• A lost 1984 recording by Peter Zummo & Arthur Russell set for vinyl release

    By | January 10, 2018

    Sounds from the downtown NYC underground. 

    A Peter Zummo recording session featuring Arthur Russell is being released on vinyl for the first time, this March via FOOM.

    Read next: Arthur Russell changed my life: 11 artists pick their favourite Arthur Russell records

    Frame Loop includes five tracks, originally recorded live in single takes, and described by Zummo as “a​n ​exercise in spontaneous arrangement”.

    It features Arthur Russell on electric cello, alongside Bill Ruyle on marimba and Mustafa Ahmed on congas.

    The album follows Zummo’s recent collaboration with Tom Skinner on his Watermelon Sun LP, one of our favourite albums of 2017.

    Pre-order a copy of Frame Loop here ahead of its 2nd March release, listen to ‘Song II: Right; Off The Beat’ and check out the track list below.


    1. Song II: Left; On The Beat—Variations
    2. Song II: Right; Off The Beat 07:08
    3. Song I: Extract
    4. Song II: Left; Off The Beat
    5. Song II: Right; Off The Beat—Negative Ions

  • A forgotten album from Arthur Russell’s cult band is being reissued for the first time

    By | July 25, 2017

    The Necessaries rescued from obscurity.

    Musician and producer Arthur Russell’s notorious inability to ‘finish’ projects he started meant he released just three full length albums under his name, before his untimely death at 40 years young.

    Read more: Arthur Russell changed my life: 11 artists pick their favourite Arthur Russell records of all time

    No reflection of his musical output, Russell was a prolific solo artist and collaborator. From disco to hip-hop to punk to pop to realising un-categorisable, futuristic electronic sounds, Russell’s uniqueness lay not only in his talent as a musician and producer, but also in his fearlessness in traversing different genres and musical scenes in New York City.

    Case in point: Russell was recording and releasing some of disco’s most seminal records (Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang’ and Loose Joints ‘Is It All Over My Face’ during the very same years he was adding keyboard, vocal, cello and songwriting skills to The Necessaries.

    First released in 1982, the Event Horizon LP is actually an overhaul of The Necessaries’ 1981 debut record Big Sky, with Russell himself describing the reworked album as the product of “some shuffling, some trimming of deadweight and the setting of real gems in their place. The biggest plus – ‘More Real’ is easily the prettiest song the Zombies never wrote.”

    Reissued by Be With Records, and remastered by Simon Francis, the album, which also features extensive liner notes from Fact Mag’s Mikey IQ Jones, comes in the wake of a string of Arthur Russell single and album releases last year, as well as The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s spring 2016 display of his archives.

    For more info and to pre-order a copy, head to Be With Records now.

  • Arthur Russell’s archives to go on display at Brooklyn Academy of Music

    By | March 1, 2017

    The avant-garde cellists’s personal archives are being shown to the public for the first time.

    Photographs, lyrics and never-before-heard recordings by the late disco icon Arthur Russell are set to go on display at Brooklyn Academy of Music this spring.

    Read next: 11 artists pick their favourite Arthur Russell records

    The archives of the World of Echo artist were recently acquired by the New York Public Library, and a selection of his notes, scores and tapes have been chosen for the exhibition, titled Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers.

    Along with the archive exhibition, an Arthur Russell film night will be held at BAM Rose Cinemas on April 20 featuring the 2008 documentary Wild Combination and a rare Russell performance captured on video. The screening also includes a post-show panel discussion with director Matt Wolf, Audika Records owner Steve Knutson and Russell’s partner, Tom Lee. Tickets go on sale on March 13 to BAM members and March 20 to the general public. See the trailer for Wild Combination below.

    BAM has also created a playlist to accompany the exhibition, which you can stream here.

    Get an insight into Russell’s impact on New York’s dance and experimental scenes with his 10 essential records.

    Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers runs from March 1 to May 14 in Peter Jay Sharp Building of BAM.

