Angelo Badalamenti - "Fred & Renee Make Love" (2:08)
Marilyn Manson - "Apple Of Sodom" (4:22)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Insensatez" (2:53)
Barry Adamson - "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (edit) (2:58)
Marilyn Manson - "I Put A Spell On You" (3:28)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Fats Revisited" (2:32)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Fred's World" (3:02)
Rammstein - "Rammstein" (edit) (3:26)
Barry Adamson - "Hollywood Sunset" (2:00)
Rammstein - "Heirate Mich" (edit) (3:05)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Police" (1:39)
Trent Reznor - "Driver Down" (5:18)
David Bowie - "I'm Deranged" (reprise) (3:47)
Review: Since its release in 1997, David Lynch's neo-noir-horror, Lost Highway, has become something of a cult classic. The accompanying soundtrack album, here reissued on weighty double vinyl, is similarly revered in some circles. Put together by Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor, composer Angelo Badalamenti, and punk-turned-producer Barry Adamson, it's a mish-mash of darkly intense songs (Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed and Rammstein all contribute), and the kind of creepy, other-worldly soundscapes that have always been a feature of Lynch's work. It's arguably the latter tracks, composed by Badalementi and Adamson, which remain creepily potent all these years on.
Review: Essential reissue alert: Arguably one of his most influential albums of his illustrious career, Wally's third album Echoes has matured incredibly well, joining the dots between electronica, island music, reggae, pop and ambient better than most self-styled Balearic DJs. Sampled by the likes Massive Attack ("Mambo") and Pete Herbert ("Chief Inspector"), we're moved through the moods in such a simplistic but warm, dynamic way as Wally switches from shedding a tear on the Scarface-era Moroder style "Canyons" to shedding a few pounds on the runaway boogie cut "Endless Race". Still sounding current 32 years deep, there's a reason the likes of Grace Jones, Level 42, Herbie Hancock and Black Uhuru worked with him.
Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Op 34 (17:12)
Review: This recording of the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Sergei Prokofiev's 1936 story and orchestral score Peter and the Wolf was recorded in 1977 and was originally released in 1978. The role of the narrator on the recording was initially offered to both Peter Ustinov and Alec Guinness who both turned it down, before David Bowie agreed to take on the role, supposedly as a Christmas present to his son. On the B-side is another equally as charming piece of recent classical history, Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra as narrated by Hugh Downs.
David Bowie/The Rebels - "Revolutionary Song" (4:42)
Marlene Dietrich - "Just A Gigolo" (3:34)
Review: Here's something to get Bowie fans hot under the collar: a first worldwide pressing of the Thin White Duke's "Revolutionary Song", his only contribution to the soundtrack of 1978 West German flick "Just A Gigolo", in which he also starred alongside silver screen legend Marlene Dietrich. The song was recorded with a local band of musicians hastily dubbed "The Rebels" and sees Bowie in classic crooner mode, adding his distinctive vocals to a jangly, largely acoustic number that's effectively a folksy take on waltz. Over on side B there's a chance to enjoy one of Marlene Dietrich's last ever recordings: an atmospheric cover of 1930s cabaret standard "Just A Gigolo" which ended up being the movie's title track.
Review: ** REPRESS ALERT ** For the uninitiated: Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is also the brother of multi instrumentalist Wayne Cobham. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Produced with the legendary Jan Hammer (a former bandmate) and engineer Ken Scott in 1973, Spectrum was Cobham's first solo album after leaving his previous group Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, with whom Cobham had previously collaborated extensively. A seminal album of the jazz fusion scene. A Swiss resident since 1980s, Cobham now lives in Schoepfen, a canton near Bern.
Review: This newly expanded reissue of classic Desmond Dekker compilation "Double Dekker" includes six rare bonus cuts next to the rest of the material that helped it make such an international impact. There isn't much cross over with other compilations, either, making it a must for fans of the late vocalist. Interestingly, this release was compiled after Dekker had left Trojan for the newly formed rival Creole, and it went on to become one of their biggest sellers, at the same time as putting his newer recordings into the shadows. So sink in and enjoy one of rocksteady's best.
