Eric Copeland

Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

Copeland brings the (schizoid, neon, frenetic) noise for his newest LP on L.I.E.S. Kicking things off with the juddering lo-fi stomp of 'Convoy', pushing hi-passed snares and delayed synth squeals through the mincer and ending up with some mechanically recovered heat, slavered liberally atop a solid foundation of mealy kicks and shuffled hats. 'Qualified' continues where we left off where vox are concerned, taking the mean voice of a hundred robots and gating them with some brutal sample & hold abstractions. In case this wasn't enough of thematic giveaway, bit-crushed synths fire off like lasers into the neon-lit heavens, turning the casual romp through the dystopian wilderness into a climactic white-knuckle boss-fight. 
Moving further along, and 'Doggy' presents the first indication of rhythmic convention, with lithe bass fragents flickering over a classic four-to-the-floor percussive backdrop before pulling out the flicker-machine once again to heavily treat the melodic overtones into a brittle amalgam of crystalline pulses and terse filter cuts. 
'Ultimo' veers into lite grime territory with sqelchy digital synths weaving their way around the cut-up vocal snippets and tinny flanged cymbals (it would sound great blaring out of a nokia speaker on the back of the 168). Brilliantly futuristic but with nods to everything that has secured its passage up to this point. Copeland has always pushed the boundaries, and this is no different, it just so happens that his boundary pushing has veered squarely into the wonky lo-fi house/techno/misc zone I find so appealing. RIYL Opal Tapes / Cloudface / SNES.  


Barry says: Brilliantly eccentric soundtrack to futuristic mishaps, last-life white-knuckle gaming and dusty sampler glitches. Superb.


1. Convoy
2. Qualified
3. Chinatown
4. Doggy
5. Oopsy Dazee
6. Following The Man
7. Ultimo
8. From The Hip
9. Flipper
10. Copacabana
11. Big Wheel
12. Larry Of Acadia 

This soul meets spiritual jazz album by vibes and marimba master Emile Normand is a super rare treat. Never released commercially until now, the LP features super covers of Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver and Jorge Ben. Recorded in 1968 only for internal use on CBC radio stations this grail for jazz collectors is released for the first time ever 47 years on. Standout tracks include ‘Morning’, ‘Mas Que Nada’ and ‘Senor Blues’.


Patrick says: East meets West on this gorgeous jazz LP from Emile Normand and co. Originally available for radio use only, and out of press ever since, the LP incorporates shades of bossa, exotica and spiritual into ten instrumental tracks.


Watch What Happens
Mas Que Nada
En Roulant Ma Boule
Man From South Africa
Tracy Rose
O Barquinho
Señor Blues

Edy Star

Sweet Edy


    Edys Star's debut LP, "Sweet Edy" (1974), is one of the key cult albums from 1970s Brazil, never reissued on vinyl until now. Featuring glam rock, funk, samba jazz and songs written by the best composers of the time, anyone looking for a Brazilian take on Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Roxy Music... will love this stunning record. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180g vinyl.

    Everything Everything

    Supernormal / Mercury And Me (RSD21 EDITION)



      ëSupernormalí and Mercury and Me is the first new music from Everything Everything since the release of acclaimed 5th LP RE-ANIMATOR last year which emerged to widespread critical acclaim last summer with many hailing the bandís visionary cocktail of intricate experimentation and immediately accessible art-pop. Released on 10inch colourful splatter vinyl for Record Store Day 2021, the realise also includes remix from tracks from RE-ANIMATOR from Foals and IOE AIE.

      Ennio Morricone

      Trio Infernale (RSD22 EDITION)


        Limited to 500 copies on magenta marbled vinyl. For his score to the 1974 European thriller, Il Trio Infernale the revered Italian composer Ennio Morricone conjured up dark, elegant pieces that echo the tone of the film. Highlights of the album include the dreamy, string-laden "Acide et Charme" and the playful yet ominous title track. 


        A1. Acide Et Charme
        A2. Premiere Danse Nuptiale
        A3. Le Trio Inferna L
        A4. Promenade Nocturne
        B1. Deuxieme Danse Nuptiale
        B2. Acide Et Charme
        B3. Requiem A L¥acide Sulfurique
        B4. Truffa
        B5. Derniere Danse Nuptiale

        Echo & The Bunnymen

        Peel Session 1997 (RSD23 EDITION)

           Echo & The Bunnymen's classic 1997 John Peel session available for the first time on vinyl, featuring 2 songs from 1997's 'Evergreen' plus the Bunnymen classics "Villiers Terrace" and "Altamont". Black vinyl, no download code. 


          A1. Don't Let It Get You Down
          A2. Villiers Terrace
          B1. Altamont
          B2. Rescue

          Experimental Audio Research

          Mesmerised (RSD23 EDITION)


            The E.A.R. debut project, Mesmerised, is a total collage of drones, tones, and endless atmospheric washes that becomes a logical extension of earlier works into realms of psychedelic haze. This mysterious and beautiful sound is a complete exploration into 90ís post/space rock. Only released on vinyl once in 1994, this RSD 2023 release has been created to exactly replicate the Space Age Recordings release from 2009. Working with Pete Kember, and keeping an environmentally conscious mind. This superb release will look as good as it sounds. Transparent red vinyl, inside a clear acetate bag with concentric circles and the EAR logo printed direct to it (plus barcode, track list etc). A very special release and one sure to get the collectors buzzing.

            Ennio Morricone

            Senza Sapere Niente Di Lei (Segreto #5) (RSD23 EDITION)


              Senza Sapere Niente di Lei (1969, Luigi Comencini) is one of the first scores composed by Ennio Morricone for a Giallo film, just ahead of the great season of the cult Italian thrilling genre forged by Dario Argento. 12" yellow 1LP, gatefold Morricone's score has never been issued on vinyl. It is one of his most ethereal scores, with a sweet and delicate theme unfolding in a lullaby to the rhythm of a valzer. Think lounge-jazz to experimental music. The final result is a sensual and suave sound that matches the quintessential morbid style of Giallo cinema

              Elvis Presley

              Burning Love - The RCA Rehearsals (RSD23 EDITION)



                Burning Love: The RCA Rehearsals compiles the best of the rehearsal recordings around Elvis' April 1972 US tour, all taken from the new Elvis On Tour collection. The 2LP set features rare and unreleased versions of "Burning Love", "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock", along with some of Elvisí favorite cover songs, gospel songs and more.

                Emma Bunton

                A Girl Like Me (RSD24 EDITION)



                  A Girl Like Me is the debut solo album by Singer Emma Bunton. Originally released in 2001, and reaching Number 4 on the UK Albums Chart, the album went on to be certified Gold in the UK. Available on vinyl for the very first time this Record Store Day, A Girl Like Me features the Number 1 single ëWhat Took You So Long?í plus íTake My Breath Awayí and ëWeíre Not Gonna Sleep Tonightí, alongside Buntonís hugely successful collaboration with Tin Tin Out, a cover of ëWhat I Amí by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Paying homage to Buntonís Baby Spice persona, this 12-track LP is pressed on limited edition baby pink vinyl and is a must-have collectorís item for both Emma Bunton fans and Spice Girls fans alike.

                  Ellie Dixon

                  In Case Of Emergency (RSD24 EDITION)



                    'In Case of Emergency' is a collection of four irresistibly uplifting songs with messages to swing back, crush problems, breathe and get back on track. Written, produced and recorded by Ellie Dixon, the EP revolves around self-care, coping strategies and the various methods she personally employs to navigate her own mental well-being. This EP features singles: Swing!, Big Lizard Energy, Dopamine & Bounce - all available on vinyl for the very first time.


                    Burned (RSD24 EDITION)



                      Electrafixion were an alternative rock band, formed by former Echo & the Bunnymen members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant in 1994, joined by bass guitarist Leon de Sylva and drummer Tony McGuigan Burned was their debut and only album, long deleted it will be re-issued on black and white vinyl for RSD 2024.

                      English Teacher

                      Live At The Brudenell Social Club (RSD24 EDITION)



                        Vinyl of live audio taken form the band's homecoming headline show (in Leeds 2023)Side A 1. Intro (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 2. The Worldís Biggest Paving Slab (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 3. Albatross (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 4. A55 (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 5. Mastermind Specialism (Live BrudenellSocial Club)6. You Blister My Paint (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 7. Broken Biscuits (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 8. Nearly Daffodils (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 9. R&B (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 10. Albert Road (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 11. This Could Be Texas (Live at Brudenell Social Club) 12. Good Grief (Live at Brudenell Social Club)


                        We Go Again (RSD24 EDITION)



                          Everything But The Girl

                          At Maida Vale (RSD24 EDITION)



                            Everything But The Girl's 'At Maida Vale EP' is made up of four tracks recorded in April 2023 at the BBCís famous Maida Vale Studios - Run A Red Light, Single and When You Mess Up, first broadcast on Gideon Coeís BBC 6 Music show; and Nothing Left To Lose first heard on Jo Whileyís BBC Radio 2 show. All the recordings are versions of tracks on the bandís current album, ëFuseî, except Single which first appeared on their platinum 1996 album, Walking Wounded. The session was the only live performance that the band did around the release of their new album.Speaking about the EP, Tracey Thorn says: "It was exciting returning to such a famous studio to record these tracks. It was almost 40 years since our first John Peel Session there. The idea was to start by approaching all four as live piano and vocal takes.""Nothing Left To Lose was then left stripped back as a complete contrast to the original," adds Ben Watt, "while for the others we added a few one-take overdubs of synth, guitar, drums and backing vocals to capture both the spontaneity of a session but a flavour of the original album arrangements." Everything But The Girlís new album Fuse charted at Number 3 in the UK Official Album Chart, the highest position of the bandís career. The Guardian was among several top publications to post a 5-star review ('Still staking out pop's frontier after 40 years Ö a comeback worth waiting for'). Pitchfork called it the duoís 'triumphant new album Ö bewitching and soul-baring'. High level support has also come at radio (two singles on the BBC 6 Music A-List Playlist) and at key editorial DSP playlists (New Music Friday, All New Indie, Altar, Metropolis, The Other List, Loops).

                            Elton John

                            Caribou (RSD24 EDITION)



                              2LP set on 180g limited edition sky blue vinyl. Includes original album, plus newly compiled LP of bonus tracks.

                              Ennio Morricone (Feat Joan Baez)

                              Sacco E Vanzetti OST (RSD24 EDITION)



                                Ennio Morricone

                                Allonsanfan OST (RSD24 EDITION)



                                  Ennio Morricone

                                  Come Imparai Ad Amare Le Donne OST (RSD24 EDITION)



                                    Ennio Morricone

                                    Storie Di Vita E Malavita (RSD24 EDITION)



                                      CAM SUGAR is proud to release for the first time ever on vinyl the complete soundtrack of Carlo Lizzani's masterpiece, 'Storie di vita e malavita' (1975).The stories evoked by the title are based on the real investigation carried out in Milan a few months before the filming by journalist Maria Rusconi, whose aim was to investigate and denounce underage prostitution. Morricone comments on the crude news stories staged by Lizzani with a theme that immediately assaults the listener, through its stubborn and edgy progression. The title track immediately echoes the tones of 'Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto' (1970, Elio Petri), combining the grotesque with a hallucinatory and impactful timbral and orchestral violence. There are also flashes of bossa, dark marches and jazz-funk colourations typical of the 1970s crime genre. All tracks, with the exception of the track already included in the 'Morricone Segreto' compilation (ëVita e malavitaí), are unreleased in any format.

                                      Exit North

                                      Anyway, Still

                                        Exit North are: Japan co-founder, solo artist Steve Jansen, Swedish singer songwriter Thomas Feiner, pianist Ulf Jansson, and renowned Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Charlie Storm. Their 2nd studio album ‘Anyway, Still’ continues the quartet’s appetite for exploring provocative song structures. Weaving classic elements such as piano and strings into the layered threads of the bands material. Where intimacy and atmospherics give way to powerful dynamics, animated rhythms and grooves, driving distortions and crescendos in cinematic scale. Like excavators with uncompromising autonomy, Exit North relish the exploration of every nuance and detail of the recorded performance. Artwork contains full lyrics. 

                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: There aren't many composers more qualified to compose dynamic, surprising electronic music than the great Steve Jansen of Japan, and this project sees him team up with Thomas Feiner and Charlie storm for a touching and airy suite of rich modern-classical topped with Feiner's soft but imposing vocal talents. Reminiscent of Michael Gira's vocals atop a more restrained, brittle background hum.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. I Only Believe In Untold Stories
                                        2. Your Story Mine
                                        3. The Unforeseen
                                        4. Where The Coin Fell
                                        5. Bled Out
                                        6. Us In Half
                                        7. A Battle Cried
                                        8. With All The Indifference
                                        9. In The Game
                                        10. The Signal

                                        Exit North

                                        Anyway, Still

                                          Exit North are: Japan co-founder, solo artist Steve Jansen, Swedish singer songwriter Thomas Feiner, pianist Ulf Jansson, and renowned Swedish producer/multi-instrumentalist Charlie Storm. Their 2nd studio album ‘Anyway, Still’ continues the quartet’s appetite for exploring provocative song structures. Weaving classic elements such as piano and strings into the layered threads of the bands material. Where intimacy and atmospherics give way to powerful dynamics, animated rhythms and grooves, driving distortions and crescendos in cinematic scale. Like excavators with uncompromising autonomy, Exit North relish the exploration of every nuance and detail of the recorded performance. Artwork contains full lyrics. 

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Barry says: There aren't many composers more qualified to compose dynamic, surprising electronic music than the great Steve Jansen of Japan, and this project sees him team up with Thomas Feiner and Charlie storm for a touching and airy suite of rich modern-classical topped with Feiner's soft but imposing vocal talents. Reminiscent of Michael Gira's vocals atop a more restrained, brittle background hum.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. I Only Believe In Untold Stories
                                          2. Your Story Mine
                                          3. The Unforeseen
                                          4. Where The Coin Fell
                                          5. Bled Out
                                          6. Us In Half
                                          7. A Battle Cried
                                          8. With All The Indifference
                                          9. In The Game
                                          10. The Signal

                                          Erell Ranson

                                          Hand In Hand - Inc. DJ Normal 4, Pariah, SW Remixes

                                          Kalahari Oyster Cult have been thumbing through their back catalogue and return to a past gem for some renewed attention. 2017 saw the release of Erell Ranson’s "Hand in Hand", a quintet of beautifully crafted machine music. Two tracks have been chosen from the EP and remixed with stunning results.

                                          First up is DJ Normal 4’s "Sealife Safari MixX" of "If We Never Try". The sweet, shimmering melody of the original plus the bubbling bass and subtle notes, are transformed in this remake. Silvery chords morph into bold and daring new forms under the tutelage of Tim Schumacher, neon streaked patterns coalescing with broken and cracked percussion for a superbly uplifting piece.

                                          Pariah follows with his rework of “Hand in Hand.” A deep dreamscape intricately woven with heady notes, birdsong and endless possibilities.

                                          The final odyssey comes care of SW (Stefan Wust) of SUED fame. The Berlin based musician delivers his reimagined idea of “If We Never Try” with Ranson’s version being washed over by lapping lines and gentle currents to create a smooth rounded finale. A trio of unique perspectives from three true talents of electronic music.

                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                          Matt says: Market leaders in late night voodoo, Kalahari Oyster Cult revisit a past spell book for some new interpretations; closing off what's been a truly shamanic year in fine style.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Erell Ranson - If We Never Try (DJ Normal 4 Sealife Safari MixX)
                                          2. Erell Ranson - Hand In Hand (Pariah Remix)
                                          3. Erell Ranson - If We Never Try (SW. Amnesia Interpretation)

                                          El Goodo


                                            An incomparable world of bug-eyed, harmony-rich folk-pop-psych-alt-country-rock lies in wait for intrepid listeners as the best Welsh band the world nearly forgot, El Goodo, return with only their fourth album in a 20-year career, Zombie. 

                                            The result of a rapid-fire period of easy-come recording at the legendary Rockfield Studios in the company of experimental producer, Tim Lewis (aka Thighpaulsandra, a Julian Cope collaborator and former member of Spiritualized), El Goodo’s 13-track long player gathers loose ends from the band’s stop-start lifespan, as well as brand new songs exploring parenthood, losing parents and – tangentially – Spanish surrealist film.

                                            Featuring over 20 musicians – including core members Pixy Jones (lead vocals/guitars/keys), Elliott Jones (drums), Jason Jones (vocals/guitars) and Andrew Cann (bass) – the album welcomes contributions from Sweet Baboo/Stephen Black (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute) and Welsh Music Prize-nominee, Eugene Capper (violin/slide guitar). The Grey Tower itself is assembled of 17 players, finessing the ride between bright, sun-dappled hippy pop and intense, squally fuzz with saxophone, harmonica, heavy strings and a Baldwin Electric Harpsichord.

