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Staff Picks: May 7th 2021

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks: May 7th 2021
Our staff here at Juno Records select their top music picks to hit the shelves this week, featuring rband new albums, singles, reissues and premasters.
Award Tour (1 per customer)
Cat: 45K 04. Rel: 03 May 21
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Award Tour (3:26)
  2. Oh My God (3:06)
Review: Originally released in 1993, 'Award Tour' by A Tribe Called Quest was the first single from their third album Midnight Marauders, and featured Trugoy of De La Soul. It is their biggest single to date, ranking high in charts in America and overseas. The B side of the single is the original version of album cut 'The Chase, Pt. 2' which featured the first known appearance by future band member Consequence. A Tribe Called Quest was the most commercially successful act in the Native Tongues collective, with all six of its albums certified either gold or platinum.
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 in stock $14.04
Cat: GABRIELS 1LP. Rel: 18 Jan 21
  1. Loyality (2:39)
  2. In Loving Memory (2:55)
  3. Professional (3:56)
  4. Love & Hate In A Different Time (4:45)
  5. The Blind (4:17)
out of stock $13.46
Cat: INFILTRATE 08. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Hidden Realms (5:42)
  2. I Guess You Know (5:44)
  3. Sonically Entwined (5:46)
  4. Electronic Feelings (5:18)
Review: Inflitrate's electro mission continues unabated with this new drop from Maltese producer Sound Synthesis. He's previously been spotted on Fundamental, Gated and Nebulae amongst others, and he's coming correct with four brand new cuts right here. This is classically executed electro with a warm middle that will appeal to fans of Radioactive Man's early material. "Hidden Realms" is a brooding yet cosy workout, while "I Guess You Know" heads into more sparkling, emotive territory, and "Sonically Entwined" lets in a little Kraftwerkian noir. "Electronic Feelings" is a more downcast track to close out the 12", but there's still plenty of punch in the broken beat powering the track.
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out of stock $9.73
Cat: AOTN 12016. Rel: 03 May 21
Deep House
  1. East Coast Affair - "Without You" (feat Avelino Pitts & L Ross) (7:04)
  2. Mary Love' Comer - "Come Out Of The Sandbox" (East Coast Love Affair mix) (6:43)
Review: Having recently made their debut via a fine lovers' rock cover of Eddie Kendricks classic 'Date With The Rain', East Coast Love Affair (AKA "the Athens of the North house band", according to member and label founder Euan Fryer) return with something rather different. 'Without You' is a deliciously dreamy, effortlessly soulful vocal deep house number that's as immersive, warm and comforting as a loved-up hug from that special person in your life. It sounds like it could have been made in NYC or NJ in the very late 1980s, but that's no bad thing. Over on the flip Fryer and his collaborators provide an authentic, boogie era-style extended remix of Mary Love Comer's 'Come Out of The Sandbox', giving it a reverential but far more DJ-friendly twist.
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 in stock $11.18
Cat: GETTRAUM 008. Rel: 03 May 21
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. Express (6:47)
  2. Engage (6:47)
  3. Quanta (8:52)
Review: Gettraum's eighth outing is another high class voyage into sleek and seductive tech house. The ever prolific label boss Romain Reynaud AKA Traumer is once again the man in charge of the music and as always he manages to mine new ground. 'Express' opens with powerful tech house funk that is carefully detailed with breathy female vices so as not to get too abstract. 'Engage' is similar but a little more dark and likely to get those teeth gritted. Last of all, 'Quanta' explores headier sounds, with zoned out grooves and nice watery pads floating up top. These always sell out, so don't hang about.
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out of stock $14.62
Cat: WSR GHW1. Rel: 03 May 21
Drum And Bass/Jungle
  1. Meet At Infinity (5:21)
  2. Kepler438 (5:25)
  3. They Live (5:28)
  4. Hidden Dimension (4:38)
Review: Well Street continues to set out its stall within the realm of contemporary bassweight experimentation with this return to the fray from Ghost Warrior. Previously spotted on 31 Records, re:st and The Collection Artaud, Peter Ivanyi is the quintessential grey area producer, dealing in futuristic extrapolations of the D&B formula, where monochrome textures and dense dub atmospheres hover around needlepoint rhythms and ruthlessly controlled bass swells. With an icy demeanour offset by delicately deployed chords (at least on 'Kepler438', this is exquisitely executed, highly futuristic brain food for those who believe in D&B as much more than a raging soundtrack to a skank.
