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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (18th September)

Tokyo electronica, Detroit electro, Bristol reggae and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.






Cressida makes another outing on German label Voitax, commanding the power of jungle, dubstep and grime in his 6 tracker EP Sambo. Inspired by the sounds of Cressida’s youth in London, its an exciting view into the talented producer’s soundscape of cutting vocal samples through high energy frequencies. Splitting between the intense percussive style of ‘Sambo’ and the more playful melodic vibes of ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘The Place Beyond Your Meadow’, the EP taps into the diversity of London’s sounds, while also capturing the essence of the city’s beautiful chaos in the process. – EH

Logic System

‘Unit’ / ‘Clash’

(Tempo Dischi)


Italy’s Tempo Dischi have been steadily building on their collection of understated Italo disco cuts, and this fourth quantum leap from the label mixes up expectations, landing on home shores by way of Japan and the synths of Hideki Matsutake. With Matsutake’s 1981 LP Logic having become a staple of the era’s electronic music, ‘Unit’ / ‘Clash’ 12″ gives it a dance floor sympathetic distillation, and then makes a natural connection to Italo disco realms with Mito’s 1982 remix of ‘Unit’. – JH

Calibre & DRS

‘White Horses’ / ‘Living For’

(Signature Recordings)


DRS and Calibre team up with gossamer d’n’b in ‘White Horses’ / ‘Living For’. A-side ‘White Horses’ loops Calibre’s signature silky smooth production around DRS’ heartrending vocals and melancholy key builds to moving effect. On the B-side, ‘Living For’ takes the sonics into bossed-out, dub realms – a stepper that sees DRS spitting atop percussions that would shake speakers with gustos when played in a club. While both will thrill during home listening, it’s also a 12” that deserves to be wailed from giant stacks at the next opportunity to do so. – GH

Superior Roots Music

Children of Creation & Rock & Rock

(Superior Roots Music)


Serene, uplifting and soothing are the feelings Robert Dallas’ Children of Creation conjured. Perhaps it’s the unifying message or his wide-ranging voice, but this is one of those cuts that is ripe for a meditative state or a chilled day in the sun. On the flip side, the intro to Mickey Brooks’ ‘Rock & Rock’ is magnetising to the degree that when his vocals finally come into the fray, the production has already captured the spirit in such a way that it’s it’s already waiting to jump out of your body. Hopefully come next year, carnival 2021 will be in place where these songs can really be heard and felt. – JB

Elijah Minnelli

Venn Diagram

(Breadminster County Council)


Presenter, producer and DJ Elijah Minelli unveils ‘Venn Diagram’ – the third release in a trilogy on his own Breadminster County Council imprint. Mixing influences including cumbia, dub, reggae and bass, Venn Diagram finalises the series with melancholic harmonium and hazy vocals dancing around groove-soaked rhythms and theremin sub. It comes complete with a dubbed-out version – spiced up with wiggly analogue effects – on the flip. – LS


Detroit’s Filthiest

Original Not Crispy

(casa voyager)


Detroits Filthiest – who is also one of Detroit’s finest producers – delivers a double LP fusing his iconic blends of old school ghettotech with modern electro funk works, via Moroccan label Casa Voyager. Throughout, gleefully bass-heavy tunes play with vocal cuts and shaking, dance floor-driven beats. Lyrically, some tracks have a more comically playful edge such as ‘Hot Cheetos’, whilst others such as ‘Dis n Dat’ employ a simple, but effective, repetitive agenda. Overall, its an album filled with fun and deep rhythms, from one of Detroits most diligent producers, complete with funky cuts to power every late night soirée. – EH 

Graham Lambkin


(Blank Forms Editions)


With a playful and wide-open approach to microphone and tape recorder, Graham Lambkin’s idiosyncratic field recordings turn things like handling noise and audio detritus into sources of intrigue. Collecting his solo works from 2001-
2011, 4xLP box set Solos dives into a body of work that seeks to reconcile seemingly disparate ideas, and celebrate a sense of the uncanny. Finding a meeting ground for the domestic and the sublime in a family car, and a natural stream in the kitchen sink, for susceptible ears, these are the kind of records that seem to extend from source and merge with your own listening environment. – JH

Avalon Emerson

DJ​-​Kicks: Avalon Emerson



!K7’s DJ Kicks returns and this time it’s Avalon Emerson at the helm. Moving from electronica to acid, breakbeat and techno with a deft touch, as with all of the best instalments in the series, the tracks Avalon Emerson has chosen firmly stand alone in their own right. But taken as a whole, they become something anew – the kind of mix that would, in any other year, set a dance floor alight. In keeping with past instalments, Emerson achieves this euphoria by combining her own productions – ‘Wastelands and Oases’ is a particular highlight – with lesser known tunes – the effusive breakbeat of ‘Finest’ and its chipmunk-vocaled sample of S.O.S. Band – amongst beloved favourites – the weirdo acid dopplereffekt whirls of Oni Ayhun’s ‘OAR004’, to name only a few. Kudos to Emerson, creating a mix that to excite all those who are yearning for the embrace of a dark club. – GH

Action Bronson

Only For Dolphins

(Loma Vista)


Action Bronson been away for a minute, from music anyway, focusing on books, cheffing and that brief cameo alongside Robert De Niro in The Irishman. However, Only For Dolphins, Bronson’s latest LP is a return to fine form since Blue Chips, 7000. Tracks like ‘Golden Eye’ see him take a different direction as well, thanks to reggae-led production, and while it’s a tempo he’s very comfortable with, it’s also a sign his soundscape expanding. On Only For Dolphins, it’s clear the Flushing native is enjoying where he is in life at the moment – seemingly dedicating an entire album to aquatic mammals is something one does when everything else is going good. (Unless he just really, really likes dolphins.) – JB

Morita Vargas


(Hidden Harmony Recordings)


Tallinn-based label Hidden Harmony Recordings is on a spree of well-crafted, experimental and deeply meditative albums, and its latest offering is no exception. Following on from C.R. Gillespie’s Concentration Patterns and Maria Teriaeva’s Conservatory of Flowers released earlier this year, its latest LP comes from Morita Vargas. 8 is rich with symbolism and emotion, taking roots in the spaces between ambient and experimental music. It sees Vargas mindfully reshape her voice through effects in the search of her own language. The thread of her voice acts a light, leading us through metamorphic soundscapes created by combining synthesis and acoustic instruments into bright, enchanting compositions. – LS

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Duval Timothy’s Brown Loop reissued in new edition

Mixing jazz and hip-hop with techno repetitions.

