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.
Shake Edits 2 (Northern Merry / Get It Together)
Number 2 in Shake Edits series from Mahogani’s Dan Shake is another pair of groovy edits with support from Daphni, Soul Clap, and Gilles Peterson.
Breaking Through The Pain Barrier EP
A two-track EP from Paul Cottam written during a particularly bad stretch of multiple sclerosis relapse that kept him housebound. The pain and feelings Cottam experienced were used to direct the music, the resulting beauty emerging from darkness.
YVES DE MEY
Drawn With Shadow Pens LP
New album of electronic synthesis from Antwerp’s Yves De Mey. Each track was recorded in one-take and in mono yet manages to sound like a future that hasn’t arrived.
Şenay (Honki Ponki) LP
A rare LP of Turkish disco gets a full re-issue. File under “buy on sight”.
The Catastrophist LP
Chicago’s leading exponents of instrumental post-rock return with their first studio album in seven years and it’s as good as you’d imagine.