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Ana Mazzotti - O Filho Do Homem
Ana Mazzotti
O Filho Do Homem
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Far Out)
15,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Believed to have been recorded in 1983, ‘O Filho Do Homem’ is a newly discovered and previously unreleased single by the late Brazilian composer and keyboardist Ana Mazzotti. Believed to have been recorded in 1983, ‘O Filho Do Homem’ is a newly discovered and previously unreleased single by the late Brazilian composer and keyboardist Ana Mazzotti. Though it’s her only known studio recording of the decade, ‘O Filho Do Homem’ is one of several unreleased compositions Mazzotti and her band performed on TV Cultura and Programa MPB during the 80s.
Artifacts (Tomeka Reis, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed) - And Then There's This
Artifacts (Tomeka Reis, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed)
And Then There's This
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Astral Spirits)
25,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder shipping from 04.02.2022
The members of the all-star Artifacts Trio—flutist Nicole Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Mike Reed—have long been recognized as torchbearers of Chicago’s innovative jazz scene, as well as the most prominent performer-educators in the third generation of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (aacm), the historically vital, leading-edge Chicago arts organization. The trio served on the organization's executive board from 2009–2011, and their music advances the organization’s motto, “Ancient to the Future,” celebrating African-American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new, progressive ideas into the legacy of jazz and composition. Reviewing the band live, The New York Times encapsulated the Artifacts Trio sound: “Nicole Mitchell’s flute and Tomeka Reid’s cello met with Mike Reed’s cymbal-heavy drumming to make an aqueous sound that allowed itself to be warped and melted and spread about by the room.” As for their recordings so far, Tomeka Reid explains the trio’s intent: “The aim with our first record was to honor classic Aacm composers – to bring our own approach to some of our favorite pieces by them, pieces that we thought would work especially well with our distinctive instrumentation. For this second album, we wanted to underscore that theme while also recognizing that we ourselves are also Aacm composers—we want to contribute to that canon of music.”
Common - A Beautiful Revolution Part 2 HHV GSA Exclusive Signed Booklet Edition
A Beautiful Revolution Part 2 HHV GSA Exclusive Signed Booklet Edition
2LP | 2021 | US | Original (Concord)
26,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Limited to 100 copies coming with a signed booklet. Only at HHV for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist Common, releases the highly anticipated follow up album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PT. 2. “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind. The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, “what is the next step in this revolution?” I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life.
Edson Natale - Nina Maika
Edson Natale
Nina Maika
LP | 1990 | EU | Reissue (New Dawn)
26,99 €*
Release:1990 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Reissue of Edson Natale’s genre-challenging masterpiece from 1990. The album combines traditional acoustic Brazilian music with ambient electronics, all the while maintaining a strong pop sensibility. The album features Mitar Subotić (Rex Ilusivii) alongside some of Brazil's finest players and vocalists. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold cover with the original Portugese lyrics and liner notes on the inside.
Eris Drew - Quivering In Time
Eris Drew
Quivering In Time
2LP | 2021 | EU | Original (T4T LUV NRG)
25,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Gatefold 2LP. “Quivering in Time” is the debut album by DJ and producer Eris Drew on T4T LUV NRG, the label she runs with partner Octo Octa. In 2020, after the release of Trans Love Vibration (naive, 2018) and Transcendental Access Point (Interdimensional Transmissions, 2020), Eris moved from her hometown of Chicago to rural New Hampshire and recorded the nine beautiful songs featured here. Her first album feels something like her DJ sets, with stacked layers of vinyl samples and turntable manipulations serving as a fast-moving foundation for hand-played keyboard riffs, walls of percussion and sampled, scratched and strummed guitar tones. On each song for the album Eris expresses the anxiety and hope of her present. She wrote, recorded, and mixed the album as she stared into the forest through her studio window, collapsing present and past into future, her memories and body literally quivering in time.

