November 20 street date. Debut LP by a new seductive and puzzling voice from the Australian wilderness of Ferntree Gully, Victoria-collecting the crème de la crème of a string of micro-edition CDRs. Field recordings of humble organic activity bend against a foundation of discreetly processed electronics and piano, creating sonorities that are as indefinable as they are unforgettable. Ideal for fans of fringe position electro-acoustic study and Delphic audio confusion, or anyone who pines for the days when Small Cruel Party still roamed the earth. Edition of 350.
December 15 street date. The fourth Astor offering presents itself as a limited cassette, intended to fill the vacuum prior to the next full-length LP expected to hatch in the year of 2018. A self-titled diary-esque offering, this collects recordings made in the UK and Europe throughout 2017 -- from a toilet on a train in France to a piece played on Henning Christiansen's piano on the island of Møn in Denmark. Here you'll embark on a journey of sound that travels through a vast terrain which holds itself together through the sheer audacity of outer elements and unusual construction. From organ jams to syncopated screams, from absolute beauty to unbridled terror, Astor takes a magnifying glass to reality and unfurls it as an uncanny audio essay
July 17 street date. Pete Astor is currently working on new material for the Fortuna POP! Label with Veronica Falls/ Proper Ornaments/ Ultimate Painting’s James Hoare, the first fruits of which is the single Mr. Music.
January 15 street date. Brand new album from indie auteur Pete Astor (The Loft, The Weather Prophets). It was recorded at the home studio of James Hoare of The Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls, with James playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and singing backing vocals. "He was", says Astor, "an amazing band." After many years making more experimental, electronic music Astor has come full circle to the sound that made his name. From the opening track "Really Something" to the recent single "Mr Music" (a favourite of Marc Riley and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 music) the album’s re-connects Astor’s bespoke guitar pop with his long-standing embrace of The Velvet Underground’s musical DNA.
February 12 street date Spilt Milk is the brand new album from indie auteur Pete Astor, previously of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, and other esteemed acts. It was recorded onto 1/2 inch tape at the home studio of James Hoare of Ultimate Painting, The Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls, with James playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and singing backing vocals. Other contributions came from members of Astor's live band, with Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand) supplying vocals, Jack Hayter (Hefner) on pedal steel, Alison Cotton (The Left Outsides) on viola, and Robin Christian (Male Bonding) and Susan Milanovic (Feathers) on drums. From the opening track "Really Something" to the recent single "Mr Music" the album’s re-connects Astor’s bespoke guitar pop with his long-standing embrace of The Velvet Underground’s musical DNA. Other standout tracks include "My Right Hand", a hymn to everyone’s best friend, with guest appearances from Tony Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Philip Larkin and a host of exgirlfriends; the slow burning drama of "The Getting There" recalling the atmospheres of Astor’s 80s kindred spirits, The Go-Betweens. Also, there is the wry drive of "Very Good Lock", summed up by Astor as "a description of an injurious medical condition that often affects the male of the species". Elsewhere there are the gorgeous harmonies of the grown up country lament "Good Enough", which wouldn’t be out of place on one of George Jones’ most heartbroken albums. "Spilt Milk" is part of a continuum: from Astor’s beginnings with The Loft and The Weather Prophets on Creation Records in the 1980s, via his solo work through the 1990s and his more left field albums with The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound on Matador Records, Heavenly and Peacefrog, through to his return to solo work with the Songbox album in 2012. As well as this ongoing musical activity, Astor is also Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches, researches and writes about music; 2014 saw the publication of his study of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation as part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series.
October 20 street date. Recorded in 1971 by a 27-year-old pastor and an after school program choir, Like A Ship is a stirring and powerful meditation on the wayward aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. Tracked with the help of Chess/Cadet maestros Gene Barge, Phil Upchurch, and Richard Evans, the album is a mix of euphoric gospel and Mayfieldesque political soul, with sleigh bells, hand claps, and jazzy piano stabs. Sampled by T.I., Kanye, and Khaled, Barrett created a rapturous, crossover gospel classic that’s still wildly r elevant.
January 15 street date. Robinsongs have combined three of The Everything Man’s greatest albums: "Butt Of Course", "Supersound" and "E-Man Groovin’" on a double CD. Each of these Albums includes classic Jimmy Castor recordings. This package also features six bonus tracks.
May 27 street date. As soon as you hear the opening riff to the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s ‘It’s Just Begun’ you know you are in for one hell of a Funky ride; often sampled but never bettered! Robinsongs have packaged the 'It’s Just Begun' album with the band’s second album 'Phase Two' to give you that fantastic Funk experience. This package features the million selling single ‘Troglodyte (Cave Man)’ an absolute phenomenon of its time, and the 'Phase Two' album features ‘Say Leroy (The Creature From The Black Lagoon Is Your Father)’ which was very much in the same vein as ‘Troglodyte.’ Both albums were originally released in 1972 and 'It’s Just Begun' reached the Top 30 on the Billboard Pop Charts. This package also features sleeve notes from archivist Keith Munro. So "What we are gonna do now is go back, way back, back into time" you have been warned!
Available now. 2nd pressing * Beautifully crafted gatefold jacket and 180-gram LP * Liner notes written by Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader), which include new interviews with T.L. Barrett, Phil Upchurch and Gene Barge. Chicago pastor and activist T.L. Barrett's rare gospel soul classic Like A Ship… (Without A Sail) is finally receiving a much-needed reissue. Long revered by record collectors, this album remains one of the holy grails of gospel soul. Self-released in 1971, Like A Ship was the result of Barrett channeling his passion for music, a determination to keep children off the streets, and his charismatic preaching (which attracted the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Donny Hathaway to his sermons at Mount Zion Baptist Church) into the production of the album, a project bolstered by the saxophonist and arranger Gene Barge of the famed Chess Records, and backed by a cast of players that included Richard Evans, Phil Upchurch and the rapturous vocals of the Youth For Christ Choir. Like A Ship... is filled with sanctified grooves and spiritual praise delivered with a righteous, infectious chorus.
Available now. This 3-disc bundle pack of CDs reissued by the Collectables label includes Plays And Sings Shaw, Dance Parade, Your Dance Date and Rare Tony Pastor & His Orchestra (From The Columbia Vaults.)