Firstly, a reminder that we're still sending orders out every day, meaning all these great records could be on your turntable and keeping you company within days - maybe even tomorrow if you live close enough for our bike delivery service!
Have a read and a listen to some of our favourite recent new releases.
carolineare a new London group signed to Rough Trade. When I saw them play at New River Studios a few months ago, their 8 members stood in a circle facing inwards, all directing their voices and instruments towards each other, or to a concentrated central point. The room was full of focus almost to the point of tension, but relieved by the quiet and space in the music being played. Their debut single Dark Blue opens with a repeating guitar riff and a heartbeat thump that both play throughout its six and a half minutes. Slowly violins, cymbals and more guitar start to creep in and swirl, building until the riff gives way to a sung mantra: "I want it all, so tell them, I want it all". A gentle polyrhythmic bassline signals the descent and the song slowly floats back down again. It's a beautiful piece, its repetition and melancholy are really complementing the lockdown lethargy right now. The B-side is more spacious and slow. Sounds like it's coming from a monastery up in the hills. Very easy to sink into.
Music From Memory have launched a new series of 12"s called Music For Dance & Theatre. Volume 1 is a three track compilation of avant-garde percussive electronic and fourth world music which doesn't let down the label's incredible track record. They've also just repressed Terekke's gorgeous new age Improvisational Loops LP which will cover your isolation meditation/yoga sessions nicely.
Uzelli Elektro Saz is a compilation of fuzz drenched Turkish cassette obscurities from 1976-1984, all based around performances on the electric saz - an instrument apparently held in contempt by some (traditionalists?). Wonderfully curated and varied, we've had it on repeat while the sun's been out.
WRWTFWWhave reissued a rare soundtrack by Masahiko Sato, who you may be familiar with through the mindblowing Belladonna of Sadness OST that Finders Keepers reissued a few years ago. Sato was a prolific composer and a frequent collaborator with Midori Takada. This particular LP covers the genres of "exquisite jazz, soul-jazz, folk-jazz, and mystery-jazz, plus groovy affairs, classical moods, and 70s flair," according to the label. Can't disagree.
Handle features members of D.U.D.S and maintains their samba no wave rhythmic base with added spoken word and wonky keys from genderqueer multidisciplinary artist Leo Hermitt. Their debut album is out now on Upset The Rhythm and highly recommended.
Glitterbeathave released an album of funeral songs from Ghana (no, not those guys). Recorded live and outdoors during a funeral procession, the album features drunk, raw performances with vocals, Kologo guitar, percussion and horn flutes.