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Music Recommendations from Record Stores Around the World

New music suggestions inspired by your favorite albums.

Digs // Music

If you are searching for new music, look to the most trusted people in the vinyl scene. Our friends at some of the best record stores in the world suggest albums inspired by the most popular records within the Discogs community. If you enjoy any of the albums below, you’ll discover new records to love. Explore recommendations from shops in Japan, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Learn more about your new favorite albums and support independent record stores.

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Wax Museum Records

Melbourne, Australia

Guy Roseby, Co-owner

Madvillainy is not only a personal favorite of ours but it is also, without a doubt, the biggest-selling title in our store’s history. The lyrical mastery of MF DOOM is paired with Madlib’s sample-heavy beats. This LP almost sits in its own genre and appeals to fans of music in general, not only hip-hop heads. Madlib’s sample choices, the drum programming, and even the mastering of this classic create an “otherworldly” atmosphere. It’s a rap album from an alternate or parallel universe. Shout out to the crew at Stones Throw Records for bringing us this one!


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IF YOU LIKE

Madvillainy

by Madvillain


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Madvillainy by Madvillain

Operation: Doomsday

MF Doom

DOOM’s first album is a masterpiece. It was originally released on Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle Em’ Records in 1999. We recommend this as a starting point for those that have not gone down the MF DOOM discography. This was the world’s introduction to the villainous character MF DOOM. The album is woven around comic-book-style vocal skits which help to paint the picture of DOOM and his menacing ways. It’s hard to pick favorite tracks as the whole release is solid start to finish but some of ours include “Doomsday,” “Rhymes Like Dimes,” “?,” and “Gas Drawls.”

Recommendation #2 based on
Madvillainy by Madvillain

Begborrowsteel

Count Bass D

Count Bass D is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and MC who first hit the scene in 1995. His fourth release, Begborrowsteel, is one we’d like to bring to your attention. It was originally released in Japan in 2004 on Octave (CD) and Jazzy Sport (vinyl) before getting an expanded vinyl release on Ramp Recordings in Europe later that year. You’ll note this is the same time that Madvillainy also hit our ears. The album is comprised of Count’s sample-heavy production with full vocal tracks woven in with various short instrumental skits – a sign of the time, possibly? His unorthodox rhyme style should resonate with fans of DOOM.

Recommendation #3 based on
Madvillainy by Madvillain

Shades of Blue

Madlib

This is the result of the Blue Note record label handing the keys to their vault over to Madlib. This predates the work that he became known for with the likes of DOOM and Freddie Gibbs but introduces and highlights his abilities as a multi-faceted instrumentalist. This is a great snapshot of some of Blue Note’s greatest tracks that can complement so many situations or moods. This title flies off of the shelves at our store and is consistently on backorder!

Recommendation #4 based on
Madvillainy by Madvillain

Ghetto Sci-Fi

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program

This is another artist whose work just flies off our shelves. Ras G emerged from the Los Angeles beats scene with the likes of Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, and Samiyam. His debut, Ghetto Sci-Fi, takes us on a journey to the outer edges of the hip-hop cosmos and lays the foundation for countless lo-fi hip-hop producers. A convergence of J Dilla, King Tubby, and Sun Ra via Poobah Records!

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Space Hall

Berlin, Germany

Jason Bakker, Assistant Manager

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is classic. It manages to sound fresh and retro at the same time. The year 1992 seems a while ago but this record has stood the test of time. A good variety of tracks and moods. Solid represses over the years. Iconic artwork. Enough said.


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Selected Ambient Works 85-92

by Aphex Twin


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Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin

Pre Dawn / Indoors

Burial

This is an interesting release by Burial that seems overlooked sometimes. It closes gaps between techno, jungle, dubstep, and spaced-out Burial soundscapes. Vinyl tip: It also sounds really good at 33 RPM. Please play it loud. Your neighbors will appreciate it.

Recommendation #2 based on
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin

Weisses Rauschen

Various

This is a nice stomping Berlin underground gem with quirky industrial techno with German vocals for a later hour. Translated lyrics: “At some point there is white noise / Inside there is bright light / Let me listen to your bloodstream until a new day breaks / My skin is my clothes that my bones hold / Naked bodies in muscle / we find shelter in the forest where the sun illuminates us and the farm dog barks happily.” Danke.