Review: A serious RSD reissue here as Music On Vinyl reanimate the cult afro-funk's one and only 45" on Pye sub-label Dawn. Emphatic, layered, energetic and dizzying - just like their albums Afreaka and Roots & Offshoots - each cut is bewilderingly funky and soulful experience. The lead track is one of the best Screamin' Jay Hawkins covers ever pressed to wax, "Message To Mankind" tips a nod to the Tamla school of thought with a belting yearn for better times while "Fuzs Oriental Blues" is just a straight up savage blues jam with some firing Afro twists towards the finale. Stone cold; this one won't hang around for long.
Review: Krush's eighth - and last - album Jaku is up there with Endtroducing and Donuts in terms of seminal, influential and forward-thinking beat longer players. 10 years since its release and it still sounds as timeless, unique and exciting as it did in 2004. The slick licks of a young Mr Lif on "Nosferatu", the post-apocalyptic tension of "Univearth" the sludgy, swampy cosmic hip-hop of the Aesop Rock-featured "Kill Switch" and the unashamed sax sex of "Slit Of Cloud"..... Do we need to go on? Limited edition, 180g transparent vinyl; even if you already have this in your collection this is a very, very appealing investment.
Review: Aside from the visual spectacle that is Game Of Thrones, its mythical musical is what really shapes the atmosphere surrounding the series. Composed by Ramin Djawadi, the score to Season 4 is diverse and enchanting, made up of many different acoustic styles and genres. The second track, "The Rains Of Castamere", is even composed by Sigur Ros who give a seriously powerful performance as per usual. There's over twenty tracks spanning two tasty vinyl plates, filled to the brim with seductive strings, new age melodies and militant battle drums for that euphoric blockbuster hit! Stick it on and immerse yourself in a parallel world of mystical wars and fairytales.
Review: The D.O.C.'s "No One Can Do It Better" is a revered but underrated West Coast classic that has been long out of print. Produced from front to back, top to bottom by Dr Dre, it serves up thirteen super sweet rap tracks from a golden age. It hits hard from the off, with raw breaks and incisive lyrics, big prog guitar samples, clunking beats and plenty of DJ scratching that adds up to a whirlwind ride. Fact fans will know that the D.O.C. was a crucial behind-the-scenes member of the N.W.A. inner circle as he wrote most of the rhymes for Eazy-E. Here he shines on his own terms.
Girls Should Stick Together (feat Trijntje Oosterhuis) (5:08)
So What (4:48)
Bob's Jazz (4:48)
2 Funky (4:49)
Wake Me When It's Over (feat David Sanborn) (3:39)
Girls Night Out (3:25)
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me) (feat Jonathan Butler) (4:14)
I Can't Make You Love Me (live) (10:11)
For The Love Of You (feat Angie Stone - live) (8:36)
Saxuality (bonus track) (4:13)
Review: In the UK, Dutch saxophonist Candy Dulfer is probably best-known for her work with Prince, Dave Stewart, Angie Stone, Van Morrison and Pink Floyd. Yet since releasing her first album in 1990 she's released a string of fine albums - some of which received GRAMMY nominations - and become a much-loved artist around the world. This double-vinyl retrospective gathers together many of her most notable tracks to date, offering up a stylish blend of smooth-jazz, contemporary jazz, funk, soul and pop. It includes some frequently forgotten gems, including Dave Stewart hook-up "Lily Was Here", a live rendition of "For The Love Of You" with Angie Stone, and her irresistible cover of Average White Band classic "Pick Up The Pieces".
Review: We're not going to introduce Frankie Goes To Hollywood to you because you should know who they are - just in case you don't - and you would have heard their timeless songs like "Timeless" played out left, right and centre. Liverpool, however, their 1986 album and their second LP, is a little less played-out and very representative of the rocky side of post-punk that was heavily popular from New York to London, and pretty much anywhere with dance floors. The mood is upbeat and groovy but, as with all of their work, there is a subtle layer of romanticism and melancholia, a perfect cocktail for a companion piece to pretty much everything and anything. We can't recommend this enough, especially seeing as the original is kinda hard to find these days..
