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.
TOULOUSE LOW TRAX
Rushing Into Water 12″
(Themes for Great Cities)
The tenth release on Dusseldorf’s Theme For Great Cities is an EP of wonderfully bizarre electronics from Toulouse Low Trax (get it?) that rolls through afro-acid, motorik vibes, and sticky funk. Essential dancefloor magic.
Rezzett EP 2
The London duo Rezzett complete a trilogy for Trilogy Tapes with EP 2, four tracks of hazy outsider house vibes that imagine exciting futures with all killers and no fillers.
THE WOODLEIGH RESEARCH FACILITY
The Phoenix Suburb (And Other Stories) LP
(Rotters Golf Club)
A collaboration between Andrew Weatherall and Nina Walsh that is self-described as “taking a disgruntled sine wave for a walk, throwing it sticks, skimming it on a rough sea and scrunching it up and leaving it at the bottom of a bag over a long weekend.” And that’s just the beginning.
‘Backstreets’ / ‘Hydro Dub’
Hydro vibes from Melbourne on limited edition 7″ with hand-drawn artwork. Get slippy or miss out.
Only Jah Worthy
Timeless stepper vibes from 1993, back on vinyl, as rinsed out by the mighty Jah Shaka.