As with RPM, Evil Genius have fairly recently arrived from their former home in Christchurch. Down there they eschewed the CBD and were based in Riccarton, here they're similarly out in the sticks.
I've been to Evil Genius once before and despite not getting along too well with the shop (it's a bit hipster for my liking, seeming to have lots and lots and lots of fairly modern alternative/psychedelic rock) I came away with a pretty great modern Elektra reissue of the Nuggets compilation LP. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuggets:_Original_Artyfacts_from_the_First_Psychedelic_Era,_1965%E2%80%931968)
This time, I sampled the cafe (good cake..) and despite (as with yesterday) trying not to buy anything; I came away with a few 'too good to pass-up' items:
The release includes a pair of Idjut Boys Remixes on the B-Side, but I've bought this for the 'Original 1976 Jim Stuard Disco Mix' on the A-Side: ten and a half minutes of proper latin disco vibes. I'm happy with that for $12.00.
Arthur Baker production under the same name as the classic, 'Put The Needle On The Record'. It's the much maligned/failed genre of hip-house from 1990 and a pinch at $5.00.
In the 'yellow sticker/$5 LP' bin. Eumir Deodato is better known as a producer and arranger these days, but made lots of jazz/funk and jazz/disco crossover albums in the 1970's. This is from 1979 and on Warners and whilst being a very clean version, is a good example of why major label vinyl from the late seventies and early eighties is not well regarded. (It's about half as thick as it should be).
It's the second Deodato LP I've bought, albeit the first on a major label. It's a lot more commercial that the other one I own (Deodato '2' CTI Records LP, which has an amazing version of 'Nights In White Satin') and isn't nearly as good, sadly.
S.M.O.K.E. 'Cyclops / Party Alarms' Formation 12"
I don't buy a huge amount of drum & bass these days (Wellington doesn't feel that urban to me, so maybe it doesn't match) but pick up bits and pieces when they come to hand. This wasn't actually in Evil Genius (it was outside it, in the $3 shit-bin on the pavement. (As I said, it's not really a dance type of store). I don't have a lot of records on DJ SS's Formation Records, so thought that $3.00 seemed pretty okay. The tune is too. Pretty okay...