Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.
After years spent discovering gems in Phonica’s end of year lists, it made sense to give them a regular space on FACT. Every Saturday, staff from the Soho institution will pick out the five vinyl records you should grab this week.
‘Nuits Sonores’ 12″
Another solid-gold showing from Sam Shepherd on this gorgeous 12″, which pairs the A-side’s lush, organ-led deep house with an intriguing 11/4 on the flip that’s sure to shake up the dance.
It’s one of those pesky ‘mysterious producers’ (operating under a particularly infuriating moniker on Rush Hour’s low-key offshoot) but the music speaks for itself – crushed and distorted but ever-so-heavenly house, drawing on battered soul samples and blurry disco snippets.
‘U’ll Be The King Of The Stars’
Label-of-the-moment Giegling unloads some starry-eyed and proudly nostalgic rave tunes which, despite the irresistibly silly titles (‘Spiralworlds’, ‘The Colour (Sad Sad Euphoria Breakbeat Mix’), remain admirably restrained and even rather chic.
THE PARADISE BANGKOK MOLAM INTERNATIONAL BAND
‘Roob Lor Pu Tai (Rootikal Re-Rub / Dub)’
More dubby “re-rubs” from The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, who do a 21st century take on Thailand’s indigenous Molam style. This very horizontal 7″ comes in a heavy screenprinted jacket.
THE WISE CAUCASIAN (STEVE O’SULLIVAN)
‘Kutchie Dub’ 12″
Pacey dub with a brazen skank on this limited, one-sided release from Mosaic Records boss Steve O’Sullivan, who last year re-entered the fray after a long absence to explore the dub techno blueprint he helped lay down in the late ’90s.