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EndtroducingWhat resonated about Endtroducing when it was released in 1996, and what makes it still resonate today, is the way in which it loosens itself from the mooring of the known and sails off into an uncharted territory that seems to exist both in and out of time. Davis is not only a master sampler and turntablist supreme, he is also a serious archeologist with a world-thirsty passion for seeking out, uncovering and then ripping apart the discarded graces of some other generation, that pile of broken dreams, and sewing them back together into a tapestry of chronic bleakness and beauty. - Eliot Wilder1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
3. The Number Song
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)
7. Stem/Long Stem
8. Mutual Slump
9. Organ Donor
10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96
11. Midnight In A Perfect World
12. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Endtroducing (20th Anniversary Endtrospective Edition)Deluxe Lift-Off Lid Box With Embossed Title And Hype Sticker
48-Page Hardback Book
Three Double LPs, Two In Gatefold Sleeves
All With Printed Inner Sleeves
Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Endtroducing is 20 years old and to celebrate this milestone DJ Shadow has re-opened the sessions to personally curate a bonus album of remixes by a carefully selected roll call of electronic music luminaries, which he has christened Endtroducing Re-Emagined. This will be added to the successful 2005 2CD Deluxe Edition, along with expanded notes from a new interview conducted by Eliot Wilder and never-before-published photographs to create the 20th anniversary release as a Deluxe 6-LP Box Set.LP 1: The Album
1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
3. The Number Song
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)
7. Stem/Long Stem
1. Mutual Slump
2. Organ Donor
3. Why Hip Hop Sucks in '96
4. Midnight in a Perfect World
5. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
6. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)
LP 2: Endtroducing Re-Emagined
1. Best Foot Forward (Alternate Version)
2. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (Without Overdubs)
3. The Number Song (Cut Chemist Party Mix)
4. Changeling (Original Demo Excerpt)
5. Stem (Cops 'N' Robbers Mix)
7. Red Bus Needs to Leave!
8. Mutual Slump (Without Overdubs)
9. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
1. Why Hip-hop Sucks in '96 (Alternate Take)
2. Midnight in a Perfect World (Gab Mix)
3. Napalm Brain (Original Demo Beat)
4. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Peshay Remix)
5. DJ Shadow: Live in Oxford, England, Oct. 30, 1997
LP 3: Endtroducing Re-Emagined
1. Best Foot Forward (Teeko Remix)
2. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (Salva Remix)
3. The Number Song (Lee Bannon Remix)
4. Transmissions (Kuedo Remix)
5. Changeling II (Adrian Younge Remix)
6. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4 - Teklife Remix)
1. Stem/Long Stem (Clams Casino Remix)
2. Mutual Slump (Daedelus Remix)
3. Organ Donor (UZ Remix)
4. Midnight in a Perfect World (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Prince Paul Remix)
6. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (Bondax & Karma Kid Remix)$139.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Second AlbumBack in 1995, Bay Area rap was at the big-ballin' peak of the mobb music craze, LA was chronically gripped in a G-funk indo smoke haze, Atlanta was
enjoying its Southernplayalistic days, and NYC was entering a shiny-suit phase. There was no frame of reference for two lyrical emcees experimenting
with the tonality and resonance of rhyme patterns. This was uncharted territory. The pairing of Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker into Latyrx was an accident, LB recalls. Both emcees were solo artists, but when LB heard the pre-Endtroducing DJ Shadow beat which would become Latyrx' eponymous debut single, his reaction was, Oh my God, I gotta get on this.
Latyrx was a syllabic tour de force which began with two dissonant voices -- one gruff and bassy, the other higher-pitched and trebly, both hella fluid -- it
transmogrified into a harmonic convergence of doubled verses simultaneously assaulting eardrums. Undeniably, it was great... but weird. It was ill,
Lateef recalls. We really felt like we had something unlike anyone else had done, he adds. Latyrx' first and thusfar, only, full-length, 1997's Latyrx: the Album, set the tone for what Solesides and Quannum would do, LB recalls, while 1998's Muzappers Re-Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, Lady Don't Tek No.
