to other dimensions. Using his MPC, Caliph creates surreal soundscapes filled with sinister bass lines and shifting moods. The spirit of the music we hold dear at Beetbak lives on in the Philippines, through artists like Caliph8.

MILES DAVIS “Kind Of Blue” (columbia) LP $35
– So much has been said and written about Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue”, it’s virtually impossible to summarise all the necessary info to the length of this page. We could try to explain why it’s the best jazz album ever made (and the best selling), but the music itself will do that for you. As Bill Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Miles Davis laid out the themes before the tape rolled and the band improvised. The end results were fragile and wondrous. Recorded during two sessions in 1959, “Kind of Blue” worked on many different levels and will do so for many years to come.

MILES DAVIS “In A Silent Way” (Columbia) LP $35
– “In A Silent Way” is regarded as the first of Miles’ fusion albums which was only the highway to deliver one of the jazz history masterpieces, “Bitches Brew”. “In A Silent Way” featured a full-blown electric approach: An album which kicks categories of music to the curb and owes much of its essence to rock improvisers like John McLaughlin – a newcomer at the time – and to pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. ‘Space Music’ some said, but Miles only was just going his way as always. Free jams with hardly any no structure but still so sustained that they speak volumes about the sensitivity of the musicians involved. Also performing on this album: Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Dave Holland and Tony Williams.

MILES DAVIS “Sketches Of Spain” (columbia) LP $35
– ”Sketches of Spain” is part of Miles’ late 50s / early 60s ‘blue’ era. This is one of the four albums Miles and Gil Evans (arranger and conductor) made together with a small orchestra of horns and percussion, and it was fueled by Spanish melodies – “El Concierto de Arajuez” by Joaquí­n Rodrigo and “El Amor Brujo” by Manuel de Falla – that fascinated Davis to the point he needed to get into them and go beyond. Imagine “Kind Of Blue” but with a Spanish influence and you’d not be far wrong. Davis and Evans put something together that every single music lover should possess, a sketch of some place he’d never been to. As Miles said, ‘It’s music, and I like it’.

J COLE “2014 Forrest Hills” (Sony) 2LP $40
–  Named after the address of his childhood home in North Carolina, J. Cole’s third studio effort was released with no supporting singles, and there are no featured artists, either, because 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those personal, conceptual, and “heavy” albums. Most importantly, it’s admirable bordering on excellent, sure to inspire returning fans to herald it as a classic even if it doesn’t woo the skeptical, casually wandering out of its intro with two smooth and soulful numbers that are so free, they’re just shy of being clumsy. Key cut “January 28th” puts gut-wrenching hard truths of the Pusha-T type (“What’s the price for a black man’s life?/I check the toe tag, not one zero in sight”) next to wobbly wordplay that could have been lifted off some old Digable Planets LP (“Flow is bananas/Here, peel this back”), while “Wet Dreamz” finds J. Cole the producer offering a beat that’s rather Alchemist or 9th Wonder inspired, and then slathering it in plush strings for a perfect single on an album that refuses singles. Later, “No Role Modelz” mixes a tribute to the late actor James Avery (“Rest in peace Uncle Phil”), with a bubbling beat that’s a variation on cloud-rap (co-produced by Phonix Beats and Cole), and a snarky, snappy set of put downs that are like an elevated Fergie (“I don’t want no bitch from reality shows/Out of touch with reality hos”), but all these flights of fancy fly freely since the album lacks an anchor. 2014 Forest Hills Drive comes off as a great, experimental, and advancing mixtape, but it’s insider to a fault, as slight as that fault might be.

DAP DROP

(back to the nice price again!)

SHARON JONES AN THE DAP KINGS “NAturally” LP $25
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS “100 Days 100 nights” LP $25
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS “Soul Time” LP $25
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS “I Learned the Hard Way” LP $25
SAUN & SATRR “Look Closer” LP $25
BUDOS BAND “Burnt Offering” LP $28
BUDOS BAND “The Budos Band III LP $25
DAPTONE GOLD various volume 1 2LP $30
NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS “What Have YOu Done My Brother” LP $25
NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS “Cold World” LP $25
MENAHAN STREET BAND “The Crossing” LP $25
SUGARMAN THREE “What the World Needs Now” LP $25
ANTIBALAS LP $30
POETS OF RHYTHM “Anthology 1992 – 2003″ 2LP $35

BACK IN STOCK

COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “Blind Bet” (freestyle) LP $30
COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “Blind Bet” (freestyle) LP $20
COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “The Writings On The Wall (feat Tex Perkins) / Black Stick” (Soul Messin’) 7″ $12
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Black Fella White Fella Feat TIM ROGERS & JOELISTICS / Down City Streets feat ARCHIE ROACH” (hope street records) 7″ + download $15
J DILLA “Donuts” 2LP $40 (smile cover)
RIM KWAKU OBENG “Rim Arrives” 2LP $42
EJI OYEWOLE “Chrity Begins At Home:” L P $42
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” LP $26
THE BOMBAY ROYALE “Phone Baja Na Remixes” (hope street records) 12″ $14
THE BOMBAY ROYALE “The Island Of Dr Electrico” (hope street records) LP $28
QUARTER STREET ORCHESTRA “Quarter Street” (hope street) LP $28
TA-KU “Songs to Make Up To” (future classic) LP + Downlaod $35
CHET FAKER “Built On Glass” (future classic) 2LP $35 – LOCAL soul..
BUTTER SESSIONS Vol 5: Sounds From The Suburbs – Australian Techno Experiments Recorded Between 2014-2015″ VARIOUS (butter sessions) LP $20
KAMASI WASHINGTON “The Epic” 3LP (brainfeeder) $75 boxset
TAYLOR MCFERRIN “Early Riser” (Brinafeeder) 2LP $32
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Live at the Matterhorn” 2LP $42
BETTY DAVIS s/t LP $32
WENDY RENE “After the laughter Comes the Tears: The Complete Stax Singles & Rarities 1964 – 65″ (light in the attic) 2LP $38
NEW ORLEANS SOUL various 2LP (soul jazz) $52
FLYING LOTUS “Los Angeles” 2LP (warp)  $34
FLYING LOTUS Until the Quiet comes” 2LP (warp)  $32
FLYING LOTUS “You’re Dead!” (warp) 2LP $32
ROMARE “Rainbow” (ninja tune) 12″ $18
ROMARE “Projections” 2LP $38
BEECH HOUSE “Thank Your Lucky Stars” 2LP $42
D’ANGELO “Black Messiah” 2LP $40
MILES DAVIS “Bitches brew” 2LP $40
LL COOL J / SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE “Mama Said Knock You Out / Trip To Your Heart” (Originals) 7″ $16
DJ JAZZY JEF / MARVIN GAYE “A Touch Of Jazz / T Plays It Cool” (originals) 7″ $16
THE UMC’S / BLUE MITCHELL “One TO Grow On / Good Humour Man” (Originals) 7″ $16
DIGABLE PLANETS / ART BLAKEY “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) / Stretching (J Rocc Edit) 7″ $16

HANGIN WITH THE HOMIES

back in stock!

Here is what I got… ALL $5 each.

Eazy-E
Pimp C
MC Eiht
Bone Thugs
Cam’ron
Dipset
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Westside
Mac Dre
Cross Colours
The Predator – Cube….
Picture Me Rollin…2PAC
King Of NY – Biggie…..

$5 each!!!!

NEW THANGS

COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS “The Writings On The Wall (feat Tex Perkins) / Black Stick” (Soul Messin’) 7″ $12
– LOCAL – Brand new single and For the A-Side, Tex’s vocal soars letting us know that indeed for the protagonist, “The Writing’s On The Wall” in a track that is part open letter and part intimate warning. The B-Side responds in the traditional Cookin’ on 3 Burners trio format, paying homage to The Cruel Sea in the shape of a dirty breakbeat instrumental version of the classic “Black Stick”. In true Burners fashion it’s all live and full of vibe – the drums are super tight, the Hammond swells and screams and the guitar twangs like a boss. Tex proves to be a great fit for COOKIN’ as his attack is tough and his timing is right. The cooking version of the Cruel Sea should go down as another Aussie classic as well. This is great! Come and see them perform next Friday at 7pm

VAUDEVILLE SMASH “Ritcher Scale / Dangerous” (vaudeville smash) 7″ $15
– LOCAL – Brand new local funk. Inspired by the magic of Cameo and delivered from a genius line by James Bowers on keys, this is part of the new wave of local funk that is pure blue eyed soul. Straight from someone growing up in the 80’s this groove is infectious. With lush synth lines and soaring sax, its great fun to hear music like this. Made for a dance floor and played on a dance floor this is still great for home as you’ll be shaking all over. The Dangerous on the flip is just as fun – its officially a double A side! Get it quick only 100 pressed! IT will probably sell out before the launch on Nov 30th!

TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS “The Rules Of Attraction” (atlantic) 2LP $52
–  LOCAL – After three years of flirting, touring and single making, Tim Rogers & The Bamboos are taking their relationship to the next level with the birth of ‘The Rules of Attraction,’ their first full length recording! ‘The Rules of Attraction’ is a heady brew of down-home grit, driving rhythm and larger-than-life technicolour swagger – built on the explosive musical chemistry between Rogers and Bamboos bandleader Lance Ferguson. Produced by Ferguson and long-time cohort John Castle (Vance Joy, Josh Pyke, The Drones) at The Shed & Ferguson’s studio in Melbourne, ‘The Rules of Attraction’ follows on from their first musical outing in 2012 with the 2 x ARIA nominated track ‘I Got Burned’. Built on an insistent, urgent drum rhythm and propulsive bassline, first single Easy is another window-smashing brick in the well paved road that maps out Tim Rogers musical eclecticism and vocal versatility. Now there is a Bamboos record out on ATLANTIC – major step!!!

KAMASI WASHINGTON “The Epic” (brainfeeder) 3LP boxset $75
– ‘The Epic’ is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly 10-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and its members – who call themselves variously “The Next Step” and the “The West Coast Get Down” – have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school. The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively in the tens of thousands. VINYL will be dropping today – limited!

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS presents 100% DYNAMITE various (soul jazz) 2LP + download $52
– This is the new digitally remastered 2015 expanded edition of Soul Jazz Records’ biggest ever selling release, ‘100% Dynamite! Ska, Soul, Rocksteady & Funk In Jamaica’. Since the album’s original release nearly 20 years ago, ‘100% Dynamite’ has become a cornerstone of reggae: 18 killer tracks that show the influence that American jazz, funk and soul music had on Jamaican reggae. ‘100% Dynamite’ features some serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica’s jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert. Also included here are heavyweight reggae versions to soul classics by Marlena Shaw’s ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rocksteady’, Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’, William DeVaughan’s seminal ‘Be Thankful’ and more.

LOS STELLARIANS “Cholo Soul” (holigrailian) LP $30
–  Latino soul music has a long history on the west coast of America. Since the 60’s the mostly Mexican Latinos have been putting there spin on doo-wop, soul & funk. With sweet soul tunes and super tough low-rider cars they cruz around California. This music is still spinning today! Check out this band LOS STELLARIANS. I have copies of their album “Cholo Soul” with covers of DARONDO, JOE BATAAN and more!!! The unfortunately named genre of latino soul music is Brown Eyed Soul. One that never really took off in Australia…….
LOS STELLARIANS –  T SHIRT $20… very slick…

A BAND CALLED FLASH “Mother Confession” (Future Vision) 12″ $20
– A treat for anyone who does their dancing at the soulful end of the spectrum here, as house legend Ron Trent takes on executive production duties for this sumptuous serving of modern jazz-funk. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Atmosphere, Dinosaur L and Raw Silk, and in the good company of Ron Trent and Jonesy, multi-instrumental maestro Jared Hines took to the studio and laid down five body moving, soul soothing tracks inflected with just a touch of the power cosmic. Opening cut “Mother Confessor” sees the ensemble lock the dial on an intergalactic broadcast of jazz-funk classics, riffing on the “Dancing In Outer Space” bassline and “Wood, Brass and Steel” melody, while the backmasked vocal and thick film of cosmic slop provide their own psychedelic shimmer. Next up, our sonic explorers harness the synthetic majesty of a lost West End classic for the dubbed out disco/boogie sounds of “The Gift”, a fast paced peak timer which bounds out the stacks like a Francois K mix of a Sharon Redd stormer.

HEAVENLY ETHIOPIQUES various (Heavenly Sweetness) 2LP $38
– this is a great compilation of the Ethiopiques series. This is a 20 CD strong series that chronicles A LOT of the great music that formed the genre of Ethiopian Jazz. Created by Mulatu AStatke and then performed by many, this style of music is found within the pentatonic scale (that consisting of a five note scale as opposed to the eight notes in pop music). This is a great compilation of

PIERRE ANTOINE “Kabouley Woman” (Hot Casa) LP $44
– Reissue of monster rare Afrobeat LP from the Ivory Coast, superb Fela Kuti style deep tracks, original is just impossible to find! The album’s only got two long tracks – but both of them are more than enough to make it great! “Kalabuley Woman” takes up all of side one – and the tune’s got this wickedly dubby approach to funk – almost like Cymande at the start, but then filled up with all these instrumental passages that show more of a Nigerian style of jamming – so much so that the vocals don’t even come into play until the track is halfway through! “Ye Man Noun” is wonderful too – following off a similar dubby sort of energy – but with fast-riffing guitar throughout, as well as solos on tenor, trombone, and some very cool acoustic piano!

TAPPA ZUKIE “Visions Of Love” (Stars) 12″ $25
– During the late ’70s and early 1980s, Jamaican-in-London Tapper Zukie was responsible for a number of killer dub disco cuts, most of which have been irritatingly hard to find ever since. It’s fair to say that “Visions Of Love”, now re-released on his own Stars imprint (or repressed sneakily to make it look official) is one of those must-have cuts. Blessed with the heavy pulse of dub, the synth-laden shimmer of electrofunk and the open-minded dancefloor attitude of post-punk disco, it should be an essential purchase. As with the original release, it comes backed with the thrillingly Balearic “Love Dream”, an instrumental dub that makes more of the original’s wonderful synths and tactile bassline.

SOUL SUGAR “All I Know featuring Courtney John” (Gee) $16
– A moodier record than usual from Soul Sugar – still funky, but in a dark and slow-stepping style – one that feels nice and spooky, too, thanks to some good use of echo around the rhythms – all of which sets this perfect backdrop for the equally moody lyrics from Courtney John – a singer who’s quite a nice change from the usual female vocalist with a funk band! And the flipside is mighty nice, too – with the echo turned up into dub territory, and lots of criss-crossing changes in the music!

REGGAE DROP

GREGORY ISAACS “Night Nurse” (Tads) LP $28
LEE SCRATCH PERRY “Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread” (Upsetter) LP $28
LEE SCRATCH PERRY “Retrun Of The Super Ape” (Upsetter) LP $28
SUGAR MINNOTT “Hard Time Pressure (Upsetter) LP $28 – with The Upsetters
ABYSSINIANS “Satta” (Azul) LP $28
AUGUSTUS PABLO “Ital Dub” (Clocktower) LP $28
MIKEY DREAD “World War 3″ (Dread At The Controls) LP $28
THE CONGOS “Heart Of The Congos” (VP) LP $28
MAX ROMEO “Chase The Devil” (Upsetters) 7″ $16

BACK IN STOCK

SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between Us” (northside Records) LP $30 – LOCAL HEAT!
VARIOUS “Fallin Off The Reel 3&4″ (Truth & Soul) 2LP $44
WILLIE WEST “Lost Soul” LP $28
DR DRE “The Chronic” (Death Row) 2LP $40
ERYKA BADU “Baduizm” (Universal) LP $26
AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” (Republic) LP $38
MADLIB “Shades Of Blue” (Blue Note) 2LP $36
BUDOS BAND “Burnt Offering” (Daptone) LP $30
PORTISHEAD “Portishead” (London) 2LP $30
RITA ABATZI “I’m Burning: Urban Greek Songs 1933-37″ (Mississippi) LP $34
GUILTY SIMPSON “Detroit’s Son” (stones throw) 2LP $40
ISHAN COOPER “Coop Deville presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” (brm) LP + Download) $25
THE CACTUS CHANNEL featuring CHET FAKER “Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street records) 7″ $14 – LOCAL MELB SOUL!!!
FRIDA “Slowly” (Wyall Style) 7″ $15
DORSAL FINS “Mind Renovation” LP + Download $28 – LOCAL HEAT!!!
JAMIE XX “In Colour” LP $42

NEW THANGS

PRIVATE WAX volume 2 VARIOUS (bbe) 3LP $50
– The first volume came out in 2012 and was equally fun and this one also brings the vibe, after opening with STARVUE’s Love Affair, you know its on.  With the current disco and funk revival making headway into the charts, this compilation of authentic, original material could not be timelier. From dance-floor oriented disco monsters to more subtle boogie jams, the album takes the listener on a journey from the nightclub to the streets of 70’s and 80’s Black America, where the early experimental blueprint for hip hop and house can clearly be heard in so much of the music. A slice of history, but also a collection of tracks that still have so much mileage left in them, we invite you to dive once again into the magical world of Zaf’s Private Wax.

RIM KWAKU OBENG & KASA “Too Tough” (bbe) 2LP $42
– Following hot on the heels of our well-received reissue of his first album, Rim Arrives, we now present the two other key records that have made this a cult figure for lovers of both African music and ‘disco’ in its widest sense. Too Tough, a superb three track EP from 1982, on Sum-Sum Records, was credited to Rim and Kasa, whilst he issued the cracking 12” I’m Not Going To Let You Go as Rim And The Believers for Harmony Records the following year. Too Tough kicks off with Shine The Ladies, an epic Afrodisco jam in call and response format, with the female lead vocals (Ms. Anita Berry) .The mood changes with I’m Not Going To Let You Go, which eschews the female chorus for an altogether mellower, instrumental ride, veering from out-there cosmic synth vibes to loungey jazz piano. It’s original flip, Peace of Mind, raw Afro-boogie track with a male vocal, is also included. Those of you who had been searching in vain for Rim’s oeuvre for some years now having had it handed to you on a platter (well, two platters, actually), will be pleased to know that there is yet more material from the man Rim Kwaku Obeng to come from us at BBE

RUN THE JEWELS “Run the jewels” (big dada) LP + Bonus 12″ + booklet  + Download Card $40
– This is a fresh reissue on Green splattered clear vinyl of the groups first album from 2013. El P + Killer Mike = Run The Jewels. Rap’s most dangerous duo have teamed up with Fool’s Gold for their debut album. Ten tracks of speaker obliterating beats and razor sharp verses, laced with searingly honest emotion and pitch black humor.

KAMASI WASHINGTON “The Epic” (brainfeeder) 3CD $28
– ‘The Epic’ is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly 10-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and its members – who call themselves variously “The Next Step” and the “The West Coast Get Down” – have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school. The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively in the tens of thousands. He is playing here at SOULDFEST! get on it. Vinyl will be coming SOOOON. I will make noise.

AFX “Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008″ (warp) 12″ $20
– The first AFX release since the mighty “Analord” series sees Richard D James and Warp Records go back to the old skool in a big way. From the fly-poster campaign and retro rave Designers Republic sleeve to the fearsome acid breaks held within, this release is a celebration of the days when Tangled was still at the Phoenix, City were still at Maine Road and Me and Piccadilly’s Matt Ward were locked in our bedrooms playing Dungeons and Dragons (the early 90s). Going in hard from the get go, AFX fires up the 303, 808 and whatever else he’s got lying around to deliver the bleeping, squeaking acid assault of “Serge Fenix Rendered 2″. A simple beat holds things together nicely while the raucous acid lines, head spinning sequences and trippy out chords threaten to throw the whole thing off kilter. Next up, “DMX Acid Test” sees the producer weaving fluid 303 lines around an ever changing collage of breakbeats and tough snares, before “Oberheim Blacet1b” mashes your brain, blows the speakers and scares children as RDJ adds gloomy pads and hollow wood blocks to the rapid fire sequences and thundering drums. Speaking of thundering drums, if you were looking for a room wrecking percussion track for your next sally into a rave bunker, “Bonus EMT Beats” will suit you to a t. Opening the B-side in textbook Ronseal fashion, “Simple Slamming B 2″ does exactly what it says on the tin, ramping up the LFO and LPF for truly murky bass while a drum track bangs out at breakneck pace. “Midi Pipe1c Sds3time Cube/klonedrm” sees RDJ in piss-take mood, utilising his synth set up to deliver some deranged pygmy polyphony perfectly suited to patchouli-scented after parties the nation over. From that strangeness we skip into the mid tempo headnod of “NEOTEKT72″ a dense, bass heavy breakbeat cut in line with RDJ’s hip hop inspired moments, before closing on the organic percussion of drum track “R8m Neotek Beat”.

