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  • Baduizm Baduizm Quick View

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    Baduizm

    Baduizm is the debut album by neo soul singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. The album won numerous accolades including winning awards for On & On and a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998. Baduizm's success earned Erykah Badu popularity at the time and helped establish her as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists. Continuing with its Respect The Classics initiative, UMe will be reissuing this album in its entirety, on 2LP for the first time.
    LP 1
    1. Rim Shot
    2. On & On

    3. Appletree
    4. Other Side Of The Game

    1. Sometimes

    2. Next Lifetime
    3. Afro
    4. Certainly


    LP 2
    1. 4 Leaf Clover
    2. No Love

    3. Drama

    1. Sometimes

    2. Certainly

    3. Rim Shot

    Erykah Badu
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  • Live At The Jazz CafÉ, London: The Complete Show Live At The Jazz CafÉ, London: The Complete Show Quick View

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    Live At The Jazz CafÉ, London: The Complete Show

    Available on standard weight vinyl for the first time, Live at the Jazz Cafe is a live album by R&B and neo soul
    musician D'Angelo. The original 1998 release of this album only contained 7 tracks, this new release contains the complete show for the first time anywhere. Now included are four unreleased performances - three of them covers of tracks originally by D'Angelo influences Mandrill, Ohio Players and Al Green - plus a longer version of 'Lady'.
    1. Introduction
    2. Fencewalk
    3. Sweet Sticky Thing
    4. Jonz In My Bones
    5. Me And Those Dreamin' Eyes Of Mine
    6. Sh*t Damn, Motherf*cker
    7. Cruisin'
    8. I'm Glad You're Mine

    9. Lady
    10. Can't Hide Love

    11. Brown Sugar
    D'Angelo
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    For All We Know

    Pressed on Green Colored Vinyl


    " a spacey, smoldering update on '90s R&B, and a voice that's high and fluttery and commanding "

    -Pitchfork


    "NAO is one of those artists that is pushing forth an exciting new era of R&B and soul."

    -Buzzfeed


    NAO's debut album For All We Know will be released via RCA Records and is set to be one of the defining records of 2016.


    Her emergence as one of the most adored new singers of the year has been as fluid and elegant as one of her vocal phrases. Now she has delivered her highly anticipated debut For All We Know, a transcendent set of 18 songs. Woozy, spacey funk, shot through with her effortless breath-taking toplines, part neo-soul, part UK bass, part funk rock - all at a sensual, stepping R&B pace.


    The record features fan favorites "Girlfriend," "Inhale Exhale," "Bad Blood" and "Fool To Love" as well as incredible unheard tracks like "Trophy" - where NAO collaborates with A.K. Paul again - and "Get To Know Ya" co-produced by XL Recordings' Jungle. Other co-producers (NAO is credited as producer on 17 of the 18 tracks) include her good friends John Calvert ("In The Morning," "Blue Wine," "We Don't Give A"), GRADES ("Bad Blood," "Fool To Love," "Inhale Exhale," "Girlfriend") and LOXE ("Adore You," "Give Me A Little").


    NAO grew up in South Woodford, East London, listening to gospel in her local Evangelical church, her brother's jungle UK garage and her sister's '90s and '00s R&B - going on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She starting writing songs in her mid-twenties after a few years of teaching school kids to sing and doing backing vocal gigs for the likes of Pulp and Kwabs.


    Inspired by Little Dragon, the ideas and words flowed, and she soon began working on her own songs, resulting in her 2014 debut EP, So Good. The EP's title track, made with A.K. Paul, whizzed around the world accumulating millions of plays on Soundcloud. NAO's 2015 follow-up EP, February 15, contained the single "Zillionaire" which was featured in a Samsung Galaxy commercial. By January 2016 she placed third in the high-profile BBC Sound Poll and her incredible year continues with a recent performance on Later with Jools Holland, the cover of The Guardian and rave reviews from Fader, Essence, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, and more.


    For All We Know is the record of a one-of-a-kind artist destined for greatness. A record you can dip your head into for a 360-degree spectrum of kaleidoscopic digi-funk.

