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"Some people have commented that Tinariwen have always been a country band, albeit a North African take on that most North American of genres. That idea is magnified on new album Amatssou, which finds the Tuareg band’s trademark snaking guitar lines and hypnotic rhythms blending seamlessly with pedal steel, piano and strings from guest musicians including Daniel Lanois, the embellished arrangements lending the songs an epic, universal application.

Full of poetic allegory, the lyrics call for unity and freedom. There are songs of struggle and resistance with oblique references to the recent desperate political upheavals in Mali and the increasing power of the Salafists. “Dear brothers all rest, all leisure will always be far from reach unless your homeland is liberated and all the elders can live there in dignity,” Ibrahim Ag Alhabib sings on ‘Arajghiyine.’ The album’s title Amatssou is Tamashek for ‘Beyond The Fear’ and it fits - Tinariwen have always been characterised by their fearlessness - and as Bob Dylan once said, the power of rock’n’roll is that it makes us “oblivious to the fear” as the music gives us the strength and resilience to confront adversity.

In the two decades since Tinariwen emerged from their base in the African desert to tour the globe, they have got to know many renowned country, folk, and rock musicians from the USA including Kurt Vile, Stephen O'Malley, Jack White, and Wilco. Tuareg nomads and cowboy drifters. Camel trains and mustang horses. The timeless horizon of the endless Sahara and the wild frontier of the Old West - several thousand miles of ocean may divide the desert blues of Tinariwen and the authentic country music of rural America but the links are as palpable as they are romantic."

Tinariwen - Amatssou [Limited Edition White LP]
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Que Viva La Musica just turned 50 and features Barretto at his peak of the “Hard Salsa” era. The album contains the track “Cocinando” from the famed documentary Our Latin Thing which alone makes the record worth the price of admission. Other key tracks include “La Pelota” and “Que Viva La Musica”. Recorded in 1972, the recording features his original Salsa band including Adalberto Santiago and Orestes Vilato before their storied breakup. Now available remastered for the first time in decades.
Ray Barretto - Que Viva La Música [LP]
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The official solo debut by Jimin of BTS has arrived. This new EP titled ‘FACE’ shows a new and never-before seen side of Jimin as an artist. This release is available in two versions: Invisible Face and Undefinable Face. Contents of the package include a CD, CD Envelope, Photobook (Invisible Face: 76 pages / Undefinable Face: 80 pages), 4 Photo Cards (3 fixed + random 1 of 3), Post Card, and Large Post Card. Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 13 mm.
Jimin (BTS) - FACE [Undefinable Face]
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Starting with their debut EP, the 5-member girl group NewJeans have taken the world by a storm & for the first time NewJeans’ 1st EP ‘New Jeans’ CD is available worldwide. The CD includes their global chart-topping songs “Attention” & “Hype Boy.” Available in 6 versions: NEWJEANS, MINJI, HANNI, DANIELLE, HAERIN & HYEIN. Contents include a CD, Outbox, Log Book (65 pgs), Pin-Up Book (76 pgs), 7 Phoning Manual Books, ID Card, 3 Sticker Packs, 5 Photo Cards, 6 Mini Posters. Dimensions: 304x234x30mm.

NewJeans - NewJeans 1st EP ‘New Jeans’
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2023 album from Grammy-nominated reggae star Jah Cure. The 11-song project is filled with passion and romance wrapped in heartfelt lyrics and a cutting-edge sound. The first song released from the album is "Everything" featuring Ghanian star Stonebwoy.
Jah Cure - Undeniable [LP]
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For The Culture [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release from musician, producer, and dub master Alborosie.
Alborosie - For The Culture [LP]
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Easy Star All-Stars return with their first new tribute album in over a decade! This is the first single from the upcoming April 2023 release of ZIGGY STARDUB, a reggae re-imagining of David Bowie's entire The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. This first single features the legendary Maxi Priest on vocals. As usual, the All-Stars bring an unparalleled attention to detail and creativity to their version of this timeless Bowie classic.

Easy Star All-Stars - Ziggy Stardub [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red, Blue and Yellow Blended LP]
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"Ismael remains to be one of the most revered Salseros with a high demand on his original and reissued recordings. This reissue boasts all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl."
Ismael Rivera con sus Cachimbos - Esto Fue lo que Trajo el Barco [LP]
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BSS – the special sub-unit of SEVENTEEN – is officially releasing their first single album, SECOND WIND. BSS stands for BooSeokSoon and is comprised of three SEVENTEEN members: SEUNGKWAN, DK and HOSHI. This first release contains a CD, Outbox, Photo Book (88 pages), Lyric Book (8 pages), Photo Card (random 2 of 6), Sticker, Habit Tracker Mini Card (random 1 of 3), BSS Mini Card (random 1 of 3) and Folded Poster. NA Retail Exclusive: Postcard (random 1 of 3). Dimensions: 185 x 156 x 16 mm.

Bss (Seventeen) - BSS 1st Single Album ‘SECOND WIND’
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The 1st solo album ‘Indigo’ by RM of BTS is officially available for the first time on vinyl. ‘Indigo’ includes different tracks in collaboration with various artists that portray RM's prevailing thoughts. Contents of the album include a 12-inch Vinyl, Outer Jacket, 3 Premium Photo Boards, Booklet, Folded Lyric Poster, Instant Photo and Photo Card.

