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  • Time Out Of Mind (20th Anniversary) Time Out Of Mind (20th Anniversary) Quick View

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    Time Out Of Mind (20th Anniversary)

    LP 1
    1. Love Sick
    2. Dirt Road Blues
    3. Standing In The Doorway
    4. Million Miles
    5. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
    6. 'Til I Fell In Love With You
    7. Not Dark Yet


    LP 2
    1. Cold Irons Bound
    2. Make You Feel My Love
    3. Can't Wait
    4. Highlands


    Bonus Edition 7
    1. Love Sick (Remix)
    2. Cold Irons Bound (Live)

    Bob Dylan
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  • Mind Elevation Mind Elevation Quick View

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    Mind Elevation

    As the final part of the N.O.W. Is The Time campaign celebrating 25 years of Nightmares On Wax, Warp presents double gatefold vinyl represses of the Nightmares On Wax back catalogue. All of the albums will include printed inner sleeves, and are released on double vinyl, many of these having been out of print for years. Each album will have an explanatory sticker attached to the overwrap tying it in to the 25th anniversary campaign art.
    1. Mind Eye
    2. Say-Say
    3. Thinking of Omara
    4. Date With Destiny
    5. Bleu My Mind
    6. Environment
    7. Soul-Ho
    8. Humble
    9. 70s 80s
    10. Know My Name
    11. BBH (Bongo-Brk-Haven)
    12. Mirrorball
    13. Thoughts
    Nightmares On Wax
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  • Dirty Mind Dirty Mind Quick View

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    Dirty Mind

    Ranked 204/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Prince's Cutting-Edge 1980 LP Back on Vinyl for First Time in Ages: Rock, Funk, New Wave, and Pop Meet in a Furious Fusion


    Mastered from the Original Tapes: Lacquers Cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering


    Pressed at RTI and Features Complete Reproduction of Original Packaging: An Audiophile Spectacular


    Prince had made a name for himself with his self-titled sophomore record, but didn't come into his own until the liberating Dirty Mind. Originally released in 1980, Dirty Mind is the pop provocateur's third album, completely produced, arranged and composed by Minneapolis' favorite son. While it established parameters that Prince would follow for the remainder of the decade, the record also remains unique for its blend of rock, funk, pop, and new wave. Prince uses rock, rather than soul or R&B as the foundation, and weaves the other styles around a demeanor that finds the singer/multi-instrumentalist both bluntly honest and fabulously furious.


    True to the album's title, Prince doesn't shy away from sexuality, with both Head and Sister guaranteed to make many ears blush and, well, nearly every other track on the record addressing desire, lust, and partying in one form or another. Seldom as any performer been so candidly outspoken and gifted with a genius reflected in the irresistble melodies, hooks, and grooves.


    After more than two decades of being out of print, Dirty Mind is finally back on vinyl--and how. Mastered from the original tapes, with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed at RTI on 180g vinyl, this is the very best version you'll ever hope to hear. No longer will you have to settle for the slightly compressed original or nearly unlistenable CD versions. Moreover, rhino's analog reissue boasts replicate original packaging.


    Grab the LP and get ready to party like it's 1999!

    1. Dirty Mind

    2. When You Were Mine
    3. Do It All Night
    4. Gotta Broken Heart Again
    5. Uptown
    6. Head
    7. Sister
    8. Partyup
    Prince
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  • Ease My Mind Ease My Mind Quick View

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    Ease My Mind

    Ease My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters.

    In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama,Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards,with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. Themusic sites will remind you that the band have performed for DavidLetterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music.

    Ease My Mind was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song Souvenirs and Axel Algmark who produced No Logic andAngel. The band recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.

    Adam and Bebban in the band write: The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.

    1. Jumbo Jet
    2. Paola
    3. Porcelain
    4. White Suzuki
    5. No Logic
    6. Ease My Mind
    7. Oh Oh
    8. Throw Some Light
    9. Crying Game
    10. Souvenirs
    Shout Out Louds
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  • Worry Off My Mind Worry Off My Mind Quick View

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    Worry Off My Mind

    Born in 1903 in Western Mississippi, Teddy Williams started on guitar when he was 31 years old. Nobody taught me, I just listened to the other people. He played local rent parties in the country, and had also played for a time in Chicago.


    GEORGE MITCHELL: Do-Boy Diamond and Teddy Williams came from the same town. It was Teddy who told me about Do-Boy. Teddy was the older man, and even though Do-Boy said he learned from someone else, it sounded like he might have learned from Teddy. Or maybe they both learned from the same source. Teddy was an older man, he didn't work. He'd sit around the courthouse square in Canton, hanging out. Canton was a bigger town than most of these places, so the black section was livelier. Lots of people hanging out in the street, music coming out of cafes.