    LP 1
    1. Intro (Like Velvet)
    2. Get to Know Ya
    3. Inhale Exhale
    4. Voice Memo 161
    5. Happy
    6. Voice Memo 162
    7. Adore You (feat. Abhi Dijon)
    8. In the Morning
    9. Trophy (feat. A. K. Paul)
    10. Bad Blood


    LP 2
    1. DYWM
    2. We Don't Give A
    3. Give Me a Little
    4. Fool to Love
    5. Voice Memo 4 (Say Yes)
    6. Blue Wine
    7. Girlfriend
    8. Feels Like (Perfume)

    Nao
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    Gameshow

    Challenging themselves to indulge in a wide and varied range of styles and influences stretching way beyond the traditional Two Door sound to take in Prince, Chic, Krautrock, Neo Soul and modernist pop, forthcoming album 'Gameshow' is by far their most enthralling record yet, albeit one full of the uncertainties of finding yourself and your place in the world. Includes the hit single Bad Decisions.
    1. Are We Ready? (Wreck)
    2. Bad Decisions
    3. Ordinary
    4. Gameshow
    5. Lavender
    6. Fever
    7. Invincible
    8. Good Morning
    9. Surgery
    10. Je Viens De La
    Two Door Cinema Club
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  • I Want You I Want You Quick View

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    I Want You

    The thirteenth studio album by American soul musician Marvin Gaye, released March 16, 1976, on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Recording sessions for the album took place throughout 1975 and 1976 at Motown Recording Studios, also known as Hitsville West, and Gaye's personal studio Marvin's Room in Los Angeles, California. The album has often been noted by critics for producer Leon Ware's exotic, low-key production and the erotic, sexual themes in his and Gaye's songwriting. The album's cover artwork adapts neo-mannerist artist Ernie Barnes's famous painting The Sugar Shack (1971). I Want You consisted of Marvin Gaye's first recorded studio material since his highly successful and well-received album Let's Get It On (1973). While it marked a change in musical direction for Gaye, departing from his trademark Motown and doo-wop-influenced sound for funky, light-disco soul, the album maintained and expanded on his previous work's sexual themes. I Want You has earned retrospective recognition from writers and music critics as one of Gaye's most controversial works and influential to such musical styles as disco, quiet storm, R&B, and neo soul.
    1. I Want You
    2. Come Live With Me Angel
    3. After The Dance (Instrumental)
    4. Feel All My Love Inside
    5. I Wanna Be Where You Are
    6. I Want You (Intro Jam)
    7. All The Way Around
    8. Since I Had You
    9. Soon I'll Be Loving You Again
    10. I Want You
    11. After The Dance
    Marvin Gaye
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  • Big Little Lies (Music From The HBO Limited Series) Big Little Lies (Music From The HBO Limited Series) Quick View

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    Big Little Lies (Music From The HBO Limited Series)

    Pop songs are knit cleverly and stylishly into the fabric of HBO's best series of the moment, Big Little Lies.

    The roster on Music from the HBO Limited Series BIG LITTLE LIES consists primarily of neo-soul and R&B-informed singer/songwriters, both old-school veterans (Irma Thomas) and relative newcomers (Villagers). There's also a track by cast member and musician-in-her-own-right Zoë Kravitz.

    1. Michael Kiwanuka: "Cold Little Heart"
    2. Charles Bradley: "Victim of Love"
    3. Martha Wainwright: "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole"
    4. Leon Bridges: "River"
    5. Kinny: "Queen of Boredness"
    6. Agnes Obel: "September Song"
    7. Alabama Shakes: "This Feeling"
    8. Charles Bradley: "Changes"
    9. Irma Thomas: "Straight From the Heart"
    10. Villagers: "Nothing Arrived"
    11. Zoë Kravitz: "Don't"
    12. Conor O'Brien: "The Wonder of You"
    13. Daniel Agee: "How's the World Treating You"
    14. Ituana: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
    Various Artists
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  • Love Remains Love Remains Quick View

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    Love Remains

    Since the release of his debut Love Remains in 2010, Tom Krell has crafted a reputation as one of America's most original, focused and beguiling young songwriters with his releases: the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012's Total Loss; 2014's sensual but sincere What Is This Heart?; and most recently with the beaming pop evident on 2016's Care.
    1. You Hold the Water
    2. Ready for the World
    3. My Body
    4. Suicide Dream 2
    5. You Won't Need Me Where I'm Goin'
    6. Can't See My Own Face
    7. Walking This Dumb
    8. Date of Birth
    9. Escape Before the Rain
    10. Endless Rain
    11. Lover's Start
    12. Mr. By & By
    13. Decisions
    14. Suicide Dream 1
    How To Dress Well
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  • Mama's Gun Mama's Gun Quick View

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    Mama's Gun

    Import


    Mama's Gun is the second studio album by Neo Soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates Funk, Soul and Jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. Mama's Gun features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.