    Photo: Janette Beckman

  • Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals to be reissued on vinyl

    By | December 8, 2016

    One of his greatest achievements.

    Arthur Russell‘s masterpiece Instrumentals will be reissued as a double LP set next year via Audika Records, who this year gave the minimalist oddity Tower of Meaning its first ever re-release.

    Read next: 11 artists pick their favourite Arthur Russell records

    The album catches Russell before his disco phase and before his World of Echo. Composed in 1974, Instrumentals was inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura. “I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music,” Arthur said of the work.

    The piece was initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle but Instrumentals was in fact only performed in excerpts at a string of concerts and as works in progress. Most recently, Love Of Life Orchestra’s Peter Gordon has taken the resurrected project on the road.

    As well as the original ‘Instrumentals’ pieces, the remastered vinyl edition will include the tracks ‘Reach One’ and ‘Sketch for “Face of Helen”‘, which the label describes as “two of Arthur’s most elusive compositions”. The release will also include liner notes by Tim Lawrence, Ernie Brooks and Arthur Russell. Find the artwork and tracklist below.

    Due on 24 February 2017, pre-order Instrumentals from Audika.

    Arthur Russell Instrumentals


    01. ‘Instrumentals’ Vol. 1
    02. ‘Instrumentals’ Vol. 2
    03. ‘Sketch for “Face Of Helen”’
    04. ‘Reach One’

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    VF Mix 70: The Saxophone by Peter Gordon

    By | October 27, 2016

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    A terrific instrumental tribute to the sax.

    “I’ve always been drawn to sax players with a robust and raucous tone, playing funky melodic solos,” Peter Gordon says. Although he’s best known for producing futuristic records for Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, The Flying Lizards and Peter Zummo, Gordon is a saxophonist himself.

    After attending Mills College with Robert Ashley and Terry Riley, Gordon moved to the Big Apple in 1975, where his Love of Life Orchestra first gained attention at downtown spots like The Kitchen. A friend and frequent collaborator of Arthur Russell, Gordon had a hand in Dinosaur L’s ‘Go Bang! #5 / Clean On Your Bean #1’, our top disco record of all time, and recently he toured Russell’s seminal Instrumentals.

    Less known is career in theatre, television, and film (he was one of the orchestrators on the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind OST for example), which will explain the numerous themes that star in this mix, including Taxi Driver and The Pink Panther.

    Now Peter is in his mid-60s and still collapsing musical walls; just last month collaborating with The Charlatan front Tim Burgess for a new album, Same Language, Different Worlds. To mark the release, Gordon has mixed an hour of records by Bernard Hermann, Sonny Rollins and himself.

    “This mix features the sax as lead instrument, across a range of genres,” he explains. “Collectively, these represent my personal ideal of saxophone tone. (The final track is the exception, featuring Acker Bilk’s Joe Meek-produced clarinet.)” Find the complete tracklist below.


    01. Bernard Hermann – Theme from ‘Taxi Driver’
    02. King Curtis – ‘Ode to Billie Joe’
    03. The Champs – ‘Tequila’
    04. Jr. Walker & The All-Stars – ‘Cleo’s Back’
    05. Rockin’ Rebels – ‘Wild Weekend’
    06. Candy Dulfer – ‘Lily Was Here’
    07. Sam Butera – ‘Night Train’
    08. Big Jay McNeely – ‘Deacon’s Hop’
    09. David Murray/Jamaladeen Tecuma – ‘Theme on A Dream 2: 80’s Downtown’
    10. Earl Bostic – ‘Harlem Nocturne’
    11. Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd – ‘Desafinado’
    12. Henry Mancini – ‘Pink Panther Theme’
    13. Bill Doggett – ‘Honky Tonk, Pt 2’
    14. Vernard Johnson – ‘What Is This?’
    15. Peter Gordon – ‘Waiting for the Dawn’
    16. Sonny Rollins – ‘Alfie’s Theme’
    17. Mr. Acker Bilk – ‘Stranger on the Shore’

  • Peter Zummo prepares new album for Optimo Music; stream ‘The Tape Is Chill’ now

    By | June 20, 2016

    Arthur Russell-collaborator set to release Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) on vinyl.

