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Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside

As a child I imagined that by my mid 30's I'd be an estate agent or something, swaggering into a country pub on a friday evening, soft top down, lady on each arm. Instead I'm sat in a converted school overlooking a 'Bird's Eye' billboard reviewing an album of Thai Country Music. Funny how things turn out. I have to say though I wouldn't miss thi...view item »

Various
Country Funk 1969-1975

Country music can sometimes be a bit of a hard sell, particularly in this country where we dont share that culture of wide open spaces, rednecks and hoe downs to the extent of the US where country music fits so snugly into the core of that mythical good ole america (for some at least). However, for music lovers, it really is worth dumping some a...view item »

Royksopp
Late Night Tales: Röyksopp

Don't get something without knowing what you're getting into. This is a Royksopp curated mix, and not everything sounds like what you'd expect hearing that they're involved. Royksopp's Berge & Brundtland give their reason for picking each song in the booklet, from childhood influences to respect for chosen performer's expression and simplici...view item »

Various
Any Love is Good Love

Collated as a response to the hateful Daily Mail’s outing of a transgender person, which led to a violent assault, this compilation is a roaring collection of everything from defiant punk, indie pop and more introspective pieces. With a foreword by Stonewall campaigner Peter Tatchell. Proceeds go to Youth LGBT Manchester. CD from Limi...view item »

Various
Reason To Believe - The Songs Of Tim Hardin

During a recent crisis, I drove across the pennines with Tim Hardin’s ‘Hang Onto A Dream-  The Verve Recordings’ on repeat. Partly as I just couldn’t be bothered to change the CD and partly because it’s bloody amazing. We have an age range of almost 20 years here at the towers and yet not one person apart from ...view item »

Various
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-68

Nuggets: A Classic Collection From the Psychedelic Sixties has a lot to like on it. This is a weird assortment of tracks, but they are unified in that each features a simple "hook" or distinctive and elemental riff. There is a minimum of "production" on most of these records; the band plays, the tape rolls, and that's that. Just about every trac...view item »

Various
TV Sound And Image: British TV, Film and Library composers 1955-78

Library synth tones and vintage soundtracks couldn’t be much hotter right now, and lo and behold even Soul Jazz are getting in on the action with this marvellous collection of classic British film and television music from ...view item »

Talibam! & Sam Kulik
Discover AtlantASS

I'm coming straight into this record from the meticulously crafted insanity of the new Darth Vegas CD and to be honest it sounds pretty retarded. Seriously some of the silliest, dumbest, most nonsensical experimental music you'll h...view item »

Various
Oh Michael, Look What You've Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman

Having seen Michael Chapman play a few weeks ago I'm all of a sudden a fan of his (and it looks like I've converted Phil too!). He really is a superb performer, straddling the line between Jack Rose-like finger picking and more traditional singer songwriter type stuff. Now in his seventies...view item »

Various
Late Night Tales - Belle and Sebastian (Volume 2)

Maybe this album won't automatically appeal to all Belle and Sebastian fans, seeing as how they only have one track on here (a darn cool cover of the Primitives hit "Crash"), but I would think anyone who listens to that group would be open-minded enough to give this album a listen and perhaps discover some appealing new songs. I sure did. That's...view item »

Various
Yeti issue 7

If you're into the American undergound (like we are) then you should look no further than the Yeti magazine (of which this is issue seven). It's always a good read. There's loads of adverts in there (you can't beat adverts in music magazines!) and you get a 25 track CD featuring tracks by Grouper, Wooden Shjips, Woods, Crystal Stilts, Abner Jay, Zo...view item »

Various
Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM

More essential stuff on the Dust to Digital label. This is a 4CD treasure trove of early 78RPM African music (1909-1960) accompanied by a 112 page book which details each track providing a historical document of both the music and the culture.  Like the Fahey box its too exhaustive to...view item »

