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ERR REC Library Vol​.​1 Espaces Urbains

Here’s err, newish label ERR, based in, err, Paris. And the ERR Rec Library Vol.1 compilation is all about those espaces urbaines, so nine contemporary - and pseudonymous - Parisian artists are on board with gear both old ...view item »

The Cinematic Orchestra
Late Night Tales

The Cinematic Orchestra opens their lens and gives us a glimpse into the world of other's music (and some of their own) through their eyes. If you've learned to trust the Cinematic Orchestra and their vivid exploration into the wide world of jazz, downtempo, and trip-hop with their dripping-wet, velvety, lush orchestrations, distinct vocals, and...view item »

Various
Uneven Paths (Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 - 1991)

Even by the standards of Music From Memory, this is an oddball. Label founder Jamie Tiller gets together with Parisian crate-digger Raphael Top-Secret to comb the annals of 80s/early 90s European music and find the weirdest stuff they can that still has a hint of a pop sensibility about it. Unsu...view item »

Various
Incantations For Tape

Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when pitch wobble, reversed recordings, noise and abstract bleeps and bloops were truly surprising and groundbreaking things to hear in musical recordings. Sound Miracle offers a polite introduction to a few of the boffins and weirdos who were hard at work developing these (and many other) techniques wh...view item »

Patrick R. Pärk
Library Sounds

Not sure if you can make an album inspired by library music and then just call it Library Sounds, but hey, what does it matter when those sounds are so pleasant? Patrick R. Park ...view item »

Various
Music Minds

Triple CD fundraiser compilation for World Mental Health Day. Seems that Music Minds will net you tracks from artists like Chris Difford from Squeeze...view item »

Cocteau Twins
Stars and Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990)

Liz Fraser’s ethereal vocals, often lyrical gobbledegook, coupled with the sparse backing from Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (who replaced Will Heggie in 1983) made The Cocteau Twins one of the ‘80s most unique and special artists. The label had a knack back then for signing such acts. Along with Pixies...view item »

Raymond Scott
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vols 1-3

Here's something to annoy your infant with. If you let your kid listen to this he's likely to think he's on another planet. Not that he knows what this planet is all about. All us grown ups who could use a bit of infant wonder back in our heads will very much dig this music - it's great stuff. In fact, I prefer this to the some Eno discs I have ...view item »

Yan Tregger
Ducks & Drakes

1979 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, Ducks & Drakes has of course been rare as hen’s teeth on vinyl for countless years, so this readily available BBE reissue is a delightful development. Entirely created by Tregger himself, this is an incr...view item »

Yan Tregger
Catchy

1978 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, this album, the first of two originally recorded for Musical Touch Sound, is monstrously rare on vinyl, so its so good to be able to hear this material properly. Weird and wonderful disco music, heavy with spacey vibes and funk grooves. Re...view item »

Various
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs present Paris In The Spring

I love Paris in the Spring. Don’t we all. But guess who really love Paris in the Spring? St. Etienne duo Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Paris uprising, they’ve curated this bumper collection of chansons, ye-ye and French pop ditties, all of which emerged in the y...view item »

Various
The Quietened Mechanisms

The Quietened Mechanisms of the title are industrial spaces and machines that now lie abandoned: potent imagery to inspire the various artists on this compilation. Howlround, Embertides and Field Lines Cartographer are among those featured, offering up a variety of more or less abstract...view item »

Various
Goosebumps – 25 Years Of Marina Records

Who knew it was 25 years since Marina Records started releasing indie pop. Well it is. And to celebrate they've unleashed this 3LP or 2CD set of all their most important bits so you can celebrate in style. Contains tracks from the past present and future such as Shack, the Pale Fountains, the Pearlfisher...view item »

Various
Britxotica Goes Wild! Percussive Pop and Crazy Latin

Trunk brings us the latest instalment -- volume 5! Five! -- of the ongoing Britxotica series of compilation LPs. Legendary tastemakers Johnny Trunk and Martin Green cull and round up 16 more obscurities from pre-Beatles Exotica Britain with the emphasis on lively and fun, always...view item »

