Eno's last real "rock" album – and one of the best of the bunch! The album follows the style of some of the work that Eno was doing with Bowie – in that it's got some tracks that really rock out, in kind of a sci-fi, late 70s way – and other tracks that are much mellower and electronic. Includes the brilliant "Through Hollow Lands", the eerie "Kurts Rejoinder", the skittish and catchy "King's Lead Hat", and the tunes "No One Receiving", "Backwater", "Here He Comes", and "Energy Fools The Magician". CD
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An excellent collection of house tracks – old and new – selected and blended by Dimitri From Paris! The overall theme is an imaginary party at the Playboy Mansion – but from our personal experience, we can tell you that this set kicks a lot harder than the dancefloor at Hef's pad ever did! Dimitri takes off from the current ecstatic energy of the Parisian house scene, and the package is a totally stormin mix of 14 tracks that are all uptempo, all soulful, and all filled with the kind of hooks that will keep you on the floor all night long. Tracks include "Found A Cue" by Ashford & Simpson, "I'll Be There For You" by Sunburst Band, "Sweet Music" by Terry Hunter, "Motivation" by Atmosfear, "Outro Lugar" by Salome De Bahia, "Talking All That Jazz (Torti's old school mix)" by Stetsasonic, "Down To Love Town" by The Originals, "The Groove" by Astrojazz, "Reach Inside" by Bah Samba, "Wonderful Person" by Black Masses, and "Give Me Love" by Cerrone. CD
A bunch of hipsters show their love of the great Lee Hazelwood – in a 16 track set that includes new versions of many of his best songs! The feel here is better than we'd expect – quite faithful to Lee's unique musical vision, with most of the right instrumental and production touches to make the material work. Of course, nobody sings quite like Lee – and nobody has the irreverent confidence, gentle ease, and slow-burning sexiness that you hear in all of Lee's classic recordings – but honestly, it's also a bit refreshing to hear some of these tunes done in more innocent and slightly fragile versions. Titles include "My Autumn's Done Come" by The Tindersticks, "Sand" by Calvin Johnson & Mark Pickerel, "Easy & Me" by Kathryn Williams, "Soul's Island" by The Amazing Pilots, "The Cheat" by Jarvis Cocker & Richard Hawley, "Got It Together Again" by St Etienne, "If It's Monday Morning" by Kid Loco, "Some Velvet Morning" by The Webb Brothers, and "Sundown Sundown" by Calexico. CD
Ok, ok – so it's from the Sofia Coppla movie (based on a pretty great book) – but in all fairness this is a really great album from this groovy French combo, and probably one of their straightest (we mean that in a good way). While some tracks channel Pink Floyd a bit, many of their usual atmospherics are dusted off with fairly jazzy instrumentation and post-Bacharach arrangements. Gordon Tracks sings guest vocals on "Playground Love" and the whole thing's got a beautiful airy 60s pop style to it – tracks include "Clouds Up", "Bathroom Girl", "Cemetary Party", "Dirty Trip", "Highschool Lover (Theme From The Virgin Suicides)", "Afternoon Sister", "Ghost Song", and "Dead Bodies". Pretty heady titles. CD
The contemporary sound of Brazil, offered up here in a set of 21st Century tracks and remixes – headed up by Fatboy Slim in service of the 2014 World Cup! The package features some older tracks remixed, and some newer ones that bristle with heavy beats and the kind of bassy rhythms that have been big in Rio and Sao Paulo in recent years – although the producers and mixers here are from a range of global sources. The 2CD set features 20 titles in all – and tracks include "Taj Mahal (Felguk rmx)" by Jorge Ben, "Everybody Loves A Carnival" by Fatboy Slim, "Sensualizar (Nervo rmx)" by Rio Shock, "O Cavaleiro E Os Moinhos (Yousef rmx)" by Elis Regina, "Stuttgart (John Digweed & Nick Muir rmx)" by Tosca, "Toda Menina Baiana (Ashley Beedle's Black Bahia rework)" by Gilberto Gil, "Agibore (DJ Marky's Ye Mele rework)" by MPB4, "Aldeia De Ogum (Psychemagik remix)" by Joce Moreno, and "Put Your Hands Up For Brasil (Fatboy Slim edit)" by Fedde Le Grand. CD