Though Latyrx never officially broke up, after Muzappers, both members followed their chosen paths to considerable solo success. Yet no matter how
much acclaim each attained individually, the notion of someday making another Latyrx record was always present. It's probably the number one thing I
got asked about in my career, LB says. 16 years (!) after the release of Latyrx: the Album, LB and Lateef have finally answered the prayers of long-starved fans who have begged, pleaded and, by now, tweeted about the possibilities of a reunion. An impromptu Latyrx set at a 2010 Jazz Mafia concert at San Francisco's Mezzanine led to an
appearance at 2011's Outside Lands festival, Google's Summer Concert Series (they were the first ever hip-hop act to perform) and a last minute
appearance as part of HITRECORD At The Movies -- a unique film and music traveling showcase curated and hosted by actor and artist Joseph Gordon-
Most recently the duo have performed at the Wintersalt Festival in San Francisco last December and toured the United States with super funk group,
Galactic. Having just released a brand new EP titled 'DISCONNECTION' late last year, LB & Lateef are hard at work on the proper follow up to their debut album, a
new record aptly titled, 'THE SECOND ALBUM'.
Featuring a long list of producers and special guests, the album credits read like a music festival with artists from Tune Yards and Forrest Day to
Blackalicious and The Decemberists stepping in to help create one of the most highly anticipated records of all time. What Latyrx brings to the table is a technical difficulty level rare these days in hip-hop and matched only by a few groups in the genre's entire history: Run -DMC, Jurassic 5, Blackstar, Freestyle Fellowship. Their challenging, intricate back-and forth arrangements evoke a lyrical version of bebop, with layer
upon layer of rhythmic syncopation and vocal patterning constantly pushing the envelope.
We have a good chemistry and it's kind of unique, Lateef says. We step up each others' game content, and both of us push each other in the originality
department. What we've talked about is very simply, picking up where we left off, LB explains. The return of Latyrx stands as Very Good News for true hip-hop fans,
lyrical aficionados, boom-bap beatniks, urban bohemians, wee tots in Reeboks, and Muzappers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.1. Arrival [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
2. It's Time [feat. Zion I, prod. by Amp Live]
3. Reload [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
4. Exclamation Point [feat. Forrest Day, prod. by Forrest Day]
5. Deliberate Jibberish [prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
6. Close Your Eyes [feat. Busdriver, prod. by Antonionian]
7. Nebula's Eye [feat. 1-O.A.K. & Joyo Velarde, prod. by G-Koop & O-Man]
8. The Power of Rumor (Leonard Is Lost) [prod. by Adam Theis and Lyrics Born]
9. Watershed Moment [feat. The Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
10. Sometimes Why? [prod. by Chris Funk of The Decemberists]
11. Every Man For Himself [feat. Joyo Velarde, prod. by Future People]
12. Electric Chair [feat. Corey Glover of Living Colour, prod. by Kaveh Rastegar & Jeremy Ruzumna]
13. Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!) [prod. by The Bangerz]$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Funkadelic (Colored Vinyl)
Limited Edition Of 500 Red & Blue Vinyl In A Deluxe Classic Style Jacket
The 1970 debut from Detroit's nastiest, most shredding progenitors of funk-rock. Funkadelic formed in the late '60s and, in addition to Clinton, included the blazing guitar of Eddie Hazel, organist Mickey Atkins, rhythm guitarist Tawl Ross, and drummer Tiki Fulwood. Though firmly rooted in funk and soul, Funkadelic incorporates a dark psychedelic element, influenced by Hendrix and Sly Stone, to create a sound that was unparalleled at the time. Sampled by everyone from DJ Shadow to Ice Cube, Funkadelic still sounds fresh today and is the first solid example of George Clinton's eccentric genius.1. Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?