    The album contains the single Bag Lady which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. Bag Lady was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song Didn't Cha Know? was nominated for Best R&B Song.


    Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime and went on to say she has taken her art to the next level. Entertainment Weekly called the album a '70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record.

    LP1
    1. Penitentiary Philosophy
    2. Didn't Cha Know
    3. My Life
    4. ... & On
    5. Cleva
    6. Hey Sugah
    7. Booty
    8. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
    9. A.d. 2000


    LP2
    1. Orange Moon
    2. In Love With You
    3. Bag Lady
    4. Time's A Wastin
    5. Green Eyes

    Erykah Badu
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  • The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill Quick View

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    The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

    Ranked 312/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is the critically and commercially acclaimed solo album by female Fugee Lauryn Hill. Originally released on August 25th, 1998, it has been widely praised for its seamless fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, and Neo-Soul. The songs vary in style, but make for a cohesive album. In 1999, the album garnered 10 Grammy nominations at the 41st Grammy Awards. When Hill won 5 Grammies that night, her achievement made her the first female to receive that many in one night. The album includes collaborations with soul singer D'Angelo on Nothing Even Matters; guitarist Carlos Santana on To Zion; singer Mary J. Blige on I Used to Love Him and well as then little-known John Legend playing the piano on Everything is Everything.


    Over 10 years after its original release Hill's debut solo album has proven to stand the test of time easily.

    1. Intro
    2. Lost Ones

    3. Ex-Factor

    4. To Zion

    5. Doo Wop (That Thing)

    6. Superstar

    7. Final Hour

    8. When It Hurts So Bad
    9. I Used To Love Him

    10. Forgive Them Father

    11. Every Ghetto, Every City

    12. Nothing Even Matters

    13. Everything Is Everything

    14. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

    15. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

    16. Tell Him
    Lauryn Hill
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  • Everything's Beautiful Everything's Beautiful Quick View

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    Everything's Beautiful

    Everything's Beautiful brings Miles Davis' sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles' incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Robert Glasper produced the collaboration. I didn't want to do just a remix record, Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.


    Knowing that Miles didn't have one audience, Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.

    1. Talking Shit
    2. Ghetto Walkin - featuring Bilal
    3. They Can't Hold Me Down - featuring Illa J
    4. Maiysha (So Long) - featuring Erykah Badu
    5. Violets - featuring Phonte
    6. Little Church - featuring Hiatus Kaiyote
    7. Silence Is The Way - featuring Laura Mvula
    8. Song For Selim - featuring KING
    9. Milestones - featuring Georgia Ann Muldrow
    10. I'm Leaving You - featuring John Scofield and Ledisi
    11. Right On Brotha - featuring Stevie Wonder
    Miles Davis & Robert Glasper
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  • Songs In A Minor Songs In A Minor Quick View

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    Songs In A Minor

    The 10th Anniversary of the 5x Grammy Winning Album that Launched Alicia Keys' Career!


    Appearing On Vinyl for the First Time!


    Alicia Keys debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its 2001 release, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth 70s to Billie Holiday. By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star.


    The original release of Songs in A Minor sold more than 11 million albums worldwide and garnered Keys with her first five, of 14 total, Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Song of the Year for Fallin, and Best R&B Album.

    LP 1

    1. Piano & I
    2. Girlfriend
    3. How Come You Don't Call Me
    4. Fallin'
    5. Troubles
    6. Rock Wit U
    7. A Woman's Worth
    8. Jane Doe


    LP 2
    1. Goodbye
    2. The Life
    3. Mr. Man
    4. Never Felt This Way
    5. Butterflyz
    6. Why Do I Feel So Bad
    7. Caged Bird
    8. Lovin U

    Alicia Keys
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  • Black Messiah Black Messiah Quick View

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    Black Messiah


    Vinyl Lacquers Cut By Alex DeTurk At Masterdisk


    Pressed At R.T.I.


