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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

Arve Henriksen
Places Of Worship

Rune Grammofon’s versatile trumpet dude Arve Henriksen is getting all spiritual on your ass this week with the release of ‘Places of Worship’, a graceful convolution of spiritual music and his mysterious smoky Scandi-jazz, backed tastefully by cleverly us...view item »

Theo Parrish
Black Jazz Signature

Arguably one of the world’s most important underground dance music producer/DJs lends his hands to selecting and mixing a set of jazz and funk records licensed from and originally released on the Black Jazz label 1971-1976. Theo gives special attention to fellow Chicago musicians The Awakening (3 consecutive t...view item »

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol. 3 : To See More Light

Sax machine Colin Stetson has been turning ever more heads of late with his innovative and unique playing style, and finally this week we have the third in his ‘New History Warfare’ trilogy available for your consumption, hot on the heels of his excellent collaboration with modern sax legend ...view item »

Survival (Afro Rock)
Simmer Down

So when I did my GCSE in music we were given twenty minutes to compose an original piece of music to accompany a poem. I (shamefully) cheated and squashed the words from the provided poem into T-shirt Sun Tan by the Stereophonics. In the years since I’ve become less ashamed of diddling my way to that A* ...view item »

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Give The People What They Want

If you have been a fan of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' other fine albums --- and they are all worthwhile --- I think that getting this one qualifies as a 'no-brainer'. You know what to expect and the songs do not disappoint. Songs with deep hooks, punctuated by the vibrant horn section, and Sharon's emotional vocals stirring the pot. Sharon...view item »

Diana Dors
Swingin' Dors

Diana Dors, that Swindon born beauty of the 1950s. Famed for her Monroe style of beauty, Dors was a staple of the movie and television screen and the image behind the eyes of most men. Here we have her singing to some classic, big band jazz numbers. There are some real stormers on here and Dors proves to have a stellar singing v...view item »

DJ Maestro
Bethlehem Blends By DJ Maestro: Day & Night

Best known for his 'Blue Note Trip' compilation series, DJ Maestro returns here with some adventures in the back-catalogue of another legendary label, Bethlehem Records. Founded in the 1950s, Bethlehem was home to such legendary artists as Nina Simone, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus - and with the encyclopaedic noggin of Maestro showing you r...view item »

Big Boss Man
Last Man On Earth

Big Boss Man aren't a one-genre band: they make boogaloo music, formally, but will often delve into jazz, psychedelic, Latin rythms and whatever else they feel like. 'Last Man On Earth' is their fourth record, and their first in four years, too: it collects fifteen tracks varying in their particular dance aesthetic of choice, including the ...view item »

Sinkane
Mean Love

With roots in the rich musical history of North America as well as Africa, Sinkane provide a new perspective on what Soul Music is, and what it can be. Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultram...view item »

Stan Getz & Cal Tjader
Stan Getz & Cal Tjader Sextet

This newly reissued vinyl addition is a ‘MUST HAVE’ title for for both Getz and Tjader fans. In the vein of many a smooth West Coast jazz outing, this 1958 disc finds original cool stylist Getz paired with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on a very enjoyable selection of jazz standards and Tjader originals. The lineup includes pianist...view item »

Cannonball Adderley Quintet
In San Francisco

A classic and soulful hard-bop effort from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. In San Francisco is a great testiment to not only Adderley and co, but to the jazz scene in the late 50's and early 60's. With bebop over a decade old and the west-coast sound pervading the start of the 50's, cats like A...view item »

The Peak Twins
Pump Me Up

New York DJs Lloydski (Night People/Tiki Disco/Dither Down) and Ter Khan Lawrence (Nurvous) join forces as The Peak Twins with this debut 12" on Dither Down. Two fresh cuts of bouncy rave-inspired (have you seen that video?) NY house full of repetitive sample snippets and crisp beats, plus an Ultracity re...view item »

Tom Carter and Pat Murano
Four Infernal Rivers

This is a second collaboration between Charalambides man Tom Carter and No Neck Blues Band feller Pat Murano. The pair had already made an eponymous LP back in 2012 but have now colklaborated again, this time at Carter's place, passing musical ideas back and forth, forth and back. There are four lengthy improvisations using Car...view item »

