Archive | février, 2015

Here are 15 unmissable titles from SETANTA RECORDS records catalogue which have never been reissued

28 Fév






























EAST VILLAGE – CIRCLES / HERE IT COMES – 7″ vinyl (1990/2013/Heavenly)

27 Fév


A few copies found at the Heavenly office. East Village’s ‘Circles’ was originally released as a 12″ in 1990. This is it’s first time out as a 7″. East Village formed in the mid 80’s by brothers Martin and Paul Kelly from Princes Risborough. ‘Circles’ was their debut offering on Heavenly and was a hypnotic, Rickenbacker-led mantra of a song that still sounds fresh today.(rough trade)

Here are 15 unmissable titles from Too Pure records catalogue which have never been reissued

27 Fév





























Here are 10 unmissable titles from Rough Trade catalogue which have never been reissued

26 Fév

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Pari Zangeneh -Parvazi Ta Sahar (persia records/2015)

26 Fév




LAIKA – silver Apples of the moon (too pure records/1994/médical records/2015)

25 Fév


Medical Records continues on it’s exploration of seminal 1990s reissues with the 1994 masterpiece “Silver Apples Of The Moon” by England’s Laika. Originally released on the iconic Too Pure label in 1994, this record has long been out of print on vinyl. The members of Laika hailed from various interesting places. Margaret Fiedler was actually born in Chicago but relocated to London to pursue musical interests and was one of the vocalists and songwriters for Moonshake (also on Too Pure). Guy Fixsen was (and still is to this very day), a renowned audio engineer and producer. In fast, he was involved in the infamous production of My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”. The bass player John Frenett was also in Moonshake and left that band the same time as Fiedler after their first USA tour. The drummer, Lou Ciccotelli, had previously played in Kevin Martin’s band God. “Silver Apples Of The Moon” was Laika’s first album and is almost unclassifiable. Taking a very forward-thinking approach, the sound is the result of a very unique equation of live drums/percussion, layered guitars/samples, and diverse analog tones that all fuse together to form a hypnotic polyrhythmic combination that was truly original. Too Pure was known for it’s cutting edge roster including Seefeel, Mouse On Mars, and Pram. Laika was certainly no exception to these game-changing artists. The opening track “Sugar Daddy” explodes from the first note into a percussive frenzy that is quite dizzying before it smolders a bit and is layered with various samples that propel the track. “Coming Down Glass” exudes a more mutated trip-hop form with thick powerful bass lines. Other standout tracks include the intense “Red River” and the harder track “44 Robbers”. While it is exceedingly difficult to draw any similarities of this album with other artists, one can make loose associations (or at least influenced by) some of the most challenging percussive experiments of Miles Davis, the brilliant exotica of Martin Denny, and the gut churning bass magic created by Jah Wobble in early PIL. Fans of the crucial and long lasting mark left by the Too Pure artists such as Pram and the like will definitely need to own this album if they have never heard it. For most fans, the original vinyl LP was not available or accessible (especially in the USA). The masters for which this reissue is sourced were directly transferred from the vinyl master source material courtesy of Beggars Limited with the utmost care and quality. The LP jacket features similar original artwork, and the LP contains a bonus insert with an engaging interview and write up by Dave Segal featuring exclusive interviews with Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler. Presented on high-quality 180gram heavyweight colored vinyl.


Ma table de chevet de cette semaine

16 Fév




Eric Chenaux – Skullsplitter by Constellation Records

Darren Hayman – Chants for Socialists by wiaiwya records

Nippon Girls 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat & Rock’n’Roll 1965-1970 by ace records

wonderfuls – only shadows by bruit direct disques

The Lilac Time – No Sad Songs (Tapete Records/2015)

