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Promises W/ The London Symphony Orchestra
Luaka Bop
What an incredibly exciting collaboration we have here between free jazz legend PHAROAH SANDERS & electronic producer FLOATING POINTS, who, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra, have made a magisterial nine-part odyssey through spiritual jazz and modern classical. Meditative, swirling, grandiose and intimate in equal measure -- this will certainly be one of our favorite releases of 2021. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99
Wave Your Moonlight Hat For The... Snowfall Train (imp)
Seance Centre
YOU'LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN is a London, Ontario based couple & this is the 4th album. Delicate & somewhat lo-fi art pop with fragile, Julee Cruise esque vocals. There isn't any percussion really but the music is still quite rhythmic with accented, fretless bass, repetitive bells, vibe & piano sounds & subtle background distortion. This reminds us of some favorite things like Eno, YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS, Gareth Williams & Mary Currie, Japanese furniture music, the Ghost Box label etc... RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $21.99
Cheat Codes (red Vinyl)
Following in the storied lineage of great MC/Producer team-ups like 'Madvillainy' & 'Twelve Reasons To Die,' 'Cheat Codes' is a fantastic joint effort from DANGER MOUSE & THE ROOTS' BLACK THOUGHT. After a few years in the proverbial Late Night TV slash MOR wilderness, both artists up their already elevated game even higher here. The guest list is stacked - RAEKWON, A$AP ROCKY, RUN THE JEWELS, Chicago's KID SISTER and more, plus an incredible MF DOOM verse from beyond the grave - but the coolest moments involve just hearing Thought go HARD in the pocket of some of Danger Mouse's best material since 'Demon Days.' This is a tightly focused, wildly entertaining collab between two master craftsmen. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $28.99
Grounation (3lp, Reissue)
Soul Jazz
ESSENTIAL reissue of this classic Rastafarian record by the Jamaican drummer Count Ossie. Rastafarians were considered outcasts in Jamaica in the 50s when Ossie was getting his start but they gradually became accepted in the music scene. In 1973 Count Ossie released this incredible album of music dedicated to the Africans that were brought to Jamaica as slaves. Heavy & repetitive percussion & a almost improvisational jazz feel, this album will appeal to fans of 70s spiritual jazz like Eddie Gale, Chicago's own Philip Cohran & even the early Moondog records at times. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $49.99
Step On Step (2lp, Ltd. Gold Vinyl)
International Anthem
This brilliant collection from Int'l Anthem focuses on Chicago composer/producer CHARLES STEPNEY, unearthing four-track basement demos of largely original - and otherwise unrecorded - material. STEPNEY's historical mark was as a creative collaborator, drawing up the baroque arrangements for artists like MINNIE RIPERTON, TERRY CALLIER, EW&F and MARLENA SHAW, and while these recordings retain that expansive vision, the prominent feeling here is intimacy, landing somewhere in a zone between SLY STONE circa-"Riot", the soundtrack work of CURTIS MAYFIELD and MULATU's Ethiopiques. But make no mistake; STEPNEY was a visionary of his own. Intercut with interviews from STEPNEY's family, this is an incisive look at unreknown creativity. One of the best finds of the year, this comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $37.99
Dessau ("barely Green" Vinyl" Ltd. Ed.)
Numero Group
Way back in 1992, the slowcore legends CODEINE went into the studio to record their 2nd album. For a number of reasons the sessions were abandoned & the drummer Chris Brokaw quit the band. The group would eventually get a new drummer & re-record the songs that were released as their final album, the fantastic "The White Birch." These versions made at Harold Dessau Recording have been remastered & released for this first time via Numero Group. They're pretty similar to the album versions but it's definitely cool to hear the takes with the original line-up. RECOMMENDED!!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $24.99
In My Own Time (2lp, 180grm 45rpm W/7"s) 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Light In The Attic
Karen Dalton's second album didn't get the attention that it deserved when it was released in 1971 but over time it has come to be considered as a classic. You'd think her connections to others in the scene like Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin & Fred Neil would have cleared a path for Dalton's success but a variety of obstacles including music biz politics & Dalton's drug/alcohol abuse stalled any momentum she might have had. The album was reissued in 2010 & artists like Nick Cave & Joanna Newsom cited Dalton as an influence & that & other excellent reissues helped her legend grow. In 2021 a documentary was released & now this beautiful deluxe 50th anniversary edition is here with remastered audio, two bonus 7"s, extra tracks, booklet & beautiful foil-stamped art. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $64.99
Arkhon (indie Ed. Eco-mix Vinyl)
Sacred Bones
Nika Roza Danilova aka ZOLA JESUS has been pretty public about her disappointment in the music industry over the past few years. So many artists were already struggling because of unfair streaming payouts & then the pandemic hit, cutting out any possibility of earning a living from performing. Danilova routinely vents about these issues online but always comes back around to music being a sort of savior for her. "Arkhon" is Danilova letting go & letting her art flow freely & the result is a surprisingly positive & even somewhat accessible album. Sure there are goth elements but there are also ballads & bombastic choruses. An impressive album.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $19.99
Heart Tax
After a few years off, Jenny Lee Lindberg has made a serious comeback with a new WARPAINT album & her 2nd solo album released almost simultaneously. We were really big fans of her first solo album & this one is also fantastic. The album opens with the amazing track Stop Speaking that features guest vocals from Dave Gahan of DEPECHE MODE (what??!!) that sounds like a half-speed TELEVISION track. Minimal almost dubby songs that dip into goth territory at times. REALLY GREAT STUFF!!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
Big Time (2lp, Ltd. Pink Vinyl)
Angel Olsen continues to reinvent herself on her 2022 album "Big Time." There's always been a country twang lurking in the background of Angel's music but she seems to have fully embraced it this time around. Her vocal approach is slightly different, maybe a little softer with some nice Linda Ronstadt esque harmonies & reminders of another great former Chicago based singer Neko Case. The music has a nice airy quality with pedal steel & synthesized strings providing a nice bed for the Laurel Canyon style countrified tunes. Reckless alum Emily Elhaj holds down that bass duties with confidence as always. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $26.99