In our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases flying out of his store each week.
As foretold, hip-hop producer Madlib notched some serious sales of his latest Beat Konducta installment this week. Some of the other records Ramirez mentioned last week also moved, but you won't see any comments from our Radio-Active relating to how or why -- there's just too much Record Store Day stuff going on!
Before we give the entire week's column away to blatant shilling for the limited edition stuff for purchase at Radio-Active Records this Saturday (April 17), I'll add a few thoughts of my own about this week's hot releases.
Radio-Active's Top 5 Releases for April 6-12:
1. Madlib - Medicine
Show No. 3: Beat Konducta in Africa (Stones Throw)
2. Jonsi - Go
3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way
4. The Unthanks - Here's the Tender Coming (Rough
Trade) "Rachel and Becky Unthank sing proudly and sweetly with thick English accents, which adds a timeless aspect to their lengthy, acoustic folk songs. Mother's Day isn't too terribly far away, is it?"
5. Vex'd - Cloud Seed (Planet Mu) "Kudos to anyone who bought this album and the Unthanks. English dubstep duo Vex'd returns with a collection of tracks that would have ended up on their doomed follow-up to 2005's Degenerate and some remixes. 'Oceans' (below) is gloomy brilliance."
will we be talking about next week?
"Record Store Day madness!
We're currently waiting for the 700+ pieces of merchandise to be dropped
off at our doorstep! There are some incredible releases out this year
from a multitude of artists including Sonic Youth, Fucked Up, Fela Kuti,
Beastie Boys, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Rodriguez, The Hold Steady, Dum
Dum Girls, Happy Birthday, John Lennon, Soundgarden, Pavement, Magnetic
Fields, Peter Gabriel & much much more. See you on April 17th at
Radio-Active Records for Record Store
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