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V.A. - Antipodean Anomalies
V.A.
Antipodean Anomalies
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Left Ear)
19,79 €* 21,99 € -10%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance
Killer compilation that sheds light on oddball tunes made in Australia and New Zealand during the 70's and 80's.. TIPP
For musicians inhabiting the Antipodean countries of Australia and New Zealand during the 70’s and 80’s, it was a geographically and culturally isolating environment. Boutique shops, community radio and mail order exchanges championed independent and contemporary music from across the globe. It was, however, this isolation that caused a number of small community-focused scenes to evolve, creating their own unique interpretation and reappropriation of outside influences. Through both these scenes and government initiatives, a vast amount of music emerged on self-released and independent labels.
Yet, even among small scenes that were creating unique sounds, a number of artists seemed to be making music that was neither here nor there, often meshing together numerous genres and influences to create anomalous sounds. Artists like Olev Muska along with Ingrid Slamer meshed traditional folk songs of their Estonian heritage with cutting edge computer technology. Ngahiwi Apanui used his native language of Te Reo and a “cheap drum machine” to create a pulsating tale that highlights the creation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand); while the Free Radicals would sing through PVC pipes to construct their vision of post-apocalyptic tribal music. Sydney’s Nic Lyon used his classical training to craft a distinctive gem which matched eastern and African influenced instruments with synchopated drum machines, while artists like Delaney Venn and Toy Division managed to challenge their post-punk sensibilities by blending both dub and atmospheric sounds respectively.
Mariana Ingold - Cara A Cara
Mariana Ingold
Cara A Cara
LP | 2019 | AUS | Original (Left Ear)
24,99 €*
Release:2019 / AUS – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 18.10.2019
In 1986, Uruguayan vocalist and musician Mariana Ingold took the advice of a storied Uruguayan composer and musicologist and recorded her first album (Todo Depende) for the now legendary label Ayuí/Tacuabé. In the early ’80s, the introduction of the synthesizer fostered an experimental new approach to traditional Candombe rhythms. Ingold’s influence on the scene looms large. Pairing elegant vocals and majestic harmonies with complex arrangements, she pushed the Montevideo-specific sound — loosely termed Candombe fusion — in new directions and thrived working collaboratively with artists including Eduardo Mateo, Jaime Roos, and Hugo Fattoruso.
With the assistance of Chris J. Morris, Left Ear Records has extracted a collection of tracks that encapsulate this period between 1986-1991, lifting from her albums Todo Depende, Cambio de Clima, and Haace Calor. Full liner notes translated in English and Spanish with archival photos included.
Jay U Xperience - Abuja
Jay U Xperience
Abuja
LP | 2019 | AUS | Original (Left Ear)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / AUS – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Melbourne’s Left Ear Records return with an EP release extracted from a lost ’93 CD only album by famed Nigerian artist ‘Jay U Xperience’. Here, modern technology meshes with timeless African Rhythms and the heartfelt influences of New York City.
Jay U Xperience is the pseudonym of acclaimed Nigerian musician Justus Nkwane.
His first release ‘Enough Is Enough’ was a heavy blend of psychedelic rock and funk epitomising 1977 and yet foreshadows Justus’ experimental and genre-spanning inquisitiveness. Justus wouldn’t record another album until 1993 while living in New York City. Here he emerged with ‘Ancestral Call’, an album that he describes as a “once in a lifetime event”, something from his “inner spiritual guts”. Equipped with a Roland R-5 drum machine and a Roland U-20 synthesizer to extract melodies he was able to create tunes that encapsulated contemporary technology with timeless traditional African rhythms, creating a work that sounds just as relevant Today as it did then. Tracks like ‘Back To Motherland’ & ‘Ancestral Call’ personify this sound, while ‘Okokobioko’, is an onomatopoeic excursion in losing yourself to the rhythm, the EP is then rounded off with the title track ‘Abuja’, a ghostly striped back piece.
Omer Coleman Jr. - Lovin
Omer Coleman Jr.
Lovin
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Left Ear)
10,49 €* 14,99 € -30%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
After previously releasing Starship Commander Woooo Woooo’s – Mastership LP, Left Ear Records have continued excavating the archives of the artist more formally known as Omer Coleman Jr. The result is two handpicked mid 80’s instrumentals salvaged from the original master tapes, as well as an extended vocal edit on the flip for good measure.
After laying his alter ego to rest Omer made a handful of electronic releases on his own Kansas based ‘Remo’ label. Of these releases Left Ear has selected their two favourite instrumentals: ‘Lovin “Babe” Sure Is Fun’ and ‘So Good’. ‘Lovin “Babe” Sure Is Fun’ was originally released in ’85 and was created to celebrate a time in America where “the economy was good, people were happy and love was in the air”, the essence of which Omer captured using his Roland 808 and 303 in what may best be described as Acid-Boogie. ‘So Good’ on the other hand is a sensual downtempo cut shaped with heavy-bass, telephone samples and guitar solos that conjures images of late Night Rendezvous and compromising scenarios.
Respuesta Alternativa - Grata Compania
Respuesta Alternativa
Grata Compania
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Left Ear)
13,59 €* 15,99 € -15%
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Respuesta Alternativa or the Alternative Response was the project of Spanish musician Jesus M Catalan, created with the help of Julián C. Pérez.