2. I Bet You
3. Music For My Mother
4. I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing
5. Good Old Music
6. Qualify and Satisfy
7. What Is Soul$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ReworksWith its distinctive renditions of songs by DJ Shadow, My Bloody
Valentine, Fleet Foxes, and more, Walt Wagner's Reworks shows how
three Seattle institutions - Wagner, the city's renowned Canlis
restaurant, and Sub Pop Records - have evolved over the years. When
veteran pianist Wagner first landed at Canlis in 1996, he started out
performing a set heavy on the Great American Songbook and the
occasional pop tune. As young staff members recommended new
artists and songs, Wagner's repertoire grew deeper and more varied -
especially after the next generation of the Canlis family took over in
2003. Yet whether the source material was Pink Floyd, Prince,
Metallica, or the Weeknd, the challenge remained the same: "To distill
the vibe on a record, the very essence of a song, into solo piano
One fateful night a couple years ago, a crew from Sub Pop were dining
at the restaurant when they recognized melodies by Adele and Daft
Punk wafting through the restaurant and decided to investigate. Canlis
co-owner Mark Canlis offered the Sub Pop crew a full tour, and when
he pulled out a vintage copy of the '60s LP Live At Canlis, an idea was
born. With Wagner preparing to retire, the time was ripe for a recording
that captured his inimitable gifts in their natural surroundings.
In preparation for the big night, Wagner sat down with the Sub Pop
team for more ideas. "I wanted them to feed me tunes that they loved
and could imagine hearing me play." Sub Pop alumni Fleet Foxes and
Band of Horses were already staples of Wagner's sets, but what magic
could he work with DJ Shadow, Phoenix, or My Bloody Valentine? He
had three months to find out.
The album's opening selection, "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt,"
provides a glimpse into Wagner's modus operandi. "The first time I
listened to it, I said 'well what can I do with that?'" He recalls. "But
the more I listened, the more I noticed these signature moments in the
song, and through messing around with those and improvisation, I
ended up with my version."
Recorded before a packed house on October 9, 2016, Reworks is more
than just a souvenir of a very special evening; it captures decades of
musicianship that forged Wagner's distinctive style. He studied
classical piano throughout his youth, yet kept his playing secret until
he'd reached his teens, when he began playing in rock bands.
While learning to improvise and play more rhythmically made him a hit
with his peers, his classical instruction made his band the Exotics
especially popular with local bookers. "We were one of the only bands
that could read music, so we accompanied different stars of the time:
Dick and Dee Dee, Johnny Crawford, all these '50s and early '60s
artists that came to town." The Exotics even cut a single, a Wagner
original entitled "Oasis," that made it to #3 on local radio station KJR
in the summer of 1961.
In the years that followed, Wagner played at downtown Seattle
watering holes and eateries and refined his jazz chops. Two decades at
Canlis taught him to interact with listeners in a whole new way. And
now, flush with excitement over Reworks, Wagner may not stay retired
for long.1. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (DJ Shadow)
2. I Only Said (My Bloody Valentine)
3. Desiree (The Left Banke)
4. Mykonos (Fleet Foxes)
5. 1901 (Phoenix)
6. Bondye (Goat)
7. No One's Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
8. Purple Rain (Prince)
9. The Funeral (Band of Horses)
10. Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress)Soundtrack partnership with HBO x Mass Appeal Records. Includes features from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown, DJ Shadow, Hudson Mohawke, Too $hort, and more.
Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack, music from the original series. Curated by show creators Mike Judge & Alec Berg, music supervisors Jason Alexander & Rudy Chung and Mass Appeal Records, Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack features a collection of new exclusive songs and song highlights from past seasons from an array of legendary and rising artists.1. Stretch Your Face - Tobacco
2. Systematic - DJ Shadow (feat. Nas)
3. Kool Aid - Danny Brown
4. Passports - Hudson Mohawke (feat. Remy Banks)
5. You Came To Party - Too $hort x Meter Mobb
6. Blue Flowers - Dr. Octagon
7. Fun House - Pregnant Boy (feat. OG Swaggerdick and Grip Plyaz)
8. Phantom (Redux) - Shirt
9. The Mule - E*Vax
10. Nobody Speak - DJ Shadow (feat. Run The Jewels)
11. Don't Stop - Wu-Tang Clan
12. On My Own - Old Man Saxon x Mount Cyanide
13. Problem Child - Onyx
14. BLOWN - Darnell Williams
15. Walking On Sunshine - Mariachi La Estrella (feat. Elio Armas)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Road: Part I (Awaiting Repress)After a rollercoaster twenty-five year career as an artist, curator and tastemaker, James Lavelle returns with UNKLE's fifth studio album, The Road: Part I.