    Arthur Russell’s trombonist of choice and all-round unsung hero of the New York downtown scene, Peter Zummo is set to release an album of new material via Glasgow label Optimo Music and, as you’d expect, his tape is seriously chill.

    Read next: Arthur Russell changed my life – 11 artists pick their favourite records

    Featuring 30 minutes of new music cut at 45rpm, the mini-LP is centred around the track ‘The Tape Is Chill’, recorded several times in different locations by several different collaborators. Zummo lays out the concept below:

    In this project for Optimo, the listener can hear that my musical food
    pyramid has musicians at top, or maybe they are at the bottom. In any
    case, they are important. That is why, from track to track, I selected
    segments in which one player or another is featured in the take. Some
    may think that we musicians do multiple takes to get the perfect
    performance, but I like to find the special interactions lurking in
    each excursion. Different players came forward in each of the takes,
    which were recorded in the studios Seaside Lounge and Headroom, in
    Brooklyn, and live in performances at Cube Cinema, in Bristol, U.K.,
    as well as in Long Island City and on Staten Island, New York.

    In order to escape the tyranny of the lyric, I am exploring in this
    release the possibilities of nonsensical and non-emotional lyrics.
    These kinds of lyrics bring the singing voices into the mix without an
    overweening message. The tracks include open-form compositions in
    which the duration was not specified.

    This will mark the second release for Zummo on Optimo, after JD twitch’s label reissues his epic Zummo With an X back in 2012. His album Lateral Pass was also treated to a vinyl reissue last year.

    Dress Code (Don’t Look At My Car) will be released on Optimo Music on 9th September. Stream ‘The Tape Is Chill’ below:

  • Arthur Russell’s cult disco classic ‘Go Bang #5’ gets vinyl reissue

    By | April 7, 2016

    Originally published on FACT

    The Francois K-produced track comes with an extended Walter Gibbons remix.

    A vintage disco cut recorded by Arthur Russell under his Dinosaur L alias in 1982 is to get reissued by US label Get On Down, RA reports.

    Produced by Francois K, ‘Go Bang #5’ was originally released by Russell and Will Socolov’s Sleeping Bag Records. The original was backed with ‘Clean On Your Bean’, but the new version will instead feature an extended version of the track remixed by Walter Gibbons.

    As the label explains, Francois K’s mix of ‘Go Bang #5’ was commissioned by the label to provide a more DJ-friendly mix for those who found the version featured on the 24-24 Music album “too complex for the dance floor.” While the mix by Gibbons isn’t as dramatic as that of Francis K, the label says his epic version retains the more freestyle spirit of the track’s original sessions.

    As well as the Dinosaur L reissue, Get On Down will reissue another disco classic from the same era: Class Action’s ‘Weekend’, which comes with a remix by Paradise Garage legend Larry Levan.

    Both records are released on April 18. They follow the reissue of some other classic Arthur Russell material: the singles from his disco outfit Loose Joints are being collected for this year’s Record Store Day.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (4th April)

    By | April 4, 2016


    We select the 10 most essential vinyl releases of the last 7 days.

    No fooling around here; April kicks off with a string of unmissable records. Album highlights include the first release from Black Mountain in six years, another masterpiece from the Arthur Russell vaults, and a collab between Japan’s Nissennenmondai and dub’s Adrian Sherwood.

    Meanwhile in the singles bag, wrap your ears around 12″s and 7″s from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Babeheaven, Donato Dozzy and Suzanne Kraft.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond with help from Norman Records. 5 singles and 5 LPs every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


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    Unknown Mortal Orchestra & SILICON



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    In which two brothers remix a song by the other brother. Both songs are about phones and we all love phones, right? The SILICON remix of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is particularly impressive being a cut and spliced squelchy take on one of the top tunes from Multi-Love.

