With so much great new music constantly being released, it can be easy to forget the wealth of material that’s gone before, a dormant treasure trove just waiting to be unearthed again. Whilst some are destined to remain in the shade of the past, every month a selection of these releases are repressed and reissued and we thought it would be a great idea to start summarising some of the best of the past few weeks. Hopefully we’ll help you to discover some classics and a few forgotten gems. So without further ado, here’s the first edition of the cunningly titled ‘Re-Issues of the Month’…
Wally Badarou – Echoes (Island Records)
Benin’s Wally Badarou is undoubtedly one of the most well respected producers ever and the re-issue of his seminal Echoes should alert even more people to his genius. Sampled by the likes of Massive Attack and favoured by Levan and Kevorkian, his fusion of electronica and afro-tinged jazz funk sounds as fresh now as it must have done almost three decades ago.
DJ Sprinkles – Hush You (Skylax)
It seems that everything DJ Sprinkles touches turns to gold at the moment, so it’s no surprise that stand-out tracks from his flawless back-catalogue are being re-issued. This one’s taken from his 2010 12″ on Skylax, with it constituting one of his most abjectly dance floor orientated offerings. Complete with atmospheric crackle, Hush Now is a nostalgic glance back at the glory days of deep house, with buoyant synth melodies that instantly scream “Sprinkles!”.
Leon Lowman – Liquid Diamonds
Liquid Diamonds sees the return of the guys who brought you ‘Into The Light: A Journey Into Greek Electronic Music’, undoubtedly one of the strongest releases of last year. This latest LP brings more of the same quality in the form of a collection of the works of Leon Lowman. I admittedly hadn’t heard of the East Coast producer before, but his lo-fi synth meanderings are superb, with laid-back melodic progression and a rich analog sound marrying together perfectly. Recovered from tapes, as well as featuring previously unreleased material, the production is a bit rough-and-ready, but that merely adds to the charm.
M & M – M + M Theme (Let’s Pet Puppies)
Back-to-basics Chicago house from Marcus Mixx Shannon back in 1987. A driving bassline underpins the jacking percussive work-out, with the sporadic twinkling of sparkling synths. There’s nothing especially ground-breaking here, but the charm of the first-wave of house from the Windy City is undeniable.
Naffi Sandwich – Hoochie Pooch, Space Alligator (EM)
A weird one from the north of England at the turn of the 80s to finish up. It’s all too common to hear of music that “spans the genres”, but this collection of tracks actually lives up to the description. Showcasing elements of dub, jazz, soul, post-punk and noise , all mixed up with experimental recording techniques, this is a must-listen for those looking for something a bit different.