Rock Your Baby (feat George McCrae - Nighttime mix) (5:04)
Groove Me Up (4:08)
Tom's Song (4:08)
Poor Boy's Blues #2 (For Nick Drake) (3:59)
L'hotel Beat (4:17)
Chet's Chat (4:19)
Beautiful Day (3:44)
Ride On (feat Paul Carrack) (3:48)
Marvin & Miles (3:48)
You're My Medicine (feat Marvin Gaye) (4:19)
Dish Of The Day (3:29)
Come To The Ball (James Bond mix) (3:40)
Summertime (Fresh mix) (3:35)
Review: Gare Du Nord are Barend Fransen and Ferdi Lancee: a jazz, latin and blues duo from Belgium and the Netherlands - also known for their captivating live show that they perform with a nine member band. This brand new compilation contains a selection of their best songs from their first three albums, such as "Pablo's Blues" (with Robert Johnson - which was featured in St Germain's legendary Tourist), "You're My Medicine" (with Marvin Gaye), an extended version of "Rock Your Baby" recorded with the original singer George McCrae plus some brand new mixes. The three albums reached gold status, but were unavailable for 10 years due to Fransen and Lancee wanting to preserve the analogue sound of the tracks. Now the time has come and the 'French' period of Gare du Nord is presented here with the original tracks specially remastered for vinyl.
Review: Originally released on Point Music, Philip Glass' 1993 masterpiece is now available on vinyl for the first time. Having always been reissued as a CDR, the wonderful folks over at Music On Vinyl have remastered this three-tracker for turntable use, on 180 G format, of course, and it was about time somebody did so! The three works are deep, luscious and glide between neo-classical and avant-garde with utter ease. Our cherry pick has to be "Subterraneans" for its delicate waves of strings and general feeling of peace. This is THE soundtrack EP and it's a shame it has yet to be used...
Review: Pioneering ambient duo Global Communication were invited to rework the Blood Music album from Chapterhouse for this 1993 album, originally on Dedicated Records. It might technically be a remix album, then, but you'd be hard pushed to notice much of the original material left intact. Instead, in the hands of these two skilled sonic craftsmen, it becomes an hour long work over five tracks, various multi-track tapes and thematic embellishments that make for a whole new world of cinematic sound. Floating ambience is paired with slow and deep electronic beats to classic effect throughout, making it yet another masterclass from Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton.
Review: Early 80s new Wave pop outfit Haircut One Hundred are best known for their big single "Love Plus One" but this album proves they were more than one trick ponies. Infusing their pop, rock and synth sound with Conga, woodwind and Brazilian percussion leads to superbly colourful tracks that brim with sunshine. There's an upbeat and youthful innocence to "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" that is utterly infectious, while busier post punk funk like "Love Plus One" will get you on your toes even after all these years, and "Kingsize (You're My Little Steam Whistle)" gets all sexy with its lead sax and clattering steel drum tumbles.
Review: Donny Hathaway's two live albums, 1976's "Live" and 1980's "In Performance", are arguably amongst his best full-length releases. That's partly due to the fact that he was a dynamic and full-throated performer, but also due to quality of his backing band and their ability to transform short album cuts into sweaty extended workouts. "These Songs For You Live" gathers together tracks from those two sets, adding a handful of other rare live tracks and previously unissued recordings. It's a superb set of atmospheric, addictive performances, with the jazzy "Flying Easy", gospel-fired "You've Got A Friend", sparkling Marvin Gaye cover "What's Goin' On" and the breathless "The Ghetto" standing out.
Only Time All The Time/Making Friends With Studio Owl (1:05)
Building A Ladder (5:41)
Review: The music of Melbourne quartet Hiatus Kaiyote has always been fiendishly tricky to pin down, with 2015 album "Choose Your Weapon" - here reissued on shocking pink vinyl - being the most shapeshifting of the lot. While rooted in lo-fi soul, the album's inventive, colourful and eccentric tracks often also touch on everything from future R&B, jazz, ambient and samba, to alternative rock, eight-bit computer game soundtracks, broken beat, slipped reggae and the similarly mixed-up fuzziness of Hot Chip. The fact that it all makes perfect sonic sense - or at least bristles with genuine musical thrills - is testament to the band's production, performances and genuinely off-the-wall ideas.