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    Donato Dozzy

    Squadra Quadra

    (The Bunker New York)

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    Donato Dozzy’s name cropped up on last week’s list as frequent collaborator Nuel returned to action with a killer 12”, but with Sqaudra Quadra he makes the list proper and delivers the goods again for lovers of trance inducing techno. The Italian producer is a favourite at New York club the Bunker, so it’s only right that the in-house label has put these two cuts out. Relentless grooves along some refined, immersive textures, if you haven’t acquainted yourself this is as good a place as any to start.

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    Suzanne Kraft

    DJ Safety Track


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    Fake female moniker alert! Suzanne Kraft is actually a bloke from LA called Diego Herrera. His 2015 Talk From Home record was a quiet album that we kept coming back to. In 2016 Kraft/Herrera returns with a loud 12” featuring three deeper-than-deep static electric groovers.

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    Heaven / Friday Sky

    (Handsome Dad)

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    A real blink and you’ll miss it gem on the Handsome Dad label. Babeheaven gravitate around west london and make some of the most gorgeous music around. Hard to pin but there’s definitely some Cocteau Twins in there, a bit of The XX, some Four Tet and a bit of early Portishead but all wrapped up in a band that sound only like themselves. A definite band to keep an eye on and a 7″ that’ll go for loads on Discogs in a few month’s time.

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    Oberyn / Spyglass

    (Blip Discs)

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    After providing one of the under-the-radar smashes of last year with ‘Tyrion / Desmond’s Empire’, O’Flynn’s back on Blip Discs with a sophomore release that’s sure to cause a serious stir in leftfield house circles. Ferocious A-side cut ‘Oberyn’ packs the same percussive punch we rolled with on his debut, this time reinforced with a menacing bassline and flavoured with exotic animal calls for that nocturnal voodoo vibe. Round the corner ’Spyglass’ comes on strong but subtle, seducing you with sultry Rhodes, lithe saxophone and an irresistible broken rhythm as it makes its way through the dusk glow to the club.


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    Arthur Russell

    Tower of Meaning

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    Yet another masterpiece from the Arthur Russell vaults, although unlike much of what’s been brought to the fore in recent years, this one did actually see the light of day back in 1983 when Phillip Glass pressured Russell into releasing this on his Chatham Square imprint. Although, with only 320 copies made you’d be very lucky indeed to have a copy (Discogs currently has one at £795), so it’s a pleasure to finally be able to listen to this on vinyl. Russell’s works for orchestras are an underplayed, yet key part of his astoundingly broad palette, and this is arguably his finest within the realm and with the criminally underrated Julius Eastman as conductor it’s something that has to be heard. No further description of the music within required, half the joy of Russell’s vibrantly eclectic and colourful soundworld is diving in headfirst.

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    Laura Gibson

    Empire Builder

    (City Slang)

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    Having recovered from a terrible incident where her apartment blew up, Laura Gibson dusted herself down and set about making a nice record of subtle pop hooks and her winsome voice. Kind of like if Joanna Newsom went chamber pop, it’s a nice record that will sweep over you until you are fairly content.

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    (On-U Sound)

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    This new album catches Japanese dance-punk trio Nissennenmondai channeling their driving ostinato cuts through the mixing desk of On-U Sound boss Adrian Sherwood. Titled #N/A (Nisennenmondai with Adrian Sherwood, get-it?), the ‘organic’ repetition found here can meditate the mind or dish it up for the dancefloor. Your choice.

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    KWC 92

    KWC 92

    (Long Island Electrical Systems)

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    Originally created as an audio accompaniment to Thomas Jeppe’s Compass Trouble Again at the Sazmanab Centre For Contemporary Art in Tehran, the second long player from Samo DJ and Max Stenerudh’s KWC 92 collaboration touches down on turntables this week. Taking the same cinematic approach as their debut, the album spins out found sounds and samples (check Zazou, Biyake & CY1’s ‘Lamuka’ on ‘NR2’), grainy drones and glacial synths into a hazy soundtrack to an unremembered dream. Intangible and immersive, this sophomore offering is every bit as good as its predecessor.

