• The 10 best new vinyl releases this week (12th November)

    By | November 12, 2018

    Manipulated field recordings, flute fuzz and electric riddles from Tokyo.

    This week’s new singles feature new music from Portico Quartet’s Keir Vine, hip-house acid electro from Sagats, and reissues on Melodies International and Rocket Recordings.

    In the album’s section, there’s a new percussive adventure from Eli Keszler, Yoshinori Hayashi’s eccentric dance floor electronics, Maisha’s spiritual jazz meets afro-beat debut, and another virtuosic effort from Shit & Shine.

    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.


    Anders Enge

    Love Loser


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    After a couple of years dominating the cassette scene with a clutch of hardware heaters on Dissociated and Funeral Fog, Anders Enge gets back on the black stuff with a second release for cult electronix imprint Borft. In keeping with the Swedish label’s MO of acid laced techno and razor sharp electro, Anders finds the sonic sweet spot between Dopplereffekt and Chris & Cosey. Warped, weird and properly pinging, this is peak time play for basement dwellers.

    Keir Vine



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    Springing from suggestions of space and location, this is one of those rare releases that expands the fabric of field recording and personal memory. Heartbeats, East-End ice cream vans, the post-seizure glossolalia of a friend, the acoustics of empty churches; all strike at the edges of their perceptibility and encourage the ear to venture below the surface in pursuit of their continually unraveling threads. Adventurous in composition and processing whilst employing the inherent musicality that Vine is known for in his work with Portico Quartet, this EP is the kind of electro-acoustic ferment that calls out for repeated listens.

    Le Stim

    ‘Tribute To Muhammad Ali (We Crown The King)’

    (Melodies International)

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    Melodies International bring the heat once more, with the first ever reissue of Le Stim’s cult 1980 d-floor stormer ‘Tribute To Muhammad Ali (We Crown The King)’. Originally recorded as an ode to the prize fighter, the track became a disco party anthem courtesy of its anthemic “Muhammad Ali, woo yeah!” exultations. The 12″ follows Melodies’ reissue of Trio Ternura’s ‘A Gira’ – one of our favourite dance records in September, as well Frankie Knuckles’ shimmering Womack & Womack ‘M.P.B.’ edits. In short, a similarly coveted gem that has been lovingly unearthed by the Melodies crew, to round out what has been a stellar year for the reissue imprint.


    ‘Let it Burn’


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    A song so popular it warrants the rarest of things: a 7″ re-press. Goat return to their earlier, rawer sound for a song which marries flute, fuzz and early Black Sabbath. for the full effect, listen while watching an early ’70s episode of Top of the Pops. After a series of different colour vinyl editions, this one arrives on blue vinyl.


    Folgaria EP


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    Next up on the excellent Vakum label comes this banger from Sagats. ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ is an acid hip-house roller, ‘Venice Marathon’ will have you dusting off that lino while, ‘Therapy’ encourages all shapes of robot. Yes it’s electro. Yes it’s acid. And yes, it’s brilliant.


    Yoshinori Hayashi


    (Smalltown Supersound)

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    At home in the leftfield ranks of Smalltown Supersound, Japanese producer Yoshinori Hayashi extends his experiments with off-kilter loops, atonal piano and dense sound collage to craft a double vinyl descent into dance floor insanity. Ever changing, utterly unpredictable and entirely unique, Hayashi’s music saunters towards the rest of the dance music world, has an anxiety attack and hastily retreats into its own cryptic sanctuary.

    Eli Keszler


    (Shelter Press)

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    Renowned for his adventurous and refreshing approach to percussion and rhythm, Eli Keszler’s latest solo effort features some of the finest compositions of his career, and indeed of this whole year in experimental music. Approaching the work in his distinctive “world-building” fashion, where compositional blueprints are mapped out from disciplines like architecture and field recordings, Stadium’s percussion patterns trigger all manner of evolutions and corresponding sounds from woodwind and keys. Inimitable in structure and acoustic finesse, this is a record you’ll come back to for some time.

    J Fernandez

    Occasional Din

    (Joyful Noise)

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    Some clever and engaging pop here from this Chicago singer songwriter, who blends Stereolab and Broadcast-styled melodies with Brian Eno-inspired art rock. It’s all shot through with that gauzy, home-fi recording technique, adding the sort of warm fuzzy sound you know from records by the likes of Mac De Marco.


    There Is A Place


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    The latest We Out Here graduates to showcase what they do best on a full-length LP, Maisha’s There Is A Place draws on spiritual jazz tropes for an album that exemplifies just how intense the influence of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane has been. But that’s just the start… Synthesising a potpourri of sounds and grooves, first track ‘Osiris’ is a celebration of musical diversity, as sweeping modal movements erupt into a subtle, afro-beat inflected groove that culminates in a lavish, virtuosic finale. If there’s a place to start your post-We Out Here explorations, it’s here.

    Shit & Shine

    Bad Vibes


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    Craig Clouse is back with his fourth outing for Rocket Recordings. Over the nine cuts on Bad Vibes, you get everything from the feathered double bass of ‘Bottle Brush’ to the straight-up and banging ‘7986’ via the head-nodding ‘Sunrise Sam’. Being warped and wonky has never been so much fun.

  • The 10 best new vinyl releases this week (17th September)

    By | September 17, 2018

    Scottish P-Funk, underground cassettes from Holland, and Doris Norton’s ’80s AI trail-blazer.

    This week’s selection heads into some of the lesser travelled corners of the musical universe, beginning with a fine selection of singles from Scottish P-Funk ambassador Jesse Rae, Bristolian synth-pop misfits Umo Vogue, and a powerful new 12″ from Shit & Shine on Diagonal.

    In the album’s section, things are no less eclectic, with a reprise for Holland’s 1980s DIY cassette culture compilation, Doris Norton’s pioneering compu-funk and an unlikely collaboration between ageing rock heavyweights and the man who used to soundtrack Dr. Timothy Leary’s “LSD celebrations”.

    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.


    Jesse Rae

    Global 95 EP

    (Southside Shufflers)

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    “The P-Funk of the Scottish Borders”, Jesse Rae is one of the forgotten figures of funk – a kilted ambassador for slap bass and wiggy synths from the River Tweed, who worked with Zapp’s Roger Troutman and Bernie Worrell of P-Funk among others in the ’80s. A decade later, he released a record of underground electronics called Compression, from which Global 95 was released as a sampler that fused electro, funk, and chopped vocals from around the world. The inaugural release for new Glasgow-based label SouthSide Shufflers, this is a must for all adventurous diggers, with an ear for the obscure.

    Umo Vogue

    Just My Love EP

    (Dark Entries)

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    With the maxim that they were “synthetic but not antiseptic”, Umo Vogue struck an assured balance between Debbie Marlow’s voice and propulsive synth-pop structures, for this top notch single from 1984. Surprisingly this one didn’t merit a second effort for EMI records leaving this as another tantalising what-if from the synth-pop explosion.



    (ASL Singles Club)

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    There’s no let up in the dance floor pressure from the heart of British Columbia, as Vancouver firm ASL Singles Club enlist associate Francis Latreille to work some dreamy dub techno magic under his Priori moniker. The titular ‘Anform’ tethers airy new age leads to a solid 4/4, dubby swells and subtle breakbeats on hand to provide a little colour, ‘Flow System’ utilises a broken rhythm and hypnotic keys to keep you locked while the acid tinged ‘Leveler’ is a proper 3am roller. As if that weren’t enough to keep the Carhartt beanies bouncing, Project Pablo drops in to pay homage to Basic Channel with his ocean floor interpretation of the title track, capping off a killer 12″.

    Shit And Shine

    Very High EP


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    Craig Clouse finally returns to Diagonal and drops a three track banger dripping in swag and bounce. Chopped and bumped in all the right places, running at just the right tempo and delivering dance floor delight, this is one of the best Diagonal releases this year.


    ‘The Willo’ / ‘Energy’

    (Tough Love)

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    Very limited edition 12″ from British psychedelic group Toy showcasing two sides of their style. ‘Energy’ is a big crunching rocker, but more out-there fun can be found on ‘The Willo’ – a seven minute glide through pulsing acoustic back roads.


    Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker

    Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

    (Tompkins Square)

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    An inter-generational psych-out in the old-fashioned sense of the word, this three-track suite transcends more than just age, as Harmony Rockets (aka Mercury Rev) are joined by Woodstock native and American folk-raga enthusiast and Ravi Shankar protege Peter Walker, Wilco’s Nels Clines, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Martin Keith. From working with Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, to being Dr. Timothy Leary’s musical director (!) and collaborating with Karen Dalton, Walker’s got more than enough in his locker to guide this line-up from the motorik kraut-like explorations of ‘Lachesis’ to the dreamy, sunrise closer ‘Atropos’.

    Various Artists

    Kale Plankieren – Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 – 1987 Vol.2


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    Armed with a walkman, a pack of ear buds, a biro and a bottle of isopropyl, Knekelhuis boss Mark Van De Maat hits the thrift shops and flea markets one more time, offering another excellent survey of Holland’s underground ’80s cassette scene. Picking up right where the first edition left off, the focus is bedroom electronics and DIY synthwave, whether it be the esoteric approach of RTC, De Fabriek’s narcotic wormhole, the scuzzy industrial of Eric Toornend or the leather clad EBM of Strung. Remastered for vinyl and packaged in a pretty Steele Bonus sleeve, this is another essential artefact of the dark wired sound.