Review: O.G. Original Gangster was the fourth album from American legend Ice-T, along with beat making help from the likes of Africa Islam, Beatmaster V and DJ Aladdin. It reached the Top 10 of Billboard's album chart at the time and went on to be certified gold, hence this reissue is a welcome one that re-highlight's Ice's skills on the mic. Many argue it features his best work, with musings on decaying America and humours digs at Public Enemy and angst up deliveries on "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Infamous." The production hits hard, emphasising each message with visceral thrills. This is a classic for a reason.
You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha) (2:57)
L.T.D. (Life, Truth & Death) (7:21)
My Brightest Day (4:03)
I Promise To Remember (2:59)
Creation (Epilogue) (1:03)
Review: A bona fide piece of history right here: Jimmy Castor led a furiously funky and politically-charged troupe through 70s by way of 10 albums. And this is where it all began... The title track is known to all thanks to its heavy sampling but its counterparts are just as enduring - the swampy blues funk fusion of "You Better Be Good", the wry society critique of "Troglodyte" and the hazy, honeyed Motown soul of "My Brightest Day" are just three of the many highlights throughout the album. Seminal blueprint business, it will never age.
Review: From The Roots was the fourth album by The Maytals and their first after signing to Island Records in 1973. It found them move away from their earlier ska days but not quite settle into the slower tempos the rest of the big players were exploring. As such it's a speedy listen with uptempo vocals that most frequently muse on love. There are plenty of standouts such as "Got To Feel," "Koo Koo" and "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck" that still sound fresh today, especially on a limited edition individually numbered orange vinyl.
Review: Considered something of a rocksteady classic, The Melodians' 1970 debut album "Rivers Of Babylon" has long been tricky to find on vinyl. Surprisingly, this Music on Vinyl reissue marks the first time it has appeared on wax outside of Jamaica and the first pressing of any sort for 50 years. It remains arguably their strongest work: a warm, soul-fired set of loved-up songs co-produced by legendary Chinese Jamaican ska specialist Leslie Kong and his long-time sound engineer Warwick Lyn. The plentiful highlights include upbeat number "Though I'm Through With You", the jaunty "Walking In The Rain", slow jam "It Took A Miracle" and fine opener "Rivers Of Babylon".
Review: On its original 1986 release, Ministry's "Twitch" album - Al Jourgensen and company's second in total - was seen as something of a departure from their established new-wave synth-pop sound. These days, the Adrian Sherwood co-produced set is considered a vital release that helped to cement the growing global influence of industrial music and, more pertinently, electronic body music (EBM). As this timely reissue proves, it remains one of the band's greatest albums; a throbbing, synthesizer and drum machine driven romp through dark, macabre and muscular musical passions rich in dancefloor-friendly classics (see "We Believe", the surprisingly funky "All Day Remix", Cabaret Voltaire-esque "Over The Shoulder" and "Where You At Now?/Crash & Burn/Twitch", a paranoid and noisy suite of cuts that rounds off the album in breathless fashion.
Review: Music On Vinyl's Ministry reissue series continues via this heavyweight re-press of "The Land Of Rape And Honey" on orange and gold vinyl. On its initial release in 1988, the album was seen as something of a departure from the Al Jourgensen-helmed band's previous output, primarily because it mixed their previous EBM, industrial and experimental synth-pop influences with heavier guitar riffs, more stomping beats and the kind of growled vocals more prevalent in heavy metal. Listening back 31 years on, the album has lost none of its luster, with highlights including the low-slung dub-rock chug of "Golden Dawn", the ricocheting drums and dystopian screams of "Destruction", the EBM-rock throb of "You Know What You Are" and the 400 Blows style electro-dub funkiness of "Abortive".
Review: Champion sound! Sampled over 500 times but still funkier than a sleepover at Kanye's, The Mohawks "The Champ" enjoys gold status for this limited Record Store Day special. Flip for the instant horn-heaved call to arms "Sound Of The Witchdoctor". Fresh from 68, and still as bewitching... You might call this a magnificent 7" (not sorry)
Review: While Moloko's debut album, 1995's "Do You Like My Tight Sweater", was undoubtedly superb, it was actually 1998 follow-up "I Am Not A Doctor" that turned Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy into international stars. The set, which is here reissued on vinyl for the first time since, was a far more forthright, confident and funky affair, building on their left-of-centre trip-hop blueprint by incorporating elements of drum and bass, jazz-funk, IDM and new wave synth-pop, but 21 years on still sounds otherworldly and unique. Highlights are plentiful, from the doom-laden, off-kilter original version of "Sing It Back" (decidedly different to the Boris Dlugosch remix), the rubbery jungle-pop of "The Flipside" and the beat-free bliss of "Caught In A Whisper".
