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Staff Picks w / c 17th July 2020

Juno Records Staff Picks

Juno Records Staff Picks

Staff Picks w/c 17th July 2020
10 Jul 2020
Our staff here at Juno Records select their top music picks to hit the shelves this week. Including new vinyl 12” and 7” releases, reissues, represses and limited editions.
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1
Cat: DB1 2010WHITE. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Heart's Desire (4:29)
  2. Holding You Loving You (4:12)
Review: You may have noticed a fair few limited-edition white vinyl releases popping up on Juno in recent times. Here's another, this time from Expansion Records. What's on offer is certainly tempting: two much-sampled gems from 1980s electrofunk and jazz-funk maestro Don Blackman. On the A-side you'll find "Heart's Desire", a jaunty slab of jazz-funk-soul rich in multi-tracked scat style vocalizations, rubbery slap-bass, deep chords and jazzy solos. It's a stone-cold classic all told and really deserves to be in every soul head's collection. Turn to the flip for "Holding You, Loving You", a sumptuous slow jam that's as languid, loved-up and subtly summery as they come.
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 in stock $11.45
2
Cat: BS 015GOLD. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Funk
  1. Mexico (Parts 1) (4:00)
  2. Mexico (Parts 2) (3:49)
Review: The always on point DJ Tron comes through here with a duo of funk and breaks tunes that are heavily influenced by Mexican culture (hence the name). "Mexico (Parts 1)" comes with an archetypal trumpet lead that brings the heat before shakers, drums and percussion all froth with life. "Mexico" (Parts 2) is even more freewheeling, with layer up on layer of rhythm and sound all riding up and down in loose, limb shaking fashion. Perfect for hard dancing b-boys and DJs who like to work, these are dance floor missives that cannot miss.
out of stock $16.89
3
Cat: POLEGROUP 058. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Techno
  1. MG0039 (9:02)
  2. SQMD3 (5:48)
  3. SNT0073 (5:22)
 in stock $10.90
4
Cat: LDR 1010. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Techno
  1. Field In The Morning (5:14)
  2. Field In The Afternoon (4:25)
  3. Field In The Evening (5:52)
  4. Field By Night (4:20)
Review: As Jonny Automatic Tasty Dillon prepares to release his sixth studio album A Farewell To Reason, Lunar Disko take us back to 2012 and one of Jonny's many discographical highlights "Fieldwork". An EP of four stages, the concept takes us across the day using Foley sounds. "Field In The Morning" is a bright, bouncy piece dusted with birdsong, "Field In The Afternoon" is a warmer, more energetic piece of acid house, all bleepy and relentless with its rolling drums, "Field In The Evening" brings a more sobering reflective note while "Field By Night" climaxes with an intense acid rave-up, like all the best days spent in fields should. Eight years old but still as timeless as ever, Tasty has always lived up to his name.
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 in stock $11.73
5
Cat: SWXLTD 001. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Electro
  1. Senseless
  2. Jazzoriented
  3. Jazzoriented (DJ SCSI Detroit Citi remix)
Review: Also known as Stekke or STK Ensemble, the duo of STK had previously impressed with releases on Mentha and Olga LTD, and now they come to Sudd Wax with some of their most intriguing techno abstractions to date. "Senseless" has a steady groove at its heart, but the way this duo steer their machines has a free and expressive style that suggests heady improv sessions on outboard gear were behind this distinctive techno twist. If that sounds exciting already, hold tight for the daring, skittering patterns of "Jazzoriented", which shows how far drum machines can move from standardized beats when they're in the right hands. DJ SCSI takes the twitchy minimalisms of the original and injects it with a ghettotech energy that strangely suits the source material, completing a distinctive and daring 12".



