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Nina Simone In Concert Vinyl LP


4 albums Nina Simone recorded for Phillips Records just hit the site. The iconic singer-songwriter’s debut release for the label was 1964’s Nina Simone In Concert, which features three live performances recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The LP is widely recognized as the kickoff point for Ms. Simone’s career trajectory as a “Civil Rights singer,” and songs like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” “Go Limp,” and “Pirate Jenny” clearly showcase her influence as one of the most outspoken, politically charged artists of her generation.

Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You Vinyl LP


In 1965, Ms. Simone released her third album for Phillips Records, and I Put A Spell On You stands one of the highlights of her prolific discography. The title track is a cover of Scremin’ Jay Hawkins’ song, and numbers like Jacques Brel’s “Ne Ne Quitte Pas” and “Feeling Good” are perhaps some of her best known recordings.

Nina Simone Wild Is The Wind Vinyl LP


A year later, Nina Simone recorded her 6th studio effort for Phillips Records, and the album consists of unused sessions she worked on for the label up ’til then. Wild Is The Wind is marked by the diversity of styles it covers: jazz ballads, traditional folk tunes, and even some calypso-informed numbers fill up the album.

Nina Simone High Priestess of Soul Vinyl LP


The last of the recent Nina Simone arrivals at Lab is her ’67 album High Priestess of Soul. Hal Mooney worked on the album and incorporated big-band-style arrangements and soul music trends of the mid ’60s, but some of the strongest moments of the LP come from Ms.Simone’s more poignant materials, such as the deeply spiritual “Come Ye.”

Nina Simone Albums on Vinyl LP available at Turntable Lab now.

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Arturia Drumbrute Analog Drum Machine + Sequencer PRE-ORDER

Arturia Drumbrute Analog Drum Machine + Sequencer PRE-ORDER


Arturia introduces an all-analog drum machine w/ powerful, intuitive sequencing capabilities, and the standalone unit, to the delight of many, is priced at under $500. With vintage percussion units going for a lot of money, brands like Roland have introduced newer, more economical options (check the Roland Boutique Series – TR-09, TB-03, VP-03, and Arturia’s entrance into the market is certainly a welcome addition to the trend. The Drumbrute is equipped with 17 distinct, fully analog drum and percussion instruments, and it offers hands-on, wide-range editing control for each sound. The sequencer can handle up to 64 patterns (each w/ 64 steps), and it houses a Stein-Parker output filter with bypass for more sound-shaping options.


The Drumbrute also sports separate outs for sounds and various connectivity options, making integration into existing setups a breeze. Check out this video (it’s a bit extra, but oh well…) that offers a rundown of the features:

PRE-ORDER the Arturia Drumbrute Analog Drum Machine + Sequencer here.

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Kanto YU2 & Yumi Speakers and S2 Speaker Stand

Kanto Yumi Bookshelf Speakers – Gloss Black


Kanto offers various high-fidelity speakers at wallet-friendly price points. In addition to good sound and diverse connectivity options, the speakers feature a minimal, clean design, which is a huge plus. Yumi Bookshelf Speakers are the company’s premium tier products (available in various colors, see below), and they are active monitors that boast bluetooth connectivity, easy-access front-panel control knob, remote control, and more. Here is a complete list of features:

– Kanto’s premium line of speakers, designed for high-fidelity listening at excellent price point
– Class A/B Amplifier: comparable sound quality of Class A with better efficiency
– hand-built acoustic-wood cabinets full-sized bookshelf speakers produces quality sound and loud bass
– speakers designed for both analog + digital needs
– active monitors, no need for an amplifier
– features RCA inputs for use with turntables
– features integrated Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless play
– also includes: (2) optical TOSLINK + 3.5mm AUX inputs
– features a USB charging port
– easy-access front-panel control knob (control volume and input)
– includes remote control
– includes all necessary cables

Kanto Yumi bookshelf Speakers – Gloss Grey


Kanto Yumi Bookshelf Speakers – Gloss Blue


Kanto Yumi Passive Bookshelf Speakers – Matte Black


If you already have a system and want to integrate Kanto speakers into it, here is the passive version of the above speakers, also available in various colors. Similar features sans the built-in amp, here’s a quick look at key features:

– frequency response: 60Hz – 20kHz
– nominal impedance: 6 Ohm
– sensitivity 2.83V: 87dB
– 5″ Composite Driver / 1″ Silk Tweeters
– speaker terminal
– rear-facing bass port
– high quality knurled binding posts works with all standard speaker wires
– acoustic grade MDF cabinet
– 6.9” W x 8.1” D x 10.6” H / 17.4 x 20.5 x 27 cm
– 18 lbs / 8.2 kg

Kanto Yumi Passive Bookshelf Speakers – Gloss Black


Kanto Yumi Passive Bookshelf Speakers – Gloss Blue


Kanto YU2 Desktop Speakers – Matte Grey


For those of you that want to upgrade your desktop speakers, Kanto’s YU2 is a solid option. The Unit features built-in USB DAC for streaming high quality video, and the compact, minimal design also gets high marks. Here’s a list of all the features:

– Kanto’s mini monitor speakers, designed for big sound on your desktop
– built-in USB DAC for streaming high quality audio
– 3.5mm AUX jack for maximum input flexibility
– composite drivers deliver distortion-free bass, silk dome tweeter for crisp highs
– subwoofer output for adding more bass
– active monitors, no need for an amplifier
– rear accessible volume/power knob
– includes all necessary cables

Kanto S2 Desktop Speakers Stands – Black (Pair)


In addition to excellent speakers, Kanto produces accessories to enhance your listening experience. The S2 Desktop Speaker Stands, also available in white (see below), are perfect for Kanto YU2, but any small size monitors will benefit from the tilt/angle they create.

