To save you a bit of digging time we’re compiling a list of our favourite reissues and retrospectives each month. Here’s what stood out in July…
The System – System EP (Music From Memory) [Buy]
If we had the ear of the guys behind Music From Memory, we’d just tell them to take our money. Seriously, it’s getting silly. The Amsterdam label have turned our collective head with reissues from Suso Sáiz, Dip In The Pool, Workdub and most recently The System, a little-known band from the UK who’s only notable release arrived on French label Romantic Records back in 1983. Accompanied by unreleased track ‘Find It In Your Eyes’, three from that album have made their way onto the latest MFM 12″ where the synth-pop stylings of ‘Almost Grown’ cohabit with ‘Vampirella’s ambient proto-techno.
TCP – TCP (Disco Halal) [Buy]
Before Tony Carey began releasing music on the eminent X Records, much of what he had worked on had been based in the realms of proggy rock and anthemic power ballads. From the minimal synth work of his No Human collaboration with Peter Hauk to a more propulsive approach under his Yellow Power moniker, these efforts were decidedly different. Arguably the former Rainbow keyboardist’s best work in that sort of vein, 1984’s TCP LP has now been handed a new lease of life, reissued on Moscoman’s Disco Halal imprint. Coming straight out of leftfield, these cosmic wanderings combine enchanting sound design with low-slung Balearic grooves, African chanting and sweeping melodies to excellent effect.
Jiraffe – Out’a The Box (Omaggio) [Buy]
This one has been holy grail of sorts amongst house music collectors for some time. Produced by Al Smith and Richie Weeks of Jiraffe, Out’a The Box first saw the light of day on GoldQwest Records, but now plenty will be able to strike it off their Discogs ‘Wantlists’ following a reissue on Italian label, Omaggio. With two versions featured, the cult status of this gem is well deserved. The gooey bassline goes down like treacle while a mesmerising lead synth shimmers with an unmistakable 80s sheen.
DJ Slugo presents D.J. Client – Hail Mary (Subterranean Playhouse Series) [Buy]
Chicago’s Dance Mania have been making a habit of excavating some of their most sought-after releases for reissue and the latest is another bonafide Chi-Town gem. Subterranean Playhouse Series was a Dance Mania sub-label run by booty house don DJ Slugo and bar a couple of exceptions, the label’s output is made up exclusively of his own releases. Best of the bunch, however, were the footwork/ghetto workouts on his Hail Mary 12″, chopping and sampling classic hip hop and R&B cuts into his insistent, rough cut arrangements.