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Egypt Station (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order)180g Double Vinyl, unique tri-gatefold packaging with 16 tracks (14 songs + 2 instrumentals).
Paul McCartney invites you on a musical journey to Egypt Station by way of Capitol Records. Sharing a title with one of Paul's own paintings, Egypt Station is the first full album of all-new McCartney music since 2013's international chart-topping NEW. Preceded by two of its tracks just released as double A-sides--plaintive ballad "I Don't Know" and raucous stomper "Come On To Me"-Egypt Station was recorded between Los Angeles, London and Sussex, and produced (with the exception of one Ryan Tedder track) by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters).
Of the forthcoming album's enigmatic title, Paul says, "I liked the words 'Egypt Station.' It reminded me of the 'album' albums we used to make.., Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from."
True to the inspiration behind its title, Egypt Station's 14 songs combine to convey a unique travelogue vibe. Between the opening and closing instrumentals "Station I" and "Station II," each song finds Paul capturing a place or moment before transporting the listener seamlessly to the next destination. Stops along the way include an acoustic meditation on present day contentedness ("Happy With You"), a timeless anthem that would fit on virtually any album of any McCartney era ("People Want Peace"), and an epic multi-movement closer clocking in at seven minutes with a song suite structure harkening back to the days of Paul's previous combos ("Despite Repeated Warnings"). The result is a kaleidoscopic journey through myriad musical locales and eras, yet firmly rooted in the here and now--with Paul's singular unmistakable melodic and lyrical sensibility serving as a guide.$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Egypt Station (Pre-Order)Upcoming 2018 studio album$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
A Long Way To The BeginningThe upcoming record from the reigning prince of Afrobeat - and follow-up to 2011's From Africa With Fury: Rise - was co-produced by Grammy winner Robert Glasper and features appearances from M-1 of dead prez, Blitz the Ambassador and Nneka. And so Fela's youngest child has full-steamed ahead with his own inimitable brand of Afrobeat: a sound as compelling as it was when Fela Anikulapo Kuti first fused jazz, funk and soul with highlife and other African rhythms - but with topical lyrics and contemporary influences giving it a modern twist and making it his tightest, most electrifying album yet.1. IMF
2. African Airways
3. Higher Conciousness
4. Ohun Aiye
5. Kalakuta Boy
6. African Smoke
7. Black Woman$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I.T.T.I.T.T. International Thief Thief (1980) was recorded following Afrika 70's disintegration and the formation of Egypt 80. It is one of a quartet of courageous 1979/80 albums completed by V.I.P. (Vagabonds In Power), Authority Stealing and Coffin For Head Of State. After drummer Tony Allen, who had been with Fela since 1964, quit Afrika 70 in autumn 1978, baritone saxophonist Lekan Animashaun, who had joined Fela in 1965, became Fela's new band, Egypt 80's bandleader. Animashaun is credited as bandleader on I.T.T., which is really an Egypt 80 album even though the band's name is given as Afrika 70 on the sleeve. In "International Thief Thief ," Fela makes highly insulting, personal attacks on former Nigerian president General Obasanjo, and Moshood Abiola, the local chief executive of the multi-national corporations Internal Telephone & Telegraph (ITT) and Decca Records. Obasanjo Fela regarded as a crook, an incompetent and a thug, and held him responsible for the death of his mother following the 1977 sack of Kalakuta. Abiola, he believed, had both cheated him out of royalties and conspired with Decca's London bosses to silence him after the 1977 attack, in order to maintain favourable relations with Obasanjo's regime. Both men, Fela says, are "thieves," "rats" and of "low mentality." "Many foreign companies dey Africa," sings Fela, "carry all our money go, them get one style wey them dey use, them go pick one African man, a man with low mentality, them go give am million naira bread, to become of high position here, him go bribe some thousand naira bread, to become one useless chief, like rat they do them go do from corner corner, passee passee, under under, passee passee, inside inside, passee passee like Obasanjo and Abiola we are tired of carrying their shit." The backing chorus intermittently respond: "International Thief Thief!"1. I.T.T. (Part 1)
2. I.T.T. (Part 2)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ArghiledesBorn and raised in Atlanta, GA, David Charles Shuford is the body behind Speer. After moving to New York City in the early 90s, Shuford forged a path as a musician adept in multiple sounds and styles. A member of the No Neck Blues Band for 15 years and running, he has also been involved with Enos Slaughter, The Suntanama, Egypt Is The Magick # and Coach Fingers.
After a self released debut solo LP Some Forgotten Country in 2007, Speer then sought out a public performance outlet with the Helix. His second solo LP Arghiledes brings a return focus upon acoustic instrumentation, with a still healthy dose of electric effects and speaker fry. Steeped in the sounds of the 1930s Piraeus Quartet, this selection of recordings is the outgrowth of a decade long engagement with the rich heritage of early 20th century Greek music.