Various
Pomegranates

Finders Keepers chuck us another trawl through the archives this week and this one is fruit flavoured. Pomegranates is a comp of Persian pop, funk, folk and psych from the 60's and 70's. The 60's and 70's weren't just a cultural revolution in the west you know. They even had one in the middle east.... Crazy I know! Arabs eh? you gotta love 'em. And...view item »

Papernut Cambridge
Mellotron Phase: Volume 2

An exciting foray into the endless possibilities of music made on a Mellotron or “contemporary tape/disc-based playback instruments.” Who am I even kidding? Papernut Cambridge has made an album that sounds like high-resolution covers of early RPG soundtracks. And that's not a bad thing, if it's your thing. ...view item »

Matt Berry
Witchazel

Is there anything that this bearded genius can't do? Not content with filling me with mirth (and other things) as a comedian, Matt Berry turns his pudgy hand to music again. Having composed music for TV and film, he isn't a chancer in that department. He's not like some Hollywood twat who thinks "I wanna try putting an album of covers out... yea...view item »

Various
Antipodean Anomalies

Antipodean Anomalies is a nine track compilation of tracks from some of the best Australian and New Zealand atmospheric sound artists from the 1970's and 1980's including Free Radicals, Toy Division and Rainbow Generator. This is available on your ever-reliable standard issue black viny...view item »

Various
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990

Now if you’re a regular visitor to our site you’ll know that our reviewing style is very much of the quick first impression variety rather than a detailed analysis on account of about 200 records coming out every week and our humble little army of men, ladies and droids desperately trying to figure out what’s worth talking abou...view item »

Various
Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde

Not many people are in the position to release records by their dad but head Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde had a most unusual childhood. From seeing Scott Walker in his back garden to watching dad on 'Hancock's Half Hour' the boy didn't realise at the time the range and influence of his dad. But now he does and here is a lov...view item »

Various
Speedy Wunderground – Year 3

I hope you don't think I'm ageist when I say I was astonished that Dan Carey is 47. I had him down as a young whippersnapper. It only makes me respect him more for his worth ethic producing all the spontaneous recordings for the likes of Melt Yourself Down, Warmduscher, Flamingods etc etc a...view item »

Various
The Shildam Hall Tapes

The Shildam Hall Tapes come with a backstory that I haven’t the time to investigate the veracity of, but suffice to say that what is presented here is a set of fragments from multiple artists(?) such as Sproatly Smith...view item »

Raskovich
Science & Technology

Finders Keepers / Demdike Stare folks Dead-Cert label have rescued this dazzling 1972 LP from obscurity. Originally issued in 1972 as ‘Scienza E Tecnologia - N.1’ and now remastered with new artwork. R...view item »

Margaret Cho & Neil Hamburger
I Drink / How Little Men Care

I don’t get this guy. I like his name but I don’t think he’s funny at all. On this 7” he’s paired up with Margaret Cho to sing songs about booze and how shite men are. They share the vocals and sing all kooky in a traditional folky, countryish kind of way. You&rs...view item »

Various
MMM050

So here's your free gift if you've chosen to take up our fine Make Mine Music promotion - MM050, the 50th release on the label. Featuring the likes of Millimetrik, Piano Magic, Yellow6 and Epic 45, this compilation celebrates a label with a progressive, artist-centric mindset that's showing everyone the way it could be done. Technically the label i...view item »

M. Fusciati (G. Iacoucci / M. Vinciguerra)
Urbanistica

Library music is rare almost by definition (since it was never supposed to be commercially released), but Urbanistica is ever rarer than most. G. Iacoucci and M. Vinciguerra were evidently given a brief to groove up the ...view item »

H. Caiage, Amedeo Tommasi
Carnet Turistico

A rare and gorgeous obscurity from the seemingly never-ending depths of the Italian library music archives. Carnet Turistico is a real funky one, featuring Amedeo Tommasi and H. Caiage getting wild with sweet drum breaks...view item »