                                            Originally intending their collaboration with a dedicated producer to be a double-album, a new sense of purpose and direction instead guided them to a drum-tight clutch of tracks that just fits on two sides instead of four. As well as recording Zombie direct to tape, El Goodo dug around in Lewis’ rich archive of analogue equipment at his Aeriel studio in Carmarthenshire, including a rare Univox early synth used by Joe Meek in the recording of his 1962 game-changer Telstar (now used by the band on I Can’t Leave). The result of their journey is a rich tapestry of valve-powered sound, recalling the White Album, Scott Walker, The Troggs, Gene Clark, the Beach Boys and numerous other ‘golden-age’ sonic explorers.

                                            Named after Lewis’ sadly-departed dog, Zombie – etched in the band’s memories and nasal passages as a vegetable-loving creature, with noxious after effects - the album’s title follows in El Goodo’s tradition of naming albums after animals, succeeding 2009’s Coyote and 2017’s, widely-acclaimed, By Order Of The Moose.

                                            Forming in the late 90s, El Goodo (named after the Big Star song, Ballad Of El Goodo) emerged with intent as not only a support band for Super Furry Animals on their 2006 Love Kraft UK tour, but also as label mates as the Furries released the band’s self-titled debut on their Placid Casual label in 2005. Haphazardly piecing together records using faulty equipment in a crumbling village hall in their sleepy hometown of Resolven, the next 15 years has seen El Goodo blip contentedly on the radar as a gently persistent musical jewel cherished by knowing audiophiles. Their association with the Furries persists as Zombie is released on Cian Ciarán and Dafydd Ieuan’s Cardiff-based, Strangetown Records. 

                                            Running the anything goes travelling warehouse rave "Fusion mes Couilles" Emma DJ and Ishaq have created a unique situation with their party series in Paris. The two have been able to do what not many have, which is create a party environment strictly on their own terms, with no outside influence, no pandering to agents or the trends of the day and no outside money rearing its head trying to influence. This endeavor is no small feat considering the oversaturated and bland nitelife climate over the last years in the city. The result of their hard work, has been a large scale dedicated fanbase that trust them, hands down.

                                            Over these years both Emma DJ and Ishaq had been working independently on their own productions as well, with Emma DJ recently releasing a slew of tapes in a hyperactive, machine gun manner, while Ishaq makes his first appearance on wax here.
                                            On the "Fusion" split lp we get four tracks from Emma DJ on the a-side and four tracks from Ishaq on the b-side...both artists bring their unique takes on modern dance music on each side of the record from gnarled acid, to tweaked IDM, to broken techno, or ADD chopped guitar loop beats, this is a truly unique release documenting the sound of the top crew in the Paris underground.
                                            Artwork licensed from NYC street photographer Richard Sandler

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Patrick says: Always a ballsy move putting such an iconic image on your sleeve but this split LP earns its stripes within the first minute of the opener. Growling sequences, fractured drum machines and industrial idents are presented in fresh and original ways, switching up the techno blueprint for 2020.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            A1. Emma DJ - More Is More Euphoric
                                            A2. Emma DJ - Fuzmec
                                            A3. Emma DJ - Stratocaster
                                            A4. Emma DJ - Vector
                                            B1. Ishaq - Mantis Ale
                                            B2. Ishaq - Shutdown Spitface
                                            B3. Ishaq - Forest Manned Wolf
                                            B4. Ishaq - Snowtop



                                              ‘Promises’ is Entrance’s debut for Thrill Jockey Records, featuring four astonishingly unforgettable new songs. ‘Promises’ is the introduction to a fresh chapter in the story of Entrance.

                                              Entrance is the multi-talented singer-songwriter Guy Blakeslee. An artist’s artist, Entrance is a musician with the blues running through his veins. His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative storytelling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark.

                                              Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured Entrance’s interpretation of Skip James’ ‘I’m So Glad’ in the film ‘Her’. Players on the EP include Paz Lenchantin (Pixies) and Emily Kokal (Warpaint).

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Answer Within
                                              Waking Up
                                              Make Believe

                                              Eve Adams

                                              Metal Bird

                                                Eve Adams offers solace within life's shadows. Un-numbing senses with anthems of surrender and tender-hearted tales that tingle with Californian folk-noir, her album Metal Bird takes flight with the turbulence and romance of Hollywood’s golden age, and meditates on the mysteries of love, death, insecurity and loneliness.

                                                Like a match struck in a cobwebbed attic, Adams voice is a fiery detective, unafraid to explore the unseen; the liminal spaces between mourning and rapture, between the coldness of a corpse and the heat of cremation. Imagery of flight and the denial of gravity floats slyly through the ten songs on Metal Bird by the California-born musician and hints at the experience of being caught in purgatory, like a passenger on a plane ride from Hell to Heaven.

                                                Combining airy folk with haunting soundscapes the album takes listeners on an auditory voyage from sonorous lullabies, to dreamy ambience, skeletal jazz, 1930s torch songs and 1940s film noir. Metal Bird has a distinct, genuine tone, with orchestral arrangements, ambient hallucinations and high fidelity vocals that are unafraid to be heard loud and clear.

                                                For those who are hopelessly enamoured with a by-gone time, there is solace in these songs and sounds. Flickering back and forth between dread and hope, the unrelenting march towards a spiritual transformation and the realization that each of us are driven by our own dreams and as much as we want to hold it in our hands, often it is intangible. The sublime remains elusive, existing somewhere in the heart, and it sounds like Eve Adams knows this best.

                                                Metal Bird gets a release on Basin Rock, the Todmorden based record label who gave lift off to Julie Byrne, Aoife Nessa Frances, Nadia Reid and Johanna Samuels. 

                                                "Metal Bird feels blissfully unmoored from any sense of time and space, its astral Americana hymns hovering somewhere between the dirt and the stars, between a bygone golden age and our tense present, between raw intimacy and dreamlike splendour." Pitchfork.

                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                Barry says: What an absolutely enthralling selection this is, landing somewhere between gothic country music, 40's lounge and wistful folk, deftly flowing between influences without batting an eyelid. Wonderfully written, mournful pop songs that defy all expectation.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Side A
                                                1. Blues Look The Same
                                                2. You're Not Wrong
                                                3. Butterflies
                                                4. A Walk In The Park
                                                5. Metal Bird
                                                Side B
                                                6. The Dying Light
                                                7. Woman On Your Mind
                                                8. La Ronde
                                                9. Prisoner
                                                10. My Only Dream

                                                Ellen Allien


                                                  What is "Sool"? How is "Sool"? "Sool" is everything, everyone and no-one – "Sool" is a phantasm, a creation, which reflects the album's atmosphere, and also Ellen Allien as a person. Opening with the slowling building atmopheric street / cafe recording of "Einsteigen", the scene is set for a series of minimal electronic tracks, either techno, or more intricate electronica. Featuring precise programming and the subtlest layers of keyboard and synth work, "Sool" is a sparse but beautiful outing for Berlin's BPitch Controller.

                                                  Erol Alkan

                                                  A Hold On Love (Reworks)

                                                  Having already forged a scene-shifting career as a DJ, producer, remixer and collaborator, it was only in 2013 that Erol Alkan released a debut EP, 'Illumination' on his label Phantasy. Its shimmering opener was 'A Hold On Love', the soaring, glossy chords that have remained a staple in Alkan's DJ sets in the decade since.

                                                  Upon its tenth anniversary, Alkan presents two subtle but hugely effective reworks that transport one of the London producer's most enduring tracks onto contrasting dance floors.

                                                  The '(dyna-mix)' finds canyons of heady dub and psychedelia among halcyon chords, first means tested on wide-eyed crowds at Houghton Festival and throughout Alkan's ongoing 'To The Rhythm' all-nighters. Meanwhile, the '(trip-mix)' subtly lifts the energy for a pacier take, rich in reverie yet without sacrificing the detail and musicality always at the centre of Alkan's still fertile blend of house, electro, techno and alternative sensibilities.

                                                  The two tracks are available pressed onto extremely limited edition vinyl featuring manually screen printed sleeves, hand numbered by Erol himself. 300 copies only.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Matt says: Reminiscent of some lost Kevin Saunderson nugget, but with added stadium-busting energy; two fresh takes on a certified Erol Alkan banger that'll obliterate any large arena.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  A. A Hold On Love (dyna-mix) 
                                                  AA. A Hold On Love (trip-mix) 

                                                  Elisa Ambrogio

                                                  The Immoralist

                                                    Elisa Ambrogio, Magik Markers’ power front, lyric intelligence, guitar g’rilla and awkward weirdo, is back, and forth too, to deposit her first full length solo outing on your doorstep. ‘The Immoralist’ lies at the wicked crossroads of the electric wail of Wilson Pickett and the sweetest harmony of Wilson Phillips.

                                                    Ambrogio exhibits a new refinement on ‘The Immoralist’. Working with Papercuts’ Jason Quever, Elisa’s earliest childhood musical loves The Poni-Taies, Tiffany and The Dixie Cups rise through the haze-nraze of electric guitar and drums with a pop repercussion previously unexplored by Magik Markers. Glossy melodies, drums that throb with the rhythmic stamp of a celibate sect and layers of vocals joined in harmony over stark sound-beds engage a whole new quadrant of Starship Ambrogio. Meanwhile, the endocrine hiss of Love’s ‘Baby Soft’ and heart-caught-in-throat emulsion sweats from the tracks, taking Cale’s conceit of fear as man’s best friend and playing fetch with it.

                                                    Flashes of the youthful innocent and her shadow illuminate ‘The Immoralist’s early moments, ‘Superstitious’ and ‘Reservoir’. With ‘Mary Perfectly’, at long last we take the guitar player for a ride. Over the cheerleader chants and locust synth of ‘Comers’, a dreamy meditation on agency, she writes a song about a horse and admits it is a hack move to write a song about a horse in one breath. Not every album can successfully write love songs about examples of irrigation but Ambrogio pulls it off seamlessly on tracks like ‘Reservoir’ and ‘Arkansas’.

                                                    As ‘The Immoralist’ moves through its masterfully sequenced narrative arc, disparate elements are pulled into focus: a suburban dad playing the steering wheel of a Pontiac 2000 is echoed in the opening drum beat of ‘Stopped Clocks’, while the coiled freedom of improvised piece ‘Kylie’ captures at long last the poetic resonance of applying lip gloss and features Ambrogio’s long-heralded but neverbefore captured cello playing. ‘Far From Home’ evokes the loneliness and confusion of waking up in a dark field and feeling your way back to civilization - along with a nebulous-yet-unshakeable vibe of romance.

                                                    Emma Anderson (Lush)


                                                      Following the news that all three Lush albums are going to be reissued, Emma Anderson, the band’s co-founder, has announced her debut solo album, Pearlies, which will be released by Sonic Cathedral on October 20, 2023.One of the most underrated British songwriters to emerge from the era that encompassed shoegaze and Britpop, she has teamed up with producer James Chapman (aka Maps) for this collection that combines effervescent electronic pop with psych and folk textures with lyrics covering themes such as confronting your fears, embracing independence and moving on in life.

                                                      It arrives fully formed with a burnished beauty (aided by the mastering skills of Heba Kadry) that belies its somewhat protracted creation, which began with Emma feeling disillusioned after Lush’s 2016 reunion came to an abrupt end. Left with songs and bits of music originally intended for the band, she began working with cellist and string arranger Audrey Riley and Robin Guthrie, formerly of the Cocteau Twins, both of whom encouraged her to sing her own songs. Covid put a temporary halt on proceedings, but the decision had been made. When Sonic Cathedral introduced her to James Chapman at the start of 2022, Pearlies quickly took shape and blossomed into a masterpiece, the perfect mix of Emma’s incredible, idiosyncratic songwriting and James’ electronic production nous. Plus, a little extra guitar magic on four tracks courtesy of Richard Oakes from Suede.

                                                      The finished album has somehow written its own narrative. By her own admission, Emma tends to write words and “see what comes out”, but Pearlies seems to tell the story of her decision to go it alone, with opener ‘I Was Miles Away’ posing the question: “See if I make it on my own”. The rest of the album provides the answer as it takes in everything from the unexpectedly funky first single ‘Bend The Round’, to folky finger-picking and film theme references, via psych leaning electronic pop reminiscent of Goldfrapp or Melody’s Echo Chamber. It concludes with ‘Clusters’, a stunning, Stereolab-style groove which begins with the line “and now the party’s over, the music’s at the end”. Thankfully, that is not the case. This incredible album is just the start of Emma’s long-awaited solo journey.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Emma Anderson presents her first solo album for the wonderful Sonic Cathedral, showing hints of her history in Lush but with a vigour and airy carless ease we've not heard before. It's both wildly beautiful and unendingly deep, arguably her finest work of all (Sorry Lush). Brilliant musician, and a beautiful album.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. I Was Miles Away
                                                      2. Bend The Round
                                                      3. Inter Light
                                                      4. Taste The Air
                                                      5. Xanthe
                                                      6. The Presence
                                                      7. Willow And Mallow
                                                      8. Tonight Is Mine
                                                      9. For A Moment
                                                      10. Clusters

                                                      Erika Angell

                                                      The Obsession With Her Voice

                                                        The acclaimed Montréal-based Swedish singer/composer from Thus Owls and The Moth presents her solo debut. Angell has also worked with Daníel Bjarnason (Ben Frost, Sigur Rós), Arve Henriksen (Supersilent), Lisen Rylander Löve (Midaircondo), Liam O’Neill (SUUNS), Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Patrick Watson and more. Erika Angell still remembers the first time she sang this way. The Swedish-born musician was three and a half years old, alone at dusk atop a hill, staring down at the landscape around her parents’ farm—tangled woods, darkening houses—and from somewhere deep inside her, she found a voice. It was a song without language, without any specific melody; it was flowing and easy and free. “This memory still defines the essence of living, to me,” she says. A memory of pure music: untamed, unhesitant, open-hearted. Four decades later, now based in Montreal, Angell is “coming back to the beginning, somehow” with a debut solo album that reaches back toward that early childhood evening on a hilltop, when the music was raw, solitary and boundless.

                                                        The Obsession With Her Voice is an expression of Angell’s inexhaustible love for art and music, a celebration of all the ways she has learned to articulate her instrument, a work of experimental exploration and feminist power that shimmers, cracks and shatters as it gathers the strands of one woman’s musical life. As a child, Angell was taught lieder and opera music by her choir-leader mother; as a teenager in the countryside, she spent all of her days studying jazz; later, she’d explore free improv and post-industrial electronics in a duo called The Moth. 14 years ago, Angell founded the acclaimed, Polaris-nominated band Thus Owls, whose five LPs have traversed jazz and indie rock’s outer reaches. Angell has also collaborated with artists ranging from Daníel Bjarnason (Ben Frost, Sigur Rós), Arve Henriksen (Supersilent) and Lisen Rylander Löve (Midaircondo) to Liam O’Neill (SUUNS) and Patrick Watson, as well as inaugurating the New Music trio Beatings Are In The Body with Róisín Adams and Peggy Lee.

                                                        The ten tracks on The Obsession With Her Voice form a riveting collage, blending Angell’s searing and searching vocals with synths and electroacoustics (mixed brilliantly by Sam Woywitka), Jonathan Cayer’s mazelike string arrangements, and incandescent drum improvisations by Mili Hong. Songs like “One”, “Temple” and “Open Eyes” are poetic, through composed song-sculptures, musing on identity and disagreement. “Never Tried to Run” evokes Angell’s childhood idol Nina Hagen, weaving a snaky, sultry portrait of change, while “Up My Sleeve” shivers with a vivid worldliness: the singer in a state of emergency, watching the flames climb higher. Angell never gives in to cold experimentation or the willfully abstruse; even a song like “German Singer,” which narrates a concert over processed vocal snippets and a metronomic pulse, is fundamentally an invitation: a tribute to art’s value, to its power to seduce.

                                                        Throughout, Angell pushes and processes her voice, plunging overtop noise and percussion, tracing melodies of fearless complexity, instantaneity and conviction. Listen for echoes of Scott Walker’s The Drift, Jenny Hval’s Blood Bitch, Brigitte Fontaine’s Comme à la radio and Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus’s Bonita. “I was interested in the meeting-point between being ‘in’ yourself, ‘in’ your own world, and when you meet the outside,” Angell says. “I’ve never forgotten my evening on the hill—singing freely, without judging myself. Sending my energy out into the air. When I’m able to do that, bridging that breaking-point, it feels like a good thing. For the world, and for me too—to remind myself, and everyone, that we can do it.

                                                        That it’s allowed. We can hold all these real faces of ourselves, in front of each other, and show each other that attention.” The Obsession With Her Voice is Erika Angell’s attempt to express a feeling: a windswept one, raw and unfeigned. Songs that explode, music that trembles like a vibration on a string—a singer sharing an insight and also a wish. “The sting above the heart…” she sings on “Let Your Hair Down,” “What does it mean? What is art?” And: “How can I be it?” 