The songs are cast with Eris’s experiences and intentions. The plucky progressive Loving Clav is in the form of an evocation (“good times come to me now....”), while the tracks Time to Move Close and Show U Love express Eris’s longing for togetherness. The hardcore Pick ‘Em Up (“...and it might be a different story”) and organ-heavy Ride Free are funky odes to psychedelics, hard dancing and the subjectivity of real lived experience. The twinkling house of Howling Wind and the tempo-shifting bop of Sensation capture the mystery of the forest cabin where Eris spent most of the last 15 months. Two booming hip house dubs round out the album, Baby and Quivering in Time, each an itchy track about hope and personal resilience. As with her prior work, Eris’s approach to music making is unique and genre-dissolving. Ultimately, her special sound is a metaphor for her main message, which is that every person deserves to be themself.
Haiyti - Speed Date
Hamburg Spinners (Carsten Erobique Meyer, David Nesselhauf, Dennis Rux, Lucas Kochbeck) - Der Magische Kraken HHV Exclusive White Vinyl Edition
Hermanos Gutiérrez - Eternamente HHV EU Exclusive Edition
Hermanos Gutiérrez
Eternamente HHV EU Exclusive Edition
LP | 2021 | EU | Original
25,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Eternamente“ is the perfect introduction to Hermanos Gutiérrez and their unique
"Instrumental Western Sound". This collection features 12 selections spanning four
albums, including songs; "Hijos del Sol", "El Jardin", "Esperanza" & many
more. Packaged in a stunning Gatefold and meant to be passed with love to our
next generations.
Jeff Parker - Forfolks Cool Mint Vinyl Edition
Jeff Parker
Forfolks Cool Mint Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | US | Original (International Anthem)
27,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Jeff Parker's Forfolks - a new album of solo guitar works - was recorded by Graeme Gibson at Sholo Studio in Altadena, California (aka Jeff's house) over two days in June 2021. It includes interpretations of Thelonious Monk's "Ugly Beauty" and the standard "My Ideal," plus six original compositions including "Four Folks," "La Jetée" (a tune he recorded with Tortoise in 1998), and four totally new loop-driven, stratiform works that marry melodic improvisation with electronic textures. "It's a particular thing to hear Jeff play solo," writes veteran Chicago musician and longtime Parker collaborator Matthew Lux in his liner notes for Forfolks. "He is an unusually selfless improviser, oftentimes laying out and highlighting the contributions of his band mates... On this recording, however, he is by himself, joined only by his own ideas, looped or frozen, to flesh out the music he's creating in his mind. Hearing him craft entire sound worlds on these eight selections gives us an opportunity to really see how Parker orders sound." Forfolks follows Parker's critically acclaimed 2020 record Suite for Max Brown, which Pitchfork called an "effortlessly detailed album, full of tradition and experimentation that spans generations ... It lives at the vanguard of new jazz music." The album went on to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Current Contemporary Jazz Chart.
Ka Baird & Pekka Airaksinen - Frkwys Volume 17: Hungry Shells
Ka Baird & Pekka Airaksinen
Frkwys Volume 17: Hungry Shells
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Rvng Int'l)
26,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The 17th Frkwys installment celebrates the last performance and recording session of the late Pekka Airaksinen, a Finnish composer renown for his work in seminal 60's experimental avant-punk band The Sperm. The collaboration between Pekka and Ka Baird was commissioned by Le Guess Who? and curated by Rvng Intl for the 2018 edition of LGW? Music & Arts Festival. Ka and Pekka met and wrote the material included on Hungry Shells during the week leading up to their first and last live performance together at LGW?, filmed and recorded in full, for future release. A documentary on this meeting of mind-melters is in post-production with a target release date of Q4 2021 / Q1 2022. Pekka passed away on May 6, 2019, less than a year following this collaboration. Ka drew from their many studio sessions and live recordings to create the music within Hungry Shells. This album is dedicated to his memory. Rvng and Pekka's estate is working on an archival project that will explore Pekka's multitudes - his paintings, as shown on the album art; his poetry and writings, as compiled in ODO, a forthcoming publication from Rvng; and his meditation practices.