Duval Timothy’s Brown Loop album is being reissued, this October via The Vinyl Factory / Carrying Colour.

Originally recorded in New York in the winter of 2016, produced and mixed by Timothy, the new edition of Brown Loop features an adjusted tracklisting, with artwork by Timothy.

“I heard Duval describe the music of Brown Loop as ascending a mountain, and after you reached the top you come down to the other end. Through rhythmic repetitive patterns, the music builds,” shares Martyn Dykers.

“Within the pieces, melodies stray away from the theme, into unknown territories, but always find their way back to a comfortable home. Most elaborately this happens on my favorite piece, ‘Hairs’.”

“The patterns and melodies on pieces such as Through The Night and (recently added to the vinyl version) G are stripped down to their very essence.

It is not just jazz, it’s pure hip hop, as the hooks are reminiscent of the shards of melancholy legends like Dilla, Pete Rock and Havoc used in their best work. In terms of repetition, the music is also very techno. And like in all good techno, the patterns (perhaps contrary to popular belief) ooze humanity and emotion.”

It follows the release of Timothy’s Help LP earlier this year, on The Vinyl Factory / Carrying Colour.

Pre-order a copy of Brown Loop here in advance of its 2nd October release, check out the cover art and tracklist below.


1. Through The Night
2. Cold Is Coming
3. Badman
4. Clouds
5. G
6. Blue Borough
7. Hairs
8. Pleats
9. Smoke Alarm
10. Passing
11. Older than we used to be
12. Old Kent Rd

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VF Live: Sarah Evans #15

Funk, soul and Afrobeat from her South London HQ.

In VF Live, our favourite collectors take you inside their homes, record shops and studios for intimate selects and mixes.

Presenter and producer Sarah Evan returns for her latest VF Live, plays direct from her South London abode

Watch and listen to her set above, check out the tracklist below.


1. Frank Pleyer Big Band – Sally
2. The Sultan’s Swing – Dune (feat. Chip Wickham)
3. The Altons – When You Go (That’s When You’ll Know)
4. Magic In Threes – Takes 10 Minutes
5. Natural Lateral – Bossa Blue
6. Clever Girl – Teleblister
7. Sassouma Kouyate – Niani (Jose Marques)
8. I Rainy – Bonafide Rojas – Shook (Unnayanaa Mix)
9. SHMLSS – Andong

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (11th September)

Classic ’90s rap anthems, euphoric Japanese techno, windswept ambient and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Various Artists

Workshop 28



Workshop serves up incantatory, heads-down-eyes-closed techno bubblers from four Japanese producers in its latest EP, Workshop 28. Yone-ko begins proceedings with a gossamer piano hook – reminding of Theo Parrish, and teased out to its oscillating edges on ‘Stripped Down To E’. Enter Kiki Kudo, whose differing take on keys conjures uplifting, piano house feels. On the flip, Iku Sakan weaves a delicate, crescendoing celestial synth riff to euphoric effect. Finally. the mood is brought down into the cerebral dance once more by Ypy’s closer ‘Zero’ – an acid-laced burner that will make you yearn for peak time shadows inside your favourite basement as much as ever during the past 6 months. – GH

Positive K

I Got A Man

(Mr Bongo)


As soon as Positive K’s 1992 rap classic ‘I’ve Got A Man’ plays, it conjures images of block parties, colourful spandex and Jordans. Fast forward 28 years later and it’s an enduringly timeless record, due to the fact that in a world where rappers still brag and flex, K was spitting about not getting laid. (Fun fact: the woman’s voice speaking on the record is actually Positive K.) Well before Drake started spitting about unrequited love, there was Positive K. – JB

Solitary Dancer

Reveries Of A Solitary Dancer

(Private Possessions)


Solitary Dancer present an captivating message of unity through music, via Canadian based label Public Possession. The title ‘reveries of a solitary dancer’ is inspired by the extensive body of Adrian Pipers work on the space of music to reunify people. Across the EP, the duo’s sound encompasses a new sense of euphoria: ‘Will U Meet me?’ has moments of chaotic frenetic energy whilst ‘U.N.I.T.Y’s’ acidic core feels somewhat full bodied and reassuring. The EP is rounded off with ‘Persuasion’ – landing between the two as a ‘hands in the air’ moment. – EH


Put Your Head Above The Parakeets



Building on several years of relentless activity Put Your Head Above the Parakeets comes as another assured outing of HAAi’s glitched electronics and rave euphoria. Marking her second EP for Mute, these tracks are fueled not only by the live shows that took her all over the club and festival circuit before lockdown, but also of a world changed and slowed down down, as well as her memorable online sets from recent months. – JH


Polychrome Swim

(Trilogy Tapes)


Producer and DJ Parris returns to Trilogy Tapes with Polychrome Swim, following his 2017 release on the label 2 Vultures. Across its 3-tracks, the EP exists between introspection and euphoria. Opener ‘Harajuku Girls’ bounces and rolls ahead at speed followed by the gentle low-tempo aquatics of ‘Yūrei’ , and concluding with the brittle melodic breakbeat of ‘Aqua Surge’. – LS


Lucrecia Dalt

No era sólida



With an LP that “encourages the listener to embrace the possibilities of possession”, Lucrecia Dalt invokes Lia; a “second self “for the Colombian artist, and a vehicle for some suitably untethered vocal experimentation. Having drawn
from her work as a geotechnical engineer for 2018’s Anticlines, No Era Solida is more concerned with persona than the inner workings of the earth, but as with the previous LP its contorted electronics help to propel this aural oddity. – JH

