The Round Up: July / August '16

THE ROUND UP: JULY / AUGUST '16

SEPTEMBER 2016


Like last time, this installment of the Round Up is a double-whammy, featuring our picks of what we’ve been listening to in July and August. Summer might be closing up but we’ve still got plenty of tunes for you to get your teeth into. Like always, some are old and some are new, and some are rare while others you’ll probably have heard of.

It’s been an incredible couple of months for reissues, most notably Floating Points’ release of three ultra-rare singles by Detroit soul outfit Aged In Harmony, through his Melodies International Label. Recorded between 1973 and 1978, the tunes have become highly sought after by soul and disco aficionados and can now be found in one place. Likewise, last month Be With Records released the sole LP of jazz-rock trio, Air, originally released on Embryo Records in 1971. Meanwhile, Frank Ocean finally dropped his second studio album, Blonde, and we can’t get enough of it. Other notable discoveries include the warm ambient loops of Gas’ 2000 album Pop; Christy Essien’s 1979 spacefunk album, One Understanding; Trentemøller’s downtempo classic, The Last Resort; and Minoru Muroka’s traditional Japanese-meets-jazz masterpiece, Bamboo.


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AGED IN HARMONY - YOU'RE A MELODY (MELODIES INTERNATIONAL, 2016)

AGED IN HARMONY - YOU'RE A MELODY (MELODIES INTERNATIONAL, 2016)

KHRUANGBIN - THE UNIVERSE SMILES UPON YOU (LATENIGHTTALES, 2016)

KHRUANGBIN - THE UNIVERSE SMILES UPON YOU (LATENIGHTTALES, 2016)

AIR - AIR (EMBRYO RECORDS / BE WITH RECORDS, 1971/2016)

AIR - AIR (EMBRYO RECORDS / BE WITH RECORDS, 1971/2016)

DOUG CARN - REVELATION (BLACK JAZZ RECORDS, 1973)

DOUG CARN - REVELATION (BLACK JAZZ RECORDS, 1973)

MUGWISA INTERNATIONAL XYLOPHONE GROUP - SANTURI'S EMBAIRE UMEME . (ON THE CORNER RECORDS, 2016)

MUGWISA INTERNATIONAL XYLOPHONE GROUP - SANTURI'S EMBAIRE UMEME . (ON THE CORNER RECORDS, 2016)

BEN LUKAS BOYSEN - SPELLS (ERASED TAPES, 2016)

BEN LUKAS BOYSEN - SPELLS (ERASED TAPES, 2016)

ROY OF THE RAVERS - 2 LATE 4 LOVE (ACID WAXA, 2015)

ROY OF THE RAVERS - 2 LATE 4 LOVE (ACID WAXA, 2015)

CAN - TAGO MAGO (UNITED ARTISTS, 1971)

CAN - TAGO MAGO (UNITED ARTISTS, 1971)

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - SOMETHIN' ELSE (BLUE NOTE, 1958)

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - SOMETHIN' ELSE (BLUE NOTE, 1958)

CHRISTY ESSIEN - ONE UNDERSTANDING (AFRODISIA, 1979)

CHRISTY ESSIEN - ONE UNDERSTANDING (AFRODISIA, 1979)

COSMOS - BOURBON SUITE (CANYON, 1982)

COSMOS - BOURBON SUITE (CANYON, 1982)

FRANK OCEAN - BLOND (BOYS DON'T CRY, 2016)

FRANK OCEAN - BLOND (BOYS DON'T CRY, 2016)

RYO FUKUI - SCENERY (TRIO RECORDS, 1976)

RYO FUKUI - SCENERY (TRIO RECORDS, 1976)

KASSEM MOSSE - WORKSHOP 19 (WORKSHOP, 2014)

KASSEM MOSSE - WORKSHOP 19 (WORKSHOP, 2014)

RAHUL DEV BURMAN - HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA (ODEON, 1971)

RAHUL DEV BURMAN - HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA (ODEON, 1971)

JINSANG - SOLITUDE (DIRTY BEAUTY, 2016)

JINSANG - SOLITUDE (DIRTY BEAUTY, 2016)

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON & THE ALL STAR BAND - THE VISITORS (BEL-AIR GLAMOUR RECORDS, 2016)

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON & THE ALL STAR BAND - THE VISITORS (BEL-AIR GLAMOUR RECORDS, 2016)

TRENTEMØLLER - THE LAST RESORT (POKER FLAT RECORDS, 2006)

TRENTEMØLLER - THE LAST RESORT (POKER FLAT RECORDS, 2006)

SPIRIT OF LOVE - THE POWER OF YOUR LOVE (BIRTHRIGHT / ATHENS OF THE NORTH, 1978/2016)

SPIRIT OF LOVE - THE POWER OF YOUR LOVE (BIRTHRIGHT / ATHENS OF THE NORTH, 1978/2016)

FUCKED UP - HIDDEN WORLD (JADE TREE, 2006)

FUCKED UP - HIDDEN WORLD (JADE TREE, 2006)

PETER BROWN - DANCE WITH ME (T.K RECORDS, 1978)

PETER BROWN - DANCE WITH ME (T.K RECORDS, 1978)

BIG BLACK - SONGS ABOUT FUCKING (TOUCH AND GO, 1987)

BIG BLACK - SONGS ABOUT FUCKING (TOUCH AND GO, 1987)

DJRUM - SPACE RACE EP (2ND DROP, 2016)

DJRUM - SPACE RACE EP (2ND DROP, 2016)