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1 Dress Of Stillness
                                                        2 Up My Sleeve
                                                        3 German Singer
                                                        4 Never Tried To Run
                                                        5 One
                                                        6 Open Eyes
                                                        7 Bear
                                                        8 Let Your Hair Down
                                                        9 Good And Bad
                                                        10 Temple

                                                        Erin Anne

                                                        Do Your Worst

                                                          When the whole world collapses around you, sometimes the only thing you can do is stomp it all loose. Erin Anne's second album, the gleaming, electrified Do Your Worst, charts that uninhibited romp through disaster. Written amid the rubble of personal grief and professional disappointment, later exacerbated by the devastation of a global pandemic, the record deepens Erin's venture into the blur between human and machine, adding a new roster of digital instruments to the mix. Drawing on dark, glossy '80s synthpop as well as the unabashed bombast of bands like The Killers, the L.A.-based songwriter deploys a cyborg persona to articulate a feeling of displacement from the world as a queer artist struggling to survive the machinations of late capitalism. With bright, interweaving synthesizers and ripples of Auto-Tuned vocals, Do Your Worst poses a dare to the world: Whatever you have in store, I'll take it standing.

                                                          Erin began writing her second album not long after adding a MIDI keyboard and vocal processing hardware to her home studio setup. While exploring her new gear, she found that she could work in the same vein as the artists and producers she loved the most. Do Your Worst takes inspiration from the music of Patrick Cowley, the disco and hi-NRG producer best known for working alongside Sylvester. Erin was taken by Cowley's use of vocoder on the 1982 album Mind Warp, where his distorted vocals create a queer, mutant subjectivity. That album rang out against the cataclysm of the AIDS epidemic; Erin found resonance in Cowley's music during the present-day pandemic. "I have found the most catharsis and the most safety in listening to the music of people in really, really horrific circumstances making something lasting and profoundly beautiful," she says.

                                                          Throughout Do Your Worst, which was mixed by Sarah Tudzin of Illuminati Hotties, songs like "Typhoid Mary" and "Florida" reckon with loss, despair, and abjection. "This Hungry Body" sears through pandemic-era touch starvation, while "Mirror Mirror" attends to the noxious but necessary funhouse of social media. On the playful, guitar-driven “Eve Polastri’s Last Two Brain Cells Have a Debate,” Erin uses the spy thriller TV show Killing Eve to explore queer codependency and masochism. Among these fraught subjects, Erin Anne finds opportunities for release. She stages internal conflict on a scale so massive that its details start to become clear; if they don't resolve, they at least become palpable.

                                                          "I’m very much a maximalist when it comes to production. I like vast landscapes. I like a stratosphere and a core -- I want the bass to be beneath the floor," Erin says. "This record is, in a lot of ways, a collection of some of the first moments that I was technologically able to achieve accurate renderings of how I hear my own emotional world."

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. Monday Feeling
                                                          2. Loose Cannon Club
                                                          3. Eve Polastri's Last Two Brain Cells Have A Debate
                                                          4. Naked Minimum
                                                          5. Mirror Mirror
                                                          6. Do Your Worst
                                                          7. Echo Park Vampire
                                                          8. Florida
                                                          9. This Hungry Body
                                                          10. Underground
                                                          11. Typhoid Mary

                                                          Erin Anne

                                                          Tough Love

                                                            The debut album from Erin Anne, Tough Love is an unruly yet elegant collage of all the elements that make up her musical vocabulary: wildly shredded riffs and lo-fi acoustic ramblings, punk-rock energy and folky austerity, new-wave whimsy and high-flown pop theatrics. With a narrative voice at turns thoughtful and rebellious, confrontational and shy, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter presents a body of work that bravely documents the slow and strange process of becoming yourself.

                                                            Co-produced with Alex Rogers (Family Hahas, Tambourines), Tough Love offers a potent introduction to Erin’s kaleidoscopic musicality and infinitely unpredictable guitar work. In bringing the album to life, the two collaborators drew from an earlier version of Tough Love self-released by Erin in early 2019, re-recording each song with live drums and Rogers’s lavish collection of analog synths. With Erin playing every instrument except drums, Tough Love bears an expansive sonic palette wholly suited to its emotional thrust—a state of mind she encapsulates as “standing in the doorway between presents you’ve grown out of and futures you’re afraid you’re too small for, and using music as the catalyst to take those steps into the unknown.”

                                                            An album charged with restless intensity, Tough Love reaches a glorious peak on its title track, a song initially informed by Erin’s experience in earning her Ph.D. in musicology at UCLA. “Being a woman in academia can be exhausting,” says Erin. “‘Tough Love’ started when I came from a day at seminar when I was trying to make a very simple point and couldn’t get a word out—I was incredibly frustrated, and tried to write a vaguely ’80s, “9 to 5”-style song that would feel good to Jazzercise to.” But as the track took shape, “Tough Love” eventually morphed into a massive anthem, a thrillingly cathartic refusal to let her voice go unheard.

                                                            On the track “Bedroom Track (Carrie),” Erin transforms sentences lifted from Carrie Brownstein’s 2015 memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl to deliver a “personal manifesto about wanting things—a very specifically female/queer kind of wanting.” The album’s hypnotic centerpiece, “Gaslighter,” which explores the confusion of abuse, is simultaneously jarring, mesmerizing, and oddly transcendent.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Sleep For Dinner
                                                            Bedroom Track (Carrie)
                                                            Bitter Winter
                                                            Tough Love
                                                            Wrong Stuff
                                                            Life Soup
                                                            Sleep For Dinner – Reprise

                                                            Ellen Arkbro & Johan Graden

                                                            I Get Along Without You Very Well

                                                              Following their collaboration on the acclaimed ‘For Organ and Brass’, released on Subtext, new album ‘I get along without you very well’ expands on the duo’s intoxicating exploration of meditative, spiritual sonics in unexpected ways.

                                                              It is a beautiful meeting of two friends and inventive musical minds, resulting in the most affecting and surprising of pop albums. From its opening notes, ‘I get along without you very well’ delights in subtle tensions and contradictions.

                                                              Ellen Arkbro and Johan Graden embody the limitless curiosity and fearless innovation of the Swedish and Berlin new music scenes they inhabit. Arkbro is a composer and musician whose work has been presented around the globe at prestigious institutions such as the Barbican in London, GRM in Paris and the Kölner Philharmonie in Köln.

                                                              Graden is one of Sweden’s most sought-after pianists, moving freely between classical music and the European contemporary jazz scene. Currently living in Amman Jordan, he is an active member of the Jordanian experimental pop scene.

                                                              ‘I get along without you very well’ is a daring statement from two of the most progressive voices in contemporary music. In allowing themselves to be at their most vulnerable - with each other, their collaborators and with listeners - they have created some of their most powerful work to date.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              Out Of Luck
                                                              All In Bloom
                                                              Never Near
                                                              Other Side
                                                              Love You, Bye

                                                              Erykah Badu

                                                              Mama's Gun

                                                                'Mama's Gun' is the second studio album by neo soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates funk, soul and jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. 'Mama's Gun' features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

                                                                The album contains the single "Bag Lady" which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. "Bag Lady" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song "Didn't Cha Know?" was nominated for Best R&B Song.

                                                                Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking "chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime" and went on to say "she has taken her art to the next level." Entertainment Weekly called the album a "'70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record."

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                SIDE A
                                                                1. Penitentiary Philosophy
                                                                2. Didn't Cha Know
                                                                3. My Life
                                                                4. ... & On

                                                                SIDE B
                                                                1. Cleva
                                                                2. Hey Sugah
                                                                3. Booty
                                                                4. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
                                                                5. A.D. 2000

                                                                SIDE C
                                                                1. Orange Moon
                                                                2. In Love With You
                                                                3. Bag Lady

                                                                SIDE D
                                                                1. Time's A Wastin
                                                                2. Green Eyes

                                                                Erykah Badu

                                                                Honey (GU Remix)

                                                                Super limited vinyl edition of Glenn Underground's remix of Erykah Badu's neo-soul smash "Honey". Tweaking it out into a jazzy, soulful-house cut resplendent in the producer’s luscious licks and adding the soul queen's infectious vocal on top. It's a no brainer really and sure to satisfy even the hardest to please Saturday night reveler.

                                                                Limited copies - move quick! 

                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                Matt says: I didn't really think I needed a house refix of Erykah Badu's "Solder", off 2008's "New Amerika Pt 1". But under Glenn Underground's persuasive potter's wheel the track is effortlessly moulded into the perfect deep house jam; with Badu's vocals flowing like liquid gold through the stems. Essential stuff!

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A. Honey (GU Remix)

                                                                Erykah Badu

                                                                New Amerykah Part One - 2023 Reissue

                                                                  New Amerykah Part One is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. It was released on February 26, 2008, by Universal Motown. Here we have both formats pressed on coloured vinyl!

                                                                  Erykah Badu

                                                                  New Amerykah Part Two - 2023 Reissue

                                                                    In contrast to "New Amerykah, Part I: 4th World War", which was digitally produced and political in tone, "New Amerykah Part II" features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships.

                                                                    Erykah Badu

                                                                    Worldwide Underground - 2022 Reissue

                                                                      UMC are proud to present this 180gm deep purple coloured vinyl reissue of Erykah Badu's 'Worldwide Underground'. Worldwide Underground is the third studio album by American singer Erykah Badu, released September 16, 2003 by Motown Records and feautured the singles "Love of My Life", "Danger" and "Back In The Day"

                                                                      Emily Barker

                                                                      The Toerag Sessions

                                                                        Recorded live to tape at Toerag Studios, London in January 2015.

                                                                        The Toerag Sessions is a collection of solo versions of my songs, recorded live to 2-track tape at Toerag Studios in London with grammy-winning producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes - Elephant).

                                                                        Over the last few years, in between touring with my bands The Red Clay Halo and Vena Portae, I've played lots of solo shows. Often people will come up to me at the end of those shows and ask if there is any way to get hold of recordings of the songs as they've just heard them - just me, my guitar and my harmonica.

                                                                        Up until now, that hasn't been possible, but with The Red Clay Halo currently on hiatus after their final tour last year, I took the opportunity to go in to the studio to record this selection of songs from my back catalogue. Many of these songs are the ones I usually choose to play at solo shows, with a few additions. The songs go right back to my first UK band the-low-country, through all my albums with The Red Clay Halo, and including a brand new song, 'Anywhere Away', written last year as the theme to the forthcoming British movie Hec McAdam (starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen).

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        1. Little Deaths 03:21
                                                                        2. Nostalgia 03:48
                                                                        3. Sideline 03:27
                                                                        4. Disappear 02:55
                                                                        5. Letters 04:19
                                                                        6. Home 03:58
                                                                        7. All Love Knows 03:54
                                                                        8. The Dark Road 03:56
                                                                        9. Lord I Want An Exit 04:18
                                                                        10. Blackbird 02:52
                                                                        11. This Is How It's Meant To Be 03:54
                                                                        12. Anywhere Away 04:03

                                                                        Emily Barker

                                                                        A Dark Murmuration Of Words

                                                                          Dark Murmuration of Words contends with a modern era built on racial and gender inequality, poverty and slavery, environmental exploitation and the climate crisis, finding them all connected by the dark shadow of patriarchy, pursuits of power, and the suppression of history. “Finding meaning becomes challenging with the deafening clamour of social media in this age of fake news,” she says, “but it’s important to try discerning the patterns, learning to pay attention to things closer to home as well as to overwhelming global issues.” Referencing Emily Dickinson’s assertion that “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves,” Barker draws connections between the familial, the local, and the global: a mother sings to her unborn child, asking for its forgiveness on “Strange Weather”, “Where Have The Sparrows Gone?” looks outside an apartment window and imagines a post-apocalyptic birdless London, and a monument to a Confederate general comes alive for a “how-I-got-away-with-it” confession on “Machine.” Throughout A Dark Murmuration of Words, all of our choices, our unspoken prejudices, our carelessness, connect us to the whole, but becoming aware and honest on a local, personal scale, can begin to effect change, allow for healing, and tease out beauty from chaos. “Like the starlings in a murmuration, where the movement of each individual bird is related to just seven of its closest neighbours,” Emily Barker says, “none of us are aware of the fluctuating shapes being created by the flock.”

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: Emily Barker is exactly what we need nowadays, a wash of politically charged lyricism, but enclosed within a calming, serene shell. Brittle guitars and Barker's strong but smooth vocals coalesce into a soaring and meditative whole.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1. Return Me
                                                                          2. Geography
                                                                          3. The Woman Who Planted Trees
                                                                          4. Where Have The Sparrows Gone?
                                                                          5. Strange Weather
                                                                          6. Machine
                                                                          7. When Stars Cannot Be Found
                                                                          8. Ordinary
                                                                          9. Any More Goodbyes
                                                                          10. Sonogram

                                                                          Sweet Kind of Blue is her first full studio album since 2013's critically lauded Dear River and marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

                                                                          Emily Barker's new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an allstar cast of Memphis session players.

                                                                          Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road. In 2015 she composed her first full feature film soundtrack for Jake Gavin's Hector, which won a Scottish BAFTA for its lead actor, Peter Mullan.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Sweet Kind Of Blue
                                                                          Sister Goodbye
                                                                          No. 5 Hurricane
                                                                          If We Forget
                                                                          To Dance
                                                                          Crazy Life
                                                                          Over My Shoulder
                                                                          Underneath My Honey Moon

                                                                          **The Deluxe Version Has A Bonus CD With Other Tracks

                                                                          Ethel Beatty

                                                                          I Know You Care / It's Your Love

                                                                            Ethel Beatty is an artist from New York who primarily worked as an actress in theatre, appearing in Broadway musicals. She appeared in “Dreamgirls”, “Sugar Hills”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and (with Gregory Hines) in “Eubie”. Her most significant recording is this double header with writer/producer and master of the vibes Roy Ayers on Uno Melodic Records. While both songs have been reissued on 7” and compilations over the years, it is still the 12” people that people want. Rare original copies have sold for £500. “It’s Your Love” is co-written by another soul jazz icon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, both tracks having that Roy Ayers vibe that makes this record extremely sought after by rare groove fans. Both tracks continue to be endlessly sampled within the hip hop and R&B scenes.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. It's Your Love
                                                                            2. I Know You Care

                                                                            Ellie Bleach

                                                                            No Elegant Way To Sell Out EP

                                                                              Ellie Bleach releases her debut EP No Elegant Way To Sell Out via the London based tastemaker label Sad Club Records (Clara Mann/John Myrtle). Raised in the seaside commuter town of Southend, Ellie Bleach draws from the rotating cast of bizarre, lonely characters that exist within suburbia — crafting an indie-meets-baroque-pop sound that melds witty lyricism with the strangeness of modern life. Hotly tipped by the likes of The Line Of Best Fit & So Young Magazine, and handpicked by Black Country New Road for their own personally curated festival this autumn.

                                                                              Taught piano by a pet healer at an early age, a wry, humorous vein runs through Ellie Bleach's music; weaving confessional songwriting with an old school showmanship that spans light whimsy to grandiose theatricality. Inspired by leading female songwriters of the 90s, from Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey to Alanis Morrissette, Ellie Bleach’s charming facade and razor-sharp satire harbours a biting cynicism that lingers restlessly in the wings.

                                                                              The EP title, No Elegant Way To Sell Out, refers to a lyric from the first verse of 'Precious Feelings' and is emblematic of the whole EP. "I see 'selling out’ as abandoning oneself in pursuit of success, in whatever form that may be. Whether it’s romantic love or industry acclaim, all of the characters in the EP are desperate to be understood and appreciated." says Bleach. The production on the EP was inspired by soft rock and easy listening of the 70s and early 80s. The production on 'Tupperware Party' and 'Precious Feelings' lean towards pastiche, Bleach describes wanting to "paint a vivid picture of the stories told in the lyrics." 'Tupperware Party' features big 80s drums and guitar solos in accordance with the song's story set in 1985, 'Precious Feelings' features Bossa-nova rhythms and smooth Rhodes, as if on a cruise ship with the narrator. 

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Tupperware Party
                                                                              Precious Feelings
                                                                              Doing Really Well Thanks
                                                                              Something Wrong
                                                                              Big Strong Man

                                                                              Eliza Carthy & The Restitution

                                                                              Queen Of The Whirl

                                                                                Describing herself simply as a ' modern English musician', Eliza Carthy is
                                                                                one of the most recognisable faces in British folk.

