v/a THE BOMBAY CONNECTION: Funk From Bollywood Action Thrillers CD
v/a BOMBSHELL BABY OF BOMBAY Bouncin' Nightclub Grooves from Bollywood Films 1959-1972 CD
*** These are the first volume in a planned series of 6 CDs presenting the best, rarest and most exciting songs from the colorful history of Bollywood music, most of which are still gathering dust in Indian vaults and are unknown to the Western public. Bombay Connection Vol. 1: Funk from Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984 showcases the sound of the Indian action film of the late '70s and early '80s.
v/a CAMBODIAN CASSETTE ARCHIVES Vol. 1 CD
*** "An unbelievable collection of dynamic Cambodian music recorded between the 1960s and the 1990s, both in Cambodia and in the United States. A truly Khmer blend of folk and pop stylings -- Cha-Cha Psychedelia, Phase-shifting Rock, sultry circle dance standards, pulsing Cambodian new wave, haunted ballads, musical comedy sketches, Easy-Listening numbers and raw instrumental grooves presented in an eclectic variety of production techniques."
v/a DISCO DEUTSCHLAND DISCO: Disco, Funk & Philly Anthems from Germany 1975-1980 CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! Welcome to Teutonic boogie wonderland, fellow disco citizens. Presenting 18 sparkling disco, funk & Philly anthems from Germany -- recorded between 1975 and 1980. While never appreciated by rock critics, disco is actually one of the few musical genres where German productions had a huge international impact and heavily influenced American and British recordings. Shying away from the obvious hits, Disco Deutschland Disco digs a bit deeper - with many tracks appearing on CD for the first time.
v/a NOTHING MUCH: A Best Of Minus Records 2xCD
*** BACK IN STOCK! Eleven track compilation CD plus bonus M_nus mix CD: Something More mixed by Troy Pierce. From its minimalist aesthetic, increasing output and steady impact on electronic music since 1998, a blueprint has been developing at M_nus."
v/a SI, PARA USTED: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol 1 CD
*** "The first ever compilation of Cuban funk. The music ranges from son, beat, jazz, and funk, and abounds with psychedelic influences, electronic experimentation, and a heavy dose of soul."
v/a SPEICHER 3 (Mixed by Michael Mayer and Jörg Burger) CD
*** "For this installment, Michael Mayer and Jörg Burger join forces to create the digitalmix -- kicking the tunes that have made the kids cry in joy and those singles that these two tastemakers hold dear to their hearts. As with previous installments, this mix CD is unlike the turntable driven, on-the-fly, aux-natural Kompakt DJ mixes you've come to love and enjoy."
v/a STUDIO ONE DUB Vol. 2 CD
*** "Studio One Dub 2 is the latest installment from Soul Jazz Records' journey into the mighty vaults of the legendary Studio One Records. A mighty slab of dub featuring loads of rare and classic dub versions of Studio One's foundation tracks. Studio One Dub 2 brings together the best tracks from both these original Dub albums plus many rare and classic versions from Studio One's original 45s."
v/a TEEN DANCE MUSIC FROM CHINA & MALAYSIA CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "18 tracks taken from Chinese and Malaysian records by groups who were trying to imitate the Western 'go-go' and psychploitation styles. The fun begins when they innocently throw together a lot of western musical elements, not impeded by any stylistic 'rules' -- the 'do's and dont's' that make most Western music so predictable. nClassic exotica is mixed with outer space sound effects; Chipmunks voices backed by belly dance music. Strange indeed, but not over-the-top. Just great fun."
v/a TROPICALIA: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound CD
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ELLEN ALLIEN / APPARAT Orchestra Of Bubbles CD
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JUAN ATKINS Berlin CD
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WILLIAM BASINSKI El Camino Real CD
*** "Hypnotic new electronic ambient recording using another recently discovered loop from the archive. Premiered at Bleeding Edge Festival, Montalvo Arts Center, August 2006."
BURIAL Burial CD
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ESG Come Away With Me CD
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FIFTHS OF SEVEN Spry From Bitter Anise Folds CD
*** "Montreal-based Fifths Of Seven is a trio comprised of cellist Beckie Foon (A Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames, Esmerine), mandolin-player Rachel Levine (Cakelk with Alexander St. Onge), and pianist Spencer Krug (Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown). Their debut album of pure beauty is centered around the unusual quality in tone of the instruments and the high development of simple melodies, which place Fifths of Seven somewhere between Erik Satie, folkloric Eastern European music and, of course, the Constellation "post-rock" galaxy."
GERARD MANSET 1968 CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "Gérard Manset's first recordings represent some of the best psychedelic chansons in existence and in league with such luminaries as Gainsbourg, Polnareff and Ferrer, and at times can sound similar to CAN."