I Marc 4
Candy / Roman Blow Up

I Marc 4 were the backing musicians who played for many composers in the 1970s including spaghetti western king Ennio Morricone. The supper groove of the era is captured perfectly here on 7” vinyl. Limited edition, sure to fill a dance floor. Featuring Antonello Vannucchi, Roberto Podio, Maurizio Maiorana, and Carlo Pes....view item »

Various
C86

As the world is now full of middle aged men trying to squeeze into ageing, creaking, undersized indie band t-shirts (thanks AJ for that observation), this is the absolute perfect three hour friday evening kick- back for former indie kids now middle managers. The original tape came out with the NME in 1986 and instead of rounding up the best bits...view item »

Hampshire & Foat
Nightshade

Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat get together for this limited-run LP on Athens Of The North. Nightshade...view item »

Various
Swinging Mademoiselles

This collection, out on limited-edition neon pink vinyl via Silva Screen, features rare tracks from the heyday of France's Yé Yé phenomenon, in which sultry young French women, armed with a dreamy innocence, sang sparkling, swinging Gallic pop. Featuring Petula Clark, Jacqueline Taieb and Katy David, expect vibrant vocals and allur...view item »

Various
Fractures

Fractures is a collection of new material from artists like The Rowan Amber Mill and The British Space Group, who have immersed themselves in the hauntological-pastoral vibes of 1973. Published as 2 different hand-made editions, a Ni...view item »

Piero Umiliani
Studio Umiliani

Piero Umiliani, the Italian library music and soundtrack wizard with seemingly thousands of records to his name (and to the names of a few pseudonyms for that matter). This release deals with still more obscure material than usual, being a compilation of musics either extremely rare or simply never released in the first place. ...view item »

Rocchi-Godi-Chiarosi
Pop-Paraphrenia.....

Rocchi-Godi-Chiarosi are an Italian Library music group whose work is seeing reissue, thanks to the well-informed people of Sonore Music Editions. Pop Paraphrenia… is a wonderful slab of jazz-funk numbers, all with a nice loungey vibe. As well suited to early 1970’s Italian TV shows as to solo listening on ...view item »

Four Tet (Fourtet)
Late Night Tales

Long running mix series Late Night Tales featured none other than Four Tet way back in 2004, and of course he has gone from strength to strength since then… Hence this brand new pressing to (double) vinyl. Mr. Hebden’s eclectic mixture brings in all sorts of sunny experimentalism, making for a damn fine lis...view item »

Various
Late Night Tales presents AFTER DARK Nocturne

Available on double vinyl LP or on CD on Late Night Tales. The LP comes as fully unmixed separate tracks with download code to Bill Brewster’s mix and tracks, and the CD IS the mix with download code to digital versions of individual tracks. Bass pounding, late night session, disco cuts from the likes of Lindtr&osl...view item »

Various
Spider-Jazz – KPM Cues Used In The Amazing Animated Series - That We Are Not Allowed To Mention For Legal Reasons

I would have to believe that the title says it all, for this one. A 1967 cartoon about a web-slinger (maybe) who has become an internet sensation (maybe) is given the physical soundtrack it deserves, it's dramatic detective jazz given this beguiling release. A must-have for fans of music and mishaps in television history....view item »

Alessandro Alessandroni
Lost & Found

Alessandro Alessandroni’s music never disappoints, so thank god for the various crate-diggers out there who are retrieving shiny gems from among his countless array of soundtrack, library music and session work. Lost And Found features fifteen cuts from the mid-seventies, and boy is there plenty of sweet sweet fun...view item »

Teisco
Tuscan Castle And Country Seat

Italian library music is full of strange treasures, but here’s one that particularly stands out. Tuscan Castle and Country Seat, put together in 1978 for a TV documentary by the young composer Teisco, is full of psychedelic electronics and krauty guitars and rhythms, assembled in ways that seem far too attention-g...view item »

