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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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Nostalgia 77Fifteen ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $20.99 21.99
It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since Benedic Lamdin has been giving us music via Nostalgia 77 – partly because he's given us so much, and matured so strongly, it almost feels as if more time has passed! If you're not yet hip to the Nostalgia 77 sound, this album's definitely your chance to catch up – and also offers a vinyl appearance of a number of tracks that never circulated that widely on the format in the first place! The set brings together tracks from previous releases for the Tru Thoughts label – some of which are in the more standard jazz-influenced production mode of the group at the start, others which have a richer, more jazz-based approach that's even more wonderful. Collaborators here include Jeb Loy Nichols, Beth Rowley, Keith Tippett, Prince Fatty, Alice Russell, and Skeletons – and titles include "Rainwalk", "Sleepwalker (Ambassadeurs rmx)", "Beautiful Life", "Quiet Dawn", "Seven Nation Army", "Wildflower", "Measures", "Desert Fairy Princess", "You Don't Just Dream When You Sleep", "Medicine Chest Cub", and "Positive Force". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus tracks!)

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Quantic & Nidia GongoraCurao ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 22.99
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!)

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✨✧ Hidden OrchestraDawn Chorus Remixes ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very different take on the sound of the Dawn Chorus album by Hidden Orchestra – a set that opens up the door to a whole host of contemporary producers and mixers – each of whom take the music in a very different direction! The beats and basslines are often a lot stronger here than on the original record – which often just had a more jazz-based approach – and the new tunes seem to often use the core colors of the record for a tonal texture, then move things into a range of specific rhythms and grooves. Titles include "First Light (Nostalgia 77 rmx)", "Alyth (Nuage rmx)", "Wingbeats (Max Cooper rmx)", "East London Street (Hidden Orchestra rmx)", "Still (Floex rmx)", "Western Isles (Throwing Snow rmx)", "Stone (Matthew Herbert's spring dub)", "The Lizard (Skapel rmx)", and "Long Orchard (Physics House Band rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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MoonchildVoyager (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... On June 8, 2018
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
(Second pressing on red colored vinyl – and with download!)

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Portico QuartetUntitled (AITAOA #2) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A record of mysterious sources and sounds from this ultra-cool London group – a combo who maybe started out somewhere in the territory of jazz, but have moved out into more spacious areas over the years! There's a majestic sense of scope here that almost takes us back to the early work of Chris Bowden, maybe fused a bit with the spiritual currents of the Gondwana label on which the set appears – but with more of the post-jazz elements that have shown up on records like this from Tru Thoughts over the past decade or so! We're not trying to overwhelm you with hipster references here, just trying to situate this music in the special place it occupies – crafted by people who've got a way deeper conception than just the beats and light instrumentation of the downtempo generation, but who still aren't afraid to use samples and electronics too. Titles include "View From A Satellite", "Reflected In Neon", "Dust", "Berlin", "Double Space", "Index", and "Unrest". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Portico QuartetArt In The Age Of Automation ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Spiritual space explorations by the Portico Quartet – a group who are really a duo instead of a four-piece – and who use a lot more electronics than some of their contemporaries on the Gondwana label! In a way, the music almost has the same post-jazz vibe as some of the work on the Tru Thoughts label – such as records by Nostalgia 88 – and like that group, these guys effortlessly mix acoustic elements with additional programming and production, into a blend that's got a very open, spacious sort of feel! The songs are all instrumental, and if there was one instrument we'd have to pick as the lead, it might be keyboards – although the sounds throughout are maybe more abstract, although pretty darn tuneful – on titles that include "Mercury Eyes", "Endless", "Objects To Place In A Tomb", "Rushing", "A Luminous Beam", and "Beyond Dialogue". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Art In The Age Of Automation ... CD 8.99
 
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Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening 2 – Emerging Worlds ... LP
FPE, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 24.99
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

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersMy Way Is The Spaceway – Space Poetry Vol 4 ... LP
Norton, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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