Kenji Kawai - OST Patlabor 2: The Movie
Kenji Kawai
OST Patlabor 2: The Movie
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (WRWTFWW)
28,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Wrwtfww Records is absolutely honored to announce the release of Kenji Kawai’s complete soundtrack to Mamoru Oshii’s 1993 superb political thriller science-fiction mecha anime Patlabor 2: The Movie, available on vinyl for the first time ever and housed in a beautiful heavy gatefold sleeve with obi, as well as on digipack CD. Both versions come with liner notes by the great Masaaki Hara. A true soundtrack maestro, Kenji Kawai is behind the legendary soundscapes of cult animes and movies such as Ghost in the Shell, Avalon, Ring, Ip Man, and Seven Swords among numerous others. Patlabor 2: The Movie (Original Soundtrack) is one of his most experimental offerings, an outstanding palette of emotion-filled ambient atmospherics and percussion mastery breathing beautifully through Kawai’s minimalism meets modern classical approach. His symphony of moods paints a delicate picture of urban isolation, a central theme in the movie, but doesn’t hide hints of hope for a joyful future. Patlabor 2: The Movie (Original Soundtrack) is an ideal companion to Kenji Kawai’s Ghost in the Shell soundtrack, already available on Wrwtfww Records. Points of interests - For fans of electronic, soundtracks, ambient, experimental, minimalism, synth, Kenji Kawai, Geinoh Yamashirogumi, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, anime music, Japan, robots, urban isolation, hope for the future. - First ever vinyl release of Kenji Kawai’s Patlabor 2: The Movie (Original Soundtrack), in full audiophile experience
L'Indécis - Ring The Bell
Ring The Bell
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Diggers Factory)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Preorder shipping from 04.03.2022
This project started from beats videos, where I had the most fun making music during this weird period that impact creativity and inspiration. I added some of my favorites beats, blended together in a 16 minutes mix oscillating between short and longer pieces. It went from the idea to the final product in the shortest amount of time, and it was exactly what I wanted, what I was looking for: something that was particularly effective, memorable, and familiar: something that just ring the bell.
Modeselektor - EXTLP
Mole, The - History Of Dates
Mole, The
History Of Dates
12" | 2013 | EU | Original (Perlon)
12,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder shipping from 18.02.2022
Morlockk Dilemma - Eros In Dystopolis X-Mas Edition
Neek The Exotic & Large Professor - Xtraexotic
Neek The Exotic & Large Professor
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Hustle Don't Stop Music)
43,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
XtraExotic, the New Album from Neek The Exotic featuring Large Professor is the First album they did together since their acclaimed “Still On The Hustle”, released 10 years ago in 2011. This highly anticipated new release features 8 songs produced by Large Professor with additional production from The Alchemist on the hypnotic gritty melody banger “Put The Game In a Chokehold” and Bumpy Knuckles on the street anthem “Watch Em!” featuring Innocent. This album also features top notch cuts by the respected turntablists DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision. Every song on XtraExotic features Large Pro with additional guest features from 2 Legendary Golden Era Hip Hop Luminaries Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest on the magnificent Queens Anthem “Borough of Queens (Q.U.)” and Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch on “World Wide Street Legends" as well as "Better Believe" featuring Raw Watts. Other stand out tracks include the horn driven energetic “Team Players” and the ear bending intro track “Whooooo!!!” and much more! Large Pro praises this album as being their “Best work!” together. XtraExotic is a well-rounded album with dynamic rhyme skills over hard hitting Boom Bap beats! Neek The Exotic and Large Pro complement each other dropping jewels once again! Available on Special Limited Vinyl (500 copies), CD and Cassette
Notwist, The - The Notwist 30 Years Special Black & Gold Vinyl Edition
Oddisee - The Odd Tape HHV Exclusive Tiger's Eye Vinyl Edition
The Odd Tape HHV Exclusive Tiger's Eye Vinyl Edition
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Mello Music Group)
26,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Hip Hop
Preorder shipping from 11.02.2022
Limited to 300 copies on Tiger's Eye vinyl. Only at HHV.