James Lavelle was one of the key players who shaped the cultural landscape of the 1990s. As the founder of Mo' Wax Records and UNKLE, Lavelle nurtured, worked and rubbed shoulders with some of the most influential artists of the decade, including DJ Shadow, Ian Brown, Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Massive Attack.
Within ten years of leaving Oxford to work in a record shop, Lavelle had founded one of the most coveted music labels in the world.
As a record producer, label head and tastemaker, he absorbed the 90s as a night owl, seeking out musicians, designers, film makers and unique individuals to share ideas and collaborate with. He tapped into what was without a doubt the most celebrated and innovative era since the 1960s, and was widely regarded as the greatest A&R man of the day. In the twenty years since UNKLE's debut, Lavelle has been prolific. He created three studio albums with UNKLE (Never Never Land, War Stories and Where Did The Night Fall), a host of critically acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With... most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House.1. Iter I: Have You Looked at Yourself
2. Farewell (Featuring YSÉE, ESKA, Elliott Power, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Mïnk, Dhani Harrison & Steven Young)
3. Looking For The Rain (Featuring Mark Lanegan & Eska)
4. Cowboys or Indians (Featuring Elliott Power, MÏNK & YSÉE)
5. Iter II: How Do You Feel
6. Nowhere To Run/Bandits
7. Iter III: Keep on Runnin'
8. Stole Enough (Featuring Mïnk)
9. Arm's Length (Featuring Elliott Power, Mïnk & Callum Finn)
10. Iter IV: We Are Stardust
11. Sonata (Featuring Keaton Henson)
12. The Road (Featuring ESKA)
13. Iter V: Friend or Foe
14. Sunrise (Always Comes Around) (Featuring Liela Moss)
15. Sick Lullaby (Featuring Keaton Henson)$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Mountain Will FallDJ Shadow, widely acknowledged as a crucial figure in the development of experimental, instrumental hip-hop, will return with 'The Mountain Will Fall' worldwide via Mass Appeal Records, his first full length release since 2011. The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On 'The Mountain Will Fall' he's shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.1. The Mountain Will Fall
2. Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels)
3. Three Ralphs
4. Bergschrund (feat. Nils Frahm)
5. The Sideshow (feat. Ernie Fresh)
6. Depth Charge
8. Ashes to Oceans (feat. Matthew Halsall)
9. Pitter Patter (feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop)
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Mountain Has Fallen EP'The Mountain Has Fallen EP features collaborations with Nas, Danny Brown, Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price and a brand new solo composition.
'The Mountain Has Fallen' starts with Systematic, DJ Shadow and Nas' first-ever collaboration together. The song debuted during the season premiere of HBO's Silicon Valley in April. Horror Show finds Shadow and Danny Brown collaborating for the first time over a jagged, haunting soundscape. Good News is a brand new composition, reminiscent of some of Shadow's more free-form, fractured work found on 2016's 'The Mountain Will Fall' full-length.
The EP closes with Corridors, a piece featuring Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (who scored the 'Gravity' film). Shadow is a massive fan of his work, and Price wrote and programmed the string parts on the song.