Piero Piccioni
Al Cinema Con Piero Piccioni

Though he may be better known in recent years for being sampled by DJ Khaled and Soulja Boy as well as having one of his pieces used to soundtrack a scene in The Big Lebowski, Italian composer Piero Piccioni had a long and distinguished career as a film composer. Al Cinema Con Piero...view item »

Piero Umiliani
Al Cinema Con Piero Umiliani

A man currently best-known for a song of his that was made famous by The Muppets - ‘Mah Na Mah Na’, you’ll know it when you hear it - Italian composer Piero Umiliani also had a long and distinguished career in film scoring. Al Cinema Con Piero Umiliani, an LP that originally had a limi...view item »

Sexedelic
Sexedelic

Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab were 2 German composers enlisted to provide soundtracks for 3 Spanish b-movies / sex films in the 1970’s. They took on the task with aplomb: this Sexedelic music is brassy, psychedelic, groovy, and fun: it really could get one in the mood. Original pressing...view item »

Alex Puddu
The Golden Age Of Danish Pornography

Naughty Girls at the Wild Party, The Dirty Games of Doctor Love, Black Triangle... the titles alone should give you a clue as to what to expect here. Wakka Wakka funk, Boom chica wow wow grooves, cocktail grooves a-gogo. Hang on...come back. Some of this may sound a bit been there, heard that, I mean via rare library funk LP's, not the films obv...view item »

Raymond Scott / Various
The Portofino Variations

Raymond Scott’s piece Portofino, a tuneful slice of early electronic experimentation, was first composed in 1962. This release features a few of Scott’s original versions, along with a brace of twenty artists old and new, each making their own interpretations of the lovely piece in endlessly...view item »

Pierre Raph / Jane Weaver
Le Rose De Fer / Intiaani Kesa

I like a bit of Jane Weaver although this whole soundtrack-on-vinyl thing that's going on at the moment...well, it doesn’t do a lot for me so I’m just waiting it out until the bubble bursts and we can all start getting on with our lives again. So I’m coming at this from the perspective ...view item »

Jesse Bernstein
I Am Secretly An Important Man: A Film By Peter Sillen

Jesse Bernstein, the grunge-affiliated writer and poet, is getting the full documentary profile treatment with Peter Sille’s I Am Secretly An Important Man. This package contains the film on DVD and a brace of previously unreleased Bernstein songs, bringing the outsider (somewhat)...view item »

Various
Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975 - 1985 takes ‘electronica’ as a nice and broad term: this compilation ranges from Throbbing Gristle to Spoon Fazer to Blancmange, with the intention of showing off the whole range of the period, from the familiar to th...view item »

Captain Maurice Seddon
The Seddon Tapes - Volume 1

The latest discovery from the always sterling Paradigm Discs is this selection of material from a remarkably strange English eccentric named Captain Maurice Seddon. These twelve pieces, recorded between 1968 and 2003, are a mixture of audio diaries, letters a...view item »

Lorad Group
Sul Tempo

The music of Lorad Group, captured here and only here on there single album Sul Tempo, is like loungey minimal jazz music transferred through a MIDIsphere into a shiny new digital format. At times it made me think of tunes from the Mario 64 soundtrack, but Sul Tempo does have an identity all of its own...view item »

Various
Slip Disc - Dishoom's London Bombay Grooves

Slip Disc - Dishoom’s London Bombay Grooves compiles some excellent sounds borne of the fruitful mingling of Indian culture with British culture in the 1960’s. It tends to be very interesting when cultures take a musical form and remake it in their image, and so it proves with Indian interpretations of swinging beat groups. ...view item »

Various
Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thou...view item »

Agnes Obel
Late Night Tales

The latest night tale comes courtesy of haunting Danish folk-pop composer Agnes Obel. Her selections prove comparable with her own material - generally quiet, reflective and poetic. There’s Lee Hazlewood’s spoken-word narrative on ‘The Nights’, the pioneering Greek artist Lena Pla...view item »

