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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 the forgotten. 4 disc box-set on Cherry Red.

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 and phone conversations, exuding a powerful sense of bizarre personality. Hard to explain, crucial to hear. LP with booklet on Paradigm Discs.

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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. Includes artists like Asha Puthli and The Savages.

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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 thought other Americans wanted the rest of the world to sound like, now's your chance.

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 Platonos’ spectacular examination of androgyny ‘Bloody Shadows from Afar’, a rendition of the much-loved Bulgarian women’s choir piece ‘Pilantze Pee’, Nina Simone and a great deal more.
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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 Finders Keepers.

Don Harper
Cold Worlds (Gate)

A previously unreleased Doctor Who score mastered from the original tapes. Includes additional electronic tracks from Don Harper's catalogue and music featured in George Romero's Dawn of the Dead. A collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Centring on a previously unreleased score for the 1968 Doctor Who series The Invasion (a dark otherworldly sci-fi jazz suite) Cold Worlds is also a focus on the electronic music of this largely unsung composer. Like many Australian film composers (Ron Grainer, Dudley Simpson, Don Banks) Don Harper based himself in the UK during the 1960s and subsequently found employment at the BBC and other British film and library companies.

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Brown Acid: The First Trip

Following in the light of legendary early garage rock/ proto punk compilations such as 'Nuggets' and 'Pebbles', 'Brown Acid: The First Trip' is an eleven track compilation of rare/previously unheard of proto-metal, pre-stoner rock singles from the sixties and seventies curated by L.A.-cum-Chicago shop Permanent Records co-owner Lance Barresi an partnership with Daniel Hall of Riding Easy Records. Hunted down through dusty record bins and private collections, 'Brown Acid' is full of rock solid hits lost in their day due to various unfortunate circumstances, traced to their origins to be given a new chance at life with this official, licensed release.
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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’). Reasonably priced triple CD set, containing a whole 48 tracks.
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Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

The World Psychedelic Funk Classics label promise what they say on the tin by curating this double LP jam packed with fuzzed-up classics from places such as Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Russia, South Korean. All are of a 1960s and 1970s vintage and showcase bands influenced by the popular psychedelic bands of the day. Comes with informative 36 page book.  

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 this LP reissue on Schema should see to that.
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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 for various Italian film / TV productions, all full of interesting twists. Vanishingly rare music now made available thanks to the Schema label and their SCB Series.
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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 to presidentdom. These original songs and adapted covers follow styles for which Heidecker is known, drawing the comedy out of straight-faced and excruciatingly convincing renditions of sickly daytime Americana and sleazy soft rock. It’s not only played for laughs, however - a serious tone comes out of the open disgust for Donald in many of Heidecker’s hyperbolic lyrics.
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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! Price uses his superbly characteristic voice to read you some classic horror tales, with a little music lurking in the background. Remastered reissue with the original artwork restored.
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Eric Siday
The Ultra Sonic Perception

A fascinating collection of experimental 1960s electronics here. Eric Siday was an early pioneer of the Moog synthesizer as well as musique concrete and extended technique, and integrated these disciplines into film and soundtrack music. This collection brings together a series of eerie electronic miniatures which originally came out on 10" 78rpm discs, some of which were featured in '60s episodes of Doctor Who! One for the Derbyshire/Ciani fans.

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 music and many were used on cult 60's programme 'The Tomorrow People'. 

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 way the cookie crumbles....good luck to them. Personally I prefer freezing my balls off in a concrete prison than being a jet setting tastemaker. Keeps it real.   

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.
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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 The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Debbie Lori Kaye.
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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 Hookworms are among the bands represented. 

John Shuttleworth
The A1111 And Other Ones!

John Shuttleworth is quasi-comic character creation of Graham Fellows (also the inventor of Jilted John!), and The A1111 And Other Ones! is a compilation of Shuttleworth’s greatest hits. He’s a pretty funny fella, singing songs of Yorkshire, caravans, soap, travel etc. All your favourites are here! The CD edition is released by Chicken and the double LP edition is out on Free Range Product.
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Bombay Disco Volume 2

Cultures Of Soul take you deeper into the bazaars of India than any other label. A second Bombay Disco adventure is upon us. Gleaming disco explorations, marching funk and hidden alley grooves will get your skeleton going. Greats on this include B Lahiri, A Bhosle and RD Burman. So stand up with a drink (liner notes even contain cocktail recipes) and Kā ānanda (enjoy). Out on Double LP and CD.