From the start of my last album, I envisioned collaborating with other instrumentalists who operate outside of the bass and hip-hop realms, ultimately working with the amazing Nils Frahm and Matthew Halsall. Like many, I had always been enthralled by the soundtrack for the film 'Gravity,' and went about connecting with Steven purely as a fan. I was overjoyed when the opportunity to combine on a song came to pass. His ability to harness orchestral elements and join them with a sound design aesthetic made my contributions seem almost effortless, which is the mark of a fruitful partnership. - DJ Shadow, on Corridors
Turns out sometimes you should meet your heroes. Working with Josh to create 'Corridors,' hearing musical ideas and phrases come back to me twisted and skewed through the filter of his unique sensibilities, was an amazing experience. The mark of a good collaboration is when the track heads off in a direction you could never have imagined when working on your own, and no one puts a track together like DJ Shadow. It was an honour to work with him. - Steven Price, on Corridors1. Systematic (feat. Nas)
2. Horror Show (feat. Danny Brown)
3. Good News
4. Corridors (feat. Steven Price)$16.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
The Less You Know, The BetterAmerican DJ/producer/songwriter DJ Shadow (Joshua Paul Davis) returns with his fourth studio album and first since 2006's The Outsider entitled, The Less You Know, The Better. DJ Shadow's reputation is largely built on the skill with which he manipulates samples, taking rare and unheard pieces of music and reworking them into parts and phrases for his songs. Many of his tracks feature dozens of samples from a wide array of styles and influences including rock, soul, funk, experimental elctronic and jazz.1. Back To Front (Circular Logic)
2. Border Crossing
3. Stay The Course [Radio Edit]
4. I've Been Trying
5. Sad And Lonely
6. Warning Call
8. Enemy Lines
9. Going Nowhere
11. Run For Your Life
12. Give Me Back The Nights
13. I'm Excited
14. I Gotta Rokk,
15. Scale It Back [radio edit]
16. Circular Logic (Front To Back)
17. (Not So) Sad And Lonely$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FunkadelicThe 1970 self titled debut from Detroit's nastiest, most shredding funk-rock group. Arising from the ashes of George Clinton's Plainfield, New Jersey-led R&B group, The Parliments, Funkadelic formed in the late '60s and, in addition to Clinton, included the blazing guitar of Eddie Hazel, organist Mickey Atkins, rhythm guitarist Tawl Ross and drummer Tiki Fulwood. Though firmly rooted in funk and soul, Funkadelic incorporated a dark psychedelic element, influenced by Hendrix and Sly Stone, to create a sound that was unparalleled at the time and since. Sampled by everyone from DJ Shadow to Ice Cube, De La Soul and the Beastie Boys, Funkadelic still sounds fresh today and is the first solid example of George Clinton's eccentric genius.1. Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?
2. I'll Bet You
3. Music For My Mother
4. I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing
5. Good Old Music
6. Qualify and Satisfy
7. What is Soul$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love NowMean Lady is the duo of Katie Dill and Sam Nobles. They are from Delaware and they're both really nice. Really, really nice. For their new debut LP the duo have written a collection of songs about lust, innocence and vulnerability.
Pitchfork have premiered first single "Far Away," writing, "'Far Away' wouldn't feel out of place on the last Youth Lagoon record, an out-of-time waltz flanked by aqueous sound effects. It's a prelude to something far more vigorous, though, as squishy beats, sprightly piano plinks, and an approximation of a sitar server as the backdrop for Katie Dill's transcontinental love letter."
Through bubbly synths and rhythmic production, Dill and Nobles managed to cobble together a timeless, concise pop record. It's a finished product that could only exist when kids from Delaware grew up, trashed all their soul records and then got high some time after DJ Shadow started to suck but probably before J Dilla died.
Love Now is deep and rich. The sound is Sam's wonderfully abrupt sampling and skipping drum beats underneath the band's live instruments. All of this is anchored by Katie's songwriting and sharp, but sweet vocals. Take heed: this is an important debut for a young band.1. One Big Family
2. Far Away
3. Mother Earth
4. Bop Bop
5. Why'd'ya Haftabee Sucha?
8. Pony Ony O
9. I Will Marry You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ProjectionsGreat dance music albums - albums that sound as good on headphones and home speakers as they do on club soundsystems - aren't easily made. In a form whose primary aims have been to move dancefloors and to move on, full lengths that thrill the head, heart and the feet with equal power are few and far between. We believe Romare has made one.
With the gripping shock of the new that announces the best records of the genre - from Entroducing through Blue Lines to Ambient Classics - Romare has both a singular style, and great deal to say with it. Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy - and unabashedly joyous.
The album is a heady mix of homage and fresh approach, a statement from a young artist unafraid to revel in his influences, and confident in his own originality. The songs on Projections are homages to elements of American/African culture in the USA - which Romare studied academically. Taking his name from Romare Bearden, the well-known cut'n'paste artist / collagist, and applying similar techniques to music.
Rainbow is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70's, and Work Song to the great American work song tradition. Opener "Nina's Charm" sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone's voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. "Motherless Child" opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. "Lover Man's" striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.