    No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.


    ''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove


    The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.


    Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA "For best results, listen at maximum volume" should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?


    The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).


    *Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds

    * Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson

    * Mixed by Russell Elevado

    * Additional Mixing by Ben Kane

    * Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane

    * Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo

    * Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios

    * Mastered by Dave Collins

    LP 1
    1. Ain't That Easy
    2. 1000 Deaths
    3. The Charade
    4. Sugah Daddy
    5. Really Love


    LP 2
    1. Back to the Future (Part I)
    2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
    3. Prayer
    4. Betray My Heart
    5. The Door
    6. Back to the Future (Part II)
    7. Another Life

    D'Angelo And The Vanguard
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  • The Child Of Lov The Child Of Lov Quick View

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    The Child Of Lov

    180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl


    For Fans of: Gnarls Barkley, Beck, J Dilla, Gorillaz, Danger Mouse


    There's something about Cole Williams's voice that conjures pictures in the mind.
    Not only through the intense and compelling vocals of his recordings, either.
    There's a catch to it, a rugged rasp weathered beyond his years, that shows that his
    singing style - rich in the cadences of funk, blues and soul. Spend any time with
    them, and it's abundantly clear that Cole - or if you prefer, The Child Of Lov - is a
    true modern soul man.


    This much we know: Cole has lived in London, Paris and Amsterdam where he's
    currently based. He has, for various reasons, spent a good deal of time alone with
    music. His first inspirations were his mother's Stevie Wonder albums. By the age
    of 13 he was listening to hip hop and neo-soul, and began to try and make his own
    beats on his computer, and initially to rap. At 14, he began to teach himself guitar
    and piano, and became obsessed with the off-kilter hip hop beats of J Dilla and
    especially Madlib, the master of the thickly-layered psychedelic groove. Inspired
    by the combination of unorthodox musicality with hip hop attitude, as he picked
    out his own melodies and slowly developed his instrumental skills; it all came
    together.


    So here we are: from those years' worth of self-disciplined musical study and
    practice recordings, then a period of adjusting to their exposure to the world, have
    come the tracks that became The Child Of Lov album. They're layered with all
    the intensity and dedication that Cole has put into his listening and learning, and
    with his passion for the influences. Check out "Give Me" - the peculiar stutter of
    his abstract hip hop heroes Madlib and Dilla is there, but so is his first inspiration
    Stevie Wonder as well as brilliantly discordant hints of Prince and even Tom Waits
    in full junkyard prophet mode. Listen to the powerfully defiant "Fly" and wonder
    that the powerful, gospel-infused voice is that of a young man, and not a soul
    veteran beaten but unbowed by life's tribulations and soak up the mournful opener
    "Call Me Up" - the sort of track you'd always hoped Sly Stone might pull himself
    together and make one day

    1. Call Me Up
    2. Heal
    3. One Day [feat. Damon Albarn]
    4. Living The Circle
    5. Give Me
    6. Go With The Wind
    7. Owl [feat. DOOM]
    8. Fly
    9. Warrior
    10. Give It To The People
    The Child Of Lov
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  • Like Water For Chocolate Like Water For Chocolate Quick View

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    Like Water For Chocolate

    Common spent the '90s carrying the Native Tongues torch through an era dominated by gangsta rap, earning a sizable underground following. Positive-minded alternative rap came back into vogue by the new millennium, and Common managed to land with major label MCA for 2000's Like Water for Chocolate. The album established him as a leading figure of alternative rap's second generation, not just because of the best promotion he'd ever had, but also because it was his great musical leap forward, building on the strides of One Day It'll All Make Sense. There's production work by the Roots' ?uestlove, neo-soul auteur D'Angelo, the Soulquarians, and DJ Premier. But the vast majority of the album was handled by Slum Village's Jay Dee, and his thick, mellow, soul- and jazz-inflected sonics make Like Water for Chocolate one of the richest-sounding albums of the new underground movement. Common isn't always a master technician on the mic, but it hardly matters when the music serves his deeply spiritual vision and smooth-flowing raps so effectively. The singles The Light and The 6th Sense are quintessential Common, uplifting and thoughtful, and helped bring him a whole new audience. They're well complemented by the slinky, jazzy funk and lush neo-soul ballads that make up the record. Not everything is sweetness and utopia, either; Common sends up his own progressive image on A Film Called (Pimp), which features a hilarious guest appearance by MC Lyte, and spins a gripping first-person tale of revenge on the streets on Payback Is a Grandmother (though the tougher Dooinit feels a bit forced). The album could have been trimmed a bit to keep its momentum going, but on the whole, Like Water for Chocolate is a major statement from an artist whose true importance was just coming into focus.