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!

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 Deep Focus. Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.
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Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69

Some sunny rhythms on Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 - 69. This compilation charts some of the genres most successful artists and groups. With all the effortless swinging grooves, funky brass, playful percussion and good time vocals you could want. This has been loving put together by the revivalists down at Soul Jazz records onto vinyl LP and CD, so there's no excuses.

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 also rather compelling.
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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 The Fuck We Want Records’.

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 and spaced out electronics.

Various
Dancehall: The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture is a pretty definitive jog through the history of Dancehall spread across three LPs or 2 CDs.. Artists include Yellowman, Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy, Ini Kamoze, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Michigan & Smiley, Super Cat, Cutty Ranks, Eek-A- Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and a load more. See what I mean about definitive? Good. On Soul Jazz.
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Howard Marks
Do Not Go Gentle : Howard Marks reads Dylan Thomas

Ah now this is going to be a sad one now that Mr Marks has passed away. This is a recording of the former ganja smuggler turned writer reading some Dylan Thomas poetry in his deep Welsh baritone. Originally released on Tim Burgess's O Genesis imprint as a limited edition Record Store Day release and now more widely available.
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Emma De Angelis
Emma De Angelis

Finders Keepers continue to unroot the finest forgotten tunes. Emma de Angelis was an Italian library composer and musician who created music for TV and film alongside some of the Italian greats; Alessandro Alessandroni, Ennio Morricone and her brothers, Guido and Maurizio de Angelis. These are the only tracks she made before becoming a full time visual artist and they are gems for anyone interested in that Italian ‘70s groove.

Daniela Casa / Massimo Catalano / Remigio Ducros
Idee 1

Beautiful Italian library obscurities from the dream team trio of Massimo Catalano, Remigio Ducros and Daniela Casa. Idee 1 has a broad spread of cool experimental atmospheres and low-slung orchestrated grooves, with the special mix of catchiness and weirdness you only get with library music. Edition of 500 remastered reissue LPs, on the Spettro label.
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John Waters
Make Trouble

Who’d have thought, way back when in the early days of The White Stripes, that Jack White would end up releasing a seven inch of freaky “people’s pervert” film director and personality John Waters? And yet here we are. Make Trouble contains extracts from a commencement speech given by Waters to graduating university students, so that you too can learn from his wisdom. 7” on Third Man.
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Listen Up! - Rocksteady

Something was afoot in Jamaican music in the mid-’60s. Maybe it was the lingering thrill of the island gaining independence in 1962; maybe it was that the generation who’d grown up with ska needed a new musical thrill; or maybe it was just an unseasonably hot Summer in 1965. Whatever it was, the conditions were ripe for a new style to come through and usurp ska’s crown. That style was Rocksteady, a slower, more sensual style and one of the most important musics of the 20th Century. To celebrate a half-decade of Jamaican independence, Kingston Sounds are issuing a series of Listen Up! compilations that chart the evolution of sound in this most important of musical lands. The Rocksteady edition features Delroy Wilson, The Sensations, Dawn Penn and many more.

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Strictly Britxotica! Palais Pop and Locarno Latin

Join Jonny Trunk in his explorations of the weird and wonderful kitsch world of Britxotica: the music made by 50’s / 60’s British composers pretending to be from exotic international locations. Their dress-ups aren’t necessarily convincing, but they are fascinating and fun and groovy and good! Strictly Britxotica, the fourth in Trunk’s series, is released as a vinyl LP.
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Julian Curwin
The Mango Balloon - Volume 3

Get ready for some kind of moving and shaking with Julian Curwin. The Mango Balloon Volume 3 is the third instalment from the Sydney guitarist. On this one Curwin has got special guest Mr fiddle himself Shenzo Gergorio to supply some extra flavours. It's a mixture of European folk styling’s with contemporary and chamber-jazz textures with vast array of (mainly) acoustic instruments. Out on CD from Romero Records.
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Zarelli
Soft Rains

This would appear to be a sonic adaptation of a Raymond Bradbury short story, taking as as base layer the 1975 reading of the story by… Leonard Nimoy! Around Nimoy’s dulcet tones, Zarelli’s Carwyn Ellis builds up a primarily electronic structure, echoing the happenings and mood of Bradbury’s tale. Out on Bronzerat.