Romare reimagines the profound cultural impact of the collage technique for a new generation of music listeners. With his signing to Ninja Tune, coming hot on the heels of his excellent 12"s on underground institution Black Acre, and compilation inclusions by Tiga, Bonobo and Brownswood, the stage is set for his debut album. Projections, like the best albums from the dance music world, is informed by scenes and genres but not entirely of them. It's a self-contained universe that rewards much exploration. Most of all, it's excited about the possibilities within music, and vastly exciting itself.1. Nina's Charm
2. Work Song
3. Motherless Child
4. Ray's Foot
6. Jimmy's Lament
7. Lover Man
9. Prison Blues
10. The Drifter
11. La Petite Mort$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Music Is Painting In The Air 1974-1977Music Is Painting In the Air is a collection of new mixes and unheard music from Sensations' Fix's prolific output between 1974 and 1977. Revered as one of the great articulations of progressive music, Music Is Painting In the Air offers guide posts to those familiar with Sensations' Fix's amorphous catalog and an approachable primer to those just journeying on the sensational trip.
The story of Sensations' Fix begins - and never quite ends - with Franco Falsini. Born in Florence, Italy in 1948, Falsini became a teenage rock 'n' roll convert through a steady supply of 45s sent home by his London-based sister. Following his sister's footsteps to swinging 60s London, Falsini put his love of music into practice, fronting a space blues trio that riffed its way from the UK back to Italy in a Ford Transit.
Falsini became smitten by Vinnie Sherman, an American woman working as a waitress at a nightclub in Florence where Falsini was holding down a residency. The newlywed lovers made their way to Alexandria, Virginia in the summer of 1969. Arriving on August 15th, the first day of Woodstock, a spirit of freedom filled Falsini and fueled his creative proclivity.
Falsini blazed a trail for home recording that has impressed upon inward resourcing and reflecting musicians and DIY enthusiasts in the decades since. A technology stalwart, Falsini employed a floor model MiniMoog and a tricked-out Teac 4-track machine to transform the Virginia basement of the house shared with Sherman into a cosmic conduit and launch pad for Sensations' Fix.
The reach for space from a personal place is nowhere more apparent than on Fragments of Light, early basement recordings solicited by Falsini as deal demos and surprisingly flipped into the first of six Sensations' Fix albums released over the next five years. The up-close fidelity of Fragments - coupled with Falsini's emotive guitar leads and sparse, sentimental vocals - creates a private quality that separates the album from other extravagant progressive rock productions contemporary to its 1974 release.
Relocating back to Italy on the heels of Fragments' release, Falsini, alongside drummer Keith Edwards and bassist Richard Ursillo (both American expats), charged through another two Sensations' Fix albums, Portable Madness in 1974 and Finest Finger in 1976, and a stunning solo album Cold Nose (Naso Fredo) in 1975. Without marketing or tour support to expose Sensations' Fix to a wider European audience, Falsini and his band of psychedelic renegades left Italy for the golden shores of California and their possible salvation. In 1977, Sensations' Fix released Vision's Fugitive on an independent label and fulfilled their major label obligation shortly after with Boxes Paradise.
Falsini spent the next couple decades between New York City and Paris, creatively contentedly creating above par electro-pop (The Antennas) before returning to Florence to launch the Interactive Test dance music label. Meanwhile, the legend of Sensations' Fix grew. On his 2002 album, The Private Press, DJ Shadow sampled from two Sensations' Fix songs. More recently, Sonic Youth curated a career retrospective titled Sensational Fix at Life Gallery in Saint-Nazaire France.
For Music is Painting in the Air, Falsini and his son Jeyon set forth on a year-long voyage to restore and revisit the original Sensations' Fix analog tapes. Honoring Falsini's tradition of autonomy, this collection, as with the majority of the Sensations' Fix catalog, was mixed solely by Falsini. The sequence is chronologically defiant, encouraging the listener to free associate the recurring themes' origins and immerse in the body of music as its own universe.