Fatima Al Qadiri
Asiatisch

Here's an interesting one from Hyperdub. The latest from mercurial Kuwaiti artist Fatima Al Qadiri, now based between London and New York, takes us on an imaginary journey through China. "It's not the real China," she clarifies. "I've never been to China. I only know what the West is telling me about China." ...So this is a concept album...view item »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
Cold World

Six long years of touring went into this latest album from Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded at the Daptone Records House Of Soul, 'Cold World' fuses the pure gospel voice of Naomi Shelton with soul grooves from the likes of Fred Thomas (long-term bassist for James Brown).  ...view item »

Buddy Miles
Them Changes

Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles playe...view item »

Various
Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top

A nice family tree of rock 'n' roll is drawn up by 'Savage Rhythm: Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds to Blow Your Top'. This collection attempts to show off the through-line of music in America, from the 1930s, when swing was in full effect, through to the discovery of R&B vibe n the 40s and the eventual coalescing of that thing we call rock music...view item »

Mumpbeak
Mumpbeak

The office post-it goblin has been up to his usual business on this Mumpbeak CD. "Interesting proggy instrumentals, King Crimson-ish", he says. He's right, this is a CD of instrumental prog, complex and psychedelic stuff with a very obvious debt to the aforementioned Crimmo but also plays around with complex ...view item »

Various
True Soul : Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax Volume 2

True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, a collection of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. 60’s and 70’s Soul, Funk, Disco, Party-Rap and Boogie from Arkansas’s Legendary Independent Label – the second installment presented as a CD/DVD. 18 Rare and Unreleased 60s & 70...view item »

Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love
Jacana

The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. Jacana, the latest in Rune Grammofon’s occasional series of unusual duo combi...view item »

Alien Ensemble
Alien Ensemble

Attempting to contact other intelligent life forms with the Alien Ensemble. Their self-titled record is the bands own take on improvised music. Taking ideas and concepts from the history of jazz, their sound blends Gil Evans-ish arranging techniques, Sun Ra harmonic forays and contempo...view item »

Various
A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 2: 1942-1944

Big, four-disc box-set of Rhythm and Blues, captured in the very early years (1942-1944) of the genre. This release is the second in a series documenting the history of R&B, and can reasonably be described as comprehensive. Includes T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly, Savannah Churchill And Her All Star Seven...view item »

Various
Wheedle’s Groove - Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987

It should be common knowledge that you can never have too much 70s and 80s funk & soul in your music collection. We realize only too well, and so do the kind folks at Wheedle’s Groove - they’re here to help you get down and get with it. Maybe send them a thank you note for this voluptuous collection of Seattl...view item »

How To Dress Well
What Is This Heart?

Tom "How To Dress Well" Krell is back this week with a new album of his understated neo-soul crooning. 'What Is This Heart' is a softly grooving collection where his silky voice often rings out over the most fragile and wispy of backings, only occasionally bursting into life in moments of triumphant alien synth-funk, as he does in the final mo...view item »

Funkadelic
The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

Originally released in 1981, 'The Electric Spanking Of War Babies' was one Funkadelic's most uncompromising and controversial records. The title is a reference to the Vietnam War, U.S imperialism and the Baby Boomer generation. The reissue replicates the intended artwork which was originally censored by Warner Brothers. ...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
N.O.W Is The Time

Here’s Leeds own George Evelyn with a long overdue best-of compilation from the 20 plus years strong Nightmares On Wax history. This is sure to bring back memories of those post club chilled vibes from the nineties and beyond featuring tracks from his early classic albums like ‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul&r...view item »

Tommy Guerrero
No Mans Land

Described as a musician, designer, artist and skateboarder from San Francisco, I immediately find Tommy Guerrero annoying. He’s just bound to be one of those too-cool-for-school kids isn’t he? Probably some kind of trendy hairstyle and undoubtedly with that most annoying of traits; an upbeat enthusiasm for everything...view item »

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Enfant Terrible

There's a post-it on this record that simply has my name on it, since I'm the office's known Rune Grammofon expert. This is of course album number three from those crunchy minimal jazz-proggers Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Those of you who are familiar with the previous two will know that this lot's stock in trade is twisty-turny instrumentals full ...view item »