Funky Bijou

Adventures in the Land of Breaks



Adventures in the Land of Breaks marks a different turn for French duo Funky Bijou, after more than ten years of playing the B-boy and party funk scenes. Written and recorded as though it were an original soundtrack, the LP is as cinematic as it is intoxicating. Lending to this feel, the penultimate track on side-A, ‘Okinawa Break,’ turns especially climactic thanks to the paciness of its guitar riffs and drum patterns. – JB

Jon Collin & Demdike Stare

Sketches Of Everything



Weaving “dark moorland ambient blues into windswept Americana” Demdike Stare teams up with Jon Collin for their first collaborative LP, Sketches of Everything. Across both sides, the trio present ambient soundscapes to get lost within – weaving field recordings of birds, wind and water through Collin’s lo-fi guitar explorations and dub mixing techniques. Sketches Of Everything is the soundtrack to all the imagined road trips we lived out in our minds this year. – GH


International Family Affair



IFA, aka International Family Affair, gets the reissue treatment of their 1997 self-titled debut album courtesy of NBN archives. International Family Affair represents an incredibly effective fusion of r’n’b, funk and hip-hop. The laid-back smooth harmonies, layered with slick singing from D-Shoot and the Godfather, balance with perfection against the versatile rap styles of BIAS and SOS. Tracks such as ‘Off Da Hook’ play with vocal experiments whilst ‘Rollin’ vibes with more soulful melodies. Its an album that presents something for everyone, touching on many corners of “OG funk” sensibilities along the way. – EH

Tolouse Low Trax

Jumping Dead Leafs

(Bureau B)


Bureau B, the prolific and free-spirited outlet from Hamburg is a magnificent fit for Detlef Weinrich aka Tolouse Low Trax’s latest, Jumping Dead Leaves. The LP is brimming with primal dub, across which lay industrial overtones and the unmistakable playfulness that sees the Salon des Amateurs mainstay in his element. To name just a few examples: sounds dip into a mystical cave memory in ‘Inverted Sea’, flow through the wonky narcotic frolics of ‘Dawn is Temporal’ and wash ashore the paranoid loopy hypnagogia of ‘Sales Pitch’. – LS

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Peter Adjaye conjures sounds for Toyin Ojih Odutola’s A Countervailing Theory, in Ceremonies Within

Combining ancient African instrumentation with modern contemporary synthesizers and strings.

Peter Adjaye is releasing his soundscape for Toyin Ojih Odutola’s A Countervailing Theory exhibition – called Ceremonies Within – via Music 4 Architecture / The Vinyl Factory this September.

A Countervailing Theory is Nigerian-American artist Ojih Odutola’s debut UK exhibition, presented at the Barbican’s Curve gallery.

In mesmerising scale, it sees Ojih Odutola explore an imagined myth that reveals the story of an ancient civilisation in central Nigeria, which is dominated by female rulers. It challenges the preconceived notions of history, culture, gender, sexuality, race, the natural environment and more.

“Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling,” shares the Barbican. “Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice.”

For the soundscape, Adjaye created a 12-channel sound installation, combining ancient African instrumentation – including the Ogene, Ekwe & Igba drums, Pluriarc African harp, Okpola wood block, Udu drum and Calabash rattle – with modern synthesizers and strings.

These sonics take the listener on a journey through multiple percussive forms, acoustic drums, wooden flutes and choral passages. The audio installation allows the multitude of sounds to ‘bleed’ into each other organically as one travels through the space.

Ceremonies Within is first presented in three movements, each consisting of three sound compositions. On the second side, these compositions are presented in the continuous gallery version, as heard at the Barbican.

Its outer sleeve features Ojih Odutola’s powerful artwork, ‘Summons, To Witness One’s Own’ (2019-2020), with design by Adjaye Associates and mastering by Noel Summerville.

Pre-order a copy of Ceremonies Within here in advance of its 18th September release.


Side 1

1. First Movement

I. Breath of Life
II. Stages of Growth of Consciousness
III. Essence of Material Forms

2. Second Movement

IV. Point of Infinity
V. Seeds of Understanding
VI. Change of Reality

3. Third Movement

VII. Resistance & Authority
VIII. Eyes that See
IX. Endless Eternity

Side 2

Gallery Version

Artwork: ‘Summons, To Witness One’s Own’ (2019-2020) by Toyin Ojih Odutola.

A Countervailing Theory runs through Sunday 24th January 2021 at the Barbican.

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (4th September)

Afro-funk, club fuel, and cavernous dub.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Will Pritchard and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.



Loos In Twos (NRG)

(Hessle Audio)


Anz returns to the plate with a dynamic trio of tracks for Hessle Audio, and providing some serious club nostalgia. The EP drifts and cuts between genres — something the Manchester-based DJ and producer has become known for — with Anz’ versatile take on club music sounds bursting with energy. Dancefloor essentials. – EH

Hiro Ama




Teleman drummer Hiro Ama dips his toes into solo production for a debut outing on Moshi Moshi sublabel PRAH Recordings. Put together in his home studio over a month in lockdown, Uncertainty is a reflective essay on the feelings experienced during this forced period of solitude. The result is a release that’s both playful and intimate: percussion crafted from field recordings mingle with Hiro’s dainty self-taught piano and guitar experiments, and his masterful, bittersweet take on analogue synthesis. – LS

Al Wootton

Snake Dance

(Livity Sound)


Al Wootton makes a brief departure from his own Trule imprint for a four-track 12” on Bristol’s Livity Sound. Presenting four variants on a theme, Snake Dance strips back the 2-step formula and fends off clutter with concise sampling and a steady fixation on percussion and sub wobble. – JH


Light EP

(Idle Hands)


Following on from her collaborative Data Fossil EP as SRS with Giant Swan’s Robin Stewart, Sunun makes her debut release on Bristol’s Idle Hands with Light EP. Focusing on “the ancient components: the drum and voice,” the six track EP moves through brooding dub, celestial electronics, cavernous drums, and a much needed vocal reminder: “breathe.” – LR