Mike Patton
The Solitude Of Prime Numbers

I find continuity with this album and his broader portfolio of work. This is an evolutionary step overall coalescing his entire body of work with an emphasis on composition and arrangements than any vocals. Which are there but buried in the shadows of the various scores. This seems more mature, in as much as he seems less interested in pushing t...view item »

After Hours #23
Knotty Housewarming Issue - 2006 Autumn/Winter

First up I've got a book all in strange symbols.. oh I've been told it's Japanese. Its called AFTER HOURS 23 and all the types in Japanese but its got interesting pictures and its got 2 compilation CD's featuring some pretty experimental and diverse music on. Sounds great actually. I think I can hear Japanese rapping with all ...view item »

Various
Sopa Curiosa

Anyone remember the Sopa Deliciosa compilation 2CD? Well the label have another compilation available. This is a single disc with 22 fairly eclectic tracks from a load of underground artists. Most of which I've never heard of so this disc certainly works at bringing these artists to peoples attention and hopefully showcasing some of their talent. T...view item »

MIMEO
Wigry

Monster collaboration alert! This is a recording from November 14th 2009 in Wigry which featured nine kings of experimental/improv/computer music: Phil Durrant, Christian Fennesz...view item »

Various
Grace Records- The 1st 5 singles

Now a compilation of the label GRACE RECORDS and her first 5 singles that were limited to 300 and all sold out. So here's your chance to own them again on CD for the first time. Featuring FURY OF THE HEADTEACHERS, STOPSTARTS, ORPHANBOY, LINEAR AND THE HOME WRECKERS CLUB. Its a pretty cool release as all the song...view item »

Various
Assemblage Sessions 2

'Assemblage Sessions 2' has a blistering 21 cuts. Can I be bothered to list all the artists? Oh go on then but only because I love you. Dooey Decibel, Michael Johnson, Siesta, Conrad Newholmes, Kilowatts, Gutevolk, Bacanal Intruder, Otem Rellik, Populous, Color Cassette, Adventure Time, Nara, Caural and Tran...view item »

Various
Sotones Vol II

Compilation albums are always worth a good listen. There's always gonna be some stuff on there you're not gonna like but generally there's always a few tracks which appeal in some sort of way. Sotones Vol II is the name of this particular comp and it's their first label sampler. Yeah I didn't get the whole volume 2 thing either but I figure there's...view item »

Various
Before The Fall

It's always fascinating to me that The Fall didn't opt to churn out a cover version until 8 years after the band's inception. That particular slice of legend pie was 'Rollin' Danny', the flip of 'Couldn't Get Ahead'. The rebellious leather jacket-sporting Gene Vincent was an obvious hero of the similarly outsider-ish MES and it is a pleasure to ...view item »

Various
Compilation #1

This comp looks pretty cool. It's got tracks on by some of the latest hippest folks in the current underground... You Got Blessure Grave, Deep Sht, Cloud Nothings, A Grave With No Name, Ancient Crux and loads more. The tracks range from all synth fests, super lo-fi old sounding tracks which sound like a 1920's radio, blissful indie pop, fuzzpop,...view item »

Various
Electric Carpets

Well one of the deepest pleasures of working in the independent sector is hearing truly underground sounds; wildly innovative & free musics from every corner & crevice of the globe. This is one of two sibling electronica compilations we have in this week on a really interesting & progressive label we've been supporting for many years...view item »

V/A (Mantles, Ducktails, Fresh And Onlys, Woods etc)
Welcome Home / Diggin’ The Universe

Woodsist are the up and coming label that remind me of the type of imprint I slavishly followed as a young man, in that they are American, have great quality control and a slew of good lop sided lo-medium fidelity bands. Woods have yet to strike a proper chord with me (surely only a matter of time) and their opening entry is lovely lo-fi pop, ev...view item »

Various
NME Radar Compilation

I'm always excited to hear new, good music, so getting a collection of twenty different songs by twenty different artists made my day. I listened to this CD after hearing "Pumped Up Kicks" on the radio. I love indie, so this is a pleasure to listen to. As with everything, there are personal favourites. Some songs I loved, and others I didn't, al...view item »

