Tony Allen & The Afro Messengers

No Discrimination

Comet Records presents the Tony Allen & Afrika 70 reissue series with the classic late seventies first four solo albums of Tony Allen remastered and restored: Jealousy, Progress, No Accomodation for Lagos & No Discrimination, all coming in an heavy Deluxe Tip-On Jacket.
Tony's solo album, No Discrimination, marks an important turning point in Tony Allen's musical life. Tony had recently left Fela's band, which was clearly an emotional yet necessary change as Allen sings of love and brotherhood throughout his fourth solo album. No Discrimination, both in composition and sound, is a blueprint for the future of Afrobeat, decades ahead of its time. The songs are a mixture of old and new - fusing the classic Afrobeat compositional style with modern production and ideas. Classic tunes like "No Discrimination" and "Ariya" pushed boundaries for what Afrobeat could be, which a wave of Afrobeat bands would pick up on decades later.
With No Discrimination, Tony begins to move Afrobeat into the future, which he would continue doing for the rest of his career.
Tony Allen was a musical and compositional visionary, and this album finds him beginning to explore that vision outside of Fela's immense gravitational pull. They are the start of a new era in Tony's fruitful career as a solo artist, opening the floodgates for his distinctive Afro-Funk sound and laying the foundation for the next generation of Afrobeat musicians to come.


A1. No Discrimination
A2. Road Safety
B1. Ariya
B2. Love Is A Natural Thing

The man who put the beat into afro-beat is back! Comet deliver a reissue of "Black Voices", featuring remastered versions and a new bonus track “Ariya (Psyche Juju Mix)”.
Tony Allen completely rewrote the books on what was possible within the AfroBeat genre with his stunning 1999 album, Black Voices. When one considers exactly "what" is going on throughout Black Voices, it is quite mind boggling, as it is almost impossible to associate a minimalist, electronic feel with the massive walls of sound which Allen was known to create. But those walls of sound are still very present, just delivered with an entirely new feel due to the presence of the producer, Doctor L. He takes the mesmerizing rhythms that Allen creates and he spins them into a stunningly modern sound. While Doctor L's production work throughout Black Voices is truly fantastic, it is clear that the genius behind the album lies within the mind of Tony Allen. With the absolutely mesmerizing, funky grooves that Allen creates, it comes as little surprise that the vocal collaborations are handled by members of one of the funkiest bands in history: Parliament-Funkadelic.
For almost two decades, "Black Voices" has remained a stunning example of the fantastic results that can occur when seemingly unrelated genres clash. 


A1. Asiko
A2. Get Together
B1. Black Voices
B2. The Same Blood
C1. Asiko (In A Silent Mix)
D1. Black Voices (We Are We Play Mix)
D2. ARIYA (Psychedelic Juju Mix)

Tony Allen

N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)

    Comet Records presents from Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, N.E.P.A Reissue LP Vinyl remastered and coming in an heavy Deluxe Tip-On Jacket.

    In 1979, Tony Allen decided to leave Fela Kuti & Africa 70 and moved to London in 1982. Originally Released in 1984 on Earthworks Records, this reissue holds an extra track previously unreleased on vinyl called “Olokun”. N.E.P.A (Never Expect Power Always) is a searing critique of the Nigerian Electric Power Authority, an organisation that governed the use of electricity in Nigeria.

    It starts out with the title track, with a definite Afro-beat punch. Electro-claps stand as part of the percussion line, adding to a more modern look at what Afro-beat was becoming. This is followed by an even further modernized piece of Afro-beat, as the title track is given a dub mix. “When One Road Close” has a similar pace, and is similarly followed by a dub remix, complete with the necessary space-effects reverb. And to make this reissue extra special the track “Olokun” was never released on vinyl before.

    Blending the nascent rise of electronica into Afrobeat production, it’s tighter than any Fela album and became a definitive project in shaping Allen’s future sound. Whether it’s the electro beats or the punchier, multilayered arrangement, it instantly stands out in Allen’s vast and expansive discography.


    A1. N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)
    A2. N.E.P.A. Dance Dub
    B1. When One Road Close (Another One Go Open)
    B2. Road Close Dance Dub
    B3. Olokun

    Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70

    No Accommodation For Lagos

    1978 was without a doubt one of the most disturbing years in the history of Fela and the Afrika 70. Just a year before the army had raided Fela's compound destroying his house, his club, his brother's free medical clinic and fatally injuring his mother. With their houses destroyed the band had to squat the former Decca offices. Somewhere in between the madness they managed to record Fela's "Suffering And Schmiling" album and Tony Allen's third solo-project: "No Accomodation For Lagos". Without a doubt his most political orientated record of all. After the record came out Tony Allen dropped from the Afrika 70 band as he felt that too many people were sapping Fela of his creative energies.


    A1. No Accomodation
    B1. African Message

    The Beatles

    Let It Be - Reissue

      Following on from the global success of ‘Abbey Road’, Apple Corps and USM are proud to present the next multi-format Beatles album reissue of ‘Let It Be’.

      January 1969 – The Beatles planned to return to live performance, setting up in Twickenham Film Studios, London, for 21 days of rehearsals. They then decamped to their new studio in their Apple office building in Saville Row and on January 30th performed their last ever live group performance on the rooftop. All of this was filmed for a proposed documentary (eventually released in 1970). During the rehearsal process, they asked Glyn Johns, who had been hired to help with the live sound, to attempt a mix to create an album. This was never released, becoming known as one of the great ‘lost’ albums in rock history and is now included in this Super Deluxe Set. The album was delayed further and in fact became their 12th and final official album release on 8th May 1970 following additional production by American producer Phil Spector.

      Shella continue to take us through the highlights of Miss Beecher's catalogue, this time furnishing us with a fresh 12" press of 1981 nugget "Illusions", originally issued on Paul Melotone records. While their last drop treated us to Melody in digidub mode, "Illusions" is a heavy roots killer, slipped in a full colour jacket and backed with a MASSIVE dub!


      Patrick says: Another hot drop of Melody Beecher tackle here, taking us all the way back to '81 with that heavy roots sound. Killer vocal on the A-side, powerful dub on the flip.


      A. Illusions
      B. Illusions In Dub

      Bruno Bavota

      For Apartments: Songs & Loops

        In the early months of 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak ravaged his home country of Italy, prolific composer Bruno Bavota did what we all would eventually do: isolated and waited. What followed was a year of fear, anxiety, and dread. Eventually, fear gave way to fatigue, and the anxiety metamorphosized into nervous energy. The compulsion to create became more powerful than the compression and weight. And so were born Apartment Songs and Apartment Loops. Representing two separate but intersecting paths of Bavota's creative journey, Apartment Songs is a suite of sparse solo acoustic piano works, while Apartment Loops are expansive explorations for synthesizers and outboard effects processors. Though in theory the two sets should sound disconnected and unrelated - given their disparate creative approaches and instrumentation - it's Bavota's uncanny sense of melody and space that easily unites them as two halves of a singular vision.


        1. Apartment Loop #1 (5:57)
        2. Apartment Loop #2 (6:23)
        3. Apartment Loop #3 (6:48)
        4. Apartment Loop #4 (7:04)
        5. Apartment Loop #5 (7:48)
        6. Apartment Loop #6 (5:56)
        7. Apartment Song #1 (1:28)
        8. Apartment Song #2 (2:53)
        9. Apartment Song #3 (1:45)
        10. Apartment Song #4 (3:14)
        11. Apartment Song #5 (3:12)
        12. Apartment Song #6 (2:01)
        13. Apartment Song #7 (2:59)
        14. Apartment Song #8 (1:22)
        15. Apartment Song #9 (2:37)
        16. Apartment Song #10 (1:28)
        17. Apartment Song #11 (1:49)
        18. Apartment Song #12 (1:51)
        19. Apartment Song #13 (1:50)


        Dead Horse

          Kansas City trio BUMMER mirror the absurdity of modern life with a balance of dark humour, dejected nihilism and righteous fury. Their music spills out in torrents of skull-crushing riffs, gargantuan bass and caustic howls delivered at breakneck speed with gleeful abandon.

          Following their split 7” with long-time friends The Body, which teased a more focused, lean sound for the group, ‘Dead Horse’ hones BUMMER’s auditory desolation and scathing gaze to laser-point precision.

          In eleven short vignettes the quartet lay waste to everything in their path, penning a vitriolic overview of life in the American Midwest, a surprising blend of onestar Trip Advisor review and insightful cultural critique.

          “[BUMMER] puts the ‘power’ in power trio as they play a raw and primal form of aggressive music that splits the difference between ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana and the early, primitive thrash of Slayer. It’s aggressive and inyour- face, but doesn’t skimp on melody, making their songs memorable. So, there is power and a bit of precision to what they do. A whole lot of volume, too.” - New Noise Magazine


          JFK Speedwagon
          Barn Burner (You Boys Quit Whippin’ Those Whips)
          I Want To Punch Bruce Springsteen In The Dick
          Donkey Punch
          Juice Pig
          Kid Spock
          Quadruple ZZ Top
          False Floor
          Magic Cruel Bus


          Rhum Dérangé / Searchin

          Planet Trip goes full circle for PT007 handing the keys back to Sydney based Caravan aka Paul Jextra for a heavyweight double sider 7" inch.

          Both sides, Rhum Dérangé & Searchin take on interplanetary cosmic & reggae moods with a signature Caravan magic touch. Taking inspiration from past eras and sounds, while marrying dubbed out lines with boogie infused bass, Caravan builds a refreshing approach to modern outernational sounds.

          Limited to 300 copies and ready to run the dance. 


          Patrick says: Every single Planet Trip record is better than 98% of other records - fact. Their latest insta-sell out comes from old friend Caravan who explores blorpy dub disco and Compass Point funk with frankly Balearic funk. Don't miss the boat!


          A. Rhum Derange
          B. Searchin (7" Mix)

          John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter And Daniel Davies

          Halloween Kills: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

          In 2018, David Gordon Green’s Halloween, starring icon Jamie Lee Curtis, slaughtered the box office, earning more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highestgrossing chapter in the four-decade franchise and setting a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman. The film had the distinction of being the first film in the series with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter served as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.


          Barry says: John Carpenter is obviously one of the most legendary figures in the soundtracking biz, and in the newest iteration with Cody &co, we get possibly his strongest late-career work to date. 'Halloween Kills' is a wonderfully evocative, perfectly pitched soundtrack from one of the true masters. Everything you'd expect.


          01.Logos Kill
          02. Halloween Kills (Main Title
          03. The Myer’s House
          04. First Attack
          05. Stand Off
          06. Let It Burn
          07. He Appears
          08. From The Fire
          09. Strodes At The Hospital
          10. Cruel Intentions
          11. Gather The Mob
          12. Rampage
          13. Frank And Laurie
          14. Hallway Madness
          15. It Needs To Die
          16. Reflection
          17. Unkillable
          18. Payback
          19. Michael’s Legend
          20. Halloween Kills (End Titles) 

          Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes


            ‘Sticky’, the new album from Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, is the sonic eruption of a year-plus of suppressed energy.

            While it’s an escapist experience, recent reality is never too far away. It’s there in ‘Go Get A Tattoo’, which was inspired by Carter’s experience of having to shut his first London based tattoo parlour, Rose of Mercy, almost immediately after it opened.

            It’s just as present in ‘My Town’, a suburban vignette of society’s collective mental health quickly unravelling.

            TRACK LISTING

            Cupid's Arrow
            Bang Bang
            Take It To The Brink
            My Town
            Go Get A Tattoo
            Off With His Head
            Cobra Queen
            Rat Race
            Original Sin

            Eva Cassidy

            Live At Blues Alley - National Album Day 2021 Edition

              Proper new mastering from original files for this classic album that was released 25 years ago.

              TRACK LISTING

              Cheek To Cheek (2021 Master)
              Stormy Monday (2021 Master)
              Bridge Over Troubled Water (2021 Master)
              Fine And Mellow (2021 Master)
              People Get Ready (2021 Master)
              Blue Skies (2021 Master)
              Tall Trees In Georgia (2021 Master)
              Fields Of Gold (2021 Master)
              Autumn Leaves (2021 Master)
              Honeysuckle Rose (2021 Master)
              Take Me To The River (2021 Master)
              What A Wonderful World (2021 Master)
              Oh, Had I A Golden Thread (2021 Master)

              The Charlatans

              A Head Full Of Ideas

                "A Head Full of Ideas" is a career spanning best of that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands.

                The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

                Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: This is pretty much the essential document of one of Manchester's most legendary musical outfits. It's a heady collection that spans over thirty years of music, and presented in myriad formats, and best of all SIGNED too. I don't reckon these will hang around for ever, and you definitely need to have this in your collection so GET ON IT.

                TRACK LISTING

                THEN1CD (CD)
                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                1) The Only One I Know
                2) Weirdo
                3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                4) Jesus Hairdo
                5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                6) North Country Boy
                7) Tellin’ Stories
                8) One To Another
                9) How High
                10) Forever (Edit)
                11) Impossible (Edit)
                12) Love Is The Key
                13) A Man Needs To Be Told
                14) Up At The Lake
                15) Blackened Blue Eyes
                16) Oh Vanity
                17) My Foolish Pride
                18) Come Home Baby
                19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
                20) Plastic Machinery
                21) Totally Eclipsing

                THEN1CDX (2CD Deluxe)
                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                1) The Only One I Know
                2) Weirdo
                3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                4) Jesus Hairdo
                5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                6) North Country Boy
                7) Tellin’ Stories
                8) One To Another
                9) How High
                10) Forever (Edit)
                11) Impossible (Edit)
                12) Love Is The Key
                13) A Man Needs To Be Told
                14) Up At The Lake
                15) Blackened Blue Eyes
                16) Oh Vanity
                17) My Foolish Pride
                18) Come Home Baby
                19) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending (Edit)
                20) Plastic Machinery
                21) Totally Eclipsing
                1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                6) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1) 7) Tootache (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997). ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
                8) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                9) Just Lookin’ (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997) ***Exclsuive To 2CD Deluxe***
                10) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                11) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                12) Trouble Understanding (The Church Studios, London) ***Exclusive To 2CD Deluxe***
                13) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                THEN1LP (2LP)
                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                A1) The Only One I Know
                A2) Weirdo
                A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                A4) Jesus Hairdo
                A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                A6) North Country Boy
                B1) Tellin’ Stories
                B2) One To Another
                B3) How High
                B4) Forever
                B5) Impossible
                C1) Love Is The Key
                C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                C3) Up At The Lake
                C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                C5) Oh Vanity
                D1) My Foolish Pride
                D2) Come Home Baby
                D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                D4) Plastic Machinery
                D5) Totally Eclipsing

                THEN1LPX (3LP)
                A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF)
                A1) The Only One I Know
                A2) Weirdo
                A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                A4) Jesus Hairdo
                A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                A6) North Country Boy
                B1) Tellin’ Stories
                B2) One To Another
                B3) How High
                B4) Forever
                B5) Impossible
                C1) Love Is The Key
                C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                C3) Up At The Lake
                C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                C5) Oh Vanity
                D1) My Foolish Pride
                D2) Come Home Baby
                D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                D4) Plastic Machinery
                D5) Totally Eclipsing
                E1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                E2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                E3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                E4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                E5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                F1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
                F2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                F3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                F4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                F5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                The Charlatans

                A Head Full Of Ideas - Limited Vinyl Box Set Edition

                  THE CHARLATANS proudly announce their (Covid) delayed release of their 30th Anniversary tour and a 6 vinyl LP Box Set. Released on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music, ‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ is a five album, and exclusive 7”, career-spanning box set that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour begins at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finishes in Aberdeen on 20/12/21.

                  The band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.

                  Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.

                  This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five Transparent blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demo’s 7” featuring ‘Indian Rope’/’The Only One I Know’, as well as a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90’s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.

                  Their iconic and hugely adored live track One To Another (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  THEN1LPXX (6x Vinyl Set Box Set)
                  A HEAD FULL OF IDEAS (BEST OF) (2LP)
                  A1) The Only One I Know
                  A2) Weirdo
                  A3) Can’t Get Out Of Bed
                  A4) Jesus Hairdo
                  A5) Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
                  A6) North Country Boy
                  B1) Tellin’ Stories
                  B2) One To Another
                  B3) How High
                  B4) Impossible
                  B5) Forever
                  C1) Love Is The Key
                  C2) A Man Needs To Be Told
                  C3) Up At The Lake
                  C4) Blackened Blue Eyes
                  C5) Oh Vanity
                  D1) My Foolish Pride
                  D2) Come Home Baby
                  D3) Let The Good Times Be Never Ending
                  D4) Plastic Machinery
                  D5) Totally Eclipsing

                  TRUST IS FOR BELIEVERS (LIVE)
                  A1) Polar Bear (Blackburn, King Georges Hall. November 1990 - BBC Radio 1)
                  A2) Indian Rope (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                  A3) Can’t Even Be Bothered (Reading Festival 1992 - BBC Radio 1)
                  A4) Can’t Get Out Of Bed (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                  A5) I Never Want An Easy Life (If Me And Him Were Ever To Get There) (Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994 - BBC Radio1)
                  B1) Then (Glastonbury Festival 1995 - BBC Radio 1)
                  B2) Here Comes A Soul Saver (Hultsfred Festival, Sweden 1997)
                  B3) My Beautiful Friend (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                  B4) The Blind Stagger (Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007)
                  B5) Sproston Green (Reading Festival 1999 - BBC Radio 1)

                  A1) C’mon C’Mon (Demo Version)
                  A2) Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Desk Mix Version)
                  A3) Dardanella (Demo Version)
                  A4) So Oh (Demo Version)
                  A5) Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
                  B1) Everybody Ha Ha (Demo Version)
                  B2) Commuter Computer (Demo Version)
                  B3) Crystal Eyes (Demo Version)
                  B4) Polar Bear (Demo Version)
                  B5) I Need You To Know (Demo Version)

                  A1) Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)
                  A2) Nine Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers Remix)
                  A3) So Oh (Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix)
                  A4) Tellin’ Stories (The Go! Team Remix) **unreleased**
                  B1) Trouble Understanding (Norman Cook Remix)
                  B2) My Beautiful Friend (Jagz Kooner Remix)
                  B3) Hey Sunrise (The Orb Remix) **unreleased**
                  B4) You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty (Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix)

                  BONUS DEMOS 7” (***EXCLUSIVE TO BOX SET***)
                  A1) Indian Rope (Demo)
                  AA1) The Only One I Know (Demo)


                  Music Of The Spheres

                    Coldplay release their ninth studio album on October 15th. Music Of The Spheres features 12 new tracks including recent no. 12 single Higher Power - the band’s highest charting single in seven years, which has currently spent 10 weeks in the UK top 30, amassing over 170m global streams to date, including 40m+ video views.