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 in stock $9.26
6
Cat: CHILDELEVEN. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Techno
  1. Multiple Levels (6:06)
  2. Soft Pioneer (3:22)
  3. Software Is Just Illusion, Nothing Can Change Electricity (5:00)
  4. Paradroids (4:40)
  5. Insert Coin For A BMX Ride (1:22)
  6. Last Memory Of Giana (3:00)
  7. Jump Into Your Game (4:37)
 in stock $16.34
7
Cat: SAIKE 01. Rel: 06 Jul 20
Techno
  1. Born To Be Slytherin (Tbilisi mix) (6:38)
  2. En Y (6:10)
  3. Hold Me Back (5:41)
  4. Cold Heart Prediction (6:10)
Review: Welcome to Saike, a new French label that debuts with a collaborative project from Hadone and Shlomo. As Viper Diva the pair brings together their disparate respective backgrounds into brain frying new forms that are part techno, part rave, part trance. Particularly on the thrusty opener "Born To Be Slytherin" (Tbilisi mix) which is an all out assault with bright chords and menacing drums. "En Y" is a frosty and frozen affair, while "Hold Me Back" is a retro white knuckle ride through hardcore techno. "Cold Heart Prediction" closes at 100 miles an hour, with no prisoners taken along the way. This is high octane stuff, for sure.
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out of stock $10.64
8
Cat: XL 1061LP. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Experimental/Electronic
  1. My Imagination (2:24)
  2. What We Drew (3:39)
  3. In Place (2:29)
  4. When I Grow Up (2:41)
  5. Money Can't Buy (feat Nappy Nina) (2:50)
  6. Free Interlude (feat Lil Fayo & Trenchcoat & Sweet Pea) (2:23)
  7. Spell (feat Yon Yon & GLAM) (3:11)
  8. Waking Up Down (3:25)
  9. In The Mirror (4:27)
  10. The Th1ng (feat Victoria Sin) (4:13)
  11. These Days (2:59)
  12. Never Settling Down (4:04)
Review: Yaeji's latest offering is a perfect tightrope walk between dreamy pop, DIY house and plenty of the Korean American artists own unique sound designs. It is starkly emotional and demonstrates a lightness of melodic touch that is beautiful to experience. Introverted and perfectly poised for self reflection, the album is an essential audio partner for these strange and unsettling times in which we live. There are darker moments of experimentation, but always balanced with improve jazz or lighter moments that lifts the mood. It's perfectly time during an era when we can't be back in clubs, and is her strongest work by far.
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out of stock $16.63
9
Cat: MW 008. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Cum Angelus (7:44)
  2. Post Los (4:55)
  3. Triz Cohors (part 3) (6:43)
  4. Lamp Fest (6:45)
  5. Angelus Spit (feat Mister Water Wet) (6:40)
  6. Transier Unt (4:33)
  7. Om Ne Ud (4:11)
  8. Trizlang Gem (feat Ulla) (4:40)
  9. Stuck In A Cave (5:57)
Review: How do you describe the indescribable, or explain that which doesn't always make sense? Pontiac Streator forsakes the standard debut album format for a sprawling, double-disc journey into soundscapes that feel thick, complex, familiar and weird, subtle echoes of rave legacies or cinematic sequences come and go, gliding on the gentle sense of rhythm that underpins the experience. If all that reads a bit too complex and conceptual, fear not. The act of listening is both rewarding and beautiful. An underwater dive into fizzing, dubby atmospheres with a constant sense of lightness and positivity. Whereas so many productions in this ilk seem to focus on cold, crystalline tones or details seemingly forged from steel, things are resolutely more rounded, inviting and hospitable here. More than a few strokes of genius at play.
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 in stock $22.35
10
Cat: TAV 002. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Only Yours (feat Bani Haykal) (6:01)
  2. Vacant Speck (3:33)
  3. And While Alive (4:50)
  4. My Darling (3:55)
  5. Indulgent Interlude (2:49)
  6. Done (Done Done) (feat Usaama Minhas) (4:36)
  7. Let's Go (5:36)
  8. Not My Place (4:36)
  9. Unhome (3:17)
Review: While comparisons have been made to The XX and Portishead, in truth .GIF are cut from a different cloth entirely. Yes, this is softly delivered electronic off-pop that packs a weighty emotional punch, but we're more in the cosmic playgrounds artists such as Bjork, C.A.R. or Coco Rosie inhabit. Preceding work defined by melancholia is left behind in favour of something that's more aggressive and gritty yet somehow also far more playful at the same time. At its most opiate, we have the eerie and awkward 'Indulgent Interlude', a lush overture no less. 'Done (Done Done)' represents the attitude end of the spectrum, all bumbling broken beats, stabbed notes and unforgiving lyrical delivery. Meanwhile, efforts like 'Vacant Speck' showcase beats designed for cosy, dimly lit dancefloors.