    - Steve Huey (All Music)
    1. Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)
    2. Heat

    3. Cold Blooded
    4. Dooinit

    5. The Light
    6. Funky for You
    7. The Questions
    8. Time Travelin' Reprise
    9. The 6th Sense
    10. A Film Called (Pimp)
    11. Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)
    12. Thelonius
    13. Payback Is a Grandmother
    14. Geto Heaven, Pt. 2
    15. A Song for Assata
    16. Pops Rap III...All My Children
    Common
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  • What Is This Heart? What Is This Heart? Quick View

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    What Is This Heart?

    Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012's much-loved Total Loss, Tom Krell - under
    the moniker How To Dress Well - will release his third album "What Is This Heart?". Since the
    release of his debut Love Remains in 2010, Krell has crafted a reputation as one of America's most original,
    focused and beguiling young songwriters and "What Is This Heart?" nds How To Dress Well at the top of
    his game.


    Merging ever surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B inuence
    and a deep, grounded emotionality, "What Is This Heart?" is the next step in Tom Krell's unique and
    searching artistic trajectory and asserts him as an artist of great courage, taste and craft. Its twelve songs
    were conceived and written during months of grueling international touring and realized with producer
    Rodaidh McDonald (Vampire Weekend, The xx, Savages, Adele) in Berlin, and the result is an ambitious
    21st century pop album that takes inuence from artists as varied as Prince, Lou Reed, Burial and Tracy
    Chapman.


    More condent, daring and open than any How to Dress Well release thus far, "What Is This Heart?" is at
    once Krell's most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance. It is a record that delves
    into the core of the psyche and touches on themes of isolation, loss and existential anguish, but in the end
    nds redemption in the innite possibilities of love. The songs tackle ideas of anxiety, fear, lack of control,
    nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride and shame, trust and commitment with an honesty and intimacy
    that is rare in the modern age.

    1. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
    2. What You Wanted
    3. Face Again
    4. See You Fall
    5. Repeat Pleasure
    6. Words I Don't Remember
    7. Pour Cyril
    8. Precious Love
    9. Childhood Faith In Love (Everything Must
    Change, Everything Must Stay The Same)
    10. A Power
    11. Very Best Friend
    12. House Inside (Future Is Older Than The Past)
    How To Dress Well
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  • Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure) Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure)

    Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly Of The Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms -- roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul -- to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki. Bassist Mark Peterson and percussionists Jeffrey Haynes and Cyro Baptista provide a superbly sensitive rhythmic foundation. But because Wilson returned to her home state of Mississippi to record most of this album, she made sure to book some time with local musicians. Thus guitarist Jesse Robinson guests on (and co-writes) the funky Show Me a Love, and the octogenarian pianist Boogaloo Ames plays an unpolished yet utterly heartfelt duet with Wilson on the classic Darkness on the Delta. Other guests include drummer Xavyon Jamison, trumpeter Olu Dara, pianist and vocalist Rhonda Richmond (who penned the slowly swaying Road So Clear), guitarist Richard Johnston, backup vocalists Patrice Monell, Jewell Bass, Henry Rhodes, and Vasti Jackson, and the children of New York's Middle School 44. Wilson delves into vintage blues with Mississippi Fred McDowell's You Gotta Move and a brief yet dynamic rendition of Robert Johnson's Hot Tamales. But the best tracks are the rock/pop covers: the Band's The Weight, Bob Dylan's Shelter From the Storm, James Taylor's Only a Dream in Rio, Jobim's Waters of March, and Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman (a 1968 hit for Glen Campbell). Wilson and band are in peak interpretive form on these ethereal reinventions. While her own lyrics may not rise to the level of a Robbie Robertson or a Bob Dylan, her versatility and focus come through clearly on the originals Justice, Just a Parade (a collaboration with neo-soul rookie India.Arie), and the Caribbean-tinged Cooter Brown.



