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'King Tubby's Prophecies Of Dub' almost looks like an album that was designed to confuse collectors and dub enthusiasts. Firstly, the record carries nearly the same title as a slightly earlier release, also produced by Vivian Jackson aka Yabby You. Secondly, King Tubby is named in the title, but the rear sleeve states that the album had 'Pat Kelly at the control'. This is more understandable, as the record was mixed at Tubby's studio and carries it's signature sound. After 1975, Tubby had partly stepped back from mixing work, but was still credited with most of the music coming out of his studio. And thirdly, further confusion comes from the fact that most of the backing tracks used were not actually produced by Yabby, but belonged to Bunny 'Striker' Lee.Bunny stored his multitrack tapes in a big wardrobe in the studio, allowing King Tubby to cut dubplates from them to be played in the dances. Whether due to a misunderstanding or some long forgotten agreement, it was these 4-track tapes that Yabby presumably felt entitled to use to create this LP. The two producers had shared backing tracks before, with Yabby recording Tommy McCook's sublime 'Death Trap' over one of Bunny's rhythms, and Bunny had long acted as a mentor to Yabby. Whatever the reason, eleven of the album's tracks were dubs of the latest Bunny Lee productions, and by delving into Bunny's tape archives we can see that the rhythms were often pulled from the same 4-track reels, and sequenced pretty much in the order they came off the tapes. So the opening two dubs are from the same multitrack: Linval Thompson's 'Long Long Dreadlocks', and an unreleased cut of 'Simmer Down' by Johnny Clarke on a modified 'Move Out Of Babylon' rhythm. This is followed by Johnny's version of Curtis Mayfield's 'Ten To One' as covered by the Mad Lads. Then there are four cuts pulled from Delroy Wilson's 'Sings For I' album, and two from Horace Andy, 'Serious Thing' and 'Man To Man'. After Johnny Clarke's 'Live Up Jah Man' and 'Stop The Tribal War', the album concludes with the sole Yabby You rhythm, a dub of Dicky Burton's 'God Is Watching You' that is noticeably different from the Tubby's mix as heard on the 'Beware Dub' album. Throughout, Pat's mixing is detailed and subtle, focusing the listener into the musicality of the backing tracks. The LP was released in 1976 in very limited numbers on the Prestige label, probably with the involvement of Prince Tony Robinson, with a further limited pressing appearing on the Prophets label. This reissue at last allows an obscure and mysterious album to be enjoyed by a wider audience.
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Triple vinyl LP pressing. The fourth in the Switched On series that compiles non-album tracks and sought after deep cuts by the groop. Following on from the first volume released in 1992, 1995's Refried Ectoplasm, and 1998's Aluminum Tunes, the long-awaited fourth installment spans 1999 - 2008 in the Stereolab story and collates 3 LPs worth of material, all remastered from the original tapes and overseen by the band. It features all the tracks from out-of-print and sought after mini-album The First Of The Microbe Hunters, one-off and impossible to find tour 7"s, compilation tracks, art installation work and a couple of unreleased outtakes from the Mars Audiac Quintet and Dots and Loops recording sessions.
Stereolab - Electrically Possessed (Switched On Volume 4) [3LP]
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Andy Shauf

The Neon Skyline [LP]

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ANDY SHAUF is becoming one of the most important songwriters of his generation. His songs are tuneful vignettes of small moments and big hearts. On his latest, The Neon Skyline, Shauf intertwines stories of a group of friends who frequent a local dive bar, and through them, makes poignant observations about human nature with a novelist’s detail and melancholic humor. The songwriting is down to earth, yet sophisticated and inventively melodic. The Neon Skyline is a creative leap for this already acclaimed artist.

Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline [LP]
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Natalie Bergman

Mercy [LP]

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While many know Bergman as one half of brother-sister duo Wild Belle, her forthcoming record is a cathartic collection rooted in the hopeful values and traditions of gospel that have helped her through the recent, tragic loss of her father. On the signing of Natalie Bergman, Third Man Records co-founder Ben Swank adds, “Natalie has a unique vision and has approached this album with a reverence for the sacred and healing nature of the history of this music, but has managed to update it in a way that is distinctly her own. We're very excited to welcome her to the Third Man label and family.” Alongside her brother Elliot, the island-influenced music Natalie Bergman made in Wild Belle has led to collaborations ranging from Major Lazer to Tom Tom Club, performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza, tours with Beck, Cage The Elephant, Toro y Moi and more. Helmed by her heavenly voice, Bergman’s solo album is steeped in mystic melodies and time-bending tones of psychedelic rock and soul. Showcasing her multi-instrumental and creative versatility, songs will be accompanied by visuals that blend her own abstract artwork, self-designed wardrobe and beyond. Stay tuned.

Natalie Bergman - Mercy [LP]
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Mdou Moctar

Afrique Victime [LP]

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On May 21, Matador Records will release Afrique Victime, the long-awaited new album by Mdou Moctar. On Afrique Victime the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ­' boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and 'rock music' by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights inequality, and Western Africa's exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime [LP]
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