                                                                                From the purest unaccompanied traditional songs to original music incorporating myriad infuences, she has moved through English folk music like a force of nature, both stirring it up & putting it back on the map, and as a member of big bands The Imagined Village, and the musical force- of- nature that was The Wayward Band she has headlined main stages at festivals around the world. With a wealth of musical & life experience under her belt, Eliza's talent has matured and is fourishing. She continues to bring new audiences to English folk through well-judged recordings, performances, and collaborations with the likes of Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Patrick Wolf, and Kae Tempest. 2022 sees Eliza celebrating an incredible 30 years in the music business with album Queen Of The Whirl, featuring new interpretations of fan- selected favourites from her previous albums, recorded with her band Eliza Carthy & The Restitution.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Whirly Whorl
                                                                                2. The Snow It Melts The Soonest
                                                                                3. The Company Of Men
                                                                                4. Jacky Tar
                                                                                5. Stumbling On
                                                                                6. Mohair
                                                                                7. Mr Magnifco
                                                                                8. My Father's Mansions
                                                                                9. Space Girl / Two Tears
                                                                                10. Blood On My Boots
                                                                                11. Pretty Ploughboy
                                                                                12. In London So Fair
                                                                                13. Accordion Song
                                                                                14. Good Morning Mr Walker

                                                                                Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

                                                                                Big Machine

                                                                                  Pioneering English traditional folk powerhouse, Eliza Carthy, first assembled the Wayward Band in 2013 in order to explore and celebrate her long and varied career in folk music; 'the last truly underground music scene'.

                                                                                  To do this Eliza put together a team of hugely talented people from across the UK, and set out on the road to promote her 'Best Of' compilation, 'Wayward Daughter,' which coincided with a biography of the same name. Since then, the band has become a festival favourite, and Eliza has been awarded the MBE for services to folk music. Eliza and the Wayward Band loved playing together so much it seemed natural and inevitable, as well as characteristically ambitious, that this 12-piece would set about recording an album. Early in 2016 they did just that. 'Big Machine' is the result and the renowned Real World and Rockfield Studios are where it all happened.

                                                                                  The material represents a healthy slice of everything good that is happening in traditional music now, across a sparkling spectrum of sound. The album features three contemporary songs; Eliza's own 'You Know Me' about the migrant crisis and notions of hospitality (featuring MC Dizraeli), a powerful cover of Ewan Maccoll's Radio Ballad 'The Fitter's Song' (at the behest of Peggy Seeger - and the song which inspired the album title) and an affectionate reworking of 'Hug You Like a Mountain' (Rory MacLeod), re-imagined here as a duet with Teddy Thompson.

                                                                                  There are also several examples of the Broadside ballad collections housed in Chetham's Library in Manchester given a new twist with music by Eliza and the band. This follows an acclaimed programme Eliza presented for Radio 4 about the Manchester Ballads last year, covering everything from songs about and caused by domestic abuse ('Devil in the Woman,' 'Fade and Fall (Love Not)'), to love of the seafaring life ('The Sea'). Added to that a couple of searing instrumentals, a song about dying from custard poisoning and a heartbreaking traditional ballad 'I Wish that the Wars were all Over' (performed live with the band onstage in Real World Studios' Studio One and featuring Irish superstar Damien Dempsey), and you begin to get the picture.

                                                                                  A very Big picture, a Big Machine firing on all cylinders. 'Big Machine' is one of Eliza Carthy's most adventurous and accomplished works to date -- and given that Eliza is the most passionate and groundbreaking English traditional singer of her generation, 'Big Machine' is an album you really won't want to miss.

                                                                                  Eliza Carthy


                                                                                    The daughter of guitarist / vocalist Martin Carthy and vocalist Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy has continued in her parents' footsteps and has become one of the leading lights of the new generation to carry on the folk tradition. She has almost assumed the mantle of Sandy Denny on her brilliant new album "Anglicana", her work again showcasing her ability to breathe new life into England's folk music. Eliza Carthy is one of the few people who can take this wonderful music and perform it in a totally convincing contemporary style - both true to its sources and firmly relevant to today's values. This is what traditional music in the twenty-first century is all about. A true triumph.

                                                                                    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)

                                                                                      Eddie Chacon

                                                                                      Pleasure, Joy And Happiness

                                                                                        In the words of Mac DeMarco: “Eddie Chacon is planet earth’s number one musician. Yesterday, today, and forever.”

                                                                                        "'The soulful singer had a worldwide hit with 1992’s Would I Lie to You, but he was dropped and his musical partner died. Now, he has poured his pain into a cathartic comeback album''

                                                                                        Eddie Chacon experienced proper, peak-nineties acclaim in the soul duo Charles and Eddie: they scored a global No. 1 in 1992 with “Would I Lie To You,” appeared three times on Top of the Pops, and featured on soundtracks from True Romance to Super Mario Bros..

                                                                                        Produced by John Carroll Kirby, the like-minded artist and collaborator with Frank Ocean and Solange Knowles, it features restrained percussion from Kanye West’s Sunday Service drummer Lamar Carter. Celestial soul as a break from chaos, these are quietly challenging songs as timeless as they are contemporary.

                                                                                        By that time, Chacon had already been navigating music in interesting ways, all the way back to his teen garage rock band with the late Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (Faith No More). In the late ’80s, he released a full-length on Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew’s label and signed to Columbia as a solo act. He was a working artist, always popping up in unexpected places: through the course of his career, Chacon would write, sing, or produce ten Top 40 hits around the globe.

                                                                                        Years ago, Chacon retired from music for a second calling as a fashion photographer and creative director. In an interview at the time, he said, “I was fortunate to have a 35-year music career and felt that there wasn’t that much more for me to say or achieve.” Very thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Private experiments, far from the major-label center he once frequented, began to feel urgent and new. “There’s nothing more exciting for me than getting to start from the beginning again,” he says today.

                                                                                        “Pleasure, Joy and Happiness” will be available on the boutique Los Angeles-based label Day End Records. This is a thoughtfully considered album of quiet, confident R&B: it doesn’t jump out at you, but rather gets in you.

                                                                                        Produced by John Carroll Kirby, the like-minded artist and collaborator with Frank Ocean and Solange Knowles, it features restrained percussion from Kanye West’s Sunday Service drummer Lamar Carter. Celestial soul as a break from chaos, these are quietly challenging songs as timeless as they are contemporary.

                                                                                        “What a rare and cool challenge it was for me to help Eddie re-emerge after a long hiatus,” says John Carroll Kirby. “I was excited to produce a record for him that captured the chill, laid-back wisdom and easy vocal mastery he has that you don’t see that much these days.”

                                                                                        Lead single “My Mind Is Out of Its Mind” finds a deep groove to try and contain spiraling heartbreak, while the sweet and wobbly “Trouble” balances the delightful near whisper of the title track “Pleasure, Joy and Happiness.” But even the project’s lightest moments feel sincere and mature. Altogether: a truly unifying release, coming from a man who’s earned the right to share such a regal, romantic sound.

                                                                                        “I used to think to myself,” Chacon says, “if I ever make a record again, I’d want it to be a record you’d have to be my age to make.”

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        A1. Trouble
                                                                                        A2. Hurt
                                                                                        A3. Outside
                                                                                        A4. My Mind Is Out Of It's Mind
                                                                                        B1. Pleasure Joy & Happiness
                                                                                        B2. Papa
                                                                                        B3. Wicked World
                                                                                        B4. Above Below

                                                                                        Everton Chambers

                                                                                        This Love Of Mine

                                                                                          Finally here, the first release in our long planned Parish label reissue program. Students of late '80s digital reggae know that Edgar Whyte's Parish label is one of the finest labels of the period, issuing many singles and albums, with a unique selection of artists and a bunch of killer original rhythms. We've been working on this program a long time and are very pleased it's finally here. There will be a killer selection of reissues and previously unreleased tunes coming in 2024, all from master tapes. We figured it's only fitting to start off with what is likely the most in demand Parish single for '80s digital collectors, and from one of the label's signature artists. Everton Chambers' "This Love of Mine" came out in 1988 and is extremely tough to find, a ruff piece of stepping digital, even favored for play by the late great Jah Shaka.

                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                          Matt says: A rare-ass cut favoured by the great Jah Shaka, leading the pack of 80s digital reggae represses we've got in store for you this week. A true gem of the genre!

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          A. This Love Of Mine
                                                                                          B. This Love Of Mine Version

                                                                                          Eric Chenaux

                                                                                          Slowly Paradise

                                                                                            Eric Chenaux makes conceptual music that’s not meant to sound conceptual. He operates among various ‘traditions’ but perhaps most broadly, Chenaux’s records grapple with the relationship between improvisation and structure in very particular, unique, idiosyncratic ways – and quite without irony or cynicism, through love. Because fundamentally, Chenaux writes love songs, which he sings in a voice honeyed and clear, while his guitar gently bends, frazzes, chortles, diverges and decomposes.

                                                                                            This juxtaposition of his mellow, dexterous crooning and his highly experimental (and equally dexterous) guitar explorations, explodes even unconventional notions of singing and accompaniment, of tonal and timbral interplay between guitar and voice. As a solo artist, Chenaux’s improvisation methods are in certain literal ways solipsistic: as a singer-songwriter, he plays his guitar around and against his voice, challenging easy notions of harmony/harmoniousness, improvising ‘with himself’ in pursuit of surprising himself (and his listeners) as he unfurls ribbons of voice and instrument often to the point of seeming independence, all the better to capture – and be captured by – unforeseen, intimate moments of interdependence: a definition of freedom, as a profoundly intentional state of openness, presence and play.

                                                                                            Even within avant-garde currents of folk and jazz balladry, Eric Chenaux feels like an outlier. Yet his music remains wonderfully warm, generous and fundamentally accessible in spite of its irrefutable iconoclasm. Slowly Paradise is Eric Chenaux’s new solo record. It is a lovely collection of mostly long songs guided by soothing, buttery singing and bent, fried fretwork. It is arguably Chenaux’s most assured and essential solo work, building on the critical acclaim his previous releases Guitar & Voice and Skullsplitter have rightly garnered. 

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            01 Bird & Moon
                                                                                            02 Slowly Paradise
                                                                                            03 An Abandoned Rose
                                                                                            04 Slowly Paradise (Lush)
                                                                                            05 There's Our Love
                                                                                            06 Wild Moon

                                                                                            Eric Chenaux

                                                                                            Say Laura

                                                                                              RIYL: Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Jeanne Lee, Richard Youngs, David Grubbs, Derek Bailey, Smog, Goldfrapp.

                                                                                              Featuring Guest Ryan Driver, Say Laura is the follow-up to Slowly Paradise (2018) which landed Chenaux on the cover of The Wire among other accolades. The new record by Eric Chenaux is his most immaculate and pristine. Say Laura perfectly incarnates the counter-intuitive interplay of instrument and voice that Chenaux has been revealing and revelling in throughout the past decade: his gently unhinged juxtaposition of resplendently smooth, seductively assured singing and puckish, frazzled, thoroughly destabilized guitar could come from no other musician. The five wandering, wondering ballads on Say Laura bring Chenaux's semi-improvised but keenly intentional songwriting to its fullest, clearest, warmest and coolest articulation; uncompromising and generous, hyper-specific and loose, spartan and luxurious, elemental and ornate. And Say Laura breathes like no other Chenaux album. Voice and guitar are inscribed with elemental clarity in a wondrously open, symbiotic sonic space. His pure tenor croon glides through a crisp, reverberant ether while his fried guitar careens dizzily and giddily, every gesture and timbre captured in unflinching detail.

                                                                                              Opener “Hello, How? And Hey” immediately establishes these subtly heightened characteristics of elementalism, dualism and structure, with Chenaux’s vocal tracing gorgeous soaring melodies across a single beating chord, occupying all the space until guitar and Wurlitzer (courtesy of the album’s only guest, long-time collaborator Ryan Driver) enter in a cascade of twinkle and wah at the two-minute mark, eventually leaving the vocal behind as the song’s second half gives way to a woozy guitar and keyboard improv over the chordal pulse. Album closer “Hold The Line” follows a similar motif, the vocal playing more on folk and pop tropes, but wrapping up in time for a gloriously gnarled eight-minute instrumental ramble. “There They Were” is something closer to unprecedented in Chenaux’s twenty-year songbook: singing and soloing at the same time, he breathlessly repeats a joyous highlife-tinged vocal refrain without pause, cutting against his trademark languorous pace, propelling the song for miles.

                                                                                              Title track and lead single “Say Laura” is the centerpiece distillation of the album’s stylistic, compositional and spatial mission: sparse but lush, controlled but wild, every note in its place and all over the place. Interviewed as The Wire magazine's cover star in 2017, Chenaux said "the details of our lives are often produced with improvisation and experimentation and in my music, improvisation is a way to hear those details." The details on Say Laura achieve new heights of lucid acuity. Eric Chenaux keeps getting better; Say Laura captures him at his best. 

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: Chenaux brings his unique production style and evocative songwriting to Constellation once again for this thoughtful and poised collection, reminiscent of spiritual jazz but with an inventive and unmistakeable avant-twist, all tempered with his distinctive and perfectly syrupy vox. A brilliantly dynamic and exciting return for Chenaux.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              01 Hello, How? And Hey
                                                                                              02 Your New Rhythm
                                                                                              03 Say Laura
                                                                                              04 There They Were
                                                                                              05 Hold The Line 

                                                                                              Eric Chenaux

                                                                                              Warm Weather With Ryan Driver

                                                                                              Eric Chenaux is one of Toronto's most prolific and respected musical iconoclasts, an experimental guitar virtuoso with over two decades of dedicated and diverse service to an artistic community that encompasses post-punk, lo-fi, folk, multimedia composition and performance (chiefly in collaboration with modern dance) and free and improvised music.

                                                                                              "Warm Weather" With Ryan Driver is Eric's third album for Constellation, which has been the conduit for his primary song-oriented solo work since 2006. Building on his fruitful collaboration with piano/synth/melodica player Ryan Driver - whose key role on the new album is signalled by his inclusion in its very title - the new record is without doubt Chenaux's most accomplished and focused work of forward-looking, contemporary balladry.

                                                                                              The album is available on CD and 180g LP in 100% recycled paperboard jackets.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. And So We Say
                                                                                              2. Since We're Smokey
                                                                                              3. Warm Charleston
                                                                                              4. Lavalliere #2
                                                                                              5. New Boon Harp
                                                                                              6. Mynah Bird
                                                                                              7. Ronnie-Mary
                                                                                              8. Cool Down
                                                                                              9. Warm Weather
                                                                                              10. Cold Dream

                                                                                              Edouard Cheritel

                                                                                              Suite No. 1

                                                                                                Edouard Cheritel is a Paris based French composer who has been working on classical compositions for almost 25 years. At the age of four he started to learn the clarinet at the National Conservatory of Lyon and stayed there for 21 years. During this long development of his musical capabilities he has learned to write and play chamber and symphonic music - he studied classical composition for 15 years - and worked in the fields of modern composition for another 6 years.

                                                                                                In the meantime Edouard always experimented with electronic music while being a member of several electronic and pop bands. The biggest commercial success was his project "Employee Of The Year", which has released two albums, layed several times on the French national television, has done remixes for SOHN & Wild Belle and provided several pieces for advertisements.

                                                                                                After building this foundation as a very versatile artist over years, Edouard Cheritel finished his first solo compositions called "Suite No1" in 2019. They form a compact debut Suite consisting of four movements combining the classical composition skills of Edouard with his sensitivity for electronic tunes and a lightly pop appeal, resulting in a partly melancholic and partly very energetic journey.

                                                                                                Beside the activities regarding the ongoing Suite series, Edouard Cheritel currently works on his debut solo full length and a project called "People" that he will realize in 2020. For "People" Edouard will compose music day-to-day together with and for the people in the pedestrian areas of Paris. Concrete plans for this project will be revealed at the end of 2019. In the future there will also be opportunitities to see his pieces being performed by himself solo in an intimate context or with a complete live orchestration he is currently working on.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                01 Movement 1 (4:54) 
                                                                                                02 Movement 2 (7:08) 
                                                                                                03 Movement 3 (3:26) 
                                                                                                04 Movement 4 (8:09)

                                                                                                New album from the ever prolific Euros Childs following on from his Summer Special album last year on his own National Elf label. This isn't a million miles away from its pop predecessor – it has its fair share of sing-a-long-choruses – but this time the subject matter is much darker. On this one the former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman tackles such topics as: second home ownership (Second Home Blues), serial killer envy (Brides In The Bath), depressed cosmetic saleswomen (Avon Lady) the commodification of the self through the medium of advertising (Ooh La Oona), depressed singer songwriters (Holiday From Myself) Kidnapping (Daddy's Girl) and cyber sex (Good Time Baby). Naturally. Each song is a short story , told though the voice of a different character.

                                                                                                The album was recorded in Bristol at Toybox studios with Stephen Black aka Sweet Baboo on bass & brass, Laura J Martin on flute, Stuart Kidd on drums and Marco Rea on guitar, a line up that had never played before going into the studio so the backing tracks were recorded live.

