Penny & The Quarters – You and Me

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It was inevitable that some records got lost in the glut of music releases in the 1960s and 70s. The Internet era is no different; if anyone can produce and distribute music, they will. But thanks to the crate diggers at Numero Group, old sounds sound fresh again. These are the real lost tapes.

In 2005, while making his Saturday morning yard sale rounds around town, collector Blake Oliver stumbled upon a box of curiously marked tapes. At first, Oliver thought he’d found the lost masters from Clem Price and George Beter’s Columbus-based Prix label. But after a cursory listen, he realized that these were not the Prix masters, but rather demos and unreleased tracks from Prix’s Harmonic Sounds studio. Somehow, this was even better. In addition to Eddie Ray’s heart-stopping “Wait A Minute,” here were dozens of examples of what can only be described as “soul blueprints.”

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Joy Orbison -Rite Ov/Walworth Window

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“I still have a lot of time for putting out 12 inches.” – Joy Orbison

He wasn’t lying. It’s been five years since his last solo release, but Joy Orbison is back with all new EP on his own label TOSS PORTAL.

‘Rite Ov’ steps into a dub groove that even Mark Ernestus would appreciate. I just wish I had a better sound system to do the bass justice.

The frequencies on ‘Walworth Window’ sour into a testy beat for the ages. Vocal sample A+.

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The Peter Franks Group – Leaving This Place pt1

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The Peter Franks Group is an instrumental and jazz beat collective from Bournemouth, England. The fresh and crisp flute-driven track ‘Leaving This Place’ is one of the standout tracks off the band’s album Days Past. ‘Inner Most’ is also a moody gem.

“…A real timeless feel to this courtesy of the joint talents of Halsall, Urquhart, Mwamba, Crennell, Maffei and Manners – but the real magic is in the dreamy keyboard work of Peter Franks and his inventive production techniques.”

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Julien Marchal – Insight XX

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Julien Marchal is a composer from Bordeaux, France. Insight II is a follow-up to the initial 2015 album of the same name.

The track ‘Insight XX’ rings with a beautiful, smooth piano theme that “takes the listener inside the piano,” he says.

This reminded me of a quote I recently discovered from the naturalist John Muir:

“Most people are on the world, not in it.”

Lovely stuff. Check out the incredible music video and more on Julien’s Bandcamp page.

Abu Ama – Kufi Wood Art

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From the fringes of dub music, comes Abu AMA, an electronic producer from West Germany. The ambient textures on the track ‘Kufi Wood Art’ typify the kind of disorientating locked grooves that put you in an experimental place.

While released in August, the music couldn’t be more timely: “dedicated to all the refugees worldwide.”

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