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    Black Mountain



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    So it’s been nearly six years since we last heard from Vancouver’s Black Mountain but boy are they back and in super rude health. This is a huge record. A huge statement of intent and one to put them firmly back on the map and the top of their tree. It’s got everything – country, rock, psyche, folk and blues but all blended the only way they know how. Imagine The Mac’s Rumours with more drugs and more riffs and you’ll get where I’m going. One for the blazers.

  • Arthur Russell’s epic orchestral album Tower Of Meaning gets first ever vinyl reissue

    By | March 4, 2016

    The minimalist masterpiece is available again after over thirty years.

    Arthur Russell’s orchestral composition Tower Of Meaning is to be reissued on vinyl for the first time by Audika Records this April.

    Conducted by the late Julius Eastman, the mercurial soundscape was originally released on Chatham Square in 1983, but has long been nigh on impossible to get hold of, with originals changing hands for up to £500 and the only current Discogs listing nudging towards £800.

    With West End to reissue Arthur Russell’s dance floor and disco excursions as Loose Joints in the same month, Tower Of Meaning captures the multi-faceted cellist at his most grand, a full three years before releasing his most enduring solo album World Of Echo.

    Tower Of Meaning will be released via Audika records on 8th April with the original artwork. Click here to pre-order your copy and dive into its mysterious depths below.

    Read next: 11 artists pick their favourite Arthur Russell records

  • Arthur Russell’s Loose Joints singles collection reissued on triple vinyl

    By | February 10, 2016

    Pop your funk.

    Of everything Arthur Russell did, Loose Joints has got to be his funkiest project. The singles are also some of the most offbeat to land on the mostly-disco West End label.

    Following rounds of individual reissues, a triple-vinyl singles collection release is now in the works via West End Records – who last year put out an unheard version of ‘Is It All Over My Face?’.

    The completist-friendly edition takes its basis from a 2013 Japan-only CD release, and will feature different versions of the group’s three singles: ‘Is It All Over My Face’, ‘Pop Your Funk’ and ‘Tell You Today’.

    Pop Your Funk: The Complete Singles Collection arrives on 16 April aka Record Store Day, which is again proving to be contentious this year.

    A1 Is It All Over My Face (Original 12-inch Version)
    A2 Pop Your Funk (Original 12-Inch Version)
    B1 Pop Your Funk (Original Single Vocal Version)
    B2 Pop Your Funk (Original Single Instrumental Version)
    B3 Is It All Over My Face (Original 12-Inch Larry Levan Female Vocal Version)
    C1 Tell You Today (Original 12-Inch Vocal Version)
    C2 Tell You Today (Original 12-Inch New Shoes Edit)
    D1 Tell You Today (Original 12 Inch Instrumental Version)
    D2 Is It All Over My Face (Masters At Work Remix)
    E1 Is It All Over My Face (MAW Joint Dub)
    E2 Is It All Over My Face (Unreleased Single Female Vocal Version)
    F1 Is It All Over My Face (Unreleased Original Full-Length Version)

    [via RA / FACT]

  • Drawing inspiration: Keaton Henson illustrates his 10 favourite electronic tracks

    By | November 11, 2015

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    Keaton Henson exercises his artistic side for this unique illustrated playlist.

    Earlier this month, singer and songwriter Keaton Henson announced the vinyl release of his first collection of electronic recordings. Constructed in isolation, often recorded in the dark and with vocals laid down in one take, Behaving is Henson at his most exposed, illuminating the knotted, insular experience of the writing music in the shadow of his yet untitled new album.

    If Behaving, and the classically influenced instrumentals of Romantic Works have revealed Henson to be a flexible, open-minded artist not beholden to a generic types, then his response to our request for a feature bears this out even further. Subject of a lyrical psychoanalysis and having recently published a collection of poetry, he’s provided us with an utterly unique illustrated playlist, accompanying a selection of his favourite electronic tracks with bespoke illustrations.