Review: It was in churches in the late sixties that Pablo Moses first started performing and a decade later he was putting out his own releases and making an immediate impact on the dub world. "Pave The Way" was his third full length album and was produced, recorded then mixed by the hands of the revered Geoffrey Chung of Jamaican Dynamic Sounds. Our picks of the bunch include album highlight "Africa Is For Me", the shuffling "A Step Before Hell" and superbly hazy "I See It Everyday".
Review: Mike Patton's mischievous first band had grown from the stuff of teenage tomfoolery to a band taken seriously as cross-genre pioneers and modern day progressive titans by the time they released this third album proper in 1999. Moreover, this proved to be yet another curveball, being by far the most melodic and pop-influenced thing the band had committed to wax. This being Mr. Bungle however, 'California' also took in movie-scores, doo-wop, Hawaiian music, circus themes and a good dozen other genres besides, confounding the listener even as it offered tunes your milkman could whistle, making for a fitting epitaph for a unique band.
When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (5:43)
Love Zone (5:30)
Without You (5:01)
There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) (4:51)
It's Never Too Late To Try (4:50)
Promise Me (4:33)
Love Is Forever (4:14)
Review: It was on his sixth album that British R&B great Billy Ocean invited you into his "Love Zone". As well as shifting over two million copies the album included big hits and disco staples like "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going", the title track and "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" which helped make it his most commercially successful record. The music ranges from dramatic and earnest to sweet and uplifting, with plenty of funk influences next to smooth soul and R&B with Ocean's vocals front and centre.
Review: A year shy of its 40th anniversary, Inspiration Information enjoys a reissue and it's still as sparkly and soul-laden as it was in 1974. Ranging from the guitar-twanging smoky blues funk of "Rainy Day" to the sultry, strutting title track, it's largely regarded as Otis's most comprehensive work of that time. According to legend it took him three years to create... 39 years later and it still sounds as good as this? We'd say that's time well spent!
Review: The Pioneers were pivotal during the skinhead reggae period and their 1970 album Battle Of The Giants on the mighty Trojan Records is as fine as they come. At the time it was released, the band was spending lots of time in the UK and taking cues from ska, but always returned to Jamaica to record. It shows in a record that mixes driving reggae grooves with more pop leaning songs and flourishes of soul. Swaggering rhythms like "Samfie Man" sit next to love struck tunes like "Consider Me" and it's not hard to see why this outfit was one of the first to have international reggae hits in the post-rocksteady era.
Review: Originally released way back in 1969, Terry Riley's "A Rainbow In Curved Air" album remains one of the minimal maestro's most significant works. Crafted using overdubbing techniques, the three-movement title track features Riley playing layer upon layer of electric organ and electric Harpsichord motifs to create a hypnotic, Indian style raga. It was hugely influential at the time - inside and outside of the emerging minimalism scene - and later influenced the ambient and ambient house movements. Here it gets the audiophile reissue treatment, with the title track once again being joined by original flipside "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band" - a trippy wig-out in which Riley pays tribute to soprano saxophonist John Coltrane over more hypnotic, fast-past organ refrains.
Review: Klaus Schulze and Peter Namlook's The Dark Side Of The Moog series receives a timely update on vinyl, having only been reissued a handful of times since its first release in the early to mid 90s. Much like the second volume, which should be bought in conjuction with this opener, you'll be stuck to find any better sources of ambient or drone on these charts. Yes, the modern kids might verge further into the heart of the rave, but this music has a way of lifting the soul that's rarely matched. Led by images of time and space, the legendary duo's music is truly capable of tele-transporting you into a higher state of consciousness; the best thing about it is how rich and fresh it sounds upon each new listen. Highly recommended.
