roy ayers Silver Vibrations The first vinyl reissue of just one of the neo-soul classics from Rob Ayers, Silver Vibrations was originally released in 1983. 'Silver Vibrations' was perhaps the last album to retain the sound of Ayers' organic 'classic' period of the latter '70s and manages to stand up well under its current re-evaluation. "Chicago", the unedited version of which is exclusive to this L.P., received considerable airplay in its time and has barely faded from earshot ever since: "Its woozy, mysterious vibe and cosmic ruminations from Roy in the second half have certainly endured. The strutting, funky "Good, Good Music" echoes Ayers at his pre-'80s, up- tempo disco peak, sporting a grittier edge and an old-school party atmosphere. Title track "Silver Vibrations" was only ever released in the U.K., both on this album and as a single, backed with "Fast Money". Both "Lots Of Love" and "Keep On Movin'" hark back to previous times and are a pleasant listen without being at all taxing. "Smiling With Our Eyes" is mid- tempo, lilting and jazzy, with a vocal vaguely reminiscent of Stevie Wonder in places. The wistful "D.C. City", a close companion of Ubiquity's original recording of "The Third Eye" is, in many ways, quintessentially Roy Ayers." BBE Music CD | LP Pre-Order
The Specials Encore The Specials, one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time, release “Encore”, their first new music for 37 years on February 1st. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, and also marks 10 years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory. The 10-song “Encore” was produced by Specials founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter alongside Danish musician/producer Torp Larsen and indeed is the first time Hall, Golding & Panter have recorded new material together since the band’s 1981 No.1 single Ghost Town. UMC CD | LP Pre-Order
Mind Vortex Transformation EP Bringing a close to their four track ‘Transformation’ EP, Mind Vortex have made a welcome comeback for 2017. Since the beginning, they’ve etched a path for themselves which has woven itself around countless radio plays by tastemakers and Djing slots across the worldwide club circuit. It’s their expertly engineered cuts which have made them so notorious for imposing dancefloor annihilation, with a diverse back catalogue standing as a testament to this. The soundscape available to Mind Vortex is a versatile one. However, the ‘Transformation’ EP ties in four undeniably cutting tracks which pedestal their filthier underbelly. It’s this signature which has made them a staple on line ups across the globe. And they’ll continue to reign supreme on the dancefloors for years to come, with new music still waiting on the horizon. RAM Records 12"
J Dilla Donuts A modern classic re-issued on double LP, the album is mainly instrumental hip-hop, composed mostly of remixed sampled snippets, it received universal acclaim upon release from critics and it's legacy is undeniable. "an album of explosions and restraint, of precisely crafted balances and absurd breakdowns, of the senselessly affecting juxtaposition of the most powerful of dreams." - Michael Frauenhofer, PopMatters "Donuts was by far the album I've listened to most over the past year, and I feel like almost any of the songs off there I could say is my favourite." - Panda Bear Stones Thow LP Back in Stock!
Cypress Hill Till Death Do Us Part Double LP on 180g 'gold/black swirled' coloured vinyl. Released three years after Stoned Raiders, Latino hip hop group Cypress Hill returned in 2004 with their seventh studio album Till Death Do Us Part. On this album they flirt with reggae, particularly on “What’s Your Number” sampling The Clash’s “The Guns Of Brixton” plus “Ganja Bus” featuring vocals from Damian Marley. “Latin Thugs” is a characteristic Cypress Hill latin-mariachi rap and B-Real rocks with a clever cover of The Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” retitled “Busted In The Hood”. Till Death Do Us Part reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #23 an the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Cypress Hill are one of the main progenitors of West Coast hip hop in the early 1990s, releasing several critically acclaimed albums. B-Real’s high-pitched nasal vocals is one of the most striking aspects of the band. Till Death Do Us Part is available as a limited 15th Anniversary edition of 2.000 numbered copies on gold & black swirled vinyl. Music On Vinyl LP Pre-Order
Preacha ft Rider Shafique Chasing Dreams Known for his dub excursions on labels such as Dub Stuy, Zam Zam Sounds and Moonshine Recordings, Bukkha steps out under his Preacha moniker once again for NICE UP! with a deep, dark and brooding grime and trap influenced track. What started out initially as a remix project for another artist soon turned into a track of its own when badman MC and poet Rider Shafique stepped up on vocals, going deep on the subject of what drives us in his own inimitable style. Remixes come from US dubstep don DJ Madd who flips the pace a bit for his signature 160 style - heavy on the vibes, bass and bounce, while up and coming producer Casement twists it into a grime style banger incorporating elements of garage and jungle along the way. Essential package covering many basses! Nice Up! 12" Pre-Order
Brian Jonestown Massacre Who Killed Sgt Pepper? Vinyl reissue of the 11th studio album from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. A Recordings LP Pre-Order
The Cinematic Orchestra To Believe - Deluxe LP is on 180g white + clear vinyl with foil printed packaging. - Regular LP is on 180g black vinyl. (Both LPs include a download code.) Brand new album for 2019 from The Cinematic Orchestra on Ninja Tune, we really can't wait to hear this one! Great range of guests spots too, including Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Tawiah, Grey Reverend and Heidi Vogel. Ninja Tune CD | LP Pre-Order
Imogen Heap Speak For Yourself LP on 180g yellow/transparent coloured vinyl. Imogen Heap’s second album Speak for Yourself fuses her strong voice with electronic soundscapes and alternative rock movements. Frou Frou’s vocalist created this vulnerable atmosphere by searching for different ways to explore her emotions. On the hit single “Hide & Seek” she takes the minimalism to the extreme. The songs begins to drive as her mood becomes very upbeat and happy about the loss and getting over a relationship. While listening to “Goodnight and Go” you’ll hear an impressive guitar solo provided by the legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. It’s an all in one package where the music speaks for itself. Imogen Heap is known for her being part of the short-lived project Frou Frou. Afterwards she started a successful solo career. Speak for Yourself is available as a limited edition of 2.000 individually numbered copies on coloured (yellow & transparent mixed) vinyl. The package includes a 4 page booklet with pictures and lyrics. Music On Vinyl LP Pre-Order