    Teddy Williams: Vocal and Guitar


    Recorded by George Mitchell in Canton, Mississippi, September 1967

    1. Shaggy Hound
    2. The Swing Blues
    3. Catfish Blues #1
    4. Down Home Blues
    5. Going Away Blues
    6. Catfish Blues #2
    7. Black Mattie
    8. Hard Time Blues
    9. Sun Don't Shine
    10. You See Me Laughing
    Teddy Williams
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  • Choir Of The Mind Choir Of The Mind Quick View

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    Choir Of The Mind

    Orange Colored Vinyl

    It's time: Emily Haines is back with Fatal Gift - the first listen from Choir of the Mind, the Metric singer's first release as her Soft Skeleton solo project in a decade.

    Haines' vocals are definitely the focal point of Choir of the Mind. She used her voice to create spellbinding orchestrations for an effect that is subtle and ghostly on Wounded, lush on Fatal Gift and deeply powerful on Legend Of the Wild Horse, which she calls her soft anthem. Haines' voice is the only audible instrument on Strangle All Romance, and she creates mesmerizing layers that drift and swirl through the title track, which includes a spoken word part adapted from a poem by the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo.

    Haines recorded Choir of the Mind over several weeks in September And October of 2016, more or less alone in Metric's Toronto studio with a borrowed 18-foot grand piano built in 1850. Her longtime musical partner/Metric bandmate, James Shaw, helped flesh out the sonics with various instruments and rhythmic elements. (Shaw also mixed the album).Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor, a member of the Soft Skeleton's first incarnation, returned to perform on Legend of the Wild Horse. Haines Says, The writing and recording process was heightened and intensive, the two became one thing.

    LP 1
    1. Planets
    2. Fatal Gift
    3. Strangle All Romance
    4. Wounded
    5. Legend of the Wild Horse
    6. Nihilist Abyss


    LP 2
    1. Minefield of Memory
    2. Perfect on the Surface
    3. Choir of the Mind
    4. Statuette
    5. Siren
    6. Irish Exit
    7. RIP

    Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
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  • Always On My Mind (Awaiting Repress) Always On My Mind (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Always On My Mind (Awaiting Repress)

    180 Gram Blue Colored Vinyl


    Produced By Chips Moman + Bobby Emmons


    First Time Audiophile Blue Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccablty By Joe Reagoso - Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Willie Nelson is a musical phenomenon and an American icon. His
    legendary musical career began in the 50's, followed with a plethora
    of hit songs written for the likes of Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Roy
    Orbison, and then his own six decade long recording career in the
    country, rock, pop, adult, and even jazz genres, sharing his legendary
    vocal, guitar and songwriting persona for millions of fans worldwide.


    With 1982's Always On My Mind Lp, Willie Nelson created one of the
    most successful top charting hit albums of all time. The Lp features
    Willie's stellar vocal and guitar interpretations on the definitive outlaw
    version of Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale (featuring Waylon
    Jennings), his melancholy #1 title track Always On My Mind, plus an
    incredible reading of Aretha Franklin's Do Right Woman, Do Right
    Man.


    Alongside great versions of tunes like Bridge Over Trouble Water
    by Simon & Garfunkel, you also get some masterful Willie Nelson
    originals like the LP closer The Party's Over. All in all, making Always
    On My Mind the legendary album it is and always will be.


    This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it
    is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    presentation of Always On My Mind by the legendary Willie Nelson
    on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now
    impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited
    time is pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Blue Vinyl, and features from
    the original LP artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold
    presentation.


    You Were Always On My Mind ..

    1. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
    2. Always on My Mind
    3. A Whiter Shade of Pale
    4. Let It Be Me
    5. Staring Each Other Down
    6. Bridge over Troubled Water
    7. Old Fords and a Natural Stone
    8. Permanently Lonely
    9. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning
    10. The Party's Over
    Willie Nelson
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  • Comes A Time Comes A Time Quick View

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    Comes A Time

    Lush arrangements, love lyrics and steel guitar solos rule on this 1978 album, which features harmony vocals by Nicolette Larson. Highlights include Four Strong Winds; Already One; Look Out for My Love and Lotta Love (with Crazy Horse); Comes a Time; Motorcycle Mama; Peace of Mind , and more, 10 in all.
    1. Goin' Back
    2. Comes a Time
    3. Look Out for My Love
    4. Lotta Love
    5. Peace of Mind
    6. Human Highway
    7. Already One
    8. Field of Opportunity
    9. Motorcycle Mama
    10. Four Strong Winds
    Neil Young
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  • Time Capsules II Time Capsules II Quick View

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    Time Capsules II

    Time Capsules II is the debut album from Brad Oberhofer, recorded in Brooklyn in late 2011 with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Talking Heads). Drawing on influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Descartes, the 21 year old is fixated on the idea of making philosophically minded, energetic melodies.


    Emotion is what drives the psychedelic, catchy pop-rock tunes crafted by the effervescent Brad Oberhofer. After moving to Brooklyn from his hometown of Tacoma, WA to attend New York University, Brad quickly immersed himself in the indie rock community forming the four-piece which is now, quite simply, Oberhofer.


    Catching the attention of Glassnote Records, the band officially joined the labels' roster over the summer of 2011. Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the five year old "you," he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.