Jimmy Salcedo

‘Maraguango’ / ‘Moogambo’



The Afro-funk rhythms of the ‘70s that spanned Latin America still inform much of contemporary music. Colombian musician Jimmy Salcedo is among those popular at the time whose work as an arranger and producer has been widely celebrated to this day. Reissued via Madrid-based label Vampisoul, Salcedo’s ‘Maraguango’ and ‘Moogambo’ both offer a taste of his psychedelic funk-led style, with the former fusing guitars and percussion while the latter is led by the sounds of Salcedo’s Moog synth. – JB




(Not Not Fun Records)


St. Petersburg-based Soviet synth maestro Vladimir Karpov aka x.y.r. returns to LA’s Not Not Fun with Pilgrimage, a deeply introspective two-track LP. The two analogue jams run at twenty minutes apiece and conjure up a sense of space that is at once lush and dystopian — like a mirage in the desert, or a concrete city being reclaimed by its surrounding vegetation. ‘Black Monk In The Dunes’ comprises breathy atmospherics, jingles, and scattered crackles that merge into a wandering drum pattern. On the flip, ‘Echoes Of Time’ runs its pensive course with echoing bells, patient drumming, and sparkling synths that float on steady-paced choral undulations. All tempting listeners to venture ever further into themselves. – LS

Judith Hamann


(Black Truffle)


After a string of collaborative efforts, Judith Hamann’s first solo outing takes a diaristic approach to touring and ties together all manner of adjacent soundworlds in an electroacoustic patchwork. Having worked extensively as a cellist, Peaks actively stretches out from insular instrumental focus — approaching varying environments with an open ear and a wandering microphone. Put together during an artistic residency in 2019 and primed by ideas of personal geography and movement these pieces land in suitably ambiguous — and intriguing — zones. – JH

Saltwater Aquarium Fishes

New Edition

(thanks forever)


Leaning more towards the experimental side of jazz, Melbourne-based group Saltwater Aquarium Fishes’ latest LP comes on the heels of their last record, Natural Method, released just last month. Laden with choppy, off-beat production, there’s a lot going on here — but there’s a method to the chaos. While the aquatic theme of the album is reflected in its track titles, the sound itself speaks more to the froth and fury of the oceans than still lagoons. – JB


Extra Muros – Kenya

(Extra Muros / FLEE)


Extra Muros – Kenya is the result of a creative residency program organised by FLEE that serves to establish a connection between artists and document different perspectives on the music production process. The compilation explores a variety of sonic characteristics: from the soothing abstract vocals of Karun & Pier Alfeo’s ‘More’, to Slikback & FlexFab upbeat trap melodies. Overall, it’s a beautiful testament to a shared desire for experimentation that’s emerging in contemporary music. – EH

Bill Callahan

Gold Record

(Drag City)


While the everyday and ordinary increasingly seem anything but, Bill Callahan finds warmth and comfort in the unremarkable ephemera of each passing day. His voice, deep and velvet, offers a steer as he traces portraits of the neighbours, TV, workaday jobs, and the relationships that we all swirl in and out of as time goes by. A soothing guide. – WP

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Our 10 favourite new vinyl releases this week (21st August)

Club-ready reggaeton, unearthed grime dubs, and a soothing trip to the Mediterranean.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Lazlo Rugoff and Will Pritchard, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Pearson Sound X Clara!

Mi Cuerpo

(Pearson Sound)


Pearson Sound presents a new collaboration with Spanish-born, Belgian-based producer Clara! — who stormed through last year with a debut album that experimented with sounds of Latin dance and reggaeton. ‘Mi Cuerpo’ is a wicked 10″ blending silky vocals with staccato rhythms, while the B-side is marked as strictly for club use: cutting the vocals and letting the crisp, punchy drums do the talking. – EH

Loren Connors

Beautiful Dreamer

(Family Vineyard)


Initially recorded before the passing of Loren Connors’ close friend Steve Dalachinsky, Beautiful Dreamer immediately stands apart from Connors’ inimitable back catalogue as it marks the first time the experimental musician has returned to his recordings to add post-production and transform his improvisations. Where 2011’s brilliant and overlooked Red Mars introduced a deluge of reverb and spectral frequencies to Connors’ work, Beautiful Dreamer works a similar magic on the springs — yet he draws these suites of improvised guitar with even fainter and smoother lines. Where thumb plucks and fingers jittering over the pickup would sound out on past works, here the sound is fully dispersed as decaying notes and filters lead the way. – JH

Newham Generals

War Wid



Newham Generals have had a strong year so far, with the release of Footsie’s debut solo album, No Favours, in May and D Double E experimenting in rap and drill with artists including Ambush and Unknown T. The duo’s latest offering comes via Elijah & Skilliam’s rebooted Butterz label, and D Dubz and Footsie still sound as effortless as ever on these remastered classics lifted from grime’s first golden era in 2005. Featuring alongside the title track and ‘Prangman’ are previously unreleased versions of ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and insta-wheel material ‘Frontline’. Not to be missed. – JB

Tribe of Colin

Yahweh Temple



London’s enigmatic electronic music spiritualist and experimenter Tribe of Colin returns to his own Tniegebrohood imprint with a two-piece 12″ Yahweh Temple. Following last year’s Age of Aquarius, a highly acclaimed stripped-down long-player for Honest Jon’s, Yahweh Temple rides those very same free-spirited frequencies underpinned with a spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. On the A-side, ‘Time Lost At Sea’ rolls by, an infectiously simple deep housey stepper rich with Colin’s signature percussions. On the flip, ‘Mount Zion’ offers a tripped-out dubby cut with tiny spikes of acid bubbling atop a heavenly drone pad. – LS