Various
Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution - Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75

This beautiful Soul Jazz book documents a time of furious change within African-American culture, in which radical politics, spirituality and new-found artistic freedom converged to create some of the most astonishing music ever performed. Among its hundreds of photographs from the late 1960s and early 1970s are iconic images of Ornette ...view item »

Bruno Spoerri
Teddy Bar / Lilith

“German yet fun”, screams a slightly racist quote from 808 State’s Graham Massey in the press release to Swiss composer Bruno Spoerri’s previous reissue on the mighty Finders Keepers. Well, everyone liked t...view item »

Jamie Lidell
Jamie Lidell

So it’s 1982 again and Prince is ruling the pop charts? Well that’s according to Jamie Lidell’s latest album anyway, this is so retro it actually hurts and I’m not normally one for dancing but in the right frame of mind I might actually get up ...view item »

Fatima
Yellow Memories

Some extra sexy heat for your frozen bones from Fatima. Yellow Memories is the debut from one of the deepest soul stirrers around. These grooves are so damn loose they barely stay together, yet they're tighter than than George Osborne's autumn statement. The list of producers will make...view item »

Led Bib
The Good Egg

I have not one but three live albums on my review stack this week, and the first one I'm going to tackle is this lively bit of Scandi-style jazz fusion from Led Bib, recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. It's a bubbly and energetic brew ably led by percussionist Mark Holub, whose highly kinetic style contains more than a trace of clas...view item »

Kelis
Food

Food is the 6th album by Harlem born songstress Kelis.It has been described as being her most lyrically honest album to date. As well as being a singer, Kelis is a qualified Le Cordon Bleu sauce chef, so unsurprisingly her love of food influenced the album. Food was produced by...view item »

Supreme Cuts
Divine Ecstasy

Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts drop their debut LP 'Divine Ecstasy' on Memphis Industries this week. This pair are new to me but within a few tracks I'm enjoying their easygoing, genre-jumping house-pop style. Old school Chicago house shines through as the main influence on the first couple of tracks, the tracks are led by crisp programmed ...view item »

Various
The Blues Roots Of The Rolling Stones

At last, a compilation that explicitly draws the links between the Black American musicians who created and circulated the Blues, and the band who made such a critical and commercial success of… borrowing their style! Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson all appear on this re...view item »

Various
Thai? Dai!

I'm so into all of this archive far Eastern stuff at the moment you've no idea. I can't help myself when it comes in and I'm particularly enjoying the slew of Thai comps that have come out lately. Finders Keepers continue their quest to plunder the world's psych-funk vaults to bring you a new selection of Thai tracks comprising of the heavier si...view item »

Larry Young
Unity

A freshly remastered vinyl version of legendary jazz organist Larry Young’s 1966 sophomore date for Blue Note, released to mark the label’s 75th anniversary. This session featured Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax) and Elvin Jones (drums), who ably facil...view item »

The Brothers & Sisters
Dylan's Gospel

I'm enjoying an uplifting start to the day courtesy of this superb reissue on Light in the Attic. The concept is pretty self-explanatory - a team of LA's finest session singers brought together by producer and visionary Lou Adler and given rousing gospel arrangements by Motown legend Gene Page. The album has languished in collector obscurity for...view item »

Made To Break
Cherchez la femme

Here's a pretty crazy LP from sax wizard Ken Vandermark's latest project, an electro acoustic whirlwind of bouncy and melodic free jazz and minimal electronic experimentation. There's one track on each side. 'Sans Serif' on side A is dedicated to Betty Page and Sleater Kinney and in honour of their favourite ...view item »

Aloe Blacc
Lift Your Spirit

My knowledge of singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc is pretty limited. He made his way on to Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw Records and released a couple of LPs to great acclaim (of which I’ve watched pass through Norman Towers unappreciated), being dubbed the 'indie R.Kelly' along the way....view item »

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Enter The Slasher House

Avey Tare (AKA David Portner) escapes out of the clutches of his Animal Collective mates only to sound………….pretty much exactly like Animal Collective.   This is a relentlessly upbeat affair of warped electronic pop with the wa...view item »

