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Staff Picks w / c 3rd February 2020

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks w/c 3rd February 2020
7 Feb 2020
Releases that we are listening to at the moment - in no particular order.
Cat: AOS 9900. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. You Want The Best (5:29)
  2. A Toast To Momma Rose (Crowd Claps Jacked By Norm Talley) (5:38)
  3. That's Lil 'Boy (feat Ian Finkelstein) (10:57)
  4. Second Life (feat John FM) (5:58)
  5. The Sound Of Neptune (5:32)
  6. Don't Get In My Way (4:32)
  7. This Love Is 4 Real (6:06)
  8. Oops (5:59)
  9. Mandela's Gold (5:18)
  10. Hear Me Out (feat John FM) (10:08)
  11. Ambiance (feat John Cloud TM & L'renee) (4:47)
  12. Coming Home Mum (5:52)
  13. 1993 (7:20)
Review: Those who've been paying close attention will know that Alex 'Omar' Smith has been mixing things up musically of late, veering away from the deep Detroit house he's famed for in order to explore a wider range of influences. New album "You Want" doesn't exactly reverse this trend, but it is far more rooted in his particular brand of seductive, off-kilter deepness and techno-tinged hypnotism than recent singles. That's undeniably a good thing, because nobody does crunchy, machine driven club jams better than the Motor City producer. There are nods towards Italian style piano house, disco, broken beat, jazz funk, Masters at Work and - more surprisingly - industrial techno (see the filthy closing cut) - but the resultant cuts don't sound like anything other than tried-and-tested Omar-S club jams.
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 in stock $55.76
Texas Sun (1 per customer)
Cat: DOC 214LPC1. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Psych/Garage Rock
  1. Texas Sun (4:13)
  2. Midnight (5:15)
  3. C-Side (4:46)
  4. Conversion (6:41)
Review: If you've caught either Khruangbin or Leon Bridges live before, or indeed listened to anything by either band or producer-singer-songwriter, you'll know where this 20-minute EP is heading. The sleeve art, which gives more than a nod to the 1960s hippy movement, also offers a major clue.

Tripped out, smoked out, lackadaisical, bliss-infused overtures, honied and syrupy, easing you in so far that you don't quite realise how hard it is to crawl back out of the sugar-coated opiate haze. A collection of heady, hallucinogenic work for 21st Century high plains drifters, it's jazzy, psychy, lush soulful fare you'll be wanting to hear again and again, capturing the heat and slow pace of America's southern states with heartfelt songwriting from genuine masters. The result is something very special indeed.
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out of stock $16.17
  1. Special Tribute (Broken Home) (part 1) (0:40)
  2. I'm New Here (4:10)
  3. Running (2:08)
  4. Blessed Parents (1:06)
  5. New York Is Killing Me (5:16)
  6. The Patch (Broken Home) (part 2) (1:13)
  7. People Of The Light (2:53)
  8. Being Blessed (0:16)
  9. Where Did The Night Go (2:35)
  10. Lily Scott (Broken Home) (part 3) (1:02)
  11. I'll Take Care Of You (3:25)
  12. I've Been Me (0:38)
  13. This Can't Be Real (1:26)
  14. Piano Player (0:35)
  15. The Crutch (2:32)
  16. Guided (Broken Home) (part 4) (1:57)
  17. Certain Bad Things (0:14)
  18. Me & The Devil (4:52)
Review: February 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album "I'm New Here", a set that was later brilliantly reworked by Jamie XX in 2011 ("We're New Here"). To celebrate the album's tenth birthday, XL Recordings has decided to offer up "We're New Again", a fresh "reinterpretation" of the Richard Russell produced set by contemporary jazz hero and beat-maker Maya McCraven. His vision is loose, languid, deep and jazzy, with languid jazz drumming, tight hip-hop beats, soft-touch instrumentation, liquid jazz solos and funk-fuelled basslines combining beneath Scott-Heron's gravelly spoken word vocals. It's an inspired re-invention all told and one fully in keeping with the essence of Scott-Heron's own work. In other words, it's a must-have.