    Referring to his songwriting as a time capsule of exactly how I'm feeling at a particular moment, each song on his forthcoming debut, Time Capsules II, is a clear, unrestrained look inside the head of Brad Oberhofer. Gold is a reflection on two magical weeks spent with a first love that inadvertently initiated his musical endeavors. Away Frm U" is a nostalgic yet upbeat ode to saying goodbye to that love. Like most of the brilliant debut, the stand-out I Could Go shows that above all, his heart is on his sleeve in both his words and everything he creates, a trademark that suits his search for sincerity well.

    1. Heart
    2. Landline
    3. Away Frm U
    4. I Could Go
    5. Yr Face
    6. oOoO
    7. Cruisin' FDR
    8. Gold
    9. Haus
    10. Homebro
    Oberhofer
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  • Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure)

    This recording session was not released until five years after it was done. One can imagine the tapes practically smoldering in their cases, the music is so hot. Sorry, there is nothing 'wrong' about this blues album at all. Otis Rush was a great blues expander, a man whose guitar playing was in every molecule pure blues. On his solos on this album he strips the idea of the blues down to very simple gestures (i.e., a bent string, but bent in such a subtle way that the seasoned blues listener will be surprised). As a performer he opens up the blues form with his chord progressions and use of horn sections, the latter instrumentation again added in a wonderfully spare manner, bringing to mind a master painter working certain parts of a canvas in order to bring in more light. Blues fans who get tired of the same old song structures, riff, and rhythms should be delighted with most of Rush's output, and this one is among his best. Sometimes all he does to make a song sound unlike any blues one has ever heard is just a small thing -- a chord moving up when one expects it go down, for example. The production is particularly skilled, and the fact that Capitol Records turned this session down after originally producing it can only be reasonably accepted when combined with other decisions this label has made, such as turning down the Doors because singer Jim Morrison had »no charisma«. This record doesn't mess around at all. The first track takes off like the man they fire out of a cannon at the end of a circus, a perceived climax swaggeringly representing just the beginning, after all. Some of the finest tracks are the ones that go longer than five minutes, allowing the players room to stretch. And that means more of Rush's great guitar playing, of course. For the final track he leaves the blues behind completely for a moving cover version of Rainy Night in Georgia by Tony Joe White.


    Musicians:



    • Otis Rush (vocal, guitar)

    • Doug Killmer, John Kahn (bass)

    • Hart McNee (alto saxophone)

    • John Wilmeth (trumpet)

    • Ron Stallings (tenor saxophone)

    • Fred Burton (guitar)

    • Mark Naftalin (piano)

    • Ira Kamin (organ)

    • Bob Jones (drums)




    Recording: February 1971 at Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco

    Production: Nick Gravenites and Otis Rush



    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. Tore Up
    2. Right Place, Wrong Time
    3. Easy Go
    4. Three Times A Fool
    5. Rainy Night In Georgia
    6. Natural Ball
    7. I Wonder Why
    8. Your Turn To Cry
    9. Lonely Man
    10. Take A Look Behind
    Otis Rush
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  • Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Electric Music For The Mind And Body (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    Country Joe & The Fish full-length debut is their most joyous and cohesive statement and one of the most important and enduring documents of the psychedelic era, the band's swirl of distorted guitar and organ at its most inventive. In contrast to Jefferson Airplane, who were at their best working within conventional song structures, and the Grateful Dead, who hadn't quite yet figured out how to transpose their music to the recording studio, Country Joe & the Fish delivered a fully formed, uncompromising, and yet utterly accessible - in fact, often delightfully witty - body of psychedelic music the first time out. Ranging in mood from good-timey to downright apocalyptic, it embraced all of the facets of the band's music, which were startling in their diversity: soaring guitar and keyboard excursions (Flying High, Section 43, Bass Strings, The Masked Marauder), the group's folk roots (Sad and Lonely Times), McDonald's personal ode to Grace Slick (Grace), and their in-your-face politics (Superbird). Hardly any band since the Beatles had ever come up with such a perfect and perfectly bold introduction to who and what they were, and the results - given the prodigious talents and wide-ranging orientation of this group - might've scared off most major record labels. Additionally, this is one of the best-performed records of its period, most of it so bracing and exciting that one gets some of the intensity of a live performance. One of Vanguard Records' classic albums, with startlingly vivid stereo separation and a close, intimate sound.




    Musicians:



    • Country Joe McDonald (guitar, harmonica, tambourine, vocal)

    • David Cohen (guitar, organ, vocal)

    • Barry Melton (guitar, vocal)

    • Bruce Barthol (bass, harmonium)

    • Chicken Hirsh (drums)




    Recording at Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, CA, USA, by Robert di Souza

    Production: Samuel Charters




    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.



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    Country Joe & The Fish
    $34.99
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  • Forever Out Of Tune Forever Out Of Tune Quick View

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    Forever Out Of Tune

    After four albums, a steady regional following, and critical success - Mulehead called it quits. Kevin Kerby, the
    band's leader and principle songwriter continued on unfazed releasing a string of stripped down record's
    contemplating age, family, and religion.