Review: Pete Nalook and Klaus Schulze's The Dark Side Of The Moog project almost single-handedly crystalised the term 'ambient' to describe a genre of music where listeners could float carefree into a world of endless sonic possibilities, and free from the constraints of formats relying on dance needs. The second edition of the series first came through in 1995, and has remained as innovative in 2018, which truly marks these two as having been at the cutting-edge of music since they first came through. The latter, Schulze, is a legend in his own right, but Namlook's heritage is now a serious contender within the looser end of the electronic world. The twelve parts of "A Saucerful Of Ambience" are the deepest, most touching moments of beatless music that we have on our shelves, and we would recommend picking a copy up before it's too late. So much dreaminess onto two slabs of wax.
Review: Going back even further into their chest of treasures, all the way back to 1995, Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's The Dark Side Of The Moog project is here with a reissue of its third instalment, from 1995, and it's crazy for us to think that we have two certified legends on our charts, across several reissues of the mother series, which should most certainly be purchased in unison. This is the source in terms of ambient and drone, perhaps even surpassing some of the work done by Brian Eno across his own illustrious career. This collection of words is shorthand for "purchase now!".
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 2) (21:51)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 3) (4:50)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 4) (2:19)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 5) (2:21)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 6) (8:01)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 7) (2:56)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 8) (8:48)
Three Pipers At The Gates Of Dawn (part 9) (1:49)
Review: Klaus Schulze and Peter Namlook's The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol 4, receives a timely update on vinyl, having only been reissued a handful of times since its first release, all the way back in a tech-heavy, sci-fi-centric 1996. Much like the second volume, which should be bought in conjuction with this opener, you'll be stuck to find any better sources of ambient or drone on these charts particularly for its explorative nature. Yes, the modern kids might verge further into the heart of the rave, but this music has a way of lifting the soul that's rarely matched and unfailingly inimitable. Led by images of time and space, the legendary duo's music is truly capable of tele-transporting you into a higher state of consciousness; the best thing about it is how rich and fresh it sounds upon each new listen. Highly recommended.
Review: Music On Vinyl has done the world a favour - or vinyl-loving ambient enthusiasts, at least - by offering up wax editions of Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's work as Dark Side of the Moog. For the uninitiated, the German duo released a string of CD-only ambient albums under the alias over a 14-year period between 1994 and 2008. Volume six, subtitled "the Final DAT", first surfaced on Namlook's Fax label in 1997. It featured fellow ambient explorer Bill Laswell and features tracks that drift between spoken word-laden deep space soundscapes ("Part I"), trip-hop influenced late night shufflers ("Part II"), bubbly ambient trance ("Part III"), blissful ambient techno ("Part IV", with its sun-kissed guitar solos and spaced-out grooves) and widescreen electronic epics (the utterly sublime brilliance of 24-minute "Part V").
Review: Music On Vinyl continues to offer up fresh vinyl editions of albums from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's "Dark Side Of The Moog" series, a largely CD-only sequence of sets that brought together two of Germany's most celebrated electronic music talents. This volume - the seventh in total - was recorded by the pair in cahoots with Bill Laswell way back in 1998, and appears here for the first time on wax. While naturally rooted in the kind of intergalactic ambience that was always Namlook's forte, the various versions of "Obscured By Klaus" include audible nods to throbbing ambient techno, deep electro and '90s psy-trance. The standout moment, though, is pure slowly shifting ambient bliss: the near 20-minute voyage that is "Part 3".
Review: The late Pete Namlook remains a giant of the ambient world. His vast catalogue of works has defined and redefined the genre over and over again, often alongside fellow greats from Move D to Richie Hawtin. In 2016, however, it was Klaus Schulze at the controls alongside his German countryman and together they cooked up this eight-part adventure into cosmic ambience and psychedelic sound design. Some parts reference Eno's seminal "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks", some are more synth heavy, Vangelis-style epics, and some dip into Detroit techno for their cues. It makes for an album as expansive as it is excellent.