Bob Chance
It's Broken

The classic privately-pressed record re-issued for no other reason that it's pretty darn interesting. Bob Chance self released this in 1980 and seemed to be trying to make something somewhere between Bob Hope and Giorgio Moroder but what comes out is a kind of repetitive Arthur Russell-in-disco-mode slab of lo-fi pulse. As eccentric as it comes and just look at that sleeve...and those arms! 

Roger Roger
Musique Idiote

Esteemed moog fans, listen up: Roger Roger helped popularise the ridiculous electronic instrument and then spent a lot of time experimenting with it, much in the spirit of academic tinkerers Jean-Jacques Perrey and Mort Garson. Musique Idiote is a little unfair as a statement: his moog music was surreal and silly, and its established concept may well have been to be "extremely annoying", but it carved out a niche for excruciating and addictive avant-garde.
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Daniela Casa
Sovrapposizione Di Immagini

Pioneer of experimental pop music and abstract electronics, Rome born synthesist Daniela Casa is arguably deserved of being a household name. ‘Sovrapposizione Di Immagini’ compiles a diverse selection of previously unavailable instrumental compositions - from nature documentary scores to Italian thrillers - that Casa recorded at her home studio during the late 70s. Initially intended for use in radio, film and TV, but were sadly seldom heard until now, ‘Sovrapposizione Di Immagini’ showcases Daniela Casa’s masterful dexterity for creating some of the best, and most advanced, multi layered compositions. 
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From The Furthest Signals

Audiological Exploration Details: 1) Circle/Temple – The Séance/Search for Muspel-Light2) David Colohan – Brass Rubbings Club (Opening Titles)3) A Year In The Country – A Multitude Of Tumblings4) Sharron Kraus – Asterope5) Time Attendant – The Dreaming Green6) Depatterning – Aurora In Andromeda7) Sproatly Smith – The Thistle Doll8) Field Lines Cartographer – The Radio Window9) Grey Frequency – Ident (IV)10) Keith Seatman – Curious Noises & Distant Voices11) Polypores – Signals Caught Off The Coast12) The Hare And The Moon – Man Of Double Deed13) Pulselovers – Endless Repeats/Eternal Return14) Listening Center – Only The Credits Remain Artwork / encasment design by AYITC Ocular Signals Department. Both editions hand-finished and custom printed using archival giclée pigment ink by A Year In The Country.

Various
Behind The Counter With Max Richter

Who wants to sneak inside Max Richter’s world? I’m pretty sure Phil does and he’ll enjoy this compilation of some of Max’s favourite works both recent and distant.  As you can imagine there’s a heavy classical, neo classical tinge to this but it also includes work by Boards of Canada and Let’s Eat Grandma. 

Nils Frahm
Late Night Tales

Extremely quiet piano practitioner Nils Frahm gets his chance to pick an album’s worth of his favourite after dark music in the latest of the consistent and popular Late Night Tales series. He picks tracks from Bibio, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Penguin Cafe Orchestra plus a whole bunch of interesting stuff. Most interestingly of all, the album opens with Frahm covering John Cage’s infamous 4.33. How much more quiet could he get than that? None more quiet.
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Stephen John Kalinich
A World Of Peace Must Come

Oddball 1960's poetry record from renowned Beach Boys lyricist performing some of his very own super idealistic poetry under hazy lights. If you like spoken word stuff about world peace etc then A World of Peace Must Come is the record for you. The main draw for Beach Boys completists is that it is produced by affable harmoniser Brian Wilson who also adds some of his unique sound sorcery and proto ambient twiddles to the mix.  
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Various
Tim Burgess presents Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco

This compilation album is the brother of Tim Burgess’ new book, in which he goes looking for certain records recommended by certain musicians (Iggy Pop) and even certain authors (Ian Rankin). Evidently he found them, as 18 of them, taking in a very broad swathe of genres, are presented here. Vinyl Adventures From Istanbul To San Francisco is released on Burgess’ own O Genesis label.
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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 on the safe side a bunch of stuff I personally haven't heard of.   

