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Listen to our playlist featuring over 1300 records from VF Live sets

From Afrobeat and drone to dub, hip-hop, breakbeat and beyond.

In VF Live, our favourite DJs take you inside their homes, record stores, and studios, for intimate mixes and performances.

This includes artists from across the globe, playing every genre you can think of – ambient, disco, breakbeat, jazz, reggae, dub, hip-hop, Afrobeat, gospel, field recordings, Bollywood, disco, krautrock, psych, drone, you name it.

Our VF Live playlist collects music from these sets, with over 1300 records featured to date, including our latest shows with DJ Mihoko, Rare Groove with Norio, and Eliza Rose.

Updated regularly, you can check it out below and head here to follow.


Photo: Eliza Rose

Looking for more? Follow our weekly VF HQ playlist, featuring the tunes we’re listening to right now, here.

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Aloha Got Soul has opened a record store in Honolulu

“Celebrating homegrown local music.”

Aloha Got Soul has opened a record store in Honolulu’s Mōʻiliʻili neighbourhood, called AGS.

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Described as a celebration of “sound and vision”, AGS will stock new releases from independent labels and artists across the world, alongside Aloha Got Soul’s own releases.

The shop will also offer a curated selection of secondhand vinyl — traversing an eclectic range of genres and eras.

“Thanks to everyone who’s supported us throughout the years … without your support and presence, we wouldn’t feel as confident and comfortable in taking this next step.”

AGS is open Thursday to Sunday 12pm — 7pm, at 2017 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826.

Head here for more info.

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Wind instruments meet animal recordings and synthesizers on Ora Clementi’s new LP

Exploring ideas of utopia through ethereal sonics.

Ora Clementi — Crys Cole and James Rushford’s collaborative project — are releasing a new album called Sylva Sylvarum, via Black Truffle this July.

Read more: The haunting beauty of plunderphonics, field recordings and sonic art

Recorded together across the space of several months in Melbourne, the duo placed chiming bells, wind instruments and field recordings of animals in conversation with synthesizers, drum machines and vocal harmonies.

Sylva Sylvarum draws on an array of literary descriptions of utopia, with the album acting as “an invitation to inhabit otherworldly spaces.”

It follows Black Truffle’s release of Paul DeMarinis’ Songs Without Throats collection — one of our favourite records of July so far.

Pre-order Sylva Sylvarum here in advance of its 23rd July release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Peach of Immortality
2. Umbrella Spinner
3. Dialogue Between a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller and a Genoese Sea-Captain
4. Vulning
5. Lathe Of Heaven
6. Sirin
7. Nowhere Much Narrower
8. Charioteers
9. Milk Street
10. Magic Mountain
11. Ophir
12. Paradigm and Places
13. Threadneedle
14. Ferae
15. Forest of Materials

Photo: Crys Cole by Robert Szkolnicki

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Independent Label Market hosting new record fair in London

With 4AD, Mute, Rhythm Section, Touching Bass, Soul Jazz, and more.

Independent Label Market has unveiled a new one-day fair, held in London’s famed Carnaby Street this July.

The fair will feature labels including 4AD, Bella Union, Domino, Mute, Rhythm Section, Soul Jazz, Touching Bass, Woman in CTRL, and Circadian Rhythms selling a curated array of limited edition records.

As part of the event, Soho Radio will be broadcasting live, with a lineup including Simone Marie and DJ Kobayashi.

It follows the release of The Vinyl Factory and Soho Radio’s new compilation of live performances cut direct-to-lathe, titled Together: Heart n Soul.

The Independent Label Market will be take over Carnaby Street on Saturday 18th July from 12pm — 6pm.

Head here for more info.

Check out the initial list of labels hawking their wares at ILM Carnaby Street below:

4AD
Absurd Scam
Bella Union
Circadian Rhythms
Domino
Fire
Mute
Polarface
Rhythm Section
Scuffed
Soul Jazz
Timehri
Touching Bass
Tulle Collective x Ladies Music Pub
Unit 9
Women in Ctrl

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Duval Timothy reissuing Sen Am album

Weaving voice notes through solo piano and layered instrumentals.

Duval Timothy is reissuing his Sen Am on vinyl, via his own Carrying Colour label this August.

Read more: Duval Timothy’s Brown Loop reissued in new edition

Recorded across London, Bath, Freetown, Tokyo, and Kyoto, Sen Am sees Timothy incorporating Whatsapp voice notes from friends and family in Sierra Leone through solo piano and layered instrumentals.

