Few people are onto great records as quickly as a great record store.
Phonica’s end of year lists are always a treasure trove for undersung gems, so we realised we ought to just give the shop’s learned staff their own slot on FACT. Every Saturday, the team behind the counter at the Soho institution select five vinyl records you should pick up this week.
Magik Sunset Part 2 LP
UK DJ-producer duo Psychemagik return with the second and final part of their Magik Sunset series, scouring the US to collect 13 super-limited, sometimes-private press rarities that bound between funk, soul, rock and beyond.
Swedish producer Johan Cederberg lives up to the title of his latest release, delivering a sun-dappled collection of AM Gold-inflected house reminiscent of countryman Todd Terje.
‘My Guide / Mans Lifespan’
On limited, 7″ green vinyl — rather than their usual 12″ — Moton’s Diesel and Jarvis dip into disco. Don’t sleep on the B-side: a reworking of ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ that relies on electrified guitar and echoing voices.
LOS GAITOS DE SAN JACINTO
Dub De Gaita Volumes II & III LP
Columbian folk icons Los Gaitos de San Jacinto teamed with On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood for this dubbed-out collection of cumbia that is hypnotic and dancefloor-ready across 16 tracks.
BARRY BROWN / BARRINGTON LEVY / PAPA TULLO
‘Natty Dread Nah Run / She Rob And Gone / Cat Call Francella’
Hot Milk digs deep in its milk crates for some throwback roots reggae: Barry Brown’s spring echo illuminated ‘Natty Dread Nah Run’, and Barrington Levy and Papa Tullo’s offering two versions of the same dubby riddim.