RM (BTS) - Indigo [LP]
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NCT 127's 4th full-length repackage "Ay-Yo" release news! NCT 127's 4th regular album repackage, "Ay-Yo," presents 3 new songs including the title song "Ay-Yo." These new songs make up, along with the 12 songs from the original fourth full-length album, a total of 15 songs. In addition, hit makers KENZIE, Dem Jointz, Andreas Öberg, and Simon Petrén joined again to set the music trend once again with the synergy created with NCT 127.

Meanwhile, NCT 127's fourth full-length repackage "Ay-Yo" will be released on various music platforms on January 30, and the album will be released on March 3 in the United States. 

NCT 127 - The 4th Album Repackage 'Ay-Yo' [A Ver.]
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LE SSERAFIM will be releasing their Japan 1st single, FEARLESS. Along with the lead song “FEARLESS -Japanese ver.-,” the single will also feature the Japanese version of ‘Blue Flame’ and the band’s first Japanese original song. The Limited Edition A (CD + Photobook) includes a slipcase, a 32-page photo booklet, 1 selfie photocard (randomly enclosed out of 5) (WHITE BACCHARIS concept), and an 8-page Lyric Booklet.

LE SSERAFIM - FEARLESS [Limited Edition A] [CD + Photobook]
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On August 26, 1971, the Fania All Stars electrified the Cheetah Club stage in New York, causing a salsa-induced delirium that not only defined their career, but the salsa genre. This live recording captures that unforgettable performance, featuring the introductory track “Estrellas de Fania” and “Ponte Duro” where we can distinctly hear Johnny Pacheco introducing the roster of salsa legends. This 50th Anniversary edition boasts all-analog mastering from the original tapes by Kevin Gray and is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
Fania All Stars - Live at The Cheetah (Vol. 2) [LP]
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Sony Masterworks Broadway is proud to announce the release of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of KPOP. The musical stars, from the world renowned K-pop group f(x), super star Luna as MwE, Julia Abueva, BoHyung (from the K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Major Curda, Jinwoo Jung, Jiho Kang, Amy Keum, James Kho, Marina Kondo, Eddy Lee, Joshua Lee, Jully Lee, Lina Rose Lee, Timothy H. Lee, Abraham Lim, Min (from the K-pop group Miss A), Kate Mina Lin, Aubie Merrylees, Patrick Park, Zachary Noah Piser, Kevin Woo (from the K-pop group U-KISS), and John Yi.

The exhilarating energy of a stadium concert meets the talent and passion of your favorite musical in KPOP! Packed with pulse-pounding new music and electrifying choreography, this original musical explores the relentless discipline, raw talent, and commercial ambition behind the international sensation. As global superstars put everything on the line for a special one-night-only concert, they face struggles both cultural and personal that threaten to dismantle one of the industry’s hottest labels. Featuring a cast of K-pop and musical theater stars, it's a multimedia experience unlike anything else on Broadway.

With music, lyrics, music production and arrangements by Drama Desk nominee Helen Park, and music and lyrics by Max Vernon, KPOP is directed byTeddy Bergman and features a book by Jason Kim with choreography by Jennifer Weber. Produced by Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes, KPOP is the first Broadway musical to celebrate Korean culture with Korean, Korean-American, and API representation on and off-stage.

Original Broadway Cast of KPOP - KPOP (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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The 1st solo album Indigo by RM of BTS is officially here. Indigo includes different tracks in collaboration with various artists that portray RM's prevailing thoughts. Contents of the album include a CD, CD Envelope, Outbox, Booklet, Postcard, Photocard (random 1 of 3), Fabric Card, Instant Photo and Poster. Dimensions: 258 x 176 x 26 mm.

RM (BTS) - Indigo: Book Edition
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BTS member Jin Is releasing a brand-new single titled “The Astronaut.” As a follow up to his Billboard-charting song “Moon,” Jin partnered with Coldplay for the song production. This release will be available in two versions. Contents include a CD, Outcover, Booklet (84 pages), Lyric Card, Folded Poster, Postcard, Seal Sticker (random 2 of 8), Graphic Sticker, and Photo Card (random 1 of 2). Product Dimensions: 150 x 150 x 20 mm.

Jin (BTS) - The Astronaut [VERSION 01]
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Nino Rota’s soundtrack to Federico Fellini’s masterpiece ‘La Dolce Vita’ has been fully restored and remastered from the original master tapes and will be released on CAM Sugar as part of the CAM SUGAR Heritage Series – the label’s collection dedicated to the scores synonymous with the history of Italian cinema.

Nino Rota - La Dolce Vita (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Remastered [2 LP]
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Introducing PIOMBO, a new CAM Sugar collection on Italian crime soundtracks. Fused with American jazz-funk, acid progressive rock, synth-infused disco and more, PIOMBO journeys into the scores that captured the sociopolitical turmoil of 1970s Italy. Restored and remastered from the original tapes, this release features previously unreleased music by Luis Bacalov, Stelvio Cipriani, Riz Ortolani, Franco Micalizzi and more. Collector's Edition 2 LP includes a bonus 7" single and original poster.

