Annie Mac Presents 2017 Annie Mac / Various Artists Details on tracklist to come soon! but we're sure it's going to contain some absolute gems from the year. Britain’s premier music tastemaker Annie Mac returns this Autumn with her definitive selection of her favourite tracks from the past year: Annie Mac Presents 2017. The AMP 2017 compilation will be the seventh in the highly anticipated series. Annie's AMP live events series has grown from humble beginnings at the small third room in London's recently closed Fabric nightclub, to curating stages at some of the world's biggest festivals (from Ultra Festival to Creamfields to Coachella), embarking on nationwide tours in both the U.K and the U.S, and launching its very own 'Lost and Found' festival in Malta, now in its second year. Meanwhile Annie's career as a globally renowned DJ and broadcaster goes from strength to strength. A certified main stage festival DJ, she is also now Radio 1's ambassador for new music. Broadcasting from Monday to Friday from 7pm across the week, Annie has consolidated her position in the music industry as one of its most powerful tastemakers. Known for spotting the stars of tomorrow today, many artists credit Annie for their first break, while labels plan their releases around her on air premieres. With the music that Annie champions being more ubiquitous than ever, never has an AMP compilation felt more reflective of the popular music zeitgeist. Featuring Bicep, J Hus, Little Dragon, Frank Ocean, Jorja Smith, Sampha, Wolf Alice and Stormzy to name a few, the tracklisting encompasses both upcoming and established artists, of varying genres. Boasting everything from international floorfillers, through US Hip Hop to UK Grime and Alt Rock, AMP 2017 demonstrates how the dancefloor is breaking down more boundaries and proving more integrated than ever before. Released as a 2CD set with 36 tracks over 2 mixes. Virgin EMI CD
45 Adapter Coaster We've got some of these rather cool looking sets of six over-sized 45 adapters that are actually coasters, made of hard-wearing solid black plastic. There's a few variations of this product out there on the market, but these are by far the best and most realistic ones we've seen. Pretty neat!
St. Vincent / Nina Kraviz Presents MASSEDUCTION Rewired St. Vincent's 2017 album MASSEDUCTION is getting a new remix album curated by Nina Kraviz. Nina Kraviz presents MASSEDUCTION Rewired features remixes from Jlin, Laurel Halo, Mala, Batu, Pearson Sound, Hieroglyphic Being, Midland, and more. The new remix album follows St. Vincent’s 2018 album MASSEDUCATION, which featured stripped down recordings of MASSEDUCTION's songs. LP
Jamie xx IDONTKNOW The new 12" release from the excellent Kingston visitor Jamie xx. “Idontknow” is Jamie’s first solo artist release since his highly acclaimed BRIT and GRAMMY ® nominated 2015 debut album In Colour. Without knowing the artist behind it, people have been raving to “Idontknow” since late autumn 2019 when Jamie first debuted the track. Since then, the track has taken on a life of its own in clubs and on dancefloors around the world, garnering huge support from the likes of Ben UFO, Four Tet, Caribou, HAAi and Bicep, or via Jamie’s own residency on NTS Radio and the series of last minute, word-of-mouth parties he threw in aid of the MIND and CALM charities at north London’s the Cause (where he was joined by the likes of Four Tet, HAAi and Koreless) and beyond. Young Turks 12"
Disclosure Ecstasy A new 12" from the ever on form Lawrence brothers, aka Disclosure, who visited Kingston for a release show not so long ago! These guys are bonafide modern house-legends, here they present 5 new tracks that follow on from the singles Moonlight and Ultimatum. Pressed on 180g 'blue' coloured vinyl. The EP's title track ‘Ecstasy' kicked off the week when the brothers played it during a live mix on the band's YouTube channel from Guys kitchen. On the track they said "This song came into existence early 2019 during a writing session at Guy's house in London. We were curiously chopping up samples from various 70s disco and soul records when suddenly, Fantasy by Aquarium Dream gave us the exact thing we were searching for. This song is made entirely to get a human being to their feet and directly to the dance floor." Next up was ‘Tondo' – which received a BBC Radio 1 play from Annie Mac on Tuesday night: "Over the past few years, we have been exploring more and more African genres of music. This specific track samples the great Cameroonian musician Eko Roosevelt. If this track is anything, it's fast, punchy & above all... fun." The brothers took to YouTube to premiere the third track ‘Expressing What Matters' on Wednesday night which saw fans tuning in to chat to Guy & Howard and hear the latest release. "This track samples the legendary song Lowdown by Boz Scaggs. We really wanted to try and focus in on those wonderful backing vocals that permeate through the original & give it such soul. They ended up becoming the focal point of the entire track... being chopped and skewed to their limit. The whole thing was one big audio science experiment for us." Zane Lowe premiered yesterday's track ‘Etran' on his Beats 1 show – which once again, explores further African flavours. "The bulk of the song samples Niger-based band Etran Finatawa. With this track we are exploring an idea... How far can we take a sound that is somewhere in the realm of house music, until it morphs into a whole new being? Colliding genres together in a mash of pulsating, repeating rhythms and tones... this is the furthest we have ever taken that idea." Following the Zane play of Etran, Disclosure later confirmed that a fifth and final track ‘Get Close' would be available at midnight GMT completing the five track ‘Ecstasy' EP. On this final offering of the week, Disclosure said "Years ago we wrote a song called Get Close that never saw the light of day. We aren't usually ones to go back to an old idea after so long, but we never got that hook out of our heads." 12" Pre-Order
Mark Ronson Version Mark Ronson's covers album Version comes to vinyl! 12 classic tracks turned on their head and recreated into visionary floor-fillers. Highlights include Dirt McGirt (aka ODB) spitting verses on Britney's "Toxic", Coldplay's "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" getting the once over with the Daptone Horns, plus a wonky post-punk reggae reworking of The Jam's "Pretty Green" with vocals by up-and-coming singer Santo Gold. Then there's the soulful, stellar Motown revival of The Smiths' classic "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", Robbie Williams singing on a cover of The Charlatans "The Only One I Know" and Amy Winehouse repaying the favour for "Back In Black" with a superb rendition of The Zutons "Valerie". Add to that stellar appearances from Lily Allen, Kasabian, Phantom Planet and Paul Smith, and I think you'll agree we have a bit of a winner here. Sony BMG LP
Dave Clarke The Desecration Of Desire Indies LP is on heavyweight black vinyl and includes a limited art print. The first album in in 14 years from the techno/electro legend Dave Clarke, following up from his 2003 album Devils Advocate. A dark and intense record that features some ace guest spots from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Gazelle Twin, Anika and more. Clarke describes The Desecration Of Desire as more of a proper album than his prior two efforts. Instead of a techno focus, we're told it reflects his lifelong love of punk, new wave, noise and industrial music. "The desire to write songs has been bubbling in me for ages. 'Devil's Advocate' and 'Archive One' felt like collections. This one's more like a book, a chronology. I'm so happy with my studio. I've stayed away from club music. Finally, it's just me, my imagination and a touch of fearlessness about opening up." BMG CD | LP
The Simonsound / DJ Format Reverse Engineering The Simonsound is a duo made up of Matt Ford (aka DJ Format) and friend Simon James (who released Welcome To Mars) for their debut album. "The perfect marriage of the analogue stylings of the Radiophonic Workshop or Dick Hymen and the funk and jazz sample fodder that served Hip Hop so well in its early years. Imagine Kool Herc spinning the soundtrack to one of the World Expo’s and you’ll be partway there" DJ Food.org www.myspace.com/thesimonsound First Word Records CD