Oddisee is an everyman with extraordinary talent. Both a rapper chronicling the perils and joys of ordinary existence, and a virtuosic producer attuned to the vibrations of how life actually sounds. But don’t mistake the Odd Tape for the noise of birds chirping, idle chatter, or car alarms; it’s that internal soul-jazz reverberating at the back of your brain.For the last decade, the Mello Music Group artist has alternated between instrumental albums, full-length rap records, and his role as one-third of Diamond District. The Odd Tape is technically the former—there are no vocals—but if you call this an instrumental album, you might as well say the same about Bitches Brew. After a decade making music, the Prince Georges, Md.-raised and Brooklyn-based has transcended influences, comparisons and genre. The Odd Tape showcases the range of a composer bending hip-hop, soul, and jazz into singular form, tapping into that same emotional Fort Knox that animates all wordless choruses.
The Odd Tape revolves around the rhythms of the artist’s daily life. It starts in the morning with “Alarmed,” that sounds like if Shuggie Otis did a psychedelic eye-opening cover of Nas’ “Shootouts.” It rolls through “Right Side of the Bed,” with its glitter-gold sax lines, loose drums, and sunshine-slanting-through-the-blinds keyboards. Oddisee went from sampling to creating the eternal sounds of his original inspirations. You can hear older gods like Roy Ayers, Bob James, and Fela, but mostly you hear Oddisee continue to come into his own.As Pitchfork described his previous album, 2015’s The Good Fight: “the music feels distinctly
international and unhindered, far removed from the straight-ahead boom-bap he used to make. He’s always created on his own terms, but [this] feels like a hearty "fuck you" to prevailing groupthink and the industry’s creative limitations.” But this record marks another ascension. It glides, meditates, and simmers from “Alarmed” to “Still Sleeping.” The soundtrack to his coffee in the morning, a trip to the corner store for fresh groceries, producing in the afternoon, cruising his bike through the city for inspiration, late afternoon song writing, stepping out into the evening with friends, hookah on the rooftop in Brooklyn, and settling into the dream world again. This is the Odd Tape, life as you’ve never heard it before
Overlords Of The Ufo - Imagine!
Overlords Of The Ufo
12" | 1994 | EU | Reissue (Enlightenment)
13,99 €*
Release:1994 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder shipping from 18.02.2022
Imagine!’ by Overlords of the UFO was a US progressive trance hit globally at the time of its original release in 1994, holding the number one spot on many underground dance charts for several weeks. Mixmag dubbed it “wicked” and other relevant magazines also gave it the highest accolades, e.g. Xlr8r “deserving of the highest praise”. Overlords of the UFO ‘Imagine!’ is a collaboration between Anthony Barker and Lynn Serafinn, both trained musicians and analogue synth aficionados. Side A ‘Whirling Thru Time & Space Mix’ was inspired by a poem of 60’s cult sci-fi author Fredric Brown, and ‘ufo Mix’ is a faster tempo remix of the former. Side B ‘Deeply Hypnotic Mix’ is a downtempo remix incorporating some world music elements, and ‘Surfin’ Ufo’ was a very limited licensed track that Billboard Magazine described positively and humorously as “campy and kitschy”.
Piero Umiliani - Atmospheres HHV Exclusive Blue Vinyl Edition
Piero Umiliani
Atmospheres HHV Exclusive Blue Vinyl Edition
LP | 1979 | EU | Reissue (Musica Per Immagini)
22,99 €*
Release:1979 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Limited Edition of 150 copies, exclusively available at HHV Records.

“Atmospheres” is one of his most interesting Piero Umiliani's albums, published in a limited edition in the mid-Seventies. A period of musical confusion, even though not for him, who had always been eclectic. The charming soundtracks for Luigi Scattini's documentaries were already behind him, as was the great orchestral jazz production: his career had already been long and full of professional satisfactions. The present for the composer consisted of the scores for a number of Italian comedies and, most of all, a set of sonorizations. These appeared projected into the future, thanks to their avant-garde attitude and the electronic sounds which seemed to arrive from a parallel universe.