                                                                                                Euros sites the following influences on this album, but does not promise they will be evident listening to the record. Randy Newman, John Prine, Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, Godley and Creme/ 10CC (well alright), Judee Sill, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Roches, Barbara Woodhouse and Bert Jansch.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1) Tete A Tete
                                                                                                2) Second Home Blues
                                                                                                3) Avon Lady
                                                                                                4) Ooh La Oona
                                                                                                5) Brides In The Bath
                                                                                                6) Give The Girl A Hand/ The Peanut Vendor
                                                                                                7) Holiday From Myself
                                                                                                8) Tina Said
                                                                                                9) Daddy's Girl
                                                                                                10) Good Time Baby (talk To Me)
                                                                                                11) Trick Of The Mind

                                                                                                Euros Childs


                                                                                                  Here Euros talks us through the making of his new album. A track will be included on Uncut's covermounted cd in time for the release.

                                                                                                  Back in April my parents very kindly agreed to go on holiday for a week so that I could take over their house in Pembrokeshire to record my eleventh album 'Sweetheart'. My biggest concern with recording in a house was of getting complaints from the neighbours. So on the afternoon before the sessions began I called round all the nearby houses in the village to warn them of what was in store and to let them know we'd be finishing around eight every evening. They were very understanding.

                                                                                                  Whilst I was appeasing the neighbours, Stuart Kidd (drums) was travelling down from Glasgow, Marco Rea (guitar) from Clydebank, Rhydian Jones (bass) from Cardiff and Iwan Morgan (engineering) from London. By early Sunday evening everybody had convened at the house and we watched a bit of a Rambo film. We were ready.

                                                                                                  The sessions were pretty layed back. There wasn't the same sense of clocking in and out that you get when recording in a proper studio, and as we were all staying in the house there was no travelling to be done. It was just a case of waking up, having breakfast and starting to record. It also helped that the house overlooks the coast – so in stressful moments you could gaze out the window at the Irish sea. I tend to get quite nervous when I'm recording so I did a lot of gazing out the window.

                                                                                                  With the exception of Laura J Martin's flute and Stuart and Marco's backing vocals, everything was recorded live, including my vocal. It felt good to be singing live with a band again on record. I hadn't done that for a while. Sometimes when you're overdubbing vocals it can bring with it a sense of reconstruction, of trying to recapture a mood. But when you're singing live with a band the feel is captured there and then. You can move with the band and feed off everybody's energy.

                                                                                                  Recording in the house also meant I could play the piano that the songs had been written on. I've been writing on the same piano for nearly twenty years and although it's featured on two of my solo piano albums 'Ends' and 'Eilaaig', it's never featured on an album with a band. To my ears hearing the songs played on that piano gives the album a more homely feel. The session flew by. We started on Monday morning and finished on the Friday afternoon. Eleven songs recorded in five days. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't at times hard work, it was a lot of music to record in five days. But I think the fact that it was recorded so quickly gives the record a fresh and spontaneous feel.

                                                                                                  By Saturday morning everybody had packed up and left and all that was left to do was to tidy up the house ready for my parents return. Once everything was back in its place it was as if nothing had ever happened.

                                                                                                  And in case you're wondering - no, we didn't get any complaints from the neighbours.

                                                                                                  Recorded earlier this year at Gus' Dungeon Studio in Cardiff by Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) - House Arrest sees Euros' flair for melody and gift for story telling undiminshed on this his thirteenth album. ''All the characters in the songs are imprisoned by their thoughts and circumstances '' says Euros ''I'm probably in there somewhere but hopefully not too close to the surface''. . Euros sees inspiration far and wide on House Arrest, tackling subjects such as cannibals dining at an all you can eat restaurant (Crystal and Misty), a man throwing himself into coma to escape everyday drudgery (Happy Coma), a songwriter who's stuck in a jar whilst trying to write a song about life in a Jar (Life in a Jar), a celebrity looking back on his life whilst taking a shower (Shower) directions to a whist drive (Whist Drive) and a man who falls in love with a kitchen implement (My Colander). House Arrest is a solo album in every sense of the word, with Euros doing all the singing as well as playing all the instruments.

                                                                                                  "I think around 12 or so keyboards were used in the end. Mostly brought in carboot sales and charity shops over the years. One was found in a skip. They'd been hanging round the house for a long time, it was good to put them to use."

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1) My Colander
                                                                                                  2) Life In A Jar
                                                                                                  3) Monocle Guy
                                                                                                  4) Happy Coma
                                                                                                  5) Crystal And Misty
                                                                                                  6) Check Out Charlie
                                                                                                  7) Whist Drive
                                                                                                  8) Muzzle Puzzle
                                                                                                  9) Shower
                                                                                                  10) Turning Strange
                                                                                                  1) Here We Are

                                                                                                  Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis & Sebastian Lewsley

                                                                                                  The Possibilities Are Endless

                                                                                                  The Possibilities Are Endless is a film, a hymn to happiness about Edwyn Collins. About finding his way back to music, to life, to understanding. Due for release by Pulse Films in UK cinemas on 7th November 2014 ‘The Possibilities. . .’ is the third feature from directing talents Edward Lovelace and James Hall. The film received its world premiere at South by Southwest earlier this year.

                                                                                                  "The thing about the film is....Ed and James listened and listened to me. We talked in my studio and they gave me time to develop my thoughts. It was quiet and peaceful. I knew I could trust them." - Edwyn

                                                                                                  "I called the film a hymn to happiness. The whole thing began with two young men discovering Edwyn's music, then his story and now look at what they've done." - Grace

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Leviathan (instrumental)
                                                                                                  Quite Like Silver
                                                                                                  Home Again Harmonies
                                                                                                  Home Again
                                                                                                  Quite Like Silver Piano Refrain
                                                                                                  Viewed From All Angles
                                                                                                  One Note Wonder Part I.
                                                                                                  Closing Time At The Punk Rock Hotel - 2014 Version
                                                                                                  Down The Line
                                                                                                  One Note Wonder Part II
                                                                                                  Don't Shilly Shally - 2014 Version
                                                                                                  Two Steps Back
                                                                                                  I've Got It Bad

                                                                                                  The 11-track album was self-produced with his long time studio partner Seb Lewsley and recorded at West Heath Studios in London during the 2nd half of 2012, except for a couple of earlier recordings.

                                                                                                  All songs were written by Edwyn, except Love’s Been Good To Me, a Rod McKuen cover and the album features the musicians Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie, Primal Scream), James Walbourne (The Pretenders, Ray Davies, Pernice Brothers, Dead Flamingoes), Carwyn Ellis (Colorama, The Pretenders), Sean Read (The Rockingbirds, Dexys), David Ruffy (The Ruts, Dexys) & Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols).

                                                                                                  The last 12 months have seen Edwyn concentrate on running his AED record label, produce records for Vic Godard, Colorama, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Linden and London Mississippi with Seb Lewsley and begin work on a film about his life and music titled In Your Voice, In Your Heart with filmmakers Edward Lovelace & James Hall.

                                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                  Laura says: Edwyn croons his way through a selection of gorgeous slowies and floor filling soul stompers, and as ever his songwriting is second to none. Great stuff.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Dilemna
                                                                                                  2. Baby Jean
                                                                                                  3. Carry On, Carry On
                                                                                                  4. 31 Years
                                                                                                  5. It’s A Reason
                                                                                                  6. Too Bad (That’s Sad)
                                                                                                  7. Down The Line
                                                                                                  8. Forsooth
                                                                                                  9. In The Now
                                                                                                  10. Understated
                                                                                                  11. Love’s Been Good To Me

                                                                                                  Erland Cooper

                                                                                                  Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence?

                                                                                                    Erland Cooper’s new album Carve the Runes Then Be Content With Silence is set for release in June 2024 – 3 years from the day the only master tape was planted deep into the Orkney soil.

                                                                                                    The album is a recording of Cooper’s brand new three-movement composition for solo violin and string ensemble. The work marks the centenary of celebrated Orkney poet George Mackay Brown, as 2021 marks 100 years since his birth.

                                                                                                    Inspired by natural landscapes and ruminating on time, hope, community and patience, the sole recording of the work – on ¼ inch magnetic tape, with the digital files permanently deleted – has been planted to grow and be nurtured or “recomposed” by the earth, before being exhumed and released in three years’ time. Whilst Cooper will not be unearthing the tape until 2024, he has left a trail for anyone to search and find it if they wish. A map with clues to the location of the planting site will be released via his digital platforms. If the planted tape is found, Erland will invite the discoverer to his studio to embark on a journey together for the treasured first listen. It will then be released exactly as it sounds from the earth.

                                                                                                    Erland Cooper says, “Music can so often feel undervalued and for some, being unable to perform live has at times felt like being buried. When an idea forms there is often an urge to share it as quickly as it develops but like spotting a bird, I want to let this fly and land in its own place and time. The work is one part remembrance and one part celebration of a landmark time.” He adds: “The material on the tape may erode naturally, disintegrate and create drops of silence or the peaty soil may preserve it perfectly well. It may or may not get better with age. I may or may not fall out of favour with my composition. Any alterations to the sound and music [when it comes out of the earth] will be reincorporated into the pages of a new score and live performance, as orchestral articulations.”

                                                                                                    Erland Cooper

                                                                                                    Folded Landscapes

                                                                                                      Groundbreaking Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper shares his ambitious fourth studio album Folded Landscapes. Known for merging modern classical-electronic music with evocative storytelling and conceptual art, Erland shares his urgent observation on climate change, temperature and time. This poignant chamber string work figuratively and literally thaws over seven movements, unfolding with electronics, poetry, soprano, piano, harpsichord, field recordings and samples. The work features Scottish Ensemble, UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and other voices including activist Greta Thunberg, multi-award winning conservationist Dara McNaulty and & visual artist Norman Ackroyd. Field recordings of the natural world include the California wildfires and crashing glaciers.

                                                                                                      The creative process mimicked the rising temperature of the piece from glacial to a threatening burn - musicians were recorded in subzero temperatures and the audio master tape was sun-burnt on the hottest day in UK history. The heat, moisture, salt and sunlight worked its way into the fabric of the tape, which has been mixed into the finished work, underscoring the work with an unsettling burn that crackles and pops.

                                                                                                      A percentage of the copyright share will go to Brian Eno’s EarthPercent charity as a beautiful way of embedding the planet as a stakeholder in musical creativity and raising money for climate/environmental organisations. The Earth’s share of the song - and its income - will be directed to EarthPercent to redistribute to organisations tackling the climate crisis. Folded Landscapes is released on Mercury KX.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: The wonderful Erland Cooper presents his newest suite of soaring instrumentals and warming storytelling, this time focusing on the environmental crisis and including prominent climate change voices and pertinent field recordings. It's huge and beautiful, and exactly what we'd expect from Cooper.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Movement 1 [6:42]
                                                                                                      Movement 2 [5:03]
                                                                                                      Movement 3 [3:53]
                                                                                                      Movement 4 [7:09]
                                                                                                      Movement 5 [6:51]
                                                                                                      Movement 6 [3:57]
                                                                                                      Movement 7 [9:01]

                                                                                                      I've never met him, but I'm fairly certain Eric Copeland is a total lunatic. Don't get me wrong, he dealt in the deranged during his time in Black Dice, but since going solo on our ass, the NYC musician has disappeared through the looking glass. Wrong speed brain mulch, queasy tape loops, jacking perx, all brought together with the same narcotic glee you find at the heart of the darkweb.
                                                                                                      This time out Eric delivers "Trogg Modal Vol. 2" pushing his 'Freakbeat 4/4' envelope further than ever before. Self-described as “late Night Flight proto tekno,” the tracks pulse with thick layers of percussion, melodic fever dreams, and riffs wrung through a taffy puller.
                                                                                                      Opener "Beat It" is less a reference to a lately disgraced child molesting popstar, and instead a slamming combo of girthy bass and kick, red lining hats and overlapping synth work - generally as demented as it is danceable. "High Score Zed" scoots down the coin slot of a Jamaican arcade game, blasting out a high speed hybrid of digi-dancehall and 8-bit funk, while "United Banana" slides a morbidly obese bass sound under dreamy pads and crashing cymbals for some unorthodox house bizz. A-side closer "Pay Off" is optimistic, off kilter and kinda nonsensical in the best way possible - play this and put your lampshade on your head. Over on the flipside "BS Dropout" stomps and squelches like Krang in a washing machine, "Light Fantastic" flips e-funk and new wave into a new form of drug addled wrongness (Super intense!) and "Blazin" sounds like Mr Fingers after 7 bottles of cough syrup. Last but not least "Falo" picks up the videogame vibe, recreating a Sonic in the labyrinth ambiance but with way more bitrate. Top notch weirdshit from my favourite experimentalist.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      01. Beat It
                                                                                                      02. High Score Zed
                                                                                                      03. United Banana
                                                                                                      04. Pay Off
                                                                                                      05. BS Dropout
                                                                                                      06. Light Fantastic
                                                                                                      07. Blazin
                                                                                                      08. Falo

                                                                                                      Eric Copeland

                                                                                                      Alien In A Garbage Dump

                                                                                                      Eric Copeland is a founding member of New York's Black Dice. "Alien In A Garbage Dump" represents almost two years of basement jamming and collecting. At the same time he was immersed in two Black Dice albums. Consequently, there are obvious parallels in the results; an uncompromised sonic landscape. But alone, Copeland has found places one can only find alone: small inner dialogues and isolated mind caves where the idea may only last a moment, but he captures and tweaks it into a fragment of many memories. "Alien" proves to be a strangely curated time capsule of OUR time right NOW; music where birds beat-box with car-stereo subwoofers and the neighbours' espanol sings on top the Sabbath siren. With all this going on, Copeland sometimes disappears into the anonymity, playing a 'behind-the-scenes' role, pushing cords and pulling buttons, laughing because the batteries are dying. The result is a collection of songs at once uniquely urban but still strangely universal in language. Fifteen years strong in the game and somehow it's easier to see where his music is going as opposed to where it's been. The first seven songs of this release appeared as a vinyl EP by the same name put out by Paw Tracks last year. The last six songs appear as a vinyl EP named "Al Anon" put out by Catsup Plate.

                                                                                                      Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost which is exclusively released.

                                                                                                      The existence of the record was first revealed by ?uestlove as an aside during an interview with Billboard Magazine in January and a small number of test pressings were distributed as white labels on Record Store Day on the 20th of April. Most of the sessions took place in secret at Feliz Habitat Studios in the dead of night, while others were in plain sight at Costello’s Hookery Crookery Studios.

                                                                                                      Elvis described the record as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read”. Ahmir says, “It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1.Walk Us Uptown
                                                                                                      2.Sugar Won’t Work
                                                                                                      3.Refuse To Be Saved
                                                                                                      5.Stick Out Your Tongue
                                                                                                      6.Come The Meantimes
                                                                                                      7.(She Might Be A) Grenade
                                                                                                      8.Cinco Minutos Con Vos
                                                                                                      9.Viceroy’s Row
                                                                                                      10.Wise Up Ghost
                                                                                                      11.If I Could Believe

                                                                                                      Elvis Costello & The Attractions

                                                                                                      Spanish Model

                                                                                                        Spanish Model tells the story of what happens to a seminal album (This Year’s Model) recorded 42 years ago when it is reinterpreted with new voices in another language. This is a story of transformation, adaptation, reflection; a mash-up of language, geography, culture, and passion. How past/present and time/ space can partner with music/talent to reimagine a completely new work – Spanish Model. Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Model” will be reinterpreted all in Spanish with 19 of today’s top Latin artists (Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra, Juanes, and many more) representing a total of 9 countries. The lyrics have been precisely translated to have the featured Latin artists sing to the original multis.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Side A
                                                                                                        No Action - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Nina Diaz
                                                                                                        (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Raquel Sofía, Fuego
                                                                                                        The Beat - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Draco Rosa
                                                                                                        Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Juanes, Guitar: Mick Jones
                                                                                                        Little Triggers - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, La Marisoul
                                                                                                        You Belong To Me - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Luis Fonsi
                                                                                                        Hand In Hand - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Francisca Valenzuela, Luis Humberto Navejas
                                                                                                        This Year's Girl - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Cami

                                                                                                        Side B
                                                                                                        Lip Service - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Pablo López
                                                                                                        Living In Paradise - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Jesse & Joy
                                                                                                        Lipstick Vogue - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Morat
                                                                                                        Night Rally - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Jorge Drexler
                                                                                                        Big Tears - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Sebastian Yatra, Guitar: Mick Jones
                                                                                                        Radio Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Fito Paez
                                                                                                        Crawling To The U.S.A. - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Gian Marco, Nicole Zignago
                                                                                                        Running Out Of Angels - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Vega

                                                                                                        Elvis Costello And The Imposters

                                                                                                        Look Now

                                                                                                          Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass), Pete Thomas (drums) – have made a sensational new album that ranks alongside the best work this singularly great artist has ever produced.