                    Tony Conrad With Faust

                    Outside The Dream Syndicate - 2021 Reissue

                      Violinist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad started his career in New York in the early 1960s. As a member of the Theater of Eternal Music (a.k.a. the Dream Syndicate) alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise, he participated in now-legendary and often legendarily loud drone performances with many pieces having no beginning and no end. During a fateful trip to Germany in 1972, Conrad met with avant-rock visionaries Faust and made the very first record to bear his name.

                      Outside The Dream Syndicate, originally released in Europe only in 1973, is a stunning debut. Two side-long tracks – "The Side Of Man And Womankind" and "The Side Of The Machine" – show just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier's repetitive drum beat and Jean-Hervé Peron's stripped-down bassline conjure a tense, ascetic groove, while Conrad's seamless violin, initially so controlled, reveals a surprising adaptability. The music shifts almost on a subliminal level, pushing and pulling to the drone's internal pulse.

                      It is hard to imagine Conrad's trajectory from downtown Manhattan to a farmhouse in the German countryside that ultimately resulted in Outside The Dream Syndicate, yet no other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. Outside The Dream Syndicate remains ahead of and bracingly outside of its time.

                      This vinyl reissue has been carefully mastered from the original master tapes and includes liner notes by musician Jim O'Rourke and author Branden W. Joseph.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. The Side Of Man And Womankind
                      2. The Side Of The Machine

                      The Courettes

                      Back In Mono

                        Brand new studio album from your favourite Brazilian/Danish garage rock duo! The Courettes are back… “Back In Mono”!!! The Courettes proudly present their third album, Back In Mono. It's a milestone in their career so far. You can look forward to some “spit ´n´snarl garage rumble-meets-Phil Spector pop” showcasing the band in top form - great songwriting skills, Spector-esque arrangements, with broader nuances, influences and production qualities added to their garage rock recipe.

                        Fourteen Wagnerian teen-trash-tragedy masterpieces - it's as if The Ronettes and The Ramones were invited to a wild party in Gold Star Studios’ echo chamber. Fuzz guitars, loud drums, trashy pianos, jingle bells, tambourines and three-minute dance floor garage killers where a Wall of Sound blasts the songs out of the speakers! Produced and recorded by Søren Christensen at Starr Sound Recording Studios in Denmark and mixed by top producer/wall of sound aficionado Seiki Sato in Japan.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1 – Want You! Like A Cigarette
                        2 – I Can Hardly Wait
                        3 – Hey Boy
                        4 – Night Time (The Boy Of Mine)
                        5 – R.I.N.G.O.
                        6 – Until You're Mine
                        7 – Trash Can Honey
                        8 – Hop The Twig
                        9 – Misfits & Freaks
                        10 – My One And Only Baby
                        11 – Too Late To Say I'm Sorry
                        12 – Edge Of My Nerves
                        13 – Won't Let You Go
                        14 – Cry Cry Cry

                        The Courettes

                        R.I.N.G.O./The Boy I Love

                          A-side taken from new album “Back In Mono”! B-side a newly recorded version of their classic track, exclusive to this 7”! Released on the same day as The Courettes' third album, Back In Mono, we also have this brand new singe. The A-side is taken from the album, it's a fan's eye tribute to the one and only Richard Starkey! It comes backed with a newly recorded version of their classic track 'The Boy I Love' – a song originally featured on their debut album. The Courettes sound as if The Ronettes and The Ramones were invited to a wild party in Gold Star Studios’ echo chamber. Fuzz guitars, loud drums, trashy pianos, jingle bells, tambourines and three-minute dance floor garage killers where a Wall of Sound blasts the songs out of the speakers! Produced and recorded by Søren Christensen at Starr Sound Recording Studios in Denmark and mixed by top producer/wall of sound aficionado Seiki Sato in Japan. The band will set out on a thrilling 17 date UK Tour to kick out the pandemic's blues with some sweaty and loud concerts!

                          Joy Crookes


                            ‘Skin’ is the debut album and hugely personal body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents, Joy Crookes. A collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, it weaves through topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity. Recorded between Abbey Road & Konk & produced by Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange), the end product is a debut record that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Joy Crookes' 'Skin' is a wonderfully heartfelt, beautifully written mix of soul and R&B, rich in melody and swimming with Crookes' stunning vocals. It's a wonderfully impressive debut, soaring and confessional in equal measure, and a great sign of what's to come..

                            David Crosby

                            If Only I Could Remember My Name - 50th Anniversary Edition

                              Singer-songwriter David Crosby’s solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, was dismissed by critics when it came out in 1971. Over the years, however, appreciation has grown for the album’s adventurous aesthetic, stacked harmonies and haunting lyrics about loss and confusion. Billed as Crosby’s solo debut, the album was anything but a one-man project. Instead, it was one of his most collaborative efforts, featuring an all-star cast of players that included members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana, along with Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and others.

                              Vinyl Details:
                              If I Could Only Remember My Name turned 50 earlier this year and Rhino is celebrating with a 1LP 180g vinyl that includes the album lovingly remastered from the original analog tapes. The new remaster was overseen by original album engineer Stephen Barncard with restoration and speed correction using Plangent Processes. 

                              2CD Details:
                              If I Could Only Remember My Name turned 50 earlier this year and Rhino is celebrating with a 2CD set that includes the album lovingly remastered from the original analog tapes, accompanied by a bonus disc that features a dozen unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternative versions. The new remaster was overseen by original album engineer Stephen Barncard with restoration and speed correction using Plangent Processes. The liner notes that accompany the collection were written by Steve Silberman, co-author of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              CD Tracklisting:
                              Disc One: Original Album
                              “Music Is Love”
                              “Cowboy Movie”
                              “Tamalpais High (At About 3)”
                              “What Are Their Names”
                              “Traction In The Rain”
                              “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)”
                              “I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here”
                              Bonus Track
                              “Kids And Dogs”

                              Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
                              “Riff 1” – Demo *
                              “Tamalpais High (At About 3)” – Demo *
                              “Kids And Dogs” – Demo *
                              “The Wall Song” – Demo *
                              “Games” – Demo *
                              “Laughing” – Demo *
                              “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)” – Demo
                              “Where Will I Be” – Demo *
                              “Cowboy Movie” – Alternate Version *
                              “Bach Mode” – Pre-Critical Mass *
                              “Coast Road” *
                              “Dancer” *
                              “Fugue” *
                              * Previously Unreleased

                              Vinyl Tracklisting:
                              1. “Music Is Love”
                              2. “Cowboy Movie”
                              3. “Tamalpais High (At About 3)”
                              4. “Laughing”
                              5. “What Are Their Names”
                              6. “Traction In The Rain”
                              7. “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)”
                              8. “Orleans”
                              9. “I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here”

                              Kevin Cummins

                              Joy Division : Juvenes

                                A new, expanded edition of the legendary book published more than a decade ago, now with added interviews and unpublished photographs.

                                The definitive collection of the Joy Division photographs of Kevin Cummins, including new interviews with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.

                                Originally published in 2007 in an ultra-limited run of just 226 copies, Juvenes is a book with legendary status among Joy Division devotees. The book consists of Kevin's selection of pictures from his Joy Division archive accompanied by short personal essays and memories from the band's family, contemporaries and fans and from several writers including Ian Rankin, David Peace and Natalie Curtis. The foreword is by Ian Rankin. Now comprehensively updated with new material and images that have never been published in a book before, this new edition will allow the band's many die-hard fans to own it for the first time.

                                This album is titled Os. When I look at the shape of these two letters, O and S, I realize that they are a rotation and an oscillation.

                                Os is Dutch for Ox. An ox is a castrated male bull. The primary benefit of castrating bull calves is to temper their tempers, making it easier and cheaper for people to handle them. Os is also an abbreviation of oscillation, -cillation being castrated off. Oscillation means a movement back and forth in a regular rhythm, like breathing, push-ups, tides, swinging or sound. For this album Lyckle was not dealing with oxes or bulls, but with oscillations, guiding them through synths, handling their tempers. If I look at the etymology of oscillation, I learn that it stems from the term Oscilla, which were ancient disks depicting a face or animal on each side. Oscilla is a diminutive of os and means ‘little face’. They were hung in trees during religious feasts honoring various deities, as well as being thought of as purifying the air as they swung in the wind.

                                The wind chime with its little sunny face, smiling on the cover of this record was hanging in the windowsill of Lyckle’s studio, behind his back, where the wind would make it jingle, averting the Evil Eye according to apotropaic magic. In ancient Rome, wind chimes named Tintinnabulum were decorated with a phallus, which was also seen as a good luck charm. Phallic charm also appeared as objects of jewelry such as pendants and finger rings. It has been suggested that some types of phallic pendants were designed to point outwards in the direction of travel in order to face any potential danger or bad luck, nullifying it before it could affect the wearer.

                                When I take the record itself out of the sleeve, I see that there are two phalluses carved into the surface of the vinyl, like little ornaments. When you start playing the record, they start chasing each other, going round and round. They point in all directions of the room, but are never able to point at each other. Finally, I am told that it is recommended to listen to this record with the window open, allowing sounds from outside to blend in with the music. " - Bernice Nauta

                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                Patrick says: I don't think I have the requisite reading age to fully appreciate the sales notes here, but I'll do my best to explain the music in words of two syllables or less. Pots, pans, whirrs, vamps, weird, new age noise.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                De Zweepvader
                                Tjilp Lus
                                Glazen Tol
                                Swing Swing
                                T Toch
                                The Chime Who Laughs
                                Bot Zwieper
                                Zang Van Burdizzo
                                Tingel Tangel Tuigje

                                Dean & Britta

                                Quarantine Tapes

                                  Dean & Britta's Quarantine Tapes contains songs recorded at home and released digitally in 2020, covers of Kraftwerk, Bee Gees, Luna, the Clash, the Cars, Dylan and more, with bonus track "The Carnival is Over" (originally by the Seekers) not on the streaming release.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Neon Lights
                                  He Dines Out On Death
                                  Neon Licht (Holy Shit Remix)
                                  I'm So Bored With The USA
                                  The Carnival Is Over
                                  Most Of The Time
                                  Indian Summer
                                  23 Minutes In Brussels
                                  Ride Into The Sun

                                  Lisa Decker & Nautilus


                                  "This very first release on "Oonops Drops" has its very own story behind it. I planned to found my own label for more than half a year when my wife Lisa worked on her songs and when the idea came to me how this would sound if Japanese Jazz trio Nautilus would arrange some of them. I have known Toshi for six years now, met him personally here in Hanover and he's such a magnificent musician, so the idea became reality and they started working on the first two tracks until a total amount of nine songs was created. I'm so proud to share this very personal project with you (which was finally produced and mastery simultaneous to the foundation of my label by accident) and I hope you like it as much as we do. For the first single release of the album I directly had the uplifting track "Everytime" in my mind and a remix which should transport the good vibes in a different direction. Pat Van Dyke, a longtime known producer and multi-instrumentalist from New Jersey took his hands on it and created a horns-loaden feel good version of it including a little guest appearance by Brooklyn based lyricist John Robinson.”

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Everytime
                                  2. Shooting Star
                                  3. Let Me Be
                                  4. Rain
                                  5. Words
                                  6. Dandelion
                                  7. Doing Nothing
                                  8. Everything
                                  9. Home


                                  No Angel - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                  No Angel is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Dido. Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. By 2003, the album has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and was the second best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. As of 2015 No Angel is the 27th best-selling album in UK chart history.

                                  This limited-edition NAD release is pressed on solid silver coloured vinyl.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1 Here With Me
                                  A2 Hunter
                                  A3 Don't Think Of Me
                                  A4 My Lover's Gone
                                  A5 All You Want
                                  A6 Thankyou
                                  B1 Honestly OK
                                  B2 Slide
                                  B3 Isobel
                                  B4 I'm No Angel
                                  B5 My Life
                                  B6 Take My Hand

                                  "Ykytu" is Brasilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento’s fourth album for Now-Again Records. Produced by Nascimento’s longtime engineer Jason Hiller, this album is do Nascimento’s first solo guitar album and, like his previous album, Preludio, is reliant on do Nascimento’s own compositions, with a little help from like-minded musical travelers. In keeping with the trajectory of his previous albums, including Dança dos Tempos and Tempo dos Mestres, Ykytu follows folkloric Brasilian music, Brasilian jazz, bossa-nova and samba as experienced through the mind and able fingers of an expansive musician, this time in a minimalist, meditative manner. “Even though this album is a bit experimental and even abstract at times, It is meant to be a calming and easy listening experience,” do Nascimento offers.

                                  “I choose to keep the songs and arrangements intentionally very bare and stripped down. Just adding few layers and colors here and there.” The album came together during the Covid-19 pandemic, but one hears anything but isolation in Ykytu’s grooves. Do Nascimento performed the album almost entirely with a Strimon Timeline pedal, with a few loops and overdubs, and the result is a full-fledged, if quiet and subtle, conversation Do Nascimento has with himself, as he ruminates about this stage in his life, in his musical journey, and his music’s place in the world. Ykytu means "wind" in the indigenous Brazilian Guarani language. In his own way, as he was quarantined in Los Angeles, Do Nascimento has succeded in journeying outwards, in heeding the call of the open world. At the same time, he has remained true to the spirit and calling of his forebears, hearing their whispers, amplifying them, augmenting them, and allowing them to flow outwards. “...Based in Los Angeles, a continent away from his homeland, Nascimento draws from a deep love of Brazilian rhythms and pays homage to his mentors…His music is beautiful and transcendent and… at this time and place – a balm” – KCRW

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Curumn
                                  A2. Meditacao
                                  A3. Novo Dia
                                  A4. Noite
                                  A5. Stalgmites
                                  A6. Ykytu

                                  B1. Pelas Ruas
                                  B2. Alta Paz
                                  B3. Corrida
                                  B4. Flower Of Life
                                  B5. Planalto
                                  B6. Rio Tapajos


                                  New Objectivity (The Orb’s Rest And Be Thankful Mix)

                                    The album’s opening track has been given an enthralling nine and half minute ambient house remix by the godfathers of the scene, The Orb. This leading 12” is released on 7th May and is backed by a staggering Werra Foxma mix of the track by Dohnavùr themselves. The catalogue number for the 12” is CiS080 and it is available as a white vinyl edition.

                                    Following the release of “The Flow Across Borders”, the Dohnavùr journey continues with a remix album which is ready to be released later in the year. The album features incredible remixes from Richard Norris, Concretism, Warrington/ Runcorn, Kieran Mahon, Letters From Mouse and Pulselovers. Dohnavùr have already returned the favour to Richard Norris (of The Grid/Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve fame) for the group’s first official remix commission, remixing the track ‘Water’, currently available on Richard’s Group Mind label. 

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. New Objectivity (The Orbs Rest And Be Thankful Mix)
                                    2. New Objectivity (Werra Foxma Remix)

                                    Dos Santos

                                    City Of Mirrors

                                      City of Mirrors is a bold new collection of music from Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos, which is comprised of bandleader/singer/lyricst/guitarist/keyboardist Alex Chavez, drummer Daniel Villarreal, percussionist Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis. Cinematic in its journey, the album was produced by multimedia artist and long-time friend of the band Elliot Bergman (NOMO, Wild Belle), and reflects sounds from across the Americas combined with Chavez’s compelling poetic narratives. Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and their penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, immigration, and contemporary human struggle. Chavez, a scholar who has produced albums for Smithsonian Folkways and conducted extensive ethnographic work on the music of the Texan US/Mexican borderlands (where he is from), articulates beautifully: “City of Mirrors is an assemblage… glimpses of tradition… reflections on our collective present… luminous echoes between love and solitude, hope and absurdity, euphoria and mourning. This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor — too much real staring back at us. We embody the border. We (our families) have crossed it. We (our stories) are coated with its residues. And so… we cross the border of self through our art – out of necessity.”

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      A1. A Shot In The Dark
                                      A2. Alma Cósmica
                                      A3. A Tu Lado
                                      A4. City If Mirrors
                                      A5. Glorieta
                                      A6. White. Lies.
                                      A7. Palo Santo
                                      B1. Crown Me
                                      B2. Ghost. Me.
                                      B3. Soledad
                                      B4. Cages And Palaces
                                      B5. Juguar De Rosas
                                      B6. Lejos De Ti

                                      ESP Summer

                                      Kingdom Of Heaven

                                        Former 4AD labelmates Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive) use a classic song by the 13th Floor Elevators as a starting point and over the course of a record see it disintegrate as they beam into the heart of the sun. For fans of Flying Saucer Attack, Texas psych, Matsuo Ono, A.R. Kane, Toru Takemitsu, Hawkwind, Taj Mahal Travellers. Originally released as a very limited lathe cut in Japan and now being made more widely available as part of Disciples’ R.A.T.S. series. Each side plays continuously with no banding between tracks. Digital format, via the download card, is four separate tracks.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Tengoku No Ōkoku
                                        2. Kumamushi
                                        3. Taishōgoto No Ōkoku
                                        4. Uchu

                                        Marianne Faithfull

                                        Broken English - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                          Broken English is the seventh studio album by English singer Marianne Faithfull. It was released on 2 November 1979 by Island Records. The album marked a major comeback for Faithfull after years of drug abuse, homelessness, and suffering from anorexia. It is often regarded as her "definitive recording" and Faithfull herself described it as her "masterpiece". featuring the singles "Broken English", "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" & a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero". Faithfull was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for this album. The album was included on NME magazine's list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The version for NAD is pressed on 180g Heavyweight pink vinyl. 

