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Test Pressing

Playlist / All Back To Apiento`s

I was back in the UK briefly a few weeks ago and had the pleasure of joining Apiento for his monthly NTS Live (http://www.ntslive.co.uk/shows/test-pressing) broadcast. Bloody great fun it was too, like pirate radio but legit (NTS do such a sterling job covering such a broad range of music both new and old. A big thank you to all involved). I then got the additional pleasure of heading back to Apiento`s South London hideaway for a chamomile tea, tunes and a chat. Appropriately there were white labels and Test Pressings everywhere (Die Verboten, Klanken, Len Leise, CFCF, Never…). I thought you might be interested in learning what else is currently vying for turntable time at Test Pressing HQ.

Kenny Larkin / Tedra

A hit from Apiento`s sunrise sets in Croatia, pulled from Kenny Larkin`s “Azimuth” LP on Warp. One for Jonny Nash.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band / Odoo Be Ba

Absolutely superb modern Highlife record on Strut, featuring veterans Pat, Tony Allen & the lovely Ebo Taylor. One for Sarah.

DJ Sotofett & Lauer / Nimbus Mix

I`d listened to clips of this double-pack on Honest Jon`s on-line and been unconvinced. Hearing the whole thing in its entirety at Apiento`s it became an essential purchase as soon as I got home.

Strange Parcels / To Be Free

We were checking the tracklisting of Trevor`s “Science Fiction Dancehall Classics” and a promo CD of the “Missing Brazilians” but this is Apiento`s favourite Sherwood tune.

Four Tet / Morning Side

Again, on-line clips didn`t do this justice. I didn`t even know that it contained an Asha Bhosle vocal until that Thursday night.

Nautic / Fixx

A lot of Nathan`s music got played, a lot of it unreleased, but this Cocteaus-like gem is in the shops. “Hark at your Fellini poster”.

Strange Cargo / Milliontown

One of Apiento`s first forays into the studio, accompanying Mr. Orbit. I remembering buying my copy from Fat Cat.

Kamasi Washington / Re Run

Epic indeed.

Inertia / Satisfaction

A little known Guy Called Gerald production from the “Panic In Detroit” compilation on Buzz.

Scott Walker / Hero Of The War

Prompted my plans to hit Soho & Notting Hill in search of Scott LPs the next day, Apiento dug this gem out.

Another big thank you to Apiento for his heartwarming hospitality. I was and remain deeply touched.