Bump & the Soul Stompers: 'I Can Remember' b/w 'Standing On The Outside'
At the core of Kansas City?s vibrant classic-era soul scene was no record label or studio, but America?s Best Attractions, run by booking agent Allen Bell. America?s Best, and the exceedingly above-board Bell, kept countless local acts roadweary and comfortably paid. Bump & the Soul Stompers, ledby Jerald ?Bump? Scott, was among several Bell-related acts that bounced through enviable careers without ever having to enter a recording studio. Even so, ?Bump? Scott did lead his band into one of the region?s best-known facilities: Damon Studios (deeded to Victor Damon, inventor of thespring reverb, and not to be confused with big band great Vic Damone). Bump and company?s first single, had ever been released, ?I Can Remember? momentarily recalls The Delfonics? ?Do You Remember? before flipping its melody the other way around. On the B-side, ?Standing On The Outside? makes further appeals to the lowrider set, brakepedaling the tempo a notch or two.
Calvin Harris: 'Love's Recipe' b/w 'Wives Get Lonely Too'
Previously unreleased, this 1972 pair of Calvin Harris? masterfully crafted Earl Wiley-produced sweet soul demos might?ve stayed totally unknown, if it weren?t for Ed Cody?s devious forethought. An engineer at Chicago?s Stereosonic facility, Cody duped himself a submaster reference copy of thecomplete session. In ?73, Wiley heard ?Love Won?t Pay The Bills? on 45?credited to a group called Elevation?and instantly recognized the Cody-engineered track as his own. Nearly 40 years later, through Numero Group research into Stereosonic, Cody, and Wiley, a cache of Cody masters presented themselves for new evaluation. The alternately buoyant and sobering odes to domesticity reproduced here finally grant honey-voicedHarris and the talented Wiley their long-deserved due.
Eating Out: Burn
Eating Out is the crunchy, distorted, pop-oriented project of Nü Sensae drummer Daniel Pitout. The big distorted guitar riffs and heartfelt melodies of Pitout?s brainchild are a notable departure from Nü Sensae?s roaring assault. But Eating Out also has the proud distinction of being a Vancouver supergroup of sorts. While Pitout assumes the songwriting duties and the accompanying positions of guitarist and vocalist, fellow Sensae Brody McKnight rounds out the guitar department, White Lung vocalist Mish Way lends her bass skills, and Peace?s Geoff Dembicki fills in on drums. While vestiges of Nü Sensae?s brash tonalities, White Lung?s melodic treatment of hardcore, and Peace?s bold anglophile pop can all be heard in Eating Out, Pitout?s songs owe more to girl-grunge groups of the early nineties than to any of his co-conspirators? primary projects.
?Preparations’ is the first record to be released on Tri Angle by Fis. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Fis has steadily been building a name for himself on the underground as a producer to keep an eye on. Having already put out a number of very limited edition and very well received releases through a handful of drum and bass oriented labels, ?Preparations’ finds Fis at a point in his music making career where he’s ready to be introduced to a wider audience and confirm why websites like Resident Advisor have had things like this to say about him in the past; ?A producer that has suddenly appeared, rather fully-formed, doing something completely individual, sounding like absolutely no one else.’ It’s pretty difficult to explain exactly what Fis sounds like. Drawing upon a rich history of New Zealand customs and periods of heavy meditation for inspiration, Fis’s tracks have the ability to completely disorientate and absorb the listener, creating rhythms that constantly seem to be cannibalizing one another. ?Preparations’ feels forward thinking in the extreme and yet entirely elemental and strangely ancient.
For Against: For Against 3xLP Set: Echelons, December, In the Marshes
Lincoln, NE is a rather unlikely setting for a band such as For Against to have been birthed from, yet over 25 years ago they emerged with a sound unlike anything else happening this side of the UK. Garnering comparisons to early Factory Records and Joy Division, For Against formed in 1984, finally releasing their first LP, Echelons, in 1987 with Independent Project Records. The album was met with critical acclaim and the band toured behind it to much success. Their second LP, December, was released the following year to equally rave reviews and significant College Radio play. The band quickly lost momentum as key members parted ways to form other projects. As the line up shifted over the next few years, their label released a collection of decidedly more experimental demos, titled In the Marshes. Long out of print, this is the first time that you can purchase all three of the bands earliest and most defining recordings as a complete box set, not to be sold individually.
Ghost Wave: Ages
Auckland, New Zealand based rock band whose sound finds itself somewhere between the Flying Nun bands of the ?80s, the British explosion of the ?60s and the wayfaring dubs of Lee "Scratch" Perry. ?Ages’ is the bands debut record recorded and self-produced in various studios around Auckland, New Zealand in six days.