Alright I'm back in action, head screwed on straight again, jetlag behind me, let's listen to some records together. And what a week to get back in the game!
Our biggest news is the announcement of our first live in-store! Tuba maestro Theon Cross, a key player in the new London jazz scene as a member of Sons Of Kemet, and with his numerous collaborations including bridging the gap with Chicago on Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings, will be celebrating the release of his debut album on Gearbox with us next Thursdsay, 21st February at 7PM! With us being such a small shop (and the Tuba such a big instrument!) this is gonna be a very intimate event indeed, and tickets are very limited as a result. Be quick!
Wristbands are free with a purchase of the album. Strictly one wristband per record.
Further listening for new London jazz this week comes from Binker Golding & Elliot Galvin's much more free-form "Coltranesque" duo LP Ex Nihilo, plus Strut present a great new album from 12-piece Afrobeat/Jazz/Soul/Hip Hop/you-name-it collective Nubiyan Twist, featuring heavyweights Tony Allen and Mulatu Astatke on a track each.
In comes another exclusive Dinked edition, this time from Homeshake with new album Helium, which sees him continue to carve out a sound of his own, pushing further into experimental territory. We've got it on fruit punch coloured vinyl, hand numbered with limited art print.
Pye Corner Audio follows up 2016's Stasis album with a brand new expansive companion piece, entitled Hollow Earth. We've stocked up on some of our favourite Ghost Box back catalogue titles to celebrate, pop in store and explore their weird sci-fi world with us!
Finders Keepers Records finally repress one of their early classics, FKR007 aka acid folk rock holy grail Paint A Lady by Susan Christie! Give it a good listen here, and make sure you don't miss the pressing this time or you might have to wait another 12 years!
At the same time they add to their faultless catalogue with Zdeněk Liška's incredible electronic score for the pioneering early 60s Czech Sci-Fi Ikarie XB-1. A clear influence on Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, this film is really worth a watch, check this trailer to get an idea of how mind blowing the set design and cinematography is!!! Also note how important the soundtrack is, really builds and holds the tension and paranoia seeping in through the airlock throughout the film. Nice one Finders Keepers!
Another favourite label is giving us goosebumps today, Light In The Attic's collection of Japanese New Age and Ambient, or Kankyō Ongaku (environmental music) is absolutely gorgeous. Featuring the likes of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Yasuaki Shimizu and Yellow Magic Orchestra amongst a whole load of names new to me, this is an expansive cloud of gentle beauty, given space to breathe across three LPs.
On the opposite end of Japan's volume spectrum is Endon's Boy Meets Girl on Thrill Jockey, honestly I need more time to wrap my head around this beast (or for it to wrap around my head and consume me) but if you're into yr extremities à la Boredoms, The Body and Merzbow definitely give this a listen.
Finally, Australia's Efficient Space label have reissued Joe Tossini's Lady Of Mine album after featuring 'Wild Dream' off of it on their infinitely replayable Sky Girl compilation from a few years back. Great stuff.
Head over to our New Releases page or come and see us in person for more great new music!