    Responding to the music and the contexts of each track, sometimes expressively, at other times more literally, the selection below stands as a document of Henson’s reference points in crafting Behaving, drawing inspiration from across a wide spectrum that includes Pariah’s club-ready 12″ ‘Detroit Falls’, Burial + Four Tet’s somnambulant night drive anthem ‘Moth’, the left field disco of Arthur Russell’s Let’s Go Swimming’ and Icelandic post-rockers múm at their most reflective.

    Behaving is available to pre-order on vinyl ahead of its release on 25th November. Listen to all ten tracks above while you explore Keaton Henson’s illustrated playlist.

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    ‘No Friends’ from Beats Volume 5
    (Not On Label)


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    ‘Friend/Lover’ from Yore
    (Friends Of Friends, 2013)

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    The Velvet Teen
    ‘Tokyoto’ from Cum Laude!
    (Slowdance Records, 2006)

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    Burial + Four Tet
    ‘Moth’ from 12″
    (Text records, 2009)

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    Mount Kimbie
    ‘Made To Stray’ from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    (Warp Records, 2013)

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    ‘The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records’ from 12″
    (TMT Entertainment, 1999)

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    ‘Detroit Falls’ from 12″
    (R&S records, 2010)

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    The Album Leaf
    ‘We Once Were Two’ from An Orchestrated Rise To Fall
    (Linkwork records, 1999)

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    (Not on label)


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    Arthur Russell
    ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ from 12″
    (Rough Trade, 1986)

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    Keaton Henson’s Behaving is available to pre-order on heavyweight vinyl directly from The Vinyl Factory online shop.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (20th July)

    By | July 20, 2015


    We select the 10 most essential vinyl releases of the last 7 days.

    Front and centre of the new arrivals bin this week is a brace of new old 12″s, the first a general release for Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm’s 2012 10″ Stare, the second, a disco time bomb in the form of two perviously unreleased versions of Arthur Russell’s seminal ‘Is It All Over My Face?’ The pick of this week’s LP’s come from Tame Impala, whose Currents boasts some of the strongest artwork we’ve seen all year, Far Out’s ace comp of contemporary Brazilian music and new reissues for RnB sweetheart Cassie and noise pioneers Sonic Youth.

    Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond. 5 singles and 5 LP’s every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.



    Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm


    (Erased Tapes Records)

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    First released as a limited 10″ on Record Store Day three years ago, this in-house collaboration between Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm gets a full vinyl release for the first time on 12″. Conceived by two of Erased Tapes’ flagship artists, ‘Stare’ emerged from a series of intense sessions in Berlin and Reykjavik, and with artwork by longtime collaborator Torsten Posselt brings together the sonic and graphic sparsity that has come to define the label.


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    Is It All Over My Face? (Kon Edit / Unreleased Original Versions)

    (West End)

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    Incoming! Two unreleased versions of Arthur Russell’s timeless disco classic plus a remix by edit expert Kon arrive on 12” only. Rescued from the West End archives, there’s a 13-minute ‘full length’ cut that has never previously seen light of day, as well as a Larry Levan female vocal version which was released as 7” promo at the time. Rare as hens teeth. What’s more, peerless cratedigger Kon presents a modern re-writing of the lot, utilising the track’s original stems and combining male and female vocal versions for a banging ‘Duet’ mix.


    Acre / Filter Dread


    (Code / Pan)

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    Quite the combination of forces as Visionist’s Lost Codes records morphs into a sub branch of Pan records, for this first time collaboration between two key players in pushed electronics. Touching all manner of bases within the decidedly nebulous confines of industrial techno, it’s as dance floor ready and experimental as you’d expect from all parties involved. A great way to get this series started, and with more on the way, this is one to watch.