PETE ROCK “Petestrumentals” (bbe) 2LP $42
– a reissue of a now classic the 2001 jam that helped define the hip-hop instrumental record. It marks the legend’s first album on Mello Music Group, a fitting union between the author of the boom-bap blueprint and the label that has expanded upon his legacy. Bumped out by BBE again…

BACK IN STOCK

GUILTY SIMPSON “Detroit’s Son” (stones throw) 2LP $40
DAM FUNK “Invite the Light” (stones throw) 3LP $50
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA “Multi-Love” LP $36
ISHAN COOPER “Coop Deville presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” (brm) LP + Download) $25
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Tawk Tomahawk” LP $42 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW! Their FIRST record!
MF DOOM “Operation Doomsday” (metal face records) 2LP $32
SKOMES “Mindloops Ona Heartbeat” (groove penguin records) LP $20
THE CACTUS CHANNEL featuring CHET FAKER “Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street records) 7″ $14 – LOCAL MELB SOUL!!!
FRIDA “Slowly” (Wyall Style) 7″ $15
NEW ORLEANS FUNK various Vol1 (Soul Jazz) 3LP $44
FAT FREDDY’S DROP – Blackbird 2LP (The Drop) $34
D’ANGELO “Voodoo” 2LP $45
DORSAL FINS “Mind Renovation” LP + Download $28 – LOCAL HEAT!!!
DYL THOMAS “A Tribute To Pete Rock Beat Tape” (wax mueum records) LP $30 – LOCAL HEAT!
OCEANS APART various pt 1 (cut records) LP $20 – RED COVER – comp by CUT COPY of local Melb House heat!
OCEANS APART various pt 2 (cut records) LP $20 – PINK COVER – der….
STATUE “Built” (cutters records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL
SPEED PAINTERS “Bellarine” *(cutter records) 12″ $20 – LOCAL
NEXT STOP SOWETO various VOL 3 – Giants, Ministers and Makers (BBE) 2LP $42

NEW THINGS

THE CACTUS CHANNEL featuring CHET FAKER “Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street records) 7″ $14
– LOCAL Funk/soul band, The Cactus Channel, have collaborated with ARIA Award winner Chet Faker for two tracks, ‘Kill the Doubt’ and ‘Sleeping Alone’ on a 7inch set for release via HopeStreet Recordings. The recording, two years in the making, is a fine example of the depth of Melbourne’s music scene. It features Chet Faker’s seasoned songwriting with The Cactus Channel’s ear for musical instrumentation, resulting in a dose of classic soul and funk seen through a uniquely Melbourne perspective.

HAU “The No End Theory” (house of Beige) CD $15
– LOCAL – sydney Hip Hop legend Hau Latukefu lives and breathes hip hop. He hosts the Triple J hip hop show and even won an Aria with Koolism back then… Now, he is his own man and has hooked up with Melbourne beatsmiths Dutch and Sensible J to produce his new thang. And produced it they did! Dutch and J are also responsible for REMi the funky, and have in fact with this CD launched the label HOUSE OF BEIGE! What a place to start. This has got the groove, as you’d expect. He brings in a few talented guests or friends as he’d say. Check out et help, Ngairre, Oddissee, Syreney, DJ Dexter, P-Money, Che Fu and of course Jonah…DIG – Not released till FRIDAY.

HUGO FREDERICK “Skin” (plastic World) 12″ $20
– LOCAL  Hugo Frederick has been bubbling under the surface of Melbourne’’s incredibly strong electronic scene for years. Now it’’s his turn to suit up for an immense 12 on Plastic World full of euphoria and pianos. Soaring on an intricate combination of whirling ambient undercurrents, classic 90s house pianos and a deep understanding of house music and the groove that exists within it, Hugo Frederick’’s debut EP Skin is truly something to behold. Skin introduces two sides to Hugo Frederick’’s musical palette, the first of which is the expansive house works that are found on the A side. Opener ‘‘Skin’’ sees Frederick realise the potential he showed in earlier releases, setting loose a textural piece that is tied together with classic keys and the introduction of a fierce kick drum half way through the song. ‘‘Remote’’ draws the listener back in with a more subdued affair, enticing them in with wondering synths and inclusive vocals, culminating in the perfect release that leads into the B-side of the record. The flip side finds Hugo Frederick exploring his more experimental ability, with the hypnotic ‘‘Stripped’’ and the shuffling ‘‘Hexagonia’’ proving while he can shift his focus away from 4//4 rhythms he’’ll never lose sight of the intuitive groove that will always keep people moving.

BOBBY BOOMERANG “Uncharted Waters” (cutters Records) LP $20
– LOCAL – Uncharted Waters is the debut release for antipodean wanderer, Bobby Boomerang, who is more commonly known in his other life as Cut Copy frontman Dan Whitford. Whitford has long held a fondness for the deeper reaches of dance music, having DJed an ecclectic mixture of house and disco and in Melbourne clubs some years before keyboards and guitars cross pollinated to bring Cut Copy into existence. And in some ways his first solo release is a musical homecoming. On ‘‘Uncharted Waters’’ we find this Boomerang returning to it’’s place of origin to explore his reinterpretations of balearic house and techno, generated by experiments with his menagerie of vintage drum machines, samplers and keyboards.

WILL SESSIONS “It Aint Hard To Tell / One Love” (fat beats) 7″ $20
– a funk band outta Detroit did a project a few years back of playing the entire album by NAS, his “Illmatic” in instrumental soul stlyes, then they got the MC from Detroit, Elzhi to rap over what they did and it became Elmatic. The instrumentals of this project are as legendary as the project itself. Disc Union in Japan thought it a brilliant idea to press up some 45’s from the idea. And so we have these puppies. My favourite track off the album, “One Love” is here but this is edited down to a shorter version that the stretched out LP version. DIG. Very limited numbers.

WILL SESSIONS “Lifes A Bitch / TheWorld Is yours” (fat beats) 7″ $20
– Like he said, more funk! Two more jams, biota fresh. Very limited.

CHARLES BRADLEY / RODRIGUEZ “I’ll slip Away” (light in the attic) 7″ $15
– finally I get this. Its from 2012 and a 10 year anniversary gag for the label, but more importantly its the SCREAMING EAGLE OF SOUL doing a cover of Rodriguez, once again, very limited but I will endeavour to get more. Yes, his versions is much more than our friend Sixtoo.

THESE EYES “Soca Hustle / Let Me Love” (invisible Cities) 7″ $20
– One of the most mysterious and outsider ‘Soca’ 45s out there by H.M. ‘These Eyes’ Timothy. The A-side ‘Let Me Love’ sounds like doo wop recorded with Oluko Imo’s gear. And the B-side ‘Soca Hustle’ sounds like the Residents jamming a Marvin Whoremonger song with Augustus Pablo. The original 45 is so obscure that even his siblings didn’t know that he made music. And rumour has it that, frustrated by its lack of success, Michael threw most of the copies of the 45 in the valley beside his family’s house in the hills just outside Port Of Spain. One-time pressing of 500 copies.

PRAISE POEMS #2 various (tramp records) 2LP $38
– “”…don”t ask if there will ever be a Volume 2. We don”t know yet. What we do know is that if we ever come across a similar tour de force as Don McCaslin”s composition, Praise Poems, then there will certainly be one…”” These were the final words of the sales notes for Praise Poems Volume 1 – which we proudly sold earlier this year. And indeed, since then, we have discovered a tune which led us to continue to curate this series of obscure, soulful, jazzy and spiritual sounds from back in the day. The song to which we refer to is Abraham Battat”s jazz-samba masterpiece, Fly Away. Fly Away is a righteous combination of sonorous jazz guitar, crackling drums and warm acoustic piano. Floating through the tones as if in a private concert for you in your very living room, it is an earnest, honest vocal performance bringing a rainbow message of freedom and liberty to the world. This is the standard by which we judged the entirety of this compilation. Though they may be known in some circles, selections by Richard Martian, Larry Covin, and The Gingerbread Express are in the same category of pure beauty. Of course, good luck finding a copy of Larry Covin”s Masquerade or the Portis Brothers” Summer Love. The single hit you receive while doing an online search is the exact same copy from which we took the master. To find a needle in a haystack is a cakewalk compared to turning up a copy of some of these gems to be found here.

MF DOOM “Operation Doomsday” (metal face records) 2LP $32
– Back in stock! This special edition 2xLP package comes housed in an all new exclusive jacket featuring DOOM’s infamous metal mask icon ebbossed out of a ,etallic silver foil. Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF DOOM hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD (his first group)’s 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was shelved by Elektra in 1994 and his blood brother Subroc (one half of the sibling rap duo) passed away, surviving frontman Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF DOOM and the Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol’ Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, “Rhymes Like Dimes,” Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct. ‘The comic-book themed skits, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today’s bland commercial Rap universe, Operation Doomsday’s left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.

CZARFACE feat MF DOOM “Ka-Bang” (brick records) 10″ $42
– It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s CZARFACE & MF DOOM! Who better to team-up with the boom-bap hero de jour CZARFACE, but the super-villain himself…the masked man known as MF DOOM! “Ka-Bang!” accomplishes just that, and is taken from the bestselling ‘Every Hero Needs A Villain’, the sophomore album from CZARFACE, the collaborative stylings of Wu Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and indy rap vets 7L & Esoteric. On it, the three MCs assemble for some clobberin’ time over a hypnotically sparse and bass heavy track from DJ 7L. The picture disc 10″ also contains the lyrical krypton of “Deviatin’ Septums” (only available digitally until now), plus the mighty “Ka-Bang! (Suckface’s Swine Mix)”, which is exclusive to this release! The B-Side features Instrumental versions to all three tracks. All of it is pressed on high quality 10″ picture disc vinyl featuring the amazing comic-book-inspired art work of L’Amour Supreme of Mishka NYC fame. Side A depicts CZARFACE tangling with MF DOOM, and Side B has CZARFACE exposing his inner workings.

J DILLA “JAY DEELICIOUS: The Delicious Vinyl Years 95-98″ (delicious) 3LP $40
– Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, emerged as a Hip Hop producer to be reckoned with in 1995 when his name was attached to the first single from The Pharcyde’s eagerly anticipated sophomore album “Labcabincalifornia”. Drop the needle on his first Pharcyde production “Runnin” and you have the launch point of a producer’s career that mesmerized, titillated and expanded the domes of Hip Hop fans for the next decade. “Jay Deelicious: Originals, Remixes & Rarities” documents Jay Dilla’s early production on Delicious Vinyl. Working closely with The Pharcyde and Michael “Mike Floss” Ross, (Delicious Vinyl’s founder), Jay Dee was instrumental in keeping The Pharcyde’s second album as ear poppin’ and bugged as their maiden classic “Bizarre Ride To The Pharcyde”, stepping up big time after the group parted ways with “Bizarre” producer J-Swift. In addition to original productions and remixes for “Labcabin”, Jay Dee skillfully worked with the label on incredible mixes for the Brand New Heavies, as well as unreleased remixes for former BNH singer, N’Dea Davenport. From the jazzed out Rhodes syncopation of “Sometimes” featuring Q-Tip, to the crazy cutting up of “Got To Give It Up” for “Saturday Night” featuring Mos Def, Jay Dee shows there’s no tempo he can’t freak on some otherworldly jazzed up funk tip. So put on your head phones and take a trip into the early work of a Hip Hop master. Umm Umm JayDEElicous! In respect to Dilla’s legacy, all proceeds from the sale of this release will go to Maureen (Ma Dukes) Yancy.

SLUM VILLAGE “Fan-tas-tic Vol 1″ (Ne’Astra) 2LP $40
– An instant hit among Detroit’s underground hip-hop scene, the album seemed to combine all the best elements of the reigning alternative and gangsta styles of hip-hop into one cohesive style that was a hit among critics. Fan-Tas-Tic’s influence extended far beyond Detroit, as its sound heavily influenced the sounds of D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and The Roots just to name a few. (Roots drummer ?uestlove has even declared that: “Hands down this album birthed the neo-soul movement.”) Ne’Astra Media Group now presents the album reissued on vinyl, for the first time in several years. Every wobbling bass note of J Dilla’s production has been preserved and every freestyle line of T3 and Baatin has been re-created, to maintain the legacy of a late-90s rap classic, and the legend of one of hip-hop’s greatest beatsmiths.  SLUM VILLAGE is playing at LET THEM EAT CAKE THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!

MUSIK FOR AUTOBAHNS various # 2 (Rush Hour) 2LP $30
– “So, what awaits you on the second edition of a compilation that claims in a winking to present “ambient race car music”? Exactly what it says on the tin. A fresh and exclusive collection of music that hopefully sounds as great in a car as it will in the comfort zone of your own living-room or during dusk and dawn in your favorite club environment (see Bicep and Fort Romeau for further reference). But first and foremost it is truly inspired by many trips on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. Going to and fro from one club to the other, was the way to spend countless hours of adolescence in excitement instead of tedious purposelessness. Musik for Autobahns 2 is the result of a collective effort by dear friends and esteemed colleagues who picked up where the first one ended, while paying attention to the prevailing theme. From Leon Vynehall and his profound research of the BAB 5 to Joy Orbison’s “A 213” or Lauer’s heartfelt and wry Kraftwerk pastiche, all of the tracks have a certain compatibility in common or just sound great, while having a drive.

FRENCH SYNTH LOVERS #2 various (serendip lab)  LP $32
–  Great compilation gathering 10 great and rare tracks of french synth wave released between 1981 and 1984. The A side reflects this sunny sweet synth pop scene, whereas B side, more cosmic, is made of instrumentals.
White vinyl edition limited.

CHA CHA GUITRI : French Synth – ST ETIENNE 1981 LP $32
– Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 1980s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitri will ring any bells. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne — in the very heart of France — could have easily rivaled Elli & Jacno or Telex. Emblematic of that French touch which tinged new-wave with a bit of sunshine, their electro, retro-futuristic songs have that slightly sweet and sour flavor between casualness and sophistication. The birth of Cha Cha Guitry in 1981 was a landmark for its members, Serge, Dominique, Charly and Marie. Once their phase was over, the guitar, sax and flute were abandoned in the closet while machines took over: an EMS AKS synth, a Roland SH101, and a Roland TR808 rhythm-box.

THEO PARRISH – Traffic FT IG Culture 12″ (White Label) $18
– This limited 12″ sees Sound Signature boss Theo Parish team up with broken-beat legend IG Culture to bring you an absolute skull rattler. Rolling snares, monster bass, jazzy horns and tropical percussion all combine for this wild ride. Single sided stamped white label.

Also: more house 12″s…..

GEENA – Pure Ground Research 12″ (Antinote)
DOMINIQUE DUMONT – Comme Ca 12″ (Antinote)
NACHO PATROL – Futuristic ABEBA 12″ (Kindred Spirits)
NACHO PATROL – Lineas Angola 12″ (Kindred Spirits)

BACK IN STOCK

ISHAN COOPER “Coop Deville presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” (brm) LP + Download) $25
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW!
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Tawk Tomahawk” LP $42 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW! Their FIRST record!
SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between us” (northside records) LP $30 and CD $20
SKOMES “Mindloops Ona Heartbeat” (groove penguin records) LP $20
DIZZ1 : 3RD TIME LUCKY 12″ $15
TUXEDO “Tuxedo” (Stones throw) 2LP $38 and CD $20 – Just in time for the SIGNING!!!
GL “Wont You See me” (plastic World) 12″ $20 – LOCAL SOUL!
RETIREE “This Place” (rhythm Section) 12″ $20
RICHARD MARKS “Never Satisfied” 2LP (now again) $45
CZARFACE “Every Hero Needs A Villan” LP + booklet $40
GHOSTFACE KILLAH “12 Reasons To Die” LP $30
AMADOU BALLAKE “Bar Konon Mousso Bar” LP $25
L’ORCHESTRE SIDI YASSA DE KAYES “s/t” LP $25 (malian)
SUPER BITON DE SEGOU “s/t” LP $25 (from Mali as well!)
BRAZUCA! – SAMBA ROCK AND BRAZILIAN GROOVE FROM THE GOLDEN YEARS (1966-1978) various  LP $25
NEW THINGS

ISHAN COOPER “Coop Deville presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” (brm) LP + Download) $25
– LOCAL – wow! A P-Funk album made in Melbourne by the great ISHAN COOPER. Made in Melbourne with George Clinton. Made in Melbourne with The Parliament Funkadelic BAND! MAde in Melbourne with some guest vocalists like Angelo Moore from FISHBONE and KOKANE as a lord of GFUNK. Ishan has produced another super PFUNK party with this record. As it is his second P Funk record we know that he is serious. On it he plays GUitars, Squeals, Wobbles & Shakes, Programming and additional synths. It is great to have a PFUNKATEER in town, fills you with confidence,  it covers a base that you NEED covered in your town. It opens with a rap from George himself. Putting the P in. Instrumental tracks like Bad Larry Jones hurtle you though the superfine galaxy. Then the funk anthems just roll out. The instrumentals just as pertinent as the vocals. A great journey to go on.

SKOMES “Mindloops Ona Heartbeat” (groove penguin records) LP $20
– LOCAL – Debut release for Melbourne beat maker Skomes on Groove Penguin Records. Straight up sample based hip-hop beats from one of Melbourne’s rising talents. Beautiful loping grooves, a great listen for a lazy rainy day. The fact that this was handed to me in the rain is a sign. A great local beatsmith.

SOUNDS OF NEW ZEALAND various COMPILED by DJ TAMENPI (much aroma music) LP $35
– WOW! A compilation of modern New Zealand Music with 10 tracks from some of the most talented and world famous Kiwi artists. Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, Ladi 6, Sola Rosa, Electric Wire Hustle, Julien Dyne, Sorceress, P-Money, Latinaotearoa & Mark de Clive-Lowe. All tracks compiled and selected by DJ Tamenpi from Só Pedrada Musical.

GUILTY SIMPSON “Detroit’s Son” (stones throw) 2LP $40
– produced by Australia’s heaviest digger, KATALYST, this album is a triumph! The bedrock of the funk, it tuff and tight. Sampling from some of the finest unknown heat known, this is a great record for Guilty to work from. Best he could hope for. The Detroit MC returns with his third album for Stones Throw, Guilty Simpson may have worked with hip-hop production luminaries from as far afield as California, New York and the UK, but his roots are forever in his hometown of Detroit. It was fellow Detroit native J Dilla who gave Guilty his debut, on “Strapped” from Jaylib’s ‘Champion Sound’. At Dilla’s request, Guilty joined the Stones Throw fold, releasing his debut solo album ‘Ode To The Ghetto’ in 2008, which established him as one of the label’s flagship artists. Two years later, Guilty returned with producer Madlib for ‘OJ Simpson’. Guilty’s next appearance on Stones Throw was shorter but no less pivotal, a guest verse on “Fitta Happier” by Geoff Barrow’s hip-hop production supergroup Quakers. Time spent with Quakers co-founder Katalyst in Australia yielded an artistic chemistry between the MC and producer, and led directly to Guilty’s third album for Stones Throw. ‘Detroit’s Son’ distills the essence of what made ‘Ode To The Ghetto’ an underground classic. With the subject of life in the Motor City placed front and centre, Guilty’s uncompromising rhymes fit seamlessly with Katalyst’s hard-hitting beats. This is the Detroit MC on his best form, rapping over beats perfectly tailored to his rough baritone. Guilty Simpson has always been skillful at combining hardcore rap with thoughtprovoking observations about the world around him, and it’s this talent that comes to the fore on Detroit’s Son.

