Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (22nd May)

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Dance floor euphoria, animal field recordings, jazz-fueled hip-hop and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Singles


India Jordan

For You

(Local Action)

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Though dance floor euphoria may seem like a memory now, enter India Jordan to remind you of what it feels like, with their new EP on Local Action – For You. Across its halcyon-hued, filter-house-fuelled, six tracks, Jordan also weaves in drum’n’bass and happy hardcore influences. While all bounce, title track ‘For You’ steals the show, with that deceptively simple, but difficult perfect, combination of memorable lyrics wrapped around energetic hook and just the right amount of flourishes. It’s exactly the kind of song you’ll hope to hear far and wide, wrapped in the arms of all your friends at once. – GH


Credit 00 / Egyptian Lover

Super Scratch

(FM)

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Prague-based FM label kicks off its inaugural trilogy of releases coupling hip-hop-influenced club music with laboriously designed sleeves. Its first outing is a six-tracker by Rat Life Records’ head honcho Credit 00, including three remixes by one of the LA’s most loved rap and dance music artists, Egyptian Lover. Super Scratch is a stripped-back affair, transforming beat culture into a fresh take on heady electro. Especially notable are the fuzzy downtempo of ‘Ost Block’ and Egyptian Lover’s acid-tinged head-spinner instrumental remix of ‘Super Scratch’. – LS


Contact Music

Keep on Dance

(Tempo Dischi)

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Tempo Dischi sprang to life last year with two reissues from Steel Mind and Automat, and this third quantum leap onto the Italo-disco dance floors of the early ‘80s unearths the proto house workout of Keep on Dance. The sample-heavy result of three DJ’s reformulating Antonio Curaco’s percussion, Keep on Dance neatly structures electronic and acoustic drums into formations that were not common place in 1983 but have certainly gained a lot of currency in the years since. – JH


Soul Supreme

‘Check The Rhime’ / ‘Lyrics To Go’

(Soul Supreme Records)

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Giving two classic Tribe songs a jazz facelift, Soul Supreme, in essence, take us back to the root of the beauty in those original renditions – their jazz-led samples. With an increased focus on the musicality and horn section, the DJ and producer doesn’t just recreate timeless rap records, but also takes on a journey through the lineage of how jazz became rap and back again. – JB


HAJJ

Dédicace à Personne

(Brothers From Different Mothers)

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Brothers From Different Mothers aka BFDM welcome visual artist and composer HAJJ with his debut EP Dedocace a Personne. Alongside his role as co-founder of record label Dawn, HAJJ holds down the radio show Souffrance FM on LYL radio, exploring the atmospheric depths of music – such as the sounds of Schnell records, a collective that makes Dadaist music. Dédicace à Personne is a 3-track EP that aligns atmospheric ambience with spoken word, seen most clearly in ‘My Love Is Rotten To The Core’, which was originally recorded as a soundtrack to a film about HAJJ’s home town. Combining these elements of abstraction, the EP descends further into the ether with experimental percussion of ‘I Tried To Tell Ya Something Through This Fucking Phone’, before the adventure is rounded off with the slight jungle persuasion of ‘Dad Is Destroying The World For My Sake’. – EH


LPs


Various Artists

BLACK RIOT

(Soul Jazz)

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Soul Jazz collects tracks from the UK’s early ’90s jungle, rave and hardcore scenes in its latest compilation, BLACK RIOT. Hyped sonics to rattle your brainwaves out to, its 12-tracks include music from DJ SS, Babylon Timewarp, Leviticus, and Nu Jacks featuring Ivory Ranks. The release also features a limited-edition graphic mini-novel Black Riot: The Mysterons save Planet Earth from the Xatheroid Angels by illustrator Paulo Parisi. – GH


Ann McMillan

Gateway Summer Sound: Abstracted Animal and Other Sounds

(Smithsonian Folkways)

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Some true oddities of animal sound and field recording can be found within the Smithsonian Folkways vaults, and amongst the latest batch of reissues from the label we have this set of trailblazing tape manipulations from Ann McMillan. Taking the sounds of birds, frogs and insects as raw material for collage and experimentation, bells, gongs and the summer environment of New York Harbor combine with the fauna for this striking electronic reverie from 1979. – JH


Nidia

Nao Fales Nela Que A Mentes

(Principe)

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Lisbon/Bordeaux-based producer Nídía’s unveils a powerful combination of dance music and soul in second album Nao Fales Nela Que A Mentes. It’s a fresh delivery of 11-tracks exploring the depths of Afro-Portuguese dance music as well as showcasing the growing maturity of her production style. For example, the album’s intro weaves a melancholic, driving percussion with silence. Elsewhere, ‘Popo’ moves through the sensibilities of trap, bouncing alongside waves of Arabic motifs, whilst ’Capacidades’ invokes feelings of joy and nostalgia, all of which feeds into the final fanfare of ‘Emotions’. Throughout the LP, Nídia sustains, and effortlessly, nods at loads of musical styles, creating a sensational album along the way.EH


Rafael Anton Irisarri

Peripeteia

(DAIS Records)

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Following a string of acclaimed releases for Lawrence English’s Room 40, the Mexican outlet Umor Rex, and a recent collaboration with Leandro Fresco for A Strangely Isolated Place, Anton Irisarri teams up with Dais Records to deliver his most personal work to date. Spanning over nine tracks, Peripeteia is an emotional tour-de-force swelling with rich distortions, sorrowful harmonies and poignant choral interventions. Both pensive and tempestuous it unravels Irissari’s inner world with sublime power that soars beyond the personal to saturate every crack of our perplexing reality. – LS


Populous

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(Wonderwheel Recordings)

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Hailing from Lecce in Southern Italy, Populous’ new album is a creation of the world he imagines for himself and the various scenes that inspire the soundscape such as vogue, electronica, erotic as well as the Berlin techno sound. Throughout the album, you also hear the dancehall influences that’s inspired the producer’s artistry but it’s the marrying of the various cultures and sounds that shines throughout. – JB

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