Recommendation #3 based on
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin

Conic Sections

XOR Gate

XOR Gate, a.k.a. Gerald Donald, is also known for his work as Dopplereffekt and Drexciya. XOR Gate released this great 12-inch on Tresor in 2018. The sound design is stellar, raw, and unmistakably Gerald Donald. Tracks weave into each other like a journey of never-ending electronic poems. This is a very pleasant record you can play over and over again, flipping from side A to B.

Recommendation #4 based on
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin

Computerwelt

Kraftwerk

A must-have album from the German electronic pioneers. Boing Boom Tschak!

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Barcelona City Records

Barcelona, Spain

Orial Aparicio, Owner

Although there were quite a few contenders to be chosen as the title that represents our shop, there was no doubt Moanin’ should be our pick. Despite our very different backgrounds (Latin grooves, early Detroit and Chicago stuff, African music), we at Barcelona City Records are all drawn together by a love of jazz. Originally an unnamed session and released as a self-titled record, the album soon gained its current title due to the quintet’s stellar performance of the Bobby Timmons-penned “Moanin’,” a tune that would become not only a well-known jazz standard but also one of the first examples of what would become soul-jazz. Moanin’ is a crucial title that paved the way for many kinds of music to come.


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Moanin’

by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers


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Moanin’ by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

Chega De Saudade

João Gilberto

Another seminal title released the very same year (1959), Chega De Saudade was Gilberto’s long-play debut and the album that started a quiet revolution that echoes up to this day. Taking its cues from both samba-cançao and jazz, it created a new paradigm in Brazilian music, inspiring many young artists to follow Gilberto’s path into what ended up becoming a big musical craze during the 1960s and a bonafide musical genre, bossa nova. Recorded live in the studio with no playback or overdubs, the album features the arrangements and musical direction of a young Tom Jobim. A timeless piece.

Recommendation #2 based on
Moanin’ by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

Now!

Bobby Hutcherson

Following the Blue Note and jazz thread, this title showcases the evolution of the label in the late 1960s and the new artistic expressions springing up in the jazz world. Now! is an outstanding piece of soulful, spiritual, late-1960s jazz featuring the talents of saxophonist Harold Land. The album is most notable for the appearance of singer-songwriter Eugene McDaniels with both vocal and composing duties. An established R&B and soul artist, McDaniels suddenly shifted to a more conscious, Afro-centered discourse that would further crystallize in his early 70s albums such as Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse. This record shows the first steps of the artistic shift.

Recommendation #3 based on
Moanin’ by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

Virgo Vibes

Roy Ayers

Another vibraphonist makes it to our small list of recommendations (on another album that includes Harold Land on sax). Better known for his soul-jazz and funk output spanning almost three decades, Virgo Vibes is perhaps Ayers’ jazziest release and one to be discovered by the listeners more familiarized with his groovier side. This album would not be complete without a mention of a little-known fact: Herbie Hancock makes an appearance on the first three tracks under the name Ronnie Clark.

Recommendation #4 based on
Moanin’ by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers

The Har-You Percussion Group

The Har-You Percussion Group

No BCR selection could be complete with an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz album so here we go with this nice piece of percussive action released on another legendary New York City label, ESP-Disk. Founded in 1963 by lawyer Bernard Stollman (after hearing Albert Ayler play at the Cellar Cafe), the label became an essential outlet for the early New York free-jazz scene before venturing into other musical areas (folk, psychedelic rock, and Latin), thus expanding its catalog with classic titles from The Fugs, The Godz, Patty Waters, and Tom Rapp’s Pearls Before Swine. In line with much of the label’s activism, this album was born out of the efforts of the Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited Center. They asked Jamaican-born percussionist Montego Joe to teach young African Americans, thus giving birth to the Harlem Youth Percussion Group, also known as Har-You. While original pressings of this title sell for a lot of money, both Luv N’ Haight and CuBop have released nice, solid reissues.