    But rock and roll bands don't die easily and time has thankfully brought Mulehead back together. And so it's with
    great aplomb that the band makes it return with a particularly strong album of songs titled, Forever Out Of Tune.

    Mulehead
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  • Out Of The Black Out Of The Black Quick View

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    Out Of The Black

    The raucous, schizophrenic sound of Out Of The Black - much like previous Boys Noize records - has as much to do more with Ridha's attention span as his choice in gear. "I get bored really easily with sounds," he explains, "The exciting part for me is trying to come up with new sounds, putting new sounds in a new dress. I'm sound obsessed. I buy a lot of machines and synths, and I'm always looking for a way to destroy sounds in an unconventional way. I'm always drawn to music and productions that sound entirely different or really naïve or sometimes just stupid. I don´t like it when it sounds too clean and generic, there needs to be some sort of soul. I guess that explains a lot about my sound which I think I instinctually capture. But I do try to keep in mind what I loved about dance music when I started doing this and how it made me feel. Those thoughts were also very much on my mind when I was making this record."


    The new album nicely bridges the gap between his previous two efforts; providing the requisite in-your-face electro bang of classic Boys Noize on tracks like "What You Want", "Rocky 2" and "XTC", or more melodic songs like "Ich R U" and "Reality". At a time when mainstream electronic music-particularly the pervasive cultures of EDM and dubstep-have moved dance music out of the clubs and into the stadiums, Ridha is quick to acknowledge the old school house and acid records that shaped him as a DJ; the very same records that continue to bubble up as an influence on Out of the Black.


    "I never compromise when it comes to creative or musical things," says Ridha. "I only do what I think is cool and what I like. It's not about what the market wants or what people expect. Maintaining artistic freedom has always been the most important thing to me - for my own music or for anyone on my label." As for the title of his new record, Ridha explains that this music isn't coming from out of the blue. In fact, it's the opposite. "I tend to make and produce music only at night," he says. "I also generally only perform at night, so this is music that's coming totally out of the black. Also, they say the color black can absorb all other colors, which is a cool way to think about making music. You absorb every other kind of music-every possible sound-and what comes out of you is something new, something out of the black."

    1. What You Want
    2. XTC
    3. Missile
    4. ICH R U
    5. Rocky 2
    6. Ich Jack
    7. Circus Full Of Clowns (feat. Gizzle)
    8. Touch It
    9. Conchord (feat. Siriusmo)
    10. Reality
    11. Merlin
    12. Got It (feat. Snoop Dogg)
    13. Stop
    14. Yellow (feat. Siriusmo)
    Boys Noize
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    Souled Out (Awaiting Repress)

    JhenÉ Aiko's full-length is a testament to the power of patience. Though she's only 26, the Los Angeles native has been at it for more than a decade - first, inauspiciously, as a satellite artist hovering in the orbit of prefab new-jack teens B2K. When pretending to be Lil' Fizz's cousin didn't bring her R&B domination, she took time off to finish school, start a family, and develop her songwriting chops, which led to increasingly high-profile collaborations with the likes of Drake, Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar.


    Much of Souled Out is far more pop-friendly than last year's Sail Out EP (which yielded ''The Worst,'' her first Billboard Hot 100 moment), but Aiko's lush, glowing compositions do take time to reveal themselves. Take ''W.A.Y.S.,'' which opens with a lazily strummed guitar, then welcomes in a distant, ominous drum march. Slowly, everything widens and deepens as Aiko croons like a millennial shaman, ''You have got to lose your mind/Just to find your peace of mind.''


    That process repeats itself throughout Souled; the more you give in to tracks like the hypnotic, undulating ''To Love & Die'' and the gently lapping ''Eternal Sunshine,'' the more they take hold. Had Aiko followed the muse she was chasing as a teen, ''The Pressure'' would probably have been turned into a disposable piece of Hot 100 radio bait. Instead, like much of Souled Out, it's an otherworldly neck-snapper - the coolest party soundtrack for a parallel dimension where the future of R&B arrived a long time ago.


    - Kyle Anderson (Entertainment Weekly)

    1. Brave
    2. To Love & Die (Feat. Cocaine 80s)
    3. Beautiful Ruin
    4. It's Cool
    5. Lyin King
    6. Wading
    7. The Pressure
    8. Eternal Sunshine
    9. Limbo Limbo Limbo
    10. Promises
    11. W.A.Y.S
    12. Pretty Bird
    Jhene Aiko
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  • They Only Come Out At Night (Awaiting Repress) They Only Come Out At Night (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    They Only Come Out At Night (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastered from the Original Epic Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray


    Edgar Winter, the multi-talented superstar brother of blues rock legend Johnny Winter, has been a fixture on the rock music scene now for several decades. While launching his own successful career with his solo albums and Edgar Winters White Trash, the natural progression for this man was to develop his own supergroup which would become the platinum and gold selling The Edgar Winter Group.