ENNIO MORRICONE The Library Vol. 1 CD
*** "Ennio Morricone is quite arguably the greatest film composer of the 20th Century and certainly one of the most prolific with nearly 500 scores to his credit. This is the first volume of the definitive collection of his film music compiled by The Maestro himself."
O TERCO O Terco CD
*** "Their second album (1972), a landmark of Brazilian progressive/psychedelic rock, in no small part thanks to Luiz Pablo Simas (ex-member of Módulo 1000), who brought his talent and his mini-Moog to the band. Perhaps influenced by King Crimson, Led Zeppelin or even Black Sabbath; even so, other tracks present a blend of symphonic and psychedelic sounds, with beautiful pastoral passages that demonstrate the influence of Os Mutantes, the Moody Blues, and early Pink Floyd. Psychedelic sections, with strange keyboard effects merged with fading voices -- dreamy, and ambient; heavy guitar riffs, low-profile keyboards, and aggressive vocals."
POLE Steingarten CD
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PRINS THOMAS Cosmo Galactic Prism 2xCD
*** "Alongside Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas is now intrinsically linked to the eclectic "space-disco" sounds emanating from Norway. Two sumptuous discs of avant-garde dance grooves, twisted funk, spaced-out electronics, psychedelic fusion, classic techno, disco, prog rock and all manner of leftfield concoctions. 36 tracks including Hawkwind jamming with Visnadi, Bob James going toe to toe with The Salsoul Invention, Joe Meek twisting by the pool with Holger Czukay, Boards of Canada segueing into Lindstrøm and Closer Musik doing the Detroit tango with Recloose, Carl Craig and Parliament."
THE TUSS Rushup Edge 3x12" / CD
*** AKA RICHARD D. JAMES. "Rushup Edge is the debut album of new Rephlex artists, the UK's The Tuss, a dynamic duo discovered via intensive MySpace exploration by the A&R dept. Apparently touted by Planet Mu, XL Recordings, Record Makers and Ninjatune all at the same time, they eventually decided to sign with Rephlex for reasons of principle. The label is very excited to find an act with this degree of promise and hopes to be releasing even more work soon. The Tuss' official line seems inspired by the time FFRR signed Chicago house legend Lil Louis' smash hit French Kiss, even though they had no information about him at all at the time. The Tuss offers little biographical info as well, preferring to concentrate on their musical merits, which they describe as "braindance." Rephlex don't really mind too much, but hope to acquire some photographic evidence soon. This album features six tracks featuring a unique blend of head music and dance vibes, everything from classic techno to modern funk, gabba, ambient and classical influences. "Last Rushup" is a breakbeat-y machine with spooky pads, "Shiz Ko E" starts with tuff rhythms, segueing into Prince-y funk and tons of top claps. "Death Fuck" presents mental beats matched with double-speed hip-hop, and "Goodbye Rute" ends things on a mellow note. We'll leave the final word to the journalists, but suffice to say it's very lush music -- so get your ears 'round it!
THE TUSS Confederation Trough 12" / CD
*** AKA RICHARD D. JAMES. "Confederation Trough EP is the debut single of new Rephlex signing, The Tuss, namely Brian Tregaskin, a musician discovered via intensive MySpace exploration by the A&R department. Apparently touted by Planet Mu, XL Recordings, Record Makers and Ninjatune all at the same time, he eventually decided to sign with Rephlex for reasons of principle. The label is very excited to find an act with this degree of promise and hopes to be releasing even more work soon. The Tuss' official line seems inspired by Chicago house legend Lil Louis, when he signed to FFRR with his smash hit French Kiss, even though he revealed no information about himself at all, at the time. The Tuss offers little biographical info, preferring to concentrate on Confederation Trough's musical merits, which is described as "braindance." The EP features four tracks across two formats (just 3 tracks on each), featuring a unique blend of head music and dance vibes -- everything from acid/house/techno/industrial to pastoral and folk influences. We'll leave the detailed review to the journalists but suffice to say it's very lush music -- so get your ears 'round it!"
CAETANO VELOSO Caetano Veloso CD
*** "Originally released in 1968, Caetano Veloso's debut album did for Brazilian music what the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's did for rock & roll, giving birth to the soon-to-be tropicalia movement, which fused Brazilian music with pop, psychedelia and social awareness. Includes the genre-defining classics 'Clarice' and 'Soy Loco Por Tì, América,' 'Superbacana,' 'Tropicalia' and 'Alegria, Alegria.'"
RONNIE VON Ronnie Von CD
*** "Between 1966 and 1972, Ronnie Von released a trilogy of albums on par with Os Mutantes first three LPs. Here on the self-titled 1968 album, we have psychedelia with some pop hints, amazing songwriting, sharp and heavy fuzz guitars combined with groovy organs, piano and tasty horns, along with fantastic vocals by Ronnie. Six bonus tracks from 1967 include several of Von's first hits, all of which are delightful to hear."