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Cornbread

Lee Morgan

2019

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 gram, Gatefold

Etcetera

Wayne Shorter

2019

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 Gram, Gatefold

Chant

Donald Byrd

2019

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g, Gatefold

Born To Be Blue

Grant Green

2019

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180 Gram, Gatefold

The Cooker

Lee Morgan

2020

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g, Gatefold
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Patuá Discos

São Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Sakae Tahira, Owner

Many people worldwide relate Jorge Ben to hits like “Mas Que Nada” and “Chove Chuva” as well as his Afro-samba-jazz in the 1960s. With Fôrça Bruta, he found his sound, which he describes as “samba school beat after the carnival parade.” With the legendary Trio Mocotó and long recording sessions, he made a record that brought a standard beat to the samba rock movement in tracks like “O Telefone Tocou Novamente” and “Oba, Lá Vem Ela.”


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IF YOU LIKE

Fôrça Bruta

by Jorge Ben


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Fôrça Bruta by Jorge Ben

Maravilhas Contemporâneas

Luiz Melodia

In the 1970s, labels were observing what brought thousands of young Black people to big clubs in Rio de Janeiro and wanted to get into the movement, first with vinyl compilations of the best DJs in town and later with a Brazilian scene for the bands to enter in the venues. Maravilhas Contemporâneas is from these times, although it does not exactly follow this reference. It is an outstanding record with a great band backing Melodia at his best. With songs like “Veleiro Azul” and “Congênito,” he established a style that followed him during the rest of his career.

Recommendation #2 based on
Fôrça Bruta by Jorge Ben

Bebeto

Bebeto

Samba rock is not a blend of samba and rock, but rather a dance style with roots in Black backyard parties of the late 1950s. The genre changed throughout time, and DJs played a major role, choosing dance tracks that could go from jazz to soul to samba to ‘60s rock. One of the most important artists and albums of samba rock, Bebeto’s first LP is a masterpiece. With songs like the anthem “Segura a Nega,” he paved his career with several hits in the style.

Recommendation #3 based on
Fôrça Bruta by Jorge Ben

Luis Vagner

Luis Vagner

This is the second album from the outstanding guitar player, who was honored by Jorge Ben in the “Luiz Vagner Guitarreiro” track. Like Bedeu and Pau Brasil, Vagner represents southern Brazil where the style is called samba rock. Tracks like “Guitarreiro,” “Tesourão,” and “Lá No Partenon” make this record a classic, in addition to the groovy “Frescura de Uma Mulher.”

Recommendation #4 based on
Fôrça Bruta by Jorge Ben

Samba-Tropi

Wilson Das Neves

Wilson Das Neves is one of the greatest Brazilian drummers. The timbales in the drum set, which became a Das Neves trademark for ages, were used for the first time on this record. Released by the great Elenco label, Samba-Tropi is definitely a holy grail in Brazilian vinyl culture.

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Human Head Records

Brooklyn, New York City

​​Shawn Dub, Employee

I don’t think there’s a record that really embodies record digging and sample culture more than Donuts. This record is really a love letter to J Dilla’s relationship with the art of sampling that he made predominantly in his hospital bed in the final months of his life. Very few instrumental hip-hop albums have had the impact of Donuts, and I don’t think any ever will.


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IF YOU LIKE

Donuts

by J Dilla


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Donuts by J Dilla

PeteStrumentals

Pete Rock

J Dilla and Pete Rock were always each other’s biggest fans and I think Petestrumentals is possibly the “other” pinnacle of instrumental hip-hop albums that sits right next to Donuts because of its similar influence and school of hip-hop production. It features dusty samples, filtered bass lines, and soulful Rhodes chords throughout the 14 tracks.

Recommendation #2 based on
Donuts by J Dilla

Endtroducing…..

DJ Shadow

On its release, as critically acclaimed as Endtroducing was, it was almost seen as an outsider to the hip-hop scene and often described as “leftfield.” It wasn’t until the release of Donuts that we really understood how ahead of its time this album was. It is a cut-and-paste collage of eclectic samples that really feels like a blueprint for an album like Donuts.

Recommendation #3 based on
Donuts by J Dilla

Shades Of Blue

Madlib

It’s hard to say whether Dilla had any contemporaries as he was definitely in a class of his own, but if there was anyone worthy of the title, Madlib is that producer. Both had a very loose, jazz-like approach to production and nothing sums that up better for Madlib than this collection of reimagined jazz classics.

