Throwing Shade / Machinedrum / Ibibio Sound Machine Amai Ndiwulule / Lewasi / Dream Scene Ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey made 35,000 recordings across Africa between the 1920s & 70s, in an epic bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations. Sixty-five years later, artists are being allowed to access the archives of the International Library of African Music (ILAM) for the first time, with contemporary producers putting a fresh perspective on the never-heard-before sounds to help bring them to a new generation. Beating Heart is a music initiative which seeks to use sounds of the past to address problems of the present - money raised will go directly to help communities where the music was originally recorded. Beating Heart 12"
Horsepower Productions Crooks, Crime & Corruption If previous Horsepower records were defined in part by a commitment to darkness, then the new album sees a certain amount of light emerging through the cracks. Just check the summer BBQ vibes of ‘Bak 2 NY’, or the balmy shuffle of ‘Curiosity’. At the other end of the spectrum the sticky weed paranoia and industrial clank of ‘Ruf Justice’, all gunfire and sirens over punishing sub-bass. Tempa CD | LP
Visionist Safe Debut album from London experimental producer Visionist On ‘Safe’, Visionist makes his most personal statement yet. Distilling his influences down to a sparse palette of manipulated folk, pop and R&B acapellas, icy synths, and metallic drum samples, he plays off ever-present anxiety and his own battle not to let it overwhelm him The album traces the arc of an anxiety attack, from its onset through to recovery. Following the stately discord of brief opener “You Stayed,” the grimy, ballistic assault of “Victim” sends its targets diving into mirrored corners. “I’ve Said” is a brutal, almost militant advance, its sound cutting in and out as though transmitted via shortwave radio. “Too Careful To Care” trades in skittering paranoia, with the soporific “Sleep Luxury” closing out affairs. Pan CD | LP
House Of Black Lanterns Truth & Loss Brand new project from Dylan Richards, formerly known as King Cannibal (Ninja Tune) and Zilla (Warp). He also used to work here in the Beggars Banquet days too! Great slab of dark techno-not-techno with next level dark, cinematic production throughout. Retaining the earlier influence of DJ Krust’s sprawling drum & bass soundscapes, House of Black Lanterns sees Richards develop his sound to incorporate the dub-inflected techno textures of Rhythm & Sound whilst nodding to the catchy, yet occasionally bleak floorfillers of Trax, all inspired by the modern noir visual style of Michael Mann. https://www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-Black-Lanterns Houndstooth 12"
Kahn & Neek Lupus et Urpus The long-awaited debut album from Young Echo / Bandulu dons Kahn & Neek is here - Lupus et Urpus is the name, and it contains 13 tracks of baddest vibe grime, kaleidoscopic rhythm, melody and tripped out soundsystem sonics.... A nice twist up of experimental / and straight up gunfinger material....We still remember bumping into the two outside of our building (they had their studio just a few metres away from our front door) in recent years, from time to time - asking them 'when's that album coming then?'.Well now we can finally shut up, because it's here in all its glory. And it's been worth the wait - it feels like the time it took, was taken for a reason, in order to let the sound grow and expand from the earlier, more straight up bristol grime sound they had already mastered and accomplished, in favour of a more sonically expansive, extra-warped aesthetic and sound palette. Tempos lock in from slower stepping type vibes, up to the good ol' 140bpm mark (it just works, doesn't it?). Overdriven square waves or 808s make way for twisted, far-out samples that remind us of O$VMV$M's finest works, and on some of the tracks we're lured into subtle shifts of melody and rhythm, in favour of big drops geared for the wheel up. The end result is a true 'album' in the sense that it demands repeated exploration, to familiarise yourself with the sound and the mood, and to dive into the details. Kahn & Neek 12" Pre-Order
Dizzee Rascal Don't Take It Personal Indies exclusive LP is on 'yellow w/ red splatter' coloured vinyl.Undisputed UK music icon Dizzee Rascal returns with the electrifying new album “Don’t Take It Personal”, out February 9th via Big Dirte3 Records Ltd. Standing tall against his best work, the record is a potent reminder of how Dizzee’s legendary status came to be, capturing him in incendiary form as he flows effortlessly through a collection of distinctly UK genres with unrivalled ease. Centred by swaggering flows and formidable wordplay, Dizzee’s latest body of work is yet another victory lap on what is one of the defining rap music legacies, and as the bars continue to rain down, just remember - it’s nothing personal. BIG DIRTE3 RECORDS CD | LP Pre-Order
Various Artists Atlas / 3 For us at 1985 Music, our Various Artists series are extremely important. It not only provides a great platform to celebrate music from a wide range of artists, but it also enables us to push the parameters of underground music. We are very excited to share the third and final part of our Atlas series which includes both new and familiar faces. 1985 Music 12"
Skepta Cant Play Myself (A Tribute To Amy) Exclusive 12” yellow vinyl for the release of the single extended version of “Can’t Play Myself (A Tribute To Amy)”. B side etched with Mas Tiempo doves logo. island 12" Pre-Order