Thursday, September 6, 2007

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Arthur Russell, Cornel West, Cepia

CEPIA Natura Morta CD
*** "Uncannily unique pairing of lilting melodies with beats arranged to an astonishing degree of detail. Tracks like "The Undeniable Bend" coast on grainy, minor-key synth stabs and erratic melodies while layers of digital disjecta burst and crackle across the stereo field; never has computer-based music approximated the environ of the outdoors in late afternoon so effectively, and clearly this conjuring of the natural via the synthetic is Miller's gift to music."

DINOSAUR L 24->24 Music CD
*** "Dinosaur L is an alias donned by Arthur Russell, a man whose contribution to innovative and left field dance music from the late '70s and through the '80s scored several hits on the underground New York dance scene at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan was a huge supporter). For the first time ever, Dinosaur L’s 24->24 Music is on compact disc in a deluxe digipak with extended artwork (based on the original sleeve) and liner notes. Includes the original album tracklisting plus rare 12” remixes and edits."

NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Challengers Executive Edition 4xCD
*** Totally wild deal for the new New Pornographers. 4 discs comprised of the new album; b-sides, demos, and alternate mixes; a live album; and a disc of odds and ends. Nice. And it's only $5 more than the regular album.

CORNEL WEST & BMWMB Never Forget: A Journey Of Revelations CD
*** "Dr. Cornel West, one of America's most prominent black intellectuals, has teamed up with Hidden Beach Recordings to produce one of the most important and socially-conscious music projects to be released in 2007. Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations is a riveting, thought-compelling approach to raise the consciousness of the mainstream music consumer through a positive lyrical approach. Features ANDRE 3000, JILL SCOTT, KRS ONE, PRINCE, BLACK THOUGHT and more.