Lamartine
Reportage

A truly lost work here from an Italian library music composer known as Lamartine. Reportage has never previously been released (not only a little bit), which is a great shame when you hear how compellingly inquisitive it sounds. 1970’s synth experimentalism, somewhere between the regions of GRM and komische. On Fi...view item »

Egisto Macchi
Citta Notte

Experimental Library music from 1972, that has built up an impressive reputation amongst collector circles, despite having never been commercially released at all. Until now! Citta Notte is Egisto Macchi’s masterwork, a layered mass of melodic details and atmospheric synths. Fully remastered from the original tape...view item »

Various
Esterno Giorno D'Estate

'Esterno Giorno D'Estate', out on Four Flies, brings together previously unreleased material from untapped Italian film archives between 1969 and 1978. With tracks from visionaries like Carlo Pes & i Marc 4, Alberto Baldan Bembo, Stelvio Cipriani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Nico Fidenco and Gianni Oddi, expect airy grooves, sunny jazz bre...view item »

Various
Esterno Notte Vol. 2

'Esterno Notte Vol. 2' is the second release from Four Flies featuring jazz-funk, latenite breaks, cinematic prog and psychedelia from previously untapped Italian film music archives. A limited-edition release, this volume is dedicated to sounds designed for a mid-century cityscape full of action, car-chases and high-tension scenes set in smoky ...view item »

Various
Esterno Notte Jazz

The first in the Esterno Notte Jazz series, out on Four Flies, this record is dedicated to the rich jazz featured in Italian films from the '60s, stopping by noir,melò, giallo, dark comedy and crazy 'musicarelli' along the way. A result of research that plundered the soundtrack archive of RCA Italy, this is a killer selection that features&nbs...view item »

Various
THE BRITXOTICA! BOX - Three Amazing Albums Of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles!

Wow, Trunk’s quality weirdo compilations of Britxotica get rounded up into a full box-set of Primitive Pop And Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles! All sorts of strange and wonderful pop sounds can be found here, with each disc having particular focuses (e.g. ‘Casbah Jazz’ and ‘Polynesian Pop’)...view item »

Gino Conte
Nell'Anno della Luna

Gino Conte’s soundtrack to the film Nell’anno della Luna (or ‘In The Year Of The Moon’ for non-Italian speakers) is a woozy wonder of orchestral loveliness and strange beat swing. Originally released in 1970, this fine and characterful soundtrack has been very hard to find in the meantime, but th...view item »

Fabio Fabor
B81 - Ballabili Anni 70

Fabio Fabor is one of those highly creative Italians from back in the day, who could turn their hand to whatever atmospheres the library music music libraries needed that day. B 81 - Ballabili Anni 70 combines a number of his pieces covering a range of ground, always with that weird and creative library touch to them. V...view item »

G.Coscia - Formini
B85 - Ballabili Anni 70

G. Coscia (aka Serie Usignolo) and Formini are a pair of those highly creative Italians from back in the day: the sorts who could turn their hand to whatever atmospheres the library music music libraries needed that day. B85 - Ballabili Anni 70 is a suite of orchestral pop music cues fo...view item »

Tim Heidecker
Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker’s Trump Songs

Jagjaguwar (Dinosaur Jr., Angel Olsen, Okkyung Lee, Jamila Woods and many more) turn to trash culture satirist Tim Heidecker (perhaps best known for putting the ‘Tim’ in Tim & Eric) for solace in the troubled wake of Trump’s rise t...view item »

Vincent Price
A Hornbook For Witches, Stories And Poems For Halloween

First released on vinyl in 1976 and first release on CD right now, here’s beloved spookster Vincent Price’s highly rare album A Hornbook For Witches, Stories And Poems For Halloween...view item »

Klaus Weiss Rhythm & Sounds
Time Signals

The deep-cuts world of library music never ceases to amaze with the weird rare oddities it contains. This 1978 record from Klaus Weiss is extremely hard to find original copies of, but if you aren’t a hardcore collector, you’ll relish this new opportunity, provided to you by Trunk, to hear these funky experimental pi...view item »