    Doris Norton

    Artificial Intelligence


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    Mannequin records’ final instalment in a trio of ’80s reissues that focus on Doris Norton’s full immersion in computer generated composition, this one’s another classic of revolutionary technique and ideas in a medium which was just beginning to imagine its infinite possibilities. A digital trailblazer whose work lit a path for countless others to follow (and with decidedly less time consuming software processes), here Norton manipulates her Macintosh classic into a flow of beats, notes and human voice abstractions that still stand out in their ingenuity and musical vibrance.

    Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band

    The Serpent’s Mouth

    (Big Crown)

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    A really cool record on Big Crown here from the Bacao Rhythm And Steel Band. The Serpent’s Mouth comes in at twelve tracks deep and if you’re familiar with El Michaels Affair you might know where this is coming from. Incorporating covers into their breaks and steel pan fire, this is a banger from beginning to end.


    Double Negative

    (Sub Pop)

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    It’s taken its time but Low’s distracted, grainy new album is starting to make a sort of sense to us. The autotune might be a step too far but bands are rarely as bold as this. More like rubble to sift through rather than an album of songs… but one that perfectly reflects these troubled times.

  • The 10 best new vinyl releases this week (15th January)

    By | January 15, 2018

    Stoned funk, Dutch electro and “the best debut in years”.

    This week’s selection begins with VF favourites Shit & Shine, whose new EP on Rocket will put one up your backside. Scroll down further though and you’ll also find a wavey 7″ on Periodica, warped electronics from Cacophonic and some seriously stripped back Lebanese edits.

    Over in the albums bin, Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes starts 2018 on the front foot with a collection of Otim Alpha wrigglers, there’s reissues for dark prog adventurers Magma, and what VF critics are calling “the best debut in years” from much-talked about live act Shame.

    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.


    Shit and Shine

    That’s Enough

    (Rocket Recordings)

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    Craig Clouse takes his first step into 2018 with a three track thriller on Rocket. The whole thing clocks in at pretty much 40 minutes – that’s 40 fun filled, brain busting minutes of fizzing electronics, low slung drums, wall shaking breaks and some very nifty samples indeed. A style and reputation all his own that never lets you down. The boy’s done good again.

    Space Garage

    Space Garage


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    Dim the lights, take the phone off the hook and prepare to get seriously wavy as Periodica provide another fringe funk treat. A joint effort between label boss Mystic Jungle and frequent collaborator Rico Milford, this trippy treat sees the duo capture the sticky heat of the Neapolitan summertime and slather it liberally over a 7″ disc. Making extensive use of a space echo, these two tracks form a study in stoned funk from behind the Black Ark console. Mangled electronics, live bass and lo-fi hiss sit beneath the occasional squeal of fuzzy guitar as we feel the frazzled force of a true cosmic cooler.


    Les Nouvelles Structures Sonores

    (Cacophonic/ Finders Keepers)

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    When it comes to unearthing an aural oddity from the avant vaults, the Cacophonic branch of Finder Keepers’ catalogue has proven a most valuable source in recent years, and this faithful reissue of the Lasry-Baschet group’s 1957 debut makes for another welcome addition to any collection that values such pearls of experimentation. Acoustic innovators who made their music from the ground up in terms of their legendary sculptures and the musical language they developed on them, this one’s a fine way to acquaint yourself with their uncanny sounds.

    Mashrou’ Leila

    Djinn (Jonny Rock remixes)

    (Hamam House)

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    Jonny Rock’s buy-on-sight label Hamam House returns with the man himself at the controls behind Lebanese outfit Mashrou’ Leila’s ‘Djinn’. Stripped down to its undies, exposing just a rippled vocal line, smash-and-grab drums and an overtly elastic bass line, ‘Djinn’ packs series dance floor heat.


    7-inch Wonder


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    So in awe of early the Slits that their singer is called Ari, Pussyliquor sprawl hungover from a gruesome Brighton bedsit to write gnarly punk anthems that recall Babes in Toyland on a particularly pissed off day.


    Otim Alpha

    Gulu City Anthems

    (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

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    One of the most talked about labels of 2017 starts the new year with a rare vinyl release and a livewire collection of Otim Alpha’s electro Acholi, recorded in Uganda between 2004 and 2015. An expanded taste of East African electronics following the stunning Sounds of Sisso compilation, Gulu City Anthems transforms the high-octane wedding music into a series of hypnotic grooves that veer between the folk sensibilities of acoustic fiddle, and skittish 16-bit drum rhythms that will appeal to fans of South African’s Shangaan electro, or Santuri Safari. Just 300 lilac copies available. Act now and expect to hear more from Nyege Nyege in 2018.


    Songs of Praise

    (Dead Oceans)

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    After three super limited singles and a killer live show reputation the boys in Shame have done real good and released one of the best debut albums in years. Songs Of Praise comes on full of new wave attitude and killer tunes. These boys sure know how to write a song and are already standing head and shoulders above their contemporaries.



    (Southern Lord/ Seventh)

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    Released at the end of the last year whilst this list was on leave for the holidays, this lovingly presented 3xLP set has now made it out there to all good stores, and deserves a shout out as an essential addition to any Magma fan’s collection. Whilst the uninitiated might want to start with Udu Wudu or MDK for a more concise dose of Magma’s visionary prog, this one certainly stands as a fitting testament to the experience of seeing Magma live, with some definitive versions within.

    Sonar Base

    Sonar Bases 4-10


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    Originally released in 1997, and out of print ever since, Frank De Groodt’s Sonar Bases 4 – 10 is a hidden gem of Dutch electro. Though not as well known as his contemporaries from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague, the Utrecht producer’s keen ear for inter-dimensional sonics, system rinsing bass and nagging melodies means this LP goes toe-to-toe with anything else in your collection.



    (Roll Call)

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    Typhoon make their post-rock complex and add in emo-like vocals which will appeal to fans of sad guitar twiddlers like American Football or Cursive. Despite at times wanting to make the most widescreen record ever, but this can be a thrillingly emotive ride.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (11th September)

    By | September 11, 2017

    A 100% album special.

    The beasts have awoken from their summer slumber. As the party season draws to a close, it’s back to business and with so many huge albums to choose from, we’ve opted to break free from the shackles of also presenting five singles to bring you a bumper 10-album edition of our weekly round-up.

    Hold on to your hats, horses and hosiery and hoist yourself into the cockpit for new releases from Mount Kimbie, The National, and Zola Jesus, albums on Sub Pop, RVNG Intl. and Editions Mego, a brace of stunning reissues courtesy of Crammed Discs and Cocktail D’Amore, and the latest reconstructed broken-beat-jazz-gem from South London’s YAM Records.

    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.

    The National

    Sleep Well Beast


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    The highly anticipated return of The National is the first of this week’s major album releases not to disappoint. Whether or not the oblique reference in the title to the roused beast of W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming is intentional, this is an album that directly connects with the political upheaval of 2017’s widening gyre. “I don’t understand why people separate love and politics in their art,” singer and lyricist Matt Berninger has said of the album, which is as pre-occupied with the redemptive power of dreams and nightmares as it is with providing answers for real life. Tracks like ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’ and ‘Walk It Back’ are emblematic of that desire to ride out life’s personal and political tragedies. Unlike Yeats’ though, The National’s beast is dragging a more truthful future along with it.

    Mount Kimbie

    Love What Survives


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    Seven years since Crooks and Lovers, and Mount Kimbie sound like they’re finally settling into a new phase. Coming off the back of two now legendary 12″s for Hotflush, Crooks and Lovers was a fitting culmination for the post-dubstep era that also catapulted the likes of James Blake and Joy O into the wider consciousness. Although 2013’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth had its moments, it was, in footballing terms, something of a transitional record. Reunited with Blake for two of the stand-out tracks on Love What Survives, Mount Kimbie return with a more fully-formed vision of what could possibly come next. Although starting slowly, the album settles into its propulsive, krautrock meets post-punk stride by the beginning of third track ‘Audition’. The gentle, lilting collab with Micachu is a shimmering highlight on an album that reveals itself as more detailed and considered with every listen.

    Zola Jesus


    (Sacred Bones)

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    The Slavic word for ‘shackles’, Okovi hears Zola Jesus throw off hers for a strident and surging new album on Sacred Bones. Exploding into life on ‘Exhumed’, Zola Jesus grapples with darkness and death throughout an album perforated with personal experiences and woven together with fictitious narratives. Sonically, Okovi inhabits a vast and agoraphobic landscape, whether through the operatic grandeur of ‘Ash To Bone’, electronic drone pop of ‘Siphon’ or the cello-balladry of ‘Witness’. An exciting, liberating album.

    Greg Fox

    The Gradual Progression

    (RVNG Intl.)

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    As influenced by the spiritual jazz improvisations of Pharoah Sanders and Don Cherry as the technological specifics that allow Fox to trigger tonal palettes through sensors attached to his kit, The Gradual Progression is a deftly syncopated, deeply persuasive album that pushes the envelope for contemporary jazz once more. Incorporating minimalist aspects, as on the Reich-esque ‘My House of Equalizing Predecessors’ or atmospheric surges of ‘Earth Center Possession Stream’, Fox’s The Gradual Progression is a rhythmic tour de force that will leave you utterly discombobulated.