                                          Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto


                                          Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz blend the unstructured and imaginative qualities of improvisation with the satisfying sculpture of composition. Sakamoto's piano, his style reminiscent of Debussy and Satie, perfectly complements Fennesz with his powerful blend of shimmering guitar and passionate electronics. Cendre was recorded between 2004 and 2006, Fennesz would send Sakamoto a guitar or electronic track and Sakamoto would compose his piano piece. Vice versa - Sakamoto initiating a track with a piano composition and Fennesz responding. Meanwhile they met for live shows, or communicated via digital means to compare notes, swap ideas and develop themes.. the cyclical process continued right up until they met up for the final mix in New York City February of 2006. Together they have combined to create 11 tracks of satisfying and challenging possibilities...

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: I've always been a fan of Christian Fennesz, but this piece of work with Japanese musical polymath Ryuichi Sakamoto is the perfect balance of Fennesz' oft-abrasive textural noise / ambient and Sakamoto's emotive piano tickling. Thoroughly, stunningly beautiful.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Oto
                                          2. Aware
                                          3. Haru
                                          4. Trace
                                          5. Kuni
                                          6. Mono
                                          7. Kokoro
                                          8. Cendre
                                          9. Amorph
                                          10. Glow
                                          11. Abyss

                                          Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra


                                          You can't help thinking that everyone involved in this project was very, very pleased. For Sam Shepherd - graduate of Chethams School of Music - and a modern day dance music luminary, to play with one of the old school jazz greats, and perhaps the greatest saxophonists still alive, Pharoah Sanders must have surely caused untold sleepless nights of excitement. For Pharoah Sanders equally - to be brought back into service by a current musical stalwart, inflecting his timeless musical utterances onto a whole new generation of listeners, from jazz camps and beyond - another late honour for a lifetime of servitude to jazz.

                                          Let's not forget London Symphony Orchestra either; who must have literally guffawed with astonishment when they were drafted in for the occasion - two musicians at the very top of their game spanning over 50 years of heritage is a badge of honour no-one can ever take away from you.

                                          And so it is that you can almost feel the privilege and magic of the occasion within the first couple of languid, laid back, drumless tracks. Sanders' sax recorded close to the mouth so as to capture every last breath of personality as he meanders over a rather neo-spiritual-jazz soundbed crafted by Floating Points dazzling array of synths and keys. A proud owner of the Arp Oddessy 2600, he utilizes the instrument with his own virtuistic method; just as all the players approach their own personal instruments.

                                          After spending much of side A in a celestial, horizontal slumber it's clear by side B's autumnal opening movement that the pace isn't going to increase in a hurry. Taking us through highly intimate orchestral passages and back to Sanders' expressive sax, Floating Points plays a supportive and directive role; guiding these musical dreams and spiritual jazz musings through subtle cues and atmospheric changes.

                                          It's an ambitious project that could have failed miserably; cursed by over-excitable or worse still, conflicting egos. Instead there's an air of compassion, delicacy and sympathy to each and everyone involved - resulting in a completely uncluttered and rather quite outstanding body of music which does none of the artists involved a disservice - rather lifts their careers into new and pioneering realms.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: A beautiful orchestral piece that while both resplendent with FP's and PS's wonderful idiosyncrasies; recalls the gorgeous depth of Prefab Sprout's "I Trawl The Megahertz" but without the vocal parts! Epic!

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Side 1
                                          1. Promises (Movement 1) (1:16)
                                          2. Promises (Movement 2) (3:56)
                                          3. Promises (Movement 3) (3:16)
                                          4. Promises (Movement 4) (3:39)
                                          5. Promises (Movement 5) (6:06)

                                          Side 2
                                          1. Promises (Movement 6) (8:25)
                                          2. Promises (Movement 7) (3:26)
                                          3. Promises (Movement 8) (9:57)
                                          4. Promises (Movement 9) (5:43)

                                          Foodman is Takahide Higuchi, from Nagoya, in central Japan. After remixing Jessy Lanza’s ‘Alexander’ last year, ‘Yasuragi Land’ is his first release for Hyperdub, alive with Footwork-inspired musical freedom and the sense that everything is a rhythm.Unusually, ‘Yasuragi Land’ has no bass. Instead, the album is breezy and refined; hyper-rhythmic music, made with a few simple tools, dances around your head. ‘Yasuragi’ and ‘Parking Area’ feel like gently deconstructed acoustic jazz, while ‘Ari Ari’ is deep house splattered with a cartoonish hiccup.

                                          ‘Hoshikzu Tenboudai’ and ‘Shiboritate’ bounce around the speakers like trance-inducing polyrhythmic updates of the New York minimalists, programmed past human limits. ‘Food Court’ is busy with mechanical rhythm and naive melodies, ‘Gallery Café’ pairs a cute wooden flute melody with micro edited wooden drums, ‘Michi No Eki’ is like a digital take on Magma's complex rock, and ‘Sanbashi’ indirectly approximates 80s R&B. The album ends on ‘Misyuku’, with a treated guitar lick sounding like it was stolen from Daft Punk, woven into dense interlacing drums.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          A1. Omiyage
                                          A2. Yasuragi
                                          A3. Michi No Eki Ft Taigen Kawabe
                                          A4. Ari Ari
                                          A5. Shiboritate
                                          A6. Hoshikuzu Tenboudai
                                          A7. Shikaku No Sekai
                                          B1. Food Court
                                          B2. Gallery Café
                                          B3. Numachi
                                          B4. Parking Area
                                          B5. Iriguchi
                                          B6. Aji Fly
                                          B7. Sanbashi Ft Cotto Center
                                          B8. Minsyuku

                                          The Ganjas


                                            Fourth album by the most representative band of the Chilean space-rock, with a mature, electric and nostalgic sound close to shoegaze and british rock. In a deluxe remastered edition, the band reaches the quintessence of the sound forged in their previous albums -bold grooves, warm clear-cut guitars, sustained-soft vocals- adding a new guitarist which brings a new zest without losing the laid-back spirit of The Ganjas music. The Ganjas remains one of the longest and most active rock bands in Chile, playing regularly on local stages (till the pandemic) and delivering new works frequently. To the usual band members Pape Astaburuaga on bass and vocals, Sam Maquieira on guitars and vocals, and Aldo Benincasa on drums, Pablo Giadach (Casino, The Cruel Visions) joined on guitar, who refreshed their sound gaining a sonic and opioid combination. With this new formation the band brought back their past repertoire playing live in Chile with bands like Jesus and Mary Chain, R.E.M and Oasis (Andy Bell’s “favorite new band”), proving themselves as a generational symbol not only in the underground, but as a reference for new scenes.

                                            All this hustle led to new songs crafted during rehearsals and long jams on their live performances. During a short break on live activity on summer of 2009, they set up a recording studio at Club Mist, a bar located in ‘Suecia’ neighborhood of Providencia borough - now demolished- which was one of the favorite places where the band used to perform alongside Vuelveteloca, Watchout!, Föllakzoid and La Hell Gang. New guitarist Giadach was in charge of recording with the assistance of Ignacio Rodríguez (Nes, Chicos de Nazca, La Hell Gang), and then mixed by the band in the countryside. Later, the album would be mastered at Puro Mastering, in Florida, Buenos Aires, Argentina, by the prominent sound engineer Eduardo Bergallo. The songs deployed in the studio reflected well a logical continuation of a long-standing task, a work in which the hours of flight together were noted for the better. Few takes of each song and a tight sound demonstrated how their live performances were purified till perfection, also giving liveness to the recording. And on top of it, the room of the club with its warm sound where they played several times before, served as a container and remembrance of the music they have showed before in successful gigs.

                                            A sound with its roots scattered throughout the world, in a trip where the main destinations were Manchester, Jamaica and California. 'Loose' is one of the band's most complex and mature albums, which will now be available in double LP Gatefold format, rescuing the original art in its entirety, with additional credits and extras. The record has a shoegaze/ british rock vibe in many songs like “Heart of Velvet Stone”, “Motoqueiro” and “Trip In The Eye” but also deeper and glowing songs like “The Cut”, “100 Ways” and “Loose”. Remastered for vinyl, a new sound spectrum is opened with more details and atmosphere, especially for the band's audiophiles.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Modern Man
                                            2. Heart Of A Velvet Stone
                                            3. Revelate 4. Motoqueiro
                                            5. Trip In The Eye
                                            6. The Cut
                                            7.100 Ways
                                            8. Rusty Destiny
                                            9. I Wanna Burn It All
                                            10. Heroes
                                            11. Loose 


                                            Garbage - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                              Originally released in 1995, Garbage’s self-titled debut album was met with critical acclaim upon its release. Featuring the band’s most recognizable single “Stupid Girl”, the album has since sold over four million copies and achieving double platinum certification in the UK, US and Australia. Formed in 1993 comprising of members Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig and Shirley Manson, Garbage have gone onto sell over 17 million albums worldwide over a 28 year career.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              A1. Supervixen
                                              A2. Queer
                                              A3. Only Happy When It Rains
                                              B1. As Heaven Is Wide
                                              B2. Not My Idea
                                              B3. A Stroke Of Luck
                                              C1. Vow
                                              C2. Stupid Girl
                                              C3. Dog New Tricks
                                              D1. My Lover's Box
                                              D2. Fix Me Now
                                              D3. Milk

                                              Bobby Gillespie

                                              Tenement Kid

                                                Tenement Kid is Bobby Gillespie's story up to the recording and release of the album that has been credited with 'starting the 90's', Screamadelica.

                                                Born into a working class Glaswegian family in the summer of 1961, Bobby's memoirs begin in the district of Springburn, soon to be evacuated in Edward Heath's brutal slum clearances. Leaving school at 16 and going to work as a printers' apprentice, Bobby's rock n roll epiphany arrives like a bolt of lightning shining from Phil Lynott's mirrored pickguard at his first gig at the Apollo in Glasgow. Filled with 'the holy spirit of rock n roll' his destiny is sealed with the arrival of the Sex Pistols and punk rock which to Bobby, represents an iconoclastic vision of class rebellion and would ultimately lead to him becoming an artist initially in the Jesus and Mary Chain then in Primal Scream.

                                                Structured in four parts, Tenement Kid builds like a breakbeat crescendo to the final quarter of the book, the Summer of Love, Boys Own parties, and the fateful meeting with Andrew Weatherall in an East Sussex field. As the '80s bleed into the '90s and a new kind of electronic soul music starts to pulse through the nation's consciousness, Primal Scream become the most innovative British band of the new decade, representing a new psychedelic vanguard taking shape at Creation Records.

                                                Ending with the release of Screamadelica and the tour that followed in the autumn, Tenement Kid is a book filled with the joy and wonder of a rock n roll apostle who would radically reshape the future sounds of fin de siècle British pop. Published thirty years after the release of their masterpiece, Bobby Gillespie's memoir cuts a righteous path through a decade lost to Thatcherism and saved by acid house.



                                                  Stolen Body are super stoked to announce the addition of French Psych/World rockers Gondhawa to our ever evolving roster.

                                                  Gondhawa is a musical laboratory - a fusion between Fela Kuti’s groove and Hendrix’s electricness.

                                                  Formed in 2018 in Angers (France) by Idriss (vocals and guitar), Clément (drums) and Paul (bass), the band explores different styles with a boundless energy. Inspired by French sci-fi literature, they invented a language. Outcomes Gondhawii, a fusion of sounds from all over the world and others as yet unidentified. With this new language the whole mind immerses into a delicious trance where we cross odd rhythms, quarter-tone riffs, oriental groove and electric explosions as well as stringed instruments from other countries. (n'goni, sanxian, microtonal guitar)

                                                  Gondhawa release their first album, “Kâampäla”. Six powerful and eclectic tracks dipped in stoner, afrobeat and progressive rock. Six tracks linking convoluted rhythms and inventive riffs.

                                                  Through the micro-tonal groove of Raba Dishka, the Afrobeat Stoner power of Käampâla, or the softness of Djoliko, a beautiful ballad lulled by the melancholy of acoustic strings from around the world, Gondhawa delivers the soundtrack of an interstellar road movie. An electric tornado with an abundance of rhythms and textures.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  1. Raba Dishka
                                                  2. Konesay
                                                  3. Kâampäla
                                                  4. Assid Bubu
                                                  5. Fortun Q'ki
                                                  6. Djoliko

                                                  The Groundhogs

                                                  Who Will Save The World - 2021 Reissue

                                                    The final instalment to the trio of masterpieces from the legendary British rock group, The Groundhogs’ gets a reissue on black vinyl for the first time since 1991. Treading more progressive realms ‘Who Will Save The World’ sees Tony McPhee moving away from the blues territory of their earlier releases and towards a heavier more psychedelic sound. Achieving Top 10 album success back in 1972, ‘Who Will Save The World’ is the last record that features the classic line up of Tony McPhee, Pete Cruickshank and Ken Pustelnik.

                                                    A definitive collector’s item as part of the ongoing Fire Records catalogue campaign. This special reissue features the iconic artwork with sleeve notes and an interview with the original Marvel artist Neal Adams. Also includes a bonus download of an unreleased live recording from their final live show in Pocono, USA. 

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    Side A

                                                    1 Earth Is Not Room Enough
                                                    2 Wages Of Peace
                                                    3 Body In Mind
                                                    4 Music Is The Food Of Thought.

                                                    Side B

                                                    1 Bog Roll Blues
                                                    2 Death Of The Sun
                                                    3 Amazing Grace
                                                    4 The Grey Maze.

                                                    Bonus Track Available As DL Only “Music Is The Food Of Thought” (Live At The Pocono Festival, Pennsylvania, 1972) 

                                                    Richard Hawley

                                                    Tonight The Streets Are Ours - Music Box

                                                      The third in the series of Richard Hawley music boxes.

                                                      "Do you know why you got feelings in your heart....."

                                                      Keaton Henson

                                                      Fragments EP

                                                        Keaton Henson’s ‘Fragments EP’ was made as a companion piece to last year’s ‘Monument’ album, written and recorded at the same time.  ‘Monument’ is a fragile, meditative and emotional unravelling of grief in the aftermath of losing his father, and for all its hushed acoustics, ‘Monument’ cocooned its emotion in some beautifully tender melodies and acute observations. It’s a warm and relatable listen. 

                                                        On ‘Fragments EP’, whilst the lyrical themes and subjects may stray from ‘Monument’’s poignant subject matter, in its sound and atmosphere, it feels suitably entwined. 

                                                        The eight tracks that form the EP orbit a sweeping kaleidoscope of sonic shapes, shades and textures. Keaton’s voice offers lyrics in an almost frozen romanticism. It’s a voice that sounds rooted in turmoil but also of strength. A happy sadness. Bleakly beautiful. 

                                                        Julien Baker shares a mic from across the ocean in Australia on ‘Marionette’. A songwriter of due reverence herself, Baker and Keaton share an affinity with the power of hushed words, fizzing melodies and an innate wisdom.  ‘Fragments EP’ and ‘Monument’ are two fine bodies of work by this singular, unique British artist, and two empathetic records of sorrow and strength.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. A Cassette Interlude
                                                        2. Limb
                                                        3. Before Growing Old
                                                        4. Marionette (with Julien
                                                        5. Baker)
                                                        6. New Kid
                                                        7. Invite
                                                        8. No Love Lost
                                                        9. For Kiran

                                                        The High Rip

                                                        Rule Of Four

                                                          Named after the most notorious street gang of Victorian Liverpool, 'The High Rip' formed in 2017. Early gigs and rehearsal rooms were located in that gang's old stomping ground and the synchronicity was unavoidable. United by their shared love of post-punk and new wave artists, their songs combine the high drama of Joy Division and the pop sensibility of XTC.

                                                          “This is Rock & Roll revitalised. It's easy to see this is no throw away pop crusade. Things that are made into song are cared for, not just sang about. Their music is bigger than the band.” Scene and Heard.

                                                          "This is a record that sits perfectly between The Damned and Echo & The Bunnymen, The Adverts and Gang of Four. This is a record everyone needs to listen to, so please go and check out Rule of Four." The Last Stop Sounds.

                                                          Jerusalem In My Heart


                                                            One of the most renowned and uncompromising entities working in 21st century avant-garde Arab-Levantine art and music, Jerusalem In My Heart presents a new album of vital and haunting electronics and electroacoustics, framed by founder and producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh’s spoken and sung Arabic, buzuk-playing and sound design. Qalaq is the most distilled, variegated and finely wrought Jerusalem In My Heart album to date – featuring a different guest/collaborator on every track, yet as cohesive, emotionally resonant, sonically adventurous and narratively powerful as any release in JIMH’s celebrated discography. Guests across the album's 13 tracks include Moor Mother, Tim Hecker, Lucrecia Dalt, Greg Fox, Beirut, Alanis Obomsawin, Rabih Beaini and many more.