    Releasing their first album in 1973, They Only Come Out At Night was an overnight success, thanks to the mind altering studio jam Frankenstein which has since become one of classic rocks finest moments. This instrumental smash featured the stunning keyboard of Edgar Winter, the incredible guitar of resident shredder Ronnie Montrose, the thumping bass of the late great Dan Hartman and of course the solid percussive hits of Chuck Ruff.


    The album went onto receive more attention from radio programmers across the globe as even further hit songs would rapidly develop including the blues rocker Undercover Man, the country rock feel of Round & Round and of course another top charter with the summer Top 40 Rock driving sounds of Dan Hartmans Free Ride. The Rick Derringer produced album would go on to stay on the charts for a long time and receive multiple platinum status in a very short time. Truly, one of classic rocks finest albums ever recorded!


    Now for the first time ever on audiophile vinyl, Friday Music announces the first installment of their Edgar Winter 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his platinum plus album They Only Come Out At Night. This first time audiophile vinyl release is mastered from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Johnny Winter/Alice Cooper/Boston) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI.


    For this special release, the limited edition album comes in the original gatefold album cover, which features the photography of Francesco Scavullo and Norman Seeff and artwork design of John Berg. To keep your album in impeccable condition, they are also including a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl investment as well as a poly bag for the classic album cover art.

    1. Hangin Around
    2. When It Comes
    3. Alta Mira
    4. Free Ride
    5. Undercover Man
    6. Round & Round
    7. Rock N Roll Boogie Woogie Blues
    8. Autumn
    9. We All Had A Real Good Time
    10. Frankenstein
    Edgar Winter
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    Gaucho

    Gaucho, released in 1980, was Steely Dan's last until the release of Two Against Nature twenty years later. The album has all the Steely Dan trademarks: impeccable production, cynical and venemous lyrics and undeniably catchy songs. Babylon Sisters opens the album with silky aplomb and is wonderfully anchored by the classics Hey Nineteen and Time Out Of Mind. Reissued here on Vinyl LP by Universal Records.
    1. Babylon Sisters
    2. Hey Nineteen
    3. Glamour Profession
    4. Gaucho
    5. Time Out Of Mind
    6. My Rival
    7. Third World Man
    Steely Dan
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    Where Is My Mind? A Tribute To The Pixies


    Randomly Mixed Split Color Vinyl



    Reissue of a long out of print LP tribute to the Pixies. Originally released in 1999, this unique compilation brought many key bands of that time together for a tribute to the highly influential Pixies. Each track was hand selected and recorded independently by each band with their unique take on a Pixies track.


    Featuring The Get Up Kids, Braid, Sense Field, SuperDrag, Weezer, Local H, Reel Big Fish, Nada Surf, Promise Ring, and others.



    1. Eve 6 - Allison
    2. The Get Up Kids - Alec Eiffel
    3. Weezer - Velouria
    4. Far - Monkey Gone To Heaven
    5. Braid - Trompe Le Monde
    6. Superdrag - Wave Of Mutilation
    7. Teen Heroes - Manta Ray
    8. Local H - Tame
    9. Reel Big Fish - Gigantic
    10. The Siren Six! - The Holiday Song
    11. Nada Surf - Where Is My Mind?
    12. Promise Ring - Gouge Away
    13. Samiam - Here Comes Your Man
    14. Weston - La La Love You
    15. Sense Field - Caribou
    Various Artists
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    Tell Tale Signs

    Limited Edition

    Bob Dylans Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Volume 8 is the 8th installment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched in 1991. A treasure-trove of 27 songs spanning 4 Limited Edition 180g LPs, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylans most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades, including Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft, Modern Times and Oh Mercy. This must have Limited Edition 4 LP Box Set comes in 12x12 box with lift off cover and includes a download card, 60 page booklet with photos, essay and credits.


    Features include; the previously unreleased songs Dreaming Of You, Red River Shore and Marching To The City from the sessions for the Grammy Award winning album, Time Out Of Mind; recordings created for the motion picture soundtracks of Lucky You (Hucks Tune), Gods & Generals (Cross The Green Mountain) and North Country (an alternate take of Tell Ole Bill); and a selection of outstanding live performances from 1989-2006 including Ring Them Bells from Dylans historic shows at New Yorks Supper Club in 1993,the unreleased Girl From The Greenbriar Shore from 1991 and a consummate rendering of High Water (for Charley Patton) from Niagara Falls in 2003.


    Bob Dylan was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

    SIDE A


    1. Mississippi (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
    2. Most Of The Time (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
    3. Dignity (Piano Demo, Oh Mercy)
    4. Someday Baby (Alternate version, Modern Times)


    SIDE B


    1. Red River Shore (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
    2. Tell Ol Bill (Alternate version, North Country soundtrack)
    3. Born In Time (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)


    SIDE C


    1. Cant Wait (Alternate Version, Time Out Of Mind)
    2. Everything Is Broken (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
    3. Dreamin Of You (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
    4. Hucks Tune (From Lucky You Soundtrack)


    SIDE D


    1. Marchin To The City (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
    2. High Water (For Charley Patton) (Live, 2003)
    3. Mississippi (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)