    Msafiri Zawose



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    Tanzanian gogo music meets electronics on this superb outing by Msafiri Zawose. A jack-in-the-box of live-wire instrumentation and lush fx, tracks like ‘Nosaga’ pop and fizz with slow-mo grace, redolent of Crammed Discs’ most adventurous ’80s outings, while at the other end of the spectrum ‘Kunyemo’ rattles with high-octane drums and a Four Tet-esque propensity to bring euphoric syncopation to the dance floor. With a cover design that nods to cult Afro-electro record Noir et Blanc, expect this to appeal to those on the weirder fringes of the disco and balearic scenes.

    Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin


    (YAM Records)

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    A light-footed six-track EP from the guts of South East London’s jazzy broken beat movement (beginning with the smooth-as-you-like ‘SE Discoteque’), Idiom is the latest release on Peckham record shop YAM’s in-house imprint. Deftly feathering a deep house sensibility with Nubya Garcia’s buoyant saxophone on stand-out track ‘Tanner’s Tango’, Idiom is a poised, late-night record, for fans of Tenderlonious, Hector Plimmer and the rest of the gang.

    Yasuaki Shimizu

    Music For Commercials

    (Crammed Discs)

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    Whilst renowned for his Oscar nominated film scores and interpretations of Bach, it was the reissues of Yasuaki Shimizu’s Kakashi and Mariah’s Utaka No Hibi that sparked a renaissance of his ’80s works. With Crammed Discs having initially released his Music for Commercials as part of the intriguing Made to Measure series in 1987, vinyl lovers have another worthy launch point into Shimizu’s sound-world with this reissue. With these pieces recorded for the likes of Seiko, Sharp and Honda, and at a time when a musical approach could be considered a key element in forming a corporate identity, there’s a suitably wide palette of sounds and ideas on display here. An LP that rewards dipping in at any given point to explore a prodigious musical imagination.

    Shit & Shine

    Some Poeple Really Know How To Live

    (Editions Mego)

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    He’s back! Craig Clouse returns for his second long player on the ever wonderful Editions Mego and it’s as exceptional as ever. Here he goes even deeper with his own unique brand of twisted dancefloor breaks, booming bass and the always on point choice of hooks, samples and cuts. From the killer sleeve to the tracks within, this is a hard ten out of ten all the way.

    Iury Lech

    Musica Para El Fin De Los Cantos

    (Cocktail D’Amore)

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    Taking a break from their frenzied club capers, Berlin’s Cocktail D’Amore see out the summer with a strong contender for reissue of the year, soothing our worries and smoothing our brows with Iury Lech’s sublime Musica Para El Fin De Los Cantos. Originally released on seminal Spanish imprint Hyades Arts in 1990, this sweltering ambient gem has been out of print and nigh on impossible to track down for far too long. Thankfully this official reissue offers one and all the chance to bathe in its warmth and play with an obi – superb!

    Chad VanGaalen

    Light Information

    (Sub Pop)

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    Fragile and frantic guitar scree and pop from the man who recorded all those Women albums we loved. Pretty and intricate noise pop with twisted nether zones.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (24th July)

    By | July 24, 2017

    Theatrical post-punk, holy grail funk and Lollywood soundtrack madness.

    A typically mixed bag, this week’s selection has a number of our favourite labels on show. In terms of singles, we’ve got new music on Foom, Moshi Moshi and No Bad Days, spanning the famous post-punk, summer pop, new age house spectrum.

    As for albums, Finders Keepers unearth a bonkers collection of racy Lollywood soundtracks, there’s Shuggie Otis-esque psych on Joyful Noise, electro-acoustic exotica on Room40 and a reissue for one of the most sought after funk albums of all time.

    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.


    Javiera Gonzalez

    The Beat Is On (Vilod aka Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer Remix)


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    From Santiago to London via Berlin on Foom’s latest 12″, ‘The Beat Is On’ is a twisted, brooding collaboration between the Chilean vocalist and Tobias Freund, backed by a sub-aquatic remix from Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer. Gritty, theatrical post-punk that sounds like a lost tape from the ’80s industrial underground, and essential for fans of Portishead’s darker, more vulnerable side.

    Girl Ray


    (Moshi Moshi)

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    It starts slowly as if nothing is actually happening but be patient because it eventually breaks out into a lovely slab of lilting Gorky-style orchestral pop that floats along as if on the softest of breezes. Lovely.

    Bernard Herrmann

    Psycho OST


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    Stripping away the bulk of Bernard Herrmann’s soundtrack for Hitchcock’s Psycho, and opting for a 7” single featuring the strings of prelude and the murder, two of the most iconic film cues in the history of the format, this particular edition stays true to its subject matter in going straight for the throat. With a couple of vinyl reissues out there of the full soundtrack, this 7” from Stylotone marks itself as unique not only in its concise approach but as an officially sanctioned version taken from the original master tapes, which were long thought to be lost before a recent unearthing.

    The Gardener

    Views From My Shed

    (No Bad Days)

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    After catching our collective ears with a quartet of quirky club 12”s, the irresistible No Bad Days invite James Booth to slow things down with a gorgeous EP of beguiling melody and verdant ambience. Though his previous releases have placed two dancing feet firmly in the house music realm, Booth’s productions have always followed a more musical path than most, and the adopted Berliner effortlessly transfers his detailed composition and textured sound-design to calmer waters. Ambitious and immersive, the A-side offers a 20 minute suite of soothing grooves, natural sounds and new age moods, while the flip houses a trio of horizontal dancers perfect for summer afternoons on the Tempelhofer Feld.

    Shit & Shine

    Hamburger EP

    (Gang of Ducks)

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    Craig Clouse makes his debut for the always excellent Gang Of Ducks label with this eight track bonanza going under the Hamburger EP moniker. Limited to 300 only in a beautiful silk screened chrome bag this shouts class from every angle. The tracks rule. Breaks demolish samples, beats cut up the bass and electronic dance music is saved once more by our man in Texas.


    Nahid Akhtar

    I Am Black Beauty

    (Finders Keepers)

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    Phwoar! Was it the pseudo-seductive cry of ‘Come here naughty boy’, the warbling cosmic synths of ‘Aesi Chalo Na’, the calypso-slide guitar-accordion medley at the start of ‘I Am Black Beauty’ or the moment ‘Good News For You’ lapses into the James Bond theme, that first caught our attention? Just a few tracks in and unable to make head or tail of what came before, it probably doesn’t really matter, because every single track of this collection is wilder than the last. Another off the wall find from the Finders Keepers crew that dives head first into the technicolour majesty of short-lived Lollywood star Nahid Akhtar. On paper I Am Black Beauty is a snapshot of Lahore’s late ’70s cinematic world, in practice though it is so, so much more. Just shut up and listen.

    Psychic Temple


    (Joyful Noise Recordings)

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    The name and sleeve suggests this could be psych rock but what we actually get are some beautiful examples of acoustic-based songwriting which utilises classic LA production crew for that classic LA sound. For fans of Neil Young, Beck, Shuggie Otis and War on Drugs.

    Mike Cooper


    (Room 40)

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    Having expanded his palette far beyond the folk roots sound he was associated with in the 1960s (Trout Steel being a very worthy investigation from this period for the unfamiliar) Raft delves further into the outernational territories that have effectively seen Mike Cooper’s guitar and lap steel abstractions island hop the pacific along a stream of electro-acoustic exotica. True to such an alluring ambience and the aquatic strands that run throughout his work, this is one to really let your ears get lost in.

    Raw Soul Express

    Best Kept Secret

    (Athens Of The North)

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    The incomparable Athens Of The North keep the fire burning with a vinyl pressing of THE all time funk holy grail – Best Kept Secret by Raw Soul Express. Though the Miami ensemble caused a stir in 1976 with their eponymous debut, they failed to keep it together sufficiently for their follow up to see the light of day, and Best Kept Secret became the stuff of legend, a groove heavy glimmer forever out of reach. Now AOTN have gone all Mythbusters on our ass, delivering a lovingly mastered LP of red hot funk, fierce solos and butter-smooth ballads which fully justifies the sky high hype.

    Bolt Thrower



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    Not everything revolves around the hottest white label out of Berlin or Aphex’s latest blink and you’ll miss it limited to one copy 12″. Reissued and remastered on vinyl for the first time in more than twenty years is the heavy-as-shit Warmaster from the legendary Bolt Thrower. Fast, thunderous and menacing. A bonafide classic is back. Just check the sleeve for starters.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (29th August)

    By | August 29, 2016

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    New albums on Sub Pop, 4AD and Domino.

    Reissues take the backseat as Morgan Delt, Motion Graphics, Eddie C and Shit & Shine see out August with brand new albums. There’s also the latest addition to Scott Walker’s inimitable brand of adventurous, uncanny and discordant sound, with his first soundtrack since 1999.

    Elsewhere, Chris & Cosey (of Throbbing Gristle fame) remix Death In Vegas’ Sasha Grey-starring new single whilst London’s On The Corner return with more world informed genre-bending brilliance, this time focussed around Uganda’s Mugwisa International Xylophone Group.

    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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    Hoops EP

    (Fat Possum)

    Listen / Buy

    Winter is the cruellest season but summer is the jangliest. On sun-dappled duty this year are Hoops, keen understudies to Real Estate, Horsebeach and Triptides in their efforts to allay your stresses with guitars and sweet nothings. Their sauntering melodies are enough to make you feel like everything’s okay, here’s your burger and there’s the pool. As with many records of this ilk, it’s not sharp songwriting so much as it is kindly pop impressionism.

