9/3/21 NEW RELEASES
AURITA Y SU CONJUNTO – Chambacu LP (Mississippi)
First ever reissue outside of Latin America of recordings by the great “young queen” of Cumbia Aurita Castillo. These recordings were made before Aurita was even 10 years old with an uncredited band & the combo of her voice & mostly minor-key Cumbias is simultaneously odd & really cool. Thanks to Mississippi for putting together this amazing compilation. RECOMMENDED!
COIL – Love’s Secret Domain LP/CD (Wax Trax!) limited deluxe amber color vinyl or black
The 1991 experimental dance album by COIL has been given the deluxe treatment by Wax Trax! for its 30th anniversary. The album was made under the influence of A LOT of drugs, an unhealthy amount of sleep deprivation & a few hallucinations. This a manic album with tons of demented samples, “out” techno, APHEX TWIN esque ambient excursions & more. RECOMMENDED!
DJ SEINFELD – Mirrors LP/CD (Ninja Tune) limited color vinyl
Having forged his sound in the lo-fi house circles of the mid-late 2010s, Armand Jakobsson eschews the fuzz and grime of those early, sitcom-inspired releases for more detailed, rich production that still retains the melodic bounce and rhythmic heft that he’s known for. Jakobsson also adds elements of broken beat and R&B to the stew here, fleshing out his sound into brighter pop territories. A great late summer record for fans of TODD TERJE, BICEP, AXEL BOMAN and the house music side of Lobster Theremin. RECOMMENDED.
IRON MAIDEN – Senjutsu 3LP/2CD/2CD DELUXE/DELUXE BOX SET (BMG) vinyl is limited but we should get more soon
The British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN surprised us only about 1 month prior with the news of their 17th album & it’s a great one. This triple album is nearly 80 minutes long & it’s full of progressive but catchy songs that will please hardcore & new fans. Bruce Dickinson’s voice sounds great & bandleader Steve Harris has somehow managed to write some inspired & fresh sounding songs. RECOMMENDED!
LORAINE JAMES – Reflections LP (Hyperdub)
London DJ and producer LORAINE JAMES continues to push the boundaries of dance on “Reflection”, experimenting in abstract, otherworldly digital electronics that mutate the genres of drum ‘n’ bass, IDM, UK club music and acid techno, landing somewhere in between home listening and the dancefloor. One of the more exciting experimental club records from a heat seeking producer, this should appeal to fans of the PAN label, as well as INDIA JORDAN, FEVER RAY and even DREXCIYA. You better believe this comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
DAMON LOCKS & BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE – NOW LP/CD (International Anthem) color or black vinyl
Created in the last, sweltering months of Summer 2020, DAMON LOCKS’ “NOW” reflects both the deep tension and open liberational possibility that came from its time, as protests swept the country following the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, emerging after a pandemic spring that had left us simmering in lockdown. The sessions were largely put together as an excuse to commune with BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE, which results in an album that’s both more sonically casual and immediate than its theatrical predecessor “Where Future Unfolds”. This implements more sound collage and electronics, using them as ballast for the blues & roots inspired jams (with a cicada chorus behind it) that make up these recordings. International Anthem doesn’t ever really miss, and this is one of the best albums in their recent catalogue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
NAKED RAYGUN – Over the Overlords CD (Wax Trax!) vinyl coming later this year
“Over the Overlords” is the first new NAKED RAYGUN music in over 30 years & the last recording of the late great bass player Pierre Kezdy. The band has performed off & on over the years but they never managed to find their way to the studio until recently. More fist-pumping & memorable songs from these Chicago legends. RECOMMENDED.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS
ANOHNI – Hopelessness LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)
DEEPER – Auto-Pain: Deluxe Edition LP (Fire Talk) limited color vinyl
DIRECTIONS – Echoes – Anniversary Edition LP (Temporary Residence)
GRIZZLY BEAR – Yellow House LP (Warp) clear vinyl, 15th anniversary edition
EMMYLOU HARRIS & THE NASH RAMBLERS – Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert LP (Nonesuch)
DAMIEN JURADO – Where Shall You Take Me? LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)
KARATE – Karate LP (Numero)
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – This is Happening LP (DFA)
MOLLY LEWIS – Forgotten Edge LP (Jagjaguwar) color or black vinyl
LITTLE SIMZ – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert LP (Age 101) indie only color vinyl
DESIRE MAREA – Desire LP (Mute)
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Capitol Session ‘73 LP/CD (Island) color vinyl
THELONIUS MONK QUARTET – Live In Stockholm 1961 CD (Dragon of Sweden)
MY MORNING JACKET – Live 2015 3LP (ATO)
OHIO PLAYERS – Fire LP (LMLR) reissue color vinyl
OHIO PLAYERS – Honey LP (LMLR) reissue color vinyl
FATIMA al QADIRI – Medieval Femme LP (Hyperdub)
SWELL MAPS – Mayday Signals LP (Easy Action)
RICHARD SWIFT – Dressed Up For the Letdown LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)