Various
SEED X: Part III

CD compilation, featuring Bauri, The Doubtful Guest, Standard Planets, Yard amongst others. The first track on here does everything it can to put you off. Horrible squeaky noise. Snakefork you little buggers. Mary and Polly do all they can with a ditty wishing they could cover me in ice cream. Yes you can. Capracara do an very 80's sy...view item »

Various
Little Pieces Of Sky

Indie Compilations are sometimes really crap but this one looks ok to me. And sounds quite good too! On Satellites & Clouds records 'tis called 'Little Pieces of Sky' & contains gems from the likes of Jet Johnson, Glider, Econoline, Disoma & Ann Arbor. Track 7 is a secret &...view item »

Various
Teaism

Tea. It's one of our favourite things in the world here at the towers. Except Brett who sneers sardonically at anything less than roasting hot black coffee. Did you know you could get coffee enemas? Janet Jackson had one once. I'd like a tea enema! Bet that clears you out proper good. In the meantime, I'll just have to make do with this tea themed ...view item »

Various
SEED X: Part I

Seed are celebrating their 10th anniversary with an eclectic selection of tracks, and stellar line-up of artists representing the label, past, present and future. This disc is the first part of a highly promising trilogy each volume limited to just 100 copies. This kicks off with some fine guitar racket from Jazzfinger. Then into some coldwave s...view item »

Various
Absolute Belter

Another great find from Finders Keepers/B-Music!  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Barcelona-based label.  My favorite tracks are the fuzzy "Un Consejo" by Los Roller, Rudy Ventura's "Soy Un Sonador" (cool horns and psyche sound effects), "Farsa Del Buen Vivir" from Fusioon, and Albert Band's "Ella Tiene El Cabello Rubio."  ...view item »

Various
Main Control Board

I'm probably not the best person to attempt a review of this Lagunamuch compilation so you'll have to bare with me. 'Main Control Board' is a spiritual sequel to the Deep Sea Shipping compilation they put out a while back but this time the theme is 'black space with its microgravity, adventures and unpredictability'. These songs have been carefully...view item »

Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, Caribou, Various
Check The Water

Leaf Records is ten years old and to celebrate this remarkable phenomenon they have branched out and released a cheap as chips double CD of selected music from their 10 years of being. So spread over the 2 discs you have Boymerang, Susumu Yokota, Four Tet, Caribou, Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, Efterklang, Boom Bip, 310, Icarus, Bill Wells...view item »

Various
Anthems From The Phantom

Anthems from the Phantom- Alternative Sounds from the north- CD on Phantom Power Records.... Awesome compilation of indie bands from... You've guessed it... the north. Wouldn't exactly call them alternative though. If you've heard of the Arctic Monkeys then you wont be in for much of a treat with some of these bands. There is clearly a lot of talen...view item »

Various
Chrome Children

The Chrome Children comps are a great introduction to the Stones Throw label. You get great examples of work from many of the big hitters, Madlib features heavily as artist and producer, J Dilla pops up too as do Oh No, ...view item »

Various
D-Funk - Funk, Disco & Boogie Grooves From Germany

So, i didn't realise Germany had a hidden penchant for funky ass groove but that seems to be the case as i'm presented with a compilation of teutonic funk grooves, disco and boogie courtesy of Marina records in the form of 'D-Funk - Funk, Disco and Boogie Grooves from Germany'. These tracks date from 1972 to 2002 and span all manner of funky sounds...view item »

Black Strobe
The Other Side- Paris

Really cool Black Strobe CD/DVD set courtesy of Time Out called 'The Other Side..' which takes you on some virtual journey through the hip & happening modern day metropolis that is Paris, France. Not usually a fan of their stylish electro noir but bloody hell, to mix Front 242 seamlesly in...view item »

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