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out of stock $11.45
  1. Seven Shades Of Dub (10:43)
  2. Paths Of Life (6:30)
  3. More & More (6:09)
  4. One With Another (7:42)
  5. Hash Recall (Bass ReTouch) (7:16)
  6. Stoned (Manali Cream mix) (7:07)
  7. Sexy Selector (8:16)
Review: Legendary UK dub techno pioneers Glyn 'Bigga' Bush and Richard Whittingham aka Rockers Hi-Fi, originally formed in 1992 in Birmingham. Rockers Hi-Fi gained a cult following in the early years of dub-techno and soundsystem culture with their psychedelic, bass-heavy blend of dub, house, techno, beats and drum & bass. We're pleased to present a selection of tracks from their formative years, mainly encompassing the club ready, dancefloor centred part of their discography. This reissue LP includes a mixture of sought after bangers, as well as some lesser known tracks which people may not have heard.
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out of stock $31.80
Cat: GALL 013. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. The First Narcissus (11:41)
  2. Jealous Groove (10:38)
The vocalist on this one sure does sound like a celebrated British pop vocalist. And the hints in the mystic text accompanying it certainly don't lessen that feeling. Either way, her textured tones on 'The First Narcissus' are weaved into a gritty, low slung groove that has crashing claps and a dirty baseline that wouldn't sound out of place in the Berghain basement. On the flip, 'Jealous Groove' is a punchy but clipped disco beat with a sense of urgency and streetwise swagger that sounds true fresh. West End Records mysterious Bitter End off-shoot strikes again with this one.
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 in stock $11.74
Cat: CPU 01100001. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Cracked Dice (5:07)
  2. Head Of The Keeper (4:53)
  3. Chemical Peel (5:40)
  4. Lemon Mishap (3:56)
Review: Live electro specialists London Modular Alliance has spent the last five years delivering killer cuts on a variety of well-regarded and high-profile underground labels (Applied Rhythmic Technology, Brokntoys and Hypercolour included), so it was probably only a matter of time before they showed up on Central Processing Unit. Cracked Dice, their first four-track assault for the Steel City imprint, is a typically distorted, off-kilter and intergalactic affair. They brilliantly set the tone via the alien electro/broken beat fusion of 'Cracked Dice', before adding broken computer bleeps, mangled modular noises and serious sub-bass to a crunchy breakbeat hardcore groove (EP highlight 'Head of the Keeper'). Flipside opener 'Chemical Peel' is an ultra-deep and dreamy electro-breaks bubbler, while 'Lemon Mishap' is Drexciya-style electro at its very best.
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out of stock $9.16
Cat: MC 048. Rel: 03 May 21
Deep House
  1. Psyche (5:20)
  2. Haze (7:45)
  3. Dog Food (5:20)
  4. Psyche (alternate mix) (6:08)
Review: The Mint Condition label is now almost at the half century mark, and is still coming through with the vital reissue goods. This one focuses on Birmingham's Peter 'Doggy' Duggal, whose early 90s Psyche EP was made with a collection of bedroom hardware and influenced by the huge love for the crunchy techno sounds of Cybotron. It is edgy, textural music for dark, strobe lit warehouses, with bright, stark chords, glitchy electronics and a range of inventive drum machine rhythms. The EP includes previously unreleased tunes as well as new versions never heard before that the artist has found in his DAT archive.
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out of stock $11.18
  1. Love Theme For The Morning After (6:16)
  2. Mutual Excitement Is A Wonderful Thing (4:55)
  3. Certain (To A Certain Extent) (4:07)
 in stock $11.45
Cat: DNA 017. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. That's The Way Love Goes (4:16)
  2. The Thrill Is Gone (4:31)
Review: A-grade edit specialists DJ DSK is having a hugely prolific year. He has already put put a wealth of 7"s this year and now comes on strong with yet another. DNA Edits Instrumentals Vol 3 finds him hunt down some killer source material and cut it and rework it with his surgeons sonic scalpel. 'That's The Way Love Goes' has a hard hitting boom-bap break with a bouncy bassline bringing some air. A neat and funk guitar riff acts as the main hook with synth strings bring expansive feels. On the back side is 'The Thrill Is Gone', a more laid back but still funky break for those earlier or even later night hours.
