v/a I'M GOING WHERE THE WATER DRINKS LIKE WINE: 18 Unsung Bluesmen Rarities 1923-1929 LP / CD
*** "The musicians highlighted here are the blues people that didn't become major figures, either constructed by myth or defined by history. These musicians didn't meet their destiny at a crossroad; no folk or blues label rediscovered them. They were all highly unique & recorded at a young age. For some, we don't even know their real names, since they cut a few 78rpm sides and left for who knows where." On SUB ROSA.
v/a PALENQUE PALENQUE : Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia CD
*** "21 pulsating tracks from the rise of the percussion-heavy champeta sound, born out of psychedelic Afro, Latin & Caribbean music inspired by the DJs of the 1970s onward. A magical era, a radical movement, some of the world's most eccentric and highly addictive modern dance music." On SOUNDWAY.
TRISTRAM CARY It's Time: Works For Film, Television, Exhibition & Sculpture LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "One of the most important, innovative, influential and almost-forgotten artists of all time, British/Australian electroacoustic composer, Tristram Cary. Without Tristram's inventions and musical experiments, Dr. Who would sound very different. We'd have no VCS3 synthesizers, no Brian Eno, no crazy electronics for Pink Floyd, etc. This is a retrospective of the composer's work, including some of his unreleased experimental music as well." On TRUNK.
ECCENTRIC BREAKS & BEATS CD / LP
*** "An extremely creative fan began to build a mega-mix of his favorite loops, breaks, and vocal snippets from the Numero catalog. Numero turned the tables on the pirate, seized the plates from the pressing plant and released it as the ultimate showcase for our seven years in business."
EMERALDS Does It Look Like I'm Here? CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Integrating complex analog and analog/digital hybrids as well as guitar synthesizers have yielded outstanding results for our heroes. Perfect melodies intertwined with ripping sequences and a new shortened 'pop format' for the jams. Fresh, shiny and totally essential."
KENNY GRAHAM & HIS SATELLITES Moondog And Suncat Suites CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A very rare LP of British jazz interpretations of MOONDOG originals engineered by a very young JOE MEEK is an exotic, ethereal and timeless album that will inspire, haunt, beguile and charm for many years to come." On TRUNK.
ANGUS MACLISE Cloud Doctrine 2xCD
*** "159 minutes of minimal electronic music, readings, and soundtracks from the archives of composer, poet, occultist, calligrapher, and original VELVET UNDERGROUND drummer Angus Maclise from 1963-1976, featuring Tony Conrad and John Cale among others." On SUB ROSA.
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER Returnal LP / CD
*** "Returnal sees Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never project fine-tune his craft for the creation of deep atmospheres and textures even further. Mind-blowing triptychs, noise/rhythm excess, calm zones, melancholy most chilling."
ROEDELIUS Lustwandel CD
*** "The third studio album by Hans-Joachim Roedelius, originally released by Sky Records in 1981 is a series of chamber music pieces, with grand piano solos taking center stage in some places, archaised percussion patterns in others."
ROEDELIUS The Diary Of The Unforgotten LP / CD
*** "Diary, AKA Selbstportrait VI, is a collection of recordings from the years 1972 to 1978 while Hans-Joachium Roedelius and Dieter Moebius (CLUSTER), later joined by Michael Rother (NEU!), lived out on a idyllic country estate. It was here that the windswept character of Selbstportrait VI was laid down in sporadic lo-fi recordings: Roedelius just let the tape machine run, without overdubs."
CHARANJIT SINGH Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat CD
*** "Recorded in 1982 in India, 5 years before the first acid house record, a few hundred copies of the LP were pressed, performed on the type of synths that would later define acid house, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies."
SKREAM Outside The Box 4xLP / 2xCD
*** "Limited edition 2CD box set with a bonus CD of new Skreamizm tracks. This is Croydon DJ, producer and original dubstepper Skream's highly-anticipated second album. 14 tracks of hip-hop, bass-wobbling dubstep, dreamy electronica, a dark and tribal track with LA ROUX and more."
BRIAN WILSON Reimagines Gershwin CD
*** "The quintessential signature sound of Brian Wilson elegantly combined with the timeless classic melodies of the Gershwin Brothers."