                                                            “Qalaq” is an Arabic word with many shades of meaning but Moumneh particularly intends it as “deep worry” – on various obvious global levels, but also specifically with respect to Lebanon: its collapsing domestic politics, economy and infrastructure; the tragedy and aftermath of the 2020 Beirut port explosion; the intractable geography and geopolitics that continue to condemn the country to corruption, disruption, destabilization and violence. Moumneh writes: “The Side Two tracks are all named ‘Qalaq’ and then numbered, representing the degrees of layered and complex violence that Lebanon and the Levant have reached in the last couple of years, from the complete and utter failure of the Lebanese sectarian state that has driven the economy to a grinding halt, to its disastrous handling of the migrant influx from neighbouring failed states, to the endemic corruption that led to the August 2020 port explosion, to the latest chapter of Palestinian erasure and yet another brutally asymmetrical and disproportionate bombing campaign on Gaza.”

                                                            Qalaq is shaped by a "dismantled orchestra" of musical collaborations, forged through long-distance file exchange during lockdown winter 2020-21 (and the inverted companion to JIMH's previous 2018 full-length Daqa'iq Tudaiq, which featured a 15-piece orchestra recorded live in Beirut). Moumneh initially through composed Qalaq in purposely stark and skeletal form, then gave each guest artist a section to decompose, edit, re-interpret and recompose as they desired, working their stems back into his own mixes for each piece/section and moulding newfound coherences in the overall work. The result is The album artwork with a front cover colour photograph by Myriam Boulous capturing a scene during the Beirut October Revolution of 2019, back cover calligraphy by Krystian Sarkis, and inner sleeve photography of the Beirut port explosion aftermath by Tony Elieh further contextualizes the specificity and lamentations of Qalaq; the deep worry at its heart.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            01 Abyad Barraq (w/ Greg Fox)
                                                            02 Sa’at (w/ Alexei Perry Cox)
                                                            03 Istashraqtaq (w/ Beirut)
                                                            04 Tanto (w/ Lucrecia Dalt)
                                                            05 ‘Ana Lisan Wahad (w/ Farida Amadou & Pierre-Guy Blanchard)
                                                            06 Qalaq 1 (w/ Alanis Obomsawin & Diana Combo)
                                                            07 Qalaq 2 (w/ Roger Tellier Craig)
                                                            08 Qalaq 3 (w/ Moor Mother)
                                                            09 Qalaq 4 (w/ Rabih Beaini)
                                                            10 Qalaq 5 (w/ Oiseau-Tempête)
                                                            11 Qalaq 6 (w/ VÍZ [Réka Csiszér])
                                                            12 Qalaq 7 (w/ Tim Hecker)
                                                            13 Qalaq 9 (w/ Mayss, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui & Raed Yassin) 


                                                            Nocturnal Manoeuvres

                                                              Pre-order the LP / CD to be in with a chance of winning a signed test pressing and limited edition print!!!

                                                              Nocturnal Manoeuvres – the new album from JOHN - finds the duo expanding upon their celebrated idiosyncrasies once more. It sees them returning to their trusted producer Wayne Adams (who was behind the boards for both of their previous albums) knowing his success in capturing their presence as a live band. Realising the expansive quality of the resulting recordings, they then enlisted mastering engineer Sarah Register (Protomartyr, Future Islands, Chastity Belt) in order to deliver the sense of space that the varied track-list deserved. The result is a towering, titanic body of work – one that moves easily between cinematic post-rock, elastic post-hardcore and pummelling noise rock.

                                                              The new record is the follow-up to their second LP, 2019's Out Here On The Fringes, which catapulted them into the Top 40 of the UK Independent Vinyl Chart, was featured as an Album of the Day on BBC 6Music with three successive playlisted singles, and saw the band hit the road with the likes of IDLES, METZ and Mclusky.

                                                              Having established an international presence with a blistering KEXP live session and a month-long journey through Europe in support of Out Here On The Fringes, JOHN return to the live stage in 2021 with a mammoth run of UK and Irish dates throughout the autumn of this. As venues continue to reopen, it offers a captivating chance to catch a band who've built a devoted following through the sheer energy of their live show: a celebration of the primal intensity of the guitar-drums duo as a format and a monument to idiosyncrasy, which is exactly the sort of manifesto you could attach to Nocturnal Manoeuvres as a whole.

                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                              Laura says: Ooof! This is just awesome! Intense, dynamic guitar noise that has more in common with the likes of Jesus Lizard or any number of bands from the 80s DC scene than any more contemporary noisemakers. (The dual vocal on Šibensko Powerhouse in particular brings to mind Mackay / Picciotto.) That's not so say their sound is dated, far from it, this is the most vital noise around right now.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              1. Return To Capital
                                                              2. Šibensko Powerhouse
                                                              3. A Song For Those Who Speed In Built-Up Areas
                                                              4. Haneke'd
                                                              5. Austere Isle
                                                              6. Jargoncutter
                                                              7. Stadium Of No
                                                              8. Power Out For The Kingdom
                                                              9. Northwood Turret
                                                              10. Nonessential Hymn

                                                              Gloria Jones / Soft Cell

                                                              Tainted Love - Music Box

                                                                Whether Gloira Jones' Northern Soul classic is your thing or Soft Cell's great synth pop reworking, you'll love this gorgeous music box version!

                                                                Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

                                                                David Keenan

                                                                What Then?

                                                                  "WHAT THEN?" is the second album from Irish singer-storyteller David Keenan. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2019 debut "A Beginner's Guide To Bravery", which charted at Number One on the official Irish independent album charts, and Top 10 on the national album charts. It was also one of the best selling vinyl album releases by an Irish artist of 2019. At the end of 2019, David Keenan premiered his concert film 'Alchemy & Prose' at the London Doc'N'Roll film festival.

                                                                  "WHAT THEN?" has been produced by Jonathon Mooney of Portland, OR cinematic-indie rockers Other Lives. Guests on the album include celebrated Scottish author, namesake and soul brother David Keenan, Irish poet Stephen Murphy and Nashville drummer Aaron Steele, best known for his work with Portugal. The Man and Hayley Williams. 

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. What Then Cried Jo Soap
                                                                  2. Bark
                                                                  3. Beggar To Beggar
                                                                  4. Philomena
                                                                  5. Peter O'Toole's Drinking Stories
                                                                  6. Hopeful Dystopia
                                                                  7. The Grave Of Johnny Filth (featuring David Keenan)
                                                                  8. The Boarding House
                                                                  9. Me, Myself And Lunacy
                                                                  10. Sentimental Dole (featuring Stephen Murphy)
                                                                  11. Grogan's Druid

                                                                  One of the top dogs in LA's new school of jazz musicians, pianist and producer Kiefer comes through with his first LP for Leaving Records. "Kickinit Alone" sees the producer marry swung sampler beats, dusty Rhodes licks, gentle fretwork and low slung basslines into a downbeat delight. Situated perfectly between blunted hip hop beats and modern jazz, this pretty much typifies the 'lo-fi hip hop to chill to" playlists.

                                                                  For fans of Kamaal Williams, Kamasi Washington, Blue Lab Beats, Sam Wilkes, Moses Boyd, Yussef Dayes

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Evil Eye (feat. Hether)
                                                                  5000 Dollar Check
                                                                  Butterfly Inside My House
                                                                  U R What U Repeatedly Do
                                                                  Happysad Sunday
                                                                  Most Beautiful Grl
                                                                  In Pursuit Of U
                                                                  Reinvent Yo Self
                                                                  Kickinit Alone


                                                                  When There’s Love Around

                                                                    When There’s Love Around is GRAMMY Award-winning artist Kiefer’s second album for Stones Throw - For the first time, Kiefer is joined by a full band, including Sam Wilkes, Carlos Niño, DJ Harrison (Butcher Brown), and many more 

                                                                    For fans of Kamaal Williams, Kamasi Washington, Blue Lab Beats, Sam Wilkes, Moses Boyd, Yussef Dayes

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Side A
                                                                    01. Introduction
                                                                    02. I Remember This Picture
                                                                    03. Lift Somebody Up
                                                                    04. Earthly Things
                                                                    Side B
                                                                    01. Crybaby
                                                                    02. Curly
                                                                    03. A Wish For You
                                                                    04. Loving Hands
                                                                    Side C
                                                                    01. Areti's Love
                                                                    02. With You Where You Are
                                                                    03. When There's Love Around
                                                                    Side D
                                                                    01. I Love My Friends
                                                                    02. Thinking Of You (vinyl Bonus) 

                                                                    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                                    Live In Adelaide '19

                                                                      Live at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia, July 12th 2019

                                                                      Recorded by our sound crew:
                                                                      Sam Joseph, Stacey Wilson

                                                                      Drums: Michael Cavanagh
                                                                      Guitar / Keys: Cook Craig
                                                                      Harmonica / Vocals / Keys / Percussion: Ambrose Kenny-Smith
                                                                      Vocals / Guitar / Keys: Stu Mackenzie
                                                                      Drums: Eric Moore
                                                                      Bass: Lucas Harwood
                                                                      Guitar / Vocals: Joey Walker
                                                                      Adam Halliwell: Flute on Hot Water and Head On/Pill

                                                                      Mixed by Stu Mackenzie
                                                                      Cover design by Jason Galea

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      1. Evil Star 
                                                                      2. Planet B 
                                                                      3. Mars For The Rich 
                                                                      4. Venusian 1 
                                                                      5. Cyboogie 
                                                                      6. Real?s Not Real 
                                                                      7. Hot Water
                                                                      8. Open Water 
                                                                      9. Sleep Drifter 
                                                                      10. Billabong Valley 
                                                                      11. The Bird Song 
                                                                      12. Inner Cell 
                                                                      13. Loyalty 
                                                                      14. Horology 
                                                                      15. Plastic Boogie 
                                                                      16. Organ Farmer 
                                                                      17. Self-Immolate 
                                                                      18. Head On/Pill 

                                                                      King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                                      Live In Asheville 2019

                                                                        Live at New Belgium Brewing Company, Asheville, NC, USA, September 1st 2019

                                                                        Recorded by our sound crew: Sam Joseph, Stacey Wilson and Gaspard Demulemeester

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Evil Star (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        2. Self-Immolate (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        3. Venusian 1 (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        4. Alter Me III (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        5. Altered Beast IV (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        6. People-Vultures (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        7. This Thing (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        8. Beginner?s Luck (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        9. Rattlesnake (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        10. Cyboogie (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        11. Loyalty (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        12. Horology (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        13. Boogieman Sam (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        14. Plastic Boogie (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        15. Mars For The Rich (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        16. Hell (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        17. The Lord Of Lightning (Live In Asheville '19)
                                                                        18. The Bitter Boogie (Live In Asheville '19)

                                                                        King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

                                                                        Teenage Gizzard

                                                                          Tracks 1-8 recorded some time in 2010 in Angelsea, Victoria, Australia
                                                                          Tracks 9+10 recorded some time in 2011 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia

                                                                          Mixed by Stu Mackenzie
                                                                          Cover Design by Ahmad Oka

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Hey There
                                                                          2. Ants And Bats
                                                                          3. Sleep
                                                                          4. Summer
                                                                          5. Eddie Cousin
                                                                          6. Fried
                                                                          7. Good To Me
                                                                          8. Tomb/Beach
                                                                          9. Trench Foot
                                                                          10. Life Is Cool

                                                                          Pokey Lafarge

                                                                          In The Blossom Of Their Shade

                                                                            Pokey LaFargeʼs 7th studio solo album, ‘In The Blossom Of Their Shade’, showcases the positivity of coming out of the darkness and into the light.

                                                                            When the 2020 global pandemic hit, LaFargeʼs rigorous work ethic powered him through the potentially challenging creative period. As days became a couple of months, songs blossomed from embryonic ideas into fully-formed ones and he was ready to move on, which typified his mindset as a working artist.

                                                                            With this record, LaFarge captures the thematic notion of being the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack... the type of music you want to listen to while having a cocktail with your significant other.

                                                                            It makes sense musically as well - LaFarge intentionally crafted songs that created space and have melodies that can glide throughout a composition thatʼs a far cry from the swing and blues-infused songs of his earlier work.

                                                                            LaFarge is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He's always motivated and ready to create. ‘In The Blossom Of Their Shade’ is one of LaFargeʼs strongest and most mature efforts to date.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Get It ʻFore Itʼs Gone
                                                                            Mi Ideal
                                                                            Fine To Me
                                                                            Drink Of You
                                                                            To Love Or Be Alone
                                                                            Long For The Heaven I Seek
                                                                            Killing Time
                                                                            Goodnight, Goodbye (Hope Not Forever)

                                                                            Bonus 7” (with Coloured Vinyl Edition Only)
                                                                            Cursed Or Blessed
                                                                            Get It ʻFore Itʼs Gone

                                                                            Le Ren


                                                                              Leftovers, the debut album from Montreal’s Le Ren, stitches together a patchwork of personal songs about different relationships: those we share with mothers, lovers, and friends. Lauren Spear, the artist behind Le Ren, created a physical quilt to mirror the assemblage of stories that comprise her album: a coming-of-age collage that collects over four years of past experiences and finds their present meaning.

                                                                              Leftovers was originally scheduled to be recorded in LA in early 2020, but the pandemic forced Le Ren to reconsider the kind of album she wanted to make, and how she wanted to make it. Taking the time to revamp old songs and bring the past to bear upon new ones, she distilled years of material into ten tightly executed tracks united by the swooning pluck of her guitar and the crystal clear timbre of her voice. The result is a timeless assemblage of love, heartache, celebration, and lessons hard-learned, written and performed by a musician who has honed the subtleties of her craft.

                                                                              With its organic yet meticulous folk production and deeply felt lyrics, Leftovers exists outside of trend or time, finding a home among classic icons like Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan, and Karen Dalton, as well as a new class of folk extraordinaires, such as Adrianne Lenker, Jessica Pratt, and Laura Marling. Le Ren writes with a bold clarity that lends her songs the immediate, enduring quality of good stories well-told that, like their album title-namesake, only get better with age. Leftovers is equal parts melancholy, deep love, and levity to lift up the mournful. Le Ren here weaves a rich musical tapestry addressed to loved ones lost, found, and

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: 'Leftovers' is a beautifully written and tender culmination of Lauren Spear's musings on various relationships, filtered through the medium of folky guitar and gorgeously sung vocals.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              SIDE A:
                                                                              1. Take On Me
                                                                              2. Dyan
                                                                              3. Was I Not Enough?
                                                                              4. I Already Love You
                                                                              5. Who’s Going To Hold Me Next?

                                                                              SIDE B:
                                                                              6. Your Cup
                                                                              7. Annabelle & MaryAnne (feat. Tenci)
                                                                              8. Willow
                                                                              9. Friends Are Miracles
                                                                              10. May Hard Times Pass Us By


                                                                              Cruisin' / Sunset

                                                                              Debut 7" Double Sider from Italian Hybrid Nu Jazz Band "Leones". The A Side takes us on a mid tempo jazz romp around the coastal frequencies mild disco vibes, is there such a thing as Balaeric Detroit? While the A Side is for beach sand dusted dance floor, The B Side makes for a perfect soundtrack for late night coastal highway cruisings. Going to or heading home from the waves is up to you but this full moon vibes cut will provide the nicest wave to get you there.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Patrick says: Star Creature in vintage form here, hooking us up with a perfect pair of sun blushed boogie moochers via the uptempo "Cruisin'" on the A-side and the slow, slanky and perma-stoned "Sunset" on the flip. RIYL Dam Funk, early Moon B and Penders.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              A. Cruisin'
                                                                              B. Sunset

                                                                              7-piece instrumental soul group from Melbourne, Australia featuring members from Karate Boogaloo, Surprise Chef and Saskwatch.Produced by Henry Jenkins (Karate Boogaloo, Mo'Ju), the recording mind behind Surprise Chef and Karate Boogaloo, Waiting Room moves deftly through moments of fuzzed-out psychedelia, dusty deep soul backbeat and incendiary minor key funk.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. BF Holiday
                                                                              2. Pizza Pie
                                                                              3. New Year, New Me (Who 'Dis?)
                                                                              4. Riviera Deluxe
                                                                              5. Luigiboard
                                                                              6. Waiting Room
                                                                              7. Arp
                                                                              8. Pops
                                                                              9. Xombie
                                                                              10. Ballard Of Veracruz
                                                                              11. Tapioca Pudding

                                                                              Lykke Li

                                                                              Wounded Rhymes - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                LA-based, vocalist, producer, and songwriter Lykke Li announces the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue of her seminal album Wounded Rhymes. The critically acclaimed album was produced by Bjorn Yttling and named one of the Best Albums of 2011 by The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, Clash, Paste, SPIN, and more. The album yielded singles “I Follow Rivers,” “Get Some,” “Sadness is a Blessing,” and “Youth Knows No Pain.”

                                                                                Releasing 15th October 2021, ahead of National Album Day in the UK on 16th October celebrating women in music, the album will be reissued on 2LP 180g black vinyl. The first LP will feature the original album, along with a bonus LP featuring unreleased demo versions of “Youth Knows No Pain,” “Jerome,” “I Follow Rivers” and remixes by The Magician and Tyler, The Creator. The vinyl release features the original artwork on the sleeve, & an o card wrapping the release with the brand new anniversary artwork.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Side A
                                                                                1 - Youth Knows No Pain
                                                                                2 - I Follow Rivers
                                                                                3 - Love Out Of Lust
                                                                                4 - Unrequited Love
                                                                                5 - Get Some

                                                                                Side B
                                                                                1 - Rich Kids Blues
                                                                                2 - Sadness Is A Blessing
                                                                                3 - I Know Places
                                                                                4 - Jerome
                                                                                5 - Silent My Song

                                                                                Side C
                                                                                1 - Youth Knows No Pain (The Lost Sessions)
                                                                                2 - Jerome (The Lost Sessions)
                                                                                3 - I Follow Rivers (The Lost Sessions)

                                                                                Side D
                                                                                1 - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
                                                                                2 - I Follow Rivers (Tyler, The Creator Remix)

                                                                                Johnny Marr

                                                                                Fever Dreams Pt. 1

                                                                                  Informed by the kind of powerful, anthemic and direct approach to words instantly present in ‘Spirit, Power And Soul’, the songs on the ‘Fever Dreams Pt 1’ EP arrive with an emotional potency. Fusing the language of soul music with his roots as a “Mancunian glam rocker”, lyrics that could be simultaneously personal, universal, and subtly political, with a fantastically expansive sound. The new EP reflects Johnny’s multifaceted past, but takes his music somewhere startlingly new.