    Musicians:



    • Cassandra Wilson (guitar)

    • Kevin Breit (vocal, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bouzouki)

    • Olu Dara (trumpet)

    • Rhonda Richmond (vocal, piano)

    • Mark Peterson (bass)

    • Xavyon Jamison (drums)

    • Jeffrey Haynes (percussion)




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. The Weight
    2. Justice
    3. Darkness On the Delta
    4. Waters of March
    5. You Gotta Move
    6. Only A Dream In Rio
    7. Just Another Parade
    8. Wichita Lineman
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Drunk As Cooter Brown
    11. Show Me A Love
    12. Road So Clear
    13. Hot Tamales
    Cassandra Wilson
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    Artificial Dance

    The story of electronic music pioneer K. Leimer continues with a focus on his auteurist studio project Savant. Compiling the standalone album, 1983's The Neo Realist (At Risk), with Savant's debut 12" and a grip of compilation and unreleased tracks, Artificial Dance documents Leimer's complete collaborative venture into the unpredictable realities of music, exploring the gulf between what is expected by its creators and what is eventually - and eternally - committed to tape. Savant was designed by Leimer to tap into entropic truths, asserting an uncaged counterpart to the loop-based minimalism he produced in isolation (recently surveyed on RVNG Intl.'s A Period of Review (1975-1983)). Aligning himself with the Cage-ean principles of chance operations and musical contingency, Savant was a band sans jam. Allegorically, a blindfolded collaboration whose happenstance source music Leimer would sample, loop and sculpt at will. Leimer was creatively autonomous to the point of being a persona absentia in Seattle's 80s rock scene. Unconcerned by social status, Leimer enlisted musicians from experimental and post-punk groups in the area to come record as Savant at his home studio, Tactical. Among them were ambient composer Marc Barreca, John Foster (founder of Op Magazine - the experimental music publication), Jim and David Keller of the New Flamingos, and their bandmate Alex Petit. Others, like Roy Finch and Dennis Rea, came from a similar orbit. Even with these musicians at his beck and call, Leimer implemented a disarming musical strategy. Savant would have no fixed line up and often musicians would be asked to play instruments far outside their fortÉ. Leimer would however give loose rhythmic direction for the musicians to develop spontaneously against click-tracks. When the performance locked in with Leimer listening at the controls, he'd capture it to tape. These moments became the soul of Savant and the combustive elements that would variegate its timbres. Savant tonally operates in a space between This Heat's dark primitivism and the found sound collage of Brian Eno & David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. These analogies are simply stylistic, as the narrative behind The Neo-Realist's production makes clear Leimer was concocting via more alchemic means, avoiding genre aspirations by looking for accidental moments of musical intrigue and discovery. Leimer explains this process in the collection's liner notes: "I was looking for flaws, for faults to act as the stand-out features of the music." Far from a provisional stab at avant-garde sensibilities, Savant represents Leimer's repudiation of ambient music's passive side. Artificial Dance embodies a perfectionist's family portrait of outrÉ musicians conforming to Leimer's nonconformist musical ethos. Fitting for its name, Leimer created conditions for asocial brilliance with Savant, materializing an outward offering from an inward studio and a collaboration of audacious invention.
    1. Using Words
    2. Indifference
    3. The Neo-Realist
    4. Shadow In Deceit
    5. The Shining Hour
    6. Knowledge And Action
    7. Heart Of Stillness
    8. Stationary Dance
    9. Sensible Music
    10. Deceit In Passion
    11. The Radio
    12. Facility
    13. Falling At Two Speeds
    14. Fault Index
    Savant
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    Here, My Dear

    Here, My Dear is the fifteenth studio album by Marvin Gaye. The album was hailed by music critics as one of Gaye's best produced albums in the years following his death. The front cover features a painting of Gaye dressed in a toga in a neo-Roman setting, and the back cover features a temple with the word matrimony collapsing around a mock-Rodin sculpture of a romantic couple. Continuing with its vinyl reissue campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic on 180 gram vinyl.
    LP 1
    1. Here, My Dear
    2. I Met A Little Girl
    3. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You
    4. Anger
    5. Is That Enough
    6. Everybody Needs Love
    7. Time To Get It Together


    LP 2
    1. Sparrow
    2. Anna's Song
    3. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Instrumental)
    4. A Funky Space Reincarnation
    5. You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You
    6. Falling In Love Again
    7. When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You (Reprise)

    Marvin Gaye
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    Refractory Obdurate

    Wovenhand is a band led by dedicated life-musician and lyricist, David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in both Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world.


    Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Their sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds. All coming together as a vehicle for David's soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand are always unforgettable in spirit and sound.


    Refractory Obdurate is the latest album from Wovenhand. Joining David on this album are longtime percussionist Ordy Garrison, along with musicians Chuck French and Neil Keener (Planes Mistaken For Stars, Git Some).


    Refractory Obdurate is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums. As they maintain their melodious course, Good Shepherd, Field of Hedon, and Hiss, stomp forth with a newly amplified punk rock heart. While The Refractory, Salome, and Obdurate Obscura each ascend epically into a multi-layered haze. Ten songs in all, Refractory Obdurate plays as a beautifully crafted patchwork that transcends genres and expectation; a true artistic achievement, that only Wovenhand could offer.

    1. Corsicana Clip
    2. Masonic Youth
    3. The Refractory
    4. Good Shepherd
    5. Salome
    6. King David
    7. Field of Hedon
    8. Obdurate Obscura
    9. Hiss
    10. El-bow
    Wovenhand
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    Bon Voyage (Awaiting Repress)

    Melody's Echo Chamber (aka Melody Prochet) has confirmed her second album Bon Voyage will be released via Fat Possum Records. Made up of seven expansive tracks, Bon Voyage marries Melody's breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish).


    Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen's Reine Fiske and The Amazing's Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond).


    A musical journey of discovery, Bon Voyage delves deep into the collective musical psyche of Melody and her Swedish fellow travellers, who she met one serendipitous summer's afternoon in Angers back in 2015. Prochet describes the members of Stockholm's premier neo-psychedelic overlords Dungen as "soulmates and extreme beings, uncompromisingly intense and sensitive." These kindred souls daydreamed about making music together, and then Prochet took matters into her own hands and moved to Sweden in the winter of 2016 to begin their adventure. Working in the woods of Solna, Melody says: "Swedish nature helped me to breathe and soothed me in times of anxiety. I had a majestic forest with a lake three minutes' walk from my home. Recording sessions were a break in our lives, an escape from our frustrations as young adults, parents, musicians and embittered life jugglers. What transpired was a kind of modern fairytale full of duality: beautiful and disenchanted, happy and painful, internal and external, childish and mature, but also violent and measured. We had no structure and no limits and we stepped out of our comfort zones."


    Bon Voyage arrives more than five years after Melody's Echo Chamber's debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.

    1. Cross My Heart
    2. Breathe In, Breathe Out
    3. Desert Horse
    4. Var Har Du Vart
    5. Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser La Neige
    6. Visions Of Someone Special, On A Wall Of Reflections
    7. Shirim
    Melody's Echo Chamber
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    EarthEE

    THEESatisfaction's EarthEE is the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative
    R&B group's critically acclaimed debut. EarthEE was recorded in Seattle and
    Brooklyn, and features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell
    Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. EarthEE was produced by
    THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood at Protect and Exalt Studios: A Black Space and
    mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle.


    "Igbo beaded mail, Dinkan Scarification, Ashanti repetitive leaping. It all

    bounces. So too should you

    Neo-Ancient Nubian aphorism.

    Once in Time, in an emerald veld of near solitude, Two met.

    One Cat and One Stas. Born under different signs. Destined to shine under

    the same moons.

    They agreed, upon meeting, that the old force fields rooted in sonics were

    necessary once again.

    They commenced to make.

    It was cold out. They made. It became warmer. They continued. The orb

    shone from above with intensity. They continued to make. The trees shifted

    hues and shed...They made.

    In this din, this mantra of making, they became Sisters of a very specific rite.

    Loyal.

    Ethereal. The foundation of empires lost and regained.

    In this din the force field grew.

    The first time I saw them they glowed. They were palpable amongst the flat.

    Regal in a manner that is now mostly forgotten.

    Yes, Queens.

    Not generic in that description either. Specific.