Various Artists - PIOMBO – Italian Crime Soundtracks From The Years Of Lead (1973-1981) [Collector's Edition 2LP+7in]
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Introducing QUANDO L'AMORE E SENSUALITA by Ennio Morricone, the fourth release in the MORRICONE SEGRETO series. The soundtrack is one of the undiscovered gems in Morricone's catalog. Newly remastered, this album features eleven previously unreleased tracks and marks the 50th-anniversary of the film's release. With its tonal experiments and compositional complexity, it shows the most obscure, dark-tinged, and psychedelic side of the Maestro and his unbridled creativity.

Ennio Morricone - Quando l'amore e sensualita [2LP]
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Normal version. 2022 release. Includes 80-page photo book, lyrics card, photo card + sticker.

NMIXX is a South Korean girl groups formed by SQU4D, a sub-label of JYP Entertainment. Consisting of LILY, HAEWON, SULLYOON, JINNI, BAE, JIWOO and KYUJIN, NMIXX debuted in February 2022 with the single AD MARE that featured the title track "O.O". The name NMIXX combines the letter "N", which stands for "now", "new", "next" and the unknown "n", and the word "mix", which symbolizes combination and diversity, altogether meaning "the best combination for a new era". NMIXX’s debut single AD MARE introduces a new genre called MIXX POP, packed with the confidence and ambition of a new group ready to take on the world. It blends in two or more genres into one flavorful song and represents the unusual experiment of NMIXX. “O.O” is a reinterpretation of baile funk and the track leads the listeners to the world of MIXX POP. After the start of promotions the MV of "O.O" surpassed 20 million views in the first 24 hours of its release. The song entered the Billboard Global Chart (excluding U.S.) at No. 71, and also ranked No. 138 on Billboard Global 200. Meanwhile AD MARE sold over 220K copies in the first week, recorded the highest debut album sales by a girl group ever in K-pop history.

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I Love

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(G)I-DLE is back and ready to show their global audience that they are stronger and more passionate than ever with a brand-new 5th mini album, I love. This new release is available in three versions: Act, Born and X-File. Contents of the package include a CD, Photo Book, Lyric Paper, Selfie Card (random 2 of 30), Bookmark (random 1 of 5), Sticker, Mini Poster (random 1 of 5) and Postage Stamp Sticker. Box Dimensions: 190 x 258 x 11 (mm). Online orders ship via random selection.

(G)I-DLE - I Love
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Isokratisses (Greek for "women who sing the "iso" or "drone") is a vocal ensemble comprised of eight women who carry the ancient tradition of polyphonic songs from Epirus: a region in northern Greece and southern Albania. Born and reared in the Greek speaking villages around Deropoli and Politsani in Albania, the women of Isokratisses have sung these songs since childhood. The group ranges in age from 19 to 56 with some sisters in the group as well as an aunt. They were nurtured by this archaic music, listening and singing it with their family and friends. The songs were passed down from generation to generation. The group started its artistic activity in 2015, after the singer Anna Katsi took the initiative to encourage the younger members to perform regularly. The communal nature of polyphonic singing is a way of revitalizing an art that has declined in recent years and to reassert the primacy of female voices in the southern Balkans. Singing these songs builds an invisible bridge that connects the present with the past, the memories of childhood travel with the immediacy of daily life. On Oct 14, 2022, Third Man Records will release a full album of these solo polyphonic songs, with Grammy-winning producer Christopher King. "It is social music, woven into the fabric of poor, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities. Many of the songs are variations of mirologia (songs of fate, songs of morning) that used to be sung throughout the southern Balkans but have largely disappeared on an informal cultural level except for Epirus. Structurally, the songs are pentatonic (five notes with no semitones) and are composed of three or four distinct melodic voices that weave together in an organic yet unexpected way. The remaining members of the group provide the iso or “drone” that is the low tonic note of the melody." - Chris King

Isokratisses - Cry With Tears: Greek-Albanian Songs Of Many Voices [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Maroon LP]
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NCT 127 returns in a genre-bending album of 12 songs that combine brilliant performance with appealing vocals. Lead single, ‘2 Baddies’, is a powerful performance-based hip-hop dance track. A signature synth sound & members’ energetic vocals create a lyrical portrayal of positive mindset, racing through life with confidence to reach success. Random Cover (out of 9 members) with matching Folding Poster, Random Photo Card, and Random Exclusive Photo Card.

NCT 127 - The 4th Album '2 Baddies' [Digipack Ver.]
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This is Archeology, the astounding debut album from Montparnasse Musique is wrapped in striking visuals and finds the live rhythms of traditional and urban Africa meeting the programmed beats of modern Johannesburg. It features Congolese musicians including singer/multi-instrumentalist Cubain Kabeya, singers Muambuyi, and Mengu Waku, and guitarist Mopero Mupemba, variously from Congotronics acts such as Mbongwana Star, Konono No1, and the Kasai Allstars. (Real World Records)
Montparnasse Musique - Archeology [LP]
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