Tommy Mandel - Mello Magic (ICE 014)
New York synth-wizard Tommy Mandel was one of the go-to session musicians of the 1980s, playing for and alongside such greats as Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, the Clash and the B-52. Throughout the period, he also recorded a swathe of solo synth-pop songs, very few of which were ever released at the time. Here, Invisible City Editions attempt to set the record straight, gathering together ten mostly unreleased gems from Mandel's vaults. It's a strong collection, all told, with Mandel flitting between electrofunk-influenced pop gems ("You're My Only Lover"), spacey synth-scapes ("Aint Got No Money"), fuzzy P-funk ("Music Business"), stylish new wave experimentalism ("I Just Want You To Love Me") and atmospheric, near-Balearic treats ("Kin Tama"). Limited Vinyl Pressing with Artwork by Floating Bastard.
Muhtadi - Age Don't Matter
Local find, not on Discogs (call the cops!), Afro-Caribbean, modern soul disco from the mysterious Muhtadi. Part Bill Withers, Roy Ayers, with a latin island vibes. Thanks to Reggae Ryan. Unplayed private press deadstock. Plays with slight storage warp, DNAP. Really will be a big one for early summer jams or enders!