13 Fév


A prose poem, which Stephen Duffy composed especially for the release of the ninth album by his band The Lilac Time, contains the lines, « I was a flower child, now I’m a flower man. » It took a long time before one became the other. When viewed from space, Duffy’s path may well appear labyrinthine, filled with loopholes and trapdoors. Yet a sober perspective reveals the path of a musician and poet who is independent in the very best sense of the word. Nevertheless, a lot has happened since the young boy kept his Praktica camera trained on street scenes in the Birmingham of the Cold War. Back in 1979, an 18-year-old Duffy was a founding member of Duran Duran. Yet he did not board the train to superstardom. The visionary instinct of the young artist had other intentions. He might have had Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, and The Incredible String Band in mind, but he himself was not allergic to success. He quickly understood that a songwriter with an acoustic guitar had little access to the merry-go-round of the charts in the early ’80s. Instead, he formed the band Tin Tin, trading his guitar for a synthesizer and making chic, clever, and sparkling pop music. The young man with the melancholy expression even landed two international hits with « Kiss Me » and « Icing On the Cake. » But before the record company was able to put their plan into action and turn Duffy into the next Rick Astley, he took flight. He mothballed his pop persona and founded a band with his brother: The Lilac Time. On their debut in 1987, they made what Duffy had long dreamed of: flower music. The 1988 single Return to Yesterday conjured visions ofSimon & Garfunkel. In an era of slapping basses and smacking snares, the instrumentation was exceptional: mainly acoustic, with guitars, banjos, fiddles, and accordions, all beautifully arranged by Nick Duffy, who was also responsible for composing the instrumental pieces on the record. Keep in mind that the new acoustic movement, which brought forth bands like Belle and Sebastian and Kings of Convenience, was still more than ten years away. Often in diametrical contrast with this melancholy folk pop were Stephen Duffy’s lyrics, with descriptions of suburban tristesse placed seamlessly alongside biting commentary on the issues of the times and courageous reports of the singer’s moments of excess and aventures amoureuses.


Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals (jazzman records/2015)

13 Fév


The power of the human voice, especially when held in song, has long been known to be immensely influential, potent, and emotive across all of humankind. The sixth installment in Jazzman’s Spiritual Jazz series showcases jazz vocals in a collection of jazz messages that are united in voice. The majority of the tracks here are as political as they are theological, but they all share an inner sanctity. In fact, as the distinction between the theological and the humanistic is blurred, so is the definition of song — many of the tracks are atypical in that they do not possess lyrics with a beginning, middle, and end. Likewise the voices that convey them often can’t be said to be singing in the usual sense of the word; we hear solemn chanting, intense wailing, earnest poetry, and ardent recitation in between bouts of singing, the quality of which is often nothing short of exquisite. The styles of performance encompass modern jazz, the avant-garde, and jazz fusion, and include elements of styles from the long and winding path of the African diaspora, including Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, and other Pan-American rhythms.Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals examines some of the rarest and most extraordinary vocal jazz recordings. The selection includes some well-known songs as well as some of the most obscure. There are tracks recorded for major labels and some that were issued privately. But all of them speak or sing of a better place or a better world, and the world can only be a better place when they are played. This is esoteric jazz, modal jazz, spiritual jazz — as performed with the human voice. Includes tracks by Max Roach, Charles Mingus,Sadaka, Norman Riley, E W Wainright, Clifford Jordan,Pharoah Sanders, Linda Theus, Dr Haki R. Madhubuti,Eddie Gale, Gary Bartz, Byron Morris, and Vibration Society. All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes. Features comprehensive liner notes with notes for each track and original stories direct from the musicians involved. CD edition includes 24-page color booklet with in-depth liner notes, album cover scans, and previously unpublished photographs. Double LP edition presented in glossy gatefold sleeve.(JAZZMAN RECORDS)



Max Roach Tears for Johannesburg (edit)

01 :34


Charles Mingus Moves

03 :45


Sadaka African Violet

03 :57


Norman Riley Colors

04 :55


E W Wainright Imani

06 :51


Clifford Jordan John Coltrane

06 :49


Pharoah Sanders Prince of Peace

08 :52


Linda Theus The Ladder

04 :42


Dr Haki R. Madhubuti Rain Forest

07 :22


Eddie Gale African Sunshine

02 :57


Gary Bartz Celestial Blues

07 :22


Byron Morris Reunion (edit)

02 :56


Byron Morris Sunshower

08 :36


Vibration Society Spirits Up Above

06 :51




Highlife On The Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66 (soundway records/2015)

11 Fév


In conjunction with compiler and highlife researcher Dr. Markus Coester, Soundway Records present a very special release. Double CD & triple 180g gatefold vinyl (with a bonus 7 inch).

This 45 includes the two first ever recordings by a certain Fela Ransome Kuti with his band The Highlife Rakers. Recorded by Melodisc in London in 1960 both tracks have been unearthed after more than fifty years in hiding.

In many ways this compilation is a prequel of sorts to Soundway’s groundbreaking Nigeria & Ghana Special compilations, telling the early story of modern highlife’s foundation & formulation. It traces the music from West Africa to London, adding elements of jazz, mambo and calypso along the way and paving the way for the afro sounds of the 1970s.

Accompanied by a 44 page CD booklet and 12 page vinyl booklet, the notes by Dr. Coester include rare photographs, labels and advert reproductions alongside some stunning and very rare recordings. (Released: 16/03/15)


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