This Just In: Day Of Radiance

35 years after its debut, Laraaji’s Day of Radiance is finally available on vinyl again! The third part in Brian Eno’s Ambient series, this was also Laraaji’s first recorded output under that name, and a landmark in ambient music. The story goes that Laraaji was “discovered” by Eno while busking with an electronic zither in Philadelphia in the late 70’s. Eno was blown away with what he heard and released Day Of Radiance the following year. With the album, Laraaji gained a cult-like following amongst spiritual enthusiasts and meditation teachers/students. If you listen, you’ll understand why. Zone out with the full album below, and check out this week’s insane in-stock list below that. -MLE

Laraaji – Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance LP+CD
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“Laraaji’s glistening album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance has from the beginning been considered an outlier. Though widely celebrated at the time of its release in 1980 — as the third installment of Brian Eno’s emerging ambient music series (Ambient 1-4) — the album also brought with it an aura of mystification. Where did it fit in? An uncharted synthesis of resonating zither textures, interlocking, hammered rhythms and 3-D sound treatments (courtesy of Eno) Day of Radiance seemed to push open many doors at once, ambient music being only one of them.

Laraaji music was always increasingly influenced by both his studies of Eastern spiritualism and the presence of Eastern musical motifs in the Jazz and rock music of the time. When he entered a pawnshop in the early 70’s, hoping to hock his guitar, he instead listened to an ‘inner guidance’ and traded it for an autoharp, an instrument that he later adapted into a zither (by removing the chord bars) and electrified by using the speaker on a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. This spontaneous decision brought on a fortuitous shift in Laraaji’s musical direction and led to his chance encounter with Eno several years later.

The appearance of Day of Radiance as part of Eno’s landmark ambient series massively elevated Laraaji’s musical profile. In the years following, while he maintained contact (both personal and musical) with Brian Eno, he delved deeper into projects that fused the ethereal qualities of his music with spiritual studies and teachings.

Laraaji has experienced a resurgence in recent years, following a renewed interest in outsider new-age music (he appears on last year’s I Am The Center compilation on Light In The Attic) and a career spanning compilation (Celestial Music 1978 – 2011) and reissue project dedicated to his work by Eno’s All Saints label. Laraaji also continues to interface with other of musicians who have found inspiration in his work: Bill Laswell, Sun Araw, Blues Control, Julia Holter and many others.” -Glitterbeat

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Discs of radiance – new releases, reissues & restocks…
2 Live Crew – Greatest Hits Vol. 2 2LP
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory 2LP
Amadou & Mariam – Dimanche A Bamako 2LP*
Andre Bratten – Gode 2LP*
Augustus Pablo – Presents Rockers International 2 LP
Battles – La Di Da Di 2LP
Beach Boys – Christmas Album LP
Ben Wash – Snob Rock 2LP
Bing & Ruth – City Lake 2LP
Black Lips – S/T LP
Black Lips / The Coathangers – Freedom Fries b/w Watch Your Back 7”*
Boards Of Canada – Geogaddi 3LP, Tomorrow’s Harvest 2LP
Bon Iver – S/T LP, For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Broadcast – Haha Sound 2LP
Burial – Untrue 2LP
Chris Knox – Seizure LP*
Christophe Beck – Peanuts Movie OST 2LP*
Congo Natty – Jungle Revolution In Dub LP*
David Lynch & Marek Zebrowski – Polish Night Music 2LP*
Deafheaven – New Bermuda 2LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism 2LP
Eazy-E – The Boyz-N-The Hood 12”
Dennis Bovell – Dub For Daze LP*
Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
DJ Taye – Break It Down 12”*
DM3 – West Of Anywhere LP*
Elbow – Cast Of Thousands 2LP, The Seldom Seen Kid 2LP
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles 2LP, You’re Dead 2LP
Four Tet – Morning / Evening LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP
Helvetia – Dromomania LP*
Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U. Ahn-Sahm-Bul – We Are Not The First LP*
House Of 909 – The Children We Were LP
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet – 2 LP*
Iron Maiden – S/T LP
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire LP
Jay Jay Johanson – Opium LP*
Jeff The Brotherhood- Global Chakra Rhythms 2LP
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels 2LP
Jlin – Dark Energy LP
John Carpenter – Lost Themes LP
John Carpenter/Various – Lost Themes Remixed LP
Johnny Cash – American Recordings LP, At Folsom Prison LP
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
Kelela – Cut 4 Me (Deluxe) 3LP
Kowloon Walled City – Grievances EP 12”
Kraftwerk – Man Machine LP, Radio-Activity LP
Kruder Dorfmeister – The K&D Sessions 5LP
Kurt Cobain – Montage Of Heck CD*
LCD Soundsytem – Yr City Is A Sucker 12”
Lea Bertucci & Leila Bordreuil – L’Onde Souterraine LP
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV LP
Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Return Of The Super Ape LP
Lee Perry – Aura Meets Lee Perry At Black Ark LP
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
Mac Demarco – 2 LP
Mark McGuire – Beyond Belief LP*
Medusa – Temptress 7”*
Misfits – Legacy Of Brutality LP, S/T LP, Static Age LP
Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick LP, Formulas Fatal To The Flesh 2LP
Morcheeba – Big Calm LP
Muddy Waters – I Got My Brand On You LP
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left LP
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything LP
Noun – Throw Your Body On The Gears… LP*
Om – Advaitic Songs LP
One Direction – Made In The A.M. 2LP*
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete 2LP*, CD*
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Mono) LP, Lonely & Blue LP
Outkast – Stankonia 2LP
Panda Bear – Crosswords EP 12”*
Paramore – All We Know Is Falling LP*
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP, Wish You Were Here LP
Radiohead – Amnesiac 2×10″, In Rainbows LP
Ramones – Ramones Mania LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication 2LP
Rocket From The Tombs – Black Record LP*
Seth Troxler – DJ Kicks 2LP
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 8 Days Of Hanukkah 7”*
Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear LP
Singers & Players – Revenge Of The Underdog LP*, War Of Version 10”*
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell LP, Illinois 2LP
Talking Heads – Speaking In Tongues LP
Tall Dwarfs – Weeville LP*
The Fugees – The Score 2LP
The Roots – Organix 2LP
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP, Strangeways, Here We Come LP
The Strokes – Angles LP, Room On Fire LP
The Who – The Who Sell Out LP
Treasure Teeth – Transatlantic Consultant / Romantic Impulse CS*
Various – Afro Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979-85 2LP
Various – Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical LP
Various – Coxsone’s Music 3CD*
Various – Daptone Gold Vol. II 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City 2LP
Various – Miami Sound CD
Various – Natural Born Killers OST 2LP*
Various – Nuggets 2LP
Various – Studio One Rub-A-Dub 2LP
Various – The Big Lebowski OST LP
Verma – Mul.apin LP*
White Out w/Nels Cline – Accidental Sky LP
Wimps – Suitcase LP*
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP
Wreckmeister Harmonies – Night Of Your Ascension LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue