v/a BRAZILIAN GUITAR FUZZ BANANAS: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967-1976 CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Following the success of PSYCH FUNK 101, Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas is a master class for those entranced by the funky, heavy psychedelic wonders of the Tropicalia movement. 'Even though you will recognize some of the labels contained here, you won't find Os Mutantes or their maestro Rogerio Duprat: some of the rarest, and best, examples of fuzzy, funky Brazilian psychedelia came out as promo-only 7" records on these labels.'"
v/a DANCE THE LATIN: Swingin' Mambos, Soulful Salsa And Funky Rhythms From The Hip Latin Dancefloors Of New York City CD
*** "Take driving, hypnotic and sexy rhythms from 1950s to 1970s South America, mix them up with jazz, soul, funk and R&B with driving and the result is a fiery, vibrant musical mix that's irresistibly danceable." On JAZZMAN.
v/a GOOD THINGS: The Story Of Saadia Records CD
*** "In a collecting world dominated by oddball one-offs, random indie obscurities and the occasional major label mishap, late-'60s Miami's SAADIA was a local independent label with a small but consistently impeccable musical output." On JAZZMAN.
v/a HUNK OF THE HEAVEN CD
*** RECOMMENDED A truly unruly comp of funky & peculiar super-rare 7"s reissued by Jazzman in the UK, the label behind many of the amazing compilations released by Now Again (a Stones throw imprint). Groovy, sometimes moog-y, soulful tunes, all from the 1960s and '70s. Impeccable. On JAZZMAN.
v/a POP AMBIENT 2010 LP+CD / CD
*** "Kompakt's highly-anticipated Pop Ambient celebrates a whole decade of densely layered ambient soundscapes that are not concerned with beats, percussion or bass lines."
v/a POW WOW: Yet More Jazzman Sevens CD
*** "Pow Wow is the best, rarest, and tastiest in hard funk, driving Latin, sultry soul, deep jazz and crazy Egyptian music! Compiled by the the world's best regarded funk soul 'n' jazz reissue label." On JAZZMAN.
v/a Quantic Presents THE WORLD'S RAREST FUNK 45s Vol. 2 CD
*** "Super-producer/DJ extraordinaire Will Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra) and Jazzman team to compile some of the best and rarest heavyweight and super-tough funk 45s in the world." On JAZZMAN.
v/a WELCOME TO THE PARTY: Sister Funk, Latin Soul, Egyptian Jazz & More CD
*** "Hip-shaking soulful grinds, Middle-Eastern twang, nitty-gritty & low-down funk, funky sitar grooves, flipped-out electronics and psychedelic funk. In other words: SERIOUS." On JAZZMAN.
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa CD
*** NOW AVAILABLE!
PHILIP COHRAN & THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE On The Beach CD
*** "Previously available in limited quantities, this rare album is the definitive representation of one of the most significant groups of this era in jazz history featuring players from SUN RA and AACM."
MILES DAVIS SEPTET Live In Vienna 1973 CD
*** 2009 live archive release from the Jazz legend containing a previously unreleased complete performance from his 1973 European tour! Six tracks, three of them are 10+ minute workouts including a 23 minute version of 'Calypso Frelimo'."
DNA On DNA CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "The definitive collection of studio and live recordings by New York's seminal no wave band, DNA. Formed in 1978 by ARTO LINDSAY, the band featured two different lineups in their brief four year career, including stints by ROBIN CRUTCHFIELD, IKUE MORI, and TIM WRIGHT (PERE UBU)."
FIELD MUSIC Measure CD
*** "Field Music returns with a new 20-track double-album of gloriously rich English pop album that entwines the brothers' renewed love of the Rock music canon with a rediscovery of some of Pop's overlooked adventurers."
FLEET FOXES Fleet Foxes 2xCD
*** Two-disc import version containing 'Sun Giant EP.'
FRANCO & LE TPOK JAZZ Francophonic Vol. 2: 1980-1989 2xCD
*** "Francophonic finally gives Franco his due. Vol. 2: 1980-1989 comes out on the 70th anniversary of the artist's birth. From Sterns -- 'one of the world's finest disseminators of African music,' according to The New York Times."