                                                                                                          Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, British Columbia, ‘Look Now’ is beautiful in its simplicity, reflective in its lyrical vision, surrounded by melodies and orchestrations that are nothing short of heavenly. It’s the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of ‘Momofuku’ and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, ‘Wise Up Ghost’.

                                                                                                          Anyone anywhere in the world who has seen Elvis Costello and The Imposters live can testify to their unmitigated swagger. Costello’s suspicion that it was time to return to the studio was confirmed while on the ‘Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers’ tour of the USA, last summer and he realized the power and sheer musicality of The Imposters had never really been fully captured on one record.

                                                                                                          Elvis Costello

                                                                                                          Hey Clockface

                                                                                                            “Hey Clockface” was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles. Following the solo recording of, “No Flag”, “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” and “We Are All Cowards Now” at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain. Costello tells us, “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.”

                                                                                                            The assembled album, “Hey Clockface” is “An Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production” following on from their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters Grammy-winning album “Look Now.” The motion picture of “We Are All Cowards Now” by Eamon Singer & Arlo Mc Furlow features images of flowers & pistols, smoke & mirrors, tombstones & monuments, courage & cowardice, peace love and misunderstanding.

                                                                                                            Elvis Costello

                                                                                                            The Boy Named If

                                                                                                              Elvis Costello and The Imposters release, ‘The Boy Named If,’ a new album of urgent, immediate songs with bright melodies, guitar solos that sting and a quick step to the rhythm.

                                                                                                              Costello tell us, ”The full title of this record is 'The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories).’ ‘IF,’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own."

                                                                                                              Produced by Sebastian Krys & Elvis Costello - the album is a collection of thirteen snapshots, “That take us from the last days of a bewildered boyhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child - which for most men (and perhaps a few gals too) can be any time in the next fifty years," as Costello put it.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Farewell
                                                                                                              2. The Boy If Named
                                                                                                              3. Penelope Halfpenny
                                                                                                              4. The Difference
                                                                                                              5. What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
                                                                                                              6. Paint The Red Rose Blue
                                                                                                              7. Mistook Me For A Fool
                                                                                                              8. My Most Beautiful Mistake
                                                                                                              9. Magnificent Hurt
                                                                                                              10. The Man You Love To Hate
                                                                                                              11. Death Of Magic Thinking
                                                                                                              12. Trick Out The Truth
                                                                                                              13. Mr Crescent

                                                                                                              Emma De Angelis

                                                                                                              Emma De Angelis

                                                                                                              As one of the most enigmatic figures of the 1970s Italian soundtrack and library music network Emma De Angelis and her short recording career provides thirsty fans of speedball psychedelic rock and drum heavy instrumental funk with a tight discography rivalling many of the long-standing bastions of the otherwise male-orientated business. With encouragement from her brothers, Emma, who would also write music under the pseudonym of Juniper, would record a tight clutch of solo-penned material and seldom credited studio contributions to Guido And Maurizio’s film commissions, such as the score for Giuliano Carnimeo’s ‘Simone e Matteo: Un gioco da ragazzi’ (aka ‘Convoy Buddies’). While simultaneously pursuing a career as an illustrator and set designer the De Angelis family contacts would lead Emma to the offices of Romano Di Bari, whose up-and-coming Flirt label was finding success providing custom-built mood music for use in TV and film. Alongside important composers like Alessandro Alessandroni, Gerardo Iacoucci and A. R. Luciani, the young Emma Di Angelis would record a small number of tracks for a compilation called ‘Underground Mood’ (credited in the small print to E De Angelis - not to be confused with Italian singer Edoardo De Angelis). It is from this rare LP that the record you are now holding is compiled. Within the Flirt family of labels Emma De Angelis would also share schedules with other important female composers such as Daniela Casa and Giulia ‘Kema’ De Mutiis - both of whom have appeared on dedicated Finders Keepers releases. As one of the most enigmatic figures of the 1970’s Italian soundtrack and library music network Emma De Angelis and her short recording career provides thirsty fans of speedball psychedelic rock and drum heavy instrumental funk.

                                                                                                              Erika De Casier


                                                                                                                Copenhagen-based songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has announced details of her second full-length studio album. Sensational, which includes recent singles ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ and ‘Drama’

                                                                                                                Sensational expands the universe of de Casier’s 2019 self-released debut album Essentials. Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasising about what could’ve been. Sensational was co-produced by de Casier and is a breath of fresh air to anyone with a passion for music in all its genres, as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millenium sounds, de Casier’s sound surveys the past while looking to the future.

                                                                                                                Born in Portugal to Belgian and Cape Verdean parents and raised in Denmark, Erika de Casier initially made her mark as an ally of the Regelbau collective (home to Danish house acts DJ Sports, C.K and Central) before writing, co-producing and releasing debut album, Essentials, through her own Independent Jeep label. Her take on 90s/00s R&B became a slow-burn success story and Essentials graced Best of 2019 lists at Mixmag, Gorilla vs. Bear, FACT, Dummy, and Crack Magazine.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Drama
                                                                                                                2. Polite
                                                                                                                3. Make My Day
                                                                                                                4. All You Talk About
                                                                                                                5. Insult Me
                                                                                                                6. No Butterflies, No Nothing
                                                                                                                7. Someone To Chill With
                                                                                                                8. Acceptance (intermezzo)
                                                                                                                9. Better Than That
                                                                                                                10. Friendly
                                                                                                                11. Secretly
                                                                                                                12. Busy
                                                                                                                13. Call Me Anytime

                                                                                                                Erika De Casier


                                                                                                                Erika de Casier isn’t searching for perfection – she’s just trying to show you where she’s at right now. As ever, 'Still' proves that de Casier is a master of writing songs that speak to universal experiences of modern life, even for all their specificities and quirks. If 'Essentials' (2019) was filled with perfect songs about flirtation and new love, and 'Sensational' (2021) added wrinkles in the form of partners who were rude and plainly annoying, 'Still' sees de Casier writing about genuine heartbreak with a new clarity. For all the new heaviness that arises on 'Still' - and the subtle political valence that comes alongside - de Casier’s music remains as fun and sensual as it’s always been. 'Still' confirms that there are few artists making music that so freely slips between sensitivity and irreverence, sex and sadness. Among all the success, the accolades, the acclaim, her greatest achievement may be, simply: she’s still Erika de Casier.

                                                                                                                All of this is to say the album is classic de Casier, her idiosyncratic mix of luxuriant electronica and moonlit R&B drilled further into that one-of-a-kind sound here. Her songwriting is as masterful and universal as ever, and her proficiency as a producer heightened as she produces other voices (They Hate Change, Shygirl, Blood Orange) for the first time. She also invites new collaborators, working with live musicians in addition to samples. N, co-producer of 'Essentials' and 'Sensational', returns here, but added to the fold are Jonathan Jull Ludvigsen, Carl Emil Johansen, Niels Kirk, Christian Rhode Lindinger, Nick León, Kirsten Nyhus Janssen and Tobias Sachse, adding live drums, synths, guitar, bass and more. These musicians, as well as de Casier’s chorus of friends who sing and rap on the record, add a jolt and crackle to her world; where those first two records felt like dispatches straight from the recesses of de Casier’s brain – intimate thoughts slinking through the ether at 2am – 'Still' feels like a conversation between friends in the backroom of a crowded bar. Those friends embolden de Casier to deliver some of her most emphatic songs ever,.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Matt says: Really nice catch-all of modern influences - alt-RnB, jungle, synth-pop - executed with a sophisticated and unique style of song writing prowess which stands Erika De Casier out as high performing and individual artist.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Right This Way
                                                                                                                2. Home Alone
                                                                                                                3. Lucky
                                                                                                                4. The Princess
                                                                                                                5. Ice (ft. They Hate Change)
                                                                                                                6. Test It
                                                                                                                7. Ooh
                                                                                                                8. Believe It
                                                                                                                9. Anxious
                                                                                                                10. Ex-Girlfriend (ft. Shygirl)
                                                                                                                11. Toxic
                                                                                                                12. My Day Off
                                                                                                                13. Twice (ft. Blood Orange)
                                                                                                                14. Someone

                                                                                                                Etienne De Crecy

                                                                                                                Super Discount 3 - 2023 Reissue

                                                                                                                  The third part to the seminal series by the iconic French touch producer and DJ Etienne De Crécy.

                                                                                                                  In 2014, while EDM is wreaking havoc in the United States and around the world, Etienne De Crecy decided to return to Super Discount, to produce the third part of the series (released in 2015).

                                                                                                                  If the synthesizers remain in the forefront, faithful to Super Discount 2's techno energy, samples and production give the record a house and funky sound that was the trademark of the first release. This time around Etienne De Crecy also collaborated with singers rather than producers. Dave & Pos (De La Soul), Baxter Dury, Tom Burke (Citizens!), Madeline Follin (Cults) and Kilo Kish, but also Alex Gopher and Julien Delfaud all appear on the album.

                                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                  1. Smile (feat. Alex Gopher)
                                                                                                                  2. Family
                                                                                                                  3. Night (Cut The Crap)
                                                                                                                  4. Amazing
                                                                                                                  5. You
                                                                                                                  6. Sunset
                                                                                                                  7. Love
                                                                                                                  8. Follow
                                                                                                                  9. Smile (Vocal Mix) (feat. Alex Gopher & Asher Roth)
                                                                                                                  10. WTF
                                                                                                                  11. Hashtag My Ass

                                                                                                                  Emanuele De Raymondi & Marco Messina

                                                                                                                  SARO (Original Soundtrack)

                                                                                                                    SARO (soundtrack of the film by Enrico Maria Artale) is the latest work by Marco Messina and Emanuele de Raymondi, two of the rising stars, respectively, in ambient electronic and contemporary classical scenes in Italy. The result of their collaboration is an elegantly crafted musical journey, between minimalistic string arrangements and textural modular synths, perfectly integrated to enhance the imagery of the film. SARO, as the name of film director’s father, it is both an intimate road-movie and a documentary that tells the journey through the evocative landscapes of Sicily in search of a father never known.

                                                                                                                    Emanuele de Raymondi is an Italian composer and sound artist. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, his work is based on digital processing techniques combined with traditional compositional structures. He has composed numerous soundtracks, including Arianna by Carlo Lavagna (awarded at BAFTA and Venice Film Festival), and in December 2016 he released the electronic music single "EXUL EP" (ZEROKILLED). 

                                                                                                                    Marco Messina is a musician, producer and sound designer. He was born and lives in Naples, where in the 90s he founded 99 Posse and Mousikelab Studio. He has scored numerous films, including creating soundtracks for of all of Pietro Marcello films, among the others The line Passage, Beautiful and Lost, The Mouth of the Wolf, (awarded at Berlinale film festival and Davide di Donatello).

                                                                                                                    Recorded in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, UK, December 1976. Private session. Previously unheard. Available in digital format and limited edition CD.

                                                                                                                    The amazing lost Dean, Miller, Pyle private tapes from 1976: featuring the very first recorded meeting of these three extraordinary pioneering talents of British Jazz/Rock, performing four magical co-composed pieces, none of which have ever been issued in any form.

                                                                                                                    This session was originally intended to be released on Mike King's highly regarded Reel Recordings label. Sadly, Mike passed away before the project was completed and consequently the session has instead sat on a shelf of the esteemed British jazz collector and historian Philippe Renaud for the past decade. UNTIL NOW.

                                                                                                                    Album includes extensive notes by Philippe and renowned Canterbury music expert Aymeric Leroy.

                                                                                                                    Original mastering by Mike King. additional mastering by Matt Parker.

                                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                    1. Molly's Mild
                                                                                                                    2. Pilgrim's Hope
                                                                                                                    3. Crack Le Whip
                                                                                                                    4. Tea, Kettle, Stout

                                                                                                                    Estrella Del Sol

                                                                                                                    Figura De Cristal

                                                                                                                      RIYL: Grouper, Mabe Fratti, Eartheater, HTRK, Julee Cruise, Julia Holter, Ana Roxanne, Carla dal Forno, James K, Ydegirl.

                                                                                                                      In the chaos of our every day, it can be difficult to find time for pause. Knee-jerk reactions have become the norm, while the instantaneous fog clouding our culture urges us to move along, to step away from the present moment. Mexico City-based songwriter and instrumentalist Estrella del Sol wanted to craft a space where there is finally room to breathe, and time to arrange the patchwork of our reality. On new album Figura de Cristal, she encourages fragility, and celebrates the delicacy of our ever-evolving selves.

                                                                                                                      Estrella del Sol is known for her work in shoegaze band Mint Field, hailed for their tender exploration of sentimentality and grief. While Mint Field propel their themes with oozing, amplified guitars and commanding vocals, del Sol’s solo work blossoms in a quieter, more electronic space. “I wanted to experiment more with my vocals and mainly synth sounds, always trying to find a different sound,” she explains. The result is a patient and nurturing collection of songs that remind us of the importance in taking our time.

                                                                                                                      Her first solo album, Un espacio de lo imaginario, released in 2020 and recorded in the first two months of the pandemic, introduced del Sol’s ethereal side. Expansive vocal dynamics dance carefully through gentle melodic structures, showcasing the intimacy of del Sol’s solo arrangements. Figura de Cristal builds upon this intimacy, adding a blanket of subdued yet glittering drones, haunting electric guitars and celestial vocal textures. It was written, recorded and produced entirely by Estrella del Sol at her home in Mexico City, with cello contributions by experimental composer and personal friend Mabe Fratti and mixed by Mint Field bassist Sebastian Neyra.

                                                                                                                      The album includes field recordings of Estrella del Sol’s surroundings, namely her neighborhood in Mexico City. By including these miniature portraits of her reality, Figura de Cristal acts as a kaleidoscopic interrogation into what it means to be alive, and how others figure into the images we create for ourselves. By using the recordings, del Sol says “the album could feel familiar to my reality at that particular moment.” Enmeshing them into the album’s ambient arrangements, Figura de Cristal threads together the familiar and the fantastical. It’s a reminder of the coexistence of multiple realities.

                                                                                                                      When making the LP, Estrella del Sol wanted to create a soundtrack that could replicate the calming notion of a sunset-stroked evening, or the pink tones of a quiet morning. The title track, “Figura de Cristal,” replicates the grace of these moments, teaching us to lend ourselves that same grace and gentleness, even during the most difficult days. “This album became a reminder to me that I have to take care of myself and that If I don't, I can break like a crystal figure,” she explains. “I have to learn to empathize with myself and the people surrounding me. That everyone's perspective of reality is different and there's no true answer.”

                                                                                                                      Figura de Cristal is an album about curiosity, and the merit in embracing our vulnerabilities. There is not one single reality, or experience, but instead an infinite range of truths. Through improvisational techniques and dynamically droney sonic textures, Estrella del Sol asserts the joy in following your instincts, rather than following the rules. Figura de Cristal rids itself of rigid structure or certain form, bending to a liminal space that declares joy in the unknown, and an exhale in the unfamiliar.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      1. Ver A Través De Tus Ojos
                                                                                                                      2. Tangible
                                                                                                                      3. Figura De Cristal
                                                                                                                      4. No Existe Respuesta
                                                                                                                      5. Adentro De Mis Sábanas
                                                                                                                      6. Corriente De Agua
                                                                                                                      7. Sólo Yo Puedo Cuidarte
                                                                                                                      8. Suspendidos
                                                                                                                      9. Acompáñame

                                                                                                                      Eumir Deodato / Os Catedraticos


                                                                                                                        After moving from Rio de Janeiro to New York in the late 60’s, Deodato would work as a composer, arranger, producer and keyboardist on nearing 500 records, under his own name and with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Frank Sinatra, Kool & The Gang, George Benson, Tom Jobim and Bjork, to name a just a few.

                                                                                                                        But before that, a young Deodato had already cemented his status in Brazil as one of the country’s top musical minds. In the mid-sixties, when he wasn’t working with the likes of Roberto Menescal, Joao Donato, and Marcos Valle, Deodato recorded a string of albums with his lesser known instrumental samba jazz and bossa nova ensemble Os Catedraticos.

                                                                                                                        A masterpiece of hip Brazilian swing, Ataque reflects the deeper, groovier side of that magical, hazy sound of sixties Rio, with monster samba grooves backing big brass arrangements and scorching organ solos. Amongst Deodato’s own tracks, there are compositions by Marcos & Paulo Sergio Valle, Baden Powell and Luiz Bonfa, arranged for a big horn section, which includes trombone player Edson Maciel, and given an extra dose of cool from the inimitable drums of Wilson Das Neves and Ruebens Bassini on percussion.

