Soul Jazz Records Presents
Delta Swamp Rock 2
Soul Jazz Records
New on Soul Jazz Records, the second volume of Delta Swamp Rock continues to journey into the heartland of the American south, exploring the musical links between country, rock and soul music in the 1960s and early 1970s. Deep in the southern towns and cities of America – Muscle Shoals, Nashville, Memphis and Macon – select groups of (largely unknown) session musicians made musical history on an almost daily basis.
Southern rock rose up in the 1970s on the huge commercial success of southern-based groups The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others. Like the twisted roots of rock and roll, southern rock put country, rock and black music into a melting pot to create a unique sound. This gave rise to a new identity for white southern working-class youth. The roots of this revolution were to be found in an obscure corner of Alabama, in the sleepy town of Muscle Shoals, where, in the previous decade, a group of white in-house studio musicians worked together with the greatest rhythm and blues vocalists of the day – Aretha Franklin,Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others – away from the segregated environment found just outside the studio walls.
Delta Swamp Rock 2 contains extensive sleeve-notes in an accompanying deluxe large outsize book housed in double-backed card case, which also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive and new interviews with a number of the featured artists.
Nervous Circuits + 25:37
STREET DATE 11.27
Nineties post-punks the VSS may have only issued one full-length in their brief two-year existence, 1997’s Nervous Circuits, but what a record it was. Synthesizing elements of hardcore, new wave and death rock, the LP was a terse and terrifying collection that unquestionably influenced acts like the Faint, Death From Above 1979 and the original punky lineup of Hot Hot Heat. If you missed out on the record’s first pressing on Honey Bear Records, or the 2008 CD reissue on Hydra Head, the VSS are about to drop a deluxe double-LP reissue through Sargent House.
King Midas Sound
STREET DATE 11.27
It’s rare that a compilation of new versions of old tracks will coalesce as naturally and solidly as this; ‘Without You’ sees all the contributors open themselves up and step inside the zone of King Midas Sound. Instead of squeezing the ideas of the originals dry, as is the shortcoming of most remix projects, the coherence of ‘Without You’ takes the original album clear into a new dimension of sound.
VINYL STREET DATE 11.27
LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo release since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. It finds him expanding upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Eno sees it as a continuation of his ‘Music for Thinking’ project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).
LUX is one of Eno’s most ambitious works to date; it is a 76 minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).
“…his most successful ambient work.” – The Quietus
- 8.0 in Pitchfork
- Review in Consequence of Sound
- Review in The New York Times
Say I Wanna Know 7″
Nick Waterhouse has a new, limited edition 45 for his hit single, “Say I Wanna Know.” The single comes in a custom sleeve and is currently featured in Acura’s Global Ad Campaign.
Redeye’s Curator: Handpicked for Your Pleasure
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