As Lamin Fofana explains: “there is an urgent appeal to the listener for generosity, to strengthen our capacity to hear multiple voices simultaneously, to exist in multiple places at once.”

It follows the reissue of his Brown Loop album in a new edition, via The Vinyl Factory / Carrying Colour.

Pre-order Sen Am here in advance of its 6th August release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Whatsapp
2. Whale
3. Introvert
4. Ball
5. Language feat. Nicholas Mandalos
6. No
7. Wahala
8. Nijo
9. Dust
10. Ibs
11. Emmerson

Photo by: Sophie Davidson

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A new pop-up record shop is giving away free vinyl in London

All of the records on offer will be covered to hide the title and musician.

A pop-up record shop, called SMARTY Disc-overy Store, is opening in London this July.

Read more: The official list of Record Store Day 2021 releases

Coinciding with Record Store Day’s ‘drop day’ on the 17th July, the shop will open for a single day on the 16th.

In a novel twist, all of the records on offer will be covered to hide the title and musician, with the shop hoping to help listeners “rediscover the joy of new music.”

Customers will also be able to take a single free vinyl record from the shop.

SMARTY Disc-overy Store will open on Friday 16th July from 11am — 7pm, at 19 Air Street, London, W1B 5AG.

Head here for more info.

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Sitar virtuoso Kalyani Roy’s Indian classical recordings reissued

Sublime strings.

Kalyani Roy’s Indian classical recordings are being reissued in a two volume vinyl collection, called The Virtuoso Of Sitar, via Vishra Records this August.

Listen next: Explore Indian Classical in Meeting Rivers’ mix series

Having started learning to play sitar at the age of eight, Roy is regarded as “one of the finest female players in a field that was dominated by her male counterparts,” as the label notes.

Presented as two volumes, The Virtuoso Of Sitar captures her performance with Manick Das Tabla and Namita Chatterjee on Tambura in Japan, 1974.

Pre-order The Virtuoso Of Sitar Vol.2 here in advance of its 6th August release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Raga Yaman
2. Raga Yaman (Gat II)
3. Bhatiali (Boatsong Of Bengal)

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory

Suzanne Ciani’s pinball machine score released on vinyl

Using her own voice box alongside a Synclavier synthesizer, harmoniser, and vocoder.

Suzanne Ciani’s score for the Xenon pinball machine has been released on vinyl, via Finders Keepers.

Watch next: Suzanne Ciani performs a Masterclass in Modular Synthesis

Ciani created the score using her own voice box alongside a Synclavier synthesizer, harmoniser, and vocoder.

Xenon marks the first release of Ciani’s effects in their isolated forms outside of the pinball machine.

It follows the release of her live albums of Buchla synth improvisations, A Sonic Womb: Live Buchla Performance at Lapsus.

Order Xenon here, and check out the artwork and tracklist below.

Tracklist:

1. Xenon (Long Effects)
2. Xenon (Vocal Effects)
3. Xenon (Short Effects)

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Football anthem ‘3 Lions’ reissued on 7″ in 25th anniversary edition

It’s coming home?

David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, & Lightning Seeds’ ‘3 Lions’ has been reissued on vinyl in a 25th anniversary edition, via Sony Music CMG.

Originally released in 1996 to coincide with the Euros, ‘3 Lions’ has since become an iconic football anthem, along with such classics as Gala’s ‘Freed From Desire’.

The 7″ reissue includes the original song, plus an edit of the 1998 World Cup version of the track.

It coincides with the 2020 Euros, which will see England play Ukraine on Saturday 3rd July in the quarterfinals.

Head here for more info, and check out the artwork below.

Photo: Sky News.

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A new record store has opened in Barcelona

Acting as a community hub – with a radio station, events space, recording studio, and booking agency.

A new record shop and multi-purpose community hub, called The Underground Music Network, has opened in Barcelona.

Read more: Barcelona’s best record stores

Launched by Subwax founder Jimi Disko and Ramon Espinosa, The Underground Music Network will act as a record shop, radio station, booking agency, community hub, event space, and recording studio.

The space will also offer a range of courses, with the aim of helping independent artists enter the music industry.

“The project has great meaning to me as I want to use my experience to give something back,
mainly by helping young producers and DJs get started and also to make the whole Barcelona scene stronger, more versatile and less commercial,” shares Disko.

Head here for more info.

Original Resource is The Vinyl Factory