                                                                                                                        One of Brazil’s most prolific artists, Eumir Deodato has racked up 16 platinum albums, won a Grammy (and been nominated for two more), and sold over 250 million records in the USA alone.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        Os Grilos
                                                                                                                        Bom Parar...
                                                                                                                        Feitinha P’ro Poeta
                                                                                                                        Terra De Ningu M
                                                                                                                        Raz O De Viver
                                                                                                                        Samba Do Dom Natural
                                                                                                                        O Sol Nascera (A Sorrir)
                                                                                                                        Samba De Rei
                                                                                                                        At De Cavaquinho
                                                                                                                        Porque Somos Iguais

                                                                                                                        “The Obvious I would sound unutterably pretty even as an instrumental album. But once you factor in a voice whose purity has elicited comparisons to Robert Wyatt, Mark Hollis and Dean Wareham, the effect is something akin to hearing a ghost transmitting from a machine of its own making” - Pete Paphides.

                                                                                                                        ‘The Obvious I’ is the second album from Ed Dowie and is the second new master release from Needle Mythology. In 2017, Ed released his feted debut album ‘The Uncle Sold’, leading The Quietus to hail him as a “bold and starry-eyed visionary”, The Skinny to praise his “beautiful… stolen snapshots of glimpsed futures and lost pasts.” and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction made the record one of their albums of the year. Now, four years on, Ed is to return with an album that will surely find him new followers alongside longtime fans such as Lauren Laverne, who described its predecessor as an “absolutely extraordinary” achievement.

                                                                                                                        Adhering to Kraftwerk’s maxim about achieving the maximum emotional impact by the most minimal means 'The Obvious I' marks a pronounced evolution from Dowie’s earlier music. Co-produced by pioneering British experimental musician and sometime member of Polar Bear “Leafcutter John” Burton what ultimately emerged from these efforts – and what reveals itself with successive plays – is a beguiling process of alchemy. Each song from The Obvious I is the culmination of a beautiful process of distillation. A crystal extracted from chaos. Tumult distilled into lullaby. “My biggest battle,” says Ed Dowie, “was to ask myself how I can make something that reflects the turbulence of this period without adding to it.” By that metric, and several more, The Obvious I is no small triumph.

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        1. Then Send Them
                                                                                                                        2. The Obvious I
                                                                                                                        3. Red Stone
                                                                                                                        4. How Light I
                                                                                                                        5. Number Eight Wire
                                                                                                                        6. Under The Waves
                                                                                                                        7. Dear Florence
                                                                                                                        8. The Island
                                                                                                                        9. Robot Joy Army

                                                                                                                        Eris Drew & Octo Octa

                                                                                                                        Day After A Night With U / Stars & Water

                                                                                                                        Fabric launches a new offshoot: Fabric Originals. The imprint aims to release special projects from the artists that form the present and future of boundary pushing club music globally in single, EP, album and compilation form. To launch the label a new split 12” from hi-NRG pioneers Eris Drew & Octo Octa is unveiled. Eris Drew draws on elements of 90s big beat with a propulsive twist, adding chest-rattling bass notes to anchor the track’s eyes-down 4/4 rhythm. Created in reaction to this dancefloor wonder, Octo Octa’s "Stars & Water" takes on a much more commanding tone finding cues from a classic house sound and employing deft polyrhythms to build progressive energy. As you'd expect from the label's ethos and the artists involved - it's progressive, inovative; yet retains that magical infectious quality required for modern club music hits. We're feelin' it! 

                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                        A. Eris Drew - Day After A Night With U
                                                                                                                        AA. Octo Octa - Stars & Water

                                                                                                                        Elina Duni

                                                                                                                        A Time To Remember

                                                                                                                          A Time To Remember is a continuation of the special synergy that inhabited Elina Duni's acclaimed Lost Ships and finds her regrouping with that album's quartet of guitarist Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel on flugelhorn and Fred Thomas on percussion and piano. As the title suggests, the notion of 'time' pulls through the programme like a theme, connecting music from different parts of the world - traditionals, popular songs and original compositions - in performances of deep lyricism but also fleet-footed folklore.

                                                                                                                          The repertory spans Albanian and Kosovan traditionals, American songs like the Broadway classic "I'll Be Seeing You" and Stephen Sondheim's musical ballad "Send In The Clowns" as well as originals by Rob and Elina. Commenting on the group's last effort, Jazzwise said that "the sum of Duni and Luft's work together seems greater than their individual achievements, where concept and conceptualisation have combined to produce a classic." A Time To Remember should confirm that proposition and further expands on the qualities explored previously.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          1. Evasion
                                                                                                                          2. Hape Deren
                                                                                                                          3. A Time To Remember
                                                                                                                          4. Whispers Of Water
                                                                                                                          5. E Vogel
                                                                                                                          6. Dawn
                                                                                                                          7. First Song
                                                                                                                          8. Mora Testine
                                                                                                                          9. Send In The Clowns
                                                                                                                          10. Mallengjimi
                                                                                                                          11. Sunderland
                                                                                                                          12. I'll Be Seeing You

                                                                                                                          Errol Dunkley

                                                                                                                          Want No More

                                                                                                                            Killer mid '80s 'live digital' tune made at Aquarius Studio, released for the first time ever. A rarity to get Dunkley on this type of rhythm, this one was great to unearth.Comes with a killer dub to boot. Recommended!

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: Another from this week's slew of dancehall / dub 7"s from the 80s showcasing the move from analogue to digital production.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A. Want No More
                                                                                                                            B. Want No More Dub

                                                                                                                            E Da Boss (The Pendletons, Myron & E) made his first Star Creature debut with his group Lucid Paradise. His return features Ishtar and new single "Pool 4 U" comes in two flavours - one produced by The Whole Truth and the other remixed by E. Live.

                                                                                                                            The A Side gets the E. Live, jazz-funk remix treatment while the B Side comes heavy with a foot stomping, boogie bomb, floor filling flavour throughout! Another essential modern classic from the Star Creature juggernaut. Limited copies! 

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: A brand new boogie bomb from the Star Creature camp that's of such a high pedigree I had to check it wasn't a cover version. Summery vibes across both takes, with a more galvanized production promoted by E.Live, while The Whole Truth offer up that original disco-boogie flavour.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A. Fool 4 U (remixed By E. Live)
                                                                                                                            B. Fool 4 U (produced By The Whole Truth) 

                                                                                                                            Star Creature regular E. Live returns with his third album for the label. "Soft Approach" begins with the west coast feels of the title track and features a more jazz-funk approach than we usually get from this boogie don. Infact, there's definite whiffs of Herbie Hancock throughout, with its laid back syncopation and elevating chord progressions. 

                                                                                                                            There's an amazing cover of Skyy's "First Time Around", entitled "Make Me Move". I say cover, it simply uses the vocal hook 'make me move, make me feel like my whole world's on fire', transforming it into an erotic funk ultra-anthem; and one that you'll be spinning back for multiple plays time and time again.

                                                                                                                            There's a seriously high level of instrumentation at play, and although E Live makes use of the large array of synthesizers featured on the album's sleeve, there's plenty of live drums, guitar and bass that make you think you're witnessing a live band in full swing. To consider that he's written and recorded this all by himself it quite a feat! 

                                                                                                                            Anyway, enough waffle - let the music do the talking. One of the strongest, grooviest and uplifting records we've had from the boogie / jazz-funk cannon for a while, and comes highly recommended from us here at Picc HQ. 

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            Side 1
                                                                                                                            1. Soft Approach 
                                                                                                                            2. Wet Summer 
                                                                                                                            3. Make Me Move 
                                                                                                                            4. North Star 
                                                                                                                            Side 2
                                                                                                                            1. Bossa Banger 
                                                                                                                            2. Hidden Oasis 
                                                                                                                            3. Night Raid 
                                                                                                                            4. Desert Caravan 

                                                                                                                            Another piano house classic from the early 90s is excavated from the vaults for our dancing delectation by the good folks at Salford City Records!

                                                                                                                            Originally released under the DJ Roy Silver moniker, the track is actually credited to one Nick Hussey - half of Awesome 3 who penned the bona fide hardcore classic - "Don't Go". The record was released on Rhythm Of Life and regular fetches over £50 2nd hand.

                                                                                                                            "Emotion" takes an eternity to drop; utilizing the first few minutes to create a shuddering proggy soundbed that really ratchets up the tension ahead of that huge piano line - which doesn't actually occur until halfway through the track. This has early Sasha written all over it. Hard electric dance music with that rushing euphoria tailor made for going right at it after a couple of garies.

                                                                                                                            "We're On The Move" is a tougher number, led by speaker-busting sub bass and plenty of hardcore tropes as it conjures up its frenetic electric groove. When the pianos start circling overhead it's the perfect moment of tension release; allowing serotonin to flow richly through our bodies and into the collective consciousness of the dancefloor..

                                                                                                                            Side B contains two mixes of a really nice downbeat number - perfect for keeping the vibe alive at the after party when energy levels have resided slightly. The original mix of "Promised Land" utilizes more of a hefty breakbeat while the ambient mix just hints at it - allowing the bass, vox, and twinkly synths to really hit home.

                                                                                                                            Killer reissue from the label - one of the best so far I reckon! 

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: A lesser known alias of Awesome 3's Nick Hussey. Salford City Records continue to excavate choice moments of Northern 90s naughtiness.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A1. Emotion
                                                                                                                            A2.We’re On The Move
                                                                                                                            AA1. Promised Land Original Mix
                                                                                                                            AA2. Promised Land Ambient Mix

                                                                                                                            E. Live

                                                                                                                            Wet Summer / Night Raid

                                                                                                                            E. Live is back again at Star Creature HQ with another boogie blast off of the jazz-funk variety. The Bay Area boogie king leans in on the jazzier side of disco while still maintaining the usual dancefloor vibes we know and love about the label. A perfect mix of accessible, crowd friendly sophisticated sounds - if you like Roy Ayers, Patrice Rushen, Khruangbin, FKJ, Toro Y Moi, this will be a welcome addition to record box. As usual, copies are limited. 

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Matt says: How Star Creature manage to be so prolific yet rarely release a duff track with such a modest number of musicians on their roster is really quite astonishing. E. Live drops one of his hottest double headers yet for his team.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Wet Summer 
                                                                                                                            2. Night Raid 

                                                                                                                            E.VAX is the project of electronic-rock duo Ratatat’s Evan Mast. Heading it alone, without Mike Stroud influence or input, his self-titled solo project is a more intimate, personal and playful exploration of this singular producer’s expansive vision.

                                                                                                                            Half recorded at home, half at a friend’s art gallery in Montana, the imposed global lockdown lent itself to a more considered and exploratory approach. He’d play songs at the wrong speed to see how it changed what he heard, or deliberately leave a melody untouched for months and then improvise over it after playing it anew for the first time. Unable to get lost in real life, he got lost in music.

                                                                                                                            Mixing thick, blankety atmospheres with modern drum programming (referencing glitch, drill and boombap, alongside warped downbeat flavours) and utilizing shining, resplendent melodies and instruments, the album creates a nice contrast between light and dark textures, punctuated with futuristic rhythms and decorated with casual flurries of eclectronic genius. 

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A SIDE:
                                                                                                                            1. Rabindra
                                                                                                                            3. Always
                                                                                                                            4. What About You
                                                                                                                            5. Manila
                                                                                                                            6. Anything At All

                                                                                                                            B SIDE:
                                                                                                                            1. Kolkata
                                                                                                                            2. Pretty Good
                                                                                                                            3. New Words
                                                                                                                            4. Little Lung
                                                                                                                            5. Koko
                                                                                                                            6. Actual Air

                                                                                                                            “What came before you is why you’re here now,” declares the man born Eric Brandon Pulido. “So embrace both the past and the present.”

                                                                                                                            The current frontman of Texan legends Midlake embraces both past and present times for his glorious debut solo album, To Each His Own, under his new enigmatic alias E.B. The Younger. It’s a deeply personal record, rooted in Pulido’s love of warm, glowing rock, folk and country hues that came of age in the 1970s woven with contemporary recalibrations: guitars ripple, sigh and sizzle alongside gliding keyboards over crisp, choppy and becalmed rhythms. Pulido’s lyrics equally look back and forth, philosophising about his place in the world, the choices he’s made, and where they have taken him.

                                                                                                                            Or, as he describes To Each His Own, “an eleven-song journey through the life and times of a wayward Midlaker seeking to find purpose in an uncharted land. Will he find his way? Listen, and ye shall find.”

                                                                                                                            Pulido’s “wayward” phase began in 2014 with a break from Midlake, “to invest time in kids and musical projects less physically demanding”, he says. His first project was the transatlantic collective BNQT, a self-described ‘poor man’s Travelling Wilburys’ featuring Pulido, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Fran Healy (Travis), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy) and Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) who recorded the 2017 album BNQT – Volume 1. But To Each His Own is all Pulido – or rather, E.B. The Younger.

                                                                                                                            “It’s an antiquated way of naming a younger member of a family,” he explains. “I’m expressing, simply, that something greater came before me. It’s countering the idea in today’s culture that everything revolves around ourselves, that we’re the most important thing in the world. I feel that humility is a lost virtue – you only have to look at America’s current leader - which I want this record to represent. Honesty, empathy, love.”

                                                                                                                            In this case, honesty begins at home. Solo debutantes typically distance themselves from their musical past, but Pulido freely acknowledges Midlake’s presence on To Each His Own, from the three Midlakers in his backing band to an album title that stems from his memories of band discussions.

                                                                                                                            Says Pulido: “It’s very common in bands to have artistic differences, and we were no exception. Saying ‘To each his own’ was almost a way to collectively acquiesce and move forward when differences would arise. It’s OK that we feel differently, because both opinions are valid. The phrase is also about me doing something on my own, a statement that it’s OK to define who you are outside of what has defined you before.”

                                                                                                                            With Pulido on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, he drafted in Midlakers (and BNQT contributors) Joey McClellan (electric guitar), McKenzie Smith (drums) and Jesse Chandler (flute), who dovetail with Scott Lee (bass), Daniel Creamer (keyboards) and Beau Bedford (keyboards) from local country-funksters The Texas Gentlemen to form an empathic ‘alt.Wrecking Crew’ of session

                                                                                                                            players. Bedford is also the album’s principal producer, while studio engineer and Centromatic drummer Matt Pence acted as the overarching producer, alongside Pulido, as well as adding percussion and occasional drums.

                                                                                                                            As Pulido explains, “Midlake self-produced and recorded everything, but as with BNQT, I wanted to embrace collaboration. I’d present songs with just voice and acoustic guitar and ask the musicians where they heard things going, and so we built the songs up organically.”

                                                                                                                            Within that organic build, Pulido still had specific ideas in mind. He singles out the late, great Harry Nilsson as a key influence. “Midlake songs were often cerebral and minor-key and I wanted some of mine to be more playful and buoyant and major key, which Harry did so well, while still making deep, thoughtful music.”

                                                                                                                            Pulido also hears traces of The Eagles, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Wings and CS&N in To Each His Own, plus an “eighties vibe” to the record’s freewheeling lead single ‘Used To Be’, inspired by The Last Waltz, the film documentary about Pulido’s all-time favourites, The Band. As he recalls, “The guys are sitting backstage playing ‘Old Time Religion’, and Robbie Robertson says, ‘It’s not like it used to be!’, which has always stuck with me. But it’s OK by me that it’s not like it used to be. Embrace where you’re at, and look forward. Be both the old and the young.”

                                                                                                                            The Old and The Young is a familiar concept to Midlake fans, as a songtitle from the band’s last album Antiphon. In one sense, ‘The Young’ are also represented here by Conrad Lee Pulido, Eric’s three-year-old son, whose uninhibited dancing to calypso rhythms (from Harry Belafonte and Nilsson tracks) inspires the carefree Tropicália of ‘CLP’. A similarly summery vibe energises ‘On An Island’, inspired by an artist retreat (on the island of Nantucket) where Pulido, “focused on, and finished, several of the songs for the album.” But again Pulido finds a double meaning: “To be an island means you don’t live or march to the beat of anyone else’s drum.”

                                                                                                                            Self-determination also defines the sumptuous, soft-rocking “When The Time Comes” where Pulido gently mocks himself as the so-called ‘artist’ who chose to “follow the dream” but without any guarantee of job security or a pension. Moreover, the exquisite ‘Hope Arrives’ recognises that making art typically involves self-doubt, as Midlake experienced. As Pulido recalls, “I felt that fear controlled the obstacles that existed for the band. But when hope arrives, fear will disappear, and peace will come.”

                                                                                                                            Midlake also figure in the acoustic, sparse ‘Monterey’, named after the Californian idyll where the band played their last show to date, after which Pulido suggested a break would benefit all: to step off the merry-go-round for a while after riding it together for 15 years. “I said, we’ll pick things back up if and when it makes sense to everyone, trust me,” he recalls. “And I was at peace with our decision.”

                                                                                                                            The closing title track emanates a palpable sense of peace while crystalising Pulido’s past-present/old-young mindset: “I’ve been about all alone / I’ve never felt so good before… And what we did before / No I do not ignore”. With a new BNQT album in the works and, if all goes to plan, a Midlake album to follow, Pulido is already looking forward. But his present is E.B The Younger, and his effortlessly melodic, gorgeous songs invested with honesty, empathy and love. Listen, and ye shall find.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Barry says: Half way between poppy Americana and folky Indie, Pulido is more than capable of penning an effective tune, with richly textured acoustic instrumental backdrops forming the perfect base layer for his unmistakeable vocal talents. Warm, rich and beautifully immersive.