Polar Bear
In Each And Every One

The Mercury Music Prize nominated jazz combo Polar Bear are back with their fifth album ‘In Each And Every One’, it’s business as usual with their amazing mix of free jazz, hip-hop beats and avant garde noise scronk. This album though takes this sound further into more progressive territories with ...view item »

Fire!
(Without Noticing)

Honk if you're excited! It’s the return of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin, collectively known as FIRE!, for the first album in a while that they’ve done as a trio instead of with a big ol’ jazz orchestra or in collaboration with some improv g...view item »

John Zorn
Fragmentations, Prayers And Interjections

To some it's probably the most terrifying idea anyone could possibly have, but to others, John Zorn making music for an ensemble is a welcome and delightfully disastrous notion. The grindcore jazz maestro made Fragments, Prayers and Interjections to be played by large orchestras with plenty of resources to han...view item »

Funkadelic
One Nation Under A Groove

Originally issued in 1978 'One Nation Under a Groove' is a reissue of one of the defining albums of the funk movement. Put together by mothership mastermind George Clinton, Funkadelic absorbed all the best elements of seventies psychedelia, rock and funk spawning a P-Funk empire of cartoon-inspired imagery, futuristic space travel and sonic adve...view item »

Bill Horist / Jakob Riis
The Cessation Elegy

Here's a peculiar CD on which guitarist Bill Horist of America teams up with sound artist Jakob Riis of Denmark on laptop and real time processing on a two-act suite of instrumentals which they confidently declare "a new wordless opera". Rather good it is too, I'm quite surprised they've only made 100 of these. Opening with the Americana...view item »

Zea / Oscar Jan Hoogland
Exploding Head Syndrome / Solo Electric Clavichord

Got a split 7" of Dutch weirdness here. Confusingly the two sides play at different speeds. I've never understood why people do that. I mean, presumably the 45rpm side will sound marginally better, but they really don't think about people like me with Pro-Ject turntables who have to lift the platter off every time they want to change speed. ...view item »

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus

You’ll be pleased to hear that The Shape Of Doomjazz To Come + Saxophone Giganticus by Free Nelson Mandoomjazz sounds pretty much as you’d expect ‘doomjazz’ to. Relatively traditional jazz passages (but with heavy bass) lurch into grinding metal with wild saxophone over the top. I also applaud th...view item »

Talmud Beach
Talmud Beach

Talmud Beach a bearded three-piece from Helsinki, Finland but their sound recalls the relaxed blues of JJ Cale and Canned Heat with elements of Krautrock and Suicide. Talmud Beach are so laid back they are horizontal and the music matches their demeanor. ...view item »

Lo-Fang
Blue Film

I tried to review this record yesterday. I really wanted to like it, 4AD have put out a lot of things I really like, both in the past and more recently, but they seem to have dropped the ball a little here. Lo-Fang is the alias of Matthew Hemerlein and this album is full of sweeping, brooding, cinematic pop with falsetto vocals and violins and s...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 4

Jumping into my time machine for another one from that ace Third Man reissue series of the people who influenced the people who influenced your favourite musicians. This is the fourth volume from the Mississippi Sheiks with recordings spanning 1932-34. This crew had a fluctuating line-up mostly consisting of members of the Chatmon family - cousi...view item »

Ann Peebles
I Can't Stand The Rain

I Can’t Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles is a wonderfully sparse yet funky soul record. This fantastic selection is strengthened by the way producer Willie Mitchell chose to use the horns and strings and the cool perfection of the Hi rhythm section. Peebles sings tales from the darker side of love on this southern so...view item »

Bushman's Revenge
Thou Shalt Boogie!