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    Death In Vegas

    Consequences Of Love (Chris & Cosey Remix)


    Listen / Buy

    A love for Throbbing Gristle brought Richard Fearless and artist/writer/model/adult entertainer Sasha Grey together on Death in Vegas’ sixth studio LP Transmission. Chris & Cosey have now completed the circle with a remix of album track ‘Consequences Of Love’, which shoots Grey’s seductive musings into a globular whirlwind of arpeggios and synth lines.

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    Fanny Kaplan

    Fanny Kaplan

    (Inflammable Material)

    Listen / Buy

    Holy moly this is quite simply amazing. Fanny Kaplan are three girls from Moscow who have got such a grasp on that no wave post punk new wave sound that they put nearly every other band around at the moment to shame. It’s lo-fi and primitive but they got this groove to their tunes that’s very hard to resist. Like P.I.L. meets a very warped ESG. Six tracks here. Limited release on Inflammable Material. All killers.

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    Santuri’s Embaire Umeme EP

    (On The Corner)

    Listen / Buy

    After the heads down – hands up business of their recent ‘Verses’ EP, London’s On The Corner return with more world informed genre bending brilliance, this time focussed around Uganda’s Mugwisa International Xylophone Group. Ahead of a full length set of original sounds, the label enlist the production talents of Sam Jones, Alejandro Mosso and Ishmael to transport the spiritual vibrations to the dance floor. Jones takes control of the A-side with a bass heavy afro-funk excursion alive with deepest dub fx, before Ishmael and Alejandro Mosso go right for the peak time jugular on the flip. While Ishmael opts for rubbery bass, M1 chords and euphoric retroist piano, it’s Mosso’s hypnotic, immersive and minimal rework which steals the show with its restrained Villalobos rhythms and dreamy guitars.

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    Ghedalia Tazartes

    5 Rimbaud 1 Verlaine

    (Holidays Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Since the 1970s Ghedalia Tazartes has been refining and recording his own microcosm of sound within his Parisian apartment, and from his debut (which appeared on the oft cited “Nurse With Wound list”), up to the present, a release from Tazartes is always a welcome prospect for those seeking genre-crushing, aural oddities. This one from Holidays records reissues a little heard mini CD onto 10” wax, and plays tribute to the poetry of Rimbaud and Verlaine, taking 6 poems as the bare bones for the autodidact to weave his inimitable sonic vocabulary around.


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    Scott Walker

    The Childhood of a Leader


    Listen / Buy

    The past few years have been relatively prolific for Scott Walker and his inimitable workings of adventurous, uncanny and discordant sound, with the Bish Bosch full length, a collaborative LP with Sunn O))) and now his first soundtrack since 1999’s Pola X. Whilst recent works have cemented the notion that his sound world extends far beyond his voice, here, with that particular instrument left at the door, Walker’s score and production distorts the conventional palette of an orchestra into something wild, disquieting and unknown. Further testament to just how potent and refined Walker’s ideas on texture and atmosphere can be.

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    Morgan Delt

    Phase Zero

    (Sub Pop)

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    You may well recall this kind of psychedelic benevolence from Morgan Delt’s self-titled edition, and on Phase Zero the tricks are much the same. Intricate and dreamy arrangements for rawk band mix with swabs of delay and synth-like guitar for a record that truly submits itself to the uncertain but delightful haze its parent genre promises. With fluorescent melodies and a faraway production job, this record sounds like a long stay on the rainbow road.

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    Eddie C

    On The Shore

    (Endless Flight)

    Listen / Buy

    Three years on from his sophomore LP ‘Country City Country’, Canada’s foremost beatsmith returns to the long format with a diverse set informed by sleepless nights and constant travel. Since his last appearance on Endless Flight, Eddie’s revved his Red Motorbike across continents, swapping the scenic chill of his native Canada for the perpetual motion of Berlin. This transition results in a tension between buttery slow soul grooves and hypnotic house bangers, each clothed with bittersweet melodies and pensive tones. Both head-nodding and body-moving, the set sees Eddie elevate his well-flipped samples and precise production with a deep emotional resonance, resulting in his finest work to date.

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    Shit And Shine


    (Riot Season)

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    It’s always a match made in heaven when Shit and Shine gets together with the legendary Riot Season label and this here is the proof. Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl, ‘Teardrops’ finds Mr Clouse going back to the grind(core) with a set of seriously loud and crushing jams that once again defines not only his importance as a producer (he’s easily up there with the best) but also his attitude to what can and should be done. His sixth for the label and just as amazing as the other five.

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    Motion Graphics

    Motion Graphics

    (Domino Recording Co)

    Listen / Buy

    Following his spot on last year’s Lifted project, NYC based electronic artist Joe Williams a.k.a. Motion Graphics debuts on Domino with this self-titled LP. Billed as a reflection of the “erraticism of the Twitter timeline and the aggregated news feed”, Motion Graphics has won us over with its widescreen compositions, scrolling-techno and HD ambience.

  • The 10 most collectable records of 2015

    By | November 30, 2015

    We begin our end of year review with a look at the 10 most collectable records of 2015.

    Over the next two weeks we’ll be looking back at the year in vinyl, from the best artwork to the most important reissues, the strongest 7″s to the most complete LPs. As we did last year, we’re starting things off with something a little less clean-cut. Here, more than in any other list, it’s important to set out our terms.

    There are many factors which make a record collectable, and many reasons why those factors will mean more or less to every individual (just take a look at our number one…) The first thing to say is that rather than rank these releases as a definitive list, we’re taking each as an opportunity to discuss a different aspect of what we deem to be collectable, and by extension, valuable.

    The most ostentatious mark of value is, of course, monetary. Given that we’re dealing with this year’s new releases and reissues, the time period in which a record can accrue value is relatively short, so any increase should be treated accordingly. While some records will look to artificially create value through limited runs or extravagant packaging, others will simply go up in value through a combination of quality and demand. The most desirable Record Store Day releases are a good example of the former, Arca’s self-released 12″ which topped last year’s list, a good example of the latter. In every case, an inflated re-sale price tag can only tell you so much.

    Collectability can also be defined in terms of the desirability of an individual object for a specific fan base; a record that acts as a trophy or fills some unassailable void (like Ringo’s No. 0000001 copy of the White Album). By the same token, rather than looking at records as totems, collectability can also be seen in terms of series, where a completed set represents more than the sum of its parts.

    Being confined to the last twelve months, we’ve also taken into account some more timely trends (perhaps most strikingly where vinyl is concerned with video game soundtracks), nodding to the movements which have seen a revival of interest among DJs, and elevating the artists who have helped define them. There is really no point discussing collectable records in a vacuum.

    One final word before we start. The records we’ve picked below are subjectively collectable, a list of ten releases we believe to retain some intrinsic value. In doing this, we have sought to keep these choices as accessible as possible, opting (for the most-part) against high-end box sets in favour of ten records with ten unique stories to tell.

    Catch up on all our end of year lists:

    The 50 best vinyl LPs of 2015
    The 30 best vinyl reissues of 2015
    The 20 best 12″s of 2015
    The 20 best 7″s of 2015
    The 20 best record sleeves of 2015
    The Year in vinyl tech
    The 10 best vinyl soundtracks of 2015


    10. Ragnar Kjartansson / The National

    A Lot Of Sorrow


    If a pragmatist gauges collectability by monetary value – both on release and secondary markets – then, pragmatically speaking, A Lot Of Sorrow isn’t especially collectable. Retailed at £120, it’s not worth an awful lot more six months on, especially in relative terms. But concept can be as alluring as capitalism, and it’s on qualitative grounds that A Lot Of Sorrow scores points.

    The recording captures the collaboration between Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, who teamed up in 2013 to play the track ‘Sorrow’ repeatedly and continuously for six hours at MoMA. The marathon concert interrogated the potential for repetition to produce “sculptural presence within sound”.

    The release echoes that concept on vinyl – with ‘Sorrow’ pressed down 99 times, across nine, clear, identically packaged LPs; all housed within a functional acrylic box. Like Trevor Jackson’s FORMAT, A Lot Of Sorrow follows the archival turn in contemporary art but through near-laughable obsessiveness it pushes object fetishisation one step further.

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    9. Christian Marclay / Various Artists

    Live at White Cube

    (The Vinyl Factory / White Cube)

    Thereʼs nothing more collectable than a series, particularly when every sleeve has been hand-screen printed to designs by Christian Marclay. Released in conjunction with the artistʼs solo show at White Cube earlier this year, the series features performances from the worldʼs leading experimental musicians cut direct to disc in the gallery and pressed in editions of 300. Our mobile pressing plant, The VF Press was on hand to produce the records, which are among the first to have ever been pressed live in a gallery.

    Collectable in so far as youʼll need all fifteen to complete the series, here are records you could witness being performed and pressed for free before purchase. OK, we’re a little biased but weʼve included this series to highlight that collectable need not mean prohibitive expense nor outlandish novelty.

    Documents of a process of experimentation and improvisation, a number of specific releases also stand out, notably Thurston Mooreʼs collaboration with Christian Marclay, which rekindles a creative partnership first forged in the spaces of downtown NYCʼs no wave scene in the early ʻ80s and has sold for £70 since.

