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Mid-winter sale!

Announcing our mid-winter sale!

Buy 3 get the 4th FREE!

It sure is cold out but…  hey baby, it’s HOT in here!! 

Buy three items get the fourth FREE!!

Sale includes all NEW records and COLLECTIBLE records (the ones behind the counter) and ALL in-stock new and used books. Sale does not include used vinyl. Lowest priced item(s) will be free.

Q&A

How can I tell which records are new?

New records have a price ending in 99 cents & they have a NEW sticker on ’em.

What makes a record collectible?

Collectible records are almost always hard-to-find and scarce. A notable exception includes our SEALED copy of Michael Jackson’s Thriller pressed in 1982: the biggest selling album of all time isn’t rare but it’s certainly hard-to-find a copy that is sealed. Collectible records may be short-run unofficial releases, or early pressings from various countries (Japan, England and Germany are popular), or, they might be highly sought-after small releases. All of these records are playable but should be handled carefully as they can be investments with potentially even greater future value.

Why are only in-stock books on sale?

♥ We regularly source rare and out-of-print books from around the world by special request from customers. We bring in these books one at a time and add only a small mark-up to cover our costs. As a result of costs, we keep these books separate from our regular inventory.

How long is the sale?

The sale runs from Tuesday, February 7th till Tuesday, February 14th. (Remember we’re closed Monday).

Why aren’t used records on sale? 

 Because we can’t keep up with the demand of used records as it is. Our used records will continue to be priced at our usual, low prices … and, they sell faster than we can clean ’em!

Does this sale include online purchases?

At this time, you can see our inventory online: the books are listed on Abebooks and the records are listed directly on our website. However, we haven’t figured out a good system for adding discounts to these online purchases. We suggest that you make your shopping lists at home and visit us in-store. Hey, we love to see you in person!!!

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Sampha’s highly-anticipated debut album, “Process” in store!


Sampha
‘s highly-anticipated debut album, Process, is in store this Friday Feb 3rd featuring the singles ‘Timmy’s Prayer’, ‘Blood On Me’ and ‘No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’. Sampha, one of the most in-demand new live acts around, will support Process with two Sold Out shows at Toronto’s Mod Club (February 12th and 13th) as well as Montreal’s Corona Theatre (February 11th).

BIO:
As one of the UK’s most enigmatic artists, twenty-seven year old Sampha has lent his vocal, production and songwriting talents to a range of stand-out releases. From homegrown contemporaries such as SBTRKT, FKA twigs and Jessie Ware, to world-renowned superstars like Drake, Solange, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Frank Ocean, Sampha has quietly become an influential and in-demand collaborator. Now, with the forthcoming release of his debut album Process, the time has come for the London musician to tell his own story.

The youngest of five brothers, Sampha Sisay grew up in a semi-detached house in the London suburb of Morden after his family moved to the capital from his parent’s hometown of Kenema, Sierra Leone. At the age of three his father brought a piano to the house, something that was to have a huge effect on a young Sampha. Learning to play the piano in the family home, alongside the discovery of digital music production software some years later, introduced Sampha to the deeply resonating and tone-shifting emotional scales that would become a central characteristic of his own music.

Growing up, Sampha’s brothers would play him a wide-range of music – from The Strokes to Brian Eno to jazz. Each week his father would bring home a new CD, introducing Sampha to a wider range of sounds, from the beautiful tonal arias of Pavorotti to the harmonic tints of West African Wassoulou music. He was also inspired to create his own music, initially aspiring to make Grime using Reason software, after discovering artists from the South London producer scene like Kwes and Micachu on MySpace.

It was through a combination of all these disparate discoveries – rather than any one specific artist – that the concept of chords and composition, and the way those two can be combined to create deep, visceral feeling, became key to Sampha’s own work. But just as importantly, if not more so, it’s Sampha’s raw ability to connect with an audience on a direct, emotional level that made his voice and production work so sought after.

“I always liked the fact that harmony and notes created an emotion that I was into”, he explains, talking about some of his early releases, which stretch as far back as 2010. “I wasn’t into expressing my realities. It was always that imaginative thing. The feeling the sound of music gave me…”

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 1: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: With musical guests Sampha during Thursday’s 9/1/16 taping in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

This idea of music being a vehicle that can transport the listener directly into fragmented, intense moments is something that lays at the very core of Sampha’s music. It’s there to a higher degree than ever before across Process, as we travel through a shifting soundscape that charts the peaks and troughs of human emotion. Except this time the feelings aren’t imagined, because on Process Sampha has opened the door to his realities.