Utilizing an array of traditional instrumentation (including trichordo bouzouki, baglamas, worry bead percussion on whiskey glass, zills and many more), Arghiledes is a work infused with improvisational fire. A true solo record in the overdub manner of Todd Rundgren and Tony McPhee, all sounds were performed, treated and mixed by D. Charles Speer.1. Markos's Cave
2. O Sinachis
3. Lost Dervish
5. Tsamiko Hijaz
6. Wildlife Preserve
7. The Heavy Heart of Ando-Yeap$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Exodus: Gods and KingsBlue/White/Black Swirl Colored Vinyl
Limited Edition, Numbered To 750
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).LP1
1. Opening + War Room
2. Leaving Memphis
3. Hittite Battle
4. Returning To Memphis
5. Moses In Pythom
6. Nun's Story
7. The Coronation
8. Ramses Retaliates
9. Arm Chop
11. Journey To The Village
12. The Vows
13. Alone In The Desert
14. Climbing Mount Sinai
15. I Need A General
1. Ramses' Orders
2. Moses & Nun
3. Moses' Camp
4. Ramses' Insomnia
6. Animal Deaths
8. Ramses' Own Plague
9. Lamb's Blood
10. We Cross The Mountains
11. Into The Water
12. The Chariots
13. The Hebrews
15. Sword Into Water
16. The Ten Commandments$40.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Big Mango"Sam Shalabi has raised the bar for modern psychedelic music by composing this epic suite for his 20-piece Land of Kush orchestra. Utilizing African, Middle Eastern, Indian, jazz, rock, and folkloric sources, The Big Mango weaves a seamless montage of styles in a transcendent way that is rarely, if ever, achieved. A singular cohesive statement built around four key tracks written for four different female vocalists it will demand your attention from start to finish." - Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls/Sublime Frequencies)
Osama (Sam) Shalabi moved to Cairo in 2011, settling in an apartment one block from Tahrir Square, in the midst of Egypt's 'Arab Spring'. Shalabi describes The Big Mango, his new and phenomenal work for his Land Of Kush big band, as "a love letter to Cairo"
framed by "the beautiful,surreal madness of the city as joyous, horrific, historical events were
unfolding". The music was also inspired by time spent in Dakar, where in Senegal's music scene Sam experienced parallels to another of his central aesthetic and political touchstones, Brazilian Tropicalia, in the sense of a "positivity, complexity and radicalism in art that was also
playful and joyous and wasn't necessarily part of a 'revolution' but seemed to be a form of innate radicalism". In tandem with the relative openness of Dakar's Islamic society - with the much more prominent role and presence of women in public and private life and the relaxed physicality and sensuality of the culture in general - Senegalese music offered a powerful counterpoint and feeling of promise for Egypt's own future. "The Big Mango" is one of the many nicknames for Cairo, but for Shalabi it also evokes the succour and sensuality of southern hemispheric music more generally, in this relation to broader socio-political movements.
MontrÉal remains Shalabi's home base and the city to which he briefly returned towards the end of 2012 to reconvene the troupe of players that have helped him realize his large-scale works under the Land Of Kush moniker. Working through The Big Mango score with
these local musicians culminated in two ecstatic live performances and a recording session at MontrÉal's Hotel2Tango studio. This third album by Land Of Kush is arguably the group's most focused and immediately satisfying.
For Shalabi, gender and Arab culture has been a central theme, one he took up explicitly on the previous Kush album Monogamy (2011), and which similarly drives The Big Mango, where once again a series of female vocalists drawn from MontrÉal's indie rock community anchor the work and convey what in most of the North African Arab world remains a
profoundly unrealized though burgeoning spirit of gender equality, participation, expression and liberation. This promise is at the heart of Shalabi's "love letter".
The Big Mango opens with a bubbling Fauvist stew of balafon, flute, electronics and vocalizations which abruptly segue into solo piano and saxophone improvisations - an introductory set of musical mating calls that invoke the album's deeper conceptual and formal preoccupations. The libidinal energy of rock n' roll is then re-situated in a heterodox Middle Eastern context as the album's centerpiece songs unfold: "The Pit", "Mobil Nil",
"Drift Beguine" and "The Big Mango" each marked by propulsive female vocal performances from Ariel Engle, Katie Moore, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic and Molly Sweeney respectively.
