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Genre pick of the week Cover of Fumes by Lily & Madeleine.
A year (to the day) after their sumptuous debut album, Lily & Madeleine return with beautiful second album ‘Fume’.

From the beginning, the calling card has been the breathtaking union of their voices and fans of the debut will not be disappointed.

The sound has evolved - the scope has broadened. Expansive, multi-layered instrumentation - like the sun slanting through a window in a Vermeer painting, it’s an experience that captures the subtleties of both shadow and light.


Ltd LP Info: Pop bottle green coloured vinyl edition exclusively
available to independent retailers. Limited to 150
copies for the UK and Eire.

Emotional Rescue is proud to present the first ever collection of works from Spanish song writer Javier Bergia. As a member of Finas Africae his name is finally coming to prominence. Now with this selection of his music from 1985 to today, the depths of his acoustic, folk and Balearic writing can be heard. Born in Madrid in 1958 to a family steeped in both classical and Spanish traditional music, Javier's unique mastery of guitar, percussion, voice, poetry and composition is drawn from both this grounding and upon his lifelong musical inquisitiveness. Since 1980 he has been an integral part of the ancient music group Atrium Musicae. In 1984 he founded, with Juan Alberto Arteche and Luis Delgado, the groundbreaking group Finis Africae as a sonic investigation into a fusion of diverse ethnic musical forms incorporating both indigenous instruments and electronic elements.

For "Eclipse" Emotional Rescue boss Chuggy and Balearic shepherd Moonboots took a stroll through Bergia's 25 year solo career, picking out their personal favourites amongst the embarrassment of riches. While the exotic flavours of "Ballenas" and "Himalayas" recall the finest moments of the Finis Africae project, sweet vocal cuts like "Midnight Round Mekines" display Bergia's mastery of the pop format, giving Fleetwood Mac a run for their money in the soft rock stakes. Beautifully packaged and expertly selected, "Eclipse" should warm the cockles right through til next winter.


CD Info: CD includes 5 bonus tracks

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Intensity Ghost

‘Intensity Ghost’ is the follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Solar Motel’ album, which made year end lists at The New Yorker, Uncut Magazine and Popmatters and provoked ecstatic comparisons with Television and Neil Young & Crazy Horse to Richard Thompson and The Grateful Dead.

‘Solar Motel’ came together as a solo album but the band Forsyth assembled to tour the record - bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steve Urgo (ex-War On Drugs) - took things to another level and quickly became a powerhouse. Forsyth brought the group into the studio in late 2013 to capture what became ‘Intensity Ghost’, a 5-track masterwork of grace and power.

Eagerly anticipated new album from Liz Harris AKA Grouper.


Ruins was made in Aljezur, Portugal in 2011 on a residency set up by Galeria Zé dos Bois. I recorded everything there except the last song, which I did at mother's house in 2004. Iʼm still surprised by what I wound up with. It was the first time Iʼd sat still for a few years; processed a lot of political anger and emotional garbage. Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasnʼt recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village.

The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in.

The Staves release a new 3 track EP and will also play a small run of intimate shows in October where they will be performing brand new material from their upcoming as-yet-unnamed second album. The Staves (Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor) released their debut album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ back in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. The sisters’ ability to deliver pin-point harmonies alongside exceptional lyrics and musicianship evoked as much praise on record as applause on the stage. Over the next 18 months The Staves and their band-mates hit the road relentlessly, performing their songs to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic. They concluded their 2013 festival run by opening Glastonbury’s Other Stage, and joined Pyramid headliners Mumford & Sons as special guests that same evening. Their headline touring culminated with a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. ‘Blood I Bled EP’ is the first public outing of new tracks written by The Staves, produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).

Canada’s Timber Timbre release the follow up to their 2010 self-titled debut.

Recorded in a converted church studio, "Creep On Creepin’ On" marks a musical move forward for the band as we hear denser textures and everchanging collaborations. However, their trademark haunting sound, one that defies categorisation, is omnipresent throughout this obsessive and commanding album.


Ltd LP Info: Full Time Hobby 10th anniversary repress. Grey vinyl. Limited to 300 copies.

Young Jessie

You Were Meant For Me / Mary Lou

Two incredible sides from the legendary Young Jessie. 'You Were Meant For Me' is a timeless piece of jazzy, dancefloor blues from the rapidly changing early 1960s era. On the flipside, an equally excellent updated reworking of Young Jessie's 1956 hit 'Mary Lou'. Cut during his stint with Mercury Records, both sides boast superb production and impeccable musicianship, and of course that trademark, oaky baritone of Obie Jessie himself

Released in collaboration with The Red Hot Organization, which has worked on AIDS awareness through pop culture since 1989, 'Master Mix' embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”

The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as "catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time."

Here's a crunching collection of R&B girls, with coyness in short supply. In fact, the sassy singers gathered here on this collection of rockers, wailers, and neo-popcorn favourites tend not to be girls, but WOMEN!

Highlights include Blanche Thomas's You Ain't So Such A Much, written as a response to Hound Dog - faster, tougher, and easier on its feet. Ruth Brown's atmospheric Sure 'Nuff includes King Curtis on sax and Phil Spector on piano, with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller producing. Doris Payne went on to become better known - and to score a sizeable hit with Just One Look in 1963 - as Doris Troy.

Like Doris, both Marie Knight and Big Maybelle are better known for their sixties soul sides than they are for their fifties R&B ravers, but I've Got A Feelin' and I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them are jukebox-ready classics.

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