South African afro-jazz expert and Matsuli Music boss Matt Temple digs deep on this stunning selection of spiritual jazz from 1968-1979. Nowhere has jazz been as prominent a vehicle for protest [...]

From The Last Poets to Herbie Hancock, listen to a new vinyl-only mix by Henry Wu

March 24, 2015

One of the most exciting emerging producers around gives us a taste of his record collection. For our last vinyl-only mix, we happened upon Django Django rooting around in the library for some  [...]

The 10 best vinyl releases this week (23rd March)

March 23, 2015

We select the 10 most essential vinyl releases of the last 7 days. This week's record bag features a clutch of our favourite labels, from three of London's most on it imprints 22a, The Trilog [...]

Jump Blues: 10 romping and stomping R&B 45s that won’t break the bank

March 21, 2015

Itchy feet? Jazzman Records' Orsi Muntyan has 10 inexpensive but no less essential R&B records on 45 that will have you dancing up a storm. Words: Orsi Muntyan I’m not going to b [...]

Crate Diggers: Anthony Naples

March 20, 2015

Our Crate Diggers series profiles record collectors across the globe. After probing Motor City Drum Ensemble on his most personal records and entering the bizarre world of Jonny Trunk, we interrog [...]

Exclusive: Record Store Day hits back at accusations of “betraying” small labels

March 19, 2015

We put the accusation from small labels that "Record Store Day really isn’t fun, and it’s certainly not beneficial to small labels” to RSD.  As we reported last week, two UK indie labels [...]

Geisha Boogie: 10 essential Japanese records that no-one is looking for

March 18, 2015

Teaming up with Phonica Records for a new label to release new and old music from across the dance music spectrum, Alexander Bradley introduces Utopia Records and marks its debut release of Manabu [...]

Composition as Collaboration: A journey through Björk’s career

March 17, 2015

Alex Ross narrates Björk's career through her collaborations. With the vinyl release of Vulnicura on its way, not to mention a colourful back-catalogue reissue and a mid-career retrospectiv [...]

Afro-psych ambassador: The incredible story behind one of the rarest Brazilian records of all time

A holy grail with a bizarre narrative to match, Tribo Massáhi’s Estrelando Embaixador received its first official vinyl reissue last month. As far as rare records are concerned, the absence  [...]

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