    SIDE E


    1. 32-20 Blues (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
    2. Series Of Dreams (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
    3. God Knows (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
    4. Cant Escape From You (Unreleased, December 2005)


    SIDE F


    1. Dignity (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
    2. Ring Them Bells (Live at The Supper Club, 1993)
    3. Cocaine Blues (Live, 1997)


    SIDE G


    1. Aint Talkin (Alternate version, Modern Times)
    2. The Girl On The Greenbriar
    3. Shore (Live, 1992)
    4. Lonesome Day Blues (Live, 2002)


    SIDE H


    1. Miss The Mississippi (Unreleased, 1992)
    2. The Lonesome River (With Ralph Stanley)
    3. Cross the Green Mountain (From Gods and Generals soundtrack)

    Bob Dylan
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    Familiar Touch

    It's been almost three years since DIANA released their critically-acclaimed LP, Perpetual Surrender. Now, the wait for new material has come to an end with the upcoming release of their second album Familiar Touch. The band have also shared the album's opening track, 'Confession' - a sharply focused example of their statement of intent, and which follows on from the previously shared 'Slipping Away'.


    Having initially conceived Perpetual Surrender as a one-off recording project, Kieran Adams (drums, drum machines, synths), Carmen Elle (guitars, vocals) and Destroyer touring band member Joseph Shabason (synths, samplers, saxophone) regrouped after a period of time that Elle describes as "learning how to be a band." Bigger, fuller and far more open and expansive, Familiar Touch takes all of Perpetual Surrender's gorgeous qualities and pushes the songs to the forefront, upping DIANA's game tremendously.


    'Miharu' is the perfect example of this: recalling the best mid-80's alt-pop, it mixes the lush soul signature of Flyte Time Productions (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) while delivering a massive pop chorus that liquefies into their modern production nous. "I really love the silky rub between Carmen's demure approach and Gary's [Beals, additional vocals] vibrant punctuations," Adams explains, his description also perfectly encapsulating 'Moment of Silence' - another sophisticated pop track with what Adams describes as having "a very smooth top layer" and synths that give the impression of "stretching time - being stretched thin in those moments." 'Confession' also builds upon those Jam & Lewis rhythms, with Adams describing it as sounding like the pair "if they worked with Annie Lennox."


    Where Perpetual Surrender was the unexpected success of a group of friends experimenting with different sounds, Familiar Touch is the sound of them taking those experiences and maximising themselves as a proper band. "There was a much different studio flow - we started working on things close to a year before we recorded them," says Adams. "Last time, we were obscuring what it was that we were doing - with washed out or distorted vocals, for example. With this album - particularly with the vocals - we conceptualised everything a lot more in advance and really committed to certain sounds and feelings. We tried to fight the instinct of trying to distort it."


    One thing that's clear this time around is how much more confidence DIANA have in themselves as musicians. The trio decamped to Adams' then-apartment, where the pressures of a second album and the time constraints of a regular studio were relieved. Renting their own gear, they made makeshift vocal booths of out of clothes cupboards and Star Wars sleeping bags (or "weird, fucked up musty vocal caves" as Shabason describes them). Upon listening to the record, it's hard to believe Familiar Touch was made in such a compact environment. With its emboldened production, it sits pleasingly alongside their personal influences and seminal recordings such as Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen or Yellow Magic Orchestra's Naughty Boys.


    Mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Beach House, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Heba Kadry, Familiar Touch is also lent a skilled hand by Thom Gill (guitars, keys, piano), Bram Gielen (bass), Vince Spilchuk (trumpet), and vocalists Robin Dann, Alanna Stuart of Bonjay and aforementioned Gary Beals - runner-up on the first season of Canadian Idol. By having the space and time to work with their new ideas on their own terms, this time around, DIANA have crafted an album that sounds unabashedly vibrant and distinctly 2016.

    1. Confession
    2. What You Get
    3. Slipping Away
    4. Moment of Silence
    5. The Coward
    6. Miharu
    7. Cry
    8. Helpless
    9. These Words
    10. Take it Over
    Diana
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    Birds

    Seth Glier's new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There's grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.

    Glier (pronounced Gleer) recorded Birds in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the Birds, he says I'd check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.

    Birds is Glier's fifth album, and the latest entry in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards while touring with artists including Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams.

    The songs on Birds range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place that is all the more magical for it. Glier makes that point on a large scale with Water on Fire, a terse, grinding tune that opens with a cynical reworking of a Ray Charles lyric as Glier uses fracking to dig into the false equivalence between freedom and capitalism. Hasn't Hit Me Yet has a more visceral, intimate approach: the soulful slow jam, full of warm guitars and multi-tracked vocals, is about the death of Glier's autistic brother.

    Together, those songs represent the opposite poles of Birds. I was really trying to explore connections on this record, Glier says. Among those connections is the one between race and the criminal justice system on Justice for All, a raw chain-gang stomp that sounds almost like an old field recording. Like I Do takes a more oblique tack, drawing out feelings of anger through the use of noisy synthesizers and fuzzed-out bass pads.