The sixteen tracks of “Atmospheres” belong to this group of works which were not tied to specific cinema projects, where the composer's incredible imprint is at its height. In all this creative freedom, it is clear how the titles of several pieces pointed to specific thematic suggestions, so that they could instantly be adopted by producers and documentary film editors. A choice that is not accidental. Just like that of Musica Per Immagini which continues to select hidden treasures from the rich catalog of the maestro to be reprinted for the first time in over forty years, remastering them from the original tapes.
Rin - Kleinstadt
Secret Night Gang - Secret Night Gang
Secret Night Gang
Secret Night Gang
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Brownswood)
27,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder shipping from 11.02.2022
Manchester jazz-funkers Secret Night Gang bring their bold self-titled debut album to Brownswood Recordings. Led by the soulful vocals of Kemani Anderson and featuring saxophonist Callum Connell’s pin-sharp orchestrations, Secret Night Gang is a joyful slice of summer-soul goodness that nods to the vibrant history of jazz-inflected soul, while reflecting today’s genre blending sensibilities in a heady mix of gospel, R&B, souljazz and more.

“We describe our sound as limitless,” says Connell. “It’s not set in one genre, and the album is both a reflection of the past three years, as well as an homage to our favourite music and musicians.” That shared history is worn as a badge of honour, as the group taps into the musical influence of Chic, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire over the course of the album. Anderson puts it best: “Let me take you on a journey,” he sings on the Tower of Power-esque stomper ‘Journey’. “But first of all, let me give you some soul.”

“We write open-ended tunes to let the listener find themselves in the music,” says Connell of the album’s aim. “But most of all, it’s not music to think to – it’s music to dance to.” With an upbeat positivity that’s impossible not to warm to, Secret Night Gang’s debut emerges from the shadows and into the summery light.
Space Ghost - Dance Planet Yellow Vinyl Edition
Space Ghost
Dance Planet Yellow Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Tartelet)
22,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Sudi Wachspress returns to Tartelet Records with Dance Planet, a third LP of emotionally-charged house music to welcome us back to the dancefloor. The spirit of true house runs deep in the sound of Space Ghost. Oakland native Sudi Wachspress is intuitively plugged into the romantic, mystical energy of 4/4 club music as a unifying force of empowerment and liberation, carrying the torch from vital forebears like Larry Heard, Alton Miller, and Blaze. His new album, Dance Planet, carries a greater responsibility to spread spiritual affirmations. As the global dancefloor community emerges from a mentally-taxing recess and confronts their social self like it’s the first day of school, Space Ghost’s message couldn’t be more supportive. “Don’t be afraid to be yourself, don’t be afraid to let go,” he intones on “Be Yourself.” More than just a beat and a hook, his music is pointedly created to heal and energize. “I’m a big fan of old-school house vocals that have a positive message,” says Space Ghost, “tracks that can perhaps enhance your mood or strengthen your confidence in yourself.” Wachspress has always represented a beacon of musical uplift, both on his previous Endless Light and Aquarium Nightclub LPs for Tartelet and on his swathes of self-released music and last year’s Free 2 B on Apron. Compared to most house-oriented artists, he places emphasis on the long-player format to create an encircling experience for the listener, smoothing out psychic wrinkles and massaging areas of tension for a fully holistic hit.