Recommendation #4 based on
Donuts by J Dilla

Stro Elliot

Stro Elliot

Since J Dilla’s passing, there have been countless imitators and very few have managed to embody the spirit of his music and build on it. Stro Elliot’s self-titled LP is an instrumental journey that feels like a testament to where Dilla may have taken his sound had he not sadly passed in 2006.

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Amoeba Music Hollywood

Los Angeles, California

​​Frankie Mark Murphy, Employee

Raw Power is the ultimate, gnarly, transgressive rock and roll experience of distorted slam and grind. Iggy Pop, with the help of David Bowie and James Williamson, designed something raunchy and engaging that birthed an entire style of proto-punk madness and would go on to influence more bands than you can count. However, there are some artists that took this influence to new highs and places never reached again.


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Raw Power

by Iggy And The Stooges


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Over The Edge

Wipers

One of the truly original guitar blasters, Wipers touch upon The Stooges but never mimic. This great song cycle answers both the explosive loudness and the dark brooding atmosphere of the gimmie-danger, search-and-destroy politics of nasty projection.

Recommendation #2 based on
Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

Evil Heat

Primal Scream

Bobby Gillespie and his Scottish band of experimental rockers have always sifted through the nastier parts of rock and roll like The Rolling Stones and The Stooges, but never more aptly and adeptly than on Evil Heat, which almost acts as a tribute to the over-distorted, speaker-blasting distortions of Iggy’s most feral moments with a 21st-century twist that takes it to places of unorthodox raunch that should please any raw power ranger.

Recommendation #3 based on
Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

Kings Of Oblivion

Pink Fairies

Early 1970s progenitors of the same throb and thrust as Iggy and the gang, this wicked proto-punk classic — featuring the crazed damage of acid head and speed freak Larry Wallis — contains all the most egregious rock and roll riffs this side of the sonic stratosphere with lyrics to match.

Recommendation #4 based on
Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges

The Eyeball Of Hell

Electric Eels

Exploiting the Stooges’ wild, thrill-ride insanity, these Ohio freaks play hard distortion and snotty vocals in a way that redefines that Stooges influence in ways mere mortals avoid. The Eyeball Of Hell is absolutely essential proto-punk genius.

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Rough Trade West

London, England

​​Chris Summers, Manager

Back in 1989, Posdnuos, Trugoy, and Maseo (with the help of Prince Paul) blew hip-hop wide open with their debut and it’s never been beaten. Never will. In our book, it’s the best debut album ever. The beats, the rhymes, the samples, the skits — they’re all here and make you listen (and dance) from start to finish. It would be great to see it back on the racks now they have finally sorted their legal out! This is the Daisy Age!


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3 Feet And Rising

by De La Soul


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Donuts

J Dilla

Classic. Hands down. No question. I remember when this record first came out in 2006. I already knew J Dilla’s production was on point but this just blew me away from the very first cut. Everyone in the shop bought a copy instantly. It’s easily up there with the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising for its use of samples. It’s always in stock. A must for everyone.

Recommendation #2 based on
3 Feet And Rising by De La Soul

The Private Press

DJ Shadow

The Private Press is an often overlooked gem from Josh Davis. After a long six years and the huge critical acclaim of Endtroducing, Shadow struck back with this double LP. Coming on a bit stronger than its predecessor, The Private Press once again shows his skills with a sample and his knowledge of breaks. “Walkie Talkie,” “Six Days,” “Right Thing / GDMFSOB” — it’s all here. Absolute banger. Real nice package, too.

Recommendation #3 based on
3 Feet And Rising by De La Soul

Beauty And The Beat

Edan

Baltimore’s finest DJ and MC, the humble magnificent Edan, came correct with Beauty And The Beat way back in 2005 on the always-on-point Lewis Recordings and it still sounds as fresh today as it did back then. The samples are funky, the beats are rocking, and his rhyming style is ridiculous. It’s got a real cut-and-paste flow to it and I defy anyone not to dance from beginning to end. Can you please make a new album, Mr. Portnoy?