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 in stock $21.54
11
Live At Villain (1 per customer)
Cat: LMLP 508. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Indie
  1. Como Me Quieres (3:34)
  2. Dern Kala (3:12)
  3. August 10 (5:14)
  4. Friday Morning (6:43)
  5. August Twelve (5:24)
  6. Mr White (5:05)
  7. Two Fish & An Elephant (4:21)
  8. White Gloves (3:04)
  9. Lady & Man (5:18)
  10. Evan Finds The Third Room (5:41)
  11. Maria Tambien (3:13)
Review: Smoked-out Texan psych troupe Khruangbin have picked a pretty apt moment to release this recording of their live show at Villain, Brooklyn. For starters, it's summer 2020, and if it weren't for a global pandemic there's a good chance a few of us would be recovering from the night before to a late-afternoon, or better yet early-evening performance from this lot at some festival or other. Secondly, because of said health crisis, we're all starved of the unique qualities that come from a band playing in the flesh. Dinner is definitely served here, then, via generous helpings of Laura Lee's bass-laden grooves and gorgeous, intoxicatingly airy vocal delivery. First laid down in 2018, when Khruangbin were touring in support of their second album, while 'Con Todo El Mundo' provides the majority of musical moments here, really 'Live At Villain' is a self-contained record - an hour or so of the band's typically magical and engrossing stage stuff, captured for keeps.
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 in stock $29.99
12
Cat: LITA 192G2. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Creek (4:43)
  2. Feel (4:27)
  3. Sheep (5:17)
  4. Sleep (6:22)
  5. Green (5:08)
  6. Feet (6:07)
  7. Street (6:39)
  8. Teevee (3:22)
Review: Up until his death in 2003, Hiroshi Yoshimura spent decades offering up immaculate albums that blurred the boundaries between ambient, new age and minimalism. For those not versed in the Japanese ambient pioneer's vast catalogue, 1986's "Green" - which is here reissued by Light In The Attic - remains one of his most impressive works. Created using a minimal number of instruments (mostly synthesizers and electric pianos), the set is as quietly jazzy as it is relaxing. Highlights include the meditative, Terry Riley influenced bliss of "Feel", the pulsing organ stabs and blissful electronics of "Sheep", the garden-ready musical hug that is "Green" and the swelling opener "Creek".
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out of stock $29.99
13
Cat: 093624 898689. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Rock
  1. Separate Ways (3:33)
  2. Try (2:51)
  3. Mexico (1:38)
  4. Love Is A Rose (2:19)
  5. Homegrown (2:46)
  6. Florida (2:59)
  7. Kansas (2:15)
  8. We Don't Smoke It (4:47)
  9. White Line (3:13)
  10. Vacancy (3:58)
  11. Little Wing (2:08)
  12. Star Of Bethlehem (2:42)
 in stock $29.72
14
Cat: RS 2004. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Bass
  1. Spectral Frequency (6:18)
  2. Inverse Frequency (6:16)
  3. Family Doggo (5:42)
  4. No Other Way To See It (5:25)
Review: Having previously notched-up must-check Special Request releases on one vital rave-era record label, XL, Paul Woolford has now brought the hardcore and jungle-influenced project to another imprint that defined dance music in the early '90s, Belgian stable R&S Records. As you'd expect, he's in full-on bassbin-bothering, mind-mangling mode, with title track "Spectral Frequency" - a ruffneck, early jungle style workout with added intergalactic electronics - hitting home hardest of all. There's a bizarre (but kind of brilliant) backwards version ("Inverse Frequency") included on the A-side, before Woolford showcases the more melodious, ambient techno side of his multiple musical personalities on wonderfully warm and ear-pleasing flipside cuts "Family Doggo" and "No Other Way To See It".