Tenderlonious - Still Flute
Still Flute
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (22a)
26,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Tenderlonious has proven himself to be one of the most versatile and uninhibited artists in music today, blending genres and multi-instrumentation with style and ease. Whether it be jazz fusion with his band Ruby Rushton, Hindustani classical with Pakistani quartet Jaubi or deep house, electro funk and ambient electronica in his solo studio productions, he has accumulated a back catalogue of releases and collaborations that unveil a musician who is continuously striving to evolve and push the boundaries of sound. 'Still Flute' continues with that notion, combining his signature live flute and synth work over Detroit house, p-funk, spiritual ragas and ambient sound designs. There are four deep house jams, including 'Song For My Mother' and title track 'Still Flute', all embellished with energetic flute solos. 'Isaac's Theme' and 'Neptune's Mood' add the downbeat p-funk mood, while 'Seti Khola' is a deeply spiritual Hindustani raga. 'Journey to Thra' and 'End Transmission' add the ambient palette to another phenomenal record from Tenderlonious and the 22a camp. 'Still Flute' is the long awaited follow up to Tenderlonious's highly acclaimed 2016 mini-album 'On Flute'.
V.A. - OST In The Mood For Love (Jetone 30th Anniversary Edition)
OST In The Mood For Love (Jetone 30th Anniversary Edition)
2LP | 2000 | JP | Reissue (Analog Dept.)
99,99 €*
Release:2000 / JP – Reissue
Relive the golden 60s when Chow Mo-wan (played by Tony Leung) encountered So Lai-chun (played by Maggie Cheung) and began their enticing love affair in In the Mood For Love. A selection of Chinese opera titles, mandarin classics, jazz favorites by Nat King Cole and the characters’ live-recorded scripts sonically constructed a picture of love and lust in this film, which is considered to be one of Wong Kar-wai’s best work to-date. One must not miss the haunting “Yumeji’s Theme” by Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi and the “Angkor Wat Themes” by Michael Galasso that has brought this film to its perfection.
V.A. - Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie And House (1982-1992)
Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie And House (1982-1992)
3LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Soundway)
32,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The 21 track selection curated by Trujillo, a Venezuelan producer, DJ and record collector based in Berlin, explores the forgotten corners of the 1980s and early 90s Spanish music scene. Veering through early bleep and hip house, electro, boogie, Iberian pop and much more, it has broad appeal to both Balearic heads and diggers alike. Serendipitously, the cover art for the compilation is an original work by Yves Uro, a figurehead of Ibiza’s party scene from the 70s and 80s and whose visionary poster artwork became representative of the white isle. While some of the artists or producers on the compilation went on to have notable careers, many of the tracks selected here represent “one-offs” for the artists, and on occasion the labels as well. These sometimes self-released, privatelypressed productions, on short-lived imprints with names like Cantos and Prismatic, document the nascent clubland communities - from the capital, to major cities to the north, and east, and also smaller locales, coastal towns such as Marbella, Gijón, and Cádiz. Ritmo Fantasía is the result of over a decade’s worth of record collecting by DJ Trujillo, searching out bespoke stores, markets, and dealers. For the first time ever, it brings to light and groups together some hidden gems from an era that without it, would likely remain hidden from view.
Valentina Goncharova - Recordings 1987-1991 Volume 2
Valentina Goncharova
Recordings 1987-1991 Volume 2
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Shukai)
17,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Following the unpublished works of the Ukrainian/Estonian musician Valentina Goncharova, Volume 2 of Shukai’s archival project sits in direct contrast to the solo works of Vol. 1. Recordings 1987-1991 Vol. 2 completes Shukai’s dive into the sound world of an important yet overlooked artist working within Soviet era electroacoustics.
Vumani - Isiqedakoma
LP | 1986 | EU | Reissue (La Casa Tropical)
21,99 €*
Release:1986 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Preorder shipping from 25.02.2022
Not much is known about the mysterious pop sensation Vumani or his short musical career. Originally from KwaZulu Natal he made his way to Johannesburg in the mid 80’s to follow his dream of becoming a recording artist. He was able to make that dream come true when talent scouts from Decibel Music came across the charismatic youngster. At the time Decibel was still a small fish trying to make waves and the label believed in Vumani they had found the star they were looking for. Being a label with mostly groups signed to the catalog they needed a Front Man to push into the growing demand for Solo Artists that were dominating the airwaves and catching the hearts of youngsters.