                                                                                  Looking to 2022, Johnny was recently announced as the special guest on The Killers’ headline US arena tour, set to begin in August through to October 2022.

                                                                                  Marr’s solo career has given rise to three critically acclaimed UK Top Ten albums - The Messenger (2013), Playland (2014) and 2018’s Call The Comet. His continued creative journey has seen him at the heart of The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as working with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The Avalanches, and most recently Billie Eilish, recording the score and soundtrack for the forthcoming James Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ with Hans Zimmer.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Spirit Power And Soul
                                                                                  2. Receiver
                                                                                  3. All These Days
                                                                                  4. ArieL

                                                                                  Masters At Work are proud to release on vinyl the second brand new release on their revamped and re-released imprint Maw Records. The Track is best described more on the gritty side, with a big / round pulsating bassline and sample electronic sounds spontaneously playing through this raw track. This one truly represents the street vibes of Masters At Work. The main mix has the Masters At Work signature arrangement while the KenLou Dub takes you on a more sparse arrangement and clever beat programming. Don’t sleep on the Masters, start pounding these tracks on your systems and you will surely get some adrenaline flowing on your dance floor. This is a special limited Silver Vinyl for the Maw Fans and Maw Newbees alike. Enjoy the sounds by The Masters At Work.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Matt says: A typically MAW package featuring those quintessential tribal drums paired with OG house flava and spread across three tasty courses - yum yum!!

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. We Did It For Years (main Mix)
                                                                                  B1. We Did It For Years (Kenlou Dub)
                                                                                  B2. We Did It For Years (beats)


                                                                                  Summer Madness

                                                                                  Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, is back with some heavy dub cuts from label regular Mato with its usual special skills as a tailor of reggae music.

                                                                                  On Side A, Mato focuses on the infamous "Summer Madness", originally composed by Kool & The Gang. Providing a fresh dub rework, the song will make you dream of hot wet summer nights, gently rocked by beautiful guitar melodies and sweet Fender Rhodes chords. Just a perfect match for all forthcoming summers of love!

                                                                                  On Side B, Mato takes care of "Use Me", originally composed by Bill Withers on his Still Bill album. Expect funky and bouncy clavinets and a nice melodica line for this rework of a timeless classic. As Mato once said, "Play it loud and burn a chalice!"

                                                                                  Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound ... In the meantime he developed a real trademark, taking over classics French, Hip-Hop, or Pop song, into roots reggae-dub new versions. Besides, since 2010, Mato has built a solid reputation thanks to his hot remixes of Hip-Hop classics on Stix Records.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Matt says: Coinciding with a brand new Stix, "Disco Reggae Vol. 4" compilation this week, main gee Mato lets loose with a sizzling hot double header of slow dance disco-reggae pressure. *Will also kill your next Summer's garden party / smoke house BBQ.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  A1. Summer Madness
                                                                                  B1. Use Me


                                                                                  Five Legged Dog

                                                                                    The Melvins’ first ever acoustic collection, featuring 36 songs including classics like ‘Night Goat’, ‘Honey Bucket’ and ‘Billy Fish’, as well as covers of Brainiac, The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper tracks. This newly recorded acoustic collection features a career-spanning collection of songs, from 1987’s ‘Gluey Porch Treatments’ to 2017’s ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ - the entire gamut of the legendary band’s catalogue is represented. 

                                                                                    “I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. “36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.” 

                                                                                    The band previewed the impressive offering with the release of ‘Night Goat’. Dale Crover noted: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!” 

                                                                                    ‘Five Legged Dog’ also features acoustic versions of several rarities from the influential band’s overflowing discography, including a cover of Redd Kross’ ‘Charlie’ (from the limited edition ‘Escape From LA’ single), ‘Outside Chance,’ a Turtles cover from the ‘Slithering Slaughter’ single and new interpretations of The Rolling Stones ‘Sway’, Brainiac’s ‘Flypaper’ and Fred Neil’s ‘Everybody’s Talking’ (popularised by Harry Nilsson). Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus lends his vocals (and banjo) to ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe’ and ‘Everybody’s Talking’.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Edgar The Elephant
                                                                                    Up The Dumper
                                                                                    Hung Bunny / Roman Dog Bird
                                                                                    Billy Fish
                                                                                    A Growing Disgust
                                                                                    Eye Flys / Woman
                                                                                    Pitfalls In Serving Warrants
                                                                                    Outside Chance
                                                                                    Evil New War God
                                                                                    The Bloated Pope
                                                                                    Bad Move
                                                                                    With Teeth
                                                                                    Halo Of Flies
                                                                                    Lovely Butterflies
                                                                                    It’s Shoved
                                                                                    Honey Bucket
                                                                                    We Are Doomed
                                                                                    Fly Paper
                                                                                    Let God Be Your Gardener
                                                                                    At The Stake
                                                                                    Night Goat
                                                                                    Everybody’s Talking
                                                                                    Suicide In Progress
                                                                                    The Bit
                                                                                    Civilized Worm
                                                                                    Don’t Forget To Breathe

                                                                                    Kylie Minogue

                                                                                    Fever - 20th Anniversary (National Album Day Edition)

                                                                                      To celebrate 20 years since the release of Kylie Minogue’s sensational album Fever, a special 20th anniversary edition of the album will be released on white vinyl including a print.

                                                                                      Following the immense success of Light Years, Kylie returned the following year with an album that would go on to be one of the most important and influential records of the 21st century. In collaboration with writers and producers such as Cathy Dennis, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes, Rob Davis and many more, it led to colossal global chart success, winning Kylie both International Album and International Female Solo Artist at the 2002 Brit Awards.
                                                                                      Featuring Kylie’s iconic hit ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ which amassed a staggering 40 number ones across the globe, as well as ‘It’s In Your Eyes’ and ‘Love at First Sight.’

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      Side A:
                                                                                      1. More More More
                                                                                      2. Love At First Sight
                                                                                      3. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
                                                                                      4. Fever
                                                                                      5. Give It To Me
                                                                                      6. Fragile
                                                                                      Side B:
                                                                                      1. Come Into My World
                                                                                      2. In Your Eyes
                                                                                      3. Dancefloor
                                                                                      4. Love Affair
                                                                                      5. Your Love
                                                                                      6. Burning Up

                                                                                      Moderate Rebels

                                                                                      If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right - PART 2

                                                                                        It’s one thing to take the drone rock of your debut album in an entirely new direction but quite another when the result is an ambitious 30 track three-part album.  

                                                                                        But that’s what London collective Moderate Rebels have done on their biggest project to date, the opus ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’. Fearless in their refusal to be pigeonholed, they touch on everything from driving rhythmic repetition, discordant guitar fuzz and hazy psychedelia, to late 60s-indebted folk and lilting melodic hooks, via twinkling piano ballads, drum machine rigidity and playful synth pop.

                                                                                        ‘If You See Something That Doesn’t Look Right’ will be released in three ten track parts in 2021, part one being released on Moshi Moshi on 30th April 2021.

                                                                                        The album touches on the progressive works of Phil Spector, Fripp & Eno and Syd Barrett, the transcendental pop of Spiritualized, St Etienne and Stereolab, and the wry humour of 80s Pet Shop Boys. But it comes stamped with the group’s own inimitable identity.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Side A

                                                                                        1. Every Cheat You Meet Sings Love Songs
                                                                                        2. Stay Frosty
                                                                                        3. Iconomachy
                                                                                        4. Trickster Gods
                                                                                        5. Neu Romancer

                                                                                        Side B

                                                                                        1. Don't See It, Don't Say It
                                                                                        2. Painballers' Anthem
                                                                                        3. Based On An Untrue Story
                                                                                        4. You Don't Want To Know What I Think
                                                                                        5. In A Hundred Years

                                                                                        Modula Ft Pamina Chauveau


                                                                                        Smooth & Breezy London post-jazz-funk pre-street soul has a layover in Ibiza before heading home to the Italian Coast just outside of Naples. The result is this Balearic/Bacolearic tribute to Modula's homeland of Bacoli. 2 mellow groovers perfect for the patio, rooftop, beachfront, backseat or bedroom, wherever your preferred vibes manifests.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Patrick says: Two stunning sides of summer here on Star Creature, who invite Neapolitan hero Modula to captain the ship on a cruise from the Med to the Balearics. Highest recommendation.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A. Misenetta
                                                                                        B. Nostalgia


                                                                                        Morgen - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                          Morgen’s self-titled 1969 album is the sole release by the NYC band led by songwriter / vocalist Steve Morgen. Now-Again’s Reserve edition of the release pairs the album with previously-unreleased songs and alternate takes to create a definitive double LP reissue of the album. CD edition features a third CD of instrumentals. Vinyl contains Download card for WAV files for all vinyl tracks and additional bonus tracks. That casual listeners have never heard of this late 60s masterpiece is by any measure a musical injustice. Morgen offers a portal to a dream space where the expansive, artful touches never prevent the band members from pummeling their instruments like their lives depended on it. Paul Major, perhaps the first Morgen evangelist, likens the album’s immediacy to that of Hendrix, stating “Morgen was one of the records that came closest to giving me that same kind of thrill on that level.

                                                                                          It blew my mind!” Geoffrey Weiss, Now-Again’s nomination for World’s Greatest Record Collector, states “…unlike 95% of the rare psychedelic records that people celebrate it sounds like they were good musicians who were well rehearsed and had worked out this sound very intentionally. Morgen has a kind of power – you really can’t compare it to anything.” The band, and Morgen’s arc were – cribbing Kurt Vonnegut – unstuck in time. It took 50 years for Steve Morgen’s belief, for instance, that an alternate, superior version of his stellar “Purple” was recorded in 1968. It sees release here, alongside other takes of songs from the album, including a version of “Beggin’ Your Pardon (Ms. Joan)” on which Morgen’s fiery guitarist Murray Shiffrin sings lead and songs the band recorded as possibilities for the album, before settling on their dense, hazy vision and etching an indelible entry into the psychedelic canon. The vinyl set is rounded out with the inclusion of extensive liner notes by Jeff “Chairman” Mao as well as never-before seen photos and ephemera in an oversized book. Download card for WAV files for all vinyl tracks and additional bonus tracks

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A1. Welcome To The Void
                                                                                          A2. Of Dreams
                                                                                          A3. Beggin’ Your Pardon (Ms. Joan)
                                                                                          A4. Eternity In Between
                                                                                          B1. Purple
                                                                                          B2. She’s The Nitetime
                                                                                          B3. Love.. Unreleased And Alternate Takes:
                                                                                          C1. Purple
                                                                                          C2. She’s The Nitetime
                                                                                          C3. Love (Alternate Take/Mix)
                                                                                          C4. Beggin’ Your Pardon (Ms. Joan)
                                                                                          D1. Purple D2. She’s The Nitetime
                                                                                          D3. Welcome To The Void (Alternate Mix)
                                                                                          D4. All I Know D5. Everything’s Gone
                                                                                          D6. Woke Up This Morning

                                                                                          Róisín Murphy

                                                                                          Róisín Machine - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                            Re-press of 2020’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed LP “Róisín Machine” in limited edition 2LP gatefold splatter vinyl for National Album Day 2021 release by Skint Records.

                                                                                            2020’s Róisín Machine” was Murphy’s first full-length project since 2015’s Mercury Nominated “Hairless Toys” and 2016’s equally revered “Take Her Up to Monto” and perhaps her best yet if the adulatory reviews are anything to go by. The likes of Guardian and the Independent garlanded the record with Album of the Week sobriquets, while Metro, The Arts Desk, Daily Star and NME gave it a full 5 stars and everyone from Uncut to Classic Pop to Evening Standard giving breathless 4-star reviews. “Roisin Machine” was universally recognized as one of the albums of the year, further cemented by 6 (SIX!) consecutive A-list records at BBC6 and slots at Sunday Brunch and – most hallowed of all – Graham Norton where she performed “Murphy’s Law” on the premiere episode of his 28th season.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            LP 1
                                                                                            Side A:
                                                                                            Kingdom Of Ends
                                                                                            Side B:
                                                                                            Something More
                                                                                            Shellfish Mademoiselle

                                                                                            Side C:
                                                                                            We Got Together
                                                                                            Murphy’s Law
                                                                                            Game Changer
                                                                                            Side D:

                                                                                            Stevie Nicks

                                                                                            Live In Concert The 24 Karat Gold Tour - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                              Limited Blue & White Splatter Colour Vinyl For National Album Day 2021 - Celebrating Women In Music. 5000 Units for UK.

                                                                                              Stevie Nicks’ solo catalog has sold over 103,000 albums in 2019, including 90,000 in physical alone.

                                                                                              Filmed and recorded in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh in 2017 during the 67 city sold out tour, 24K Gold Live in Concert features her solo hits “Stop Dragging My Heart Around, “Stand Back”, & “Edge Of Seventeen”, as well as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” & “Gypsy”.

                                                                                              It also includes the first ever live recording of “Crying In The Night”, and other live rarities.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Disc 1 -
                                                                                              Side A 1. Stand Back (Live)
                                                                                              2. If Anyone Falls (Live)
                                                                                              3. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Live)
                                                                                              4. Crying In The Night (Live)
                                                                                              5. Gypsy (Live)
                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                              1. Wild Heart / Bella Donna (Live)
                                                                                              2. New Orleans (Live)
                                                                                              3. Enchanted (Live)
                                                                                              4. Belle Fleur (Live)

                                                                                              Disc 2 -
                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                              1. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) (Live)
                                                                                              2. If You Were My Love (Live)
                                                                                              3. Gold Dust Woman (Live)
                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                              1. Edge Of Seventeen (Live)
                                                                                              2. Rhiannon (Live)
                                                                                              3. Landslide (Live)

                                                                                              North Americans

                                                                                              Going Steady

                                                                                                Official reissue of North Americans' 2018 breakthrough album. Originally limited to 100 vinyl LPs. "For a piece that feels as if it could float away into nothing, Going Steady becomes the night." - NPR.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: I'm pretty surprised i'd not heard of this before to be honest, because this sort of instrumental folky business is right up mine (and Matt's) alley, and here it gets a beautiful reissue courtesy of the ever-brilliant Third Man. Warm and hazy slide guitar, shimmering reverb and SUPERB psychedelic cover art.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Grayling
                                                                                                2. Bleeding Heart Tetra
                                                                                                3. Stanley
                                                                                                4. Alice Lake
                                                                                                5. Tench
                                                                                                6. Going Steady
                                                                                                7. Northern Pike (Be Kind To Me)
                                                                                                8. Cutty
                                                                                                9. Sockeye

                                                                                                Nu Genea comes back on their own imprint NG records with their brand new single Marechià, featuring the beautiful voice of French singer Célia Kameni.
                                                                                                The outcome is a disco funk song where the Neapolitan language blends in with the French in a perfect balance of synths and guitars, baked in their distinctive signature sound.
                                                                                                The song pays tribute to the wonderful Marechiaro, a seaside village in the gulf of Napoli.
                                                                                                This is the world of Nu Genea that mixes and incorporates different sounds, cultures, and languages that's aiming to create something new and original.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A. Marechià (with Célia Kameni)
                                                                                                B. Marechià (strumentale)

                                                                                                Sinead O'Connor

                                                                                                So Far…The Best Of - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                  So Far…The Best Of brings together the cream of Sinead O’Connor’s four album releases on the Chrysalis label.

                                                                                                  Originally released in 1997, it features the Number 1 worldwide hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” as well as her early singles “Troy” and “Mandinka”, it showcases Sinead’s enormous talent and fearless uncompromising style.

                                                                                                  This is the very first time that this album has appeared on vinyl, and is being released to coincide with National Album Day in the UK, with the emphasis on female artists.

                                                                                                  The album is presented in a 5mm sleeve and includes the tracks “Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home”, as well as “Heroine” and “Just Like U Said It Would B” which were previously only available on the US version. This is pressed on 2 x clear vinyl.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Disc 1:
                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                  1. Nothing Compares 2 U
                                                                                                  2. Mandinka
                                                                                                  3. The Emperor's New Clothes
                                                                                                  4. Thank You For Hearing Me 
                                                                                                  5. Last Day Of Our Acquaintance
                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                  1. Fire On Babylon
                                                                                                  2. Troy
                                                                                                  3. I Am Stretched On Your Grave
                                                                                                  4. Jackie

                                                                                                  Disc 2:
                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                  1. Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home
                                                                                                  2. John I Love You
                                                                                                  3. Empire (feat. Sinead O'Connor & Benjamin Zephaniah)
                                                                                                  4. I Want Your (Hands On Me)
                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                  1. Heroine (Theme From "Captive")
                                                                                                  2. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
                                                                                                  3. You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
                                                                                                  4. Just Like U Said It Would B
                                                                                                  5. This Is A Rebel Song


                                                                                                  Supersonic : The Complete, Authorised And Unabridged Interviews - COLLECTORS EDITION

                                                                                                    Deluxe collectors editions featuring individual Noel and Liam covers, Jill Furmanovsky end papers, plus a pull-out Nebworth section and exposed spine binding. This book has been printed with two different designs. 