– 16° of vertical tilt provides your speakers w/ a better angle for listening
– designed for small desktop speakers, perfectly fits the Kanto YU2
– solid aluminum construction
– multiple areas of foam padding reduce vibration + keep speaker secure
– comes as pair

Kanto S2W Desktop Speaker Stands – White (Pair)


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Brand New Releases Available Now on 7″ / 10″ / 12″/ Vinyl & Cassette

Brand New “Mene” Colored Vinyl 7″


Some exciting Brand New materials just hit the site, and this “Mene” clear inyl 7″ leads the bundle. The song, released in 2015 as the band’s first single in about 6 years, sees its first physical release, with “Out of Range” on the flip.

Brand New “I Am A Nightmare” Vinyl 12″


Next up is the 12″ vinyl release of Brand New’s lead single from the band’s 5th album. The song keys in on the band’s punk-pop roots, with the lyrics etched on the b-side.

Brand New “3 Demos, Rework” Vinyl 10″


Another exciting release is this 10″ vinyl of demo cuts of three Brand New songs – “Brother’s Song,” “Missing You,” and “1996” – alongside their album versions. There is something about not-so-perfect demo recordings that’s appealing to fans, and this record is just that, and it comes housed in a beautiful die-cut sleeve.

Brand New Leaked Demos 2006 Cassette


And that brings us to the last of the bunch, an official cassette release of Leaked Demos 2006 that originally found itself on the internet. This is a great format to experience songs like “Yeah Sowing Season,” “Luca,” and “The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me,” which eventually appeared on actual albums.

Brand New releases & merchandise available at Turntable Lab now.

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Led Zeppelin The Complete BBC Sessions 180g Vinyl 5LP Boxset

Led Zeppelin The Complete BBC Sessions 180g Vinyl 5LP Boxset


Led Zeppelin originally released The BBC Sessions in 1997, and the compilation highlights the English band’s “lean, hungry” years. Featuring BBC studio sessions throughout 1969 and a live 1971 concert in London’s Paris Theatre, the album satisfies fans that dig the pre-Led Zeppelin IV vibe, which leaned more toward straight-up blues and the band’s varied, electrifying take on the genre. Enter Led Zeppelin THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, which brings to light even more rarities than the 1997 pressing. Namely, 8 additional tracks are included, with the piano-and-harmonica blues of “Sunshine Woman” being one of the highlights as the song has never before been OFFICIALLY released (although bootlegged many times). Further, the entire project, pressed on 180g vinyl, has been newly remastered by Jimmy Page, and the boxset is accompanied by a glossy booklet with credits. Very exciting release for Zep and classic rock heads!


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Mike & Rich “Expert Knob Twiddlers (Aphex Twin, Muziq) Vinyl 2LP

Mike & Rich “Expert Knob Twiddlers (Aphex Twin, Muziq) Vinyl 2LP


Back in print after 20 years! Mike & Rich are Aphex Twin and u-Ziq, and the knob twiddling duo released this kitschy full-length, which is built on loops, samples, and more funk than we’re used to getting from the electronic producers. This 2016 reissue is spread over 3LPs by Paradinis’ Planet Mu label, and it includes 7 previously unreleased materials, including a new mix of “Vodka” and songs like “Portamento Gosh,” “Waltz,” and “Organ Plodder.”


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Turntable Lab Radio 032: DJ Amir


DJ Amir’s latest compilation for BBE, DJ Amir Presents: Buena Musica Y Cultura, focuses on New York-centric salsa & guaguanco recorded in the ’60s and ’70s, with tracks from Joey Pastrana, Louie Colon, Fito Foster and more. To celebrate the release of the record, the Boston native guested for the episode 32 of Turntable Lab radio. Listen to his summer-vibes-galore set, and also pay attention to his pick for a sleeper Latin record people should be grabbing.

Turntable Lab Radio 032: DJ Amir

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Pro-Ject The Classic Sub-Chassis Turntable – PRE-ORDER

Pro-Ject The Classic Sub-Chassis Turntable – Walnut PRE-ORDER


For audiophiles and design heads! Pro-Ject is set to release this beautiful turntable in November, and you can Pre-Order yours now. Built for producing top-notch sound, the Classic Sub-Chassis Turntable features a new 9″ carbon fiber + aluminum composite tonearm with both MM (moving magnet) or MC (moving coil) capability. The belt-driven unit comes pre-mounted with the Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge, and here’s the complete list of features:

– audiophile turntable combines retro aesthetic w/ modern technical features
– EISA 2017 Best Product Award Winner
– new 9″ carbon fiber + aluminum composite tonearm w/ MM (moving magnet) or MC (moving coil) capability
– belt drive, manual operation
– pre-mounted w/ Ortofon 2M Silver cartridge
– stable electronic speed control at 33 1/3 or 45 RPM
– precision balanced aluminum platter
– height adjustable decoupling feet

The wood frame that drives the turntable’s stunning aesthetic is a nod to models of ’50s and ’60s, and the Clasic Sub-Chassis Turntable is available in two additional colors:

Pro-Ject The Classic Sub-Chassis Turntable (2M Silver) – Eucalyptus PRE-ORDER


Pro-Ject The Classic Sub-Chassis Turntable (2M Silver) – Rosenut – PRE-ORDER


Pro-Ject products available at Turntable Lab.

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