Review: Released in 1969 four years after the band split up (a break that resulted in the formation of two of Jamaican music's most storied studio 'house bands', Tommy Cook & The Supersonics and Rolando Alphonso and the Studio One Orchestra), "The Skatalite" gathers together some of the most potent and best known "sides" recorded by The Skatalites with producer Arthur 'Duke' Reid. Here reissued by Music On Vinyl, it's as strong a collection of early/peak-era Ska music as you're likely to find. In it you can hear the influences from rhythm and blues and jazz that went into forming the Ska sound, as well as the progression towards a more "skanking" sound that would lay the foundations of rocksteady and ultimately reggae.
Valeria Szervanszky & Ronald Cavaye - "Le Jardin Feerique" (3:02)
Sufjan Steven - "Visions Of Gideon" (4:09)
Review: You can trust Music On Vinyl to put out the very best soundtracks, from the least likely sources. That Blade Runner soundtrack reissue a few years back was an absolute treat for us, to cite an example, but this edition of the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack is even more leftfield. After all, it's no surprise because the film had an insanely on-point score that never made it onto vinyl format; songs from the likes of John Adams, Giorgio Moroder and Franco Battiato are a wonderful thing to own on wax, within the concept of this remarkable movie, alongside other great tunes from coveted producers like Japan's Ryuichi Sakamoto. All in all, a fine catch.
Tommy McCook - "Get Me To The Church On Time" (2:38)
John Holt & Joya Landis - "I'll Be Lonely" (2:08)
Tommy McCook - "Second Fiddle" (2:26)
Tommy McCook - "Soul For Sale" (2:38)
Alton Ellis - "Breaking Up" (3:00)
Tommy McCook - "Mary Poppins" (2:45)
Tommy McCook - "Billy Joe" (3:53)
Joya Landis - "Moonlight Lover" (2:20)
Tommy McCook - "Black Coffee" (2:41)
Review: Duke Reid's Treasure Isle was a behemoth of a label that very much defined the sound of an era almost single-handedly. This particular compilation was first put out in 1970 and was an immediate best seller: it details the transformation of late rocksteady into early reggae and takes in all the essentials from that time, making it a must for fans of the sixties sounds, or those looking to brush up on their knowledge. The orange vinyl features gems from Joya Landis, Tommy McCook, Alton Ellis and Winston Wright.
Earl Lindo - "Wear You To The Ball" (instrumental) (2:32)
Alton Ellis - "Puping In" (2:37)
The Tennors - "Hopeful Village" (2:29)
Hugh Roy - "Rule The Nation" (2:35)
Tommy McCook - "Dynamite" (2:21)
Hugh Roy - "Catty" (2:37)
Alton Ellis - "What Does It Take" (3:16)
Neville Hinds - "Sunday Gravey" (2:37)
Jamaica National Anthem (1:11)
Review: At the tail end of the 1960s, Treasure Isle producer Arthur 'Duke' Reid began to slowly move away from the ska and rocksteady sound with which he'd made his name. Reid embraced the emergent style of reggae, producing a string of local hit singles. 1970 compilation "Gay Jamaica Independence Time" gathered together some of these, adding a handful of previously unheard tracks to help sales. Here the sought-after set gets the reissue treatment courtesy of music on vinyl. There's much to admire amongst the 13 tracks on show, with highlights including the soulful shuffle of Hopeton Lewis's "Boom Sha Ka La", the Ethiopians socially conscious "Condition Bad A Yard", Alton Ellis's rhythm & blues influenced "Puping In" and the seductive "Catty" by Hugh Roy.
Review: The US' Music On Vinyl always provides the quality reissues, and best of all, they do it quietly, leaving the diggers and owners of the original copies still relatively chuffed with their treasures. As such, it's the Yellow Magic Orchestra that receives the reissue treatment this time, a Japanese electro-pop outfit formed in 1979, and which includes the great Haruomi Hosono on bass - producer of the timeless and mind-bending "Hosono House". Solid State Survivor was the band's second album, and although it was released before the start of the '80s, it already contains remnants of electronic dance music as we know it today. The glassy opener is called "Technopolis", for example, and the majestic synth twists of "Rydeen" are a pleasure to our ears even today. There are slower, more magical moments such as "Castalia", but the winner for us is probably "Insomnia", a great piece of drunken drum machine drums and wonky melodies. An absolute must, even for the non-Japanese heads.