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3 Feet And Rising by De La Soul

Shades Of Blue

Madlib

Another legendary producer who can spark sheer panic with almost every release! His recent collaboration with Four Tet had everyone diving in the shop for a copy. I really don’t think he’s put a beat wrong ever, and with Shades Of Blue, he was given free rein over the endless Blue Note catalog and comes out the other end with something so incredible, it’s ridiculous. You need this.

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Ready To Die

The Notorious B.I.G.

2017

2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Color

Demon Days

Gorillaz

2017

2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Red Translucent

Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus

2019

2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Black and White Marble

Free Yourself

Experience Unlimited

2019

Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Bronze, 180g

Phrenology

The Roots

2020

2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Brown Marbled, 180g
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Face Records Shibuya

Tokyo, Japan

​​Takayuki Hibi, Store Manager

Shibuya, specifically the Udagawacho area, is a world-famous record spot. Japanese diggers used to call it the mecca of vinyl and say, “If you want to dig for stuff like breaks and sampling sources, go to Shibuya!” Instrumentalists, DJs, rappers, beatmakers, music collectors, and many types of people visit this city to dig vinyl, which is probably one of the few places in the world where you can see such a scene. It is not just a place for vinyl experts but it is also for those who are just starting to listen to records.


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Modal Soul

by Nujabes


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Two

Bob James

We can’t miss this album since Nujabes ran his own record store here in Shibuya and this album plays a huge part in hip-hop sampling culture. This album is one of the best-selling and most classic albums among used record stores. It has been sampled for various tracks and is a timeless masterpiece for club DJs. Two should be a good textbook if you are not really familiar with jazz, funk, rare groove, and fusion. Bob James is a living legend who recently released a 7-inch cut from this album and still continues to be active even after turning 80 years old. Both the U.S. original pressing and the Japanese version of the LP have the RVG stamp, which is a sign of quality sound.

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Modal Soul by Nujabes

Spartacus / Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Ino Hidefumi

This is the cover of the classic tune, “Spartacus’ Theme,” which is sampled by Nujabes. Ino Hidefumi rarely releases LPs, but he does release 7-inch singles from time to time, and his singles sell out quickly when they are dropped on our shelves. Among his releases, this single is one of the most beloved, not only in Japan but also all over the world because of Nujabes. The melancholic melody will move your heart. We recommend this to a wide range of people, not only jazz and hip-hop heads, but also electronic and house lovers. It may be interesting to (re)sample this to create your new beat!

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Modal Soul by Nujabes

Atmosphere Airlines

Dela

Atmosphere Airlines is jazzy, lo-fi hip-hop. This is the first album by French producer Dela. It’s a mellow album and we recommend it to A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla fans. The album features many great rappers like Kojoe, Large Professor, Blu, Torae, and more. The aircraft cover is impressive and should look great hanging on the wall. This double LP is well worth listening to!

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Modal Soul by Nujabes

Madvillainy

Madvillainy

MF DOOM, who passed away recently, and Madlib, a genius producer who’s been active since the 1990s, teamed up for this great album released in 2004 on Stones Throw Records, which represents West Coast hip-hop and underground music. The unique sampling is pretty irresistible! This is an important piece that takes us beyond jazzy hip-hop. Madvillainy has become expensive and hard to find these days. If you find it in a record store, take it!

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Superfly Records

Paris, France

​​Manu Boubli, Partner

At Superfly Records, you can imagine we love soul music (as our name indicates!). And when it comes to soul music, the choice of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece What’s Going On as our best recommendation was obvious. This album is what soul music is all about. It’s such an essential piece of music.


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What’s Going On

by Marvin Gaye


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Is It Because I’m Black

Syl Johnson

This 1970 soul masterpiece is the perfect companion to What’s Going On. Wonderful voice, great songwriting, and top arrangements make Is It Because I’m Black a super solid album all the way through. The amazing title track is a timeless tune that is still so accurate nowadays. It is super hard to find an original pressing but it is thankfully available as a quality reissue through the great Numero Group label!