    The songs on Birds reflect a scope of sound and style: the title track is lush and & orchestral, for example, while Too Much Water pairs Glier's voice and piano with subtle accompaniment from horns, for a classic, elegant feel that calls to mind Harry Nilsson in the early '70s. People Like Us is jaunty and up-tempo, while the trebly guitar arpeggios and moaning saxophone on Just Because I Can sound like a sock-hop slow dance, until you zero in on lyrics delivered by a narrator who dynamites his domestic bliss simply for the power trip. Conflict. Contradiction.

    Even the cover tune, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, evokes urgency. Although it was written 50 years ago, it's still about what's happening right now, Glier says.

    Birds began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. My brother passing away was a huge component of where I was and what I was looking for, Glier says. In particular, I was looking for meanings, wanting his life to mean more than just being over.

    For a long time afterward, Glier passed the time by writing songs and inspecting each melody with the feathered fellows by his windowsill. Instead of recording the album in a Los Angeles studio, as he did on his 2015 album If I Could Change One Thing, he decided to make Birds at home.

    I thought that I should just stay close to the windows here, Glier says. I think this sort of happened by accident, but by the time I started recording the record, it was fall in New England, which is a profoundly beautiful death. The air is full of honesty, the sky is full of geese, and there is bright gorgeousness woven into the dying of things. It all seeped into the textures of this record.

    1. Sunshine
    2. Water On Fire
    3. Birds
    4. Just Because I Can
    5. People Like Us
    6. Like I Do
    7. For What It's Worth
    8. Too Much Water
    9. Justice For All
    10. Hasn't Hit Me Yet
    11. I'm Still Looking
    Seth Glier
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    The Hard Stuff


    120g Red-Opaque Vinyl


    Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Of The Iconic MC5 Guitartist's First Solo Album, Originally Released In 1995 On Epitaph


    Wayne Kramer is a songwriter whose reputation writing music for film and television could very well supplant his legend as one of the world's stellar
    guitarists. Wayne was a teenage greaser and leader of the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, the MC5
    released the incendiary album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records. After Elektra dropped them due to "radical antics", they released two albums on
    Atlantic: Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau and the masterpiece High Time. Between world tours, Wayne scored
    Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.


    Wayne spent 1976-1978 in Lexington Federal Penitentiary, where he was tutored by fellow inmate Red Rodney, trumpeter for the Charlie Parker Quintet.
    It was Red who taught Wayne how to read music and the two formed a prison band. After release, Wayne co- wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last
    Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then joined Don Was' revolutionary acid funk band Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist. Wayne helped define
    the band's sound through, of all things, the dance hit "Wheel Me Out". In the 1980s in New York City, Wayne teamed up with infamous Johnny Thunders
    for a short-lived, headline grabbing, punk rock group Gang War.


    In 1994, Wayne moved to Los Angeles and signed with Epitaph Records. He recorded four records in as many years. He produced the album Full Circle
    with provocateur John Sinclair and produced an MC5 retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang, as well as a hits compilation
    Beyond Cyberpunk.


    Wayne is recognized nearly as often as a vigorous social activist. Along with wife Margaret Saadi Kramer and British singer Billy Bragg, Wayne founded
    Jail Guitar Doors USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation. Known as "the loudest charity on
    planet earth," JGD-USA launched at Sing Sing Prison in 2009 and has since intervened in over 50 adult and juvenile facilities. Shepard Fairey donated
    the charity's logo and board member Adam McKay's company Funny or Die donated the design of its interactive site. Shira Piven and Adam McKay
    directed a short film entitled The Beast & The Angel for PBS as part of their new LifeCasters series. It is a film about Wayne and it is currently in
    broadcast nationally.


    Wayne's brand new album Lexington entered the national jazz charts at #6 in May, 2014. It is the flagship release for the launch of his label Industrial
    Amusement.


    Moving forward with the past, Wayne is re-releasing the now infamous The Hard Stuff. The Hard Stuff features members of The Melvins, Clawhammer,
    Bad Religion and long-time friend/collaborator, UK anarchist Mick Farren. Released in 1995, this album was the best-selling album of Wayne's solo
    career. Nearly 20 years later, Wayne's tunes are finally getting out there again to wow old fans and new fans alike!

    1. Crack in the Universe
    2. Junkie Romance
    3. Bad Seed
    4. Poison
    5. Realm of the Pirate Kings
    6. Incident on Stock Island
    7. Pillar of Fire
    8. Hope for Sale
    9. Edge of the Switchblade
    10. Sharkskin Suit
    Wayne Kramer
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    The Songs Of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1

    On Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard's celebrated canon. With performances honed by the time Osborne spent polishing them during Joan Osborne Sings The Songs Of Bob Dylan - two critically acclaimed two-week residencies she performed at New York City's CafÉ Carlyle in March 2016 and 2017, the seven-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer and songwriter, whom The New York Times has called a fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer, winds her supple,soulful voice around Dylan's poetic, evocative lyrics, etching gleaming new facets in them along the way.

