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Dia.L (Lailah Reich & Radius)Dia.L (with download) ... LP
Etc, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
The self-titled debut of Dia.L – the duo of vocalist, viola and kalimba player Lailah Reich and ever-creative Chicago producer Radius! The name is pronounced as "dial", and they dial up a really unique sound with boundless astral atmosphere, but it still has a fairly intimate feel, rooted in abstract soul. The soulful resonance is especially strong because of the sweet, subtle and hushed quality of Lailah's vocals, which blend with and dance alongside the beats in a beautiful way! On that front, Radius never disappoints on the production tip, always able to balance a undercurrent of insistent beats with atmospheric effects, and the sky is the limit when working with an intuitive vocal partner. Titles include "Wide Eyed" with guests Kenny Keys and Jana Buttanari, "Sadness", "Harvest Of Calm", "Poi Tree", "Robots", "Trade Winds", "Piece Peace" and "Next Chapter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition test pressing version – in a plain white sleeve. Includes download!)

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✨✧ Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CoultrainSide Effex Of Make Believe – Divided For Love's Sake ... LP
Fresh Selects, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Strongly effective work from Coultrain – who's still standing firmly here as one of the more distinctive creative voices of the post millennium underground soul scene! From the beginning, Coultrain has been a master of mood, and that remains the case on Side Effex Of Make Believe – pairing fairly straight forward, lovelorn (and love worn) lyricism with atmospheric beats and tripped out production touches – with less splintered, airier touches, too. With 6 great songs that run a little less than a half hour total, this one leaves us longing for a little bit more – but with material this great, we won't complain too much! Includes "Kiss Of Death", "Like A Dusty Piano", "The RE-Introduction", "Be A Darling And Pass The Jam (Hold That Thought)", "Let's Pretend It'll Last" and "Side Effex Of Make-Believe". LP, Vinyl record album

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