Julian Curwin
The Mango Balloon - Volume 4

A member of The Tango Saloon, an experimental tango band (that’s a thing) from Australia, Julian Curwin has taken a step back with his solo outings and the result is perfectly cinematic, fit for a noir western. The fourth volume of his series The Mango Balloon features guest keyboardist Matt McMahon.

John Mulaney
The Comeback Kid

This is the third comedy album from John Mulaney, the popular US comedian who has worked on Saturday Night Live and has even won an Emmy. This is a recording of show recorded at the Chicago Theater in his home town of (yes) Chicago and drawn from material from his Netflix special. Funny man, funny voice. 
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Doug Stanhope
No Place Like Home

American stand-up comic Doug Stanhope (a regular associate of Charlie Brooker) presents a special show of his personal brand of righteously angry and bitterly sarcastic comedy. No Place Like Home, which is presented on vinyl like an old-school comedy LP, is a highly entertaining broadside against western civilisation. Released by The Nacelle Company.
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Stefano Marcucci
Tempo Di Demoni, Papi, Angioli, Incensi E Cilici

Crazy stuff right here from a squad of Italy’s ever-productive 70’s library music makers. Tempo Di Demoni, Papi, Angioli, Incensi E Cilici is a mini-rock opera with theatrical psychedelic pop touches and madly demonic themes. This particular work of Stefano Marucci has been badly neglected by posterity, but is now receiving a proper commercial release at last! 10” record on Finders Keepers.
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Daniela Casa
Arte Moderna

Daniela Casa’s Arte Moderna is a particularly fascinating and unusual set of sounds, even by the high standards set by 1970s Italian library music in general. A number of these pieces are proper cutting-edge electroacoustics, with an astonishing attention to detail and a craftsperson’s approach to sound: fantastic stuff! Never commercially released before, this golden material is now available, via Cacophonic.

Gerardo Iacoucci
Le Avventure

Finders Keepers have continued their ever persistent archive digging and come across some italian library gems. Originally released in 1970 across three LPs, Gerardo Iacoucci’s Le Avventure was not so much a mini series but a blueprint for mood music, covering all aspects you can image, from jazz and funk to piano and minimal arrangements.
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Vangelis
Heaven And Hell

The record was the first album by VANGELIS to be released by RCA Records in 1975 and was also the first album to be recorded at his personal studio in London, Nemo. This epic work in two parts featured the English Chamber Choir (conducted by Guy Protheroe) and VANGELIS’ first collaboration with JON ANDERSON, “So Long Ago, So Clear”. This Esoteric Recordings release (undertaken with the full approval and supervision of VANGELIS himself) is taken from a new remaster undertaken by Vangelis and the artwork is a facsimile of the original 1975 LP packaging.
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Los Alamos Grind!

Los Alamos Grind! is a compilation of the old-style rock’n’roll, put together with extra attention paid to lesser-known artists and sleazy-sounding tracks. This stuff just flies out of the stereo, inducing dirty boogies and cool retro-futuristic reveries. Bands like A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces and Johnny K. Killens & The Dynamites provide the tunes. LP compilation on Numero Group.

Rovi
Discomusic

There actually is no end to the talents of Piero Umiliani. The veteran Italian soundtrack and library music composer apparently also had a little sideline in disco production, using the name Rovi. Discomusic is a great little suite of sweet groovy action, with all the cool odd touches you’d expect from Umiliani. Reissued via Schema’s SCEB Series.

Rene Costy
Expectancy

Rene Costy is another obscure '70s jazz, electronics and library music genius whose work had previously been lost to time. Thanks to SDBAN this much referenced, but little heard, musician can finally be appreciated, on CD and double vinyl LP. Expectancy’s compilation of funky synthesizer and violin is a complete revelation.