    And far from an anachronistic practice, the setʼs emphasis on contemporary music also sees Mica Leviʼs return to composition after her score to Jonathan Glazerʼs Under The Skin won a BAFTA at the start of the year, and Ryoji Ikeda collaborate with Marclay on the final 12” of the series. The VF Press was also in operation at Barbican for Doug Aitken’s Station To Station where Savages, Nozinja and Giogrio Moroder were produced in a similar fashion.


    8. Rupture

    Israel Suite / Dominate En Bel

    (Digger’s Digest, French Attack)

    This year’s lavish reissue of holy grail vocal jazz fusion album Israel Suite / Dominate En Bel is an instant collector’s item. Recorded in France in ’73, but never commercially released, the original has held a mythical position for over four decades. No one knows how many copies were originally made, but you can bet your needles it’s less than 100 – which goes some way to explain why a first pressing has never traded on Discogs and why dealers push four digits for it.

    The reissue, a joint production from Digger’s Digest and French Attack, brought this rare groove masterpiece back within reach, but with just 500 released, it sold in a flash. With demand still far outweighing supplying, and no sign of a repress, this one’s a wise investment.

    Other reissue collectables this year include Mariah’s absurdly cult album Utakata No Hibi, and ‘Disco Shitan’, a super rare Italian cosmic disco banger from the ‘70s. We also reckon Athens Of The North’s 100 copy reissue of soul burner ‘Thousand Years/Party Time’ has the makings of a rarity, just like the revered father pressing.

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    7. Shit & Shine


    (Rock Is Hell Records)

    Craig Clouse rarely does things by the book. Following Shit & Shineʼs stellar showing in 2014’s top 100 records list, this yearʼs contribution comes in the form of five differently coloured, hand-printed editions of Chakinʼ, which originally appearedon just 250 cassette tapes. As collectable as those are is, weʼre here to talk about the vinyl, and why Chakinʼ is a perfect example of how hand-crafted anomalies can be both collactable in themselves and relative to the market.

    Not shackled by round numbers, there are 407 copies of Chakinʼ out there, each with variously different sleeve patterns. Hereʼs the breakdown: Green background print, limited to 149 copies. Green/Grey background print, limited to 3 copies. Green/Yellow background print, limited to 8 copies. Grey background print, limited to 99 copies. Yellow background print, limited to 148 copies.

    While ‘Green/grey’ is obviously the combination to covet, the concept is charmingly shambolic, somewhat random and wonderfully egalitarian. While weʼre not suggesting Shit & Shine super-fans are going to go out and complete the set, this kind of variation lends an intrinsic value to each individual object. Needless to say, the record is also heisse scheisse, and the kind of thing that should sky-rocket when S&S finally get the credit they deserve.


    6. Chiwoniso


    (Nyami Nyami)

    French label Nyami Nyami debuted earlier this year with the final recording of late Zimbabwean singer and mbira player Chiwoniso Maraire who sadly died aged 38, at the peak of her career. Weeks before she passed, Chiwoniso stopped by a studio in Harare where she and fellow musician Jacob Mafuleni, captured an enchanting, stripped-down take of ‘Zvichapera’ – a song popularised by Thomas Mapfumo.

    “It was one of the most emotionally intense sessions I’ve ever experienced,” writes Nyami Nyami label head Antoine Rajon in the record’s liner notes.

    The swan song, remix from her brother Tendai Marare (one half of Shabazz Palaces) and silk screened artwork all make for a fitting and beautiful testament to the artist. Totting up those elements and a limited run of 350, we’re taking a punt that Zvichapera will mature into a sought-after item.


    5. David Wise

    Battletoads (‘Dark Queen’ edition)


    Digital composers of the ‘90s introduced teens to trippy and daring electronic music while they mindlessly bashed buttons on the NES and Sega Megadrive. It might have been background noise then, but it’s a digging treasure trove in 2015.

    Right up there is David Wise’s glitchy soundtrack – featuring the best pause screen music ever – for the impossibly difficult 8-bit beat’em up Battletoads. Iam8bit pressed up the soundtrack in a limited batch of 300 and sold it exclusively at the San Diego Comic Con back in July. That ‘Dark Queen’ gatefold variant – which plays music when you open it (like a massive birthday card) – now attracts three digits on second hand markets. It’s since been repressed without frills in a generous run of 3000.

    Other gaming collectables this year include Yozo Koshiro’s incredible Streets Of Rage score on Data Discs, Minecraft on Ghostly, Mondo’s reissue of the The Last Of Us, and Super Mario by Koji Kondo on 7”.

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    4. Tame Impala

    Currents (Limited / numbered edition + prints)

    (Fiction Records, Interscope records)

    One of the yearʼs heavyweight releases and a collectable record in the traditional sense of the word. While loads of releases will throw in a limited edition run with a print or some kind of extra, these only occasionally become truly collectable. Hereʼs how Currents hit that sweet spot. This edition of was sold exclusively online through Get Music in Australia; it features five individually numbered lenticular prints of the album cover and the singles that preceded it; the appetite and size of the bandʼs following (over a million on Facebook alone) dwarfs its five hundred-copy run.
    While all these factors create fertile conditions for collectability, thereʼs one simple fact which has elevated Currents in this instance and pushed its value up ten-fold to between £200 and £300 on the re-sale market, and itʼs perhaps the simplest and most over-looked of all. Currents is a damn good record with emphatic artwork that delivers for Tame Impala fans on every level, and this run is the ultimate trophy edition. No wonder 500 was never going to be enough.

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    3. Len Leise

    Edits 001

    (Len Leise Edits)

    One place where value and rarity tends to stay constant is on the international balearic underground. Not so much a genre as a state of mind (once defined simply as anything that came out of Daniele Baldelliʼs record bag a little slower than intended), this brand of cosmic, afro-infused downtempo dance music has played a major role in 2015, both in the glut of reissues weʼve seen from labels like Music For Memory and Emotional Response but also in new music pushed by the likes of Stump Valley and, of course Len Leise.

    A relative enigma, here is an example of a year making a man. Culminating in his first LP Lingua Franca released on International Feel and a stunning afro-dance mix for us, 2015 began with the quiet release of Edits 001 in a run of 150 hand-numbered copies. Doing the rounds in no time, these two tracks sent the price of this 12” spiralling – a modern balearic rarity for a scene of seasoned collectors and DJs experienced enough to have a accrued a fair bit of disposable income.

    Such is the appetite for new music in the scene, and such is the international flavour of its cognoscenti – from Growing Bin in Hamburg to Music From Memory in Amsterdam and Claremont 56 in London – this 12” is a great example of the workings of a global online community in action. There may be a repress in the wind, but for a self-released 12” from an unknown artist to push £70 (itʼs never sold for less than £40) on Discogs is quite something. And if Lingua Franca charts well this winter, you know where those figures are heading.


    2. PM

    Sweet Thrash

    (Paul McCartney Self-Released)

    The tide somewhat turned on Record Store Day this year, with labels, consumers, even record shops, knocking the annual festival. There’s a feeling (amongst some) that majors have co-opted the event: clogging pressing plants with pointless and novelty reissues – that are then turned out on eBay for dizzying profit.

    In the thick of it is this ‘secret’, self-released Paul McCartney record, with two previously unreleased mixes of ‘Hope For The Future’. Pressed as hand scrawled white labels only, selected shops in the UK and US received a single copy and were instructed to quietly file it away. No prior advertising, nor was it listed with the rest of the RSD releases; presumably the idea was that genuine fans riffling Beatles’ racks would find the record, rather than grasping market flippers.

    But with only 100 copies pressed down, it’s become risibly sought-after and inevitably invited three figure sums on Discogs and eBay alike. One fan even splashed £865 on it. Perhaps the insert card with details of how to download a ‘3D printable Paul’ figurine was one temptation too far. Easily one of most valuable records of the year (in price gain at least), completist McCartney fans can visit Discogs to fight over a copy. That’ll be $1,500 please.

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    1. Residence La Revolution (Richard Russell & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry)

    I Am Paint


    Buying records can be an awfully passive affair. The simplicity with which you can access records online is both liberating and a little worrying. The period of contemplation between desiring a record and buying it is often brief, card details typed in and confirmation sent before youʼve had a chance to ask yourself whether you really wanted it. Sometimes, the answer would have been no, had there been any more resistance along the way.

    Thereʼs a little more activity involved in getting hold of rare records, particularly new releases (although Warp last year put pay to that by entering collectors into a ballot for new limited edition of Syro). None however, have required such active participation as Richard Russell and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perryʼs I Am Paint, where prospective ʻbuyersʼ were tasked with creating something of equatable value to be bartered for a copy of the record.

    Beyond the fact that the record itself was limited to two hundred and fifty uniquely (and literally) hand and foot-painted sleeves by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the project has spawned a series of unique artworks that are more or less collectable in their own right.

    Profiled on Richard Russellʼs tumblr, some of the most creative barters include a 3D printed teapot, a painted brick proclaiming itself as ‘I Am Stone’ and our personal favourite from Lee Waller, who first sent a letter suggesting he trade his own birthday for a copy, only to have his attempt denied for not having ʻmadeʼ his own birthday. Resubmitting both his letter and XLʼs response as a single image seems to have done the trick.