Forest Drive West




There’s little let up here as Forest Drive West, AKA Joe Baker, steams through four pulsating techno-flecked drum & bass heaters. From the techy, rolling ‘Terminus’ to the steady build and ecstatic breakbeat release of ‘Curved Path’, the EP, Baker’s first for underground institution R&S, is a masterclass in control and suspense — and perfectly evokes the dusky dancefloors that so many of us pine for. – WP


Nubya Garcia


(Concord Jazz)


It’s hard to imagine that Nubya Garcia is only just releasing her debut album this week, given how synonymous her name has become with contemporary British jazz in recent years. Co-produced by Kwes and Garcia herself, Source draws heavily on dub, reggae, and funk influences and carries an air of pleasant bliss with it. ‘Pace’ is a jaunt of an opener, offering a bright and joyful jolt to the system, while the title track beautifully marries jazz with dub — reflecting the album’s overall uncompromising approach. – JB

Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya

The Aegean Sea

(Great Tracks / Sony Japan)


Making its first return to vinyl since 1983, Haruomi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa and Masataka Matsutoy’s The Aegean Sea is a timely reissue. The trio bring together elements of traditional Greek music with folk guitars, mandolin, harp and strings for this soothing homage to the glistening waters of the Mediterranean embayment. Transportive sonics for dissolving into aquatic expanses large and small — be it an ocean or a bathtub. – LR

Markus Floats

Third Album



On Third Album, Markus Floats sidesteps hardware synth stacks in favour of midi keys and a mission to naturalise the digital. With track titles that insist on forward motion, the music, whilst in no rush, certainly follows suit: brimming with layers of organ tones and arpeggios that readily knock each other onto new trajectories. – JH

Vex Ruffin

LiteAce Frequency

(Stones Throw)


Named in homage of the Toyota LiteAce — the first car that Vex Ruffin and his family bought when they moved from their home in California to the Philippines — this soulful album memorialises the frequencies of their migration. Cooked up in Vex’s kitchen for the masterful Stones Throw outfit, LiteAce Frequency journeys through the beatmaker’s musical influences: ‘70s Manila Sound, Pinoy, Brazilian jazz, and Japanese funk, all rounded off with elements of hip-hop. – EH



(Polar Seas)


Stockholm-based musician Otto Johansson releases his debut LP via Polar Seas out of Toronto. Conte is a seven-piece collection of progressive ambient tracks for synthesisers and a guitar, a blissful expedition into the tender shadows of Johansson’s sonic world. What stands out is his ability to render sounds alive through movement, a dance that marries all the instruments into compositions. ‘Depart’ opens the album with a spiralling cosmic guitar and soft distortion swells. Further along the way, ‘Reflection’ flows with patience and unifies glistening melodies with fuzzy dub stabs, while ‘Modular’ renders tangible a distant memory through gentle percussive melody flowing through a forest of strings, woodblocks and drones. – LS

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Our favourite vinyl releases of the week (7th August)

Nostalgic jungle, lo-fi r’n’b, bubbling house and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Hamilton Scalpel

Hamilton Scalpel 2: Airfoil

(Concrete Cabin)


Coming from Glasgow, Hamilton Scalpel’s Hamilton Scalpel 2: Airfoil is a frantic array of breakbeats and chaotic energy, along with a jungle style that’s a nostalgic nod to the bygone rave era. The EP features four tracks of relentless energy across hardcore, jungle, dubstep and techno but with the vocals on tracks such as ‘Cadzow Skrak’, there is also an element of grime in there too. – JB


Pangaea Nova

(Phonica Records Special Editions)


Phonica unveils the latest release for its Phonica Records Limited Edition label – an EP by Ukrainian duo Asyncronous called Pangaea Nova. Featuring shimmering house builds an stripped back minimal techno hues – ‘Shinkansen’ is a particular highlight – the record also including original cover illustrations by Mykyta Storozhkov. – GH

Ultramagnetic MCs

Give the Drummer Some

(Mr Bongo)


Mr Bongo’s mission to reissue some classics of late ‘80s and early ‘90s hip-hop continues this week with three singles from the Ultramagnetic MCs. As the pick of the crop, ‘Give the Drummer Some’ re-ups the sought after original 7” single, and highlights the trailblazing ways of sampling extraordinaires Paul C and Ced Gee. Chop samples on both sides from the likes of James Brown and Jackie Robinson – firm footings for Kool Keith’s flow at its best. JH


Secret Greeting



The Washington DC producer Djoser makes an anticipated return to Martyn’s 3024 label in solo four-tracker Secret Greeting. Rooted in its heavy bass, it blends corporeal impactfulness with disharmonic synth lines and a hint of ambiance. Wildest of the bunch is the opener ‘Alumen’ wits its brisk percussion and spacious synthesizer thrills, followed by the choppy zips of ‘Kidulum’. On the flip, the title track is an IDM-hued hybrid, rich with airy drum-work and ‘Goose’ wraps it up with a head-spinning disharmony rolling along pensive melodic sequences and hasty hats. – LS

The Pearls

On & On

(Isle of Jura)


Australian label Isle of Jura present the first 12 inch of their 3 part series reissuing the sounds of Jamaican duo The Pearls. Originally released in 1980, the lifelong friends Stanley Shaw and Norman Watson created a synthesis of sound, fusing elements of disco, soul and rap with reggae. The three track EP presents the original 7″ version of ‘On & On’ followed by the infectious dub version, ‘We’ll Do It’ and backed on the B-side by a special edition remix from the Parisian selector Julien Minarro. It’s a much deserved reissue of an excellent production project, just in time for the summer sun. – EH


Duval Timothy


(The Vinyl Factory / Carrying Colour)


Multi-disciplinary artist Duval Timothy explores his “experience experience traversing the meshes of the music industry, mental health, YouTube self-help videos, and the healing he discovered through friendship and collaboration” in new LP Help. Lead largely by bewitching piano through lo-fi r’n’b, soul and stripped back jazz, the album was written and performed by Timothy, with co-production by Rodaidh McDonald and cameos including Lil Silva, Melanie Faye, Vegyn, Desta Haile, Mr Mitch, Dave Okumo, and Twin Shadow. – GH

