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.



DAN SHAKE
Shake Edits 2 (Northern Merry / Get It Together)
(Shake Edits)

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.

Audio / Buy here



COTTAM
Breaking Through The Pain Barrier EP
(Versatile)

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.

Audio / Buy here



YVES DE MEY
Drawn With Shadow Pens LP
(Spectrum Spools)

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.

Audio / Buy here



SENAY
Şenay (Honki Ponki) LP
(Turku La)

A rare LP of Turkish disco gets a full re-issue. File under “buy on sight”.

Audio / Buy here



TORTOISE
The Catastrophist LP
(Thrill Jockey)

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.

Audio / Buy here

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