    An original, generous and endearing project that turns the concept of value, monetary or otherwise, on its head, itʼs been impossible to look beyond ʻI Am Paintʼ for this list. Thankfully, there isnʼt a single one up for re-sale on Discogs, making it not only the most collectable record of the year, but one with which those who own it may never want to part.

    Illustration by Hector Plimmer

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (14th September)

    By | September 14, 2015


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

    Highlights from this week’s highlights include new singles on some of our favourite small labels DEEK and Sonic Cathedral, with Micachu and the Shapes and Shit and Shine the pick of a strong week for albums. Look out for the stunning Stars Of The Lid reissue too.

    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.




    Sea of Trees / Sink (Richard Fearless / Factory Floor Remixes)

    (Sonic Cathedral)

    Listen / Buy

    A rather special ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ release here on Sonic Cathedral of two tracks from Spectres amazing last album ‘Dying’. First up, Richard Fearless takes ‘Sea Of Trees’ and turns its krautrock groove into a looped Trax style techno rocker but still keeps its lo-fi roughness around the edges. On the flip, Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey sets his machines to stun and turns out a controlled vibration of jerky rhythms and muted instruments, holding back the wall of noise and killing the dance floor in the process. 200 copies only.

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    Duke Slammer

Bangkok Skytrain

Cosmic Pint Glass)

    Listen / Buy

    Duke Slammer mans the pumps for the third round of Cosmic Pint Glass action, serving a sweetly spiced brew of locomotive house and sleek synth funk for the thirsty dance floor. Harnessing the mechanised groove of ‘Problemes D’Amour’, the Duke tops wriggling 303 and snapping 707 with chiming pads, scratch samples and exotic field recordings before closing out the A-side with a little drum-box madness. On the flip, Moscow’s Simple Symmetry treat us to a trademark remix, reshaping those retro-futurist elements around a humid tribal rhythm and weird and wonderful East Asian vocal. Tony G returns to the label with a truly transcendental version, setting misty pads to a heartbeat rhythm to close the set out.

    Pacific Rhythm

    Rhythms of the Pacific

    Rhythms of the Pacific Vol. 2

    (Pacific Rhythm)

    Listen / Buy

    From online store, to an eventual shop-front and now as a record label, Vancouver based Pacific Rhythm are steadily proving to be a vital resource and outlet for DJs and electronic music lovers, and this second volume of home grown dance music from the Pacific Rhythm community is a further cause to keep them on radar. Split between Neo Image, Florist and D. Tiffany its all killer no filler, and as with the first volume a most worthy sample of what’s brewing in Vancouver.


    Mike Huckaby

    Baseline 87 / Muzik for the Dancefloor

    (Deep Transportation)

    Listen / Buy

    Rejoice! This double barrelled banger is back on vinyl, and boy are we pleased. Detroit’s premier electronic educator reminds us, yet again, that simple loops can be incredibly effective. These ones will knock you for six. Originally released in 2011, a supply of 300 was never going to cut it (especially when we’re talking 10” splatter), but now we’re back in business, this time on 12” black vinyl. Blink and you’ll miss it.



    Thool EP

    (DEEK Recordings)

    Listen / Buy

    Another utterly unique, immaculately presented 12″ from Bullion’s DEEK imprint. Newcomers Thool open their account with ‘Tepeu’, a slow-mo boogie oddity dripping in analogue ambience and Gigi Masin-esque synth jabs, before building into ‘The Dome’, that drifts from punky Italo-house banger with a DFA-tough bassline. With a strong aesthetic to match, grab this while you can.



    The Sam Records Anthology

    The Sam Records Anthology compiled by Bill Brewster


    Listen / Buy

    The disco story is incomplete without reference to stalwart NYC label Sam Records. Formed by industry veteran Sam Weiss in 1975, the label launched with the atmospheric funk jam ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’ by Doris Duke before releasing classics from John Davis and the smash single ‘Keep On Dancing’ by Gary’s Gang. Sam sidestepped the disco backlash of the ‘80s, re-inventing itself as a dance label with hits by Rhyze and Vicky D, amongst others. DJ history’s Bill Brewster traces the label’s spectacular three decade history, compiling both classics and rarities across triple vinyl. An essential introduction to an essential label.


    The Mystic Jungle Tribe


(Early Sounds)

    Listen / Buy

    The latest release on Italy’s Early Sounds sees ancestral musicologists The Mystic Jungle Tribe arrive a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to take a sonic survey of the remote planet ‘Solaria’. Their findings range from the bizarre cosmic voodoo and sci fi exotica of ‘Ocean FM’ and ‘Neon Lights’ to the squelching machine funk of ‘Ancient Lizard’ and ‘Plastica Razionale’, and the synthetic proto-house of ‘Land Of Dunes’. Expect to hear these otherworldly dance floor sounds bouncing off the walls of the Salon in no time.


    Micachu & The Shapes

    Good Sad Happy Bad

    (Rough Trade)

    Listen / Buy

    Speaking to us about chance and improvisation at White Cube earlier this year, Mica Levi said that “the stuff that occurs that you can never plan, that’s the best stuff”. Built out of a clandestine recording made by Shapes’ drummer Mark Pell of a mammoth jam session, Micachu & the Shapes’ first album in three years comes as close to embracing that love of chance as an album can. At one moment straight-forward and charmingly DIY, at others abrasive and experimental, Good Sad Happy Bad is laced with accidental hooks and spontaneous moments of clarity that emerge from improvisation. Act fast to get it on limited edition white vinyl.

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    Shit and Shine

    Everybody’s A Fuckin’ Expert

    (Editions Mego)

    Listen / Buy

    It was only a matter of time until legendary label Editions Mego jumped on the Shit And Shine rollercoaster and in doing so we get the electronic album of 2015. Not only does it have the best title and cover, it also has Craig Clouse’s most amazing set of warehouse crackers and warped dance blasters yet. The noise rock history stops here as Mr Clouse serves up a drum chopping, bass flexing, house rocking, techno firing masterpiece. It’s incredible how good this record really is and demands repeated listening… forever.


    Stars Of The Lid

    And Their Refinement of the Decline


    Listen / Buy

    Any self-respecting ambient music lover should have heard this one in some form or fashion, but you’d be forgiven for having missed out on the 3LP set the first time around as the limited amounts disappeared rather quickly and went on to fetch exorbitant Discogs prices. So at last we have the much hankered after reissue in all its glory along with its equally sublime predecessor The Tired Sounds Of. Utterly essential listening – here’s hoping the reissues and a return to the live arena might further set the wheels in motion for some new material.

  • From Horace Parlan to Captain Beefheart: Listen to a new vinyl mix by Shit and Shine

    By | August 18, 2015


    Texan genre annihilator Craig Clouse drops an eclectic selection for VF Mix 16.

    Over here at VF, we’ve been tracking Craig Clouse and his mutant monster Shit and Shine for some time now. From its noisy rock genesis in South London to a zone for absurdist rabbits and nosebleed hysteria, and into the current incarnation of leftfield dancefloor insanity; Shit and Shine is a continually evolving beast.

    For over a decade, Clouse and various tag teaming band members have eviscerated genre lines with nuclear electronics and multi-drum pummelling. And we’ve had a hard time keeping Clouse’s freakish musings out of our weekly charts. In 2013 Find Out What Happens When People Start Being Polite For A Fucking Change entered our Top 20 releases of the year, almost for its title (and artwork) alone.

    With Chakin finally out on vinyl this week, we asked Craig to dig into his mingled record collection for an exclusive mix. Buckle up for the ride.



    1. Horace Parlan
    ‘Home Is Africa’ from Happy Frame Of Mind
    (Blue Note, 1986)

    Listen / Buy

    CC: Great simple/complex swinging gorgeous early Sixties Blue Note jazz. Untouchable.


    2. Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band
    ‘Sheriff Of Hong Kong’ From Doc At The Radar Station
    (Virgin, 1980)

    Listen / Buy

    CC: Got to be the best telecaster record ever.


    3. Sheer Mag
    Travelin’ On from Sheer Mag
    (Katorga Works, 2015)

    Listen / Buy

    CC: Only in America could this band be born. My total embarrassing -sing out loud in a girl’s voice- thing right now. That and Stevie Nick & Tom Petty ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’. Stevie Nicks is such a bad ass.


    4. Destruction Unit
    ‘Bumpy Road’ from Deep Trip
    (Sacred Bones, 2013)

    Listen / Buy

    CC: Reverby combo amps…all druggy and shit. Well played.


    5. Powell
    ‘Smut’ from Sylvester Stallone
    (XL, 2015)

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    CC: So much to say about Oscar Powell. He is a true modern legend.


    6. Keith Fullerton Whitman
    ‘Disingenuousness’ from Disingenuity B/W Disingenuousness
    (PAN, 2010)

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    CC: Modular is a such a proud badge for synth nerds these days but I’m not hearing enough delivery from the modular masses so far. Whitman is the rare gem who plays it with true artistic…thrust and elegance! THRUST and ELEGANCE!


    7. Lorenzo Senni
    ‘Powerage Xion4’ from Quantum Jelly
    (Editions Mego, 2012)

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    CC: Fucks sake, same goes for Lorenzo Senni. So beautiful.