Up to this point Decibel had one major hit record. In 1986 they released a single by an artist named David Thanzwane. The music was a direct rip off of the first hit Single by Shangaan Disco pioneer Paul Ndlovu. Copying the music of both sides of the original single the “covers” offered different lyrics and hooks also sung in xiTsonga. This was enough to trick the masses and the single led to record sales for the small label. The unintentional outcome of the single was that from then on the producers and label had one sound they wanted to pump out in hopes of recreating that magic. This desire to create another Shangaan Disco hit would be the backbone of the Vumani sound and what makes his music so special and collectable after all these years.

That same year Vumani would release two Singles, Black Mampatile and Guy Fawkes. Musically these playful and fun singles would have great appeal to youngsters as they sung of daily life in the Townships. Black Mampatile being a game of Hide and Seek, Banana Kari referring to the trucks that would go around the Township exchanging chips and snacks for glass bottles and of course every child’s favourite reason the dress up on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Day. Both singles were received well and a few more tracks were later recorded to create the full album Isiqedakoma. Although he would sing in Zulu the music was unmistakable for Shangaan Disco. The synth heavy bass lines and happy melodies along with relatable fun lyrics were a perfect blend for an album that would make people dance if they were out at a Tavern or Shabeen on a weekend or just enjoying at home with family and friends.

Vumani quickly became the Label’s top priority with managers making sure he always had the freshest clothing styles to go along with his persona, and he never missed any performances or opportunities to impress a crowd. His popularity grew in the Township’s but with that came the unfortunate and all too common problems with fame. He started getting mixed with wrong crowds. He would record another album for Miracle Music, the Decibel sub label that had emerged to focus on the more underground sounds of the post synth pop era. Musically things were going well for Vumani but it would be his life off the stage that would catch up with him. Always known for his commitment to his music and fans one day he uncharacteristically failed to show up and was never heard from again. His body would later be found in a burnt car on the outskirts of Soweto. What led to his tragic death was never known but with the company he kept it is not hard to imagine what one of the many situations that led to that horrific ending could be. His funeral was attended by the entire Township it seemed as people packed the service and flowed out onto the streets, a testament to his popularity and the love the people had for one of their own.
Wandl - Womb
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Affine / HHV)
18,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Limited edition of 300 copies on black vinyl.

Wandl, the progressive 25-year-old producer, musician and vocalist from Vienna, is back with his second solo album, "Womb". Following the success of his debut release "It's All Good Tho" (2017), an extensive tour with Bilderbuch in Germany, a performance at Primavera Sound in Barcelona (2018) and several artistic projects (2019), "the master of delayed loops" now delivers a self-produced and highly condensed work of about 25 minutes that focuses on the dark chords of the emotional keyboard.

With "Womb", Wandl engages in musical interspaces where potential clarity gradually dissolve into the nebulous blanket of the night. In the midst, Wandl's distinct voice unites with his characteristic soundscapes and the warm euphony of the piano. His songs deal with self-doubt, emotional inhibition, freedom found in loneliness, undesired social acknowledgement, transcendence and the arrival in the womb of an unexpected maternal reconnection. In the end there is even yodeling.

The usual platitudes of the new economy as crude maximization strategies are thus safely ignored: Wandl is a genre unto itself. Something for your mind, body and soul – in the best sense of the word.
William S. Fischer - Akelarre Sorta
William S. Fischer
Akelarre Sorta
LP | 1972 | EU | Reissue (Elkar)
23,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Pello Joxepe is in the bar, but this time he's moving his hips to the sound of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly funk-soul groove. These are the kind of psychedelic visions created by this esoteric "Akelarre Sorta", an unparalleled gem. The African-American saxophonist, pianist and composer William S. Fischer, who worked in the 1950s with stars of the stature of Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Joe Zawinul and Roberta Flack, in 1972 made an album of catchy, funky versions of popular tunes. And that's it, as simple as it is mysterious and surprising. Little more has ever been known about this recording or about the reasons behind William's visit to the Basque Country. So here it is, ready to attract a new audience to join the cult following it has gradually built up over nearly 50 years.
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