Shortly after Sampha released his debut ‘Sundanza’ EP for Young Turks in 2010, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. When she passed last September, nearly two decades after the death of Sampha’s father, Sampha found himself thinking about his own mortality in a way he’d never considered before. A few years earlier, while on tour with SBTRKT, he’d discovered a lump in his throat. He had an endoscopy. Then a second, and then a third – and the doctors couldn’t find anything. But it’s still there. On the opening track of Process, a delicate and piano led song called “Plastic 100ºC”, he sings “Oh, sleeping with my worries, yeah / I didn’t really know what that lump was.”

“It’s the not knowing”, he says calmly, speaking about his throat troubles and the subsequent reflection on life, whether his own or of those around him. “[Death] is a very real thing that will happen to you. It’s so difficult. The importance of spirituality in the face of that is the main thing in how to deal with that. I’m not religious, but I’m almost jealous of people who are, who can dedicate that amount of time to the bigger picture.”

Despite not being a concept album, Process is loosely rooted in the concept of spiritual discovery, or at least the search for understanding. It’s a measured documentation of Sampha’s own development across the last two years of his life, but also it’s a reflection on the science of making music and the way the feeling that comes from those artistic procedures is entwined with the experience of being. “To me, feeling is the main thing of life. Without it, you’re dead”, he explains. “Music is a way of connecting to the essence of life.”

“When you feel like life is kind of dead and you get really apathetic in terms of meaning, there’s still an infinite amount of depth to what’s going on, even though the banality of everyday life can settle in. To me spirituality is falling backwards; it’s like infinity. It’s being comfortable with not knowing. The end result [of making music] is just to make you feel something – to make you feel or think someway – and that’s the unknown. You’re working on something to make people feel magic.”

Led by Sampha’s impressive voice and production (along with co-production from Rodaidh McDonald), the album powerfully captures moments. One particular stand out track “No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)” is a beautiful meditation on the piano that sat inside Sampa’s childhood home and the soulful experiences that have been absorbed into its framework.

“‘No One Knows Me’ stands out because of all the emotional chaos I’m going through before that point. Songs like “Blood On Me” and “Plastic”, they’re all intense songs – then you reach this point of reflection. Through all of that you feel like how I felt. It’s almost like the feeling you get after vibrating for ages.”

On the album’s closing track “What Shouldn’t I Be?”, Sampha reflects on the different perspectives that have gone through his mind over the past six years, which have seen him travel across the globe to work with Drake, while also travelling home again to move in with his mother.

“Who am I to be on the front of a magazine? Or who am I to not be on the front of a magazine?”, he says of the track, and its shifting viewpoints. “Should I be at home looking after my mum or should I go out and be living my own life? Should I have responsibility to my parents or to myself? At what point should you care for yourself or care for others?

That’s not to say Process isn’t also without it’s euphoric moments. Ultimately, it’s a portfolio of the shifting poles of human emotion, darting from the bubbling electronic sounds Sampha first brought forward all those years ago, to the more stripped-back, raw, pensive tracks. And it all comes from Sampha’s natural desire to express all the different sides of himself on his debut record. “I’ve documented my nature”, he says. “It’s about letting things be, because things have a process. It came from me confronting certain things and really dealing with them.”

For his long-term fans, the album has been a six year wait. But through that time, Sampha has built upon his impressive groundwork to create an incredibly pure, emotionally honest debut album. His uncompromising vision has resulted in a rare and tender snapshot of life.

“Everyone has a story to be told. There’s always a story to be told. As long as you listen.”

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Secret vinyl release is here!

A brand spankin’ new BURIAL 12” !! .. yes that’s right, the first Burial release since 2013. It’s a two track 12” and digital release.burial-secret-release

BURIAL 12”

A – YOUNG DEATH

B – NIGHTMARKET

HDB100

5055300386526

$19.99

Apparently, and not surprisingly, copies were accidentally sold on Black Friday RSD: pitchfork.com/news/70050-burials-new-record-young-death-surfaces. In fact, I had it tucked away to prevent that from happening and only just remembered it was supposed to go out on the shelf. Mid-week mystery releases the week after Record Store Days really throw us record stores through a loop! 😉

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