If Music Presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986) - Various Artists on 180g LP
With two sterling exclusive compilations in its discography - If and If 2.0 - from 2013 and 2014 respectively (not to mention the incredible Annabel (lee) album By the sea... and other solitary places), the London institution If Music is back with another killer selection of glorious obscurities, this time highlighting a fistful of treasures from Eastern Europe: If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986).
Compiled by If Music's figurehead Jean-Claude Thompson and Adrian Magrys, the six tracks span infectious Polish disco grooves (Wojciech Karolak and Andrzej Korzyński); bustling break-heavy jazz from the Polski Jazz Ensemble and the Russian-born "Prince Igor" Yahilevich; heartwarming spiritual jazz stylings from Hungary's Binder Quintet feat. John Tchicai; and Alojz Bouda's awesome oddball Slovakian synth banger "Random" from 1980 also features. Mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy and cut on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Art direction by longtime friend of If Music - Ali Augur.