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 in stock $17.84
Cat: SVVNYL 02. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Minimal House/Tech House
  1. Hoove (6:22)
  2. Schwarzblau (7:37)
  3. Bluematic V2 (8:06)
  4. Plenum (7:00)
out of stock $10.03
Cat: 515 001. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Call & Response (4:08)
  2. Positive & Negative (5:41)
out of stock $11.43
Tase (1 per customer)
Cat: FILMLP 004. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Silence (3:46)
  2. New Light (3:43)
  3. Paradise (3:45)
  4. New Jacket (2:38)
  5. The Dog (3:49)
  6. Skateboard (3:36)
  7. Slide (3:37)
  8. Assistent (3:41)
 in stock $23.41
Cat: 197205. Rel: 03 Feb 20
  1. Dancing On My Boomerang (3:12)
  2. Do It Today (5:02)
  3. Let It Take You There (6:02)
  4. Searching For A Feeling (4:31)
  5. Where's Deke? (3:16)
  6. Temple Bomb Twist (3:41)
  7. Mouse An' Me (4:55)
  8. All Wrapped Up! (6:29)
 in stock $28.99
Cat: MOMA 001. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Neocrystal (10:06)
  2. Magic Dome (12:05)
out of stock $11.71
Cat: KR 03LP. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Ural Thomas - "Pain Is The Name Of Your Game" (2:44)
  2. Aaron Neville - "Lets Live" (2:45)
  3. Ernie K Doe - "Reapin' What I Sow" (3:02)
  4. The Wallace Brothers - "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" (2:51)
  5. Irma Thomas - "Ruler Of My Heart" (2:36)
  6. The Invincibles - "Heart Full Of Love" (2:04)
  7. Raw Spitt - "Song To Sing" (4:15)
  8. Willie West - "The Greatest Love" (2:18)
  9. Marvin L Sims - "Danger" (2:44)
  10. Betty Green - "He's Down On Me" (2:38)
  11. Pearl Woods - "Think Of Poor Me" (2:49)
  12. Earl Connelly - "I Feel A Little Lonely" (1:52)
  13. Reuben Bell - "Too Late" (2:42)
  14. Jerry Butler - "I'm A Tellin' You" (2:23)
  15. Barbara West - "Anybody But You" (3:23)
  16. Eddie Floyd - "I've Just Been Feeling Bad" (2:35)
  17. Howard Tate - "I Learned It All The Hard Way" (2:37)
  18. Bettye Swann - "Don't Look Back" (demo) (3:12)
  19. Mickey Murray - "Lonely Room" (2:23)
  20. Clay Hammond - "I'll Make It Up To You" (3:37)
  21. Doris Allen - "Shell Of A Woman" (2:59)
  22. James Carr - "I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore" (2:24)
  23. Jimmy Holiday - "The Turning Point" (2:45)
  24. Nina Simone - "Stars" (6:42)
out of stock $24.27
Cat: UR 016R. Rel: 11 May 20
Deep House
  1. Don't You Want It (club) (7:47)
  2. Don't You Want It (radio) (5:29)
out of stock $16.17
  1. Lichtspruch (13:12)
  2. Transmitter - Love (5:30)
  3. Lagrange Point L5 (6:12)
  4. Parallelwelt (10:02)
  5. Tamara Jagellovsk (7:56)
  6. Lancet (8:37)
  7. Eine Fremde Lebensform (5:46)
  8. Leviathan (7:01)
  9. Zeitsprung (7:42)
Review: During the 1990s, Age was one of the most used aliases of man-of-many-pseudonyms (and all round techno legend) Thomas Heckmann. He released many singles and two albums under the alias, with the first of the latter - 1994's "The Orion Years" - being the most celebrated. This 25th anniversary edition of that set proves why. While the track listing is slightly different from the original version (a couple of tracks have been omitted in favour of unheard cuts produced in the same period) it remains a fantastically spacey, far-sighted and sci-fi focused set that brilliantly blurs the boundaries between techno, acid, electro, ambient techno and electronica - all bubbly TB-303 lines, firm beats, alien melodies, deep space chords and undulating basslines.