DAM FUNK “Invite the Light” (stones throw) 3LP $50
– Damon “Dam-Funk” Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting on Stones Throw in 2008, the California producer has become one of the genre’s most passionate proselytisers. Fresh for ’15, Dam returns with a solo project nearly six years in the making: ‘Invite the Light’. ‘Invite the Light’ isn’t just Dam’s first solo full-length since ’09, he thinks of it as his first fully-realized effort – a “concise, beginning-to-end vision – that’s resulted in a loosely autobiographical concept album inspired by the trials and tribulations of his personal and professional life of the last six years. As always, Dam flexes his multi-instrumentalist talents by handling all the production but still makes time for guests including rapper Q-Tip, the father-son duo of Leon Sylvers III & IV, Jody Watley, Q-Tip, Ariel Pink, Nite Jewel and funk giant Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players, who opens and closes the album with dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk. Rest assured, Dam is here to make sure that never comes to pass. As he puts it, “funk is the underdog, the black sheep of black music,” and if that’s true, Dam-Funk is its shepherd.

NWA “Straight Outta Compton 20th Anniversary Edition (priority) 2LP $60
– Yes, its around now with the film everywhere. This editions a 20 year anniversary edition that came out in 2007. Still here for the fans. It features bonus tracks and stretches the album out on DOUBLE lp. With the original artwork and a few bonus tracks.

THE FRANCIS WOLVES “Valley Heat / Deep In The JuJu” (FW) 7″ $12
– Coming outta Brisbane in Queesnland, this 8 piece afro / garage / soul outfit are now on wax! In January, earlier this year, they recorded two songs with their favourite engineer, Donovan Milller out the back of Tym Guitars in Fortitude Valley. The self-described heavy soul and rare groove merchants play music influenced by their extensive record collection featuring afrobeat, soul, late 60s funk, jazz and garage psych.

PAUL JACKSON “Black Octopus” (east Wind) LP $30
– for me, the search has been long, and now fruitful! The funky bass player, Paul Jackson, from Herbie Hancocks band, and the Headhunters once did a solo record in Japan, as you’d imagine its been HARD to find! Until now. Its a killer set that masterfully toes the line between heavy jazz funk and a looser soul jazz vibe! Paul Jackson leads a group that includes fellow Headhunter Bennie Maupin, and other jazz funk legends like Herbie Hancock, Alphonse Mouzon, Webster Lewis, and Ray Obiedo. Includes some nice vocals by Jackson, too, sweetly backed by Japanese singers Yuka Kamebuchi and Mari Kaneko.

SAMPA THE GREAT “The Great Mixtape” (sampa) CD $10
– LOCAL – we were so privileged last weekend to witness the fitness from the Instore. If you missed it sucked in, not videoed, just experienced! She was great, as was the band, lead by GODRIGUEZ, on guitar who produced the mixtape and then set a live band to it . The band were on point and did exactly what the album promised. EVEN better! Back to Sampa. She has a great flow, really confident up in the light. Prepared to mix in poetry and singing as well. She has it all – the package!  There were only 50 of these pressed and after the inshore just a handful left.

ANAK BAYAN – Anak Bayan LP $30
– Fuzz from the Philippines! Anak Bayan formed as a jazz-rock band and during the early-70s when the sounds of Led Zep, Deep Purple, The Who and psychedelic artists were making a big impression on the Pacific nation. It’s their only album ever released and a standout example of what’s known as Pinoy-Rock.

COMMON – Resurrection LP $30
– Second album from Chicago rapper Common, originally released in 1994. That year went down in the history books of hip hop with albums such as Illmatic, Ready To Die, Regulate and more. This album stands as one of the best and still sounds fresh over 20 years later. Highlights include the title track and “I Used To Love H.E.R”

DON BLACKMAN “Don Blackman” (Arista) LP $25
– A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that’s been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that’s barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman’s a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there’s bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation.

VELVET UNDERGROUND “Velvet Underground & Nico (BANANA COVER)” LP $30
– Delicate dissonance, bruised beauty, and hazy noise pop – all in one of the best rock albums ever made – the amazing first album from the Velvet Underground and Nico! The album’s the stuff of legend – and for good reason, too – a surprising slab of vinyl that barely set the world on its ear when first issued back in the mid 60s – yet a record that’s gone onto have an influence felt for decades to come – arguably one of the most important rock records of all time. There’s a really sinister edge to the record, even when things are sweet – and the range of subject matter and handling here is brilliant

VELVET UNDERGROUND “White Light White Heat” (verve) LP $30
– One of the most far-out, freaked-out albums ever from the Velvet Underground – easily the most experimental set the group ever recorded! The album’s awash in really unusual sounds and styles – from the sonic blast of the title cut “White Light/White Heat”, to the 17 minute garage/psych jam of “Sister Ray” to the very odd “The Gift” – which is a creepy story about cuckolding, told with voice and instrumentation split over different stereo channels!

VILLAGE SOUL CHOIR “Soul Sesame Street” (abbot) LP $25
– Man, if Sesame Street sounded this groovy, we’d still be at home, sitting on the couch watching TV! Think of the album as kind of an alternative take on the Sesame Street sound of the early days – one that went past the easy multiculturalism of Gordon and Maria, into a style that was much more righteous – and handled in a socking 70s soul mode! The group are a vocal quintet with a solid harmony sound – working here in a blend of funk, soul, and mellower numbers – initially recasting versions of Sesame Street hits, but eventually moving into some of their own numbers on the second side of the album. Highlights include the group’s own funky classic “The Cat Walk”, plus their snapping drum remake of the Sesame classic “Come On & Get It”

SHANGRI-LAS – Leader of the pack LP $25
– Few girl groups of the 1960s can lay claim to being as influential as The Shangri-Las. Eschewing the glitz ’n’ glamour of their Motown contemporaries, the group’s melodramatic songs and tough girl image – often at odds with lead singer Mary’s tremulous vocals – have resonated across the decades in the recordings of Blondie, Amy Winehouse and, latterly, Bat For Lashes.

SHANGRI-LAS – Shangrilas 65 LP $25
– By the time that their sole long-player Shangri-Las-’65 hit the streets, the Queens, NY-based girl group had already made a sizable dent in the pop charts with the death rock anthem “Leader of the Pack,” the equally angst-riddled teenage musical soap opera “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand),” and the no-nonsense “Give Him a Great Big Kiss.” The latter being forever branded with the sassy spoken “When I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love L-U-V!” introduction. The Shangri-Las consisted of two sets of siblings: twins Marge Ganser and Mary Anne Ganser as well as Mary Weiss and Elizabeth Weiss. It was under the guidance and influence of producer Shadow Morton that the young ladies gained access to the legendary Brill Building hitmakers Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. They supply nearly half of the dozen sides on this album. Primary among them are the catchy minor-chord “Out in the Streets” and — perhaps trying to evoke the impact of “Leader of the Pack” — the partially narrated “Give Us Your Blessing.” Morton’s unmistakable production values can be heard here at their most constructive. They capture the richness of a Phil Spector recording with a “theater of the mind” sonic realism, courtesy of Morton’s affinity for sound effects.
$25 reissues…

$25 each or $20 each if you buy 5 or more.

Titles include….

JAMES BROWN “Sings Raw Soul” (king)
JAMES BROWN “Excitement” (king)
JAMES BROWN “James Brown Directs The Popcorn With The James Brown Band” (king)
JAMES BROWN “Slaughters Big Rip Off OST” (polydor)
JAMES BROWN “OIs A Mother” (polydor)
JAMES BROWN “There It Is” (polydor)
MACEO “Us’ (people)
THE J.B.’s “Doing It To Death” (people)
BOBBY BYRD “I Need Help” (Polydor)
MARVA WHITNEY “Its My Thing” (polydor)
FRED WESLEY & THE J.B.’s “Damn Right I Am Somebody” (People)
LEROY HUTSON “II” (WB)
JU-PAR UNIVERSAL ORCHESTRA “Moods & Grooves” (Ju-Par Records)
EDDIE PALMIERI “The Sun Of Latin Music” (coco)
BERNARD WRIGHT “‘Nard” (arista)
ROY AYERS “Everybody Loves hte Sunshine” (polydor)
ROY AYERS “He’s Coming” (Polydor)
ROY AYERS UBIQUITY “A Tear To A Smile” (polydor)
THE FATBACK BAND “People Music” (perception)
THE FATBACK BAND “Lets Do IT Again” (perception)
MANDRILL “Just Outside Of town” (polydor)
MANDRILL “Mandrill” (polydor)
KOOL & THE GANG “Spirit Of The Boogie” (de-lite)
NINA SIMONE “It Is Finished” (rca)
MARVIN GAYE “Lets Get It On” (motown)
BREAKWATER “Splashdown” (Arista)
RAY AND HIS COURT “Ray And His Court” (sound Triangle)
DAVID AXELROD “Heavy Axe” (fantasy)
MOONDOG “SnakeTime Series By” (moondog)
TERRY CALLIER “The New Folk Sound Of” (prestige)
SAM COOKE “Peace In THE valley” (dol)

with plenty more LPs in stock. Best come and have a look!

BACK IN STOCK

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW!
SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between us” (northside records) LP $30 and CD $20
SEVEN DAVIS JR. “Universes” (ninja tune) 2LP + Download $38
LIGHT & SOUND OF MOGADISHU various (light & sound) LP + Download $30
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Midnight Marauders” (jive) LP $45
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “Peoples Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm” (jive) LP $45
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST “The low End Theory” (jive) LP $45
RUN DMC “Run D.M.C.” (profile) LP $30
DIAMOND D AND THE PSYCHOTIC NEUROTICS “Stunts Blubnts & Hip Hop” 2LP $38
SHOWBIZ & AG “Runaway Slave” 2LP $38
NINA SIMONE “Silk And Soul” LP $30
NINA SIMONE “Baltimore” LP $25
NINA SIMONE “It is Finished” LP $25
RASTAFARI: THE DREAD ENTER BABYLON 1955 – 83″ VArious (soul jazz) 2LP $55
TUXEDO “Tuxedo” (Stones throw) 2LP $38 and CD $20 – Just in time for the SIGNING!!!
WILD STYLE OST LP $25
MULATU ASTATKE “Mulatu Of Ethiopia” (worthy) LP $30
MULATU ASTATKE “Afro-LAtin-Soul” (worthy) LP $30
SHUGGIE OTIS “Freedom Flight” LP $30
SHUGGIE OTIS “inspiration Information” LP $30

NEW THINGS

SEVEN DAVIS JR. “Universes” (ninja tune) 2LP + Download $38
– From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness … a loose-knit, lolloping grove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, San Francisco, Amsterdam and London, Universes is a unique exploration of the producer and vocalist’s musical landscape, traversing tempos and flipping styles with typical panache but always embedded in soul and funk. Seven is a unifying force and the well of support for his endeavors runs deep, from Mos Def to Four Tet to Julio Bashmore and way beyond. As an intergalactic soul record Universes delivered on all front, admirably showcasing the breadth and depth of SDJR’s productions and the honesty and humour that makes his music so instantly recognizable. Catch him in this cosmos before he jets off to another time and space.

LIGHT & SOUND OF MOGADISHU various (light & sound) LP + Download $30
– WOW!!  Amazing compilation of songs from Somali’s capitol, Mogadishu. The debut release of AFRO7 records, brings forward the greatest acts from the seventies Somali scene for the first time on LP. Half of the compilation features one of hottest acts in Mogadishu: The Sharero Band led by maestro Axmed Naaji, the band could handle a wide arrange of musical styles, from traditional vocals songs to instrumentals often spiced up with raw grinding keyboard and wah-wah guitar. Other highlights on the compilation are two mesmerizing vocal tracks by the late Halima Khaliif Omar, aka  Magool. One of the biggest Female Somali artist of her time.  A truly unique voice laid around punchy percussion, strings and guitar. Don’t sleep!

LES SOUL SURFERS “Garcia Brother, pt 2 / Mirza” (funk night records) 7″ $14
– The Soul Surfers serve up an even more massive part 2 to their “Garcia Brother” cut – complete with this cool funky sitar-styled guitar over the drums – which brings a hip exotic vibe to the instrumental, while the Hammond swirls away over the top! “Mizra” is a remake of an old 60s tune by Nino Ferrer – done here as an instrumental, and again with more great organ in the lead!

THE HI-FIDELITY LO-FIDELITYS “A+ / Hand Clapping Song” (funknightrecords) 7″ $14
– The group’s name may be a bit confusing, but the music here certainly isn’t – a totally dead-on bit of funk that begins with a massive drumbreak at the start, then continues the heavy groove throughout! The tune’s got rock-solid drums that keep everything in line – while a cool organ and guitar line get plenty of room to get weird and wicked over the top! “Hand Clapping Song” is a rework of the Meters classic – but again with a style that’s got some massively heavy drums!

MISHA PANFILOV SOUND COMBO “Planetarium / Offbeat Comet” (funk night records) 7″ $14
– Heavy funk from Estonia – but a tune that could easily win over any fan around the globe! “Planetarium” has this wicked mix of moogy keyboard lines and full-on funky rhythms – a rock-solid bass and drums at the core, which then get this moog sound over the top – but in a way that really fits the deeper funk currents! “Offbeat Comet” has a similar vibe – almost like some of the funkier space age tunes we love from Peter Thomas’ soundtrack work!

MIKEY GENERAL: “Fresh Again / I Said No” (top ranking) 7″ $12
– Officially licensed, with a very limited pressing, these sought-after rare Digi 80’s gems won’t last. Originally only available on LP, these tracks were recorded in 1988, and have been unavailable since then.

LEO’S SUNSHIPP – We Need Each Other LP $25
– From 1978, We Need Each Other is a stone cold soul classic. Two of the groups members were backup signers for Marvin Gaye which should give an idea of the kind of uplifting jazzy soul to expect on here.

KURTIS BLOW – The Breaks LP $30
– Trivia note! Several years ago on World Record Store Day, Kurtis Blow strutted into Northside and started freestyling over the DJ. That’s not all he’s done though, Kurtis had the first ever rap hit on a major label when he released “The Breaks” in 1980, taking B-Boy culture into the mainstream. Classic.

BLACK SHEEP – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing (Mercury) $25
– Re-issue of this absolute classic debut album from 1991. The record includes the Black Sheep anthem “The Choice Is Yours” as well as “Similak Child”, “Flava Of The Month” and more. Playfully satirical, witty, and incredibly imaginative, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing introduced one of the freshest talents in early-’90s rap, a self-produced duo who caught the tail end of the Native Tongues family.

RICK JAMES – Reflections LP (Gordy) $25
– Straight out of 1984, six years after rick had dropped his audacious debut. Motown brought together all of his biggest hits up to that point on this one comp titled Reflections.  The Lp includes many of James’ best-known hits to date, namely “You and I,” “Mary Jane,” “Bustin’ Out (On Funk),” “Give It to Me Baby,” “Super Freak,” and “Dance Wit’ Me.” and more.

BACK IN STOCK

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW!
SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between us” (northside records) LP $30 and CD $20
BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH – Sour Soul Instrumentals LP (LEX) $32
CHET FAKER “Thinking In Textures” CD $20
RASTAFARI : THe Dreads Enter Babylon 1955 – 83 (soul jazz) 2LP $52
NEW ORLANS FUNK various (soul jazz) 3LP $42
TUXEDO “Tuxedo” (Stones throw) 2LP $42
DISCO 2 various 2LP (soul jazz) $48
CYMANDE – Cymande LP $30
CYMANDE – Second Time Around LP $30
CYMANDE – Promised Heights LP $30
SHUGGIE OTIS – Here comes Shuggie Otis LP $30
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Velvet Underground $30
CLOUD ONE – Patty Duke 12″ (Sound Of NY) $20
NINA  SIMONE – Black Gold LP (RCA / Victor) $25
EXIT 9 – Straight Up LP (BRC) $25
BILL WITHERS – Bill Withers Greatest Hits (Columbia) $30
RICK JAMES – Reflections LP (Gordy) $25
MARTHA and the VANDELLAS – Come And Get These memories (Gordy) $25
ED O.G & DA BULLDOGS – Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto (Mercury) $25
NEW YORK DOLLS – S/T (Mercury) $30
MFALME – Let Your Soul Fly (Asante) $25
THE STOVALL SISTERS – S/T LP (Reprise) $30
THE VIOLINAIRES – Groovin’ With Jesus LP (Checker) $30
IVAN “BOOGALOO JOE” JONES – Snake Rhythm Rock LP (prestige) $25
JOHN LEE HOOKER – The Big Soul (Vee Jay) $25
ASTRUD GILBERTO – NOW LP (Perception) $25

NEW THINGS

SASKWATCH “Sorry I Let It Come Between us” (northside records) LP $30 and CD $20
– LOCAL – after seeing them do the instore last week, it is always apparent why we love them. They are a great band. Led by a woman who has a craft in her singing ability, Nkechi Anele, being pitch perfect at the drop of a beat….This third album has marked a shift in the band to a more melodic approach. They ditched the horns and got in a new drummer. The result comes outta Philedelphia, recorded with the boys from Dr Dog. Its a new sound for Saskwatch but one that still allows Nkechi to shine up front as she drives the goodness. With so much heartbreak and change occurring throughout the album, Saskwatch have fully embraced their current make up, while giving a solid nod to their past. Out now on WAX – now, its real!

DIZZY DIZCIPL “B.M.D.S. (By My Damn Self)” (robotek) 7″ $15
– LOCAL Straight out of Newcastle NSW, Brand new original Australian Rhodes Funk 7″ Single from Dizzy Dizcipl. (Limited Vinyl Release)  A Side brings an uptempo Rhodes Funk Banger , to light up your dance floor. Opening with crisp drums then smothered with heavy Rhodes sounds. The B-side adds extra cuts and breakbeats, its one for the BBoys! Its a collaborative Remix from Dizzy Dizcipl & Deejay Mathmatics. Dedicated to The Universal Zulu Nation.

SUI ZHEN – Secretly Susan LP (Dot Dash) $30
– LOCAL Secretly Susan takes influence from Japanese lovers rock, 80s electro-bossanova and dubby-lounge pop which Becky discovered during holidays in Japan and London where she was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy. Playing records as DJ Susan is a new outlet for Becky, allowing her to share the references and context that informs her distinct approach to music making. In the release of Secretly Susan we can expect to be immersed in the larger narratives that surround Becky’s work. From the banal pastel dystopia of her ‘Infinity Street’ video to the invention of Susan, an alter ego who manifests in the forthcoming single ‘Take It All Back’ – these colourful, surreal and staged landscapes allow Becky’s take on pop music to sit within its own uncanny terrain.

BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH – Sour Soul Instrumentals LP (LEX) $32
– Sought after instrumentals for critically acclaimed album Sour Soul, by Toronto jazz/hip hop band BADBADNOTGOOD and Staten Island rap champ, Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960’s and 70’s music and taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era, they embrace live instrumentation and zero sampling. BBNG in collaboration with producer Frank Dukes created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface’s vivid storytelling. ARRIVING FRIDAY

MARTIN L. DUMAS, JR – Private Wax 12″ (2nd Press) (BBE Records)
– Reissue of insanely rare Chicago disco cut. Blue vinyl edition pressing, fully re-mastered and sounding amazing, pressed loud & with the original artwork. Here’s the eagerly awaited 2nd installment in Zaf LoveVinyl’s brilliant Holy Grail Series, following King Tutt’s “You Got Me Hung Up/Dancin’”. BBE bring you the super rare 12″ by Martin Dumas Jr “Belief, Attitude & Determination / Non-Stop To The Top”. Slightly Re-edited by Zaf LoveVinyl to keep the value of the original intact this record is available for the first time on 12″

ROMARE – Rainbow 12″ (Ninja Tune) $18  
– ‘Rainbow’ was produced in homage to the American 70’s disco scene has been re-worked as two alternative versions, the Club version and the Bedroom version. The two versions are complemented by an entirely new track, ‘Love Song’. Appropriately, it finds itself right in the middle of Romare’s mood mash-ups—a sweet spot indeed.

BRADEN SCHLAGER – On The Moon EP (Efficient Space) $18
–  LOCAL Sydney label Efficient Space unearths another forgotten classic from the Australian underground. This time in the form of Melbourne synth enthusiast Braden Schlager who produced this record back in 1990 and is considered by some to be the first deep house record to come from Down Under. On the first side are two versions of “Morning” the first “Du Heame Mix” features vocals and is definitely a soulful, tripped out affair. The “Rummage Mix” equally as emotive but more melodic and with some nice floating pads for extra effect. On the flip is “Rummage” on more of an experimental techno tip; dark, booming and crunchy, sounding kind of like LFO. Finally Schlager offers a new track with “King Of Comedy” getting on a smooth and summery balearic vibe.

