THE ROUND UP: JULY / AUGUST '16
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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