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out of stock $11.99
15
Cat: HSRSS 004. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Klassiker/Ska
  1. Pumping In (2:31)
  2. Knock On Wood (2:37)
Review: For the latest volume in their ongoing "Reggae Cut Loud" series of seven-inch singles, Harlem Shuffle Records have gathered together two suitably rare gems from the undisputed king of rocksteady, Alton Ellis, neither of which have previously featured on a "45". A-side "Pumping In", an early rocksteady treat, is rich in R&B style guitar riffs, warm bass and an echo-laden vocal from Ellis. It was recorded in 1970 but for one reason or another only surfaced a few years ago. Flipside "Knock On Wood", a cover of the Eddie Floyd soul favourite, was recorded a number of times by Ellis; this version is the superior 1972 Joe Gibbs take, which boasts some superb Hammond organ sounds and a defiantly dub-wise reggae riddim. It's absolutely essential.
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 in stock $10.36
16
Cat: FMB 017. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Crystal Sea (6:19)
  2. Storm 87 (6:08)
  3. Sauna (6:42)
  4. Synthetic Being (4:37)
 in stock $10.64
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Witness (1 per customer)
Cat: TRULE 008. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Techno
  1. Come Close (5:35)
  2. Witness (3:43)
  3. Gloamer (5:19)
  4. Over (5:13)
  5. Sema (3:46)
  6. A Clean Heart (3:55)
  7. Starlite Xpress (4:41)
  8. Cephas (5:26)
Review: Since ditching his long-running Deadboy alias, Al Wootton has released some of the most inspired and impressive music of his career to date. Hopes are naturally high then for this debut album, an impressively versatile affair that cannily puts rhythm - and specifically his own mutations of recognizable UK bass and techno beat patterns - at the heart of the action. The inspirations are obvious - think dubstep, dancehall, two-step garage, hardcore, jungle, steppers dub, Livity Sound style mutant techno - but the resulting tracks mix, match and mangle these styles into genuinely thrilling new shapes. The fact that he does this while also achieving a near perfect balance between musically darkness and light is perhaps the most impressive thing of all.
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out of stock $18.82
18
Cat: HAWAII 022. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. The Power Of Poetry (6:52)
  2. Underground Night (7:54)
  3. Peter Pan (6:42)
  4. Round The World (5:35)
  5. Magic Flute (5:56)
Review: Italian scene veteran DJ Soch has been serving up classy, mature and musically rich house music for longer than many of us have been alive, so it's great to see him showcase his wares on Lobster Theremin offshoot Distant Hawaii. There's naturally plenty to set the pulse racing amongst the five tracks on show, from the effortless warmth of title track "The Power of Poetry" - a glorious fusion of Nu Groove era Burrell Brothers style deep house and sun-kissed Italian dreaminess - to the chunky, bass-heavy bounce of New Jersey garage-influenced closing cut "Magic Flute". Other highlights include "Underground Night", where slick, vibraphone style solos and twinkling pianos ride another thickset late '80s deep house groove, and the luscious Italian dream house revivalism of "Round The World".
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 in stock $11.99
19
Cat: CHIWAX 031. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. Sun Comes Up (7:00)
  2. I Need You (6:40)
  3. Energy Reflect (7:16)
  4. Total Control (6:22)
 in stock $9.80
20
Cat: PG 063. Rel: 13 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. In Gratitude (Neon Moon mix) (6:47)
  2. G Beats (part 23) (3:49)
  3. Hunter Moon Vibez (6:26)
  4. A Lost Dub (Lw remix) (5:51)
 in stock $10.64
21
Cat: RBLP 14. Rel: 20 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. Traens 1 (3:22)
  2. Traens 2 (5:45)
  3. Traens 3 (4:52)
  4. Traens 4 (7:08)
  5. Traens 5 (5:20)
  6. Traens 6 (5:27)
  7. Traens 7 (3:32)
  8. Traens 8 (5:46)
  9. Traens 9 (4:34)
  10. Traens 10 (7:38)
 in stock $20.45
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