    8.Joshua Abrams
    ‘Lore’ from Magnetoception
    (Eremite Records, 2015)


    CC: Delicate but intensely rich flow from the master Josh Abrams.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (17th August)

    By | August 17, 2015

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

    This week’s record bag has got the Midas touch, with new music from Golden Teacher and Paul White’s Golden Rules. There’s space in the singles bin for a first 12″ in eleven years on Rewind Records and afro cosmic legend Beppe Loda, while Psychemagik’s second Magik Sunset comp joins a rare reissue for La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela iconic Black Record in the album section.

    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.



    Lord Of The D

    Dunstable Trax

    (Rewind Records)

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    After a frankly obscene eleven year hiatus, Todd Osborn and Tadd Mullinix resurrect their groundbreaking US drum and bass imprint with this four tracker from Rephlex associate Jodey Kendrick. Under the fitting Lord Of The D alias, the producer furnishes the Detroit label with a quartet of ear splitting, skull crushing, junglist WMDs built from mangled amen breaks, aggro field recordings and his own particular strain of modular evil. Fizzing with intensity and cut as loud as physically possible, ‘Dunstable Trax’ wipes the floor with the rest of the jungle revivalists without breaking into a sweat, presumably saving itself for an upcoming battle with heaven.

    omar souleyman

    Omar Souleyman

    Darb El Hawa


    Listen / Buy

    A powerful single from dabke legend Omar Souleyman that’s a fair few steps away from the frenetic party and wedding music that has become his modus operandi. Taken from his latest long player Bahdemi Nami, ‘Darb El Hawa’ is a hushed standout – mournful, melancholic and steeped in poetic tradition, it’s a side of Souleyman’s craft that rightfully deserves prominence alongside the bangers. Collaborations and remixes-a-plenty expanded the breadth of the new LP, and here we have another worthy effort from the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander, which further extrapolates the tone of the A-side with some restless and tense atmospherics.

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    Golden Teacher

    Sauchiehall Enthrall

    (Golden Teacher)

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    We love a bit of Teacher on VF – if you haven’t already, check out their superb primordial mix here – and Sauchiehall Enthrall has got us all hot all over once more. Snaking away from the punky disco of previous 12″s on Optimo, this first 12″ on their own imprint goes deep into the electric world of tribal rave, shattered dancehall and rough riddim – a sort of Glaswegian baile funk for clubs where sweat runs down the walls. GT vinyl doesn’t hang around long so get on it.


    Beppe Loda

    Obscure Cuts II


    Listen / Buy

    Cosmic free spirit Beppe Loda digs deep into his crates from the Typhoon days to hit us with a tetrad of lost Arabian treasures. If the first collection of ‘Obscure Cuts’ soared past you, there’s more space disco brilliance to jump on.

    hard skin

    Hard Skin

    ‘The One That Got Away / The Bovver Boys Don’t Bother Anymore’

    (JT Classics)

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    Oi’s golden boys are back with a brand new limited single, recorded in three hours and released on their own JT Classics label just in time to fleece all those ageing European punks at Rebellion! ‘The One That Got Away’ tells the tale of a charming character known as Psycho Dave while ‘The Bovver Boys…’ is a song from the heart, a tale of Oi and what it still means. You need this in your life. Fuck all that trendy bullshit. This is the real deal.


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    Various Artists

    Psychemagik Present Magik Sunset: Part Two


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    Danny & Tom complete their magik journey on Leng with a fourth and final episode packed with the kind of oddities, obscurities and obscenely priced gems we’ve come to expect from the duo. Previous editions have focussed in turn on the leftfield disco, the sun-drenched pool bar and the humid terrace, so it makes sense that Psychemagik round the series off with a combination of the lot. Shading their record boxes under the full reach of the Balearic umbrella, Danny & Tom serve up library psych, synth funk, Euro disco, AOR and cod reggae which moves, grooves and soothes in equal measure. From the best Francis Lai record you’ve never heard to the only record The Primates ever released, this killer compilation has everything you need for a deep listening session.

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    Golden Rules

    Golden Ticket

    (Lex Records)

    Listen / Buy

    Psychedelic beat maker Paul White and Florida MC/vocalist Eric Biddines measure up as Golden Rules for a real summer treat. Laced with wit and strangeness, Golden Ticket inhabits the kind of parallel universe that DJ Koze might call home, full of floral variety but where every track is drugged under a pleasant haze of melancholy and nostalgia. From album opener ‘Auntie Pearl’s House’, Golden Rules establish their own set of markers, whether its nodding to ’80s cop show soul on ‘Down Soul Boogie’ or basking in the old-school grandeur of Yasiin Bey’s cameo on ‘Never Die’. Dope embossed artwork and a pair of golden records complete a really nice package.


    Ami Shavit

    In Alpha Mood

    (Finders Keepers)

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    The relationship between alpha brainwaves and recorded sound has fascinated numerous musicians, from Alvin Lucier and his 1960s experiments in amplifying the waves direct from his own mind, to a host of more melodic investigations and New Age efforts that sought to conjure relaxed mental states. Multimedia artist Ami Shavit can be rightfully associated with a scientific and musical approach, as these 1970s recording sessions employed biofeedback – monitoring and potentially controlling brainwaves emitted – along with a host of synthesizers and meditative techniques to achieve a state of calmness and peace. A great reissue of the impossible to find original, have a listen for yourself to see if you can tap into Ami’s “Alpha Mood”.


    Shit and Shine


    (Rock Is Hell)

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    Previously released as a limited tape on the excellent Astral Spirits label out of Austin, Texas the set now hot foots it over to Austria where the equally cool Rock Is Hell do the very decent thing and give it a 300 only double vinyl release. Handmade, silkscreen sleeves in three different colours with multiple shades (grey, yellow and green) house this stunning album built out of Craig Clouse’s YouTube ‘Tuesday Jazz Chat’ series which he then rephased into some serious shit indeed. Featuring Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (The Thing), Pete Simonelli (The Enablers), King Coffey (Butthole Surfers) and Nate Cross (Marriage / Astral Spirits) through it’s grooves this is an album of total beauty.


    La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela

    The Black Record


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    There are long titles and then there’s 31 VII 69 10:26 – 10:49 PM Munich from Map of 49’s Dream The Two Systems of Eleven Sets of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery; 23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11 AM the Volga Delta from Studies in The Bowed Disc. Title mirroring music, two lengthy and minimal drones cut away at conscious thought, an inchmeal path into choiceless awareness. Nicknamed The Black Record, this essential experimental album is back on vinyl for the first time since its original ’69 release on Edition X.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (22nd June)

    By | June 22, 2015


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

    We’re into summer in a big way this week with more sun-kissed goodness than space under the quitasol. In the singles bag we’ve got a triple dose from down-under with new music from Retiree on Rhythm Section, Harvey Sutherland on MCDE and Statue on Cutters, while Ruf Dug, Suzanne Kraft and the inimitable DJ Koze see to it that this week’s long-players are also out frolicking in the dappled shade.

    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.


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    This Place

    (Rhythm Section International)

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    Local Peckham imprint Rhythm Section go further afield for their new 12″, inviting Australian outfit Retiree to drop a lush three-track EP drawing on Arthur Russell’s leftfield disco intonations and sophisticated pop-tropical songwriting that would have David Byrne nodding in approval. A good reason to seek our their 2013 Plastic World EP too.


    Harvey Sutherland



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    Chipper disco house business from Australian Harvey Sutherland on Danilo Plessow’s MCDE imprint, ‘Bermuda’ fizzes with effervescent hats like a vitamin tablet popped into a glass of water, trailed throughout with Zawinul-esque fusion synth waves. On the flip, ‘New Paradise’ is a smoother affair, velvet synth hooks dropping into a gorgeous boogie number, reminiscent of Vacuum Boogie-era Floating Points that’s grown delirious in the sun. Certified summer jams.





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    Cutters mark their quarter century by unveiling Statue, a new project from Melbourne musicians Nic Oogjes and Tom Gould, the creative force and rhythmic pulse of NO ZU and Worlds End Press respectively. Assembling intricate mosaics from primitive drum machines, live percussion and a Walken-pleasing amount of cowbell, the duo break out the hardware and take a tour through vintage dancefloor sounds. Birdsong, whistles and circular sequences colour ‘Statue Theme’ and ‘Stone’ with the sun-kissed orange of Italo house, while ‘Jade’ and ‘Bronze’ utilise darker tonality to conjure images of UR classics under heavy sedation.


    J. Tijn



    Listen / Buy

    London based producer J Tijn delivers 3 to the point techno bangers here that don’t let up and will be sure to please those that like their techno raw and suitably industrial. This is the 5th 12” from UAE based imprint Bedouin, which got their catalogue off to a flying start last year with a string of intriguing releases- a label worth paying attention to. 300 of these out there so act quick if this is your bag.

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    Sheer Mag

    Sheer Mag II

    (Static Shock Records)

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    Philly’s finest return for round two and make it easy to see why this band are the most sought after gang on the planet. Clocking in with another four songs in their finest punk power pop soul rock it’s easy to see how this lot could explode and take over the world in no time at all. The tunes are simple, the riffs big and the hooks even bigger. They have the most awesome front woman too. The coolest band around no question.