                                                                                                    Oasis are one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen. Here, in Supersonic, they tell the story of the their beginnings from dive-bar hopefuls to global superstars. They themselves talk us through the pivotal moments in their phenomenal trajectory, from the day Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam's band, through their first crucial five years culminating at their landmark gigs at Knebworth Park in 1996 - the pinnacle of their success.

                                                                                                    With over thirty hours of interviews with Liam, Noel and those closest to them, this book documents in unprecedented depth and with their trademark candour and humour, the story behind one of the world's greatest bands, all told in their own words and fully illustrated with exclusive photographs and ephemera throughout.

                                                                                                    Dutch one-to-watch, Oceanic, finally makes his debut on Rush Hour. The outstanding "Total Comfort" EP, displays his skills as an increasingly confident producer - taking cues both from classic Detroit and UK techno whilst looking at the future with four slices of delicately woven, post-modern breakbeat techno.

                                                                                                    Undeniably suited for Rush Hours forward-gazing approach, the combination of sharp, glacial synthesis, galvanized soundscapes and shimmering, radioactive patina play perfectly into the multi-dynamic, modern arrangements which switch up on the flick of a beat and take the listener on a where-to-next audio journey. Mega stuff. 

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Matt says: Newly signed Rush Hour artist proudly announces his arrival via this multi-pronged 12" debut (plus a rather over styled press shoot if you ask me ;)). If you're into the futuristic sounds of AD 93 and R&S offshoot Apollo, then this my friends if 4 U!

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Total Comfort
                                                                                                    A2. Q On 6
                                                                                                    B1. Foam To
                                                                                                    B2. Connect In Rest

                                                                                                    Ground-breaking orchestral jazz rooted in Afro-Brazilian rhythms and Yoruba spirituality, Obaluayê is one of the most important albums in Brazilian musical history.

                                                                                                    Little is known about Orquestra Afro-Brasileira, and that which is tends towards folklore. Conducted by maestro Abigail Moura, the group took to the stage around a hundred times between 1942 and 1970, releasing just two records - the eponymous 1968 album Orquestra Afro-Brasileria and Obaluayê, originally released on Todamerica in 1957.

                                                                                                    A self-taught conductor and arranger, Abigail assembled Orquestra Afro-Brasileira in order to tell stories of Afro-Brazilian heritage and speak of the “dramas and tragedies experienced by my race”. The Orquestra celebrated significant dates and influential Black Brazilian historical figures in its performances, with a repertoire that moved between folk tales, Candomblé chants and macumbas (or invocations) of orixá – the Yoruba deities sent by Olodumare to provide guidance for life on earth. Comprised of around twenty musicians, the Orquestra combined traditional Brazilian and West African percussion instruments such as Agogô, Afoxé, Ganzá, Atabaques and Angona-puíta, with the sounds of saxophones, trombones, clarinets and the piano from the big band jazz tradition.

                                                                                                    Inspired by the orixá responsible for the balance between disease and cure, Obaluayê opens with a sermon, tracing the origins of the rhythms and their drums to the moments of joy, love and resistance that music provided in the horrific daily conditions faced by African slaves. For Abigail’s protégé and percussionist on the group’s 1968 album Carlos Negreiros, the power of the message was little short of life-changing: “I became aware of what it is to be black,” he says, “discovering the extraordinary potential of the Afro-Brazilian culture in the making of the national ethos.”

                                                                                                    Although overlooked at the time, Orquestra Afro-Brasileira inspired a generation of musicians such as Moacir Santos, as well as an array of contemporary devotees, such as hip-hop pioneer DJ Nuts and Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr.. That Caldato Jr. has since tracked Carlos down to record a third Orquestra album is a testament to its lasting importance.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    A1. Apresentação De Paulo Roberto
                                                                                                    A2. Chegou O Rei Congo
                                                                                                    A3. Calunga
                                                                                                    A4. Amor De Escravo
                                                                                                    A5. Saudação Ao Rei Nagô
                                                                                                    B1. Festa De Congo
                                                                                                    B2. Babalaô
                                                                                                    B3. Liberdade
                                                                                                    B4. Obaluayê

                                                                                                    Debut album from the hyped tae fook South Korean artist Park Hye Jin. Now located in LA, it seems 2021 is the explosive year for this in-demand act.

                                                                                                    Stiring up a storm through her "If U Want It" 12", plus some tasty collaborations with the likes of Clams Casino, Blood Orange, Galcher Lustwerk and Nosaj Thing, the Ninja Tune-signed genius lays out her sonic identity in an edgy, attitude-filled LP which is both hi-tek and emotion-filled.

                                                                                                    Stylistically, Jin seems to digest booty bass and ghetto house, combine it with some of the modern lo-fi house aesthetics and give it her own uniquely S. Korean sugary icing. Some of her drum patterns recall early DJ Rush or Green Velvet, while at other times lo-fi pioneers like Seinfeld and DJ Boring are clearly an influence. It's her deadpan, cool ass delivery that really seals the deal though. Taking influence from Chicago drill, post-punk and pop and somehow gelling it all together into something sincerely her own.

                                                                                                    It's a beautifully modern LP which loses none of its soul from being entirely electronic. A future star in the making. Recommended. 

                                                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                    Barry says: The wonderful 'Before I Die' sees Park Hye Jin renewing her take on oft-minimal footwork influenced house. It's a sleek and breezy affair, with the more propulsive moments being tempered with her heavily reverbed, hypnotic vocals forging a brilliant combination of drive and nuanced, lo-fi percussion.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                    Let’s Sing Let’s Dance
                                                                                                    I Need You
                                                                                                    Before I Die
                                                                                                    Good Morning Good Night
                                                                                                    Me Trust Me
                                                                                                    Where Did I Go
                                                                                                    Never Give Up

                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                    Can I Get Your Number
                                                                                                    Whatchu Doin Later
                                                                                                    Sex With ME (DEFG)
                                                                                                    Where Are You Think
                                                                                                    Never Die
                                                                                                    Hey, Hey, Hey
                                                                                                    Sunday ASAP
                                                                                                    I Jus Wanna Be Happy 

                                                                                                    Omara Portuondo

                                                                                                    Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club Presents) - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                    Omara Portuondo, the leading lady of the Buena Vista Social Club, is one of Cuba’s most celebrated voices.

                                                                                                    The album ‘Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo’ was released in 2000 in the wake of the phenomenal reception of the original Buena Vista Social Club album, and was remastered from the analogue tapes for its 2019 LP reissue. Omara is backed by a dream band formed of many of the original Buena Vista Social Club members including Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals), Rubén González (piano), Compay Segundo (guitar) and Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez (bass).

                                                                                                    To celebrate the “Women In Music” theme of this year’s National Album Day, this classic album will be pressed on limited edition purple colour vinyl.

                                                                                                    “The kind of record that forces you to stop worrying and enjoy life to the fullest.. an exquisite trip to the heart of Afro-Cuba.” – Rolling Stone

                                                                                                    “This album adds yet another magical chapter to the Buena Vista legend.” - Uncut.

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                                    1. ¿Dónde Estabas Tú?
                                                                                                    2. La Sitiera
                                                                                                    3. He Perdido Contigo
                                                                                                    4. Mariposita De Primavera
                                                                                                    5. Canta Lo Sentimental
                                                                                                    6. Ella Y Yo
                                                                                                    Side B:
                                                                                                    7. No Me Vayas A Engañar
                                                                                                    8. No Me Llores Más
                                                                                                    9. Veinte Años
                                                                                                    10. El Hombre Que Yo Amé (The Man I Love)
                                                                                                    11. Siempre En Mi Corazón

                                                                                                    Primal Scream


                                                                                                      Across 2LPs, ‘Demodelica’ will take fans on the journey of the creation of the album, through demos and work in progress mixes, allowing them an insight into the creative process that went into the finished album. ‘Demodelica’ will also be released on CD and digitally and will feature liner notes from acclaimed British music journalist and cultural historian Jon Savage.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: As one of the most well known albums of all time, it's no surprise that Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' garners significant interest from those who want to know every detail about the albums' creation. Enter, 'Demodelica', cataloguing the recording process with a wonderful selection of alternate mixes and unheard rarities and filling in the lore of this piece of musical history.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      SIDE A
                                                                                                      1. Come Together (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                                                      2. Damaged (Hackney Studio Demo)
                                                                                                      3. Movin’ On Up (Hackney Studio Demo)
                                                                                                      SIDE B
                                                                                                      1. Higher Than The Sun (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                                                      2. Higher Than The Sun (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                                                      3. I’m Coming Down (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                                                      4. I’m Coming Down (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                                                      SIDE C
                                                                                                      1. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Isle Of Dogs Home Studio)
                                                                                                      2. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Isle Of Dogs Hypnotone Mix)
                                                                                                      3. Don’t Fight It, Feel It (EMI Publishing Studio Mix)
                                                                                                      4. Inner Flight (Hackney Studio Vocal Mix)
                                                                                                      5. Inner Flight (Henry Accapella Jam Studio)
                                                                                                      6. Inner Flight (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                                                      SIDE D
                                                                                                      1. Shine Like Stars (Jam Studio Monitor Mix)
                                                                                                      2. Shine Like Stars (Eden Studios Demo)
                                                                                                      3. Screamadelica (Eden Studios Demo)

                                                                                                      Public Service Broadcasting

                                                                                                      Bright Magic

                                                                                                        An album in three parts (Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic), it is their most ambitious undertaking yet, bringing you to Europe’s heart and de facto capital, the cultural and political metropolis that is the ‘Hautpstadt’ of the Federal Republic of Germany – Berlin.

                                                                                                        “Doing this felt inevitable, somehow,” muses J.Willgoose, Esq. “In my head, it was whirring and pulsing away for a long time, even before Every Valley - this fascinating, contrary, seductive place. I knew the album was going to be about the city, and its history and myths, and I was going to move there. So it’s quite a personal story. It’s become an album about moving to Berlin to write an album about people who move to Berlin to write an album…”

                                                                                                        Though PSB’s use of electronics and surging guitar rock remain familiar, Bright Magic uses samples, and the English language, sparingly. It differs from their previous albums in other ways: less linear and narrative, instead it’s an impressionistic portrait of a city from the ground up. A Eureka moment of sorts came in November 2018 when Willgoose heard Walter Ruttmann’s radical Berlin tape-artwork Wochenende (or Weekend), which is sampled on three of Bright Magic’s tracks. Created in 1928, the piece collaged speech, field recordings and music into a sonic evocation of the city. Resolving to integrate these long-gone fragments with new manipulated sound sources, he set about making his own Wochenende, a narrative drama for the ears which decodes and realises the dreams of Berlin he’d constructed in his mind.

                                                                                                        J.Willgoose, Esq. said “I started to get a feeling for where the title of Bright Magic wanted to take me, towards ideas of illumination and inspiration, electricity and flashes of light and colour and sound (all the tracks would eventually be colour coded). I sent it to the rest of the band, and said, I know it’s going to change, but we’ll see how the city itself colours that.” J.Willgoose, Esq moved to Berlin from April 2019 to January 2020. Combining sound archaeology and the flâneuring of the psychogeographer, one street-level pursuit of the city’s energy involved Willgoose walking the Leipzigerstrasse, site of the city’s first electric streetlight, using a wide-band electromagnetic receiver from Moscow’s Soma Laboratories. “I walked up and down recording electrical currents and interference,” he laughs. “You can hear a few of these little frequency buzzes, clicks and impulses in Im Licht (a song inspired in part by pioneering lightbulb manufacturers AEG and Siemens). It’s what I was trying to do in the wider sense, I suppose – to capture those tiny little pulses you pick up while walking through a city.”

                                                                                                        He wrote and recorded in Kreuzberg’s famous Hansa Tonstudio recording complex. This brought closer several inescapable musical touchstones: Depeche Mode’s classic eighties triumvirate, U2’s Achtung Baby and, crucially, Bowie’s “Heroes” and Low. “The whole shape and structure of the record is very much in debt to Low,” says Willgoose. Indeed, the Warszawa-evoking “The Visitor” – whose designated colour is the particular Orange of that album’s sleeve – was initially intended to feature a sample of Bowie reflecting, says Willgoose, on “how he viewed himself as this vessel for synthesizing and refracting other influences, and presenting avant-garde influences to the mainstream. We tried to absorb a bit of that spirit.”

                                                                                                        As well as EERA, the album’s other guest voices include Blixa Bargeld, veteran of The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten, who becomes the voice of Berlin’s industry on the robo-teknik “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen”. Andreya Casablanca of Berlin garageistes Gurr stands in for Marlene Dietrich in “My Blue Heaven”, an anthem of proud self-determination.

                                                                                                        A very pro-European record, Bright Magic is ultimately not just about one city, but all centres of human interaction and community which allow the free exchange and cross-pollination of ideas.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Barry says: PSB are back! It's been a long wait since their last full-length in 2017, but 'Bright Magic' has every one of the standard PSB tricks we love them for plus a few more. Filmic electronic groove, kosmische library-tinged synthplay and instantly addictive melodies. No doubt this will excite the earholes of new listeners and existing fans of the band alike, and shows a new progression of this already formidable musical force.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        ‘Bright Magic’
                                                                                                        Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt)
                                                                                                        Im Licht
                                                                                                        Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (ft. Blixa Bargeld)
                                                                                                        People, Let’s Dance (ft. EERA)
                                                                                                        Blue Heaven (ft. Andreya Casablanca)
                                                                                                        Gib Mir Das Licht (ft. EERA)
                                                                                                        The Visitor
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel I: Opus
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss Grau
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale
                                                                                                        Ich Und Die Stadt (ft. Nina Hoss)

                                                                                                        ‘Bright Magic (Demos)’
                                                                                                        (Bonus CD With PIASR1230LPBK Only)

                                                                                                        Der Sumpf (Sinfonie Der Großstadt) (Demo)
                                                                                                        Im Licht (Demo)
                                                                                                        Der Rhythmus Der Maschinen (Demo)
                                                                                                        People, Let's Dance (Demo)
                                                                                                        Blue Heaven (Demo)
                                                                                                        Gib Mir Das Licht (Demo)
                                                                                                        The Visitor (Demo)
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel I: Opus (Demo)
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel II: Schwarz Weiss
                                                                                                        Grau (Demo)
                                                                                                        Lichtspiel III: Symphonie Diagonale (Demo)

                                                                                                        Lou Reed

                                                                                                        New York - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                          Lou Reed’s fiftieth solo album features many of his biggest hits - "Dirty Blvd" which went #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks upon release in 1989. It features Reed musing on everything from AIDS, urban blight, racism, AIDS, child abuse, Jesse Jackson, Donald Trump, the environment and other societal ills, delivered with humour and empathy. 

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Side A:
                                                                                                          1. Romeo Had Juliette (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          2. Halloween Parade (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          3. Dirty Blvd. (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          4. Endless Cycle (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          Side B:
                                                                                                          1. There Is No Time (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          2. Last Great American Whale (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          3. Beginning Of A Great Adventure (2020 Remaster)

                                                                                                          Side A:
                                                                                                          1. Busload Of Faith (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          2. Sick Of You (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          3. Hold On (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          4. Good Evening Mr. Waldeheim (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          Side B:
                                                                                                          1. Xmas In February (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          2. Strawman (2020 Remaster)
                                                                                                          3. Dime Store Mystery (2020 Remaster)

                                                                                                          Shaun Ryder

                                                                                                          How To Be A Rock Star

                                                                                                            As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he's had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world numerous times, taken every drug under the sun, been through rehab - and come out the other side as a national treasure. Now, for the first time, Shaun lifts the lid on the real inside story of how to be a rock star.

                                                                                                            With insights from three decades touring the world, which took him from Salford to San Francisco, from playing working men's clubs to headlining Glastonbury and playing in front of the biggest festival crowd the world has ever seen, in Brazil, in the middle of thunderstorm. From recording your first demo tape to having a number-one album, Shaun gives a fly-on-the-wall look at the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - warts and all: how to be a rock star - and also how not to be a rock star. From numerous Top of the Pops appearances to being banned from live TV, from being a figurehead of the acid-house scene to hanging out backstage with the Rolling Stones, Shaun has seen it all.

                                                                                                            In this book he pulls the curtain back on the debauchery of the tour bus, ridiculous riders, run-ins with record companies, drug dealers and the mafia, and how he forged the most remarkable comeback of all time.

                                                                                                            'There are enough stories about Happy Mondays to keep people talking about them forever. Bands live on through the myth really, myth and legend' (Steve Lamacq)

                                                                                                            New on Forever Living Originals....

                                                                                                            NINE will be limited to a short press run of 16,000 units, never to be re-issued again!

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            1- Haha
                                                                                                            2 - London Gangs
                                                                                                            3 - Trap Life
                                                                                                            4 - Fear
                                                                                                            5 – Mike’s Story (feat. Michael Ofo)
                                                                                                            6 – Bitter Streets
                                                                                                            7 – Alcohol
                                                                                                            8 – You From London (feat. Little Simz)
                                                                                                            9 – 9
                                                                                                            10 – Light’s In Your Hands

                                                                                                            Julia Shapiro


                                                                                                              Zorked (adj.) - what happens when you end up thunderbaked, as in extremely stoned or in any situation where you feel not sober. You can feel so tired you’re zorked. In fact, any state, so long as you’re a little out of it, quali­fies. And Julia Shapiro, of Chastity Belt, Childbirth, and Who Is She? much like everyone on this earth with a pulse was zorked on more than one occasion in 2020. In March, she packed up her things and traded Seattle’s late-winter gloom for the perennial sunshine and seemingly endless opportunity of Los Angeles only to be forced into near-total isolation. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, she began working on her second solo album, Zorked. On the resulting batch of songs, we’re given Julia’s vision of Los Angeles: a wasteland melting in slow-motion, a place to commune with ghosts and warped legacies.