JOAO GILBERTO Chega De Saudade CD
*** RECOMMENDED 24-track expanded edition of this 1959 album from the master of the Bossa Nova supplemented by the impossibly rare EP of songs from the film Black Orpheus and other recordings.
K.D. LANG Recollection 2xCD
*** "The best of k.d. lang. 2 discs - 11 classic tracks - 11 songs never before heard on a k.d. lang album."
HOT CHIP One Life Stand CD
HOT CHIP One Life Stand CD+DVD
*** "One Life Stand is the band's most boldly accomplished record yet, at once offbeat and anthemic, cerebral and danceable. Features the single 'One Life Stand'."
MADLIB Medicine Show Vol. 1: Before The Verdict CD
*** "The first installment in a 12 CD series from the California-based rapper/producer -- a full 17-track hip hop album with original tracks and 'the OJ Simpson remixes' featuring GUILTY SIMPSON. There are two brief guest appearances by MED and J DILLA."
MASSIVE ATTACK Heligoland CD
*** "Much anticipated fifth studio album from legendary trip-hop duo features guest vocals from DAMON ALBARN, HOPE SANDOVAL, MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD, GUY GARVEY, TUNDE ADEBIMPE and HORACE ANDY."
MERZBOW 13 Japanese Birds Vol. 13 CD
*** "This is the final CD in the 13 month/13 CD series of bird-inspired CDs from Merzbow. Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds is a 13 month series of releases inspired by Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue D'Oiseaux."
PAX NICHOLAS AND THE NETTEY FAMILY Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef CD
*** "Buried by bandleader FELA KUTI for more than 30 years, Nicholas Addo-Nettey's heavy afro-funk album was recorded with Africa 70 members in Ginger Baker's Lagos studio where many of Fela´s albums were recorded as well."
PENTANGLE Basket Of Light CD
*** UK remastered reissue of the British folk super-group's 1969 album. Includes 4 bonus tracks,
PRINCE LASHA Insight CD
*** "A rare, exotic-sounding record from Prince Lasha on plastic alto and wooden flute, two bassists, and some beautiful jazz-based harp, ala Dorothy Ashby. The record's got a beautiful balance of modern conception and soulful expression." On DUSTY GROOVE.
RAINCOATS Raincoats LP / CD
*** "Containing Slit's drummer Palmolive, The Raincoats were an all female band who owed nothing to male fantasy outfits like The Runaways, and produced a primeval punk-folk sound, with cheek, fun and a pinch of salt."
GIL SCOTT-HERON I'm New Here LP / CD
*** "A new record from Gil Scott-Heron, forty years after his first solo album, is a cause for major celebration and something that the world needs now more than ever."
SLUM VILLAGE Fantastic Vol. 2.10 2xCD
*** Updated version of the classic!
THE SOFT PACK The Soft Pack CD
*** Formerly known as MUSLIMS, The Soft Pack play no-frills, straight-shooting punk-rock-garage-rock. They've toured with all kinds of jerks & people like them.
TINDERSTICKS Falling Down A Mountain CD
*** "Picks up where the band's wonderful return to form on "The Hungry Saw" left off, delivering a follow up that brims with similar texture, swinging from exuberance to melancholy & back, with healthy tinges of 'Northern Soul' & STUART STAPLES' inimitable deadpan voice anchoring the album throughout."
YEASAYER Odd Blood CD
*** "If All Hour Cymbals was Yeasayer's attempt at global and ambient cultural mash-up then Odd Blood takes place in an off-world colony sometime after the Singularity. Glimmering reverb haze is eschewed and replaced by a cavalcade of disorienting pitch effects and flickering ectoplasmic wisps.
YELLOW SWANS Going Places LP+CD
*** "In April 2008, Yellow Swans announced their decision to split but neglected to announce that a final album was in the works. Distilled and reflective, Going Places retains the grit and damage of their earlier work, adds layers of harmony & pulsing rhythms, leaving an almost Kosmische narrative." Includes a bonus 70-minute CD of extra material.