Album of the week is a new Soul Jazz compilation focussing on experimental electronic stuff from the 60s up to the 80s, more on that below.
Whole load of good records out this week, make yourself comfortable. Vampire Weekend bassist (and friend of the shop) Baio is back with his second album of slick electronic new wave. Dream poppers Beach House compile their b-sides and rarities, stretching back to the beginning of their career. Peter Perrett, ex-singer of The Only Ones, finally gets his act together after years of ill health and drug addiction to release How The West Was Won, his first record since 1996. New Zealander Kane Strang's new one for Dead Oceans will appeal to fans of Car Seat Headrest and Stephen Malkmus. Moon Diagrams is the solo project of Deerhunter co-founder Moses John Archuleta, gradually pieced together over 10 years and touches on outsider pop, minimal techno and warm, weightless experimentation. James Elkington has worked with a wide array of folk and avant rock luminaries (Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, etc) and this is his solo debut, drawing on English folk, avant-rock and jazz traditions. Wesley Gonzalez, ex singer for indie rockers Let's Wrestle, stretches out and nods towards early Stax soul, Yellow Magic Orchestra's warbling synths and the eccentric Englishness of XTC. Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H Kirk releases his first solo record in 5 years, and feature his first vocals in 10 years. Have you been watching the new Twin Peaks? Good isn't it? You've probably noticed the bands at the end of each episode? Trouble is the new collaboration between David Lynch's son Riley, Dirty Beaches and Lynch's music supervisor Dean Hurley and is a noir R&B instrumental, which wouldn't be out of place in The Wild One. The Nurse were Japan's first female hardcore band, releasing its first record back in 1983, an 8 track flexi, following it up with a 5 track EP, compiled here on heavyweight vinyl. The Cure's Greatest Hits and Acoustic Hits came out on picture disc for Record Store Day, and quickly sold out everywhere, they now are getting a standard black vinyl release. The great reissue label Numero Group focus on private press yacht rock with Seafaring Stranger, perfect for listening on your yacht this summer, as is the third volume of the Too Slow To Disco compilation. Strut's new compilation, Ote Maloya, documents the groundbreaking maloya scene on Réunion Island from the mid-‘70s, as Western instrumentation joined traditional Malagasy, African and Indian acoustic instruments to spark a whole era of new fusions and creativity. And there's a bunch more to investigate, pop in and have a browse