JERKCLUB - NIGHT ON EARTH (HANDSOME DAD RECORDS, 2016)

JERKCLUB - NIGHT ON EARTH (HANDSOME DAD RECORDS, 2016)

CHIEF STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE & HIS NIGERIA SOUND MAKERS INTERNATIONAL - IBEYA EBILI (POLYDOR, 1981)

CHIEF STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE & HIS NIGERIA SOUND MAKERS INTERNATIONAL - IBEYA EBILI (POLYDOR, 1981)

VARIOUS - THE WORLD ENDS: AFRO ROCK & PSYCHEDELIA IN 1970S NIGERIA (SOUNDWAY, 2010)

VARIOUS - THE WORLD ENDS: AFRO ROCK & PSYCHEDELIA IN 1970S NIGERIA (SOUNDWAY, 2010)

SHIV KUMAR BATALVI (SUNG BY JAGJIT SINGH AND CHITRA SINGH) - BIRHA DA SULTAN (EMI, 1978)

SHIV KUMAR BATALVI (SUNG BY JAGJIT SINGH AND CHITRA SINGH) - BIRHA DA SULTAN (EMI, 1978)

VINCE STAPLES - PRIMA DONNA (DEF JAM, 2016)

VINCE STAPLES - PRIMA DONNA (DEF JAM, 2016)

DELE SOSIMI, PRINCE FATTY & NOSTALGIA 77 - YOU NO FIT TOUCH AM IN DUB (WAH WAH 45S, 2016)

DELE SOSIMI, PRINCE FATTY & NOSTALGIA 77 - YOU NO FIT TOUCH AM IN DUB (WAH WAH 45S, 2016)

WES MONTGOMERY - THE INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR OF WES MONTGOMERY (RIVERSIDE RECORDS, 1960)

WES MONTGOMERY - THE INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR OF WES MONTGOMERY (RIVERSIDE RECORDS, 1960)

BENJAMIN DAMAGE - OBSIDIAN (50WEAPONS, 2015)

BENJAMIN DAMAGE - OBSIDIAN (50WEAPONS, 2015)

GAS - POP (MILLE PLATEAUX, 2000)

GAS - POP (MILLE PLATEAUX, 2000)

MINORU MUROKA - BAMBOO (UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS, 1970)https://youtu.be/7kUQF6QPK00

MINORU MUROKA - BAMBOO (UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS, 1970)https://youtu.be/7kUQF6QPK00

IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS - NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!! (STIFF RECORDS, 1977)

IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS - NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES!! (STIFF RECORDS, 1977)

TRIM - 1-800 DINOSAUR PRESENT TRIM (1-800 DINOSAUR, 2016) 

TRIM - 1-800 DINOSAUR PRESENT TRIM (1-800 DINOSAUR, 2016) 

MOGWAI - ATOMIC (ROCK ACTION, 2016)

MOGWAI - ATOMIC (ROCK ACTION, 2016)

KILLER MIKE - R.A.P. MUSIC (WILLIAMS STREET RECORDS, 2012)

KILLER MIKE - R.A.P. MUSIC (WILLIAMS STREET RECORDS, 2012)

THE INTERNET - EGO DEATH (ODD FUTURE, 2015)

THE INTERNET - EGO DEATH (ODD FUTURE, 2015)

ISAIAH RASHAD - THE SUN'S TIRADE (TOP DAWG, 2016)

ISAIAH RASHAD - THE SUN'S TIRADE (TOP DAWG, 2016)

NANA NSIAH PIESIE AND THE MYSTIC TRAVELLERS ‎– AGIGYINA BE KUM (TBA, 1993)

NANA NSIAH PIESIE AND THE MYSTIC TRAVELLERS ‎– AGIGYINA BE KUM (TBA, 1993)

WARTHOG - PRISON (IRON LUNG RECORDS, 2014)

WARTHOG - PRISON (IRON LUNG RECORDS, 2014)

JULIANNA BARWICK - NEPENTHE (DEAD OCEANS, 2013)

JULIANNA BARWICK - NEPENTHE (DEAD OCEANS, 2013)

ELLA FITZGERALD SINGS THE COLE PORTER SONG BOOK (VERVE, 1956)

ELLA FITZGERALD SINGS THE COLE PORTER SONG BOOK (VERVE, 1956)

SHOW ME THE BODY - BODY WAR (SELF-RELEASED, 2016)

SHOW ME THE BODY - BODY WAR (SELF-RELEASED, 2016)

HIATUS KAIYOTE - CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON (FLYING BUDDHA, 2015)

HIATUS KAIYOTE - CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON (FLYING BUDDHA, 2015)

ST GERMAIN - TOURIST (BLUE NOTE, 2000)

ST GERMAIN - TOURIST (BLUE NOTE, 2000)

MADONNA - LIKE A VIRGIN (SIRE, 1984)

MADONNA - LIKE A VIRGIN (SIRE, 1984)

SKEE MASK - SHRED (ILIAN TAPE, 2016)

SKEE MASK - SHRED (ILIAN TAPE, 2016)

G.R.I.T. - AS I LOOK TO THE SKY FROM THE SURFACE OF THE WATER (MEANWHILE., 2012)

G.R.I.T. - AS I LOOK TO THE SKY FROM THE SURFACE OF THE WATER (MEANWHILE., 2012)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live In Paris, 1964 (France's Concert, 1988)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live In Paris, 1964 (France's Concert, 1988)