The Norwegian jazz/prog scene is a highly divisive topic at Norman Towers. On one side of the office there's me, Kim, Mike and Ian who will happily listen to Motorpsycho and El Doom all day long, and in the other camp there's Clint, Phil, Brian and Li'l Biz, all of whom would r...view item »

Sknail
Glitch Jazz

Never has an album title described the music therein so much, ‘Glitch Jazz’ by Swiss producer Sknail does exactly what it says on the tin and I mean EXACTLY!, when this promo landed on the Norman Records doorstep I just had to check it out, being a fan of both jazz in its many forms and guises and electronic music especially the glit...view item »

Incredible Bongo Band
The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band

The Return Of The Incredible Bongo Band by The Incredible Bongo Band is the follow-up their 1973 classic, Bongo Rock. Bongo Rock was plundered by rappers and producers for samples helping to build the foundation of hip-hop and many other facets of popular music. The Return Of The Incredible Bongo B...view item »

Frank Fairfield
Duncan & Brady

Resplendent with phenomenal moustache, Frank Fairfield is an old fashioned 25 year old passionate about music from a long long time ago. He plays all sorts of instruments and in a unique and authentic manner. Props as always to Third Man for bringing this type of stuff to a wider audience. On Side A ‘Duncan and Brady’ is a tr...view item »

Leo Welch
Sabougla Voices

For fans of Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, Johnny Farmer and Hezekiah Early, Welch is from that same rough, raw, unsophisticated mould. His rough spoken-sung vocals are backed up with his equally rough guitar style--which at times sounds like it could cut through virtually anything in it's path. His backing band too is rudimentary but perfect f...view item »

David Grubbs
Borough of Broken Umbrellas

Grubbsy. The Grubbsmeister. Grubbsmania. Tony Grubba’s. However you want to greet him, it's clear that David Grubbs has followed an interesting and idiosyncratic path since the sad demise of Gastr Del Sol. This is his first release of solo guitar improvisations....view item »

Robbie Hill's Family Affair
Gotta Get Back: The Unreleased L.A. Sessions

Originally recorded in Los Angeles in January 1975, these five tracks were all but lost in the ether. Light In The Attic continues the fine tradition for essential reissues with the Seattle soul of Robbie Hill’s Family Affair. It’s sweet, funky and beautifully mixed to show the band at their best. Out on vinyl LP lim...view item »

Nath & Martin Brothers
Money

Nath & Martin Brothers LP Money is one of the more sought after Nigerian records and therefore ripe for a wallet friendly reissue, thankfully Voodoo Funk have done though honours. The brothers were a backing band and also recorded under other names, notably Saxon Lee and the Shadows Intenati...view item »

The Bang Girl Group Revue
Soul Shangri-La

Inspired by the old days of heart-wrenching and life-affirming soul music -- back when it was the much idolized '60s -- The Bang Girl Group Revue take retro and reroute it for the current day. The trio try and keep their sound on Soul Shangri-La as true to their vision as possible, doing soul re...view item »

The Ex & Brass Unbound
Enormous Door

I used to like the Ex..(circa 1983/84),then for no real reason..left them behind,they released sooo many records i could'nt keep up..then somehow i heard they had a new singer,thought hmmm,i give him a listen..probably won't like it..HOOLLYY SHIT,'catch my shoe' the previous lp...A-MA-ZING. Instantly my fave...view item »

Al Green
I'm Still In Love With You

Still in Love with You is a complete album. The type of album that you can play straight through, in order, time after time. Each song flows into the next creating the sense of a man giving a melodic testimony concerning his innermost feelings about love, life, longing, pain, sadness melancholy and redemption. Not a wasted note, sound or breath ...view item »

Land Of Kush
The Big Mango

Osama Shalabi's project Land of Kush is where esoteric sounds congregate: his mix of free whatever-you-want (as long as its improvised) is met with vocal howls and hums, strangely programmed electronic work in one big sonic ambiguation. The Big Mango uses this lens of odd sounds to consider gend...view item »

Jackson & His Computer Band
Glow

By the look of the cover of this I think Jackson’s Computer Band is now his Computerband, but no matter, Jackson is back, eight years after his debut, with another album of frankly baffling post-pop weirdness on Warp. We’ve had it on a couple of times in the office alread...view item »

Chalaque
Helderberg Howl / FTW

Golden Lab Records have this week sent this sloppy mess of a 7” from Chalaque, a self-proclaimed “double B-side” single featuring the songs ‘Helderberg Howl’ and ‘FTW’. I’m starting with the B-side ‘FTW’, which is two minutes of harsh vaguely rhythmic po...view item »