    The album spans Dylan's beloved standards from the '60s and '70s (Masters of War, Highway 61 Revisited, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Buckets of Rain,Tangled Up In Blue) to some of Osborne's favorites from his later albums,including Dark Eyes (from 1985's Empire Burlesque), Ring Them Bells (from 1989's Oh Mercy), Tryin' To Get To Heaven (from 1997's Time Out of Mind), and High Water (from 2001's Love and Theft). His versions are legendary and I'm not trying to improve on them, Osborne says. I'm just trying to sing beautiful songs and let people hear them. It's about trying to give a different shade of meaning to something that's already great.

    1. Tangled Up In Blue
    2. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
    3. Buckets of Rain
    4. Highway 61 Revisited
    5. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
    6. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
    7. Spanish Harlem Incident
    8. Dark Eyes
    9. High Water (For Charley Patton)
    10. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    11. Masters of War
    12. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
    13. Ring Them Bells
    Joan Osborne
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    Tempest

    Bob Dylan's studio album, Tempest, was released in the U.S. in 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist's eponymous debut album, which was released by
    Columbia in 1962.


    The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009's worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life. Bob
    Dylan's four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while "Love and Theft" continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.


    Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist's most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two
    more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist's rst album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in ve other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.
    Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, "Things
    Have Changed," from the lm Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide bestselling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his rst collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist's royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.
    This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the
    University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.

    1. Duquesne Whistle
    2. Soon After Midnight
    3. Narrow Way
    4. Long And Wasted Years
    5. Pay In Blood
    6. Scarlet Town
    7. Early Roman Kings
    8. Tin Angel
    9. Tempest
    10. Roll On John
    Bob Dylan
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    Cow / Chill Out, World! (Awaiting Repress)

    Being pioneers with a new album created in no more than 6 months, THE ORB are bound to be exposed to fan expectations running high, while quizzical questions about little fluffy clouds and the good old times take over. It's especially jarring as the duo of accomplished soundsmiths Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann has become known for its genre-bending curiosity and surprising sonic detours, exploring experimental soundscapes as well as club-friendly beats. The funny thing is, though, that whatever the context, you know a track from THE ORB when you hear it. Case in point: COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, their latest full-length offering - a masterful ambient album that branches out in many directions, but unmistakably sounds like THE ORB in either ear (and probably to your third ear, too).


    The idea was simply to make an ambient album, Dr Paterson explains, we didn't look back and study earlier recordings, but wanted a more spontaneous approach, a focus on THE ORB today, our vibe in 2016. In contrast to their much-acclaimed previous full-length MOONBUILDING 2703 - which took years to prepare and finetune -, the new album was produced over the course of only five sessions in six months, directly following the like-minded ALPINE EP: it got so spontaneous that a track like 9 ELMS OVER RIVER ENO (CHANNEL 9) consisted only of material collected at North Carolina's Moogfest in May - second-hand records from local stores, field recordings, live samples from gigs that we liked, and of course an excursion to the Eno River, which actually exists. This geographic intimacy and the spontaneity are among the top reasons why we love this album so much.


    Herr Fehlmann sees the duo's relentless gigging schedule as a formative influence on the new album: the countless performances we've played in the last years - probably up to 300 - have brought us closer as a musical unit. The spice of our concerts is improvisation - a fertile process that we've brought to the studio, where we operate with very simple rules of engagement (in this case ambient) and go wherever the flow takes us. It's an approach that one might expect from traditional acoustic instrumentation, not necessarily an electronic set-up, but for THE ORB it works wonders: we're quite happy and also a little bit proud that we've reached this level of unscripted levity with purely electronic means. We're finessing ourselves, sort of, always looking for the next sonic surprise that leaves us rubbing our eyes about how the heck we got there.


    Once more, THE ORB's trademark playfulness is on full display on COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, and it doesn't limit itself to the multi-layered sampling and psychedelic sound composites that the duo has become known for - you'll find it in the album title as well. The simple invitation (or order?) to chill out (relax? Calm the eff down?) is converted into an acronym - and the cow that you might expect to find on a Pink Floyd cover or with iconic UK chill-out/dance pranksters The KLF. It's not so much an obscure trope coming full circle as a perfect example for THE ORB's multitimbral approach to sound and meaning - a compelling, immersive journey to diverse places and impressions. Each track title is a conceptual work in its own right, playing with multiple references, some of which remain highly personal and mysterious. But the greatest feat of THE ORB's latest outing might just be how all this semantic doodling never gets in the way of the actual listening, at all times directly relating the artists' sonic vitality and cheerful nosiness. Chill out world! and treat yourself to an outstanding new ambient experience from THE ORB.

    1. First, Consider The Lilies
    2. Wireless Mk 2
    3. Siren 33 (Orphee Mirror)
    4. 4 Am Exhale (Chill Out, World!)
    5. 5th Dimension
    6. Sex (Panoramic Sex Heal)
    7. 7 Oaks
    8. Just Because I Really Really Luv Ya
    9. 9 Elms Over River Eno (Channel 9)
    10. The 10 Sultans Of Rudyard (Moo-Moo Mix)
    The Orb
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