Our 10 favorite new vinyl releases this week (July 23)


With London grime, Houston r’n’b, Mexican electronica and more.

This week’s recap is directed by VF’s Gabriela Helfet, alongside Alice Whittington, Emily Hill, and James Hammond.



We’re all in the same boat


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“I tell my fans that we are all alone in this matter. You can trust me, all the shit you feel, you feel it with me. We all took the wrong turn on different streets. We all cry the same tears on different cheeks. As with Dave’s powerful debut Psychodrama, his second album We’re all alone in this together bares her heart, exploring themes such as: mental health, poverty, government corruption, police brutality against black people, a love letter to her mother, Nigeria, and tweeting. While her debut record presented her ideas as a sort of concept album – each track being a vignette of visits to an imaginary therapist – this time, the album’s urgency provides its structure. A window into the multifaceted kaleidoscope that is Dave’s life as a British black man in 2021 – his fierce political dismantling and explorations of his psyche sit alongside dance-inducing bops in singular harmony. And, anyone waiting for the 2021 answer to “Location” can’t look any further than “System” with WizKid. Like all great records, it will take time and repeated listening to fully absorb the power and detail of We’re all alone in this together. – GH

Emma-Jean Thackray



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Polymath and multi-instrumental music producer Emma-Jean Thackray conjures a vision of the jazz-fueled dance floor that is distinctly hers on her debut album Yellow. “It’s a record about oneness, the oneness of all things in the universe, showing love and kindness, human connection,” she shares. That irl effervescence shines amidst all of LP, which sees its channel as 70s jazz fusion, P-Funk, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane and the Beach Boys. – GH

DJ Marcelle / Nice Mess

Explain Bitte food

(Play hard)

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‘Explain The Food Bitte’ is the playful third album from the exceptional Dutch DJ and producer DJ Marcelle aka Nice Mess. Balancing humorous tracks with cutting-edge production approaches, sticking mostly to less than 120 BPM – outside of the science-based dancehall experiments of “Kampala Road Bounce” – Marcelle tackles the nooks and crannies of experimental sound design. “The Orphans Serenade” features a collaboration by modern classical composer Michael Vincent Waller, with the fusion of serene piano keys amid twisted drum formations. Elsewhere, “Hum Hum Hum” intersperses kitten vocal samples with snap percussion, similar to “Technicians Leaving The Club,” but serves as a slightly more dynamic club number. – EH

Decade 2

La Noche del Amour


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If you’ve ever danced with a 60-year-old man in Hammer pants and flashing LED shutters at an 80s electronic tribute club in Mexico City, then you’ll know exactly what this album is about. If not, listening to this pioneering Mexican electro compilation will teleport you there. Mateo Lafontaine, who sadly passed away last year, founded Década 2 with Carlos García in 1985. They were best known for their dark, synth-heavy dance music – channeling Kraftwerk, Belgian bare beat, and industrial proto-house. , alongside futuristic dystopia and Soviet iconography. (And if you are wondering, this Mexican dancer completely decimated me with his movements. I did my back, at the sight of the circle gathered around us. ¡Viva México!) – AW

Hocine Chaoui



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Taken from the Algerian regional cassette archives of Oriental Music Production, this sought-after collection by Hocine Chaoui takes us to the Aurès mountains and the energized chaoui sounds of the region. A kind of Berber music, on Ouechesma, Hocine Chaoui carries the torch of Chaoui’s innovation, deciding to smooth the phase of traditional gasba flutes with passionate voices, rhythm boxes and a touch of reverberation. A first vinyl edition for this new gem, and a reminder to check out the rest of the Oriental Music Productions cassette collection, which was digitized at the label’s Bandcamp. – JH


Message of public interest

(Throwing stones)

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Silky, summer-ready r’n’b, Houston-based singer-songwriter Peyton unveils debut album Message of public interest throwing stones. Led by her scintillating voice over syrupy rhythms, the LP is an exciting debut for the young artist. It’s also ready for club ready remixes, if you’re inclined that way. – GH

Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt

Lucie and Aaron

(Hanson Records)

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The disorientation of the band’s loop and unattached vocal experimentation meet for this first collaborative LP by Aaron Dilloway and Lucrecia Dalt. Given the two
the party’s reputations for distorting sounds into all manner of adventurous forms, the results here are as wonderfully bizarre as you might expect and linked by an overall amalgamation of their respective aesthetics. Linking and affecting the signals of others during recording, there is an eerie feeling of an electronic presence evoked in front of your ears, with tape heads and melodies intuitively “misused” and voices welcoming in a sense of possession. . – JH


Lynda Dawn


(Additional Soul Perception)

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Some, including myself, would say that it’s impossible not to instantly fall in love with Lynda Dawn’s sultry, sultry voice. His collaborative track with Bes Kept titled ‘Roses’ is no exception – a perfect slice of neo-soul croons set to deeply funky synth riffs. First appearance on Extra Soul Perceptions New tangents in Kampala, London and Nairobi Vol. 1 compilation, the label gave ‘Roses’ a love reissue in 7-inch form – for anyone who missed it the first time around, and even those who didn’t. Featuring the original cut on the A side, the record also features a new XL Middleton remix that adds a percussive frame to its sounds, as well as an instrumental version of this new rendition, on the flip. Essential. – GH

various artists

Beat the city PE

(Dansu records)

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For a few years now, Dansu Discs has been offering exciting new garages, techno and disco among the pool of talented DJs and producers in London for several years. Their latest offering is a refreshing and tasty 4-track EP of old-fashioned garage beats from a collective of promising young artists. You’ll find punchy UKG on the A side, with thrilling basslines and rising vocals from Ell Murphy. On the other hand, light synth hits take center stage in ‘Know What To Do’, a bumpy 2-step high tempo course perfect for the high-tech dancefloor, followed by a classic garage number. , nicely completing the EP. – AW

Leong Lau

Late night flyer

(Left ear recordings)

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Malaysian / Australian artist Leong Lau’s “Late Night Flyer” is reissued through iconic band Left Ear Records, whose stellar taste has brought us a selection of classics from Rajan James, IAO and Minoro Fushimi. It includes two great psychedelic funk fusion tours, the A side arguably more jazz-oriented, paying homage to the characters frequenting late night jazz clubs in the bustle of Sydney. Armed with a dazzling guitar work, it transforms into a B-side “One Dimensional Man” referring to the work of the philosopher Herbert Marcuses, it is a dynamic number, with vocal tunes similar to those of Dylan. Happy and very underrated! – EH


Vinyl sessions in 180 Studios: Gracie Convert

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