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 in stock $30.40
Cat: BRZ45 076. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Neno Exporta Som - "Deixa A Tristeza" (3:29)
  2. Agnaldo Rayol - "Sumauma" (3:38)
Review: After delivering some killer reissues over the last few years, Mr Bongo's brilliant Brazil 45s series has reached "buy on sight" status. It goes without saying that the label's latest double-header of hard-to-find Brazilian gems is white hot. A-side Neno Exporta Som's impossible-to-find 1971 gem "Deixa A Tristeza", a wild and life-affirming fusion of samba and funk full of fuzzy sax solos, glassy-eyed vocals and heavyweight grooves. Over on the flip you'll find another killer cut from '71: "Sumauma" by MPB star Agnaldo Rayol. Blessed with a great groove and incredible arrangement, it sounds like a Brazilian take on the sort of over-the-top songs used to open James Bond movies in the 1970s (albeit with a bit of samba sunshine thrown in).
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out of stock $8.37
Cat: DYNAM 7068/7069. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Platano Split (4:49)
  2. Culzean (3:16)
  3. Castle Battle (2:51)
  4. Hang Out (2:23)
 in stock $17.84
Cat: AX 085. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Ultimo (4:17)
  2. Forever & A Day (6:35)
  3. Big City Fish (5:00)
  4. Apex The Curve (3:49)
  5. Sunday (5:07)
  6. Northwest Of Paradise (3:55)
  7. The Passenger (4:49)
  8. Josephine (5:09)
  9. With (0:36)
Review: This New Year, Jeff Mills is inviting us to look inward in the form of his Every Dog Has Its Day series. The last time we had an installment came 17 years ago, just enough time for a periodical cicada to emerge from theground, finished with its former life as a nymph. The sixth edition of this series is soon to follow in spring dressed in brown, continuing to deliver a spiritual and emotional raft for you to see that Every Dog Has Its Day. Mills himself has said, "You never figure out life, you just get used to it." Reflected in this record is that sentiment, that life doesn't present to you the answers because there are none. What is right and just for you, may not be for me, so how can I share with you any secrets. Electronic music can act as a guide, a catalyst of your headspace; it is not the map.
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 in stock $22.30
Cat: LUCKY 133LPX. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. The West Is Dead (2:54)
  2. Loaded (3:17)
  3. The Ballad Of Calamity James (1:30)
  4. To The Door (3:18)
  5. Satan Luella & I (6:25)
  6. Mikey's Song (3:37)
  7. Why? (2:32)
  8. MMXX AD (0:52)
  9. 149 (feat Tallulah Eden) (2:57)
  10. Joanna (2:19)
  11. Where's Joanna? (3:52)
  12. Death Drive (3:37)
  13. Nobody Stays In Love (3:27)
  14. Blank Slate (3:42)
  15. War Is Looming (4:42)
Review: With its wildly versatile, open-minded but business-driven music industry, the UK can't help but fall victim to the hype circus from time to time. Bands garner praise, and before you know it there's a debut album out everyone is telling you to fall in love with, despite the fact you know there's nothing to adore.

Fear not, HMLTD early adopters, we also know the London quintet are every bit as good as the words and phrases talking them up, and prove it on this inaugural long form. To ignore influences of glam rock and new romanticism is to disregard many of the troupe's stylistic traits, but those are really only half the story. Diving into "West Of Eden" is like welcoming all - or at least many - of Britain's contemporary sounds into your personal space, from trap and electro to post punk and guitar artiness. Exceptional stuff we'll leave you to explore further.