BACK IN STOCK

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” 2LP $48 – LOCAL staple…. get it NOW! (last local copies!!)
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn”” (hope street records) LP $26 and CD $22 – LOCAL Staple
RUN THE JEWELS 2 “2” 2LP $48
MARK RONSON “Uptown Special” LP $40
IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE – Revolutionary Vol 1 LP (Viper) $42
THE FATBACK BAND “Feel My Soul” LP $20
SABU “JAzz Espangole” LP $20
THE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH “Its Just Begun” LP $20
EDDIE PALMIERI “MOzambique” LP $20
THE COUNTS “Funk Pump” LP $20
COKE “Coke” (sound TRiangle) LP $20
THE MONOPHONICS “In YOur Brain” (ubiquity) 2LP $40
THE MONOPHONICS “SOund of Sinning” (transistor sound) 2LP $34

NEW THINGS

DJ MANCHILD “Tropidelic mix vol 2” CD $10
– LOCAL Jump onboard for another trip through the wilds of South America, Africa and The Carribean with DJ Manchild.  As always he has ventured deep into his crates to hit you with that heavy funk and disco from all corners of the world, each record selected with love and blended just right.  Mix on the CD is 90 min, comes with download of full 120 min mix. Northside’s OWN brings the heat

DE LA SOUL x J DILLA “Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul Of Yancey)” (white) LP $55
– White vinyl import reissue of this rare mixtape that was originally only an edition of 100 copies in 2014 as an instrumental. This is with De La vocals on top now with 12 tracks in total with a never heard before J DILLA beat tossed in as a bonus. Full picture sleeve, limited edition.  Don’t sleep.

BULLION “Beach Boys vs J Dilla: Pet Sounds IN the Key Of Dee” (white) LP $42
– “PET SOUNDS IN THE KEY OF DEE” is a reimagining of the BEACH BOYS’ classic album in the style of J DILLA using his arsenal of beats by deejay/producer BULLION. 13 tracks reworked into something totally new and modern. Full pic sleeve and colour labels. Came out in 2007 and still sounds fresh!

RYOZO BAND WITH THE MURO PLAYERS “Many Troubles In the City / Empty” (hong kong elevators) 7″ $14
– Ryozo is  young bass player I met chillin at THE ROOM, a funk hub of Tokyo. For his debut 7″ he got King of Diggin himself, DJ MURO to produce the funk for him. The result is a slammin dancefloor jammer, “Many Troubles in the City” . With horns poppin, this instrumental funk track is great. The flip is a mellow soul thang that deserves being played out loud! Great work from a name to watch.

BUTTER SESSIONS vol. 5: Sounds From the Suburbs Australian Techno Experiments 2014 – 2015 VARIOUS (butter sessions) EP $20
– All tracks written and recorded in various suburbs around Melbourne, Australia between 2014 and 2015 for Butter Sessions. “Untitled” is a rare rhythm by Tina Wantirna, there is no further information about this track and person. “Everybody Hz” was roasted in Ringwood. “Vermondo Vermango” was born out of a live performance at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheater in 2015. “Rhythm Works” is an experiment by Dan White, delving deeper into a poly rhythmic state via LFO. All tracks mastered by Giuseep Tillieci at Enisslab Studio in Rome. A2 & B1 received a mix down at The Jackal Studios room 4 by Corey Kikos. Photos on the front and back were taken at a Butter Sessions/BBW party in the Melbourne CBD at an undisclosed location in 2013 by an unidentified filming object….keep your ears and eyes open for more. Sleeve design twisted by DJ Mind Twist then edited by Justin Bedford. v LIMITED numbers..

JAMES BROWN “Night Train: King Singles 1960 – 1962″ (not now music) 2LP $48
– this is early James. When he was knee deep in the R&B, putting his grease on it. For those of you that saw the movie Mr Dynamite recently, this is the period before James hit the funk. This is when it was boiling and bubbling underneath the surface. This is the start……

PHASE IV original Soundtrack (waxwork records) 2LP $48
– Pressed on 180 gram “100% Yellow” wax to represent toxic repellent – this album has never before released in any format and comes with a 12 page booklet featuring photos and conceptual art and liner notes by Sean Savage of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences* “Never before released in any format, and what is highly regarded as a holy-grail for soundtrack enthusiasts, Waxwork Records release the definitive soundtrack to the 1974 mind bending science-fiction masterpiece, Phase IV. Directed by the late, legendary poster artist and graphic designer Saul Bass, the film has gained a cult following while influencing numerous films. The unique, psychedelic synth-driven score is composed by Brian Gascoigne and David Briscoe, and full packaging artwork has been created by Swedish artist, Kilian Eng.”

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & ARIEL KALMA “We Know Each Other Somehow” (RVNG Intl.) 2LP + DVD $48
– 2LP in a gatefold sleeve with DVD and digital download code redeemable from the label – Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended! The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma’s naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM with Lowe’s malleable modular synth visions. “A Journey” is such a cliched term but it feels like we travel light years from the comfort of our chair across its 1 hour and 26 minute expanse, whether melting into the deliquescent modular strokes and dense detailed field recordings woven with Kalma’s sax flights in the 17 minute mind-opener ‘Magick Creek’, or scaling the harmonic heights of ‘Mille Voix and crashing to the percussive voodoo of ‘Gongmo Kalma Lowe’, there’s a sort of kinaesthetic push-and-push to their recordings, feeling at once perpetually in motion yet ritually centred and still. They’re certainly at best when not watching the clock and allowing time to really explore each others unique timbre and tone, as with the 16 minutes of throaty Raga drones in ‘Wasp Happening’, and when they return to the “collective voice” of birdsongs, creeks and ambient sonics wrapped to the primally motorik pulses of ‘Miracle Mile’. No “Acids” were harmed in the making of this album .

WAREHOUSE FIND!!!!

PAUL KELLY presents THE MERRI SOUL SESSIONS (gawd) LP $40
very limited amount of copies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BACK IN STOCK

COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS – Blind Bet (Freestyle) $30 – LOCAL SOUL!!
D’ANGELO “Live at the JAZZ CAFE!” 2LP $50
GL  “Wont You See Me” 12″ (plastic World) 12″ $20 – LOCAL DISCO!!
SAVOIR “Malala” (plastic World) 12″ $20
VARIOUS – Highlife On The Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings frm London & Lagos 1954 – 1966″ 3LP (Soundway) $54
DORONDO – Listen To My Songs (BGP) LP $36
FUNKADELIC – S/T (Westbound) $30
FUNKADELIC – Free Your Mind…..And Your Ass Will Follow (Westbound) $30
MILTON NASCIMENTO “Clube Da Esquina” 2LP (4men with beards) $48
PAZAZZ “Kenny Dope Remixes” (now again) 12″ $25
QUANTIC Y SU CONJUNTO “Los Miticos Del Ritmo” (soundway) LP $36
AINT IT FUNKY NOW various (BGP) 2LP $42
ANDY SMITH DIGGIN THE BGP VAULTS various (BGP) 2LP $42
SUPERFUNK vol 1 VARIOUS (BGP) 2LP $42
SUPERFUNK vol 3 VARIOUS (BGP) 2LP $42
BILL WITHERS “JUst AS I Am” LP $38

NEW THANGS

QUARTER STREET “Quarter Street” (Hope Street Recordings) LP + download $25 or CD $20
– LOCAL From the first few notes, it sounds like the real thing. Piano and bass riff hard. Percussion enters. ¡Oiga Papa! Listen up! The trombones come in thick and strong. Fantasia, the first song on Quarter Street’s self-titled LP is authentic ‘salsa dura’ from the old school. Hard salsa. It’s not shiny, it’s not clean and poppy or unduly jazzy. It’s tough, it’s gritty and ballsy, and in terms of musicianship, writing and production, it straight up cooks. Melbourne has a great history of smoking latin bands and Quarter Street are as good as it gets. Each player get s to shine from Sergio Botero whose voice is pure street Salsero, a worthy inheritor of the tradition defined by Hector Lavoe and Rubén Blades. Conguero Luis Poblete, and brothers Cesar and Cristian Saavedra on baby bass and timbales round out the core group of Quarter Street. Get this to document the fuego this town got going on .

ULTIMATE NEW ORLEANS BRASS: Second Line Funk VARIOUS (mardi gras records) 2LP $48
– This LP is culled from a catalogue of Mardi Gras records that is 1300 titles strong and counting. It features the work of six brass bands each of which is in a class of its own. Upon sampling these charts from each of the bands, it would be interesting to hear full albums of each group, or better still videos of them actually performing—in the event that they do—on the streets of New Orleans. After all that is really the best way to experience Second Line Funk. This record is the second best way. The Rebirth Brass Band, for instance, while never being a throwback, is perhaps the most traditional of the bands. Soul Rebels, Lil Rascals and Hustlers Brass Band are more revolutionary, while keeping in mind the traditional Second Line marching band front and centre; they seem to have revolutionised the core of the music by adding funk and soul elements to the charts they invent here. The New Birth Brass Band is a revivalist movement. Essential.

IRMA THOMAS “Irma Thomas Sings” (mississippi records) LP $28
– An amazing collection of early sixties soul vocal cuts by one of the greats to ever come outta the very fertile music soil of New Orleans. Most songs written by the legend Allen Toussaint under the pen name Naomi Neville. (His mothers maiden name!)  Contains the hit Ruler of My Heart” that Otis’s, “Pain In My Heart” borrowed from. Lots of jams on here. Check out why she is called the Soul Queen of New Orleans!

RELIGIOUS RECORDINGS FROM BLACK NEW ORLEANS 1924 – 1931 various (504) LP $25
– originally released in 1989, these recordings of old New Orleans is SERIOUS!  Sounding like they come outta a big old record player with one of those massive speakers that looms like a flower, this is the sounds from a long long time ago. Accompanied by an amazing booklet, there is a lot that has gone into this record. The booklet contains artist biographies and lyric sheets. All of the original songs were lifted off 78s. Sweet lo gospel goodness.

 K-MAXX “Be-Together / Reachin’ (Paradise)” (cherries) 7″ $15
– With his signature soul-centric boogie/funk, sound, K-Maxx brings two smooth, midtempo tracks for his first Cherries release. Side A, ‘Be Together’ has a bubbly bass line with playful synthesizer & piano melodies, all under an infectious vocal hook that will keep bodies swaying & heads bobbing. ‘Reachin’ (Paradise)’ is an uplifting & introspective song exuding the message to never give up on your dreams, told through a funk melody in the positive and optimistic soul spirit of Kashif or Glenn Jones. A versatile musician who writes, produces and performs every note on his projects, Ken Hopkins aka K-Maxx is an artist not easily categorized. Born and raised in San Francisco, he was highly influenced by the soul sounds that permeated the Bay Area music scene of the late seventies/early eighties. He’s produced tracks and worked with artists ranging from rap veteran Too Short to R&B Legend Lenny Williams, Dan The Automator and many others.

KNXWLEDGE “Hud Dreems” (Stones throw) 2LP $42
– Knxwledge is a 26 year old Los Angeles based beat maker making his debut with the album Hud Dreems – 26 tracks of instrumental hip-hop. Standing out in a sea of producers rising from the L.A. beat scene, the prolific artist and record collector produces his sound by creating a pastiche of soul, jazz and hip-hop that melts together in a style uniquely his own. Having produced for hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and Joey Badass on 1999, Knx has found a home on Stones Throw’s roster.

EL’ JISTOS & ILLUMES “Try Explain That To A Four Year Old” LP $44
– Blue Mountain MC EL’ Jistos and priducer Illumes met in 2011, finally out on wax this is their product of their genius. Australian hip hop from a Blue mountain steez. This album is being released as a vinyl only exclusive and wont be available for download etc until late October. Sam

TRU THOUGHTS COVERS 2 various (tru thoughts records) LP + Download $35
– As the title suggests, Tru Thoughts Covers 2 is the follow up to 2009’s hugely popular compilation from Rob Luis’ south coast label and features another wealth of intriguing cover versions that have been released and loved as album tracks, singles or one-offs in the ensuing six years. Whilst not as weighty as the full 17 track CD edition, (which you get as a download!) Tru Thoughts have still managed to slip in some real pearlers on this seven track LP version. Chief among them is the opening track, The Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmos take on “Ain’t Nuthin but a G Thang”, and Hot 8 Brass Band’s funky take on “Ghost Town”.

NWA “Straight Outta Compton” (back to black) LP + download $35
– with the movie coming out in town on September 3rd I thought it my duty to the boooty to get copies of this STONE COLD CLASSIC in the racks. This is the debut studio album from the group and this set shit on fire!

NWA “Efil4Zaggin” (back to black) LP + download $35
– Niggaz4Life (also known as EFIL4ZAGGIN), is the second and final studio album by gangsta rap group N.W.A. It was their final album, as the group disbanded later the same year after the departure of Dr. Dre and songwriter The D.O.C.  for Death Row Records. The album features only four members of the original line-up, as Ice Cube had already left the group in 1989.

REGGAE DROP

DERRICK MORGAN “Shake A Leg” LP $35
DAMIEN MARLEY & NAS “Distant Relatives” 2LP $38
ROCKSTEADY FEVER various LP $30
SIZZLA “Black Woman & Child” LP $30
LEE PERRY “Return OF The Super Ape” LP $30
BARRINGTON LEVY “Reggae Anthology: Sweet Reggae Music” LP $30
BARRINGTON LEVY “Englishman” LP $30
BARRINGTON LEVY “Robinhood” LP $30
WAYNE SMITH “Smoker Super” LP $38
PRINCE BUSTER “Sister Big Stuff” LP $30

BACK IN STOCK

ERYKAH BADU “New Amerikah Part One (4th World War) 2LP $44
SLUM VILLAGE “Yes” LP $44
LEON BRIDGES “Coming Home” LP $48
MENAHAN STREET BAND “MAke the Road By Walking” LP $30
ANTIBALAS “Antibalas” (Daptone) LP $34
MADVILLAN “Madvillany” (stones throw) 2LP $30
SNOOP DOGG “Doggy Style” 2LP $30
MARK RONSON “Version” 2LP $48
BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Takeover” (left ear records) LP $30
QUANTIC presents THE WESTERN TRANSIENT “New Constellation” (tru thoughts) LP + Download $50 or CD $20
MOJO JUJU “Feeling Red Seeing Blue” (universal) LP $35
CHRISTOPH EL’ TRUENTO “A Series Of Oopsie Daisies And Various Other Flora” (nut riot) LP $34 – kiwi electronic soul….
ETHIOPIAN WEDDING SONGS various (mississippi) LP $28
SE ROGIE “The Sounds Of S.E. Rogie” LP $28 – Sierra Leone heat!
JON FARRISS & VIV RICHARDS “Smokin Joe” 7″ $15 – local disco….

NEW THANGS


LIANNE LA HAVAS “Blood” (warner) LP $46
– English singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas’s 2012 debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? provided more highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. Blood is an album that was inspired by Lianne’s family heritage, which is part Jamaican and part Greek. Once touring for her debut album came to a close, she headed to Jamaica with her mother for a holiday which evolved into an experience of self-discovery. Lianne enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston’s clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Lyrically, the songs that feature on the album are almost all related to “the feeling of who you are and where you come from.” Sonically, ‘Blood’ is a collection that shakes, shimmies and swings with Jamaican grooves with Lianne taking inspiration from the nation’s love of grooves, rhythms and syncopation. In addition to Stephen McGregor, ‘Blood’ features a rich collection of collaborators. Produced by Adele / FKA twigs collaborator Paul Epworth and founded upon an instrumental recording by Ninja Tune trio The Invisible, the first single ‘Unstoppable’ is a song that Lianne wrote to help to repair a relationship that she had ended. AMAZING…

MONOPHONICS “Sound Of Sinning” (TSMPFB) LP $34
– Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” The 2012 release of Monophonics’ last album In Your Brain saw the band pulling influences from such acts as early Funkadelic, Sly and The Family Stone and the The Temptation’s Norman Whitfield produced records. With the new album, Sound of Sinning (April 1, 2015 on Transistor Sound Records), the band has grown in all areas of record making and felt a need to explore other important influences. While the group has come to cherish these inspirations, with Sound of Sinning they started venturing beyond, to the groups that were inspiring those soul acts to embrace the psychedelic sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Dig their tune “PRomises” when you get the chance!

ADRIAN YOUNGE / LINEAR LABS present LOS ANGELES (linear Labs) LP $40
– In less than a year’s time Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs imprint has made a very firm impression on fans of forward-thinkin analog-based music from multiple genres. One notable fan, among many, is DJ Premier, who produced his late 2014 ”Rhyme” album exclusively using samples drawn from Younge’s catalog. To give fans a chance to revel in Younge’s range and–just as importantly–give followers a sneak peek at four impressive 2015 albums already slated for release, Younge is proud to release the compliation, ”Los Angeles.” On ”Los Angeles,” many hip-hop fanatics will impatiently skip forward to the graceful, galloping and appropriately dramatic ”Return Of The Savage,” from the upcoming Younge-helmed ”12 Reason To Die II.” The song features Ghostface Killah alongside Raekwon and RZA. But track-skippers will soon head back to the album’s opener: the dusky, Barouque soul of ”Memories of War,” from the upcoming ”Something About April” deluxe version with vocals by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadler. Also on the upcoming tip: a track from the Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad concept album, ”The Midnight Hour,” entitled ”Feel Alive,” with silky voals by Karolina, alongside long-time Younge collborator Loren Oden.  LP format features bonus track: “Sirens II,” from upcoming Bilal album.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH “12 Reasons TO Die II” (LL) LP $42
– Fans who have been waiting for the past 2 years can finally rejoice – Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah’s ‘Twelve Reasons To Die II’ is finally here. To up the ante this time Ghostface has added a very important lyrical companion to the mix; Raekwon. The chemistry cemented two decades ago on Rae’s classic ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ is as strong as ever. On the topic of chemistry executive producer and Wu-Tang patriarch The RZA returns to Part II as the story’s narrator. The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Youngehiimself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the 70s era that provides the ‘Twelve Reasons’ backdrop.Twelve Reasons To Die II is another heavy feather in the caps of all involved, especially Younge and Ghost, who again poured their skills an intellect into thie dramatic and engaging tale. It all fits perfectly into the Wu-Tang family tree as well as Younge’s always-expanding musical universe, which now proudly relies on Linear Labs to house it.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH “12 Reasons TO Die II (INSTRUMENTALS)” (LL) LP $42
– This is ALL Adrian Younge. This is soul music.

RASTAFARI: THe Dreads Enter Babylon 1955 – 1983 VARIOUS (soul jazz) 2LP + download $55
– Soul Jazz Records new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian religion. Spanning nearly 30 years of revolutionary music and featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (The Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, containing exclusive photography and extensive historical and contextual sleevenotes.
The new religion of Rastafari emerged in Jamaica during a time of intense political and social change in the 1930s. The first stirrings of anti-colonialism and workers’ rights were in motion, while Marcus Garvey’s Back-to-Africa movement was beginning to wane. But the pivotal catalyst to the birth of the Rastafari faith was the crowning of a black king in Africa in 1930.

BACKSTREET  “No Diggity / No Diggity BONDAX REMIX” (originals) 7″ $15
– Blackstreet’s R&B anthem gets a welcome reissue almost 20 years since it dropped in ’96 but still sounding fresh – originally available on an obscure Italian promo 45 which is rare as hell! On the flip is a fresh rework by UK producers Bondax which has been played over 3.5 million times on Soundcloud and is their first release on this precious format….very limited!

MARVIN GAYE / DJ JAZZY JEFF “”T” Plays It Cool / A Touch Of Jazz” (Originals) 7″ $15
– Lifted from Gaye’s soundtrack to 1972 blaxploitation flick ‘Trouble Man’  ‘“T” Plays It Cool’ is a haunting track replete with light-footed breaks, squelchy Mini Moog bass, shimmering Rhodes keys and blasting sax. The track now makes its debut on a 45 and is paired with The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff’s “Touch Of Jazz” which mixes ‘“T” Plays It Cool’ up with several jazz-funk classics (Bob James, Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers etc), a hefty hip hop beat and mucho scratching. These two musical legends from two different eras make a perfect fit on this limited 45… Don’t sleep!