S. Brugnolini / G. Carnini
UST 7010 - Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico

The deeper you dig, the more apparent it becomes that almost everything in music was anticipated by obscure Italians cranking out mad library music in a studio somewhere. UST 7010 - Beat Drammatico Underground Pop Elettronico is a set of amazing, weird, groovy and exploratory electronic tracks by S. Brugnolini and G. Carnini. Reissued by Schema as part of their SCEB Series.

Various
New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76

‘New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76’ chronologically captures the various sounds of New Orleans soul covering 1960-76. The compilation has been ten years in the making, and features an expansive collection of music: ranging from the deep, gospel soul of Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker, the uptempo infectiousness of Northern Soul to Crescent City’s finest soul sisters - Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young to name but a few. Also features extraordinary lost and rare tracks from this golden era of soul, from artists such as Eddie Bo, Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks and Francine King. Presented as a deluxe CD which includes a slipcase and outsize booklet, or as a limited-edition vinyl album with download code, both of which feature extensive liner notes and rare, never before seen photography. Digital download also available. 

Ixtahuele
Call Of The Islands

Elevator music, dinner jazz, whatever. A group of white dudes do ‘island music’ here, and the general air of easy-listening pleasantry here is underpinned by solid musical ability and an interest in otherwise-maligned genres seen in the work of Henry Mancini and more recently Todd Terje. Vinyl and CD.

Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding - Live

Yes indeed, here is a documentation of Noel Fielding (formerly of The Mighty Boosh) live in performance, recorded on a UK tour earlier this year. Previews were not available, but we can reveal that track titles include ‘Milk Song’, ‘Teabags’, and ‘Chav’. Pressed to white and black splatter vinyl and released by comedy label Laughing Stock.
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Alessandro Alessandroni
Il Tempo Dello Spirito

The multi-instrumentalist and composer Alessandro Alessandroni was nothing if not diverse. Soundtracking Italian films such as spaghetti western El Puro, poliziottesco Sangue Di Sbirro, and Killer Nun. his independent compositions were just as diverse, Il Tempo Dello Spirito is an example of him mastering any form with choral and religious music, brooding and romanticised vocal works.
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BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Soundhouse

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop was responsible for nurturing talents such as Delia Derbyshire, and developing madness through experimental hand-cut tape loops and signal generators before synthesizers were available. This is a reissue of the first work made by them with the invention of the first digital polyphonic sampler, which cut their workload massively.

Zalla
Suspense

Another archival re-issue from the seemingly bottomless well of work produced by Piero Umiliano.  It's another album of library music that swings brought to life in his Rome laboratories. There's a big percussive element to these tracks which are spread over a double LP for maximum sound enjoyment but this is such as essential as all the other Umiliano re-issues in recent times.   
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Saint Etienne Presents Songs for a London Winter

Of late almost everything Saint Etienne release has got something to do with London. They love the place. Can't get enough of it. This time they have personally selected their favourite christmas songs, presumably by Londoners.  Ah.. christmas in London. The stabbings and muggings stop for a moment whilst everyone gathers round the nearest jellied eel warmed by the exhaust pipe. Nice to see Wally Whyton represented.   

Various
Sky Girl

Sky Girl is a dive into the rare, being made up of tracks that were initially issued in hyper-limited private press editions, stuff that you just can’t find. No names that will be familiar to anyone who isn’t a crate-digger, but that’s the joy of it: incredibly rare artists making beautiful music where no-one can hear. CD / 2LP compilation on Efficient Space.

Lino Castiglione
Clouds

Beautiful Italian library obscurities from Lino Castiglione, collaborating with Paolo Casa. Clouds is a set that spans plenty of different sounds and styles and tones and textures (it is designed to be library music after all), but with a thick spine of creativity and quality running right down the middle. Edition of 500 remastered reissue LPs, on the Spettro label.
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Roberto Conrado / Antonino Scuderi / Piero Romano Montanari
Bass Modulations

Originally released in 1973, Bass Modulations brought together three composers Roberto Conrado, Antonino Scuderi, and Piero Romano Montanari to create tracks focused around bass, and filled with 70s funk, groove, and soul. This is a breakbeat or library collectors dream, with licks on all instruments that’ll make you drooooool.
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Various
Something Cold