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What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

Hang On In There

Mike James Kirkland

With a strong message and killer groove, the first album by M.J.K. is a true jewel and another one of those ‘70 soul albums that you never get tired of. It was only known by heavy soul collectors until the 1996 reissue by the great West Coast label Luv N’ Haight. Essential!

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What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

This Is Ann Peebles

Ann Peebles

This Is Ann Peebles is a wonderful female soul LP from legendary Memphis label Hi Records with that unique Willie Mitchell sound! This album has everything, from superb covers of classic tunes (“Chain of Fools,” “Respect,” and  “It’s Your Thing”) to originals to die for (“Give Me Some Credit”). It is surprisingly hard to find original pressings for such a big label release, but a quality reissue is now available.

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What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

American Love Call

Durand Jones & The Indications

Time for a contemporary soul album! This 2019 album is good from start to finish thanks to solid production beautifully arranged by talented drummer-singer Aaron Frazer. The huge favorite is “Listen To Your Heart” but there is much more on this LP. If you like it, please check out Aaron Frazer’s debut album, which is another gem of contemporary soul!

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Wally’s Groove World

Antwerp, Belgium

​​Koenie Van Immerseel, Owner

Nightclubbing sees Grace Jones perfecting her post-punk, post-disco, reggae-infused pop. In addition to Grace herself, the album featured other luminaries such as Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, and Wally Badarou. It was recorded together with two other Grace Jones albums by the same musicians at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas (where producer Chris Blackwell recorded most of the Island Records). This album feels like a continuous mix. You can listen to it from beginning to end, and then easily all over again. A timeless masterpiece.


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Nightclubbing

by Grace Jones


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Nightclubbing by Grace Jones

My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Brian Eno and David Byrne

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is a studio album by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Released in February 1981, it has been a truly groundbreaking album in the musical landscape ever since. More than that, it’s a complete musical journey guiding you through life with the help of rousing, mesmerizing African and Middle Eastern rhythms, as well as the first sampling techniques. This made Byrne continue to work with African musicians on his Stop Making Sense album in 1984.

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Nightclubbing by Grace Jones

African Electronic Music 1975-1982

Francis Bebey

“All the music you can make with this flute is a conversation.” Cameroonian composer and writer Francis Bebey beautifully incorporates this philosophical finding into his musical creation. Bebey had a simple and clear mission with his production: How do you use Western technology to make African music sound more familiar, and by doing so, promote it in the Western world? This remarkable record is a flawless realization of that mission.

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Nightclubbing by Grace Jones

The World Of Arthur Russell

Arthur Russell

Avant-garde multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Arthur Russell is one of the unsung heroes of both the house and experimental music movements. Russell is a highly regarded innovator. His vast musical contributions throughout the 1980s reveal a contemplative genius who easily traversed the worlds of dance and post-modern composition. Few musicians did dabble in disco, experimental performance, and classical dance projects at the time during the heady days from 1977 to 1984. His singing, together with cello and electronic loops, makes for quite uneasy listening at first hearing, but then utter beauty reveals itself in his minimalistic motives.

Recommendation #4 based on
Nightclubbing by Grace Jones

Nasca

Nasca

The deeply sensual grooves, infectious rhythms, and psychedelic soundscapes sounded like nothing heard before when this album was recorded in 1987. The musicians of Aroma di Amore and Starvin Marvin and the Paranoid Androids worked on this ethereal, offbeat side project in Ghent, Belgium. The otherworldly “world music” with jazzy and post-punk riffs and loops, taking side routes into dub, industrial, and tribal sonic landscapes, went on to get a life of its own.

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Death of Vinyl

Montreal, Canada

​​Dan Hadley, Co-Owner

On Violator, Depeche Mode evokes a dystopian future-present simply by channeling their love of New York club culture through their experiences as arena-dwelling rock stars. Francois Kevorkian’s mix integrates the ethos of the vintage big guitar sound into the band’s previously Casio soundscape, creating a compelling and cavernous blend of twisted vocals, swirling atmospheres, and trippy beats. Lyrically and musically, the album digs deep underground, exploring a dark world where just the memory of daylight is all that is needed for warmth, the interplay of the two fostering an eternal dusk which most records never manage to maintain (Depeche Mode’s following albums figuring amongst the few exceptions).


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