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 in stock $11.45
Cat: ALBEIT 005. Rel: 03 May 21
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. MNF (8:24)
  2. Camel Sands (4:59)
  3. Pandemonium (7:59)
out of stock $13.74
Cat: MADHAB 05. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Sun & Wonder (8:19)
  2. Marbles (4:40)
  3. Night Light (6:12)
  4. Ambient Mix (3:11)
  5. Time (4:32)
out of stock $12.90
Cat: TINWHITE 003. Rel: 03 May 21
UK Garage
  1. Garage Tools (5:35)
  2. All About U (3am mix) (6:18)
  3. Know U Like It (5:54)
  4. Midnight Shift (4:56)
  5. Midnight Shift (DJ Crisps remix) (6:56)
  6. Midnight Shift (Soul Mass Transit System remix) (4:47)
 in stock $12.59
Cat: LIVITY 047. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. 12hrs (4:04)
  2. Three Tribes (3:39)
  3. Bullet Rice (3:42)
  4. The Problem (5:01)
Review: It's a London meets Bristol thing right here as the Tribal Brothers and DJ Polo go toe-to-toe with some beautiful drumcraft. Sitting between kuduro, UK funky and afrobeat, each of these four club-ready cuts are stripped back to the bare rhythm essentials, honing our focus on different elements. On the opener '12hrs' it's the steel drum shimmers. On 'Three Tribes' it's the raw minimalism and human textures while 'Bullet Rise' is all about the big bulging bass tones. Finally 'The Problem' switches to a halftime, creating even more space and mysticism in the mix. It's high time we all linked up.
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 in stock $10.89
Cat: ITX 21. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Ous (5:08)
  2. 80L (3:04)
  3. Senking (5:25)
  4. TR10 (5:24)
  5. Onoff (3:13)
  6. Patty (4:04)
Review: Hallucinating Gnarly Spring Breakers.Following a swathe of rock-solid EPs from Walton and Pessimist, Ilian Tape ITX sub-label welcomes back Munich man Konrad Wehrmeister for the first time in three years. What's on offer is a mini album of hazy and occasionally dubby techno mutations, some of which sound like they were designed for the deepest of dancefloors. Many of the melodic elements on show are built around abstract electronic textures, while the rhythms flit between bold and brassy (see the breathless techno-jack of 'Senking' and bustling, breakbeat-driven IDM of 'TR10'), and sparse and spaced-out ('Ous' and '80L', both of which put a new, off-kilter spin on dub techno). Throw in a couple of woozy ambient numbers and you've got a great EP on undulating electronic goodness.
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 in stock $12.32
Cat: GRFF 005. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. MAE (5:57)
  2. Jr Smith (5:09)
  3. Raftel (5:00)
  4. Portgas D Ace (6:17)
out of stock $14.33
Cat: ORBLDN 005. Rel: 03 May 21
UK Garage
  1. Mr Nice (6:25)
  2. South East Vice (5:41)
  3. Rampage (6:37)
  4. The Grotty Choir (6:01)
Review: Jack Michael has contributed plenty to garage's rich recent years on labels like One, Body Movement and Sub: Conscious. He now returns to Orbital London for four more tasty bangers. 'Mr Nice' has a low end wobble and watery synths that make for a nice sub-aquatic sound. 'South East Vice' is more skeletal and rude, with a razor sharp hi hat but silky chords bringing the vibes. There is a sci-fi menace to 'Rampage' that will make for a more edgy dance floor experience while 'The Grotty Choir' rounds out with pulsing minimal drums and kinetic kicks that are primed and ready to make you move.
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 in stock $14.33
Cat: SINM 01. Rel: 03 May 21
UK Garage
  1. First Try Fridays (Charly DDA mix) (5:41)
  2. Realness (6:24)
  3. Realness (Chris Geschwindner remix) (6:15)
 in stock $14.33
Cat: BL 04. Rel: 03 May 21
Deep House
  1. Dolls (5:44)
 in stock $13.17
Cat: OBR 002. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Down Alarm (5:18)
  2. Hassle (5:35)
  3. Footcell (5:19)
Review: Off Beat got off to a big start with Breaka's 'The Startup' getting picked u by plenty of bass heads across the board. This second serving is just as vital from label co-founder Rhyval. It's an EP that cuts up all manner of UK sounds from bass to grime to club. The production is clean and crisp on 'Down Alarm', with vocal loops pulling you upwards while the tumbling bass brings you back down. It's brilliantly dynamic while 'Hassle' has a more jittery rhythm, peppered with hits and underpinned by drilling bass. Closer 'Footcell' pops right off in many different directions at once - the loose bass, the jarring hits, the clicking perc, it's all perfectly made for you to move your body.
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 in stock $12.90
Cat: BP 016. Rel: 03 May 21
  1. Kincaid - "Slow Stumble Home" (8:49)
  2. Zenzizenz - "Returning From Home" (4:25)
  3. Zenzizenz - "Falling Off" (6:18)
  4. Kincaid - "Single Cell" (6:35)
 in stock $9.16
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