ART BLAKEY / DIGABLE PLANETS “Stretching (J-ROCC EDIT) / Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) ” (originals) 7″ $15
– Number 29 in the Originals line-up sees Art Blakey and Digable Planets back to back. Catching the jazz-hop wave of the early 90s, Digable Planets’ Butterfly dug deep and pulled out Art Blakey And The Jazzmessengers’ 1979 album ‘Reflections In Blue’. The bassline / horns from B-side track “Stretching” were sampled to great effect on their 1992 smash ‘Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)’. At 24 minutes and 10 seconds there’s no way the original woul fit on a 45, but luckily the one and only Funky President, J Rocc of the world famous Beat Junkies drops a fresh 45 edit for us.

PARADISE EXPRESS edits VARIOUS  (sunshine sound) 12″ EP $25
– Arguably one of the first ever dubplate labels, Sunshine Sound was home to limited runs of DJ-friendly versions throughout the 70s and early 80s. Most are long gone, but the “Unreleased Version” series continues to unearth the existing gems. Having previously dusted off a very special version of Candido, they return with three more exclusive rubs; a super-slinky boogie take of Taana Gardner’s 1979 “Paradise Express”, a thriving, drum-heavy take on the lolloping bass jam “Loosen Up” and the piano-slapping strutting “Hot Fun” where Dee Dee Sharp’s vocals provide the ultimate sensuous showdown. As limited as the original acetate presses, this needs urgent attention.

BLU & EXILE “Giv Me Flowers (INSTRUMENTALS)” (fat beats) 2LP $45
– At long last, the instrumentals to Blu and Exile’s modern classic Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. Available for the very first time on vinyl.

LORD FINESSE “Sp1200 Project: A Re-Awakening – DELUXE” (sos) 2LP $65
– The Deluxe Redux version of the Lord Finesse album “The SP1200 Project: A Re-Awakening” is another example of Slice Of Spice going the extra mile when it comes to quality product with attention to detail. Including and extra 6 tracks this 3LP pressed to 180 gram vinyl comes with full art design and credits foil stamped into a heavy reverse board jacket. All the tracks from this album have been taken from the original floppy disks of unused early 90’s beats. Lord Finesse transferred and sequenced the tracks using an E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950, which were mixed by Eddie Sancho and mastered by Tony Dawsey to give them that authentic and classic boom bap sound.

RICHARD MARKS “Never Satisfied: Complete Works 1968-1983″ (now Again) 2LP $44
– Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is our collection of legendary soul and funk singles by Atlanta Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richard Marks. This 21 track anthology follows Marks’ stylistic development, from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label, from 1968 until approximately 1972, through his more mature releases on the Shout label and smaller regional labels like Note, Free Spirit and RSC. It also includes two tracks never released in any form, found on reels Marks had maintained in his Atlanta home. This is the FIRST EVER LP release for Marks. A saddle stitched 60 page booklet with a download card is included with the double LP. The booklet contains extensive essays on Marks’ career and is full of never-before-seen photos and ephemera from this crucial Southern soul and funk epoch.

BROKEN TOOTH ENTERTAINMENT CD DROP


KNOWN ASSOCIATES – Ashes To Dust CD (Broken Tooth) $24
TORNTS – Concrete Slang CD (Broken Tooth) $24
TORNTS – The Deadbrain Diaries CD (Broken Tooth) $24
TORNTS – Decimation Recordings CD (Broken Tooth) $24
CIECMATE – Pre-Emptive Strike CD (Broken Tooth) $14
CIECMATE – Game Over CD(Boken Tooth) $24
HOSPICE CREW – Visiting Hours CD (Broken Tooth) $24
FRAKSHA – My Way CD (Boken Tooth) $24
MAGGOT MOUF – You’re All Ears CD (Broken Tooth) $24
CIECMATE & NEWSENSE – A Tale Of Two Cities (Broken Tooth) $24
CIECMATE – Chess Sounds Vol. 1 (Broken Tooth) $24
MAGGOT MOUF & SAMMY SCISSORS – Runnin With Scissors (Broken Tooth) $24
GRAND LODGE 3 – Nothing To See Here (Broken Tooth) $24
CIECMATE – Limbo (Broken Tooth) $14
V/A – Australian Hip Hop Support Canteen 2CD (Broken Tooth) $24
TORNTS – Hells Burn (Broken Tooth) $24
BIG FOOT – Giant Steps (Broken Tooth) $24
THE HIGH LIFE – Overproof (Broken Tooth) $14
LGEEZ – Cloud 9 (Broken Tooth) $24

BIAS B DROP!


BIAS B “Beesax” (wordburner) 2004 CD $20
BIAS B “Aerosol Era” (wordburner) 2009 CD $20
BIAS B “BiasLife” (wordburner) 2011 CD $20

 

BACK IN STOCK


JON FARRISS & VIV RICHARDS “Smokin Joe” 7″ $15 – local disco….
BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Takeover” (left ear records) LP $30
QUANTIC presents THE WESTERN TRANSIENT “New Constellation” (tru thoughts) LP + Download $50 or CD $20
MOJO JUJU “Feeling Red Seeing Blue” (universal) LP $35
CHRISTOPH EL’ TRUENTO “A Series Of Oopsie Daisies And Various Other Flora” (nut riot) LP $34 – kiwi electronic soul….
CARIBOU – Our Love LP (City Slang) $32
J DILLA – Donuts 2LP (Stones Throw) $34 (smile cover)
ALABAMA SHAKES “Sound & Color” (rough trade) 2LP $48
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – Dawn (Hope St) $26
QUANTIC – The Western Transient LP (Tru Thoughts)
HUDSON MOHAWK – Lantern 2LP (WARP) $32
NOZINJA – Nozinja Lodge 2LP (WARP) $34
V/A – Cargaa Vol #1 EP (WARP) $18
V/A – Cargaa Vol #2 EP (WARP) $18
KERBSIDE COLLECTION – Trash or Treasure (Legere) $28
OTIS REDDING “Otis Blue” LP $35
ROMARE “Projections” 2LP (ninja tune) $36
CARRIBOU “Our Love” LP $32
FAT FREDDYS DROP “Live at the Matterhorn” 2LP $40
D’ANGELO “Voodoo” 2LP (white vinyl) $60
AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” LP $40
AMY WINEHOUSE “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” 2LP $55

HARD CARDBOARD 45 outer sleeves.

50 cents each.

HANGING WITH THE HOMIES

back in stock…..

$5 each….

 

T SHIRTS


At the moment I seem to have a little bundle of great T-SHIRTS, some Northside Ones and some others from other bands. Today Hiatus Kaiyote dropped off a new one as well. Thought I’d let you all know.

Here is the BREAKDOWN..……

THE BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE with MULATU ASTATKE (Black) $20
WITCH   (zambian)   Invisible Cities $20
NORTHSIDE RECORDS RSD 2013 “FUNK 45″ $20
HIATUS KAIYOTE wolf (white tshirt) $30
HIATUS KAIYOTE tiger (grey tshirt) $30
NORTHSIDE RECORDS RSD 2015 N T-shirt $35
(just womens and kids sizes left on this one..)
THE SEVEN UPS $25
CUMBIA COSMONAUTS! 100% local electronic cumber! T shirts designed by Paz… Get some $30NEW THANGS

HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” (flying budhha) 2LP $48 BLACK VINYL
– we have had this great album in by LOCAL SOUL LEGENDS before, but now it is pressed on black vinyl, which is a little better quality than coloured vinyl. This all that is available at the moment. (Oh, except the CD)

QUANTIC presents THE WESTERN TRANSIENT “New Constellation” (tru thoughts) LP + Download $50 or CD $25
– Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite American musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings.  The resulting album, ‘A New Constellation’, is out on Tru Thoughts; in characteristically mercurial fashion this new outing sees Holland following up the explosive, worldly electronic and vocal direction of his hugely acclaimed last solo album, ‘Magnetica’, with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making. His thirst for musical exploration has seen British born Holland release over 15 albums – ranging from electronic solo productions via the full live funk and soul bands the Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Combo Bárbaro to Latin, African and Caribbean styles – and become renowned as one of music’s modern trailblazers. This is a great new jazz album with a lot of muso’s from LA, they  include Brandon Coleman, Todd Simon, Sylvester Onyejiaka, Wilson Viveros and more. The Super Limited LP is housed in a deluxe handmade hardback gatefold sleeve with booklet and images from renowned photographer B+.

LEON BRIDGES “Coming Home” (colombia) LP $48
– An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same territory – cool, classy, yet undeniably soulful – at this level that never has to overstate itself, or try too hard to reach for facile funky parts, or any kind of party-moving sort of vibe. Leon’s vocals are wonderful – clearly born to sing music this great – and the backings are a nice change from the usual retro soul modes, and instead have this deep soul vibe that’s perfectly captured in a Texas small studio setting.

CHRISTOPH EL’ TRUENTO “A Series Of Oopsie Daisies And Various Other Flora” (nut riot) LP $34
– Christoph El’ Truento is an Auckland-based beatmaker/producer. He’s a member of @Peace, has produced tracks for Home Brew and Hollie Smith, collaborated with the likes of Parks, Riki Gooch and Julien Dyne (Some Other Planets) and his latest solo album continues to hint at the strong influence of Sun Ra, though this time taking a more cartoon approach. It’s instrumental hip-hop as late-night soul music, broken-beat and clipped funk. We Fly With The Moon As A Guide feels like DJ Shadow remixing Sun Ra, elsewhere it’s Sun Ra as distilled through Flying Lotus.

D.R.O. “Dro EP” (fifty records) LP $25
– debut release from this artist from AUSTIN, Texas and its a great groove. Sweet electro heavy rolling happiness. “D.R.O dusts off his dad’s jazz and psychedelic albums for the inspiration behind DRO EP‘s spaced out beats and far out samples. Undoubtedly influenced by The Pharcyde, Digable Planets and the early 1990s’ brand of trip hop and conscious rap, D.R.O’s high-pitched delivery effortlessly dances over his sedated rhythms. Best consumed with some cush in your lips, your ears open and your back firmly planted on the floor, DRO EP promises to slow roast your occipital lobe and massage those auditory nerves.​” ​SLY VINYL

RUN THE JEWELS “2” (Mass Appeal) 2LP + poster + stickers etc $48
– a special edition coloured vinyl , with a gatefold cover, hand drawn poster, lyrics + MORE! The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they’re just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike’s limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P’s progress, but classic boom bap inspired production – and El-P is no slouch on the mic, either – and the leftfield crop of guests bring their A-Games too.

MOJO JUJU “Feeling Red Seeing Blue” (universal) LP $35
– LOCAL SOUL! Mojo Juju is the pocket sized Pinoy straight out of Melbourne. With a voice twice her size, wearing a zoot suit with the drape shape, and packing a swag load of attitude, it is clear she is not here to be overlooked! After releasing her self-titled debut in 2012, a blues-noir-cinematic-storybook, Mojo has taken a left turn. In October 2014 she surprised her audience by releasing a brand new song and a brand new sound. The single, “A Heart Is Not A Yo-Yo” was accompanied by the promise of things to come.Born out of collaboration with producer Ptero Stylus (Diafrix/Mantra). The pair have worked on the entire album together, which Mojo says is an exploration into a different kind of songwriting; Promising throwbacks to Soul, R’n’B and Funk, but also admitting a definite pop angle on certain aspects. Citing influence from an eclectic range of artists on this album, including Stevie Wonder, Betty Davis some more contemporary artists such as Andre 3000.

CASSIDY  “Bore”  (happy ending) CASSETTE $10
– Made while living in a boat shed on Dangar Island, Bore unearths the ghosts of Cassidy’s unreleased and archived tracks. Bore is an exploration of this isolated existence on the island; translating introspective tensions into compelling compositions. Cassidy’s arrangements amalgamate a harsh sonic intensity with bright, atmospheric tonality. Harnessed by thoughtful and precise production, Bore folds techno rhythms with experimental synthesis and field recordings. For club phreaks deep in the bedroom zone.

BACK IN STOCK

JON FARRISS & VIV RICHARDS “Smokin Joe” 7″ $15 – local disco….
BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Takeover” (left ear records) LP $30
THE CACTUS CHANEL “Cobaw / Fools Gold” (hope street records) 7″ + download $14
TUXEDO  s/t 2LP (Stones Throw) $32
MENAGERIE “They Shall Inherit” LP + CD + 7″ $30 – LOCAL Spiritual HEAT!!!
TAME IMPALA “Currants” 2LP $44
MARK RONSON “Uptown Special” LP $38
THE RAAH PROJECT “The Score” 2LP $35 (equinox records)  – LOCAL HEAT!
BGRASS KNUCLE BASS BAND “Split Lip” LP $25
LORD JULIEN “Shades / Tennis (wonderful noise) 12″ $20 – KIWI HEAT – Lord Echo + Julien Dyne

NEW THANGS

FAT FREDDYS DROP “Live at The Matterhorn” (the drop) 2LP $40
– The album that captured the essence of Fat Freddys Drop jam origins, Live at Matterhorn is being released on heavyweight vinyl for the first time. The album features four tracks – Runnin, Rain, No Parking and Bounce – that span a total of 70 minutes with the songs taking up a side each. The recording was made in March 2001 when Freddys was honing its sound and chops in the Wellington underground music scene. The stage was literally the back garden of Wellingtons den of inequity The Matterhorn. The audience consisted of a random collection of 30 people most of whom from memory were hospitality workers having a drink after work. Freddys had started as a few musician mates playing along to instrumental b-side records dropped by DJ MU and by 2001 had grown to a solid six piece who liked nothing better than to jam. Live At Matterhorn went on to sell Platinum in New Zealand and while it pre-dates the bands record breaking Based On A True Story studio album it is a touchstone for those wanting to experience Freddys early jams, the source for where Freddys story began. Limited double 180gm vinyl LP pressing.

TUXEDO  s/t 2LP (Stones Throw) $32
– Tuxedo is Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Jake One (Taurus). They are descendants of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find such groups as Chic, Change, Loose Ends, Shalamar and Zapp. Tuxedo emerged last year with three tracks of smooth, synth-heavy disco-boogie / electro-funk accompanied by no information about the group except a greeting: “Tuxedo is here! Stay classy.” Multi-platinum recording artist Pitbull loved the tracks so much he used one of them on his album ‘Global Warming: Meltdown’.The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since the release of his debut ‘A Strange Arrangement’ in 2009. Touring in SEPTEMBER this YEAR! LOOKOUT!

RATATAT – Mangnifique LP (XL) $46
– Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, Ratatat return to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique. Combining the bedrock beats and primordial riffs from their first two albums with the sonic experimentation and production prowess of LP3 and LP4, Mike and Evan arrived at a new plateau with Magnifique.”

ARTHUR RUSSELL – Corn (Audika Records) $48
– Audika finally unleash a vintage-fresh stash of tunes from Arthur Russell’s archive, marking one of the most substantial, posthumous dispatches of his unreleased material to date. At this point, Arthur should need little introduction – he’s arguably among the most important, yet neglected, American composer/song-writers of the 20th century – so we’ll skip the skooling and run to the music. There are nine songs, of which five are actually alternate and previously unheard versions of much-loved classics, while the other four are completely unheard, and also plucked from his notoriously “unfinished” stockpile of some 1,000 tapes. Collected, they form a release that was originally shelved by Russell’s label, Sleeping Bag Records, in 1985, partly due to a fall-out around his ‘Wax The Van’ 12″. It’s full of his uniquely slanted, mutant takes on hip hop, electro and disco with that inimitable, innately avant-pop twist; spanning the droning, folksy disco wormhole of ‘Corn’ and its studio-wigged, ten minute reprise, shredded up with distorto cello and nuff dub FX, thru to a spine-freezing pair of odd-popsicles in the slow buzzing chamber piece, ‘They And Their Friends’, and the lushly chaotic whorl of ‘Ocean Movie’, surely the wildest combination in his (available) catalogue?! The alternate mixes/edits are awesome, too: offering a febrile, noisy mix of our percy, ‘See My Brother, He’s Jumping Out (Let’s Go Swimming #2)’, and an hypnotically slompy, salty extension of ‘This Is How We Walk On The Moon’, plus a sweetly discordant new play on ‘Hiding Your Present From You’.

LOST SOUL, FUNK & DISCO GEMS VOLUME THREE various (mukatsuku) 7″ $14
– Featuring some DISOC heaters! THE CHAPPARRALS and THE DIDDYS feat Paige Douglas. Super official rareness for Mukatsuku as they dig deep in their box of gems to unearth two stormers from the USA neither of which have either ever been out on a 45 before. First up from 1978 is Atlanta Georgia based funk/boogie group The Chapparrals which featured Cameo guitarist/vocalist Anthony Lockett with a track that kicked off the Holy Grail Shake Your Head album on the private label Maximillion . ” Hittin’ It” does exactly what it states on the tin as a monstrous funk groove ably assisted from a punchy brass section leads way to a swirling synth and bassline workout. The track on the flipside also never out as a single in it’s own right is by The Diddys featuring Paige Douglas and lifted from the Agony And Extasy album from 1977 produced by Charles Earland for the Bam Buu label. Soulful Disco Funk with tight drums and an overload of lead guitar and that killer vocal melody that will stick in your brain for weeks…

FLOWER TRAVELLIN’ BAND – Satori LP (Phoenix) $48  
– This is an album (and a band) that are not celebrated nearly enough — possibly out of misguided notions of their being another bad psych knock-off among the many crowding the record racks in the early seventies. But Japan’s Flower Travellin’ Band were no mere cheesy imitators of occidental rock ‘n roll, they were in actual fact a full-fledged, pioneering tour de force of psychedelic progressive hard rock, equalling the krautrock heavies of the era. FTB can be compared favorably to Amon Duul’s better efforts with their experimental meandering (think Yeti), and the best trancey spaceouts from Can. Yet there’s never a sense that FTB lose track of their compositions no matter how far out they take a track. Perhaps because even more than these experimental Krautrockers, FTB’s heavy (fucking ominously heavy) sound points to a major Sabbath, Purple, and Crimson influence. Released in 1971, Satori is the band’s second and arguably best album. From the first screech/howl at the beginning of track one — “Satori Part I” (the tracks on the album are all “Satori”, parts I-V) — from vocalist Joe, who inhabits a zone somewhere between Can’s Damo Suzuki and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, the album gets straight down to business. Joe’s scream is followed by a foreboding bass, guitar and drum dirge that’s straight up collision between Cream and Black Sabbath in which no one survives. It’s got so much more teeth than either, it’s not even funny, predating punk by a good many years. “Satori Part II” however is quintessential FTB Over a pounding tribal drumbeat, alternating between a buzzing sitar-esque guitar drone and a melody line that curls ripples and lilts like a plume of burning incense smoke, guitarist Hideki Ishima lays out one of the creepiest, coolest guitar leads ever.

HUDSON MOHAWK – Lantern 2LP (WARP) $32
–  Purified silicon squeezy cheeze from megastar producer Hudson Mohawke. A steadfast adherent of the more-is-more production outlook, Mohawke’s tightly packed 2nd album features guest spots from Antony, Jhene Aiko and Miguel, following his production details for the cream of the American hip hop crop, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and Pusha T. There are interesting moments to be discovered, as with the OPN-esque majesty of ‘Kettles’, the searing synth excess of ‘Scud Books’, and the pointillist percussion of ‘Lil Jembe’, or the concise instrumental rave attacks such as ‘Shadows’ and ‘System’, but each vocalist seems to be fighting against the ultra-garish production.

CARGAA 1 (warp) EP $18
– Warp charge a full battery of ruffneck, upfront dance music from Lisbon in the first of three killer ‘Cargaa’ volumes. It serves a crucial insight to the Príncipe label’s roster and mix of Angolan rhythms with European techno memes, equally essential for newcomers and scene fiends alike. The term “Cargaa” itself is a local Gallician colloquialism for the buzz surrounding the scene, both at home and abroad, and neatly defines the sound’s excited state. Scene founders DJ Marfox and DJ Nigga Fox both represent; the former with a bouncing bomb named ‘Take Off’, and the latter on a tumbling ruckus of tribal drums and debased bleeps. But, the EP’s greatest strengths lie in its new talent, with 17 year-old DJ Nedwyt-Fox zipping the tricksy shuffle and hardstyle streaks of ‘Grandes Invejosos’ upside the minor chord menace and rhythmelodies of ‘Afro’ by Blacksea Não Maya, and the lush tussle of DJ Lilocox’s ‘Good Wine’. If you like these we urge you to check the Príncipe back catalogue!