Once this celestial body suit is occupied, it becomes apparent why the forward-thinking yet emotionally-accessible quality of Sensations' Fix's music is still finding the universal audience for which its intended. Falsini's disregard for time and insistence on reinvention provides an infinite reach for his music. The end-goal was seemingly unmarketable by the industry then, but perfectly harmonious with a culture constantly evolving now.LP1
1. Barnhause Effect
2. Cold Nose Part 3, 4th Movement
3. Leave My Chemistry
5. Grow On You
6. Scraping Delay
7. Warped Notions Of A Practical Joke (Instrumental)
8. Dark Side of Religion
9. Cosmic Saudade
10. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 2
11. Fragments of Light
12. Into The Memory
1. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 5
2. C'e Nessuno
4. Moving Particles
5. Cold Nose Part 3, Movement 3
6. Music Is Painting
7. Left Side Of Green
8. Chelsea Hotel (Room 625)
9. Fix A Water Fountain (Instrumental)
10. Leave My Chemistry
11. Overflowing Ashtrays
13. Cold Nose Story
14. Slow Motion Movie
15. Fortune Teller
16. Fortune Teller Coda$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FeltThere are those in our ranks who are touting this new triumphant
collection from Montreal's art-rock heroes SUUNS as the
most outright grooved record they've made. But hold it right
there. Not so fast. SUUNS have always had that deep groove
on fucking lock, albeit oft-slithering within an austere and/or
sneering veneer. Consider, if you will, how Kraftwerk had far
more funk flowing through their wires and cables than most of
we flesh bodies. Same goes for the necromancers of SUUNS.
And their world class drummer Liam O'Neill has heroically
accepted the challenge of playing in and around programmed
beats like a diabolical, sentient metronome. O'Neill's kit is a bit
more out front than it's been in a hot minute and he's as patient
and ferocious as ever. Meanwhile, Singer/guitarist Ben Shemie's
sourmilk deliver is as frightening and enchanting as ever, but
now coming from some deep area that feels like a human heart.
And as alluded to by its title and neon-warm album art, SUUNS'
Felt is gonna make you feel things. You're gonna learn
something about your body listening to cuts like on DJ Shadow-leaning,
head-bobber "Look No Further" or "Make It Real,"
which could be a radio signal of a lost Silver Apples cut - that
is, before it becomes a doomsday siren breakup song. These
four gentlemen could be making beats for 21 Savage or Migos.
But for now, lucky for you, they're ruthlessly set on being one of
the planet's finest, bravest bands.1. Look No Further
3. Watch You, Watch Me
5. After the Fall
7. Make It Real
9. Peace and Love
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The Journey Man"In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."
Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"
It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.
But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.
Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.
Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.
"I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."
What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.
Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.
By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.
A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.
The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.
Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
"I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."
Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.
Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".
And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.
- Tim Barr, 2017LP 1
1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
5. The Mirrored River
1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
2. I Think of You
3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
2. The Ballad Celeste
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
6. Tomorrow's Not Today
7. Run Run Run$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RollerchainRollerchain is the fourth full-length album from Belleruche, out on Tru Thoughts Records, and it showcases a stunning new progression in sound for the acclaimed London trio. Belleruche have created a darker, more bass heavy and evocative sound here, whilst still retaining the melodic soulful touch that sets them apart and has gained them a worldwide fanbase.
Stormbird is a sub bass driven pop song with clipped drums, tempo shifts and swells of looped feedback, unlike Belleruche's previous work but drawing from the same cabinet of sonic references. As the album opener, this gorgeous little distorted oddity of a track gets your attention and runs away with it through the shadows into a new sonic underworld.
Combining a very modern aesthetic with classic song writing ability, the album is a collision of haunting vocals, tough analogue sounds and bleeding edge electronic production. Stranger rhythms and basslines inhabit this record; both in the studio and onstage. Belleruche have picked up new instruments and ideas to create a complexity and an attack that incorporate the band's core elements: vocals (Kathrin deBoer), guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and turntables (DJ Modest), to an entire new level! 2LP pressing with CD insert.1. Stormbird
2. Wasted Time
3. Get More
4. 16 Minutes
5. Reach for the Bottle
6. Passenger Side
12. Song for Bill
13. Longer Days, Longer Nights$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now