Masayuki Takayanagi (to be released Friday by Blank Forms)

Axis Another Revolvable Thing

(Blank Forms)


Once again landing in 1975, but this time switching from studio to the live arena, Blank Forms’ second archival work from Masayuki Takayanagi and the New Direction Unit finds the group in blistering form at Tokyo’s Yasuda Semei Hall. A free-improv revolutionary who was hell-bent on tearing up musical rule books, Takayanagi’s approach to the guitar was a caustic one, and the frenzy the group works up in these pieces is all-consuming. Cello, reeds, percussion and guitar locked in a singular interplay that tightens its grip with each exchange. – JH

Little Ann

Deep Shadows



It’s hard to imagine that until 2009, Little Ann’s Deep Shadows largely went unheard by the general public, considering it was Ann Bridgeforth’s sole album. It’s a relics of Detroit’s soul scene, kept in the archive of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton. These songs, and by extension Little Ann’s voice, have been further immortalised through samples, all of which has been brought back to the fore again thanks to Timmion’s 2020 reissue. – JB

Exhausted Modern

Year Of The Rat

(Endless Illusion)


Czech producer Ladislav Zensor aka Exhausted Modern turns out his debut album on experimental electro label Endless Illusion projecting his artistic statement on these strange modern times we find ourselves within. Guest appearances from the likes of NVST on ‘Something stronger’ connects the dots between the somewhat industrious otherworldly vocals with the despondent futuristic melody. Stylistically the album is vast, combining dance-orientated tracks with tunes that act more as interludes to some extent, such as ‘T-Maze’ and ‘Working Rats’. Elsewhere, ‘Pineal Gland’ projects a calmness standing at odds with the thrashing sounds of Zensor’s previous work but shows a mature depth in their production techniques. – EH

Double Geography

The Indoor Gardener

(Invisible Inc.)


Duncan Thornley of the London-based duo Weird Weather offers his solo debut as Double Geography on the Glaswegian outlet Invisible Inc. The Indoor Gardener fuses the percussive mastery and organicity of Weird Weather yet pushes things closer to nature. Thornley’s intent to create music inspired by and perhaps even intended for plants is obvious from the botanical tracks’ names. The album oozes with balearic influences and is rich with musicianship and sonic clarity. Entrancing melodies, organic percussion and rounded dynamism seduce in each of the tracks. This is particularly felt in the tingly opening of ‘Golden Pothos’ blossoming into fuzzy acid, the synthetic bells and dreamy melodies of ‘Dracaena’, the dramatic Japonaise prog of ‘Lucky Bamboo’ or the spiritual narration washed over by the waves of the smooth ocean of ‘A Drop Of Water’. – LS

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Our favourite new vinyl releases this week (31st July)

Libyan soul, lo-fi r’n’b, Taoist jazz and more.

This week’s rundown is by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Jesse Bernard, Lucie Stepankova, James Hammond and Emily Hill.


Ahmed Fakroun

‘Ya Farhi Beek’

(Do You)


Sonic sherpa and bringer of lockdown delight, Charlie Bones’ second release on his Do You label comes in the form of a 12″ reissue of Libyan musician Ahmed Fakroun’s ‘Ya Farhi Beek’. Described by Bones as “the most beautiful song in the world”, the heartrending single, which originally appeared on the 1987 LP Mots D’Amour, sees Fakroun’s shimmering croon dance atop feather-light guitars and strings in joyous harmony. Here’s hoping Do You 003 is on the way soon! – GH

Animalistic Beliefs

Thief of Sanity



Dutch duo Animalistic Beliefs debut on London label Brokntoys with the shapeshifting electro 4 tracker EP Thief of Sanity. sheathed in an iconic surrealist screen print, which has become the signature aesthetic of the label. Channelling the sounds of political techno group Underground Resistance, the duo diverts from the violent chasms of their live sets to create a more introspective fusion of dreamy Rotterdam via Detroit electro. ‘Ojo De Las Grayas’ purveys a certain kind of ambiance for 2-minutes before delivering a kick into action with extraterrestrial earthbound frequencies. In contrast, ‘Blind Submission’ has a melancholy edge warping into ‘Thief of Sanity’ where parallels can be drawn from their sonic inspiration from the pioneers of the past whilst simultaneously playing on the perimeter of the futuristic vision of electro. – EH

Edison Electric

Acid Hall



For those enamoured with dancehall cross-pollinations, Edison Electric’s ‘Acid Hall’ 7” is unmissable. Working alongside the Hot Ice Crew on a host of singles for the Prince-inspired Acid Rain imprint at the turn of the millennium, Edison’s cuts here stem from his original production work on Acid Hall Riddim. With differing vocal takes on the flip, the A-side is given over to an extended instrumental, which brings in the Roland TB303’s and acid house flavours without missing a step. All label profits to the Windrush Justice Foundation. – JH

Paul French

‘Feels So Right’

(Music Preservation Society)


Originally written and produced in 1997, Paul French’s ‘Feels So Right’ is finally getting a well-deserved release, having remained hidden for over twenty years. It was definitely worth the wait – sounding as though it could’ve been recorded yesterday, rather than 23 years ago. The voice on the song is unknown, however the melodies, arrangement and BPM point back to the late ’90s explosion of house and garage that swept the UK. As a new raving generation emerges, hopefully tracks like these get a new lease of life. – JB

Death Circuit

Teeparty Am Waldbrand

(Pudel Produkte)


Idaho producer and 8am Records label head Avery Vickers aka Death Circuit offers techno via dub two-tracker on Hamburg’s Pudel Produkte – the label of the illustrious Golden Pudel club. ‘Strom Dub’ on the A-side is a tripped-out dub-infused arpeggio glider making its patient transition into stoner trance over its eight-minute duration. On the flip, the pacey kick-stab combo of ‘Teeparty Am Waldbrand’ sets stage for the hallucinogenic spoken word passages of Raf & Das Bo entangled in wildly disjointed echoing percussive occurrences and gratifyingly joyful melody growing in and out of linearity. – LS