Delia Derbyshire / Brian Hodgson / David Vorhaus
Electronic

This will be of fascination to fans of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop as it is a 1969 collaboration between two of their best and brightest and American musician David Vorhaus with whom they then went on to form the ridiculous experimental electronic band White Noise. These tracks were intended as TV production mu...view item »

Suzanne Ciani / Clone
Logo Presentation Reel 1985 (Instrumentals) / Octabred

SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT RELEASE! I’d like to think that Suzanne Ciani needs no introduction, so much so I’m not going to give you one. Wiki her you lazy Normanites. Here Disposable Music present fifteen cuts from Ciani’s advertising portfolio that, when taken out of context, could be something crafted at the hand of modern co...view item »

Raymond Scott
Manhattan Research Inc.

Weird electronic music from Raymond Scott. This unique Triple LP has a futuristic feel to it. In other words it presents a bold view into the future from the time these sounds were recorded: the 50's and 60's. This collection of spoofs consists of previously unreleased material from Raymond Scott. They were made with electronic musical instrumen...view item »

Orchestra Exotica
Plays Martin Denny

Hm. Very interesting. One guy plays, and I quote, 'parafernalia' along with the flute and synths. I can only imagine that this record is going to be a bit whacky and, yes, interesting. Orchestra Exotica have released Plays Martin Denny on CD and is released on Off. (An annoying little snippet to try and say. Released on Off. Try it). ...view item »

Various
Rough Trade Shops Presents: Counter Culture 2017

Different world working for Rough Trade than for your common or garden provincial music emporium. Where they get to go out to Primavera and pick their favourite tracks of the year for a double LP release, we spend our time trying to get the intercom to work and wondering why we don't have a working CD player in the office. But that's just the wa...view item »

Various
The Voyager Golden Record

Compilations don’t get more all-encompassing or definitive than this: nothing less than a time capsule that attempts to represent the sounds and diverse musical cultures of Planet Earth in the remote chance that it may be encountered by an alien intelligence. The Golden Record was compiled for inclusio...view item »

Various
B9: Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983

Those lovely fellows at LTM Records have re-released this 1981 compilation (originally on Sandwich Records) of Belgian new wave, electronic and industrial tracks, a double album full to the brim with dark synth and industrial clattering from acts like Front 242, Polyphonic Size...view item »

I Marc 4
Nelson Psychout

Second release as part of Vampisoul's Psychout series. Nelson Psychout explores lost gems by Italian session band I Marc 4, from the Nelson Records library. Though these tracks were created to be background tracks, there's a eccentricity to them that shines when they become the star of the show....view item »

Various
Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-85

Creation Artifact: The Dawn Of Creation Records 1983-1985 takes five discs (and quite a few pages) to tell the story of Creation, home to all manner of your favourite indie / post-punk bands. Singles, rarities, demos and BBC sessions: all the different kinds of release are here, along with memorabilia and reminiscences....view item »

Radiohead
TKOL RMX 1234567

Radiohead are a band you either love or hate. I guess you could call me the office fan though really nothing they've done has really grabbed me as much as Kid A and especially Amnesiac. Shifting on a few years and a coupla albums they've decided to work with some of most cutting edge elec...view item »

Various
Boyd Rice Presents - Music For Pussycats

Re-issue of Boyd Rice’s compilation Music For Pussycats which was originally released in 2001, made up of 60s pop gold. Due to a label re-releasing Lee Hazlewood’s back catalogue the Honey Ltd. tracks don’t feature in this reissue, but are replaced with tracks from ...view item »

Various
The Library Archive - Funk, Jazz, Beats and Soundtracks from the Vaults of Cavendish Music

Cavendish Music is the name of one of the major publishers of library music, the by-definition-unreleased un-genre that has produced so many strange and rare treats. The Library Archive is a deep-diving compilation compiled from their archives by Mr Thing and Chris Read, and they’...view item »

Various
Pay No Attention

Too Pure have been running their monthly 7” Singles Club for long enough that they’ve amassed a catalogue 100 releases deep! They’ve decided to celebrate by issuing this limited edition LP of premium selections from the 7”s to date: Pulled Apart By Horses, Menace Beach and Hookwor...view item »

