v/a R&B HIPSHAKERS Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch CD
*** RECOMMENDED "The second volume of rockin' R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog ca. 1956-1967 -- 20 killer cuts selected by DJ Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville/WFMU. Virtuosic instrumentals, classy love songs, unholy dances & holy nonsense."
v/a RED HOT + RIO 2 2XCD
*** "Red Hot + Rio 2 is a contemporary take on the late 60s Brazilian Tropicália & features 34 original collaborations between Brazils legendary musicians and some of the best of today s international indie, R&B, and pop artists."
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS Headstone: Contact Sessions 2xCD
*** "The Contact Sessions were the first studio recordings by The 13th Floor Elevators, recorded in Texas in January and February 1966, which never saw the light of day in those heady drug-filled days. Mono & stereo versions included!"
DENNIS COFFEY Big City Funk: Original Old School Breaks & Heavy Guitar Soul CD
*** "Dennis Coffey (born in Detroit, Michigan) is notable as a prominent studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings. This comp is culled from four studio albums cut between 1971 & 1974 and are not unlike a big personal advertisement for potential film score work. Raw, big city breakbeat funk."
ALICE COLTRANE Universal Consciousness / Lord Of Lords CD
*** RECOMMENDED Holy smokes, we're about to get REAL heavy here! Choice import of two of Alice Coltrane's finest moments on one disc. Heartbreaking strings married to chaotic jazz, Alice's harp & piano playing... ah, holy smokes. This woman is a religion.
DEMDIKE STARE Tryptych 3xCD
*** "Four albums worth of music! KPM Library records meets Basic Channel! Hypnagogic & hauntological, based largely on obscure library records to long-forgotten jazz, early electronic & industrial recordings, alongside an array of Iranian, Pakistani, Turkish & Eastern European material re-aligned via an array of analog machines, ending with something that is in part plunderphonic."
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & DAN MELCHOIR Desperate Little Town LP / CD
*** "Reissue of a great lost album originally released on Sympathy For The Record Industry. Recorded in London & California with Bruce Brand (HEADCOATS) on percussion, this album features 10 tracks."
GOOGOOSH Googoosh CD
*** "The East's best kept secret? Some of the rarest, heart-melting pop music in the world -- mid-tempo pop peons with pulsating rhythm sections awash with expertly orchestrated strings from 'Iran's Daughter'."
KATE SIMKO Lights Out CD
*** "Debut full-length of delicate fluttering percussions, effortless yet hypnotic drone, dark, sexy meanderings of minimal mastery, intricate rhythms and time-stopping harmonies! Vivid."
WASHED OUT Within & Without LP+MP3+7" / CD
*** "Washed Out is the operational alias for Atlanta, GA's Ernest Greene recorded with Ben Allen who co-produced Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillio & Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest."
ANDRE WILLIAMS Movin' On With Andre Williams CD
*** RECOMMENDED Compiling some of Andre's most down & dirty, dark & funky soul tracks from the '60s for Fortune, Avin, Sport, Wingate, Ric-Tic, Checker & Chess. Featuring "Bacon Fat," "JailBait" & "The Greasy Chicken." MUST HAVE.