  • Vinyl LP (SC-001)
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Various
For Friends

33 tracks are compiled here on Manchester’s Box Bedroom Rebels label in their latest compilation For Friends. A wide-ranging selection of tracks from the label’s first 20 releases giving you a tantalising taste of what’s on offer. Out on 2LP vinyl from Box Bedroom Rebels. Embossed gatefold sleeve, download code, confetti and book pages.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBR#20)
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Various
The Quietened Bunker

Here we go with a compilation which explores abandoned Cold War installations that would be refuge places for the stricken populace should the button be prodded. It's part of the A Year in the Country project which aims to discover the strangeness which sits underneath the British countryside.  here's a track list which demonstrates that it includes several Normans favourites.  Tracklisting: 1) Lower Level Clock Room - Keith Seatman2) Drakelow Tunnels - Grey Frequency3) The Filter’s Gone / The Last Man Plays The Last Piano - A Year In The Country4) Aggregates II - Panabrite5) Bunker 4: Decommissioned - Polypores6) Comms: Seen Through The Grey - Listening Center7) Crafty Mechanics - Time Attendant8) Crush Depth - Unknown Heretic9) Waiting For The Blazing Skies - David Colohan
  • CD (ATA004NIGHT)
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David Holmes
Late Night Tales

David Holmes has assembled an esoteric array of his favourite tracks into an atmospheric mix for Late Night Tales. And, as is usual for Late Night Tales, the mix includes several exclusive tracks by acts like Geese, Spark Sparkle and even Jeff Bridges(!). And both CD and vinyl editions come with a download of the unmixed tracks.
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Various
Cherrystones: Critical Mass / Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978 – 1984

Get away from here with your overly Anglocentric narratives of post-punk! As Cherrystones: Critical Mass / Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978-1984 demonstrates, incredible stuff was being made all over the place, pushing the envelope ever further. The first track, from Rheingold, is especially wonderful.
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Various
Bay Area Retrograde (BART) Vol. 2

The BART is the rail transport system which connects San Francisco's Bay Area, and so it should come as no surprise that this is a compilation of music from that area around the late '70s and early '80s. With contributions from the likes of Factrix, Chrome and Tuxedomoon as well as lesser known artists from the scene, this compilation records the strange motorik mixture of krautrock, synthpop and no-wave that was spreading across the bay like a rash.

Scharpling & Wurster
Live at Third Man Records

Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are a comedy duo who stopped in to Jack White’s Third Man headquarters to record an episode of their highly amusing The Best Show. And here is that show, a new entry into the lesser-encountered-these-days comedy LP genre. They do a bit of singing too, since they were in a record shop. I bet even Jack himself was laughing.
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Pan/Scan
Cinematic Lies

Pan/Scan have a lot of love for those crucial film soundtracks of the 80’s: the synth-heavy ones from the keyboards of John Carpenter, Goblin and Fabio Frizzi. They pay their homage with Cinematic Lies, their debut full-length, which traces the outlines of an imaginary film with its multi-faceted dramatic stylings. 500 CD copies and 500 LP copies (the LP also comes with a CD), on Cineploit.
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  • Soundtracks

Zalla (Piero Umiliani)
The Folk Group

Is there no end to the archives of Piero Umiliani? As if there wasn’t enough high-grade material out there under his own name, the experimental Italian film / library music composer also worked under other names: here, Zalla. The Folk Group is a weird set of funky rock-band jams, calmly sailing forwards into untapped territory. LP reissue on Schema.
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William S. Burroughs
Let Me Hang You

This remarkable record is centred around William S. Burroughs reading extracts from his gloriously disgusting tour-de-force Naked Lunch. On Let Me Hang You, his incredible voice is surrounded by the music of Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang (who recorded with Burroughs when he was alive) and King Khan (who finished off the project in the present day). Gnarly words and groovy jams. On Ernest Jenning.

Various
Speedy Wunderground - Year 2

Speedy Wunderground is a label set up by South London producer Dan Carey. The idea is to produce 7” as quickly as possible. Year 2 is a compilation of the singles released in the label’s sophomore year. Includes now established acts such as Teleman and Kate Tempest alongside cutting edge newbies FEWS.