CARGAA 2 (warp) EP $18
–  Warp set off their 2nd showcase of killer new dance music from Lisbon’s Príncipe crew. Up top, you’ll find the mystic flutes and streaking synths of Alto Nivel Produções’ low slung tarraxinha, ‘Directamente’, next to the slamming-but-slinky drums and jagged, SND-like chords of Nidia Minaj’s ‘Pra Fechar’, and DJ Maboku’s slow and super wide remix of ‘Tarraxo Electrico’ by DJ Lilocox ov CDM. Flipside, we’re introduced to Puto Anderson & Deejay Ninoo with the kinky, woody drum syncopation of ‘Camarate’ at a mean slow flex, and, likewsie, we hear from DJ Big Vado and DJ Estraga for the first time with the flash and colourful percussion/synth tussle of ‘Somos Todos Malucos’, leaving Piquenos DJs Do Guetto’s DJ Firmeza on a propulsive, inimitably funked-up techno tip with ‘Somos Todos Malucos’.

KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Trash Or Treasure” CD $20 – LOCAL FUNKY JAZZZZZ or 2CD $25 (contains BOTH albums…
– brassy funky jazz cats (Helped out by a few locals!) who stepped through town this week FINALLY dropped off the CD’s – I have the wax but CD’s in for the first time.  The double CD contains the first record, “Mind The Curb” as well!!! I have a great DJ MIX cd to giveaway to the first 5 cats getting the KERBSIDE GOODNESS!

BACK IN STOCK

BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Takeover” (left ear records) LP $30
THE CACTUS CHANEL “Cobaw / Fools Gold” (hope street records) 7″ + download $14
ALEMAYEHU ESHETE – Alemayehu Eshete (Mississippi) $32
IKE TURNER & THE KINGS OF RHYTHM – A Black Man’s Soul (Funky Delicacies) $40
CHARLES BRADLEY – Victim Of Love (Daptone) $30
LADY – Lady LP (Truth & Soul) $30
NEW ORLEANS FUNK various Vol1 (Soul Jazz) 3LP $42
GIL SCOTT-HERON & JAMIE XX – We’re New Here LP (XL) $30
CARIBOU – Our Love LP (City Slang) $30
FLYING LOTUS – Until The Quiet Comes LP (Warp) $30
FLYING LOTUS – You’re dead 2LP (WARP) $32
FLYING LOTUS – Los Angeles 2LP (WARP) $32
FLYING LOTUS Cosmogramma – 2LP (WARP) $32
GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD “Sour Soul” LP $32
DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK various (soul jazz) 2LP $$30
BONOBO “BLack Sands REMIXED” 2LP $40
THE BUG “Angels & Devils” (ninja tune) 2LP + download $36
FELA KUTI – Sorrow, Tears & Blood (Knitting Factory) $42
FELA KUTI & THE AFRICA 70 – the Miss Road (Knitting Factory) $42
FELA KUTI & THE AFRICA 70 with GINGER BAKER – Live! (Knitting Factory) $42
FELA KUTI & THE AFRICA 70 – Confusion (Knitting Factory) $42
KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Trash Or Treasure” LP $25 – LOCAL FUNKY JAZZZZZ
LOLETTA HOLLOWAY / RON HENDERSON “Bring iT on Up / I’ll Be Around” (mukatsuku) 7″ $14
WGANDA KENYA / FRUKO Y SU TESOS “Salsa Na Ma” (mukatsuku) 7″ $14

LEE PERRY – Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (Justice Legue) $30
AUGUSTUS PABLO / IMPACT ALL STARS Java JAva JAva (dub) LP $30
SKATALITES “Play Ska” LP $30
SKA DOWN JAMACAIAN WAY various LP $28
GREGORY ISAACS “Slum IN DUB” LP $28
DANCEHALL CLASSICS variosu LP $28

HARD CARDBOARD 45 outer sleeves.

50 cents each.

 

NEW THANGS

THE CACTUS CHANEL “Cobaw / Fools Gold” (hope street records) 7″ + download $14
– LOCAL LEGENDS!! The new 45 from The Cactus Channel, Cobaw, takes its name from a small town in the gold rush end of the Macedon Ranges. Scrubby forests, disused mine shafts and quiet dark lagoons border the grazing land and history hides in all the shadows. Straight out, The Cactus Channel’s heavy, ominous drums and reverb-drenched guitars take this record into soundtrack land. It’s not clear whether it’s a road movie or a horror movie. The B-side, Fool’s Gold, a warning that all is not what it seems, is a slower, thicker tune on the same tip. The Cactus Channel’s trademark echoing horns, crunchy organ and boom bap beats are evolving, joined here by synthesizers, strings and sitar. More cinematic? Certainly.

BROTHER RESISTANCE “Rapso Takeover” (left ear records) LP $30
– Originally released in 1986, Brother Resistance’s Rapso Take Over blends calypso, reggae, disco, funk and poetry to create the artist’s signature Rapso sound. A progressive form of poetry from Trinidad and Tobago, Rapso emerged as a means by which to articulate the daily suffering symptomatic of the social unrest afflicting the nation throughout the 1970s and 80s. Brother Resistance played a significant role in the Rapso movement, deploying his music to spread messages of hope and liberation. The authorities took Brother Resistance’s rising status seriously, destroying what they could of his studios and in the process leaving only a small amount of his music in circulation. Now for the first time we can hear Brother Resistance’s finest work remastered and repressed. The music and the message live on through Rapso Take Over’s stripped back rhythms infused with steel and strings, all carried by the voice of resistance. I had a copy of this record in the store quite a while ago for a lucky digger price of $20! ALWAYS WORTH A LOOK!

JAMES MASON – The Dance Of Life B/W Up Jump (Rush Hour) 12″ $18
– UNRELEASED JAMES MASON!!!! Over three decades after “Rhythm Of Life”, James Mason rediscovered tapes with more recordings from the same late seventies period. “The Dance Of Life” (ft. Bernard Purdie on drums and Fonda Rae on backing vocals) and “Up Jump” are the first two tracks taken from the “Recollection Echo” album that Rush Hour are very proud to release on vinyl. James Mason only made one album, that got acclaim years after its release. “Rhythm Of Life” became a soul-jazz cult classic, recorded in around 1978/79 with musicians such as Narada Michael Walden and Gene Torres, and featuring Clarice Taylor’s beautiful, characteristic vocals. The multi-instrumentalist recorded far more tracks around the release of “Rhythm Of Life”, but his music became out of fashion because musical trends shifted. Another album never arrived, and the recordings ended up in a box. Today the release of James Mason’s second album is finally set, and will be a collection of these forgotten tracks.

WAXPOETICS #62 magazine..… $24
– Electro soul pioneer and resurgent creative force Giorgio Moroder gets the front cover honor, and rightfully so – with classic electro-inspired Brooklyn instrumentalists Ratatat on the backside! This issue includes great features on both, plus pieces on Steve Arrington, Divine Styler, Van Hunt, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the photography of soul jazz hero Les McCann, the too often underappreciated female voices of dancefloor soul legends Chic, and lots more! The always photo rich style of Wax Poetics is in full force here, too. One of the best issues in a while!

DIVINYLS REWORKED: A Tribute To Chrissy Amphlett VARIOUS (ginger spies)  CD $20
– LOCAL ‘Divinyls Reworked’ is a 16 track limited edition music compilation, for soul music lovers, Divinyls lovers, and lovers, alike. A carefully selected group of emerging Australian musicians including REMi, Bertie Blackman, Vaudeville Smash, Jade MacRae, Tré Samuels and more, have each reworked a classic Divinyls song. Spanning the genres of electronica, post-disco, jazz, and nu-soul, each song takes on a new sound, a new life. And it’s all in loving tribute to Divinyls front-woman, Chrissy Amphlett. Chrissy passed away in 2013 at just 53, after a courageous battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She kicked ass all the way along, and her contribution to Australian music cannot be overstated. ‘Divinyls Reworked’ is the project-baby of Ginger Van Handley. Having grown up listening to Divinyls records, alongside blues and soul, it seemed natural to her that the two worlds should merge, creating a beautiful new body of music. Knowing that there was an endless talent pool amongst her musical peers, she set about curating a compilation album that is truly unlike any other. The result is a compelling album that is a joy to listen to from beginning to end.

EUGENE WARD “Painte En Pointe” (Where To Now?) LP $42
– LOCAL ‘Paint En pointe’ collects 8 pieces for dance by Sydneyite Eugene Ward, who’s probably best known as TTT and Opal Tapes’ Dro Carey or Tuff Sherm. They were written with the choreography of Patric Kuo in mind, intended for a variety of ensemble performances from solo to groups of up to 16 dancers. Judging from what we’ve previously heard by Ward, this release stakes out his most experimental territory, exploring the intersections of his formal compositional practice and the requirements of dancers beyond the conventional ‘floor/head-space. We can hear him reference everything from the weightless grime reductions of Logos, Wen and co, thru to the slow/fast structures of Chicago footwork and the elaborate trills of trap, exploring myriad options for movement by bodies much more limber and skilled than our own. The results recall Holly Herndon’s ‘Bodysound’ 10″, which effectively worked to an inverted formula – recording bodies in motion to make new music, rather than recording new music for bodies in motion – as much as Shackleton’s psychedelic trances, and are held in sharp contrast with the real thing via Murlo’s inimitably stylish and insistent road rave remix of ‘Printed Matter’, or the infectious, Sleeparchive-style efficiency of Cliques’ ‘Place’ remix.

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE “Revolutionary Vol 1″ (vip) 2LP $40
– Originally self-released in 2002, the plain-spoken politics (the title of this album is not to be taken lightly) and barebones production of Revolutionary, Vol. 1 missed MTV and Rap City entirely, surprise surprise. However, the album built enough underground buzz, helped by the more widely distributed Revolutionary, Vol. 2 the following year, that it was reissued in 2004, sounding as up-to-date as ever. Immortal Technique works the same political side of the street as Dead Prez and the Coup, but much like Chuck D, the godfather of the political rap scene, the Peruvian-born rapper never lets his ideas get in the way of his flow, and manages to express complex and reasoned opinions, only occasionally devolving into simple sloganeering.

KINGS GO FORTH “OUtsiders Are Back” (Luaka Bop) LP $44
– reissue of this classic funk record made in 2010. The Outsiders Are Back is definitely an apt title for this incredible album. This Milwaukee-based group serves up heady mix of funk, soul and RnB with a spoon full of disco and pinch of reggae.  Every cut is a stone-cold monster. It’s hard to pick a favourite from this record, but the instant-classic ‘One Day’ and latest single ‘I Don’t Love You No More’ are definite stand outs. Given a new pressing for a reason…. Remixed by Moulton, danced by you.

KRUGER & DORFMEISTER “The K & D Sessions” (K7)   5 x LP $95
– Originally released on Studio !K7 Records in 1998, Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister’s groundbreaking release, ‘The K&D Sessions’ reset the bar for what could be achieved in a compilation. Across an array of original tracks, dubs and infamous ‘K&D Session’ remixes, the DJ and producer duo took the listener on a smoke-filled blunted journey that flowed flawlessly. Often compared to DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ for it’s similarly deft craft of rhythm and quoted by Allmusic as “the most blissfully blunted music the world has ever heard”, the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies to date and was included in Spin’s ‘Top 20 albums of 1999’. The album has long since been deleted on Vinyl with original 4LP sets changing hands for €300+ on the collectors market and even a bootleg vinyl copy will set a buyer back over €100. Sixteen years later, this legendary album will be available as a long overdue 5LP reissue remastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.

DREAM 2 SCIENCE – S/T EP (Rush Hour) $20
– ‘A truly, dreamy, beautiful classic deep house mini-album from the golden-post-Larry Heard era. The New-Yorker Ben Cenac, who was also member of electro pio- neers Newcleus (and part of Sha-lor, who had a cool jazzy garage-house hit in the late 80’s), shows a great sensibility and delicacy here in following mr Heard’s path. His approach is perhaps slightly more sci-fi in the synths and pad sounds, and perhaps a tad less crafted and mercurial in production than the master (ie less timeless), but this adds in realness and charm.

GAY MARVIN – Bath House Etiquette Vol.7 12″ (White Label) $18
– More killer stuff from Gay Marvine: a lost michael cut, obscure depeche mode, his own original music for his take on see line woman, and first choice’s 1974 the player turned into a house jam but still using the 70s drums.

GAY MARVIN – Bath House Etiquite vol. 8 (Green) white label) 12″ $18
– BHE 8 continues the devastation from Gay Marvine: totally transformed donna summer, a prince disco edit that removes all the vocals, his liaisons avant apres mars master edit, and iggy bowie eno sister midnight.

RICK WILHITE “Vibes New & Rare Music part c 12″ (Rush Hour) $18
– Repress without picture sleeve And we are back for EP three. It’s a get together between master Rick and young Kyle. And it’s time to turn things up a notch. Kyle hits it unbelievably hard with ‘After Fall’. Have you ever tried head banging to disco music? If not, now is the time, because this track will make you do just that. There is no denying. Banger! On the b-side The Godson eases down a little and lifts the classic ‘Love & Happiness’ a capella to work it into a hypnotic groove. Build it up! The third track sees Kyle and Rick teaming up, where Kyle provides the drums and Rick delivers the groove. A futuristic piece of jazz techno, 22nd century shit, that plays with your mind and demands you to move. Rick Wilhite and his Vibes new&rare music record store have been a main source in Detroit for over 17 years.

LAURENT GARNIER – KL 2036 12″ (MCDE Recordings) $18
– Deep, layered, soulful and musical tracks from Laurent Garnier. 2 quality offerings that fit MCDE to a tee.. The label say” We are very pleased with our latest addition to MCDE Recordings, none other than french legend Laurent Garnier.

UNKNOWN ARTIST – Ahiwo Ahiwo / Enye 12″ (Porridge Bullet)  $18
– No info with the release except the quote “My stepmother why you created me misery when I know that my mother is long dead. Let me live a normal life!” printed on the centre label. Both sides contain swirling, heady hi-life alongside bouncy electronic drum tracks.

RON TRENT – Ron Hardy (A Dedication To You) 12″ (Rush Hour) $18
– Previously only available on CD. This is the first official vinyl release of Ron Trent’s tribute track to the legend that Ron Hardy is….Pressed in limited qty, one sided vinyl release in RH’s RSS series

HOUSE OF JEZEBEL – Love & Happiness 12″ (Voyage Direct)  $18
– House of Jezebel aka Legowelt takes us back to the Warehouse days with his epic version of soul classic ‘Love & Happiness’. Granted, this sample has been used a few times before, but this is simply one of the strongest versions ever to appear. Comes as vocal and instrumental version.

THE RONGETZ FOUNDATION  & BLANKA – Cimmerian Hips / Spanning Will (heavenly sweetness) 7″ $16
– “Rongetz” (Stephane Ronget) is originally from France but is now living and working in New York City (USA). Rongetz started a project called The Rongetz Foundation. Recording live, original compositions, while mixing musicians from different horizons and generations, was the initial deal.  Rongetz teamed with the French beatmaker BLANKA to produce these 2 songs especially for the RSD. Once again Jazz meets Hip hop for the banging heads. The first two songs since the acclaimed rongetz album “Brooklyn Butterfly sessions”. Blanka, is running the project Jukebox champions with Fade (A state of mind DJ) and is part of the beat making crew LA FINE EQUIPE.

BACK IN STOCK

HARVEY SUTHERLAND – Bermuda 12″ (MCDE Recordings) 12″ $18 – LOCAL HOUSE DON!
HAILU – MERGIA and the WALIAS – Tche Belew LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa) $44
MULATU ASATAKE FT FEKADE AMDE MASKAL – Ethio Jass LP (Heavenly Sweetness) $32
JAMES MASON – I Want Your Love B/W Nightgruv 12″ (Rush Hour)  $18
KENDR!CK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” (white) 2LP $55
GL “Won’t You See Me” 12″ (Plastic World) $20 – LOCAL HEAT!
SAVOIR “Malala” (Plastic World) 12″ $20 LOCAL goooodness
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” (hope street) LP $26 – LOCAL SOUL SWEETNESS
ANDRAS & OSCAR “Cafe Romantica” LP (chapter) $28 – LOCAL HEAT!
JOHN MORALES “The M&M MIxes” 3LP (BBE) $50
PARLIAMENT “Parliaments Greatest Hits” LP (polygram) $20
JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH “Its Just Begun” (RCA)LP $20
JAMES BROWN “Cold Sweat”(polydor) LP $20
JAMES BROWN “Black Caeser OST” (polydor) LP $20
RAY & HIS COURT “s/t” (sound triangle) LP $20

HARD CARDBOARD 45 outer sleeves.

50 cents each.

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DIGER ROKWELL “Seeds” (Community Records) 10″ $20
– ‘Seeds’ is a psychedelic 4 track extended play from 3 times WAM award winning producer and Perth creative, Ash Hosken aka Diger Rokwell‘ Seeds’ reflects his continued experimentation into multi- instrumentalism. It is one in a series of extended plays, a sequel to his House music interpretation: Innersense, focusing on one ‘musical influence’ per release. The series will culminate in a full album of choice cuts in 2016. ‘Seeds’ is a journey: tinged with hip-hop drums, crunchy percussion, ethereal drone, psych leads and soaring Sonic’s. Home recorded and mixed with his best-mate Ryan Burge aka YLEM, mastered by Dave Cooley of Stones Throw fame, ‘Seeds’ reviles in the crunch of pedals, drenched reverb, and the art of releasing independent music. The release was developed through his unique live shows with a strong foundation in jam elements and improvisation. Largely know for his exotic sample based beat excursions, the EP ’Seeds’ marks another departure from sampling into a world of playing and recording a variety of instruments. The work focuses on Diger’s left handed, upside down guitar playing with unique DADA tuning on four strings, providing a distinctive open and eastern sound. Diger plays various instruments collected over a lifetime: Crafted synths, keys, organ, slide, bass and vocals for various tracks provide a real organic element to his ‘electronic’ approach.

AMERIGO GAZAWAY “FELA SOUL – Fela Kuti vs De La Soul” (gummy soul) LP $40
– Just as the clever title suggests, Fela Soul pairs De La Soul acapellas with Fela Kuti’s afrobeat rhythms. Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway hand picks samples from the legendary Nigerian musician – expect lots of funky horn and guitar riffs – and layers them under verses from De La gems like “Stakes Is High,” “Trouble In The Water,” “Ooh,” “Rock Co.Kane Flow,” “Itsoweezee,” and “Breakadawn,” and the album offers a completely new way to enjoy classic sounds. We had this many years ago when it came out, but now it is with Full LP artwork.

ASTRO TRAVELLERS “Seven Metaphors” (GCR) CD $20
– LOCAL BRISSY HEAT!! Since its humble beginnings in 2013, 7 piece live hip hop act Astro travellers has acquired an eclectic mix members from diverse musical backgrounds and collectively developed a signature sound consisting of fast-paced rhymes courtesy of emcees Rui Da Cruz and ALI the GREAT, future soul vocals from newest addition Tiana Khasi, and cosmic beats delivered by the finest rhythm section Brisbane has to offer. Astro Travellers independently released their debut single on 7″ vinyl in November 2014, and are about to embark on a tour of Australia’s East Coast in June/July 2015, in support of the release of their debut EP “Seven Metaphors”. “Seven Metaphors” EP marks Astro Travellers’ opening statement as a band. Combining off-the-cuff studio freestyles with compositions that have been lovingly crafted both in the rehearsal room and on stage. For the first time, the combination of Astro Travellers’ live instrumentation, rap and voice blend together seamlessly on the record.