Daniel Blumberg

On and On



Shunning set-lists and letting his compositions appear freely within the subjective flow of performance, Daniel Blumberg’s live shows and intuitive playing with collaborators are vital precedents to On and On. The follow up to the deconstructed songs of 2018’s Minus, its song cycle finds improvisation and structural conventions in a striking balance, letting string plucks, bow scrapes, and readily hummable melodies stoke the flames of beguilingly open-ended song forms. – JH

Emma-Jean Thackray

Um Yang

(Night Dreamer)


Multi-Instrumentalist and producer Emma-Jean Thackray channels Taoism in her latest LP, Um Yang. Dedicated to the Taoist philosophy of duality and harmony, Thackray describes the recording as “music about the universe.” Comprised of two compositions cut direct-to-disc, the rolling jazz tracks will tide you over until you’re able to see her live vibrancy in person once more. – GH


Couldn’t Wait To Tell You…

(In Real Life)


After a few years of steadily building her craft, Dallas-based artist Liv.e unveils her debut album Couldn’t Wait To Tell You. She’s always had a penchant for jazz-leaning r’n’b that sounds pacy, as seen on a track like ‘These Pipedreams’. Elsewhere, Liv.e draws on a variety of influences, such as Erykah Badu – which is apparent in the vocal arrangements. Liv.e has arrived. – JB



(Forever Living Originals)


SAULT repress their album 7, originally released at the end of 2019 it celebrates collective strength, echoing the spirit of groups such as ESG and Can. Sitting somewhere between contemporary neo-soul, ’80s funk-infused post-punk, the hooks are catchy, the beats are fun and sometimes stripped back, placing emphasis on the undeniable talent of the vocalists, and signalling to the serious undertones of their sound. – EH

Various Artists

REITEN presents Ensō



Japanese sound artist Kosei Fukuda is a mastermind behind the two-day audio-visual festival Ensō which was supposed to present its inaugural edition in The Ōya History Museum just North of Tokyo earlier this year. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Fukuda’s vision of finessed electronic improvisation instead takes shape in a double LP, featuring artists who were set to play at this year’s event. The release includes a wealth of local Japanese talent including Samurai Horo signees ENA and Lemna, and REINTEN’s Kosei Fukuda. International contributions come from live-coding performance pioneer Rennick Bell, Belgian experimentalist Yves De Mey, Lebanese avant-gardist Rabih Beaini, as well two tracks by the seasoned German sound designer Tobias – one of which is in collaboration with the Chilean artist Valentina Berthelon as Recent Arts. – LS

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Our favourite albums of 2020 so far

This year’s essential new releases.

Having explored reissues, we turn our attention to albums – spanning from Zanzibar soul and Djibouti funk to Chicago jazz, UK hip-hop, Japanese house and beyond.

These are the vinyl LPs that we have loved returning to during recent months. Let us know what you’ve discovered: [email protected].

Siti Muharam

Siti’s of Unguja (Romance Revolution On Zanzibar)

(On The Corner)


On The Corner unravels the story of Siti Muharam, dubbed the ‘Golden Voice’ of Zanzibar. Following in the footsteps of her great grandmother, and ‘Mother of Taraab’ Siti Binti Saad, Muharam has been paired with On the Corner producer and collaborator Sam Jones to merge traditional kidumbak percussion and Taraab layering. Like Siti Binti Saad, who took a traditionally male form and applied her observations of everyday life, class oppression and the systemic abuse of women, Muharam has taken a traditional legacy and reformed it for new ears, worldwide.

Lyra Pramuk


(Bedroom Community)


Lyra Pramuk explores a post-human, non-binary understanding of life through a sound she describes as “futurist folk” – think Arthur Russell hues – on Fountain. Sampling her voice, she uses these recordings as instrument, percussion and in vocal elements, to affecting result.

Yves Tumor

Heaven to a Tortured Mind



Starting out from the experimental musician pigeon hole, successive albums have shown Yves Tumor to be one of the most intriguing musical shapes-shifters in recent years, and that their latest LP Heaven to a Tortured Mind favors strength of songwriting over textural excursions comes as no surprise. Upping the rock guitar and instrumentation, whilst effectively putting an arsenal of adventurous sounds to good use in the name of verse-chorus-verse, this one coolly shoots for a sense of the anthemic.

Beatrice Dillon




Beatrice Dillon one-ups her excellent EPs with a first long player, Workaround. Sticking to 150bpm throughout, and gating the reverb and echo that dominate so much electronica, Workaround’s strikingly crisp production goes against the grain, and sounds all the better for it. Considering the myriad rhythmic influences, and the collaborative spirit that brings acoustic instruments such as pedal steel, kora, and cello into the mix, it’s quite a feat that this album retains its focus and unified aesthetic. With carefully patchworked beats and “inventive sampling” being key parts of a methodology that keep things so tightly knit, Workaround sounds more like a game changer than a mere statement of intent.

Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats


(Loma Vista )


Released digitally earlier this year, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats blazing collaborative album Unlocked finally saw a vinyl release in April. Propelled by Curry’s growling flow its 8-tracks breathlessly race atop gleefully chopped and swerved production from Kenny Beats, firmly landing as one of the year’s best albums thus far, rap or otherwise.


Nao Fales Nela Que A Mentes



Lisbon producer Nídía’s unveils a powerful combination of dance music and soul in second album Nao Fales Nela Que A Mentes. It’s a fresh delivery of 11-tracks that explore outer reaches of Afro-Portuguese dance music as well as showcasing the growing maturity of her production style and influences. For example, the album’s intro weaves a melancholic, driving percussion with silence. Elsewhere, ‘Popo’ moves through the sensibilities of trap, bouncing alongside waves of traditional Egyptian instrumentals, whilst ‘Capacidades’ invokes feelings of joy and nostalgia, all of which feeds into the final fanfare of ‘Emotions’. Throughout, Nídia sustains, and effortlessly nods at, a wide range of sounds, creating a sensational album along the way.