Underpinning each of these singers is some of Land Of Kush's s most melodically and rhythmically compelling music, conjuring a post-modern psychedelia that is truly sui generis. The band delivers the grooves and soloists unleash excursions more fluidly than ever; for many of these players, it's the third time around embracing Shalabi's music, getting inside the spirit of the score, and following his conduction. In combination with the peaking intensity and electricity of Sam's compositional vision, The Big Mango coheres,sparkles and soars: a distillation of the sonic trajectory Land Of Kush has been charting for the past six years.1. Faint Praise
2. Second Skin
3. The Pit (Part 1)
4. The Pit (Part 2)
5. Sharm El Bango
6. Mobil Nil
7. St Stefano
8. Drift Beguine
9. The Big Mango$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silt (Awaiting Repress)Wonderwheel Recordings is proud to present the debut album, Silt, from Sudanese singer Alsarah and her band the Nubatones. Called "The New Star Of Nubian Pop" by The Guardian, the album was produced solely by Alsarah who describes the sound of Silt as "East African Retro Pop". It's music that harkens back to the hazy sounds of 1960s and 70s Nubian music with it's haunting instrumentation, soaring vocal melodies, and pentatonic arrangements.
The album has it's musical roots in the Nubian "Songs of Return" that began to spring up after mass displacement and resettlement of hundreds of thousands in a region of lower Nubia that Went under water after Egypt built Aswan High Dam to Control the flooding of the Nile in 1970. The focus of these songs, both thematically and lyrically is about a return to home and the beauty of home and embodies a certain kind of saudade - a nostalgic longing for a place that no longer exists. The album encompasses Alsarah and her band's musical Curiosities around Concept of migration being all displaced immigrant themselves. Silt is their take on ' L ' the music of this time and place mixed with the fusion goings-on of Khartoum, along with Arabic and North African influences appearing in the mix.
Alsarah, is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, where she spent the first 8 years of her life, she relocated to Taez, Yemen with her family to escape the ever stifling regime in her native country. She abruptly moved to the US in 1994, when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, she is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African retro-pop. Working on various projects, she most recently has been working with The Nile Project and was featured on their debut release, Aswan (named one of the top 5 must hear International albums of 2013 by NPR). She has also collaborated with French producer Dêbruit on the album Aljwal, released this past November via Soundway Records.
The Nubatones started out as dinner conversation between Alsarah and percussionist Rami El Aasser in his living room, digging thru archives of old music from North Africa, and reading about migration patterns in modern day Nubia, Soon the conversation opened into a musical one and spread to include master Oud player and Luthier Haig Manoukian and bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. With a collective love for pentatonic music and a common understanding of what it means to be an immigrant, the group Went on to perform both nationally and internationally at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Music Cafe, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, The World Music festival in Chicago, and The Festival du Mon'd Arab in Montreal just to name a few.1. Habibi Taal
2. Soukura (It's Late)
3. Nuba Noutou
4. Oud Solo
5. Bilad Aldahb
6. Fugu (Shams Alhurria)
8. Wad Alnuba feat. Sounds of Taraab
9. Yanas Baridou
10. Nuba Drums (Solo)
11. Jibal Alnuba$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Dark Knight - Original Motion Picture SoundtrackThe Dark Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack returns with the ASCAP-winning composers from Batman
Begins-Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer and seven-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard-for a powerful orchestral score.
THE FILM: The Dark Knight premieres on thousands of screens nationwide via Warner Bros. on July 18. Starring Christian Bale in the title role, Michael Caine, the late Heath Ledger as The Joker, Aaron
Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Eric Roberts, the film was directed by
HISTORY: The five Batman films since 1989 have grossed more than $915 million at the U.S. box office
alone. The sixth film in the series, The Dark Knight, with the same lead actor and director as the very
successful 2005 Batman Begins installment, promises to be the most popular yet. On record, the Batman films have earned multiple Grammy® nominations and BMI and ASCAP Awards.
HANS ZIMMER: One of film's most sought-after composers, whose career encompasses more than 100
film and television scores, Zimmer won an Oscar for The Lion King, and has earned nominations for Gladiator,
The Thin Red Line, Rain Man, As Good As It Gets, The Preacher's Wife and The Prince Of Egypt. Recent
film credits include Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End and The Simpsons Movie.
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD: Oscar nominated for Michael Clayton, The Village, My Best Friend's Wedding, One Fine Day, Junior, The Fugitive and The Prince Of Tides, Howard also scored King Kong, Runaway Bride, The Sixth Sense and Collateral.LP1
1. Why So Serious?
2. I'm Not A Hero
3. Harvey Two-Face
4. Aggressive Expansion
5. Always A Catch
6. Blood On My Hands
7. A Little Push
1. Like A Dog Chasing Cars
2. I Am The Batman
3. And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad
4. Agent Of Chaos
5. Introduce A Little Anarchy
6. Watch The World Burn
7. A Dark Knight$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now