WILSN / SILVER SPRINGS “Unmeet You / Like A Child” (Burn In Time) 7″ $12
– LOCAL!!! The new single from Melbourne soul artist, WILSN, features some of the best musicians in Melbourne such as Richard Bradbeer (Dorsal Fins/New Gods/Eagle and The Worm), Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy), Jamshid “Jumps” Khadiwala (The Cat Empire), and Ryan Brewer (The Joe Kings). It was produced by Stephen Mowat. The song tells the story of a past partner that the artist would rather erase from her memory. From its opening chords, the song’s uptempo soul progression is immediately infectious. Its enthralling groove completely consumes the listener capturing their full attention. The FLIP ias a song by a cat under the name Silver Springs. Shannon Busch (WILSN) and Ryan Brewer (SILVER SPRINGS) met through mutual friends and instantly connected over their love of soul music. This interaction lead to writing sessions, studio collaboration, Ryan becoming the drummer in Shannon’s band, and Shannon performing backing vocals for Ryan’s band.
With the help of Burn In Time Records, these two up-and-coming artists are coming together to release their respective singles “Unmeet You” and “Like A Child” on a split 7” vinyl record.  These seven inches are limited to 150 and hand numbered.

ALI THE GREAT “Earth” (GCR) CD $20
– BRISSY HIP HOP – ALI THE GREAT is a writer, performer and producer currently residing in Brisbane, Australia and is one of the lead emcees of, The Astro Travellers. Prior to becoming a member of Astro Travellers, Ali was producing music and performing as a solo artist in his birthplace of Toronto, Canada. In 2008, he independently produced and released an EP titled Believe 2008 with longtime collaborator JM. As a debut, the EP was well received and charted on the York University (Toronto) top 30 Chart, peaking at number 5, and this was significant considering this was the first release by Ali. This new EP is a GIANT step forward with some future sounding slow down sleazy beats!

KENDR!CK LAMAR “To Pimp A Butterfly” (white) 2LP $55
– n piecing together his new album, Kendrick Lamar left certain things behind. The 27-year-old Compton rapper has largely abandoned contemporary hip-hop structures in favor of a cosmic splat of jazz, soul, and funk. He’s said goodbye to his peers in Black Hippy and, with the exception of Snoop Dogg’s Slick Rick impression on “Institutionalized” and Rapsody’s pro-black verse on “Complexion (A Zulu Love)”, the need for guest rappers. Sometimes, he even sets aside the act of rapping entirely, like when he recites a poem. But basically – this got the funk. Hard to get and harder to keep. Damn. ARRIVING ON FRIDAY

THE REBELLES “Go! Rebelle!” (RB Records) CD $20
– What do you get when you put 15 sassy songstresses backed by a blistering four piece rock band in the one room together at the same time? You get one of Melbourne’s most unique bands of all time – The Rebelles. They’ve been wowing audiences for the past 8 years and are very excited to be releasing their brand spankin’ new debut album entitled Go! Rebelle! Boasting “punk energy, harmonic panache and a good-bad-but-not-evil glint” the band have released one EP to date (The Clapping Song). The album Go! Rebelle! contains fourteen infectious self-penned tracks. Together they take on the time-honoured themes of cars, boys, and the highs and lows of love and heartbreak, and push them a step further with a sound big enough to match their big voices and even bigger hearts. The band headed into Melbourne’s legendary Soundpark Studios to record the album and packed every song chock full of guitars, drums, keyboards, strings, horns and enough percussion to sink a ship. They successfully capture a 50s and 60s girl group nostalgia and add a modern musical twist and updated attitude. This album is a testament to that.

THE JB’S “Food For Thought” (people) LP $20
–  Speaking of the FUNK. Here tis. With the version of Bootsy and his brothers “The Grunt” this album is a beast. There are so many great tunes on this record: “Pass The Peas”, “Gimme Some More”, “Hot Pants Road”, “The Grunt”, “Escapism” and more. 1972 never sounded so good people. The JB’s at their finest, funkiest, a record that will make you jump back and kiss yourself, do the Camel Walk, the Wop, Funky Chicken, and the Robot. Guaranteed. If you haven’t heard this record, here’s a chance to get the real deal sound from one of the best backing bands (who were in the front too) there ever was. Oh yeah, and then there is this guy called James Brown. You may have heard of him. There are seven acknowledged wonders of the world, this reissue may be the eighth.

FRED WESLEY & THE NEW JB’S “Breakin Bread” (people) LP $20
– The last of the Fred Wesley and the JB’s albums. “Breakin’ Bread” and “Makin’ Love” charted R&B. With Breakin’ Bread the funk is still much in evidence, although some new twists and turns manifest themselves on the “rapped” title cut. Breakin’ Bread songs. Superfunkygoodtimes….

JAMES BROWN “I Got The Feelin'” (polydor) LP $20
–  Funky funky funky! A nice one that shows the direction James Brown would take in the 70s — a bit harder and more funky than before, with even more of a focus on the instrumental talents of the ensemble! The band here is super-sharp — playing with that tightly focused, highly funky groove that James virtually invented at the time — ringing out with pride and boldness that are undeniable!

MICHAEL MANGE AND HIS ORCHESTRA “Tropical Fantasy” (columbia) LP $20
– prepare your mind for some new exotica music coming soon from Lance Ferguson’s LANU with some old school exotica. This is a beautiful lost bit of Exotica from the early 60’s! Michel Magne recorded this “adventure in exotic sounds and percussion” in the Barclay Studios in Paris – as one of the excellent albums he cut in France before moving onto more famous soundtracks – and the set’s got a wonderful mix of percussion, woodwinds, vibes, and piano – but also features tiny bit of tape manipulation, which gives the whole thing an even groovier sound! The feel is way cooler than the usual exotica groove – key proof of Magne’s early musical vision

BILLY BROOKS “Windmills of the Mind” (cross over) LP $20
– Funky trumpet galore – and a lost break classic! At the time of this 1974 LP, Billy Brooks was an obscure LA trumpeter working in the Ray Charles band – and although this record didn’t bring him instant fame when it was released, it’s grown to become a groove classic over time – and always in demand these days! The standout cut is the sample track “Forty Days” – a masterpiece of jagged drums and floating horn work, sampled to great fame by Tribe Called Quest, and instantly famous for years after. The whole album’s great, though – a funky big band mix of electronic and acoustic playing, with some really mad numbers!

SUN RA “Lanquidity” (philly Jazz)  LP $20
– Lanquidity is one of five albums Sun Ra released in 1978 with various incarnations of his amorphous Arkestra, and one of 16 released between 1976 and the end of 1979. What makes Lanquidity stand out is its funky rhythmic insistence, Ra as ever leading the way on piano, synth, keys, organ, etc., while trumpets, sax, bass and percussion build up textures around. Exploration rests at the heart of the album like a mathematical constant, but there’s a purpose to it as well, its five cuts inviting you not so much to sit and analyze each move as be carried off by the whole effect, no less encompassing than Sun Ra‘s decades-long career would lead you to believe.

LEROY HUTSON “The Man” (curtom) LP $20
– A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he’d gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of time noodling around the Chicago soul studio scene of the late 60s and early 70s. This album is kind of a “bustin’ out of the studio” album in it’s presentation of Hutson’s material.

LEROY HUTSON “II” (curtom) LP $20
– One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album’s got a warmth that’s amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that’s like Marvin Gaye or Roy Ayers at their best – but somehow even better because the album’s a lot less familiar than their work, and has a freshness that grabs us again and again over the years! Hutson arranged and produced the whole set himself – and the scope of his talents in the studio is amazing – tight on the rhythms, but broadly expansive on the other instrumentation – with a mix of intimacy and class that few other records from the 70s could ever hope to match.

BACK IN STOCK

THE RAAH PROJECT “Score” 2LP $35 – LOCAL
THE SEVEN UPS “S/t” LP $28 – LOCAL!
BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND “Split Lip” LP $25
TOO $HORT “Life Is” LP $25
IG CULTURE PRESENTS SOULFUL SHANGHAI (Kindred spirits) 2LP $26
COMMON “Resurrection” LP $20
ICE T presents WESTSIDE 3LP various $38
SAUN & STARR “LOok Closer” (daptone) LP $30
NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS “Cold World” (daptone) LP $30
SUN RA AND HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA “Visits Planet Earth” LP (180 gm) $20
SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA “Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy” LP (180 gm) $20
SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA “Fate in A Pleasant Mood” LP (180 gm) $20
SUN RA “Of Mythic Worlds” LP $20
JOHN CARPENTER “Halloween III Season Of the Witch OST” (death waltz) LP $32
MR OIZO “The Church” 2LP (warp) $40

also…

HARD CARDBOARD 45 outer sleeves.

50 cents each.

 

NEW THANGS

WILL SESSIONS “Mix Takes 3/4″ (fat beats) LP $32
– Will Sessions are Detroit’s foremost funk ambassadors and on Mix Takes 4 they have McKinley Jackson on Fender Rhodes and Dennis Coffey on Guitar as special guests. Limited vinyl pressing. Mix Takes 3 / 4 marks the first time Will Sessions’ third and fourth installments in the popular Mix Takes series are available on vinyl. Will Sessions is one of Detroit’s hottest, most active live bands, having recently collaborated with Bad Meets Evil (Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”), Elzhi, Danny Brown, Mayer Hawthorne, Black Milk among many more. In 2012, Will Sessions introduced Mix Takes 1 / 2, live recreations of some of their favorite hip hop songs presented with seamless transitions in the style of a mixtape. The third and fourth installment of the series is focused on classic funk/soul covers.

BIG BOX OF AFROSOUND various (vampisoul) 10 x 7″ boxset $140
– A really sweet collection of grooves – titled after the Afrosound combo who lead off the set, and featuring a wealth of vintage tracks from the legendary Colombian label Disco Fuentes! Like some of the best work on that imprint, the styles here are a really wonderful blend of modes – from African rhythms to Cuban roots to New York inflections – with a lot of sweet Central American elements thrown into the mix, too! And although Fuentes later recorded a fair bit of crossover pop or mainstream cumbia, the work here is much more earthy overall – as you’ll hear in the selection of tracks that includes “Caliventura” by Afrosound, “Batukacuto” by Tita Duva/El Nuevo Ritmo De Roberto Rey, “Cumbia De Sal” by Cumbias En Moog, “El Vampiro” by Los Corraleros De Majagual, “Tamba” by Wganda Kenya, “Cien Anos” by Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana, and “Cachumbembe” by Fruko Y Sus Tesos. Very cool package – ten 7″ singles, in a limited box!

SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE “sure Fire Soul Ensemble” (colemine records) LP $38
– A mighty full length debut from the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – a group who’ve really been digging on funky 45s, and who seem to serve up even more great work in the space of an album! The sound here is deeper than the usual funky combo – with some of the more complicated lines and colors that have shown up in only a few of the best second generation deep funk combos – like El Michels or Menahen Street Band – and these guys really change things up nicely by bringing in some slight global funk elements, while still keeping their core groove in a style that’s firmly rooted in the good ol’ US of A! The Fender Rhodes and organ lines are especially nice

MULATU ASTATKE “Ethio Jazz” (Heavenly Sweetness) LP $28
– The Ethio Jazz album by Mulatu Astatqé is a jewel of the modern Ethiopian music and a mythical album, since the beginning of Ethiopian music reissues (mainly on Buda Musique). An incredibly groovy Ethiopian record, originally from 1969-1972. Amazing orchestral ‘Ethio-groove’ filled with US soul, jazz, sometimes Latin and the deepest Eastern rhythms, even including some great nasty and dirty fuzz guitars. A true gem of Ethiopian modern instrumental music, which illustrates perfectly this symbiosis of strong rhythms and quality arrangements of subtle yet deep Ethiopian melodies. A must for all ’60s/’70s collectors! In the Ethiopian musical landscape, Mulatu Astatke is a unique musician, composer, arranger. His real contribution consists in his action for instrumental music, in a country where orchestral traditions doesn’t exist. For the last 30 years, he is the leading head of the Ethiopian musical scene. First vinyl reissue and definitely one of the most important Ethiopian music albums.”

VARIOUS “Ethiopian Soul & Groove Vol 1″ (Heavenly Sweetness) LP $28
– This first volume contains some of the greatest pieces of Ethiopian groove, selected among the Ethiopiques CD collection directed by Francis Falceto and published by Buda Music. Mulatu told me he never got much out of the french from thi$ project but at least it helped to spread the word about Ethiopian music and how fiiiiine it is. Now pressed by another french company, dig on this great compilation again.

VARIOUS “MORE Ethiopian Soul & Groove” (Heavenly Sweetness) LP $28
– Volume three of this comp is just as strong and the first. With tracks by household names of Mahmoud Ahmed, Muluqen Mellesse, Getatchew Mekurya and more. Delve into the deep. Swim in the goodness.

TLAHOUN GESSESSE “Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 4″ (Larome) LP $24
– Although he is still completely unknown to Western audiences, for Ethiopians, Tlahoun Gèssèssè (pronounced Guèssèssè) is THE VOICE. The first-ever pan-Ethiopian star, he has embodied such nonstop unanimity since the end of the 1950s that is a role-model and a point of reference.

GETATCHEW MEKURYA “Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol 5″ (Larome) LP $28
– Getatchew Mekurya is probably the most revered veteran of Ethiopian saxophone. A real giant, both physically and musically. Not only is he at the very top level of Ethiopian saxophonists, but he is the ‘inventor’ of an extremely distinctive musical ‘style.’

HAILU MERGIA “Tche Belew” (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $44
– So excited for the long-anticipated re-release of “Tche Belew,” Hailu Mergia and the Walias’ 1977 instrumental jazz and groove recording set against the backdrop of post-revolution Ethiopia. Following Mergia’s Shemonmuanaye/Classical Instrument reissue last year, the keyboardist and accordion player has been visiting stages across Europe and North America to much critical acclaim. “Tche Belew” was a groundbreaking recording and the LP became collectible for so many reasons but overall it is just an astounding merger of Ethiopian songs, elegant contemporary arrangements and “western” instrumentation. Completely sublime music from one of the seminal bands of a funk-laced era of Ethiojazz and soul. I saw an OG copy in Japan on the wall of a Disc Union….(ouch!?)

FRANCIS THE GREAT “Look Up In The Sky” (Hot Casa) LP $42
– Repressed! Rare funk and avant-garde soul from a seven-year-old kid singer featuring the best musicians of France and the Cameroonian diaspora, recorded in Paris in 1977. The album contains two nicely dramatic tracks: “Ravissante Baby (Negro Phasing)” is a long, hypnotic, funky soukous track with a tremendous lead guitar and a long spoken-word and soulful kid vocal about the beauty of nature; “Look Up in the Sky (Negro Nature)” is a stretched funk groove with psych synth by Michel Morose, bubbling bassline by the great Victor Edimo, the famous Toto Guillaume on guitar, and a brilliant poetic lyric by Francis the Great, who at that time studied in Ménilmontant, Paris. Originally produced by his father, a great impresario of African artists in Paris during the ’70s, and coordinated by his mother, this album is unique, fresh, and almost unclassifiable. It’s universal funk! Hot Casa Records is proud to reissue this holy grail after years of research. Includes interview; officially licensed with Francis Mbarga himself, in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

PIERRE ANTOINE “Kabuley Woman” (Hot Casa) LP $42
– Hot Casa Records reissues one of the best Afrobeat albums in history, containing two obscure and incredible tracks. Kalabuley Woman was composed by Pierre Antoine, an Ivorian artist supported by 15 band members, including the legendary Sammy Cropper on guitar, and Lola Everett on vocals. This fantastic album was recorded in Accra (Ghana) in 1977 and produced on the Ivory Coast by the famous label Papa Disco. Ahui Ngoran Marcel aka Pierre Antoine was born in 1951 in Aboisso, a city situated at 117 km from Abidjan, in the south-east part of the Ivory Coast, close to the Ghanaian border. His name Pierre Antoine is a direct tribute to the French artist “Antoine,” as he loved to wear his hair long and had a cool, stylish jacket. In 1977 he settled down in Ghana where he discovered the most influential and prolific Afro-soul scene, and started to work with Pat Thomas, his wife Lola Everett, and the famous guitar player Sammy Cropper. During this period, you can hear the musical evolution of the artist, when he got really close to the Afrobeat arrangement and the Pan-African scene. The musical arrangements on this album are amazing and unique and include a hypnotic piano and a fantastic horn section. A must-have and a simply classic Afro-soul album.

33.10.3402 “Bura” (Second Circle) 12″ $20
– The third installment on the second circle imprint comes from the illustrious Serbian artist 33.10.3402 aka Nenad Markovic. This talented and versatile musician has previously released records on famed underground labels esp institute , kunstkopf and internajonal. For Second Circle he comes up with four deeply layered and hypnotizing electronic tracks. Perfect off the beaten track sounds for adventureous dancefloors and late night excursions.

DRUGUSE “Hood Rich Life” (All City) LP $18
– Debut shot of trunk rattling rhythms and hip hop chops from Druguse. Refracting Chicago footwork thru a prism of sun-dazed LA vibes results a crafty mix of frantic but rolling grooves; a smart balance of heavy pressure and woozy lean. Ouyr picks of the bunch are the squashed, sparkin’ slow-fast ace ‘ITS’ and the turnt, brassy banger, ‘Twenty Two’.

MIX-O-RAP “For Thugz” (PPU) 12″ $22
– One-sided pressing! PPU come doubly correct with this obscure and unreal darkside hip hop instrumental by Mix-O-Rap. We hear ya: who dat? It’s an alias of South Carolina’s DJ Blak, who, it turns out, has been knocking out tapes and records since the early ’80s, working between electro, Washington Go-Go, and later, hip hop. His beguiling, super-rugged ‘DMR’ tape was reissued in 2014 by PPU and flagged-up in Fact Magazine’s Top 50 Releases of that year, but ‘For Thugz’ is entirely instrumental, coming off like one of Delroy Edwards’ ultra-fugged Slowed Down Funk jams or a John Carpenter track chopped by DJ Screw.

VINCENT FLOYD “I Dream You” (Rush Hour) 12″ $16
– Originally released on Dance Mania, “I Dream You” is an absolute Chicago House classic. It is one of the deepest and most soulful releases the label put out in their early days, and it totally captures Vincent Floyd’s signature sound. Tip!

DREAM 2 SCIENCE “ST” (Rush Hour) LP $20
– Official re-release of this ‘lost’ 6-track mini album by New Yorker Ben Cenac (of Newcleus fame). Recorded and released in 1990 and is an absolute gem of a record – very much in the vein of Larry Heard’s best recordings.  Electronic soul classic! Now available again for the first time in 22 years, remastered + full artwork. ‘A truly, dreamy, beautiful classic deep-house mini-album from the golden-post-Larry Heard era. New-yorker Ben Cenac, who was also member of electro pioneers Newcleus (and part of Sha-lor, who had a cool jazzy garage-house hit in the late 80’s), shows a great sensibility and delicacy here in following mr Heard’s path.

MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE “Raw Cuts remixes” (MCDE) 12″ $18
– Another huge one on MCDE! Marcellus Pittman, Mike Huckaby and Recloose get a go at some by now classic MCDE material…What better way to end a concept series than to invite some people to remix those tracks? People that inspired him to do this music in the first place: Marcellus Pittman of 3 Chairs fame, Mike Huckaby, one of Detroit`s house heroes and synth nerd per excellence, and lastly Recloose, whose unique approach to the Detroit sound has been a favorite of Danilo for years.

JOVONN “Goldtones” (Clone) 2LP $34
– Valuable retrospective of rare early 90s cuts from Jovonn’s Goldtone label. New York house goodness.

THE GETO BOYS “The Geto Boys” LP $42
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H-Town’s answer to Straight Outta Compton. Originally released back in 1990, The Geto Boys eponymous full length features remixes of tracks from their previous album, 1989’s Grip It! On That Other Level along with a couple new joints exclusive to this release. Remixing here was done under the guidance of Def Jam guru Rick Rubin(!) so obviously the beats bang tough throughout. Bushwick Bill, Scarface, and Willie D never sounded so rough. This came out during the peak of gangster rap controversy so original pressings suffered limited distribution, so grab this legit repress while it lasts. – See more at: http://turntablelab.com/products/geto-boys-the-geto-boys-vinyl-lp#sthash.GFEU0wyP.dpuf

H-Town’s answer to Straight Outta Compton. Originally released back in 1990, The Geto Boys eponymous full length features remixes of tracks from their previous album, 1989’s Grip It! On That Other Level along with a couple new joints exclusive to this release. Remixing here was done under the guidance of Def Jam guru Rick Rubin(!) so obviously the beats bang tough throughout. Bushwick Bill, Scarface, and Willie D never sounded so rough. This came out during the peak of gangster rap controversy so original pressings suffered limited distribution, so grab this legit repress while it lasts.