                                                                                                              Living within earshot of a man who spent his entire 2020 singing karaoke for over 10 hours a day, Julia could write, record, and play an album’s worth of instruments without fear of noise complaints. Her roommate Melina Duterte (Jay Som) transformed their house into a viable home studio, making it easy to fully realize the sound in her head, even at the height of a global lockdown. Taking things a step further, Melina agreed to co-produce the record, pushing Julia to make these new songs sound less like Perfect Version, her ­rst solo album, or like the songs she performs in Chastity Belt. At the peak of her uncertainty and discomfort, she jumped into the deep end in search of something new and found power in heavy sounds.

                                                                                                              This is evident in the fi­rst few seconds of album opener “Death (XIII).” Taking newfound inspiration from the namesake Tarot card, drone metal, and shoegaze, Julia layers walls of guitars, bass chords, and programmed drums. “Come With Me,” the album’s lead single, takes inspiration from a mushroom trip gone bad. “Take me to awful places now,” she sings, envisioning heat death as her own eyes stare directly into the sun. On “Wrong Time,” shimmering guitars smolder and levitate, yet she fi­nds herself “stuck inside this hole I’ve dug.” That said, these songs aren’t unbearably sad, nor has Julia become any less of a merciless observer of human behavior. By album closer “Hall of Mirrors,” she’s come full circle. Over ­fingerpicked guitar, the sense of lost identity becomes all-encompassing.

                                                                                                              It’s the sound of a life lived in servitude to digital screens and the psychic damage invisibly done along the way.

                                                                                                              Though Julia Shapiro found herself in a near hermit-like existence, writing and recording almost all of the album’s instruments herself and struggling to navigate her place in a city and world rendered nearly comatose, she maintains a sense of humor about all of it. At the very least, “It’s funny to force people to have to say Zorked out loud. Any other title sounded pretentious.”

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Death (XIII)
                                                                                                              2. Come With Me
                                                                                                              3. Wrong Time
                                                                                                              4. Someone
                                                                                                              5. Reptile! Reptile!
                                                                                                              6. Pure Bliss
                                                                                                              7. Hellscape
                                                                                                              8. Do Nothing About It
                                                                                                              9. Zorked
                                                                                                              10. Hall Of Mirrors


                                                                                                              A Seat At The Table - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                              Although she started her musical career fifteen years ago, at the tender age of fifteen, it's taken some time for Solange to hit her stride. Early albums saw the youthful singer in awe of her big sister (Beyonce for the three people in the world who didn't know, and Barry), trying in vain to emulate the glistening R&B of Bey, Kelly and Michelle. As she matured, Solange explored fashion, first as a model, then as a designer with her House Of Deréon fashion line, gradually defining her own aesthetic and identity in the process. All of which means, that in 2k16, Solange is ready to mark her mark on the musical map with a career defining, world changing LP of boundary pushing soul. While the charts are filled with the throbbing basslines and skittering hats of trap and EDM, Solange has served up an organic, original set of sincere and spiritual soul built on warm bass, delicate piano and inspired synth melodies. Then there's her voice; intimate, crystal clear and packed with emotion, perfectly narating the struggles of life in the modern world. One minute into "Cranes In The Sky" and I was nearly in tears, it is SUBLIME. Visually, sonically and thematically unique, this is a perfect LP of accessible RnB and fully deserves its place as a future classic. You WILL remember where you were the first time you heard this, and you'll fall deeper in love with every subsequent listen.

                                                                                                              This limited-edition NAD release is pressed on solid white coloured vinyl.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Rise
                                                                                                              2. Weary
                                                                                                              3. Interlude: The Glory Is In You
                                                                                                              4. Cranes In The Sky
                                                                                                              5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
                                                                                                              6. Mad - Solange Feat. Lil Wayne
                                                                                                              7. Don't You Wait
                                                                                                              8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
                                                                                                              9. Don't Touch My Hair - Solange Feat. Sampha
                                                                                                              10. Interlude: This Moment
                                                                                                              11. Where Do We Go
                                                                                                              12. Interlude: For Us By Us
                                                                                                              13. F.U.B.U. - Solange Feat. The Dream And BJ The Chicago Kid
                                                                                                              14. Borderline (An Ode To Self Care) - Solange Feat. Q-Tip / Solange
                                                                                                              15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It - Solange Feat. Kelly Rowland And Nia Andrews
                                                                                                              16. Junie
                                                                                                              17. Interlude: No Limits
                                                                                                              18. Don't Wish Me Well
                                                                                                              19. Interlude: Pedestals
                                                                                                              20. Scales - Solange Feat. Kelela
                                                                                                              21. Closing: The Chosen Ones

                                                                                                              Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

                                                                                                              A Beginner's Mind

                                                                                                                A Beginner’s Mind began when the two musicians and Asthmatic Kitty labelmates decamped to a friend’s cabin in upstate New York for a monthlong songwriting sabbatical. Watching a movie to unwind after each day’s work, they soon found their songs reflecting the films and began investigating this connection in earnest.

                                                                                                                The resulting album is 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films—highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between. They wrote in tandem—one person writing a verse, the other a chorus, churning out chord progressions and lyrics willy-nilly, often finishing each other’s sentences in the process. Rigorous editing and rewriting ensued. The results are less a “cinematic exegesis” and more a “rambling philosophical inquiry” that allows the songs to free-associate at will. Plot-points, scene summaries, and leading characters are often displaced by esoteric interpolations that ask the bigger question: what does it mean to be human in a broken world?

                                                                                                                Stevens and De Augustine wrote everything with a deliberate sense of shoshin—the Zen Buddhist concept for which the record is named and an idea that empowered the pair to look for and write about unlikely inspiration without preconceived notions of what a film had to say (The I-Ching and Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies also served as incentives along the way). The movies became rhetorical prompts, with the songwriters letting their distinct reactions and creative instincts govern their process. The underlying objective was empathy and openness, absent of judgment: to observe with the eyes of a child.

                                                                                                                The album’s artwork comes courtesy of Ghanaian artist Daniel Anum Jasper. In Ghana during the late ’80s, a novel “mobile cinema” culture emerged when enterprising film fans screened Hollywood blockbusters in the backs of pick-up trucks using portable generators. To advertise the movies, artists painted alternate posters inspired only by the scant information they had about each film. Sufjan and Angelo commissioned a pioneer of this form—Jasper—to paint a series of new works for A Beginner’s Mind (including covers for three 7-inch singles). Information about the project was deliberately kept vague so that Mr. Jasper could work without restraint.

                                                                                                                Sufjan Stevens is an artist, songwriter and composer living in New York. He has released nine widely lauded studio albums and a number of collaborations with fellow musicians, choreographers and visual artists from the New York City Ballet and the celebrated director Luca Guadagnino to his stepfather Lowell Brams and noted dancer Jalaiah Harmon.

                                                                                                                Angelo De Augustine is an artist and songwriter living in Thousand Oaks, California—a suburb north of Los Angeles, where he grew up. He has released three albums including his self-released debut, Spirals of Silence (2014), and two for Asthmatic Kitty Records, Swim Inside The Moon (2017) and Tomb (2019).

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Barry says: What a brilliant collaborative endeavour here from Stevens and labelmate, De Augustine. Beautifully combining the distinct voices and instrumental styles of both performers into an intoxicating juxtaposition of folk and tenderly plucked indie balladry. It's haunting in parts, and elsewhere wonderfully melodic, a wonderful outing for both performers.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Reach Out 3:43
                                                                                                                2. Lady Macbeth In Chains 3:42
                                                                                                                3. Back To Oz 4:25
                                                                                                                4. The Pillar Of Souls 4:04
                                                                                                                5. You Give Death A Bad Name 5:11
                                                                                                                6. Beginner’s Mind 2:36
                                                                                                                7. Olympus 3:07
                                                                                                                8. Murder And Crime 3:43
                                                                                                                9. (This Is) The Thing 3:13
                                                                                                                10. It’s Your Own Body And Mind 2:27
                                                                                                                11. Lost In The World 3:20
                                                                                                                12. Fictional California 3:03
                                                                                                                13. Cimmerian Shade 5:01
                                                                                                                14. Lacrimae 2:05

                                                                                                                Andy Summers

                                                                                                                Harmonics Of The Night

                                                                                                                  ‘Harmonics of the Night’ is the third in what he conceived of as a trilogy of recordings from guitarist Andy Summers. Following on from ‘Metal Dog’ and ‘Triboluminescence’, ‘Harmonics of the Night’ began its life as a guitar improvisation for a museum installation of Andy’s own photos. He did not like the music they had chosen in the gallery so sat down and recorded some guitar improvisations. Summers says that he built this set out from there. These songs and the photos that inspired them have become a staple of his solo guitar shows. Stand out tracks: ‘A Certain Strangeness’, ’Harmonics of the Night’ and ‘City of Crocodiles’.

                                                                                                                  The album will be released by Cargo Records on October 15th (to accompany a new exhibition of his photos at the Leica Gallery, Mayfair starting on October 21st) Andy explains more about the album - The music for Harmonics of the Night came from a real-life situation, which was the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of my photography at the Pavilion Populaire in Montpellier. I was able to visit the museum in advance of the opening and decided this time (instead of the usual unsuitable music being played by the whatever gallery!) that I must make a music installation to accompany the photography on the wall, a piece that could be looped and thus provide a continual musical counterpoint to the visual. I made a twenty-minute single guitar improvisation. A Certain Strangeness: This piece put a certain approach in my in my head and pointed me in the direction of eleven more tracks. These pieces which vary from minimalist approaches to African influenced dance pieces and are what I consider the sonic parallels to the photography. 

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. A Certain Strangeness
                                                                                                                  2. City Of Crocodiles
                                                                                                                  3. Aeromancer
                                                                                                                  4. Chronosthesia
                                                                                                                  5. Harmonics Of The Night
                                                                                                                  6. Mirror In The Dirt
                                                                                                                  7. Prairie; Fantoccini
                                                                                                                  8. Aphelion; Spell
                                                                                                                  9. Inamorata
                                                                                                                  10. Strange Return

                                                                                                                  Carroll Thompson

                                                                                                                  Hopelessly In Love - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                                    Affectionately dubbed ‘Queen of Lovers Rock’, Carroll Thompson first took the UK’s music scene by storm in 1980 when her classic single, ‘Simply In Love’ propelled her into country’s reggae chart, where it remained in the Top 10 for over four months.

                                                                                                                    The achievement was repeated the following year with the breathtakingly beautiful follow-up, ‘Hopelessly In Love’, the immense popularity of which spawned the multi-talented performer’s best-selling debut long-player of the same name.

                                                                                                                    Reportedly selling in excess of a million albums worldwide, the 10-track album included the aforementioned hits alongside additional new original works that have since become widely regarded as classics of the genre.

                                                                                                                    Recently voted by readers of Mojo magazine as the greatest lovers rock album of all time, the “Hopelessly In Love” LP also demonstrated the breadth of Carroll’s talent, with the singer not only performing and penning all of the material, but also coproducing the entire set.

                                                                                                                    To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Trojan Records proudly make this seminal long-player available once more. Remastered and re-presented in its original sleeve, the vinyl version has been pressed on high quality 180g colour vinyl, while the CD and digital collections include 5 bonus tracks, all of which have been unavailable on any format since the early Eighties.

                                                                                                                    With both physical versions further augmented by newly written sleeve notes and rare imagery from Carroll herself, “Hopelessly In Love” finally receives the deluxe treatment its status and profound influence has long since deserved.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    Side A
                                                                                                                    1. Yesterday
                                                                                                                    2. I’m So Sorry
                                                                                                                    3. No, You Don’t Know
                                                                                                                    4. Sing Me A Love Song
                                                                                                                    5. Mr. Cool
                                                                                                                    Side B
                                                                                                                    1. Merry-Go- Round
                                                                                                                    2. Simply In Love
                                                                                                                    3. When We Are As One
                                                                                                                    4. What Colour?
                                                                                                                    5. Hopelessly In Love

                                                                                                                    1. Yesterday
                                                                                                                    2. I’m So Sorry
                                                                                                                    3. No, You Don’t Know
                                                                                                                    4. Sing Me A Love Song
                                                                                                                    5. Mr Cool
                                                                                                                    6. Merry-Go-Round
                                                                                                                    7. Simply In Love
                                                                                                                    8. When We Are As One
                                                                                                                    9. What Colour
                                                                                                                    10. Hopelessly In Love (LP Mix)
                                                                                                                    11. You Are The One I Love (12” Mix)
                                                                                                                    12. Your Love (12” Mix)
                                                                                                                    13. Make It With You – Carroll Thompson & Sugar Minott (12” Mix)
                                                                                                                    14. Make It With You Version – The Black Roots Players (12” Mix)
                                                                                                                    15. Hopelessly In Love (12” Mix)

                                                                                                                    Hayden Thorpe

                                                                                                                    Moondust For My Diamond

                                                                                                                      In contrast to Diviner, a record that very much favoured the inner world, Moondust For My Diamound sees Hayden Thorpe moving into a more natural visual and sonic palette, gazing outward on the world. Produced by Richard Formby and Nathan Jenkins (Bullion), Thorpe has made an album that is galvanising, reassuring, elegant, seductive: it oozes Big Cosmic Energy.

                                                                                                                      Back in 2019, Safe Trip delivered a much-needed reissue of Trans-4m’s previously overlooked 1992 debut album, Sublunar Oracles, an ambient house and ambient techno masterpiece from Belgian brothers Stefan and Dimitri Van Elsen. Now the label has dived into their archives again to present an expanded edition of their sought-after 12” single Dencity, complete with a previously unheard cut.

                                                                                                                      While the original album version of ‘Dencity’ was a meandering journey through spacey ambient house full of ultra-dreamy ambient textures twinkling melodies and languid deep house grooves, the alternative takes originally featured on the 1992 12” were far more club-focused and dancefloor-ready.

                                                                                                                      This new edition boasts both of those gloriously kaleidoscopic and tactile revisions in freshly remastered form. There’s the EP opening ‘Urban Tribe Mix’, a bolder and heavier take featuring crunchier, weightier drums, gently psychedelic electronics and New Jersey garage style organ stabs, and the ‘Club Mix’, where saucer-eyed chords, echoing bleeps and energetic piano riffs help drive the track forwards.

                                                                                                                      Over on side B there’s a chance to check an alternative version of the Sublunar Oracles album version, as well as previously unreleased track ‘Butterflies’. Recorded during the same period as the album at the Van Elsen brothers’ home studio in Antwerp, it’s a starry, slowly unfurling ambient delight in which waves of attractive, undulating synthesizer sounds, yearning chords and deep space electronics dance away atop a shuffling, soft-touch drum machine beat. While it may have been shelved way back in 1992, it’s every bit as immersive and tactile as anything on Sublunar Oracles

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Matt says: Probs gonna be sold out by time you read this off the Urban Tribe mix alone; the Club Mix should offer mainroomers the chance to let loose while the Alt Album Mix and "Butterflies" purvey a smoother and cerebral mood for the dreamers and drifters.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      A1. Dencity (Urban Tribe Mix)
                                                                                                                      A2. Dencity (Club Mix)
                                                                                                                      B1. Dencity (Alt Album Mix)
                                                                                                                      B2. Butterflies

                                                                                                                      Yves Tumor

                                                                                                                      The Asymptotical World EP

                                                                                                                      Ground-breaking artist Yves Tumor continues to unlock the perception of reality with a psychedelically bent off-kilter rock offering, "The Asymptotical World EP" out now on WARP. The boundary smashing 6 song EP is the next era from the pop auteur and first release from Yves Tumor following the critically acclaimed 2020 album "Heaven To a Tortured Mind". Yves Tumor continues to manipulate the genre terrain by challenging mainstream music constraints further and shifting the boundaries of contemporary art and culture in a boundlessly visceral and authentic sonic signature.

                                                                                                                      The "Asymptotical World EP" (co-produced and engineered by longstanding collaborator Yves Rothman) includes the massive single, “Jackie”, also co-written/produced by Chris Greatti (Yungblud, Poppy). The single arrived with the radical electrifying DeepFake visualizer directed and produced by Actual Objects. “Jackie” is a punctuated tale of connection in a fever dream realm featuring emotive guitars over an upbeat drum pattern, evoking the volatile magnetism between lovers that has garnered millions of streams across platforms and has received a multitude of praise. 

                                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                      Patrick says: Barry and I were only discussing the challenging genius of Yves Tumor the other day, and now we're in possession of an EP of brand new material. The shapeshifting, genre shredding artist is in chart conquering rock mode here, serving superbly psychedelic, surprisingly catchy indie. Highest recommendations all round I think!