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 in stock $14.23
Cat: BFR 004LP. Rel: 10 Feb 20
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul
  1. Rawl Aredo (5:22)
  2. Waiting 4 You (7:32)
  3. Where We Go (4:52)
  4. Tell Me (5:00)
  5. African Dream (4:10)
  6. Songlife (3:36)
  7. Higher Place (4:13)
  8. Single Stream (4:49)
  9. Love 4 Nano (7:13)
Review: It took Steve Spacek almost 13 years to deliver a follow-up to his acclaimed 2005 debut album "Space Shift". Happily, he's not made us wait nearly as long for "Houses", his sequel to 2018's brilliant, Eglo-released "Natural Sci-Fi". More importantly, it's arguably even better than its predecessor, with Spacek combining his weary, soft-focus and effortlessly soulful vocals with a rich, warm and woozy musical palette full of echoing Rhodes electric piano chords, sci-fi electronics, sub-heavy basslines and grooves that largely - but not universally - tend towards the deeper and more experimental end of the house spectrum. The results are every bit as inventive, enjoyable and forward thinking as you'd expect.
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 in stock $17.29
Cat: NBL 006. Rel: 10 Feb 20
  1. Trudge - "Last Ceremony Until I Die" (5:52)
  2. Caramel Chameleon - "Formata" (4:23)
  3. Low Tape - "Glow In The Dark" (5:01)
  4. Placid One - "Polyvalent" (6:29)
  5. Curios - "Lasoonk" (5:41)
  6. Arctor - "Phoebus Cartel" (5:23)
  7. Blind Summit - "Blind Ice Palace" (4:51)
  8. Mihail P - "Dislodged Foreign Object" (5:06)
out of stock $18.95
Cat: DET 002. Rel: 03 Feb 20
  1. DYL - "Phrases" (4:05)
  2. Senking & DYL - "Destroyed City Lights" (4:57)
  3. DYL - "Words" (4:29)
  4. DYL & DB1 - "Uniformity Of Nature" (5:58)
  5. Senking - "Launch" (4:31)
  6. DYL - "Semantics" (4:05)
Review: Czech label Detach launched back in 2015 with some low key firepower from Moll+, and now they're back with a split release that showcases some fiery upcoming talent in the field of experimental electronica. The sound DYL is exploring on "Phrases" is rabid and deconstructed, but equally bristling with analogue energy. Senking jumps in with DYL for the more rhythmically structured "Destroyed City Lights", which balances sweet and savage tones beautifully. DYL and DB1 create a stern, percussion led variation of electro on "Uniformity Of Nature" and Senking's solo piece "Launch" jettisons off into misty blue pools of synthetic expression, making this a record that surprises and satisfies at every turn.
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 in stock $10.32
Cat: SRCLASSICS 06LP. Rel: 03 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. Code 718 - "Equinox" (Heavenly club mix) (10:26)
  2. CLS - "Can You Feel It" (In House dub) (4:47)
  3. George Morel - "Let's Groove" (6:59)
  4. KCYC - "I'm Not Dreaming" (Mystipsychotix mix) (6:14)
  5. Hardrive - "Deep Inside" (6:32)
  6. Groove Patrol - "Need Your Love" (7:01)
  7. Lou2 - "Freaky" (The Bar Heads mix) (9:16)
  8. Wink - "Higher State Of Consciousness" (Tweekin Acid Funk) (6:19)
Review: A few months back, iconic New York house label Strictly Rhythm notched up three decades in the business. To celebrate, the label's current owners (BMG fact fans) have decided to offer up a series of celebratory compilations featuring some of the imprint's biggest dancefloor hits. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on this first volume, from the stab-heavy, rave-era filth of CLS's "Can You Feel It (In House Dub)" and the wild acid insanity of Wink's "Higher State of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk)", to the bouncy, mid-to-late-90s US garage chunkiness of Groove Patrol's "Need Your Love", Hardrive's "Deep Inside" and the organ-heavy sweatiness of George Morel's "Let's Groove".
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 in stock $23.99
  1. Infra Red Spectrum (8:09)
  2. Magnetic Timetable (2:20)
  3. Nocturbulous (5:10)
 in stock $14.78
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