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Hidden OrchestraDawn Chorus (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
A record with a sound to match its evocative title – maybe the most heady work to date from Hidden Orchestra – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of their other releases! These guys definitely take the "orchestra" in their name seriously – and while the lineup is maybe around a dozen musicians, not a hundred, the sound is very complex, and made up of a shifting array of musical elements – including piano, percussion, guitar, and lots more from leader Joe Acheson – who also uses field recordings and other sonic elements alongside the group's subtle blend of woodwinds, trumpet, and bits of strings. The latter are used very sparingly – so that most of the textures have a more organic sort of quality – and although there are lyrics, the overall sound is the most important thing – almost a 21st Century underground updating of older British lyrical landscape composition – but much hipper overall. Titles include "Long Orchard", "Wingbeats", "East London Street", "Stone", "Serpentine", and "Western Isles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is indie store exclusive – includes download!)

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✨✧ MoonchildVoyager ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of the other work from the Tru Thoughts label in recent years – much more indie soul, although Navran's vocals are maybe a bit more understated, and sometimes let the keyboards take the lead! There's occasional other instrumentation on the record – acoustic piano, alto sax, and more – but the real charm comes from the interplay between voice and keyboards – on titles that include "Now & Then", "Change Your Mind", "Hideaway", "Cure", "6AM", "The List", "Doors Closing", and "Think Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Quantic & Nidia GongoraCurao ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! Quantic's working here with Colombian singer Nidia Gongora – whose voice really gives a strong focus to the kind of territory that he's explored on other records – at a level that really elevates the music past any sort of underground expression, and may well allow Quantic a bigger bridge into a the world of contemporary Latin music! Yet the set's hardly Latin pop, either – as all the rich textures and complicated elements we love from Quantic's production are still very firmly in place – providing a rootsy vibe and funky currents alongside the fantastic lead vocals. Titles include "Ojos Vicheros", "Amor En Francia", "Se Lo Vi", "E Ye Ye", "Que Me Duele", "Dub Del Pacifico (version)", "Dios Promete", and "Un Canto A Mi Tierra (version)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Curao ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Sly5thAveInvisible Man – An Orchestral Tribute To Dr Dre ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ Center, Quantic, Jimetta Rose and more! It's pretty diverse, capturing timeless Cali funk & soul backdrops as well as slightly more stripped down live band hip hop-style versions, and mostly, but not entirely instrumentals. One exception is "Let Me Ride" with singer Jimetta Rose, who delivers some great, spontaneously emotional vocals – but the whole set is excellent – and titles includes "Shiznit" with Jessie Fisher, "California", "Drelude For Woo" feat Mark De Clive-Lowe, "No Diggity" feat Sydney Driver, "The Jam" feat Matthias Loescher, "Who Am I" feat Paul Wilson, "Still Dre", "My Name Is" feat Robert Searight, "Guilty Conscience", "Nuthin' But A G Thang" feat Brad Allen Williams, "The Edge" feat Quantic, "Next Episode", "Peace" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... LP
FPE, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from Nicole Mitchell – and that's saying a lot, given all her other fantastic albums! This richly-textured piece was first commissioned in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the AACM – that legendary jazz organization of which Mitchell is a part – and as a whole, it really demonstrates both the strong legacy of the group, and the farther territory it's reached over its decades-long span – music that has pushed past the initial moment of improvisation, through the AACM's standard of "great black music" as a replacement for classical – to the sorts of spiritual, cosmic sounds that Mitchell does so well. In addition to Nicole on flute and electronics, the group also features Avery R Young on vocals, Kojiro Umezaki on shakuhachi, Renee Baker on violin, Tatsu Aoki on bass and shamisen, Jovia Armstrong on percussion, Tomeka Reid on cello and banjo, and Alex Wing on electric guitar, oud, and theremin – a mix of instruments that is global in scope, electric and acoustic, and really used to effortlessly express the spiritual vision of Mitchell. The notes go into great detail about the thoughts and inspiration behind the music – and titles include "Egoes War", "The Chalice", "Dance Of Many Hands", "Listening Embrace", "Forestwall Timewalk", "Staircase Struggle", "Shiny Divider", "Timewrap", and "Mandorla Island". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... CD 13.99

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9:30 Fly9:30 Fly (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ember/Wah Wah (Spain), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A beautiful record from this obscure UK group – a quintet that features both male and female vocals singing together, in a way that maybe recalls some of the more creative acid folk groups of the time – but one with instrumentation that's also a bit more electric and progressive! 9:30 Fly are hard to peg, but that's what's so great about them – as singers Michael and Barbara Wainwright work lyrical magic on the tunes, while the rest of the guitar, bass, and drums at the core are able to stretch out at times – or kick back a bit more when Barbara provides some sweet electric piano. Titles include "Brooklyn Thoughts", "Time Of War", "Life & Times", "Summerdays", and "September". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ VariousMore Early Pakistani Dance Music From Original 7 Inch Vinyl 1966 to 1978 ... LP
EMI/Ovular (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from the Karachi scene of the 60s and 70s – music pulled from rare 7" singles, and performed by a host of groups who clearly drew on western influences of the time! The music features lots of electric elements – especially keyboards and guitar – but often set to modes that still have a bit of a Bollywood/Lollywood approach in the grooves – almost as if more famous Indian film styles have been distilled down to a very cool small combo approach – with really wonderful results! Most titles are instrumentals – often with an exotic keyboard line taking the place of any voice – and titles include "Dance Music" by Khalil Ahmed, "Coctail Music" by Sohail Rana & The Five Caps, "Borasha" by The Fore Thoughts, "Darbari" by The Panthers, "Dancing Time" by Mohammad Yousuf & SM Ayub, "Marriage Folk Dopatta" by The Blue Birds, and "Tarasa Hal Yeh Dil" by Tafo Brothers. LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun Ra & OthersMy Way Is The Spaceway – Space Poetry Vol 4 ... LP
Norton, Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
An incredible chapter in the rich career of the legendary Sun Ra – tracks that blend together music and spoken word passages – the latter of which are usually in support of his unique philosophy of the cosmos! The titles here really give an idea of the thoughts within – "The Music Is Like A Mirror", "My Way Is The Spaceways", "The Music Is A Sound Image", and "The Music Is A Vibration" – all very long tracks that are spoken by Ra in this very powerful voice – with a presence that we don't always hear from him this well on record, often set to backings that feature reed work on flute or tenor sax, mixed with a bit of light percussion. These aren't just readings, or poetry mixed with jazz – but a great glimpse at the truly theatrical side of Sun Ra's presentation, served up beautifully here in this special package. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Riccardo LucianiInchiesta Sul Mondo (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sound library set, but one that goes deeper than usual – as the whole project was put together as sort of a concept record, with thoughts on the contemporary scene of the 70s! The two records each have a different title and theme – Stati D'Animo and Diganosi Ecologia – but the musical presentation is very unified, with a darkly brooding blend of electronics, strings, and a few other acoustic elements – used in ways that maybe begin in the harsher side of the Morricone spectrum, but also flows to some warmer moments too. The music's not that far off from the experimental side of Egisto Macchi – but also has more of a soundtrack appeal at some moments – maybe for a dark 70s documentary on pollution or outer space. Titles include "Lo Statico", "L'Oscuro", "Timpan", "L'Astrale", "Interrogativo", "Terra Di Nessuno", "Vita Di Nomadi", and "Tragedia Ecologica". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 600 – includes download!)
 
 
 



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