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    Jascha Hagen

    Pan That Shit Out

    (Mana All Nite)

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    After bursting onto the scene with the Wu Tang sampling house of ‘Gravel’ in 2012, Jascha’s shunned the main room, slowed things down and worked the dance floor at some of Germany’s more open minded nightspots. This two track 12″ on Mana All Nite, the brand new label from Leipzig’s Kann Records, sees the culmination of his excursions into the weirder fringes of clubland. A-side cut ‘Pan That Shit Out’ takes a Mogadon stroll through the phased out weirdness of psychedelic house while the Walter Murphy sampling ‘Afternoon Of A Faun’ is the discoid soundtrack to a jungle ritual.

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    The Arcs

    Outta My Mind / My Mind


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    The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach sure is a busy man. In between touring the world with his day job and dropping in at various studios to produce other artists he’s now found the time to get a new band together called The Arcs featuring Leon Michels and Richard Swift. It’s still raw and it still has the blues but this time round there’s a much bigger sound. Think Dr John meets Valerie June and you get half the idea.


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    Tame Impala


    (Fiction / Interscope)

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    “Vortex shredding” hardly seems like the most sensitive of terms to apply to a record almost exclusively dedicated to the collateral of a broken heart. Yet, visually imagined across Currents’ double gatefold vinyl release, the phenomena of a flow (or current) disturbed (or shredded) by an obstacle, is a striking metaphor for Kevin Parker’s third LP, steeped as it is in directional change, sonic experimentation and realignment. A record that explores the psychedelic as state of alteration rather than of convention, Currents touches of the uncanniness of Brain Wilson’s harmonies, the naivety of ’80s bedroom funk and the aspiration of cosmic rock to shimmer with the kind of darkness peculiar to the of the clearest of summer days.


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    Amplificador Novissima Musica Brasileira, The Brazilian 10’s Generation

    (Far Out Recordings)

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    The tendency to look backwards to mine music scenes can mean that exciting modern ones sometimes slip under the radar. The disco-funk sound of Brazil in the ’70s and ’80s has been rinsed clean in recent years, and yet, simultaneously, there’s been a seismic shift in Brazil’s musical landscape, that’s largely gone unnoticed. This superb comp draws together some of the most promising talent, from geographically varied scenes across Brazil. The music stretches back to Brazil’s traditional rhythms and rich heritage, while also drawing on movements from around the globe, notably afrobeat. The future of Novíssima Música Brasileira looks bright.

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    Pekka Airaksinen

    Buddhas of Golden Light

    (Arc Light Editions)

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    In only four releases Arc Light Editions have fast become one of our favourite labels. Simple and distinctive screen printed artwork on brown card, they opened shop with a reissue of Arthur Russell’s Another Thought and have kept things similarly essential since then – already spanning an intriguing range of sounds from the shrouded minimalism of Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes to the spiritual improv of the Jone Takamasi trio. Reissue number four is this lost gem from Pekka Airaksinen, “a cosmic spiritual jam, Sun Ra style” which is indeed as distinctive and nuanced as the editions preceding it and another very worthy listen.




    (Be With Records)

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    Rob Butler’s reissue specialists Be With Records take a one-two step away from the afro-boogie stylings of Letta Mbulu and electric slide over to the chart bothering RnB of Cassie. This self-titled debut originally dominated clubs, airwaves and bedrooms via a CD only release on Bad Boy back in 2006 and with the current trend for Alt-RnB reaching fever pitch, there’s no better time for a vinyl debut. Opting for sparse, skeletal production rather than the over-polished style of the times, Cassie delivered a future proof collection of sensual pop gems which allowed her cut glass voice to take centre stage.

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    Sonic Youth

    Live At Liberty Lunch Austin TX 1988

    (Radio Silence)

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    Back in 1988, Sonic Youth rolled through Austin, Texas during SXSW and played one of their most legendary shows ever. Dodgy tapes of the show at the Liberty Lunch club have surfaced ever since but here is a fine vinyl pressing, capturing the band in all their full-on noisy gold! If ‘Daydream Nation’ were a live album this would be it.

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