Various
International Vicious Society Vol. 4

The International Vicious Society compilations achieved that powerful double-whammy of being extremely good and rather rare, which makes the University of Vice’s reissues very welcome. The album compiles international 50’s / 60’s dance music with a novelty twist. Limited edition of 500 vinyl copies!...view item »

Various
Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Rocksteady

Another sterling compilation from Soul Jazz, this one delving into rocksteady, soul, and early forms of reggae. You know that these guys can curate a comp, and sure enough Studio One Rocksteady is fully stocked with classic sounds, from the likes of Alton Ellis, John Holt, and T...view item »

Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid
Tales From Beyond The Pale : The Hole Digger / Trawler

Conceived by Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, Tales From Beyond The Pale consists of two audio dramas The Hole Digger and Trawler. It’s a haunting collection with an original score by Dave Eggar. Starring James Le Gros and Owen and Tobias Campbell. Out on vinyl double LP from D...view item »

Orgasmo Sonore
Revisiting Obscure Library Music

Library Music, that odd beast. Specifically designed not to be actively listened to, there are nevertheless plenty of collections of this material out there, several of them courtesy of your friend Orgasmo Sonore. This new collection on Cineploit presents 12 curious gems for your pleasure: light, breezy and loungey, but...view item »

Bruno Spoerri
Voice Of Taurus

A nine-track record from the ever expanding mind of Bruno Spoerri. Another release that shows just how good improvised synth music can be and a great reminder that sci-fi soundtrack synths and futuristic-funk actually can be a cracking combination. Voice Of Taurus is available on vinyl LP from ‘We Release Whatever...view item »

Bruno Spoerri & Reto Weber
The Sound Of The UFOs

Collaboration between Swiss electronic and jazz musician Bruno Spoerri and percussionist Reto Weber made available for the first time since its release in 1978. Taking the biggest selection of synths you can imagine they take you on an intergalactic journey through improvisations that touch on krautrock, techno ...view item »

Various
Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Finally my personal most anticipated release of the year 'Dancehall - The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture' compilation on Soul Jazz has arrived and I'm relieved the wait is over. Available as a 2CD set or two separate volumes on double vinyl it is a fabulous snapshot of the genre's development from 1977 through to 1993. Basically stopping when i...view item »

BADBADNOTGOOD
Late Night Tales

This time it's the turn of the Canadian quartet to pick their favourite tracks and as with all or most Late Night Tales you get an obligatory Boards of Canada track. There's also stuff by Stereolab, Thundercat, the Beach Boys and luckily for anyone thinking this might be a bit o...view item »

Various
Day Of The Dead

The Grateful Dead occupy a special place in the hearts of many of today’s performers, and an absolute stack of them have stepped up to pay tribute for this compilation. Day Of The Dead has 59 tracks over 3 CDs, with the cream of American independent music: Bill Callahan, Grizzly Bear...view item »

Various
Next Life

This latest compilation on Hyperdub concentrates on showcasing Chicago's footwork scene carrrying on from where the great DJ Rashad left off. Full to the brim of manic samples and energetic rhythms. 20 all new tracks from RP Boo, Traxman, DJ Spinn, Gantman, Manny DJ Earl, Taye, Boylan, Phil, Taso, Sirr Tmoand DJ Rashad himself. A great document ...view item »

Various
Bollywood Bloodbath

Finders Keepers compilations are always a rewarding and indulgent listen, and this collection of tracks from Bollywood horror film scores is no exception. The spooky edge is totally up my street, too. As you'd imagine, these are pretty accessible cuts without a lot of melody and charm. Wh...view item »

Various
Life Is Dance

Here's Finders Keepers' sequel to the awesome Sound of Wonder album that they did a few years ago. That was one of my favourite albums of whatever year it was released. It's full of some of the most insanely inventive and unusual music I've heard before. Life is Dance continues the quest ...view item »

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