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      Crushed Velvet
                                                                                                                      Secrecy Is Incredibly Important To The Both Of Them
                                                                                                                      Tuck Feat. NAKED
                                                                                                                      ...And Loyalty Is A Nuisance Child

                                                                                                                      The Underground Youth

                                                                                                                      Beautiful & Damned - Reissue

                                                                                                                        Fuzz Club Records are reissuing the ‘Beautiful & Damned’ EP from The Underground Youth, the Blackpool-born and now Berlin-based band led by musician, poet and author Craig Dyer. A homage to the F. Scott Fitzgerald book of the same name, the 4 track EP confirmed Dyer’s obsession for the darker side of literature and poetry of the last two centuries, as well as his early DIY approach. Rigorously recorded in the band’s home studio with the help of producer James Shillito in early 2014, ‘Beautiful & Damned’ acted as a preview to their 2015 ‘Haunted’ LP. It was the first TUY material featuring synth and electronic equipment and also represented a significant shift to a much darker sound and lyrical content, as anticipated by their first single/video ‘Naked’ – a fan-favourite to this day that exhibits a perfect encounter between the atmospheres of the Cocteau Twins and the early Creation Records sound. The 2021 reissue of the EP comes on a coloured 10” with remastered audio.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1) Behind
                                                                                                                        2) Damned
                                                                                                                        3) Naked
                                                                                                                        4) Shadow

                                                                                                                        The Underground Youth

                                                                                                                        Low Slow Needle - Reissue

                                                                                                                          To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, Fuzz Club Records are reissuing The Underground Youth’s 2011 ‘Low Slow Needle’ EP on 10” vinyl with remastered audio. ‘Low Slow Needle’s hauntingly minimal, neo-psychedelic melancholy provides a more lo-fi snapshot of the now-Berlin-based band’s earlier days – when The Underground Youth was more of a DIY solo endeavour for Blackpool-born musician Craig Dyer, as opposed to the much-adored, full-band, international touring force that it is now. Looking back on ‘Low Slow Needle’, Dyer said: “The EP was recorded in September 2011, I had just returned to the UK from St. Petersburg where Olya [now drummer in The Underground Youth] and I had just got married.

                                                                                                                          Olya had to stay in Russia to finalise her paperwork before we would move into our first home together in Manchester. It was a difficult time, being apart after just getting married, and so I distracted myself by working on these songs that would become the Low Slow Needle EP. It was sort of my love letter to that period, looking back and also looking to the future. I worked closely with mine and Olya's friend in St. Petersburg, Daria Xenofontova, who gave her beautiful voice to my words and featured on three of the most popular songs on the EP, 'Midnight Lust', 'Addiction' and 'Blue'. These three songs still remain popular with our fans, who still request we play them live to this day.” When compared with the cinematic folk-noir heard on the band’s tenth album, the newly-released ‘The Falling’ (2021), what we find here captures a more stark and stripped-back The Underground Youth as the project was about to come out of its embryonic phase: “All five tracks were recorded in my bedroom and I really wanted to strip back the sound, to give a romantic feel of that period for me. To consider it 10 years on, it feels like the beginning to the next step of the journey, my life in Manchester with Olya, making contact with Casper at Fuzz Club and signing up with the label (this came just after the release of Low Slow Needle) and us putting together the first incarnation of TUY's live band (again this followed the release of the EP). So, in a way, this record marked the end of the first era of The Underground Youth, and in doing so, paved the way for the next.”

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1) Midnight Lust
                                                                                                                          2) On Your Screen
                                                                                                                          3) Addiction
                                                                                                                          4) Blue
                                                                                                                          5) Witchcraft

                                                                                                                          DSO load up number four in their so far sell-out series. If 90s R&B refixes are your thing, look no further!

                                                                                                                          A low slung, highly swung, chunky house refix of Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" which does exactly what it says on the tin graces side A. Perfect for house or garage warm up slots...

                                                                                                                          "Don't Ever" utilizes some smooth neo-soul vocals from Maxwell with some deep house instrumentals to make an early evening groover that'll get the place simmering nicely.

                                                                                                                          Both sides cut nice n loud for the DJs! Check!

                                                                                                                          Recommended if you like: EEE, Roza Terenzi, Plush Managements, Stamp, Deewah etc etc. 

                                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                          Patrick says: For the fourth instalment of the series the DSO firm power up Kelis' "I Hate You So Much Right Now" and Maxwell's "Ascension" in a swinging house style.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          A1. Caught
                                                                                                                          B1. Don´t Ever

                                                                                                                          Vanishing Twin

                                                                                                                          Ookii Gekkou

                                                                                                                            There’s a mystery to Vanishing Twin – from their name to the multitude of sounds that inhabit their music. They don’t sound like many but they hint at plenty. ‘Ookii Gekkou’ (Japanese for Big Moonlight) is the sound of ordinary life under a different set of rules, a record conceived and created in dark times – a sort of dream catcher for all the madness of the past year.

                                                                                                                            Vanishing Twin explore new ground on ‘Ookii Gekkou’ incorporating elements of afrofunk, outer jazz and avant-garde, all while referencing Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, Martin Denny to Morricone, Can’s Holger Czukay to meditative Gamelan, or The Free Design, to library music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Locked into their strangely-accessible groove is a history of ‘other’ sound, a crafted hauntology that evinces something completely new.

                                                                                                                            Hurricanes, organisms, vibes, bells, and percussive rallies purvey throughout ‘Ookii Gekkou’, each infiltrated with influences as diverse as Piero Umiliani, Art Ensemble of Chicago and ELO among others. Indeed, even a cursory earful adds to an ever-expanding palette of sound, no mean feat for the newly-trimmed quartet of songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas, drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, and synth/guitar player Phil MFU, this reduction resulting in no fewer ideas and even bigger steps. Vanishing Twin is a conundrum in these fragmenting times; familiar, yet different; appealing to this world, but from another, parallel one.

                                                                                                                            “A band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted” Pitchfork.

                                                                                                                            “One of the most original and exciting acts of the moment” The Quietus.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Barry says: Both 'Choose Your Own Adventure' and 'Age Of Immunology' were big hits in the shop, and the superb new one from is sure to go down similarly well, though it further diversifies the psychedelic wooze of both into loungy jazz, avant pop and bright proggy synth. It's a wonderful progression and a superb, typically brilliant listen.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Side A
                                                                                                                            A1 Big Moonlight (Ookii Gekkou)
                                                                                                                            A2 Phase One Million
                                                                                                                            A3 Zuum
                                                                                                                            A4 The Organism

                                                                                                                            Side B
                                                                                                                            B1 In Cucina
                                                                                                                            B2 Wider Than Itself
                                                                                                                            B3 Light Vessel
                                                                                                                            B4 Tub Erupt
                                                                                                                            B5 The Lift

                                                                                                                            Louie Vega

                                                                                                                            Expansions In The NYC - Another Day In My Life / Deep Burnt Feat. Alex Tosca

                                                                                                                            Two supreme House Grooves from the world renowned “Maestro” of the dancefloor in the continuing build-up to the Louie Vega “Expansions In The NYC” album release. With “Another Day In My Life” Louie Vega incorporates elements of the classic jam “Never Had A Love So Good” by Charles Johnson (fully cleared and licensed from the legendary Henry Stone Music Company), and creates a driving and infectious soul-infused club anthem that ruled the DJ download platforms prior to its vinyl release. On the AA side, Louie works with his long time collaborator Axel Tosca as well as legendary Chicago DJ / Vocalist Mike Dunn to create his own very soulful and New York flavored interpretation of the renowned 1999 Deep Burnt song by Pepe Bradock, done of course with Pepe Bradocks blessings and appreciation.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: I was unsure I needed to hear another version of "Deep Burnt" but fair doos to Mr. Vega and co. - they've injected a certain unique energy and flavour into this classic house trope that give it some extra mileage on the dancefloor. Any soulful house lovers are gonna dig this and the Southport Weekender crowd are surely gonna embrace is as a modern classic.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A. Another Day In My Life
                                                                                                                            AA. Deep Burnt Feat. Axel Tosca


                                                                                                                            Open The Door

                                                                                                                              Introducing Oslo’s next big exports, Veps. Open The Door is an introduction to their nineties tinged, pop rock and out September 3rd on Kanine Records.

                                                                                                                              Hailing from the eastside of Norway’s capital, Veps have known each other since elementary school and began playing music together in middle school, aged 14. Although growing up with very different influences, the girls had a common sense as outsiders and while making a short film together decided to make an impromptu band. With Helena, Laura and June already accomplished at their instruments, Maja was assigned as drummer, she had never touched a drum set before, and Veps was born. Already causing a stir playing a series of DIY shows wherever they could, the band self-released Do I Hear A Maybe? and Funny Things.

                                                                                                                              Equipped with their stunning debut EP which showcases songwriting beyond their youthful years, Veps signed to New York label Kanine Records, planting them firmly as one of the most exciting bands to watch.

                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                              Side A
                                                                                                                              1. Girl On TV
                                                                                                                              2. Do I Hear A Maybe?
                                                                                                                              3. Ecstasy
                                                                                                                              4. Oliver

                                                                                                                              Side B
                                                                                                                              5. Funny Things
                                                                                                                              6. Colorblind
                                                                                                                              7. Do I Hear A Maybe? – Acoustic Version
                                                                                                                              8. Oliver – Acoustic Version


                                                                                                                              Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)

                                                                                                                                Buzzing new Glasgow five-piece Vlure release their hotly anticipated debut 7” ‘Shattered Faith / Desire (Live)’ via London-based label Permanent Creeps Records.

                                                                                                                                Recorded between the halls of a deconsecrated church in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the self-produced ‘Shattered Faith’ is an indulgent, genre bending coming of age anthem influenced by the rhythms, repetitions and euphoric hooks of Glasgow’s thriving afterparty and club scene with an angular post-punk foundation. Speaking on the track the band explain: “We wanted to create something that felt at home on the dancefloors that we all found ourselves on growing up, yet still equally at home in the sweat-filled venues that the band was conceived in. At its crux, “Shattered Faith’ is about self-empowerment. It’s the disillusionment with where you are and what you’ve been given. It’s lying on your kitchen floor at 3am realising who you truly are and finding power in that - it’s a new lease of life. We believe that, if they want to find it, there is something for everyone in this song.”

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Laura says: Superb abrasive, sythn-infused post-punk from this Glasgow five piece.

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                A. Shattered Faith
                                                                                                                                B. Desire (Live)

                                                                                                                                Paul Weller

                                                                                                                                Days Of Speed - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                                  Days Of Speed is an acoustic, double live album featuring songs from across Paul Weller’s career including The Jam classics “That’s Entertainment” and “Town Called Malice,” The Style Council’s “Headstart for Happiness” and “Down in The Seine,” plus solo hits “You Do Something to Me” and “Wild Wood.” Originally released in October 2001, the first ever vinyl reissue features faithful original packaging replication, cut at London’s Metropolis Studios and pressed on 180g vinyl at MPO in France. 

                                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                  Days Of Speed
                                                                                                                                  Side A
                                                                                                                                  1. Brand New Start
                                                                                                                                  2. The Loved
                                                                                                                                  3. Out Of The Sinking
                                                                                                                                  4. Clues
                                                                                                                                  Side B
                                                                                                                                  1. English Rose
                                                                                                                                  2. Above The Clouds
                                                                                                                                  3. You Do Something To Me
                                                                                                                                  4. Amongst Butterflies
                                                                                                                                  5. Science
                                                                                                                                  Side C
                                                                                                                                  1. Back In The Fire
                                                                                                                                  2. Down In The Seine
                                                                                                                                  3. That's Entertainment
                                                                                                                                  4. Love-Less
                                                                                                                                  Side D
                                                                                                                                  1. There's No Drinking After You're Dead
                                                                                                                                  2. Everything Has A Price To Pay
                                                                                                                                  3. Wild Wood
                                                                                                                                  4. Headstart For Happiness
                                                                                                                                  5. Town Called Malice

                                                                                                                                  Weyes Blood

                                                                                                                                  Titanic Rising - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                                                    Through ‘Titanic Rising’, Weyes Blood, aka Natalie Mering, has designed her own universe to soulfully navigate life’s mysteries. Manoeuvring through a space time continuum, she plays the role of melodic, sometimes melancholic, anthropologist. 

                                                                                                                                    Tellingly, Mering classifies ‘Titanic Rising’ - written and recorded during the first half of 2018, after three albums and years of touring - as The Kinks meeting WWII or Bob Seger meets Enya. The latter captures the album’s wilful expansiveness (“You can tell there’s not a guy pulling the strings in Enya’s studio,” she notes, admiringly). The former relays her imperative to connect with listeners. “The clarity of Bob Seger is unmistakable. I’m a big fan of conversational songwriting,” she adds. “I just try to do that in a way that uses abstract imagery as well.” 

                                                                                                                                    The Weyes Blood frontwoman grew up singing in gospel and madrigal choirs. (Listen closely to ‘Titanic Rising’ and you’ll also hear the jazz of Hoagy Carmichael mingle with the artful mysticism of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the monomyth of scholar Joseph Campbell.) ‘Something To Believe’, a confessional that makes judicious use of the slide guitar, touches on that cosmological upbringing. “Belief is something all humans need. Shared myths are part of our psychology and survival,” she says. “Now we have a weird mishmash of capitalism and movies and science. There have been moments where I felt very existential and lost.” 

                                                                                                                                    As a kid, she filled that void with ‘Titanic’. (Yes, the movie.) “It was engineered for little girls and had its own mythology,” she explains. Mering also noticed that the blockbuster romance actually offered a story about loss born of man’s hubris. “It’s so symbolic that The Titanic would crash into an iceberg, and now that iceberg is melting, sinking civilization.” Today, this hubris also extends to the relentless adoption of technology, at the expense of both happiness and attention spans. 

                                                                                                                                    But Weyes Blood isn’t one to stew. Her observations play out in an ethereal saunter: far more meditative than cynical. To Mering, listening and thinking are concurrent experiences. “There are complicated influences mixed in with more relatable nostalgic melodies,” she says. “In my mind my music feels so big, a true production. I’m not a huge, popular artist, but I feel like one when I’m in the studio. But it’s never taking away from the music. I’m just making a bigger space for myself.”

                                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                    1. A Lot’s Gonna Change
                                                                                                                                    2. Andromeda
                                                                                                                                    3. Everyday
                                                                                                                                    4. Something To Believe
                                                                                                                                    5. Titanic Rising
                                                                                                                                    6. Movies
                                                                                                                                    7. Mirror Forever
                                                                                                                                    8. Wild Time
                                                                                                                                    9. Picture Me Better
                                                                                                                                    10. Nearer To Thee

                                                                                                                                    Danny George Wilson

                                                                                                                                    Another Place

                                                                                                                                      Danny George Wilson (Bennett Wilson Poole, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Grand Drive) unveils a radically surprising new solo album Another Place to a world coming up for air. Celebrating the future returning with a vibrant and diverse collection of startling, impressionistic songs produced in tandem with Sussex-based, studio-wizard Hamish Benjamin and his frequent collaborator Henry Garratt, helped along by pedal steel maestro Iain Sloan (Peter Bruntnell, Wynntown Marshals), and with memorable guest appearances from Emma Swift (Blonde On The Tracks), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).

                                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                      1. Lost Future
                                                                                                                                      2. Sincerely Hoping
                                                                                                                                      3. I Wanna Tell You
                                                                                                                                      4. Heaven For Hiding
                                                                                                                                      5. Can You Feel Me?
                                                                                                                                      6. Right Place
                                                                                                                                      7. Giving Away Too Much
                                                                                                                                      8. We've Got A Lot To Learn
                                                                                                                                      9. I Would Be In Love (Anyway)
                                                                                                                                      10. Inbetween The Love

                                                                                                                                      Frank Wilson

                                                                                                                                      Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Music Box

                                                                                                                                        Frank Wilson's Northern Soul gem - "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" immortalised in this lovely little music box.

                                                                                                                                        Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

                                                                                                                                        Amy Winehouse

                                                                                                                                        Back To Black - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                                                          This is a reissue of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' on picture disc vinyl. 

                                                                                                                                          Three years on from her debut "Frank" and all the acclaim she got back then, 2006 sees Amy Winehouse back at the centre of media attention with its follow up, and especially inspirational new single "Rehab" which kicks things off here too. Bracketed in with the nu-soul singers back then, Amy always had more of a jazz edge to her songs, and especially her voice which sounded like it should be coming from a 50-year-old black American singer, not a skinny white Londoner. With "Back To Black" she takes a trawl through the sound of 60s soul, girl group pop and the kind of laid back torch song crooning favoured by the mafioso of old, all given a totally modern twist by her smart confessional lyrics. This all comes backed by The Dap-Kings and features lush orchestration too, with production by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi. ESSENTIAL!!!


                                                                                                                                          The Laughing Stalk - 2021 Reissue

                                                                                                                                            Reissue of their seventh album, long unavailable on vinyl. "Intense" was a word commonly used when describing the sound of the band. Especially on stage the last line-up was an incredible force, but the current band managed to transport this "heavyness" into the studio while losing nothing of its love for detail or delicate arrangements. That was accomplished by producer Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten, Bad Seeds) who has created an intoxicating mix of guitars and other stringed instruments in the final mix.

                                                                                                                                            Various Artists

                                                                                                                                            Different Frequencies - National Album Day 2021 Edition

                                                                                                                                            “Different Frequencies” is a compilation album, pressed on transparent blue vinyl and released on National Album Day 2021. With each track a standout record in its own right, this compilation album showcases a new generation of exciting artists at the start of their journeys.

                                                                                                                                            The album features Different Recordings artists such as Greentea Peng, p-rallel, NAYANA IZ, Kojaque and many more, with genres ranging from UK rap & R&B to more experimental and newly-established hybrids of grime and bass.

                                                                                                                                            Whilst some of the lyrics may contain tongue-in-cheek themes, the artists presented here have a serious and ambitious intention, establishing their identity in this post-everything landscape. It's inventive, playful, riddled with attitude and smart, snappy and wily all at once. The south of a youth in full flow! Recommended. 

                                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                            1. NAYANA IZ - TNT
                                                                                                                                            2. Kojaque - Shmelly
                                                                                                                                            3. Scuti - Skoowup
                                                                                                                                            4. Deema - WISH I HAD TO
                                                                                                                                            5. P-rallel & Lauren Faith -
                                                                                                                                            6. Blue Denim Jeans
                                                                                                                                            7. Greentea Peng - Ghost Town
                                                                                                                                            8. Ishi Vu - A.S.I.S.O.A. 1000
                                                                                                                                            9. Modern Modern Life -
                                                                                                                                            10. London Wants You There

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