    As in the Queens of some Where. The Queens of some Thing.

    Sorceress Queens who dealt in aural incantation architecture.

    Possessors of keys to deeper feelings. Unlockers of healing.

    I became a devotee to the sonic altars they had, and continue to construct.

    One Cat. One Stas. Past Lovers. Present Friends. Future Deities.

    THEESatisfaction. Exalted heavenward (outward, spaceward) upon the aurally

    offered

    blood price of heavily scented continuum.

    They made me for you.

    Enjoy,

    EarthEE

    P.S. Change is inevitable and necessary. It is the precursor to transcendence.

    by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes

    1. Prophetic Perfection
    2. No GMO (feat. Taylor Brown)
    3. Planet for Sale
    4. Blandland (feat. Ishmael Butler)
    5. Fetch/Catch (feat. Taylor Brown)
    6. Nature's Candy
    7. EarthEE (feat. Ishmael Butler, Porter Ray, Erik Blood)
    8. Post Black Anyway
    9. Universal Perspective (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
    10. WerQ (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
    11. Sir Come Navigate (feat. Tendai Maraire)
    12. Recognition (feat. Shabazz Palaces, Erik Blood)
    13. I Read You (feat. Erik Blood)
    TheeSatisfaction
    $17.99
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    Gone Baby Gone

    The Dough Rollers formed in 2009 when Malcolm Ford and Jack Byrne first decided to put their passion for American roots music to work by trying their hand at earnest, neo-revivalism. But, of course, after three years of touring and the addition of Josh Barocas on bass and Kyle Olson on drums, their sound evolved, loosening, snarkening, and darkening. These days, in large part to Ford's hellbent hollering, our boys occupy the sometimes salty, sometimes sweet spot smack dab in between rock and soul. They've toured with the likes of John Fogherty, Bob Dylan, and Queens of the Stone Age, which, one way or another, led them to Nashville in 2013 to record a 7'' vinyl single for our Blue Series. The result was one of the finest guitar explosions we've ever pressed on wax and a pivotal entry in their discography. Their latest effort, Gone Baby Gone, was recorded with QOTSA's Josh Homme producing, and their swampy new swagger fully realized. It's the work of band that, after all this time and effort, understands their place in the American rock scene.
    Gone Baby Gone
    Mansion On A Hill
    Friend Of Mine
    My Love
    Garbage Salad
    Dough Rollers
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    Algiers

    "This is revolutionary music in the truest sense of
    the word. It demands action. It requires penance. It
    destroys expectations." - Stereogum


    "The Death Grips of gospel torching the South's
    dark underbelly." - Rolling Stone


    The debut LP by Algiers is haunted by promises of the past:
    the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the
    bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul, the scene-searching
    intensity of DC hardcore and the smeared viscosity of
    post-punk and no wave. After all, as Marx once said: "The
    tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare
    on the brains of the living." But rather than revel in a state
    of nostalgia, the band wields these burdened visions to
    charge headlong into the future.


    Over the album's eleven tracks, these three ÉmigrÉs of
    the American Deep South lay waste to appropriators,
    oppressors, revivalists and the cultural shock troops of
    capitalism. Vocalist Franklin James Fisher's every shriek and
    incantation will take you from the sweaty fervor of Dennis
    Edwards-era Temptations through the righteous rebellion
    of Nina Simone to the solitary midnight howls of PJ Harvey.
    Shards of Lee Tesche's guitar, along with Ryan Mahan's
    bass pulses and synthesizer slashes, pierce through the
    processional, transforming neo-modernist hymns with
    explosions of foreboding and dread that evoke the
    vanguard of pop experimentation from Suicide to Roland
    S. Howard.


    In an era when political subjectivity and human connectivity
    have been smashed to pieces by the demands of finance
    capital, Algiers has taken its stance: to maintain fidelity to
    these subversive spirits and trudge toward the light. While
    they may never arrive at their destination - consigned to a
    life of wandering - they conjure the dead sound to life in
    frightening new directions.

    1. Remains
    2. Claudette
    3. And When You Fall
    4. Blood
    5. Old Girl
    6. Irony. Utility. Pretext.
    7. But She Was Not Flying
    8. Black Eunuch
    9. Games
    10. In Parallax
    11. 11
    Algiers
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