In recent years, vinyl culture has come back big time and recently there has been a whole load of amazing releases landing in shops around the world. Even in China vinyl collecting seems to be getting a lot more popular and I have been meeting a lot of collectors, both local and foreign, who are just as excited as me about the resurgence of the beautiful music format. As an avid vinyl collector and sucker for limited editions, the bank balance has taken a real hit in the last few weeks with a string of releases that are impossible not to buy on sight. Here are just a few of the things we’ve been excited about recently.
Flying Lotus – When The Quiet Comes – Collectors Edition
Probably one of the most anticipated albums of 2012, Flying Lotus’ 4th album ‘When The Quiet Comes’ is almost here, with its full release on October 1st. If the first track to be released from the album, ‘See Thru To U’ feat Erykah Badu, is anything to go by, this album is going to be very special indeed.
A limited ‘Collectors Edition’ is available now for preorder here. 180g vinyl with full colour inner sleeves, download redemption code and credit sheet in rigid gatefold sleeve, wrapped in black buckram embossed paper with tipped on cover image. An absolute must buy in our eyes.
Yesterday a short film by Kahlil Joseph previewing more tracks from the album was released and it sounds stunning. October 1st can’t come quick enough!
Mala – Mala In Cuba – Limited Box Set
Another heavily anticipated album is ‘Mala in Cuba’, an album instrumented by Giles Peterson and Havana Cultura by inviting Mala to travel to Cuba to record with contemporary Cuban artists and reconstruct the music to make it his own. Brownswood label boss Peterson described as the most important record he’s had a hand in since Roni Size’s 1997 landmark New Forms.
The album, released this coming Monday, comes in the form of a 4 x 12” boxset. Having already sold out at source as well as many other online stores on pre-order, be fast if you want to get one of these. It isn’t specified how limited the vinyl set is, but better safe than sorry, order now!
The album is now available to stream in full and is beyond what we expected it to sound like, and we expected a lot!
The Bug – Acid Ragga
Those of you who were lucky enough to attend our event with The Bug and Daddy Freddy earlier in the year will know that Kevin Martin is firing on all cylinders at the moment and his latest venture, a new 7” sub-label on Ninja Tune entitled Acid Ragga is some of the most exciting, nastiest, dancehall destroying music to appear in years. The first release came out a few weeks back, kicking off the series with the incredible ‘Can’t Take It No More’ with Daddy Freddy and backed with an Inga Copeland vocal on the same riddim called ‘Rise Up’.
The releases, as well as sounding great, look the business too. Pressed on florescent yellow vinyl, he first release features the work of Sub-Culture favourite Zeke Clough (Skull Disco), and the 2nd release ‘Ganja Baby’ is designed by King Midas Sounds’ Kiki Hitomi (both of these artists have designed Sub-Culture posters in the past). Bad!
Death Waltz Recording Company
Limited colour vinyl, horror soundtracks & art prints. These are probably 3 of our favouriite things, and the amazing Death Waltz Recording Company have answered our prayers and combined the 3 with incredible effect. As soon as we found out about this label the very limited subscription was bought without a second thought and so far has not disappointed. The first release on the label was, surprisingly, the first ever vinyl Fabio Frizzi’s soundtrack to Lucio Fulci’s ‘Zombie Flesh Eaters’, possibly one of the best movie soundtracks ever made, and they have followed this up with a string of amazing soundtracks including Escape From New York, Donnie Darko and Let The Right One In.
The latest release, pictured above, is the soundtrack to the zombie classic ‘The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue’ and, for subscribers, comes on beautiful green and black vinyl, along with a huge poster and lithograph of the fresh artwork by Luke Insect. With the soundtracks to Halloween II and III, Prince Of Darkness, They Live and The Devil’s Business scheduled for release in the next few months, plus a partnership with Hammer Films, the second subscription is a no brainer!
Silent Servant – Negative Fascination
This release came online just yesterday and, although we don’t usually buy many techno releases, this one was bought on sight. After Sandwell District disbanded at the beginning of the year, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for Juan Mendez, aka Silent Servant, to release his debut album, and if the sound clips are anything to go by it does not disappoint. An edition of only 900, it looks like the initial limited white vinyl has already sold out, and I’d think quick if you want to get a copy of the regular version as this wont stick around for long. Go here, quick!