Album: If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986)

If Music Presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986)


Via Ninja Tune:

Were a bit late with this one, but this is a special release that needs sharing with you good people. With two sterling exclusive Record Store Day 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 and Jono McCleery’s masterful Pagodes project, London institution If Music is back with another killer selection of glorious obscurities from Eastern Europe: If Music presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986).

Compiled by If Music’s figurehead Jean-Claude and Adrian Magrys – founder of the London based Polish label Lanquidity Records (Bogowie, Contemporary Noise Quintet, Speakers Corner Quartet) – 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.

“Adrian is known to If Music not only for being a customer and a supplier of quality contemporary jazz, but he is also one of a small handful of world-class go-to peeps when it comes to Eastern European music” explains Jean-Claude. “When the idea for the compilation was originally mooted, and before I had even thought about which direction this album was going to take, I knew that Adrian had to be involved.”

Mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy and cut on heavyweight 180g vinyl. Art direction by longtime friend of If Music – Ali Augur.

Trust us, you need this.



A1. Wojciech Karolak – Discopus Nr 1 Pt.1 & 2 (If Music Extended Edit)
A2. Alojz Bouda – Random (Naslepo)
A3. Polski Jazz Ensemble – Song for Ewa

B1. “Prince Igor” Yahilevich – Double Sun
B2. Andrzej Korzyński – L’Arme Du Milicien – Patkarz
B3. Binder Quintet feat. John Tchicai – Sirató (Dirge)




If Music Presents You Need This: Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986) is out now (buy)

CF Smith

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