The Krzysztof Komeda Trio
Knife In The Water

Here’s something a bit special. This 7” of classic Polish jazz contains Krzysztof Komeda’s four themes from Roman Polanski’s debut feature film ‘The Knife In The Water’ - the two would later work together on ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac&r...view item »

Mississippi Sheiks
Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol: 2

Jack White evidently has a thing for completism: here his Third Man imprint have set out on a mission to reissue the Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of blues group Mississippi Sheiks. Operating in the racist South in the 1930s, the Sheiks have full blues credentials, so try this series to...view item »

Diamond Terrifier
The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow

Diamond Terrifier aka Sam Hillmer here with his latest effort on Terrible Records. DJ, artist, curator, Sam it seems is a man of many talents and here we see him living in a world where the saxophone isn’t just an instrument but a completely new way of thinking and creating music that exists bey...view item »

Shifty Chicken Shed
Town

Band Tops its hat to Region The Shropshire Border area has been immortalised in the debut album of a local band. Shifty Chicken Shed will launch their album, TOWN on Satuday, as a homage to Oswestry. A collection of rhythm and blues rooted tales, the album was inspired by sunny afternoons in pubs around the area. To be released on the bands own ...view item »

The Child Of Lov
The Child Of Lov

He was the mysterious person of Prince-influenced pop-funk. Black/white/male/female? No-one knew. Now all of a sudden his disjointed mug appears in everything from the Harrogate Advertiser to Dogs Monthly, including popping on the front of this, his debut album. He has also collaborated with ...view item »

The Sandman's Orchestra
Nocturne

Pierre Laplace was the singer in a cool French band called Vera Clouzot. Between 1994 and 2004 they played alongside the likes of Smog and Jeff Buckley, before disbanding. Laplace then holed himself up in a home studio and taught himself to play loads of different instruments until, in May 2010,...view item »

Motorpsycho
Still Life With Eggplant

Norway’s prolific psych-rock-jazz-pop-country-prog titans Motorpsycho have been on the form of their career lately, with new(ish) drummer Kenneth Kapstad well and truly settled into the unit as they blazed through their last two epic concept albums, stretching the limits of their galloping psych grooves ...view item »

The Como Mamas
Get An Understanding

In a nutshell, this album is full of soul and the timeless sound of the blues -- only sanctified. The style of a cappella singing by it's nature leaves both the lyrics, the rhythms, and the singers bathed in a clear light that leaves no room to hide behind outside instrumentation. And because these women have been singing together for so long, t...view item »

Shiggajon
Dansen

Fans of free folk will no doubt rejoice at the release of Damsen by Shiggajon, a Danish two piece made up of Nikolai Brix Vartenberg and Mikkel Reher-Langberg as well as a liquid cast of backing players. The clash of sounds as they bring together noise, drone and free jazz grows discordant and beautiful. Limited...view item »

Ben Bennett
Spoilage

Ah, the joys of working in audio retail mean that today I get to start my review session with this platter of confrontational and mostly percussive free-clattering on Experimedia from Ben Bennett, a jazz-trained drummer with a visceral playing style whic...view item »

Cam Deas/Chie Mukai/Lena Circus
Cam Deas/Chie Mukai/Lena Circus

Here are two extended improv jams from the one-off five-piece of post-takoma guitarist Cam Deas, Botuh dancer and improviser Chie Mukai and the Parisian three-piece improv unit Lena Circus, who between them scrape and twang their way through about 45 minut...view item »

Cross
Die Forever

Cross is the brainchild of Warmer Milks’ Ma Turner and visual artist R Clint Colburn, and this album here that they’ve done is full of quite ‘80s-sounding post...view item »

The Soft Pack (The Muslims)
Strapped

The Soft Pack were called The Muslims before they had to change their name for one reason or another. Whatever moniker they have traded under, they have always been a force to be reckoned with and the opening track here ‘Saratoga&rsqu...view item »

Dam Funk
I Don’t Wanna Be A Star!

The ever impressive future_funk flag bearer Dam_Funk returns with a taster of what’s to come from his sophomore effort (the follow up to awesome ‘Toeachizown’) on Stones Throw...view item »

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