    Robbie Basho

    The Falconer’s Arm I & II


    Listen / Buy

    A couple of sublime Basho reissues here with both parts of the series deserving attention as two of the finest jewels of finger style guitar set to wax in the ’60s. A true revolutionary of the guitar, criminally underappreciated in his lifetime and shuffling off this mortal coil through a bizarre chiropractic mishap at the age of 45, whilst recent years have drawn many a new listener with reissues of much of his back catalogue, this is the first time these two have resurfaced on vinyl since 1967. Essential listening – a fine entry point for those unfamiliar and a pleasure to finally have these on LP for those unable to track down an original.

    Ruf Dug

    Ruf Dug


    (Music For Dreams)

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    Manchester’s vape-toting tape obsessive Ruf Dug took a three month hiatus from the every day last summer, dropping out to the tropical paradise of Guadeloupe for a healthy dose of R&R. Seizing his chance to live out his wildest Compass Point fantasies, he condensed his studio into a suitcase and set about producing a nine track soundtrack to a life of coastal walks, morning stone-overs, humid undergrowth and waterfront drug seizures. The perfect realisation of a stunning concept, Island sees Ruffy combine his signature aesthetic with touches of zouk, digidub, Balearica and island disco without ever breaking the mirage.

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    Suzanne Kraft

    Talk From Home

    (Melody As Truth)

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    Dreamy new LP from West Coast producer Diego Herrera aka Suzanne Kraft. Recorded last winter but perfect for this summer, Talk From Home shimmers with the melancholy of lost youth and summers spent in blissful inertia. Tinged with an afro-cosmic feel that will delight fans of Gigi Masin’s Talk To The Sea and the ambient warmth of Andrea Fox’s Overworld, Talk From Home is a quiet record and one to lose yourself in til autumn.

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    DJ Koze

    DJ Kicks 50

    (!K7 Records)

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    DJ Koze brings up a half century for DJ Kicks and it’s up there with the best in the whole series, a delirious and joyous alphabet soup from the eccentric otherworld of Koze. Picking up where his own Amygdala left off, Koze mans the turning wheel to massage hip hop, techno, indie-pop and everything in between into a soft clay form bound by a sense of the strange and the melancholy. Utterly virtuosic, Koze calls it giving “the impression of a radio show, like people such as John Peel did so uniquely. There is a giant cosmos of music and it runs through my filter”. Not least for blending The 2 Bears into William Shatner without blinking, Koze deserves to be uttered in the same breath as Mr. Peel any day in our book.

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    Shit and Shine

    Jealous Of Shit and Shine

    (Riot Season)

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    Here’s another ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ treat from the home of Riot Season and Craig Clouse aka Shit And Shine. Jealous Of Shit And Shine was originally released back in 2006 on CD only but now, nine years later, we get the vinyl in all it’s limited to 300 neon pink with mp3 glory. It includes the legendary twenty three minute ‘Practising To Be A Doctor’ and other such quality jams as ‘When Extreme Dogs Go Wrong’, ‘Here Come The Vikings’ and ‘Hot Vodka’. It’s noisey as hell and 200% fun.

  • The 10 best vinyl releases this week (16th March)

    By | March 16, 2015


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

    A fine stack of electronic singles this week with new releases from Tom Trago, Legowelt and Peverlist, along with a Marcos Valle work re-imagined by Theo Parrish. Third Man supply the rock: re-releasing classic material from The White Stripe’s vault. On the LP front, highlights include leftfield dancefloor insanity from Shit And Shine on Rocket Recordings, an emotional bomb courtesy of Tobias Jesso Jr. and Pearson Sounds’ first stab at a full length.

    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, James Hammond and Theo Leanse. 5 singles and 5 LP’s every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.




    Immensity of Cosmic Space

    (Unknown to the Unknown)

    Listen / Buy

    Title and synth voyages into it’s subject matter included- Danny Wolfers is unafraid to wear his retro-futurism on his sleeve here and make some compelling and suitably out-there dance music in the process. Not that this one bucks any trends, his work as Legowelt has been consistently of the highest order for years now and this one’s further testament to the seemingly inexhaustible pool of ideas. Another reason to acquaint or reacquaint.


    The White Stripes

    There’s No Home For You Here

    (Third Man)

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    Last year Third Man took the four long out of print singles from The White Stripes ‘Elephant’ album and repackaged them as a ‘soft touch aqueous coated’ box set with ‘soft touch aqueous coated’ singles inside on colour vinyl (same kind of feel as the ‘Lazaretto’ lp). Now they’ve seen the light and re-released all four separately on black vinyl. Forget ‘Seven Nation Army’ and get back into this one where Jack seems to channel Freddie Mercury and Queen perfectly! It’s a bombastic piano driven choral monster.



    Tom Trago

    Hidden Heart Of Gold

    (Voyage Direct)

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    Dutch master Tom Trago returns to his Voyage Direct imprint for the first time since 2012’s unstoppable, Millie Jackson sampling, ‘Use Me Again (And Again)’ with a tech-house dreamstate by the name of ‘Hidden Heart Of Gold’. As the track title suggests, Trago offers both subtlety and emotion, cloaking his rolling groove in an illusive mist of shifting pads and hallucinogenic sequences, while making full use of the twelve and a half minute track length. If this mind expanding trip takes you out of your comfort zone then you can plunge into the sonic ocean of the B-side ‘Ambient Mix’ to cool off.



    Marcos Valle

    1985 / Prefixo (Theo Parrish & Daz I Kue Remixes)

    (Far Out Recordings)

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    The Renaissance man of Brazilian music, Marcos Valle’s six decade strong career is a beautiful patchwork of bossa nova, samba, pop,  dance music and fusions of rock, soul, funk, jazz and. For this 12″, electronic visionaries and label pals Theo Parrish and Daz I Kue expertly rework two highlights from Valle’s discography. Both tracks will feature in Far Out’s forthcoming Brazilka compilation: a 20th Year anniversary CD, and keep your eyes peeled for more Far Out classics, remixes and unreleased gems.



    Pev & Kowton

    Signal 3 / Low Strobe

    (Livity Sound)

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    Livity Sound – the label run by Peverelist out of Bristol, where it has dampened the ashes of once-vivid labels Punch Drunk and Skull Disco with a steady stream of fresh club music – is going from strength to strength. The label’s sound, already identifiable, beats with the two hearts of techno and bass music, and nuzzles up to Hessle Audio. Remixes, anthems and heavy-hitters populate the catalogue along with restrained and meticulously crafted cuts. On this, the first Livity Sound release of the year, suspense builds between a dark style of ballroom, the glitter of hardcore synths, and the techno that rolls beneath.



    Pearson Sound

    Pearson Sound

    Pearson Sound

    (Hessle Audio)

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    Pearson Sound has been one of the central figures in the UK’s much-exported club music of the last decade, and this is his debut album. Club cuts are here, and they’re as drastic and violent as anything heard from PS in the past, but the overall feel is a little more thoughtful. Perhaps this is simply a function of the inviting full-length format. But while the tracks are still immovably rooted in the spectrum of rhythm tracks that has informed the sound that he helped pioneer, and relatively low on ‘music’, the patter shifts at times to something looser, more fitting to an album, and serves as the mortar that holds this thing together very nicely.



    Tobias Jesso Jr


    (True Panther)

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    It’s safe to say there’s far to many singer songwriters out there but sometimes one comes along who simply makes you stop in your tracks and listen in amazement – Tobias Jesso Jr is that man. ‘Goon’ is simply a bomb of emotion set to burst. Tobias’s voice is enough to make you cry all by itself but add the piano and orchestration and you can’t help but get swept away in it’s greatness. The nearest yet to the great Elliott Smith.


    Shit And Shine

    54 Synth​-​brass, 38 Metal guitar, 65 Cathedral

    (Rocket Recordings)

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    Craig Clouse’s $hit And $hine project continues its decade long evolution from nosebleed inducing, double-drumming noise rock to distantly leftfield dancefloor insanity with this latest LP on Bristolian psyche imprint Rocket. The cough syrup slurping Texan feeds motorik rhythms, Warp-esque glitches and malfunctioning keyboards through the old distorto 2000 to create a driving six tracker of breathless, boundless intensity and sonic experimentation. If the mirror ball wrecking antics of ‘DIAG004’ and ‘Find Out What Happens…’ saw a glitter-tinted Clouse in Studio 54, this latest record plunges the musician into the underground dancefloors of East Germany 1984 for a taste of the dark, wired sound.







    This album screams Manchester. Exploring the post-industrial ruinscape of her hometown, Hinterland is Campbell’s attempt to sonify the northern pscyhe. Like her first long-play, the follow-up is built on choppy guitar harmonics and driving drum machine rhythms. But this time round, the post-punk aesthetic, evocative of Joy Division, is infused with ambitious cello parts and disco funkery. In Campbell’s words: “It’s channelling Parliament / Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, Rufus, Prince, Arthur Russell… among others. A strange – but nonetheless real – meeting of funk and… me from Audenshaw, Manchester.”

    Butcher and Robair


    John Butcher & Gino Robair

    Bottle Breaking Heart Leap

    (Alt. Vinyl)

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    Asides from being one of the finest record stores in the U.K, Newcastle’s Alt. Vinyl have also been running a similarly stellar imprint for a few years now, with their initial repertoire of 8” lathe cut EPs eventually expanding to include LPs, of which, this live effort from Butcher and Robair is a true highlight. Recorded live in St Margaret of Antioch church, Leeds, acoustics and the intensity of performance translate remarkably well, making this a very worthy listen for anyone interested in free improv.

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