THE GETO BOYS “We Can’t Be Stopped” LP $40
– The pinnacle of the Geto Boys’ career! The trio of Willie D, Scarface and Bushwick Bill found platinum success with We Can’t Be Stopped. The original cover featured Willie D and Scarface escorting a bloodied Bushwick Bill on a hospital gurney. Bill, in either a suicidal or drunken rage, or perhaps both had pressured his 17 year old girlfriend to shoot him. It’s unclear with she shot him or if he shot himself, but the incident brought the Geto Boys further into the public sphere. Seeking to capitalize on the moment the Geto Boys and their management took Bill out of the hospital to shoot the cover. In later years Bill expressed regret over the cover, perhaps that explains the remade cover art for this reissue. Aside from controversial cover art there’s plenty on the album to take in. From their artistic peak with “My Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” to the anti-war “Fuck A War” the Geto Boys had a torrent of lyrics to spit. The title track is a rebuff against Geffen Records, who had refused to distribute their self-titled LP. “Chuckie” features Bushwick Bill taking on the persona of the horror movie doll. They even close the album out with a track expressing their frustration at not getting recognition from music awards shows. But perhaps the greatest and dirtiest cut on this album is the Bushwick Bill solo effort, “The Other Level.” Nothing like Bill rapping about his sexual fantasies over a loop of “Love Hangover!” This reissue includes two bonus mixes of “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” and the instrumental for “I Ain’t With Being Broke.”

BACK IN STOCK

THE BLACK HIPPIES “ST” (Academy) LP $32
FRANCIS BABEY “Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84″ (Born Bad) 2LP $39
ABY NGANA DIOP “Liital” (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $42
ATA KAK “Obaa Sima” (Awesome Tapes From Africa) LP $44
CHRISTIE AZUMAH “Din Ya Sugri” (Voodoo Funk) LP $36
KONKOMA “Remixed” (Soundway) 2LP $36
DILLA “Lost Tapes, Reels & More” (Mahogany) LP $22
AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” (universal) LP $40
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST  “Beats Rhymes and Life” 2LP $42
OUTKAST “Aquemini” 2LP $40
OUTKAST “Stankonia” 2LP $48
WU TANG CLAN “Enter the 36th Chamber” LP $44
GWEN MCRAE / MIAMI  “All THis Love That I’m Giving / Kill That Roach” (simply vinyl) 12″ $16
BOB MARLEY “Lee Scratch Perry Masters” LP $20
ICE T presents “WESTSIDE” 3LP $38
HARMONIC 313 “Lion” (Warp) 10″ $24

LOCAL MELBOURNE RE-UPs!!!

TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS “The Rules Of Attraction” CD $24
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” (flying buddha)  CD $18

ZILLANOVA feat CISCO TAVARES “Suicide” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE BOMBAY ROYALE “Sote Sote” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE PUTBACKS feat NAI PALM “Spanish Harlem” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE PUBLIC OPINION SIX “Cosmetic Love” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA “Mr Clean” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
CHANTEL MITVALSHY/THE PUTBACKS “Friend/Diamond Cutter” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE PUTBACKS ” Busted” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10
THE CACTUS CHANNEL “Emanuel Ciccolini” (HopeStreet) 7″ $10

KIRKIS / DEMIAN “Disisvavvy / Kin” (equinox) 7″ $15
SEX ON TOAST “Oh Loretta” (SOT) 7″ $15

ARCHER “Old Time Sing Song Man” LP (pound) $40
JAMES MACAULAY “Three Minute Blitz” (pound) LP $35
HUE BLANES “Sad Songs Make Me Happy” (pound) LP $35
THE SMALLEST BAND IN THE WORLD “S/T” (Pound) 10″ $35

COOKIN ON 3 BURNERS “BLind Bet” LP $30

NEW THANGS

KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Trash Or Treasure” (legere) LP + poster $25
– LOCAL- Aussie jazz-funkers – Kerbside Collection – return with the follow up to their warmly received debut album from 2013 “Mind the Curb” with “Trash or Treasure”. The music on “Trash or Treasure” explores wilder textures and tones interspersed with more ‘jazzier’ flavours alongside their gritty sidewalk rare groove.  Influenced by the rare funk and simple raw jazz and soul sounds of artists like Placebo (the 70’s Belgian Jazz fusion group), The Menehan Street Band, The Whitefield Brothers, Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2, “Trash or Treasure” even contains hints of library music with lush tones from added instrumentation like vibraphone, sitar and brass that blend into their dusty Sixties inspired West Coast jazz funk sound. Recorded and engineered by Hopestreet Recording’s Roberto Sola (Bob Knob), the album features an extended collection of players including members from The Cactus Channel, Bombay Royale and Brazil to complete the spectrum of colours on the record. This record goes DEEEEEEEP. Dig.

KERBSIDE COLLECTION “Quicksilver / Rabbit Hole” (Butter beats) 7″ $14
– LOCAL -This is a new seven inch to come off the record. The track Quicksilver DOES NOT appear on the LP release. THis is the funkiest off all the new tracks, its a straight up funk jam. The flip, Rabbit Hole is also funky and on the LP. This is just a straight instrumental groove. One for the dancers. Great to have them both on 7″. PLaying loud and proud!

HARVEY SUTHERLAND “Bermuda / New PAradise” (MCDE) 12″ $20
– LOCAL -MCDE Recordings invite man of the moment Harvey Sutherland to the label, and the Antipodean producer duly obliges with a double header of deep, discoid house delight. Danilo’s been on this cat since his very first release, so it makes perfect sense to see some of his trademark cosmic boogie biz on MCDE. A one-time session player and behind-the-scenes man, analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland emerged from Melbourne’s bubbling underground with a cassette tape in hand. 2013’s “Nexus EP” on This Thing Records – a trip through lo-fi boogie and Roland house music – was a cult hit amongst dancefloor aficionados, priming listeners for a lauded EP on Echovolt Records and the best-selling “Brothers” on Voyage Recordings. His music has been played and appreciated worldwide, with enthusiastic support from prominent tastemakers and weekend warriors alike. He’s on scintilating form here, taking us on an intergalactic trip with the smooth, sensual groove of “Bermuda”. Bringing his typical level of hardware genius to the record, he blasts boogie synths, bubbling basslines and crunchy percussion into a distant nebula of dancefloor joy. On the flip, “New Paradise” blends the fusion solos of Mandre (or Locussolus paying tribute to Mandre) over the top of a mega Detroit-esque beat complete with finger clicks, jazz funk strings and lively bass. Intoxicating and addictive, this is another killer release from Mr Sutherland.

SAUN & STARR “Look Closer” (daptone) LP + download $30
– The mighty debut of Saun & Starr – a female soul duo who have been best known for their backing work behind Sharon Jones – stepping out here into the spotlight with some great support from the Dap-Kings! Although funky, the duo also have more of a deep soul approach than Sharon Jones – a quality that’s very old school, and which burns with the fire of some lost 70s session on Stax Records – the kind of super-heavy sound that first made us fall in love with the Daptone label so many years back! The Dap-Kings are at their best in the setting – maybe looser, and more personal than on some of their recordings with Jones – and titles include “In The Night”, “Dear Mr Teddy”, “Look Closer”, “Hot Shot”, “Sunshine”, “If Only”, “Your Face Before My Eyes”, and “Big Wheel”.

MIKE LUNDY “Nothing Like Dat Funky Funky Music / Round & Round” (Aloha Got Soul) 7″ $16
– Musically one of the most intriguing examples of Hawaiian funk, Mike Lundy’s “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music” was recorded in 1980 in Honolulu. The track boasts the qualities of a timeless R&B anthem, but claims its identity in the funk-and-soul universe with clever vocal interplay, spacey outbursts, inventive rhythm, and a cosmic opening sequence. With his 2009 Hawaiian Breaks mixtape, Japan’s DJ Muro proved “Nothin Like” was the perfect track to hook people on Hawaiian funk. (It also sparked the creation of Aloha Got Soul.) But back in 1980, inspired by bands like Tower Of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire, Lundy was just trying to lay down a raw groove that people would dig. This is the second in a series of reissues featuring music from Lundy’s The Rhythm Of Life.

RETIREE “This Place” (rhythm Section) 12″ $20
– LOCAL – Drawing from the leftfield avant-pop of Arthur Russell and Talking Heads, progressive disco of Nile Rodgers and contemporary ambient electronica, Retiree channel these influences through their own pervasive aura of rum-drunk antipodean sunshine. The result is music that is in equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm. “Gundagai” should be the first port of call when you need to stamp some identity on a place. Its accessible, lucsious grooves cloaking a magically underbelly, spearheaded by Retiee’s idiosyncratic vocal style and tropical production style. “Heard You’re Doing Well” gets more nocturnal, darker, more sensual and darn right sexy as we plunge into late night loving territory. Firm sax riffs supporting a frail skeleton which tickles all the right spots. “This Place” concludes; for me the most resembling Arthur Russell’s crazed genius. This one mixes the melancholic with the sublime, cacophonous and grooving perfectly; cruising along at a mid-tempo pace with streams of 70s guitar and keyboard solos floating through the mix. Great stuff. The EP sees joint international release from Peckham label Rhythm Section International who released the instant classic debut of Al Dobson Jr, and were nominated for label of the year at Gilles Peterson’s 2015 worldwide awards.

STATUE “Built” (cutters Records) 12″ $20
– LOCAL – Statue is a new percussion-based dance project erected by two unique drummers, Tom Gould and Nicolaas Oogjes. Having become known for laying rhythmic foundations of seminal Melbourne dance bands Worlds End Press and NO ZU, the pair have now joined forces to unveil Statue, a strange new landmark in the dance music landscape. Combining raw material from synthesizers, and a combination of drum machine and live percussion, Statue is a monument to the human element of dance music culture. Drawing upon inspiration from the organic rhythm of acts like Floating Points, Pachanga Boys and Ricardo Villalobos they have forged a deep, minimal and unique signature sound that has taken shape in this debut release. Commissioned by Cutters Records, “Built” casts a peculiar shadow on the dance floor. Prepare to be moved by Statue!

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA “Multi Love” (jagjaguwar) LP + download $38 (PINK vinyl)
– Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.” Once again, Kiwi’s got soul!

JURASSIC 5 “Quality Control” (Get On Down) $44
– They walked a tightrope between underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour. With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group – two DJs and producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na, Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) – they brought the late 1970s “unison MC” style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure, exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop shows fans had seen in years.

BEASTIE BOYS “Pauls Boutique” 2LP $55
– Paul’s Boutique wasn’t the instant smash that its predecessor, Licensed to Ill, had been. Still, the impact of its dense, Dust Brothers-produced tracks and voluble raps is such that every buried sample, every reference is pored over even today on numerous websites. Fearlessly crate-digging, the music remains funky and adds layers of idiosyncrasy and non sequitur that few would have predicted. And the stories often tweak the Boys’ outlaw image. “Egg Man” is about attacking with just that ovoid, “Shadrach” cast them as Robin Hoods and the protagonist of”High Plains Drifter” shoplifts from Kmart. In the end, their most daring move was putting the Beatles to use on “The Sounds of Science.” Its that kind of vision that helped keep the Beasties on the cultural radar, even if it took years for Paul’s to go platinum. Our men had the last laugh. You can share in it.

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE “The 3rd World” (Viper) 2LP $39
– Immortal Technique, the most radical revolutionary rap lyricist to hit wax, combines with Green Lantern and a gang of like-minded MCs to produce THE 3RD WORLD, a furious mixtape which is perhaps Immortal Technique’s best work to date. The title track is a compelling summary of all the Harlem rapper has proclaimed in his past verses, as he reworks Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” into a scathing diagnosis of the state of the world in the 21st century. Tech also breaks down the power structures behind NYC gentrification on “Harlem Renaissance,” deconstructs accepted understandings of “pimp” on “Reverse Pimpology,” and examines corporate privatization on “Open Your Eyes.” Violent, angry, and unabashedly challenging, THE 3RD WORLD is everything hardcore hip-hop should be.

LARGE PRO “Re:Living” (Fat Beats) LP $39
– Having produced one third of Nas’ generation-defining Illmatic, Large Professor’s place on the pantheon of hip-hop heavyweights is already etched in stone. When you add in his groundbreaking debut as a member of Main Source — or the fact that he has collaborated with luminaries like Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Masta Ace, and Big Daddy Kane — it’s crystal clear that the man’s influence towers high above the history of the hip hop. Featuring Roc Marciano, Inspectah Deck, Cormega, G-Wiz, Fortune, and Lord Jamar, Re:Living shines a spotlight on New York’s best voices from the golden era to today. But above all, Large Professor lets his production do the talking — and with a legacy like his, beats speak louder than words.

DENMARK VASSEY “House Shoes presents: The Gift Vol 9″ (Street Corner) LP $39
– The Gift is a series DJ House Shoes started to spotlight under the radar producers. Pressed in a limited edition of 300 copies. For the past few years, young Denmark Vessey has been releasing a series of albums, both as a leader of carious groups and as a sideman in various others, which definitely mark him as one of the most exciting young players in music.  This album achieves a surprising degree of unity. There is little of the haphazard feeling that too often arrends blowing sessions by pick-up bands. It would be easier to mistake this for a group which works regularly. Part of that is simply because Vessey is a part of the new mainstream, the part that is seeking beyond the accepted common language to find ways of extending it. The rest is because of Vessey’s unusual talent.

SHASH’U “Thru Da Night/Pwr Fnk” (Fool’s Gold) 2LP $39
– Shash’U’s companion EPs Thru Da Night and PWRFNK get the deluxe wax treatment! Strictly the finest in modern Montreal electronic beats, immortalized on two 12″s along with a fold-out poster of the wraparound sleeve art by acclaimed illustrator Ron Wimberly. Limited pressing, don’t sleep… Afrofuturist B-Boy, remix alchemist, legit funk phenomenon… Montreal’s Shash’U is truly one of a kind. The moody Thru Da Night EP melds cinematic synth lines with next level drum programming that drives EDM straight through Erotic City. Yet it’s only a teaser of the bass craziness Shash’U has in store on PWRFNK, his electro opus.

ARMANAZ “Africa” (now Again) 16 page booklet 2LP $55
– Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a level that makes the album a head-nodding gem all the way through – poised perfectly between some of the more psyche styles of the African scene of the time, and some of the more thoughtful singer-songwriter material. The group have a quality that’s surprisingly deep – very soulful, and with a subtle power that comes through strongly – thanks to a mostly-English batch of lyrics (although a few tunes here are in their native Bemba.) No cuts are all-out funky, but all have this great slow-funk sort of charm – and titles include “I Am Very Far”, “Sunday Morning”, “Khala My Friend”, “Green Apple”, “Africa”, “Making The Scene”, “Easy Street”, “Big Enough” and “Kale”. 2LP package features a full bonus “reverb mix” of the album – even trippier! as well as the great booklet with many rare photos.

SARAH WEBSTER FABIO “JUJUS: Alchemy The Blues: Poems By Sarah Webster Fabio read by Sarh Webster Fabio” (folkways) LP $35
– WOW. One of favourite poets. And this album is a monster. “Sarah Webster Fabio was a poet, scholar, activist and a leading figure in the world of African-American Studies. Born in Nashville, TN she taught at Merritt College in Oakland, CA at the same time that Black Panthers Bobby Seale and Huey Newton were students there, and she helped to start the UC Berkeley African-American Studies department. In 1976 she released this album of poetry backed by one of the funkiest bands on the West Coast, which included a number of her children. This is an absolutely stunning record of spoken word and funk, back in print on LP so you don’t have to spend upwards of $2,000 on eBay. Lovingly reissued in a perfect replica of the original Folkways jacket and including a reproduction of the original information booklet.”

HASABE: various (mississippi) LP $30
– A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with mindblowing tracks – the sort of revolutionary funk numbers that have had the Ethiopian scene continuing to influence the world of funk over the past few decades – with styles that have been picked up by artists on Daptone, Truth & Soul, and other labels – but never done so well as on these originals. Many cuts have an exotic, other-worldly sort of vibe – but also borrow soul and jazz touches from American music as well – and the collection features ten tracks that include “Astawesalehu” and “Adrashash Tefabegn” by Lemma Demissew, “Yehagere Sheta” by Tlahoun Gessesse, “Mela Mela” by Sefu Yohannes, “Aynotche Terabu” by Mahmoud Ahmed, “Ayalqem Tedenqo” by Alemayehy Eshete, and “Tessaassategn Eko” by Bahta Gebre-Heywet.

STANDING TALL “Nuts” (pughouse studios) CD $20
– LOCAL – “Standing Tall” is a Funky, Latin, Soul-Jazz Band formed by Stan van Hooft and featuring some of Melbourne’s finest musicians. They play with a straight up feel and deliver the goods. Also doing a cover of Freddie Hubbard’s “red Clay”!!! Praise the gods!

ENNIO MORRICONE “Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore OST” (roundtable) LP $30
– First ever official LP reissue of this 1974 classic. Spiritual cousin to the psyche-liturgy of The Electric Prunes’ 1968 “Mass in F Minor” and William Sheller’s 1972 masterwork “Lux Aeterna”, “Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore” is a vital, beautiful, frightening and yet essentially forgotten chapter in the storied discography of lauded composer Ennio Morricone. Remastered 2015 from the original stereo album master. Includes two previously unreleased tracks. Morricone’s favourite Morricone!

GIANFRANCO PLENIZIO “La Gatta In Calore” (rountable) LP $30
– First ever official LP reissue of this rare 1972 classic Italian crime soundtrack. “The perfect giallo score, from the opening tones of Edda Dell ’Orso, through jazz-bossa into dissolving dissonance, disarray and pathological destruction.” – Alvin Lucia Remastered from the original master tapes, and includes four previously unreleased tracks.

WAREHOUSE FIND!!!!!

Northside WorldWIDE exclusive!

Never before offered to the public, produced only as promo items that got shelved is an amazing lost soundtrack by local Melbourne FUNK legends

THE BAMBOOS!

Named as the session musicians on this soundtrack of a successful computer game called THE BLOB. The Blob Number 2 wasn’t as big, but the musical formula was the same. Laying down the funk.
Instrumental groove based tunes. I will put some sound clips up on the website SOON. Hold tight. Otherwise come in and check it out!  The sounds are funk / disco/ bossa / dub + more!!

THE BLOB soundtrack  (bluetongue) LP $20

THE BLOB 2 soundtrack (bluetongue) LP $20

BACK IN STOCK

SEX ON TOAST “Oh Loretta” (tonay records) 7″ $15
THE TRAFFIC “Bangarang / Fire” (choi Records) 7″ $10 – future Aussie BBoy Classic!
SVEN LIBAEK “Soul Thing / Misty Canyon” (votary records) 7″ $10 – selling for $$$ on discogs now! WAREHOUSE FIND.
BERTO PISANO E JACQUES CHAUMONT “Kill OST” (roundtable) LP $30
MIKE LUNDY “”The Rhythm Of Life / Tropic Lightning” (Aloha got soul) 7″ $15
JAMIE XX “In Colour” LP $42
ROMARE “Projections” (ninja tune) 2LP $36
CUT COPY present OCEANS APART album Sampler various PART ONE (Red)12″ (Cutters) $20 – LOCAL CLUB HEAT!!
CUT COPY present OCEANS APART album Sampler various PART TWO (Pink)12″ (Cutters) $20 – MO LOCAL CLUB HEAT!!
TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS “The Rules Of Attraction” CD $24
HIATUS KAIYOTE “Choose Your Weapon” (flying buddha)  CD $18
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS “Dawn” LP $26
ADRIAN YOUNGE “Something About April” LP $39
ADRIAN YOUNGE “Something About April INSTRUMENTALS” LP $39
SHOGUN ASSASSIN OST 2LP $40
TIM MAIA “World Psychedlelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever” 2LP $44
NAS “Ilmatic” LP $35
BARRINGTON LEVY “Poor Man Style” LP $28
ALAMAYEHU ESHETE “Alamayehu Eshete” LP $30
SUICIDE “Suicide” L P$30

DAPTONE RECORDS RE-STOCKS

DAPTONE GOLD: Daptone Sampler! VARIOUS (2LP $40