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Ahoy! Decent week so far. I’m rolling in on an 8 day week and yet still enjoying it. We went to see Jagger DJ with Mark Ernestus this week – both of them smashed it deep; Jagger killing it with some serious Roots and Dancehall – and Ernestus playing Dancehall instrumentals that sounded like Ruff Squad instrumentals made in Space. Toru is over in Japan and is playing a party there in a few days:
Anyway let me get into the new stuff so I can watch Red Scorpion.
- Super nice copy of Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake. Like a really beautiful copy. The sleeve and everything. We played it and I think it is one of the best sounding records I’ve ever heard. I have a pretty tatty copy myself (which plays good but not as good as this). We all were very tempted. The other two LPs came in too but were later issues. Also in the same pile was some fairly decent rock: Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, The Only Ones. Al and me also went through about 500 Classic Rock LPs today (and had to turn down about 400 of them!) which included lots of titles from Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Hawkwind, Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers etc.
- Loads more killer Jazz. A copy of Space Is The Place by Sun Ra – a US copy. Pure insanity. Also more from: Nathan Davis, Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Joe Harriott, Blue Notes (on Ogun), Giles Peterson UK Jazz comp, some Strata East reissues and plenty more.
- Lots of great Soul – from Leos Sunship to The Rotary Connection. Also a nice batch of US Soul 45s. Including a few really rare ones (including a £100+ titles from The Ultimate Blacks).
- Plenty more Rap 45s – including several Promos from De La Soul, Coolio, Naughty By Nature etc. Very popular!
- Moire Jungle and DNB as usual – loads of Moving Shadow, Metalheadz etc.
- Some pretty nice House – including a few nite Italo House titles too from Don Carlos and The Bermuda Triangle. There were also rare ones from Trax Records, Matthew Herbert (under the Dr Rocket name), Davina (the UR “Don’t You Want It” – never stops sounding amazing), Mountain People and a rare Armando. Loads of new Dance bits will be going out tomorrow and Monday.
- Few Reggae bits – including a bunch of Dub Store reissues. Which are always nice.
Little bit quieter this week on the selling front – Football and Royal Weddings maybe – but its been really good as we’ve managed to get loads more records out. I priced 300 records in the last 3 days – hopefully the racks will be nice and packed soon!
DJing in Canterbury in a few weeks for some pals with DJ Fearbubbler if anyone lives round those parts!
This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty Lucinda Chua! Lucinda made music under the name Felix on Kranky Records and played Cello for Stars Of The Lid for a tour.
I think this the song of emoji heart eyes.
This is from Sergey Suokas’ album The New Cycle. The record feels like a collection of bizarro landscapes painted out of bits of techno and orchestra – I am really into it.
“Please Set Me At Ease” Madlib
Ugh, this is so good. When the tempo slows and the piano comes back in, I am turned into mush.
“Nowhere” Nosaj Thing
I love the wooziness Nosaj Thing conjures. It’s like a cross between falling in love and the feeling before you throw up… but it’s a good feeling hahaha.
“Fragments” Skuli Sverrisson & Oskar Guojonsson
The first time I heard this I felt paralysed because I didn’t know how to process it. Like the music felt so good it actually physically hurt a bit. I don’t know if anyone else ever feels this way with certain songs? or maybe I’m just a weirdo!
“What I can See feat. Micachu” Ben Vince
I love this song by Ben Vince, taken from his new Assimilation LP. He creates all these beautiful textures and overtones with his saxophone, it feels like someone is holding your heart in their hands.
“Zodiac Shit” Flying Lotus
Flylo’s music brings so much joy into my life! All that tremolando up in the strings, so dreamy.
“Machinery Responds” Ratkiller
My friend JBH got me into Ratkiller (Estonian musician Mihkel Kleis) a few years back. This track is from his 2016 record Odor Orienting. For me, this is the sound of euphoria mixed with adrenaline.
“My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper” Sons of Kemet
I am so inspired by Shabaka Hutchings. His solo work, The Ancestors, Sons of Kemet… there is so much power and excellence in this music, it has taught me so much – about the past, about the future, about music, about myself.
“Sem Teto” Cinema
Someone posted this on youtube and the comments section reads:
Check out Lucindas music here: https://soundcloud.com/lucindachua
Lucinda is playing this event (organised by the amazing Dohm Shop!) in Nottingham in June. Theres a really killer promotional video for it on Instagram!
Till next week!!!