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, Oneida… And the proceeds go to the charitable Red Hot Organization.
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  • 4AD
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Various
The Vanity Case Reality Tunnel Volume Three, Where is Tomorrow?

The Vanity Case Reality Tunnel Volume Three, Where Is Tomorrow is a compilation that boasts artists like Neil Turpin, Lazer Boy and The Womb in its roster. The packaging for this release is something special: a poster is relatively commonplace, but it isn’t everyday you buy an album that comes with a set of necromancy cards eh?
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Various
Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990

Adrian Sherwood is a true UK dub pioneer, and his production credits double up as a guide to some of the most interesting underground artists around during his career. Sherwood At The Controls / Volume 2: 1985 - 1990 compiles 16 tracks that Sherwood worked on, including Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mark Stewart, Ministry, and plenty more premium material.

Various
Brown Acid: The Second Trip

As the name might signal, Brown Acid: The Second Trip draws its sounds from the post-Woodstock era of psychy American rock. The aim here is to pull out obscure tracks and bands missed by stardom and previous compilations, and the results are fabulous and atmospheric. How could they remain so rare for so long? On RidingEasy.

Various
Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1976-80 

Disco 2: A Further Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1976-80, to give it its lovely full title, is a premium collection of just that, compiled by the good sorts at Soul Jazz. Plenty of gorgeous material you might not have heard here. Released as two separate double LPs, or as a double CD set.

John Cooper Clarke
Ou Est Le Maison De Fromage

Oú est la maison de fromage? (‘Where is the house of cheese?’) is the debut album of everyone’s favourite Salford-born ‘punk-poet’, John Cooper Clarke. It’s a 1978-compiled jumble of demos, rehearsals and live recordings, giving a nicely jumbled mixed flavour of the man’s early work. Plus some musical accompaniment by a band including Martin Hannett!
  • Vinyl LP (OZITDANLP8028)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Aloha Got Soul

Welcome to the sound of Hawaii, circa the 1970’s and 1980’s. Aloha Got Soul shows curious listeners how the popular commercial sounds of the day (disco, funk, rock, R&B) melded with the Hawaiian perspective and folk tradition. Lots of previously obscure artists get a decent showing here on this Roger Bong-curated compilation on Strut.

Various
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music looks at the extremely commercially successful genre of 70’s US country-rock through a less familiar prism: private press labels. So less familiar artists like Plain Jane and The Black Canyon Gang get their chance to showcase their style. CD / double LP compilation on Numero Group.

Various
The Delaware Road

The Delaware Road is a soundtrack to a film loosely based on the careers and lives of electronic musicians Delia Derbyshire and John Baker. It was devised by Alan Grubby and explores the pairs' obsession with sound, sex and the occult. The 19 track album features some of the leading lights of British electronica, jazz, folk, prog, world and spoken world music such as The Dandelion Set, Dolly Dolly, Loose Capacitor, Rodin Lee and Tongues of Fire. Recommended for those who like electronica, Jazz from the dark side of the moon, and gothic folk grooves.

Various
Radio 15

Radio 15 compiles highlights from London-based Kit Records’ 2015 radio sessions, originally broadcast into the world via NTS Live. Artists include Sophie Cooper, Devon Loch and Cosmic Neighbourhood; styles include raga, dream-song, improvisation and drone-inspired folk. Cassette tape with hand-printed artwork.
  • Tape
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John Baker & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Vendetta Tapes

The Vendetta Tapes is a collection of rare cues, tunes and sonic oddities lovingly crafted by John Baker & The Radiophonic Workshop for a 1960’s mafia caper TV show. Much of this has never been released before, and plenty of truly fascinating sounds are sprinkled all over. The CD has ten more tracks than the vinyl. On Buried Treasure.

Piero Umiliani
Synthi Time

Piero Umiliani is part of the canon of Italian film composers, but he stepped away from the orchestra for a while in 1971 to record Synthi Time, a lovely collection of short melodic pieces using synthesisers alongside a Hammond and a kind of harpsichord. Dreamy, bright, and a little odd, like a melancholic childhood. LP reissue on Schema.