Shinichi Atobe




Enigmatic electronic don Shinichi Atobe returns, with another album delivered via a CDRs worth of files, marked solely with its title and track names. As its name Yes suggests, news of fresh Shinichi inspires positive exultations, and rightly so. Contained within are slow-bubbling IDM, house and techno tunes to get lost in, honing on the sparkle of a piano loop or synth ascension to incantatory effect – they’re the kinds of tracks that inspire dreaming of better days.

Groupe RTD

Dancing Devils of Djibouti

(Ostinato Records)


Following Ostinato Records’ stellar reissues the label unveils its first studio album release – Groupe RTD’s The Dancing Devils of Djibouti. Astoundingly, according to Ostinato, the LP also marks the first international release of a record from The Republic of Djibouti. The Dancing Devils of Djibouti sees the nine-member collective merge funk-fuelled rhythms with traditional instrumentals, lead by the mesmerising vocals of singer Asma Omar. As Ostinato aptly exclaims, “this album, if listened to at an inappropriate volume, should firmly register Djibouti in the global consciousness, shifting its image from a strategic outpost of geopolitical games to cultural powerhouse. ”





Mixing warped electronics, rough kuduro dance music and field recordings that thread together the history of the country and his family, Angolan producer Nazar makes his debut on Hyperdub with Guerilla. Its music draws on what Nazar refers to as ‘rough kuduro’ – a darker take on typically upbeat sounds of the Angolan dance music style – while also featuring recordings ranging from the sounds of a gun being cocked to vocals of Nazar’s mother describing the day she joined the rebels.

Cleo Sol

Rose In The Dark

(Forever Living Originals)


Soul-fuelled London singer Cleo Sol’s music has been on rotation since her Winter Songs EP caught our ears in 2018. Rose In The Dark, her debut album, proves to be excitingly worth the not so patient wait. On the album, Sol takes Winter Songs’ lead track – the unassuming stone cold stunner ‘Why Don’t You’ – alongside several recent digital singles and new cuts. Boasting the kind of singular voice that can tip-toe from a whisper to a mighty volume in a single breath, keep your ears to the ground for more, be they solo releases or collaborations. Case in point: Sol can also be heard on SAULT’s new album, another favourite that’s forthcoming this year.

Metal Preyers

Metal Preyers

(Nyege Nyege Tapes)


Metal Preyers’ debut sees Jesse Hackett and Mariano Chavez join forces with Lord Tusk and a host of other musicians, for a wild distillation of a six-week creative stint in Kampala, Uganda. Nyege Nyege primed us for brilliance of the album with a Metal Preyers cassette sampler at the start of the year – an evocative cut and paste aesthetic that abstracts Kampala’s nightlife into new formations continues throughout. Metal Preyers is an aural oddity that abounds in fresh sounds and darkened hues.

DJ Python

Mas Amable



Like a cooling breeze cascading over you on a springtime afternoon, DJ Python returns with new album Mas Amable, on Anthony Naples’ Incienso imprint. As with his top-tier debut – Dulce Compañia – on Was Amable, Python has crafted zen downtempo and house that glimmers with percussive flourishes like dub rattles and reggaton skitters. Close your eyes, breathe deep out of a window, and teleport to whatever dimension you please, imagining a time when you’ll hear Mas Amable shaking through sun-dappled speakers in the future.

Various Artists

Josey in Space

(Beats in Space)


Josey Rebelle journeys through her dance floor visions, as she helms the instalment of Beats in Space’s …In Space series. Across its 20 cuts, Rebelle lays down hypnotic panache, via dubbed-out electronics – ‘Dub (Dub)’ – moving techno refrains – ‘I Dream So Loud’ – uplifting piano-led house – ‘Piano Seduction’– glittering two-step – ‘Route II Romeos’ – and beyond.


J Hus

Big Conspiracy

(Black Butter Limited)


London rapper J Hus is back this year, following his stellar LP Common Sense – a much loved record amongst the VF Team since its 2018 release. Largely produced by long-standing collaborator JAE5, and featuring contributions from Koffee, Burna Boy and iceè tgm, Big Conspiracy takes a more introspective tone than Hus’ previous albums. This change is also mirrored in his lyricism, which delves into sociopolitical issues, systemic racism, as well as his experiences in prison. Despite these stylistic shifts from his previous releases, Big Conspiracy is no less engaging throughout.

Li Yilei

Unable Form



“Anything from my environment can become material, from an acoustic recording to conversations on public transport,” shares London artist and producer Li Yilei, whose debut album employs this all encompassing approach to sound. Mixing field recordings and aural fragments, first single ‘A Field of Social Tension’ pulls no punches as its chopped vocals and syncopated programming dissolves into distorted and delightfully demonic electronics.

Jeff Parker and The New Breed

Suite for Max Brown

(International Anthem)


Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker has had a long relationship with jazz music, playing with the likes of Joshua Redman and Makaya McCraven. It’s the sample-based compositions of the latter which come to mind on Suite for Max Brown, which hears Parker layer, collage and assemble improvisatory sections from his fragmented band ‘the New Breed’ into new hybrid instrumentals.


A Pennies Worth

(Headcount Records)


Whenever KinKai’s on a record, he brings a combination of sharp lyricism and cool, calm and collected energy. Emerging from Manchester’s soul movement, A Penny’s Worth is – without lazily comparing – almost Soulquarians-esque, an idea brought to life with ‘Top Down’ featuring Children of Zeus. This is a record that’s cut to perfection for summer, that will also see you through the colder months to come.

Laurel Halo


(The Vinyl Factory)

Due: 10th April

Sonics for digital-age deterioration, Laurel Halo unveiled her debut score – for the 2018 Metahaven-produced film Possessed. Across its 13-compositions Halo traversed from “aqueous, subterranean drones and plaintive folk pieces for violin and cello, to pseudoclassical piano mutations.”

Banner illustration by: Victoria Topping.

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