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            1. Used To Be
                                                                                                                            2. When The Time Comes
                                                                                                                            3. CLP
                                                                                                                            4. Down And Out
                                                                                                                            5. Don't Forget Me
                                                                                                                            6. Out Of The Woods
                                                                                                                            7. Monterey
                                                                                                                            8. Hope Arrives
                                                                                                                            9. On An Island
                                                                                                                            10. A Matter Of Time
                                                                                                                            11. To Each His Own

                                                                                                                            E.C. Illa

                                                                                                                            Grade School Dropout

                                                                                                                            Nice slice of Chicago rap history here with a limited white vinyl release of E.C. Illa's Kanye produced cutz "Strugglin'" and "Mask and Pump". Produced by none other than trainer mogul and celebrated political thinker Kanye West, just before he hit it big with the College Dropout LP on Jay-Z's Rocc-A-Fella. As you'd expect from '02 Kanye, we're in peak Chipmunk Soul territory, all smooth grooves given that sweet MPC bump to compliment Illa's flow and lyrical dexterity.

                                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                            Millie says: Limited seven-inch Grade School Dropout hits all the right spots, the production from legendary Kanye West is woven in with Dilla-esque beats. Brought back from the depths of 2008 this is what you need to be listening to!

                                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                            A. Strugglin
                                                                                                                            B. Mask And Pump


                                                                                                                            Poison Control EP

                                                                                                                              The second of January’s new Polytechnic Youth releases is a 6 trk 7” EP of lo-fi, 4-track home recordings of minimal synth | primitive drum machine goodness. With heavy leanings towards PY’s favourite era of killer small run, often private press experimental electronic releases, dressed in hand assembled, very DIY packaging. This one not only sounds the part but looks it too.

                                                                                                                              Debuting here, e+ is the performing name for this enigmatic Ontario, Canada based solo, electronic project. 6 dark pieces of exploratory electronica, delivered in the kind of lo-fi tape hiss you’d find those early Flying Saucer Attack drenched in, this in a way is the electronic equivalent; nice n murky and lo-fi and the sleeve it’s delivered in also harks back to those glorious post punk, DIY days- a hand stapled, numbered pressing of 250 in flipover style sleeves just like the old days…. Lovely record, and quite reaffirming in a way, that you still see 7”’s like this….


                                                                                                                              Kraksa / Svantetic Feat. Tenderlonious

                                                                                                                                EABS, a collaborative project with the Polish jazz septet and featuring Tenderlonious on flute and soprano saxophone. The Electro Acoustic Beat Sessions collective (EABS) are without doubt the most accomplished jazz group in the world right now. They have a unique and innovative approach to music, fusing elements of Polish and classic jazz with hip hop, funk and folk. Their debut album ‘Repetitions (Letters to Krzysztof Komeda)’ is a dedication to Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda that focusses on compositions by Komeda between 1962 and 1967. The album explores Komeda’s lesser-known compositions featured in ballet etudes, movies, short films, documentaries and animations. ’Kraksa/Svantetic’ is the final part of a dedication to Krzysztof Komeda, recorded straight to tape at Radio Opole in Poland. Polish jazz has had a big influence on 22a and Tenderlonious and working with EABS became a priority after hearing their album. Tenderlonious was therefore delighted to accept their invitation to go out to Poland to perform with them.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Millie says: 22A bring us this stunning new jazz release EABS collaborating with Tenderlonious, creating this hybrid of jazzy-hip hop-funk but sticking with the traditional jazz style. A must if you like Ezra Collective or the Brownswood catalogue!

                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING


                                                                                                                                The Eagles


                                                                                                                                  Following on from the “Eagles - The Studio Albums 1972 – 1979” vinyl box set released last October, the six albums are now being released individually. Each LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and replicates the original album packaging, which means that “Eagles” is reissued as the band originally intended, with no glue flaps, so the cover folds out into a poster.

                                                                                                                                  The Eagles

                                                                                                                                  Hotel California

                                                                                                                                    Following on from the “Eagles - The Studio Albums 1972 – 1979” vinyl box set released last October, the six albums are now being released individually. Each LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and replicates the original album packaging (which means that “Eagles” is reissued as the band originally intended. “Hotel California” includes a replica of the poster from the original issue with band photos by Norman Seeff in full colour.

                                                                                                                                    The Eagles

                                                                                                                                    One Of These Nights

                                                                                                                                      Following on from the “Eagles - The Studio Albums 1972 – 1979” vinyl box set released last October, the six albums are now being released individually. Each LP is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and replicates the original album packaging (which means that “Eagles” is reissued as the band originally intended.



                                                                                                                                        Eagulls have become synonymous with a discontented, disillusioned kind of anger, moulded into bullets of post punk that’s rife with urgency and aggression.

                                                                                                                                        Following the success of the first single ‘Nerve Endings’, whose obscure video awarded them a nomination at the NME Awards for Best Video, the excellent sophomore double A side single ‘Tough Luck’ / ‘Opaque’ and more recently the release of ‘Possessed’, which they recently performed on David Letterman, the Leeds punk quintet prepare to release their debut album.

                                                                                                                                        “The punk soundtrack for a generation who know there’s still no future” - NME

                                                                                                                                        “Eagulls are keeping the post-punk dream alive” - Mojo

                                                                                                                                        “A dark, post-punk racket with echoes of The Stranglers” - The Times

                                                                                                                                        Partisan Records present ‘Ullages’, the second album from Leeds-based band Eagulls.

                                                                                                                                        ‘Ullages’ is an altogether different record from the heady fuzz of Eagulls’ 2014 self-titled debut: the drawn out textured melodies recall the shimmering opulence of The Cocteau Twins and the melancholic majesty of The Cure.

                                                                                                                                        Highlights of the last campaign included taking both ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in the US by storm, sharing stages with the likes of Arcade Fire and Pharrell, scooping a major NME Award and playing at some of the world’s most renowned festivals including Coachella, Latitude, Field Day and Reading / Leeds.

                                                                                                                                        The artwork is a collaboration with British cult photographer Peter Mitchell.

                                                                                                                                        “A title this sour never sounded so sweet” - SPIN (on ‘Lemontrees’)

                                                                                                                                        “Their new work is brave, lyrically challenging and accomplished” - Loud & Quiet

                                                                                                                                        “There’s always been more to Eagulls than just fire and brimstone. With ‘Ullages’ those widescreen ambitions finally look set to be fully realised.” - DIY

                                                                                                                                        “A sparkling sonic environment situated somewhere between The Smiths, Shins and Stone Roses. It’s a lovely development.” - Stereogum

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Heads Or Tails
                                                                                                                                        2. Euphoria
                                                                                                                                        3. My Life In Rewind
                                                                                                                                        4. Harpstrings
                                                                                                                                        5. Velvet
                                                                                                                                        6. Psalms
                                                                                                                                        7. Blume
                                                                                                                                        8. Skipping
                                                                                                                                        9. Lemontrees
                                                                                                                                        10. Aisles
                                                                                                                                        11. White Lie Lullabies

                                                                                                                                        Partisan Records present ‘Ullages’, the second album from Leeds-based band Eagulls.

                                                                                                                                        ‘Ullages’ is an altogether different record from the heady fuzz of Eagulls’ 2014 self-titled debut: the drawn out textured melodies recall the shimmering opulence of The Cocteau Twins and the melancholic majesty of The Cure.

                                                                                                                                        Highlights of the last campaign included taking both ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ in the US by storm, sharing stages with the likes of Arcade Fire and Pharrell, scooping a major NME Award and playing at some of the world’s most renowned festivals including Coachella, Latitude, Field Day and Reading / Leeds.

                                                                                                                                        The artwork is a collaboration with British cult photographer Peter Mitchell.

                                                                                                                                        “A title this sour never sounded so sweet” - SPIN (on ‘Lemontrees’)

                                                                                                                                        “Their new work is brave, lyrically challenging and accomplished” - Loud & Quiet

                                                                                                                                        “There’s always been more to Eagulls than just fire and brimstone. With ‘Ullages’ those widescreen ambitions finally look set to be fully realised.” - DIY

                                                                                                                                        “A sparkling sonic environment situated somewhere between The Smiths, Shins and Stone Roses. It’s a lovely development.” - Stereogum

                                                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                        1. Heads Or Tails
                                                                                                                                        2. Euphoria
                                                                                                                                        3. My Life In Rewind
                                                                                                                                        4. Harpstrings
                                                                                                                                        5. Velvet
                                                                                                                                        6. Psalms
                                                                                                                                        7. Blume
                                                                                                                                        8. Skipping
                                                                                                                                        9. Lemontrees
                                                                                                                                        10. Aisles
                                                                                                                                        11. White Lie Lullabies


                                                                                                                                        No Matter The Season

                                                                                                                                          A masterful mix of timeless American soul with vintage 1970s African samples in a most rewarding way – musical traveler Eamon teams with production duo Likeminds for No Matter The Season, his second album for Now-Again. “I’ve been singing since I was a tike, promoters used to call me ‘the boy wonder’, but with this record it felt new, almost like I was singing every note as if my life depended on it,” says Eamon from his home in Southern California, a far cry from his native Staten Island, New York City. But you wouldn’t know his birthplace from the way he sings, especially on No Matter The Season, where Eamon put a new spin on vintage samples from the Now-Again catalog, crafting beats from various African rhythms such as Amanaz’s Zamrock, the Hygrades Nigerian funk, and Ayalew Mesfin’s Ethiopian tezetas. Shortly after the release of his last Now-Again project, Captive Thoughts, he began working with the production duo on two original compositions that appear on No Matter The Season. But as time went on, he came upon the idea of completing the album by sending the duo samples from the Now-Again catalog to work with. Which were expanded upon with a multitude of live instruments. “There was something special about combing through the African records at Now-Again,” Eamon reflects. “I had never heard the variety of funk and soul that existed in places like Lagos and Addis Ababa, it was like a history lesson in Rhythm & Blues.

                                                                                                                                          I was hearing the godfathers of the movement here in the US. I wanted to pay my respect to that lineage. Since singing in my father’s doo-wop group as a kid, I’ve always used music from the past to create and express something new in the present. But to be able to do that across continents and get back to the roots…that was really impactful for me.” Likeminds, helmed by Chris Soper and Jesse Singer, two East Coast transplants to LA who are as comfortable chopping up samples on an MPC as they are playing classic instruments, using vintage microphones, or recording to tape, offer up what could be described as a West Coast spin on the revivalist soul sound championed by Daptone Records. “For sure, the album is soaked in an old school feel, but to still tap into the depths of my soul today is always the end goal,” Eamon states. All but two tracks are based on Now-Again samples, using the classic rhythms as accompaniment to showcase Eamon’s emotional singing style that is still as honest and raw as when he was a 16, singing about heartbreak.

                                                                                                                                          The end result, No Matter the Season, is a celebration of the musical relationship between Africa and America and the thrilling soul music that relationship has spawned since the 60s and 70s. “My hope is people know that I’m not leaving anything on the table in this chapter of my career,” Eamon reflects. “Only thing I can do is pour my heart out on every single line. Even though I’m writing and screaming to the heavens about my joy, my pain, my love…these are songs for everyone, everywhere, anytime. You’re gonna walk away feeling something. This is why I titled the album No Matter The Season.” Tracks : Believe In, Bury The Bones, Good News, Won't Stop Now, Ready For War, All I Need, Price To Pay, Come On Through, Never Sleep, Long Road Ahead


                                                                                                                                          Beyond The Pale - 2022 Reissue

                                                                                                                                            Although not released until 1996, Beyond The Pale was originally recorded in Northampton, back in 1992 at Angus Wallace’s Far Heath Studios. It was the first album from Experimental Audio Research (aka E.A.R) an experimental music collective formed around Sonic Boom (Pete Kember), founding member of Spacemen 3 (along with Jason Pierce), who, on this project works closely with Eddie Prevost (AMM), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Kevin Martin (God). 

                                                                                                                                            Earl Brutus

                                                                                                                                            Tonight You Are The Special One (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                                                              Earl Brutus achieved notoriety and cult status with the release of their debut album Your Majesty… We Are Here. Their attention grabbing interviews and gigs attracted wider interest and they sign to Island Records via Fruition. They released a second long player, Tonight You Are The Special One, and several singles including The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It and Come Taste My Mind (“masterful examples of raging techno-pop” - Select ) and Larky.

                                                                                                                                              The band continued to play chaotic shows and the last ever gig is at Hammersmith Working Men’s Club on 7th April 2004 and the last track from that gig, Teenage Taliban, is included on the 2CD edition along with a demo recorded in William Reid’s (Jesus And Mary Chain) front room. Other bonus tracks include all the single b-sides sequenced by the band.

                                                                                                                                              The art direction on this re-issue has been done by Scott King who realised the concepts for the original release and singles. The album sleeve is included in Q magazine’s 100 Best Album Sleeves Of All Time in 2001.

                                                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                              DISC: 1
                                                                                                                                              1: The Sas And The Glam That Goes With It
                                                                                                                                              2: Universal Plan
                                                                                                                                              3: Midland Red
                                                                                                                                              4: God, Let Me Be Kind
                                                                                                                                              5: Come Taste My Mind
                                                                                                                                              6: Second Class War
                                                                                                                                              7: Your Majesty We Are Here
                                                                                                                                              8: Don't Die Jim
                                                                                                                                              9: 99 P
                                                                                                                                              10: East
                                                                                                                                              11: Edelweiss
                                                                                                                                              12: Male Wife

                                                                                                                                              DISC: 2 (2cd Edition Only)
                                                                                                                                              1: Nicotine Stain (Live)
                                                                                                                                              2: Superstar
                                                                                                                                              3: Larky
                                                                                                                                              4: Tv Tower
                                                                                                                                              5: William, Taste My Mind (William Reid Remix)
                                                                                                                                              6: Gypsy Camp Battle
                                                                                                                                              7: The Scottish
                                                                                                                                              8: Teenage Opera
                                                                                                                                              9: Come Taste My Mind (Live At The Astoria 1998)
                                                                                                                                              10: Nice Man In A Bubble
                                                                                                                                              11: England Sandwich
                                                                                                                                              12: Teenage Taliban (Demo / Live From Hammersmith Working Men's Club, 7 Th April 2004

                                                                                                                                              Earl Brutus

                                                                                                                                              Tonight You Are The Special One (Expanded Edition)

                                                                                                                                                Earl Brutus achieved notoriety and cult status with the release of their debut album Your Majesty… We Are Here. Their attention grabbing interviews and gigs attracted wider interest and they sign to Island Records via Fruition. They released a second long player, Tonight You Are The Special One, and several singles including The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It and Come Taste My Mind (“masterful examples of raging techno-pop” - Select ) and Larky.

                                                                                                                                                The band continued to play chaotic shows and the last ever gig is at Hammersmith Working Men’s Club on 7th April 2004 and the last track from that gig, Teenage Taliban, is included on the 2CD edition along with a demo recorded in William Reid’s (Jesus And Mary Chain) front room. Other bonus tracks include all the single b-sides sequenced by the band.

                                                                                                                                                The art direction on this re-issue has been done by Scott King who realised the concepts for the original release and singles. The album sleeve is included in Q magazine’s 100 Best Album Sleeves Of All Time in 2001.

                                                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                                                DISC: 1
                                                                                                                                                1: The Sas And The Glam That Goes With It
                                                                                                                                                2: Universal Plan
                                                                                                                                                3: Midland Red
                                                                                                                                                4: God, Let Me Be Kind
                                                                                                                                                5: Come Taste My Mind
                                                                                                                                                6: Second Class War
                                                                                                                                                7: Your Majesty We Are Here
                                                                                                                                                8: Don't Die Jim
                                                                                                                                                9: 99 P
                                                                                                                                                10: East
                                                                                                                                                11: Edelweiss
                                                                                                                                                12: Male Wife

                                                                                                                                                DISC: 2 (2cd Edition Only)
                                                                                                                                                1: Nicotine Stain (Live)
                                                                                                                                                2: Superstar
                                                                                                                                                3: Larky
                                                                                                                                                4: Tv Tower
                                                                                                                                                5: William, Taste My Mind (William Reid Remix)
                                                                                                                                                6: Gypsy Camp Battle
                                                                                                                                                7: The Scottish
                                                                                                                                                8: Teenage Opera
                                                                                                                                                9: Come Taste My Mind (Live At The Astoria 1998)
                                                                                                                                                10: Nice Man In A Bubble
                                                                                                                                                11: England Sandwich
                                                                                                                                                12: Teenage Taliban (Demo / Live From Hammersmith Working Men's Club, 7 Th April 2004

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