As the title implies the music was generated in response to traditional music notions of the time, and reflects how Jesus Mª Catalan would challenge these traditional ideals using a fusion of styles and his unique vision. Jesus laid out his synths and drum machines, while other musicians played traditional instruments over the top. This unique approach worked to create atmospheric tracks capturing simple themes, with each influence being carefully thought of in the joint result. As he explains “each instrument weaves independently throughout a passage in a curious game where the listener’s attention goes from focusing on a keyboard, guitar to bass or percussion. Previously only released on a cassette album in Spain, Left Ear have polished 5 choice cuts for a 2018 12”.
Leong Lau - That Rongeng Sound
Leong Lau
That Rongeng Sound
LP | 1977 | EU | Reissue (Left Ear)
20,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited/ remastered repress. NO gatefold this time! Much in demand Australian funk/jazz/blues LP from 1977 re-issued for the first time in 2014, this is the repress.
For decades Leong Lau’s records of the 1970s were well guarded secrets by a small number of obsessive Australian collectors. However, in 2014 Left Ear Records along with the help of Leong, finally blew the lid off giving collectors a chance to add That Rongeng Sound to their collection with a ltd run of 500 gatefold units. In mid 2018, Left Ear will again repress That Rongeng sound, this time closer to the original version with a regular cover as featured on the 1977 version, including a printed inner sleeve with liner notes and additional art.
That Rongeng Sound is undoubtedly one of the most unique albums to come out of Australia in the 1970’s, fusing a number of genres in a manner that doesn’t simply imitate North American and British influences but takes elements of Leong’s Malaysian heritage forging a unique Malay-jazz meets Aus-funk identity. The album takes listeners on a journey through funky beats, echo chamber distortions and flowing melodies carried along by Leong’s distinctive Aussie vocal style
Shahara-Ja - I'm An Arabian Knight Egyptian Lover Remixes
Shahara-Ja
I'm An Arabian Knight Egyptian Lover Remixes
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Left Ear)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
From a lost Australian electronic soul gem, to a cult classic: Shahara-Ja’s ‘I’m An Arabian Knight’ has gained much momentum since it’s 2017 reissue, so much so that the Egyptian Lover reached out to the label proclaiming he’d do a remix. The electro innovator who the original release appears to be highly inspired by seemed like a perfect fit for this sleazy late Night groover. The result is 3 fresh mixes using elements of the original session tapes and the perfect touch of the Egyptian Lover’s signature 808
Kingsley Bucknor - Just U And Me
Kingsley Bucknor
Just U And Me
LP | 1985 | EU | Reissue (Left Ear)
21,99 €*
Release:1985 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nigeria’s Kingsley Bucknor’s ‘Just U and Me’ LP gets the long-awaited reissue treatment from Melbourne’s Left Ear Records. After cutting his teeth playing with Fela in the 70’s and releasing two afrobeat LP’s Kingsley travelled the globe before finding himself in London, it’s here that he laid down 6 distinctive electro-funk tunes inspired by African rhythms and music he’d heard through his travels in the States and in Europe. Originally issued on Kinglsley’s own KAB records in ’85 and according to Kingsley the release was well received at the time, but due to constraints of international marketing the record remained mostly unknown outside of his homeland. Fast-forward to 2017 and the stage is set for a new global audience to appreciate the distinct sound of KB.
Workdub - Subterranean 1989-1995
Workdub
Subterranean 1989-1995
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Left Ear)
20,69 €* 22,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Left Ear are re-introducing another ten lost tracks from Nicholas Georgieff and Virgil Work, St Louis' basement electronics duo Workdub.

The release spans material from 1989-95 and includes recordings from their sole LP and both cassette albums. Workdub’s music hardly fits into a vacuum and some might even say it’s otherworldly. Tracks like “Reach for the Stars” and “Lunar Module” reflect dreams of space-age exploration, all the while their investigation into drum machines, synthesizers, samples and digital fx’s matched with their organic live instrumentation work to create a unique atmospheric dubbed out sound.
Peter Westheimer - Cool Change
Peter Westheimer
Cool Change
LP | 2017 | AU | Original (Left Ear)
21,99 €*
Release:2017 / AU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
This is a comp of Peter's work from the 80s and 90s with some material never released on vinyl.. More info soooon!
Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo - Mastership
Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo
Mastership
LP | 1981 | AU | Reissue (Left Ear)
19,99 €*
Release:1981 / AU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Born and raised in Kansas City, Omer J. Coleman was musically inclined from an early age. His parents couldn’t afford to buy him a real drum set, so he took up electrical wiring and wood shop instead, which fed his muse in a different direction. The future Commanderbegan working at the Armco Steel Mill when he was 18, and itwas while he was working at the mill that Coleman came up with Starship Commander Wooooo Wooooo. His coworkers built all of his equipment, from lighting and fog machines to big steel eyeglasses. Coleman’s sister, a seamstress, created his outfits. Self-released in1981,“Mastership” isa lost electronic funk classic. Coleman performs in an alien voice that comes not from electronic filtering but from his own natural vocal distortions.It’s an endearing and very personal space-age funk that blends George Clinton and Kraftwerk in a vision of a better and happier world.
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